Message from the Principal

Message from the Principal

Dear Bret Harte Community,

Welcome back! I hope that this message finds you all healthy and in high spirits. I know that the 2020-21 school-year is starting differently than a typical back to school season, but, despite this new normal, we remain committed to ensuring that all children meet rigorous academic standards and engage in joyful learning. Our teachers and support staff have been planning for Distance Learning, a curricular model with a balance of synchronous learning with the teacher and asynchronous learning experiences for additional practice and exploration at home. During the COVID-19 school closure, we will be using a number of online applications housed mainly in your student's Google Classroom or Seesaw profile. Synchronous learning will take place via Zoom and we'd like to ask that all families enroll in ParentVue, our school district's online portal for the distribution of updates and information for families.

At Bret Harte, we are so proud to offer two language pathways, English Plus and Dual Language Immersion (DLI) in Spanish and English. In addition, we have both Pre-School and Transitional Kindergarten in our Early Education School and a Learning Lab and Resource Specialist services to support our students in Special Education. The Bret Harte Wellness Center is staffed with a full-time School Social Worker and half-time Nurse and our Student Advisor and Family Liaison are both here to support attendance and family empowerment. Enrichment opportunities at Bret Harte include Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) experiences in instrumental music and dance, Physical Education, Library, and a strong partnership with SFArts Education, which provides drumming lessons for all classes. This year, we are excited to welcome a new partnership with FoodCorps, an organization focused on the science of food and nutrition. Our Response to Intervention services help us ensure that we are supporting all of our emergent readers and both Playworks and America SCORES Bay Area help us keep our kids physically fit.

Finally, I encourage you to enroll your scholar in our remarkable BEACON program, hosted by Bay Area Community Resources (BACR). Our site BEACON staff provides a robust student experience focused on academic enrichment, support with homework, and vigorous physical activity and exercise.

Welcome back to all of our returning families and, to our incoming Pre-K, TK, Kindergarten, and families new to the City and/or community, welcome to Bret Harte. I am looking forward to seeing you all very soon. Here's to a wonderful 2020-21 school-year!

Best wishes,

Jeremy Hilinski, Ed.D., Principal