Baywood Newsbearer

October 14, 2016

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

As many of you are aware, this past June PG&E announced their plans to close Diablo power plant. This planned closure is of significance to our school district, and our county as a whole, because of the fiscal impact we will experience.

Since the time of PG&E's announcement, in order to ensure that SLCUSD remains fiscally strong, our Superintendent has carefully planned and launched a process that involves sharing information and seeking public input. This includes presentations at each School Board meeting, community forums, staff forums, and a Superintendent's advisory group.

I would like to invite you to become informed through attending any of these meetings you are interested in or through reading the documents that are shared online. Information from all of the meetings that have been held as well as planned meetings is shared here on our district website.

I would like you to know that no specific recommendations have been made regarding the budget at this time, that will come later. Currently we are in the stage, as a school district and community, of looking at our existing budget and seeking input. You are an important part of this process, so please do be involved in the way that works for you.

I would also like to invite you to a Principal's Coffee on November 10 at 8:30-9:30 where I will share information on this topic and to our upcoming School Site Council meeting on Monday,October 17th at 3:00-4:00.

I also want to assure you that SLCUSD will continue to be a fantastic district with top quality programs for our kids. Together, we will seize this change in our funding as an opportunity to think creatively, see new possibilities, and make our schools even better and stronger for our kids! Our community amazes me all of the time, and I am sure this will be no exception.


Jennifer Dinielli

Upcoming Events at Baywood Elementary


10/15-Sat.-Archaeology Day at the Mission Plaza

10/19-Wed.-Vision Screening:Grades K, 2, 5, SDC

10/20-Thurs.-Artist In Residence:Grades 4, 5 and 4/5 Special Day

10/21-Fri-2:50-Book Club, 4th & 5th Grade

10/24-Mon.-9:30-Bear Hug Assembly/Responsibility

10/25-Tues.-Rancho El Chorro, 2nd Grade

10/28-Fri.-Spirit Day Hat Day!

10/28-Fri.-9:45-SLO Winds, 5th Grade

10/28-Fri.-3:00-Baywood Costume Parade

10/28-Fri.-3:30-Baywood Fall Carnival

Vision Screening

On October 19 students in grades pre-k, 2, and special day classes will have their vision checked by local volunteer optometrists. Children who wear glasses and are seen yearly by their family optometrist will not be screened. If you do not wish your child to participate please send a note addressed to the school nurse the day of the screening. Parents will receive notification of results only id a potential vision problem is detected.

September Attendance

As you know, we mail home attendance notifications to families each month for various reasons. We received some feedback from families asking that we send a general status update to all families regarding their child's attendance. You should be receiving this first letter in the upcoming week. We hope you find the information useful and informative. Any feedback you have on the letters can be emailed to and is welcomed. Thank you!

Battle of the Books Qualifiers

As your students know, Battle of the Books is in full effect! A new element this year is many of Baywood's teachers are also joining in and reading as a team, which both students and teachers are very enthused about. We already have our first student qualifiers:

Ethan Peoples, 5th grade, is our first Battle of the Books participant! He qualified for the Battle on September 28. Barely 5 weeks into the school year, Ethan has read 11 out of the 30 books thus far! Henry's Freedom Box by Ellen Lavine has been his favorite book. A member of last year's winning team, Ethan states that he wants to be part of the Battle again this year, especially since it is his last year at Baywood.

Cooper Moore, 3rd grade, qualified for Battle of the Books on October 12. His favorite Battle book is Tuck Everlasting by Natalie Babbitt. This will be Cooper's first year competing! He stated that in 2nd grade he watched the teams do the final battle, spurring him to try and qualify for the competition when he reached 3rd grade.

Keep up the awesome work with all of your reading, students and teachers! If you would like to see what I'm currently reading, along with class library schedules and other helpful resources for Baywood students and parents please check out my website at

Mrs. Thayer

Baywood Fall Carnival!

Carnival is quickly approaching! It's happening on October 28, Friday from 3:30-6 p.m. Look for your wristband order forms and other information in your blue folders next week. We need help running our games the day of the carnival. Sign up sheets and game assignments will be in your child's classroom on Monday and check your email for the online signups, as well. We are still looking for some materials and volunteers before the big day.
  • Large kid/adult sized t-shirts with at least one plain side(no markings or logos)
  • Volunteers to design an obstacle course and set it up the day of the carnival. Mr. Milbourne will help consult on this project.
  • We have plenty of boxes, but now need volunteers to decorate them for vultures nest and obstacle course.

Bearcrow building and item collection have begun! Our builders need special supplies, to be dropped off at front office:
  • "hero" items that you would like to donate (uniform shirts and pants, patches, items with emblems, scrubs, etc). Please drop off any at the front office donations.

If you would like to help in any way please email Melissa D'Aunoy at

Thank you for making this year's carnival and fundraiser a great success!

From Your PTA

Baywood Silent Auction will be happening again this year at the Fall Carnival from 3:30-6:30! PTA is accepting donations from businesses and from Baywood families. If you have any handmade items, sports equipment, gift certificates, etc. you would like to donate, we would greatly appreciate! We are in great need of baskets and cellophane wrap. Please contact Lannaiah Zales at 805-460-8944 or for more info.

Themed Silent Auction basket collection boxes are in your student's classrooms and office, ready for donations.