THURSDAY MESSAGE JANUARY 6, 2022

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The Solar Panel Project Will Help Secure 80% of Our Energy at Adams!

ROAR CARD 
Congratulations to the following Roar Card Winners who were recognized at last week’s Friday Flag: Cadie Pazier, Jesus Sierra, Catalaya Solis, Lizandra Gomez, Brandon McCulley, Ruben Avila Carlos, Jimena Solorio, Andres Pena, Laila Loyola.
Thank you for making Responsible, Organized, Academic and Respectful choices! Each week we will celebrate students at Friday Flag and announce them here for parents.

*PARENTS AT FRIDAY FLAG
It is with great sadness that we need to put a pause back on this welcome. Due to the influx of COVID on school campuses we will suspend large group activities that include outside guests. As soon as we are able to invite you back we will!

NEW INFORMATION THIS WEEK

COVID UPDATES
Please look for important communication from the Superintendent today regarding changes in school protocols to ensure our students are safe while in our care at school. Adams has been very diligent in our safety practices and takes great pride in our systems, communication, and staff and student follow-through. Continue to answer the daily iPass questions, keep your student home if they have any symptoms, use the Earl Warren Showgrounds testing facility to monitor health as needed, and communicate with the school office if any member of your household, including our students, come down with COVID. Together we will get through this! 

THANK YOU FROM ALBERT LOPEZ, CROSSING GUARD
On behalf of Albert, and his daughter, Rian Pitts-Lopez, they would like to thank you for all the gratitude and well wishes he received before the holidays. Albert loves working as our crossing guard and his family sees and feels the generosity and welcoming we extend to him. His daughter reached out to me (Mrs. Fresch) over the break to extend her thanks and appreciation for us taking such good care of him. I of course responded with We All Love ALBERT!!! 

GIRL SCOUT OPPORTUNITY
Look for more information soon about how to enroll your child in a local Girl Scout chapter here in Santa Barbara.

GREETING 6TH GRADE FAMILIES FROM LA CUMBRE!
La Cumbre Junior High would like you to join us this Wednesday, January 12 at 6 o'clock via Zoom for our Open House. La Cumbre staff will be going over what programs we have to offer. Please find the link below for our webinar. We look forward to seeing you via Zoom. If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.
Phone Number:(805) 687-0761 Join from a PC, Mac, iPad, iPhone or Android device: https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/91986453450
        
WINTER CONCERTS
This year our Winter Holiday Concerts scheduled for both January 14 and 21 will be recorded and sent home at the end of January. We are still not in a space to allow for indoor large group gatherings, so we plan to bring the individual classes together, masked to perform, and record the celebrations. Mrs. Dutton will put the recordings together and send them home when a video / website is compiled. Thank you for understanding.

SPECIAL ED PARENT MEETING
Please join us for our quarterly Special Ed PArent Meeting. If you are a parent of a student on an IEP please join us on Zoom https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/93359053722 at 8:45 am on Wednesday, January 12.

ART TEACHER QUALIFICATION
In a recent communication from the District, parents were informed that Mrs. Sara Leo, Adams Art Teacher, was not holding a proper credential to work in our school setting as an identified Title I School. Federal programming requires School Districts to disclose if teaching staff does not hold specialized credentials to work in a school serving underprivileged students, benefitting from federal funds. Although Mrs. Leo does not hold a single subject art credential, which would be required of a teacher in the secondary setting, Adams is proud to offer art instruction under the guidance of Mrs. Leo. The mandated letter does not spell out her qualifications. She holds a multiple subject teaching credential allowing her to teach any subject we provide instruction to for students in grades TK-6. Because of her extensive educational background, with an undergraduate art degree and 10+ years teaching and directing an art camp, and participating in self sought art professional development hours, she was hired to teach art as a specialized subject to our Tigers. Please be assured she is qualified to teach all students and most talented and passionate in the area of art, where we have placed her confidently as a teacher. Please direct any further questions to Ms. Fresch directly.

10,000 FLOWERS SCHOOL-WIDE PROJECT
We are excited to finally share the long-awaited 10,000 Flowers Project video with our Tiger families! Put together in collaboration between Mrs. Leo and Mr. Federbusch, we hope you will take a moment to watch this clip that commemorates the special event that took place on our campus in September. Enjoy!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iOD8T6KLwJw&feature=youtu.be

VACCINATION AND FLU SHOT CLINICS
The mobile vaccine clinic will take place this Saturday, January 8th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at McKinley Elementary. The following vaccines will be offered: Pfizer (12 or older) vaccines and boosters (18 or older); Pfizer Pediatric vaccines (5-11 years old); J&J (18 or older) vaccine and booster; and Moderna (18 or older) booster only. 
Appointments are not needed to receive a vaccine. 

CALM CORNER: From Lindsay Lookingbill
Constant worrying, negative thinking, and always expecting the worst can take a toll on your emotional and physical health. It can zap your emotional strength, leave you feeling restless and jumpy, cause insomnia, headaches, stomach problems, and muscle tension, and make it difficult to concentrate at work or school. Every day we have thoughts about family, work, friends, bills, etc. Sometimes these thoughts can turn into worries, “What would happen if I don’t get this done?", “Am I doing enough?”, “Did I say the wrong thing?” Although worrying is a part of everyday life, it is important to become aware of worrying thoughts that do not serve us.  If you find yourself, or see students consumed by worry, remember, just like a passing car, thoughts can come and go. Below are some resources to further understand unwanted worries and thoughts:
What is Worry worksheet:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1CWkyX1pm1H_pYhWWf6OOheIFIBJK6uez/view?usp=sharing 
Some ways to challenge worries/ negative thoughts:  

  • Remind yourself, everything you think is not true.  
  • Notice the thought and let it pass.  
  • Challenge the worry. Ex: How likely is this worry to happen? Can I control this worry? Does this worry or thought belong to me or someone else? 
  • Practice your coping skills.  
  • Talk about the worry with someone you trust.  
  • Come see your CALM counselor for more tips.  

Video: You are not your thoughts 
 
ADAMS ANNUAL SPELLING BEE AND TALENT SHOW UPDATE
The Spelling Bee will take place in the afternoon on Zoom on January 28. Students who will participate will be notified next week so they can practice at home. The Talent Show has been put on hold for the time being until we can bring the students together safely in the cafe to try out and practice. Look for more information in the future.
 
REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS THURSDAY MESSAGES:


VIRTUAL PROGRAMS, TRANSFERS AND NEW ENROLLMENT LINKS 
Please make note of a few important upcoming events and dates. We welcome you and others to join us to learn more about Santa Barbara Unified schools and programs.
Programs of Choice Virtual Showcase For details on attending, visit the
Our Programs of Choice Virtual Showcase takes place at 6:00 p.m. Dec. 6, 2021 to kick off our Open House season. For details on attending, visit the Programs of Choice Virtual Showcase website.
Transfer Window: Dec. 1, 2021 - Jan. 14, 2022 For those interested in transferring to a school that is not in your neighborhood school, you must complete a transfer application by January 14, 2022 by 5 pm for the 2022-23 school year. Beginning Dec. 1. 2021, applications can be found at your school of residence, the district office or at www.sbunified.org/transfers
New student enrollment opens on Dec. 1. 2021 for those enrolling for the first time in Santa Barbara Unified School District. Enrollment can be done online HERE.
*New Student Enrollment Packet checklist: [English] | [Spanish]

INCOMING TK/KINDERGARTEN ENROLLMENT FOR THE 2022-2023 SCHOOL 
The new student enrollment period is approaching from December 1-January 14, 2022.  Therefore, all incoming TK and Kindergarten students, minimum age is 5 years by September 1, and Transitional Kindergarten, minimum age is 5 years old between September 2-December 2, must enroll.  If you have any questions regarding enrollment please contact our front office.
*The transfer window is also upon us from December 1-January 14, 2022 until 5 pm, you must drop off the application at the district office.

INCOMING TK AND KINDERGARTEN PARENT INFORMATIONAL MEETING 
Tell your friends and neighbors to join us for an informational meeting about what Adams programs look like for our little Tigers who want to enroll for the 2022-2023 school year. We will host a meeting on Zoom on January 24 at 6:30 PM. Interpretation will be available. https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/97929332121
 
MONTESSORI LOTTERY AND TRANSFER PROCESS
Current Adams enrollees: Parents need to communicate with the current classroom teacher their desire to have their student participate in the Montessori program for the 22-23 school year, preferably before leaving for winter break on December 16, for entrance as a first through sixth-grade student. Students who would be new to Adams: Parent applies for transfer to Adams stating Montessori as reason/interest for the transfer. The District transfer window is December 1 to January 14, 2022. 
Requirements: ALL interested families: Parent submits a Letter of Interest and current school report card, to the Principal, Kelly Fresch, before noon on Friday, January 14, 2022. This letter can be written in /English or Spanish. See the front office staff for specifics about the timeline, lottery process, and letter contents. The student’s current teacher needs to fill out a student survey, also to be submitted by January 14. The Student Services department will conduct the Montessori Lottery after January 28, 2022 at the SBUSD.

MONTESSORI INTEREST PARENT MEETING 
On Monday January 10, the Montessori teachers and principal will hold an informational meeting on Zoom
https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/94218786628 at 6:30 PM. This is a parent-only meeting. We will share details about what a Montessori classroom looks like and the lottery process for the 2022-2023 school year.

CALENDAR
January 

1-January 28 TK and Kinder Enrollment
1-January 14 District Transfer Window
1-January 14 Adams Montessori Application Window
10 Montessori Informational Parent Meeting https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/94218786628
12 Special Ed Parent Meeting 8:45 am on Zppm https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/93359053722
19 PTA Tiger Parent Meeting https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/98330542422
24 New TK, Kinder and new Family parent Meeting https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/97929332121
28 Spelling Bee time TBD on Zoom