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June 7, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Return Chromebooks to school, June 8-11
  • Last day of school!, June 11
    3rd grade Car Parade, 10 - 11AM

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

As I sit here reflecting on my first year at Brittan Acres, there were so many wonderful memories and it is bittersweet that we have to end it while on distance learning. I truly felt welcomed by this community and we have braved the roller coaster of a year together. I want to thank all of our Brittan Acres’ parents, students, staff and teachers for all the work that has been accomplished over the last few months. We don’t know yet what next year will look like but I know that this community will come together and support each other and make sure that our students continue to grow both academically and socially.

Our talented and professional staff members will be working behind the scenes to collaborate with each other in the grade above/below and in grade level teams to ensure that we address any learning loss that may have occurred as a result of this pandemic. We continue to work on identifying ways to support our students and any essential standards that will need to be targeted as well upon our return in the fall. In these dynamic times, we are trusting in the work that the SCSD Opening Up Schools Task Force began last week as many Brittan Acres staff members and families are lending a hand to be a part of this approximately 135 member team. The task force plans to meet weekly until a solid plan is in place.  Please continue to look for important updates throughout the summer both from me and from Dr. Harmeier about returning to school in August.

Summer Learning

June is upon us and summer is right around the corner. Many of you have asked about how to maintain skills and learning levels throughout the summer. We have compiled a list amongst the P-3 schools that allows you to pick and choose what works best for your child. Take a look at all of the summer resources listed here and keep the learning alive! 

I am so excited to share that the San Mateo County Library Summer Learning Challenge has started! Even though the doors are still closed at this time, our county librarians have been determined to keep books in the hands of children in concert with our very own amazing librarian, Mrs. Ha. I do hope that you have enjoyed the many books that Mrs. Ha has lovingly read aloud as only she can during this distance learning timeframe. 

Check out this message from our local public library: 

Summer plans and activities may look different this year, but our annual Summer Learning Challenge continues! The challenge begins Monday June 1 and runs through August 31. The Summer Learning Challenge is a fun (and FREE) way to engage children, families, and adults by challenging them to read, explore new activities, and learn new skills, all summer long! 

All youth with SMCL library cards will automatically be included in our Summer Learning Challenge and will have a chance to win one of 12 $1,000 college scholarships! For information on our new Virtual STEAM Camp, Summer Learning Showcase celebrations, and how to participate in the Summer Learning Challenge, click here.

As always, many thanks for taking the time to stay connected by reading through this edition of the Brittan Acres Blast. I wish all of our families a wonderful and relaxing summer break.

Kind Regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten:  Saxon (Room 3)

  • 1st Grade: Gray (Room 6)

  • 2nd Grade: Lucca (Room 10)

  • 3rd Grade: Gibson (Room 13/14)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week.

I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

 

Chromebooks

 

Many of you borrowed Chromebooks to help with distance learning and these will need to be returned to the school prior to Brittan Acres closing for the summer. These can be returned this between 10AM-12PM. If these dates and times don’t work for you, please contact Principal Fast or Mrs. Mack to arrange a different drop-off time.

 

From Ms. Ha: Book Returns and Book Club

A big round of applause for all those that have turned in your books. We still have over 200 books out. Please drop off at BA during normal school hours. There will be a book bin outside the office door.

If you happen to find your books over summer, hold them and bring them in next school year.

Thank you to everyone who has joined the Zoom Book Club. It's been a lot of fun, we shared great book reviews, suggested reading, and laughs. I'm gonna miss you guys!

 

Urgent - Advocate to Preserve School Funding in the CA Budget

Governor Newsom proposed a state budget that includes a 10% cut to funding for public schools. This works out to a loss of about $1,230 per student! A cut of this magnitude would devestate our schools. Earlier this week, state Assembly and Senate leaders proposed an alternate budget that preserves funding for K-12 education. Please take action now to show your support for this alternate budget. Lawmakers must pass an operating budget by June 15, so make your voice heard ASAP

 

PTA COORDINATING COUNCIL - Summer Help for our Families

Many thanks to everybody who participated in the PTA Coordinating Council gift card drive to support our SCSD families. It has been a huge success and we have handed out all of the donated gift cards to approximately 50 district families in need! We also secured generous grants from the Rotary Club and the Community Foundation of San Carlos, allowing us to shift to grocery delivery services for our families. We will be offering the program through the summer (or until funds are depleted) to continue to support families who are still navigating COVID-related challenges.

  • To get support, click HERE
  • To donate gift cards, click HERE 

Our recipient families have been overwhelmed by the compassion of our community. Kudos for truly making a difference in their lives through your kindness and generosity.

 

Sign Up Now to Volunteer Next School Year

While none of us know exactly what the school year will look like next year, we are hopeful that we can hold many of the events that make BA so special. Volunteers like you make our events and programs possible and next year will be no different. There are lots of roles - both large and small - to fill. Please explore the open roles and sign up now. Our Bruin Village is counting on you!

 

Summer Reading Resources

Let's keep reading all summer long! Our San Carlos Library invites you to join the latest 2020 Summer Reading Challenge. Click here to print a virtual reading log. When purchasing books this summer, consider shopping from Scholastic using our school link. Brittan Acres is rewarded 25% of all sales made through this site all summer long.

 

SCEF News

You did it!

We asked for your help to “Make it Happen in May” and SCEF could not be more thrilled to report that the $2.8 million goal has been reached! Thanks to our generous donors and sponsors who have shown us once again the power of our community to make a difference. In these unprecedented times with looming budget challenges, SCEF is committed to continuing it’s fundraising efforts.

The anticipated reductions in California State Funding will be deeply and swiftly felt without the financial support of our community. Any donation received before June 30th will be used in the 2020-21 school year. SCEF works to ensure that we do not fail our kids. If we all do our part as a community, and give what we can, all of our children can continue to thrive with a solid public education. Every donation will make a difference in the lives of our students. Let’s see how far we can go together.

Please donate TODAY. Learn more about budget cuts to California public school funding.

Some Good News-San Carlos Edition

A big thank you to the video class at Central and their teacher Nick Lamb for reporting the Good News in San Carlos. All 6 episodes can be seen here:

New fundraiser: Treats for all ages

Check out the recently added SCEF Sell-abration "Tastes Like Summer!"

 

District News

Pandemic Food Assistance Available

COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available soon. Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to community ‘to-go” meals. Learn more about these below.

 

Community Corner

Parent Education Series

The Parent Education Series is a leading provider of high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. The organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues-mental health, substance use, social media, and more-that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens. Check out the Parent Education Series video library of parent education workshops and presentations.
Learn more on the Sequoia High School website.

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is here and you still have time to complete it. Even if you misplaced it you can still complete it online or by phone 844-330-2020. #EveryoneCounts #SmcCounts

 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Brittan Acres PTA.  Join the Bruin Village.

Want to have your information included in an upcoming issue of Blast?  Submit it here.

May 31, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Return chrome books to school: June 8-11
  • Last day of school: June 11

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

I wanted to take an opportunity to thank all of our parents, on behalf of the students and staff at Brittan Acres, for volunteering so generously during the past school year. I know your time is valuable, and your willingness to contribute some of that valuable time to Brittan Acres shows your commitment to the well-being of your child and all of our students. The contributions you have made by helping out in your child’s classroom, coordinating and running all of our wonderful PTA Events, tutoring through Healthy Cities, volunteering during STEAM, and being room parents have really made a difference in our students’ educational experience this year. In addition, you have made a tremendous impact over the past few months becoming teachers to your own children. As you know, students, staff, and parents here at Brittan Acres enjoy a warm, caring community that fosters the highest standards of academic, social, and emotional growth. The efforts of volunteers like you are a vital part of that community. I can’t thank you enough for all the time you spend helping. It does not go unnoticed and is one of the reasons I love our Brittan Acres community! 

Farewell to our 3rd Graders
Although we are ending the school year virtually, we want to make sure our 3rd graders have a chance to say good-bye to Brittan Acres, and especially to their teachers and staff.

So, we are having a 3rd Grade Promotion Parade on June 11th! Participation is for 3rd grade families only.

In order to do this safely, we must adhere to strict protocols set by San Mateo County Health Department.

  • During the entirety of the gathering, every participant must remain in a fully enclosed motorized vehicle parked at least six feet apart from other vehicles

  • Occupants of the vehicle must be members of the same household

  • No one may exit a vehicle

  • If car windows are open, occupants must wear face coverings

  • Motorcycles, convertibles with the top open, vehicles with no doors, or bicycles are not permitted

3rd grade teachers and other staff members will be in front of the school on Belle Avenue between 10-11AM on June 11th.  Please come at any time during this one hour window. 

Please follow these guidelines to ensure safety for all:

  1. Decorate your car and have your child wear their 3rd grade T-shirts.
  2. Turn onto Belle Avenue from Cordilleras so that you are on the correct side of the street.
  3. Do not turn onto Belle from Tamarack as you will be on the other side of the street.
  4. Pull briefly into the drop-off lane to have your child wave to their teacher and view the marque board which will have a special message just for our 3rd graders.

We look forward to enjoying a celebratory moment with your student on June 11th!

Kind Regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten:  Annie (Room 4)

  • 1st Grade: Dia (Room 6)

  • 2nd Grade: Jose (Room 10)

  • 3rd Grade: Shane (Room 13/14)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

If you would like to hand out a bear hug to your child at home, here is a Bear Hug that parents can hand out if you catch your child being respectful, responsible or safe!

 

Chromebook Returns

Many of you borrowed Chromebooks to help with distance learning and these will need to be returned to the school prior to Brittan Acres closing for the summer. These can be returned the week of June 8th between 10AM-12PM. If these dates and times don’t work for you, please contact Principal Fast or Mrs. Mack to arrange a different drop-off time.

 

Get Your Library Books In

A big round of applause for all those that have turned in your books. We still have over 200 books out. Please drop off at BA during normal school hours. There will be a book bin outside the office door. Thank You!!!!

 

Sign Up Now to Volunteer Next School Year

While none of us know exactly what the school year will look like next year, we are hopeful that we can hold many of the events that make BA so special. Volunteers like you make our events and programs possible and next year will be no different. There are lots of roles - both large and small - to fill. Please explore the open roles and sign up now. Our Bruin Village is counting on you!

 

Yearbook Orders and Custom Pages are due by June 11th

Capture your child’s special memories by ordering your yearbook today! If you already ordered your yearbook, customize your child’s two Free Pages by the due date to capture their own story this year! Also, your child can send and receive signatures to/from their school friends to be included in their custom pages. Please visit BA’s Website below for detailed information and instructions.

 

Book Club With Mrs. Ha on Wednesdays

Come join us every Wed at 12:30 via Zoom. Please email Mrs. Ha for meeting log in info I'll read a story, we will chat about what you are reading, talk about books, be prepared to share something about your favorite books, and maybe even do a book review! See you Wednesday!

 

SCEF News

Thank you to everyone who has helped to Make it Happen in May! We are getting close to meeting our $2.8M fundraising goal for the 2020-21 school year. In these unprecedented times with looming budget challenges, SCEF is committed to continuing it’s fundraising efforts to help our schools. The anticipated reductions in California State Funding will be deeply and swiftly felt without the financial support of our community. Every donation will make a difference in the lives of our students. Let’s see how far we can go together. Please donate today online at https://www.scefkids.org/donate/. Learn more about budget cuts to California public school funding at http://www.scefkids.org/news/.

 

District News

Upcoming School Board Meetings - Honoring Retirees and Budget

The SCSD Board of Trustees will be honoring our retiring staff members at the next Board meeting Thursday, June 4, 7:00 pm. This long standing tradition is especially important this year, given that traditional celebrations are an impossibility at this point. The Board had a presentation on the District's third interim budget at their May 28 meeting.  View the presentation here. On June 4, the Board will also be discussing the draft budget for next school year which will include staffing and program reductions of approximately $2,000,000 ($2M) due to the COVID-19 crisis and revenue losses from this year and next. Even with those reductions, the draft budget will likely not meet the necessary State reserve requirements due to a need to address an approximate $3,000,000 ($3M) million shortfall due to additional State funding cuts of 10%. You can watch the meeting via YouTube here.  You can share a public comment by sending an email to publiccomment052820@scsdk8.org.

Pandemic Food Assistance Available

 

COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available soon. Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to community ‘to-go” meals. Learn more about these below.

 

Community Corner

In celebration of Pride Month, Parks and Recreation is challenging the San Carlos community to "Spread the Rainbow" for the month of June!

Create a rainbow and place it in your front window, take a photo and use the hashtag #spreadtherainbow to celebrate the diversity of San Carlos and the pride we have for our community. How to participate: - Create or print out a rainbow and hang it in the front window of your home or business for the month of June. - Encourage your neighbors to join in on the fun! - Explore your neighborhood, while practicing social distancing, and count how many rainbows you can find. - Use our rainbow tracker to keep track of how many rainbows you spot. - Make sure to take photos during your hunt, use #spreadtherainbow and tag us @scparksandrec. - For a rainbow template and more info, visit cityofsancarlos.org/spreadtherainbow. Thanks for helping to celebrate diversity in the City of Good Living!

Parent Education Series

The Parent Education Series is a leading provider of high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. The organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues-mental health, substance use, social media, and more-that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens. Check out the Parent Education Series video library of parent education workshops and presentations.

Learn more on the Sequoia High School Website:

Safe Routes to School Resources

The San Mateo County Office of Education Safe Routes to School has put together a resource page for families. Visit the page to find ideas for kids to remain safe and active when walking and rolling.

Free Live Stream Access to View ANGST Documentary

Sequoia Healthcare District is offering free live streaming access to the documentary ANGST: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety. ANGST features candid interviews with kids and young adults who suffer, or have suffered, from anxiety and what they’ve learned about it. The film includes discussions with mental health experts about the causes of anxiety and its sociological effects, as well as help, resources, and tools.  More information can be found here. 

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is here and you still have time to complete it. Even if you misplaced it you can still complete it online or by phone 844-330-2020. #EveryoneCounts #SmcCounts

 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Brittan Acres PTA.  Join the Bruin Village.

Want to have your information included in an upcoming issue of Blast?  Submit it here.

May 24, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Day School Holiday, May 25

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

As we think back on this year, there are many memories that we will remember - some good and unfortunately, some not so good.  I have heard from many parents that home schooling is getting harder. I am so proud of all of our teachers, parents and students for making this transition to distance learning. It was not something that we ever imagined happening but our community came together to make it as successful as possible. 

This time of year is always a difficult time for many of our students as the last few weeks of school bring out a variety of emotions.. Because of physical distancing measures, students and teachers are missing many of the activities and rituals that usually mark the end of the school year, such as field trips, grade level celebrations, and reflections activities. Students are also missing the opportunity to say goodbye to friends in person. These end of year activities are important to provide closure and are often a rite of passage before moving on to the next grade. This is especially true for our 3rd graders as they make the move to another campus next year at Arroyo. 

During this difficult time and with only 3 weeks left of school, we want to make sure that our students have an opportunity to experience community, connect and feel a sense of closure before heading off for the summer. Starting next week, teachers will begin to slow down on assigning academic work and direct instruction and instead focus on activities to help students reflect on the past school year and celebrate their school community. This will be different for each teacher, as they each have their own way of closing up for the year, but I would expect there will be activities such as games, talent shows, memory books, and themed zoom meetings to focus on community.

Looking towards 20-21

We do not yet have a specific plan for the 20-21 school year but we are working on gathering all relevant information from county and state health and government offices. As Dr. Harmeier discussed previously in her email to the community, we will use the San Mateo County Office of Education “Return to School Framework” to provide us with health and policy guidance.  Some important aspects of opening up school include:

  • Schedules and facility use/cleaning

  • Teaching and learning in and out of school

  • Technology support for every student and teacher

  • Social, emotional and mental health of students

  • Health and hygiene

  • Mitigating learning loss and meeting students where they are

  • Preschool and Before / After school programs

The district put together an “Opening Up Schools” working group, composed of parents and staff that will meet weekly and will help research and contribute to answering essential questions about how our community would like our schools to work for us starting in August so that we can open up and keep all students and teachers safe. 

I’m hopeful that we can get back to seeing students on our campus in August!

Kind Regards,

Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Chromebook Returns

Many of you borrowed Chromebooks to help with distance learning and these will need to be returned to the school prior to Brittan Acres closing for the summer. These can be returned the week of June 8th between 10AM-12PM. If these dates and times don’t work for you, please contact me (sfast@scsdk8.org) or Mrs. Mack (dmack@scsdk8.org) to arrange a different drop-off time.

 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten:  Connor (Room 7)

  • 1st Grade: Momo (Room 8)

  • 2nd Grade: Sole (Room 15)

  • 3rd Grade: Elayna (Room 13/14)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

If you would like to hand out a bear hug to your child at home, here is a Bear Hug that parents can hand out if you catch your child being respectful, responsible or safe!

 

Book Club With Mrs. Ha on Wednesdays

Come join us every Wed at 12:30 via Zoom. Please email Mrs. Ha for meeting log in info I'll read a story, we will chat about what you are reading, talk about books, be prepared to share something about your favorite books, and maybe even do a book review! See you Wednesday!

 

Yearbook Orders and Custom Pages are due by June 11th

Capture your child’s special memories by ordering your yearbook today! If you already ordered your yearbook, customize your child’s two Free Pages by the due date to capture their own story this year! Also, your child can send and receive signatures to/from their school friends to be included in their custom pages. Please visit BA’s Website below for detailed information and instructions.

 

SCEF News

With our schools facing state budget cuts, your gift to SCEF is more important than ever before. SCEF is $250,000 away from our $2.8 million fundraising goal - that’s fewer than 200 gifts at the per student ask! If you have the capacity to donate now, please help us fund educator positions and whole-child programs for next school year. While our request is $1,500 per student, any and all gifts make a difference! Donate today online at https://www.scefkids.org/donate/. Learn more about budget cuts to California public school funding at http://www.scefkids.org/news/.

 

District News

Pandemic Food Assistance Available

COVID-19 Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) benefits will be available soon. Children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals can get up to $365 in food benefits in addition to community ‘to-go” meals. Learn more about these P-EBT food benefits: 

 

Community Corner

Parent Education Series

The Parent Education Series is a leading provider of high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. The organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues-mental health, substance use, social media, and more-that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens. Check out the Parent Education Series video library of parent education workshops and presentations.

Learn more on the Sequoia High School Website:

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is here and you still have time to complete it. Even if you misplaced it you can still complete it online or by phone 844-330-2020. #EveryoneCounts #SmcCounts

 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Brittan Acres PTA.  Join the Bruin Village.

Want to have your information included in an upcoming issue of Blast?  Submit it here.

May 17, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Memorial Day School Holiday, May 25

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families, 

It is hard to believe we only have four weeks left of school. May is Mental Health Awareness month, which encourages us to ensure that we are creating an oasis of calm in this chaos. Mindy Hill, our SCSD Health and Wellness coordinator, has compiled numerous resources

 
 to support your family through this crisis. I especially found this curated collection of links
 
 useful from the San Mateo County Health Office. This article
 
 from NPR also shares some wonderful tips for parents as we continue to navigate this tumultuous time. 

 

Our school counselor, Ms. Arasato, has been busy not only working 1:1 or in small groups with students but also compiling resources to help all families. Social Emotional Lessons are hosted on our distance learning portal: SCSD Distance Learning Portal - BA Specialists’ Page. Ms. Arasato has also been working on creating additional resources: Ms. Arasato’s Website. I encourage you to take advantage of these resources as our students’ social emotional health is our top priority during this difficult time.

 

When the weight of the world is upon us, helping others and reaching out with acts of kindness can heal the soul. Neighbors Helping Neighbors is running a project called Gratifying Greetings. They are asking people to create greeting cards both for first responders and also for seniors/disabled people who are homebound. You can read more about the project here.

 

The cards for seniors will be delivered by Peninsula Volunteers. They have a few restrictions on the cards for their group that are in the PDF in the link above (no names, no mention of religion, no jokes, and no macaroni or glitter).  Cards for first responders can be anything.

Cards can be dropped at any of the locations below. We are hoping this will be fun and uplifting for both the participants and recipients. Current  drop-off locations:

  • Cordes South:   279 Vine St  (white box on the green bench to the left of the front door)
  • Devonshire Canyon: 251 Coronado Ave San Carlos (box outside front door)
  • North Portage:   6 Camborne Ave.
  • White Oaks: 124 Garnet Avenue

Kind Regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Supply Pick-Up Times

If you missed your child’s classroom pick-up time, please contact Diane Mack to arrange a time to pick up your child’s materials and drop off library books this week.

  • Muscat (Rm 6): Mon 5/18, 2 -4 pm
  • Layten (Rm 11): Tue 5/19, 1 -3 pm
  • Logie (Rm 7): Wed 5/20, 1 -3 pm
  • Liner (Rm 21): Fri 5/22, 12 - 2 pm
  • Melton (Rm 5): Fri 5/22, 2 -4 pm
 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten: Claire (Room 3)

  • 1st Grade: Sadie (Room 9)

  • 2nd Grade: Lilah (Room 19)

  • 3rd Grade: Dana (Room 5)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

If you would like to hand out a bear hug to your child at home, here is a Bear Hug

 
 that parents can hand out if you catch your child being respectful, responsible or safe!

 

 

Book Club With Mrs. Ha on Wednesdays

Come join us every Wed at 12:30 via Zoom. Please email Mrs. Ha for meeting log in info I'll read a story, we will chat about what you are reading, talk about books, be prepared to share something about your favorite books, and maybe even do a book review! See you Wednesday!

 

Sign Up Now to Volunteer Next School Year

While none of us know exactly what the school year will look like next year, we are hopeful that we can hold many of the events that make BA so special. Volunteers like you make our events and programs possible and next year will be no different. There are lots of roles - both large and small - to fill. Please explore the open roles and sign up now. Our Bruin Village is counting on you!

 

Staff Appreciation Month

The staff appreciation committee has planned several activities this month to honor our amazing teachers and staff. They have worked so hard to provide stability during this very challenging period. We have put together the following plans for the month to show our thanks.

Staff Appreciation Lunches
BA teachers will be coming in to clean out their classroom throughout the month. We will provide each teacher lunch from the local restaurant Toss and a gift bag with a handmade mask and cookies on the day they come to campus.

Donation to Second Harvest 
We have made a donation in the name of the Brittan Acres Teachers & Staff to Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest plays a vital service in feeding our community, now more than ever.

Thank you Slideshow 
Teachers have put in so much effort to adapt to distance learning. Each class is working on a slideshow with contributions from each child. We would like to finalize the slideshow this week so please add your child’s contribution to the slideshow sent by the room parent as soon as possible. Please ask your room parent if you have any questions. We also encourage all parents to send teachers notes, letters, emails, or texts with words of thanks throughout the month. Let’s make sure they know how much we appreciate them!

 

Yearbook Orders and Custom Pages are due by June 11th

Capture your child’s special memories by ordering your yearbook today! If you already ordered your yearbook, customize your child’s two Free Pages by the due date to capture their own story this year! Also, your child can send and receive signatures to/from their school friends to be included in their custom pages. Please visit BA’s Website below for detailed information and instructions.

 

SCEF News

California public school funding is taking a hit as a result of COVID-19. Please read about the most recent budget update here

 
. These cuts make SCEF’s role imperative to maintain the well-rounded, whole child education we expect in San Carlos. If you have the capacity to donate now, we ask for your help to raise the final $350,000 needed to fulfill our grant to the District and help fund educator positions and programs for next school year. PLEASE go online NOW to make a donation.
 

District News

Board Study Session - Budget Discussion May 21, 7:00 pm via Zoom

The COVID-19 crisis is negatively impacting the SCSD budget, requiring reductions in staffing and programming next year. You are invited to attend the next school board meeting on Thursday, May 21, 7:00 pm to learn more about the Governor’s May Budget, hear about possible reductions in SCSD, and provide input to the school board.

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom Tuesdays

Looking for a way to connect your child with their friends? Come join the San Carlos Youth Center staff for some after school fun during our drop-in program via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities all designated to connect your child with their peers! Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email.

If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso.

Parent Education Series

The Parent Education Series is a leading provider of high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. The organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues-mental health, substance use, social media, and more-that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens.

Check out the Parent Education Series video library of parent education workshops and presentations - https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCt-IoSXVF_U2_R0zDaefG3Q

 
 Learn more on the Sequoia High School Website - https://www.seq.org/STUDENTS--PARENTS/Parent-Resources/Parent-Education-Series/index.html
 

 

Census 2020

The 2020 Census is here and you still have time to complete it. Even if you misplaced it you can still complete it online

 
 or by phone 844-330-2020. #EveryoneCounts #SmcCounts

 

 

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May 10th, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • PTA Meeting, May 13, 3pm (via Zoom), Agenda
 

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

This week was bittersweet for teachers. The love and appreciation that came from families for teacher appreciation week was fantastic. We can’t thank the community enough for coming together and finding the time to recognize the hard work teachers put in each and every day. The small gifts of gratitude, lunches, notes of appreciation, and donation to the Food Bank in their name all made an impact. An extra thank you goes out to Erika Nelson and her team for helping to arrange all of the teacher appreciation activities. Please know that these small acts of kindness make a difference. 

On the other hand, this week was also a reality check in realizing that we would not be going back to school this year. Teachers began the process of clearing out their classrooms and having parents pick up students' materials. There is a lot of sadness that we have to end our year this way and although distance learning will continue until June 11th, we miss the hugs, handshakes, and smiles from our students.

Here is a photo collage that our teachers put together for our students to show our appreciation.

I also want to recognize that we feel a lot of appreciation for our parents. We are in this situation together. None of us can do it alone and during this unprecedented time, it truly “takes a village to raise a child.” We know that many of you are juggling jobs in addition to helping your child with their schoolwork and we recognize how difficult this transition has been for many of you. We also recognize the uncertainty of the future. We don’t know what school will look like in the fall and this creates a lot of anxiety. Just as we have pivoted with distance learning, together, we will tackle whatever restrictions are in place. In general, children are much more resilient and flexible than adults, and they will adjust to these changes as we continue to focus on core academics and the social-emotional well-being of our students as we look towards the 20-21 school year.

In this same theme, I want to share with you an article written by one of the teachers in San Carlos. It is title "Slow Down and Breathe!

 

Kind Regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

Supply Pick-Up Times

You will be receiving communication from your classroom teacher about the specific date and time for picking up student supplies.  When coming to school, please follow the following social distancing guidelines:

  1. Wear a face mask when approaching the school.
  2. One parent at a time, enter through the gate by the library.
  3. Drop off any library book in the bin outside the library.
  4. Pick up your child's bag on the tables set up outside the library - Any medication that needs to be picked up will be placed in your child's bag. 
  5. Look to see if any items in the Lost and Found belong to you. 

Mrs. Fast, Mrs. Mack, or Mrs. Ha will be on-site during this time in case you have any problems picking up your child's belonging.  If you are unable to come during your child's scheduled classroom time pick-up, please contact Mrs. Mack, to arrange an alternative time for pick-up.  If you still have a Chromebook at home, we will arrange drop off for Chromebooks in early June. This week's schedule:

  • Erwig (Rm 1): Mon 5/11, 12 -2 pm
  • Chan (Rm 10): Mon 5/11, 2-4 pm
  • deBuren (Rm 8): Tue 5/12,12 -2 pm
  • Roslin (Rm 9): Tue 5/12, 2-4 pm
  • Corea (Rm 15): Wed 5/13, 1-3 pm
  • Edgington (Rm 2): Thur 5/14, 1-3 pm
  • Hawkins/Lansing (Rm 13/14): Fri 5/15, 11-2 pm
  • Zillmer (Rm 12): Fri 5/15, 2-4 pm
 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to our grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten: Christopher (Room 2)
  • 1st Grade: Marc (Room 8)
  • 2nd Grade: Saoirse (Room 15)
  • 3rd Grade: Mark (Room 12)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

If you would like to hand out a bear hug to your child at home, here is a Bear Hug

 
 that parents can hand out if you catch your child being respectful, responsible or safe!

Sign Up Now to Volunteer Next School Year

While none of us know exactly what the school year will look like next year, we are hopeful that we can hold many of the events that make BA so special. Volunteers like you make our events and programs possible and next year will be no different. There are lots of roles - both large and small - to fill. Please explore the open roles and sign up now. Our Bruin Village is counting on you!

 

Book Club With Mrs. Ha on Wednesdays

This week we had our first ever book club meeting. We had 18 participants, plus some little brothers and sisters!!! Come join us every Wed at 12:30 via Zoom. Please email Mrs. Ha for meeting log in info I'll read a story, we will chat about what you are reading, talk about books, be prepared to share something about your favorite books, and maybe even do a book review! See you Wednesday!

 

Second Harvest Donation

This week the BA community made a $600 donation in the name of the teachers and staff of Brittan Acres Elementary School to Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest provides vital services to our community, which are particularly important in times like these. To learn more about Second Harvest please check them out.  Thank you BA teachers and staff for suggesting this wonderful gift, your selfless generosity is a great example to us all! Staff Appreciation Team.

Staff Appreciation Month

The staff appreciation committee has planned several activities this month to honor our amazing teachers and staff. They have worked so hard to provide stability during this very challenging period. We have put together the following plans for the month to show our thanks.

  • Staff Appreciation Lunches: BA teachers will be coming in to clean out their classroom throughout the month. We will provide each teacher lunch from the local restaurant Toss and a gift bag with a handmade mask and cookies on the day they come to campus.
  • Donation to Second Harvest: We will be making a donation in the name of the Brittan Acres Teachers & Staff to Second Harvest Food Bank. Second Harvest plays a vital service in feeding our community, now more than ever.
  • Thank you Slideshow: Teachers have put in so much effort to adapt to distance learning. Each class is working on a slideshow with contributions from each child. We would like to finalize the slideshow this week so please add your child’s contribution to the slideshow sent by the room parent as soon as possible. Please ask your room parent if you have any questions.

We also encourage all parents to send teachers notes, letters, emails, or texts with words of thanks throughout the month. Let’s make sure they know how much we appreciate them!

 

Capture Your Child’s Memories In This Year’s BA Yearbook!

Order Yearbook NowWe have extended the deadline for BA’s yearbook orders and custom pages to June 11th to give families extra time to order, personalize and complete the yearbook! We are using TreeRing’s online platform to design and order which makes it easy to complete the process while at home.

The yearbook will include 70 printed general school pages and 2 free custom pages that will be printed only in your child’s book. If you don’t personalize the two custom pages, you can still order a memorable BA standard yearbook. Since school will be closed, final yearbooks will be printed and shipped to each student’s home directly from TreeRing by the end of July. 

Here are some additional details:

  • Price: $20.00 (for soft cover) plus $2.99 shipping fee for new orders.
  • Shipping Instructions: If you’ve purchased your book already, please enter your home address by logging into your TreeRing account, select “My Order” and edit the delivery address from BA to your home address by clicking your “Order Number”. For new purchases, you can enter your shipping address upon ordering.
  • Custom Pages: Students can design their custom pages in their yearbook, so they can be the star of their own yearbook and tell their own story. Custom pages can include any photos, messages and even have friends sign yearbook online.
  • We Need Your Photos for the Yearbook: The yearbook team would like to ask all parents to help us gather Brittan Acres school and classroom related photos by uploading into TreeRing’s Shared Photo Folders – we have set up folders for each classroom and school related events. This would help us capture many events and kids’ special moments into the yearbook. Thank you!
  • For 3rd Grade Parents: it’s a BA tradition to include a baby photo of every graduating student in our yearbook. If you’d like your child to be included in this fun tradition, please send your child’s baby photo to ruzanna25@outlook.com by June 11th.

For additional details and instructions, please visit BA’s Yearbook web page: • If you have any questions, please contact Ruzanna or Alyssa

 

Your help is needed to Make it Happen in May

Your SCEF donation is especially important this year because of the severe budget reductions we are facing as result of Covid-19. Acknowledging this difficult time, we ask for your help to raise the final $500,000 needed to reach our goal. Your contribution will enable SCEF to provide the San Carlos School District & San Carlos Charter School with grants that will help fund educator positions and programs for next school year.

Make it Happen in May by going online now to make a donation. If you give through your workplace giving please let us know as it can take 8 to 10 weeks for us to receive word of your donation. Thank you for your support.

Community Corner

Virtual Parent Education Events

The Parent Education Series is a leading provider of high-quality education for parents, students, educators, and community members. The organization has reached over 70,000 attendees on critical issues-mental health, substance use, social media, and more-that impact the health, safety, and well-being of children and teens. Check out the Parent Education Series video library of parent education workshops and presentations - Learn more

 
 

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom

Looking for a way to connect your child with their friends? Come join the San Carlos Youth Center staff for some after school fun during our drop-in program via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30 pm - 4:10 pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities all designated to connect your child with their peers! Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email. If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso.

Census 2020

Congratulations San Mateo County residents, we have the highest 2020 Census response rates in the entire state of California!

But we need EVERYONE to respond and be counted. Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier. If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information.

 

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May 3rd, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • SCEF Day, Wed. May 6

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

It is Teacher Appreciation Week! The PTA has some fun activities planned to honor our teachers and say “thank you” for the incredible work they do every day. Their dedication to providing such a well-rounded curriculum is praiseworthy. We are very fortunate to be in the care of these amazing teachers and I am so excited for them to be showered with love and gratitude this week! 

“Everyone who remembers his own education remembers teachers, not methods and techniques. The teacher is the heart of the educational system.” – Sidney Hook

In order to honor how hard our teachers have been working to plan for distance learning, we recently came to an agreement with our San Carlos Teachers Association that will support teachers in their distance learning efforts through the final weeks of school. In this agreement, we agreed that teachers would have access to six hours of preparation and planning time each week. This augments our current agreement around planning time. Most teams have already started to integrate this time into their weekly schedules. The time can be taken in a single block (one full day), or in chunks spread throughout the week. Times will ultimately be chosen by grade level teams and if there's any change to existing schedules, they will communicate the specifics with you.

SCEF DAY is May 6th 
This week our school calendar includes SCEF Day. Traditionally, this is a day when we wear green and wave flags to bring attention to the work of the San Carlos Education Foundation.   

Founded in 1982, the Foundation and its board of parent volunteers work each year to raise funds to support key positions and programs not possible with state funding alone. Their mission is to support equity across the district and benefit every child, every day in every classroom.

The role of SCEF is more important this year than ever before. The Coronavirus has and will continue to negatively impact school funding next year. The whole-child programs you have come to expect would not be possible without SCEF and SCEF would not be possible with you.

Wednesday May 6, is SCEF Day. Since we won’t be on campus, please consider brightening your front door/yard and celebrating our schools with green decorations! Color a “flat ed” and place it in your window to show your support. 

 

The SCEF board wants me to let you know that, due to the budget challenges in our district, they are asking donors who are able to make donations, of any amount, to consider giving by May 31, 2020. This will provide the school board with the most up-to-date information as they develop budgets for next school year. Learn more.

 

Thank you for your consideration, your patience and partnership this year as we navigate distance learning. 

Kind Regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Supply Pick-Up Times

You will be receiving communication from your classroom teacher about the specific date and time for picking up student supplies.  When coming to school, please follow the following social distancing guidelines:

  1. Wear a face mask when approaching the school.
  2. One parent at a time, enter through the gate by the library.
  3. Drop off any library book in the bin outside the library.
  4. Pick up your child's bag on the tables set up outside the library - Any medication that needs to be picked up will be placed in your child's bag. 
  5. Look to see if any items in the Lost and Found belong to you. 

Mrs. Fast, Mrs. Mack, or Mrs. Ha will be on-site during this time in case you have any problems picking up your child's belonging.  If you are unable to come during your child's scheduled classroom time pick-up, please contact Mrs. Mack, dmack@scsdk8.org to arrange an alternative time for pick-up.  If you still have a Chromebook at home, we will arrange drop off for Chromebooks in early June. 


This week's schedule:
5/6 - Mencher: 12-2pm
5/7 - Mecchi: 1-3pm
5/8 - Lee:  1-3pm

Thank you all -
Suzanne.

 
 

May Day Walk

Thank you for sharing your pictures of the May Day walk on Friday!  It was great to see so much community spirit. The flowers and signs absolutely made our day! What a wonderful way to begin this new month. Below are just a few pictures highlighting the event.

 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to the following grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten: Grayson (Room 7)
  • 1st Grade: Lila (Room 6)
  • 2nd Grade: Addison (Room 15)
  • 3rd Grade: Laney (Room 5)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

If you would like to hand out a bear hug to your child at home, here is a Bear Hug

 
 that parents can hand out if you catch your child being respectful, responsible or safe!

 

 

Help Shape the '20/21 BA Experience

The PTA needs your input as we plan for the 2020/21 academic year. Please complete a short feedback form to let us know what you think of the programs your PTA sponsors. In the event we need to modify our offerings next year, your feedback will help us prioritize those programs and events that you value most.

 

SCEF News

SCEF is grateful to the teachers, educators, administrators and support staff who nimbly responded to the impact of Covid-19 on our schools. We salute you on this Teacher Appreciation Week! Make it Happen in May SCEF is working to raise the final $600,000 needed to reach our $2.8M goal. Your continued support makes it possible to provide our schools with grants that will help fund educator positions and programs that benefit every child in every classroom. Reaching the goal in May allows us to assure our school district and school board that our grant will be in place for next school year before they finalize the budget in mid-June.

DONATE by going online now. If you donate through workplace giving please let us know as it can take 8 to 10 weeks for us to receive word of your donation. Have your own SCEF Day!

Brighten up your front door/yard and celebrate our schools with bright green decorations! Color a “flat Ed” and place it in your window. Take a picture of your decoration celebration and email to somegoodnews@scefkids.org

 

 

Capture Your Child’s Memories In This Year’s Brittan Acres Yearbook!

We have extended the deadline for BA’s yearbook orders and custom pages to June 11th to give families extra time to order, personalize and complete the yearbook! We are using TreeRing’s online platform to design and order which makes it easy to complete the process while at home.

The yearbook will include 70 printed general school pages and 2 free custom pages that will be printed only in your child’s book. If you don’t personalize the two custom pages, you can still order a memorable BA standard yearbook. Since school will be closed, final yearbooks will be printed and shipped to each student’s home directly from TreeRing by the end of July. 

Here are some additional details:

  • Price: $20.00 (for soft cover) plus $2.99 shipping fee for new orders.
  • Shipping Instructions: If you’ve purchased your book already, please enter your home address by logging into your TreeRing account, select “My Order” and edit the delivery address from BA to your home address by clicking your “Order Number”. For new purchases, you can enter your shipping address upon ordering.
  • Custom Pages: Students can design their custom pages in their yearbook, so they can be the star of their own yearbook and tell their own story. Custom pages can include any photos, messages and even have friends sign yearbook online.
  • We Need Your Photos for the Yearbook: The yearbook team would like to ask all parents to help us gather Brittan Acres school and classroom related photos by uploading into TreeRing’s Shared Photo Folders – we have set up folders for each classroom and school related events. This would help us capture many events and kids’ special moments into the yearbook. Thank you!
  • For 3rd Grade Parents: it’s a BA tradition to include a baby photo of every graduating student in our yearbook. If you’d like your child to be included in this fun tradition, please send your child’s baby photo to ruzanna25@outlook.com by June 11th.

For additional details and instructions, please visit BA’s Yearbook web page: • If you have any questions, please contact Ruzanna or Alyssa

 
 

District News

Enrollment Confirmation for 2020-2021
Please Complete the Intent to Attend Form

Each spring, we ask families for assistance in completing an Intent to Attend Form regarding your child's enrollment for the next 2020-2021 school year. Please look for an email from the school your child will attend next year. If your child is currently in 3rd or 5th grade, they should have received an email from their new upper elementary or middle school. The email will contain the link for your school's form. Your timely completion of this form will assist SCSD in having the most accurate numbers for returning students for the 2020-2021 school year, which is directly tied to the SCSD budget and will allow the District in planning for staffing needs more effectively. Please fill out one form for each child by Monday, May 4 (deadline extended). 

After completing this form, you will receive an email from powerschool.com in early May that will provide you with specific directions on how to complete the registration process online including a link to access the InfoSnap portal, as well as a special ID number for your student, referred to as the “Infosnap Code." Thank you for your assistance with this important process.

 

 

SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Now Open!

Registration for new students to attend the SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse for the 2020-2021 school year has opened! Access the registration page using this link

The SMARTE program is dedicated to enriching children's lives after school. We provide a fun, safe and welcoming place to spend time each day. Programs are available to students at our four elementary schools - Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather and White Oaks. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. See our SMARTE Clubhouse website for more information

 

Join us today for our Preschool and/or SMARTE After School Virtual Programs

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your kids NOW, while you're working from home? Come join the SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse!

SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse
Students will have real-time interaction with our staff via Zoom. We took our most popular activities and created a fun, engaging schedule that includes STEAM activities, music, play, movement, yoga/meditation, read alouds, and social interactions with friends. Your child can choose to join us from 10:00 am-12:00 pm (BA Clubhouse) or 2:00 pm-5:00 pm, students can join us for either block of time. The reduced cost is $300/month. Please visit our SMARTE website for more information  or email the SMARTE office at smarteinfo@scsdk8.org

Virtual Preschool
Our preschool program has moved into a virtual Zoom preschool classroom as well. Children are having real-time interaction with their teachers, calendar and weather time, completing fun projects together, singing songs, reading books, dancing and playing. The preschool offers four hours of learning, play and teacher interaction each day. We have multiple teachers per classroom, so the team of teachers will be engaging with students/parents virtually from 9:00 am-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm; and 2:00pm-3:30 pm. The reduced cost is $600/month. If you are interested in joining a virtual preschool classroom, contact Sue Dawley and visit our Preschool website 

 
for more information.

Community Corner

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom

The San Carlos Youth Center will be hosting after school drop-in via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:10 pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities during this time. Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email. If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso

San Carlos Youth Advisory Council (YAC) Diaper Drive

Looking to help out during COVID-19? The San Carlos Youth Advisory Council (YAC) is organizing a Diaper Drive to help local families in need. We are in need of the following supplies: diapers and wipes in original packaging, all sizes welcome. You can donate one of two ways:

  1. ONLINE VIA AMAZON: Visit our Amazon Wish List
     
     is stocked with different diaper and wipe options. All items ship Prime directly to our donation center - please select One Life Counseling (1033 Laurel Street, San Carlos, CA 94070) as the shipping location.
  2. IN PERSON: Contact-free drop-off will be available from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9th. A drop off bin will be located at the front of the San Carlos Youth Center (1001 Chestnut Street)

For more information, visit: bit.ly/yacdiaperdrive

 
. If you have questions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso cmatoso@cityofsancarlos.org or Lora Simakova lora.p.simakova@gmail.com.

 

Emergency Childcare Survey Essential Workforce

Many parents in our community are essential workers, and we want to connect you with organizations that are providing emergency childcare if that is a need you have. The Childcare Coordinating Council (4Cs) is centralizing the planning and sharing out of these resources. Please complete this short, 8-question online survey to be connected to 4Cs’ child care resource and referral staff who will help you find emergency child care.

You may receive this survey more than once. Please complete one per family.
Link to the Survey

 
 

 

For definitions of the essential workforce for each sector, please refer to the State Public Health Officer's designated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

 

 

For questions about this survey or emergency child care for essential workers, please email covidresponse@sanmateo4cs.org.

Census 2020

Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier! If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page for more information 

 

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April 26, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Coffee Chats w/ Arroyo Principal for 3rd Graders: April 27 (8:30am & 7:00pm)
  • SSC Meeting, April 28
  • May Day Flower Walk, May 1

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

One of the great joys of being part of the Brittan Acres community is the traditions that have been in place for many years. One of these traditions is May Day. Typically on May 1st, students come to school with an assembled paper basket and bouquet of flowers and classes hand deliver the bouquets to houses in the neighborhood. It's such a nice tradition that builds community between the school and the people who call the Brittan Acres neighborhood home.

In lieu of our traditional May Day flower deliveries and due to COVID-19, we thought it would be a fun idea to have a schoolwide May Day walk.  All students are welcome and encouraged to participate in this community building activity.  The idea is that students color the bouquet or draw flowers and display on their windows on Friday, May 1, by 10:00am. Families can then go on a neighborhood walk and look for flowers in the windows.  There will be a Google Picture album, which will be shared with you on Friday morning, where you can upload pictures of students participating in this activity. The students will get an opportunity to look for flowers and the local community can see them on their daily walks as well. It will be a nice way to kick off May, get outside, and connect with others on a socially distant level.

Classroom Clean Out
Starting the week of May 4th, teachers will begin returning to campus to clean out classrooms for the year. Teachers will be unavailable for Zoom calls and will be delayed in responding via email while they are on campus. Each teacher will communicate with you which days they plan on cleaning. Your child will still have work to do during this time.

As part of the clean out, teachers will be gathering up all student materials that need to go home and placing them in bags for you to pick up. These pick-ups will be staggered along a 3 week window so that parents and teachers can follow social distancing guidelines. Unfortunately, we will not be able to coordinate same day pick up of belongings for siblings. Each class will have a specific time for pick up in order to allow for social distancing. I will send more information on this next week.

At the same time that you are picking up your child’s materials, we will ask you to please bring library books back to campus. There will be bins set up outside the library for you to deposit any BA library books. 

Intent to Return
I am hopeful that we will be returning to campus to see the incredible growth that has taken place in the upcoming school year. As we plan for the 2020-2021 school year, you received an Intent to Attend form last week that will help us make staffing decisions and be prepared for welcoming your child back to campus. Here is another opportunity to complete this form by the deadline. 

Please click on this link and fill out one form for each child by May 1, 2020. 

 

As always, thank you for taking the time to stay connected. 

Kind Regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Bear Hug Winners of the Week

Congratulations to the following grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten: Finley (Room 2)
  • 1st Grade: Rhydian (Room 8)
  • 2nd Grade: Atticus (Room 15)
  • 3rd Grade: Annie (Room 13/14)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior while distance learning!

If you would like to hand out a bear hug to your child at home, here is a Bear Hug that parents can hand out if you catch your child being respectful, responsible or safe!

 

Online Book Fair - Ends Sunday 5/3

Now is the time to stock up on books and learning materials for distance learning and summer break. All orders will ship directly to your home, with book-only orders over $25 shipping for free. Share our link with friends, family and neighbors, as anyone can shop the 6000+ book selection, while supporting our school! 

Please shop using this link to ensure that 25% of all order totals are rewarded back to our school library.

 

Help Shape the '20/21 BA Experience

The PTA needs your input as we plan for the 2020/21 academic year. Please complete a short feedback form to let us know what you think of the programs your PTA sponsors. In the event we need to modify our offerings next year, your feedback will help us prioritize those programs and events that you value most.

 

BA Site Council Meeting: Tuesday, April 28

Our next School Site Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 28. Come learn about our school from the instructional program view along with our themes and priorities for the school year. Site Council meetings are open to the public, and all are invited to join the conversations. The meeting will be held virtually via Zoom. Please contact Suzanne Fast if you are interested in receiving the Zoom link to the meeting.

Agenda at a Glance: Distance Learning and Panorama Survey

Agenda
 
 

Capture Your Child’s Memories In This Year’s Brittan Acres Yearbook!

We have extended the deadline for BA’s yearbook orders and custom pages to June 11th to give families extra time to order, personalize and complete the yearbook! We are using TreeRing’s online platform to design and order which makes it easy to complete the process while at home.

The yearbook will include 70 printed general school pages and 2 free custom pages that will be printed only in your child’s book. If you don’t personalize the two custom pages, you can still order a memorable BA standard yearbook. Since school will be closed, final yearbooks will be printed and shipped to each student’s home directly from TreeRing by the end of July. 

Here are some additional details:

  • Price: $20.00 (for soft cover) plus $2.99 shipping fee for new orders.
  • Shipping Instructions: If you’ve purchased your book already, please enter your home address by logging into your TreeRing account, select “My Order” and edit the delivery address from BA to your home address by clicking your “Order Number”. For new purchases, you can enter your shipping address upon ordering.
  • Custom Pages: Students can design their custom pages in their yearbook, so they can be the star of their own yearbook and tell their own story. Custom pages can include any photos, messages and even have friends sign yearbook online.
  • We Need Your Photos for the Yearbook: The yearbook team would like to ask all parents to help us gather Brittan Acres school and classroom related photos by uploading into TreeRing’s Shared Photo Folders – we have set up folders for each classroom and school related events. This would help us capture many events and kids’ special moments into the yearbook. Thank you!
  • For 3rd Grade Parents: it’s a BA tradition to include a baby photo of every graduating student in our yearbook. If you’d like your child to be included in this fun tradition, please send your child’s baby photo to ruzanna25@outlook.com by June 11th.

For additional details and instructions, please visit BA’s Yearbook web page: • If you have any questions, please contact Ruzanna or Alyssa

 

District News

SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Now Open!

Registration for new students to attend the SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse for the 2020-2021 school year has opened! Access the registration page using this link - https://schoolcareworks.com/registration/sancarlos/start_registration.jsp

 
 The SMARTE program is dedicated to enriching children's lives after school. We provide a fun, safe and welcoming place to spend time each day. Programs are available to students at our four elementary schools - Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather and White Oaks. Registration is on a first come, first served basis. See our SMARTE Clubhouse website for more information - https://www.scsdk8.org/apps/pages/SMARTE_Afterschool_Clubhouse
 

 

Preschool and SMARTE After School Virtual Programs

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your kids NOW, while you're working from home? Come join the SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse! SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse Students will have real-time interaction with our staff via Zoom.

We took our most popular activities and created a fun, engaging schedule that includes STEAM activities, music, play, movement, yoga/meditation, read alouds, and social interactions with friends. Your child can choose to join us from 10:00 am-12:00 pm (BA Clubhouse) or 2:00 pm-5:00 pm, students can join us for either block of time.

The reduced cost is $300/month. Please visit our SMARTE website for more information or email the SMARTE office at Virtual Preschool Our preschool program has moved into a virtual Zoom preschool classroom as well. Children are having real-time interaction with their teachers, calendar and weather time, completing fun projects together, singing songs, reading books, dancing and playing.

 

The preschool offers four hours of learning, play and teacher interaction each day. We have multiple teachers per classroom, so the team of teachers will be engaging with students/parents virtually from 9:00 am-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm; and 2:00pm-3:30 pm. The reduced cost is $600/month. If you are interested in joining a virtual preschool classroom, contact Sue Dawley at sdawley@scsdk8.org and visit our Preschool website.

SCEF News

SCEF knows that while fundraising earlier this school year has been strong, we still need to raise $700,000 to meet our $2.8MM goal. We are committed to working with the community to meet our 2019-20 goal and raise as much as we can to support public education in San Carlos. We believe that raising funds to help protect jobs is the most important thing the parent community can do right now. The vast majority of SCEF's annual grant to SCSD funds people--teachers and other educators. The more money SCEF can raise this spring, the more impact we will have to help the district meet its budget obligations --including reducing possible layoffs. If your employer has a workplace giving program, and you are able to give, please consider making a contribution now. Many large companies have recently increased the matching within their program. Or perhaps commit to a monthly amount that helps you achieve your desired annual gift, over time - https://www.scefkids.org/donate/

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom

The San Carlos Youth Center will be hosting after school drop-in via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:10 pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities during this time. Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email. If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso at cmatoso@cityofsancarlos.org.

San Carlos Hometown Days Rescheduled for Aug

After much thought and discussion, the San Carlos Hometown Days Committee has decided to reschedule Hometown Days 2020 from May 15-17 to August 28-30. We are sad that we have to postpone Hometown Days, but felt that this was a fitting decision due to the times and due to the fact that originally HTD was actually held in the fall. We are committed to putting on a great celebration for our 40th Anniversary! We are looking forward to seeing you in the end of August!! Cheers to 40 Years!!!

Emergency Childcare Survey Essential Workforce

Many parents in our community are essential workers, and we want to connect you with organizations that are providing emergency childcare if that is a need you have. The Childcare Coordinating Council (4Cs) is centralizing the planning and sharing out of these resources. Please complete this short, 8-question online survey to be connected to 4Cs’ child care resource and referral staff who will help you find emergency child care.

You may receive this survey more than once. Please complete one per family.
Link to the Survey

 

For definitions of the essential workforce for each sector, please refer to the State Public Health Officer's designated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

 

For questions about this survey or emergency child care for essential workers, please email covidresponse@sanmateo4cs.org.

Census 2020

Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier! If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page

 
 for more information 

 

Camp Galileo Anywhere

Galileo Camps is now offering Camp Galileo Anywhere—a week's worth of FREE activities delivered to inboxes each weekend for families to add to their routine. For an hour each day, kids can engage in engineering and art projects, energizing movement games and live experiences facilitated by expert educators. Plus, all weekly emails are bundled with support for parents and educators by including printable resources, follow-up questions and ideas for self-care. Learn more and subscribe here.

 

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April 19, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • Online Book Fair, April 20- May 4
  • BA Spirit Day, April 24: Take a picture wearing BA gear and share it here
 

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

As we persevere through distance learning, I wanted to share with you that grade levels are collaborating during weekly grade level meetings and staff meetings to ensure that we continue to support your child's education. We are constantly evolving our professional practice to respond to feedback from families, incorporate new approaches to instruction, learn technology tools, and make your student's experience as manageable as possible during this crisis. The grade levels have worked diligently to ensure that each classroom provides comparable distance learning content by providing a weekly/daily template accessible through the SCSD distance learning portal, although it may look different in each grade level to reflect what is developmentally appropriate. 

As each household and student is different, we are striving to create a consistent experience across classrooms in a grade level while balancing the learning approaches that would best fit what needs to be covered before the end of the school year. As each teacher’s technology skills and comfort with online platforms evolve with crisis teaching, we are striving to pilot tools such as video conferencing, Flipgrid, Google Classroom, and SeeSaw to name just a few as fast as we can. During our collaboration times, we share what is working and what would be an effective tool to support distance learning based on feedback from families and user experience analysis. 

Everyone agrees that at-home learning full time is not optimal, and keep in mind the words that Dr. Harmeier shared with you on April 5: 

As I read in an article recently, this is “crisis schooling” not home schooling - we cannot expect parents to become educators overnight, and we cannot replicate the learning experiences our students have in our normal school setting. So, please do not be hard on yourself as a parent, be patient with your children, and know that we appreciate your ongoing gratitude, empathy, and patience for our teachers, staff, principals. We are all dedicated to serving your children through this crisis.

Our staff is committed to supporting your child(ren) through this crisis and is open to working with your family to get through the approximately 8 weeks remaining in the school year. We understand that each family has unique challenges during this crisis and we have tried to create a balanced program that takes this into account.  I encourage you to reach out to your child's teacher for support and feedback so that s/he can collaborate with you to address the issues you are facing at home. We do not expect students to be progressing at the same rate as they would be if they were physically at school. We understand that we will have some “catch-up” to do at the beginning of next year. 

Our staff feels strongly that your child’s social-emotional health should take precedence during this time. I wanted to share this article that a colleague recently posted that really resonated with me and I hope it does with you too.

What if . . . . 
If they cancel the rest of the school year, students would miss 2.5 months of education. Many people are concerned about students falling behind because of this. 

But what if...
What if instead of falling “behind", this group of kids is ADVANCED because of this? 

What if they have more empathy, they enjoy family connection, they can be more creative and entertain themselves, they love to read, they love to express themselves in writing.

What if they enjoy the simple things, like their own backyard and sitting near a window in the quiet.

What if they notice the birds and the dates the different flowers emerge, and the calming renewal of a gentle rain shower?

What if this generation is the ones to learn to cook, organize their space, do their laundry, and keep a well-run home?

What if they learn to stretch a dollar and to live with less?

What if they learn to plan shopping trips and meals at home.

What if they learn the value of eating together as a family and finding the good to share in the small delights of the everyday?

What if they are the ones to place great value on our teachers and educational professionals, librarians, public servants and the previously invisible essential support workers like truck drivers, grocers, cashiers, custodians, logistics, and health care workers and their supporting staff, just to name a few of the millions taking care of us right now while we are sheltered in place?

What if among these children, a great leader emerges who had the benefit of a slower pace and a simpler life to truly learn what really matters in this life?

What if they are AHEAD?

We are all in this together and we will come away stronger.

Kind regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Bear Hug winners of the week

Congratulations to the following students for being our grade level “Bear Hug” winners this week! 

  • TK / Kindergarten: Gavin (Room 4)
  • 1st Grade: Max (Room 8)
  • 2nd Grade: Harper (Room 19)
  • 3rd Grade: Kies (Room 13/14)

Many other students were also recognized as class winners this week. I am so proud of all of our students for continuing to show respectful, responsible and safe behavior at home!

 

Our BA online book fair is starting tomorrow

Now is the time to stock up on books and learning materials for distance learning and summer break. All orders will ship directly to your home, with book-only orders over $25 shipping for free. Share our link with friends, family and neighbors, as anyone can shop the 6000+ book selection, while supporting our school! 

Please shop using this link to ensure that 25% of all order totals are rewarded back to our school library.

 

Capture Your Child’s Memories In This Year’s Brittan Acres Yearbook!

We have extended the deadline for BA’s yearbook orders and custom pages to June 11th to give families extra time to order, personalize and complete the yearbook! We are using TreeRing’s online platform to design and order which makes it easy to complete the process while at home.

The yearbook will include 70 printed general school pages and 2 free custom pages that will be printed only in your child’s book. If you don’t personalize the two custom pages, you can still order a memorable BA standard yearbook. Since school will be closed, final yearbooks will be printed and shipped to each student’s home directly from TreeRing by the end of July. 

Here are some additional details:

  • Price: $20.00 (for soft cover) plus $2.99 shipping fee for new orders.
  • Shipping Instructions: If you’ve purchased your book already, please enter your home address by logging into your TreeRing account, select “My Order” and edit the delivery address from BA to your home address by clicking your “Order Number”. For new purchases, you can enter your shipping address upon ordering.
  • Custom Pages: Students can design their custom pages in their yearbook, so they can be the star of their own yearbook and tell their own story. Custom pages can include any photos, messages and even have friends sign yearbook online.
  • We Need Your Photos for the Yearbook: The yearbook team would like to ask all parents to help us gather Brittan Acres school and classroom related photos by uploading into TreeRing’s Shared Photo Folders – we have set up folders for each classroom and school related events. This would help us capture many events and kids’ special moments into the yearbook. Thank you!
  • For 3rd Grade Parents: it’s a BA tradition to include a baby photo of every graduating student in our yearbook. If you’d like your child to be included in this fun tradition, please send your child’s baby photo to ruzanna25@outlook.com by June 11th.

For additional details and instructions, please visit BA’s Yearbook web page: • If you have any questions, please contact Ruzanna or Alyssa

 

District News

Measure N Parcel Tax Result

On behalf of the San Carlos School District, we want to thank you for your support of this Measure! We greatly appreciate the community’s support of our students and this investment in their future. We extend a special thank you to the volunteers, campaign contributors, parents, staff, and community members for their endorsement and support of Measure N.

SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse Registration for the 2020-2021 School Year Opens

 new students to attMonday, April 20! We are excited to open registration forend the SMARTE Afterschool Clubhouse for the 2020-2021 school year! Registration will open on Monday, April 20, 2020, at 10:00 am using this link.

 

The SMARTE program is dedicated to enriching children's lives after school. We provide a fun, safe and welcoming place to spend time each day. Programs are available to students at our four elementary schools - Arundel, Brittan Acres, Heather and White Oaks.

Registration is on a first come, first served basis. See our SMARTE Clubhouse website

 
 for more information. 

 

Preschool and SMARTE After School Virtual Programs

Looking for fun and engaging activities for your kids NOW, while you're working from home? Come join the SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse! SMARTE Virtual Clubhouse Students will have real-time interaction with our staff via Zoom.

We took our most popular activities and created a fun, engaging schedule that includes STEAM activities, music, play, movement, yoga/meditation, read alouds, and social interactions with friends. Your child can choose to join us from 10:00 am-12:00 pm (BA Clubhouse) or 2:00 pm-5:00 pm, students can join us for either block of time.

The reduced cost is $300/month. Please visit our SMARTE website

 
 for more information or email the SMARTE office at Virtual Preschool Our preschool program has moved into a virtual Zoom preschool classroom as well. Children are having real-time interaction with their teachers, calendar and weather time, completing fun projects together, singing songs, reading books, dancing and playing.

 

The preschool offers four hours of learning, play and teacher interaction each day. We have multiple teachers per classroom, so the team of teachers will be engaging with students/parents virtually from 9:00 am-10:30am; 11:30am-12:30pm; and 2:00pm-3:30 pm. The reduced cost is $600/month. If you are interested in joining a virtual preschool classroom, contact Sue Dawley at sdawley@scsdk8.org and visit our Preschool website.

SCEF News

Episode 2: Some Good News--The San Carlos Edition

SCEF is proud to present Some Good News--The San Carlos Edition. This is a result of the hardworking teacher Nick Lamb, and students of his video class at Central Middle School. See recent episodes

 
 and other SCEF News.

 

Virtual Starlight Gala - It's not too late to donate

Thanks to everyone who participated in our Virtual Starlight Gala. The response was phenomenal with over $230,000 for the schools. We are grateful to everyone who participated during this uncertain time. While early fundraising has been strong, we still need to raise $700,000 to meet our $2.8MM goal.

If your employer has a workplace giving program, and you are able to give, please consider making a contribution now. Many large companies have recently increased the matching within their program. Or perhaps commit to a monthly amount

 
 that helps you achieve your desired annual gift, over time. We are committed to working with the community to meet our 2019-2020 goal and raise as much as we can to support public education in San Carlos.

 

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Youth Center Zoom

The San Carlos Youth Center will be hosting after school drop-in via Zoom on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:10 pm. Much like drop-in, the Youth Center staff will be running various games and activities during this time. Zoom login information has been sent to all 2019-2020 Youth Center members' parents via email. If you have any questions or activity suggestions, please contact Caitlyn Matoso at cmatoso@cityofsancarlos.org.

San Carlos Hometown Days Rescheduled for Aug

After much thought and discussion, the San Carlos Hometown Days Committee has decided to reschedule Hometown Days 2020 from May 15-17 to August 28-30. We are sad that we have to postpone Hometown Days, but felt that this was a fitting decision due to the times and due to the fact that originally HTD was actually held in the fall. We are committed to putting on a great celebration for our 40th Anniversary! We are looking forward to seeing you in the end of August!! Cheers to 40 Years!!!

Emergency Childcare Survey Essential Workforce

Many parents in our community are essential workers, and we want to connect you with organizations that are providing emergency childcare if that is a need you have. The Childcare Coordinating Council (4Cs) is centralizing the planning and sharing out of these resources. Please complete this short, 8-question online survey to be connected to 4Cs’ child care resource and referral staff who will help you find emergency child care.

You may receive this survey more than once. Please complete one per family.
Link to the Survey

 
 

 

For definitions of the essential workforce for each sector, please refer to the State Public Health Officer's designated list of “Essential Critical Infrastructure Workers.”

 

 

For questions about this survey or emergency child care for essential workers, please email covidresponse@sanmateo4cs.org.

Census 2020

Completing the 2020 Census has never been easier! If you misplaced your 12-digit Census ID or don’t know how to start the process, you still have time. Visit the County of San Mateo - Government's Census page

 
 for more information 

 

Camp Galileo Anywhere

Galileo Camps is now offering Camp Galileo Anywhere—a week's worth of FREE activities delivered to inboxes each weekend for families to add to their routine. For an hour each day, kids can engage in engineering and art projects, energizing movement games and live experiences facilitated by expert educators. Plus, all weekly emails are bundled with support for parents and educators by including printable resources, follow-up questions and ideas for self-care. Learn more and subscribe here.


This newsletter is brought to you by the Brittan Acres PTA.  Join the Bruin Village.

 

Want to have your information included in an upcoming issue of Blast?  Submit it here.

 

April 12, 2020

Upcoming Events

  • BA PTA Meeting, April 15, 3pm (via Zoom), Agenda

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

Our students are excellent at being safe, respectful and responsible while we are together as the expectations are clearly stated, taught, and posted all around the school. As a staff, we took some time this week to refine behavior expectations for our distance learning platforms as we know that children do best when those expectations and routines are clear.

These expectations are laid out for our students in a matrix form, defining what it means to Be Safe, Be Respectful and Be Responsible in various aspects of Distance Learning.  This aligns with our framework of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that we normally have in place at school. Our new Brittan Acres Distance Learning PBIS Matrix is viewable here.   As you engage in social distancing playdates as a class, it would be wonderful to remind your child of these expectations as well. 

 

If you have the ability to print at home, consider posting these expectations near your child’s work space.  You could either use the matrix linked above or these mini-posters for each section. I  would also encourage families to go over these expectations with your child. I will also be reviewing them with students at virtual grade level assemblies for 2nd and 3rd graders and individual class meetings for our TK-1st grade students. 

 

What about “Bear Hugs”, you might ask? Well, I am in the process of creating a digital Bear Hug that can be personalized and emailed to you to celebrate at home. In addition, each Friday, I will use a randomized selection tool to choose one winner from each grade who will be celebrated in the following week’s newsletter! I will email the family of the winning students and find out about a prize preference. Of course, five minutes of extra "recess" may be the clear prize winner, but we also have the following prizes that can be chosen as well: 

  • Read to a sibling, parent, or Mrs. Fast (via video conference)

  • 5 Minutes of extra playtime at home! 

  • Show and Tell with Mrs. Fast (via video conference): Choose something from home to share with your principal! 

Thank you so very much for taking the time to stay connected! If you did not sign up for the Two Stars and a Wish Principal Activity, I added more dates and times so that I can digitally visit with more students. I wish your family all the best always and know that I am here to help in any way to keep your student engaged, connected and supported.  

 

Kind regards,
Suzanne Fast - Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

From the Librarian: Mrs. Ha

Many students still have library books at home that were checked out prior to distance learning starting. With the campus remaining closed for the rest of the school year I ask that you please have the school library books kept in a safe place.

I am working on arranging days and times for you to return these books to a bin outside BA during the month of May. With hundreds of books checked out, it is important to get all of our books returned so students can enjoy them in the coming new school year. I miss you all and hope you are all enjoying my weekly read aloud's.

 
 

Attendance Message and Reminder from Mrs. Mack

Thank you to everyone who makes sure their child is attending each day and submitting attendance by 9am. If your child is not attending distance learning, please let Mrs. Mack know the reason for the absence. This is the same procedure used during in-person school.

 

You can call (650) 508-7307 or email dmack@scsdk8.org to clear your child’s absence. All phone messages are forwarded to Mrs. Mack's email. The attendance tab is on the SCSD Portal on each grade level’s page.

 
 

Our BA online book fair is starting soon!
April 20- May 4

  • Our online store will open on April 20th at this link.
  • Stock up on reading materials for distance learning and summer break, while supporting our school

  • 25% of all sales will be rewarded back to BA

  • All sales ships directly to your home and any book-only orders over $25 will ship for free

 

Parent Resources

The district has created a portal page to help families find support resources or to offer support themselves. Check it out for homeschooling tips, mental health or financial support, and information on how you can help district families in need.

 

District News

Zoom Security

Some parents have inquired about Zoom-bombing and other securities using Zoom.

  • SCSD has our own Zoom account with securities built-in.
  • Our SCSD Zoom invites had embedded passwords.
  • In addition, new securities are in place. Zoom Invites now require passwords. Parents and students will need to become adept at seeing these passwords and using them to enter.
  • Zoom updates now allow teachers to close/lock their sessions after it opens and kids are in to block out any later comers or intruders. Students will now have to enter on time or be at risk of the session being blocked to them. Tardies still count!
  • Zoom bombing was due to people sharing the URL publicly, on sites that anyone can visit, including social media.
  • Teachers are not linking their ZOOM invites to the SCSD portal, which is open to the public. The outside world should never have the links. Parents are being told never to share the links.
  • A DL Behavior Matrix will be coming out soon for all students (and their families!) outlining expectations for participating in DL in a safe and respectful manner. Meanwhile we expect all Brittan Acres students to follow the behavior guidelines that they have learned "at school".

Legarza PE is offering FREE virtual PE classes to our SCSD students!

Here are the instructions about how to access this awesome way to stay active while at home. Click on the logo above to access videos from our coaches! 

 

Miss Cindy has also provided some fun activities for our youngest learners to keep moving! She has also collected some resources for 3-6 years olds as well! Enjoy!

 

All of these resources are organized on this SCSD Portal page.


SCEF News

SOME GOOD NEWS -SAN CARLOS

SCEF is proud to share the first edition of Some Good News - San Carlos, a news program highlighting the helpers, heroes and high points of our shelter-in-place experience.

Inspired by John Krasinski’s YouTube series and the good work happening in our community, SCEF has partnered with teacher Nick Lamb and the Central Videography Team to spread positivity and bring you some good news.
Look for future episodes on the SCEF YouTube channel and share your own silver linings on Instagram with the tag #SGNSC or email them to somegoodnews@scefkids.org.

 

*By sharing content for Some Good News-San Carlos Edition via this email, you are authorizing SCEF to include the images, video or other content in our marketing efforts

San Carlos Educator Innovation Fund

In partnership with SCSD, SCEF launched the Educator Innovation Fund (EIF) Program in December 2014. Since then, EIF funds have gone directly to the classroom implementation of innovative learning strategies aligned with the strategic plan.

SCEF is proud to support our educators as they bring their ideas to life for our students and community. To receive a SCEF EIF Grant, teachers or staff present an idea to the selection committee comprised of teachers, administrators and SCEF representatives.

 

Community Corner

Access from ATT

Now more than ever, it's important to have access to the Internet to stay in‑touch with family, friends, work, and school. That's why AT&T will continue to offer affordable ways to connect. Households with at least one resident who participates in the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP), and in California only, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) recipients, may qualify.

 

This newsletter is brought to you by the Brittan Acres PTA.  Join the Bruin Village.

 

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