HOLA Families Newsletter Oct 7th

Holbrook Language Academy

Message from Principal Orellana

Dear HOLA Community,

We had a great week and our Jets continued to work towards developing their bilingual skills, high academic achievement and cross-cultural competence. Those three are the Pillars of Dual Language Education. At Holbrook we value and fully support Dual Language Education. Los idiomas son como alas, con dos se puede volar. (Languages are like wings, you can fly with two of them!)

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October is a month filled with lots of opportunities for parent involvement. Please, look at the announcements below and join in!

To all Families of Filipino origin, Happy Filipino American Heritage Month. October is the month chosen to honor the positive contributions of Filipino American in the U.S. Encourage your children at home to learn about the beautiful Filipino culture. The link below has plenty of books for children and teenagers to help us grow in our cross-cultural competence.

As you know our PFC is hosting a Reading Club- each month we are learning and reading about a culture or special event: When a student reads a book about the Filipino culture in the month of October, he or she will receive a special recognition. Join in this wonderful initiative to foster global citizenship and love for reading!


We look forward to having great weeks ahead!

In gratitude,

- Principal Orellana

#WeAreHolbrook #SomosHolbrook #HOLAseis #HOLAproud

Parent Teacher Conferences

When: October 17th thru October 28.

By appointment. Please, make sure to sign up. Conferences are 15-20 minutes long.

Early dismissal as follows: TK and K: 1:35pm, 1, 2 and 3rd: 1:30 pm; 4th-8th grade: 1:35pm.

During Parent Teacher conferences, our teachers will share assessment results, and ways for our families and school to support the success of each of our Jets! Please, make every effort to attend the conferences.

📆 Upcoming Events

October 10- NO SCHOOL (Professional Development Day) *Our CARES program will be open from 8-5pm during the Teacher In Service Day. If you are interested in enrolling for the day, see CARES Program Coordinator. Priority is given to current CARES students.

October 12 - Walk / Bike to school day: Join us the Holbrook Heights Park at 8:00 am and let's walk together to school!

October 17-28: Parent Teacher Conferences.

October 21- Cafecito con la Directora

October 21 - Fall Fest

Mid October-Mid November: Transfer Process from 8th grade to High School- *8th grade families, Your child/ren are going to their school residence for High School. I have been assured that all High Schools will have the same program options for all children. If you prefer a different school (other than your school of residence), you need to do the Transfer process and select "choice" as the reason. The transfer process is an online process.

See more Calendar events below.

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Updates and News

School goals:

Our school goals are aligned to our district goals. They are: Equity: This is at the center of our work and everything we do is to ensure all students have what they need. Educational Equity will help us ensure our students get the foundational skills to go to college or be career ready.

Another goal is High Quality and Culturally Responsive Instruction: This school year our school and our district is committed to learn and implement Learning Acceleration as a tool to help our students reach high level of achievement in Mathematics. We are also focused on developing our partnerships with our school community so we can work together for the betterment of the students. At school, we are focused on developing Social and Emotional Learning.

FOOTSTEPS TO BRILLIANCE This is a great website that has thousands of online books and games to develop Early Literacy Skills. There are resources in Spanish and English from TK through 3rd grade. Type in Footsteps to Brilliance and you will find great resources there!

Students in 8th grade: Since we do not have a feeder pattern defined, students in 8th grade will go to their school of residence. If you want to apply for a different school other than your school of residence, parents must initiate the Transfer process. This Transfer application process will take place from mid-October to Mid-November.

Believe Kids/Otis Fundraiser for 5th grade Science Camp:

Thank you to all the families who participated in this fundraising event. Below you have the summary of the funds sold and earned (profit) for our Jets! Gracias totales!!!!

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PFC News

PFC Announcements and Events

Hola Jet Families!
Fall is here and we have SO much fun going on and we want you to join us! Just some dates to be sure you have with more info below!

Dates to Note:

October 12 - Walk /Bike to School Day!

October 14 - Lost and Found donation

October 18 - PFC Meeting

October 18 - Dine and Donate @ Cinco de Mayo

October 19 - Unity Day

October 19-21 - Fall Book Fair

October 21 - Fall Fest

October 22 - Rumage Sale


Please pick up all your lost and found by 10/14 or it will be donated!


Grab your walking shoes, grab your bike, scooter anything to help you get to school on Wednesday 10/12! We'll meet at the park at 7:30 and leave by 7:45am so we can all ride/roll/walk in together. We will leave the park promptly at 7:45 so we have time to see the CPD motor bikes!


This month our PFC meeting is October 18th in Room 20 from 6pm - 8pm. A zoom link will also be sent the week of. We hope to see you there!


This month our Dine and Donate is at Cinco De Mayo - a local Mexican restaurant that we all LOVE! So on 10/18 from 3:00pm to 8:00pm, go have some tacos and mention Holbrook and a portion gets donated back to us! Yum!!


October 19th is Unity Day! A day to show Unity - Kindness, Acceptance and Inclusion! Wear orange accessories, and clothing to celebrate this day. More info to come about this special day we always celebrate!


Last year the book fair was SO fun and SOOO successful, we wanted to do it again! October 19-21 - hours will come out soon, but start getting together your wish lists and our teachers will too so that we can help fill their shelves in their rooms. Your JET will be able to come shop away at this awesome Book Fair!


Fall Fest is coming on 10/21! All are welcome to this super fun event!

We will have:

  • Trunk Or Treating and
  • games and
  • food and
  • fun and more!
  • We will even have a "Haunted Garden!
If you would like to have a trunk, please let Jessica Phelps know! To have a trunk means - you get to park on the black top in our school parking area, open your trunk, decorate it and pass out candy, treats or toys!

It is a great time for kids to go trunk-or-treating all dressed up: Bring your costumes!


We are collecting goods to sell at the rummage sale on 10/22.


If you are interested in joining the PFC, we would love to have you! You can join a team or just give some ideas, either way you are welcomed. You can come to a meeting and / or email us at Holbrookpfcweb@gmail.com.

We look forward to hearing from you!


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Any questions or if you would like to join in on the fun of being on the PFC, please reach out! We would love to hear from you! Holbrookpfcweb@gmail.com.

With love and gratitude,

Hispanic Heritage Month!

Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America.

“The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. It was enacted into law on August 17, 1988, on the approval of Public Law 100-402.

“The day of September 15 is significant because it is the anniversary of independence for Latin American countries Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua. In addition, Mexico and Chile celebrate their independence days on September 16 and September18, respectively.”

From The American Presidency Project: Proclamation 10257—National Hispanic Heritage Month, 2021: “National Hispanic Heritage Month is an important reminder of how much strength we draw as a Nation from our immigrant roots and our values as a Nation of immigrants. I am proud to recognize my four Hispanic Cabinet Secretaries—Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro Mayorkas, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona and Small Business Administrator Isabel Guzman—who are all leading executive departments that oversee critical components of American life.”

During this month, I invite all HOLA families to read Hispanic Heritage stories together, learn about traditions, celebrations and the important contributions of Hispanics to the American society. Below you have some helpful resources. We, who value cross cultural competence, have this amazing opportunity to celebrate, elevate and honor the Hispanic Heritage.

Here you have some helpful resources to help your Jet and your Jet family learn more about this special month:

Celebracion de la Herencia Hispana (bilingual)

Books for kids

Books for National Hispanic Heritage

Hispanic Heritage Month Activities for our kids

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