The Leopard Print

Rio Vista Weekly Update - Week of 11/14/22

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Calendar Items

Week "A" for Release Time (Computers = Release time)

11/14 Evacuation Drill

11/16-18 Parent-Teacher Conferences

11/16 and 11/17 Minimum Day

11/18 Non-Student Day

Looking ahead

11/21-25 Thanksgiving Break

Weekly Bulletin from Lisa (coming soon)

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The "SPOT"light


Parent/Teacher Conferences

If you need support with translation, be sure you have filled in THIS document. It's an essential services and we're doing everything we can to offer this service. If you need something and don't see it available, please reach out to us so we can work together to address the need.

Social Committee Support Still Needed (K, 1st and 5th)

We need one grade-level representative (TK-5th) to perform 5 hours of adjunct this year. If you recall, we signed up for a 10-hour job and a 5-hour job to add up to the contractually required 15 hour adjunct hours total. Below are the current members who signed up; if your grade level is missing a name, please be sure to calibrate and let me know who will be supporting Social Committee from your team this year. It is a minor commitment that goes a long way in continuing the important traditions and celebrations that are so important to our Rio Vista Family.
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Thanksgiving Feast!

We will celebrate a Thanksgiving Potluck together on Tuesday, 11/15. Lunch will be one hour from 11:30-12:30, allowing us all to spend time together. A detailed schedule will be emailed out as well, but please be sure to extend gratitude to our Noon Duty Supervisors who will work creatively to help make this possible!

TWIG Support

Ed. Services is sending a support team on Tuesday morning from 8:30-11:30am to work with Rio teachers on adding knowledge about TWIG Science. Each grade level can send one teacher for a 30 minute window to work on any of the following:

  • Unpacking physical kits and materials

  • Support prepping materials for lessons

  • Support planning lessons (specify which module)

  • Overview of a specific module (specify which one)

See the image below for when to send your grade level representative to room 704.

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Thank you for joining PTA!

THANK YOU! You have showed your commitment and our PTA is so grateful. As of today, 85% of our educators have joined the PTA. If you have not yet done so, I hope you'll take just a moment to take care of that so we can hit our goal of 100% participation.

For the few that still need to do so, the QR Code below will take you to our Totem site to make your $15 contribution for PTA Membership, or you can go to our TOTEM website and contribute there.

Thank you for leading by example!

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New TV Installation (ongoing through November)

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend our first training on how to use the new TVs that will replace your Promethean boards over the next month or so.

**Please make sure you have removed any lighting or decorations around your Promethean Board so that it can be removed without damaging your items**

Here are some other important reminders:

  • 10 rooms will be completed every Saturday from October 29th until Thanksgiving Break
  • Each Monday after the new installation, there will be several IT support staff on campus to troubleshoot as needed
  • Tessa is offering to provide a "crash course" 20-minute training at a mutually convenient time if that's better for you

Don't hesitate to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding this process.

Parent Volunteers Using Copy Machines

We have seen increased support from PTA volunteers, which is great! But some of you have expressed concern about the use of the copy machine in the work room.

I have asked our volunteers to defer to teachers during the school day because you need to be able to take care of that during your release time.

They also wanted to make sure that you knew that any teacher can leave what you need copied in their PTA tray with instructions, and they will make them and deliver them to you!

District Device Connecting to Wi-Fi

If a district device including a Chromebook needs to be connected to WiFi use the information below:

Network Name: PYLUSD-MK

Network Key: g!cL/O(8&v19/

The O is a capital letter O

Counselor/Wellness Specialist Referral Form

If you are concerned about a student's mental health, remember you can use the Wellness Referral Form to put it on the radar of our amazing Wellness Team.
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Take Care of Yourself!

I know that so many of you are going through incredible challenges this year. Please know that there are resources available to you at no cost! I have personally utilized these services at times when my personal and professional challenges felt like too much. See the flier below for additional information and access.
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Staff Remind (for emergency use only)

Thank you to the many staff members who have already joined our 2022-2023 Remind. Please click the link below (or scan the QR code) to ensure you will receive any emergency notifications that Administration may need to send out.

LINK to join.

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We Do Heroic Work

As you feel the weight of the first trimester coming to an end, remember that what you do is some of the most important work that any person can do. As you welcome parents and guardians this week, remember how important their support and partnership is. They trust us as professionals and share our hopes for the absolute best for their children.

Thank you for the enormous effort you have already put into getting this year off the ground, and I look forward to working together to support the learning journey of all the students we support from our community.

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