Newsletter 2020-05-29

Friday, May 29, 2020

School News

  • Home stretch! It's the last week of school! Thursday, June 4 is the last day of school. Please read Parent Square notices from your child's teacher carefully this week as the teachers are making many adjustments to their normal routines as they wrap up for the summer. Remind your kids to finish strong!
  • Bus runFinal bus run to collect turn in work is Mon June 1. Katherine will ride with the bus to check in Chromebooks. Many have reached out to her indicating that they need the Chromebooks through this week to finish out the school year. Absolutely that is just fine. However, please please please please return them to school by 12:30 pm Thursday June 4.
    • 8:30 - 9:15 am - Shasta View bus stop (St. James Lutheran Church)
    • 9:30 - 10:15 am - Shasta Lanes Bowling Alley bus stop
    • 10:30 - 11:15 am - Downtown bus stop (Sacramento St between East and Pine Streets)
    • 11:45 - 3:15 pm - Chrysalis in front of the administration building and daily thereafter from 8:00 to 3:15 pm
  • Yearbooks: Yearbooks are here! They are in manilla envelopes in your class pickup boxes and will also be available on the bus run on Monday, June 1, 2020.
  • Read-a-thon: Congratulations to all of our Read-a-thon winners! We are super proud of you! There will be 3 Read-a-thon prize bins: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Pick a wrapped gift from the bin -- it's a surprise!!!  Thank you to all the families who donated prizes! 
  • Promotion Ceremony: Please join us for the promotion ceremony on Thursday, June 4, at 9 AM. It'll be a no-contact, drive in ceremony followed by a car parade. For a diagram of the ceremony and parade with even more details, check out this Google Slide Show. Here's some things to remember:
    • Parking: Please arrive between 8:45 and 9:00. Parking attendants will give you a program and direct you to parking spots.
    • Decorations: Please decorate your cars! It's a parking lot and the best way to make our ceremony festive is to make your cars look Ah-mazing!
    • Stay in your car: Attendees must stay in their vehicles at all times. Sound will be piped to a FM radio station (the station number will be on your program) so you can hear speeches clearly.
    • Health and safety: Masks not required. Please do not pass objects to graduates. During the parade, please drive slowly and carefully so that you don't get too close to the graduates or the staff.
    • Vehicle restrictions: Vehicles must be enclosed and cannot include motorcycles, convertibles with the top open, vehicle with no doors, bicycles, or tail gate parties in the back of a pick up. Attendees sharing a vehicle must reside in the same household.
    • Bathrooms: Please use the bathroom before you come. Our school restrooms will be closed.
  • Online registration: Sorry for any confusion regarding online registration. The first time is always full of learning opportunities. The original due date for registration was May 22, 2020 but because of all the snags, we've extended the deadline to Monday June 1, 2020 at noon.  If you have trouble, please give Katherine at the front desk a call. 
  • Summer meal service - For June 2020, serving days will be Monday – Thursdays (see locations and times below). On Thursdays we will Be serving an additional 3 Breakfasts and 3 Lunches to Cover Friday, Saturday and Sunday so be sure to join us on Thursdays! We hope to continue to serve meals throughout July as well but that will depend upon how many meals we serve at each site during June so please keep picking up meals and tell others with children 18 and under. 
    • Saint Joseph School Site is closing after Thursday June 4th. Please continue to join us at nearby Shasta High School!
    • Shasta High School 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday-Thursday
    • Enterprise High School 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday-Thursday
    • Foothill High School 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM Monday-Thursday
    • RSTEM Academy (3711 Oasis Road) 10:30 AM-11:30 AM Monday-Thursday
    • Bella Vista Elementary School 11:00 AM -11:30 AM Monday-Thursday
    • Hidden Valley Market (Jones Valley) 11:50 AM- 12:20 PM Monday-Thursday
    • Millville Elementary School 12:00 PM -12:30 PM Monday-Thursday

    What will 2020-21 look like? We don't know for certain but we are teachers and your kids will be surrounded with love, care and support. Whatever plans we adopt will be designed to protect our teachers, aides and office staff as well as your precious children. Several staff members have pre-existing health conditions or sensitive members of their household and we don't want them to get sick! Look for a video update from Dr. Irene next week laying out the plan for Chrysalis reopening in far more detail.

    • We believe that there will be parts of the year in which school is open as usual with extra health and safety measures. The reopening feedback survey indicated strong united support for a quick temperature scan on arrival, excellent hand hygiene, and limiting parents and visitors to campus. Will masks be required? Not sure yet. We are waiting for guidance from the state on this one.  
    • We believe that it is likely that distance learning for all may make a comeback, either due to statewide stay-at-home orders or a local surge in cases. 
    • We believe that it may be necessary to plan for a hybrid model where the number of students on campus at any time are limited (teachers are exploring an AM/PM shift model where half the students attend in the morning Mon-Thu and the other half attend in the afternoon). 
    • Finally, we believe some families may choose 100% distance learning or homeschool for a variety of reasons -- we will be reaching out individually to those families that are interested in that model in June to discuss options.  
  • Food support for families: Get help buying food while schools are closed! Families can receive up to $365 per child to spend on groceries in addition to pick up meals from school through a new program called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT. Families that are directly-certified for school meals through CalFresh, CalWORKS, Medi-Cal or social services do not need to apply for P-EBT. Families eligible for free and reduced-price school meals through a school application and some attending schools where meals free for all students will likely need to apply for P-EBT online between May 22-June 30. Visit to learn more!

Community News

  • Lassen National Park reopens 
  • Redding Aquatic Center: Due to local, state, and federal COVID-19 guidelines, public swim times and birthday parties through June will be canceled. Summer camps, lifeguard classes, swim lessons, and water safety courses will still be happening as scheduled. Please check the Registration System for the most up-to-date information.
  • Meeting the Needs of Students with Disabilities during the Coronavirus Pandemic - While distance learning has been difficult for many children during the COVID-19 quarantine, students with disabilities face additional challenges. The latest episode of the AIR Informs podcast features Allison Gandhi, AIR special education expert, who shares information and strategies for parents to help students make the most of this time.
  • Shasta County Public Health - Curious to know if you have COVID-19? Anyone can make an appointment to go to Shasta College and be tested at no cost to the person being tested.
  • YMCA Day Camps - Our Summer Day Camp will continue to prioritize care for Medical Professional, First Responder, and Essential Service Provider Parents, but would also be available to everyone in our community as we are able to legally open. Our summer camp activities include: Physical Games and Sports, Art and Crafts, Stories and Reading, Music and Songs, Board Games, Free Play and positive, supervised time with friends. The enrollment packet can be found below under "Register" or online Please call Marianne at 530-224-0952 to learn more!**

Upcoming Events

  • Thu, June 4, 9:00 am - Promotion ceremony
  • Wed, June 10, 4:00 pm – Board meeting
  • Wed, Aug 12 - First day of school

Parenting Resources
Rather than a parenting article, allow me to share a podcast that I (Dr. Irene) have fallen in love with this week. It's from one of my heroes, Brene Brown. The first episode is on FFTs -- how tough the first time doing something new is, but there's ways to deal with the awfulness and make it through to the other side. First time with a global pandemic. Yep. First time homeschooling. Check (for many of us at least). First time figuring out summer and next year plans for the family with so much uncertainty. Definitely. Whatever first time you are facing right now, and however hard that might feel right now, take a moment to listen to this podcast and get some tools for making it through.