November 12-15 ~ Week 12
The Having of Wonderful Ideas
Teach so as to build on children's curiosity about the world by creating learning situations that provide matter to think about, time to experiment, and time to make sense of what is observed.
Foster community where students' and adults' ideas are respected.
I read the above thoughts and it reminded me of all of you, our teachers at SEED.
THank you for a productive week!
TESTS, TESTS, & more TESTS! - ON GOING!
November & December
Science Writing Task (SWT) for grades 3-5:
October 21 through November 15th - Testing window. Test needs to be scanned by no later than December 6th.
11/13 & 11/20: SWT scoring, Math Scoring, & bubbling
Math Benchmark Assessment
K-5 Math 1, 11/4-15, Scan by 11/22
TK-ECERS 2, Closes 11/22
TK DRDP 1 - SR locked on 11/8, PA check in on 11/15
Science Writing Task for DL Calibration!
We would like to invite you to a Science Writing Task (SWT) professional offering Tuesday, December 3rd from 3:30-5:30.
. During this PD, teachers will have the opportunity to calibrate their students' SWT with other teachers from the cohort. We need representation from each site or we will not be able to calibrate as a cohort. There will be more details to follow soon, but please mark your calendars!
SBAC Practice Test - Have you tried to take the test?
Wonder what types of questions our 3rd through 5th graders will be exposed to with the SBAC? I invite you to check out this link, http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/ .
POSITIVE & WELCOMING ENVIRONMENT
Effective Tuesday, November 12th, the PBIS Cafeteria Chart will be in place. Classrooms will have assigned tables.
Coach K, Mr. Marcel, Paul, and Beatrice have checked in with all classrooms during lunch and will be hands-on in guiding and directing students to their assigned tables.
Students will sit in the table of the teacher that takes them to lunch; this will impact grades 2nd through 5th.
Teachers will not be responsible for monitoring the point system. We will, nevertheless report to you if a chat on cafeteria behavior is required with the your students.
We also invite you to talk to your students on the cafeteria expectations and that as a SEED student, we expect respect, collaboration, compassion, honesty, perseverance, and responsibility in every aspect of school life.
What are the 5 key areas that your class will get recognized for?
Eating Fruits & Vegetables: this is an easy tally; it is simply to encourage them to make better eating habits. We will NOT be strict on this item; it is more of a positive reinforcement.
Clean after yourself: All students are expected to pick up their plates, wrappers, food, etc. A clear table (& under the tables) will earn a tally per day.
Use Indoor Voice: Students tend to get very loud and in efforts to encourage students to not scream or get too loud, we will recognize them daily.
Respect Self & Others: During lunch time, we see students taking each other's food, not allowing others to sit next a particular person, taunting, throwing of food or wrappers, etc. We want to encourage students to respect each other and the cafeteria.
Staying Seated While Eating: We will encourage students to sit while they eat as we know this is a social norm. Furthermore, we expect students to leave their tables solely to throw their plate away or when they are dismissed.
I encourage you to give input on this process, but ask for your support in making this process a success.
What's up for this week?
November 12th - Beatrice @ MLA
Mentor Program Site Visit
State of the School Parent Meeting
We will hold an evening parent meeting to inform our families on the state of the school. During this meeting, we will discuss school budget, school academic, behavior, and attendance goals, Title I funds, and what they can do to support our efforts.
The meeting will start at 5:45 PM. You are welcome to attend.
November 14th- Beatrice out of Office
PBIS & Attendance Committee Meeting
3:00-3:40 PM: Student Review Board
3:40-4:30 PM: PBIS & Attendance
Dear Colleagues, we encourage you to take advantage of this support service provided by your peers. The first 40 minutes of our meeting will be allocated to discuss particular student needs. So far, we have two teachers that have signed up.
Team Members: Dr. Gooding, Maestro Pastrana, Ms. Hudson, and Beatrice
CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION
Here is a link for relaxation videos for children to use as a cool down (or a calm down). Also I have shared the Take 10 P.E. curriculum in google drive with you. Please let me know if you have questions or cannot access these materials.
XXII Convocatoria de Escribo en Español
Our Embassy and the Department of Education of California are pleased to announce the literary contest “Escribo en Español” for students of Spanish in California public schools.
The contest is for students enrolled in high, middle and elementary school Spanish courses and students in Two-Way Bilingual Immersion Programs.
Students will be writing on the topic “Una experiencia aterradora o divertida” (A terrifying or funny experience).
The contest rules and prizes are detailed in the attached brochures.
If you have any questions, please contact Josefa Salvador Hernández, at the Consulate General of Spain in San Francisco, by phone at 415-922-2038 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Agregaduría de Educación en Los Ángeles, California
Consulate General of Spain
Education Office in Los Ángeles, California
Peer-to-Peer Observation Tool (on-going)
If you need coverage to observe your peer, the following will support you:
TK-1st: Jennie Tunney (Tuesdays through Thursdays)
2nd-5th: Beatrice (except the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of each month)
The 2X2 Peer Observation Tool has been shared with you through Google Drive.
These are estimated time frames; please keep in mind we may have to be flexible about timing.
11:40 AM - 12:20 PM Mr. Reynoso
1:20 PM - 2:05 PM Mr. Zucker
8:45 AM - 9:30 AM Ms. Ana
9:30 AM - 10:00 AM Ms. Parchia
10:40 AM - 11:25 AM Ms. Ortiz
Some of you that have been contacted by Lorna for CPR Verification:
I am emailing you all because you have a student who has a severe allergy. Not all students have Epi-pens at school yet but I am working on that.
More information about severe allergies will be given at the next staff meeting but if you have any questions now I will be more than happy to answer them. As I mentioned to some of you, in order to administer an Epi-pen, you must be CPR certified. The California Department of Education requires that unlicensed school personnel who administer life saving medication to students be trained in Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR).
Please let me know if you plan to attend or if you have any other concerns or questions.
Lorna Kwok RN, PHN
Also if I am with a class and you want to request a book, look for a book or ask me a question try to refrain from that because I will not be able to serve you well. Soon, I will send you all a video I will make of how to use the library database. It will be a step by step tutorial. You can access the database from anywhere.
Congratulations to Ms. Ortiz for having the highest attendance for the 2nd attendance submission.
On October 30th, we held our first SART Meeting and the theme of our meeting was, "We cannot teach an empty chair." Parents had the opportunity to get in small groups and discuss the impact of attendance on their children. In addition, we were able to check in with them individually & find alternative options for support.
I believe that the combination of student recognition, parent accountability and support and your help has impacted our ADA percentage. Thank you!
Friday's Community Assembly
K: Ms. Udovic/Saleski & Ms. Elana
1st: Ms. Superfine & Ms. Hudson
2nd: Ms. Ms. Ortiz
3rd: Ms. Perrone
4th: Mr. Mayock
5th: Mr. Reynoso
Ms. Ortiz, we need two MCs, can you support the assembly with two students as MCs?
Ms. Perrone, can you support us with the greeting?
Mr. Mayock, we need your help with some poems. Can you help?
Mr. Reynoso, can you prepare a few students with some book reports?