Whitney Avenue Wildcat News

4248 Whitney Avenue 916.971.7407

Secretary--Anasia Hill Attendance Clerk--Yvonne Torres-Jordan Principal--Christina Allison

Principal's Message

Dear Whitney families,


Thank you all for all your support as we know there have been many changes this school year and we appreciate your cooperation and flexibility!!


Drop off and pick up has drastically improved and thank you for continuing to be patient, kind and respectful to all families, students, and staff! Please remember to park, if you would like to go to the classroom door for pick up, in the back parking lot located off Whitney Ave. If you are just picking up, you can pull up in the two lanes and we will bring your student to you. Also, remember Highway Patrol has been out, so please do not park on Eastern Ave. to pick up your students, it is not safe and we want to avoid you getting a ticket! Thank you for your support!


With the season changing to fall, our mornings are starting to cool down. Please have your children wear layers with their names written on the tag or somewhere visible, so we can return lost items to students.


Progress notices will be available to families this Thursday, 10/7/21. Please make sure you a viewing these notices to ensure you know where your child may be struggling and how to support. It is still early to catch them up before report cards. Teachers will be scheduling conferences in November, but you can always reach out if you have concerns.


As always we are here to support you with whatever the need! I know we all have many questions and concerns about COVID, symptoms when sick, and testing. Please see below information regarding testing---Whitney Avenue will be a testing site one day a week very soon!! Please reach out to Whitney Avenue staff, social workers, teachers, or myself if you have any questions. We are here to assist your student and family and will persist until we find the resources you need. We can't hide that Whitney Pride! Go wildcats!


Christina Allison, Principal

Whitney Avenue Daily Schedule

All Kindergarten students will attend M-F 8:15-12:15pm daily (unless shortened day). All 1st-5th Grade students will attend 8:15-2:45pm M, T, W, & F while attending 8:15-1:30pm on Thursdays.


Please see below daily guidelines for the return to school:

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What happens if my child becomes sick or has symptoms?

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If your child is sent home, or is experiencing symptoms listed above, you must stay at home until you are symptom free for 24 hours AND either receive a documented negative COVID-19 test, OR a healthcare provider's note indicating the symptoms are related to an alternative diagnosis. This must be submitted to the school upon the return.

San Juan & Whitney is now testing for COVID-19

Stay tuned for a once a week testing location at Whitney Avenue beginning the week of October 18th, more details to follow once we know more!!!


San Juan Unified COVID-19 Testing Sites

  • Preventing the spread of COVID-19 requires a multi-layered approach. That’s why San Juan Unified is making consistent and free asymptomatic COVID-19 screening available to all students and staff in alignment with state health recommendations.

    Asymptomatic students and staff, especially those who are unvaccinated are encouraged to test once every two weeks. Testing is provided at no cost to those being tested. At this time, only staff and students are provided testing.

  • District testing locations



    The district is providing both PCR and antigen (rapid) COVID-19 testing on the following dates:

    • Tuesday, Oct. 5
      • Andrew Carnegie Middle School (5820 Illinois Ave, Orangevale, CA 95662)
      • 2 to 5 p.m.
    • Friday, Oct. 8
      • District Office board room
      • 2 to 5 p.m.


    Students and staff should pre-register with the district's Primary Health account prior to arrival. Registration is only required once, not every visit.



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Please help us in talking with your students about wearing masks properly and at all times in the classroom and strongly encouraged outside the classroom. It is a mandate that all students and staff must wear masks while indoors at school. If we need to meet to discuss our mask policy we are more than happy to do so. Also, having a properly fit mask will really help as well as having a back up incase one gets lost. We appreciate your cooperation!

Whitney Avenue Scholastic Book Fair!

Whitney Avenue Office

Visitors are allowed on campus for official business in the office only. Now more than ever we ask that you call school prior to coming to set an appointment. We are hoping most questions, or support can be done over the phone, but if not we will set up a time for you to come to the site. We are here to support you Monday-Friday from 8:00am-3:00pm.


Office Hours: 8:00-3:00pm Monday-Friday

Phone Number: 916.971.7407

Attendance 24 Hour Line: 916.979.8589

Attendance email: WhitneyAbsence@sanjuan.edu


Principal, Christina Allison (christina.allison@sanjuan.edu)

Secretary, Anasia Hill (anasia.hill@sanjuan.edu)

Attendance Clerk, Yvonne Torres-Jordan (yvonne.torresjordan@sanjuan.edu)

Whitney Avenue Need School Site Council Members

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Arrival & Dismissal Times

We understand there are many different schedules a family has to adhere to in order to drop off and pick up students. In returning to school during COVID, we have to follow guidelines set forth from the county and district to remain safe at all times. We have to keep to our 7:50am for breakfast and 8:05am drop off time if not eating breakfast. Pick up at promptly 2:45am MTWF and 1:30pm on Thursdays. We are unable to allow gathering while on campus and have students here longer than the instructional time here on campus. We truly appreciate your support.

Safety in the Parking Lots

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As we return to 5 days in-person, we know we have more traffic here on campus each day. Please be patient as we work to get students out of cars for arrival and into cars for dismissal. We are asking that you please also follow the traffic flows and stay inside the coned area, or flow of traffic in the back parking lot. Please also stay to the two lanes of traffic in the front parking lot. Family members at this time, may walk students to the classroom door (masks worn while on campus), however visitors must remain outdoors at this time. We want to ensure safety for all and we appreciate your support!

Whitney Avenue Calendar

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If you have been tested for COVID, or experiencing any symptoms, please do not come to campus. As you are waiting for results, we know it is hard not knowing, but we ask that you call the office for support rather than coming to campus. We want to keep everyone safe and not expose our staff, or other families to COVID. We appreciate your support!

CELEBRATE LATINO HERITAGE WITH SACRAMENTO PUBLIC LIBRARY'S 2021 LATINO HERITAGE SERIES!

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It's Latino Heritage Month and the Sacramento Public Library is hosting a dynamic series to celebrate and honor our region's Latino Heritage. The series begins on September 22 at 6 p.m. with the Authors Uncovered : LAX to SAC Poetry Panel and Reading, and continues throughout October with special programs for all ages from artists, authors and performers who have pushed forward the Latino identity narrative and represent the intersectionality of LGBTQ2S+, Latinx, Chicano/a/x and Mexica Culture, Social Justice, and #OwnVoice representation.


You can learn more about these virtual family events to share with families by visiting https://www.saclibrary.org/latinoheritage

NEW! STATE PARK ADVENTURE PASS – For Fourth Grade Students Adventure Pass

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With the goal of supporting children’s physical, mental, and social-emotional well-being, California State Parks,the First Partner and the Natural Resources Agency are providing 4th graders and their families free access to 19 state park units.

Learn more at www.parks.ca.gov/AdventurePass

FAMILY POWER HOUR IS BACK ON THURSDAY, OCTOBER 7TH!

Family Power Hour on a monthly basis now! Join us virtually on Thursday, October 7th from 5:30-6:30 pm for an interactive Q&A with district departments and guest presenters from P-EBT, River City Food Bank, and other community resource providers. Families can visit www.sanjuan.edu/familyed for more information!
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SIGNS OF SUICIDE FAMILY WORKSHOP IS COMING ON WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 20TH!

Mental Health can be a challenging topic for everyone, but the need for supports has increased tremendously during the pandemic. Please share with families that our Signs of Suicide Family Workshop is returning on Wednesday, October 20th from 6-7:30 pm on Zoom. The virtual educational workshop will be presented by mental health professionals and will cover the following topics: ACT, Building Coping Skills, and Resources for Getting Help. Translators will be available in Spanish, Farsi/Dari, Ukrainian, and Russian. To learn more about this event, families can visit www.sanjuan.edu/familiesmatter
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MUTUAL ASSISTANCE NETWORK RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Mutual Assistance Network (MAN) is a community organization that works to strengthen the existing social and economic infrastructure of Del Paso Heights, Arden Arcade and the surrounding Northern Sacramento neighborhoods. They are committed to advancing social and economic opportunities so families can thrive. They provide free resources and family services around pregnancy and parenting, youth services, economic development, and the Black Child Legacy Campaign. Please see their most current fliers below, and visit their website at www.mutualassistancenetwork.org for more information on all they offer our communities!

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Whitney Avenue needs your help!!

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Superintendent's Parent Advisory Committee (SPAC)

Who are SPAC members?

Each school principal selects a member of their parent community to represent the school at SPAC meetings. The only requirement is that you are a current parent at the school you represent. Selections are made in the first few weeks of school. If you have an interest in serving on the SPAC, please speak with your school principal as soon as possible.

What do SPAC members commit to?

Members of SPAC should attend each scheduled meeting. Depending on the members' preferences, meetings may be held three to four times a year. Members are also responsible for taking the information shared at SPAC meetings back to their school site to share with staff and other parents.

Where can I access meeting agendas, minutes, and handouts?

SPAC meeting agendas, minutes, and other shared information can be accessed by clicking the links below:

2021-2022

SPAC Meeting Dates

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OUR SJUSD AFGHAN REFUGEE DONATION DRIVE IS NOW OPEN FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER!

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Please apply on edjoin.org or call the office for more information 916.971.7407!