Addams Family Newsletter

December 14, 2015

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Principal's Message

Dear Addams Families,

Welcome to our last week before break! Thank you for continuing to provide our students with engaging and challenging learning activities throughout the week! We have two big events this week, the Google Expedition that you may be taking place in and also the Haven lessons that will be taking place this Thursday, December 17th. Please refer to the Game Plan for info on both events.

In an effort to create an avenue for staff to recognize each other for positive things, I’ve created the “Addams Spotlight.” I encourage you to take 10 seconds to recognize other colleagues. Click on the link below to add comments:

Also, click on the "Youanes Addams Calendar" link below to view my updated Google Calendar. You can also click on the "Addams Building Calendar," below to review the most updated events going on at Addams!

Addams Updates and Reminders

Teacher Evaluation Update:

As you may know, recent state legislation changed the student growth component of educator evaluations to 25%. For more complete information on the changes prescribed, check out this document. For the most current Royal Oak Schools process document, click here.

Click on the links below to review more Teacher Evaluation documents:

New Teacher Eval Rubric:

Danielson Domain Overview:

Student Growth Goals: If you haven't done so already, please refer to the SLO Meeting email I sent you last week and select a date and time for us to meet.

SLO/Smart Goals
  • Introduction to SLO document (MDE resources)
  • Teacher creates two goals in two different subject areas.
  • Specials teachers create two goals for their subject area.
  • Teachers choose which tools to use to measure their goals: AIMS web, DRA, NWEA, MLPP, Math pre/post test, etc; two data sources for each goal.

Formal Observations:


Please click on the link below and select a month for your formal observation. Let me know if you have any questions or need anything else.

Lunch: Please be sure to take accurate lunch counts each day for the next day so that we have the correct amount of lunches available to students in both of our lunch times. Check the Addams Game Plan, within the Schedules folder to view our lunch schedule for the 2015-2016 school year.

Curriculum and Instruction Updates

Curriculum and Instruction December Newsletter: Click on the link below to view the August 2015 newsletter created by Lisa Shannon:

MiStar Tips:

District Math Memo:

Elementary Assessment Calendar:

Informational On-Demand Instructions:

Kindergarten Assessment Calendar: Click on the link to review the Kindergarten assessment calendar for the 2015-2016 School Year:

MDE: Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability- December 10 , 2015: Your source for important student assessment and accountability information.

Addams PBIS Updates

Addams Family Circles:

Please spend some time reviewing the information below regarding our PBIS program and our Addams Family Circles!

PBIS December Newsletter:

November PBIS Agenda:

January PBIS Meeting: January 11th 3:40-4:10

Please see a PBIS Team member if you have questions or concerns to be added to our PBIS Agenda for January.

Addams Family Circles:

Our next Addams Family Circle will take place on January 6, 2016 and focus on Responsibility. Please take time to review the lesson prior to our next Family Circle. Contact a PBIS Team member with questions regarding the lesson or activities.


Transition Times:

Haven/Erin's Law Update


This information will be shared with parents the first week of December:

When are the lessons:

December 17: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th

How long are the lessons:

45-60 minutes. Teachers remain in the classroom during the entire presentation. (Parents asked about this at the information night.)


All sessions will occur in the specific teacher's classroom.


All questions/concerns should be sent to Keith Doody Email is best.

Material Review

If a parent wants to review material ahead of time, the materials are at the instruction office @ the board office. The parent should call ahead so the instruction office can accommodate them.

Information can be found at the following links:

Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law. Erin's Law was passed in Michigan in 2013.

Daisy Tells a Secret is a supplemental video shown during the Helping Kids, Help Themselves K-2 Lesson.

HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year.

Presentation by Haven and the Royal Oak Health Advisory Committee to the Board of Education. Presentation begins at about 6:30 into the meeting.

Students that have been opted out will be working on an academic assignment related to their classwork. I will ask you for these but I imagine a reading assignment for upper el will work and lower el can advise me on what is best.

Tentative location: Main Office Conference Room

Addams Learners in Action

Addams Tech Tips

Google Help: Click on the link to sign up for some Google help from Mr. Youanes:

Color Code Email Labels:

Color Code Google Drive Folder:

Twitter @ Addams!

Follow the #AddamsLearners on Twitter and stay updated on the wonderful happenings at Addams Elementary! Also, check out the first page of this newsletter to follow some of our Addams Educators on Twitter.

If you decide to join Twitter at this point, please follow so we can follow back!

Click on the image to view more pictures from our #AddamsLearners!

Twitter for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide:

Follow these Addams Educators on Twitter: