HOLA Families Newsletter Sep 5th

Holbrook Language Academy

Message from Principal Orellana

Dear HOLA Community,

Lots to share this week! From classes updates to excessive heat warning, and upcoming school events!

Change is a process and it could be difficult at times, but it is also filled with opportunities!

As I shared last week, due to low enrollment in one grade level, our district changed our teaching allocation and for this reason we had to make a few adjustments. Each grade level family affected was informed as soon as it was possible and in within the timelines in place to adhere to teacher contract.

Here are some updates that resulted from those adjustments: Our 2nd grade classes have been balanced and teachers are ready to receive their Jets this Tuesday, September 5th. Ms. Barba got special help from 3rd grade parents to get her room ready. Mr. Ramirez worked hard last week to get his classroom ready to transition into Middle School.

A HUGE appreciation to all families who helped with this transition time from home and/or at school and many THANKS, dear HOLAwesome teachers, for working so hard for the benefit of all Jets! We have such a great school community.

At Holbrook Language Academy, we value bilingualism and biliteracy, high academic achievement and cross cultural competence. Los idiomas son como las alas, con dos se puede volar. (Language are like wings, you can fly with two of them).

Have a great week!

- Principal Orellana

#WeAreHolbrook #SomosHolbrook #HOLAseis #HOLAproud

Excessive Heat WARNING

Excessive Heat Warning:

Our superintendent Dr. Clark sent our school resources from the Costa Costa County Office of Education and Contra Costa Health Services in order to address the Excessive Heat Warning. Information include, but it is not limited to:

The Contra Costa County Office of Education and Contra Costa Health Services have created the following guidelines for schools to increase student safety during periods of hot weather.

* When outdoors, stay in the shade whenever possible. Limit time outdoors when temperatures and UV radiation are most intense, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m.

* Ensure children are well hydrated. Provide or encourage frequent drinks to ensure adequate hydration. Plain water is the liquid of choice.

* Check the temperature of metal and plastic playground equipment.

* Staff should be aware of the signs and symptoms of heat cramps, heat exhaustion, and heat stroke. Follow first aid procedures promptly.

* Limit strenuous activity outdoors

* Check regularly on young children and those children who are physically challenged or in wheelchairs and those who have chronic illnesses such as asthma.

A. Children should receive a 5-10 minute rest and fluid break after every 25 to 30 minutes of activity.

B. Children should receive a 5-10 minute rest and fluid break after every 25 to 30 minutes of activity. Children should be in shorts and t-shirts

C. Cancel or postpone all outdoor practices/games. Practice may be held in an air conditioned space.

Given these guidelines, at Holbrook, we have made some changes to our school procedures in order to prevent heat exhaustion during the excessive heat warning time:

-Students will have indoor recess throughout the day

-Students will have access to frequent breaks to allow for hydration

-Lunch and recess time will be reduced to 30 minutes and it will be done in a shaded place.

-PE will be done indoors.

How can parents help?

Make sure your child wear shorts and a t-shirt.

Send a bottle of water.

Remind your child's teacher if your child has asthma.

πŸ“† Upcoming Events

September 9 - Game Night!

September 13 - Panda Express Dine and Donate

September 17- School Beautification Day: Green House is Here!

September 23 - Middle School Dance

October 12 - Walk / Bike to school day

October 21 - Fall Fest

πŸ§‘πŸ½β€βš•οΈ Update from the Nurse/Clinic

Dear Parents:

This letter is to ask your help in providing a safe environment for students in our school who has a severe peanut/nut allergy.

Strict avoidance of peanut/nut products is the only way to prevent a life-threatening allergic reaction. We are asking for your assistance in providing the student with a safe environment. If exposed to peanuts/nuts, the student may develop a life-threatening allergic reaction that requires emergency medical treatment.

The greatest potential for exposure at school is to peanut/nut products. To reduce the risk of

exposure, the classroom of each student with severe nut allergy will be peanut/nut free. Each classroom currently have a nut-free sign at the door. Please do not send any peanut or nut-containing products for your child to eat during snack time in that classroom. Any exposure to peanuts or nuts through contact or ingestion can cause a severe reaction. If your child has eaten peanuts/nuts prior to coming to school, please be sure your child's hands and face have been thoroughly washed prior to entering school.

Since lunch is eaten in the cafeteria, your child may bring peanut butter, peanut, or nut products for lunch. Students with allergies will be provided with placemats or will eat at a nut-free table to help avoid contact with allergens. This plan will help to maintain safety in the classroom while allowing nonΒ­ allergic classmates to enjoy peanut/nut products in a controlled environment.

Following lunch, the children will wash their hands prior to going to recess (or returning to class). The tables will then be cleaned with soap, water, and paper towels.

We appreciate your support of these procedures. If you have any questions, please contact me.


Deborah Sproule, RN

MDUSD School Nurse

πŸͺ Updates from the PFC

HOLA Jet Families!

PFC here, bringing you some exciting information! We hope you had a great 3 day weekend and ready for a HOT week!

First, a few important dates to remember:

September 9 - Game Night!

September 13 - Panda Express Dine and Donate

September 17- School Beautification Day: Green House is Here!

September 23 - Middle School Dance

October 12 - Walk / Bike to school day

October 21 - Fall Fest

Below is more information and as always, please feel free to reach out with questions or if you would like to help with any of what we have going on! Just email us at Holbrookpfcweb@gmail.com


After school enrichment is a great way for your JET to hang with their school friends and have some fun other than in the classroom. Please sign up TODAY! A few of the classes are on the verge of not happening due to low participation, so if you are interested, please sign up ASAP so we know what classes to keep! It is also easy on us parents, since we don't have to pick them up and take them anywhere else after school, its all right there at school! This year we are offering a few options, but we need you to sign up ASAP so we can see if we have enough participation to make it happen. Here is all the information - just click on the link.



Our First HOLA Community event is GAME NIGHT! This Friday!! This is an event for all of the JETS and their families to come and have some fun! We will have games, food, spiritwear and MORE! See you there - Friday, September 9th from 6pm - 7:30pm!


Our September dine and donate is Tuesday, September 23 at Panda Express on Concord Avenue. Just come in or order on line and mention Holbrook and a portion gets donated back to us! Thank you for your support and enjoy your yummy food!


September 23rd Holbrook will be Hollywood! We invite our 6th, 7th and 8th graders to get glammed up for a fun afternoon of dancing! We need many chaperones, donations of decorations and snacks. Please reach out to Alexis at 925-768-1559 to help make this event extra special for our Middle Schoolers.


Save the date for FALL FEST - October 21st more to come on this event. If you would like to help put this event on, please reach out to our Spirit Team @ Holapfcspirit@gmail.com.

TRUNK Sign up - if you would like to participate with a trunk for this event please scan below and sign up!


Save the date - October 12th we will all meet at the Holbrook Park and walk or bike or skip or run to school! We may even have a special escort to get us there safely! More to come on this too!

πŸ™‹πŸ½ Important Reminders

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Continue to help we have a smooth and safe drop off and pick up every day.

School starts at 8:15 am. Make sure your child gets to school before that time. Our gates open at 8:00 am. Supervision of students starts promptly at 8:02am.


Our HOLA families have parking available to the left of the school. The parking lot in front of the school is for Staff Only. Thank you for helping our teachers and staff have a place to park so they can serve your children.

Holbrook Language Academy

TK-8 Two Immersion Dual Language School

MDUSD Language Magnet School