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Parent Summer Letter

Dear Eastin Families,

On behalf of our entire staff, we want to welcome you and your child to Delaine Eastin Elementary School for the 2021-22 school year. For those of you who are new to Eastin, welcome to our community. We are looking forward to meeting all of our students in just a few short weeks, in person! Eastin is a wonderful school with an exemplary staff that is committed to knowing your child in order to meet their needs. 

Wow, the last year in education and in life have been like no other we have experienced. I hope each of you and your families are doing well, staying healthy physically and mentally. Since March 2020, the world has been changed by COVID. Our entire staff is eager to be back on campus, with students in person, building relationships, community and a love of learning. 

A school year is typically predictable. We have procedures for drop off / pick up, how to find out who’s class your student(s) is in, assemblies, recess, the jog-a-thon, buying a new backpack and back to school shopping. This list goes on.  Because they are familiar, these predictable schedules and procedures often serve as a warm blanket of comfort, even if we don’t like or agree with them. Many of these procedures are typically provided in our summer newsletter. This year, we will return to many of our familiar procedures, and we will create new ones that enhance our students' experiences. As you are aware, the CDC and State of California just released new guidance for schools. We are excited that the new guidance allows for school to look much similar to what it has been in the past. Information about the start of the school year will be sent via Smore Newsletters. 

Communication will be of utmost importance this year, and I want to stress the importance of having all students’ contact information up to date. This is a process we do for all students every year, typically by sending home a printout of your current information and having it returned to the classroom teacher. We will utilize our online re-enrollment process this year to ensure we have up to date contact information for all of our students. Please do not be confused by the name, re-enrollment, ALL students need to have this done. Please see attached directions for how to do this.

One of the most anticipated questions leading up to the first day of school is always, “Who will be my child’s teacher?” We spend many hours carefully placing each child into a classroom with a teacher that we feel will support their growth.

The first day of school is Wednesday, August 11, 2021.  All students begin the school day at 8:00 am and are expected to be on campus with enough time to get to their class lines by 8:00 am. The first 3 days of school, August 11th, 12th, and 13th will be minimum days, ending at 12:05 pm. The purpose of these minimum days is to provide staff with professional development.

Communication is a key to success! Included in this letter are some important pieces of information for all students and parents. Please make sure to read all of this information and ensure all of your contact information is correct in our system by completing the re-enrollment process for all students. During the course of the school year, I will send communication via my Principal's Newsletters through Smore. You can access previous year’s newsletters at https://www.smore.com/u/maryrodriguez65.

Sincerely, 

Mary Rodriguez, Principal

The first day of school for the 2020-2021 school year will be Wednesday, August 11, 2021. Students in grades 1st-5th will have a minimum school day for the first 3 days of school (August 11th - August 13th) from 8:00 - 12:05. Students in grades TK/K will have modified school days for the first 22 days of school (August 11th - September 10th) and will attend from 8:00 - 11:20.

Classroom Assignments:  Your child’s classroom assignment will be made visible through Q Parent Connection prior to the start of the school year. I will send and update on the specific date and time this information will be visible. Please note that increases or decreases in enrollment may require changes in classroom assignments within the first few weeks of the school year.  We appreciate your flexibility as we adjust.

School Supplies: ALL students will be provided with basic school supplies by the school. We DO NOT have a list of school supplies we are requesting from parents. All classrooms will be provided with all the supplies they require through the schools general fund. It would be incredibly helpful to think about the money you typically pay to purchase donations to the classroom and instead do a direct donation to the school via cash or check to the main office or to your child’s teacher. Checks can be made payable to “Eastin Elementary School. Because our school does not receive Title 1 fundings, we do rely on donations to continue to provide an “above and beyond” experience for all students at Eastin.

Morning Arrival / Afterschool Dismissal: We will be providing updated information on the arrival and dismissal procedures prior to the start of the school year.

Chromebooks: All students will continue to require access to a digital device at home. 

Students in TK - 1st grade will be provided a chromebook to keep at home for the school year. This will allow all students to have access to our online learning platforms and applications at home. All TK - 1st grade classrooms will also have enough chromebooks in the classroom for every student. 

Students in grades 2nd - 5th will be required to carry their chromebook and charging cable to and from school daily. This will allow all students to have access to our online learning platforms and applications at school and at home.

We anticipate the need to check out chromebooks to ALL of our TK and Kinder students at the start of the school year. We have already checked out chromebooks to 97% of our 1st - 5th graders. For students in 1st - 5th grade, if you do not have a chromebook, or if your chromebook is not working properly, please let us know by using the Eastin Chromebook Request | Issue button on the home page of our website or contacting the office directly at 510-475-9630. This will allow us to have a chromebook ready to distribute the first week back to school. 

If you do not have access to internet service, please contact Mary Rodriguez utilizing the Eastin Chromebook Request | Issue button on the home page of our website.

Communication:  Communication with the school and with the classroom teachers is more important than ever.  

You will receive important school information and district communications via our Q communication system and Smore Newsletters.  Please take time to read these notices so you are well informed.  The Eastin and NHUSD websites are also valuable resources for information. You can access previous year’s Eastin Principal’s Newsletter (via Smore) at https://www.smore.com/u/maryrodriguez65

Parent Connect & Re-Enrollment: Q Parent Connect will be available again once the district technology department finishes closing out summer school and makes the current school year an active track. 

Once Parent Connect is available, if you have not created an account, please do so by selecting “Need Your Login Information”. Note that once you create an account, you need a PIN (not your email) to access Q Parent Connect. Your PIN will be created during the account creation process.

We will utilize our online re-enrollment process this year to ensure we have up to date contact information for all of our students. Please do not be confused by the name, re-enrollment, ALL students need to have this done. Please see attached directions for how to do this. The online re-enrollment process will open up in early August.

Kids First Child Care Program:  Kids First Registration is happening the week of July 29th - August 6th. You can visit the NHUSD Website to find the enrollment paperwork. Once you have filled out the paperwork, please email your forms to kmccalley@nhusd.k12.ca.us. If you wish to enroll your student in person, please contact the Kids First Program Specialist for an appointment at 510-476-2743. Please note that Kids First will open on Monday, August 16th. Kids First will NOT be available the first 3 days of school.

School Breakfast / Lunch:  Children need healthy meals to learn. Eastin offers healthy breakfast and lunch every school day. On June 1, the California Department of Education finalized the Meal Application guidance first issued by the United States Department of Agriculture in late April.  As a result, NHUSD will continue to offer free meals to ALL of our students for the 21-22 school year regardless of Free and Reduced eligibility status. However, we will still ask families to fill out an Educational Benefit (Meal Application) Form as soon as it becomes available to get an accurate count of families who qualify for potential school funding purposes.

We are unable to allow students to heat up food in the microwave during school lunch times. In addition, we ask that students do not bring glass jars or containers to school in their lunch boxes. Please have your child bring their lunch with them in the morning; we do not deliver personal belongings (backpacks, homework, lunches, etc.) into the classrooms as it disrupts instruction.

Kindergarten Orientation Slides: If you missed our Kindergarten orientation from the Spring of 2021, here is a copy of the slides.

School Office: The school office is open from 8:00 am - 12:00 pm and 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm during the summer. The office will open from 7:30 am - 3:30 am beginning Monday, August 9th.

Upcoming Dates to Calendar:

https://calendar.google.com/calendar/u/0?cid=bmh1c2QuazEyLmNhLnVzX3VzNG9kYW5hNGRnbmY5NWcwYzdjYTJsanIwQGdyb3VwLmNhbGVuZGFyLmdvb2dsZS5jb20 

Wednesday, August 11th-  First Day of School, Minimum Day

Thursday, August 12th - Minimum Day

Friday, August 13th - Minimum Day

Thursday, August 18th @ 2:30pm - School Site Council Meeting

Thursday, August 26th @ 5:30pm - Back to School Night

Monday, September 6th - Labor Day - No School