EMCSD Bulletin

November 2021 Edition

Message from Dr. Garcia

Dear EMCSD Community,

As we head into our season of gratitude, all of us at El Monte City School District would like to share how thankful we are for you. Serving our school community, especially the past 18 months, has been a great privilege, and we appreciate your support.

We had the opportunity to welcome California State Superintendent Mr. Tony Thurmond and Los Angeles County Office of Education Superintendent Dr. Debra Duardo at two of our schools. Both shared wonderful praise for the work our students and staff are doing. Please check out the local community resources coming up later this week, including FREE COVID-19 vaccines opportunities for children through Kaiser Permanente and Food Pantry giveaways at the Community Resource Center in El Monte. We hope you enjoy this newsletter!

In gratitude,

Dr. Maribel Garcia

CA Superintendent Visits Rio Hondo School

On Tuesday, November 9, CA State Superintendent Mr. Tony Thurmond and his team stopped by Rio Hondo School to observe the District's Nutrition Program as well as the school's daily operations. Mr. Thurmond's visit was used to help spotlight the State's Universal Student Meal program that will begin starting with the 2022-23 school year. Mr. Thurmond served lunch to 1st through 3rd graders as well as popped into some classrooms to explain the importance of education and free meals to students. Mr. Thurmond also held media availability after his visit, which you can watch below.
CA State Superintendent Tony Thurmond: Media Availability at Rio Hondo School on 11/9/21


Cleminson, Durfee, Frank Wright, and LeGore were listed as some of the top elementary schools in the state of Califronia by U.S. News & World Report. This is the first year elementary schools have been featured on U.S. News & World Report's Best Schools list. Congratulations to all 4 EMCSD schools who were honored!

Rio Hondo Honors Veterans with Annual Veterans Day Assembly

2021 Rio Hondo Veterans Day Assembly

Cortada Hosts Rocket Launch at Lunch

Cortada Rocket Launch at Lunch

Principal Caston surprised students with impromptu rocket launches during their lunches to show how science, math, and engineering can be used to do some really cool stuff!

“I never got to have or see these kinds of things as a kid, so now that I’m an adult, I want to be able to help provide these little fun experiences for our students”, said Principal Caston

Local Events & Services

Join Girl Scouts!

Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles is hosting a virtual info meeting this Thursday, November 18 at 6pm. You can register for free to attend the meeting by clicking the link here: https://qrgo.page.link/8a9VN

For more information on the meeting, please contact Miranda Marquez at mmarquez@girlscoutsla.org or call (626) 677-2360

Free Food Pantry, Pumpking Pie Giveaway, and COVID-19 Vaccines!

L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Center in El Monte has partnered with God’s Pantry & Mother’s Nutritional Center to host a walk up food distribution at the Community Resource Center in El Monte. We welcome the community to walk up and pick up a bag of assorted groceries, fruits and vegetables, and pumpkin pie at no cost. We have also partnered up with CORE & Chinatown Service Center to host a walk up COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic.

Date:Wednesday, November 17th

Time: 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Where:The Community Resource Center, El Monte (3570 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731)

For questions, please call (213) 428-1495

Student Newsletters for November

Happy November! The months are going by quick this school year! Quarter 1 has just ended and Quarter 2 has officially started! Which also means that this month will be short since Thanksgiving break (Nov. 22-26) is right around the corner! Please see the attached documents to view the Student K-5 and 6-8 grade Counseling Corner newsletters courtesy of our Opportunity Program. Learn about the habit of the month and wellness tips for you and your children!

COVID-19 Resources

Anyone ages 5 & up can receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

In case you missed it, the FDA and CDC approved emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and up. You can make an appointment for your child on https://myturn.ca.gov/

Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm 7 days a week for assistance with appointments.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s vaccine website. Reminder: COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. Health insurance is NOT required and your immigration status will NOT affect your eligibility to receive the vaccine.

In addition to children 5-11 being approved to take the Pfizer vaccine, ALL COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) are now approved by the FDA & CDC for boosters. If you got Pfizer or Moderna (both doses at least 6 months ago), you are eligible for a booster. J&J is available to anyone who received a dose more than 2 months ago and is 18+.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information Webinar (in Spanish) on Wednesday, November 17 at 7pm

The Tzu Chi Medical Foundation is hosting another virtual COVID-19 Vaccine Info Seminar tomorrow, Wednesday, November 17 at 7:00pm. This seminar will be hosted in Spanish and families are allowed to submit questions. You can watch the seminar LIVE by clicking this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ikFtTqtiY5I

Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Children

Kaiser Permanente is providing free COVID-19 vaccinations for children (ages 5 – 11) throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for children.

COVID-19 vaccinations are available to Kaiser Permanente members and the community.

For appointments, call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) or visit kp.org/covidvaccine

Appointments Highly Recommended, Walk-ins Also Accepted:

Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center

Baldwin Park Medical Offices 2, 2nd floor

1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Closed Sunday and holidays

November 26, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.; November 27, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

By Appointment Only:

Kaiser Permanente Diamond Bar Medical Offices

1336 Bridgegate Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 27, 7:30 – 11 a.m. (children only)

Kaiser Permanente Montebello Medical Offices

1550 Town Center Drive, Montebello, CA 90640

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 13 and December 4, 7:30 – 11 a.m. (children only)

For appointments, call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) or visit


COVID-19 Testing Resources

Testing is free and available to everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. Free COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout El Monte and neighboring communities, find the closest location near you by clicking this link: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. Residents of LA County without internet access can call 211 to speak with an operator who will help you make an appointment.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, November 15 -Friday, November 19: Parent Conferences

Monday, November 22 - Friday, November 26: Schools closed for Thanksgiving Break

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