STEM Weekly Announcements 03.17.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Coach Schnelle, Coach Reggie, & our Girls’ Basketball Team for Committing & Following Through by ending the season strong and making it to the playoffs!
  • Shout out to our Noon Duty Supervisor & Jeannie for having a Growth Mindset by attending a restorative practice training at the district. They learned several new strategies to implement with our kiddos!

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Additional Information:

  • Airdrop: If you notice that your students are sending or receiving airdrop files that are not on task, please email Heather Galyen so that she can disable this as needed. Please have a conversation during a trust circle with your students if this is an issue. Students should communicate with you if they see a file that is being sent without permission. When the airdrop message shows up, it will show the name of the student who is trying to send it, so please make it a classroom routine for students to show you the screen before hitting accept or deny. This will help us understand who is sending the unwanted airdrop message. Thank you all for your help with this.
  • Change Clocks: if your clock is still wrong from the daylight savings time, please follow the instructions below;
    • Hold down the set button until all of the numbers flash
    • Click set until the hour flashes and everything else is blank
    • Click the plus button to add an hour
    • Click set until everything is back as it should be
  • Shrek Jr: Opening night of Shrek Jr is on Tuesday, March 19th, show starts at 6:00 PM!
    • Tuesday – SOLD OUT!
    • Wednesday – few tickets left
    • Thursday – SOLD OUT!
  • Cheerleading Fundraiser: Coach Leslie and the Cheerleaders are raffling a Hotel Del Gift Card Raffle tickets are $10 for the $200 Hotel Del gift card. Please email coach Leslie at leslie_amp@hotmail.com if you are interested,
  • Girl Scouts: we will be hosting an informational meeting for Girl Scouts on campus on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:00 PM. Flyers will be placed in your boxes on Monday, please make sure that these go home with students.
  • Scholar Dollars: We have entered the voting competition, Scholar Dollars to help gain additional funding for our Mindlabs programs and electives! Voting opens on 3/11 at 8:00AM and we encourage all teachers to vote every day from 3/11 – 3/22! Please help us out by sharing the information below on your Class Dojo and Jupiter Ed pages: Help us keep our specialty STEM and VAPA programs funded by voting everyday online using the link http://www.myscholardollars.com/vote/?show_school=5009 (this link will be live from 3/11 at 8:00 AM until 3/22 at 8:00 AM). Please vote daily to help support our programs here at Feaster Charter! If we have the largest number of votes, we will be awarded with $25,000!!
  • On the Blog this Week: this week’s post talks about reflecting on our use of flexible space and making sure that it is used by our students, read the full post on our blog: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/flexible-seating/

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 4.8.19 Students & Teachers Return from Spring Break
  • 4.9.19 SOM Awards Assemblies
  • 4.12.19 STEAM Career Fair
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VAPA Weekly Announcements 3.17.19

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Coach Schnelle, Coach Reggie, & our Girls’ Basketball Team for Committing & Following Through by ending the season strong and making it to the playoffs!
  • Shout out to our Noon Duty Supervisor & Jeannie for having a Growth Mindset by attending a restorative practice training at the district. They learned several new strategies to implement with our kiddos!

Screen Shot 2019-03-18 at 8.31.10 AM.png📸Pictures: (1) Girls on the Run (2) Tangsoodo Club (3) Speech Contest winners + FCS Board

Additional Information:

  • Airdrop: If you notice that your students are sending or receiving airdrop files that are not on task, please email Heather Galyen so that she can disable this as needed. Please have a conversation during a trust circle with your students if this is an issue. Students should communicate with you if they see a file that is being sent without permission. When the airdrop message shows up, it will show the name of the student who is trying to send it, so please make it a classroom routine for students to show you the screen before hitting accept or deny. This will help us understand who is sending the unwanted airdrop message. Thank you all for your help with this.
  • Change Clocks: if your clock is still wrong from the daylight savings time, please follow the instructions below;
    • Hold down the set button until all of the numbers flash
    • Click set until the hour flashes and everything else is blank
    • Click the plus button to add an hour
    • Click set until everything is back as it should be
  • Shrek Jr: Opening night of Shrek Jr is on Tuesday, March 19th, show starts at 6:00 PM!
    • Tuesday – SOLD OUT!
    • Wednesday – few tickets left
    • Thursday – SOLD OUT!
  • Cheerleading Fundraiser: Coach Leslie and the Cheerleaders are raffling a Hotel Del Gift Card Raffle tickets are $10 for the $200 Hotel Del gift card. Please email coach Leslie at leslie_amp@hotmail.com if you are interested,
  • Girl Scouts: we will be hosting an informational meeting for Girl Scouts on campus on Tuesday, March 19th at 5:00 PM. Flyers will be placed in your boxes on Monday, please make sure that these go home with students.
  • Scholar Dollars: We have entered the voting competition, Scholar Dollars to help gain additional funding for our Mindlabs programs and electives! Voting opens on 3/11 at 8:00AM and we encourage all teachers to vote every day from 3/11 – 3/22! Please help us out by sharing the information below on your Class Dojo and Jupiter Ed pages: Help us keep our specialty STEM and VAPA programs funded by voting everyday online using the link http://www.myscholardollars.com/vote/?show_school=5009 (this link will be live from 3/11 at 8:00 AM until 3/22 at 8:00 AM). Please vote daily to help support our programs here at Feaster Charter! If we have the largest number of votes, we will be awarded with $25,000!!
  • On the Blog this Week: this week’s post talks about reflecting on our use of flexible space and making sure that it is used by our students, read the full post on our blog: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/03/17/flexible-seating/

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 4.8.19 Students & Teachers Return from Spring Break
  • 4.9.19 SOM Awards Assemblies
  • 4.12.19 STEAM Career Fair

Flexible Seating

Over the past several years, there has been a huge shift in the layout of classrooms. I have noticed a lot of  classrooms on campus that are doing an amazing job with offering flexible seating. When I say amazing, I mean that it is both provided to the students and the students are actually utilizing it! It is one thing to offer a couch, lower tables, higher tables, yoga mats, etc. However, if these areas are not being used, what is the purpose of having them? As I have reflected and found similarities between classrooms where the flexible areas are being used and classrooms where it is not as utilized, I have found that there are some ways to encourage our students to be confident and comfortable enough to actually utilize the spaces we are providing. By asking ourselves and our students reflective questions, we can create a more effective learning environment:

  • Are students using all of the areas that you have provided?
  • Do students have choice when deciding where to sit?
  • Is there a system in place for what happens when their favorite spot is taken?
  • Did students help plan when you created the flexible seating areas?
  • Do students use these areas appropriately?
  • Is the seating conducive to a productive working environment?

Like students in our classrooms, I have my favorite areas to work as well. There are some weekends when I work and I drive past three or four Starbucks to get to the one that I like to work at most. It is nothing against those other Starbucks, it is simply that they do not have the seating accommodations that I like or they do not have enough areas with outlets. We all have our own work environment preferences. So, the point is that when we can get our student’s voices to show in our classroom environment, we can learn more about how our classroom environment will be effective for them as well. How powerful would it be if we held a trust circle where our students shared their feedback about our classroom?

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I recall one my first years trying out flexible seating and my students loved it at first! Then, I realized that over time, they became less interested in certain areas. As I started conversations with them about what caused the change, I started to realize that they did not feel as comfortable because the areas had begun looking old and ragged. I looked at the classroom with a fresh perspective and realized that the once plump bean bag chairs were now flat like tortillas and the once new throw pillows were squashed and in some cases stained. I held a conversation and got their feedback about how to update the areas. I then started a Donors Choose and got new materials funded. Once they arrived, we had a conversation centered around caring for the new areas. This helped students include their own voices in the set up of our classroom and it helped them learn more about respecting our room environment. I also learned what types of materials can withstand the daily use of 30 plus students! Through this reflective conversation, the students had their voice and choice respected and they had the opportunity to improve our work area as a team and classroom community.

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When we are looking into our classroom environment, it is always useful to hear from our students to get their input and to do our own research. If you are interested in updating or creating your own flexible seating areas, here are some great places to start:

STEM Weekly Announcements 3.11.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Ms. Zurcher, Ms. Quesada, and Ms. Silverstein for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they took time to meet with all teachers to collaborate on students who have IEP’s, communication and team work is vital for the success of our SPED students!
  • Shout out to Social Committee for having a growth mindset and organizing the car wash for staff! There is still time to sign up, the car wash will be on Tuesday, email Cassandra.mateos@cvesd.org.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Silva and Mr. Samaniego for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they are creating a motivational video for our students for testing! Mr. Samaniego was out and about filming on Friday, be ready for your turn!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ruppert, Ms. Zinskey, Ms. Morris, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Hernandez, & Mrs. Tellez for committing and following through with the Girls on the Run Program!

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📸Pictures: (1) Yearbook Preview (2) Laya and Amelia eating from one of our students hands (3) Students show off their science notebooks!

Additional Information:

  • ScholarDollars: We have entered the voting competition, Scholar Dollars to help gain additional funding for our Mindlabs programs and electives! Voting opens on 3/11 at 8:00AM and we encourage all teachers to vote every day from 3/11 – 3/22! Please help us out by sharing the information below on your Class Dojo and Jupiter Ed pages:
    • Help us keep our speciality STEM and VAPA programs funded by voting everyday online using the link http://www.myscholardollars.com/vote/?show_school=5009 (this link will be live from 3/11 at 8:00 AM until 3/22 at 8:00 AM). Please vote daily to help support our programs here at Feaster Charter! If we have the largest number of votes, we will be awarded with $25,000!!
  • Sign On Trouble: If you or your students are having any issues logging onto programs like Achieve3000, Illuminate, SmartyAnts, etc. please make sure that you clear your cache. Instructions on how to do this from Safari, Chrome and an iPad are attached.

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  • SBAC Troubleshooting: With the interim SBAC testing coming up, we want to make sure that you have a resource to go to if you or your students are having issues logging on or using the AirSecure app. Please see the attached SBAC Troubleshooting guide.

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  • Printers: a lot of wireless printers have been disconnected due to updates with the IP address. If you have this issue or need a printer installed to your computer, please contact Heather or Roel so they can install it for you. If you have an immediate need to print, we have attached instructions showing you how to install your own printer.

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  • iPad Covers: please take some time to check your iPad covers and make sure that they are in like-new condition. If you see any rips or markings that cannot be removed, you will need to send the device to the media center. The student will be able to purchase a new iPad cover from the ASB store before or after school for $5. The Media Center will not accept the payment, students must pay at the ASB store. Thank you for your help with this, we need to make sure that the covers last for longer than a year!
  • Yearbooks: You can still preorder your yearbooks online! Please share the information below with your parents:
    • You can pre-order your yearbooks online by going to https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and entering the school code: 12722419. Yearbooks start at $20 for a soft cover! Preorder yours today, online sales end 3/17/2019!

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • ** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **
  • Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 3.18.19 – 3.22.19 Parent Conferences
  • 3.25.19 to 4.7.19 SPRING BREAK

VAPA Weekly Announcements 3.11.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Ms. Zurcher, Ms. Quesada, and Ms. Silverstein for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they took time to meet with all teachers to collaborate on students who have IEP’s, communication and team work is vital for the success of our SPED students!
  • Shout out to Social Committee for having a growth mindset and organizing the car wash for staff! There is still time to sign up, the car wash will be on Tuesday, email Cassandra.mateos@cvesd.org.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Silva and Mr. Samaniego for keeping all staff and every student in mind as they are creating a motivational video for our students for testing! Mr. Samaniego was out and about filming on Friday, be ready for your turn!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ruppert, Ms. Zinskey, Ms. Morris, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Hernandez, & Mrs. Tellez for committing and following through with the Girls on the Run Program!

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📸Pictures: (1) Yearbook Preview (2) Laya and Amelia eating from one of our students hands (3) Students show off their science notebooks!

Additional Information:

  • ScholarDollars: We have entered the voting competition, Scholar Dollars to help gain additional funding for our Mindlabs programs and electives! Voting opens on 3/11 at 8:00AM and we encourage all teachers to vote every day from 3/11 – 3/22! Please help us out by sharing the information below on your Class Dojo and Jupiter Ed pages:
    • Help us keep our speciality STEM and VAPA programs funded by voting everyday online using the link http://www.myscholardollars.com/vote/?show_school=5009 (this link will be live from 3/11 at 8:00 AM until 3/22 at 8:00 AM). Please vote daily to help support our programs here at Feaster Charter! If we have the largest number of votes, we will be awarded with $25,000!!
  • Sign On Trouble: If you or your students are having any issues logging onto programs like Achieve3000, Illuminate, SmartyAnts, etc. please make sure that you clear your cache. Instructions on how to do this from Safari, Chrome and an iPad are attached.

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  • SBAC Troubleshooting: With the interim SBAC testing coming up, we want to make sure that you have a resource to go to if you or your students are having issues logging on or using the AirSecure app. Please see the attached SBAC Troubleshooting guide.

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  • Printers: a lot of wireless printers have been disconnected due to updates with the IP address. If you have this issue or need a printer installed to your computer, please contact Heather or Roel so they can install it for you. If you have an immediate need to print, we have attached instructions showing you how to install your own printer.

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  • iPad Covers: please take some time to check your iPad covers and make sure that they are in like-new condition. If you see any rips or markings that cannot be removed, you will need to send the device to the media center. The student will be able to purchase a new iPad cover from the ASB store before or after school for $5. The Media Center will not accept the payment, students must pay at the ASB store. Thank you for your help with this, we need to make sure that the covers last for longer than a year!
  • Yearbooks: You can still preorder your yearbooks online! Please share the information below with your parents:
    • You can pre-order your yearbooks online by going to https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and entering the school code: 12722419. Yearbooks start at $20 for a soft cover! Preorder yours today, online sales end 3/17/2019!

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • ** Q3: Zest & Gratitude **
  • Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 3.18.19 – 3.22.19 Parent Conferences
  • 3.25.19 to 4.7.19 SPRING BREAK

Understanding All Perspectives

This week, I was working with a student who was having a really tough time. I had to take a moment and go back to what this child was feeling. I took a few seconds before interacting with him to make sure that I did not come off on the attack. The amount of disruption and disrespect that was being shown could easily have been escalated if I had chosen to go in with an immediate consequence instead of focusing on a solution. I am not excusing what the student was saying or doing, I am sharing a different strategy that can help resolve conflict. I am also not saying that this will resolve all conflicts especially when we add trauma and other outside circumstances. However, instead, I took a deep breath and asked the question, “How can I make you more successful?”

The student seemed to calm once the student realized that someone was there to help resolve the problem. As it turns out, the student was not respecting instructions and was escalating the problem because the headphones being used were not working. I am not saying that the behavior shown was excusable by any means; what I am saying is that by identifying the problem and seeing the issue from the student’s perspective, the situation was resolved in a successful way.

This was not the time to bring about punishment, instead, it was the time to discuss ways to resolve issues without adding to the overall problem. Once the headphones had been replaced and the student had a moment to calm down, we were able to discuss the reaction this student had to the problem. We set up a plan and a new classroom routine for the student to follow when something with technology was not functioning correctly.

Together, we worked out a consistent solution to the problem. The student had input in the solution and the hope is that it will be used consistently. However, I would not be surprised if the student has another inappropriate reaction to a conflict that can be resolved quickly. This is to be expected for many reasons, so, what we can do as educators is be consistent in our positive reinforcement and continuously model good decisions and reactions. This includes our interactions with students even when it is difficult – sometimes, when it is difficult, it matters most to us.

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VAPA Weekly Announcements 3.3.2019

● We have a Growth Mindset ● We Keep all Staff & Every Student in Mind ● We Commit & Follow Through

WINGS ● We Include everyone ● Never Give Up, have a ● Growth Mindset to ● Soar off to college

Shout Outs:

  • Shout out to Mr. Roel and our 7th Grade Team, Mrs. Boolen, Ms. Hale, Ms. Haselton, Ms. Morris for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in mind by organizing a very informative AVID parent workshop for our seventh graders and their parents. #SoarOffToCollege
  • Shout out to the Student Motivation Committee for organizing an eventful Read Across America Week!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Acuna and Sarahi for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind by organizing and supporting all 1200 students and staff with taking their pictures this week!

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📸 (1) Yearbook Preview (2) Julian & Ms. H at the district’s speech contest (3) Ss with their character trait Ts

Additional Information:

  • Speech Contests: A huge congratulations to all of our students who represented Feaster Charter at the district office speech contest! They all did a great job and we are looking forward to hearing from them again at our Feaster Charter Board meeting on Wednesday, March 13th at 4:30 in room 401.
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  • Social Media: Please see the attached letter that will be going home to parents regarding online safety with social media.
  • Yearbook: You can pre-order your yearbooks online by going to https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/ and entering the school code: 12722419. Yearbooks start at $20 for a soft cover! Preorder yours today, online sales end 3/17/2019!
    • Please remember to share this information with your parents!
  • Car Wash: The social committee is offering car washes while you work for $20 on Fridays at 8:00AM. Just fill out the attached car wash sign up form if you are interested.
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  • Technology Needs: When sending students to the media center for tech help, please remember to send them with a note including your room and a general description of the problem. This can be on a sticky note or a piece of paper. This will help us know more about what you need and where to return the device in case we are not there or we are with a class.
  • Dance and Theater: our dance and theater program now have a GoFundMe campaign going to help pay for some of the cost of the productions and rehearsals: https://www.gofundme.com/FeasterCharterArtsProgram. If you have students in these programs, we encourage you to share the fundraiser with parents.
  • March Newsletter: The March/April 2019 Newsletter will be going home soon!
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  • On the Blog: this week’s blog post includes some suggestions and research around keeping students safe when they are using social media: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/03/03/social-media/

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 3rd Grade
  • Q3: Zest & Gratitude
  • Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 3.13.19 – Board Meeting
  • 3.14.19 – Conferences
  • 3.15.19 – Bonnie’s Leadership Academy