The Weekly Rocket

Week of March 28 - April 1

This Weeks Updates

Our weekly electronic newsletter supports the communication and learning community at PS 107. We welcome any ideas or information to enhance our weekly newsletter.


Weekly Highlights

  • Principal's Book of the Month should be completed and posted in classes.
  • Bulletin Boards are due 3/28 (inside and outside)
  • Grades K-2 Teachers, please secure trip slips and money for trips during testing days is collected by Wednesday 3/30/16
  • Grades K-2 teachers please present your "Good Luck" posters to assigned grades 3-5 class by Thursday 3/30.
  • LitLife will be providing PD/Support 3/28 & 3/29
  • 9:50 - 10:40 Catapult Guided Reading PD
  • Fridays @ 9am: Student binders should be updated with students work every Friday. You should have a schedule of students to meet with each Friday, to go over student work, data and goals. .
  • Double Math blocks CONTINUED-- for 3rd, 4th, & 5th Grade


Announcements:

  • 3/28/16----Bulletin boards are due inside and outside.
  • Active flexible groups with task cards, & learning resource tools, i.e. graphic organizers, manipulatives should be evident during guided instructional periods.
  • For the safety of all students: All children must be ESCORTED at all times and have a pass in hand-- To the bathroom, lunch, prep classes, etc.
  • Teachers please review Chancellors Regulation 420 and 421.
  • ALL Classroom Teachers MUST have their OWN DAILY lesson plans for ALL Content areas: Math, ELA, Guided Reading, 2nd Math Block, Science, Social Studies.
  • ALL enrichment teachers MUST have lesson plans for each class they service. All other support staff MUST have lesson plans for students they service. This is part of Danielson Standard 1e- Designing Coherent Instruction
  • Monday PD's--- Grades K-2 meet in room 428 Focus: Pacing Writing Units --- Paras in Room 211, please bring Guided Reading Binders---- Grades 3-5 Library: Testing Information


This years instructional focus:

1. Guided Instruction in ELA and Math 2. Analyze Data to Drive Instruction

3. Incorporate technology in instruction


Important Reminders:

  • Morning line up @ 8:00 a.m. Auditorium All staff (K-5 teachers, ESL, Speech and Language, SETTS, Coaches--- to report to the Auditorium)
  • Period 7 ends at 2:10pm
  • End of day dismissal @ 2:10 p.m.- 2:20pm --- All staff (K-5 teachers, ESL, Speech and Language, SETTS, Coaches--- to report to the Auditorium/Little Yard)


Monday 3/28---Day: ELA, Math, Guided Reading/ Test Readiness, Writing, Science

  • Monday PD's--- ALL STAFF in Library @ 2:20pm - 3:40pm: Testing Information
  • 9am Grades 3-5 : Test Readiness Block: Focus: Reading Comprehension (see email and google docs)
  • 9am/11:35am Guided Reading Grades K-2: Groups should be scheduled, independent tasks for students in place, organized guided reading material should be visible. For guided reading material visit room 211.Active flexible groups with task cards, & learning resource tools, i.e. graphic organizers, manipulatives should be evident.
  • LitLife PD Schedule:
9:00 - 9:50 1st Grade Planning Meeting (Running Records) Please Bring: GR Binders, newest DRA data
9:50 - 10:40 Catapult Guided Reading PD
10:40 - 11:30 2nd GR Planning Meeting (Running Records)Please Bring: GR Binders, newest DRA data
11:30 - 12:20 K Guided Reading Observations with feedback
12:30 - 1:20 K GR Planning Meeting (Running Records) Please Bring: GR Binders, newest DRA data



Tuesday 3/29--- Day: ELA, Math, Guided Reading/ Test Readiness, Writing, Science

  • 9am Grades 3-5 :Test Readiness Block: Focus: Reading Comprehension (see email and google docs)
  • 9am/11:35am Guided Reading Grades K-2: Groups should be scheduled, independent tasks for students in place, organized guided reading material should be visible. For guided reading material visit room 211.Active flexible groups with task cards, & learning resource tools, i.e. graphic organizers, manipulatives should be evident.
  • Teacher Inquiry & Parent Engagement---- Parent Engagement 2:20-3:00pm: Grades K-5: March Parent Communication Letters / Teacher Inquiry 3:00pm - 3:35pm Grades 3-5 Benchmark Math
  • Paraprofessional please report to room 423--computer lab.
  • TO ALL TEACHERS AND PARAS: If you have an appointment to speak to a parent please notify Ms. Hamm. 2:20pm - 3:00pm


Wednesday 3/30--- Day: ELA, Math, Guided Reading/ Test Readiness, Writing, Science

  • Mastery Wednesday Grades 3-5--- Please remind your students to wear GREEN! Please escort students to the Auditorium
  • 9am Grades 3-5 : Test Readiness Block: Focus: Reading Comprehension (see email and google docs)
  • 9am/11:35am Guided Reading Grades K-2: Groups should be scheduled, independent tasks for students in place, organized guided reading material should be visible. For guided reading material visit room 211.Active flexible groups with task cards, & learning resource tools, i.e. graphic organizers, manipulatives should be evident.


Thursday 3/31- Day: ELA, Math, Guided Reading/ Test Readiness, 2nd Math, Social Studies

  • 9am Grades 3-5: Test Readiness Block: Focus: Reading Comprehension (see email and google docs)
  • 9am/11:35am Guided Reading Grades K-2: Groups should be scheduled, independent tasks for students in place, organized guided reading material should be visible. For guided reading material visit room 211.Active flexible groups with task cards, & learning resource tools, i.e. graphic organizers, manipulatives should be evident.
  • 2nd Math BlocK: Grades K-2: Students should engage in center math activities and small group reteach lessons that support areas identified by data as areas of weakness. NO WHOLE GROUP RETEACHING.
  • 2nd Math Block: Grades 3-5: Students should be working on solving word problems in their math notebooks using CUBES. Students should solve 3 problems during a 40 min block. 10-15min should be used to review 1 of the problems. Reviewing is crucial for students understanding and misunderstandings to be discussed.


Friday 4/1- Day: ELA, Math, Guided Reading/ Test Readiness, 2nd Math, Social Studies

  • Grades 3-5: UniverSoul Circus Trip
  • 9am/11:35am Binders/Conferencing: Groups of students should be scheduled, independent tasks for students in place, teachers should be reviewing data (Grades 3-5 Benchmark Assessments/ DRA scores/ Weekly Quizzes)
  • 2nd Math BlocK: Grades K-2: Students should engage in center math activities and small group reteach lessons that support areas identified by data as areas of weakness. NO WHOLE GROUP RETEACHING.
  • 2nd Math Block: Grades 3-5: Students should be working on solving word problems in their math notebooks using CUBES. Students should solve 3 problems during a 40 min block. 10-15min should be used to review 1 of the problems. Reviewing is crucial for students understanding and misunderstandings to be discussed.

Ongoing Reminders:

  • All STAFF must be at their Morning post at 8:00 am and Dismissal post at 2:10 pm.
  • Period 7 ends at 2:10 pm ---- Dismissal post is from 2:10pm - 2:20pm
  • Book Baggies: All students should have book baggies with just right books: 5 books max levels A-K / 3 books max levels L-Z--- Check students books for accuracy. Students should be shopping for books weekly and MUST keep a weekly reading log.
  • As you greet our rockets this week please remember to greet our learners with kindness, organized, colorful, learning environments and with honest preparation for becoming literate, mathematicians, scientists, historians, critical thinkers willing and able to solve world problems, in other words PLAN, meaningful, productive interactive, and engaging lessons


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Upcoming Events:

Ongoing --- Writing Unit, GoMath, ELA Curriculum, Science, Social Studies, Guided Instruction, Differentiated instruction, weekly assessments, vocabulary, spelling

ONGOING --- LESSON PLANS FOR ALL CONTENT AREAS/ CLASSES-GROUPS SERVICED

3/28--- LitLife Guided Reading PD

3/29--- Litlife Guided Reading Support

3/28-- Bulletin boards are due inside and outside.

4/4- 3rd - 5th Grade Zumba to release some stress before the test

4/5-4/7--- NYS ELA Exams

4/13-4/15 --- NYS Math Exams

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