SRES Administrative Updates

June 2020

Spring Ridge is a positive, collaborative environment where students are kind, confident, problem solvers prepared for the future.

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June 15th--5th grade students will be picking up belongings

June 17th--Last day of school/ 5th grade virtual celebration 9:30 am

August 24th--Teachers return to work

August 31st--First Student Day, SY 2020-2021

Thank YOU

As we enter our last week of this school year, we want to say thank you. Each and every member of our Roo family have demonstrated their commitment to students this year more so than ever before. Your commitment to student success, well-being, and each other is so evident and very much appreciated.

As we reflect on the year as a whole, we have so much to celebrate as we did last week. Thank you for encouraging each other daily. We are so lucky to walk these halls (or now these MEETS) with you. We hope that you will take time during the summer to UNPLUG, rejuvenate, and reflect as we plan to meet the needs of students, families, and each other next school year.

We can't wait to see you in August!! Have a WONDERFUL and RELAXING summer!!

DeVeda and Carmen

Grade Level Shifts

We are excited to announce that Michelle Reno will join our 4th grade team next year and Kaiti Fox will be joining our 3rd grade team! Very excited for new experiences for these awesome staff!!

We are continuing to look for both internal and external candidates for our music, 5th grade, and inclusive PreK vacancies and hope to fill them very soon!

26 PL Hours--Certificated Staff

Please use the link below to track and document your professional learning that you have completed or will complete by August 15, 2020.

Summer Book Study Opportunities

We will offer 2 book studies this summer. They are outlined below and we hope you will join us!

Book Study #1--Led by DeVeda

Creating a Restorative Environment

  • Will use excerpts from "Carrots and Sticks" and "Beyond Behaviors"
  • 1 Credit Course (15 hours) or 2 credit course (30 hours)
  • 5 Virtual Meetings, 1.5 hours in length, with remaining 9 hours inclusive of reading and online tasks
  • Virtual meetings will be held on Wednesdays, 9:30-11:00 July 7th--August 4th

Book Study #2--Led by Carmen

The Power of Persistence and Self-Efficacy

  • Will use "High Expectations Teaching" coupled with a cultural competency resource
  • 1 Credit Course (15 hours)
  • 5 Virtual Meetings, 1.5 hours in length, with remaining 9 hours inclusive of reading and online tasks
  • Virtual meetings will be held on Tuesdays, 9:30-11:00 July 7th--August 4th

Complete this form by June 29th if you are interested in one or both of these offerings!

Lexia Core 5 Training Opportunity

A message from our CII Department:

We have scheduled the professional learning sessions for Lexia Core 5. There are two synchronous sessions (one for teachers newer to Lexia Core 5 and one for teachers with a working knowledge of Lexia Core 5) and an asynchronous option for teachers new to Lexia Core 5, called Lexia Academy. All three options meet the requirement for Lexia Core 5 training.

The options are described in greater detail Here. This link has been added to the Professional Learning for Teachers - Elementary School document.

Please contact Anne Navazio at with any questions regarding the Lexia training.

Positive Behavior Support Virtual Conference

Below is a link to free sessions regarding behavior management. Should you choose, consider listening to one or a few of these sessions. This is the 17th International Conference on Positive Behavior Support!

Many presenters who had planned to join us in Miami have very generously recorded their presentations. Those recorded breakouts are available on the APBSW ebsite

Additional NCTM PL Opportunities

Next Week's Free Webinars in 100 Days of Professional Learning

More free, live 60-minute webinars are coming your way next week in NCTM's 100 Days of Professional Learning. Scroll down for information or visit to view the schedule, to register, and to access free recordings of completed webinars.

  • Webinars take place on 100 selected day between April and October 2020.
  • Speakers and topics are geared to meet all grade bands and interests.
  • Webinars are led by selected speakers from the NCTM Centennial Annual Meeting & Exposition program that was to take place in Chicago.
  • All webinars are recorded and made available the next day at
  • You do not have to be a NCTM member to register for a free webinar or view a free recording.

Free, Live Webinars Next Week

Learn more and register for these and other free webinars at

Making the Most of Children's Literature: A Context to Explore Math and Understand the World (Grades 3–5) | June 15, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EDT | Speaker: Sue O'Connell

Positioning Reluctant Students as Math Thinkers and Doers! (Grades 6–8) | June 16, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EDT | Speakers: Claudia Bertolone-Smith, Lynda Wiest, and Heather Crawford

Rich Tasks Require Rich Implementation for Rich Learning to Result (Grades 8–10) | June 17, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EDT | Speaker: Peg Cagle

Promote Equitable Teaching Practices AND Focus on Content & Connections - Don't Settle for Only One! (General Interest) | June 18, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. EDT | Speaker: Farshid Safi

Bookmark to register for upcoming free webinars and to access free recordings of completed webinars

Download the NCTM Publications 2020 catalog. Learn about peer-reviewed publications, designed for administrators, principals, teachers, math coaches, teacher educators, and more. Check out our books High School Mathematics Lessons to Explore, Understand, and Respond to Social Injustice and Teaching Mathematics for Social Justice: Conversations with Educators.

Forward this to math educators who might be interested in these webinars and other free NCTM resources - including a free trial NCTM membership. Thank you!


Leadership Team/ Team Leader: Meeting to answer Questions

Reminder re. Leadership Positions. Link to the information on the form. This is due by 4 pm today, 6/16// 2020. We will hold a meeting with new and old leadership members in the next week. Those who are selected will be asked to attend. Thank you for stepping up to be leaders in our school!!

After some talk with the leadership team and team leaders, we are making some adjustments to the layout of our leadership positions. Please attend a quick informational meeting today, Monday, June 8th, if you are interested in serving as a team leader or on the leadership team. We will meet at the open admin meeting time link:

Monday, June 8th: See grouping lists for upcoming classes.

We will not have the usual planning meetings today, Monday, June 8th. Specialists will still be available if you would like to meet---just let them know.

For the first 15 minutes of each planning time, if you would like to see the grouping for your upcoming class/grade, you can go into the math link and the specialists will be there to discuss these.

Math Link


If you won a prize during our virtual learning experience and did not receive your prize, please e-mail DeVeda your address so that she can send it to you!!!

Message from Superintendant

Hi Staff,

We were all thrown for a curve with the message from the superintendent. From talking to some colleagues, it sounds like this "surprise" is going to allow you all to have time to help tie up some loose ends for our students who may need to go back, will allow for you to have time to complete grades and will have some fun for everyone on the last days. The county has provided this opportunity for the benefit of students and staff!!!

We met with team leaders in an impromptu meeting to discuss this situation. From that discussion a few things came about:

1. If teams already have completed plans, these can be put in the enrichment tab and can be recommended to students when reviewing the learning maps on Monday's learning map video.

2. Professional development tomorrow will be time spent looking at student progress and pushing out plans so that they know what to do to receive a Pass (P). We decided that if make-up work was given, it would be from the weeks on the student completion link-- Looking at those 4 weeks if students:

  • Consistently have about 5 of the 7 assignments completed then they would receive a general learning map. Tatiana created an example that would be pushed out to these students: Map
  • If students are not consistently completing at least 5 out of 7 assignments, individual analysis of the student progress would need to be done. If the student was completing this many earlier in the distance learning and fell off, err on the side of the child and consider the assignments complete. You can give them the generic learning map as shown above.
  • If students need to make up work, individualized plans will be given. These maps were created by the specialist team (THANK YOU) and will just be copying and deleting rows of work that students have already completed. If you highlight the rows that need to be deleted and right mouse click, the map will be catered to the child.
  • If a student has a BUNCH of work to complete, use your teacher judgment regarding what level of work completion you would feel comfortable given a Pass and send that home. Please consider work that was completed before when making your decisions We are erring on the side of the child.

We are erring on the side of the child. DeVeda will be available to discuss any student concerns, grading etc. tomorrow at times on this link. When in doubt, give the child the benefit of the doubt.

Carmen has e-mailed staff if they have students who want letter grades. We will continue to collect this information and send it out to you.

Sign-up and we can talk if you have questions: LInk


Please click below to indicate your interest in leadership opportunities at SRES next year! All returning staff are asked to submit! DEADLINE June 3rd!!

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)

We know that our current state and environment is difficult. Each of us is working through it in our own way and some may want to talk with experts who may be able to help if you are feeling overwhelmed, anxious, or overly stressed. EAP provides you and your household members with free, confidential assistance to help with personal or professional problems that may interfere with work or family responsibilities. Historically thought of as only providing Mental Health services, EAP is now much more. You will find Legal advice, Childcare/Eldercare resources, Financial and much more in this resource.

This link will take you directly to our FCPS webpage related to EAP for additional information. Please do not hesitate to reach out at anytime. They are here to help!

Staff Member of the Month

CONGRATULATIONS to Vanessa Toner and Diana Merritt who have been recognized as our June Staff Members of the Month!! Due to our change in location, Vanessa and Diana will receive a Starbucks gift card rather than access to our parking space.

Vanessa was chosen for her hard work and dedication to our school. She keeps our Facebook page up to date. During these unprecedented times, she provided many fun experiences for students and families through Facebook. She also wore many hats by helping with music, Pyramid etc. She has given her all to our school and has really become a valued part of Spring Ridge.

Diana was chosen for her hard work, organization, dedication, and patience demonstrated in both scheduling our IEP meetings as well as other duties to prepare materials to send home to families. She is integral to the success of our special education program at Spring Ridge!

504 and Special Education Communications

Please remember that all emails to and from families of students with 504s should be forwarded to Lynne so that communications are documented. All communications with families of students with IEPs that are related to IEPs or instructional concerns should be documented in your contact logs online so that special education staff can grab the information and document in students' online IEP.

Learning Plan/Schoology Expectations and Format Checklist

Linked here is a checklist that should serve as your guide when creating your Learning Plans as well as other streamlined areas in Schoology. This information was agreed upon during a recent Team Leader meeting and we hope it assists you as well as the school as a whole in providing consistently formatted plans to our students and families.

Please use this checklist to double-check your Schoology checklist to ensure consistency of your site. This will help our students and families as we get ready to transition to the next school year.

Summer 2020 Curriculum Writing Opportunities

Please read the linked memo from Dr. Cuppett related to summer curriculum writing opportunities!

Please note that in addition to earning MSDE credits for Summer Curriculum Writing Workshops, teachers will be paid the workshop rate of pay of $28.38 for hours worked during workshops.

Proposed Curriculum Workshops – Summer 2020 memo

Closing Procedures

Please be sure to sign-up for GooseChase and complete the Missions.


Classroom Teachers: X31V3B

Specialists/ Specials/Teachers in Support Role: WKEGW4

Hi all! Linked here is our closing procedure sign-up sheet.

It is imperative that you arrive at the school at your assigned time as the custodians are stopping their work to allow staff into the building. Please note that upon entry to the building you are REQUIRED to grab some paperwork that is housed on the tall cabinet in the front office PRIOR to going to your room. Directions for turning in badges, keys, and signing in and out are provided here.

Please use the walkie talkie that will be provided to you by a custodial team member to ask for assistance during your time in the building. If you are making trips to and from your car, you will need to ensure that a custodial team member is aware of this so that you can be let back in the building. Please try to limit these trips as our team has other duties to complete, as well.

The fourth tab will allow you to sign-up to come in when your grade level students will be arriving at the school to pick up their belongings. It is NOT REQUIRED that you attend. But if you want to come wave to students, please sign up on the June 12th tab! If you do sign-up for an hour slot, we encourage you to let your students know when you will be present on that day!

Teachers--if you would like someone to come in other than the scheduled times for the support staff who are assigned, indicate such in column e by filling in the box blue and write the time.


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PL Tuesday June 2, 2020

As you recently saw, this is a school day and schools are no longer closed for primary elections.

Our PL session on this day, at 11:00, will focus on feedback. Please be ready to share the following:

  1. How you are providing feedback to students
  2. The frequency that you are providing feedback to students
  3. Any challenges that you are facing regarding feedback

We look forward to a rich discussion. We will use the math meeting link on the portal for this meeting.

Please note that all staff except Pyramid teachers should be in attendance.

SRES Summer School Teaching Opportunities

There will be several summer school opportunities for our students. The first is Summer of Virtual Learning. We need a principal, a community Liaison and 3 teachers. It runs from July 8- August 6. Please look at this link to get the job description. Click here for job descriptions for this program!

Summer Schedule (Elementary School)

Each teacher will have approximately 2 groups of 10 students daily

9:00-11:00 am

Block 1

  • 9:00 - 9:20 → SEL & Morning Meeting

  • 9:20 - 10:05 → ELA (45 - 55 minutes)

  • 10:05 - 11:00 → Math (45 - 55 minutes)

Block 2

  • 12:00 - 12:20 → SEL & Afternoon Meeting

  • 12:20 - 1:05 → ELA (45 - 55 minutes)

  • 1:05 - 2:00 → Math (45 - 55 minutes)

The second targets our PK-2nd population and will be face to face sessions and is called Summer of Learning. We will need 9 teachers to support up to 45 students during the dates of August 3-20 between 8:30-12:00. Click here for job descriptions for this program!

The third session is called Mobile Literacy Lab which will also run August 3-20 between 8:00 and 12:00. We will need teachers to support the targeted students during this time which is rising 3rd-5th grade students. Click here for job descriptions for this program!

Additional details on each of these opportunities can be found here in this presentation!

Please indicate your interest on the Leadership Questionnaire!!

Split Screen Extension

Many of you have requested directions with how to split your screen. This is especially helpful when you are in Google Meets and you want to see both what you are presenting and who you are speaking to! Ryan shared this extension called Tab Resize. It is so useful!

It is linked HERE. Enjoy!

End of Year Evaluations

As you know, FCTA and the BOE have published this Memorandum of Understanding related to teacher evaluation this school year. Please ensure you have read it and reach out to DeVeda and/or Carmen with any questions.

Support staff evaluations will not be done this year.

Live Conferencing Attendance

Please be sure that facilitators are taking attendance during our live video conferencing sessions. If a student is present on the Meet, place an M on that students' attendance sheet for that date. Teachers--be sure to also place an X in the same box if students also logged into Schoology and completed work on these days.

Grid Meet Extension

FCPS has approved the Grid Meet extension linked below. If you have added a previous version, you have probably found that is no longer works correctly. Simply uninstall that one and then click on the one below to add the updated version below and you should be set!

MSDE Summer Course Offerings

Sharing on behalf of The Department of Employee Induction and Professional Learning.

Please see the link below regarding the Summer 2020 Online Course Offerings. You may start viewing the courses at this time. Registration begins May 4, 2020 after noon.

Summer 2020 Online Registration and Key communication information Revised_April 27, 2020.pdf

June Parent Newsletter

Please enjoy our June parent newsletter! The link will remain live in each staff newsletter for the full month so that you can easily view all information being shared with families.

Social Media

SRES has a new Twitter account! Please be sure to follow us at SpringRidgeRoos. Please tag our page @SpringRidgeRoos and share all of the great things happening in our building! Remember to be mindful of posting pictures of students, as all families have not agreed to have their child's photos on social media.