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Week of September 16, 2019

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Lesson Plans DUE

Monday, Sep. 16th, 8am

Bullock School

  • To the 2nd Grade Team: My Chat & Chew block is during your lunch period this week. If you would to dialog about any of our initiatives, share questions or just have a laugh...let me know!
  • Our 5-minute Morning Mindfulness sessions take place daily! All are invited...the fun starts at 7:45 in the Media Center!

Gr2 Team Meeting

Monday, Sep. 16th, 3-4pm

Media Center

  • SEL/Mindfulness
  • PLT groupings
  • NSF Guided Reading
  • SGO's

CAST Meetings: Gr1 Fall Follow-ups

Tuesday, Sep. 17th, 9am

Small Conference Room

MAP Testing (Gr3)

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 8:30am

Bullock School

CAST Meetings: Gr2 Fall Follow-ups

Wednesday, Sep. 18th, 9am

Small Conference Room

CAST Meetings: Gr3 Fall Follow-ups

Thursday, Sep. 19th, 9am-2:30pm

Small Conference Room

Hispanic Heritage Read-in

Friday, Sep. 20th, 9am-12pm

Bullock School

Last day to sign up will be this upcoming Tuesday.

  • TEACHERS: Please sign up for the best time slot in the office.
  • PARENTS/COMMUNITY MEMBERS: Please consider signing up to be a guest reader on September 20th; three time slots are available. Books and coffee will be provided. Please view flyer for details, and reach out to Mrs. Castro with any questions.

The Principal's POV on...Math Fact Fluency

All grades will be focusing on math fact fluency as one of our SGO's this year, and while we will spend some time this fall reviewing data & developing scoring plans, this should not be our top priority! Instead, ask yourself: What instructional routines can I establish to support students growth in this area?


Each grade level will be supplementing our Eureka math routines with a fun fact fluency initiative! Grade 1 will be utilizing BUBBLEGUM MATH, Grade 2-ROCKET MATH & Grade 3-MATH FACT KARATE. Please take some time to talk with your team if you are in need of materials and for some best practices on how to integrate these routines into your day! In preparation for Back-to-School Night (10/10), I am asking that each grade level dedicate a hallway bulletin board to the corresponding initiative.


Thank you for a fantastic week and don't forget to review the Eureka Sprint guidelines outlined below! Taking the time to debrief and review patterns is ESSENTIAL!

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The Principal's Point of View

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News & Notes

NSF in Guided Reading: Don't forget to bring your texts (and notes, questions, suggestion, etc.) with you to our team meetings this month! In the meantime, here are some points to ponder:

  • Strategies/Modules (page 256) - start here with your planning

  • Modeling station/center rotations (page 17)

  • Word Knowledge Inventory (page 324) - FAST class assessment to use as an additional data-point for grouping and instruction, especially in the fall.

  • Adaptations for ELL’s/IEP’s are provided throughout the text based on text-band


SGO's: Please start to prep your SGO's in the weeks to come. See below for the breakdown. All SGO's will be for the full year.

  • Gr1: DIBELS NWF & Math Fact Fluency (Addition)
  • Gr2: DIBELS ORF & Math Fact Fluency (Addition)
  • Gr3: MAP Reading & MAP Math
Bullock Meeting Minutes

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BOOM! Shout-outs from the Staff!

  • A big shout out to Amanda and Dave for being so great to work with at Exit 1 dismissal. Tag :)

  • Nina, we're so glad to have you at Bullock! You've been so great! Tag
  • Thank you Mrs. Marques for your assistance in translating for some of our students
  • Shout-out (BOOM) to the 3rd grade team! You guys make me laugh every day and keep me going!
  • Shout out to all the staff behind the scenes that work so hard in the beginning of the year to get things off to a smooth start. Joan, Marian & Nina you guys are amazing:) - Tees
  • BSI team you are the best people to collaborate with!

Happy Birthday!

  • Ms. Marques - 9/13
  • Ms. Fanfarillo - 9/18
  • Ms. Locantora - 9/29

Schoolwide Events

Community events/reminders are in bold.

  • 09/09: MAP & DIBELS window opens (9/9-9/13)
  • 09/11: Gr1 Team Meeting
  • 09/16: Gr2 Team Meeting
  • 09/17: CAST Gr1 Fall Follow-ups
  • 09/18: CAST Gr2 Fall Follow-ups
  • 09/19: CAST Gr3 Fall Follow-ups
  • 09/20: Gr3 Model Curriculum Data DUE & Hispanic Heritage Read-in
  • 09/25: Gr 3 Team Meeting
  • 09/30: New Teacher Academy (w/Mrs. Sochor)