YG Staff Newsletter – May 9, 2022

YG Staff Newsletter – May 9, 2022

Dear YG staff,

Wednesday is National School Nurse Day. I want to take the opportunity to give a shout out to Nurse Robin and to our health assistant, Monika. I really appreciate it when they are here, as we have so many students who come in with various ailments, and they get such attentive care from our health professionals. Please take a moment to recognize them, when you see Robin and Monika this week.

Items of Note

May 6th Meeting – Notes

Brooke Wagner and Cydney Vandercar met with YG staff in the Kelly Library last Friday afternoon, 2:30-3:30.

Jennie was kind enough to take notes and share them in this linked Google Doc: Cyd & Brook Mtg 5/6/22. Thank you, Jennie.

Reminder – A combined YG and Kelly meeting – Brooke and Cyd will meet with our combined K-8 staff on May 20, from 3:00-4:00 pm.

PE and Play Practice

The primary Japanese teachers and Michelle have been trying to coordinate using the gym for play practice and for PE. With Michelle absent Thursday and Friday, we did not confirm the play for the next two weeks. We did find that on Thursday that PE could be held in the gym with play practice being held on the stage (with curtains closed).
This week, we will hold PE in the gym while play practice is held on stage with curtains closed.
On the days of the final performances (May 17, 18, 19) PE will be held outside if weather permits or in classrooms if it doesn’t. I am open to hearing other ideas if teachers do not want their students using their classrooms for PE. If the weather is sunny next week, then we can plan on having PE outside.

ELA Adoption Update

The ELA Adoption Team meet last Friday to review their independent scoring of the two pilot programs. If you’re interested in seeing the final scores, see the linked LA/Literacy Materials Adoption Pilot Wrap Up & Celebrations Slide Show. I’m hearing that the team is moving forward with recommending Wit & Wisdom for adoption.

EA Meeting Notes

Education Assistants met on Friday morning at 9:00AM, but with play practice and other classroom activities, not everyone was able to attend or arrive right at 9. Here are the notes:

Food Management – I had expressed concerns over time spent on collecting and storing food that students do not eat at breakfast and lunch. I recognize that the food items are often used for snacks later in the day, but I wanted staff to know that we will have less EA time next year, and I wanted to be sure to focus our time on supporting instruction or student safety. The EAs assured me that staff were putting away food items during their break times. I will be talking with the EAs who were not present at the meeting to make sure they are getting their breaks in the day.

Playground Supervision and Spring Behaviors – I reminded EAs about challenging behaviors that seem to escalate with warmer weather and with anticipation of the summer break. EAs should be mindful of such potential behaviors, keep a close watch on students, and be stationed at key locations where they can see all students. On a related note, which wasn’t discussed in the meeting, Laura and I will be taking a closer look at our available ESSR funds. We have some unspent funds, and we will be using them to purchase some additional radios so that more EAs will be able to use them.

Feedback from EAs about Recess – The EAs who were present at the meeting were asked their opinion on whether or not to go back to having two recess periods: K-2 and 3-5. They all said they would rather have the fewer recess periods even though the groups would be around 140 students in each recess. This was the way it was done when we were at Silverlea. EAs would rather have more time working in classrooms than supervising the playground.

Meeting with Jennie and Mary

Jennie, Mary, and I met last Thursday to discuss scheduling interventions for ELD and SpEd. We discussed their needs for scheduling push-in and pull-out supports. Mary was eager to provide more push-in support and Jennie would like to continue a combination of push-in and pull-out.

We discussed whether or not to create an intervention schedule that classroom teachers would have to work around, but they preferred to continue our practice of classroom teachers creating the schedules for their grade level and specialists working around their schedules.

In our discussion, the subject of reducing the number of recess periods and having larger groups of students on the playground came up. Jennie, who used to be an EA for YG, thought that having fewer staggered recess periods would allow for more EA support in classrooms. In addition, having fewer recess periods would make it easier to schedule classroom supports.

We did not make any decisions on how to create next year’s schedule. We will talk about schedules at our next staff meeting.

Staff Meeting – Tuesday

We will be holding our staff meeting this Tuesday on Zoom from 3:15-4:00. We will discuss scheduling for next year and continuing our work on the ORIS Needs Assessment. I will send the final agenda Monday afternoon.

TSPC PDU/PEER Form Temporary Change

TSPC is suspending PDU Reporting through the end of next year, December 2023. HR is not requiring licensed staff to turn anything in, but continue to track PDUs, since you’ll need to have those ready for any renewals for January 2024 and beyond (if nothing else changes). Let me know if you have any questions on this.

Self-Harm Event Recording

Linked here is the Self-Harm Video Recording from the community event about self-harm that was held April 25th at Sheldon. It could be a good resource if families reach out about self-harming behaviors.

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Activities

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. If you are looking for activities to recognize the challenges the AAPI community has faced and celebrate their part in the American story, see these resources at Houghton Mifflin, NEA, Education Northwest, and the official Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website.

5 Super Common End-of-Year Behavior Issues (Plus How to Address Them!)

Excessive talking, incomplete work, defiance, drama, and no motivation: read this WeAreTeachers article for tips how to handle these situations.

4J Weekly Library Connection: May 9-13

PD on the Fly – Here is the link for this week’s PD on the Fly.

Guest Teachers and Substitutes

Thursday – Naoko will be out, and Jody will be her substitute.

REPEAT – Frequently Used Links

Staff have been asking me for links to various documents, so I thought it would be a good idea to share the YG Dashboard with you.

Upcoming Events

May 9 (M)National Lost Sock Memorial Day
TAG Testing Window Opens
Math acceleration letters sent home to 5th grade
3:15-4:00, 3rd Grade team to meet with parent.

May 10 (T) – Mother Ocean Day
3:15-4:00, Staff Meeting via zoom
5:30pm, ACE Awards. Location: Broadcast live on 4J’s Facebook page

May 11 (W) – National School Nurse Day
9:00-11:00, Tom to Elementary Principal Mtg – Anti-Racism & Anti-Bias
5:30, School Board Work Session (Zoom)
Site Council Applications Due

May 12 (Th) – International Nurses Day
6:30-7:30 – Kelly Parent Group Meeting

May 13 (F) – International Hummus Day
2:00-3:00, PLC/PD – TBD

May 16 (M) – Drawing Day
4:00-5:00, Tom to All Admin Meeting on Zoom

May 17 (T) – World Baking Day
3:15-4:00, 3rd Grade Team Check In

May 18 (W) – Numeracy Day
9:00-11:00, Tom to Elementary Principal Mtg
5:30-9:30pm, School Board Work Session and School Board Meeting

May 19 (Th) – Laura Taking Leave
3:15-4:00, Site Council Meeting
6:30-7:30, PTO Meeting on zoom

May 20 (F) – Laura Taking Leave
3:00-4:00, K-8 staff meeting with Brooke Wagner and Cydney Vandercar
Location TBD

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