Weekly Update: July 29, 2019

Thank you for an amazing first week of school. I enjoyed seeing you develop your classroom communities and get our students started on the new year of learning!

Staff Professional Development:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. This week is a teacher PLC. Thank you for your thoughtful completion of our PLC minutes form and for your work together on Monday! Our ELA TOSA, Meagan Ramirez, will host an OPTIONAL Orientation to the K-2 Phonics Units of Study from 1:40-2:40 in room 23. Your team (K-2) may wish to attend.   Link to PLC minutes form.

Back to School Night:

I hope that you enjoy this opportunity to meet your students’ families, share about yourself and what our students will learn this year. If you are able to include it, please encourage families to download the South Bay Union School District App. I use this, along with my weekly phone calls to communicate with families.

Directions to Download the South Bay Union School District App

Visit the App (apple) or Play (samsung) store

Search South Bay Union School District

Download the app (free)

Select School (Emory)

5:15-5:30 PTA Membership Meeting – Cafeteria

5:30-5:40  Opening Remarks -Cafeteria                        

5:45-6:00 6th Grade Camp Meeting- Cafeteria   

5:45-6:10 Classroom Visitations –  Visit #1

6:15 – 6:40 Classroom Visitations -Visit #2

ST Math:

Our resident expert, K.C. has let me know that ST Math is ready to go. Advice for obtaining the new picture password is below.

ST Math Password Information

Students will get a new password each year. Therefore, students need their school ID numbers on hand….(this is not the google password).  You can generate this by going to Synergy and printing class list….this number serves as both username and password in STMath and starts the training for their individual picture password. You may want to complete a TOSA request for Edgardo if you would like further assistance.

Flag Salute:

We will postpone the start of our weekly flag salute blacktop gathering until after our first Student United Nations meeting of the school year. An action item for our first meeting is to revise our flag salute procedures with input from our students.

ELD begins August 5:

Thanks you for your hard work with your grade level bands this week!! As a reminder, by August 1, please finalize your rosters in this google doc. 

Please rename the tab (at the bottom of the page) to include teacher last name, grade level(s) and ELD or EO. Example, Grondek=Grondek 3/4 EO

When entering students, type their last name, first name into column A.

Please Add the homeroom teacher name into column B.

ELD will be on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday beginning August 5th.

As a reminder, we will ALL facilitate an interactive read aloud during ELD and EO time each day. If you would like help planning your read aloud, you might want to schedule time to meet with TOSA Meagan.

Tips from TOSA Meagan:

Hello Emory Teachers!

It’s a new school year!  It’s almost time to start thinking about your F&P testing!

Here are a few helpful ideas for making the most of your Fountas & Pinnell conferences:

  • Glean important reading data from your students
  • Build relationships
    •   Conduct a brief “reading life” interview with each student (Here’s an example of some questions you might ask). This is helpful to get to know the kiddos since it is the beginning of the year.
  • Guide students through setting reading goals for the new school year.
    • A wonderful self-reflection tool for upper grade students to help them create goals, from Jennifer Serravallo
    • Share ideas about student goal-setting with your colleagues (and with me so I can spread the word!)  What has worked well for you?  What are you going to try this year?

I hope you had a fantastic first week with your students!  Feel free to reach out to me with any questions or support needed for F&P.

District On- Demand Writing Assessment:

On Tuesday, July 30th, we will administer the Narrative On-Demand writing prompt. The purpose of the writing assessment is to show writing progress with a common prompt and genre across all grade levels. As the prompt instructs please provide 45 minutes to complete this task. Scores will not be entered into Illuminate.

The following are the directions and paper choices by grade:

Kindergarten Prompt

1st Grade Prompt

2nd Grade Prompt

3-8 Prompt


Kindergarten Paper

1st Grade Paper

2nd Grade Paper

School Supplies:

As a reminder, you MAY NOT require that families provide supplies for their students or your classroom. You MAY request donations to you classroom. The State of California requires that schools provide everything that a child needs to learn. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Collective Efficacy:

One of the most important things that impact student achievement is collective efficacy. When teachers, really all staff members, believe that together, they and their colleagues can impact student achievement, they share a sense of collective efficacy. Collective efficacy is highest when there is belief that the staff is capable of helping students master complex content, fostering students’ creativity, and getting students to believe they can do well in school.

We can strengthen collective efficacy in schools by:

  1. Creating structures and processes for teachers to engage in meaningful collaboration.
  2. Promoting teacher leadership and extending teachers’ decision-making power.
  3. Building awareness that collective efficacy exists and that it is the number one factor that influences student achievement.

Let’s Dance Kids:

We are pleased to inform you that South Bay will be continuing its partnership with Let’s Dance Kids! for the 2019-2020 school year.

Teachers who are interested can attend dance lessons (at no cost) at the VIP Village West Campus (formerly IBCS West.) Teachers will learn approximately six ballroom dances, consisting of three to four steps for each dance. After learning the dances, teachers would then have an obligation to teach their students some of these dances, two to three times a week, during their regular physical education time block.  In addition, teachers would prepare their students to participate in the South Bay Showcase (the 14th Annual!) scheduled to take place in late May 2020.

In-class coaching will be available for first time participants, participants who may wish to teach more than one class, or those who just need some new ideas on how to teach a particular dance. Vanessa Williams (our professional dance instructor) as well as several retired teacher participants, will also provide classroom coaching this year!

This is a great way to meet PE minute requirements, physical fitness and arts goals, and get some exercise while doing so!

Class will be from 4:15 – 5:00 PM on Wednesday afternoons that school is in session at VIP Village West (525 3rd Street in Imperial Beach).

If you are interested in participating in this opportunity, please email Randea Hinojosa rhinojosa@sbusd.org by Friday, August 9, 2019. 

Classes will begin on Wednesday, August 14, 2019.

Upcoming Dates:

District Writing Day July 30

OPTIONAL Orientation to Phonics Unit(gr TK-2) July 31

ELD groups Due August 1

Staff PD August 7

Music Lessons start Aug. 13 for returning students (new students 3 weeks later)

Principal PLC TOSA Meagan Visits Preparing for/Calendaring the next Unit August 21

Fountas and Pinnell 8/30 (gr 1-6) ** reserve sub dates now

Apex Fun Run Sept 13

Quote of the Week:

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