Staff Weekly Update

May 6, 2016

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It was a pleasure getting to celebrate each of you this week. Don't forget: there is still one more delicious sweet treat coming your way this afternoon. For those of you supporting students in the building, we will deliver right to your door after lunch. For the educators in the Eureka Math training, make sure to stop by and grab some (in the lounge) before you return to your afternoon session.


Thank you for all that you do!

Aaron & Lewis

End of the Year ABC Countdowns

As we have quickly learned, it is an Apollo tradition to have an ABC Countdown at the close of every school year. Traditions are important and this one is no different - they create lifelong memories. Please keep in mind during this time that we have a lot of school year left, so as you plan these types of fun and engaging activities for our students, remember to ensure they are connected to standards and rooted in learning. Your support is appreciated!

Assistant Principal Search Process

Much like the selection process that gave us Assistant Principal Roberts, we will follow many of the same guidelines this time around. In honor of transparency, below is a brief summary of the process:
  1. Aaron is currently vetting online applications to create a pool of candidates.
  2. Round #1 - Applicants will answer a few short questions, aimed at identifying core beliefs and behaviors. A blind scoring process will be used to identify candidates to move forward.
  3. Round #2 - Each candidate selected to move forward will complete a writing prompt and in-person interview on Tuesday, May 10th.
  4. Round #3 - In-person interviews with district administrators, Apollo staff members and parents will take place on Monday, May 16th after school. If you are interested in volunteering (completely optional) to be on the interview team, shoot Aaron an email.
  5. Round #4 - Final interview with the D63 Board of Education.

Happy birthday to our staff members who turn a year older this month...

  • Amy LeVine - 5.1
  • Erin O'Leary - 5.4
  • Lauren Smith - 5.8
  • Brandy Lokshin - 5.11
  • Kent Russell - 5.13
  • Aide Acuna - 5.18
  • Sarah McCracken - 5.19
  • Ornina Namo - 5.19
  • Jignasa Patel - 5.23
  • Nancy Senatore - 5.24
  • Louise Burdi - 5.29
  • Mariam Jacobs - 5.31

Upcoming Dates

Monday, May 9th

  • Daily 5 Cohort @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Aaron/Lewis Conducting Interviews - All Day
  • 5th Grade "Changes" Talk @ 12:15 p.m.

Tuesday, May 10th

  • Aaron/Lewis Conducting Interviews - All Day
  • Climate & Culture Team Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 6th Grade Team Meeting @ 10:25 a.m.
  • Kindergarten Tier Meeting @ 1:20 p.m.
  • 2nd Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11th

  • 5th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • 3rd Grade Tier Meeting @ 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 12th

  • Guided Math Cohort @ 7:50 a.m.
  • PFA Tier Meeting @ 7:50 a.m.
  • 4th Grade Tier Meeting @ 8:55 a.m.
  • Core Team Meeting @ 1:00 p.m.
  • 1st Grade Tier Meeting @ 2:00 p.m.

Friday, May 13th

  • Staff Book Study @ 7:50 a.m.
  • Aaron/Lewis Conducting Interviews - Morning
  • Parent Education Workshop @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Family Friday @ Lunch
  • 5th Grade Field Trip

Research Spotlight on Parental Involvement in Education (NEA)

As we work to better communicate with our Apollo families, research continues to support our efforts. Read a portion of the National Education Association article below and, if you are interested, read the full article.


“When schools, families, and community groups work together to support learning, children tend to do better in school, stay in school longer, and like school more.” That’s the conclusion of A New Wave of Evidence, a report from Southwest Educational Development Laboratory (2002).


The report, a synthesis of research on parent involvement over the past decade, also found that, regardless of family income or background, students with involved parents are more likely to:

  • Earn higher grades and test scores, and enroll in higher-level programs
  • Be promoted, pass their classes, and earn credits
  • Attend school regularly
  • Have better social skills, show improved behavior, and adapt well to school
  • Graduate and go on to postsecondary education


The school plays an important role in determining the levels of parental involvement in school. Specifically, schools can outline their expectations of parents and regularly communicate with parents about what children are learning. Also, schools can provide opportunities for parents to talk with school personnel about parents' role in their children's education through home visits, family nights, and well-planned parent-teacher conferences and open houses. In addition, the National PTA recommends that parent/family involvement programs welcome parents as volunteer partners in schools and that these programs invite parents to act as full partners in making school decisions that affect children and families.


When parents talk to their children about school, expect them to do well, make sure that out-of-school activities are constructive, and help them plan for college, their children perform better in school.


When schools engage families in ways that improve learning and support parent involvement at home and school, students make greater gains. When schools build partnerships with families that respond to parent concerns, honor their contributions, and share decision-making responsibilities, they are able to sustain connections that are aimed at improving student achievement.

Do you have a morning duty next week? If you are not sure, check the schedule here (or use the picture below).


Also, don't forget to check the Indoor Recess Schedule in the event of undesirable weather.

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