Weekly Update: August 19, 2019

Thank you for a great week! I hope that you have some fun with your friends and family this weekend.

Staff Professional Development:

This week is a Principal PLC.  We will meet in room 23 from 1:40-2:40. TOSA Meagan will join us as we take time to prepare/orient ourselves for the new units (Reading/Writing or Phonics) which launch on September 3rd. 4th and 5th grade your Up the Ladder (Reading) book is supposed to arrive “the last week of August”.

Teachers College Staff Developer Visits:

Grades 3-6                                       August 19, 20

Thank you RoseAnn, Holli and Leslie for hosting the labsites.

Please bring:

  • a read aloud text/picture book
  • something to write with
  • and your Reading UOS UNIT 1


August 19 and 20 (Monday/Tuesday). We are excited to work with Kristina Horsting this year who supported Berry last year. Our focus for both days will be Interactive Read Aloud.


5th/6th Angelica, Don, Leslie, Dave, Patty, Shelly 8:00-9:50 Labsite- Leslie Room 13 Meet in Room 23
4th Erika, Tracy, Holli, K.C. 10:10-12:00 Labsite-Holli Perkins 15 Meet in Room 23
3rd RoseAnn, Aranzazu, Maria 12:35-2:25 Labsite- RoseAnn Robles Room 9 Meet in Room 23

Imagine Learning:

Imagine Learning is ready to go for the students included on the list linked hereOur priority for our 80 licenses are newcomers, students who are “emerging, “expanding” and long term English Learners. Pending approval of our School Plan (end of the month) we will begin Imagine Learning outside of the school day. You may have your students use Imagine Learning during the school day and/or at home.

Link to students assigned Imagine Learning (compiled using teacher recommendation and ELPAC score)


New this year—

  • Students will take an assessment when they first log on.  Please note that it is recommended that they complete the assessment during one sitting, so teachers will have to plan for students to complete it without interruption.  A 30 to 45 minute timeframe would be the suggestion.  
  • The testing window will be open from August 8 to August 30.
  • Any students assigned a license after the 30th will need their teacher to schedule the assessment prior to their first session. 
    1. Directions on how to do this will be shared soon.

Please contact Teresa if you have any issues with student access.  If it cannot be resolved, then a work order should be submitted.

Please see the email from me with directions for use at home and for you to get started in your classroom. 

The Emory Imagine Learning site code is 0637380 

District Digital Content:

  • District Digital Content– This document has all the login information for any district provided digital content.(Imagine Learning, ST Math, Dreambox etc)

Emory Student United Nations:

Thank you for selecting your United Nations Representatives!! And thanks to Erika, Holli and Shelly for serving as advisors.

Our first meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 21, 2019. The meeting will last approximately 45 minutes, so students will be out of the classroom for a short period of time.

 Who: Our students

What: Emory Student United Nations

When: Wednesday, August 21th  12:15-1:05

Where: Room 27

Why: Support our Mission of developing leadership and empowering students

 Lunch schedules on meeting days for classroom reps:

TK-K   Regular Lunch Schedule

1st        Regular lunch then at bell, line up at line 27

2nd       Regular lunch, but line up at 27 @ 1st grade bell

3rd        Regular lunch, but line up at 27 @ 1st grade bell

4th        Regular lunch, but line up at 27 @ 1st grade bell

5th/6th   Early lunch at 12:00, but line up at 27 @ 1st grade bell

PBIS/BEST Behavior Leadership Team:

Please let me know if you would like to join our PBIS leadership team. Team members will get a copy of  BEST Behavior/PBIS book We will read the book and, during release time, work together to develop professional learning for our colleagues and update school-wide procedures and systems.

Cybersmarts Week August 26-30th:

The San Diego Police Foundation Internet Safety Presentation

Student Assemblies

August 27

Tk-3      1:00-1:30

4-6        1:40-2:25

Family Education 

August 27 5:00 p.m.

The presentation is designed for an adult audience: topics include hackers and scams, cyberbullying, social media, and gaming. They will provide tips and tricks for families to monitor your child’s access.

  • CyberSmarts- ALL TK- 8th grade classrooms
    • 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



News: Phonics professional development MONDAY, AUGUST 26TH at the Ed Center, out-of-contract pay provided.  All teachers grades TK-2 are invited, sign up here.


We are now in our 4th week of school, and as you have been building relationships with students and helping them set goals, many teachers have reached out to me for resources to support using MICROPROGRESSIONS in the classroom.  MICROPROGRESSIONS are a tool created from the reading learning progressions which help support students with specific, skill-related goal setting in reader’s workshop.  If you would like more information about using MICROPROGRESSIONS in your classroom, please put in a TOSA Request  and I will be happy to support.  In addition, see the resources below:



(note: a work in progress as this is a collaborative folder with resources created by teachers across the District – feel free to add your own microprogressions to the folder!)

Math Units of Study Update:

  • The second Unit of Study has been posted to the website for teachers to access.  The Math team has included each grade level UOS 2 on the Math Calendar located on the website.  Please note the start date varies per grade level, however, most will begin after August 26.

Upcoming Dates:

T.C. Upper Grade     August 19, 20

Principal PLC TOSA Meagan Visits Preparing for/Orientation to Unit August 21

Cybersmarts Week August 26-30

Flag Salute Returns August 26

Internet Safety Student Assemblies/Family Night August 27

Phonics Orientation at Ed Center 3:30-5:00  August 26

Staff United Nations (Shared Leadership- August 26)

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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