Ohlone Family Connection

January 13, 2021

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Wishing You Well in the New Year

It has been good to be back with your children. They define joy and are a sparkling reminder of the big picture. Thank you for sharing them with us each day.

Our staff was deeply engaged in an antiracism professional learning last week. We are growing our understanding of ourselves and working together to ensure that all students are seen, celebrated, and feel that they belong. Their story matters. I am excited to do this work.

Below are lots and lots of resources for you. We have been through A LOT. And the road continues. Please do not hesitate to reach out if there is anything you or your child needs. We are here for you.

There is a fantastic read-aloud happening in less than an hour with Joanna Ho. Please see details below, register and jump on Zoom!

There is also a Kinder Info Night tonight at 7pm on Zoom. Details are below. There are two evenings planned, so don't worry if you can't make this one.

As a reminder, there is no school this Monday, January 19th as we observe and reflect on the work and influence of the great Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The picture is compliments of OKC. They are spreading happiness at Ohlone!


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This is tonight! 6:00pm!

Celebrate the launch of Joanna Ho’s beautiful new picture book, Eyes That Kiss in the Corners, a love letter to Asian eyes that features three generations of women who all have eyes that kiss in the corners and glow like warm tea. This is a story all about self-acceptance, loving oneself, having confidence, and respecting one’s roots.

RSVP to attend for free. Hurry! Sorry, I just found out about this :).

Important Dates Ahead

1/13 - Kinder Info Night - 7:00-8:00pm

1/14 - Pajama Day - Cohort B & FDL

1/15 - PTA General Meeting - 2:45-3:45pm

1/18 - Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday

1/19 - PAUSD Board Meeting - 6:30pm

1/13 - Kinder Info Night - 7:00-8:00pm

1/25-1/29 - Inclusive Schools Week


If your child has a sibling, don't forget to do two important things:

1. Register them!

2. Contact Heike at ohlonesecretaries@pausd.org to let us know you have one on the way!

Please see Heike's January 7th email for detailed information. Please feel free to join one of the kindergarten information nights if you are interested. One is tonight! They are both the same.

  • Wednesday January 13, 2021, 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Zoom:
  • Thursday January 21, 2021; 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. (Zoom:

Click here to see the presentation from Kinder Parent Info Night in January 2020.

Teachers College Supports for Families - FREE!

Teachers College Reading and Writing Project at Columbia University has created a superb website with free offerings for families in hopes to bring more joy into home literacy learning. There are family videos, book collections, office hours and free workshops for parents and caregivers. Please click on the link and attached letter below for more information.

Website: Teachers College - Supports for Families

There is so much good stuff. I'm super excited about this one. Have fun exploring. I have highlighted two great literacy links below:

Recommended Books: Chinese-American Authors & Books Grades K-9

Recommended Books: BIPOC & Own Voice Authors Grades 4-8

Selecting Black Joy Books

Quick Tips and Recommendations For Selecting Black Joy Books

The Power of Bilingualism - El poder de ser bilingue

The Power of Bilingualism El poder de ser bilingue

Mirrors and Windows

An Intimate Conversation Reflecting on Mirrors and Windows

Teachers College Reading and Writing Parent & Caregiver Workshop

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 10am-12pm

This is an online event.

Positive Parenting: Young Children Adapting to COVID - January 28

PiE and CASSY are pleased to present an evening about strength and resilience in young children. Learn how adaptable your children are and how they have been coping through the pandemic. Find out how resourceful and resilient YOU are! Gain new skills to encourage flexibility in this ever-changing environment. For parents of children from preschool to 1st grade.

CASSY Presenters: Lisa Miller, Program Manager, and Eva Martinez, Clinical and Site Supervisor

Thursday, January 28, 7:00pm - 8:00pm
Join Zoom Meeting:

Stay Safe, Stay Home, Report Cases

I thank you for your continued commitment to the safety of our school and local communities by observing current stay-at-home orders. If you must travel 150 miles or more outside of the area, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days after the day you return from your trip.

If you have a child in the hybrid program and the quarantine will affect attendance be sure to notify our school office by emailing ohloneattendance@pausd.org and your child's teacher. Please provide the dates and location of your travel.

Regional Stay at Home Order

Talking with Children

Fostering Independence

The pandemic has highlighted the importance of developing independence in learning, and that’s not always easy. The new PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, includes a module focused on fostering independence. As children grow and mature, we can foster independence by allowing children to make choices, learn from them, experience failure and success and develop the resiliency they require to tackle any of life's challenges and obstacles. This module provides tips for families when encouraging independent thinking.

Registration for 2021-22

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on January 4, 2021. Families with children who are not currently enrolled with PAUSD, and want to enroll a child to attend a PAUSD school starting in August 2021, must follow all the instructions at the PAUSD Enrollment web site starting on January 4: www.pausd.org/Enrollment. If you have any questions about if you should enroll your child, please send an email to RegistrationServices@pausd.org.

2020-21 PAUSD Wednesday Cohort Schedule

Cohort A is Pink; Cohort B is Blue