#AltEd Alert

The Venture Community Newsletter for Grades K - 12

Friday, March 12, 2021

Venture School is dedicated to providing a place where all students feel valued and unique. Students are offered creative opportunities to learn and to accomplish their academic goals. The program offered is tailored to meet students’ individual needs and incorporates individual learning styles, interests, aptitudes and passions. Venture is a dynamic institution constantly examining the program and seeking new strategies to better meet the ever-changing needs of students and the demands of the 21st century.

PRINCIPAL's POST: Update from Ms. Rose Bright

Dear Venture Families,


This week we mark two milestones in the Covid-19 Pandemic.


We have been engaged in distance or remote learning for a year now. As we reflect on the changes to our daily lives, I am sure that we can all identify many challenges and opportunities we've experienced. As you reflect on this past year, I encourage you to identify not only the struggles and losses, but also celebrate the things you have gained, learned, overcome, and survived. This has been a year unlike any other.


I am excited to see that the infection rate in our county, and beyond, is decreasing. SRVUSD elementary students are engaged in hybrid instruction, and the secondary students will be returning as soon as Wednesday, March 17th. There will be an SRVUSD Communication early next week with the official reopening date.


At Venture, due to the very low number of students electing to return to campus, our continuation and blended learning classes, and most independent study appointments will continue to be held virtually. Teachers have made in person meeting arrangements with those students who requested hybrid instruction on the Declaration Form in November. If you are unsure, check with your teacher, Counselor Alissa Kruse, or me.


Best wishes,


Ms. Bright

CLICK: SRVUSD Food Distribution Mondays

Food Boxes are FREE to SRVUSD students 18 and younger. Everyone is eligible. No proof of need required. No proof of income required. No application to fill out. Just show up to a distribution site and pick up a box.

CLICK: SRVUSD School Reopening Information

On January 12th, the School Board directed staff to review ways to bring students back to campus for hybrid in-person instruction and specialized small groups aligned with all state and county heath requirements.

3/15 DEADLINE - 2020-21 Graduates!

We want you to know that despite the uncertainty we have been living with over the last 12 months due to COVID, there WILL be a graduation celebration at the end of the year. We don't have details yet, but we are working on plans. In order to begin preparing, we are asking you to provide us with information by FILLING OUT THIS FORM by Monday, March 15, 2021. Students- login with your district email address.

3/17 DEADLINE - Apply to be our Venture Rep for SRVUSD's new Student Senate

Attention 7th - 11th graders!


Do you feel it is important for the school district to consider the voice of the student body? Do you want to be a voice for Alternative Education Students? If so, then apply to be a senator for the SRVUSD Student Senate. Venture will have 2 representatives (1 middle school and 1 high school).


COMPLETE THIS INTEREST FORM by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time on WEDNESDAY 3/17


You will be notified via your district email on March 19th if you are the selected representative so that you can attend the first meeting on March 22nd. The link above has more information about meeting dates and agenda items. Questions? Contact Principal Rose Bright (925) 479-1200

Attention ALL Secondary Students!

Secondary students- Change your PASSWORD! Over half of you still need to do it.

Go to: https://password.srvusd.net/ and click on "Change Password."

3/23 - MINIMUM DAY

Tuesday, March 23rd is a half day for Professional Development in SRVUSD. At Venture, this means that students whose appointments/classes begin 12:00 pm or later will not meet that day. If you are one of those students your teacher will go over the plans with you at your meeting this week.

3/24 - Sign Up for some Venture Middle School Fun!

4:00 - 5:00 PM

Grades 6-8

Play games! Participate in activities!

Led by Counselor Kruse and SCIP Counselor Lyssia Porter

Pre-register for Zoom Link -- Venture students only!

CURBSIDE PICK UP and DROP OFF

  • Do you need to pickup or return textbooks?
  • Do you want to purchase spirit wear, a Venture School mask, or a Venture ECO bag?
  • Would you like to drop off a special treat for your teachers?


For your safety and the safety of our staff, you can do any of the above on:

TUESDAYS THROUGH FRIDAYS 8:30AM TO 1:30PM

until the end of this school year.

(Except April 2-9 during Spring Break)

Same process as always:

  1. Pull up to the front of the school
  2. Honk your horn and in a minute or two someone will come out to assist you.

4/20 - PSAT for 10th GRADERS

On Tuesday, April 20, SRVUSD will administer the PSAT 10 to all 10th grade students who want to take this exam on their high school campus. Tenth grade students need to register for this exam, at no charge, during the PSAT 10 registration window which will be open from March 26 to April 4. In late March, SRVUSD will email all 10th grade families and students with PSAT 10 registration information.

STAFF SPOTLIGHT: Sasha Ernest

Sasha is an SRVUSD school social worker who has been with the district for several years, but this is her first year as part of the Venture team. She consults with families and staff about student concerns and collaborates with them to plan strategies to support student success. She offers counseling and psychoeducation to students about issues related to mental health and wellness. In addition, she helps students and families to connect to a wide range of resources in the community to support more concrete needs.


Fun Facts about Sasha!


  • Sasha was a horse-crazy kid and did chores at a stable to earn time to ride the horses there until she could afford to pay for riding lessons.
  • Sasha is an avid Disneyland fan and has had annual passes for several years. The draft horses that pull the trolleys there - or as she calls them, "the handsome boys" - are one of her favorite things about the park. Her favorite ride is Pirates of the Caribbean.
  • Sasha is something of a PC gamer and has been the leader of her World of Warcraft guild since 2008.


Check out Sasha's Virtual Office!

~~~~~ COMMUNITY NEWS and EVENTS ~~~~~

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"Stories Build Bridges" Speaker Series Featuring Irma Herrera

Tuesday, March 23rd, 6:30pm

This is an online event.

CLICK FOR MORE INFO AND TO REGISTER


All SRVUSD parents, staff, and students are invited to hear Irma's inspiring story about identity and advocacy. There will be a Q&A session and informal conversation facilitated by some of our very own SRVUSD high school students.


Irma Herrera is a Bay Area lawyer, writer, solo-performer, and social justice activista. Her solo play, "Why Would I Mispronounce My Own Name?," has received critical acclaim. Irma is a native of South Texas and grew up in a Spanish speaking home. She spent three decades as a public-interest lawyer, starting in Washington state’s Yakima Valley, representing Spanish-speaking farmworkers. She moved to SF to work at the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund and spent 15 years as the Executive Director of Equal Rights Advocates, an organization advancing the interests of women and girls. Irma has presented several times in SRVUSD, and we are excited to welcome her back!


Learn more about Irma here.

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Helping Your Child Build Good Habits

Saturday, March 20th, 10:30am

This is an online event.

SRV Council of PTAs is pleased to have the opportunity to once again welcome Dr. Eran Magen of “Parenting for Humans” for a Virtual Family Engagement event. Join us on Saturday March 20 at 10:30am to learn more about “Building Your Child’s Good Habits.” Advanced Registration is required.


Good habits are quite possibly the most valuable asset a child can have. But how can you help your child build good habits, without nagging or preaching, in a way that keeps you relaxed and strengthens your relationship? In this interactive session, we will go over setting effective and realistic goals, ensuring motivation and self-efficacy, and making the entire process pleasant for both you and your child.


Our guest speaker, Dr. Eran Magen, Ph.D. teaches clinicians, educators, and parents how to form stronger, more supportive relationships in their professional and personal lives. Eran received his Ph.D. in psychology from Stanford University and served as the research director for the department of Counseling and Psychological Services at the University of Pennsylvania. Learn more at ParentingForHumans.com.


For questions, contact us at FamilyEngagement@srvcouncilpta.org. Advanced Registration is Required. Learn more and register here: https://www.srvcouncilpta.org/events/2021/3/20/building-your-childs-good-habits