MONA R C H M EMO
Lisa Staib is heading up our Staff Toy Drive for Leila and Se August 23, 2010
Volume 1, Issue 3
Without leaps of imagination, or dreaming, we lose the excitement of possibilities. Dreaming, after all, is a form of planning. Gloria Steinem
Principal Notes It was tremendously educational for me to sit in for the first time last week on the grade level teams’ data talks. To see the attention to detail, partnership, professionalism, and intentionality you each bring to the process of dissecting your data and resurrecting it in the form of concrete plans for student progress is aweinspiring (those of you who have taught in a beleaguered traditional urban public school, how rare would this level of meaningful collaboration be in your weekly calendars?) What most impressed me was the creativity with which each team strives towards student mastery. Data scrutiny was not drudge work; instead, I saw each team putting their heads together and pushing each other to innovate ways to help their struggling students internalize concepts missed. With our first of six annual half days for unfettered team planning coming up this Thursday, I turned to an old collection of Gloria Steinem quotes and found the above saying that captures the spirit of planning at Monarch.
College lines look DYNAMITE! Way to hold fresh. Our students’ needs and dynamics change students to high expectations! minute to minute, and Can each GLT make sure I know where you meet for your data talks? That way I can find you and stop by… Please don’t forget to complete the Retreat Evaluation Zoomerang when you have a chance between now and next Friday. If you’re interested in getting in on the Monarch Fantasy Football Team ($20 buyin, payout TBD by
1:1s If you haven’t had a chance to have a 1:1 with me yet, please take a minute to
email me three times that would work for you so that we can set one up! It’s been so inspiring to hear about the paths and passions that brought each of you to education and to Monarch.
Study Teams This week’s Staff Meeting will take place in Sam’s room and will be our Study Team kick off for the year. Thanks to Sam, Sarah, and Cori for facilitating and sharing. Please remember to spend some time with the problem statement template that Sam emailed out if you feel ready to process your preliminary inquiry problem with the group.
Picture Day Thursday There will be a signup sheet in the front office Monday morning for each teacher to sign their class up for its timeslot. A reminder will also go home to families Monday alerting them about the event.
Staff Toy Drive Lisa Staib will be heading up our Staff Toy Drive for Leila and Kaiser through Friday this week. Please bring in new or gently used toys before then. Guidelines for the Drive are: anything that is something that may go in a mouth should be new. Board Books should be new. Regular books can be gently used. Toys can be gently used and should be able to fit into a container/bin that is about the size of your desk’s file drawer. Toys should be things that can be wiped off and cleaned with ease in other words, no stuffed animals or soft toys.
Simple pleasure for Ms. Ramsey during appreciations: Karina (with attitude): “I want to appreciate Ms. Ramsey … *sigh* …becauseeven though I keep giving her attitude…shestill gives me another chance.”
This Week’s Highlights Monday
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Before school IEP 7:30 a.m. Weekly Goals to Jill by 8 a.m. Leads Meeting 3:455:00
Tuesday • •
Principal/Math Coach Walkthroughs, 9:45 – 10:30 Afterschool ROPES meeting 3:30 – 4:30
Wednesday • •
Before school IEP 7:30 a.m. Tatiana & Jill Walkthroughs/Meeting 11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Round I of RTI Interventions Begins Lisa Staib off campus to ASES training, 8:30 – 12 noon Picture Day Jill to OUSD/New Charter Principals Meeting, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Friday • • • •
Villanova Meeting (Office Staff) 910 Town Hall Buddy Reading Staff Meeting: Study Team Kick Off in Sam’s Room (UCLA)
8/18 – Cristina Gomez, Juan Mendoza
Early Release Day for PD – 8/26
8/19 – Jennifer Lujano, Kyomi Marcelin
More info to come later this week Saturday School #1 – 8/28
8/20 – Angel Nuno, Claudis Rojas
Please have your Goals & Dreams and Teacher Essays in for the Board by Thursday 8/26.
8/22 Shanya Mason
Lead Teacher Bootcamp 8/30 – Tabachnick, Staib, & all Leads off campus 93
Magn if icent Mona rchs! Rachel Ramsey: Thank you for being so flexible when I took up 3 of your preps this week for IEP related meetings. You are poised even when stressed You are also an excellent collaboration partner! Kaaren
Tabachnick off Campus 9/1 9/3 No School 9/6
MM, continued… To Jill for her mad skills in creativity and organization, all done with so much heart! ~ Heather To Ryan for his desire and drive to find ways to help one of his many students be more successful with reading. ~ Heather Stephanie and Ben thank you so much for getting my kids from one prep to the next so seamlessly. Work doesn’t seem too hard with colleagues like you ;) ~Cori To Ben, For not only calling to check when I forgot about music class, but then
coming over to the H building to hold music in my room to save my class the time of walking over to the other building. WOW! ~ Natasha To Team We Rock for being off to a great start in planning Saturday school. To Kathy Moore and Rocio, for graciously making last minute sacrifices to ensure guest teacher coverage.
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