THURSDAY MESSAGE OCTOBRE 7, 2021

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ROAR CARD 
Congratulations to the following Roar Card Winners who were recognized at last week’s Friday Flag: Zoe Beswick, Shelyn Deloya, Valeria Navarette, Yandel Rosales, Emilie Cordova, Laila Loyola, Calvin Mitchell, Grace Richardson, JorgeLuis Perez .  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.

NEW INFORMATION THIS WEEK
 
SCHOOL PRIDE DAY: WEAR PINK FRIDAY 

Students may wear pink next Friday, October 15th, for our school’s pride day “Think Pink” in observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Students must follow District Dress Code policies when participating, even when on Zoom. Adams will be having school pride days each month so encourage your child to get their school spirit on!

FRESCH COFFEE AND TITLE I PARENT MEETING
SAVE THE DATE! On Friday, October 22, 2021, at the Principal’s Fresch coffee, I will share information about "What it means to be a Title I School." As a Title I school we are eligible for federal funding and I will take this opportunity to share with the school community how our funds are spent to support student achievement specifically at Adams. We will also have time for questions about topics you are interested in.

THE GREAT CALIFORNIA SHAKEOUT DRILL
The Great California Shakeout will take place on Thursday, 10/21/20 at 10:21 AM. All staff and students who are on campus on this day will participate in a modified version of the extended practice we have conducted in the past. We all still need to be prepared for emergencies. We will duck and cover and discuss how to safely evacuate in a socially distanced manner. This year staff will practice how to utilize technology to verify student attendance in the event of a disaster.

MID-POINT PROGRESS REPORTS
Mid-point progress reports are going to be sent out electronically Monday, October 11, through Parent Square, ONLY to students in grades K-6 that are at-risk of not meeting grade level standards on their report card in November. Students who are receiving a 1 or 2 will receive the progress report outlining the interventions and supports that are in place. (We will not send to students if a student is receiving a 2 and teachers feel a student is close and on track for proficiency.) This documentation is a Board policy aligned with Ed Code, that specifies parents need to be notified ahead of time if their student is at-risk. The idea is that parents will work with the student and teacher to support the student in making academic gains. SBUSD started utilizing this formal documentation policy last year. There will be a way for parents to indicate that they received the notification electronically, and if we do not hear back from parents then we will resend the progress report via regular US Postal Mail.

MASK MANDATE
Santa Barbara County has just announced that the indoor mask mandate will continue to remain in effect until at least November 5th. Please know after that we will most likely still be wearing masks indoors in the school setting, as students under the age of 12 are not vaccinated.

REMINDERS FROM PREVIOUS THURSDAY MESSAGES:

COMING SOON AXXESS FUNDRAISER
Our school will kick-off Axxess book sales on Friday, October 15th! Start asking your family if they want one this year!

SAVE THE DATE: NO SCHOOL
Monday, October 18th will be used as a day for Teacher Professional Learning for all the Santa Barbara Unified School District teachers. That Monday will be a non-student day. Plan ahead!

TECHNOLOGY REMINDERS

CELL PHONES

Students are not to use their personal cell phone during the school day to communicate with parents. All phone calls need to be made through the front office or a classroom teacher so we are aware of the student needs. School policy states that if students have them on campus they need to be  put away and off at all times during the school day

TikTok 
As many local schools, including Adams, experience increased vandalism and theft occurrences in our school restrooms due to a recent challenge presented on TikTok, I encourage parents to revisit their child’s access to TikTok and other social media platforms as a minor under the age of 13. Our efforts as a school and parent community to support the development of respectful and conscientious citizens is essential to their success in school and public settings when not in our presence. In addition, the rising alarming data surrounding the negative impact of social media on girl’s self esteem and self image is another reason to limit their access to such programs.
Here is a recent news article about a new inappropriate school challenge that is alarming and a good reason our school-age children should not be on Tik Tok.
https://ktla.com/news/california/slap-a-teacher-tiktok-challenge-prompts-warning-from-california-teachers-association/amp/

GIZMO WATCH (APPLE WATCH FOR KIDS) 
A number of primary students are wearing these new fancy watches to school and using them to text parents during the school day. They are also interrupting instructional time with music or ringtone sounds. Like cell phones, we will ask students to keep these in their backpacks as they should not be used while at school. If you feel this very valuable accessory is not safe in your child’s backpack, please ask them to leave it at home. Thank you for your support.

October
15 Axxess Fundraiser Starts
18 No School
22 Fresch Coffee on Zoom 8:45 am https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/999347555
24 Title I Parent Meeting on Zoom 8:45 am https://sbunified.zoom.us/j/999347555