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Sierra Family Newsletter August 20, 2021

Message from the Principal

Please click here for important updates.

Thank you!

Amy Westberg, Principal

Interested in being a parent volunteer?

Email for more information or come into our office to get a parent volunteer packet to fill out.

** Cleared TB test and fingerprinting required.

We appreciate and are so thankful for all of our volunteers!

Can I bring in birthday treats for my child?

From the RUSD/Sierra School Handbook: A child’s birthday is a family celebration. We do not permit the use of instruction time to “celebrate” a child’s birthday. Balloons, presents, etc., should be presented to your child at home. Cake, candy or cookies at school are discouraged. The sugar makes it difficult for our students to focus on learning. To avoid hurt feelings, please refrain from distributing birthday or party invitations at school unless the entire class is invited.

If you wish to prepare a healthy snack for your child’s class during recess, please make arrangements with the teacher prior to bringing it in as some children have food allergies. As part of our efforts to promote healthy choices, we strongly encourage bringing in juice, fresh fruits, low sugar nutrition bars, berries and yogurt or other healthful fun snacks. Once again, we would prefer that cakes, cupcakes, cookies, and candy are NOT brought to school. We appreciate your support in giving our students healthy choices. If you bring in a snack during the pandemic, it must be pre-wrapped from the store/factory in individual portions.

Friendly Reminder

Please do not block the driveways of our neighbors when dropping off/picking up your student(s). This makes it difficult for neighbors to leave their homes as well as being a traffic violation.

Also, please drive slowly, cautiously, and watch carefully for students crossing the street.

PTC Corner


Are you ready for some Monster Mash Fun…or FUNd, that is? The Sierra PTC is excited to give you a sneak peek at the first of our two largest fundraisers, the FUNd Run - mark your calendar for September 24 and get ready for the kids to lace up their sneakers! FUNd Run donations raise funds for the in-person Spanish instruction all Sierra students receive as part of our IB program, while also enabling contributions to other school programs that help make Sierra the special place it is. You can see all the FUNd Run details in your student’s Friday Folder next week. Make sure to check out the two sponsorship opportunities, the fun raffle prizes for students, and the exciting school-wide incentives, including turning Principal Westberg into a human ice cream sundae in front of the whole school!

For more information, you can also visit our website or Facebook page.


9/8: Dine & Donate: Chipotle

9/8: First PTC meeting of the year

9/16: Sierra’s Picture Day

9/24: Sierra FUNd Run


Are you interested in volunteering with the PTC? If so, please email us at We are currently looking for a fall carnival chair, spirit wear chair, room parent chair, and a co-chair for our spring auction, but would also love to hear from you if you have more general ideas on how you can contribute to our Sierra community through the PTC!

Thank you,

Your Sierra PTC

2021-22 PTC Committee

President - Karen Levine-Flandrup

Vice Presidents - Shannon Catanella, Shannon McKiernan

Treasurers - Katie Leman, Leslie Rivera

Secretary - Traci Knox

FUNd Run Chair – Angela Patterson

Fall Carnival Chair – OPEN

Spirit Wear Chair - OPEN

Spring Auction Chairs – Irina Soares, Co-Chair Position OPEN

Dine & Donate Chair - Shannon McKiernan

Sombrero Time Updates

Please click on the link below for Sombrero Time updates. The company has changed its name and has transitioned to an online/virtual-only platform.


9/6/21 - Labor Day - No School

9/8/21 - First PTC Meeting

9/24/21 - FUNd Run

10/29/21 - Fall Carnival

11/11/21 - Veteran's Day - No School

Week of 11/15/21: Minimum Days all week for parent/teacher conferences.

Week of 11/22/21: Fall Break - No School

TK & Kindergarten Registration is Open Now!

Click this button for a video and more details. Share with your friends with school-ready little ones!


Check out our weekly announcements videos shared with students every Monday morning!

Nutrition Services 2021-2022

Lunch may be picked up for RVC students from 11:30 - 12:00 Monday - Friday from our school cafeteria. Our Nutrition Services Website has the menu for the month so your shark knows what they will be sinking their teeth into each day.