WolfPack Weekly

9/25/2020

Dear Families,

Way to go Wolfpack! Our first month of school was a huge success! We had over 90% attendance to start the school year. We are so proud of our students and we appreciate your partnership during this unique start to the year!


Our quote this week is from Gloria E. Anzaldúa, an internationally recognized cultural theorist, creative writer, and independent scholar. Gloria Evangelina Anzaldúa (1942-2004) was a scholar of Chicana cultural theory, feminist theory, and queer theory. "What we say and what we do ultimately comes back to us so let us own our responsibility, place it in our hands, and carry it with dignity and strength."


I challenge your family this week to take a picture of something that represents your culture and post it to the PADLET board. The challenge is to NOT post pictures of people. The collage will be posted on our school website.


I am honored to work in a community where people come together to serve and lift others up! Thank you for your focus on continuing to build our great Lemon Grove Academy community!

We wish you all a wonderful weekend!

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Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month - September 15 to October 15th

The commemoration kicked off in 1968 as a week-long event. It expanded to four weeks in 1988 to reflect Mexico's, Chile's and Belize's Independence days and now ends October 15.


National Hispanic Heritage Month honors the achievements, contributions, culture, and history of Hispanic and Latinx American people. The month-long celebration commemorates the anniversary of independence for five Latin American countries: Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua.


National Hispanic Heritage Month provides an excellent opportunity to focus on Latinx literature. These books can be a jumping-off point to discuss the Latinx experience year-round. Our recommended books for elementary and middle school include picture books, chapter books and graphic novels. They help young people explore identity, names, culture, immigration, discrimination and important people in Latinx history. The following books each include two discussion guides: one for educators and one for families.


https://www.adl.org/blog/8-must-read-childrens-books-for-national-hispanic-heritage-month

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Celebrate National Hispanic American Heritage Month With These Stories

ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties

The ACLU of San Diego & Imperial Counties fights for individual rights and fundamental freedoms for all through education, litigation, & policy advocacy.


Education Equity Survey: English

Education Equity Survey: Spanish

SSC - Update

SSC POSTPONED! Each public school has a School Site Council that is comprised of the principal, school personnel, parents, and at the secondary level, students.


The purpose of the Council is to review school goals based on school data and allocate the funds necessary to support the goals. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents who are interested in learning about the systems and strategies that support our children’s education.


Currently, we have three (3) parent positions open for a two-year term. This is an elected position. Please fill out this nomination form to serve on LGA's SSC. The nomination window closes on Friday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m.

Technology Safety

It has come to our attention that some students have shared their passwords with friends which allows other students to access their school account and enter their Google Classroom and Zoom Meetings. Please remind your student about the importance of keeping passwords and Zoom links private.

Attendance Update

Attendance is monitored by the State in two ways:


1. Present or Absent. Teachers will be taking attendance based on whether or not a student is present in their Zoom during the assigned class period. Daily, every class period will have an Attendance component. Please remind your student that they must participate in Attendance-taking procedures. If your student is absent or has connectivity issues, please be sure to contact the Attendance office at msthill@lemongrovesd.net


2. Engagement. Teachers are required to mark student engagement for synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) learning. This will require students to be actively engaged in learning and will involve more frequent check-ins, additional monitoring, and accountability. Students have a responsibility to show the teacher that they are actively engaged. Active engagement may include verbally participating in class, responding in the chat, and/or turning in assignments that day.


As more information becomes available, we will update our parent community.


Please contact me if you have any questions regarding Attendance.