English Language Development Fall News

Join Us for our Family Night on December 1st
Posted on 11/18/2021

Join Us December 1st for our Family Night

We will have our first family night on Wednesday, December 1st from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Finley Elementary School. We will be focusing on a free learning program that can strengthen your English language in a fun engaging way. We will have an introduction on how to use the website/app and then you and your child will be able to try it out on the computer! Pizza, soda, and cookies will be provided. I would love to meet you personally and show you this great resource! Please contact Ms. Bell at jbell@finleysd.org or 509-586-7577 if you would like to join us. Thank you!

More Fall 2021 ELL News

On Friday, October 15th, we held a celebration for the students that passed the ELPA test last year and exited out of the program. We had music, treats, drinks, and passed out awards. Ms. Bowen, the previous ELL teacher, stopped by to congratulate her students. WAY TO GO!

Mrs. Mendoza and I began the school year by training on the new ELD standards called WIDA. We also tested new students on the new assessment as well.

ELD classes began October 4th.Your child has English Language Development for 30 minutes, four times a week. We have been working on Vocabulary Development.
Our goal has been to get students comfortable speaking incomplete sentences to one another.

I have added in a question of the day the first 5 minutes of class to help your child build background knowledge on the content they are learning. I also have incorporated partner and group activities along with visuals such as graphic organizers and picture activities.

portrait of Janae BallMeet Janae' Bell, ELL Teacher at Finley Elementary School

I am the new ELL teacher at Finley Elementary School. I am very excited to be back in the classroom and teaching your child! I am from Phoenix, Arizona. I also lived in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for a few years. This is my thirteenth year teaching. I have two sons and two dogs that I adore. I love to cook, travel, and spend time with my family.