Ohlone Family Connection

April 17, 2021

Crazy Anything Day!

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Joy & Connection

We have had a wonderfully full week! Student Council's Crazy Anything Spirit Day was a huge success (confirmed by Room 4's class selfie above)! Way to show your school spirit everyone!

We are in the homestretch of the last 7 weeks of school. I had it incorrect in the last OFC! That's 33 days of school left, people. There is much to do! Next week is Earth Week, Spring Fling is just around the corner, CAASPP testing begins next week for 4/5, Book Fair, Temple Grandin Author Visit, and then we have 2/3 Simulation Day, Puberty Talks, Promotion, oh my!

Next week is also Staff Appreciation week. I am beyond grateful for our teachers and staff who have been working over full capacity. They are maintaining the joy, comfort, and enthusiasm for learning for students in the midst of a pandemic, uncertainty, and much angst in our world. Ohlone students are happy, engaged, and excited about school. They are growing, learning, and continuing on their trajectory of developing into well-rounded global citizens who consider the perspectives of others and celebrate learning about each other. It is our parent-staff partnership that makes Ohlone go 'round. Hats off to you as well!

Today is the Family Leadership Summit and the beginning of our online Ohlone Book Fair. Additional details are below.

It's not too late to join us in the sunshine for Farm Work Day today. No experience necessary. All hands appreciated. Sign-up here! I hope to see you there :).

Thank you to our in-person learning families for filling out your child's health screener every morning by 7:45am. It helps us immensely and saves valuable class time for your children.

Have a great weekend!


Ohlone Principal

On the April Horizon

Earth Week - April 19-23

Staff Appreciation - April 20-22

4/19 - 2/3 Hybrid Returns Full-Time

4/19 - Farm Council - 12:30-2:00

4/20 - PTA Exec Board - 3:15-4:45

4/20 - PAUSD Board Meeting - 6:30pm

4/21 - Core Values Committee - *Rescheduled

4/23 - Asynchronous Day for K/1 Hybrid

4/23 - PTA General Meeting - 2:45-3:30

4/23 - Spring Fling Videos Due

4/26 - Site Council Meeting - 2:30-4:00

4/28 - Student Council Meeting - 3:00-3:45

4/29 - Temple Grandin Author Visit - 8:50-9:30

4/30 - Ohlone Times - 12:00-12:30

5/2 - Spring Fling - 4:00pm

Today is the PAUSD Family Leadership Summit - April 17

Sign-Up To Attend!

Aptly named Equity for Academic Success as the sessions in this day of the series revolve around the idea of truly teaching every child. The breakdown of sessions on this day will focus on supporting diverse learners, teaching the whole child, bringing culture into the classroom, breaking down cultural barriers and biases, and the pathway towards college and career success.

FLS Informational Video

Day 2 - Student Equity Challenge

Last week, we began the 7-Day Equity Challenge for students. Day 1 involved discussing race with our children. This week, we will focus on Day 2 as we think about literature that provides mirrors and windows for students. Do we have books in our classrooms where students can see themselves and learn about others? Do you have these books at home? A video from Dr. Rudine Sims Bishop discussing this important focus follows below.

The question to discuss at home this week is "How do you feel about yourself? At home? At school? How do you think students of color feel? At home? At school?" Here is the link to the website and book list.

Please also feel free to explore the Equity Book List for other titles of interest!

Mirrors, windows and sliding doors

Ohlone Book Fair - April 18th Kickoff!

This Spring, you’re invited to shop the Ohlone Book Fair online from Sunday, April 18th - May 1st. All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series and more! Happy Reading!

*Begin shopping on Sunday, April 18th
*Free shipping, direct to your home, on orders of $25 or more
*Set up an eWallet account today (see link for details)
*Gift books to your child's classroom by purchasing ecards for their teacher

Any questions in the meantime? Contact:
Maria mariambrown4@hotmail.com
Angie asanaee1129@gmail.com
Jina jinarim@gmail.com

Spring Fling Videos Due Friday, 4/23

Please submit videos by this Friday, April 23!

Ohlone’s annual talent show will be a YouTube Live Premier event, taking place on Sunday, May 2 at 4:00pm. Students who want to participate in this show should create a video clip of their performance and submit it by Friday, April 23, using this Google form. A few guidelines:

  • Video clips should be 3 minutes or less.
  • Find a setting with good light (outdoor or natural lighting is the best).
  • Make sure you have good sound.
  • Use landscape mode (horizontal) for better viewing
  • Please link to your full quality video on the Google form.

Questions? Contact Alex Nakonechnyj at alexandre_nako@hotmail.com.

Grace got Temple!

Upcoming Author’s Visit for Grades 2-5 with Dr. Temple Grandin

Join us for our district-wide author’s visit - April 29 at 8:50am!

From New York Times bestselling author and world-renowned scientist and autism spokesperson Temple Grandin comes a book about exploring the world around us, asking questions, and making sense of what we see--with 40 fun outdoor activities that promote independent thinking, which kids can enjoy all year round!

If you would like to order the book and help continue to support free author visits, please visit: https://www.keplers.com/temple-grandin. Please click newsletter to learn more about this author and for the webinar link.

Health Screeners - Parent Square

Beginning April 19, health screeners will be checked at the classroom door by teachers when students arrive. Parents and caregivers are still not permitted on campus :(.

Students will continue to enter and exit the same gates for drop-off and pick-up. Students must continue to wait at the gates for them to be "opened" by a staff member. We will be welcoming students onto campus at approximately 8:10am.

If your child's health screener is not completed, their teacher will send them to the office to wait while we call you to confirm. Students miss valuable class time when they need to wait outside of the office, so please be sure to complete this critical step before you leave for school. Here are some easy to digest reminders:

  • Complete your child's health screener no later than 7:45am each school morning.
  • Students will enter and exit through the same gates. Wait for the green light from an adult.
  • Students will continue to use hand sanitizer before entering campus.
  • Students will wait outside the classroom to have their health screener checked by teacher.
  • Students with uncompleted screeners will be sent to office to wait for parent confirmation.
  • For pick-up, please have your last name clearly visible on your dashboard.

Puberty Talks for 4th & 5th Grade - Message from District Nurse

We are pleased that students will have the opportunity to participate in Puberty Talk Distance Learning, an online course developed by Health Connected in response to COVID-19. Puberty Talk Distance Learning has been adapted from the original Puberty Talk course, and integrated into five live webinars. It also includes additional follow-up assignments that can be completed at each student’s own pace. Lessons have been developed in accordance with the California Health Education Content Standards for “Growth, Development and Sexual Health” and the California Education Code.

If you would like to know more, a parent information session via webinar will take place on Wednesday April 21st from 5:30-6:30 pm and Monday April 26th from 5:30-6:30 pm.

Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_AN4sYEhNQK6Qy3KTjJ0I6g

Monday, April 26 at 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm
Please register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_WBL8zxGbTNyJads34sAFNA

You may view a bilingual version (English/Spanish) of the student facing webinar materials at bit.ly/Bilingual-PT-Toolkit-Preview.

If you have any questions, please contact Rosemarie Dowell at health@pausd.org.

CAASPP Testing - Grades 3-5

CAASSP Testing is scheduled to begin the week of April 19 for the 4/5 Cluster and the week of April 26 for 3rd grade. Please take note of the following important testing dates. You will hear more details from your child's teacher as the dates draw near.

  • Grade 3: April 27, May 4, 5, 11, 12
  • Grade 4 & 5: April 20, 21, 27, May 4, 5
  • Grade 5 only: May 18

Message from Safe Routes to School

As the transition back to school continues, PAUSD will continue promoting physically distanced, active and shared transportation options to support healthy, safe, and efficient student transportation to and from school. Last fall and this spring, all students in grades K, 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7 and 8 will have received a 30-minute bike and/or pedestrian safety virtual presentation taught by a Safe Routes to School instructor. Thanks to PAUSD teachers and the City of Palo Alto for accommodating these in-class lessons.

Please use PAUSD Walk and Roll Suggested Route Maps to identify preferred local routes. Road safety concerns should be reported to Palo Alto 311.

Additional real-world bike commuting practice is available through supplementary summer bike safety classes, including a Third Grade Socially Distanced Bike Rodeo Summer Series and Wheelkids Middle School Bike Skills Camp. More educational resources about safe walking and biking are available at //cityofpaloalto.org/saferoutes.

PiE - We need you!

We are looking for a few more volunteers to join our team for the 2021-2022 school year. We’d love for you to join our PiE Team. PiE makes an impact across every school for every student. The volunteer time commitment is low and the impact is huge.

Upcoming new rep training - May 20th at 9:00am
Interested? Want more information? Email us at ohlone@papie.org. Thanks!

Join us for Site Council in 2021-22!

What is Site Council?

Site Council is a decision-making body on campus comprised of staff members and parents who are responsible for overseeing the School Plan for Student Achievement or SPSA, the site Safety Plan, and actions/events/resource allocations that support SPSA and Safety Plan goals.

Who should think about joining Site Council?

ANY parent who is interested in supporting the inner-workings of the school! Site Council is an important part of our community and parent voices on the council are critical.

When are Site Council meetings?

Site Council meets monthly on Mondays from 2:30-4:00pm

Who do I contact if I'm interested in participating on Site Council?

Contact me at dyoshinaga@pausd.org and I will connect you with our Site Council Chair, Jen Glos.

We have some important initiatives we will be supporting next year to help our students have a strong return to school. Please consider volunteering for Site Council. We need a diverse set of experiences and perspectives at the table!

Education and Democracy Webinar

If you have time, please check out this free event: Education and Democracy: An Evening with Gloria Ladson-Billings on April 28th at 5 PM.

“What role do educators and parents play in building an informed and inspired electorate? How can we elevate and encourage a rising core of young people to use their voices for change? Join Gloria Ladson-Billings for an evening of learning and conversation with education visionaries who think deeply about these important and timely questions.”


Parent Resources

After School Care

Ohlone Kids Club now has extended hours and can offer care until 5:00pm. Please visit their website or call Danielle for more information.

Right at School also has openings for before and after school care. Check out their website!