Village FAMILY News BLAST OFF!
CUSD Parent/Guardian Health and Safety Agreement for In-Person Instruction- Collected at the gates
MOST IMPORTANT: Safety Agreement MUST be handed in, in person, on the first day that your student returns. We will be collecting signed forms at the gates. We will have additional copies onhand. To avoid congregation, we advise printing and signing BEFORE you arrive at school. If home printer is not avaiaible, we will have additional copies in front of school
Once your student arrives at school, the school will do visual wellness checks when students walk through the gate, and teachers will continue to monitor for symptoms throughout the day. Details below for information on our "decision tree".
Upcoming Important Dates and Information
Thank you for your patience and understanding through our transition to next week's new learning schedule.
If you have NOT been notified about your child's teacher and learning placement, please email email@example.com.
If you have a new teacher, you can expect to hear from him/her soon.
We are phasing in our grade levels for in-person learning over three days next week:
On Monday, ALL students will begin learning with their new teacher in their new schedule, whether they are in person or BRIDGE.
However, only TK, Kindergarten, and 1st grades will come physically to campus for their AM or PM learning cohort. Second through fifth graders will Zoom with their teachers in their new schedule on Monday.
On Tuesday, we will add 2nd and 3rd graders to return physically to campus for their AM or PM learning cohort. Fourth and fifth graders will Zoom with their teachers.
On Wednesday, we will add 4th and 5th graders to on-campus learning in AM and PM cohorts, and we will have all in-person students following their new schedule that day and Thursday.
On Fridays at both elementary schools, ALL students, BRIDGE and in-person, will Zoom from home in the mornings with their assigned teachers.
Checklist! What to Remember/Bring/Expect for In-Person School:
- Please screen your own student for symptoms daily and bring the Health and Safety Agreement attached below on your child's first day back on campus--this is required for entry and we will collect the forms at the gates. Hard copies will be available in front of school as well.
- Please do NOT send your child to school if he/she is exhibiting any symptoms. Contact us for guidance.
- Wear your mask on the way to school and please stay distanced from others (parents please consider sending your child with a lanyard your child can wear to clip his/her mask on during breaks).
- In Superhero Explorer style, we will be asking students to stretch out arms to maintain distance from others. You may practice this at home.
- Look at the diagram below so your student knows which gate to enter campus through by grade level. Students will follow directional aarows and signage to their classrooms and staff will assist.
- Students may bring a backpack. Students are encouraged to bring a wide- mouthed (doesn need to be, but encouraged for eas of re-filling) water bottle and snack for our 15-minute break; there will be no lunch on campus unless your child is in Champions Childcare.
- Teachers will specify which instructional materials and supplies will remain at home and which students should bring to school daily.
- Students will not have a traditional recess on the playground, but will go outside for a snack and mask break and distanced socializing.
- Students will wear masks inside at all times; face shields may be worn WITH a mask but not in replacement of a mask. We will have masks available for students who need one/lose or damage theirs.
- Students have clear plexiglass shields on their desks to provide safety and desks are configured for distancing and to minimize air flow between students. Despite these safety precautions, we are confident students can socialize and communicate clearly with one another and their teacher.
- Students will have independent work (asynchronous on their Google classroom link) to complete when they are not physically in school and will have weekly access to PE and VAPA or Innovations lessons (not live).
- Students ALL Zoom with teachers on Friday mornings from home.
BRIDGE Students: Your schedule will be very similar to the BRIDGE schedule you have already experienced. If you have a new BRIDGE teacher, expect to hear from him/her this weekend, including relevant links and resources. We are excited that some our BRIDGE learning communities include students from Village Elementary School!
- Our October PTO meeting is this Thursday, October 8 at 7PM via Zoom. Zoom Link will be posted in Konstella.
Monday, October 5th
TK/K/1st Grades Return to school
4-6 PM Meal Distribution for CUSD families- Details, See Below
Tuesday, October 6th
TK/K/1st and 2nd/3rd Grades return to school
Wednesday, October 7th
TK/K/1st/2nd/3rd and 4th/5th Grades return to school
Thursday, October 8th
TK/K/1st/2nd/3rd/4th/5th Grades at school
Village PTO Meeting
Zoom Link to Follow in Konstella
Friday, October 9th
Zoom From Home (See schedule details below)
Arrival and Dismisal Traffic Routes and Gates
Village Elementary Arrival and Departure Expections
Village Elementary Snack Break Information
Covid-19 Symptom Decision Tree
Hispanic Heritage Month: September 15-October 15
We are in a month-long recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, "celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America" (from https://www.hispanicheritagemonth.gov/about/). Do you have Hispanic heritage in your family? If you'd like to share about any aspect of your family's culture, please email Dr. Bergener firstname.lastname@example.org with your stories, drawings, descriptions and we will post contributions in upcoming newsletters!
For now, going back to school is not going to be the same. This may cause increases of anxiety and or depression in students. Due to lack of language and reasoning skills, that are still developing in their brain, children express emotions through their behaviors. Therefore, it is normal for them to be more unregulated and or oppositional when they are feeling stress. In order to help children develop appropriate coping skills, they need to talk about their feelings and learn the skills to manage those feelings. The use of stories is one way to help this process along which is why we are excited to share the interactive social story, "Fishandra Returns to School" (see below). This story is about a fish who returns to school after COVID19 closures and it discusses changes she'll be faced with on her first day back (i.e. wearing masks, social distancing, and smaller class sizes etc.). Consequently, the reading provides an opportunity to examine emotions that might surface as a child prepares for their return to school and ways to problem solve. The book also includes color pages so that children can be interactive while talking about these topics!
Village Elementary Military Family Life Counseling (MFLC)
Mon 10/12: CUSD Fall Holiday
11/2-6: Parent/Teacher Conferences/Early Release
Wed 11/11: Veterans' Day Holiday
11/23-27: Thanksgiving Holiday
12/21-1/4: Winter Holiday
Mon 1/18/21: Dr. MLK Jr. Holiday
1/28: End of 1st Semester
Fri 1/29: Teacher Workday/No Students
Mon 2/8: President's Holiday
Mon 2/15: President's Holiday
3/29-4/5: Spring Break
4/14-16: Parent/Teacher Conferences/Early Release
5/31: Memorial Day Holiday
6/17: Last Day of School
It would be a CRIME to miss the first-ever Coronado Schools Foundation Virtual Benefit Auction on October 17th!
Order your Mystery Kit or Super Sleuth VIP Package Online at csfkids.org/auction!
A $100+ donation gets you a Mystery Kit, program, entry into photo contest & entry to bid on LIVE items & Fund A Need
A $500+ donation gets you a Super Sleuth VIP Package, which includes the Mystery Kit plus a delicious Whodunnit Dinner for four & complimentary bottle of wine to sharpen your critical thinking skills. Names and donations will also be read live in recognition.
Deadline to order your Mystery Kit is Monday, October 12th.
Desinfecting at Village
CUSD Grab-and-Go Meal Service: Celebrating “World Teacher’s Day” with free ice cream!
CUSD Grab-and-Go Meal Service: Celebrating “World Teacher’s Day” with free ice cream!
Grab-and-Go Meal Service at Village Elementary and Silver Strand
When: Every Monday (except Holidays)
Location: Multi-Purpose Rooms at VES (H Street) and Silver Strand Elementary
Distribution Time: 4:00PM - 6:00PM (while supplies last)
Next Distribution: Monday, 10/5 beginning at 4 PM. We will be celebrating "World Teacher's Day" and free ice cream to be given to all families that come to pick up meals on 10/5.
Meal distribution will continue every Monday while students are in a distance learning environment. The USDA has now approved universal feeding for all children between the ages of 1-18 years through December 31, 2020. They have recognized the need for this around the country and have decided to move forward with it. All children will get free meals regardless of meal status (free/reduced/paid). Children are not required to be students of the Coronado Unified School District.
All families with children 18 and under will be able to pick up free breakfast and lunch meals via curb-side pick-up. Each child will receive one bag that contains 7 days’ worth of meals for breakfast and lunch. Meals may consist of packaged, refrigerated, and/or frozen items (heating instructions will be provided). District and school staff will start "Grab and Go Distribution" of meal bags at 4 PM, and will stop once all bags are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis.
All meals will be distributed curb-side to decrease the risk of exposure. Bags will be placed into automobile trunks-they will not be handed through the vehicle window for the protection of both our staff and vehicle occupants. Only those in cars will be served meals during this pick-up window, no walk-ups or bicycles are allowed in order to maintain social distancing protocols. If you are unable to pick-up meals by car or during the scheduled distribution time, please email Charity.Campbell@coronadousd.net on Mondays before 2:00 PM and we will schedule an alternative window to pick-up a meal.
Meals may not be distributed to students. Students who are receiving meals are encouraged to be physically present at the time of pick-up. Additionally, adults may pick up meals for students not present by printing and submitting this form at the time of pick-up. No meals will be distributed to parents/guardians without a child present or a form submitted at time of pick up due to state regulations.
Meals are available for all children aged 18 and under. Children are not required to be students of the Coronado Unified School District. Our incredible Child Nutrition Service team members and volunteers have served over 162,000 meals since this program began. We are prepared to serve meals weekly to over 830 children (11,620 meals in total). As demands increase, we will continue to increase the number of meals we prepare in order to accommodate the needs of our entire school community. This is free for all children, regardless of meal status - please spread the word!