2020/21 LCUSD Elementary Update

September 20, 2020

Dear Parents,

We've had a chance to visit many classrooms in the last five weeks and have been impressed with the teaching and learning taking place! One thing that we've noticed as Principals is the amount of support parents and caregivers are providing to students during their instruction. We appreciate the support of our families and understand that our youngest learners often need extra adult support. We thank you for giving positive reinforcement to your children as they work so hard to stay on task and give their best effort to complete assignments.


We also wanted to share some thoughts as educators. Students learn best when they are in the zone of proximal development. This is the zone where there is the difference between what a learner can do without help and what he or she can achieve with guidance from an adult. In the classroom, as a student becomes more proficient in a skill, the adult gradually stops helping until the student can perform the task by themselves.


As parents, we may not wish to witness our children struggling when it comes to learning. However, struggling is how learning happens! This article does a great job of explaining the importance of struggle in the learning process, and we encourage every parent to read it. Use these next few weeks of school to practice stepping back and letting your child gain independence, develop advocacy by asking their teacher for support, and recognize their own learning. This metacognition is critical for students as learners. One of the most important jobs parents can do is being positive and recognizing your child's effort over their achievement.


This newsletter contains various ways that we can support you! From digital flyers to digital tutoring, we've got you covered.


Sincerely,

Emily Blaney, LCE Principal

Carrie Hetzel, PCY Principal

Cory Pak, PCR Principal

Three Excellent Resources for Parents

We are trying to make parents' lives easier this year by providing digital flyers, instructional support on Fridays, and mental health support for families, students, and staff. Learn about each below.

Three Excellent Resources for Students

If a student needs help, remediation, guidance, or enrichment, LCUSD is able to offer three resources, which you can learn about below. All are available via Classlinks.

Libraries Offering Curbside Pickup!

Please check your school's PTA newsletters for information regarding their start dates for curbside pickup and drop off. We have thousands of books just waiting to be read!

PCY PTA Fall Fundraiser Ends

Monday, Sep. 21st, 3pm

This is an online event.

Family Learning Series: Clear the Air - The Dangers of Youth Vaping

Thursday, Sep. 24th, 6:30-7:15pm

This is an online event.

LCE PTA Fall Product Fundraiser Ends

Monday, Sep. 28th, 3pm

This is an online event.

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Sep. 29th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Governing Board Election 2020 - Candidate Forum

Tuesday, Oct. 13th, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

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