This and That:
Family Connection Phone Calls: Thank you for taking the time to connect with your families! Several of you have asked to have until the end of the month to continue to make phone calls. Making the connections with families is more important than the due date, so please keep making them. Be sure to keep recording your calls and information in our family connection spreadsheet and once you have completed all of your phone calls, see Chris for a timesheet to record up to 6 additional hours. Let me know if you have any questions.
International Dot Day: Dot day is officially Thursday, 9/15, but please feel free to celebrate and create any day this week that works best for you (most people have mentioned that they will likely celebrate on Friday). Dot day was created as an international celebration of creativity, so it fits so well with what we are about here at Elk Meadow.
- Some resources for you:
- Here is the author, Peter Reynolds, talking about why he wrote the book (5 mins)
- Here is a read-aloud of the book, and there are lots of copies floating around Elk Meadow, so if you’d rather do the read-aloud yourself, ask a teammate, they will be sure to have it.
- Here are some project ideas:
PE Support (From Jenny White): Participate in a FREE training to learn how to use the BE Physically Actie 2Day! (BEPA 2.0) program in your school. BEPA 2.0 is a school-based physical activity “brain boost” program aligned to physical and health education standards. In addition to 3-hours of professional development credit, participants will receive a FREE BEPA 2.0 Toolkit to use in their classrooms. See the details below on how to register!
How to Register:
- Visit the following link: https://beav.es/iLk
- Login to Ideal-Logic. If you have not used this platform before, choose one of the sign-in methods available to you. You must use a Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, LinkedIn, or OSU account to sign up. Do not create an Ideal-Logic login as you are not able to access online courses that way.
- Fill out all required registration questions.
- When prompted to pay, enter the following discount code: CENTRALOR (This code will allow you to register without payment.) The code is case-sensitive.
- Once registered, you will be able to access the training course!
Important Notes & Tips:
- You will have 30 days from the day you register to complete the training.
- The name you register with will be what is written on your Certificate of Completion.
- Emails from Ideal-Logic occasionally go to spam/junk folders. If you can’t find an email, check your junk/ spam mail.
Field Trip Policy: Now that field trips are back, I thought it would be a good idea for everyone to review the BLS Administrative Regulation on field trips. Please take a few minutes to read IICA-AR and re-familiarize yourself with the intentions of field trips, approval, and funding.
Key takeaways: Field trips and other special activities involving travel may be authorized by the principal, superintendent, or designee when such trips or activities contribute to the achievement of desirable educational outcomes in alignment with district educational, social, and cultural goals. A Field Trip / Activity Request Form must be completed and approved before the trip date. **Note from Kelle – ask for permission for a specific field trip before completing the field trip packet or communicating with families. We will not have a separate walking field trip form. Walking field trips will be treated like all other field trips at this time.**
New Staff Portal and MFA (multi-factor authentication) (From Scott McDonald): The most common feedback from the launch of the new portal has centered around how often staff are asked to complete Multifactor Authentication (MFA). Please consider sharing our new MFA Tips link with your staff. Making the suggested changes will considerably reduce the number of times a user is asked to complete MFA.
SIW: This is an “A” week for Wednesday specials. Our SIW this week is “school discretion,” so it will be team time. Please plan on meeting with your team for at least 90 minutes to calibrate and support each other with reading foundational skills, Scoop on Schools, SEL/ Harmony time, weekly newsletter plans, etc…
Monday Staff Meeting Agenda: The meeting will start at 2:30 sharp in the media center. We will be talking about what happens in the classroom when students are out of the room during intervention, doors during recess time, and Roost access.
Focus on Excellence and Equity:
TLC Update: Here is a link to the latest TLC Update, which is FULL of helpful information and resources. Make sure you take the time to read through it and follow the links. Some items of note: link to folders for foundational skills support and Harmony start-up suggestions,
First Ten Days: Here is a great resource for focusing on building a positive classroom culture during the first ten days of school – great support for your daily SEL time.
COVID & Safety Related Information:
EME Safety Concern Form: Link here. You can use this form to report any safety concerns – big or small. Please use this form or talk directly with Frank or Kelle.
COVID Reporting for Staff & Students:
Staff: If you have a diagnosed case of C19 (not exposure), please be sure to report it to Chris ASAP. She will report it to the district contact tracers, who will contact you and determine your return to work date. Please note that there is not a COVID-19 support team member on call for COVID-19 cases reported after 5pm on weekdays or on the weekends/holidays. A COVID-19 support team member will follow up with positive cases on the next school day.
Students: If a student has a diagnosed case of C19 (not exposure), please be sure to report it to Chris or Nicole ASAP. They will report it to the district contact tracers, who will contact the family and determine a return to school date.
Doors During Recess: The following was in the principals’ newsletter this weekend. Be on the lookout from Frank on Monday on how this will work at EME to comply with this:
Contrary to what some schools have been told, this is the final answer on leaving a door open at recess for students to come in and use the restroom. You may have only ONE door of your choice within your fenced perimeter, unlocked during recess for students to come inside to access the restroom, office, etc. That door should be monitored by an adult nearby (don’t need to stand at the door like at gates in the mornings, but should not be across the playground either). The door should be locked back up immediately after recess. Thanks for your cooperation with this.
Safety Protocols: Thank you, everyone, for attending our last-minute meeting on Thursday afternoon. We know you are doing all you can to keep our kids safe and to provide our families with the peace of mind that their kids are in good hands when they are at school. Thank you for all your efforts, and thank you for keeping safety as our number one priority. If you ever have any questions about a procedure or a practice, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Safety Supplies: Ensure you have a bright vest, first-aid fanny pack, whistle, and keys. If you are missing any of these items, please see Chris by Wednesday, 9/14.
Eagle News: Share Eagle News with your class on Monday.
Student Experience/ Cafeteria: When we discussed assigned seating in the cafeteria as a staff, we originally determined that September 19th would be a good starting date; we are wanting to move this date up. As we are watching student practices developing in the cafeteria, we are starting to develop some unwanted behaviors. We do not want to have these become entrenched. Please develop a seating plan for your classroom ASAP. We can continue to adjust as needed.
Day 188-190: Certified staff – please complete your days 188 & 189 if you haven’t already.
September Checklist: Everyone should have found a school startup checklist in their mailbox. The certified staff has a full sheet(blue), and the classified staff has a half sheet (coral…ish).
We are not expecting you to return this to us, but we are expecting you to complete it as a simple professional responsibility. We know there is a lot of information to start the year, and this should help you remember what we have asked of you. Hopefully, you are not surprised by anything on the list. Please reach out if you are uncertain about an item or need any support for anything!
- Monday: DIBELS Day (be sure to read emails from Olivia regarding schedules and directions), Staff Meeting (short), Safety Team meeting
- Wednesday: ICCL meeting @1:00, SIW=Team Time
- Thursday: Fire Drill,
- Friday: International Dot Day Celebrated at EME