Weekly Staff Bulletin

~February 10-14~Week 22~


"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."


Dear Colleagues,

I hope that your week was a positive one; I hope that my absence did not cause too much of disruption on the daily routine. My intentions were to plan accordingly and you had the most support possible during my absence. Thank you for supporting each other and for maintaining the structures and routines for our students.

I am extremely grateful to Simone, Todd, Sam, Mark, Sandra, Cheryl Rodby, Alisa, Christina, Dulce, Paul, Jennie, and Manny for helping out in more ways than one! Your help & support is truly humbling. Thank you to all of our teachers that participated in the Zumbathon either by selling tickets or by showing up! Special thanks to Mr. Pastrana for bringing down the house and leading a large group of families during the Zumbathon! Thank you to Nora for helping with the coordination of the two sub-release days so that our colleagues could plan and review the new math units! Special thanks goes out to Mr. Marcel for taking on the leadership of maintaining the recess time as structured as possible.

Please take some time to say thank you to our parents that organized the Zumbathon, it was a great success; they are truly inspiring!

I am also particularly proud and excited to have spent three days of focused collaboration with Priscilla. During the West Region EL Institute, we engaged in important work that will only enhance our students' quality of education at SEED. I am excited and anxious to share with you our learning! I have hopes that you too will be motivated and open to challenge our students as we embark on the CCSS curricula, high quality students work, and developing our culture and character model.

Have a wonderful week!

Tests & Assessments - UPDATED

January & February

UPDATE: 2nd through 5th grade

SRI tests in progress.

3rd through 5th

Science Writing Task #2

Opens: January 27th & closes February 21st

Scan by: February 28th

Teacher Scoring Date: 2/19 2:00-4:00 PM


Feb. 3-21st

Scan by Feb. 28th

Physical Fitness Test - 5th Grade

Opens on February 3rd, closes March 31st

Check in on March 27th

Mid-Year EDL/DRA Assessment

Two things:

1) Since we decided to give the EDL at the end of the first trimester, we agreed that it would make more sense to give it again later in the year. Please hold off on that for now.

2) Two EDL upgrade kits have arrived. They include a complete set of new student books (with more than one book at each level), and a manual for making copies of students answer sheets. Please let me know what you currently have or need so that I can distribute materials accordingly.


Jennie & Beatrice

Please take some time before the end of February to complete the CHKS.

California Healthy Kids Survey - We need all staff to participate.

Manzanita SEED CHKS Staff Survey Link; Click on link and begin survey.

~What's going on this week?~

Monday, February 10th

Staff Meeting

Location: Mr. Zucker's Classroom

Time: 3:00-4:00 PM


I. Diabetes Training

II. ASP Push-In

*ILT members (Nora, Leo, Ana, & Anne) participating in the mini institute can leave at 3:30 PM in order to arrive on time.

Common Core Mini-Institute for ILT

Location: La Escuelita Elementary School

Please enter on 10th ST (Board Meeting entrance)

Time: 4-7 PM

Please print the parking waiver and have available for the School Security Officer (SSO) from La Escuelita; upon receiving the waiver from you, he will issue you a pass code.

Parking Lot Gates open at 3:45 PM.

Wednesday, February 12th

Wednesday Differentiated PD

Time 2:00-3:00 PM

EL 101 Part II - for all new teachers

Location: Mr. Zucker's Classroom

SBAC/Academic Discussions

Location: Ms. Perrone's Classroom

Thursday, February 13th

3:00-4:00 PM

PBIS & Attendance Committe - Culture & Climate Committee Meeting

Location: Beatrice's Office

Purpose: 14-15 school year goals around Character & Engagement and align to EL Dimensions of Student Achievement

Friday, February 14th

Student of the month recognition during community assembly.

ELAC Meeting

9:15-10:15 AM


New Intervention Schedule

Hi everyone, Here is the new intervention schedule. I think I made all of the changes we talked about, but if I overlooked anything or you have new ideas, please let me know. Second grade teachers, I have two more slots open (Wed & Thurs, 11:10-11:30) Do you have any students in mind? See you Tuesday! Jennie

Math Manipulatives Order

Dear Colleagues,

Nora will be checking in with all grade-level leads on the need of math manipulatives. Please help her compile the information as it is due on 2/14. LCI's Math department has allotted $100 per grade level (or $130 if 3 or more teachers at the grade level) to acquire materials that will help you and your students be successful with the new math curriculum units.

Daily Walk-Throughs


9:30-10:30 AM

4th & 5th grade

1:00-2:00 PM

3rd grade


9:30-10:30 AM

2nd grade

1:00-2:00 PM

1st grade


9:30-10:30 AM

TK & Kinder

PE Schedule for this week: WEEK 2


1:55-2:25 PM - Ms. Ana


9:05-9:35 AM - Ms. Bien


1:55-2:25 PM - Ms. Tapia


Teacher Yard Supervision Effective 2/18

Dear Colleagues,

Effective Tuesday, Feb. 18th we will have teachers conduct yard supervision to ensure that ALL SDC students are NOT missing their mandated instructional minutes as per their IEP. Please communicate to Paul & me immediately if any of your students are still not being serviced accordingly.

No Sub Protocol

In better efforts to reduce disruption and student learning outcomes, the Kinder team, FC, and I developed a protocol when a substitute teachers does not show.

It was shared with you via Google doc; a hard copy will be placed in your box. Please have this handy and read it thoroughly.

Friday, 2/14 - Student of the Month

Dear Colleagues,

As a recommendation, staff would like to recognize students based on their actual performance based on data. For the Academic award you can use the math performance task, EDL/DRA, SWT, or any formative assessment results.

Friday's Community Assembly & Student of the Month Recognition

Week 22

TK/K: Ms. Udovic/Saleski & Ms. Elana

1st: Ms. Tapia & Ms. Goodie

2nd: Ms. Ana & Ms. Parchia

3rd: Ms. Cato

4th: Ms. Bien

5th: Mr. Zucker

February 10th - New Prep Schedule in Effect

New prep schedule starts Monday, Feb. 10th. The deadline for submissions were last Friday. We will not be accepting any more changes. Please find a copy of the new prep schedule in your box. We will also share it through Google Drive (see 2nd page).

Hewlett Foundation @ SEED February 20th - CANCELLED

This event was cancelled; OSF was pushing this, but with zero support to SEED to get it coordinated. In addition, Bryan from OSF said that the Hewlett Foundation was not going to award grants to any specific school. I found it disappointing that he wanted to showcase our school, but did not guarantee any grants for SEED.

FYI: For Your Information

Parent Liaison Interview Committee

We are in search of two teachers to participate in the interviews for a parent liaison position. If you are interested, please submit your name to Beatrice or Sam Davis.

Chromebook Deployment

  • SEED will receive 68 Chromebooks by March 19th
  • IT Lead Teacher: Manny Ellison

Summer Hub @ Manzanita

  • Manzanita Schools will participate in a Summer School K-5 Hub Program
  • Fruitvale may be part of the hub program - TBD
  • Both campuses will have a total of 140 slots; SEED will get approximately 46+ slots-tentative
  • Full day offering: AM-Instruction/PM-Enrichment
  • SEED will focus on Spanish Immersion
  • Criteria: ID students with highest Spanish literacy needs (SLL & ELL)
  • Program is fully funded by OUSD!
  • More information will follow
  • start thinking if you would like to work summer school!