Monday Minute

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October 13, 2014

Dear Eagles,

It was a great week last week seeing all the parents in the building to meet for conferences.  Did you like the earlier conference time?  Let me know your thoughts.  Feedback is always welcome.  Report Cards will be sent home Nov. 19th, so watch for them next month.

Don’t forget there’s no school this Thursday and Friday—Fall Break.  If you want a project to work on, the Reflections due date is coming up.  This would be a great time to complete it.

SAGE Results coming next week

Next Monday the state will release the data from the SAGE testing completed last spring.  We won’t have the individual student data yet, but you’ll be able to see our school and district results.  At the end of this email is more information about the results.  SAGE testing is administered for the 3rd-5th grades in the spring. 

Dual Immersion

Next Monday there will be a meeting for parents of students in the dual immersion program.  The meeting will be held during the school day to allow for an opportunity to observe the Spanish immersion classroom.  Parents of students in the 4th and 5th grades will meet at 8:30 AM in the library to discuss proficiency levels, obtain results of the spring language testing, and visit a classroom for a few minutes.  At 9:00 AM, parents of 1st-3rd graders will meet in the library for a short presentation on proficiency, Q & A, and visits to classrooms. 

On Wednesday, there will be lots of visitors to our school to see the immersion program in action.  There is an international dual immersion conference being held in Salt Lake City over the fall break.  About 25 participants in the conference will come by bus to our school to visit the classrooms.  Earlier that day, the education counselor from the Spanish Embassy in Washington, DC will visit our school along with the Spanish Embassy attaché from Los Angeles.  We are excited to host visitors to our school—our students are great ambassadors.  J

Upcoming Dates:

The window for the Dual Immersion Lottery is open.  If you have a kindergarten student you would like to have start the program next year, sign up for the lottery on the district website.

The window for SALTA applications is open until Oct 30.   Actual testing dates are: November 14th and 15th and November 21st and 22nd

Oct. 14th:  PTA General Meeting; 12:00 noon (not 10:00 am, as listed last week)

Oct. 15th:  First Grade Fieldtrip to Wheeler Farm

Oct. 16th and 17th:  No school; Fall Recess

Oct. 20th:  Dual Immersion Parent meeting, 8:30 for parents of 4th and 5th grade students to receive results from the spring proficiency assessments.  9:00 for parents of 1st-3rd students who have questions or would like to visit immersion classrooms.

Oct. 20th:  Packaging Party for Reflections entries. 

Oct. 22nd:  Reflections Due date

Oct. 24th:  Spirit Day is Crazy Hair Day!

Oct. 27th-31st:  Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 30th:  Parent meeting for those wanting more information about the lottery process and applying for the Dual Immersion program;  6:00-8:00 pm, District offices, PDC.  This is for parents of kindergarten students.

Oct. 31st:  Halloween Parade starts:  8:45 am.  Parents can view the parade in the gym  (The parade starts in the kindergarten area and will be to the gym by about 9:00)

Nov. 26th:  Dual Immersion Lottery Window closes

Here’s to another GREAT week at Silver Mesa!!!

Julie Fielding

Principal

Spanish Dual Immersion at Silver Mesa

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We are a Spanish Dual Language Immersion School!

What is Dual Language Immersion?

  • Dual immersion is a means of acquiring a world language through content matter instruction
  • Students receive math, science, or social studies instruction in a target language, such as Spanish, French, or Chinese
  • Students learn the concepts and skills for the subject area and develop the ability to read, write, speak, and listen in another language
  • Subject area instruction through the target world language occurs for at least 50% of the school day during the elementary school years
  • Teachers are fully proficient in the language they use for instruction
  • Clear and sustained separation of languages is maintained during instructional time

Upcoming Events

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Oct. 16th and 17th:  No school; Fall Recess

Oct. 20th:  Dual Immersion Parent meeting, 8:30 for parents of 4th and 5th grade students to receive results from the spring proficiency assessments.  9:00 for parents of 1st-3rd students who have questions or would like to visit immersion classrooms.

Oct. 20th:  Packaging Party for Reflections entries. 

Oct. 21st:  Reflections Due date

Oct. 27th-31st:  Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 30th:  Parent meeting for those wanting more information about the lottery process and applying for the program;  6:00-8:00 pm, District offices, PDC.

Oct. 31st:  Halloween Parade starts:  8:45 am.  Parents can view the parade in the gym  (The parade starts in the kindergarten area and will be to the gym by about 9:00)