Peek at the Week



This Week

Monday, 4/27 ILT Meeting, 3-4pm

Tuesday, 4/28- K-3 Zsharp Concert

Weds, 4/29- SSC Meeting (Ratto, Toller, Jacobsen, Havenar)

Weds, 4/29 Kinder Visit Day, 2-3pm

Weds, 4/29 Construction Team Meeting

Thurs, 4/30- Science Fair Projects Due

Friday, 5/1 Science Fair


Saturday, 5/2- Glenview Groove

Monday, 5/4- SEL Team Meeting, 3-4pm

Weds, 5/6, Interim Housing Committee (Morgan, Toller, Ratto, Wong)

Friday, 5/8- Talent Show

Tuesday, 5/12- ILT Retreat (put in your sub request!)

Weds, 5/20, PTA Meeting

Thursday, 5/21, 1:15- Day Orchestra Reception

Thursday, 5/21, Open House & Volunteer Tea


Weds, 6/3, Interim Housing Committee (Morgan, Toller, Ratto, Wong)

6/4- Evening Orchestra Performance (note change of time from last week)

ILT Retreat: June 17 & 18

Teaching & Learning

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Welcome Back Team VI!

Special thanks to Ms. Bri, Ms. Suthaboon, Ms. Lisa and VI staff from Skyline and Bret Harte who braved a night at Camp Enchanted Hills last week with our students with Visual Impairments. Ms. Bri organized this trip through writing a grant to Philanthropic Ventures and through Donor's Choose donations. So fun to see our kids doing archery, spending a night away from the city, hiking, and enjoying the outdoors.

For PD This Week

1) Meet in Room 10- Mindfulness (Ms. Toller)

2) Bring your assessment, thoughts, reflections, and A-ha's from Last Week's F & P Callibration, we will debrief the group process.

3) Time for Working on your F& P prepping for testing coming up in the next month!

Keep on Conferring!

Keep on keeping on with the conferring!

SBAC Kudos

Thanks to the Fourth Grade team and our proctors- Ms. Morgan, Ms. Aja, and Ms. Kaye for a smooth week of testing.

4th Grade, the end is in sight!

Next Up: Fifth Grade!

April 27- May 13 5th Grade

Please continue to be mindful of noise in the halls these weeks.

Summer Planning!

Summer BAL Offerings

BAL Summer PD Opportunities

Here is a sample of the professional learning offerings the district will providing this summer. Exact times, locations and logistics are still being worked out, but here's u a sneak peek to help you in your summer planning.

I STRONGLY recommend if you haven't didn't attend BAL last summer, that you plan to spend some time this summer in training.


BAL 201: Next Steps in Balanced Literacy: June 16, 17,18, 23, 24, 25 (9 AM - NOON)

These six half-day trainings will give you the tools you need to refine and deepen your Reading. A la carte, or as a series, the modules will cover topics such as Conferring, ELs in the Reading Workshop, or Backwards Planning a Writing Unit.

Reading Workshop Training of Trainers: July 27- 30

Trainers from Teacher's College will be in Oakland to give a one week PD. Focusing on Reading Workshop, this training will be delivered to teams of 5 from each school. These teams will be expected to deliver a condensed version back at their sites during the Fall of 2015-16.

BAL 101 Training: August 11 and 12

This training is for new teachers, or teachers who have not been trained in the basics of Balanced Literacy. Participants will get an overview of the theory and components of OUSD's Balanced Approach to Literacy, and have the tools to get Reading and Writing Workshop started in their classroom.

F & P Benchmark Assessment Training: August 13 and 14

This training will introduce new teachers to the components of the Benchmark Assessment System and train them on administering, coding, and scoring the Reading Record

Word Study in the Balanced Literacy Classroom: Week of August 17th (Exact Dates and Times TBD)

This workshop will review the best practices for the teaching of phonics, spelling and vocabulary in order to prepare teachers to plan and implement a daily word study lesson in their classroom. In addition, participants will learn to differentiate their word study within their workshop time and guided reading.

Keep your eye out for the official Summer Catalog, which should be out in the next few weeks. It will contain the complete list of Summer PD offerings and include directions for registration.

F & P Assessment in 2015-16

ALL K-5 Students in Grades K-5 will be tested three times in 2015-16 using the F & P assessment. If you need a training to be prepared for this, please plan attend this summer.

Operations & Logistics

Orders for Next Year- Past Due

Orders WERE Due on 4/24 to Ms. Walker

If you didn't turn in your order, please communicate directly with Ms. Walker and Ms. Brown-Clarke to ask for an extension. Our school budget closes very soon and we are not allowed to make orders when the books close, so all order that aren't in ASAP will not be filled until August.

Moving Questions

I have asked the Jennifer and Bart as representatives of OEA to come up with a proposal that we can share with the district re: moving needs for 2015-16 by May 1. There is a moving company that is hired to support us in moving, but we will want to make sure that staff is compensated for moving time and we will want clarity on this going into 2015-16. If you have suggestions or want to advocate for this, please speak to Bart and Jennifer.

Say Goodbye to Edusoft- New Technology Platform for 2015-16

Illuminate will be our new online assessment system as part of OUSD1.

This will our new one stop shop for teachers that we will be trained on soon!

OUSD1 will provide one starting place for accessing all online resources using the same sign on information.

As part of OUSD1 we will also be transitioning from ABI to for attendance and grade reporting.

This month we are working with school representatives and other partners to build a comprehensive training and support plan. Go to the OUSD1 website for more details


There will be no DIBELS in 2015-16. Stay tuned for more assessment info. as I get it....

Social Emotional Learning

Re-teach and Stay Positive

Spring fever may be setting in...this is a great time to re-teach your behavior expectations to keep your students on track for the last 8 weeks. Maybe set your own class goals about being responsible? Put some positive incentives in place for individual students or groups on staying respectful?

Safety First

Next Drill

Our next "surprise" drill will be an earthquake drill.

1) Drop under the desk and hold on.

2) Exit the building calmly and quietly like a fire drill and wait for directions.

Technology Tidbits