Bulldog Bulletin

Stuart Mesa Parent Newsletter week of 8/17/20

What's Happening at Stuart Mesa?

This is our weekly parent newsletter where we share the events, opportunities, and amazing things our school is doing.

Principal's Corner:

Welcome Parents! This is our first Bulldog Bulletin for the 20/21 school year. If you need to reach me for any questions or concerns, my email is rhonda.heffernan@oside.us. All parents are invited to attend our Monthly "Zoom with the Principal". Our first one will be held Tuesday, Sept. 8th at 9:30 AM & 6:00 PM. We will send invites out Sept. 1st.

We want all our parents to know that we create classes and placements based on enrollment information provided by parents. This year, we were heavily impacted by families with PCS date changes, delays, and postponements. Along with Surfside changes that occurred last week and Virtual Teacher Assignments, our class assignments may be adjusted to reflect actual student enrollment.

First Day Notes:

All Middle School Students received an email Saturday with instructions on how to get to their first period class. Here is the link to the Middle School Information Site:
Website: https://sites.google.com/oside.us/stuartmesamiddleschool/home

All Elementary Students should have received an email from their teacher with their Zoom link for your first day Zoom meeting. If you have not received an email with Zoom information, please email the teacher.

If for any reason you are not able to connect to the Zoom class, please email the teacher and email our attendance at: attendance.sts@oside.us

The student will receive credit for attendance if you email and let us know you had a problem and you were not able to get into the class or if the student had no access to internet.

Problems Logging On .............

If you are having problems logging on to your device due to your password, email our Library Media Tech, Miss Angie at angela.cruz@oside.us

For all other technical issues, please call our IT Department:

  • English: (760) 966-4444

  • Spanish: (760) 966-4443

  • Hours: 7:30 am to 4:30 pm

ITS Site: oside.us/its

Tech Support Site: oside.us/techsupport

"Back To School" @ Stuart Mesa

Thank you parents for attending our "Back to School" meet and greet. On Thursday, Aug. 13, our teachers met with parent and students virtually to make sure all of our students had a smooth transition to our Fall 2020 Virtual Learning Program. While we can't be together in person, we are committed to making sure all students and families feel welcome and supported throughout this Virtual Learning School start.

Student Materials/ Device Pick Up

Our distribution was amazing with more that 420 students picking up digital devices to connect with our Virtual Learning Program. If you are still in need of a device, please complete this survey to reserve a device. We will offer device distribution from 9-11:30 AM on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. After Wednesday, we will be providing devices by appointment only.

We have another materials distribution planned for Thursday, Aug. 27th. Additional student materials and workbooks for students will be available for pickup. Distribution will be by last name in order to support our families with multiple students attending Stuart Mesa.

Stuart Mesa Attendance Email

Now you can email us to clear your student's absence: attendance.sts@oside.us

Counselor's Corner

Connect with our Counselor: Jenny Donovan. She is ready to support your student and family with resources for individual and family counseling. Please reach out. We have many individual, group, school, district, and community resources to help navigate this very unique time. You can reach her at jenny.donovan@oside.us or call the school at 760-901 7700 ex. 7711

Our TK-8 Virtual Learning Schedule

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PTO: An Amazing Group of Parents

We have the most amazing parents that support our school. Our PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) works incredibly hard to offer our students, families, and staff extra support both in and out of the classroom. We were not sure if we were going to be able to get out all our devices and materials to students. We let the PTO know and with short notice they organized a team to unpack our ELA and Math curriculum and prepare them for our students. Please consider joining this caring and supportive team. We rely on our PTO to volunteer, fund raise, support new parents, and just be there for students, families and staff. Even if you are unable to volunteer your time, you can volunteer your support by becoming a PTO member for only $10.00 a year. Please read the PTO Welcome Back Letter. To learn more, check out their facebook page.

Parent Training & Support

Need help supporting your student with virtual learning? You can sign up to attend a live session listed below, or if you prefer, you can take a self-guided tour of the programs by clicking on the Parent Resources for Virtual Learning Guide.

Register for live workshops on this Parent Academy Interest Survey.

Aeries/Blackboard/Rapid ID Thurs., Aug. 20th 1:00-2:00 or 6:00-7:00.

SeeSaw Tues., Aug. 25th 1:00-2:00 or 6:00-7:00

Google Classroom Wed., Aug. 26th 1:00-2:00 or 6:00-7:00. ...... more to come