Prestwood Messenger

March 28, 2016

Changing Traffic Patterns

Hope your break was awesome! Mine was so much that I forgot to get this out to you. The breaking news is our imminent change to drop-off and pick-up routines for students and parents. I recently met with maintenance, the police, and the city planner to discuss how to make traffic safer around Prestwood, and we came up with a pretty solid plan. I published this information in my principal blog here: . I also made a movie about it: . It is likely that there will be some bumps and needed adjustments. Please know that this decision was not made lightly. We began discussions in November, and the city let me know the week we were leaving for break that they were moving the plan forward this week. Your flexibility and suggestions will be appreciated during this adventure.
Prestwood Traffic Routines

This Week's Events

Monday,March 28, 2016

No School Day

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

1:00 - 2:30 Louann on Campus

2:50 - 3:50 SST (Peterson)

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

8:30 - 1:30 Elementary Tech Committee Meeting (Jason and Signe off site)

1:45 - 3:00 Collaboration: Tech Plan Review and GL Agendas

Thursday, March 31, 2016

All awesomeness in the classroom.

Friday, April 1, 2016

Spirit Day: Dress like a Celebrity/ Movie Star/Cartoon Character Day

3:30 - 5:30 Elementary PD Meeting (Jason off site)


Garden Update

The first phase of the outdoor classroom is done. The pad is leveled and the benches are installed. Our next phase will be to look at any possible additional features to add. Right now the space is simple but functional. We should have the kitchen also finished in the next two weeks. Feel free to use the space when it is available.


If you have any students you are considering for retention, we should have already discussed the possibility before conferences. Also, parents should have been made aware of your concerns and possible retention at conference and on the last report cards. If you have a concern for a student please discuss it with me immediately.

STEM Gravity Race Car Challenge

Still Time to SIGN UP for the 2016 STEM Gravity Race Car Challenge! Twenty schools will get the chance to use science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) subjects to figure out how to build the fastest possible gravity-powered car to race down a ramp. The team with the fastest car at your school's qualifying race will get to go to Sonoma Raceway on Saturday, June 25th—NASCAR Weekend—to race against the winners of the other schools in the North Bay. School teams will race in the Raceway's famous Winner's Circle! The team that wins the race will get to attend the NASCAR races on Sunday, June 26th. Email Vicki Whiting <> by April 1st if you want to participate.

STEAM Summer Institute

Apply today to participate in the 5th annual 21st Century Teaching & Learning Summer Institute. Join educators from across Sonoma County for a fun-filled week of hands-on professional learning focusing on STEAM: Integrating for Innovation. Participating teachers will receive a $700 stipend for the week. Get more information here.

The New Media Center

Library Dave has done a tremendous job expanding the focus of the library into a library/media center. Most recently, he arranged for two students to go to the Warriors game on Youth Media Day to serve as reporters for Kid Scoop News. I took two 5th graders (one was my daughter) to this amazing event. They received press passes, toured the arena, and ate in the media lounge. They sat in on the pre-game press conference and interviewed Rusty Simmons (SF Chronicle), Jim Barnett (TV Broadcaster), and Tim Roye (Radio announcer). Finally, they even got to meet Steve Kerr (the coach). I share this for two reasons. First, it was something very cool that happened for two of our students. More importantly, I was struck by the relevance and impact of this real-world assignment. The girls got an assignment weeks before the game: interview these people and write a story. They composed a range of questions for all scenarios. During the day they wrote notes, took photos, recorded interviews, recorded their own ideas, and planned out a story. The final step will be writing this story for Kid Scoop. The real-world relevance of this assignment has already left a lasting impression on the girls. I am excited to think about how we can leverage our library/media center for other real-world experiences for our students.

On the Horizon

3/21-3/25 Spring Break: NO SCHOOL

3/28 No School

4/4 Staff Meeting

4/4 PTO Meeting

4/6 Leadership Meeting

4/7 School Site Council

4/8 Jog-A-Thon

4/11 District Grade Level Meeting

4/12 School Assembly

4/18-5/6 SBA Testing

4/19 SSC Meeting

4/22 School Tour

4/25 Staff Meeting

4/25 ELAC Meeting

5/2 SSC Meeting

5/3 School Assembly

5/6 Prestwood Benefit Ball

5/9 Staff Meeting

5/9-5/13 SBA Make-ups

5/9-5/20 STAR/EarlySTAR

5/10 School Tour

5/11 Leadership Meeting

5/20 Oral Language Fair @ 8:30-10 (3-5 grades)

5/23 Staff Meeting

5/24 Oral Language Fair @6PM (SVHS Little Theater)