VAPA 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 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

Social Media in Your Classroom

Consider how powerful it can be when we make public the lessons, projects, opportunities, and skills that our students are learning. At Feaster, we have so many empowering programs and opportunities for our learners, yet only our learners are benefitting if we do not share these programs, lessons, and strategies. By sharing what we are doing to a school-wide hashtag, #FeasterLearns, and a hashtag for your specific program or classroom, we can truly benefit our learners and create a living document showing everything we are doing!

Share Programs and Practices, Get Ideas from Other Educators

One of my personal favorite things about social media is the ideas I get from other educators. It is important to remember that, even online, our relationships should be mutually beneficial – the more great things you share, the more great connections you will make! Imagine having a question or asking for advice on a lesson plan and getting the question out to millions of people – that is what Twitter can do! Check out this link for popular hashtags to add to your posts and to follow on your social media account!

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Showcase Your Ideas, Lessons, and Projects

I have walked into classrooms and seen some of the most impressive lessons going on with students who are genuinely excited to learn! This is something that happens all the time on our campus and I just happen to catch it occasionally when I walk into a room by chance. Think about how much more powerful it would do if you were there taking a quick picture and posting it to #FeasterLearns and your own class hashtag!?

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Let Families Know What Their Children are Learning

I remember growing up and being asked about what I learned at school that day. Often, I would give some vague answer that never satisfied my parent’s curiosity. When we post what is going on in our classrooms, we give parents a connection to their student’s learning. The question, “What did you learn about today” suddenly becomes “I saw that you learned about _____ today, check out what your teacher shared!” This is a powerful opportunity that allows parents to take an active role in their children’s learning! Check out this tweet from @FeasterCharter showing one lesson from a Mindlabs class:

 

 Yearbook QR Codes

Imagine going through a yearbook years later, wondering how the school has changed and being able to actually see the answer! This is what we can do by adding a scannable code called a QR code to our yearbook pages. When teachers share their lessons online using a hashtag like #Feaster201 or FeasterTeam401 and #FeasterLearns, we are creating opportunities for our learners to look back and remember what their time here at Feaster was like!

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The other benefit is that when we post online, we can link videos in our yearbook as well! Check out the image to the right and try to imagine what is going on…knowing that we have Mr. Pandis in the picture, we are guessing it has something to do with music. However, we cannot hear that or truly know for sure what is going on until we check this link and hear the whole story. Check out this link for the video that goes along with the picture. This is the kind of power we can bring to our yearbook when we share what we are doing in our classrooms using a hashtag!

Feaster Hashtags

When we add #FeasterLearns to our Twitter posts, we can Google the hashtag and get all of the posts that have included that hashtag! Imagine how powerful it would be, if once a week, teachers took a picture or a video and share something going on in their classrooms to the school hashtag! Check out these other hashtags for our school as well:

You can use the hashtag by adding it to your tweet…something like:

Check out what our #FeasterLearns students did in class this week during #Feaster________! They learned __________ by ____________.  @FeasterCharter @CVESDNews

When you add the #, you make the words come up in a search on the social media site. When you add the @, you are tagging another person and sharing your post with them! Check out this video for more detailed instructions for using Twitter.


Try it out, get your students involved and make a classroom hashtag where you can share all of the amazing practices that are going on in your classroom!

STEM Weekly Announcements 4.7.2019

● 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. Carolina, + Team for committing and following through with 3 wonderful performances of Shrek Jr.
  • Welcome to our new school counselor Mrs. Karina Caro! She will be joining Coach Chris in room 601 starting Monday, schedules with new groups and times will be sent out by the counseling department this week.
  • Shout out to ALL TEACHERS for committing and following through with parent conferences before break! We had a great turnout of parents in attendance at conferences!

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📸Pictures: (1) World of Work day (2) Shrek Jr Cast (3) World of Work Day

Additional Information:

  • Read Naturally QR Codes: We have recently been able to create QR codes for the read naturally passages for levels 0.8, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0! Please feel free to use the attached documents as needed, if you would like the paper copies with the passages and the QR codes attached, please see Heather Galyen in room 903! Spanish versions are being worked on now!
  • Social Media Hashtags: We always love to see the great work you and your students do being shared on our social media accounts! If you are comfortable posting your great work, please feel free to include our school hashtags:
  •  Imagine University: Imagine Learning has created a platform where there are videos that walk you through their programs. You can use this as a tutorial for your students or to learn more about what they are offering to our learners. You can sign up by going to https://university.imaginelearning.com/
  • ILE Checking Reports: You can hear your student’s reading on ILE by going to the audio files under the student portfolio section. This can help hold your students accountable for their work, especially when you listen to them recordings with the students as needed! If you would like more information about ILE reports, please contact Heather Galyen.

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 6th Grade ** Q4: Grit **

Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

4.18.19 Spring Kermes

VAPA Weekly Announcements 4.7.2019

● 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. Carolina, + Team for committing and following through with 3 wonderful performances of Shrek Jr.
  • Welcome to our new school counselor Mrs. Karina Caro! She will be joining Coach Chris in room 601 starting Monday, schedules with new groups and times will be sent out by the counseling department this week.
  • Shout out to ALL TEACHERS for committing and following through with parent conferences before break! We had a great turnout of parents in attendance at conferences!

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📸Pictures: (1) World of Work day (2) Shrek Jr Cast (3) World of Work Day

Additional Information:

  • Read Naturally QR Codes: We have recently been able to create QR codes for the read naturally passages for levels 0.8, 1.0, 1.5 and 2.0! Please feel free to use the attached documents as needed, if you would like the paper copies with the passages and the QR codes attached, please see Heather Galyen in room 903! Spanish versions are being worked on now!
  • Social Media Hashtags: We always love to see the great work you and your students do being shared on our social media accounts! If you are comfortable posting your great work, please feel free to include our school hashtags:
  •  Imagine University: Imagine Learning has created a platform where there are videos that walk you through their programs. You can use this as a tutorial for your students or to learn more about what they are offering to our learners. You can sign up by going to https://university.imaginelearning.com/
  • ILE Checking Reports: You can hear your student’s reading on ILE by going to the audio files under the student portfolio section. This can help hold your students accountable for their work, especially when you listen to them recordings with the students as needed! If you would like more information about ILE reports, please contact Heather Galyen.

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 6th Grade ** Q4: Grit **

Please sign up for your formal observation in Room 201!

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Looking Ahead & Other Information:

4.18.19 Spring Kermes

Creating Your Own Narrative

I was recently reminded how important it is to be in control of your own story while working on the yearbook. I had some pictures that I had collected of our Mindlabs classes and a few STEM, VAPA and STEAM classrooms. As I was sharing the yearbook pages for teachers to review, they were responding that the pictures did not accurately capture what actually happens in their classrooms. This is so accurate because I just happened to go in and snap a few pictures for the yearbook when I did not have enough to represent their class or program in the yearbook! These chance shots of course did not show the innovative and exciting lessons that are happening all of the time because they were captured at random and unplanned times. This is not to say that we can never walk into a class and see amazing things happening sporadically, this is, gratefully, the norm at Feaster; however, what I find innovative and exciting may not be the best example of what the teacher is doing or what the students are capable of.

In one case in particular, I found the notebooks that students were creating were particularly organized and impressive. When I emailed the sample yearbook page with an adorable picture of the students holding up their journals and smiling, the response that I got back made me realize how important it is to control our own narrative. The teacher responded that while she liked the picture and appreciated the work being put into the yearbook, the pictures did not accurately show the amount of hands on activities being done by her students. Included with this email were about 8 other pictures of students actively learning with manipulatives and materials other than paper and pencil. This was exactly what I wanted…teachers to make their own narratives, to showcase the norms in their classrooms instead of relying on others to control that and misrepresent what is being done. I would never want to take over someone else’s story, but in the absence of knowledge, we often make our truth. To prevent someone else from telling our story, we must tell our own.

As I reflected on this experience, I realized how important it is for us to share what we are doing in our classrooms with others. It is so important to tell our own story of what is happening in our classroom to help others see beyond what is observed when someone stops in by chance, like when a grade level plans a walk through to see best practices, when we have parents touring the school, when we have scheduled observations and any other time we just want to share the great things we are doing.

Creating our own narrative and helping others see our own stories can be so powerful because it helps us lead the learning of our peers, helps us inspire other educators and may even help us grow as learners and professionals as well. Sharing our own stories can be done so many ways (talking in the lounge, sharing during collaboration, planning vertically, building a professional learning network, etc) and one way that I have found that has the most impact is by sharing with others online. When we share what we are doing on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, any online platform, we are helping inspire others and we are creating our own narrative and taking over our own classroom story so that what we are doing is not misinterpreted or misrepresented. So make sure that no one makes up their own truths about your classroom and what you are doing because of the absence of knowledge…tell your story and help inspire others!

VAPA Week 8 Announcements 9.10.18

● 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. Denisse Garcia for Committing & Following Through as she ensured that all 150 3rd grade students were tested for GATE last week!
  • Shout out to Mrs. Ana Mercado for having a growth mindset as she constantly comes up with new strategies to make sure that drop off and pick up and safe and smooth for parents and students!
  • Shout out to Ms. Krista Cartier for helping students Soar Off to College by having them monitor their lexile growth and goals!

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(1) Ss Achieve3K Goal Setting Form (2) Tweet of the Week: Ss demonstrating understanding (3) 3rd Grade classes celebrate students’ improvement on Achieve 3K

Additional Information:

  • We love to use social media to showcase all the great things teachers are doing! Please take a moment and follow us on our social media accounts:
  • Headspace: we still have the Headspace guided mediation subscription available until 07/2019! Your redemption code is GSEDFEASTER1Y and it can be redeemed at headspace.com/code.
  • Weekly Run: Every Wednesday, Feaster holds a 2.1 mile run around campus for our Cross Country Team! We love seeing teachers, students, staff members, and parents come out and join us. We hope to see you on the track at 3:20 this Wednesday.
  • Bikes for Kids: Every week, NBC 7/39 airs a segment where they donate a bike to one student who is excelling in character development and/or academics. You can nominate a student by emailing Marie.Romeo@usw.salvationarmy.org
  • Spanish Classes: This year, we are offering Spanish classes to our staff members! PTO has offered to pay half of the fee, so classes are being offered at a discounted rate of $11/class! You can reserve your spot by signing up online: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=DG566I7Aska7c0XdByuqM-0kQe-mgAFCmgV5bIbDBI5UMlZQWkpIMk9DWFZaVzExMjFFRENURThCSy4u
  • EduBlogs Competition: The Student Blogging Challenge is about embracing all of the benefits of blogging from learning digital writing skills, and digital citizenship, to developing an authentic audience and connecting with others around the globe. You can register online by going to https://studentchallenge.edublogs.org/
  • Contact for Programs: If you have a question or concern about a program, please contact:
    • Benchmark: Marissa Hernandez
    • SmartyAnts: Shea Macleod
    • Imagine Learning: Heather Galyen
    • AR: Roel Mislan
    • Achieve: Shea Macleod
  • Accelerated Reader: the link for the AR website is: https://hosted72.renlearn.com/268848/SIS/Student/olm/ViewStudentController.rli
  • Imagine Learning: please help hold your students accountable for achieving their 20 minutes each day by checking your Imagine Learning reports! You can login and see how your students are spending their time by going to: https://my.imaginelearning.com/. ImagineLearning does have a new app that we will be pushing out to all iPad devices this week. Please remember that the site code is 0608610.
  • Imagine Learning at Home: ILE is available for use at home! Please share the attached PDFs with parents during conferences this week.
  • SmartyAnts: There are two apps for SmartyAnts – one is for K&1 and the other is for 2nd and up. We will be pushing out the 2nd & up apps to all grade levels using SmartyAnts.
  • Saving Website to Homescreen: we have had a lot of issues with accessing online programs like Benchmark. In order to help resolve this, we recommend having students save the website to their homescreen by:
    • 1. Open the webiste on your web browser
    • 2. Click the icon that looks like a rectangle with an up arrow
    • 3. Click “add to home screen”
    • 4. Type in the name of the website
    • 5. Click “add”
  • iPads to Media Center: throughout the day, we get a lot of students coming in for iPad issues. To help us out, especially when we are in classrooms or not in the offices, please only send students with a note describing the problem, their name, your room number, and a class pass

Technology Tips: 

  • iPad location services have been turned on for most devices! This was done during the set up in order to help us locate lost devices. Please make sure that you leave these location services on so that we can track the device in case it goes missing.
  • If you notice that your students safari or web browser has a black bar at the top, this means that they are in privacy mode. This will stop their browsing history from being tracked. Please have a conversation with your students if you saw this happening.
  • MacBooks: please note that the new MacBooks are very fragile! The screens are easily cracked, so we highly recommend purchasing a cover or a case to keep your MacBook from being damaged. Please make sure that you are cautious to not close anything inside of the MacBook and to keep liquids away from the computer. According to the staff Acceptable Use Policy, teachers are responsible for any damage caused to the device. We highly recommend purchasing the $50 insurance; please see the Staff AUP for more information!

Student Fundraising 

  • Candy Bars: 6th grade is selling candy bars to raise money for 6th grade camp! If you see any students selling candy bars, feel free to purchase one!
  • GoFundMe: We have started a GoFundMe campaign for our upcoming China trip. This will help fund the necessary costs connected with the trip including applying for a visa as well as airfare. If you would like to donate or share with your families, the link is: https://www.gofundme.com/building-global-citizenship

Week at a Glance

After-School Duty: 3rd Grade

** Q1 Character Strengths: Social Intelligence & Emotional Self-Control**

 

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Collaboration

AM: 1ST PM: 2ND

Field Trips:

Arizmendi, San Roman, Rhoades UCSD 9:00-2:00

Collaboration

AM: 1ST PM: 2ND

Coffee With the Principals 7:45

Field Trips:

So Wild San Diego

Lead Meeting 3:05 Room 401

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Club to Living Coast 3:00-4:00

Collaboration

AM: 6TH PM: 3RD

Building Relationships Committee Meeting 3:00 Room 401

Charter Board Meeting 4:30 Room 401

*Last Day of Electives Q1

*Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

Collaboration

AM: TK&MS / PM: Mindlabs

Field Trips:

Palacio Living Coast 9:00-2:00

1:45 PD: Parent Conferences

1:30 GLQs: Tan Soo Do Karate Class

*Parent Conferences Minimum Day Schedule

Collaboration

AM: K PM: 4th

Field Trips:

Silva Living Coast 9:00-2:00

*Wear College T-

Shirt!

Looking Ahead & Other Information

  • 9/21 Achieve 3000 Pizza Party (See email from Dr. Sleiman)
  • 9/22 Fall Break!