ISY Elementary School Faculty Blog
Interactive Videoconferencing Anyone?
May 6, 2022
While we are still focused on finishing this year strongly, it is that time of the year when we are tidying things up in readiness for next year.
While sorting through books, Lindsey found this beauty from 2009 – “Increase learning by building virtual classrooms!”
If anyone wants to give interactive videoconferencing a try next year, just let Lindsey know.
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!
ISY iPads and Chromebooks Collected on Friday, May 20
This message went out in the parent blog. You will have a cart your classroom on the 20th to plug the Chromebooks into.
Many of our students borrowed ISY iPads or Chromebooks to help with online learning at home. Now that we have returned to in-person learning, we will collect these devices to be used in classes next year.
On Friday, May 20, students will leave their borrowed ISY iPad or Chromebook at school. They will be able to keep using their iPad or Chromebook at school but they will no longer take it home.
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.
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 recess – lunch is now inside in the cafeteria.
Homeroom Teaching Teams – if you haven’t already, please reach out to Sandy with how you will plan for indoor 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.
ZOOM LINKS (Semester 2)
Here is a link to the Zoom Links that we will use for Semester 2.
Here is the Q4 Supervision Schedule that we will use for Quarter 4.
10:00 – 10:20 Grade 2-5 Recess Locations
- Front Steps End of Field / Front Steps Playground: Grades 2/3
- SAS Building End of Field / A Building Playground: Grades 4/5
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: Sandy
- Tuesday: John
- Wednesday: Dan
- Thursday: Kristi
- Friday: Laura
Semester 2 Reports
Here is a link to the Semester 2 Report Writing Instructions and Timeline.
By 12pm on Monday, May 23: Subject Blurbs to be completed.
By 12pm on Thursday, June 2: Individual Student Comments to be completed. Please share your Google Document directly with Mike as soon as you have completed your comments. For individual student comments, you take the blurb and adapt it to fit the student.
By 12pm on Monday, June 6: Individual Student Comments and Grades to be entered into Powerschool.
Reports go out on Wednesday, June 8
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.
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.
Previous Elementary School Posts
We have Student Review Meetings coming up at the end of the month.
I hope your conferences went well today. The parents who I have been speaking to today are all very appreciative of their children’s teachers.
Please keep the focus on the ISY Learner Attributes as we finish out the school year.
Thank you for the time and effort you put into Spirit Week to help our students focus on what makes ISY special.
Next week is Spirit Week. This comes at a perfect time and we want to make the most of it to re-establish an ISY identity in our students.
Olympiad is an ISY tradition that has been a part of ISY for 32 years . It is often referred to by staff and students as the Greatest Day of the school year.