SME eBlast 8/14/2022

Important announcements from the SME Principal, PTA and AFB!

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Thank you to all of our families and students who made it a successful start to the school year! Thank you parents for following our protocols and wearing masks while in the building and for everyone who joined me on the front lawn for my first ever Coffee with the Principal.


Here are the announcements and a few reminders for the week:


Drop off reminders:

Our drop off procedures for grades K-3 will remain the same. Beginning this week, 4th and 5th grade students will now line up on the playground. Parents may also line up on the playground with their student(s). We do ask that all parents have exited the school grounds by 8:00 am.


Pick up:

If you are using the valet line to pick up your students, please place a piece of paper with your student's name, grade and teacher on it and place it in your windshield for us to see. This will make it quicker for us to call for your child and have them come to the car.


Kindergarten walk-up pick up line: To reduce congestion at the gate, we are going to ask that you begin the line on the sidewalk starting at the stairs and going north on Hermosa and wait for your student at the stairs versus at the gate.


If you are picking up multiple students at the Kindergarten gate, the older student will be asked to wait at the classroom door until the younger student is called. To reduce congestion at the gate and on the sidewalk, we will not release the younger student until we know that someone is there for pick up.


A few other reminders:

Please do not walk through parking lot when bringing your child to school. We also ask that you do not park and exit your car in loading areas as this can cause confusion for others dropping off. Please note that U-turns are illegal in the city of Sierra Madre and you could receive a citation.


Please be respectful of our neighbors and do not block their driveways or the intersections when picking up or dropping off your kiddos. The Sierra Madre Police department paid us a visit on Friday after drop off and they will monitoring traffic flow so be sure to obey all laws and pay attention to posted signage.

Supply Donation for Madison Elementary School

We are hosting a supply donation drive for our sister school Madison Elementary. There will be a collection bin on the playground during drop off. As you are purchasing supplies for your kiddo, pick up a few extra to donate to our Madison family as well!

Spirit Day

Every Friday is Spirit day so be sure to show your school spirit by wearing a green shirt on Fridays! Ms. Liz will be visiting classrooms and giving away prizes to those showing their SME spirit!

Free Meals for all students

Pasadena Unified School District is participating in a Free Breakfast and Lunch Program for the school year 2022-2023. This program is known as the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP).

All students enrolled in the District may participate in the breakfast and lunch program at no charge. Household applications for free and reduced price meals will not be collected.

Breakfast will be available for students in the morning at 7:35 and again at first recess.

Teachers will ask students who brought a snack and who needs to go get a snack/lunch at the respective times. Students who need a snack/lunch will be escorted to the cafeteria to get their meal and they will then walk to the designated eating location for that week.


Click on the button below for the most recent breakfast and lunch menus.

PTA Announcements

Join PTA! https://tinyurl.com/joinSMEPTA


PTA Meeting:

The first association meeting is Wednesday, August 17th at 6:30 p.m. Please register in advance for this meeting:

https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZEud-upqT8oE9TQZKlsPir_NOqKIdXGHNpK
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.


PTA Permission Slip & Waiver:

We want your kiddos to join in all our events and programs! Please complete a waiver for each student you have at SME so that they may participate. https://forms.gle/Yz1kiviprkwYHRP67

SEED Announcements

SEED welcomes everyone back from Summer break! SEED is excited to continue the work of promoting diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) at SME. SEED works for every student and family to feel respected, supported and represented at Sierra Madre Elementary School. Join SEED this year as we plan diverse heritage and history months, support our library, and create space to share and learn about diverse experiences. For our August resource guide SEED will be highlighting resources that define diversity, equity and inclusion and the explain the need, value and benefits of DEI to all communities. If you value diversity, equity, and inclusion and want to get involved please join SEED at a meeting the last Monday of every month and catch our monthly resource guides in the Wednesday folder and Sunday Smore. SEED’s next meeting will be on Monday, August 29th.

Annual Fund Boosters (AFB)

Please attend AFB's first meeting of the school year on Friday, Aug. 19th at 8:30am on SME's front lawn. Everyone is welcome!


AFB funds SME's student-loved supplementary programs and vital staff via family donations. Please consider donating to support SME programs at a level that is significant to your family. Donate now at https://bit.ly/2LzqUOL and you can also find SME AFB on Facebook @SierraMadreAnnualFund

Visitor & Volunteer Protocols

On August 3rd, the PUSD Board of Education voted to reopen our campuses to visitors and volunteers. After the school day starts, all parents, visitors, and volunteers must report to the office to sign-in and let school staff know your reasons for visiting prior to visiting any classrooms. Visitors and volunteers are also required to wear a mask, must conduct a symptom screening prior to entering campus and self attest to being fully vaccinated or have had a negative test within the past 48 hours.

PUSD Strategic Planning Process

Pasadena Unified is launching a strategic planning process that will shape the future of PUSD for years to come. As part of the process, we are asking teachers, parents, students and/or community members to join one of several committees that will provide critical input and direction. Work on a Facilities Master Plan and Enrollment is already underway.

We are seeking applicants for the following committees:

Strategic Planning Steering Committee - Guide the work of several design teams to make sure separate teams working simultaneously create a cohesive plan

Culture and Climate Committee - Elevate the values, norms, attitudes, and perceptions that influence how people in the organization interact


Educational Master Plan Committee - Establish the organizational framework for teaching and learning that will drive the construction and use of PUSD facilities as optimal learning environments


Engagement - Develop concrete proposals to inspire positive, sustainable, and impactful strategies to engage families and the community in PUSD

The Committees will conduct their work using a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) framework. Members of each committee will help create a roadmap and determine where we are headed over the next five years.

These ‘strategists for student success’ will help gather data, tap into diverse perspectives, set goals, follow timelines and generate final recommendations. This will involve a commitment of time and energy over the next six months. Committee members will meet virtually or in-person. Members of the committees will truly help the District and its students flourish.

For more information, visit pusd.us/strategicplan Complete an application in English in Spanish

Applications are due August 19, 2022. Notifications will be issued by August 22.

Upcoming Dates

  • August 17- PTA Association meeting @ 6:30 (virtual)
  • August 19- Spirit Day
  • August 19 -AFB General Meeting
  • August 23 - Picture day
  • August 24 - Volunteer Orientation
  • August 24 - Back to School night - in person - Masks required!