BA Blast Newsletter
June 6, 2021
Mark Your Calendar
- Last day of School: June 10 (minimum day)
Cohort A: 8:20-10:00am
Cohort B: 10:50am- 12:30pm
Dear Brittan Acres Families,
Oh, what a year it has been! With the last week of school upon us, I wanted to share my immense gratitude to the entire Brittan Acres community for persevering through a unique set of challenges that we faced together. It is time to celebrate the end of the 2020-2021 school year and all of the growth that came with it. I have many memories to cherish from this year. Our path forward looks bright as we take the very best from what this experience has taught us and apply it to our full reopening in August 2021. I’m so looking forward to opening up fully and in-person in the fall!
Summer Learning Resources
As the end of the school year approaches, families often ask how to support student learning over the summer. Already, you are planning summer experiences that build knowledge, spark curiosity about the world, and help your child gain confidence. Riding bikes, hiking, visiting the public library, playing in the neighborhood, attending summer camp, playing board games as a family, and safely traveling outside of our city builds knowledge and a sense of wonder. Reading books and discussing them together develops rich language skills and fosters a love of literacy. In addition, the more relaxed summer schedule can be a wonderful time to build independence and confidence at all ages as children learn new skills such as tying shoes and how to contribute to family chores.
If you are seeking tools to boost or maintain academic skills, here is a list of resources and links.
Also, you may want to check the list of Best Apps recommended by Common Sense Media and the following apps will be accessible through Clever over the summer for your student:
Raz-Kids / Learning A-Z
Freckle will expire July 31st (3rd Grade only)
Reflex - expires July 31
As we close out the 2020-21 school year, there are many mixed feelings about this unprecedented year. In the end, the support of our entire community and hard work by parents and teachers helped our students move forward in their academic journey. Please continue this work over the summer to help prepare students to return to a more traditional school year with full time in-person teaching in the fall. I wish you a wonderful summer full of new memories and time with your family!
Suzanne Fast - Principal
2021 Dates to Remember
Appreciation For Our BA Community From Your Principal
We did it! And when I say, “we”, I mean all of us! We couldn’t have done this last year without families taking on new roles of teacher, as well as our amazing Brittan Acres teachers who really stepped up, challenging themselves in new ways of teaching and engaging students, our support staff who were there every step of the way, our custodial staff who stepped up their cleaning routine to new heights, Dianne Mack, our office secretary who took on FeverFree and contract tracing, our new campus supervisors, keeping our kids happy and safe on the playground, our PTA who organized many community activities to keep us connected, our amazing parent volunteers who kept our parking lot moving and kids safe and distanced, and of course our Brittan Acres students who also had to learn new ways of doing school and staying engaged, as well as learning to develop increased ownership of their learning.
BA Summer Reading Challenge Reminder
Don't forget about our very own BA Summer Reading Challenge. Students keep track of the number of books read over the summer on this reading log. During the first week of school in August, turn in your reading log to Mrs. Fast for Bear Hugs, books, and other prizes
A Message From Your PTA Presidents
The end of this crazy school year also marks the end of our time as your PTA presidents and at Brittan Acres. As challenging as it has been, it has been an honor to play a leadership role in this great community. Because we believe so strongly in what we have here, we ask for your patience while we reflect a bit on the great traditions that make BA special, and the amazing community that not only kept them going but helped them thrive during this strange time.
The purpose of the PTA is to create community and to advocate for our kids and schools. Covid only made it more urgent (and more complicated) that we find ways to come together. Through the determination and creativity of our PTA community we found a way to deliver our signature events like Walk-a-Jog, Holiday Boutique, Pumpkin Contest, Book Fair, and End of Year Celebrations. And through the generosity of all our parents we continued to support our teachers, educators, and others in the community through classroom stipends and scholarships.
There are so many people who go above and beyond, and through their efforts make BA a great place. In addition to all the amazing parent volunteers we called out last week, we’d like to recognize the dedication of some other indispensable members of our community. We wish Dr. Harmeier all the best as she heads off on her next adventure and thank her for all her work on behalf of our schools. Mrs. Mack, who on top of everything else, now has the unenviable task of calling those of us who forget to do FeverFree, thank you! Principal Fast, you’ve been an amazing partner and a steadying influence through these crazy times, thank you! And of course, the incredible BA teachers; thank you for helping to make our kids the people we want them to be.
Looking ahead we are hopeful for a more normal year next year. There is an impressive group of volunteers already signed on to lead the PTA, including your new presidents Kristen Carlson and Melissa Schmidt. This team is looking forward to sustaining our traditions but is also laying the groundwork for new initiatives and investments in our school that will benefit everyone.
We wish you a wonderful summer of rejuvenation and reconnection with those you’ve been missing. And we thank you for being the secret sauce that makes San Carlos schools a place of which we’re all proud.
Stephanie & Theresa, PTA co-presidents
P.S. If you’ve read this far (kudos to you), you obviously value the Blast. So please join us in thanking the amazing team of Nheeda Enriquez, Sarah Mijts, and Jenny Goines who make it happen every week.
Support the Bruin Village in 2021-22
The PTA is looking for help for next year, and we have LOTS of different ways to get involved. Some of our needs are things that we can get a jump on over the summer, so take a look and see what you think you can do to support. Some of these events may look a bit different next year, but we're planning for them to happen if possible.
Family Socials for Incoming Arroyo Students
Connecting students and families together is more important than ever after this school year!
The Arroyo Central PTA is planning some optional socials throughout the summer to bring families together to meet and socialize before we are all back together this fall. These socials may include: grade specific park hangouts, parent nights out, food truck lunch meet-ups or harvesting our Arroyo garden.
Please let us know if you would like to receive an email with all of the final details over the summer by submitting your email address here.
Welcoming New Families to BA
After a year of social distancing, we’re looking forward to rebuilding our school communities next fall. As a parent or caregiver, do you remember your first day in the San Carlos School District?
Administrators do a great job of disseminating nuts-and-bolts information, and children naturally bond with their teachers and classmates while at school. But parents can feel a little untethered, especially if they are coming in during the middle of the school’s grades, like 2nd grade in a K-3 school.
We are inviting Brittan Acres families to reach out to a new family that is joining our school next fall. It can be as simple as an email that offers to answer First Day of School questions, or something more, like a playdate or parent-to-parent coffee date.
If you can volunteer to reach out to someone, please fill out this form! You will be provided with a sample email, and contact info for the family once they opt in to be contacted. Let’s reach out, and show the newcomers what it means to be #sancarlosstrong!
*Connections Families, we'd love to welcome you to BA if your child did not come to the BA campus this year. :) Please fill out this form if you'd like to have another family reach out.
In a year of unknowns and frequent pivots YOU helped us in our work to support students at every San Carlos public school. Thank you for believing in SCEF and showing up for our students this year by participating in our first annual Read-A-Thon, Virtual Gala and online auction, and the Make It Happen in May campaign. You donated, employers matched, community members pitched-in, local businesses sponsored, and new developments and companies committed to sustain the public schools in San Carlos.
We appreciate every single contribution that gets us closer to our $3 million goal. Please check the draft donor roll to review your donations to SCEF this year (fiscal year ending 6/30/2021) and if there are any errors or omissions please let Scott Cleaveland know. You can make a gift to support the 2021-22 school year.
We Love our Sponsors
As we end the school year, we wanted to say a final thank you to these businesses that supported SCEF during this challenging year: Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Premia Capital and Prince St. Properties, The Partners at DWELL--Bob Bredel, Laura Bertolacci, Alana Corso, Tatum Clarke & Joyce Romeo, Black Mountain Properties, CB Showers, CA Water Service, Chang Orthodontics, Lyngso Garden Materials, Peninsula Chemical Company, Tavarez Orthodontics, Veev, County Consumer Plumbing, John McAfee-State Farm Insurance, Northwall Builders, Sutter Health/Palo Alto Medical Foundation, Roberts Market, Scenic Scapes, Bow Wow Meow-San Carlos, Kindercourt and Murphy Music School. Special thanks to our many in-kind donors including Wendy Wood Design, TOWN, Moquin Press, Representative Jackie Speier, Da Vinci Marble and all of the businesses who donated to our auction. For a list of the many businesses who donated to our auction, and support SCEF year-round, click here.
2021-2022 School Year Calendar
The calendar for the 2021-2022 school year was approved at the Board meeting on Thursday, May 20. The SCSD Calendar is the official calendar for the school year for all schools (except San Carlos Charter), and includes all start and end dates, official holidays, and in-service teacher workdays. Please visit our Calendar page to download a copy.
Nursing notes: COVID-19 Protocol Reminders for All Families
Please keep your child and all siblings home if anyone in your household is sick.
Please remember to contact your school site if someone in your household tests positive for COVID-19 or if your child has been in close contact with someone diagnosed with COVID-19. Our district nurses are here to help support you in understanding quarantine lengths and ways for getting your student back to school as quickly as possible within the county health guidelines.
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.
San Carlos Parks & Rec
The City of San Carlos Youth Center is preparing to resume the After School drop-in program in the fall when school starts. As we move closer to re-opening, we value parent input and would appreciate your feedback by completing our survey. To complete the survey. We appreciate you taking the time to share your thoughts with us!
Community Foundation of San Carlos 21-Day Social and Racial Equity Challenge
The Community Foundation of San Carlos would like to invite you to take part in a 21-Day Social and Racial Equity Challenge in the month of June. This 21-day challenge was created as an educational and self-reflection tool by Eddie Moore Jr. and Debby Irving, renowned diversity and equity professionals. The challenge has now been adapted across the country in agencies and institutions to provide a self-guided process to learn, reflect and take action on racial and social justice topics. The Community Foundation has adapted it to include some resources and topics of interest for our local community. The City of San Carlos has endorsed the challenge. Mayor Laura Parmer-Lohan, City Manager Jeff Maltbie, and Police Chief Kristina Bell have already accepted this challenge.
For 21 days during the month of June, you will undertake one action each day, usually reading an article or watching a short video, to further your understanding of power, privilege, oppression and equity. Each day will address a specific topic and includes multiple challenge options for you to choose from (an average of 15 minutes per day) and additional “Other Resources” if you wish to continue exploring the topic further. We provide you with a reflection log for you to jot down and process your thoughts along the way. T
here are many ways to organize the challenge. We leave it up to you as to how you will structure the timing for your group. Possibilities include:
- 21 days straight (e.g. June 1-21 or June 5-26)
- Five weekdays (weekends off to catch up) for 21 days
- Three days on, two days off, etc throughout the month
- Everyone goes at their own pace but agrees to finish by June 30
- Reflection done weekly, upon completion of the challenge, or however you decide
The challenge can be taken individually, as a group within an organization or as a group of friends. Many of our CFSC Board members and volunteers undertook this challenge together in late 2020 and benefited greatly from this engaging learning experience. It can be a powerful tool to help examine values and goals and encourage dialogue on these important topics.
Our website has all of the materials you will need to begin. If you have questions or would like to chat more about the process, please contact 21DayChallenge@sancarloscf.org
San Carlos-Belmont After School is proud to be providing a summer camp program, Kamparama, on all four elementary school campuses in San Carlos this summer. Enrollment is limited due to CDC guidelines but openings are still currently available.
Children from 4 ½ to 11 years old are welcome to join in the weekly activities that include arts and crafts, outdoor games, water slides weekly and themes to tie it all together.
Kamparama opens at 8:00 am each day and will end at 5:00 pm. Drop offs and pickups are any hours between those times.
We will be preparing healthy and delicious lunches and snacks daily for the kids, one less job for busy parents. We’ll also have a visit from the ice cream truck each week, just to sweeten the day!
Kamparama will provide a fun, safe environment for kids this summer just as it has for 40 years. We invite you to check out our web site for more information and/or to register.
Legarza Summer Camps
Legarza Basketball, All-Sports, and Volleyball programs give children the knowledge and motivation they need to achieve their personal best in sport and life. Our program is tailored to help your young athlete succeed on and off the court in a safe, professional and encouraging environment of learning and fun.
Summer programs are now enrolling at www.legarzasports.org.
We will be offering morning, afternoon, and all day programs weekly from June through August. We are also currently offering $100 scholarships to families needing additional financial support to attend our summer programs. Those interested in receiving a scholarship can contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
REDISCOVER SUMMER FUN Camp Galileo for Pre-K – Rising 8th Graders
Galileo's award-winning camps engage kids in the perfect mix of hands-on learning and unforgettable fun, thoughtfully redesigned for 2021. Small groups and safety protocols keep every Galilean safe. Engaging art, science and outdoor challenges deliver the innovation-igniting experiences kids love. Flexible enrollment policies make planning stress free. It all comes together for a joyful summer.
Limited enrollment—sign up now! Save $25 per week before May 3rd! When you book for 3 weeks you’ll save $175, that’s $25 per week, plus $50 savings for weeks two and three. Optional extended care.
- Dates: June 14 - July 30, 2021
- Location: Brittan Acres Elementary School
Steve & Kate's Summer Camp
At Steve & Kate’s Camp, kids take chances and take charge, shaping their day, their way. More choices and fewer expectations creates more possibilities, more self-trust, and less self-doubt.
Campers will choose an interest-based, pod-like group, called a Squad. At camp, children will gather with their fellow enthusiasts to immerse themselves in activities, or pursue projects with an emphasis that speaks to their tastes. Squad specialties include sewing, building, performing arts, coding and gaming, sports & recreation, or a mix of everything!
Within squads, campers decide what they want to do, with whom, and for and how long. Whether one is spending the day sampling all activities, or honing in on sewing skills to redesign their entire wardrobe, one thing is for sure: kids are in control.
Campers will also have the opportunity to enjoy outdoor classes, socially distanced indoor and outdoor recreation, performances, fan-favorites like Gameshow, gaga, and wacky or wet inflatables, and a circuit of rotating activities featuring arcade games, clay, sewing, and more.
We’ve also got plenty of perks for parents. Lunch and snacks are included daily, and there’s no risk if your plans change. At the end of the summer, if you have any leftover purchased Day Passes, we’ll refund them in full, automatically.
- Dates: June 14 - July 30 - Summer 2021
- Ages: Ages 4-12
- Location: Arundel Elementary School.