ICEF Weekly Newsletter
January 10, 2016
Welcome to 2016! Here's to a happy new year!
January 14 - Directors' Meeting at the Getty Center
January 21 - Instructional Specialists' Meeting
January 27 - Cadre Meeting
March 19 - Athletics for All (MARK YOUR CALENDARS!)
Directors/IS's - Just a reminder, starting in January, Directors' meetings will be moved back to the first Thursday of the month and IS meetings to the 3rd Thursday of the month. Thank you for your understanding on this schedule change. Calendar updates will be sent out next week.
Focus for the Week - 2.2A
- In the classroom?
- In the hallways?
- During recess and lunch?
- In the After School Program
News, Helpful Hints, and Reminders
From the Academic Team -
- On Wednesday, January 13, we are meeting with our Arts For All Coordinator to refine the ICEF Arts Strategic Plan. Please see the email from Jamie as a reference. All schools should send a representative in order for your voice to be heard in shaping Arts at ICEF.
- Directors - you will receive information this week regarding parking for this week's meeting at the Getty Center. Carpooling is highly recommended.
- On January 27, we will have a Cadre meeting to review and train on the CAASPP TOMS system, in order to prepare for our February Performance Tasks.
- Formal Observations are fast approaching. Please schedule them out immediately. (Cheers to Vista for including it in this week's staff newsletter and for giving staff the deadline of this Friday, January 15, to schedule!)
- Please remember to complete the Bambrick Data Driven Implementation Rubric with your Instructional Leadership Team.
- Directors - Lauren sent out drafts SARC's (School Accountability Report Cards) to each school. Please review carefully and send any updated feedback. If you have any questions, please contact any member of the Academic Team.
- On January 25-26, CDE is hosting a 2 Day CAASPP workshop for school teams. Teams must be 3 or more. To register, click on the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CAASPPInstituteLAarea
- On March 5, 2016, UCLA's Curtis Center is hosting a Mathematics and Teaching Conference. For more information, see here: http://curtiscenter.math.ucla.edu/math-teachers/math-teaching-conference. You can use Educator Effectiveness Funding to cover this opportunity.
- PBS is excited to announce the fourth annual Digital Innovators program for tech-savvy K-12 educators. The program recognizes educators nationwide who are incorporating digital media in classrooms and serving as leaders in educational technology. If you know anyone eligible, click here: http://www.pbslearningmedia.org/digitalinnovators/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=Innovate2015.
- LACOE is hosting a Professional Development Workshop on Close Reading. Consider sending some team members! http://lacoe.k12oms.org/1544-106182
From Enrique -
Enrollment Numbers: Please inform Enrique of the final seat numbers per grade level for next school year. This will be your budgeted numbers.
· Suspension Report: Was due last Thursday. Only 4 schools met the deadline. The report is now past due to LAUSD. Please submit by Monday, 1/11/15 by 12pm. No exceptions.
· Immunizations: Please update all records. Any new student enrolled will no longer be able to have the Personal Beliefs exemption unless it’s signed by a Physician.
· Upcoming SNP Oversight visits will be coming. This includes Breakfast, Lunch and After School Snacks/Supper programs. More details to follow.
Remember that meal reports should be send to FoodService@icefps.org only. DO NOT SEND THEM TO Enrique's EMAIL. Please do not send incomplete reports with missing signatures. If you need an extension, please discuss with Enrique; however, note that your request may be denied.
Auditions for ICEF's Beauty and the Beast are around the corner! Stay tuned for further information, including flyers, tweets, facebook posts and more!
Check out the following opportunities!
- Gym Membership: Start the new year with 24 Hour Fitness. They are offering ICEF employees deals on their various club levels:
All Club Sport- $29.99
All Club Super Sport-$39.99
All Club Ultra-Sport -$74.99
Start TODAY! Easy Enrollment Link-> ICEF Public Schools Enrollment Portal Use code: 102370
- Grades 6-12: DuPont Challenge Science Essay Competition | http://thechallenge.dupont.com/essay/teachers Celebrating its 30th year, the goals of the DuPont Challenge are to help increase students’ science literacy and motivate them to excel in communicating ideas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). Students write a 700 to 1,000-word essay that addresses a topic of their interest within four categories: feeding the world; building a secure energy future; protecting people and the environment; and innovation. Due: January 31, 2016.
- WHOLE KIDS CLUB: a collection of free, downloadable resources helps start a healthy conversation through play! These digital activities bring the fun right to your kitchen table, keeping the whole family talking about healthy choices and eating real, wholesome foods.
- CommonLit - http://www.commonlit.org/ —Texts categorized by theme, grade level and reading type that come with discussion questions. The texts are all free and come as downloadable packets with worksheets and suggested companion texts appended. CommonLit offers text-based questions to test textual recall and discussion questions to encourage critical thinking and engagement between students.
- FREE! Posters often fall outside of the classroom budget (and land hard on a teacher’s pockets). This tool lets you print posters, segment by segment, on normal-sized paper. Upload an image, choose the size, cut it into printable pieces, and make yourself a do-it-yourself decoration! http://www.blockposters.com/?utm_source=EdsurgeTeachers&utm_campaign=8c31dbe78c-Instruct+203&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3d103d3ffb-8c31dbe78c-292305605
- FREE! One barrier to getting kids into math is the vocabulary. If students miss a teacher’s explanation of a word, the whole concept goes poof. Math is Fun is a dictionary of math terms with visual explanations of the concepts behind them. And that’s not all: the dictionary is part of a larger network of math resources that includes sample problems, games and guides to different areas of math. The tool is appropriate for students of all ages and collects no data. https://www.mathsisfun.com/definitions/index.html?utm_source=EdsurgeTeachers&utm_campaign=8c31dbe78c-Instruct+203&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_3d103d3ffb-8c31dbe78c-292305605
- FREE!—PBS World Explorers—A collection of short videos on the world’s most famous explorers’ voyages, achievements, failures and historical significance. Learn about ancient explorers such as Leif Ericson or Amerigo Vespucci, unknown explorers such as Zheng He, or modern explorers like Neil Armstrong. PBS has tagged the videos with the appropriate grade levels and included how the content aligns with national standards. Teachers can stream, download, share and modify the videos.
Celebrations and Worth Noticing!
- Cheers to Patricia Jackson in the Home Office for organizing and planning our ICEF Holiday party last December! We had an excellent turnout and folks had a great time! What a great way to celebrate the end of the 2015 calendar year - go Team ICEF!
- Our View Park Basketball Team has an amazing trip over Winter Break participating in a Basketball Tournament in Seattle. Check it out here! https://www.smore.com/mj3b3-basketball-takes-seattle-by-storm?ref=email
- Kudos to our Directors and Home Office Team that assisted and participate in this past week's trainings on 1/6 and 1/7. Cheers to the ICEF Team!
- Our hearts go out to View Park ES for the tragedy experienced over the Winter Break. We stand together as a team to assist in getting through this difficult time.