Ms. B's Briones Buzz


Wednesday Update

Dear Briones Families,

Staff, students, and families are working hard to make distance learning successful for our Bobcats, and with continued communication, outreach, and support we will implement what is working and adjust where needed. It has been a pleasure getting into classroom zooms and seeing the connection, support, engagement, and creativity that our students and teachers are displaying as communities are being built and learning is taking shape!

I will look forward to seeing you at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 1! Please note that the K-5 information session from 5:30-6:00 PM will be recorded. Your child's teacher will be sending you a zoom link for their program session.



Parent and Student Office Hours

I will be available to families and students during new office hours! Please fee free to drop in if you have questions, concerns, ideas, or just to say hello! Students and adults are welcome! If a student feels proud of work they've done, or has anything they would like to share, it would make my day to connect!

Tuesdays: 11:00-11:30:

Fridays: 1:00-1:30:

Need to visit campus?

We understand that there will be occasions when parents need to come to campus. Our office staff will be working from home and staggering days on campus in order to stay safe. Please note the following while planning your visit:

Kathryn, our amazing secretary is available by phone or email ( M-F between 8:00 AM-3:00 PM. She will be on campus Tuesdays.

To reach Kathryn by phone M-F call (650) 856-0877 X 3352. Calls will be forwarded to her on days that she is not on campus.

Sharon, our fabulous clerk is available by email ( M-F between 8:00 AM- 1:00 PM. She will be on campus Thursdays. You can reach Sharon by phone on Thursdays at (650) 856-0877 x 3353

Whenever possible, please email Kathryn to make an appointment before coming to the front office. When you arrive:

  1. Complete the health screener posted on the window to the left of the door if you plan on entering the building.
  2. Knock on the door.
  3. Wait on the designated spot for someone to answer the door.

Friday, September 4th is a Distric-Wide Minimum Day

Kindergarten students will be dismissed after Block 3 at 11:50 AM.

Students in grades 1-5, will not have a Lunch Block. Instead, Block 3 will be from

10:50 AM - 12:00 PM. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 PM.

There will be no school on Monday, September 7th. Enjoy the Labor Day weekend!

Just what do those blocks on the schedule mean?

We are very fortunate at Briones to be piloting a specialized schedule that allows for maximum support for students in the classroom from our team of specialists.

The Core Block: This is a 6-15 minute block where the teacher is presenting new content. All students are present for this learning. No students are pulled out for support.

The Differentiation Block: This is the block immediately following the core block where teachers are present and working with small groups or individual students. Specialists can also push-in to support students during this "workshop" time, or they can pull students for supports and aides and Student Attendants also help with small group instruction and support.

The Student Independent Work Block: This block is still part of the instructional day. Activities for this block are assigned by teachers and students should be able to work independently on them. If your child is struggling during independent work blocks, be sure to communicate with your child's teacher. Independent Work Block/Differentiation: When you see "Differentiation Block" in a Student Independent Work time block, it means that specialists may still work with students during these times. Classroom teacher may also choose to work with students during this time.

Office Hours: These are optional check-in times for students if they need help or have questions about work.

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PiE Funded SPECTRA Art

Briones is fortunate to have donations to Partners in Education, (PiE) that fund our classroom instructional aides, who work with children individually and in small groups guided by the classroom teacher.

Thank you for recognizing the importance of music and dance in creating a well-rounded educational experience for our students. As a result of your thoughtful donation to PiE, all Briones students receive music instruction each week. Our primary students in grades K-2 receive dance in the spring!

Our students also receive SPECTRA Art instruction as a result of your generous donations to PiE! This type of enrichment is unheard of in most California public schools.

Take a look at what SPECTRA Art will include during distance learning in two informative brochures below.

Online Reading Resources Update: Epic, Raz Kids, and Lexia

The Epic reading app. is now available to students after passing state privacy regulations!

Raz-Kids will continue to be available for those specialists and grade levels that use the program!

Lexia Learning, a high quality instructional reading program has been purchased for all elementary schools by the District.

Superheros are Everywhere

This year I will be sharing stories about a wide range of superheroes who have worked to improve our lives locally and globally. During the Monday Message, I invited students to share their superheros. Here is a form that your student can fill out if they would like to participate!

My Hero!

Check out these biographies from Common Sense Media to learn about more superheroes!

Friday Fun Day Link

I invite all students and parents to join us for Friday Fun Day! Drop by to request a song, dance, or just hang out and celebrate all of the week's learning!

Friday Fun Day happens from 11:10 AM-11:40 AM

Be sure that your student's first and last name are written in their zoom ID before entering.

Here's the zoom link: