The Weekly Olé October 9, 2020

Rancho Minerva Middle School - FAMILY EDITION

FRONT OFFICE VISITS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY

Our Rancho Minerva family is here and ready to help!

We know you have a lot of questions.

Don't be afraid to call us and ask!


To maintain physical distancing and safety for all, please make an appointment before coming to campus. We want to be sure that we have someone to assist you when you arrive.

FACE MASKS ARE REQUIRED BY EVERY PERSON WHO COMES ON CAMPUS.

Please call us at any time between 8am - 3:00pm for assistance.

FRONT OFFICE - (760) 631-4500

School Re-Opening Plan

Construction at Rancho Minerva has begun. Currently, the G buildings are being worked on. It is expected that the G buildings will be ready by October 20 when our CLASSIC scholars return to campus. Construction projects will continue through the remainder of 2020 to remediate all the water intrusion issues at RMMS. Buildings will be completed in phases to ensure the safety of our staff and scholars. Safety is always our top priority!


VIRTUAL SCHOOL FAMILIES -

Your scholar's schedule will be changing once we return to in person learning. We have many teachers that are working with virtual AND classic scholars which means our scheduling has to allow them to meet with both groups during the day. The current schedule does not allow for this to happen unfortunately. Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays will stay the same, with slight modifications on the start times of each class. Wednesdays and Fridays is where the change will happen - scholars will attend their periods 5-8 in the afternoon and have their learning options in the morning. The new schedule is linked below under the heading VIRTUAL SCHEDULE. Reminder- the schedule WILL NOT change until we return to in person learning.


CLASSIC SCHOOL FAMILIES -

Each scholar will be required to agree to and sign our Scholar Agreements. Please begin talking to your scholar about how school will be running when we return. It will NOT be business as usual and we have no flexibility in scholars who choose not to comply with the health and safety requirements. Click here to view the Scholar Agreements. We will be highlighting several items each week so you can have some talking points to share with your scholar. Again, this is for EVERYONE'S safety!


This week's focus: FACE COVERINGS

  • Face masks are required for all scholars

  • Face masks must be worn when in the classroom, during passing periods, and before and after school

  • Face masks may only be removed while eating snacks, lunch or drinking water

  • Face masks must be worn during PE, unless participating in activities that require heavy exertion (teacher discretion)

  • Face masks must cover their mouth and nose

  • An acceptable mask does not include bandanas, single cloth, neck gaiters (scarves), or ones with vents and valves.

  • Any scholar who refuses to wear a face mask may be transferred to Vista Virtual, Vista’s online school option.

VIRTUAL SCHEDULE

As we get closer to the opening of Classic RMMS, please be aware that our schedule will be changing for ALL scholars, including those in the VIRTUAL model! Thank you in advance for your flexibility! For now, the current schedule is what we are following.


Click here for the current Virtual Schedule - through October 19, 2020.


Click here for the NEW schedule that will begin on October 20, 2020 when we return to in person learning.

Please complete the Alternative Income Verification Form to support our school! Check your email for more information.

From the Superintendent:

All school districts in California are required to submit an annual notification of students who need additional support. This year, more than ever before, we want to make sure that all families are able to provide information so that we may continue to expand support for students during this challenging time. The income verification form that we will be sending to parents in the next two weeks is strictly confidential and will only be used to submit the annual application for school funding. While it is not our intent to ask personal income questions, our district wide funding depends largely on parents responding to this request. In fact, over 35,000 meals distributed over the past four months and the 14,000 computer devices distributed were the result of this funding from the state and federal level. In the recent months, many people have lost their jobs or dramatically reduced their work hours, and that has resulted in a dramatic reduction in their annual income. Our school district is ready and prepared to support students from these families in a variety of ways, including breakfast and lunch, counseling, family engagement support, technology and internet access, nursing support, and many, many other areas. Please assist us by providing this valuable information so that we may maximize the state and federal funding for students.

Sincerely,

Matt Doyle, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Hotspot Update

For those families who are using VUSD Hotspots, please be reminded that the Hotspots are to support your scholar with their educational needs. Using the Hotspot to support gaming and video streaming will use the data up quickly and slow the wi-fi speed. The data that is loaded on the Hotspots is more than enough to support the distance learning needs of all scholars. Please be sure your scholar is using their Hotspot appropriately. We would hate for them to be missing out on important schoolwork.

WE NEED YOU!

We are currently looking for parents to participate in several crucial, required teams at RMMS. Please contact Lucia Rodriguez via email or at 760-631-4500.


We are looking for parents to serve on the School Site Council (SSC). A School Site Council (SSC) is group of teachers, parents, administrators, and interested community members who work together to develop and monitor a school's improvement plan. It is a legally required decision-making body for any school receiving federal funds.


We are looking for parents to serve on the English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC/DELAC) at the site and district level. The ELAC shall be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Advising the principal and staff in the development of a site plan for English learners and submitting the plan to the School Site Council for consideration of inclusion in the School Plan for Student Achievement.
  • Assisting in the development of the schoolwide needs assessment.
  • Ways to make parents aware of the importance of regular school attendance.
  • Each ELAC shall have the opportunity to elect at least one member to the District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC).

Ms. Lucia hosted a TECH TUESDAY Parent Workshop this week! Interested in joining us? Contact the front office for more information!

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CANVAS UPDATE

Your role in your scholar's educational life is more important than ever!


Be sure to check out the VUSD Vista Institute for Parents for assistance with Canvas.

Click here to go to the site. There are TONS of resources available for you!


Stay involved with your scholar's learning by being an OBSERVER in their classes. See video below for specific instructions on how to become an observer.

VIP: Log-In & Sign-In to Canvas

JOIN PTA AND SUPPORT OUR SCHOLARS AT RMMS!

Membership Link


20-21 PTA Board:

President - Ashley Tovar (click name for email)

Vice President - Ashley Doyea

Secretary - Lucia Rodriguez

Treasurer - Amanda Remmen

COFFEE WITH THE COUNSELORS

Hello RMMS parents and guardians,


Mrs. Ramirez and I invite you all to our first (virtual) "Coffee with the Counselors" of the school year! This will be a great opportunity for you to let us know how we can support you and your scholar.


So grab a cup of coffee and join us next Wednesday, October 14 at 9 a.m. The Zoom link will be sent out next week. Please see the attached flyer for more information.

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You are a VIP!

The Vista Institute for Parents (VIP) is a collaborative effort to create a system of support to engage and empower families as partners in education.

  • Facilitating access to academic supports
  • Prioritizing care and connection
  • Building technology literacy
  • Helping families effectively navigate the education system

This website is designed to provide up-to-date resources and videos, a platform to communicate with our support team and get connected to others, to learn new skills and tips for your family, and have fun with us as we all continue to grow and learn together to support our amazing Vista Unified students. This is an ever-evolving program, so if you identify something you would like to share or learn, please reach out to us today! Here's to being partners in education!

CHECK YOUR PARENT PORTAL - UPDATE YOUR EMERGENCY CONTACTS

With COVID-19 concerns, it is more important than ever that your emergency contacts are up-to-date. When we return to school, if a scholar shows any symptoms of COVID-19, we will be contacting you to pick them up immediately. This is for everyone's safety. If you are unsure about how to do this, please contact the front office for assistance. 760-631-4500


https://parents.vistausd.org/LoginParent.aspx

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