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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Weekly Update: July 30, 2018

Thank you all for a great first week! Get some rest, have some fun and get ready for our second week!!

Back to School Night:

Schedule

5:00-5:15 Chromebook Take Home Information Meeting (grades 4-6)

5:15 PTA Meeting

5:30 Principal Welcome

5:45 Classroom Session 1 (25 minutes)

6:15 (Classroom Session 2 (25 minutes)

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.

ST Math:

  • Getting Started with ST Math Accounts are ready to roll. Remember best practice for time on task:
    • K-1 ⇒ 60 minutes per week
    • 2-6 ⇒ 90 minutes per week
    • More than 20 minutes per session. For example:
      • 2- 45 minute sessions
      • 3- 30 minute sessions

Other 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.

Classroom Libraries:

The new classroom library books have arrived! In your classroom, you will find the books (still in boxes), bins and a packing list. Unfortunately, the District team was not able to accomplish as much as they expected. You will need to remove the books from the boxes, place them in the provided blue plastic bins, affix a leveled label to the back of the book and label the bin (bin labels and leveled book labels located in the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Kit which can be found in the cardboard box labeled “Resource Kit Enclosed”).

Additional information/recommendations:

  • Find the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Box (found in the box labeled “Resource Kit Enclosed”
  • Find your Book Bin Label Cards packet and Book Level Labels packet (located in the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Box)
  • Register your Classroom Library Kit
  • After you register your kit, you may print additional labels
  • The books with the yellow/green label are the grade level shelves and the books with the pink stickers are the below grade level shelves

In order to ensure that we are SBUSD/ Williams Act compliant, we will need to make sure that our libraries meet a few key requirements:

  • The new books must be placed in the provided bins.
  • The new books should not be mixed in with your existing libraries.
  • Students must have a book baggie/box which include some at grade level texts as well as texts at their reading level/band.

District Writing Day:

The purpose of this assessment will be to inform teaching by analyzing authentic student writing in grade level and vertical site teams.  This is meant to be a 45 minute narrative on-demand writing piece. (Not a writing lesson!). This will also serve as the pre-assessment for Writing Workshop units. All students will respond to a common prompt in order to evaluate writing across a developmental continuum (Writing Pathways, Calkins). The assessment will be done by hand only using appropriate paper choice (district provided) and pen/pencil.  This leads to higher levels of equity, evidence of  student thinking, etc. Instructions and paper for K-2 will be provided.·

District Writing Day- August 7

Prompts:

·        Kindergarten

·        First Grade

·        Second Grade

·        3rd- 8th Grade

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.

Upcoming Dates:

District Writing Day                                 Aug 7

Staff Professional Development            Aug 15

Wixie Training K-2 (optional)                Aug 22

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: July 23, 2018

Welcome to the new school year! Thank you for your hard work preparing your classrooms and planning your lessons. You are an amazing team of educators. Have fun and enjoy your new class!

Morning Supervision Procedure:

Duty is from 7:40-7:57

One teacher to supervise tables other teacher supervises walking field/zumba

After 7:40, students may place backpacks on classlines

Student/Families may NEVER line up on lines before 7:57

Student may sit inside the cafeteria, sit at the tables outside the cafeteria, walk the field, do zumba, visit classrooms for tutoring ONLY with teacher permission

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. 

ST Math:

  • Getting Started with ST Math Accounts are ready to roll next week. Remember best practice for time on task:
    • K-1 ⇒ 60 minutes per week
    • 2-6 ⇒ 90 minutes per week
    • More than 20 minutes per session. For example:
      • 2- 45 minute sessions
      • 3- 30 minute sessions

Other Digital Content:

Wixie (TK-2 and ALL SDC)

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.

Classroom Libraries:

The new classroom library books have arrived! In your classroom, you will find the books (still in boxes), bins and a packing list. Unfortunately, the District team was not able to accomplish as much as they expected. You will need to remove the books from the boxes, place them in the provided blue plastic bins, affix a leveled label to the back of the book and label the bin (bin labels and leveled book labels located in the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Kit which can be found in the cardboard box labeled “Resource Kit Enclosed”).

 

To support your efforts, we will take some time during our prep time together to work on your libraries and I will provide an optional four hours of out of contract time to you to support this work. You may come in now and get started or work before or after contract hours anytime through July 27thTime sheets must be submitted by Friday, July 27th.

Additional information/recommendations:

  • Find the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Box (found in the box labeled “Resource Kit Enclosed”
  • Find your Book Bin Label Cards packet and Book Level Labels packet (located in the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Box)
  • Register your Classroom Library Kit
  • After you register your kit, you may print additional labels
  • The books with the yellow/green label are the grade level shelves and the books with the pink stickers are the below grade level shelves

In order to ensure that we are SBUSD/ Williams Act compliant, we will need to make sure that our libraries meet a few key requirements:

  • The new books must be placed in the provided bins.
  • The new books should not be mixed in with your existing libraries.
  • Students must have a book baggie/box which include some at grade level texts as well as texts at their reading level/band.

Reminders from the Office:

  • 1st day packets have been delivered to your classrooms, if you need extras or if you have extras please return to the office.  SEND HOME ON MONDAY
  • Only two things to collect for the office – Emergency cards and Parent’s Right sheet, they are both paper clipped in each packet.
  • Meal Application survey form will only be required for new students including all Kinders.
  • Fire Drill (yellow) Disaster Accountability (pink) will be placed in your mailbox, please place them in the Emergency packet
  • PTA packet going home separately and are not included in the 1st day packet, we need your help to insert the flyers in the 1st day packet.
  • PTA is requesting that waivers be returned from all students. (this will allow them to participate in morning Zumba and other PTA sponsored activities) We encourage everyone to join PTA for only $15.00 as it helps support our school.

PAYROLL REMINDER:

  • Please sign for your absence upon your return from you absence.
  • When requesting a release day, please submit a P-30 7 days in advance.

Back to School Night:

Schedule

5:00-5:15 Chromebook Take Home Information Meeting (grades 4-6)

5:15 PTA Meeting

5:30 Principal Welcome

5:45 Classroom Session 1 (25 minutes)

6:15 (Classroom Session 2 (25 minutes)

District Writing Day:

The purpose of this assessment will be to inform teaching by analyzing authentic student writing in grade level and vertical site teams.  This is meant to be a 45 minute narrative on-demand writing piece. (Not a writing lesson!). This will also serve as the pre-assessment for Writing Workshop units. All students will respond to a common prompt in order to evaluate writing across a developmental continuum (Writing Pathways, Calkins). The assessment will be done by hand only using appropriate paper choice (district provided) and pen/pencil.  This leads to higher levels of equity, evidence of  student thinking, etc. Instructions and paper for K-2 will be provided.

·        District Writing Day- August 7

·        District Writing Day-March 5

Prompts:

·        Kindergarten

·        First Grade

·        Second Grade

·        3rd- 8th Grade

Reporting in Illuminate may or may not be required.

Due Dates:

July 27        Daily Schedule

July 27        ILT name

July 27        Teaching Expectations Grade Level Plan

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: July 16, 2018

Welcome Back!!I am very excited to see you all! I hope that you had fun and are re-charged and ready for the new year!

Prep Week Schedule:

  • You officially return to work on Tuesday, July 17th. We will begin the day with an optional continental breakfast (7:30-8:30 lounge). The day is yours to get prepared for the new school year.
  • We will all meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 at Mendoza for the District Kick Off. 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers (who did not attend during summer academy) will meet from 1:00-2:30 in room 23 for Basic Math Facts (PD provided by the L&I TOSA’s). All others are free to set up your classroom, collaborate etc.
  • We will meet from 8:00-2:30 on Thursday, July 19th in room 23. Lunch will be provided.
  • You will have Friday, July 20th free to finalize planning for the new school year.

Summer Book Club:

Summer Book Club will meet on Monday, July 16 from 8:30-9:30. We will be discussing Kids First from Day One.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at our summer Shared Leadership on Monday, July 16 from 9:30-11:30 with a break for lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30 and then continue from 12:30-2:30. Attendees will be compensated four hours out of contract time. Agenda items include the following: Awards, Duties, Comprehensive School-wide Discipline Plan, School Brand, Modernization, other Site Shared Leadership Presentation Link

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.

Classroom Libraries:

The new classroom library books have arrived! In your classroom, you will find the books (still in boxes), bins and a packing list. Unfortunately, the District team was not able to accomplish as much as they expected. You will need to remove the books from the boxes, place them in the provided blue plastic bins, affix a leveled label to the back of the book and label the bin (bin labels and leveled book labels located in the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Kit which can be found in the cardboard box labeled “Resource Kit Enclosed”).

 

To support your efforts, we will take some time during our prep time together to work on your libraries and I will provide an optional four hours of out of contract time to you to support this work. You may come in now and get started or work before or after contract hours anytime through July 27th. Time sheets must be submitted by Friday, July 27th.

 

Additional information/recommendations:

  • Find the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Box (found in the box labeled “Resource Kit Enclosed”
  • Find your Book Bin Label Cards packet and Book Level Labels packet (located in the TCRWP Classroom Libraries Tools and Resources Box)
  • Register your Classroom Library Kit
  • After you register your kit, you may print additional labels
  • The books with the yellow/green label are the grade level shelves and the books with the pink stickers are the below grade level shelves

In order to ensure that we are SBUSD/ Williams Act compliant, we will need to make sure that our libraries meet a few key requirements:

  • The new books must be placed in the provided bins.
  • The new books should not be mixed in with your existing libraries.
  • Students must have a book baggie/box which include some at grade level texts as well as texts at their reading level/band.

Quote of the Week:

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Weekly Update: June 4, 2018

Oh wow! We made it! From the bottom of my heart, thank you all for a fantastic school year!! Your hard work and dedication to our students and each other humbles me. There have been highs and lows, but in just a few days, we are on Summer Vacation!!! Enjoy a much deserved break!!!

Summer Learning Academy:

Summer Learning Academy brochure The schedule is subject to change.

Here’s the link to RSVP. Hope to see you there.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at our summer Shared Leadership on Monday, July 16from 9:30-11:30 with a break for lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30 and then continue from 12:30-2:30. Attendees will be compensated four hours out of contract time.Agenda items include the following: Awards, Duties, Comprehensive School-wide Discipline Plan, School Brand, Modernization, other

Summer Book Club:

Summer Book Club will meet on Monday, July 16 from 8:30-9:30. We will be discussing Kids First from Day One. A copy was placed in each of your mail boxes.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You return to work on Tuesday, July 17th. We will begin the day with an optional continental breakfast. The day is yours to get prepared for the new school year. We will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 at Mendoza for the District Kick Off. Following the Kick Off, you will be free to get lunch, set up your classroom etc. We will meet from 1:00-2:30 on July 18th for Nuts and Bolts. We will meet all day on Thursday, July 19th where lunch will be provided. You will have Friday, July 20th free to finalize planning for the new school year.

Apex Fun Run Survey:

The Emory PTA made approximately $4900 from this fundraiser.

Please click here to provide feedback about the Apex Fun Run/Leadership Activities/Fundraiser.

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Weekly Update: May 28, 2018

Staff PD:

We DO NOT meet as a staff this week. You may want to use this time to begin cleaning out your classroom or to work on your report cards.

Summer Learning Academy:

Summer Learning Academy brochure The schedule is subject to change.

Here’s the link to RSVP. Hope to see you there.

 

Fountas and Pinnell Data Entered:

Thank you for assessing your students and entering the data on time. I appreciate your hard work!!

Summer Clean Up/Clean Out- prep for libraries and modernization:

After school dismisses, this summer, Dr. McNamara will walk every classroom in the South Bay Union School District.

Emory Modernization- This summer the SBUSD Maintenance team will paint the exterior of the cafeteria and office. At Summer Shared Leadership, I will share DRAFT details of the architect’s recommendations for our school. We are scheduled for a re-model for the 2018-19 school year.
Additional Classroom Library Books:
This summer, a team of IMRTs (Teresa’s an IMRT) will visit all schools to check in our new classroom libraries. The books will come with bins. You will need to find room in your classrooms. A recommendation was made that you place some of the books in your cabinets and rotate books in and out during the year. This keeps your library fresh and allows space for all books.
Storing and Discarding Excess Materials:
In preparation for modernization and to clean out unneeded items, Carlos, Alex and Teresa have been purging our storage containers. As many Emory teachers have worked here for a long time, you have a lot of stuff. I encourage you to dispose of items which you have not used in more than 3 years. We have freed up a limited amount of storage space in our storage units/classroom cupboards.
  • If you have old tech, furniture or large items that you no longer want, are broken/damaged or unusable please email me and label items discard that you no longer want (if they are large or tech);
  • If there are materials and resources in your classroom that are very out of date (no longer board approved, not a current resource or used for instruction in the last two-three years) please email me and label items discard (if you need boxes please let Eunice or Carlos know);
  • If you have items that need to be shredded, please put them in a box and label them please email me and label items SHRED;
  • If you would like to store instructional materials in a site storage location, please email me and label the box with your name and the contents (example-math manipulatives).
  • If you need access to a large trash bin, please let Carlos know when and where. 

    End of Year Checklist for Summer Custodian Deep Clean Prep:

    Student desks cleaned on top and inside out (marks, stickers, tape, and trash removed).
    Teacher’s desk cleared off.
    Student chairs stacked by 5 and placed to the side of the room.
    Whiteboards cleaned (remove all writing).
    Closets, cupboards, and windows cleaned (marks, tape, posters, signs, etc.).
    Walls and windows cleared of paper.
    All tops of cabinets clear (NO boxes).
    Unwanted items – stack by door inside classroom – label “DISCARD”.
    Place all trash in the trash can. Carpets picked up (including staples).
    Remove all books/toys/blocks from top of bookcases.
    Personal valuables removed.
     Clear all tables, also remove all boxes/etc. from under desks and tables so that the carpet/floor can be cleaned.
    If there are repairs needed in your room, please place a work order in Opra.

We will be working with the Warehouse to dispose of our purged items. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any assistance.

Shared Leadership:

All are welcome to join us at our summer Shared Leadership on Monday, July 16 from 9:30-11:30 with a break for lunch on your own from 11:30-12:30 and then continue from 12:30-2:30. Attendees will be compensated four hours out of contract time. Agenda items include the following: Awards, Duties, Comprehensive School-wide Discipline Plan, School Brand, Modernization, other

Summer Book Club:

Summer Book Club will meet on Monday, July 16 from 8:30-9:30. We will be discussing Kids First from Day One. A copy was placed in each of your mail boxes.

Professional Development/Teacher Prep Week:

You return to work on Tuesday, July 17th. We will begin the day with an optional continental breakfast. The day is yours to get prepared for the new school year. We will meet on Wednesday, July 18th at 8:00 at Mendoza for the District Kick Off. Following the Kick Off, you will be free to get lunch, set up your classroom etc. We will meet from 1:00-2:30 on July 18th for Nuts and Bolts. We will meet all day on Thursday, July 19th where lunch will be provided. You will have Friday, July 20th free to finalize planning for the new school year.
Apex Fun Run Survey:

Please click here to provide feedback about the Apex Fun Run/Leadership Activities/Fundraiser.

Water for Field Days:

The PTA purchase bottle water for the students to have on Field Day next week.  Please contact Teresa to make arrangements. It would be best to help your students label the bottles with their name.

Report Cards:

The report card window is open. Here are a few reminders:

·         Here is Jen Oliveira’s extensive Assessment and Report Card document which is designed to answer all of your questions.
·         Remember all report cards this year will use 8.5 x 11 paper and are 2 sided with grades on BOTH sides.
·         Here is a video about ELD Grades. The previously mentioned Assessment and Report Card document has a lot of the same information. UPDATEMost likely we’ll be changing how this looks next year, just waiting for some guidance from CDE.
·         TIP: Use a text editor (like Word or Google docs) to type your comments, then copy and paste into Illuminate.
·         Remember to SAVE often!
·         If you’re new to Illuminate and report cards check out more informative videos about entering grades – Learning and Innovation website, click on the Assessment tab, then Illuminate Resources.
·         Chrome, Chrome, Chrome
·         You will have 750 characters (including spaces) to write your comments. It may look like you have more space but you’ll only have 750 characters.
·         If you are using the Standards-based Gradebook, this document will help you connect the grades to the report card.
·         Attendance and other heading data will be populated by 5pm on Wednesday, May 30th.
·         Reading Assessment Data– Please CLEAR your filters then search “fountas” or “DRA”. Use the 2017-18 3rd Administration.
Math in Practice:
If you are interested in joining the 2018-2019 Math in Practice Cohort OR need to make-up a session from the 2017-2018 school year, PD will be offered. See schedule below.
TK-2nd Grade: 
Need to attend 2 out of the 3 sessions listed below in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
Summer Learning Academy: Wednesday – June 6   Session #1 Counting and Cardinality  & Session #2 Understanding Place Value
Summer Learning Academy: Thursday – June 7  Session #3 Addition/Subtraction
3rd-5th Grade:
Will be offered on Monday: July 16 from 8-2:30pm which will cover Sessions 1-3 (Multiplication/Division/Fractions) in order to be able to receive the Math in Practice Supplementary Resource, literature and manipulatives
SDC & RSP Teachers are more than welcome to attend either grade level spans. However, you will only be able to receive 1 set of grade level materials.
Please complete the RSVP form by clicking HERE if you choose to attend.
Quote of the Week:
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