Dear YG staff,
It’s our last week of school, only two “regular” days, Otanoshimi Kai on Wednesday, and a half day Thursday. The end is in sight. This will be the last staff newsletter of the year. Thank you all for your perseverance and flexibility in a very unusual (and let’s hope we don’t have a repeat performance) year.
Items of Note for This Week
Our 4-hour Special Education EA position posted Wednesday and closes Tuesday, June 15th at 11:59pm. Depending on how many applicants, I might receive a list of candidates by Wednesday. If the candidate pool is small, I might schedule interviews on Friday, June 18th. It’s likely that I’ll schedule interviews for the following week, perhaps Tuesday or Wednesday of the following week. If anyone is interested in being on the interview team, let me know.
Summer K-5 Math Content Workgroup Opportunity (in August)
Jaimee Massie sent an email informing principals that 4J is putting together a team of teachers to work on resources to support K-5 students in math. Elementary teachers interested in participating in this content work group and receiving extended contract in August should fill out this form (https://forms.gle/aBRDD7CQjoe4FUNi6) Have questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedules for 2021-2022
Staff don’t usually want to think about planning for next year, but if you are interested in seeing draft plans for next year’s schedules, you’re invited view the Google doc: Schedules for 2021-2022 – Draft Plans. Drafts of EA schedules are also in the document for your reference.
The basic schedules were developed last year to coordinate with Kelly’s schedules. I started planning next year’s schedules with the assumption that we will remain status quo next fall. The weekly schedule could change since the district and EEA are in negotiations. Right now, the weekly schedule is based on a Friday early release.
Access Clever Available to Students this Summer
Students will have access to Clever all summer long. At the very end of summer they will be switched to their new teacher’s Clever page, but would have access to this year’s teachers until then. Students will also always have access to district apps, like Dreambox, Seesaw and others, which are available on the first page they see when they sign in.
Summer Technology Checkout Form
If you are taking home any school devices (laptop, iPad, doc cam, or other devices) for the summer, you need to complete the 4J: Technology Equipment Checkout Contract 2020-21. Only a few teachers have completed the form. Since most teachers keep their technology over the summer, I assume most teachers haven’t gotten around to it yet. This needs to be done before staff leave for the summer.
APL Summer Learning Series 2021
Join Apple Professional Learning for remote learning opportunities throughout June and July covering a range of topics, and offered at no cost to you or your school. See attached APL Summer Learning Series 2021 flyer.
Rekindle your love for learning this summer with Apple Professional Learning. From June 15th–July 8th, we’re hosting a series of virtual, hands-on professional learning experiences on iPad — with a big focus on summer fun. There’s no cost to register or participate. Three sessions will be offered as a part of a full day of experiences. Stop by for one, two, or all three sessions!
Visit apple.co/apl to learn more and register.
Educators are also invited to join us for a personal or small group coaching session with an Apple Professional Learning Specialist to learn new skills and ask questions about Apple technology in the context of learning and teaching.
To schedule a 30 minute personal coaching session, send an email to AppleProfessionalLearning@apple.com.
Join us to learn about Apple Teacher, a free, self-paced professional learning program for educators—designed to help you make the most of your Apple products for teaching and learning. Join colleagues and Apple team members to go through the steps to sign up for Apple Teacher, explore new program resources, and work to earn badges to become a recognized Apple Teacher.
In these sessions, you’ll build foundational skills on iPad that directly apply to activities with your students. Discover lesson ideas and inspiration to deepen student learning. Explore sample activities and templates to spark new ideas and begin your Apple Teacher Portfolio.
You’ll leave each session with new skills and ideas, implementation resources, and a connection to a community of peers who share a common purpose. Follow @AppleEdu, #AppleTeacher, and #EveryoneCanCreate on Twitter for more tips and inspiration from champions of creativity around the world.
Who should attend : K12 Teachers
Report Cards – Update
The linked Elementary Report Card Blog has all the details for spring report cards, but the short version is:
JUNE 16: Teachers deliver printed report cards to the office (1 set only back-to- back). One report card for Laura to file in the cumulative file.
JUNE 18: District couriers pick-up report cards from schools JUNE 21: Report cards sent to EDMS for delivery to families.
The * is an option on the report card for students where there is no basis for a grade. Some report card fields have been pre-populated with a Y. SPED reports should also go to the office and will be mailed if they are four or less pages. Let me know if you have any questions.
Repeat – Journeys Textbooks
With K-4 students coming on-site on the last Wednesday, we need to collect Journeys textbooks when students come on site, even though there will be one additional school day. We will collect textbooks from 5th grade students on the last Thursday, when they are on-site.
Repeat – Collecting 2nd Grade iPads
Instruction has decided most students will keep their iPads over the summer. However, because 3rd grade will have different iPads, we will need to collect iPads from 2nd grade.
They will return iPads after the last day of school on Friday, June 18th between 8:00-2:00. If we get the charger and cord, great! If we don’t, the district is not going to worrying about it. 4J will notify families about this, but I will also announce it in the newsletter.
Repeat – School Supplies for 2021-2022
Julia Girod sent an email to elementary secretaries regarding school supplies 4J will be purchasing for next school year. Here are the CORE items we will be planning to stock:
Repeat – 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.
Repeat – Last Week of School
June 14 (M) – Cohort A, Kinder and 2nd grade SSO live zoom, Cohort B asynchronous
Schedule of Upcoming Events
June 14 (M) – Cohort A, Kinder and 2nd grade SSO Live Zoom Day
June 15 (T) – Cohort B, 1st and 4th SSO Live Zoom Day
6:00-7:00pm, 5th Grade Promotion
June 16 (W) – Otanoshimi Kai for K-4
K-4 Journeys textbook collection
8:45-10:00 4th grade
10:15-11:30 3rd grade
11:45-1:00 2nd grade
1:15-2:30 1st grade
5th Grade Online
7:00-9:00, 4J School Board Meeting
June 17 (Th) – Last Day for Students – Early Release
Last Day for 192-Day Classified Staff
8:45-11:00. K-4 Online (Hybrid and SSO)
8:45-11:00, 5th Grade Hybrid On-Site
Journeys textbook collection for 5th grade
June 18 (F) – Last Day for Licensed Staff
8:00-2:00, 2nd Grade iPad Collection