April 6th – 10th

Article of the Week:
Tamarack Resources – there is a lot of access to resource in this document. If you have not looked in to it, I would encourage you to!

Important Notes:
ODE Guidelines

Please review and know the following techniques:
Webex Management Techniques

Spring Conferences: They will be cancelled. We will be hosting school (in its new form) through the original conference time this week! These days are contract days for all staff, this is in lieu of adding additional days in June for the week before spring break!

Rosetta Stone: I heard that Rosetta Stone is currently being offered for free- check it out!

This Week:
CONNECTING WITH STUDENTS: Connecting with the students on your case management/advocate list. The connection should look like a review of zones, personal feelings and experiences right now, review of the supplemental materials sent home (Are they working on that, do they have questions). This does not need to be daily.

Supplemental CORE: Instruction needs to be provided through the supplemental CORE curriculum, these are the agreed upon instructional materials that we adopted last spring. Feel free to add additional activities to the workload after covering the core!

Resources provided by Bend LaPine Schools: Student Mental Health and Families in Need

Events:
4.8.20 Next Deployment date- If your student requested an iPad and has not received the iPad, we will have those ready on Wednesday (Ed Center doors will be open from 10-12 and we will have a separate plan for LaPine on Wednesday). I will be in touch with Roy on Monday for the additional iPads requested after 4.1.20. I will keep everyone posted on the arrival date and deployment of the additional iPads.

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March 30th – April 3rd

Article of the Week:
OHSU created a video that addresses a topic that is important now and for us in Program important everyday. “Caring for Yourself and Caring for Others” . (It is current info which is great!)

Important Notes:
Word of the Month: Self-Awareness *Repeat to Refresh*

Here are a few updates to help you all start thinking about the coming days-

A link to the schedule for 3.30.20 and 3.31.20-4.28.20 (as it stands today). There is a student contact schedule that will be followed as each family schedules time with their advocate/case manager. Note there is flexibility on day of week and time. Those specific elements will be discussed further and set up on 3.30.20 and 3.31.20-Not before!

Agenda for 3.30.20-
10:00 Certified Staff Meeting
12:00, 1:00, 2:30 All Staff Meetings
MONDAY: We will talk about Essential work on Monday- however, for Monday please plan to work remotely!
A Resource List There are several articles in this document to support our transition to virtual learning. Please feel free to add to it!

Here is an update from Bend-La Pine Cabinet:

  1. The provision of supplemental learning education and supports is still a requirement in order for our district to receive continued funding.

Tamarack will have a material and distribution process set up- More to come on this!

  1. We are required to enforce social distancing processes and procedures for essential staff who must be on site.

Please remember to stay six feet apart, wash hands, and wipe down any surfaces they’re using if/when you are on school sites. Also, you can report to me if you see others violating these guidelines.  

  1. District teams have been preparing core subject packets for grades K-5. These will be sent to all elementary administrators in the next day or so and to K-5 teachers by the end of this week. TEACHERS NEED TO WAIT UNTIL APRIL 1 TO SEND OUT ANY ASSIGNMENTS.

This may be something our K-5 program students can access!?! (Ask your Site Administrator)

  1. Other than any needed preparation of materials, certified staff can work remotely. Classified staff need to physically report to schools ONLY if there is essential work to be accomplished. All staff will continue to be paid. This information has been communicated to OSEA leadership, custodians, maintenance staff, and IT staff. Building leaders should communicate to secretarial staff and EA’s. Examples of “essential work” may include processing invoices, timesheets, and leave sheets; preparing student materials; making contact with students and families, etc. ONLY IF THESE TASKS CANNOT BE COMPLETED REMOTELY.
    *Note that staff in at-risk categories (those over 60, those with underlying health issues or living with a family member who has underlying health issues) or staff who need to care for their own children are exempt from physically reporting to schools or workplaces.

Events:
APRIL: Teaching and Learning Virtually!

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March 16th – 20th

Article of the Week: For those of you interested in current COVID-19 News, here is a great resource covering the Tri-County Area!

Important Notes:
I hope you are all safe and COVID-19 free and getting ready to enjoy Spring Break!

Central Office will continue to share updates via email as things progress over the next week.

We will be meeting together on Monday 3.30.20. Invites and Times to be shared later today or early next week!

K-5 Teams- I am working with Tammy, Kevin, and Patrick for plans on 3.30.20. If you are or have received information from them we will want to review how Tamarack folds into the building expectations (More to come).

Here is a shared document of Tam Resources for staff interested in sharing (activities, art, skill building). We can share out relevant resources with students when we come back from Spring Break!

Events:
Next Events will be after Spring Break!
Virtual Meetings 3.30.20 (Please watch for invites)

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March 9th – 13th

Article of the Week: Here is a good article about bored students. It has a parent focus but the tools could be good resources for us as educators.
Reasons Today’s Kids Are Bored, Entitled, Impatient with Few Real Friends

Important Notes:
Spending time at the instructional conference this past week, one thing I think important to share is that our district is doing great work around the use of instructional technology (iPads as a tool not a toy). I will include this link in blogs moving forward so that, when you have time, you can explore what other educators in our district are doing with our technology!
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Events:
3.8.20 Daylight Savings time begins.
3.11.20 Personal Professional Development with your groups!
3.18.20 Certified Staff need to have SLGG data collected and submitted for mid-year!
3.23.20-3.27.20 SPRING BREAK!

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March 2nd – 6th

Article of the Week: Teaching Decision Making

Important Notes:
Word of the Month: Decision Making

Superintendent search process– For those wondering!
The position closes March 1st . The job posting has a nice summary of the most
important qualities the district seeks.
The board has created an interview committee with staff representatives who will
participate in both rounds of interviews. The first round of interviews (semi-
finalists) is scheduled for Friday, March 20th .
For the finalist interviews March 30th and 31st , there will be a series of forums, tours,
etc. over the two days. In addition to the public forums the evening of March 30th.

Events:
3.4-3.6 Hayley Out (I will be far more available via text and call during this time)
Please contact site Principals or Ed Center – Jen in an emergency.

March 8 Daylight Savings time begins.

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February 24th – 28th

Article of the Week:
Really? Really. How Our Brains Figure Out What Words Mean Based On How They’re Said

Important Notes:
Feb 24 – MAC Survey Day!

See notes below for info on next week.

Events:
2.24-2.28 Hayley Out @ CFEE (Coaching for Educator Equity). My understanding is our time is devoted night and day to this process so expect that my availability will be limited. Please contact site Principals or Ed Center – Jen in an emergency.

2.26.20 Tamarack Staff Work Day

3.4-3.6 Hayley Out

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February 17th – 21st

Article of the Week:
Here is a great middle of winter self-care article!

Important Notes:

This is Fun! You may or may not be aware that we have a “Grow Our Own” incentive program here in our district, where support is given to current classified employees to pursue a credential/degree in a hard-to-fill position. This program is relatively new and we believe not everyone is aware of it. The attached documents were sent out to all classified staff, but if you know of any amazing classified staff in your building who would do great in a hard-to-fill certified role, it would be awesome to have you encourage these folks to attend the info session. (Thanks to Kinsey for promoting/highlighting this program!)

MAC survey- Our Winter MAC survey day is Monday, February 24. Please coordinate with your FAN Advocate to communicate information to staff. That’s all for this week. Enjoy your three day weekend.

Staff Meetings- The following staff meetings (2.19.20, 3.18.20, 4.22.20, 5.20.20) will be canceled moving forward, I have another required meeting at this time through the spring. If there is important information that needs to be shared out, it will be shared out in this blog. We will continue to meet for Tamarack PD, PPD, and work days., which should still provide plenty of meeting time for us!

Events:
2.19.20 SET Meetings (Still happening!) @ Ed. Center
2.19.20 NO Staff Meeting
2.26-2.28 Hayley Out @ CFEE (Plan forthcoming)
2.26.20 Tamarack Work Day!

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February 10th – 14th

Article of the Week: Here is a great introduction to Restorative Justice- What the Heck is Restorative Justice?

Important Notes
We have the following field trips scheduled for 2019-2020 school year. (This has been shared a few times but just in case it has been forgotten- here it is again Tamarack Field Trip List)

If you intend to plan an additional field trip on different days, outside of this list, here is the link where the Field trip form links are for the district. Please submit additional field trip requests to using the district approved form! (If the link does not work, it is in the portal under: Field Trip / Activity Request and Permission Forms)

The Adult Programming team at the Deschutes Public Library is hosting a free program that will cover the inclusion of tribal history in Oregon schools.  The event will be held at the East Bend Library on Saturday, March 14th at 3:00 p.m.   Here is the link for the event.

Events:
2.12.20 PPD Wednesday (make a plan to meet with your groups!)

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February 3rd – 7th

Article of the Week: Reminder about Rapport as we start 2nd Semester!
6 Ways to Build Rapport with Students

Important Notes:
Word of the Month: Relationship Building

February is Black History Month – and a great opportunity for you to shine a light on a group of people who are often not discussed (outside of slavery) in terms of what they have contributed to US history. Here are some resources for you to generate ideas (or simply take and use) over the course of the next four weeks (and beyond).

Tam @ Ed Center- Please send back up Sub Plans to Kaisha ASAP!

Matthew will be supporting at the NEST this week- Thank you Matthew!

Steve will be delivering iPads to SRES Monday afternoon and will have a quick training for you all on Lock-Down- Thank You Steve!

Upcoming- 2.10.20 K-12 Ice Skating Day (Make sure you have buses set!)

Events:
2.5.20 SET Tam @ Ed Center
2.5.20 Site Activity (Behavior Coaches will send out plans on Tuesday!)
2.5.20 Hayley Out Wednesday afternoon-Friday (Plans for coverage will be shared)
2.12.20 PPD Wednesday

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January 27th – 31st

Article of the Week:
The Role of Emotion Co-Regulation in Discipline
This is a great reminder of co-regulating with students when they are escalated!

Important Notes:
This week brings the close to first semester! Make sure you have academic assessments and behavior data prepared and completed to provide information in student progress reports!

Have you thought about how you are connecting students to their academic and behavior progress during this reporting time? Student have done self-ratings, how will those be Incorporated into the reports? This is a great time to summarize the students reflective work!

Friday is Grade Day- No Students!

Events:
1.29.2020 Tamarack Work Day
1.31.2020 Teacher Grade Day (Classified Staff- Non-work day)

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