Sunkist May Newsletter

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May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration that is now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


  1. Explore AAPI History. ...
  2. Try Origami. ...
  3. Make an Asian Dish. ...
  4. Get Takeout from Your Favorite Restaurant or Try Something New. ...
  5. Read a Book with Connections to Asian or Pacific Islander Culture. ...
  6. Watch a Movie Produced by an Asian Creator. ...
  7. Make Bubble Tea at Home. ...
  8. Support Your Community.

May 12th is California Day of the Teacher

California's Day of the Teacher honors the instructional excellence in our public schools, community colleges and universities. California communities share our goals for quality public schools and recognize that public education is the cornerstone for strong communities. California's Day of the teacher has its roots in the community and is patterned after the celebration of the traditional "El Dia del Maestro", which is observed in Mexico and Latin American countries. Our California's Day of the Teacher arose out of legislation co-sponsored by the California Teacher's Association and the Association of Mexican American Educators in 1982. Since then, every year in May we honor instructional excellence in our public schools, community colleges and universities.

At Sunkist School we have an amazing staff of quality and dedicated teachers who always bring 100% of their excellence to share with students each day! It is an honor to work with the staff of Sunkist School, and I applaud their tireless efforts to provide high quality learning experiences for the students in our community each day.

Kindergarten Registration

Sunkist School would like to welcome our newest Bear Cubs! If you have a child who you would like to register at Sunkist to begin Kindergarten in the fall of 2021 please drop by the front office between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday-Friday to pick up a registration packet. You will also need the following information to register:

  • Birth Certificate with parent(s) valid ID
  • Physical Exam
  • Immunization Record
  • Dental Exam
  • Utility Bill

School Start/Dismissal Times

Kindergarten 8:00-11:00

Grades 1-3- 8:15-12:05- (please do not arrive earlier than 8:00 am as all of our supervision is concentrated on Kindergarten until 8:00)

Grades 4-5- 8:30-12:30- (please do not arrive earlier than 8:00 am as all of our supervision is concentrated on Kindergarten until 8:00)

COVID FAQ

Here are some frequently asked questions related to COVID and returning to school:

  1. What if my student is not feeing well? Keep your child home if they do not feel well. (Temperature of 99.5 or above please stay home) Speak to your student about the importance of following the school's safety protocols including: Wearing a mask-to cover both nose and mouth while at school. Keeping distance from peers. Washing hands well often or using hand sanitizer
  2. What group is my child in? What days will they be attending school? If your child is in Cohort A: they attend school on campus Monday and Wednesday and Remote days are: Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. If you child is in Cohort B: they attend school on campus Tuesday and Thursday and Remote days are: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. *Please note* If you have specific questions about the cohort your child is in, please call the office.
  3. Should I wait until my child goes through the gates before I leave? Yes, please do a passive screening before bringing your child to school to check for fever. Once the students arrive, campus assistants will also do an active screening to check for fever. If their temperature is above 99.5, then they will not be able to stay at school.
  4. Should my child bring a snack to school? Yes, you are welcome to send a snack with your child. There will also be a snack provided from our cafeteria during a 20 minute nutrition break. This snack will be at no additional cost to our families.
  5. What if I forgot my mask or lost it? We will have disposable masks on our campus and in our classrooms.
  6. Can my child wear a face shield with a mask? Yes. As long as the face shield is not a distraction we welcome both face coverings.
  7. Can I come on campus and walk my child to their classroom? No, at this time, we are not having any family members on campus. We understand that this could be a challenging time for some of our students, however for contact tracing purposes we cannot welcome families at this time.
  8. Does my child have to wear a school uniform? No, students will not have to wear a school uniform for the remainder of this school year, but if you have one it is encouraged.
  9. What does my child need to bring with them to school? Your student's teacher will inform you what they will need to bring with them.
  10. What are the new school office hours? Monday-Friday 7:30-4:00 PM, outside of these hours, by appointment only.


We will continue to keep you updated and informed as quickly as possible. Please stay tuned!

Principal's Message

I'd like to share with you how truly exciting it is to have students back on campus. Once again we can hear little feet in our hallways, little voices saying good morning, and giggles from under our face masks. Teachers are happy to actually have students in their classes, and the entire school staff seems energized. It just feels right.

The idea of returning has brought us several emotions in our families-some joyous thoughts of finally being able to communicate in person with friends and teachers, and others of anxiety or fear of returning to soon. I'd like to assure you that we have worked hard to meet all Health Department and CDC guidelines and we are working with our District Office to provide a safe and healthy school experience for all students.

A great big Thank You to our students, parents, and staff. It has been a very unique and, at times, difficult school year so far. Thank you to our students and their perseverance, our parents for your support and our staff for all of the amazing things you do everyday!

COVID 19 Resources

Please follow this link to locate COVID-19 resources you may want to access:

https://www.ventura.org/departments/hsa/community-events/coronavirus-remote-resources/remote-resources-during-coronavirus/


Also, if you need further support please contact the front office at Sunkist.