EUSD Newsletter

December 2022

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Message from the Superintendent

Greetings Emery community,


Congratulations on reaching the end of the first semester. Teachers, students, staff and families have supported their students in their academic goals, and now it is time for a much-deserved break. I thank our Emery families for your constant empowerment of our students, and for your commitment to academic excellence. Our students thrive when they know they are supported.


This month, Emery Unified School District was busy hosting several fun student and family activities, including the Winter Art and Music Showcase and Family Hour of Code. Thank you for participating in our events. It is great to see our Emery families!


School will resume on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. Staff and students should take a COVID-19 test before returning to school. Taking a test and knowing the result can help us prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our classrooms.


Thank you for your support of our school district. I wish you all a wonderful holiday break, and I look forward to another wonderful year of learning.


Sincerely,

Dr. Quiauna Scott

Superintendent


Excellence - Equity - Engagement - We are #EmeryStrong!

Have a wonderful holiday break!

Have a Safe Holiday Season

Emery High School Winter Art and Music Showcase


On Thursday, December 8, 2022, Emery High School hosted their Winter Art and Music Showcase. We thank Mr. Salvatore, Ms. Ruff and Ms. Crichlow for their direction, and Ms. Siegel and Student Senate for their support selling snacks and drinks during the event. It was wonderful for the community to appreciate, admire, and celebrate the work and talent of our students. Thank you to all staff and families who attended the show in support of our students!


Check out a recap of the night!

EUSD Winter Art and Music Showcase

Family Hour of Code

On December 13, 2022, Emery Middle School hosted Family Hour of Code. Families had an opportunity to learn about how coding is important to the jobs of the future. Thank you all for attending!
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Toy Giveaway

On Monday, December 19, Anna Yates Elementary will host their holiday toy giveaway for elementary school families.

Family Holiday Activities

There are a variety of local, family-friendly holiday activities happening this month. Get some fresh air and check out some of these exciting opportunities.


Presidio Tunnel Top Playground

https://www.presidiotunneltops.gov/


Holiday Lights in the Bay Area

https://www.510families.com/holiday-lights-oakland/


East Bay Holiday Activities

https://www.510families.com/east-bay-holiday-activities/

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Mental Health Resources and Food Bank Resources

The holidays can be a difficult time for many, but help is available, and there is no shame in reaching out for support. We are sharing a variety of mental health and wellness resources for families and children.


Emery USD Mental Health Services

https://emeryusd.k12.ca.us/mental-health-resources.html


Emeryville Citizens Assistance Program

https://www.ecapprogram.com/


Alameda County Behavioral Health Care Services

https://www.acbhcs.org/

COVID-19 Testing

Please take a COVID-19 test before returning to school on Tuesday, January 3, 2023, or if you feel sick at any time. Knowing if you have COVID-19 and staying home from school to recover prevents the spread of COVID-19 in our classrooms. It’s important that we protect each other by getting tested for COVID-19 and preventing the spread.


We appreciate our district community’s efforts to stay safe and healthy. We have seen a high turnout for our vaccination clinics this year, and we encourage you to continue utilizing our district resources for your benefit. Local testing opportunities are available here: https://covid-19.acgov.org/testing.page

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RSV Safety

The CDC shares steps families can take to help prevent the spread of RSV. Specifically, if you have cold-like symptoms you should:


  • Cover your coughs and sneezes with a tissue or your upper shirt sleeve, not your hands

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid close contact, such as kissing, shaking hands, and sharing cups and eating utensils, with others

  • Clean frequently touched surfaces such as doorknobs and mobile devices


Ideally, people with cold-like symptoms should not interact with children at high risk for severe RSV disease, including premature infants, children younger than 2 years of age with chronic lung or heart conditions, children with weakened immune systems, or children with neuromuscular disorders. If this is not possible, they should carefully follow the prevention steps mentioned above and wash their hands before interacting with such children. They should also refrain from kissing high-risk children while they have cold-like symptoms.


Parents of children at high risk for developing severe RSV disease should help their child, when possible, do the following:


  • Avoid close contact with sick people

  • Wash their hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

  • Avoid touching their face with unwashed hands

  • Limit the time they spend in childcare centers or other potentially contagious settings during periods of high RSV activity. This may help prevent infection and spread of the virus during the RSV season

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Winter Break Reminder

Winter Break is Monday, December 19, 2022, through Monday, January 2, 2023. School resumes Tuesday, January 3, 2023.