K-2 Wing Newsletter

January 11-15, 2016

Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a good first week back and took the opportunity to reteach rules and procedures. Please continue to reteach and reinforce rules and procedures throughout the day during parts of the day in which they occur.

We are in our second semester of school. That means unannounced formative observations will be occurring. Walk through observations will also continue. If you have questions about this process, please ask.

Wednesday, Jan. 20th is the 100th day of school. Please plan some fun math activities in which scholars are engaged in working with the number 100 to celebrate. Refer to your standards to make the activities relevant. Be sure it is age appropriate and related to your grade level standards, not just a fun activity to do. Please take pictures of your scholars engaged in these activities and email them to me.

Monday Grade Level Meeting

I will be meeting with all grade levels during their planning on Monday to review additional information discussed in the leadership team meeting on Friday. Please plan accordingly.


The testing window for NWEA opens at the end of this month. I am working with Ms. Robinson and Mr. Blanton to develop a schedule for K-2 testing which will be sent to you as soon as it is completed. Testing will begin for us during the week of January 25. Please be sure you have goal cards for each of your scholars and are discussing them with the scholars. The scholars should understand what their fall score was, and their target goal for the winter. The goal should be at least 10 points higher than their fall score. You may begin reviewing skills for NWEA through Do Now assignments, workshop activities and homework assignments. Daily lesson plans should not reflect NWEA review. Daily lesson plans should follow the scope and sequence developed in order to ensure all grade level standards will be taught by the end of the year.

Opinion Writing

This quarter, our focus is on opinion writing. Below are some ideas to spark your lessons. Two of the images below are graphic organizers that would help structure our scholars' writing. The middle image is an example of an opinion writing prompt in which scholars are given choices. I hope these spark some ideas to get our scholars writing!

Moral Focus Writing

This month's moral focus virtue is determination. Remember to assign moral focus writing every week for homework. Your class' best writing sample is due to me on January 22. Thanks!

Important Dates to Remember

Jan. 11-14: 1st and 2nd Grade Write Score Test Administration

Jan. 14: Irwin Kurtz visits Atlanta Heights

Jan. 15: Write Score student tests due to Dean Blair

Jan. 16-17: Grade books will be checked

Jan. 18th: Holiday- No School

Jan. 20: 100th Day of School Kindergarten Parade @ 2:30

Jan. 20: Family Enrollment Information Meeting (6:00 p.m.-7:00p.m) Attendance is required.

Jan. 29: Progress Reports go home (minimum of 5 grades for each content area taught)

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