East Edition

May 9-13, 2016

Congratulations, Celebrations, and Gratitudes

Congrats to the 4th & 5th Grade students for their great manners, behavior and learning that was experienced on the field trip to the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. We received multiple complements from individuals about our students from East.


Thanks to the team of adults that made the 4th & 5th Grade field trip possible, espcially Cristina Vanzo who spearheaded the entire trip making sure that all arrangements and details were in place. Thanks to those extra staff members that helped as well: Shay, Celeste, Brenda and Tiffany. It would not have been as successful without your assistance.


Thanks to all those that are helping fill in for situations in which a sub has cancelled or cannot be found. Brenda has done this multiple times. Thanks also to Kristin and Tiffany, who end up sacrificing their job priorities and duties to fill in where ever needed.


Thanks to those that are filling in and/or trading morning or afternoon duties for your colleagues when needed for early morning meetings or other morning obligations. Your teamwork is noticed and greatly appreciated.

Inform the Office

Don't forget to let the office know when you and your class are doing extra recess, conducting class outside, have a guest speaker coming to the building, leaving for a field trip (walking or bus), eating lunch in the classroom or doing anything that is not normally on the master schedule. Just a a short email or a phone call is all it takes. This is a safety precaution in case we have an emergency or emergency drill, so that we can account for where every students is located. Thanks.

Recalculations of SLO for MAPS

While on the field trip to Denver, I received an phone call from Zack Allen about needing to recalculate the MAPS SLOs. He was checking in with principals and discovered that the SLOs created this year were made on the assumption of using the 2011 Normative data for the MAPS test, not the 2016 Normative data. The scaling of the SLO effectiveness rating (Expected, Higher than Expected, Less than expected, etc) was created upon the 2011 data. Therefore, I will recalculate your SLOs for MAPS data and make any necessary changes.

Summer Academy: June 6 - 10

For teachers desiring to work on UbD units for their grade levels this summer, you need to sign up for the Summer Academy by letting Amy Ward and I know of your desire to participate, if you haven not done so already. it is open to all K - 5 classroom teachers. Work will be done on core instructional content only.


Elementary Summer Academy will run from 9:00 - 4:00 pm daily with an hour break for lunch. Academy will be meeting at the middle school. On Monday, if you are participating in the June event, you need to arrive at 8:30 on that day only.

Planned and Unplanned Absences

Here are some reminders related to being absent from work:


  • According to district policy GRGO, and its associated regulation GRGO-R, Unless the nature of the leave is an unforeseen illness or emergency, the principal should be notified 72 hours in advance. Here at East all you need to do is send me a text or email prior to posting your absences on aesop. Please don't let the first time I learn about a planned absence be when I check aesop in the morning before school.
  • You are responsible for finding your own sub. For planned abscesses, you should completely take care of filling that absence on your own, and check is before your leave to be sure it continues to stay filled. Unfortunately, subs sometimes cancel and don't tell anyone about it. Please let Jen and/or I know when you are having issues finding a sub, so that we can help you.
  • Any absence beyond 3 consecutive days requires a note from the doctor.
  • Requests for Current Annual Leave days used before or after a vacation, holiday, or during the first or last week of the school year, will be presented to the Administrative Team by the employee’s principal. Employees should complete the appropriate form provided for such absences, 72 hours in advance, except in the case of an illness or emergency (see Regulation GBGGE). Employees should not make arrangements for leave until or unless leave request is approved.

Reminders and Tasks to Complete with Deadlines

  • Turn in documentation or make follow up appointment with Sarah if necessary for follow up to evaluation documentation if required from your dialogue last week. (deadline: May 12)
  • Prepare for ELL Re-designation Meetings (deadline May 17 or 18)
  • Create Class List Drafts for 2016-17 (deadline: May 23)
  • Submit names of Regular Classroom or Field Trip Volunteers to Sarah for recognition at Assembly (Talent show) on Thursday, May 26. (deadline: May 24)
  • Common Sense Lessons implementation with students K - 5th. Turn in completion form to Sarah's mailbox. (deadline: May 26)
  • Begin to work on draft Check-Out List (deadline: May 27)
  • Complete online Staff Culture and Climate Survey - will be sent out by May 12 (deadline: May 26)

Collab Time - Fri, May 13

This Friday's district collab time will involve scope and sequence work and/or other priorities for Kindergarten, 1st Grade and 2nd Grade and Literacy Coordinators.


2nd, 3rd & 4th teachers as well as PE, Music and Counselors have building collab to work on their own local priorities. If PE, Music and Counselors desire to meet as a district group this Friday, just let me know where you are meeting. All should send me an short email reporting what was accomplished and how that time was used before they leave collab time at 3:40 pm on Friday.

What's Happening This Week?

Monday, May 9

East Art - F Day

  • Kindergarten Connection Day - 8:00 am - 12:00 pm
  • School Board/Admin Retreat - 2:00 pm
  • Meet 'n Greet Superintendent Candidates - 6:00 - 7:30 pm @ Admin Building
  • Superintendent Interview Committee Training - 4:00 pm @ Admin Building


Tuesday, May 10

  • Superintendent Candidate Interviews 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
  • CST Team Meeting - 2:30 pm
  • IEP Meetings - 1:00 pm & 3:30 pm
  • Talent Show Auditions - 3:40 pm


Wednesday, May 11

End-of-Year Benchmark Reading Data Dialogues w/ Individual teachers
  • DIBELS Data Dialogue Meetings - during plan time with individual teachers (see email)
  • Social Committee Meeting - 3:40 pm


Thursday, May 12

Crazy Colors Day - Wear As Many Colors as You Can

End-of-Year Benchmark Reading Data Dialogues w/ Individual Teachers

  • Admin Meeting - 8:00 am
  • DIBELS Data Dialogue Meetings - during plan time with individual teachers (see email)
  • 5th Grade Transition Activity - Tour & Orientation to CMS - 9:00 am
  • Talent Show Auditions 3:45 pm


Friday, May 13

Last PAWS Assembly

No Co-planning

  • Assessment Matrix Learning Walks - 8:00 am
  • District Collab @ Admin for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd Grade Scope & Sequence

What's Happening Next Week: May 16 - 20

  • Passport to Reading BBQ - May 16 - 11:00 am @ Fairgrounds
  • Leadership Team Meeting - May 16 - 3:40 pm (continue Master Scheduling & Strategic Planning for 2016-17)
  • Kindergarten Transition Buddy Day with Preschoolers - May 17
  • 5th Grade Music Program (Dinner Theater) - May 18
  • End-of-Year Benchmark Reading Data Dialogues w/ Individual teachers - May 18
  • Preschool Graduation - May 19
  • Fire Drill - May 20 @ 1:45 pm
  • Field Day - May 20
  • Friday Collab - Scope & Sequence Work (more info coming) - May 20

What's Happening During the Rest of May?


  • Certified Staff Meeting - May 23rd
  • Kindergarten Graduation - May 25
  • Kindergarten Visitation Days - May 25 & May 26
  • End of Year BBQ for Students & Families - May 23
  • East's Got Talent Show- May 26
  • Last Day with Students - May 26
  • Last Day of Work for Classified - May 26
  • Staff Party - May 26
  • Last Day of Work for Teachers - May 27
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Only 2 1/2 weeks left till Summer Vacation!

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