PH & SB News!

District Wide Information for the Week of 9/21

Instructional Model Planning Survey

Dear Pine Hill and South Bay families, if you haven't already, please take this short survey to help determine our potential in-person learning plans. Your input is incredibly important and valued. Thanks so much!

Distance Learning or In-Person Learning Survey

Parent/Teacher Interviews

During the week of September 21-28, teachers will be meeting with parents to discuss their hopes, concerns, and feelings about a variety of topics for the purpose of providing the best possible educational experience to their students. We are providing the questions ahead of time so parents can be prepared going into the interview. Here are the ten questions you will be asked:

  1. What are some strengths of your child or things that they are passionate about?

  2. Tell me a little bit about what has and hasn’t worked for your child during distance learning.

  3. At the end of the school year, what do you hope your child says about his/her experience in school this year?

  4. What might be some concerns/fears that you have regarding your child?

  5. What does a day look like for your child in this distance learning environment?

  6. How and when would you like me to be in touch with you this year? What might be some things you’ll hope I communicate with you?

  7. What communication improvements could we make?

  8. Since we had to shelter-in-place last spring, are there any concerns that you have regarding your child? Have there been any changes that you would like to share with me?

  9. What supports do your child or family need as distance learning continues?

  10. What might be something I missed, but you want me to know about your child?

We look forward to meeting with you soon!

Distance Learning

Pine Hill Information:

In all grades, including kindergarten, class will begin at 8:20. Live class will be for about an hour in TK and Kindergarten, and at least two hours in first, second, and third grades. We will be gradually increasing live instruction over the next few weeks. In Kindergarten, the minimum amount of expected daily instruction is 3 hours. In grades 1-3, the minimum is 3 hours, 50 minutes. This required time will be a combination of live synchronous instruction and asynchronous (not live) learning activities.

At Pine Hill, if you haven't connected on ClassDojo with your child's teacher please do so as soon as possible. Dojo is used for communication with families frequently. Please contact your child's teacher if you have trouble connecting.

South Bay Elementary Information:

4-6th graders will be online in their Zoom classroom from 8:20-12:15 this week. We are at full schedule of school this week!

South Bay 7/8th Grade Information:

7/8th graders will be online in their Zoom classroom from 8:20-12:30 this week. We are at full schedule of school this week!

Tips for Success During Distance Learning

  • Remind your children this is temporary and for their safety.

  • Speak in a positive way with your children about distance learning.

  • Validate feelings of disappointment at not returning to physical school.

  • Establish a daily schedule, including an appropriate bedtime routine.

  • Create a distraction-free workspace if possible. Consider making it a fun project to do with your child.

  • Make time for outdoor exercise and play. Movement and fun are an important part of learning!

  • Stay patient, and take breaks as often as needed.

  • Reach out to the teacher or family resource center if you or your children are feeling overwhelmed.

  • Expect bumps in the road and remember challenges are an important part of the learning process.

  • Give yourself and your children grace.

Return School Forms

Thanks to everyone who has completed and sent back the school forms from the first week of school. If you haven't done so, please return the following school forms to the office ASAP. Use the self-addressed stamped envelope or feel free to drop off at either school's office.

Required forms:

  • Acknowledgment of Handbook (blue @ SB, white @ PH)
  • Emergency Contact updates (white)
  • Turnaround Arts Form (teal)
  • Last page of Parent Annual Rights (white booklet)
  • Housing Survey (purple)
  • Meal Application (pink)
  • Device Contract (if not signed during device pickup)

Office Hours

During distance learning, the offices at both Pine Hill and South Bay will be open from 8 am to 1 pm for walk-in needs. After 1 pm the phone will still be answered, but the office will be closed. If you need to schedule an appt. after 1 pm please contact the office. Thank you.

Self-Screening Required

Prior to entering either the Pine Hill or South Bay campus, all staff and community members must self-screen for COVID-19 symptoms. Use this list from the CDC to check to see if you have any symptoms. If you are symptomatic at all, please stay home and contact your health care service provider.

We would also like to thank everyone for wearing a mask on campus. Wearing a mask is a requirement on our two campuses indoors and when maintaining a minimum of six-feet of physical distancing is not possible. Thank you for being a part of the solution! Please see this page for more information about face coverings and how they help reduce the spread of COVID-19.

Food Distribution for 20-21 ***Read for UPDATES***

During distance learning, Pine Hill/South Bay will be providing food twice a week for families. Pick up will be at South Bay School from 11:00-1:00 Tuesday and Friday. At this time we are offering free breakfast and lunch to all children in your home 18 and under. We hope you come by for meal distribution!

Parent Workshop regarding Empowerment, Flexibility and Self Care

From the Family Resource Center:

Dear South Bay Union School District Families,

The Family Resource Center is up and running for all your family needs! My name is Angelica Munoz and I am the current Family Support Aid serving my second year as an AmeriCorps Member. I am here to support you and your family throughout these unprecedented times. Here at the center, we understand that every day can bring up a new challenge and we are here to support you in any way. Whether it’s support with unemployment, housing, food, or Distance Learning we are here to support you every step of the way. To learn more about ALL the services we offer or if you have any questions you can reach us at 707-445-5933 or text me directly at 707-506-6702. I look forward to meeting and serving you all this year.

Best, Angelica Munoz


We are happy to let you know that the Explore After School program will be up and running for our after school families. The program will look a little different virtually. We will have Zoom meetings that the students will log into and attendance will be taken. Weekly crafts, workbooks, reading, and other fun activities for the students will be provided. The supper and activity bags will go out with food pick up. Stay well and hopefully we will get back to normal soon.

Summer Reading Challenge!

Friday, September 25 is the last day to submit documentation for our summer reading program. Thanks to those who have already done so!

Students' documentation of their minutes read over the Summer can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Students can give their login and password for the scholastic Home Base site to their teacher. I will then access their report for minutes read in their account.
  • If minutes are tracked on the paper/pencil reading log, students can show their teacher on the computer and the teacher can record how many minutes total are recorded on the reading log and then send that information to me.
  • Parents or students can take a picture of the reading log with total minutes read recorded and text or email the picture to their teacher.
  • Parents can turn in the student's paper/pencil reading log to the office.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at (707) 356-8147.

Thank You, Shawna Storts

Library News!

Library book curbside pickup will continue this week!

You or your student may now reserve books online using their Chromebook! There is a short video with easy instructions on how to do this posted below. South Bay Library book curbside pickups will be on Tuesdays from 11:00-1:00 & Pine Hill pickups will be on Friday from 11:30-1:30. I will be outside near the curb with a cart of the reserved library books.

I can also email you written instructions if that is more helpful to you. Just send me an email at and I will send them to you. We are so excited that students can now check out library books again and read what they choose! Please let me know if you have any questions.

--Mrs. Bronkall, Librarian

Box Tops for PH & SB


My name is Allison Bronkall, the Librarian at both Pine Hill and South Bay Libraries this school year. Besides working in the libraries, I'm also the parent of two school-age daughters so I understand that every family has so much going on right now! However, if your family would like to help out the schools with the Box Tops for Education Program, I am still running the programs.

In the last school year, the program transitioned to an electronic one where grocery receipts need to be scanned for Box Tops credits with a free app you can download for your smartphone on the Apple Store or Google Play. The program is also still accepting any paper Box Tops clips so if you have any of those, please drop them off at either of the school offices or mail them in to the schools, attention: Library. Each Box Top is worth 10 cents so every little bit counts. Thank you for your time and support of this program that earns money for new library books!

Cultural Workshops Available for Youth

HC Black Music and Arts Association is opening registration on September 4, 2020, for the Harambee Youth Connections that start September 8, 2020. Space is limited in person, although the online classes can hold up to 20 individuals. If you or someone you know is interested in one of the Cultural Educational Workshops or the Harambee Youth Connections email either Andrea or Lorenza will assist you. See the fliers below for information.

South Bay USD Website

Visit our school website for more information.