Weekly Update: May 7, 2018

Thanks to upper grade teachers for your hard work and flexibility. Thank you all, again, for a fantastic celebration this week.

Staff Meeting:

We do NOT meet as a staff. It is a PLC week. This might be a good time to share what you did at ILT, work with your colleagues to prepare for the next round of Fountas and Pinnell assessments or anything else which is of value to your team.

Self Control:

We will be starting our new and final character trait for the school year with Self-Control and the award assembly will be on May 18thThe 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.
Mother’s/Father’s Day Celebrations:
Thank you for the many ways that you honor our families. As we approach Mothers’ Day, I encourage you to use caution in spending much time whole class on these activities as we have students who have mothers who are ill, have passed or are absent.
ELD Resumes:
We will resume ELD groups beginning Monday, May 7th.
5th Grade Physical Fitness Testing:
Great job Angelica, Don, Erika and Melinda getting our kids fit and completing the PFT testing.
Just a reminder all PE testing must be done and entered into Illuminate by May 18th.
·         Here is the PFT Resource Page.
·         Here are directions for entering data into Illuminate. (Nothing has changed about the data you are collecting, even though Illuminate has fields for EVERYTHING. You do not have to collect BMI, for example.)
·         Here are some additional resources you might need.
·         Please do not enter 4’ 12”…
·         Please do not use decimals for weight.
·         Please enter height in feet and inches, NOT inches.
Volunteer Luncheon Names:
It’s that time of the year that we recognize our AMAZING VOLUNTEERS that have gone above and beyond.  If you have a parent that has volunteered in your class, please submit the names to Eunice by Thursday, May 10th.  Sorry but field trips do not count.
Code Announcements:
Code Gray-for any staff to use to request immediate EMERGENCY assistance. This is a signal to let the office know that you require immediate support.
Code Blue-this is a signal to our search team to begin searching campus for a missing (or hiding) student.
Chromebook Care:
It was recommended by our IT department that you incorporate scheduled physical monitoring of devices into your classroom routine (weekly/monthly checks w/student assistance) and to submit Opra requests as soon as issues are identified and not wait until a batch of problems is evident.
  
Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
 
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
 
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
 
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans.  However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials. 
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend
Fountas and Pinnell Assessments:
 
“Fountas and Pinnell will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level and provide appropriate instruction to progress. In Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) andIndependent level, and collect information on accuracy, fluency, comprehension, and genre on Instructional Level. It is ideal to test to Hard in order to ensure students are not actually reading at a higher level. Use of the WORD LIST is not considered a level, and is used to determine a starting point for students without prior scores.
·        First round completed by September 1
·        TK/K teachers to complete first round by November 3
·        Second round completed by February 2 (all grades)
·        Third round completed by May 25 (all grades)
·         
Fountas and Pinnell suggest to start with student choice of genre for each assessment session. Alternate fiction/non-fiction within the session. Next round, allow for student choice again and alternate.
   
·        What do I put in Illuminate?– For Instructional, put whatever is going to be most helpful to you.
 
English Language Learners:
·        Newcomers:  For newcomers 3rd – 6th grade in an SEI program and primary language is Spanish should be tested in DRA Spanish to gauge their reading level.  This is one  indication that they are at grade level or not.  All newcomers 3rd – 6th grade newcomers regardless of primary language  should then be tested in English using F & P.  Caution: Newcomers should not be placed in A/B books.  A/B books are for concepts of print and generally our 3rd – 6th grade newcomers read in their primary language.  The lowest possible level a newcomer in 3rd – 6th to be place in F & P is level C and DRA is level 4.  
 
Independent Reading Level Benchmarks: Teachers will use the benchmarks according to  Teacher’s College Reading and Writing Project which can be foundhere.  (Schools administering DRA, can use this correlation chart to determine levels).
 
TIP: Here is a cheat sheet on how to enter scores in Illuminate
Upcoming Dates:Q&A with Superintendent Dr. McNamara (optional): May 10th  at 2:40 in room 23

Last Day of Imagine Learning: May 18

Last day of PLC is May 24

Apex Fun Run May 25

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered May 25

Quote of the Week:

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