Proctor Elementary

Distance Learning Announcements and Updates: Week 1

A Message From Principal Ghereben

March 20, 2020

Proctor Community,

This is an unusual and disconcerting time for everyone. Please know that all Proctor teachers and staff are working very hard to support student learning remotely while encouraging a positive and healthy attitude within our school community. Our school district leadership, and Superintendent Ahmadi has done an incredible job with providing support, guidance and leadership to us all as we navigate these uncharted waters.

I know we all have many questions and uncertainties at this time. I hope to address some of those issues and help you navigate through all the information you are receiving from the school, the district, and even the media that surrounds us. Please know that we are here to support you and your student/s as best we can.

Throughout our Distance Learning time together, I will be sending out a weekly email that will go out to our school community every Friday, unless there is an urgent update that I need to send before then. I'm hoping that this will help minimize the amount of emails, and traffic you are receiving.

We know that we will learn much from our students and families over the next several days and our distance-learning plans will evolve and improve. We also know that this type of learning will be easier for some children (and families) more than for others. Do remember that Proctor staff and CVUSD personnel are still working, in district or remotely, and will address any needs or concerns you have.

The District has prepared a resource for families: Suggested Activities for Families for Distance Learning.

We are continuing to provide Grab & Go Meals every day at Creekside Middle, from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and are looking at opening two pop-up meal stations at as well as CVE and Stanton Elementary School starting Monday, March 23rd. Please see the flyer for details here.

Please do not hesitate to call or email Ms. Kwan, Ms. Dugan, your classroom teacher, or myself should you need assistance with materials, technology support, or other resources, as we are here and ready to help.

Stay Well and Safe,

Heather Ghereben

Proctor Principal

A Message from the Secretary!

2020-2021 Registration Announcements

Hello Proctor Families,

Are your student(s) returning to Proctor Elementary for the 2020-21 school year?

Are you planning on moving out of the Castro Valley Unified School District?

Please fill out the following form and let us know if your student will be continuing at Proctor for the 2020-21 school year:

It's important to confirm your plans for attending Proctor Elementary next year so a space can be reserved for your student.

Thank You,

Hilda Kwan

Proctor Elementary

School Secretary


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Virtual Spirit Week 3/23 - 3/27

Let's brighten our social media feeds! If we can't be together, let's be together in spirit! Next week we host a Virtual Spirit Week 3/23 - 3/27.

Themes for our Virtual Spirit Week:

Monday 3/23: Pajama/Stuffed Animal Day - Show off your favorite PJ's and your special stuffed animal!

Tuesday 3/24: Make a "Fort" Day - Show your building creativity, and create a "Fort" inside or outside!

Wednesday 3/25: Recreate a Picture Day - find a famous picture from history or even when you were younger, and recreate that picture now!

Thursday 3/26: Disney Day (one of my favorites!) How creative can you be? Favorite Character, movie, scene, ride?

Friday 3/27: Proctor Pride Day - Find a creative way to show your Proctor Pride, wearing your Proctor gear or colors!

To make it even more exciting, we’ve created a private school album for you to upload the pictures. Just click on the Proctor Photo Album Link to start uploading the pictures through our Proctor Google account. Only Proctor families and staff will be given access and you can delete the pictures at any time.

Students can also share their Proctor Spirit in multiple ways, email their teachers, post in Class Dojo if their teacher is using that app, Google Classroom, and of course our school FB page and Twitter (use links below). You can also send pictures through the FB Proctor School Messenger. We would love to post and show off our school pride, so please let me know if we have your permission to do so, we won't post without it!

So excited to see your creativity each day! My family and I will definitely be joining in on the fun, and will post daily on our Proctor FB page.

Wellness Resources for Educators and Students

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A Message from our School Counseling and Psychology Team!

Parents and Families

I wanted to reach out and validate the stress and anxiety you might be feeling during this uncertain time. I want to provide you with resources and general strategies for how to reduce stress and anxiety for kids. Please check out this resource for how to talk with your kids about COVID19 from the National Association of School Psychologists. It is a comprehensive resource.

Additionally, here are the top things you can do at home to support your children: make a daily schedule and try to stick to it, include outside time (go for a walk, bike ride, or run around a local track), try mindfulness and meditation exercises, yoga, start a gratitude journal, play a board game as a family, engage in crafting or art. One of the most important things you can do is try to spend time each day as a family with cell phones and the TV turned off. Please limit your child’s access to news and social media. Lastly, try to schedule a FaceTime or Google Hangout with some of your child’s friends or family members. I think what kids are missing most right now is social connection.

Please also know that we are all in this together, nobody is able to function at 100% right now. Be gentle with yourself and your expectations of your kids. Know that they might be having big feelings right now and that is ok. Talk with them, validate their feelings, and let them know you are here for them and that eventually life will go back to normal.

Here are some other resources I have enjoyed using with my own kids:

Yoga for kids:

Daily at home schedule templates:

Free 100 coping strategies on Teachers Pay Teachers:

Daily Social Emotional learning activity:

Meditation and Mindfulness for kids:

If there is anything else you need, please let me know. You can reach me via email at


Jennifer Hughes

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Thank you to our Partner CV Yoga who continues to support our school community from the virtual world!!

"The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted so many people around the world and has had a special impact on Educators and Students. With the transition to online teaching and learning, stress and anxiety are elevated within our community. Students and teachers around the nation are stuck in their homes feeling confused and overwhelmed, and there is no real end in sight.

With that said, it is so important to provide opportunities to be mindful and active, which is why I have compiled these resources for you to share with your community. This is also a great way to keep the yoga after-school kiddos involved. On the Vimeo account there are some kids yoga classes, guided meditations for teachers, and a teen/adult yoga class. I will continue to add to these resources throughout the next few weeks, as well. Although this cannot solve the problem at large, I am hoping that these tools will serve as a buffer to support our communities in the best way I know how."

Jenna Hewitt King, M.Ed

Youth Wellness Program Director, CV Yoga

High School Educator, PUSD

Technology Support For Distance Learning

1. Khan Academy Live Streams: Sal Khan is personally hosting livestreams and answering questions weekdays at noon EST/9am PST on Facebook, YouTube and Twitter for students, parents and teachers navigating school closures.

2. CVUSD Library:

3. Parents Guide to Google Classroom: This is an awesome tutorial to help your easily understand how to help you support your child through Google Classroom:

4. Parents Guide to Google Meet (formally known as Google Hangouts): - Help your child navigate Google Meet so that can communicate and participate in classrooms discussions, and individual meetings with their classroom teacher. We will also be using this communication platform to hold SST meetings, Spring Conferences, and IEP Meetings.

CVUSD Board of Education

Lavender Lee Whitaker, President

Monica Lee, Vice President/Clerk

Gary C. Howard

Jo A.S. Loss

Dot Theodore

Grace Boyd, 2019/2020 Student Member

Parvin Ahmadi, School Superintendent

Proctor Elementary School

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Hilda Kwan

School Secretary

Vicki Dugan

Attendance Secretary

Heather Ghereben

School Principal