Full-Year Distance Learning (FYDL)

Wednesday Newsletter #21 February 10, 2021

Greendell/Full-Year Distance Learning School Site Council Adds a Social-Emotional Goal

Greendell School and the Full-Year Distance Learning Program's Site Council met to finalize our school and program's goals for this year. After reviewing the goals, the site council felt strongly about adding a social-emotional learning goal (SEL) for our students.

Below is the SEL goal that was developed:

"Focus on student and family connectedness in our Full-Year Distance Learning School community. Provide students with social-emotional learning that builds a school culture that is positive and supportive for all students and their families."

In order to measure our progress on this important goal, we adapted a survey for our families to complete now and again at the end of the school year.

Please help us by completing the SEL survey included in this Newsletter.

Thank you very much!

Nikole Manou and Shannon Coleman

Social-Emotional Learning Survey for Families

NO SCHOOL February 15th

Presidents' Day

School resumes on Tuesday, February 16th at 8:30am.

FYDL Parent Virtual Coffee on Wednesday, March 3rd from 2:00-2:45 pm

Our next parent coffee is on the calendar for Wednesday, March 3rd, from 2:00-2:45 pm. During our time together, we will welcome Jeong Choe, the Director of PAUSD's Innovation and Agility. She will be facilitating the conversation regarding the Full-Year Distance Learning program and asking for your input as we plan for the 2021-22 school year.

In the next Newsletter, I will post the Zoom link for our virtual coffee.

I look forward to seeing you on March 3rd!



Please enjoy the next edition of School News- highlighting PAUSD schools.

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Materials Distribution this Friday, 2/12 from 2 pm- 4 pm. Location: Greendell Elementary

Some families will receive an email from their teacher inviting them to visit Greendell this Friday, 2/12, from 2 pm -4 pm to pick up another round of supplies.

Please follow the "Walk-Up Instructions" outlined below.

*Remember, each teacher will email their families to alert them if this "Supply/Materials Distribution" is one you need to attend. If you do not receive an email, then you are not scheduled to pick-up supplies at this time.

Calendar of Future Supply Pick-Up Dates:

  • March 19th 2-4 pm
  • April 23rd 2-4 pm
  • May 14th 2-4 pm
  • June 3rd 2-4 pm (last day of school)
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Greendell School Materials Walk-Up Instructions

Please drive to Greendell Elementary and follow the steps outlined below:

  • Please park your car.
  • Please wear a mask.
  • Please walk up to the indicated area on the map as "START HERE."
  • Please follow the direction of the arrows. It is one-way only.
  • Please pick up your child's materials, sorted by teacher, on the table(s) outside the MP Room.
  • Please maintain 6ft distance from others at all times.
  • Please return to your car once you reach the area indicated on the map as "END HERE" and leave campus.

NEW Lunch Activity: Mindfulness

Welcome to Mindfulness!

This lunch activity is taught by Rani Jayakumar. Rani is a certified mindfulness instructor through Mindful Schools and has been teaching mindfulness and music for nine years. She is a parent of two children at JLS and Ohlone. Her other passions include singing, the environment, and anything creative. More details at okachiko.com

More about the Mindfulness session from Rani:

"In these difficult times, children can often use a safe space to find calm, release thoughts and feelings, and find their own inner resources. I hope to offer such a place, with a weekly drop-in mindfulness session during lunchtime. Your child (and you, if you wish) are welcome to participate in a relaxing atmosphere with short, fun sessions that may include activities such as mindful eating, games of concentration, music, gratitude, and more. They may find a moment of connection with you, with other children, and themselves. Please join me."

February's Mindfulness Theme: February - Love (loving yourself and others)

The sessions for K-2 students: Tuesdays from 12:30-12:50

The sessions for 3-5 students: Thursdays from 12:30-12:50


Palo Alto Unified School District is pleased to invite you to join our 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Forming Challenge! We appreciate the community partners who joined us to launch this Challenge: The City of Palo Alto, Youth Community Service and the Palo Alto PTA Council.

Join the Challenge: Learn. Reflect. Act.

Reminder! Greendell for Attendance

The attendance email is greendellattendance@pausd.org. This is the best way for a parent to report an absence.

The office phone is (650) 856-0833. Voicemails left on this phone number will be forwarded to the Greendell office staff.

FDL What'sApp Group

Some of the families immediately created a WhatsApp FDL group. To join, please select the following link: https://chat.whatsapp.com/C8VDj4cbM79IA4PFZHTS4d

FDL on Facebook!

Another great way to meet other FDL families is by joining the parent sponsored FDL Facebook group called "FDL parents community." Contact Corinne Haböck at corinne.haboeck@swissonline.ch or for more information.

Wednesday Newsletter will now be published bi-monthly.

Please look for the next Wednesday Newsletter to be published on February 24th.

Nikole Manou

Full-Year Distance Learning Facilitator

Instructional Coach K-5

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FYDL Social-Emotional Learning Survey for Families