Weekly Facts 2003-2004

September 17, 2004 Weekly Facts

Joint Information

Change in Weekly Facts Format

In order to provide a way for staff to review old Weekly Facts, we are going to begin publishing the Weekly Facts directly on our web page rather than sending the contents by email every week. This does not mean that you will not receive an email each week. The email that you receive will have a link to the Weekly Facts webpage and a link to the ELL Calendar. You will receive a test copy of this email after you get this Weekly Facts. The links in that email will take you to a copy of this information. We will run the two systems together this week and next week to ensure that you are getting the links and that they are working.

In order for the link to work, you will need to make sure that your internet browser options are set correctly (You can choose the option that you prefer). First, just try clicking on the link in the email. If it works, you won't have to do anything. If it doesn't work, there are instructions from the Lotus Notes Help File below to guide you through the process.

You can choose which Web browser to use with Notes. The Notes browser and Notes with Internet Explorer let you view Web pages without leaving Notes. You can also have Notes launch another browser application (such as Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer) when you want to open a Web page from within Notes.

To change browsers

1. From the menu, choose File - Preferences - Location Preferences.

Macintosh OS X users: Notes - Preferences - Location Preferences.

2. Click the Internet Browser tab.

3. Select a browser in the Internet Browser field.

Select Notes or Notes with Internet Explorer to view Web pages without leaving Notes.

Select Netscape Navigator, Microsoft Internet Explorer, or Other to have Notes launch another browser.

4. If you selected Other in Step 3, click the flashlight icon to specify the path to the browser program you want to use.

5. Click Save and Close.

More Practice to see if your Web Browser Preferences Work

Below is an email from Paul Magnuson at the Minnesota Department of Education. The information and the link are about an organization that advocates for immigrant students. The website contains information in several languages about immigrant rights. If the preferences discussed above are set correctly, the link at the bottom will take you to their webpage.
Here is a link to the organization that publishes annually the school opening alert re rights of immigrants to public education. You might want to consider printing and copying relevant info for distribution and/or posting in your schools.




Below is an attachment that was sent to all principals in the Superintendent's Weekly Bulletin about the TEAE and SOLOM Assessments. I have attached the file in Word and as a PDF. Please make sure you are familiar with the information. Thanks.




September 11, 2003

Teachers Reminded to Save Receipts for Educators' Deduction

As the new school year begins, the Internal Revenue Service is reminding teachers and other educators to save their receipts for purchases of books and classroom supplies. These out-of-pocket expenses may lower their 2003 taxes.

Taxpayers may subtract up to $250 of qualified expenses when figuring their adjusted gross income (AGI) for 2003. This deduction is available whether or not the taxpayer itemizes deductions on Schedule A.  In his budget for next year, President Bush has proposed increasing this deduction to $400.

The deduction is available to eligible educators in public or private elementary or secondary schools. To be eligible, a person must work at least 900 hours during a school year as a teacher, instructor, counselor, principal or aide.

The IRS suggests that educators keep records of qualifying expenses in a folder or envelope with a label such as "Educator Expenses Deduction," noting the date, amount and purpose of each purchase. This will help prevent a missed deduction at tax time.

More information about the Educator Expense Deduction is available on-line at:



If you know others who would like to receive the NCLB Extra Credit update, or if you do not wish to remain on this list, please send a request to Geoff Goodman at NoChildLeftBehindUpdate@ed.gov or call (202) 205-9191.

NCLB Extra Credit is a regular look at the No Child Left Behind Act, President Bush's landmark education reform initiative passed with bipartisan support in Congress. For more information, contact the U.S. Department of Education at 202-401-1576.

Translation Services Website

The Translation Services website is up and running. If you need information on Translations or Interpreting, please go to the website and review the options available there. We will be adding documents that have already been translated and can be used district-wide to the site as they are translated.

Website Calendar

The dates on the ELL calendar have been approved and entered. Here's a direct link to the calendar: http://ell.spps.org/index.asp?SEC={343E0602-452C-42AB-9800-5747A1BF9AF2}&Type=B_EV

Come and Spend the Summer with us in Argentina and Perú!

Or how about South Africa, Morocco or Thailand & Vietnam? 

The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program provides opportunities for educators and administrators with responsibilities for curriculum development in fields related to humanities, languages, and geographic area studies.  All seminars are in non-Western European regions and are designed to provide a broad and introductory cultural orientation to a particular country.  Four to six week seminars take place every summer in late June to mid-August in countries around the world.  Interested individuals should apply electronically and additional program information may be found at our program website (to be updated next week).  For questions and further information, please contact the program officers listed below: 

Program Flyer:

Program Website:        <http://www.ed.gov/HEP/iegps/sap.html>

Professional Development Opportunities

for ELL educational assistants - Reading Skills for Paraeducators starting October 2, 2003 - December 18, 2003

for ELL elementary teachers - Writer's Workshop Level I Professional Development. See flyer for dates

Minnesota Humanities Commission Workshops

Here are several workshops that might be of interest to you:

Hmong Language, Literacy, and Literature Workshop

Tuesday, October 14, 2003; 10:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Location: Humanities Education Center, St. Paul

Cost: $10, including lunch and one children's book from the Hmong Translation Initiative

Learn more about Hmong language, literacy, and literature through presentations and displayed resources. Featured resources include contemporary adult literature, a Hmong/English

dictionary produced in both book and CD formats, Hmong Public Library resources, an annotated bibliography of Hmong-related works, Hmong/English bilingual children's books, and much more. Materials will be available for sale during the workshop.

Register on-line using our secure server at: https://secure.minnesotahumanities.org/secure/tiregister.phtml

Family Literacy Book Club: English Literacy Instruction for Immigrant/Refugee Parents

Saturday, October 18, 2003; 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Location: Humanities Education Center, St. Paul

Cost: $25, including lunch and book

Participants in this book club will read and discuss The ESL Handbook by Jill Bell. The session will also include two presentations on the topic as well as resource viewing and small group discussion of the book with peers. Patsy Vinogradov (Hamline University and Metro North ABE) will be the morning speaker. Questions that will be addressed during this session include: What are the different literacy backgrounds of refugee/immigrant parents? How can I teach parenting and/or basic English lessons when my students have little or no literacy skills in their native language and/or English? What are some teaching resources for use with low literate adults?

Register online using our secure server at: https://secure.minnesotahumanities.org/secure/tiregister.phtml


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.

Here is the form:


Secondary Information

Star Tribune

Star Tribunes will be starting to come to your buildings the week of September 29th. Here's a note from Anne: I contacted Cheryl Rosebrook at the Strib and she told me that they cannot deliver newspapers inside the building, so if on the order form you wrote a room for the papers to be delivered to, please be aware that they will not be delivered there; In those cases they will be delivered to the main entrance. I also asked about having your bundles marked with the contact teacher's name, but she said that if other teachers in your building order newspapers, they will be delivered with yours, not separately. So if you are having a problem with getting your 30 papers, please talk to your secretary, principal, or announce at a staff meeting that you also receive papers on "X" day and that they should leave 30 for you. If you have other problems with the papers, you can call me at 767-8387 or send me an email.

Newspapers In Education (NIE)

Many of you have asked about the on-line articles and practice tests that were once offered by the Star Tribune. While they don't seem to offer the same service, the Star Tribune does have an education section on their website: http://www.startribune.com/education/


Your principal has received a letter from Maria Lamb and Valeria Silva in the Superintendents Bulletin (http://staff.spps.org/superintendent/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

Attention ELL Testing Contacts

Your principal received a letter from Valeria regarding TEAE and MN-SOLOM assessments preparations. In this letter she requested that your school set up a meeting among your assessment team (building administrator, your building test coordinator, you and at least one other mainstream teacher). Phi Vu and your friendly TOSA will attend this meeting to plan logistics and administration of these assessments. Please make sure your principal faxes the assessment team meeting contact form to Phi Vu at 651-293-5411 by September 27th, 2003.

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 School Phone Number


First Steps in Academic Writing 15 Claudia Reeve Arlington 293-6900

Shabanu: Daughter of the Wind 25 Claudia Reeve Arlington

Oxford Picture Dictionary 20 Mohamed Hadi Arlington

The Earth and Beyond - Steck-Vaughn 25 Allan Grady Arlington

Choice Readings 60 Scott Hall Johnson Sr. 293-8890

Passing the MN Basic Standards Test in Math 15 Scott Hall Johnson Sr.

Assessment Handbook for Highpoints Basics Books 01 Darlene Kunze Harding 793-4700

Maps, Globes and Graphs level D 09 Leona Haupt Battle Creek Middle 293-8960

Maps, Globes and Graphs level E 10 Leona Haupt Battle Creek Middle

World Geography and You Books 1 and 2 20 Jane Hall Humboldt Sr. 293-8600

Introduction to Academic Writing, Second Edition 15 Signe Ilstrup Central 632-6000

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 at scott.hall@spps.org 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


There are also about 40 copies of Basic Reading Power available - Michael Bowlus has these, so contact him if you can use them.


ELL Secondary Study Groups (formerly known as Secondary Learning Circles)

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