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.