April 10, 2020
Dear SFUSD Families:
While schools are closed, I want to remind you that your child’s teachers, paraeducators, counselors, and school leaders care about your children. As we enter our 3rd phase of distance learning on Monday, they are going to be continuously checking in with you to see how you’re doing and how your children are doing. Please tell them if you or your children need support and they can connect you with services whenever possible. Families can also find many resources to support on our website.
Also, a reminder that you are enough. Check out this article from PBS about “Parenting During Coronavirus.” A favorite tip from the article: “I’ve never parented through a pandemic before, but I do know that when everything is crazy on the outside, children need love on the inside. The everyday stories, songs and routines you share are exactly the right stuff to help them feel safe, secure and loved. So, drop that load of expectations and take a deep breath. From one friend to another: You are enough.”
Teacher-Led Distance Learning Starts Next Week with Connections
As you know, our Phase 3 Teacher-Led Distance Learning begins on Monday, April 13. This means that your student(s) will likely hear more from their teacher(s). In some cases, this may be a teacher leading a class over the computer. In other cases, your child’s teacher(s) may reach out to connect in a different way. Go to Resources for Students & Families for information and updates.
Reminder - Packet Pick-up for Families with PreK - 2nd Grade Students
Families may still pick up packets of learning materials for preK-2 students throughout next week. Find the times and locations here. While not all packet contents can be posted online (books, school supplies, etc), materials that are able to be put online will be available through a folder posted on sfusd.edu by Monday, April 13.
I want to extend an apology to those of you who came out to pick up packets on Thursday and didn’t get one. We learned from our mistakes on day one and have a smoother pickup process now. If you came out to a site on Thursday, April 9 to pick up a packet but did not get one, please email Jeanne D’Arcy at email@example.com so that we may make other arrangements for you to get the learning materials for your child.
2020-2021 Enrollment Deadlines EXTENDED to April 17
If you have not yet accepted your Round 1 school placement offer, you now have until April 17. Students with a Round 1 assignment offer will lose their school placement if families do not register. If you have not yet applied for May Placement (Round 2), but plan to, you now have until April 17.
If you have already accepted and/or applied, thank you. If EPC has received your registration or application, they are sending phone or email confirmations. EPC will provide more information next week. We appreciate your patience and understanding.
Even amidst challenging times, we can find things to be grateful for. The whole family can participate in the 7-Day Gratitude Challenge: 7 challenges for 7 days of thankfulness, which includes printable worksheets to be completed together with a challenge buddy.
Wellness and Emotional Wellbeing
Feeling stressed? Don’t fret, you’re not alone and there are many ways to cope with stress. Get your and your kids’ bodies moving and heart rates up to burn off stress. Engage in 60 minutes of physical activity every day. It doesn’t have to be all at one time. Here are some ideas: Have a dance party, do 35 jumping jacks here and there, bedtime yoga, 10 pushups, double dutch jump rope - the list can go on and on. For more ideas check out California Surgeon General, Dr. Nadine Burke Harris’ Playbooks for managing stress during COVID 19.
Ruth Asawa SOTA Alumna Kelsey Lauritano (currently a professional Opera singer in Frankfurt, Germany) recently shared a recorded performance of Schubert’s 'Du bist die Ruh' (‘You are peace and rest’). Kelsey was thrilled to be able to share her music with the SFUSD community and hopes this song brings a moment of calm and light to your day. Enjoy Kelsey’s performance here.