Mrs. Kondikoff's Friday Focus

Lopatcong Elementary School

Friday, January 8, 2016

Lock Down Drill Reminders

Please review the new procedures regarding lockdown drills. They are outlined on your new red and green cards, as well as in the handbook. Here are a few additional reminders:

  • Red and green cards should be placed in the exterior windows only. Please place the red or green card at the top of the window on your exterior door.
  • Please make sure the shades on your exterior windows are all the way up. They should not be halfway up. ALL the shades should be all the way up.
Thank you for your help with these important safety reminders.

80th Day of School

Monday, January 11th is the 80th day of school. We will celebrate with an 80's themed dress down day. You may wear denim as long as it is part of an 80's costume. Please be sure to do at least one activity in your classroom that ties to the standards and is related to the number 80, eightieth day of school, or the 1980's. We will do a short 80's themed dance party after morning announcements and before the end of the day.

January Assessments

Below are some reminders of January assessments. Click here for additional information if needed from the memo that was reviewed at the beginning of the school year and included in the powerpoint that was shared through google docs.
  • DRA-Please assess all students in kindergarten and students reading below the current grade level benchmark using the Developmental Reading Assessment by Tuesday, January 26th. Please click here for the memo that was shared the beginning of the year powerpoint regarding grade level benchmarks. The benchmarks are listed on pages 4 and 5.
  • Study Island Math and ELA-Please have students in grades 2, 3, and 4 complete the second study island benchmark assessment for Math and ELA by Friday, January 22nd.
  • Math Fact Fluency-Please complete the Math Fact Fluency Assessment for the second marking period for students in grades 1-4 by Friday, January 15th.

Data Wall

Please enter the following data on your grade level data wall/google doc by Friday, January 29th. Please color code all data entered. If you are unsure of color coding, please click here to refer to the memo sent at the beginning of the school year or see me.

  • Current Reading Level or DRA Level-This should reflect the student's current instructional reading level at the end of the second marking. (It is not necessarily the level the student worked at most of the marking period). Where are they right now?
  • Study Island Math and ELA Assessment-Please enter the student's score on the most recent Study Island Benchmark Assessments.
  • Unit Assessments-Please enter the data for any unit assessments you have given from the beginning of the year until now for Reading, Writing, or Math. You may add a column to the google doc/data wall if you are comfortable for unit assessments. If you would prefer to have me add the column please e-mail me and I can add a column.
  • Math Fact Fluency Checks-Please enter the scores from your math fact fluency assessments and color code.


As per Mrs. Roncoroni's e-mail, " Tuesday, January 12 we will be having our QSAC Review with the county executives at the middle school. Representatives will be reviewing our documents, visiting classrooms and meeting with staff to talk about curriculum and programs."

Upcoming Positive Behavior Support Celebration

Congratulations to our students who have earned 10,000 paws! We will celebrate with country western day on Friday, January 22nd. Get out your cowboy boots and country western clothes! Staff and students may dress in thier favorite country western outfit. We will have a brief country western dance party to some favorite country tunes after morning announcements, around 9:30 am and around 1:00pm.

Upcoming Events

1/11 80th Day of School-Dress in your favorite outfit from the 1980's

1/13 Staff Meeting-Finish Data Digs

1/15 Study Island ELA and Math Benchmarks Complete (Grades 2-4)

1/15 Math Fluency Checks Complete (Grades 1-4)


1/22 PBS Reward-Country Western Day

1/22 I&RS Paperwork Due to Rene Boylan

1/26 DRA Complete for Kindergarten and any student who is reading below grade level (Grades 1-4)

1/26 End of 2nd Marking Period

1/29 ALL assessment data entered into data wall (DRA/Reading Levels, Unit Assessments, Study Island Assessments, Math Fact Fluency Assessment)

2/2 Parents can view report cards in Parent Portal