Caring for Kids

September 6, 2021

 

Hey Everyone,

Hope you all had a good 3-day weekend.

Twenty items of note for this week:

• Staffing Updates – Three staffing updates:

• Title 1 EA Updates – Lori Tingue was hired last week as a 2nd grade teacher at Gilham, so instead of reposting for her position, we’ve taken her hours and reallocated them to Annie, Ben, and Iris and have shuffled the EA schedule around a bit.

• Behavior EA Vacancy – Our 6.5-hour Behavior EA Job Posting closes this Tuesday, September 8th, so please encourage anyone you know who’d be good (or even someone who is simply teachable) to apply.

• Classified Sub Shortage – We have one unfilled EA sub job in AESOP are if you know any subs who are available. It’s for Jason Martinez in the CLC while he’s on his parental leave.

• Virtual Meet Your Teacher, WED (KG) & THURS (1-5) @12:00 – The Zoom link is on the Staff and Family Zimbra Calendar. Kinder does theirs on Wednesday at 12:00. Grades 1-5 will be Thursday at 12:00. My plan is to welcome families, have teachers introduce themselves (and maybe name a favorite book to read to students), do a review of arrival/dismissal procedures, what to bring to school, and some covid safety procedures. Next I’ll send people to breakout rooms for 15-minutes, at the end of which I’ll close all breakout rooms, do a short wrap up (GO, BOLTS!), and then I’ll stay on to answer any questions.

• Kinderzone Plans – The Kindergarten Team has already connected with staff where you’ll be helping this day, but linked here is the Fall 2021 Kinderzone Plan.

• Enrollment Updates – At the start of August we were 104 students below our projection of 529, but now we’re around 60 under projection and downtown will hopefully release the 9 kinders on our wait list. Nearly every school in 4J is under projection and we are far from the lowest. If you’re interested, linked here is the District Enrollment as of 09/03/2021.

• Meals Change of Plan – Principals got a message late Friday that 4J is pivoting to eating meals outdoors and that more details are forthcoming. That’s about all I know, meaning we don’t know if this means both breakfast and lunch, for how long we’ll be doing this, what’s the plan when it’s raining, what’s the plan when air quality is hazardous, and not to mention how kindergartners would make it from the cafeteria to the covered play area without spilling their trays. There’s an Elementary Principals’ Meeting Wednesday morning, so hopefully we’ll get additional details then (the day before kindergarten’s first day). Stay tuned.

• Transportation Updates – Schools do not have their morning bus arrival times yet, but 4J’s Find My Bus Stop website is now live for families. I’m planning to call Transportation on Tuesday if I don’t hear from them over the weekend about bus arrival times. More to come.

• Meeting Schedules – Due to the above two items and the “Golden Hour” of prep moved to Fridays and PLCs to Wednesday, on the Leadership Team agenda for Tuesday is to look at revising our meeting schedule. We need to shift our Wednesday meetings to either Tuesday or Thursday (I lean toward Tuesdays). I’m also going to propose we go down to one Staff Meeting a month. Since we’re now meeting twice a week, I figure we can add some business items to those meetings. Also, so that teachers get their guaranteed amount of prep, the length of afternoon meetings may be shortened depending upon when buses arrive and when teacher begin supervision students in the morning. Downtown is requiring teachers get 20-minutes of prep at the start of the day before supervising students. So more to come on this topic as well.

• Tech Updates – Four technology related updates:

• iPads Distribution for New Students – Teachers will give students new to Holt their iPads and chargers on their first day of class. If students new to Holt are coming from another 4J school, they should already have an iPad. Student devices are tracked using Learn21, the districtwide device management system. Brian has a bunch of iPads ready to go. Our plan is to checkout iPads to the new student in Learn21, put a sticky note with their name on it, and give those to teachers to distribute the first day of school. All kindergartners will get new iPads and all 3rd graders will get a new iPad with a keyboard case once they return their 2nd grade iPad (grade 3-5 iPads have a keyboard case).

• Headphones Replacements – Brian has a stash of headphones for all new students as well as for students who lost or broke their headphones over the summer. I’d advise students keep their headphones at school, but teachers may send them home if you choose.

• Seesaw Updates – Justin Huntley and his team were able to go into Clever to activate the Seesaw tile district-wide. This means if a student logins in using their QR code, they’ll be able to see the Clever page and the Seesaw title is back on there. Furthermore, Justin will be setting up our specialist in Seesaw this week.

• EdTech Subscriptions & Tools – If you missed it in the flurry of last week’s tidal wave of PD, here are all of the district purchased EdTech Subscriptions and Tools. Not on the list, we also have a subscription to BrainPOP through December, which is a pretty rad website. Be sure to check that one out and maybe the district will get BrainPOP Jr. and BrainPOP Español if enough people use it. Also, don’t forget GoNoodle Plus is free to educators this school year if you sign-up.

 

• Missing Classroom Materials Inventory – In the spring, teachers filled out a Materials Inventory Survey. If you have any updates, additional missing materials or or newly discovered excess curriculum materials, please submit an update in the above survey or email me directly with your update. If you need to review what you submitted in the spring, here is the Spring Materials Inventory Results.

• Wear Your Holt Shirt FRIDAY! – The normal spirit day is Wednesday for wearing your Holt shirt, but everyone should wear your new green Holt shirt this Friday for the first day of school where we’ll have all K-5 students in the building!

• Updated School Map – Linked here is an Updated 21-22 Holt School Map of where folks are working this year. Let me know if you spot anything that looks wrong. This doc can also be found on the Staff Google Drive under MISC > Maps.

• Skipped Videos from Friday PD – The COVID Protocols went longer than I’d expected, so I skipped a couple videos at Friday’s Staff Meeting, but if you’d like to watch them or the two documentaries that were mentioned during Learning for All, see below!

“Inside the AC360 Doll Study”

CASEL: SEL 101: What are the core competencies and key settings?

“In the Shadow of Fairview” – Full Documentary (OPB Webpage)

“Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution” – Netflix Full Documentary

 

• Care and Connection Resources – SSD Collaboration Facilitators put together these Care and Connection Resources for teachers to use with students during the first week of school. Some are a little too worksheet-like for my taste, but there’s also some really good stuff in there worth checking out.

• Color Printing – If teachers need to print in color, please contact Melanie. The office copier is the only one in the building that prints in color, but this printer hasn’t been added to staff laptops because the office copier is often loaded with labels, special paper, or is needed to copy materials for parents waiting to register children and we don’t want large jobs being sent to it. Also try to avoid printing class sets in color unless it’s a for special purpose or event.

• K-5 Connect & EOA – Families who submitted interest in the online pathways have until Thursday, September 9th to confirm they are enrolling.

• Updated District Retention Policy – 4J has unofficially used this process the past few years, but linked here is the updated 4J Grade Placement and Retention of Students Policy. In the past it was simply principal decision, but the new policy makes it more of a team decision, similar to an IEP eligibility process.

• REPEAT: Classified & Licensed Self Assessment & Goals – All staff, both classified and licensed, need to complete a self assessment in TalentEd by September 30th. Licensed staff need to also complete a Goals Development Form by October 30th, which later next month we can develop some optional building goals people can use.

• REPEAT: EEF 2021-2022 Grant Applications DUE OCT 1stEEF Grant Application are due October 8th, 2021. Before submitting grants online, let me know your grant title and idea so Site Council can rank order grant submission (no need to do a full write up for this step). Let me know if you have any questions or care to discuss grant ideas.

• VIDEO: Starting Each Class With A Warm Welcome – One last video I passed over during our PD last Friday is a really good one, so I’m ending this week’s blog to highlight it. Keep in mind that a good welcoming activity is also a proactive classroom management strategy. It builds class community, establishes a sense of shared values, and makes everyone feel included. It can be as simple as a smile and greeting students by name as they enter the classroom, but it makes a HUGE difference. :)

 

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

September 6 (M)
Labor Day, No School

September 7 (T)
1:00-2:00, Leadership Team Meeting (Library)

September 8 (W)
Teacher Planning Day
8:00-9:00, Allan to Elementary Principals’ Meetin (Zoom)
9:00ish, Optional Q&A Session for Staff (Library)
10:00, Classified Staff Meeting (Library)
12:00-12:30, Virtual Meet the Kinder Teachers! (Zoom)

September 9 (H)
Transition Day – KG First Day
12:00-12:30, Virtual Meet Your Teacher (1st – 5th)
2:30-3:15, IPBS Team Meeting (Library)
6:00-7:00, PAHS Meeting (Zoom) – Checking w/PAHS if they are really meeting

September 10 (F)
Classes Begin for All Students
YMCA After School Care Begins

September 13 (M)
Regular Day

September 14 (T)
2:45-3:30, Staff Meeting (Library) TENTATIVE

September 15 (W)
2:45-3:30, PLC Meetings (Library)

September 16 (H)
Regular Day

September 17 (F)
2:30-3:30, Building Based PD (Library)

 

Two days to prep for two days of students!

Allan

May 25, 2020

 

Hey Friends,

Hope you enjoyed you three-day weekend.

Twenty-six items of note for this week as well as notes from last Thursday’s Staff Meeting:

• 2020-2021 Staffing Updates – I shared last week that our two 4th grade and one kindergarten positions are still vacant. HR is planning to fill these with teachers from their Early Hire Pool. Interviews will be held this week with all elementary candidates and principals, which will be facilitated by K-8 Directors. Principals will discuss our preferred candidates and candidates will share their preferred positions with HR, who will make the final placements.

• Building Closed for the Year – With classrooms now closed down, staff are strongly encourage to not work in the building until the fall. However, if you do need to work in the building, email or text me and continue to sign-in at the office. I recently learned the sign-in sheets are 4Js way of contact tracing if someone were to come down with COVID-19, so we’d know who all was in the building on which day and which times.

• 2020-2021 Master Calendar – The building calendar for next school year is posted on the Howard Staff Google Calendar. I build the calendar as if we’re back in the building like normal, but if that change, we will make adjustments later (i.e. cancel Meet Your Teacher, Open House, etc.). Meeting dates are pretty much the same as in the past and I ran these dates past Site Council reps and a few other folks. Highlights include:

• Staff Meetings – Generally the third Tuesday of each month.
• IPBS – Generally second and fourth Tuesday of each month.
• PBIS – Generally first Tuesday of each month.
• TLT – Generally fourth Thursday of each month.
• Site Council – Fourth Monday of September, April, and May.
• Monthly Book Winners – Generally first Thursday of each month.
• Student Care Team – Generally fourth Wednesday of each month.
• EA Supervisor Meetings – Generally first Friday of each Month.
• Meet Your Teacher – Tuesday, 9/8
• Open House/Curriculum Night – Thursday, 10/8 (the evening before State Inservice Day)
• Conferences – Wednesday, Oct. 28 4:00PM-8:00PM, Thursday, Oct. 29 8:00AM-8:00PM, Friday, Oct. 30 No School – Teacher Comp Day
• Literacy Night – Thursday, 3/18 (the evening before a Friday 4J PD Day)

• Master Schedule Updates – We’re moving forward with the schedule as if we’ll be back to school like normal in the fall. Even if we were to end up with A/B days and only see half of a class every other day, the master schedule would still work, though we’d likely have to modify the PE/Music schedule. We’ve finished the Title 1 and supervision schedule (20 min. Lunch and 20 min. recesses) and are finishing up the SPED schedule. From there we will then begin working on the rest of the schedule. I’ll plan to share a draft once it’s ready, but if there are folks who want to help work on a draft, let me know and we can connect.

• 2020-2021 Leadership/Building Rep. Positions – Each year all leadership positions are considered vacant and anyone can sign up for one, with the exception of CTL positions, which downtown generally likes to keep consistent. The current list of leadership/rep positions are; Equity, Garden, IPBS, PBIS, Site Council (two classified and two licensed), Social Committee, and TLT. If you would like to sign up for a leadership or rep position, follow this link to the 2020-2021 Leadership/Building Rep. Positions Google Sheet. If we have multiple candidates, we’ll do an email vote for those positions. I also added rows at the bottom if anyone wants to lead a new position.

• Classified End-of-Year Evals – I’ve started working on these in TalentEd. Normally I come to you in person for a signature, but this year they are online and we’re also we’re not in the building, so if you have questions about your eval, please call, text, or email. Do know that when I do the scoring, I mostly rate staff in “Area for Growth” or “Effective” and reserve “Exemplary” for any standout areas. I usually tell staff, both licensed and classified, if you’re rated Exemplary in an area, it means you should be teaching other staff around the school district in that area. Area for Growth or Effective are fine, but I didn’t want people to think I had job performance concerns when you see fewer Exemplarys marked on the evaluation than you may have put down on your self evaluations.

• Licensed End-of-Cycle Goals Reflection? – In normal times I’m reminding teachers to complete their goal reflection, which all licensed staff, even teachers not on the observation cycle this year, complete in TalentEd. HR has not given direction whether teachers are still expected to complete this task. ODE is not requiring summative evaluations for teachers this year, but 4J has not decided if they are requiring them or not. Without spring assessment data, I’m not sure how goals would be measured, though I suppose teachers could reflect on how they were doing working towards their goals, even if the don’t have the data. I’d advise not doing anything at this point, but wanted to put this on people’s radar.

• 2020-2021 School Map – Linked here is my current thinking for 2020-2021 Room Assignments. Most folks are staying put, but we have one fewer classroom than this school year, so ELL and LC will no longer have to share a space with Title 1 (RM30). Other than that, everyone is who is staying at Howard is staying in their current classroom. However, with the potential closure of Corridor, this all may change if we end up adding more classrooms.

• Class Lists – Downtown has not provided guidance on this yet or the June 5th Transition Day, but I’m going rogue and am saying it’s okay for grade levels to work on class lists if you’d like. I’ve connected with Mellissa and grade levels may do this at your final weekly Data Team Meetings. Like last year, I’ve create Google Sheets (view only link) for grade level teachers to add students and once those are filled out other staff can give input regarding combinations or other potential issues.

• Supply Lists – Classroom teachers, please connect with you 2020-2021 teams to decide on your supply list and email any updates to Lori by the end of the school year. For your reference, linked here is the 2019-2020 Supply List.

• Report Cards – Brooke emailed teachers a link to the Spring 2020 Reporting Guidance on what people will do for report cards this year.

• Meal Distribution Update for June 5 & Summer – Meals will be serving on June 5, the Elementary Transition Day. June 12 and beyond, Nutrition Services staff will take over passing out meal out front that Howard Staff have currently done. We will not be delivering any food after this date, though Nutrition Services is working with 4J Natives Program and the Wraparound Team to determine how to support families who cannot access the meal sites.

• Summer School Likely Not Happening – At Friday’s All Admin meeting, it sounded like summer school most likely will not happen. The distancing guidelines for busing seem unfeasible.

• Optional Staff Meeting, Thursday @12:30 – Our weekly Optional Staff Meeting is this Thursday at 12:30. On my email and on a forthcoming Zimbra calendar invite, but not on my blog, are the Zoom Meeting Invite links.

• Attendance and Truancy – The truancy officer is available to go out to check on students who have been referred for truancy this year and who are currently not engaged in distant learning despite multiple attempts to connect and staff have specific concerns for the students physical and/or emotional well being. This service is expected to be used sparingly. The reason for offering it is that there are some students that do not have a connection at the school and the truancy officer, may have a relationship with the student or parent. If you have any students in this situation you have concerns about, please let me know.

• Summer Reading Staff Picks! – Since summer is almost here, it’s time for me to put together my annual end-of-the-school-year Summer Reading Staff Picks! Email me or text me what your summer reading list looks like and I’ll post everyone’s picks in my final weekly announcements of the year. I love hearing what other are planning to read and have found some good books in the past. My picks so far include The Living Dead, an unfinished novel by George A. Romero (the man who invented the “rules” for zombies with Night of the Living Dead) finished by Daniel Kraus, who wrote Oscar Best Picture winner The Shape of Water. I can’t wait for this book to be released! If you want some ideas, here’s Bill Gates Summer Book Picks, but let me know your books!

• PBIS Focus: Celebrating Your Success – The June PBIS monthly focus is Celebrating Your Success, so remember the PBIS/CFK Cheat Sheet, which matches our monthly themes with Caring School Community class meeting lessons. It’s an easy way to tie the two activities together.

• REPEAT: May Birthday Lunches With the Principal FRIDAY – Friday at 12:00 will be the virtual May Birthday Lunches with the Principal. In my email, but not on my blog, are the Zoom links and a short blurb for teachers to send to families. Also in my email and not on my blog are a list of the May birthdays. Feel free to drop in as a Special Guest!

 

May Birthday Lunches with the Principal

Each month, Mr. Chinn celebrates student birthdays with Birthday Lunches with the Principal. Students with birthdays in May are invited to join Mr. Chinn for a Zoom birthday lunch celebration on Friday, May 29th, 12:00-12:15. Enjoy some corny jokes, magic tricks, and special guests!

 

• Last Week of School Optional Lesson Plans – Day-by-day lesson plans will not be created for the final week of school. Instead, the SDS team will compile a few optional activities you could use that week as you wrap-up. These activities will focus on SEL, student choice, and class community.

• North Eugene High School Design Update and Feedback – If you’re interested, linked here are some NEHS Design Mockups that were shared at last week’s school board meeting and linked here is a North Region Parent Email and Survey that went out to families.

• ODE Input for 2020-2021 Schools Year – If you’d like to have some say on ODE guidelines and expectations for next school year, go to the linked ODE School Year 2020-21 Input Survey.

• 4J Wraparound Update Newsletter – Click the link if you’d like to see the current 4J Wraparound Update Newsletter.

• SSD Newsletter – If you’re interested, linked here is the latest Student Service Newsletter #7.

• District Admin Updates – Eric Anderson has been appointed to the Curriculum Director position previously held by Sue Wilson. Eric has served as an elementary, middle and high school principal. He and I also went to “principal school” together with several other administrators around 4J, so I’ll vouch for him that he’s a good guy. Positions yet to be filled are the Holt principal, the Equity, Instruction & Partnership administrator, and a North AP, but downtown has put a hold on admin hires and placements until the future of Corridor is decided.

• How to bring back the Mac chime – Tech nerd stuff here, but I was pretty excited when I learned on BoingBoing how to turn on the old school Mac chime – the epic C Major chord that plays when you boot an old Mac – on in newer models. Here’s the terminal command, courtesy of Mr. Macintosh:

sudo nvram StartupMute=%00

And to turn it off again:

sudo nvram StartupMute=%01

 

 

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

May 25 (M)
Memorial Day – No School

May 26 (T)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals

May 27 (W)
10:00-11:00, Allan to Oregon Open Learning Hub Webinar
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families
11:00-12:00, Kona Ice Fundraiser
1:00-1:30, Kindergarten & Interventionist Meeting
1:45-2:15, 1st Grade & Interventionist Meeting
2:30-3:00, 2nd Grade & Interventionist Meeting

May 28 (H)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals
12:30-1:00, Optional Howard Check-In Meeting
1:00-1:30, 3rd Grade & Interventionist Meeting
1:45-2:15, 4th Grade & Interventionist Meeting
2:30-3:00, 5th Grade & Interventionist Meeting

May 29 (F)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families
12:00-12:15, May Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Zoom!)
12:30-4:00, Classroom teachers take attendance

June 1 (M)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Celebrating Your Success
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families

June 2 (T)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals
11:00-12:00, Kelly MS 6th Grade Parent/Student Orientation Zoom
1:00-5:00, Allan to Early Hire Interviews
6:00, ACE Awards Ceremony (live on Facebook)

June 3 (W)
Walk+Roll to School Day
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families

June 4 (H)
Last Day for Preschool
11:00-12:00, Free Meals
12:30-1:00, REQUIRED Howard Staff Meeting
7:00-8:00, Kelly MS 6th Grade Parent/Student Orientation Zoom

June 5 (F)
No School – Transition Day
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families
12:00-12:15, June/July Birthday Lunches With the Principal
12:30-4:00, Classroom teachers take attendance

We’re on the homestretch here! You got this, people!

Allan

April 27, 2020

 

Hello Roadrunners,

Another week of distance learning down. You got this people!

Fifteen items of note for this week as well as notes from last Thursday’s Staff Meeting:

• REPEAT: Return of Students’ Personal Belongings Plan – Here’s the plan for getting student belonging back to families.

• Schedule for Packing & Distribution – Here are the dates for packing and distribution:

April 27 (M)
8:00-12:00, Downstairs Classroom Teachers (PK, KG, 1st, 5th, & SPED) Pack
12:00-4:00, Upstairs Classroom Teachers (2nd, 3rd, 4th & SPED) Pack

April 28 (T)
8:00-11:00, Distribution from Gym – Last Name A-L
11:00-12:00, Distribution during Meals – All Last Names
12:00-4:00, Distribution from Gym – Last Name M-Z

April 29 (W)
8:00-11:00, Distribution from Gym – Last Name M-Z
11:00-12:00, Distribution during Meals – All Last Names
12:00-4:00, Distribution from Gym – Last Name A-L

*If packing date/times do not work for teachers, please contact Allan.

• Packing Volunteers – If any non-classroom staff (licensed or classified) are able to help with packing, please sign-up on the linked Student Belongings Distribution Sign-Up. If teachers would like help packing, contact Allan or contact folks who have signed up on the sheet directly.

• Packing Directions – Here’s the plan for packing.

1.  Staff arrive at designated times, sign-in, sanitize hands, report to assigned room.
2.  Gloves are to be worn at all times during the packing process and will be in the office.
3.  UPDATED: Student items are packed in 33×40 plastic bag liners and labeled will be pre-made AVERY labels with last name, first name, and teacher and/or grade. Labels are in teacher mailboxes.
4.  Masks are optional during the packing process, but must be worn during the distribution process. If you do not have your own mask, one will be provided for you, but let Allan know ahead of time so we can make sure we have enough on hand.
5.  Staff should maintain social distance of 6-feet apart at all times. There is a maximum of two people in a classroom at any given time.
6.  UPDATED: Crystal will transport bagged items to the gym where they will be alphabetical by classroom (or teachers may transport, if you’d like).
7.  NEW: Any library books left in the classroom should be returned to the library drop box.
8.  NEW: Any specialists (SPED, Title, ELL, Music/PE, etc.) who have student belongings should return them to the classroom teachers.
9. Staff should only use the office restrooms and not other building restrooms.
10. Staff will sign-out and exit through the front door only.

*If there are community supplies that are shared by the whole class, distribute among students after all personal items are packed. This may include, pencils, pens, crayons, rulers, glue/glue sticks, scissors, etc.

• Distribution Volunteers – If you’re able to help with distribute student belonging on Tuesday and/or Wednesday, please sign-up on the linked Student Belongings Distribution Sign-Up.

• Distribution Days Logistics – We’ll run distribution of student belongings similar to how we did iPad distribution, staging in the gym with the bags in alphabetical order by classroom and families picking up by student last name. One change that we’ll allow ALL last names to come during lunch distribution, which is what unofficially happened when we gave out iPads. All staff interacting with families or handling the bags MUST wear both gloves and a mask at all times.

• Additional Information – Three additional items of note:

• Nutrition Services has ice cream sandwich boxes of six to we can hand out to families at pickup. There are plenty for all families and Nutrition Services does not want them going to waste.
• The process for staff to collect their personal belongings and closing out the school year will occur in Phases II and III and will follow after this process has been completed.
• If you’re interested, here are the Packing Guidelines principals were sent.

• April PTO Meeting, Wednesday @8:00PM – The PTO is planning to hold a meeting Wednesday, April 29th at 8:00PM via Zoom if any staff are able to attend. See Friday’s Howard Happenings email for the meeting link and details (or email me directly).

• ACE Award Nominations: Due April 30– ACE Award Nominations were extended through the end of this month. If you’d like to support our volunteer gardener, Bruce Campbell, with a nomination in the Volunteer category, you can use or adapt this Volunteer Seesaw Lesson Ashley shared with me to support Bruce’s nomination. Here’s the link to the nomination form: http://tinyurl.com/4JACE2020

• 2020-20201 Staffing Updates – You may have notice Howard’s vacancies changed in the Job Expo list from a 1st vacancy to two 4th grade vacancies, which is because Justine is moving back to 1st grade for next year, joining Jessy and Jasmine. Our current expo vacancies are one Kindergarten position, two 4th grade, and one 5th grade.

• REPEAT: Teachers Pay Teachers School Access – Educator Relief Program – Howard now has a subscription to TpT School Access through June 30th, which gives teachers access to a library of resources for immediate use for the remainder of the school year. We have a total of 160 resource licenses, which means teachers should access no more than 4 resources each (4.7 exactly, but share with your friends if you don’t want to use your 4.7 TpT resources). You can view how many resource licenses are left on the TpT School Activity webpage. Watch for an email from TpT for how to activate your account and see this generic Welcome Letter for details.

• ESD Paper Packets Clarification – Our goal is to keep families connected through online learning, so try not to offer paper packets as an option. If a family does choose paper packets over online distance learning, classroom teachers and/or case managers should make contact at least once a week to check in and see if parents need any help or assistance. Packets can be found on the 4J Distance Learning for All website.

• Are Seesaw lessons in library private? – This question was asked at a Zoom Staff Meeting in regards to posting Zoom Class Meeting links. Justin Huntley told me anything you post in Seesaw and save to YOUR library is private. If you save a lesson to the district library, then it is NOT private an available to anyone with a 4J Seesaw account.

• Attendance Reminder (enter each Friday, not earlier) – Classroom teachers, be sure to enter attendance every Friday by 4:00. It was asked at the staff meeting if this can be recorded earlier, but according to the Revised Attendance Recording during Distance Learning for All Guidelines, attendance is to be recorded on the last day of each week before 4:00. If a student did an assignment, attended a Zoom, messaged you, responded to anything on Seesaw, a parent/guardian made contact, or any other form of contact, including contact with specialists (PE, Music, Title, SPED, ELL, etc.), then that student is marked present.

• Optional Staff Meeting Reschedule, Thursdays at 12:30 – With weekly Grade Level/Intervention Meetings, it we will move the Optional Weekly Staff Meeting to 12:30 on Thursdays. In my announcements email is the URL, Meeting ID, and Password.

Which Zoom Meeting person are you?

• Eugene 4J District Librarian Support – Amy Page, the 4J District Library wants staff to know they can come to her Tech Help Sessions and email her with questions. See her previous emails for the meeting links.

• Resetting Student iPads – For parent experiencing issues with borrowed iPads (connectivity, apps not working properly, etc.), the best solution the Tech Dept. has found is to have the parent reset/erase the device. After they do that, the apps re-install and work correctly. Attempts to “re-push” the app have not worked. Linked here is a is an iPad Reset Quicksheet describing the reset process that can be shared with families. Note that this will remove any data stored on the device.

• 4J Student Services (SSD) Newsletter – I’m not positive everything on here is current, but if you’re interested, linked here is the latest 4J Student Services Department (SSD) Newsletter.

• ODE Update: Supporting our Students in Grades K-8 – If you’re curious of the latest guidance the state sent to districts this past week, linked here is the latest ODE Superintendent Update. I think the main new development is that K-8 schools will be required to provide report cards, but that mark systems will be Pass or Incomplete.

• Keeping Students Engaged in Digital Learning – Whether you’re new to teaching online or a veteran, these Six Edutopia Tips can help you make sure your students stay connected and immersed in learning.

1. Keep it simple and engaging.
2. Make your virtual space clear and comfy.
3. Set Norms
4. Foster Belonging
5. Be Present (but not intrusive)
6. Plan for Interactivity

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

April 27 (M)
8:00-12:00, Downstairs Classroom Teachers Pack
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families
12:00-4:00, Upstairs Classroom Teachers Pack

April 28 (T)
8:00-11:00, Student Belongings Distribution – Last Name A-L
11:00-12:00, Distribution during Meals – All Last Names
11:00-12:00, Free Meals
12:00-4:00, Student Belongings Distribution – Last Name M-Z

April 29 (W)
8:00-11:00, Student Belongings Distribution – Last Name M-Z
11:00-12:00, Distribution during Meals – All Last Names
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families
11:00-11:45, Allan to Seesaw Advisory Zoom Meeting
12:00-4:00, Student Belongings Distribution – Last Name A-L
1:00-1:45, Kindergarten & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
1:00-2:00, Allan to HR Zoom Meeting
1:45-2:30, 1st Grade & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
2:30-3:15, 2nd Grade & Interventionist Meeting
8:00-9:00, PTO Zoom Meeting (Phone & Video)

April 30 (H)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals
12:30, Optional Howard Check-In Zoom Meeting
1:00-1:45, 3rd Grade & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
1:45-2:30, 4th Grade & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
2:30-3:15, 5th Grade & Interventionist Meeting
4:00-7:00, Allan to Job Expo Zoom Interviews

May 1 (F)
Classroom teachers take attendance
PBIS Monthly Theme – Positive Attitude
Better Hearing & Speech Month
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families

May 4 (M)
Children’s Book Week
Teacher Appreciation Week
May the Fourth Be With You
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families

May 5 (T)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals

May 6 (W)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families
1:00-1:45, Kindergarten & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
1:45-2:30, 1st Grade & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
2:30-3:15, 2nd Grade & Interventionist Meeting

May 7 (H)
11:00-12:00, Free Meals
12:30, Optional Howard Check-In Zoom Meeting
1:00-1:45, 3rd Grade & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
1:45-2:30, 4th Grade & Interventionist Zoom Meeting
2:30-3:15, 5th Grade & Interventionist Meeting

May 8 (F)
Classroom teachers take attendance
11:00-12:00, Free Meals & Meal Deliver for M-V Families

May 10 (SU)
Mother’s Day

The countdown has begun. Just six and a half weeks left!

Allan

 

March 30, 2020

 

Hello Roadrunners,

I’m sending my announcements earlier than normal so everyone knows the plans for next week sooner than later.

Principals have had multiple virtual meetings this week (the last one Friday afternoon) and the state is still not providing a lot of guidance on expectations for remote learning, so 4J is in the meantime is setting up some structures that will be able to accommodate whatever comes down from ODE. Linked here is the latest State Bulletin, which says they will define “Supplemental Education and Learning Supports” (SEALS) sometime this weekend. Linked here is an email sent to all staff from Kerry Delf, an email sent to teachers from Charis McGaughy, an email sent to SPED teacher from Kat Lange, and an email sent to principals from Karen Hardin.

Below is my distillation of all that info along with some additional information from principal meetings this week:

• Zoom Staff Meeting Monday at 10:00 – Principals are being asked to hold a Zoom Staff Meeting Monday. Howard will have ours at 10:00. My plan is to provide as much info here instead to waiting for the virtual meeting.

To join the Zoom Meeting on computer, tablet, or smartphone, click the link in the email.

Zoom is pretty user friendly and linked here is a Zoom How To Guide, but let me know if need any help. If you want to practice or check Zoom out ahead of time, it’s fine to click or call the above links now.

Both classified and licensed staff are invited to participate in the meeting. The second part of the meeting will primarily be for licensed staff, but classified are welcome to stay. A tentative agenda for the meeting will be:

1.) Welcome
2.) Working From Home
3.) Building Access
4.) Classified Staff Expectations
5.) Licensed Staff – Remote Learning (preview of the PD Slideshow)
6.) Others

BONUS TIP! In the Zoom App, go to the PREFERENCES > VIRTUAL BACKGROUND and you can choose a virtual background and you can even upload your own picture or video to be your background. Add some fun to the meeting!

• Working from Home – Staff should try to work from home and beginning Monday staff are on “stand-by” status (UPDATEI spoke with Imelda and we’re seeking clarification if “stand-by” applies to both Licensed and Classified or just Classified. There’s been conflicting information.). Stand-by means an employee is available for any work related communication and available to physically report, telework, or any combination. For myself, I’m planning to only be at school during the Free Lunch times on the days staff volunteers are here delivering meals to M-V families, Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays, 11:00-12:00. A HUGE thank you to everyone who has been able to help with this!

• Can I work in the building? – Staff should work from home and avoid coming to school (unless you are volunteering to assist with meal distribution). If you need to come to school, with the exception of the free meal volunteers, the new district procedure for working at school is:

1.) Contact me so I can meet you at school.
2.) Only enter through the main office entrance.
3.) Sign-in at the front office on the School Closure Sign-In Sheet.
4.) Go directly to your classroom or work area.
5.) If you go anywhere else in the building, note it on the sign-in sheet so custodians can disinfect.
6.) Do not use any restrooms besides the office adult restrooms and note on the sign-in sheet if you do so.
5.) Sign-out in the front office when you leave.

If possible, please come during my usual hours in the building Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays 11:00-12:00. If you’re interested in the nitty gritty for custodial work at this time, see Trevor Whites’ Emails to custodians.

• Classified Staff Notes – All classified staff will continue to receive pay and may be called upon to assist with various tasks, either remotely, on-site at Howard, or potentially at another building. HR is giving principals an alphabetical list of staff and we are to go down in order if Howard or the district has jobs needing done. Outside of helping with daily meals and possibly helping call families, I do not foresee asking staff for anything here at Howard. However, classified staff may be called in to help other programs happening around the district outside of your regular job duties. If staff cannot work for any reason, there are leaves available which HR will assist staff with.

• Remote Learning Updates – ODE announced they will provide guidance this weekend on “Supplemental Education and Learning Supports” (SEALS). In the meantime, 4J is putting some structures and plans in place to implement whatever it is we’re expected to deliver to students.

• Planning & Prep Timeline – This first week back, March 30 – April 3, there are two goals for teachers:

1.) Become familiar with Seesaw if you are not already.

2.) Use this time to create three three weeks worth supplemental education, starting April 6 and ending April 28. Some will complete all three weeks worth of student activities this week and others my choose to plans throughout April.

If you only follow only one link on this long email/blog post, review the linked Home Learning with Seesaw Eugene 4J Teacher Planning Guide. This document has pretty much everything you need and resources to get ready to provide remote learning. If you’re interested, linked here is the Principal Remote Learning PD Planning Doc, which is almost the same document, but has some additional information.

We will have a Zoom Staff Meeting at 10:00 on Monday and the rest of the time will be for teachers to plan, prep, and connect with colleagues to get ready for remote learning to begin the following week. The general schedule for people this first week back will be:

March 30 (M)
Staff working from home
Teachers Review the Home Learning with Seesaw Eugene 4J Teacher Planning Guide
10:00-11:00, Zoom Staff Meeting

March 31 (T) – April 3 (F)
Set Up Remote Learning Logins
Design a Home Learning Strategy and Routines
Make Contact with Families
If needed, attend one of the Seesaw webinars hosted by 4J Seesaw Ambassadors (link and Tues/Wed only) or one of the daily Webinars Hosted by Seesaw.

Seesaw also has a helpful Remote Learning for Teachers webpage that is very thorough.

• Google Classroom – Teachers can use Google Classroom if you’ve already been using it with your students. For communicating with families and communicating with students, Seesaw is a better tool, so teachers can continue to Google Classroom to push out work, but for communicating with parents & guardians, you’ll have to use Seesaw.

• Remote Learning Content – Details are being finalized once we hear from the state, but the general expectation is that teachers will provide 3-hours worth of daily activities for students. This could be:

30 minutes community building/morning meeting
30 minutes reading activities
30 minutes writing activities
30 minutes math activities
–build in
30 minutes of PE or Music

No NEW content should be taught, but this should be a time for review or going back to those units you wished you had more time on.

For specialists, PE and Music teachers are expected to provide activities for students and Kat Lange’s above email gave direction for SPED Staff, but other specialists (Title, ELL, Counselor, Instructional Coach, etc.) there has not been clear direction how you are to support classroom teachers and students, so I would suggest connecting with your same job colleagues around the district to brainstorm what you might share with classrooms teachers to send out to students or how you can help.

o Engagement before rigor
o Find out what activities keep students coming back.
o Establish a baseline of learning activities; do not over-assign
o Create structure to build stamina for learning: daily schedule

Think of routines that you already have and figure out how to bring that back in, such as read alouds, problem of the day, build in routines you already use.

If kids feel successful, they are going to come back. You might start with simple things the first few days. Like logging on to Seesaw. Go slow and you can pick up the pace a bit later.

Think about lessons that might take a whole week. You don’t have to do something new every day. One teacher is working on kindness and students will write a letter each day of the week to someone they don’t get to see right now.

See the previously linked Home Learning with Seesaw Eugene 4J Teacher Planning Guide for more info.

• Remote Learning, Asynchronous & Synchronous – I learned a couple new words this week. The district expectation is that the first week of remote learning, April 6-10, teachers DO NOT have to do any live Zoom Meetings with your class (asynchronous instruction). The second week of remote learning, April 13-17, teachers DO need to begin some live Zoom Meetings with your class (synchronous instruction). Zoom Meetings should be with your entire class and not with individual students.

If I were still teaching and in this situation, I think a Morning Meeting is where I’d most want to do a live Zoom Meeting, so I could give students a chance to reconnect. I think there’s a deep need to reconnect and we need to remember to put people first before simply jumping into content. China had to jump into online learning before the US and learned they first had to catch up with the students, make them feel cared for, and then they were ready to learn. It’s like the first day of school again. Teachers might need a morning message each day to remind students about “community.”

• Calling & Connecting Families to Seesaw & Devices – Downtown is requiring teachers to contact families this first week back and for principals to be able to track family responses, keeping a record of who DOES and DOES NOT want online learning and another needs (such as requesting a work packet instead of online work), so I created a Remote Learning – Family Contact Log. Note the date you called, if you left a voicemail or talked to someone in person, and note if families do or do not want to participate in remote learning. And feel free to add any other relevant information. The sheet is located on the Howard Shared Google Drive. Downtown will give us our parent technology survey results for which families do or do not need devices for remote learning, but classroom teachers are still to call ALL families to first make sure #1 they have devices and internet (both will be provided if they do not) and #2 make sure kids and parents are connected to Seesaw. For students, they log in with their username@4j.lane.edu and their Lunch PIN. Those can both be found in Synergy and shared with families.

• Calling from Personal Devices – If you don’t want families to have your personal cell numbers, remember you can set up Google Voice (iOS and Android) for free and get a dummy number to call and/or text families. There’s also a setting on iPhones to turn off your caller ID (Setting > Phone > Show My Caller ID > Toggle Off). Another option is to give families your classroom phone number and check your 4J Voicemail remotely, calling (541) 790-4400. For that option you can also set up Voicemail to Email, where when someone leaves a voicemail on your extension, the system will send you an email. If you are on the VPN you can listen to your voicemails on your computer. If you want to sign up for Voicemail to Email, send an email request to phones@4j.lane.edu and put “Voicemail to Email” in the subject line. In the body of the email indicate what your extension number and email address is.

Here is what the Interface looks like if you are on the VPN:

• Device Deployment to Students – A district level team is working on this, but it is sounding like students will come to Howard to pick up their devices and chargers if needed. I’m guessing I’ll be the one handing out devices and chargers. Downtown has also said they will provide families with assistance with internet, even if it means providing a hotspot. The Tech Department is also creating iPad Care & Handling Sheet that will go home with devices. I’ll let staff know more details once I have them.

• Together, we can do hard things (Resources) – Coronavirus is posing unprecedented challenges to schools and to help you keep the learning going, a coalition of education organizations, led by ISTE and EdSurge, have curated strategies, tips and best practices for teaching online at their Learning Keeps Going website. Also, here’s a nice post from a private school with some succinct tips for teacher.

• Final Thoughts on Remote Learning – Please know that I understand some of you may feel uncomfortable with this sudden shift to online learning. We all have the ability to give, learn, and grow during this time. Right now, we have an opportunity to grow our skills in technology instruction and student-centered learning. In a time of crisis, our strength lies in working together and collaborating to support our students and one another. We are all very lucky to be working with such great group of people through all of this. I’m getting a little weepy typing this. Go, Roadrunners!

 

 

• Non-Remote Learning/Working-at-Home Items – Six items of note:

• State Testing Cancelled – ODE has suspended ESSA Assessment and Accountability requirements for the 2019-20 school year, which means no state ELA, Math, or Science tests.

• Event Reschedules – We have lots of missed assemblies, field trips, and other activities, including the first two days of the artist in residence, impacted by the statewide school closure. Once we get closer to the April 29th student return date, I’ll work to adjust the calendar if that return date looks solid.

• April PBIS Focus: Encouragement – The April PBIS monthly focus is Encouragement. The PBIS team created a PBIS/CFK Cheat Sheet that matches our PBIS monthly themes with corresponding Caring for Kids (CFK) class meeting lessons. I’m not sure how this works into remote learning, but I figured I’d remind teachers if teams have any clever ideas.

• UPDATE: EEF Grant Timeline Changed – Principals were sent an EEF Email that the deadline for grants has been extended to September, so we’ll wait until next fall to rank order grant applications. Still, if you’d like to submit a grant idea for consideration to Site Council now, linked here is the EEF Email Sent to Principals, the 2020-2021 Grant Application Website, and the 2020-2021 EEF Grant Application. We can submit up to five grants in any amount up to $5,000 per application.

• District McKinney-Vento Student Data – Linked here is the district-wide McKinney-Vento Student Report. These totals represent students for the entire school year, not necessarily who’s in buildings now. As in the past, Howard serves more homeless students and families than any other elementary, middle, or high school in 4J. That’s over 10% of Howard students qualifying as McKinney-Vento, meaning more than 1 out of every 10 students is homeless.

• District Admin Updates – North Eugene High School principal Iton Udosenata has been named assistant superintendent of Salem-Keizer Public Schools. Iton will finish the school year and 4J will open a nationwide search for the NEHS principal position soon. Dr. Karen Pérez-Da Silva, who has served as 4J’s equity, instruction & partnerships administrator since 2017, has accepted a position with Hillsboro School District as their new director of equity and bilingual programs, starting July 1st.

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

March 30 (M)
Staff Working from Home
Teachers Review the Home Learning with Seesaw Eugene 4J Teacher Planning Guide
10:00-11:00, Zoom Staff Meeting

March 31 (T)
Set Up Remote Learning Logins
Design a Home Learning Strategy and Routines
Make Contact with Families
If needed, attend one of the Seesaw webinars hosted by 4J Seesaw Ambassadors (link) or one of the Daily Webinars Hosted by Seesaw.

April 1 (W)
Set Up Remote Learning Logins
Design a Home Learning Strategy and Routines
Make Contact with Families
If needed, attend one of the Seesaw webinars hosted by 4J Seesaw Ambassadors (link) or one of the Daily Webinars Hosted by Seesaw.

April 2 (H)
Set Up Remote Learning Logins
Design a Home Learning Strategy and Routines
Make Contact with Families
If needed, attend one of the Daily Webinars Hosted by Seesaw.

April 3 (F)
Set Up Remote Learning Logins
Design a Home Learning Strategy and Routines
Make Contact with Families
If needed, attend one of the Daily Webinars Hosted by Seesaw.

April 6 (M)
Begin Daily Remote Learning (Asynchronous)

April 7 (T)
Continue Daily Remote Learning (Asynchronous)

April 18 (W)
Continue Daily Remote Learning (Asynchronous)

April 19 (H)
Continue Daily Remote Learning (Asynchronous)

April 20 (F)
Continue Daily Remote Learning (Asynchronous or maybe Synchronous)

 

As alway, please feel free to call, text, email, or Zoom me if you need anything.

This is a once in a lifetime moment we’re living in right now. I think this is a time when people’s true colors can show and I think we have a pretty wonderful group of caring individuals here at Howard. Take care of your people, do what’s in your control to put good out into the world, and remember to find balance in everything you do.

You got this, people!

Allan

 

February 24, 2020

 

Hello Roadrunners,

Need a little cheer going into this week? I just realized there’s really only THREE months of school left! I say only three because this month is almost over and June doesn’t count, right?

Eighteen items of note for this week:

• March 13th PD Day Info – Principals were sent a March 13 PD Email to share with staff. See the link for details, but the short version is:

8:00-10:30: Licensed Tech PD
Grades K-2/Music/PE (Gilham)
Grades 3-5/SPED/Title (Holt)
8:00-10:30: Classified PD (Chavez & ATA)
10:30-1:30: Travel time, lunch, prep time
1:30-4:00: Behavior Framework (Howard Cafeteria)

Linked here is a complete list of the K-12 PD Sessions for March 13, 2020. Classified staff will need to register for trainings on TalentEd Develop (TED). Linked here are the TED Registration Directions. Licensed staff do not need to register, but will sign in at your PD site.

• UPDATE: Classified Self Evaluations Due FRIDAY – Classified Staff Self Evaluations are due this Friday. I’ve realized many staff , you’re good and don’t have to do it again. Self evaluations need to be completed online using TalentEd. Your login is your full email (username@4j.lane.edu) and your password is your regular email password. Let me know if you need any help or have any questions.

• REPEAT: February Fire Drill, TUESDAY – We’ll plan on holding our February fire drill Tuesday at 1:15. If it’s raining, we’ll try again the next day at the same time, but right now the weather looks good.

• UPDATE: PLC Meetings This Week – This week is our PLC meetings with roving subs. Rebecca has unexpectedly had to travel to help her mother, so I will facilitate the meeting and retired 4J principal Tom Maloney will cover for me during the PLC meetings. Please come to the meetings with your math “stuff” and ready to work with your team on what’s useful to you.

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

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

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated for Building Based PD. My plan is for licensed staff to have time to review and discuss potential staffing scenarios for next school year. We should be able to discuss classroom configurations and I’m hoping to get more information from downtown what additional staffing from SSA funds might look like. I’ll plan to send some potential classroom configurations to all staff later this week and welcome feedback.

• REPEAT: Storytelling Assembly, FRIDAY – This Friday is the Lane Arts Storytelling Assemblies with Noah McLain Philpot, who was one of our Artists in Residence last year. The first assembly for K-2 is 8:10-8:45 and the grade 3-5 assembly is 8:55-9:30. Linked here is the Assembly Map & Directions.

• Statistics in Schools Program for 2020 Census – Not this week, but next week, March 2-6 is Statistics in School Week, which is intended to create awareness about the upcoming census, which can greatly impact future federal, state, and local funding, political boundaries, and much more. This is completely optional for teachers, but the Census Bureau has a free educational program called Statistics in Schools (SIS) that teaches children in a fun and informative way why the census is important.

• BJ Blake Covering for Allan, Tuesday – Retired 4J administrator BJ Blake will cover for me while I catch up on some formal observation write ups. I’ll still be in the building, but will be hiding in the STEAM Room or the Looking Glass office while BJ does the kid wrangling for the day. OOPS! MEANT FOR NEXT WEEK’S ANNOUNCEMENTS. 

• March PBIS Focus: Safe Bodies – The March PBIS monthly focus is Safe Bodies. The PBIS team created a PBIS/CSC Cheat Sheet that matches our PBIS monthly themes with corresponding Caring School Community (CSC) class meeting lessons. This is an easy way to tie the two activities together.

• Kona Ice Fundraiser, March 5th – The Kona Ice of North Eugene (i.e. shave ice) truck owners contacted me about an easy fundraiser. They’ll park out front after school on Thursday, March 5th and Howard will get 20% of all sales. Linked here is the Fundraiser Flyer we’ll send home Friday. I’ll also plan to make an announcement 15-20 minutes early for any bus riders who bring money and want a shave ice, so they have time to order and eat before getting on the bus. ALSO, Kona Ice said all staff can get a FREE shave ice. I didn’t tell them we have over 80 staff members. ;)

• Library Happenings – Items of note from Ms. Hopkins!

Sadly I am seeing a trend happening in classes. Kids are borrowing other kids library books, and sadly they are getting lost. Please, Please have a visit with your students and ask them not to borrow other peoples books. Thank you :)

With the short weeks we have had lately it has shown in the amount of over due books we have. I have sent out email notices to parents lets hope that helps. Monday we had 131 over due book, yikes…. the good news is our kids are reading! That makes my heart happy.

Book fair is just a couple weeks away.

5th – 17th the Library will be closed March .
March 6th Book Fair preview for students and staff
March 9th – 12th M-W 8am – 6pm Th 8am -5:30pm Literacy Night 6:30pm – 8:00pm

There will be a sign up sheet in the office for classroom previews. I will start showing the book fair video Thursday.

Have a great week!

Julie

• REPEAT: Staff Needed for Outdoor School – Thank you to those who have already stepped forward, but please let me know if any other classified and licensed staff are interested/willing to help at this year’s 5th grade Outdoor School happening April 22, 23, & 24 at Sky Camp. Extended contract is available for both classified and licensed staff. For classified staff, if you stay overnight, you even get paid while sleeping! Subs will be provided to cover for staff here at school while you’re at camp. Some of us are planning to stay at Sky Camp all three days and we’d love to have more staff join us for all three days, but we will also take any help for people who can help during the day or who can help be there the two nights.

Linked here is the ODS Parent Packet that went home, which describes what will happen at camp. Coyote Camp staff pretty much run all of the activities and school staff simply assist, with the exception of classroom teachers running at Class Meeting at 4:45 on the second day.

Let me know if you’re willing to join us all three days, help during the day, or can spend the night (6:00 until morning). See me if you have questions, but I think spending three days out at Fall Creek with a bunch of kids getting to doing fun activities sounds like a pretty good time.

• Emerald Park Construction & Gate Access – Starting Monday, EWEB is replacing a water main behind by the back Emerald Park gate, running from Lake Drive to Hatton Ave. between the fence and skatepark. This will prevent access to that gate, but I’ve worked with EWEB so they won’t start until 8:00 and they will shutdown during dismissal. Construction is supposed to only last two weeks.

• Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Program (FFVP) Reminders – We haven’t had a USDA inspection for several years, but I thought it may be good to remind people the expectations around our fresh daily snacks:

• Should be served daily
• Should not be served during breakfast or lunch period
• Leftovers should be given to the students or returned to the cafeteria
• There should not be carry-over of Fruits or vegetables from one day to the next
• Containers used for FFVP should be returned to the cafeteria the same day the FFVP was delivered
• Adults and/or students passing out snacks should wash hands first or use gloves

• Free Preparedness Skills Presentation – The Red Cross is offering free lessons for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classrooms. The program teaches about safety rules for home and how to be prepared in an emergency. It is about 40 minutes including a Q&A. If your grade level is interested in a presentation, contact Alberta Cook, alberta.cook@redcross.org

• Kindness Mini Grants – The Everyone Belongs School Kindness Project is offering mini grants, which are due March 19th. See the linked flyer and application for details!

• Promoting Prosocial Behaviors in the Classroom – According to research, nurturing prosocial behaviors may improve academic outcomes—both classroom grades and test scores. See this Edutopia Article for ideas on practicing gratitude in the classroom, ecouraging random acts of kindness, and building empathy. On a related note, remember that you have my full permission to do Second Step and/or Caring School Community Lessons in place of core academic times. In my opinion, social emotional learning is equally if not more important and traditional academics.

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

February 24 (M)
9:15, Allan to IFSP Meeting (Conference Room)

February 25 (T)
12:00, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Conference Room)
1:15, Fire Drill
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, RM26)

February 26 (W)
Ash Wednesday (avoid scheduling schoolwide events)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups
11:10-2:30, PLC Meetings (Conference Room)

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

4:00-8:00, District First Aid Class (Library)

February 27 (H)
8:10-8:55, BSU Meeting (STEAM Room)
8:10-11:55, PLC Meetings (Conference Room)

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

2:45-3:45, Allan to IEP Meeting (Conference Room)

February 28 (F)
PTO Read-A-Thon Begins
8:10-8:45, Storytelling Assembly, K-2 (Gym)
8:55-9:30, Storytelling Assembly, 3-5 (Gym)
10:30-12:30, February Birthday Lunches With the Principal (Community Room & Library)
12:00-1:00, Human Growth & Development Parent Preview (Community Room)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – 2020-2021 Staffing (Library)

February 29 (SA)
10:00-1:00, UO Eugene Math Festival (MacArthur Court)

March 2 (M)
Classified Employees Appreciation Week
Statistics in Schools Program for 2020 Census – SIS Week
PTO Read-A-Thon Continues
PBIS Monthly Theme – Safe Bodies

March 3 (T)
Book Fair Delivery
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (R&R Room, RM21)
6:00-7:00, Howard Kindergarten Round-Up (Library)

March 4 (W)
Walk+Roll to School Day
BJ Blake Covering for Allan
11:00-10:00, PTO Papa’s Pizza Fundraiser (W11th Location)
2:45-3:45, Equity Team Meeting (Imelda’s Room, RM7)

March 5 (H)
Book Fair Set-Up
8:45-11:30, Niccum to Corridor Play (NEHS)
2:00-3:00, Kona Ice Fundraiser (Front of School)
2:45-3:05, Allan Meeting w/KG Team – Staffing Input (Robin’s Room, RM3)
3:30-3:30, Allan Meeting w/1st Grade Team – Staffing Input (Jasmine’s Room, RM11)

March 6 (F)
Popcorn Friday!
Book Fair Student and Staff Preview
8:00-12:00, Allan to HR Early Pool Hire Committee (Ed Center)
1:30-2:00, EA Supervisors Meeting – Staffing Input (Title Room, RM26)
2:05-2:25, Allan Meeting w/Licensed Specialists – Staffing Input (Title Room, RM26)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Teams Decide)
2:30-3:30, Allan Title 1 Budget Meeting (Ed Center)

March 8 (SU)
Daylight Saving Time

Have a good week, y’all!

Allan

February 3, 2020

 

Salutations!

This week is National School Counseling Week, so be sure to give a thank you, pat on the back, or fist bump to our fabulous school counselor, Mr. Matt.

And give yourselves a pat on the back for some nice feedback I had on a school choice tour last week. One parent, who’s also a teacher here in 4J with a potential incoming kindergartner, told me Howard was the first school he’s toured where he saw actual instruction happening, as well as Howard being the calmest most orderly environment, and was the school he and his wife were most comfortable with. He also like how many kids came up to give me hugs and high fives during the tour. So good job, everyone. Folks do see that Howard really does stand out as a great school. Y’all are a bunch of rock stars!

Eighteen items of note for this week:

• New Report Cards Items – Report Cards go home this Friday and here are two new RC related items:

• Withdrawn Students – If you have had a student withdraw in the last two weeks and are willing to create a report card, you have the ability to do so by selecting “inactive students” under options in the report card section.

• Notify Lori When Finished – Please let Lori know once your report cards are complete so she can load them to the student records section of Synergy.

• Library News! – News from Ms. Hopkins!

OBOB games start this week! They will be running from 12:40 to approx 1:40 give or take :). The kids are excited, nervous and anxious to show what they know about the books. Please encourage good sportsman ship and behavior Mrs. Connor and Mrs. Ing will be running our games for us. The students are to come to the library quietly a few minutes before their battle. I will send them back to class as soon as we finished up their games. Thank you for supporting our OBOB kids! There will be OBOB lunches on Tuesday in the community room.

Game #1, 12:45 – story cove
The Watermelons #2 vs. The Purrfect Fursona’s #5

Game #2, 1:05– story cove
The Purrmaid Detectives #4 vs. The Tentacle Kitties & Sloth #8

Game #3, 1:30 – story cove
The Rad Readers #1 vs. The Time Travelers # 7

Game #4, 1:50 – story cove
The Galaxy Pandas #6 vs. The Double Duos #3

Other fun library news, our circulation this year so far is 9,950 books! Last year was 7,240. Thank you everyone for support our school library!

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as a PLC work session, but licensed staff will instead use this time for our final vote on our revised Leadership Plan. See the linked Leadership Plan Proposals and come prepared to discuss and vote on a plan.

• OBOB Final Battle & Awards Assembly, 2/14 – Linked here is the OBOB Final Battle & Awards Assembly Map & Directions for 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, which will be next week on Wednesday, February 14th, 8:40-9:10 in the gym.

• Journeys Print Orders – Downtown has given us additional funds for copying Journeys materials, so if teachers are sending print orders to Instaprint, please note “Journeys” on the order form so that Lori can charge it to the correct account.

• Perfect Attendance Awards – If any teachers would like me to recognize your students with perfect attendance for first semester (no tardies or absences) or near-perfect attendance, let me know and I can give a 30-second award presentation to perfect attenders in your classroom. Just give me a date and time to come in and I can make a big deal about regular attendance. Attached in my email is a list of all the students with perfect attendance first semester. Also, if you know of any kids with “near perfect” attendance who you’d like to recognize, let me know and I can award them as well. I’ll plan to do the same at the end of the school year for perfect second semester attendance and for students with perfect attendance all year.

• Security Cameras Coming – 4J received a grant so that all elementary schools will get security cameras in their gym, cafeteria, front entry, and student drop off areas. Howard is slated to get our cameras sometime in the next couple weeks and our plan is to have the monitors in the office records room.

• No Umbrellas at Recess – Students are not allowed to bring umbrellas to recess. I’ve had a number of students ask, so please let them know if it’s raining hard we’ll do indoor recess and if we do go out in drizzle but they want to stay out of the rain, they can do under the covered play area.

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

• Howard Ave. Improvements – Sarah Mazze, the Safe Routes to School Program Manager, emailed me the county has chosen Howard Ave. for their traffic calming program pilot. Their plan is to install traffic calming similar to what’s on North Park along Howard Ave. the summer of 2021, so it’s a ways off and I’m asking if we can get speed bumps that go across the entire road and are not like those on North Park, since I see people not slowing down and swerving around those. See the above link for details.

• REPEAT: 2020-2021 Staff Survey, Due Feb. 14th – Principals will receive staffing allocation February 19th, so to help me in planning potential staffing scenarios for next year, I’d like staff to complete the linked 2020-2021 Staffing Survey (preferred) or the linked file (PDF or DOC). Please complete the survey by Friday, February 14th. All answers will be kept confidential and let me know if you have any questions.

• 4J Office of Equity – Calendar of Events – Folks may not be aware, but there is a 4J Office of Equity Calendar of Events on the 4J website I thought I would highlight. There’s also the 4J Office of Equity Smore that’s regularly emailed to all staff.

• UO’s Women in Flight Festival – Feel free to share this with your students. The goal of Women in Flight is to raise awareness and financial support across all UO’s Women Sports Programs. They are hosting a FREE festival for National Girls & Women in Sports Day on Saturday, February 8th and they would love for kids to join!

Program Details:

WHO: Girls & Boys under the ages of 13!
WHAT: Women In Flight’s National Girls & Women in Sports Day Festival
WHEN: Saturday, February 8th from 3:00-6:00pm
WHERE: University of Oregon’s Moshofsky Center (Next to Autzen Football Stadium)
PRICE: FREE Community Event!
REGISTRATION: Click Here!

• Statistics in Schools Program for 2020 Census – The Census Bureau has a free educational program called Statistics in Schools (SIS) that teaches children in a fun and informative way why the census is important. During SIS week (March 2-6, 2020), we’ll send home a take-home letter and teachers are encouraged to do one of the many activities you can access on the above link. See that link or the linked flyer for more details.

• Dollar General Youth Literacy Grants – Dollar General will soon offer teacher literacy mini-grants for:

• Implementing new or expanding existing literacy programs
• Purchasing new technology or equipment to support literacy initiatives
• Purchasing books, materials or software for literacy programs

They are currently offering grants for School Libraries, Family Literacy Grants, and Summer Reading programs. See the above link for details.

• Creating Compassionate Kids Workshop – Childcare workers, teachers, and parents: join author and educator Shauna Tominey at the Eugene Public Library this Saturday, 1:00-3:00 to learn tools and strategies to help children practice emotional intelligence at home, school, and in the community. See the above link for details.

• Teaching Presidents’ Day In a Socially Conscious Way – When Presidents’ Day rolls around, it’s easy to reach for a standby lesson plan on Abe Lincoln’s log cabin. But the holiday also presents an opportunity to go deeper and examine the traditional narratives surrounding past presidents. We know that presidents were not infallible historical characters, so see this WeAreTeachers Article for some ways to keep it more honest for our students.

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

February 3 (M)
National School Counseling Week
Second Semester Begins
8:30, Allan Meeting w/Rob Hess (Office)
12:40-2:25, OBOB Battles #1 (Library)
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

February 4 (T)
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, RM25)

February 5 (W)
Walk+Roll to School Day
8:30, Allan Meeting w/Meet w/Emerald Park Superintendent (Office)
2:30, Allan to Truancy Hearing (Conference Room)

February 6 (H)
9:00, January Book Winners (Conference Room)

February 7 (F)
Popcorn Friday!
Report Cards Sent Home
9:30-1:00, KG Hearing Screenings (STEAM Room)
1:30-2:00, EA Supervisors’ Meeting (Title 1 Room, RM26)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – PLC & Leadership Plan Vote (Library)

February 10 (M)
12:40-2:25, OBOB Battles #2 (Library)

February 11 (T)
BJ Blake Covering for Allan
9:00-10:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Mellissa’s Room, RM26)
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

February 12 (W)
8:40, OBOB Battles – Semi Finals (Library)
11:10-2:30, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

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

2:45-5:00, Allan to Pay Grade Evaluation Meeting (Ed Center)

February 13 (H)
8:10-8:55, BSU Meeting (STEAM Room)
8:10-11:55, Data Team Meetings (Conference Room)

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

2:30-3:30, 5th Grade ODS Teacher Planning Meeting
5:00-6:00, Outdoor School Parent Meeting (Library)

February 14 (F)
Valentine’s Day
Oregon’s Birthday
8:40-9:10, OBOB Finals – Grade 3-5 Assembly (Gym)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – Behavior Framework (Library)

February 17 (M)
No School – Presidents Day

And if you missed it, some Howard kiddos at the YMCA were featured in the Register Guard last week.

Have a good week, everyone!

Allan

 

January 6, 2020

 

Happy New Year!

I hope you all had a pleasant breaks and were able to connect with friends and family. My break started with everyone in my house except me getting sick, though everyone was fine by Christmas. We spent the new year in Yachats, I also grew a ridiculous horseshoe mustache, and finished season 1 of The Wire, which I highly recommend.

Twenty items of note for this week:

• REPEAT: January 6th PD Day – For details, see David Jacobsen’s Jan. 6 PD Email, the List of PD Sessions & Schedule and TalentEd Develop (TED) Registration Directions. Here’s the short version:

Classified: 8:00-10:30, register online at TalentEd Develop (TED) for a menu to training opportunities being offered at Chavez, ATA, and the Ed Center. 10:30-1:30 is travel, lunch, and prep time. 1:30-4:00 Behavior Framework focused on disproportionality and bias in discipline practices, as well as other building PD topics (hoods-in-school rule included).

Since this schedule is 8-hours, classified staff can choose to attend the half of the day that you feel would be more valuable to you or you could also work extra hours this day as Trade Time to be used on Friday, January 31st for Grading Day.

• Licensed: 8:00-10:30, register online at TalnetEd Develop (TED) for a menu to technology training opportunities at Churchill High School. If you get into a session that’s not what you wanted, vote with your feed and go to a different one. 10:30-1:30, is travel & lunch (1-hour) and protected prep time (2-hours). 1:30-4:00 Behavior Framework focused on disproportionality and bias in discipline practices, as well as other building PD topics (hoods-in-school rule included).

• Hoods in School Decision – One building item for Monday’s afternoon meeting will be a decision around whether we want to keep or change our current school rule about hoods only being worn outside. We’ll discuss at the meeting, but the reasons I’m hearing for keeping or changing the rule are primarily around issues of EQUITY (here are two articles that made me think and reconsider some: Hoodies, Hats, and Cultural Nuance and ‘Take Your Hood Off’ and Other Teacher Microaggressions), SAFETY (District policy does allow clothing restrictions if it affects participation in the educational program or threatens the safety of others), and RELATIONSHIPS (Is enforcing this rule worth the potential loss of relationship capital with a student?).

One compromise I’ve heard from a number of folks on both side of the issue is to allow hoods in class with teacher permission, but not in common areas inside the building, which does address the safety concerns, since if a teacher can’t differentiate the identities of students they’ve had in class for months, there’s a bigger problem than “hoodies” going on. Hidden headphones may still happen, but that seems to be fairly rare.

• PBIS January Rules Review Tues. & Wed. – A reminder there will be a PBIS Rules Review at morning recesses Tuesday and Wednesday. This is also a good time for classroom teachers to review the PBIS Back-to-School Refresher Google slide show.

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

• CLC EA Interviews Tuesday – We will conduct interviews for a CLC 1:1 EA position this Tuesday at 2:35-3:30 if any staff are interested in joining. Just let me know and I’ll print you an interview packet.

• Friday Early Release PD – This Friday’s Early Release PD is designated as a PLC work session. Grade level teams will continue their work from last month’s PLC meeting.

• EA Supervisors Meeting Moved – The January EA supervisors meeting was originally scheduled for this Friday, but I had to move it to the following Friday, January 17th, due to a conflict.

• Family Science Night Friday! – This Friday is a PTO Family Science Night. Pizza and science experiment supplies will be provided by Title 1 Parent Involvement Funds, so it will be a completely free event. The PTO is planning on having six different stations for families to conduct science experiments. Be sure to get students pumped for this event!

• School Choice Visitation Week & Info – School Choice season has begun and the Annual School Showcase will be this Saturday at the Ed Center, 10:00-12:00 if any staff are interested/willing to help me brag about our school. This event is for families to learn about all 4J schools in one place at the same time. Although Howard is already packed to the gills and already closed to all transfers, it is a chance to for us to retain families considering other schools. Breakfast is provided for staff helping at the event. Let me know if any of you are interested/willing to help promote Howard and tell families why they should come to our amazing school!

Three related items:

• School Choice Visitation Week – Next week, January 13-17, is the first School Choice Visitation Week, so be prepared for families to drop by classrooms over the course of the week. The second visitation week is Jan. 27-30. 

• School Choice Evening Presentations – I’m holding two school choice evening presentations/tours. The first will be Thursday, January 16th 6:00-7:00 and the second will be Tuesday, January 28th 6:00-7:00, if any staff are interested/willing in helping me talk about our awesome school.

• School Choice Window, Jan 1-31 – The deadline for school choice applications at the end of the month, January 31st. Students who live outside of 4J may apply March 1–31. More details on all of this can be found on the 4J School Choice Webpages.

• January PTO Meeting, Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Not this week, but next week on Tuesday, January 14th at 6:00 in the Community Room is the January PTO meeting if any staff are able to attend.

• BJ’s Resturant Fundraiser, Jan. 15 – Wednesday, January 15th is the January PTO Resturant Fundraiser and it’s at BJ’s Resturant. For this fundraiser you need to bring a digital or printed copy of the Fundraiser Flyer.

• Fun Friday, Jan. 17 – Career Day, – Not this Friday, but Friday, January 17th is a Fun Friday and it’s Career Day, so start planning you dress-up ideas and get kids jazzed to come dressed up as astronauts, doctors, and ninjas!

• Kids in the Game for Sports Registration Fees – Feel free to share with families, and we’ll include this in the next school newsletter, KIDS in the GAME is a nonprofit that provides financial assistance to low income families for sports registration fees. Kids, ages 4-18 on a Free & Reduced Lunch plan qualify, which is all Howard students since we are a Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) school. See additional information on the above website or flyer.

For CEP schools, families need to upload one of the following with their Online Application:

• SNAP
• WIC
• Foster care letter
• Student ID card – with name, school year, and school connected to application
• Student report card – with name of student, date, and school connected to application

All documentation must contain the athletes name, date/s, and school.

• Reminder: Lunchtime Hand-Washing – Downtown let me know a parent posted on the district Facebook Page over the break their child was not being allowed to wash their hands before lunch. I let them know this is odd since there are two sinks right in the cafeteria, but said I would remind teachers to prompt students about hand washing before lunch if they didn’t already in the classroom.

• District McKinney-Vento Student Data – Linked here is the district-wide McKinney-Vento Student Report. These totals represent students for the entire school year, not necessarily who’s in buildings now. As in the past, Howard serves more homeless students and families than any other elementary, middle, or high school in 4J. If you do the math, almost 10% of Howard students qualify as McKinney-Vento.

• REPEAT: SSA Survey, Phase 2 Closes TUESDAY — Make sure your opinions are heard on the 4J Student Success Act Survey – Phase 2. The survey closes Tuesday.

• REPEAT: Saudi Arabian Educators – I emailed teaches earlier, but if you are willing to host an educators from Saudi Arabia taking classes at the UO winter and spring term you can get paid $300 per term. There are two cohorts looking for placements. One group is fluent in English and would work in classrooms 20 hours per week both winter and spring term. The second group would work in classrooms on Fridays winter term and then transition to 20 hours per week spring term. They are hoping to start January 13th, so let me know as soon as possible if you’re interested.

• Take it to the Court for Education School Grant – The Trail Blazers Foundation is providing $150,000 in grants to schools across Oregon. Schools may apply for up to $10,000 in support of their academic, art, athletic and community programs. Application are due Sunday, January 12th. Click here to view the application and official guidelines.

• 2019 Education Research Highlights – Does doodling boost learning? Do attendance awards work? Do boys and girls process math the same way? This Edutopia Article looks at the big questions that researchers tackled this year, which includes:

• To remember something, draw it (but be careful with doodling)
• Awards don’t boost attendance – teachers do
• Cut the arts at your own risk
• Fewer warnings for black students
• Studies on disability emphasizes early intervention

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

January 6 (M)
No School – PD/Planning Day
8:00-12:00, Allan to Title IX Training (Ed Center)

CLASSIFIED
8:00-10:30, Classified Trainings – Various Times (Chavez, ATA, Ed Center)
10:30-1:30, Travel, Lunch, and Planning
1:30-4:00, Behavior Framework & Building PD (Cafeteria)

LICENSED
8:00-10:30, Licensed Tech Training (Churchill HS)
10:30-1:30, Travel, Lunch, and Planning
1:30-4:00, Behavior Framework & Building PD (Cafeteria)

January 7 (T)
PBIS Monthly Theme – Be Your Best
PBIS Rules Reviewed – AM Recess (Playground)
9:00, Allan to Truancy Hearings (Conference Room)
2:30-3:30, CLC EA Interviews (Conference Room)
2:45-3:30, PBIS Meeting (Ashley’s Room, RM25)

January 8 (W)
PBIS Rules Reviewed – AM Recess (Playground)

January 9 (H)
Regular Day

January 10 (F)
Popcorn Friday!
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – PLC (Library)
5:30-7:30, PTO Family Science Night (Cafeteria)

January 11 (SA)
School Choice Showcase (Ed Center)

January 13 (M)
School Choice Visitation Week #1
3:45-5:15, Allan to Elementary Principal Meeting (Ed Center)

January 14 (T)
9:00-11:30, Allan to All Admin Meeting (Ed Center)
2:45-3:30, IPBS Meeting (Matt’s Room, RM21)

January 15 (W)
Title 1 Progress Monitoring Day – No Groups

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

11:10-2:30, PLC Meetings – KG, 5th, 3rd (Conference Room)
12:10-1:10, BRING Classroom Presentation (Kreider)
1:15-2:15, BRING Classroom Presentation (Peterson)
4:00-10:00, PTO B.J.’s Resturant Fundraiser
6:00-7:00, PTO Meeting (Community Room)

January 16 (H)
8:10-11:55, PLC Meetings – 1st, 2nd, 4th (Conference Room)

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

10:25-11:25, BRING Classroom Presentation (Niccum)
1:15-2:15, BRING Classroom Presentation (Charpie)
6:00-7:00, School Choice Evening Presentation & Tour (Library)

January 17 (F)
Fun Friday! – Career Day
7:30-9:00, Allan to 4JMAPS Meeting
1:30-2:00, EA Supervisors Meeting (Title 1 Room, RM26)
2:30-3:30, Early Release PD – Rest & Recovery Room (Library)

January 20 (M)
No School – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

And if you missed it the week before winter break, Howard was in the Register Guard again for The Hour of Code!

Allan

December 2, 2019

 

Howdy Roadrunners,

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

Fourteen items of note for this week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make it a great start to December, everyone!

Allan

 

November 11, 2019

 

Hi-Diddily-Ho Friends,

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

Fifteen items of note for this week:

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

• Second Step Reminders – Three Second Steps reminders:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

TEACHERS:
USER: 4J email username
PW: roadrunner

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

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

November 11 (M)
No School — Veterans Day

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keep passing out those tailfeathers!

Allan

 

October 28, 2019

 

Hi Everyone,

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

Sixteen items of note for this week:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

November 3 (SU)
Daylight Saving Time Ends

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

November 5 (T)
Regular Day

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

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

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

November 11 (M)
No School — Veterans Day

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

Allan