#AltEd Alert

The Venture Community Newsletter for Grades K - 12

Friday, March 19, 2021

CLICK: SRVUSD FREE Food Distribution Mondays

Food Boxes are FREE to SRVUSD students 18 and younger. Everyone is eligible. No proof of need required. No proof of income required. No application to fill out. Just show up to a distribution site and pick up a box.

3/23 - MINIMUM DAY

Tuesday, March 23rd is a half day for Professional Development in SRVUSD. At Venture, this means that students whose appointments/classes begin 12:00 pm or later will not meet that day. If you are one of those students your teacher will go over the plans with you at your meeting this week.

3/24 - Join some Venture Middle School Fun!

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Grades 6-8

Play games! Participate in activities!

Led by Counselor Kruse and SCIP Counselor Lyssia Porter

Pre-register for Zoom Link -- Venture students only!

Attention ALL Secondary Students!

Secondary students- Change your PASSWORD! Over half of you still need to do it.

Go to: https://password.srvusd.net/ and click on "Change Password."

4/2 - NO SCHOOL for STUDENTS

This is a teacher workday.

Spring break follows 4/3 - 4/11.

4/20 - PSAT for 10th GRADERS

On Tuesday, April 20, SRVUSD will administer the PSAT 10 to all 10th grade students who want to take this exam on their high school campus. Tenth grade students need to register for this exam, at no charge, during the PSAT 10 registration window which will be open from March 26 to April 4. In late March, SRVUSD will email all 10th grade families and students with PSAT 10 registration information.

4/24 DEADLINE: $4300 Scholarship for DVC-Bound Seniors

Do you plan to attend DVC as a science, math, or engineering major?


Do you need to take General Chemistry I and Precalculus for your major?


Could you use an annual scholarship of up to $4300 to make progress towards that degree?

If the answer to all of those questions is Yes, the PUMA STEM Scholars project could be great for you!


The PUMA STEM Scholars project is DVC's newest learning community. Starting in Fall 2021, the PUMA STEM Scholars Project will welcome scholars into a collaborative, transformational learning experience designed to give aspiring scientists and engineers at our college a firm foundation in their science or engineering major to support their successful transfer to a 4-year institution.The program includes supports for students' academic, career, and financial needs.


Apply by April 24th to be considered for our first round of awards. If you have questions about this program, please contact Dr. Ellen Beaulieu lbeaulieu@dvc.edu

Gender 101 Workshop Recording Available

This week, Venture staff participated in a workshop called Gender 101, which was led by our local chapter of PFLAG (Danville-San Ramon). We learned important terminology, discussed social and health challenges faced by LGBTQ+ youth, and reviewed laws and strategies which help ensure all students are safe at school.


If you are interested in learning more, you are invited to watch a recorded version of a similar training held for the community on March 6th. The workshop was sponsored in partnership between PFLAG, San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs, and SRVUSD. The intended audience is all adults, high school students and some middle school students. There is no material that is inappropriate for younger students, and parents may also decide younger students would benefit from watching parts or all of it as well.

March is Women's History Month

What is Women's History Month?

Since 1987, the United States has recognized March as National Women’s History Month, to give extra attention to the amazing accomplishments of strong, determined women. Every woman has a story to tell and gifts to share with the world.


What are ways to celebrate?

  • UNlearn and RElearn history through the lens of milestones that celebrate women

  • Gather or spend time with people of ANY gender who are important to you and make a difference in the world. Get them to tell you a story about their life. Or, write a letter to a woman, or ANYONE, who has made an impact on you.


Learn More

SORA E-BOOKS in SRVUSD

All SRVUSD students may access Sora with their Google Logins. It is one of the apps on our Google Suite, and it can also be accessed via this direct link. There is also a free Sora app you can download onto your device - select "San Ramon Valley Unified School District" as your school. The middle and high school Teacher Librarians have curated titles for all secondary students (6-12). K-5 Sora selections are coming soon!

CURBSIDE PICK UP and DROP OFF

  • Do you need to pickup or return textbooks?
  • Do you want to purchase spirit wear, a Venture School mask, or a Venture ECO bag?
  • Would you like to drop off a special treat for your teachers?


For your safety and the safety of our staff, you can do any of the above on:

TUESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS 8:30AM TO 1:30PM

until the end of this school year.

(Except April 2-9 during Spring Break)

Same process as always:

  1. Pull up to the front of the school
  2. Honk your horn and in a minute or two someone will come out to assist you.

MARCH STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Sasha Ernest

Sasha is an SRVUSD school social worker who has been with the district for several years, but this is her first year as part of the Venture team. She consults with families and staff about student concerns and collaborates with them to plan strategies to support student success. She offers counseling and psychoeducation to students about issues related to mental health and wellness. In addition, she helps students and families to connect to a wide range of resources in the community to support more concrete needs.


Fun Facts about Sasha!


  • Sasha was a horse-crazy kid and did chores at a stable to earn time to ride the horses there until she could afford to pay for riding lessons.
  • Sasha is an avid Disneyland fan and has had annual passes for several years. The draft horses that pull the trolleys there - or as she calls them, "the handsome boys" - are one of her favorite things about the park. Her favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Sasha is something of a PC gamer and has been the leader of her World of Warcraft guild since 2008.


Check out Sasha's Virtual Office!

~~~~~ COMMUNITY NEWS and EVENTS ~~~~~

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"Stories Build Bridges" Speaker Series Featuring Irma Herrera

Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

CLICK FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER


All SRVUSD parents, staff, and students are invited to hear Irma's inspiring story about identity and advocacy. There will be a Q&A session and informal conversation facilitated by some of our very own SRVUSD high school students.


Irma Herrera is a Bay Area lawyer, writer, solo-performer, and social justice activista. Her solo play, "Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?," has received critical acclaim. Irma is a native of South Texas and grew up in a Spanish speaking home. She spent three decades as a public-interest lawyer, starting in Washington state’s Yakima Valley, representing Spanish-speaking farmworkers. She moved to SF to work at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and spent 15 years as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, an organization advancing the interests of women and girls. Irma has presented several times in SRVUSD, and we are excited to welcome her back!


Learn more about Irma here.

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Helping Your Child Build Good Habits

Saturday, March 20th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

SRV Council of PTAs is pleased to have the opportunity to once again welcome Dr. Eran Magen of “Parenting for Humans” for a Virtual Family Engagement event. Join us on Saturday March 20 at 10:30am to learn more about “Building Your Child’s Good Habits.” Advanced Registration is required.


Good habits are quite possibly the most valuable asset a child can have. But how can you help your child build good habits, without nagging or preaching, in a way that keeps you relaxed and strengthens your relationship? In this interactive session, we will go over setting effective and realistic goals, ensuring motivation and self-efficacy, and making the entire process pleasant for both you and your child.


Our guest speaker, Dr. Eran Magen, Ph.D. teaches clinicians, educators, and parents how to form stronger, more supportive relationships in their professional and personal lives. Eran received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and served as the research director for the department of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more at ParentingForHumans.com.


For questions, contact us at FamilyEngagement@srvcouncilpta.org. Advanced Registration is Required. Learn more and register here: https://www.srvcouncilpta.org/events/2021/3/20/building-your-childs-good-habits

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4/29 and 4/30 Advocacy Day for Education 2021: Moving Forward with Resiliency

Thursday, April 29th, 9am

This is an online event.

Please join the San Ramon Valley Council, Pleasanton Council and Las Trampas Council for Advocacy Day 2021.


CLICK HERE TO REGISTER


The first Advocacy Day took place in 1980, prompted by the passage of Proposition 13 and its anticipated negative impact on education. Today, Advocacy Day serves as a vehicle to both influence our legislators and inform our PTA volunteers and community members. Four decades of advocacy have focused on issues of finance, education reform, class size, standardized testing, special needs and children’s health issues. This year is different.


Undeniably, the pandemic has greatly impacted the schools and the health of our families and communities. For exactly one year we have faced uncertainty on a daily basis and the challenge of not knowing what the future holds for our students and schools. This year Advocacy Day will focus on “Moving Forward with Resiliency.” We will have the opportunity to hear from and ask questions of our school superintendents and state legislators. A panel of highly respected frontline medical and mental health experts will share the most current information and recommendations. The equity issues at play will be addressed by both educators and corporate professionals.

Together we will advocate directly to our legislators for the education of all our children.