August 3, 2017
Dear Baywood School Families,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! Your teachers have been working hard during the summer months to prepare for the new school year and we are excited to see you and your child(ren) on August 21st for the first day of school. Note, we will not be having a Registration Day this year. All Student Registration will take place online using the InfoSnap Registration Code you received via email. If you need to use a computer at school to complete your child's InfoSnap, we have computers available in our office for your use daily through the end of June and August 3rd-11th, between 7:30-4:00.
I would like to extend a special ‘Baywood Welcome’ to all of our new families who will be joining us. I look forward to meeting you, and I hope you will consider being involved here at our school. We encourage parent volunteers in the classroom and in our PTA.
Preschool parents: Mrs. Lloyd-Moffett will contact you for a parent meeting to be held prior to school starting. Students in Mr. Cooper's class will receive information from him prior to the start of school. The first day of Preschool is August 28th.
Kindergarten parents, the first week of school we work as one big learning community without a designated teacher. This supports our program ensuring that kinders will have the opportunity to interact with every student and learn with every teacher. Every day during the first week of kindergarten, daily classroom assignments will be posted on the classroom doors. During this week, we will be observing the students’ interactions as we work to form ‘home rooms’ that are balanced in terms of age, gender and other special needs. If you have a Kindergartener, be sure to attend Kinder Visitation Night at 5:30-6:30 on Friday, August 18th. Bring your Kinder Kid with you. We would like to invite all Kinder parents to give at least 1 hour per month to our school through our new 'Kinder Give 10 Parent Partnership'.
1st - 5th grade parents, if you have completed your child's InfoSnap Registration, you will receive your child’s class placement via email on Monday, August 14th. Please note that teacher assignments will not be open for release until your child's InfoSnap Registration is complete.
All schools in San Luis Coastal will be continuing the late-start Monday schedule this year. School will start promptly on Mondays at 9:25 and on Tuesdays- Fridays at 8:25. Teachers bring students into classrooms at the first bell- 23 minutes after the hour, and the tardy bell rings at 25 minutes after the hour. In an effort to assist our families, we will provide supervision as follows:
-Drop Off/Before School:
- Loading Zone at Front of the School & the Lower Blacktop/Play Structure- Supervision starts at 8:10. (Mondays at 9:10). In the event you do arrive early, please wait with your child until 8:10.
- On Mondays, our PTA offers a program in the kickback club/station #16 from 8:00-9:00 for a small fee for families who sign up in the front office.
Pick Up/After School:
Monday-Friday, 1st-5th Grade: School dismisses daily at 2:50. Children not picked up by 3:05 will go to the school office to call home.
Preschool & Kindergarten: See bell schedule on our website for times
Over the summer, many projects are taking place to get our school facilities ready for the new year. Baywood is getting deep cleaning done, some interior painting, and moving some classrooms to make sure grade levels have classes side by side.
Two projects I'm excited to highlight are improvements to our loading zone and interior walls.
- Our front of the school drop off/pick up area will be enhanced with loading zone painting, and will have strong staff supervision both before and after school. This is an important addition to support student safety at Baywood, which is always first and most important! Depending on your personal drop off/pick up routine, it may mean a change for you. We will be using the parking lot on El Moro for staff parking and not for student drop off/pick up. Students can be dropped off/picked up at the front of the school and we are reserving the parking lot on 9th/Santa Maria for parents too!
- Students who walk or ride bikes can continue to enter at the front of school or through the entrance at the crosswalk on El Moro. Note- We will be enforcing the long standing policy that bikes must be walked on all sidewalks. This is a safety measure at times when our streets and sidewalks are busy with kids and families.
- We are relocating some of our interior panels to create more closure in the classrooms. This will help with students having more learning space in the classrooms, will reduce noise level from adjoining rooms, and will allow us to use our exterior classroom doors rather than walking through classrooms as 'hallways'. We are excited to bring this improvement to our kids!
Important Dates to Remember:
Monday, August 14: 1st-5th Grade Teacher/Classroom Assignments go home via email (paper copy to those with no email on file). *Note - InfoSnap must be complete for this email to be released to you
Monday, August 21: School starts @ 9:25 am
Monday, August 21: Welcome Back Coffee for Parents in the Library @ 9:25-10:25 am - ALL Parents welcome to mingle, grab a cup of coffee, and enjoy!
Tuesday, August 29: Back to School Night
Preschool-2nd grade classroom presentations @ 6:00-6:45
All Parents in the MPR for important school information at 6:50-7:15
3rd-5th grade classroom presentations @ 7:15-8:00
Monday, September 4: Labor Day, No School
In addition, for your convenience, I am sending along with this letter links to some important documents:
Baywood’s Parent & Student Handbook: Includes a wealth of information about Baywood, such as:
Baywood’s Daily Schedule (start and end times)
Code of Conduct outlines rules, consequences and incentives
Policies & Procedures from school attendance to ‘visitors on campus’
Dress Code - Be sure to see this before doing your ‘Back to School’ shopping
SLCUSD District Instructional Calendar: School days and holidays
Our Birthday Book Program: Add a book to our school library in honor of your child’s birthday! Return the order form and payment to our library or our school office anytime. If this is a financial hardship for your family, let your child’s teacher know and our PTA will provide a scholarship for your child’s birthday book. Please note: Cupcakes or other food will not be handed out to celebrate children’s birthdays. Thank you for your support of our mission to make our school a healthy food zone.
YMCA Information: The YMCA is a ‘parent pay’ program to provide a recreational program to Baywood students. The program is available 5 days per week after school until 6pm. For more information, contact the Y. Scholarships are available through the Y on a case by case basis.
Finally, I would like you to join me in welcoming some new faces to Baywood this school year: Julissa Otzoy-Medrano on our 4th grade team- a bilingual/biliterate teacher certified to teach in Spanish and English joins us from Pacheco, Kate Anderson as our RSP teacher - a gifted teacher who is familiar to many of you as she did her student teaching here at Baywood, Noah Cooper as our Special Education Preschool Teacher - an experienced teacher bringing his current preschool program over to Baywood- we are so excited to have 'The Little Bear Cubs' here at Baywood!, and Danette Costa- a well loved Baywood parent and PTA board member who is our new Secretary Clerk in the front office!
Our Classroom Teachers for the 2017-2018 School Year
Please keep in mind that this is the plan as of today and may still change based on enrollment.
Preschool: 1 class- Mrs. Lloyd-Moffett
Welcoming our NEW Special Education Preschool Program: 2 classes - Mr. Cooper
Kindergarten: 2 classes- Mrs. Fay & Miss Loeffler
1st Grade: 2 classes- Mrs. Taylor & Mrs. Dallas
2nd Grade: 2 classes- Miss Docouto/Mrs. May & Mrs. Newell
3rd Grade: 2 classes- Mrs. Dawkins & Mrs. Cappellano
4th Grade: 2 class- Miss Otzoy-Medrano & Mr. Curran
5th Grade: 2 classes- Mrs. Emery & Miss Stocking
K-2nd SDC: 1 class- Mr. Dale
3rd-5th SDC: 1 class- Mrs. Smith-Grove
I hope the information provided in this ‘Welcome Back Letter’ serves as a reference for you throughout the year. In addition, feel free to visit our website http:ba.slcusd.org for the most up to date information on our school. The staff and I look forward to working with you! Together we will create an amazing, positive and successful 2017-2018 school year!
Mrs. Jennifer Dinielli