EMCSD Bulletin

December 2021 Edition

Message from Dr. Garcia

Dear EMCSD Community


With Winter Break just around the corner, I wanted to take this opportunity to wish everyone a wonderful holiday season! This school year has had its fair share of wonders and challenges for all of us, and everyone deserves some time to reset as we prepare to head into the second half of the 2021-2022 school year.


Students and staff throughout the District have outperformed all expectations this year, and I am incredibly grateful for all the essential work that has been done to make our return to school during the COVID-19 pandemic a successful endeavor. As a friendly reminder, Winter Break starts on Wednesday, December 22, 2021, and will last through Tuesday, January 4, 2022. This means we will return to our regular school schedule on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.


Please take a look through this month’s newsletter to see what local family fun activities and resources are available! I encourage everyone to check out December’s Counseling Corner. Our amazing school counselors compiled a list of Winter Break activities the whole family can enjoy!


Lastly, I want to share that we have partnered with the Tzu Chi Medical Foundation to provide medical services to our District. It starts with a large COVID-19 vaccine clinic this Saturday, December 18, from 9am - 3pm at Frank Wright School. First dose, second dose, and boosters shots will be available. No appointments are required, but you can pre-register by clicking this link: https://forms.gle/gbJFE5PpXAbfehQo8


Happy holidays to all,


Dr. Maribel Garcia

Shoes That Fit visits LeGore!

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The holiday spirit came a little early for some students at LeGore School! Shoes That Fit, a local organization from Claremont, CA, stopped by LeGore school to provide new shoes for students. Shoes That Fit donates over 100,000 shoes a year to children in an effort to make sure kids have new shoes to learn and play.

Cortada Winter Concert

TK through 6th grade students at Cortada held a virtual Winter Concert for families in preparation for the Holiday Season! See these amazing Colts dance, sing, and play guitars to holiday classics! Can't click the video below? Use this link: https://youtu.be/fldKsf1DW7A
Winter Concert TK - 6th Grade

Local Events & Services

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San Gabriel Valley Holiday Fun

In collaboration with the Health Neighborhood group, the L.A. Care and Blue Shield Promise Community Resource Center in El Monte will be hosting a walk up Holiday Fair at the Community Resource Center in El Monte on Thursday, December 16th. They welcome the community to join this free family friendly annual event. Free groceries, arts and crafts for the kids, picture with Santa, holiday scavenger hunt, community resources from many agencies, DJ playing holiday music, ugly and cute sweater contest, free COVID-19 vaccines & boosters and many other giveaways!


Thursday, December 16th

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

The Community Resource Center, El Monte

3570 Santa Anita Ave, El Monte, CA 91731

(213) 428-1495


Free COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic

Both Pfizer and Moderna, boosters vaccinations available.

*Participants will receive a resource bag with goodies as well* / *Open to the public*

Resources and Activities for Students!

Winter Break is almost upon us! EMCSD counselors have put together wonderful newsletters filled with activities for the whole family! Please see the attached documents to view the Student K-5 and 6-8 grade Counseling Corner newsletters courtesy of our Opportunity Program. Download your very own Winter Break Activity Checklist, review some new self-care techniques, learn ways you can give back, along with other way to spread holiday cheer! Can't download the files? Click here for web access: https://www.emcsd.org/apps/pages/index.jsp?uREC_ID=2647992&type=d&pREC_ID=2275635&tota11y=true

Winter Break Activities for all K-12 Students courtesy of Discovery Education

Hoping to keep your children engaged over the holiday break? Explore the wonders of Discovery Education's Winter Break Activities! Discovery Education has created various interactive activities that students can do using digital devices. Take virtual field trips to NFL training camps, learn about polar bears, meet historical heroes, create videos, poems, and much more by simply clicking here: https://www-media.discoveryeducation.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/Winter-Break-Calendars-EN.pdf

COVID-19 Resources

COVID-19 Vaccines at Frank Wright School: 12/18 from 9am - 3pm

1st dose, 2nd dose, and Booster COVID-19 Vaccines (Pfizer) are available Frank Wright School this Saturday, December 18 from 9am - 3pm! No appointments are required, but you can register ahead of time to guarantee you a vaccine on Saturday. COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccines are available to anyone ages 5 and up. Children ages 5-17 must have parent or legal guardian present in order to receive a vaccine. All vaccines distributed at the Frank Wright clinic are courtesy of the Tzu Chi Medical Foundation.


Remember, appointments are NOT necessary, but you can register by clicking the link below or calling (626) 453-3700 ext. 3651


Registration link: https://forms.gle/gbJFE5PpXAbfehQo8


IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Vaccines are completely FREE! Health insurance or proof of U.S. Citizenship is NOT required.


Pop-Up Vaccine Clinic Information

Location: Frank Wright School (Cafeteria)

Date: Saturday, December 18, 2021 from 9:00am - 3:00pm

Address: 11317 E McGirk St, El Monte, CA 91732


Things to bring the day of your vaccine:

1. Photo ID

2. Children must provide proof of age

3. CDC Vaccine Card (White Card) if you are receiving your 2nd dose or booster.

4. Dress appropriately for weather. Although the


If you have any questions or need help scheduling an appointment, please call (626) 453-3700 ext. 3651

Anyone ages 5 & up can receive Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine

In case you missed it, the FDA and CDC approved emergency use of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine for children ages 5 and up. You can make an appointment for your child on https://myturn.ca.gov/


Residents with disabilities or without computer access can call 833-540-0473 between 8:00 am and 8:30 pm 7 days a week for assistance with appointments.


For more information on the COVID-19 vaccine, visit the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health’s vaccine website. Reminder: COVID-19 vaccines are FREE. Health insurance is NOT required and your immigration status will NOT affect your eligibility to receive the vaccine.


In addition to children 5-11 being approved to take the Pfizer vaccine, ALL COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J) are now approved by the FDA & CDC for boosters. If you got Pfizer or Moderna (both doses at least 6 months ago), you are eligible for a booster. J&J is available to anyone who received a dose more than 2 months ago and is 18+.

Kaiser Permanente COVID-19 Vaccination Sites for Children

Kaiser Permanente is providing free COVID-19 vaccinations for children (ages 5 – 11) throughout the San Gabriel Valley. Only the Pfizer vaccine is available for children.


COVID-19 vaccinations are available to Kaiser Permanente members and the community.


For appointments, call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) or visit kp.org/covidvaccine


Appointments Highly Recommended, Walk-ins Also Accepted:

Kaiser Permanente Baldwin Park Medical Center

Baldwin Park Medical Offices 2, 2nd floor

1011 Baldwin Park Boulevard, Baldwin Park, CA 91706

Monday – Friday, 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Closed Sunday and holidays


By Appointment Only:

Kaiser Permanente Diamond Bar Medical Offices

1336 Bridgegate Drive, Diamond Bar, CA 91765

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 27, 7:30 – 11 a.m. (children only)


Kaiser Permanente Montebello Medical Offices

1550 Town Center Drive, Montebello, CA 90640

Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Saturday, November 13 and December 4, 7:30 – 11 a.m. (children only)


For appointments, call 1-833-KP4CARE (1-833-574-2273) or visit

kp.org/covidvaccine

COVID-19 Testing Resources

Testing is free and available to everyone, regardless of immigration or insurance status. Free COVID-19 testing locations are available throughout El Monte and neighboring communities, find the closest location near you by clicking this link: covid19.lacounty.gov/testing. Residents of LA County without internet access can call 211 to speak with an operator who will help you make an appointment.

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Upcoming Events

Saturday, December 18: Frank Wright COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic

Tuesday, December 21: Last Day of School Before Winter Break

Wednesday, December 22, 2021 - Tuesday, January 4, 2022: Winter Break

Saturday, January 1, 2022: New Year's Day

Wednesday, January 5, 2022: Return to regular school schedule

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