Ohlone Family Connection

March 6, 2022

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I hope you are all taking care of yourselves during this challenging time in our world. My heart is both full and heavy for the people of Ukraine. I have included lots of pictures to help us connect with each other and appreciate the strength of our community. In this OFC, there are some additional resources for ways to speak to your children if you are looking for suggestions.

We have many events planned for Ohlone these last three months of school. Of special note, is a Principal's Tea on March 21 at 6:00pm. Our specialists will provide information on our Tiered Response to Intervention and discuss the resources we have at Ohlone to support students. The Community Advisory Committee (CAC) will also join our evening :). Save the date!

I am excited for our Student Council Fundraiser on March 16 and 17. Students donated some amazing artwork, jewelry, and crafts. Book Fair and Spring Festival are just around the corner!

As a reminder, there is no school this Friday, March 11 and Monday, March 14. On Friday, our staff will be engaged in a professional learning development focused on literacy and equity.

Have a wonderful Sunday. I look forward to seeing your little chickadees tomorrow :).


Ohlone Principal

Room 28 Non-Fiction Authors' Celebration!

Coming Up Next Week

3/8 - PAUSD Board Meeting, 6:30pm

3/9 - Student Council Meeting

3/11 - No School - Professional Learning Day for Staff

3/13 - Daylight Saving

3/14 - No School - Local Holiday

On the Horizon

3/15 - Parent Leadership Team Meeting, 11:30-12:15

3/16 - 3rd Grade Bike Rodeo, 8:15-10:00

3/16 & 3/17 - Student Council Arts and Crafts Fundraiser for Iris

3/16 - Ohlone Times Meeting

3/20 - Farm Work Day, 9-1 - 4/5 Hosts, All clusters invited

3/21-3/26 - Book Fair

3/21 - PTA Executive Board Meeting, 8:30-9:30

3/21 - Principal's Tea - Tiered Response to Intervention

3/22 - PAUSD Board Meeting, 6:30pm

3/23 - Student Council Meeting

3/24 - Middle School Zoom Meetings for 5th Grade, 1:15-2:15

3/24 - Farm Council Meeting, 3:00-4:30 (Zoom)

3/24 - Voluntary Transfer Program (VTP) Placement Night, 5:30-6:30

2021-22 STEM Fair!

Thank you, Jay & PTA!

Open, Open, Open!

The Ohlone PTA Executive Board Needs You!
The Nominating Committee is now accepting nominations for open roles for the ‘22-’23 year. Please send your nominations or inquiries to Kathy Chen at kathytchen@gmail.com. Get involved. Make new parent friends. Find out how decisions are made and be a leader for your school.

CVC Parent Night

It was a wonderful evening! We had rich discussions about Ohlone students and their school experience. Thank you to our CVC Teachers and Parent Chairs, rani and Krassi, for leading the conversations in this warm and supportive environment for both parents and staff. CVC is looking forward to working with Site Council to implement some new ideas from parents and staff. We are listening to our students!

For more info about CVC click here.

Principal's Tea - Tiered Response to Intervention

March 21, Monday, 6:00-7:30pm


Please join me, the Ohlone specialists and the Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for an evening focused on learning about our school's resources for supporting students. Our psychologist, school counselor, reading specialists, educational specialists, speech-language pathologist, and English learner specialist will review the different tiers of support we provide when students struggle with academics, social-emotional skill development, behavior, sensory-motor skills, language and communication.
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CHC offers amazing online parent support groups that are held each month. There is also a wealth of parenting resources on the CHC website as well.

ADHD Parent Support Group

Learning Differences Parent Support Group

Anxiety Parent Support Group

Parent Resources

Last week, I shared some resources for talking with young children during this challenging time. I have included some additional articles below. The fourth article is a good one to read as your family considers the update to optional indoor masking after March 11th.

  1. Talking with Children about Difficult Topics
  2. Supporting Our Children During Turbulent Times
  3. 5 Ways You Can Help Your Kids Feel Safe
  4. Making Decisions with Confidence as Pandemic Guidelines Change
  5. Tools for Accepting the Parenting Moment You’re In

In Case You Missed It

Ohlone Times 12

Please share the latest edition of the Ohlone Times with your children! Our journalists put a lot of hard work into the articles, pictures, and interviews. Have fun!


From Superintendent's Update - March 4, 2022

The PAUSD Promise priority goals for 2021-22 reflected a desire to identify and influence things that are important and within our control. PAUSD made progress in many areas beyond the five priority areas. Priority areas for 2021-2022 were: Service to Others; Mental Health; Equity; Early Literacy; and Healthy Attendance.

Please take a moment to review our PAUSD Promise Report.

This annual report will put PAUSD on a routine cycle moving forward. The report will be followed by revised goals and metrics for the 2022-23 PAUSD Promise and budget development aligning with the priority areas.


From Superintendent's Update - March 4, 2022

On February 28, 2022, Governor Newsom announced a change to mask requirements in schools. After March 11, 2022, the universal masking requirement for K-12 and childcare settings will terminate and wearing a mask at schools will become optional for students, staff, and visitors.

In alignment with past practices of following state and county mandates, PAUSD will follow these new state requirements for optional masking in schools. While the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) strongly recommends continued use of masks, we understand this is a choice each individual or family will make. It is important to respect different decisions and opinions regarding masking.

We should expect conversations and discussions about indoor masking. Our signage will change to reflect the expiration of the state order and the CDPH recommendation for indoor masking. Individual choices will be honored and no adult should compel students to either wear or remove masks.

We have been driven by rules and mandates for an extended period of time. Transitioning to a point where individuals have more control over personal choice, and less control over the choices others will make, is ripe for conflict. We encourage people to respectfully share their thoughts and take time to consider the perspective of others.

If future conditions change resulting in new mandates from a state or county agency, PAUSD will follow the requirements and notify families and staff. Staff members who have medical concerns should contact the Human Resources department to explore options. Parents are always encouraged to have conversations with their classroom teachers and site principals.

We encourage everyone to continue following health and safety protocols such as hand-washing, staying home when sick or exhibiting symptoms, and testing.

Full details from the CDPH can be found HERE.

COVID- 19 Rental Assistance

Informational workshops about Santa Clara County programs that support families experiencing financial difficulties due to the COVID-19 related housing crisis. To attend the workshops, please register using the following links:

2/15 @ 6 PM - Taller en Español

2/22 @ 6 PM - English Workshop

2/25 @ 1:30 PM - Taller en Español

See you on Monday!