April 19, 2021

By Allan  


Greetings Holt Bolts,

This Wednesday is Administrative Professionals’ Day where we recognize the dedicated work of office staff, and Holt is incredibly lucky to have the AMAZING Katie and Melanie on the front lines for our school. From blood, barf, tears, anger, and occasional life coaching, on top of all the typical office duties you’d expect in an office environment, we have a pair of rock stars in the Holt office looking out and taking care of us each an every day. Thank you, Melanie and Katie!

And don’t forget to give your co-workers some SHOUT OUTS! Spread some good vibes so we can recognize some folks at Wednesday’s Staff Meeting!

Thirteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two updates. For next year, Ashley Wolf will teach 2nd grade and Candace will move up to 5th grade. And for this year, we conducted interviews for our new CLC EA and I’ve submitted a candidate to HR for them to make a job offer, but I think we’re getting a good one.

• Fire Drill Tuesday & Friday @9:45 – April Fire Drills will be this week on Tuesday at 9:45 for Cohort A and on Friday at 9:45 for Cohort B. Please review fire drill procedures with your class ahead of time. It is okay to tell your class about the drill ahead of time for this first drill, but not for future drills. Also note the were classes will line up on Evacuation Lines Map that was shared earlier. Lastly, bring your updated Emergency Binder with you when we do the drills.

• Update Sub Binders by End of Month – Note that the Sub Binder and the Emergency Binder are two different things. I think some people were using these interchangeably during our fire drill planning. The Sub Binder is a purple three ring binder with some of the same information, but is something teachers should make sure is up to date. We do not have a Wednesday PD on 4/28, so that may be a good time for teachers to update binders. Please have these updated by the end of the month.

• Hybrid-SSO Handbook Updates – Three hybrid updates and updates made to the Holt Hybrid-SSO Handbook:

• Recess Restroom Access – 2/3 and 4/5 students on soft play may use the crosswalk to access restrooms, which minimized contact with students on hard play. K/1 should still walk around using the sidewalk unless supervised in the crosswalk by an adult.

• No Singing in Class – A brief choral response in instruction is permitted, but whole-class singing must take place outdoors.

• Students in Quarantine Must Not Go To Class – Last week 4J had the first students in quarantine show up at school. Lane County Public Health will NEVER allow a student to end quarantine early. No doctor’s note may shorten quarantine. if a student comes to school during quarantine they are to immediately be moved to the Isolation Room and we will immediately arrange to have them sent home.

• Single Desk Updates – There are two sample desks in the main entrance next to the office. There is a a third style desk, pictured below, that is an option. However, we’ve gotten new information from downtown that all purchase made this year need to have the items received by June 30th, which means we’ll need to place our desk order by the end of this week. And another however, Katie and Melanie were told at a Finance Meeting that downtown is going to purchase desks for schools next year, which I’m reaching out to my directors to confirm, because if that’s the case, I’d rather not spend building money.

I’ll add this to the Staff Meeting Agenda to decide on a style if we do end up ordering them this week. Personally, I lean towards the more traditional desk style with a wire book box (they also have clear plastic slider book boxes, like on the samples, and traditional metal book boxes).



• SSO Supply Distribution 4/28 – Wednesday next week on 4/28 is the April Supply Distribution for SSO classrooms, from 8:00-3:00. If you are available to help, please add your name to the Supply Distribution Sign-Up Sheet.

• REPEAT: Announcements Wednesday – Since having kids do announcements is a bit of a challenge this year, I’ll start recording weekly announcements for teachers to share on Wednesdays. The announcements will also include Zapp winners, so I’ll upload the video to Google instead of YouTube to keep student names private. I’ll email a link to the video no later than Tuesday.

• REPEAT: Wednesday PD/PLC Time – Shared earlier, there will be an anti-racism PD (2:40-4:00) immediately following Wednesday’s Staff Meeting (1:40-2:40), which is required for licensed staff and is optional, though encouraged, for classified staff. For any part-time staff wanting to attend, I’m open to trade-time or other arrangements if you connect with me ahead of time.

• 4J “Learning for All” SIA Plan – This has been in the works for a while, but starting next fall, all kindergarten students with an IEP will attend their neighborhood school, with the exception of students in Life Skills. This will be the same for any mid-year move-ins at other grade levels. Since Holt currently has a healthy CLC and LC, I’m thinking we may see fewer students in our CLC program over time, with students no longer being transferred to us from other buildings. This will be a big shift for schools without a CLC, but for schools like Holt, I think this will be a good thing.

• District Admin Updates – Larry Williams, current principal at ATA, is moving to the Ed Center for a district role supporting educational equity and inclusion. AJ Hruby, current assistant principal at ATA, will move into the principal role at ATA next year. See the linked Email for full details.

• Earth Day is April 22nd – Earth Day is annually observed around the world on April 22nd. If you’d like ideas for this day, linked here are Edutopia Resources, Education World, the EPA Website, and Tana’s Earth Day Email, and 4J’s Earth Action Week website.

• Anti-Racism for Second Step – Second Step regularly updates their resources and have added an Anti-Racism and Anti-Bias Resources page . This page has materials ranging from lessons to book recommendations with discussion guides to PD. There’s a lot there and that can be overwhelming, so my recommendation is to look through the Resources for Educators for your own learning and Resources for Working with Students for lessons, discussions, and actions with students.

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

April 19 (M)
National Volunteer Appreciation Week
8:00, Allan to Observation Pre-Conference
10:25, Allan to Formal Observation
2:30-3:30, Allan to Elem. Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)
4:00-5:00, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)

April 20 (T)
9:45, Fire Drill – Cohort A

April 21 (W)
Administrative Professionals’ Day
8:30-9:00, Student Council (Zoom)
9:00-9:45, Virtual Coffee w/the Principal (Zoom)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Pool Interviews (Zoom)
9:30-10:00, KG Data Team – Tier 3
10:40-11:10, 1st Grade Data Team – Tier 3
12:00-12:30, 2nd Grade Data Team – Tier 3
12:30, Lunch Bunch w/Ms. Darla (Zoom)
1:00-1:30, Yummy Cookie, Yucky Cookie Assembly Prep (Zoom)
1:40-2:40, Staff Meeting (Library & Zoom)
2:40-4:00, PD/PLC Time – SEL – Anti-Racism Training

April 22 (H)
Earth Day
Take Our Daughters & Sons to Work Day
3:00-7:00, Allan to Job Expo (Zoom)

April 23 (F)
7:30-8:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Board Meeting (Zoom)
9:00, Allan to Observation Pre-Conference
9:45, Fire Drill – Cohort B
10:25, Allan to Formal Observation

April 26 (M)
1:30-3:30, Allan to Elem. Principals’ Meeting (Zoom)

April 27 (T)
Crumbl Cookie – Holt Night Out Fundraiser
2:30-3:15, Allan to Referral Review Meeting

April 28 (W)
8:00-3:00, Supply Distribution – SSO (Front of School)
9:00-9:45, Virtual Coffee w/the Principal (Zoom)
9:00-11:00, Allan to Elem Pool Interviews (Zoom)
9:30-10:00, 3rd Grade Data Team (Tier 3)
10:30-11:00, 4th Grade Data Team (Tier 3)
12:00-12:30, 5th Grade Data Team (Tier 3)
12:30, Lunch Bunch w/Ms. Darla (Zoom)
1:40-2:40, Leadership Meeting (Library & Zoom)
1:40-2:40, PBIS/IPBS Meeting (Zoom)
2:40-4:00, PD/PLC Time – Sub Folder Prep

April 29 (H)
Regular Day

April 30 (F)
Superhero Day – SPIRIT DAY
2:45-3:45, Allan to 504 Eligibility Meeting (Zoom)

Just 8 weeks to go! Make them count!