Dear YG staff,
I spent a lazy Saturday morning recovering from a very long week, and I suspect many of you needed a well-deserved break this weekend. We are heading into what is effectively the last week in May (since the Memorial Day is a holiday).
I expect this week to be a busy one for some staff with state testing coming up on Wednesday and with the in-person learning at River Road starting Tuesday afternoon. With Memorial Day and Grading Day coming up, this week will be our last 5-day week.
Items of Note for This Week
Student Climate Surveys for Grades 3-5!
Meeting For EAs Supporting In-Person
Monday, I will be meeting with EAs who will be supporting the In-Person learning opportunities. The meeting will be at 1PM in the music room. The purpose of the meeting is to prepare for the first day of instruction/learning that starts Tuesday afternoon. We will also discuss logistics (entry points, classrooms), need to cover walls Tuesday afternoon in preparation for state testing, and what items need to be taken to El Camino del Rio.
Classified Staff: I will be completing the end of year evaluations and scheduling time to meet with you. You should be receiving an email notification that I have shared a TalentEd task with you. As I write your evaluations, I will share the form with you and you will need to add your a goal for next year.
Licensed Staff: Last week, I asked licensed staff to complete their end-of-year goals reflection. I met with Rob Hess last Thursday, and he informed me that Cydney Vandercar asked him to streamline the TalentEd tasks for YG in response to requests from YG teachers. We are streamlining as follows:
Schedules for the Rest of the Year
Teachers were asked to send copies of their schedules to Laura and me. Monday, Laura and I will work to put the schedules together into one location so anyone can see all the schedules. We will also:
If you have not sent a copy of your schedule yet to Laura and me, please do so ASAP.
Library Connection – Amy Page sent this week’s Library Connection to teachers in Friday’s email.
Class Lists for 2021-2022
Teacher teams should start to create their suggestions for class lists next year. Please use the linked YG Class Lists 2021-2022 sheet to enter the information for the next grade’s team to suggest class configurations based on what you know of the students’ performance this year. In this year’s list, some teachers added information about students whose parents were volunteers. I did not include a column for that information, but teachers are free to edit their sheets.
We will be discussing these at our next teacher meeting. I’m not sure we will be holding a meeting this Wednesday, so it would be a good time to get started.
Oregon State Assessment Testing Updates
Jennie sent information for those who wish to share OSAS testing updates in their classroom newsletters:
OSAS testing will take place at El Camino del Río/River Road School this Wed. May 26. Students should be dropped off in front of the school at 12:30. There will be other events occurring when families arrive. Look for Signs labeled YG in the area to the right of the school’s front doors.
Testing ends for the day at 3:45. Pickup will also be in front of the school. There will be a break for the testers at approximately 1:45. Any testers that are done at that time can call home to be picked up earlier. Students should bring their CHARGED tablet, a jacket and a water bottle. Paper and pencils will be provided.
Students of families who requested it will be provided with lunch to eat from 12:30-1:00.
Any testers who are absent or who do not finish can test on Fri 6/11.
Administrator Staffing Update
We have a few more changes coming to our administrator team next year. Arthur Hart, who has worked in 4J for 15 years, will be the Transportation Director. Angela Crum, who was the Special Education Director in the Brookings-Harbor School District, will join us as the newest Student Services Administrator. See
Admin Update Email for more information.
Jarrett Lerner Website
Robin found a website that’s super cool. Everything is downloadable for free. Many super fun activities that could make easy great Seesaw activities that I think kids would love.
Jarrett Lerner is an author of kid books. He has great free activities on his website: https://jarrettlerner.com/activities/
Schedule of Upcoming Events
1:30-2:00, Tom meeting with EAs to prepare for in-person learning
2:00-3:30, Tom to Elementary Principals Meeting
May 25 (T) – Cyndi Norwood out in the AM for Appointment
May 26 (W) – Spirit Wednesday – Wild Hat/Hair Day
National Paper Airplane Day
1:00-4:00, State Assessment for Cohort B – Cancelled
2:40-4:00, Building Goals and Planning Meeting – Agenda to TBD
May 27 (Th) –
May 28 (F) – National Hamburger Day
May 31 (M) – Memorial Day – No School
June 1-4 – 5th Grade to Outdoor School
June 1 (T)
1:00-3:00, Laura Whitney to Year-End School Finance Meeting
June 2 (W)
2:00-4:00, 4J Anti-Racism Training
June 3 (Th)
3:00-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-8:00, 5th Grade Parent Information Night
June 4 (F)
June 15 (T) – Mark Your Calendars for 5th Grade Promotion, Time TBD