2020/21 Elementary Principal Update

December 13, 2020

Dear Families,

This holiday season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, or something else, we think the original lyrics to Hugh Martin and Ralph Blane's "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" fit well with 2020:


Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Let your heart be light
Next year all our troubles will be out of sight
Have yourself a merry little Christmas
Make the yuletide gay
Next year all our troubles will be miles away

Once again as in olden days
Happy golden days of yore
Faithful friends who are dear to us
Will be near to us once more

Someday soon we all will be together
If the fates allow
Until then we'll have to muddle through somehow
So have yourself a merry little Christmas now


If you are unable to see your loved ones this December, think about how special it will be when you do get to be with them again! We wish you all a restful break, and we hope that you find joy in this season and in the days ahead.


In this newsletter, you will see two parts. The first part is specifically for our families whose children have returned to campus. The second part is for all families and includes some digital resources that we hope you will find helpful.


With Gratitude,

Emily Blaney, LCE Principal

Cory Pak, PCR Principal

Carrie Hetzel, PCY Principal

PART ONE

Information for TK - 2nd Grade Hybrid Families

If you are a hybrid family who was not ready to return to campus and remained Virtual, there are two dates available for a return: January 11 and March 1. Please make note of these dates!


The following reminders are important because they support our entire school community. As you know, if a student exposes a cohort, then the whole cohort needs to return to distance learning. In an effort to remain on campus, we all must do our part.

Easy Access to Pre-Screener App

Thanks to a parent suggestion and to Jamie Lewsadder, our CTO who made it happen, each school now has a QR code for easy access to the Pre-Screener app. Print this out and keep it in your car or near the exit from your home.


By the way, if you are having a hard time finding the email confirmation to show staff, check your junk mail. Some parents found it hiding there. Here's how to fix that.

PART TWO

Podcast: WHO SMARTED?

New episodes of WHO SMARTED? are released every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. From science & history, to the ocean and deep space, every fun-filled episode takes kids on a journey of discovery and inspiration with STEM-based educational content.


We all know ANXIETY isn't just for grownups -- so one of the episodes of Who Smarted? helps kids understand where 'Anxiety' comes from, how it affects them and some fun tips to help chase away the 'Worry Monsters' lurking inside them!


2 things your Smartypants Kid(s) will discover in today's Anxiety Episode:

  1. Your BRAIN focuses on what you tell it to focus on, so learning to focus on something CALM (real or imagined) in times of STRESS or ANXIETY is a good way to calm down your anxious thoughts.

  2. WORRIES are just things you imagine in your brain and they are no more or less likely to come true than good stuff you imagine. But because worry activates FEAR, a very powerful emotion, worries seem more REAL... even though they're not.


Here's something we left out, for you to share:

Nearly 10% of kids will experience chronic anxiety before the age of 13. This can be anxiety about school, fitting in, a particular place or thing, or the future. Encouraging your kids to be comfortable talking to a Parent or trusted grownup about fears or concerns is the first step to helping them manage their anxiety.

Follow These Steps to be a YouTube Sleuth:

December 8, 2020 LCUSD Parent Tech Newsletter

Jamie Lewsadder's Tech Newsletter was sent to you last week, but here it is again. Great tips!


Students: 5 Ways to Show Teachers You Care - attachments are included at the end of this newsletter.

December 8, 2020 LCUSD Parent Tech Newsletter

UPCOMING EVENTS

Governing Board Meeting

Tuesday, Dec. 15th, 7pm

This is an online event.

Teacher Collaboration Day

Friday, Dec. 18th, 8am-3pm

Not At School

Winter Break

Saturday, Dec. 19th, 12am to Tuesday, Jan. 5th 2021 at 12am

Not At School

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