Silver Gate Elementary

WELCOME TO THE 2020-21 School Year

Welcome Message

I hope this message finds you all safe and well. We are excited to begin the 2020-21 school year! Over the last several weeks, the Gator staff has been hard at work preparing for a successful opening. We may not be together physically, but that will not keep us from engaging our students in meaningful learning opportunities.

I have quite a bit of information to share so I apologize in advance for the length of this newsletter. I want to make sure you and your children feel informed and confident going into our first week of school. I know this school year will look and feel a little different than before, but rest assured, whether we are meeting online or in person, we are still a community; the Silver Gate family. Our staff is excited to meet our new Gators and to welcome back those returning.

As we navigate this new territory together, please do not hesitate to ask questions, seek help, or share experiences. We are committed to making the very best of the unusual circumstances of this school year.

School Routines

Although the teacher work day and official school day are a total of 360 minutes, students WILL NOT be working online for this entire time.

  • Daily, students will have a range of whole group and small group time based on their individual needs.

  • ALL students will have some live interaction with their teacher each day.

  • Students and families will have flexibility to complete independent work at times that work best for their household.

  • Only classroom Zooms will be pre-scheduled. The timing of other classroom activities will be flexible.

  • Your child's teacher will share their classroom schedules on their online learning platforms

Please see the image below for a sample of some of the activities that may take place during each part of the day.

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We love utilizing Konstellas as our communication platform. It is a streamlined way to keep our families connected and provide important information by classroom and school wide. Many of you received an invite to join Konstella, all you have to do is accept the invite. If you did not received the invite, download the app and ask to join. We will verify your email and child before we approve you.You can download the app using the below QR Code.
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Useful Resources


Please click on this button to access the SDUSD Back-to-School Guide.

Welcome Week Resources For Students

Link to welcome week activities for students.

Parent Learning Menu

Parents have the opportunity to attend virtual learning sessions developed by our district. These sessions will cover how to navigate online learning tools, how to develop important structures for learning, and how to resolve technical issues.

I'M Glad You're Here!

I always kick off the year by showing this video to the students to let them know I'm Glad they are at Silver Gate. At the end of every Monday Morning Assembly, I ask everyone to turn to their neighbor and say " I 'm Glad You're Here!
Kid President's Letter To A Person On Their First Day Here