• Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 5/26/2020

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families.   

     

    I hope you are all well.  I can’t believe we are almost done with school.  Next week is the last week for instruction as we will be collecting back materials on June 1 and 2 (see below for more details). 

     

    I hope you had a chance to drive by Tularcitos to see the signs from the staff on the Library.  We will leave them up through the weekend.  In addition to the posted signs for Open House, as a staff we have a few things in store for the end of the year to bring closure for our students and celebrate them. 

     

    If you are 5th grade parent, a message went out earlier today regarding how promotion will work this year. Please see that email for details.

     

    Understandably, I continue to get questions about what next year will look like.  As of right now, there is no way to know.  I am projecting that, at the earliest, we will not know how school will start until mid to late July.  Therefore, as a district, we are continuing to move forward in planning for three different scenarios – 1) if we can welcome back all students to campus with specific safety measures in place, 2) if we need to be in a hybrid model of students learning part-time at school and part-time at home, and 3) students having to learn full time from home.  Thank you to everyone who completed the parent survey.  We just got those results and will be using those to help us in developing what any potential at-home learning could look like next year.  Our district will continue to send out communications about the start of next school year as we know more, so please make sure to read those emails.

     

    In this email

    • End of Year Materials Return and Collection – June 1st and 2nd
    • Collecting Back Loaned our Chromebooks
    • PTO Thank You
    • Attention to 4th and 5th grade instrumentalists
    • Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year
    • Returning Student Registration
    • Information from the Specialists
    • Monday Morning Announcement Still Going On
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • Grading Policy for Elementary School
    • Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides
    • Mindful Mondays and Parent Support Groups
    • Notes from the Technology Department

     

    End of Year Materials Return and Collection – June 1st and 2nd

    There are a number of materials that we need to collect back from families at the end of the year.  There are also projects, artwork, yearbooks, and materials that we want to return to families as well.  We are going to do all of this in a similar way as we have done the previous two packet-pickup times, but this time it will be a swap of materials.  We will have your child’s materials packaged with their name on it in Bobcat Hall for you to pick up.  At the time you come into Bobcat Hall to pick up those materials, you will need to return the materials you have at home.  To return the materials you will need to  1) read the emails from your child’s teacher so you know what materials need to be returned to school, 2) place those materials in a bag with your child’s name on it, 3) when you pick up your materials in Bobcat Hall, place the materials you are returning in the same spot on the table (basically swap out the materials).  The dates to drop off and pick up your child’s materials will be Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2 from 8:00-4:00 in Bobcat Hall. 

     

    Collecting Back Loaned out Chromebooks

    We will be collecting back any Chromebook that was loaned out on June 1 and 2 from 8:00-4:00 in Bobcat Hall.  Please make sure to return both the Chromebook and charger.

     

    Thank you PTO

    I want to especially thank our PTO for everything they did to support our school and community this year both while we were physically at school and while we have been learning at home.  Thank you, especially, to our PTO Executive Board, Heaven Tempalski, Lauren Robertson, Lauren Collins, and Gina Nucci.  They have been an absolutely amazing board.  Thank you for all of your dedication, time, energy, thought, and love.

     

    Attention all 4th and 5th grade instrumentalists:

    If you did not turn your instruments in today, please make sure to bring them with you on June 1 and 2 for the materials return time.  If your student wants to keep their instrument because they plan to continue playing it in the fall at either Tularcitos or CMS, please email Mrs. Kremer directly at jkremer@carmelunified.org to make arrangements.  Current 5th grade students heading to the Middle School next year may request to keep their current instrument for practice over the summer to prepare for 6th grade band or orchestra if they are signed up for music class in the fall but they must make arrangements to return it to Tularcitos the week prior to the first day of school next year.   Students who used their own instrument this school year should plan on returning their folders and books only.  

     

    End of Year Teacher Gift

    Some people have asked about what can be done for an end of year teacher gift.  If you want to give your teacher a gift, feel free to place the gift in the bag with the materials you are returning to school and make sure to notify the teacher it is in there.

     

    Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year

    Kinder and new student registration for next school year is open.  Please see our website for details of what you need to do.  https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/533  If you have an incoming kindergartener and did not come into our office prior to the closure, please visit our website ASAP.  Additionally, if you know someone else in the community who has an incoming kindergartener and has not registered, please direct them to the website ASAP as well.

     

    Returning Student Registration

    More information will be coming in an email in July regarding what you need to do for registering for next Fall.

     

    Information from some Specialist

    Our specialists continue to post new activities each week for students to do at home.  Their websites, and all teacher’s websites, can be found on the “Classrooms” webpage on the Tularcitos website:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=140&ChannelID=143&DirectoryType=6

     

    Monday Morning Announcements Still Going On

    I am posting a new video every Monday morning with a message to the students and a reading of a book.  Here is the link (on the website): https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5483

     

    Message for our PTO

    We are still at work to support our community through our Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who has followed along with the posts and posted your participation.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected. 

     

    Repeat in this email

    Grading Policy for Elementary School

    Earlier this week Dr Dill-Varga emailed parents information about the new Administrative Regulation (AR), regarding how grading will work in CUSD for the end of year report cards this year.

     

    Here is what the new AR states for elementary:

    During school closure related to the COVID 19 crisis, grading for the spring of 2020 school year will be altered from our traditional systems. This plan is in line with the guidance provided by the California Department of Education to ensure students are held harmless during this crisis.

    Elementary: Students at the elementary level will not be evaluated for 3rd trimester on their report cards, instead an N/A (not assessed) will be placed in the box next to each standard assessed during the trimester. Teacher comments will be placed in the narrative box on the report card.

     

    For a number of reasons, we felt that trying to give elementary students grades for the 3rd trimester that would accurately reflect student learning would be very difficult.  In these circumstances, we cannot accurately conduct many of the assessments we do for students at the end of a trimester. To gauge progress of student academic levels, many assessments need to be done in-person, one-on-one, and in small groups. Also, we acknowledge that the grades students might get now would not accurately reflect the progress they could have made if they were in school.  

     

    We are looking forward to providing students and parents report card comments at the end of the year which will focus on a student’s overall character, scholarship, and effort from the year.

     

    When we return in the fall, we know we will need to perform a number of pre-assessments to determine student learning needs.  The assessment results will guide our teachers and we will adjust instruction accordingly.  We will meet the students where they are- academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. Our teachers already to a lot to differentiating instruction within their classrooms and they will take on this new challenge to support all students where they are and get them to where they need to be.

     

    Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides

    Online tutoring is available Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (except Monday from 11:00-12:00) provided by our outstanding Tularcitos Instructional Aides.  Each session is 15 minutes long and you can sign up for as many 15-minute tutoring sessions as you would like. You can sign up for either "Zoom" or "Over the Phone" tutoring sessions.

    To sign up, go to our website and click on the link, “Online Tutoring Sign-Ups” on the right side of the page under announcements. For your quick reference: https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5710

    Once on the site you will:  

    1. Click on the link for the week that includes the day you want to sign up for online tutoring.
    2. Complete the form. (If a time you want does not show up on the form, that means it has already been taken and you will need to sign up for another time slot.)
    3. One of our Aides will get back to you at the time of your session through either email, if you signed up for a "Zoom" session, or phone, if you want an "Over the Phone" session.

     

    Mindful Monday and Parent Support Groups

    Mindful Mondays - Students can join me live in a zoom hangout on Monday for a mindfulness exercise and check in about school and life.

    K & 1st can join at 10am and go to https://zoom.us/j/341625057 passcode - 006406

    2nd & 3rd can join at 1pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/210914680 passcode - 006406

    4th & 5th can join at 2:30pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/737892457 passcode - 006406

    Parent Support

    Feeling overwhelmed, needing support, want to share ideas or just connect with other parents? Join us for our weekly Parent Chat with Ms. Amy & Miss. Suzie every Wednesdays at 10am.  To join go to https://zoom.us/s/513939785  & the passcode is 006406. 

     

    Notes for the Technology Department:

    For specific technical support with your child’s Chromebook, you can now directly enter a help ticket to request assistance from one of our technicians. Use this link to see the instructions and the trouble ticket web address.

    We are providing Chromebooks to students who need them, and we are looking for solutions for families who have no or poor internet access. Please let us know if you have these types of needs by using this form.

     

     

    Enjoy the long weekend

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 5/15/2020

    Ryan Peterson

    4:31 PM (5 minutes ago)
     
     
    to Tularcitos
     
     
     

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families.   

    I hope you are all hanging in there!  I can’t believe we only have a few weeks left.  Like I stated in my Monday Announcements, I hope we can all finish strong. 

     

    Throughout this whole sheltering-in-place, things have frequently changed from week to week and day to day.  This week was one of those weeks.  One of the things that changed was thoughts of what we might do for our Open House next Thursday. 

     

    Up until the middle of this week, we were discussing doing some sort of in-person "drive-by" on Open House night where Tular staff would line the streets, keeping our distance and wearing masks, and parents could drive by and we would wave and say hi.  That all changed on Wednesday when the county Health Department provided an update which led us to believe that a live event like this will not be allowed through the end of the school year.  This is a decision well beyond school or district control that we are required to work within, as we must follow the guidelines of public health officials monitoring the current situation.

     

    Because of that we are no longer going to do the drive-by for our Open House next Thursday.  I know this decision will disappoint some people as it would have been a fun event.  However, I am hoping that, no matter what we choose to do or not do during this shelter-in-place time, we will choose to hold positive memories of all we can do. Whether our Open House could have been completely in person or the drive-by idea, the memories we would walk away with would have been up to us.  Like Charles Swindall’s quote I shared on my Monday Announcements stated, "Life is 10% of what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it.”  I hope we choose to make and hold on to the positive memories through this time rather than the regrets. 

     

    All of that said, one thing we are going to do as a staff is post signs of love, well-wishes, and encouragement from us to our families on our library windows for people to drive by and see anytime on or after Thursday, May 21.  So, when you are on your way somewhere, or if you need to get out of the house for a drive, feel free to go by the school and enjoy the signs from your car.

     

    In addition to the signs for Open House, as a staff we have a number of things in store for the end of the year to bring closure for our students and celebrate them.  We don’t want to give things away, but know that our Teachers and staff are planning things for all students, their classes, and each student.

     

    I know that right now, if you are a 5th grade parent, you are wondering what that means for 5th grade promotion.  We continue to think, and re-think, what that will look like.  We will be in contact with 5th grade families next week with our plans.

     

    I have also heard a lot of talk and rumors out there about when the next school year will start and what it will look like.  As a district, we are continuing to plan for different possibilities and there are no decisions yet.  Our district will continue to send out communications about the start of next school year, so please make sure to read those emails.

     

    In this email

    • Attention to 4th and 5th grade instrumentalists
    • End of Year Materials Return and Collection – June 1st and 2nd
    • Message to our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students
    • Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year
    • Returning Student Registration
    • Information from the Specialists
    • Science Info from Mrs. DeRenzo
    • Garden Info from Ms. G
    • Monday Morning Announcement Still Going On
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • Grading Policy for Elementary School
    • Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides
    • Mindful Mondays and Parent Support Groups
    • Notes from the Technology Department

     

    Attention all 4th and 5th grade instrumentalists:

    It is time to return school owned instruments!  All instruments, method books and folders that students have checked out for the current school will need to be returned to your classroom teacher's table in Bobcat Hall on Friday May 22, from 8:00 am to 12:00 Noon.  If your student wants to keep their instrument because they plan to continue playing it in the fall at either Tularcitos or CMS, please email Mrs. Kremer directly at jkremer@carmelunified.org to make arrangements.  Current 5th grade students heading to the Middle School next year may request to keep their current instrument for practice over the summer to prepare for 6th grade band or orchestra if they are signed up for music class in the fall but they must make arrangements to return it to Tularcitos the week prior to the first day of school next year.   Students who used their own instrument this school year should plan on returning their folders and books only.  

     

    End of Year Materials Return and Collection – June 1st and 2nd

    There are a number of materials that we need to collect back from families and have students turn in, and there are projects, art work, yearbooks, and materials that we want to return to families at the end of the year.  We are going to do all of this in a similar way as we have done the previous two packet-pickup times.  We will have your child’s materials packaged with their name on it in Bobcat Hall for you to pick up.  At the time you come into Bobcat Hall to pick up those materials, you will need to return the materials you have at home.  To return the materials you will need to  1) read the emails from your child’s teacher so you know what materials need to be returned to school, 2) place those materials in a bag with your child’s name on it, 3) when you pick up your materials in Bobcat Hall, place the materials you are returning in the same spot on the table.  The dates to drop off and pick up your child’s materials will be Monday, June 1, and Tuesday, June 2 from 8:00-4:00 in Bobcat Hall. 

     

    Message to 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grade Students:

    The following email went out from 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers, but also wanted to include it here. We are hoping to get all of our 3rd-5th grade students give us their feedback on how this time has been for them.

    “Dear 3rd, 4th, or 5th-grade students,

    It is important for us to hear back from you about how you are doing during this time of sheltering in place and learning at home.  Please take 10-15 minutes to complete this survey for us before Friday, May 22.

    surveys.wested.org/chks/AX224EA 

    Thank you for doing this for us.  Keep up the good work.”

     

    Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year

    Kinder and new student registration for next school year is open.  Please see our website for details of what you need to do.  https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/533  If you have an incoming kindergartener and did not come into our office prior to the closure, please visit our website ASAP.  Additionally, if you know someone else in the community who has an incoming kindergartener and has not registered, please direct them to the website ASAP as well.

     

    Returning Student Registration

    More information will be coming in an email in July regarding what you need to do for registering for next Fall.

     

    Information from some Specialist

    Our specialists continue to post new activities each week for students to do at home.  Their websites, and all teacher’s websites, can be found on the “Classrooms” webpage on the Tularcitos website:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=140&ChannelID=143&DirectoryType=6

     

    Science Info from Mrs. DeRenzo

    Mystery Doug invites you into his home for another LIVE SCIENCE SHOW next Thursday 5/21. Doug is excited to answer kids' questions and share a special surprise.  https://mysteryscience.com/live

     

     

    Garden Info from Ms. G

    Howdy there, Bobcat Gardeners! 

    Oh, how we miss you down here in the garden & so looking forward to seeing you all as soon as we are able. During this time at home, what a better season than now to put in your own garden or learn some new skills for lifelong gardening-big & small, & great eating!  As different as it was for me to sit down & compile all my favorite gardening secrets & put it on a webpage, it’s up & growing. I hope it stokes your green thumb inspirations!

    http://www.carmelunified.org/domain/201  Check it out, try it out, comment, tell me how it’s working out; how much you love the photos & how I can keep fertilizing your organic garden dreams! 

    You & your family deserve the local best. 

    Here’s to a happy, healthy community. 

    Go Bobcat Gardeners!

    Blooming Blessings,

    Ms. Lauren G.

     

    Monday Morning Announcements Still Going On

    I am posting a new video every Monday morning with a message to the students and a reading of a book.  Here is the link (on the website): https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5483

     

    Message for our PTO

    We are still at work to support our community through our Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who has followed along with the posts and posted your participation.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected. 

     

    Repeat in this email

    Grading Policy for Elementary School

    Earlier this week Dr Dill-Varga emailed parents information about the new Administrative Regulation (AR), regarding how grading will work in CUSD for the end of year report cards this year.

     

    Here is what the new AR states for elementary:

    During school closure related to the COVID 19 crisis, grading for the spring of 2020 school year will be altered from our traditional systems. This plan is in line with the guidance provided by the California Department of Education to ensure students are held harmless during this crisis.

    Elementary: Students at the elementary level will not be evaluated for 3rd trimester on their report cards, instead an N/A (not assessed) will be placed in the box next to each standard assessed during the trimester. Teacher comments will be placed in the narrative box on the report card.

     

    For a number of reasons, we felt that trying to give elementary students grades for the 3rd trimester that would accurately reflect student learning would be very difficult.  In these circumstances, we cannot accurately conduct many of the assessments we do for students at the end of a trimester. To gauge progress of student academic levels, many assessments need to be done in-person, one-on-one, and in small groups. Also, we acknowledge that the grades students might get now would not accurately reflect the progress they could have made if they were in school.  

     

    We are looking forward to providing students and parents report card comments at the end of the year which will focus on a student’s overall character, scholarship, and effort from the year.

     

    When we return in the fall, we know we will need to perform a number of pre-assessments to determine student learning needs.  The assessment results will guide our teachers and we will adjust instruction accordingly.  We will meet the students where they are- academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. Our teachers already to a lot to differentiating instruction within their classrooms and they will take on this new challenge to support all students where they are and get them to where they need to be.

     

    Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides

    Thankfully, we have had a good number of people sign up for tutoring this week.  It is great to see people taking advantage of this.  We will be meeting as an instructional aide group this coming Tuesday afternoon to talk about how it is going and how we might improve the model.  If you signed up and have ideas, please email those to me.

     

    Again, here is what we are doing:  We are making online tutoring available Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (except Monday from 11:00-12:00) provided by our outstanding Tularcitos Instructional Aides.  Each session is 15 minutes long and you can sign up for as many 15-minute tutoring sessions as you would like. You can sign up for either "Zoom" or "Over the Phone" tutoring sessions.

    To sign up, go to our website and click on the link, “Online Tutoring Sign-Ups” on the right side of the page under announcements. For your quick reference: https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5710

    Once on the site you will:  

    1. Click on the link for the week that includes the day you want to sign up for online tutoring.
    2. Complete the form. (If a time you want does not show up on the form, that means it has already been taken and you will need to sign up for another time slot.)
    3. One of our Aides will get back to you at the time of your session through either email, if you signed up for a "Zoom" session, or phone, if you want an "Over the Phone" session.

     

    Again, this is something totally new that we are trying and thus the structure may alter over time.  We are hopeful that students and families will find it beneficial.  Please know that your child may not get tutoring from their normal classroom aide as that aide may not be providing tutoring during the time slot you sign up for.  However, all of our aides are wonderful so I know the support your child receives will be great.

     

    Mindful Monday and Parent Support Groups

    Mindful Mondays - Students can join me live in a zoom hangout on Monday for a mindfulness exercise and check in about school and life.

    K & 1st can join at 10am and go to https://zoom.us/j/341625057 passcode - 006406

    2nd & 3rd can join at 1pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/210914680 passcode - 006406

    4th & 5th can join at 2:30pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/737892457 passcode - 006406

    Parent Support

    Feeling overwhelmed, needing support, want to share ideas or just connect with other parents? Join us for our weekly Parent Chat with Ms. Amy & Miss. Suzie every Wednesdays at 10am.  To join go to https://zoom.us/s/513939785  & the passcode is 006406. 

     

    Notes for the Technology Department:

    For specific technical support with your child’s Chromebook, you can now directly enter a help ticket to request assistance from one of our technicians. Use this link to see the instructions and the trouble ticket web address.

    We are providing Chromebooks to students who need them, and we are looking for solutions for families who have no or poor internet access. Please let us know if you have these types of needs by using this form.

     

     

    Have a fund weekend

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 5/11/2020

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families.   

    Happy Early Mother’s Day to all you moms!  Now, more than ever, you deserve a Mother’s Day.  Not only are you doing all of the jobs you normally do, but you have also now most likely taken on the role of classroom teacher as well.  I hope you feel appreciated on your day!

     

    In the zoom coffee hosted by Dr. Dill-Varga yesterday that focused on elementary issues there were some good suggestions shared for ways we can make at-home learning work better if/when we have to go back into this model of learning next year. (It is good to be aware that throughout next year we will most likely have to move through different models of education based on what is happening in society.  We have to be prepared for times where we may be sheltered-in-place again, times where we could all be at school at once with limiting exposure to one another, or times where we may only be able to have smaller groups of students at school at a time).  In the zoom coffee people were able to share what it was like for them at home and people realized the vast range of desires families have for what learning should look like at home (i.e. people desiring more tech and people desiring less tech).  One of the main suggestions brought up was finding a way for students to connect on a more regular basis with teachers for instructional purposes.  I want to make sure everyone knows that, as a staff, we are talking about how we can improve on our current at-home learning model as well and feel that same need.  Part of our process for improvement will be to gather feedback from our families starting with the survey that was put out last week (link here).  So please make sure you fill that out and add comments at the end for specific suggestions about what is working and what you would like to see.   I also want to remind everyone that if you ever need help with any of the work your students are doing at home, please make sure to contact your teachers.  When we went into shelter-in-place the structures we set up to support students were purposefully flexible because we wanted to make sure we could be available at different times so you could access your teacher when you needed instructional support.  So please, if your child needs assistance on anything, reach out to your teachers during either the pre-established times throughout the week, or through email as I know your teachers are wanting to assist you and their students to make sure students are learning all they can during this time.

     

    We are also still brainstorming ideas for end of year celebrations, so if you have some ideas, please send them my way.  Thank you to those people who already have.  We are also still discussing how the end of this year will happen with the collecting and distributing of materials (including yearbooks) the last week of school.  More details will be coming in the next couple of weeks. 

     

    Like I stated, it is too early to know what school in Fall will look like, other than to know it will be different somehow.  Dr. Dill-Varga will continue to send out communications about the start of next school year, so please make sure to read those.

     

    In this email

    • Grading Policy for Elementary School
    • Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides
    • Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year
    • Returning Student Registration
    • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Next Week
    • Information from the Specialists
    • Mindful Mondays and Parent Support Groups
    • Monday Morning Announcement Still Going On
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • No State Standardized Testing this Year
    • Friend of Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS) Needs Board Members for Next Year
    • Notes from the Technology Department

     

    Grading Policy for Elementary School

    Earlier this week Dr Dill-Varga emailed parents information about the new Administrative Regulation (AR), regarding how grading will work in CUSD for the end of year report cards this year.

     

    Here is what the new AR states for elementary:

    During school closure related to the COVID 19 crisis, grading for the spring of 2020 school year will be altered from our traditional systems. This plan is in line with the guidance provided by the California Department of Education to ensure students are held harmless during this crisis.

    Elementary: Students at the elementary level will not be evaluated for 3rd trimester on their report cards, instead an N/A (not assessed) will be placed in the box next to each standard assessed during the trimester. Teacher comments will be placed in the narrative box on the report card.

     

    For a number of reasons, we felt that trying to give elementary students grades for the 3rd trimester that would accurately reflect student learning would be very difficult.  In these circumstances, we cannot accurately conduct many of the assessments we do for students at the end of a trimester. To gauge progress and student academic levels, many assessments need to be done in-person, one-on-one, and in small groups. Also, we acknowledge that the grades students might get now would not accurately reflect the progress they could have made if they were in school.  

     

    We are looking forward to providing students and parents report card comments at the end of the year which will focus on a student’s overall character, scholarship, and effort from the year.

     

    When we return in the fall, we know we will need to perform a number of pre-assessments to determine student learning needs.  The assessment results will guide our teachers and we will adjust instruction accordingly.  We will meet the students where they are- academically, socially, emotionally, physically, and behaviorally. Our teachers already to a lot to differentiating instruction within their classrooms and they will take on this new challenge to support all students where they are and get them to where they need to be.

     

    Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides

    Thankfully, we have had a good number of people sign up for tutoring this week.  It is great to see people taking advantage of this.  We will be meeting as an instructional aide group this coming Tuesday afternoon to talk about how it is going and how we might improve the model.  If you signed up and have ideas, please email those to me.

     

    Again, here is what we are doing:  We are making online tutoring available Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (except Monday from 11:00-12:00) provided by our outstanding Tularcitos Instructional Aides.  Each session is 15 minutes long and you can sign up for as many 15-minute tutoring sessions as you would like. You can sign up for either "Zoom" or "Over the Phone" tutoring sessions.

    To sign up, go to our website and click on the link, “Online Tutoring Sign-Ups” on the right side of the page under announcements. For your quick reference: https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5710

    Once on the site you will:  

    1. Click on the link for the week that includes the day you want to sign up for online tutoring.
    2. Complete the form. (If a time you want does not show up on the form, that means it has already been taken and you will need to sign up for another time slot.)
    3. One of our Aides will get back to you at the time of your session through either email, if you signed up for a "Zoom" session, or phone, if you want an "Over the Phone" session.

     

    Again, this is something totally new that we are trying and thus the structure may alter over time.  We are hopeful that students and families will find it beneficial.  Please know that your child may not get tutoring from their normal classroom aide as that aide may not be providing tutoring during the time slot you sign up for.  However, all of our aides are wonderful so I know the support your child receives will be great.

     

    Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year

    Kinder and new student registration for next school year is open.  Please see our website for details of what you need to do.  https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/533  If you have an incoming kindergartener and did not come into our office prior to the closure, please visit our website ASAP.  Additionally, if you know someone else in the community who has an incoming kindergartener and has not registered, please direct them to the website ASAP as well.

     

    Returning Student Registration

    More information will be coming in May regarding what you need to do for registering for next Fall.

     

    Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Next Week.

    Thank you to everyone who shared a note of appreciation with your teachers or other staff members this week.  It was very heartwarming to get those.  If you did not get the chance, it is never to late.  Notes of appreciation are always a good idea!

     

    Information from some Specialist

    Our specialists continue to post new activities each week for students to do at home.  Their websites, and all teacher’s websites, can be found on the “Classrooms” webpage on the Tularcitos website:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=140&ChannelID=143&DirectoryType=6

     

    Mindful Monday and Parent Support Groups

    Mindful Mondays - Students can join me live in a zoom hangout on Monday for a mindfulness exercise and check in about school and life.

    K & 1st can join at 10am and go to https://zoom.us/j/341625057 passcode - 006406

    2nd & 3rd can join at 1pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/210914680 passcode - 006406

    4th & 5th can join at 2:30pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/737892457 passcode - 006406

    Parent Support

    Feeling overwhelmed, needing support, want to share ideas or just connect with other parents? Join us for our weekly Parent Chat with Ms. Amy & Miss. Suzie every Wednesdays at 10am.  To join go to https://zoom.us/s/513939785  & the passcode is 006406. 

     

    Monday Morning Announcements Still Going On

    I am posting a new video every Monday morning with a message to the students and a reading of a book.  Here is the link (on the website): https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5483

     

    Message for our PTO

    We are still at work to support our community through our Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who has followed along with the posts and posted your participation.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected. 

     

    Repeat in this email

    No State Standardized Testing this Year

    Normally, this is the time of year where we start the state standardized testing in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  In case you are wondering, these tests have been canceled for this year.  So we do not need to worry about them.

     

    Friends of Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS) Board Positions for next year open

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    Notes for the Technology Department:

    For specific technical support with your child’s Chromebook, you can now directly enter a help ticket to request assistance from one of our technicians. Use this link to see the instructions and the trouble ticket web address.

    We are providing Chromebooks to students who need them, and we are looking for solutions for families who have no or poor internet access. Please let us know if you have these types of needs by using this form.

     

     

    Hope you have a good Weekend! 

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 5/5/2020

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families.   Happy May Day!

     

    In talking with staff and some families this week, I know this week was a particularly difficult one.  I want to encourage everyone to hang in there and to keep prioritizing your family relationships and the social-emotional well-being in your household.  As a reminder, Ms Amy, our counselor, and Ms Suzie, our Monterey County Behavioral Health Counselor, hold parent support meetings Wednesday’s at 10:00 am.  Please feel free to join and/or to reach out to Ms. Amy for support with anything happening at home.  Here is the link with more info https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5648 

    I also want to encourage all of the parents to make sure you are getting some personal time to care for yourself and that you are also getting some alone time with your significant other to strengthen that relationship as well.  We cannot take care of our children if we do not address our own health as well.

     

    If you did not get a chance to read my last Friday email and are having trouble at home, I would encourage you to reach what I wrote in the “repeated in this email section” at the bottom of this email.

     

    I know many people are starting to wonder about the end of this year and the beginning of next.  We are currently discussing as a staff and district how the end of this year will happen with the collecting and distributing of materials as well as what we will be doing to bring a sense of closure and celebrate the year.  More details will be coming in the next couple of weeks.  (if you come across any good ideas for end of year celebrations at a time of distancing, please email them to me).  For the start of next year, it is too early to know what that will look like, other than to know it will be different somehow.  Dr. Dill-Varga, our superintendent sent an email out this week entitled “What does the Future Look Like?” with more information regarding what we currently know and don’t know that I would recommend reading, if you have not already.

     

    In this email

    • Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides
    • Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year
    • Returning Student Registration
    • Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Next Week
    • Information from the Specialists
    • From Mrs. Kremer for Music
    • From Mrs. Petersen for Technology
    • Monday Morning Announcement Still Going On
    • No State Standardized Testing this Year
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • Last Friday’s Words of Encouragement
    • Helping Us Help You
    • Parent Input Form
    • Friend of Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS) Needs Board Members for Next Year
    • Children Feeling Lonely
    • Notes from the Technology Department

     

    Online Tutoring Now Available with our Tularcitos Instructional Aides

    First, please know that this is a work in progress.  We are trying to find more ways of assisting students in their learning at home.  So this structure may change and any feedback would be greatly appreciated and should be emailed to me at rpeterson@carmelunified.org.

     

    Here is what we are going to try:  We are making online tutoring available Monday - Thursday, 9:00 am-12:00 pm (except Monday from 11:00-12:00) provided by our outstanding Tularcitos Instructional Aides.  Each session is 15 minutes long and you can sign up for as many 15-minute tutoring sessions as you would like. You can sign up for either "Zoom" or "Over the Phone" tutoring sessions.

    To sign up, go to our website and click on the link, “Online Tutoring Sign-Ups” on the right side of the page under announcements. For your quick reference: https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5710

    Once on the site you will:  

    1. Click on the link for the week that includes the day you want to sign up for online tutoring.
    2. Complete the form. (If a time you want does not show up on the form, that means it has already been taken and you will need to sign up for another time slot.)
    3. One of our Aides will get back to you at the time of your session through either email, if you signed up for a "Zoom" session, or phone, if you want an "Over the Phone" session.

     

    Again, this is something totally new that we are trying and thus the structure may alter over time.  We are hopeful that students and families will find it beneficial.  Please know that your child may not get tutoring from their normal classroom aide as that aide may not be providing tutoring during the time slot you sign up for.  However, all of our aides are wonderful so I know the support your child receives will be great.

     

    Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year

    Kinder and new student registration for next school year is open.  Please see our website for details of what you need to do.  https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/533  If you have an incoming kindergartener and did not come into our office prior to the closure, please visit our website ASAP.  Additionally, if you know someone else in the community who has an incoming kindergartener and has not registered, please direct them to the website ASAP as well.

     

    Returning Student Registration

    More information will be coming in May regarding what you need to do for registering for next Fall.

     

    Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week Next Week.

    I would love to share with our staff members (teachers, aides, support staff, office staff, custodians - everyone) your words of appreciation during Staff Appreciation Week next week (week of May 4-8).  Please take a few minutes with your child to complete this form for any staff member you want to share your appreciation towards.  You can have your child share their appreciation, and/or you can write one yourself.  To make it easy for me to share your words with the staff members, please complete one form per staff member (please do not put multiple staff members on one form).  Please complete this by Wednesday, May 6, at midnight. After this time, I will compile all of all the words of appreciation for each staff member and share them with that person.  Or course, if you want to do something else next week for your teacher, please do so as well.  I know the teachers would greatly appreciate any encouragement especially during this time.  They are missing their students and families tremendously.  Thank you for showing the Tular staff how much they are appreciated.

    Form: https://forms.gle/venjKPF3ouFKJzZb8

     

    Information from some Specialist

    I want to make sure everyone knows that our specialists continue to post new activities each week for students to do at home.  Here is a message from some of them. Also know that all teacher’s websites can be found on the “Classrooms” webpage on the Tularcitos website:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=140&ChannelID=143&DirectoryType=6

     

    From Mrs. Kremer for Music

    I continue to keep my website updated weekly with music activities for each grade level (jenniferkremer.edublogs.org).  I have also added more exercises in SmartMusic for instrumentalists in 4th and 5th grade.  Students with instruments should try to record and submit at least 1 or 2 exercises per week if possible.  Additionally, all 3rd grade families should look for an email with information about the instrumental program in 4th grade which was sent earlier this week.  The email directs families to read about the instrument options in 4th grade as well as complete a short survey on google forms so that she can begin accumulating materials and supplies for instrumental classes next year.  If you did not receive the email, please check the "choosing an instrument tab" on my webpage.  Please email me with any questions at jkremer@carmelunified.org

     

    From Mrs. Petersen for Technology

    Check out the Student Links page - there are some ideas for family discussions around balancing screen time with non-screen activities.  These are not lessons, but will hopefully help each family and/or student think about the best balance for themselves. 

     

    Monday Morning Announcements Still Going On

    I am posting a new video every Monday morning with a message to the students and a reading of a book.  Here is the link (on the website): https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5483

     

    No State Standardized Testing this Year

    Normally, this is the time of year where we start the state standardized testing in grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th.  In case you are wondering, these tests have been canceled for this year.  So we do not need to worry about them.

     

    Message for our PTO

    We are still at work to support our community through our Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who has followed along with the posts and posted your participation.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected. 

     

    Repeat in this email

    Last Friday’s Words of Encouragement:

    I want to encourage everyone to keep relationships and the social-emotional well-being of you and your children the priority in your household right now.  Knowing that we won’t be returning to school this year has many people, if not everyone, wondering, “What if my child falls behind during this time?”  That is a completely natural thought.  I know I’ve had it for my own kids as well.  In response, I want to set people’s mind at ease.  As a school, while we have provided our students with what we consider to be vital in order to come back prepared for next year, we know we will have to make adjustments to instruction when we return, just like every educational institution in the world.  We are all in this together.  And as a school, we will support every one of our students when we return, and they will be fine.  So the challenge for us at this time is to shift our thinking during this time from, “How can we keep our children from falling behind?” to “How can we help our children and families thrive?”  People thrive when they know they are unconditionally loved and feel safe to explore and be curious.  I heard an interview with someone online this week where the interviewer responded with something similar to, “we will all have memories about this when it is all over.  We need to be thinking about how we can make sure those are positive memories.”  That resonated with me, and I want to encourage us to all think about that and do what we can to create those positive memories for our children.  We don’t want our children remembering the fights they had with their parents over the work they had to do for school.  We want them remembering how their parents did all they could to support them (or even laugh at how their parent struggled with their school work) and all the extra times their parents heard them say, “I love you.”  We want our children remembering the fun times they had with their parents and family playing games, preparing and eating meals together, exploring outside, or just goofing off. Not memories of everyone in the house consumed on their own electronic device (although I know many of us have our own work to get done on our computers, so there is no shame in the time we need to do that). 

     

    I know many families are experiencing stress right now because of some very difficult circumstances.  I do not want to come across as downplaying that at all.  These are hard times.  I just want to assure all of us that, if we keep our priorities in the right place and invest in our family relationships, there is no way our students can “fall behind.”  In fact, I firmly believe that if the families in our community come out of this stronger, our children will actually be ahead.

     

    Helping us help you

    One thing we have realized during this time is that teachers are providing just as much help to parents as they are to students.  We realize this is very necessary since parents have become the main teachers at home.  While we are very happy to do this, we realize that we need a couple of things from parents to help us help you.  First, please make sure that you thoroughly read through the emails your teachers send you each week.  We know it can be a lot of info, but we have tried our best to consolidate a lot of details into digestible chunks.  By reading those emails thoroughly at the start of each week it will cut down on the amount of repeated information we are having to provide to parents when we talk to them on the phone of through Zoom, and this will allow us to spend more time helping the students.  The second is that we need your help in making sure your children get to their class’s Zoom sessions on time.  Just like showing up late to school, it is disruptive when a teacher has to let a student into a Zoom meeting late and this leaves the student what is going on as well.  If you need to, please set an alarm a few minutes before the Zoom starts so that you can make sure your child can be on time.  Thank you for your help in these two areas. 

     

    Parent Input Form

    Each year, we work as a staff to establish classes that are balanced for next year.  When making class placement decisions, we take into account a variety of factors to achieve the best balance possible. The following factors are considered:

    • Each student’s academic status, special needs, interests, behavior, and motivation;
    • Boy/girl ratio;
    • Academic balance of high, medium and low achieving students;
    • Styles of individual teachers;
    • Class size balance among classes at each grade level.

    Parents/Guardians who would like to give input about their child’s placement may write a request for a particular learning environment (e.g. learning style, personality attributes, classroom physical environment, educational needs, etc.) by completing the Electronic Class Placement Parent Input Form below All forms must be completed by Friday, May 8th.  No late forms will be accepted.  Additionally, since some teachers change grade levels year to year, please do not write a request for a specific teacher. If a form is turned in with a teacher's name as a particular request, it will be discarded and not considered.

    Input Form: https://forms.gle/B99wW1uJionAuh3M9

     

    Friends of Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS) Board Positions for next year open

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    Children Feeling Lonely

    Here is a great article that Mrs. Neuhaus shared with me about helping children deal with the lonely feelings they may be experiencing during this time (which is to be completely expected).  I know many of the students (and we adults) are missing their friends right now.  I’d encourage you to spend time reading it when you get a chance.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/our-kids-are-feeling-lonely-in-lockdown-here-are-10-ways-to-help_l_5e9f317ac5b6b2e5b8390937?utm_campaign=share_email&ncid=other_email_o63gt2jcad4

     

    Notes for the Technology Department:

    For specific technical support with your child’s Chromebook, you can now directly enter a help ticket to request assistance from one of our technicians. Use this link to see the instructions and the trouble ticket web address.

    We are providing Chromebooks to students who need them, and we are looking for solutions for families who have no or poor internet access. Please let us know if you have these types of needs by using this form.

     

     

    Hope you have a good Weekend! 

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 4/27/2020 9:35:00 AM

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families. 

     

    I hope you all had a great spring break and that you were able to get back into a family rhythm for your at home learning.  I know my family enjoyed the break and took time to virtually travel to different countries around the world each night.  It was so much fun we’ve kept it going and our kids keep asking where we are going next.  I definitely recommend it.  It was also great to see everyone pick up their packets earlier this week.  Thank you for your commitment to doing everything you can at home to keep your child’s learning moving forward as much as it can during this time.

     

    That said, as I have mentioned in past emails, I want to encourage everyone to keep relationships and the social-emotional well-being of you and your children the priority in your household right now.  Knowing that we won’t be returning to school this year has many people, if not everyone, wondering, “What if my child falls behind during this time?”  That is a completely natural thought.  I know I’ve had it for my own kids as well.  In response, I want to set people’s mind at ease.  As a school, while we have provided our students with what we consider to be vital in order to come back prepared for next year, we know we will have to make adjustments to instruction when we return, just like every educational institution in the world.  We are all in this together.  And as a school, we will support every one of our students when we return, and they will be fine.  So the challenge for us at this time is to shift our thinking during this time from, “How can we keep our children from falling behind?” to “How can we help our children and families thrive?”  People thrive when they know they are unconditionally loved and feel safe to explore and be curious.  I heard an interview with someone online this week where the interviewer responded with something similar to, “we will all have memories about this when it is all over.  We need to be thinking about how we can make sure those are positive memories.”  That resonated with me, and I want to encourage us to all think about that and do what we can to create those positive memories for our children.  We don’t want our children remembering the fights they had with their parents over the work they had to do for school.  We want them remembering how their parents did all they could to support them (or even laugh at how their parent struggled with their school work) and all the extra times their parents heard them say, “I love you.”  We want our children remembering the fun times they had with their parents and family playing games, preparing and eating meals together, exploring outside, or just goofing off. Not memories of everyone in the house consumed on their own electronic device (although I know many of us have our own work to get done on our computers, so there is no shame in the time we need to do that). 

     

    I know many families are experiencing stress right now because of some very difficult circumstances.  I do not want to come across as downplaying that at all.  These are hard times.  I just want to assure all of us that, if we keep our priorities in the right place and invest in our family relationships, there is no way our students can “fall behind.”  In fact, I firmly believe that if the families in our community come out of this stronger, our children will actually be ahead.

     

    In this email

    • Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year
    • Helping Us Help You
    • Parent Input Form
    • Friend of Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS) Needs Board Members for Next Year
    • Children Feeling Lonely
    • Notes from the Technology Department
    • Information from the Specialists
    • Monday Morning Announcement Still Going On
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • 3rd Grade Service Project for Monterey County Food Bank
    • 4th Grade Service Project – Sharing a Tularcitos Smile
    • Zoom Safety

     

    Kinder and New Student Registration for Next School Year

    Kinder and new student registration for next school year is still open.  Please see our website for details of what you need to do.  https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/533  If you have an incoming kindergartener and did not come into our office prior to the closure, please visit our website ASAP.  Additionally, if you know someone else in the community who has an incoming kindergartener and has not registered, please direct them to the website ASAP as well.

     

    Helping us help you

    One thing we have realized during this time is that teachers are providing just as much help to parents as they are to students.  We realize this is very necessary since parents have become the main teachers at home.  While we are very happy to do this, we realize that we need a couple of things from parents to help us help you.  First, please make sure that you thoroughly read through the emails your teachers send you each week.  We know it can be a lot of info, but we have tried our best to consolidate a lot of details into digestible chunks.  By reading those emails thoroughly at the start of each week it will cut down on the amount of repeated information we are having to provide to parents when we talk to them on the phone of through Zoom, and this will allow us to spend more time helping the students.  The second is that we need your help in making sure your children get to their class’s Zoom sessions on time.  Just like showing up late to school, it is disruptive when a teacher has to let a student into a Zoom meeting late and this leaves the student what is going on as well.  If you need to, please set an alarm a few minutes before the Zoom starts so that you can make sure your child can be on time.  Thank you for your help in these two areas. 

     

    Parent Input Form

    Each year, we work as a staff to establish classes that are balanced for next year.  When making class placement decisions, we take into account a variety of factors to achieve the best balance possible. The following factors are considered:

    • Each student’s academic status, special needs, interests, behavior, and motivation;
    • Boy/girl ratio;
    • Academic balance of high, medium and low achieving students;
    • Styles of individual teachers;
    • Class size balance among classes at each grade level.

    Parents/Guardians who would like to give input about their child’s placement may write a request for a particular learning environment (e.g. learning style, personality attributes, classroom physical environment, educational needs, etc.) by completing the Electronic Class Placement Parent Input Form below All forms must be submitted by Friday, May 8th.  No late forms will be accepted.  Additionally, since some teachers change grade levels year to year, please do not write a request for a specific teacher. If a form is turned in with a teacher's name as a particular request, it will be discarded and not considered.

    Input Form: https://forms.gle/B99wW1uJionAuh3M9

     

    Friends of Carmel Unified Schools (FOCUS) Board Positions for next year open

    Come join the FOCUS Board! FOCUS supports quality education within the Carmel Unified School District and since its founding has provided close to $3,000,000 in grants that support academic and social-emotional student success. Several FOCUS Board members have students leaving CUSD in 2020 or 2021. We need parents to join the Board so that they can shadow in the 2020/2021 school year for the positions of President and Treasurer.  We will also be losing our Secretary this year, so we need to fill that position for the 2020/2021 school year. If you are interested, please contact Kath Uyeda at: kuyeda@zcheetah.com.

     

    Children Feeling Lonely

    Here is a great article that Mrs. Neuhaus shared with me about helping children deal with the lonely feelings they may be experiencing during this time (which is to be completely expected).  I know many of the students (and we adults) are missing their friends right now.  I’d encourage you to spend time reading it when you get a chance.

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/our-kids-are-feeling-lonely-in-lockdown-here-are-10-ways-to-help_l_5e9f317ac5b6b2e5b8390937?utm_campaign=share_email&ncid=other_email_o63gt2jcad4

     

    Notes for the Technology Department:

    For specific technical support with your child’s Chromebook, you can now directly enter a help ticket to request assistance from one of our technicians. Use this link to see the instructions and the trouble ticket web address.

    We are providing Chromebooks to students who need them, and we are looking for solutions for families who have no or poor internet access. Please let us know if you have these types of needs by using this form.

     

    Information from some Specialist

    I want to make sure everyone knows that our specialists are posting activities for students to do at home as well.  Here is a message from some of them. Also know that all teacher’s websites can be found on the “Classrooms” webpage on the Tularcitos website:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=140&ChannelID=143&DirectoryType=6

     

    Monday Morning Announcements Still Going On

    I am posting a new video every Monday morning with a message to the students and a reading of a book.  Here is the link (on the website): https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageID=5483

     

    Message for our PTO

    We are still at work to support our community through our Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who has followed along with the posts and posted your participation.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected. 

     

    Repeat in this email

    3rd Grade Service Project Supporting Monterey County Food Bank

    At this time of year, our 3rd graders normally do a service project of collecting food for the Monterey County Food Bank.  We do this project in spring because the food bank is normally low on food during this time.  I know that the food bank is in high need of donations right now.  While we cannot collect food for them, we do want to encourage our families, if you are able, to donate money to them.  Here is the link to their website where you can donate. 

    https://foodbankformontereycounty.org/

     

    4th Grade Service Project – Sharing a Tularcitos Smile

    Are you interested in spreading a little bit of Tularcitos sunshine? The fourth-grade team at Tularcitos is inviting any students/families who are interested to “Share a Tularcitos Smile” and write letters/draw pictures for the elderly and/or essential workers in our community! We know it has been a challenge for most of us with the shelter-in-place and social distancing guidelines and this, most likely, has been a particularly lonely time for the elderly. In addition, we thought that students could show their appreciation for the essential workers who are keeping us safe and/or providing important services for our community. We encourage everyone who is willing and able to participate!

     

    In an email that went out Monday, April 6, we explained what we are doing and provided addresses for some local organizations and retirement/nursing homes. This was not a comprehensive list and we encourage you to write not only to those listed but to anyone you know who you would like to reach out to and/or show your appreciation. Some of you may be wondering if it is okay for the elderly to receive mail. We have checked with the facilities we listed to make sure their residents can safely receive mail during this time and have been assured that cards/pictures would be welcomed!

     

    Students should address cards, “Dear Friend,” and sign them, “Your friend at Tularcitos.” Please use Tularcitos School for the return address: 35 Ford Rd., Carmel Valley, CA  93924.

     

    Please make sure you preview your child’s card/picture before sending it. We also want to remind everyone to make sure to follow hand-washing guidelines before making or sending cards. We thank you, in advance, for helping to “Share a Tularcitos Smile!”

     

    Zoom safety

    Parents have brought up questions about the safety of Zoom meetings. Naturally, this is of utmost importance to our district as well. This week, the tech department set up all staff accounts with tight security settings to block “Zoombombing,” prevent outsiders from entering a meeting, and provide stricter controls.  As we navigate this new learning environment, we are continually making adjustments and learning new methods of delivering effective instruction. We appreciate the feedback we've been receiving from students, parents, and staff.

     

     

    Hope you are enjoying the sunshine!  We are so lucky to live in this paradise.

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 4/4/2020 11:25:00 AM

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families. 

     

    I am not sure where you are today with the thoughts and feelings about not returning to school this year.  For me, the emotions are still up and down, but this is starting to sink in.  I just re-watched these videos and found it comforting and fun. 

    Staff singing the Tularcitos Song: https://www.schooltube.com/media/Tularcitos+Song/0_8kligaji

    Staff doing the Bobcat Manta: https://www.schooltube.com/media/Bobcat+Mantra/0_n3u89y9z

     

    Sorry for the length of this email, but there is a lot of info to get out there about what is happening after Spring Break.

     

    In this email

    • Next Steps for after Spring Break
    • Local Monterey Family Starts Cooking YouTube Channel
    • Information from the Specialists
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • 3rd grade service project moving online
    • Staff Videos online

     

    Next Steps for After Spring Break

    This week the staff has been in a lot of discussion about what learning will look like between Spring Break and the end of the year.  As we have met, our first priority has been to share best practices around connecting with and supporting students at home.  Many teachers have started using, or are about to start using Zoom or Google Meets to conduct class meetings and offer virtual check-ins with students, or have made themselves available by phone if the internet does not allow a virtual connection to take place.  After Spring Break our goal is to hold weekly class meetings so that students can connect with their teacher and each other, and to make sure teachers are available for one-on-one or small group virtual meetings or phone calls throughout the week to support the learning taking place at home.  Many people have asked about conducting virtual whole class instruction. For numerous reasons (connectivity and equity being the two biggest) this is not something we are moving forward with.  We believe and have found it best practice to keep the academic learning asynchronous by providing materials for students to complete on a schedule that works best for their family and home, and then provide the individual or small group support throughout the week.  The one exception to this is the class meetings through Zoom, but we are keeping these because of the value in the connecting and they are not academic in nature.

     

    In providing work for students during this time we have tried to keep the following ideas in mind: 1) recognize and honor the fact that all families are unique in their situations, 2) prioritize relationships and the social-emotional needs of our students (a teacher put it, “care over content”), 3) keep communication and work simple and focus on key concepts, and 4) focus on the basics of mathematics, reading, and writing using both paper materials and online resources.  Most of the feedback we have gotten thus far is that the work has been an appropriate amount given all families are dealing with.  So we are going to keep providing about the same amount of work after break as we have up to this point.  For those students who are desiring more work, teachers will have additional options available on their websites.  Our specialists will continue to provide weekly lessons on their websites for each grade level to keep learning going in Science, Spanish, Music, Art, PE, Library, Garden, and Computers.  And our support staff will continue to work with teachers and individual students to assist them in their learning each week. 

     

    In order to provide students with materials to assist in their learning for the remainder of the year, we will hold another “packet pick-up” after Spring Break on Monday, 4/20, and Tuesday, 4/21 from 8:00-4:00 in Bobcat Hall.  In discussion with teachers some grade levels already gave out all of their workbooks and textbooks in the first “packet pickup” so there are no other materials to distribute, while other grade levels whose materials are more consumable are needing to distribute more materials.  Therefore, here is the plan for each grade level:

    • Kinder: No pick-up. All materials have been distributed
    • 1st : new packets will be available
    • 2nd : new packets will be available
    • 3rd : new packets will be available
    • 4th No pick-up. All materials have been distributed
    • 5th : materials are being distributed on an individual basis – please see communication from your teacher

    Please know we are taking every precaution we can to ensure everyone’s safety and health during this packet pickup time.  Our classrooms remained closed for three weeks after we exited school so any potential virus would die. Our custodial crew then did a deep cleaning of each room with sanitizing products.  Teachers had to follow a protocol to enter classrooms and put together work.  And we are putting together the packets by this coming Wednesday and then are leaving them in Bobcat Hall over Spring Break so that if there is any virus on them, it will die by the time you pick them up after break.  Also, when you come pick up your materials, we will have hand sanitizer stationed at the door, only allow a certain number of people in Bobcat Hall at a time, and have signs posted to help guarantee social distancing (similar to what stores are currently doing)

     

    Because we will need to collect back all of the textbooks and books that have been distributed and get you some end of year materials including yearbooks, we will have to do one more drop-off/pick-up time at the end of the school year. Because of that we are asking that you continue to hold on to the work materials you have done thus far to turn in at the end of the year.

     

    I know that some of you are finding you need another computer device in the home to manage the workflow for students.  Other are finding that their internet connection isn’t what you want it to be.  If you need a Chromebook for your child to work on, or it you are having internet connectivity issues, please help complete the following form.  We will be doing a Chromebook pickup the Monday and Tuesday we do packet pickups, but need to know in advance if you need one.  We will only pass them out to those people who signup ahead of time.  Our district is also trying to work with internet service providers to try to ensure the best internet possible for our families.

    https://forms.gle/6PdFDmyQ9Mo6KFZe7

     

    As a reminder, I want to encourage you to keep relationships and joy the priority in your home during this time.  Of course, we want students to learn all they can, but not at the cost of your relationship with your child or peace in the home.  When school starts up again we will all have to adjust to any loss of instruction in an actual school setting, so if you have to sacrifice an assignment here and there for the sake of the sanity of your home, please feel free to do so.  And again, please always know that we are here to support you and that if you have any questions at any time about what your child is learning, or if your child needs help or has questions, your teacher is just an email away.  We are trying to provide just enough work, direction, and reach-out to families so that you and your students know what is expected and feel supported, but also not too much as to overwhelm you.  It is a hard balance to find, especially because every family’s need is different.  One thing teachers have all experienced is that remote/distance learning actually takes a lot more time than teaching in the classroom.  In the classroom, you can easily connect with students and can quickly tell how all of your students are doing throughout a lesson.  Working remotely, connecting and providing feedback to students is much harder and more time consuming.  So your continued patience and understanding as we figure out how to best educate our students during this time is greatly appreciated.

     

    I know there are a number of other questions about the end of the year and how that will all work.  Our focus right now is to make sure we have everything set and established for what needs to be done to support student learning.  After we get back from Spring Break we will begin to tackle the end of year issues as well as making sure we are set up for the start of next year. 

     

    Local Monterey Family Started a Kids Cooking YouTube Channel – from the student

    This is directly from the student who started this and I wanted to pass it along just for fun -

    Everyone that I've shared this with has said that having fun cooking activities could really help kids. I'm writing to schools to let them know that if they want they can share these videos. My goal is to help as many kids as possible so hope you think this is a good idea. Here is the link to the cooking projects we've made so far: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKtlXiCxQUSirsAnlick-Jw . In the notes under each video is the recipe. We plan to do a new one every couple days until we get to go back to school.

     

    Information from some Specialist

    I want to make sure everyone knows that our specialists are posting activities for students to do at home as well.  Here is a message from some of them. Also know that all teacher’s websites can be found on the “Classrooms” webpage on the Tularcitos website:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/site/Default.aspx?PageType=1&SiteID=140&ChannelID=143&DirectoryType=6

     

    From Ms Amy for Counseling

    Dear Families,

    I hope you are well. I enjoyed seeing many of your students for Mindful Monday this last week and connecting with Parents during our Parent Chat with Miss Suzie and myself. It looks like we are in this for the long haul and the more time we spend together as families, the more all of us are working on kindness and patience with each other.  There is a lot of sharing, waiting, & taking turns going on and an unbelievable amount of dishes.  Did I mention our dishwasher stopped working last week?!  It is at times like these that we need reminders of how we can all be kind to one another.  Creating a Kindness Poster is one of the activities from the Counselor Activity Calendar.  If your student hasn't had a chance to create a kindness poster for your house, this week might be a nice time to create one.  I asked my 6 year old niece for a little virtual help to get folks started - her poster and her video are here to give you just one idea of what a Kindness Poster might look like.  Some students will be sharing their posters during our Mindful Monday's with Ms. Amy next week and your student can too.

    Mindful Mondays - Students can join me live in a zoom hangout on Monday for a mindfulness exercise and check in about school and life.

    K & 1st can join at 10am and go to https://zoom.us/j/341625057

    2nd & 3rd can join at 1pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/210914680

    4th & 5th can join at 2:30pm and go to https://zoom.us/j/737892457

    For parents Miss. Suzie and I have set up a weekly Parent Chat on Wednesdays at 10am for anyone who would like to connect and share ideas.  Please follow this zoom link to join!

    As always, please feel free to reach out via email at abullas@carmelunified.org and I am happy to set up a time for you &/or your student to connect with me individually.  Please take good care of yourselves,

     

    From Mrs Wheat for Library

    April is poetry month. The following websites are places to explore and share poetry. Students may copy a favorite poem and make an illustration. Enjoy reading poetry, Mrs. Curtice and Mrs. Wheat

    The Poetry Foundation has a variety of poems.

    http://www.poetryfoundation/learn/children

    The Academy of American Poetry is organized by subject. I recommend this site for our older students as some topics will need some background knowledge

    http://poet.org/poems-kids

     

    From Mrs. Kremer for Music

    Dear Amazing Tular Families!  I miss making music with your wonderful children so much!  I am keeping myself busy updating music activities each week for your children.  Please visit my website weekly and click on “Click here to access Mrs. Kremer's music class webpage.”. Once you click there, click on your child's grade level in the upper right corner of the page and you can complete the lesson that is at the top of the page for the current week.  I am continuing to add content each week so every student should have the opportunity to make music at least once a week, just like we would at school.  If you have missed a lesson, don't worry, everything is dated and I move the older lessons to the bottom of the page so all you need to do is scroll down until you see the week you are looking for.  The one exception to this is 3rd grade where I have put up all the recorder music.  The sheet music is there for each song along with a video of me playing  and a link to the accompaniment track so the children can keep learning their songs. Also for 4th and 5th grade instrumental students, your music is up and this week I have added videos of me playing each of the songs.  Finally, if you play an instrument, have your parents be on the lookout for an invitation to SmartMusic coming soon.  This is an online resource which will allow the students to keep practicing at home while I track your progress remotely.   More info on that will be included in the email. 

     

    From Mr. A for PE

    Hello Bobcat Families, I am hoping to have a little April Challenge to stay connected with everyone through this school closure. On my page there will be a new exercise video each day. Watch the video and join me on the workout! In the video, there will be a secret word that I will tell you so that you can put it on the exercise log. Lets see if you can fill up the whole calendar with the secret words! Here is the link. https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5435

     

    From Mrs. DeRenzo for Science

    Don't forget to check the science website for your weekly lessons and some fun activities to do outside, scavenger hunts and building a solar cooker are just a few of the things you can find on Mrs. DeRenzo's website!  Have fun and stay curious!

    There is also going to be a special live science show done by Mystery Doug next Tuesday, April 7th. He's a science educator our kids love. I'd love for you to help your child watch this. All you need to do is open this website link:https://mysteryscience.com/live

    The show will be about 20 minutes long and will start at: 10am PT / 11am MT / 12pm CT / 1pm ET

     

    Message for our PTO

    We are still at work to support our community through our Facebook page.  Thank you to everyone who has followed along with the posts and posted your participation.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected. 

     

    Repeat in this email

    Staff videos online

    We are still posting new videos on our website, so check it every couple of days.  I am trying to make sure to have a new one up every Monday as that is when I normally do the announcements for the students. 

    https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5483

     

    3rd Grade Service Project moving online

    At this time of year our 3rd graders normally do a service project of collecting food for the Monterey County Food Bank.  We do this project in spring because the food bank is normally low on food during this time.  I know that the food bank is in high need of donations right now.  While we cannot collect food for them, we do want to encourage our families, if you are able, to donate money to them.  Here is the link to their website where you can donate. 

    https://foodbankformontereycounty.org/

     

    Hope you have enjoyed the sunshine lately and that you enjoy the coming rain.

    Missing you all!

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 3/30/2020 8:50:00 AM

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families. 

     

    Hopefully, you have already read Dr. Dill Varga’s latest email about the extension of school closures in Monterey County.  It saddens me to think that we won’t see everyone until May 4 at the earliest.  I hope that your family is continuing to do well and that you are finding your family’s rhythm.  I know that my family is just now starting to get our stride.  For those of us who are still getting our feet under us, know you are not alone.  We are all at different points in this journey.  I want to encourage you to keep at it and reach out to me if you need help.  (There is an encouraging article for you below as well)

     

    This week teachers have been trying to reach out to families to see what support you need at home.  In doing so, we have, on average for different classes, heard back from about 50-75% of students and families.  We would love to hear back from you.  We are missing you. In our original planning we prepped the materials for being out through Spring break just in case.  So the work you got in your packets is meant to get you through that time.  You will, however need to keep checking your emails and the teachers’ websites for updated directions of what to do each week.  Over the coming weeks we will continue to reach out to students and families to provide you support at home (we are experimenting with a few different options including email, phone, and video-conferences as we have to be flexible for our teachers’ and families’ various needs), and figure out what learning will look like after spring break.  More information will be coming about that in the future.

     

    Please also know that if you have any questions at any time about what your child is learning, or if your child needs help or has questions, your teacher is just an email away.  Please feel free to email your teachers anytime.  We are trying to provide just enough direction and reach-out to families so that you and your students know what is expected and feel supported, but also not too much as to overwhelm you.  It is a hard balance to find, especially because every family’s need is different.  Also, as you come across resources, please feel free to share them with your child’s teacher (and me), as well as give feedback to us on what is working well or not working as well.  We want to make sure we are doing the best we can to support you.  Continue to check your teachers’ websites and the specialist websites for the most up-to-date activities.  We continue to thank you for your patience as we work together to figure all of this out.

     

    In this email

    • Article: “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”
    • Article: “Parents”: It’s OK If You’re Barely Getting By Right Now”
    • Technology Needs at Home
    • Staff Videos online
    • Information from the Specialists
    • 3rd grade service project moving online
    • Meal Delivery
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • Put on your own oxygen mask first

     

    Great article: “That Discomfort You’re Feeling is Grief”

    I saw this article and two people have already shared it with me and I wanted to pass it along.  It was helpful in putting language to the array of feelings we are experiencing right now. I hope it provides some comfort and help.

    https://hbr.org/2020/03/that-discomfort-youre-feeling-is-grief?fbclid=IwAR35_lZ8_xajIcqad-GfMTT6_Hcp_ytepXFah30uvVNMHnbri4RB6GmVPC4

     

    Another great article I mentioned in the intro – “Parents: It’s OK If You’re Barely Getting By Right Now”

    https://www.huffpost.com/entry/parents-remote-learning-covid-19_n_5e738298c5b63c3b648bb8dd?guccounter=1&guce_referrer=aHR0cHM6Ly93d3cuZ29vZ2xlLmNvbS8&guce_referrer_sig=AQAAAA333Wfl3qz0HzNgl5k1zwyToLFHmdCfgfOr1Ebp2vua_lN_Tj0cAWeP3aNFvtL5Qv1GKBLtbl7Jg4G7NOfj-S4YoLCC8rxEEiOkkoQuYPuPL2bi_dCmOnBTOnIVTXk4OlR5639FBvhLVzbrfEEmdQS8EkLcixw2ZS2i4d4noSJr

     

    Technology Needs at Home

    Please make sure to let your child’s teacher know if you are having trouble with technology related to what we are providing at home, or if your child is in need of a Chromebook.  Our district IT is trying to provide support to our students’ tech needs at home, but we are routing those needs through the classroom teacher at this point in time.  This may change in the near future so that you, as the parent, can put in a trouble ticket directly.

     

    Staff videos online

    We are still posting new videos on our website, so check it every couple of days.  I am trying to make sure to have a new one up every Monday as that is when I normally do the announcements for the students. 

    https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5483

     

    Information from some Specialist

    I want to make sure everyone knows that our specialists are posting activities for students to do at home as well.  Here are some examples form the Library and Spanish.

    From the Library

    We recommend to read and explore these websites.

    1. The Monterey County Free Libraries have wonderful on-line resources. Activities for preschool-high school.  Tumblebooks, activities and games. Older students can read E-books and E-magazines.  They recently updated their website. Students/Parents do need a public library card.

    Here is their web address: emcfl.org or

    https://www.co.monterey.ca.us/government/departments-i-z/library  

    1. We have been learning about space in the library this year. There are read alouds from the International Space station.  Here are some sites to explore.

    https://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/station/research/news/story_time_from_space 

    Or  https://storytimefromspace.com/library/

    1. If you have a favorite story you would like to listen to try this website:

    https://storytimefromspace.com/library/  

    Mrs. Curtice and I hope that you continue reading your books at home or stories on-line. Please keep a reading log (on any paper) so we can share when we are together at school. 

    See you soon, Mrs. Wheat and Mrs. Curtice.

    From Senora Colon

    Please take time to visit my website. Here are some videos I have done and posted.

    Episode 1

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1M_1OIDNrPJG7QOBiaO3rt-YmDtxdEE-s/view?usp=sharing

    Episode 2

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/1nOusYE8Kn8wDpOn-jIXOJs_YmxKnsEoW/view?usp=sharing

     

    3rd Grade Service Project moving online

    At this time of year our 3rd graders normally do a service project of collecting food for the Monterey County Food Bank.  We do this project in spring because the food bank is normally low on food during this time.  I know that the food bank is in high need of donations right now.  While we cannot collect food for them, we do want to encourage our families, if you are able, to donate money to them.  Here is the link to their website where you can donate. 

    https://foodbankformontereycounty.org/

     

    Meal Deliveries

    The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days. 

    Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations: 

    • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Big Sur near Ventana entrance. Look for the district van parked at pull out area off Highway 1:
    • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.

     

    Message for our PTO

    Our PTO is working to figure out how to support our community right now using their Facebook Page.  We would encourage you to like and follow “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families post pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected.  If you have other ideas, please email them to either me, or Heaven.

     

    Repeat in this email

    Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

    As they tell you in an airplane safety presentation, you need to make sure to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.  Right now it can be easy to put everything into your children at home.  And while that is understandable and somewhat necessary in these circumstance, I want to make sure we all remember that, in order to fully care for our children, we also have to care for ourselves

    Tending to your own stress

    I know that right now a lot of us adults have our own stress levels rising.  Please make sure that you are staying aware of your own stress and doing what you need to manage that stress in a healthy way.  Here is a great resource for not only talking with kids, but also staying emotionally healthy as adults.

    https://childmind.org/

    Prioritizing your Relationship with your Spouse or Significant Other

    In addition to making sure you stay emotionally healthy, for those of you who are married or have a significant other, we need to make sure that we continue to invest in those relationships as well.  I want to encourage you to invest in those relationships with ideas like: making sure to take time every day to be face to face uninterrupted from the kids; going on walks just the two of you; fixing dinner together; or even giving kids dinner early and then setting them in front of the TV while the two of you have dinner together (and you know if I am saying to put them in front of the TV for anything it must be important!).  I’m sure you can come up with more creative ideas (or search for them online), but I want to make sure to encourage all of us to keep investing in these relationships at a time where we can easily get distracted from it because this will benefit your children as well.

     

     

    Hope you enjoy your weekend.  Miss all of you!

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Friday Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 3/20/2020 6:10:00 PM

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families. 

     

    I miss seeing all of you!  As things in our world are changing daily, our teachers and district are hard at work trying to make sure that we are providing you with the best resources that we can find to support learning at home.  Additionally, although no plans for the closure have changed, we are already in discussions about how we can best continue to support our students’ learning and help them progress if we have to be in “School Away from School” past April 8.  Please know that if you have any questions about what your child is learning, or if your child needs help or has questions, your teacher is just an email away.  Please feel free to email your teachers anytime.  Also, as you come across resources, please feel free to share them with your child’s teacher (and me), as well as give feedback to us on what is working well or not working as well.  We want to make sure we are doing the best we can to support our students and families.  Continue to check your teachers’ websites and the specialists' websites for the most up-to-date activities.  We also thank you for your patience as we work together to figure all of this out.

     

    In this email

    • Put on your own oxygen mask first
    • Resources to assist with students who struggle to focus
    • 3rd grade service project moving online
    • Tips for talking with your children about the current state of affairs
    • CUSD home technology survey
    • Meal Delivery
    • Message from our PTO

     

    Repeat in this Email

    • Staff Videos online

     

    Put on Your Own Oxygen Mask First

    As they tell you in an airplane safety presentation, you need to make sure to put on your own oxygen mask before helping others.  Right now it can be easy to put everything into your children at home.  And while that is understandable and somewhat necessary in these circumstances, I want to make sure we all remember that, in order to fully care for our children, we also have to care for ourselves

    Tending to your own stress

    I know that right now a lot of us adults have our own stress levels rising.  Please make sure that you are staying aware of your own stress and doing what you need to manage that stress in a healthy way.  Here is a great resource for not only talking with kids, but also staying emotionally healthy as adults.

    https://childmind.org/

    Prioritizing your Relationship with your Spouse or Significant Other

    In addition to making sure you stay emotionally healthy, for those of you who are married or have a significant other, we need to make sure that we continue to invest in those relationships as well.  I want to encourage you to invest in those relationships with ideas like: making sure to take time every day to be face to face uninterrupted from the kids; going on walks just the two of you; fixing dinner together; or even giving kids dinner early and then setting them in front of the TV while the two of you have dinner together (and you know if I am saying to put them in front of the TV for anything it must be important!).  I’m sure you can come up with more creative ideas (or search for them online), but I want to make sure to encourage all of us to keep investing in these relationships at a time where we can easily get distracted from it because this will benefit your children as well.

     

    Resource to assist with students who struggle to focus

    Attached is a great resource that was shared with me by a local Speech and Language Pathologist, and parent at Tular.  It has some very practical strategies for helping your children get work done at home, especially if your child has trouble focusing. 

     

    3rd Grade Service Project moving online

    At this time of year our 3rd graders normally do a service project of collecting food for the Monterey County Food Bank.  We do this project in spring because the food bank is normally low on food during this time.  The last I heard, they had only a two week supply of food, which in this time of need, will not be enough for our community.  While we cannot collect food for them, we do want to encourage our families, if you are able, to donate money to them.  Here is the link to their website where you can donate. 

    https://foodbankformontereycounty.org/

     

    Tips for talking with your children about the current state of affairs

    As part of our support, Dr. Susan Swick, Physician in Chief, Ohana, has put together some tips for parents to help navigate this transition with their children.

    www.montagehealth.org/swick-tips

     

    CUSD Home Technology Survey

    Now that we are at the end of the first week of school closure, we want to check in to see how the technology is working for staff, students and your families. Please take a few minutes this weekend to provide your feedback so we can better serve your needs. We are particularly interested in any problems you are experiencing. (If you are not having any problems, this survey is optional.) Please also know that you can email your teacher if you ever experience tech problems with the learning programs at home.  They will then help you with what they can, or forward the problem to a district IT person who will reach out to you to help.

    Please use this link: https://forms.gle/TEPHhhkKEavhbx8XA to complete the survey

     

    Meal Deliveries

    The School Lunch Program will provide free meals to any child 18 or younger during school closure.  Beginning Monday, March 23rd, CUSD will provide free breakfast and lunch grab-and-go meals to individuals under the age of 18 twice a week.  Meals will be delivered on Mondays with meals for two days, and again on Wednesday with meals for 3 days. 

    Meals will be distributed from a district van, and may be picked up by families at these locations: 

    • Carmel Middle School Cafeteria parking lot: 11:30 - 11:45 a.m.
    • Big Sur River Inn parking lot: 12:30 - 12:45 p.m.
    • Big Sur near Ventana entrance. Look for the district van parked at pull out area off Highway 1:
    • 1:15 - 1:45 p.m.
    • Tularcitos Elementary School Bus loading zone: 11:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
    • Cachagua Community Center parking Lot: 1:00 - 1:15 p.m.

    Changes to locations or delivery times will be posted on the CUSD web site.  Please check the website for the most current information.

     

    Message for our PTO

    Our PTO is working to figure out how to support our community right now using their Facebook Page.  There are some bugs we are working out, but we would encourage you to join the page, “Tularcitos Elementary PTO.”  We are trying to post themes of the day and have Tular families reply with pictures of what is happening at their house to keep our community connected.  If you have other ideas, please email them to either me, or Heaven.

     

    Repeat in this email

    Staff videos online

    To help with our students doing School Away from School (at home with you), I will be posting videos of myself giving announcements or reading books a few times a week on our website.  I have also posted videos of a few teachers reading stories as well.  Here is the link to the page where they will all be posted.  I’ll title the videos with the dates so you know which is the newest.  The first one to watch tomorrow morning (or anytime) with your children is posted. 

    https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5483

     

     

    Stay well, and keep up the great work.

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 3/17/2020 4:25:00 PM

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families,

     

    To help with our students doing School away from School (at home with you), I will be posting videos of myself giving announcements or reading books a few times a week on our website.  I have also posted videos of a few teachers reading stories as well.  Here is the link to the page where they will all be posted.  I’ll title the videos with the dates so you know which is the newest.  The first one to watch tomorrow morning (or anytime) with your children is posted. 

    https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5483

     

    Please remember to check your teacher’s websites as directions for each week will be posted there. They will also be emailed to you by the teachers each Friday.  Please also remember to check the Pullout/Specials Teachers’ websites on a weekly basis for activities.

     

    In talking with many of you it sounds like most people are getting a good routine and schedule going for the time at home.  Here is a link to a good sample if you need one.  It is on Ms. Amy’s webpage with some other good resources.

    https://www.carmelunified.org/Page/5405

     

    We are also looking at starting something fun on our PTO Facebook page with a theme of the day to keep our community connected and so people can see what other families are up to.  You can find them on Facebook under "Tularcitos Elementary PTO"

     

    You check the front page of our website for the most current information.

     

    We are looking forward to seeing you back when we start up again. Stay well.

    Go Bobcats!

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

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  • Principal's Email

    Posted by Lindsey Terry on 3/16/2020 12:40:00 PM

    Good Afternoon Bobcat Families,

     

    As you all know, our lives are changing day by day.  In the midst of this, I hope that things are going well for you at home.  Here is where we are today.

     

    Last Friday and today teachers have been working at school to create a schedule and packet of classwork for students to complete during the closure. As you know, it is not feasible to recreate in the packets a learning experience that is on par with the high quality education program students benefit from in their daily experience with us. Our goal in planning and designing the packets, therefore, is to have students "maintain" their current academic standing until school resumes and assist you with activities students can do at home.  While some may view these packets as optional, we are highly recommending that you make it a priority as a family to complete this work while school is closed.  This will greatly assist us in picking up right where we left off when we return. (For students who receive additional academic assistance at school we also included additional materials to continue growth in those areas as well.) We will need to collect all student work from families when we return to school, so please make sure to keep the work students complete at home.  In the event that the closure lasts longer than the current projected time, teachers placed enough work into the packet additional weeks if need be.  Please know that directions of what to do will be posted on the teachers’ websites and will be emailed out from the classroom teacher each Friday if we are out additional weeks.

     

    Our expectation is that the resulting work will be approximately one hour a day for K-2nd students, and 90 minutes for 3rd -5th  students. The work may include hardcover books/texts, consumable texts, worksheets and on-line resources that can be accessed through Classlink and the teachers’ websites.  Directions of how to access student’s online accounts with passwords will be provided in the packets for your reference.

     

    The packets will be available for pickup in Bobcat Hall from 3:00-5:00 pm today, Monday 3/16, and tomorrow, Tuesday 3/17, from 8:00-5:00.  They will be in a bag labeled with your child’s name on a table in Bobcat Hall.  To assist students who do not have a device at home to work on, we are checking out Chromebooks to those families.  If you require a Chromebook, it can be picked up from Bobcat Hall when you pick up your child’s packet. Any packets not picked up by Tuesday at 5:00 will be transported to the CMS gym and will be available for pickup when they offer food distribution to families in need (that communication will be sent out separately).

     

    In addition to the work from the classroom teachers, the Specialists (Spanish, Library, Music, PE, Science) will also have activities posted on their websites for student and families to do.  Directions of what to do for Specials will be posted under the announcements on the Tular website as well as sent in a weekly email each Friday.

     

    Setting Up a Daily Routine

    While you are at home, I would encourage families to establish a daily routine for getting school work done.  Students thrive under routine and establishing this could really help your family.  In this routine I would recommend including: a consistent bed and wakeup time where your child gets the roughly 10 hours of sleep they need, two different “school work” times throughout the day rather than one, a reading time, and play times where they go outside or you play games together as a family.  Additionally, I would highly recommend that you set limits on how much screen time your child will get each day so that it does not consume the time. Here is a link to my screen use suggestions for your reference with some alterations for the time we are in:

    https://www.carmelunified.org/domain/192

    To complement the work teachers will be providing and to help you at home, Khan Academy has been putting together some great resources for parents.  (see the “Daily Schedules for…” under the “Parents” heading)

    https://www.khanacademy.org/about/blog/post/611770255064350720/remote-learning-with-khan-academy-during-school

     

    Not Your Normal Vacation

    Please remember this time should not be treated like a “snow day,” as the following article puts it, or like a typical break.  We need to following the advice of the medical professionals and be socially distancing ourselves during this time.  Please read the following article for advice on how to go about your daily lives to make sure we are being socially responsible and limiting the spread of coronavirus.

    https://medium.com/@ariadnelabs/social-distancing-this-is-not-a-snow-day-ac21d7fa78b4

    Additionally, here is an article to get us thinking out of the box on how to go about our lives in the midst of social distancing (although this is now a couple of days old).

    https://www.cnn.com/2020/03/14/us/what-to-do-this-weekend-coronavirus-trnd/index.html

     

    Talking to Your Child about Coronavirus

    Here is also a link to an informative article about talking to your child about coronavirus for your reference

    https://childmind.org/article/talking-to-kids-about-the-coronavirus/

     

    What is happening with Upcoming Events?

    It is too early to tell for sure, but here is the current thinking for the events schedule between now and Spring Break.

    • After School Enrichment – postponed – a decision about what will happen will be made after we return
    • Tues, Mar 24 @ 7:00: District Band Festival – TBD
    • Sun, Mar 29 @ 4:00: Spring Fling Fundraiser at Gardner’s Ranch – being rescheduled – more info coming
    • Tues, Mar 31 @ 10:40: Trustworthy Character Counts Assembly by 1st Grade – being rescheduled
    • Wed, Apr 1 @ 7:00: District Orchestra Festival – TBD
    • Fri, Apr 3 @ 3:00: Popsicles with Peterson – being rescheduled
    • Wed, Apr 8 @ 6:00 pm: PTO Meeting – TBD
    • Fri, Apr 10 before school: Pancake Breakfast provided by Tular Dads – TBD
    • Fri, Apr 10: Spirit Day: Beach Attire - TBD
    • Apr 13-17: Spring Break

     

    You may contact me or your teachers directly through email during the closure.  Please know that no one, including teachers, are allowed on site starting Wednesday, 3/18.  

     

    We wish you the very best during the closure. Please share with your children that we will miss them and look forward to their return. Stay well, safe, and please do not hesitate to reach out to us if you need assistance.  As no one can predict what will happen over the coming days and weeks, please check your email and/or the district website for current communications and to know what to expect for school.  I still plan on sending out a Friday email to keep you updated on what is going on for school.  On the Tularcitos website under announcements we have also posted some fun videos for the students, and parents, to enjoy.  I’d encourage you to check them out.  While this is a difficult time, other than all of us staying healthy and safe, one of my hopes in this is that we will be able to recapture the importance of family time and slowing down.  Our lives are often so full of activities and distractions we lose focus on what is important. I am hoping that this forced break from what has become our fast-paced normal will help us redefine and refocus on what our lives should be like and be about. 

     

    We are looking forward to seeing you back when we start up again.

    Ryan Peterson

    Proud Principal, Tularcitos Elementary School

    Nurturing Hearts, Expanding Minds, Inspiring Actions, Broadening Horizons.

     

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