ISY Elementary School Faculty Blog
September 10, 2021
It has been another unsettling week. Thank you for providing a sense of safety and stability for our children and their families. Keep checking in on yourselves and those around you.
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!
Maintaining our Community
We are looking for interested people to be a part of a committee which will brainstorm ways for us to keep connected as a faculty now that we are spread across the world. Please email me if you are interested.
Student Review Meetings
Goal: To reflect on student progress as a team and seek strategies to support and challenge students. Focus is on Tier 1 and Tier 2 students.
Meetings will take place approximately every 6 weeks according to this SRM Schedule. Homeroom teachers will asked to complete a checklist prior to the meeting to identify students they wish to prioritize. Specialists are encouraged to complete the checklist for concerns they see within their classrooms. All team members should review the notes before and after the meetings to identify areas in which they may have been assigned a task.
Recording Student Reading Levels
Please use this Elementary Reading Levels 2021-2022 to record the reading levels of your students. It is easiest to use the Reading A-Z assessment tool so use that and record that level – no need to convert it into any different scales. We will reorganize our ISY benchmark reading levels to fit this tool to help you with reporting.
If you are using the DRAs that we have used in the past that is ok too – just put (DRA) next to the number so this is clear. We will record a level for every student in September, January and May. If you do assessments between these times, there are also columns for you to record the levels.
From our TIFs
Here are a curated list of helpful links for students and families as we begin the year. These videos can be helpful as you share information with them.
- Overview of Apps used in the ES (Video Link) (Slides Link)
- Sign in to your Chrome Web Browser (Video Link)
- Download Chrome (Website Link)
- Download Chrome on iPad (Video Link)
- Sign in with Google to Seesaw (Video Link)
- Seesaw Parent Login (Video Link)
- How to get into Kids A-Z (Video Link)
- Freckle Login (Video Link)
Friday Emails + Offline Learning
We will send out our Grade Level Friday Emails next week.
You will find the email templates in the folders below. Please update these emails in blue by 12pm Thursday MMT.
In these folders you will also find the Offline Learning Activity templates that will be converted to a PDF to be emailed out every Friday. If you need to update these offline learningactivities, please do so by 12pm Thursday MMT.
There will be an assembly this Wednesday.
These assemblies will be an informal and fun way to keep everyone connected this quarter.
Assemblies will follow a Story + Student Share + Game format every week. Thank you for signing you and your students up for these activities on this Assembly Sign Up Schedule. There are still a couple of game slots free if you have any ideas.
Quarter 1 Interdisciplinary Units
Previous Elementary School Posts
For those who have not met Joey, he is a sugarglider. I’ll miss him when we go back to in-person learning….
I am convinced that gratitude and a love of learning will be important in making the most out of whatever happens this year.
The second half of this year will be a busy one with many of its own challenges.
When students see others sharing their ideas in a less than perfect situation (and having fun doing it), they realize that they don’t need to be perfect to make a valuable contribution.
Someone a lot smarter than me is supposed to have said a long time ago that knowledge is a belief tied down by understanding.
We all have a lot to be grateful for but it would be fair to say that things haven’t exactly gone to plan over the last couple of years.