Parkdale Elementary Weekly Update


This Week...

There is much to be thankful for as we close out the year...

* Thanks to Ernie for a great field day a couple of Thursdays ago. The kids had a blast!

* Thanks to Kathy for all of her work on the Talent Show. What fun!

* Thanks to Jenni for hosting a GREAT party on Friday. What a gracious hostess she is.

* Thanks to Terry and Juan for all of the work they do in addition to their regular jobs these last days of school!

* Thanks to Heidi for all she does to keep everything together for us as we finish up. Thanks especially for her help on the promotion ceremony awards, decorations, cake, etc..!

* Thanks to Holly and Shelly for all of their extra work to get ready for the 5th grade promotion.

* Thanks to our IA staff for stepping in and helping out where needed as your regular schedules fall to the wayside.

* Thanks to you all for making the last days special for our kids.

I hope everyone has a wonderful summer.


Teacher Check Out

I'll be available Monday from 7:00 - 2:00 and Tuesday from 1:00 - 2:00 for check out and end of the year meetings. I'll be around Wednesday afternoon too if needed.

Here is a link to a google doc you can to use to sign up for a time. Please sign up so we can fit everyone in. Link is below...

Green Days and Art Week

We had an incredible array of talent and variety for our Green Day presenters this year. Please be thinking about people you know who might be willing to come in and teach 1/2 of a Green Day up to a series of a few days. Think about who might be able to present during our Art Week to be held in December.

Here is a list of some of the instruction we had this year...

* Nutrition and Wellness with Anna Osborn

* Art with CJ Rench

* Art with Bonnie White

* Community Service with the PTO

* Art and Math with Mrs. Hedberg

* Spanish with Mr. Hedberg

* Dry Land Ski Training and Fitness with Mt. Hood Meadows

* Computer Programming with George and Kelly Dittmar

* Health with Nurse Ali

* Drama with Missoula Theater

* Creative Writing with Sisbro

* PE Activities with PTO

Parkdale Staff Feedback Form - Click Here!

Use this form to give Gus feedback about how things are going and what you need.

Summer Reading Program Kick Off

We had 70 people come to see the Reptile Man on Friday! This was a great way to kick off our summer reading program! I hope we get some of those people to join us for summer reading on Thursdays. We'll cross our fingers.

Some Interesting Ideas for Improvement from the Marshal Memo...

Some Ideas for Improving Teaching and Learning

In this article in Harvard Ed. Magazine, Lory Hough passes along a set of simple, clear recommendations from a variety of educators:

Be kind. While many students know what’s expected of them academically, they also need explicit guidance on ethical expectations, say Rick Weissbourd and Stephanie Jones. They need practice taking the perspective of another person (What would you do?) and being respectful and caring.

Slow down. “Slow learning involves radically expanding the typical timeframe devoted to learning about complex things,” says Shari Tishman. “It might mean spending a few hours looking at a painting rather than a few minutes, or spending an entire afternoon examining the pattern of weeds growing at the edge of the playground.”

Let students move. “In our school day, we build in two full movement classes during the day along with short movement bursts, that we call brain bursts, to break up classes and get kids active rather than having them sit for hours and hours straight,” says Massachusetts principal Kevin Qazilbash. His school has seen significant gains in student achievement and attitudes.

Create student crews. Meg Campbell, principal of Codman Academy Charter School in Boston, reports great success with single-sex, grade 9-12 advisory groups. “This means every ninth grader has a big sister or big brother in each of the other classes,” she says, which fosters deep friendships across grades and promotes a feeling of family in the school community. Why single-gender? “It gives students a break from what I call hormone display behavior.”

Install a buddy bench. This is a place on the playground where students can sit if they’re feeling lonely or bored; the idea is that others approach students on the bench and invite them to play.

Teach children how to deal with strong emotions. Christina Hinton reports on the success of sending disruptive, upset preschool children to a “safe place” – a warm, colorful area where they deal with their emotions. One safe-place game: Children pretend they are filling their bellies like a big balloon and then let the air out in one big gust. Another: children put their arms above their head and let them drop while making the shhhh sound of running water. Games like these teach young children “that emotions should not be suppressed, but rather experienced and dealt with in constructive ways,” says Hinton.

Teach students to query. “When students know how to ask their own questions, they take greater ownership of their learning, deepen comprehension, and make new

connections and discoveries of their own,” says Dan Rothstein.

Make meetings more useful. “One simple thing educators can do is to start every meeting by clarifying the objectives of the meetings and then dive right into tackling the most important objective early in the meeting,” says Kathryn Parker Boudett, co-author with Elizabeth City of Meeting Wise. Another time- and stress-saver is a checklist of key items.

Use checklists. Boston surgeon/author Atul Gawande has written extensively about the power of checklists in airline cockpits and operating rooms. Checklists can also help young students be less forgetful at the end of the school day and prompt educators to remember important procedural steps so they can focus on deeper, more-creative tasks.

Include dads. Boston principal Mairead Nolan organized a weekly “Dads Read” book club/dinner for the men in her students’ lives. Teachers and coordinators read stories and model how to read for understanding, and students take home a free book afterward. “Dad’s Read is a powerful twist on a book club,” says Heather Weiss. “It is a small intervention addressing a big, important question: How can schools successfully engage dads to support their children’s learning and literacy and make the learning fun?”

Revamp the open house. Most schools’ open house meetings are not “linked to learning,” says Karen Mapp. These meetings should be structured in a way that allows teachers to share specific grade-level learning goals, and time for families to share what they know about their children’s strengths and weaknesses. Open house meetings should include the best school, home, and community resources to maximize students’ learning.

“Does It Have to Be So Complicated?” by Lory Hough in Harvard Ed. Magazine, Summer 2015 (p. 20-25),; Hough can be reached at

Smarter Balanced Assessment Feedback Opportunity

On Tuesday, June 16, 2015 ODE will host an online Smarter Balanced Feedback Forum from 9 - 10 a.m. PT for district and school staff to share their impressions of the first year of Smarter Balanced operational testing. This feedback opportunity is open to any interested. However, so that ODE can tailor its planning for the Forum, we request that participants register by Friday, June 12, 2015.

To register for the online Forum, click below. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email that contains information about joining the webinar.

Summer PD Opportunities from the Hood River Academy

The Hood River Academy is excited to announce the 2015 Summer of Learning, where we have two learning opportunities for you:

  • We have formed partnerships with several organizations to provide high quality learning opportunities.

  • An opportunity to design your own learning needs, called Grow Your Own Learning.

Our registration form will be activated on Monday, June 1st 2015. This afternoon, I would like to give you a sneak peak into the bulletin and what offerings will be available and how you can be compensated to participate. You can access the bulletin by clicking below:

Events This Week...

Enjoy Summer...

Have a great week!!

Parkdale Staff Feedback Form - Click Here!

Use this form to give Gus feedback about how things are going and what you need.