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English Language Development

Hello! Hola! هتاف للترحيب! 你好! Kamusta! Zdravo! Bonjour! Hallo! Χαίρετε! नमस्ते! Nnọọ! Halo! Ciao! 
こんにちは! 여보세요! Сайн уу! سلام! Olá! Здравствуйте! வணக்கம்! హలో! สวัสดี! chào bạn!
I'm Mrs. Ryan, ELD teacher here at sunny Soleado!  I've been an elementary school teacher since 2005, and this is my 4th year teaching in the ELD program.  When I was in college, I spent time studying at Xiamen Da Xue in China, which required me to be a second language learner.  This helped me understand the daily struggles EL students face.  My program is built on the California ELD Framework, which seeks to give students access to both daily and academic English.  I work with small groups of students based on their language level and track their progress throughout the year(s).  I also collaborate with their classroom teachers, providing in-class support, tailored to each student's specific needs.  Parents are welcome to contact me at any time for support, to get questions answered, or to learn more about what they can do at home to boost language learning!
We are proud to be a diverse school, a home to students from all over the world.  Soleado's student population represents over 20 language groups!  Welcome to "A Place in the Sun."


Recent Posts

ELD Summer School

This time each year I start receiving questions from parents about ELD summer school.  At this time, the information I have is that PVPUSD ELD summer school will be offered by invitation only (this means you cannot request to get in, you must be invited).  For elementary students, it will be offered only to emerging, or beginning level students in 2nd-5th grade.  There will not be any K-1 classes this summer.  If you have any further questions, please email me and I will direct you to the answer if I can!

ELAC Meeting Tomorrow 2/7 @ 10:30


ELAC Meeting Agenda


I. Guest Speaker: Associate Principal of Ridgecrest Intermediate School, Taylor Halloway


II. Testing updates

     1. ELPAC (K-5th)

     2. CAASPP (3rd-5th)

          a. testing dates

          b. academic vocabulary prep for ELD students

     3. Summative Math Placement Test (4th-5th)

     4. Science Assessment (5th)


III. Upcoming School Events:

     1. Sweetheart Dance

     2. Fun Run

     3. 2nd Trimester Report Cards and Parent Teacher Conferences

     4. Spring Break

Thank you for the generous gifts and kind words you and your children have given to me this holiday season.
Wishing all of you the happiest of holidays. One of the most beautiful things about teaching English as a second language is that I get the benefit of interacting with so many beautiful children from places all around the world.  Holidays tell a lot about a persons history, culture, and family life. Students often share with me the special ways in which they celebrate holidays with their family. 
Here are some of the traditions my family holds:
Christmas Eve: Attend a candlelight service at church were we sing carols, hear the story of the first Christmas from the scriptures, and each hold a candle, carefully lighting our neighbor's until the entire church is filled with the soft glow of candlelight.   It's beautiful.
My mother always gets us a new pair of pajamas to wear to bed on Christmas Eve (even though all her children are grown, she continues this tradition).
Christmas Morning: Ringing Christmas bells to welcome Christmas day.  My parents keep bells in their china cabinet and my two sisters, our children, and I each choose a bell to ring joyfully on Christmas morning. The bell I always choose is made of silver and was passed down through generations in my father's family.  After the bells are rung we spend time exchanging gifts around the tree.  My father has given one ornament to me every year since my birth.  When I got married, those ornaments were the first to decorate my tree.  My husband and I carry on this tradition with our own children.
Christmas Night:  My husband's family and my family have Christmas dinner together.  Our meal is often shared with those who are far away from family and need a place to feel at home.  My husband's father says a Christmas prayer of gratitude for our faith, family, and abundance. Food, conversation, laughter, and fun fill the home until late into the night.  
What winter holidays do you celebrate and how do you celebrate them?

Review Week

It's Review Week for ELD.  During my class sessions we will review prepositions and parts of the body.  
Next week we will begin a unit on the weather.  
Thank you for practicing at home with your children.  They are making great progress in their language acquisition!

October Vocabulary

This month we will work on learning how to name the parts of the body and also what they do.  Here is the list of the words we will focus on:
Body Parts:
eyes, ears, nose, mouth, eyelashes, eyebrows, forehead, head, teeth, tongue, hair, neck, shoulder, elbow, hand, finger, arm, back, stomach, leg, knee, foot, toe
see, hear, smell, taste, bite, talk, blink, raise, scrunch, shrug, swing, clap, touch, bend, eat, lie down, balance, walk, brush

September Vocabulary

In September, we focused on prepositions.  These are the words your child should now by familiar with:
over, under,
above, below,
up, down,
next to, near,
inside, outside,
in, out,
on, off,
in front, in back,
in between,
before, behind

Mark Down on Your Calendar!

DELAC Meeting Dates:

October 25, 2017 DELAC Training Meeting (for representatives only)

November 8, 2017 DELAC Regular Meeting

January 31, 2018 DELAC Regular Meeting

March 14, 2018 DELAC Regular Meeting

April 25, 2018 DELAC Regular Meeting

May 16, 2018 EL Parent Education Meeting