Ms. Mac's Memos

Week of October 15th

Mission & Vision

Park Street Mission:

We Learn. We Grow. We Thrive.

Park Street Vision:

Our vision is to provide a collaborative foundation for successful learning and living through:

P- Positive Experiences

S- Supporting all students

E- Engaging with the community and creating

S- Students of excellence

Week at a Glance


  • Attendance panel


  • MCAA visits 2nd grade candidates
  • PLCs


  • CPK walks (nothing you need to do, just letting you know)


  • CPK walks (nothing you need to do, just letting you know)
  • K/1 Phonics Cycle 3 assessment


  • Super Specials (2nd & 5th)
  • K/1 Phonics Cycle 3 assessment
  • Parent University in Media Center 8:30-9:30am

Progress toward our goals...

Part of our school Vision statement says we will "...provide a collaborative foundation for successful learning and living through:

P- Positive Experiences

S- Supporting all students

E- Engaging with the community and creating

S- Students of excellence"

I can see many of these things occurring in classrooms daily. Our goal this year is to get to a place within our PLC teams where we are collaborating, supporting ALL students, and through this, we create students of excellence. The more you continue to work together as teams to develop strategies and support one another, the easier it will be for us to create a level of consistency in teaching practices, high- quality instruction, and a raised level of expectations. As I said during our staff meeting, I am truly proud of all the great work you are doing and how much you have accomplished! Way to go PSE!!!!

Challenge for the Month...

October is my favorite month and fall is my favorite season. While surfing Pintrest, I found this Fall Bucket List. The challenge for this week (throughout this month) will be to choose something to do for yourself (or with your family) from the Fall bucket list.
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Team Spotlight

This week we would like to spotlight STEM & 5th grade Science. Ms. Throop came to visit each of these classes and raved about what an incredible job our teachers were doing providing hands-on Science instruction. Great job STEM & 5th grade Science.



Coaches' Corner

Morning meetings are a school-wide practice that originated from the Responsive Classroom model, which is based on the idea that students' social-emotional growth is just as important as their academic growth. Symonds teachers adapt the Responsive Classroom model of a morning meeting to fit their classroom needs, using it to create a classroom culture where students feel safe, supported, and ready to learn.

Creating a Culture of Trust and Safety in Every Class

Ms. Noonan’s Morning Meeting:

TPT discussion cards

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Math Clarification and Tips...

Thank you all for the hard work you have being doing with Math. I love walking in rooms and seeing consistent conversations and dialogues regarding math. It is evident that teams are planning and collaborating with one another regarding math instruction. Remember, NO ONE is excepting you to be a Pearson Math expert. We just want to see you using the resource and trying the three steps.

Below are pictures of the district's recommendations and the Math Walks evaluation sheet they use during the walks. I want you to have this information so you are aware of what we look for during the Math Instruction Walks.

A few things to clarify:

· Solve & Share

    • Meant to be exposure to problem solving
    • This is not meant to be a mini-lesson
    • You do not need to teach through the Solve & Share
    • Should last between 10-15 minutes
    • It is okay to move on after 10-15 minutes even if students have not mastered the concept
    • Manipulatives are out and available
    • You can ask guiding question when needed

· Visual Learning

    • This is your "mini-lesson"
    • You can use the pauses from the video to probe students and teach through the steps with your learners
    • Model how to use manipulatives to solve the problem
      • The manipulatives that are needed for the unit are listed in the Teacher’s Edition (TE)

· Quick checks

    • Meant to be quick data to give you an understanding of where your students are
    • You can use the quick check data to form your groups for that day or for the following day.
      • For instance, after the students complete the quick check you can quickly group your learners by got it, somewhat have it, missing the boat (or something like that)
      • Pull the students that struggled with that concept into a group with you to begin clarifying misconceptions and work through the problem together
      • You can also use the tip from the video “My Favorite No” to help the students with the problem during small groups

· Small group/ independent practice

    • I think I freaked you all out about the "worksheets" talk at the beginning of the year. Sorry :(
    • It is perfectly fine for you to utilize the practice pages in the Pearson books to provide independent practice and small group activities to your students
    • Use the quick check data as a tool for what to work on in small groups
    • Feel free to work through a Pearson page as a guided practice activity with your students that are struggling with mastery
    • You have autonomy to develop math activities for your scholars (yes, our students are scholars-I will no longer refer to them as our babies or kiddos) during small group and independent practice time
    • Make sure the small group/independent practice activities you create check the boxes below:
      1. They are standards based
      2. They are providing enrichment, remediation, or focus on a targeted skill deficit
      3. They are data based (iReady, Peasron, Common Formative Assessment (CFA)
      4. Can be a Pearson workbook page, iReady lesson, Math-In-Practice activity, or a Pearson recommended activity
      5. If you are having students do an activity on a sheet protector, have some way for them to show you their answers/work (this will help them be accountable for their learning) ie. math journals
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No Tricks...just treats

We love our Spooktackular staff! We will have Halloween treats for you on October 31st in the front office conference room.


We are moving in the right direction with our sub groups! Below are pictures of the CCRPI flags from 2018 compared to 2019. We have moved a lot of red flags to yellow or green. Great job team! Keep up the great work!!!
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Staff Shout Outs... (please submit shout-outs by Thursday at 3pm)

1. Ms. Kern, Mrs. Langdon and Mrs.Morton

Thank you SO much for taking a day or two to help me keep the garden watered during Fall break! Your willingness to help is not unnoticed and I genuinely appreciate you all! Many hugs!

2. Mrs. Turturro

Mrs. T is an outstanding teacher. I love being in her warm and inviting classroom, and her teaching skills are amazing! I have loved working with her this school year.

3. 5th PLC - Soto, Martin, Mosely, Olusegan, Hatheway, Bradley

Thank you for your patience and assistance!

4. Stephanie Sims

Thank you for always being so kind and helping me out!

5. Homecoming Committee

You all made Park Street proud. You" Roared" all the way. Thank you all! Go Park St. Panthers.

6. Nurse Nicole

Great job with the 3rd and 5th grade Hearing and Vision Screenings.

7. Dana Mo

Thank you so much for your assistance in keeping data on my students!

8. D. Tichenor

Thank you so much for sharing!!

9. Becca Kerns

You are an amazement. You always smile and make time for each situation thrown your way. You make people feel important. You are loved....and appreciated!!!!!!

10. Mrs. Dixon

You always have a smile on your face and kind words to say. You brighten my day each time I see you. You make a difference to the kids and the staff.

11. Mrs. Celedonio

Your students adore you, respect you and learn from you. You are gifted in your ability to modify daily plans for all levels of learners. Your students are blessed that they have your undivided attention and expertise. I am grateful for all you do to support our children each day.

12. Dana Mosley

Thank you for taking time out of your day to come and help 5th grade with getting ourselves prepared and fully-informed about the MTSS process. You're the best, Mo!

13. Lisa Cabrera

Thank you so much for all you do for our intensive babies in 5th grade. You work so, so hard! You are so appreciated!!!

14. Brian Katz

Mr. Katz, you make every day for your students a fun and adventurous day!

15. Kristi Hall and Christine Rodriguez

Thank you both for planning an exciting field trip to the Yahoo Farms. Our kiddos were so well behaved and enjoyed the pumpkin patch!

16. Nicole Renshaw

Thanks for creating meaningful activities for students during Super Specials.

17. Ms. V

Thank you for being #ALLIN all the time!