K-2 Team Newsletter

September 7-11

Principal's Message

I don’t know about you but I’m excited for this long weekend! We all deserve a much needed rest. Please take some time to rejuvenate and do something for YOU over the holiday weekend. Once we return on September 8th, our new schedules start. Admin will be on deck to help support as scholars and families adjust. Just reach out in your grade level Slack channel if you need us. Have a Happy Labor Day!

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Weekly Survey

Please take the Weekly Survey! We appreciate your feedback and use it as we make decisions and plan out the year as a K-2 admin team.
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Deans of Academics

General Academic Deliverables

All group times and participating students for our post-Labor Day schedule must be posted so we are prepared for success Tuesday Morning. Please ensure your labels for classes includes the following information: LIVE, Content, Small Group Number, Time, Teacher name.

  • Example: LIVE ELA Small Group 2 (9:00-9:50) - Ms. Benson

Academic Pushes for Week 6:
  • Habits of Discussion: New Push: When a scholar gives a correct answer and all scholars agree, neutrally ask at least one more scholar “why they agree” or “how do they know?”
  • **Continued Push**: We know that students may still be slow to unmute which may affect pacing. Please start your groups with all students off mute; mute students as needed if there is excessive background noise. We know some teachers have already begun implementing this - keep it up!

Progress Reports: Please ensure all grades are into Illuminate by Tuesday, September 15th at 8 A.M. We want to ensure that all grades are in before Progress Reports go out so that families get a full picture of where their scholar is performing.


ELA Deliverables, Updates, and Reminders

Friday, September 4th to Friday, September 11th

  1. Meetings the week of September 7th - 9th are canceled. Please take time for yourself as you adjust to the new schedule! Grade Level Group IPP Meetings - Lesson for discussion submitted by 5 pm to AFT. See below for a link to your grade bands schedule.

  2. All videos, independent work and Exit Tickets for the week of September 14th are due in Google Classroom by 5 pm on Friday, September 11th.

  3. Directions for accessing the CKLA Digital Materials: CKLA Digital Materials Directions

Due by Friday, September 11th EOD

  • Complete the IPP Process for Skills lessons for the week of September 7th using the Skills IPP Template to guide you.

    • Check your grade level’s Course Blueprint for which parts of the lesson you should combine to stick to the new time frame.

    • Submit your lesson for Group IPP meetings by 5 pm Friday, September 11th to AFT.

  • All CKLA assignments, video and Exit Tickets

ELA Shoutouts!

  1. Shoutout to Stacey and Emily for taking on extra planning to combine Skills lessons and guided reading for some special friends in 2nd grade!

  2. Shoutout to Justice and Toyia Nicole for incorporating fun chants and hand motions to make Blending and Chaining tons of fun!

  3. Shoutout to Danielle for preparing her team to take the hour long Skills lessons to 50 minutes in her course blueprint!


Math Deliverables, Updates, and Reminders

Friday, September 4th to Friday, September 11th

Week of September 7th-11th

Pacing- As we begin our new 50 minute blocks, make sure you utilize the timestamps on this Math 1 Pager Cheat Sheet.

Group IPP Meetings: NO MEETINGS the week of September 7th to give teachers some time/rest back after the first week of the new schedule! We appreciate you so much!

Weekly Check-In:




MAP testing


Due by Friday, September 11th EOD

  • Complete the IPP Process using the Independent IPP Checklist for all lessons for week of September 14th (See Course Blueprint for clarification if needed)

  • Email Molly (Kinder- Lesson 5, 1st Grade-Unit 2 Unpacking, 2nd Grade-Unit 2 Unpacking)

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Math Shoutouts!

  1. Shoutout to Alicia for truly mastering how to unbundle questions. She was able to give scholars a big meaty question and then break it down into smaller questions so all scholars had access to creating the final answer.

  2. Shoutout to the Kinder team for incorporating brain breaks that are aligned to counting content!

  3. Shoutout to Anya and Kevin for thoroughly internalizing the lessons and asking scholars the targeted question to illicit key points!

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Dean of Culture


Here is the glow and grow for this week:

Glows- Academic Risk

Grows- Lack of Effort

September Incentive for the month: Just Dance Party!

September 11- Old Town Road!

September 18th and 25th- Themes and Threshold amounts - TBA

Paycheck Party Threshold Amounts per grade level: Friday, September 11th

Kinder and 1st grade= $43

Second grade= $46

Times for Paycheck Parties per grade level: Friday, September 11th

Kindergarten- 11-11:30a

First grade- 11:30-12:00p

Second- 1:00-1:30p

Attendance Tracker

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Dean of SEL

Thanks for all your hard work this week! The SEL lesson that is posted this week is about differentiating big problems and small problems. Some of you have requested that lesson, and I think it is a good reminder for the distance learning situation. Please continue to keep using the Rokicki Scheduling Link if you would like me to attend your morning meeting! This will be our last week of Put First Things First, and then we will change to a new habit next week! Love you all!

Habit of the Month: Put First Things First!

Work first, play later.

Figure out what your “big rocks” are!

Prioritize your “big rocks”.

Create a schedule for yourself to maximize the time you have for all the small rocks that you have!

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Doc Cam

Each lead teacher has a doc camera in their classroom that they should feel free to take home and use for virtual learning. If anyone needs a doc cam let Mr. Welch know.

PD Schedule (subject to change)

Sept 11th - SEL PD

Sept 18th - DEI PD

Sept 25th - Culture PD

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Upcoming Events

September 7th

  • Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

  • Wahidi Birthday

September 8th

  • Kindergarten GLM @ 2:00

  • First GLM @ 2:15

September 9th

  • MAP Planning Meeting 2:00-3:00

September 11th

  • CHANGE: Second Grade MAP Check-In 10:00-10:30

  • CHANGE: 1st Grade MAP Check-In 11:00-11:30

  • FRIDAY PD: SEL 2:30-4:00

Teacher Spotlight

Quick Find Docs

Class Rosters click here

Groups List Virtual Learning click here

K-8 Staff Contact Info click here

MNPS Mental Health Resource Guide for employees - click here

Parking Lot click here

Rubric Virtual Learning click here

Scholar Communication Log click here

School Calendar click here

Scholar Birthdays click here

Sunshine Survey click here

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary Principal