Bay News You Can Use

January 20, 2023

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Estimadas familias de Bay,

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Bethannee Witczak

Bay School Principal

亲爱的Bay 小学的家长们,

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贝瑟尼·薇姿扎克(Bethannee Witczak)


Message from Mrs. W.

Hello Bay Families,

I have been so grateful for the drier weather this week. As you may have heard from your children, the rain caused some roof leaks at Bay...and at my own house! Nothing like waking up to a leak in your bedroom. My dear husband climbed onto the roof in the middle of the worst part of the storm on Saturday to try and patch the issue with Henry's Wet Patch. It was super scary! Now that the storms seemed to have passed, we are stuck with cold, cold weather. For those of us with roof leaks, it's a vast improvement.

Additionally, our puppy, Auggie, is not a fan of going to the bathroom outside in the rain. He LOVES to chase leaves, run in circles and bark at nothing in the rain...but not these are not the things we want him to do. Hopefully the drier weather will make the potty training go a little more smoothly, too.

Have a wonderful weekend. Remember, today and every day, it's great to be a Bronco!

Mrs. W.

Bay School Principal

Bay News You Need

Pay attention and drive safely! We've had a couple near misses this year involving cars and kids. Please, please, please pay extra close attention when you are driving around any school. Some mornings the roads are icy, so be even more careful when it 's cold!


  • There is no supervision in the loop before 8:30 a.m.
  • Students who are not in their line when the 8:40 a.m. bell sounds are considered tardy. Please keep this in mind in the morning. When the bell rings, we will be shutting all gates and students will need to go through the office.
  • I know there is a A LOT of traffic, so leave early and give yourself extra time.

Breakfast: Reminder that students can get free breakfast before school! Glass doors open at 8:25 a.m. for breakfast and for students who come later, breakfast is open at recess. Reach out with any questions!

Birthdays: Teachers do different things in their classrooms to make sure your children feel celebrated on their birthdays. Please do not send snacks or goodie bags to school for birthdays. Some of our families are not able to supply these kinds of things for birthdays, due to monetary or religious reasons, and we want to make sure our policies promote equity for all. Other ideas include asking the teacher if the child can bring a favorite book or family photos to share, donating a book to the classroom or even some playground balls. Thank you for understanding!

Lost and Found: We have MANY sweatshirts and water bottles (and 1 shoe!) in our Bay School Lost and Found. If you would like to look for lost items, come to the glass double doors and we will let you in to find what your child has lost. :)

Boys and Girls Club:

Valentine's Day Information:

  • Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14.
  • No one is required to bring Valentines to give out, but if your child brings any, they must bring one for every member of their class.
  • Please do not send food to share. This is not a party day.
  • Please do not send candy or food in your Valentines.
  • Your child's teacher will send more information.


January 23-February 3

Schedule for the week:


  • TK/K 8:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • 1-5 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Tuesday TK-5th 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (Staff PD)

Wednesday TK-5th 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.


  • TK/K Early bird 8:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. OR Late bird 9:25-2:30 p.m.
  • 1st-5th 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

This week:

Tuesday, January 24: Staff PD Shortened Day; TK-5th out at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, January 25: Parent Chat with Mrs. W. 2 p.m. (Zoom)

Choir Winter Concert @ 7 p.m.

Friday, January 27: PTA Movie Night @ 5:30 p.m. (see photo below for details)

Week after:

Wednesday, February 1: TK/K Orientation @ 6 p.m. in the cafeteria (Only for NEW TK/K students for the 23-24 school year)

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Congrats to Ms. Covay's class, Goldie spirit winner for the week. Keep wearing the blue and gold on Fridays!

SLZUSD Safety Protocols

Masking Face masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED but not mandated for indoor K-12 learning environments.

Daily Home Health Checks We ask all students, staff and community members to monitor themselves for symptoms daily prior to coming to our campuses. Anyone displaying any of the following symptoms that are new or different from what they usually have should stay home and test.

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever (100 Degrees or Higher)

  • Cough

  • Severe Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Runny Nose

Individuals with Symptoms Individuals with symptoms should stay home and test. Individuals with symptoms are allowed to return to campus once they receive a negative test result, have been fever free for at least 24 hours without medication, and symptoms are subsiding.

COVID 19 Testing Rapid Antigen Testing We encourage all students to test prior to returning to campus from breaks.

Positive Cases Students and Staff members who test positive still need to stay home and isolate. Positive students and staff should retest for COVID-19 using an antigen test on Day 5. If the result is negative, they can return to campus on Day 6 and must wear a mask through Day 10. If the result is still positive, they must remain in isolation until Day 11 unless they test negative between Day 6 and Day 10 which would allow them to return to school.

Notification of Positive Cases Principals will send schoolwide notifications to families and staff about positive cases Students and staff should monitor themselves for any newly developed symptoms Rapid Antigen tests will be available in school offices

Vaccinations SLZUSD continues to encourage families, students, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get boosters if they are eligible. SLZUSD plans to continue to provide vaccination opportunities this coming year. Families and District staff should turn in copies of student and staff vaccination records as they are updated.

Precautions Please remember to continue to take precautions by observing and practicing all health protocols (wearing a mask, washing hands, avoiding crowded public spaces) to help each one of us protect ourselves and others.

Meet our staff!

Lya Pires, 5th Grade Teacher

Ms. Pires has been teaching 5th grade at Bay Elementary School for 18 years. She is a first-generation Irish-Brazilian-American who has worked with children for over 25 years. She loves the diversity, leadership, and acceptance in her classroom and is a strong believer in teaching responsibility, accountability, and respect for everyone. In her free time, she enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, camping, dancing, beach time, and quality time with friends and family. Ms. Pires loves Mexican food, knee-high socks, 49ers, sunshine, and candy (once in a while).

What does Ms. Pires love best about teaching at Bay?

"I love working at Bay because of my students. They keep me young at heart and inspire me to do better. Daily laughter is the key to happiness."

Bay Elementary School

Bay School is an elementary school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Students are supported to be kind, caring advocates for social justice.