University Elementary at La Fiesta
March 8-12, 2021 - Principal Lunde's Weekly Update
Next Steps for Returning to School
It is so exciting to see steps towards a return to campus. Two major steps have occurred:
1) There are 30 UELF Students working on campus in the Learning Hubs. The Learning Hubs are supporting students for a variety of reasons, plus supporting the school site getting materials ready for the return of students.
2)UELF Families shared their requests for if their children will return for on campus Hybrid classes or continue with distance learning. This decision is personal and every family is encouraged to make the decision that best fits your family. Our community has students returning and students continuing to work from home.
The dates shared for reopening schools using a hybrid model for elementary age students are:
- April 12 for TK-2
- April 19 for 3-5
School tours will be held the week of March 29 to support students and families knowing how to be on campus safely. A sign-up genius will be sent home with the letter that shares what cohort your child will be in. Anticipate knowing this prior to spring break.
I recognize there is a spectrum of ideas, opinions, and needs in our UELF community around the return to school. I ask you to:
1) focus on the needs of your child (academic, social emotional, physical)
2) work with your teacher to address these needs
3) analyze what is working and what is challenging for your family right now
During Mrs. Lunde's Weekly Family Check-Ins, every Thursday at 4:30pm, I am providing updates around returning to school and the group discusses questions and concerns relevant to our site. Call or email Christina Lunde, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you have any questions or just want to talk and have someone listen to you. I am here to support your child and you.
Congratulations to Ms. McAllister's 2nd and 3rd graders for showing the most school spirit! Mr. Moores' and Ms. Hoaglund's classes tied for 2nd place with 52%! The competition is there....What are YOU doing to support your class?
Decorate your eye mask about your favorite book character or any way that supports what YOU love to read! Ms. Lunde decorated her mask with all of the books she read between 3rd and 7th grade. I loved books that were series so I could stay in that world for a long time!
Student Spirit Winners
Love seeing the students show their #UELFSpirit by wearing the teal and blue every Friday. These students showed their school pride, got their name in the raffle, and now they get a KONA Ice. Nice!
UELF Variety Show
Join us on Wednesday, March 17 at 5pm for the UELF Variety Show Premiere! There will be goodies in your Supply Bag on Friday to use for this fun event. Thank you to all of you who are submitting videos of your acts! Send them ASAP to Mrs. Lunde at email@example.com.
Join UELF Site Council
Curious to be part of the conversation around where UELF is now and where we want to be? Have you wondered how funds are used for school programs? Would you like to look at data points collected to identify school goals and actions to take to meet those goals?
School Site Council is for YOU!
School Site Council:
- Meets 5 times a year for an hour
- Collaborates on the Single Plan for Student Achievement
- Discusses and agrees upon the Safety Plan
- Reviews school site data around academics, behaviors, attendance
- Reviews school structure functions and purposes
- Is a balanced team of staff and parents
Interested? Reach out to Ms. Lunde, Ms. Barksdale, or Ms. Lara.
Book Fair is OPEN
The UELF Virtual Book Fair is OPEN. Visit the link and shop away!
While shopping for books, be sure to have students record reading minutes in the reading log. The students are challenged to read 70,000 minutes as a school and if they do, Mrs. Lunde will dye her hair BLUE!
Mrs. Lunde reads every day for lots of different reasons....what and when you do read?
Ever wonder when the next break is? Do you look through the house for links to school events? Bookmark the UELF Website Calendar page for these "need right now" dates and links.
Dine & Donate
The next Dine & Donate is next week. We have 3 days to enjoy Azalo!; March 16, 17, 18! Look for your flier in the Supply Bag this Friday, or just share your UELF pride when ordering your food. Thank you Portillo Family for coordinating these fun Dine & Donates!
See you on Friday for Supply Pick-Up from 7am to 5:30pm. Wear your Character Mask so you can get a picture for the yearbook! Wolfie will be outside from 2:30pm to 3:30pm. KONA Ice will be there from 1pm to 5pm.
Dine & Donate
Mindful Use of Social Media
Social media is an incredibly powerful tool that can be both extremely positive or the opposite. We have seen both scenarios play out over time here at UELF. Recently, we have seen some social media posts from staff and families that have raised the temperature on the discussion surrounding just how much time our students should be on campus. This is an incredibly important topic and one that is worthy of conversation. We ask that these conversations remain respectful.
As a school, we are unified around many things, particularly by our desire to provide the best possible education for all of our students. As part of this Unified District, we want everyone in our community - students, staff, family members, community members - to conduct themselves appropriately, as we are all part of the CRPUSD family.
To that end, we ask everyone to refrain from personal insults or attacks, as they do not help in this situation or any other, and only serve to inflame tensions.
Whether we are families, staff, or both, we all want the best for our students. We hope everyone assumes the best of intentions in each other, and that we will find ways to work together to provide the best for our students.
- UELF has a garden educator that works with students on a weekly basis
- classrooms integrate the garden into units of inquiry
- every child gets to participate in the garden
- the garden is dynamic, it reflects the interests of the children who attend UELF
Support the garden today by donating $40 or what you can to the garden.