December 11, 2017

Hello Awesome Howard Staff,

It’s the last week before winter break, which mean there will be lots of student excitement, anxiety, and other volatile emotions, which can mean an increase in interesting/unusual behaviors. Remember to take the time for lots of pre-teaching of rules and expectations this week because students will likely need the extra reminders.

Thirteen items of note for this week:

• Bus Safety Training Info DUE THURSDAY – If you have not done so already, I shared earlier in the year that all classroom teachers are required by law to provide a bus safety training to all students by the end of December. If you haven’t already, email Lori the date you did your training and the training method you used (showing the video below or a teacher created lesson). Linked here are bus safety information sheets (English and Spanish) classroom teachers can teach from, but to meet the training requirement, the easiest method is by showing the the quaint 1997 bus safety video The Safest Way Out. Info is due to Lori by Thursday!

• Final Number Talks Training, Wednesday – This Wednesday at 2:30 in Ashley’s Room is the final Number Talks training. This time, please bring your laptops or other internet connected device (in addition to your Number Talks book and green spiral notebook), because there is a survey downtown has asked all teachers to complete regarding the Skillful Teaching Modules (i.e. Research for Better Teaching (RBT)/Jon Saphier trainings).

• Artist in Residence Survey & Update – I shared earlier this year that the Eugene Rotary ArtSpark Program is working with downtown to bring Artists in Residence to the ten schools in 4J with the highest poverty. I met with the Rotary last week and they actually want to bring TWO ARTISTS to Howard this year! I’d like to make a decision on the artists and dates at the next staff meeting, so to streamline the process, teachers should complete the short Artist in Residence Google Form and that way we can have a proposal ahead the January meeting. The Rotary folks also clarified that they were less interested in auctioning kid art, though they would like to if possible, but not for that to guide our pick of artist. Please take a look at the Lane Arts Artist in Residence website for details on each artist and let me know if you have any questions.

• January 2nd PD/Planning Day Info Coming – UPDATED – See Allison’s email regarding the FOSS Science training Jan. 2nd. The training will be at River Road 8:00-11:30 for 3-5 teachers and 12:00-3:30 for K-2 teachers. Elementary SSD and Title 1 staff (licensed and classified) will have a separate training on Number Sense. Details on time and location of that training should be coming soon as well.

• Math Teacher Leader Updates – If you’re like to know what our Math Teacher Leaders have been up to, linked here is the latest MTL email from downtown. Some key points included in the email for teachers to keep in mind are:

• Math Discourse (specifically QUESTIONING) is key!
• Planning supports for Conceptual Lessons
• USE TOOLS!!! (some ideas for which ones can be found in the videos or unit planners)
• Plan over a series of days for a KEY CONCEPT. Linked here are Key Concept Overviews by grade level; Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Grade 5
• Parent Math Page is up! (https://bit.ly/4jmath and Productive Struggle letter linked in English & Spanish!)
• Reach out! Planning, collaboration, feedback, etc. MTLs and downtown staff are here to help!

• Know Where Your Kids Are At – Classroom teachers, please make sure you know where your students are when they are going to groups or elsewhere. It make us look rather foolish when parents come to pick-up students and teachers don’t know where they’re at (LC? Title 1? CLC? ELD? Elsewhere?).

• No Kids in the Work Room – Please do not sent students to the Work Room to pick-up printing. We’ve caught kids playing around in there a few times and there’s also confidential information on the printer at times. Instead, send students to the front office if you need any printing picked up.

• Winter Break Facilities Work – During winter break there are a number of things going on in the building. Below is the list that was sent to me. I’ve asked for clarification about the work being done regarding curtains and shading because the item below mentions second floor and I know it’s also an issue for first floor classrooms.

1. Furniture installation for several rooms, exact rooms to be determined. This will start on the 19th and run until finished. If all deliveries are on time then it shouldn’t take much past a week, but if not it might be the full break. Preferably we would like to use the cafeteria for staging and assembly.
2. Daylighting issues – this impacts classrooms on the second floor, all of them. This work isn’t 100% a go yet as we are dependent on final pricing approval and support from the manufacturers to produce the shade and materials. We will be installing skylight shades, blackout fabric on 12 small end windows and window film on upper exterior windows that do not have shades. I do not have a schedule for this and it will involve two separate contractors. I’m trying our best to fit this in over the break.
3. Exterior work – some plants, landscape and dirt work over the break.
4. Potentially siding work for improvements
5. Potentially electrical work for improvements
6. Potentially an irrigation well drill and vault installation.

• First Fridays – The First Fridays, Communities of Color and Allies Network (CCAN), meets monthly with the goal to create a safe space to foster friendships and networks for people of color, social justice allies, and equity workers in the local area. If you’d like to attend or want to share with anyone who’d might like to attend, the First Friday schedule for the first part of 2018 is:

Jan. 5, 2018 Lane Council of Governments (LCOG)
Feb. 2, 2018 Eugene 4J School District
Mar. 2, 2018 Lane ESD | Bethel SD
Apr. 6, 2018 Lane Community College
May 4, 2018 EWEB

See their website for details.

• REPEAT: Tail Feather Reward & Activity Sign-Up – We’re still in the midst of our PBIS Tail Feather Reward, so remember to keep an eye out for classes deserving of a tail feather. The reward for classrooms meeting their tail feather goal of 10 new feathers will be a menu of fun activities on Friday, 1:00-1:40 including a Dance Party in the gym. See Rae’s email for details and linked here is the Google Tail Feather Activity Sign-Up Sheet.

• REPEAT: Wacky Wednesday! – Mismatched Clothes Day – This Wednesday is Mismatched Clothes Day, so start planning your colorful, clashing, crazy outfits. Remind your class too, so I’m not the only one looking ridiculous!

• The Future of Coding in Schools – In this Edutopia article, Mitch Resnick, one of the creators of Scratch, shares why he thinks coding should be taught in all schools, and it’s not the reason you’d expect. “Many people embrace coding in schools as a pathway to jobs as computer programmers and computer scientists, and of course they’re right that those opportunities are expanding rapidly. But that’s not a great reason for everyone to learn how to code. Very few people grow up to be professional writers, but we teach everyone to write because it’s a way of communicating with others—of organizing your thoughts and expressing your ideas. I think the reasons for learning to code are the same as the reasons for learning to write. When we learn to write, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas. And when we learn to code, we are learning how to organize, express, and share ideas in new ways, in a new medium.” When asked what does that look like in the school system, Resnick repsonded, “These days I talk about our approach in terms of these four words that begin with the letter p: projects, passion, peers, and play. So that’s the approach I would take with coding, but also with any other learning: getting students to work on projects, based on their passion, in collaboration with peers, in a playful spirit. And each of those p’s is important. I think work on projects gives you an understanding of the creative process, how to start with just the inkling of an idea and then to build a prototype, share it with people, experiment with it, and continue to modify and improve it.”

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

December 11 (M)
1:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Office)

December 12 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

December 13 (W)
Wacky Wednesday – Mismatched Clothes Day
1:30, Staff Rip-Stick Practice – Optional (Gym)
2:30-3:30, Team Meeting Time – Number Talks Part 4/4 (Ashley’s Room)

December 14 (H)
8:30, Allan to Observation
12:00-3:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Ed Center)
3:00-4:00, Allan to Pre-K Transition Planning Meeting (Room 5)

December 15 (F)
8:00-9:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
11:00-1:50, December Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
1:00-1:40, PBIS Tail Feather Reward

Dec. 18 – Jan. 1
Winter Break

Dec. 19 – 22
New Furniture Delivery and Installation

January 2 (T)
No School — Professional Development/Planning Day (details coming)
8:00-11:30, 3-5 FOSS Science Training (River Road)
12:00-3:30, K-2 FOSS Science Training (River Road)
2:30, Allan to Principal Goals Meeting (Ed Center)

January 3 (W)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Be Your Best
Classes Resume
easyCBM Benchmark Testing Opens
In-District School Choice Opens (Closes Jan. 31)
2:30-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Meeting (Ed Center)
4:00-5:00, Allan to North Region Principals’ Meeting (NEHS)

January 4 (H)
12:00-3:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Ed Center)
2:45, Allan to Early Childhood Open House Planning Meeting (Room 21)

January 5 (F)
Regular Day

January 6 (SA)
10:00-12:00, Elementary School Showcase (Ed Center)

Have a good final work week of 2017 and a well deserved winter break!

Allan

December 4, 2017

Hello Roadrunners,

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Need More Classroom Furniture? Tell Me ASAP! – Over winter break we are having a TON of new furniture being delivered. Let me know by Friday if you want any additional furniture. See the linked Furniture Delivery List for all the furniture we’re getting, but for some reason they did not order any single desks. Other than that, we will have many double desks, teacher desks, chairs, stools, filing cabinets, kidney tables, round tables, plastic storage tubs, and pretty much everything that came with the classrooms and some of the specialist rooms.

We’re also getting one comfy couch and one comfy chair for each of the six commons areas, so let me know by Friday if your grade level team DOES NOT want them delivered to your wing and I’ll instead give them to a grade level team who’d like additional furniture in their wing.

We really need to know this now, so we can tell the installers where to put stuff and how much they need to assemble, because the excess furniture will be stored unassembled in the custodial storage area and I’d like to save Crystal the time and hassle of having to assemble and move furniture later if the people being paid to do it can do it now. Let me know if you have any questions.

• United Way Campaign Pledges DUE THURSDAY– At last week’s Staff Meeting, information was shared about the annual United Way Campaign. This year’s campaign is closing very soon and all completed pledge forms are due to my mailbox this Thursday. Blank pledge forms are available under Staff Mailboxes. This year you can also pledge online instead of using the paper form by going to the United Way ePledge website. Use the generic username and password (USER: 4JEugeneScho PASS: School2017), you will be prompted to create your own unique user account.

Please consider donating a small amount. You can even donate directly to your school, grade level, or classroom through EEF on the form or online. For more information on how United Way of Lane County is assisting in Eugene, please visit United Way website or see their video below.

• Learn Zillion Support – Also as last week’s staff meeting, Jaimie Massie offered to help teachers in any way you need with Learn Zillion. Jaimee is available to:

• Visit with teams
• Email resources
• Model a lesson
• Observe a lesson
• Meet for planning
• Create a quick video
• Ask LZ or stakeholders
• Answer questions
• Bring in a grade-level expert
• Give team planning time (yes, paid sub time!)
• …and more!

• Fire Drill Thursday at 1:40 – The December Fire Drill will be this Thursday, December 7th at 1:40. The weather is supposed to be clear, but if we are rained out the back-up plan will be to do it first thing Friday morning.

• Wacky Wednesday!- Mismatched Clothes Day – Wednesday next week is Mismatched Clothes Day, so start planning your colorful, clashing, crazy outfits. Remind your class too, so I’m not the only one looking ridiculous!

• Hazardous Weather Conditions Change – Downtown sent everyone updated Hazardous Weather Conditions info, but one change I wanted to highlight is that if there is a 2-hour delay on an early release day (which is rare, but did happen last year), the early release is cancelled and schools will dismiss at their regular non-early release times. So for Howard, this means if there were a 2-hour delay on a Wednesday, we would dismiss at 2:05 instead of 1:05.

• easyCBM Security Update and Site Re-Routing – Houghton Mifflin did a major update to easyCBM last week that may impact your access to the site. If you bookmarked the old site (http://www.4j.or.easycbm.com) it should automatically redirect you to the new site (https://4j-or.easycbm.com/). See Eric-Michael MacCionnaith’s email for background and details if you are interested.

• Subs for Peer Observations – A few teachers asked about subs for when we do peer observation in January, so I wanted to let teachers know that Lori has arranged for our usual team of roving subs these days, meaning teachers don’t have to worry about finding a sub.

• Tail Feather Reward & Activity Sign-Up – We’re now in the midst of our first PBIS Tail Feather Reward, so remember to keep an eye out for classes deserving of a tail feather. The reward for classrooms meeting their tail feather goal of 10 new feathers will be a menu of fun activities on Friday, December 15th, 1:00-1:40 including a Dance Party in the gym. See Rae’s email for details and linked here is the Google Tail Feather Activity Sign-Up Sheet.

• Elementary School Showcase Volunteers? – It seems far off, but since this event is right after winter break, I thought I’d ask now. Saturday, January 6th, 10:00-12:00, 4J will hold a shortened version of the Elementary School Showcase if any staff are willing/interesting in helping me share info about our AMAZING school! The showcase is a one-stop information fair for parents considering their elementary school options. Each elementary school has a table staffed by the principal and one or two other knowledgeable, personable representatives, ready to talk with parents. Let me know if any of your are willing/interested in helping at this event.

• Responding to Parent Calls/Emails – This was a reminder sent to principals as an expectation of us when returning parent calls/emails, but I thought it’s also a good reminder for teachers when you have parent calls and emails. Always return parent phone calls and emails within 24 hours, 48 at the very most. Why? When parents don’t hear from you, they assume the worst. They NEVER assume the best. If all you can do is to say “I received your email/phone call, and I will bet back to you tomorrow with more information” then that assures the parent they have been heard and their anxiety reduces. My own additional bit of advice is to always try to make a phone call rather than emailing. Intent and tone is easily misconstrued in emails and phone calls almost always work better (and they can save you the time and hassle of getting into an long chain of back-and-forth emails).

• REPEAT: PRIDE Awards, Respect, Due Tuesday – Wednesday during lunchtime in the cafeteria will be our PRIDE Awards for Respect. Teachers should remind students about PRIDE and the meaning of Respect (Honor Yourself and Others), and then pick 2-4 students who have been been demonstrating Respect. Be sure to get certificate to me before the 6th so I can sign them and get them organized. See last week’s announcements for ideas on how to discuss respect with students.

• REPEAT: Hour of Code Next Week – The Hour of Code is happening this week for Computer Science Education Week. if teacher can squeeze in an hour of coding. Resources include Code.org, HourofCode.org, Edutopia, and Khan Academy. I’ve added a link to Code.org’s many online activities on Howard’s Links for Learners webpages, but let me know if you would like any other coding links added.

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

December 4 (M)
Computer Science Education Week / Hour of Code

December 5 (T)
2:30-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Mellissa/Mariah’s Room)
4:00, Allan to LCC Grant Meeting (Kelly MS)
5:30-7:30, North Region Visioning Community Engagement Event (Kelly MS)

December 6 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
9:00, Allan Meeting w/Eugene Rotary (Office)
11:00-12:50, PRIDE Awards at Lunch – Respect (Cafeteria)
2:30-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Meeting (Ed Center)
4:00-5:00, Allan to North Region Principals’ Meeting (NEHS)

December 7 (H)
9:00, November Book Winers (Conference Room)
1:40, Fire Drill

December 8 (F)
Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day
https://www.daysoftheyear.com/days/pretend-to-be-a-time-traveler-day/

December 11 (M)
3:15, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Office)
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)

December 12 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

December 13 (W)
Wacky Wednesday – Mismatched Clothes Day
2:30-3:30, Team Meeting Time – Number Talks Part 4/4 (Ashley’s Room)

December 14 (H)
12:00-3:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Ed Center)
3:00-4:00, Allan to Pre-K Transition Planning Meeting (Room 5)

December 15 (F)
8:00-9:30, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
11:00-1:50, December Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)
1:00-1:40, PBIS Tail Feather Reward

Dec. 18 – Jan. 1
Winter Break

Dec. 19 – 22
New Furniture Delivery and Installation

January 2 (T)
No School — Professional Development/Planning Day (details coming)

January 3 (W)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Be Your Best
Classes Resume
easyCBM Benchmark Testing Opens
In-District School Choice Opens (Closes Jan. 31)

And if you’d like to see some fancy professional photos of Howard, PiVOT just shared a bunch with me that I put in the Howard Google Team Drive under MISC > PHOTOS > PIVOT PHOTOS.

Allan

November 27, 2017

 

Howdy Roadrunners,

I hope everyone had a refreshing extended weekend and is ready for the three weeks leading up to winter break. With last week so short, there’s not too many announcements this time around.

Seven items of note for this week:

• 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.

• PRIDE Awards, Respect, Dec. 6 – Not this week, but next week on Wednesday, December 6th during lunchtime in the cafeteria will be our PRIDE Awards for Respect. Teachers should remind students about PRIDE and the meaning of Respect (Honor Yourself and Others), and then pick 2-4 students who have been demonstrating Respect. Be sure to get the Respect Certificate to me before the 6th so I can sign them and get them organized.

And if you’d like ideas on how you might discuss RESPECT with your class, below are a few videos teachers could use during a morning meeting or other class meeting time.

• TEDEd: Showing RESPECT in the Classroom – From TEDEd, here’s a lesson titled Showing RESPECT in the Classroom – Kid President. Watch the video and then have your class answer the discussion questions that follow.

• Sesame Street: Respect (Word on the Street) – For younger students, here’s a Sesame Street video where the word on the street is respect: treating people the way you want to be treated.

• Respect Rap – We showed this one at a PRIDE Assembly couple years ago, but it’s a fun video about respect made by another elementary school. The song is also a bit of an earworm.

• Hour of Code Next Week – The Hour of Code is happening next week, December 4-8, during Computer Science Education Week, if teachers can squeeze in an hour of coding. One other resource, besides Code.org, HourofCode.org, and Edutopia shared earlier, there’s also some good resources at Khan Academy. I’ve added a link to Code.org on Howard’s Links for Learners webpages, but let me know if you’d like any other links added.

• Instructional Technology Winter Workshops – Available to all 4J K-12 staff are FREE instructional technology workshops now through January. Workshops being offered include:

• Google Classroom for K-5 Teachers
• Creativity & Digital Storytelling
• Foundations of Google Apps Part 1 & 2
• Digital Portfolios with Seesaw
• Edpuzzle – Engage students with videos
• Create, Update, and Maintain a classroom website
• Introd uiten to SMART Notebook
• Advanced SMART Notebook & CCSS/NGSS Standards

Detailed information for all workshops being offered and online registration can be found at: http://www-old.4j.lane.edu/workshops

• Public Safety Event for Spanish Speaking Families – The 4J Office of Equity, Instruction, and Partnerships is working with the the city and several community entities on a public safety event geared specifically to our Spanish speaking community in the 4J school District. The idea is to provide families a time to interact with our local public safety officers that work and live in our community. There will be dinner, activities for students and a space for the community to ask questions. This event will be at River Road on Wednesday, December 6th from 6:00–8:00 p.m. Flyers will be sent to schools soon for teachers to send home to Spanish speaking families. An autodialer is also going out.

• 3 Tips to Make Any Lesson More Culturally Responsive – Culturally responsive teaching is less about using racial pride as a motivator and more about mimicking students’ cultural learning styles and tools. In this Cult of Pedagogy post, educator and author Zaretta Hammond shares three specific practices she encourages teachers to use in classrooms; to Gamify It, to Make it Social, and to Storify It.

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

November 27 (M)
2:30-3:30, Site Council (Conference Room)

November 28 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30, Staff Meeting – Number Talks Part 3 (Ashley’s Room)

November 29 (W)
Picture Retakes (Community Room)
7:50-10:40, Data Team Meetings 5/1/2 (Conference Room)
1:15, Allan to Parent/Teacher Conference
2:30-3:30, Student Care Team Meeting – CANCELLED

November 30 (H)
7:50-10:40, Data Team Meetings 3/4/K (Conference Room)
12:00-3:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Ed Center)

December 1 (F)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Generosity
11:00-1:50, November Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)

December 2 (SA)
9:00-2:00, PTO Holiday Bazaar (Cafeteria/Gym)

December 4 (M)
Regular Day

December 5 (T)
2:30-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Mellissa/Mariah’s Room)
4:00, Allan to LCC Grant Meeting
5:30-7:30, North Region Visioning Community Engagement Event (Kelly MS)

December 6 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
11:00-12:50, PRIDE Awards at Lunch – Respect (Cafeteria)

December 7 (H)
1:40, Fire Drill

December 8 (F)
Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day

Have an excellent week, everyone!

Allan

Bonus film nerd points if anyone can name this 1970s film.

November 20, 2017

 

Greetings Marvelous Howard Staff,

We had a good turnout for the PTO Family Movie Night, which was a nice fun way to end a crazy week. Thank you to all the staff who came out for the event!

Although this is going to be a short week, it’s going to be a busy one with long days  and nights for teachers, but look forward to a yummy dinner provided by the PTO each evening.

Twelve items of note for this week:

• TalentEd Standards Overview Meeting – I’m still trying to get to all licensed staff for your start-of-the-year Standards Overview Conference meeting (if you’re Contract Year-2, you’re off the hook), so I’ll come by classrooms during conferences when teachers have a break in your schedule, but also feel free to swing by the office or tell me a time that works to meet if we haven’t met already.

• PTO Meeting Updates – Linked here is the November PTO Meeting PowerPoint from last Tuesday’s meeting. There were no burning topics, but some items of note were that the PTO will vote on the $5,000 Special Project at the January meeting (send your ideas to the PTO before then), there are a few unfilled spots at the Dec. 2nd Holiday Bazaar if you know anyone who has something to sell, plans were finalized for feeding teachers dinner during conferences, there will be a BINGO and Spaghetti Feed on Friday, Jan. 12th, and they are still looking to fill the following board positions if you or you know of anyone who might be able to fill them: Fundraiser Coordinator, Volunteer Coordinator, Staff Liaison.

• PDUs for August Trauma Informed Care – Shasta sends her apologies for this coming a bit late, but linked here is a PDU Certificate for attending the August Trauma Informed Care Training.

• Parent Math Resources – I’m going to put this in the next school newsletter, but if parents ever ask you for information about LearnZillion, you can direction them to the 4J webpage Elementary Family and Community Math Resources. This link is on the Howard website under Parents > Academic Resources. One particularly helpful document explains some of the shifts we’ve made in math instruction; Help Your Child with Productive Struggle.

• Leadership Plan Approved – JCAC approved Howard’s leadership plan last week. I expected it to be approved since it’s very similar to the ones we’ve had approved in the past, but wanted to let staff know that it’s now official.

• REPEAT: Care Team Referrals – Families tend to share a lot at conferences, so please have some of the 4J Release Forms (editable PDF and non-editable PDF) on hand to get signed if any situations come up where the Care Team might be able to assist. Feel free to call/text me to come discuss the Care Team at a conference if it seems appropriate. Referrals are due by the end of the day Tuesday.

• REPEAT: Conference Items of Note – A repeat of two conference items:

• Conferences and Specialists & Classified Staff – Specialists (Title, SPED, ELD, Music, PE, etc.) are to be working during conferences in some capacity and are available to families if they would like to meet. For classifieds staff, Tuesday and Wednesday are regular work days unless you have trade time saved up.

• Title 1 Compacts – Corianne sharing information on this last month, but please remember the following:

• PLEASE DO NOT SEND THESE COMPACTS HOME TO GET THEM SIGNED
• If we can only get you and the student to sign, then make a photocopy for Title 1, and THEN the original will be sent home to be signed. If it comes back, great! If it doesn’t, no biggie. We’ll have the copy showing we tried.
• PLEASE have families sign these at conferences.
• Once you have signed compacts, please return them to Corianne.

• NEA Grant Opportunities – Here are a couple grants teachers might want to take note of:

• NEA Foundation Learning & Leadership Grants – Want an all expenses paid trip to a conference to enhance your professional learning? This NEA Teacher Grant offers $2,000 or $5,000 for travel, lodging, and conference fees. The deadline to apply is Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 15 of each year.

• NEA Foundation Student Achievement Grants – This Classroom NEA Grant provides funds for resource materials, supplies, equipment, transportation, technology, or scholars-in-residence. As with the above grant, it awards $2,000 or $5,000 grants and the deadlines are Feb. 1, June 1 and Oct. 15 of each year.

• Assistance for Corridor Fire – As most staff know, a great deal of classroom materials are staff-funded. If staff feel so inclined, teachers at Corridor are looking for support to replace damaged:

-Classroom calendar
-Bulletin board borders
-Bulletin board letters (varied sizes)
-Classroom job poster
-Classroom Birthday poster
-Cursive poster
-Number line
-Multiplication chart poster
-Place value poster
-Varied math posters (hundred chart, other content related posters)
-Varied writing posters (editing posters, writing aids, etc)
-Name/checklist posters (you know, the ones you can log reading minutes or things being turned in for each student)
-Inspirational quote posters
-Character Trait posters and materials
-Lots of Oregon Duck stuff (duh)
-Various writing paper/cards for letter writing for the kids (fun prints, envelopes, decorated computer paper)
-Anything paper (construction paper, reams of computer paper, lined paper, spiral notebooks, etc)
-Various yarn (hair colored (Oregon Trail art project) and other colors)
-Various fabric (printed and plain)
-Yards and yards of muslin
-Rolls of batting (for story quilts)
-Stickers (various kinds, lots and lots)
-Approximately 6 rolls of postage stamps (my kids write letters and we mail them)
-Boxes of ziploc bags (small, medium and large)
-32 clipboards

• Hour of Code, Dec. 4-10: Take a “journey” with Minecraft! – Let me know if any of your are doing any fun coding activities the week of The Hour of Code. We’ve been lucky to get TV stations and the paper out to Howard in the past for The Hour fo Code. Linked here is a handy Hour of Code How to Guide. Also, Code.org and Microsoft just announced a new coding activity, Minecraft: Hero’s Journey! Introducing the Minecraft Agent, students write code to instruct the Agent to execute commands and overcome in-game obstacles. On the Howard website, I’ve added a link to the Links for Learners for all grade levels to Code.org’s many coding activities.

• 3 Assumptions Teachers Should Avoid – Some assumptions can negatively impact your teaching practice. This Edutopia article has a few tips to combat three common ones.

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

November 20 (M)
2:00-3:30, Tech Dept. Using STEAM Room
4:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
5:00-6:00, PTO Provided Dinner (Staff Room)

November 21 (T)
Student Care Team Referrals Due
8:00-8:00, Parent Teacher Conferences
9:00, Allan to Conference
4:10, Allan to Conference
5:00-6:00, PTO Provided Dinner (Staff Room)
7:00, Allan to Conference

November 22 (W)
No School – Teacher Comp Day for Conferences
Regular Work Day for Classified Staff

November 23 (H)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 24 (F)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 27 (M)
2:30-3:30, Site Council (Conference Room)

November 28 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30, Staff Meeting – Number Talks Part 3 (Ashley’s Room)

November 29 (W)
Picture Retakes (Community Room)
7:50-10:40, Data Team Meetings 5/1/2 (Conference Room)
2:30-3:30, Student Care Team Meeting (Conference Room)

November 30 (H)
7:50-10:40, Data Team Meetings 3/4/K (Conference Room)
12:00-3:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Ed Center)

December 1 (F)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Generosity
11:00-1:50, November Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room)

December 2 (SA)
9:00-2:00, PTO Holiday Bazaar (Cafeteria/Gym)

Have a good week and an event better Thanksgiving Break!

Allan

November 13, 2017

 

Howdy Fabulous Howard Staff,

I hope you all enjoyed your well deserved three-day weekend! We have a full week this week before conferences next week and then the Thanksgiving holiday break!

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – I’m excited to announce that we’ve hired Mariah Phifer for the 2nd grade job-share with Mellissa. Mariah is a familiar face around the building because she is currently student teaching with Ashley and will officially begin job-sharing with Mellissa as soon as HR helps her obtain an emergency teaching license. She will finish up her TSPC required work sample in Ashley’s room this week and will then switch over to Mellissa’s room to finish her student teaching, but will teach the regular job-share hours with a licensed sub in the classroom as the teacher-of-record. Please welcome Mariah to the AMAZING Howard Team!

• Updated LEL (Learning About Elementary Learning) Schedule – Linked here is the revised LEL Classroom Visitation Schedule for the LEL visit to Howard this Wednesday. The LEL group will meet in the Community Room and will break into four groups who will visit four classroom each for one 20-minute chunk between 9:00-12-50. Let me know ASAP if you see any problems with the schedule.

• No Parking at River Road Park & Rec – I received an email from River Road Park & Recreation (AKA Emerald Park) asking that Howard staff refrain from using their main parking lot. Parking on the street is perfectly legal and I do appreciate staff leaving parking spaces in Howard’s small parking lot, but Emerald Park does need their main parking lot available for their users.

• Care Team Referrals – The November Student Care Team is in two weeks and any new referrals to the team are due the Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break. Families tend to share a lot at conferences, so you might want to have some of the 4J Release Forms (editable PDF and non-editable PDF) on hand to get signed if any situations come up where the Care Team might be able to provide assistance. Common referrals, though not limited to, are:

• Homeless or impending homelessness
• Medical concerns about the child or other family
• Counseling or mental health needs
• Death of a parent
• Incarcerated parent
• Unknown if open child welfare case
• Domestic Violence
• Extreme behavior issues
• Specific resource needed but unknown where to refer

Try to get a signature on the 4J Release Form, but if you can’t, you can also refer “hypothetical” student or family situations. Let me know if you have any questions.

• Holiday Resource Guide – Related to the above, our Self Sufficiency Program contact at DHS shared with me the 2017 Holiday Resource Guide in both English and Spanish. There may be additional holiday resources, so please encourage families to contact 211 as well (online, phone, text or email). Some of the deadlines for holiday gifts are coming soon!

• Howard Staff Social: Potters Quarter, Friday – Howard’s Social Committee (Katie, Linda, Ashley, and Shelley) have set up a time at The Potters’ Quarter (110 Oakway Center) to paint pottery Friday the 17th at 4:00. Get it on your calendar and come join the fun!

• Conferences Items of Note – Several items related to conferences coming up next week:

• Specialists & Classified Staff – 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. For classifieds staff, Tuesday, Nov. 21st and Wednesday, Nov. 22nd are regular work days unless you have trade time saved up (see below for one opportunity). Let me know if you have any questions on this.

• 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 teachers working late during parent teacher conferences. I believe the plan is for a Taco Bar one night and a Soup & Salad dinner the other night.

• Title 1 Compacts – Corianne shared this information last month, but please remember the following:

• PLEASE DO NOT SEND COMPACTS HOME TO GET THEM SIGNED
• If we can only get you and the student to sign, then make a photocopy for Title 1, and THEN the original will be sent home to be signed. If it comes back, great! If it doesn’t, no biggie. We’ll have the copy showing we tried.
• PLEASE have families sign these at conferences.
• Once you have signed compacts, please return them to Corianne

• Parent Reports – 4J has wisely put an end to using Quickbase, but they have not yet finished putting together a replacement parent report, which compiled attendance and standardized test scores into one report. I know most teachers liked to use this at conferences, but I suspect it will not be ready until the next report card grading period, so please plan accordingly.

• 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.

• 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 First Thanksgiving. 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.

• North Region Visioning Process Events & Volunteer Opportunity – There has already been one community visioning meeting and one staff visioning meeting, and both were sparsely attended, so 4J is making a much more concerted effort to get a better turnout at the two remaining meetings by providing childcare, offering food, and wider advertising.

SPANISH/ESPAÑOL: Childcare will be available and light meal will be provided to attendees
Thursday, November 16 / jueves, 16 de noviembre, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
River Road/El Camino del Río Elementary School, 120 W. Hilliard Lane.
(RSVP or invite friends on Facebook)

ENGLISH: Childcare and meal information TBA
Tuesday, December 5, 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Kelly Middle School, 850 Howard Ave.
(RSVP or invite friends on Facebook)

We’re particularly wanting to reach out to Spanish speaking families for this Thursday’s Spanish language event, if teachers can make any personal contact by phone or in person with your Spanish speaking families. Minimally, please send home the linked Spanish Event Flyer, which I’ll put out copies of by staff mailboxes.

Additionally, we’d love too have any staff willing to volunteer at the Spanish Language Visioning Event, whether you are bilingual or monolingual, we can use help welcome families, to help direct folks, serve food, assist with child care, etc. I can offer trade time for classified staff members, which you might want to cash next week during conferences Tuesday or the teacher comp day on Wednesday. Please let me know by the end of this soon if you’ll be able to help. I’ll be there!

• Safety Reminder – Folks likely heard about the fire at Corridor last week. The fire was caused by a science kit being too close to a baseboard heater. Howard doesn’t have baseboard heathers, but it is a good reminder to keep anything combustable (papers, boxes, books, wood shelves, etc.) away from anything that might heat up (electronics, power strips, and especially space heaters). With space heaters, keep anything that can burn at least three feet away. Linked here is a Safety Reminder Email principals were sent by the Facilities Department and below is a 30-second PSA regarding portable heaters.

 

 

• Classroom Temperatures – Speaking of heaters and cold weather, I’ve heard from a number to staff that rooms are too cold. Not that we can do much about this, but as an FYI, the heating set point is 69 degrees, which is actually a degree higher than the board-directed 68 degree minimum. However, if you think your thermostat is off, we do have a laser temperature gun to check classrooms surface temperatures. Also, don’t forget the string cheese trick.

• REPEAT: PTO Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14 – This Tuesday is the November PTO meeting. Meetings are now back to the small group of dedicated regular parents, so it’s great if we can have staff volunteer their time to come show support. This is the meeting where they’re finalizing plans for staff meals during conferences!

• Workshop Opportunities – Principals were asked to share the following workshop opportunities:

• Dr. Monty Neill at EEA – Tuesday, Nov. 28, 3:45-4:45 at the EEA/SEA Building, 4J staff are invited to join Dr. Monty Neill, Executive Director of FairTest. The National Center for Fair & Open Testing has been working for over 30 years to end the misuses and flaws of standardized testing and to ensure that the evaluation of students, teachers and schools is fair, open, valid, and educationally beneficial.

• Careers in Our Community Workshop – The linked Careers in Our Community flyer outlines a professional development opportunity to explore local industries. The goal of the course is to inform educators of job opportunities and skill sets needed in our local economy, so that educators can inform students of these opportunities.

• Free TAG workshop for Teachers: Writing TAG Plans – Erin shared this earlier, but on Tuesday, Nov. 14 at 3:30 at Holt will be a workshop for teachers to learn about effective classroom strategies for teaching TAG students. This will include resources and time for collaboration for writing TAG plans, which I know many teachers are in the midst of writing to go over with families at conferences. Speakers will share ideas, books, resources and strategies. Linked here is the TAG Workshop flyer.

• Handy Links – Here’s the registration link for Instructional Technology Workshops. Contact Misty Jackson (x7567) for help. And visit the Lane ESD Workshops and Trainings webpage for a list of upcoming workshops and trainings.

• Calling All Learners and Teachers for Hour of Code 2017 – An hour of coding is a fun beginner’s experiment for teachers or parents to do with kids and is actually a great activity for students to do all year long. Running December 4–10, see this Edutopia article for many Hour of Code resources make it easy as well. If you have any favorite you’d like me to add to the “Links for Learners” on the Howard website, just let me know.

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

November 13 (M)
TAG Testing Window Opens (Nov. 13-17)
3:15, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Office)

November 14 (T)
11:50-1:45, 3rd Grade to Symphony (Hult Center)
12:00, Allan Covering Classroom
3:00-7:00, 4J First Aid Class (Library)
3:30, Free TAG workshop for teachers – Writing TAG Plans (Holt)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

November 15 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
8:00-3:15, Learning About Learning (LEL) Visit (Community Room)
9:00, Deadline for Conference Spanish Translations
2:30-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Rae’s Room, Room 1)

November 16 (H)
No BEST After School
3:30-5:30, 4J Kinder Core Team Meeting (STEAM Room)
5:30-7:30, Spanish North Region Visioning Community Engagement Event! (River Road)

November 17 (F)
No BEST After School
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
4:00, Howard Staff Social – The Potters’ Quarter
5:00-8:00, PTO Family Movie Night – “Cars 3” (Cafeteria/Gym)

November 18 (SA)
10:10, 5th Grade Optional “Wonder” Movie Event (Cinemark 17)

November 20 (M)
4:00-8:00, Parent/Teacher Conferences
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)

November 21 (T)
8:00-8:00, Parent Teacher Conferences
Student Care Team Referrals Due

November 22 (W)
No School – Teacher Comp Day for Conferences
Regular Work Day for Classified Staff

November 23 (H)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 24 (F)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

Have a fab week, everyone!

Allan

November 6, 2017

Hello Everyone,

We survived Halloween and a full moon last week. Good thing we have a 4-day week this week.

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – I’m pleased to announce that Zach Stone is joining the 4th grade team, job-sharing with Carla, and will start Monday. Zach moved to Eugene from North Carolina, where he recently got his teaching license and his last teaching job was in a 4th grade classroom. Zach has been working at Creative Care this year, and in the past has worked as a nanny, a camp counselor, and a surf instructor. Please welcome Zach to the Amazing Howard Team! No update on the 2nd grade job-share position at this time, but hopefully we’ll have an announcement later this week.

• Classroom Audio Issues – Ever since the AMX people did a software update to fix an issue with the 8-button panels, a number of classrooms have had problems with the audio systems and other AMX related systems. The company is sending someone out on Monday. He is planning to check on Rooms 1, 11, and 24, who already submitted tickets, but if you are experiencing any problems related to the audio, video, the 8-button panel, or other AMX related systems, submit a ticket as soon as possible to 4jdesktop@4j.lane.edu and put AMX in the subject line.

• Seesaw Teacher Resource – Quite a few classes are using Seesaw, so I thought I’d share that they now offer Free Online Professional Development Courses every month and also have a robust library of recordings. Whether you’re a beginner or a total pro, you’ll find a session to pique your interest, across all grade levels and subject areas.

• Wacky Wednesday, Favorite Sports Day – This Wednesday is Favorite Sports Day, so start planning your outfit that has your favorite sports team and/or gear for your favorite sport. I found an excellent bowling shirt I think I might wear.

• PTO Meeting, Tuesday, Nov. 14 – Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, November 14th is the November PTO meeting. Meetings are now back to the small group of dedicated regular parents, so it’s great if staff can volunteer their time to come to the meeting to show support. This is the meeting where they’re finalizing plans for staff meals during conferences later this month!

• Safety Week Feedback – Please send me feedback on any of the safety drills we practiced last week. I’d particularly like to hear any “what if” types of questions that may have come up for you or for students that we should address. Principals are supposed to get more information at an all admin meeting later this month regarding reunification sites for Lockdown: Evacuation Drills, so hopefully I’ll have more information to share on that soon.

• Energy Assistance Programs – The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) opened in Lane County Wednesday, November 1st. Linked here is the LIHEAP Program Flyer (English and Spanish), the LIHEAP Agency Contact List, and an Income Limits Quick Reference Guide. To get on the list, families can call an LIHEAP agency or they can go on-line and place themselves on the list (which is the faster of the two).

• Staff North Eugene Visioning Process, Wednesday, 4:00-6:00 – I CC’d staff on a parent email regarding the next steps for the North Eugene Visioning Process, but I did not include in that email information on a Staff Only North Region Visioning Staff Event happening this Wednesday, November 8th, 4:00-6:00 at North Eugene High School. See the Facebook Event Page or the linked flyer details.

• Staff Directory Photos – If there’s anyone who likes their new school picture better than the one posted on the Howard Staff Directory, let me know and I can update it.

• TaeKwonDo Demonstration Team Assembly? – The same TaeKwonDo group who performed for us last year are offering to again come again if teachers are interested. See the linked TaeKwonDo Demo Team Flyer for details about their motivational assembly for students with a traditional demonstration of TaeKwonDo. If I hear from enough teachers who’d like to attend this assembly, I’ll go ahead and schedule them to come.

• REPEAT: Nov. 8 Number Talks Change for LEL & Math Info – Wednesday’s Number Talks trainings was moved and instead I’ll be presenting information downtown wants principals to share regarding the LEL (Learning About Learning) visit we’ll have next week on Wednesday, November 15th. There is also an extended Math Teacher Leader update downtown asked to be shared, which we’ll also do at this same meeting.

• REPEAT: Artist in Residence – I shared this back at the start of the year, but the Eugene Rotary is working with downtown to bring Artists in Residence to the ten schools in 4J with the highest poverty. The only thing they ask for in return is that schools (or at least some classes) make a larger project instead of individual ones that the Rotary Club can auction off at a future Art Spark fundraiser to continue supporting artists in schools annually. Please take a look at the Lane Arts Artist in Residence website for artists we might want to select and also think about when you might want them to come. In the past we’ve scheduled artists toward the end of the school year, but if we have time at Wednesday’s meeting, I’d like to make a decision on this.

• Quick Classroom Exercises to Combat Stress – See this Edutopia article for how these brain breaks and focused-attention practices can help students cope with stress and trauma and better focus on their learning.

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

November 5 (SU)
Daylight Savings Time – Fall Back

November 6 (M)
2:30-3:30, 2nd Grade Job-Share Interviews (Conference Room)
5:30-7:30, North Region Visioning Community Engagement Event (Madison)

November 7 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30 IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, Room 23)

November 8 (W)
Wacky Wednesday – Favorite Sports Day
2:30-3:30, Teacher Team Time Meeting (Ashley’s Room, Room 25)
4:00-6:00, 4J Staff: North Region Visioning Staff Engagement Event (NEHS)

November 9 (H)
9:00, October Book Winners (Conference Room)
2:30-3:30, TLT Meeting (Angela’s Room, Room 24)

November 10 (F)
Veterans Day – No School

November 13 (M)
TAG Testing Window Opens (Nov. 13-17)

November 14 (T)
11:50-1:45, 3rd Grade to Symphony (Hult Center)
12:00, Allan Covering Classroom
3:00-7:00, 4J First Aid Class (Library)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

November 15 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
8:00-3:15, Learning About Learning (LEL) Visit (Community Room)
9:00, Deadline for Conference Spanish Translations
2:30-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Rae’s Room, Room 1)

November 16 (H)
3:30-5:30, 4J Kinder Core Team Meeting (STEAM Room)

November 17 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
5:00-8:00, PTO Family Night (Cafeteria/Gym)

Enjoy the Halloween photos below. I love that during our “serious” picture there is still a fair amount of mischief going on when you look close.

Have a great four-day week, everyone!

Allan

Serious

Silly

 

October 30, 2017

 

Greetings Howard Roadrunners,

I’m looking forward to our Halloween Staff Photo after school on Tuesday!

Sixteen items of note for this week:

• Dismissal Pick-Up line Moving – In an effort to keep the pause parking line moving better, we’re moving Mr. Matt’s student pick-up line closer to the bus loop, so please remind students of this new location.

• 4J Science Resources – Don’t forget about the many, many resources on the 4J Science Blog that’s managed by Howard’s own Allison Kreider. Just click the links along the right for grade level specific resources for each kit, including printable learning targets (single sheet or poster size), vocabulary cards, word wall cards, and more!

And are you having trouble figuring out where to fit in science lessons? The Title 1 Progress Monitoring days are an excellent day for science. Also, if you’re having trouble finding time to get to all of the lessons in your kit, know that it’s better to focus on teaching the high priority lessons and getting to the end of the kit than it is to teach lessons in order and not finish. No student is ever told they’re bad at science (there’s no tests, there’s no pull-out groups, etc.), so science is a great time to integrate multiple subject areas and make all kids feel successful!

• LearnZillion Tips – Principals had a mini-training at our last elementary principals meeting and were told what were the top “Power Moves” for successfully teaching the new math curriculum. They were:

• Learning Targets – How do teachers communicate criteria for success?
• Manipulatives/Visuals – How do teachers help make student thinking visible?
• Anchor Charts – How do teachers help make academic language accessible?

• Nov. 8 Number Talks Change for LEL & Math Info – I’ve had to reschedule Part 3 of the 4-Part Number Talks trainings. Originally we were doing part three at the Teacher Team Time Meeting on Wednesday, November 8th, but instead I’ll be presenting information downtown wants principals to share regarding the LEL (Learning About Learning) visit we’ll have the following week (November 15th). There is also an extended Math Teacher Leader update that downtown asked to be shared, which we’ll also do at this meeting.

• 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.

• Supporting Undocumented Students – Principals were asked to share the linked FAQ for Staff – Supporting Undocumented Students. The most important point is 4J is committed to a safe, inclusive, and supportive school environment for all students, regardless of their national origin, immigration or documentation status, which in practice means we do not collect or share any information regarding immigration status. All schools held a training with staff on this topic last year, but please let me know if you have any questions.

• Student Care Team Resources – Below are a few community resources that were unused at last Wednesday’s Student Care Team that you can feel free to share with families should the need come up. Also, all of these along with others, can all be found on the Howard Google Drive in the Student Care Team folder.

• Dusk to Dawn Program – Families and adults in need of overnight shelter can access the Dusk to Dawn Programs administered by St. Vincent de Paul; families with children under 18 at First Place Family Center, 1995 Amazon Pkwy and adults at the Eugene Service Station, 456 Hwy 99N.

• Oregon Family Support Network, Lane CountyOFSN Lane County partners with families of children who experience behavioral, emotional or mental health challenges to help them succeed at home, school and in life. They work with parents, foster parents, grandparents and others, offering Parents Night Out (or respite care), System Navigation and Peer Support, Family Fun Activities, Support Groups, Wraparound Family Partners, Resource, Referral and IEP Support, Collaborative Parenting Series, Mental Health First Aid Training (Adult and Youth), and more.

• Central Housing ListLane County’s Coordinated Entry program is one central list that homeless families can get onto that will place them on the wait list for all of the community agencies that provide housing assistance (i.e. Catholic Community Services, St. Vincent De Paul, Shelter Care, Looking Glass, etc.).

• Oregon Telephone Assistance Program (OTAP) – Free phones are offered through the Public Utility Commission to qualifying low income individuals. People can apply by email, phone, or print out application from on the OTAP website.

• Ways to Support Howard – This is going out to families in the November newsletter but to highlight it for staff as well, here are a few easy ways you, your friends, and relatives can help support Howard!

• eScrip: eScrip works with merchant partners to contribute to groups like ours each time you shop with your registered debit or credit cards – at no cost to you!

1. Go to http://www.escrip.com Enter the School or Group I.D. #500046355
2. Register your debit and/or credit cards.
3. Shop at eScrip merchants, including Safeway, Market of Choice and Amazon!
4. Use your eScrip registered cards for all your purchases.
5. A percentage of purchases will be automatically contributed by the merchant.

• Fred Meyer Rewards: You are now able to link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to your favorite nonprofit by following the link below. Whenever you use your Rewards Card when shopping at Freddy’s, you will be helping Howard earn a donation from Fred Meyer. If you do not have a Rewards Card, you can sign up for one at the Customer Service Desk of any Fred Meyer store.

1. Sign up for the Community Rewards program by linking your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Howard Elementary School at http://www.fredmeyer.com/communityrewards. You can
search for us by our name or by our non-profit number # 88934
2. Then, every time you shop and use your Rewards Card, you are helping Howard earn a donation!
3. You still earn your Rewards Points, Fuel Points, and Rebates, just as you do today.
4. If you do not have a Rewards Card, they are available at the Customer Service desk of any Fred Meyer store.

• Target REDCard: If you have a Target REDCArd (credit or debit) Target will donate a percentage of all REDCard purchases made at Target and Target.com to Howard if you designate our school.

1. Go to http://www.target.com/tcoe
2. Log onto your REDCard account
3. Fill in the information under “Sign me up” to designate
Howard!

Howard also participates in the following programs. Click on each link to find out how you can help the school earn more money through each program. Many of the programs just require you to sign up and will donate through purchases you are already making. Some of the programs require you to clip a code or label of some sort; these can be sent to the school.

• Box Tops http://www.boxtops4education.com/
• Labels for Education http://www.labelsforeducation.com/
• Ticondaroga & Prang http://www.prangpower.com/
• Tyson http://projectaplus.tyson.com/
• Amazon Smile http://smile.amazon.com/ (Howard Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization)

• Allan Out Thursday – Following the ALICE Lockdown Evacuation Drill, I’ll be out of the building at an all-day ILT meeting, but retired 4J principal Stephanie Cannon will be in the building covering for me.

• REPEAT: Safety Week This Week – This week is our annual Safety Week. The schedule will be:

• Monday, Oct. 30 – Earthquake/Fire Drill, 1:30
• Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Room Clear, time decided by teachers
• Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Classroom lesson on ALICE. Place Holder date for weather
• Thursday, Nov. 2 – ALICE Lockdown Evacuation Drill, 9:00
• Friday, Nov. 3 – Fire Drill, 8:30

See last week’s staff announcements for details and resources on each drill. Let me know if you have any questions.

• REPEAT: Halloween Costume Parade, Tuesday at 8:10 – The annual Howard Costume Parade is Tuesday at 8:10. Linked here is the Costume Parade Route & Directions. Upstairs Buddy Classrooms will join their downstairs Buddy Classrooms at 8:05. At 8:10 Suzy’s class will lead the “Parade Train” from Blue-Wing to Green-Wing to Yellow-Wing. After classes complete their parade loop, they will re-enter their classroom or stand along the edges of the commons area to watch the parade. Families may watch from the courtyards or commons areas (or join the parade). Classroom parties may be held at the teacher’s discretion. Students who do not celebrate Halloween are invited to participate in a fun acting in the Learning Center. Bryan will also offer a fun alternate activity 1:30-2:00 in the afternoon for any classes holding class parties at the end of the day.

• Voluntary Elementary EA Workshops – 4J added quarterly training opportunities in addition to the EA Extravaganzas. The quarterly trainings will be a 1-1/2 hours, on early release days. They will offer the same training on three different days to accommodate the various early release times/days in buildings across the district. Over the course of the year there will be four different trainings offered, two on behavior and two on math. These are voluntary trainings. If they go beyond an EA’s regular workday, you can check with me about using trade time. The first training topic will be focused on behavior during supervision and presented by 4J Behavior Consultants: Systematic Supervision: Creating a Safe and Positive Playground and other Common Areas. In this workshop, participants will learn to:

• Develop playground scanning methods that incorporate movement and proximity strategies
• Establish and maintain positive environments and relationships with students
• Focus on positive appropriate behaviors and Respond to problem behavior/take action

The schedule for quarterly trainings will be:

November 3, Auditorium 1:30-3:00 Behavior 1 (Supervision Focus)
November 8, Auditorium 2:00-3:30 Behavior 1 (Supervision Focus)
December 6, Tower room 1:30-3:00 Number Sense 1
December 8 Auditorium 1:30-3:00 Number Sense 1
January 10, Auditorium 2:00-3:30 Number Sense 1
February 7, Auditorium 1:30-3:00 Behavior 2
February 9 Auditorium 1:30-3:00 Behavior 2
March 7, Auditorium 2:00-3:30 Behavior 2
April 11, Tower room 1:30-3:00 Number Sense 2
April 13, Auditorium 1:30-3:00 Number Sense 2
May 9, Auditorium 2:00-3:30 Number Sense 2

Hold the date! – Elementary EA Extravaganza, February 2nd. Contact Marlee Litten if you have any questions x7586.

• Día de Muertos Celebration, Nov. 1 & 2 – The JSMA honors this annual celebration of life and death that takes place in Mexico, parts of Central and South America, and Latino communities in the United States. Altars with offerings, and traditional art, music, dance, food, flowers, and poetry remember and welcome souls journeying to the world of the living for a brief visit.

• 3 ways to boost brain function – It is possible to boost brain function and capacity in students, asserts Eric Jensen, a brain-based teaching and learning expert and former teacher. In this EdSurge Commentary, he shares three ways to kick-start this process to better serve students living in poverty.

• 10 ways to get your mojo back – October is an especially hard month for teachers, says Mike Anderson, author of “The Well-Balanced Teacher” in this ASCD article. “There’s so much positive energy at the beginning of the year … [but] after five or six weeks, reality starts to crash in.” Around this time, “student challenges might present themselves more prominently and the curriculum can start to feel overwhelming.” When the “October blues” bear down, what can you do to keep your momentum going? Turn to the CCSSO 2017 State and National Teachers of the Year for advice.

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

October 30 (M)
Safety Week
1:30, Earthquake/Fire Drill
2:15, 4th Grade Job-Share Interviews (Conference Room)

October 31 (T)
Safety Week: Room Clear Drills
8:10, Halloween Costume Parade
2:15, Staff Costume Photo! (Story Cove)

November 1 (W)
Safety Week: ALICE Drill Student Lesson
PBIS Monthly Theme – Appreciations
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
Ewok Appreciation Day
2:30-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Meeting (Facilities)
4:00-5:00, Allan to North Region Principals’ Meeting (NEHS)

November 2 (H)
9:00-9:15, ALICE Evacuation Drill
9:15-4:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Stephanie Cannon subbing)

November 3 (F)
8:30, Fire Drill

November 5 (SU)
Daylight Savings Time – Fall Back

November 6 (M)
Regular Day

November 7 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30 IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, Room 23)

November 8 (W)
Wacky Wednesday-Favorite Sports Day
2:30-3:30, Teacher Team Time Meeting (Ashley’s Room, Room 25)

November 9 (H)
2:30-3:30, TLT Meeting (Angela’s Room, Room 24)

November 10 (F)
Veterans Day – No School

Have a terrific week, everyone, and look forward to a 4-day week next week!

Allan

October 23, 2017

 

Greetings Amazing Howard Staff,

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Number Talks Follow-Up – Thank you, teachers, for continuing to learn and implement Number Talks with your students. I know it’s a lot of work on top of already learning LearnZillion (along with the new science, reading, and writing curriculums the past three years), but you all are amazing and Gretta has commented on how strong a staff we have here at Howard! A few items of note from last week’s Number Talks training:

• Number Talks Cliff Notes: The green 4J Number Talks 101 Notebook is a nice Readers Digest version of the big fat Number Talks book, but here are some pages from the big book to take note of:

⁃ K-2 Number Talks Overarching Goals – Page 25
⁃ K-2 Possible Focus – Page 67
⁃ K-2 Rekenreks Uses – Page 82
⁃ 3-5 Number Talks Overarching Goals – Page 230
⁃ 3-5 Highlights importance of developing strong foundations before moving into Number Talks that focus on computation with larger numbers – Page 230 & Page 182
⁃ Question/Answer Area – Page 368
⁃ General Prep for Number Talks – Page 16

• How to Access Online Video Clips: If you would like to access all the clips at once, follow these instructions:

1. Go to http://mathsolutions.com/myvideos and click the Create New Account button at the bottom of the Log In form.
2. Create an account, even if you have created one with Math Solutions bookstore. You will receive a confirmation email when your account has been created.
3. Once your account has been created, you will be taken to the Product Registration page. Click Register on the product you would like to access (in this case, Number Talks: Whole Number Computation).
4. Enter key code NTWNC and click or tap the Submit Key Code button.
5. Click or tap the Complete Registration button.
6. To access videos at any time, visit your account page.

Page XXVII shows the video clips by chapter. Page 337 of the book has comments from the author on each of the videos, which are more for teacher prep than student viewing. At 3-5 Number Talks per week, the progress students make will start to shine through over time. Maybe not during Number talks right away, but students also make connections in whole group math time. And remember that Gretta is available to come out to meet with folks to provide any support or assistance you might need.

• Safety Week, Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 – Not this week, but the following week will be our annual Safety Week, which is a good way to bring awareness to staff, students, and families about the various safety procedures right at the start of the year. Usually I like to do this in September, but I also like to hold Safety Week when two months overlap within the same week, so we can take care of the monthly fire drill requirement all in the same week. The schedule for Safety Week will be:

• Monday, Oct. 30 – Fire Drill, 1:30
• Tuesday, Oct. 31 – Room Clear, time decided by teachers
• Wednesday, Nov. 1 – Classroom lesson on ALICE.
• Thursday, Nov. 2 – ALICE Lockdown Evacuation Drill, 9:00
• Friday, Nov. 3 – Earthquake/Fire Drill, 8:30

All of these drills are listed in the “Emergency Procedures Manual” the rainbow tabbed spiral notebook that should be hanging in every classroom. The manual has not been updated to explicitly mention ALICE, but ALICE tenants are present in the Lockdown and Evacuation procedures. I won’t be making any announcement before the drills, so it’s okay for staff to prep your students before they take place.

MONDAY – Fire/Earthquake Drill: For the Earthquake Drill, teach students to “Drop, Cover, Hold” meaning drop to the ground (so you don’t fall over), cover yourself by going under a desk (to protect yourself from falling objects, and hold onto the desk legs (so you stay under cover and don’t get bounced out). There are many resource on The Great Oregon Shake Out website, where you teach students about Drop, Cover, Hold and earthquake preparedness. See the linked Evacuation Map & Lines for where classes should line up for the Fire Drill following the Earthquake Drill.

TUESDAY – Room Clear: Room Clear Drills will happen at a time determined by classroom teachers and in cooperation with another classroom where students would go in the event of real room clear. Students should know the designated classroom they would room clear to in the event of an actual emergency since in many cases the teacher would need to remain in the classroom while the rest of the students leave on their own.

WEDNESDAY – Classroom lesson on ALICE: Linked here is the Student ALICE PowerPoint presentation (and a PDF version with notes) that classroom teachers will use to teach the safety drills this day. After going through the PowerPoint, teacher will read the book I’m Not Scared, I’m Prepared (let me know if you do not have a copy of the book) with the Sticky Note guiding questions that go with the book.

THURSDAY – ALICE Lockdown Evacuation Drill: For this drill I will press the office lockdown button (dropping curtains, locking exterior doors, and closing [not locking] hallway doors to each wing) and will announce the following:

Attention students, staff and visitors: This is a LOCKDOWN: EVACUATE DRILL, this is a LOCKDOWN: EVACUATE DRILL. Repeat, this is a NOT A REAL EMERGENCY. THIS IS A DRILL. We are pretending there is a dangerous person (or intruder) in the building on the other side of the building from your classroom. We are pretending there is a dangerous person (or intruder) in the building on the other side of the building from your classroom. WE ARE IN A LOCKDOWN: EVACUATE DRILL.

Teachers will then direct students to evacuate the building to the nearest location along the perimeter of the school grounds. In a real emergency classes would run, but for the drill classes should walk. Classes will stop at the edge of the property and wait for my all-clear announcement. In a real emergency, students and staff would evacuate well past the edge of the property, and keep going until you can’t see the school.

FRIDAY – Fire Drill: Same as last month, which went quite smoothly, and same as the evacuation portion of Monday’s drill.

Please let me know if you do not have a manual or if you have any questions.

• Staff ALICE Refresher Thursday – I’ll hold an optional refresher training for staff on Thursday, October 26th at 2:30 in the Conference Room for anyone who wants to review how to teach the ALICE Student Lesson and to also answer any questions staff may have regarding the drill or safety procedures.

• Visitor Sign-In and Identification – A general safety reminder, if you ever see a parent, volunteer, or even a district employee without a 4J badge or visitor sticker, please send them back to the office to sign-in at the Visitor Sign-In Computer Station. The exception to this rule is during arrival in the mornings when many parents walk students to the class, the preschool arrival starting around 9:00, and during school special events when it becomes logistically unworkable for so many visitors to sign in at one time.

• Hour of Code, Dec. 4-10 – As a Technology Immersion school, coding activities are a great activity for students to do all year long, but particularly during the first week of December during Computer Science Education Week. The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science during Computer Science Education Week, intended 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.How do you participate in the Hour of Code? Start planning here by reviewing their how-to guide.

• Job Postings – With Amber sadly leaving us and Mellissa going on a half-time parental leave, we currently have a posting for a 2nd grade job-share with Mellissa (mornings and all-day Wednesdays) and a 4th grade job-share with Carla (afternoons M-F). Both Amber and Mellissa will continue teaching until we have people hired, but spread the word about these positions and feel free to recruit anyone good who’d make good additions to Team Howard!

• Field Trip and Other “Fees” – 4J has clarified/modified a policy that students may not be excluded from field trips or other educational activities for failure to pay any sort of fees, which falls under access to Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE). The main part of this rule I want to highlight is that we cannot use the term “fee” when asking for money to pay for field trips or other activities. We can still ask for money, but we need to instead ask for a donation, a subsidy, or (my favorite) a contribution. Let me know if you have any questions on this.

• Read&Write Assistance – I wanted to remind teachers Kelly Moriarty (wilson_ke@4j.lane.edu) is available to come out and work with teachers who want to start using Read&Write for Goolge Chrome, whether on iPads or laptops. She’s already come out to work with a few teachers, but she can come when you are trying it with students or can meet with you outside of student hours.

• REPEAT: Howard Staff Social: Movie Night! – It’s not too late to buy your tickets for A Nightmare on Elm Street this Sunday at 2:00 if you’re reading this in time, but if you’re reading this later you can still get your tickets for the Saturday Night, 9:30 showing of the grisly horror classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre! And if grindhouse cinema is not your thing, join us for $1 margaritas at Applebee’s before the movie!

• REPEAT: Music & Dance Assembly with Los Arribeños – Jill has again arranged for a group of musicians and dancers from Mexico to perform for us this Friday, with a K-2 assembly 8:10-8:35 and a 3-5 assembly 8:45-9;10. See the linked Assembly Map and Directions for details.

• REPEAT: PRIDE Awards, Perseverance, Wednesday – The first PRIDE Awards is this Wednesday at lunch. Teachers should choose 2-4 students who have demonstrated Perseverance and a “Never Quit” attitude and behavior. Be sure to get certificate to me before Wednesday so I can sign them and get them organized. Also be sure to send invitations home to families so they can attend.

• REPEAT: Halloween Costume Parade – The annual Howard Costume Parade will be at 8:10 on Tuesday, October 31st. Linked here is the Costume Parade Route & Directions. Upstairs Buddy Classrooms will join their downstairs Buddy Classrooms at 8:05. At 8:10 Suzy’s class will lead the “Parade Train” from Blue-Wing to Green-Wing to Yellow-Wing. After classes complete their parade loop, they will re-enter their classroom or stand along the edges of the commons area to watch the parade. Families may watch from the courtyards or commons areas (or join the parade). Classroom parties may be held at the teacher’s discretion. Students who do not celebrate Halloween are invited to participate in a fun acting in the Learning Center. Bryan will also offer a fun alternate activity 1:30-2:00 in the afternoon for any classes holding class parties at the end of the day.

• When Students Are Traumatized, Teachers Are Too – Trauma in students’ lives takes an emotional and physical toll on teachers as well. See this Edutopia article where experts weigh in on the best ways to cope, which include talking it out with colleagues, building coping strategies (whether it’s deep breaths or drinking coffee), and establish some coming home rituals.

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

October 22 (SU)
2:00, Howard Staff Social – A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984 (Cinemark 17)

October 23 (M)
2:30-3:30, Site Council Meeting (Conference Room)

October 24 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30 IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, Room 23)

October 25 (W)
11:00-1:00, PRIDE Awards at Lunch (Cafeteria)
2:30-3:30, Student Care Team Meeting (Conference Room)

October 26 (H)
2:30-3:30, Optional ALICE Staff Refresher Training (Conference Room)

October 27 (F)
OSEA Site Visit
8:10-8:35, K-2 Music and Dance Assembly (Gym)
8:45-9:10, 3-5 Music and Dance Assembly (Gym)
11:00-1:00, Birthday Lunches with the Principal (Community Room)

October 28 (SA)
9:30, Howard Staff Social – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974 (Cinemark 17) – With $1 margs before!

October 30 (M)
Safety Week
1:30, Earthquake/Fire Drill

October 31 (T)
Safety Week: Room Clear Drills
8:10, Halloween Costume Parade
2:15, Staff Costume Photo! (Story Cove)

November 1 (W)
Safety Week: ALICE Drill Student Lesson
PBIS Monthly Theme – Appreciations
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
Ewok Appreciation Day
2:30-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Meeting (Facilities)
4:00-5:00, Allan to North Region Principals’ Meeting (NEHS)

November 2 (H)
9:00-9:15, ALICE Evacuation Drill
9:15-4:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Stephanie Cannon subbing)

November 3 (F)
8:30, Fire Drill

See you at Elm Street!

Allan

 

Fidget spinners are a fad that’s thankfully fading, but check out this fidget spinner in space! From The Kids Should See This.

October 16, 2017

 

Howdy Everyone

Open House was a terrific success! Minus running out of pizza, that is, but we ordered almost 700 slices (same s what we ordered last year) and were out by 6:30! Still, it was so great to hear from many, many families how their kids are loving Howard and love their teachers and the staff. It’s at these types of events where you really hear how much families appreciate all of your hard work. You all are amazing!

Nineteen items of note for this week:

• Google Classroom and Read&Write Follow-Up – A quick follow-up to last week’s Google Classroom and Read&Write Training:

• Google Classroom Quicksheets – Linked here are the quicksheets Kellyclare shared on Thursday for Google Classroom Basics, Google Doc Basics, and Google Drive Organization. If you don’t have this bookmarked already, here’s a link to former Howard TSS extraordinaire David Nelson’s Tech Tools for Schools webpage, which has an entire section of quicksheets on Google, including general tips, team drives, forms, and so on.

• 4J Google Link – There is now a link to 4J Google Apps for students on the Howard website Links for Learners, which is where students would log in to Google Classroom.

• Student Google Classroom Log-In – Students log in using their 4J email and their Mealtime PIN. These can be found in the Synergy admin report “Class List (Elementary) with Student Usernames – School.” Linked here are directions for Printing Reports in TeacherVUE I shared earlier. You can also use this to see which of your students are already approved to to use Google apps. Let me know if you need help. I can also run the report for you.

• Google Student Permission Forms – Linked here is the K-8 Google Permission Form (English and Spanish). We’ll add this to our registration packet for new students and I’ll leave copies of English and Spanish forms by mailboxes for teachers if you’d like to send them home with students who do not already have permission.

• Read & Write Info – Here is the link to the Read & Write Resource Page Kelly Moriarty (wilson_ke@4j.lane.edu) and Jordan Gentzkow (gentzkow@4j.lane.edu) shared at Thursday’s training. Read & Write is already installed on all student iPads. On the laptops, students just need to open Chrome and log into their 4J account. The plugin is associated with their account and will automatically download. Kelly and Jordan said to feel free to contact them if you have any questions.

• Read & Write iPad Training Thursday at 2:30 – If you’d like to learn how Read & Write works on iPads, Kelly Moriarty is coming back to Howard to Thursday’s Technology Leadership Team Meeting at 2:30 in Angela’s Room (RM 24). Everyone is invited to attend!

• Charis McGaughy, 4J Assistant Superintendent, Visiting Howard Wednesday – Charis, 4J’s Assistant Superintendent, is visiting Howard on Wednesday from 8:30-11:00. She’s planning to meet with me for a bit and will then wander the school and visit classrooms, so don’t be surprised if she stops by your classroom this day.

• Conferences Info Coming Soon – Believe it or not, it’s time to start getting read for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Lori is prepping parent sign-up sheets for conference to go home soon and she will again schedule conferences for everyone, coordinating translators, siblings, specialists, and such, but to do this teachers will need to take the same breaks, lunches, and dinner times. We’ve grown too large as a school with too many variables for teachers block out different times, as some folks have done in the past. Let me know if you have any questions.

• Halloween Costume Parade, Oct. 31 – We’re not doing Thrill the World this year, but we are continuing the annual Howard Costume Parade. One suggestion I heard that I liked quite a lot was to move the parade to the start of the day at 8:10 instead of the end of the day, which might allow for more families to attend. Linked here is the Costume Parade Route & Directions, but we’ll do the parade entirely on the bottom floor to be inclusive of students who can’t use the stairs. Upstairs Buddy Classrooms will join their downstairs Buddy Classrooms at 8:05. At 8:10 Suzy’s class will lead the “Parade Train” from Blue-Wing to Green-Wing to Yellow-Wing. After classes complete their parade loop, they will re-enter their classroom or stand along the edges of the commons area to watch the parade. Families may watch from the courtyards or commons areas (or join the parade). Classroom parties may be held at the teacher’s discretion. Linked here is a flyer we can send home to families (Bianca will translate it when she returns).

• Classified Comp Time & Trade Time Clarification – Several folks had questions after my classified comp time item in last weeks announcements, so here are some clarifications and additional notes:

• Comp Time vs Trade Time – “Trade Time” is what staff most often are really using, though most people refer to it as “Comp Time.” Trade Time is when you work extra one day and then trade those hours out working less another day. Trade Time is hour for hour and not figured as time and a half which “comp time” does when it goes above the 40 hours of work per week.

• Using Trade Time – From article 11.3 of the contract: Trade time is equal time exchanged within the same workweek. Trade time is available by mutual agreement of the supervisor or building administrator and the employee.

• Work Beyond Regularly Scheduled Hours – From article 11.1.3 of the contract: Work time beyond scheduled work hours will be pre approved in writing, and where pre-approval is not possible, the administrator or supervisor will be informed in writing by the end of the employee’s next work day.

Contract language can be confusing, so let me know if you have any questions on this.

• PTO Wayback Burgers Fundraiser Monday 5:00-8:00 – Need dinner plans Monday night? Head over Wayback Burgers at Santa Clara Square between 5:00-8:00 and a percentage of all sales will be donated to Howard!

• Music & Dance Assembly with Los Arribeños – Through her work with the annual Día de los Muertos event at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, Jill has again arranged for a group of musicians and dancers to perform for us next week, the morning of Friday, October 27th, with a K-2 assembly 8:10-8:35 and a 3-5 assembly 8:45-9;10. See the linked Assembly Map and Directions for details.

• Student Care Team Referrals, Oct. 25 – The Student Care Team will meet in two weeks, 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 (editable PDF and non-editable PDF) so we will be able to openly discuss the student(s) by name and also 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 for whatever reason, you can 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.

• SMART Readers in New Year – Now that we have Alicia Longoria, the 4J Family Resource Coordinator, located in our building I’ve been working with her on some opportunities and one thing Howard used to have back when I was a teacher here is we had SMART Readers, who were community volunteers who would come in a couple days a week to read one-on-one with primary grade students picked by teachers who might need extra reading practice and/or time supportive adult. Alicia contacted the organization and found out Howard is actually the most requested school in all of 4J by volunteers! All we need is a parent or community volunteer to coordinate the readers. If we find someone soon, we might be able to get started as soon as January. I have some ideas who we might ask, but me know if you have ideas for who might be able to take this on.

• ODE School Report Cards Released – As an FYI, ODE is released school report cards last week. Linked here is the ODE Report Card Download website. I already shared some of this data at our back-to-school staff meeting. In terms of overall achievement (students meeting benchmark), we’re about the same as or better than similar 4J schools, but our Academic Growth (how well student scores improve 3rd to 4th grade and 4th to 5th grade) and in Student Group Growth (our subgroup data) is where we are lagging. I have additional data I can share at a future Staff Meeting, but let me know if you have any questions.

• Howard Staff Social: Movie Night! – It may not be Janet Jackson, but see Matt’s email if you’d like to join in on some pre-Halloween fun! This coming Sunday, October 22nd at 2:00 is a showing of the 1984 Wes Craven horror classic A Nightmare on Elm Street, which features Johnny Depp’s film debut! The following weekend Saturday, October 28th at 9:30 PM is the 1974 Tobe Hooper grindhouse classic The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. Both are showing at the Cinemark 17 at Gateway with reserve seating in their luxury loungers. Click the above links to reserve your seats now! And maybe we’ll do this too.

• REPEAT: PRIDE Awards, Perseverance, Oct 25th – The first PRIDE Awards will be Wednesday next week. Teachers should start talking to their class about PRIDE (Perseverance “Never Quit,” Respect “Honor Yourself and Others,” Integrity “Be Honest,” Discipline “Work Hard at Everything,” Excellence – “Do Your Personal Best.”) and thinking about 2-4 students who have been demonstrating Perseverance and a “Never Quit” attitude and behavior. Be sure to get certificate to be before the 25th so I can sign them and get them organized.

• Bring an artist into your classroom – Patricia shared with me a flyer from Clayfest offering a FREE opportunity to have an artist come lead a project with you class, though a regional non-profit named Local Clay. They offer demonstrations, workshops, and art projects. See the linked Local Clay Flyer for details.

• Produce Distribution Day, Oct. 27– Fresh produce is available for FREE to families once a month out of River Road Elementary School. This month’s distribution will be on Friday, October 27th from 3:00- 5:30. It is open to all 4J families but is advertised in the North Region. Feel free to spread the word.

• Know Your Rights Workshop – Thursday, October 26th, 6:30 p.m. Churchill Auditorium is a workshop intended for immigrant families and support staff interested in knowing the rights of undocumented families. There will be a 30 minute presentation on the rights of immigrant families followed by a question and answer time with a local lawyer. Families will also have the opportunity to pick-up a family preparedness kit and to sign-up for a one-on-one appointment with a district employee to organize their family preparedness folder. For more information or to make an appointment contact: Marcos 541-790-5151 (at Churchill) The office of Equity, Instruction & Inclusion is planning a follow-up to their Know Your Rights Workshop for an event to take place in Mid November or Early December, but feel free to share the Churchill event with interested families.

• From Dull To Creative With One Simple Trick – From the blog Byrdseed, which is focused on gifted learners, but is really great stuff for all learners. This Brydseed post discusses how building a creative and complex task seems like it should take enormous work, but teachers have found great success with this simple trick: ask students to personify things that don’t have a personality. Here’s a close-ended and boring (but very common) question students are asked: What is Brian, from Hatchet’s, main character trait?

• It’s close-ended because everyone will answer with the same word: perseverance.
• There’s no room for creativity or fun final products.
• It’s boring, because kids who have mastered this already know how to do the thinking. They’ve done it since 1st grade.

Add A Point Of View – What would Darth Vader think about Brian? Suddenly we have a question with many right answers. Students who want to go deeper can go deep. Now there’s the possibility for lots of cool products (imagine a comic book, a skit, a piece of art, or a short movie), not just a one-word answer. Bonus: switch Vader to another character (or real person) and the question reinvents itself! What would Hamlet, Susan B. Anthony, or Katniss think about Brian?

• Math Creativity Warmup Resources – Here’s another post from the October Byrdseed Newsletter titled Math Creativity Warmup Resources that pairs nicely with Number Talks, providing four different ways to frame math questions in more interesting ways that require students to justify their answer. This post also links to a related earlier post on Creative Math Warmups that’s also worth checking out.

• Halloween: Characters Dressed As Characters – Last Bryrdseed blog post. Here’s a fun activity that can span all grade levels and can be taken in a variety of directions. It’s Characters Dressed As Characters, which could be a simple art project or an opportunity for students to compare, contrast, discuss, and debate character traits.

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

October 16 (M)
First Day of BEST
9:00-1:00, Swift (2nd grade) to Mt. Pisgah
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
5:00-8:00, PTO Wayback Burger Night Fundraiser

October 17 (T)
Fluoride Rise Starts
2:30-3:30 Staff Meeting (Ashley’s Room, Room 25)
3:30-5:00, Allan to BEST Coordinator Interviews (Conference Room)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

October 18 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
School Pictures
8:30-11:30, Charis McGaughy, Assistant Superintendent, Visiting Howard

October 19 (H)
12:00-6:00, Cookie Dough Fundraiser Order Pick-Up (Gym or Community Room)
9:00-1:00, Larsen/Pond (2nd grade) to Mt. Pisgah
2:30-3:30, iPad Read&Write Training/TLT Meeting (Angela’s Room, Room 24)
2:30-3:30, Allan to SPED Eval Planning Meeting (Conference Room)

October 20 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
10:00-12:15, KG/Life Skills Field Trip to Deterings

October 22 (SU)
2:00, Howard Staff Social – A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984 (Cinemark 17)

October 23 (M)
2:30-3:30, Site Council Meeting (Conference Room)

October 24 (T)
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30 IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, Room 23)

October 25 (W)
11:00-1:00, PRIDE Awards at Lunch (Cafeteria)
2:30-3:30, Student Care Team Meeting (Conference Room)

October 26 (H)
2:30-3:30, Optional ALICE Staff Refresher Training (Conference Room)

October 27 (F)
8:10-8:35, K-2 Assembly with Los Arribeños (Gym)
8:45-9:10, 3-5 Assembly with Los Arribeños (Gym)
11:00-1:00, Birthday Lunches with the Principal (Community Room)
1:00-1:30, Tentative Musicians and Dancers from Mexico Assembly (Gym)

October 28 (SA)
9:30, Howard Staff Social – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974 (Cinemark 17)

If any of you are wondering when the next short week is, we have three full weeks until Veterans Day Nov. 10th. Have a fab week, everyone!

Allan

October 9, 2017

 

Hello Roadrunners!

It’s a short week with kids coming Monday through Wednesdays, with a Howard PD Day Thursday and State In-Service Day Friday.

Twenty-one items of note for this week:

• AESOP Job Note for Classified Subs – Classified staff, please enter your job title into the “Notes to Substitute” section of AESOP when you put in for a sub. AESOP is not good at giving subs a clear idea of what jobs they are picking up and this helps clarify.

• Licensed Staff Sub Folders – Most all classified staff have tuned in their sub folders to the office, but we’re still waiting on a number of licensed staff member sub folders. If you haven’t completed and turned yours in to Lori, please do so by the end of this week. Linked here is HR’s recommended list of Guest Teacher Folder Content.

• Classified Comp Time – Overtime and Compensatory “Comp” Time must have prior, written approval from a supervisor, which is most easily done by emailing me before to the date(s) you’re planning to accumulate comp time. Some additional notes regarding comp time:

• Overtime or Compensatory (comp) time (time and a half) for any time worked in excess of 8 hours per day or 40 hours per week.
• Comp time requests must be submitted in writing (or email) prior to being accumulated.
• Only for occasional and irregular overtime work.
• Maximum of 240 hours may be accumulated.
• Must be used or paid within 26 months of earning.

Let me know if you have any questions.

• Number Talks Tips/Reminders – I wanted to highlight the Number Talks Cheat Sheet on page 1 of the Number Talks Packet (the green spiral) teachers were given at last week’s training. These are the golden rules for number talks, which everyone should try between now and our next Number Talks training on Tuesday, October 17th:

What does Number Talks look like?

o Students are near each other so they can communicate with each other (central meeting place)
o Students are mentally solving problems
o Students are given thinking time
o Thumbs up show when they are ready
o Teacher is recording students’ thinking

Communication

o Having to talk out loud about a problem helps students clarify their own thinking .
o Allow students to listen to other’s strategies and value other’s thinking
o Gives the teacher the opportunity to hear student’s thinking

Mental Math

o When you are solving a problem mentally you must rely on what you know and understand about the numbers
instead of memorized procedures
o You must be efficient when computing mentally because you can hold a lot of quantities in your head

Thumbs Up

o This is just a signal to let you know that you have given your students enough timq to think about the problem
o If will give you a picture of who is able to compute mentally and who is struggling
o It isn’t as distracting as a waving hand

Teacher as Recorder

o Allows you to record students’ thinking in the correct notation
o Provides a visual to look at and refer back to
o Allows you to keep a record of the problems posed and which students offered specific strategies

Purposeful Problems

o Start with small numbers so the students can learn to focus on the strategies instead of getting lost in the
numbers
o Use a number string [a string of problems that are related to and scaffold each other)

Starting Number Talks in your Classroom

o Start with specific problems in mind
o Be prepared to offer a strategy from a previous student
o It is ok to put a student’s strategy on the backburner
o Limit your number talks to about 15 minutes
o Ask a question, don’t tell!

The teacher asks questions:

o Who would like to share their thinking?
o Who did it another way?
o How many people solved it the same way as Billy?
o Does anyone have any questions for Billy?
o Billy, can you tell us where you got that 5?
o How did you figure that out?
o What was the first thing your eyes saw, or your brain did?
o What are Number Talks and Why are they

Additionally, linked here is an electronic version of the complete Number Talks Packet given to folks at the Number Talks training last Wednesday. And linked here is a Number Talks Lesson Planning Template, which is certainly not required to be used, but may be useful. All of the above documents are also on the Howard Google Team Drive under Curriculum/Instruction > Math > Number Talks.

• Math Updates – Linked here is an email update sent to Math Teacher Leaders, but the short version for math teachers is:

• Rekenreks – For K-2 teachers, you DO NOT have to use these but may. If you won’t be using them, please put them in your plastic tub.

• Printing Assessments – Assessments are on the grade-level pages of the 4J LearnZillion website and Jaimee will add them to the LZ Assessment Page as well.

• Optional TalentEd Goals Assistance Meeting Tuesday at 2:30 – Mentioned at last week’s Number Talks Training and in Gretta’s email, Gretta and I will be available on Tuesday at 2:30 to assist teachers with your TalentEd goals. Linked here are Shared Building Staff Goals that teachers are welcome to cut-and-paste into TalentEd. The math goal pre and post assessment are the main part teachers may want to come by for clarification/assistance with, but linked here are some K-2 examples and 3-5 examples of the types of questions grade level teams might want to use for your pre and post tests. Teachers are also welcome to develop your own goals, but all goals are to be entered by the end of this week, October 15th.

• Wacky Wednesday, Rainbow Day – This Wednesdays the first school spirit day of the year, know around Howard as a Wacky Wednesday. This time it’s Rainbow Day, so remind kids Monday & Tuesday to wear their most fabulous rainbow colors or rainbow duds on Wednesday. Personally, I ordered an excellent Rainbow Dash t-shirt I plan to wear. Future Wacky Wednesdays are:

• Nov. 8th — Favorite Sports Day
• Dec. 13th — Mismatch Clothes Day
• Jan. 10th School Color Day
• Feb. 7th — Favorite Character Day
• March 14th — Funky Sock Day
• April 11th — Favorite Animal Day
• May 9th — Extreme Hair Day
• June 6th — Day at the Beach

 

 
• PRIDE Awards, Perseverance, Oct 25th– The popular choice on the PRIDE Awards Survey is for awards to happen at lunchtime with family members invited to join their child for lunch. Dates for the awards will be:

Perseverance “Never Quit” – Wednesday, Oct. 25
Respect “Honor Yourself and Others” – Wednesday, Nov. 29
Integrity “Be Honest” – Wednesday, Jan. 17
Discipline “Work Hard at Everything” – Wednesday, Mar. 21
Excellence – “Do Your Personal Best” Wednesday, May 23

December, February, April, and June will be our big tail feather reward events. For new staff, linked here are copies of the PRIDE Award Certificates (Thank-you, Erin!). We’ll have hard copies run off ahead of time and available in the office before each assembly, but teachers should start talking to their class about PRIDE and thinking about 2-4 students who have been been demonstrating Perseverance and a “Never Quit” attitude and behavior.

• New Level 3 Form – Linked here is the new 4J Major Behavior Referral Form (i.e. Level 3) we’ll begin using once they are delivered sometime this week. The content of the form is pretty much the same as what’s on our current Level 3 form, but the format is fairly different.

These will be printed in triplicate, white on top (parent), pink in the middle (homeroom teacher) and yellow on bottom (office). As you can see on the form, there is a section of information that gets filled out on the second page, which does not go to the parent on the first page. Downtown is in the process of having the form translated into Spanish.

• Stop, Walk, Talk Review – I shared this last year, but below is a good video teachers can use for a class review of Stop, Walk, Talk at a Caring School Curriculum class meeting. Also, linked here is a Stop, Walk, Talk step-by-step Stop, Walk, Talk Lesson on teaching this strategy, which I believe was created by Brianna Stiller.
 

 
• Equity, Instruction and Partnerships Website – The 4J Office of Equity, Instruction and Partnership has a new website! The purpose of the website is to provide teachers, staff and administrators with community and district events, family resources, free/low cost professional growth opportunities in our area, and links to interpretation services and an application form (to a very small pot of money from the Equity, Instruction and Partnerships’) for student enrichment opportunities in our area (for bus, materials…). Dr. Karen Pérez-Da Silva said to let her know if there are articles, video, film, event, etc. that you recommend for the website, so feel free to email me anything you think should be posted to the website and I will forward it on. The website will be updated bi-monthly so please bookmark it for future reference.

• Commingled Recycling – In light of recent local news stories (one and two) about recycling, here’s a quick reminder of what can an cannot be placed in the blue commingled recycling containers. See the image below and click to enlarge for a printable poster. YES to paper, cardboard, foil, cans, tin cans, plastic bottles, tubs & jars, but NO to napkins, waxed cardboard, plastic pouches, styrofoam, plastic lids/caps, or plastic wrap. If you’d like to review this with your class, SaniPac has a Recycling Slide Show of what can be recycled, which is who 4J contracts with.
 

 
• Track Work Postponed – The rubber installation I mentioned last week has been deferred to later due to disagreement on the price for installation. There’s timeline for when it will be done at this point.

• UO The International Cultural Service Program Presentations – The International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) is now open for 2017-18. ICSP provides free presentations and classroom visits by specially trained international UO students. They can give cultural presentations, participate in panel discussions, and introduce activities from cooking, song, dance, and crafts, to martial arts, yoga, traditional sports, and storytelling. An updated ICSP Brochure is coming soon, but for an up to date list of available ICSP students, please visit the International Cultural Service Program website (or this link to request visits) or watch is video to see them in action.

• REPEAT: Open House (formerly Curriculum Night) Wednesday, Oct. 11th– Linked here is a English/Spanish flyer for the 2017 Howard Open House. Classrooms and specialist areas will be open 5:45-6:45, pizza will be served in the cafeteria 6:00-7:00, and a Title 1 Presentation in the library at 6:00. Classroom teachers will get Pizza Tickets (Thank you, Angela!) in your mailboxes this week.

• UPDATED: Howard PD Day, Thursday, Oct 12th – Linked here is the agenda for Thursday’s Google Classroom PD. We’ll have our usual breakfast goodies and drinks, and will start at 8:00 in the cafeteria and will go until 11:30. Charge up your devices the night before and bring them to the meeting along with a charger. Classified staff are invited, but not required to attend.

• REPEAT: State In-Service Day, Friday, Oct 13th – Friday, October 13th is State In-Service day. This is a regular work day for administrators and 192 & 196-day classified staff. This is a non-contract day for licensed staff. For classified staff, you are requited to attend the ALICE training below if you have not already been trained. If you are ever wondering about work year dates, most all of your questions can be answered on the 4J Employee Work Year Calendars webpage.

• REPEAT: District ALICE Training for New Staff, Oct. 13 – 4J is holding an ALICE training October 13th, 8:30- 11:30 at Churchill High School for staff new to the district who have not previously received ALICE training. This is a required training for any untrained classified staff, but this is a non-contract day for licensed staff, so it is an optional training for licensed staff members. Registration is required, so to do so, just click this ALICE Training Registration link.

• Classroomscreen.com – A teacher from the Netherlands made a simple tool with all their favorite digiboard widgets. They couldn’t find such a thing, so they made it it themselves. classroomscreen.com Just project the website on your board full-screen and you can:

• choose a background
• type your instructions in the textbox
• choose a work symbol
• set a timer or show the clock
• use the traffic light
• pick a random name
• do some simple math
• draw in-screen or full-screen
• generate a qr-code
• drag and drop the icons in the right place

It’s a pretty cool simple tool for interactive white boards!
 

 
• How positive language improves student learning – Positive language can help empower students and boost academic success, asserts teacher Alyssa Nucaro. In this Edutopia blog post, she outlines her strategy, which includes eliminating the word “don’t,” being honest and direct, choosing your words wisely, practicing positive vocabulary, and conveying faith in student abilities.

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

October 9 (M)
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
7:50-11:45, Data Team Meetings (Title 1 Room, Room 30)
9:25-11:05, 5th Grade Natives Presentations (STEAM Room)

October 10 (T)
Bianca Out Until Oct. 18
8:15-11:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)
2:30-3:30 IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, Room 23)
2:30-3:30, Optional Teacher Goal Assistance Meeting (Conference Room)
4:00-8:00, District First Aid/CPR Class (Library)

October 11 (W)
Wacky Wednesday -Rainbow Day
2:30-3:30 PBIS Meeting (Rae’s Room, Room 1)
4:00-5:00. Allan to North Region Principals Meeting SKIPPING
5:45-7:00, Open House

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

October 12 (H)
No School – Howard PD Day
8:00-11:30, Howard PD w/Kelly MS Staff (Cafeteria)
12:00-3:00, Allan to ILT Meeting (Ed Center)

October 13 (F)
No School — State In-Service Day
Regular Workday for Classified Staff
Non-Contract Day for Licensed Staff
8:30-11:30, ALICE Training for New Staff (Churchill HS)

October 16 (M)
First Day of BEST
9:00-1:00, Swift (2nd grade) to Mt. Pisgah
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
5:00-8:00, PTO Wayback Burger Night Fundraiser

October 17 (T)
2:30-3:30 Staff Meeting (Ashley’s Room, Room 25)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

October 18 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
School Pictures
8:30-11:30, Charis McGaughy, Assistant Superintendent, Visiting Howard

October 19 (H)
Cookie Dough Fundraiser Order Pick-Up
9:00-1:00, Larsen/Pond (2nd grade) to Mt. Pisgah
2:30-3:30, TLT Meeting (Angela’s Room, Room 24

October 20 (F)
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
10:00-12:15, KG/Life Skills Field Trip to Deterings

October 22 (SU)
2:00, Howard Staff Social – A Nightmare on Elm Street, 1984 (Cinemark 17)

October 28 (SA)
9:30, Howard Staff Social – The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 1974 (Cinemark 17)

Have a good short week, everyone!

Allan