The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, December 08, 2014

Leo's Family Night - THANK YOU!!!

Thank you so much to Jackie and Megan for "hosting" our Leo's Family Night last Thursday. I heard it was a great turnout and I thought the student announcements leading up to the event were a huge hit! I'd also like to thank all the other grade levels that have signed up to "host" another night throughout the year!

Staff Christmas Party!!!

THANK YOU to the Piwowarski's for hosting an awesome Staff Christmas Party on Friday night! It's always great when we have an opportunity to get together outside of 'work' and build those friendships with others that we work with everyday but don't get to see too often!

Events This Week!

Hearing Screening for Grades 2 & 4

There will be a Hearing Screening for grades 2 & 4 this Tuesday, Dec. 9 in the morning.

Staff Meeting CHANGE!!!

As a reminder, our Staff Meeting is now NEXT Tuesday, Dec. 16 (which is actually our Bee Happy Staff Christmas Breakfast!)!!!

Math In Focus Training

(FYI: The Media Center will not be available on Wed., Dec. 10 during the times listed below)

December 9

Grades: 3 and 2 @ North Road Elem.

9-9:45 AM Pre-meeting w/ Grade 3

9:45-10:45 AM Demo w/ Grade 3

10:45-11:30 AM Debrief

1-1:45 PM Pre-meeting w/ Grade 2

1:45-2:45 PM Demo w/ Grade 2

2:45-3:30 PM Debrief

December 10

Grades K & 1 @ State Road Elem.

9-9:45 AM Pre-meeting w/ Grade 1 in Media Center

9:45-10:45 AM Demo w/ Grade 1 in Room 11 (Brizendine)

10:45-11:30 AM Debrief in Media Center

1-1:45 PM Pre-meeting w/ Grade K in Media Center

1:45-2:45 PM Demo w/ Grade K in Room 13 (Jabre/Powers)

2:45-3:30 PM Debrief in Media Center

December 11

Grades 4 & 5 @ Tomek-Eastern Elem.

9-9:45 AM Pre-meeting w/ Grade 5

9:45-10:45 AM Demo w/ Grade 5

10:45-11:30 AM Debrief

1-1:45 PM Pre-meeting w/ Grade 4

1:45-2:45 PM Demo w/ Grade 4

2:45-3:30 PM Debrief

Dr. J's Input for Improvement Meeting

Please help remind your families of Dr. Jalkanen's "Input for Improvement" meetings that he is beginning. His first one is this Tuesday, Dec. 9 at 7pm at Tomek-Eastern.

Santa's Workshop

Santa's Workshop (a PTO Fundraiser) is this Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5-7pm in our Cafetorium! Please help remind your students and families of this great event!

PYP Leadership Team Meeting

Our next PYP Leadership Team Meeting is Thursday, Dec. 11 from 7:45am - 8:30am in the SR Conf. Room.

Hungry Howie's

Our next Hungry Howie's Fundraiser Night is this Thursday, Dec. 11. Flyers will go home early this week and you need to remind your students / families that they need to give them your name so that your class gets credit for the pizza party contest!

Our HOLIDAY CONCERTS are this Friday!!!

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I will be out of the building:

Monday - As a Christmas gift, my in-laws took us to Chicago for a long weekend! I will be back to work Tuesday morning.

Grade Fixes for the Year!

As a reminder, our “Grade Fixes” that we agreed to pilot for this school year are:

▫ Fix 1: Don’t include student behaviors in grades; include only achievement

▫ Fix 5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately

▫ Fix 6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence

"Grading" SI Action Team Requests:

  • As a staff, we are going to focus on one fix per month
  • For the month of November, please read Fix #5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately. Please read pp. 47-51 and provide your feedback to either Gabe or Callie. It is actually very easy reading and we do value your comments as we used them to lead our discussion.

    We will compile and share this feedback at our December team meeting and with the rest of the staff.

Observation / Evaluation Process Update

I plan to do more observations each day this week - I’d like to complete all 'first-observations' by Christmas break. The ‘Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will only focus on two (2) Dimensions for Observation 1 (Purpose (P) and Classroom Environment & Culture (CEC)).

    • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
    • Observations Time - These will be 15-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
    • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
    • A difference from last year is that all observations will be unannounced (law compliance and district continuity).
    • We will have a Dimension focus during observations (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that Noticing’s, Wonderings, and Analysis will be derived.
    • Evaluation learning series - We will offer several voluntary learning opportunities for staff to participate in. These opportunities are geared to develop deeper understanding of the framework, rubrics, vocabulary and other processes of 5D+ for those interested. Materials will be made available to all.

Culture of Learning

Student Notes are Happening!!!

I'm thrilled that so many staff are writing special notes to students and sending them home! You are making a difference and building special relationships with your students and families every single day!

What's Happening Next Week?

  • Bee Happy Staff Christmas Breakfast is Tuesday, Dec. 16 beginning at 7:45am
  • School Improvement Team Meeting is Thursday, Dec. 18 beginning at 7:30am
  • The Troubadour's Assemblies are Thursday, Dec. 18 (K-2 @ 9:30am, 3-5 @ 10:15am)
  • The PTO is asking that all classrooms empty your "9-Bins" of recycled classroom items into the main container in the lobby by Thursday, Dec. 18.


  • Our Christmas Holiday Break is Dec. 22, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015
  • School resumes on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015