Friday Focus

October 14, 2016

Inspiring Education and Innovation

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.


Congratulations to Rosemary on the birth of her granddaughter! Payton Olivia Turley was born Monday evening and weighed 7lbs and 13oz. Congrats to the Turleys!

A big shout out goes to Chris Adams for assisting us in a huge way in the front office. Of course we thank Stacy as well for keeping things rolling. We should have someone to fill the health aide position soon.

Thanks to those that have attended a PTO meeting this year so far! The PTO is feeling lots of support and involvement from teachers and it makes a great difference!

Thanks to Yeagle and Maggie for their help with our spirit wear! The links to the student and staff stores are below. Check out the student store - there are adult sizes!

This TED Talk will be worth your while - Let's teacher for mastery, not test scores...

Remembering the Importance of Anchor Charts


  • Anchor charts build a culture of literacy in the classroom, as teachers and students make thinking visible by recording content, strategies, processes, cues, and guidelines during the learning process.
  • Posting anchor charts keeps relevant and current learning accessible to students to remind them of prior learning and to enable them to make connections as new learning happens.
  • Students refer to the charts and use them as tools as they answer questions, expand ideas, or contribute to discussions and problem-solving in class.

Building Anchor Charts

  • Teachers model building anchor charts as they work with students to debrief strategies modeled in a mini-lesson.
  • Students add ideas to an anchor chart as they apply new learning, discover interesting ideas, or develop useful strategies for problem-solving or skill application.
  • Teachers and students add to anchor charts as they debrief student work time, recording important facts, useful strategies, steps in a process, or quality criteria. Students create anchor charts during small group and independent work to share with the rest of the class.

A Note Regarding Quality

  • Anchor charts contain only the most relevant or important information so as not to confuse students.
  • Post only those charts that reflect current learning and avoid distracting clutter—hang charts on clothes lines or set-up in distinct places of the room; rotate charts that are displayed to reflect most useful content.
  • Charts should be neat and organized, with simple icons and graphics to enhance their usefulness (avoid distracting, irrelevant details and stray marks).
  • Organization should support ease of understanding and be accordingly varied based on purpose.
  • Charts are best in simple darker earth tones that are easily visible (dark blue, dark green, purple, black and brown—use lighter colors for accents only).

Notes and Reminders

  • Keep in my each full time certified staff member has $100 to spend from our PTO. Please use the tax exempt letter and leave your receipt in the PTO drawer for reimbursement. A thank you note would be much appreciated as well! Thanks, Doug, for spending your PTO money!
  • Please make sure to wear your safety vest when on door duty or getting students off the bus. :)
  • Our ROE compliance visit is scheduled for October 19th. Please remove items stored close to the ceiling and extension cords.
  • How many GCN modules have you completed? Don't forget to keep working through them.
  • As Cheryl mentioned in an email last week, the PTO will be sponsoring an anti-bullying assembly on Friday, October 21st. There will be a primary and intermediate session, so it will be age appropriate. Please see the link below for more information. Thank you, Cheryl, for organizing!!!

Mini Lessons vs Interactive Read Alouds

Are you curious about the purpose of a Mini-Lesson vs Interactive Read Aloud and how they both fit within reading instruction? Come to the LRC after school on Wednesday for an informal discussion with your colleagues about the similarities and differences between a Mini-Lesson and an Interactive Read Aloud. Please bring your grade level's copy of the Fountas and Pinnell Literacy Continuum if you plan to attend. Email Liz to RSVP.

Coming Up...


Monday, October 17th

Reg out in AM for SEL Screener Training

Wendy out all day for training

NO Monday Meeting

Tuesday, October 18th

Enjoy the day!

Wednesday, October 19th

Outdoor Ed

ROE Compliance Visit

Mini Lesson vs Interactive Read Aloud PD (3pm LRC)

Thursday, October 20th

Outdoor Ed

Friday, October 21st

School Spirit Day - Wear school colors!

Anti Bullying Assembly

4th-6th Grade at 9:00 A.M.

PreK-3rd Grade at 10:00 A.M.

Save the Date!

Monday, October 24th - Monday Meeting for ALL Staff

Monday, October 24th - School Board Meeting, 7:30pm

Tuesday, October 25th - Admin Meeting, Reg out in AM

Tuesday, October 25th - Robert Crown Parent Night, Edgewood, 6:30pm

Friday, October 28th - End of 1st Quarter

Friday, October 28th - School Board Tour, 2:15pm

Friday, October 28th - Halloween Dance, 6:30-8pm

Monday, October 31st - No School, School Improvement Day

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