JM Staff Bulletin

Week of September 14, 2015

Cooler Week Ahead!

Dear Fabulous JM Teachers,

Congrats on a successful Back-to-School Night! The enthusiasm and positivity around the school is palpable and contagious.


A few notes for the coming week:


1) I just looked over the "Teacher Needs" Google sheet and will be in touch this week regarding your needs.

2) Please talk with your students about playing chase games on the yard. If you are on yard duty and you see kids playing chase games, remind them that tag is against the rules, and send them to the bench to count to 60.

3) I will be off-site this Wednesday morning from 8:00 - 12:00 and Thursday all day for principal professional development sessions. Starting next month, I will only be off-site every other Thursday.

4) Don't forget to hand out Gotcha slips! If you need more, you can get them in the office. Ms. Tarica will be giving students their new keychains with a Gotcha tag if they have received a slip. Students will only receive a tag for their first Gotcha slip, and Ms. Tarica will help us to track which students have received slips.

5) Your first PLCs are this coming week. I have scheduled four subs for Tuesday because we have 4 first grade teachers. I will find a way to utilize the additional sub in the afternoon. For Thursday and Friday, there will be 2 subs in addition to Ms. Cleary.

6) During your PLCs, please take notes and submit them to me via email if possible. If not, you can place them in my box.

7) Rosh Hashana is this coming Monday and Yom Kippur is next Tuesday so some of your students may be absent. I sent a message via Konstella asking parents to send me an email if their children were going to be observing the Jewish High Holidays.

8) We have tons of folders for those who would like them. They say "Scholarshare" on them and are bright and cheerful. We will place them in the supply room next to the office for those who would like them.


Lastly, please continue to have class meetings daily, even if they are only 5 minutes. Providing students with time to check-in and discuss any issues that are arising on the yard or in the classroom will hopefully minimize gossip, physical altercations, and drama. :)


Have a wonderful week!

Sara

This Week

Monday: ILT meeting at 3:00

Tuesday: COST meeting at 8:00 (time can be changed for future meetings); K/1 PLC

Wednesday: Sara off-site until 12:30; Classroom Culture/OETF Training at 2:00; PTA Meeting/Dad's Club BBQ at 6:00

Thursday: Sara off-site all day at Principal PD; 2/3 PLC

Friday: 4/5 PLC

Saturday: JM Back-to-School Picnic at Roberts Park from11:00 - 2:00

Weekly Deliverables (To-Dos)

  • Submit weekly instructional schedules if you haven't done so already
  • Submit any missing textbooks/teacher's manuals to Sara, Ray (Math), Ife (Science), Sylvi (ELA)
  • Look at materials in the Book Room and take what you need. Remaining materials will be taken out of this room by the end of the week.
  • Submit COST referrals as needed.

Upcoming Dates

9/20: Happy Birthday, Lynn!

9/22 SEL Walk-Through with Mary Hurley from 830 - 9:30

9/22 First Diversity and Inclusion Committee meeting from 7:00 - 9:00 PM

9/23 Yom Kippur

9/23 Staff Meeting

9/29 Family Reading Night from 5:00 - 7:30. (See calendar for day assembly times)

Tuesday, September 29th: Family Reading Night

9/29 New Principal Meeting from 2:30 - 4:30...ugh

9/30 No PD (5th Wednesday of the month)

Increasing Wait Time

I wanted to share a brief article on the importance of increasing wait time when we ask for students to respond to questions in class: http://improvingteaching.co.uk/2013/08/17/increasing-wait-time/

Additionally, I just learned of a 5 Step protocol for getting more students to participate in class discussions developed by a teacher at Chabot.


1) Provide at least 3 seconds of think time.

2) Have students share their response with a partner.

3) Cold call using equity sticks/cards

4) Call on a couple of hands.

5) Ask for a choral response when appropriate.