Weekly Howl | 1.5

September 20, 2021

Hello San Altos Families

Hopefully you are feeling like things are settling down and you are starting to get in a groove with sending your students to school. This last year and a half has forced us all to rethink our lives and make many changes. These changes and everything that we have been through have made school a little different too. Here at San Altos and in Lemon Grove we are working to implement change that is aligned with our district’s strategic plan and pushing us all towards providing equitable and joyful instruction.


In addition, the way we support students with conflict is changing as we focus on restorative practices to facilitate conversations between students as well as students and staff. The restorative process gives each individual space to express their truths and feelings. More importantly, it gives the individual who negatively impacted others a chance to hear how they impacted everyone around them. This process of hearing how your actions affect others and also following up with a logical consequence, will help students and staff to work together better and strengthen our community. Within any community it is inevitable and important that there are disagreements and conflicting ideas. The key is how we handle these differences as we all work together to achieve the same goal. Through this process of working together, no matter how challenging, we build trust, respect and love for one another.


Thank you for your continued support and patience as we support each other in transitioning back to full-time school and reinvigorating our commitment to equitable instruction and learning that is rooted in joy.

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Our second grade scholars are continuing to work together to build their classroom community. They are encouraged to have a growth mindset and are learning different strategies to respond to mistakes. In writing, they are using the writing process to organize their ideas to include a beginning, middle, and end. In reading, scholars are engaged in daily discussions and are making connections with read alouds, and they are also reading independently in order to build stamina. In math, scholars are understanding the importance of place value and are learning ways to represent and model numbers. It's a very important year for our scholars and they are all working very hard.
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School Social Worker

Hello! Hola! My name is Margarita Lopez and I am the new Social Worker at San Altos. I am so excited to be a part of this wonderful community and get to know you and your amazing students. Having grown up in San Ysidro/Chula Vista, I know how important mentorship, advocacy and access to resources can be. Please know that you can always reach out to me, I am here as a resource and support system for your student and your family. I look forward to meeting, supporting, and learning from you this year.
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2nd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Sunthai Johnson and I am very excited to be a part of the 2nd grade team. This is my fifteenth year in education and my third year with LGSD. Before San Altos, I taught 8th grade English and Math at Mount Vernon. I knew from a very young age that I wanted to be a teacher, and I am so grateful that I get to work with a group of young scholars each day.


Fun Fact: My son is 6’7 and plays college basketball.

Favorite Quote: “If you’re always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be.”~Maya Angelou

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Coyote Fist Bump

This week we would like to recognize our AMP teachers, Chandler Cottrell, Hannah Prunty and Jamie Tarantino. This was our first week of AMP and it was a new experience for many of our students and something outside the norm for the rest. These three teachers worked with every single classroom during the week to bring the joy of Art, PE and Wellness. This is no easy task considering these teachers also support two other schools in the district. While the AMP teachers were working with students, teachers had the opportunity to work with the Instructional coach and Mr. Goldberg to engage in professional development and dig into math instruction. Their hard work and determination to support the students and teachers of San Altos is invaluable and greatly appreciated. Thank you and we are sending you a virtual Coyote Fist Bump!
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COVID-19 Testing at San Altos

We are changing the COVID testing day to Thursdays and our testing day this week will be from 12:30 - 2:30 PM on, September 23rd.

Register For Testing

Click on this link to register your child for COVID-19 on site testing!

The full instructions for how to use the portal and register your child, please click here!

Please note the following:

  • Please register your child by at least the day before testing occurs at your child's school site.

  • You will need to register your child each week through this portal for testing until further notice (a one-time consent will be made available soon).

  • You may also still continue to use the hard copy permission forms previously sent out; however, these forms do not provide you with access to test results. You will only receive a notification if your child's test is positive.

The updated COVID-19 Testing FAQ Document is also available with further details for on site testing.

Student Health and Wellness Committee

Monday, September 20: 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Minimum Day - Dismissal at 1:28 PM

Kindergarten - 6th Grade | September 22nd

District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC)

Thursday, September 23rd: 4:00 - 5:30 PM

Community Safety Event

Tuesday, Sep. 21st, 6pm

This is an online event.

Come learn about:

- Information regarding underage drinking, drinking and drugged driving, and parent resources (Mothers Against Drunk Driving)

-Importance of mindfulness, techniques for stress management, power of presence, resources for mindfulness (Friday Night Live)

-Texting 911, Autohelo, Take me home program, You Are Not Alone Program, Crimemapping (Sheriff's Department).

Once the presentations are over, join SD Nights for a game of Disney BINGO with participants! (4 winners will receive $50!)


Zoom link: bit.ly/commsafe

Meeting ID: 861 4579 5004

Passcode: 161053

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Old Globe Novela Skit Series

Thursday, Sep. 23rd, 6pm

This is an online event.

Join Globe artists in weekly writing and performance workshops where you will develop a new short novela. No experience necessary! You can act, write, or share ideas for the novela.


Open to 5th - 8th graders and their families


September 16 - October 28

6:00 pm - 7:00 pm via Zoom

RSVP: bit.ly/novela9


Click here for a video with more details

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