EMCSD Bulletin

January 2022 Edition

Message from Dr. Garcia

Dear EMCSD Community,

Welcome to the second half of the 2021-22 school year! I want to thank everyone for helping the El Monte City School District stay proactive in slowing the spread of COVID-19 throughout our school communities. Many of you made great use of our take-home rapid tests and you have all continued to follow our safety guidelines; this has been integral to successfully providing educational services to our students.

Please continue doing the following to help keep each other safe:

  • Check your child for COVID-19 symptoms every day before sending them to school (if they are sick, please keep them home). Symptoms include: Fever (100.4 or greater), new cough, vomiting, diarrhea

  • Please provide your child with a well-fitted, non-cloth mask (wearing two masks is acceptable)

  • You can keep track of COVID-19 cases throughout our school using our COVID-19 Dashboard. Reminder, the dashboard only shows confirmed cases of individuals who were on District property within 48 hours of testing positive for COVID-19.

  • I also encourage everyone to utilize our COVID-19 Vaccine and Testing resources webpage to view available vaccine and testing opportunities including Rapid COVID Testing throughout El Monte.

I am excited to announce that our Early Head Start preschool program has officially been moved to the Jeff Seymour Family Center. This will allow our newest families to get better acclimated to the District and experience the wonderful resources we have to offer. Speaking of which, we are partnered with Western University College of Dental Medicine to provide free dental services to anyone ages 0-20. To schedule your appointment, please call (909) 469-8500 or email CBDE@westernu.edu. Health insurance is NOT required.

Reminder, there is no school on Monday, January 17, 2022 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. There are many more resources, including the latest Counseling Corner in this month’s newsletter!

In partnership,

Dr. Maribel Garcia

Early Head Start Preschool Program Officially Opens at Jeff Seymour Family Center

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Last week, the El Monte City School District celebrated the grand opening of a new Early Head Start facility at the Jeff Seymour Family Center. The District invited families to the center for a ribbon-cutting ceremony and an official tour of their new space. “We are thrilled to open our doors to El Monte’s youngest learners,” said EMCSD Director of Child Development Programs, Juan Castillo. “We have served children and families in this community for over three decades, and we’re excited to provide them with more indoor and outdoor preschool space to thrive and learn.” Early Head Start’s mission is to provide school readiness for children ages 18 to 36 months, focusing on their cognitive and social and emotional development. In-person classes began this week; families who are interested in enrolling their children in Early Head Start can call (626) 452-9164 ext. 3150.

EMCSD Helps Vaccinate Over 500 People at Weekend Clinics

The El Monte City School District and its partners, the Tzu Chi Foundation and El Monte Pharmacy helped vaccinate over 500 people at pop-up clinics at the Jeff Seymour Family Center and Frank Wright School. COVID-19 Vaccines have been in high demand, especially with the recent surge of the Omicron variant. Both JSFC and Frank Wright saw steady lines of people throughout their clinics on Friday January 7 and Saturday January 8. EMCSD plans to continue providing vaccine opportunities to El Monte and LA County residents. Visit our District website for more vaccine opportunities.

January School Menus

What's on the menu at your child's school? The January Meal Menus are available on the District website. This month features wonderful scratch-made lunches and suppers like grilled chicken and veggies, lasagna, enchiladas, and much more! To view all menus, including breakfast and after-school programming snacks, click here. Menus are available in English and Spanish.

Counseling Corner - January Newsletters are NOW AVAILABLE!

EMCSD's most popular self-care content is back for the new year! The January 2022 Edition of Counseling Corner spotlights ways your child can be good digital citizens, a new habit of the month, and tips for parents when it comes to managing your student's social media and internet habits. You can access both K-5 and 6-8 content by click below or visitng our website.

EMCSD in the News

El Monte City School District appeared in the Mid-Valley news this week regarding the new Early Head Start Preschool Program starting at Jeff Seymour Family Center. To read story, click here.

El Monte City School District appeared in the LA Times in regards to school attendance after Winter Break. To read story, click here.

Local Events & Services

FREE Dental Services for Anyone Ages 0-20 at Jeff Seymour Family Center

Did you know that anyone age 0-20 can receive FREE dental care at the Jeff Seymour Family Center? Western University College of Dental Medicine offers free dental services and checkups to children 0-17 and adults 18-20. Insurance is NOT required!

The clinic is open on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 8am - 5pm at 10900 Mulhall Street, Room 14 & 15, El Monte, CA 91731

Check-up can be done in-person or virtually. To set up an appointment, call (909) 469-8500 or email CBDE@westernu.edu

EMCSD Parent Workshop - Supporting Your Child and Reinforcing Coping Skills

Want to know how to support your student during a pandemic? Join El Monte City School District social workers, Paola Ruiz-Beas and John Caballero in virtual parent workshops aimed and helping you support your child. Get tools for communicating with your child, guiding them through copign skills, and more.

Sessions are Wednesday, January 19 and Thursday, January 20 at both 9:00am and 5:30pm in ENGLISH AND SPANISH. Click links below to access specific meeting:

ENGLISH Meeting link: https://zoom.us/j/3508703119?pwd=b1JSNXhQT2x2TTNMcjBtUUQvd1lnQT09

English ZOOM ID: 350 870 3119

Spanish Meeting link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/8202241665?pwd=Z2NNMHZyVmhPMW10eDZkSHNrVFhlUT09

ID DE REUNIÓN: 820 224 1665

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Human Trafficking Prevention Education to Keep Your Kids Safe

Human trafficking can happen anywhere, and it is happening in our backyard. Join the Los Angeles County Office of Education from ANYWHERE for this virtual town hall to hear from experts what you can do to protect the children in Los Angeles County. Panel experts will share lived experiences and provide you with resources to help keep your kids safe. Spanish translation will be provided. Register today and share this information with your community: https://lacoe-edu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN__YDGyzXrSSyUDbLzdqvN4w

National Blood Shortage

Still working on those New Year’s resolutions? Need something to add to your vision board? Make blood donation a priority. Whether you call it a goal, an accomplishment, a manifestation of your vision for 2022, or an act of community service, there’s a seat waiting for you at a blood drive or donation center.

Those who come to give this month will be automatically entered to win two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California!* The package includes two tickets to Super Bowl LVI in Los Angeles, California, entry to the official NFL Tailgate, tickets to Super Bowl Experience, round-trip airfare to Los Angeles, three-night hotel accommodations (Feb. 11-14, 2022), plus a $500 gift card for expenses.

Upcoming opportunities to give blood near you:

Pasadena American Red Cross

2471 E. Walnut St, Suite 103, Pasadena, CA

Various days and times available.

Sponsor Code: 1TRPAS

TR West Covina Community

1201 S Orange Avenue, West Covina, CA
Various days and times available.

Sponsor Code: 1TRWC

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Testing Resources

Testing is free and available to everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. Free COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout El Monte and neighboring communities, find the closest location near you by clicking this link: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. Residents of LA County without internet access can call 211 to speak with an operator who will help you make an appointment.


Monday from 8:00am - 6:00pm: Lambert Park 11431 McGirk Ave. (In parking lot)

Tuesday from 8:00am - 6:00pm: Gibson Mariposa Park 4140 Gibson Road (In parking lot)

Wednesday from 8:00am - 6:00pm: Aquatic Center 11001 Mildred St (On Mildred Street)

Thursday from 8:00am - 6:00pm: Mt. View Park 12127 Elliott Ave. (Elliott Parking Lot)

Friday from 8:00am - 6:00pm: Zamora Park 3820 Penn Mar Ave. (On Grass Across From Basketball Court)

Additional COVID-19 El Monte Testing Centers

Monday from 1:00pm - 7:00pm: Aquatic Center 11001 Mildred St. (on Mildred Street)

Tuesday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm: Mt. View Park 12127 Elliott Ave. (Elliott Parking Lot)

Wednesday from 11:30am - 5:30pm: Fletcher Park 3404 Fletcher Park Way (In parking lot)

Thursday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm: Gibson Mariposa Park 4140 Gibson Road (In parking lot)

Friday from 12:00pm - 6:00pm: Lambert Park 11431 McGirk Ave. (In parking lot)

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Anyone ages 5 & up can receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

In case you missed it, the FDA and CDC approved emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and up. You can make an appointment for your child on https://myturn.ca.gov/

Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm 7 days a week for assistance with appointments.

For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s vaccine website. Reminder: COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. Health insurance is NOT required and your immigration status will NOT affect your eligibility to receive the vaccine.

In addition to children 5-11 being approved to take the Pfizer vaccine, ALL COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) are now approved by the FDA & CDC for boosters. If you got Pfizer or Moderna (both doses at least 6 months ago), you are eligible for a booster. J&J is available to anyone who received a dose more than 2 months ago and is 18+.

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Upcoming Events

Monday, January 17: NO SCHOOL in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Tuesday, January 18: Board Meeting

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