JM Staff Bulletin

Week of November 16, 2015

One more week until Thanksgiving vacation!

Dear Terrific JM Teachers,

First of all, let me tell you how exciting it was to see so many of you at the Joaquin Miller auction last night! I don't know any numbers yet, but I think we did quite well! The Raise Your Paddle portion went really well! I am pretty sure we reached our goal and will now be able to buy new printers, computer speakers, Lexia licenses, shade sales, outdoor umbrellas, and matting for another area of the big yard.

PLCs are this week. It is also the week that Ms. Moore will be meeting with both the data teacher leaders and each grade level team to collect feedback and input regarding a future technology plan for our school. Ms. Moore will meet with each of you for a half an hour of your PLC time. The ILT has planned your PLC agenda to focus on planning for reader's workshop, especially the mini lesson portion. I will email you the Google doc to use for your PLC time, and Ms. Cohn will be providing you with resources as well.

After school tutoring in mathematics will start after Thanksgiving break. I will be distributing permission slips for the students who are currently on the tutoring lists. Please make sure they go home this week. If you have any more students in second through fifth grade that you would like to recommend for after school math tutoring classes, please let me know.

Lastly, parent-teacher conferences will be happening the week of December 7-11. I recommend setting up your sign-up sheets as soon as possible. If you need assistance with this, please ask your fellow colleagues or me. You can either set up a Google doc or you could set up parent-teacher conferences sign-ups on Konstella.

With appreciation,


This Week

Monday: No Bully System Coach Training 3:00 - 4:30 (coaches only)

Tuesday: COST Meeting (8:00); K/1 PLC; Mrs. Oliver off-site at Math Training


Thursday: 2/3 PLC; Sara off-site at Principal PD

Friday: 4/5 PLC; final day to administer the Math Cumulative End-of-Unit Assessment. (Note: scores do not need to be uploaded until Dec. 4th.)

Weekly Deliverables (To-Dos)

  • Take Equity Survey by December 18th. See below for details.
  • Submit names of 2nd-5th graders who would benefit from math tutoring after school.
  • Start students on Lexia. Ms. Moore needs to clean up the iPads and is doing this whenever she has a spare moment. Please use Chromebooks for Lexia if they are available. If they aren't available, please sign up for the iPads and indicate how many you need.
  • Prepare your sign-up sheet for parent/teacher conferences.
  • Fill out Gotcha slips for your kiddos who are exemplifying the Wolverine Way.
  • Check Konstella and your OUSD email at least twice weekly.
  • Send a message to your parents via Konstella about what's happening in your class! (Remember: the more they know, the less they make up.)
  • Submit COST referrals as needed.
  • Smile!

Upcoming Dates- Not including this week

11/30: Picture Make Up Day; Jury Duty for Sara; How to Bully-Proof Your Kid training for Parents

12/1: SSC Meeting at 5:00

12/2: BAL PD

12/3: Sara off-site at Principal PD

12/4: Report Card Period Ends; Math C-EOU scores due

12/7 - 12/11: Parent-Teacher Conferences

Equity Survey for All OUSD Employees

I was informed at our most recent Principal Professional Development session. It is recommended that we take the survey together at one time. It takes roughly 20 minutes to complete the survey. Here is the pertinent information:

When: Between November 9 and December 18, every OUSD employee will be asked to complete the survey. Our goal is 100% participation! Every voice matters – every single OUSD employee – every classified and certificated employee, as well as the Board and Superintendent.

Why: Our collective voices will give us data that reflects how our employees perceive how equitable our current practices are in serving every student. We will use this data to prioritize our planning and deepen our efforts towards more equitable practices throughout the district.

How: The OUSD Equity Survey was developed in partnership with the Panasonic Foundation. • It is an anonymous online survey.

• Your site will select a date between Nov. 9 & Dec. 18 to complete the survey. We are encouraging teams to complete the survey together on one day.

• We estimate that it may take up to 30 minutes to respond to the survey questions at a reflective pace.

• Results will be reported by early 2016.