Cordata Weekly Bulletin


Good Monday morning, Cordata!

This Friday evening, our PTA is hosting their big spring family fun event!

Please consider signing up to help out! This is our biggest, and traditionally our best attended, family event of the year, and it looks like it will be a lot of fun! If you've attended our Big Event in past years, you'll see some similar events carried forward from that carnival-feel, but with a Hawaiian dance to top it off! Dig out your grass skirts, Hawaiian shirts and leis and join the fun! Our PTA board has worked hard to plan this and they need our support to make it a successful evening!

As you've seen in past bulletins, I have asking for your help to identify parents who may be willing and interested in being a part of our PTA board next year. If you haven't yet sent me a name, please do this week! I know that many of our parents, like ourselves, have jobs and families that keep them very busy! But the PTA can be a fun way to connect, and people won't always initiate participation unless we reach out to let them know we want their help. Please look through your class list, think of a parent or other family member who you know loves our school, and send their name my way!

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The week ahead - 4/15 - 4/19

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What do class problem solving meetings look like in your classroom?

Please let Analisa and Minh know when you have class problem-solving meetings scheduled so that we can come observe. As we look towards building more consistency in our practices in the fall, it would be helpful for us to see these in action, and know which Positive Discipline and which CSC lessons helped you to get there!

If you are still working in that direction, below are lessons you will want to implement:

o Introducing Class Meeting Format p.150

o We Decided: guidelines for Class Meetings p. 151

o Our Class Meeting Agenda p.152

o Introducing Class Meeting format – Group Problems p.158 – repeat this multiple times for group problems

Introducing Class Meeting Format – Individual Problems p.160 -

Upcoming Dates

  • April 18 - Note: The scheduled building-wide collaboration time is cancelled this month in order to allow each grade level to meet with designated specialists for class placement.
  • April 19 - Spring Social, hosted by Cordata PTA
  • April 22 - Promise K Family Night
  • April 23 - 2:45-2:00 - FOURTH Tech Integration session for all Cordata cert staff
  • April 25 - 1:00-2:00 3rd grade team meeting for class placement; 2:00-3:00 2nd grade team meeting for class placement
  • May 2 - Penny Davis visiting - 1:00-2:00 behavior data meeting; 3:00-4:00 Tier 3 behavior meeting
  • May 2 - 1:00-2:00 1st grade team meeting for class placement; 2:00-3:00 4th grade team meeting for class placement
  • May 13 - DESSA window open through end of May
  • May 21 - 2:45-4:00 - Choice Tech Meeting (this can be a choice towards your 2.5 choice hours, cert staff)
  • May 23 - 1:00-2:00 SGC - K and 4th grade meet separately to look at grade level data
    May 23 - 2:00-3:00 SGC - K meets with 1st grade; 4th meets with 5th grade
    May 23 - 2:00-3:00 - SGC - 3rd grade meets to look at grade level data
  • May 24 - Bike Rodeo, grades 3, 4 and 5
  • May 30 - 1:00-2:00 - SGC - 1st and 2nd grade meet separately to look at grade level data
    May 30 - 2:00-3:00 - SGC - 1st meets with 2nd grade; 3rd meets with 4th grade
  • June 7 - 5th grade track meet
  • June 13 - 2:00-3:00 - SGC - 2nd meets with 3rd grade; 5th meets individually to look at grade level data
  • June 19 - Field Day - this is tentatively being planned with the support of Cornwall Church volunteers . . . much more info to come. If you have ideas, send them to Analisa.
  • June 20 - last day of school - morning assembly followed by all-school recess and yearbook signing
  • June 13 - 2:00-3:00 - 2nd meets with 3rd grade; 5th meets individually to look at grade level data

Other News and Information

  • Cert staff - now is the time to revisit your TPEP self-assessment. In many cases, you'll notice a big difference from your fall self-assessment. You can do this in the staff OneNote in your personal folder (look under the Area of Focus tab for the Self-Assessment page). OR, you can do this on paper, using your copy of the 5D rubric. (If you need another copy, just ask!) You are not required to share your self-assesment with Analisa/Minh, but you will want to take some time reflecting on this prior to our TPEP evaluation meetings in May.

  • Cert staff - there is a sign-up in the staff room for spring TPEP evaluation meetings. The sign-up is to have a roving sub come to your classroom to take over so that you can meet with Minh or myself to review your TPEP evaluation and share your student growth goal data with us. If you prefer to meet during your planning time, or before or after school, please do not use that sign-up sheet. Instead, simply send some possible times to Analisa/Minh and Laura, or stop by the office to schedule with Laura.

  • So far, four classes have signed up to adopt-a-space in our building. Thank you to the teachers who have already signed up and begun talking with students about how they can share this job and show care and respect for our beautiful building! If you haven't yet signed up, please do! See Minh's email, the hard copy in the staff room, or click here - Adopt a Cordata Space (Web view)

  • Last Tuesday, during our staff meeting, I shared a few paragraphs from an article about the benefits of looping. Here is the link for the fully article: "Looping" with Students Boosts Learning, Especially for Kids of Color, Study Says - Education Week Blog

In closing . . .

Collaboration is essential for student achievement and school improvement!

This year at Cordata, we've seen collaboration among our staff play a key role in identifying and addressing problems, and supporting student growth and learning in many, many different ways. I won't be able to list them all here, because you are putting your heads together to collaborate in ways that I may not even know about! But to name a few...

  • Grade level teams are collaborating with Michelle, Shannon, and in some cases community connections to develop inquiry-based units that explore science and social studies content
  • Intervention specialists and teachers are meeting regularly for SGC meetings, and in some cases collaborating daily or weekly for push-in support, co-teaching or co-planning.
  • Certificated and classified staff are joining one another for collaborative PD opportunities, such as book-studies
  • Playground supervisors meet weekly to problem-solve and plan for games and activities for children
  • Life Skills teachers and paraeducators, and PreK teachers and paraeducators, meet weekly and check-in daily to collaborate in support of student learning
  • Teachers, families and support specialists meet for Child Study Team meetings to find the right supports to address student needs

And MORE!!

A meeting on your calendar may at times feel like something on the "to do" list that needs to be checked off. But when done right, collaboration is a way of working smarter, not harder. It's a way of sharing expertise and brain power, and the work that follows strong collaboration is likely to be more efficient and effective than it would have otherwise been. Research proves it! The strength of a school's collaboration is sometimes referred to as social capital.

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The quote above comes from the CT Education Association: Research Shows that Teacher Collaboration Helps Raise Student Achievement.

Thank you, certificated staff, for your feedback on our SGC collaboration. The MTSS team will be reviewing that feedback this week, and planning ahead for srong collaboration in 2019-20. I will also be reaching out to teachers to pick your brains about how we can build upon this year's successes with collaboration around inquiry.

As we move into the spring, we do a lot of assessment of student learning. It's also important to take the time to assess our own practices! Whatever your collaborative group, I encourage you to check in with one another, and provide feedback to the leaders facilitating your collaboration. Strong collaboration includes reflection and refinement, and is a powerful indicator of a healthy community of educators!