VAPA Weekly Announcements 12.16.2018

  • 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

  • Welcome back from maternity leave Mrs. Broyles and a shout out to Carreno for committing and following through with starting the school year and getting those 2nd graders off to a great start!
  • Shout out to Gallegos and Ms. Morris for having a growth mindset, their commitment and willingness to learn to run an effective AVID program has had incredibly positive results with our 6th-8th graders who are part of the elective.
  • Shout out to the 5th grade team, Mr. Hernandez, Ms. Ruppert, Ms. McDonald, Ms. Calimbahin and Mrs. Cortez for committing and following through with the AVID goals for elementary and having all students keep an organized binder to keep all their work and notes organized and easy to access…organization is an essential skill for college and career!
  • Shout out to our DI Teachers Mr. Samaniego, Mrs. Cortez, Ms. Arizmendi, Mrs. Rhoads, and Ms. M.Lopez for Keeping Students in Mind during our PD this Saturday. It was a great day filled with lots of learning! Way to go #FeasterDI teachers!
  • Shout out to our IAs for Committing and Following Through by decorating the MPR for our PIQE graduation. We celebrated over 60 graduates in a beautifully decorated MPR!
  • Shout out to everyone who came to the holiday party on Friday, it was so great to see all the support for Feaster and enjoy a well deserved night out!

Pictures: (1) PIQE Graduation (2) Positive Parenting Workshop (3) Mr. Fraser’s Feaster Farm elective


Additional Information

  • The Achieve3000 Level Set test is being taken school wide! Please have a conversation with your students about the importance of taking their time on this assessment.
  • The Winter Book Fair is starting on Monday, December 17th! There is a sign up sheet in the lounge if you would like to take your class.
  • Check out the YouTube video that our Mobile Device Management company created for us: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGIa5m2JkY4
  • Achieve3000 is hosting a Make the Break contest where students can win prizes by reading! Please pass this information on to your families.
  • Our Girls on the Run assembly has been rescheduled to 12/19/2018 at 1:00 for 3rd-5th graders and 11:30 for 6th-8th graders. All girls in 3rd-8th grades are invited
  • Feaster Farm will be presented with an award from Toshiba at the CVESD January Board Meeting on 1/23/19 at 6:10 PM. We hope to see you all there!
  • We have had a lot of iPad devices that are not charging. To fix this, please have the students turn them off and then back on. This has typically resolved the issue!

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 5th Grade

** Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)

** WINTER BOOK FAIR 12.17-12.21

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

*Spirit Day: Holiday Attire

Friday

*Spirit Day: College Gear

Collaboration:

AM:        PM:  5TH

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Collaboration

AM: 1st PM: 2nd

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Kinder Holiday Performance:

Tellez/Thomas 8:00-8:30

Break 8:30-8:45

Bernazzani/Banaga 8:45-9:15

Granados/Martinez 9:30-10:00

 

 

Collaboration

AM: 6th PM: 3rd

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Assemblies-Girls in the Run (Girls Only)

6th-8th 11:30

3rd-5th 1:00

 

 

 

Collaboration

AM: MS/TK

PM:ML/SPED

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

8:00  TK Holiday Performance

 

9:30 Santa’s Bike Giveaway (3rd Grade)

PD: KERMES!

 

 

Collaboration

AM: K PM:4th

 

Parent Conferences: Minimum Day Schedule

 

Have a WONDERFUL break and Happy Holidays

 

 

Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.21-1.13 Winter Break
  • 1.14 Teachers Return
  • 1. 15 Students Return
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Self Care

Every year, around this exact time, there are teachers going out sick, feeling worn down, exhausted and still managing to plan great activities and coordinating memorable and meaningful celebrations for their learners. This is part of the job and we do it to the best of our ability because of the kids. Over the years, I have found three things that work for me and keep me somewhat healthy and mostly stress free; this does not mean that these three things will work for you too, but it is at least a starting point! So, before you go to Target to fill your shopping carts with Theraflu, Cold-EEZE, Airborne and all of the essential oils, try a few things to prevent yourself from getting sick and from feeling worn down.

  • Finding Your Calm

    • What is it that makes you feel stress free and appreciated? How can you accomplish this on a sustainable and daily basis? These answers will be different for everyone, but that does not mean that we should keep them to ourselves! I love hearing how other people find calm because that is how I learn about new things to try out myself.
  • Making Self Care a Regular Routine

    • This one requires a daily commitment but not one that should seem overbearing or impossible on most days. Self care works best when it is something that you actually look forward to!
  • Communicating with Others

    • Sometimes, we just need to sit and talk with someone who will listen. During one of our PDs, the speaker asked us to share how we feel heard. He asked if we would rather be given a solution to our problem or if we would rather just be listened to. It is important that whoever you go to knows which one you need in that moment – do you want to be heard or do you want ideas? Take some time to tell them at the beginning of the conversation what you need in that moment.

I would love to hear more about how you all plan to take care of yourselves! I think talking about this helps us build stronger relationships and it may even give us ideas for how to better care for ourselves!

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Further Reading and Viewing

I recently read a blog post from one of the Keynote speakers that CVESD brought in over the summer to speak with a group of educators. It was called Because of a Teacher  and it explained how hard it is to be sick around this time of year. In this blog post, there was also a video – A Thank You Letter to Teachers. Both this blog post and this video reminded me how important it is to take some time for self-care and really make that into a routine. My hope is that you too will take some time to take care of you; our educators at Feaster do so much for everyone else, so it is important to take some time and do something for you as well!

STEM Announcements 12.9.2018

● 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 our 3rd Grade Team, Mr. Phan, Ms. Aguirre, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Zinskey, and Mr. Kelling for Committing & Following Through with the Animal Wax Museum. Students did an excellent job presenting their research and creating their costumes!
  • Shout out to our K-3rd Grade DI Teachers for Keeping Students in Mind during our PD this Saturday. It was a great day filled with lots of learning! Way to go #FeasterDI teachers!

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

Additional Information

  • December 14th is the last day to turn in counseling referrals for Quarter 3. You can submit forms in Cynthia & Chris’ box.
  • PTO will sponsor three families this holiday season! If you know of a family in need, please connect with Mrs. Acuna!
  • Imagine Learning is doing its Quarter 2 assessment this week. I would encourage you to talk with your students about the importance of trying their best and letting them know that some parts may be more challenging than others. This assessment will give you more information about how the students are progressing.
  • SmartyAnts logins have been a bit more complicated in the past few months. To help with logging in, we have created the attached PDF with a QR code which will bring students directly to the student portal on the CVESD website. We hope this helps make the login process more efficient!
  • Please share any pictures that you would like included in this year’s yearbook by emailing them to heather.walker@cvesd.org or add them to the shared committees OneNote folder: OneNote Yearbook Committee. Please add a caption including what the picture is showing and your name.
  • The 2018/2019 Yearbook cover competition has been extended! Students have until 12/21/2018 to turn in their cover designs. Please share this information with your class.
  • The Classroom App is being used in several classrooms across Feaster Charter! This is an app that helps you see the student’s iPad screens and monitor their work from your teacher iPad. If you are interested in getting this set up, please email heather.walker@cvesd.org

 

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)
  • SIGN UP FOR: Formal Observations + PLC Observations

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences

VAPA Announcements 12.9.2018

● 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 our 3rd Grade Team, Mr. Phan, Ms. Aguirre, Ms. Palacio, Mrs. Silva, Ms. Zinskey, and Mr. Kelling for Committing & Following Through with the Animal Wax Museum. Students did an excellent job presenting their research and creating their costumes!
  • Shout out to our K-3rd Grade DI Teachers for Keeping Students in Mind during our PD this Saturday. It was a great day filled with lots of learning! Way to go #FeasterDI teachers!

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

Additional Information

  • December 14th is the last day to turn in counseling referrals for Quarter 3. You can submit forms in Cynthia & Chris’ box.
  • PTO will sponsor three families this holiday season! If you know of a family in need, please connect with Mrs. Acuna!
  • Imagine Learning is doing its Quarter 2 assessment this week. I would encourage you to talk with your students about the importance of trying their best and letting them know that some parts may be more challenging than others. This assessment will give you more information about how the students are progressing.
  • SmartyAnts logins have been a bit more complicated in the past few months. To help with logging in, we have created the attached PDF with a QR code which will bring students directly to the student portal on the CVESD website. We hope this helps make the login process more efficient!
  • Please share any pictures that you would like included in this year’s yearbook by emailing them to heather.walker@cvesd.org or add them to the shared committees OneNote folder: OneNote Yearbook Committee. Please add a caption including what the picture is showing and your name.
  • The 2018/2019 Yearbook cover competition has been extended! Students have until 12/21/2018 to turn in their cover designs. Please share this information with your class.
  • The Classroom App is being used in several classrooms across Feaster Charter! This is an app that helps you see the student’s iPad screens and monitor their work from your teacher iPad. If you are interested in getting this set up, please email heather.walker@cvesd.org

 

Week at a Glance

  • After-School Duty: 4th Grade
  • Q2 Character Strengths: Curiosity & Self-Control (School Work)
  • SIGN UP FOR: Formal Observations + PLC Observations

 

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences

Student Agency & The Wax Museum

Getting students involved and participating can be both empowering but also challenging. When students have a voice in the classroom, they feel that they are part of the community and they are more likely to share their thoughts, communicate about needing additional support and be available to help others. The question remains though, how do we get students to feel comfortable with sharing their thoughts?

I was reminded of the power of student voice this past week when I saw the energy and enthusiasm exhibited by our third graders during the wax museum. I was amazed seeing what they created and prepared! What could have been a basic essay done on paper in one week was turned into a meaningful community event that brought about connections between students across the entire school, connected teachers and parents and resulted in an impressive project focused on learning.

Seeing the students make their own choice not only on topic but on method as well was impressive. Some students had written out their report, others chose to create a KeyNote, some included a poster and even still other students chose to do a slideshow video showing their work. The choice component was crucial because it gave students a sentiment of trust and allowed them to show their learning in a way that was most effective for them.

 

It is, of course, not feasible to expect that every single writing assignment results in a product like this – that would be unrealistic and I am in no way suggesting that! I am wondering how we are providing opportunities for voice and choice to be recognized throughout every school day. I do feel that is something more reasonable to wonder – do students have input on how they are demonstrating their learning and do their personal strengths develop because of the learning objectives? I see so many great examples of just this – voice and choice being recognized across the entire school – like when students get to choose an app to show their learning, or when the “W” section of a KWL (what we know, what we want to know and what we learned) chart is revisited, or when students are asked how they would be most successful in showing that they have mastered the day’s lesson! Simply asking students how they would be most successful showing their learning may bring up ideas that we have not even considered before, it may even bring up ideas we have not even seen on Pinterest…yet! I definitely encourage you all to share out your ideas on your social media accounts, during collaboration, while eating lunch in the lounge, while waiting for the copy machine – anytime you are with another person – celebrate what you have done and try to be open about what others are doing as well.

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STEM Weekly Announcements 12.2.2018

● 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. Boolen, Ms. Hale, Mr. Peterson and Ms. Morris committing and following through with their annual college week field trips, they chaperoned close to 100 students to 5 colleges and career opportunities in San Diego County, thank you for giving our students an opportunity they may not have otherwise had!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ana Mercado committing and following through and decorating a beautiful float for the Starlight Parade!
  • Shout out to Mr. Saminego, Coach Guglielmo, Coach Johnson, Coach Chris, Mrs. Schenelle, Mr. Reggie, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Ana McGaffey, and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through by escorting our students along the parade route and helping to make the event a success!!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through as they organized canned food and toy drives for the community, thank you!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Gallegos, Mr. Wylie, Ms. Rhoads, Mrs. Gurrero, Mrs. Perechica, Ms. Arizmendi, & Mrs. Gentile for having a growth mindset as they braved the cold and rainy weather last week and chaperoned 120 6th graders in the mountains of Julian at 6th grade camp! They hiked, canoed, and climbed the rock wall modeling for the students to be open to try new things!

 

 

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Additional Information:

  • How great would it be if your computer did not turn off in the middle of a lesson? There is an app that you can download on your device called Anti
    Sleep: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anti-sleep/id946798523?mt=12. If you do download this app, please have your iTunes password and username recorded so that we can easily sign you out when you return your device.
  • Please take some time to make sure that your location services are turned ON for all of your classroom iPads. This allows us to find the device if it goes missing.
  • On the Blog: this week, our blog post is about Hour of Code, it gives resources, links and reasons to participate in Computer Science
    Week https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/hour-of-code-2018/
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Upcoming Events:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences

VAPA Weekly Announcements 12.2.2018

● 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. Boolen, Ms. Hale, Mr. Peterson and Ms. Morris committing and following through with their annual college week field trips, they chaperoned close to 100 students to 5 colleges and career opportunities in San Diego County, thank you for giving our students an opportunity they may not have otherwise had!
  • Shout out to Ms. Ana Mercado committing and following through and decorating a beautiful float for the Starlight Parade!
  • Shout out to Mr. Saminego, Coach Guglielmo, Coach Johnson, Coach Chris, Mrs. Schenelle, Mr. Reggie, Mr. Thorburn, Ms. Ana McGaffey, and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through by escorting our students along the parade route and helping to make the event a success!!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Trujillo and Ms. Ana Mercado for committing and following through as they organized canned food and toy drives for the community, thank you!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Gallegos, Mr. Wylie, Ms. Rhoads, Mrs. Gurrero, Mrs. Perechica, Ms. Arizmendi, & Mrs. Gentile for having a growth mindset as they braved the cold and rainy weather last week and chaperoned 120 6th graders in the mountains of Julian at 6th grade camp! They hiked, canoed, and climbed the rock wall modeling for the students to be open to try new things!

 

 

Screen Shot 2018-12-03 at 6.23.08 AMScreen Shot 2018-12-03 at 6.23.01 AM📸Pictures: We love to see your tweets! Below are some of the tweets about Feaster this week #feasterlearns!

Additional Information:

  • How great would it be if your computer did not turn off in the middle of a lesson? There is an app that you can download on your device called Anti
    Sleep: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/anti-sleep/id946798523?mt=12. If you do download this app, please have your iTunes password and username recorded so that we can easily sign you out when you return your device.
  • Please take some time to make sure that your location services are turned ON for all of your classroom iPads. This allows us to find the device if it goes missing.
  • On the Blog: this week, our blog post is about Hour of Code, it gives resources, links and reasons to participate in Computer Science
    Week https://feastercharter.wordpress.com/2018/12/02/hour-of-code-2018/
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Upcoming Events:

  • 12.20 Winter Kermes
  • 12.17-12.21 Minimum Days for parent conferences