Acton Weekly Update 11/8/19
Things to Know
Veterans Day Program: Please park in the cemetery.
Midterm Grading Window is open. Please post your grades by Monday.
Personal Days: If you are taking a personal day, you must request the personal day through Aesop atleast 3 days in advance.
Reminder: We do not grade D5 choice work.
Grades 3-5 Grade Level Meetings with Jen and Brook. IA's will be used to cover the classrooms.
1:45-3:35 5th Grade
1:45-3:35 4th Grade
Reynolds- Jennifer S
1:45-3:10 3rd Grade
Major Saver Fundraiser Information:
Collection Dates: Monday, November 18th – Monday, November 25th
· The Major Saver Card! Major Saver has added even more value to our $15 card by increasing the number of establishments to 21 Buy-One-Get-One Free offers.
· Our program is hassle free and does not impact instructional time. During the Collection process your staff will not have to do anything, WE DO ALL THE WORK! We collect the money, track the sales and distribute cards and prizes.
· Marketing Materials – WE NEED YOUR HELP!!
o We have a very limited time, 1 week, to raise your school the most money possible.
o Anything you can do to help advertise is greatly appreciated! A little effort goes a long way!
Post attached ad on social media (Facebook, Instagram, etc)
Parent Email Blast
Safe Schools Video on Dyslexia is a REQUIRED video for staff to view. We have a PD time scheduled to view if you want to use that time. If you'd prefer to watch it on your own, then you will have that PD time to work on your own.
Word Work Tip: Here is the link to Word Work Google Folder. Having trouble keeping kids on task with Word Work for a full 20 minutes? The recommendation from the creators of the program is to have students do Word Work for 10 minutes and then let them choose Read to Self or Work on Writing for the remainder of the time.
Q2C1 Posttest given by 11/15
Data entered by 11/18
Data discussed 11/20
Q2C2 Pre-assessment given 11/25
Data discussed 11/26
Guided Reading MOY Jan 6th-Jan 17th
Data Discussions: There are no written documentation expectations during data discussions. The expectation is that grade levels are holding quality conversations using their data to form groups, discuss interventions, and to work on mini-lessons, IRAs, and GR templates.
Please make sure we are leveling our students up when necessary. Please use the blue document that I shared to guide you as to where your students should be at this time of year. At the end of each chapter in the yellow book there is a MONITORING PROGRESS section that details how you know when your students are ready to graduate to the next GR level. Please use this useful resource.
Minutes have been slowly decreasing recently, especially in the upper grades. Please try to encourage and motivate your students to be filling in these logs and working hard to try and win the MMC for the week.
Brook and I will be working with 3rd -5th next week to discuss ILEARN and Airways information. and other pertinent items. Please bring your Chromebooks.
Have a great weekend! As usual, please let me know how I can help/support you!
Kindergarten and 1st grade friends hard at work and on task during Daily 5!
Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.
Brain Smart Start vs. Morning Meeting
I have heard from some teachers and from other schools that transitioning out of morning meeting and into the brain smart start has been a little difficult. This could be because you like the format of morning meeting or you see your students really respond well to that.
I looked at the components of a BSS and morning meeting and put them side by side and found a lot of crossover. I made this chart and put the components in the same color that I think represent the same idea.
I see the biggest difference being that there isn't that structured sharing time. Cheryl brought up the great idea of creating that share time at the end of the day or I have seen some teachers combine that with an activity to connect. I added a video of Simmons' class to the google drive where they do an activity where they greet, share, and connect.
I hope this helps!
9:30 Veterans Day Program
1:30 Dr. Stevenson Building Walkthrough
1:45 5th Grade Airways/ILEARN Planning Meeting
Teachers must post grades
Collaboration:PBIS/ Academic/CD Team Meetings
1:45 4th Grade Airways/ILEARN Planning Meeting
Collaboration: 4th grade Ozobot/ Everyone else is grade level focus/ CORE Team in the conference room.
1:45 3rd Grade Airways/ILEARN Planning Meeting
Grades shared with families via IC
Major Saver Kickoff
6:00 2nd Grade Music Program
11 Veteran’s Day Assembly
13 Field Trip forms due
13 Midterm grades post for parents
14 2nd grade music program
15 All Pro Dads
25 4th grade field trip
27-29 Thanksgiving break
2 Evac Drill
2 SPED Appreciation Day I
2-13 MOY AIRWays
5 PTO meetings
6 Cookies with Santa
9 Pro Act (BWB)
12 3rd grade winter program/Choir Concert
13 Pro Act (BWB)
16 -Jan 3 Teacher Window open
20 All Pro Dads
20 All School sing a long and winter parties
20 End of semester
23-1/6/19 Winter Break
FTCSC Hedgehog Focus
The Hedgehog Concept is based on an ancient Greek parable that states, "The fox knows many things, but the hedgehog knows one big thing." ... Hedgehogs, however, simplify the world and focus on a single, overarching vision, which they then achieve.