HOLA Families Newsletter Feb. 24th

Holbrook Language Academy

Message from Principal Orellana

Dear HOLA School Community,

I hope you had a nice 4 day weekend and a smooth 4 day school week!

As you know one of our Pillars of Dual Language Education is to foster sociocultural competence. For this reason, our HOLA staff works relentlessly on highlighting all cultures and heritage. As I shared earlier, February is the month when we highlight and celebrate the contributions of African Americans to US history, and culture. It also gives us the opportunity to acknowledge the long struggle African Americans have endured in the journey to social justice. Our role as a school community is to advocate for social justice for our HOLA African American community and all African Americans in our school district. I invite you to talk about these issues with your family and to discuss how to stand up against racism. (LCAP 4).

Dual Language Education: As a team of educators, paraprofessionals and support staff, we are committed to fostering dual language education so that students are bilingual, biliterate , with high academic achievement with global citizenship skills. This is only possible when families and our staff work together on fostering opportunities for our Jets: a BIG Thank You for your continued commitment to Dual Language Education. (LCAP 1)

Important News! We are starting our English Learners Proficiency Assessment of California (ELPAC). This assessment is muy importante for our Emergent Bilingual students as it measures their growth in language proficiency and helps us identify students who meet the reclassification criteria. (LCAP 1)

Next week, students in 1st and SECOND grade will be assessed on ELPAC.

1st and 2nd grade Families:

  • Make sure your child has plenty of hours to sleep each night
  • Provide a healthy breakfast and snacks daily
  • Make sure your child comes every day to school and on time.

The 1st and 2nd grade students will be assessed on a 1:1 basis by three trained certified staff. Given they are assessing several students, the test administration will start next week and continues until March.

3-8th grade students will be assessed on March 14th, 15 and 16th.

Please, speak with your child about the importance of this test as an Emergent Bilingual Student and as a friend of an Emergent Bilingual Student. Our classes are cheering on each other to motivate students to do the best on the test. We welcome Home Posters or cards to motivate students on this special occasion.

Read below some other announcements and important information.

#WeAreHolbrook #SomosHolbrook

Have a great week!

- Principal Orellana

#WeAreHolbrook #SomosHolbrook #HOLAseis #HOLAproud

School Updates

LCAP Goals:

Our school district has identified four goals as areas of focus so we can support all students. Our Single Plan for Student Achievement mirrors the LCAP goals that district has proposed. Our district motto is : #All means All. At HOLA, our motto is: #Helping ALL Jets propel.

In order to help our school community learn about our goals and the actions we are taking to address them, I will add the goals to the items I share each week in this newsletter.

LCAP goals:

1. All students will receive a high quality education in a safe and welcoming environment with equitable high expectations, access to technology, and instruction in the California State Standards that prepare them for college and career.

2. High quality, culturally proficient, and responsive staff will create a safe, supportive, and engaging learning environment respectful of all students’ backgrounds to ensure they are college and career ready.

3. Parents, family and community members will be informed, engaged and empowered as partners with Mt. Diablo Unified to support student learning and improve student outcomes.

4. Focus scholars, specifically Black/African American students, Foster Youth, and students experiencing homelessness will experience culturally responsive practices and instruction, high expectations, equal access to educational opportunities, within an educational environment that builds trust and inclusive partnerships between the students, families and staff .

This Parent and School community Newsletter is an example of LCAP 3.

March 13th: Professional Development for Teachers. All teachers will attend a whole day session dedicated to enhancing their teaching toolkit to serve our students.

(LCAP goal 2.)


On March 13, our teachers will have a Professional Development day and there won't be any classes.

Our CARES program will be offering an Enrichment Day from 8:00am-4:45pm. Students are not required to stay the whole time but the program will be available from 8:00-4:45.

Sign-ins are on a first time, first serve basis. All students (even already enrolled in CARES students must sign in for this enrichment opportunity). We have 80 spots available.

Use the QR code listed in the flyer below.

(LCAP goal 3.)

HOLA News on Registration and Program

TK Families:

Students currently enrolled in the TK classes do not need to register for our Kindergarten program. Your children are automatically enrolled on our Dual Language Program. (LCAP 3).

New TK and K incoming students:

Please, help us share the news that all incoming students who are interested in our program need to do the registration at Willow Creek Center.

Steps to follow:

1. Check which one is your child's Residence School (based on your address)

2. Check the calendar for the school of residence and go to WCC on the designated dates.

3. Request for a TRANSFER to Holbrook Language Academy

If you need any help, please call our school office. We are here to help! (LCAP 3)

ELAC: Our English Learners Advisory Committee Meeting will be on March 10th at 8:30 in the Library. We will have cafecito and pastries. Our topics: Reclassification Criteria. Newcomers support. Integrated and Designated ELD. I hope you can join us! (LCAP 1 and 3)

HOLA SPIRIT Week: First ever HOLA Fitness Week!

As a school we want to celebrate Fitness Week as a way to promote the fitness of the mind and body. Our Jets took home today a pink flyer with the Spirit Week activities for each day. Encourage your children to participate in this FUN week. Below you have the electronic version of the flyer.

On Friday, March 3rd, students will participate in a walk-a-thon during the school day. PFC has created a schedule per grade level so each grade level can do the Walk-a-thon activities at a designated time. We will share the schedule soon. All families are welcome to come and cheer for the children!

(LCAP 3)

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PFC News

HOLA Jet Families!

Feb 27- March 3: Fitness Week (Mind and Body)

This will be a whole week of fun promoting healthy choices, wellness and activities to exercise your mind and body. Have your family and friends sponsor your child's Walk-a-thon by making a donation and leaving a message for your child using the following link: https://app.99pledges.com/fund/holafit or the QR Code below. This donation will contribute towards getting more Bilingual Assistant support next year.

March 3- Expo Science- Come and see the Science projects students have worked on. There will also be Wellness Vendors and Family Games!

March 3- Book Exchange Night- Bring a book to exchange for another book or bring $1 to get a book.


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Any questions or if you would like to join in on the fun of being on the PFC, please reach out! We would love to hear from you! Holbrookpfcweb@gmail.com.

With love and gratitude,

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📆 Upcoming Events

February 27-March 3rd: Fitness Spirit Week

March 3rd- Walk-a-thon Day

March 3rd- Science Expo Night (5:30pm to set up) (6:00 pm Open to all)

March 3rd- Book Exchange Night (6:00pm)

March 10th: ELAC meeting (8:30am)

March 13th: SSC (3:00pm)

Holbrook Language Academy

TK-8 Two Immersion Dual Language School

MDUSD Language Magnet School