Staff Weekly Bulletin

~Sept. 22-26~Week 5~

Recommended Diagnostics

State Assessments

9/22 CELDT Starts for 1:1 by CELDT Sub-Mr. Ivan Simmons

CELDT Testing Window Closes 10/24

  • All English teachers (1st through 5th) will need to be trained to administer the CELDT
  • English teachers will administer the CELDT Listening, Reading, & Writing sections
  • Kinder & 1st grade teachers will be exempt; Mr. Ivan Simmons & district CELDT examiners will support with the Kinder assessment.
  • CELDT Moodle link will be shared with you to begin the on-line CELDT training

September 26th - all CELDT moodle training due for all 1st - 5th grade teachers. Affidavit's due to Beatrice (can be found in your box)

Classroom CELDT testing starts on 9/30 in English classes.

Positive & Welcoming Environment

September Character Development: RESPECT

Junior Coaching for 4th & 5th Graders

JC junior coaches start tommorow, Monday, September 22nd!

Attention 4th & 5th Grade Teachers: students that are suppose to be on the yard out 5 minutes before recess time.

Thank you,

Coach C.

Are morning circles taking place daily in your classroom?

Morning circles or a type of community building activity in the mornings are an expectation to reinforce our character development. Please ensure that you have a system where students are given the opportunity to reflect on the character target of the month (respect).

Community Assembly & Crew (8:30-9:00 AM)

Assembly Logistics

  1. Students will begin the day in their respective lines
  2. Walk your students to the auditorium
  3. You will sit with your Crew team - the auditorium will be labeled (see below link)

Assembly Seating-Group A

Assembly Crew pairings:

  • Pastrana & Parchia
  • Marx & Gudiol
  • Goodie & Nunez
  • Superfine & Reynoso
  • Cato & Zucker

Crew-Group B

Crew Logistics
  1. Students will begin the day in their respective lines
  2. Walk to your Crew Partner & exchange students
  3. Crew can take place in the classroom or outside


  • Udovic & Hudson
  • Saleski & Ferrus-Garcia
  • Tapia & Souto
  • Perrone & Zucker

Uniform Protocol

From Monday through Thursday all students are required to wear their uniform; if any of your students are not wearing a uniform please send them to the office. We have white & red t-shirts that they can wear for the day. Please help us enforce this school-wide expectation.

Free Dress Friday

Please enforce the uniform policy...

If your student arrives to school without a uniform, send the child to the office (with a pass), we have donated white & red t-shirts that we can lend the student for the day.


6 Weeks Cycles of Inquiry to Resumes this week!

Learning Targets:
  • I can embed habits of scholarship learning targets that foster/develop performance character & academic success for all their students.
  • I can embed AD as a key vehicle to deepen understanding, build comprehension, & develop oral language


Fostering Character & Habits of Scholarship through the lens of Academic Discussions

Location: TBD by groups

Time: 2:00-3:00 PM

Professional Development COI

2:00 pm Differentiated Planning Groups for AD & fostering character

  • Meet w/your COI Team and Review Norms and Protocols:
  • I can be mindful of grade level and cognitive differences.

  • I can assume positive intent.

  • I can feel safe taking risks.

  • I can be honest and provide constructive feedback.

  • I can come up with alternative suggestions if I don’t feel I can implement an idea.

2:55 pm Record work on collaboration notes & upload to Google shared drive

3:00-4:00 PM - Prep



Vacancy SDC1-3 Teacher Position:

  • Beatrice is working with sub to ensure that SDC 1st-3rd grade students have General Ed. time. Thank you to Kevin Eback & Paul for providing us the students' IEPs.
  • Update: PEC still looking for a credentialed teacher to take on this position. They may transfer a teacher from another site this week. Stay tuned.

SDC grades 4-5: Paul is to give you a copy of the SDC 4-5 grade IEPs.

A confidential file has been created in the office (see Nancy) for easy access of IEPs.

Guided Reading Groups...

Guided Reading Groups need to be in place by now. Need help with rituals & routines? New teachers will be supported by Jennie.

Need the log-ins for your students' Chromebook access?

A file has been created by teacher rosters through AERIES, please see Beatrice for your specific class(es).

Prep: PE (in Spanish)

Please inform your student that they need to be adequate clothing for PE. Encourage them to bring tennis shoes, a cap, & a water bottle.

We are still short in PE minutes...

Keep in mind that we are still required to meet the 200 minutes of PE within 10 days therefore, PE prep time is still NOT enough. Please make sure that you incorporate 50 minutes within 10 days. The additional 50 minutes will be provided by PlayWorks.

Strings Schedule!

Monday & Wed (Violin)

1:00 pm- 1:30 pm

Souto, Zucker & Reynoso

Mon 1:45-2:15pm (Viola & Cello)

Wed 11:50 am-12:20 pm

Souto, Zucker & Reynoso

Tuesday & Friday

1:30- 2:00 pm

5th Grade -Experienced Players

Mr. Zucker & Mr. Reynoso

Library Schedule has been altered!

Update: By popular demand; we will be moving the library time access to every other week. Here are the reasons why we came to this decision:

1. Math & other instructional minutes were being affected in the lower grades

2. Library time landed in not ideal time slots due to the sharing of the library with our sister school.

3. Teachers were not showing

Library will resume next week!



Week 4 ADA-Average Daily Attendance: 97%...great job; our goal is 98%!

Committees need to begin meeting!

Committees need to start by no later than the end of September! Please submit collaboration notes by 9/30.

Thank you!


Please sign up if you have not done so...can I sign you up?

Which committees are still in need of sign-ups?

  • ELA District Teacher Lead - OUSD stipend
  • Family & Community Outreach (1 more member)
  • School Site Council-1 teacher & 1 classified vacancy
  • Friends of Manzanita SEED (non-profit) - 1 certificated vacancy
  • Spelling Bee Coordinator - 1x p/yr event
  • Oratorical Fest Coordinator - 1x p/yr event
  • Technology Committee - 1 classified vacancy

Past Due Items: Please address

We are still missing these items from many of you...

1. Please submit your emergency lesson plans & classroom split to Nancy or they can be shared through the Google drive

2. Summer Expeditions through Shared Google Drive - we cannot pay you until you submit them. Need help up-loading them to the Drive? See Priscilla, Beatrice, or Anne.

3. If you are in need of a classroom printer, please let Todd know.


Monday, 9/22

8:30 AM
  • Community Assembly & Crew 10 AM

  • Day 20th Head Count

Tooth fairy classroom visits from Big Smiles on Monday A.M. Permission slips and toothbrushes will be passed out.

11 AM

  • Beatrice @ meeting w/Nancy

1:30-2:45 PM

  • Coach C at Playworks Training

Beatrice = Daily Walk-throughs!

2:45 PM

Submit all Back-to-School Night Sign-in sheets to Nancy or Marisol

Tuesday, 9/23

Operational Meeting
9:00 AM

Daily Walk-throughs

12-1 PM

Beatrice @ meeting with EL School Designer

1:30 PM
Coach C at training

3:00-5:00 PM
ILT Meeting in Beatrice's Office

Wednesday, 9/24

* EL School Designer here all day - classroom observations, teacher debrief, & support

Daily Walk-throughs

2:00-3:00 PM
COI Week 2 - Differentiated Groups

3 PM - Collaborative Groups Notes due to Google Shared Drive

Wright Institute Interns Begin at SEED!

4:00-6:00 PM
Beatrice @ Data Governance Executive Board Meeting

Thursday, 9/25

EL School Designer at SEED all day for classroom observations, feedback, & support

Science Focus school TSA at SEED!

8:00-4:00 PM

Beatrice at an all day Principal meeting

Admin Designee: Jennie Tunney

Friday, 9/26

CELDT Moodle Training due to Beatrice or Jennie. Please sign the affidavit's & return to Beatrice.

CELDT Testing will begin on 9/30 in the classrooms.

5:30-7:30 PM
Zumbathon in the auditorium - come support our school!

District Announcements...

Science Department

The Science Department is offering a SIRA "Just in Time" training on Wednesday September 24, from 2:30 - 4:00 pm. It will take place at TCN, in the Library.

This training is for 3rd and 4th grade teachers who have not attended any previous SIRA trainings.

Thank you, and have a great week,


Buy-Back-Day Registration Oct. 10th

Offerings for Buy Back Day

Please click on the link below to view Buy Back Day Offerings. Teaching & Learning staff will send this information to the Teacher Leaders, so they can pass along to their colleagues.

The On-Track Registration System

All attendees need to register using the On-Track Registration System.

On-Track also lists the buy back day offerings by content area.

All Certificated Staff, please register for the following class: Training PD5542

PE teacher: PD5553

Library Tech: PD5577

TK: PD5603

With appreciation,



Opportunities for free money!

Jamba Juice: It's About the Fruit and Veggies

The Fall 2014 Jamba Juice "It's About the Fruit and Veggies" Garden Grant provides youth garden programs with gardening supplies, curricula, and funding for soil amendments and plants to create engaging nutrition and gardening experiences. Maximum award: $1,500. Eligibility: schools, community organizations, and non-profit programs in the United States, gardening with at least 15 children between the ages of 3 and 18. Deadline: October 1, 2014. More

IRA: Teacher as Researcher Grant

International Reading Association Teacher as Researcher grants support classroom teachers who undertake action research inquiries about literacy and instruction. Maximum award: $4,000. Eligibility: All applicants must be members of the International Reading Association (IRA) and practicing pre-K-12 teachers with full time or permanent half-time teaching responsibilities (includes librarians, Title I teachers, classroom teachers, and resource teachers). Classroom teachers will be given preference. Applicants may apply as a collaborative group or individually. Deadline:November 1, 2014. More

NCTM: Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK-5

The National Council of Teachers of Mathematics Professional Development Grants for Grades PreK-5 Teachers support professional development to improve the competence in the teaching of mathematics of one or more classroom teachers. Maximum award: $3,000. Eligibility: current (as of October 15, 2014) Full Individual or E-Members of NCTM or teachers at a school with a current (as of October 15, 2014) NCTM Pre-K8 school membership, currently teaching grades PreK-5 level and with three or more years teaching experience. Deadline:November 7, 2014. More

NGA: Youth Garden Grants

National Gardening Association Youth Garden Grants support schools and community organizations with child-centered garden programs. In evaluating grant applications, priority will be given to programs that emphasize educational focus or curricular/program integration; nutrition or plant-to-food connections; environmental awareness/education; entrepreneurship; and social aspects of gardening such as leadership development, team building, community support, or service-learning. Maximum award: a $500 gift card to the Gardening with Kids catalog, seeds and plants from Bonnie Plants, an Ames tool package, and educational materials from NGA. Eligibility: schools, youth groups, community centers, camps, clubs, treatment facilities, and intergenerational groups throughout the United States. Deadline: December 5, 2014.More

Character Development Grant!

Send us your best ideas for cultivating character strengths in your classroom!
The 7 teachers with the best ideas will win $10,000.

You know what it would take to grow character strengths and skills in your classroom – it’s time everyone else did, too. We want to help bring your promising ideas to life, as well as help you test their impact. A class-wide detective game to promote curiosity? An investigation unit about color and form in nature to help promote the appreciation of beauty? An open mic stand up night to teach about humor? A peer-mediation project to promote forgiveness? We’ll help you evaluate the impact, and then we’ll help spread the word.

Field Trip for Teachers!


Thursday, October 2
4:00-5:30 PM: CRS Field Trip For Teachers - behind the scenes event for CRS Members
5:30-8:00 PM: LHS Educator Open House

Please RSVP if you plan to attend

Join CRS and our host, the Lawrence Hall of Science (the Hall), for an afternoon of learning and fun. Our Field Trip for Teachers is designed give CRS members an exclusive time to explore the Hall and meet a gecko up close, try an engineering challenge, and to discover even more explorations that you can share with your students. You'll also be able to talk with expert Hall science educators about great resources to support science learning in your classroom, from supporting English language learners in science to supporting you with NGSS. Following our program, teachers will be welcome to stay for the Educator Open House. CRS member special preview and behind the scenes event: 4 pm -5:30; LHS Educator Open House from 5:30 - 8:00 PM