PH & SB News!

District Wide Information for Back to School!

Welcome Back Message

Hello Pandas & Sharks!

We can't wait to start a new year with all of you, even if we have to start out at a distance. This year is going to be filled with lots of new changes and adventures, but the good news is we're doing it together!

When you pick up your device next week be sure to login to your Google Classroom to watch a welcome video from your new teacher. (TK & Kindergarten watch for your Class Dojo message) In the spirit of starting new adventures, here's a welcome video from your awesome Principals, Mr. Grimmett from Pine Hill and Mrs. Becksted from South Bay. Let's get this party started and welcome to the 20-21 school year!

Pine Hill/South Bay Welcome Video

Contact Information Updated!

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 "PH/SB Schools".

Distance Learning

Distance Learning this year will be very different from the spring's distance learning model. Teachers will be teaching live using Zoom for a portion of each day, and they will assign additional work to ensure that the state's mandated daily instructional time is met. More specific information about distance learning will be in next week's newsletter.


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 but we will have Zoom Meetings that the students will log into, attendance will be taken. We will have weekly crafts, workbooks, reading and other fun activities for the students. The supper and activity bags will go out with food pick up. We will be sending out more information on pick up days soon. Stay well and hopefully we will get back to normal soon.

Device Pick Up Times

Please come by your student's school (Pine Hill or South Bay) to pick up their device for class which begins on Monday, August 31. The devices will be distributed by grade level along with teacher information and important school paperwork, including an informational sheet with instructions for how to access the various online platforms, such as Google Classroom and Zoom. Please bring a pen with you so that you can sign the device contract upon pick up. Device pick up will be on Thurs. 8/27 and Fri. 8/28 at the below times:

Thurs. 8/27 Pine Hill Students:

1-2:30pm Kindergarten

2:30-4pm 1st Grade

Fri. 8/28 Pine Hill Students:

9-10:30am 2nd Grade

10:30-12pm 3rd Grade

1-3pm Open Pick Up

Thurs. 8/27 South Bay Students:

1-2:30pm 4th Grade

2:30-4pm 5th Grade

Fri. 8/28 South Bay Students:

9-10:30am 6th Grade

10:30-12pm 7th/8th Grade

1-3pm Open Pick Up

Spanish Virtual Town Hall with Dr. Frankovich

Responding to the concerns of our Spanish-speaking community members regarding COVID-19. Monday, Aug. 31, 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Main topics:

  • Staying informed with accurate information
  • Staying healthy
  • Questions regarding schools and re-openings

Dr. Teresa L. Frankovich, MD, MPH, Humboldt County Health Officer

Brenda Pérez, Centro del pueblo

Representatives from the Humboldt County Office of Education


Zoom Video Conference Platform (Translation provided via Zoom). Also presented simultaneously via Centro del pueblo’s Facebook page

Meeting ID: 929 8138 0067

Passcode: 096154

Click the flyer below for more information...

Summer Reading Challenge!

Our Summer Reading Challenge is coming to a close! Be sure to login your reading on Scholastic Summer Read-A-Palooza or turn-in a page with all of your minutes documented. There will be a prize for students that have read over 1000 minutes during the summer break! We hope you read some great books over the summer!

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. The days are yet to be determined. 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. 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

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. An email will be sent out soon to all parents and students with a link to Alexandria's website, clear instructions on how to search for books, and easy directions for how to place a hold on the books you would like to check out! A video will be emailed out to everyone on how to place holds to make it even easier to is really very easy once you know how! 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 so 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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