Anchor Weekly

A newsletter for Alta Vista Staff~Week of February 4, 2019

Don't Forget! Next Week's Calendar

  • RtI A-Z Meetings All Week **Click here for schedule** Bring your laptop & classroom's MOY BAS Data!
  • Region 12 Science Planning on Tuesday, February 5
  • Lions Pride Parent Kickoff on Tuesday, February 5 at 5:30 pm
  • Jumprope for Heart Kickoff in Cafeteria on Wednesday, February 6 (PK-2 at 1:45, 3-5 at 2:15)
  • Faculty Meeting on Wednesday, February 6 (TELPAS & Grade-Level Leadership Meeting)
  • Region 12 PLC on Thursday, February 7 **BRING YOUR LAPTOP**
  • Class Pictures on Friday, February 8
  • Make A Match Game on Friday, February 8

Coming Up: District PD on Monday, February 11 (Schedule here); My Book Adventure Giveaway (Gr 1) on February 15

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Region 12 PLCs

Bring your LAPTOP to PLC this Thursday. We will be examining Visible Thinking with Region 12.

From Your Captain

Remember our ingredients for being Incredible: optimism, engagement (students, staff, parents and community), appreciation (Anchored in Excellence, Kindness challenges), Passion/Grit, Empowerment (staff trainings, student interventions, tutoring), and last but certainly not least, Relationships (staff and students).

Please remember that it is vital that we all maximize instructional/work time and that we are actively monitoring students and on time to our assignments. Be in our places with our bright smiling faces because we may be the only smiling faces they see each day. In addition, remember that we do have a campus policy that we should not be on our cell phones except work related during the work day.

If you interested in learning more about implementing blended learning/technology in your classroom, please email Sarah Pedrotti.

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Counselor's Corner

February's Guidance trait is tolerance. Mrs. Maynard looks forward to visiting with your students in your homeroom on the following days.

  • Monday, February 4: Frost, Martinez (4th), Long, Templeton, Somers, Bearden, Rawles (Drake homeroom), Barnard and Haskett
  • Tuesday, February 5: Palmer, Foreman, Terrell, Villela, Snell, Martinez (K), Spark (Rawles homeroom), Noel and Sharp
  • Thursday, February 7: Greer, Breeding, Hofheins, Sierra, Williams, Lopez, Scott, Drake (Spark homeroom), Picazo

Alta Vista BINGO

Don't forget to work on our BINGO Challenge. Sign your name when you complete an item, and email Mrs. Helton when you get a BINGO!

Prizes include: jeans pass, get of duty pass, arrive early/leave late pass, Sonic/Starbucks drink passes, and more! Have fun!

Conscious Discipline

Continue to reinforce our school agreements: Be Safe, Responsible, Respectful, Ready to Learn!

We did a Behavior Audit last week and the results were interesting. 85% of students and 90% of staff surveyed knew all 4 school agreements....way to go!

However, only 60% of staff reported writing an Anchored in Excellence note, and only 30% of students reported having received one this year. That is definitely an area for growth for us! Having students write Anchored in Excellence notes to their peers is important, but it means even more when adults recognize students' hard work, effort, and positive choices.

Click HERE for the February Morning Meeting plans.

This week, you will send Mrs. Helton a picture of your class goals (see plans). Goals are very important to having a growth mindset because you need to know what you're working towards.

Don't forget to take pictures all month long of examples of growth mindset and classroom celebrations; they will go in an Animoto video for your class at the end of the month.

February Makerspace

February includes a Valentine's Day-themed story about a robot on a mission to discover what love is. Students will use trash and found objects to create a surprise shape...a heart! Email Mrs. Helton if you would like to check out the cart. She will try to do the lesson with your class (if it's after this week).

Check out the plans HERE.

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Staff Members of the Week!

Congratulations Ms. Snell for being our Teacher of the Week for being patient and showing perseverance in her continued efforts to meet the challenging needs of her diverse young learners.

Congratulations Mrs. Edwards for being our Staff Member of the Week for working so hard to keep our school clean and for getting the cafeteria ready for the NED Show.


Integrated Reading & Writing

Ms. Greer's class has been reading informational texts about penguins as they research and write their own books. She and Ms. Alvarado divide the class in half and each work with a small group to provide instant feedback and support to students. Critical thinking and creativity are at a high as students work on this project!

TELPAS Writing Collections

TELPAS Writing Window will open up on Monday February 11-March 1. We will train ALL teaching staff on Wednesday, February 6. There are no major changes to the writing collection process, so start making plans now for how you will collect these writing samples (it is a team effort)! See Mrs. Alvarado if you have any questions. TELPAS Rater Calibrations will be on Wednesday, February 13 after school; please make child care arrangements now so that you have plenty of time to complete your calibration.

SEAS The Night Plans

Mark your calendar now for our next family engagement event on Tuesday, February 19 at 5:30-7:30 pm. We will have hands-on learning activities, read alouds and free book from Junior League, book fair, music performance by grades 1-2, and a free meal.

You can take a look at the plans HERE.



Lead4ward has many great instructional strategies found here.

"Team-Two-One" is a great strategy for scaffolding instruction. It allows students to work as a team, then pair, then independently on an assessment or vocabulary item. By practicing twice with peers, you allow students to build their confidence in the content. Students then get the chance to apply their knowledge independently-a great formative assessment task! Email or text Mrs. Helton a pic if you use this strategy! (There might be a prize in it for you).

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QDAC Feedback Needed

Please email Nancy Alvarado (our QDAC rep) your input on district professional development. What would you like to see going forward?

Attached is the instructional calendar for 2019-2020 as well as the incentive pay plan for 2018-2019.

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Behavior Training

The elementary staff at Wiley Opportunity Center are repeating their series of after-school trainings for classroom teachers, this time on Monday afternoons. Everyone is invited to attend! The Wiley staff help problem-solve and provide a listening ear in addition to the training. Registration and details on Eduphoria.

Location: Wiley Opportunity Center

Time: 4-5 PM

  • Monday, Feb. 4 How to Lead Great Morning Meetings/Circles
  • Monday, Feb. 11 "Own It Fix It" to Change Behavior