Ohlone Family Connection

October 17, 2020

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Week One with K/1

Our first week on campus with K/1 brought joy and happiness. There were new routines to learn, and our teachers have done a phenomenal job with helping students learn and play safely in our new landscape. This has been no easy feat. My hat is off to our teachers for the amazing work they have done both in preparation for students and with boots on the ground. Half the class and double the work!

Our custodial team has been vigilant in making sure our classrooms, play structures, and bathrooms are regularly cleaned and disinfected for student and staff safety. Our office staff is moonlighting between two worlds, one online and one in-person. Specialists on campus have stepped up for playground supervision and to assist during arrival and dismissal as we work on refining our process. I am so appreciative of our strong and supportive Ohlone team.

And parents, I am grateful for you. Thank you for your patience and understanding. We took it slow in the beginning to make sure your children felt welcomed and safe. They were pros by the second day! I hope they had a wonderful first week of school.

The picture above was given to me by Room 19 students. The answer: YES! We will be working on scheduling weekly visits for all students to the farm next week :). Way to take initiative young friends!

As a reminder, 2/3 families will receive their class and cohort placements on Monday, October 19th by 5:00pm. You will either receive confirmation of your current class placement or notification of your new class community. Do not worry. The 2/3 teachers are in close communication to ensure a smooth and positive transition. You are in good multiage, project-based hands.

Thank you to our marvelous PTA for their warm welcome signs! Below are some pictures taken from our K/1 classrooms in case you are wondering what it looks like. It is so weird not to have you all on campus! We miss you.

Please take care, and enjoy the weekend!


Ohlone Principal

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Unity Day - October 21 - Wear Orange!

Ohlone will celebrate Unity Day this Wednesday to show that we stand together against bullying and that we are united in demonstrating kindness, acceptance, and inclusion each and every day. To show our unity, we will wear orange on October 21.

In celebration, we are asking students and families to submit drawings, photos, or words to show what friendship and kindness mean to them. Your submission helps to make Ohlone's Unity Day a meaningful and positive step in supporting a kind, inclusive and caring community.

Send in your Unity Day submissions here BEFORE 6pm, Wednesday (Oct 21).

Thank you in advance for your support and active participation! We are lucky to be part of this Ohlone community. More Information on Unity Day: Link to the National Bullying Prevention Center Website

Important Dates for 2/3 Families

10/19 - Class and cohort placements emailed by 5:00pm

10/22 - Principal's Tea - Q&A for 2/3 Hybrid Learning Families - 5:00-6:00pm

10/23 - Principal's Kid Tea - Hybrid overview and Q&A for 2/3 students - 2:00-2:30pm

10/26 - First day of in-person instruction for Cohort A (Mon, Tues, Wed)

10/29 - First day of in-person instruction for Cohort B (Thurs, Fri)

I will email you information specific to the 2/3 cluster next Wednesday, October 21.

Important Dates for 4/5 Families

10/19 - Learning Model Survey emailed to 4/5 families

10/21 - 4/5 Open Office Hours

10/26 - Learning Model Survey due by 5:00pm

11/2 - Class and cohort placements emailed by 5:00pm

11/5 - Principal's Tea - Q&A for 4/5 Hybrid Families, 3:30-4:30pm

11/6 - Principal's Kid Tea - Hybrid overview and Q&A for 4/5 students - 2:00-2:30pm

11/9 - First day of in-person instruction for Cohort A (Mon, Tues, Wed)

11/12 - First day of in-person instruction for Cohort B (Thurs, Fri)

I will email you information specific to the 4/5 cluster the week of November 2.

Reopening Information Video

ParentSquare - COVID-19 Daily Health Screener

Each morning, before you leave for school, you will need to complete the health screening survey for your child by 7:45am. It is important to complete the survey honestly and keep your child at home if you answer "Yes" to any of the questions. Students who are sick need to stay home. Click here to see a short video on completing the health screener.

Parents will access the screener on the Ohlone School website. A reminder to fill out the screener will be sent automatically each morning. Connect this to part of your morning routine!

TK through 1st Grade Reopening Information (October 12, 2020)

Right at School

Registration is open for before and after school care at Ohlone. Full day care is available at Walter Hays. You may register here.

Parent Education