Monday AM Notes, October 29

I hope that Conversations were great (as usual!) and that the extra day off this weekend helped keep you happy!  It was so great to see so many of you and to be together at the celebration for Colby yesterday.  I know Lindsey really appreciated our presence and support.

A few notes to get us going:
1) Earthquake drill tomorrow (Tues) at 1:15.  The basics: duck under table, cover head and back of neck, and hold.  See below for more in depth information (from your red/green notebooks that you carry with you when we evacuate the building).

2) Trick or Treating on Wednesday starting at 12:30.  As always let’s have staggered departure times starting with the Olders who are likely to be ready a lot sooner than the Youngers.  We’ll send a group every few minutes.  Be sure to have masks and bags ready!

3) EBISS on Wednesday!
9:15-9:45—Grade 5
9:45-10:15— Grade 4
10:45-11:15—Grade 2
11:15-11:45—Grade 1
1:00-1:30—Grade 3

4) SIW this week: We’ll discuss Chapters 2 and 3 from Mathematical Mindsets.

5) Movie Day on Thursday.  I had a heck of a time finding a movie suitable for Kinder through 3rd so I decided to split the group up into smaller groups.  We’ll split into 3 groups, K-1, 2-3, and 4-5.  If you were wondering, movies for Kinder-3rd must be rated G, 4-5 can be rated PG.  Please let me know if you have access to renting the movie for your group and I will reimburse you for the rental.

K-1: The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh has a run time of 1 hour 40 minutes.  Let’s plan to start the movie at 9:20–we’ll break for Choice time from 10:05-10:25, then be able to finish the movie before 11:30.  In the gym.

2-3: Toy Story 2 has a run time of 1 hour 37 mins.  If you get started by 9:20 you should be fine.  Frans and Heidi, can you decide which room to use?  The studio could also be an option.

4-5: Run time for Hidden Figures is 2 hours 7 mins.  You’ll need to start as close to 9:05 as possible in order to finish before lunch time, or you could start whenever and finish after lunch-up to you!  I believe you will be in Matt’s room.

6) Talent/Variety show: currently scheduled for Dec 5–should we postpone until the Spring? This would allow Lindsey to be a part of it.  We’ll talk at SIW this week.  March 20 is a possibility, the week before Spring Break.  Please give it a thought and feel free to chat me up about it prior to the meeting if you have ideas.

7) Grades 4 and 5 are headed to Smith Rock on Friday–yahoo!

Here’s to a great week!

Monday AM Notes, October 22

Good Morning All,
I hope you enjoyed the spectacular weekend!  It’s a short with kiddos, and a little longer of a week with parents.  Conversations are this week and as always they are bound to be informative, insightful, and a wonderful way to strengthen partnerships with our families!

First, a fun fact:  Did you know that a baby blue whale consumes 100 gallons of milk every day and gains up to 200 lbs per day?  Random, I know.  But so fascinating I just had to share.

A few notes to get us going:
1) Thanks to all of you for getting writing scores in to the assessment document!

2)  Kinders, Grade 1, and Grade 2 are headed to D and D Ranch on Tuesday.

3) Our next SIW is October 31.  That day we will continue our discussion about Mathematical Mindsets.  I committed to giving you plenty of notice to keeping up with the reading, so please take some time to read Chapters 2 and 3 between now and then and jot down some notes for our discussion.

4) Mask making for Halloween–just wanted to make sure you have it in your plans.  Trick or Treating at the Ed Center will begin just after lunch next Wednesday.

5) I am considering switching recess duty time from mornings to afternoons.  I have plenty of coverage in the mornings now with Brad, Erin, Karima, and me.  The afternoons are a little light with Erin and Karima leaving mid day.  This would mean that on your day you would join us on the playground from 2-2:20.  If you have any concerns about this switch let me know.  I plan to make a decision in the next week so please make sure to share your thoughts sooner than later.

6) EBISS next week:
9:15-9:45—Grade 5
9:45-10:15— Grade 4
10:45-11:15—Grade 2
11:15-11:45—Grade 1
1:00-1:30—Grade 3

7) Matt is coordinating a school wide project titled “I am Different.”  As part of this project we need a photo of each student.  Next Tuesday (30th), Cami Staskal will be here to take pictures for the project.  She will have a station set up and will run classes through very quickly (her words) so there shouldn’t be too much of an interruption to get this done.  She would like to get it done in the AM.  Please let me know of any restrictions in terms of timing for your class.   See Matt for more details about the project.

8) I’ll be off campus between 11:45 and 2pm today.  Call or text if you need anything.

I read this in an article recently–just another affirmation of the importance we put on human development at Amity (if you are interested here is the Article):

Make no mistake. The high value work today is being done in teams and that will only increase as more jobs become automated. The jobs of the future will not depend as much on knowing facts or crunching numbers, but will involve humans collaborating with other humans to design work for machines. Collaboration will increasingly be a competitive advantage.

That’s why we need to pay attention not just to how our kids work and achieve academically, but how they play, resolve conflicts and make others feel supported and empowered. The truth is that value has shifted from cognitive skills to social skillsAs kids will increasingly be able to learn complex subjects through technology, the most important class may well be recess.

Upcoming dates:
October 23: D and D Ranch for K-2
October 31: Trick or Treat at the Ed Center
October 31: EBISS meetings

Here’s to a great week!

Monday AM Notes, October 15

Good Morning!
I’m hoping you got out and enjoyed the Fall weekend.  I babysat my grandkids for most of the day on Saturday and it took me most of Sunday to recover!

A few notes to get you going…

1) Harvest Festival is this Saturday from 4-7pm.  I hope you can join in the fun for a bit.

2) Grade 3 heads to the Metolius on Thursday.

3) Grade 4 and 5 will be participating in an Inspiration Day on Wednesday in partnership with Younity, a local organization that also facilitates the Challenge Days at middle and high schools.  They will be using the gym from 9:30-11:30 on Wednesday.

4) If you haven’t discussed SLIME with your class please do so first thing today so that we are all in harmony on this. If you have already discussed it, please remind your kiddos.   Matt has already begun to cultivate a crew to facilitate the SLIME invitation.

5) We (and when I say we, I mean I) missed a Fire Drill last week.  We’ll do it at 11:15am tomorrow.

6) Grade 3 hosts Cafe Amity this week.

7) I will drop off your SLGGs this morning.  Please be sure to sign up for a quick 10 minute SLGG meeting this week–I sent out the link at the the end of last week and here it is again: SLGG Meetings.  Please have your SLGG completed prior to the meeting–thanks!

8) SIW time this week is for you to prep for Conversations.

9) Brad is out today, Harkin is sick.  Beth Thomas will be here to cover for him.

Here’s to a great week ahead!

The Community Pub Crawl for Colby is tonight, 4-9pm.  $1 per pint is donated.  Here is a list of the participating pubs:

AVID Cider Company, 550 SW Industrial Way
Boneyard Beer Pub, 1955 NE Division St.
Broken Top Bottle Shop, 1740 NW Pence Ln #1
Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, 1441 SW Chandler Ave #100
Crux Fermentation Project, 50 SW Division St.
D&D Bar & Grill, 927 NW Bond St.
Deschutes Brewery Bend Public House, 1044 NW Bond St.
Deschutes Brewery Bend Tasting Room, 901 SW Simpson Ave. (open until 6pm)
GoodLife Brewing, 70 SW Century Dr.
Immersion Brewing, 550 SW Industrial Way
Monkless Belgian Ales, 20750 NE High Desert Ln #107, (3pm-6pm)
10 Barrel Brewing Company Westside, 1135 NW Galveston Ave.
10 Barrel Brewing Company Eastside, 62950 NE 18th St.
Worthy Brewing, 495 NE Bellevue Dr.

Cascade Lakes Brewing Company, 855 SW 7th St.
Wild Ride Brewing, 332 SW 5th St.

Monday AM Notes, October 8

Good Morning All,
I hope you enjoyed the weekend.  I had my daughter Arielle in town this weekend so we could celebrate the beginning of her new career which starts today–a nurse at Good Samaritan Hospital in Corvallis!  It was a great weekend of celebration!

A few notes to get us going:
1) Fire Drill Tuesday at 11:15am.  I have scheduled drills for the rest of the year on our main calendar book in the office.  Here is the list:
Fire Drills (monthly): Oct 9 (11:15), Nov 15 (1:45), Dec 13 (1:45), Jan 9 (12:45), Feb 8 (11:15), March 14 (1:45), April 16 (9:50), May 9 (1:45), June 5 (9:45)
Earth Quake Drills: Oct 30 (1:15), Jan 15 (11:15)
Lockout Drill: Nov 27 (11:00am)
Shelter in Place: Dec 18 (11:15)

2) Grade 4 hosts Cafe Amity this week

3) SIW this week: We’ll have a short info sharing and then you will have time to work in teams on Science.  As a reminder, no district SIW until the Spring.

4) Grade 5 is off to Todd Lake on Thursday

5) EBISS meetings have been set for the year; the first is Wednesday, October 31.  The others: Dec 12, Feb 20, April 17, May 29 (Grade 5 at Tamarack, we’ll meet another time).  Please get these on your calendar.

6) By now you should have done a beginning of year writing assessment.  Please get results to me by the end of the week and include number of 4s earned for each student (usually not many).  Thanks!

Upcoming dates:
*Oct 18: Grade 3 to the Metolius
*Oct 20: Harvest Festival, 4-7pm.  Hope you can make it!
*Oct 23: D and D Ranch field trip (K-2)
*Oct 24-26: Conversations

Here’s to a great week!

Monday AM Notes, October 1

Good Morning All,
I hope you had a great weekend, it’s definitely feeling like Fall!  I genuinely love this time of year with the crisp air, the colors, harvest time–so much to love!

I wanted to start with a couple of Thank Yous…
*Thanks to all of you for warmly welcoming Tonya last week!
*Thanks for your stewardship efforts, there have been noticeable improvements both in and out of the classrooms
*A big, heartfelt thank you for being so incredible during a challenging start to the school year, and for taking care of each other.  Towards the end of last week it really felt like we were hitting our stride and finding our Amity groove.  I truly appreciate your strength and resolve in getting through this first part of the year and for staying so positive and upbeat–I know it has not been easy.

Special note: We’ll have a special visitor for lunch today–Daniel is coming by for a visit!

A few notes to get us going:
1) We have a busy week on the assessment front. DIBELS on Tuesday morning, EasyCBM for Grades 1 & 2 on Wednesday (studio), and EasyCBM for Grades 3/4/5 (in classrooms) at various times throughout the week.

2) SIW this week: This week we will begin to dive in to Mathematical Mindsets.  I’m requesting that you do a little reading prior to our meeting on Wednesday.  Please read the introduction and Chapter 1 in preparation for our meeting.  I believe that each of you has already received a copy of the book, but if you haven’t please see me today and I’ll give you a copy.  We’ll start our meeting at 3pm to give you a little extra time to complete the reading.  In the future I’ll try to give at least a week notice about readings for SIW.  Please come ready to share your highlights from the reading.

3) School pictures on Wednesday

4) Field Trip Requests: Thanks to those of you who are making sure to fill out these requests.  The forms are extremely helpful in tracking field trips and being sure we have done all the needed preparation, and they will help us from year to year.  Please remember to fill out a request for all trips.

5) Dates on the calendar: Please remember to add your field trip dates as well as celebrations, presenters, and all other import dates to the calendar in the office.  On a daily basis we refer to this calendar and many important decisions are made using the calendar.  We can easily avoid double booking or missing events if we keep the calendar up to date.

6) Please remember there is NO ART THIS WEEK.

7) I’ll be leaving school at 3:00pm today for an admin meeting across the street–call or text if you need anything.

*Oct 2: DIBELS in AM
*Oct 1-5: EasyCBM
~Grade 1 on Wednesday @10:30
~Grade 2 on Wednesday @12:30
~Grades 4/5 on Monday, Grade 3 TBD
*Oct 3: School Pictures.  Patti has extra forms and you can also remind parents that they can order on-line (another reminder will be sent today in the October Newsletter).
*Oct 20: Harvest Festival, 4-7pm.  Hope you can make it!

Here’s to a great week ahead!