As we finish up this month of October, we are busy with our usual events and holidays, and we will continue to participate in COVID safe ways. This principal’s message includes our upcoming events, music instruction, and our school’s possible reopening. Please take the time to read all of the information. Working together successfully as a unified community takes all of us being well informed.
This week included a new experience, drive-through Picture Day. It was a resounding success, and a huge thank you goes out to all of our staff and volunteers for supporting our photographers and families as they waited in car lines to get their pictures taken.
Next week is Red Ribbon Week and of course, Halloween. This year’s theme for Red Ribbon Week is: Be Happy. Be Brave. Be Healthy. During the week, teachers and students will visit a Red Ribbon virtual classroom and view a video provided by PFC called “Corey the Dribbler.” Corey, a former Harlem Globetrotter, explains to students how using the character trait of perseverance (Never Give Up!) is key to learning new skills. Our activities will support all CUBS in making choices that add to their overall feelings of happiness, confidence, and perseverance. These traits are associated with helping children be healthy, happy, and most importantly, supports them in avoiding unhealthy behaviors. I want to thank our room parents and PFC in advance for all their help and support to provide safe and fun school experiences and for our upcoming Halloween celebrations.
Making healthy choices includes using technology in a safe way. It has come to our attention that some students are communicating with other students using their school email address via Google Chat outside of school hours, at night, and on weekends. Most communication has been appropriate but unfortunately, some have not been kind. A lack of character and display of irresponsible behavior can be just as harmful online as in person. This issue mostly applies to our 3rd - 5th grade CUBS, but is important for everyone to be aware of. Students should not be using their school email to socially communicate with other students outside of school. Students should be using a parent approved personal email and/or parent approved virtual platform to converse with friends. We cannot monitor what students are chatting about or who they are chatting with on Google Chat. Parents, as our partner, please monitor your student’s Google Chat. Have a conversation with your student(s) advising them not to use their school email to access Google Chat. Remind them to communicate appropriately whether it is on school email or other virtual platforms. Working together on this will help all CUBS to Be Happy, Be Brave, and Be Healthy! Thank you!
Helpful Resource of the Week: It is important to monitor your child’s internet use and google accounts. Here are some websites and articles that can help you learn how. Also a fun fact; 13 is the age that is deemed appropriate for social media accounts (see article here).
Resources for internet safety for parents to know:
I am excited to announce that Music is officially beginning next week with the return of our fabulous music teacher, Mrs. Beverly Chaffee. She has developed a virtual music classroom and will introduce lessons live for all grades. Your child’s teacher will be sending home more information about music this week.
Finally, The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is currently accepting applications for schools to reopen for grades TK through 2nd. LVUSD submitted applications for all LVUSD TK-2 schools 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. If you would like to view a webinar from this past Thursday with Dr. Stepenosky, Click This Link to View the Webinar .
Have a wonderful weekend and a great week. Let’s model together, making healthy choices, so all CUBS Will Be Happy, Be Brave, and Be Healthy!
Take Care, and Be Well,