Indigenous Peoples' Day, Local Holiday - No school
Mon, October 11
PTA Meeting (virtual)
Wed, October 13, 6pm
Brittan Acres Movie Night
Fri, October 22, 6:30pm
Dear Brittan Acres Families,
October is Digital Citizenship Month. At times, I think, why put the word Digital in front of Citizenship? Students at Brittan Acres learn that engaging in appropriate and responsible behavior, good etiquette, and safety are all part of the Brittan Acres Way... on and offline. During the pandemic, technology grew to help people stay connected and became an everyday occurrence for students of all ages. However, now that we are back in person, technology will have different classroom uses.
At Brittan Acres, students will use technology in various ways, including the support of critical thinking, creativity, communication, and collaboration. Some digital activities students will create include: authoring ebooks, producing movies to communicate a point of view, drafting essays using Google Docs and slide presentations, researching science and social studies topics, engaging with learning apps via Clever and collaborating during project-based learning units - just to highlight a few. Along the way, they are learning how to search safely, protect privacy, give proper credit to authors, share workload responsibilities, and model kindness and caring in all communications – on and offline.
Our kids genuinely live in the digital age, from research and reading online to playing games and exploring social media. With our support, children learn that “online life” guidelines closely mirror those of life “offline.” During the elementary school years, children are learning how to self-regulate. As they reach new physical, social, and emotional milestones, children begin to balance active time with rest time, time with friends with quiet time alone, and healthy eating with the occasional sweet treat. With our guidance, they also are learning how to manage their “digital diets” to balance both quality and quantity of media consumption.
Here are a few guidelines you may want to draw from as you consider how technology functions in your family:
Get involved: Engage with your child and find out what he/she enjoys online.
Common Sense Media, a source for movies, books, technology reviews and tips.
Set an example: Model positive behavior about when, where and how it is acceptable to be “on” a device. Check out this 45-second video about taming device time.
Make dinner time device-free.
Set clear limits: Together, create a schedule that shows when media will be used and how screen time fits into the larger picture of the day or week. Institute a “device bedtime” so that devices are put away in advance of your child’s bedtime. Ensure that devices are used and charged in public areas, not in children’s bedrooms. Create a Family Media Plan.
Already, our children are learning to leverage technology to fuel learning in exciting ways. Together, we’ll help them take the next steps to become powerful digital (and non-digital) citizens!
Suzanne Fast, Principal
October is National Disability Awareness Month and our Book of the Month ties in with recognizing and celebrating our individual differences. In addition our Second Step SEL Curriculum across all grades will focus on Feelings and Empathy.
In this Month’s Book of the Month, Just Ask, United States Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor celebrates the different abilities kids (and people of all ages) have. Using her own experience as a child who was diagnosed with diabetes, Justice Sotomayor writes about children with all sorts of challenges—and looks at the special powers those kids have as well. As the kids work together to build a community garden, asking questions of each other along the way, this book encourages readers to do the same: When we come across someone who is different from us but we're not sure why, all we have to do is Just Ask!
Book of the month extras!
We would love to encourage every BA family to join us in reading and sharing each month's book selections with their children at home. The Reading Bug in San Carlos will have BA's Book(s) of the Month on display if you would like to own a copy or you can take a trip to your local library. If you would prefer, you can watch a read aloud of Just Ask!.
Want more? Check out these other recommended titles:
Arte Fiesta Celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month - Oct 18
Does your kid love creating art? Join us in celebrating Hispanic & Latinx Heritage Month with some fun art projects! The PTA is hosting an Arte Fiesta on Zoom on Monday, October 18 at 4PM. All ages welcome (TK/K may need grown-up assistance). Any special materials will be supplied ahead of time.
Space is limited, please RSVP with your child's name, grade and teacher by October 11 to email@example.com.
Movie night on Friday Oct. 22 @ 6:30pm
Join us for a fun family outdoor movie night sponsored by the PTA and Nash Design Group! Mark your calendars and keep an eye on next week's Blast for the final details!
PTA Meeting on October 13th
Join us for the October PTA Meeting on October 13th at 6:00 pm Hop on Zoom to connect with other parents and learn about fall plans at BA.
Support the Bruin Village in 2021-22
It truly takes a village to make Brittan Acres such a spectacular school and community. Programs that make Brittan Acres special would not be possible without your PTA contributions.
A one-time donation of $250 per family ensures PTA events and programs are fully funded.
Did you Know?
Did You Know that Monday, October 11th is Indigenous Peoples’ Day? The second Monday in October is celebrated throughout the United States as Indigenous Peoples’ Day. This day is meant to honor our first people, the Native Americans. With 574 tribes recognized by the U.S. government, and another 300-plus sovereign tribal nations, there are many ways to observe Indigenous Peoples’ Day including an acknowledgment for the land we live on. Ancestors of the Ohlone lived in villages along freshwater creeks on the Peninsula for more than 10,000 years. The Lamchin tribe of the Ramaytush Ohlone lived in the area that is now called San Carlos.
Did you know that Brittan Acres sits on the ancestral homeland of the Ramaytush Ohlone, the original peoples of the San Francisco Peninsula? Our community resides within their traditional homeland and we honor the Ohlone and other Indigenous caretakers of these lands and waters, the elders who lived here before, the Indigenous today, and the generations to come. You may choose to share this with your family or write your own. Some resources about the Ramaytush Ohlone can be found here. We look forward to learning and honoring Native American history more next month for Native American Heritage Month.
We are thankful to have our 3rd Grade Students help with Safety Patrol. Safety Patrol will meet and greet students as they come to school every morning in the drop off line. They will assist the duty teacher with opening car doors and helping students start their morning on a positive note. Please follow their instructions and do not leave the car line or enter until safe to do so. Thank you to all of our parents for being patient in the morning. A few extra moments to ensure safety is really appreciated especially with the backup of cars due to the busy crosswalk at Belle and Tamarack.
Volunteers Being Cleared to Help on Campus
Thank you to our Brittan Acres families who have followed the process of requesting to volunteer and being cleared by HR to help on campus. We are so excited to have you!
If you are interested in volunteering, please remember that you need to complete a two step process.
- First, Request to Volunteer
- Once you have submitted the form, HR in the district office will send you a Self-Certification of Vaccination Status form that will need to be submitted.
- Just like employees, all volunteers need to either verify vaccination or show a negative COVID test on a weekly basis.
- Your name will go on our school site list of cleared volunteers, managed by Jenny Goines in our office.
Girl Scouts at Brittan Acres!
Calling all interested Kindergarten girls and families! If you'd like to learn about starting a Kindergarten Daisy troop at Brittan Acres or if you're simply interested in learning more about Girl Scouts, please contact Girl Scouts school coordinator, Salina Zillmer firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Healthy Cities Tutoring
Fall Tutor Orientation and Training: October 13, 10AM or 7PM
Don’t miss our upcoming New Tutor Orientation and Training. Attend only one session.
- 10AM – Join us for our in person Tutor Orientation and Training, held at the San Carlos Library, 610 Elm Street, San Carlos.
- 7PM – Join us on Zoom for our remote Tutor Orientation and Training. Zoom link will be emailed to participants via the evite (see below).
Join other new tutors and learn more about HCT and our program, meet our staff and have all your questions answered!
Following the orientation session is our Fall Training led by HCT staff and teachers from our schools. Learn valuable techniques for engaging and supporting your student. We hope to see you there!
10 – 10:35AM OR 7 – 7:35PM
New Tutor Orientation: If you have not tutored with us, this session covers everything you need to know to get started with a student!
10:45 – 11:30AM OR 7:45 – 8:30PM
Tutor Tips Training: Interactive and fun training on how to make the most out of your tutoring sessions in person or over Zoom. Chance to ask questions following the meeting.
San Carlos Goblin Walk Is Back!
San Carlos Parks & Recreation is excited for the return of Goblin Walk! Children 7 years and under, accompanied by an adult, are invited to Trick-or-Treat down Laurel Street in their costume and visit the businesses displaying the Goblin Walk sign.
The first 1,000 Trick-or-Treaters can pick up a Goblin Walk Trick-or-Treat bag at Harrington Park or from any Goblin Walk volunteer.
For questions please call (650) 802-4382. Planning on going? Let us know on our Facebook Event Page!
Junior Chef Stars is Back! CREATE - COOK - LEARN
Looking for a hands on, tasty activity for your Jr. Chef? Join us this Fall as we provide junior chefs with the tools necessary to create, cook, and learn. Seasons have changed and join us as we celebrate the bounty of fall.
Have your junior chef expand on their cooking knowledge as our curriculum covers nutrition, seasonal cooking, knife skills, the purpose of core ingredients and the many cultural aspects of food all while having a blast and making new friends.
- Where: Brittan Acres Elementary Room: Multi Purpose Room
- Days: Wednesdays
- Time: 3:30 - 4:45pm Dates: October 13 to December 15
- QUESTIONS? 650.898.8742 email@example.com
Parent Education Series
- Worried about substance use at school? Join Eduardo Torres, Senior Prevention Specialist at Prevention Solutions (Hazeldon Betty Ford), for Supporting Your Child’s Healthy Decisions in the Transition Back to School (October 12, Online).
- The San Mateo County Office of Education and SUHSD offer Part 2 of the Community Resiliency Model (CRM)®, a free, two part mental health training open to parents, guardians, and community members (October 13, Online).
- Are your kids safe online? Join Pamela Estes, San Mateo Human Trafficking Program Coordinator, for a conversation about digital safety, Are My Kids Safe? What Parents Should Know About the Online Environment (October 14, Online)
COVID Reminders - Stay Home When Sick and Get Tested
Staying home when sick and getting tested for COVID-19 are two of the most effective ways to keep our community safe. Click here to for more information. Common Symptoms of COVID-19 (CDPH)
If you have any of the symptoms listed above, call your school office to report an illness, stay home, and take a COVID test.
If you need to report a COVID case, please call our District Nurse - Page Pollack at 650-632-8300 (Arroyo Office) or Human Resources at 650-590-5922 if the Nurse is unavailable. For additional information, visit our COVID-19 Resources page and review the SCSD Health & Safety Plan
Please take advantage of the no-cost surveillance COVID-19 testing provided by the San Mateo County Health Department. Sign up at one of the following locations to begin your regular weekly testing:
- Central Middle School (parking lot, under solar structure)
- Tuesdays/Wednesdays 9:00 am-3:00 pm
- Thursdays 1:00 pm-7:00 pm
- Fridays 11:00 am-5:00 pm
- Other Community Based Testing sites in San Mateo County Here
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