Weekly Facts 2003-2004

October 1, 2003 Weekly Facts

Joint Information

Note about Attachments.

Attachments to the Weekly Facts will now be Adobe PDF files. Most computers should already have this application.   If you do not have Adobe Acrobat Reader, you can download it for free from www.adobe.com.  .

If you have problems opening the files when you double click on them, try this solution.  Open Acrobat Reader first, and then select "Open" from the "File" menu and have the application open the file.  This usually solves the problem. 

Vocabulary Building Strategies for English Language Learners.

Help your ELL students build their speaking vocabulary and understanding of related content skills. For more information and registration forms, you can go directly to the Vocabulary Building Strategies for ELLs page.

MN-SOLOM and TEAE Trainings

At least one ELL teacher should attend a training session for the TEAE/SOLOM.  Other staff are welcome to attend. Please see the registration form on the Registration Form for TEAE/MN-SOLOM Training Sessions. Teachers will be compensated at $16.40 per hour for this training. The following are teacher training dates for the assessments:
Elementary Schools

  • October 2 4:00-5:30 PM, rooms J and K
  • October 7 4:00-5:30 PM, rooms E and F
  • October 8 4:00-5:30 PM, rooms D and E
  • October 9 4:00-5:30 PM, rooms J and K
  • October 15 4:00-5:30 PM, cafeteria

Secondary Schools

  • October 2 7:30-9:00 AM, rooms J and K and 3:00-4:30 PM, Auditorium B
  • October 7 7:30-9:00 AM, Auditorium A
  • October 8 3:00-4:30 PM, Auditorium B
  • October 9 3:00-4:30 PM, Auditorium B
  • October 14 7:30-9:00 AM, rooms J and K
  • October 15 3:00-4:30 PM, rooms D and E

Educational Assistant Trainings

EA trainings will be offered on October 9th and October 10th.

Secondary EA's will be meeting on October 9th. Elementary EA's will be meeting on October 10th. There will be two groups for the elementary EA's. The following is the schedule.

October EA Trainings: Location: 360 Colborne

  • Secondary: October 9, 2003 from 8:00 - 11:00 Aud. A
  • Group A: October 10, 2003 from 8:30 - 11:30 Aud. A
  • Group B: October 10, 2003 from 12:30 -3:30 Aud. A

EA Training Groups (this link will download a pdf file to your computer)

Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants

Teaming with Bilingual Educational Assistants is open to elementary and secondary teachers and educational assistants.

More information on Professional Development

For more information and registration on these and other Professional Development Opportunities, click the "Professional Development Opportunities button on the left.

Beginning of Ramadan

Ramadan is the 9th month of the Islamic Lunar Calendar. This year, this Holy Month is expected to begin on October 26 or 27 depending on sighting of the new moon. Muslims observe the Ramadan Fast (one of the five pillars of Islam) for 29 or 30 days. Fasting means completely abstaining from food, drink, smoking, and sexual intercourse from dawn to sunset. The Islamic Calendar is shorter than the Gregorian Calendar by 11 days, which means, Fasting rotates through the years.

People Exempt from Fasting

  1. The insane
  2. Children who have not yet attained the age of puberty. However, many families encourage their children to observe the Fast at an early age to get used to it.
  3. The elderly for whom fasting may be extremely difficult.
  4. Pregnant women
  5. Those who are traveling
  6. Those who are ill
  7. Women during their monthly period or immediately after giving birth to a child

Typically, students should be able to perform their school work other than extreme physical activities. Schools need to provide accommodation and activities during lunch to students observing the Fast.

If you have questions, please contact Abdisalam Adam at Tel. (651)767-8341


Elementary Information


English PreLAS2000 Scores Due

English Pre-LAS scores are due by October 10.

Please send the scores on the Pre-LAS Data Score Sheets to Al Levin at the ELL Department via inter-district mail. The Score Sheet is the same as the one used last year. Please be sure to include the students' CIF number and indicate (using a "K") if the child is a KLDM student. If you do not have the Score Sheet, you may download the PDF file below to print and make copies as needed.

Pre-LAS Form (this link will download a pdf file to your computer)


Writer's Workshop Level I for ELL Teachers

Scroll up and click the "Professional Development Opportunities" button on the left for more information.

Reminder - Language Acadamy meetings to plan logistics for site visits.

Group 1

School pairs

  • 1a. Highwood Hills, b. Linwood,Battle Creek
  • 2a. Frost Lake, b.Mississippi
  • Mon. Oct. 13th. 4:00-6:00 p.m. Aud. A


Group 2

School pairs

  • 1a. Hancock, b. Vento
  • 2a. Homecroft, b. Wellstone
  • Wed. Oct. 22nd. 4:00- 6:00 p.m. Aud. A


Please note that there are a few changes. As both Highwood Hills and Linwood are REA schools working with the University, the U. asked that we pair them. I have done that. I hope that is o.k. with you at Homecroft and Wellstone. I had initially paired Wellstone and Highwood Hills as they both had 6th. grade programs. But both Homecroft and Wellstone have large Spanish speaking populations so that is a characteristic they have in common!

Also, I forgot to bring the time sheets to sign for those who came to the new L.A. teachers meetings. I will bring them at these meetings.

See you at the meetings!

Study Groups for Elementary ELL Teachers

ELL Elementary Circles are back with a new name: Study Groups for Elementary ELL Teachers.

Participants will be provided with an opportunity to come together to read, share, and discuss professional articles and their implication for teaching in a large urban public school district. Participants will be required to read assigned articles on educational issues prior to the meetings. The dates of the Study Groups are:

  • November 12, 2003
  • January 14, 2004
  • February 19, 2004
  • March 17, 2004
  • April 15, 2004

Participants should plan to attend all sessions and will receive a stipend.

Please register with Mai Vang


Secondary Information


Your principal has received a letter from Maria Lamb and Valeria Silva in the Superintendents Bulletin regarding the upcoming TEAE and MN-SOLOM assessments. It explains the importance of getting all of our students tested and assessed between October 20 and 31. This letter includes a list of teacher training dates, which are as follows:

  • October 2 7:30 - 9AM rooms J and K AND 3- 4:30 PM auditorium B
  • October 7 7:30 - 9AM auditorium A
  • October 8 3- 4:30 PM auditorium B
  • October 9 3 -4:30 PM auditorium B
  • October 14 7:30 - 9AM rooms J and K
  • October 15 3 -4:30 PM rooms D and E

Got Books?

Do you have any of the following books sitting on a shelf gathering dust? The following books are needed ASAP for ELL classes. Please call or e-mail the teacher listed below to lend or give up books that you are not using. You may also submit requests for books that you need for your classes (contact your TOSA). Thank you!

The books that are needed include:

Quantity requested

Needed by


Phone Number

First Steps in Academic Writing


Claudia Reeve



Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind


Claudia Reeve



Oxford Picture Dictionary


Mohamed Hadi



Choice Readings


Scott Hall

Johnson Sr.


Passing the MN Basic Standards Test in Math


Scott Hall

Johnson Sr.


Assessment Handbook for Highpoints Basics Books


Darlene Kunze



Maps, Globes and Graphs level D


Leona Haupt

Battle Creek Middle


Maps, Globes and Graphs level E


Leona Haupt

Battle Creek Middle


Need Books?

The Johnson High ELL Department has a number of books that might be of use in your classroom. If you are interested, please contact Scott Hall to make plans to pick up the books. The approximate titles and quantities available are:


  • Physical Science (for Inquiry Science classes) - 30
  • Focus on Science, Books A, B, C, and D - 25 of each
  • Earth Science- Oceans and Atoms - 25
  • Chemistry Series with 3 sets (Atoms, Mixtures, and Reactions) - 25 of each
  • Composition Practice 1 and 2 - 20 of each
  • Making Connections - 60+
  • Labach 1, 2, 3, 4 - 25 of each
  • First Words - 20
  • Starting to Read - 20
  • Rainbow Readers - 20 of each (Darlene Kunze at Harding also has extra copies of these if you need some)
  • My World (Readers) - 20

Contact Michael Bowlus at 767-8309 or by e-mail if you are interested in the following books that are also available:

  • Voices in Literature Gold
  • America: The Early Years
  • America: After Independence





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