Dear YG staff,
I hope you all had a relaxing holiday season and winter break. Enjoy your new year traditions. I’m looking forward to seeing back on Monday.
Items of Note
Guest Teachers and Substitutes
Reiko Out Until Friday – Reiko will be out most of the week. She returns on Friday. I’m hoping we can get Izumi to cover, but we will need Janesta and Elayne to fill in as much as possible since they are more familiar with the routines and students than any substitute would be. More information will be shared on Monday.
Alison in for Mariko on Tuesday, January 5th – Nancy emailed and let me know that she has reservations to return on Tuesday, January 4th, but we are making plans in case her flight gets cancelled or delayed. More information as it becomes available.
Mask Lanyards and Outdoor Mask Update
Students will still need to wear their masks while they are walking from their room to exterior doors. They should keep their masks with them as they play outside. Here are some suggestions for helping them keep track of their masks:
Outdoor Mask Requirements for Staff
Professional Development and PLC
Here’s a draft agenda for that day. I’m re-sharing what I put in my Friday email on December 17th:
8:45-10:00 – YG Operations
For EAs: I know that having a consistent supervision schedule is very important, but I want to prepare everyone for some changes to come in January. I know there were some changes made this week, but be prepared for some small changes in January. The changes will not affect everyone, and will have a minimal impact, but there will be some changes. Just letting you know.
Remember that lunch will be provided in the cafeteria. Kelly staff will be joining us.
Friday PLC – This will focus on review of PLC process and data teams. We will discuss this further at our operations meeting Monday. Watch for a separate email with more details as we approach Friday.
Repeat – School Choice Virtual Tours
I got word from Communications Friday that they will not be able to assist us with making a School Choice Video. So, we will have to create our own. I will be reviewing the virtual tour from last year to see what we can re-use for this year.
At our staff meeting, we did discuss the following dates and times for tours, and I did not hear any objections, so let’s go with these:
More information to follow. We will work out final details on January 3rd.
Send Photos for Social Media
Some of you have already been sending photos to Laura that she is sharing in our weekly newsletter. This week would be a good time to capture some of the fun or interesting activities happening. Please send photos to me or Laura so we can post to our Facebook page and in our School Choice campaign.
UO International Student Free Presentations
The UO International Cultural Service Program (ICSP) is offering in-person and virtual cultural presentations to schools. See the linked UO ICSP-Digital-Brochure-2021-22 and UO ICSP website for student profiles, presentation topics, and how to request a presentation.
Other Miscellaneous Items
District Administration Update – Jose Salgado has resigned from his position as assistant superintendent for instruction with 4J. The superintendent has not yet determined the future of the position.
EEA Seminar Brochure – Linked here is the EEA 2022 Professional Development Seminar Series, which provides PD opportunities for EEA members. It also provides an option to earn credits for the purpose of moving teachers on the salary schedule.
Hazardous Weather Information for 4J Staff – As a reminder, here is the Hazardous Weather Information on the district webpage. This has the information you will need when hazardous weather arrives. Setting up the text message alerts for school closures and delays can be very helpful.
I shared this in a past newsletter, but I thought it would be a good reminder to reinforce the importance of morning meetings. This Edutopia article and the video above show some proactive community building strategies that establish a sense of shared values and a feeling of belonging. These make references to the start of the year, but the lessons apply now as we return from winter break.
January 3 (M) – No School – Professional Development and Planning Day
TBD, Staff Meeting/PD in Room 14
12:00-1:00, Kelly and YG Luncheon in the Cafeteria.
January 4 (T) – School Resumes
January 5 (W)
9:00-10:00, Tom to Elementary Principals Meeting
3:15-4:00, PD Cancelled
January 6 (Th) – Regular School Day
January 7 (F)
2:00-3:00, Friday PD
January 10 (M)
3:15-4:00 – No Admin Initiated Meetings
4:00-5:00, Tom to All Admin Meeting (Zoom)
January 11 (T)
3:15-4:00, Staff Meeting in Room 14
6:30-7:30 pm, Kelly Middle School Choice Presentation
January 12 (W)
9:00-11:00, Tom to Elementary Principals Meeting
3:15-4:00, PD Cancelled
19:00-21:00, School Board Meeting (Zoom)
January 13 (Th) – Regular School Day
3:30-4:30, YG School Choice Presentation
January 14 (F)
2:00-3:00, Friday PD
3:00-4:00, Laura and Tom to 850 Howard Safety Meeting
January 17 (M) – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – Holiday
January 18 (T)
1:00-2:00, Kelly School Choice Presentation
6:30-7:30 pm, YG School Choice Presentation