November 2, 2016
Thoughts from Tuesday Night
Dear Loma and CT Families:
Thoughts From Tuesday Night
As is our tradition the day after Halloween, our teaching staff participated in an all-day staff development training facilitated by Grace Dearborn. We have been working with Grace since the summer to deepen our professional practice in classroom management. The tools introduced, extended, practiced and shared offer great teachers a chance to look at their pedagogy (the science of teaching) from a fresh perspective. A lot has changed in the last decade in terms of all that needs to be managed in effective instructional delivery. Technology has expanded in classrooms and in homes. Students arrive as digital natives with broad access to information and misinformation. Brain research is changing how we think about intelligence, resilience, motivation and more. Our classrooms are more diverse in learning style, curriculum standards are evolving, and our emphasis is shifting towards more student centered approaches to teaching along with fostering independent inquiry.
Additionally, we are working this year to develop a common vocabulary between both Loma and CT English regarding expectations, interventions, and supporting student motivation with dignity and respect. It is not about keeping kids quiet in class. Rather, our conversations are focused on how we empower students to engage in their learning and move toward intrinsic reward systems as students grow developmentally. The work with Grace Dearborn has been both inspirational and practical with all teachers adding to their “tool kit” as well as committing to school and district wide strategies for to build student success and achievement. We recognize that staff development days can be challenging for parents who must arrange childcare. We appreciate that you too want your child’s teacher to have all the resources they need to succeed in the classroom. Our shared mission is to create and sustain schools where students thrive. I am lucky to work with a team of amazing colleagues who are fully dedicated to continually growing as both teachers and learners themselves. Great teachers are the bedrock of great schools. Thanks for your ongoing support of our small, but enthusiastic, team of professionals committed to your kids.
Parent/Teacher Conferences and Minimum Days at Loma Elementary ONLY
Parent/Teacher Conferences will begin this Friday, 11/4, at Loma Prieta Elementary School and continue through next Thursday, 11/10. All Loma students will be dismissed at 12:30. There is no lunch break on minimum days, so please send your students to school with a large snack.
The Book Fair is Around the Corner
The book fair will run in the Loma library on Monday through Thursday of next week. The book fair is a great opportunity to do some early holiday shopping while supporting your school’s library!
Both schools are closed on Friday, 11/11/16, in recognition of Veterans Day.
Theatre In The Mountains Presents:
All aboard the Yellow Submarine! The Beatle's Yellow Submarine is a colorful musical adventure of our four musical heroes, John, Paul, Ringo and George who travel into the music-loving paradise of Pepperland to save it from the music-hating Blue Meanies. Come join us for this classic musical journey! Arindam Krishna-Das, who brought The Lion King to life last year, is back with this stage adaptation for Theatre In The Mountains that promises to be a wonderfully love-filled, colorful show! Under his direction, and with the choreography-magic of Ben "Jammin" Holck (also of The Lion King), 49 3rd-5th grade children have been rehearsing tirelessly and can't wait to give you their best. They are excited to be back on 'home turf', with performances taking place on the newly-built stage in the gym. Tickets are on sale now - get them while you can!!
Friday, November 11th at 7pm
Saturday, November 12th at 1pm & 7pm
Sunday, November 13th at 1pm
2016 Holiday Craft Faire: Calling All Crafty Students and Community Groups!
Do you have handmade items to sell at the Holiday Faire this year? It's on December 3rd & 4th, 2016 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm on Saturday and 10:00 am to 4:00 pm on Sunday in the Loma Prieta Gym. CTE students and Community Groups are invited to apply for 1/2 table spaces. The fee is $15 for one 3-4 hr timeslot per day. Please review the information sheet before filling out an application. (Information sheet and application are posted together below.) Applications are due in the CTE office on Thursday, November 10, 2016. The Loma Prieta Holiday Craft Faire is the largest fundraiser for the CT English Home and School Club.
Wild Times @ CT English MS
Early Release EVERY Wednesday @ 1:30 pm
11/1/16-11/4/16 Wonderland High auditions
11/4/16 Quarter 1 Report Cards hand carried home by CT students
11/7/16-11/10/16 Book Faire in Loma Library (Proceeds go to both schools)
11/10/16 CT Turkey Trot 12:20 Loma field (school ends at 2:45 for CT)
11/11/16 NO SCHOOL-Veterans Day Holiday
11/14/16 through 11/18/16 7th graders in Yosemite
11/21/16 through 11/25/16 NO SCHOOL-Thanksgiving holiday