Ohlone Family Connection

March 19, 2022

Back in Business

Ohlone is beginning to feel more and more like the before time! Sprinklings of more parent volunteers are creating that community vibe that makes us complete again. There is some exciting news below!

Parents Back on Campus

I am happy to share with you that after spring break, we are ready to welcome parents and guardians back on campus for drop-off and pick-up. Yay! We are still working through some details as we would like to maintain the organization at pick-up and ensure uninterrupted instructional time. I will email families before spring break with specific details. All of your burning questions will be answered, I promise :). Thank you for the time to work with staff. Parents are welcome to drop off and pick up their children on campus beginning April 11th.

March 11 Professional Learning

Our staff was engaged in rich professional learning last Friday, centered on literacy and supporting readers in meaningful ways that uplift and celebrate students for the gifts they add to their learning community. In the afternoon, our staff spent time learning how to evaluate bias in literature and to look at our class libraries for gaps in representation and narratives. Our Vision Team (Teacher Leadership) led a wonderful tutorial refresh for End-of Year Letters. We know how meaningful these are for families :).

Fun School Events

The Student Council Arts & Crafts Fundraiser was spectacular! The donated art pieces were well-received and almost completely bought out! There were fabulous jewelry pieces, paintings, drawings, origami, Perler beads galore, popular pompoms, and clay flowers. Thank you to our artists, Student Council, and our paying customers! We even had some cash donations. We will share out the profits as soon as we count up the cash. Iris thanks you! She is home and feeling wooly great.

Bike Rodeo was a big hit! It was the first one in the district since the pandemic. Bike and pedestrian safety is so important to keep our kids safe. Thank you to Rose, our Cluster 2 teachers, Heike, and all of the parent volunteers who made the day a great success!

Farm Work Day Tomorrow - 3/20

Tomorrow is our Farm Work Day hosted by Cluster 3 and open for all. Please consider spending an hour on the farm to support the maintenance of our outdoor classroom for students. You can bring your Ohlone students. Please sign up here. We appreciate you!

Book Fair - March 21-25

Book Fair is next week! PTA treated our staff to a preview of books along with a light and lovely bag lunch. Thank you, PTA! I'm sure the kids will love shopping next week!

I hope you enjoy the weekend! I am off for an all-day track meet in Mountain View to watch my 9th grader run for 45 seconds. See you on Monday!


Ohlone Principal

Coming Up Next Week

March 21-25 - Book Fair Week!

Monday, March 21

8:30-9:30 a.m. - PTA Executive Board Meeting

5:00-5:30 p.m. - Next Ohlone Principal Input Zoom Meeting

6:00-7:30 p.m. - Principal's Tea - Response to Intervention

Tuesday, March 22

6:30 p.m. - PAUSD Board Meeting

Wednesday, March 23

Lunch - Student Council Meeting

Thursday, March 24

1:15-2:15 p.m. - Middle Schools Visit Ohlone 5th Graders

3:00-4:30 p.m. - Farm Council Meeting

5:30-6:30 p.m. - Voluntary Transfer Program Placement Night

On the Horizon

3/28-4/1 - Puberty Talk for 4/5 Cluster

3/28 - Pizza My Heart Fundraiser, 4:00--9:00

3/28 - Site Council, 3:00-4:30

3/28 - CVC Night, 6:00-7:30

3/30 - Ohlone Times, Lunch

4/1 - Minimum Day, 1:30 for K-3/1:35 for 4/5

April 4-8 - Spring Break

4/11 - Parents welcomed back to campus

Next Ohlone Principal Input March 21, 5:00-5:30

Please join Deputy Superintendent Trent Bahadursingh and Director of Human Resources Lisa Hickey and share your input as we look for the next principal for our amazing school. The meeting will be on Zoom. If you are unable to make it, there will be an opportunity to provide written feedback after the meeting.

Monday, March 21, 5:00-5:30pm
Zoom Link: https://pausd.zoom.us/j/96517195924

Hope you can make it! Your perspective is important and valued :).

RTI Principal's Tea - March 21 6:00-7:30 p.m.

March 21, Monday, 6:00-7:30pm


What is RTI? Response to Intervention!

Please join me, the Ohlone specialists and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for an evening focused on learning about our school's resources for supporting students. Our psychologist, school counselor, reading specialists, educational specialists, speech-language pathologist, and English learner specialist will review the different tiers of support (RTI) we provide when students need additional support with academics, social-emotional skill development, behavior, sensory-motor skills, language and communication.

Bike Rodeo

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Student Council Arts & Crafts Fundraiser

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Palo Alto Students Foundation Poetry Contest

An Ohlone graduate and Junior at Paly is hosting a poetry contest through her nonprofit, Palo Alto Students Foundation. The contest is open to students of all ages. Due 4/11. For more information visit: https://www.paloaltostudents.org/contests. So cool!

Local & Affordable Summer Programs for Kids

Summer is just around the corner! Check out this free and searchable list of local and affordable summer programs for your children by clicking paloalto.inplay.org.

InPlay is a nonprofit working with Santa Clara County that offers a free online search service with hundreds of local and affordable or free after-school and summer camp programs. The InPlay's online activity guide lists both in-person and online instructor-led activities.

Flyer is linked below in four languages. If you have any questions, contact info@inplay.org.

InPlay Elementary Flyer - English

InPlay Elementary Flyer - Spanish

InPlay Elementary Flyer - Mandarin

InPlay Elementary Flyer - Vietnamese

In Case You Missed It

Open, Open, Open!

The Ohlone PTA Executive Board Needs You!
The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for open roles for the ‘22-’23 year. Please send your nominations or inquiries to Kathy Chen at kathytchen@gmail.com. Get involved. Make new parent friends. Find out how decisions are made and be a leader for your school.

CHC Parent Support Groups

CHC offers amazing online parent support groups that are held each month. There is also a wealth of parenting resources on the CHC website as well.

ADHD Parent Support Group

Learning Differences Parent Support Group

Anxiety Parent Support Group

Parent Resources

Last week, I shared some resources for talking with young children during this challenging time. I have included some additional articles below. The fourth article is a good one to read as your family considers the update to optional indoor masking after March 11th.

  1. Talking with Children about Difficult Topics
  2. Supporting Our Children During Turbulent Times
  3. 5 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Feel Safe
  4. Making Decisions with Confidence as Pandemic Guidelines Change
  5. Tools for Accepting the Parenting Moment You’re In