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November 3, 2019

Upcoming Events

  • School Holiday, November 11
  • PTA Meeting, November 13: 6:30pm (in the Library) Agenda
  • Ruby Bridges Walk To School Day, November 14
  • Thanksgiving Vacation, November 25-29
 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

This week we will be participating in Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day on November 14th sponsored by the SMCOE Safe Routes to School Program. We will be handing out stickers and buttons to those students who walk, roll, ride, carpool, or ride the bus on this historic day. Ruby Bridges became a symbol of the civil rights movement at age six, when she was the youngest of a group of African American students designated to integrate schools in the American South. On November 14, 1960, her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Ruby was escorted to school by four federal marshals and spent the entire day in the principal’s office as irate parents marched into the school to remove their children. 

The inaugural Walk to School Day in San Mateo County was in 2018. Students from Martin Elementary School in South San Francisco were learning about Ruby Bridges and wanted to celebrate her courage. They advocated to their school board to make November 14 Ruby Bridges Day and were invited to do the same at an SMCOE Board meeting. Their passion caught on and 14 schools across the county participated in 2018. Several districts also passed resolutions. You can learn more about Ruby Bridges and the Walk to School Day initiative on the website.

 

Crossing Guard Update
Thank you all for supporting the Crossing Guard program!  We appreciate all the greetings and goodwill that you show us every day, and really value your patience as our volunteers do our best to get you to work on time while keeping our kids safe.  This week you may have noticed that we've had an addition to our stop signs and bright yellow vests: body cams. While the vast majority of drivers are patient and safe, sadly every so often we have some instances where drivers have put pedestrians in jeopardy.  On suggestion from the sheriff's department, we have started wearing these body cams as a deterrent in hopes that they reduce or even eliminate these occasions entirely. We know this may seem like an overreaction or even an intrusion on those walking, but we're willing to give it a try and see if it makes a difference.  If you have any questions or concerns about this please et Dave Binetti know at dbinetti@gmail.com.  Thank you again for your support of our crossing guard volunteers -- and if you're turning left on Belle don't forget to signal!

Construction Update
On Tuesday, November 12, Cordilleras between San Carlos and Belle will be closed between 8-5. We are going to see some disruption at drop-off but mostly at pick-up time. Please allow extra time and have patience. As a reminder, please do not park in the drop-off/pick-up zones. You must stay with your car at all times so that traffic does not back up onto Cordilleras.

San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office will have patrol units in the area during school drop-off and pick-up to assist with traffic flow and monitor drop-off zones.

Please reach out to me with any concerns that you are seeing at drop-off / pick-up. Our goal is to keep every student safe coming and going from school.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast, Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

BA Holiday Boutique- Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for the BA Holiday Boutique on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.

To welcome in the holiday season, BA family and friends convert the Multi-Use room into our very own Holiday Boutique! This annual tradition allows our students to experience the joy of shopping independently (or with a big kid helper) and choosing gifts for their loved ones. All gift items are hand crafted or assembled by our BA community and priced between $1-$5.

On Saturday morning, the Boutique is for students only--parents are welcome to check out our Book Sale or have a cup of coffee and treat at the Bruin Cafe while their children shop. Our team of Big Kid Helpers (many BA alumni) are on hand to assist younger children with gift selections and budgets. This is a joyful Brittan Acres tradition, but we need your help to make this event a great success!

Check out the boutique flier for more info and some product pics here.

 

Here's how you and your family can participate:

  • Volunteer in the Boutique (set-up, cashier, gift wrapper, shopper helper, etc.)
  • 4th grade and older? Volunteer to be a Big Kid Helper at the Saturday sale.
  • Like to bake? Contribute something yummy for the Bruin Café bake sale.
  • Like to craft? We welcome all handmade gift donations to sell at the Boutique (cards, sewn items, ornaments, etc.).
  • Musician? We're looking for volunteers to play some holiday songs while our students shop.
 

STEANews

The next STEAM session kicks off the week of November 18. Many STEAM subjects still need volunteers, so please consider signing up to help out as often as you can.  Volunteer for specific sessions: Kinder, First, Second, Third

 

Questions? Check out the website

 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

 

November Staff Appreciation Lunch

Our November Staff Appreciation Lunch is this Wednesday 11/13 and it is sponsored by our TK, Kinder and 1st grade classrooms.

If you have children in those grades and haven't signed up yet, now is your chance to bring something and show our staff the love!!!  Drop all items prepped and ready to serve to the BA staff room by 11am on WED 11/13. Thank you!

 

District News

Parcel Tax Community Engagement Meeting - Nov 14

We want to hear from YOU. Please join us for a Parcel Tax Community Engagement Meeting on Thursday, Nov 14 at 7:00 pm the District Office. Learn more about what our parcel tax supports, what happens if we do not renew it and weigh in with your thoughts. We want to hear from our community!

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.

Highlights:

  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents
  • Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District

Please Note - this is a parent only event

 

SCEF News

SCEF Annual Report Delivered

SCEF is delighted to share our 2018-19 Annual Report. Please take a moment to explore the printed copy delivered via USPS or the online version here.

 

Highlights include:

  • SCSD revenue sources and SCEF’s impact
  • Record-breaking $2.67 million in donations
  • $540,000 in matching gifts
  • Financial breakdown of programs supported
  • Leadership Circle, Donor Roll and Business Partners

Thank you to Wendy Wood for the design of our annual report and to photographer Lisa Noble and Your Child as the Face of SCEF auction winners for the photographs. And THANK YOU to all our donors for your generosity and partnership.

Donate stock to SCEF

What’s better than cash? Giving appreciated stock! If you donate stock that has increased in value since you’ve owned it for more than a year – and if you itemize deductions – you can take a charitable deduction for the stock’s fair market value on the day you give it away. You’ll also avoid capital gains taxes on the increase in value over time, which you would have had to pay if you sold the stock and then gave the charity the cash proceeds. Thank you to San Carlos resident Kevin Wolfe and Morgan Stanley for their management of SCEF’s stock donation program. For more information, please contact info@scefkids.org or use the link below.

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Youth Softball

Interested in playing softball this spring? San Carlos Youth Softball is a great way for girls to have some fun, develop skills and build friendships. The 2020 spring rec program is now open for registration. Our program is for girls ages 4+ (as of January 2020) at all skill levels. Teams are formed in January so please sign up soon! Refer a friend new to SCYSA and both of you can get $25 off your registration!

Questions? More information online or email sancarlosyouthsoftball@gmail.com.

What’s All the Buzz with JUUL & Similar Vape Devices?

  • Wednesday, November 20, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Woodside High School, Multi-Use Room (MUR) 199 Churchill Avenue, Woodside

What do parents, students, and educators need to know about JUUL, vaping, e-cigarettes, and vape devices? The Stanford Tobacco Prevention Toolkit offers education to prevent middle and high school students’ use of e-cigarettes and vapes (including JUUL and other pod-based devices). Parents, students, educators, and community members welcome! Free admission and light refreshments. Spanish interpretation will be available. Woodside Parent Education Series events are sponsored by Woodside PTSA, Sequoia Healthcare District, and Sequoia Union High School District.

 

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November 3, 2019

Upcoming Events

  • San Car-less Day, Wednesday November 6
  • STEAM "Look Inside" Week, November 4-8
  • School Holiday, November 11
 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

Wow! Last week was filled with many fun activities for the students. It was great to see so many parents on the upper yard for our annual Halloween parade. I want to thank you for the many ways you continue to make an impact here at Brittan Acres. Joining the PTA, volunteering in classrooms, supporting students at home, and attending events here at school all make such a difference to our students. 

November is here and with it is the end of the Trimester, which officially ends on November 15th. Teachers will be assessing students in reading, writing, and math over the next two weeks to help in preparing Report Cards which will be sent home on November 22nd. 

SCEF Day
Every year the parent-led San Carlos Education Foundation (SCEF) works to raise critical funds to support smaller class sizes (K-3), Field Trips, Science Curriculum, Technology Support and Devices, Music for Minors, Counselors, and a School Site Principal Flex to fund school site needs. This year at Brittan Acres, we are using the SCEF Flex Fund to pay for a STEAM / Makerspace coordinator, technology apps to allow for personalized learning, and playground equipment for the upper and lower playgrounds.

Wednesday, November 6th is SCEF Day. Consider having your student wear green on Wednesday to support SCEF. 

If you haven’t already done so, I hope you will consider making a donation to SCEF. Support from parents is critical to help sustain and enhance the education we provide to our students. You can learn more at www.scefkids.org.

 

 

Pick-Up 
The pick-up area in the middle of the school is becoming too congested at 2:30 and teachers and students are unable to see parents. In order to help with this, we are going to have the students stand on the grass in front of the railing to hopefully prevent the bottleneck that seems to have developed by the gate. If you are picking up your child, please stay down near the sidewalk and this will allow all students to get out of school and safely to the grassy area before being dismissed. 

School Site Council
I’m still looking for several parents interested in joining Site Council.  We meet after school once a month from November to April. If interested, or if you would like more information, please email me at sfast@scsdk8.org.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast, Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Thank You!

The PTA would like to thank Michele Tomas for organizing our incredible Pumpkin Decorating Contest last week, along with all of the parent volunteers. Over 75 students and staff participated in this fun event!

 

 

San Car-LESS Day Is Coming Wednesday November 6th!

Walking, scootering, and biking to school is a great way to improve our community, our environment, and our bodies. In an effort to keep fewer cars on our roads and to encourage healthy habits, we celebrate San Car-LESS Days on the first Wednesday of every month. Please consider leaving enough time in your morning routine to walk, scooter, or bike to school with your child this week, or carpool if driving is required. Every child who participates earns a little "foot" token to

 wear on their backpack. Kids often express pride as their collection grows over the course of the year. Volunteers will be handing out the tokens to those kids who walk, scoot, bike, or carpool to school.

Please contact Tawnya Elrod if you have a student group that wants to participate. Thanks to everyone for helping to improve our school community, our natural environment, and our bodies!

 

STEANews

Our first STEAM rotation has come to a successful close. On Friday you received an email from Principal Fast that recognized this milestone. In case you missed it, the grade-level presentations are linked below. Some classrooms will offer a "Look Inside" the STEAM program during their regular meeting time. Look for your child's classroom information in the linked presentations to learn more: Kindergarten, First, Second, Third

 

The next STEAM session kicks off the week of November 18. Many STEAM subjects still need volunteers, so please consider signing up to help out as often as you can.  Volunteer for specific sessions: Kinder, First, Second, Third

 

SPECIFIC NEED: We need weekly volunteers to sort the Legos boxes for approx. 30-40 minutes for Ms. Corea's STEAM Lego classes. You can volunteer anytime during school hours Monday - Wednesday, before the Thursday Lego sessions. Please come to Room 20! 

Questions? Check out the website

 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

 

BA Holiday Boutique- Volunteers Needed

Volunteers needed for the BA Holiday Boutique on Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7.
To welcome in the holiday season, BA family and friends convert the Multi-Use room into our very own Holiday Boutique! This annual tradition allows our students to experience the joy of shopping independently (or with a big kid helper) and choosing gifts for their loved ones. All gift items are hand crafted or assembled by our BA community and priced between $1-$5. On Saturday morning, the Boutique is for students only--parents are welcome to check out our Book Sale or have a cup of coffee and treat at the Bruin Cafe while their children shop. Our team of Big Kid Helpers (many BA alumni) are on hand to assist younger children with gift selections and budgets. This is a joyful Brittan Acres tradition, but we need your help to make this event a great success!
Here's how you and your family can participate:
· Volunteer in the Boutique (set-up, cashier, gift wrapper, shopper helper, etc.)
· 4th grade and older? Volunteer to be a Big Kid Helper at the Saturday sale.
· Like to bake? Contribute something yummy for the Bruin Café bake sale.
- Like to craft? We welcome all handmade gift donations to sell at the Boutique (cards, sewn items, ornaments, etc.).
- Musician? We're looking for volunteers to play some holiday songs while our students shop.
All sign-up sheets can be found here:

 

SCEF News

SCEF Day Wednesday Nov. 6th - Support Strong San Carlos Schools

SCEF is off to a strong start this school year with robust event participation, solid individual donations and early matches through workplace giving. Your generosity last year enabled SCSD to reinstate library hours and allowed SCEF to increase support of other programs. Help celebrate SCEF Day on Wednesday, November 6 and continue the tradition of supporting our schools. Wear green and DONATE at SCEFkids.org! 

Candy Buy-Back - November 1- 6

Support Your School.  Drop off your Halloween Candy at your school office

  • Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF
  • All candy will be shipped to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude
  • Thank you to local dentists, Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher and Estes Express Shipping. 

Faculty and Friends’ Got Talent!

Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8 at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family and all proceeds benefit SCSD middle school music programs.

Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy, Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers.

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • St. Charles Church in San Carlos
 

District News

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.

Highlights:

  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents
  • Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District

Please Note - this is a parent only event

New Parent Ed Series Begins THIS WEEK

Check out the latest events

 
 and resources added to our Parent Education offerings.
 
RSVP to join a new 6-week course called "The Nurtured Heart Approach" with our own school psychologist, Matt Steinborn.
RSVP
 

Parcel Tax Community Engagement Meeting - Nov 14

We want to hear from YOU. Please join us for a Parcel Tax Community Engagement Meeting on Thursday, Nov 14 at 7:00 pm the District Office. Learn more about what our parcel tax supports, what happens if we do not renew it and weigh in with your thoughts. We want to hear from our community!

 

Community Corner

Welcome Home San Carlos - Nov 7

The San Carlos Community is invited to join a different conversation on housing in the City of Good Living. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative, aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. Our goal is to listen to the community, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of those who live and work in San Carlos.

We are launching a series of engagements to talk about our community’s hopes for the future, focusing specifically on housing and identifying key priorities. A major focus is to connect with community members who are less likely to participate in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. Our first community conversation is scheduled for Thursday, November 7 at the Hiller Museum and will be an informative dialogue about people’s personal experience with housing and their goals and aspirations for the future of San Carlos. Doors will open at 6:15 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and child care will be provided. Because we want this conversation to focus on community perspectives, city staff and elected officials will be present only as listeners. We hope that you can join us!

For more information go to: cityofsancarlos.org/welcomehome

 

 

San Carlos United is Holding Tryouts

San Carlos United is holding tryouts for boys and girls born between 2002 – 2013. All players who attend the tryouts will be evaluated by our coaching staff and considered for San Carlos Soccer Club competitive teams starting spring 2020.

  • Thursday, November 7th @ Highlands Park (5-6PM Girls, 6-7PM Boys)
  • Saturday, November 9th @ Burton Park 1-2PM (Boys & Girls)
  • Sunday, November 10th @ Highlands Park 9-10AM (Boys & Girls)

Please arrive 20 minutes before.

Boys & Girls born 2002 - 2011 NOT currently playing competitive soccer will be contacted by the respective age group and invited to try out at the trainings.

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation & Training for New & Existing Tutors - Nov 7

Join us for our final training this fall and make a difference in the life of a child. Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support.Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend our upcoming training session on Thursday, November 7, 6:30pm-8:00pm at the Clifford School Library (225 Clifford Ave, RWC) to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. 

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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October 27, 2019

Upcoming Events

Halloween Costume Parade and Pumpkin Decorating Contest
October 31, 8:45am

San Car-less Day
Wednesday November 6

School Holiday 
November 11

 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

One of the best parts of my job is being able to see all of the teaching and learning that takes place every day on our campus. I continually see  a focus on the skills and conceptual tools that are critical for 21st Century learners, including the 5Cs: Critical Thinking & Problem Solving, Communication, Collaboration, Citizenship (global and local) and Creativity & Innovation. The 5Cs embody mindsets that are important for our students. The goal is to incorporate the 5Cs into all learning experiences within each grade level.

Here are some examples of how I saw the 5 C’s in action this past week:

Communication: 2nd graders were editing final drafts of their small moment Narrative stories during Writer’s Workshop and sharing “I wonder” thoughts during Reader’s Workshop. Kindergarteners were using sign language to learn the ABC’s during STEAM.

Collaboration: 1st graders were working together to deliver prompts to guess the word during a sight word “Heads Up” game and Kindergartens were reading alphabet word cards to their partners during Phonics Workshop. 

Critical Thinking: 3rd graders were finding clues to figure out the mystery, first as a whole class and then in their own individual books during Reader’s Workshop.

Citizenship: Kindergarteners were learning about taking care of the garden during STEAM.

Creativity: 2nd graders were working on creating Lego vehicles and Kindergarteners were building bird and hamster houses during Makerspace STEAM.  Transitional Kindergarten students explored many different building and coloring options during choice time.

HALLOWEEN

Halloween week is here! This is just a reminder that our Halloween parade will start at 8:45AM on October 31st on the Upper Playground.  Students should come to school in costume with a change of clothes packed in their backpacks. All TK and K students are on Early Bird schedule that day (8:25AM - 1:25PM). 

We want everyone to have a fun and safe Halloween night. Here are some Halloween safety tips

 
 from the San Mateo Sheriff’s Office. We look forward to seeing everyone at school on Friday. Just a reminder, that candy is not allowed at school and should not be packed in lunches. 

 

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL

Are you interested in learning about the inner workings of our school?  Do you have good ideas to share about education? Do you like being a part of the decision making process by contributing to our LCAP? If so, School Site Council is for you. 

Brittan Acres is looking for five parents who are willing to make a two year commitment to School Site Council.  We meet after school once a month from November to April. If interested, or if you would like more information, please email me at sfast@scsdk8.org.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast, Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Thank You for Supporting Your BA PTA!

Thanks to our generous BA community, we are only $5,000 away from our $60,000 PTA fundraising goal. Please help us close the gap to reach our goal by the November 1st PTA fundraising deadline. If your company matches charitable gifts, please consider matching your PTA donation.

It's Not Too Late to JOIN the PTA! When you join the BA PTA, you are also joining the California State PTA, which spearheads educational advocacy in Sacramento. Your Bruin Village donation includes PTA membership or you can purchase your membership separately for $15. So if you’re ready to advocate for great education, please JOIN TODAY!

 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Don’t forget to submit your decorated pumpkin before the Halloween parade at the BA Amphitheater. All pumpkins will need to be labeled with your child’s name, grade, and class room number.

Labels will be available. Pumpkins will be judged on the following categories:

  • Most Adorable
  • Best Traditional
  • Most Original Design
  • Silliest Face
  • Most Unique Shape
  • Scariest
  • Judges Award (Adult group only)

All submissions will receive a special treat! Please pick up your pumpkin by the end of the school day. Please note that any pumpkins left behind after 6:00 pm will be discarded. Questions, contact Michele Tomas.  Want to volunteers and help make this event a success? Please see what’s still available

 
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Don't forget to join us for our all-school Halloween Parade on the upper playground at 8:45am.

 

STEAM!

STEAM is off to a great start! Please consider volunteering, as your help is needed to ensure the program's success. Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: Kinder, First, Second, Third

 

SPECIFIC NEED: We need weekly volunteers to sort the Legos boxes for approx. 30-40 minutes for Ms. Corea's STEAM Lego classes. You can volunteer anytime during school hours Monday - Wednesday, before the Thursday Lego sessions. Please come to Room 20! 

Questions? Check out the website

 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

 

Pre-Order Your Child’s BA Yearbook by October 31st and get 10% OFF!

We are partnering with TreeRing again this year to help plant a tree for every yearbook purchased. Our book this year will be 72 pages, including 2 free custom pages, printed fully in color. The cost is $20.00. Purchase your yearbook now and customize the two pages anytime before the due date of April 16th.
 

 

SAVE THE DATE! BA Holiday Boutique

Friday, December 6 and Saturday, December 7

To welcome in the holiday season, BA family and friends convert the Multi-Use room into our very own Holiday Boutique! The Boutique allows our students to shop independently (or with a big kid helper) for lovingly crafted gifts made or assembled entirely by our BA community. In the coming weeks, we will provide additional details, so stay tuned! Volunteer opportunities can already be found at our signup page.  Questions? E-mail BAHolidayBoutique@gmail.com

 

 

SCEF News

Faculty and Friends’ Got Talent!

Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8 at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family and all proceeds benefit SCSD middle school music programs. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.scefkids.org/events/

 


Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy, Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers.

 

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • St. Charles Church in San Carlos

Candy Buy-Back - Support Our Troops

Support Your School • Drop off your Halloween Candy at your school office • When? Nov 1st – Nov 6th • Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF • All candy will be shipped to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude Thank you to local dentists, Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher and Estes Express Shipping. 

 

District News

New Student Registration

The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period.

New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.

Highlights:

  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents
  • Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District
 

Community Corner

Welcome Home San Carlos - Nov 7

The San Carlos Community is invited to join a different conversation on housing in the City of Good Living. “Welcome Home, San Carlos” is a joint effort between the City and Home for All, a San Mateo County collaborative, aimed at helping our community talk more constructively about the shared challenge of housing. Our goal is to listen to the community, and to hear about the priorities, concerns, and values of those who live and work in San Carlos.

We are launching a series of engagements to talk about our community’s hopes for the future, focusing specifically on housing and identifying key priorities. A major focus is to connect with community members who are less likely to participate in formal civic processes to listen and learn together. Our first community conversation is scheduled for Thursday, November 7 at the Hiller Museum and will be an informative dialogue about people’s personal experience with housing and their goals and aspirations for the future of San Carlos. Doors will open at 6:15 pm and the program will start at 7:00 pm. Light refreshments and child care will be provided. Because we want this conversation to focus on community perspectives, city staff and elected officials will be present only as listeners. We hope that you can join us!

TO RSVP please go to: welcomehomesancarlos.eventbrite.com

 

For more information go to: cityofsancarlos.org/welcomehome
 

 

Free Rain Barrel Installation Workshop - Nov 2

Join us for a FREE rain barrel workshop sponsored by Flows To Bay, the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program. The workshop will be on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos. Help us install a new system for TL, and learn the skills needed to install your own rain barrel system at home! All ages are welcome to participate in the learning and the FUN!

 

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October 20, 2019

Upcoming Events

Picture Retakes
October 25

Halloween Costume Parade and Pumpkin Decorating Contest
October 31, 8:45am

San Car-less Day
Wednesday November 6

School Holiday 
November 11

 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Families, 
 

I had a great time today at the Walk-a-Jog. Looking out over the playground all you could see was a sea of bright yellow shirts. This is a fantastic community event and It was wonderful to see so many families enjoying themselves today. A big thank you to the PTA for organizing and running this annual tradition at Brittan Acres.

Halloween

It’s that time of year again, where the children turn into ghosts and goblins and much, much more.  We will be having our annual Halloween parade on the upper playground starting at 8:45 on October 31st. Students will walk around the playground and show off their costumes to students, parents, and teachers. Afterwards, they will head back to their classrooms for some Halloween festivities until recess time. Please remember to send students to school in their costumes but also send in a change of clothes. Students will change back into regular clothing at recess time so that we can have a productive rest of the day. Also remember no scary masks or weapons of any kind are allowed at the school parade. 

Don’t forget about the pumpkin decorating contest on October 31st and candy buy back program after Halloween!

Lost and Found

Has your child lost a water bottle, sweatshirt, or jacket this year? If so, then please come by and check out our Lost and Found. There is a large quantity of items that keeps growing every day. Items not picked up by winter break will be donated to a local charity. 

School Site Council

Are you interested in learning about the inner workings of our school?  Do you have good ideas to share about education? Do you like being a part of the decision making process by contributing to our LCAP? If so, School Site Council is for you. 

Brittan Acres is looking for five parents who are willing to make a two year commitment to School Site Council.  We meet after school once a month from November to April. If interested, or if you would like more information, please email me at sfast@scsdk8.org.

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast, Principal
sfast@scsdk8.org

 

Walk-A-Jog: Thank You!

 

Thank you Brittan Acres Families, Teachers, and Administrators for making the 32nd annual Walk-A-Jog a huge success! We especially want to thank all the parent volunteers without whom this event wouldn't happen.

Special thanks to the WAJ Planning Committee: David Binetti, Rebecca Bragg, Julie Currie, Tara Berta, Athena Robinson, Kimmie Greene, Pamela Miller, Emil Chan and Laura Cosoanu. The PTA would also like to extend an EXTRA big thanks to our incredible Walk-A-Jog Leaders Lauren Miskelly and Angie Jongejan.

 

WAJ's success was also achieved through its strong partnership with local businesses. The best way to thank our awesome sponsors is to shop with them and visit their websites! 

Please thank the following sponsors the next time you see them:

  • MARQUEE Sponsors: MA Private Wealth and GDA Commercial
  • WAJ Sponsors: Mariana Pappalardo Real Estate, Michael Chang Orthodontics, Dumas Realty, Morrow Meadows, Tatum Clarke, Prima Printing, Ten Toes, CSagum Entertainment, Bianchini's Market, and Junk King.

We would love your feedback! Please take this quick, 4-minute survey, and give us your thoughts! Thank you in advance. For any other questions, please email bawalkajog@gmail.com.

 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Paint it… Decorate it…Carve it!  We are ready to kick-off Halloween with BA’s pumpkin decorating contest! All students and BA staff are welcome to submit their pumpkin before class on Halloween, located outside at the Amphitheater next to the MU. Pumpkins will be judged on the following categories:

  • Most Adorable
  • Best Traditional
  • Most Original Design
  • Silliest Face
  • Most Unique Shape
  • Scariest
  • Judges Award (Staff group only)

We need your help to make this long-standing BA tradition a success! We need help with setup, judging or bringing morning treats. Have questions?  Please contact Michele Tomas. Sponsored by your Brittan Acres PTA!

 

Thank You for Supporting Your BA PTA!

Way to go Brittan Acres! Thanks to our generous BA community, we are 90% of the way to our PTA fundraising goal, ensuring continued support for our many fantastic PTA programs. If you have not made your donation, please help us close the gap to reach our goal of $60,000 by November 1st. Every donation makes a difference!

It's Not Too Late to JOIN the PTA!
Our goal is 100% participation in the BA PTA. When you join the BA PTA, you are also joining the California State PTA, which spearheads educational advocacy in Sacramento. Your Bruin Village donation includes PTA membership or you can purchase your membership separately for $15. So if you’re ready to join the PTA to advocate for great education, please JOIN TODAY!

 

STEAM!

STEAM is off to a great start! Please consider volunteering, as your help is needed to ensure the program's success. Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: Kinder

 
First
 
Second
 
Third
 


Questions? Check out the website
 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

 

Pre-Order Your Child’s BA Yearbook by October 31st and get 10% OFF!

We are partnering with TreeRing again this year to help plant a tree for every yearbook purchased. Our book this year will be 72 pages, including 2 free custom pages, printed fully in color. The cost is $20.00. Purchase your yearbook now and customize the two pages anytime before the due date of April 16th.
 

 

SCEF News

Faculty and Friends’ Got Talent!

Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8 at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family and all proceeds benefit SCSD middle school music programs. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.scefkids.org/events/

 


Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy, Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers.

 

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • St. Charles Church in San Carlos

Candy Buy-Back - Support Our Troops

Support Your School • Drop off your Halloween Candy at your school office • When? Nov 1st – Nov 6th • Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher will donate $1 per pound of wrapped candy to SCEF • All candy will be shipped to our troops overseas as part of Operation Gratitude Thank you to local dentists, Drs. Amin, Chang and Kaher and Estes Express Shipping. 

 

School Board Member Appointment Process

Our Board of Trustees will be interviewing interested candidates to fill the Board vacancy at a special board on Monday, October 21 beginning at 6:00 pm. Once the Board appoints its new member, that person will assume the seat in December and the term of this appointed seat will run through December 2024. For more information on the process, please visit our School Board 

 
page. School Board meetings are open to the public and are held at the District Office - 1200 Industrial Ave, San Carlos at 7:00 pm. Here is the calendar for the Board Meetings for 2019-2020 School Year
 
. All regular board meeting agendas are published three days in advance. 
 

District News

New Student Registration

The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period.

New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.

Highlights:

  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents
  • Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District
 

Community Corner

Chickens’ Ball Variety Show PTA Fundraiser​

Got Talent? Want to raise money for your kids’ music and art programs? Want to have fun? Sign up online and attend auditions October 24 or October 26 at Heather Elementary school. Watch our short video

 
 for all the info you need. www.chickensball.org
 

 

All Aboard to the 12th Annual Transportation Museum — October 27 at Brittan Acres!

Bring your friends and family to the 12th Annual Transportation Museum, an exciting event featuring interactive and educational exhibits and activities related to all kinds of transportation. Guests of all ages can solve a mystery in the museum's air traffic control-themed escape room, participate in an immersive virtual reality experience, play airplane and bus simulators, experience the world's most extreme airports, and more! This year's exhibits range from analyzing the legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad to exploring transit villages in the Bay Area, plus representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, SamTrans, and other local transit agencies. The museum is created and run by Sequoia High School student Andrew Mancini, who attended Brittan Acres and Central. This free event is guaranteed fun for all ages!

This year's museum will take place on Sunday, October 27 from 10-3 in the Multi-Use Room at Brittan Acres. Please enter on Tamarack Avenue through the teacher's parking lot. Feel free to share the event information with others who you think would be interested. For details and more information, visit TheTransportationMuseum.com.

 

Free Rain Barrel Installation Workshop - Nov 2

 

Join us for a FREE rain barrel workshop sponsored by Flows To Bay, the San Mateo Countywide Water Pollution Prevention Program. The workshop will be on Saturday, November 2 from 9:00am-1:00pm at Tierra Linda Middle School, San Carlos. Help us install a new system for TL, and learn the skills needed to install your own rain barrel system at home! All ages are welcome to participate in the learning and the FUN! RSVP: https://www.flowstobay.org/nov2

 
 

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October 13, 2019

Upcoming Events

  • School Holiday Monday, October 14
  • Walk-A-Jog Sunday, October 20, Event Schedule, 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Halloween Costume Parade and Pumpkin Decorating Contest October 31, 8:45am
 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Families, 

We will be participating in the "Great California Shakeout

 
" earthquake drill this Thursday 10/17 at 11:00. Our students will practice "Drop, cover, hold," and then be evacuated to our assembly areas, practicing what we'd do if the emergency didn't allow us to return to classrooms. Brittan Acres staff are working this week on reviewing and updating our Brittan Acres Emergency Plan that describes how our teams work together for our overall safety in an emergency. We are utilizing protocols developed by the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities in San Mateo County, called "The Big Five". Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the Big Five Protocols by reading over the Big Five Parent Flyer
 
If you would like to dig a little deeper, take a look at the Big Five Community Packet
 

 

Our emergency plan includes communication with the district and parents. Teachers are assigned to various emergency response roles, including student assembly leaders who stay and supervise students in grade-level teams when other teachers are “deployed” to their duty. Our plan also includes entrance security, with staff at each of our entrance and exit areas directing emergency response vehicles and personnel as well as parents, and it includes a student release protocol. Students will be released individually to parents or authorized guardians and adults at the student release station which parents will be informed of upon entering campus. Depending on the type of emergency, this station will either be located on Tamarack by the back gate or on Belle by the front gate.  Parents will be directed to park off-site allowing for emergency vehicles to have priority. It is critical that parents follow our student release protocol so we can make sure all students are safe and accounted for.

In the event of a true emergency, the best thing you can do as a parent is to stay away from the school (and refrain from calling, keeping phone lines open for emergency personnel) until you are notified to come pick up your student.  We understand that is extremely difficult but it’s important for us to focus on students in an emergency. While keeping parents calm and informed is critical, student safety will be our highest priority and it’s best if we can avoid anything that distracts from that.  

None of us want to be involved in a real emergency, but practicing and being prepared will be key in keeping our kids and staff safe and reuniting with parents if the state of our building isn’t usable. Please be assured, the safety of our students is a top priority.

We encourage parents to review these safety conversations with their own families. Have a family plan in the event of an emergency, helping your children know the plan and know how to call 911 in their own homes. 

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast, Principalsfast@scsdk8.org

 

Thank You for Supporting Your BA PTA!

Way to go Brittan Acres! Thanks to our generous BA community, we are 90% of the way to our PTA fundraising goal, ensuring continued support for our many fantastic PTA programs. If you have not made your donation, please help us close the gap to reach our goal of $60,000 by November 1st. Every donation makes a difference!

It's Not Too Late to JOIN the PTA!
Our goal is 100% participation in the BA PTA. When you join the BA PTA, you are also joining the California State PTA, which spearheads educational advocacy in Sacramento. Your Bruin Village donation includes PTA membership or you can purchase your membership separately for $15. So if you’re ready to join the PTA to advocate for great education, please JOIN TODAY!

Stop by our PTA Booth at Walk-A-Jog to join or learn more about the PTA and the programs served by your donations. We look forward to seeing you there! Go Bruins!

 

Walk-A-Jog: Important Final Details

Walk-A-Jog is less than a week away - Sunday, October 20th. It’s not too late to register (although we can’t guarantee your child will receive a tshirt) – sign up on event day at the registration desk.

  • Thursday, October 17
    • Bag Packing Day is in the MU Room 8:30-10am.  Sign up
       
       if you can help! 
    • WAJ Bags will go home with your child’s t-shirt, carnival wristbands, meal tickets 
  • Friday, October 18 
    • Kids wear your WAJ shirt to school 
  • Sunday, October 20
  • Volunteer
    • Carnival Booths
      • Sign up for a shift through your classroom Shutterfly site
      • Donations still needed for Mystery Wall
    • Bake Sale: Sign up
       
    • BBQ: Send an Email to note your desired shift
      • 8-10am
      • 9:30am-11:30am
      • 11:30am-1:30pm

Questions? Email bawalkajog@gmail.com

 

Urgent Need: Walk-a-Jog Leaders for 2020

Do you love Walk-a-Jog? Us too. And we don’t want to see 2019 mark the end of this fantastic tradition. That’s why we need one or more people to step up and volunteer to lead Walk-a-Jog next year. We will have one returning WAJ leader next year, but she needs a partner (this is not a one person job!) 

It’s fun and rewarding - think of how popular you’ll be with your own kids - but there is a lot of institutional knowledge to share. By volunteering now, you’ll still have several weeks to “shadow” this year’s team and learn first-hand the ins and outs of this beloved event. 

 

STEAM: We Need Your Old Clothes!!

Our STEAM Coordinator, Jenna Hubbart, is planning to help our kids build scarecrows to decorate our native garden. Interested kids can join this fun lunch time activity; all are welcome. Jenna would like clothing for eight scarecrows. So dig into that bag you have ready to go to Goodwill and send some scarecrow ready outfits our way. Please drop off donations, labeled to Jenna’s attention, in the office.

 

We've heard very positive feedback from our community! Please consider volunteering, as your help is needed to ensure the program's success. Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: Kinder

 
First
 
Second
 
Third
 


Questions? Check out the website
 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

 

October Staff Appreciation Lunch

Brittan Acres PTA will host a lasagna for the staff on Wednesday October 16, and thanks to your generosity, all signup positions are filled! Your generosity shows the teachers and staff how much we appreciate them and the hard work they do!

 

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Paint it… Decorate it…Carve it!  We are ready to kick-off Halloween with BA’s pumpkin decorating contest! All students and BA staff are welcome to submit their pumpkin before class on Halloween, located outside at the Amphitheater next to the MU. Pumpkins will be judged on the following categories:

  • Most Adorable
  • Best Traditional
  • Most Original Design
  • Silliest Face
  • Most Unique Shape
  • Scariest
  • Judges Award (Staff group only)

We need your help to make this long-standing BA tradition a success! We need help with setup, judging or bringing morning treats. Have questions?  Please contact Michele Tomas. Sponsored by your Brittan Acres PTA!

 

SCEF News

TOWN event was a record-breaking success!

Thank you for your support of SCEF. Sunday’s Evening at TOWN broke all fundraising records for this event because of the generosity of our community. A huge THANK YOU to Greg St. Claire and his partners and staff for an amazing venue and meal. Shout-out to Roberta Marks, Tanya Lehman, Annie Ramirez, Debbie Blucher and Christopher Kashap for their behind the scenes work on the event and auction. SCEF relies on in-kind donations from local professionals and we would like to recognize graphic designer Adria Olender and printer Moquin Press for their in-kind donations putting together the TOWN program. Thank you to event photographer Lisa Noble for capturing the spirit of the evening! 

Photos and more can be found here

 
.

 

Do you work for Oracle?

If you work for Oracle, please sign in to the Oracle Volunteering Portal (volunteer.oracle.com

 
) to log any volunteer hours at your school or with with Healthy Cities tutoring. Keeping track of this volunteer information helps SCEF when we make our grant request to Oracle each year. The Oracle grant supports technology and professional development.

 

Faculty and Friends’ Got Talent!

Beloved San Carlos music teachers and instructors along with other local musicians will perform on Friday, November 8 at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty Concert. This popular event is great for the whole family and all proceeds benefit SCSD middle school music programs. To purchase tickets, please visit https://www.scefkids.org/events/

 


Come out and hear some of your favorites do their thing! Performers include Doug Chin, Chris Anthony, Joe Murphy, Sara Murphy, Katie Tupper, Tabitha Tetreault, Selena Gould, Scott Daily, Grace Schulz, Hummingbird Music, and The Peninsula Scottish Fiddlers.

 

  • Friday, November 8, 2019
  • 7:00 pm
  • St. Charles Church in San Carlos
 

District News

New Student Registration

The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period.

New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.

Highlights:

  • How to Register for School
  • Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
  • Meet the Elementary School Principals
  • Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
  • San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
  • Resources Booths for Parents
  • Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District
 

Community Corner

Special Screening of Ghostbusters!

The San Carlos Youth Center will be hosting a special screening of Ghostbusters (the original) on the big screen at Youth Center gym on Friday, October 18 from 7-9pm! The movie will begin at 7:00pm, but arrive early for FREE Mister Softee, games, and a haunted house starting at 6pm. The event will be chaperoned by Youth Center Staff.

Chickens’ Ball Variety Show PTA Fundraiser​

Got Talent? Want to raise money for your kids’ music and art programs? Want to have fun? Sign up online and attend auditions October 24 or October 26 at Heather Elementary school. Watch our short video

 
 for all the info you need. www.chickensball.org
 

 

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training for New & Existing Tutors

Join us and make a difference in the life of a child. Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support. Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School. Visit for more information.

All Aboard to the 12th Annual Transportation Museum — October 27 at Brittan Acres!

Bring your friends and family to the 12th Annual Transportation Museum, an exciting event featuring interactive and educational exhibits and activities related to all kinds of transportation. Guests of all ages can solve a mystery in the museum's air traffic control-themed escape room, participate in an immersive virtual reality experience, play airplane and bus simulators, experience the world's most extreme airports, and more! This year's exhibits range from analyzing the legacy of the Transcontinental Railroad to exploring transit villages in the Bay Area, plus representatives from the California High-Speed Rail Authority, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, SamTrans, and other local transit agencies. The museum is created and run by Sequoia High School student Andrew Mancini, who attended Brittan Acres and Central. This free event is guaranteed fun for all ages!

This year's museum will take place on Sunday, October 27 from 10-3 in the Multi-Use Room at Brittan Acres. Please enter on Tamarack Avenue through the teacher's parking lot. Feel free to share the event information with others who you think would be interested. For details and more information, visit TheTransportationMuseum.com.

 

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

 
 

October 6, 2019

Upcoming events

  • Parent Teacher Goal Setting Conferences
    Oct 2-Oct 8 
    Minimum Day dismissal
  • PTA Association Meeting
    Wednesday, Oct 9
    8:30am in the BA Library
    Agenda
  • School Holiday
    Monday, October 14
  • Walk-A-Jog
    Sunday, October 20 10:00am-1:00pm
  • Halloween Costume Parade 
    October 31, 8:45am
 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Teachers at Brittan Acres are focused on bringing more “voice and choice” or personalized learning into their classrooms. In this type of environment, teachers encourage students to engage in activities based on the student’s strengths, skills, and interests. Student goal setting and reflection along with flexible environments and the ability to choose meaningful activities for learning create an approach to teaching and learning which benefits all students.

Recess is also an important part of the school day here at Brittan Acres. Supervised recess time benefits a student’s social, emotional, and physical development by giving them a break from the more structured academic classroom areas.  Research has also proven play can help children develop communication skills, such as problem-solving and cooperation. We also strongly believe in giving students choices during recess time. Starting the week of October 14th, students will have more options for where to spend their lunch recess time. This includes access to the Makerspace, Library, or by participating in Noon League Rugby.

Students in all grades will be able to use the Library on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays supervised by our librarian, Mrs. Ha. STEAM activities in the Makerspace Lab, led by Ms. Hubbart, will rotate between the grade levels: 2nd Grade is on Mondays, Kindergarten on Tuesdays, 1st Grade on Thursdays, and 3rd Grade on Fridays. 

On Thursday, October 10th, we are also excited to start Noon League Rugby, sponsored by the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Activities League. Kids will learn all the essential skills to play the game and have a fun time doing it. Unfortunately, no student will be able to participate in this activity without a signed permission slip. If you think your child might be interested, please click here to download one or stop by the office to pick one up. 

In the future, we hope to add even more activities to recess choice time so that students can engage in meaningful activities based on their own interests. These might include the Imagination Playground blocks for our TK/K and 1st grade students and Nature Walk/ Garden activities for our 2nd and 3rd grade students. If you are interested in helping to organize either of these activities, please contact me.

I appreciate all of the extra help from our parent volunteers during lunch recess time. We are lucky enough to have a large playground area for the students to use during their unstructured play time so it is also beneficial to have an extra set of eyes. 

We are very excited to continue to support students by offering “voice and choice” throughout their school day.

 

Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Join the Bruin Village

Thanks to our generous BA community, we are 90% of the way to our PTA fundraising goal for the 2019-2020 school year! Your contributions make it possible for the BA PTA to offer so many incredible programs throughout the year, from community events, like Walk-A-Jog, to teacher supplies and playground equipment. Donations raised this year also support our fantastic new STEAM curriculum. If you have not made your donation, please help us close the gap to reach our goal of $60,000 this month. 

Every donation amount makes a difference, and we thank you in advance for any support you can give the Brittan Acres students and teachers! So if you’re ready to join the PTA to advocate for great education; if you have a business that generously matches donations; or if your child has grandparents that want to stay involved in giving your kids an enriched, well-rounded experience at BA, please click here to JOIN TODAY!

 

Volunteer for Walk-a-Jog

Thank you for registering for Walk-a-Jog! We have more than 90% of students participating in this fun day! Walk-A-Jog is a wonderful event, and takes a village to put on.

Please sign-up to help:

  • We are still looking for volunteers for the BBQ and the Checkpoint Markers. Please email to get involved!
  • Check out your Shutterfly site and sign-up to work your classroom’s booth.
  • Sign-up to help pack WAJ bags on Thursday, October 17th from 8:30-10am.
  • Love to bake? Sign-up to bring goodies.
  • Donate mystery wall toys to 1190 Elm St, San Carlos. Look for bins on the porch.

We are still looking for shadows to take over the leadership of WAJ for next year. Please let us know if you are interested. Thank you for doing your part to make this event a huge success!

 

Join BA's STEAM team!

STEAM is off to a great start! We've heard very positive feedback from our community! Please consider volunteering, as your help is needed to ensure the program's success.
Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: KinderFirstSecondThird. There are still lots of spots available - especially in third grade!

** We are looking for donations of plastic shopping bags from the BA community. Bag donations are being collected in room 20.

Questions? Check out the website or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

October Staff Appreciation Lunch

Brittan Acres PTA will host a lasagna for the staff on Wednesday October 16, but we need help rounding out the menu. Sign-up to bring salad, dessert or beverages to show the teachers and staff how much we appreciate them!

 

Thank you for your Reading Bug Support

Thank you to the Bruin Village for your support of The Reading Bug and purchases made in support of our author visits! Thanks to the Bug Bucks you donated to BA I was able to spend over $200 in Reading Bug Bucks for our library. In addition to credit from the sale of author visit books, The Reading Bug donates $10 to our library for every $200 spent by families at the The Reading Bug.

When you mention our school name, your bug bucks are donated toward our school purchases! Drop by the library to see some of our newest acquisitions.

 

SCEF News

The Friends and Faculty concert is coming soon!

Come see San Carlos School District music teachers perform with other professional musicians at the 14th annual Friends and Faculty concert on Friday, November 8, 2019 at 7pm at St. Charles Church in San Carlos. This is an amazing opportunity to enjoy many local talents as they play a variety of selections to be appreciated by an audience of all ages. All proceeds benefit the music programs in our district’s middle schools. To purchase tickets, please visit

Check your mailbox for the new SCEF brochure.

The new SCEF brochure provides an overview of the organization as well as answers to the BIG questions: What is SCEF? What does your donation support, why are donations needed for public schools, and how can we build strong schools together? A big thank you to Wendy Wood, a SCSD parent, for donating her design services once again!

 

District News

New Student Registration

The San Carlos School District will be opening the first window of registration for any NEW students enrolling for the 2020-2021 school year, on November 1, 2019. This registration window is open until February 28, 2020 and parents may register at anytime during this period.

New Student Registration is for all incoming Transitional Kindergarten, Kindergarten and any student in grades 1st through 8th that will be new to the District (currently enrolled students do not need to complete this process).

Visit our website for more information - https://tinyurl.com/SCSD-Enrollment

Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night

Have an incoming Kindergartener? Looking for a great preschool? Join us for our Preschool & Kindergarten Parent Information Night on Monday, November 18 from 6:30-8:00pm in Mustang Hall. Info Night is designed to provide parents and guardians with information about the San Carlos School District and its programs.

Highlights:
- How to Register for School
- Overview of our District, Schools, Preschool, Kindergarten & Transitional Kindergarten programs
- Meet the Elementary School Principals
- Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) Overview
- San Carlos Education Foundation Overview
- Resources Booths for Parents - Afterschool Programs, Healthy Cities Tutoring, Sequoia Health Care District

Visit our website for more information - https://tinyurl.com/SCSD-Enrollment

Calling All Readers! A Blizzard of Books is Coming to Central and Arroyo Schools this week!!

The Central/Arroyo Book Fair, located in the Arroyo School library, is here October 7th-11th, and you are all invited to come!! The Fair will be open at 8:00am before school and after school from 1:15- 2:00p Monday-Thursday. Or stop by during the Blizzard of Books Family Night, which will be held in the evening on Thursday, October 10th, from 6:00-8:00 pm. Bring the whole family to this arctic adventure and rediscover how cool it is to read. An icy treat will be available for purchase too. Thank you in advance for your support! Funds raised from the Book Fair support the Central Arroyo PTA and the Library. If you have any questions please contact Kristy EttingerJulie Ledford, or Stephanie Brill.

 

Community Corner

Chickens’ Ball Variety Show PTA Fundraiser​

Got Talent? Want to raise money for your kids’ music and art programs? Want to have fun? Sign up online and attend auditions October 24 or October 26 at Heather Elementary school. Watch our short video for all the info you need. www.chickensball.org

Audition sign up link - https://forms.gle/bubiRW1S8Kv3C8LP9

Video link - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1KQhmoyRbZjhGUNxLbve69ZfyzS4BurN0/view?usp=sharing

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training for New & Existing Tutors

Join us and make a difference in the life of a child. Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support. Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School. Visit for more information.

Visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

 

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

 

September 29, 2019

Upcoming events

San Car-less Day
Walk, bike or scoot to school
Wednesday, Oct 2

Maverick Jack's PTA Fundraiser 
Thursday, October 3

Parent Teacher Goal Setting Conferences
Oct 2-Oct 8 
Minimum Day dismissal

PTA Association Meeting Wednesday, Oct 9 8:30am in the BA Library

School Holiday
Monday, October 14

Walk-A-Jog
Sunday, October 20 10:00am-1:00pm

 

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

 

Lunch Volunteers are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Parent - Teacher conferences will take place Wednesday, October 2 - Tuesday, October 8. These conferences are being held earlier this year in order to help us set personalized learning goals for each child in order to support increased student ownership, rigor, and engagement. We want our students to embrace new challenges with confidence, and we are eager to help each child take their next “just right” learning steps. 

During conference week, all students will attend school from 8:25 am - 12:25 pm so that teachers can meet with parents in the afternoon.

We value the partnership that exists between parents and teachers. Goal setting conferences are one way to continue to enhance this collaboration. Each partner has something to bring to the table. For teachers, it is a wealth of knowledge surrounding curriculum, instructional practices, and child development. For parents, it is a deep understanding of their own child and what strategies have worked well in the past. The focus is on the child’s education and how best to meet his or her academic, social, emotional, and behavioral goals. 

During the conference, teachers will share observations about what your child is doing well (strengths), and where he/she needs to grow.  In addition, teachers will ask you for input about your child’s goals. This conversation will focus on key aspects that are relevant for your child, drawing from core academic areas as well as work habits, social skills, mindset for learning, and the 5Cs (Creativity, Critical Thinking, Citizenship, Communication and Collaboration). 

We consider you essential partners in this journey!

Suzanne Fast
Principal

 

Last Week to be included in Bruin Village Banner

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Bruin Village thus far! We are halfway toward our fundraising goal!! Your donation funds so many programs and services that make BA so special.

JOIN the Bruin Vilage by OCTOBER 4th to ensure your name makes it onto the recognition banner that will be displayed at PTA-supported events throughout the year.

 

Walk-A-Jog: Carnival Booths and Fun

Walk-A-Jog is a few weeks away! Here are some helpful reminders to prepare for WAJ on Sunday, Oct. 20th.

Carnival Booths: Each classroom is responsible for hosting a WAJ booth. Please stay tuned to your classroom Shutterfly site to volunteer for a short shift at your room’s booth.

Donate MYSTERY WALL TOYS: Donate small (smaller than the size of a shoe box), gently-used toys, left-over party favors, company giveaways, and unused coloring books for the Mystery Wall (please only send toys you would be ok with your child bringing home)! Drop off at 789 Cedar St. – look for the bins on the front porch.

We are still looking for volunteers for the BBQ and the Checkpoint Markers. Please email bawalkajog@gmail.com to get involved! Thank you.

 

Join BA's STEAM team!

STEAM is off to a great start! We've heard very positive feedback from our community! Please consider volunteering, as your help is needed to ensure the program's success.
Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: KinderFirstSecondThird. There are still lots of spots available - especially in third grade!

Questions? Check out the website or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

San Car-LESS Day and International Walk to School Day Is Coming October 2nd

Walking, scootering, and biking to school is a great way to improve our community, our environment, and our bodies. In an effort to keep fewer cars on our roads and to encourage healthy habits, we celebrate San Car-LESS Days on the first Wednesday of every month. Please consider leaving enough time in your morning routine to walk, scooter, or bike to school with your child this week, or carpool if driving is required. Every child who participates earns a little "foot" token to wear on their backpack. Kids often express pride as their collection grows over the course of the year. Volunteers will be handing out the tokens to those kids who walk, scoot, bike, or carpool to school. Thanks to everyone for helping to improve our school community, our natural environment, and our bodies!

 

Maverick Jack’s BA Day - Thursday, Oct 3!

Grab a bite to eat at Maverick Jack’s on Laurel Street this Thursday, October 3rd and support the Brittan Acres PTA! Maverick Jack’s will donate 20% of the revenue back to the school on all dine-in and take-out orders when you mention Brittan Acres. It’s a fun and easy way to support the school! It's a minimum day so swing by for lunch or dinner, or call ahead for take-out. We had an unprecedented turnout last year and Maverick Jack's has assured us that this year they will be ready!

 

SCEF News

TOWN Raffle

You have a chance to participate in the Evening at TOWN by joining in the TOWN Raffle. The winner will choose from a grand prize of (1) 7-night accommodations at a luxury resort in Mexico or (2) a beautiful diamond necklace donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith. Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets send an email to raffle@scefkids.org noting how many you would like and which item you would choose if you are the lucky winner. Tickets are $50; 3 for $125 or 6 for $250.

Do You Work for a Matchmaker?

Many employers are willing to support the causes which are important to you. Take advantage of your company’s workplace giving program by applying for a matching gift. Immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed information about your employer’s corporate giving program by searching our database of companies with matching gift programs at doublethedonation.com/scef.

Here is a partial list of the top companies who supported SCEF last year via Workplace Giving:
- Google
- An Anonymous Hardware/Software company in Santa Clara County
- Genentech
- Oracle
- Wells Fargo – gift must be made in September!!!
- Gilead Sciences
- LinkedIn
- Electronic Arts
- Adobe
- Salesforce
- Pfizer
- Intel
- Amgen
- And 60+ others

 

District News

Join the SCSD School Board!

The San Carlos School District School Board will have a vacancy due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election but instead a Candidate Appointment process. The School Board approved the appointment process at their September 12 meeting.

Interested candidates may attend any of the Candidate Information Sessions to be held on Tuesday, Sep 17 - 7:00-8:00pm, Wednesday, Sep 25 - 7:00-8:00pm, Friday, Sep 27 - 9:00-10:00am and Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm in the District Office Board Room - 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B, San Carlos.

Please check the website for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cathy Eitel, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at ceitel@scsdk8.org

Walk To School Day - October 2

Please join students, staff and community leaders in choosing to leave your cars at home and walk, bike, skate board or scooter to and from school on Wednesday, October 2. We will be recording all modes of travel and handing out colorful shoelaces to students who made active choices.

If all of our students substituted walking for driving for just 1 mile a day, 1,216kg of CO2 would never be released into the air. That's the equivalent of planting 8 trees in just one day!

 

Community Corner

CHICKENS’ BALL and YOU!

Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. Become your school’s representatives on our Steering Committee. If you’re new to the district or don’t know what this is, here is 3 minute video to introduce you to San Carlos’s time honored tradition, The Chickens’ Ball - https://drive.google.com/file/d/1mHS5-pJwiTyPSzILC3KzchqGDj_FsEvi/view

Steering Committee - next meeting is October 6. Meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show.
Auditions - October 24 (6:00pm) & October 26 (10:00am), 2019 at Heather School
Show Dates - March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee), 2020 at Central Middle School

Thank you for helping us celebrate 80 years of fundraising for our kids by promoting and attending the Chickens' Ball. For more information, contact Julie Engberg at julie@chickensball.org

Healthy Cities Tutoring Orientation and Training for New & Existing Tutors

Join us and make a difference in the life of a child. Healthy Cities Tutoring matches volunteer tutors with students in K-8th grade who are struggling in school and need additional support. Tutoring is just 45 minutes once a week, and timing is flexible with openings before, during, or after school. Tutors select the school(s) and grade-level(s) they prefer and we match them accordingly.

Attend one of our upcoming training sessions on Wednesday, October 16, 8:30am-10am or 6:30pm-8:30pm at White Oaks School to learn how to help children one-on-one in the areas of reading, writing, math, engagement in learning, and self-esteem. Additional trainings on 10/22 at Henry Ford Elementary & 11/7 at Clifford School.

Visit healthycitiestutoring.org for more information.

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

 
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September 22, 2019

 
 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

It was quite a nice transition last week with the start of our Early Bird / Late Bird start for our Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten students. This program allows the teachers to have some small group time with students either for the first or last hour of the day. With school now firmly underway, I wanted to send some reminders about our drop-off and pick-up procedures at school to ensure a safe environment for everyone.

DROP OFF: Please follow the instructions of the safety patrol and teacher on duty

  1. Drop off your child in the Drop-off / Pick-up Zone only.

  2. Always pull up to the front of the line.  Do not stop in the middle of the line.

  3. Five cars will pull up to the Drop-off / Pick-up Zone and unload.  The line will not move forward until all car doors are closed and the Safety Patrol signals you forward to exit, all at the same time.

  4. Do not leave your car unattended in the Drop-off / Pick-up Zone.

  5. Do not drop your child in the following areas: any red zone, any white zone with NO STOPPING signs, middle of the street, and driveways.

  6. Do not drop your child off on Belle Avenue while waiting in line, prior to reaching the Drop-off / Pick-up Zone.

  7. No U-turns are allowed on Belle Avenue.

PICK UP:

  1. Pick up your child in the Drop-off / Pick-up zone only.

  2. If your child is not ready to be picked up, please do not exit the vehicle .

  3. Drivers need to remind their children to be alert and ready to be picked up.

  4. Do not leave your car unattended in the Drop-off / Pick-up Zone.

  5. Do not pick up your child in the following areas: any red zone, any white zone with NO STOPPING signs, middle of the street, and driveways.

  6. Do not pick up your child on Belle Avenue until you have entered the Drop-off / Pick-up Zone.

REMEMBER: Always use the crosswalks to cross the street.  Do not cross in the middle of the street!  With everyone’s help and cooperation we can make this a success.

Our children’s safety is our first priority.

Suzanne Fast
Principal

 

Upcoming events

  • Classroom socials week, Sept 22 - 28: Look for information from your room parent
  • Spirit Day, Fri Sept 27, Theme: Sports Day
  • Walk-A-Jog Registration Deadline: Friday, September 27
  • BA Clean Up Day, Sunday, September 29, 10 am-2 pm
  • San Carless Day, Walk, bike or scoot to school, Wednesday, Oct 2
  • Maverick Jack's PTA Fundraiser, Thursday, October 3
  • Parent Teacher Goal Setting Conferences, Oct 2-Oct 8, Minimum Day dismissal

Join the Bruin Village - Banner deadline approaching

THANK YOU to everyone who has contributed to the Bruin Village thus far! We are halfway toward our fundraising goal!! Your donation funds so many programs and services that make BA so special.

JOIN the Bruin Vilage by OCTOBER 4th to ensure your name makes it onto the recognition banner that will be displayed at PTA-supported events throughout the year.

 
 

Walk-A-Jog: Registration Open This Week Only

 

On Friday, a green flyer was sent home containing all the information you need to attend Walk-A-Jog on Sunday, October 20th at the Brittan Acres upper playground. Walk-A-Jog is Brittan Acres’ largest community event and one of the most anticipated events among students. Carnival games, inflatables and yummy food and treats are all part of this fun day. Click here to watch a video

 
 highlighting all the fun had at last year's event! 

 

Online registration is now open for one week only (Note the updated web address

 https://bapta.myschoolcentral.com)  Student registration is FREE, but you must register in order to receive your child's free t-shirt.  Registration ends this Friday, September 27th.

Calling all BA Parent Owned Businesses!

Walk-A-Jog 2019 is Looking for Sponsors! Do you have a local business or service you would like the BA community to know about? Here’s your chance to spread the word! Be a sponsor of Walk-A-Jog. There are many different ways to advertise your business at BA's largest community event of the year and gain exposure as a valued supporter of our school. Sponsor Logos are due by Thursday, 9/26/19.  Please contact Emil Chan for more information
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Join BA's STEAM team!

STEAM is off to a great start! We've heard very positive feedback from our community! Please consider volunteering, as your help is needed to ensure the program's success.
Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: Kinder

 
First
 
Second
 
Third
 
. There are still lots of spots available - especially in third grade!

Questions? Check out the website
 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

 

Pre-Order Your Child’s BA Yearbook by September 30th and get 15% OFF!

We are partnering with TreeRing again this year to help plant a tree for every yearbook purchased. Each yearbook comes with 2 FREE custom pages, printed only in your child’s yearbook. The custom pages can be completed online, anytime before the due date of April 16th.

 

Recruiting First Grade Girls!

Brittan Acres Daisy Troop 62477 has a few openings for new first grade girls. If you or your child is interested in joining.  Visit the GSN website to learn more!

 
 
 
 

Fall Clean Up Day - Sign up now!

Join us on campus on September 29th to help with a variety of projects to beautify and refresh the school grounds. Let's roll up our sleeves and work together to make BA shine! The event will take place between 10:00AM and 2:00PM during which volunteers are invited to drop in for any length of time that is convenient. Children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Please bring your own water, sunscreen, gardening gloves, and if possible, any gardening tools you may have. Pizza lunch and light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

 

SCEF News

TOWN raffle

You have a chance to participate in the Evening at TOWN by joining in the TOWN Raffle. The winner will choose from a grand prize of (1) 7-night accommodations at a luxury resort in Mexico or (2) a beautiful diamond necklace donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith. Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets send an email to raffle@scefkids.org noting how many you would like and which item you would choose if you are the lucky winner. Tickets are $50; 3 for $125 or 6 for $250.

Do You Work for a Matchmaker?

Many employers are willing to support the causes which are important to you. Take advantage of your company’s workplace giving program by applying for a matching gift. Immediately assess your eligibility and gain access to detailed information about your employer’s corporate giving program by searching our database of companies with matching gift programs at doublethedonation.com/scef.

 

Here is a partial list of the top companies who supported SCEF last year via Workplace Giving:
- Google
- An Anonymous Hardware/Software company in Santa Clara County
- Genentech
- Oracle
- Wells Fargo – gift must be made in September!!!
- Gilead Sciences
- LinkedIn
- Electronic Arts
- Adobe
- Salesforce
- Pfizer
- Intel
- Amgen
- And 60+ others

 

District News

Playground Supervisors Needed!

Attention Parents! We are looking to hire additional noon supervisors at our schools for lunch & playground ⛹️‍♀️⛹️‍♂️support for 1.5 to 3 hours per day, $17.23/hour. If interested, please see the job posting and apply online at EdJoin. 

For site specific questions, please speak with your school principal.

Join the SCSD School Board!

The San Carlos School District School Board will have a vacancy due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election but instead a Candidate Appointment process. The School Board approved the appointment process at their September 12 meeting.

Interested candidates may attend any of the Candidate Information Sessions to be held on Tuesday, Sep 17 - 7:00-8:00pm, Wednesday, Sep 25 - 7:00-8:00pm, Friday, Sep 27 - 9:00-10:00am and Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm in the District Office Board Room - 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B, San Carlos.

Please check the website

 
 for more information.

If you have additional questions, please contact Cathy Eitel, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at ceitel@scsdk8.org

 

Community Corner

San Carlos Day of Service is Sunday, Sept 29, 2019 from 9-2.  San Carlos Day of Service is a one-day celebration of our wonderful city through acts of community service. The Day of Service grows our sense of community through one day dedicated to giving back. Learn about projects and sign up here: 

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

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September 15, 2019

Upcoming events

Early/Late Bird schedule starts (TK & K)
Mon Sept 16
Early Bird: 8:25a - 1:25p
Late Bird: 9:25a - 2:25p

Principal Fast Meet & Greet (BA Library)
Wed Sept 18
8:30am - 9:30am

Walk-A-Jog
Registration Opens

Fri Sept 20

Classroom socials
Sept 22 - 28
Look for information from your room parent

Spirit Day
Fri Sept 27
Theme: Sports Day

BA Clean Up Day
Sun Sept 29
10am - 2pm 

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

At Brittan Acres, we’re excited to continue to use Reader’s Workshop to personalize literacy learning for each child. This year, grades K-2 are implementing Units of Study in Phonics

 
 to support reading instruction. We are very excited to add this support to our repertoire of best practices.

 

A workshop method blends direct teaching and carefully selected anchor texts with time for students to read and think about self-selected books. Children confer with the teacher to monitor progress, growing their skills one step at a time. Benchmark goals are set for each trimester, and each child’s reading journey is nurtured along the way. 

 When we visit classrooms to see readers in action, we notice a whole class mini lesson to teach targeted strategies, students practicing strategies with a reading partner, and readers sitting with piles of “just right” books during their independent reading time.  Students will be “stopping and jotting” to show their thinking while reading. Teachers confer with individual or small groups of students to teach them the next step to move them forward in their reading.

Living the Life of an Avid Reader
Our goal is to guide each student to live the life of an avid reader, opening doors to big thinking. These skills translate not only to enjoyment but also to essential learning. We know that how frequently a child reads self-selected books is a key predictor of academic success.

Avid readers:

  • Set aside a time and place each day for reading

  • Have a set of self-selected books “ready to go” so one book is followed by the next

  • Know how to choose a “right fit” book across genres, and push themselves to read broadly across fiction and nonfiction

  • Think as they read, and talk with others to grow big ideas

  • Grow their stamina as readers, learning to attend to a text for increasing periods of time

  • Embrace journeys through text, following sparks and questions into new books

Helping at Home
A child’s reading life is richest when it spans home and school. You can help your child by developing reading routines and places in your home where your child feels cozy reading every day. Most importantly, take some time each week to read together. Even when children become proficient readers, they love to share the reading experience! 

Enjoy this magical time with your child as they explore the wonderful world of literacy!

Suzanne Fast
Principal

 

Playground Supervisors are needed!  If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day.

 

Join the Bruin Village - Deadline approaching

Join the Bruin Vilage by October 4th to ensure your name makes it onto the recognition banner that will be displayed at PTA-supported events throughout the year. Your one-time PTA donation of $250 per student includes your PTA membership and underwrites the many programs and services that make BA so special.

 

Join BA's STEAM team!

Our new pilot STEAM program has begun and your support is critical to its success. Here's how to help:
Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: Kinder, First, Second, Third. There are still lots of spots available - especially in third grade!


Questions? Check out the website
 
 or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.



 

Walk-a-Jog is coming soon!

Walk-A-Jog, BA's largest community event of the year, is Sunday, October 20th from 10am - 1pm at the Brittan Acres upper playground.

Carnival games, inflatables and yummy food and treats are all part of this fun day. Please watch for important information in the bright yellow registration packet coming home with your child on Friday, September 20th and continue to check the BA Blast for details as the date approaches.

Registration is required for all students participating and guarantees each student a free t-shirt. The registration deadline is next Friday, September 27th.

Calling all BA Parent Owned Businesses!

Walk-A-Jog 2019 is Looking for Sponsors! Do you have a local business or service you would like the BA community to know about? Here’s your chance to spread the word! Be a sponsor of Walk-A-Jog. There are many different ways to advertise your business at BA's largest community event of the year and gain exposure as a valued supporter of our school. Please contact Emil Chan for more information.

 

Fall Clean Up Day - Sign up now!

Join us on campus on September 29th to help with a variety of projects to beautify and refresh the school grounds. Let's roll up our sleeves and work together to make BA shine! The event will take place between 10:00AM and 2:00PM during which volunteers are invited to drop in for any length of time that is convenient. Children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Please bring your own water, sunscreen, gardening gloves, and if possible, any gardening tools you may have. Pizza lunch and light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

 

Pre-Order Your Child’s BA Yearbook by September 30th and get 15% OFF!

We are partnering with TreeRing again this year to help plant a tree for every yearbook purchased. Each yearbook comes with 2 FREE custom pages, printed only in your child’s yearbook. The custom pages can be completed online, anytime before the due date of April 16th.

 

SCEF News

Evening at TOWN tickets sold out in record time!

You still have a chance to participate by joining in the TOWN raffle. The winner will choose from a grand prize of (1) 7-night accommodations at a luxury resort in Mexico or (2) a beautiful diamond necklace donated by Geoffrey’s Diamonds and Goldsmith. Only 200 tickets will be sold. If you would like to purchase raffle tickets send an email to raffle@scefkids.org noting how many you would like and which item you would choose if you are the lucky winner. Tickets are $50; 3 for $125 or 6 for $250.

Recurring Gifts

Would you like to spread your contributions to SCEF throughout the year?  Please consider signing up for monthly donations. A $1,500 donation can be given as a $125 gift each month. Sign up for SCEF’s recurring gift program

Corporate Matching - Double Your Donation

Many Bay Area businesses encourage employees to give back to their communities by offering corporate matching programs for non-profit donations. Remember to ask your employer about donation-matching and double or triple giving months!  Google, Genentech, Gilead and other major corporations will match your cash donation to SCEF.  In September, Wells Fargo employees can secure a match for their donations.  Not sure if your workplace offers matching?

 

District News

Join the SCSD School Board!

The San Carlos School District School Board will have a vacancy due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election but instead a Candidate Appointment process. The School Board approved the appointment process at their September 12 meeting.

Interested candidates may attend any of the Candidate Information Sessions to be held on Tuesday, Sep 17 - 7:00-8:00pm, Wednesday, Sep 25 - 7:00-8:00pm, Friday, Sep 27 - 9:00-10:00am and Thursday, October 3, 7:00-8:00pm in the District Office Board Room - 1200 Industrial Road, Unit 9B, San Carlos.  Please check the website for more information. If you have additional questions, please contact Cathy Eitel, Executive Assistant to the Superintendent at ceitel@scsdk8.org

 

Volunteers Needed for 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee

Members of the San Carlos community, parents, and SCSD staff members interested in serving on the 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee to determine the future facility needs for the District are encouraged to contact Cathy Eitel, Assistant to the Superintendent at ceitel@scsdk8.org to express interest or learn more about the goals and objectives of the committee. Contact Mindy Hill mhill@scsdk8.org for inquiries related to SCSD events.

Playground Supervisors Needed!

Attention Parents! We are looking to hire additional noon supervisors at our schools for lunch & playground ⛹️‍♀️⛹️‍♂️support for 1.5 to 3 hours per day, $17.23/hour. If interested, please see the job posting and apply online at EdJoin.  For site specific questions, please speak with your school principal.

 

Community News

San Carlos Day of Service is Sunday, Sept 29, 2019 from 9-2.  San Carlos Day of Service is a one-day celebration of our wonderful city through acts of community service. The Day of Service grows our sense of community through one day dedicated to giving back. Learn about projects and sign up here: 

San Carlos Chickens' Ball

Celebrating 80 years of fundraising for our schools, Chickens’ Ball is the oldest PTA fundraiser in the nation. Our unique 2018 show raised over $40,000 for our schools through hilarious skits, song and dance. And we’re at it again! Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. We need representatives from each school to participate as a liaison on our Steering Committee, enhancing communication and collaboration for this district wide event.

Steering Committee meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month. Our next meeting is Sunday, October 6. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show.
Auditions to be a part of the show are October 24 (6:00pm) & 26 (10:00am) at Heather School.
Show dates are March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee) at Central Middle School.
Thank you for helping us celebrate 80 years of fundraising for our kids by promoting and attending the Chickens' Ball.
For more information, contact your PTA or Julie Engberg at julie@chickensball.org

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

 
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September 8, 2019

 
 

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

September is Attendance Awareness Month, and I am partnering with the San Mateo County Office of Education and the San Carlos School District to highlight important information about why we need your child at school learning as much as possible. Our goal this year is to ensure that every student attends school regularly.

Showing up for school has a huge impact on a student’s academic success starting in kindergarten and continuing through high school. Even as children grow older and more independent, families play a key role in making sure students get to school safely every day and understand why attendance is so important for success in school and in life. The state has begun to monitor chronic absenteeism as a performance indicator on the CA School Dashboard and has asked each school to engage its community in an effort to build awareness about attendance. 

Research shows:   

  • Children chronically absent in Kindergarten and 1st grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of 3rd grade. 

  • By 6th grade, chronic absence is a proven early warning sign for students at risk for dropping out of school. 

  • By 9th grade, good attendance can predict graduation rates even better than 8th-grade test scores. 

We realize some absences are unavoidable due to health problems or other circumstances. Here is a guide to help you decide when to keep your child home due to illness. We also know that when students miss too much school— regardless of the reason – it can cause them to fall behind academically.  Your child is less likely to succeed if he or she is chronically absent—which means missing 18 or more days over the course of an entire school year.

Absences can add up quickly.  A child is chronically absent if he or she misses just two days every month! 

Clearly going to school regularly matters! Please ensure that your child attends school every day and arrives on time.   Here are a few practical tips to help support regular attendance:

  • Make sure your children keep a regular bedtime and establish a morning routine.

  • Select clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

  • Ensure your children go to school every day unless they are truly sick.

  • Try to avoid scheduling vacations or doctor’s appointments when school is in session. (There are 185 days in the year when school is NOT in session.)

  • Talk to teachers and counselors for advice if your children feel anxious about going to school.

  • Develop back up plans for getting to school if something comes up.  Call on a family member, neighbor, or another parent to take your child to school.

At Brittan Acres, we are here to support your family so that your student can show up for school on time every day.   We share your interest in your child being successful in school! If you have any questions or need more information, please let us know. 

As a clarification, absences due to family travel are considered unexcused absences as this reason does not meet the state's criteria for excused absences. It is a requirement that I notify families of unexcused absences or tardies in excess of three days. This notice is meant to build awareness and offer support if there are obstacles in the way of your child getting to school that we can address collaboratively. 

Many thanks for your partnership with this effort to increase school attendance at Brittan Acres! 

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast - Principal

 

Upcoming events

Room Parent Volunteer Mtg (MUR): Tues Sept 10  8:30am - 9:30am (MUR)

PTA Assoc + Exec Board Mtg (BA Library): AGENDA  Wed Sept 11, 6:30pm

Picture Day: Fri Sept 13, 8:30am - 2:30pm

Principal Fast Meet & Greet (BA Library): Wed Sept 18, 8:30am - 9:30am

See all events

Join the Bruin Village

 

It truly takes a village to make Brittan Acres such a spectacular school and community. Support your PTA by joining the Bruin Village for 2019-2020. Your one-time PTA donation of $250 per student includes your PTA membership and supports the many programs and services that make BA so special.

 
 

Join BA's STEAM team!

The week of September 9th marks the start of our new pilot STEAM program and your support is critical to its success. Here's how to help:

Volunteer for specific STEAM sessions: KinderFirstSecondThird. There are still lots of spots available - especially in third grade!

Want to help from home? We need help rolling balls of yarn for the upcoming third grade knitting session. Yarn can be picked up from Mrs. Lansing in room 13/14 before or after school.

Questions? Check out the website or contact Marta Eisenberg or Jaclyn Grayson, PTA STEAM Co-Chairs.

 

BA Spirit Wear Orders Due TOMORROW

September 9th, is the LAST day to get your orders in for your BA Spirit Gear!!! Order forms are due in the front office OR order online. Orders will be delivered to your child’s classroom by mid-October.

 

Fall Clean Up Day - Sign up now!

Join us on campus on September 29th to help with a variety of projects to beautify and refresh the school grounds. Let's roll up our sleeves and work together to make BA shine! The event will take place between 10:00AM and 2:00PM during which volunteers are invited to drop in for any length of time that is convenient. Children are welcome with an accompanying adult. Please bring your own water, sunscreen, gardening gloves, and if possible, any gardening tools you may have. Pizza lunch and light refreshments will be served. Hope to see you there!

 
 

First Author Visit of the Year Grades TK-1

The Reading Bug in San Carlos is bringing New York Times best-selling Author Mac Barnett and award-winning Author Greg Pizzoli to visit our students on September 16th! His latest book is perfect for beginning readers with simple and funny text in this new series called, "Jack!"

Use this link and ORDER BY SEPTEMBER 10th if you'd like to receive an author-signed copy of any of their hilarious books.

 

Call for volunteers!

Open Walk-a-Jog Committee Roles:
- Event Chair shadows
- BBQ Lead
- Volunteer Coordinator

- Sponsorship Lead

Lunch Supervision Helper: If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day

 

SCEF News

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Night Under The Stars

Grab your dancing shoes and head to the park! Dance the night away under the stars as we turn Burton Park into an intimate concert complete with savory appetizers, cocktails, comfy furniture, twinkle lights, and good friends.
September 14, 2019
6:00–9:30pm
Burton Park Bandstand. Adults only.

Recurring Gifts

Would you like to spread your contributions to SCEF throughout the year?  Please consider signing up for monthly donations. A $1,500 donation can be given as a $125 gift each month. Sign up for SCEF’s recurring gift program

 

Corporate Matching - Double Your Donation

Many Bay Area businesses encourage employees to give back to their communities by offering corporate matching programs for non-profit donations. Remember to ask your employer about donation-matching and double or triple giving months!  Google, Genentech, Gilead and other major corporations will match your cash donation to SCEF.  In September, Wells Fargo employees can secure a match for their donations.  Not sure if your workplace offers matching?

 
 

District News

San Carlos Day of Service is Sunday, Sept 29, 2019 from 9-2.  San Carlos Day of Service is a one-day celebration of our wonderful city through acts of community service. The Day of Service grows our sense of community through one day dedicated to giving back. Learn about projects and sign up here: 

San Carlos Chickens' Ball

Celebrating 80 years of fundraising for our schools, Chickens’ Ball is the oldest PTA fundraiser in the nation. Our unique 2018 show raised over $40,000 for our schools through hilarious skits, song and dance. And we’re at it again! Join us to help plan our next Chickens’ Ball variety show. We need representatives from each school to participate as a liaison on our Steering Committee, enhancing communication and collaboration for this district wide event.

Steering Committee meetings are held once a month, typically the first week of each month. Our next meeting is Sunday, October 6. This is a special meeting that includes the tradition of reviewing the skit entries for the show.

Auditions to be a part of the show are October 24 (6:00pm) & 26 (10:00am) at Heather School.
Show dates are March 13, 14, 15 (matinee) and 20, 21 (two shows), 22 (matinee) at Central Middle School.
Thank you for helping us celebrate 80 years of fundraising for our kids by promoting and attending the Chickens' Ball.
For more information, contact your PTA or Julie Engberg at julie@chickensball.org

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

September 2, 2019

 
 

Principal's Message

Dear Brittan Acres Families,

It was great to see so many of you at our Back to School Night. I am so excited to work with such a fabulous community! There was a lot of information shared so if you were unable to make it, here is a link to my presentation which talks about our important focus areas for the year.  I also want to thank the custodians and district maintenance staff for cleaning up the campus over the summer and give a shout out to our office secretary, Diane Mack, and all the teachers who put in many hours preparing to make the first week of school special for every student. It is exciting to see all the smiling faces around the BA campus who are ready for a year of learning and exploration.

I am very excited to introduce myself as the new Principal of Brittan Acres Elementary School. I come to you with over 17 years experience in Elementary Education. I am very passionate about working with parents, teachers, and students to create a positive learning environment where student needs are a priority. My focus in on engaging students in authentic learning experiences that include collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, communication and citizenship.  I thrive on working with a diverse group of educators, parents, and students towards a common goal and vision that is innovative, engaging, and collaborative and focuses on educating the whole child.

The staff at Brittan Acres is looking forward to the school year ahead. We have many exciting new programs and updates to share with you this year related to curriculum including a new STEAM program.  I will be sharing the details of these as the year progresses so look for weekly updates in the BA Blast Newsletter.

Transition

We were very lucky to have Lisa Cesario fill in as our interim principal to help start the school year in a positive manner with a strong focus on students. Lisa’s years of experience as a Principal and Superintendent enabled her to work seamlessly with the teachers to open school and create a positive experience for both staff and students. She will continue to be supporting Brittan Acres throughout the year. 

I am excited to meet the entire community and will be hosting a morning coffee meet and greet on September 18th from 8:30-9:30 in the BA Library. I’m looking forward to meeting and partnering with you this year so that every student has a successful year at Brittan Acres! 

Sincerely,
Suzanne Fast, Principal

 

Upcoming events

  • STEAM Parent Volunteer Meeting - 2 options
    Tue Sept 3  8:30am - 9:30am  or  Wed Sept 4  6:30pm - 7:30pm
  • Room Parent Mtg (MUR)
    Tues Sept 10  8:30am - 9:30am
  • PTA Assoc + Exec Board Mtg (Library) 
    Wed Sept 11 6:30pm
  • Principal Meet & Greet 
    Wed Sept 18 8:30am - 9:30am

See all events

 

PTA News

It truly takes a village to make Brittan Acres such a spectacular school and community. Support your PTA by joining the Bruin Village for 2019-2020. Your one-time PTA donation of $250 per student helps us reach our goal and supports the many programs and services that make BA so special.

 Donate today

 

Call for volunteers

Lunch Supervision Helper 
If you are interested in helping with lunch supervision, please sign up for a day

 
 
 
 
 

First Author Visit of the Year Grades TK-1

The Reading Bug in San Carlos is bringing New York Times best-selling Author Mac Barnett and award-winning Author Greg Pizzoli to visit our students on September 16th! His latest book is perfect for beginning readers with simple and funny text in this new series called, "Jack!"

Use this link and ORDER BY SEPTEMBER 10th if you'd like to receive an author-signed copy of any of their hilarious books.

 

SCEF News

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San Carlos Students Love Our Libraries!

Because of the generous donations to SCEF in the 2018-19 school year, the goal of $2.5 million was exceeded by enough to support an increase in library hours in elementary schools from 16 hours to 24 hours a week for THIS school year.  WELL DONE!

Recurring Gifts

Would you like to spread your contributions to SCEF throughout the year?  Please consider signing up for monthly donations. A $1,500 donation can be given as a $125 gift each month. Sign up for SCEF’s recurring gift program

 

Corporate Matching - Double Your Donation

Many Bay Area businesses encourage employees to give back to their communities by offering corporate matching programs for non-profit donations. Remember to ask your employer about donation-matching and double or triple giving months!  Google, Genentech, Gilead and other major corporations will match your cash donation to SCEF.  In September, Wells Fargo employees can secure a match for their donations.  Not sure if your workplace offers matching?  Check now

 
 

District News

Join the SCSD School Board!

There is a vacancy on the San Carlos School Board due to a lack of candidates registered for the November 5 election. Therefore, there will not be an election for the San Carlos School District School Board in November. If you are interested in applying to serve on the School Board, there will be an appointment process led by the School Board over the next several months. More information with details of the application process will be shared in the next few weeks through district email and public notifications.

Volunteers Needed for 7-11 Committee

Members of the San Carlos community, parents, and SCSD staff members interested in serving on the 7-11 Surplus Property Advisory Committee to determine the future facility needs for the District are encouraged to contact Cathy Eitel, Assistant to the Superintendent at ceitel@scsdk8.org to express interest or learn more about the goals and objectives of the committee.

Inaugural San Carlos Block Party - SAVE THE DATE

On September 8th, the Chamber of Commerce, with the support of the City of San Carlos, is bringing a new event to downtown next month! Join the community for an outdoor dining event on the 600 & 700 blocks of Laurel Street from 4:00-8:00pm. Following the Sunday Farmer’s Market and Public Safety Faire, the street will be transformed into an outdoor dining area where the community can grab takeout from downtown restaurants and dine in the street with family, friends, and neighbors. The Chamber will be selling beer and wine and there will be a kids zone for play. For more information, visit https://sancarloschamber.org/.

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

 

August 26, 2019

Back to School Night

 

Thursday, August 29 
5:30 - 6:30 pm: Grades TK - 1 Classroom Visits
6:30 - 7:00 pm: Principal / PTA Welcome in the MUR
7:00 - 8:00 pm: Grades 2-3 Classroom Visits

Meet your child’s teacher and learn more about the year’s curriculum. This is a great way to build that all-important home/school connection. 

 

Please note, Thursday the 29th is NOT a minimum day.  However, Friday the 30th will be. 
 

 
Get Involved!
 

Volunteering is a great way to build community while supporting students. There are lots of options - some bigger and some smaller - some during school hours and many that can be done from home. It takes a village and we need you!
 

STEAM Lego Lab Help
When: August 21-August 30. 
Time:  Drop in any time during the school day.  
Where: Patio of Room 15 (Ms. Corea's class)  

3-4 volunteers needed to help sort and organize Legos before our STEAM programs kick off. This is a straightforward task - easy to do by yourself or with a friend.  Come by for as much time as you can spare!

B.U.G.S. Volunteer
When: August 28 
Time:  8:30am
Sign up HERE

After a long, sleepy summer, our garden needs some TLC! Come help turn the soil and ready it for another productive year of learning and exploration. Many hands will make light work, so join us at 8:30 am on Wednesday, August 28. With your help we'll be done by 9:30 am!
 
 

BA Spirit Wear Sale -Two Weeks ONLY!

 

Show your Bruin pride and stock up on BA tees, hats and jackets! Shop online or fill out the paper order form.

All orders are due by Monday, September 9th. Samples will be available to try on for size. See the paper flyer coming home in your child's backpack for more details. All purchased items will be delivered to your child's classroom by mid-October.

 
 

STEAM

NEW for 2019-2020 Brittan Acres is piloting a STEAM program! STEAM is an educational approach that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to prepare students to think both critically and creatively.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Join the Bruin Village

 

It truly takes a village to make Brittan Acres such a spectacular school and community. Support your PTA by joining the Bruin Village for 2019-2020. Your one-time PTA donation of $250 per student helps us reach our goal and supports the many programs and services that make BA so special.

 
 

A Note About Blast

Those of you returning to BA will notice that Blast looks a bit different this year. We are shifting our approach to communications with the goal of greater simplicity, consistency, and accessibility. Going forward, we’ll deliver Blast in the format you see here: short summaries of content that link back to richer information on the BA website. That means you’ll always find the most up-to-date information on www.brittanacres.org. And if you’re reading this on your mobile phone, you already know that it is easier on the eyes!


Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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

 

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Welcome back!

 
 

Thanks to everyone who attended Welcome Back Day. It was wonderful to see old friends and meet new ones. Whether you were at yesterday’s event or not, follow the links in this issue of Blast to learn about what’s new, sign-up to get involved, and support your school for a great 2019/20 academic year.

 
 
 

 

Back to school events

 

Welcome Coffee
8:30 - 10:00 am Wednesday, August 21, in the MU after drop off

Catch up with other parents, meet our interim principal Lisa Cesario, and sign up to volunteer for upcoming events and activities.

Back to School Night
5:30 - 8:00 pm Thursday, August 29 

Meet your child’s teacher and learn more about the year’s curriculum. This is a great way to build that all-important home/school connection. More information available soon!

 
Join the Bruin Village
 

It truly takes a village to make Brittan Acres such a spectacular school and community. Support your PTA by joining the Bruin Village for 2019-2020. Your one-time PTA donation of $250 per student helps us reach our goal and supports the many programs and services that make BA so special.

 

 

STEAM

 

NEW for 2019-2020 Brittan Acres is piloting a STEAM program! STEAM is an educational approach that incorporates Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics to prepare students to think both critically and creatively.

 
 
 
 

 

 

Get involved! 

Volunteering is a great way to build community while supporting students. There are lots of options - some bigger and some smaller - some during school hours and many that can be done from home. It takes a village and we need you! 

BA Spirit Wear Sale -Two Weeks ONLY!

Show your Bruin pride and stock up on BA tees, hats and jackets! Shop online or fill out the paper order form.

All orders are due by Monday, September 9th. Samples will be available to try on for size. Click here for more information. All purchased items will be delivered to your child's classroom by mid-October.

Shop Online
 
 
 
 
 

B.U.G.S Garden Prep Morning

After a long, sleepy summer, our garden needs some TLC! Come help turn the soil and ready it for another productive year of learning and exploration. Many hands will make light work, so join us at 8:30 am on Wednesday, August 28. With your help we'll be done by 9:30 am!

 
 

 

 

A Note About Blast

Those of you returning to BA will notice that Blast looks a bit different this year. We are shifting our approach to communications with the goal of greater simplicity, consistency, and accessibility. Going forward, we’ll deliver Blast in the format you see here: short summaries of content that link back to richer information on the BA website. That means you’ll always find the most up-to-date information on www.brittanacres.org

 
. And if you’re reading this on your mobile phone, you already know that it is easier on the eyes!

 

Questions or inquiries? Feel free to reach out to the PTA

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