August 11, 2020: Update from Principal Hanson

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Greetings, Caleb Families, 

I hope this update finds you staying cool and safe in the midst of this heat wave. Caleb staff and I have been busy preparing for the school year so I have a few updates for you heading into the weekend. Please know that our information and schedules are constantly in flux. I understand the need for accurate and timely information as you prepare your families for distance learning and will do my best to adhere to publicized information, but as you’ll see below, changes happen and flexibility is required. I am continuing to advocate for and work to meet the needs of our students, families and staff, but I ask for your patience as I work to navigate district guidelines that enable us to equitably serve all students across our district.

Distance Learning Update

All SCUSD schools and students are returning to school via Distance Learning this fall. This includes all grade levels, from TK through 12th grade, general education students and those with IEPs for special education. There are no exceptions. The first day of school is Thursday, September 3. We do not know how long Distance Learning will continue, this depends entirely on Sacramento County of Education Guidelines. For more information about how SCUSD is returning back to school, please visit our district Return Together website. Caleb’s Distance Learning Plan is being developed in alignment with the district’s plan, for which some of the details are still being finalized and negotiated with labor partners. I ask that you remain patient and trust that I will provide concrete information as soon as I am able.

Class Lists: TBD 

I know you all are anxiously awaiting class assignments. We had planned to release these on Monday, August 17, but due to a district procedural requirement, there is a slight delay. I am still hoping to get this information to you early next week, but am waiting for a greenlight from the district. If you have any concerns about this, I encourage you to reach out to Board Member Leticia Garcia to inquire about district-wide class list release dates. 

Yearbook Pick-Up: Saturday, August 15 & Sunday, August 16 

Salcedo Home: 411 Gunther Way in River Park  

*** Face coverings and social distancing required***

Saturday, August 15: 

8am-12pm: last names beginning A-F

1pm-4pm: last names beginning G-L

Sunday, August 16: 

8am-12pm: Last names beginning M-R

1pm-4pm: Last names beginning S-Z

Kinder Parent Orientation: Tuesday, August 18, 6-7pm 

Join our kinder team and me to learn about distance learning kindergarten and how to prepare your child. This event is designed for adults. We know you’ll likely be at home with your child around, but we do not expect them to join us. There will be plenty of time for that when school begins.

Meeting ID: 831 2410 6843

Passcode: Kinder2020

Distance Learning Listening Session with Board Member Leticia Garcia: Tuesday, August 18, 6-7:30pm 

Join Board Member Garcia for a listening session during which she will share information about the upcoming school year and gather your feedback. Register here. 

GATE Parent Meeting: Wednesday, August 26, 6-7pm

Due to scheduling constraints, this meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, August 26 6-7pm. Zoom information to follow. 

Back to School Night: Monday, August 31 & Tuesday, September 1 

Please save the date for Back to School Night, which will take place before school begins this year. In order to facilitate participation for every family, teachers will hold two sessions and will record one of them for later viewing for those who are unable to attend. 

Monday, August 31, 6pm: Back to School Night with Mrs. Hanson 

Tuesday, September 1, 5:30 & 6:30: Back to School Night with Classroom Teachers 

Zoom information to follow. 

SPED Parent Meeting: TBD 

Supply Lists, Materials Distribution & Chromebooks 

Unlike in past years, we have not released classroom supply lists this year. Instead, we are planning Materials Distribution days during which families will pick up supply kits, textbooks and consumables (workbooks and such). Teachers will share specific grade-level supply needs at Back to School Night. Chromebooks will also be available during these distribution times. We have plenty, so there is no need to reserve one ahead of time. Distribution is tentatively scheduled for the week of August 24. More details to follow. 

Be safe in the heat this weekend. And as always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. 

Principal Erin Hanson