P.D.

December 5, 2022

Hey Everyone,

We are definitely on the countdown to Winter Break. This, of course, means we can expect extra stress among our students and families (and ourselves too), so be prepared for the unexpected and please let me know if there is anything I can do to help.

Eighteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing Updates:

• Temp 1st Grade Hire, Chastity Doty – We conducted interviews last week and have hired Chastity Doty for our 1st grade vacancy. Chastity has been subbing in this position for the past couple of months, so please OFFICIALLY welcome Chasity to Team Holt!

• PE & Music Update – We interviewed one Music and one PE candidate last Friday. I’m still checking references for our music applicant, but for PE we want to widen our pool of applicants and are reposting. To hopefully attract more candidates, we’re reposting the position as a 0.4 FTE position, pairing our 0.2 position with Howard 0.2 PE position they are also trying to hire for. If you know anyone good, please encourage them to apply!

• Darrin Heffington Leave Extended – Darrin’s leave has been extended through spring break, Abby Parks has agreed to continue subbing in this position, so we are lucky to have a strong reliable sub in the position.

• Computer Science Education Week Dec. 5th-11thComputer Science Education Week and the Hour of Code are this week (it snuck up on me) and there were a few resources shared in the latest Library Lowdown and EdTech Update you could do with kids this week:

The Hour of Code Games
Minecraft
Star Wars
Frozen
Angry Birds
The Grinch
Google Hour of Code Activities
Microsoft Hour of Code 2022 Carnival
Minecraft Education Edition Hour of Code Escape Estate
Khan Academy

• REPEAT: Book Nook Starts WEDNESDAY – See Jenny’s Email for details, but here’s the quick version:

Start: Wednesday, December 7th.
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Cafeteria
How: Send kids at the beginning of morning recess (not before).
How many: Send up to 5 kids each time.
Other info: Please do not send them with a snack (unless it can stay in their pocket)
What next: A Book Nook staff person will walk kids out to recess after they are done choosing a book. The book will be delivered to the table outside your classroom with a sticky note with the child’s name on it.

Make sure they bring a Book Nook Recess Pass, plus their Book Nook currency, which is one of the following:

• 5 Zaps
• 1 Instant Winner
• 1 Book Nook free book coupon
• $0.25
• A used book from home to trade in

• Fire Drill, FRIDAY at 8:20 – This Friday at 8:20 will be our December Fire Drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map.

• REPEAT: Friday PD, Dec. 9 – Building System – Leadership discussed doing a review of all of our support systems, with a particular focus on behavior support systems. With many new staff members and with systems having changed and morphed over time, here are the system I’m planning on reviewing, but let me know if there are other you think we should go over:

• Major/Minor Referrals
• PBIS Tickets (Zaps, Orange Tickets, Spirit Tickets)
• PBIS Videos & Resources
• Behavior Supports Available
• Voice Levels
• Recess/School Rules
• Request for Support – Academic/Behavior
• Request for Support – Student/Family Needs
• Family Resource Coordinator Supports

• REPEAT: HOLT Cozy Blanket Essay & Drawing Contest, ENTRIES DUE Dec. 12 – In place of the annual Winter Coat Drive, we’re trying a Cozy Blanket Drive. See Ashely’s Email, Staff Flyer, and Entry Form for details, but here’s the short version:

What?
Instead of the yearly coat collection, Holt will be having a fuzzy blanket giveaway for kids who would benefit from a warm and cozy blanket if their own.

When?
Contest forms are due on Monday, December 12. Winners will be announced at the assembly on Friday, December 16th.

How can teachers help?
Put the contest forms in Monday Mailers. If you would like, you can give students time in class to complete the form if they want to enter. Miss Darla has also volunteered to help kids get forms complete in here room.

• Holt Night Out Fundraiser – MOD Pizza, Dec. 14 – Wednesday, December 14th is a Holt Night Out Fundraiser at MOD Pizza on Coburg Road! Remind your students to just bring the MOD Pizza Fundraiser Flyer when they order. To place an online order, use the coupon code MODF16980.

• REPEAT: Elf Jr. Performance, Dec. 15, 9:00-10:00 – Thursday, Dec. 15th from 9:00-10:00 has been confirmed with Upstart Crow for our performance of the Elf Jr. Musical. Upstart Crow will begin setting up at 7:00, which will conflict with 3rd and 4th grade Music times. The 9-10 assembly time will also conflict with Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade recesses. Those teachers can take their prep during the assembly and other staff will cover your class. Linked here is an Assembly Map & Directions. If Holt has used a different sating format for performances in the cafeteria, let me know and I can adjust.

 

• School Spirit Assembly, Dec. 16 – We’ll have our monthly School Spirit Assembly on Friday next week in the gym. The assembly will start at 8:15 and all classes should be seated at that time. Winners from the Cozy Blanket Contest will be announced at the assembly. Stay tuned for additional details!

• Friday PD, 12/16: Staff Choice – Principals haven’t gotten any details for Friday’s “Staff Choice” PD time next week on December 16th, but I’m guessing plan on doing whatever it is you signed up for on the Elementary Staff Choice PD Sign-up Form last time. I’ll let you know if anything changes.

• 4J PD Calendar Changes – District admin didn’t say anything (“timely communication”), but I checked the 4J PD Calendar and they have changed a number of the Friday PD Topics, adding a couple building based in January, adding some PD on Fridays for SPED teachers, tentative topics for future Staff Choice Fridays, and removed a couple Friday PD Days for a double prep due to a missed Golden Hour of prep on an adjacent Friday.

• Erin’s Law & Great Body Shop Curriculum – I’ve been asking district admin since the start of the year what we’re supposed to teach to meet the Erin’s Law Requirements and finally got an answer this week. We are no longer using the Second Step Child Protection Unit and district admin has determined that The Great Body Shop lessons will meet the requirement. Teachers are welcome to continue using the Child Protection Unit if you choose, but you’re only expected to teach The Great Body Shop Safety Units, which are spread across the units.

If you do teach the Child Protection Units, you should send home the Parent Notification Letter. A notification about The Great Body Shop was shared with families earlier in the year, which I believe will cover us for notification, but I’ll add this to Tuesday’s Staff Meeting agenda if we want to send a notice about GBS safety lessons school-wide or call it good.

• DRAFT 4J Discipline Process Flowchart Matrix – I shared earlier that downtown is working on an update of their Major/Minor Behavior Matrix with a more comprehensive Discipline Process Flowchart Matrix. This is still in draft form and the goal is to have it finished by the end of the year, but if you’d like a preview or have any thoughts on the draft document you’d like me to pass along, see the above linked doc.

• Transitional Kindergarten Postponed – SSD had planned to start a “Transitional Kindergarten” program focused on students needing significant behavior support, but they are postponing their plans for this program until next school year. Their reasoning is that they were unable to find any viable candidates to teach this classroom (though they didn’t listen to my suggestion of having each of the Regional Behavior Consultants teach a class).

• Emergency Sub Licenses Return – TSPC has reinstated the emergency substitute teaching license option, which only requires a high school diploma, but many requirements of the district including, paying applicant fees, submitting letters of support, and more. If you know someone worth consideration, let me know and I can connect them with HR.

• Free KWANZAA Materials – Lane AABSS recognizes that many winter holidays will be discussed and celebrated in the coming weeks as a way of honoring the diversity in our communities and schools. They are offering FREE materials and resources to educators. To receive these materials, just complete the linked form.

• Winter Break Bingo – From Just Two Teachers, use these bingo cards, whole group, to assist with management before the winter break. Kids complete a class-wide bingo board in the two weeks up to winter break by having good behavior both in class and around the building. Grids are available in several different color schemes. This actually pairs nicely with the December Kindness Calendar if you’re using that. 

 

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

December 5 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
ELD/Speech/Counselor/Library Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Continues
3:45-5:15, Allan to All Elem Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

December 6 (T)
Sunshine December Birthday Coffees & Goodies!
2:45-3:45, Staff Meeting (Library)
4:30-6:00 Allan to Conscious Discipline PD (Zoom)

December 7 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
Winter Break Food Box Sign-Up Deadline
8:50-10:45, Book Nook, During AM Recesses (Cafeteria)
1:50-2:10 KG & 3rd Orange Ticket Recess
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

December 8 (H)
Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day
1:45-2:10, 2nd & 4th Orange Ticket Recess
2:45-3:45, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Library)
6:00-7:00, PAHS Meeting (Library)

December 9 (F)
8:20, Fire Drill
9:00-2:00, 4th Grade Salmon Fry Release Field Trip
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Building Systems Review (Library)
4:00, Holt Friday @4:00 (TBA)

December 12 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
SPED Staff Room Duty
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elem Principals’ Meeting (Holt Library)

December 13 (T)
National Cocoa Day
2:45-3:45, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:30, Feed Hope Food Box Prep (Cafeteria)

December 14 (W)
Holt Night Out – MOD Pizza
8:50-10:45, Book Nook, During AM Recesses (Cafeteria)
1:45-2:10, 1st & 5th Orange Ticket Recess
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

December 15 (H)
9:00-10:00, Elf Jr. Performance (Cafetorium)
2:45-3:45, Leadership Meeting (Library)
4:00-8:30, Holiday Shopping Event

December 16 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Cozy Sweats & Sweater Weather Day
8:15-9:45, School Spirit Assembly (Gym)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Staff Choice

10 days until winter break (unless we get a surprise snow day)!

Allan

November 28, 2022

Howdy Everyone,

Just three weeks until winter break!

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two Staffing Updates:

• New SPED EA, Denice Mellor – Please welcome our newest SPED EA, Denice, who comes to us from Chavez, where she was also a SPED EA. We hired Denice about a month ago, but Chavez put a hold on her starting until they could hire her replacement, but she will officially join us starting this Monday, so please welcome her to Team Holt!

• UPDATE: Temp Job Posting, 1st, Music, PE – Our temp 1st Grade, Music, and PE Job Postings were extended another week and will now close on Tuesday, November 27th.

• Book Fair Evening Event & PJ Day, WEDNESDAY – To help bring awareness to the Book Fair evening event this Wednesday, we’re holding a special mid-week PJ Day! Get your kids excited to wear their comfy pajamas this day and also remind them about the book fair, which will close Thursday.

• REPEAT: Holt Staff Annual Gingerbread House Event, THURSDAY – The Staff Gingerbread House Event is this Thursday from 5:30-8:00ish. Come if you have a team or if you just want to socialize! The gathering is at Katies’ house. Address is on the Staff Zimbra Calendar. See Debbi’s Email for details.

• UDPATE: Staff Workload Relief Day, FRIDAY – Downtown revised their guidelines for the workload relief day that only licensed staff may work from home (if you notify your principal ahead of time) and that classified staff are to work your regular hours on-site (unless you are using appropriate leaves)

December 2nd – This transition day should be treated much the same as a grading day for licensed staff. Licensed staff may work from home on this day, but should be available to team members. Any licensed staff that intend to work from an alternate location, will need to let you know their intentions. In that communication licensed staff should also identify how they will communicate with their colleagues on this day. Licensed staff that have not communicated a desire to work from an alternate location will be expected to work on site. As a reminder, our classified staff are wage and hourly employees and need to report to their building or use appropriate leave.

• Need any EA Help this Friday? – If teachers can use any help with prepping materials or with other tasks, add your name and the task to the Workload Relief Day Tasks Spreadsheet. EAs should also add your name to the tasks you’re willing to take on.

• Book Nook Starts Dec. 7th – See Jenny’s Email for details, but here’s the quick version:

Start: Wednesday, December 7th.
When: Every Wednesday
Where: Cafeteria
How: Send kids at the beginning of morning recess (not before).
How many: Send up to 5 kids each time.
Other info: Please do not send them with a snack (unless it can stay in their pocket)
What next: A Book Nook staff person will walk kids out to recess after they are done choosing a book. The book will be delivered to the table outside your classroom with a sticky note with the child’s name on it.

Make sure they bring a Book Nook Recess Pass, plus their Book Nook currency, which is one of the following:

• 5 Zaps
• 1 Instant Winner
• 1 Book Nook free book coupon
• $0.25
• A used book from home to trade in

• REPEAT: Friday PD, Dec. 9 – Building System – Leadership discussed doing a review of all of our support systems, with a particular focus on behavior support systems. With many new staff members and with systems having changed and morphed over time, here are the system I’m planning on reviewing, but let me know if there are other you think we should go over:

• Major/Minor Referrals
• PBIS Tickets (Zaps, Orange Tickets, Spirit Tickets)
• PBIS Videos & Resources
• Behavior Supports Available
• Voice Levels
• Recess/School Rules
• Request for Support – Academic/Behavior
• Request for Support – Student/Family Needs
• Family Resource Coordinator Supports

• HOLT Cozy Blanket Essay & Drawing Contest, ENTRIES DUE Dec. 12 – In place of the annual Winter Coat Drive, we’re trying a Cozy Blanket Drive. See Ashely’s Email, Staff Flyer, and Entry Form for details, but here’s the short version:

What?
Instead of the yearly coat collection, Holt will be having a fuzzy blanket giveaway for kids who would benefit from a warm and cozy blanket if their own.

When?
Contest forms are due on Monday, December 12. Winners will be announced at the assembly on Friday, December 16th.

How can teachers help?
Put the contest forms in Monday Mailers. If you would like, you can give students time in class to complete the form if they want to enter. Miss Darla has also volunteered to help kids get forms complete in here room.

• UPDATED: Elf Jr. Performance, Dec. 15, 9:00-10:00 – Thursday, Dec. 15th from 9:00-10:00 has been confirmed with Upstart Crow for our performance of the Elf Jr. Musical. Upstart Crow will begin setting up at 7:00, which will conflict with 3rd and 4th grade Music times. The 9-10 assembly time will also conflict with Kinder, 1st, 2nd, and 4th grade recesses. Those teachers can take their prep during the assembly and other staff will cover your class. Linked here is an Assembly Map & Directions. If Holt has used a different sating format for performances in the cafeteria, let me know and I can adjust.

 

• January 3rd PD Day Info – The following was sent to principals regarding the PD Day following winter break on January 3rd:

January 3, 2023 – With the various moving parts, please know that it has been confirmed that the Elementary Wit & Wisdom Language Arts PD that was scheduled for January 3, 2023 (4 hours) has been postponed. We recognize that many buildings were only planning for the 1.5 hours, however, that is now 5.5 hours with your staff (in order to absorb the 4 hours that Wit & Wisdom will no longer be leading.) This could mean that your building will have more time to address work that has been put on pause, in addition to focusing on what care and connection will look like as we welcome our students back on January 4. On this date, licensed staff members will need to be provided 2 hours for prep/planning (first thing in the morning or to end their day).

I’ll put this on the next Staff Meeting Agenda to see if there are PD topics staff would like to cover this day or if folks would rather make this a “Collaborative Team Planning Time” or some combination of the two. My initial thinking is there are a few topics I’d like to cover this day (CICO Review, Escalation Cycle Review, Equity Decision Making Tool, DHS Child Welfare Reporting Online Documentation, School-wide Problem Solving Student Strategies), but to make the bulk of the 5.5 hours collaborative planning time for teams.

• 4J Communications Survey Deadline Extended, Nov. 28 – The 4J Communications Audit has been extended to Nov. 28th, so doing miss out on your change to let district admin know how they are doing on communication.

• Standard Response Protocol (SRP) Slideshow – I’ve already covered this with staff earlier, but if you’re interested, linked here is a 4J Standard Response Protocol Slideshow that was shown to principals last week, covering Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, and Shelter.

• 20 School-Appropriate Funny Videos for Kids When You Have 5 Free Minutes – Here’s a funny WeAreTeachers Arcile that aims to help teachers when you find yourself needing to fill a few mintues. Why not fill that time with a video of a cat riding a Roomba?

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

November 28 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
5th Grade Staff Room Duty
Book Fair Continues
Artist in Residence Continues
November 29 (T)
4:00-6:00, Allan to 4J IPBS Meeting (ATA)

November 30 (W)
Picture Retake Day
Holt Spirit Day – PJ Day
Book Fair Evening Event

December 1 (H)
Book Fair Last Day
9:00, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)
5:30-8:00, Holt Staff Annual Gingerbread House Event (Katie’s House)

December 2 (F)
No School – Staff Workload Relief Day
8:00-11:00, Allan to LTRS Training (Zoom)
1:00-2:30, Allan to SPED Parent Advocacy Group Listening Session (Ed Center)

December 5 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
ELD/Speech/Counselor/Library Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Continues3:45-5:15, Allan to All Elem Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

December 6 (T)
Sunshine December Birthday Coffees & Goodies!
2:45-3:45, Staff Meeting (Library)

December 7 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
8:50-10:45, Book Nook, During AM Recesses (Cafeteria)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

December 8 (H)
Pretend to be a Time Traveller Day2:45-3:45, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Library)
6:00-7:00, PAHS Meeting (Library)

December 9 (F)
9:00-2:00, 4th Grade Salmon Fry Release Field Trip
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Building Systems Review (Library)
4:00, Holt Friday @4:00 (TBA)

And if you’re a snow watcher, there is a very slight chance of snow Monday night!

Allan

November 21, 2022

Hi Everyone,

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Temp Job Posting, 1st, Music, PE – Our Temp 1st Grade, Music, and PE Job Posting is now up and close on Tuesday. The specialist jobs are 0.2 FTE jobs to provide some relief for Alex and Ashley now that we’ve added another 1st grade classroom, so if you know any part-time (or maybe retired) Music or PE specialists, please encourage them to apply.

• Book Fair Opens Tuesday – The Book Fair will set-up Monday and will be open for families before school (7:30-7:50) and after school (2:25-3:30). The Book Fair will also be open the evening of Wednesday, November 30th.

• Holt Staff Annual Gingerbread House Event, Dec. 1 – See Debbi’s Email for details, but the Staff Gingerbread House Event is Thursday, December 1st from 5:30-8:00ish. Come if you have a team or if you just want to socialize! The gathering is at Katies’ house. Address is on the Staff Zimbra Calendar.

• Staff Workload Relief Day, Dec. 2 – The following was sent to principals regarding the December 2nd Workload Relief Day (which is referred to as a “transition day” below for some reason), which states that staff may work from home if you notify me ahead of time and also have a plan how you will connect with colleagues if needed.

December 2nd – This transition day should be treated much the same as a grading day. Staff may work from home on this day, but should be available to team members. Any staff that intend to work from an alternate location, will need to let you know their intentions. In that communication staff should also identify how they will communicate with their colleagues on this day. Staff that have not communicated a desire to work from an alternate location will be expected to work on site.

• Friday PD, Dec. 9 – Building System – Leadership discussed last week doing a review of all of our support systems, with a particular focus on behavior support systems. With many new staff members and with systems having changed and morphed over time, here are the system I’m planning on reviewing, but let me know if there are other you think we should go over:

• Major/Minor Referrals
• PBIS Tickets (Zaps, Orange Tickets, Spirit Tickets)
• PBIS Videos & Resources
• Behavior Supports Available
• Voice Levels
• Recess/School Rules
• Request for Support – Academic/Behavior
• Request for Support – Student/Family Needs
• Family Resource Coordinator Supports

• Elf Jr. Performance, Dec. 15 – I checked in with Leadership back in September, but Upstart Crow Youth Theater is offering performances of the Elf Jr. Musical Comedy to schools and finally emailed back last week. Dates and times aren’t confirmed, but they said they are available the last week of December before winter break, and I’ve asked for them to come Thursday, Dec. 15th, 8:30-9:30. I’ll keep you posted once date/times are solid.

• REMINDER: Orange Tickets – Progress is going slow for our school-wide Orange Ticket Reward. As a reminder, these tickets are whole class rewards for positive behavior around the school (i.e. cafeteria, hallways, gym, library, etc.), which are then added to the hallways display near the Calming Room.

• REMINDER: Classroom Buddies – One other PBIS reminder, linked here is the 22-23 Classroom Buddies List for the year. Buddy Classroom should do one activity each month together, which can be as simple a big buddies reading with younger students. If you’d like some ideas, here’s some form TeacherStarter.com and from Teacher.org

• EEF Grant Updates – Two grants were submitted for Holt and we got both of them!. 3rd grade’s “Hands on Art Materials for Third Graders!” and also our bigger $3,000 “Refill the Book Machine!” grant application were approved!

• Holt School Choice Guide – Principals were emailed our 4J School Choice Guide Descriptions last week to be updated by Friday next week. Let me know if you see anything on here you think we should update. Holt is usually closed to students living outside of our neighborhood, but this is our chance to advertise ourselves and retain families who might be looking to lottery into BV or another choice school.

• 2022/2023 Licensed IEP/504 Log – I’ve been asking about this since September and looks like HR finally posted this without telling anyone, but the Licensed IEP/504 Log Google Form is now live. This form is for licensed teachers to request payment for up to twelve hours of additional compensation based on your per diem rate for attending IEP or 504 meetings during your prep and/or outside of your normal workday. This link can be found on the Holt Staff Dashboard and also on the 4J HR Forms webpage.

• Building Behavioral Needs Assessment – If you’re interested, here is the Behavior Tool and Resource Kit that has been shared with the 4 elementary schools that are currently being supported with TOSA teams.

• 22 Videos To Help Kids Understand Gratitude – Just in time for Thanksgiving, here’s a List of Videos from WeAreTeachers for all age groups that will help your students to cultivate an attitude of gratitude.

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

November 21 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Continues
4:00-5:30, Allan to All admin Meeting (Ed Center)

November 22 (T)
Book Fair Opens
2:45-3:45, Allan to IEP Meeting

November 23 (W)
Regular Day

November 24 (H)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 25 (F)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 28 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
5th Grade Staff Room Duty
Book Fair Continues
Artist in Residence Continues
November 29 (T)
Regular Day

November 30 (W)
Picture Retake Day
PJ Day
Book Fair Evening Event

December 1 (H)
Book Fair Last Day
9:00, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)
5:30-8:00, Holt Staff Annual Gingerbread House Event (Katie’s House)

December 2 (F)
No School – Staff Workload Relief Day
8:00-11:00, Allan to LTRS Training (Zoom)
1:00-2:30, Allan to SPED Parent Advocacy Group Listening Session (Ed Center)

17 student days until winter break!

Allan

 

November 14, 2022

 

Greetings Holt Bolts,

That long weekend really hit the spot.

Fourteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• 1st Grade Updates – Jacque shared earlier that she has resigned her position to take a break from teaching, which leaves us with a 1st grade vacancy. Chastity, who is already covering for Jacque through the end of December, is interested in finishing out the year. I’ve submitted a requisition to HR, so hopefully it will go up soon.

For notifying families, I checked in with Jacque, and I’ll email parents Monday when I send out the Quick News, which I don’t think will be too much of a shift for them since Chastity will continue as their teacher and may very well become the permanent hire.

• PE/Music Additional Staffing – Now that we’re adding a 1st grade classroom, downtown is posting for additional PE and Music staffing to take over two of Alex and Ashley’s classes. The district guideline is try to keep PE & Muic to 8 or fewer sessions per day, but no more than 9. Adding a new 1st grade classroom will push it to 10 classes per day for Alex and Ashley, which is why we’re getting the additional staffing.

• Artist in Residence Beings MONDAY (pencils & scissors need) – Our artist in residence, Tom Miller, starts this Monday. Linked here is the Artist in Residence Schedule. The artist asked for teachers to make sure every students has their own set of scissors and a pencil, so let me know if you are in need of either of these.

• REPEAT: Holt Night Out – Bangers & Brews, TUESDAY – This Tuesday is a Holt Night Out at Bangers & Brews, just across from Sheldon High School. Reminder your kids to drop by between 5:00-8:00pm and just mention Holt when ordering.

• REPEAT: Holt Spirit Day – Crazy Hair & Socks Day, FRIDAY – Get kids pumped! The November Holt Spirit Day is Friday and this time it’s Crazy Hair and Sock Day!

• School Spirit Assembly, FRIDAY @8:15 – We’ll have our monthly School Spirit Assembly on Friday in the gym. The assembly will start at 8:15 and all classes should be seated at that time. We’re planning on doing the Holt Bolt jog-a-thon prize of taping me to a wall at the assembly, along with some other fun games while the taping is happening. Stay turned for details!

• REPEAT: Med Administration Training, FRIDAY @1:25 – For our Building Based Friday PD Day, each grade level should send one rep for a med training being put on by our fabulous school nurse, Eden. Anyone interested may attend, but med training is required for any field trip when there is a student who takes daily meds (usually around lunchtime), so that’s why each grade level needs at least one rep to attend this Friday at 1:25 in the library.

• Rescheduling Missed Conferences – We’ll treat no-shows for conferences the same as we treat missed IEP meetings, which is make at least two documented attempts to reschedule, either by phone or email, though doing one of each is best.

• No Fresh Fruis & Vegetable Program (FFVP) on Short Weeks – Nutrition Services emailed me they are not offering the FFVP on short weeks (i.e. any week that’s not a 5-day week). I checked with the other FFVP schools and they were told the same thing. It’s not in the email, but I suspect this is a supply chain issue. On a related note, Nutrition Services shared that one of the items for next week will be a Cucamelon, which is a Mexican miniature watermelon.

• 4J Communications Audit – Want to let district admin know how they are doing on communication? Communications sent and email saying they would be conducting a communications audit and sending a link soon. I just noticed a Communications Audit Link on the 4J webpage if you want to weigh in with your thoughts on how things are going.

• CORRECTION: DHS Call Pro-Tip to Skip the Line (1 + 6) – I just learned this from Darla, but if you ever need to make a child abuse/neglect report, when you call and once you start hearing the recording, if you press 1 and 6, that will skip you ahead in line to a screener.

And as a reminder, we are now using 4J DataPort to document all DHS reports. For the new reporting system:

1. Go to 4J DataPort
2. The first time you log on, click RESET PASSWORD, and follow the direction to set up your account.
3. Click DHS DOCUMENTATION
4. Click CREATE NEW DHS REPORT
5. Select your school and type in the student name.
6. Student info will auto populate and all you need to enter is:
• Description of the Event
• Perpetrator Information
• Other Information (if relevant)

A link to this reporting form can be found on the Holt Staff Dashboard.

• SSD Newsletter – I haven’t seen one of in a while but if you’re interested, linked here is a SSD Newsletter. The topic this month is “Who can be the Parent at Special Education meetings?” There are also some FAQs on IEP census, Recovery Services, Manifest Determinations.

• Thanksgiving Lessons Reminder  – Here’s my annual reminder about the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday. Staff should keep in mind that student conceptions of Native Americans often come from classroom activities around the First Thanksgiving. These 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 also avoid stereotypes (ie. NO warbonnets!) It’s often 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 at home. Some resources on what to avoid and what to teach can be found at the National Museum of the American IndianLearning for Justice (formerly Teaching Tolerance), and Education World. This Google Doc links to a ton of read aloud stories, primary sources, site, and other information about Native and Indigenous People. 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.

• Lessons on Probability via Powerball Example – The odds of winning the multi-state Powerball lottery are nearly impossible, and this Big Think article breaks down the actual probability, providing information that educators could use with students. For example, the 1-in-292 million odds of a person winning the most recent Powerball contest, the mathematical definition of “expectation value”, and the chances of winning the smaller prizes.

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

November 14 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
3rd Grade Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Begins
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
4:00-5:30, Allan to Equity PD (Ed Center)

November 15 (T)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)
5:00-8:00, Holt Night Out – Bangers & Brews (across from Sheldon HS)

November 16 (W)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 17 (H)
2:45-3:30, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)
10:00-1:30, 4th Grade in the Garden
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Cafeteria)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 18 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Crazy Hair and Socks Day
8:15-8:45, School Spirit Assembly
1:25-2:25, Medication Administration Training (Library)

November 21 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
4th Grade Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Continues
4:00-5:30, Allan to All admin Meeting (Ed Center)

November 22 (T)
Regular Day

November 23 (W)
Regular Day

November 24 (H)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

November 25 (F)
No School – Thanksgiving Break

 

Have a good week, everyone!

Allan

 

November 7, 2022

Hello Bolts,

Hope you enjoyed your extra hour of sleep and also enjoy your impending 4-day weekend. 

Fifteen items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two staffing updates:

• New SPED EA, Dencie Mellor – Denice has been hired as our new SPED EA, which is an added position to our current SPED Team. Denice is currently a SPED EA at Chavez and before that worked in Springfield as a SPED EA and also a Behavior EA. With EA positions extremely hard to fill right now, Chavez is holding onto Denice until they hire a replacement, so she will mostly likely start with us in about three weeks.

• New 1st Grade Teacher, Megan Gullekson – Megan was supposed to have started this past week, but her principal ended up holding her through the end of the week, so this Monday should be her first day at Holt. She’ll set up her classroom this week, attend conferences with her students and current teacher, and will start teaching next week on Monday, November 14th.

• “Intentional Focus” Details – Linked here is Andy and Sabrina’s Email (along with some additional emails sent to principals) about the district shift to have TOSAs and admins helping in buildings more and what that will look like between now and winter break. TOSAs are now either covering unfilled sub jobs or were deployed to one of four schools determined to be high needs (Chavez, Gilham, Spring Creek, and McCornack). They also said they are pausing district led Friday PD, though between now and winter break there was only one district led PD and the rest were either holidays, work load relief days, building based, or staff choice. They’re also sending district admins to help cover for principals so we can get to observations and other instructional duties currently taking a backseat to student behaviors, though we don’t know yet who or when that will happen.

• Fall Conferences Updates & Reminders – Eleven Conference related items:

• Family Reports – Gloria is going to run the Synergy Family Reports for teachers, containing individual student info on attendance, benchmark testing, and state testing info.

• Helper Tasks During Conferences Sign-Up – If teachers could use any help with prep or other tasks, add your name and the task to the Helper Tasks During Conferences Spreadsheet. EAs can also add your name to the tasks you’d be willing to take on

• Conference Schedules to Office – Please give office staff a list of your conference dates and times. Parents often forget their times and call the office. You can export your times in Calendly by logging onto your account, clicking SCHEDULED EVENTS, and then clicking EXPORT to get a file you can email the office.

• Conference Confirmation Form – Geoff shared this earlier, but linked here is a Conference Confirmation Form to remind families of their conference time.

• REPEAT: Title 1 Compacts & Conferences – Make sure you have the Title 1 Compacts (English and Spanish) to go with students and families.

• REPEAT: Student Tech Contract (K-2 and 3-5) – Linked here and on the Holt Staff Dashboard is the K-2 Holt Student Technology Contract and the 3-5 Holt Student Technology Contract for teachers to review with students and then have students and parent/guardians sign the agreement.

• REPEAT: Language Link Phone Translations – See the 4J Language Link Phone Interpreting Service webpage for step-by-step directions how to do translations for in-person meetings, phone meetings, or Zoom meetings. The “cost center number” for Holt is 270.

• REPEAT: Staff Not in Conferences – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are regular work days for all staff who are not part of conferences and should work your regular hours at school. However, if you have pre-arranged trade time with me in order to not work any of these dates, email me your plan ahead of time.

• REPEAT: Allan Available to Attend Conferences – Teachers can let me know if you have any tricky conferences you’d like me to attend. Send me a date & time (and a Zoom link if it’s on Zoom) and I’ll be there!

• REPEAT: Resources for Families – Should any families request assistance with food, clothing, housing/rental assistance, hygine product, SNAP (food stamps) Benefits, Insurance, counseling, and such, please have them fill out the linked Helping Hand Online Form, the form below, or contact Holt Family Resource Coordinator, Felicia LaCuesta, at lacuesta_f@4j.lane.edu or call me (541)790-6174.

 

• Coffee Run TUESDAY! – The PBIS team is offering a Starbucks run Tuesday @ 3:00 – Here is the LINK. Order by Monday at 12:00. Pick up in the teacher’s lounge Tuesday @ 3:00. Venmo Darla  @Darla-Humbert or bring cash Tuesday morning. Don’t have the funds? No prob – we gotcha covered – so just order. Here’s the MENU

• Artist in Residence Beings, Nov. 14th – Not this week, but Monday next week our artist in residence begins; Alebrijes: Paper Sculptures inspired by the art of Oaxaca, Mexico w/Tom Miller. Linked here is the Artist in Residence Schedule.

• Holt Night Out – Bangers & Brews, Nov. 15th – Not this week but next week on Tuesday, November 15th is a Holt Night Out at Bangers & Brews, jsut across from Sheldon High School. Reminder your kids to drop by between 5:00-8:00pm and just mention Holt when ordering.

 

• Holt Spirit Day – Crazy Hair and Socks Day, Nov. 17th – Get kids pumped! The November Holt Spirit Day is a week from Friday and this time it’s Crazy Hair and Sock Day! Stay tuned for Spirit Assembly Details also happening this day.

• Med Administration Training, Friday, Nov. 18th – On our one Building Based Friday PD Day before winter break, each grade level team should send one rep to a med administration training being offered by our fabulous school nurse, Eden. Any staff interested may attend, but this is required for any field trip when there is a student who taks daily meds (usually around lunchtime). See the next items for additional details on working with the school nurse for field trips.

• Field Trip Update & Reminder – Two Field Trip Items:

• Field Trips & Missed Preps – HR is saying teachers do not get a make-up PE or Music classes due to field trips, so be aware of this when planning your trips.

• Notify Nurse Two Weeks in Advance – See Eden’s Email for details, but be sure to let our school nurse know of any upcoming field trips at least two weeks in advance. This is so you can coordinate plans to address allergies, epi-pens, seizure protocols, diabetes management, daily meds, etc.

• Classroom Blinds are to Kept Open – Classroom blinds need to be kept open during the school day. Door windows should also be uncovered. The exception to this is if there is a lockdown or lockdown drill.

• Holt Bolt Class Prizes – Winning classes have already been notified and are selecting their prizes, but below are the results for class prizes from Holt Bolt and who won a class prize of their choice. The winning classes in order were Rabourn, Harmon, Longoria, Lovato, Zluticky, Cobb, Parks, Reich based on these numbers. As of Wednesday, the final total is at the bottom is $21,000!

• Change to Unpaid Leave ProcessHR Emailed principals that as a result of staffing shortages this year, when a principal signs their support a Leave Request for Unpaid Leave Form for a staff member (we don’t actually approve them, HR does), this year staff would need approval from HR and also Assistant Superintendent of Instruction, Brooke Wagner. This makes me suspect HR will be stingy about approving these, so be judicious about using your leaves.

• Tech Resources from Apple Learning Specialist – The Apple Specialist who was here last week wanted emailed some resources on Apple Classroom, a link to upcoming virtual support days in case you would like more help, and some other Apple resources.

Apple Classroom
Getting Started with Apple Classroom for Mac Teacher’s Guide – Safari weblink
https://www.apple.com/education/docs/getting-started-with-classroom-mac.pdf

Apple Classroom User Guide for Mac – Apple Support site (always up to date)
https://support.apple.com/guide/classroom/welcome/mac

Apple Classroom User Guide for iPad – Apple Support site (always up to date)
https://support.apple.com/guide/classroom/welcome/ipados

Getting Started with Apple Classroom – Safari weblink
https://www.apple.com/education/docs/getting-started-with-classroom.pdf

Shared Numbers Document for Eugene 4J SD
https://www.icloud.com/numbers/03a5mXt4QEr4VegDZ5Ed0woNQ#Eugene-Fall_2022_Coaching_Support
See the tabs for each day to find the Webex link. Times are flexible.
• Friday, November 4, 2022 – Virtual
• Friday, November 18, 2022 – Virtual
• Monday, November 28, 2022 – Virtual
• Friday, December 16, 2022 – Virtual

Apple Resources
Apple Education Community — NEW!!!
https://education.apple.com
The Apple Teacher Learning Center has evolved into the Apple Education Community which launched in late August 2022. This is a place to connect with other educators across the world, share lesson ideas and resources, and ask questions.

Apple Professional Learning Live
https://apple.co/apl
Explore helpful resources, practice new skills, and reflect on ways Apple technology can support great learning and teaching. Hosted by Apple Professional Learning Specialists, these free hands-on sessions are offered twice daily — Mondays and Thursdays — and run for approximately 60 minutes.

Apple Professional Learning 1:1 Virtual Coaching
Feel free to request a 1:1 coaching session to help with any questions you may have on using Mac or iPad professionally and instructionally.
https://apple.co/askapl

• 15 Inspiring and Informative Veterans Day Videos for Kids – This special day honors those who served in the Armed Forces, past and present. Commemorate the holiday with students by watching a few of these Veterans Day videos. See this WeAreTeachers Article for a collection of videos sorted by level.

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

November 7 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
School Psychologist Week (PE/Music)
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
2:45-3:30, Holiday Shopping Meeting (Library)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

November 8 (T)
3:30-7:30, Conferences
5:30-6:10, Staff Dinner

November 9 (W)
8:00-8:00, Conferences, No School
8:40-8:55, Allan to Conference
9:30, Allan Meeting w/New Elem Curriculum Admin (Office)
10:10-10:45, Allan to Conference
11:30-12:10, Staff Lunch
5:30-6:10, Staff Dinner

November 10 (H)
Teacher Comp Day, No School
Regular Work Day for Classified Staff

November 11 (F)
Veterans Day – No School

November 14 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
3rd Grade Staff Room Duty
Artist in Residence Begins
Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day
4:00-5:30, Allan to Equity PD (Ed Center)

November 15 (T)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)
5:00-8:00, Holt Night Out – Bangers & Brews (across from Sheldon HS)

November 16 (W)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 17 (H)
2:45-3:30, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)
10:00-1:30, 4th Grade in the Garden
5:00-6:00, Site Council Meeting (Cafeteria)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Cafeteria)

November 18 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Crazy Hair and Socks Day
8:15-8:45, School Spirit Assembly
1:25-2:25, Medication Administration Training (Library)

Good luck with conferences, everyone!

Allan

 

October 31, 2022

 

Happy Halloween, Everyone!

Thirteen items of note for this week:

• 1st Grade Hire – For our new 1st grade classroom we have hired Megan Gullekson, who student taught at Holt last year with Lesli and who is currently teaching 3rd grade in Gresham. Her current school district will release her this Tuesday, which means she can start working at Holt on Wednesday. She’ll get three days to plan and prep for her class and will start with students on Monday, November 7th. We’re lucky to get someone who worked with a number of these student last year and who is already familiar with Holt, so please welcome Megan back to Holt!

And if you’re wondering about parent notification and conferences, we notified families a few weeks ago we’d be adding a fourth classroom and this Monday I will call families of the students changing classrooms. After that we’ll email all 1st grade families of the class change timeline. 1st grade teachers are also planning to do a special lunch or activity for the students changing classes to make them feel special and not feel like cast-offs. Parents will conference with their current teachers and we’re planning to have Megan join those conferences, as long as their aren’t any conflicting times.

UPDATE: Safety Week, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 – This week is Safety Week and the times are below and on the Staff Calendar:

  • Monday: Evacuation Drill (i.e. Fire Drill) @8:40
  • Tuesday: Lockdown Drill @1:30
  • Wednesday: Secure Drill & Playground Emergency Whistle @8:30
  • Thursday: Room Clear – Time decided by teachers
  • Friday: Earthquake/Fire Drill 9:40

Teaches should pre-teach the drills to students ahead of time and can either use the Standard Response Protocol Poster, which should be posted in every classrooms (let me know if you don’t have one and I’ll get you one) or you could use the linked Safety Week Slide Show, which I plagiarized from another school. For your own edification, here is a link to the Complete SRP Guide and the SRP Folder in the Staff Google Drive.

MONDAY @8:40 – Evacuation Drill (fire drill): We’ve already done one Fire Drill this year and I will simply pull the alarm to start the drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map. Teachers should explain that an Evacuation Drill can be more than a fire drill and that there are times we might need to evacuate to a specific locations, such as an announcement saying, “Evacuate! To the church across the street.” or another location.

TUESDAY @1:30 – Lockdown Drill (for a danger inside the building): I will first announce that we are doing to do a Lockdown Drill, giving a brief explanation how it will work. I will then announce, “Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.” Classroom doors are to be locked, curtains closed, lights turned out, and students moved out of sight. Classrooms should appear unoccupied and remain locked until a first responders unlock doors. For the drill, myself or staff will unlock classroom doors to announce all clear. In a real Lockdown, if there is an immediate threat, staff and students would self-evacuate.

WEDNESDAY @8:30– Secure Drill (for a danger outside the building): For the Secure Drill (formerly knows as a “lockout”), I will announce “Secure! Get Inside, Lock outside doors.” All exterior doors are to be locked. No one will be let in or out of building. It will then be business as usual inside the building until the all-clear signal is given, which I will do 10 minutes into the drill. This drill is done if there was something unsafe in the neighborhood.

THURSDAY @teacher choice – Room Clear (for a danger in the classroom): Room Clear Drills will happen at a time determined by classroom teachers. In normal times this drill would be done in cooperation with another classroom where students could go in the event of an actual room clear, but for this year because of distancing rules, I’d advise teachers to use their commons areas, the library, or an empty classroom if you have one nearby. The goal of this drill is for students to know where they would room clear to in the event of an actual emergency since in most cases the teacher would need to remain in the classroom when the rest of the students moved out of the room.

FRIDAY @9:40 – Shelter Drill (i.e. Earthquake Drill & Fire Drill): For the Shelter/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 for you to 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 when you hear the fire alarm go off.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

• Apple Learning Specialist Available, WEDNESDAY – Sally Eberhart, an Apple Professional Learning Specialist who is 4J’s Apple Rep, will be here all day this Wednesday for drop-ins. She can provide 1:1 coaching, solve problems, discuss lessons, help set up Apple Classroom, or show folks something new. I’ll have her stationed in the Staff Room for folks to drop by, but here is an Apple Learning Specialist Sign-Up Sheet if there is a certain time you’d like her to come to your room.

• UO Hockey Visit @3/4/5 Lunch, Wednesday – The UO hockey team is coming to visit 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders during their lunch period. They’re promoting a Holt Night Hockey Game this Saturday, which will have a free t-shirt giveaway and on student will win a jersey. I’ve also asked them to reinforce our three school rules all day long, especially at lunch and recess.

 

• Friday PD: Staff Choice – Principals haven’t gotten any details for this Friday’s “Staff Choice” PD time, but I’m guessing plan on doing whatever it is you signed up for on the Elementary Staff Choice PD Sign-up Form last time. I’ll let you know if anything changes. 

• Fall Conferences Info – 1 update and 5 reminders for conferences:

• UPDATE: Meals for Conferences – PAHS is planning to cover ALL meals during conferences, dinner Wednesday, and lunch & dinner Thursday. It’ll be pot luck, but they are also possibly doing a theme, so stay tuned!

• REPEAT: Title 1 Compacts & Conferences – Title 1 Compacts (English and Spanish) should be reviewed with all families at conferences. For the signatures, the teacher and student should sign the form and for parents review the permission section at conferences. If a parent is on Zoom, just date the form in the parent signature line that the parents agreed to do their part. Title 1 staff will put class sets in teacher mailboxes.

• REPEAT: Language Link Phone Translations – 4J is not providing live translators, so teachers will need to use Language Link. See the 4J Language Link Phone Interpreting Service webpage for step-by-step directions how to do translations for in-person meetings, phone meetings, or Zoom meetings. The directions are pretty straightforward, but when they ask for the “cost center number,” that number is 270. Plan ahead if you are new to using this service, but let me know if you need any help.

• REPEAT: Staff Not in Conferences – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are regular work days for all staff who are not part of conferences and should work your regular hours at school. However, if you have pre-arranged trade time with me in order to not work any of these dates, email me your plan ahead of time.

• REPEAT: Allan Available to Attend Conferences – Teachers can let me know if you have any tricky conferences you’d like me to attend. Send me a date & time (and a Zoom link if it’s on Zoom) and I’ll be there!

• REPEAT: Resources for Families – Should any families request assistance with food, clothing, housing/rental assistance, hygiene product, SNAP (food stamps) Benefits, Insurance, counseling, and such, please have them fill out the linked Helping Hand Online Form, the form below, or contact Holt Family Resource Coordinator, Felicia LaCuesta, at lacuesta_f@4j.lane.edu or call me (541)790-6174.

• REPEAT: Student Tech Contract (K-2 and 3-5) – Related to conferences, linked here and on the Holt Staff Dashboard is the K-2 Holt Student Technology Contract and the 3-5 Holt Student Technology Contract. Teachers should review this document with students, using it as a teaching tool, and then have students and parent/guardians (possibly at conference) sign the agreement.

• Missed Uninterrupted Hour of Prep – EEA and downtown admin have come to an agreement on how missed Friday prep time will be addressed this year and in the future. For the two Fridays missed in November due to holidays, schools not scheduling meetings during these weeks, Nov. 7 and 21. Two more dates are missed due to grading days. The missed hour of preparation on 2/3/2023 and 6/9/23 will be made up by providing 2 hours of uninterrupted prep during the preceding Friday.

• Library Open Times – Robbie is offing to open the library for students needing a space to work or finish a project any time there is not a classroom already in the library or during this lunch and breaks. If you send students, make sure they have a hall pass and that you mark LIBRARY on it. I’m going to update the Library Schedule on the 22-23 Master Schedule later this week to show the available times.

• NOT at School Reminders – Three NO related reminders:

• NO Student Phone or Smart Watches – During the school day, all student phones and smart watches would be turned off and put away. Before school and after school are allowed as long as students are using them appropriately, but students are not allowed to take videos or photos of other students, which is a districtwide rule. A first offense can be a reminder. A second offense should be written up as a minor and the phone or watch held onto and returned at the end of the day. A third offense should be written up as a major and the phone stays in the office until a parent picks it up.

• NO Gum at School – We do allow gum as a special treat during state testing, but outside of that students are not allowed to have gum at school. Now that Halloween is approaching, we’re meeting more and more of it at school, so be sure to make kids spit it out if you spot anyone chewing gum.

• NO Food at Recess (Snack on Sidewalk & No Food at Lunch Recess) – For grade levels who do snack at recess, remind your students they may ONLY eat on the sidewalk. When they are done eating, anything left needs to be thrown away. One other reminder is that students are not allowed to have any food with them during lunch recess. If students are caught eating anywhere besides the sidewalk, I’d advise making them throw away their food in the nearest garbage can.

• Holiday Shopping – This is on the Staff Meeting Agenda for Tuesday, but I wanted to let folks know that we are planning to resume Holt pre-COVID tradition of the Holiday Shopping program for students. For folks new to Holt (including me since I haven’t seen this program in action either), I’m told one or two students in need from each classroom are chosen to go shopping for holiday gifts for their family as well as clothes or other basic needs for themselves. Interested staff members volunteer take the students on their shopping trip and then everyone meets back at school for gift wrapping, hot chocolate, and treats.

• REMINDER: Wit & Wisdom Lamination Limited – A reminder that Wit & Wisdom name tags, posters, and other materials have a film on them that melst and ruins them if you try to laminate them, so know that not everything can be laminated. The Vocabulary Cards can be laminated though.

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

October 31 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
1st Grade Staff Room Duty
8:40, Fire Drill
8:50, Allan to Class Magic Show
2:45-3:30, Allan to IEP Meeting

November 1 (T)
Sunshine Committee Baked Goods Sharing!
Ewok Appreciation Day
8:30, Lockdown Drill
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

November 2 (W)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
7:30-3:30, Sally Eberhart, Apple Specialist Drop-In (Staff Room)
8:30, Secure Drill
11:00-1:00, Playground Emergency Whistle Drill (Lunch Recess)
1:15, Attendance Team Meeting (Office)
1:45-2:15, 3rd Grade Delgani Strings Assembly (Cafeteria)
2:45, 5th Grade Outdoor School Meeting (Zoom)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 3 (H)
Safety Week – Room Clear Drill (time decided by teachers)
7:45, Allan Meeting w/Parent (Office)
9:00, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)

November 4 (F)
9:00, Allan Meeting w/New Elem Curriculum Admin (Office)
9:40, Shelter (Earthquake) & Fire Drill
9:00-12:00, Health [K-5] & Vision Screening [K-2] (Gym)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Staff Choice
1:25-2:25, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)

November 7 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
School Psychologist Week (PE/Music)
2nd Grade Staff Room Duty
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

November 8 (T)
3:30-7:30, Conferences
5:30-6:10, Staff Dinner

November 9 (W)
8:00-8:00, Conferences, No School
11:30-12:10, Staff Lunch
5:30-6:10, Staff Dinner

November 10 (H)
Teacher Comp Day, No School
Regular Work Day for Classified Staff

November 11 (F)
Veterans Day – No School

I couldn’t decide on which school related Halloween meme I liked best, so enjoy a plethora of of school/Halloween humor!

Allan

 

 

 

 

 

October 24, 2022

 

Hello Holt Staff,

Sorry, this is a long set of announcements.

Twenty items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Two Staffing Updates:

• SPED EA Interviews, Friday – Emily and I will conduct SPED EA interviews this Friday if there are any staff, both licensed or classified who’s like to join us. Let me know and I’ll send you the agenda, applications, and questions. I realized this is during the Friday PD, but there is a timelines to this hire and no other times worked, so anyone helping with these interviews will have to miss the Friday PD.

• 1st Grade Hire – We held interviews a week ago and had some strong candidates. We’re waiting on HR to make things official.

• Bellizzi’s Pizza Fundraiser, WEDNESDAY – Remind your class there is a Holt Night Out Fundraiser at Bellizzi’s Pizza Joint on Coburg Road this Wednesday, 4:00-9:00. Just mention Holt when ordering and Bellizzi’s will donate 25% of the total bill to the school. Take out and dine in only.

 

• REEPAT: School Spirit Day, FRIDAY, DRESS-UP DAY! – Friday, October 28th is the monthly Holt Spirit Day and this time it’s Dress-Up Day! Kids can come to school in a favorite costume or fancy outfit. The following costume dress code has been shared with families:

• NO weapons or weapon-like props
• NO masks (except with teacher permission in class)
• NO especially scary or gory costumes
• NO inflatable costumes
• NO dressing as another race, ethnicity, or culture

• REPEAT: School Spirit Assembly, FRIDAY – We’ll have our monthly School Spirit Assembly on Friday in the gym. The assembly will start at 8:15 and all classes should be seated at that time. We’re planning on announcing Holt Bolt jog-a-thon prizes at the assembly, so stay turned for details. See the linked Assembly Map & Agenda for details.

• REPEAT: Kona Ice Fundraiser, FRIDAY @12:30 – Kona Ice is coming to Holt for one last time before they shut down for the season. Teachers should sent bus riders who brought money to hard at 12:30, so they have time to buy and eat their shave ice before having to get onto the bus. I do realize 4th and 5th grade will be on the playground at this time, but I will be out there to crown control. And remember, all staff get a free shave ice as well! Just show your badge!

 

• Friday PD: Curriculum – The 4J PD Calendar lists “Curriculum” as the topic for this Friday’s PD, but as usual, no other details have been given. The patter seems to be downtown sends information to principals (and not directly to teachers for some reason) two days before the PD, so stay turned for more info later this week. Mostly likely we’ll be Zooming in the library at 1:25 for something or other.

• Safety Week Info, Oct. 31 – Nov. 4 – Next week we’ll hold our Safety Week, which is a good way to bring awareness to staff, students, and families about the various school safety procedures.

Monday: Evacuation Drill (i.e. Fire Drill)
Tuesday: Lockdown Drill
Wednesday: Secure Drill & Playground Emergency Whistle
Thursday: Room Clear – Time decided by teachers
Friday: Earthquake/Fire Drill

Teaches should pre-teach the drills to students ahead of time and can either use the Standard Response Protocol Poster, which should be posted in every classrooms (let me know if you don’t have one and I’ll get you one) or you could use the linked Safety Week Slide Show, which I plagiarized from another school. For your own edification, here is a link to the Complete SRP Guide and the SRP Folding on the Staff Google Drive.

Lesli is working on a schedule for the drills and those will be added to the Staff Zimbra Calendar soon.

MONDAY – Evacuation Drill (fire drill): We’ve already done one Fire Drill this year and I will simply pull the alarm to start the drill. Linked here is the Building Evacuation Map and the Fire Drill Line Map. Teachers should explain that an Evacuation Drill can be more than a fire drill and that there are times we might need to evacuate to a specific locations, such as an announcement saying, “Evacuate! To the church across the street.” or another location.

TUESDAY – Lockdown Drill (for a danger inside the building): I will first announce that we are doing to do a Lockdown Drill, giving a brief explanation how it will work. I will then announce, “Lockdown! Locks, Lights, Out of Sight.” Classroom doors are to be locked, curtains closed, lights turned out, and students moved out of sight. Classrooms should appear unoccupied and remain locked until a first responders unlock doors. For the drill, myself or staff will unlock classroom doors to announce all clear. In a real Lockdown, if there is an immediate threat, staff and students would self-evacuate.

WEDNESDAY– Secure Drill (for a danger outside the building): For the Secure Drill (formerly knows as a “lockout”), I will announce “Secure! Get Inside, Lock outside doors.” All exterior doors are to be locked. No one will be let in or out of building. It will then be business as usual inside the building until the all-clear signal is given, which I will do 10 minutes into the drill. This drill is done if there was something unsafe in the neighborhood.

THURSDAY – Room Clear (for a danger in the classroom): Room Clear Drills will happen at a time determined by classroom teachers. In normal times this drill would be done in cooperation with another classroom where students could go in the event of an actual room clear, but for this year because of distancing rules, I’d advise teachers to use their commons areas, the library, or an empty classroom if you have one nearby. The goal of this drill is for students to know where they would room clear to in the event of an actual emergency since in most cases the teacher would need to remain in the classroom when the rest of the students moved out of the room.

FRIDAY – Shelter Drill (i.e. Earthquake Drill & Fire Drill): For the Shelter/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 for you to 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 when you hear the fire alarm go off.

Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions.

 

• CPR/AED/First Aid Training Sign-Up – I’ve been trying to since the start of the year to schedule a CPR/AED/First Aid training for any interested staff. SSD was going to check with a provider about a two part training on Wednesday, Nov. 2 (2:45-5:45) and Thursday, Nov. 3 (2:45-5:15). I’ve fired off another email for an update, but just so we’re ready if these dates do work out, let me know if you’d like to attend this FREE training. Staff required to CPR/First Aid trained and staff with medically fragile students will be prioritized, but outside of that it will be first come, first serve.

• Fall Conferences Info – Ten Conference related info:

• REMINDER: Conference Dates – Dates for conferences are:

Nov. 8 (T), 3:30-7:30, Evening Conferences
Nov. 9 (W), 8:00-8:00, All-Day Conferences
Nov. 10 (F), No School, Teacher Comp Day
Nov. 11 (H), Veterans Day – No School

• Conference Email Sign-Up Sent Monday @3:30 – All classroom teachers should email their Calendly Link to families this Monday at 3:00. Below is sample language you can use for your email and below that is the English version of what I will send translated to non-English speaking families to sign up for two time blocks. Not on my blog but attached to my email is a list of all the families who marked that either the parent home language as something other than English.

SAMPLE TEACHER EMAIL (Subject: Fall Conferences Sign-Up)

Dear Families,

Parent/Teacher Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th from 3:30 pm-7:30 pm and Wednesday, November 9th from 8:00 am-8:00 pm. There will be no school on Wednesday, Thursday, or Friday this week.

Conferences are in-person this year and families should sign-up for one of the open slots on the link below:

https://calendly.com/allanchinn/family-conferences-22-23-clone

Build strong parent-teacher partnerships is important in reaching our common goal: helping your child get the best education possible.

Thank you,

TEACHER NAME

 

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EMAIL TO NON-ENGLISH SPEAKING FAMILIES:

Dear Families,

Your child’s teacher will send a link on Monday for your to sign-up for a parent/teacher conference to discuss your child’s progress at school.

For families who need translators to communicate with your child’s teacher, we ask that you sign up for two time slots in a row, to give extra time for the translator to interpret the conversation.

Thank you and please let me know if you have any questions.

Allan Chinn,
Principal

 

• Title 1 Compacts & Conferences – Title 1 Compacts (English and Spanish) should be reviewed with all families at conferences. For the signatures, the teacher and student should sign the form and for parents review the permission section at conferences. If a parent is on Zoom, just date the form in the parent signature line that the parents agreed to do their part. Title 1 staff will put class sets in teacher mailboxes.

• Language Link Phone Translations – 4J is not providing live translators, so teachers will need to use Language Link. See the 4J Language Link Phone Interpreting Service webpage for step-by-step directions how to do translations for in-person meetings, phone meetings, or Zoom meetings. The directions are pretty straightforward, but when they ask for the “cost center number,” that number is 270. Plan ahead if you are new to using this service, but let me know if you need any help.

• Meals for Conferences – I’ll plan on providing dinner for staff on Wednesday at 5:30 and I’ve emailed PAHS about providing a big lunch for staff on Wednesday, with enough to be left over for dinner, which is what we did last year. Let me know if you have any request/suggestions for Tuesday’s dinner!

• Staff Not in Conferences – Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday are regular work days for all staff who are not part of conferences and should work your regular hours at school. However, if you have pre-arranged trade time with me in order to not work any of these dates, email me your plan ahead of time.

• Allan Available to Attend Conferences – Teachers can let me know if you have any tricky conferences you’d like me to attend. Send me a date & time (and a Zoom link if it’s on Zoom) and I’ll be there!

• Allan’s Conference Tips – I’ve said this before, but wanted to share again that parents generally just want to see that teachers “know” their child and care about them. If you can convey that at your conference, usually by sharing a story or two, mission accomplished! My other advice is to start conferences off with “How do things look on your end?” or other open ended question so parents to share anything that’s on their mind, rather than making them wait until the end and possibly running out of time.

• Free Tutoring for Students – Should any families request tutoring, you can direct them to the Free Tutoring Holt Webpage under Resources on the Holt Website. There they will find links to free tutoring through Hygge Tutoring (for BIPOC and low-income students), The Eugene Rotary, and NAACP (for BIPOC students). HOWEVER, do not suggest tutoring to parents, because if staff do that, then 4J and Holt are potentially on the hook to pay for that tutoring.

• Resources for Families – Should any families request assistance with food, clothing, housing/rental assistance, hygiene product, SNAP (food stamps) Benefits, Insurance, counseling, and such, please have them fill out the linked Helping Hand Online Form, the form below, or contact Holt Family Resource Coordinator, Felicia LaCuesta, at lacuesta_f@4j.lane.edu or call me (541)790-6174.

 

• November Zap Prizes – It is time to nominate students for Monthly Zap Prizes. Go to the Zap Nominations Form and add names to your tab.

• Student Tech Contract (K-2 and 3-5) – Linked here and on the Holt Staff Dashboard is the K-2 Holt Student Technology Contract and the 3-5 Holt Student Technology Contract. As discussed at last week’s staff meeting, teachers should review this document with students, using it as a teaching tool, and then have students and parent/guardians (possibly at conference) sign the agreement.

• Morning Meeting Slides From Friday PD – Although I’m not a fan of PD on Fridays, I am a fan of morning meetings, so check out the linked resources and morning meeting activity ideas found in the SEL Morning Meeting Slide Show from last Friday.

• Staff Attendance Reminder – Mentioned in the Back to School Policy Memo, staff should note that regular attendance is defined as being absent no more than once per month. Things do, of course, come up and staff need to stay home due to sick kids, being sick yourself, or using your contractually allowed leaves, but on average one absence a month is the district expectation.

• Incident (i.e. injury, unsafe student) Reports – As a reminder to staff, the 4J Incident Report form is required for all on-the-job injuries, but can also be used to report and document threatening interactions with extreme behavior demonstrated by physically aggressive students. Please do not be hesitant to use these form, as this is important information for the school district to be aware of and have on record.

• Air Quality LRAPA Conversion – If you’re someone who monitors air quality, I recently learned that Purple Air, which gives localized Air Quality Index (AQI) numbers, offers a filter from LRAPA that takes into account other variables in the air, such as fog or other types of particulates that are not harmful, but can raise the AQI. You can apply this filter by clicking on the white bar in the top left of the map and then going to the “Apply conversion” pulldown menu and select LRAPA. I’ve heard this is what the high school athletic directors are using to determine if there are games or practices outdoors, though if a district-wide communication goes out that all outside activities are cancelled, that’s trumps any local measurements on Purple Air.

• Vector/Safe Schools Trainings – Downtown finally sent out the Safe Schools Training info to staff. If for some reason you did not receive this email, please email Mel Morphis at morphis_m@4j.lane.edu and CC me.

• ODE Report Cards and Detail Sheets – I shared the embargoed Oregon Department of Education (ODE) State Report Cards earlier this year, but ODE officially released report card info last Thursday. Overall, Holt scored better than other higher needs schools and also better than lower needs schools compared to Holt. To view the reports, visit the ODE At-A-Glance Profiles and Accountability Details webpage and just type a school name in the window.

• REPEAT: Talent Ed Goals Due 10/31 and Optional Shared Staff Goals – The TalentEd Self Assessment and Goals are nearly due. Licensed Staff Goals are due at the end of October. If you’d like, you can feel free to cut-and-paste these Optional SEL Shared Staff Building Goals into TalentEd before the Oct. 31 deadline.

• Giving Students Choice in the Classroom Increases Engagement – When her students asked about tornadoes during a unit on weather, this teacher saw clearly how student engagement enhances learning. See this Edutopia Article for tips on giving student choice to increase student engagement.

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

October 24 (M)
Safety Week – Evacuation (Fire) Drill (Time is TBA)
Library Week #2 Classes
Kindergarten Staff Room Duty
Fall Benchmarking Continues
8:15, Allan Meeting w/4J Natives Program (Office)
8:45, Allan Meeting w/ESD Affinity Group Coordinator (Office)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

October 25 (T)
9:15-1:00, KG Pumpking Patch Field Trip
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
4:00-6:00, Allan to IPBS Training (ATA)
5:30-7:00, Grand Opening: Edison Elementary School

October 26 (W)
Holt Bolt Fundraiser Envelopes Due
9:00-10:00, Allan Meeting w/Prevention Services (Darla’s Office)
2:45-3:30, Allan to IEP Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
4:00-9:00, Holt Night Out – Bellizzi’s Pizza Fundraiser
October 27 (H)
2:45-3:30, Leadership Meeting (Library)
6:00-7:30, Holt Costume BINGO Night (Cafeteria)

October 28 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Dress Up Day!
8:15, School Spirit Assembly (Gym)
10:30-12:00, KG Hearing Screening (Katharine’s Room)
12:30-2:00, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser!
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Curriculum (Library/Zoom)
1:25-3:25, SPED EA Interviews (Emily’s Room)

October 31 (M)
Safety Week – Evacuation (Fire) Drill (Time is TBA)
Library Week #1 Classes
1st /grade Staff Room Duty
4:15-5:15, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)

November 1 (T)
Safety Week – Lockdown Drill (Time is TBA)
Ewok Appreciation Day2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

November 2 (W)
Safety Week – Secure (Time is TBA) & Playground Emergency Whistle Drill
Safety Week – Playground Emergency Whistle Drill (Lunch Recess)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
1:45-2:15, 3rd Grade Delgani Strings Assembly (Cafeteria)
2:45-5:45, CPR/AED/First Aid Training (tentative)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

November 20 (H)
Safety Week – Room Clear Drill (time decided by teachers)
9:00, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)
2:45-5:15, CPR/AED/First Aid Training (tentative)

November 21 (F)
Safety Week – Shelter (Earthquake) &Fire Drill (Time is TBA)
9:00-12:00, Health [K-5] & Vision Screening [K-2] (Gym)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – Staff Choice
1:25-2:25, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)

Any if you need a little good news, only three of the next six weeks are full 5-day weeks with students. ;)

Allan

 

 

October 17, 2022

 

Howdy Holt Bolts,

Twenty-one items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• 1st Grade Long Term Sub – Chastity Doty is taking over for Jacque through winter break while he’s on a leave. Chastity has been a semi-regular sub here at Holt and was actually here all week for Jacque two weeks ago.

• New Kitchen Staff, Amber Sequeira – Nutrition Services originally reduced staff from the Holt Kitchen this school year, but this past week added someone back and we now have Amber Sequeira joining the kitchen team. Please welcome Amber to the team and if your’e keeping score on our Staff Member Same Name Club, it now includes Amber & Amber, Ashley & Ashley, Carol & Carol, Debbi & Deb, Elizabeth & Liz, Jackie & Jacque, Katie, Katherine & Kathy, Kelly & Kelly, Lisa, Lisa & Lisa, Rob & Robbie, and Robin & Robin.

• 1st Grade Interviews – We held interviews last Friday for our fourth 1st grade classroom teacher and are now waiting for HR to finalize the job offer. I’ll keep folks posted once things are official.

• Leadership Plan Positions Still Open – We have TAG and Equity leadership positions still open. Please add your name to the Holt Leadership Positions Spreadsheet if you’re willing to take either of these roles.

• REPEAT: Jog-a-Thon, Holt Bolt WEDNESDAY – See Lesli’s Holt Bolt Email for complete details, but here is the schedule for Wednesday: 

K/1/2
Before going outside – Put on Holt Bolt shirts, fill water bottles (make sure they have names), tie shoelaces, pass out and explain QR codes, review expectations
8:35 Go out to your class’ table on hard play. Have students keep their water bottles at the table (we are not running with bottles). Shortly before the start everyone will be called over to the starting line and grades will be announced to start the race.
8:45 Running begins
9:45 Running will end and kids should go back to their tables to gather their belongings and check in with teachers quickly before getting an otter pop. (Awards will be announced later.)
Approximately 10:00 classes should be headed back inside to give volunteers time to set up for the next group.

3/4/5
Before going outside – Put on Holt Bolt shirts, fill water bottles (make sure they have names), tie shoelaces, pass out and explain QR codes, review expectations
10:20 Go out to your class’ table on hard play. Have students keep their water bottles at the table (we are not running with bottles). Shortly before the start everyone will be called over to the starting line and grades will be announced to start the race.
10:30 Running begins
11:30 Running will end and kids should go back to their tables to gather their belongings and check in with teachers quickly before getting an otter pop. (Awards will be announced later.)
Approximately 11:45 classes should be headed back inside to give volunteers time to set up for the next group.

As we we did last year:

• All morning recesses are canceled. 1st-5th teachers are welcome to take their morning break during their jog-a-thon time.
• KG and 1st lunch recesses will be in the gym. Kids should move through the hallway to the gym. K/1 teachers will pick up from the gym.
• 2nd grade lunch recess will have to be soft play only while things get finished and cleaned up.
• EA support will be limited during the jog-a-thon because of supervision needs. Morning groups MIGHT be canceled. Please keep an eye out for an update as we get closer.

A new prize sheet flyer was given to teachers that should go home in Monday Mailers this week.

Let me know if you have any questions. 

• REPEAT; Vision Screening (K-3) & Dental Screening (K-5), FRIDAY – This Friday from 9:00-12:00 in the gym, is our annual Vision and Dental Screening. All K-5 student will do the dental screening and K-3 students will also do the vision screening. Linked here is the DRAFT Vision & Dental Screening Schedule. Let me or Lesli know if you see anything on there that needs adjusting.

• Friday PD, SEL – The only info downtown has shared so far for Friday’s PD is that it is SEL focused and that we are to all watch it together in a common space, so plan on meeting in the library. No additional details are on the 4J PD Calendar, but I’ll see you all on Friday at 1:25 in the library.

• School Spirit Day, Oct. 28, DRESS-UP DAY! – Friday, October 28th is the monthly Holt Spirit Day and this time it’s Dress-Up Day! Kids can come to school in a favorite costume or fancy outfit. The following costume dress code will be shared with families:

• NO weapons or weapon-like props
• NO masks (except with teacher permission in class)
• NO especially scary or gory costumes
• NO inflatable costumes
• NO dressing as another race, ethnicity, or culture

• School Spirit Assembly, Oct. 28 – We’ll have our monthly School Spirit Assembly on Friday next week in the gym. The assembly will start at 8:15 and all classes should be seated at that time. We’re planning on announcing Holt Bolt jog-a-thon prizes at the assembly, along with some of the usual fun.

• Kona Ice Fundraiser, Oct. 28 @12:30 – Kona Ice is coming to Holt for one last time before they shut down for the season. It worked out well last year spring when teachers sent bus riders who brought money to hard. Play early buy and eat their shave ice before having to get onto the bus, so we’ll try that again. I do realize 4th and 5th grade will be on the playground at that time, but I will be out there to crown control. Get kids excited for our final Shave Ice for a while and remember that all staff get a free shave ice as well! Just show your badge!

• Artist in Residence Update – We got our top two choices during our first choice of timeframes. Alebrijes: Paper Sculptures inspired by the art of Oaxaca, Mexico with Tom Miller will be first term, starting Nov. 14th and will run through winter break. Lesli is already working on a schedule. Our other artist in residence will be Ceramic Tiles with Larry Meyers, which will be second term, between winter break and spring break. Lane Arts is still working to nail down the specific dates for Larry.

• REMINDER: Sub Plans and Notebooks DUE – I didn’t put a deadline on my earlier announcement for this, but if you haven’t already, make sure your Sub Plan Notebook (different from the Emergency Binder) is up to date. Notebooks should include the following:

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

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

• Sign Your Zaps! – When giving out Zaps to students, make sure you tell the student why they earned the Zap and check the appropriate box, but also remember to put name or initial on them, so we know a student didn’t just find the Zaps or maybe even swiped them.

• Quiet by Dynamos & Library – Now that both Dynamos and Title lessons are in full swing, staff and students should remember to be quiet in these areas when instruction is occurring.

• Teacher Recess Drop-Off & Pick-Up at Curb – Teachers must drop off and pick up students from the red curb on the playground. Kids manage to get into trouble (injuries and general chaos) when they’re allowed to walk to the playground on their own or walk to their entrance without an an adult escort.

• Music, PE, Cafeteria Hallway Congestion – If you are heading to Music and spot classes coming out of the Music Room, it’s best to hang back by the fire doors near the Counseling Office until that class has completely exited. Traffic gets bad on that corner.

• Remind Late Kids From Recess to Use Office Entrance – If kids need to go back to the playground for a forgotten sweatshirt or other item, tell them to re-enter the building through the office. There’s been a few kids lately found locked out of the building.

• Call office if a student is missing – If teachers do not know where a student is (whether they snuck off to the restroom, Calming Room, office, or other area), let the office know right away so we can locate them. No shame. No blame. We just have some kids who like to sneak off and need to call them on it.

• District Late Student Work Policy – This applies more to middle and high school teachers, but linked here is a 4J Late Work Policy that was shared with 504 Coordinators. It states that all students have the right to turn in any work until the end of a unit. See the above linked email for details, but the only exception is if a student has an accommodation on a 504 Plan or IEP.

• Projector Upgrade – I found out last week the Tech Department is replacing some of our oldest mounted projectors, so don’t be surprised if you spot a new projector in your teaching spaces all of a sudden.

• Talent Ed Goals Due 10/31 and Optional Shared Staff Goals – If you haven’t already, please complete your Self Assessment in TalentEd. Licensed Staff Goals are due at the end of October. If you’d like, you can feel free to cut-and-paste these Optional SEL Shared Staff Building Goals into TalentEd before the Oct. 31 deadline.

• HANDBOOK HIGHLIGHT: Staff Mailboxes – This week’s highlight from the Holt Staff Handbook, is on Copy Room & Copying. There’s more in the handbook, but I wanted to highlight:

• Save big copy jobs (grade level projects or multi-page packets) for days other than Monday mornings.
• For copies over 100, please use the Riso.
• Please do not put construction paper in the copier, use the Riso instead.
• If the copier jams, do not walk away! It is staff responsibility to fix the machine. Do not leave it for the next person. If you cannot solve the problem, notify the office immediately and put a sign on the copier

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

October 17 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
Title Staff Room Duty
Fall Benchmarking Continues
10:00-11:30, Forest Services Speaker (4th Grade)
4:15-5:15, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)

October 18 (T)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

October 19 (W)
Holt Bolt, K/1/2
8:35, Go Outside
8:45-9:45, Running
9:45, OtterPops
10:00, Go Inside

Holt Bolt, 3/4/5
10:15 Go, Outside
10:25-11:25, Running
11:25, OtterPops
11:40, Go Inside

10:00-12:30, OSEA Visit (Staff Room)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 20 (H)
8:05-9:05, Art Docent Guest Speaker (Parks)
9:15-10:15, Art Docent Guest Speaker (Heinrich)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00-9:00 I’m Not Racist… Am I? Film & Discussion (Sheldon HS)

October 21 (F)
8:05-9:05, Art Docent Guest Speaker (Lovato)
9:15-10:15, Art Docent Guest Speaker (Ayres)
9:00-12:00, Health [K-5] & Vision Screening [K-2] (Gym)1:25-2:25, Friday PD – SEL (Library/Zoom)

October 23 (SU)
9:30-2:00, EEF’s District-Wide 5K and Fun Run (Alton Baker Park)
12:00-2:00, Holt Student Match – Oregon Volleyball
October 24 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
Kindergarten Staff Room Duty
Fall Benchmarking Continues
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meeting (Ed Center)

October 25 (T)
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
5:30-7:00, Grand Opening: Edison Elementary School

October 26 (W)
Holt Bolt Fundraiser Envelopes Due
9:00-10:00, Allan Meeting w/Prevention Services (Darla’s Office)
4:00-9:00, Holt Night Out – Bellizzi’s Pizza Fundraiser
October 27 (H)
2:45-3:30, Leadership Meeting (Library)
6:00-7:30, Holt Costume BINGO Night (Cafeteria)

October 28 (F)
Holt Spirit Day – Dress Up Day!
8:15, School Spirit Assembly (Gym)
12:30-2:00, Kona Ice – Holt Shave Ice Fundraiser!

 

Hard to believe Halloween in two weeks. Start planning your outfit for Dress Up-Day!

Allan

 

October 10, 2022

 

Hi Everyone,

Sixteen items of note for this week:

• Job Postings – The 1st Grade Job Posting is now live and closes Tuesday. and the SPED EA Job Posting is also up and closed Wednesday. Tell anyone you know who’d be good for these jobs to apply!

• Picture Day, THURSDAY – Linked here is the Picture Day Schedule that was shared earlier. Pictures will be in the gym. I haven’t connected with Alex, but I’m guessing PE will be outside for morning classes.

• CLASSIFIED: Friday PD/Planning Day (or help move Title & Calming Room) – The Classified PD Sign-Up shared last week is now required for all EAs, SPED, Title, and Kindergarten. These are three-part PD workshops, so pick which one sounds most useful for you. HOWEVER, for this Friday, if anyone wants to ditch the PD and instead help Title, Calming Room, and SPED shift spaces to make way for the new 1st grade classroom, that is also an option.

• LICENSED: Friday PD/Planning Day – Just like last week, downtown doesn’t know or hasn’t shared the plan for this Friday’s PD/Planning Day. All that’s on the 4J PD Calendar is “Lang Arts Adoption (5.5 hours).” I did get asked by a district admin on Friday if they could use the Holt Cafeteria for grade 3/4/5 PD, which leads me to believe all Sheldon Region 3/4/5 teachers will be at Holt. No word what the plan is for K/1/2. For times, there were some times on the PD Calendar ealier, but they have since been deleted, so stay tuned for more “Timely Communication.” UPDATE: Not official, but I heard from a TOSA this is the plan for Friday:

4-5 meets at Holt (Moved to a HS)
PD, 8:00-1:30
Lunch (on your own) 11:30-12:15
Teacher Planning, 2:00-4:00

K-3 meets at Holt (Sheldon Region)
PD, 8:00-1:45, 15 min. longer since they are in their home region and have less travel time back to own schools
Lunch (on your own) 11:30-12:15
Teacher Planning, 2:00-4:00

• Jog-a-Thon, Holt Bolt Updates – The Holt Bolt is on Wednesday, Oct. 19th. Times will be:

K/1/2
8:35 Go Outside
8:45-9:45 Running
10:00 Go Inside

3/4/5
10:15 Go Outside
10:25-11:25 Running (5th will miss library and PE/Music this year, but can take their prep by missing part of the jog-a-thon. We should have plenty of coverage.)
11:40 Go Inside (3rd grade goes straight to lunch @ 11:40)

As we did last year:

• All morning recesses are canceled. 1st-5th teachers are welcome to take their morning break during their jog-a-thon time.
• KG and 1st lunch recesses will be in the gym. Kids should move through the hallway to the gym. K/1 teachers will pick up from the gym.
• 2nd grade lunch recess will have to be soft play only while things get finished and cleaned up.
• EA support will be limited during the jog-a-thon because of supervision needs. Morning groups MIGHT be canceled. Please keep an eye out for an update as we get closer.

Information was given to teachers on Friday that should go home in Monday Mailers this week.

PAHS is still working out some details (mostly regarding the prize structure), but it’ll mostly run the same as last year, with kids starting on hard play, running around the building and keeping track of laps with a badge on a lanyard they’ll scan each time they finish a lap.

PAHS emailed some updates and I will keep folks up to date once shirts arrive or if anything changes, but we’ll have a lot of the same fun as last year with music, bubbles, a mister, and other surprises!

• Vision Screening (K-3) & Dental Screening (K-5), Oct. 21 – Not this week, but Friday next week , from 9:00-12:00 in the gym, is our annual Vision and Dental Screening. All K-5 student will do the dental screening and K-3 students will also do the vision screening. Schedule is coming soon!

• Classroom Moves Update – Slight change of plan. SPED, Title, and Calming Room staff met last week and instead of the Calming Room moving into their old space (Whitney’s current SPED teaching space), they will move into the back half of Emily’s Classroom. This lets Whitney stay in her current space, gives the Calming Room more space, and allows Emily to utilize the Calming Room for SPED students needing breaks. Once this move happens, the Calming Room will no longer be able to offer alternative recesses for students.

It’s great that we got a fourth 1st grade classroom, which necessitated this move, but mid-year classroom shuffles are always hard, so thank you everyone for helping figure out the least disruptive plan.

• Leadership Plan Sign-Up – We’ll vote on the Leadership Plan with names attached at our next Staff Meeting on Oct. 18th. If you’d like to sign up for any of the open positions, please add your name to the Holt Leadersip Positions Doc by the end of the week.

• Talent Ed Goals Due 10/31 and Optional Shared Staff Goals – The TalentEd Self Assessment was due for all staff, both classified and licensed, the end of September and Staff Goals are due for licensed staff at the end of this month. If you’d like to use a set of goals a group teachers helped develop last week, you can feel free to cut-and-paste these Optional SEL Shared Staff Building Goals into TalentEd before the Oct. 31 deadline.

• DHS Reports, Now Use DataPort – I’m not sure principals were ever told this, but Darla discovered there is now an online reporting form staff should use to document all DHS reports of abuse and neglect. For the new reporting system:

1. Go to 4J DataPort
2. The first time you log on, click RESET PASSWORD, and follow the direction to set up your account.
3. Click DHS DOCUMENTATION
4. Click CREATE NEW DHS REPORT
5. Select your school and type in the student name.
6. Student info will auto populate and all you need to enter is:
• Description of the Event
• Perpetrator Information
• Other Information (if relevant)

Note that you will need to be on the 4J Network to access the 4J DataPort and cannot access it from home unless you’re using the 4J VPN. Linked here is a PDF Preview of the DHS Online Form. I’ll plan to go over this form at a future Staff Meeting. 

• Lost & Found (stop your class for a visit) – A month and a half in to the school year, the lost & found is already building up. Please consider pausing your student lines on the way to PE, Music, Library, Lunch, etc. to let kids see if any of the items there belong to them.

• Field Trip Volunteers – I asked HR about being able to edit Field Trip Request Forms so you can add volunteers later, but they said you should instead email Melissia Morphis <morphis_m@4j.lane.edu>, though if they don’t require it when you first submit, I’m not sure they’re really tracking this. As long as your volunteers passed their background check, I’m fine with them volunteering.

• REPEAT: Site Council Reps Still Needed – Site Council is coming up this Thursday and we still have 1 classified opening (Jackie finished her term), 1 classroom licensed opening (Liz’s term ended). Jenny volunteered to be the Specialist Licensed Rep. Here’s the current list.

Admin Rep: Allan Chinn
Classified Rep: Cheryl Yorges (year 2)
Classified Rep: Lisa Goff (year 2)
Classified Rep:
Licensed Rep (classroom): Candace Lovato (year 2)
Licensed Rep (classroom): Geoff Parks (year 2)
Licensed Rep (classroom): Lesli Harmon (year 2)
Licensed Rep (classroom):
Licensed Rep (specialist): Jenny (year 1)
Parent Rep: Billie Jo Rodriguez (year 2)
Parent Rep: Jill Ritz (year 2)
Parent Rep: Sallie Lees (year 2)

Outgoing and past reps are welcome to re-join, but let me know and/or add your name to the 22-23 Team Sign-Up Sheet if you’re willing to volunteer your time to serve on Site Council.

• Make Sure Doors Latch – Make sure exterior school doors completely close and latch. It’s that time of the year when air pressure changes and doors sometimes do not close all the way.

• Professional Judgment Versus “Fidelity” – 4J has backed off using the term “Fidelity” and this ASCD Article discussed how too much emphasis on fidelity implementing programs diminishes teachers. “Telling teachers exactly how they are supposed to teach leaves little room for them to share their own ideas, knowledge, and expertise. At worst, too much focus on fidelity can lead teachers to feel like they’re working on an assembly line putting widgets together rather than engaging in the complex, important art of inspiring and educating tomorrow’s leaders.” As an antidote, Knight suggests listening to teachers, encouraging teachers to customize programs to their students, and focusing on student learning.

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

October 10 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
Office/PE/Music Staff Room Duty
Pastini Fundraiser Final Week (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)
Fall Benchmarking Continues
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
8:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
2:45-3:30, Sunshine Committee Meeting (Library)
4:00-5:30, Allan to Admin Equity PD (Ed Center)

October 11 (T)
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

October 12 (W)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 13 (H)
8:05-12:30, Picture Day (Gym)
12:20-12:40, 4th Grade Bonus Recess (Playground)
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Cafeteria)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 14 (F)
No School – PD/Planning Day
Lang Arts Adoption (5.5 hours)

October 17 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
Title Staff Room Duty
Fall Benchmarking Continues
10:00-11:30, Forest Services Speaker (4th Grade)
4:00-5:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)

October 18 (T)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)

October 19 (W)
Holt Bolt, K/1/2
8:35, Go Outside
8:45-9:45, Running
10:00, Go Inside

Holt Bolt, 3/4/5
10:15 Go, Outside
10:25-11:25, Running
11:40, Go Inside

7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 20 (H)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)
6:00-9:00 I’m Not Racist… Am I? Film & Discussion (Sheldon HS)

October 21 (F)
9:00-12:00, Health [K-5] & Vision Screening [K-2] (Gym)
1:25-2:25, Friday PD – SEL (Zoom)

October 23 (SU)
9:30-2:00, EEF’s District-Wide 5K and Fun Run (Alton Baker Park)
12:00-2:00, Holt Student Match – Oregon Volleyball

Have a good four-day week!

Allan

October 3 2022

 

Hey Holt Bolts,

Hard to believe it’s already October.

Twenty-one items of note for this week:

• Job Postings Update – I submitted requisitions last week for a fourth 1st grade teacher and for an additional SPED EA. I’m hoping they get posted this week, but when I checked the approvals in NeoGov this weekend, no action had been taken by HR and Finance, so I sent an email to the HR admins in charge of classified and licensed hiring for them to see why approvals didn’t happen and that I want these posted ASAP. Hopefully they post this Tuesday or Wednesday. UPDATE: 1st Grade Job Posting is now live and closes 10/11 and the SPED EA Job Posting is also up and closed 10/12. 

• REPEAT: Monthly Potlucks, MONDAY! – The first Monday of the month is when we celebrate staff birthday for that month. Cake is provided by Sunshine in the Staff Room and anyone can add their name to the Potluck Sign-Ups Google Sheet if you’d like to share something.

• Optional Shared Staff Goals Committee, WEDNESDAY @2:45 – Third time’s a charm. Wednesday at 2:45 in the library is an optional meeting to develop shared building goals staff can cut-and-paste into TalentEd before the Oct. 31 deadline. I drafted a few SEL Related SMART Goals to get the conversation going, which I tried to base on things most teachers are already doing.

• Friday PD: Staff Choice – Downtown hasn’t shared the plan for this Friday. They said they planned to share info last week, but that they are “responding to feedback and making some adjustments,” so stay tuned.

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

 

• Library Schedule Reminder – We start our new library schedule this week. “Week #1” classes will have two sessions of library this week. “Week #2” classes will have one session of library this week. Groups will flip flop next week, with Week #2 classes having two library sessions and Week #1 classes having one library session. Highlighted time on the linked 22-23 Library Schedule are the times you’ll have Library every week. The non-highlighted sports are the library times you’ll have every other week. I’ve noted on the Staff Zimbra Calendar which week we’re on if anyone forget and note the calendar on page two of the above linked scheduled.

 

• Picture Day, Oct. 13th – Since our Leadership Plan is not yet finalized, we do not have an official “Scheduler” to make the Picture Day for Thursday, October 13th. Pictures will be in the morning and in the gym, but I’ll see what we can do about getting a schedule out by next week.

• October 14th PD/Planning Day – The only details principals have at this point for the Oct. 14th PD/Planning Day is what’s on the 4J 22-23 PD Calendar, which says “Lang Arts Adoption (5.5 hours).” There were some times on there earlier, but they have since been taken off.

• Site Council Rep. Openings – Site Council is coming up next week and we have 1 classified opening (Jackie finished her term), 1 classroom licensed opening (Liz’s term ended), and 1 licensed specialist opening (Jenny’s term ended). Here’s the current list.

Admin Rep: Allan Chinn
Classified Rep: Cheryl Yorges (year 2)
Classified Rep: Lisa Goff (year 2)
Classified Rep:
Licensed Rep (classroom): Candace Lovato (year 2)
Licensed Rep (classroom): Geoff Parks (year 2)
Licensed Rep (classroom): Lesli Harmon (year 2)
Licensed Rep (classroom):
Licensed Rep (specialist):
Parent Rep: Billie Jo Rodriguez (year 2)
Parent Rep: Jill Ritz (year 2)
Parent Rep: Sallie Lees (year 2)

Outgoing and past reps are welcome to re-join, but let me know and/or add your name to the 22-23 Team Sign-Up Sheet if you’re willing to volunteer your time to serve on Site Council. If there are multiple staff members interested, those folks can talk and/or those stakeholder groups can hold a vote.

• Gaga Ball Rules & Pit Opening Date – The Gaga Ball Pit is closed until all classes at your grade level have reviewed the linked Gaga Ball Pit Rules. I’m available to go over rules with classes, but teachers can also review the linked Gaga Ball Rules Slide Show. Try to find time to review the rules by the end of the week, but have your grade level let me know once all classes have reviewed the rules and I will notify recess supervisors that the Gaga Ball Pit is open!

 

• Holt Bolt, Wednesday, Oct. 19th – Linked here are the PAHS Holt Bolt Planning Notes from their last meeting. Highlights are:

• Teachers will pass out a raffle tickets. Tickets will be awarded for returning their envelope, earring a Holt shirt, running 1 lap, and bringing a water bottle.
• School prizes will be:
• $5,000 Costume Bingo (this is a gimme, since it is already planned)
• $10,000 Mr. Chinn will wear a funny costume
• $15,000 Tape Mr. Chinn to the wall
• $20,000 Buddy Dance Party
• $35.000 Buddy Dance Party extreme with Special Guests
• Class Prizes are not certain yet but will be things like Slime Party, Extra recess for a week, Lunch with the Irish, Kitchen Helper for a day, Host an Assembly with Ms. Reich…

Let me know if you have questions on any of this or if you have feedback you’d like passed along to PAHS or think we should discuss as a staff.

• EA Workshop Sign-Up – This SPED EA PD Email was sent to all folks currently on SSD’s email distribution list, but principals were asked to share this just in case they are missing anyone. These trainings will be on the No-Student PD Days on Oct. 14, Jan. 3, & April 3. These are required for SPED EAs and are optional for other EAs, though Title 1 EAs will have a different required workshop. See the above email or 4J Classified Pathways Sign-Up Link for details. Let me know if you have any questions, but a few of these workshops actually sound pretty good.

• Nightly Cleaning Resumes – The Facilities Dept. has adjusted the nightly cleaning closer to normal cleaning, so all classrooms will resume their nightly sweeping and garbage collection.

• Need a Volunteer Expedited? – If you have volunteers you want to start APAP, but who are still waiting for their 4J background check to clear, let me know and I can tell downtown to prioritize those volunteers. They have literally have thousands of backlogged applications.

• How to Access Wit & Wisdom via Clever – This was emailed to teachers earlier, but in case you missed it, here are directions How to Log Onto Wit & Wisdom Via Clever (slide show or video directions).

• Student Headphones – I’ve been asking about this since last spring, but the latest answer if downtown will provide students with headphones is that the Tech Department is working on it and that they have some headphones available if schools need any now, so if any teachers need them, let me know ASAP so I can get them before they get scooped up by anyone else.

 

• 4J TOSA List – I asked downtown for a list and job descriptions of all the TOSAs. This is only the instructional TOSAs and does not include all of the other SSD, equity, and manager positions. They said they are working on job descriptions, but here’s a list if you ever need to reach out to any of them for assistance:

SIA – Leah Willow, Sara Justice, Eileen Thomas, Liz Johnson – Reading Specialists
Title – Midge Greentree and Rebecca Boyd – SDS with 1/2 time reading specialist / SEL
SSD/Instruction – Jocelyn Mendelssohn – TAG/Health
Instruction .5 – Maggie Cline – Science
Instruction – Jamie Tait – Math
Instruction – Sarah Knudson – Humanities
SIA – Katie Stiles – K-3 Literacy
SIA – Mandy Brooksheer – SEL
Grant – Tana Shepard – EWEB/Sustainability
Instruction – Kellyclare Gardner – Tech

• Classroom Buddies Sign-Up – If you haven’t already, please complete this short (3 questions) Classroom Buddy Survey. The survey was set close last Thursday but sneak in your response ASAP if it’s still open or let Lesli know your preference.

• REPEAT: TalentEd Goals and Self Assessment – The self assessment/reflection in TalentEd for all staff was due last week, but please finish it soon as you can if you haven’t already. Licensed Staff Goals are due at the end of October, but you can feel free to use the cut-and-paste goals we’ll made at Wednesday’s optional meeting or you can use ODE’s Sample Educator Goals.

• Tapping Into Compassion When Students Push Your Buttons – Our brains are wired for knee-jerk responses—so how can you keep compassion and empathy front of mind? This Edutopia Article suggests looking behind the behavior, trying to learn something about every student, reaching out to the family, and also realizing that you are ther other half of the equation in these situations. See the article for additional details.

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

October 3 (M)
Library Week #1 Classes
SPED Staff Room Duty
School Custodian’s Day (ALL)
Pastini Fundraiser Continues (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)
Fall Benchmarking Continues
8:15, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Zoom)
10:40-12:40, Staff Potluck Luncheon (Staff Room)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elem Principals Meeting (McCornack)

October 4 (T)
Title Starts, 1st – 2nd
Yom Kippur (Major Religious Holiday)
8:05, Allan Reading to Class
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library)
5:00-6:30, 4J Health Insurance In Retirement Presentation (Zoom)

October 5 (W)
Yom Kippur (Major Religious Holiday)
Monthly Walk+Roll to School Day
8:15, Allan Meeting w/Parent (Office)
2:45-3:15, Optional Building SMART Goals Meeting (Library)

October 6 (H)
8:05, Allan Reading to Class
9:00-9:30, Safety Committee Meeting (Office)

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

October 10 (M)
Library Week #2 Classes
Office/PE/Music Staff Room Duty
Pastini Fundraiser Final Week (Sept. 12 – Oct. 16)
Fall Benchmarking Continues
Indigenous Peoples’ Day
4:00-5:30, Allan to Admin Equity PD (Ed Center)

October 11 (T)
2:45-3:30, PBIS/SEL/Equity Meeting (Kelsey’s Room)

October 12 (W)
7:00-9:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)

October 13 (H)
School Picture Day
5:00-6:00, Site Council (Cafeteria)
6:00-7:00, PAHS (Parents at Holt School) Meeting (Cafeteria)

October 14 (F)
No School – PD/Planning Day
Lang Arts Adoption (5.5 hours)

Five-day week this week and a four-day week next week!

Allan