APE Weekly News

Week of February 1st

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We would like to introduce to you APE's New Executive Assistant, Ms. Marissa Matherne. She will be replacing Mrs. Elizabeth Smart who will be the new executive assistant at Ann Sullivan Elementary school.
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Monday, February 1st

  • Kinder Grade Lounge/Cafe Workers/Custodial Staff Month
  • Invention Convention Students Turn In Projects Monday - Wednesday
  • Team Leader 7:45 a.m.

Tuesday, February 2nd

  • Groundhog Day
  • Kinder PAPI reports due to Gina by the End of the day!
  • Kinder Groundhog Day Celebration

Wednesday, February 3rd

  • National School Counselor Day
  • LPAC update webinar - Tran's Room 1:00 p.m.
  • Student Council Meeting 3:10 - 3:55 p.m.

Thursday, February 4th

  • Medical Crisis Drill 7:30 - 8:00 a.m.
  • Mr. Griggs set up Invention Convention

Friday, February 5th

  • 100th Day of School!
  • Invention Convention Judging
  • SOUPer Bowl Luncheon from PTA
  • Data Integrity Meeting 7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

DRA2 Reminder...


This is a friendly reminder that the DRA2 window closes Friday, February 5th. Data needs to be entered by Tuesday, February 9th into Eduphoria and Excel reports put in my box by the end of the day. I’ve attached directions on how to do that. EVERY CHILD NEEDS TO HAVE DATA. If you did not test a student’s DRA2 because their level made it optional, you will need to do the drop down menu to say they were not assessed.

See the email sent by Gina on 1/17/16 for additional information.

Foundation Updates...

Hallway Progress (morning)

Going well in the classroom hallways

Still need many reminders to walk on the right in one line down the main hallway

Colleagues and Ms. Hamilton from Foundations rated us and overall all our Common Areas. We did really well. Always make sure that you are using a positive tone with our students!

Lunchroom Progress

TRASH on the floor—teachers must monitor and ask students to pick up trash on the floors. Too much is being left for Ms. Maria and her crews.

LEVEL ZERO when lights go out--all kids will be silent this whole time anyway--whether it's sitting at the table or walking in the hallway

Staff Culture and Climate

Email Mrs. Dickey some fun ideas for us to do as a staff at school

Journey Picture Package

Please keep the journey picture package until you collect your whole class set. Parents have until Feb. 15th to pay for this package or return it back to you. I will send an email when I want these returned, most likely Feb 15th!

Thank you,

Iris Miller

If you have ESL students in your class...

...but you are not a trained ESL teacher, chances are you sometimes feel uncertain about how to best meet the needs of these students. Not long ago, my friend Kim, who is an ESL teacher, told me about this tool that all teachers in mainstream classes need to get their hands on. It's this chart that shows you how to scale down most any class activity to a level that's just right for a student with limited English proficiency.

The chart is called the Can-Do Descriptors. It's free, you can download one in the next 3 minutes, and in today's post I show you how to use it. Come take a look.