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Weekly Sharky Brief

 
09.14.2018
It was great to see so many students at Yogurtland last week Friday!  Thank you to all who were able to visit through Friday afternoon and evening, standing in the lines and supporting our school! The Rocket Pop flavor seemed to be a crowd favorite, along with a healthy serving of gummy bears!  We were able to take a picture with a few Sharky pals!


Our third-grade students were the first students to go on a field trip!  They went to the Los Angeles County Fair.  Thank you to our PTO who funds the bus fees for all student field trips!


 Here's a teacher lunchtime photo, taken by one of the chaperones!  Students were hot, but had a wonderful time together!


We are going to have an author, Hena Khan, visit our school on September 28 to conduct a workshop for our 3rd-6th grade students.  All students will be able to order her selected books.  If you would like a personalized and autographed book to pre-order, the order form is attached.  Books will be delivered to the school and distributed to students.  All forms should be submitted to HOMEBASE teachers.  

 

Building Community

The first Parent University was held this past Thursday, providing parents with an opportunity to come together and interact with one another.  Topics discussed:  the SJCA Opportunity, Standards-Based Learning, Parent Expectations Support Achievement (PESA), The Leader in Me, and future workshops.  Many thanks to Mrs. HaleMrs. SpicklerMs. Velarde and Mrs. Silva for leading the first session!  

Here is some of the feedback from parents who attended:

"As a parent, being informed what my child is learning, graded, or exposed to is very beneficial for me to talk about at home with them.  Parent University is a wonderful resource."
 
"It informed me of how teachers will be assessing students and also how to ask questions to get more out of my kids."
 
"I'm excited to apply The Leader in Me at home so the kids can apply why they have learned at school at home."
 
The Leader in Me and 7 Habits of Highly Effective Families were titles that could be checked out by our family members.  Please see Mrs. Sanchez in our Elementary Library to check a copy out.  The session was recorded and will be put up onto our website once it is edited and ready to publish.  

Leadership in Action
Is your 5th-8th grader an involved community volunteer?  Consider applying for the Prudential of Spirit Community Award.  The information was posted to 5th-8th grade families by Ms. Lemus.  The link to view is here:   Prudential Award.  There are lots of students who are active in the community.  I hope many students consider applying for this recognition.  


SJCA Week at a Glance

Mon., 09.17
  • West Covina Charity Golf Classic:  South Hills Country Club
Tues., 09.18
  • Carnival Pre- Sale Tickets Sale, 7:30-9:003:15-3:45
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • Student Lighthouse Meeting:  Mrs. Spicker's Office, 7:30a
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55p
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55p
Wed., 09.19  
  • Carnival Pre- Sale Tickets Sale, 7:30-9:003:15-3:45
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55p
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55p
  • Student Lighthouse Meeting:  Mrs. Sherred's Room, 3:30
Thurs., 09.20  
  • Carnival Pre- Sale Tickets Sale, 7:30-9:003:15-3:45
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55p
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55p
  • Football/Volleyball Game v. Edgewood, 3:30p at Edgewood
Fri., 09.21
  • Carnival Pre- Sale Tickets Sale, 7:30-9:003:15-3:45
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55p
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55p
 
09.03.2018
Happy September!  We are into a rhythm now that the school year is underway!  We begin quite a few learning pathways this month!  Morning and afternoon lab and homework sessions begin on Tuesday.  Our Success For All reading classes begin the same day for all first- through fifth-grade students.  Families are not left out -- our Parent Universitysessions begin on Thursday, September 13th.  Here's more information Mrs. Hale sent out last week:  click here.   

Building Community
Today, Labor Day, is a "creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country"  (Dept of Labor).  Together, as an SJCA community, we strengthen our families, our neighbors, and the communities we work and live in.  Thank you for sharing our school's story with others and also sharing ideas that are being done elsewhere.  

Leadership in Action
We had two rare, but meaningful assemblies for our students, 1st-8th grade this past week.  The elementary students participated in the City of West Covina-sponsored assembly, EcoHeroes.  Students, through song, rap and humor, learned about micro-plastic, the power of recycling, and how each can make a difference, being an EcoHero.

The Junior Academy students participated in a Teen Truth assembly, led by Jared, a Teen Truth speaker.  He related to our students and adults, alike, in a meaningful way.  He left the students with one question to consider, "What are you going to do to make a difference?"  We want to thank Edgewood High School for allowing us the use of their gym for this incredible experience.

SJCA Week at a Glance

Mon.,09.03:  NO SCHOOL, Labor Day

Tues.,09.04
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • SFA Begins for 1st-5th grade (see placement notices in homework folders)
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55
  • Dance Team Tryouts:  3:30p
Wed., 09.05  PICTURE DAY!  Bring your smiles!
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55
  • Room Parent Meeting:  Elem Library, 9a
  • Room Parent Meeting:  JA LMC, 6p
Thurs.,09.06  
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • NO AFTERNOON LAB SESSION, STAFF MEETING
  • DELAC Parent Meeting:  JA LMC, 9a
  • DELAC Parent Meeting:  JA LMC, 5p
Fri.,09.07
  • AM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 7a
  • Homework Drop In:  Elem Library, 3:20-3:55
  • PM iPad Lab session: iPad Lab, 3:20-3:55
  • Dance Team Tryouts:  3:30p

Celebrate together,
Erin Shiroma