Ms. Mac's Memos

Week of August 25th

Mission & Vision

Park Street Mission:

We Learn. We Grow. We Thrive.



Park Street Vision:

Our vision is to provide a collaborative foundation for successful learning and living through:


P- Positive Experiences

S- Supporting all students

E- Engaging with the community and creating

S- Students of excellence

Week at a Glance

Monday:

  • ESOL training is only for ESOL teachers, grade level and homeroom teachers do not need to attend.
  • K & 1 Phonics Assessment cycle


Tuesday:

  • 5th grade team meeting during planning regarding conference week in the coaches office.
  • K & 1 Phonics Assessment cycle.


Thursday:

  • MTSS Core team during planning (in the Lab Site room "Ms. Willis' old room.")


Friday:

  • SILT Team training on PLCs (in the Lab Site room "Ms. Willis old room.")

Challenge for the Week...

You all have done an incredible job managing all of the "new" that has rolled out. I am so proud of you and all you have accomplished this year and it's not even September yet. Thank you for always giving your best self and trying your best to integrate all of the "new" with fidelity.


My challenge to you this week is to take time to do one thing for yourself. Last week was a busy week, so find one thing to do just for yourself!

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LEARN

Days off...

I have received several questions regarding if requested time off was approved.


All requested days are automatically approved by me, unless they fall on a critical leave day, have been excessive absences, or there is an extenuating circumstance. If for some reason your requested day is NOT approved, I will email you directly to let you know why.

Objective Charts...

I have had several teachers ask me about what to include on the charts. Below is a picture example of an objective chart.


For instance:

I can...count to 20.

So that I can...know if I have too many items for express checkout in the grocery store.

I know I am successful when...I can count different amounts of objects.

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GROW

Consistency in Practice and Equity

We know there has been a lot on your plates so far this year. In an effort to help everyone balance out all of the new and do a few things well, please focus on the items below during math and literacy time.


Our goal is to come to a common, agreed upon standard for student learning. As a grade level it is important for all students to learn the same things, otherwise, we are not creating equitable learning.


Math:


  • Solve and Share (model with manipulatives and let students attempt in their own way)
  • Visual Learning (mini lesson-guided learning)
  • Student should have workbooks during these times
  • Students should have manipulatives


Heather and Sharon are working on some sample math videos to help everyone get ideas for what they can do with Pearson Math.




Literacy:

  • Small groups focused on a strategy, guided reading, LLI intervention, or enrichment

Team Spotlight

This week we would like to spotlight 1st grade and 3rd grade.


1st grade has done a great job with consistency in practice this week with Writing Units of Study. In every classroom, teachers were focused on the same teaching point and mini lesson. Way to go 1st grade.


3rd grade has done a fantastic job with planning and collaborating. They have consistently met to discuss student needs and strategies to help problem solve deficits in student learning. Keep rocking 3rd grade team!!

Coaches' Corner

ELA:

Luz’ look fors during visit next on August 27th

The most effective way to help children learn vocabulary:

1. Define (point to it, act it out, and define in own words)

2. Connect

3. Relate to book

4. Turn & Talk

Homework: Practice Prompts for Transitional Readers

Behavior: Stops or miscues on an unknown word

Goal: Solves words

Prompts are listed on p.178 The Next Step Forward in Guided Reading

What is rigor

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THRIVE

Affirmation Envelopes...

Affirmation envelopes have now been placed on doors or windows. Feel free to begin dropping notes of affirmation for staff around the building. You can decorate them and out your own personal touch on them.


Thank you Ivonne for hanging these up!

Who is responsible...

At our SILT meeting, leaders asked for clarification on who staff should go to for certain things. Below is a link to the duties and responsibilities chart. Going forward, please only contact the person that has that designated responsibility. They will have final say.


For example:


  • All scheduling questions and decisions will go directly to Ms. Bagwell.
  • All in-house and out of school field trips will go directly to Mr. Soto.
  • All para time sheets and meetings will go to and come from Mr. Soto.


https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1CUXSudD0qc0uDin763p5LOVt0BgUyh7ltpmOoKumNPU/edit?usp=sharing

Staff Shout Outs... (please submit shout-outs by Friday at 1pm)

1. Tom Martin

Thank you for being so flexible! You are so helpful and so on top of things! I appreciate how prepared and knowledgeable you are! I am VERY excited to have you in our classroom this year! It's going to be a great year!

2. Florence

You love and support does not go unnoticed. Thank you for all you do every single day.

3. Second Grade Team

First team to have all students tested on Math I-Ready!