Bay News You Can Use

January 3, 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!

Happy 2022 and welcome back! I hope this letter finds you all well and that you enjoyed your holidays (for those who celebrate). 2021 was a very strange year indeed but I am grateful for the wonderful Bay community.

Our first Day of Play at Bay on Dec. 17 was a success! It was so much fun to see kids in pajamas, playing with one another in every classroom. What a lovely way to end 2021! After spending a little time at the AMAZING PTA Holiday Boutique (see photo of me with Amela), I spent the weeks off unplugging from work and really spending time with my family. It was a much needed recharge! We played games, read together, and even went to Disneyland. The park is gorgeous during the holidays but full of people! I am not used to being close to that many people anymore. To be safe, the family has taken multiple COVID tests since returning home, to be sure we didn't catch the virus during our vacation.

I hope you all received the community letter sent out by our district last week. I am linking a copy below. Please be advised that if your child was exposed to someone with COVID during the break, you will need to follow the guidelines: COVID 19 Flowchart for Parents If you have questions, please call the school office. We are happy to help! Also, our district office will be handing out COVID-19 at-home rapid tests early next week. I will reach out when I have information about how to access those.

News You Need:

Please remember to do your Bay Health Screener every morning! Bookmark it!

To close, I'd like to share Amanda Gorman's lovely poem for a new year. I hope you enjoy it! "May this be the day we come together." Have a wonderful week, Bronco families, and and every day, it's great to be a Bronco!

Mrs. W.

Bay School Principal


Bay School received rapid tests for every student late this morning. Tests were sent home with students who attended school today. If you test your child and he/she receives a positive result, please let us know immediately at or call 510-317-4399. If your child was not at school today, please email or call for a pick up time.

These tests do not enable a student with symptoms to return to school. For those with possible COVID symptoms, we are still requiring a PCR test. Please reach out with any questions.

This Week At Bay


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

  • TK: 8:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m. or 9:40 a.m.-1:45 p.m.
  • K: 8:40 a.m.-1:45 p.m. or 9:25 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
  • 1st-5th: 8:40 a.m.-3:20 p.m.


  • TK: 8:40 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
  • K-5th: 8:40 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

January Calendar linked below!

This Week:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 5: Big Smiles Dental

  • Thursday, Jan. 6: Big Smiles Dental

Week After:

  • Wednesday, Jan. 12: ELAC 2-3 p.m. (Zoom)

    • Bay PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Zoom)

  • Thursday, Jan. 13:

    • Parent Chat with Mrs. W. 4-5 p.m.

Meeting ID: 910 9449 3049

Passcode: 4Cafetalk!

Future Dates: Monday, Jan. 17: No School--MLK Day

"A New Day's Lyric" by Amanda Gorman

May this be the day

We come together.

Mourning, we come to mend,

Withered, we come to weather,

Torn, we come to tend,

Battered, we come to better.

Tethered by this year of yearning,

We are learning

That though we weren't ready for this,

We have been readied by it.

Steadily we vow that no matter

How we are weighed down,

We must always pave a way forward.

This hope is our door, our portal.

Even if we never get back to normal,

Someday we can venture beyond it,

To leave the known and take the first steps.

So let us not return to what was normal,

But reach toward what is next.

What was cursed, we will cure.

What was plagued, we will prove pure.

Where we tend to argue, we will try to agree,

Those fortunes we forswore, now the future we foresee,

Where we weren't aware, we're now awake;

Those moments we missed

Are now these moments we make,

The moments we meet,

And our hearts, once all together beaten,

Now all together beat.

Come, look up with kindness yet,

For even solace can be sourced from sorrow.

We remember, not just for the sake of yesterday,

But to take on tomorrow.

We heed this old spirit,

In a new day's lyric,

In our hearts, we hear it:

For auld lang syne, my dear,

For auld lang syne.

Be bold, sang Time this year,

Be bold, sang Time,

For when you honor yesterday,

Tomorrow ye will find.

Know what we've fought

Need not be forgot nor for none.

It defines us, binds us as one,

Come over, join this day just begun.

For wherever we come together,

We will forever overcome.

Check out some pics from our Day of Play at Bay!

TK-5 Procedures Reminder

There is NO supervision in the Bay Loop before 8:30 a.m. Breakfast opens at the double doors at 8:25 a.m. Please do not drop students off early. It is not safe.

Morning Drop-Off Procedures:

  • Please fill out the Bay Student Screener before school!

  • Breakfast doors will open at 8:25 a.m. Students will come in through the glass front doors.

  • Bockman and Loop Gate will open at 8:30 a.m.

  • TK-5th grade students will be able to play on the playground until the 8:38 a.m. bell. They will then freeze, and walk to their lines.

Pick Up Procedures:

  • TK students will be dismissed through the front doors.

  • Kindergartners and first graders (and their siblings) will be dismissed through the Bockman Gate.

    • Families will be asked to line up on the dots outside the Bockman Gate. Please bring a sign with your child's name and teacher to help speed up the process.

  • Second-fifth graders will be dismissed through the loop. Please consider driving CAREFULLY through the loop as it limits contact with other families.

    • Families of 2nd-5th graders will be asked to line up against the fence.

  • Students will be released when they see their rides.

  • Please bring a sign with your child's name and teacher to help speed up the process.

  • Please talk with your children about where they will be picked up and remind them to watch for you!

COVID Response Information for Parents

If your child has ANY symptoms of COVID-19:

  • Quarantine for 10 days. Your child may return to school on the 11th day.
  • If you would like your child to return to school before the 10 days have passed, please supply the school with a negative COVID PCR test OR a doctor's note that states the symptoms are NOT due to COVID. You can email these to Ms. Monica at OR bring a printed copy to the front glass doors.

If your child has been exposed to COVID-19:

  • Quarantine for 10 days. Your child may return to school on the 11th day.
  • San Lorenzo Unified currently does not have modified quarantine available.

How do I get work for my child while they are out?

  • Contact your child's teacher for additional information.
  • Check Canvas or Google Classroom (if your child's teacher uses it).

What if I have more questions or need more information?

Big picture

Congrats to Ms. Pires's fifth grade class for winning Goldie on the last school day of 2021! Goldie dressed up for the occasion.

Check out Bay News You Can Use from the day before break!

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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.