I hope your 2019 has gotten off to a good start! Fortunately we are starting the year with a wet start that will hopefully offset some of our drought concerns. This January we welcomed Mrs. Marcella Quirin as Kellogg’s new music teacher. Marcella comes with plenty of experience teaching music and is quickly picking up the schedule and adapting to her new settings. We welcome her to our Kellogg staff!
Special thanks to Tamara Norton and Avanija Atreyee who made this year’s Kellogg Talent Show possible for our students. We had a great night of entertainment. Whew! We have lots of talent here at Kellogg!
As we move into February, please pay particular attention to the upcoming events: Read-A-Thon Kick-Off Book Swap with drop off of gently used books happening after school on Friday, 2/1, and the actual book swap happening on Monday, February 4th at 1:30 for kindergarteners and 2:50 for grades 1-6 students, Actual Read-A-Thon dates (Feb. 4th-19th), Kindergarten Orientation for Incoming Kindergarteners (2/21). PTA and staff are already making preparations for our March 8th Jog-A-Thon are already in motion. Be sure to watch ParentSquare and your child’s Friday Folder for upcoming information on these great Kellogg opportunities.
We are seeking out parents and community members willing to participate in this year’s Career Day Fair from 2:00-2:45 on Friday, February 8th. We would like to present our 4th – 6th grade students with a variety of careers for them to explore further. Posters, hands-on interactive activities when appropriate, etc. are encouraged to help students engage in conversations about the education and skills needed to successfully obtain a career in a variety of fields.
Our English Learners in grades 3-6 will be taking the ELPAC (English Language Proficiency Assessment for California) February 4-22. (Our TK though grade two students will be tested in April.) This is considered high-stakes testing for our English Learners and will be used in determining our school’s annual progress through the California Dash- board accountability tool. This tool can be viewed at https://caschooldashboard. org and provides details to how our school and student groups are performing based on the grade 3-6 state-wide testing results each spring. If you have any questions about the website, please check in with Mrs. Bruzzese. Both our school site council and PTA executive board have had an opportunity to preview the highlights from last year’s assessment.
Beginning in late April following Spring Break, our grade 3-6 students will be taking the state-wide, Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC) or California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP.) Our fifth graders will continue to take a California Science Test (CAST) based on (Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) although scores will not be available to families nor schools until next year. Several of our special education students will be taking the California Alternate Assessment (CAA) as well. Watch the March newsletter and ParentSquare posts for a schedule of the grade level testing dates. In preparation for the state test, students will have time to learn and review the different tools available as part of the newer test format. All efforts to schedule appointments and family trips should be made to avoid testing dates.
As always, any questions can be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 681-1277.