EMCSD Bulletin

Community Edition

Message from Dr. Maribel Garcia

Dear EMCSD Community,

Welcome to the EMCSD Bulletin - Community Edition! The EMCSD Bulletin is the District’s new monthly newsletter designed to share information and strengthen our partnership with our community by showcasing all the great happenings and resources in the El Monte City School District.

In these newsletters, you will find pictures, videos, and stories of different events and activities at our schools as well as in your children’s classrooms. We’re also going to use our newsletter to collect resources and services that our District and community partners provide, including the Jeff Seymour Family Center, the City of El Monte, Los Angeles County, and more. This newsletter will have something for everyone from District events, student and parent workshops, COVID-19 resources, mental wellness tips, and family-friendly activities.

This past year, we’ve faced many challenges together and they've only made our school community stronger. Our students and staff consistently rose to the occasion to do amazing work that should make us all proud and deserves to be highlighted. This month’s newsletter alone has some great content for you to enjoy, especially our reopening slideshow that showcases our students’ first week back at school! You can find the slideshow right below this message.

I’m very excited to launch this newsletter with you because I believe it will give you all a closer look at all the wonderful things our District has to offer!

With gratitude,

Dr. Maribel Garcia

Superintendent, El Monte City School District

The Kids Are Back in Town!

El Monte City School District - Spring 2021 Reopening Slideshow
El Monte City School District officially welcomed back students on Monday, April 19 after over a year of school closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Above is a slideshow with snapshots of students' first day back on campus.


It's official, the El Monte City School District has surpassed the 4 million meal mark! 🙌

Our Nutrition Services team has worked tirelessly to make sure the children in our community are getting the nutritious meals they need on a daily basis, and we can't celebrate them enough for reaching this extraordinary milestone! The District thanks everyone who has helped make this achievement possible, and let the countdown to 5 million begin!

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Cortada Spring Craft Fair Event

Cortada Elementary students participated in a Spring Craft fair! The virtual fair was hosted by the Student Lighthouse advisors Alyson Varela, Adolfo Diaz, and Jeannette Salas and Student Leaders Abigail Fabela, Brianna Ponde Padilla, and Mariafernanda Valadez, who each led a group of students through a butterfly craft. Students were able to talk about their Spring traditions, their favorite holiday candy, and were even visited by a cotton-tailed friend! Cortada teachers and staff also donated materials to put Spring baskets together, which were then raffled to the group of excited students.

Art Showcase from 4th & 5th Graders at Columbia School

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Anyone who lives or works in LA County aged 16 and older are now eligible for a free COVID-19 vaccine. To book an appointment, visit: http://VaccinateLACounty.com or myturn.ca.gov If you are age 16 or 17, you are only eligible for the Pfizer vaccine.

All immigrants can get vaccinated. Getting the vaccine will not impact your current or future immigration status, and you won't be asked about your immigration status. For appointments and more info, visit: VaccinateLACounty.com or http://vacunatelosangeles.com/

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Join your neighbors to give El Monte a good cleanup! Event begins at Cortada Elementary School on Saturday, April 24, 2021 at 8am. Please be sure to dress according to the day's weather.
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We are excited to share that the Jeff Seymour Family Center has received a donation of Baby Formula from Baby2Baby. Families experiencing financial hardship are eligible to receive up to 2 cans of Similac Advance Baby Formula (Powder Milk Based).

If interested, please complete this Google Form or call (626) 453-3700 ext. 3651

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LA County in partnership with the Neighborhood Housing Services Center for Economic Recovery, has launched its Foreclosure Prevention & Mortgage Relief Program. The program will provide foreclosure counseling and up to $20,000 in financial relief to LA County residents, excluding the City of LA, that experienced financial distress between March 1, 2020 and December 31, 2020.

Applications are now open!

Call 1-888-895-2647 or visit the NHS website to learn more.

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LA County encourages eligible applicants to call FEMA's Funeral Assistance Line at 844-684-6333 (TTY) 800-462-7585 9 a.m. to 9 p.m, or visit FEMA.gov for additional information.

Get FREE Tax Prep Assistance at Jeff Seymour Family Center

The deadline to file your 2020 taxes has been extended to May 17, 2021. The Jeff Seymour Family Center has partnered with IRS Certified Volunteers to provide FREE tax preparation appointments. To request free VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) Services, sign up here!
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"Mind Out Loud" Event

Wellness Together School Mental Health, in partnership with the San Diego County Office of Education and the California Department of Education will host Mind Out Loud – a free three-day virtual event on May 4-6, 2021 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. for middle and high school students to convene and boldly discuss mental health; connect with peers across California; hear from engaging speakers to become equipped with practical tools for wellness; increase mental health awareness and advocacy for themselves and friends; learn about suicide prevention, and reduce the stigma associated with mental health.

Take a look inside our latest issues of Self Care Corner!

April newsletters revolve around the theme, "Sharpen the Saw" which focuses on enhancing the best version of yourself! From self-care practices to finding healthy habits for your body and mind, this issue is great for the whole family! We've also added a section for parents that highlight the best ways to talk to your children about racism and violence. With recent events, especially against the Asian community, we wanted to support parents whose children may have questions or concerns about what they're seeing or hearing. You can find all that and much more in April's Self Care Corner. Click the picture to access this month's newsletters.

Yoga with Durfee

Hosted by Durfee PTA, join Durfee teacher and certified yoga instructor, Tianna Tang-Lau, in a 30-minute yoga session to help calm your inner self. Use Google Meet code DURFEEYOGA to join. Session is on Monday, 4/26 from at 7:00pm.
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Mark Your Calendars

School Reopening

  • Monday, April 19: Preschool, TK, Kinder, 1st, 2nd, & 3rd grade
  • Monday, April 26: 4th, 5th, & 6th grade
  • Monday, May 3: 7th & 8th grade

Board Meeting

  • Monday, May 10 at 4pm PST: Board Study Session

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