The Bulldog Buzz!

Week of September 19, 2016

What will your learn about the world by sharing your story?

Lesson Plans Due

Monday, Sep. 19th, 8:30am

Bullock School

PTO Meeting

Monday, Sep. 19th, 6:30-7:30pm

Media Center

New/Non-Tenured Teacher Academy

Tuesday, Sep. 20th, 3-4pm

Small Conference Room

DIBELS/Fall Testing DUE

Friday, Sep. 23rd, 2:30pm

Bullock School

This includes DIBELS, Star Math & F&P benchmarks for new students ONLY. These assessments will be utilized for SGO's.

CAST Meetings: Fall Follow-ups

Friday, Sep. 23rd, 8:30-10:30am

Small Conference Room

Check email for schedule.

The Curriculum Corner: CR-RTI...Time to Reflect

When we reflect on our instructional practices through the lens of RTI, it is important to remember that RTI is not a "program." In fact, I have often heard RTI simply referred to as a is an ever changing cycle that focuses on research and on the needs of our students. Throughout the Dwayne Williams text, he refers to five steps that are necessary to ensure the success of a CR-RTI model. Take a moment to review the graphic below, and consider where your classroom practices fall on this continuum. Certainly, we have increased our "awareness" over the past couple of years and are having deeper conversations about the culture of our students; however, Williams cautions us to be mindful of Step 2. As he states, we must move beyond the biases of our personal experiences and stay focused on the research that supports these engagement practices. Please share your thoughts on where we fall as a building via email, social media or in the footer of the Buzz...and if you would like to review Dwayne Williams' model click here for my Curriculum Corner summaries!
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News & Notes

  • Thank you for your flexibility this week as we adjusted our PM routines. We will be continuing with the procedures that have been established: buses will be called first followed by walker, wrap-around care.
  • An updated F&P/Lucy Calkins spreadsheet is attached to this week's email. Please utilize this form for our September data. If you have any questions, just let me know!
  • For those of you that are "tweeting" - Don't forget to use the 1st trimester hashtag! #OurStory
  • To the 3rd Grade Team: We will be administering our grade-level benchmark assessments at the end of the month...stay tuned for details!
  • The form to post standards/objects for QSAC along with directions are attached to this week's email. Please remember to post this form and keep them updated.
  • If you are interested in joining the Bullock Green Team (formerly Bullock Garden Team), please email Sonya. We have several new committees forming, as we work towards Sustainable Jersey Schools Certification.

  • If anyone is interested in attending the MakerFaire in NYC on Oct. 1st, please email Sonya. If you’re not familiar with MakerFaire, Google it. We’re introducing some aspects here at Bullock this year.

  • If anyone is interested in a Yarn-Bombing event in November, please email Sonya. The borough is going to participate, and we have been asked to participate.

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

  • Shout out to third grade team for supporting one another and making it fun!!!!
  • Thank you Deneen, Ronnie & Cindy for all you do each and every day. It is much appreciated!
  • Dory thanks for the laughs!!
  • Thanks to all the first grade teachers for taking care of me! ~Melanie
  • Thank you Marikay for your help with benchmarking my new students! You are the BEST!
  • Thanks for the Hallway Hugs Puddie!
  • Thanks, Marcy, for helping me adjust.
  • Thank you to all of the second grade team for helping me with my first 2nd grade back to school night!! Whether it was giving me advice or giving me hand-outs/activities to use! I appreciate it!!
  • Thanks Sandy for sharing your writing with me!!
  • Thank you Sandy and Kelly for going over Fundations with me!!
  • Thank you to all the third grade teachers for the help and support and to Mrs. Castro for helping me and sharing her supplies and looking out for me.

Schoolwide Events

Family/Community Events are in bold.

  • 09/06 - District Inservice
  • 09/07 - Building Inservice
  • 09/08 - 1st Day of School (early dismissal)
  • 09/12 - Bulldog Buddy Roleplays (9/12-9/16)
  • 09/14 - Back to School Night (6:00 PM)
  • 09/15 - Faculty Meeting
  • 09/16 - CAST Meetings (Fall Follow-ups)
  • 09/19 - PTO Meeting (6:30 PM; Bullock Library)
  • 09/23 - CAST Meetings (Fall Follow-ups) & Fall Data DUE

Happy Birthday!

  • Maureen Servis - 9/16
  • Debbie Fanfarillo - 9/18
  • Simone Marques - 9/13

The Curriculum Corner PLN

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