The STAR

April 18, 2021

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Welcome Back - April 19th

Welcome back! I hope Spring Break was restful and memorable. I also hope you are ready for another round of learning! We look forward to seeing our Stars return.


Two reminders:

On Monday, we welcome back additional students. Families that completed the commitment form for in-person learning should read ALL information in the newsletter.


Also, if you traveled during break please see the new guidance from the CA department of health. According to the new guidance, fully vaccinated Californians:


  • can travel safely within the United States and California
  • should follow CDC travel guidance
  • do not need to test or quarantine before or after travel unless they have COVID-19 symptoms


The guidance also notes that non-vaccinated Californians should avoid non-essential travel outside California, and if they do travel out of state they should:


  • get tested 1-3 days before travel
  • get tested again 3-5 days after arriving at their destination
  • self-quarantine for a full 7 days after travel (even if test is negative)


Video outlining details in the Return to School plan
PowerPoint explaining the General Education Flexible Schedule, with content examples
PowerPoint explaining the Special Day Class Schedule
School/Family handbook


Principal Pharr-Matthews- dpharr@alamedaunified.org

“At Ruby Bridges we are committed to every student’s potential by teaching to the whole child and holding high expectations.”

April is Arab American Heritage Month

"National Arab American Heritage Month (NAAHM) is a time for celebrating the history, contributions, and culture of the diverse population of Arab Americans. Arab Americans have ancestry in one of the world’s 22 Arab nations, which are located from northern Africa through western Asia. The people of these nations are ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse but share a common cultural and linguistic heritage.


Click below to check out some the Google slides on Arab American Heritage. Our fifth graders shined in creating these awesome presentations:


Arab American Culture

Research on Arab American Culture

Wow! Arab American Culture

Notable Arab Americans


Thank you to Ms. Watty's and Ms. Greden/Landers' fifth graders.

Daily Screening and Hygiene Practice

As shared by Supt. Scuderi, we are in the Orange tier, and while bi-weekly testing is no longer mandatory, it is highly recommended. We will continue to test Wednesday through Sunday at Ruby Bridges. In preparing for each school day, please remember the following:


  • Complete the Covid daily screener (5 questions) prior to entering campus. PLEASE complete at home prior to arrival. It is sent to your email each morning.
  • Students will be screened as they arrive (for drive ups and walk ins). Please do NOT leave your child without ensuring daily screener has been completed.
  • All students must arrive with a mask or approved nose/mouth covering and wear the duration of the time on campus.
  • NO parking along the drop off zone/curb. Make sure to park at the very end of our parking lot or in the neighborhood for a smooth arrival.
  • We are asking families to feed students prior to arrival at school. Lunch will be handed out at dismissal for students included in the lunch count.
  • If your child is symptomatic, you will be called to immediately pick up student and directed with next steps. Students will wait in the isolation room.
  • Remember social distancing at all times. All of those on campus MUST be masked.
  • Practice hand washing with your Star.

Covid 19 Symptoms and Allergies

If your student is showing symptoms related to Covid 19, an adult will be contacted to pick up the student. If your student has seasonal allergies, please get a doctor’s note indicating this diagnosis. Any reoccurring symptom your child may encounter regularly should be documented by your medical provider. Having a diagnosis in your student’s medical records will help as we monitor students on campus for COVID symptoms.

Here is the AUSD form: Certification of Chronic Conditions.

Attendance and Grab and Go Lunches

Ruby Families,

Based on the return to school schedule, attendance is taken during daily synchronous Zoom instruction. If your student is NOT present during this session, they will be marked absent. Please make sure your child is participating in this window of core instruction.

Synchronous instruction

TK/Kinder: 11:50-12:50 pm

1st-3rd grades: 12:10-1:20 pm

4th/5th grades: 12:30-1:45 pm


All students are eligible for a grab and go lunch for the remainder of this school year. Each grab and go has food for 7 days. Make sure your student informs the teacher they would like lunch so we can prepare the correct number. Lunch count is taken on Monday and Thursdays. Lunches are distributed on Tuesday and Fridays.

Mark Your Calendars

4/21/21- PTA General Meeting 6pm

https://zoom.us/j/97724662113?pwd=bHZXb05sV2lZWVNEMlVRS3EwQjJSZz09

4/22/21- ELPAC testing for 5th graders

5/3-5/7- Teacher Appreciation Week

5/3-5/7- Star assessments for 3rd-5th graders (in lieu of CAASPP)

5/5/21- Feel Good Wednesday TK-2nd 12-12:30; 3rd-5th 12:40-1:10pm

5/6/21- DELAC 5:30-6:30 pm https://zoom.us/j/6488631334

5/7/21- April awards presentation

5/10/21- School Site Council Meeting 4-5:15pm

5/19/21- STEAM and Science Fair Expo 3:00-4:30 pm

https://alamedaunified.zoom.us/j/85267430926 Meeting ID: 852 6743 0926

5/31/21- Memorial Day Holiday- No school

6/14/21- Fifth grade Promotion 10 am (tentative date and time)

6/15/21- Last day of school for students

Zoom Safety

  • Please don’t interrupt your child unless s/he needs some help during class.
  • Please be aware that loud background noise - such as music, appliances, conversations or arguments - can be distracting not only to your own child but to the teacher and other students in the class.
  • Please watch your language! Please remember that the camera picks up what’s happening in the room where your child is working. As such, we ask that:
  • You be fully clothed while your child is online.
  • You avoid distracting behavior, such as dancing, cleaning, exercising, or eating.
  • Please do not try to lead or teach in breakout rooms unless you have gone through our volunteer vetting process and are working directly with the teacher to support the class.
  • If possible, please try to find a space where your child can work away from distractions and interruptions and possibly where the camera faces a wall.