Tiger Beat

Acton Weekly Update 8/30/19

Things to Know

Friday morning, Dr. Stevenson will be here for her September building walk-through. She and I will be trying to get into every room during your Literacy Block to see how your D5, mini-lessons and for some of you, who've already started your groups, we will enjoy seeing your progress already.

Acuity: The question was brought up about starting Acuity the same week as GR groups. We are still starting both. I suggest each grade (3-5) choose 1-2 morning to do the Acuity assessment and not normal Lit Block activities and an afternoon for the math. Please reserve the extra chromebook carts for the days/ times your grade level will be needing them.

Several of you have asked about watching the Conscious Discipline videos again. Below is the link, username, password and directions on how to get to the videos. Also, if you miss a morning when we are viewing the videos, you will need to watch it on your own.

Video #1 Introduction to Conscious Discipline

Username: brook.wessel-burke@ftcsc.org

Password: ActonTigers1

Click on Digital Resources

Midterm grading window open- Grades must be posted by September 2nd. You DO NOT have to have ELA midterm grades for the first quarter. We will communicate with parents that there will be no Reading/ELA midterm grades due to assessments and beginning of the year procedures.

Guided Reading Data Meetings Next week:

Next week Jen and I will meet with all grade level teachers in the conference room to look at your GR data and support you with grouping students. We'd also like to take this time to determine low skills for IA's to focus on with identified students so they can pull their resources and be ready to start working more intentionally the following week. Our schedule for meetings is below.

Teacher coverage will be provided by our wonderful instructional assistants. We may need to make adjustments based on availability.


8:45-10:45 K




1:45-3:35 5th





8:45-10:45 2nd




1:45-3:15 4th





8:45-10:45 1st




1:45-3:35 3rd




The Acton Link

Click here for a list of helpful school specific links.

PBIS Central

Click here for anything and everything Acton PBIS.

19/20 SOS Form

Print this off and fill it out or make a copy and send to Brook.

Coaches Corner

TGIF Acton Friends,

Below is a list of upcoming dates to keep in mind.

CFA Post-Assessment given by Aug. 30th

Daily 5 up and running by Aug. 30th

CFA Data Entered by Sept. 3rd

CFA Data Discussed on Sept. 4th

GR data entered into Scholastic by Sept. 6th

1st GR table up and running by Sept. 9th

All 3 GR tables up and running by Sept. 16th

Brook and I will meet with each grade level next week to help you group students and talk about IA expectations and schedules.

Tuesday morning you will have time to enter in your CFA data, and Wednesday morning we will use that time to discuss and collaborate using the data reports on our kiddos. Based on our data we will talk about what our students need during whole class lessons, mini lessons, IRAs, and the Guided Reading Victory table.

I anticipate that we will reach our first goal of 100,000 reading minutes next week! Brook and I will send out a schedule to let you know the Tiger Den schedule for each classroom.

Let me know if you need me cover your class so that you can work on running records. Just give me a skill, and I can create a mini lesson on that standard. I did this for a couple teachers this week, and we had a lot of fun!

After entering your data to Scholastic, you will have access to the Student Summary page. This is extremely helpful to get an overall picture of each individual student. The reports generated from Scholastic for each assessment are an invaluable resource to use when planning GR tables, mini lessons, IRAs and whole group lessons.

Go to SCHOLASTIC.COM/NSFRESOURCES Password: results for templates, videos, and resources)

As usual, come see me with any questions or concerns and have a great weekend!

19/20 Collaboration Schedule

Tuesday and Wednesday PD Schedules. This may change and will be updated throughout the year.

Counselor Corner


Conscious Discipline

Points from this weeks video that stood out to me:

  • "Countries that support free play have better academic gains than countries that do not support free play"
  • Q.T.I.P. (Quit Taking It Personally) and O.O.P.S. (practice self control)
  • I love the questions on page 20. They really helped me understand what skills students might be missing when they are exhibiting common behaviors.
  • Finding ways to connect the left and right hemisphere of the brain and not just focusing on the left!
  • I heard some people ask on Tuesday where to get the songs Becky Bailey uses. I have most of the brain smart start songs in the "Acton Conscious Discipline Files" on google drive. If they are not on YouTube, they are on an album that me or another counselor has purchased.

Camp Care-A-Lot

  • I have started to create lists of students who will be in Camp Care-A-Lot with me during lunch.
  • If you have a student in your class that you think would benefit from this time (anxiety, difficulty with self-regulation, lack of friends, stuff going on at home) please email me ASAP.
  • I want to get these groups started sooner rather than later!

Coming Up

Bullying/ Friendship Lessons In the Library with Mrs. Cordes


Labor Day- No School


Collaboration: Entering CFA data

Brook @Ctec AM

K&5 GR Grouping Meetings

Miller SOS Meeting

Evacuation Drill


Collaboration: CFA Data Discussions

2&4 GR Grouping Meetings

Midterms posted for parents

EDM Refresher Course- Voluntary 4:00-Ctec


Gilkerson SOS

Instructional Coach/ Principal's Meetings

PTO Meeting


Elliott SOS

1&3 GR Grouping Meetings

DR. Stevenson Building Walkthroughs


2 Labor Day

3 Evac Drill

4 Midterm grades SARAH posts for parents

5 PTO Meeting

5 Girls on the Run starts (Tues/Thurs)

6 Choir starts (Fridays)

9-20 BOY AIRWays

9-Oct 4 Skating PE

16 IA appreciation day

20 All Pro Dads

20 Team A Thon

23-24 Body Safety

30-10/23 Teacher Grading Window open

FTCSC Hedgehog Focus

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