Shark News

November 18, 2022

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Have a wonderful break! We are very grateful to the wonderful families we have at Sierra!

Many thanks to our PTC for spoiling the staff with sweet treats this past week! The treats were divine!

IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

RUSD Student Calendar for 2022-23

11/21-11/25: Fall Break - No school

12/22: Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:45 for Kindergarten, 12:55 for 1st-6th Grades)

12/23-1/8: Winter Break - No school

1/16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - No school

2/20-2/24: President's Week Break - No school

2/27: Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:45 for Kindergarten, 12:55 for 1st-6th Grades)

3/6-3/10: Spring Conference Week - Minimum Days all week (Dismissal 12:45 for Kindergarten, 12:55 for 1st-6th Grades)

4/3-4/10: Spring Break - No School

5/11: Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:45 for Kindergarten, 12:55 for 1st-6th Grades)

5/11: Open House Night

5/15: Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:45 for Kindergarten, 12:55 for 1st-6th Grades)

5/29: Memorial Day - No School

6/1: Last Day of School/Minimum Day (Dismissal 12:45 for Kindergarten, 12:55 for 1st-6th Grades)

How to Donate to Rocklin High School's Holiday Boutique for Underprivileged Children in RUSD (including Sierra!)

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New Parent Volunteer Opportunity: "Parents on Campus"

Parents on Campus

Parents on Campus (POC) is a school program dedicated to promoting a safe and friendly environment for all members of the Sierra community. The Parents on Campus program is based on the belief that increased adult visibility on campus will reduce safety related distractions and provide our students with a sense of security, stability, and happiness.


How Does It Work?

Parents on Campus brings volunteer parents to school at times they are available, and is particularly helpful during recesses and lunch periods. Volunteer parents walk around the campus, mingling with students, monitoring the parking lots and sidewalks, keeping eyes and ears open. Any concerns will be brought to staff personnel who will always be available to handle any situation.


How Do I Volunteer?

Volunteers must be CLEARED by RUSD; this includes a background check and submitting your fingerprints. Prior fingerprinting done for any agency or organization other than RUSD will not be accepted. Fingerprinting takes approximately 72 hours to clear.

  • Fingerprinting completed for RUSD specifically. Prior fingerprinting done for any agency or organization other than RUSD will not be accepted. Fingerprinting takes approximately 72 hours to clear.

  • Current Tuberculosis Test (TB). TB tests expire every 4 years and must be renewed in order to volunteer. TB Tests take approximately 48-72 hours for results and results must be brought to the office.

  • To check your volunteer status, please call the office or email our Secretary, Kimberly Ervin, at kervin@rocklinusd.org.


You may volunteer for Parents on Campus on a regular schedule, i.e. weekly, bi-weekly, once a month, or whenever you like. Drop-ins are welcome, just make sure to get a Parents on Campus lanyard in the office. Please email our Secretary, Kimberly Ervin, at kervin@rocklinusd.org, if you'd like to set that up!


When are lunches and recesses?

10:15-10:30 K-3rd Grade Snack Recess

10:35-10:50 4th-6th Grade Snack Recess

11:35-11:55 K/1 Eats Lunch, 2/3 Plays at Lunch Recess

11:55-12:15 2/3 Eats Lunch. K/1 Plays at Lunch Recess

12:25-12:45 4/5 Eats Lunch, 6 Plays at Lunch Recess

12:45 -1:05 6 Eats Lunch, 4/5 Plays at Lunch Recess

1:35-1:45 Kindergarten Recess (except Mondays)

1:55-2:05 1st-3rd Grade Recess (except Mondays)


A Day In The Life Of A Parents on Campus Volunteer

  1. Get a Parents on Campus vest at the Front Office and sign in.

  2. Be a friendly adult presence on campus

  3. Head out to campus, have fun and engage the students in conversation during recesses and lunch, and generally monitor the campus and sidewalks along Camborne Way when students are in class.

  4. Report any concerns to Front Office staff.


Interacting With Students

Have fun walking around and observing the students. You will be “in the know” about what kids are saying, eating and wearing at school. Enjoy them and engage them in conversations. You may be surprised how much kids enjoy connecting with adults! Parents On Campus is not a security patrol; rather it is a highly visible, volunteer program that promotes campus security through positive parent presence. Your presence will maintain a safe, caring environment for our students. Please report to staff any inappropriate, unsafe, or questionable behaviors you observe.


Rainy Days

On rainy days, volunteers are needed even more! Students go to the cafeteria to eat on rainy days, and have recess time in class. We still need parents on campus. Bring a jacket and an umbrella.


General Reminders

  • Please remember to be available and approachable

  • Dogs, no matter how friendly, are not allowed on campus

  • Students are not allowed to use cell phones at school

  • Parents should abide by the same rules: no cell phone use, dress appropriately, no gum chewing

  • School staff, not Parents on Campus volunteers, will enforce all school rules for students

  • Bring sunscreen and a hat


For more information, contact:

Many thanks to Sierra parent, Gene Morehouse, for sharing this idea, and to our PTC board for sharing their additional ideas and input!


-Principal Westberg

CHiP's for Kids at Sierra Elementary

You can bring new, unwrapped toys to the front office to help kids in need this holiday season. We appreciate your generous donations as always!
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Little Chefs World After School Program

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Lost & Found

Our lost & found is growing! Please come take a look and see if anything belongs to your shark. Located in the multipurpose room.
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PTC Corner

GIVING TREE

Please donate to help all of our Sierra families have a festive holiday season. We will purchase Thanksgiving dinners, items on the children’s wish lists, and Target gift cards for families that could use a little help. Please see the flyer below for more information on the variety of ways you can participate (now accepting Venmo*) or click here to donate online. Thank you!


HOT COCOA ON THE GO – 12/5 (after morning drop off)

Stop by for hot cocoa and an international pastry treat after morning drop off. Please feel free to bring your family’s favorite treat.


MARK YOUR CALENDAR

12/5: Hot Cocoa on Go (after morning drop off). Add to your calendar

12/14: PTC general meeting, 6:00pm via Zoom (meeting id: 871 0135 9489, pw: sharks). Add meeting to your calendar


Wishing all our Sierra Shark families a great holiday week,

Your Sierra PTC

info.sierra.ptc@gmail.com


Goooooo Sharks!!!!


Follow us on Facebook and Instagram for news on upcoming events and opportunities to get involved.

*Venmo details: @Sierra-PTC (please put Giving Tree in the comment and bypass the 4-digit phone number when you see our logo!)

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Help support our 6th grade sharks

Hey Sierra families!


Want to get a head start on some holiday shopping that ALSO support our 6th grade sharks? Shop online at Boon Supply Sierra Fundraiser, where you'll find lots of environmentally-friendly products for your home, car, office, or under the Christmas tree, and help our 6th graders raise funds for their science camp! We would also be very grateful if you shared the link with any family or friends you feel would be interested in shopping for our cause. Thank you for supporting our 6th grade sharks!

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Tri City Little League Spring Registration

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Wondering how to get more information from your child to find out more about their school day and friendships?

Thanks to Carrie King, our school psychologist, who shared this article with good strategies and the following list of questions that may be better alternates to "How was your day?"


Article: Questions to Ask Your Kids About Their Day at School



19 Alternatives to "How Was Your Day?"


  • What was your favorite part of the day?
  • What was the hardest thing you did today?
  • If you could pick three friends to play with/hang out with, who would they be and why?
  • Who put a smile on your face today?
  • What was your least favorite part of the day?
  • If today was a color, what would it be and why?
  • What is one creative thing you did today?
  • Tell me about a book you are reading.
  • Were you bored today? Why or why not?
  • Tell me about a problem you solved today.
  • Was today a fast day or a slow day? Why?
  • What rule do you have to follow that makes no sense?
  • Did anything happen today that made you proud?
  • Did you face any particular challenges today?
  • What was the kindest thing you did today?
  • Do you have any questions for me about your day?
  • What are you excited about right now?
  • If you could pack anything in your lunch tomorrow, what would it be and why?
  • What is the most important thing you learned today?

Are you cleared to volunteer or chaperone a field trip?

To ensure compliance with RUSD and the state of California's volunteer policies, parents who wish to volunteer on campus during the school day must have:



RUSD Policy:


  • Fingerprinting completed for RUSD specifically. Prior fingerprinting done for any agency or organization other than RUSD will not be accepted. Fingerprinting takes approximately 72 hours to clear.
  • Current Tuberculosis Test (TB). TB tests expire every 4 years and must be renewed in order to volunteer. TB Tests take approximately 48-72 hours for results and results must be brought to the office.



To check your volunteer status, please call the office or email our Secretary, Kimberly Ervin, at kervin@rocklinusd.org.

Links parents love, below!

Nutrition Services 2021-2022

Our Nutrition Services Website has the menu for the month so your shark knows what they will be sinking their teeth into each day.