Bay News You Can Use

September 9, 2022

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Estimadas familias de Bay,

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Bethannee Witczak

Bay School Principal

亲爱的Bay 小学的家长们,

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贝瑟尼·薇姿扎克(Bethannee Witczak)


Message from Mrs. W.

Hello Bay Families,

This has been such a hot week and we made it! We opened up our Wellness Center and our library during lunch/afternoon recess on the hottest days of the week, and we made it through without any of us completely melting. Thank you for sending your children with water bottles to refill.

In the Witczak family world, my children go to school in Dublin and they had to close down the high school midday on Tuesday because of a power outage due to the heat. My son, Ian, is a 15 year old sophomore and he is autistic (he is ok with me sharing this with you). When the power went out and the student body was sent home, we couldn't find him for half an hour! His phone went straight to voicemail and he wasn't responding to texts. My mom brain was panicking, for sure. I was able to contact one of his teachers and she eventually found him in the student union. He was able to go out to the parking lot where his dad found him. When we asked him why he didn't respond, he said his phone was off! My husband and I were freaking out and his phone was off. My kid is a rule follower and he didn't want to get in trouble for turning his phone on at school. Luckily, it was fine, but it led to a whole conversation about what we do in an emergency...and the first thing we do is turn on the phone!! Now he knows. This pushed us to talk with both of our kids about what to do in case of an emergency. Raising kids is a journey, isn't it?

Sadly, I was out sick on Thursday and the amazing Mrs. Kramer stepped in as the Teacher in Charge. Ms. Leonardo took care of our Broncos when I was out sick on Friday. I'm on the mend now, thanks to antibiotics, and looking forward to a cooler, relaxing weekend. No video news from me this week. I'm just coughing too much! I missed seeing your kids and look forward to next week!

This week, our students learned about the Personal Space tool. Check out the Home Connection letter and activity linked below!

Have a wonderful weekend and remember, today and every day, it's great to be a Bronco!

Mrs. W.

Bay School Principal

Bay News You Need


  • There is no supervision in the loop before 8:30 a.m.
  • Students who are not in their line when the 8:40 a.m. bell sounds are considered tardy. Please keep this in mind in the morning. When the bell rings, we will be shutting all gate and students will need to go through the office.
  • I know there is a A LOT of traffic, so leave early and give yourself extra time.

Boys and Girls Club:

Dress Code: As the weather gets hotter, please remember that there is an SLZUSD Dress Code. It is school board policy. The entire policy is linked below. Let me know if you have any questions!

PTA Fall Festival is coming! If you are interested in helping plan the festival, please email

Bay Parent Survey: Please take a minute to let us know the kinds of parent events you'd be interested in and any expertise you have to share!

School Site Council: Please vote for parent SSC representatives! Family SSC Voting Form Voting will close on Wednesday, September 14 at 4 p.m. If you cannot access the voting form, please let me know and I will send home a print out.


September 12-23


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:

  • TK/K 8:40 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.
  • 1st-5th 8:40 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
  • TK/K-5th grades 8:40 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Next week:

Monday, September 12: Second Chance Breakfast begins for TK/K students. Students who do not get breakfast before school will have a chance to get breakfast food during first recess, free of charge. Please let your child know if they should get breakfast during recess.

Wednesday, September 14:

PTA Meeting on Zoom at 6:30 p.m.

Zoom: 772 547 5146

Password: PTA2022!

Friday, September 15: Bronco Spirit Day! Be sure to have your child wear Blue or Gold every Friday. The class with the most spirit gets to have Goldie, our mascot, in their classroom for the week!

Week after next:

Wednesday, September 21: SSC Meeting (Zoom) 5:30 p.m.

Thursday, September 22: Shortened Day! Students out at 1:30 p.m.

Friday, September 23: Bronco Spirit Day! Be sure to have your child wear Blue or Gold every Friday. The class with the most spirit gets to have Goldie, our mascot, in their classroom for the week!

SLZUSD Safety Protocols

Masking Face masks are STRONGLY RECOMMENDED but not mandated for indoor K-12 learning environments.

Daily Home Health Checks We ask all students, staff and community members to monitor themselves for symptoms daily prior to coming to our campuses. Anyone displaying any of the following symptoms that are new or different from what they usually have should stay home and test.

  • Loss of taste or smell

  • Difficulty breathing

  • Vomiting

  • Diarrhea

  • Fever (100 Degrees or Higher)

  • Cough

  • Severe Headache

  • Sore Throat

  • Runny Nose

Individuals with Symptoms Individuals with symptoms should stay home and test. Individuals with symptoms are allowed to return to campus once they receive a negative test result, have been fever free for at least 24 hours without medication, and symptoms are subsiding. Students returning, please complete the self- attestation form and report to the office to receive an admit slip.

COVID 19 Testing Rapid Antigen Testing We encourage all students to test prior to returning to campus from breaks.

PCR Testing for Students and Staff CORE will continue to provide free PCR testing for students and staff at the District Office, 15510 Usher Street on Monday, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30am-4pm.

Positive Cases Students and Staff members who test positive still need to stay home and isolate. Positive students and staff should retest for COVID-19 using an antigen test on Day 5. If the result is negative, they can return to campus on Day 6 with a completed Self Attestation form and must wear a mask through Day 10. If the result is still positive, they must remain in isolation until Day 11 unless they test negative between Day 6 and Day 10 which would allow them to return to school with a self attestation form.

Notification of Positive Cases Principals will send schoolwide notifications to families and staff about positive cases Students and staff should monitor themselves for any newly developed symptoms Rapid Antigen tests will be available in school offices

Vaccinations SLZUSD continues to encourage families, students, and staff to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and to get boosters if they are eligible. SLZUSD plans to continue to provide vaccination opportunities this coming year. Families and District staff should turn in copies of student and staff vaccination records as they are updated.

Precautions Please remember to continue to take precautions by observing and practicing all health protocols (wearing a mask, washing hands, avoiding crowded public spaces) to help each one of us protect ourselves and others.

Interested in becoming a teacher in San Lorenzo?

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at Alder Graduate School of Education

What’s a residency?

· Full year of student teaching with a highly qualified mentor

· Path to credential and masters degree in only 1-year

· Supported by the district - paid $12,000 stipend

· Pipeline to a teaching job in the district

What is needed to apply?

· Bachelor’s degree

o If you did not finish your Bachelor's degree yet, linked below are programs to help you do so:

§ CSEA-supported or RIVET school

· apply at / contact

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Meet the Bay Staff!

Check this section weekly to meet two members of our Bronco staff! Get to know our staff a little better.

Alma Galijasevic, Paraeducator II

Ms. Alma is super excited to join the Bay School Community. This is her first year as a paraeducator and second year working in the SLZUSD. She is also the PTA President and looks forward to raising funds for school events, supporting the teachers and promoting family involvement. Prior to becoming a para, she worked as a preK lead teacher and director for early childhood programs in the Bay Area. She loves Art: especially water color painting with her daughter Amela, pottery & ceramics, traveling, amusement parks, crafting, movie and smores on the weekend, and spending time with her family and friends. Her favorite food is pasta and she loves coffee.

What does Ms. Alma like best about being a paraeducator at Bay?

"I love working in special education. To see the kids smile, and get excited brings the greatest joy to me. My favorite part is seeing how far they have come after working on a specific subject. I know they are learning and shining in the classroom and I get to be part of that journey with them."

Stephanie Scarper, K-1 Teacher

Ms. Scarper is entering her 9th year at Bay School. She is so excited to be jumping into another year of teaching this school year. Ms. Scarper has an A.A. in Liberal Studies - Elementary Teacher Preparation, B.A. in Liberal Studies - Studies in Education Option, Multiple Subject Teaching Credential, M.S. in Education - Reading Instruction Option, and a Reading and Literacy Added Authorization. Her favorite things are drinking coffee, going to Disneyland and Target, and shopping on Amazon.

What does Ms. Scarper like best about being a K/1 teacher at Bay?

"I love working with families to lay the foundation to a successful start in their child's educational journey."

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Congratulations to Ms. Covay's class, this week's spirit winner again!

Bay Elementary School

Bay School is an elementary school in the San Lorenzo Unified School District. Students are supported to be kind, caring advocates for social justice.