ISY Elementary School Faculty Blog

Happy Friday!

Mike Simpson

April 29, 2022

I hope your conferences went well today. Please let Sandy or I know if anything came out of a conference that you would like us to follow up. The parents who I have been speaking to today are all very appreciative of the job that you are doing as their children’s teachers. Sandy and I are too! Have a great weekend.

We all know we are doing our best…. even when we are not at our best!

Check in. How am I? What do I need? How are they? What do they need from me?

Ask for help and be helpful.

Be present and patient. Take time to fully understand others and allow time for others to understand you. Pausing, Paraphrasing and Posing Questions promotes our common understanding.

Share your ideas and be open to the ideas of others. Once shared, they become our ideas and anything could happen!

Hats & Heat

Starting next week, students will only be allowed to play in the sun if they are wearing a hat. If a child forgets their hat, they must play in the shade. 

Parents have also been told to make sure that their chidren bring a water bottle to school. Please remind students to drink some water before and after recess and take their water bottles to P.E.

Indoor Lunch/Recess

Poor Air Quality & Rainy Days

An air quality reading will be taken at 9:50am so you can be confident that an A Q sign in the window of the B Building at 9:55 means that the air quality is not good enough for outdoor recess. Hopefully this doesn’t happen very often.

Rainy days will be more common soon so this will also require a plan for indoor lunch / recess.

Homeroom Teaching Teams – if you haven’t already, please reach out to Sandy with how you will plan for indoor lunch/recess so we can communicate to those people on duty.

To avoid confusion on rainy days, an email from the Elementary Office will be sent to all Elementary Teachers and Assistants 5 minutes before a lunch/recess to confirm it will be indoors because it is wet. If there is no email, lunch/recess is outside as usual.

QUARTER 4 SCHEDULE

Here is the link to the ES Quarter 4 Schedule which is also available on the Elementary School Faculty Pages.

ZOOM LINKS (Semester 2)

Here is a link to the Zoom Links that we will use for Semester 2.

SUPERVISION SCHEDULE

Here is the Q4 Supervision Schedule that we will use for Quarter 4.

This week:

10:00 – 10:20 Grade 2-5 Recess Locations

  • Front Steps End of Field / Front Steps Playground: Grades 4/5
  • SAS Building End of Field / A Building Playground: Grades 2/3

8:00 – 8:20 Before School Play Duty

Update: Students are allowed on campus before 8am but before school duty will still begin at 8am.

Here is the Before School Play Duty Schedule that we will use for Semester 2.

People on duty this week:

  • Monday: Brett
  • Tuesday: Snow
  • Wednesday: Su Linn
  • Thursday: Zarchi
  • Friday: Samia

Semester 2 Reports

This is not urgent and I will send out Report Writing Instructions and Timeline next week but just in case you are thinking about your subject blurbs….

Here are links to the documents that we will use to write these blurbs:

Grade 4/5 Subject Blurbs

Grade 2/3 Subject Blurbs

Grade 1 Subject Blurbs

Kindergarten Subject Blurbs

Pre-Kindergarten Subject Blurbs

ISY Learner Attributes

Thank you again for all you did to promote our ISY Learner Attributes during Spirit Week. Please keep the focus on these attributes as we finish out the school year. If you have any ideas on how to promote any of the attributes, please add them to this ISY Learner Attributes Activity Menu.

Q4 Interdisciplinary Units

Scope and Sequences

We now have confirmed Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions for our Quarter 4 units. Please refer to the Q4 Scope and Sequence and update it as necessary.

Specialist teachers, please strive to connect to the Enduring Understanding and/or Essential Questions.

Everyone, please strive to integrate our Mission and Vision, Attributes and the SDGs (which inevitably hit our strategic themes) into this last quarter.

Consider how what was covered in our Compassion Conference might help us integrate Service and Action.

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Here is where you can find our Q4 Scope and Sequence 2021-2022 Scope & Sequence

To fill out this year’s Q4 Scope and Sequence, you might want to refer to the skills you focused on this time last year in this Q4 Scope and Sequence 2020-2021.

Please link your planning to the Scope and Sequence as you did for our Q2 Scope and Sequence. We want to give you some autonomy as to how you organize your planning and resources but your planning needs to be in an ISY Shared Drive. 

Please also check off the standards that you intend to cover in your subject in Quarter 4. Please make sure there is an ‘x’ in the second column of any standard you will cover in these Grade Level Standards Checklists.

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