PH & SB News!

District Wide Information for the Week of 9/7

No School Monday in Celebration of Labor Day!

Back to School Night

Back to School Night at both Pine Hill and South Bay will be done virtually this year. Videos will be prepared ahead of time and shared with families to view at their leisure. Teachers and principals will be available from 6:00-7:00 by Zoom to answer any questions you may have. Links to Zoom will be shared on Google Classroom for both sites and ClassDojo at Pine Hill only.

Pine Hill Back to School Night 9/9 from 6-7 pm

South Bay Back to School Night 9/10 from 6-7 pm

COVID Family Impact Survey

As we gear up for Distance Learning to begin the 2020-21 school year, I like to ask that you take this 5-10 minute survey to help me get a clear picture of the impacts that Coronavirus/COVID-19 have had on you and your family.

The collective Pine Hill and South Bay specific information you provide will be used to help me bring awareness to various non-profit, educational, and philanthropic foundations/organizations. My aim is to make sure you get the resources you need to meet this challenging moment. Please note, this is not an application for medical or financial assistance.

Thank you in advance for taking the time to help our non-profit, educational, and philanthropic partners learn about the impacts the Coronavirus/COVID-19 have had on our school community.

Please take good care.

Gary Storts

Superintendent, South Bay Union Elementary


Distance Learning

Pine Hill Information:

In all grades, including kindergarten, class will begin at 8:20. Live class will be for about an hour in TK and Kindergarten, and at least two hours in first, second, and third grades. We will be gradually increasing live instruction over the next few weeks. In Kindergarten, the minimum amount of expected daily instruction is 3 hours. In grades 1-3, the minimum is 3 hours, 50 minutes. This required time will be a combination of live synchronous instruction and asynchronous (not live) learning activities.

At Pine Hill, if you haven't connected on ClassDojo with your child's teacher please do so as soon as possible. Dojo is used for communication with families frequently. Please contact your child's teacher if you have trouble connecting.

South Bay Elementary Information:

4-6th graders will be online in their Zoom classroom from 8:20-11:00 this week. Each week we will add on 30 minutes of online work and increase academic instruction. In order to meet the 4-hour state minimum for schooling, students will be expected to complete individual daily assignments from 10:30-12:20.

South Bay 7/8th Grade Information:

7/8th graders will be online in their Zoom classroom from 8:20-11:00 this week. In order to meet the 4-hour state minimum for schooling, students will be expected to complete individual daily assignments from 11-12:20.

Return School Forms

Please be sure we have updated family contact information as this is our main source of communication. We will send out weekly newsletters, text messages, emails, and phone calls to alert families of important school information. You can also check out our website and download our new App through all App Stores by searching "Pine Hill/South Bay."

Please return school forms this week to the office. Use the self-addressed stamped envelope or feel free to drop off.


  • Acknowledgment of Handbook (blue @ SB, white @ PH)
  • Emergency Contact updates (white)
  • Turnaround Arts Form (teal)
  • Last page of Parent Annual Rights (white booklet)
  • Housing Survey (purple)
  • Meal Application (pink)
  • Device Contract (if not signed during device pickup)

Office Hours

During distance learning, the offices at both Pine Hill and South Bay will be open from 8 am to 1 pm for walk-in needs. After 1 pm the phone will still be answered, but the office will be closed. If you need to schedule an appt. after 1 pm please contact the office. Thank you.

Food Distribution for 20-21

During the 2020-2021 school year, Pine Hill/South Bay will be providing food twice a week for our students. Pick up will be at South Bay School from 11:00-1:00 Tuesday and Friday. To see if you qualify for free/reduced lunch, please complete this online application or contact the office at South Bay or Pine Hill to get a paper form or have your questions answered. If you would like to purchase lunch the daily cost is $3.50 for lunch and breakfast is free. We look forward to serving you!

From the Family Resource Center:

Dear South Bay Union School District Families,

We want to let you know that the Family Resource Center is open and working hard to support families during this unprecedented time. We know that Distance Learning may bring up some new challenges for families, and we are here for you.

While we can help with a wide array of things, some of the services I’d like to highlight are FOOD SECURITY, MENTAL HEALTH REFERRALS, HOUSING SUPPORT, INCLUDING EVICTION PREVENTION, UTILITY ASSISTANCE, SCHOOL SUPPLIES, DIAPERS / HYGIENE SUPPLIES, UNEMPLOYMENT, RESOURCE REFERRALS, and much much more! To access any of these services you can call us at 445-5933 or text me directly at 296-0083. We are looking forward to serving you this year! -Cassi Le-Hue

Tips for Success During Distance Learning

  • Remind your children this is temporary and for their safety.

  • Speak in a positive way with your children about distance learning.

  • Validate feelings of disappointment at not returning to physical school.

  • Establish a daily schedule, including an appropriate bedtime routine.

  • Create a distraction-free workspace if possible. Consider making it a fun project to do with your child.

  • Make time for outdoor exercise and play. Movement and fun are an important part of learning!

  • Stay patient, and take breaks as often as needed.

  • Reach out to the teacher or family resource center if you or your children are feeling overwhelmed.

  • Expect bumps in the road and remember challenges are an important part of the learning process.

  • Give yourself and your children grace.


We are happy to let you know that the Explore After School program will be up and running for our after school families. The program will look a little different virtually. We will have Zoom meetings that the students will log into and attendance will be taken. Weekly crafts, workbooks, reading, and other fun activities for the students will be provided. The supper and activity bags will go out with food pick up. Stay well and hopefully we will get back to normal soon.

Summer Reading Challenge!

I know there are many students that participated in our Summer Reading challenge and I can't wait to receive reading logs and reports so that I can plan for rewards. With our current status of distance learning, students' documentation of their minutes read over the Summer can be submitted in the following ways:

  • Students can give their login and password for the scholastic Home Base site to their teacher. I will then access their report for minutes read in their account.
  • If minutes are tracked on the paper/pencil reading log, students can show their teacher on the computer and the teacher can record how many minutes total are recorded on the reading log and then send that information to me.
  • Parents or students can take a picture of the reading log with total minutes read recorded and text or email the picture to their teacher.
  • Parents can turn in the student's paper/pencil reading log to the office.

Please let me know if you have any questions. I can be reached at (707) 356-8147.

Thank You, Shawna Storts

Check out this exciting Library news!

Hello, it's me...Mrs. Bronkall from the library. The exciting news is that this school year I will be working at both the Pine Hill and South Bay Libraries to make sure that all students who want to check out library books will have many opportunities to do so.

During distance learning, this will be done by parents and students using the Chromebooks to place holds on books through Alexandria, the library database. Check out the videos below to see how to check out a book!

I will receive a list of those books that students placed on hold, check them out to the students, and have them waiting for curbside pickup by parents on certain days when the library will be open. Per Covid-19 safety guidelines, all returned books will be quarantined on a cart for 4 days before being able to be checked out again by another student. I am really glad that very soon students will have access to all of our wonderful library books in both the Pine Hill and South Bay Libraries so that they can "Keep on Reading!"

South Bay USD Website

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