Ericson Weekly Update

June 1-5 Week 11 Long Distance Learning Update

Principal's Message

Hello Sea Kings,

This week brings to a close our 2019-20 school year. 12 weeks ago, public education as we knew it took on a new look. During that time, teachers, parents and students have shown their resilience and dedication to learning. As of today, there are four school days left of the 2019-2020 year. Four days to finish strong!

For many of our families, we respect that life has taken many twists and turns since early March. I honor you for supporting your children as they have been learning from home.

We are passionate about returning to school in August and we will be keeping safety a priority in our planning. We know that you will have new questions and concerns as we head into the summer. With that in mind, I will continue to provide updates to keep you informed of any plans that are put into place for our return in August.

Parents and guardians, thank you again for partnering with your children’s teachers over the last 12 weeks. I hope your family has a summer full of wonderful memories.

Our office staff continues to be available at 253-6450 to answer questions or assist you with resources during our school closure through June 15th.

For current Ericson updates please like our Ericson Elementary School Sea Kings Facebook Page or visit our school website

Go Sea Kings!

We miss you!

Ms. Rodriguez and Mrs. Wolf

Happy Retirement to Vice Principal Janet Wolf!

After 3 years as Vice Principal at Ericson Elementary School, and 39 years in various roles supporting our students in Fresno Unified, Vice Principal, Janet Wolf has announced her retirement at the end of the 2019-20 school year.

Mrs. Wolf began her career in education in 1981 as a classroom instructional aide. In 1992 she began work with our youngest students in Pre-School, while she completed her teaching credential at Fresno Pacific College. In 1995 Mrs. Wolf began her career as a certificated classroom teacher, and over the years she has served in a variety of roles in Fresno Unified supporting students as a Literacy Coach, English Learner Coach, Teacher on Special Assignment, Summer School Principal, and for the last 3 years the Vice Principal, of Ericson Elementary School.

Mrs. Wolf has been an inspiration to all of us at Ericson to strive to be better teachers, parents and students by working as a team towards achieving our goals. She is a role model and mentor to our Sea King community. It is our honor to have worked with someone who has been an unrelenting advocate in making sure that all students are successful in their learning.

Thank you, Mrs. Wolf, for your service and commitment to Fresno Unified and Ericson Elementary in serving our staff, students and community. Your passion, love of teaching and learning are an inspiration to us all.

On behalf of the Sea King community, we wish you only health and happiness in your retirement!

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6th Grade Promotion

Thursday, June 4th, 10am

This is an online event.

We will celebrate our 6th Grade students on Thursday June 4th at 10:00 AM during an online Zoom event. Login information will be sent to your child's district email address on Wednesday June 3rd.

Students will keep their laptops over the summer break and are expected to bring them to middle school when they return in August.

6th Grade TDAP Requirements and Middle School Schedule Information

The counseling staff at Scandinavian Middle School has mailed out to all incoming 7th grade students their school schedules for the 2020-21 school year. Please have your child check their email for their schedule.

Incoming 7th grade students are required to have their TDAP immunization prior to starting school in August.

Message from Health Services Regarding Immunizations:

  • No extensions to immunization requirements for students.
  • Only medical exemptions signed by provider is accepted
  • Contact health provider, pharmacies (CVS, Walgreens) or FQHC- federally qualified health centers such as Clinica Sierra Vista, United Health, Family Healthcare Network, etc.
  • It is still safe to contact and go to the doctors office. Calling to schedule an appointment will help.
  • School Nurses are working remotely and are available to provide any guidance needed.

TDAP Information Link

Summer Learning Opportunities for Students - Update

The Communications office sent a district school messenger on Friday, May 29 and another will be sent on June 3 to students/families who were selected to attend Summer Academies. This will serve as a reminder that a letter went home inviting students to attend and remind them that academies begin June 9 and run through July 9 (virtual summer school). Teachers have also contacted parents of students that have been invited to attend Summer Academies.

District messaging, including school messengers beginning will be communicated on Friday, June 5 and June 10 around Summer Camp offerings. All camp offerings will be finalized at that time and published on the district website and social media. Camp (self-paced learning) begins Monday, June 15 and will run through July 31.

Parents can check the FUSD Extended Learning Website for current updates on summer learning opportunities.

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At-Home Instructional Opportunities

Dear Families,

Mrs. Stephenson here to bring you a new idea for at-home learning. As we near the finish line for the school year, it is important to remember that kids are unique learners with different interests. These interests can be used to encourage learning. Do you have a child who loves to learn about space? The NASA kids club might be a great way for that child to connect fun with learning. Check out the NASA for kids website. This could provide hours of entertainment and learning for kids who dream of exploring strange new worlds.

If your child has other interests, help them pursue learning in those areas. For example, if your child loves the ocean, the Monterey Bay Aquarium has lots of excellent interactive educational activities on their website as well. Whatever they love, find a resource to match their interests. They will be likely to spend more time and mental energy when the topic aligns to their passion.

NASA Kids' Club | NASA brings you the latest images, videos and news from America's space agency. Get the latest updates on NASA missions, watch NASA TV live, and learn about our quest to reveal the unknown and benefit all humankind.

Parent University Parent Learning Opportunities-Click on Picture for more information in Spanish and Hmong

Student Technology Expectations an FAQs During Summer Break

Students will be keeping their school laptops with them over the summer break and are expected to bring them back to school when we return in August. Laptops will be utilized as a major component of instruction as we return to school and it is very important that they are well cared for over the summer break.

What happens to the laptop when the student graduates or leaves the district?

The laptop remains district property and must be returned to the student’s school for re-use by another student, similar to textbook checkout. If your child will be leaving FUSD over the summer please contact the school regarding the return of your laptop. Students are expected to properly care for their devices and families will be held responsible for any damages that occur due to negligence.

What if the laptop is stolen?

For over a decade, every Fresno Unified laptop has had Absolute’s LoJack software installed. This software, used by districts across the country, identifies the location of the device remotely in case it is ever stolen. Police have assisted us in recovering Fresno Unified laptops that have been stolen and ended up in other states in the country. When a laptop is stolen, we have the ability to immediately shut it down, so it cannot be used or reformatted. If your laptop is stolen, please file a police report and contact the school regarding replacement

Do 6th grade students check in their devices when they move to 7th grade?

6th graders will not be checking in their devices. They will take it with them to 7th grade. The only students who will check in their device is seniors and students who will not be returning to FUSD in the fall.

Do we check devices (LCD tablets and laptops) in for the summer?

Students will not be checking in their devices for the summer. They will need to use it for the summer learning.

Can students use the devices for personal use?

Devices are meant for educational use following the District AUP.

Can students use their personal laptops for school?

We are still working on the BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy. It may only be allowed for certain groups of students (for example, high school students).

Who do parents or students contact with questions about their device or the educational software on the device?

For questions about the device, parents contact our Family Technology Center 457-3939.

For questions about the software (Go Math, iReady, etc), students should contact their teacher.

What if a student’s laptop doesn’t work anymore or is lost?

The student/parent will need to contact the Family Tech Center (457-3939) and the student’s laptop will be swapped out with a similar model laptop. If the device is broken due to negligence (e.g. dropping the device) a small fee of $15 for tablets and $35 for laptops will be required. Lost devices will be replaced for $35 for tablets and $100 for laptops, unless it was stolen and a police report is provided.

Who do parents contact if their student doesn’t remember their password or other information needed to login?

Contact student's teacher or school site to get the information.

LCD Tablet Check-Outs, Repairs or Replacements

Do parents need an ATLAS account for students to check out a tablet (Preschool-3rd Grade)?

Yes, we are strongly encouraging parents to create a personal ATLAS Parent Portal account, prior to receiving a tablet.

What if a preschool, TK, K, 1st or 2nd grade student needs to replace or has lost their LCD tablet?

If a student has a broken or has lost their LCD tablet, please call the Family Tech Center for further guidance regarding replacement at 457-3939. Families will need to pay the replacement fees.

Link To Class Meeting Schedule and Teacher Contact Information

Ericson Elementary School

Ericson Office phones will be open for calls M-F from 8-4

Technology Help 457-3939

COVID Hotline 457-3395

FAQs on COVID-19 and Schools

The district has recently updated the frequently asked questions around district and school operations during the COVID-19 closure.
Updated Frequently Asked Questions about School Closures

Summer Meal Locations

District Announces Summer Meals Schedule

What: Superintendent Bob Nelson will announce (virtually) details of free summer meals

When: Tuesday, June 2, 2020 at 1:00 PM

​Superintendent Bob Nelson will provide details about the district’s free summer meals program, which begins on Monday, June 8.