Ohlone Family Connection

September 30

Always Ohlone

This is an emotional time. The stakes are high. We love Ohlone. This is not an easy decision. Please remember that you are part of the Ohlone family, no matter which path you choose. You are ours! As an Ohlone family, you will continue to receive the Ohlone Family Connection, the Ohlone eNews, and messages about school and community events. Above all else, we are a strong, caring, and compassionate school community. We will get through this together. I will keep you updated as soon as I have information to share about placement and teacher assignments. As you can imagine, there are many details to work out internally. Thank you for your grace and patience. I have truly appreciated your kind words of support for our staff. Love you guys!

We are ecstatic to welcome Room 19 students back to school on October 5th. Hanna's class will be our first group of students on campus and we couldn't be more excited! Our staff has been busy with tasks in preparing for K/1's arrival on October 12th as well. I am looking forward to seeing everyone's smiling eyes!

As a reminder, there is definitely school on Friday! See Fun Friday link below. The link is also posted on Coach Bobby's Schoology page for students to access independently.

Take care and stay well.


Ohlone Principal

Highlights from the 9/29/20 PAUSD Board Meeting

  • There was a 5-0 vote to approve the reopening plan that was presented by the district.
  • There were two amendments:
  • The district shall convene a collaborative committee of district staff and teachers so that teachers can provide feedback on reopening plans.
  • Site safety plans must be clearly communicated.
  • It was also decided that families who do not submit a survey by the deadline will automatically be enrolled in the DL program (K/1 was due at 5:00pm today).
  • The Board will decide in January whether or not to provide an additional option to switch programs at that time.

Hybrid K/1 Families

Once I receive the survey results, I will be reaching out to K/1 families who will be returning to Ohlone for hybrid in-person instruction. I will hold a special K/1 Principal's Tea the week before school to provide families with detailed information about procedures and processes for coming to school and picking up their children. We want to take care of our little ones in acclimating to school, some for the very first time! Please look for more information soon. We are looking forward to seeing students soon!

FDL & Mandarin Immersion


I know many of us are hopeful for Ohlone multiage full distance learning classes with Ohlone teachers. The current plan is that students requesting full distance learning will join a single-grade class in the current FDL program. The FDL class may or may not be taught by an Ohlone teacher and it will not be multiage. Staffing is complicated and encompasses teachers across all 12 elementary schools. Should plans change for Ohlone, you will be the first to know :).

Mandarin Immersion

I will be in touch with K/1 Mandarin Immersion families as soon as I have a chance to review the survey data and determine next steps with K/1 MI teachers. Thank you for your patience with this next transition.

Onsite Childcare

In addition to Ohlone Kids Club, Right at School will also offer childcare at Ohlone. They will offer before and after school care onsite and registration information will be shared soon. You may contact Richard Fuentes with any questions you may have at richard.fuentes@rightatschool.com or 650-407-0531.

Student Council Board Elections

Our Student Council Board Elections is scheduled for Tuesday, October 6, 10:50-11:50am. Candidates should have their recorded speeches to me no later than 12:00pm on Saturday, October 3. I will send out the link and additional information to Student Council reps and alternates soon. Best of luck candidates!

Building an Antiracist School and Community

Systemic Racism Explained

Wendell Scott

Wendell Scott was the first African American inducted in the NASCAR Hall of Fame. Throughout the 1960s and 70s, he poured his heart, soul, and all of his earnings into maintaining his own race car. His son, Frank, remembers what it took for his father to cross the finish line at racetracks throughout the South. I hope you enjoy the video below.