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Daylight Savings Begins This Sunday

Remember to "Spring Forward" on your clocks this weekend.

Daylight Savings Time starts at 2:00 a.m. this Sunday, March 10.

Set your clocks ahead one hour!

Viral Hoax Reminds Us to Watch What Children Watch

An Internet Safety Message from Superintendent Shelly Viramontez. Ed.D.

Dear Parents,

We want to make you aware of what seems to be the latest viral challenge targeting children. It is called the Momo Challenge, and it centers around a disturbing character suggesting dangerous tasks for kids to perform. From what we have learned, these and other suggestions can also be found spliced into some YouTube Kids videos, including Fortnite and Peppa the Pig. This challenge also occurs through an app called WhatsApp, which could function on both phones and tablets.

We recommend that you talk to your child about these kinds of challenges, in a way that you feel is appropriate for their understanding. Given the connection and concern with messages within YouTube Kids videos, we also recommend that you monitor what your child is watching and screen the videos, even if they appear to be safe, to ensure their viewing does not include harmful messages.

The links below offer some information about the Internet hoax and resources to help you set rules at home:

Learn more about how you can ensure cyber safety at home.
o   Media Guidelines for All Kids of All Ages
o   Safe Search Kids

In our schools, we are aware of this trending issue and continue working to ensure students follow safe Internet use. Throughout the school year, our teachers reinforce the expectations for safe use and responsible practices described in our Student Digital Safety contracts.  They also use the Common Sense Media resources and our lesson bank to teach grade-specific digital citizenship lessons.

If you have any further questions, please contact your child’s school.

Walk and Roll Safety Reminders

Student safety is our top-most priority—even when they are traveling between home and school.

As students become more comfortable about walking or riding bikes between school and home, we want to be sure they stay alert and safe. Please talk to your child about how to stay safe while traveling to and from school.

Some suggested reminders are:

1.    If possible, don’t walk or ride alone.

2.    Stay aware of your surroundings. Watch where you’re going and what is happening around you.

3.    Tell someone where you are going and when you will return.

4.    Use cross walks and obey traffic signals.

5.    Avoid strangers, and tell an adult right away if any suspicious people approach you.

Thank you for being our partner in student safety.

Extend Their Learning Fun!

After school and preschool program sign ups start March 1, 2019

Elementary & Middle School Programs

Our before and after school programs  offer safe, fun, and engaging programs where students develop current interests and discover new ones beyond the school day. Learn more.

Early Child Education Programs

Our high-quality infant, toddler, and preschool programs prepare children for successful educational journeys. Both fee-based and subsidized programs are available, year round, with part-time or full-time options. Learn more.

August Date for Start of School

Parents and planners ask: When will the NEXT school year start?

We know that many families want to plan summer vacations that won't conflict with the start of school. Although the full 2019-20 school year calendar is not yet official, we have determined that students will start school during the week of August 19, 2019. The exact date within that week will be determined by Governing Board action at next month's meeting, on March 7th. 

As you plan ahead, please bear in mind that our schools also schedule middle school orientations and kindergarten "round ups" in the days preceding the start of school. 

Once the school calendar is official, we will post key dates on our online calendars, websites, and on campus bulletin boards.