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Districtwide Information for the Week of 3/29

Summer School Survey

If you have not already participated in the survey regarding our Summer School program please take a moment to have your voice heard. Thank you!

Drop off times for on campus learning

Please remember that students can be dropped off 15 minutes prior to the start of their cohort.

Pine Hill: AM Cohort 8:15 start; PM Cohort 12:00 start

South Bay: AM Cohort 8:30 start; PM Cohort 12:15 start

Qualtrics Self-Screening should be completed prior to arrival on campus. Thank you for ensuring our schools remain safe!

Important Upcoming Dates:

3/31- Equity Coalition Meeting @ 6:30

4/8 - SBUSD Board Meeting

4/14 - Pine Hill Virtual Family Art Night - 6:00-7:00

4/19-4/23 - Spring Break


Please remember all students that come on campus must be screened at home using the Qualtrics daily screening. This is emailed to the student email accounts daily. There is an option to add a parent cell phone number to receive a morning text with the survey. The questions have been updated so please read through them carefully before replying.

One of the new questions on the survey asks about non-essential travel. If your child has traveled more than 120 miles from home within the last 14 days on non-essential travel, we ask that they stay home and quarantine prior to coming back onto campus. If marked "yes" the survey will direct you to contact the site principal to determine a return to campus date. Thank you so much for ensuring student safety as we return to on-campus learning.

If you have any questions please contact Mr. Grimmett at 707-273-2113 at Pine Hill, or Mrs. Becksted at 707-296-8776 at South Bay. Thank you.

Women's History Month Tabata workout!

South Bay students are having lots of fun in PE, working out and learning about Women's History month. Feel free to follow one of their tabata workouts at home!

Pine Hill Virtual Family Art Night

Last week's Family Music Night was a huge success! We had well over 100 students show up. Thanks for attending! I hope you and your children had fun!

Our next virtual event at Pine Hill is Family Art Night, which will be taking place on April 14 from 6:00-7:00 via Zoom. Families will pick one of two possible activities to complete together. Local artists will assist families in completing the activities.

Supplies will be provided for free! To participate, please sign up for one activity by completing the form below. Signing up early will provide enough time to purchase all the materials. ONLY FAMILIES THAT SIGN UP WILL BE ABLE TO PARTICIPATE, SO PLEASE SIGN UP SOON!

I look forward to seeing your family at Art Night in April! Let me know if you have any questions. - Tim

Healthy Kids Survey consent forms

The forms will be sent out again the week of 3/29. Please sign and return so we can complete the Healthy Kids Survey prior to Spring break week. Thank you.

All 4-6th grade South Bay families were sent a consent form (along with their midterm report) that would allow their students to complete the CA Healthy Kids Survey, please sign and complete ASAP. 7th & 8th grade forms are an Opt-Out form, only sign and return if you do not want them to participate. Thank you

Pine Hill Yearbook Help

Hi amazing Pine Hill parents,

I need your help to make our Pine Hill 2020-2021 yearbook the best it can be. During this unusual school year, many of your child's greatest moments of learning have happened at home. If you have photos of your big events, like the first day of school, or everyday occurrences like your child completing schoolwork, doing art, music, sports, or any other fun hobbies or activities, please consider submitting them to the yearbook. Use the directions on the flyer below to submit your photos.

If you have any questions, please contact me at

Thank you! Mrs. Bergenske

Kindergarten Enrollment Continues

We are continuing to enroll students for kindergarten at Pine Hill School. If you have a student of kindergarten age or know a family looking for an excellent kindergarten program for their child, please check out this informative article about our program. We'd appreciate your help by sharing this newsletter or the article with prospective families. Contact the school at 443-4596 for more information about kindergarten enrollment.

Chromebook Care

District-owned Chromebooks should never be taken to an outside computer service for any type of repairs or maintenance. Students should never leave their Chromebooks unattended.


  • No food or drink should be next to Chromebooks.
  • Cords, cables, and removable storage devices (e. g. thumb drives) must be inserted carefully into appropriate port on the Chromebooks.
  • Chromebooks should not be used or stored near pets.
  • Chromebooks should not be used with the power cord plugged in when the cord may be a tripping hazard.
  • Chromebooks must remain free of any writing, drawing, stickers, and labels.
  • Heavy objects should never be placed on top of Chromebooks.
  • Chromebooks should never be loaned to another student or individual during the school day or otherwise.

Carrying Chromebooks

  • Always transport Chromebooks with care. Failure to do so may result in disciplinary action.
  • Students should hold the Chromebooks (cover closed) with two hands if they need to carry the Chromebook anywhere inside or outside of the classroom during instructional time.
  • Never lift a Chromebook by the screen.
  • Never carry a Chromebook with the screen open.

Opening the Chromebook

  • Open the Chromebook only when it is resting on a flat surface such as a table or desk.
  • To open the Chromebook, use one hand to hold the keyboard against the table. Use the other hand to open the screen by grasping the screen’s edge (in the middle) and gently moving the screen to the open position.
  • The hinge of the screen will only allow the screen to be open to a slight angle. Do not attempt to open the screen beyond this stopping point as the screen will break if forced.

Closing the Chromebook

  • Before closing the screen, make sure there is nothing on the keyboard to prevent the full closure of the device. Obstacles on the keyboard could cause broken screens or damaged hinges.
  • Close the screen only when the Chromebook is resting on a flat surface such as a table or desk.
  • Close the Chromebook using two hands–one at either corner of the screen,
  • Close the screen gently.

Screen Care

  • The Chromebook screen can be damaged if subjected to heavy objects, rough treatment, some cleaning solvents, and other liquids. The screens are particularly sensitive to damage from excessive pressure.
  • Do not put pressure on the top of a Chromebook when it is closed.
  • Do not store a Chromebook with the screen open.
  • Do not place anything in the protective case that will press against the cover.
  • Make sure there is nothing on the keyboard before closing the lid (e. g. pens, pencils, or disks).
  • Never lift the Chromebook by the screen.
  • Only clean the screen with a soft, dry microfiber cloth or anti-static cloth.

Asset Tags

  • All Chromebooks will be labeled with a South Bay Union Elementary School District asset tag.
  • Asset tags may not be modified or tampered with in any way.
  • Students may be charged up to the full replacement cost of a Chromebook for tampering with a South Bay Union School District asset tag or turning in a Chromebook without a South Bay Union School District asset tag.

PTSA needs YOU!

We are currently looking for new PTSA leadership, as the current leadership team has completed their 2 year commitment. If you are interested in being a part of PTSA please contact Tim Grimmett or Heather Becksted and we'd be happy to give you more information.

Site Council Openings

There are openings on South Bay's two Site Councils. South Bay meets monthly on the 3rd Tuesday of the month, and South Bay Charter meets monthly on the 3rd Thursday of the month. The commitment is about an hour a month.

Help each school develop plans to improve the educational experience for all of our students. Contact Heather Becksted (South Bay) for more information.

Food Distribution Fridays

Pine Hill/South Bay will be providing food for students of SBUSD families 18 years and under. Pick up for all students during distance learning will be at South Bay School from 11:00-1:00 on Friday only. Pick up has moved to the front office. Students that will be on campus will receive their daily meals before they head home for the day.

From the Family Resource Center:

If there is anyway the that FRC can help to support your family during this time please don't hesitate to contact us at 707-445-5933.

South Bay USD Website

Visit our school website for more information.