September 13, 2020 - Issue 38
Dear Evergreen Elementary Families,
I hope you are all staying safe and healthy with all of the challenges we are currently facing as a community. From COVID-19, to wildfires, to power outages, and poor air quality, we are all becoming very resilient individuals and families! We appreciate your support with the elements of distance learning that can be challenging. You all are doing such a wonderful job with partnering with us to best educate your children. If you need any support along the way, please reach out to your child's teacher or any of us in the office. We are here to help!
It has been such a pleasure to attend teacher Back to School Night presentations. Back to School Night can be an exciting, yet overwhelming event for teachers (teachers chose this career to work with kids, and not grownups :) We are about 1/4 of the way through our individual teacher presentations, and I am incredibly impressed with all of their virtual classrooms they have created for our students. I love getting to see families at these presentations and be able to connect with you all. I am truly missing our back to school community events, so it is great to be able to connect with you all virtually.
Our next material pickup day will be combined with school picture day on September 24, 2020. Please see the School Picture Day section below for all the details.
Speaking of pictures... we are looking for a parent to coordinate our Yearbook this year. If you enjoy scrapbooking or making photo books, then this is the volunteer opportunity for you! Everything is done online, and our Lifetouch representative is a great support with creating this book. If you would like to volunteer for this position, I will be forever grateful to you! Please email me at email@example.com if you would like more details.
Do you ever wonder where Mrs. Heald got her flexible seating options for her classroom, where Ms. Uwins got the Keva Planks, or how I paid for our Meet the Masters art curriculum? CRPUSD staff members often write grants for items that they need for their classrooms from the Education Foundation of Cotati and Rohnert Park. The Ed Foundation is now hosting our annual Sharing of the Green event. This very fun event is normally held in the spring at the Doubletree Hotel, however we had to reschedule this due to COVID-19. It is now virtual, and there are hundreds of items listed, from gift certificates, food, wine, apparel, sports memorabilia, etc. Again, all donations go directly back to CRPUSD students, please consider bidding on some items. The flyer and link to bidding is listed below.
We are only able to provide hotspots for families that do not have internet connectivity. If you do not have internet at home and your child qualifies for free/reduced lunch, please visit www.internetessentials.com or click on the button below.
All Evergreen students (except TK students and some of our SDC students) will be taking easyCBM assessments in the areas of Language Arts and Math during the month of September. All elementary and middle school students in CRPUSD will take these assessments. Their purpose is to provide teachers and our district with data on how our students are performing, and areas that we need to reteach. These assessments are not graded or tied to your child's report card. Please do not help your child with these assessments, as this will not provide an accurate picture of their current academic levels. Just encourage them to do their personal best!
Some assessments will be linked through your Seesaw or Google Classroom, and will be assigned by your classroom teacher. These independent assessments will be accessed through the easyCBM website via Rapid Identity. Your teacher will notify parents exactly which assessments to take. They will also provide written directions and video instructions on how to login. Please don't attempt to start these until you receive direction from your child's teacher.
Other easyCBM assessments require 1:1 administration. Our Learning Center staff will be administering these live assessments with your child via Google Meet. Your classroom teacher will be providing a link to a Sign Up Genius so you can pick the time for your child's assessment. Please make sure that your child doesn't miss this assessment time slot, as we need all students to be assessed.
Thank you for your cooperation and support!
Lunches and Food Pickups
Grab and Go Lunches will continue to be provided on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 11am-1pm at Rancho Cotate High School, Technology Middle School, and Lawrence Jones Middle School.
The Redwood Empire Food Bank will continue to offer free food pickup for all families regardless of status on Wednesdays from 11am-1pm at Rancho Cotate High School, Technology Middle School, and Lawrence Jones Middle School.
It is critical that families that qualify fill out the Free and Reduced Meal Price Application for the 2020-2021 school year. The application is linked at the button below.
Please sign up to become a member of the Evergreen PTA! Here is the link to our secure online site: https://jointotem.com/ca/rohnert-park/evergreen-elementary-pta/join
STUDENT RECOGNITION: When signing up, please don't forget to complete the student roster section. This will tell us who your child is and who is their teacher so we can give them recognition on our virtual classroom window display.
Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions!
We have our picture day with Lifetouch on September 24th. We have combined picture day with another material pickup day to streamline things for our families. Picture day is NOT mandatory... if you do not feel comfortable with having your child get their picture taken, we understand. We will figure out a way to have parents submit a different photo their child for the yearbook if they do not want to participate on September 24th.
Here are all the details to make the day a success!
Families will come at scheduled times based on last name.
- 8am-9am Last Names A-Z (please save this time slot for parents that have limited work schedules)
- 9am-10am Last Names A-D
- 10am-11am Last Names E-H
- 11am-12pm Last Names I-L
- 12pm-1pm Last Names M-P
- 1pm-2pm Last Names Q-U
- 2pm-3pm Last Names V-Z
- Families will line up outside MU between the office and E Building (Cobert and Uwins’ classrooms). X’s will be marked on the ground to show 6ft distancing.
- Masks are required for all family members when waiting in line.
- Student temperatures will be taken by school nurse. If a student has a temperature over 100.3, they unfortunately will not be able to enter the MU for their picture.
- Students will enter the MU through Northwest door. They will hand their mask to a family member outside, then enter the MU.
- Only one student will be in the MU at a time with the photographer.
- Students will stand and not touch anything inside while taking their picture.
- Family member will walk outside to the Southwest door of the MU to wait for their student. Student will exit through the Southwest door. Family member will give the student their mask back.
- Family will exit the campus.
- All orders will be taken online.
- A makeup day will be scheduled at a later date.
See links below to order pictures through Lifetouch!
Social Emotional Corner
Evergreen Elementary is a PBIS school that focused on Restorative Practices. You will find information below regarding Virtual Evergreen Expectations, our Distance Learning matrix, Solution Wheel, links to access mental health referrals, as well as a newsletter from our CRPUSD School Nurses.
Virtual Evergreen Expectations
While learning at home, students can be given virtual Evergreen Expectations from guardians and teachers. If you notice your student going out of their way to make good decisions, show respect to self and/or others and solve problems, please fill this out and celebrate with them!
Weekly Expectation winners will be announced on our Facebook page by Ms. Rochelle and prizes will be sent home. Don’t forget to bookmark the link so that you can easily access our Expectation Tickets! Go Bobcats!
Evergreen Elementary School-Based Mental Health Support: Request for Appointment
Please click the button below to request an appointment with CRPUSD school-based mental health support. Appointments will be conducted either via video conferencing or by phone. Please note that these remote appointments are not intended to replace the student’s medical care or services provided by an outside mental health care provider. These services are intended to support students in identifying and managing difficult feelings, and in developing effective coping strategies during these challenging times. A school-based professional will contact you within two school days (Monday – Friday).
Important: This is not a crisis line. For crisis support dial 911 immediately, or one of the following resources listed below:
• Sonoma County Crisis Stabilization Unit: (707) 576-8181
• Sonoma County Suicide Prevention Hotline: (855) 587-6373
For additional wellness or mental health support, check out the CRPUSD External Distance Learning Resources at https://bit.ly/CRPUSHELPS
If you have questions about classes or academics, please contact your school’s counselor or administrators.
Daycare Support - Boys and Girls Club
Safe Routes to School Program
Our Safe Routes to School Program partners are offering FREE Virtual Family Bicycle workshops this on a number of topics, to help you and your kids become safe & confident cyclists! This September, they will be offering Street Skills for Parents on September 16th at 4pm, Route Planning for Families on September 26th at 10:30am, and Basic Bike Maintenance for Families on September 30th at 4pm. Register for FREE at www.bikesonoma.org/family-bike-workshops