•  March 10, 2021

     

    Loma Families,

    We have had a successful opening of our elementary school for hybrid learning. It took quite a village to make this happen. Thank you to everyone, including parents, families and students. Adhering to our rules, expectations, and procedures is a huge part of our success.

     

    We have our 6th graders returning to campus coming up. This begins with an orientation to campus on March 18th and March 19th. We have made plans to include 7th grade students in the orientation on March 18th and March 19th. We do not have a date yet for when 7th and 8th grade students will return to campus, but as soon as details are confirmed, you will be notified.  Sixth grade families will find lots of information to prepare for the return to in-person hybrid learning, including a supplies list. These 6th grade supplies are recommended for returning to in-person learning. Seventh grade families will find information about the upcoming orientation.

     

    LOMA PUBLIC EDUCATION NEWS (LPEF) 

    LPEF Update - Did You Know?

    We are overjoyed to see many students return to on campus learning. As we look towards next Fall, it is crucial that we have the funds to support all students and programs so that our kids can thrive. 

     

    Did you know that LPEF funds many of our valuable programs and teachers?

    Loma Public Education Fund (LPEF) is the sole foundation supporting our mountain schools. LPEF provides annual funding for educational programs such as music and band, STEAM, library, student counseling & support, technology, developmental P.E., middle school electives, and Art. Each Spring, we run the KEEP! donation campaign to help raise funds to KEEP teachers and essential programs available for students at both Loma and C.T. English. 

     

    Did you know that KEEP is our annual spring giving campaign?

    LPEF’s spring direct giving campaign, KEEP! helps raise funds to keep teachers and essential programs for students at both Loma and C.T. English. This year the KEEP campaign will run from April 19th-May 5th. 

     

    Did you know that we usually host in person fundraising events?

    LPEF organizes our fall Gala, spring Golf Fore the Kids tournament and Sip for Schools wine events to raise funds needed for our schools.  All of these in person events were cancelled this year but we hope they are will return next year. 

     

    Do you know the recommended KEEP donation amount per family?

    While we appreciate donations of any size, the recommended donation amount per family this year is $1,000 if you have one child at the school and $1,500 for two or more. 

     

    Did you know you can sign up for monthly donations?

    Our Monthly Donor Program allows you to spread your donations out during the year, providing us with a dependable base of support. LPEF’s monthly giving is affordable, flexible, effective, and convenient. Visit LPEF Donate Page to sign up for monthly giving. 

     

    Did you know we are looking for volunteers?

    Have a great idea? Want to get more involved with the KEEP campaign and LPEF? If you would like to volunteer or get involved, please contact Jennifer Chen (jjparkster@hotmail.com) or Tiffaney Gallup (tiff@simplyremarkable.com).

     

    KEEP Fundraising Committee Members

    Jennifer Chen, Tiffaney Gallup, Ruth Gantly, Elyse Fairweather, Lauren Gallagher & Kate Elderidge.

     

    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: Be Safe and Healthy.

     

    Billy Martin, Principal

    Loma Prieta JUSD

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    LOMA SPRING PARENT/TEACHER CONFERENCES - APRIL 19-23

    K-5 parent/teacher conferences are scheduled for the week of April 19th through 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

    CTE Reopening Information 6th and 7th Grade Orientation to Campus - March 18th and 19th

    We are able to add 7th grade to our 6th grade orientation! More information will be coming regarding 7th and 8th grade students’ return to campus in a hybrid plan. Sixth and 7th grade orientation will be:

    Cohort 1 students will be on campus Thursday March 18th 8:30-11:05am

    Cohort 2 students will be on campus Friday Mach 19th 8:30-11:05am.

     

    To accommodate these orientation days, all of CTE will adopt a modified minimum day schedule. This is needed to align our on-campus students and our off-campus students with a plan that ensures everyone, including teachers, can be where they are needed, when they are needed. Our modified minimum day schedules will be for March 18th and March 19th. On March 18th and March 19th, the minimum day bell schedule will be:

    P1 8:30-8:50

    P2 8:55-9:15

    P3 9:20-9:40

    P4 9:45-10:05

    Break 10:05-10:20

    P5 10:20-10:40

    P6 10:45-11:05

     

    Teachers will communicate these times to students and will post in Google Classroom. Teachers will also communicate any particular details to specific groups, for example the 7th grade students enrolled in 8th math.

     

    6th Grade Reopening Information

    Thursday March 18th 6th and 7th Grade Cohort 1 Orientation Day-On Campus. Eighth grade students will follow the minimum day schedule above with Cohort 1 via Zoom and Cohort 2 asynchronous. Sixth and 7th grade students remaining in distance learning will be provide their learning activities asynchronously. All 6-8 students can access regularly scheduled virtual office hours for support if needed.

     

    FridayMarch 19th 6th and 7th Grade Cohort 2 Orientation Day-On Campus.

    Eighth grade students will follow the minimum day schedule above with Cohort 1 via Zoom and Cohort 2 asynchronous. Sixth and 7th grade students remaining in distance learning will be provide their learning activities asynchronously.  All 6-8 students can access regularly scheduled virtual office hours for support if needed.

     

    Monday March 22nd 6th Grade Cohort 1 students on campus 8:30-12:30. 7-8 students carry on classes as usual.

     

    Tuesday March 23rd 6th Grade Cohort 2 students on campus 8:30-12:30. 7-8 students carry on classes as usual.

     

    Wednesday March 24th 6th-8th Everyone at home following current Wednesday scheduled communicated by classroom teachers.

     

    6th Grade Drop-Off & Pick-Up

    See the attached CTE campus/parking lot map for visual. When you arrive on campus, be on the lookout for signage to support you getting to the right drop-off or pick-up spot. There will be school staff members throughout the pick-up/drop-off areas to support students in getting where they need to go, finding their classes and their line up spots. If your child will get home another way other than being picked up in the parking lot, like walking, biking, scootering home, or being picked up over the walking bridge, please notify Mrs. Bourquein the CTE office via email of these instructions. This will help us make sure kids get where they are supposed to go.

     

    Middle School Students will be dropped off/picked up along the curb from the CTE office to Room 21. See attached map for more information.

     

    Middle School Arrival

    There is no supervision before school starts on campus. Students arriving to campus 8:20-8:30am will go directly to their assigned spot outside their classroom. Teachers will conduct temperature checks before students enter classrooms. Students presenting with a temperature of 99.5 or higher will be sent to the “Health Check” tent for a second screening near the music room. If an elevated temperature is verified, the student will be isolated to wait to be picked up from school after parent/guardian is notified. If the elevated temperature was false, the student will return to class.

     

    Sixth grade students arriving after 8:35am will be considered late. Students arriving after 8:35 will report to the “Health Check” tent near the music room for a temperature screening. If temperature is acceptable, student will get a late pass to class. If a temperature of 99.5 is recorded, a second screening will be conducted. If an elevated temperature is verified, the student will be isolated to wait to be picked up from school after parent/guardian is notified.

     

    When dropping off your middle schooler, please:

    1. PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD. This will allow more cars to get off through traffic spaces, including Summit Road.
    2. Have your child ready to exit the vehicle before you stop: mask on, good-byes given, etc. Make your drop off as quick and safe as possible.
    3. Once your child has exited the vehicle and is safely on the sidewalk, exit the drive through lane and exit campus.
    4. Have your child exit the PASSENGER side of the vehicle only. Cars pass on the driver’s side and it is dangerous for children to exit the vehicle into moving traffic.
    5. You can begin unloading your children at 8:20am. Students arriving after 8:35am are tardy and will need to visit the Health Station for a temperature check and a late pass to class.

     

    Daily Home Symptom Screening

    TO BE DONE EACH DAY THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE ON CAMPUS FOR IN-PERSON INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS!!

    Each day that your child will be on campus for in-person instruction, parents and/or guardians will be required to complete a home symptom screening. This screening will be completed through PowerSchool. Follow the steps below to access the form via PowerSchool. If you have any login issues, please contact Julie Bourque. 

    1. Login into your Parent Portal of PowerSchool
    2. Click on Forms in the left-hand navigation menu
    3. Select the 2021 In-Person COVID-19 Student Daily Check In
    4. Complete the form and submit

    This symptom screening is open and must be completed by a parent/guardian prior to arriving on campus. If you are having difficulty accessing the form, please contact Julie Bourquefor help and support. Students who arrive to campus without a completed Home Symptom Screening will be removed from class and a health screening will be conducted.

     

    Travel and Illness

    Currently, the guidance from Santa Clara County health officials is to quarantine for 10 days following any travel 150 miles or more outside the county. If this guidance changes, the Superintendent will update the school community with new or changed instructions. Travel should be restricted to travel that is essential. If you travel and are required to quarantine, alert your classroom teacher and Mrs. Bevans. Your child will be able to connect to their classroom via Zoom for the duration of your quarantine without any penalty.

     

    Please do not send your child to school if they any signs or symptoms of illness. If your child is ill and will need to miss school for a day or two, please contact your school office attendance line and your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will provide information on making up missed work. If you anticipate that your child will have an extended illness or need quarantining due to COVID exposure, alert your classroom teacher and Mrs. Bevans. Your child will be able to connect to their classroom via Zoom during their illness or quarantine without any penalty. 

     

    Weather

    Due to health and safety procedures, rainy day routines will be different this year. First off, it’s important to know that when it rains, we will get wet. We will do our best to stay dry but count on us getting wet. You can help out by making sure your child has a jacket with a hood when it rains. Umbrellas are great and now with the 6’ spacing, they are even safer for kids to use. So, in addition to the hooded jacket, get your child an umbrella that fits into their backpack.

     

    LOMA INFORMATION

    K-5 Morning Drop-Off

    Morning drop-off has been going very smoothly. Thank you all for paying attention to the signage and pedestrian traffic and for following all instructions of staff in the parking lot. When you arrive at the drop off lanes you can help this continue to be a smooth process by:

    1. PULL ALL THE WAY FORWARD. This will allow more cars to get off through traffic spaces, including Summit Road.
    2. Have your child ready to exit the vehicle before you stop: mask on, good-byes given, etc. Make your drop off as quick and safe as possible.
    3. Once your child has exited the vehicle and is safely on the sidewalk, exit the drive through lane and exit campus.
    4. Have your child exit the PASSENGER side of the vehicle only. Cars pass on the driver’s side and it is dangerous for children to exit the vehicle into moving traffic.
    5. You can begin unloading your children at 8:20am. Students who arrive after 8:35-8:50am are not late but will need to visit the Health Station (blue pop-up near the Loma flagpole). Here they will get a temperature check and a pass to get into class. Students arriving after 8:50am are tardy and will need to visit the Health Station for a temperature check and a late pass to class.

     

    1-5 After School Pick-Up

    1st-5th PICK UP IS 12:00PM. Do not arrive to campus before 11:55am. Place an 8.5 x 11 paper in your passenger side window with Your Child’s First and Last Name and their Teacher’s Name. This will help us get your child to your vehicle quickly and safely. Once your child is in your vehicle and buckled, exit the drive through lane and exit campus.

     

    Daily Home Symptom Screening

    TO BE DONE EACH DAY THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE ON CAMPUS FOR INPERSON INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS!!

    Each day that your child will be on campus for in-person instruction, parents and/or guardians will be required to complete a home symptom screening. This screening will be completed through PowerSchool. Follow the steps below to access the form via PowerSchool. If you have any login issues, please contact Julie Bourque. 

    1. Login into your Parent Portal of PowerSchool
    2. Click on Forms in the left-hand navigation menu
    3. Select the 2021 In-Person COVID-19 Student Daily Check In
    4. Complete the form and submit

    This symptom screening is open and must be completed by a parent/guardian prior to arriving on campus. If you are having difficulty accessing the form, please contact Julie Bourquefor help and support. Students who arrive to campus without a completed Home Symptom Screening will be removed from class and a health screening will be conducted.

     

    Travel and Illness

    Currently, the guidance from Santa Clara County health officials is to quarantine for 10 days following any travel 150 miles or more outside the county. If this guidance changes, the Superintendent will update the school community with new or changed instructions. Travel should be restricted to travel that is essential. If you travel and are required to quarantine, alert your classroom teacher and Mrs. Bevans. Your child will be able to connect to their classroom via Zoom for the duration of your quarantine without any penalty.

     

    Please do not send your child to school if they any signs or symptoms of illness. If your child is ill and will need to miss school for a day or two, please contact your school office attendance line and your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will provide information on making up missed work. If you anticipate that your child will have an extended illness or need quarantining due to COVID exposure, alert your classroom teacher and Mrs. Bevans. Your child will be able to connect to their classroom via Zoom during their illness or quarantine without any penalty. 

     

    Weather

    Due to health and safety procedures, rainy day routines will be different this year. First off, it’s important to know that when it rains, we will get wet. We will do our best to stay dry but count on us getting wet. You can help out by making sure your child has a jacket with a hood when it rains. Umbrellas are great and now with the 6’ spacing, they are even safer for kids to use. So, in addition to the hooded jacket, get your child an umbrella that fits into their backpack.

     

    Teacher COVID Vaccinations

    Several of our Loma and CT teachers have received their first covid vaccination and are scheduled to receive their second very soon. There have been some adverse reactions reported after receiving the second shot and many of our teachers are on the same vaccination schedule. There is a remote chance that we could have several teachers out of the classroom due to illness around the 22ndof this month. In the event that we have more teachers out ill than we have available substitutes, some classrooms may have to resort to a day of asynchronous learning. We would only resort to this option if absolutely necessary but wanted to give you a heads up now that it is possible. You’ll be notified by your child’s teacher if an asynchronous learning day is needed. We appreciate your understanding the importance and peace of mind being fully vaccinated does for bringing our students back to campus. 

     

    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

    There are spaces still available for students to join! 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 11th from 1-3pm. 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 CTEHSC Signup and Donate Page to get yours today!

     

    CTE & LOMA JOINT HOME AND SCHOOL CLUB NEWS

    See’s Candies Campaign

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

    Visit our See’s 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.CTEHSC Spring Bulb Fundraiser

     

    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 17th

     

    Goodwill Update

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