Parkdale Elementary Weekly Update


This Week...

Happy Last Week of School! Congratulations and thank you for a great year! I'm inspired by how hard you work to provide the best for our students. You have a well earned rest ahead of you. Enjoy!

End of the year stuff...

1. End of the year growth conferences for staff:

- For IA staff I will contact you about a meeting time for the end of this week.

- For Teachers I will set up a schedule for growth conferences for Monday (6/15)

2. Check out procedures

- You will receive your checkout form this week. IAs will check out on Friday, 6/12. For Teachers I'll be available for check out on Tuesday (6/16) afternoon. I'll be around all day on 6/15 too for those who are ready to check out then.

3. You will be receiving an end of the year survey in your box this week. I'm hoping you can find some time to fill this out as a way to give me some feedback. I will use the information you provide to help guide my professional goals for next year.

Thanks! Gus

Green Day Schedule for Monday 6/8

Green Day Schedule for Monday 6/8 will be as follows:

9:30 - 10:10 - Zumba in the Gym with Yesi (Ziegner, Lavoie, Curtis, Schmidt, Monroe)

10:20 - 11:00 - PE w/Parents outside (Sischo)

Art with Bonnie in Gym

11:00 - 11:40 - Lavoie

11:50 - 12:30 - Kinder

12:30 - 1:10 - Valentine

1:30 - 2:10 - Spaulding/K

From the Marshal Memo...

Career Advice from Robert Sternberg

In this Chronicle of Higher Education article, Robert Sternberg (Cornell University) looks back on his career to date (he’s 65) and offers advice that might well apply to K-12 educators:

- Put family first.

- Make your health a close second.

- Save as much money as you can.

- If you’re in the wrong place, get out.

- Stay away from jerks.

- If you’re not having fun, something’s wrong.

- Be true to yourself.

- Don’t tie up too much of your self-esteem in someone else’s evaluation of your work.

- Take stock periodically.

- Have a hobby. See the world. Or both.

- Help others.

- Take some risks.

“That’s it,” Sternberg concludes. “I hope that by the time you reach my age, you’ll feel that your life and career have made the kind of difference you had hoped to make. Me? I’m not there yet, which is why I’m still trying – for example, by writing this article.”

“Career Advice from an Oldish Not-Quite Geezer” by Robert Sternberg in The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 29, 2015 (Vol. LXI, #37, p. A27-28),

Newsella Scaffolded Article Resource

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Library News

Library News Updates:

1. Darla recently applied for and received a grant called "Books for Children" that will provide $1050 worth of new, hardcover books for our library. Thank you and congratulations Darla!

2. For next year...Darla is looking for ways to obtain reading level and reading interests for your students. Her idea is to create an index card system where staff can provide and update reading levels and student reading interests. These cards will be kept in the library in a card box and can be accessed by Darla to help students select library books that will be most appropriate. More information to come on this one.

Smarter Balanced Assessment Feedback Opportunity

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 ODE will host an online Smarter Balanced Feedback Forum from 9 - 10 a.m. PT for district and school staff to share their impressions of the first year of Smarter Balanced operational testing. This feedback opportunity is open to any interested. However, so that ODE can tailor its planning for the Forum, we request that participants register by Friday, June 12, 2015.

To register for the online Forum, click below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the webinar.

Summer PD Opportunities from the Hood River Academy

The Hood River Academy is excited to announce the 2015 Summer of Learning, where we have two learning opportunities for you:

  • We have formed partnerships with several organizations to provide high quality learning opportunities.

  • An opportunity to design your own learning needs, called Grow Your Own Learning.

Our registration form will be activated on Monday, June 1st 2015. This afternoon, I would like to give you a sneak peak into the bulletin and what offerings will be available and how you can be compensated to participate. You can access the bulletin by clicking below:

Parkdale Staff Feedback Form - Click Here!

Use this form to give Gus feedback about how things are going and what you need.

Events This Week...

Monday 6/8

9:00 am - Fire Drill

Green Day starting at 9:30 am (see above for detailed schedule)

Tuesday 6/9

Grade 2 Field Trip to Pool, 8:30 - 1:15

Kinder to Alabama Jim's 12:45 - 1:15

Wednesday 6/10

Technology Special (not Library)

Thursday 6/11

Student Appreciation Day (Field Day)

Grades 3-5 8:30 - 10:30

Grades K-2 12:30 - 2:10 (Schmidt too)

Print Report Cards

Friday 6/12

8:00 am - Promotion Assembly

Grade 5 BBQ, Fun, Games

9:45 am - Scmidt to Alabama Jim's

1:30 pm - Memory Book Cel. Kinder

3:30 pm - Staff Party at Jenny's House - Farwell to departing staff members

5:30 pm - Reptile Man in Gym, Kickoff to Summer Reading Program

Upcoming Dates

6/16 - Teacher Checkout

Have a great week!!

Parkdale Staff Feedback Form - Click Here!

Use this form to give Gus feedback about how things are going and what you need.