Ohlone Family Connection

September 2, 2020

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Marvelous Back-to-School Night!

Last night was just what the doctor ordered. It was wonderful to have us all in one space again, even if there were a few glitches in the matrix :). I hope you enjoyed seeing friends and making new ones. One is silver and the other is gold!

Our teachers rocked it! They put on remarkable presentations that covered the logistics of zooming and seesawing and schoologizing (all real words now). They focused on the heart of what we do, about the teaching and learning gifts your children will experience this school year. I heard teachers talking about empathy, resilience, advocacy, independence and problem-solving- the building blocks for making great and capable humans. We prioritize social-emotional learning and whole child development. We are still Ohlone.

The community vibe was alive and well in each Ohlone classroom. I am proud to work alongside such caring adults. Our perspective has had to shift and bend and downward dog to reimagine our school in new ways to meet the needs of our students, families, and staff. We are up for the challenge! We are out-of-the-box thinkers. We've got this. We can reimagine Ohlone in ways that we have yet to discover. Let's seize this opportunity to create new connections, grow perspective and understanding, lean on each other, and take action on the hard stuff.

I have linked the video and slides from last night. I hope you enjoy the sweet animation. A new perspective is a beautiful thing.


Ohlone Principal

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"Last Shot" - By Aemilia Widodo
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Minimum Day on Friday and No School on Monday!

Friday, September 4th is an early dismissal day for all students. There will be no lunch break that day, and Block 3 is10:50-12:00pm. Students will be dismissed at noon.

Monday, September 7th is Labor Day and a day off for students, staff, and parents! You get a day off too!

Ohlone Music Teachers!

Check out these fun videos introducing our amazing music teachers!

Music Video: K-4 Team
Music Video: 5th Grade Team

Easy Peasy BTS Packet

Your Back to School forms are online this year. Ohlone’s Back To School website. You will be impressed!

Student Use of Technology - Wellness & Safety Online

We would like every family to complete this form with their child to ensure a safe online learning environment for all students. It is in English and Spanish. Thank you!

Ohlone Needs You!

There are a number of volunteer positions that need filling. Consider jumping into CVC and work with me and our CVC Teachers. We also need virtual community building hosts, a digital content creator, a historian, and someone to head up the book fair and auction committee. Come on, take a chance on us! Email LeAnn Baum.

PiE Challenge Grant: Double Your Donation

Your PiE donations are essential to ensure our students receive the academic and social-emotional support they need during COVID and beyond. Double your donation by donating or pledging by September 8.

Last year’s donations allowed PiE to provide $266,358 to Ohlone for the 2020-2021 school year, funding:

  • Classroom aides to facilitate individualized academic support and assist with future social distancing requirements
  • Professional counseling to promote students’ social and emotional well-being and mental health education
  • A farm science instructional assistant
  • Coach Bryant and SEL activities
  • Engaging and fun JMZ science, Spectra Art, music and dance lessons

Donate today to double your impact!

Enter the Wackiest PiE Contest!

Hey, parents share this with your kids!
We missed sharing pie with you at the BTSN picnic this year. So please join us for a chance to win a pie brought right to your door for your family to share! Click here for a slice of pie, be creative and draw in the silliest ingredients then email your drawing to ohlone@papie.org with your name and room number. We will pick a random winner on Tuesday, September 8th.

Partners in Education (PiE) raises money to provide all PAUSD students with an educational experience beyond what is possible with public funding. At Ohlone, PiE funds the classroom aides, a farm assistant, Coach Bryant, Spectra art, music, and dance. Double your donation by giving before September 8th! Donate today at https://papie.org/donate/

Virtual Junior Staff is On!

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Teachers College Reading and Writing Project Workshop

For those of you who were able to tune into the TC Parent Office Hours with Lucy and Mary last week...Lucky! There were some real gems. Let me see if I can do them justice with a few simple take-aways from my feverish notes:

  • Model curiosity of the world. Curiosity is contagious and leads to exploration. We are learning ALL the time. The power of natural play is gigantic!

  • Invite literacy experiences. Lean into moments of curiosity and read a book about it. Explore together.

  • As parents, our job is not to fix writing. No! We are there to grow our children's confidence and esteem by showing interest. Writing development happens when kids talk through their writing. Be interested, really interested. Listen carefully. We all say more than we write. Allow space for this. Verbal processing is just as important as the written words. So is drawing :). Write and draw across pages.

  • Lean into kid choice. Whatever they love, let them read it and become avid readers. For children who learning English, get them books in their native language. Literacy growth in one language helps the other.

  • Read across days, different genres. Read together, read a little more each day. Consider starting book clubs with friends :).

So much more, but I thought you might find these tidbits helpful. I certainly did!

PAUSD Parent Tech Night: Understanding My Child's School Apps - September 8 & 10

September 8, 6:30pm OR September 10, 6:30pm

(same topic both days)

Location: ZOOM ID (coming soon)

Presenter: Emily Garrison, Ed Tech Coordinator

Topics will include:

1. Understanding Infinite Campus

2. Navigating Schoology

3. What is found in Clever


In the case of an absence, please inform the office by emailing ohloneattendance@pausd.org of any absence or tardy, even if it is only for one block. Thank you!

Virtual School Office Hours

Open Monday-Friday, 9:00-10:00am and 2:00-3:00pm.