Ohlone Family Connection

December 9, 2020

Hello, Ohlone Families,

What is THAT, you ask? Well, it's a funny little piece of a bell pepper that my son breathed life into with a Sharpie. I put it in the perfect Italian parsley palace. It is the silly little things that keep us going. Thank goodness we have children in our lives.

This week, teachers and parents have shared their appreciation for the teaching and learning that is happening on campus and in distance learning. We are finding our way and developing routines and strategies to help Ohlone come alive in our respective environments. I can feel the joy as I walk across the playground and drop into Zoom classrooms.

Ohlone has a history of kindness and care for our earth and each other. While it has been hard to be without extended family and a real break from it all, I hope that we will all commit to staying home during this winter break if travel is not essential. Our hybrid teachers, staff, and students are depending on our diligence in maintaining our family cohorts and avoiding nonessential travel until it is safe and advisable. We are a community. We have a responsibility to one another. I appreciate all of the effort and sacrifice during this critical time in our world.

Thank you for taking the time to read the OFC this week. There are some important tidbits. As a reminder, CVC is hosting an Ohlone Parents Mental Health Hour tomorrow evening!

Please take care, stay well, and find joy in simplicity.


Ohlone Principal

Important Dates Ahead

12/10 - Ohlone Parents Mental Health Hour (CVC) - 7:00-8:30pm

12/14 - Site Council Meeting - 2:30-4:00pm

12/14 - Learning Model Change Request Deadline - 5:00pm

12/15 - PTA Executive Board Meeting - 3:15-4:45pm

12/16 - Student Council Meeting - 3:00-3:30pm

12/16 - Ohlone Times Meeting - 3:45-4:15pm

12/16 - Principal's Tea with CASSY Therapist - 6:30-7:30pm

12/18 - Minimum Day - 1:30pm Dismissal

December 21 - January 6 - Winter Break

COVID-19 Notifications

In order for families and staff to receive notification of a possible exposure as soon as possible, please email me and ohloneattendance@pausd.org right away if your child has tested positive OR is a close contact of someone who tested positive for COVID-19. Please put COVID-19 Exposure in the subject line. As always, keep your child home when they are ill and notify our attendance office. I appreciate your continued partnership and diligence in keeping our community safe through immediate communication, testing, and safe practices outside of school.

Final Learning Model Change Request - Deadline 12/14

For Families Interested in a Learning Model Change for the Remainder of the 20/21 School Year
In November, Dr. Austin wrote in his weekly update that principals would share the process for requesting a learning model change to begin in January. Please know that changes in learning models will be based on space availability and will be the final class placement for the 20-21 school year. Principals will prioritize placement for students with academic or social-emotional needs should space availability be limited.

Requests for a specific teacher or friends will not be considered as there are several factors to consider in creating balanced classrooms.

If you are interested in a learning model change, please complete the Google Form below by 12/14/20 at 5:00pm. You DO NOT need to fill this form out if you wish to keep your child in their current learning model.

  • Parents will receive notification by 12/18/20, pending availability, of their child’s new placement.

  • New class assignments will begin on January 7, 2021 and are considered the final placement of the 20/21 school year.

Parent Webinars - CVC and Stanford

Ohlone Parents Mental Health Hour (Core Values Committee)

Thursday December 10, 7-8:30pm

Zoom Link:

Stanford's Free Parenting Webinar Series

Pandemic Classroom Stress: Supporting Caregivers

When: December 11, 12:00-1:00pm

Principal's Tea with CASSY Therapist, Brittney Tabel - December 16

Please join me and Brittney next week for an informal chat about how to support ourselves and our children during the pandemic. Brittney will share mental health information with families and will have time afterward for Q&A. Please complete this Google Form to submit your questions. Hope to see you there!

Date: Wednesday, December 16

Time: 6:30-7:30pm


Click link below for a previous CASSY Webinar (available through winter break):

Parenting and Supporting Youth During COVID-19

Ed Tech Platforms and Tools

Understanding the multiple tools students use for distance learning can be challenging. The resources provided on the PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home on the Educational Technology: Platforms and Tools page, are intended to give parents and guardians an introduction to the most important learning tools in PAUSD including Infinite Campus, Schoology, Zoom, Clever, and Seesaw (PK-3rd grade). Every day students should begin school by logging on to Rapid Identity, PAUSD’s single sign-on portal, at id.pausd.org. Parents and guardians should also access all PAUSD tools and apps from id.pausd.org as well. For technology questions or support please submit help tickets through Let’s Talk at: https://www.pausd.org/school-life/participate/lets-talk.

In Case You Missed It

Registration for 2021-22

Registration for the 2021-2022 school year opens on January 4, 2021. Families with children who are not currently enrolled with PAUSD, and want to enroll a child to attend a PAUSD school starting in August 2021, must follow all the instructions at the PAUSD Enrollment web site starting on January 4: www.pausd.org/Enrollment. If you have any questions about if you should enroll your child, please send an email to RegistrationServices@pausd.org.

2020-21 PAUSD Wednesday Cohort Schedule

Cohort A is Pink; Cohort B is Blue