Mark Twain Elementary

*Parent Bulletin * January 31, 2022*

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Staff Shout Outs!

The Twain staff continues to work hard to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the Twain community. If at anytime during the year, you believe that a staff member deserves a shout out, please send me an email with what the staff member did to earn the shout out. The shout out will be shared with the staff.

Parent-Student Handbook

Please click the button above for Twain's 2021-2022 Parent-Student Handbook

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LBUSD again extends a huge thank you to everyone for their patience and perseverance as we work to emerge from the regional spike in COVID-19 cases. We are sharing revised guidance to allow additional capacity at indoor school events, with safety protocols in place. We are also distributing another round of COVID-19 test kits that are going home with students starting today, Jan. 28.


Indoor Events

Indoor venues can reach full capacity, but for events exceeding more than 500 people, proof of vaccination is required.


Home Test Kits

Elementary, middle and K-8 students will receive single-test FlowFlex brand kits. These videos in English and Spanish show how to use these kits.


As a reminder, COVID-19 tests are recommended for your child when you receive a notification that your child has been exposed. When checking your child after a potential exposure, tests are recommended for use three to five days after the exposure.

If the home test is negative: No further action is required. The student may return to school.

If the home test is positive: Please keep your child home and notify the school.


Also remember that a student who has tested positive for COVID-19 will need to produce a negative COVID-19 test administered through a medical entity such as the local health department or a local pharmacy if they wish to return after the minimum five days of isolating at home. Such a test is not required after a full 10-day isolation period if the student is symptom free. Students who need a test from a medical provider can take advantage of testing clinics offered by Long Beach Health and Human Services on Mondays through Fridays at Cabrillo High School, 2001 Santa Fe Ave., Long Beach. Enter from Hill Street. Testing will be offered 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., with the exception of a 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. break each day.


Please note that at-home testing is still separate from the continued testing that is taking place for students participating in LBUSD sports and athletics. These students will continue to be subject to testing as per the recommendations of the California Department of Public Health.


Thank you for your continued support of our health and safety measures.

Absent Notes

Any student who was absent from school MUST return with an absent note and be cleared through the office. Teachers will send any student to the office to get a clearance note to return to class. Please send them to school with a note to prevent your child from sitting in the office waiting for us to call home.

5th Grade Panoramic Picture Day

Our annual 5th Grade Panoramic Picture Day has been postponed. More information will follow, once we have the new date and time.

Parent University Workshops

Please Save the Date for our upcoming workshops,


Tuesday, February 1: Community Resources Highlighting Local Non-Profits - Part II

Tuesday, February 8: Parent Connection

Tuesday, February 15: CIAAP - Historical Black Colleges and Universities - Discussion Panel

Tuesday, February 22: Supporting Students in the LGBTQIA+ Community, Part II


For more information about upcoming parent meetings and LBUSD parent resources, we invite you to visit our website or email us at ParentUniversity@lbschools.net.

Virtual K-Fest on February 5

LBUSD will be hosting a virtual Kindergarten Festival next Saturday, February 5 at 9:30 a.m. The primary focus of this event will be to share information with parents about enrollment, School of Choice, and various programs available in our schools. Please click the link below for more information.


Virtual K-Fest flyer

Lost and Found

For the week of 1/31, all items will be at the gate on Clark Ave for parents and students to look through and claim. Any items not claimed by Friday, February 4th, will be donated.

Valentines Day

If your child's teacher is participating in handing out Valentine Cards, please keep in mind that:
  • Your child must bring a card for all students
  • All items (candy, cookies, etc.) must be store purchased and individually wrapped

SSC and ELAC Meetings

On Feb. 15, Dr. Booker will be hosting Twain's School Site Council (SSC) and English Language Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting. See below for details. Anyone is allowed to attend, however only members are allowed to cast a vote on actions.


ELAC- 8:30am in the Library

SSC- 3:30pm via Zoom

https://lbusd.zoom.us/j/86351810534

Upcoming Events

1/28-Spring Semester Begins

2/23-Achievement Reports available on ParentVue

2/15- SSC and ELAC Meeting

Previously Shared Information

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Annual Student Housing Questionnaire

The Student Housing Questionnaire was one of the forms included in the enrollment packet but with the move to electronic registration, the form was left out. School districts are now required to identify housing situations for all students and then report those counts to the state. We are working with the Research Dept. to include the SHQ into the enrollment process on ParentVue. However, for this year we have added the SHQ- Google Form and a paper version will be sent home.


Please take a couple of minutes to fill out the Google Form.

Free Breakfast at Twain

Parents, did you know that all students are eligible for free breakfast? Start your morning off right by coming by the school cafeteria at 7:40 am. Starting your day with a nutritious breakfast will also ensure that you are at school on time.


Just a reminder that school starts at 8:00am

Community Resources

Internet/Laptops


Long Beach USD is partnering with the nonprofit organization Human-I-T to help your family get online. Give the gift of connectivity this holiday season by taking advantage of their affordable options! Qualified low-income individuals are now eligible to receive assistance from Human-I-T to obtain discounted or free internet through the Federal Emergency Broadband Benefit. Human-I-T also

offers discounted computers for low-income families starting at $100.00. In addition, Human-I-T offers a free virtual digital skills course to teach the basics of computer use to anyone who’d like

to learn.

For more information or to sign up for an offer:

● Text “LBUSD” to (562) 561-2565

● Call 888-391-7249

● Online Application: human-i-t.org/LBUSD


Mental Health


Long Beach Unified School District has partnered with Care Solace to support the well-being of students and their family members. Care Solace is a complimentary and confidential care coordination service that can help you quickly find mental health or substance use treatment options matched to your needs regardless of circumstance.

If you or a family member are looking for help with mental health or substance use and would like to use Care Solace to help you find a provider:

  • Call 888-515-0595. Support is available 24/7/365 in any language.


· Visit caresolace.com/lbusd and either search on your own OR click “Book Appointment” for assistance by video chat, email, or phone.

School Health Forms

Twain's nurse, Molly, has created a way for you to access any health forms you may need.

Parent Canvas Training and Support

Our Parent University team has put together this great Canvas resource for parents, called the Essential Skills for Parents.

How to update Parent Vue

Please take the time to update your ParentVue. It is very important that we have the correct phone number, address, and emergency contact information on file.

Communication

The Parent Bulletin will be your main source for school- wide information and I will be emailing it out every week.


Other helpful sources of information include the LBUSD website (www.lbschools.net) and our school website (https://twain-lbusd-ca.schoolloop.com/).