April 3

You were amazing this week! Think of the things you learned and accomplished. Think of the joy you brought to your students and colleagues! Keep taking it slow, pacing yourself, and giving yourself a lot of grace.

How did you do with the focus on your mental and emotional health this week? If you feel you can do better taking care of yourself, I encourage you to write down a couple of goals for yourself and put them in a place where you will see them a lot and do your best to start achieving them. Focus on things that are realistic and help you to mentally reset and feel reinvigorated or/and are fun. This is important. Maybe it is getting outside for a walk? Watching a You Tube video of your favorite music artist in concert? Starting gardening early? Reading a fiction book? Watching a movie as a family? Do it.

Learning material (packet/ipad) pick-up went amazing! Most items were picked up and Hillary, Yolanda, Jill, Judy, Amy, Amber, Mike, and Miram rocked it. Families that we hadn’t seen yet received a phone call on Thursday and either picked up materials Friday or had them mailed to them (we only were able to mail learning packets)

Lybe and I would like to meet and check in with every grade level team next week to see how thing are going and to learn of ways we might support the work you are doing. We will schedule these around the regular meeting times you have with your class and families using this document Grade Level Meeting Schedule

Heads up! We have been instructed to not inactive (unenroll) students between 3/16 – 4/30. We are to keep all students enrolled at Lava Ridge even if they are doing some form of online school, whether through the district or other academies. If families share with you that they have “unenrolled” just let Amber know. For these particular families, feel free to share with them that “during these unique circumstances all students will remain an active student at LRE until we receive further directive from the school district”. For now it is perfectly fine for families to be enrolled at LRE and still do online schooling elsewhere we just won’t be officially inactivating their status in Synergy until further notice.

We should be learning more soon about the direction Bend-La Pine Schools will be taking with the ODE’s Oregon’s Distance Learning for All. I will be in communication with you about this once I have information to share.

Child abuse reporting remains critical, especially during these times. A fillable form is on the portal so you can complete and submit electronically.  Bend-La Pine Schools received the following from the KidCenter: “Last week, the Oregon Department of Human Services released data indicating that calls to the child abuse hotline have dropped by 70 percent since the mandated closure of K-12 Schools due to the coronavirus. These closures mean that most children no longer have daily interaction with teachers and school personnel who are required by law to report concerns of abuse and neglect. When we also consider social distancing mandates, it is even less likely that children will have much interaction with adults outside of their home who might be able to identify and report signs of abuse. These factors are compounded by added emotional and financial stress the coronavirus pandemic is bringing to many families, all of which is likely to place more children at increased risk for abuse or neglect in their home environment. We know that as the pandemic continues to evolve, it is a matter of time until the real impact to children becomes known and reports of abuse and neglect begin to skyrocket.” 

We are planning for a WebEx support session to share ideas about Google Classroom and WebEx on Wednesday or Thursday. We will send out a time early next week after we have a better understanding of when class meetings and office hours are scheduled.

Lava Ridge COVID Information and Academic Plans

Lava Ridge Student Check-In

FAQ Doc from Coaches

Lava Ridge Continuation of Learning Questions

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March 6

Ready, set, spend! May 1st is our cut-off day for any final discretionary account purchases* Why May 1st? Each school year we do our best to spend all of the dollars in our school budget (we refer to these as discretionary dollars) by mid-June as any money that is not spent by June 30th is lost. This is tricky. Many of the orders we place are not reconciled from our budgets for weeks after they are placed making our real school budget balance on any given day a moving target. This deadline for orders/expenditures will help us to know how much money we potentially have available to spend towards supplies and other items we need. This year we are hoping to purchase paper and projectors with our remaining funds. If you don’t plan to use the remaining dollars in your accounts that is ok, just let Miriam know and we will then use them to purchase supplies and projectors.

Student Body (SB) balance (including grade level) will carry over to next year.

*We understand you may need to make small purchases after this date and just ask that you make Miriam aware of these by May 1st. These might include year-end parties, incentives, etc.

Buddy activity in Discovery Falls

Week at a Glance for March 9th-13th

Monday:

Tuesday:

  • 2:45 Staff Meeting

Wednesday:

  • School Improvement Wednesday: SIOP Collaboration and Grade Level Project Work Time. The team that is working on SIOP implementation will be meeting in the Media Center and other members of grade level teams are encouraged to use this time to work on items that are of benefit to your team (ie grade level conference prep, ordering grade level supplies, inventory of science materials, submitting Print Shop orders for the team, etc)

Thursday:

  • Drum Residency Begins
  • 2:00 February PAW Celebration
  • 2:45 Site Council in the Media Center

Friday:

  • Resiliency Survey Day (More details will be shared at the Staff Meeting)

Duty Schedule for March 9th – March 20th

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February 28

Nominations are open for the Bend-La Pine Schools, 2019-20 Excellence in Education awards. We will be submitting the name of a certified and classified employee who will be recognized in May and will then be considered for the district level award in their respective employee groups. I would appreciate your input into the decision of who we select as our certified and classified recipients for Lava Ridge. If you are interested in nominating a colleague, please complete this form and return to me by Tuesday, March 17th and we will then use this information in making our school nominations to the district. Thank you!

Early next week we will have the conference preference forms to you for Spring Conferences (April 8th and 9th from 12:00-7:00). For Spring conferences we will be using our standard conferencing format (ie. 20 or 30 minute conferences like we hosted in October). Sibling conference scheduling is on March 17 @ 2:45 in the Media Center.

Week at a Glance for March 2nd-6th

Monday:

Tuesday:

  • 2:45 PLC Meetings: Reading Focus

Wednesday:

  • Spring Pictures in the Music Room
  • School Improvement Wednesday: District SIW #2

Thursday:

Friday:

Duty Schedule for March 2nd-13th

Picture taken late February 2019. What a different end to the month this year! 🙂
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February 21st

5th grade opinion writing celebration. Students had the opportunity to read each others essays and leave positive comments for their peers.

In 2019, Bend-La Pine School District, in partnership with Better Together, received a $1.5 million grant from the Central Oregon Health Council to develop and strengthen trauma-informed cultures across education systems in Central Oregon. As part of this initiative, you may remember that our students took a baseline survey at the end of last school year. This year our survey date is March 13. Here is a copy of the letter we will send to families in early March and details of the survey process.

Battle of the Books Championship. Congratulations to team “Read and Seek”. Regionals are March 14th at Elk Meadow

With Elementary Transfer Interviews scheduled for Tuesday March 3rd @ 3:15 at North Star Elementary our March Staff Meeting will be on March 10th.

Archery is back! A 5th grader right on target with their learning 🙂

Week at a Glance for February 24th-28th

Monday:

  • MAC Survey Day
  • PBIS Team Meeting at 2:45 in the Media Center

Tuesday:

  • 2:45 PLC Meetings: Writing Focus

Wednesday:

  • 2nd Grade Music Program Dress Rehearsal at 10:25 (Load at 10:18)
  • Lunch in Classrooms
  • School Improvement Wednesday: School Design Team Meetings
  • 2nd Grade Music Program at 6:00

Thursday:

  • Lion Pride Lunch Drawings
  • 1st Grade EBISS @ 2:45

Friday:

  • Bingo! Door open at 5:30 with Bingo beginning at 6:00

Duty Schedule for February 24-March 6th

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February 14

Constant Difference small group instruction in 4th grade

The Sky View Band and Orchestra performing for 4th and 5th grade

Buddy activity for 2nd and 5th graders

Week at a Glance for February 17th-21st

Monday:

  • No School-President’s Day

Tuesday:

  • 2:45 PLC Meetings: Math Focus

Wednesday:

  • 1:30 School Tour
  • School Improvement Wednesday: Work in Classroom Day

Thursday:

  • 7:30-8:30 Kindergarten Parent/Guardian Coffee and Connect Social hosted by PTO in the Media Center
  • 2nd Grade EBISS @ 2:45

Friday:

Duty Schedule for February 17th-28th

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February 7th

February is Black History Month. Here are some resources from the Instructional Technology Department you may wish to use with your students.

Symphony Star, Jeff Briggs answering questions from 5th graders

As we discussed at the Staff Meeting on Tuesday, #110 is the code for schoolwide announcements via the intercom from any phone in our school.

Here is a copy of Bend-La Pine Schools’ Strategic Investment Plan. This outlines the plans to invest approximately $18 million in additional funding from the state of Oregon. The plan is focused on three strategic priorities:

  • supporting students’ health and safety,
  • reducing class size,
  • and increasing access to a well-rounded education.

January PAW Recipients

Thank you for your help getting the Sparrow Project for Peyton Bartz off to a great start! Here is an additional link to the video . As we shared on Tuesday, we will be messaging information again to families via the newsletter next week. Still not sure how to launch or discuss the project with your students? After the Staff Meeting, someone shared with me how they discussed the project with their students:

After the assembly I talked with my class about the Sparrow Project, what community service is, and shared the examples of community service with them. We did a bit of brainstorming too of some service ideas that were not on the list. I then modeled to them how to fill out the voucher and asked who was interested in participating and handed out vouchers (I asked Amber for some extras because I was a couple short). Later that day I sent a short Bloomz message home to families about what we had discussed, the option (not a requirement) students had for participating, and details about how to complete the vouchers and that students should return them to the Main Office.

Week at a Glance for February 10th-14th

Monday:

  • No Lava Read

Tuesday:

  • 1:30 Sky View Band and Orchestra performs for 5th grade
  • 2:45 PLC Meetings: Reading Focus or AR Support Session in the Media Center

Wednesday:

  • 1:15-2:00 ICCL Meeting
  • School Improvement Wednesday: PLC Time for Lava Read

Thursday:

  • 3rd Grade EBISS @ 2:45

Friday:

  • Valentine’s Day!

Duty Schedule for February 10th-21st

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January 31st

Happy Halfway Through the School Year!

Talk about visible learning! White boards are such a handy instructional tool. Students enjoy using them and the check for understanding opportunities are amazing. This 1st grader had been navigating the equation, X – 4 = 29

Heads Up…School Improvement Wednesday on February 12th will be PLC Time for grade levels to work on Lava Read 🙂

We are off to the Olympics! The Olympics will be our AR theme this year and soon our reading Olympians will be able to move their cards through the four stops on the journey. In other AR news, the passing/partial points rate on quizzes has been set at 80% (As we discussed in December the default in the program is 85%) We will discuss more AR details at the Staff Meeting on Tuesday.

A team of teachers from Pacific Crest Middle School visited some of our classrooms on Tuesday to observe small group instruction. This team has been considering small groups within their classrooms as a strategy to increase student learning.

Week at a Glance for February 3rd-7th

Monday:

  • easyCBM window closing Tuesday Tuesday

Tuesday:

  • 2:45 Staff Meeting

Wednesday:

  • A star from the Central Oregon Symphony visits M & M classes
  • School Improvement Wednesday: District PLC

Thursday:

Friday:

  • DIBELS Day

Duty Schedule for February 3rd-February 14th

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January 24

This week we sent the note below to families about the adjustments we have made to the student drop-off/pick-up area: “The next time you drop-off or pick-up your student you will see a safety improvement we have made to the driveway by the Main Entrance to Lava Ridge.  With the goal of making this area safer and improving visibility for students using the cross-walks  we have lined the driveway in this area with cones.  We ask that no cars be parked, or stop for student drop-off or pick-up in this area.  Students can be dropped off on the curb before the cones or after passing them.  

Modeling of Flash Debates in 2nd grade

Got that perfect new password in mind? Not yet? Keep thinking and make sure to update yours by February 19th. Thank you!

Week at a Glance for January 27th-31st

Monday:

Tuesday:

  • 2:45 No PLC Meetings
  • Yummraiser at Panda Express

Wednesday:

  • 4th Grade Music Program Dress Rehearsal @ 9:40 (load @ 9:30); K-2 recess will be from 9:15-9:30 and 3rd-5th immediately after the assembly.
  • Lunch in Classrooms
  • School Improvement Wednesday: PLC Time for teams to plan for the implementation of the math differentiation tools and template
  • 4th Grade Music Program @ 6:00

Thursday:

  • 2:45 4th Grade EBISS
  • Monthly Lion Pride Drawing during lunches

Friday:

  • Work Day

Duty Schedule for January 27-February 7

Lots of fun at the Battle of the Books banquet

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January 17

We have two dress rehearsals and a drumming assembly on the horizon. Details below-

  • 1/29:  4th grade dress rehearsal  @ 9:40 (load at 9:30)  Recesses after assembly.   Lunch will be in classrooms on this date.
  • 2/26:  2nd grade dress rehearsal @ 10:25 load at 10:18.  Lunch will be in classrooms on this date.
  • 3/18   Drum Assembly @ 8:05
The elementary ELL team met at Lava Ridge on Tuesday for a 1st grade lesson study.

Help! We are still short several charging cords (see picture below) They are $80 to replace. Thank you for returning any extras you may have to the Media Center soon.

Report Card Info- Here is first semester report card information and stretch band information . From Julie Walker, “You can figure out where students are performing in this range by looking at the lexile level on the back of their Wonders leveled readers or looking at the Wonder’s Teacher’s Edition in order to figure out the lexile level of every book students are accessing each week.”  Nothing has changed on these documents.

Two reminder notes for Lava Read:

  • There will be no Lava Read Groups the week of January 27th (Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday, no school Friday); We will be DIBELing kindergarten and 1st grade.
  • There will also not be Lava Read on February 7th (DIBELS day)
Congratulations to our Golden Ticket recipients!

Week at a Glance for January 20th-24th

Here are all of the Spirit Week details.

Monday:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday

Tuesday:

  • Dress Up Theme: When I grow up day
  • 2:45 PLC Math Meetings

Wednesday:

  • Dress Up Theme: Crazy Hair and Sock Day
  • School Improvement Wednesday: 2:00 Collective Genius

Thursday:

  • Dress Up Theme: Pajama Day
  • 2:45 5th Grade EBISS
  • 2:30-4:00 OBOB Banquet in the gym

Friday:

  • Dress Up Theme: College or Sport Day

Duty Schedule for January 20-31

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January 10

During School Improvement Wednesday we will be meeting in School Design Teams. With our faculty collaborating to determine the strategies we use to meet our goals, we are counting on all certified staff to be part of this work. The plan is for every grade level to be represented on each team so you may wish discuss in advance within your grade level who has an interest in being on which team. Here are the goals set by the ICCL Team in the three different areas:

  • Academic Excellence: Raise student achievement for historically underserved students (Economically Disadvantaged, ELL) in the areas of reading and math.
  • Future Ready: Increase opportunities for students to practice and experience the 4’Cs (collaborate, create, think critically, and be creative)
  • Thriving Citizen: Every Lava Ridge student will attend school regularly (94% or more of the school days)

      

Our December PAW recipients

Need to look at a student’s CUM file? With the confidential nature of the contents we are required to keep them locked in a secure location. If you need a file, just let Amber know and she will help you out.

Welcome to Cassidy McBride! Cassidy will be student teaching with Sarah Kamasz for the remainder of the school year.

Sarah Shapiro who completed her intermediate experience with Sarah K. in December has transitioned to her primary level placement with Andrea Thompson

Lots of evidence of learning as our 5th graders work on their research based arguments

Spirit Week (January 21-24) is right around the corner. Here is a repost of the details.

Week at a Glance for January 13th-17th

Monday:

Tuesday:

  • 9:05 Responsibility Kick-off Assembly (Sparrow launch)
  • 2:45 PLC Reading Meetings

Wednesday:

  • Golden Ticket Lunch Celebration in the Media Center
  • School Improvement Wednesday: School Design Teams in the Media Center

Thursday:

  • 2:45 Site Council in the Media Center

Friday:

Duty Schedule for January 13-24

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