E-Staff Weekly for 9.14.15

"Personalizing Education"

Classroom Walk Throughs

Thank you for an outstanding job during the first couple weeks of school. It was great to observe classrooms establishing routines, procedures, and positive classroom cultures/climates so students feel safe and welcomed.

In the coming weeks, my walk throughs will focus on lesson plans. Per our opening faculty meeting message, please make sure your lesson plan are on your desk at all times. In addition, your lesson plans should have at least the following components:

  • Objective(s)
  • Materials
  • Assessment(s)

Twitter Accounts

Everyday you guys amaze me! After last week's faculty meeting, to my surprise over 6 staff members created Twitter accounts, and more importantly, they are using them to promote all the great things being learned in the classroom.

At the end of the day, it is great to go to our new hashtag "#seylar" to read all the wonderful things happening at our school.

Embedded Technology with Brandon Lutz

Below is the Sign-Up Genius link for our technology coaching session with Brandon Lutz on Friday, September 18th. He will be stationed in the faculty room and report to your classroom during your scheduled time.

I would like to remind staff about the expectation of embedding the 4 C's (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity, and Critical Thinking) into your daily lessons. A good place to start is the 60in60 applications we learned about with Brandon in August.


Data Meeting

Our first Data Meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 16th from 3:50-4:50. LeeAnn, Megan, Miles and Missy will be meeting with grade level teams in the conference room. Before and after your meeting time, you are welcome to use this time to get caught on various "tasks" from first couple days of school. Special areas and special education teachers may attend the meeting or work in there classroom.

Please be prepared with the following...

You’ve already noticed several students in your classrooms who may need extra support this year. Please come to the meeting with the names of those students. This, along with baseline data, will allow the team to determine how support will look this school year.

Grade 5 - 3:50-4:00

Grade 4 - 4:00-4:10

Grade 3 - 4:10-4:20

Grade 2 - 4:20-4:30

Grade 1 & KDG - 4:40-4:50

Pennridge Community Education Foundation (PCEF)

Application Periods:

1) October deadline: October 23 – submit applications / February – award grants

2) January deadline: January 22 – submit applications / May – award grants

Please see grant application that was sent on 8.28.15 from Dr. Scheid's office.

Peer Coaching Training

If qualify and are interested in receiving training to peer coach, please contact Lorriane Pento.

Update Grade Level and Department Websites

With the new school year upon us, I would like to remind grade levels and departments that websites should be updated to reflect new grade level members and new content. This should be completed no later than Friday, September 18.

Field Trip Reminder

All field trips should are paid for by our Home and School Association. Do not request monies from your classroom parents unless prior approval is given by the Principal.

SEL Training for New Employees and Employee

As we start the 2015-16 school year, there will be new employees who will need training on the Pennridge School District’s SEL initiative. There may also be employees who were on leave last year that should be included in this training. Please click on the link below to review the training materials. The following staff members must complete this by September 30 and confirm with Tina via email that is done.


Megan Lecrone

Kim Rendler

Brooke Drago

Lisa Amary

Kevin Feher

Email Signature

Please make sure your email signature contains the following:

  • Teacher Name
  • Grade Level/Department/Title
  • M. M. Seylar Elementary School
  • Classroom/Grade Level Website Address (if applicable)
  • School Phone Number with Extension Number to Classroom
  • “Personalizing Education”

Happy Birthday to You!

CLAUDIA BALANT - September 11

CHRIS CORDELL - September 16

Teaching Resources, Inspiration, and Sometimes a Good Laugh!

“It makes sense to create thoughtful questions for students, but it’s even more important to elicit their questions.”

Alfie Kohn in “Who’s Asking?” in Educational Leadership, September 2015 (Vol. 73,

#1, p. 16-22), available for purchase at http://bit.ly/1hOYe2l

“A classroom routine is simply a well-rehearsed response to a teacher’s directive. The alternative is usually noise, milling around, and time-wasting on the part of students and nagging on the part of the teacher. A classroom routine is, therefore, one of the teacher’s primary labor-saving devices.”

Fred Jones

A "Mindset" Kit

This free set of online lessons from Stanford University’s PERTS research center introduces students to the power of the “growth” mindset and describes what teachers and parents can do to help students embrace it. The kit has separate courses for teachers, parents, and teaching teams or leaders who want to bring growth-mindset thinking to their schools. It also has a 75-minute course for math classrooms.


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M. M. Seylar Elementary School

"Personalizing Education"

Education is a very personal thing. We at Seylar believe that every child has the right to achieve their highest potential and for them to be inspired, to dream, to be excited, and to have pride within themselves and for their school community. Our mission is to combine these beliefs with your child’s innate passions and love for learning to bring together a mind’s on approach, where students are engaged, challenged, and supported so they can achieve their personal best.