“Be Stubborn About Your Goals and Flexible About Your Method.”

Earlier this week, I happened to see my new favorite quote on the walls of one of our fourth-grade classrooms:

“Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your method.”

-Author Unknown

This quote really got me thinking because it made me realize that while the way that we achieve our objectives may not be the way we thought we would get to our goal, that is part of the journey.

As we work on report cards and reflect on our year to date, in my mind, I am going to try to keep this idea fresh: our goals may not have been achieved how we thought they would be or within the timeline we expected, but how has our method evolved? How have we created more opportunities for ourselves along the way to meeting our goals? How has our mindset shifted? Have our priorities changed? Have we maybe gained new skills and knowledge that has helped us in other aspects of our lives? These are all questions that we can ask ourselves as we reflect on our progress and the progress of our learners.

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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

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.
    • This slideshow requires JavaScript.

  • 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:

VAPA 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

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.”