Ohlone Family Connection

August 26, 2020


We have learned a lot in eight days! I am grateful for your partnership, the hard work of our teachers and staff, and the engagement our students. While every day is not picture perfect, we are becoming more accustomed to what is needed to feel connected and engaged in a virtual classroom. If your child is struggling, we are here to partner with you to ensure that we get them where they need to be. Please reach out to your child's teacher so we can begin finding solutions to re-engage.

This afternoon's Ohlone 101 was a fantastic opportunity for new parents to hear about Ohlone and all of the amazing community events that we are known for. Oh, it's on, no matter the landscape! A big thank you to Elbra, our PTA President and our leads and committee chairs. Thank you to K/1 teachers, Nancy and Dave who shared Ohlone tips for kindergarten followed with a bit of Q&A. Slide included below.

I am grateful for our spectacular parents who volunteer their time and support our school in so many ways that we could not do without. Please consider volunteering for an open position. You will be in excellent company. We need you!

Thank you to our amazing PTA for purchasing document cameras for our teachers. This is a critical part of what teachers need for instruction and we are so grateful for this generous gift!

One last thank you for our generous and supportive community who rallied around our staff who have been displaced or suffered a loss as a result of the wildfires. Our teachers have felt the love and appreciate all you have done to make life a little easier. Thank you.

I look forward to visiting classrooms this week and seeing your beautiful children.


Ohlone Principal

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12:00pm Early Release - September 4

September 4th is an early dismissal day for all students. Students will not have a lunch break on that day, and Block 3 will be from 10:50-12:00pm. Students will be dismissed at noon. Mark your calendar!

PTA General Meeting

Our PTA General Meeting has been rescheduled from 9/4 due to the minimum day. The meeting will be scheduled for the following week.

Video Cameras On During Instruction

To monitor student engagement, your child must keep their camera on during instruction. Please remind your child to keep their video on the entire time when teachers give this direction. Teachers may provide the option of turning videos off briefly for specific reasons.

Teachers College Reading & Writing Family Office Hours

Thursday, Aug. 27th, 3pm

This is an online event.

How You Can Best Support Reading and Writing Education at Home During the Year Ahead: Tips from Internationally Known Literacy Leaders with Lucy Calkins and Mary Ehrenworth

There is still room! Register at: bit.ly/tcrwpfamily

LatinX Parent Ed Series #2

PAUSD en Español - 8/27/20 @ 7 PM
Temas: Schoology, Infinite Campus y Entendiendo los Anuncios Escolares
Introducciones Especiales: El Consejo de Educación y Líderes de Distrito

English Translation:

PAUSD in Spanish - 8/27/20 @ 7 PM

Topics: Using Schoology, Infinite Campus, and Understanding School Communications
Special Introductions: Board of Education and District Leaders

Back to School Packet due Friday, 8/28

Visit the Ohlone Back To School site where you can sign waivers to participate in PTA events, elect to volunteer and make secure online donations to support the PTA, PIE and the Ohlone community. Please complete by Friday, August 28th.

Back to School Night - 9/1

Please join us for our virtual Back to School Night, on Tuesday, September 1st. We will begin the evening with my brief presentation for all K-5 families followed by time in classrooms with your child's teachers. Your child's teacher will share their link for the classroom presentation. We look forward to sharing about our teaching and learning planned for the year!

Dawn’s presentation for K-5
6:00-6:45pm - K/1 Cluster
6:45-7:30pm - 2/3 Cluster
7:30-8:15pm - 4/5 Cluster


In the case of an absence, please inform the office by emailing ohloneattendance@pausd.org of any absence or tardy, even if it is only for one block. Thank you!

Virtual School Office Hours

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00-10:00am and 2:00-3:00pm.

Lunch Application Forms

Many families are experiencing reduced income due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Should you be interested in free or reduced lunch, applications are below. Information can be found here.

Families that received free or reduced lunch during the 2019-2020 school year need to reapply by September 24, 2020, to avoid being charged for meals.

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Open PTA Positions

Please consider signing up to support our school in one of these critical positions. Email LeAnn Baum to get signed up!

  • CVC Chair
  • Historian
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Book Fair
  • Auction Chair & Committee
  • Virtual Community Building Hosts
  • Digital Content Creator


Ohlone is fortunate to have donations from Partners in Education, (PiE) that fund our classroom instructional aides, who work with students individually and in small groups guided by the classroom teacher. A Farm Science Instructional Assistant is also funded by PiE for our science and gardening on the farm. Unique to Ohlone!

PiE provides funding for our full-time school counselor. We are currently in the process of interviewing for an amazing counselor who will provide social-emotional classroom lessons and school-based counseling for our students.

Music, dance, and art are critical components in creating a well-rounded educational experience for our students. As a result of your thoughtful donation to PiE, all Ohlone students receive instruction in these areas. We are also fortunate to have Coach Bryant who provides SEL team building activities with Coach Bobby. The kids love B&B Time!

Spectra Art

The Spectra Art program is committing to a distance learning approach for the first semester. Lessons will be differentiated by cluster, aligned to established learning targets, delivered asynchronously, and will allow students to continue to grow as artists during these challenging times. Supplies and materials will be provided. Art begins at the end of September. Please see brochure below for details.

Get Involved with PiE at Ohlone!