Bay News You Can Use

September 30, 2022

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Estimadas familias de Bay,

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Bethannee Witczak

Bay School Principal

亲爱的Bay 小学的家长们,

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贝瑟尼·薇姿扎克(Bethannee Witczak)


Message from Mrs. W.

Hello Bay Families,

Hope you all had an amazing week. Zoe, my daughter, had a wonderful time at the dance last week. She danced with her friends, ate A LOT of candy and got to stay out late at night. The dance was outdoors and we were so lucky the weather was perfect. For me, I helped to run the snack bar (so...much...candy) and then I was on fence duty, making sure that the 12 and 13 year-olds did not escape from the quad. I loved watching Zoe with her friends. She was so happy and they were just adorable. On the other reminded me of why I decided to become an elementary school teacher! I got to use all my principal skills when it came to making sure no kids climbed out of the quad. Two seventh graders tried hard to get out, over and over again...but it seems that my 25 years in education prepared me well to chaperone squirrelly teens and preteens at a middle school dance.

We also said good bye to my parents, who moved to Washington state on Tuesday. We will miss them, but they are excited to start this next portion of their retirement. The flight isn't too long, so we will be going to see them pretty regularly. It does feel strange, though. In my whole life, I've never lived more than an hour away from from my mom and stepdad! I am grateful that she was around for the baby years and even the elementary school years. They have been SUPER hands on grandparents, regularly taking the kids overnight and helping with afterschool pick ups when I was in a jam. Now, the kids are older and they don't need as much. With technology, we will figure out how to keep in touch, I'm sure. :)

This week, our students learned about the Garbage Can tool. Check out the Home Connection letter and activity linked below!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember, today and every day, it's great to be a Bronco!

Mrs. W.

Bay School Principal

Bay News You Need


  • There is no supervision in the loop before 8:30 a.m.
  • Students who are not in their line when the 8:40 a.m. bell sounds are considered tardy. Please keep this in mind in the morning. When the bell rings, we will be shutting all gate and students will need to go through the office.
  • I know there is a A LOT of traffic, so leave early and give yourself extra time.

Conferences: Parent conferences are next week. If you have an in-person conference, you will come in through the glass double doors in the front of the school. If you have questions about your scheduled conference, please contact your child's teacher. Thank you!

Boys and Girls Club:

First Friday at Drake's fundraiser for Bay is coming October 7! Check out the flyer below.

Otis Spunkmeyer Fundraiser is coming! See flyers below.

Bay School Presents Drake's First Friday!

Friday, Oct. 7th, 5-9pm

1933 Davis Street

San Leandro, CA


October 3-14


Monday, Tuesday:

  • TK/K 8:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • 1st-5th 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • TK/K-5th grades 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

  • TK/K-5th 8:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m.



Next week:

Thursday, October 6: Minimum Day! Students out at 12:45 p.m. Parent Conferences

Friday, October 7: No School! Parent Conferences

  • First Friday at Drake's Fundraiser for Bay School 5-9 p.m.

Week after next:

Wednesday, October 12: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.

Friday, October14: Bronco Spirit Day! Be sure to have your child wear Blue or Gold every Friday. The class with the most spirit gets to have Goldie, our mascot, in their classroom for the week!

Saturday, October 15: Bay PTA Fall Festival 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at the San Lorenzo Little League Field

School Photo Information

Picture day was amazing!

Thank you for making picture day a success. Please share the following information with your parents. There are a number of different order stages your parents might fall into. This information will help many questions.

If you have not already ordered school pictures there is still time.

The most efficient and cost-friendly way to order is to visit, search for your school, click the green Order button that corresponds with your school picture day and place your order. This option is available for up to four (4) days after picture day.

Once all of the images have been processed. Any student that has not ordered will receive an email with a unique access code and instructions to preview their image and place an order. All orders placed using the unique access code will be shipped directly to the student’s home.

Did you miss picture day or want to retake your picture?

Find your school’s retake day date and order information on by searching for your school. A student wishing to have their picture retaken should bring their original package back to school and return it to the photographer on retake picture day.

Digital downloads are delivered based on how you ordered.

If you ordered an image download online, you will receive an email with access to your image once it is ready. If you ordered with an envelope, you will receive your download instructions when packages are distributed at the school.

SLZUSD Safety Protocols

Masking Face masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED but not mandated for indoor K-12 learning environments.

Daily Home Health Checks We ask all students, staff and community members to monitor themselves for symptoms daily prior to coming to our campuses. Anyone displaying any of the following symptoms that are new or different from what they usually have should stay home and test.

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever (100 Degrees or Higher)

  • Cough

  • Severe Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Runny Nose

Individuals with Symptoms Individuals with symptoms should stay home and test. Individuals with symptoms are allowed to return to campus once they receive a negative test result, have been fever free for at least 24 hours without medication, and symptoms are subsiding. Students returning, please complete the self- attestation form and report to the office to receive an admit slip.

COVID 19 Testing Rapid Antigen Testing We encourage all students to test prior to returning to campus from breaks.

PCR Testing for Students and Staff CORE will continue to provide free PCR testing for students and staff at the District Office, 15510 Usher Street on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am-4pm.

Positive Cases Students and Staff members who test positive still need to stay home and isolate. Positive students and staff should retest for COVID-19 using an antigen test on Day 5. If the result is negative, they can return to campus on Day 6 with a completed Self Attestation form and must wear a mask through Day 10. If the result is still positive, they must remain in isolation until Day 11 unless they test negative between Day 6 and Day 10 which would allow them to return to school with a self attestation form.

Notification of Positive Cases Principals will send schoolwide notifications to families and staff about positive cases Students and staff should monitor themselves for any newly developed symptoms Rapid Antigen tests will be available in school offices

Vaccinations SLZUSD continues to encourage families, students, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get boosters if they are eligible. SLZUSD plans to continue to provide vaccination opportunities this coming year. Families and District staff should turn in copies of student and staff vaccination records as they are updated.

Precautions Please remember to continue to take precautions by observing and practicing all health protocols (wearing a mask, washing hands, avoiding crowded public spaces) to help each one of us protect ourselves and others.

Meet the Bay Staff!

Check this section weekly to meet two members of our Bronco staff! Get to know our staff a little better.

Marisa Wichelman, Resource Teacher

Ms. Wichelman is entering her 4th year at Bay School. She first got interested in teaching when she worked as an English language assistant in France! Prior to becoming a Resource Specialist, she worked as a special day class teacher, a reading center coordinator, and an after-school teacher in districts across the Bay Area. When not teaching, Ms. Wichelman enjoys backpacking in National Parks, gardening, sewing, and visiting the beach with her husband and two dogs.

What does Ms. Wichelman like best about being a school resource specialist at Bay?

"I love learning about students' interests, strengths, and backgrounds. It is a joy to help students harness them in order to feel successful in the school setting. San Lorenzo is such a wonderful community; I love getting to know families and teachers who live and work here."

Ernest Chan, Resource Co-Teacher

Mr. Chan is entering his 1st year at Bay School. Prior to becoming a Resource Co-teacher, he was an English tutor. Mr. Chan enjoys traveling, 3D printing, writing stories, various games, and anime. His favorite food is sushi, exotic meat dishes, and chocolates.

What does Mr. Chan like best about being a Resource Coteacher?

“I love getting to know my students for who they are in more than just their academic prowess. I lookword to leveraging their passions to the task of education and growth as a growing teacher myself.”

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Congratulations to Ms. Scarper's class, this week's spirit winner!

Bay Elementary School

Bay School is an elementary school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Students are supported to be kind, caring advocates for social justice.