April 19, 2020
Good Evening Pershing Families,
I hope this message finds all families doing well, staying healthy and safe.
As we begin Distance Learning officially tomorrow, April 20, I want to share a few more resources and information:
SJUSD Family Resource Hub:
On the San Juan Unified School District's COVID-19 Resource Web Hub, many Family Resources have been shared for in one location:
For more information, click the link above or visit the SJUSD Family Hub Tour video above this letter. The Family Hub and COVID-19 webpages are updated regularly.
Final Chromebook Distribution Opportunity:
San Juan Unified is having one final Chromebook pick-up opportunity on Wednesday, April 22 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the District Office, located at 3738 Walnut Ave. in Carmichael. For more information, visit: https://www.sanjuan.edu/closuretech
We are asking that if you have access to a Chromebook, laptop, and/or tablet at home for each of your students to please not come and pick up a device. Visit our website for a list of specifications to ensure your device is compatible.
More information on how to apply for free home Internet can be found here. Please take good care of these devices as they are taken from Pershing classrooms and will eventually need to be returned so they can continue to be available for students.
Physical Education and Distance Learning:
The Physical Education department has developed a plan to support the health and physical activity of our students during school closures, and as our district has moved to distance learning, we continue to encourage and support students in their engagement of physical activity. To this end we recognize that our typical approach to, and required documentation of, physical education is not possible during school closures. Our hope is that our students will stay active and track their activity. To make tracking easy we have created an activity log that we hope you will use.
We know that physical activity is not the same as physical education, and that we are currently unable to teach many of the skills and concepts in our traditional physical education classes. We, however, can focus on one very important outcome necessary to be physically literate and physically active for life: Demonstrate the knowledge and skills to achieve a health-enhancing level of physical activity and fitness (SHAPE America National Standard 3.) Standard 3
The Elementary and K-8 Physical Education website, will provide you with physical activity resources to help guide and enhance student learning. Activities should be chosen based on personal needs, health, and safety.
If you are healthy enough to exercise and can do so in a safe environment, we encourage you to do so. The activity log, written assignments, and/or participating in online activities will provide you with the opportunity to demonstrate and apply the physical literacy concepts. Your PE teacher will assist and guide you through the distance learning approach to physical education.
Please take into consideration any health limitations before beginning any activity. Also remember to always take in consideration your personal safety, your personal health / history, and make sure your physical setting is free of any hazards. Be safe and have fun!
ATTENTION 5th & 6th Grade Students Enrolled for Andrew Carnegie for 2020-2021:
Students who will attend Andrew Carnegie Middle School for 6th and 7th grade next year must make course selections for next year very soon. Please visit the Carnegie website here for more information: https://www.sanjuan.edu/domain/8929
And a Short Message from a Fellow Parent, your Principal:
As we begin this adventure tomorrow with our teachers and your students, please know that we are here for you. You are not expected to figure it all out overnight! Although parents are our student’s “first teacher,” please remember we are all learning and this way of teaching is new to us. If you have challenges and frustrations, please let us know. We are here to help. When in doubt, take a break! If things are working well, we’d like to know, too. Your child’s teacher may also have frustrations and need to make adjustments as she or he begins. One of my primary goals is to help us maintain and improve our communication and relationships as a school while we navigate these unfamiliar waters together. Thank you for joining us in this journey!
Future Info to Come:
More information will come in the following weeks regarding yearbook distribution, process for sale of late order yearbooks, pick-up process for student personal items from classrooms, and more. We don’t have information, but we are working through logistics as the District reviews procedures to ensure health and safety first. If you have questions, please send them to me.
Have a great first week of Distance Learning!
Mrs. Kendra Shelton,