June 2, 2021

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Dear SFUSD Families:

Today, June 2 is the last day of the 2020-2021 school year. Congratulations to all SFUSD graduates in the Class of 2021! To all of our SFUSD families, thank you for continuing to support our students, and inspire us with your resilience despite the challenging times. We hope you have a great summer, and look forward to welcoming our students back to full, 5-day in-person learning starting this fall 2021. 

Please keep reading today’s digest for important updates.

Return Safely Updates

Summer Together Private Camps Spots Available

There are still spots available at some of the Summer Together Private Camps. Below are the descriptions of the camps, along with age range and session schedules that are still available. Instructions to sign up:

There are 2 steps to enroll:

  1. Go to www.dcyf.org/privatecamps to complete the Preference form if you haven’t submitted one yet. The link will be live again on June 3 at 10 a.m.  
  2. Send an email to summertogether@dcyf.org include your name, your child’s name, email, age and grade along with the camp and session you prefer to complete your sign up.  

You may sign up for another camp if your child is currently enrolled in a camp. Enrollment is open to the general public, and available on a first come, first served basis.

Programs:

Youth SF (limited availability)

  • Ages or Grades Offered: Ages or Grades Offered: Grade 2 to Grade 5  
  • Location: 2119 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94110
  • Can you assist children who do not speak English? Can support children who speak Spanish
  • Program Description: The YouthSF program is internationally recognized, but what we are most proud of is that students LOVE our activities. We are known for our STEM / Media & Maker Arts projects, but we also have a multi-sport program for students of all abilities and many other interesting activities. YouthSF is a party creation space, science lab, gym, toy store, play area, and ALL FUN.
  • Session date availability: June 14 - July 2; July 6 - 23; July 26 - Aug 13

San Francisco High School of Arts—STEAM Camp

  • Ages or Grades Served: 7 years to 14 years
  • Location: 1950 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? Can support Chinese speakers
  • Program Description: The STEAM Camp aims to integrate lessons and activities in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics into a fun and interactive experience. Campers will reinforce and build up on their knowledge of STEM topics while exploring various art forms such as arts and crafts, music and dance.
  • Session Dates Available: June 14 - July 2; July 5 - July 23; July 26 - August 13

San Francisco High School of Arts—Chinese Language and Culture Camp (limited availability)

  • Ages or Grades Served: 7 years to 14 years
  • Location: 1950 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? Can support Chinese speakers
  • Program Description: This program enhances language learning with a plethora of creative and practical activities. Students will improve their Chinese speaking and listening skills, and learn to read and write Chinese characters. Other parts of the program include Chinese dance, Chinese calligraphy and painting, Chinese culinary art, and Chinese culture and traditions. Our immersive environment allows campers to gain Chinese language skills and cultural knowledge quickly and naturally.
  • Session Dates Available: June 14 - July 2; July 5 - July 23; July 26 - August 13

San Francisco High School of Arts—Arts Immersion Camp

  • Ages or Grades Served: 9 years to 14 years
  • Location: 1950 Page Street, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? Can support Chinese Speakers
  • Program Description: Campers enjoy an exploration of the world of dance and performing arts, drawing from a variety of international cultures and illustrious folk traditions. Lessons are designed to improve technical skills, coordination, and concentration as well as cultivate artistry and an appreciation of music. Students will also explore drawing, painting, and crafts.
  • Session Dates Available: June 14 - July 2; July 5 - July 23; July 26 - August 13

Brainvyne LEGO & Money Camps—LEGO Robotics (limited availability)

  • Ages or Grades Served: 8 - 10 years old
  • Location: La Scuola International School  735 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? No
  • Program Description: A unique program for young engineers to introduce them to LEGO Robotics with the work of the most ingenious engineer of all time – Mother Nature! We will build a program and explore clever robot models of different animals - Birds, Lions, Monkeys, Gorillas, Frogs, Giraffes, Horses, Parrots etc. Students will learn basics of scratch programming through a drag and drop icon based program. Students will then build LEGO® animal models featuring motors and sensors, program their models through their own code and explore a series of cross curricular activities such as music & animal sound creation, using LEGO® Education’s premier WeDo® LEGO® robotics program. Each lesson plan will be tied to a craft and hands on activity related to the animal build.
  • Session Dates Available:  June 14 -  June 25

Brainvyne LEGO & Money Camps—LEGO Technic Adventures

  • Ages or Grades Served: 8 – 10 years old
  • Location: La Scuola International School  735 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? No
  • Program Description: The perfect next step for your LEGO enthusiast who enjoys building LEGO sets out of a box by simply stacking LEGO bricks. Students will create advanced models with complex technical functions using gears, axles, motors and battery packs. They will start with simple motorized creations such as a helicopter, jet ski, train and move up to creating LEGO Ferris Wheels, and motorized spirographs. Much fun will be had with races and competitions that will be paired with the creations. The hands­-on building will enable them to visualize how form and function come together in great design.
  • Session Dates Available: June 28 - July 9; July 12 - July 23; July 26 - August 6

Brainvyne LEGO & Money Camps—Money 101: Building Your Financial Future  

  • Ages or Grades Served: 13 years to 15 years
  • Location: 735 Fell Street, San Francisco, CA, 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? No
  • Program Description: An entertaining camp that teaches students the 360 degrees of financial literacy and prepares them for the real world. Through eye-opening simulations the curriculum focuses on a variety of personal finance topics - purchasing a car, living within one’s means etc. and lays a solid foundation to build on.
  • Session Dates Available: June 14 - July 2; July 5 - July 23; July 26 - August 6

Brainvyne LEGO & Money Camps—Money 101 Fundamentals

  • Ages or Grades Served: 10 - 12 years old
  • Location: La Scuola International School  735 Fell St, San Francisco, CA 94117
  • Able to Support Non-English Speakers? No
  • Program Description: An entertaining and educational camp that will impact students’ thoughts and beliefs about money. This camp will encourage and inspire them to live a financially secure future. Financial literacy is the missing piece to STEAM Education. This fun instruction about income, debt, and investing will prevent many young adults from fumbling through life by trial and error, and having to deal with the damaging effects of bad credit, no savings and poor money management skills. The life lessons learned through Money 101™ are priceless. Camp days will be filled with high-energy games and students will learn time-tested personal money management skills through play. Activities will involve stimulating group projects on money management as well as group and individual competitions. All lessons learned will create good financial habits that will last a lifetime. Every concept is tied to a game, activity or process, which will leave the student learning about important money concepts and life skills through immersion.
  • Session Dates Available: June 14 - July 2; July 5 - July 23

Muni Is Ready to Roll Back to School

Core Service Routes: As SFUSD students prepare to return to school in August, many families are beginning to plan out how they will travel to school and work. The SFMTA's current service includes a frequent core network of routes on major corridors along with key school Muni routes, like the 29 Sunset and 44 O’Shaughnessy. In August, the SFMTA will continue to restore service and close gaps, making it so that 98% of San Francisco residents will be within two to three blocks of an active Muni stop by the start of the new school year. 

Reinstating school trippers: In addition, to respond to the increased demand from students, the SFMTA will reinstate some of its school trippers, which are buses that meet students at the end of the school day near some of the city's largest middle and high schools. The school trippers help prevent crowding and pass ups on busy Muni routes at these key school release times. More information on the planned service restoration, as well as a full list of routes returning in August can be found in a recent SFMTA service restoration blog post.

SFMTA continues to work closely with district supervisors, community members and other stakeholders to bring back additional service and modify existing service to serve customers’ needs as the city continues to reopen and recover. SFUSD officials are in discussion with SFMTA to develop transportation plans that are aligned with new start and end times. Federal law requires properly worn masks while riding or waiting for transit and while paying for transit fares (in a subway station for example). We appreciate all our customers who have been supporting these efforts. Our mask compliance has regularly been above 90 or 95%.

Summer Digests and Communications

SFUSD remains committed to sharing up-to-date information with staff and families, and is planning opportunities for the SFUSD community to discuss Fall 2021 plans.

This is the last weekly digest for the 2020-2021 school year. We will send out and post two Summer Digests on the last Wednesday of June (June 30) and July (July 28). 

In addition, SFUSD will continue to provide regular updates regarding Fall 2021 through website announcements, monthly e-newsletters, social media and at regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings.

We will alert you to urgent and time-sensitive information by email, text and/or phone call. Families are encouraged to sign up for ParentVUE and update contact information as needed to receive critical information.

Distance Learning Updates

SF Loves Learning

Today was the last episode of SF Loves Learning!! You can browse every theme we’ve aired this Spring through this slide deck that includes all of our thematic decks. Enjoy the final segments from students, teachers, and the Superintendent below or watch the entire episode (and others) on our website, sfusd.edu/sfloveslearning.

Tuesday, June 1st:

  • We are scientists! (Lesson): Maestra Meza reminisces about the different topics we learned about during season 3 of SF Loves Learning. She highlights what scientists do and what we have done during the season as scientists!
  • Inmensa comunidad/ I Need to Belong to be Strong (Music): La familia Peña-Govea sings about how community makes people strong. 
  • It's So Quiet (Read Aloud): It's time for bed, but one little mouse just can't get to sleep—it's TOO QUIET! As the rhythmic symphony of nighttime noises build in this rollicking read-aloud, the mouse starts to wonder whether he wouldn't like a little MORE quiet. 
  • Looking Back at Our Dance Journey! (Movement): As we come to the end of another school year and our time on SF Loves Learning, SF Ballet's Dance in Schools and Communities team shares highlights from some of their favorite episodes this season. 

Wednesday, June 2nd:

You will be able to watch any of SF Loves Learning episodes and segments through our website library and YouTube channel throughout the summer and beyond. Enjoy your summers and the love of learning.

—The SF Loves Learning Program Team

School Meal Updates

This Friday, June 4: Grab & Go meals available to all children 18 and younger. Not open on Thursday this week. Pick up the new Summer Grab & Go bag! It has 7 days of meals including breakfast, lunch, fresh fruit and vegetables, and milk is available.

Starting next week, Grab & Go meals will be open on Thursdays only, serving 7 days of meals. Open 2:00-3:30 p.m. for all children 18 and younger.

  • What to bring and a full schedule listed on sfusd.edu/schoolfood
  • Download a June Calendar here

Starting June 17, Grab & Go meals will be available for Summer 2021 at the following 15 locations:

  • Bessie Carmichael PK-5 Campus
  • Bret Harte Elementary
  • Cesar Chavez Elementary
  • Denman Middle
  • El Dorado Elementary
  • Gordon Lau Elementary
  • June Jordan High
  • James Lick Middle
  • Lincoln High
  • Longfellow Elementary
  • Mission High
  • Roosevelt Middle
  • Rosa Parks Elementary
  • SF International High
  • Willie Brown Middle

Is your student attending an in-person SFUSD summer program? Your Grab & Go meal bag will have 2 days worth of meals. All students attending in-person summer programs run by SFUSD will be offered a healthy lunch and hearty snack at school.

Wellness Tip

Wellness Reminder: Creating Tiny Habits over the Summer for You and Your Family

Good habits can really help us look after ourselves, but it can be tough to create change. Try starting with a tiny habit. A “Tiny Habit” is a behavior:

  • you do at least once a day

  • that takes you less than 30 seconds

  • that requires little effort

Here’s the recipe:  After I _______, I will ______, and then celebrate.

After I do a habit that I am already doing (like brushing my teeth), I will drink a glass of water, and I will celebrate (putting a star on a calendar). 

It’s a simple concept. Here are some quick tips, videos and audio links to support you:

Happy Summer!

Did You Know?

The best way to update your contact information and to ensure you receive district and school phone, email and text notifications is through your Family Portal (ParentVUE) account.

Visit the Family Tutorials Playlist on ParentVue for videos in multiple languages, or review these Frequently Asked Questions to find answers or get help.

Bright Spot

Happy Pride Month! It’s also the 30th anniversary of the creation of SFUSD’s LGBTQ Student Services. We are proud that San Francisco public schools have been nationwide leaders in affirming the rights of our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning students and families. Check out this ABC7 Bay Area story to learn more about our work!

Warm regards,

Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews