SRES Administrative Updates
Strong Alone, Unstoppable Together: Relationships, Rigor, Reflection
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!!
31: Daylight Savings Time begins, turn clocks back 1 hour!
3--Election Day--Schools CLOSED, confirmed during BOE meeting on 10/7/20
6--Last Day Term 1
9--Teacher Work Day; closed for students
10--Term 2 Begins
18th- Virtual Trivia Night--4:15
25, 26, 27--Thanksgiving Break; Schools and offices closed
11--2 hour early dismissal; follow Wednesday schedule, teacher work session
16th-- Virtual Escape Room--4:15
24-31--Schools closed for winter break
1-- New Year's Day; Schools Closed
18--Dr. Martin Luther King Day; Schools and offices closed
20th-- Virtual Paint Night--4:15
29--Schools closed for students; Teacher work day
First student day of 2021-2022 school year-- August 18, 2021
Friday, October 30th
Please note that we should not be promoting students wearing costumes on this day during virtual instruction nor should we, as educators, have costumes on. We know that in a virtual environment, this is more so out of our control, however, please remind students and your families of this and encourage participation in our Spirit Day....HAT DAY!!
Moving on and Moving in
We want to welcome Tracey Frank as our new Coordinator at SRES. Tracey comes with extensive experience in special education and will be a great addition to our administrative team and SRES. We look forward to learning side by side with her in this role. Please welcome her when your paths cross!!
ATTENDANCE--ACTION REQUIRED DAILY
We understand that you may be waiting until the next day to input attendance. Please make sure that this is input for each day by 9:00 am the following day.
Any questions, please contact Hope and/or Carmen.
Virtual Hoppy Store--ACTION ITEM
Hello dedicated SRES Staff!
We are rolling out our Virtual Incentive Program for SRES effective November 12th! We are so excited to provide necessary reinforcement and acknowledgment that will help our students thrive in their learning environment. It is so important to recognize and provide specific feedback and reinforcement to our students on a daily basis. This is how they learn and grow! I know each of you are already doing this in your classrooms in some way or another and we want to be able to streamline that to meet the needs of all of our students. You will find all the necessary information below.
Classroom Teachers Action Item--Please check to make sure I am (Jessica Johnson) added as an admin in your schoology homeroom course—This is needed for me to add materials into your course!
(If you would like additional detailed information please reach out to Jesse.)
Resources for Families
We have created a list of FREE apps and games that support math and reading. They can be used to support skills that need reinforcement or even for enrichment depending on the grade level. Some of the games are seriously fun!! We will be adding to the collection as we find more resources. (If you have any to share, please let us know and we will check them out!) We hope you will share this with families during conferences and encourage them to download them on their devices at home for children to use.
There is also a shelf filled of books that were returned during the spring/summer that do not belong to the library, but belong to classrooms. Some of these books were labeled with names, and others were not. If you lent out classroom books to students, they may have been returned to this shelf. If they are your books, you may come get them!
If you have any questions, please e-mail Tatiana or Heather.
Human Resources Roles and Contacts
Attached please find an HR infographic with links to HR’s many roles within the Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS). While this document is not all inclusive of HR’s functions, it will, at the very least, provide a starting point in the event you need employment-related assistance.
The first twelve (12) icons are linked to the respective parts of HR’s website. For example, the “Position Control” icon will immediately take an employee to the “HR Status Change Form.” This document is used when an employee need to make an employment status change such as retirement or resignation or request an unpaid leave of absence.
Additionally, the four (4) contact icons at the bottom of the page are linked to HR’s recently shared org chart which details HR staff’s duties and responsibilities and contact information. HR’s updated org chart with links can also be found in FCPS’ web-based A-Z Manual.
Should you have any questions regarding this document, or if HR can be of assistance to you and your staff, please feel free to reach out.
Google Meet Breakout Rooms - Revised
Directions on how to set up breakout rooms can be found here. Again, all students must be monitored at all times by an adult.
More information will be forthcoming on this topic. If you have questions now, please ask!
Good Job - Alicia Keys - Cover by One Voice Children’s Choir
A tribute to COVID-19 heroes
After reviewing the SEL supports survey from our staff meeting there was a big interest in opening up a virtual staff lounge where staff can log on, chat, and mingle with each other. A simple way to practice self-care is connecting with those around you separate from planning or brainstorming. Sometimes just being with others is what our heart needs to refuel. We hope you take time to connect with our SRES family in our SRESLounge! You can also access this at nickname sreslounge. The lounge will be open from 12:00-1:00 each school day. You are also free to arrange for a meeting with your colleagues, cross grade level teams, or for any purpose you choose! It will always be there for you to access as you please!
PL Sessions NEXT WEEK--ACTION ITEM
Please use the grade level link on the PL schedule to join one of the PL sessions on Monday or Tuesday. Offerings include:
1st Grade-- 3:15-4:15
2nd Grade-- 3:15-4:15
Any questions, contact Carmen.
Monthly Staff Meeting Agendas
Leave Requests and Time Sheets
Naming conventions for both documents should continue to follow LastnameMonth ie: ColeySeptember. If more than one is submitted per month, please use ColeySeptember2.
Email subject should be Timesheet or Leave Request, as appropriate
The county guidance related to observations/evaluations for this school year was shared with you through a systemic Find Out First earlier this week. It is linked here for your review.
We look forward to this opportunity!
Virtual Learning Mentor
I hope everyone had a fantastic weekend and found some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weekend. I am attaching my Google Site to this email. This site is a work in progress as it will be changing frequently. This is where I will put weekly tech tips/tools that you can use with your students. If there is a tech tool you are interested in learning more about, please let me know! Just a reminder, I have office hours on Tuesday (4:00 - 5:00) and Sunday.(9:00 - 10:00). I am available to help with Schoology or any tech tools. If I don't have the answer right away, I will work to find it as quick as possible.
Student/Staff Book Exchange
Staff members may also begin requesting holds on books in the media center as well! Books will be checked out to you and placed in your mailbox on the Thursday or Friday of B weeks. Please keep in mind that this is a 2 week cycle. Once you are done with a title, return it to Tatiana. Books that are returned must be left on a cart for a week before being checked in and processed, so please make sure that you return books promptly. To request a book, please place a hold in LS2PAC (Directions linked here). At this time, please only request books this way. Do not e-mail Tatiana with book requests. If you have any questions, please reach out to Tatiana.
Interim and Report Card Plan
Interims can be emailed to families. When sending, please copy Lynne Thacker so that she can place a copy in students' cumulative files. If the student is a special education student, please also copy their case manager. If sending through Google Docs, please ensure families cannot edit and are only identified as viewers, not editors. If sending as a Word document, please make it a pdf so that it is not editable by families.
Also, our SRES interim is available here and is linked on our portal under forms.
Missy Myers--Missy joins our front office team as our 12 month administrative secretary. We are so happy to have our team fully assembled!! Welcome!! Please note Missy's email address is email@example.com
Heather Sampselle-- Heather will lead our school through all things literacy. We are so excited to have her on board and can't wait to learn from her! Welcome, Heather!!
October 21 and 22--Open 4 hours late:
1:00-1:45--ELA or Math (whichever comes first on your Wednesday schedule)
1:45-2:30-Math or ELA (whichever comes second on your Wednesday schedule)
2:30-4:15--Specials Choice Board and Asynchronous work time
Conferences will begin at 3:15 and end at 8:00
Each conference will be schedule for 15 minutes
5 minutes in between each conference time will be scheduled
Dinner break will be from 5:10-5:40
October 23--Dismiss 3.5 hours early:
We will follow our regular Wednesday schedule as it is an early dismissal day
Lunch from 12:00-12:30
Conferences will begin at 12:45 and end at 4:00
Each conference will be scheduled for 15 minutes
5 minutes in between each conference time will be scheduled
We will be using a new sign up program for Fall Parent Teacher Conferences. The program is called PTCFast. This program works similarly to what we used earlier this year, but will allow you to log in and see who has signed up for conference times for your individual class. The program will be auto-generating weekly reports each Monday with a list of who has signed up and will also send each teacher a list 2 days before and 1 day before conferences begin. It is also set up to email you if someone signs up the day before or day of.
The reports will be coming from PTCFast.com. You will see all of the possible time slots, as well as the names and contacts of the parents who have signed up.
October 16, FPT Day
Flexible Professional Time
In recognition that teachers have already completed their Flexible Professional Time (FPT) by participating in an extensive amount of training and professional learning in order to facilitate the change from continuity of learning to virtual instruction by the start of the school year, the completion of the FPT form will be waived for the 2020-2021 school year. There is no further action needed by teachers or administration in relation to FPT on 10/16.