Ohlone Family Connection

September 9, 2020

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The orange sky has certainly cast an unusual vibe on the day. I am hopeful that our earth will find some relief soon and that people are safe. I feel gratitude for our firefighters and frontline workers who support the health and well-being of others.

There has been no shortage of opportunities where we have needed to assess, reassess, adjust, and pivot in response to a constantly changing landscape to meet the needs of our students. I am proud of us. I am proud of our students. We are their models for resilience. They are most certainly ours.

If you attended last night's board meeting, you may have heard about plans for our possible return to school on October 12th. We are working through the details. I will host a Principal's Tea at the end of the month when I will have more information to share. I will keep you informed throughout. I would highly suggest that you attend the next board meeting on September 22.

In the meantime, we will continue to share stories, read, write, solve math problems, exercise, make music, and explore! I have included some great resources on how to talk to your children about race in the Parent Ed sections below along with a great animated short called Hair Love. One of my favorites.

Please take care of yourselves. Hug those adorable children. Play a board game. Bake bread. And laugh :).


Ohlone Principal

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Student Tech Use Agreeement

Please complete the Student Tech Use Agreement form no later than this Friday, 9/11. Thank you!

Elementary Student Use of Technology/Uso de la tecnología por parte de estudiantes de primaria


Now that our virtual classrooms have launched, staff will return to our typical hours of communication. While my email does have a mind of its own at times, I typically reply within two school days between the hours of 7:30am-4:30pm, Mon-Fri. Tip: The shorter the email, the quicker the reply! Should you wish to connect with me via Zoom, I have most afternoons reserved for parent meetings, 4:00-4:30pm.

Site Council & Student Feedback

At Site Council, we discussed appreciations for staff as well as parents who are supporting their children with learning virtually. It is so important that we prioritize gratitude and grace during this time. I have received so much positive feedback from both staff and families. We are doing great! We are looking forward to providing avenues to make these appreciations visible to promote a supportive teaching and learning environment.

To promote a positive school climate, Site Council will be gathering student feedback. We want to know what is working well for Ohlone students and what they find most challenging. A bit of formative assessment to inform our instruction and home support! We hope to gain insight from our students before reaching out to parents and staff for input. I will be meeting with each class informally to hear what they have to say :).

Student Council

This year, we will invite 2nd through 5th grade to participate as Student Council Reps. We will have an older and a younger from each class and one alternate (either grade). The alternate is welcome to attend all meetings. Our Virtual Flex Room can accommodate everyone! Student Council Reps will be selected in their classrooms. Cluster 2 will serve as liaisons for Cluster 1 so that their tiny voices are represented as well :). First meeting is scheduled for Friday, September 18th at lunch.

Library Book Distribution Plan

Grace has created a great plan for distributing library books. Time to get books in hands! This will begin in October. More to come soon!

Measure O

Make sure you are informed about Measure O on the November 3, 2020 ballot to renew PAUSD’s expiring parcel tax funding. To learn more visit: https://www.pausd.org/about-us/funding/parcel-tax-renewal

Asian Box Fundraiser

Friday, Sep. 11th, 4-9pm

855 El Camino Real #21, Palo Alto

Take a break from cooking and raise money for the Ohlone PTA by grabbing some takeout from Asian Box in Town and Country! Asian Box will donate a portion of their sales from 4pm to 9pm on these two Fridays in September (9/11 & 9/18). Please be sure to mention "Ohlone" when placing your order!
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REGISTER NOW! for 2020 Ohlone Walk-a-Thon September 26 & 27

Put on your tennis shoes and SPF, and get ready to walk at our first ever Ohlone Walk-a-Thon! This PTA fundraiser will bring the entire Ohlone community together in a socially distanced and fun-filled weekend of exercise and fundraising for the Ohlone farm and fire victims. Families will walk their own routes throughout the weekend.

1) Register for #OHLONEWALKS2020 HERE

2) Collect Donations from family and friends. The PTA prefers that donations be submitted via PayPal. Families can collect donations personally and submit the bundled donations (preferred) or the individuals who make pledges can also donate directly to the PTA HERE

3) Walk on Sep 26 & 27!

Partners in Education (PiE)

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Parent Education

How to Talk to Kids About Race

How to Talk to Kids About Race

Hair Love (Great Short)

Hair Love | Oscar®-Winning Short Film (Full) | Sony Pictures Animation

Parent Webinar

A Conversation on The Healing Power of Human Connection in a Sometimes Lonely World

Thursday, September 10, 2020 from 4:00 to 5:30pm (PDT)

Join us for this special, virtual event that will present deep insights into how we can nurture our children, our parents, our community, and ourselves during these uncertain times.

PAUSD Parent Tech Night: Understanding My Child's School Apps - September 10

September 10, 6:30pm

Location: Zoom

Presenter: Emily Garrison, Ed Tech Coordinator

Topics will include:

1. Understanding Infinite Campus

2. Navigating Schoology

3. What is found in Clever

Hug it Out!

Mindful Moments: Grab a Hug


Virtual School Office Hours with Jane, Heike and Xio

Open Zoom Monday-Friday, 9:00-10:00am and 2:00-3:00pm