Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Happy Spring! April 25-May8 #randombunny

Because bunny.

Dates & Details
April 24-28 CAASP Testing grades 3-5 (library may be used for makeup testing- check with office)
April 26 8:00 staff meeting  in the library
April 28 no minimum day
April 28 Samantha's last day- we will miss you!
May 2-5 GLAD demo in Jaqui's room, library closed
May 3 Staff meeting- library 8:00 (pink & blue cards/end of year planning)
May 10 Makeup PIP Wednesday 
May 8 Minimum Day (changed from 4/28) Star only (planning for 2017-18)
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island- Rohrbacker
May 17 PIP preview with Star teachers at staff meeting 8:00 in library
May 24 No staff meeting
Minimum Day 5/25 Open House- Star only
Minimum Day 5/26 PIP Presentations- all NCS
May 29 No School
May 31 Julie & Amy off campus
May 31 Talent show in the evening
June 2 Talent show school performance (all kinders come in AM/kinder assessment in PM)
June 8  Report cards go home
June 9th- Minimum Day Star Only - Last day of school (Field Day!)
June 12 Teacher work day

Link to Star Academy 2016-17 calendar
Link to NCS 2017-18 calendar (minimum days for 2017-18 not yet added)

Have a great week!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

April 1-April 21 #springbreakiscoming


I ABSOLUTELY LOVED having lunch with kids to celebrate reading! Check out my blog post to read all about it :) The next one will be at the end of April. So fun. I loved sharing the reasons you chose them with them. They simply beamed!

Spring break is just around the corner! We hope you have time to recharge and relax! Here's a list of fun things to try:


Dates & Details
April 3rd- Star hiring pool interviews  9:30-3:00 in conference room (student led tours will be coming around all day)
April 5th CAASP training for 3rd-5th grade teachers in library (TK-2nd has grade level time)
Progress reports to go home April 7 (only for students at risk of not meeting end of year standard)
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break
April 19th ELA cadre at main campus
April 24-28 CAASP Testing grades 3-5
April 28 no minimum day
May 2-5 GLAD demo in Jaqui's room, library closed
May 8 Minimum Day (changed from 4/28) Star only
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island- Rohrbacker
Minimum Day 5/25 Open House- Star only
Minimum Day 5/26 PIP- all NCS
May 29 No School
June 8  Report cards go home
June 9th- Minimum Day Star Only - Last day of school (Field Day!)

Link to Star Academy 2016-17 calendar
Link to NCS 2017-18 calendar (minimum days for 2017-18 not yet added)

Have a great week!

Thursday, March 16, 2017

March 16th-31st #makeawish #happyspring



As we are entering spring in the coming weeks, we would like to grant you a wish of more time! One gift of time we can offer you is the ability to have only two teachers from your grade level out at Walking Wednesdays every week, allowing you and your grade level partners to switch on and off each week. We would also like to give you more time at the end of the day by having you walk your class out then taking turns with your grade level partners for who will watch your grade level students each day at pickup. Please complete the google doc here with your schedule for who will be supervising during walking Wednesdays and after school duty. Please make sure that if you are absent during your scheduled supervision that you find someone to fill your spot. We hope you enjoy your extra time! As soon as it's complete the change can start :) Thank you for all you do!


Dates & Details
March 21 Star Academy Lottery
March 22 PIP meetings
March 22/23/24 Angel Island Lucky/Assante (Jennifer gone with Lucky's class)
March 24-31 Book Fair (library closed)
March 29 no meeting 
March 30 Lunch with Mrs. Kloczko- celebrate reading!
Progress reports to go home April 7 (only for students at risk of not meeting end of year standard)
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break
April 24-28 CAASP Testing grades 3-5
April 28 no minimum day
May 8 Minimum Day (changed from 4/28) Star only
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island- Rohrbacker
Minimum Day 5/25 Open House- Star only
Minimum Day 5/26 PIP- all NCS
May 29 No School
June 8  Report cards go home
June 9th- Minimum Day Star Only - Last day of school (Field Day!)

Link to Star Academy 2016-17 calendar
Link to NCS 2017-18 calendar (minimum days for 2017-18 not yet added)

Sunday, March 5, 2017

March 6-13 #bettertogether



How can it be March already? Time is flying by. Over the last few weeks we have enjoyed meeting with almost all of the grade level teams as you created your year-long plans and finalized common assessments. We hope that you have appreciated that time together! The level of collaboration has been inspiring to watch, and the work that teachers have done in those teams is incredible. This quote reminds me of the collaboration that happens every day, with every single staff member. Office staff learning about diabetes together. Taking responsibility for leading different aspects of the lottery and registration work and the myriad of tasks and challenges that walk through the door each day. Our custodial team taking the lead at drop off. From the playground to IT to BASE-- everyone works together and supports each other! Every person here is a leader and teacher and what makes our school amazing is all of us working together. The level of collaboration here is special. Thank you for all you do!

Enter Lunch with Mrs. Kloczko names here: https://goo.gl/dRXVLe

Dates & Details
March 6-10 No WIN groups
March 8 Grade level meeting  agenda
March 6-9 GLAD training in Teresa's class (library closed)
March 9-10 Coloma Trip 4th grade (Amy to Coloma on the 9th, Jennifer on the 10th in the morning)
Mar 13th Staff Development Day-- all NCS conference style in the morning, Breakout EDU in the afternoon!

March 14- First day of Round 3 WIN
March 15 Grade level- open agenda
March 21 Star Academy Lottery
March 22 PIP meetings
March 22/23/24 Angel Island Lucky/Assante (Jennifer gone with Lucky's class)
March 24-31 Book Fair (library closed)
March 29 no meeting
March 30 Lunch with Mrs. Kloczko- celebrate reading!
Progress reports to go home April 7 (only for students at risk of not meeting end of year standard)
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break
April 24-28 CAASP Testing grades 3-5
April 28 no minimum day
May 8 Minimum Day (changed from 4/28) Star only
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island- Rohrbacker
Minimum Day 5/25 Open House- Star only
Minimum Day 5/26 PIP- all NCS
May 29 No School
June 8  Report cards go home
June 9th- Minimum Day Star Only - Last day of school (Field Day!)

Link to Star Academy 2016-17 calendar
Link to NCS 2017-18 calendar (minimum days for 2017-18 not yet added)


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Friday, February 24, 2017

February 24-March 3 #celebratereading


Enter Lunch with Mrs. Kloczko names here: https://goo.gl/dRXVLe

Dates & Details Feb 28 4th grade planning day
Mar 1  Star Teachers- writing assessment / rubric work  (library 8 am)
March 6-9 GLAD training in Teresa's Class (library closed)
March 9-10 Coloma Trip 4th grade
Mar 13th Staff Development Day-- all NCS conference style in the morning, Breakout EDU in the afternoon!
March 21 Star Academy Lottery
March 22/23/24 Angel Island Lucky/Assante
March 24-31 Book Fair (library closed)
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break
April 24-28 CAASP Testing grades 3-5
April 28 no minimum day
May 8 Minimum Day (changed from 4/28) Star only
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island- Rohrbacker
Minimum Day 5/25 Open House- Star only
Minimum Day 5/26 PIP- all NCS
May 29 No School
June 9th- Minimum Day Star Only - Last day of school (Field Day!)





Have a great week!


Friday, February 10, 2017

February 13th-24th

Have a great short week!



Dates & Details
Feb 15 7:30 Safety meeting (Tammy Lee) and ELA/Math Cadre / 2nd grade planning day (Jennifer off campus)

Feb 16 Jennifer at CATE conference
Feb 16 Starlight Family Dance 6-8 PM

Feb 17 No School
Feb 20 No School
Feb 22 PIP Day / Kinder planning Day
Feb 23 5th grade planning day
Feb 24 1st grade planning day
Feb 28 4th grade planning day
Mar 1  Star Teachers- writing assessment / rubric work 
Mar 13th Staff Development Day-- all NCS conference style in the morning, Breakout EDU in the afternoon!
March 22/23/24 Angel Island Lucky/Assante
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island

Friday, February 3, 2017

February 3-10 #positive #PBIS


This month we have been working on rolling out more formally our PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions & Support) along with reviewing our refined BEST expectations for students. At Wednesday's staff meeting, Amy and I shared the positivity challenge for the month of February-- a time to pump up the positive communication for students, especially students who need additional support and practice with doing their best. For February, we invite you to take part in the challenge -- by not communicating home for minor issues, and by celebrating what we want to perpetuate. We hope your students and you have a happy month! If you'd like, we have a Twitter challenge to go along with it! This is for all staff--we hope you have fun!



Do you find inspiring things to share on social media? Here's something I saw this morning on Facebook that made me smile. Sara is an A3WP teacher at Arcade Middle School in San Juan.

Dates & Details
Feb 6 Minimum Day/ Teacher PD 1:00-3:30 in library (campus supervisors & teachers) PBIS PD
Feb 8 Grade Level Meeting Agenda BEST Expectations
Feb 15 7:30 Safety meeting (Tammy Lee) and ELA/Math Cadre / 2nd grade planning day (Jennifer off campus)
Feb 16 Jennifer at CATE conference
Feb 16 Starlight Family Dance 6-8 PM

Feb 17 No School
Feb 20 No School
Feb 22 PIP Day / Kinder planning Day
Feb 23 5th grade planning day
Feb 28 4th grade planning day
Mar 1  Star Teachers- writing assessment / rubric work 
Mar 13th Staff Development Day-- all NCS conference style in the morning, Breakout EDU in the afternoon!
March 22/23/24 Angel Island Lucky/Assante
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break
May 11 Touch of Understanding- 4th grade assembly rotations 8:40-11:35 (lunch schedule will change to 11:35-- a swap with 3rd grade)
May 11 Angel Island




Friday, January 27, 2017

Jan 30th- Feb 3rd Global School Play Day #gspd2017

Report Cards are done... it's time to play!




February 4, 2015, was the first annual Global School Play Day for students in schools around the world. In year one, over 65,000 students participated! Year two of Global School Play Day took place on February 3rd, 2016. In year two, over 175,000 students participated from around the world! We are so excited to be participating for the second year in a row! We will have play rotations for your grade level at your normal walking time, but feel free to play MORE! This is designed to be a day for unstructured play for students. In the past, teachers have planned tech free play in the classroom. Here are some ideas from the #GSPD2017 website at globalschoolplayday.com

CALL FOR TOYS!
Tell your class to bring anything they wish to play with to school on Wednesday, February 1st. The only restrictions: they must bring toys and these toys may NOT require batteries or electricity. No devices. Give them some ideas, since today's kids rarely play and often own very few toys: board games, dolls, Legos, blocks, trucks, cars, racetracks, playing cards, empty cardboard boxes, markers, jigsaw puzzles, blankets (for forts), social games (charades, Pictionary, etc.) The only exception on the electronics rule would be a board game that has an electronic timer, an electronics play kit, or similar. How about taking your students out in the dirt or snow to dig, explore and get messy? You may want to show your students photos of GSPD15 to open their eyes to unfamiliar types of unstructured play.

TWEET! SHARE AND REFLECT :)
After the event, be sure to share your pictures, ideas, and reactions on social media (with parent consent) and hashtag them #GSPD2017. Perhaps you could add a post to your blog sharing about the experience. Ask your students to reflect on GSPD as well! Be sure to talk to your students and if possible, their parents, about the necessity of daily unstructured play. Your students will most surely ask if they can have play days more often. A great answer is, "Of course! Every day can be play day with your friends in your neighborhood after school. Keep playing like you did at school today, but just do it after school."

Dates & Details:
Feb 1 Global School Play Day
Feb 6 Minimum Day/ Teacher PD afternoon (Positive Behavior Support and Intervention)
Feb 17 No School
Feb 20 No School
Mar 13th Staff Development Day-- all NCS conference style in the morning, Breakout EDU in the afternoon!
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break

February planning days:
In the month of February, please find a date for your grade level to take a full day for planning. On this day, you will have time to finish your year long curriculum maps as a team, and also to develop an informational writing rubric and work on developing math assessments. We will provide more info and structure prior to your day, but in  the meantime please select a day as a team and let us know. Only one grade  level should be out on a particular day to maximize subs. Please add your preferred date to the Google Doc linked here.

Friday, January 20, 2017

January 19th- 27th





Dates & Details:
Jan 20 End of First Semester
Jan 23 No Students- All NCS PD- Schedule here. We will be at Star all day
Jan 24-27 Great Kindness Challenge- Info here
Jan 24-27 GLAD demo in Erica's class
Jan 27 Report Cards go home
Feb 1 Global School Play Day
Feb 6 Minimum Day/ Teacher PD afternoon
Feb 17 No School
Feb 20 No School
Mar 13th Staff Development Day
Apr 10th- 17th Spring Break





Tuesday, January 3, 2017

January 3rd-13th #simplify #calm #cabinets

Welcome back! I hope you are rested and refreshed after your winter break! One of the things that I love about the new year is the sense of a fresh start, the change to get organized and simplify. I was inspired to do this at home over the break and I am surprised at how much a neater space contributes to a sense of calm. With this in mind, I'm excited to share that the C and D hubs have beautiful new rolling cabinets that will hopefully help those spaces feel and look more organized and beautiful for you and your students. (B hub has some awesome storage already) There are 5 cabinets for C and 5 fir D, so not one for every grade level or teacher but 500% more storage than is there already :) Vinni and Francisco will be unpacking them today, and they will be ready for your items in the next day or so. Please work with your hub-mates to decide how to organize the items and share the storage space. If there are items you no longer want or need, please place near the large hub door and they will take the items away. I hope the new space is helpful to you! Have a great week!
Jan 4 Staff Meeting Agenda
Jan 13 Winter Festival 5-8 PM Please add your theme to the Class Basket doc
Jan 16 No School- Martin Luther King Day
Jan 20 End of First Semester
Jan 23 No Students- All NCS PD
Jan 24-27 Great Kindness Challenge
Jan 24-27 GLAD demo in Erica's class
Jan 27 Report Cards go home
Feb 1 Global School Play Day
Feb 6 Minimum Day
Feb 17 No School
Feb 20 No School



Reading Is Our Superpower!
WIN Update -- yay for round one!



  1. WIN Groups:
    1. Week of January 4- wrap up last group if needed, assess for your measurable goal (some groups may have already done this-- and you may take that week off if you have finished your unit/goal for the first round.) Please coordinate with your grade level and let me and Jan know)
    2. January 11 grade level meeting- record results of measurable goals for round one , regroup and establish new groups and measurable goals (record in grade level doc)
    3. Next round begins January 15th with new groups- the second week of January (week of January 8) there will be no groups so that you can plan, and Jan and Olga can help assess if you need help (the last week of round two will be the week of March 2)