Ixonia Friday Focus
Need-to-Know Staff Updates: OCTOBER 14, 2016
MEETING AGENDAS & EVENTS
Parent Smore Link: https://www.smore.com/4gy5d
Monday, October 17
403 b plan meetings - slots open with Charlie Munkwitz between 10:30-noon (sign up in the office)
Tuesday, October 18
Staff Meeting 7:30 am
Yell and Tell presentations - in library - see below for time slots
School Board meeting 7:00 pm OHS
Wednesday, October 19
Thursday, October 20
3rd grade field trip Cave of the Mounds (all day)
Friday, October 21
Chip Shoppe Delivery Day 3:30-6:30 pm in the gym
7:45 am Tier 1 PBIS Meeting
October 22 - OPEF Annual Ball
October 25 - BLT Meeting 7:30 am
October 25 - Conference sign up closes online
October 27 - Conferences 4:00-7:30 pm
October 27 - Bus evacuation practice - morning
October 28 - Halloween Parade 8:45 am (right after announcements)
October 28 - Individual Classroom Halloween Parties
October 28 - Tier 2 PBIS Meeting 7:45 am
- October 28 - PTO’S Halloween Dance
MONDAY Common Planning (Stacy's office)
- Flexible technology options (w/ Kim S.): Google Read & Write and Overdrive - 20 min.
- SLO check-in - no need to be finished, just bring your ideas to share out - 20 min.
- Readers workshop "look-fors" (handout) - 5 min
- Student data for SLO
TUESDAY Staff Meeting Agenda
Tuesday, October 18 – 7:30-8:25
- PBIS Tier 1 data - 5 minutes
- PBIS Tier 2 small groups & Tier 3 wrap around overview - 5-7 minutes
- Time remaining = Individual work time in the library on Internalizing/externalizing behavior forms & SAS survey
TUESDAY Yell and Tell Assembly Schedule
Since October is bully prevention month, the focus will all revolve around bullying, but will have the other topic you listed interwoven into the conversation.
- 9-9:30 – 5K & 1st grade - Bullying + Child enticement (99 students)
- 9:30-10:00 - 3rd grade – Bullying + Poison (39 students)
- 10-10:30 – 2nd grade & 4th grade – Bullying + Child enticement (90 students)
PBIS Tier 1 Notes (10/16/16 meeting)
- SAS Survey link will come out over the weekend, it is due on 10/28. There will be some work time at staff meeting to complete.
- Goal for the month has been increased to FIVE due to excellent hallway behavior. Classes meeting the goal will join the school for a celebration on 10/31. More details to follow.
Please continue using phrases such as: “Tight to the right” especially with the new tape on the ground.
PBIS Tier 1 Agenda: FRI 10/21/16 - 7:45
- Data review from October
- Solidify celebration on 10/28
- Plan November focus
- Fourth grade will lead the kickoff on 11/1, more details to come.
BLT - 10/11/16 minutes
Classroom library book orders?
(4K/5K - Unfortunately, the money we were discussing last month expired very shortly after I sent the email to you all. These are different dollars to spend.)
Ixonia OPEF donation basket
Since OPEF grants have the potential to benefit all of our students, it would be wonderful if you would be willing to donate a few dollars....we are shooting for a collection of about $100 total from staff. If you feel you'd like to donate any amount, the envelope will be in the office. Thanks in advance for considering!
Purple Lines in the Hallways
PTO - October Meeting Minutes
- Agenda will be topics from the PTO as well the school. Topics may include discussions where the school is looking for more feedback from parents (i.e. communication, concerts, etc.)
- Agenda will be put in the Parent Newsletter the week prior in hopes to invite more people in based on the agenda items.
- Minutes will be shared by Friday morning immediately following the meeting.
Many, if not all classrooms, had a parent who volunteered to be the "box-top" parent. Would they also be interested in being your room parent?
There is no requirement to have a room parent, but they utilized in many schools and are found to be tremendously helpful in a variety of ways. But remember, you establish your needs, preferences and expectations with that person! At BLT, we plan to further outline some minimal expectations of room parents for consistency....still to be determined.
- Ongoing volunteer support needs: centers helpers, weekly readers, science lab & materials prep, and recess supervisors
- Classroom activity dates and support needs: field trips, career day, open-house, assemblies
- Contact information: How does the teacher prefer to be contacted by you & by the other class parents? What are school policies for gathering and releasing parent contact information?
- Teacher’s “favorites”: Find out what the teacher likes as a gift guide for parents and thinking ahead to Teacher Appreciation Week: favorite meal, beverage, restaurant, store, treat, charity, sports team, hobbies, etc.
- Classroom party dates and plans:
- How many?
- Food requirements (healthy or sweets)?
- Food allergy considerations?
- Timing and activities/games/crafts?
Spelling City Updates
I wanted to get back to you about your questions that popped up during our spelling city work time. Thanks for your willingness to give this program at try. Let’s aim to have 100% of students on at least once to spelling city by the end of October! I’m here to help you with any questions you might have.
Is there a way to preview all the activities available for students before I assign them?
Yes, go to this page on the website: https://www.spellingcity.com/spelling-games-vocabulary-games.html On the left side, choose “Premium” to see all these options. You can then play any of these games without using up a student account.
We only have 6 accounts remaining for the year, so we are saving those for new students.
Can students be assigned to two different groups?
YES THEY CAN!!! J (I’ve also confirmed with the company to make sure this doesn’t cause any problems and for Premium, you can)
Go to “My Students,” then “Create a Group”
After you name the group and SAVE, then go to that group in your list and select “Edit Group”
When that window opens to edit, you may select any of the students you already have in your roster (that are assigned in other groups). If you click their name, they will be added to the new group, but also remain in the original group. I’ve tried it out and it works!
Also, you can add students from the main all–school roster to your room if you work with other students during PIE time or other instructional times.
If any learning strategists, interventionists, SLP, etc. want to be added as a teacher, you can also manage the students on your caseload by having them in your class as well as their regular homeroom. Contact Carol Hunter if you’d like to be added as someone who will manage students + spelling/vocabulary lists.
On the iPads, how do I make sure the student view is only what I want students to do (but not accessing all the word lists)?
When you import your word lists, a prompt will come up with a green button that says “Hide Group from Students” – make sure to select that. It will hide all the lists until you specifically assign a list to a student or groups of students. Otherwise, students will always be able to view all the words lists, which will get distracting over time.
Where do I find the welcome letter if I want to inform parents about this?
First of all, there is no requirement to send this home, unless you’d like to shar
e with parents at conferences or at some other time.
There are two places to find the welcome letters for families
At the top of the “My Students” page
Under teaching Resources tab > Product Information > General Information > Parent Welcome Letters
SLO/Educator Effectiveness Reminders
ALL TEACHERS - DUE OCTOBER 31st
- SLOs: Fill out the beginning of the year section and click "Turn In" so I can view it.
- The focus of the SLO this year is anything around literacy.
- Data should be around MAP assessments and written with those targets.
- PPGs: Fill out the beginning of the year section and click "Turn In." The top section is for supportive year; the later section is for summary year (labeled at the top of the page).
SUMMARY YEAR ONLY
- Have a draft of your SLO and data analysis completed by our individual meetings
- Complete the self-review (due at the time of our meeting)
- Finish the SLO, PPG, and self-review by October 31st