Intermediate Notes - Grades 4-5

Dear Intermediate Teachers and Staff,  

Happy Sunday!

Thank you for all for your love this week through teaching your content with passion, a wonderful Grandparent’s, Grandfriend’s and VIP’s Day, celebrating the cross country players and being there for each other.

This week we start ASPIRE testing, please see the schedule below. Either admin or tech will be with you for your first session and will be available and around if anything shall go arise. Louie will be emailing you specifics by tomorrow. For PD this week, see below. The library will be in use Wednesday morning for Java with Gemo.

On Thursday, our 8th graders will be taking their US Constitution test so please support them by wearing Red, White and Blue.

Friday we have an out of uniform for Fun Run Incentive (students must have a pass).

PLEASE submit a proposal for a teacher grant. The link with instructions can be found “Docs for MS Teachers” or click here. The due date is October 25th. I would like to know of your idea by tonight, so please send me a quick email of what you are thinking!

I have started Informal Observations, once your observation is complete, please review it and reach out to me with a time to meet (either plan period, before/after school) within the next 7 days. Also please complete the post-observation document on your Danielson account, it looks like this, click here.

Lastly, Please read the items below and review the upcoming dates. Have a blessed week.


Head of Upper School

St. Benedict Preparatory School continues a century-long tradition of superior education in a vibrant Catholic community. We recognize that each student’s God-given gifts hold unique value, potential, and dignity. Our city block campus offers preschool through grade 8 programs to the parish, the Northside of Chicago, and all those who share our mission. With a focus on critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration, the St. Benedict Parish faculty and staff, in partnership with parents, develop the creators and contributors of tomorrow inspired by faith and informed with a global perspective. We are a welcoming and supportive community with Christ at our center. A commitment to inclusive and rigorous challenge creates a dynamic, innovative, and active learning experience in which the needs of the whole student are met. At St. Benedict Preparatory School, the strengths of each child become an inspiration to others to learn fearlessly, to lead responsibly, and to serve joyfully.


Quick Links for Grades 4-5 Teachers

In This Issue

  • Tuesday PD Schedule

  • Back to School Night Overview

  • 7 C’s portfolio

  • 2019-20 Club Dates and Information

  • Read Around the Block

  • Professional Folder in Office365

  • Unit Plans & Lesson Plan Templates

  • ES Teacher Schedule: T1, T2, T3

  • RTI dates

  • Danielson Dates

  • New Teacher Meetings

  • Field Trip Chaperones

  • Reminder Extended Care, Clubs & Renweb

  • Teacher Time Fridays

Tuesday Professional Development Schedule - Upcoming work

October 22nd - STEAM integration Grades 1-5 planning time; For anyone who will be at the November Open House - we will be meeting with Rachel Gemo in Kittler at 3:30

October 29th - Portfolio Check & Assessment (Fair, Valid & Reliable)

Aspire Interim Schedule

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Club Dates for the 2019-2020 School Year -
click here for a hard copy

Fall Club Dates:

  • ES begins on September 9th - November 1st (8 week) - Yellow Club proposals due to RW by 9/3; flyers to home/in the Buzz on 9/5

  • PS begins on September 16th - November 1st (7 Weeks) - same as ES

    • NO CLUBS ON:

      • Monday – 10/14

      • Thursday – 10/10

      • Friday – 10/4, 10/11

 Holiday Club Session:

  • November 11 – December 13 (4 weeks; 5 weeks for Mondays) - Green Club proposals due to RW by 10/25; flyers go home/in the Buzz on 10/31

    • NO CLUBS ON:

      • Wednesday – 11/27

      • Thursday – 11/28

      • Friday – 11/8, 11/ 29

 Winter Club Session:

  • January 20 – March 6 (7 weeks) - Blue Club proposals due to RW by 1/6; flyers go home/in the Buzz on 1/9

    • NO CLUBS ON:

      • Monday – 1/20, 2/17

      • Thursday – 2/6

      • Friday 2/7, 2/14

 Spring Break March 16-22
Easter Break April 10-13

 Spring Club Session:

  • April 13 – May 29 (7 Weeks) - Pink Club proposals due to RW by 3/27; flyers go home/in the Buzz on 4/2

    • NO CLUBS ON:

      • Monday – 4/13, 5/25

      • Friday – 5/8

7C’s Portfolio To-Do’s This Week

Hopefully you have planned your “Growth Piece” for English Language Arts and MATH - This SHOULD BE CONDUCTED this week (except for K and PK).

EMAIL Rachel Gemo with journal supplies that need to be ordered if you haven’t already done so

Think about how you will be introducing SMART GOALS to your students. We begin SMART START on September 16th.

Professional Folder in Office365

Please make sure that you create a subfolder within your Professional Folder in Office365 for the 2019-2020 school year. I recommend if you haven’t already to put everything from last year in a 2018-2019 school year. This year I will be announcing the week in which I will be checking for unit plans and lesson plans. Like last year please notify me when you start a new unit by sharing that unit with me so that I know. Thanks for all that you do!

ES Trimester 1, 2 and 3 Teacher Schedules

  • Trimester 1, click HERE

  • Trimester 2, click HERE

  • Trimester 3, click HERE

4th & 5th RTI Dates - Thursdays 3:15-4:15

  • November 7th 

  • November 21st   

  • December 12th  

  • January 9th   

  • January 23rd  

  • February 13th   

  • February 27th   

  • March 12th   

  • April 2nd  

  • April 23rd  

  • May 14th   

  • May 28th- End of the Year Meeting  

Danielson Dates & Info

Teacher observation Timeline – Year Two or Frontline Teacher Evaluation Portal Forms

  • Teacher Goal Sheets – October 1, 2019

  • Timeline for Observations Walkthroughs (5-10 minutes)

    • #1 All teachers by Oct 4

    • #2 All teachers by December 20

    • #3 All teachers by March 27

  • Timeline for Informal Observations (20 minutes) *Includes Post Meeting

    • #1 by November 15

    • #2 by February 21

  • Timeline for Formal Observation (Full Class) *Includes Pre and Post Meeting

    • By May 1st

Walk through Forms

Goal Setting Form

Walk through Form (PDF with electronic spaces)

Informal Observation Forms

Observation Form

Post-Observation Form

Formal Observation Forms

Pre-Observation Form Formal

Formal Observation form (PDF)

Post Observation Form Formal

Summative Conference Form

Teachers Composite Score 

New Teacher Meeting Dates for ES

Rachel Waldron will be holding New Teacher Meetings for ES and Intermediate on Mondays starting at 3:20pm in her office for the following dates:

  • Nov. 4th

  • Dec. 2nd

  • Jan. 13th

  • Feb. 3rd

  • March 9th

  • April 20th

Field Trip Chaperones

Please be sure that you are sending all your chaperones names to Carol at least ONE WEEK in advance. There are a ton of end of year field trips and activities that Carol needs to check. The more time you can give her, the better. Also, please send the parent’s name to Carol, not the child’s name.


Please remember to enter students in RENWEB at the close of each day.

If you are dropping them off to extended care after a CLUB you still need to log them into RENWEB - it’s like taking attendance. Thanks!

Teacher Time Fridays Mornings

Teachers will not be seeing any students before school for tutoring, reassessments or tutoring Friday Mornings this year.  This does not alter the normal arrival times.  This is only for students that plan to come in "early" to see the teacher.   This time is dedicated to teacher collaboration and innovation. Please avoid scheduling parent meetings on Friday mornings when possible. We want you to have dedicated time for collaboration. Thanks for your support!