Weekend Newsletter: January 11, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

  • Sunday, January 13: Happy Birthday to Nicole D’Amato!
  • Sunday, January 13: Happy Birthday to Connie Oh!
  • Tuesday, January 15: Happy Birthday to Lucy Skific!
  • Saturday, January 19: Happy Birthday to Janice Lehmann!
  • Saturday, January 19: Happy Birthday to Jessica Vangelas!

TEAM MEETINGS

  • Tuesday, January 15, 12:35 pm: Grade 1
  • Tuesday, January 15, 2:05 pm: Grade 4
  • Wednesday, January 16, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Thursday, January 17, 10:05 am: Kindergarten
  • Thursday, January 17, 1:20 pm: Grade 3

EVENTS

  • Monday, January 14, Morning: Grade 3, Writing Pathways On-Demand Release Time
  • Tuesday, January 15, 9:30 am: Talent Show
  • Wednesday, January 16: Special Lunch – New Year’s Chicken Nuggets
  • Wednesday, January 16: Ross out of the building
  • Thursday, January 17: PLCs – Grade 2 in the morning, Kindergarten in the afternoon
  • Friday, January 18: QSAC

SHOUTOUTS

  • Shoutout to Lisa Straubinger and Amy Brown for setting up Tuesday’s Family Reading Night!
  • Shoutout to Deb Janowski and Doug Kuizema for the time and effort they put into Thursday’s Health & Wellness classes!
  • Shoutout to our third and fourth grade teachers for making valuable use of Thursday’s PLC time!

CURRICULUM CORNER

“The greatest effects on student learning occur…when students become their own teachers.” – John Hattie

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Weekend Newsletter: January 4, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

  • Friday, January 11: Happy Birthday to Elana Rohrbacher!
  • Sunday, January 13: Happy Birthday to Nicole D’Amato!
  • Sunday, January 13: Happy Birthday to Connie Oh!

TEAM MEETINGS

  • Tuesday, January 8, 12:35 pm: Grade 1
  • Tuesday, January 8, 2:05 pm: Grade 4
  • Wednesday, January 9, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Thursday, January 10, 10:05 am: Kindergarten
  • Thursday, January 10, 1:20 pm: Grade 3

EVENTS

  • Monday, January 7, 3:15-4:15 pm: Faculty Meeting. Click here for the agenda.
  • Wednesday, January 9: A-Team Meeting in the afternoon – Ross out of the building
  • Thursday, January 10: PLCs – Grade 4 in the morning, Grade 3 in the afternoon
  • Friday, January 11, 2:00 pm: Fire Drill

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • We’re looking for a document camera that went missing during summer cleaning. If anyone sees an extra one laying around, please let me know.

CURRICULUM CORNER

Here are three blog posts/articles that compare/contrast various practices. These are three resources I return to time and time again.

“Simply putting kids around a table and telling them to work together does not teach them collaboration skills.” – Timothy Quinn

Weekend Newsletter: January 1, 2019

BIRTHDAYS

  • Thursday, January 3: Happy Birthday to Doris Clark!
  • Thursday, January 3: Happy Birthday to Doug Kuizema!
  • Friday, January 4: Happy Birthday to Amita Patel!

TEAM MEETINGS

  • Wednesday, January 2, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Thursday, January 3, 10:05 am: Kindergarten
  • Thursday, January 3, 1:20 pm: Grade 3

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • I’ve continued to populate this website – the Documents menu and the Professional Learning menu – with items we’ll need to access repeatedly. If there’s anything you think should be added, please let me know.
  • Please read Dr. Da Giau’s Tuesday night email regarding QSAC. We have a Faculty Meeting on Monday, January 7. Use this time to do what you need to do. We will not meet as a group.
  • Please use our color printer only when absolutely necessary. I’m sent a monthly report of what’s printed, and we’ve already printed about as much as we did for the entire 2017-2018 school year. If you have any questions, just ask.

CURRICULUM CORNER

Here’s a couple of resources that can help us to start off 2019 on the right foot:

“I don’t call them New Year’s Resolutions. I prefer the term, ‘Casual promises to myself that I’m under no obligation to fulfill.'” – Anonymous

Weekend Newsletter: December 14, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

  • No birthdays!

DATA MEETINGS

  • Monday, December 17, 1:20 pm: Grade 3
  • Monday, December 17, 2:05 pm: Grade 4

TEAM MEETINGS

  • Tuesday, December 18, 12:35 pm: Grade 1
  • Wednesday, December 19, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Thursday, December 20, 10:05 am: Kindergarten

EVENTS

Holiday Week

  • Monday, December 17, 3:15-4:15 pm: Faculty Meeting. More information upcoming.
  • Monday, December 17 – Thursday, December 20: Secret Snowman
  • Tuesday, December 18: Ross out of the building (New Principal Orientation)
  • Tuesday, December 18: TBD Dinner at Della Cucina Ristorante & Pizzeria #pizzachat
  • Wednesday, December 19: Boxtops Collection
  • Thursday, December 20: TBD Holiday Breakfast
  • Thursday, December 20, 1:00 pm: Fire Drill
  • Thursday, December 20, Afternoon: Grade 2, On-Demand Release Time
  • Thursday, December 20, 3:00 pm: Talent Show Practice in the big gym
  • Friday, December 21: 12:30 pm Dismissal (no lunch)

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • Going forward, please use this form to request late arrivals and early departures. (The link to the form has also been added to our documents page.)
  • I’m working with Al to schedule this week’s Holiday Sing-A-Long. I’ll be in touch.

SHOUTOUTS

  • Shoutout to our third and fourth grade students and Al Natoli for rocking the Winter Concert on Tuesday night!
  • Shoutout to our fourth grade teachers for making valuable use of Wednesday’s release time!
  • Shoutout to our first grade students and teachers for bringing the holiday spirit to our Administration Building on Friday afternoon!
  • Shoutout to Deb Janowski for arranging this upcoming week’s Secret Snowman and Holiday Breakfast!

CURRICULUM CORNER

One of the most practical/actionable education books I’ve read is Total Participation Techniques. (The link is to the second edition of the book, and a copy of the first edition is in our faculty room.) The book features easy-to-use, classroom-tested alternatives to “stand and deliver” teaching techniques to engage students in active learning. Here’s a cheat sheet of the techniques from the first edition of the book. (A good idea may be to print it out and keep it on-hand for when you plan/teach your lessons.)

“Train teachers to call only on students who raise their hands and to build on correct responses to maintain a brisk classroom pace. This would enhance the self-confidence of already proficient students and minimize class participation and engagement among those who enter with lower proficiency.” – Kim Marshall, A How-to Plan for Widening the Gap

Weekend Newsletter: December 7, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

  • Monday, December 10: Happy Birthday to Dottie Goodman!

DATA MEETINGS (Thank you for rearranging your schedules to make these happen.)

  • Monday, December 10, 1:20 pm: Grade 3
  • Monday, December 10, 2:05 pm: Grade 4
  • Wednesday, December 12, 10:05 am: Kindergarten
  • Wednesday, December 12, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Wednesday, December 12, 12:35 am: Grade 1

EVENTS

  • Tuesday, December 11, 7:00 pm: Winter Concert
  • Tuesday, December 11 – Wednesday, December 12: CAP Program for Grade 3 students
  • Wednesday, December 12, Afternoon: A-Team Meeting – Ross out of the building
  • Thursday, December 13: Ross out of the building
  • Thursday, December 13: Special Lunch – Meatball Madness

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • The upcoming Spirit Week is for students and staff! Please let your students know!
  • I’m still looking for photos from last week’s holiday gathering.

CURRICULUM CORNER

Once again, here’s the listing of the books that were purchased for the faculty room. And, of course, other books are there as well. If you’d like to discuss any of the books, or if you’re looking for a book pertaining to a certain topic, please let me know or talk to your peers!

“What I love most in the world are my books.” – Belle, Beauty and the Beast

Weekend Newsletter: November 30, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

  • No birthdays!

TEAM MEETINGS

  • Tuesday, December 4, 12:35 pm: Grade 1
  • Tuesday, December 4, 2:05 pm: Grade 4
  • Wednesday, December 5, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Thursday, December 6, 10:05 am: Kindergarten
  • Thursday, December 6, 1:20 pm: Grade 3

EVENTS

  • Monday, December 3: Assignment-Free Time Frame
  • Monday, December 3: NGSS Professional Learning. The resources are here. The agenda is here.
  • Monday, December 3, 8:40 am: CAP Meeting for Grade 3 parents, Music Room
  • Monday, December 3, 3:15-4:15 pm: Faculty Meeting. Click here for the agenda.
  • Tuesday, December 4 – Wednesday, December 5: I&RS Meetings
  • Thursday, December 6: Author Visit from Anna Kang & Christopher Weyant for Grades K-2
  • Thursday, December 6: TBD Holiday Party
  • Friday, December 7: I&RS Meetings
  • Friday, December 7, 2:00 pm: Bomb Threat Drill
  • Friday, December 7: Trimester 1 Report Cards Available
  • Saturday, December 8, 11:00 am & 3:00 pm: Peter Pan Drama Production at CDW

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • None (other than what’s in the email)!

CURRICULUM CORNER

Last week I featured Feedly, a free website/app to help organize your favorite websites and blogs. Now, here are ten of my favorite education blogs:

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

Weekend Newsletter: November 23, 2018

BIRTHDAYS

  • No birthdays!

TEAM MEETINGS

  • Tuesday, November 27, 12:35 pm: Grade 1
  • Tuesday, November 27, 2:05 pm: Grade 4
  • Wednesday, November 28, 10:50 am: Grade 2
  • Thursday, November 29, 10:05 am: Kindergarten
  • Thursday, November 29, 1:20 pm: Grade 3

EVENTS

  • Monday, November 26, 3:15-4:15 pm: Faculty Meeting at CDW Lynch Gym. The Bergen County School Safety Task Force will be facilitating.
  • Tuesday, November 27: Grade 1 PLC in the morning
  • Tuesday, November 27, Morning: Ross out of the building (Principal Meeting in Demarest)
  • Wednesday, November 28, Afternoon: A-Team Meeting – Ross out of the building
  • Wednesday, November 28, 3-5 pm: Holiday Shop, Setup
  • Thursday, November 29 – Friday, November 30: Holiday Shop. The schedule is here.
  • Friday, November 30: Trimester 1 Ends

POINTS OF INTEREST

  • We’re looking to have our first round of data meetings from December 4 to December 14. By the end of the week, please have your team leader get back to me with two possible dates for your meeting (and I’ll assume they’re the same times as your team meetings). Keep in mind, these need to be on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Also, due to scheduling conflicts, we cannot do December 3, December 7, and December 13.
  • You’ll notice this website now has menu items for Documents and Professional Learning. For items to which we need to repeatedly refer back, I’m going to start the process of linking to them from this website. This shift should make things easier for all of us.
  • We’ve scheduled a new assembly for February 6 in the big gym! This program, called Abracabully, combines an anti-bullying message with magic. Grades K-2 will be at 9 am, and Grades 3-4 will be at 10:30 am. Each session lasts about 45 minutes.
  • For the Holiday Party, if you’re going, please RSVP to Joan with $30 by December 3.
  • Just a reminder, the school store is now open until December 3. Orders will be delivered between December 14-16.

UPCOMING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES

Of course, if you’d like to attend any of these events, please let me know!

CURRICULUM CORNER

Here are two free tools I use to keep up with what’s going on in education:

  • Feedly – This website/app takes my favorite websites and blogs and puts them all in one place, and everything can easily be organized by folders. The Feedly website is my homepage on my browser, which makes it easier for me to see when my favorite bloggers publish new posts.
  • Nuzzel – This website/app is great for those who are on Twitter. Every day, Nuzzel sends me an email that contains the most popular articles and blog posts amongst those I follow on Twitter.

“The surest way to improve a school is for the people in the school to work on improving themselves.” – David Geurin