K-2 Team Newsletter

September 14-18

Principal's Message

Hope the first week with the new virtual schedule went well. I have heard tons of positives and it’s been great to observe in some classrooms. You all are doing a phenomenal job! Our scholars are learning so much during this unorthodox time of teaching. Next week, 1st and 2nd graders will be preparing for MAP testing by taking practice tests. Official MAP testing occurs September 21-October 1. Kinder team please send some shine and love to our 1st and 2nd grade teams as their scholars get ready to show how much their little brains have been growing!

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Weekly Survey

Please take the Weekly Survey! Every time you take the survey, you are entered into a raffle for a $25 gift card that will be drawn at the end of the month. The more times you take the survey, the more times you are entered! (Shoutout to Victoria, Jaqueline, and Kevin for taking the survey last week!)We read through all surveys and take all feedback to help plan next steps in our year so please take a few minutes to fill it out.
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Priority #1: Anti-Racism

DEI (Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)

Our next DEI PD is Friday, September 18th with TECA. During this PD session, we will dig into cultural values. Also, shout out to our very own Toyia-Nicole for discussing some insights from her DEI working group on cultural celebrations. You can find the Hispanic Heritage Month Plan here.

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Deans of Academics

General Academic Deliverables

  • Academic Pushes
    • Habits of Discussion: New Push: When a scholar responds to a question, scholars should automatically agree/disagree/or add on. You can prompt them by shrugging your shoulders, or saying a keyword like “respond”.

      • Continued Push: When a scholar gives a correct answer and all scholars agree, neutrally ask at least one more scholar “why they agree” or “how do they know?”

    • Progress Reports: Please ensure all grades are into Illuminate by Tuesday, September 15th at 8 A.M. We want to ensure that all grades are in before Progress Reports go out so that families get a full picture of where their scholar is performing.

  • 1st and 2nd Grade Only: Map Presentation Linked. Please continue to reference this slide deck over the next 3 weeks.


ELA Deliverables, Updates, and Reminders

Friday, September 11th to Friday, September 18th

  1. Grade Level Group IPP Meetings - Lesson for discussion submitted by 5 pm to AFT. See below for a link to your grade bands schedule.

  2. All videos, independent work and Exit Tickets for the week of September 21st are due in Google Classroom by 5 pm on Friday, September 18th.

  3. Directions for accessing the CKLA Digital Materials: CKLA Digital Materials Directions

Due by Friday, September 18th EOD

  • Complete the IPP Process for Skills lessons for the following week using the Skills IPP Template to guide you.

    • Check your grade level’s Course Blueprint for which parts of the lesson you should combine to stick to the new time frame.

    • Submit your lesson for Group IPP meetings by 5 pm Friday, September 18th to AFT.

  • All CKLA assignments, video and Exit Tickets

ELA Shoutouts!

  1. Shoutout to Lauren for having 100% of scholars off mute for blending practice.

  2. Shoutout to Jaleela for quickly combining the 9 am groups in Phoenix as a speedy solution to tech issues!

  3. Shoutout to Danielle for problem solving with me as we try to fit all the necessary Skills content for kiddos into 50 minutes!


Math Deliverables, Updates, and Reminders

Friday, September 14th to Friday, September 18th

Week of September 14th-18th

Pacing- As we begin our new 50 minute blocks, make sure you utilize the timestamps on this Math 1 Pager Cheat Sheet.

Weekly Check-In:



Due by Friday, September 18th EOD

  • Complete the IPP Process using the Independent IPP Checklist for all lessons for week of September 14th (See Course Blueprint for clarification if needed)

  • Email Molly (Kinder- Lesson 8, 1st Grade-Lesson 8, 2nd Grade-Lesson 5)

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Math Shoutouts!

  1. Shoutout to Tiffany for using a Flipgrid in Google Classroom!

  2. Shoutout to Olivia and Kevin for “setting the stage” by giving precise directions, consistently looking for follow throughs on directions, and restating expectations through positive narration!

  3. Shoutout to Jessica for getting creative when Nearpod wasn’t working and still pushing for excellence in all of her scholars!

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Dean of Culture

Congratulations on another successful week in distance learning, all of your individual efforts are greatly appreciated!


Here is the glow and grow for this week:

Glows- Academic Risk

Grows- Lack of Effort

September Incentive for the month: Just Dance Party!

September 18- Just Dance Party!

Theme: Hip Hop!

Come dressed as your favorite artist!

Times for Paycheck Parties per grade level: Friday, September 18th

Kindergarten: $54

11:00-11:30 am

First grade: $54

11:30-12:00 pm Oneonta and Seattle

12:00-12:30 pm Memphis and Texas

Second grade: $58

1:00-1:30 pm Kentucky and Auburn

1:30-2:00 pm Lipscomb and MTSU

Attendance Tracker

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Dean of SEL

Thank you for another great week of virtual learning! In the SEL lesson of the week, I will be reading What Can A Citizen Do by Dave Eggers and Shawn Harris. This is a beautiful story about how a community can come together to accomplish something, and also that a single voice matters. I will tie this book to the habit of the month. Please continue to encourage scholars to watch the SEL lessons, as they pertain to Leader in Me, and trends that parents and teachers are asking about.

Additionally, I will begin to highlight important dates and celebrations in this section, and you are encouraged to discuss these dates with your scholars in morning meeting!

September 15- October 15: Hispanic Heritage Month!

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities

September 19-20: (Sundown to sundown): Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year

Kid's Info about Rosh Hashanah

Habit of the Month: Seek First To Understand, then To Be Understood

  • Listen, then speak
  • Use those active listening skills to really hear what others are saying
  • Assume the best of others
  • Try hard not to be defensive when solving a problem, or managing a conflict
  • See it from the other person’s perspective

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Shout Outs

We will now be using a separate survey link to collect shout outs so that we could make adjustments to the morning minutes. A direct link to input them can be found at the bottom of each newsletter! We will feature shout outs in our newsletter and of course during the first few minutes of Friday PD.

MAP Testing

First and second graders will be taking the MAP test September 21-October. You can find a link from the info session posted again here.

K-2 Teambuilder

Save the Date: September 24th @ EEP from 4:30-5:30 for Social Distancing Zumba Class! Shout Out to Tiffany Johnson for getting this organized! More details to come!

PD Schedule (subject to change)

Sept 18th - DEI PD

Sept 25th - Culture PD

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Upcoming Events

September 14th

  • Second GLM @ 2:00

  • 1st ELA IPP @ 2:00

  • K Math IPP @ 2:00

September 15th

  • Kindergarten GLM @ 2:00

  • First GLM @ 2:15

  • 2nd Group IPPs @ 2:00

September 16th

  • 1st Math IPP @ 2:00

  • K ELA IPP @ 2:00

September 17th

  • Progress Report Day

September 18th

  • FRIDAY PD: DEI 2:30-4:00

  • Jaquandria Hayes Birthday

Teacher Spotlight

Quick Find Docs

Class Rosters click here

Cultural Events Calendar click here (NEW)

Groups List Virtual Learning click here

K-8 Staff Contact Info click here

MNPS Mental Health Resource Guide for employees - click here

Parking Lot click here

Rubric Virtual Learning click here

Scholar Communication Log click here

School Calendar click here

Scholar Birthdays click here

Staff Shout Outs click here (NEW)

Sunshine Survey click here

Dr. Tianay Perrault

Lower Elementary Principal