December 9, 2019

 

Hi Everyone,

A big thank-you to Ashley for taking on the annual Howard Holiday Bazaar, as well at to all of the other staff who helped organize, promote, set-up, clean-up, and who also bought a table to help fundraise for our school!

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• ’Tis the Season of Interesting Behaviors – Keep in mind that with the with the excitement of the holiday season comes a lot of stress for students, families, and even staff, so keep this in mind when “interesting” behaviors pop up, which will likely be more frequent these next coupe weeks. This is a good time to slow down, take time for lots of team building, pre-teaching and re-teaching of expectations for students, and giving folks grace when odd or out of character behaviors pop up.

• Stop, Walk, Talk Classroom Review – To help address the above interesting behaviors, linked here is a good 2 minute 31 second Stop, Walk, Talk Video teachers can use as a review for students. It’s good to put some onus on kids when they report minor issues and ask “Did you tell them to stop?” and “Did you try walking away?” before intervening. It’s also important for student when they are telling someone to STOP what it is they want them to stop doing (i.e. “Stop following me” or “Stop saying that to my friend”). Another reminder teachers can reinforce with students is to report situations (“talk”) right away and not wait until the end of recess.

• REPEAT: Fire Drill, TUESDAY @1:10 – This Tuesday at 1:10 will be the December Fire Drill. Please plan accordingly.

• PTO Meeting, TUESDAY – This Tuesday at 6:00 is the December PTO Meeting if any staff are able to volunteer their time to show support for the work of our PTO Board members.

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as a PLC work session. Grade level teams will continue their work from November 20th and 21st.

• EA Supervisor Meeting Notes – Three items of note from the EA Supervisors Meetings:

• Walk Classes to Recess – Most teachers already do this, but be sure to walk your class through the hallways before sending them out into the courtyard to go to recess. Unsupervised classes are regularly loud and disruptive going through the hallways.

• On Time for Recess and Lunch (not early and not late) – Teachers, please be on time when picking students up at the end of recess. Also, make sure students are not arriving early for recess or lunches. There is not enough staff to supervise students milling about the courtyard when they come before recess and at lunches kitchen staff need time to prep between lunches.

• Recess Rules Brochure – For any classified staff who have supervise on the playground, linked here is a Playground Rules Brochure that can be included in sub folders. Note that the second page is flipped so when it prints back-to-back the pages are facing the right direction.

• Friday Early Release PD Notes – Three items of note from Friday’s meeting:

• Second Step Pacing Guide – Linked here is the Second Step Pacing Guide, which lists the general units and months they should be covered. Teachers have my full permission to skip even core subject areas to make time for Second Step lessons. Being a good human is way more important than fractions.

• Roadrunner Awards, Friday, Dec. 20 – Not this week, but next week on Friday, December 20th at 8:15 is the December Roadrunner Awards Assembly. Make sure invitations go home to families this week and that signed certificates get to me by the end of the week.

• Rules Round-Up January 7 & 8 – Discussed at both he classified and licensed Friday meetings, the PBIS Team this week will finalize plans for the Rules Round-Up when we return from winter break. The current plan for recess rules review is to use the first half of recess on January 7th and 8th to cover playground hot spots.

• Hoods in School is the Current Rule – Speaking of PBIS, a reminder that the current rule at Howard is “Hoods may be worn outdoors for warmth, but must come off once inside the building.” We’ll discuss whether this rule is changing or not at next week’s Staff Meeting, but in the meantime it is important staff are consistent in our expectations for students. Mixed messages are confusing for students and also set colleagues up for confrontations with students.

• Staffing Updates – The CLC 1:1 EA Job noted in last week’s announcements should be going up this week, so be sure to let any good candidates know about this position.

• Leadership Plan Process – I’m meeting with licensed Site Council Reps this Monday after school to discuss the process for drafting a revised Leadership Plan since JCAC did not reply approve our first plan. If you have thoughts on what the process for creating a new plan should be, please me or your Site Council Reps know (Corianne, Jessy, Justine, and Shelly)

• January 6th PD Day Draft Plan – A preliminary plan for the January 6th PD was shared with principals last week, which will be as follows:

• Classified: A menu of workshop options will be made available to classified staff members to attend.

• Licensed: In the morning, there will be an Instructional Technology Training. In the middle of the day, will be planning, lunch, and travel time. At the end of the day, after principals get back from a Title IX training, there will be an afternoon meeting for Behavior Framework focused on disproportionality and bias in discipline practices, as well as other building PD topics. The draft schedule for licensed staff is:

8:00-10:30, Tech Training
10:30-1:10, Planning, Lunch, Travel
1:30-4:00, Behavior Framework and Other Building PD

• REPEAT: Hour of Code 2019 This Week! – This week is Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code. Let me know if any of you are doing something cool for the Hour of Code. For ideas, resources, and activities visit Computer Science Education Week, Hour of Code, Khan Academy, Edutopia, and also BrainPop.

• Struggling learners can shine when coding – Computer Science Education Week begins this week and Code.org’s Hour of Code offers an opportunity to engage all students in coding, even those with no experience, writes Kimberly Rues, a librarian in a Missouri school district. In this EdSurge Commentary, she writes that when she has introduced coding, the students who do well often are the ones who struggle in other areas.

• Talk Less So Students Learn More – This Edutopia Article shouldn’t be anything new, but it’s a good reminder that productive struggle is important for students to retain what they learn. Tips include:

• Start with struggle
• Reduce teacher talk time
• Use questions instead of explanations
• Slow down and observe
• Provide non-teacher scaffolds

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

December 9 (M)
Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
1:15, Junior Achievement Presentation (Niccum)

December 10 (T)
9:00-10:30, Allan to All admin Meeting (Ed Center)
12:15, Allan to Formal Observation
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM25)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

December 11 (W)
9:00, November Book Winners (Conference Room)
11:10-2:30, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)
Kinder 11:10-12:10
3rd Grade 12:20-1:20
5th Grade 1:30-2:30

December 12 (H)
8:00-2:00, Dental Screening Team, Varnish + Sealants (Community Room)
8:10-11:55, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)
2nd 8:10-9:10
1st 9:30-10:30
4th 10:55-11:55

December 13 (F)
National Cocoa Day
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

December 14 (SA)
10:30, Howard Ukulele Ensemble Performance (Holiday Market)

December 16 (M)
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
1:15, Junior Achievement Presentation (Niccum)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

December 17 (T)
9:45-11:25, 3rd Grade Salmon Release Field Trip – Lawson/Peterson & Niccum
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Volunteer’s Classroom)
4:00-10:00, PTO Hot Mama’s Wings Fundraiser

December 18 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
9:00-11:00, 3rd Grade Salmon Release Field Trip – Kreider & Charpie
11:15, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:30, Student Care Team (Conference Room)

December 19 (H)
2:45-3:30, TLT Meeting/Training (Angela’s Room, RM24)

December 20 (F)
Fun Friday! – PJ Day
8:15, K-5 Roadrunner Assembly & Tail Feather Reward (Gym)
10:30-12:45, December Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

December 21 – January 5
WINTER BREAK!!!

And don’t miss Siera and the Howard Ukulele Ensemble Performance at the Eugene Saturday Market’s Holiday Market at the Lane County Fairgrounds this Saturday at 10:30!

Allan

 

December 2, 2019

 

Howdy Roadrunners,

Hope you all had an enjoyable four days off of school.

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Balancing the Holidays in Your Classroom/School – While teachers are guaranteed a certain level of academic freedom in what they teach, we want to balance that with being inclusive of all students and families, so please be mindful of your class activities and displays. The constitutions of the United States and the state of Oregon require school districts to take a neutral position concerning religion. This Teaching Tolerance Article serves as a nice reminder, where the author writes that each year at this time, teachers are faced with a dilemma: How to balance the holidays to create the most inclusive environment? As Hanukkah and Christmas approach, many teachers will decorate with candy canes and construction-papered dreidels, but there are more holidays being celebrated this month. Muharram begins this month, the liturgical new year of the Islamic calendar. Meanwhile, Buddhists celebrate Bodhi Day this month. December also marks Kwanzaa, the Hindu family holiday Pancha Ganapati, and Yule for pagans. Many secular people either have winter solstice parties or observe no holidays at all. “By opening our hearts and minds to all religious traditions, we are serving the greater good and our connections with others grow deeper.” See the above link for more related articles and this link for additional resources. Winter themed activities, such as these WeAreTeachers Winter Craft Ideas, are always an option as well.

• CLC Staffing Updates – We originally posted for one additional CLC EA position, but given the level of need in the CLC this year, SSD approved hiring two new EAs and we have hired Tyler Connor, currently a Howard CLC 1:1 EA for a 5th grade student, and also Amber Callier, who comes to us from Georgia where she was a special education EA. Amber will start on Wednesday and tith Tyler shifting positions in the CLC, I’ve submitted to post for his CLC 1:1 EA position, so keep your eyes peeled for that position and let any good candidates know they should apply.

• PBIS Team Survey – See Mellissa’s PBIS Email for details, but the PBIS team wants your feedback on our Tailfeather Challenge to help planning for the future. Follow this link to the Tailfeather Challenge Feedback Form.

• Friday Early Release PD & Feedback – Also mentioned in Mellissa above email, this Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as a Behavior Framework work session and we’re looking for teacher feedback. Downtown suggested some items in the above email, which are also below, but we want to know from teachers what would be useful to you. What are some areas of concern, topics needing discussion, or even ways we can support one another related to our Tier 1 Behavior Systems here at Howard? Let me and Mellissa know your thoughts by Wednesday so we can make this time productive for staff.

• Share and discuss your SWIS data
• Share and discuss your climate survey data from last year
• share and suits your school’s Kindness Project efforts
• Share out your school’s PBIS Action Plan (or finalize it if not done)
• Get feedback from grade level (or other) teams on this year’s action plan and/or other items (drafts of documents, discipline flow charts, etc…)
• Use data plan for reteaching and boosters following Winter Break

• December PBIS Focus: Generosity – The December PBIS monthly focus is Generosity. The PBIS team created a PBIS/Caring School Community Cheat Sheet that matches our monthly PBIS themes with corresponding Caring School Community class meeting lessons, which is a nice way to tie the two activities together.

• Fire Drill, Tuesday, December 10th @1:10 – Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, December 10th at 1:10 will be the December Fire Drill.

• Oregon State Library Information System user name and password (OSLIS) – Attached in my email, but not on my blog is a handout you can use for yourself or with students. Please remember, the user name and password may NOT be posted on any web site. When connecting to OSLIS from inside the school district buildings, there is no need for a user name and password. From outside the school district, students must log in.

• SPLASH! Grants Due Friday – As in the past, the City of Eugene is providing their SPLASH! curriculum this school year along with grant funding for instruction in science. Applications are due this Friday. See the SPLASH Email sent to teachers earlier this month or the SPLASH! Website for details. To apply go to the Grant Application Site.

• App Approval Request Form – A reminder for teachers if you want an app added to student iPads, there is a new App Approval Request Form that needs to be filled out when requesting apps that are not the Approved Apps List. This is to be done before sending an email to 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu. The Tech Department is trying to make sure they are compliant with Federal Laws, particularly around accessibility. If you’re following these links at home, you’ll need to use the 4J VPN.

• Hour of Code 2019 Next Week! – Next week, December 9-13 is Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code. Let me know if any of you are doing something cool for the Hour of Code. I’d love to see if we can get some media coverage for some of our activities during Computer Science Education Week. See the above links for some fun and easy online actives for all grade levels. Khan Academy also has quite a few quality activities and Edutopia has quite a few links as well.

• UO International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) – I shared about ICSP earlier in the year, but the new ICSP Online Brochure is now available. They offer free presentations and classroom visits by specially trained international UO students. They can give educational and cultural presentations, participate in panel discussions, and introduce a wide array of activities such as music, dancing, storytelling, religious ceremonies, and martial arts. You can request ICSP students to do presentations through this the ICSP Registration Website or send an email to icsp@uoregon.edu. For more information, please visit the ICSP Website.

• REPEAT: 2019-2020 Mandatory Elementary School Bus Safety Training – Gold start to who have already done this! As required by OAR 581-53-002, all students must receive instructions on bus safety before the end of December 2019. Linked here is an updated Bus Training Info Sheet (English and Spanish) which can be used to help with bus safety instruction, but all classroom teachers need to do is show one of two 12-minute bus safety videos (the Newer Bus Evacuation Training Video or the quaint 1990s classic The Safest Way Out) and then tell Lori the date you showed it.

• What Mister Rogers taught us about communication – When Fred Rogers talked, people listened and understood because he was always truthful, precise and gave people time to process his message, writes Chet Wade, a consultant who teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University. “What made Fred so effective was when he talked about bad things, he also talked about how to deal with them,” Wade writes. This Forbes Article is about leadership, but I think it also applies to working with students. See above linked article for the complete list of 10 lessons that can be learned from Mr. Rogers, which includes Speak to individuals, not groups, Appreciate the power of the pause, and Be yourself.

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

December 2 (M)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Generosity
TAG Testing Window Opens
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
1:15, Junior Achievement Presentation (Niccum)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

December 3 (T)
8:40, Allan to Formal Observation
11:25, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM25)

December 4 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
Monthly Walk + Roll to School Day
2:30, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Committee Meeting (Ed Center)

December 5 (H)
2:30, Allan to Parent Meeting (Office)

December 6 (F)
Popcorn Friday!
SPLASH! Grants Due
1:30, EA Supervisors Meeting (Title Room, RM26)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – Behavior Framework (Library)

December 7 (SA)
9:00-2:00, Howard Holiday Bazaar (Gym & Cafeteria)

December 9 (M)
Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
1:15, Junior Achievement Presentation (Niccum)

December 10 (T)
9:00-10:30, Allan to All admin Meeting (Ed Center)
12:15, Allan to Formal Observation
1:10, Fire Drill
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM25)

December 11 (W)
11:10-2:30, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

Kinder 11:10-12:10
3rd Grade 12:20-1:20
5th Grade 1:30-2:30

December 12 (H)
8:00-2:00, Dental Screening Team, Varnish + Sealants (Community Room)
8:10-11:55, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

2nd Grade 8:10-9:10
1st Grade 9:30-10:30
4th Grade 10:55-11:55

December 13 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

Make it a great start to December, everyone!

Allan

 

November 25, 2019

 

Howdy Roadrunners,

It’s a short 3-day week this week and will hopefully be a quiet one outside of our pie eating contest at the Roadrunner Award Assembly Wednesday!

Ten items of note for this week:

• Roadrunner Awards Assembly, WEDNESDAY – This Wednesday at 8:15 is the all-school Roadrunner Awards Assembly. See Mellissa’s Assembly Email and the attached Assembly Map & Directions for details, but the short version is the assembly will run like last time with a few tweaks and a pie eating competition for the intermission entertainment.

And for pre-teaching assembly behavior expectations, remember there’s slide four of the Back to School PBIS Refresher and also a nice lesson in the Caring School Community curriculum class meeting lessons.

• Tailfeather Reward – Movie Day, WEDNESDAY – Wednesday is also our PBIS Tailfeather Movie Day reward. See Mellissa’s Earlier Tailfeather Challenge Email for details on this event, but grade levels will have a 45 minute block of time for kids to watch a movie sometime in the afternoon, which will include popcorn courtesy of the PTO.

• Mice! Keep Food in Bins! – Mice have officially invaded out Howard. If you don’t believe that, just watch the Facebook livesteam video of the November PTO Meeting when I mouse ran behind me and the PTO president. In any case, keep all food inside enclosed plastic containers. Keeping them in draws or finding cabinets will not keep out mice. See the linked 4J Integrated Pest Management Document I shared earlier for guidelines on how to store food in the classroom, but I know I will be bringing plastic containers for my office snacks on Monday.

• SPED Updates and Info Presentation – Linked here is Karen Apgar’s SPED Slide Show from last week’s staff meeting if anyone is interested in reviewing the information. This can also be found on the Shared Howard Google Drive at Meeting/Teams > Staff Meetings > 2019-2020 > 2019-19-19

• LAST CALL: United Way Pledge Forms DUE WED – If you choose to participate in the annual United Way Pledge Drive, please return forms to my mailbox by this Wednesday.

• REMINDER: Staff Parking Areas (not the front row) – Since we’ve hired quite a few staff since the start of the year, I thought I’d remind everyone of the designated staff parking areas, which is anywhere in the parking lot except for the front row of parking spaces (the three handicap parking spots and 12 regular parking spots) which I’d like to reserve for families. With over 80 adults working in our building this year and only 94 parking spots it’s a pretty tight fit.

• List of Social Services – Similar to the Parenting Now Resources for Families (English and Spanish), linked here is a very comprehensive resource guide from the Relief Nursery Community Resource Guide, which lists resources ranging from counseling, to anger management, to immigration assistance, to 38 more pages of local resources for families.

• Struggle is Good! I Want to Fly! – Here is a good Very Short Short Story (only 460 words) about the importance of “the struggle” as a part of learning. I don’t want to ruin the ending, but check this one out when you have a moment. .

• Using Culturally Responsive Lessons to Boost Engagement – Identifying students’ likes and interests and connecting them to course content is a good way to get students motivated to learn. See this Edutopia Article for details!

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

November 25 (M)
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
8:30, Allan to Formal Observation
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
1:15, Junior Achievement Presentation (Niccum)
2:30-3:30, Allan to IEP Meeting (Conference Room)

November 26 (T)
8:15-11:30, Allan to Principal Meeting – Gaston Covering (Ed Center)
8:10, Native Presentation – Cortez & Carpenter (STEAM Room)
9:25, Native Presentation – Rock & Callihan (STEAM Room)

November 27 (W)
United Way Pledge Forms Due
8:15-8:52, K-5 Roadrunner Assembly & Tail Feather Reward (Gym)
1:15-2:00 (or grade level choice), Tailfeather Incentive Movie Day Reward (Classrooms)

November 28 (H)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

November 29 (F)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

December 2 (M)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Generosity
TAG Testing Window
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
1:15, Junior Achievement Presentation (Niccum)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

December 3 (T)
8:40, Allan to Formal Observation
11:25, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM25)

December 4 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
2:30, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Committee Meeting (Ed Center)

December 5 (H)
Regular Day

December 6 (F)
Popcorn Friday!
1:30, EA Supervisors Meeting (Title Room, RM26)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – Behavior Framework (Library)

December 7 (SA)
9:00-2:00, Howard Holiday Bazaar (Gym & Cafeteria)

Enjoy you holiday weekend and watch the forecast for snow!

Allan

 

November 18, 2019

 

Hello My Friends!

Be sure to fill out the Howard Shirt Staff Order Form by Friday! The PTO was able to secure donations from Moir Construction (Howard parent), Evergreen Roofing, and Deborah Coelho Gordon, Realtor (Howard grandparent) to fund staff and student shirts.

Eighteen items of note for this week:

• Fire Drill, Friday @8:50 – The November Fire Drill will be this Friday at 8:50. Hopefully the weather cooperates, but this is one of our few windows of opportunity where we can do the drill and not step on any Music, PE, or recess times.

• CLC EA Interviews Thursday – Katie, Rebecca, and I will be conducting interviews for our new CLC EA position this Thursday at 2:45 if any other staff are interested in joining. Just let me know and I’ll print you an interview packet.

• Help With Hoods – It’s a school rule that hoods are not to be worn indoors, so if you spot students with their hoods up or even halfway up, remind them of the rule and have them put their hood down. It’s important that everyone is consistent on this rule.

• UPDATE: Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit – I mentioned in last week’s announcements that to meet the Erin’s Law state requirements, teachers must cover Lessons 1-4 of the Second Step Child Protection Unit this fall. A few teachers asked Matt to teach the lessons, as some school counselors did last year, but the expectation this year is that classroom teachers provide the instruction.

• Use Instaprint for Journeys Printing – If grade levels are doing any ELA related printing from Journeys, please try to place your orders though Instaprint. There is a district account that can pay for these orders, which will help us offset increased paper costs we’re facing this year. Just note “Journeys” on your InstaPrint order forms. Let me know if you have any questions on this.

• Thanksgiving Classroom Reminder – As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, I wanted to send out my annual reminder regarding how Thanksgiving is taught in classrooms. Keep in mind that student perceptions of Native Americans often come from classroom activities around the “FirstmThanksgiving.” The conception of Native Americans gained from such early exposure is often both inaccurate and potentially damaging. When planning activities, be aware that what most of us learned in school about the “Pilgrims” and “Squanto” and the “First & Thanksgiving” is a mixture of both history and myth. Thanksgiving activities should avoid reinforcing historical myths and should avoid stereotypes (ie. NO warbonnets). It’s best to shift the focus away from the “First Thanksgiving” and instead focus on items children can be thankful for in their own lives and on their families’ celebrations of Thanksgiving. Some resources on what to avoid and what to teach can be found at Teaching Tolerance and Education World. Here is a good article with a Native American Perspective on Thanksgiving as well as one on The True Story of the First Thanksgiving. Also, the 4J Natives Program is available for classroom presentations year-round and can offer an accurate picture of Native American culture.

• PTO Meeting Updates – Linked here is the November PTO Meeting Slide Show and below are a few highlights:

• Family Night: Fun with Science – The evening of January 10th will be a PTO Family Night that will include stations with science themed activities for families to work on together.

• Tech Trot Update – We earned $5688.41 and the winner of the Superhero Party is… Ms. Silver’s class!

• Fundraising Opportunities – Several upcoming opportunities to remember and promote with students and families:

• Valley River Center School Cents – Help Howard earn up to $2,000 by shopping, dining or watching a movie at Valley River Center October 1 – March 31 with the VRC School Cents Program. Save your receipts and drop them off in the receipt collection box in the office.

• Bottle Drop – Collect cans and bottle in Howard Elementary PTO Bottle Drop Bags. There is one in the Staff Room and another for families.

• Duer’s ATA – Bring $49.00 for 1-month of unlimitied lessons at Duer’s ATA and 100% of the proceeds goes to the Howard PTO.

• Christmas Tree Fundraiser – Buy your Christmas tree at Spring Creek Holly Farm on McKenzie Highway and 50% of the proceeds will be donated to Howard.

• Holiday Bazaar – Saturday, Dec. 7th, 9:00-2:00 will be the annual Howard Holiday Bazaar, which this year is being run by Ashley Pond instead of being run by the PTO run.

• Hot Mama’s Wings Fundraiser 12/17 – Eat at at Hot Mama’s Wings on Thursday, Dec. 17th and earn money for Howard!

• Beep Beeps Drawing Change – Teachers, please put your Beep, Beep winner into my mailbox by Wednesday morning for the Beep, Beep Drawing. This will save time carting the jars back and forth and can also give teachers some control over winners (not that the drawing is rigged, right?).

• Student Success Act (SSA) Community Forums, Phase 2 – I attended last week’s SSA Staff Input Forum at North HS (not so well attended) and this week downtown is starting the Community SSA Forums which staff may attend as well. If you’d like your say in how this money is or is not spent, you get to spend green dots in support of the top items to surface from the first round of forums, survey, and focus groups (I spent my dots mostly on reducing class size) and red dots for proposals you do not support (I spent some of these too), you can attend one of the four meetings starting this week:

• November 19 (T), 5:30–6:30 p.m., Churchill High School (English)
• November 19 (T), 7–8 p.m., Churchill High School (Spanish)
• November 21 (H), 7–8 p.m., North Eugene High School
• November 25 (M), 5:30–6:30 p.m., South Eugene High School

• REPEAT: 2019-2020 Mandatory Elementary School Bus Safety Training – Gold start to Callihan, Chunn, Cortez, Corliss, Niccum, and Rock for already completing this! As required by OAR 581-53-002, all students must receive instructions on bus safety before the end of December 2019. Linked here i an updated Bus Training Info Sheet (English and Spanish) which can be used to help with bus safety instruction, but all classroom teachers need to do is show one of two 12-minute bus safety videos (the Newer Bus Evacuation Training Video or the quaint 1990s classic The Safest Way Out) and then tell Lori the date you showed it.

• Leadership Plan Not Approved – JCAC did not approve our leadership plan and I’ll meet with HR this Wednesday for guidance as to why and what needs to change for our plan. I’ll let licensed staff know more once I have more info.

• Hour of Code 2019 is Coming! – The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code”, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Check out the tutorials and activities at Hour of Code, Computer Science Education Week, Khan Academy, and these Edutopia Articles. If you have any favorite coding links you’d like me to add to the “Links for Learners” on the Howard website, just let me know.

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as building goals. A request out of Data Team was to provide a Heggerty Phonemic Awareness Training for 1st and 2nd grade teachers (others are invited to attend as well). Howard’s Staff Development Specialist, Rebecca Boyd, will lead the training in the library starting at 2:30. Grades 3-5 and any KG teachers who have already attended the training can use this time for any unfinished PLC work.

• Playground Sketches – I’m sharing this is partly for fun, but I can also see it being useful for a number of purposes, but Jeff made a hand drawn sketch of our playground (Black & White and Colored Playground Zones), which could be used by staff however you see fit (PBIS, investigating incidents, reviewing other logistics, etc.).

• 2019 Winter Holiday Resource – Linked here, and also on the front page of the Howard website, in English and Spanish, is a document listing Winter Holiday Resources. This contains information regarding holiday food boxes, meal sites, and gift programs. We’ll share this in the December school newsletter and on social media, but staff can feel free to pass this along to individual families as well.

• UPDATE: Artist in Residence Video Info & Schedule – Our artist, Rachell Jarvis, has asked teachers to have this Linked Video ready to show during your first session. Also, linked here is an Updated Artist in Residence Schedule, which effected folks already are aware.

• Responding Calmly to Upset Parents – When an angry email shows up in the inbox, it can be tempting to respond in kind. See this Edutopia Article for five tips from a middle school principal lead to better responses. #4 is my favorite bit of advice, which is “Pick up the phone instead of sending an email.” but the others are good as well, which include Sleep on it, Take a walk, Phone a friend before you hit send, and Let it go.

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

November 18 (M)
Roadrunner Tail Feather Challenge Continues
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
8:45-2:00, 3rd Grade Salmon Trip (Lawson/Peterson & Niccum)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

November 19 (T)
8:10, Allan to Formal Observation
8:45-2:00, 3rd Grade Salmon Trip (Kreider & Charpie)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Natalie’s Room, RM18)

November 20 (W)
Newsletter Articles Due
8:10-8:40, 3rd Grade Classical Spark Assembly (Gym)
11:10-2:25, PLC Meetings (KG, 3rd, 5th)

KG, 11:10-12:10
3rd Grade, 12:20-1:20
5th Grade, 1:30-2:25

November 21 (H)
8:10-11:55, PLC Meetings (2nd, 1st, 4th)

2nd 8:10-9:10
1st 9:30-10:30
4th 10:55-11:55

2:45-3:30, TLT Meeting/PD (Angela’s Room, RM24)
2:45-4:00, CLC EA Interviews (Conference Room)

November 22 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
8:50, Fire Drill
10:30-12:40, November Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – Heggerty (1/2), PLC (KG/2/3/4/5)

November 25 (M)
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
8:10, Allan to Formal Observation
10:30, Junior Achievement Presentation (Kreider)
2:30-3:30, Allan to IEP Meeting (Conference Room)

November 26 (T)
8:15-11:30, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting – Gaston Covering (Ed Center)
8:10, Native Presentation (Native Food) – Cortez & Carpenter (STEAM Room)
9:25, Native Presentation (Native Food) – Rock & Callihan (STEAM Room)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM21)

November 27 (W)
United Way Pledge Forms Due
8:10-8:35, K-5 Roadrunner Assembly & Tail Feather Reward (Gym)
1:15-2:00, Tailfeather Incentive Movie Day Reward (Classrooms)

November 28 (H)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

November 29 (F)
No School — Thanksgiving Break

Get ready for our one 5-day week of the month!

Allan

November 11, 2019

 

Hi-Diddily-Ho Friends,

Thank you, all, for making conference week go so well. I had nothing but positive feedback from parents and I hope classified staff found Thursday’s PD helpful.

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staff Room Cleaning – Unrelated to our PTO provided feast during conferences, the staff room has had some flies and gnats buzzing around lately from food that’s been left out or from dirty dishes left lying about. Please remember to clean up after yourself!

• Second Step Reminders – Three Second Steps reminders:

• Home Links – For the first time as a parent, my 5th grader has been assigned the Second Step Home Links activities and they’re actually really good. I’d encourage teachers to give these a try and send them home as an optional activity for kids to do with their family as a follow up to Second Step lessons.

• Pacing Guide – Linked here is the Second Step Pacing Guide. I do realize Second Step is one more thing, but I’m a believer in explicitly teaching kids about social emotional topics in order to make them more kind and empathetic of individuals. You have my full permission to skip even core subject areas to make time for Second Step lessons (being a good human is way more important than fractions).

• Erin’s Law & Second Step Child Safety Unit– If you haven’t already, to meet the Erin’s Law state requirements, teachers must cover Lessons 1-4 of the Second Step Child Protection Unit this fall. Lesson 5 should be taught right before spring break and lesson 6 right before summer break. Teachers have to share the one grade level teacher guide, but let me know if your grade level would like me to digitize and scan the materials for you if that’s easier.

• Staffing Updates – The CLC EA Job Posting noted in last week’s announcements is now up and closes this Tuesday if you know of any good candidates.

• Thanks from Bruce the Gardener – Thank you to everyone who contributed to Bruce’s Thank-You Basket for all of his work taking on the enormous job of maintaining ALL of Howard’s landscaping. He wrote us a lovely Thank-You Note, which is also posted in the Staff Room. On a side note, the architects for the new North Eugene did a tour of Howard and asked how it is that Howard’s landscaping was so much nicer than when they had just toured River Road? Well, that would be Bruce.

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as PLC Meeting time. Downtown hasn’t given principals details on this yet, but I’ll keep teachers posted if anything is shared at Tuesday’s Principals’ Meeting.

• Student Success Act Staff forums Tuesday & Wednesday @4:15Oregon’s Student Success Act is planned to provide about $1 billion in additional funds for early learning and K–12 education each year. Funds can be used in four areas: increasing instructional time, addressing health and safety needs, reducing class sizes, and providing a well-rounded education. If you’d like your opinion heard, one staff forum is this Tuesday at 4:15 at North Eugene High School and another Wednesday at 4:15 at Sheldon High School.

• SPED Procedures Manual – SSD created an online 2019 SpEd Procedural Manual for 4J. The manual contains processes and procedures for multiple aspects of special education service delivery. Let me know if you come across any errors or if there is additional information you feel would be useful in the manual.

• REPEAT: PTO Meeting, TUESDAY – This Tuesday at 6:00 will be the November PTO Meeting if any staff are able to volunteer their time to show support for the work of our PTO Board members.

• REPEAT: PTO MOD Pizza Fundraiser, THURSDAY – This Thursday is the November PTO Resturant Fundraiser and this month it’s at MOD Pizza on Coburg Road. Remind your students and hopefully we’ll see you there too!

• REPEAT: Fun Friday! – Sports Day, FRIDAY – This Friday is the November Fun Friday and this time it’s Sport Day. Come to school ready to celebrate your favorite team or sport. Get kids pumped and get your own attire ready for this Friday!

• REPEAT: NATIVES Program Assembly, FRIDAY – This Friday is the NATIVES Program Assembly. The KG/1/2 assembly will be 8:10-8:40 and the 3/4/5 assembly will be 8:50-9:20. Remember to pre-teach assembly behaviors before the assembly and remember there is a Caring School Community lesson on assembly behaviors if you’d like to use that lesson sometime before the assembly. See the linked NATIVES Assembly Map & Directions for details.

• Staff Website Photos – Anyone dislike your picture on the Howard Staff Director webpage and prefer your new picture form this year? If that’s the case, let me know and I’ll update your picture.

• UPDATE: MyOn (i.e. News-o-Matic) AccessMyOn was slow to roster our students and teachers, but it is not ready. Staff may have gotten an email from MyOn to set up an account, but you do not need to set anything up. Just log on with the info below!

STUDENTS:
USER: 4J email username
PW: 4J six digit password

TEACHERS:
USER: 4J email username
PW: roadrunner

• What Productive Talk Looks Like in the Elementary Grades – Using sentence stems to scaffold classroom discussions guides students to speak, actively listen, and build on each others’ ideas. See this Edutopia Article for some nice phrasing and talk moves (time to talk, Say more, , Who can repeat or rephrase that?, What is your evidence or reasoning?, Agree/Disagree, etc.) that can really get students talking and thinking.

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

November 11 (M)
No School — Veterans Day

November 12 (T)
Roadrunner Tail Feather Challenge Continues
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
9:00-10:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM21)
4:15, Student Success Act Staff Forum (NEHS)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 13 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
World Kindness Day
Picture Retakes (STEAM Room)
4:15, Student Success Act Staff Forum (SheldonHS)

November 14 (H)
10:25, Allan to Formal Observation
4:00-9:00, PTO MOD Pizza Fundraiser (Coburg Road)

November 15 (F)
Fun Friday! – Sports Day
Popcorn Friday!
8:10-8:40, K-2, Natives Program Storytelling Assembly (Gym)
8:50-9:20, 3-5, Natives Program Storytelling Assembly (Gym)
2:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

November 18 (M)
Roadrunner Tail Feather Challenge Continues
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! w/Rachell Jarvis Continues
8:45-2:00, 3rd Grade Salmon Trip (Lawson/Peterson & Niccum)

November 19 (T)
8:10, Allan to Formal Observation
8:45-2:00, 3rd Grade Salmon Trip (Kreider & Charpie)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Volunteer’s Classroom)

November 20 (W)
8:10-8:40, 3rd Grade Classical Spark Assembly (Gym)
11:10-2:25, PLC Meetings (KG, 3rd, 5th)

KG, 11:10-12:10
3rd Grade, 12:20-1:20
5th Grade, 1:30-2:25

November 21 (H)
8:10-11:55, PLC Meetings (2nd, 1st, 4th)

2nd 8:10-9:10
1st 9:30-10:30
4th 10:55-11:55

2:45-3:30, TLT Meeting/PD (Angela’s Room, RM24)

November 22 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
10:30-12:40, November Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – Heggerty (1/2), PLC (KG/2/3/4/5)

Keep passing out those tailfeathers!

Allan

 

November 4, 2019

 

Greetings Everyone,

If you have any leftover Halloween candy you’re looking to get rid of, the giant community candy dish in my office will gladly take them off your hands.

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Please welcome Kaitlyn Michlanski as our latest new kindergarten teacher. Kaitlyn did her student teaching at Holt in a Kindergarten classroom and was also in the same UO Teacher Ed Program cohort at Savannah and Megan. Kaitlyn’s first official day will be Wednesday, setting up her classroom up that day and during conferences, and starting with students the following week.

We’ve also posted for an additional 6-hour CLC EA position that was approved last week, which should get posted this week, so if you know of any good candidates out there or folks with fewer six hours looking for more time, let them know they should apply.

In other staffing new, I’m also working with downtown to get support for our Music and PE specialists who now have the largest class load in all of 4J. There’s almost no flexibility in the schedule for rescheduling missed preps, so we’ll be relying on extended contract for either classroom teachers or specialists if we can’t reschedule any missed preps.

• Tailfeather Incentive starts MONDAY – See Mellissa’s Email for details, but remember to be on the lookout for positive class behaviors and shower those classes with tailfeathers from November 4 – 22, culminating in a movie day reward a the end of the day on the last day before Thanksgiving Break, Wednesday, November 27th.

• REPEAT: EA Extravaganza Nov. 7th – For classifieds staff, Conference Days are regular work days. See Marlee Litten’s Email and Directions for a list of the workshop opportunities as well as the registration instructions. Follow this Registration Link and do a search for “K-8 EA PD.”

• REPEAT: Conferences Notes – A few key reminders about conferences this week:

• Student Profile Sheets – Teachers, have families review and update Student Profile Sheets.

• Parent Report Update – Parent reports will be delivered to teachers once they are available.

• Title 1 Compacts – Please remember the following:

1. You sign the Teacher section
2. You have the students read (or you read it to them) the Student section
3. You have parents/guardians sign their section at conferences
4. If a Compact is in Spanish (the student’s name is at the top on that side), please sign the Teacher section and have the student sign their section on the Spanish side. This is helpful for the parents when they get sent home.
5. DO NOT SEND COMPACTS HOME WITH STUDENTS!!!

For “no-show”, give Corianne the Compact with your signature and the student’s signature.

• Allan Available for Conferences – Let me know if you’d like me to join you for any of your conferences.

• PTO Provided Dinners – Soups and Salads will be here Wednesday night and on Thursday there will be PF Changs for lunch and a separate dinner provided.

• UPDATED: Artist in Residence Schedule – Linked here is the Updated Schedule for the Fall Artist in Residence (Glass fusing Fun! with Rachell Jarvis), which starts this week. Several adjustments were made, but classrooms effected already know. And linked linked here is a Draft Schedule for the Spring Artiest in Residence (Bugs, Bones, & Botany: Exploring the Natural World Through Arts with Jess Graff) from May 4 – June 5.

• PTO Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 12 – Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, November 12th at 6:00 will be the November PTO Meeting if any staff are able to volunteer their time to show support for the work of our PTO Board members.

• PTO MOD Pizza Fundraiser, Thursday, Nov. 14 – Also next week will be the November PTO Resturant Fundraiser and this month it’s at MOD Pizza on Coburg Road. I try to limit my carbs so my meal of choice at MOD is to do the MOD Salad, where you get to go through all of their pizza toppings and choose which ones you want to go into a big ol’ salad!

• Fun Friday! – Sports Day, Friday, Nov. 15 – The November Fun Friday is next week. This time it’s Sport Day, so come to school ready to celebrate your favorite team or sport. Get kids pumped and get your own attire for the big day!

• NATIVES Program Assembly, Friday, Nov. 15 – Not this Friday, but Friday next week will be a NATIVES Program Assembly. The KG/1/2 assembly will be 8:10-8:40 and the 3/4/5 assembly will be 8:50-9:20. Remember to pre-teach assembly behaviors before the assembly and remember there is a Caring School Community lesson on assembly behaviors if you’d like to use that sometime before the assembly. See the linked NATIVES Assembly Map & Directions for details.

• NAACP Tutoring Resources – If you missed this in the 4J Office of Equity Update, the NAACP offers free PreK-5th tutoring at the LCC Downtown Campus on most Saturdays. See the above link for details or visit the Eugene Springfield NAACP Website.

• Leave Information – There’s no policy change on this, but I do often get questions around leaves and when you need to fill out a leave form, so here are the basics:

1) Any employee out for more than 5 days must submit a leave request to HR – medical, family medical, bereavement, parental, military, personal, part-time and/or professional.

*Copies of the medical, non-medical, family medical and unpaid day request forms can be found on the HR Forms webpage. They can also be found on the web under HR-Leaves of Absence

2) Any bereavement leave request (even if it is less than 5 days) must be submitted using the non-medical leave request form. This is for HR to determine if it is for a qualifying family member, and if they qualify under OFLA. Bereavement leave is also paid out of a different leave bank than the employee’s own banks.

3) All documents required to complete a leave must be turned in directly to HR. This would include leave requests, medical certifications and release forms. All medical leaves must have a release to return to work before they can resume working. If they return to work without a release, they must be sent home until HR receives the release.

4) If an employee is taking any unpaid days (5 days or less), an unpaid day request form must be filled out by the employee, signed by the building supervisor (if it is supported), and turned in to HR. Please note, a building supervisor signature does not mean this type of leave will be approved by HR Admin.

5) HR will enter ALL leaves into Lawson for ALL staff who are on an approved leave. This process will take place at the conclusion of their leave. The only absences the building needs to enter will be non-leave absences, and unpaid day entries.

Please note the importance of #5. If HR and the buildings are both entering absences into Lawson, the employee could be double deducted which will mess up payroll, and their leave banks.

Please only enter absences for non-leave related days, and any approved unpaid day requests. Also, when entering absences into Aesop for staff on leave, please use the code Long Term Leave of Absence.

• Measles information from Lane County Public Health – Free measles shots for staff and dependents are available through many local pharmacies and at the 4J Wellness Clinic. This immunization will be made available to staff at the Wellness Clinic whether your healthcare coverage is through Moda Health or Kaiser Permanente. Please call 541-686-1427 to make an appointment. See the linked Health Notice for details.

• The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline – Helping students regain their calm after misbehavior doesn’t mean there are no consequences — it ensures that the right lesson is learned. This Edutopia Article notes that it takes a calm brain to calm another brain—this co-regulation is something that students with ACEs may have missed out on. Their school can be an environment where they feel safe and connected even when they make poor choices.

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

November 4 (M)
Roadrunner Tail Feather Challenge Begins
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! – Rachell Jarvis Begins
2:45, Allan to IEP Meeting (Conference Room)

November 5 (T)
Regular Day

November 6 (W)
Monthly Walk + Roll to School Day
2:30-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Committee (Ed Center)
4:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 7 (H)
8:00-4:00, K-8 EA Extravaganza & MANDT
8:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences
12:00, Allan to his kids conferences (Adams)
3:40, Allan to Conference

November 8 (F)
Teacher Comp Day – No School
Classified Staff Regular Work Day
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting

November 11 (M)
No School — Veterans Day

November 12 (T)
Roadrunner Tail Feather Challenge Continues
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! – Rachell Jarvis Continues
9:00-10:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM21)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 13 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
World Kindness Day
Picture Retakes

November 14 (H)
10:25, Allan to Formal Observation
4:00-9:00, PTO MOD Pizza Fundraiser (Coburg Road)

November 15 (F)
Fun Friday! – Sports Day
Popcorn Friday!
8:10-8:40, K-2, Natives Program Storytelling Assembly (Gym)
8:50-9:20, 3-5, Natives Program Storytelling Assembly (Gym)
2:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

Have a good week, everyone, and an even better three-day weekend!

Allan

October 28, 2019

 

Hi Everyone,

FUN FACT! This is our last full 5-day week until November 18th and the next full week after that isn’t until December!

Sixteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – We conducted interviews this past Thursday for our fourth kindergarten teacher, which will bring kindergarten class sizes down to 20, 20, 20, and 21. We’re happy with our candidate and I’ve submitted a candidate name to HR to make the job offer, so hopefully the person will be able to start as soon as possible. Timeline-wise, we’ll give the new teacher three days to set up their classroom and plan, I will notify families of students changing classrooms, and students will start the following day.

• EA Extravaganza Nov. 7th – For classifieds staff, Conference Days Nov. 7th and 8th are regular work days. See Marlee Litten’s Email and Directions for a list of the workshop opportunities as well as the registration directions. Follow this Registration Link and do a search for “K-8 EA PD.”

• Conferences Updates – Nine items of note for conferences next week:

• Student Profile Sheets – Teachers, be sure to have your families review and update contact information on the Student Profile Sheets Lori put into mailboxes.

• Parent Report Update – Parent reports are being generated and will be ready before conferences to share with families. For new folks, these include information on attendance as well as SBAC and fall benchmark scores. I’ll put these in teacher mailboxes as soon as I get them.

• Licensed Specialists Expectations – The district expectation for licensed specialists (Title, SPED, ELD, Music, PE, etc.) during conferences is they need to be working during conferences in some capacity and are to be available to families if they would like to meet. 

• Title 1 Compacts – Title 1 compacts were put in teacher mailboxes last Friday. Please remember the following:

1. You sign the Teacher section
2. You have the students read (or you read it to them) the Student section
3. You have parents/guardians sign their section at conferences
4. If a Compact is in Spanish (the student’s name is at the top on that side), please sign the Teacher section and have the student sign their section on the Spanish side. This is helpful for the parents when they get sent home.
5. DO NOT SEND COMPACTS HOME WITH STUDENTS!!!

If a conference is a “no-show”, please give me the Compact back with your signature and the student’s signature. I will get copies made and put a sticky note on it before we send it home. That way if we never get it back, we still have a record of trying.

• Allan Available for Conferences – If teachers have any tricky conferences and would like me to attend, just let me know and I’ll put it on my calendar.

• PTO Provided Dinners – Our awesome PTO is again providing dinner for staff working late during parent teacher conferences. I believe the current plan is for a “Soup Contest” along with salads and breads.

• Compensation for Large Class Sizes – Per section 10.1.9 of the contract, teachers who have greater than twenty-eight students for conference, will be compensated for one half (1/2) day at their per diem rate. Following conferences, I’ll put extended contract in teacher mailboxes for classes of 29 or more students.

• What Teachers Want Parents to Know – Here’s a nice reminder before conferences from an Edutopia article by a teacher who has worked in a variety of schools, reflecting on what teachers want parents to know:

• We care about your child’s well-being.
• We want your child to succeed.
• We know that learning is difficult.
• We know your child has other responsibilities.
• We care deeply about what we teach.

• Parent-Teacher Conference Tips from NEA – There are quite a few resources available on the NEA website to assist teachers in preparing for and conducting conferences. My own favorite advice is to just listen to parents, which is something I learned from my mentor teacher back in my student teacher days. He started every conference by saying “How do things look on your end?” which I copied and always thought was a good way for families to share whatever was on their mind, instead of me launching into my spiel and making them wait to share.

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as PLC Meeting time. Downtown hasn’t given principals details on this yet, but I except this will be a continuation of what we worked on two weeks ago on 10/18. If that’s the case, we’ll plan to meet in the library for grade level teams to share where they are at and continue working on your Math Essential Standards document and make sure your PLC Meeting Notes are finished, especially your Next Steps section, so that we are ready for our next PLC meeting time with Rebecca.

• Artist in Residence Schedule – Linked here is the a Draft Schedule for the First Artist in Residence (Glass fusing Fun! with Rachell Jarvis) from November 4th – December 13th. The only things I held sacred on the schedules were recesses, lunches, and specialists times, but let me know if you have suggestions how to make the schedules work better or if you noticed any mistakes (I’m sure there are some). The only constraints are the artists need at least 15 minutes between sessions and are limited to no more than five classes per day, but I think the schedules worked out for the most part.

• MyOn (i.e. News-o-Matic) Access – Howard veterans will remember a great app we used to have called News-O-Matic, wgucg was purchased by MyOn. Carla wrote an EEF grant to get us a schoolwide subscription to MyOn, which we just got the funds for an submitted. I’ve uploaded students (USER: 4J email username PW: 4J six digit password) and teachers (USER: 4J email username PW: roadrunner) last week and they will hopefully be loaded soon.

If you’re not familiar with myON, it started as vast a collection of online books, which is still has, and once they purchased News-O-Matic, they deliver authentic reporting on timely topics and current events through a series of five daily news articles, 52 weeks a year. Articles are written by professional journalists and reviewed by a child psychologist for age-appropriateness. Every article is written at 3 Lexile® levels, with audio supports and engaging multimedia to further student understanding.

• Site Council Date Changes – At the Elementary Principals’ Meeting last week, principals learned that it is acceptable for Site Council groups to meet on a quarterly basis. In light of that, Site Council will meet in January, April (for EEF grant approval), and in May (end-of-year warp-up items). Some years Site Council will need to meet more often, such as last year when we worked on our 3-year school improvement plan, and there may also be times when items come up we’ll need to meet, but this makes sense given that most years Site Council has less to do in the School Improvement off-years.

• Winter Fire & Pest Control Reminders – This is your annual reminder that the risk of fire grows as temperatures drop and heating systems start to operate. 4J has had fires in the past caused by combustible materials placed too close to heating sources. With this in mind, please take the time to visually inspect that all combustible materials are at least three feet in all directions from heating sources. Even if you have a heater that doesn’t appear to run during normal operations please maintain the required clearances for materials as it might run if the building cools to a specified point overnight, over a holiday or school break. Additionally as it gets wet and cold outside the mice and rats begin looking for warmer places to hang out. This underlines the importance of pest prevention in order to provide our desired work/learning environment. We need your help to prevent pest problems by learning proper food storage techniques which can be found in the attached Integrated Pest Management (IPM) document. Please report any pest sighting or signs of a problem to your building custodian.

• REPEAT: Costume Parade Update – Linked here is the plan for the 2019 Costume Parade Directions & Map, which also includes an indoor rainy day parade route.

The Halloween Parade will start at 1:40 PM on October 31st. Classroom parties may run prior to or after the parade at the teacher discretion. At 1:40, upstairs classrooms will begin a single file line down their stairs and will pick up their downstairs buddy classrooms who will follow behind out to the field where we will parade around the track and cross the field at the 50 yard line. Here is the approximate schedule:

1:40 – Upstairs classrooms walk single file downstairs
1:45 – Downstairs buddy classrooms follow upstairs buddy classrooms
1:50 – Classes proceed single file onto the track area following the red arrows
2:10-2:20 – Classes return back to their rooms.

• Halloween Staff Photo, 2:40 in Story Cove! – Remember to keep your costumes on after school for our annual staff picture in the Library Story Cove!

 

• Student Care Team Resources – There were a few resources that were shared at last week’s Student Care Team Meeting:

• Section 8 Housing Opening Up, Nov. 12 – On Tuesday, November 12th at 8:00AM until the following Tuesday, November 19th at 4:00PM. Terra will email the flyer to Allan, who will distribute later.

• Energy Assistance – There are several energy assistant programs coming up:

• Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) – Opens Nov. 1st at 9:00 at the Eugene or Springfield office at Catholic Community Services (CCS) or go online to https://lanecounty.org/LIHEAP. In Eugene, call (541) 345-3642. In Springfield, call (541) 747-8349. Applicants need to talk to a staff member, and not leave a message to get on enrolled. To get on the list, they have to talk to a human, apply online, or enroll in person. Last year the list filled in 15 minutes. This year they are opening it up the first business day of every month
• EWEB Customer Care (ECC) – ECC is adding clients to a waiting list the first business day of the month starting at 9:00. People can apply by calling the Eugene CCS office at (541) 345-3642. going online at: https://lanecounty.org/ECC

• OLGA – Oregon Low Income Bill Assistance – NW Natural – Program is funded by Northwest Natural. This program is available to all Northwest Natural (NWN) customers who meet the income qualifications. The OLGA program provides a one-time payment that is applied directly to the applicant’s NWN account. To apply, in Eugene, call (541) 345-3642. In Springfield, call (541) 747-8349. Or visit the OLGA Website.

• Dovetail – Dovetail Project (formerly known as Project 250) was developed for integrating services provided by Department of Health and Human Services Divisions to achieve better outcomes for chronic clients (families, individuals, and veterans). Contact is Laurel O’Rouke, Social Services Liaison for Dovetail Program at Lane County Government, (541) 682-8778 or visit the Dovetail Website.

• Roseburg Therapy – Roseburg Therapy began as a provider in schools throughout Douglas County and is expanding into Eugene and Springfield school, so children can access mental health services in their school without the obstacles of parents needing to leave their jobs and children needing to leave school. More information and the referral form (under “Services”) can be found at their website: https://www.roseburgtherapy.com/

• November PBIS Focus: Appreciations – The November PBIS monthly focus is Appreciations. The PBIS team created a PBIS/CSC Cheat Sheet that matches our monthly PBIS themes with corresponding Caring School Community class meeting lessons, which is a nice way to tie the two activities together.

• United Way Annual Campaign – United Way Campaign Forms were put in staff mailboxes this past Friday. If you’d like to donate, return forms to my mailbox by Friday, November 16th. United Way of Lane County supports many Lane County community programs that assist our students and families. Linked here is the email sent to principals. You can learn more about what all they do by following the above link.

• The Power of the Positive Phone Call Home – We all know this, but this Edutopia article serves as a good reminder that calling students’ parents or guardians with good news encourages more good behavior and creates strong teacher-student bonds.

• Identity-Affirming Schools Need Race-Conscious Educators – Inclusive environments are catalysts to students’ success. In this ASCD Express Article, an equity and inclusion specialist shares four steps necessary to foster belonging and dismantle systems that marginalize students, which are:

1) The Colorblind Approach Is Damaging
2) Disproportionalities Send a Message to Students
3) Singular Stories Are Dangerous
4) Students Want to Be Heard

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

October 28 (M)
2:45-3:30, Site Council CANCELLED

October 29 (T)
8:10, Allan to Formal Observation
9:00-11:00, Jeff Out of Building at Synergy Training
9:10, Allan to Formal Observation
10:00-12:00, Allan to ESSA Planning Sessions (Office)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM23)

October 30 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Ashleys Room, RM25)

October 31 (H)
1:40-2:15ish, Halloween Costume Parade
2:40, Staff Halloween Photo!

November 1 (F)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Appreciations
Popcorn Friday!
1:30, EA Supervisors’ Meeting (Title 1 Room, RM26)
2:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

November 3 (SU)
Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 4 (M)
Roadrunner Tail Feather Challenge Begins
Artist in Residence – Glass-Fusing Fun! – Rachell Jarvis Begins
2:45, Allan to IEP Meeting (Conference Room)

November 5 (T)
Regular Day

November 6 (W)
2:30-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Committee (Ed Center)
4:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences
8:00-4:00, K-8 EA Extravaganza & MANDT

November 7 (H)
8:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences
3:40, Allan to Conference

November 8 (F)
Teacher Comp Day – No School
Classified Staff Regular Work Day
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting

November 11 (M)
No School — Veterans Day

Have a fun week of making fun school memories for kids!

Allan

October 21, 2019

 

Howdy Y’all,

Thirteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – I’m pleased to announce our new Upstairs Evening Custodian is Kimberly Holliday, who will start this Monday. Kimberly has been the Evening Custodian at Adams and ATA the past two years and before that was part of the 4J HVAC crew and before that was a cook for Nutrition Services. Please welcome Kimberly to the Howard Team!

Our Kindergarten Classroom vacancy closes this Sunday, so if I get candidate names in time, our plan is to conduct interviews this Thursday after school if any staff would like to volunteer their time to help choose our fourth kindergarten teacher. Let me know if you’d like to join the interview committee.

• UPDATE: 2019-2020 Master Schedule – With adding the 4/5 and kindergarten classroom, there have been some changes to the 2019-2020 Master Schedule, which will start this week. See the above linked file on the Howard Staff Shared Google Drive for the most current version of the schedule. Anyone affected by changes already knows.

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as a Behavior Framework training. Downtown hasn’t given principals details on this yet, but I’m guessing we’ll get them at Tuesday’s Elementary Principals’ Meeting.

• Costume Parade Update – There was support for this year’s Halloween Costume Parade to be in the afternoon instead of first thing in the morning and for it to also be on the track, so linked here is the updated 2019 Costume Parade Directions & Map, which also includes an indoor rainy day parade route.

The Halloween Parade will start at 1:40 PM on October 31st. Classroom parties may run prior to or after the parade at the teacher discretion. At 1:40, upstairs classrooms will begin a single file line down their stairs and will pick up their downstairs buddy classrooms who will follow behind out to the field where we will parade around the track and cross the field at the 50 yard line. Here is the approximate schedule:

1:40 – Upstairs classrooms walk single file downstairs
1:45 – Downstairs buddy classrooms follow upstairs buddy classrooms
1:50 – Classes walk single file onto the track area following the map
2:10-2:20 – Classes return back to their rooms.

• InstaPrint Orders Cheaper Than Copier – Due to the increased cost of paper, it is now cheaper to place print orders though InstraPrint, which will be paid for out building funds and NOT classroom funds. Staff are encouraged to use InstaPrint for print orders, but be sure to give Lori your print order so she can add the appropriate account numbers.

• PTO Noodles and Co. Fundraiser Thursday – Be sure to remind students this week there is a PTO Fundraiser this Thursday at Noodles and Co. where a portion of all sales will go to support Howard. I’ll definitely be going because I am OBSESSED with their Zoodles!

• Putting in Tickets for Technology Help – As a reminder to staff, if you ever need assistance with anything technology related, you should send an email to4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu or call x7777, but do not email Jyllian directly or simply grab her in the hallway. The reasons staff staff are asked to put in tickets are numerous, including but are not limited to:

• To get an accurate accounting of the workload for your schools
• To obtain statistics on the overall workload for all TSS
• To justify the existence of site-based TSS
• To get statistics on the type of requests coming in, so they can target training and other resources.
• To see historical data for devices and problems
• Because TSS assignments can change at any time
• To better allocate TSS staffing.

This is important because a low number of tickets could indicate that a school doesn’t need as much tech support time as it is currently getting. In looking at current data, they believe this is because the staff at some schools may be emailing or talking directly to the TSS instead of putting in a ticket.

• IEP Meetings & NeedToMeet Request – Teachers, please make you reply promptly to the NeetToMeet emails from Nancy Miranda, who is the SSD CMA who schedules IEP meeting. These meeting are often time sensitive, so it is important teachers respond promptly so the meetings can get scheduled.

• Non-SSD Licensed IEP/504 Time Log (2019-2020) – Related to the above, there are no limits on how many IEPs meetings teachers may be required to addend within a week, but as compensation, the contract does allow for non-SSD bargaining unit members to receive up to a total of six hours of additional compensation based on their per diem rate for participating in IEP or 504 meetings during scheduled planning days, scheduled preparation time, or outside the member’s workday. Meeting time will be accumulated in 15-minute increments and recorded on the linked IEP/504 Log Form, which is now a Google Form you can update throughout the year as you attend meetings. See the above link for details.

• Teacher of the Year Award – Our local VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) Post 293 is having difficulty getting teachers nominated for their teacher of the year award and reached out to Howard if we might want to nominate someone. I feel weird doing this myself, but if anyone else or a group of staff would like to make a nomination, just print the linked VFW Teacher of the Year Nomination Form. Fill out the top portion, and then write a 350 word or less letter of recommendation describing why you feel your teacher should be selected. Describe the teacher’s innovative teaching and resource development methods, as well as, their dedication to education. Other items you could mention would be how the teacher stimulates interest in American history, traditions, and civic responsibility. Then mail the completed form and the letter of recommendation to: VFW Post 293 1626 Willamette St. Eugene, OR 97401. The deadline for submitting a nomination is October 31st. Any mailed nominations must be postmarked by 10/31/19. Nominated teachers have the chance to win at each level of the competition. The first is at the post level, then district, then state and finally national. They can win money for themselves and the school and also have a chance to win a trip to Washington DC.

• How to Be an Antiracist Educator – Educators have an obligation to confront the harm of racism, says one social-emotional learning expert. She shares five steps educators can take to teach for an antiracist future in this ASCD Article.

1. Engage in Vigilant Self-Awareness
2. Acknowledge Racism and the Ideology of White Supremacy
3. Study and Teach Representative History
4. Talk About Race with Students
5. When You See Racism, Do Something

• Trauma-Informed Teaching Strategies – We’ve covered a lot of these in our various trainings, but it’s’ nice to see an ASCD Article also talk about how small changes in classroom interactions can make a big difference for traumatized students:

1. Expect Unexpected Responses
2. Employ Thoughtful Interactions
3. Be Specific About Relationship Building
4. Promote Predictability and Consistency
5. Teach Strategies to “Change the Channel”
6. Give Supportive Feedback to Reduce Negative Thinking
7. Create Islands of Competence
8. Limit Exclusionary Practices
9. Fostering a Feeling of Safety

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

October 21 (M)
9:00-12:45, Larsen and Pond to Mt. Pisgah
8:30, Allan Meeting with Howard Neighbor (Office)

October 22 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center) – Gaston Covering
9:00-1:00, OSEA Visit to Howard (Staff Room)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Charissa’s Room, RM17)

October 23 (W)
8:10-11:55, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

5th 8:00-9:00
KG 9:10-10:10
3rd 10:25-11:25

2:40-3:30, Student Care Team (Conference Room)
4:00-6:00, Allan to Administrator of Color Monthly Meeting (Ed Center)
4:00-8:00, District First Aid Class (Library)
5:30-6:30, PERS Retirement Planning (EEA Offices)

October 24 (H)
November Newsletter Article Deadline
8:10-11:25, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

2nd 8:10-9:10
1st 9:30-10:30
4th 10:55-11:55

2:30, Kindergarten Interviews (Conference Room)
4:00-9:00, PTO Noodles and Co. Fundraiser
4:30-5:45, PERS Retirement Planning (Ed Center)

October 25 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
9:00-12:00, Life Skills to Detering
10:30-12:30, October Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
2:30, Early Release PD – Behavior Framework (Library)

October 28 (M)
2:45-3:30, Site Council (Conference Room)

October 29 (T)
8:10, Allan to Formal Observation
9:10, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM23)

October 30 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Ashleys Room, RM25)

October 31 (H)
1:40-2:15ish, Halloween Costume Parade
2:40, Staff Halloween Photo!

November 1 (F)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Appreciations
Popcorn Friday!
1:30, EA Supervisors’ Meeting (Title 1 Room, RM26)
2:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

November 3 (SU)
Daylight Saving Time Ends (Fall back one last time for Oregon)

Fun Fact! After next week, we don’t have two full weeks of school in a row until December.

Allan

October 14, 2019

 

Howdy Everyone,

Wow! We had a great turnout of families for Open House and we had a record breaking number show up for the Annual Title 1 Parent Presentation (the free ice cream coupons seemed to help). Thank you everyone for staying late to show families our school and program and to make them feel welcome in our school!

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Last week was jam packed with interviews and we’ve hired five new folks listed below, are waiting on HR to finalize our Upstairs Night Custodian hire, and are reposting our KG Classroom position. Please welcome the following new staff members:

• Cheyenne Carpenter (5th or 4/5 Classroom) – Cheyenne comes to us from the Portland area, where she’s been a popular long term substitute in Beaverton the past two years, having worked at Title 1 schools similar to Howard. We’re still waiting for final word from downtown if this position will be a straight 5th grade classroom or a 4/5 blend, which impacts our timeline for creating class lists and notifying families.

• Michael Hatch (Life Skills EA) – Michael joins the Howard Life Skills team working as a direct support professional with students with disabilities in their home. Michael also holds a degree in Psychology from Wester Oregon University.

• Christina Wagner (Kindergarten EA) – Christina is already pretty well known at Howard as a longtime Howard parent and longtime volunteer. Besides having a prior connection to Howard, Christina is currently working towards earning her teaching degree and will bring the skills from that program to our kindergarten classrooms.

• Justin Wisner (Learning Center EA) – Justin has subbed at Howard since the start of the school year in a few different positions and will join the Howard Learning Center Team as our 3-hour LC EA. Justin was also recently hired as an EA for the after school BEST Program.

• Rebecca Wright (Kindergarten EA) – Rebecca has subbed in this position most of the school year and will also be familiar to anyone who’s spent time int he Kindergarten wing this year. Rebecca comes to Howard with experience as a retired teacher from California, so she brings her years of experience to the Howard Kindergarten Team.

We did not not hire anyone for the Kindergarten Classroom position, so we are going to repost that position. The posting should go up this week and will post for five days, so please encourage any excellent subs, former student teachers, or terrific part-time teachers who’d like to go full-time know they should apply!

All of these folks have orientation meetings scheduled this Tuesday and should be able to officially start this Wednesday, so please welcome these fine new folks to the AWESOME Howard Team!

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as PLC time for classroom and interventionist teachers. Downtown hasn’t gotten principals details about the format of this session, but my guesses it will be something similar to last year and I’ll plan to keep that same format if I don’t hear otherwise.

• Costume Parade Planning Meeting, Wednesday @2:45 – Several ideas were thrown around at the end of Thursday’s Behavior Framework PD, so I’ll hold an optional planning meeting this Wednesday at 2:45 in the conference room to finalize plans for our annual Halloween Costume Parade. Linked here is Last Year’s Parade Route & Directions and here is Last Year’s Parade Half-Sheet Flyer we sent home.

• PTO Meeting Updates – Thank you to staff who came out to support the PTO at last week’s meeting. Linked here is the PTO Slideshow Presentation and below are a few highlights. Also remember that they livestream their meetings on Facebook if you’d like to watch from home live or watch the meeting later.

• Tech Trot Updates – The PTO has already raised quite a bit online for the Tech Trot and will hopefully get more once students return envelops, which teachers should return to the office.

• Noodles & Co. Fundraiser 10/24 – The PTO is trying monthly resturaunt events as an easy low-key way to fundraise that doesn’t involve collecting donations or selling people anything. The next on will be Thursday, November 14th at MOD Pizza.

• Popcorn Twice a Month – Popcorn is currently scheduled for the first and third Friday of each month. I’ve added these to the building calendar.

• VRC School Cents Fundraiser – Help Howard earn up to $2,000! Shop, dine or see a movie at Valley River Center October 1 – March 31 and save your receipts. Submit receipts at shopandlog.com/VRC or drop off receipts at school in the receipt collection box by the volunteer sign-in computer.

• PTO Parent/Teacher Conferences Meals – The PTO loves our teachers and would like to show their appreciation by providing meals during conferences. Look for yummy meals these the evening of November 6th and 7th.

• Bruce the Gardner Thank-You Gift – I continue to be impressed by Bruce, the gentlemen who has been weeding, pruning, and cleaning up our many flower beds in the courtyards, the parking lot, and in front of the building. He’s asked for nothing in return, but I think we owe him some sort of thank you, so I’m taking up a collection for Bruce to buy him something nice. If you’d like to donate, I’m going to put an envelope in my mailbox labeled BRUCE. And let me know if you have any good idea what we might get him, though I was thinking a few gift cards and a signed card from staff would be nice.

• Paper Cost Increase – I mentioned earlier the cost of paper has increased this year, but people may not realize how BIG this increase is:

White Paper – Used to be $2.50, now $3.50 per ream
Colored Paper – Used to be $3.50, now $5.50 per ream
Tag Paper – Used to be $3.50, now $8.50 per ream

Due to the cost of paper, it is now cheaper to use InstaPrint for your print orders, but try to go digital when you can.

All of this is due to the fact that warehouse no longer buys and stores paper for the district so we have lost bulk pricing. If we could really concentrate on using white paper and very limited use of tag we will be able to stretch our budget further this year.

• Student Care Team Referrals Due FRIDAY – The Student Care Team will meet next week, which means student/family referrals to the team are due this Friday. DHS has been great about helping quite a few of our families, pointing them towards resources for a variety of different situations (homelessness, assistance with bills, incarcerated parents, counseling resources, and many others), so please consider referring a student or family in need. Try to get a signature on the 4J Release Form (English or Spanish) so DHS can research the family situation to see what services they would qualify for. If there’s a situation where you can’t get a signature, you can also refer “hypothetical” student or family situations. Let me know if you have any questions about potential referrals, but if it’s a situation that’s on your mind, it’s probably a worth referring to the team.

• UPDATE: Roadrunner Award Assembly, Friday @8:15 – Our first round of Roadrunner Awards (Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible) will be this Friday at 8:15 (note this was moved 5-minutes later that previously stated). Each teacher will choose one student for each of the 3 PBIS expectations. Awards need to turned in to me by Thursday and make sure you have sent home invitations to families of your winners. See Mellissa’s Roadrunner Awards Email for details on what the PBIS Team came up with for the assembly and see the linked Assembly Map & Directions for where classes should sit.

• REPEAT: Fun Friday! – Favorite Color Day, FRIDAY – Our first School Spirit Days is this Friday and it’s Favorite Color Day! Get kids pumped and encourage them to deck themselves out in their all-time favorite color(s)!

• Fiesta Cultural Celebrates Latinx Arts & Culture – Lane Arts Council’s 5th Annual Fiesta Cultural is Lane County’s largest celebration of Latinx arts and culture, featuring over forty multicultural events happening September through December. See the linked flyers (English and Spanish), the images below, and the above link for event dates and details.

 

• Check Calendars for Board Meeting Conflicts – Downtown asked schools to make sure no evening events are scheduled the same night as any School Board Meeting Dates. I’ve added school board meeting dates to the building calendar and Howard doesn’t currently have any conflicts outside of parent/teacher conferences, which an exception is being made for since nearly all elementary schools scheduled conferences that evening. Be sure to keep this in mind when any classes or grade levels are scheduling evening events.

• Resource for Kindergarten Families – Although very primary grade focused, the The KITS (Kids in Transition to School) Blog has bilingual English and Spanish articles intended for families of kindergarten students to support their development. This work comes out of the Oregon Social Learning Center and looks like a nice resource for families of preschool and primary grade students.

• Trauma Stewardship TEDx Talk – In this talk, Laura Vandernoot Lipsky offers a window into the cumulative toll that can occur when we are exposed to the suffering, hardship, crisis or trauma of humans, other living beings, or the planet itself. Held within a larger context of systematic oppression and liberation theory, she dives into what gets hard and how to work toward reconciling it both individually and collectively.

• 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students – Writer and teacher Rebecca Alber in this Edutopia Article outlines strategies for teachers to have more productive discussions with their students by asking simple questions and giving students the time to think about the question before they attempt to answer it.

#1. What do you think?
#2. Why do you think that?
#3. How do you know this?
#4. Can you tell me more?
#5. What questions do you still have?

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

October 14 (M)
Digital Citizenship Week
9:00-12:45, Kerins to Mt. Pisgah

October 15 (T)
11:15, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM23)
3:00-5:30, 4J Flu Shot Clinics (Ed Center)
5:45-8:45, EEA Listening Session (Library)

October 16 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
11:15, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:15, Halloween Parade Planning Meeting (Conference Room)

October 17 (H)
School Pictures (Gym, PE in STEAM Room)
1:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Office)
2:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Office)
3:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Office)

October 18 (F)
Fun Friday! – Favorite Color Day
8:15-8:40, K-5 Roadrunner Award Assembly (Gym)
9:10, Allan to Formal Observation
2:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)

October 21 (M)
9:00-12:45, Larsen and Pond to Mt. Pisgah

October 22 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center) – Gaston Covering
9:00-1:00, OSEA Visit to Howard (Staff Room)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Charissa’s Room, RM17)

October 23 (W)
8:00-11:25, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

5th 8:00-9:00
KG 9:10-10:10
3rd 10:25-11:25

2:40-3:30, Student Care Team (Conference Room)
4:00-6:00, Allan to Administrator of Color Monthly Meeting (Ed Center)
4:00-8:00, District First Aid Class (Library)

October 24 (H)
8:10-11:25, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

2nd 8:10-9:10
1st 9:30-10:30
4th 10:55-11:55

4:00-9:00, PTO Noodles and Co. Fundraiser

October 25 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
9:00-12:00, Life Skills to Detering
10:30-12:30, October Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
2:30, Early Release PD – Behavior Framework (Library)

Enjoy the normality of this week, everyone!

Allan

October 7, 2019

Hello Crazy Busy Staff,

We only have three days with students, but this is shaping up to be a pretty busy week!

Thirteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – I emailed staff last week that Howard received 2.0 FTE for a fourth kindergarten teacher and for a 4/5 blend. We’ll conduct joint interviews for both positions this Thursday from 1:30-4:00 if anyone wants to help with interviews. We’ll have subs starting Monday helping out until someone is hired, but will wait to change classrooms until someone is officially hired, which we home will by sometime next week if HR moves quickly for us. I will personally call all students changing classrooms once we have a teacher hired. KG teachers will each move 6-7 students from each classroom to the new kindergarten teacher. Each 5th grade class will move 6 students and each 4th grade class will move 2 students to the 4/5 blend. The 4/5 blend will most likely follow the 5th grade schedule since it is almost entirely 5th graders. See the linked email to KG and 4/5 teachers for all the nitty gritty details of furniture, curriculum, and other minutia if your’e interested.

We’re also conducting KG EA interviews Tuesday, 2:35-4:00, 3-hour LC EA interviews Wednesday, 2:45-4:00, and Night Custodian interviews Friday, 2:45-4:00 if anyone would like to volunteer their time for those interviews as well.

• Busy Week’s Details! – See below for the quick version fo this week’s many events:

• Bike Rodeo, TUESDAY – After school on Tuesday on the playground from 2:25-4:00 will be the Bike Rodeo, where students are invited to learn about bike safety.

• Walk+Roll to School Day, WEDNESDAY – The first Walk + Roll to School Day THIS Wednesday, which will include the usual incentives for participation. Remember to encourage kiddos to participate!

• Tech Trot, WEDNESDAY – The PTO Tech Trot will run similarly as to in the past. Kids will run the track for 30 minutes and will collect colorful bands to keep count of their laps. Drinks and snacks will be provided at the end of each run. At the start of the run, grade levels should gather behind the balloon arch so we can start the times below:

• 8:30-9:15, Grades 2/3
• 9:30-10:15, Grades K/1
• 10:30-11:15, Grades 4/5

The PTO is also planning to distribute capes for all students, so stay tuned for details on that, and they are also seeing if a local Marvel Comics themed cosplay group will send some of their members to the event!

• Open House (formerly Curriculum Night), WEDNESDAY – Open House, formerly known as Curriculum Night, is Wednesday. Classroom and specialist areas will open 5:45-6:45, where families will collect their Pizza Tickets to redeem in the cafeteria for pizza, which will be open 6:15-7:00. There will be a Title 1 Presentation in the library at 6:00 and any families who attend will get a special Ice Cream Coupon.

• 5:45 Classrooms Open
• 6:00 Title 1 Presentation (Library)
• 6:15 Pizza Served in Cafeteria
• 6:45 Classrooms Close
• 7:00 Pizza Dinner in Cafeteria Closes

• Volunteers for Open House? – Mentioned above, any classified staff interested in accumulating trade time so you don’t have to work on Thursday or Friday, we can use folks to help set-up, serve, and clean-up at Open House 5:15-7:15. We could also use help from non-classroom licenses staff as well

• PD/Planning Day, THURSDAY – See the linked Elementary PD Oct 10 & 11 Email for details, but the schedule this day will be:

8:00-11:00, Teacher Tech Training – Licensed Only
8:00-9:00, Keynote in Gym
9:00-11:00, Breakout Sessions
11:00-12:00, Lunch & Drive Time
12:00-2:00, Behavior Framework – Classified & Licensed (Cafeteria)

Some classified staff may need to adjust your hours to attend the Behavior Framework PD from 12:00-2:00, which may be a good idea since the parking lot will be a madhouse in the morning.

Licensed staff will need to register for breakout sessions at: https://4jlane.truenorthlogic.com

• Classified Professional Learning, FRIDAY – This is a non-contract day for licensed staff, but is a regular work day for classified staff, who have a few options this day.

• Collaborative Problem Solving PD, 8:30-10:30 – Intended for elementary and middle school EAs who work with students who display behaviors that can disrupt learning (for themselves or others). If you are interested, this training requires pre-registration at: https://4jlane.truenorthlogic.com

• SafeSchools/TalentEd – Classified staff can use this time to access technology to complete SafeSchools trainings and the Self Evaluation and Goal Setting Form in TalentEd. You’ll need a newer device to use this submit your TalentEd forms, so I’d suggest borrowing one of the newer 3/4/5 student iPads.

Let me know if you have any questions on our crazy week!

• Oct. 10th Classroom Use – Below are the classrooms that will be used for Thursday’s District PD Day. Folks in these rooms should be sure to leave out your HMDI cables, audio cables, and video adapters (i.e. dongles).

Gym – For main presentation
Room 7 – Jordan Gentzkow
Room 8 – Justin Huntley
Room 9 – Kelley Wilson
Room 11 – Kalil Kantara
Room 15 – Jacque Barton
Room 16 – Geoff Parks and Liz Ayres
Room 17 – Apple presenter
Room 18 – Apple presenter
Room 19 – Apple presenter
Room 20 – Apple presenterRoom 14 – Jenny Kneale
Room 22 – Misty Jackson
Room 24 – Angela & Sarah S.
Room 25 – Kellyclare & Carly
Room 27 – Nick van Bloem
Room 28 – Jenny Groshong
Room 29 – Allan Chinn

• EA Supervisors Meeting Notes – Three items of note from last Friday’s EA Supervisors’ Meeting:

• Trade Time, Comp Time, Over Time – HR has standardized the process for approval and tracking of Trade Time and Comp Time. The process is:

1. Get Approval Before Working Over Regular Work Hours – Get administrator approval by email or in person before working over your normal work hours. If it’s an unforeseen event that made you to work over (i.e. late bus, late parent pick-up, etc.) notify administrator by the next day and document it on the new forms.

2. Complete Trade or Comp Time Form – Complete the linked Classified Trade Time Form or the separate Comp Time Form posted on the HR Forms webpage. In most cases, classified staff will use the Trade Time form (comp time is only used if you’ve been approved to work over 40 hours within the same week, which earns you time and a half). Use the above linked form to track trade hours within the same workweek.

3. Submit Form to Allan Within One Week – Forms must be submitted to me within one week of using the pre-approved trade time hours. Trade time is equal time that is intended to be exchanged within the same workweek, but if there is mutual agreement between staff and admin, trade time may be used at a later date outside of the same workweek.

More information can be found on page two of the above linked forms, but let me know if you have any questions.

• October 10th Volunteers – Mentioned above, we can still use volunteers to help serve pizza and ice cream. Families will get their pizza coupon from the classroom and ice cream coupons will be given out at the Title 1 presentation. Allan will also make sure multiple large signs are posted about attending the Title 1 Presentation for getting ice cream to hopefully avoid annoyed people wanting ice cream who didn’t attend the presentation.

• Secure Courtyard Gates After Recess – Teachers, when walking kids back to class from the playground, please remind the last student in line to make sure the courtyard gate is closed. The gate is not closing all the way on its own and we’ve had a work order in at Facilities for about a month, but they’re being incredibly slow about coming out to fix it, so in the meantime we need to make sure we’re securing the courtyard area.

• Roadrunner Award Assembly, 10/18 – Our first round of Roadrunner Awards (Be Safe, Be Kind, Be Responsible) is on October 18th, K-5. Each teacher will choose one student for each of the 3 PBIS expectations. We will present half of the awards, have a “halftime” show where teachers that want to will do a fun relay, and then present the rest of the awards. The PBIS team is meeting next week to work out details, but see the linked Assembly Map & Directions for times and where classes should be seated.

• PTO Meeting Tuesday @6:00 – The October PTO meeting is this Tuesday if any staff are able to volunteer their time to come show support for the work of this year’s parent group. So far they’ve been able to keep popcorn alive, run a well attendented movie night, and have their first big fundraiser of the year this week with the Tech Trot. Hope to see some of your Tuesday at 6:00 in the cafeteria.

• Artist in Residence Updates – We were able to get our top choices for Artist in Residence on our preferred dates. We’ll have Glass-Fusing Fun! with Rachell Jarvis November 4 – December 13 and Bugs, Bones, & Botany: Exploring the Natural World Through Arts with Jess Graff May 4 – June 5. The artists are scheduled to work with 22 classrooms (this includes Life Skills and our new KG & 4/5 classrooms) where they will meet 4 times for 45 minutes session with 15-minutes of set-up and clean-up between sessions. I’ll draft a schedule in the next couple weeks and share it in the near future.

• Fun Friday! – Favorite Color Day, 10/18 – Our first School Spirit Days is next week on Friday, October 18th and it’s Favorite Color Day! Get kids pumped and encourage them to deck themselves out in their all-time favorite color(s)!

• Howard Family Donation Site – If you didn’t see it in the news last week, one of the two bodies discovered in the river was the father of two current Howard students and one former student now in middle school. Donation info can be found on the above linked website. This mom was actually a former student when I did an undergraduate practicum at Howard.

• UO International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) – ICSP offers free presentations and classroom visits by specially trained international UO students. They can give educational and cultural presentations, participate in panel discussions, and introduce a wide array of activities such as music, dancing, storytelling, religious ceremonies, and martial arts. This year, they have 33 students from 27 different countries. You can request ICSP students to do presentations through this their Registration Website or send an email to icsp@uoregon.edu. For more information, please visit the ICSP website.

• Why fan fiction is a great tool for young writers – Students who resist creative-writing prompts in class might enjoy writing in someone else’s fictional world, a genre known as fan fiction. Researchers say the positive feedback and mentoring often present in online fan fiction communities encourage novice writers of all ages to polish their skills, while engaging in an activity that feels like play rather than work. See this Atlantic Article for more.

• The Irrefutable Case for Taking Class Outside – “Research suggests that regular contact with nature… can improve students’ physical fitness, mental health, academic achievement, and cognitive, social-emotional and motor functions.” See this EdWeek Article for details!

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

October 7 (M)
8:30-3:30, Allan to Leadership Training (LaneESD)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

October 8 (T)
Title 1 Groups Begin
9:00-10:30, Allan to All Administrator Meeting (Ed Center)
10:30, Jim Torrey Visiting Kreider’s Class
11:30, Allan to Formal Observation
2:25-4:00, Bike Rodeo (Playground)
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (RM23)
2:45-5:30, Kindergarten EA Interviews (Conference Room)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 9 (W)
Walk+Roll to School Day
Tech Trot

8:30-9:15, Grades 2/3
9:30-10:15, Grades K/1
10:30-11:15, Grades 4/5

8:10, Native Presentation – Cortez (STEAM Room)
9:25, Native Presentation – Rock/Callihan (STEAM Room)
1:40-2:00, 5th Grade Make-Up Recess
2:45-4:00, LC 3-Hour EA Interviews (Conference Room)
5:45-7:00, Open House (formerly Curriculum Night)

5:45 Classrooms Open
6:00 Title 1 Presentation (Library)
6:15 Pizza & Ice Cream Served in Cafeteria
6:45 Classrooms Close
7:00 Pizza Dinner in Cafeteria Closes

October 10 (H)
No School – PD/Planning Day
8:00-11:00, District Teacher Tech Training (Howard)
12:00-1:30, All Staff Behavior Framework (Cafeteria)
1:30-4:00, KG & 4/5 Interviews (Conference Room)
3:00-5:30, 4J Flu Shot Clinics (Ed Center)

October 11 (F)
No School — Statewide In-Service Day (regular work day for classified and admin)
2:30-4:15, Night Custodian Interviews (Conference Room)

October 14 (M)
Digital Citizenship Week
9:00-12:45, Kerins to Mt. Pisgah

October 15 (T)
11:15, Allan to Formal Observation
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (RM23)

October 16 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
11:15, Allan to Formal Observation
3:00-5:30, 4J Flu Shot Clinics (Ed Center)
5:45-8:45, EEA Listening Session (Library)

October 17 (H)
School Pictures

October 18 (F)
Fun Friday! – Favorite Color Day
8:10-8:35, K-5 Roadrunner Award Assembly (Gym)
9:10, Allan to Formal Observation
2:30, Early Release PD – PLC

Hope it’s a good 3-day student week for everyone!

Allan