Weekly Staff Bulletin
~February 10-14~Week 22~
"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act, but a habit."
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
K/1: DIBLES 2
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
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.
~What's going on this week?~
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.
~CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION~
New Intervention Schedule
Math Manipulatives Order
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.
Teacher Yard Supervision Effective 2/18
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
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.
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
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.
- 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!