Home of the Dragons, August 20, 2021
Dear Duveneck Families,
Thank you for a wonderful start of the school year! The teachers did a fabulous job getting their classrooms ready for learning. Thank you to our custodians, Heavenly Vauss, Tom Munson and Junior (Pampilo) Bayquen, for making the classrooms and campus so clean and spotless for the start of school. Our instructional aides and support staff for coming back to work so happy and with a 'can do' attitude. Finally, a special thank you to our office team - Beth Hedge, Cecelia Perez and Dr. Erika Gardiner, who helped me with all the preparations and management pieces that needed to be in place so your children could have the best first day of school ever!
I am also happy to report that the first seven days of school have gone well. Teachers and students have established positive routines and ways to connect with each other to build safe learning environments. The teachers are using formative assessments to gauge where their students are at with regard to reading, writing and math. A formative assessment is not a graded assessment. It is meant to inform the teacher about what a student already knows and what they need to learn. This data is extremely helpful in order to create targeted lessons to meet the academic needs of each individual student. We look forward to sharing more with you about what is happening in your child's classroom at our Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 31.
A Change in COVID Protocols, Effective Monday, August 23
Outdoor masking will be required at the elementary and middle school levels beginning on August 23.
Santa Clara County uses a modified quarantine protocol found HERE. Tracking unmasked and unvaccinated students is problematic and challenging. After consulting with other school districts, PAUSD made the decision to add outdoor masking as an additional layer of protection.
Students who need a break from masking outdoors may remove their mask if they are not within six feet of another person. This common-sense approach will allow students to get fresh air without creating health concerns for others.
High school students will have the option of masking outdoors. This is consistent with other school districts in our region. Vaccinations remain an additional layer of mitigation available to students 12 and older. Revisions will be reflected on PAUSD websites later today.
PAUSD Air Quality Protocols
Air quality at this time of year is a big concern for all of us. To keep up to date with the District's protocols regarding what we will do, please refer to this link, https://www.pausd.org/return-to-campus/air-quality-protocols.
Finally, Positive connections between parents and teachers have been shown to improve children’s academic achievement and social/emotional well-being. When parents and teachers work as partners, children do better in school and at home. I know that this is a challenge this year since parents and guardians are not allowed on campus, but I encourage you to reach out to your teacher to begin this relationship. Our teachers already love your children and we look forward to establishing this partnership with your family.
Yours in Partnership,
Back to School Night, Tuesday August 31
Mark your calendars! Duveneck School will hold its Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 31. Our program will take place virtually and the schedule is as follows:
General Meeting: 5:00-5:25 PM, https://pausd.zoom.us/j/92135457676
Grades TK-2 Presentations: 5:30-6:15 PM
Grades 3-5 Presentations: 6:30-7:15 PM
This is a very important event and should not be missed! On this night, your child’s teacher will explain their goals for the class and for your child. They will share information about their curriculum, instructional program, and how to communicate with them. This is the first opportunity to see and bond with your child's teacher.
Classroom teachers will send you a Zoom invite for their classroom presentations soon.
Meet our 5 Day a Week CASSY Counselor!
We are so happy to have Katie with us at Duveneck School!
The Importance of Regular & On Time Attendance
The connection between student attendance and learning is being studied more than ever before. Students who attend school regularly have been shown to achieve at higher levels, connect more deeply with their peers and teachers, and have a more positive attitude about school and learning than students who do not have regular attendance. Good attendance habits begin as early as preschool and Kindergarten and affect a student's overall success.
We understand, especially as we continue to navigate COVID-19 and its variants, that there will be times when students will not be able to attend school. The important idea is to make sure your child attends every day when they are not ill or abiding by county health and safety regulations. This includes scheduling appointments before or after school whenever possible, taking family vacations during school vacations, and letting your child know that you believe school is important.
If your child needs to miss school, please contact the office at 650-322-5946, or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as you know about the absence.
We are here to help! If you are experiencing challenges with timely attendance, your child's teacher and I will be reaching out to brainstorm solutions with you. Our goal is to reduce chronic absenteeism in order to ensure the social, emotional, and academic success of each of our students.
Thank you for helping us to help your Duveneck Dragon thrive!
Palo Alto Partners in Education
THANK YOU for your generous donations to PiE!
Donations of any amount to our education foundation, Partners in Education, or PiE, are also vital ways to support every student at Duveneck School. We simply could not continue to provide the level quality classroom, art, and music programs without the classroom aides and instructors that PiE funds! Please be on the lookout for PiE donation day events, or you can send a check to the office any day!
Donations to PiE in any amount count! THANK YOU!