Lion's Roar

April 16, 2021

Upcoming Events!

April 23: Spirit Day - We're Outta This World! Dress like you're from outer space!

April 26 - May 1: Lietz Walk A Thon

May 3 - Extended Day In-Person Learning Begins

In-Person Learning Update

At the board meeting on Monday, the expansion of our in-person learning schedule to 4-hours per day (8am-12pm), five-days per week beginning on May 3rd was announced. Please be aware of the following:

Safety protocols: Union School District is in alignment with Santa Clara County Health Department and California Safe Schools for All guidelines for returning students to in person instruction. Our approved safety protocols include daily home health screens, mask requirements for all students and staff, physical distancing, campus cleaning and disinfecting protocols, as well as other measures while on school campuses.

Classroom Capacity: In-person classroom capacity has been aligned with the CDC’s updated recommendations for 3ft distancing between student chairs. In-person class sizes will be adjusted to allow for the collapsing of AM/PM cohorts into stable AM groups to accommodate returning students and increase instructional time during the school day. This means that some classes may have a full class of students in the room at one time.

Teacher/Class assignments: Every effort will be made to keep students with their currently assigned teacher, however there may be assignment changes based on how many students choose to remain in distance learning.

Placement priority: Our priority is to keep students with their current teacher(s) whenever possible. When we cannot accommodate all students in a particular class, students in these categories will be prioritized:

An Individualized Education Plan (IEP)

English language learners, low socio-economic status, homeless or foster youth

Struggled with attendance during distance learning

Struggled academically with multiple failing grades or a need for additional intervention supports

Instructional models:

In-person learning experience (Roomers): In-person means that students will attend in-person instruction in stable class groups with a 4-hour AM instructional block (8am-12pm, individual start times may vary) for 5 days per week in grades K-5th. Instructional minute requirements will be met in-person. Asynchronous assignments will not be assigned. Independent assignments may be provided on an individualized basis and at a grade level appropriate level.

Distance learning experience (Zoomers): Students remaining in distance learning will continue to receive a combination of live and asynchronous online instruction based on the instructional minutes requirements per grade level: 180 minutes for TK and kindergarten, 230 minutes for 1st-3rd grades and 240 minutes for 4th and 5th grades. Distance learning may be delivered simultaneously with in-person instruction happening in the classroom. Current distance learning schedules may change to align with AM in-person instruction as we prioritize keeping as many of our students with their currently assigned teacher as possible.

Happy Kids After Spring Break!

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Lietz Walk-A-Thon: Shake, Rattle and Roll! April 26-May 1

We are just a few weeks away from our Lietz Walkathon (April 23 - May 1). Historically, our Walkathon has been our biggest fundraising event and 100% of donations have directly supported Lietz programs such as Art Vistas, Create with Clay, Project Cornerstone and Music Education, just to name a few. We need your help in order to keep these amazing programs running this year and in the new school year.

How can you help?

Please donate!

  • This year, we are asking families to contribute $100 or more per Lietz child. Of course, any donation amount will help.
  • Turn your cash and check donations into your teacher or to the office by Monday, May 3. Checks may be made payable to Lietz Home and School Club.
  • Donate by credit card using this link. (Please be sure to specify Lietz Home and School Club for any corporate matching programs. NOT Lietz Elementary School!)

Purchase a t-shirt and a mask

  • Visit this link to order your t-shirt ($10) and mask ($10).
  • Or, visit the office to fill out an order form and pay by cash or check.

Recording of Parent Office Hours

Yesterday, we had a Q&A session regarding the extension of our in-person learning beginning May 3. If you missed the session, please click on the button below to view the recording.

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP)

The Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) is the district plan which shows how Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF) Supplemental funds will be spent to principally support students identified as English Language Learners, Socioeconomically Disadvantaged or Foster Youth. Part of preparing the annual LCAP update for this year is to gather stakeholder feedback on goals and services which will then inform the planning for 2021-24.

As a district we are committed to ensuring that all of our students are prepared with a foundation of excellence to pursue lifelong learning and become productive citizens. We value your input and ask that you please take a few minutes to complete this survey by Friday, April 16: Union School District LCAP Survey

Time to Order Your Yearbooks! (Click on image below to place your order)

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