Addams Family Newsletter

November 17, 2015

Big image

Principal's Message

Dear Addams Families,

Thank you all for your continued hard work and effort at this time of year! I know that completing report cards, preparing for conferences and all the day-to-day responsibilities with our students can be a daunting task!

In an effort to create an avenue for staff to recognize each other for positive things, I’ve created the “Addams Spotlight.” I encourage you to take 10 seconds to recognize other colleagues. Click on the link below to add comments:

Also, click on the "Youanes Addams Calendar" link below to view my updated Google Calendar. You can also click on the "Addams Building Calendar," below to review the most updated events going on at Addams!

Addams Updates and Reminders

Teacher Evaluation Update:

As you may know, recent state legislation changed the student growth component of educator evaluations to 25%. For more complete information on the changes prescribed, check out this document. For the most current Royal Oak Schools process document, click here.

Click on the links below to review more Teacher Evaluation documents:

New Teacher Eval Rubric:

Danielson Domain Overview:

Student Growth Goals: If you haven't done so already, please refer to the SLO Meeting email I sent you last week and select a date and time for us to meet.

SLO/Smart Goals
  • Introduction to SLO document (MDE resources)
  • Teacher creates two goals in two different subject areas.
  • Specials teachers create two goals for their subject area.
  • Teachers choose which tools to use to measure their goals: AIMS web, DRA, NWEA, MLPP, Math pre/post test, etc; two data sources for each goal.

Lunch: Please be sure to take accurate lunch counts each day for the next day so that we have the correct amount of lunches available to students in both of our lunch times. Check the Addams Game Plan, within the Schedules folder to view our lunch schedule for the 2015-2016 school year.

Parent Teacher Conferences: Please remember to provide an electronic copy of your conference schedule to me! Also, please let me know if there are any conferences you need me to attend. Our PTA will be providing dinner and dessert for conferences.

Curriculum and Instruction Updates

Curriculum and Instruction November Newsletter: Click on the link below to view the August 2015 newsletter created by Lisa Shannon:

MiStar Tips:

District Math Memo:

Elementary Assessment Calendar:

Informational On-Demand Instructions:

Kindergarten Assessment Calendar: Click on the link to review the Kindergarten assessment calendar for the 2015-2016 School Year:

MDE: Spotlight on Assessment and Accountability- November 12, 2015: Your source for important student assessment and accountability information.

Addams PBIS Updates

Addams Family Circles:

Please spend some time reviewing the information below regarding our PBIS program and our new Addams Family Circles! Our first two Family Circle meetings were a huge success!

PBIS November Newsletter:

October PBIS Agenda:

November PBIS Meeting: November 30th 3:40-4:10

Please see a PBIS Team member if you have questions or concerns to be added to our PBIS Agenda for November.

Addams Bucks Trade In:

We will be having our 3rd-5th grade Addams Bucks trade in every other Friday. The Bucks trade will take place in the Spanish room at the start of each lunch period. Please have students come down to Shannon's room with their Addams Bucks. We have prizes for 1 and 2 full bucks. Two students will be in charge of running the Bucks trade in.

Our next trade in will be this Friday, November 20th.

Addams FC #2

Haven/Erin's Law Update


This information will be shared with parents the first week of December:

When are the lessons:

December 17: Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th

How long are the lessons:

45-60 minutes. Teachers remain in the classroom during the entire presentation. (Parents asked about this at the information night.)


All sessions will occur in the specific teacher's classroom.


All questions/concerns should be sent to Keith Doody Email is best.

Material Review

If a parent wants to review material ahead of time, the materials are at the instruction office @ the board office. The parent should call ahead so the instruction office can accommodate them.

Information can be found at the following links:

Erin’s Law is named after childhood sexual assault survivor, author, speaker and activist Erin Merryn, who is the founder and President of Erin’s Law. Erin's Law was passed in Michigan in 2013.

Daisy Tells a Secret is a supplemental video shown during the Helping Kids, Help Themselves K-2 Lesson.

HAVEN is Oakland County’s only comprehensive program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, HAVEN provides shelter, counseling, advocacy and educational programming to nearly 30,000 people each year.

Presentation by Haven and the Royal Oak Health Advisory Committee to the Board of Education. Presentation begins at about 6:30 into the meeting.

Students that have been opted out will be working on an academic assignment related to their classwork. I will ask you for these but I imagine a reading assignment for upper el will work and lower el can advise me on what is best.

Tentative location: Main Office Conference Room

Addams Learners in Action

Addams Tech Tips

Google Help: Click on the link to sign up for some Google help from Mr. Youanes:

Color Code Email Labels:

Color Code Google Drive Folder:

Twitter @ Addams!

Follow the #AddamsLearners on Twitter and stay updated on the wonderful happenings at Addams Elementary! Also, check out the first page of this newsletter to follow some of our Addams Educators on Twitter.

If you decide to join Twitter at this point, please follow so we can follow back!

Click on the image to view more pictures from our #AddamsLearners!

Twitter for Teachers: A Quick Start Guide:

Follow these Addams Educators on Twitter: