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August 30, 2020

The Pershing Elementary Weekly Newsletter

Principal Message

Good Evening Pershing Families!

First, I want to thank you for your incredible patience and perseverance last Friday with the switch to Authenticated Zoom accounts. The Senior Director of Tech Services shared that in addition to the Zoom Authentication process, the SJUSD Portal had unexpected issues that further complicated access issues for many families. Lastly, our office phone general voice mail box was not working last week until late Friday. The voice mail box and the SJUSD Portal are repaired. If you have any challenges with any of three, please email me at

The Senior Director of Tech Services created an updated helpful video of how to sign into the Zoom platform using a student Chromebook:

Below are directions shared in the video are as follows:

  • 1. Student logs onto SJUSD Portal.
  • 2. Student clicks on Zoom tile in SJUSD Portal.
  • 3. Student clicks on “Sign In” (blue box).
  • 4. If it takes the student to their Zoom profile page, then, go back to the Portal tab and open Google Classroom.
  • 5. Find and click on teacher's Zoom meeting link.

  • If these steps do not work for your student, please reach out to let us know by calling 916-979-8076, or call Tech Services at 916-971-7195.

    Lastly, we know these many recent changes have added additional stress and anxiety for many. Our staff are doing everything they can to ease these challenges, and it has been as challenging for them to navigate. If there are changes and updates, short update messages will be sent out to notify families. When attempting to navigate these Technology tools for learning, if your child is not able to access the tools because of technical problems or internet connectivity issues, email your child's teacher and your child will be marked present.

    If you have questions, please call us at 916-979-8076 or email me at


    Mrs. Kendra Shelton

    Principal, Pershing

    Mark Your Calendars

    Below are important events:

    • September 7: Labor Day (No School)
    • September 14: PTO Meeting, 6p.m. - 7:30p.m. on Zoom
    • October 5: Non-Instructional Day (No School)
    • November 11: Veterans Day (No School)
    • November 16 - 20: Parent-Teacher Conferences Week

    Students to soon receive low to no cost health services

    The San Juan Unified School district is partnering up with Elica Health services to provide a mobile “Back to School Check-up Clinic” to our students.

    Starting Sept. 9, Elica Health services will provide wellness exams, sports physicals, vaccinations, and dental services at Howe Avenue Elementary on Mondays and Encina Preparatory High School on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
    These services will be available to low income, no income, and uninsured students at reduced to no costs.

    Families looking to participate in the services will need to bring the following documents:

    • Immunization card or print out
    • Health insurance card or Child’s Social Security Number
    • Parents/Guardians must be present with the child and have valid I.D.

    For more information on the services visit

    Communication with SJUSD Staff Using Zoom

    Effective last Friday, August 28th, all Zoom meetings hosted by SJUSD staff using the SJUSD Zoom account will require attendees to be using a Zoom account, as well. If they haven’t done so already, parents/guardians, community members and others will need to sign up for a free Zoom account using their personal email address in order to meet virtually with a SJUSD staff member. (The authentication process required of student Zoom accounts is NOT required for non-students).

    To create a Zoom account, visit Zoom and click the “Sign Up, It’s Free” button and provide a personal email address.

    Still Have Questions?

    For questions specific to the district, visit San Juan's microsite ( designed to provide our community with the latest information about Fall 2020. Here you can find the latest district updates, details about the instructional options available to families, special education services during distance learning, as well as community resources available to support families.

    For questions specific to Pershing, please contact our school office at 916-979-8076 or reach out to Principal Kendra Shelton or school secretary Elizabeth Danforth.