• February 25, 2021

     

    Loma Families,

    Here is the Thursday edition of the Wednesday News. The News you received yesterday was not the correct edition. Here now is this week’s news to catch you up!

    I hope that you all were able to rest and catch up over last week’s break. We are so happy that we will begin welcoming students back to campus very soon. There is some dense information below regarding the reopening schedules. Teachers will be sharing with you very soon your cohort assignments as well as some other important information for returning to in person learning. For now, have a great week and enjoy the sunshine.

    LOMA PUBLIC EDUCATION NEWS (LPEF) 

    We appreciate all of your supportas we navigate these unprecedented times!

    Remote Learning Attendance Reminder

    Please contact your school office for any of the following reasons during remote learning:

    • Your child cannot log into class-email the teacher and the appropriate school office.
    • Your child had technical issues or other issues that caused them to log into class late.
    • Your child will be absent, at an appointment, or leaving class early.

    Contact: r.marin@loma.k12.ca.us for Loma Elementary; j.bourque@loma.12.ca.us for CTE.

    Frequent absences from school are cause for concern. Students who miss just one or two days of school each month risk falling seriously behind. Being absent from school can lead to significant problems. Students who miss many days of school are more likely to fail classes, drop out from school, and have poor relationships with parents, teachers, and peers. Please remember that every absence matters. If you need support with your child’s attendance, please reach out to your child’s teacher or to Billy Martin. Thank you for supporting your child in their attendance at school.

    HEALTH AND SAFETY RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS

    Check out the Covid-19: Prepare, Prevent, Protect flyer and the Be Safe & Healthy with Potter the Otter Covid-19 safety guidebook. Both provide important safety practices necessary for returning to in-person learning.

    Also available in Spanish at this link: https://issuu.com/first5kids/docs/activitywithpotterathome_v4_spanish.

    Billy Martin, Principal

    Loma Prieta JUSD

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    No School-All students K-8 – March 1st

    K-6 Virtual Reopening Parent Information Session – March 1st at 5pm

    Dr. Martin and Superintendent Fraser will be hosting a parent information session for parents of K-6 students to provide information and answer questions about our reopening plan. If you are unable to attend, a recording of the session will be posted for viewing.

    Join Zoom Meeting:
    https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85883448714?pwd=cE9kSksrczBYdkk4RUhLVUEwRVcyUT09
    Meeting ID: 858 8344 8714
    Passcode: 769346

    LOMA SPRING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - April 19th April 23rd

    K-5 parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for the week of April 19th – April 23rd. Your child’s 2nd trimester report card will be available to view/print from PowerSchool on April 16th. These reporting dates have been modified to accommodate our reopening and to allow us to have students back in person to provide additional relevant data on their progress. Please note that if your child has an IEP, the Special Education Progress Reporting period will adjust to align with this general education report card period.

    NEWS AND UPDATES

    K-5 Reopening Update

    We are very excited to begin welcoming kindergarten through fifth grade students back to campus next week with cohort orientations. You will receive from your child’s classroom teacher the following items/information before the end of this week:

    1. Your child’s cohort assignment.
    2. Your child’s new schedule that will begin 3/8.
    3. A list of recommended supplies your child will need for in-person learning.
    4. A Health & Safety Agreement for students returning to in-person. This form will need to be read, signed and returned to your child’s classroom teacher on or before 3/8/2021. If can be signed and returned digitally or sent with your child on their orientation day or on their first day of hybrid learning.
    5. A Hybrid Behavior Expectations for students returning to in-person. This form will need to be read, signed and returned to your child’s classroom teacher on or before 3/8/2021. It can be signed and returned digitally or sent with your child on their orientation day or on their first day of hybrid learning.

    Next week’s schedule will be very different to accommodate campus needs to fully prepare for returning students. Attached is a narrative description of the schedule.

    Monday 3/1-No School K-8. This replaces our professional development date that was canceled in January. Teachers will be using this day to prepare classrooms and physical spaces for students.

    Tuesday3/2-Fully Asynchronous/No Zooms K-8. K-8 teachers, including specialists, will be providing all learning activities asynchronously to be completed independently. Teachers will not have office hours. Teachers will be using this day to continue preparing classrooms.

    Wednesday 3/3-K-5 students will have a Zoom Morning Meeting check in and office hours with their classroom teacher. The remaining classroom learning activities will be provided asynchronously/independent.  6-8 Students will have their Wednesday as they usually do according to teacher instructions.

    Thursday3/4-K-5 Cohort 1 Orientation Day-On Campus. 6-8 students will carry on their usual schedule: Cohort 1 via Zoom, Cohort 2 asynchronous.

    • K-2students in Cohort 1 will be on campus 8:30am-10am. Cohort 2 and Distance Learning students will be provided

    their learning activities asynchronously.

    • 3-5students in Cohort 1 will be on campus 10:30am-12:00pm. Cohort 2 and Distance Learning students will be

    provided their learning activities asynchronously.

    • K-5all students can access normal office hours for support if needed.

    Friday3/5-K-5 Cohort 2 Orientation Day-On Campus. 6-8 students will carry on their usual schedule: Cohort 2 via Zoom, Cohort 1 asynchronous.

    • K-2students in Cohort 2 will be on campus 8:30am-10am. Cohort 1 and Distance Learning students will be provided

    their learning activities asynchronously.

    • 3-5students in Cohort 2 will be on campus 10:30am-12:00pm. Cohort 1 and Distance Learning students will be

    provided their learning activities asynchronously.

    • K-5all students can access normal office hours for support if needed.

    Monday3/8-K-5students will begin their new hybrid schedule. 6-8 students carry on classes as usual.

    Tuesday3/9-K-5students continue with their new hybrid schedule. 6-8 students carry on classes as usual.

    Wednesday3/10-K-5students continue with their new hybrid schedule. 6-8 students carry on classes as usual.

    STUDENT SPOTLIGHT!

    Congratulations to CTE students Ross O. and Samantha T. for their recognition in the PocketLab Engineering Design Challenge. Ross and Samantha were recognized for their engineering projects to design, build, and test a vaccine storage device. Thank you and congratulations to all the students who participated in this STEM challenge.

    NEW TRACK AND FIELD

    We are so excited that our newly renovated track and field are open for student and public use. But, with students returning to campus, it is important to remind everyone of the rules:

    1. The track and field and other campus amenities are not available to the public during school hours. School hours are 8am-4pm. If you are on campus during those hours, you will be asked to leave.
    2. Dogs are not allowed on campus. Many have forgotten this rule over the past year with school closed. But now with students coming back to campus we want to ensure our grass spaces are not used as doggie bathrooms.
    3. Bicycles, roller blades, scooters, and other wheeled/propelled devices are never allowed on the track. These devices can damage the track.
    4. We are still adhering to public safety guidelines. If you do visit campus during non-school hours,

    ELEVATE ACTIVITY GROUPS

    In partnership with Santa Clara County Office of Education and Alum Rock Counseling Center, we are excited to offer the opportunity for 3-8 grade students to participate in an after-school enrichment group. These groups will occur via Zoom, are no cost, and space is very limited with these first sessions. See the attached flyer for more information and links to sign up.

    VIRTUAL CAREER FAIR FOR K-8 STUDENTS

    The Santa Clara County Office of Education is hosting a virtual career fair for K-8 students. This event will feature guest speakers from many different careers, encouraging students to dream big, follow their passions, and explore amazing career opportunities. The virtual event is Thursday March 11, 2021, 1pm-3pm. See the attached flyer for more information and link to sign up.

    CTE HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS

    CTE Masks

    Our masks are popular with students, parents and teachers.  We are running low on some models.  Get yours now before it is too late. Available in two sizes (adult/child), two cool styles (cheetah paw/cheetah roar) and just $8 each, the masks are triple fabric and super soft. Visit https://www.ctehsc.org/sign-up-shop-donate to get yours today!

    CTE YEARBOOK CLASS NEEDS YOUR HELP

    The Yearbook Class needs your help collecting photos from the 2020-21 school year! Please send pictures of your CT student(s) to CTEnglishYearbook@gmail.com.  Please include your student's name and grade level in your email.

    This month, we are seeking photos of: 

    • Athletic activities of any kind
    • Indoor activities
    • Zooming
    • Pets!

    We are seeking photos of any type that help capture this school year, so even if it doesn't fit the categories above, we'd love to find a place for it in the yearbook!

    CTE & LOMA JOINT HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS

    Sees Candies Campaign

    Loma and CT HSCs’  Sees Candies fundraiser is still open and available. This sweet runs through March 21!

    Visit our Sees Candies page and help us reach our fundraising goal!

    Spring Bulb Fundraiser

    It is not too early to plan your spring and summer gardens!  Doesn’t this sunny springtime weather inspire you to get your garden going? We are super excited about our newest fundraiser.  Check out the link for flower bulbs, herb/veggie and flower seeds and more for your gardening needs. https://www.flowerpowerfundraising.com/index.php/marketplace/seller/profile/shop/ctehsc

    SUPPORT YOUR HSCs and Local Restaurants

    Mark your calendars now for a couple of nights of no cooking.  We all love those opportunities!  Our HSCs are partnering with two of our favorite restaurants in the next couple of months.  Present the attached flyer at these restaurants for lunch or dinner on the CTE/LOMA days and a percentage of the proceeds will come back to our HSCs.

    Main Street Burger for the HSCs: Wednesday March 17

    Goodwill Update

    Our Spring Campaign will be coming. Date and location TBD. Keep a look out for more information coming soon.