January 5, 2022
Dear Loma Parent/Guardians,
Welcome back to school and to 2022! I hope that the winter break provided you time to catch up with family, rest, and recharge.
I want to thank everyone for their flexibility in our return from break as we tested all students for Covid on Monday Jan 3rd. Our intention with this testing and the testing we will do again on Thursday is to minimize the risk of Covid transmission on our campuses after the holiday break.
Your family has received or should be receiving at-home Covid testing kits from school. These are or will be coming home with your child. These are for you to use at home with students or any family member you suspect has been exposed. If you receive a positive result with one of these at-home tests, please stay off campus, isolate and notify your child’s teacher, school office and Diane Harit at our district office. Additionally, if you or your child has received a positive confirmation of Covid outside of school, please notify Diane Harit in our district office. Mrs. Harit will support your family with return to school dates and this will ensure your child does not get re-tested here at school unnecessarily.
Billy Martin, Principal
Loma Prieta JUSD
Martin Luther King Day-NO SCHOOL – JAN 17th
Professional Development Day-NO SCHOOL – JAN 18th
February Recess-NO SCHOOL- FEB 21st- FEB 25th
NEWS AND INFORMATION
Need some new LPEF swag?! The creator of last year’s LEPF Mountain Strong campaign has just launched a new campaign. Loma & C.T. Band Getting the Band Back Together. Visit LPEF for color availability, sizes and ordering information.
Covid Testing Consent
LPJUSD continues to provide weekly COVID tests for all students with parental consent. Regular testing, wearing masks along with COVID-19 vaccination, helps protect students, staff, family members, and others who are not currently vaccinated against COVID-19 or are otherwise at risk for getting seriously sick from COVID-19.
When enrolling your student for the 2021-22 school year, the district confirmed with parents whether or not their student could be tested. If your decision to test or not test your student has since changed, please email Diane Harit at Diane Harit. We thank all parents, students and staff for their support!
We have received word from a few families that emails from the school site, district, and classroom are sometimes going to spam/junk folders. Please make sure to check you spam/junk email folders if you notice you are not receiving email messages from school.
Don’t want to wait in the parking lot lines and at the same time support the school district financially? Consider having your child take the bus to and from school. Riding the school bus takes cars out of our parking lot-relieving traffic and making it safer! All bussing information can be found on the Transportation page of the District Website.
FAB41 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS
January Asset of the Month: Adult Role Model
Asset #14: Parent(s) and other adults model positive, responsible behavior
The LPJUSD School Board would like to continue providing our community an opportunity to talk with Board members in a more informal setting than our monthly board meetings. These “Board Chats” allow community members to engage up to two Board members (Brown Act limit) and the Superintendent in conversations regarding district-wide topics. While no decisions can be made at these meetings, items discussed could potentially become future Board items to be addressed by all Board members.
Our 2nd “Board Chat” will occur Tuesday, Jan 22nd @ 6pm in Room 21. For those who feel more comfortable attending remotely, Zoom participation details are included below. Join Zoom Meeting
Board Chat. Thank you, and we look forward to chatting it up with you!
New Student Registration Now Open
Now is the time to register new students for the 2022-2023 school year. This is just for new to the district students, returning student registration will be available soon. Our registration process is on our district website at www.loma.k12.ca.us or you can use the link below:
myON Digital Library
The State Superintendent of Public Education has made available free access to Renaissance’s myON digital library. From now until January 31, 2022, students and families can access thousands of myON books in English and Spanish. You can easily browse or search the digital library to find books to match interests and grade level. There are many features including read aloud text, ability to read offline, and access to daily news articles. The reading resources are mostly geared to kindergarten through third grade.
Follow these steps to log in to myON and start reading:
- Go to myOn Digital Library and click on “myON login”
- Sign in using the single statewide shared account credentials
- School Name: Gift of Literacy
- Username: myon
- Password: read
- Select a book or news article and start reading!
Loma & CTE Home School Club News
Visit the Loma Prieta HSC website to register for the School Directory, or go directly to the Loma Prieta & CT English School Directory to add your information. The School Directory is an important tool for class, school, school and family communications. The Home and School Clubs do NOT give out family directory information to other organizations or platforms. The School Directory can be accessed using a web browser or from an app on a mobile device. More information can be found at the Loma & CTE Directory.
CTE Home School Club News
Hello Amazing CTE Parents! We hope you had a great holiday break and that everyone is healthy and relaxed. We have 2 quick announcements for this week:
- SKATE NIGHT FUN NIGHT is being postponed! Originally scheduled for Saturday, Jan 8th, we have decided to hold off on the event as a measure to keep everyone safe until we have better knowledge of the Covid cases post-holiday break. Stay tuned for an update on the new date, likely to be the end of January. We look forward to hosting this fun event!!
- The Goodwill Truck is coming!!! Start clearing your closets, toy chests and garages because the CTE HSC is excited to sponsor a Goodwill donation and E-waste drive fundraiser again!! The truck attendant will accept donations Saturday, January 22 and Sunday, January 23, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on both days. (Do not drop off donations while the trailer is unattended.) For your safety, we ask that donors stay in their car while the attendants unload each vehicle. Goodwill Silicon Valley CANNOT accept furniture, mattresses, large appliances, exercise equipment, automobile parts, weapons, household trash, food, carpeting, construction debris, hazardous household chemicals, liquids of any kind, pet related items, items over fifty pounds, and television sets with over 27-inch screens. We CAN accept microwaves, VCRs, printers, and vacuums in good working order. Your donations support Goodwill of Silicon Valley and CT English Middle School. Thank you for bringing us your unwanted/unused items. We look forward to giving them a second life while raising valuable funds that benefit ourfamily, friends, and neighbors. The Goodwill truck will be parked in the Loma/CT parking lot.
We look forward to having you join us at one of these great events. If you have any questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Building Blocks Fundraiser
Building Blocks Cooperative Preschool has partnered with Bonfire, to create some super awesome "Mountain Kid” shirts in a variety of baby, youth and adult styles. The logo was created with love for our mountain community and to represent our ‘hood! :) See the attached flyer for more information.
Please check out our online Mountain Kid Merchandise Store for the selection and to purchase yours today! All proceeds go directly to Building Blocks.
Chronic absenteeism negatively affects your child’s school outcomes. A student is considered chronically absent if they are absent without a valid excuse for at least 10% of the instructional days they are enrolled. That means a student is chronically absent even if they only miss 1 day of school every two weeks without an excuse. 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.
If your child needs to be absent from school, please notify your child’s teacher(s) and the appropriate school office.
Health and Wellness Reminders
With the current rise of Covid in our community, it is important to continue to be diligent in completing the Home Symptom Screener:
- If your child does not feel well, please do not send them to school. If they exhibit any signs/symptoms related to Covid, students will be sent home. Students must be symptom free with no medication (no fever or vomiting for 24 hours) for 24 hours prior to returning to school.
- Medications, including over the counter products, cough drops, and homeopathic remedies are not allowed to be self-administered by students. Please do not send these products to school with your child.
- The Daily Home Symptom Screening should be completed each day in PowerSchool prior to the arrival of your child.
- Login into your Parent Portal of PowerSchool (parents new to LPJUSD will receive information on how to set up your account)
- Click on Forms in the left-hand navigation menu
- Select the 2021-2022 Daily Home Symptom Screening
- Complete the form and submit