BES Community Newsletter
August 6, 2021
Dear Pioneer Families,
Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! We hope that you are all thoroughly enjoying your summer break but know that you likely have many questions about this upcoming school year. We are so thrilled that we are in person full day this year! This means all kids attend classes with their entire class the full school day! Students are allowed to eat lunch at school and play on the playground! We are allowed and will have Friday Flag again! This is all so exciting!!
This newsletter will share some important information about our reopening next week. Keep in mind that this is the information that we have right now. There may be some adjustments to procedures and protocols, and we promise to keep you informed of any changes, should they occur.
We have had a number of inquiries over the past week, so we will include answers to many of these questions in this newsletter. Please continue to check your email regularly over the next couple of days as we send regular updates to help prepare everyone for the transition back to full-time learning.
Since our world is still in the midst of this pandemic, there are still safety precautions and guidelines that we will follow. But, in a nutshell school will be back to normal with the exception of two changes until further notice.
1) Masks must be worn on school sites when indoors
2) Visitors and volunteers are not allowed on school campuses at this time
While we would love to be fully back to "normal", we want students and families to know that we have every intention of providing a fun and engaging school year with family involvement. Our number one priority is and will always be student safety.
I look forward to seeing everyone on the first day of school and working together this school year! Please continue to read through this newsletter for more important start of school information and be sure to watch the WELCOME BACK video down below so your child can see what they can expect a typical day to look like this year.
Back to School FAQ
When will we find out our child's class assignment?
We are diligently working on building classes this week. Our goal is to open the Infinite Campus Parent Portal on Friday, August 6 at 4:00 p.m. Parents can log into the portal after this in order to view their child's class assignment.
Please note: we will not be accepting requests for teacher/classroom changes for the first 10 days of school.
How do I find out who my student has for a teacher?
If you have not completed your Returning Student registration, including uploading two (2) proofs of residency, your student will not be showing up in a class.
What will the first day of school look like?
We are excited to welcome all students on Wednesday, August 11th. This is a MODIFIED DAY so all students K-5 will attend from 8:55 AM-1:00 PM. ALL students will attend school from 8:55 AM to 1:00 PM. This includes both Early Bird and Late Bird Kindergarteners. On Thursday and Friday Kinder students will attend during their respective Early Bird or Late Bird scheduled time (see bell schedule below).
Kinder Students are highly encouraged to participate in our Kinder Color Days on Aug. 11 and Aug. 12 to help them feel comfortable knowing they are in the right classrooms and lines. Kinder Color Assignments are:
Ms. Smith's Class: Purple
Mrs. Martell's Class: Blue
Mrs. Peterson's Class: Red
Ms. Dickey's Class: Green
All other students are encouraged to wear school spirit wear on day 1 or simply wear our school colors of blue and/or green. We will have extra staff available to help guide students to ensure they feel safe and comfortable and know where to go.
Please watch this quick video with your students so they can see what they might expect their day to look like. WELCOME TO SCHOOL VIDEO.
For safety reasons, schools do not publish their specific bell schedules on their websites. We are providing images of our regular day and modified schedules below.
Wednesday, August 11th- Modified Day for ALL students K-5, ALL students attend school from 8:55 am to 1:00 pm
Thursday and Friday, August 12th and 13th- Regular Day Schedule for ALL students (please see Thursday/Friday schedule below)
Will students need to wear a mask?
Yes, at this time, all students and employees are required to wear masks while indoors. Please send your student to school with a mask.
Students will not need to wear a mask when outdoors. This includes: recess, lunch, PE, transition times, and any learning opportunities provided in an outdoor setting. We are working with teachers to provide as many learning opportunities as possible in an outdoor setting. This will allow students to have additional time where a face mask is not required.
Where does my child enter the school?
Arrival & Dismissal Procedures
DROP OFF PROCEDURES
Before arriving at school, parents will conduct a health self-check to ensure the safety of their child(ren) and others.
No student entry prior to 8:40 a.m. (AM) or 10:30 a.m. (PM K). Please do not drop off early as there will be no student supervision.
There is one vehicle drop-off location:
Parents will drop off students at the front of the school using the right-hand lane if by car. Leaving the front loop by exiting onto Harveston Dr.
For our students and families that walk to school, our back gate on Bristol Rd. will be open for students to access.
For students with transportation services, the bus will enter campus at our kinder loop (see map below).
If students ride their bikes or scooters to school, they will park their wheels in the bike area closest to the gate they are entering. Helmets are required.
Siblings may be together while they wait to be picked up- older siblings will be asked to wait with the youngest sibling.
There is one vehicle pick-up location:
Front of the school
Parents will pick up students at the front of the school using the right-hand lane if by car. Leaving the front loop by exiting onto Harveston Dr.
For our students and families that walk home, our back gate on Bristol Rd. will be open as students exit our campus.
For students with transportation services, aides and teachers accompany students to the boarding location at our kinder loop (see map below).
If students walk home, they are to meet their parents and/or sibling(s) at a predetermined location in front of the school away from all the cones and lines.
If a student is riding a bike or scooter, it is important no one hangs out at the bike rack and everyone continues to social distance as they quickly move off-campus. Helmets are required.
KINDER DROP OFF and PICK UP
ALL K drop off and pick up will take place at the kinder gate/loop.
Will an adult be allowed to walk my student to class on the first day of school?
Yes! On the first day of school parents will be allowed to walk students to their classroom door. Parents may help their student navigate to the classroom door, but ONLY students will be allowed inside the classroom.
Starting Thursday, August 12th ALL students will have to enter at their respective gates and navigate to their line independently. There will be plenty of employees available to help students get to their classroom lines.
When will students receive their iPads?
All students will check out textbooks during the first week of school. New students who do not have an iPad will check one out at this time. Families will be notified regarding purchasing device insurance, and we strongly encourage families to get their devices insured!
2021/22 SCHOOL YEAR DEVICE INSURANCE - BEGINS LATE AUGUST 2021
TVUSD is happy to offer students and their families device insurance. We know that things happen and so we offer insurance to give you peace of mind knowing that you're covered should something occur. The cost is $20 per device for the 21-22 school year ( July 1-June 30). Please use the following link.
Will there be recess and lunch?
Yes. As indicated in our bell schedule, students will participate in recess and lunch, which have always been outdoors unless there is inclement weather (this includes Kindergarten). Students will have full access to all play equipment and structures.
Do all students get a free lunch?
YES! As part of USDA’s extension of many COVID relief waivers, schools nationwide will be allowed to serve meals, free of charge through the Seamless Summer Option. This option maintains the nutrition standards of the standard school meal programs – including a strong emphasis on providing fruits and vegetables, fluid milk, whole grains, and sensible calorie levels. Although all students receive meals free of charge, we are asking that all eligible families complete an online application by visiting, temeculafreshfood.com/. Completing an application not only helps our District’s Budget but may also help provide before and after school academic & enrichment programs, fee waivers for college applications and AP tests, and resources for teachers.
Parent and Student Handbooks
What's Happening with PTO
PTO is a great way to be involved in school events and fundraisers, as well as get to know other parents and community members. Click here to find out more about our PTO.
If you are interested, our PTO has the following open positions:
President, Ways and Means, and VP of Standards