STEM Weekly Updates 12.13.2020

● 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 All Falcons for committing and following through! Collectively, we met with over 400 Families the week before Christmas! Go Flacons!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Acuña, Mrs. Hermosillo, Mrs. Noguez for Committing and Following Through with planning, organizing and holding a wonderful annual adopt a family event.
  • Shout out to Mr. Pandis for Committing and Following Through by helping to plan and organize a great Jazz event for all of our students.

 

📸Pictures: (1 & 3)Winter Performances; (2) Breakfast!

Additional Information:

  • CVESD Talk (formerly the CVESD Speech Contest) this PDF  for more information: The objective of the theme, Looking Forward, is to have students think about what ideas could spring from a discussion about the future. We encourage teachers and parents to discuss the theme with students to help them think about what it means to “look forward.” More information will be coming in a separate email, for now, please know that we are looking for more conversational style speeches instead of the traditional essay format. There are videos available on the CVESD website for you to share with your students…here is one to view for now!
    • Questions one could ask to help students generate ideas related to the theme:
      • What does your future look like?
      • What volunteer work are you involved in that makes a difference in your community, or the world?
      • If you could change the world, how would you do it?
      • What cool technology would you like to invent?
      • What cool technology do you think is just getting started?
      • What could be different in the world?
    • TYPES OF TALKS:
      • Persuade
      • Inform
      • Entertain
      • Storytelling
    • Speech Contest Dates at Feaster:
      • 4th Grade FCS speeches: 2/7/2020 @ 8:00
      • 5th Grade FCS speeches: 2/3/2020 @ 1:15 (bc fitness testing & school uniform program in MPR)
      • 6th Grade FCS speeches: 2/4/2020 @ 8:00
      • 7th Grade FCMS speeches: 2/7/2020 @ 1:15
      • 8th Grade FCMS speeches: 2/7/2020 @ 1:15
  • Yearbook: don’t forget to share your pictures to the OneNote (Yearbook Pictures 2019 2020) or by emailing them to Heather Galyen
  • 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:

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 1.20.20 – Martin Luther King Holiday
  • 1.21.20 – Coffee with the Principal
  • 1.22.20 – Feaster Board Meeting

STEM Weekly Announcement 12.16.2019

● 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 Reggie, Cassandra and Ruben for Committing and Following Through with planning, organizing and throwing an outstanding Holiday Staff Party, a great time was had by all who attended!
  • Shout out to Ms. Calimbahin, Mrs. Gallegos & Mr. Phan for having a Growth Mindset and Committing and Following Through with AVID by presenting the AVID Elementary instructional goals to our ILT.
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Arizmendi for Committing and Following Through with Achieve 3000, their classes won the Read to Succeed Award!

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📸Pictures: (1)High School Presentations to 8th grade; (2) 6th Grade Wax Museum; (3 & 4) Yearbook Cover Winners!

Additional Information:

  • Parent Conferences: Early release days this week are intended for you to meet with families of students who are not making adequate progress toward grade level standards, have behavior concerns or are in the SST process. We have copies of all schedules, but if you schedule additional conferences please send an updated schedule to the office!
  • Media Center: The Media Center will be open at 7:05 AM every day this week except Tuesday! If you have students who are outside and need a more supervised routine, please send them over to room 903 to use the computers!
  • App and Programs for at Home Use (see attachment): As a reminder, we have attached the sign on instructions for students to use over winter break
  • Classroom App: The Classroom App is one that we have shared before and would like to remind you that is a great way to see your student’s iPad screens right from your own teacher iPad. If you are interested in using this app, please email Heather.
  • Read Naturally: The newest QR codes for Read Naturally levels 2.0 and Español were placed in your boxes last week!

Week at a Glance

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20-1.12 Winter Break
  • 1.13 Student Free Day: Benchmark ELD PD & Prep time
  • 1.14 Students return
  • 1.14-1.17 SOM & Honor Roll Assemblies

VAPA 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

Parent-Teacher Conferences 12.2019

It is that time of year…again! The time when we get to catch up with our student’s parents and share important information about their academic education! This year, we do have a few new things to share and I am also going to share our previous parent-teacher conference blog posts for you to check out if you would like!

New in December 2019

  • Imagine Math Parent Portal: Check out this document that explains how parents can set up their own Imagine Math account and see how their students are using the program: Imagine Math Parent Portal English and Spanish
  • At Home Programs: Conferences are a great time to share our online programs with our families. Check out this resource: Apps and Programs for at Home
  • Modernization Parent-Friendly Calendar: Modernization is going to impact our entire community! The earlier we can share this information with our parents, the better! Please take some time to send home the parent-friendly modernization calendar with your student’s report cards: Modernization Parent-Friendly Calendar

Further Reading

If you would like more Feaster suggestions and strategies for your parent-teacher conferences,  check out these blog posts:

STEM Weekly Announcements 12.2.2019

● 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 Johnson for committing and following through as he coordinated our annual Turkey Bowl and ensured all students who participated received a turkey to take home for thanksgiving 🙂
  • Shout out to Mrs. Guerrero, Mrs. Rhoads, Ms. Arizmendi, Mrs. Gallegos, Ms. Cody and Mr. Wylie for committing and following through by accompanying our 6th graders up to Camp Marston for the week!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Gentile, Mr. Phan, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Palacio, Ms. Aguirre, and Ms. Conroy for committing and following through and organizing the 3rd grade Animal Wax Museum!

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📸Pictures:(1) 6th Graders at Camp (2) Feastergiving painted rocks for our garden 🙂 (3) 3rd Grade student with her turkey from participating in the Turkey Bowl

Additional Information

  • Modernization (See 2 PDF Attachments): We have created a modernization FAQ document with important dates to keep in mind and a parent-friendly modernization calendar. These were sent home before we went on break. You will also get a class set of copies to be sent home with report cards! Please remember to share these documents with your families.
  • iPad Restrictions: Did you know that we can place restrictions on your student’s devices? We can block websites, remove apps (even the camera app), and pretty much anything else you can think of! If you are interested or need any restrictions to be placed on your student’s devices, please email Heather and Roel.
  • Yellow School Pass: Please remember to use the yellow hall passes when you are sending your students out of the classroom! If you need more passes, they are kept in room 201.
  • How to Freeze an Image on Your Classroom TV: Did you know that you can freeze the screen on your TV so that it keeps the same image up? Just use the remote for your TV and press the “freeze” button to stop the screen from changing. If you do not have a freeze button on your remote, you can choose to get a universal remote that is compatible with your TV.
  • On the Blog this Week: This week’s blog post is all about the Thankful poem that shared at our last PD: https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2019/11/29/feastergiving-2019/

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.9.19 – Search and Rescue Training with Dr. Stone
  • 12.10.19 – Lead Training
  • 12.11.19 – PBIS Meeting
  • 12.12.19 – FCMS High School Informational Sessions

Feastergiving 2019

This past PD, we had the opportunity to deepen our relationships by spending a PD day sharing a catered meal, doing a shared craft, donating to our Feaster foodbank, lifting each other up, and just connecting with others who we may not have the regular opportunity to connect with. This was our third #Feastergiving and it was hopefully another one to remember!

As I sat and enjoyed the meal and the time to just connect, one teacher next to me was so moved by the following poem that she was brought to tears briefly:

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The poem serves as a reminder to be thankful even when things seem to be too hard or too challenging or even too burdensome because they truly can be things that end up enriching our lives. The quote below embodies the whole purpose of the poem:

“It is easy to be thankful for the good things. A life of rich fulfillment comes to those who are also thankful for the setbacks.”

Feastergiving 2019 Poem

It is with this reminder that I reflect on the year so far, the setbacks and the things that I have not yet achieved as well as the progress that I have made. In education, there is so much to reflect on, especially when we consider each child as an individual and how we have supported and will continue to support them over the course of their education – how is it that we are setting each learner (student, staff member, and acquaintance) up for success today and helping them to develop their personal leadership skills based on their own strengths, interests, and values? So, like the poem says, “Be thankful for each new challenge, because it will build your strength and character.”

VAPA Weekly Announcements 11.4.2019

● 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. Ibarra, Ms. Richardson, Ms. Guerrero, Ms. Chavez, Ms. Vazquez, Mrs. Macelod, and Mrs. Hernandez for committing and following through as they helped to administer the ELPAC pilot assessment to 100 students over the last two weeks!
  • Shout out to our DI teachers and Vanessa Macias, Irazu Noguez, Sulay Villanueva, Laura Macias, Leticia Carachure, Judith Alvarez, and Laura Arriaga (DI Parents) for committing and following through in helping to put together the Dia de los Muertos altar!
  • Shout out to Ms. Blanco, Ms. Tellez, Ms. Olocco, Ms. Rodriguez, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Calvadores, Ms. Silva, Ms. Cody, Ms. Young, Ms. Guerrero, Ms. Boolen, Mr. Fraser, Ms. Rivaldi, Ms. Quezada and Dr. Motsinger for planning our Fall Festival for our students, parents, and community.

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📸Pictures:(1) Dia De Los Muertos Altar (2) Middle School students playing the drums in Mr. Pandis music class (3) Feaster Soft Ball Team

Additional Information:

  • Staff Picture: Thanks to everyone who made it out for the 2019/2020 staff picture! We know how tough it is to get everyone together especially with tutoring and other after school commitments!
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  • Daylight Savings Time: The clocks went back an hour this weekend! This means that your classroom clocks may be off by an hour. If this is the case, here are instructions describing how to change the time:
    • Hold the “set” button down until the display flashes
    • Click “set” until you see the hour, then click the plus button until it gets to the hour you need
    • Click “set” until you see the minute, then click the plus button until it gets to the minutes you need
    • Click “set” until your display shows DST, make sure this is turned off
  •  Incentive Tickets: We have seen some super creative ways to carry your incentive tickets around! Some teachers are placing them in plastic bags and pinning them to their keychain, other teachers have found a hard plastic case and attached that to their keyring! We hope that you are enjoying celebrating the success of our learners with these incentive cards!
  • iPad Updates: This weekend, your iPad devices should have been updated to the newest iOS. Please remember that this means your students will have access to “dark mode.” Exciting news though, with the update, we are able to disable private browsing mode!! 🙂
  • CVESD Student Page: If your student is having issues logging onto the single sign-on apps, please have them use the “Office 365” link as circled below:

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 3rd Grade ** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self Control (School Work)**

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 11.11.19 – Veterans Day
  • 11.12.19 – ELAC Committee Meeting – Math Strategies for Parents
  • 11.13.19 – ILT Session #2 Training (Leads Out)