Monday, October 16, 2017

October 16

Celebration -- 


Grounds day --- Thank you to Ashley, Lauren, Holly, and all of the parents and students for helping with our grounds day. 

Alexandria for helping teams with planning days and organizing our Unpacking Standards! 

Christine and Charlotte -- Thank you for leading our ILT (Instructional Leadership Team), it is a continued process. 

Alexandria and Heather -- Leading and facilitating our School Improvement Team data reviews. 

Spirit Day models on Friday! Hope you all participate this week. It is good for students to see us having fun. 

Third grade team for continued to work together to provide EL instruction even with CogAt assessments. 

Sunshine Squad - for providing positiveness throughout the building! 

Communication 


Magnet Fair!  If you are willing to attend the Magnet Fair at Southeast Raleigh High School on November 4th, please sign up on the workroom supply closet door for a shift between 9:00-12:00.  Parents really enjoy speaking directly to teachers to learn more about our magnet program!  

Spirit Days this week:
Monday 16th : Crazy Hair/Crazy Socks. 
Tuesday 17th: Favorite Sports Team Day
Wednesday 18th: Hat Day
Thursday 19th: Pajama Day
Friday 20th: Underwood Shirt day (All students and Staff will receive their Unicorn Trot Shirts) 

PTA Stipend:  Just a reminder to spend your $100 PTA Stipend for instructional materials by December.  Provide a copy of your receipt attached to the reimbursement form found in the PTA Treasurer's mailbox.  


Science Updates from WCPSS:  Want to be sure you are privy to all the new science information.  Enroll in the Canvas course and sign up for announcements to receive it in your email.  


District Wide Data:  The district wide 5th grade Science EOG data shows that 75.6% of students were proficient in Life Science standards.  69.2% of students were proficient in Physical Science Standards and 51.4% were proficient in Earth Science standards.  According to the NC statewide achievement levels, WCPSS 5th grade students achieved at a Level 4.  


How to ensure we are all supporting the 5th grade Science EOG

Please be sure you all are using the unpacking documents provided by the state.  Some things have been updated and you may be surprised by some of the changes.  The fifth grade EOG is overall a cumulative assessment of the standards taught K-5... the curriculum is cyclical like math and literacy (athe standards build on previous standards taught)   If you are looking for a great parent resource, you may use this link:  WCPSS K-5 Science Strands and Standards

Collaboration 

Conscious Discipline CohortCome join us on Thursday, October 19th at 7:45am in the Media Center.  We will be discussing the Safe Place to ensure this structure is being utilized with fidelity.  We also will have time for a make and take portable safe place too!

Accommodations for testing (IEP, 504, LEP) - Classroom teachers will need to review accommodations for students if - Testing accommodations --- submit settings form to secure a staff member that can administer the assessment in the appropriate setting per their plan.



Social Studies Curriculum Writers in WCPSS: Looking for 4th and 5th grade Social Studies curriculum writers.  If you are interested or know someone that may be interested please fill out this google form.

Critical Thinking

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better throughout the school year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1

Open Benefits Enrollment - 

Open Enrollment started Saturday, September 30, and runs through October 31.
Weekday hours have been extended until 10 p.m. throughout Open Enrollment, and Saturday hours are 8 a.m.-noon. During Open Enrollment, all employees will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan, but employees MUST TAKE ACTION to reduce their premium. If they prefer the 80/20 Plan, employees MUST TAKE ACTION! If they want to reduce their monthly premium on either plan, employees MUST TAKE ACTION by completing the tobacco attestation! If employees fail to take action during Open Enrollment, their monthly premiums will be considerably higher in 2018!
For more information please check out the resources below, including the Decision Guide, which was mailed to employees’ homes. Additional information can be found on the State Health Plan’s website at www.shpnc.org.
The Eligibility and Enrollment Support Center is offering extended hours during Open Enrollment:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon
  • 855-859-0966
Creativity 


Online Course:  Visual Literacy-Making Connections with Works of Art: Telling Folktales through Shadow Puppetry  (October 17-November 20, 2017)
Don't miss your chance to earn literacy credits! 
This five-week, self-paced course explores visual literacy in the classroom and its connection to the North Carolina Essential Standards. Participants learn strategies to guide discussions about works of art and create a portfolio of visual literacy activities based on the NCMA’s permanent collection.
Learn more.

Free Arts Integration Workshop: Telling Folktales through Shadow Puppetry
Combining storytelling with shadow puppetry brings a variety of cultures to life in the classroom through folktales. During this workshop, teachers become familiar with folktales from many cultures. Participants learn shadow puppetry performance techniques and how to construct their own shadow puppets. Internationally renowned and award-winning artist Hobey Ford discusses the construction of a shadow puppet theater, scripting a folktale into a play, and organizing a performance with students.
When: Saturday, November 18, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: MJH Gallery at the United Arts Council, 410 Glenwood Avenue, Raleigh
Who: Open to any Wake County elementary educator with any level of arts experience
Cost: Free, but you do need to register by emailing full name, position, school, and email address to rcarlile@unitedarts.org

Elective Share: Elective Share is coming up on Thursday, November 2. The performance for K-2 audience will be at 9:30 and last about 30 minutes. The performance for 3-5 will be at 10:30 and last about 45 minutes. Performances will take place in the multipurpose room. Kellie will send out a form via email, please indicate if your elective will be sharing on the second. 


Calendar:
October 19th-CD Staff Cohort 7:45am
October 20th - Early Release 
October 20th - Unicorn Trot 
October 30th - End of Quarter 
October 31st - Workday - No scheduled PD or Staff meetings (but a day of treats and surprises for staff!)
November 6th - Foundation Golf Event 
November 10th - Holiday 
November 22nd - 24th - Vacation Day and Holidays 
November 27th - Book Fair 
November 28th - Media By Moonlight 
*Staff attended events listed here

Sunday, October 8, 2017

October 9

Communication 


Magnet Fair!  If you are willing to attend the Magnet Fair at Southeast Raleigh High School on November 4th, please sign up on the workroom supply closet door for a shift between 9:00-12:00.  Parents really enjoy speaking directly to teachers to learn more about our magnet program!  

Media Center Laptops: There are 16 laptops available for checkout in the Media Center.  Priority will go to K, 1, and Specialists since they don't have laptops (utilize the google calendar) but grades 2-5 can request through Tanya/Andrea as needed.

Unicorn Trot Pep Rally- We will have our Unicorn Trot Pep Rally on Friday the 13th:
K-2 at 2:15 and 3-5 at 3:00. 

Spirit Days --- 
Monday 16th : Crazy Hair/Crazy Socks. 
Tuesday 17th: Favorite Sports Team Day
Wednesday 18th: Hat Day
Thursday 19th: Pajama Day
Friday 20th: Underwood Shirt day (All students and Staff will receive their Unicorn Trot Shirts) 

Collaboration 

Accommodations for testing (IEP, 504, LEP) - Classroom teachers will need to review accommodations for students if - Testing accommodations --- submit settings form to secure a staff member that can administer the assessment in the appropriate setting per their plan.

Grounds Day is Saturday! Come out on Saturday anytime between 8:30-12:00 and help us spruce up the grounds! We will be picking up trash, debris, cutting limbs, etc. and working with a landscaper (parent) to remove shrubs, etc.

Conscious Discipline Podcasts-During your next commute to work or leisurely run around the neighborhood, subscribe to the podcast Real Talk for Real Teachers and listen to Dr. Becky Bailey and guests discuss the latest in social-emotional learning. For more information click here.

Critical Thinking

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better throughout the school year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1

Open Benefits Enrollment - 

Open Enrollment started Saturday, September 30, and runs through October 31.
Weekday hours have been extended until 10 p.m. throughout Open Enrollment, and Saturday hours are 8 a.m.-noon. During Open Enrollment, all employees will be automatically enrolled in the 70/30 Plan, but employees MUST TAKE ACTION to reduce their premium. If they prefer the 80/20 Plan, employees MUST TAKE ACTION! If they want to reduce their monthly premium on either plan, employees MUST TAKE ACTION by completing the tobacco attestation! If employees fail to take action during Open Enrollment, their monthly premiums will be considerably higher in 2018!
For more information please check out the resources below, including the Decision Guide, which was mailed to employees’ homes. Additional information can be found on the State Health Plan’s website at www.shpnc.org.
The Eligibility and Enrollment Support Center is offering extended hours during Open Enrollment:
  • Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.
  • Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon
  • 855-859-0966
Creativity 
Unicorn Trot Pep Rally -- There is a sign up in the teacher work room this morning for teachers who would like to participate in the relay race and model spirit days. Please consider being a part of one of these (or both) on Friday October 13th. 

Elective Share: Elective Share is coming up on Thursday, November 2. The performance for K-2 audience will be at 9:30 and last about 30 minutes. The performance for 3-5 will be at 10:30 and last about 45 minutes. Performances will take place in the multipurpose room. Kellie will send out a form via email, please indicate if your elective will be sharing on the second. 


Elective Letters - Check out our first quarter elective letters -- https://sites.google.com/a/wcpss.net/elective-communication/. Keep up the great work and think about how you would like your second quarter letter to look like as you look at others. 

Calendar:
October 10th - Leadership Meeting (7:45am)
October 13th - Unicorn Trot Pep Rally
October 14th - Grounds day (8:30-12:00)  
October 20th - Early Release 
October 20th - Unicorn Trot 
October 30th - End of Quarter 
October 31st - Workday - No scheduled PD or Staff meetings (but a day of treats and surprises for staff!)
November 6th - Foundation Golf Event 
November 10th - Holiday 
November 22nd - 24th - Vacation Day and Holidays 
November 27th - Book Fair 
November 28th - Media By Moonlight 
*Staff attended events listed here

Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2nd

Communication 


Email Migration --- WCPSS will be getting new email service (Outlook 365) for all employees. In the near future the district will be migrating Underwood's staff accounts. Here is some things to think about from Tanya, Andrea, and Holly who have had their accounts migrated to Outlook - Slide Presentation


  • Your e-mail address will not change.
  • Your Lotus Notes content will be transferred to Outlook.
  • Your Lotus Notes e-mail account will become read only. See email from Dawn Castonguay for more details.
Media Center Laptops: There are 16 laptops available for checkout in the Media Center.  Priority will go to K, 1, and Specialists since they don't have laptops (utilize the google calendar) but grades 2-5 can request through Tanya/Andrea as needed.

Collaboration 

Accommodations for testing (IEP, 504, LEP) - Classroom teachers will need to review accommodations for students if - Testing accommodations --- submit settings form to secure a staff member that can administer the assessment in the appropriate setting per their plan.

Critical Thinking

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better throughout the school year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1

Crisis Plan-The fire drill was a success!  Thank you for utilizing your red/green signs to communicate during the drill.  A couple other reminders:  Our meeting spot during a real lock down drill if you are outside is Hayes Barton Church.  The gate code is 0572.  During a lock down, the red card is only used for imminent danger.  If you have a medical emergency, text Holly (919-607-7316) or Karen (919-395-1207)

Computer Sharing-Grades 2-5:  Just a reminder that your grade level has the flexibility to share the 12 laptops/9 cords.  The computers  are intended to be mobile and your team can devise a system to share to ensure everyone's needs are met.   

Creativity 

PD --- Breathe...we are going to continue to work together on diving into our standards which is hard work. Continue to put to build our relationships with our students, without relationships and trust there will be little growth. 
Calendar:

October 3rd - Business Meeting - Benefits representative, Coffee Chat about school-wide behavior
October 4th - Instructional Leadership Team Meeting off campus
October 6th - Fall Pictures 
October 10th - Leadership Meeting (7:45am)
October 13th - Unicorn Trot Pep Rally
October 14th - Grounds day (8:30-12:00)  
October 20th - Early Release 
October 20th - Unicorn Trot 
October 30th - End of Quarter 
October 31st - Workday - No scheduled PD or Staff meetings (but a day of treats and surprises for staff!)
November 6th - Foundation Golf Event 
November 10th - Holiday 
November 22nd - 24th - Vacation Day and Holidays 
November 27th - Book Fair 
November 28th - Media By Moonlight 


Sunday, September 24, 2017

September 25th


Communication - 

Language Development -- it will be important to continue to teach all students during core instruction. We will continue to work on adding in vocabulary in a variety of ways.

Staff Photo - We will be taking our staff photo on Friday September 28th at 8:00 in the front of the building. Please wear (or change into) your new Underwood Polo.

School Family Picnic - We are excited about seeing our families at School Family Picnic on Thursday night. You can pack a dinner or purchase food from one of the three food trucks that will be on site on Thursday the 28th from 5:30-7:00.
2017-2018  Flu Vaccine Information - Getting a flu shot is easy and convenient for State Health Plan members through Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina's "What’s True About the Flu" program. Members eligible for the "What's True About the Flu" program are members on the 80/20 Plan, Consumer-Directed Health Plan and the 70/30 Plan. 

Getting Your Flu Shot

The flu vaccine is available at no charge to all Plan members when you receive a shot at a worksite clinic, any in-network doctor's office, in-network health department, participating Convenience Clinic, or through a participating North Carolina immunizing pharmacist. 

For frequently asked questions about the flu shot program, click here
Flu Prevention Resources
For more information about the flu and how to prevent it, check out these Centers for Disease Control and Prevention resources 

Collaboration 

Quarterly Planning Days -- Items to complete during first quarter planning days 

-ELO's-  
-Common Assessments
-Supports for students that already have mastered/not mastered the standards
-Team Learning (EL, NKT (K-2), supports/strategies to help ESL and/or newcomers, tech)
-Powerschools
-PDP's

Critical Thinking 

Social and Emotional Well-being -- Thank you all for being a captive audience during our vision presentation and work with learning more about Conscious Discipline. Here is the link to our vision presentation - Our Vision

Feedback -If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better regarding the beginning of the year) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1

Accommodations for testing (IEP, 504, LEP) - Classroom teachers will need to review accommodations for students if - Testing accommodations --- submit settings form to secure a staff member that can administer the assessment in the appropriate setting per their plan.

MDA Lock-up - On September 27th, I will be "locked up". Every day, kids and adults are diagnosed with muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases that take away the most basic freedoms – the freedom to walk, talk, hug and even breathe. If you are willing to donate - click click on to donate

Creativity 
United Arts - United Arts supports our community in so many ways. This is the time of year where we are given the opportunity to support them. If you are able, please donate to United Arts. I will send you a few reminders of the next 2 weeks since that is how long the campaign has left. You can donate by filling out the attachment, printing it, and returning it to my box. You can also donate online. Choose to give through payroll deduction or to give a one-time donationIf you need to wait until payday, no worries. The last date for donations is Friday, October 5th. 


Upcoming Events:
September 26th-Leadership/SIP meeting at 7:45am
September 26th-Q1 Interims go home with all students
September 27th - Mr. Shillings will be Locked Up to support Muscular Dystrophy Association. 
September 28th-School Family Picnic 5:30-7:00pm
September 29th-Early Release; Cultural Arts Event (Latin Music Performance)
September 29th - Early Release (Unpacking Standards part 2 and Cohorts)
October 3rd - Business Meeting - Benefits representative, order materials, elective balance, etc.
October 6th - Fall Pictures 
October 10th - Leadership Meeting
October 13th - Unicorn Trot Pep Rally k-2 and 3-5.  
October 14th-Grounds Day 8:30am-12pm
October 20th - Unicorn Trot 
October 20th - Early Release 
October 24th - Leadership/SIP 
October 30th - End of Quarter 
October 31st - Teacher Workday 

*Dates for mandatory/optional school-wide events for all staff are listed here.

Monday, September 18, 2017

September 18th

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today. H. Jackson Brown, Jr. - Read more at: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/h/hjacksonb382774.html

Communication


Uni-news -- https://sites.google.com/site/ugtmuninews/home

Interims go home with all students on Tuesday, September 26th.

With electives starting, please help ensure smooth transitions by having a conversation with your class prior to dismissing them for electives focused on walking on the right side of the hallway and staying quiet.  Also, standing in the hall monitoring students is helpful if you are able and willing.

Elective changes can be submitted here.  Check your rosters daily for the first week as many changes will be made.  If a student isn't showing up on your roster, please let Ashley know.

Educator Celebration-  Quail Ridge Books is having an Educator Celebration on September 29 and 30th.  By just attending their are some great giveaways!  Please RSVP by September 18th-  For more information and to RSVP-  http://www.quailridgebooks.com/educatorcelebration

Creativity

Reflections- Students are able to create products to share in the 2017-18 reflections - "Within Reach".



Critical Thinking

We are listening and being reflective-  The admin team has been collaborating to address/reflect on the feedback we have received about the beginning of the year.  Based on some of the feedback, here are some solutions we have discussed and/or planned for next year or as an immediate response: 
  • No period 1 special on the first day of school
  • First 2 weeks of school-get 50 minutes of planning for Grades 3-5
  • Admin “adopt” a grade level to support with coverage in 3-5
  • Beginning of the year checklist
  • Push Open House to 3rd week of September and School Family Picnic first week of October
If you have more feedback (things that have worked or things that could be better) you would like for us to consider, please feel free to email, discuss or fill out this form. https://goo.gl/forms/XNwhdAo6gU8lOfck1
Have a child that may need clothes? - Brittany Bailey (organizes lost and found) has asked that you complete this doc - List with sizes . She will check the spreadsheet before donating to Note in the Pocket. And will update as needed, thanks. 

Collaboration

Building Literacy Connections for K-3 Parents: Conferencing with Reading 3D's Home Connect
September 28th @ 3 pm

https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/2764636611229958915

What does that "yellow" dot mean? My child needs to be a "Level M" but I don't know what a "Level M" is! Have you ever had these conversations with parents? If so, this webinar provides insights and ideas for school leaders and teachers in informing parents about literacy connections and strategies to support all students, at home and in the classroom. Please join us as we go “beyond the colors” and “the levels” using your Reading 3D Home Connect letter as a framework for facilitating effective parent-teacher communications and conferences.After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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Accommodations for testing (IEP, 504, LEP) - Classroom teachers will need to review accommodations for students if - Testing accommodations --- submit settings form to secure a staff member that can administer the assessment in the appropriate setting per their plan

Interested in teaching a TEK afterschool club?
Clubs will run Oct. 25-Dec. 6 (skipping Thanksgiving week). There will be 6 club sessions from 4:15-5:45pm. Contact Duval with your club proposal/grades preferred and for more information: duval@tailoredenrichmentkids.com   by September 18th.


Upcoming Events:
September 18th-TEK club proposals due (duval@tailoredenrichmentkids.com)
September 21st - Workday 8am-12 noon (Suicide Prevention, EOP training, Conscious Discipline)
September 26th-Leadership/SIP meeting at 7:45am
September 26th-Q1 Interims go home with all students
September 28th-School Family Picnic 5:30-7:00pm
September 29th-Early Release; Cultural Arts Event (Latin Music Performance)
September 29th - Early Release (Unpacking Standards part 2 and Cohorts)
October 6th - Fall Pictures 
October 3rd - Business Meeting - Benefits representative, order materials, elective balance, etc.
*Dates for mandatory/optional school-wide events for all staff are listed here.