Ohlone Family Connection

November 5, 2021

Diwali with Room 13!

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Next Week

11/1-11/15 - PiE Rally Days

11/7 - Daylight Saving Time Ends - Set clocks back one hour

11/9 - STEM Fair Info Night, 6:00-7:30

11/10 - Ohlone Times Meeting, Lunch

11/10 - Treasure Market Donations, 2:00-3:00

11/11 - Veterans Day Holiday - No School

11/12 - Treasure Market Donations, 3:00-5:00

11/13 - Farm Work Day, 9:00-1:00

11/13 - Treasure Market, 12:00-3:00

On the Horizon

11/15 - Last day for PiE Rally Challenge

11/15 - PTA Exec Board Meeting, 8:30-10:00

11/15 - Site Council, 3:00-4:30

11/15 - CVC K/1 Cluster Night, 6:00-7:30

11/16 - PAUSD Board Meeting, 6:30

11/18 - Farm Council, 3:00-4:30

11/18 - Gott's and Books Inc. Fundraiser - 5:00-8:00

11/18 - CVC 2/3 Cluster Night, 6:00-7:30

11/19 - PTA General Meeting, 8:30-9:30

11/22-11/26 - Fall Break - No School

Covid Clinic

Beginning next Tuesday, Covid Clinic will be the only testing company providing testing for students. Please be sure to register your child with Covid Clinic and order a test each week if you are interested in having your child tested. Please let your child's teacher know as well. If you do not order a test, your child will not be tested. This weekly requirement may change in the future.

You should have received an email from Covid Clinic with your child's ID#. If you did not, you can find it through Infinite Campus. Please visit the link below for more information.


Message about PiE

Palo Alto Partners in Education (PiE) is an incredible partner of our school. Funding from PiE allows me to provide many more staff than our budget would otherwise allow. Because of donations to PiE, we can have our vital classroom aides and counseling program. PiE’s funding provides specialized art and music programs that enhance the academics for each student. The difference in the school with PiE’s support is remarkable. It would be a very different place without this additional funding.

To reach our school’s goal, we need 17 more families to make a gift. A donation, in any amount that is meaningful for your family, makes a difference to our community and our school.

If you have already donated to PiE this year, I appreciate your support. If you have not, I ask you to please consider making a donation now. If you donate or pledge by November 15th, your donation may be matched by a Challenge Grant. You can find out all the ways to make a contribution on PiE's website at: https://papie.org/donate/

Thank you for being a wonderful member of the Ohlone community!

PiE Rally Days!

PiE Rally Days are here! Nov. 1st - Nov. 15th

Donations to PiE (up to $275,000) are matched!

HOW TO MAKE A PiE: Submit your favorite sweet or savory pie recipe to share with other Ohlone families as we all get ready to feast in the coming weeks! We will collect all recipes and create an online Ohlone PiE recipe book. Submit here: ohlone@papie.org

As always, thank you for your support!

The Ohlone PiE Team

Farm Work Day and Treasure Market - Nov 13

There will be a Farm Work Day and a Treasure Market on Saturday, November 13. Please see our eNews with more information from our PTA. We need you, so please come on out for Farm Work Day on Saturday, November 13 from 9-1. Sign up for a one-hour slot or come for 30 minutes. No experience necessary! We depend on parent volunteers to maintain our outdoor farm classroom so that it is accessible for students. It will be a fun day!

Member secure sign-up here/Guest sign-up (no login required) here

CVC Cluster Nights!

I am excited to share that our Core Values Committee will be hosting Cluster Nights! Several teachers from each cluster, along with our CVC Parent Leads will be discussing our core values and facilitating parent discussions about developmentally pertinent areas. Please see the dates and areas of focus below. Each cluster night will be on Zoom and the link will be sent out to parents by your child's teacher. Hope you can make it!

K/1 Cluster Night - Monday, November 15, 6:00-7:30pm
Topics: Social-Emotional Skills, Routines and Independence, Self-Regulation

2/3 Cluster Night - Thursday, November 18, 6:00-7:30pm
Topics: Social-Emotional Learning, Self-Regulation; Conflict Resolution & Problem Solving

4/5 Cluster Night - Tuesday, December 7, 6:00-7:30pm

Topics: Routine Building, Time Management and Organization, Friendship, Independence & Self-Advocacy

The Empty Pot

At the end of last year, we read The Empty Pot by Demi as our Book of the Month. We planted seeds and took them home for the summer to care for. Below is a picture of a student's beautiful flowers that he grew! If you have pictures of your plant, I would love to see! Please email them to me :).

PAUSD Attendance Message

As attendance and mental health and wellbeing are a major priority for the district this year, we want to remind students and families of the importance of attending school when healthy enough to do so. Please be sure to take any family vacations during our scheduled breaks.

During this time, students may be experiencing high levels of stress and anxiety. We know that school demands can sometimes exacerbate these concerns. Please be aware that absences may be excused for both physical and mental health concerns. If your child is experiencing higher than normal anxiety or stress, please contact your site administrator. Parents/Guardians should notify the school when an illness prevents a student from attending school. If staff notice that either physical or mental health absences are frequent for a student missing school, you should expect to hear from an administrator on how the school can best support your child.

In the Library

Here are some of the wonderful things that were happening in the library during Unity Week. Thank you, Grace!

Students listened to books that focused on kindness, acceptance, empathy, and inclusion. For the 4/5 Cluster, Grace read, The Lunch Thief a Story of Hunger, Homelessness, and Friendship. They had a wonderful discussion on how not to make assumptions about people and seeing things through other’s point of view. The 2/3 Cluster listened to, What Happens Next. They discussed the difference between teasing and bullying behavior. They also reviewed how to be an Upstander and what to do if someone is being bullied. Finally, for the K/1 Cluster, Grace read Spaghetti in a Hot Dog Bun Having the Courage to be Who You Are. This helped students visually understand the effects of harmful words and behaviors. Grace used the wrinkled heart activity by Tracy Hoexter. Though this activity, students discussed how important it is to think about the words and things we do.

Spectra Art with 4/5

The picture below is an art project completed by 4/5 students that took 2 lesson periods (a whole month!). It's called Infinity Box inspired by the artist Yayoi Kusama and her philosophy on interconnectedness (from the "cells in our body to the stars in the universe"). Awesome! We love Teresa our Art Teacher!

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Parent Education & Resources

District CASSY Presentation with Brittney! November 9, 6:00pm

CASSY has an upcoming presentation on Tuesday, November 9th, from 6-7 PM for parents in the Palo Alto district. Learn new strategies on how to connect with your children and support your connection to others as well. There will be time at the end for Q&A. Zoom Link

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Discipline 101: The Power of the Positive November 12

Friday, November 12, 1:00-2:00pm (JFCS)

Many families are struggling with discipline and managing new behaviors at home. During this workshop, you will learn how to use positive discipline to teach your children inner control, nurture their strengths, motivate them to cooperate, and build their self-esteem. $30 fee.