• May 5, 2021

     

    CT Families,

    What a great week on campus! We moved one step closer to “normal” school this week as we brought all K-5 students who wished to return to in-person learning to campus. Though not everything is normal and health, safety, and logistical issues keep some things from being normal, it is a great light at the end of the tunnel for what the future might look like. 

     

    Mother’s Day is this Sunday. To all the moms out there, I wish you the best Mother’s Day ever. This has certainly been a year that has tested patience, stamina and persistence. Thank you for all you do to support your families and children.  Happy Mother’s Day.

     

    LPEF NEWS

    LPEF Update – Amazing momentum, Let’s KEEP it Going!

    Thank You – Mother’s Day Show!!

    Thank you to the wonderful artists who participated in the Mother’s Day artisan show and thank you to all of YOU who came out to support these phenomenal artists. Big thanks to - Of Earth Sky and Sea Handcrafted Jewelry by Nanette Barber, ofearthskyandsea.com, Lux in Latin Designs by Nelya Hochleutner Luxinlatin.com, Snow’s Pottery by Snow Langan, Tammy Caldwell Jewelry by Tammy Caldwell, Tammycaldwell.com & Amelia’s Greenhouse by Carmen Garcia-Diaz.

     

    S.O.S. Superhero Actions for the Week

    Many of you have already joined the campaign so a big thank you to ALL of you. If you have not already, please consider joining us by following the below steps.

    #1 Sign-up Today

    https://keep.causevox.com/ and click “Join The Campaign" (Set-up takes 1-2 minutes).     
    #2 Join a Team

    You can pick one team to join (there are teams for each grades) and the funds you donate, and raise will roll up to the team goal and our overall school goal.

    #3 DonateIf you are able to make a personal donation, now is a great time! Since it’s a peer-to-peer campaign, there will also be opportunities during the campaign to reach out to your networks of family and friends to help Save Our Schools!

    Superhero Sponsors

    We are looking for superhero sponsors to be part of this fun and exciting campaign to Save Our Schools!   Sponsor opportunities start at $500 and are available to businesses AND individuals/families and get lots of extra community recognition!!! Feel free to pass on to anyone who you think might be interested! Contact Tiffaney Gallup at tiff@simplyremarkable.com if you are interested!  

    SOS! Calling all Apple Employees – Match extended to May 14th! – Triple your impact! For a limited time, every dollar of your gift, up to $20,000, will be double matched to provide triple the impact to our education programs. Available to all Apple eligible employees who make their donations and request a match by May 14th. Opportunities like this don’t come along often! Give now to provide 3x the impact to our children’s education!

    Save the Date – LemonAID Stand, May 21st

    Mark your calendars for our first in person event on May 21st from 6pm – 10pm on the North Campus. You will enjoy an evening of food trucks, lemonade and an outdoor movie all while supporting LPEF. All COVID rules will be followed, attendees will be limited, and RSVP’s will be required. More to come but save the date, we cannot wait to see all you all in person and see the masks you are rocking.

    Billy Martin, Principal

    Loma Prieta JUSD

     

    UPCOMING EVENTS

    CTE/LOMA JOINT NEWS AND INFORMATION

    CAASPP Testing Update

    Each year in the Spring, our district provides the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress (CAASPP) statewide assessments in English language arts and mathematics to students in grades 3-8. Recently, the California State Board of Education took steps to give California school districts the option of using the statewide assessments OR district-selected assessments for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Our District has elected to use the iReady assessment platform in place of the statewide assessments for this school year. The benefits for using the iReady assessments instead of the statewide assessments this school year include:

    • Alignment to Common Core standards.
    • More flexibility in administering the assessments.
    • Spring results rather than Fall results as is common with CAASPP.
    • Actionable information to help inform instruction.
    • Parents/Guardians with students in grades 3-8 will receive their child’s results.

    There are many ways to measure student learning, and the Spring test is only one of them. It is not meant to tell the whole story, but when combined with other factors, like report card grades and teacher input, it will give families a more complete picture of their child’s performance.

     

    CTE/LOMA NEWS & INFORMATION

    Now that we have more students on campus each day, it is more important than ever that families complete the Daily Home Symptom Screening each morning before your child arrives on campus. Removing students from instruction to complete the screening on your behalf and conducting the follow-up communications to home when you do forget interrupts the learning of all students and ties up valuable and limited school resources.

    Daily Home Symptom Screening

    Applies to ALL GRADES & ALL STUDENTS K-8 WHO ARE LEARNING ON CAMPUS! TO BE DONE EACH MORNING THAT YOUR CHILD WILL BE ON CAMPUS FOR INPERSON INSTRUCTION PRIOR TO ARRIVAL ON CAMPUS!! REPEATED NEGLIGENCE IN COMPLETING THIS FORM COULD RESULT IN YOUR CHILD BEING PLACED IN DISTANCE LEARNING.

    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 Bourque for 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.

    Daily Home Symptom Screening Tips and Tricks:

    • Complete the form the morning of in-person instruction. Do not complete the form the night before.
    • Do not use the PowerSchool mobile app. Access the form using an internet browser. You can access on your mobile device as long as it is via an internet browser and not the mobile app.
    • If you have issues, try a different internet browser. Google Chrome has proven to be problematic with PowerSchool.
    • Make sure you are logged into PowerSchool through the Parent Portal and not through the Student Portal.
    • Use the link provided, Parent Portal of PowerSchool. Do not Google PowerSchool. It will direct you to an incorrect link.

    School Attendance Reminder

    State and Federal law require that school aged children be enrolled and attend a public, private, charter, or homeschool. If your child is enrolled but NOT attending or participating, they may be considered truant. If you are experiencing difficulty supporting your child’s attendance at school, reach out to school-there may be ways we can help.

     

    CTE NEWS AND INFORMATION

    8th Grade Graduation

    8th Grade Families: Please know that we are working diligently to create special celebrations for your children. We continue to evaluate the safety guidelines, logistics, and available resources for gatherings. At this time, we ask for your patience while this planning happens. We will provide specific details very soon.

     

    OTHER NEWS

    KEEP your Cans and Bottles!

    Do you have empty aluminum cans and plastic drink bottles? We’d love them!

    Loma and CT parent and Youth Leader Lisa Sullivan is organizing a can and bottle drive from now through May 28th. Eligible cans and bottles can be dropped off to campus any day of the week for our families in the district, and also on Wednesdays for community members. These empty containers will then be taken to the recycling plant for the cash refund they provide.

    What?- Empty aluminum cans and plastic drinks bottles (see attached flyer for specifics – NO glass please)

    When?– Now through May 28th

    Where?– Kids at Loma and CT can drop their items to the school curb as they are dropped off for school. Community members can drop the items to the bins outside the CT office any Wednesday between now and May 26th. (Please adhere to social distancing guidelines and wear a mask on campus).

    Please note we cannot accept alcoholic beverage containers on campus, but Lisa will organize collection of these items if you have them. See contact details in the flyer.

    ALL CRV MONEY COLLECTED WILL GO TO THE KEEP CAMPAIGN! Please save every eligible item you have, and I promise it will make a difference!

     

    Free One-On-One Math Tutoring K-8

    Due to the great response from the community, The Mountain Math Initiative is pleased to announce additional services to support our kids. We are now able to add free scheduled one-on-one math and physics help for students that benefit from individualized tutoring. We have many dedicated Loma and CT alumni volunteers that would love to work with our community’s kids. If you are interested in setting up free one-on-one tutoring, specified to your child's needs, please reach out to the MMI Volunteer Coordinator, Marcella Jones, at mountainmarcella@gmail.com to be matched with a tutor. For more information about all of The Mountain Math Initiative programs, please visit https://www.mtmath.org/

     

    LG Recreation Summer Fun Academy

    Different from the traditional summer school, LGS Recreation’s fee-based Summer Fun Academy is open to all student’s 1st-8th grade. The program provides students the opportunity to strengthen their academics and to get outside and play during the summer months through a wide range of challenging, engaging, and fun programs! This multi-week program with instructional tracks, similar to “periods” within a traditional school day. A cohort of 14 students will rotate together through a track consisting of 4 “periods” each day. Each “period” will run for 45 minutes. The goal of the program is to mix both enrichment and athletics programs into each track to give students a wide variety of exciting activities to participate in during the summer. Tracks have been designed to provide a variety of experiences for all students. Individual class periods are not interchangeable, and registration is for the full 4-part track. This protects student cohorts and for the safety of all children, class periods may not be prorated or exchanged. Please see the attached flyer.