Monday AM Notes, February 26, 2024


Greetings All!
I hope you had a great weekend and were able to enjoy the beautiful weather! It’s another fun-filled week ahead with the Variety Show on Wednesday! Thanks again for all the incredibly hard work you put in to supporting the kiddos so that they can really shine Wednesday night!

A few notes to get you off to a great start:
1) Dress rehearsal at 8:30am on Monday! For teachers of the Youngers let’s stay nimble and flexible in terms of when it will be time for your kiddos to leave rehearsals. There are always a few that want to stay for the whole rehearsal and they are welcome to stay! Also, let’s have a short meeting after school on Monday to sort out responsibilities at the show, just to be sure we’re all on the same page. 2:45 in Brian’s room.

2) On Wednesday, while you are at Ed Network, I will move all the props with the help of a few parents. Right after school on Wednesday it would be really helpful if we could get all the props out into the hallway near the playground door so everything is ready to load into volunteers cars.

Also, we’ll meet at Caldera at 5pm (15th Street entrance), and doors open at 5:30pm. We’ll start the show promptly at 6pm!

3) Wheel of Talent on Thursday morning. Grade 3 will incorporate this into their Community Time and then we’ll spend the first part of the morning enjoying abbreviated versions of the Variety show acts. There’s nothing you need to do to prepare for this, just leave Thursday AM a little open. It’s a great way to slow roll the day after the show!

Upcoming
February 26: Quick meeting to sort out Variety Show details, 2:45pm
February 28: Educator Network, be sure to sign up!
February 28: Variety Show, doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm sharp!
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm
May 4: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs. 8:30am

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, February 20 2024

School wide theme: Kindness and Compassion

Team,
I hope you had an amazing long weekend–seems like it came at just the right moment! I took the extra time to go visit Kaila at OSU and my daughter Arielle and her family. It was a great visit all around, and my 3 year old granddaughter even read me a book…I swear this was not staged!

A huge thank you to all of you for the Student Success Meetings last week. The meetings were very productive and have given us some direction in terms of moving forward with support for students in the coming weeks. Thank you!!

A few notes to get you going:
1) Variety Show rehearsals this week: Per our conversation at lunch on Friday, we will have a regular (45 min) rehearsal on Tuesday and then meet for a few minutes on Tuesday after school to determine the plan for the rest of the week. Let’s meet in the Staff Room at 2:45 Tuesday.

2) SIW this week is a Teacher Work Day! I’ll be leaving for an admin meeting that day around 2:45pm.

3) SIW next week is Educator Network. I explored the possibility of being able to forgo the Ed Network since we have the Variety Show that night, but we’re not able to do so. Please be sure to get signed up for a workshop–Lori shared these steps to sign up: Pick a session from this list, Watch this video on how to sign up in UKG (watch first 2:00 minutes).

I will work with some parents to get the props delivered to Caldera that day, and then we’ll meet up at Caldera at 5pm to get things ready to go.

4) End of day release: The last few weeks have seen lots of kiddos wandering down the hallway 5-10 minutes before the end of day release time. I have been sending them back to class with the instructions to wait until it is clear that they have been excused. Please take the time at the end of each day this week to reinforce end of day expectations and be sure that students are staying with you until they have been “officially” excused. Thanks!

5) Amity Eats February fundraiser is at Cuppa Yo this Thursday from 4pm-close at the Westside location on Newport. Money raised goes to Friends of Amity (and therefore to us and our students!). Please encourage families to participate in any communications you send out this week.

Speaking of FOA, this would be a great time to request some things off your wish list! Let me know what you’re thinking and let’s see if we can get it ordered!

6) Bread and Jam this Friday!

Upcoming
February 21: SIW, Teacher Work Day
February 22: Cuppa Yo fundraiser, 4pm-close at the Westside location
February 23: Bread and Jam
February 28: Educator Network, be sure to sign up!
February 28: Variety Show, doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm sharp!
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm
May 4: Auction! May the 4th be with you…some type of space related theme
May 31: Summit High production of The Real Story of the 3 Pigs. 8:30am

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, Feb 12

School-wide theme: Kindness and Compassion

Hello all you fine people!
What a great week it was last week with Camp Amity and the kick-off of the Variety Show! I know rehearsals can be a bit hectic, but the pay off is so grand! Thanks for all the upcoming extra work on getting the kiddos ready to shine!

Patti update: Patti and Jeff are settling in to routines at home and Jeff is showing good signs of recovery, albeit slowly at times. It looks like it could be a few more weeks before Patti returns to work, and I’m encouraging her to take all the time she needs.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Variety Show rehearsals start today–1:30-2:15pm! Here’s the schedule we agreed to: Variety Show Rehearsals
Gym (gymnastics, parkour): Lauren, Brian
Singing/dancing (meet in Grade 1 to start): Sara, Amanda, Lindsey
Skits (meet in Grade 3 to start): Ray, Frans
Non-participants (meet in Studio): Haley

2) No Tuesday meeting this week–Sara, Brian, and I have ICCL stuff to do.

3) Student Success Meeting on Wed/Thurs–please be sure your SSM Prep form is completed ASAP: SSM Prep Forms

Wednesday
8:30-9:00 Grade 5
9:00-9:30 Grade 3
10:00-10:45 Grade 4

Thursday
8:30-9:00 Kindergarten
9:00-9:30 Grade 1
10:00-10:45 Grade 2

4) NO SIW on Wednesday. You’re giving up your some of your prep times for the next few weeks for rehearsals, so this is the least I can do to give you back some of that time.

5) Cafe Amity on Wednesday, hosted by Grade 4

6) How are Community jobs going?
Kinder/Grade 1: Playground clean-up
Grade 2: Library caretakers
Grade 3: Hallway waste patrol
Grade 4: Green Team waste station
Grade 5: Office and cafeteria support

Upcoming
February 14: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 4
February 14/15: Student Success Meetings
February 19: No School, President’s Day
February 28: Variety Show, doors open at 5:30 with the show starting at 6pm sharp!
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, February 5 2024


New School Wide Theme: Kindness and Compassion

Hey all,
I hope Friday ended up being a particularly productive day and that you headed into the weekend ready to relax and revive.

A few notes to get you going:
1) Staff meeting on Monday (instead of Tuesday as per my email on Friday). 2:45-3:30pm in Brian’s room. Add agenda items: Staff Meetings 23-24

2) Tammy Doty will be here Monday morning from 8:30-9:30. We’ll be walking around and stopping in to a few classrooms. Anyone doing something spectacularly awesome you’d like to share?

3) DIBELS on Wednesday. Let’s get those kids warmed up with some good reading time before the assessments begin.

4) SIW on Wednesday–1:30 in Brian’s room.

5) Camp Amity on Thursday!

6) Variety Show launch at 1:30pm on Thursday in the gym! Snacks provided. Here’s the Variety Show rehearsal schedule we worked on last week: Variety 2024

7) Bread and Jam afterschool on Friday.

8) Valentine’s Day is next week–what plans do you have? Let’s chat at the Staff Meeting!

Upcoming
February 5: Staff Meeting, 2:45pm
February 7: DIBELS
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 8: Variety Show Launch, 1:30pm in the gym
February 9: Bread and Jam
February 14: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 4
February 14/15: NEW Student Success Meetings
February 28: Variety Show
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm

Here’s to a great week ahead–always a good week when we have Camp Amity!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, January 29 2024


Greetings Team!
I hope you had a fantastic weekend. We have another 4 day week ahead…

A few notes to get you going:
1) Happy Bday to Lindsey this Thursday! Drinks after school, please join if you can.

2) My last plea…the Youth Truth survey has been extended until the end of this week. If you haven’t done the survey (that’s half of you!) please take a few minutes to do it this week. ytsurvey.org/acestaff24

3) SIW this week is a Teacher Work Day

4) NO School this Friday- Teacher work day for you! I am hoping we can meet at 11am for about 10-15 minutes to finalize our plan for the Variety Show launch and rehearsals.

5) DIBELS next next Wednesday, Feb 7

6) Camp Amity next Thursday, Feb 8!

7) The district is hosting a Black History Month celebration this Wednesday at Pacific Crest Middle School. I know a few of us are already planning to go, would be great if others wanted to join. Here’s the flyer:


8) Just an FYI we will run the lottery for Grades 1-5 on Tuesday. This doesn’t impact classes for next year, we will just have new waitlists for these grades if needed. New this year is that there is no longer a specific waitlist order–this may upset some families that are currently on a waitlist, but it’s the district’s new policy. Kinder lottery will be run in March, shortly after we have our Info Night (March 7 from 5-6pm).

Upcoming
January 31: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
January 31: SIW-Teacher work day
February 2: No School, Teacher Work Day
February 7: New DIBELS date
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 15: NEW Student Success Meetings
February 28: Variety Show
March 7: Lottery Info Night for incoming Kindergarten families, 5-6pm

Here’s to a great week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, January 22 2024

School-wide Theme: Integrity and Responsibility

Happy Monday Team,
Well, that was a crazy week last week! I’m hoping we can get back into our routines this week!

A few notes to get you going :
1) If you haven’t taken the Youth Truth survey yet please do so this week. The survey is open until January 26-this Friday! I would really love to have 100% staff participation! Right now it’s less than 50%. Staff link: ytsurvey.org/acestaff24. Thanks!

2) Team Collaboration Time on Tuesday starting at 2:45pm. A good opportunity to jump start things you have been working on together or planning to work on together. 2:45pm

3) SIW this week will be a make-up from our missed Educator Network Days the last 2 weeks. Brian and Sara will lead this activity. Brian’s room at 1:30pm.

4) I’ll be doing some mini-observations (most for you) as well as some formal observations (just Haley and Lauren) in the coming weeks. I’d love to get some times from each of you of when you’d like me to come in for the observation–times you are doing an activity/lesson that you’d like me to see and/or get some feedback about. Please email me in the next few days. I’d like to make these observations meaningful for you! Thanks

5) Something to add to our tightening up exercise–please be sure that the stage is getting cleaned after your Community Time (and practices). Thanks!

6) I have an admin meeting on Tuesday so I’ll be leaving campus as soon as kiddos are gone.

Upcoming
January 23: Team Collaboration Time, 2:45pm
January 24: School based SIW–Ed Network
January 26: Bread and Jam
January 31: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
February 2: No School, Teacher Work Day
February 7: New DIBELS date
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 15: NEW Student Success Meetings
February 28: Variety Show

Here’s to a great, and full week ahead!
Andy

Monday AM Notes (on Tuesday), Jan 16 2024

Hello All!
I hope you enjoyed the long, wintery weekend! Another 4 day week ahead…

A few notes to get you going:
1) If you haven’t taken the Youth Truth survey yet please do so soon. The survey is open until January 26 but let’s see if we can all get it done early. I’d love to have 100% participation! Staff link: ytsurvey.org/acestaff24. Thanks!

2) Please be sure you continue to share the school-wide theme with parents each week and include some of the activities you are doing or discussions you are having with your class. Ideally parents are engaging with themes with their kiddos at home and knowing what you’re doing at school is super helpful.

3) SIW this week will be a make-up from our missed Educator Network Day last week. Brian and Sara will lead this activity. Brian’s room at 1:30pm.

4) Cafe Amity on Wednesday hosted by Kindergarten.

5) DIBELS date has changed. Due to the snow day last week, some DIBELS days have been shifted. We are now February 7th. We’ll reschedule our Student Support Meetings and I’ll share the new date with you soon.

6) I sent you all an email last week regarding tightening up on some things around school. I could tell instantly that some of you took the request to heart and I am very appreciative! Please take a moment to re-read the email first thing this week to be sure you didn’t miss anything.

7) For those not using Lexia on a regular basis please remember that Lexia can be a valuable tool for helping some of our striving readers, giving them some needed extra practice.

8) Camp Amity is coming up February 8th! We’ll be sending permission slips home soon and we’ll need to get those lunch counts.

9) Amity Eats this month is Cuppa Yo this Thursday from 4pm until close. Please include in any communications you send home between now and then. Thanks!

Lastly, I saw this graphic in Brian’s room last week and wanted to share:


Upcoming
January 17: Cafe Amity hosted by Kindergarten
January 17: Ed Network make-up SIW
January 18: Amity Eats at Cuppa Yo, 4pm-close
January 23: Team Collaboration Time, 2:45pm
January 24: School based SIW
January 25: Student Success Meetings–CHANGING SOON
January 26: Bread and Jam
January 31: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
February 2: No School, Teacher Work Day
February 7: New DIBELS date
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 28: Variety Show

Here’s to a great week!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, Jan 8 2024

January’s Theme: Responsibility and Integrity

Hello Y’all,
I hope you had a wonderful weekend! I got to take Kaila back to Corvallis for her second term at OSU–bittersweet for sure! And now I’m an empty nester again which is pretty amazing, too!

A few notes to get you going:
1) The YouthTruth Survey is back again this year. The district is once again reaching out to all families and staff members in the district to complete this very important survey in the new year. Survey results give us valuable feedback about our school and are very useful in helping us refine and improve how we do things. Here’s the link to do the short, but very helpful survey:YouthTruth 24. PLEASE TAKE A FEW MINUTES TO COMPLETE THE SURVEY, it is very helpful to get the feedback! The survey is open until Friday, January 26. Thanks for participating!

2) SIW this week is Educator Network. We’ll be here at school, let’s use Ray’s room. 1:30pm

3) Math Screener Sub coverage–I tried to honor your preferences and for the most part I was able to given the scheduling constraints. If you want to change times reach out to another teacher (who may or may not be able to change). Brad will be covering.

 Tues, Jan 9Thurs, Jan 11Thurs, Jan 18Fri, Jan 19
AMFransAmandaBrianRay
AfternoonLindseyXXXXXXSara

4) Here a link to the Meeting Schedule for the remainder of the year:
Meetings 23-24. Scroll down to page 2 for Jan-June.

5) Cafe and Bread and Jam Dates:

Cafe Amity 
Jan 17: Kindergarten
Jan 31: Grade 5
Feb 14: Grade 4
Mar 6: Grade 3
Mar 20: Grade 2
Apr 24: Grade 1
May 15: Kindergarten
Jun 5: Grade 5 (their final Cafe!)

Bread & Jam
Jan 12
Jan 26
Feb 9
Feb 23
Mar 15
Apr 5
Apr 19
May 10
May 31

Upcoming
January 12: Bread and Jam
January 15: No School, Martin Luther King Day
January 17: Cafe Amity hosted by Kindergarten
January 24: DIBELS
January 25: Student Success Meetings
January 26: Bread and Jam
January 31: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
February 2: No School, Teacher Work Day
February 8: Camp Amity!
February 28: Variety Show

Here’s to a great week!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, Jan 2 2024

Happy New Year Y’all, it’s 2024!
I hope you had an amazing break and great family-filled holidays! I am so excited to be returning to school after being away for 8 weeks and can’t wait to reconnect with everyone. The few visits I made in December really filled my bucket and helped me to keep working hard on my recovery. Thanks for your patience while I was away and for keepings things running so smoothly, I am beyond appreciative!

As I shared with you in the last few days Patti will be out for a few weeks to be with Jeff. Kelli will be holding down the fort for us for the time being. In the meantime, let’s continue to keep Patti and Jeff in our hearts! I’ll update you as I get new information.

A few notes to get 2024 rolling:
1) The Theme for January is Responsibility and Integrity!

2) SIW this week is in house. We’ll use this time to reconnect, reflect on things that are working and things that may not, and do some planning for the coming months. I’m excited to have this time!

3) New Buddies: 3/5, K/1, 2/4

4) I have an admin meeting on Tuesday and will have to leave around 2:45pm. Yup, on my first day back!

5) Save the date–Variety Show! February 28th…

6) Cafe and Bread and Jam Dates:

Cafe Amity 
Jan 17: Kindergarten
Jan 31: Grade 5
Feb 14: Grade 4
Mar 6: Grade 3
Mar 20: Grade 2
Apr 24: Grade 1
May 15: Kindergarten
Jun 5: Grade 5 (their final Cafe!)

Bread & Jam
Jan 12
Jan 26
Feb 9
Feb 23
Mar 15
Apr 5
Apr 19
May 10
May 31

Upcoming
January 12: Bread and Jam
January 15: No School, Martin Luther King Day
January 17: Cafe Amity hosted by Kindergarten
January 26: Bread and Jam
January 31: Cafe Amity hosted by Grade 5
February 2: No School, Teacher Work Day
February 28: Variety Show,

Here’s to the new year!
Andy

Monday AM Notes, December 11 2023

Hello All!
It was so good to sneak in a few visits last week and to see the kiddos and all of you! I’ll be in a few times this week as well and look forward to seeing you. Just 5 more days before a few weeks of vacation!

A few notes for this week:
1) Special FOA sponsored lunch on Monday from Nancy P’s! Taco Bar on Thursday…

2) Meetings this week:
*Tuesday is Team Collaboration Time– a good time to look towards your collaboration in the new year
*Wednesday SIW is the QPR training from 1:30-3pm. Brian’s room.  Special note: the training is a sensitive topic and can be sensitive in nature. If anyone has recently been impacted by an emotional event please reach out to me so we can talk through the options. Text or call me!

3) Cafe Amity on Wednesday hosted by Grade 1

4) Fire Drill on Tuesday at 9:25.

5) Running club on Friday

6) If you haven’t uploaded your SLGG into UKG please do so before the end of the week. Need help? Please reach out.

Upcoming
December 12: Team Collaboration Time
December 13: Cafe Amity (Grade 1 hosts)
December 13: QPR Training, 1:30-3pm (if you missed my email with the info please look for it–I sent it Nov 28)
December 18-January 1: No School, Winter Break!
January 24: DIBELS
January 25: Student Success Meetings


Looking forward to seeing you when I stop by this week. Have a great week!
Andy