BA Blast Newsletter


April 11, 2021

Mark Your Calendar

PTA Meeting, April 21, 6pm (zoom link will be sent soon)


Principal's Message

Dear Parents:

It was a great week back from break. Students continue to engage in core instructional activities in the classroom and are working on collaborative skills during recess. We have many parents on-site as campus supervisors who are providing critical supervision during this year filled with challenges due to social distancing. Thank you to all our parents, whether at-home or on-site, for your continued support and engagement in your child’s education. 

Parent involvement in a child’s education has been examined in countless studies and reports and the research overwhelmingly supports increased academic achievement, better classroom behavior, and positive teacher morale. As we transition back to on-site teaching and learning, It is important that we continue to partner with parents to provide an enriching whole child learning experience. 

Over the next few weeks, there are several opportunities for you to be part of the conversation and give input on priorities for the next year. 

Parent Survey
We are in the process of planning for the 2021-2022 school year, and drafting new goals for our Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP).  In order to be as thorough as possible, we need your feedback and input. Below is a link to a survey, please complete it by April 19th, so that we can include your thoughts into our planning. Please fill out one survey per child. It is important that every family completes the survey so we can hear all feedback from our student population.

School Site Council Meeting
We have a School Site Council meeting scheduled for Tuesday, April 13th from 3:30-4:30. We will be reviewing goals from our strategic plan and getting input into planning for LCAP goals. In addition, we will continue our discussion around ways to improve our work around Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion so that everyone feels welcomed at Brittan Acres. Please reach out if you’d like to attend and I’ll send you the Zoom link.

PTA Meeting
Our monthly PTA meeting will be on April 21st at 6:00 PM. Come and hear about the activities that the PTA has planned to continue to support our community.

Warm Regards,
Suzanne Fast, Principal


It's time to capture school memories in our BA yearbook!

Each student’s book will be shipped directly from TreeRing and delivered to student’s personal address during the last week of school.

  • Price is $18.65 (plus tax and shipping).
  • For returning students, log in to your existing TreeRing account
  • For new families, visit Treering and enter school passcode: 1013474677094825.

Share Your Photos!

The yearbook team would love to have your child’s photos for General Yearbook Pages, especially this year during distance learning where we have limited photos of kids. Please share photos (in-person or virtual) from the following classes, events and activities: STEAM, Physical Education, Music, Reading/Library, Read-A-Thon, Computer Lab, Holiday Boutique, Walk-A-Jog Fitness Challenge, Halloween & Pumpkin Decorating, Class Parties, Field Trips, BA Spirit, Kindness Week, Class Projects, Bear Hugs, Parents Volunteers, Distance Learning, Back to School in person, photo of students wearing their most “fashionable” mask and anything else you’d like to share.

Please upload photos into TreeRing Shared Photo Folders or using the Google Photo Link.

For additional information, please visit the yearbook webpage.



The Gala is NEXT weekend!

The new family-friendly SCEF Virtual Gala is on Sunday April 25, 5pm-6pm. SAVE THE DATE and register NOW!

This year’s SCEF Gala will be fast and fun with dynamic auctioneer, Chad Carvey, hosting the event. Chad is a former Principal who understands the importance of public education. He hosts a great LIVE Auction and shines in the Fund-A-Need segment featuring his exciting “Last Auction Hero” with a special prize.

ALL will have a chance to win 3-Nights at a Fairmont Hotel/Resort! Sign into the Virtual Gala by 5pm to be eligible--you must be present when the Lucky Door Prize ticket is drawn. Enter the Starlight Raffle for a Chance and a Choice: winner chooses one of a selection of Silent and Live Auction Packages. Only 300 tickets will be sold. $100/1 ticket; $250/3 tickets; $500/6 tickets. 


District News

Student and Community Testing to Keep our Kids On Campus

Please take advantage of the no cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department.

Sign up for weekly testing for yourself and your child. Contact your health provider for a test if you have symptoms or know you have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.

Keeping COVID cases off of our campuses will keep our in person learning possible. As a reminder, if a student or or teacher tests positive for COVID, we will need to transition that cohort back to distance learning for at least two weeks to avoid spreading the virus.

Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:

  • Central Middle School - Thursdays, 1:00-7:00 pm Register Here
  • Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here

Community Corner

City of San Carlos Earth Day

To celebrate Earth Day this year the City of San Carlos is hosting a photo competition with four different categories: Energy, Transportation, Waste, and Water.

To participate, share a photo on Twitter or Instagram with #CityofGoodLiving or #SanCarlosEarthDay, or email a photo showing how you are celebrating Earth Day.  Include a description explaining how you are reducing your impact for one of the four categories.

Share your photo by April 21 and the best submission for each category will win a $25 gift certificate The Reading Bug!  Winners for each category will be chosen based on creativity and positive environmental impact and announced on Earth Day.

Outschool Classes

Help students discover new interests in a free Outschool class and raise money for SCEF. Click this link to get $20 off your first Outschool class (100,000+ live, virtual, small-group classes to choose from!) and SCEF will also earn $5. Feel free to share with friends and family! Please note, $20 off a class and the $5 donation is only valid for students who’ve never taken an Outschool class before.


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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