Esperanza

December 15th Week at a Glance (WAG)

IMPORTANT UPCOMING EVENTS

UFA meetings

12-15 1st at 3:00 5th at 4:00

week of december 15th minimum days for conferences

Please make a schedule for your report card conferences. This should be a follow up to the UFA for students who are focal students or are struggling. Please share the AR and DRA results with parents. Also please stress how parents can help at home by allowing students to use myOn and Ar to read every night. Monday and Tuesday are minimum days for conferences. You can also use Wednesday id you wish.

WAG

Monday

minimum day for report card conferences

Classroom walk through look fors


  1. workshop
  2. mini lesson with an anchor chart
  3. agendas with objective
  4. classroom libraries easily gain access to AR reading books

Tuesday

minimum day for report card conferences

Classroom walk through look fors


  1. workshop
  2. mini lesson with an anchor chart
  3. agendas with objective
  4. classroom libraries easily gain access to AR reading books

Wednesday

Reading assemble 8:40

Stonehurst staff lunch 2:00

5th grade fundraiser: Winter Dance

Classroom walk through look fors


  1. workshop
  2. mini lesson with an anchor chart
  3. agendas with objective
  4. classroom libraries easily gain access to AR reading books

Thursday

Classroom walk through look fors


  1. workshop
  2. mini lesson with an anchor chart
  3. agendas with objective
  4. classroom libraries easily gain access to AR reading books

Friday

holiday lunch with your class MUST follow the healthy food rules of our school. You need to communicate this with families and avoid having them bring items that are not allowed. We must ALL follow this rule not just some of us. I have communicated this now for the last two weeks and expect everyone to be informed.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

New Comers

Mike Ray is working on a new comer "to do" list. It will provide some resources and ideas of how to work with our new comers.

Common Core

There are a number of common core shifts we have begun to work on. One important shift I would like to remind everyone of is that we need to increase the amount of informational text read in K-5. It should be 50% of what students read and get assessed on in class. We began the work last year of adding more informational text into our units and I would like to encourage you to continue to add more informational text to ensure and increase and progress toward 50% informational.

workshop

I wanted to give a special thank you to the teachers I was able to observe engaged in their workshop with mini lessons this week. Thank you Gilberto for starting your workshop with a mini lesson, passing out books for the class to read and pulling a group. Thank you Cristina for ending your workshop time with closing out and sharing how students were making connections. Thank you Mrs. Donehew for having your students make inferences. Thank you Becky for continuing the practice of reciprocal teaching! I hope to get into everyone else's class this week.

referral process

Rose will no longer be in charge of referrals and cost. We will however continue to email the teacher when a a student has been referred to the team and what the outcomes are. When referring students please put the referral form in Mrs. Vaca's box. We also will continue to communicate SST meetings through gmail invitations.

sub plans

In ILT this week we decided that in an effort to make emergency sub plans a bit easier we would gather materials into a bin by grade level. As you all know, we need to limit our copy making. Please fill your grade level bin with any extra copies you may already have, a scholastic news, read aloud books and any other materials that would not require copies. Then you can add a folder with things that may be copied if and when we need to use your grade level bin. There are bins in the Bpod science kit/book room. Please turn in your kit to the office by Friday. Mrs. Pena is also working on having the classrooms pre split up in the event that we are unable to get a sub. Last year it was decided that each teacher would receive 2 students in an effort not to burden any one teacher too much.

Parking Lot

Mr. Lane wants to remind everyone to please not leave anything of value in your car. He has noticed what he believes to be people driving by seemingly looking to break into cars. We know this does happen at our school so please be mindful and not leave anything of value in your car.

Holiday Parties (need to be healthy)

Our school committee and Stonehurst wellness committee have agreed that we really need to implement what we have agreed upon as far as healthy eating. This year we are asking that even at holiday parties we choose healthy alternatives. This means that the teacher will be responsible to ask parents to share only healthy items. I know most teachers send home letters in regards to parties so it needs to be clear what the expectation is. Healthy alternatives is the expectation. Some ideas for dessert might be fruit salad with yogurt or plain fruit. I have also communicated this in the Esperanza newsletter.


Below you will find the Esperanza committee agreements on healthy snacks.

snack policy

Our school follows the OUSD guidelines that state : snacks shall promote good health. Keeping this in mind healthy snack will include beverages that are 8 oz or less that are 100% natural juice or milk. However, water is the first choice beverage for our students. In addition no fizzy drinks, sports drinks, punches or soda are permitted.


Following the same guidelines of promoting good health. Food snacks should be low sugar and high protein. Examples include fruit, vegetables, nuts, granola, cheese sticks. A healthy snack would NOT look like crackers, cookies, muffins, candy, bagels, pan dulce, jello,


Classroom Celebrations must occur after the lunch period as stated by OUSD wellness policy and also adhere to the above healthy food policy. Heretofore, no cupcakes, birthday cakes, tres leches, cookies or others sugary substances shall be invited into the classroom.

copy machines

As yo all know our school budget is very tight this year. We rent our copy machines and basically do not have enough to pay the bill. We have been charged for overages in copy making and it has carried over to this year. The good news is the owners of the company will allow us to keep both machines, however we must cut down on the number of copies we make. Please begin to try and limit yourself and or grade level. One idea would be to use the Elmo to project and have students complete the work in journals.

Esperanza Vision and Mission

VISION

Students engage in rigorous, high quality, biliterate academics which prepare them for college and career. Esperanza students and families take responsibility for their learning which allows them to be academically strong in two languages. With a growth mindset, they are unique individuals, who critically think and are determined to succeed. Students show respect for themselves, others and the environment.

MISSION

Through PLC’s teacher are able to plan for mindful and purposeful instruction. Teachers collaborate to implement rigorous instruction, that meets the needs of all students. Teachers engage in peer observations to receive and give constructive feedback. Teachers use data to drive instruction and make clear plans for corrective instruction. We engage the family and community in quarterly meetings to review growth and set goals.