JM Staff Bulletin

Week of April 4, 2016

The Home Stretch!

Dear Hopefully Relaxed and Invigorated Teachers and Staff,


Welcome back! I hope you have all had a fantastic break. I have officially moved into my new home in Berkeley, and can say that I did very little work this week. I hope you all took some time off to spend with family and friends as well.


I have started a Book List for teachers! Click on the link the see the title of books already on the list and add titles of books you would like me to purchase with TGDS funds.


Please note that April Pride Assemblies will be postponed until Friday, April 15th due to a previously scheduled demo lesson happening this coming Friday.


Principals Walk-Through on April 21st

Kyla, my supervisor, asked if I would be willing to host the Network 1 principals on April 21st. They will join me for scheduled 10 minute classroom visits to a majority of the classrooms with a focus on blended learning and small group instruction. We will create a schedule prior to the visit so that you know exactly when folks will be coming into your room. This has been a very positive experience at both Peralta and Thornhill, and I am excited for them to see what's happening at JM!


Try innerExplorer Mindfulness Program

This is a repeated message. Please let me know how it goes if you try it with your students!


At my principal PD this past Thursday, we learned about a mindfulness program called innerExplorer. It is an easy to use online program for teaching mindfulness in the classroom. I signed us up for a FREE three year membership and entered information for each of your classrooms. The program is as simple as pressing play on their website for a 10 minute mindfulness lesson. There are 90 sessions in the program. Research shows that disciplinary issues decline and academic performance increases with use of this program. I figured since it's free we could give it a shot! I believe there is a brief online training for teachers. I will let you know when I learn more about this. You can check out the program by going to www.innerexplorer.org. You should also be receiving an email from innerExplorer.


Additional Lexia Licenses Needed

We have reached the halfway mark on the GoFundMe page to to raise funds for 30 more Lexia licenses. The link is: https://www.gofundme.com/nctt7h7g

Please share this link with your students' families and on social media if you have not done so already.


Donors Choose PD this Wednesday!

Sue, Helene, and I thought it would be a good idea to provide a workshop on donors choose and give you all time to post a fundraising project. I know that some of you are familiar with donors choose, and we will definitely ask for your assistance and expertise on Wednesday!


Stephen Colbert has begun a campaign to engage celebrities to fulfill Donors Choose requests. See the video clip here: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/stephen-colbert-best-school-day-donors-choose-funding-american-classrooms-in-need/


Teacher Act at the Talent Show??

Who would like to help organize and plan an act? Who would like to be part of the act? Please let me know if you are interested in helping with this! :)


Parking Update

If you are unsure as to where your new parking spot is, please email Mr. McCord at benjamin.mccord@ousd.org.


PLC Extra Duty Hours

DON'T FORGET TO SIGN THE "PLC ONLY" TIMESHEET AND SITE TIME REPORT IN THE OFFICE FOR BOTH PLC HOURS FOR THIS MONTH!


Yard Duty!

Please remember to be outside for your scheduled yard duty times!! Set a reminder on your phone or computer if necessary. Thanks!


Attendance!

Overall we are doing much better with getting our attendance submitted on a daily basis. Keep up the good work!


With appreciation,

Sara

This Week

Monday: Sara off-site

Tuesday:

Wednesday: SBAC Assembly (3rd - 5th only) at 10:15; Donors Choose PD; School Site Showcase 4:00 - 6:00 (Personnel Committee only)

Thursday:

Friday: Fire Drill at 9:00

Weekly Deliverables (To-Dos)

  • Try innerExplorer with your kiddos
  • Finish your peer observations if you haven't done so already
  • Send a message to your parents via Konstella or email about what's happening in your class! (Remember: the more they know, the less they make up!)
  • Get kids on Lexia and Mathletics!
  • Check Konstella and your OUSD email often.
  • Submit COST referrals as needed.
  • Pat yourself on the back for being amazing!
  • Breathe.

Upcoming Dates- Not including this week

April 11: ILT meeting

April 12: PTA Board Meeting

April 13: CALL survey and SEL Programs Showcase (I'll explain later)

April 14: Sara off-site

April 15: Pride Assemblies

April 20: Rancho Day

April 21: Network 1 Principals Visit

New Lunch Time Plan! (Still here to refresh your memory)

New Plan for the Lunch Period (DRAFT) – 3/21/16

K-2 TIMELINE

11:55: The kindergarteners, first-graders, and second graders go out to play on the big yard.

12:05: A whistle is blown ONCE to indicate it is time for the buyers to go to the cafeteria to buy/pick up their lunches.

12:08: A whistle is blown TWICE to indicate it is time for all students remaining on the yard to stop playing, put equipment away, get their lunches, and find a place to eat.

12:26: A whistle is blown ONCE to indicate is it time for students to clean up their areas, but remain seated. Noon supervisors, the principal, and adult volunteers will walk around to ensure all trash is being picked up.

12:27: A whistle is blown TWICE to indicate it is time for students to dispose of their trash in the proper receptacles and then go to their designated lines.

· Mrs. Glick's class will line up in front of her portable.

· Mrs. Oliver's class will line up in front of her portable.

· Remaining kindergartners, first-graders, and second graders will line up in three lines .

12:30 A noon supervisor or adult volunteer will walk the students to the little yard where they will be picked up by their teachers.

3-5 TIMELINE

12:15: third, fourth, and fifth graders come out to play on the big yard on the far side of the yellow line. They may also use the play structure and the wall ball wall.

12:30: A whistle is blown ONCE to indicate that buyers may go to the cafeteria to get their lunches.

12:33: A whistle is blown TWICE to indicate it is time to stop playing, put equipment away, get their lunches, and find a place to eat.

12:45: A whistle is blown ONCE to indicate it is time for students to clean up their areas, but remain seated. Noon supervisors, the principal, and adult volunteers will walk around to ensure all trash is being picked up.

12:48: a whistle is blown TWICE to indicate it is time for students to dispose of their trash in the proper receptacles and then go to their designated lines.