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.