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Week of April 27, 2015

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Bullock Garden Updates

The team is in need of supplies for the 2nd & 3rd. This includes shovels & wheelbarrows (please label so we can give them back). We are also in need of water & snacks. If you are able to donate, please let Sonya know. See below for some import dates to remember as well.

  • 5/2 & 5/3: Bullock Garden Construction & Health Fair

  • 5/4: Garden Reveal Assembly (9:30 AM, Gymnasium)

  • 5/6: Learning through Gardening Teacher Training - This voluntary training session is open to anyone who would like to learn how to infuse garden education into our curriculum.

Lesson Plans Due

Monday, April 27th, 8:30am

Bullock School

3rd Grade PLC

Tuesday, April 28th, 2:45-3:45pm

Media Center

Debbie Diller Text

1st/2nd Grade PLC

Thursday, April 30th, 2:45-3:45pm

Media Center

Debbie Diller Presentations

Star Student Luncheon

Friday, May 1st, 11am-1pm


Bullock Garden Assembly

Friday, May 1st, 1:30pm


Wear Green and Jeans or dress like a Farmer!

Spring Chat & Chew

Friday, May 1st, 3-4pm

Rowan Starbucks

Bullock Children's Garden Construction Begins

Saturday, May 2nd, 7:30am-4:30pm

Bullock School

Saturday & Sunday (7:30-4:30)

The Curriculum Corner: The Standards for Mathematical Practice #6

Standard #6 (Attend with Precision) is designed to ensure that our students "talk the talk" as mathematicians, with our focus being on "clarity & simplicity in both speech and writing." As Mark et. al., state in their article, our outcome for this process is to have our students refine their understanding as they use & apply content area vocabulary. In order to achieve this we must use math vocabulary naturally & correctly; therefore making these terms a part of how we always talk. Click here to visit my Curriculum Corner article on Vocabulary Development for some bite-sized best practices that will help you to embed authentic & relevant vocabulary routines into your instruction.

Next week we will explore SMP #7: Look For & Make Use of Structure. Click on the link below to view the Heinemann article or stop by the Curriculum Corner at to review Standards 1-4. Feel free to share some ways your students show accuracy in calculation & clarity in communication via social media, email or in the footer of The Buzz!

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News & Notes

  • The BOE has adopted a new policy to address lunch accounts that are delinquent. Starting Monday, you will receive a list of students with negative balances along with a yellow ticket for each student. The student must give the ticket to the cafeteria staff when ordering and they will receive a bag lunch until the account is caught up.
  • Just a friendly Teachscape reminder: As we begin to calculate our summative scores, don't forget that each Domain has a specific weight. The breakdown is as follows: D1=20%; D2=30%; D3=30%; D4=20%. These are the same as last year.
  • We are currently in the process of reviewing student enrollment & placement...if you are interested in exploring a different grade level/position, let me know!

You're the Best...Quotes from the staff!

  • Stephanie for helping to organize another fantastic Science Fair!

  • Giant THANK YOU to Carol and Joan for always being so helpful! You are the cornerstones of our building!

  • Shout out to Gloria for always being there to help with my computers!

  • 3rd Grade teachers for always being there for each other!

  • Shout out to Simon, our cafeteria cook. Lunch is great – finally!

  • Thank you Garden Team for all your work!! All of this wouldn’t be happening without YOU!!!

  • Thank you, Anthony for all of your help and support with the garden!

  • Thank you, Bullock, for supporting the Bullock Children’s Garden! One week to go!

  • Pud…thank you, just because you’re the peanut butter to my jelly!

Schoolwide Events

  • 5/01: Spring Chat & Chew
  • 5/01: Garden Project & Filming (5/1-5/4)
  • 5/08: Monthly Collaboration Time
  • 5/11: PARCC-EOY Assessment (5/11-5/15)
  • 5/12: 1st/2nd Grade Team Meeting
  • 5/18: Benchmark Window Opens
  • 5/19: 3rd Grade Team Meeting
  • 5/21: PTO Meeting (6:30 PM)
  • 5/28: CAST Meetings (Paperwork DUE - 5/21)

Happy Birthday!

  • Joan Mannino - 4/29
  • Dorothy Nelson - 4/30
  • Bernadette Gennaoui - 5/2
  • Anna Antell - 5/2
  • Barbara Heck - 5/3
  • Missy Tees - 5/5
  • Aileen Castro - 5/6
  • Andrea Dalfonso - 5/7
  • Brian Johnson - 5/16
  • Beth Grygo - 5/20

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Weekly updates, reminders & bite-sized best practices for the faculty & staff of the Bullock School!