Paras, Pumpkins, a Parade and PLCs
Week of 10/15 at Montrose
I hope this crisp Autumn weekend found you smiling! Keep it going. Your smile is beautiful!
Staffing Updates from Central Office
It was a pleasure meeting you at this week's PTA meeting. In response to the concern that you expressed regarding the change in the number of paraprofessionals, please be advised that following a review of the assignment of paraprofessionals, Dr. Ficarra has made the determination to reinstate the past practice of assigning 2 paraprofessionals in each classroom for the duration of the school year.
We have all recently been in discussions about the very important work that paraprofessionals do in our school. As we know, these team members are instructional aides and more.
In order to support the collaborative atmosphere it takes to provide students our best, the practice of previewing lessons, discussing student needs and sharing instructional support methods with paras before and after student contact time will be in place in all classes this week. Permanent paras will be provided with copies of lesson plans, a folder and a notebook for these meetings. *The notebook must stay in school. This way, when teams are meeting to prepare and discuss, all team members are aware of the lessons, instructional strategies, and supports (academic, social and/or behavioral) and will probably have ideas and insights to share. This is also an opportunity to share the "why" behind many of the ways things are done with a particular student or based on the curriculum. All of these components are important for student development and team cohesiveness. #GOTEAM
Please submit any additional Pumpkin Patch money on Wednesday by 3:05. Use the same protocol as last Friday. Besides pumpkins and hay, what kinds of things do you want out there? Please leave a post it on the chart paper in my office by Wednesday's dismissal. I'm doing the shopping alone, so Amazon will be the way to go. I already have 70 pumpkins from Wightman's in my car!! If you would like to volunteer, just let me know by Wednesday's dismissal - on the same chart paper. I will not be offended!! Oh, and how is this Patch being set up? Hmmm.....
I have an idea about the "after parade": The children's belongings can be in the auditorium or gym already (depends on where you exit). We come in, get their bookbags and walk them back out to their grown-ups or buses at 2:00. We could have a movie on the screen just in case the parade ends a bit early and we need a few minutes to wind down. Please provide feedback by NEXT Tuesday. We won't need to meet if you leave me a post it (or 30), shoot me an email with a thumbs up or offer other suggestions. As long as it's good for kids and orderly for all - I'm in!
By Friday, please provide the names of any students not participating in the Halloween Parade. Indicate whether they will be in school or not. This will allow us to plan alternate activities, if necessary. If you are a staff member who is not participating in the parade please also let me know if you haven't already.
Ordering School Lunch
Per my email on September 7, lunch orders are to be submitted as follows:
- on Monday mornings, submit Monday's order only
- on Mondays after student dismissal, submit orders for Tuesday - Friday
Please update your class sheet to reflect any new students. ID numbers are in PowerSchool - Anna can show you where. Lunch orders will be faxed or emailed to Food Services on Monday and Tuesday mornings only. In the case of student absence, the office will make Food Services aware and adjustments will be made accordingly.
PLC Meeting (SOMSD Staff: Required, Delta-T Staff: Optional)
PLC meeting is this Tuesday. I have a competing engagement, so I won't be here after school. I'm not sure where you are in terms of having done PLCs before, so I'll set some guidelines:
1. Deciding on topics (What do you want to learn?)
2. How is this aligned with district/school goals? (a. Data-driven instruction, b. Intervention and Referral Services/Supports) *Think about your PDP and how it aligns here
3. Choosing groups (3-5ppl per PLC is ideal so everyone has a voice and a task)
4. Setting SMART goals (4 is reasonable)
5. What resources do you need? Who do you need access to?
6. Look at the Tuesday meeting calendar. Map out your PLC for the year. After this week, meetings will be 3:30-4:30 one Tuesday/month.
7. Create a Google doc for your PLC. Keep notes. Set norms. Hold yourselves accountable.
8. There will be an end of year share out on June 14. It will be in jigsaw format. Be sure to include handouts and technology to show what you have learned and how this learning can grow your colleagues
*Paras, if you'd like to be in a PLC (must be separate from SOMSD staff), please use #1, 3, 5 and 6 above as your guide. Email me with the information on the topic, group members and resources. I will meet with you to provide additional guidance.