Addams Staff Newsletter

April 27, 2015

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Principal's Message

Dear Addams Staff,

April is Autism Awareness month and our #AddamsLearners have been doing a great raising awareness for Autism! Thank you to our ASD teachers for taking the time to organize the many wonderful events that have been taking place this month.

Also, I wanted to thank Molly Brinker and our 5th grade teachers for being our first group to experience the M-STEP! Great job paving the way for our 4th and 3rd grader #AddamsLearners as well!

In an effort to create an avenue for staff to recognize each other for positive things, I’ve created the “Addams Spotlight.” I encourage you to take 10 seconds to recognize other colleagues. Click on the link below to add comments:

Also, click on the "Youanes Addams Calendar" link below to view my updated Google Calendar. You can also click on the "Addams Building Calendar," below to review the most updated events going on at Addams!

Addams Updates and Reminders

Parent Communication: Thank you to those that have been updating their websites on a regular basis. Please be sure to either update your website/blog or send out emails to communicate updates and other important info to parents. The expectations is that parents are updated at the very least twice a month. Feel free to add me to email communications to parents as well.

BFC Update: Click on the link to view the April BFC. These notes and the agendas for all BFC meetings are located in the BFC folder within the shared Google Drive Addams Game Plan Folder.

Teacher Certification: Just a reminder to check your certification dates. Make sure you have all of the necessary information into the state for renewal prior to the certificate expiration date. To look up your certification deadlines you can click here:

For access to the MOECS site for renewal click here:

If you have PD paperwork for me to sign please make sure you give me a two week window for verification and please complete it at the end of each school year thank you. Let me with any questions.

Late Start Sub: Click on the link to sign up for a time slot for the late start sub. Remember that no more than two time slots per teacher can be used until December:

Lunch: Please be sure to take accurate lunch counts each day for the next day so that we have the correct amount of lunches available to students in all 3 lunches.

STAGES Teacher Portfolio: Just a reminder that the teacher portfolio in STAGES, although optional, is due by May 15, 2015. Any teacher portfolios completed after May 15 won't be taken into consideration in your final evaluation.

Teacher Evaluation Info: Using Portfolio in STAGES

STAGES- Portfolio Info

Addams Learners in Action!

Addams PBIS Updates

PBIS– O.A.K.S: This month our focus will be on reviewing and teaching the OAKS expectations for the playground. Throughout April, Addams Elementary classes will discuss and practice appropriate playground behavior in order to help students have a better understanding of the expectations during recess and playground activities.

Please remember to follow common courtesy for traffic flow in the halls. For example, if a class is coming down the stairs to lunch, please stop and let them all come down so that our classes are able to stay together. Also, this is a safety issue as bigger kids are coming down and little ones may be passing by.

PBIS April Newsletter:

Curriculum and Instruction Updates

Curriculum and Instruction April Newsletter: Click on the link below to view the April newsletter created by Lisa Shannon.

Addams M-STEP 2015 Schedule: Click on the link to access the M-Step schedule for Addams Elementary:

Elementary Assessment Calendar: Just a reminder that all text types (narrative, opinion and informational) are due at the end of 4th MP for all grades levels. Click on the link to view the 4th Card Marking Assessment Calendar:

All text types need to be completed by the end of the year. Please click on the link below to view the MAISA unit calendar for more clarification.

Kindergarten Assessment Calendar: Click on the link to review the Kindergarten assessment calendar for the 2014-2015 School Year:

MDE: Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability- April 23, 2015: Your source for important student assessment and accountability information.

Math Expressions

Royal Oak Math Expressions Weebly Resource: Click on the link below to view the Math Expressions resource website that Lisa Shannon created:

Think Central Math Interventions: Many have asked if you can assign the intervention online game to a group of students instead of individually. That feature is now available. Click on the link below to learn how to do this!

Math Expressions Wikispace Page: This page has been created by one of the Math Expressions consultants as a resource for teachers. It has great information about math routines, writing prompts, CCSS correlations to assessments and much more! Click on the link to explore!

Math Workshop and Math Expressions Questions: In an effort to help answer some of the many questions that you may have regarding math workshop and math expressions, the link below will serve as both a place to pose questions and also a place where you can go for answers:

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The 2015 Boys and Girls Club Walk For The Future will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 at 9 AM at the Jack & Patti Salter Community Center in Royal Oak. Read below. I created a team page for Oak Ridge. Here is the link:

Addams Tech Tips

Chrome Web Apps and Extensions:

Google Drive Cheat Sheet:

Royal Oak Elementary Typing Programs: To preview these presentations please click on the following links:

Powerpoint Presentation:

Teacher Resources:

Student tags:

Google Help: Click on the link to sign up for some Google help from Mr. Youanes:

Chromebook Sign-out: Please click on the link below to access the Google Calendar for the Chromebooks. This link will allow you to see all the available time slots for checking out the Chromebooks. Each time slot is in 30 min increments. Please let me know if you have any questions or need any help:

Addams Chromebook Calendar:

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Twitter @ Addams!

Follow the #AddamsLearners on Twitter and stay updated on the wonderful happenings at Addams Elementary! Also, check out the first page of this newsletter to follow some of our Addams Educators on Twitter.

If you decide to join Twitter at this point, please follow so we can follow back!

Click on the image to view more pictures from our #AddamsLearners!

6 Considerations When Starting a Class Twitter Account:

Follow these Addams Educators on Twitter: