Weekly Update: September 4, 2018

I hope that you enjoy the three day weekend! You have worked hard- get some rest, have fun and be ready to kick off our Apex Fundraiser!

Apex Leadership Campaign/Fun Run:

Here are the links to the videos for you to show to your students each day. Please show the daily video prior to Cool Kyle’s visit.

Lesson 1 – Selfless – https://vimeo.com/277666438 (Wednesday, September 5th)

Lesson 2 – Trustworthy –https://vimeo.com/277666449 (Thursday, September 6th)

Lesson 3 – Refuel – https://vimeo.com/277666461 (Friday, September 7th)

Lesson 4 – Overcome – https://vimeo.com/277666466 (Monday, September 10th)

Lesson 5 – Next Level – https://vimeo.com/277666479 (Tuesday, September 11th

Lesson 6 – Grateful – https://vimeo.com/277666480 (Wednesday, September 12th)

Apex Kick Off Assemblies

Tuesday, Sept 4

           TK-3 1:00-1:40

4-6     1:45-2:25 ** bring backpacks

Fun Run Schedule Sept 14

8:10-9:30 Leon, Martinez, Shultz, Lobato, Acosta, Carson, Hueso

9:30-10:50 Hopkins, Seubert, Sherwood, Hernandez, Castellanos, Ochoa, Kinnamon

10:50-12:10 Perkins, Pehrson, Brizendine, Goulding, Major, Molina, Valdivia

Apex Classroom Visit Schedule 2018

Sept 5, 6, 7/Sept 10-13

Wednesday Other Days Room
Brizendine 8:15 Brizendine 8:15**Thursday re-schedule with Kyle 15
Molina 8:25 Molina 8:25 17
  Major/Benson 8:35 19
Pehrson 8:45 Pehrson 8:45 20
Valdivia 8:55 Valdivia 8:55 22
Kinnamon 9:05 Kinnamon 9:05 21
Shultz 9:15 Shultz 9:15 5
Carson 9:25 Carson 9:25 3
Castellanos 9:35 Castellanos 9:35 14
Ochoa 9:45 Ochoa 9:45 13
Martinez 9:55 Martinez 9:55**Tuesday re-schedule with Kyle K1
Sanchez/Acosta 10:30 Sanchez/Acosta 10:30 2
Hueso 11:05 Hueso 11:05 8
Hopkins 11:15  Hopkins 11:15**Monday re-schedule with Kyle 7
Hernandez 11:30 Hernandez 11:30 9
Major/Benson 11:40
Leon 12:45 Leon 1:45 K2
Perkins 12:50 Perkins 12:50 26
Goulding 1:00 Goulding 1:00 25
Sherwood 1:10 Sherwood 1:10**Monday re-schedule with Kyle 12
Seubert 1:15 Seubert 1:20 11
Lobato 1:20 Lobato 1:30 10

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Please work with your grade level teams. Our next staff meeting is scheduled for September 12th.

Site Shared Leadership/Staff United Nations:

We will be meeting Tuesday, Sept 4th at 2:45 in room 23 to continue to discuss the transition to the Emory Academy of Global Leadership and Empowerment.

Soaring to Success:

ASSEMBLY TIMES

8:15      1st

8:35      2nd

9:00      3rd

9:20      4th

9:50      5th

10:30    6th

Library Transition:

We have the opportunity to apply for an $8,000 grant from the District to transition the Library or other campus space into a “maker space” which Teresa would facilitate.As a result, we are considering returning to every other week library schedules. With the addition of the new classroom libraries, it seems as though we may be less reliant on weekly visits. Please share any feedback that you have with me regarding a change to the library schedule or your interest in being a part of the “maker space” design.  

Imagine Learning:

Your students may log into Imagine Learning TODAY in your classrooms. All Emory students are entered.

Student Login grades Tk-1:

user name:birthday

password:birthday

Student Login grades 2-6:

google login

Laura Acosta is again taking the lead with supporting Imagine Learning please let her know if you have any questions.

Teachers can log in to Imagine Learning by using their SBUSD email and selecting “Forgot Password” to set up a new one. 

Imagine Learning recommends that students access IL for 100 minutes per week to maximize the program benefits.

Teacher 1 Hour Prep/Planning Schedule- begins this week:

Personal planning begins this week! Please deliver and pick up your students to classroom 6 and pick them up there at the end of your planning time. Carrie Wahamaki is in room 6 and teaching STEM and/or Visual and Performing Arts. Please let me know if you have any feedback about the process.

Click here to view the schedule

Emory School Calendar:

You received this calendar via email. However it is linked here. It contains many important dates throughout the school year (TCRWP Visits, School Events etc). Please review and let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Emory School Calendar

Box Tops:

Thank you for encouraging students to collect Box Tops!

Top classes this time were:

Shultz with 185

Goulding with 122

Molina with 120

Teacher Evaluation:

I have contacted all certificated staff who will be evaluated this school year. If you have not heard from me, you WILL NOT be evaluated this year. 

Upcoming Dates:

Sept 4  Shared Leadership/Emory Staff UN

Sept 5 PTA Family Bingo Night

Sept 7 Soaring to Success Awards

Sept 12 Staff PD

Sept 13 Dr. McNamara visits all Emory classrooms 8:45-9:30

Sept 14 Apex Fun Run

October 9 and 11 Math Labsite

October 12th Cindy Wagner/Principals at Emory and will visit classrooms

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: August 17, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO meet as a staff this week.  Room 23 at 1:45. We must complete the mandated reporter training. First and Second grades will finalize updates to their ELD groups. Other grades will participate in a Restorative Circle.

Emory School Calendar:

You received this calendar via email. However it is linked here. It contains many important dates throughout the school year (TCRWP Visits, School Events etc). Please review and let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Emory School Calendar

PLC Time:

We may miss the opportunity to collaborate with our grade level teams during the school day, however, we now have a greater opportunity for vertical collaboration. As a reminder, you are required to collaborate with your team each minimum day that we do not have a Staff Meeting; District PLC or designated planning time. Please plan to collaborate minimally from 1:40-2:40. Contractually, 1/3 of your PLC time may be principal directed. Please look to the blog and bulletin for information about Principal directed PLC time. As always, thank you for your hard work on behalf of our students.

Teacher Evaluation:

I have contacted all certificated staff who will be evaluated this school year. If you have not heard from me, you WILL NOT be evaluated this year. 

Teacher 1 Hour Prep/Planning Schedule:

We officially have a three year contract! As a result, you will have one hour per week of personal planning time. Also, we will have a new staff member joining us. (I do not, yet, know the name of our new teammate). This person will be setting up classroom 6 and teaching STEM and/or Visual and Performing Arts. I received very specific direction from the District regarding the design of our schedule (included below). I am sure that you will love having time for planning, unfortunately, this opportunity will disrupt your daily schedule. The District has let me know that we will have a teacher ready to release you on Tuesday, Sept 4th. You should expect to bring your students to classroom 6 and pick them up there at the end of your planning time.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
Melinda

Second

8:10-9:10

Rebecca/

Monica

Grade 1/SDC

8:10-9:10

Erin/Dave

Sixth

8:10-9:10

Don

Fifth

8:10-9:10

RoseAnn

Third

8:10-9:10

Maria

Second

10:40-11:40

Karina

Kindergarten

9:10-10:10

**Adjust recess

Patty

Sixth

9:10-10:10

Angelica

Fifth

9:10-10:10

Erika

4/5 Combo

9:10-10:10

**students attend 5/6 recess

Jeanne

Second

12:25-1:25

Christy

TK/K

10:15-11:15

Shelly

Sixth

10:25-11:25

Holli

Fourth

10:45-11:45

Aranzazu

Third

10:45-11:45

Connie

Kindergarten

12:00-1:00

Dene/Laura

First

12:15-1:15

K.C.

Fourth

12:45-1:45

Leslie

Third

12:35-1:35

Georgina

First

1:00-2:00

Library Transition:

We have the opportunity to apply for an $8,000 grant from the District to transition the Library or other campus space into a “maker space” which Teresa would facilitate. As a result, we are considering returning to every other week library schedules. With the addition of the new classroom libraries, it seems as though we may be less reliant on weekly visits. Please share any feedback that you have with me regarding a change to the library schedule or your interest in being a part of the “maker space” design.  

Imagine Learning:

Imagine Learning is available for Emory students. To login the students should use their chromebook email address login (ex jennifer.grondek1821@sbusd.net) their password is their student number. Laura Acosta is again taking the lead with supporting Imagine Learning.

Teachers can log in to Imagine Learning by using their SBUSD email and selecting “Forgot Password” to set up a new one. 

Imagine Learning recommends that students access IL for 100 minutes per week to maximize the program benefits.

CyberSmarts Week:

Fountas and Pinnell Assessment Data entered by August 31:

From the SBUSD Assessment Manual–using Fountas and Pinnell teachers will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level. Using Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) and Independent 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.

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.

Morning, Recess and Dismissal Duty:

Thank you for your hard work keeping our students safe before, during and after school. As a reminder, on the days when you have duty, please be sure to be at your duty on time. If you have recess or after school duty, please begin to prepare your students and yourself a few minutes early so that you are on the blacktop at the very start of recess. For after school dismissal, please, again prepare so that you are in the dismissal area within 1 minute of the bell ringing. What you are doing in your classrooms is critically important and sometimes it is hard to walk away from an engaging topic or even a parent who would like your time. However, ensuring that our students are well supervised is critical to their safety. Please let me know if you need any support in getting out to duty on time.

Apex Fun Run:

 Please email me if you have a preferred time for your daily “Cool Kyle” visit. 

Emory Newsletter:

Below is en email from parent volunteer, Sonya Vargas.I am Ms. Sonya for those that may not know me yet.  I volunteered to do the Emory Newsletter last year, and will continue doing it this year as well.  The school season has just started, but lots of awesome things are already happening at Emory!  These events and activities are what the parents and kids enjoy reading about.  I discovered last year, that the kids really enjoyed the newsletter because they would see their name in it, or their friends name in it.  We have already had some exciting things happen within the school.  I know that Ms. Molina’s 6th grade class did an archaeological dig.  This could be something that could be in the Newsletter.  I plan on stopping by for the 4th grade Living Library to interview some of the kiddo’s on their project.  The School Student Council will have new members soon, I would love to come to a meeting and find out what is in store for this year! *Wink, Wink*.  I would like to give an opportunity to all the staff to share about your class.  But if you have time and you wish to submit a message about or to your class, or if you have an questions, my email address is:  savargas01@gmail.com.  The deadline to submit anything will be October 12 2018.  Thank you for your time.

Letters for Honor Flight:

You may have your students write letters addressed to Veteran’s thanking them for their service. The Honor Flight organization takes Veterans to memorials in Washington DC, based on the war they fought in.
Anyways, Holli is having her class write to these Veterans who will be on the September Honor Flight, and would love nothing more than to be able to deliver a letter from each of our Emory students. If you are interested, please have your students address their letters, “Dear Veteran,” Please include Emory’s address on the letters, as many of these Veterans do write back.  http://www.honorflightsandiego.org/
Please have your letters to Holli by Friday, 8/31 so that she may deliver them to the next stop.
Quote of the Week:
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Weekly Update: August 20, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Our next staff meeting is August 29th. This Wednesday, August 22nd, Jen Oliveira will present a PD about Wixie at 1:45 in room 23 and Rob Well will present a PD about Restorative Circles at 1:45 in room 19. 

Breakout Box Reward Parties:

Breakout Box reward parties will take place approximately 1x/month on Friday after lunch. Lindsay will let you know asap when the first one will be. Teachers in 4, 5, and 6 will receive 3 tickets that they may give out to their students in any way that will benefit their classroom (reward, incentive, perfect homework, etc).
 
Lindsay is  happy to work with teachers in any grade about using the breakout box as a whole class activity. Let her know if you want to meet about setting something up. If you would like to see the available options or if there are any games that will match your subject area, the website is https://breakoutedu.com/ and you can log in using her emaillfox@sbusd.org and the password is breakout.
 

Letters for Honor Flight:

You may have your students write letters addressed to Veteran’s thanking them for their service. The Honor Flight organization takes Veterans to memorials in Washington DC, based on the war they fought in.
Anyways, Holli is having her class write to these Veterans who will be on the September Honor Flight, and would love nothing more than to be able to deliver a letter from each of our Emory students. If you are interested, please have your students address their letters, “Dear Veteran,” Please include Emory’s address on the letters, as many of these Veterans do write back.  http://www.honorflightsandiego.org/
Please have your letters to Holli by Friday, 8/31 so that she may deliver them to the next stop.

Chromebook Survey from Jen Oliveira:

For teachers in grade 4-6–
Just a reminder, Jen Olioveira sent out an email a while ago with some slides for your Back to School Night On it was a video from Dr. McNamara and Pre-Survey she was hoping you might ask parents, kids, and yourself to take.
Additionally, if you have a family who you KNOW needs Internet access, you can nominate them using this form. We have a limited number of Hotspots available J

Chromebooks use before school/at lunch:

To avoid damage to devices, Chromebooks may not be used before school or during recess/lunch. Excepting use that is directly supervised by a classroom teacher (in a classroom). Students may visit the library if they need access to technology.

CyberSmarts Week:

Fountas and Pinnell Assessment Data entered by August 31:

From the SBUSD Assessment Manual–using Fountas and Pinnell teachers will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level. Using Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) and Independent 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.

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.

Emory Newsletter:

Below is en email from parent volunteer, Sonya Vargas.I am Ms. Sonya for those that may not know me yet.  I volunteered to do the Emory Newsletter last year, and will continue doing it this year as well.  The school season has just started, but lots of awesome things are already happening at Emory!  These events and activities are what the parents and kids enjoy reading about.  I discovered last year, that the kids really enjoyed the newsletter because they would see their name in it, or their friends name in it.  We have already had some exciting things happen within the school.  I know that Ms. Molina’s 6th grade class did an archaeological dig.  This could be something that could be in the Newsletter.  I plan on stopping by for the 4th grade Living Library to interview some of the kiddo’s on their project.  The School Student Council will have new members soon, I would love to come to a meeting and find out what is in store for this year! *Wink, Wink*.  I would like to give an opportunity to all the staff to share about your class.  But if you have time and you wish to submit a message about or to your class, or if you have an questions, my email address is:  savargas01@gmail.com.  The deadline to submit anything will be October 12 2018.  Thank you for your time.

WILLIAMS GUIDELINES:

Please see the guidelines below. Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.

  • Hand sanitizer AND handi-wipes that say “keep out of reach of reach of children” must be stored must be stored high or in a locked cabinet.
  • Do not use Lysol wipes to clean. These are anti-microbial and should not be used in classrooms.
  • Many hand lotions have these same warnings and must be stored accordingly.
  • Liquid paper also says “keep out of reach of children” on the label and cannot be left out on teacher’s desk or other places in the classroom.
  • Cleaning products must be stored in a locked cabinet not under the sink if it does not lock.
  • Power cords cannot be used as permanent outlets and extension cords should not be plugged into power strips.
  • Electrical panels must have a clearance of three feet all around. Please do not put any materials in front or around them.
  • If you have paper cutters they must be in a locked area and should have a lock on the handle.

Amazon:

As a reminder, the SBUSD purchasing department WILL NOT allow us to reimburse any Amazon purchases.

Morning, Recess and Dismissal Duty:

Thank you for your hard work keeping our students safe before, during and after school. As a reminder, on the days when you have duty, please be sure to be at your duty on time. If you have recess or after school duty, please begin to prepare your students and yourself a few minutes early so that you are on the blacktop at the very start of recess. For after school dismissal, please, again prepare so that you are in the dismissal area within 1 minute of the bell ringing. What you are doing in your classrooms is critically important and sometimes it is hard to walk away from an engaging topic or even a parent who would like your time. However, ensuring that our students are well supervised is critical to their safety. Please let me know if you need any support in getting out to duty on time.

Apex Fun Run:

The Apex Campaign has been re-scheduled to September. They were no longer available for the spring dates which we selected. The ONLY dates which they had available are Sept 4-14th. More details to follow. Please email me if you have a preferred time for your daily “Cool Kyle” visit. 

Upcoming Dates:

Wixie Training K-2 (optional)                Aug 22

Restorative Practices (optional)             Aug 22

Staff Professional Development            Aug 29

Cybersmarts Week                                    Aug 27-31

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered         Aug 31

PTA Bingo Night                                        September 5

Apex Fun Run                                            Sept 14

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: August 13, 2018

Staff Meeting:

We DO meet as a staff at 1:45 in room 23. Please bring your laptops. Elma will be here with some information about the Fountas and Pinnell Assessment, we will discuss the transition to the Emory Academy for Global Leadership and Empowerment and we will watch the mandated reporter training.

Dr. McNamara’s Visit August 15th @1:00-1:45:

Dr. McNamara plans to visit Emory 6 times this year. She has let Principals know that on each of her visits she plans to visit each classroom. I’m not sure what this will look like on August 15th.

ELD Groups:

Thank you for your patience and flexibility as we begin our grade level ELD rotations on Monday. We are seeking an Impact teacher to support ELD and provide small group reading instruction. I will keep you posted about our progress.

Morning, Recess and Dismissal Duty:

Thank you for your hard work keeping our students safe before, during and after school. As a reminder, on the days when you have duty, please be sure to be at your duty on time. If you have recess or after school duty, please begin to prepare your students and yourself a few minutes early so that you are on the blacktop at the very start of recess. For after school dismissal, please, again prepare so that you are in the dismissal area within 1 minute of the bell ringing. What you are doing in your classrooms is critically important and sometimes it is hard to walk away from an engaging topic or even a parent who would like your time. However, ensuring that our students are well supervised is critical to their safety. Please let me know if you need any support in getting out to duty on time.

Restorative Practices Training- August 22:

Rob Wells will visit Emory to provide a more in depth training on facilitating Restorative Circles in your classrooms. We will meet 1:45-2:45 room t.b.d. on August 22nd.  

Student Council begins:

Teachers or students in grades 4-6, please see the email from Holli with student council forms for students.
 
The informational meeting for interested students will be Monday, 8/13 at 12:45 in Room 26. We encourage you to print out forms for students wanting to participate so they can begin thinking about their speeches.
 
We have also included an inspirational video to share with the students to get them started on this journey.
 
 Thank you to Erika, Dave, and Holli for their leadership!

Chromebook Survey from Jen Oliveira:

For teachers in grade 4-6–
Just a reminder, Jen Olioveira sent out an email a while ago with some slides for your Back to School Night On it was a video from Dr. McNamara and Pre-Survey she was hoping you might ask parents, kids, and yourself to take.
 
Additionally, if you have a family who you KNOW needs Internet access, you can nominate them using this form. We have a limited number of Hotspots available J

Chromebooks use before school/at lunch:

To avoid damage to devices, Chromebooks may not be used before school or during recess/lunch. Excepting use that is directly supervised by a classroom teacher (in a classroom). Students may visit the library if they need access to technology.

Action Learning Team:

In building the Learner Profile, survey data revealed our colleagues have an interest developing personalized learning for students and adults in South Bay. I encourage you to join the team to study Personalized Learning and build our knowledge.    will we do?

  • Study a topic (or two):
    • Inquiry
    • Design Thinking
    • Project/Problem Based Learning
    • Blended Learning
    • Flipped Classrooms
  • Visit some places around San Diego county over fall break (if you’re available)
  • Talk with experts
  • Plan for students

What will you receive?

  • Professional Books related to the topic you’re interested in studying
  • Out of contract pay for meetings and site visits
  • Field trips to places around the county where personalized learning is in full swing
How much time will this take?e will this take?
  • 2- 3 in person meetings after school to learn (pedagogy and tools) and plan
  • 2 Google Hangout meetings after school
  • 1 field trip day over Fall Break
 
When: First meeting will be Monday, August 20th from 330- 500pm
Where: Ed Center Conference Rooms 1-3
Who: Anyone who is receiving this email (K-8 teachers including Special Education, Administrators)
Sign up here

CyberSmarts Week:

Fountas and Pinnell Assessment Data entered by August 31:

From the SBUSD Assessment Manual–using Fountas and Pinnell teachers will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level. Using Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) and Independent 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.

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.

Additional Notes:

A/B Leveled Books:  A/B books are written to teach concepts of print, one-to-one matching and a FEW high frequency  ONLY. When students have concepts of print and one-to-one correspondence, they should be moved into C level books.  A/B books are not intended to be decoded. Please refer to the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum for specific skills and strategies in each guided reading level.

Testing to Hard

  • It is important to not stop testing once you’ve reached a student’s initial instructional level. It is possible a student might be a band of instructional levels. The purpose of testing to Hard is to diagnose the student’s instructional band and what the student IS able to do and what she is NOT YET able to do. Stopping at the first instructional level may hold students back. Digging deeper into the miscues and errors will help uncover where you can support students in small groups.

SBUSD Assessment Document 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SCoIHDelFn8zbGdqxp7kM2riywIF3eV9yrfeEsDJGcI/edit#

Building your Book Baggies/bins:

So many of you have been interested in seeing your Fountas and Pinnell level for your incoming students. Here are some instructions OR a (riveting) video to get into Illuminate to view those results. IMPORTANT NOTES: Make sure you pay close attention the instruction about Enrollment Date AND know that there will most likely be multiple pages. 

WILLIAMS GUIDELINES:

Please see the guidelines below. Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.

  • Hand sanitizer AND handi-wipes that say “keep out of reach of reach of children” must be stored must be stored high or in a locked cabinet.
  • Do not use Lysol wipes to clean. These are anti-microbial and should not be used in classrooms.
  • Many hand lotions have these same warnings and must be stored accordingly.
  • Liquid paper also says “keep out of reach of children” on the label and cannot be left out on teacher’s desk or other places in the classroom.
  • Cleaning products must be stored in a locked cabinet not under the sink if it does not lock.
  • Power cords cannot be used as permanent outlets and extension cords should not be plugged into power strips.
  • Electrical panels must have a clearance of three feet all around. Please do not put any materials in front or around them.
  • If you have paper cutters they must be in a locked area and should have a lock on the handle.

Amazon:

As a reminder, the SBUSD purchasing department WILL NOT allow us to reimburse any Amazon purchases.

Ally Counseling Program:

The Ally counseling program is no longer serving children. As soon as I have information about the new partner, I will share the referral process.

Paper Choice:

TK-2 Teachers can expect a box of paper in the near future containing paper choices which would be appropriate for the unit you’re teaching. There will be several choices in the box for students. For the 2018-19 school year, Learning and Innovation will provide a starter box for each unit and if you need more or different we also have an order form you can use to select your choices directly from the print shop. 3-8th grade teachers might expect similar for different units when appropriate. Please remember processing time at the Print Shop is about 1-2 weeks.

Chromebooks to Home Internet Access:

limited number of T-Mobile hotspots will be available to each school site for 4th – 8thgrade families with no Internet access. Here is a nomination form if you have a student in your class without access at home. PLEASE DO NOT advertise this option, but if you know of a family in your class who needs it, complete the form.

Crayola Marker Recycling Program:

Please help our environment by saving all of your old/used/dry felt tip markers.  Crayola has a program in which they take back markers to reuse/recycle. Let Patty know if you need a basket or box to collect markers. Room 21 will have a box where you can drop them off.  If you would rather have pick up service, please let Patty know and she will send a couple of students over. Thank you Patty! Below are two videos that can be shared with your students.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4C8GkgLwc&list=PL_4KQM3ba9sB7_EASaLqLADr51KQQ66F7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz_bAHleDlY

Apex Fun Run:

The Apex Campaign has been re-scheduled to September. They were no longer available for the spring dates which we selected. The ONLY dates which they had available are Sept 4-14th. More details to follow. Please email me if you have a preferred time for your daily “Cool Kyle” visit. 

Upcoming Dates:

Dr. McNamara visits classrooms           Aug 15 1:00-1:45

Staff Professional Development            Aug 15

Wixie Training K-2 (optional)                Aug 22

Restorative Practices (optional)             Aug 22

Cybersmarts Week                                    Aug 27-31

Fountas and Pinnell Data entered         Aug 31

PTA Bingo Night                                        September 5

Apex Fun Run                                            Sept 14

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: August 6, 2018

Thank you for your hard work. I am exhausted after ten very busy and fun days of school. Get some rest and enjoy yourself this weekend!

Staff Meeting:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. Our first staff meeting of the school year is Wednesday, August 15th. 

ELD Groups Begin- Thursday August 9th:

As a reminder ELD will be held on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. By Monday morning, Erin will place a copy of your ELD/EO roster in your mail box along with a listing of where your students will go during ELD time. Please prepare yourself and your students. ELD teachers should see Teresa who will provide you with SELD kits.

Paper Choice:

TK-2 Teachers can expect a box of paper in the near future containing paper choices which would be appropriate for the unit you’re teaching. There will be several choices in the box for students. For the 2018-19 school year, Learning and Innovation will provide a starter box for each unit and if you need more or different we also have an order form you can use to select your choices directly from the print shop. 3-8th grade teachers might expect similar for different units when appropriate. Please remember processing time at the Print Shop is about 1-2 weeks.

Chromebooks to Home Internet Access:

A limited number of T-Mobile hotspots will be available to each school site for 4th – 8th grade families with no Internet access. Here is a nomination form if you have a student in your class without access at home. PLEASE DO NOT advertise this option, but if you know of a family in your class who needs it, complete the form.

Crayola Marker Recycling Program:

Please help our environment by saving all of your old/used/dry felt tip markers.  Crayola has a program in which they take back markers to reuse/recycle. Let Patty know if you need a basket or box to collect markers. Room 21 will have a box where you can drop them off.  If you would rather have pick up service, please let Patty know and she will send a couple of students over. Thank you Patty! Below are two videos that can be shared with your students.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KP4C8GkgLwc&list=PL_4KQM3ba9sB7_EASaLqLADr51KQQ66F7

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wz_bAHleDlY

Dr. McNamara’s Visit August 15th @1:00-1:45:

Dr. McNamara plans to visit Emory 6 times this year. She has let Principals know that on each of her visits she plans to visit each classroom. I’m not sure what this will look like on August 15th.

District Writing Day:

District On- Demand Writing Assessment

On Tuesday, August 7th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. Please provide 45 minutes to complete this task.  If you have already done an On Demand Narrative Writing assessment in your WUOS, that will suffice.  Scores will not be entered into Illuminate.

The following are the directions and paper choices by grade:

Kindergarten Prompt

2nd Grade Prompt

3-8 Prompt

 

Kindergarten Paper

1st Grade Paper

2nd Grade Paper

Chromebooks use before school/at lunch:

To avoid damage to devices, Chromebooks may not be used before school or during recess/lunch. Excepting use that is directly supervised by a classroom teacher (in a classroom). Students may visit the library if they need access to technology.

Fountas and Pinnell Assessment Data entered by August 31:

From the SBUSD Assessment Manual–using Fountas and Pinnell teachers will determine reading level of all students in order to support independent reading at their level. Using Illuminate, report Instructional Level (shows what students are working on) and Independent 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.

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.

Additional Notes:

A/B Leveled Books:  A/B books are written to teach concepts of print, one-to-one matching and a FEW high frequency  ONLY. When students have concepts of print and one-to-one correspondence, they should be moved into C level books.  A/B books are not intended to be decoded. Please refer to the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum for specific skills and strategies in each guided reading level.

Testing to Hard

  • It is important to not stop testing once you’ve reached a student’s initial instructional level. It is possible a student might be a band of instructional levels. The purpose of testing to Hard is to diagnose the student’s instructional band and what the student IS able to do and what she is NOT YET able to do. Stopping at the first instructional level may hold students back. Digging deeper into the miscues and errors will help uncover where you can support students in small groups.

SBUSD Assessment Document 

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1SCoIHDelFn8zbGdqxp7kM2riywIF3eV9yrfeEsDJGcI/edit#

Building your Book Baggies/bins:

So many of you have been interested in seeing your Fountas and Pinnell level for your incoming students. Here are some instructions OR a (riveting) video to get into Illuminate to view those results. IMPORTANT NOTES: Make sure you pay close attention the instruction about Enrollment Date AND know that there will most likely be multiple pages. 

Ally Counseling Program:

The Ally counseling program is no longer serving children. As soon as I have information about the new partner, I will share the referral process.

Digital Content:

Wixie (TK-2 and ALL SDC)- Wixie Training at Emory–August 22 @1:45 in room 23

Thrively– Students in 4th through 8th grade have access to Thrively, a fun way to get to know your students’ strengths. Accounts will be set up shortly. Here’s a Getting Started Guide

  • NEW Digital CONTENT

CyberSmarts Week:

Teachers College Units Sequence:

See below for the Teacher’s College sequence for the 2018-19 school year!

Here is the sequence of units for Reading and Writing.

WILLIAMS GUIDELINES:

Please see the guidelines below. Let me know if you have any questions or need clarification.

  • Hand sanitizer AND handi-wipes that say “keep out of reach of reach of children” must be stored must be stored high or in a locked cabinet.
  • Do not use Lysol wipes to clean. These are anti-microbial and should not be used in classrooms.
  • Many hand lotions have these same warnings and must be stored accordingly.
  • Liquid paper also says “keep out of reach of children” on the label and cannot be left out on teacher’s desk or other places in the classroom.
  • Cleaning products must be stored in a locked cabinet not under the sink if it does not lock.
  • Power cords cannot be used as permanent outlets and extension cords should not be plugged into power strips.
  • Electrical panels must have a clearance of three feet all around. Please do not put any materials in front or around them.
  • If you have paper cutters they must be in a locked area and should have a lock on the handle.

Amazon:

As a reminder, the SBUSD purchasing department WILL NOT allow us to reimburse any Amazon purchases.

Upcoming Dates:

District Writing Day                                 Aug 7

Dr. McNamara visits classrooms           Aug 15 1:00-1:45

Staff Professional Development            Aug 15

Wixie Training K-2 (optional)                Aug 22

Quote of the Week:

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