Monday Mumblings

January 4th, 2016

Happy New Year!

Welcome back from break. I hope your buckets are full from rest and time with family and friends. Together, let's make it a great 2016. As I begin the new year, I'm going to refer to this less/more chart. Join me!
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Thanks to Vickie for putting together an awesome holiday video! Thank you, Anne, for leading our sing along.

Thanks again to Rosemary and Erin V. for organizing the food drive which contributed to 26 packed boxes being delivered to Kuwait by Christmas. Difference makers at it again!

Google Drive Meeting

Certified teachers, please meet in the LRC today, Monday, January 4th, for a very brief meeting with Tarah Tesmer regarding Google Drive. The meeting will begin at 3:10 and will be about 15 minutes in length.

The following Gifted Information will be going home to parents this week...

Woodridge 68 uses a four step process for identification of gifted students which includes:

1) Nominations

2) Screening

3) Review

4) Placement

All students in grades 2 and 6 are automatically screened; parents of second and sixth graders will receive a letter with details in early January. For students in other grades to be screened, a student must be nominated by a teacher or parent. Nominations will open Monday, January 4, 2016. Completed nominations must be received in the school office or postmarked no later than Friday, January 29, 2016. No action is required for students who are already a part of the gifted program. Review and identification for gifted services will occur in May, and letters regarding placement will be mailed this summer.

Gifted program info & nomination form

Important Message for TA's (from Michele)

Now that we are (mostly) fully staffed, we are able to have Inclusion TA's join collaborations during the mid-day. The Google Doc, 2015-2016 Meadowview Mid-day, has been updated to reflect these collaborations. In two cases, 3rd and 5th, I had to add a mid-day collaboration to accommodate the number of TAs pulled from recess.

The google doc should be in your google drive, but here's a link in case you need it.

New Visitor Procedures

Beginning February 1, 2016, all District 68 schools will begin using the Raptor visitor management system to enhance our program of safety for students and staff. Part of keeping students and staff safe is knowing who is in our buildings at all times and the Raptor system will allow us to do that.

All visitors will need to present a government issued photo ID, which will be scanned into the Raptor system. Raptor then checks it against the Department of Justice’s national database which includes the registered sex offender list and court ordered custody restrictions. Once approved, a visitor badge is then printed with the visitor’s name, picture, date, time and where in the building they will be going. Upon departure from the building, visitors return to the office and are signed out electronically. This also gives us the ability to print lists of who is in the building in the case of a fire or other emergency.

Safety is our highest priority and the Raptor visitor management system provides a consistent way to aid in keeping away people who may present a danger to our schools.

Weather Procedures

If you receive any requests from parents to have their child stay in for recess because it's too cold, please refer them to our district's cold-weather policy (below).

The health, safety, and well-being of our students is our top priority, and cold winter temperatures require extra attention. Adjustments to recess and arrival routines may be required at the schools during these months.

Wind chill 0° or below (as indicated by the Weather Channel)

  • Although early arrival at school is discouraged, all children will be admitted into the building upon their arrival
  • Recess will be held indoors

If the wind chill temperature has not fallen to the level above, normal outdoor recess and arrival routines will be observed. Please be sure to send your student(s) to school with coats, hats, scarves, and boots as temperatures drop. Please also consider warmer clothing underneath outerwear to provide another warm layer. These cold weather procedures are also posted in the Parent Resources section of the district website.

Notes and Reminders

  • Begin 2016 with Significant 72 activities.
  • Many of you use "One Word" with your students. For those that want to start with the new year, here's the link.
  • Please bring your current School Wide binder to your PLC this week.
  • Mrs. McDermott accepted a babysitting job, so she will not be with us in the lunchroom. We are currently looking for her replacement.
  • Access testing will begin January 11th. Please see the schedule that was shared via Google Docs. Throughout Access testing, we will be asking for quiet hallways and no disruptions. I'll send another reminder when the testing begins.
  • Our second session of after-school clubs will begin Tuesday, January 19th. We will offer an invitation-only intervention club, math club, drama club, and a brain game club. Thank you to our facilitators - Zohaib, Rebekah, Michele and Lisa, and Lydia. Details will be outlined on the permission slips.

General Reminders:

  • Ongoing communication with parents is critical. Please keep parents in the loop regarding their child's progress. (The second quarter ends January 22nd. Ensure there will be no surprises for parents on the second quarter report card.)
  • Lesson plans are due each Monday.
  • Post standards-based, student-friendly learning targets for each subject area.
  • Ensure you are conferring with students and offering small-group instruction/guided reading as necessary in reading and writing respectively.
  • Stay consistent with math fact practice. We cannot allow students to enter the next grade without learning grade-appropriate math facts.
  • If you have students using any computer-based reading or math programs, such as Lexia or Accelerated Math 2.0, you are required to review their weekly reports to ensure growth.

Coming Up...

For collaboration purposes, it's an A week.

Monday, January 4th

Paws Laws - See Schedule

Tuesday, January 5th

RtI Committee Meeting (Reg, Barb, and Michele out in PM)

Wednesday, January 6th

Teacher Evaluation Committee Meeting (Reg)

Thursday, January 7th

PTO Meeting, 6:30, LRC (SpEd teachers are representing)

Friday, January 8th

Enjoy the day!

Mark Your Calendar...

Monday, January 11-22 - Winter Benchmark Window

Monday, January 11 through February 12th - Access Testing Window

Monday, January 11th - School Board Meeting, 7:30, JJH

Tuesday, January 12th - Admin Meeting (Reg out in AM)

Monday, January 18th - No School MLK Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 19th - Monday Schedule

Tuesday, January 19th - After School Clubs Begin

Thursday, January 21st - Science Committee Meeting, PM

Friday, January 22nd - End of 2nd Quarter (Grades Due Feb. 3rd)

Friday, January 22nd - PTO Winter Dance, 6:30-8:30pm

Monday, January 25th - Monday Meeting, 3-4pm

Tuesday, January 26th - Grading Taskforce Meeting (Reg, Jen, and Katie out in PM)

Tuesday, January 26th - District Spelling Bee, 6:30pm, JJH

Friday, January 29th - Jitterbugs Assembly (9am for 4-6 and 10am for PreK-3)

Inspiring Education and Innovation

In partnership with family and community, Woodridge School District 68 provides a comprehensive educational foundation for all children in a safe, caring environment, preparing them to be productive, responsible, and successful members of society.

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