Lion's Roar

January 8, 2021

Upcoming Events!

January 13 - HSC Meeting @ 6:00pm (Please note new date)

January 15 - Staff Development Day - NO SCHOOL

January 18 - MLK Day - NO SCHOOL

January 21 - Kindergarten Orientation for 2021/2022 @ 6:00pm

January 29 - Spirit Day: Crazy Hair Day!

February 15-19 - President's Week - NO SCHOOL

Kindergarten Registration

Kindergarten Online Registration begins February 1, 2021. Union School District has online registration. The link for online registration will be posted on the district and school websites. If you do not have computer access, please contact our office. Please try and attend our Kinder Orientation meeting on Jan. 21 from 6:00-7:00pm. This will be a virtual orientation and Zoom information will be posted on our website as we get closer to the date. To be eligible for Kindergarten in the fall, a child’s 5th birthday must be on or before September 1, 2021. If a child’s 5th birthday is between September 2 and December 2, 2021, s/he is eligible to attend Transitional Kindergarten during the 2021-22 school year. More information regarding registration can be found on the district website (www. unionsd.org) under “Parents."

Tips & Resources for Helping Children Through These Times

Children will process events in different ways. Here are a few tips and strategies for talking to children about current events.


The images on the news can be particularly frightening for our young students. I would recommend turning the television off or if you do have the news on, watching with your children and engaging in thoughtful discussions about what you have seen.

Let your child take the lead, and answer their questions truthfully, but without over-informing.

Remember that children will follow your lead. Try to model concern and agency: the idea that we can make a difference in our world, even when things feel overwhelming.


  • How to Talk to Your Children When Bad Things Happen

  • CDC - H​elping Children Cope with Emergencies

  • Common Sense Media - H​ow to Talk to Kids About Difficult Subjects

  • NASP - T​alking to Children About Violence

Office Hours Next Week

I will hold office hours next Thursday from 12:00-1:00.


Topic: Updates on Reopening (if we have any) and open discussion.


Join Zoom Meeting
https://unionsd.zoom.us/j/83703702089?pwd=T1FseFVRWWVaNHc4bTZHSWZqNWl1dz09
Meeting ID: 837 0370 2089
Passcode: 431713

Express Pick Up at San Jose Public Library

Miss having real books in your hands?


San Jose Library Express Pickup is an outdoor service for picking up hold requests that available Monday – Saturday from 1 – 6 PM at select library locations.


Check out this site for more information:

https://www.sjpl.org/express-pickup

Free Live Parenting Session from Love and Logic

From the Founders of Love and Logic...


If you’re a parent trying to manage your kids at home during this pandemic...

Or trying to strike a balance between your own job and your life while providing the increased support your kids need during these stressful times...

I thought you might want to know that my dad Jim and I, along with our friends Daniel and Tana Amen from the Amen Clinics are hosting a free special live event to help you do just that.

Register here today

It’s called “Parenting During Uncertain Times” and it’s happening LIVE Tuesday, January 12th.

We’ll provide solutions to current challenges facing families including:

Parenting in the age of Covid

Helping kids with anxiety, depression, worry and stress

Helping kids stay motivated in virtual school

Dealing with challenging behaviors

Long-term effective parenting strategies

Caring for your own mental health...


Click here to register for FREE

This event goes live at 8 PM EST / 5 PM PST.

School-Wide Spirit Days

Once per month, we will celebrate our Lietz Pride together, by dressing up with a spirit theme. On these days, I will send out a special announcement, which will include one of our very own Lietz students leading us in our Lietz Upstander Pledge. Each month, a teacher will nominate one of their students, who has been showing their PAWS during distance learning, to take on this leadership role! So don't forget to show your PAWS wherever you go!


Spirit Dates and Themes:

1/29: Crazy Hair Day

2/26: Sport Your Favorite Sporting Team Day

3/19: Decade Day

4/23: We're Outta This World Day (Think Outer Space!)


Spirit Day photos will be featured in our newsletter and on our website!

Useful Resources

National Parent Teacher Association Learning Guides

Find out what your child will be learning at each grade level.