STEM Weekly Announcements 1.21.2020

● 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 Mrs. Rhoads, Mrs. Silverstein, Mrs. Perezchica, Ms. Aderholdt, and Ms. Garcia for committing and following through by creating and implementing a comprehensive behavior plan for a student that needs some additional support. Your time and efforts are making a difference in this student’s decisions.
  • Shout out to Ms. Ibarra, Ms. Aderholdt, Ms. Palacio, Ms. Zinskey, Mrs. Gallegos, and Mr. Hill for committing and following through. Recently they attended an ELPAC training and will be sharing their knowledge with us this Thursday!

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📸Pictures: 1 & 2 SOM Awards Assembly; (2) Rescue animals, Cinnamon & Clover, cared for by Ms. Morris

Additional Information:

  • Aladdin Jr: Aladdin Jr. will be showing 1/28 – 1/30 here on campus! Curtains open at 6:00 PM. You can purchase tickets before and after school near the front office.
  • Subs and Tech: Please remember that when you have subs, your sub plans should be tech-free. This is to prevent any technology from going missing and to make sure that the sub you have covering your classroom is able to get started with your lesson plans right away, without having to wait for someone to provide tech support.
  • Class Dojo Events: Class Dojo has some exciting features on their web-version! One of these are Class Dojo Events where you can schedule events for your classroom and parents will get an email 1, 2, or 5 days before the event. This will be helpful during conferences, awards assemblies, field trips, etc.

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.28 – 1.30 Aladdin 6:00 – 7:30
  • 1.29 – Bonnie’s Leadership Academy

STEM Weekly Announcements 12.9.2019

● 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. Ana Mercado, Mr. Reggie, Mr. Samaniego, Mr. Thorburn, and Mr. Velasco, for Committing and Following Through by creating an awesome float and representing Feaster at the Starlight Parade!
  • Shout out to our Girls on the Run Coaches, Heart and Soul Coaches, and to everyone who supported along the way for committing and following through by training and running a 5K today!
  • Shout out to our Parent Involvement Committee and our Custodians for Keeping all Staff and Every Student in Mind by organizing and hosting another successful Kermes! An extra shout out to Alex for fixing the garden bench 🙂 .
  • Shout out to Ms. Perezchica for including students in helping us finish our rock garden.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Karin Dycaico for always being a model of our 3 Core Values: Having a Growth Mindset, Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind, and Committing & Following Through. Mrs. Dycaico, thank you for your years of service, we wish you a wonderful retirement! Please come back and visit us soon!

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📸Pictures: Bobcat from 3rd Grade Wax Museum; (2) Tomatoes from Feaster Farm; (3) #FeasterDI Ts

Additional Information:

  • Yearbook Cover Contest: Don’t forget to have your class vote for this year’s yearbook cover design! Voting will be closed on Tuesday, December 10th at 3:00 PM!
  • Read Naturally: On Friday, you should have received a packet of Read Naturally passages with a QR code on them! These can be used for fluency and reading comprehension strategies. By scanning the QR code using the camera on the iPad, students will be directed to a link that will read the passage aloud to them. Extra copies of any completed Read Naturally QR code files can be found in room 401 or by emailing Heather.
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  • Backing Up Your Computer: Don’t forget to periodically back up all of the files on your computer! This will save a lot of grief and trouble in the future if anything should happen to your device! Check out our Feaster Charter Youtube video showing how to back up your computer using OneNote and OneDrive: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l3MPSoM0Mec&list=PLzHzLY9HdT2NTmtStvoQQDhTxd7EN9TV& index=3&t=140s
  • How are your students using their devices: We have been collecting information about how students are using their devices. We have been using screen time to see how long students are spending on their devices daily and to see what apps are most commonly used! You can check your student devices as well by:
    1. Go to settings
    2. Scroll to where you see Screen Time
    3. Check out the data and click around
      • If screen time is turned off, you can turn it on from this screen as well, please choose “this is my iPad” if setting up screen time
  • Imagine Math Parent Portal (see attached PDF): your parents can set up their own password which is linked to their student’s Imagine Math account! This would be great to share with your families during conferences especially if you are assigning Imagine Math for homework!
  • iPad Needs: If there is an issue with a student iPad, please either email Heather and Roel or send them to the Media Center in room 903. Students should not just be using a different iPad, they should only be using the device that was assigned to them.
  • On the Blog: This week’s blog shares some resources that could be used during your conferences at the end of the quarter –https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/12/08/parent-teacher-conferences-12-2019/

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.16-12.20 Minimum Days for parent conferences
  • 12.16 Rob Thorsen Jazz Quartet
  • 12.18 Dr. Villanueva School Visit

STEM Weekly Announcements 11.12.2019

● 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. Cassandrea Mateos for Keeping all Staff and Every Student in Mind by organizing a field trip where about 25 of our students received brand new glasses!
  • Shout out to our Cross-Country Coaches Reggie DePass and Jenna Schnell for Committing and Following through by successfully completing another great cross-country season!
  • Shout out to our Lead Teachers Ms. Bernazzani, Mrs. Kirkpatrick, Mr. Thorburn, Mrs. Gentile, Ms. Miller, Mrs. Cortez, Mrs. Gallegos, Ms. Morris, Mrs. Trujillo, & Mr. Mislan for keeping all staff in mind by differentiating our next PLC and for planning last Thursday’s PD!

 

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📸Pictures:(1) Ss at OneSight (2) PTO celebrating Birthdays (3) Girls on the Run sharing their brand-new shoes!

Additional Information

  • Students Dropped & iPad Devices: If you have a student who is no longer in your class, please make sure that the iPad gets sent to the Media Center and given to either Heather or Roel so that we can get it wiped and reset for another student.
  • Learn About Ag: Very exciting!! Recently, our very own Mr. Fraser was showcased in the Learn About Ag newsletter! You can read the entire article by going to this link!
  • Yearbook Pictures: Keep on sending those yearbook pictures! A huge thank you to Ms. Granados who captured AND shared some amazing images from the week of Halloween and Dia de Los Muertos!
  • Feaster Social Media: Social Media is a great way to get information out there and to share the fantastic programs we have going here at Feaster Charter School! Give Feaster a follow by clicking the following links:
  • Classroom and Program Hashtags: Just as Feaster has our own hashtags, feel free to create your own school hashtag! For more information on this, check out our very own Feaster Charter Blog!
  • Apple Teacher Learning Center: Did you know that you get great resources and ideas from the Apple Teacher Learning Center? Check out their website at this link for more information!
  • Virginia Noble Teacher Grant: We recently heard from a former Feaster student who came to this school in the 50’s! She shared a grant that was started by a former Feaster teacher, you can enter this Virgnia Noble Teacher Grant by going to this link.
  • Videos Lagging?: If you are trying to show a video in your class and you notice that it is lagging, try plugging your computer into the TV using an HDMI cable…you will need an HDMI adapter of your own but we do have HDMI cables available in the Media Center for you. If you would help with this, email Heather Galyen!
  • On the Blog this Week: Have you been thinking about starting a digital portfolio? Are you already using Class Dojo to connect parents? Check out the Class Dojo Portfolios or read our blog post here!

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 4th Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11.18.19 – Bonnie’s Leadership Academy (Leads out)
  • 11.18.19 – 6th Grade Camp (all week)
  • 11.19.19 – Coffee with the Principals
  • 11.22.19 – Turkey Bowl

STEM Weekly Announcements 10.20.2019

● 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. Galyen, Ms. Acuna, & PTO for Keeping all Staff & Every Student in Mind by leading and organizing Feaster’s Food4Kids program. 50 of our Feaster families will receive a backpack full of free food every two weeks!
  • Shout out to Ms. Haselton and Mr. Fraser Keeping our Middle School Students in Mind by organizing an outstanding Pep Rally! We had a little under 200 middle school students participating in games and showing a lot of Falcon Spirit!
  • Shout out to Coach Guglielmo and Coach Leslie for presenting at Feaster’s Board Meeting last Wednesday! Our Charter Board was impressed with the quality of programs that we offer our kiddos! Thank you for highlighting all of our Coaches and our Programs!

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📸Pictures:(1) The adorable Freya from the SD Humane Society visiting students from Ms. Morris’ class while they learn more about what Humane Societies do and how they help our community (2) Ss practicing HFW as they enter Mrs. Kirkpatrick’s classroom after snack! (3) MS Ss enjoying their Quarterly Pep Rally (4) Coach Leslie + Feaster Cheerleaders presenting at our Board Meeting

Additional Information:

  • Imagine Math (PDF – SEE ATTACHMENT) The Imagine Math team set up instructions showing teachers how to assign standards to small groups of students. See the attached PDF for detailed instructions.
  • Feaster Farm Tours: You are invited to join us on Tuesday at 3:00 PM in the front office for a tour of the Feaster Farm areas!
  • iPad2 Sales for Staff: On Wednesday, October 30th, we will be selling iPad2 devices to staff members only. The iPad2’s are best for wifi because a lot of the apps available on the iTunes store are no longer supported. Sales will start in the media center at 3:00.
  • Apple Distinguished School: We are excited to announce that our Apple Distinguished School recognition has been renewed! We have received distinguished status for 2019 – 2022. You can see our iBook here: https://books.apple.com/us/book/feaster-charter-school/id1314612310
  • Becoming an Apple Certified Teacher: Are you interested in becoming an Apple Certified Teacher? Check out this optional, free certification here https://www.apple.com/education/apple-teacher/
  • Chrome Browser: We have noticed a lot of teachers who are having trouble logging on to the CVESD websites when they are using their computers. We have found that if you use Chrome, there are fewer errors or glitches when trying to login to the CVESD websites. If you are getting any errors on the CVESD website, please switch to Chrome.
  • SmartyAnts with the iOS Update: Last week, we sent out an email regarding an error when SmartyAnts when students have updated their device. We went around on Friday and resolved each iPad that had already been updated. You can tell that a device has been updated because the icons are smaller. If you have students who are having issues logging onto SmartyAnts whose device has been updated, try these steps:
    1. Go to settings
    2. Scroll down to Safari
    3. Find “Request Desktop Site”
    4. Turn off
  • Tech Tip for Using Camera as Doc Cam: when you have your iPad set up as a document camera, you may notice that when you write, your camera refocuses on your hand and goes blurry. This can be distracting! To stop this from happening, open the camera, hold down on the screen until you see “AE/AF LOCK” at the top in yellow. This will stop the camera from focusing on anything other than the paper you are writing on.
  • On the Blog this Week: Check out tech tips including how to make a QR code and how to make sure that your iPad camera does not go blurry when you are using it as a doc cam.

Week at a Glance:

** ELPAC FIELD TEST HAPPENING THIS WEEK** After-School Duty: 6th Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work) **

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10.30 – Superintendent Walkthrough
  • 10.31 – Literature Parade

STEM Weekly Announcements 10.6.2019

● 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 all of our Noon Duties for coming into each classroom throughout the last two weeks of quarter 1 to have a trust circle with all of our
  • Shout out to Pandis for helping to secure the San Diego Children’s Choir Director to come out and hold a workshop with our Aladdin Jr. students.

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Additional Information:

  • Tech Tips for Teachers: as we get ready to return to school tomorrow, it is nice to have a reminder of a few tech tips check out the image below for information on how to:
    • add websites to the home screen
    • add saved passwords to each device
    • get to the CVESD student page
    • allow pop-ups on Safari
    • clear the cache/browsing history
    • a list of apps that use single sign-on

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  • Airdrop Blocked: airdrop has been blocked schoolwide unless you have requested to have access to If you would like students to be able to airdrop documents, pictures, and videos, please email Heather Galyen.
  • Read Naturally QR Codes: Read Naturally is a reading fluency program for We are working on getting the QR codes for the Read Naturally passages updated for everyone. Please see the QR codes for Read Naturally level 1.5 below…copies of the passages with the QR codes were placed in your box the last week of break. If you need another copy, please email Heather Galyen.

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Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 4th Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 10/15 – AVID Walkthrough Electives
  • 10/15 – Coffee with the Principal
  • 10/16 – SSC Meeting
  • 10/16 – Board Meeting
  • 10/17 – CA Great Shakeout
  • 10/17 – Q2 FCMS Pep Rally

STEM Weekly Announcements 9.15.2019

● 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. Acuna & our PTO Parents for Keeping all Staff and Every Student in Mind by organizing our Picture Day! We were able to take everyone’s pictures in two days!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Julie Medina and her elective class for promoting growth mindset by organizing Kindness Week. Also, another shout out to all of our Teachers who participated in Superhero Day! (I heard from many students how excited they were that Mr. Samaniego showed off his superpowers during lunch!)

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📸Pictures:(1) Kindness Week – Dress as a Superhero; (2) Ms. Tellez & Ms. Thomas, (3) Mrs. Diaz, Mr. Faser, and Ms. Young receiving $15,000 Sage Garden Grant

Additional Information:

  • Imagine Math Facts: We do have access to Imagine Math Facts (formerly known as Big Brainz) which is a math fluency app from Imagine Learning that helps students practice addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. To login, students use the CVESD student page and select “Imagine MathFacts” or they can use the app to login:
    • Username: student ID number
    • Password: student ID number
    • Site Code: 0608610
      • If you would like the app added to your devices, please email Heather Galyen.
      • To see reports for this program, go to https://bigbrainz.com/login/
        • Username: school
        • Password: feastercharter
  • San Diego Book Project: Do you need more books in your classroom library or do you want to find books to give away to students? Check out this link for more information about how you can get free books: http://sandiegobookproject.org/
  • On the Blog this Week: This week’s blog post is meant to provide some comical relief to you as you finish your grades, report cards and conferences. Check it out on our website: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/09/15/comic-relief-for-when-you-need-a-breakfrom-grading/

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: Mindlabs ** Q1 Character Strengths: Social Intelligence & Emotional Self-Control**

Parent Conference Week

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 9.20-10.6 Fall Break
  • 9.21 – FCMS Football @1:00 Otay Ranch High School
  • 10.7 – 1/2 day PD

Comic Relief for When You Need a Break from Grading

The end of the first quarter means several things – lots of grading, report cards, parent-teacher conferences and that fall break is coming. With all the grading you have been doing, it might be nice to see how some students have outsmarted test questions, gotten creative with their answers and shown their artistic skills. I saw some of these images posted on Imgur last week and I am guessing the post was done by a teacher who needed a break from grading!  Check out the slideshow and enjoy the student responses because the purpose of this blog post is to provide some comic relief to you all!

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