English Learner Newsletter

November/December, 2021

Happy Holidays: Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukah! and Happy Kwanza!

Whatever celebrations your family partakes in during this holiday season, may you find peace, love and joy. We wish you all that is wonderful and warms your heart. Please focus on the important things in life and keep safe, healthy and well. Have fun!
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Sharing and Weaving a Lei of Aloha


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EL Schedule

1/3/2022 - Teacher Work Day, no school for students

1/3/2022 - Training of Test Administrators (TAs) to administer the test

1/3/2022 to 2/25/2022 - No EL Pull Out program during this time.

1/4/2022 - Students return to school

1/10/2022 Annual WIDA assessment window opens; Jefferson School will begin testing Grade 5 students

WIDA Annual Assessment for all English Learners (ELs): Practice Link

Here's a link to practice taking the test and familiarize your children with the types of test questions they will encounter. https://wbte.drcedirect.com/WIDA/portals/wida

1. Click on Test Demo

2. Click on ACCESS for ELLs

3. Click on the grade level strands: 1-3; 4-5 and watch the videos

4. Use the Back left arrow at the top to return to Main Menu

5. Click ACCESS for ELLs Test Practice to practice the test

6. Click View Sample Items to practice more items.

(The user name and password are on the DRC Insight in front of you.)


Mahalo nui loa, Donors Choose Donors! We had 3 projects funded so far. Our outdoor classroom now has surf tables for students to sit and write comfortably, carpet squares to sit on and white boards, dry erase markers and other materials to use for our lessons. May you be enriched knowing you helped provide many students with much needed support to continue to learn and thrive.

You did it, Tyler! Mahalo for putting the Holiday Hoopla video together and going the extra mile to put our EL video so we could share it with the parents. We are thankful for you.

For your aloha and compassion, Mrs. Stephanie Quay!, for providing us with your carpets so we didn't have to worry about sitting on the cold floor until we received our new ones. Thank you for caring and sharing your aloha.

Mahalo nui loa for your much needed help and support, Ms. Kelly Sutcliffe, Mrs. Jenn Ichiyama Bangan, and Ms. Debbie Cheeseman!! We are so grateful for your help to administer the WIDA Annual test for all EL students again this year. Your help is tremendous!

For your flexibility and weaving a lei of aloha, thank you to all our teachers for helping all students to learn and grow. And, we especially thank Mr. Keoki (PE teacher) and Ms. Kathleen (Keyboarding teacher) who have agreed to give up their use of classrooms O-103 and O-104 during our testing window so we can test our students there. We are truly thankful!

Last but not least, a Big Mahalo to the best EL Consultant we've ever had, Natalie Lundberg, who will be moving on to other adventures. We wish her a fond Aloha and success in all her endeavor. You will be truly missed!