The Eager Eagle
Weekly Memo for STAFF
Week of April 13-17: Stay healthy!
COVID-19: Be safe!
Zoom Meetings for Instructional Staff
Grade-level meetings are Wednesday. Below is the schedule:
Specials/Kindergarten/4th Grade 8:15-8:45
PreK/2nd Grade/5th Grade 8:50-9:30
ESE/1st Grade/3rd Grade 9:35-10:05
There is an optional Q&A meeting on Thursday at 1:00 pm.
You will receive email Zoom invites this week!
Please read for a slight update on parent contact of those hard to reach families. You will continue reaching out on Mondays to your students.. If you do not hear back, please put the students' name on the concerns spreadsheet. You do not need to continue reaching out daily. Make the attempt Monday and if there is no return to you, that is all you can do. We will try an attempt also one time and that's it for the week. We will document as well.
Chat w/ Christine from iReady
Marking Something as Done
Student Progress Spreadsheet
For the kid that met all goals with appropriate pass rate: "I see that Luke met his goals for the week and pass his lessons. Way to go! We appreciate you supporting him."
For the kid meeting one iReady goal but not the other: "I see Luke had 30 minutes of iReady math but lots of time on iReady reading. We appreciate you working with him. We would love to see him try and get 45 minutes of iReady math this week. Let me know if I can support you or him in any way!"
For zero AR points: "I noticed Luke hasn't taken a AR test. I wanted to make sure you know Mrs. Streelman reads AR books on the morning announcements. Do you need help accessing the announcements or AR?"
For zero AR points: "I noticed Luke earned 2 AR points this week. Way to read! Our school has a goal for 2nd grade students to earn 5 points a week. Did you know about the free websites with read alouds? Is there anything I can do to help Luke meet his goal this week?"
For the kid with 100 hours of iReady: "I noticed Luke had 4 hours, 31 minutes of iReady reading. Way to work! I appreciate you encouraging him. I wanted to let you know iReady is designed for no more than an hour a week for the child. If you need things to keep Luke busy, I can recommend some great websites where he could listen to books and take AR tests."
Calls Streelman Takes
Weekly AR Expectations
1st grade--4 points
2nd-5th grades--5 points
I will continue to push AR as an expectation. As I have said before, AR isn't the important factor; kids enjoying literacy is what's going to positively impact them. AR is just motivating tool we use at SES. Read alouds prepare students for more complex texts. A 1984 study by Thomas Sticht showed that "a child's reading level doesn't catch up to their listening level until around 8th grade." I thought this was very interesting and appropriate. Parents and children often think their child is "too old" for the read alouds. This isn't accurate! Please help me encourage the children to read. I cannot do it alone; I need your help.
We have expectations for work completion but always want to keep it positive when a child isn't reaching that goal. Parents are truly doing their best. Some parents continue to go to work daily and children are left at home. If a child reads one book and does ten minutes of iReady the entire week, we need to find the good and make a call home thanking them for working and positively offer support of how we can help that child be even more successful.
I have never seen teachers work as hard as you guys have been working these past few weeks. I am truly proud to be. part of this team. Don't forget to put down the phone/computer and take time for you though. Parent messages will still be there tomorrow. If you have children, then you are likely enjoying the precious time we have with them at home that is not typical. Go outside and play together, have fun!