Weekly Update: March 12, 2018

Enjoy the last week before vacation with your students! Thanks for your flexibility and patience as we survived our very busy week!!

Staff Meeting: 

We DO NOT meet as a staff. Book Club meets 1:45-2:45 in room 23. We are reading chapters 5-10 in Writing Pathways.

LCAP Surveys:

Students:

By Friday, March 16th, please have all students in grades 3-6, complete the survey linked below. LCAP Student Survey Link

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfFk5MtOWb75_FVL3c7AgX2AWOWNqH9YUxBP2a6059h2fl-vg/viewform

Parents:

As possible, please share the LCAP survey link with your Emory families.

Emory families, please use the link below to provide feedback about your child’s educational experience. English and Spanish Parent Survey   https://goo.gl/forms/x6rwkQ0dmIOWQ9d32

PBIS/Character Trait:

We will be starting our new character trait for Perseverance-the award assembly will be on April 20th.

The video is available on the connect with kids website (http://sbusd.connectwithkids.com/).

 The video can be reached by going to Student Resources-> Elementary->Character/Life Skills. Lesson plans to use/modify are right below the video and the K-2 lesson plans are available on the previous page.

Sock Drive:

Thanks to Holli and Dave for coordinating our Sock Drive!! Please encourage your students to donate to Emory’s first Sock Drive. 

Sock spirit days all week:

Monday- rainbow socks

Tuesday- neon socks

Wednesday- animal socks

Thursday- mix and match

Friday- the crazier the better

Each day, please email Holli the number of people participating in sock spirit day out of the total number in the class  (22/30) or the %. Classes with the highest totals win a Rock ‘N Roll recess Friday hosted by Holli and Dave.

**Remember, only donate new socks.

Teachers College Test Prep Unit Grades 3-6:

How to access the Test Prep Units in the Treasure Chest

Login to www.readingandwritingproject.org/member/treasure-chest .  Go to “Member Dashboard”

 

  • Suggested timeline- 2-3 weeks
  • Where to fit it in:
    • Option A: Finish the current unit then start the next
    • Option B: Start current unit, after Bend I or II, start test prep, then return to current unit (not ideal)
  • Stick to Workshop structure using the teaching points provided.
  • Teaching points used should be targeted at what your students need
  • Use accessible texts for kids to teach the THINKING STRATEGIES needed to attack the testing
  • Test prep unit is in place of Reading and Writing Workshop for those 2-3 weeks you’re doing test prep.

A week could go like this:

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Reading Workshop:

Shared Experience (will be like Shared Reading, longer than a mini-lesson and more whole group than normal)

Mini-lesson

Partner work around a new passage

 

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Mini-lesson

Independent work around same passage

 

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Mini-lesson

Mid-WS Teach: something you’re noticing students could get a reminder about

 

Small groups on test structure and language and conferring

Marathon Reading

online 60-70 minutes

 

Small groups on test structure and language

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Writing Workshop: Mini-lesson

MWT

Share

Small groups on test structure and language, and conferring

 

Use the checklists to support goals

Practice Test

Release Items

Online practice texts

My adaptation summary

Spring Learning Academy:

We are excited to announce sign-ups for Spring Learning Academy which will be held at PENCE ELEMENTARY, Friday, March 30th from 8AM- 3PM! Sessions will incude:

  • Leveraging Donors Choose to support your classroom
  • Using Google Apps with Littles
  • Getting to know our new video streaming service CCC! Streaming
  • And more!

Use this form to sign-up. The link to the brochure will be published soon!

Innovation Expo- April 25:

The District Innovation Expo is April 25th from 4:30 – 7:00. There are out of contract stipends available for teachers interested in working at the event. Let me know if you would like to help.

We must identify activities for the Emory Booth as well as identify student speakers.

 Innovation Expo webpage

Student Speaker application process.  If you have anyone interested in applying, they will need to submit an application which includes a one-minute video.  Student speaker video submissions are due March 16th! The topic is:

         Tell the story of a moment when you realized: *

         You inspired yourself; OR

         You inspired someone else


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSciDaqNL6YHaDNoXrpofU_a-IDKyYAKglIvTJzFHf__wq1URw/viewform?pli=1

 

Here is the RSVP for any Student/family that is attending.  Dinner will be offered so they need to know who will be attending!  I’m guessing we would need to do this for student speakers as well but we need to see if student speakers get selected.

 https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfcuAw71UIFzAb4VxlV9y4pDTk8Zw-5ONpxOYB_8rSmeKONFw/viewform

Budget Update:

We will receive an additional $23,240 into our school Title I budget for the 2017-18 school year (our current year). We will be allowed to carryover 15% of our full allocation which is $11,050. This leaves $12,190 to spend by April 14th, 2018. This money is allocated for services and materials above and beyond the regular school program. I invite you to attend our next Site Shared Decision Making meeting or speak to a School Site Council Representative about things to purchase with the additional funds

Shared Decision Making                           Tuesday, April 3rd

School Site Council                                    Thursday, April 5th

Recommended Resource:

From Angelica-

Some of you are probably already using Newsela and TweenTribune for non-fiction reading with your students. I want to highly recommend ReadWorks https://www.readworks.org You can create an account and have students sign up to your class with a code via Google. You can assign articles and view their results while also monitoring their annotations and highlights all for FREE.

I have found ReadWorks (lots of great features available) and TweenTribune (no annotating available) to be the best for their price- free. Newsela is a great too, but teachers don’t have access to each students results, unless you pay the premium account. Teachers can monitor students, but they literally have to walk around to each students dashboard to document each article’s quiz result and student average. Sorry, but I just don’t have time. Something to consider for next year. 

Overall, my students’ opinion is that they love the choices on Newsela (highlight, annotating, quiz) and like ReadWorks (annotation, masking, highlighting, teacher can monitor each student, testing results).

I hope this helps those that are undecided on which one to use.

Physical Fitness Testing:

Grade 5

This year you will be collecting all PE Data in Illuminate. Here are the directions for entering your data, along with a way to download a data collection chart. Please have ALL data entered by Friday, May 18th.

Here are some training modules and videos.

Here’s a link to the cadence files.

Here’s a link to the manual.

Quote of the Week:

Image result for life is good quotes

 

 

 

 

 

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