The Viking View - Families

Tuesday January 5th

From the Desk of Principal Williams

Families,

I know that 2020 brought many challenging times for each of us and for our community. It also taught us many things, from new technology skills to revealing (yet again) our profound resiliency. It has also been a year of great accomplishment and a demonstration of our love for our school community, each other, and the desire to thrive in the face of adversity. As we move into 2021, let us take the lessons we have learned and continue to persevere and support one another.


We hope you all had an enjoyable break these past two weeks. I am grateful for the time I have been able to spend with my husband and two kids. As a parent, you know that your child will only be this age for a small amount of time. Some of the activities that we have enjoyed together over break are; Lots of outside exploring and walks, nerf gun wars in our house, building with Legos, reading, watching movies together (we turned out living room into a movie theater and even made our own tickets one day), and even playing video games together (one of my new favorite games to play with my oldest Jordan is Rocket League).


Our staff started working on an updated vision for Steele Lane. I would like to hear from you as well. Please consider attending a Zoom meeting this Friday (Link will be sent out Thursday afternoon and a reminder Friday morning), Come and Chat with the Principal - Ven y Conversa Con la Directora. Lizbeth will also be available for translation. Another opportunity to stay connected is through our ELAC meetings. Our next meeting is on January 19th at 1 pm, Lizbeth will be available to translate and the link for the meeting will be sent out the day before and the morning of.


In reflecting on 2020 I am most grateful for the health and well-being of my family at home and at school as well as being the Principal of Steele Lane. Thank you for all you do for your students at home during these challenging times. It is much appreciated and noticed.


With a grateful heart,


Principal Williams

Family Survey -Please Take the time to complete this

In Santa Rosa City Schools we value your input, feedback, opinion, and love hearing your comments. Last year we participated in the Youth Truth Survey and we will participate again this year. Youth Truth is a national nonprofit that harnesses student and stakeholder (that's you!) perceptions. This helps educators (that's us!) accelerate improvements at Steele Lane but also in Santa Rosa City Schools.

I am writing to ask for ~15 minutes of your time to complete an online survey that will help us improve our school. SRCS has asked YouthTruth – a nonprofit organization that supports hundreds of schools and districts across the county – to conduct an anonymous survey on our behalf.

Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on 1/29/2021 by clicking this link: http://www.ytsurvey.org/santarosafamily21

Please note:

· The survey needs to be completed in one sitting.

· We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.

· If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.

Setting Goals/Resolutions with your Students

As adults, we typically think about New Year’s resolutions as goals for ourselves, common ones that come to mind are fitness or health-related. This year I am rethinking how I am creating my own resolutions for myself, my family, and kids. Resolutions setting can be a great opportunity to model our own goal setting with our kids and practice these skills together.


For kids, it is a great idea to think about New Year’s resolutions in a few ways:

  • behaviors you want to become habits
  • new opportunities for teamwork as a family
  • a fun opportunity to see what your child wants do with the new year
  • how they can participate more efficiently with their academics

4-day week

Due to the holiday on Monday, January 4th, this week is a 4 day school week. This means that Wednesday is eliminated from the schedule. Tuesday, Jan 5th is on Monday's schedule and Wednesday, Jan 6th is on Tuesday's schedule. This means that Wednesday will not be a mostly independent workday. Please read all communication from your student's teacher regarding zoom times for this week.


Future four-day weeks include the weeks of:


  • January 18-22
  • February 8-12
  • February 15-19

Daily Work

  • Please be sure your child is checking their platform each day. We use Seesaw and Google Classroom.
  • Also, all students will benefit from doing 15-20 minutes on Lexia (Core5 for grades K-5, and PowerUp for grade 6) and LGL Math and Language Arts. These programs can be assessed through ClassLink.

Tech-Tip

Please have your student completely sign out and shut down their Chromebook at least once a week. This will allow the Chromebook to successfully update and resolve common issues that may be occurring.

Materials to pick-up

Some of the teachers may reach out to you to pick-up materials. Please park in the yellow loading area in front of the school and walk in the gate. Use hand sanitizer upon entry. One of our yard duty or office staff will be inside the main hallway to retrieve and place your materials on a table for you to gather. We are making this change for pick up to minimalize contacts and help stop the spread of COVID 19. If there is not a staff member at the door please call the mainline at 707 890-3945 so we can support you. You can come to pick up materials during office hours between 8 and 2:30 pm. We appreciate your flexibility and understanding with the update.

When you are on campus

As we welcome families/students to campus for our various material distribution, we'd like to remind you of a few health and safety protocols.

1. Please stay home if you or your student:

  • exhibit COVID-19 symptoms (i.e. fever of 100.4°F or higher, cough, shortness of breath, new loss of taste or smell, etc.)
  • tested positive for COVID-19, and are within the 10-day isolation period
  • have had close contact (longer than 15 minutes) with a person who has tested positive for COVID-19 within the past 14 days
  • live or cohabitate with a person who exhibits COVID-19 symptoms or has tested positive for COVID-19
  • traveled outside of the state (specifically to high-risk areas) within the past 14 days

2. While on campus, please respect social distancing of 6 feet and wear a mask at all times. We recommend sanitizing your hands prior to and after the event.

Nominate one of our Steele Lane Teachers!

Nominate a special public school or public charter school teacher in your life with the form below. Each month we’ll review the submissions and choose one teacher to honor, based on the number of individual nominations they receive as well as the quality of teaching described in the nominations (details about amazing teaching strategies, stories about how the teacher went above and beyond, etc.) The lucky teacher will receive a plaque in recognition of this award and $500 school supply gift card!

All you need to do is tell us who you think is the Teacher of the Month, right here...

Thank you Dutch Bros

Dutch Bros Santa Rosa did a drive thought fundraiser for us earlier in the year. All of the prizes for Scholars of the Week and the Scholars of the Month have been purchased with that money! Thank You Dutch Bros!