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May 19, 2015

Dear LEAD Families and Community,

We are already half way through May, continuing with learning, engagement and assessments. Grades 3-5 finish Smarter Balanced testing this week. These are the new standardized tests in an online format aligned with the Common Core State Standards that you have learned about in our Parent Education sessions at the PTA/Principal Coffees. These assessments allow students to demonstrate their ability to write analytically, think critically, and solve problems along with their knowledge of facts. It will be our first year in which scores will be reported. The District will have online access to results four weeks after the testing is completed. Individual student score reports should be available to parents eight weeks after our last SMFC school has completed testing. Public reports should be available at the end of August or early September.  Beginning next year, we will all be able to compare students' achievement to their previous scores to assess student growth. Not to be left out of the assessment realm, our TK’s, K’s, and primary students are becoming better thinkers, readers and writers thanks to the hard work of their teachers who design and deliver instruction, utilizing their Common Core Math, Early Literacy, Digital Arts, and Readers’ Writers’ Workshop trainings in which they participated this year.

Each day continues to include new learning experiences for all, as our TK students practice their letters, sounds, numbers and writing to prepare for Kindergarten; our K students observe baby chicks hatching as these young scholars study omnivores and informational writing; our First Graders use Google Earth and Academic Language to develop a better understanding of the world around them; Second Graders continue to learn new reading strategies in their guided reading groups; Third Graders complete written reflection pieces utilizing their “google sense” to produce meaningful and authentic writing( Enjoy their student work displayed on the front office bulletin board);  Fourth Graders conclude their study of California Missions, designing and painting colorful depictions of the multiple missions that form the history of our state, and Fifth Graders prepare for promotion by writing speeches, designing programs and practicing their kickball skills for the annual Fifth grade/staff kickball game on Friday, June 5th.

It wouldn’t be the end of the year without a lot going on! Please refer to this list and the website for our many “End of the Year Activities!”

BOOK FAIRE: Week of May 18-22 in the LEAD Library Garden of Literacy.
Hours: 7:45-1:00 and 2:00-3:30 All Week and  5-7 PM on Thursday the 21st.

OPEN HOUSE THURSDAY, MAY 21st 6:00-7:00 PM: All classrooms will be open from 6-7 P.M. Please visit your children’s core classrooms as well as those that support instruction, Mrs. Correa, our ELD teacher in rom 14, Mrs. Obias-Enrique, our resource teacher in room 13, PE Teacher Ola Dean on the yard, and of course our library where Ms.Howell and the PTA will welcome you to our annual book faire, an important fundraiser for our library and school.

MINIMUM DAY FRIDAY, MAY 22nd: Please be on time for pick-up (12:20 and 12:28); the office closes at 1:00 P.M.

FRIDAY, MAY 29th: FREE DRESS ALL CLASSES who exceeded the Read-a-thon Pledge Goal!

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3rd: OLYMPIC FIELD DAY A.M.

WEDNESDAY, JUNE 3rd:  2015-16 TK/K ORIENTATION 6-7 PM LGI

MONDAY, JUNE 8th: YEARBOOK DISTRIBUTION

WEDNESDAY JUNE 10th:  MINIMUM DAY DISMISSAL

THURS, JUNE 11th: 5TH GRADE PROMOTION: A letter describing the protocols and times for this special day will be included in next Tuesday’s weekly envelope.

THURS, JUNE 11: LAST SCHOOL DAY, MINIMUM DAY DISMISSAL; REPORT CARDS HOME

Thank you for your continued support; our last Principal Newsletter will be on June 9th!

Gratefully,

~Pattie Dullea