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Teacher Times & Week at a Glance Week of 11.16.15


  • Katie, we are wishing you the best on your new adventure! You are such a phenomenal teacher and amazing member of our team and community. The littlest Lewis is so lucky to have you as a mom, and we can't wait to meet our littlest Panther!
  • Thank you Moni and Jennifer for going above and beyond on college week - your hard work makes the magic happen!
  • Thank you Rene for all of the hard work you've done to get ready to assume your new roll and your creativity. The nonfiction museum was awesome! We're thrilled to have you on the team.
  • Thank you Dina, Daniel and Allison for putting in the extra time to support our 5th grade families through the middle school options process.
  • Kathy and Julie, having you both back at TCN is the best. So grateful for your expertise with kids and for the knowledge you have to share with teachers!
  • Claudia, you are efficient and responsive. Thank you for copying emergency cards for classroom teachers so quickly!
  • Thank you Alex, Emma, and Julia for sharing resources for teaching about Thanksgiving in a socially responsible way with the team.

Actions Requested

While reading the TT, please add important dates to your personal calendars or to-do lists and click the links!

This Week:

  • Digital Citizenship: Please select and teach lessons to your students and submit the teacher verification form by November 20th.
  • Turn in student choices for Electives in Moni's box by XXX. Electives are on Friday, November 20.

This Month:

  • Please update TCN Buddy Classes to reflect where a student could be brought if he/she needs a buddy classroom during the day.
  • Please share a copy of Thanksgiving Homework with Maddie (soft copy or in her box). See the Staff Meeting 11.9.15 notes with best practices if needed.
  • Update the Unity Night Performance & Project spreadsheet to include the performance and art project you will do during Unity Night on December 11th.

As Needed:

  • Reimbursement Forms - Click here for a link to the OUSD Reimbursement Form. If you are not already set up as an external vendor, you will need to fill out this form as well.
  • Need to meet with Allison? Set an appointment here or check her calendar here
  • Need supplies, SST, buildings & grounds, COST referral etc.? Find the form you are looking for at
  • Want to share pictures, appreciations or upcoming events. Please email Jennifer with TT in the subject line by end of day Monday to be included in the next issue of the Teacher Times. Teacher Times will be sent out Fridays at 8am.

Week of 11.16.15

Monday, November 16th

  • 4th Grade Assessment Release Day
  • CPR Certification [4:00pm - 7:00pm]

Tuesday, November 17th

  • Emma Offsite
  • Kinder & 3rd Grade Assessment Release Day
  • Student Council [3:00-4:00pm]
  • SSC [3:15pm - 4:30pm]
  • Everhart 4th grade at Vida Verde

Wednesday, November 18th

  • 2nd Grade Assessment Release Day
  • Everhart 4th grade at Vida Verde
  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm]
  • CEOU Paid Scoring Time [3:30pm - 4:30pm, there will be another opportunity on 12/1]
  • ST Math Celebration and Launch Event [4:00pm - 7:00pm]

Thursday, November 19th

  • 1st Grade Assessment Release Day
  • Allison Offsite [Principal PD]
  • Everhart 4th grade at Vida Verde
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]

Friday, November 20th

  • Panther Paw Assembly - Kinder
  • Electives [8:45am - 11:00am, See more details on the schedule here]

Week of 11.23.15

Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

Week of 11.30.15

Monday, November 30th

Tuesday, December 1st

  • Big Smiles
  • CEOU Paid Scoring Time [3:30pm - 4:30pm]

Wednesday, December 2nd

  • TCN PD [2:15pm - 3:30pm]

Thursday, December 3rd

  • Sarah Out
  • Lyle Field Trip Ohlone Daily Life
  • Allison off-site
  • ILT [3:15pm - 4:30pm]

Friday, December 4th

  • Panther Paw Assembly - Kinder
  • Alex Field Trip Ohlone Daily Life

Upcoming Events

  • ST Math Celebration: You're invited to an ST Math Celebration and 2015-2016 Launch Event on Wednesday, November 18, 4-7pm. All teachers who attend will receive a $25 stipend. Dinner will be served at 6:30pm. This event will be a combination of celebration and community building, hands on activities to help further sites' success with ST Math, and an overview of the year, including support for sites, upcoming events, and more. There will also be resource materials, experts from MIND Research on hand to answer questions and provide support, and fun door prizes available to everyone in attendance. Please RSVP via On Track to PD #6413 ST Math 2015-16 Launch Event (registration instructions here)
  • College Week and Electives, November 16 - 20: College Week is almost here! We will talk more about activities and resources at Monday's staff meeting, but here is a link to all resources available on Drive so you can start to think and plan for how to incorporate our college going culture during College Week.
  • Unity Night - mark your calendars for TCN's annual Unity Night on Friday, December 11th, 5:00pm - 7:00pm. More info to come!


  • Teaching about Thanksgiving: Check out these great resources from Teaching Tolerance on teaching Thanksgiving in a socially responsible way; or this resource from Rethinking Schools.
  • Red/Yellow Card Tracker - Please use this tracker, saved on Drive, to update your students' red and yellow cards.
  • November Schedule ZigZags: The next couple months are full of different activities and schedule changes. This document has all the details you need.
  • What are ZigZags? Kyle shared some great resources and a video about ZigZags and how using them can help some of our students when schedules change. This website is also full of resources and videos.
  • Fresh Fruits and Vegetable Program - Click here to see November's menu of fresh snacks.
  • TCN Chromebook Use - Please read this document for TCN Chromebook Procedures and Norms.
  • Wireless Printing: Click here for directions to set up printing from your Chromebook to the new wireless printer in the teacher workroom.
  • The Marshall Memo - A Weekly Round-up of Important Ideas and Research in K-12 Education. Check out the current issue.
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