JM Staff Bulletin

Week of February 16, 2016

Short Week!

Dear Incredible Teachers and Staff,

I hope you all had a lovely Valentine's Day and three day weekend! Here are some notes for the upcoming week.

Inclusion Learning Walk

Someone from central office will be coming to do a "learning walk" of some of our inclusion classrooms on Tuesday from 12:30 - 1:30. I didn't pick the time and have an IEP I have to attend at 1:00. I will be providing them with a bell schedule and list of classrooms with inclusion students. I just wanted you to know in case someone stops by your classrooms.

Parking Lot Update

If you currently have a designated spot in the front lot, please continue to park there. I would like to meet with you all briefly at 3:00 on Tuesday after school to discuss the parking lot plan. Please come if you can. :)

Peer Observation Implementation

I have learned a bit more about implementation of peer observations since our discussion at Wednesday's meeting. It looks like the focus is supposed be on the SMARTe goals you developed earlier this school year. However, if you would like to follow a lesson study format instead, that is okay by me.

I will be placing a packet of information regarding peer observations in your boxes. At your PLC, please take some time to organize and schedule your observations. If you need a sub (or more than one sub), please let me know. If all peer observations can be completed by Wednesday, March 16th, we can hold the observation debriefs during our PD time that day.

Gender Spectrum "Dimensions of Gender" Workshop this Wednesday

This workshop is from 2:10 - 3:40. I can pay you for your extra time. It is a live web-remote workshop that Joel Baum, the senior director of Gender Spectrum, swears is way better than most webinars. They are doing this pro bono for us, so please be on time. There will time for a question and answer period included in the workshop.

TLC Day in February!

The Dad's Club is setting up another TLC Day on February 27th to make improvements and repairs around the school. Click here to add to the list of things to be done. This would be a good opportunity to have blinds cleaned, bulletin boards papered, books leveled, shelves repaired, hooks installed, etc.

Lexia Usage

If you haven't had a chance to get your struggling readers on Lexia, please do so this week. If you need assistance with this, please let me know. Also, if you haven't notified parents that students can go on Lexia at home, please do so. The link for the iPad sign out sheet is:

Principal's 10K Book Reading Challenge!

Please remind students to log what they read!


Every time a student turns in a sponsor sheet, write their name on the shoe cut-out I gave you at Wednesday's meeting and post it somewhere on the wall. If you need more shoes, they are on the front counter.

With appreciation,


This Week

Tuesday: K/1 PLC; Fire Drill at 9:00; Inclusion learning walk from 12:30 - 1:30; Brief meeting to discuss parking at 3:00 for those who can attend

Wednesday: Budget Lock-In Session 11:30 - 1:00 (Sara at 1000 Broadway); Gender Spectrum Training from 2:10 - 3:40

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

Friday: 4/5 PLC

Weekly Deliverables (To-Dos)

  • Complete the CHKS staff survey Joaquin Miller Elementary CHKS Staff Survey Link
  • Fifth grade teachers, have students take the CHKS study survey.
  • Schedule and organize peer observations during your PLC time.
  • Get kids on Lexia and try out Mathletics!
  • Send parent letter home for students currently on Lexia. (See Helene for the letter.)
  • Check Konstella and your OUSD email often.
  • Send a message to your parents via Konstella or email about what's happening in your class! (Remember: the more they know, the less they make up.)
  • Submit COST referrals as needed.
  • Pat yourself on the back for being amazing!

Upcoming Dates- Not including this week

February 22: ILT

February 24: Collaboration time

February 25: FC meeting

March 10: SSC from 5:00 - 6:30

March 16: Peer Observation Deadline

Links for Dealing with Theft in Classrooms

We have had some issues with theft over the past couple of weeks, so I thought it might be good to do some research on how to best deal with it. See below for a few links.