EL Newsletter

November 2020


Wishing you all a very relaxing and blessed Thanksgiving Day. Enjoy your time with your family. Be happy, safe and well. Warmest regards and hugs to all.

A Song for Thanksgiving

Things I'm Thankful For by Hap Palmer



There are many things I am thankful for

I can find them near and far

There are many things I am thankful for

Let me tell you what they are

I'm thankful for the earth

I'm thankful for the sea

I'm thankful for my friends

And I'm thankful to be me. Refrain:

I'm thankful for the sun

I'm thankful for each tree

I'm thankful for my home

And I'm thankful to be me. Refrain:

I'm thankful for my food

I'm thankful to be free

I'm thankful for the stars

And I'm thankful to be me. Refrain:

Past Thanksgiving Luncheons


The academic goal for Jefferson's EL students is for them to make a year over year increase of 1 proficiency level in the Speaking, and Writing Domains on the annual WIDA assessment.

Monthly CAN DO DESCRIPTORS for November


Listening - Acting out songs, chants, stories & poems with gestures.

Speaking - Describing attributes of familiar objects, people and places.

Reading - Acting out familiar rhymes from text read aloud or chanted.

Writing - Reproducing symbols, numbers, and illustrated words from models in context.


Listening - Matching key words or expressions in songs, chants, and poems to illustrations

Speaking - Participating in dialogue with peers on familiar topics.

Reading - Identifying repetitive words and phrases in texts.

Writing - Describing feelings or reactions to personal events or situations.


Listening - Making designs or models following oral directions and specifications (eg. maps, origami)

Speaking - Stating information from personal or school-related experiences.

Reading - Identifying temporal-related words that signal order of events (e.g., "In the beginning . . . ")

Writing - Expressing ideas in various genres (e.g., poetry, interactive journals)


Listening - Recognizing the language of related genres (e.g., news reports, historical accounts)

Speaking - Using technical and specific vocabulary when sharing content information.

Reading - Sequencing events in stories or content-related processes.

Writing - Creating narratives that connect personal experiences and content.

Essential STRATEGIES for Teaching ELs by Emily Kaplan, edutopia

1. Cultivate Relationships and Be Culturally Responsive - Successful classrooms are where students feel known, are appreciated and are comfortable taking emotional and intellectual risks.

2. Teach Language Skills Across the Curriculum - "Content classes give ELs a context to use language, not just learn it," Tan K Huynh.

3. Emphasize Productive Language - Using a Sentence Frame in a science class, for example, can enable a student to produce a hypothesis that may provide clues that empower ELs to sound and think like scientists.

4. Speak Slowly --- and Increase Your Wait Time - It allows time for ELs to translate, process their thinking, translate back to English and develop the courage to answer.

5. Differentiate ---and Use Multiple Modalities - Lessons that involve writing, speaking, drawing and listening give students opportunities to deepen their understanding of the work, and also provides a little breathing room so they can work through the language barrier.

shout outs!

To the Parents, who are doing so much during this pandemic to support their children and meeting the demands of doing school online. Thank you for adapting and persevering. We are so blessed to have you all.

To Principal Zakahi, who works diligently to make sure we can come back safely to our campus. You took care of all that was needed and more and we feel very safe here. Words can't express our thanks. You are a great leader.

Of course a great leader can't do it all, so we give a Shout Out to our Administrative Team, Office Team and ITech, EAs, Custodians & Volunteers. We appreciate all of your hard work and your countless contributions.

To our Cafeteria Team, who work hard to provide healthy and nutritious meals for our keiki to be nourished and have energy to persevere in their work everyday. Thank you so much.

To the Teachers, who shared their technology skills with those of us who struggled to adapt to meet the challenges of Online teaching and learning. Your kindness and support are heartfelt. Thank you so much for your love and care. We truly appreciate you all.