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Family First Week is 3/15-3/19

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The Family First Week Initiative includes all Cal High feeder schools. The focus is to help families connect with one another. No homework will be given this week so families can take time to enjoy each other. Enjoy!

Principal's Corner

April 2021 Newsletter

Greetings Neil Armstrong Community –

     Can you believe that Spring Break is upon us?  Time has sped by this school year amongst all of the changes and disruptions that this pandemic has thrown upon us.  One thing has never changed through it all and that is the commitment that the Neil Armstrong staff has to your students.  Whether your student(s) have returned to us for the full day or continue in our remote program, we continue to work each and every day to give our students the absolute best.  Thank you for your unending support of our work here as the staff, the parents, and above all, the students make this an absolutely amazing community to serve.

     I wanted to take a moment to let you all know that my wife and I are expecting our third child on April 25th.  We are beyond excited for this expansion of our family and are eager for the baby’s arrival. This addition in my life will have me away from school for the remainder of the school year, once the baby joins us. Mr. Stan Hitomi will be taking over for me while I am out on leave, caring for my wife, baby, and other two children. Stan is the recently retired principal of Alamo Elementary School where he served for 10 years.  He cares deeply about our students and has a positive energy similar to my own. I know he will be an amazing fit in our community.  Please join me in welcoming Stan as he guides our community to the end of the school year.

 

Virtual Academy

     You may or may not have seen the information from the School Board of Education surrounding what school may look like in the fall of next school year. Our board of education and school district intend to open full-time, five days per week next school year. As always, we will follow all California Department of Health guidelines to guide our work keeping safety at the forefront for our school community.  Even as we intend to fully reopen, there may be some families who continue to require a remote education next year, for their child.  Our school district will be sending out information about how our district will provide a centralized virtual option for families and students who require that option. There will also be a parent night on Monday, 4/12 from 5-6 PM to answer questions for families considering the Virtual Academy in order to provide information on this option if this is something your family requires. Lastly, you can also visit SRVUSD Virtual Academy for more information.

 

Mix-it-up Lunch

    Despite the full return to school, I will continue hosting Mix-It-Up lunches to provide our remote students an opportunity to spend their lunchtime with their fellow students, on Zoom.  In order to give these students my undivided attention, I will be changing the day to THURSDAY! Please note the change for your student. Each Thursday, from 11:00 – 11:30, I open a zoom meeting, where students can join their friends in a breakout room, or stay in the main session to connect with students they may not know and myself.  There is no agenda or obligation to attend, and I completely understand if students need a break from Zoom. However, I wanted to provide the opportunity for our students to engage with each other in an unstructured setting, or have a standing time they can connect with students across our campus.  The link for students to join is Mix It Up if you want to help them logon.

 

NAAB News

     THANK YOU to our entire community for your amazing support of our Read-a-thon! Our Neil Armstrong students logged 205,519 minutes of reading and were able to raise money for our Academic Boosters program to continue their incredible support of our school. GREAT WORK STUDENTS and THANK YOU for your support! 

    NAAB has created a website for our whole community to see where your donations and financial support is allocated. If you have not done so, I encourage each family to take a few minutes to visit the NAAB Website to have a better understanding of this incredible organization and individuals who support our school and our students.

    NAAB is also still searching for a Secretary and a Vice-President.  If you are interested in getting more involved with our school and joining their board, please reach out to me at jgagnon@srvusd.net and I can put you in touch with the NAAB board.  Both positions allow you to get some experience on our board and make a huge difference for our kids.

 

Grab and Go Meals

    Grab and go meals continue to be available to any and all families who are interested. Starting Monday, April 12th, Neil Armstrong will be a pick-up site for grab and go meals for the week. THIS WILL ONLY TAKE PLACE ON MONDAYS at our school site.  Seven breakfasts and seven lunches will be provided at that time.  These are free meals for all children 18 & under.  Please visit SRVUSD’s Child Nutrition website for more information.

 

Book drive:

    Our school’s K-Kids will be collecting used books that you are ready to pass on to students at our sister school, Parkside Elementary School in Pittsburg.  Donations can be placed in a box in front of the school office from April 12th – 16th, during the school day.

 

Upcoming Calendar

    - April 2nd – No School

    - April 5th – 9th – SPRING BREAK! – NO SCHOOL

    - April 12th – 16th – K-Kids Book Donation (Drop off at NA in box at the front office)

    - April 14th – NAAB meeting (All parents are welcome)

    - April 15th – Supply pick-up for our Remote students

    - April 16th Variety Show Release to our community

    - April 29th - Supply pick-up for our Remote students

 

Masks are Mandatory

     For the health and safety of all of our staff and students, masks, covering your mouth and nose, are required for all students and staff who come onto campus.  Whether it is a student arriving for in-person learning, a parent dropping those students off or families coming for a supply pick-up, please be sure that each and every student and adult is wearing a mask when you come to our school campus.

 

NEWS FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE IN-PERSON:

Health and Wellness

    We love each and every one of our students and want nothing more than to have them in the classroom with us.  However, for the health and well-being of all of our students and staff, PLEASE DO NOT BRING STUDENTS TO SCHOOL IF THEY ARE SICK.  We ask that parents reference the self-assessment tool for students to ensure that your child is not exhibiting any signs and symptoms of COVID-19.  IF they are exhibiting any sign or symptom, please reference the decision tree that we utilize to ensure all of our safety.

 

Parent Support for Lunchtime Supervision:

    With our return in person, we would appreciate additional support in our supervision of students during lunchtime. Currently, we are stretching the staff that we have to make sure the students have maximum support during Lunch to ensure safety.  However, if there are parents who are interested, I have created a Sign-up Genius for the couple of days that we could use a little extra support if you are able to join us on campus.  The link to the sign-up is HERE

 

Lunchtime & Grab and Go Meals

    Now that we are back in full day sessions with your students, we are back to our lunchtime routines.  As a reminder, I ask the students to return their food items and containers to their lunch bag, so that families can see what your child is or is not eating during their lunch time.  If the item will make a mess in their lunchbox, I have them dispose of it, but do ask them to bring home the items to you as a family communication tool so you know what and how much your child is eating here at school.

   If you are not able or interested in packing a lunch, our food services department is providing FREE grab-and-go lunches for our students. The meal includes an entrée, a fruit or veggie and milk for any students who are interested.  Please visit SRVUSD Child Nutrition for the menu. We will also have our in-person teachers sharing the menu for the week as well.

 

As always, thank you for all of your support this school year.  We hope you have a relaxing spring break full of amazing memories with your families.

 

Take care,

Mr. Jared Gagnon

Principal

Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Contact Information

Email Mr. Gagnon at:

jgagnon@srvusd.net

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Safety Corner

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 - Any time you come to campus, whether for a supply pick-up, library pick-up or any other reason, please be sure you are wearing your mask and remain 6 feet from our staff for the safety of everyone in our school community.
- Please have a conversation with your students about the inappropriate use of chat, chatrooms and Google docs as a chat room. Students should only be using their school Google accounts for school activities and assignments! We have been noticing that students are chatting throughout the day, diverting their attention from the tasks that are asked of them. Students are using the chat feature, chat rooms feature or create a Google doc, share it with one another and have just created their own chat room. This is very difficult to monitor as students continue to find ways to circumvent our oversight. Thus, we would encourage all families to talk to their students about the expectation that their Google accounts are just for school work and not to chat with one another. We appreciate your help and support in keeping all of our kids safe.

Housekeeping Items

Supply Pick-ups will occur about every two weeks. Upcoming dates are:

3/18

4/15

4/29

5/13

5/27