Acton Weekly Update 10/25/19
My Life- by a third grade student.
He wrote (with some corrections for meaning):
My Life: Bad Life
I was a boy. He was bad in school. I got bullied by 4 kids in kindergarten. I did not pass. I went to first grade. I been good and bad but I passed. I went to 2nd grade. Same thing. I passed. Now, I'm in 3rd grade . I don't now. Now my life is good now.
Doesn't this just melt your heart? We are making a difference everyday for these kids! Keep giving these kids all of your effort. Love them, teach them, MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
Things to Know
Frite Lodge: PTO is hosting the "Not SO Scary" Frite Lodge night on October 29th. Our families love this event and this year the Lodge will be giving us ALL the profits from the night plus the concessions we sell. I will be there selling concessions and would like a few folks to volunteer with me. Please let me know if you are available that evening!
Safe Schools Video on Dyslexia is a REQUIRED video for staff to view. We have a PD time scheduled to view if you want to use that time. If you'd prefer to watch it on your own, then you will have that PD time to work on your own.
Wednesday October 30th: During RA time, students will meet with Molly and Jen in the LGI room to review PBIS expectations.
It is also Picture retake day and staff photo day. I'd like for all staff to meet in the gym on the bleachers for a group picture. Please wear the staff gray and blue Acton Happy Campers shirt that you were given at the beginning of the school year. We will also use this photo as our holiday card that we send around to other schools. Please bring a winter hat and scarf that we can put on for a second photo for the card. Our proposed schedule, but will depend on how quick the photographers are, will be:
10: 20 5th
11:00 Last call for students and staff.
PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE do NOT call Scholastic. If you previously had an account for your book clubs and book club points, keep that with your old email. Your new email is to be used for the GR data. Something happens when a teacher calls to switch those that messes up the data and several teachers have lost data. If you have any issues with the site or your data, contact Jen Pryor or Haley Mulligan.
Celebration: Cheryl Emerine told me today that before Fall Break she still had 13 K students who knew less than 40 letters. She retested this week and only has 2. WOW!!! Way to go Cheryl, IA's and RA team for working on the letter tracing and naming.
Now that the first quarter has wrapped up and 2nd quarter is getting up and running, I will now be able to come visit classrooms to support and see all of the wonderful things you are doing in your rooms. I will also be able to be in your grade level meetings when I am available. I would also like to get into your rooms and run some GR tables with one of your groups so that I get a chance to practice myself. I will send more information in the future. Thank you so much for all of the hard work and your dedication to and support for our students!
Cycle 2 Post/Benchmark Data Entered by 10/23
Cycle 2 Post/Benchmark Data Discussion 10/23
Q2C1 Pre-test given on 10/21
Q2C1 Pre-test discussed on 10/23
Use your Word Knowledge Inventory for ideas on skills to work on (blends, diagraphs, vowel teams, inflectional endings, etc.). Upper grades can study affixes, root words, etc.
Below is a great website to find fun and engaging word work activities.You can use these activities to practice the skills listed above since we no longer have spelling words. Enjoy.
More Word Work Ideas:
Hope these resources help you as you work to provide engaging, strategic, and rigorous Word Work stations for your students!
Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.
- Send me the names of any families you think may need holiday help this year.
- If you recieve any HA nominations after Monday you may still turn them into me. If any parents ask if it is too late, let them know they can still turn in their nominations.
- 3rd and 4th grade please double check the email I forwarded to you that the nominations you turned in are on the list.
- I love this week's conscious commitment. Being present in the moment is something I have to remind myself of everyday. I imagine it is even harder to do as a teacher when you have about a thousand things you have to think about at one time. When you are home this weekend try to practice being present in this way and see if you can carry that into school next week.
Cogat starts this weekMonday:
HA nomination forms due today. Turn in to Molly
2:00 T1 PBIS Planning Meeting (Jewell, Adams, Miller)
Collaboration: CD Video #3
2:30-3:30 Dr. Stevenson building walk through.
Acton Frite Lodge Not So Scary Night 6:30-9:00
Collaboration: Team Meeting- meet on your own or work on anything your team needs. No agenda.
8:25 Staff Photo (Wear your staff shirt, bring scarf, hat, mittens)
Picture Retake Day
PBIS expectations review during RA class time- take class to the LGI room.
Halloween- Don't forget to dress up as your favorite book character!
First Day of November. We have SEVERAL staff members out this day. Please try your best to not be out unless it's an emergency. Thank you!
28 Pro Act (Stevenson, Pryor)
29 Acton Not so Scary Fright Lodge
30 Picture retakes
30 Grade Level PBIS exptections review during RA classes
4 Drills (All)
4 Coach Appreciation Day
5 Counselor Meeting
5 Family Game Night
6 -11 Teacher window open
7 PTO Meeting
11 Veteran’s Day Assembly
13 Field Trip forms due
13 Midterm grades post for parents
14 2nd grade music program
15 All Pro Dads
25 4th grade field trip
27-29 Thanksgiving break
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.