E-Staff Weekly for 9.19.16

"Personalizing Education"

Talk Like a Pirate Day - Arghhh!

Yarr...Monday be officially speak Like a scurvy Pirate Day. So, get ready ye landlubbers, in th' devil's henchman 'n a wee a ruckas, I would like willin' faculty to take part by wearin' a tattered eye patch 'n usin' th' resources below to a have a wee a ruckas wit' ye students.


You can get your eye patches in the main office on Monday.


Common Pirate Language - https://yppedia.puzzlepirates.com/Pirate_language


Pirate Language Translator - http://postlikeapirate.com/


Classroom Activities - http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2014/09/celebrate-talk-pirate-day-your-classroom

Kid Stuff Books

Kid Stuff Books are due 9/19/2016. Return the book or send in $25.00 to purchase it. Please remind parents via email or student planner.

SEL Survey

In order to help us evaluate the effectiveness of the SEL curriculum, a group of teachers have developed a pre/post survey for students in grades 1 & 2, and a similar survey for students in grades 3-5. We ask that you administer the survey (a Google Form) sometime before October 3rd. The links to each grade level survey will be posted soon on your school website.

Global Character Day

Thursday, Sep. 22nd, 12am

820 Callowhill Road

Perkasie, PA

Email from Joan K.:


Dr. Rattigan would like Pennridge to participate in the Global Character Day to be held on September 22, 2016. Last year there were over 6,784 events at schools and classrooms across the world, each tying Character Day into their lesson plans, after-school programs, and special assemblies or back to school events. The website below provides more information on this global event. Here in Pennridge we want to incorporate Character Day into our SEL initiative, so we have created this brief lesson (see email) for you to use that day with your students. You may fit it into the day wherever it works best.


Lastly, in order to help us evaluate the effectiveness of the SEL curriculum, a group of teachers have developed a pre/post survey for students in grades 1 & 2, and a similar survey for students in grades 3-5. We ask that you administer the survey (a Google Form) sometime before October 3rd. The links to each grade level survey will be posted soon on your school website.


Character Day Website:

http://www.janellburleyhofmann.com/character-day-2016/

Grade Level Meetings

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 4pm

600 Rickert Road

Sellersville, PA

The grade level meeting on September 21st has been changed from a Nearpod meeting to a Math Grade Level Meeting. We will meet at Grasse in grade level groups to provide time for you to meet with your colleagues to debrief, ask questions, share ideas, etc. If you have specific questions/topics related to EM4, please share them with me prior to the meeting so that I can be sure they get addressed on Sept. 21st. I know that some of you will be traveling from further away and that buses impact when you are able to leave, but please do your best to arrive as close to 4:00 as possible. We want to be able to make the most of the time we have to meet together. Room assignments will be coming later. Please remember to sign up in OTS.


Other departments (Specials, etc.) will be communicated a plan before Wednesday.

EDM4 Assessment in LINKIT!

As I have shared with you before, you will be entering the EM4 unit assessment data into LinkIt so that you can get the benefit of the reports that LinkIT can provide such as item analysis. (Similar to what you get in Pearson Successnet). There are 3 assessments for each unit (Unit Assessment, Challenge Assessment, Open Response/Cumulative Assessment in alternating units). At a later time, I will be sharing several different ways that you can enter the data into LinkIt so that it has the least impact on your time and effort. I think that the information it will provide to you throughout the year will be extremely valuable in your data meetings and in addressing the needs of students.


But since we want to be cognizant of the time devoted to student assessment, as well as the fact that entering the unit assessment data into Linkit will require some additional time on your part (particularly this first year), you will not have to give the district science/social studies assessments this year.


You can still give any of the science or social studies assessments if you choose to, they are just not required this year. We will revisit putting the EM4 assessments into Linkit, as well as the science/social studies district assessments, at the end of the school year to make a decision for next year. Your input will be a factor in the decision-making process.

Copy Paper

It has been brought to my attention that new copy paper is being used for student scrap paper to complete classroom activities. While I understand this may seem trivial for our overall paper consumption, it does exhaust paper that wasn’t accounted for when we ordered over the summer. Based on our overall use so far, we are consuming more paper than last year even with our “paperless” home communication. This is concerning.


So, I have placed a bin marked, Scrap Paper for Classroom Use, in the faculty room. Please use this paper when appropriate.

Nurse for Field Trips

If you have a students that needs a nurse to accompany him/her on a field trip, please contact Tina/Miles to make arrangements. This something we have to request from Pupil Services.

Locking Doors at the End of the School Day

Since all classroom have a number of technology devices, I would ask all staff members to make sure your classroom door is closed and locked when you leave for the day.


Please indicate this on your substitute plans too. It is expected that this procedure is followed everyday.

Happy Birthday to You!

KIM IACOVELLA - September 9

CLAUDIA BALANT - September 11

CHRIS CORDELL - September 16

Teaching Resources, Inspiration, and Sometimes a Good Laugh!

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5 Ways To Promote Positive IPad “Screen Time” At School

Here are 5 things you can promote in your classroom to show how high-quality iPad screen time can positively impact learning. CLICK HERE

M. M. Seylar Elementary School

"Personalizing Education"

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