Nuts & Bolts
September 17, 2018
Last week was super busy in terms of community engagement and professional learning. Thank you, Ms. Andrea, for an informative presentation about gender identity at Monday's staff meeting. Thank you all for your thoughtful questions and engagement, as this issue is present in our school every day. As a reminder, if a student expresses to you that they would like to be referred to as a different gender, please bring this to the attention of the administrators and Ms. Andrea asap. We will work with you to identify next steps. Ms. Andrea's presentation is linked below for your convenience.
Thank you, Nicoletta, for conceiving of and planning Montessori Mondays. It was beautiful to see this vision come to life after months of planning. Thank you, Ms. Lana, for presenting and thank you to all participants who chose to attend. Special thanks goes out to the teachers who provided coverage of classes so their colleagues could attend as well as lead teachers who supported their assistants' attendance. Let's do it again in a month!
Thank you for a successful Back to School Night this year. The mood seemed light and the parents with whom I spoke seemed very appreciative of your time.
This week should be lighter in terms of after school commitments - only SIT and PLC meetings. I hope everyone enjoyed a relaxing weekend and wish you all a great week!
Staff Meeting Follow Up
I have received word that the green bars are fixed. We will double check the bars Monday morning and if the tape is not on the bars - students are allowed to play.
Thanks for your patience!
Hourly Staff Payroll
For those of you who did not complete your time sheets and sign them last Friday, the office staff and I will attempt to find you Monday morning to complete these documents. This will be the last time we find you to complete these documents.
After Monday, if you have not completed these documents correctly on the last Friday of the pay period, your time sheets will not be submitted and you will not be paid for that time cycle. You will receive your missed payment on your next paycheck.
Thank you for respecting the time and effort of the office staff.
Portfolios, Progress Reports, and PTCs
Teams should begin preparing now for student portfolio presentations for February conferences. As of right now, we will use the same progress reports as last year. Please reach out to Lana if you have additional questions or insights on this topic. Thank you.
School Wide Reading Club
We have been meeting with and working closely with the early literacy team from USBE and our own reading gurus Lynette and Jamie to work out a plan. We have some great ideas and are still working on logistics. We will update you all when we have a concrete plan to share.
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From Dana: 12 Strategies to Engage Students Who Work Below Grade Level
Many of the strategies described were specifically stated to be used during lecture; however, most could be used during other times of the instructional cycle. Which strategy will you employ this week?