Addams Staff Newsletter

January 20, 2015

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Principal's Message

Dear Addams Staff,

On January 7th we hosted all elementary teachers in Royal Oak for some PD on creating math unit rubrics for our new math resource. As I visited each grade level I was very impressed with our Addams Teachers as they lead the morning of learning and showed once again how special they are!

Thank you again Addams Teachers for taking on the task of creating these math unit rubrics and leading the learning for our district at your grade level! You're hard work, effort and dedication is very much appreciated and yet another reason why I'm proud to be a part of our Addams Learning Community!

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: Don't forget 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.

STAGES Self Evaluation Request: Although the self-evaluation in STAGES isn't due until April 15th, I will be sending a "Request" through STAGES. All this means is that you can officially begin to work on your self-eval. Before this request, you wouldn't have been able to have access to your self-evaluation.

Teacher of the Year: Please take some time to click on the link below to nominate an Addams Elementary teacher for the Teacher of the Year award. The window for these nominations will close on Friday, January 23:

BFC Update: Click on the link to view the January 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.

An email will be sent soon to 4th and 5th grade teachers to begin cleaning out the cabinets in the computer lab and upstairs work room so that space can be equally divided for teachers in 4th and 5th grade to use for storage purposes.

Tech integration Help: Allyson Dewar, tech integration specialist for Royal Oak Schools will be spending one day month at Addams to help us with any and all tech questions or support that we need. Her first visit will take place on Monday, January 20th. Please take advantage of this opportunity by clicking on the link below and select a time to meet with her or a time for her to come into your classroom!

Indoor Recess Mega Mix: Mega mixes are our most popular brain breaks, mixed together for longer GoNoodling sessions. Each mix takes the class through a warm-up, longer active session, and a cool-down at the end. Free and easy to sign up for!

Addams PTA Form: Please click on the link below and sign up to join our Addams PTA!

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.

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:

Young Poets Contest: Teachers in Grades 3-5, click on the link below to view info on the young poets contest for students in grades 3-5:

Addams PBIS Updates

PBIS– O.A.K.S: Teachers we are doing much better at hallway behavior on the way to the lunchroom! Please remember to keep walking your students down. Hallway congestion during transitions to Specials and to lunch happens on a daily basis.

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 January Newsletter:

Curriculum and Instruction Updates

MiStar Resources on the Royal Oak District Improvement Site:

Please take some time to visit the website below to review some very useful MiStar resources that have recently been added to our Royal Oak DIT site:

M-STEP 2015 Updates and Preview:

Below is the link for the M-STEP (New MEAP), ELA performance task rubrics. Please review these rubrics so you can have a better idea of what our students will be expected to know on their M-STEP test

Also, the test preview can be found at:

New MAISA Reading Units: Click on the link below to visit the Atlas Rubicon site for the most recent 4th and 5th grade reading units:

Elementary Assessment Calendar: Click on the link to review the 2nd MP assessment calendar:

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

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:

Smarter Balanced Mid-Year Assessment: The window for completing this mid-year assessment is January 12-23. The deadline for adding all scores into the Addams Data Book is by the end of the day on Friday, January 30th. Please be sure these scores are in an updated by then as I will need that info for a meeting in February.

Addams Tech Tips

6 Ed Tech Toos to try in 2015:

Google Drive Video: Adding shared items/folders into your "My Drive":

Google Docs Cheat Sheet:

YouTube Chop: TubeChop allows you to take a YouTube video of any length and chop out the section you want to use. Very useful when you want 11 seconds of a 5 minute clip. Pasted below is the link to the main site as well as the video I chopped.

Royal Oak Elementary Typing Programs: Ryan will present on the district typing programs

at the Dec. 10th late start. 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:

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Earth Day Poster Contest

Click on the link below to learn more about the 2015 Earth Day Poster Contest:
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