To the Point

Prairie Point Staff Newsletter

Volume 2, Issue #2: Tuesday, August 25, 2015

This newsletter will house all of the important information for Prairie Point staff throughout the year. Please review every section below in order to have information that you need.
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Thank you for an amazing first week!

Thank you for an amazing first week of school! It's always exciting to start the year, and see how happy the students' are to be here. They truly love it here, and they love being with you. Thank you for all you did to make this year's first week special.

There's a lot of new things hitting us all at once - we knew that would happen. I've had conversations about them with some of you. Please take some time to breathe - one thing at a time! One thing currently on many of your minds is the ReadyGen Baseline Assessment. A few thoughts that I have:

1) It's different from anything we've asked kids to do. I know. Let that be ok. Don't teach them how to take it, or walk them through it. I know that feels uncomfortable. It will get easier with each passing year and the kids have more ReadyGen experience. For now, let it be what it is.

2) It's harder than anything we've asked kids to do. I know. Make that ok for them. Tell them that it's an end of year assessment, and encourage them to do the best they can. If they really get stuck, or seem distressed, tell them, "it's ok. You don't have it yet - but you will at some time this year. Go ahead and move on." It's information for YOU, not them. And it's very rare that you will hear me say that about an assessment. :-)

3) It does have a purpose - it will allow you to draw some conclusions about the needs of your students as you plan future instruction with the ReadyGen resource. Maureen will join your PLC after you've finished to talk with you about what information it will tell you. THEN, we'll review them in depth together at our first data day meeting.

4) Feel free to vent about it to any one of us. It's new, uncomfortable, and hard. We'll get to where it doesn't fee so bad - I promise.

Thank you again for all your hard work. I'm here if you need help, support, or an ear. Keep being amazing, my friends. It shows!

Senior Center Partnership

Classroom Readers, Listeners, and Partners

Last spring, we were fortunate enough to establish a community partnership with the Oswego Senior Center. Some of you had a senior come and read to your class, or have students read to them in the hallway.

The goal of this program is to develop a two-way relationship across generations.

We will be continuing this again this year. I am meeting with interested Seniors on September 14th at the center. Please let me know if you would like to have a classroom visitor weekly to partner with your classroom as a volunteer, read to your students, or listen to your students read.

Wednesday Morning Meetings

Wednesday Morning Meeting Schedule

The file below contains all of the Building, PLC, and SIP day meetings for the year. It will be updated regularly as the plans or schedule changes.

Agenda for this week's meeting

This week is a building meeting. We will meet at 7:30 am in the Community Room.

PLC Agenda Options

The link below contains files for 3 different templates for PLC agendas/notes. Please utilize them for your team meetings and share them with Heidi/Jen and any specialists that you have working with your team.

The video below shows you how to save the agenda templates to your own Google Drive.

SD 308 PLC Agenda Video

News & Info

An Invitation...

This year, Edward Hospital's 'Fraidy Cat 5K, Ghost Run 10K, and Meow Mile will be held in Oswego on Sunday, October 25th from 9-11. The proceeds are being donated to Celebrate Differences, a support group for special needs parents and children.

Kate and I are signed up - who's joining us? I'm signed up for the 5K, Kate for the 10K.