Principal's Newsletter 9/5/2022

Principal's Newsletter 9/5/2022

Dear San Elijo Elementary Families,

We hope everyone is enjoying the long weekend and finding ways to stay cool! Students have been doing well with the heat and staying indoors when needed. Due to the heat wave lasting for several more days, we continue to offer cool-down zones for students and switch to full indoor recess when the heat becomes unbearable. Please encourage your children to hydrate as much as possible, bring a refillable water bottle, and wear light clothing.

School Board Meeting

Our SMUSD School Board has asked us to do a short presentation about our school at the meeting this Thursday, September 8. We would love it if you could attend or watch from home!

Here is the information I found on the SMUSD homepage for the meeting-

Location: North County Regional Educational Center, 255 Pico Avenue, San Marcos, CA, 92069

Time: 6:30 p.m.

Live Streaming for this meeting will be available for viewers at the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC6o1cGihNFxUG2zkuvgl2Tg=

Drama class starts this week with Mrs. Broyles!

This week will settle into our full “Specials” schedule with students attending Drama, STEM, and Art classes every other week and PE, Music, and Library every week. We love offering many opportunities where students can extend their learning from the classroom, pursue their passions and interests, and enrich their love of learning and exploration! Big thanks to the PTO and ALL of our parents for your generous support for our fundraising campaigns, which support these classes.

Cash For Kids Drive Starts this Week!

The SEES PTO hopes you have had a great start to the 2022-2023 school year! To kick things off, the month of September is dedicated to our most important fundraiser, the Cash for Kids Fundraising Drive. This is the only fundraiser where 100% of your donation goes directly to the PTO, allowing us to have STEM, Art, and Drama teachers, instructional aides, and so much more. The goal is to raise $40,000 this month! To donate online, click here. And be on the lookout for flyers being distributed this week with more information about the Cash for Kids campaign, as well as donation prizes, including SEES hats, yearbooks, plushies, and more! Questions? Email [email protected].

School Site Council Ballot- Please Vote!

The School Site Council is an elected group of parents and staff who serve as an advisory group to the Principal. The primary function of this group is to provide information and advice on the Single Plan for Student Achievement and the School Safety Plan and to review budgetary information. This committee does not deal with fundraising or other areas covered by the PTO. We have three positions to fill on the school site council this year and are so thankful to all of the parents who graciously submitted their names and bios last week. Now we need all of our parents to vote! Please complete the ballot below by marking three candidates. We will keep the voting open until Saturday, September 10. Thank you!

2022-2023 SEES School Site Council Ballot

Birthday Celebrations

As a reminder, no outside food (candy, cupcakes, cookies, etc.) is allowed to be distributed to students for birthday celebrations. If you’d like to have your child bring birthday goodie bags for their classmates, stickers, pencils, small toys, and other non-food items are excellent alternatives to food. We mainly don’t allow food due to severe food allergies and unhealthy ingredients such as excessive sugar. Class celebrations may be organized by your child’s room parent or for fundraiser incentives, but these celebrations will be limited and follow the SMUSD Smart Snack Guide: https://www.smusd.org/departments/child_nutrition_services/smart_snacks_fundraisers. As you can imagine, if we allow food for one child’s birthday, then we would need to allow it for all 24-33 students in the class, and that would be many days of unhealthy eating in school! Thank you so much for your support in this! We would hate to ruin someone’s plans for their special day, so please non-food items only for birthdays.

Yearbook Cover Contest Reminder

SUBMIT YOUR STUDENT’S ART FOR THE YEARBOOK!

Once again, SEES students will be the official artists of our school yearbook! All submissions must be received by September 26th, 2022!

WHAT TO SUBMIT

San Elijo Elementary’s 2022-2023 yearbook theme celebrates our student’s dreams and aspirations. This year, we are asking students to draw their hopes and dreams for the future.

Every child’s submissions will be included in the yearbook.

ARTWORK SUBMISSION INSTRUCTIONS

Please use a WHITE 8.5  x 11 sheet of paper for each drawing. Paper orientation must be vertical. Try to use as much of the paper as possible. The bigger, the better!

No wording (the yearbook team will insert the school name and the year)

Draw and color your artwork with any medium you like (pencils, pens, crayons, markers).

The student’s name, grade, and teacher’s name MUST be written on the back of the paper in pencil only so it does not show through the artwork on the front.

Entries should be placed in the YEARBOOK folder in the office

Have fun and good luck!

Yearbook Contest Flier

We are Hiring!

We are currently hiring for a part-time PE Aide Position. If you or someone you know is interested, please apply on Edjoin.org. Here is the link to the PE Aide position. It would be 3.75 hours per day, five days per week. As you know, you would be working with the best PE teachers in the county, Coach Miller!

Interested in working at SEES but not a full five-day/week commitment? We are always looking for substitutes for certificated positions (teachers) and classified positions (noon-time supervisor, crossing guards, instructional aide, office staff). If you are interested in substituting for either certificated or classified positions, please contact [email protected] at the District office or your SEES admin team ([email protected] or [email protected]). 

Haunted Hallway Volunteers

Calling all 5th-Grade Parents! The Monster Bash is quickly approaching October 14, and we are looking for 5th-grade parents to volunteer in the Haunted Hallway attraction! If interested, please view the flier below and contact [email protected] to sign up.

Haunted Hallway Volunteer Information

Follow us on Social Media

Stay up to date with all SEES information via social media!

Follow us on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/sees_pto/ and Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SOARSEES to stay on top of all the latest news about special events and fundraisers.

Below is an important update from the District-

COVID Update:

Parents/guardians no longer need to submit a negative test result in order for a student to end isolation before Day 11.

·  If a student is experiencing symptoms, they may return to school as soon as the following day if they are feeling better without providing proof of a negative test (testing is expected, but proof is not required). Contact the school health office to request a free at-home test kit.

·  Students who test positive for COVID may return to school on Day 6 without providing proof of a negative test. Antigen testing is strongly recommended. If your child is still testing positive on Days 6-10, please keep them home.

Updated notification procedure after a positive case is reported on campus:

In line with CDPH recommendations, we will notify groups/classrooms who are experiencing a higher than normal case rate (3 or more positive cases have been reported within a 14-day period).

Remind.com

In addition to weekly emails, we communicate short reminders, updates, and announcements to parents via the remind.com app. It is set up for text messages but downloading the app is recommended. This is optional since messaging rates may apply, and you may not want to receive frequent messages from me. Please click on the appropriate link below-

TK- https://www.remind.com/join/a4bb4f

Kinder- https://www.remind.com/join/4ah2k7

1st-grade- https://www.remind.com/join/dd36ak6

2nd-grade- https://www.remind.com/join/dff72h3

3rd-grade- https://www.remind.com/join/c6862a2

4th-grade- https://www.remind.com/join/7fb4ec

5th-grade- https://www.remind.com/join/g626dd

Important Dates at a Glance

  • September 5-10- Parents to complete the SSC Ballot Google Form
  • September 6- PTO Cash for Kids Fundraiser Begins
  • September 8- SEES Presentation at the School Board Meeting @ 6:30 pm
  • September 27- School Picture Day
  • September 30- Scholastic Book Fair Begins
  • September 30- Flag Salute and Awards @ 8:50 am
  • October 3- PTO Meeting @ 6 pm
  • October 5- Walk/Bike to School
  • October 10- No School/Parent-Teacher Conferences
  • October 11-14- Conference Week Modified Schedule
    • AM TK- 8:30 am-10:30 am
    • PM TK- 10:30 am-12:30 pm
    • Kinder- 8:45 am-1 pm
    • 1st-5th- 8:45 am-1:25 pm
  • October 14- Monster Bash!!


Thank you,

Gary Pope and Mara McLeod

SEES Admin Team

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