Weekly Update August 5, 2019


I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and fun weekend!

Staff Professional Development:

We meet from 1:40-3:10 in room 23. We will watch our Mandated Annual Training Videos, review Emergency Procedures and Check in about systems and procedures to support a positive Classroom Environment.

ELD begins August 5:

Thanks you for your hard work creating ELD, enrichment and intervention rosters! You, likely, have a hard copies, however, the doc is linked here google doc.

As a reminder, we have ALL committed to facilitating 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.

Teachers College Staff Developer Visits:

Grades 3-6                                       August 19, 20

Grades TK-2                                    Sept 16

We have confirmed our first visit with our Teachers College Staff Developers. Beth will continue with primary grade and we have Kristina Horsting to support upper grade. Kristina supported Berry last year and they enjoyed working with her. As we confirm additional dates for our staff developers’ visits, I will let you know. To provide more timely support, we have asked them to visit three times this year (two days, two days one day). I am looking for labsite hosts for Kristina and Beth’s first visits. I will send out a schedule ASAP.

From your Literacy TOSA: Conferring, Reading Logs and Goal Setting!:

As you continue to build relationships with your students and guide them toward setting goals, you may find yourself trying out new tools and forms. Whether it be a new format for your students’ reading logs, or a new-and-improved binder to keep notes about your class, remember:

The most important purpose of goal setting with students is to inspire and encourage them to grow as readers and writers.  Be aware of the common pitfall of focusing on compliance (i.e. I’m doing this because the teacher said so.)  Rather, reading logs and the like should be used to help students build independence, take ownership and reflect on their reading & writing lives.

Here are a few helpful resources:

Conferring Resources

TCRWP Conferring support prompts by level  (skills by level with little boxes to write kids’ names- feel free to skip the boxes if you are like me and prefer to have a conferring note sheet for each student)

Conferring Note Taking Sheets– These are ones that I created and used in my own classroom for the last couple of years!  Feel free to use if they work for you. 🙂 (Extra Bonus: Here are some cute covers to match.)

Conferring Talk Prompts

Reading Log Resources

Paper Reading Log (Upper Grade)

Digital Reading Log (If you are interested in starting a digital reading log with your kids schedule a TOSA request with me and I can help you get set up!)

Goal Setting Resources

Reading/writing goals template primary
Supporting Reading Volume Across the Week (levels A-Z, from Kristy Horsting TCRWP)

Fountas and Pinnell Reading Assessment:

As a reminder, for grades 1-6 Fountas and Pinnell data must be entered by  August 30th.

If you have any newcomer English Learners, you may wish to reach out to TOSA Meagan to have her support your administration of the (DRA) Developmental Reading Assessment to better understand your students reading strengths in Spanish. We have a kit in room 23.

Developmental Spelling Assessment:

Video Links from Meagan…..

Video #1: Answers…What assessments am I supposed to be giving for phonics? Where can I find them? How do I administer the DSA? (@5 minutes)

Video #2: Answers…How do I score the DSA? (@10 minutes)

Video #3: Answers… How do I use my scoring information to meet student small group needs? (FOR 2ND GRADE TEACHERS, THIS VIDEO GIVES SOME RECOMMENDATIONS ABOUT HOW TO USE STUDENTS SCORES TO DETERMINE WHICH 1ST GRADE BOOK TO BEGIN WITH.) (@8 minutes)

Field Trips/Study Trips:

Field trip forms/protocols are currently being revised. I anticipate having the new materials within the next few weeks. Prior to scheduling any trips, please consult with me and I will attempt to help us navigate the new rules. As soon as I have additional information, I will share it with you.

Math Expectations:

It is the expectation that all SBUSD students should be engaged in mathematics aligned to the new SBUSD Units of Study. The SBUSD Math Units of Study Website  Website

TOSA Edgardo is available to support you with planning for and facilitating math workshop. He will join us at our Sept 4th staff professional learning.  If there are any specific things which you would him to address that day, please let me know.

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.

Cybersmarts Week:

  • CyberSmarts- ALL TK- 8th grade classrooms
    • Please remember that the District-wide “CyberSmarts Week,” with its digital safety and digital literacy awareness focus for all students, is scheduled to be celebrated by all teachers in District schools and classrooms during the week of Aug 26 – Aug 30, 2019.
    • Due to federal, State, and Governing Board policy requirements, public schools must now ensure that all students in all grade levels are provided with foundational instruction in cybersafety and appropriate online behavior on an annual basis. Parents & families will be notified that CyberSmarts Week will be observed in each of their children’s classrooms during the week of Aug 26 – Aug 30, 2019.
    • Please take some time to review your grade level content at the posted CyberSmarts agenda website at http://tinyurl.com/becybersmart for your classroom instructional planning.
      • Just click the tab for your grade level at the top of the CyberSmarts Week page; The 3 – 5 core “mini-lessons of the week” for each grade level are in folders at the bottom of each grade level tab.
      • A Teacher Agenda page is provided with some simple steps to prepare for CyberSmarts Week.

District Digital Content:

  • District Digital Content– This document has all the login information for any district provided digital content.

District Champions:

We are accepting nominations for 2019-2020 District Champions!  These awards recognize students, parents/guardians, staff, teams, organizations, and community members that demonstrate outstanding work, dedication to the District’s mission and goals, commitment to our community, and strong support for South Bay. Thank you for your recommendation and for helping us honor and recognize the team members and partners that champion our work, our community, and our District.

Brain Pop Code:

Teachers may use this code: QNTT7528 We have access to BrainPop, Jr., ELL, and Espanol


Thanks to Leslie for sharing this inspirational video. In case you were busy and missed it…..

Upcoming Dates:

Staff PD August 7

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

Teacher PLC August 14

T.C. Upper Grade     August 19, 20

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

Cybersmarts Week August 26-30

Fountas and Pinnell 8/30 (gr 1-6) **

Apex Fun Run Sept 13

T.C. Primary Grade Sept 16

Quote of the Week:

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