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January 2022 | Union School District's Monthly Newsletter
Dear Union School District Families,
As we head into the last week of the first month of 2022, I want to recognize all the members of our USD community who continue to work together as we have navigated changing conditions during this challenging yet rewarding start of the 2022 year. Thank you for being our partners in our children’s education as we adapt together.
Even while navigating new challenges, I’m constantly struck by the kindness and compassion shown by our students, families and staff as we work together. This week is the Great Kindness Challenge, and many of our schools are taking part as kindness spreads and leaves a positive impact regardless of age.
Given the Great Kindness Challenge, I would like to hear from you about small moments of kindness you experienced or helped create this week in our community. Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Kindness to share a picture or story from across Union School District. Or you can share with on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram using the hashtag #USDkindness.
Kindness matters and we can all do our part of acknowledging those around us #USDKindess.
Important Dates to Remember
February 1, 2022 - Open Enrollment/Registration Starts
February 7, 2022 (6pm) - School Board Meeting
February 21-25, 2022 - Presidents’ Week Break (No School)
March 14, 2022 (6pm) - School Board Meeting
April 4-8, 2022 - Spring Break (No School)
The 2022-23 School Year calendar is available on our District website.
Registration for the 2022-23 School Year Begins in February
New to USD or know someone enrolling their child for the first time? Enrollment will open for the 2022-23 school year on February 1, 2022. Help us get the word out that USD will be enrolling for the 2022-23 school year.
For registration information, required documentation, and online registration links, visit our website at: https://www.unionsd.org/families/enroll-in-usd
Does your student turn 5 between September 2nd, 2022 and February 2nd, 2023? If so, they are eligible to start Transitional Kindergarten in August!
In Union School District, we are proud of our Transitional Kindergarten program which nurtures our youngest learners. Early learning is a vehicle which allows us to focus on children's needs and help them to become lifelong learners. With thematic based units of study emphasizing our youngest students enjoy hands-on learning as they learn the basics of literacy and math such as the sounds that each letter makes as they embark on their reading journey, to counting objects as they begin their foundations in numeracy.
As our teachers share, “TK is a place where a kid can be a kid.” Most importantly, this pivotal year of schooling allows students a time to practice how to interact with others as they delve into social emotional learning. Through play-based interactions and an introduction to the vocabulary of emotions, students learn both individualization and collaboration.
For the 2022-23 school year, age eligibility for Transitional Kindergarten has expanded to include all students who turn 5 between September 2nd, 2022 and February 2nd, 2023.
Depending on enrollment, we are looking to offer at least one Transitional Kindergarten class at each of our USD elementary schools. In addition, our TK program will move to an extended day schedule aligning with our Kindergarten program starting next year. We are very excited to expand our program to all schools and look forward to welcoming additional families to USD.
To learn more about TK, visit www.unionsd.org.
Highlights from Across USD
Noddin rang in the New Year on January 3rd with SmartStart, a day of engagement and creativity for students! Teachers and grade-levels collaborated to provide activities and projects to re-engage and re-ignite student learning and focus as we head into the second half of the school year. Activities include art projects, STEAM challenges, coding, and collaborative opportunities. Noddin students enjoyed engaging in a wide variety of experiences provided by their teachers!
Every Friday, Mr. T's and Mrs. Rogers's class read with their kindergarten book buddies. The kindergarten kids pick books that they would like for their buddies to read to them or books that they can read to their book buddies.
Alta Vista’s Cougars have been busy learning through STEAM. From Transitional Kindergarten’s student-designed kites during “Letter K Week” to Fifth Grade’s art of take apart during their “Tinker Day”, students are learning through inquiry, experimentation, and exploration.
Second grade students in Ms. Theresa Hull's class are working hard on their subtraction skills. Through different activities and lessons, students learn fundamental math skills.
DMS is very proud to announce that the Dartmouth Community has once again surpassed their Second Harvest fundraising goals by bringing in more than $25,000 in donations. With almost 100% participation schoolwide, Dartmouth students, families, and staff came together to support the most needy in the community. Taking pride in helping others has helped create a culture where empathy and charity are a part of the daily practice at Dartmouth.
Every morning, Anna Livermore's 2nd grade students find their Kimochis popsicle stick characters and drop them into the feeling cups on her Kimochis wall, showing how they are doing as they start the day. Anna is easily able to scan the wall and notice who needs some extra social-emotional TLC, and her students can move their sticks throughout the day to self-monitor their emotional progress.
Carlton's students love gardening! Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, students in grades 1 - 5 can work in the garden every Tuesday during lunch recess. Students in Kindergarten do gardening every Thursday. They love using tools to dig holes, pull weeds, and find little insects in the soil. We can't wait to see what they discover throughout the year as they plant seeds and watch them grow!
Kids Corner - USD Student Voices
Guadalupe Elementary School 4th grader Sonia Wang (from Ms Paras class) used acrylic paint to draw a dragon character in "Wings on Fire" book series written by Tui T. Sutherland.
She shared the reasons she like the book series, "It is a mystery book mixed with adventure. You don't know what is going to happen next. I also like dragons because they are cool and have different powers."
Sonia’s painting is now displayed on the wall of Los Gatos Library's children room since January 13, 2022. It is part of Los Gatos Library's program of inviting children to draw a canvas painting based on a book they have read. Congratulations Sonia! We look forward to seeing the art you create in the future.
Calling all USD Students!If you have a special project or initiative you would like to share with the USD community, we would love to hear from you. Send an email to email@example.com to be highlighted in a future USD newsletter.
Laptop Donation Drive
In partnership with HP Inc., the San José Public Library and the San José Public Library Foundation are hosting a Laptop Donation Drive to refresh and repurpose used Windows laptops. Donated laptops will provide local students and adults participating in Library programs with access to the technology they need to thrive!
If you upgraded your device this holiday season, please consider donating your used device between January 3 and February 12, 2022. Donations can be dropped off inside any San Jose Public Library location, Monday–Saturday during branch hours.
NOTE: Windows-equipped laptops or tablets are preferred, but we will accept all donations. Don't forget to include any power cords and other device accessories! We cannot repurpose Apple devices.
For more information, please visit https://www.sjpl.org/laptopdrive
Join the USD Team
USD has several opportunities to join our amazing team. If you or anyone you know might be interested in any of our open positions, feel free to share this information and apply at https://www.edjoin.org/usd
- Instructional Assistants
- Food Services Assistants
- Extended Care Activity Leaders
- Yard Duties and more!
Crossing Guards Needed
The City of Los Gatos is looking for crossing guards. View more information here or call Area Supervisor LouAnn Coca (650-276-8684)
SJPD is looking for crossing guards to support busy intersections around our schools. Hiring and training is done through the San Jose Police Department. Interested? Fill out an application here.
View the current offerings for USD parents/guardians organized by the Learning & Innovation Department.