Weekly Update: May 28, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. You may want to use this time to begin cleaning out your classroom or to work on your report cards.

Summer Learning Academy:

Summer Learning Academy brochure The schedule is subject to change.

Here’s the link to RSVP. Hope to see you there.


Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered:

Thank you for assessing your students and entering the data on time. I appreciate your hard work!!

Summer Clean Up/Clean Out- prep for libraries and modernization:

After school dismisses, this summer, Dr. McNamara will walk every classroom in the South Bay Union School District.

Emory Modernization- This summer the SBUSD Maintenance team will paint the exterior of the cafeteria and office. At Summer Shared Leadership, I will share DRAFT details of the architect’s recommendations for our school. We are scheduled for a re-model for the 2018-19 school year.
Additional Classroom Library Books:
This summer, a team of IMRTs (Teresa’s an IMRT) will visit all schools to check in our new classroom libraries. The books will come with bins. You will need to find room in your classrooms. A recommendation was made that you place some of the books in your cabinets and rotate books in and out during the year. This keeps your library fresh and allows space for all books.
Storing and Discarding Excess Materials:
In preparation for modernization and to clean out unneeded items, Carlos, Alex and Teresa have been purging our storage containers. As many Emory teachers have worked here for a long time, you have a lot of stuff. I encourage you to dispose of items which you have not used in more than 3 years. We have freed up a limited amount of storage space in our storage units/classroom cupboards.
  • If you have old tech, furniture or large items that you no longer want, are broken/damaged or unusable please email me and label items discard that you no longer want (if they are large or tech);
  • If there are materials and resources in your classroom that are very out of date (no longer board approved, not a current resource or used for instruction in the last two-three years) please email me and label items discard (if you need boxes please let Eunice or Carlos know);
  • If you have items that need to be shredded, please put them in a box and label them please email me and label items SHRED;
  • If you would like to store instructional materials in a site storage location, please email me and label the box with your name and the contents (example-math manipulatives).
  • If you need access to a large trash bin, please let Carlos know when and where. 

    End of Year Checklist for Summer Custodian Deep Clean Prep:

    Student desks cleaned on top and inside out (marks, stickers, tape, and trash removed).
    Teacher’s desk cleared off.
    Student chairs stacked by 5 and placed to the side of the room.
    Whiteboards cleaned (remove all writing).
    Closets, cupboards, and windows cleaned (marks, tape, posters, signs, etc.).
    Walls and windows cleared of paper.
    All tops of cabinets clear (NO boxes).
    Unwanted items – stack by door inside classroom – label “DISCARD”.
    Place all trash in the trash can. Carpets picked up (including staples).
    Remove all books/toys/blocks from top of bookcases.
    Personal valuables removed.
     Clear all tables, also remove all boxes/etc. from under desks and tables so that the carpet/floor can be cleaned.
    If there are repairs needed in your room, please place a work order in Opra.

We will be working with the Warehouse to dispose of our purged items. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at our summer Shared Leadership on Monday, July 16 from 9:30-11:30 with a break for lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30 and then continue from 12:30-2:30. Attendees will be compensated four hours out of contract time. Agenda items include the following: Awards, Duties, Comprehensive School-wide Discipline Plan, School Brand, Modernization, other

Summer Book Club:

Summer Book Club will meet on Monday, July 16 from 8:30-9:30. We will be discussing Kids First from Day One. A copy was placed in each of your mail boxes.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You return to work on Tuesday, July 17th. We will begin the day with an optional continental breakfast. The day is yours to get prepared for the new school year. We will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 at Mendoza for the District Kick Off. Following the Kick Off, you will be free to get lunch, set up your classroom etc. We will meet from 1:00-2:30 on July 18th for Nuts and Bolts. We will meet all day on Thursday, July 19th where lunch will be provided. You will have Friday, July 20th free to finalize planning for the new school year.
Apex Fun Run Survey:

Please click here to provide feedback about the Apex Fun Run/Leadership Activities/Fundraiser.

Water for Field Days:

The PTA purchase bottle water for the students to have on Field Day next week.  Please contact Teresa to make arrangements. It would be best to help your students label the bottles with their name.

Report Cards:

The report card window is open. Here are a few reminders:

·         Here is Jen Oliveira’s extensive Assessment and Report Card document which is designed to answer all of your questions.
·         Remember all report cards this year will use 8.5 x 11 paper and are 2 sided with grades on BOTH sides.
·         Here is a video about ELD Grades. The previously mentioned Assessment and Report Card document has a lot of the same information. UPDATEMost likely we’ll be changing how this looks next year, just waiting for some guidance from CDE.
·         TIP: Use a text editor (like Word or Google docs) to type your comments, then copy and paste into Illuminate.
·         Remember to SAVE often!
·         If you’re new to Illuminate and report cards check out more informative videos about entering grades – Learning and Innovation website, click on the Assessment tab, then Illuminate Resources.
·         Chrome, Chrome, Chrome
·         You will have 750 characters (including spaces) to write your comments. It may look like you have more space but you’ll only have 750 characters.
·         If you are using the Standards-based Gradebook, this document will help you connect the grades to the report card.
·         Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, May 30th.
·         Reading Assessment Data– Please CLEAR your filters then search “fountas” or “DRA”. Use the 2017-18 3rd Administration.
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.
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