Weekly Staff Bulletin
~January 13-17 ~Week 18~
Tests & Assessments - UPDATE
UPDATE: 2nd through 5th grade
SRI 2: Opens January 6th through February 14th
Testing will take place during library time. Please assure that students bubble the answers on their answer document.
Materials will be provided.
TK DRDP 2, 3
2: closes January 17th, 2: check in January 30th
3: opens 1/21 & closes 3/21
3rd through 5th
Science Writing Task #2
Opens: January 27th & closes February 21st
Scan by: February 28th
POSITIVE & WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
This 2nd stretch of the school year will bring some challenges for our students as they move towards more challenging skills and concepts. We know we must prepare them for the next grade and beyond & pushing your students to think critically is alright, but providing a dialogue where "failure" is discussed and taking risks needs a safe space. Challenge your students to ask questions and to not fear failure; as failure builds learning.
Provide your students more opportunities to build a relationship with failure & perseverance as these two allow deeper learning.
Need ideas to fundraise for your classroom?
What's going on this week?
Monday, January 13th - STAFF MEETING
Location: Ms. Bien's Room
I. Opening Circle
II. Committee Updates
III. Emergency Referrals to WI
***Attention ALL ILT members: you are dismissed from this meeting at 3:30 PM so that you can arrive on time to the ILT Mini Institute.
Monday, January 13th - Common Core Mini Institute
Location: 2607 Myrtle St, Oakland, CA 94607
Food will be available beginning at 3:45; the session will begin promptly at 4pm. NOTE: Please monitor the google invite for any change in logistics.
Tuesday, January 14th: Beatrice @ MLA
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
HERO's Program - January
4th and 5th grade recess tournaments will begin this month.
Basketball skills will be covered this month.
Begins this month.
Mentoring classes are 1/2 hour long and 2 month sessions. Usually, mentoring will be offered to upper grade students. If you would like younger children to participate, please let me know. Mentoring sessions will include games, discussions, role play etc. Principals and teachers should select candidates for the program. Contact me with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
LCI Teacher Professional Learning Survey
Click below for the link. Please tell teachers to only complete the survey once; the deadline is Tuesday, January 21st at 5:00pm.
SBAC Testing & Grade Level Discussion
The SBAC sample test items can enhance teaching & learning prior to students taking the field test this spring & the summative test in Spring 2015.
We encourage you to spend 2-3 hours in professional learning communities (or on your leisure) in the following:
1. taking at least one practice test
2. discussing instructional implications (with peers)
3. brainstorming next steps (with peers)
To take the practice test go to http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ Click on the green box.
Thinking of retention for any of your students?
Picking up students...
Grade-Level Bulletins & Newsletters
Newsletters: Parents do read your grade-level newsletters that are displayed in the main office. Please keep them updated.
Responding to Families
There has been multiple parents voicing concerns that their emails &/or phone calls are not being responded to by the teaching staff. I ask that you check your phone messages and OUSD email in a timely manner and that you respond to our families within 72 hours.
Happy Hour, Anyone?
We have also decided to hold a Happy Hour on/around the third Friday of each month starting this month January the 24th . Where? At PORTAL BAR from 4.30 to 5.30pm. It´s literally 5 minute drive from our school, so no excuses!
The Social Committee
After considering different options we have decided that Breakfast Club is going to be at the end of the month every Friday to celebrate pay week. Here is the calendar:
- Thursday 1/30/2014 Kinder and TK (this is a Thursday because Friday is a Teacher Planning Day)
- Friday 2/28/2014 First grade
- Friday 3/28/2014 Second grade and Special EdFriday 4/25/2014 Third grade and support staff
- Friday 5/30/2014 4th grade and 5th grade
- Friday 6/12/2014 Office staff (it´s not the last Friday of the month but it´s the last day with students and we should celebrate!)
The Social Committee