Bay News You Can Use

January 27, 2023

Mrs. Barrett and the Bay School Choir!

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Estimadas familias de Bay,

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Bethannee Witczak

Bay School Principal

亲爱的Bay 小学的家长们,

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贝瑟尼·薇姿扎克(Bethannee Witczak)


Message from Mrs. W.

Bronco families,

Happy Friday to you! The highlight of my week was the Winter Choir Concert in the Bay School cafeteria. (Thank you to Brie Erbe for the photo!) As I shared that night, for years we took for granted the ability to gather together to watch our children perform. Now, I am so grateful for the time! The students were amazing. Big shout out to Mrs. Barrett and the Bay School Choir for all their hard work.

Tonight is the PTA movie night! Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the movie will start at 6 p.m. It's going to be a wonderful family event with food and fun. Hope to see all of you there!

Have a wonderful weekend. Remember, today and every day, it's great to be a Bronco!

Mrs. W.

Bay School Principal

Bay News You Need

Virtual Toolbox Parent Session: Last month Bay School had an in-person parent session to review our socio-emotional curriculum, Toolbox. The Toolbox Curriculum and strategies can be used at home to help students navigate big feelings, relationships and disappointments. Some parents expressed the desire for a virtual Toolbox night, so that they can learn more about the tools. If you are interested, please fill out this Toolbox Interest Survey by Wednesday, February 1. Reach out to with any questions.

Promotor(a) de Salud: Want to get more involved? See the flyer below!

Pay attention and drive safely! We've had a couple near misses this year involving cars and kids. Please, please, please pay extra close attention when you are driving around any school. Some mornings the roads are icy, so be even more careful when it 's cold!


  • There is no supervision in the loop before 8:30 a.m.
  • Students who are not in their line when the 8:40 a.m. bell sounds are considered tardy. Please keep this in mind in the morning. When the bell rings, we will be shutting all gates and students will need to go through the office.
  • I know there is a A LOT of traffic, so leave early and give yourself extra time.

Breakfast: Reminder that students can get free breakfast before school! Glass doors open at 8:25 a.m. for breakfast and for students who come later, breakfast is open at recess. Reach out with any questions!

Birthdays: Teachers do different things in their classrooms to make sure your children feel celebrated on their birthdays. Please do not send snacks or goodie bags to school for birthdays. Some of our families are not able to supply these kinds of things for birthdays, due to monetary or religious reasons, and we want to make sure our policies promote equity for all. Other ideas include asking the teacher if the child can bring a favorite book or family photos to share, donating a book to the classroom or even some playground balls. Thank you for understanding!

Lost and Found: We have MANY sweatshirts and water bottles (and 1 shoe!) in our Bay School Lost and Found. If you would like to look for lost items, come to the glass double doors and we will let you in to find what your child has lost. :)

Boys and Girls Club:

Office wishlist:

Valentine's Day Information:

  • Valentine's Day is Tuesday, February 14.
  • No one is required to bring Valentines to give out, but if your child brings any, they must bring one for every member of their class.
  • Please do not send food to share. This is not a party day.
  • Please do not send candy or food in your Valentines.
  • Your child's teacher will send more information.


January 30-February 10

Schedule for the week:

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

  • TK/K Early bird 8:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. OR Late bird 9:25-2:30 p.m.
  • 1st-5th 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.

Wednesday TK-5th 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

February Family Calendar below!

This week:

Wednesday, February 1: TK/K Orientation @ 6 p.m. in the cafeteria (Only for NEW TK/K students for the 23-24 school year)

Week after: Black Lives Matter at School Week of Action Click the link for more information!

Tuesday, February 7: Shortened Day for PD. Tk-5 out at 1:30 p.m.

Wednesday, February 8: PTA Meeting @ 6:30 p.m. (link to follow)


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Congrats to Mrs. H's class, Goldie spirit winner for the week. Keep wearing the blue and gold on Fridays!

SLZUSD Safety Protocols

Masking Face masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED but not mandated for indoor K-12 learning environments.

Daily Home Health Checks We ask all students, staff and community members to monitor themselves for symptoms daily prior to coming to our campuses. Anyone displaying any of the following symptoms that are new or different from what they usually have should stay home and test.

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever (100 Degrees or Higher)

  • Cough

  • Severe Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Runny Nose

Individuals with Symptoms Individuals with symptoms should stay home and test. Individuals with symptoms are allowed to return to campus once they receive a negative test result, have been fever free for at least 24 hours without medication, and symptoms are subsiding.

COVID 19 Testing Rapid Antigen Testing We encourage all students to test prior to returning to campus from breaks.

Positive Cases Students and Staff members who test positive still need to stay home and isolate. Positive students and staff should retest for COVID-19 using an antigen test on Day 5. If the result is negative, they can return to campus on Day 6 and must wear a mask through Day 10. If the result is still positive, they must remain in isolation until Day 11 unless they test negative between Day 6 and Day 10 which would allow them to return to school.

Notification of Positive Cases Principals will send schoolwide notifications to families and staff about positive cases Students and staff should monitor themselves for any newly developed symptoms Rapid Antigen tests will be available in school offices

Vaccinations SLZUSD continues to encourage families, students, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get boosters if they are eligible. SLZUSD plans to continue to provide vaccination opportunities this coming year. Families and District staff should turn in copies of student and staff vaccination records as they are updated.

Precautions Please remember to continue to take precautions by observing and practicing all health protocols (wearing a mask, washing hands, avoiding crowded public spaces) to help each one of us protect ourselves and others.

Meet our staff!

Shunnae Baker, Speech and Language Pathologist

Ms. Baker was born in Los Angeles and raised in San Francisco. She has been a licensed Speech-Language Pathologist for over 28 years in a variety of settings such as acute care hospitals, rehabilitation centers, , several California school districts, and she currently has a private practice on Oakland. She has been with the SLZUSD for almost 20 years.

Ms. Baker has two passions… speech therapy and painting. She has wanted to be a SLP since she was 12 years old. Ms. Baker is a self-taught artist and published author. Her acrylic paintings combine her poetry, spirituality and African American culture. She has two adult sons. She is the proud grandmother of 5 children which includes twin girls who were born January 20, 2023.

What does Ms. Baker like the best about being a Speech-Language Pathologist at Bay?

“I love the feeling of family and community at Bay Elementary School. Everyone is on board and ready to ensure that each student has the opportunity to learn and be their very best. Teachers and staff take the time to truly know and engage with each student. The smiles and positive energy is contagious and you see it from the Front Office to the schoolyard.”

Julie Glenn-Juuko, Paraeducator Level 3

I have been with our district over 17 years. Prior to becoming a Paraeducator level III, I worked in Radio, National Sales Management in Las Vegas, Nevada, then a short term with Seniors and Adult Special Needs in the Bay Area as Program Director. I moved back to California and worked with Seniors so that I could assist my parents as they transition through the latter stages of their lives. Working as a Paraeducator III with the hours and duties, complimented my duties and time with my parents. I enjoy working with children and senior adults, traveling, Chanting (as I am a Buddhist), gardening, and spending time with my 4 grandchildren. My favorite food is any and almost all types of seafood.

What does Ms. Julie love best about being a paraeducator at Bay?

"What a joy we receive as Paras watching the students, we work with succeed and become independent. Especially knowing we played a huge part in their success. I enjoy being part of the "Bay" community!

Bay Elementary School

Bay School is an elementary school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Students are supported to be kind, caring advocates for social justice.