Cordelia Hills Staff Update

Believe, 3/8/2019

Glows and Grows

Glows: Thank you to the staff who consistently use the instructional specialists in our district to support your instruction. It isn't easy for some to invite another teacher in to work with you and so being willing to do that with an eye towards improvement and growth is admirable and appreciated. The positive impact of that work rests in what I see when I walk into the classroom. What I love most about our staff is the ability to see the larger vision and to seek support in implementing that vision to the granular level.

Grow: Have you used the instructional specialists? If not, what support do you need to utilize the support? If yes and but not consistently, what are the barriers to use?

Multicultural Night Visits

I am going to try to visit each class next week to just mention Multicultural Night and to give some of the students ideas. I appreciate your flexibility with my visits. If I see you knee deep in a lesson, I will return. I will not be in classrooms for more than 5 minutes but I just wanted to spread the word and to get them excited.

Reminder--PE Equipment

Just a reminder that we are collecting recess equipment from students and will centralize use in two buckets that will be out for each recess. The hope is to minimize the territorial nature of classroom recess equipment.

Upcoming Dates/Events

3/8: No Students, Teacher Work Day

3/13: PTA elections in library at 6:15

3/14: March SOM Names Due

3/15: Kim Liew Visit (see email for details)

3/19: Report Cards go Live in Illuminate for parents to see

3/20-3/22: Report Card Conferences, Minimum Days

3/25-3/29: No School, Spring Break

4/1: Brickspace classes begin

Pay it Forward Extended

Pay it Forward has been extended to 3/22.

PTA is running a donation drive in partnership with Disney's Points of Light NOW through next Thursday, March 7th!! We are looking for new items to donate to local charities and hospitals to benefit children and families in need during times of sickness.

We are attempting to collect at least 200 of the following items:

- NEW stuffed animals

- NEW baby blankets

- NEW baby clothes

- Knitted or crocheted baby hats

- Knitted or crocheted child size hats

- NEW kids books

- NEW kids toys

- Diapers and NEW baby supplies

All of these items can be brought into your child's classroom and PTA will collect them through next Thursday, March 7th.

If you have any questions, please contact Karen Kanen Latora at

Cordelia Hills Multicultural Faire

Wednesday, April 17th, 6pm

4770 Canyon Hills Drive

Fairfield, CA

Join us at the Cordelia Hills Elementary Multicultural Night. All students, classes, and families are welcome as we celebrate the many cultures that make up our school and community. Participants can display cultural diversity in a variety of ways and we welcome a multitude of presentation types and displays.

Check out our webpage and registration link at:

Multicultural Night at Cordelia Hills

RSVPs are enabled for this event.


We are working on bringing a Mindfulness Event to the site. I was hoping for mid April but the guest is not available on available days so I am searching for another time and will update you.

New link:

Links on mindfulness/trauma/brain science:

Energy and Calm: Brain Breaks

Stop, Breathe, and Think Video

Link on mindfulness and kindness , kid friendly hip hop music with a mindful message., kid friendly art and mindful activities.


I will continue to leave this link as a resource for you to check out to get that overall view of our school. We were green in all areas and blue in suspension. Let me know if you have any questions.