Week at a Glance

"A" Week- March 2 to March 6

Change in PLCs times and CogAT make-ups will continue thru Wednesday

Monday, March 2- 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. 6th Grade PLC

12:00 to 3:00 P.M. 5th Grade PLC (lunch for teachers from 11:30 to 12:00)

Monday Meeting- Certified Staff- Individual PD/Reflection, 3:00 to 4:00 P.M.

Tuesday, March 3- District Battle of the Books- 6th grade team will leave at 9:15 A.M. and return at 12:30 P.M. 3rd grade team will leave at 11:00 A.M. and return at 2:00 P.M.

Tanya, Sara and Laura will be out of the building for the Battles.

Wednesday, March 4- 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. 4th Grade PLC

11:00 to 11:30 TA meeting in Rm. 15- Indoor Playworks check-in and PARCC information

12:00 to 3:00 P.M. 3rd Grade PLC (lunch for teachers from 11:30 to 12:00)

Thursday, March 5- 8:00 to 11:00 A.M. 2nd Grade PLC

First grade PLC will meet at regularly scheduled time.

11:45 A.M. PRIDE Lunch in the LRC

Friday, March 6- Tanya, Liz, Lindsey and Melanie out of the building all day for Teaching and Learning meeting, to view Reading Curriculum Resources. Still hoping one more sub can be contracted, for another staff representative to be with us...

Web blog and video clips shared yesterday are below...

Institute Day Recap...

Thanks to all for the collaboration and input that was shared during our time together on Friday!

We had six staff members who shared insightful self-expressive illustrations to show the relationship of our three topics- learning targets, student engagement and formative assessments; a tripod for a camera, bread, jelly and peanut butter for a P, B and J sandwich, a quilt with layers and thread, a jet airplane with the wings and fuselage, as well as personal connections to the importance of learning targets and outcomes.

We also had 10 staff share their "Top 10" words and phrases, and the top 10 of the day are... formative assessment is critical, differentiation, students reading, lesson pace, high expectations, timely feedback, formative record keeping/recording learning, students sharing learning with peers, commitment is celebrated, and click on all links in the Week at a Glance. ;)

We had one teacher give an insightful misconception check, from the example that Liz gave of students listening quietly as the teacher explains the topic and then expected to complete an independent task- "Students need to be actively engaged and talk about concept, during practice and after practice, as reinforcement. Learning should be collaborative, and then when checking for understanding (formative assessment) students can 'show what they know,' independently."

You can revisit the PowerPoint from our Institute day on EdgStaff, Pieces of FOCUS, and I am looking forward to the rest of our learning journey this school year, with our students and you!

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After School Sessions- April 7 to May 28

Looking ahead to a very busy March, we also have on the radar the start of the last session of after school activities for our students, starting right after we return from Spring Break.

Please be in touch with me if you have a proposal, and are interested in facilitating one of the three sessions we can offer for students.

My hope is to have flyers and permission letters out to students' families by March 13, and then confirmation notes for attendance to the sessions sent home by the last week before Spring Break.

I have been so appreciative for the learning opportunities we have been able to offer our students so far this school year, and will look forward to hearing from teachers who are interested in helping with our last session.

Upcoming Things to Note...

Monday, March 9th- PARCC Intake (snacks) delivered to classrooms

Tuesday, March 10- PARCC ELA Sesson 1 begins (schedule sent out via e-mail)

Wednesday, March 11- PARCC ELA Session 2

Thursday, March 12- PARCC ELA Session 3

Friday, March 13- 1:00- 2:00 P.M. RtI Meeting tentatively scheduled- and e-mail will be sent directly to participants

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