Prado View Elementary - Week of March 1, 2021
Note from the Principal
We hope this finds you and your family doing well, safe, and healthy as we move forward with opening for our Traditional/Remote students on Monday, March 1, 2021.
Hopefully, you have heard the news that our school is an official nominee as a "Capturing Kids' Hearts National Showcase School." This is a big honor as our staff works hard to make Prado View a safe, welcoming, and caring place to be. We will keep you updated as we hear any further information.
Of course, some of our MOST exciting news is that we are opening up for our Traditional / Remote students on Monday, March 1. For families of T/R students, please be sure you ahve watched the video that was emailed to you last week. The most important parts are at the beginning, where the schedule, drop-off, and pick-up procedures are discussed along with visuals. ONLY students and staff will be allowed in the front of school and on campus, so it is very important that all of our T/R families understand where to go. Our staff is prepared to assist with students, so please know that we are here to support! The video will answer most of your questions, so please watch it if you have not already. It is posted again below in case you need it.
Also, we want to ensure that all of our families know that our office will remain closed and is available by appointment only. Our amazing office staff will be handling phone calls always, so do call our office at (951) 736-3474 if you need to make an appointment or have a question. During arrival and dismissal times (7:45 - 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 - 10:15 a.m. for Cohort A and 11:45 - 12:00 p.m. and 2:00 -2:15 p.m. for Cohort B), we ask for your patience as all staff will be working to assist with arrival and dismissal supervision. This is because NO adult will be allowed in front of campus to meet up with a student; all meet-ups will occur at Ridgeline park next to our campus because this is the location where there is enough space for families to socially distance from each other as they wait. Again - please watch the video for specific information and visuals. With one person in the office taking phone calls during this time, you may not get an answer right away. Please know this so that you can call when there are more office staff present. Student safety and feeling comfortable is our first priority in these first days of school because it has been almost a year since the students have been on campus! For our kindergartners, it will be their very first time! As a result, our staff is using the "all hands on deck" approach to ensure our students get to where they need to be.
For our virtual families - thank you for your continued efforts with supporting your child at home as his or her learning coach. We know this has been a challenge for some while others are thriving. Keep up the hard work and know that we are here for you, too!
For this month, "courage" is a characteristic we will focus on. You can get more information from our Capturing Kids' Hearts March Family Newsletter located below this section. It will take courage for some of our students to get over their nerves as they enter school for the first time in a while - or ever! Additionally, whenever students face something that challenges them or they are afraid of trying, courage is what will get them through. Parents - for some of you, it will take courage to drop off your child for the first time. We are here to help you through it!
We are excited to welcome our learners on campus this coming week. I hope you and yours have a great week ahead! Don't forget to smile, even under a mask!
We know that life today is different than it was almost a year ago. That being said, there is a lot of support for our families. If you have not checked it out, please visit our Parent Center! It is an amazing place where families across the district connect and get help where needed. The Parent Center has various resources and workshops available for families.
Some families have wondered why on earth we are asking elementary students to bring their district devices back and forth to school. Because safety measures include that students are not to share items, this includes computers. We are not able to currently use our computer labs, and even these are not as necessary with students having a device. Of course - students will also be working with paper and pencil, however, we also want to be able to teach them how to navigate Google Classroom better, along with other digital literacy components so that they are more independent and capable on their own.
We do need students to take proper care of their device. They can fit easily in a backpack, and backpacks should not be thrown in order to take care of the device. Further, they should be charged every night. That is part of students showing responsibility. In order for your district-issued Chromebook to work most effectively, it needs to be restarted once a week. This will help ensure it gets the most current updates and anything pushed out from our IT department. If you do not yet have a district-issued device, please call our office for more information on how to get this checked out. Directions are in the video below this section. For further information, including how to check for updates, use the following link. Updates help with sound issues as well. Chromebook Help
As one last reminder - please do NOT have students bring his or her own personal device to school. Those are to remain at home. We do still have a few Traditional/Remote students who have not checked out a device. We will check these out to them in their classroom. They will remain at school until a parent or guardian signs the district device agreement. We do ask that all students show responsibility by taking care of their device and not eating or drinking near their device, and keeping them charged and up to date. Please also leave all Mifi (hotspot) devices at home. Thank you for your support!
As explained in the "New Processes" video, we must dismiss our students in a socially distant way. Please communicate with your child's teacher so she or he is aware of where to dismiss your child.
Since we cannot accommodate all students who wait for a vehicle in the front of school like we used to, we are trying out a new app called "Driveline Dispatch." Parents, guardians and other adults picking up students do NOT need an app. All that is required to pick-up a student is the "Family Number" placard. These were distributed on Friday and will also be handed out on Monday. A staff member will have the app and enter the Family Number into the app, which will alert your child and his/her teacher in the classroom that their ride is here and he/she will be dismissed to proceed to the vehicle pick-up area. Please be patient these first days of school as we all adjust to the new process. Again - it is recommended you watch the video that explains how arrival and dismissal will work.
For walkers and those meeting up outside a car, please do not walk in front of school, and do not gather to wait there, but proceed to Ridgeline park. You do not need a "Family Number" at this time, but this might be something we consider depending on how dismissal goes the first few days. Currently, staff will be accompanying students who meet up outside a vehicle to the Ridgeline Park Gate Exit from Prado View and will release to a parent, guardian, or family member.
ALL traditional/remote students will be provided 2 family placards for you to hang from a rear-view mirror to make the process easier. Even if you normally walk, this will be helpful for when it rains so that students are not dismissed until their ride is present. We will have an area to meet-up for walkers that will likely be near our rolling gates or our MPR, depending on how many people are involved, so that we can have a covered area and avoid the mushiness that occurs at the park when it rains. Additionally, we may move to all families who meet up have their placard so if there's a change to dismissal area it is easer to dismiss to the park or to the vehicle pick-up area. Therefore, families with walkers, please be sure you have this placard. Any placard not picked up on Monday will be sent home on Tuesday with students.
Students who always have permission to walk home, as long as it has been communicated to the teacher, will be dismissed to walk home. On rainy days, the exit will be the rolling gates at the back of our MPR. If you have any further specific questions, please email Dr. Prewitt at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Month Ahead
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- Monday, March 1: Official beginning of Trimester 3
- Monday, March 15: Non-student Day
- Monday, March 29-April 2: Spring Break