Duveneck Connections

Home of the Dragons, January 13, 2022

From the Principal's Desk

The current surge of COVID that we are experiencing was not the way I anticipated how the new year would begin. I had high hopes that 2022 would be a better year and I still believe we will have an amazing year, but just not right now. After experiencing a little bit of normalcy in the later half of 2021, here we go again with a COVID surge that is bringing back feelings of stress, anxiety, helplessness, sickness, loss, and isolation. Omicron does not care about vaccination status and it is more contagious than the previous Delta variant. To keep up with the latest information regarding protocols and district data related to COVID, I encourage you to refer to the following websites, CDC schools guidance, CDC Isolation and Quarantine guidance and PAUSD COVID-19 Safety Information. Please be assured that we are doing everything we can to follow all COVID protocols to fidelity in order to keep students and staff healthy and safe. As a reminder, the Covid Clinic is here at Duveneck every Tuesday and you can take your child to the Cubberley Community Center, 4000 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto, CA 94303, Mondays 8:00-6:00 PM, Tuesdays-Fridays, 8:00-4:00 PM for testing. Don’t forget to order a test through the Covid Clinic website, https://school.covidclinic.org/. You will need this order to get a test.

We are grateful that we can remain open because we believe students learn best when they are in a classroom in front of a teacher. I am excited for the new district initiative, #1PaloAlto. I am overwhelmed by the amount of Duveneck parents who have signed up to help and I look forward to this support when we launch the program next week.

The mental health of our students and staff is also first and foremost on my mind. I know for my own children, the CDC website for mental health has been very useful to help navigate the feelings and emotions that we are having about Omicron. I hope you and your family find it useful too. (CDC) Center for Disease Control & Prevention: Mental Health

To end, I want to thank our amazing front office staff, Beth Hedge and Cecilia Perez, for continuing to work through EACH and EVERY student absence and attendance situation. They are working around the clock helping to provide families guidance on quarantine protocols, return dates, etc. This work is not easy and can be very emotional for families who are dealing with positive Omicron cases within their family unit.

Wishing you and your family a healthy and safe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. weekend.

Leslie Crane


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Monday, January 17, 2022

On Monday, January 17, we celebrate the life and legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. He believed in equality, freedom, and dignity for all people. His dream envisioned that all children would receive equal access to a quality education no matter skin color, economic status or zip code.

We lift Dr. King’s legacy by valuing diversity and inclusion in our schools, with our students, teachers, staff, and partners. We also reaffirm Dr. King’s dream by remaining dedicated to the cause of social change and justice. Our students are best served in schools where they not only receive quality instruction and support, but where they feel safe and respected.

Here are some bay area celebrations for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. that your family may want to participate in over the long weekend:

  • Marcus Shelby Quartet – A Tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.:

7:30 p.m. Jan. 15, CSMA’s YouTube Channel: youtube.com/user/CSMAMV. Marcus Shelby and his quartet will celebrate the legacy of civil rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing arrangements from Shelby’s “Soul of the Movement: Meditations on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.” album. Free. Donations appreciated. Community School of Music and Arts: bit.ly/3HOw5Er

  • MLK Jr. Day of Service and Celebration (Mitzvah Day 2022):

9 a.m. Jan. 17, Oshman Family JCC, 3921 Fabian Way, Palo Alto. This intergenerational event is all about hands-on service projects. Work in small groups on projects addressing issues of poverty, hunger, housing and homelessness, aging, the environment and more. Paloaltojcc.org

  • Passion and Perseverance — MLK Day Celebration at the Richmond Greenway:

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Jan. 17, 16th Street and Ohio Avenue, Richmond. This event features service projects, live music, speakers, kids activities and remembrances of Dr. Martin Luther King and all those who fought for civil rights. Free soups and hot beverages for volunteers. Free admission. Eventbrite: bit.ly/3F5tKTy

  • 2022 Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Evensong

Celebration and moment of reflection featuring perspectives from interfaith leaders, including the Rev. Sakena Young-Scaggs, Sheryl Evans Davis, Amina Darwish, the Very Rev. Malcolm Clemens Young and the Rt. Rev. Marc Handley Andrus. 3 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 16. Free vaccination proof and masks required. Grace Cathedral, 1100 California St., S.F. 415-749-6300. gracecathedral.org

  • Stand! 2022: Celebrating the Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

A panel of community organizers plans to share their knowledge of history and current efforts for equity in the local community. In addition, there will be an artist showcase hosted by and spotlighting Black poets and an open mike for registered attendees. Barbecue lunch by Jackie’s Place will be provided. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17. Free registration required. School of Arts and Culture at the Mexican Heritage Plaza, 1700 Alum Rock Ave., San Jose. schoolofartsandculture.org

  • MoAD Virtual MLK Day

The museum will celebrate the national observance of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. 's birthday with free online programming. The virtual event starts with a noontime discussion of “Freedom! The Story of the Black Panther Party” with authors Jetta Grace Martin and Waldo Martin, moderated by Ula Taylor. “Art As We See It: Civil Rights Through Art and Music,” will feature a MoAD docent presenting pairings of visual art and music of the American civil rights era from 2 to 3:15 p.m. At 3:30 p.m. there will be an art-making workshop focused on silhouettes. Register online for the Zoom link. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday, Jan. 17. Free registration required. Museum of the African Diaspora, 685 Mission St., S.F. 415- 358-7200. moadsf.org

  • In Wake: The Hidden History of Women-Led Slave Revolts

Join an online discussion with Rebecca Hall, as she details her search to find stories of women warriors who have been left out of history records. In this conversation she plans to discuss her practice, which she calls “ancestry in progress,” which honors enslaved women’s resistance for an empowered present and imagines resilient Black futures. 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19. Free registration required. Live stream available on the San Francisco Public Library YouTube channel. 415-557-4400. sfpl.org/events

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