Anna Yates Elementary Newsletter

May Newsletter

CAASPP Testing Grades 3-5 Begins This Week

Dear Anna Yates Families,

Welcome back from our weeklong break! As all students in Grades 3-5 begin with State Testing (CAASPP) for English Language Arts and Math (Gr.5 will also participate in Science and Physical Fitness Tests), please help ensure their success by supporting and reinforcing the below.

Before the test, please support them in:

  • Getting enough sleep the night before
  • Eating Breakfast
  • Attending school daily and be on time (8:30 a.m.)

During the test, please remind them to:

  • Not rush; it is not a timed test
  • Read and reread the directions carefully
  • Draft and show their work before entering responses
  • Review your answers before moving on; they are unable to go back once an answer is submitted
  • Use their test taking strategies they have been practicing

Testing Begins:

  • Grade 5: April 24- May 19
  • Grade 3 and 4: May 2- May 12

Over the past few days I have been conferencing with each student to review their results from last year (or their iReady results for Grade 3) as they set goals for themselves so please ask you child what specific strategies they will follow through with so they are able to demonstrate their highest level of skills on the assessment.


Mrs. Burke

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We Had A Great Open House Turn Out, Thank You For Joining Us!

SSC Meeting: May 2

Please feel free to join us on Tuesday, May 2nd at 3:30 p.m. for our School Site Council (SSC) Meeting as we finalize Title 1 spending for the year.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 870 8507 0033

Passcode: 384745

Parent Meeting : May 3

We will be having a Parent Committee Meeting this month so that we can continue to brainstorm and collaborate on upcoming school events and initiatives including our upcoming Movie Night, promotions, and end of year events! We will have two meetings on February 8th and we hope to see you there and involve you in the planning!

We will meet in the school lobby:

May 3rd at 8:45 a.m.

May 3rd at 5:15 p.m.

Teacher Appreciation Week: May 8-12

The week of May 8-12 is Teacher Appreciation Week and I would love any and all support in celebrating and appreciating our teachers. We will create baskets for each teacher so some suggested ways to contribute if you chose to could be by adding gift cards, snacks, plants, relaxation items.

For anyone wanting to make a monetary donation, you are welcome to send the donation through cash app to $aymsstuco. Please state in the notes who it is from and what teacher is is going towards.

Grade 5 Overnight Camp: May 10-12

We will meet in the AY Lobby on May 10 at 7:30 a.m.; our bus will leave at 8:00 a.m. and we will not wait for anyone who is late so please ensure we are on time with all items assigned in the packing list including a backpack with a lunch for the first day.

Please review all documents so that we ensure we are all prepared for this amazing event:

Lion King Performance: May 19

Please join us Friday, May 19th for our student performance of the Lion King! Student Council will be also be selling refreshments so please come support our student actors!

Location: Emeryville Senior Center

4321 Salem St, Emeryville, CA
Doors open at 5:45pm, show starts at 6:30pm.

Movie Night: May 26

We will have a Family Movie Night (Indoors) on May 26th from 6-8 p.m. I will announce the movie in the next newsletter.

Please bring your blankets, pillow, pajamas and snacks and we hope to see you there in Building A!

No School: May 29

There will be NO SCHOOL May 29, 2023 in observance of Memorial Day. School will resume Tuesday, May 30th.

Grades 4 and 5: Swim Lessons

Students in grades 4 and 5 will have the opportunity to participate in week long swim lessons at the end of the month. Specific dates and times will depend on the class, further details and permission slips will go home this week.

April Attendance Updates: Students Need To Be At School

In the month of April, our current average attendance per class continues to be very low.

The following classes had the lowest classroom attendance: Ms. Miles (90%), Mr. Pippen (90%), Ms. Goldberg (89%), Ms. Fenimore (90%), and Mr. Smith (89%).

This is concerning and will impact student learning. We can only improve with your support so please be on time and present daily and if you have any questions, please check in with the office!

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