The Week Ahead Memo

State Road Elementary School

Monday, December 01, 2014

Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a wonderful, restful, and relaxing Thanksgiving Break! It's hard to believe that it's already December 1st... It feels like just a few weeks ago we had our Open House and were starting school.

Let's shoot for three great weeks of school before our next break! Keep the focus on kids, have fun, and smile every day! I am thankful for all of you!

Leo's Coney Island HOST Sign-Up Form

Help Needed this Thursday! The Sign-Up Sheet is in my office and we have several dates for "hosting" already filled up. I am hoping someone (or a grade level) would be willing to "Host" this Thursday, Dec. 4? I have my Admin Christmas Gathering this Thursday evening and won't be able to be at Leo's.

Events This Week!

Staff Luncheon

Our next Staff Luncheon is this Thursday, Dec. 4! It's great to see so many staff participating in this! Don't forget to bring the item you signed up for and enjoy a great lunch this Thursday!

Leo's Family Fun Night

Our next Leo's Family Night for State Road is this Thursday, Dec. 4 from 5-8pm. We are still looking for a host for this night, or just enjoy a nice meal out with your family!
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This Friday night is our next Tiger Leadership MOVIE NIGHT from 7-9pm in the Cafetorium! Please help remind your class of this event! I should know soon what the movie will be!

Staff Christmas Party!!!

Our Staff Christmas Party is THIS FRIDAY beginning at 6pm at Jackie's house! Thank you, once again, to the Piwowarski's for hosting!!! We hope to see everyone there!!!


I will be out of the building:

Monday morning to greet the MYP Evaluation Team at AGS

Monday afternoon for an Elementary Principals & Curriculum Meeting

Grade Fixes for the Year!

As a reminder, our “Grade Fixes” that we agreed to pilot for this school year are:

▫ Fix 1: Don’t include student behaviors in grades; include only achievement

▫ Fix 5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately

▫ Fix 6: Don’t include group scores in grades; use only individual achievement evidence

"Grading" SI Action Team Requests:

  • As a staff, we are going to focus on one fix per month
  • For the month of November, please read Fix #5: Don’t consider attendance in grade determination; report absences separately. Please read pp. 47-51 and provide your feedback to either Gabe or Callie. It is actually very easy reading and we do value your comments as we used them to lead our discussion.

    We will compile and share this feedback at our December team meeting and with the rest of the staff.

Observation / Evaluation Process Update

I plan to do more observations each day this week - I’d like to complete all 'first-observations' by Christmas break. The ‘Noticings’ and ‘Wonderings’ sections will only focus on two (2) Dimensions for Observation 1 (Purpose (P) and Classroom Environment & Culture (CEC)).

    • Observations - We will again conduct a minimum of 3 observations for the year (district continuity).
    • Observations Time - These will be 15-30 min of lesson scripting and another 15 minutes of coding.
    • I should be able to access or view your daily lesson plans with assigned standards.
    • A difference from last year is that all observations will be unannounced (law compliance and district continuity).
    • We will have a Dimension focus during observations (up to two dimensions). The dimension focus areas will be the areas that Noticing’s, Wonderings, and Analysis will be derived.
    • Evaluation learning series - We will offer several voluntary learning opportunities for staff to participate in. These opportunities are geared to develop deeper understanding of the framework, rubrics, vocabulary and other processes of 5D+ for those interested. Materials will be made available to all.

Culture of Learning

What's Happening Next Week?

  • Our next Staff Meeting is Tuesday, Dec. 9 beginning at 7:35am in the Media Center.
  • Santa's Workshop is Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 5-7pm in the Cafetorium
  • We have a PYP Leadership Team Meeting next Thursday, Dec. 11 beginning at 7:45am
  • Our next Hungry Howie's Fundraiser Night is Thursday, Dec. 11
  • Our Holiday Concerts will be Friday, Dec. 12. (Grades 1 & 4 @ 8:50am. Grades 2 & 3 @ 9:40am. Grades K & 5 @ 10:30am)
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  • Bee Happy Staff Christmas Breakfast is Tuesday, Dec. 16 beginning at 7:45am
  • School Improvement Team Meeting is Thursday, Dec. 18 beginning at 7:30am
  • The Troubadour's Assemblies are Thursday, Dec. 18 (K-2 @ 9:30am, 3-5 @ 10:15am)
  • Our Christmas Holiday Break is Dec. 22, 2014 - Jan. 2, 2015
  • School resumes on Monday, Jan. 5, 2015