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


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 


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.


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.


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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