Message From Mr. Goddard

Barron Park Elementary

November 20, 2020

Good Afternoon Barron Park Families,

Progress Reports will go live on Friday, December 4 at 2:30 pm. Our dedicated teaching staff will be setting up conferences with families between November 30 – December 16. Report Cards have some complexities this fall due to multiple transitions that have taken place this school year. That being said, it is important to monitor, track, and share student progress with you and we look forward to doing so. Below are our PAUSD guidelines regarding who is completing the report card for your child:

  • Grades TK – 1st educators will complete Progress Reports for students they have been with since October 12.

  • Grades 2-3 educators will complete Progress Reports for students they started the year with through October 23.

  • Grades 4-5 educators will complete Progress Reports for students they started the year with through November 6.

For parent-teacher conferences, you will meet with the educator working directly with your student right now. If your child was in a different classroom to start the year, please know we are a very collaborative staff and certainly share important information regarding learning goals and needs for each student. Your current classroom teacher will have a very good assessment and other information that took place the first few months of school. We will provide you with very thoughtful feedback regarding progress to date and set goals together for the next reporting period in early March.

We just completed our 6th week of Hybrid in Person Learning and it continues to go quite well. Many of you are aware that 80% of the counties in California are now in the most restrictive tier (purple). Currently, PAUSD Elementary Schools will remain open at this time but local conditions will continue to be carefully monitored.

In our efforts to keep all students and staff healthy, we ask that you to follow the county recommendations that were released last week, shown below, as we expect more families will travel over the holidays. Please contact us in the office if you have any questions and/or need guidance. We are here to help.

The entire Barron Park staff wishes all of you a healthy, safe, and enjoyable Thanksgiving. We look forward to seeing you when we return on Monday, November 30.

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Do I need to quarantine or get tested when I return from traveling outside of the County?

Answer: Currently, there is no legal requirement that you get tested or quarantine just because you traveled outside the county, state, or country. But the COVID-19 virus is still circulating across the region, country, and globe, and if you are returning to Santa Clara County after travel, you should ask yourself the following questions:

  1. In the areas you visited, were the COVID-19 case rates higher than in Santa Clara County?
  2. Did you engage in any activities that would increase your risk of exposure? (examples include attending events with people outside your household, having contact with people who are not wearing face coverings, or attending large in person events.)

If you answered yes to either question, consider taking the following steps to protect yourself and others in the Santa Clara county community:

  • Reducing your contact with people outside your household for 14 days after returning
  • Getting tested during this 14 day period, ideally sometime between four and seven days after your return
  • Taking extra care to always wear your face covering when you’re in public.

Thank you for your continued support and attention to the health requirements and school guidelines.

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To learn, human brains need time to interact with and apply new skills and information. Effective instruction is organized to provide time for students to practice, collaborate, and receive feedback about their progress. Watch the videos below for an overview of the elements of instruction, how those elements fit with synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and ideas for supporting learning at home.

What is Instruction? (5 minutes)

Elements of Effective Instruction

Synchronous & Asynchronous (3:45 mins)

Synchronous and Asynchronous Instruction

Supporting Children at Home (5:40 mins)

Supporting Children at Home
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A big thank you to the PTA for providing lunch to all BP staff!

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“In Room 14, it was a festive week for Cohort A! After reading Turkey Trouble, we disguised turkeys and wrote a persuasive piece to convince others to eat something else instead of our disguised turkeys. We continued our turkey themed week by crafting turkey crowns and wrapping things up for Thanksgiving Break.” -Teacher Gurtej Matharu

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