BA Blast Newsletter


January 17, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday, January 18
  • PTA Meeting, January 20, 3pm via zoom, Agenda

Principal's Message

With tomorrow being a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., it is more relevant than ever to talk to our students about not only his legacy, but how we can apply his perspective, ambition, and perseverance to our lives today. This past Wednesday at our morning assembly, I shared the story of MLK with our students and 5 important lessons that he taught all of us:

  1. Dare to dream  . . . and dream big

  2. Love other - Be kind and respectful to all

  3. Don’t judge someone by their appearance - get to know them on the inside

  4. Do not give up! Push on and persevere 

  5. Education is of the utmost importance 

The work set in motion by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. as well as many others continues in our youngest hearts and minds and with us. I see hope in our students everyday. The World Becomes What We Teach is not only the title to a wonderful book by Zoe Weil, but also a truth that I deeply believe in. 

Below are some resources and an Addressing the Moment article that I shared with our teachers last week and I hope you find them helpful as well: 

  1. San Mateo Library Social Justice Book List

  2. Community Foundation of San Carlos: Racial Justice 

  3. Teaching Tolerance MLK Do’s and Dont’s

  4. Town Hall on Racial Justice and Equity: Opportunity to hear Tony Thurmond and Dr. Pedro Noguera keep the conversation alive and well with educators. Anyone can attend this Town Hall.

Ruby Bridges 
In November we had hoped to celebrate a very important person in the history of our public schools:  Ruby Bridges. Ruby, her mother, Lucille Bridges, and her teacher, Barbara Henry, helped desegregate the first all-white school in the south, in New Orleans on November 16, 1960. Please help us share Ruby’s story here to commemorate all of their courage and remind us of the lessons Ruby’s story is still teaching us today. Here are some lessons and actions you can take in honor of Ruby Bridges and her bravery: 

  • Doing the right thing and taking a stand for something important can be hard and some people will get upset with us because they don’t want to change, but Ruby Bridges’ courage and generous spirit can inspire us and give us the strength to stand up for what is right, even when it’s not easy, fun, or pleasant.

  • Walking around your neighborhood is extra special because not only does it honor Ruby Bridges’ courage and spirit, it helps our planet because we're not polluting, it helps our bodies because walking makes us healthier, and it helps our minds because walking makes us smarter.

Martin Luther King Jr, and Ruby Bridges both peacefully stood up for what they believed in and this is a powerful message that you can share with your children. Parents and teachers have the responsibility to teach our children what it means to be kind to others despite our differences, how to have civil discourse when interacting with people of different beliefs, and how to stand up for what is right. This is challenging and sometimes uncomfortable work but it is worth the effort because our children are our future. 

As we look to our future, on Wednesday, we will be swearing in the 46th President of the United States. Here are 5 Inauguration Day Activities for Kids that can help them share in this important moment.

Suzanne Fast, Principal


Book of the Month

Continuing our theme of inclusion and diversity, the book of the month for January is Hair Love by Matthew Cherry. This is a story about a young African American girl's celebration of her hair and the special relationship she has with her father.  Zuri is very proud of her hair but mom is away. How will she get her hair to cooperate? Her dad tries a series of hairstyles that just don’t work. Finally, Zuri grabs some hair supplies and shows him a tutorial. Together they are able to create a wonderful hairstyle. There are positive messages about patience and hard work. The illustrations amplify the story and are based on a short animated film of the same name.


Ropes Judging

We are in need for parents, staff and community members that would like to serve as a judge for the ROPES (Rite of Passage Experiences) presentations in February. ROPES are challenging projects that 4th, 6th and 8th-grade students have completed which allow them to learn about their world and themselves in a deeper but fun way. You can learn more about ROPES on our website. This year all judging will be via Zoom. There are 3 opportunities to judge:

  • Tuesday, Feb 2, 4:00–6:30 pm
  • Wednesday, Feb 3, 2:00-5:00 pm
  • Thursday, Feb 4, 6:00-8:30 pm

In addition we will be holding a training session for all judges on Thursday, Jan 28 from 6:00-7:00 pm. This will be via Zoom and we will be recording this session if you can’t make this time.

We would not be able to maintain this valuable program without the support of our community. We are asking for you to join district staff and other community members by volunteering to serve as a judge on one of our judging panels. Typically, we have two to three judges per room and they judge four to six student presentations in an evening/session.

We hope that you will be able to join us in this worthwhile event. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.


District News

Kindergarten Information Night - January 19th

Each year, the SCSD welcomes our newest families into the district with a Kindergarten Information Night, introducing them to our community partners and reviewing the process for registering for Kindergarten.

This year, we will hold a virtual Kindergarten Welcome Night / Meet the San Carlos School District at 6:30 pm on Tuesday, January 19, 2021. The presentation will include information from SCEF, PTA, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Extended Day Programs, Preschool Programs, and district Wellness Programs as well as an overview of the registration process.

Zoom has a capacity of 300 participants. If you are unable to join via Zoom, please watch the presentation live on YouTube. Zoom participants will have a Q & A option at the end of the meeting.

On Wednesday, January 20 the Powerschool Registration Form will open for new students and any students returning to the district to begin their registration. All registration will be completed online and parents will be asked to upload their documents into the system. The deadline for priority registration is February 26. 

K-5 Math in Focus Night with Susan F. Resnick - Jan 20

Join us on Jan 20th for a virtual discussion:

  • K-2 Parents from 6-7pm
  • Grade 3-5 Parents from 7:15-8:15

Join Zoom Meeting here
Meeting ID: 981 635 2626
Passcode: MathNight

  • Discover Singapore Math Pedagogy and Effectiveness
  • Learn new strategies to help your child at home using important math tools to increase mathematical thinking and procedural fluency
  • Learn how to ask better questions and get better results
  • Have Fun and Ask Questions!

Free TCRWP Parent & Caregiver Workshop Thursday, January 28, 4 - 6pm

Join expert Teachers College Reading and Writing Project staff at our upcoming workshop day for parents and caregivers of students in grades K-8. Learn more about ways to support your child’s literacy education at home, what or how they are learning in school, how to best engage in home literacy projects, and more. These days are typically 2-3 hours long, composed of a series of 15-minute small-group presentations. Parents and caregivers can choose the workshops that match their needs and are free to come for one workshop or many.

The schedule of workshops will be made available prior to the event. These sessions are offered live and are not recorded for later viewing. Click the link below to register. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.



The SCEF Read-A-Thon is Coming Next Week!

The San Carlos Education Foundation’s first ever Read-A-Thon will encourage students to read as much as they can January 25 -- February 5, 2021. Participation is free and voluntary, but students will have the option to invite sponsors to support their reading with an online donation. Our goal is 100% participation in the Read-A-Thon and $200,000 raised to support San Carlos students. 

All the information you need to know can be found on our SCEF Read-A-Thon website

Jenni Holm, author of Babymouse, Squish and Sunny Side Up is visiting with us virtually to kick off the Read-A-Thon, on Sunday, January 24th! She is releasing her newest book, a middle school novel, The Lion of Mars, this month. We are excited to meet Jenni, hear about her books, and have the chance to ask her questions. Sign-up for this special event on the Read-A-Thon website.

Special thanks to the Partners at Dwell Realtors --Laura Bertolacci, Bob Bredel, Tatum Clarke, Alana Corso, and Joyce Romeo-- our inaugural Read-A-Thon sponsor.



Community Corner

San Carlos Week of the Family

  • When: Jan 15-31, 2021 (yes, we have a couple of great events after the official week)
  • Who: Your family (San Carlos families take many forms. Everyone in our community is encouraged to participate.)
  • Where: All over San Carlos
  • Safety: All events should be COVID-safe. Lots of at-home activities and virtual sessions.
  • Info: (get info here and register for events)

The 21st San Carlos Week of the Family starts Friday. There are dozens of events. Have fun with the family and enjoy some safe events.

Some highlights of this year’s Week of the Family:  

  • We have 100’s of FREE family art packets available for the City-wide Art Project
  • There are volunteer opportunities to build Family Care Packages
  • Take Monday as your Family Activity Day to enjoy games with your family
  • Invent using the Hiller Virtual Invention Lab
  • Attend one of the many Library Events • Each Green Corner is presenting 3 video sessions on gardening
  • Practice your trivia skills at Adult Trivia Night
  • Help kickoff the SCEF Read-A-Thon with multiple events
  • Attend a virtual theater event by the San Carlos Children’s Theater
  • Eat crab and support the community at the San Carlos Lions Club Drive-by Crab Feed

San Carlos Park and Rec Art Contest

Does your child have a talent in art and would to share their work with the community? San Carlos YAC is holding an arts competition called "Creations and Connections." Any youth ages 10-18 can submit artwork under the theme of "Peace, Love, and Community" in one of many categories ranging from poetry and short stories to film production, fine art, and even dance choreography. Entries will be broken down into different age groups. Prizes will be awarded for each age group! Don’t miss this opportunity to express artistic talent!.


District reminders

Remember to Order Lunch Meal Kits

We have weekly meal boxes available for pick up each Monday (including delivery to Menlo Park and East Palo Alto. Each box includes five meals - an assortment of hot and cold entrees and a variety of fruits, veggies, and milk. Simply order online and safely pick-up your box for the week. To order your student’s Weekly Lunch Box, please log onto LunchIsServed and place your order. You must place your order by 9am on Sunday before the following week.

Check out Parent Education Offerings

Remember to check out our Pandemic Care & Support website for parent education events and resources, mental health support, and more! You can also add the SCSD Parent Education Calendar to your phone.


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