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Sierra Family Newsletter October 11, 2020


Hello, Sierra Families!

Check out the IB's new parent brochure, "5 ways you could support your child as a PYP parent." For new families, PYP = Primary Years Programme, which is the name of the program your kindergarten - 6th grader participates in here at Sierra.

This Wednesday evening our wonderful PTC is holding a meeting via Zoom, details are below. I do hope you join. Every parent at Sierra is included in the PTC - there is no membership fee.

Our wonderful librarian, Mrs. Hansen, is running a VIRTUAL book fair, which kicks off this Monday. Details below. Thank you, Mrs. Hansen!

In typical years, we'd be preparing for our incredible Fall Carnival, a favorite tradition here at Sierra, which we can't host due to the public health guidelines. Without the fall carnival, we still want to have some fun! Here are two ways we are modifying some of the highlights of the Fall Carnival to bring some fun to our sharks!

1. Halloween Costumes: because our sharks won't have the chance to wear their Halloween costumes to the carnival, we are going to allow them to wear them to school on Oct. 27th or 28th for Groups A and B (K/1st teachers will email families later this month with specific details for their dates/rules). While Halloween is a special and exciting day for those who celebrate it, these are regular, instructional days at school and students will be expected to fully participate in learning and other routine school activities. Because we have students who do NOT celebrate Halloween, we will not offer any activities which would be exclusive to any of our students. All costumes must abide by these rules:

  • Costumes should be simple as to not be distracting, or easily lost/damaged. Please consider that allowing your child to wear his/her costume to school may result in parts being lost or damaged during regular school activities (recess, etc.).

  • Masks and full facial makeup are not acceptable. If worn, they will need to be removed.

  • Students may not wear costumes that are violent or gruesome (containing fake blood, gore, etc). This is not appropriate for school and may frighten our younger sharks.

  • Fake weapons such as guns, swords, or daggers may not be brought to school. If students have inappropriate costumes or props, they will be confiscated and will need to be picked up by an adult.

  • All students must be able to independently manage their costume in order to use the restroom, sit in class and do work, etc. If the costume is too constricting, or requires assistance from an adult to take on/off, it is not appropriate to wear to school.

2. Pumpkin Decorating Contest: We will have a virtual pumpkin decorating contest, but instead of one pumpkin per class, as we have traditionally done, we will allow individual photo submissions. Contest rules and guidelines will be released soon for those sharks who wish to participate!


Amy Westberg

PTC Corner

Please join our PTC virtual meeting, October 14th, at 6 pm.

We have many new families at Sierra this year and we'd love to virtually meet you and formally welcome you to the PTC!

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 757 1386 4334

Passcode: mh2U2q

Sierra's amazing PTC supports several programs at Sierra - everything from funding "extras" for the classroom, our entire Spanish program, extra instructional support staff, and much more. You can contact the PTC by emailing and you can find more information about our PTC at the following link:

The FUNd Run is Coming!!! This year's virtual VROOM FUNd Run is almost here! Get ready to move and share all of your videos and photos with us! The event will run 10/21 thru 10/30/20. Check your inbox and sharks backpacks next week for all the details.

Hustlin' Wildcats Basketball Club

Join in on the youth basketball club. Here is the link to the flyer. This organization will implement the guidelines set by the Placer County Health Department, in addition to the guidelines already in place at Hardwood Palace. Coaches will be wearing masks at all times and will all be practicing safe social distancing guidelines. Players, parents, coaches, and anyone else entering Hardwood Palace will have their temperature checked and will be required to wear a mask. Questions? Contact Coach French at

Book Fair is Coming Soon!

Our Book Fair is online! (it will go live on 10/12/20.) Support our school library and help your child discover new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more! You'll love the fun new option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy free shipping on book-only purchases over $25. Shop October 12th-25th!



10/12/20: A ROTATION MONDAY and Online Scholastic Book Fair Begins (details coming soon)

10/19/20: NO SCHOOL




If your child is going to absent (any student either in Sierra Hybrid or RVC) please call our office at (916) 788-7141 or email Mind Diemer, our school clerk, at We need your child's name, the date of the absence, the teacher's name, the reason for the absence, and your name and relationship to the child.



Check out our weekly announcements videos shared with students every Monday morning!

Nutrition Services 2020 - 2021

Lunch may be picked up from 11:00 - 12:00 Monday - Friday from our school cafeteria if you choose to buy lunch. Our Nutrition Services Website has the menu for the month so your shark knows what they will be sinking their teeth into each day.