January 18th Update

Artwork from Three Rivers School

Important Information

You’ll find the most important information in this section. Consider this the “Must Do” section of the TLC blog!

Report Cards

Report cards are right around the corner! Check out this site to access the Posting Grade Elementary Guide, the Elementary Grades “Cheat Sheet”, and Forefront with Synergy instructions.

Please note – if you are getting a “You need access” message on the report card site, you will need to clear your browser history and cache.

Other Information

All other information can be found in this section and will be formatted the same as it used to be. Consider this the “May Do” section of the TLC blog.

From Julie – Implementation Data Dips

As we begin to receive results from Winter DIBELS, please remember when implementing a new curriculum it takes time to see results.  Try not to be discouraged if the results are not exactly what you hoped for or a different than you have seen in the past.  We are still in the beginning stages of implementing this new curriculum and need to give ourselves grace as we learn how to most effectively deliver and refine the lessons.  Please stay the course of continuing to learn and implement the pieces of your foundational skills block and your intervention block.  The temptation for all of us is to go back to what we know and have always done (especially when something is new and different), and we are in the process of making some pretty big and necessary shifts to the science of reading practices.  Please reach out to your instructional coach for support.  We are here to support our educators with the implementation of the Really Great Reading curriculum and instructional practices that align with the science of reading.  

Literacy Happenings

Decodable resources available for every curriculum. 
-Countdown for units 12- 19 (the others will be made as well)
HD Word
Decodables you can shop for and print shop separately

  • Please read the first page to understand the thinking behind these
  • Each week of instruction includes 3-5 passages
  • Please let your coach know if you would like them to print shop these for you and your team.

Should kids only be reading decodable texts?
Absolutely not, but we want to know the purpose of the texts we give our students. Here is a guiding document to show what to use and when.

Still feeling a bit foggy on the purpose of these two RGR assessments. Watch this quick video to help clear things up. Also, consider working with your grade level and specialists to decide on common agreements around assessments.

This motivates me to keep fighting for every kid!

Supporting English Learners

Do your emergent bilinguals get enough talking practice?  One of the best ways to become proficient in a new language is to increase output.  Students who are in the early stages of English acquisition may be too unsure or shy to speak out in class, but more willing to talk to a familiar partner with whom they feel comfortable.  Your students who are designated as language learners will benefit from varied types of partnering; try pairing them with strong English speakers who will be patient and give them time to formulate their ideas without being interrupted.  At other times, pair them with another speaker of the same language so they can share ideas and negotiate meaning in the same language that they think in. The main goal is to help them be comfortable in your classroom environment so they build confidence in their learning and language abilities.

Social Emotional and Mental Well-Being

If you would like a Harmony kit please contact Heidi Hackenbruck ([email protected]) and she will get it sent to your school.

Available Harmony Material
-Game Kits – 3
-Early Childhood Essentials Kit – 2
-Pre-K and K kit (orange box) – 7
-Grade 1 and 2 kit (blue box) – 3
-Grade 5 and 6 kit (green box) – 28

Below are opportunities for professional development for social and emotional and mental well – being, along with trauma informed practices. 

  • Classroom Wise – Classroom Teachers Pathway: Designed for classroom teachers who want to support the mental health of their students. Best for people who want specific, classroom-embedded strategies for teaching mental health literacy and supporting students’ mental health.
  • Trauma Informed Oregon’s Introduction to Trauma Informed Care: Four free, self-directed, self-paced modules:
    • What is Trauma Informed Care? (30 Minutes)
    • Why is Trauma Informed Care Important? (15 Minutes)
    • Trauma Specific, Trauma Sensitive, Trauma Informed (15 Minutes)
    • A brief overview of NEAR (Neurobiology, Epigenetics, ACEs and Resilience) Science (15 Minutes)
  • HDESD Culture of Care Virtual Training Opportunities: Opportunities found on this guide will focus around the three main components of a Culture of Care:  Trauma-Sensitive, Restorative, and Equitable practices that systematically promote wellness, safety, and community support for all. 

Movement Moment

Dance Video
BSD Brainboost – Unity Easy Dance
Clap it Out Learn Syllables- Go Noodle
Fun Dance Pancake Robot – Coach Gelardi
The Heat is On – Coach Gelardi

Yoga and Mindfulness
Mini The Puppy – Zen Den
Popcorn the Dolphin – Cosmic Kids Yoga
Yoga Freeze Dance
Headspace – Find Your Force Chapter III

Brain Breaks
Tabata Brain Break – BSD Brainboost
What’s That Animal?
Would You Rather Winter Theme
Would You Rather Cartoon and Movies?
Would You Rather  – workout

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