EMCSD Bulletin

Community Edition - June 2021

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Message from the Superintendent

Thank you for being such wonderful community partners. I speak for all our students, teachers, and staff when I say that your faith and trust in the El Monte City School District was paramount in helping us successfully navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic, Distance Learning, reopening, and so much more. I wish you all a wonderful Summer Break!

Dr. Maribel Garcia


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Congratulations to Gidley School who just earned Lighthouse Status for their Leader in Me program! Gidley becomes the fourth school in the District to earn Lighthouse status and joins Frank Wright School in earning the distinction this year!
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EMCSD Celebrates Retirees and Staff

After months of waiting, the El Monte City School District was finally able to formally recognize their newest retirees and various staff members for their years of service to the District. Each year, the District, in association with the El Monte Teachers Association would recognize retirees at an end of year dinner. Our employees being recognized for their years of service would also be acknowledged during a January Board of Education meeting. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, both traditions were put on hold until a couple weeks ago. The District recognized 10 retirees along with 196 employees as part of their Service Pin Ceremony. Pins are awarded to staff for every five years they worked within the District. Combined, the district celebrated over 3000 years of service between our retirees and service pin recipients.


Starting June 8, El Monte City School District will be providing free meals for kids 18 & under throughout the summer. We can provide one meal kit per child per week. No ID is required, but please wear a face covering when picking up meals. For any questions or concerns, please contact the Child Nutrition Department at 626-453-3733. View Summer Meal Schedule below:

Tuesday: Jeff Seymour Family Center (7a-9a), Potrero (9a-11a), Shirpser (9a-11a)

Wednesday: Columbia (9a-11a), Durfee (9a-11a), Gidley (9a-11a)

Thursday: Cleminson (9a-11a), LeGore (9a-11a), Cortada (9a-11a)


EMCSD COVID-19 Vaccine Workshop

Join us for an overview of the latest information concerning COVID-19 Vaccines and how they are currently being used: How the vaccines were developed? What type of side effects should I expect? What happens once I am vaccinated?

When: Tuesday, June 22 from 5pm - 6pm

Presenter: COVID-19 Dr. Jack Chou is a board-certified family medicine physician and a fellow of the American Academy of Family Physicians. Dr. Chou is the Chief of Service for the Family Medicine Department at Kaiser Baldwin Park Medical Center and has been in practice since 1999.

Join the workshops via zoom with thin link: https://zoom.us/j/94927418381

WATCH: LA County Department of Public Health - Vaccine Town Hall for Parents

Vaccine Town Hall For Parents
The Los Angeles Department of Public Health hosted a Vaccine Town Hall for Parents on Wednesday, May 18, 2021 to inform parents of vaccine eligibility for children ages 12-15. Panelist, including Dr. Barbara Ferrer, explain facts, debunk myths, and answer questions regarding the COVID-19 vaccine.

FREE LOCAL COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Walk-Up Vaccine Clinics at Rio Vista School (6/19) & Wilkerson School (6/26)

Appointments and walk-ups for FREE COVID-19 (Pfizer) vaccines available for anyone ages 12 and up from 8am - 3pm. Children age 12-17 must have parent present. No appointments or registration required, but you can pre-register to try and secure a vaccine spot by clicking here. Dates below:

Saturday, June 19: Rio Vista School - 4300 Esto Ave, El Monte, CA 91731

Saturday, June 26: Wilkerson School - 2700 Doreen Ave, El Monte, CA 91733

Prepare for the day of your vaccine:

Bring Photo I.D. (does not need to be government issued)

Proof of living or working in LA County (U.S. citizenship is NOT required)

Health insurance is NOT required

For questions, contact jeffseymourfamilycenter@emcsd.org or call (626) 453-3700 ext. 3651

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City of El Monte 2021 Summer Parks & Rec Programs for Kids!

Check out the flyers below for some fun and interactive programs for kids throughout the summer courtesy of the El Monte Park & Rec Department. From sidewalk chalk and storybook walk events to Jungle Rain Storm water activities, there's something for everyone! Call the Parks & Rec office for more information on any of these vents at (626) 580-2200 Monday - Thursday from 9am - 5:30pm.

Pandemic-EBT Benefits Will Continue

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has approved the Pandemic-EBT 2.0 state plan for school-aged children. There is no application for the P-EBT, and eligible children will automatically receive P-EBT benefits starting in September. The new P-EBT website is set to launch June 22 and will include updates, partner materials, FAQs and more. To prepare for P-EBT 2.0, eligible families with school aged children should make sure that their school has their most current mailing address on file.

Children eligible for P-EBT extension benefits:

  • Previously received P-EBT benefits for the 2019-20 school year;
  • Are attending a California K-12 school for the 2020-21 school year; and
  • Are assumed to be attending school virtually or via a hybrid model of virtual and in-person instruction for the 2020-21 school year.

If you have questions about your P-EBT benefits, call the P-EBT Helpline at (877) 328-9677.

Get Discounted Internet Services!

The FCC would like to remind you that enrollment in the Emergency Broadband Benefit begins tomorrow, Wednesday, May 12, 2021. There are three ways eligible households can enroll:

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Mark Your Calendars

June 7: Summer School Begins

June 12: Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Rosemead High School (8am-2pm)

June 14: Board Meeting at 5pm

June 19: Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Rio Vista School (8am-3pm)

June 21: Study Session at 4pm / Board Meeting at 5pm

June 26: Free COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic - Wilkerson School (8am-3pm)

Summer Grab 'n' Go Meal Boxes

Tuesday: Jeff Seymour Family Center (7a-9a), Potrero (9a-11a), Shirpser (9a-11a)

Wednesday: Columbia (9a-11a), Durfee (9a-11a), Gidley (9a-11a)

Thursday: Cleminson (9a-11a), LeGore (9a-11a), Cortada (9a-11a)

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