Joaquin Miller Elementary School

Staff Bulletin September 15, 2014

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Celebrate Success Together!

Back to School Night was lovely! Thank you for doing what you do so well, sharing your love of teaching and learning. Parents were thrilled to learn about what their child will learn over the year. Great bulletin boards up all around!

Week in Review - Important Dates to Know

9/15 Day 15 Count Completed

9/16 Tech Meeting at 7:00 PM

9/17 Math PD

9/17 SSC 5:30 PM

9/18 PTA Meeting 6:30 PM

9/18 Smith at Network 1 Operations Meeting 8-4 PM AND CSC MEETING 4-6PM

9/20 Open Hours with Principal Smith 3:15 PM

9/20 Smith at ACSA Region VI Oakland President Chapter Meeting 8:00 to 9:30 AM

Deliverables and Operations

  1. Stull Bill Objectives due to Ms. Smith by September 18. Conferences must be held and resolved by October 1. Please don't delay in meeting these deadlines.
  2. Eval Calander record sheet due to me by Wednesday, September 17. Please be aware that Ms. Smith is off site on the first and third Thursdays for District mandated meetings. Do not schedule evals on these days.
  3. Instructional Schedule and 3-day emergency lesson plans for subs are needed by Friday, September 19. We gave out sub folders for everyone to use, please use the folder to submit your lesson plans for the sub.

Thank you in advance for helping to pull things together.


We are finsihing up with sorting and filing all of the student reg forms. There is a grey box in the office with emergency cards in them. Each of you will have a class set of emergency forms. There is an email folder for every parent in the office. We will be inputing emails into Aeries over the next week.


The universal referral form is being used correctly so far. Thank you for making the effort. COST forms were placed in everyone's mail box with an explanation from Ms. Hoag on how to use them. SST referrals will come out of the Cost referral. Our SST days will be Tuesdays from 2:50 to 3:30 PM. Ms. Hoag is our SST Coordinator. We will begin SST's on the 23rd of September.

Update on Room 2

Good Afternoon Room 2 Joaquin Miller Families,


Thank you to all the families who attended the information meeting about the status of the classroom. Your feedback and suggestions were much appreciated.


In order to provide a better teaching and learning environment for Room 2 students, the district is moving forward with the process to identify another classroom.


Our next steps toward achieving this goal are as follows:

1. Re-examine the potential classroom spaces with a representative from the Facilities Department

2. Identify the new classroom space for Room 2 students

3. Determine timeline for the move and communicate updates and next steps to Room 2 families by Friday, September 19th.


Our goal is to arrive at a decision that minimizes impact to the overall school community while optimizing the learning environment for Room 2 students.


Should you have any further questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to communicate with me, directly. I will be working with my Network Superintendent, Kyla Johnson-Trammell, and Building and Grounds to address all concerns.


In partnership,


Paulette Smith

Principal of Joaquin Miller


Shamrock Office Solutions

We are considering moving to a new contract with Shamrock and cancelling our contract with Cannon. I met with a handful of teachers on Friday to talk about the differences and benefits of the move. Ms. Kramer has some of the information about the cost and product differences. If you would like to talk with me further about this, please come by on Friday during open office hours to discuss further. In a nutshell, costs will be reduced, better quality machines, machines would be networked so printing can happen from any computer, mobile phone or tablet from any location, staples are included, and there is scanning capabilities.