May 18th Update


Wonders CurriculumWhat to do?

From Lindsley: What should I do with my Wonders curriculum as I start to organize my classroom for summer (ok, really more like … shove my stuff in the cabinets as I exit stage left)?

For now, please keep everything! I know folks are getting excited about the new materials heading their way AND we want to be VERY INTENTIONAL around what stays and what goes. We want to make sure there is no confusion where folks get rid of things they later regret.

During the upcoming trainings (shameless plug to sign up on performance matters), we will have documents that show all the pieces (including pictures) and make recommendations on what to keep and what to remove (and how to dispose of those items). For now, please keep everything!

BUT if you are chomping at the bit to get rid of one thing (for sheer enjoyment) it is safe to say you can remove your sound spelling cards from your walls.

If you decide to take those down, you can:

  1. Dispose of them at your building however you choose
  2. If they are a complete set and in amazing shape- contact Lindsley Gehrig first via email and let her know. She will be collecting some sets for other school districts in our area that use this curriculum. Do not ship them before contacting her first– they do not need 400 sets 🙂

Literacy Happenings

UPDATE from previous posting of Heggerty resources- document now translated in Spanish!

This is a quick resource around phonological/phonemic awareness from Heggerty. Take a peek for a reminder of ideas to try in your classroom. Here is a resource for families about “Supporting Early Reading Skills at Home” in Spanish and English.


Seesaw & Google Classroom

Questions about how to end the school year with your Seesaw or Google Classroom classes? Here is a helpful resource: Seesaw & Google Classroom End of the Year FAQs

Also, here are some EXCELLENT organizational tips (for staff and students!) to help declutter Google Drive: Cleaning Up Google Drive


Math Happenings

ODE Math Materials Evaluation Committee – Please fill out the evaluation committee application if you are interested in serving as an evaluator this summer. Applications are due by 5 pm PDT on May 18, 2022.

The 2022 Early Math Symposium – Free Virtual Symposium! Friday, June 24, 2022 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM pacific time. Register and find out more here

Oregon Math Leaders Conference August 5-6 at Linfield College. Register here. OML is also seeking speakers! Fill out this form by May 18th if you are interested.

Equitable and Mathematically Productive Engagement will August 10-12, 2 credits – register on Performance Matters and through OSU-Cascade if you want graduate credits.

How Math Teaching Matters will be August 17-19, 2 credits – register on Performance Matters and through OSU-Cascades if you want graduate credits.


Inclusive Practices Spotlight

What do INCLUSIVE PRACTICES look like in team infrastructure

  • Case management structure runs across varying disability types and severity. 
  • Educational assistants are not assigned to support only one teacher or only one student. 
  • Inclusion is considered when determining the master schedule. 
  • Labels of programs and positions focus upon inclusive language (Learning Specialist VS. ERC Teacher/Life Skills Teacher, etc.) 
  • School team and service providers meet regularly to discuss students and have shared ownership over student needs in the school.

Social Emotional & Mental Well-Being

As we finish with the year it is so important to take the time for community.  Students have many different feelings about the summer and leaving their classroom and school.

It is also a very busy time of year so using the conversation cards can be a meaningful and quick way to continue communication and connection.

Questions of the Week:

  • K-2 – Who (or what) makes you laugh? Why?
  • 3-5 “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.” -Charles Dickens  Who (or what) makes you laugh? Why?

Connection Cards: K-2 and 3-5


There’s Still Time for Digital Citizenship!

With the end of the school year approaching, now’s a great time to teach some digital citizenship lessons, if you haven’t already. Bend-La Pine Schools use lessons from Common Sense Media. Learn how to access your Common Sense account and explore your grade level’s materials here: BLS Digital Literacy


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