Roland Rogers English Language Learners Program
Mr. José Diaz - Mrs. Debbie Randsdorp
Our ELL (English Language Learners) program is a daily developmental language program of up to two periods of instruction based on the needs of ELLs ranging from various levels of English proficiency. Instruction is provided to develop proficiency in listening comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills in English. Students are exited upon meeting state established cut-off scores on language proficiency tests. The main goals are to prepare students to function successfully in mainstreamed classes and to provide enough English to enable students to function in their new community.
Your ELLs may interact well with classmates but be floundering academically. This is due to acculturation and assimilation into their new learning community. Therefore, it is important for the teacher to provide a welcoming and embracing learning environment. Our program addresses more than just speaking. There are many times that students are at or near native speaking fluency but are very low in listening comprehension, reading or writing. That’s where our ELL program helps them to succeed.
When a new student enrolls in the district, the parents are given a Home Language Survey to fill out if they list another language on the registration card. This is a pre-screening device. From the information on this form we can tell whether students needs to take the test for entry into our ELL Program. Students can also be referred by their classroom teacher if they believe the student would benefit from an ELL program.
Here’s my Video on Getting Started with ELLs:
Conversational Fluency – High Frequency Words/Confidence in the Language
Picked up in the playground, tv, movies, etc. in the 1st to 2nd Year.
Discrete Language Skills – Ability to decode words/ Grammatical Knowledge from instruction and engaging in language.
Academic Language Proficiency - Ability to understand and produce increasingly complex oral and written language. Students need 5 years of exposure to Academic English to catch up to Native Speaker norms.
For more information visit : www.HelloTeachers.com for more information about helping English Language Learners acquire and learn the English language and excel in the mainstream classroom
Goals of ELL
Goal 1: To use English to communicate in social settings.
-Student will use English to participate in social interaction.
-Students will interact in, through, and with spoken and written English for personal expression and enjoyment.
-Students will use learning strategies to extend their communicative competence.
Goal 2: To use English to achieve academically in all content areas.
-Students will use English to interact in the classroom.
-Students will use English to obtain, process, construct, and provide subject matter information in spoken and written form.
-Students will use appropriate learning strategies to construct and apply academic knowledge.
Goal 3: To use English in socially and culturally appropriate ways.
-Students will choose a language variety, register, and genre according to audience, purpose, and setting.
-Students will use non-verbal communication appropriate to audience, purpose, and setting.
-Students will use appropriate learning strategies to extend their sociolinguistic and sociocultural competence.
An Independent Reading Program
For students in
Grades 4 – 6
Phase I : May – June, 2013 (Grades 3 – 6)
Book Clubs during Intervention – 3 days a week (Grades 3 – 6)
Phase II: Summer, 2013 (Grades 4 – 6)
Summer booklist will be distributed on June 18th & 19th
Incentives given in September for students reading at least 3 books!
Books can be borrowed from: Roland Rogers (Mon—Thurs, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.),
Galloway Public Library or purchased at: Books-A -Million Bookstore in Mays Landing
Phase III: September, 2013 – June 2014 (Grades 4 – 6)
◊ Ten month booklist for student to read on their own or during intervention on Fridays
◊ Books on iPads & Kindles!
◊ T-shirt emblem contest!
◊ Administrative incentives!
◊ Teacher incentives!
◊ Community incentives!
◊ End-of-year celebration!
Phase IV: May – June 2014 (Grades 4 – 6)
Creating book advertisements using iPads!
Creating book projects for the Spring Expo!
Parent Form Commitment Form
Photos by Ms. Valerie Polsinelli
Roland Rogers Elementary School’s
Independent Reading Program
This program will require students to read independently at school and at home. We need you to work with us to encourage your child(ren) to read short stories or novels on their own. Please click here for details!
Improving reading skills will make a huge difference in your child’s overall education!
Hello all Roland Rogers FSA Family.
The end of the year is quickly coming upon us. It is time for board nominations and elections. If you would like to run for a position or nominate someone, please come to the next meeting.
All people being nominated must attend the meetings and must be a paid FSA member.
Nominations will take place at the April meeting, which has been changed to Monday, April 8 at 8am in the Library.
Elections will be held at the May 7th meeting, also at 8am in the Library.
Thanks so much. If you have any questions, please call Gail at 748-0485.
December 10, 2012
As you know from Public Information Messages, there is an increase in cases of pertussis (whooping cough) in the country. We have had a case of suspected pertussis identified at Roland Rogers. Pertussis is a highly contagious disease that is spread through the air by a cough or a sneeze. Pertussis begins with cold symptoms and a cough, which become much worse over 1-2 weeks. Symptoms usually include a long series of coughing fits followed by a whooping noise. However, older children, adults and very young infants may not develop the whoop. There is generally only a slight fever. People with pertussis may have a series of severe coughing fits followed immediately by vomiting, turning blue, or difficulty catching breath. The cough is often worse at night, and cough medicines usually do not help alleviate the cough.
If your child has been around someone with pertussis, s/he might become sick with the disease. This is especially true if your child is not up-to-date with his/her pertussis vaccine shots. Even if your child’s shots are up-to-date, s/he might still get pertussis.
If your child has been in contact with someone with pertussis, antibiotics prescribed by your doctor may prevent him/her from becoming ill. If your child is already sick, giving antibiotics early can help your child get well faster and lower the chances of spreading the disease to others.
Please consider the following New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services recommendations:
1. Infants under one year old, especially those under six months, are most likely to have severe symptoms if they develop pertussis. When possible, young infants should be kept away from people with a cough. Infants with any coughing illness should be seen promptly by their doctor.
2. Pertussis vaccine has until recently, been given only to children under 7 years old. However, a new adolescent and adult pertussis booster vaccine is now available for person’s ages 10 – 64 years. If you have children who have not been completely immunized against pertussis (particularly infants under one year) we recommend you now talk to your child’s doctor about the benefits of vaccination.
3. If your child comes down with cold symptoms that include a cough, talk to your child’s doctor immediately. Tell the doctor that pertussis has been identified at your child’s school.
4. It is generally recommended that those persons having close contact with a pertussis case receive antibiotics from their doctor to help prevent them from getting pertussis.
5. Do not send your child to school if s/he has any signs or symptoms of pertussis.
We continue to monitor the situation at school and if additional actions to control the spread of pertussis among pupils become necessary, we will again notify parents.
If you have general concerns or questions about pertussis, contact your local health department at 645.7700 Ext. 4236. If you have specific concerns or questions about your child’s health, contact your health care provider.
Dr. Robin Moore
Come Celebrate the Love of Reading with Your Children
Read Across America is an annual reading motivation and awareness program created by NEA, National Education Association, that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on March 2, the birthday of beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss.
Motivating children to read is an important factor in student achievement and creating lifelong successful readers. Research has shown that children who are motivated and spend more time reading do better in school.
Parents are invited into the school to read to their child’s class. They can contact their child’s teacher. Click Here for Schedule
READ ACROSS AMERICA DAY
March 2, 2012
(unless otherwise noted)
March 1 – Cat in the Hat visit at 9:15 – 9:45 in Library (Sponsored by NJEA)
March 2 – Room 1, 4 & 5: PM Miss Galloway Teen will visit rooms
Room 2/Gruber: 9:30 GTMS Drill team will read to students and give a demonstration
Room 4/Marti: AM Older sibling reading partners
Room 5/D’Angelis and Polisano: AM Making green eggs and ham
9:15 – 9:45 Guest readers from Staples for all classes
9:55 – 10:25 1st and 6th grade “Big Buddy” reading
Latham and Burke/Esposito
Bustard and Albert/Esposito
Richardson and Whittaker/Wagner/Esposito
10:25 – 11:40 Random classroom activities
10:30 – 10:55 Pareene and Dolente/Newman/Esposito
12:40 – 1:40 Round Robin reading with all 1st grade teachers
Room 9/McCarty: 9:30 – 11:30 Parents reading in classroom, limit of 5 parents
Room 11/Bishop: AM “Read In” plus Dr. Seuss activities
Room 12/Smoaks: AM Students will create books and have a guest reader
All classrooms – Dr. Seuss activities in classroom – no parents
3rd grade: 9:30 – 11:00 GTMS Drill/Step team will be reading to the students
2:00 – 3:00 Students will rotate to all 3rd grade classrooms for reading activities
4th grade: Sibling Soiree 9:30-10:15
5th Grade: 12:05 – 12:45 Parents coming in to read with students
9:55 – 10:25 1st and 6th grade “Big Buddy” reading
Latham and Burke
Bustard and Albert
Richardson and Whittaker/Wagner
Pareene and Dolente/Newman
ELL Students – Reading Dr. Seuss and doing Dr. Seuss activities all week on the iPads.
Grades 1 – 3 Combined Library (reading activities) and Art (painting) project all week in the library and the art room
Traffic in and around school zones can create significant hazards for children and teens, as well as crossing guards, school officials, and volunteers. Parents often unknowingly create traffic hazards as they drop off or pick up their children from school.
To ensure everyone’s safety, be sure to do the following:
There are are academic resources to help parents assist their children improve in reading and math. Roland Rogers has extra resources such as:
These materials can be accessed through the school’s Intervention & Referral Service Committee (MAT) or contacing Dr. Moore.
Everyday Math information:
Connected Math Information: Numerous weblinks are available in the student textbook.
Language Arts Information:
Health & Family Services:
Our school counselors and school nurses are available to assist with many health & family issues and services. They have additional resources available if needed.