The Bruin Bulletin

Orchard School Newsletter ....................March 2021

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Planning the School Reopening

Dear Parents and Guardians,

First, let me thank you for your support and understanding as we, as a school, community, and nation have responded to the unexpected invasion of COVID-19. It is hard to believe that we are just days from the year mark. I am very proud of the way our Orchard students, parents, employees, and community leaders have managed the demands we were faced with to protect everyone as we continued to educate and feed our students during the most unusual of circumstances.

This letter is one of several that you will receive regarding the reopening of school for next year. We have been busy working on how to reopen our schools with a high priority on student and staff safety. Our reopening school committee has been meeting and will continue to meet on a weekly basis. We will send out more updates on reopening details in the next few weeks.

As we plan the school reopening, we are again surveying our parents. We want to hear from you and need to know if you plan to send your children back to school this fall and what questions and/or concerns you have. Please help us gather this information by responding to the survey; the link is below:

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School Site Council Meeting

The School Site Council (SSC) is the representative body tasked with developing, monitoring, and approving the school’s strategic site plan (SPSA) and all related categorical expenditures. The SSC is the key deliberative body for the allocation of Title I funds and other resources to improve academic outcomes for all students and as such should be representative of the school community.

We are meeting Thursday, March 4 at 4:00 p.m.

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ID: 83227514036
Passcode: 350308

English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC)

The ELAC shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submitting the plan to the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Assisting in the development of the schoolwide needs assessment.
  • Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC). Districts with 31 or more ELACs may use a system of proportional or regional representation.

El ELAC será responsable de las siguientes tareas:

  • Aconsejar al director y personal docente sobre el desarrollo de un plan para aprendices de inglés y someter ese plan al consejo directivo escolar para posible inclusión en el Plan escolar para el rendimiento (SPSA, por sus siglas en inglés).
  • Ayudar con el desarrollo de la encuesta sobre las necesidades de la escuela.
  • Maneras de informar a los padres de familia sobre la importancia de la asistencia escolar.
  • Cada comité ELAC debe tener la oportunidad de elegir al menos un miembro representante al Comité Asesor de Padres de Aprendices de Inglés del Distrito (DELAC, por sus siglas en inglés). Los distritos con 31 o más comités ELAC pueden usar un sistema de representación proporcional o regional.

We will meet Tuesday, March 9 at 4:00 p.m.

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Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Reflections

The Orchard PTA-sponsored Spelling Bee included 47 participants and went for a record-breaking 20 rounds. The marathon lasted for more than 5 hours. Below are the names of the top three spellers.

- 1st place: Adrian Pham with the word "endive"

- 2nd place: Saanvi Srivastava

- 3rd place: Keiko Limqueco

PTA Reflections: - Nandita Jiju won the Award of Excellence in the fall for Dance Choreography at our School level PTA Reflections contest on the theme of "I Matter Because..."

She has won the Award of Excellence at North Valley Council of PTA and 6th District PTA and is now advancing to the California State PTA level in the Spring. All the best

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Santa Clara County Activity Guide

Discover local out-of-school time programs and scholarships for students.


Dates To Remember

March is Women's History Month

March 1, Monday

March 2, Tuesday

School Office Open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.'

March 3, Wednesday

School Office Open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

March 4, Thursday

School Office Closed'

School Site Council Meeting (SSC)

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ID: 83227514036
Passcode: 350308

March 5, Friday

School Office Open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

End of the 2nd Trimester

11:00 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. Lunch Distribution in Rm 40

Other Important Dates

ELAC Meeting March 9, 4:00 p.m.

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ID: 81223357778
Passcode: 418181

March 18 No Students - Profesional Development

March 19 No School

Spring Break April 5 - 9

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ELPAC Testing Window

The Summative ELPAC testing window will be open from February 1 through April 31, 2021.

ELPAC Testing Information

Dear Parent(s) and Guardian(s):

For the 2021 spring administration of the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC), students will be able to take their assigned tests remotely. Our priority is to keep our students and educators safe by following state, county, and local health and safety requirements associated with the current pandemic.

This letter provides information about what students testing remotely need. Students will take the test from the safety of their homes. The test administrator or examiner will connect with each child by computer. To make sure that each student receives the most accurate score, we are providing the following guidelines for student testing:

  1. You may assist your child with setting up the technology used to enter the test session.
  2. To keep the test fair for all students, we ask that you do not talk about the questions on the test or any materials for the test with anyone before, during, or after the test.
  3. No one may record the test, or use a camera or another device to take pictures of the test questions or of your child taking the test. This helps to keep the questions confidential.
  4. We need to know that the test is being completed by your child without any help. To verify compliance, a web camera and microphone will be used to observe your child while taking the test. The camera is only used to observe your child and the surroundings during the test and will not record the session

Please follow all instructions given by the test administrator or examiner to place the camera where your child and the child’s immediate surroundings can be observed.

If your child cannot use the computer’s camera, microphone, and speaker or headphone during remote testing, you may contact the principal, Marie Roberts, for another way to administer the test to your child—for example, in-person test administration—when it can be done safely following state, county, and local health and safety requirements.

If you have questions or concerns, please reach out to the principal, Marie Roberts, for more information,

Thank you for making sure your child is ready to test. With your help, we can ensure that your child, as well as all students in California, are provided with the best opportunity to succeed and show what they know.

California Department of Education – January 2021

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Orchard Office Hours

The office hours will remain the same until further notice. If you have families that need something but cannot come during the scheduled hours, please email us, or have them email us so that we can make other arrangements.

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Isolation and Quarantine Support Program-Financial and Rental Assistance

Santa Clara County COVID-19 Support Team provides resources to County residents who test positive for COVID-19 or are identified as contacts to a positive case to enable them to isolate or quarantine safely. This service is available to individuals who have tested positive for COVID or have been exposed to COVID and need to isolate and quarantine due to exposure.

Please call 408-808-7770 - The referral hotline is available 7 days/week, 8 am – 5 pm.

There are three main components to the program:

  1. The first component consists of a motel with supportive services for cases and contacts who cannot safely isolate or quarantine at home or who do not have a home. At this hotel, the County offers limited case management services, three meals per day and laundry services. Medical and behavioral health staff perform wellness checks weekly and connect individuals to social services, medical and behavioral health services based on their needs. Transportation to and from the motel to initiate or conclude isolation or quarantine can be provided. Once the isolation or quarantine period is complete, the Program staff assist participants to return to their homes or transition to appropriate and available congregate and non-congregate shelter settings.
  2. The second component provides support services for persons who can isolate and quarantine at home, but who need some assistance. The supportive services are similar to what is provided at the motel. Most participating households need help buying groceries and cleaning supplies.
  3. The *third component of the Program is rental and utility bills specifically for individuals and families participating in this Program. Each household may be eligible for up to $5,000 in rental assistance or a flat payment of up to $2,500 in financial assistance. *Individuals must qualify based on income of 80% AMI (Area Median Income) or less.

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Semester and Trimester Dates

Quarter 1 Friday, Oct. 23

Semester 1 Friday, Jan 15

Quarter 3 Friday, April 2

Semester 2 Thursday, June 10

Elementary marking periods.

· Trimester 1 Friday, November 13 (59 days)

· Trimester 2 Friday, March 5th (60 days)

· Trimester 3 Thursday, June 10th (61 days)

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Middle School Schedule

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