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Welcome Back Cubs!

 

Hello C.U.B.S.,

We made it through the week and are rewarded with a three-day weekend in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Teachers included lessons this week about Dr. King and his message of non-violence, tolerance, peace, and acceptance, always maintaining fidelity to his principles that men and women everywhere, regardless of color or creed, are equal members of the human family ( The King Center:). Some of my favorite quotes are the one in the picture of Dr. King and, “We must accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope.“  “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.” “Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” As we face the challenges in living with COVID, these quotes remind me never to lose hope, continue to be patient, compassionate, and understanding when decisions are made, even when we may disagree, and trust and value the people in our lives. We are all looking at the unfinished “staircase,” and it is crucial to believe that we will continue to adjust, ensuring we do everything we can to support each other through this crisis.

 

Morning Message - Acceptance & Tolerance

This week we also had our fifth-grade students read a skit over the loudspeaker on acceptance. Their message to all C.U.B.S. is that you recognize diversity and celebrate the differences among everyone in acceptance. You know and understand that everyone has the same feelings and deserves tolerance and caring. The key to acceptance is willingness. As we do each month, let’s continue to model acceptance to all C.U.B.S. 

 

 

Change In COVID Notification Protocol

LVUSD is moving away from community-wide notifications regarding COVID cases with shifting protocols. Instead, our district nurses will be notifying all students and close contacts in classrooms. When you receive a notification, directions will include strong recommendations for testing. If children have no symptoms and are negative on a COVID test, they may still come to school following the letter's protocols. As usual, if your child has any cold or flu symptoms, keep them home and follow the protocol recommendations. If you are interested in the number of Covid-19 positive cases at our school or district, you can access this information on our website LVUSD Covid-19 Dashboard.

Rapid Test Drive-through Distribution

It was great seeing many C.U.B.S. at our drive-through rapid test distribution this afternoon. As we work together to keep our students in school as much as possible, the tests will allow you to test your students if they show any symptoms or were exposed to COVID-19. As mentioned above, if your child is ill and has any cold or flu symptoms, keep them home, and please test to rule out COVID. It is important to email the attendance line at cesattendance@lvusd.org and our school nurse at bchristl@lvusd.org. You may also want to refer to this COVID Flowchart


Next Community Event - Vaccination Clinic At Chaparral

Our next community event will be our Vaccination Clinic on Wednesday, January 26, from 

2-5 p.m. As mentioned in my message last Wednesday, you can register for this clinic via the following link: CLICK HERE.  Please bring a photocopy of your insurance card and the Albertson’s consent form (attached here) to your appointment. More details and further information will be sent home soon.


We will need volunteers for this event and would love your support.  Please contact chaparralpfc@gmail.com and sbrazell@lvusd.org  if you can help out for a few hours. 

What Would C.U.B.S. Do? We found another heart!


Your children may have mentioned that for the last two weeks, all CUBS have been on the lookout for one more "What Would Cubs Do" heart. Molly Vaisman and Olivia Frank found the heart in the garden next to the library. The heart reminds all CUBS to be kind and to spread kindness everywhere they are. Each day, our morning messengers report the kindness challenge for the day. Today's challenge was, "Write a positive note to a classmate." I know you will join me in thanking Mrs. Linda Yollis for working for years with our LVUSD groundskeepers to create a heart for all CUBS. I know you will enjoy this picture of Mrs. Yollis sharing this great reminder.

 

 

Stay tuned for the upcoming Great Kindness Challenge Week, January 24th through January 28th. We will have spirit kindness challenges and other activities to spread kindness everywhere! More information will be coming home soon.

 

This week, Dr. Stepenosky mentioned these words in an earlier message, and I want to share and echo his thoughts. “I know that staff, students, and parents are all stretched thin due to the fluctuating challenges this pandemic has caused.  Please continue to show grace and kindness towards others.  We sincerely appreciate all you are doing to keep our schools safe and open by following health protocols, taking this seriously, and looking out for one another.”

 

I am grateful for our unified community, and all that you do to support each other! Enjoy this three day weekend!

 

Take care, stay safe, and be well,

Stephanie Brazell

Principal