Principal's Newsletter

November 9, 2020

Principal's Message

Dear Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion families,


I hope everyone is well and staying safe. A reminder that this Tuesday, November 10th, is an Asynchronous Learning day for all students(and planning day for our teachers) because Wednesday, November 11, is Veteran's Day and there is no school. Please take advantage of these two days to check that your child(ren) are completing and turning in all assignments in SeeSaw in grades K-2 or Google Classroom for 3rd-5th grades. Our 1st Trimester is ending this Friday, November 13th. Our teachers will be working on completing the report cards over the next few weeks in preparation for parent-teacher conferences on November 23rd and 24th. The new report cards will look different from last year due to Distance Learning. Teachers will report progress on how students are engaging and completing work as well as how they are performing on some key standards in Reading and Math. There will also be a narrative section for general comments. Please be aware that Teachers will be setting up virtual conference sign ups in the next few weeks.


I’d like to update you on where we are with our school’s reopening plan for January. Our most recent surveys of parents and teachers show the following:

  • 35% of parents prefer that we continue with the Full Distance Learning model

  • 35% of parents prefer that we return to our campus with the Hybrid Model

  • 30% of parents would like to stay with their current teacher in either model

  • 80% of our teachers prefer to continue with the Full Distance Learning model


I know that some parents had questions about the difference in instructional minutes between the Hybrid and Distance Learning models. The Full Distance Learning Model actually provides more synchronous instructional minutes and interactions with the teacher than if we were to transition to the Hybrid Model. In addition, many of you have already established schedules for your students that would be compromised by a three hour in-person Hybrid school day since you would have to pick them up at school midday. Based on these results, our plan is for our school to continue with the Full Distance Learning model for the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. Also, because we did have some families who wished to return to our campus (35%), we will look to expand the number of current REACH Pods with our neediest students as well as starting some Hubs. We hope to formally finalize our plan at Thursday’s School Site Council meeting.


Recently, EdSource published an article about "How California Teachers Are Making Bilingual Education Work Online". The article includes a short interview with Dr. Linda Montes, former Adelante Principal and our Assistant Superintendent of Education and Equity. EdSource also included the Seal Chant video, "Hazte Oir", from Maestra Vanessa which was written by Maestro Albert and used by our 2nd grade team highlighting the benefit of being able to learn complex and academic vocabulary within a structure that makes it easy to comprehend. As the chant is recorded for Distance Learning, the students can play it multiple times to further help comprehension which is one of the benefits compared to hearing it live only once in-person. They also stress the importance of teacher collaboration for making bilingual education successful during Distance Learning. Towards the end of the article they speak about how important it is for parents in the younger grades to trust the "process" of the struggle it takes in the beginning to learn in Spanish if the home language is English in Immersion programs. During regular in-person learning, English-only students struggle here at the school as well, but the parents do not witness that process like they are now with Distance Learning. Please continue to encourage and support your child(ren) with a Growth Mindset as they acquire language in an immersion setting.


A great resource for Spanish speaking parents is Familias Unidas. Familias Unidas virtual classes have already started, but it’s not too late to join the Familias Unidas community! Virtual classes are Thursdays at 6pm where parents learn tools and strategies on how to help your child(ren) achieve success not only during distance learning but beyond. If interested, please call Secundino Zuno at 650-665-0122 or register with this link. The Virtual classes last week focused on creating good habits. Parents and students worked together to create posters of their schedules. The families shared how helpful it was to have these posters around their house, even after only a week. One family shared that after creating their poster, their student was proud of their work, took more responsibility for their schedule, and made sure that they connected to class on-time. Many shared that setting alarms on their phones was also very helpful and was a good tip for all the families present. Enjoy this video of some of our families


A reminder that the district has set up an informational resource for parents and the community on the district web page called the Roadmap to Reopening of Schools.The district has also included a Parent's Guide to Distance Learning and in Spanish: Guía de Aprendizaje a Distancia para Padres to help support families.


It is important that all families please visit the Unidos WebPage and take a few minutes to fill out the Membership Toolkit. Unidos supports a number of important programs at our school as well as coordinating volunteer efforts. They also provide communication to our community on a regular basis and need families updated information in the toolkit to do so. Recently, Unidos has set up this great link on explaining the process of reserving and checking out Library books. Parent volunteers have also set up a sign up page on the link if you can not come to the school to pick up the books and they will schedule a time to deliver the books to you(contact free of course!).


Student breakfast and lunch drive through pickup here is now on Mondays and Thursdays 11:30-1:30, or at Roosevelt, Henry Ford or Taft from 2:30-4:30 Learn more here


Office Hours

Our school office is open to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8:00am-4:00pm. Please call to make an appointment if you need help. All staff and visitors to campus must:

  • wear a mask
  • use hand disinfectant when entering the office
  • have your temperature taken in the office at the kiosk so we can screen you
  • complete the visitor Wellness Screening From using the QR code in the office
  • keep 6 feet of social distancing at all times


Please note that the school playgrounds(including play structures and swings) and field are closed. The general public should not be on the school campus.


Please send me an email of a photo of your child learning at home or a screen shot of their project and I will try to include it in upcoming newsletters.


Please visit our school website , Adelante Selby Facebook Page and our PTO/Unidos webpage and social media accounts: unidospto.org, Facebook and Instagram for more information.


Regards,

Director Warren

Important October /November Dates

  • November 10, Teacher Prep Day Asynchronous Learning + Grade level Meets for PE+
  • November 11, Veterans Day: No school
  • November 12, School Site Council Meeting at 3:00pm
  • November 12, Food Distribution, 3:00pm
  • November 13, Last day of Trimester 1
  • November 16, English Language Advisory Meeting at 4:00pm
  • November 18, School Library Book Pick up, 9:00-11:30; 12:30-2:30
  • November 18, School Site Council Meeting at 3:00
  • November 23/24: No School, Parent Teacher Conferences
  • November 25/26/27: No School Thanksgiving Holiday

Trunk or Treat/Día de los Muertos 2020