ALVORD UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT
Distrito Escolar Unificado de Alvord
August 13, 2023
A Message from the Superintendent
It was wonderful to see our students and their families back to school this past week. The first couple weeks of school is always exciting and sometimes a little stressful too. Whether a new grade level or a new school, there's new routines and procedures to learn and new relationships to navigate and build. Regarding traffic safety, please be patient and avoid distractions as children are arriving or leaving our schools. Please follow these important traffic safety tips:
- Pick-up and drop-off will be hectic. Please be patient while everyone learns the routine.
- Obey school zone speed limits at all times. No exceptions.
- Make eye contact with children who are crossing the street.
- Never pass a bus loading or unloading children.
- The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children; stop far enough back to allow them to safely enter and exit the bus.
OTHER IMPORTANT BACK TO SCHOOL REMINDERS
Sign Up for Weekly Notifications in Aeries & Follow Your Student's Progress
Visit the Aeries Parent Portal frequently to check on assignments and grades. You can also sign up to receive a weekly notice in Aeries for a quick summary of the grade book, missing assignments, attendance for the week. Here's how to sign up:
- Login to Aeries Parent Portal
- Click on the down arrow on the top right corner after your email address
- Select “Parent Notification Preferences”
Activate you Parent Square Two-Way Communication
Parent Square is a safe and secure platform for school-to-home and home-to-school communication. All of our schools rely on it to keep parents informed. Instead of a one-way communication tool, Parent Square provides two-way communication. But to fully utilize the two-way feature of Parent Square, you have to activate your account. Sign in here and activate the two-way tool.
Complete the Data Confirmation Income Tab
No Meal Application for the 2023-2024 School Year Necessary
We are delighted to announce that Alvord Unified offers all students free meals (breakfast and lunch) throughout this school year. While we do not need a meal application, we do need families to complete the Income Tab as part of the data confirmation process. Providing this information enables us to secure maximum funding and subsequently secure more resources for our students. Please complete the Income Tab in Aeries today.
Sign Up for our After School Program
Alvord provides an extension of the school day and school year through its Expanded Learning Program. The focus is on academic, artistic, social, emotional, and physical development for students in elementary and middle school, including middle school sports. The program does not replicate learning activities that take place during the regular school day. Instead, it builds upon them. The program is offered everyday after school, as well as intercession, including summer and extended breaks for holidays. Learn more about it here. Or call (951) 358-1682, Monday - Friday, 9:45 a.m. to 6:45 p.m.
Participate in our Middle School Sports Program
Did you know we offer a full year of middle school sports? We kick off the program with Track and Field just a few days after the school year begins. Specific information regarding clinic and team tryouts will be distributed by each individual middle school site. The link to register to participate in any our middle school sports programs will be sent via Parent Square next week once our registration website goes live. All interested students will need to register and students trying out for any of our competitive teams will need to provide a sports clearance physical form completed by a medical doctor prior to their tryout. Forms can be obtained in the main office of any of our middle schools. Soccer follows the Track & Field season. Other sports include volleyball, flag-football, basketball and pep squad. Make sure your child is registered to participate. The website link is coming soon!
You will notice our elementary and middle schools employ a bicycle rider who secures the perimeter of our campuses and patrols the areas immediately around the schools such as in adjacent park spaces. Our bike patrol team ride an official police bike and successfully completed a program to be certified to work as a member of the bike patrol. It's another step Alvord has taken to keep our schools safe.
The most valuable safety practice is to teach your children if they see something suspicious in any way, to say something to an adult immediately. Discuss the pledge to "See Something, Say Something" with your children today.
On behalf of the Board of Education, thank you in advance for taking the time to learn all of the policies, procedures, and rules that are in place to keep our schools operating in the safest and most efficient way possible.
Thank you for choosing Alvord as your education partner. We strive to be our best, so that your children can be their best.
Upcoming Regular Meetings of the Board
Next Meeting is August 17
Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance for Regular Meetings of the Board of Education. Find them here. Agendas are posted 24 hours in advance for Special Meetings of the Board of Education.
Public Comments Welcome
Meetings are conducted at KPC Parkway, Corona, CA 92879. The Open Session begins at 6 pm. Members of the public may address the Board for up to three minutes on any topic on the agenda or not on the agenda.
Date: September 16
Hours: 10am to 2pm
Location: Cal Poly Campus outside of the Bronco Center
Learn how to navigate through the college process for students and parents. There will be food, festivities, education, a STEAM Pavilion, a Health and Wellness Pavilion, and more. It's fun for the entire family. Watch the 2-minute video below to learn more about the event.