September 2, 2020
From the Principal
Dear Miller Families,
Thank you all so much for a successful start to the school year. I know there have been a number of kinks in the various online platforms and we appreciate your patience as the district gets a handle on them. I’ve been booted from trainings, classroom zoom meetings and various other district online tools. Know that we are aware and will not be penalizing children when this happens- this week or any week. We must all remain patient when these occur as they are something out of our control. I would recommend that you communicate with your child’s teacher if you get kicked out of a meeting or platform so that they are aware of the situation. Sometimes it is district wide and sometimes it is confined to an area of the city. The main point is to at least stay in touch with them. We want success and want your child to be as present and active as possible but if the adults are having difficulties too then we just need to work together. Once there is more of a routine and rhythm to the day there will be greater opportunities for reconnecting online.
Gina Camacho McGrath
For questions please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Miller Office Hours
The office will be open every Tuesday from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm for walk ins. This is the time to complete enrollment and for new student chromebook pick up. The office staff will be working remotely the other days of the week. If you need help or have questions outside of these hours please email email@example.com. Your email will be responded to as soon as possible.
PowerSchool Parent Portal Information
Every year when school starts, we normally send home a new enrollment card for you to update with any new information that has changed. This year is going to be a little different, but we will be able to save paper. 😊 You teachers will be sending home your Parent Portal password sometime next week. With this information you will be able to log in and make any changes. This will be your chance to update phone number, email address and any other information that will make it easier to contact you. You will also have access to other information regarding your student. Please complete this as soon as you receive your information from your teacher.
Need help with your district Chromebook or other Online Learning devices / (619) 732-1400
Make sure students are signed into sandiegounified.zoom.us
If students are having problems joining a Zoom meeting that has been set up for authenticated users, have them follow these steps.
Technology Resources for Families
During Online Learning, we will continue to work to get educational devices and connectivity options into the hands of students and families to ensure teaching and learning can continue anytime, anywhere, to support teaching and learning to the greatest extent possible. While schools are temporarily closed, the San Diego Unified School District (SDUSD) will make available Chromebook laptop devices to students in grades TK-12 who may not otherwise have access to a computer at home.
Need a Device?
For students needing a device for the 2020-21 school year, your school of enrollment will provide instructions so you may plan for a pick up.
If your student already has a device that is not working or is broken, please DO NOT return it to your school. Instead, contact the Online Learning Support Line at 619-732-1400. The support technician will provide directions for exchanging your student device if it can’t be fixed during the call.
Need Help Connecting to the Internet?
Please contact the SDUSD Family Support Line at (619) 260-2460 to learn about the multiple internet service options available.
Dedicated agents are standing by ready to assist. Bilingual-Spanish assistance is available.
Hours of operation are 7 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Monday – Friday 8 a.m. - 12 p.m. on select Saturdays ( Aug. 29, Sept. 5 and Sept. 12).
Laptop Care and Use at Home
We always recommend that students:
§ Charge the laptop fully each night - it may also be used while plugged in
§ Use the laptop in a common area of the house - avoid using outside
§ Use the laptop on a desk or table - avoid using or leaving it on floors
§ Keep the laptop away from food, liquid, and pets
As the Chromebook laptop is District property, the Student Device and Use Agreement is in effect for the duration of the loan. All district settings and controls will apply. Student web content is filtered, but parents/guardians are ultimately responsible for monitoring the student’s use and browsing activity of the laptop.
Need help with your district Chromebook or other Online Learning devices?
For technical support, call the
Online Learning Technical Support Line at (619) 732-1400.
Hours of operation are 8 am - 5 pm, Monday - Friday.
Saturday Hours: 9 am - 1 pm September 1 - October 31
News From Miller PTA
Yearbooks from last school year (2019-2020) were not delivered to the PTA until July. The PTA has been working hard to get them to families. If you ordered a yearbook and have not yet received it, please contact the PTA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA is always looking for new and returning members! Did you know your PTA helps pay for enrichment programs, sponsors family nights such as Math Night with Mathnasium, and gives teacher grants for classroom supplies? PTA membership and dues support your community and child by assisting in funding essential educational and curriculum needs; advocating on behalf of children and educators not just locally but also on state and national levels; and building an inclusive community for all families. You are invited to join PTA for your child because every membership makes it possible to provide educational resources and give a voice to important issues, creating a stronger community. There is no right or wrong way to be involved- anything you give, whether it be time or money, will support your child. Join today at https://jointotem.com/ca/san-diego/doris-miller-elementary-pta.
Resources for Military families!
If you wish to utilize services or inquire into other resources available to
military families, please reach out to your school liaison Stacey Bengtson at (858) 349-7678. Additionally, listed below are several resources that provide a broad range of support to the Military community.
San Diego Military Collaborative
Fleet and Family Support Center
Additional Resources for military Families: