Weekly Update: February 12, 2018

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Mark your calendars….. Staff PD Feb 21 

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, March 6th, you will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Using the same prompt will allow you and your teams and students to have conversations around progress. Directions will be the same as the one completed in August.

Benchmark Assessments:

from Jennifer Oliveira’s email…

Which one should we give? 

Depending on your current unit of study in reading and/or writing, as well as past units, you and your team can decide which SBUSD performance task seems appropriate to give- narrative, informative, or opinion/argument. 3-6th grade can also choose to give the CAASPP Interim Assessment IAB, or block assessments.

When do we have to give it?

According to our Assessment Calendaryou can administer the Performance Task between January and Spring Break. 

In TK-2, will we receive copies?

Since you and your team are making the decision about which assessment you’ll give, you’ll need to make whatever copies you’ll need. NO

Where can we find the resources? 

All of the resources are in Illuminate labeled “Optional [grade level] ELA Performance Task”. You can clear your filters and search for “optional”, “opinion”, “narrative”, or “informational”. Then click Download Materials.

How are scores reported?

You will not have to input any scores into Illuminate but do take the time to score the work, or work with your students to determine their progress. You can use the TC Writing Progressions to score the writing portion, but use the scoring guides in the directions to score constructed responses. If you are giving the CAASPP Interim Assessments, hand score any items, discuss with your team, and feel free to share with students.

Report card window opens 2/5/18

Fire Drill Protocols:

FYI-any time a student is not with their homeroom teacher (upper grade science rotations, ELD, lunch etc) students should line up for a fire drill with their home room teachers. Please be sure to communicate this to your students regularly.

SAVE the DATE- Read Across America Spirit Week:

February 26-March 2

Please submit the name of your READER LEADER to RoseAnn no later than Thursday, February 15th (Now that F/P almost over, teachers should use their own judgment to select a representative from their class to receive a certificate at the Monday, February 26th, Kick Off with Padre Squad.

Attendance Protocols Update:


A few reminders/clarifications:

  • Please remind your students to use the restroom during recess. Also, please tell them NOT to use the restroom during the transition back from ELD. They should return to their homeroom class, then ask their homeroom teacher to use the restroom (they may use the restroom during the ELD block, but not during the transition)
  • Please remind students that they MAY NOT return a borrowed class ball immediately following recess if they are not in your ELD class. They should send the ball back with a classmate.

Next Steps:

  • The lower playground gate (near sand box) will remain locked until a teacher unlocks it at 2:25
  • The Campus Search team will practice a search for a missing student

STUDENT AWARD Opportunity:

This March, in celebration of Women’s History Month, Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez Fletcher will host her 5th Annual Women & Girls of the Year Awards. The Assemblywoman will honor women and girl leaders of all ages, backgrounds and interests, who exemplify courage and vision and are passionate about empowering our community. All women and girls who live, volunteer, attend school or work in the 80th Assembly District are eligible. Assemblywoman Gonzalez Fletcher strongly believes that it is important to support and nurture our promising young women leaders who are excelling in different areas – arts, athletics, STEM, community activism, just to name a few! The nomination process is quick, simple and can be completed here: https://a80.asmdc.org/women-girls-year-nominations. The nomination deadline is Monday, February 19, 2018, 12 Noon.

Burress Bulletin Board Update:

We have been asked to update the Emory Bulletin Board in Burress Auditorium.

Please send me interesting work samples, such as:

Student art, Student writing, Student projects, Photos of student art, projects, other.

Please also send me any suggestions for things you think we might highlight about our school.

Plumbing Back Ups:

You may have noticed that we had a few plumbing back ups this week. Diaper wipes were found in the plumbing line. These are not flushable and should not be flushed, even if they say flushable they do not work well when they go through our sump pumps.

Updated Daily Schedule:
If you have made changes to your daily schedule, please send me or deliver to Eunice, an updated copy. We use this information to locate your class when parents arrive to pick their children up early.
District Wellness Policy:
Please be sure that you, as the teacher and role model, adhere to the District Wellness Policy as well as ensuring our families do as well. We have a brochure in the office for you to share with families or you may consider including in your class communication with families the information below.
 Choose nutritious time-saving foods such as air popped popcorn – you can distribute popcorn bags for the kids to decorate!  Whole grain tortilla chips with salsa or guacamole, or whole wheat pita bread with hummus, are also easy and fun.
  • Toss together a simple trail mix made with whole grain cereal, pretzels, mini dark chocolate drops, and dried fruits for an energizing mix.
  • Make it fun! Presentation is everything when serving nutritious party foods for kids. Try cutting finger foods such as mini sandwiches or fruits into fun shapes using cookie cutters. Another idea is to cut small pieces of different fruits and put them on a stick, like a rainbow fruit Kebab.
  • Build a colorful fruit and vegetable tray. Aim for a variety of colors and textures – this ensures kids are getting a wide range of nutrients. Serve with a low-fat ranch or yogurt dip.
  • Other options include dark chocolate dipped strawberries or bananas, granola bars, apple slices with honey, squeezable yogurt or apple sauce, and pure fruit popsicles.
  • Don’t forget to serve a hydrating drink. Instead of soda or other sweetened beverages, serve 100% fruit juice, or try infusing water with fresh fruit, such as strawberries, oranges or lemons.
With these tips, you can make the next celebration an opportunity to teach your child that eating healthy can be fun – and delicious.
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