The Prospector Post
Navigating a New Normal
Dear Prospector Families,
These are unprecedented times! Please allow grace as we all navigate a new normal - for yourselves and others. Each family is faced with challenges that are being met in different ways and at different paces. We understand! We are also facing challenges at home and as a school. Our greatest challenge is that we are missing our students and families!
We have 537 students signed on in Google Classrooms for distance learning! I am proud of our teachers and school community for working to provide continued learning opportunities for our students. Please take advantage of these learning opportunities, which include review and new concepts. You may call the school office or email us if you need assistance getting on to Google Classroom. With the news that our closure is extended until the end of the school year, it is our hope that each family is supported with learning opportunities, either digitally, or with text books and assignments. We understand that families may need to adjust their levels of learning engagement based on circumstances.
Please know that it is our heart to see each family thriving, appreciating the slow down and time together, and meeting these challenges in a way that builds strength, positive character, and community. Please let us know if you have a need, and we will work to see if there is a way that we can support you. We miss you, and we love you, Prospector community!
On behalf of our YVES staff,
Celeste Wahlberg, MA, MEd
Yucca Valley Elementary School
TK and Kindergarten Enrollment is Open!
- April - August Enrollment
- May 1- Virtual Orientation
- May - Adventure Academy 1
- June - Adventure Academy 2
- August - Adventure Academy 3
- August - Kindergarten placement screening
- August - TK and K Back to School
Adventure Academies will help parents and students prepare for a successful learning adventure at Yucca Valley Elementary School.
Families can enroll at www.morongousd.com Check out our video promo below!
From our yearbook editor Ms. Cole:
Yearbook Update! This has been a crazy endeavor, y'all. Unfortunately, there have been some technological difficulties this year that are slower to resolve. What does that mean? Yes, you are still getting yearbooks this year. They may just be delayed (much like everything else at the moment). I am working closely with Lifetouch to work this out for all of us.
Please continue ordering yearbooks online at ybpay.lifetouch.com Our yearbook code is 12520020.
I am working hard to make these yearbooks something special! They are still $15 for the soft covers and $20 for the hard covers.
Reason to Celebrate
Distance Learning and Resources @ MUSD
The Morongo Unified School District Webpage has frequent updates and other resources. Click here to go to the MUSD Webpage.
Here is an example of frequently asked questions:
Will the work my child completes be turned-in and graded? (April 7, 2020) At this time, no assignments will be submitted to teachers and no assignments will be graded. Grades for students are frozen as of March 13. These lessons are to keep the grade level or subject specific curriculum moving forward and is an effort to continue to prepare students for the next grade level.
Be assured that the district is working on a policy that will address future graded assignments that will allow students to raise their grades as well as a plan for graduation and promotion ceremonies. When these plans are completed, this information will be publicized on social media, through google classroom, media outlets and site-level communications to parents and students.
- Please monitor your teacher's Google Classroom, Class Dojo or our Facebook Page for updates. We will also send periodic robocalls and emails for current updates.
- We are working on communicating with Lifetouch about spring pictures.
- Our FFA Treasurer is hard at work processing refunds for science camp, hockey tickets, and a field trip. Those will be mailed.
- We will wait for direction from district office on any plan for students to get their personal items from classrooms. At this time, we are adhering to the stay at home directive.
- We will continue daily meal distribution from 9:30-11:30 for children ages 0-18.
- Teacher appreciation week is coming May 4-8. It's a great opportunity to celebrate our amazing teaching staff!
Earth Day Fun
Teacher Appreciation Week May 4-8
Show appreciation for our wonderful teachers!
Monday: make a card (take a photo and post to Google classroom)
Tuesday: My favorite thing about my teacher is......(upload video message or write it and post a photo on Google classroom completing the phrase)
Wednesday: flowers (either real or drawn), take a photo and post to Google classroom
Thursday: Thank you to my teacher for......... (upload video to Google classroom or write it and post a photo completing the phrase)
Friday: Gift of choice (Amazon and Starbuck gift cards can be purchased online and delivered to your teacher’s email)
Feel free to participate in any or all days!