Lion's Roar

November 21, 2020

Happy November Break

Lietz Community,

I hope that you take a moment or two next week to unplug and enjoy those around you. I'd like to take a moment to share my gratitude for you and your one-of-a-kind students. While this has not been and ideal situation for most, I have watched you and your kids make the best of these circumstances. It is the most difficult of situations that will either bring a community together, or separate it. Watching you on Zoom, hearing your stories, reading your emails... I realize just how much strength the Lietz community holds, and I am honored to be a part of it in this way.

Please be safe and spend lots and lots of quality time together.


Mrs. Lopez

Lietz Fancy Pants Day!

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Superintendent Coleman's Update Report on the Reopening of Schools

On Monday, Governor Gavin Newsom announced that Santa Clara County and much of the state would move back to the Widespread (Purple) tier, the most restrictive tier in the CA Blueprint. With case numbers rising in the county, USD will pause our reopening timeline until we enter the Red tier in order to reevaluate plans in alignment with community data, and revised rules and regulations. Schools will continue to plan and prepare for moving to stage three and beyond of USD’s reopening plan and will use this time to refine schedules and safety procedures at each of our sites.

Following a summary of the Governor’s announcement, Superintendent Coleman presented an update on the Reopening of Schools highlighting survey and stakeholder input. Assistant Superintendents Rita Sohal and Steve Burrell shared updates around health and safety, noting classroom distancing procedures, ventilation, positive case protocols, and the district’s recent partnership with Curative to provide onsite COVID-19 screenings onsite. Associate Superintendent Andrew Schwab outlined considerations in development of hybrid schedules and shared the proposed elementary and middle school in-person hybrid schedules for stages 3-5. You can view the presentation here.

Given the changing nature of the situation inside and outside our community, USD will continue to update the community on how these changes will affect our schools and our preparations for stages 3-5. Once we get closer to moving into Stage 3 of our reopening plan, principals will be distributing surveys to families on their interest in returning to our school campuses for in-person learning.

DELAC (District English Language Advisory Committee) Information

Calling all parents of English Learners! Please join our next District English Learner Advisory Committee (DELAC) meeting on December 8 from 3-4pm on Zoom. We will be presenting information about the ELPAC, providing tips and tricks to support your students during distance learning and sharing updates on upcoming parent workshops. We hope to see you there!

A note for our Spanish speakers: Our community liaison, Paulina, will stay on the meeting from 4-4:30 to answer any questions you may have or translate any of the DELAC information in Spanish for you. Mark your calendars!

Meeting Link:

ID: 82246396909

Password: 524812

GIVE THANKS: Showing gratitude & support for our Lietz teachers & staff

Lietz HSC is excited to launch our GIVE THANKS staff appreciation fundraiser:

Please consider donating by December 18 so that we can plan for monthly celebrations of our Lietz staff. Thank you!

School-Wide Spirit Days

Once per month, we will celebrate our Lietz Pride together, by dressing up with a spirit theme. On these days, I will send out a special announcement, which will include one of our very own Lietz students leading us in our Lietz Upstander Pledge. Each month, a teacher will nominate one of their students, who has been showing their PAWS during distance learning, to take on this leadership role! So don't forget to show your PAWS wherever you go!

Spirit Dates and Themes:

12/18: Hawaiian Day

1/29: Crazy Hair Day

2/26: Sport Your Favorite Sporting Team Day

3/19: Decade Day

4/23: We're Outta This World Day (Think Outer Space!)

Spirit Day photos will be featured in our newsletter and on our website!

Useful Resources

National Parent Teacher Association Learning Guides

Find out what your child will be learning at each grade level.