by Lucia Sullivan on 02/16/2017
We had a lovely assembly yesterday. Buddy groups are continuing to get to know each other better. We are reviving the tradition of singing at assembly and are developing a cache of known songs. We discussed being gracious recipients of a gift (or valentine). And we talked about intent vs. impact when we laugh and make jokes. Our intent may just be silliness, stress release or attention, but we are responsible for the impact (is our joke or laughing going to hurt someone’s feelings?). I look forward to seeing many of you at the CATSS meeting tonight.
A few key reminders or updates:
Thank you to all who came out for the workday, and those who volunteered outside that day as well (washing dish towels, shoveling mud, etc)!
From here on out we are a Pokemon card-free school. PLEASE DO NOT LET KIDS BRING POKEMON CARDS to school. They have become too much of a distraction and create too much conflict as their ownership is often in question. Thanks!
Please do not park in front of the small pedestrian back gate by the playground (on the far left side if you are looking at the playground from the street). The recycling guy could not get the barrels through the gate on Tuesday morning because there was a car blocking the gate.
There is no sanctioned use of personal technology at Canyon School for students. If your child has a phone or other personal technology, they MAY NOT USE IT at school. ALL devices will be confiscated if seen, and will be held until a parent picks them up. This includes aftercare. Thanks.
The email list permissions have been changed so that we will no longer use the list as a free flowing forum. School will send announcements (and you are welcome to reply to us personally). Room parents and CATSS also have capacity to send emails. If you would like to send an email to the whole community please forward it to Ramona.
I am thrilled to announce that Peggy Lynch has joined our staff as an instructional technology teacher. She will be working in classrooms on Monday afternoons bringing her expertise as a tech teacher in Moraga and assuring that our students have the technology skills they need to effectively use our hardware and software.
It is with very mixed emotions that I share that Esperanza has formally decided that next year will be her last as 678 classroom teacher. She assures us that she will not retire until we have excellent staff hired and trained and will stay on after as the art teacher. Details to follow as they are ironed out.
Regarding field trips, first of all, thank you all for driving. We want to reiterate our policy that we will not leave school until all drivers have arrived. Please be here on time!
Friday we have an author’s visit (http://www.keirgraff.com). Keir Graff will be here at school speaking about his new book Matchbook castle. There is an order form that was sent home if you would like to purchase a signed copy of the book for your child.
Our new Intervention program is up and running and we are implementing initial math assessments. In a previous email I shared about the Response to Intervention model (RtI). Sometimes students have academic knowledge gaps, and moving the class along while also helping a small group catch up is a perennial challenge for all teachers. This web-based program conducts a diagnostic assessment which targets precise learning gaps (and areas of advanced attainment) and creates a sequential, explicit learning path with lessons, practice and assessments to fill in knowledge gaps. We are eager to get the program fully implemented for all kids with identified needs and hope that it will “work its way out of use” by filling in the gaps and making itself obsolete. This is part of the general education program and is not specialized instruction or part of special education. I will reach out to parents whose children will be using the intervention program regularly so that you are able to use it at home if you would like.
As always, I am always available to speak with you about any concerns or hopes and wishes you my have.