September 26, 2022

 

Greetings Bolts,

Twenty-five items of note for this week:

• Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) Starts TUESDAY – The Sheldon Region Nutrition Services Food Manager never got back to me about an required procedures for starting the program, so I’m making up my own guidelines:

• Bags of raw fresh fruits or vegetables will be delivered to classrooms each morning in bags.
• Staff or students passing out fruits or vegetables should wash hands or wear gloves.
• Fruits or Vegetables should be served daily (not saved overnight)
• Leftovers may be sent home with students

And if there are any teachers willing to volunteer a 2-4 of your students for deliveries, let me know.

• Gaga Ball Pit Install TUESDAY – Facilites let me know they’re installing the Gaga Ball Pit this Tuesday. They’ll need to cone off part of hard play, but the rest of hard play will be open. They think it will take two days at the most and possibly just one.

The Gaga Ball Pit will be closed until I’ve had a chance to meet with Recess Supervisors (see the item a couple below) and all classes at your grade level have gone over the Gaga Ball Pit Rules.

• Optional Library Schedule Meeting, TUESDAY @2:45 – Downtown Library folks emailed the final word on the library schedule, which is classes will have library twice a week every other week and once a week for checkout on the off week. I’ll plan to hold an optional meeting on Tuesday after school for anyone who wants to help develop a schedule. I’m thinking we’ll do a rotation of K-2 goes twice a week for Week #1 and grades 3-5 go twice a week for Week #2 and then rotate, but I haven’t looked to see if that works yet, though if there are any go-getters out there who want to draft something ahead of time, that would be fabulous! Here’s a link to the current Library Schedule.

• Optional Shared Staff Goals Committee, WEDNESDAY @2:45 – This Tuesday (correction) Wednesday at 2:45 in the library is an optional meeting to develop shared building goals staff can cut-and-paste into TalentEd as your goals for the year if you choose. I drafted a few SEL Related SMART Goals to get the conversation going, but my thinking is to make goals for things we’re already doing, such as teaching Second Step, holding morning meetings, and such. See you Wednesday if you’d like to help!

On a related note, Here are some ODE Sample Goals for teachers and specialists at all grade levels if any staff want to use them.

• REPEAT: Back to School Night, THURSDAY – Back to School Night, is Thursday next week, 5:30-6:30. I’ve included in the Quick News that specialists (SPED, ELD, Music, PE, and Library) will also be available to meet with families. The schedule will be:

5:30-6:00, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
5:30-6:30, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Visits
5:30-6:00, Kinder Meetings
6:00-6:30, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
6:00-6:30, 4th & 5th Meetings
6:30 Back to School Night Ends

• Holt School Spirit Assembly, FRIDAY @8:15 – This Friday at 8:15 in the gym is the Monthly School Spirit Assembly. Add your name to the Hungry Hungry Hippos Sign-Up Sheet if you’d like to participate! Watch for details coming soon!

• Classified Meeting Friday @1:30 – This meeting was originally schedule for next week, but I wanted to meet sooner since we have the Gaga Ball Pit coming soon. I’m thinking we should have one supervisors assigned to Gaga Ball, one more for hard play (depending on how many kids are there), and one for soft play, but I want recess supervisor input on this since you’ll be the ones out there each day. I also want to go over the Gaga Ball Pit Rules to make sure we’re all on the same page and if there’s anything we want to change about the rules before we teach them to students.

• Friday PD: K-2 Fundations, 3-5 Wit & Wisdom – Linked here is the Elementary PD Doc for this Friday, which includes Zoom links and other info. Please note the time changed for K-2:

• Grades K-2, Fundations, 2:30-4:00
• Grades 3-5, Wit & Wisdom, 1:25-2:25

• October Staff Potluck, Oct. 3rd – Not this week, but next week is the first Monday of the month, which is when we celebrate that month’s birthdays with cake provided by Sunshine in the Staff Room. Staff are encouraged to bring an item to share if they wish potluck style. If you’d like to bring something, you can add your name to the Potluck Sign-Up Sheet.

• Professional Development Calendar – Related to the above, downtown is now using just one PD calendar to avoid another Friday PD debacle like last week. Linked here and on the Holt Staff Dashboard is the 2022-2023 District PD Calendar for Instructional Staff, which they continue to update, but at least they’re all working off of the same document.

• Leadership Plan Proposal – Linked here is the Proposed 22-23 Holt Leadership Plan. For comparison, last year’s allocations are included, but the only change was to reduce the Equity position to 2 days from 3.5 day and moving that to a new position for assemblies that are not the regular monthly assemblies, such as author visits or other performers. The thinking behind this is that although we all agree the equity position is important, we got pretty minimal support from the district TOSAs when we tried to get some things starts, so the amount of work for this position is still a bit unknown, and for the assembly position, the non-monthly assemblies are more involved since there dealing with finances, coordinating with PAHS, contracts, and working with the assembly folks. Let me know if anyone has other plans you’d like to propose and I can add them to the document. Here’s the remaining steps in our Leadership Plan process:

10/4 – Share plan(s) and discuss at Staff Meeting
10/5 – If needed, subcommittee meets to add/modify plans.
10/18 – Plans (w/out name) discussed and voted on.
10/19-10-22 – Staff sign-up to fill the leadership positions.
11/2 – Staff vote on plan with names attached.

• Classified Self Evaluation and Goals – I heard there’s some questions about the classified self-evaluation and goals, so I wanted to share that for the self evaluation when you score yourself between Ineffective, Area for Growth, Effective, or Exemplary, most people will be in the Area for Growth or Effective range. If you score yourself Exemplary, that’s an area you should be teaching others across the district. It’s also totally fine to mark ineffective if that’s where you think you are. For goals, I would say don’t make extra work for yourself and pick a goal you’re actually working on. So don’t feel obligated to commit to learning sign language or something big, but pick something you’re already doing, such as committing to attend Conscious Discipline PD or working on learning more kids names or working to keep your small group materials better organized. Essentially, make it a practical goal.

• Sub Plans and Notebooks – Germs is staring to work it’s way around the school, so make sure your Sub Plan Notebook (different from the Emergency Binder) is up to date. Notebooks should include the following:

• Class list
• Student Health Information
• Behavior Support Plans
• IEP and 504 Plan Accommodations
• Emergency generic sub plans with your schedule

There should be a notebook for this in every classroom, but if yours is missing, see Melanie or Sharon.

• Classroom Cleaning Every Other Day – Facilities has still not staffed our 2-hour night custodian, but Richie is still required to do electrostatic cleaning, which is cutting into his time for emptying garbages and sweeping classrooms. Facilities has given Jeremy an hour of overtime to clean classroom each day, so one day he is cleaning A & B wings and the next day cleaning C & D wings. If I remember right, A & B wing is being cleaned this Monday.

• No School Purchases Shipped to Your Home – If you place any online orders for school, DO NOT have them delivered to their home address. 4J Financial Services may potentially deny any reimbursements for purchases if they are shipped to your home instead of school.

• PAHS Printing Parent Volunteer – Holt parent Stephanie Gibson is resuming her role as the Holt Parent Production Assistant. Look for the Copy Order Mailbox in the main workroom for a Copies Form if you have any jobs. I’m not sure which day Stephanie is coming in, but I believe she’s planning to start this week. .

• Non-Essential Volunteers Allowed – Although I announced last week I was willing to go rogue on the above parent volunteer, Risk Management emailed principals later in the week that non-essential volunteers are now allowed. Volunteers still need to complete a background check and must also provide a proof of vaccination, though downtown is checking with legal counsel if that is still required.

• Seesaw Optional, but Great for Family Involvement – I think most teachers know this, but to just put it in writing, teachers are not required to use Seesaw. However, it’s a great way for to involve families and see what their kids are doing at school. You don’t necessarily have to do assignments on Seesaw, though you can, but having kids recording themselves reading something or taking a picture of their work and posting it for their parents to see if a pretty easy way for teachers to involve (and to ingratiate yourself to) parents. Linked here are a number of 4J Seesaw Resources if you’re new to the app or want to review the basics.

• EEF 2022-2023 Grant Applications DUE OCT. 7TH – Applications will due October 7th and EEF did not say anything about Site Council rank ordering grants, so just submit your proposal on the EEF 22-23 Grant Application. Below is a graphic od their funding priorities. Let me know if you have any questions or care to discuss grant ideas.

 

• Comp Time & Trade Time Tracking – HR is asking classified staff to use forms they created for Classified Compensatory Time (PDF or Word) and Classified Trade Time (PDF). Trade Time is what is used most of the time, but to clarify the difference between overtime, comp time, and trade time:

Overtime: When a classified staff member works in excess of 8 hours one day or 40 hours a within a week, they are paid 1.5 times their regular rate for the additional time.

Comp Time: When a classified staff member works in excess of 8 hours one day or 40 hours a within a week, they earn time at 1.5 times amount of time worked in excess that they must track on the Comps Time Form, which can be banked to use at a later date by mutual agreement with their supervisor.

Trade Time: When a classified staff member works in excess of their regularly scheduled time any day, they must track the time on the Trade Time Form, which can be banked to use at a later date by mutual agreement with their supervisor.

Note that staff must notify me prior to accumulating hours.

• BEST Coordinator Job Reposted – Downtown has been unable to hire a new BEST Coordinator for Holt (and for other schools) and are reposting the vacancy, which means our start date for BEST is currently on hold.

• Save Our Schools Opt Out Form – A heads up there’s a Save our Schools Opt-Out Form circulating online and in our community made by Heritage America. If you receive this form, simply thank the parent or guardian and let them know you’ll give it to your principal. The form cites OARs with a loose interpretation of them, but don’t engage in a discussion about the opt-out form or any actions you’ll take regarding the form. If you’re interested, here are Talking Points that were given to principals, though we too were told to not engage parents regarding the form if we get one.

• Red Cross Classroom Presentation – Red Cross is offering free classroom presentations on disaster preparedness for K-5 classrooms. If you’re interested, see the linked Email, Handouts, and Registration Link.

• Relationship Matter More Than Rules – An oldie, but a goodie from Edutopia. Community building in the classroom starts on day one. See this Edutopia Article for strategies to begin forging strong relationships.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

September 26 (M)
ELD/Speech/Counselor/Library Staff Room Duty
Pastini Fundraiser Continues (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)Fall Benchmarking Continues
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elem Principals Meeting (Ed Center)

September 27 (T)
Title Groups Start, 3rd – 5th
Happy Birthday to Me!
8:10, Allan Reading to Class
2:45-3:30, Optional Library Schedule Meeting (Library)

September 28 (W)
1:00-5:00, 4J Flu Shot Clinic (Ed Center)
2:45-3:15, Optional Building SMART Goals Meeting (Library)

September 29 (H)
2:45-3:30, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)
5:30-6:30, Back to School Night
• 5:30-6:00, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
• 5:30-6:00, Kinder Meetings
• 5:30-6:30, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Visits
• 6:00-6:30, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
• 6:00-6:30, 4th & 5th Meetings
• 6:30 Back to School Night Ends

September 30 (F)
8:15, School Spirit Assembly (Gym)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD, 3-5 Wit & Wisdom (Zoom)
2:30-4:00, Friday PD, Geodes (Zoom)
UPDATED! 4:00, Friday @4:00 (Public House)

October 3 (M)
SPED Staff Room Duty
School Custodian’s Day (ALL)
Pastini Fundraiser Continues (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)
Fall Benchmarking Continues
10:40-12:40, Staff Potluck Luncheon (Staff Room)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elem Principals Meeting (Ed Center)

October 4 (T)
Title Starts, 1st – 2nd
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

October 5 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day

October 6 (H)
9:00-9:30, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00, PAHS Holt Bolt Planning Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 7 (F)
10:00, Fire Drill
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Staff Choice (Zoom)

Go, Bolts!

Allan

September 19, 2022

Howdy Holt Bolts,

Okay, I’m getting my announcements down to a reasonable length this week.

Sixteen items of note for this week:

• Optional Shared Staff Goals Committee, WEDNESDAY @2:45 – This Tuesday at 2:45 in the library is an optional meeting to develop shared building goals staff can cut-and-paste into TalentEd as your goals for the year if you choose. I got permission to make the SMART Goals less data driven and more soft if we want to make them more SEL focused, which is a focus of our school improvement plan. See you Wednesday if you’d like to help draft some goals.

• NEW TIME: Fire Drill, FRIDAY @10:00 – I messed up on the time last week, so the new time will be 10:00 this Friday, which is our shorter day for recesses and will be in the five minutes in between 4th and 3rd grade recess. 4th grade can pick their kids up regular recess lines and after the drill 3rd grade can go straight to recess.

I have this on the Staff Meeting agenda this Tuesday to make sure everyone is on the same page, but see Holt Staff Handbook for complete details on Fire Drill Procedures, but highlights are:

• Students and staff clear the building, following the Evacuation Routes.
• Teachers should take their Emergency Binders (let me know if you do not have one).
• Classes walk single file to their marked spot at soft play/playground (see map).
• Students at specialists (PE, Music, Title, ELD, SPED, etc.) return to their homeroom teacher for attendance
• Teachers take attendance and raise their green card once all children are accounted for.
• Notify the admin or designee or of any missing/additional children in your line by raising the red card.
• Admin or designee running the drill will announce the all-clear when classes may return to the building.

Since this is our first drill of the year, it is fine for teachers let students know when it is happening and to do pre-teaching before the drill happens.

I was also told that A and B wing spots in the past were swapped, since A wing gets to the playground first and B wings second, which makes sense.

 

 

• Friday PD: 4J Policy Memo & Checklist Due Oct. 30 – This Friday’s PD is “Building Based,” so instead of meeting, staff can use this time to review this year’s District Back-to-School Memo. Section 1 is the portion staff are required to review and return to me a singed Staff Orientation Checklist by Oct. 30th. Let me know if you have any questions regarding these policies. Copies of the checklist were put in staff mailboxes and extra copies are in the Staff Work Room.

• REPEAT: Back to Schoo Night (i.e. Curriculum Night) – Back to School Night, is Thursday next week, Sept. 29, 5:30-6:30. I’ve included in the Quick News that specialists (SPED, ELD, Music, PE, and Library) will also be available to meet with families. The schedule will be:

5:30-6:00, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
5:30-6:30, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Visits
5:30-6:30, Kinder Meetings
6:00-6:30, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
6:00-6:30, 4th & 5th Meetings
6:30 Back to School Night Ends

• PAHS Updates – Our parent group met last week and items of note included planning for the Oct. 19th Holt Bolt (i.e. jog-a-thon). They mostly brainstormed ideas for prizes, so stay stay tuned for more info to come. They are also planning an in-person BINGO Night Oct. 27th at 6:00 in the cafeteria.

• Operation School Bell – Holt was given way more slots for Operation School Bell this year, where families receive vouchers for back to school clothing. Not on my blog, but attached in my email is a list of student already signed up. Let Felicia know if there are families not on the list who you think could use this program.

• Grab-and-Go Breakfasts in Cafeteria Only – Not by our choosing, but Nutrition Services is requiring us to only serve late students grab-and-go breakfasts out of the cafeteria, so please direct any hungry late students in that direction.

• Food at Recess (snack okay, not at lunch) – Kids are allowed to eat snack in their designated areas at recess, but at lunchtime are not allowed to eat at recess. Students need to finish eating in the cafeteria. Students can save any part of their lunch that is “shelf stable,” meaning it comes in a wrapper or is a whole fruit, but students are not allowed to eat these at lunch recess.

• Staff Room Cleaning & Freebies – I now have the Staff Room Duty Schedule added to the calendar, so take note when it’s your turn. On a related note, if you are leaving freebies in the staff room (supplies, curriculum, food, etc.) only leave it in there no more than a week. I’ll plan to clear out all items from last week this Wednesday. 

• Wit & Wisdom Name Tags Can’t Be Laminated – We figured out the Wit & Wisdom name tags have a film on them that melt and ruin them if you try to laminate them, so learn from your colleagues misfortune.

• High Holy Days – Schools should avoid scheduling major events, tests, or assessments of any kind during major religious holiday. I’ve added these dates to the staff calendar, but see the 4J Religious Holidays & Accommodations website for full details.

• No Large Attachments in Synergy Emails – The Technology Department is asking staff not to attach large files (I’m guessing they mean 500MB large videos and such) to email messages sent via Synergy, which is causing problems for the 4J Network. Instead, save the file to your Google Drive and then include a link to the document in your email.

• REPEAT: Leadership Survey, DUE MONDAY – Shared at the back-to-school Staff Meeting is the linked Leadership Plan Survey. This will be on the agenda for Tuesday Staff Meeting and filling out this form will help focus that discussion.

• REPEAT: TalentEd Goals and Self Assessment – All staff, both classified and licensed staff, need to complete the self assessment/reflection in TalentEd by October 1st. The optional shared staff goals will be more geared towards classroom teachers, but ODE posted Sample Goals for Teachers, all grades and specialties, that folks are also welcome to use.

• REPEAT: Principal Visits to Classrooms – Teachers, if you haven’t already, let me know a good 10-minute block of time I can come and visit sometime this month. Thank you!

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

September 19 (M)
5th Grade Staff Room Duty
International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Pastini Fundraiser Continues
Fall Benchmarking Continues
8:10, Allan Reading to Class
2:45, Optional Eli Pen Training (Library)
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom or Ed Center)

September 20 (T)
School IT Professional’s Day (Speech/ELD)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

September 21 (W)
2:45-3:15, Optional Building SMART Goals Meeting (Library)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

September 22 (H)
1:00-5:00, 4J Flu Shot Clinic (Ed Center)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00, PAHS Holt Bolt Planning Meeting (Cafeteria)

September 23 (F)
10:00, Fire Drill
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Building Based (4J Policy Review)

September 26 (M)
ELD/Speech/Counselor/Library Staff Room Duty
Pastini Fundraiser Begins (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)
Fall Benchmarking Continues
3:00-5:30, Allan to Elem Principals Meeting (Ed Center)

September 27 (T)
Title Groups Start, 3rd – 5th
Happy Birthday to Me!
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

September 28 (W)
1:00-5:00, 4J Flu Shot Clinic (Ed Center)

September 29 (H)
2:45-3:30, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)
5:30-6:30, Back to School Night
• 5:30-6:00, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
• 5:30-6:30, 1st, 2nd, 3rd Class Visits
• 5:30-6:30, Kinder Meetings
• 6:00-6:30, Free Pizza & Title 1 Presentation (cafeteria)
• 6:00-6:30, 4th & 5th Meetings
• 6:30 Back to School Night Ends

September 30 (F)
8:15, School Spirit Assembly (Gym)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD, 3-5 Social Studies / ELA (Zoom)
2:30-4:00, Friday PD, Geodes (Zoom)

FYI, three full weeks of school until our first 4-day week. ;)

Allan

 

 

September 12, 2022

Hi Everyone,

We survived our first week of school and now gird yourselves for our first full week of school!

Twenty-five items of note for this week:

• Assembly Photos? – If anyone snapped some photos of Friday’s Assembly, please send me your photos. I’d love to post some on our Holt social media.

• Back to School Night (i.e. Curriculum Night) – To better capture our hybrid Curriculum Night / Open House, I’m rebranding our event “Back to School Night.” I’ll send out the linked Back to School Night Flyer to families on Monday. Let me know if you have any suggestions for edits. I’ll include in the Quick News article that specialists (SPED, ELD, Music, PE, and Library) will also be available to meet with families. The schedule will be:

5:30-6:00 Back to School Night Begins
– Kindergarten meetings in classrooms begin
– 1st-3rd grade open house in classrooms (drop in)
– Free pizza & Title1 Annual Meeting in cafeteria:

6:00-6:30
– 4th/5th grade meetings in classrooms begin
– 1st-3rd grade open house in classrooms (drop in)
– Free pizza & Title1 Annual Meeting in cafeteria:

6:30 Back to School Night Ends

• Leadership Survey – Shared at the back-to-school Staff Meeting is the linked Leadership Plan Survey. This will be on the agenda for next week’s Staff Meeting and filling out this form will help focus that discussion.

• Morning Announcements, Monday @8:00 – I’ll start doing Monday morning announcements this week at 8:00. I’ll do them at this time each Monday until we have our usual student news crew in place. I’ll do a few short announcements and end with the Pledge of Allegiance.

• Friday PD, Curriculum – Downtown asked principals to share the following info with teachers:

Geodes PD for grades K-2 (for classroom teachers): Zoom session from 2:25-3:55. This training is a 90 minutes session that goes past the typical work day and teachers will be compensated for the additional and optional 30 minutes that they attend on both Fridays. Teachers will take their 1 hour of preparation time before the PD session.

Social Studies PD for grades 3-5 (classroom teachers): The social studies PD will ONLY run for 1 hour via Zoom, 1:25-2:25.

• Fire Drill, Thursday, Sept 22nd @12:50 – TIME UPDATED – No this week, but next week will be our first Fire Dill of the year, on Thursday, September 22nd at 12:55. Since this is our drill, it’s fine for teachers let students know about the drill ahead of time to do pre-teaching before it happens.

See the Holt Staff Handbook for complete details on Fire Drill Procedures, but highlights are:

• Students and staff clear the building, following the Evacuation Routes.
• Teachers should take their Emergency Binders (let me know if you do not have one).
• Classes walk single file to their marked spot at soft play/playground (see map).
• Students at specialists (PE, Music, Title, ELD, SPED, etc.) return to their homeroom teacher for attendance
• Teachers take attendance and raise their green card once all children are accounted for.
• Notify the admin or designee or of any missing/additional children in your line by raising the red card.
• Admin or designee running the drill will announce the all-clear when classes may return to the building.

On a related note, I’m planning on holding a “Safety Week” the week of Oct. 31st to review all the most common safety drills. Principals are still waiting to hear from downtown what they want us to present to staff on the I Love U Guys standard response protocols, which is replacing the ALICE Drills. I asked if principals could put together our own presentation if we were comfortable, but was told we had wait for downtown to create it.

• Voice Level in Hallways – Student voice levels in the hallway should be zero until you reach the fire doors near the cafeteria, where students should try to keep it to level 1 of volume.

• Classified Computer Access for Email – All staff should check their email at least once each workday. Mornings are the best time to check, since this is when last minute schedule changes get communicated due to unfilled sub jobs. If there are classified staff who’d like a laptop to check email, let me know and we can get you one. There is also a computer available in the office by the copier for staff to use.

• Air Quality Updates & Inside Recess– We had some bad air quality over the weekend and downtown emailed that schools are to do, using AirNow.gov as the official AQI measure.

AQI 150 or higher, keep outdoor activities to a minimum. Students may have recess outside, but activity should be limited—no high-exertion activities like running games.
AQI 200 or higher, all recesses and activities are done indoors.

• 4J Policy Review Highlights – Checklist Due Oct. 30 – Linked here is this year’s District Back-to-School Memo, which covers a variety of district rules, policies and guidelines. Section 1 is the portion that staff are required to review and return to me a singed Staff Orientation Checklist by Oct. 30th. I’ll dedicate the “Building Based” Friday PD on Sept. 23rd to giving staff time to review this on your own. I didn’t spot much that changed since the last 19-20 Policy Memo, but here are some highlights:

GIFTS – Staff cannot accept any gift or gifts with an aggregate value of $50 or more during any calendar year from any single source (person or entity).

REIMBURSEMENTS – Expenditures must be pre-approved, are limited to $250 per reimbursement, per month, and should be submitted and paid through Financial Services within 60 days of when the expenditure was incurred. Per IRS requirements, employee reimbursement requests that are submitted more than 60 days following the expenditure will be considered TAXABLE INCOME to the employee.

RACIAL HARASSMENT POLICY (NEW) – Adopted last spring, Board Policy ACC – Racial Harassment, sets the expectation that staff who have knowledge of racial harassment are responsible for taking action to stop the behavior and report it that day to the school admin. Examples of conduct prohibited by this policy, regardless of intent, include but are not limited to: racial slurs or epithets; unwelcome gestures or acts of physical aggression based on the person’s race or ethnicity; derogatory language about a person’s skincolor, accent, appearance or dress when linked to ethnicity or ancestry; statements or display of graffiti or printed material promoting racial stereotypes; offensive jokes or comments about a religious group when based on actual or perceived shared ancestry, ethnic characteristics or residency in a country with a distinct religious identity; display of symbols of hate; and verbal or nonverbal slights or insults which communicate hostile, derogatory or negative messages to persons based on their race or ethnicity. Students who violate this policy are subject to discipline as provided in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. Staff members who violate this policy, including by failing to stop or appropriately respond to a report of racial harassment, are subject to discipline.

SEXUAL HARASSMENT – In 2021, the district’s Sexual Harassment policy was revised to distinguish between harassment towards staff and harassment towards students. All incidents of sexual harassment are to be reported to the building administrator. Sexual harassment of students and employees is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.

ATTENDANCE – 4J expects reliable and timely attendance and timely leave notification by all employees. Be sure to review the linked Attendance Expectations and Notice Requirements document.

REPORTING CHILD ABUSE – All staff are mandatory reporters. If you become aware of abuse/neglect, you must notify the building administrator and also complete an Abuse Reporting Form (make a copy and don’t edit the original), which helps me track dates, concerns, and how many calls we’ve made for individual student. To make a report, you can call either:

Oregon Child Abuse Hotline, 1-855-503-7233 (SAFE)
Eugene Police Department Non-Emergency number, (541) 682-5111

GUEST SPEAKERS – Staff must ensure presenters and guest speakers adhere to the following guidelines:

• Information presented must be educational, not promotional.
• Presenters are prohibited from gathering personally identifying information from students.
• Information presented should be age appropriate and relevant to curriculum and classroom instruction.
• Information must be presented in a neutral and nondiscriminatory manner.
• District representatives (Holt staff arranging the presentation or guest speaker) have a responsibility for vetting and supervision of guest speakers and outside presenters. Building administrators have the authority to cancel or stop presentations deemed to be inappropriate.

WELLNESS POLICY – Key elements of the 4J Wellness Policy that may affect you include:

• Soda pop (including no-calorie varieties) will not be sold or distributed at school.
• Use of candy as a reward is strongly discouraged. Certain candies that are largely sugar with minimal nutritional value may not be given to students as a reward.
• Foods of minimal nutritional value that do not conform with the wellness policy (such as soda pop, most candy, candy-coated popcorn, water ices) may not be purchased with a district funs and cannot be reimbursed.

TRANSGENDER & GENDER NONCONFORMING STUDENTS – Students have the right to be addressed and referred to by a name and pronoun that corresponds with the student’s gender identity, consistently asserted by the student at school. Students have the right to keep their transgender status private. Students shall have access to a restroom that corresponds to the gender identity they consistently assert at school.

• Start of the Year Feedback – The first week of school seemed to generally go well, but can you think of anything that would have made it smoother? Let me know your thoughts so I can make note of them for next year. As of now feedback I’ve gotten is:

⁃ Rules Round-Up start time should be later on first day of school.
⁃ Looking up bus route info for new enrollments not on the list yet ahead of time.
⁃ And not really in our control, but I can give downtown the feedback staff should have more time for prep inservice week and to schedule most of the PD until after the school year has started.

• Hall Passes – We are using the pink Hall Pass / Office forms until they run out and have an updated one we’ll use. In the meantime, you can write “C” for Calming Room since it is not listed.

• Friends Riding on Buses – The Transportation Dept. shared with secretaries that they will again allow students from the same school to ride home from school with a friend IF THEY HAVE A NOTE FROM A PARENT/GUARDIAN. The procedure is that students should bring the note to the office (or office staff can write a note if parents call or email), where office staff will initial, stamp or in some way designate that you have seen the note and assessed that it is authentic. Students then show the note to the driver at the end of the day and they will allow the students to ride home together. If students come to the bus without some designation from the office, the driver will send them back to the office.

• CPR/AED/First Aid Training Update – I tried to grab the Oct. 14th PD day for the CPR/AED/First Aid Training, but they are unavailable that day. Instead, they are checking if they can break up the 5.5 hour training into two parts we can do after school or if they can do one long one starting right after school.

• TalentEd Goals and Self Assessment – All staff, both classified and licensed staff, need to complete the self assessment/reflection in TalentEd by October 1st. For licensed staff, I’ll hold an Optional Building SMART Goals Meeting next week on Wednesday, Sept. 21st.

• REPEAT: Principal Visits to Classrooms – Teachers, if you haven’t already, let me know a good 10-minute block of time I can come and visit sometime this month. Thank you!

• REPEAT: Team Sign-Ups – If you’d like to sign-up to be a member of one of our building teams, please add your name to the Team Sign-Up Sheet (2022-2023). Leadership Team (monthly), PBIS Team (monthly), IPBS/SEL Team (twice a month), and I added an Equity Team Meeting (monthly).

• REPEAT: Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline, THURSDAY – A reminder that you need to choose your insurance plan by September 15th or else you will lose your health insurance benefits for this year. See the linked 4J Open Enrollment 2022-23 Website for details.

• REPEAT: Holt Staff Fun Facts – If you haven’t already, be sure to fill out or update your info on the Holt Staff Fun Facts Spreadsheet.

• Human Resources FAQ – HR sent principals an HR FAQ at the start of the year and I wanted to highlight a couple points:

Unpaid Leave Days – If staff request unpaid leave days, either because you’ve run out or unable to use sick or personal leave days, they must request this time, in advance from Human Resources. HR will generally contact the supervisor (me) to discuss any potential hardship on the program, before approving the leave. To request unpaid leave, staff should go to the HR leave webpage: https://www.4j.lane.edu/hr/loa/

Employee Assistance Program (EAP) – All staff are eligible to use the EAP program through Uprise Health. EAP is a free and confidential service to staff and their dependents and provides a wide variety of benefits. To access services, call 866-750-1327 or go online to uprisehealth.com and use the access code: OEBB.

Employee Assistance Program Services include the following:

Counseling Services – 1 to 6 Visits
● Face-to-face counseling
● Counseling by phone
● No copays
● 24-hour crisis assistance

Work-Life Balance Resources
● Legal & Mediation
● Childcare, Adult & Eldercare Services
● Online Will Preparation
● Mediation Services
● Identity Theft
● Financial
● Home Ownership Program
● College Planning Program
● Free Resilience Webinars

• Enrollment Info – Holt is now officially one of the few school overenrolled. Not by a lot, but enough I can make more compelling of arguments with district admin about some of our class sizes and they can’t come back with “change your current configuration to fix it.” Here’s the district Enrollment as of 09/09/22.

• District Leadership Update – Downtown is adding another admin position and also reworking some of the positions. If you’re interested, see the linked email for details and the new district admin organizational chart.

• Sept. Library Connection Choice Board – Easy to miss in Amy Page’s monthly Library Connection is the Student Choice Board, which works great as an early finisher activity for students, particularly at older grades (K/1 would need more help), or can be that extra homework activity a parent might ask for. Check it out!

• Building Strong Foundations With Classroom Routines – Investing time early in the year to establish procedures and expectations lets teachers and students enjoy a classroom that runs more smoothly (almost!) every day. See the Edutopia Video below for some good tips and reminders.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

September 12 (M)
Pastini Fundraiser Begins (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)
Fall Benchmarking Window Opens
ELD Begins (Tier 3 Reading Time)
4:00-5:30, Allan to Equity PD (Ed Center)

September 13 (T)
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

September 14 (W)
Regular Day

September 15 (H)
Deadline for Open Enrollment (Insurance)
9:00, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Cafeteria)

September 16 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to MAPS Meeting
1:25-2:25, Friday PD, 3-5 – Social Studies (Zoom)
2:25-3:55, Friday PD, K-2 – Geodes (Zoom)

September 19 (M)
International Talk Like a Pirate Day!
Pastini Fundraiser Continues
Fall Benchmarking Continues
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom or Ed Center)

September 20 (T)
School IT Professional’s Day (Speech/ELD)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

September 21 (W)
2:45-3:15, Optional Building SMART Goals Meeting (Library)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

September 22 (H)
12:55, Fire Drill (UPDATED TIME)
1:00-5:00, 4J Flu Shot Clinic (Ed Center)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

September 23 (F)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Building Based (4J Policy Review)

Have a good week, everyone!

Allan

September 5, 2022

 

Hello Holt Staff,

It was great to have a building full of staff again!

After being bombarded with instructional PD the last two weeks, give yourself permission to have fun and connect with your students the coming weeks.

Thirty-nine items of note for this week (sorry it’s so many):

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Title 1 EA (Vicki Gotchall) – We’ve hired Vicki as our 6-hour Title 1 EA, filling the vacancy left by Robbie as he moved into his licensed librarian position. Vicki comes to us with over 20 years experience as an Educational Assistant, most recently working as a SPED EA in the Gilham CLC. For her start date, Gilham has several unfilled EA positions currently, so Vicki will not start at Holt right away.

• BEST Coordinator Vacancy – Aubrey Bulkey, our BEST Coordinator, has taken a job with the city, which leaves our position vacant. The coordinator job is a 6-hour position, so if you know anyone good out there, please tell them to apply. There’s a job posting currently up for multiple sites.

• Special Education EA Longterm Subs – Regular Holt sub Abby Parks is covering for Darrin while he is on leave through the end of November. Also, SSD has agreed (after a lot of hair-on-fire communications from the SPED Team and myself) to give us two 6.5 SPED EA subs through the end of the month, given the level of need of a number of incoming students, particularly at kindergarten. We have two excellent subs, Stephanie Saraz, who subbed a fair amount at Holt last year, and Leah Jaeger, who was an EA at Holt during summer school and who did a long term sub job last year in the Gilham Life Skills program.

• REPEAT: Tuesday Staff Meeting @8:30 – All teachers and EAs who administer easyCBM benchmark testing need to come to the cafeteria at 8:30 on Tuesday to review fall benchmarking protocols before we start testing Monday, Sept 12th. This is the only time available between now and then (Friday this week is protected). Gloria said she can cover things in 15 minutes. Following that, EAs will meet to review cafeteria routines, which are different for breakfast and lunch last year. After that we’ll have an optional meeting to draft a Curriculum Night/Open House plan to bring back to staff.

8:30-8:45, easyCBM Review (Gloria) & Others (Allan)
8:45-9:00, Cafeteria Routines Review (Kim)
9:00-9:15, Optional Curriculum Night Open House Planning (Allan)

• REPEAT: Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A, 9/6 @10:00 – I’ll be available Tuesday, 9/6 at 10:00 in the cafeteria to share some Holt nuts & bolts logistics, answer questions, and provide any assistance for new folks. I can get busy during inservice week, so I like to set aside a time when I’ll be available for new staff. You can also always text, call, or email.

• Optional Curriculum Night Planning – If you’d like to help plan this year’s Curriculum Night/Open House, please meet in the library on Tuesday at 9:00. Linked here is the 2019 Curriculum Night Flyer, which is the last time we held an in-person Curriculum Night.

• REPEAT: Meet Your Teacher, 9/6 @2:00 – In-person Meet Your Teacher is allowed this year and looking at past staff calendars, it was the Tuesday before the first day of school from 2:00-3:00, so that’s what I’m sending out to families. Upon a good suggestion from Jacque, I moved the Kona Ice start time to 2:30, which means families won’t get shave ice first and bring sticky messes into the building.

• Wear Your Holt Shirt WEDNESDAYS! – Wednesdays are our regular day each week to show school spirt for, so remember to wear a Holt shirt, gear, or purple & green this day each week. Go, Bolts!

• UPDATED TIME & MAP: Welcome Back Assembly Friday @8:00 @8:15 – Linked here is the Assembly Map and Directions for Friday’s Assembly. Take attendance and then head on down to the gym and sit along the wall in your grade level’s designated area. 

• Friday PD, Individual Educator Choice – This Friday’s PD time is “individual educator choice.” No district or building choice options are being put out and it’s intended to give teachers time to do whatever planning or prep you see fit. More details about future choice dates will be shared with principals mid-September.

• Friday Classified Meeting Cancelled – Unless any classified staff have something for the group to discuss, I’m planning to cancel Friday’s Classified Staff Meeting, but do let me know if you have something for the group.

• UPDATED EA Schedules – Now that we settled on Title groups four days a week, the 2022-2023 Master Schedule now has the finalized EA schedules.

• End of Day Supervision – This will be the same as last year, but for new staff and a reminder to Holt veterans, classroom teachers are to walk their non-bus riders outside to your grade level’s designated pick-up spot (see linked Dismissal Map). For bus riders, at least one staff member should walk each grade level group of bus riders down the hallway, though the cafeteria, and out to the buses. If buses are late, students are to wait under the covered play area.

• REPEAT: PBIS Rules Round-Up Schedule – Here are the revised times for the PBIS Rules Round-Up. Attached and below is a map of the stations. Classes will rotate in the station order listed below. Teachers should plan to come out early so we can start and end on time:

Wednesday @8:15
5-Minute Rotations (4 min. talk, 1 min. transition)
Classes starts at:

1. Structures (Harshbarger, Longoria)
2. Swings & General rules (Norton)
3. Hard Play, Boundaries  (Gori, Barton)
4. Four Square, Kickball, Wallball  (Zluticky)
5. Equipment, Lining Up, Restrooms (Dempsey, Rabourn)

Thursday @8:15
5-Minute Rotations (4 min. talk, 1 min. transition)
Classes start at:

1. Structures (Ball, Talley)
2. Swings & General rules (Benavides)
3. Hard Play, Boundaries  (Cobb, Reich)
4. Four Square, Kickball, Wallball  (Parks, Heinrich)
5. Equipment, Lining Up, Restrooms (Lovato, Ayres)

 

Wednesday 8:15 Thursday 8:15
1st grade
2nd grade
Harshbarger (no make up needed)
Longoria (make up music on Monday 9/12 at normal time)
4th grade
5th grade
Talley (make up PE on Monday 9/12 at normal time)
Ball (need to figure out a make up prep time – maybe the Monday 9/19??)
*Thank you for figuring this out, Lesli!

 

Here are the EA round-up assignments and linked here are the Playground & Recess Supervisor Guidelines.

1. Structures (Cheryl, Lisa G.)
2. Swings & General rules (Iris, Tasha)
3. Hard Play, Boundaries  (Levi Margaret)
4. Four Square, Kickball, Wallball  (Ashton, Tracy)
5. Equipment, Lining Up, Restrooms (Annie, Ben)

Let me know if you spot anything you think we should change. 

• Library Updates – I met with district admin and the two other schools participating in the Library Pilot last Friday and all schools will do the following:

• Check-out only for September . Starting in October, classes will visit the library twice a week. Amy Page, the district librarian, wants time to work with building librarians to create lesson plans, build scope and sequence, establish regular communication with learning communities, evaluating collections, etc.

• In October, classes will begin visiting the library twice a week: one day for check-out, and the other is a library learning day.

• Teachers will stay in the library with their class during their scheduled times. Downtown admin were clear this is not an extra prep. They did make an exception for large schools, in this case Howard, where Music and PE specialists are scheduled for 10 or more classes per day (8 classes per day is the recommendation, 9 is allowable, but 10 classes per day is not allowed). At those schools, library is one of the four guaranteed weekly 30-minute preps for classroom teachers and students have Music or PE only once a week.

• Scheduling Classes – For September, I’m assuming teachers would prefer to schedule Library on the one day of the week you do not have PE or Music, which works for one class in each time block. The SSHA (Science, Social Studies, Health, Art) time at the end of the day or during core reading time would also be good times to schedule a library slot. I’ll set a little time at Tuesday’s Staff Meeting to discuss how we want to build the twice a week Library schedule (a small committee, the scheduler, or a good old fashioned free-for-all [probably not that one]).

• Science Material Info – Elementary Science TOSA, Maggie Frassetto Cline, emailed principals to share the following information as you arrange and store your Science kits and materials:

• The Science kit and student book boxes should not be discarded. The boxes are where the materials are stored and we do not have replacements.

• If you have “extra” or “surplus” materials from past years still in your building, please reach out to Maggie. 4J is missing quite a few teacher manuals, materials, and parts of kits including entire boxes.

• Health, Science, ELA PD Links – Links to materials shared at the Math, Science, Health, and ELA PD the last two weeks are linked on the Holt Staff Dashboard. If I missed one, let me know and I’ll add it.

• District Mandatory Policy Review for all Staff – Linked here is this year’s District Back-to-School Memo, which covers a variety of district rules, policies and guidelines. Section 1 is the portion that staff are required to review. I didn’t get a chance to go over it this weekend, but I’ll plan to highlight any changes in next week’s announcements. 

• Staff Orientation Checklist DUE Oct. 31 – All staff must review the above policy memo and sign & return the Check List Acknowledgment Form to signify that you have read and understand the memo. Forms should be returned to me no later than Monday, October 31. I’ll place hard copies of the acknowledgement form in staff mailboxes this week. Looking over this year’s memo, downtown

• TalentEd Goals and Self Assessment – All staff, both classified and licensed staff, need to complete the self assessment/reflection in TalentEd by October 1st.

Regarding SMART Goals, all licensed staff need to have goals entered into TalentEd and signed-off by me by October 30th, but I’ll offer teachers an optional building goals you could cut-and-paste and adopt as your goals for the year. I got an okay from Mike Ingman, the new HR Licensed Admin, to do more SEL focused of goals, which would be a little softer on our data points than if we used easyCBM, OSAS, or other more formal of measures. I’ll hold an optional meeting to develop these goals on Wednesday, September 20th if anyone would like to join.

• Cafeteria Food Composting Video & Lesson for Students – Downtown emailed principals a link to the 2022/23 Love Food Not Waste for Schools Google Folder, which has resources teachers can use to show students to explain how composting in the cafeteria works and why we do it. There’s a ton of resources there, but the main one of interest is the 4J Cafeteria Waste Stations Slide Show, which contains is pretty much all you need to show show kids.

• No Morning Announcements This Week – I’ll hold off on doing morning announcements until Monday next week. I’ll do it the first few weeks until we have some some students ready to go.

• Classified Staff Sub Entry Reminder (don’t include 30-min. lunch) – HR created a Classified – As you know, classified staff 5-hours or more have 30 minute unpaid lunch breaks. If a 6.5 hour EA who works 7:30-2:30 entered those hours into absence management, the sub would get overpaid. Linked here is an Classified Absence Management Cheat Sheet on entering your default times. If default times are entered with the unpaid break noted (7:55-11:30 and 12:00-2:55) you can enter your absences without having to use a variation or enter AM/PM and the break time will automatically be deducted from the sub time. It will show 7 hours, but the sub paid time will be 6.5hours. Let me or Melanie know I you have any questions on this.

• Don’t Park by the Giant Weed Piles – 4J Facilities is picking up the massive piles of weeds on Tuesday and is also planning to use a blower to clean up afterwards, so don’t park anywhere near those piles on Tuesday.

• Student Rostered in Clever – Your class should be rostered in Clever, which means they should show up in all connected apps. If you don’t see your class or are missing students, put in a ticket to 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu or at the 4J Tech Help Desk (which will replace 4jdesktop later this year).

• Equity Team SEL & PBIS – After some feedback, I’m rolling the Monthly Equity Team Meeting into the bimonthly PBIS/SEL Meetings. I heard there was interest in joining the Equity Team for some, but they were understandably hesitant to commit to one more meet. I’ve updated the Team Sign-Up Spreadsheet accordingly.

• TSS Schedule – Rob Geerling, our excellent Technology Support Specialist (TSS), has set his schedule for this year, which has him at Holt Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday in the afternoons and Thursday & Friday in the mornings.

• Lamination – Please limit lamination to just a couple posters for now. We don’t have enough lamination to laminate everything in the new curriculum for the entire year, so for now please just laminate those piece your are using this month.

• Enrollment Update – Holt is closer to our projection than most elementary schools, so I’m feeling safe downtown won’t look to us if they need to fix large class sizes at other schools. When class sizes reach 30 is downtowns usual magic number when they will look to add a teacher. See the linked Enrollment as of 09/02/2022 doc for the latest district enrollment numbers.

• YMCA 2022-23 Youth Roster – Not on m blog, but attached is my announcements email is the YMCA Roster of students attend the YMCA after school program this year.

• REPEAT: Morning Arrival Supervision Assignments – Here’s the plan for where folks will be stationed for morning arrival. See the EA Schedule tab on the Master Schedule for your official arrival times, but most EAs on morning supervision will start in the cafeteria at 7:25. At 7:35 EAs responsible for supervising entrances listed below will transition to those locations: 

Cafeteria (Levi)
A Wing Doors – 5th Grade (Carol, Vicki)
B Wing Side Doors – 3rd & 4th Grade (Annie, Kelly)
C Wing Doors by Gym – 2nd Grade (Jackie, Lisa P.)
D Wing Doors – KG & 1st Grade (Cheryl, Wendy, Amber)
Crossing Guards (Darren’s Sub & Ben)
Buses (Lisa G.)

• UPDATED: Rainy Day Arrival Plan – I’ve updated the rainy day assignment to match the updated morning supervision assignments. Kids can be tough with a little drizzle, but if we get a downpour, we will use mostly the same rainy day plan as last year, except we’ll double up in the gym instead of using the cafeteria. Thie plan below would also apply to days with poor air quality, with the exception of moving the 5th graders into the gym:

Cafeteria – (Levi, Lisa G. after buses)
5th Grade – Covered Area (Carol, Vicki)
3rd and 4th Grade – Gym (Annie, Kelly)
     • Enter through gym doors on blacktop
2nd Grade – Library (Jackie, Lisa P.)
     • Enter through 2nd grade door and walks to library
     • Robbie in Library, Annie at door, Jackie at K-2 intersection
KG & 1st Grade – K-1 Hallway (Cheryl, Wendy, Amber)
*Outside – Kim, Allan, Darla directing traffic flow

AT BELL, all stations stay in area to avoid traffic jams. Use radios to coordinate release.

         • K-1 and 2nd graders in Library released first
         • 5th grade enters through A Wing exterior doors
         • 3rd & 4th released down main hall.

• K-5 iPad Classroom Inventory – Since iPads are staying at school this year, schools do not have to check out iPads to individual students in the Learn21 systems, but classroom teachers should still have your own system to know which iPad belongs to which students. And if you’re using stickers or tape, make sure they are removable and don’t leave a residue.

• Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program – Nutrition Services said the FFVP program will start in October. I’ll keep you posted as I get more info and we can start planning some of the logistics of delivery and returning containers to the kitchen.

• EEF Fun Run – Any runners on staff? A Holt parent has created a team sign-up for Holt families and staff who may be interesting in joining Holt Team for the EEF fun run at Alton Baker Park on October 23rd. I’ll add this to the Quick News, but Sign Up Here if you are interested.

• REPEAT: Principal Visits to Classrooms – I’d like to visit every classroom sometime during the first few weeks of school to greet students and introduce myself. I’ll read a favorite story to your class and chat with the kids a bit. Teachers, please let me know a good 10 minutes block of time I can come and visit sometime this month. Thank you!

• REPEAT: Team Sign-Ups – If you’d like to sign-up to be a member of one of our building teams, please add your name to the Team Sign-Up Sheet (2022-2023). Leadership Team (monthly), IPBS Team (monthly), and PBIS/SEL/Equity Team (twice a month).

• REPEAT: Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline, Sept. 15 – A reminder that you need to choose your insurance plan by September 15th or else you will lose your health insurance benefits for this year. See the linked 4J Open Enrollment 2022-23 Website for details.

 

• REPEAT: Holt Staff Fun Facts – If you haven’t already, be sure to fill out or update your info on the Holt Staff Fun Facts Spreadsheet.

• Morning Meeting Info (courtesy of Kim) – There are some consistent elements of “Morning Meetings.” They can provide a framework for your planning and provide the consistency needed to create a classroom community.

GROUNDING
• A grounding element brings student focus to the group. Examples:

⁃ Classroom phrase – “I am strong, I am kind, I am brave, I am smart, I am a good friend.”
⁃ A musical element while kids close their eyes and think of a particular topic. This is a great way to help students think of what they might want to share or discuss.
⁃ Yoga and stretching
⁃ Tibetian Singing Bowls allow students to “ring” the bowl as a commitment to the group. (My personal favorite)
⁃ A clapping routine – some classrooms add another step in their routine each week and by the end of the year, there is a 30+ step routine they have learned.

• For some teachers this element can initially feel a little awkward or a bit “touchy-feely,” but give it a few weeks to discover the benefits.

GREETING
• Students greet each other by name. You can combine the “grounding” with this activity too.
• Keep it fresh and change the greeting regularly so students don’t just quickly greet each other without intention

SHARING
• Have a sharing topic that is fun and allows students to share something about their lives.
• Point of caution here -topics need to be accessible to all students. So instead of asking – “Share where you traveled to this summer,” say “adventures can be found in things we have read, things we did by ourselves, or with our family. Share an adventure you had this summer.” Not all students can travel and not all students have parents that are active in their lives, s providing an extended definition of your question and then giving an example from your own life, allows students to participate.
• For students who struggle to “remember anything,” create a sharing topic with 2 or 3 options. Example: “Today we are going to share something that is special to you. You can talk about a “thing,” like a pet or stuffed animal, a person, or a time you remember that was really fun.”

GROUP ACTIVITY
• This is a fun activity that creates laughter. This activity can also have an academic element too. Either way, you want to create cohesion in the group. Examples:

⁃ Pictionary
⁃ Rhyming stories – start with a story topic and have students rhyme the next sentence
⁃ Counting game – partner up and have students alternate saying “1-2’3.” Then you add elements like “clap when you say 1,” or “high five when you say 2, etc”
⁃ What is in the box – have a funky feeling box where students try to guess by feeling what is inside

MORNING MESSAGE
• This is your time to present topics, typically SEL based. Students should still be interacting with the message, but this is the learning time.
• For September meetings, focusing on COMMUNITY is a great way to build your classroom community.

FINALLY…
• As a school, we have the power to create a school-wide community while we hold our morning meetings. Kim will send a link on Tuesday with suggested Morning Meeting elements, ideas, and topics for September. Use what you like or create your own. The new SEL committee will be assisting with these elements.
• These topics will also give us a common language to focus on each week as we help students through their day. For example, if COMMUNITY is the topic and two students are loud in the bathroom, you can reflect on how that impacts the community as a whole. (Age appropriate of course.)

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

September 5 (M)
Labor Day – No School

September 6 (T)
Collaborative Planning Time for Lang Arts Adoption
8:30-9:15, Staff Meeting (Cafeteria)
10:00-11:00, Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A (Cafeteria)
2:00-3:00, Meet Your Teacher
2:30-4:00, Kona Shave Ice Fundraiser (Hard Play)

September 7 (W)
Classes Begin – First Day of School
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

September 8 (H)
Regular Day

September 9 (F)
8:15-8:35, Welcome Back Assembly (Gym)
1:30-2:30, Friday PD – Individual Educator Choice

September 12 (M)
4:00-5:30, Allan to Equity PD (Ed Center)

September 13 (T)
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

September 14 (W)
Regular Day

September 15 (H)
Deadline for Open Enrollment (Insurance)

September 16 (F)
2:00-3:30, Friday PD – Curriculum, K-2 Only (Zoom)

September 19 (M)
International Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Let’s have a great week, everyone!

Allan

 

August 29, 2022

 

Hi Everyone,

It’s the week we get the gang back together!

One pro-tip for new folks accessing some of the links below. Make sure you are logged onto you 4J Google account (using your 4J email and password to log onto Google) and not your personal Gmail account. This often trips folks up.

Thirty-three items of note for this week (sorry there’s so many):

• Staffing Updates – Four staffing updates:

• Nurse (Eden Van Bloem, RN and Hailee Ritter, LPN) – Eden has worked with 4J in the past and we are happy to welcome her back as our RN. I’m also pleased to announce that Hailee, who was with us last year as our LPN, will continue to help support students here at Holt this year.

• Title 1 EA Interviews, Tuesday 9:45-11:15 – We’re holding interviews this Tuesday for our 6-hour Title EA if anyone would like to join me and Jenny. We need a classified rep on the committee, but if any licensed or classified staff would like to joint the committee, let me know and I’ll send you the interview materials.

• Title EA Vacancy and Hire – Lori Tingue, who was returning to her EA position after a temp teaching position at Gilham last year, has accepted a teaching position in Junction City. Earlier in the summer we conducted interviews for another 4-hour EA vacancy, where we had a strong pool of candidates, so I submitted to hire one of the candidates from that pool. Hopefully HR makes a job offer soon and this person can start later this week!

• Darrin Heffington Leave Extended – I learned late last week that Darrin is planning to extend his leave, so we’ll sadly have to wait a while longer for his return. He’s asked for privacy around why he is out, but is still hopeful he’ll be able to return this school year, so for now we’ll start the year with a substitute in his SPED EA position.

• New Staff Email, Calendar, Google Access? – I think I’ve given all our new folks access to the Staff Zimbra Calendar, the Staff Google Drive, and added folks to Staff Email Lists. Let me know if I’ve missed one of these for any of you or if there are other things, such as access to digital curriculum materials you need help accessing.

• Back to School Meeting Agenda – Linked here and on the Staff Google Drive is the Back to School Staff Meeting Agenda. Depending how much discussion we have on some of the business items, I’m hoping I can get folks out early. For some of the decision items, if there’s not an easy clear consensus, I’ll plan to table some of those items to discuss later. Following the all-school staff meeting, I’ll have a short Classified Staff Meeting to go over some supervision items. Let me know if you have any additional agenda items.

See you in the cafeteria at 8:00 for socializing and breakfast snacks, with the meeting starting promptly at 8:30. And free to roll down a comfy teacher chair if you’d rather not sit on a bench.

• Team Sign-Ups – If you’d like to sign-up to be a member of one of our building teams, please add your name to the Team Sign-Up Sheet (2022-2023). Leadership Team (monthly), PBIS Team (monthly), IPBS/SEL Team (twice a month), and I added an Equity Team Meeting (monthly). Teams can be big or small, so doing be bashful about adding your name.

• Inservice Week Updates – Downtown has made more changes to the Inservice Master Schedule Google Doc, but it’s now pretty much complete with Zoom links and most of the conflicts resolved.

• SPED EA Zoom PD Tuesday Morning – We have a staff welcome back gathering at 8:30 in the school garden and SPED EAs have a PD on Zoom that also starts at 8:30, but you all have my permission to show up 15 minutes late for the Zoom if you want to come join everyone in the garden for snacks and socializing.

• Restorative Justice PD, Tuesday, 8/30, OPTIONAL – Principals were told this PD is open to all staff, but is intended for classified staff who may be leading Restorative Circles, so staff should note it’s optional and not required, which is not stated on the above spreadsheet. See this email for details.

• PD Conflicts, Thursday 9/1 – SSD staff should note that Joel Lavin’s Email (telling staff on 9/1 to work in buildings) conflicts what’s on the spreadsheet (attending a Wit & Wisdom PD), but I’d say go with whichever you feel is more useful to you. There’s another conflict this day for Kindergarten teachers and EAs, but I’ve already connected with them.

• District Back-to-School Event Space Limited – If you missed it in the district email, the 4J Back-to-School Event on Thursday has limited space and seating only for 300 attendees. Attendance is optional, but if you do attend you may want to get their early or bring your own camp chair.

I’ve kept the Holt Staff Zimbra Calendar current with the document for classroom teacher and classified staff, but specialists should check the above linked spreadsheet for your meeting dates and times.

 

• EA Help this Week? – Title EAs have PD the same time as teachers Thursday afternoon and Friday morning, but will have other times they can help out where needed. Just fill out the linked Dynamo Assistance Spreadsheet if you can use any help and we’ll see if we can connect you with someone.

• Friday PD Time Change (5-min.) – When we have district led PD, the start time will now be 1:25-2:25 instead of 1:30-2:20. For consistency, I’m going to leave it the same for the monthly building led dates, but let me know if you think this is something we should discuss as a staff.

• Health Curriculum Delivered & Into Video Coming – Teachers may have noticed on Friday that The Great Body Shop Teacher’s Guides were delivered left with your Wit & Wisdom items outside classrooms. Also, you’ll soon start receiving a monthly “Student Issue” magazines each month. See the linked email for details. Downtown is also planning to send a short (15-20 minutes) voice-over slideshow that will introduce teacher to the GBS curriculum, which they want you to review before Thursday and Friday’s Health PD. Here’s a link to the GBS Slideshow w/out Voice-Over if you want to review it without that part. 

• DRAFT EA Schedules – The 2022-2023 Master Schedule now includes the EA Schedule, though it is still VERY much in draft form depending upon whether Title 1 groups are 4 or 5 days a week, which I’m hoping to decide at Wednesday’s Staff Meeting. If there’s not a clear consensus, we may table this decision when we have more time, since Title groups don’t start until later in September.

• REPEAT: 22-23 Master Schedule – Linked here is the 2022-2023 Master Schedule, which is also on the Holt Staff Dashboard.

• REPEAT: Who is A/B and C/D on the Schedule? – Grade level teams should let me know which classes will follow the A, B, C, or D schedules and I’ll add names to the Master Schedule and the PE/Music Schedule tab. GOLD STAR to 1st grade who let me know their times first!

• Principal Visits to Classrooms – I’d like to visit every classroom sometime during the first few weeks of school to greet students and introduce myself. I’ll read a favorite story to your class and chat with the kids a bit. Teachers, please let me know a good 10 minutes block of time I can come and visit sometime this month. Thank you!

• Classroom Newsletters to Allan – I’d like to have copies of classroom newsletters when teachers send or email them home to families (CCing me on your email is best). This helps me keep up to date on what’s happening or going to happen in classes when families ask and it also lets me know details of any class activities that I might be able to get local media to come out and cover. I love promoting our school!

• PAHS Meeting Updates – Three updates from the first meeting by our parent group, Parents at Holt School (better known as PAHS).

• Holt Bolt (Oct. 19) and Spring Carnival – Pre-COVID, PAHS was planning to swap the school carnival (Holtober Fest) and jog-a-thon (Holt Bolt), and are carrying through with those plans this year. The Holt Bolt will be Wednesday, October 19th. Times are TBA, but we’ll try to run it in morning similar to how we did it last spring. The date for the Spring Carnival is TBA.

• PAHS Budget – If you’re curious, linked here is the PAHS Budget. They did make one change to add $50 in classroom funds for new teacher. There was one other addition, but didnt’ write it down and it’s escaping me now, but it wasn’t anything major.

• PAHS Table at Meet Your Teacher – Parents will have a table out near Kona Ice to help recruit volunteers more family involvement. They’ll have some games for kids to play while they wait for Shave Ice. They’re also planning to have a table at Curriculum Night, once we settle on a date for that.

• Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program – I have an email to the Nutrition Services Department about when this program will start, but wanted to remind teachers that starting this year Holt gets to participate in the Federal Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program, where a raw fresh fruit or vegetable will be delivered to your classroom daily for kids to have as a snack. Stay tuned for more details once I get them, but I wanted to remind folks about this.

• Insurance Open Enrollment Deadline, Sept. 15 – A reminder that you need to choose your insurance plan by September 15th or else you will lose your health insurance benefits for this year. See the 4J Open Enrollment 2022-23 Website for details.

• Check Your Paycheck – 4J is currently transitioning their Finance Department budgeting and payroll systems to a new one, so there’s a possibility for errors on your paycheck, either under or overpaying. I got overpaid one year and had to pay back a bunch of money, which was not at all pleasant.

• 2022-2023 COVID Info for Families – Below is the district message to families on COVID protocols this year, which I’ll put out in the next Quick News:

We are pleased that COVID-19 cases are declining in Oregon; however, we must remain vigilant as the virus is still widespread throughout the state. Masking is optional. If your student tests positive, please call your student’s school to let the staff know. Students who test positive are required to isolate at home for at least 5 days before returning to school. To calculate the 5-day period, Day 1 is the first full day after the symptoms developed or the positive test result is received. Isolation may end after 5 days if the individual is fever free for 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medicine and other symptoms have improved. It’s recommended, but not required that individuals should wear a well-fitting mask around others at home and in public, including at school, for 5 additional days (Day 6-10) after the end of the required 5-day isolation period.

Brush Up on COVID-19 Protocols: Masks are optional—either way is OK! COVID-19 vaccines are readily available and encouraged, but not required. Washing hands with soap and water for 20 seconds regularly can keep you healthy and prevent the spread of germs. 4J will offer free rapid COVID testing onsite at all schools for students who develop symptoms. Parent consent is required and forms are available at all schools. coming-up: We are again partnering with the Oregon Health Authority and the University of Oregon to offer free weekly COVID-19 testing to all 4J students during the 2022–23 school year. Information on how to opt-in will be shared with families as soon the program reopens, sometime next week. Check with your school or the district website.

• Color Paper Shortage – 4J has more colored paper on order, but as of right now, the colored paper schools have is all the paper there is. Try to use white paper if you can and please don’t hoard colored paper like it’s toilet paper circa spring 2020.

• Large Print Orders to InstaPrint – If you are doing a large print order (i.e. a grade level class set), you’re encouraged to put in a print order through InstaPrint. Just complete the Print Work Order Form found in the main staff workroom and give that to Melanie.

• Field Trip Info – I shared earlier that field trips are once again allowed, but wanted to remind staff of the linked 4J Field Trip Approval Process. See the link for full details, but you need to submit a Field Trip Request Google Form to HR 30 days before a trip. Linked here is a PDF of the Google Form if you want to see what all info you need to collect before submitting a request. It’s fairly extensive, such as needing to include your volunteers (though HR said you can add that later closer to the field trip date). Also, due to the bus driver shortage, all bus field trips need to start after 8:30 and return to school by 1:15, so drivers can run their regular bus routes. This is a pretty onerous process and was new the year before the COVID shutdown, so I’ve put this on the Back to School Staff Meeting agenda if people have any questions. These links can also be found on the Holt Staff Dashboard and on the left column of my blog under District & State Links.

• 4J Tech Subscriptions – Linked here are the current 4J Technology Subscriptions. Sadly there is no BrainPOP or Mystery Science this year, but let me know if there are others you think we should consider purchasing as a building or looking to write some grants for.

• Pizza Parties (Not allowed, but…) – This rule isn’t new, but Nutrition Services is cracking down on Pizza Parties, which are not allowed at school because they compete with the school meal program. However, teachers are allowed to do a pizza part if you purchase pizza through the school kitchen. Staff are also allowed to have a pizza party if it happens after a grade level’s regular lunchtime. Check in with me or Deb if you’re planning a food related party to make sure it’s within guidelines.

• VISITOR vs VOLUNTEER Badges – When a non-4J employee signs in at the office, they should have a visitor or volunteer sticker, though at this point, we are not allowing visitors and are only allowing approved volunteers, so if you spot anyone with a “Visitor” sticker, send them back to the office.

• Medication Lock Boxes Available – 4J schools are receiving 5-6 medication lockboxes (they look like cash boxes) that are to hand out to a family that would like to securely store medication. See the linked email for details, which also contains information on obtaining free gun lockboxes as well. Let me, Darla, or Felicia if you know a family in need of one of these and we’ll get them connected.

• REPEAT: Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! Tuesday @8:30! – Join us for burritos, coffee, school supplies and socializing with school friends! Brought to Holt Staff by the amazing group at The Hope Project on Tuesday, August 30th at 3:30 in the School Garden!

 

• REPEAT: 2022-2023 Class Lists – Here’s the link to the 22-23 Class Lists that were created last spring, which are now all in Synergy. Please adjust this document as needed for any rebalancing of classes.

• REPEAT: Holt Staff Fun Facts – If you haven’t already, be sure to fill out or update your info on the Holt Staff Fun Facts Spreadsheet.

• REPEAT: Class List Email Friday Afternoon, Sept. 2nd – Teachers should plan on sending a welcome letter to families of all students in your class the afternoon of Friday, September 2nd. We can decide at our BTS staff meeting on a general time teachers will send the email, but you may want to start writing or updating your letter now.

• REPEAT: ArtSpark Artist in Residence Survey [LINKS FIXED] – Please fill out the linked Artist in Residence Survey to help start the conversation for when we make a decision at our Back-to-School Staff Meeting or which dates and artists we want. ALSO, I got a hot tip from another principal that Jen Hernandez’s Story Crafters & Comics was super good!

• District Admin Updates – See the linked email for details, but Jenna McCulley is the new Director of Communications, Matt Brown is the new Director of Finance, Lisa Fjordbeck is the new Department Operations Coordinator, and Steve Roberts is the new Warehouse Supervisor.

• Melissa & Lori Love Literacy Podcast (Wit & Wisdom Episode) – Candace found a podcast, Melissa & Lori Love Literacy, hosted by a couple teachers who talk about when their school district switched to Wit & Wisdom. Here’s a link to Episode 69 where they talk specifically about the rollout and the shifts they had to make in their teaching. I asked the trainer on Friday if she knew about this podcast and she gave it a thumbs up as good practical information. If you scroll through their episodes, there are several that involve Wit & Wisdom.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

August 29 (M)
8:00-4:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #2 (K-3 @Zoom, 4-5 @Cafeteria)

August 30 (T)
Protected Teacher Planning
Classified Staff Report Back
8:30, Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! (School Garden)
8:30-12:00, SPED EAs to SSD PD (Zoom)
2:30-3:30, Allan to IEP Meeting (Zoom)
9:45-11:45, Title 1 EA Interviews (TBA)

August 31 (W)
8:00-8:30, Breakfast Stacks & Socializing (Cafeteria)
8:30-12:00, Holt Back to School Meeting (Cafeteria)
4:30-7:00, Learn to Ride a Bike – Family Event (Ed Center)

September 1 (H)
7:30-8:30, 4J Staff Back-to-School Gathering Social Time (Churchill HS)
8:30-10:00, 4J Staff Back-To-School Gathering (Churchill HS)
1:00-3:30, EAs (Title, SPED, KG) Wit & Wisdom PD (Zoom TBA)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades K-2 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for Grades 3-5 (Zoom)
3:00-4:00, KG Teachers & EAs to Kidnerzone Meeting (Zoom)

September 2 (F)
9:00-12:00, Classified & Licensed Universal Design for Learning PD (SEHS Auditorium)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Library Planning Meeting (Chavez)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades 3-5 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for Grades K-2 (Zoom)

September 5 (M)
Labor Day – No School

September 6 (T)
Collaborative Planning Time for Lang Arts Adoption
8:00-10:00, Staff Meeting – If Needed
10:00-11:00, Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A (Cafeteria)
2:00-3:00, Meet Your Teacher
2:00-4:00, Kona Shave Ice Fundraiser (Hard Play)

September 7 (W)
Classes Begin – First Day of School
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

September 8 (H)
Regular Day

September 9 (F)
1:30-2:30, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
1:30-2:30, Friday PD – Individual Educator Choice

 

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Allan

 

FUN FACT! Leonard Skinner was a no-nonsense, flat-topped basketball coach who didn’t even like rock ‘n’ roll and often sent students to the principal’s office because their hair was too long.

 

August 22, 2022

 

Hello Holt Bolts,

Hope you all are enjoying your final week of the summer.

Twenty-five items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Head Custodian (Jeremy Rutledge) – Jeremy starts this Monday and comes to us from Awbrey Park where he was the lead custodian for the past seven years. I also learned that Jeremey graduated from Sheldon High School around the same time as Jackie. Small world! Please welcome Jeremey to TEAM HOLT!

• Librarian (Robbie Cortez) – I’m pleased to announce that Robbie, our current Library Assistant who happens to be a licensed teacher, was offered and accepted the position as our new licensed librarian. The school board intends to fund this position as a pilot for 5 years at Holt, Howard, and Chavez, so it’ll be great to have Robbie continue to be with us in the library!

• Title 1 EA, 6-hour (Job Posting) – Now that Robbie is in a licensed position, we are hiring to fill his classified hours, except instead of hiring for a library assistant, we’re hiring for a general education assistant position. The Job Posting is now up and closes Wednesday. I already know of three strong candidates who are applying who we interviewed previously this summer for other jobs, so I’m feeling confident we’ll find someone good!

• 22-23 Master Schedule – Linked here is the 2022-2023 Master Schedule and is also on the Holt Staff Dashboard. You may noice a new block at the end of the day labeled “SSHA” which stands for Science, Social Studies, Health, and Art, taking the place of last year’s Science/Social Studies/Art block. We took this from the 4J Content Minutes Schedule Guide I shared last year (which was just a guideline and not a requirement), but putting SSHA at the end of the day felt like a softer ending to the day for kids instead of Core Math or Reading. Grade level teams are, of course, free to shift time blocks around as you see fit, as long as they don’t move Title, SPED, or PE/Music pullout times.

We’re almost finished with the EA schedule, so watch for that soon.

• Who is A/B and C/D on the Schedule? – Grade level teams should let me know which classes will follow the A, B, C, or D schedules and I’ll add names to the Master Schedule and the PE/Music Schedule tab.

• Inservice Schedule – Downtown has made some updates to the Inservice Master Schedule Google Doc, but principals pointed out there are some overlaps on Thursday 9/1, so there will be some tweaks, but it is generally correct. The above linked doc also includes the PD schedule for licensed specialists (Counselors, Librarians, Music, PE, Title, SSD, and EL teachers) and a tab for classified staff (Gen Ed and SSD EAs). Zoom links and several of the in-person locations will be added later this week, so watch that doc for the official dates, times, locations, and links.

Classified staff should note you have district PD on Tuesday 8/30 (SSD EAs, 8:00-12:00), Thursday 9/1 (All EAs [KG, SSD, Title], 1:00-3:30, KG EAs 3:00-4:00) and Friday 9/1 (All EAs, 9:00-12:00).

I’ll keep the Holt Staff Zimbra Calendar current with what’s on the document. The dates/times at the bottom of this post are current as of Saturday night.

• K-5 Health Adoption – Downtown let principals know the K-5 Health Adoption Team selected The Great Body Shop as 4J’s new health curriculum to be implemented this year. Teacher Kits will arrive at schools soon for each classroom teacher.

Downtown is taking into account the new Language Arts implementation are planning a “soft start.” Instead of teaching all 10 units, they have identified 5 priority units for this year.

Downtown sent principals a GBS K-5 Introductory Slide Show that staff need to see before the 9/1 and 9/2 Health PD days. They suggested blocking out 20 minutes at our Back-to-School Staff Meetings, but since this doesn’t apply to all staff, I don’t want to take up meeting time and figure teachers can play it while you’re working in your classrooms. Downtown also shared with principals the linked K-5 Health Scope & Sequence if you want a preview of this info before the Health PD.

For more info is available on the 4J Elementary Health Website, including How-To videos to get started with The Great Body Shop, and more info will be added later.

• Holt Staff Fun Facts – Ashley has updated the Holt Staff Fun Facts Spreadsheet if new staff members can add your info or if there are other staff who want to update your info, such as what you want kids to call you (“Mr. Chinn”), your favorite coffee drink (almond milk hot chocolate extra hot), or your hobbies (Filmgoer, Video Games, Books, Comics, Bigfoot Enthusiast).

 

 

• Holt Staff Dashboard – I’ve updated the Holt Staff Dashboard for this school year, but also left prior year dashboards on separate tabs. For new folks, this is your one-stop-shop for the many links that get shared out by the district (Absence Management, Curriculum Links, District Phone Lists, etc.) and at the building level (Master Schedule, Class Lists, DHS Reporting Forms, etc.). Let me know if there’s any info you think we should add, change, or delete.

• Class List Email Friday Afternoon, Sept. 2nd – 4J is continuing the practice of emailing families class placement instead of posting class lists outside of the office (which did present privacy issues). Teachers should plan on sending a welcome letter to families of all students in your class the afternoon of Friday, September 2nd. We can decide at our BTS staff meeting on a general time teachers will send the email, but I’ll keep it vague with families, saying they will be emailed class placement info Friday afternoon.

• Friday PD Times – The Friday PD days this year that are not “Teacher Choice” or “Building Based” will be led by district TOSAs (on Zoom I’m guessing), which means the times are being dictated by downtown, but luckily the times they chose for early start schools is what we were already doing last year, 1:30-2:30, with prep happening 2:30-3:30. Downtown also told principals there will be more details coming regarding Staff Choice PD, which begins October 7 (September 9 is “Individual Educator Choice”), so I’m guessing there will be parameters around these days.

• Title 1 Groups 4 or 5 Days a Week? – Prior to last year, Holt has held Title 1 groups 4-days a week instead of the 5, where teachers kept their students on Fridays. This was brought up at the end of last year and I’m putting it on the back-to-school meeting agenda as a discussion item whether we want to go back to that or or keep it five days a week. We’ll make a final decision at the 9/16 Friday PD Day (I’ll steal some time away from the TOSAs). The rationale for this is to give Title 1 staff time to meet, to progress monitor, and to give classroom teachers a day for guest speakers, field trips, or bigger projects. Also, it doesn’t have to be the same for all of K-5, but it could be.

• Volunteers Need Admin Approval – I mentioned last week that we are continuing to limit visitors and volunteers, but also wanted to highlight that staff still need to notify me before your volunteer can start, so I can submit a Volunteer Screening Form to Risk Management before they start. Volunteers also have to complete the required 4J Volunteer Background Check before they start, which for now still includes a proof-of-vaccination requirement.

• Entered ALL Absences into Absence Management (even if you don’t need a sub) – 4J is in the process of revamping their system for staff to record absences, but for now all staff should continue to use Absence Management (formerly AESOP for us old timers) to enter all absences, including when you don’t need a sub or even if it’s just a few hours. If you cannot enter an absence by 6:00am for a sub, call, text, or email Allan and/or Melanie so we can get it entered.

• Back to School Family Newsletter – I’m going to finish the Holt Family Welcome Back Quick News later this Sunday and send it out Monday morning, but the link will be up on the Holt School Website before I email it if you want a preview.

• Second Step Digital Curriculum & Pacing Guide – Also on the Holt Staff Dashboard is a link Online Second Step curriculum materials along with the Second Step Pacing Guide for the year. If you’re not able to log on with your 4J email, let me know and I can resend an invite to connect you to Holt. Codes for your grade level will be in the front of your teacher guides, but let me know if you can’t find them and I can get you right codes.

• ALL Wit & Wisdom Material NOW Available – The missing K-2 Wit & Wisdom materials have arrived and everyone should now have a complete set waiting outside your classroom door. Let me know if you are missing anything. However, the module zero is still at the printshop, so that one is still coming (gold star to Candace for noticing that).

• REPEAT: Wit & Wisdom Online Access – All staff have digital access to Wit & Wisdom. Just visit the website and log on using the password: elafororegon

• REPEAT: Wit & Wisdom PD Notes – Katie Stiles, K-3 Literacy TOSA, had a few suggestions and notes regarding the PD on August 26th and 29th:

• Print Module #1 – It is available online, but she suggested printing the first model and bringing it to the PD.

• Review Student Text – She also said reading over the student text ahead of time will make staff feel more prepared.

• REPEAT: Report Back Dates, CLASSIFIED DATE CHANGE – Please note HR made a mistake on the Classified Work Year Calendar and you now report back one day later than what was originally on the calendar. Here are the report back dates:

• Licensed Staff – Friday, August 26
• Classified Staff – Tuesday, August 30 (196-day on 8/24)

• REPEAT: Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! Tuesday, 8/30 @8:30! – Join us for burritos, coffee, school supplies and socializing with school friends! Brought to Holt Staff by the amazing group at The Hope Project on Tuesday, August 30th at 3:30 in the School Garden!

 

• REPEAT: Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A, 9/6 @10:00 – I’ll be available Tuesday, 9/6 at 10:00 in the cafeteria to share some Holt nuts & bolts logistics, answer questions, and provide any assistance for new folks. I can get busy during inservice week, so I like to set aside a time when I’ll be available for new staff. You can also always text, call, or email.

• REPEAT: Meet Your Teacher, 9/6 @2:00 – In-person Meet Your Teacher is allowed this year and looking at past staff calendars, it was the Tuesday before the first day of school from 2:00-3:00, so that’s what I’m sending out to families. I’ve also scheduled Kona Ice to come at 3:00, so hopefully that’ll make it easier to chase families out of your classrooms when the event is over.

• REPEAT: 2022-2023 Class Lists – Here’s the link to the 22-23 Class Lists that were created last spring. As usual, there are quite a few new move-ins and move-outs, so some adjustments will need to be made.

• REPEAT: ArtSpark Artist in Residence Survey – Holt will get two Artist Residencies again this year funded by ArtSpark. I want to get your preferences early, so we can lock in an artist and date before the good ones are taken. Please fill out the linked Artist in Residence Survey to help start the conversation when we make a decision at our Back-to-School Staff Meeting. ALSO, I got a hot tip from another principal that Jen Hernandez’s Story Crafters & Comics was super good, making a kindness display across the school!

• REPEAT: Make Sure Your Voicemail is Set-Up – Ensure your 4J voicemail is set up and working. See the linked 4J Phone Voicemail Manual or this Quick Start Voice Mail User Guide for how to set it up. If you have questions, contact Rob, at 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu or call (541) 790-7777.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next two weeks:

August 23 (T)
8:00-3:30, New Teacher Welcome Event – Day #1 (ATA)

August 24 (W)
8:00-3:30, New Teacher Welcome Event – Day #2 (Churchill)

August 25 (H)
8:00-3:30, New Teacher Welcome Event – Day #3 (Zoom)

August 26 (F)
Licensed Staff Report Back
8:00-9:00, Time to Pick-Up Wit & Wisdom Materials
9:00-4:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #1 (Holt)

August 27 (SA)
9:00-12:00, Holt Work Day 2022 (Front of School)

August 29 (M)
8:00-3:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #2 (K-3 @Zoom, 4-5 @Holt)

August 30 (T)
Protected Teacher Planning
Classified Staff Report Back
8:00-12:00, SPED EAs to SSD PD (Location TBA)
8:30, Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! (School Garden)

August 31 (W)
8:00-8:30, Breakfast Stacks & Socializing (Cafeteria)
8:30-12:00, Holt Back to School Meeting (Cafeteria)
4:30-7:00, Learn to Ride a Bike – Family Event (Ed Center)

September 1 (H)
8:00-11:00, 4J Staff Back-To-School Gathering (TBA)
1:00-3:30, EAs (Title, SPED, KG) Wit & Wisdom PD (TBA)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades K-2 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for 3-5 (Zoom)
3:00-4:00, KG Teachers & EAs to Kidnerzone Meeting (TBA)

September 2 (F)
9:00-12:00, Classified & Licensed Universal Design for Learning PD (SEHS Auditorium)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades 3-5 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for K-2 (Zoom)

September 5 (M)
Labor Day – No School

September 6 (T)
Collaborative Planning Time for Lang Arts Adoption
8:00-10:00, Staff Meeting – If Needed
10:00-11:00, Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A (Cafeteria)
2:00-3:00, Meet Your Teacher
3:00-4:00, Kona Shave Ice Fundraiser (Hard Play)

September 7 (W)
Classes Begin – First Day of School
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

September 8 (H)
Regular Day

September 9 (F)
1:30-2:30, Friday PD – Individual Educator Choice

See you all soon!

Allan

 

August 16, 2022

Greetings Holt Staff,

I hope you’re all still enjoying your summer! Mine was rather short since I did summer school, but it was pretty quiet and much slower than the regular school year. My summer highlights were a few short trips to Yachats and Portland with the family. I only got one of my summer books read, but I highly recommend CHAOS: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties if that’s your sort of thing. The movie I most enjoyed over the summer was The Perks of Being a Wallflower, though the actual best films I watched were probably the 1959 Japanese film The Human Condition I: No Greater Love (I still need to watch part II and III of this 9-hour 3-film epic I borrowed from Ben) or the Alfred Hitchcock films I watched with my kids (Rear Window, Psycho, & The Birds). My favorite proud parent moment of the summer was my kids getting into Stranger Things on their own. My 5th grader, Josie, really got into Eddie Munson’s Big Heroic Scene in the final episode and would walk around the house singing Metallica’s Master of Puppets, which I found hilarious. But enough about my summer.

Feel free to read these announcements now or ignore them until closer to your report-back date, but I figured I’d send this info out now for folks wanting to know the plan for the year.

For folks new to Holt, my intention with my weekly staff announcements is to send just one email to all staff per week during the school year, usually Sunday morning, so as not to clutter up your inboxes. My hope is that staff read the announcements by the end of the day Tuesday each week (once school starts, that is). These sometimes get long, but I like to err on the side of over-communicating rather than under-communicating. I’d advise staff to read the bold heading for each bulleted item and you can decide from there if it applies to you or not.

On with the lengthy thirty-two announcements!

• Welcome 22-23 New Staff – Please welcome the following fabulous new staff members to TEAM HOLT!

• 2nd Grade Teachers (Michael Dempsey & Myah Rabourn) – Michael is an experienced teacher who’s taught since 2004, starting out teaching high needs primary grade students in the Bronx, New York to teaching at the Hong Kong International School and most recently teaching at the Ruamrudee International School in Thailand. Myah student taught last year with Ashley and later was a regular sub for us in the spring, but before that was an EA in Lebanon School District and ended her time in Lebanon teaching 3rd grade on an emergency license.

• 3rd Grade Teachers (Kendalynn Ball & Marissa Harshbarger) – Kendalynn student taught at Holt this past year in Liz’s classroom and also taught 2nd grade at summer school. Marissa student taught at Edgewood this past year in a 4/5 blended classroom and had prior experience as a SPED EA and also a Behavior EA in Springfield.

• Behavior EA (Levi Thompson) – Several of us got to work with Levi this summer at SEAL where he was the secretary and did a great job with kids and staff, but his day job last year was as a Behavior EA at South Eugene High School.

• Human Services Coordinator (Felicia LaCuesta) – Felicia comes to us from the Salem-Kaiser School District where she served in a similar role as the McKinney-Vento (homeless) Student Advocate for the past two years. Before that she worked as a Branch Director at the Boys and Girls Club. Also, if you’ve forgotten what this position is (since it’s a new one for us), it is something of a resource/wrap-around coordinator to help families in need get access community resources.

• Kinder EA (Amber Callier) – Amber comes to us from Howard where she was an Education Assistant in the CLC. Before that Amber was a special education EA from her home state of Georgia. Amber also lives right here in the Holt neighborhood!

• Lead Custodian (???) – We conducted interviews back in July and had a strong pool of candidates, but Facilities and HR are moving VERY slow. I’ve been told a job offer has been made, but am still waiting for an official announcement.

• Librarian (???) – We conducted pool interviews with Howard and Chavez last week and have selected a candidate for each of our schools, but are now waiting for HR to do their thing. Hope I’ll have something to announce by next week.

• School Nurse (???) – I’m told SSD has hired a nurse for us, but the person has not gone though the HR intake process yet, so hopefully I’ll have an announcement soon.

• Special Education Teachers (Emily Henson & Whitney Oliver) – Emily is our new full-time SPED teacher and comes to us from Utah where she’s taught in a self contained classroom at an autism charter school. Whitney will be our part-time SPED teacher, at Holt in the morning and Gilham in the afternoon. She’s an experienced teacher who was the CLC teacher at Chavez last year.

• Title 1 EAs (Carol Eichers & Lori Tingue) – We’re welcoming back two Holt Bolts, Carol and Lori. You may remember Carol from last school year when she took over as our COVID Utility EA for the last part of the year. Lori was with us two years ago, teaching with the Dynamos, and started with us last year before taking a temporary teaching position at Gilham.

I’ve also pleased to announce that Sped EA Darrin Heffington will be returning this fall. We’re thrilled to have you back, Darrin!

Below is a list of the classroom teaching assignments and linked here is a complete 2022-2023 Staff List. Also, the Holt Website Staff Directory has been updated. Let me know if I missed anyone.

KG: Katie Gulewich, Lesli Harmon, Robin Seno, Robin Vaughan
1st: Jacque Barton, Heidi Gori, Lisa Zluticy
2nd: Michael Dempsey, Jenna Norton, Myah Rabourn
3rd: Kendalynn Ball, Marissa Harshbarger, James Longoria, Desiree Talley
4th: Caitlin Benavides, Elizabeth Cobb, Ashley Reich
5th: Liz Ayres, Debbi Heinrich, Candace Lovato, Geoff Parks

We’re excited have all of you join our team!

• Updated School Map – Linked here is an Updated 22-23 Holt School Map of where folks are working this year. Let me know if you spot anything that looks wrong. This doc can also be found on the Staff Google Drive under MISC > Maps.

• Building Access & Sign-In – SEAL finished Monday and KITS finishes Thursday. Once your classroom is no longer being used, you’re welcome to come in if you’d like. Facilities is postponing our summer deep cleaning until winter break, partly due to Facilities staffing shortages and partly to allow staff wanting to come in early to do so. For now they’ll just do a quick summer cleaning.

If you do come in early and outside of regular work hours, be sure to remember to sign-in on the sign-in/sign-out sheet, which will ensure the building is armed if you’re the last one out.

• Report Back Dates, CLASSIFIED DATE CHANGE – Please note HR made a mistake on the Classified Work Year Calendar and you now report back one day later than what was originally on the calendar. Here are the report back dates:

• Elementary Secretaries – Monday, August 15
• Licensed Staff – Friday, August 26
• Classified Staff – Tuesday, August 30 (196-day on 8/24)

• Inservice Week Schedule – Linked here is a Draft Inservice Week Calendar downtown shared with principals, which has dates, times, and locations for teachers. It’s still in draft form because they need to confirm host schools can accommodate their plans (I just found out on Thursday Holt is hosting Sheldon Region elementary teachers the 26th and 29th). A final draft will be sent soon. Counselors, Librarians, Music, PE, and SSD licensed staff will have PD different from what’s on the Holt Staff Calendar, so see the above link and watch for additional information from your district admins.

Classified Staff are scheduled to have a district led PD the first day you report back on Tuesday, August 30th, but principals do not have any details on that yet.

For the one day on Inservice Week I’m in charge, I’ll try to keep things useful but succinct, so staff can maximize what little prep time you have (Candace gave me a gentle nudge over the summer and tagged me on the meme below).

I’ll add Zoom links, locations, and other details to the Staff Zimbra Calendar as I get them, but here’s the inservice week calendar as it currently stands:

August 23 (T)
New Teacher Welcome Event (Time & Location TBA)

August 24 (W)
New Teacher Welcome Event (Time & Location TBA)

August 25 (H)
New Teacher Welcome Event (Time & Location TBA)

August 26 (F)
8:00-9:00, Time to Pick-Up Wit & Wisdom Materials
9:00-4:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #1 (Holt)

August 29 (M)
8:00-3:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #2 (K-3 @Zoom, 4-5 @Holt)

August 30 (T)
Protected Teacher Planning
Classified Staff Report Back
Educational Assistant PD (Location & Time TBA)
8:30, Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! (School Garden)

August 31 (W)
8:00-12:00, Holt Back to School Meeting (Cafeteria)

September 1 (H)
7:30-10:00, 4J Back-To-School Gathering (Tentative)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades K-2 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for 3-5 (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, Kidnerzone Meeting (TBA)

September 2 (F)
9:00-12:00, Universal Design for Learning PD (SEHS)
1:00-4:00, Math for for K-2 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades 3-5 (Zoom)

September 5 (M)
Labor Day – No School

September 6 (T)
Collaborative Planning Time for Lang Arts Adoption
8:00-10:00, Staff Meeting (if needed)
10:00-11:00, Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A (Cafeteria)
2:00-3:00, Meet Your Teacher
3:00-4:00, Kona Shave Ice Fundraiser (Hard Play)

September 7 (W)
Classes Begin – First Day of School

• Wit & Wisdom Material Available – The new reading curriculum, Wit & Wisdom, has been delivered and classroom sets of materials are labeled and waiting outside each teachers’ classroom. However, K-2 still had a few items in Portland, so they’ll probably get delivered later this week. Also, downtown is having Unit Zero printed and bound for all teachers, but they are not done yet.

• Wit & Wisdom Online Access – All staff have digital access to Wit & Wisdom Online. Just visit the website and log on using the password: elafororegon

• Wit & Wisdom PD Notes – Katie Stiles, K-3 Literacy TOSA, had a few suggestions and notes regarding the PD on August 26th and 29th:

• Print Module #1 – It is available online, but she suggested printing the first model and bringing it to the PD.

• Review Student Text – She also said reading over the student text ahead of time will make staff feel more prepared.

• August 26th PD, In-Person – Friday, August 26th, all Sheldon Region elementary teachers grades K-5 will meet at Holt, 9:00-4:00. 8:00-9:00 is time for teachers to collect your teacher guide and other materials.

• August 29th PD, In-Person and Zoom – Monday, August 29th, K-3 will be on Zoom and grades 4-5 will be in-person at Holt, 8:00-3:00.

• Student Supplies (don’t help yourself just yet) – School supplies have started to be delivered, but teachers should hold off on gathering items. Office staff need to first take inventory to make sure we got everything we ordered and will let teachers know when we’re ready to distribute.

• Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! Tuesday, 8/30 @8:30! – Join us for burritos, coffee, school supplies and socializing with work friends! Brought to Holt Staff by the amazing group at The Hope Project on Tuesday, August 30th at 8:30 in the School Garden!

 

• Optional New Staff Member Orientation and Q&A, 9/6 @10:00 – I’ll be available 9/6 at 10:00 in the cafeteria to share some Holt nuts & bolts logistics, answer questions, and provide any assistance for new folks. I can get busy during inservice week, so I like to set aside a time when I’ll be available for new staff. You can also always text, call, or email.

• Meet Your Teacher, 9/6 @2:00 – In-person “Meet Your Teacher” is allowed this year and looking at past staff calendars, it was the Tuesday before the first day of school from 2:00-3:00, so that’s what I’ll send out to families, but let me know if that’s incorrect. I’ve also scheduled Kona Ice to come at 3:00, so hopefully that’ll make it easier to chase families out of your classrooms when the event is over.

• 2022-2023 Class Lists – Here’s the link to the 22-23 Class Lists that were created last spring. As usual, there are quite a few new move-ins and move-outs, so some adjustments will need to be made.

• 2022-2023 District PD Calendar – District admin shared the linked 2022-2023 DRAFT PD Calendar with principals if you’re interested. It’s changed a few times already, including (after input from principals) changing some of the SEL and Curriculum Friday PD days into building based or teacher choice days instead, so we have those at least once or twice a month. All dates are also on the Holt Staff Calendar.

• Work Hours, 7:30-3:30 – For full-time staff, we are back to our regular work hours of 7:30-3:30, and we are going back to students entering the building at the 7:50 morning bell.

• School Hours – Even though the school board approved counting PD, lunches, and recesses towards state required instructional minutes, elementary school hours are staying the same for this year, which are:

Monday – Thursday: 7:55-2:25
Friday: 7:55-1:10

• Holt Meeting Calendar – I stuck with the same meeting rotation as last year, with the exception of PBIS meetings. Downtown wants schools to hold a monthly SEL Meeting, which they suggested for elementary schools to roll into the PBIS Team, which will now meet twice a month:

• Staff Meeting (1st & 3rd Tuesday each month, 2:45-3:25)
• PBIS/SEL Meeting (2nd & 4th Tuesday each month, 2:45-3:25)
• IPBS Meeting (same week as second Staff Meeting, 2:45-3:25)
• Leadership Meeting (same as second PBIS Meeting, 2:45-3:25)
• Classified Meeting (Monthly on  “Staff Choice” Friday PD dates)

There’s a few months where adjustments had to be made because of non-school days, but this is the plan for most months.

• COVID Protocol Updates – We’re pretty much back to normal this year, with in person meetings (parent groups, Title 1 Family Nights, Meet Your Teacher, Book Fairs, etc.), field trips, and volunteers back in buildings. If you saw the most recent CDC recommendations for schools, 4J implemented most of those back in the spring. Principals are supposed to get a copy of the HR presentation we received today, but here’s the scoop on what was shared with us:

• Visitors & Volunteers – Volunteers are allowed in schools, but casual visitors who want to each lunch with their kids, walk them to class in the morning, or just want to stop by to visit are not allowed. Visitors are allowed to come in for IEP meetings, Parent Group Meetings, or enrolling new students, though Zoom continues to be an option for meetings, which I think a lot of families now prefer for convenience. 

All volunteers (even your friends and family helping to set up your classroom) need to check in through the Raptor Sign-In System in the main office. 

• Doors Will Remain Locked – Partly for safety and partly for COVID, all school doors will remain locked, just as we did last year. All volunteers will need to be let in through the main office. 

• Vaccination Requirements – The state is continuing to require staff to have on file a proof of vaccination or an approved exemption. District employees who are unvaccinated will be given a choice of weekly testing or wearing a mask full-time while at work. 

Outside Groups – Kidsports, YMCA, City of Eugene and other outside groups are allowed to rent space at schools again, although they are required to provide proof of vaccination of all their employees if any part of their program overlaps with the regular school day. 

• No Fabric Furniture, Stuffed Animals, or Shag Carpets  – The ABC area rugs 4J purchased for teachers are still allowed and vinyl furniture is allowed, but long shag carpets, classroom stuffed animals, and fabric couches, chairs, or furniture are not allowed since they are harder to clean if your class were to have a COVID (or lice) outbreak. 

• COVID Positive Staff Protocol – If staff test COVID positive, you’re to notify your administrator (me). HR will let you know your official quarantine dates. The protocol for COVID positive students is coming soon according to this HR Email. 4J is working with Bethel and Springfield to so that all three districts are doing something similar for students. But the main message for staff and families is, if you are feeling sick, STAY HOME! 

• COVID Testing Partnership with UO – 4J is continuing their partnership with the UO, but are scaling back what schools are asked to do. Students will get a trimester worth of test kits and will have an unsupervised dropbox to return their kits for the UO to pick up. 

• ArtSpark Artist in Residence Survey – Holt will get two Artist Residencies again this year funded by ArtSpark. I want to get your preferences early, so we can lock in an artist and date before the good ones are taken. Please fill out the linked Artist in Residence Survey to help start the conversation when we make a decision at our Back-to-School Staff Meeting.

• Holt Staff Handbook – For new staff, the Holt Staff Handbook includes most every relevant building policy and procedure. Please take time to review the handbook and let me know if you have questions or if you spot anything that possibly needs revised.

• Conscious Discipline PD for EAs & K/1/2 Teachers, New Date Option – EAs and K-2 teachers have an opportunity to participate in a yearlong Conscious Discipline PD. This was shared in the spring, but downtown added a September kickoff meeting date for anyone wanting to join who is not able to attend the August 22nd or 23rd kickoff meeting. See the linked Conscious Discipline Email for details.

• Student Teacher, Anyone? – Western Governors University is looking for a placement for a student teacher this fall. See the linked email and let me know you are interested.

• Morning Arrival Plan – This is a repeat from last year, but now that we are no longer cohorting, the morning arrival plan for this year will have students eating breakfast back in the cafeteria. Here’s how it will go (depending upon the bus arrival times once we get them):

7:25, buses arrive and students are supervised in the cafeteria.
7:35, students are release to line up at the same grade level entrances we used this year and K/1 going out to hard play (they like to run).
7:35-7:50, students arriving later who want breakfast can go to the cafeteria until 7:50.
7:50, first bell rings and students to go to class.
7:55, tardy bell rings and all doors close.

I’ll review this plan with supervisors at the Classified Staff Meeting on Wednesday, August, 31st for input and any tweaks we might want to make. Here’s my initial plan for where supervisors will be stationed:

Cafeteria (Alex, Ashley C., Levi, Jackie, Lisa G. after buses)
A Wing Doors – 5th Grade (TBA HIRE & Iris)
B Wing Side Doors – 3rd & 4th Grade (Annie & Kelly)
C Wing Doors by Gym – 2nd Grade (Julie, Lisa P., Marilyn)
D Wing Doors – KG & 1st Grade (Cheryl & Wendy)
Crossing Guards (Darren & Ben)
Buses (Lisa G. & Molly)

• Rainy Day Arrival Plan – If get a downpour (kids can be tough if it’s light rain), we will use the same rainy day plan as last year. This would also apply to days with poor air quality, with the exception of moving the 5th graders outside into the gym. :

Cafeteria – (Levi, Jackie, Ashley C., Lisa G. after buses)
5th Grade – Covered Area (TBA HIRE. & Iris)
3rd and 4th Grade – Gym (Annie & Kelly)
     • Enter through gym doors on blacktop
2nd Grade – Library (Julie, Lisa P., Marilyn)
     • Enter through 2nd grade door and walks to library
     • Robbie in Library, Annie at door, Jackie at K-2 intersection
KG & 1st Grade – K-1 Hallway (Cheryl & Wendy)
*Outside – Kim, Allan, Darla directing traffic flow

AT BELL, all stations stay in area to avoid traffic jams. Use radios to coordinate release.
         • K-1 and 2nd graders in Library released first
         • 5th grade enters through A Wing exterior doors
         • 3rd & 4th released down main hall.

 

• Reimbursement Reminder – Two reimbursement reminders:

• Get Approval Before Purchasing – If you’re purchasing anything, you need to get purchases pre-approved by your principal (me). This is mostly to make sure you’re buying something Finance Dept. rules will allow us to reimburse you for. Food items are particularly tricky.

• Save Original Receipts – The Finance Dept. requires original receipts for reimbursements, so make sure you save those since bank records, credit card invoices, and such will not work.

• Tech Support Requests – Staff can submit tech support requests to our TSS (Technology Support Specialist), Rob Geerling, by emailing 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu, but you can now also use the new 4J Freshservice for technology help requests. At this site you can search the Solutions area of the customer portal, or the system will auto-suggest knowledge articles based on what you have typed in the Subject of the new ticket. You can also call the Tech Support Hotline at (541) 790-7777.

• Make Sure Your Voicemail is Set-Up – All teachers should ensure your 4J voicemail is set up and working. See the linked 4J Phone Voicemail Manual or this Quick Start Voice Mail User Guide for how to set it up, as well as for info on phone functions. If you have questions, please contact our TSS, Rob, at 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu or call (541) 790-7777. And if you are moving classrooms, do not move your phone to your new room. Phones are connected to a particular port, so moving them would cause you issues.

• Preptime for EAs – A reminder for teachers that the Classified Staff OSEA collective bargaining agreement obligates EAs assigned instructional responsibilities prep time and for building admins to notify teachers of the District’s expectation that EAs who provide instructional support to be provided the opportunity to discuss scheduling prep-time. See the linked email for details.

• SELCO’s Educator Grants, Due 9/30 – Super easy grant for free stuff! SELCO’s SPARK! Creative Learning Grant Program is now accepting applications for projects up to $1,000 that inspire curiosity, make learning accessible, and spark something new. Applications are open August 15–September 30. Visit the above link for details and to apply.

• YMCA is Hiring – For any staff wanting to supplement your hours, the Y’s Youth Development team is hiring for before and after school care program Aides, Teachers, and Site Directors. For any questions reach out to rachel@eugeneymca.org or APPLY HERE

• 2021-22 ODE School Report Cards – These linked State School Report Cards (link on email, not on blog) are embargoed for anybody outside the district until October 16th. For the first time in five years, these report cards are going to be used by ODE to determine the level of state support (comprehensive or targeted) that each school will receive in 2022-23. Overall, Holt scored better than other higher needs schools and better than lower needs schools than Holt, but I haven’t dug into the subgroup data yet.

• District Admin Updates – Linked here is the complete list of 4J Admin Updates (email and webpage), but highlights include:

• Chief of Staff: Rob Hess – Kerry Delf took a job in Beaverton and Rob Hess, who was the the HR administrator in charge of licensed staff, is taking her place. Downtown is hiring a separate Director of Communications, which is a duty Kerry also filled.

• Human Resources Administrator: Mike Ingman – Mike Ingram, former principal at Sheldon High School, is taking Rob’s place in HR as the licensed HR Administrator.

• Sheldon High School Interim Principal: Kay Graham – Kay Graham, former assistant principal at Sheldon, has been named interim principal for the year.

• Director of High Schools: Greg Borgerding – Greg Borgerding, who was the principal at Churchill High School, is taking Superintendent Andy Dey’s position as Director of High Schools.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the next few weeks:

August 18 (H)
KITS Last Day

August 23 (T)
New Teacher Welcome Event (Time & Location TBA)

August 24 (W)
New Teacher Welcome Event (Time & Location TBA)

August 25 (H)
New Teacher Welcome Event (Time & Location TBA)

August 26 (F)
Licensed Staff Report Back
8:00-9:00, Time to Pick-Up Wit & Wisdom Materials
9:00-4:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #1 (Holt)

August 29 (M)
8:00-3:00, Wit & Wisdom ELA PD – Day #2 (K-3 @Zoom, 4-5 @Holt)

August 30 (T)
Protected Teacher Planning
Classified Staff Report Back
Educational Assistant PD (Location & Time TBA)
8:30, Welcome Back Burritos, Coffee, & Supplies! (School Garden)

August 31 (W)
8:00-12:00, Holt Back to School Meeting (Cafeteria)

September 1 (H)
7:30-10:00, 4J Staff Back-To-School Gathering -Tentative
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades K-2 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for 3-5 (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, Kidnerzone Meeting (TBA)

September 2 (F)
9:00-12:00, Universal Design for Learning (UDL) Strategies PD (SEHS Auditorium)
1:00-4:00, Health for Grades 3-5 (Zoom)
1:00-4:00, Math for for K-2 (Zoom)

September 5 (M)
Labor Day – No School

September 6 (T)
Collaborative Planning Time for Lang Arts Adoption
8:00-10:00, Staff Meeting – If Needed
10:00-11:00, Optional New Staff Orientation and Q&A (Cafeteria)
2:00-3:00, Meet Your Teacher
3:00-4:00, Kona Shave Ice Fundraiser (Hard Play)

September 7 (W)
Classes Begin – First Day of School
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

September 8 (H)
Regular Day

September 9 (F)
1:30-2:30, Friday PD – Staff Choice

Let me know if you need anything and please resume your summer!

Allan

 

June 17, 2022

 

Hello Holt Bolts,

Four items of note for what should be my final staff announcements of the school year:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Human Service Coordinator Interviews, WEDNESDAY, 9:45-12:00 – If you’d like to be part of interviews for our Human Services Coordinator position, we’ll be doing those here at school Wednesday, June 22nd from 9:45-12:00.

• Open Classroom Positions – With Lindsey and Mandy sadly leaving us, we have two openings at 4th grade. I’m moving Elizabeth into one of the 4th grade openings, which will give her a more stable position (Elizabeth student taught with Ashley and being the fourth person on a grade level team can be tenuous), which leaves us a 4th and 3rd grade opening. Let me know by Monday if anyone is interested in either of these positions. I’m planning to submit a requisition to HR Tuesday morning. Since neither of these positions went through the Job Expo, HR said we are contractually obligated to first post it internally for 5 days. If less than two internal candidates apply, we can repost the position externally. Let me know if any of you would like to volunteer your time to be part of interviews for either of these positions and I will connect with you when we hold interviews over the summer.

• Head Custodian Sub – Until Facilities hires a permanent person we will have Randy Williams, retired Head Custodian from Roosevelt. He and Ryan will connect to get a hand-off of things before he starts next month.

• Summer School Map Update – A few things shifted on the SEAL/KITS Classroom Map. Let me know if you have any thoughts or questions on this.

• No Nearpod Next Year – Downtown is not renewing the district subscription for Nearpod subscription next school year (it’s now more expensive and had low usage rates), but they will get individual licensed for teachers who were high-level users, so let me know if you used it regularly this year and would like it again next year.

• Oregon Kindergarten Assessment Paused – ODE has canceled the Oregon Kindergarten Assessment for 2022, but we will have to administer a new one in 2023. See this ODE Bulletin for details.

 

Feel free to call, text, or email anytime over the summer if you need anything. I’m pretty much on-the-clock most of the summer anyhow after foolishly volunteering to be the SEAL principal.

Enjoy your time off, everyone!

Allan

 

June 13, 2022

 

Hello Holt Staff,

We’re almost at the finish line! 

Twenty-four items of note for this final week:

• Two Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• 4-hour Title EA Updates – HR has filled our two 4-hour EA vacancies. Lori Tingue, who was a Title 1 EA at Holt last year before taking a temporary 2nd grade classroom position at Gilham this year, is filling one, and Lisa Neeley, a Title 1 EA from Family School, is filling the other. Please welcome Lori and Lisa to Holt, though both are applying for teaching positions, so we may have vacancies to fill later on.

• Want to be the Holt Summer School Admin Intern? – Downtown can’t find any assistant principals interested in doing the second part the summer SEAL program, so they changed the job to a licensed position, so teachers or any licensed employees can apply. I’ll be principal the first two weeks to get things started, July 12 – 22, also working with this person, and after that they would be in charge though August 12th (though I actually report back to work the following Wednesday, so there’s only two days where I’m not there). If any of your are interested in some extra summer mad money, feel free to find me and here’s the Job Posting.

• SEAL Room Assignments – SEAL officially need 12 classrooms and the Music Room, and KITS needs two kinder classrooms. I’ve come up with the following Summer School Classroom Map, which doesn’t require us to move desks and chair to match the different sized students and also allows Holt teachers teaching summer school to remain in their classrooms. However, I am open to discussion, so let me know if you have other ideas or if you can twist the arm of a colleague to volunteer their room.

• General Summer Cleaning Schedule – I’ve only gotten general details that the summer deep cleaning will happen before summer school and a quick refresh clean will happen after summer programs. I’ll add details to the calendar once I know of any off-limits days. I’ve heard the hold up is the carpet cleaner vehicles are being fixed up in Portland right now and they don’t know for sure when they’ll be ready to start.

• 22-23 Master Schedule Coming Soon – The schedule is still being worked on, but we should have a draft ready to share out with staff before the end of the week. Stay tuned!

• REPEAT: Schedule Your Gaga Ball Rules Lesson – If you haven’t already, let me know a good 10-minute block to go over the Gaga Ball Rules Slideshow with your class sometime before Field Day.

• REPEAT: Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit, THIS WEEK – If you haven’t already, teach lesson 6 of the Second Step Child Protection unit this week. Linked here are Child Protection Unit Scans of the teacher guides.

• UPDATED – REMINDER: Field Day Details – See the linked Schedule for Field Day for details and the Field Day Map for the layout of the event, which Alex emailed out earlier. UPDATE: There are no PE or Music classes this day. 

There will be 8 minute rotations. Teachers, see the schedule where you will start and be sure to have your students divided into 4 color groups before field day:

• Red
• Blue
• Green
• Yellow

• Keep or Send Home Reusable School Supplies – Since 4J paid for school supplies, we can keep any reusable or unused school supplies, but it’s also okay to send stuff home with kids. Do note we’re not ordering more book bins or pencil boxes replacements, so hold onto those if you want them for next year.

• End of Year BBQ Sign-Up – Don’t forget to sign up for the Staff End of Year BBQ happening this Friday.

• Return School Radios to Office FRIDAY – All school radios should be returned to the front office on Friday, so Facilities can do their yearly maintenance.

• REMINDER: Consumable Ordering – Teachers should place orders for Math and Science Consumables you (or your replacement if you are leaving your grade or classroom) this week:

2022-2023 Math Consumables Order (Due Wednesday)Jamie’s Email

2022-2023 Science Kit Consumables Restocking (Due Friday)Jamie’s Email

• REPEAT: Report Cards Go Home Friday – Report cards are to be send home with students this Friday. If any students are absent, you can bring their report card and belongings to the office.

• Technology Checkout Contract 2022-23 – If you are taking home your school laptop, iPad, or other equipment over the summer, complete the linked 4J Technology Equipment Checkout Contract 2022-23.

• REPEAT: End of Year Checklist – Linked here is the End of Year Checklist 2021-2022. This needs to be completed by all staff in charge of an area before you start your summer and need both mine and Ryan’s sign-off. Let me know if you have any questions.

 

• REPEAT: ELA Materials Packing Directions – Linked here is the list of ELA Materials to Keep or Discard, as well as Eric Anderson’s Email.

• Teachers will get 6 boxes per classroom.
• Most Journeys and Being A Writer materials: Box and attach this Label Template on each box.
• Leveled Readers: Box separately and use the Leveled Reader Label Template ere.
• Trade books and big books: Keep them for 4J use. If your building does not want them, please send them to Bailey Hill using this label.

• REPEAT: Diverse Classroom Libraries Inventory – Teachers (or Title staff if you connect with Jenny) will inventory the SIA Diverse Classroom Library Book Sets. There are two processes depending whether you are teaching the same grade next year or if you are moving grade levels or schools.

If not moving: Inventory books, cross any missing books off of the inventory list, keep books in your room.

If moving: Inventory books, cross any missing books off of the inventory list, leave bins in classroom, and write the bin barcode number on the End of Year Checklist 2021-2022.

• UPDATE: June 20th, Juneteenth Expectations – This HR Email sent to staff explains how Monday, June 20th is the last regular workday for licensed staff, but it is also a new Federal Holiday, so staff have the option to work extra days prior to Juneteenth and not work this day OR you can take June 20th off and work on Tuesday, June 21st instead.

 

• 22-23 Arrival Plan – For anyone who missed it at the Staff Meeting or in the minutes, the morning arrival plan for next year (assuming we are no longer cohorting) will have students eating breakfast back in the cafeteria. 7:25, buses arrive and students are supervised in the cafeteria. 7:35, students are release to line up at the same grade level entrances we used this year and K/1 going out to hard play (they like to run). Students arriving late who want breakfast can go to the cafeteria until 7:50, when the first bell rings for students to go to class, with all doors closing at the tardy bell at 7:55.

• Fall PD Plan – If you’re wondering what the PD plan is for when teacher report back early, so are principals. I asked about this at a principals’ meeting a couple weeks ago and still haven’t gotten an answer what the plan is yet.

• No “Huggy Wuggy” Talk – I’m old and uncool and did not know about this, but if you hear kids talking about Huggy Wuggy, it’s a fairly scary and inappropriate character from a horror survivor video game, so tell kids that’s not something to talk about at school.

• EOA School Choice Process for Next Year – The back and forth between online and brick-and-mortar has been frustrating to say the least, but next year downtown has made the decision to treat EOA as it’s own school and that parents will have to go through the regular school choice process, which will hopefully cut back on the back and forth we’ve seen this year.

• Fox Hollow Redesign – SSD’s Fox Hollow program is being redesigned to be more of a temporary placement and not as much of a permanent placement. Linked here is the Fox Hollow 2.0 Redesign Slideshow that was presented ot principals last week if you are interested.

• FREE Summer Camps – I’ll share this in the Quick News but feel free to share this list of FREE 2022 Summer Camps with kids and families.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the rest of the school year:

June 13 (M)
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
Erin’s Law Lesson #6
8:00, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Ayres)
8:15, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Barton)
8:30, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Gori)

June 14 (T)
8:00, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Vaughan)
8:15, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Seno)
8:50, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Reich)
9:50, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Lovato)
11:45, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Harmon)

June 15 (W)
8:45-10:15, Field Day, Grades 3-5 (Field)
9:00-10:00, Allan Skipping Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:00-1:30, Field Day, Grades K-2 (Field)
7:00-9:00, Sheldon HS Graduation (Hult Center)

June 16 (H)
10:30-10:50, Kinder Lunch Outside (Bike Cage Area)
1:15-2:15, Kinder Bubble Party (Hard Play)
1:30, Allan to BEST Meeting (Office)

June 17 (F)
Summertime Tie-Dye Day
Last Day for Students
Last Day for 192 & 196 Day Classified Employees
8:30-10:00, 5th Grade Breakfast & Celebration (Cafeteria)
10:15-10:30, 4th & 5th Grade Recess
10:45, Grab-n-Go Lunches Delivered to Wings
11:10, Early Dismissal
Staff Social – End of Year BBQ

June 20 (M)
Juneteenth
Last day for licensed staff
8:00-4:00, Allan to I Love U Guys Training (Ed Center)

June 21 (T)
8:00-4:00, Allan to I Love U Guys Training (Ed Center)

June 26 (SU)
4:00-8:00, “Holt Night” at the Ems!

August 26 (F)
Licensed Staff Report Back

August 29 (M)
Classified Staff Report Back

Have a fabulous summer, everyone!

Allan

 

 

 

STAFF SUMMER READING PICKS

 

JENNY

The Overstory by Richard Powers – It was recommended by two different friends, who don’t know each other, so it must be good!

 

 

MANDRA

Memphis by Tara M. Stringfellow

The Kite Runner by Khaled Husseini

The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai

 

 

ALLAN

Shogun by James Clavell – I loved the Richard Chamberlain 1980s TV mini-series, but am curious to read to the book

V.C. Andrews’ Flowers in the Attic – A horror staple I never read, though I did see the terrible movie version, but feel I should read it since it’s such a pop culture icon of horror. 

Consumed by David Cronenberg – David Cronenberg has made some of the most seriously weird movies you’ll ever watch (The Fly, Dead Ringers, Videodrome, Scanners, etc.), so when he’s not limited by budgets or special effects, I’m curious what kind of story he’ll tell. 

Chaos: Charles Manson, the CIA, and the Secret History of the Sixties by Tom O’Neill – I’m not usually a true crime kind of guy, but this is supposed to be THE definitive book on Manson, so I have to read this. 

Mark Harris Books on films of the 50s, 60s, and 70s – I heard Quentin Tarantino talk about Mark Harris as a terrific writer on the behind the scenes history of Hollywood, which piqued my interest, so I bought a few of his books. I’m planning to start with Pictures at a Revolution: Five Movies and the Birth of the New Hollywood.

June 6, 2022

 

Howdy Bolts,

We’ve almost made it!

Twenty-three items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Ryan Moving to Washington – Our fabulous Lead Custodian, Ryan Brown, is moving to Washington at the end of the month, which sadly means we are now on the lookout for hiring a new lead. Wish Ryan well on his new adventures!

Facilities will post the position soon, but custodial jobs have been very hard to fill this year, so over the summer we’ll likely have a lead custodian from another building fill in during SEAL and KITS. If you know any good custodians out there, please encourage them to join our awesome school!

• New 2nd Grade Teacher, Myah Rahbourn – We had a strong pool of candidates for our remaining 2nd grade opening and have hired Myah Rabourn. Myah student taught this year with Ashley, but before that was an EA in Lebanon School District and at the end of last year taught 3rd grade on an emergency license. Watch for Myah subbing at Holt this week and welcome her to the team!

• Job Posting Updates – Our Human Services Coordinator position and possibly our 4-hour Title 1 EA position will go up this week. We have two 4-hour opening and HR is likely bumping someone into at least one of these positions. They emailed me one person was bumping into one of the openings, but when I sent that person a “Welcome to Holt” email they told me HR offered her a job at Howard instead of Holt. I emailed HR about this, but haven’t heard back, so at this point I’m not sure if we have one or two openings. If you know anyone good out there though, please encourage them to apply.

• REMINDER: PE/Music On-Time Pick-Up – With PE and Music out on the field, make sure you’re out there on time to pick up your class, so that Alex and Ashley get their breaks.

• ELA Adoption: Wit & Wisdom – Staff were emailed that Wit & Wisdom was officially adopted last week by the school board. Due to delays in the pilot process and delays in obtaining school board approval, we will not have materials until August. However, staff do have digital access if you go the Wit &Wisdom Teacher Review Site and use the password: elafororegon

Scroll down to access a 10-minute “Welcome to the ELA Review Page” video.

Additionally, there is a Wit & Wisdom Introduction Slide Show teachers may want to check out, which goes over what models you will teach, as well as links for further exploration.

• ELA Materials Open House TUESDAY & FRIDAY – If you want to preview materials now, there is an open house this week. Here are the details:

Tuesday, June 7, 2:30-5:00
Friday, June 10, 9:00-4:00

Bailey Hill Instructional Center
2295 Four Oaks Grange Rd.
(off of W 18th, west of Churchill)

• REPEAT: Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit, THIS WEEK & NEXT – All classroom teachers should use the Second Step Child Protection Unit for meeting the state Erin’s Law requirements. Teach lesson 6 right before summer break, within the last two weeks of school. Each grade level has their own kit, but linked here are the Child Protection Unit Scans of the teacher guides if that makes things easier.

• Earthquake/Fire Drill, TUESDAY @1:10 – We’ll conduct an Earthquake/Fire Drill this Tuesday at 1:10. I’ll get on the PA an announce the earthquake drill, reviewing Drop, Cover, Hold, and will launch the drill by saying EARTHQUAKE! EARTHQUAKE! EARTHQUAKE! We’ll pull the alarm to signal when to evacuate the building. There are many resources for teaching Drop, Cover, Hold at The Great Oregon Shakeout. Linked here is a copy of the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line-Up Map.

• Allan Job Shadow TUESDAY – Beth Kruzki is going to job shadow me on Tuesday. Beth will be the SEAL/KITS principal for the second part of this summer. I’ll be principal for the first couple weeks of summer school to get things going and Beth will take over for the remainder of the program, although I report back a couple weeks later on July 27, so I’ll be around most of the program anyhow. Beth wanted to job shadow me to get a sense of how things look at elementary (she has mostly secondary admin and online admin experience).

• REMINDER: James Brown Award Nominations, DUE WEDNESDAY – See Ashely’s Email for details, but complete your nomination for the 2022 James Brown Award by Wednesday at 9:00pm. Here are the past James Brown winners:

2018 – Jincy and Heidi
2019 – Lisa Goff
2020 – Jenny Potter
2021 – Kelsey Hicks

• REPEAT: Kona Ice, WEDNESDAY at 1:45 – Kona Ice is coming to Holt THIS WEDNESDAY. Bus riders who bring money can be dismissed at 1:45 if they brought money for shave ice, so they have time to buy and eat their shave ice before getting onto the bus. Supervision of students will be provided.

 

• REPEAT: FRIDAY Report Card Grading Day Expectations – This Friday is a regular work day for both classified and licensed staff. For licensed staff, HR allows teachers to work from home if you notify your administrator (me) in advance, but be sure to plan ahead if you need to collaborate with any colleagues this day. Also, be sure to use this time for grading and not use it to run errands around town. Teachers are highly visible members of the community, so keep in mind public perception. HR has said that if working off-site on grading days is abused, we will not be allowed to continue the practice. For classified staff, this is a good day to cash in any accumulated trade time you’ve built up, but remember you need to notify me before you begin accumulating time.

• REPEAT: Report Card Printing & Envelope Stuffing – Since grading day is before the last day of school, like normal, 4J elementary schools are going back to normal report card procedures, where teachers print report cards and stuff envelopes, which will be sent home with students the last day of school. Melanie will do the “Update Attendance” procedure in Synergy the Thursday before grading day, so wait until grading day to print report cards.

• REPEAT: Schedule Your Gaga Ball Rules Lesson – Gaga Ball is going to be one of our Field Day stations, which I’ll be running, and I’d like to teach kids the rules ahead of time. Let me know a good 10-minute block to go over the Gaga Ball Rules Slide Show with your class sometime before Field Day on Wednesday, June 15th. The closer to Field Day the better, but email a time that works well for you.

• EA Help Boxing Materials this FRIDAY & Next Week – Title 1 EAs will be available this Friday and next week to help box up ELA Materials (Journeys & Being A Writer) and also to inventory the SIA Diverse Book Library Kits. Just let Jenny know and she will send someone your way.

• ELA Materials Packing Directions – Linked here is the Full ELA Materials List to Keep or Discard, as well as Eric Anderson’s Email.

• Teachers will get 6 boxes per classroom.
• Most Journeys and Being A Writer materials: Box and attach this Label Template on each box.
• Leveled Readers: Box separately and use the Leveled Reader Label Template ere.
• Trade books and big books: Keep them for 4J use. If your building does not want them, please send them to Bailey Hill using this label.

• REPEAT: Diverse Classroom Libraries Inventory – Teachers will inventory the SIA Diverse Classroom Library Book Sets. There are two processes depending whether you are teaching the same grade next year or if you are moving grade levels or schools.

If not moving: Inventory books, cross any missing books off of the inventory list, keep books in your room.

If moving: Inventory books, cross any missing books off of the inventory list, leave bins in classroom, and write the bin barcode number on the End of Year Checklist 2021-2022.

• REPEAT: End of Year Checklist – Linked here is the End of Year Checklist 2021-2022. This needs to be completed by all staff in charge of an area before you start your summer and need both mine and Ryan’s sign-off. Let me know if you have any questions.

• REMINDER: 3/4/5 Climate Survey  – If you missed the deadline, the survey is still open for 3/4/5 teachers to have students complete the student climate survey. See the email I sent earlier for details, but first show the video and then have students complete the survey.

English version: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/4jelementaryclimate2022
Spanish version: http://www.surveymonkey.com/r/ambienteprimaria4j2022

• REPEAT: June 20th, Juneteenth Expectations – HR was supposed to send something out, but principals got the succinct graphic below. Monday, June 20th is the last regular workday for licensed staff, but it is also a new Federal Holiday, so staff have the option to work extra days prior to Juneteenth and not working this day or you can take June 20th off and work on Tuesday, June 21st instead.

 

• REPEAT: Science Kit Restocking – If you need additional materials for your science kit, be sure to complete the Science Kit Restock Order Form before the end of the school year.

• 2022 Direction Service Summer Directory – The 2022 Direction Services Resources for Youth and Families is an annual resource containing recreation, respite, support, and service opportunities that families of children with disabilities can access. I’ll share this in the Quick News, but wanted to share with staff as well.

• District Admin Updates – Paula Nolan, current EOA principal, will be the new principal at Spencer Butte Middle School, replacing Peter Tromba who is moving back east. Also, Andrea Belz, Director of Financial Services, Holly Langan, Director of Support Services, and Christine Nesbit, 4J General Counsel, are all leaving 4J at the end of the school year. See this email for full details.

• Is Silent Ball the Best Classroom Management Tool You Never Knew Existed? – I used to play this game all the time when I taught 2nd and 3rd grade, except I called it “Quiet Ball” and this was back in olden times before GoNoodle or even projectors. This WeAreTeachers Article shares why it’s a great tool to have in your classroom-management toolbox.

• Schedule of Upcoming Events – See the Holt Staff Calendar for future events, but here are the events of note for the rest of the school year:

June 5 (SU)
3:00-7:00, Barbara Kitterman Retirement Celebration

June 6 (M)
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
Erin’s Law Lesson #6
8:00, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Ayres)
9:50, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Heinrich)
3:45-4:45, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

June 7 (T)
Beth Kruzki Job Shadowing Allan
8:00, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Parks)
11:00-12:00, 5th Math Advancement Test (Location TBA)
12:00-1:00, Allan to KG Transition Meeting (Zoom)
1:10, Earthquake/Fire Drill
2:45-3:25, Staff Meeting (Library)

June 8 (W)
9:00-10:00, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
11:00-12:00, 5th Math Advancement Test (Location TBA)
12:45-2:25, Storyteller, 4th Grade
1:45-3:15, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser! (Hard Play)
9:00PM, James Brown Award Nominations Due

June 9 (H)
Last Day for Title 1 & ELD Groups
11:00-12:00, 5th Math Advancement Test (Location TBA)
2:45, Allan to SPED Planning Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Zoom)

June 10 (F)
No School – Grading Day

June 13 (M)
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
Erin’s Law Lesson #6

June 14 (T)
9:50, Allan Teaching Gaga Ball Rules (Lovato)
2:45-3:25, PBIS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

June 15 (W)
8:45-10:15, Field Day, Grades 3-5 (Field)
9:00-10:00, Allan Skipping Elem Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
12:00-1:30, Field Day, Grades K-2 (Field)
7:00-9:00, Sheldon HS Graduation (Hult Center)

June 16 (H)
1:30, Allan to BEST Meeting (Office)
2:45-3:25, Leadership Team Meeting (if needed)

June 17 (F)
Last Day for Students
Last Day for 192 & 196 Day Classified Employees
8:30-10:00, 5th Grade Breakfast & Celebration (Cafeteria)
10:15-10:30, 4th & 5th Grade Recess
10:45, Grab-n-Go Lunches Delivered to Wings
11:10, Early Dismissal
Staff Social – End of Year BBQ

June 20 (M)
Juneteenth
Last day for licensed staff
8:00-4:00, Allan to I Love U Guys Training (Ed Center)
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

August 26 (F)
Licensed Staff Report Back

August 29 (M)
Classified Staff Report Back

8 1/2 days to go!

Allan