I am excited to welcome you back to school. I can’t wait to get back to the important work of educating the community's children! School leaders and staff are busy preparing to welcome our learners back on campus. School offices open on August 10th and the first day of school on Wednesday, August 24th. In this first communication of the year, we wanted to send you updates to help you get ready for the Fall. We have some new programs and opportunities available for students and families. Click on the title link above to read more.
Before we all start on our summer vacations, I wanted to take a minute to express my sincere gratitude to all of you for helping create a tremendous year for our children. This year we were faced with numerous challenges; constantly shifting health and safety protocols, staffing shortages, changing health conditions, and political unrest. But despite these challenges, we came together as a community to provide the whole child education we pride ourselves on in San Carlos, and for that I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Click on the title link to read more.
Last week our schools celebrated Earth Day all week long including our Mariposa 5th graders who enjoyed Outdoor Education at Jones Gulch. CMS students had a stand at the San Carlos Farmers Market to promote reduction of food waste and shopping locally, while the TL Environmental Club held their Earth week bake sale to raise funds to create signs to educate students about recycling. Click on the title link to read more.
The past few weeks during my school visits, I enjoyed hearing from our students. Whether it is Central Middle School students telling me about their essays, Arundel Knights sharing animal projects or showing off special skills in the Talent Show, Brittan Acres students naming plants in the BUGS garden, or students enjoying a book fair at their school, I love seeing the direct impact of our teachers and staff. We began the school year with a Restorative Restart, focused on well-being and learning and as spring arrives, we see growth and joy in our students.
We are a few days into what may seem like new territory – the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) now strongly recommends that masks be worn in schools and no longer requires them. However, many schools have been cautious about lifting their own requirements for masks until at least after spring break. Even in schools where masks are only strongly recommended, many teachers and students continue to wear them indoors in schools.