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The Pride Family Letter, August 31st
Posted 8/30/20

WE WILL RETURN BACK TO THIS SCENE AT SOME POINT AS LONG AS WE ALL STAY TRUE TO HEALTH GUIDELINES!

THE ESSENCE OF OUR L.V.E. COMMUNITY REMAINS VIBRANT AND WE WILL GET THROUGH THIS. HANG IN THERE EVERYONE!

 

"In times of crisis, the wise build the bridges, while the foolish build the barriers."
- T'Challa -
(Peace be with you Chadwick Boseman)


SEPTEMBER LIFE SKILL: Adaptability! This month we are focusing attention on this important skill due to the challenges we are all facing at this very moment.

  • The horrific fires ravaging the state and our brave firefighters confronting them...
  • The ever changing landscape of COVID -19...
  • Confronting and addressing the deep and real racial divides in our society - "There is more that connects us than separates us" -  T' Challa...
  • Our children engaged in a "challenging" learning platform, especially our youngest future leaders...
  • Families considering innovative ways to both teach and provide for their families...
  • And teachers juggling the virtual world, many of them with their own children...

And while they exist and they are very real, we can also actively choose to change our internal channel and explore a new and different reality. It does not ignore what is out there, rather, it allows you to view things from an entirely new perspective.

 

I encourage you to continue challenging your children to adapt to the moment, find the bright lights because they do exist, explore the immediate world around you and take this moment to model what this "Adaptability" looks, sounds, and feels like. There is much to be grateful for, to laugh and to smile about, even in the face of such times.

Here is a video to share with your children regarding adaptability that resonated with me when I thought out our community. I could see many of you doing this exact thing

 

Print this template and attach to your Fridge: Life Skills for the year

 

WEEK 1 OF VIRTUAL INSTRUCTION: Our virtual instructional program kicks off Monday morning with a daily 8:30 am - 9:00 am morning zoom. Please plan to have your children attend each of these daily meetings throughout the week as those gatherings are instrumental in laying the groundwork for the day as well as providing that ever important emotional lift. Remember, every Monday afternoon is also a voluntary parents/teacher zoom if you should have questions. No agenda, just a check in. Keep in mind, this meeting it is not intended as a 1:1 opportunity. Those moments will come later.

 

Note that grade level teams are operating in tandem with their schedules, but there will be variations across grade levels. This was a tricky dance to coordinate for sure and we used as much information from parent and teacher surveys as we could to help guide us towards the most efficient and supportive program. Thank you for your flexibility as we continue to navigate new avenues.

MANY THANKS TO OUR HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB FOR THEIR GENEROSITY. YOUR CHILDREN HAVE UNTIL TODAY, SUNDAY, AUGUST 30TH, TO USE THAT COUPON IN THEIR BLUE BAG FOR THAT FREE ICECREAM! SILBERMANN'S ROCKS!!!


MONDAY MORNING LUNCH KITS: Every Monday, our district is providing Meal Kits between the hours of 12:00-1:00 at Vallecito Elementary School for families who participate in our Free and Reduced lunch program. The Monday kit covers the entire week. 

 

CAN DO SPECIALISTS: We are excited to bring Physical Education, and Art back into our educational fold, starting September 8th, 2020. Sarah and Laura are both terrific teachers and even better human beings. Having had the honor of working with them in the past, I can share that your children are in precious hands as both have deep roots in the district and are profoundly committed to ensuring every child receives an imaginative, safe, fair, and fruitful experience.

 

Both classes are asynchronous (pre-recorded) as they are responsible for the entire district, K-5, quite a few classes as you might imagine. If we were able to run this program live we would, but the numbers and the educational sphere we live within, does not allow for that. Both will have their own Google Classrooms and will provide Google Codes and Links to all of you and teachers in the days to come.

 

Thank you all for donating and if you have not done so yet, please try and find a moment and click here.

Support for Students and Families: In partnership with Governor Newsom, Parents Anonymous® Inc. recently launched the California Parent & Youth Helpline and Online Parents Anonymous® Support Groups in response to the Coronavirus to provide free trauma-informed, evidenced-based emotional support to Parents, Children and Youth in any language via calls, text, live chat and email. The California Parents & Youth Helpline operates 7 days a week from 8:00AM-8:00PM. Parents can Join a Weekly Online Support Group NOW through the website: caparentyouthhelpline.org. In this confidential setting, Parents address their underlying emotions and build resiliency to strengthen their family.

3-5 MUSIC: Our upper grade music team, Steve, Chris, and Sherry, also begin their their program on September 8th. They are working on final student placements and other details associated with running a 3-8 program. They have put considerable time and energy into developing a viable virtual music ensemble for our families. Stay tuned for a letter coming this week spelling out dates, times, and a definition of their program. They, too, will have Google Classrooms and codes/links they will be sharing with all of you and your children's teachers.

 

LIBRARY: Our wonderful library team, Rochelle and Jackie, will also begin pushing their lessons out once a week starting September 8th. In addition, this year they are offering a curbside book pickup and dropoff for library books with the sole purpose of putting live books into students hands! Stay tuned for more on this one as details are still under development regarding updates to the online ordering system and schedules. Once again, I cannot speak highly enough of the care and professionalism this dynamic duo bring to our program. And always with a smile and sense of humor. Fun to work with!!

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL: Please welcome our 6 parent members of this year's Lion Coucil team!

  • Katie McDonnell (Returning for year 2)
  • Sarah Holly (Returning for year 2)
  • Hilary Knight
  • Christen Wright
  • Mike Moaveni
  • Jessica Hamman

They will be joining forces with our 6 member teaching team and delving into the LVE instructional world. Our monthly topics will include but not exclusively, our newly developed School Site Protection Plan (safety), Site Learning Plan (Instruction), all things COVID -19 (planning for now and the future), social emotional caretaking (children, families, and teachers), and more. 

 

HOME SUPPORT TEAMS: I cannot emphasize how important attending school regularly will be this year. Last year there was a level of understanding/pliability due to the sudden rush for a plan. But this year we have given much thought and its success is directly correlated to attendance. This year we are incoporating Home Support Teams to support student/family check-ins as well as furnishing children with the necessary academic and social emotional guidance. Counseling support will also be injected into our program and we are lucky to have Amy Allerheiligen, our BACR lead, leading the way with creative ideas. Know that this program will evolve as we move through the year with HST members shifting between students all year long, whatever direction our support needle points towards. 

4 HUGE THANK YOUs: Much love to Eric Burke, Rustie Kaster, Heather Piper & Alex Stadtner for tending the LVE garden and its thriving inhabitants over the summer, our chickens. Keeping that space alive and well for our Lion community, was very important and required a lot of effort. If you have an interest in helping supporting that space this year, please check in with our Home and School Prez, Sivan Oyserman at - lucasvalleyhsc@gmail.com

 

WHEN ON OUR LUCAS VALLEY CAMPUS: To protect students, families, and staff, there are several new safety protocols in place on campus:

  • At this time, families should only visit the campus via an appointment, a call ahead, or your teacher has shared pick up times for items. Please call the office if you have questions but please refrain from dropping by.
  • When entering, use the photo app on your phone to scan the QR codes taped to the entry doors and windows around the campus and complete the brief health screening.  If you are not cleared, please reschedule and make a virtual appointment.
  • All staff, students, and family members must wear a mask and maintain social distance at all times. This is a must.

Letter to Parents from the Department of Health and Human Services

 

You Scream I Scream....Did you go get your Ice Cream??

 

Don't forget to grab your voucher and head over to Silbermann's today, Sunday, for a kiddie scoop on us!

 

Our first HSC Board Meeting will be this Wednesday Sept 2nd at 7pm. This will hopefully work better for all of us juggling distance learning/family/work. We will be using google meet up as a trial if it does not work out we will switch to zoom.

 

We will be discussing a few things that we would love feedback from the community on. Please check out the Agenda 

 

We are currently looking for 5th Grade parents to help with 5th grade legacy tiles. The HSC will be taking lead this year with parent volunteers to make sure current and 2019-2020 5th graders have a chance to "leave their mark". If you are interested in helping please reach out to us - lucasvalleyhsc@gmail.com

 

Need help with getting the school supplies your teacher requested for the year? Please reach out to your teacher as our HSC has a fund set up to assist anyone who is in need. 

 

Sivan, Sandy, Franco, Crissy & Noelle


 

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PRINCIPAL NEWSLETTER UPDATE 

AUGUST 28, 2020 

 

Dear Families,

We are all facing new, unique challenges as we begin this new school year.

Together, we continue to support each other and move forward as a strong community.

 

Parents can directly help the district during this difficult time by contributing to the Family Giving Campaign. Whatever your contribution, our students need you now more than ever. 

 

 

DONATE TODAY!!


 

4TH ANNUAL “RUN AS ONE”   

Saturday, September 12th to September 20, 2020                                                  

 

REGISTER TODAY FOR THIS FUN VIRTUAL COMMUNITY
EVENT! 

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