Happy New Year!!! January 13-24, 2014
Dates to Remember
Monday, January 13
- Non-Student Day: Teacher In-Service Day
- 6:30 SMUSD Board Meeting
Tuesday, January 14
- Students return
- STARS begins/PRIDE begins ???
- Carolyn at Leveled Principal Meeting until 11:00am
Wednesday, January 15
- Grades 4/5 Writing Conference
- Grades K-3 Grade level PLC
- 6:00pm PTO Meeting
Thursday, January 16
- 6:00pm ELAC
Monday, January 20
- No School: Holiday
Tuesday, January 21
- Jimmy at AP meeting until 11:30
- Progress Reports Due: Jimmy 3-5 Carolyn K-2
Wednesday, January 22
- Staff Meeting District Wide 2:30-4:00pm
Thursday, January 23
- Fire Drill 9:00am
Friday, January 24
- Progress Reports Home
Friday January 29: Student of the Month/Athlete of the Month Flag Salute
Saturday February 1: PTO Father Daughter Dance
Wednesday February 12: SEES Site Staff Meeting 2:30-4:00pm
Reminders and Announcements
Please participate in the SEES Ability Awareness Week Survey. Here is the link:
Progress Reports are due to admin on Tuesday January 21st. Even you have them done early please send them to us. We post poned this a week due to vacation so please make sure to get them to us for review.
Stretch Your Practice
As I re-visited the book Number Talks by Sherry Parrish, here are a few quotes that I wanted to share:
"By asking students to estimate an answer before solving a problem, we are helping our student build the essential skill of number sense."
"Every time you elicit answers to a problem in a number talk and ask students to share whether the proposed solutions are reasonable, you are helping students build number sense. When you ask studnets to give an estimate before they begin thinking about a specific strategy, you are fostering number sense."
Here is what this can translate in real-life:
I was at the Safari Park yesterday with my nephew (kindergartner) and my own 2nd grade son. We were trying to make a guess of how many elephants were in the area and the kindergartner's estimate was 118. The second graders estimate was 15. When we counted there were 13 elepants. This simple little estimation game gave me information where they each are on their jounrey to developing strong number sense.
Just like athletes train every day, we need to train our students to become mathathletes by giving them the right opportunities to train their math brain. Remember that our goal is to do a math talk 2-3 times a week to continue to build this concept of number sense. Your leadership rep has the Number Talks book for you to reference.
Below is the video from Jo Boaler, our guest speaker on Monday. I thought that you might like to see a little preview.
Week of January 13
Play Structure: Chong
Play Structure: McGavin
Front of School: Relieve
Play Structure: Phinney
Play Structure: VanVoorhees
Usher to cars: Mequet
First Grade Usher: Goodman
Monitor zone: Schroeder
Week of January 20
Play Structure: McCarthy
Play Structure: Houtchens
Front of School: Arnold
Play Structure: Vega
Play Structure: Faulkner
Usher to cars: Mcleod
First Grade Usher: Michaels
Monitor zone: Barrios