Kindness Poem  (found on the internet) submitted by Brooklynn Spencer: Kindness is a friendly wave. A simple present I just gave. It's the way I say thank you, And in the nice thing I do. A letter I write, or a card I make, Or a dozen cookies I will bake. I can be kind every day. In everything, I do and say If I am kind to everyone, My heart will be full and I'll have fun!!      😇😉

Principal’s Message

Hello Sumac Families,

Happy Friday! Thank you to all those who participated in our drive through Picture Day this week! It filled my heart seeing SO many of our incredible students and families drive-through for their school picture. In an abnormal year, it was a small piece of normalcy! Our makeup day is in January. Please join me in offering a huge shoutout to our PFA and Cornerstone Photography for all of their hard work organizing this event! An email will be sent from Cornerstone to you in the next couple of weeks for review and purchasing of pictures.

Next week is Halloween and Día de los muertos! Please share with us your Halloween and Día de los muertos celebrations: carved pumpkins, costumes, decorations, ofrendas, face paint, crafts etc. using the hashtag #SumacHalloween and #SumacDiadelosmuertos!

Costume Guidelines (Distance Learning)

In preparation for days full of fun, want to remind our community of a few costume reminders:

  • Costumes should be comfortable so students are able to sit, move, and learn throughout their normal school day… even via Zoom!!

  • No scary, bloody, or gory costumes

  • Costumes may not be demeaning to any ethnic group, race, religion, nationality, disabilities, gender or individual at the school.

  • No costumes that would completely hide the identity of the student, i.e. Hazmat suit, gorilla suit, full mask, etc.

  • Costumes may not show obscene materials or prohibited substances.

  • No weapons, toy weapons, or props replicating weapons

    **If you are not sure the costume is appropriate – it probably isn’t! Please feel free to ask.

Waiver Update

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is currently accepting applications for schools to reopen for TK-Grade 2. LVUSD submitted applications for all LVUSD TK-2 schools (including Sumac!) on Thursday, October 15. LA County will take approximately 2-3 weeks to review, then submit those they approve to the state for final approval.
Our principal team and administration at the District Office are working diligently on a detailed reopening plan for all schools. In the next few weeks, I will be sharing with you the date and time of a webinar that I will host that is school-specific prior to reopening. A District video will also be released in the next few weeks for families to view to learn about our new safety protocols. In case you missed it, please check out this week’s LVUSD community update (from Thursday, 10/22) HERE.

Checking out Library Books

As a reminder, Sumac families are now able to place books on hold and check out books from our library! To request books, please use the TK-2nd Book Interest form or access the 3rd-5th Grade Library Book Hold Process directions. Books that are placed on hold will be available for pick up the following Tuesday-Friday from 10-4 pm on the Library Book Cart outside of the Sumac office. Books will be labeled with the students' last name and placed in alphabetical order by last name. Holds will lapse after 1 week and books will be placed back on the library shelves if they are not picked up by that Friday. Thank you!

That’s all for now - have a great weekend and Go Voyagers!!

Liberty Logan

Proud Principal

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School News

Around The Campus
Student Council
Today was the last day for students in grades 3 - 5 to submit applications for Student Council.  Mrs. Brikett will be emailing information packets to those who have submitted applications. 
  • 3-5th grade classrooms will be able to vote for 2 classroom representatives and 1 alternate per classroom. 
  • 5th-grade students ONLY have the opportunity to run for the officer positions of president, vice-president, secretary, treasurer, and publicist.
  • Any non-elected candidate who runs for an officer position becomes a member of the Executive Board.
  • Homeroom Rep Speeches and Elections will be held in each classroom on Tuesday, October 27th. 
    • Homeroom speeches can either be done by flip grid or students can just give the speeches directly to the students in their classrooms
  • Wednesday, October 28th - lunchtime meeting for students interested in running for a Student Council Officer position. 
  • Candidates will be presented at Morning Assembly on Friday, October 30th. 
    • Speeches will be given on Tuesday, November 3rd for grades 1 - 5 students.  
    • Elections will be held immediately following the speeches. 
    • Speeches must be sent to Mrs. Birkett for approval by End of the Day Friday, October 30th.  They should be sent to birkett@lvusd.org.
  • Student Council Officers will be announced on Wednesday, November 4th. 

Upcoming Events

10.26 - 10.20 Red Ribbon Week "Healthy Minds, Healthy Bodies"

10.26 Proud to be Healthy! Wear RED to help kick off Red Ribbon Week.

10.27 United We Stand Against Bullying & Drugs - Wear RED, WHITE or BLUE 

10.27 Homeroom Representative Speeches and Elections

10.28 I See a Healthy Future!
Wear sunglasses or fun eyeglasses

10.29 Team Up for a Healthy Body
Wear your favorite college/sports shirt or jersey

10.30 Follow Your Dreams
Wear pajamas -or your Halloween costume

10.31 Happy Halloween!

11.1 & 11.2 Feliz Día de los muertos

11.3 Student Council Officer Elections

Mrs. Logan's Virtual Office