eNews & Notes - July 9, 2021

eNews & Notes - July 9, 2021
Posted on 07/09/2021
eNews & Notes - July 9, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

Superintendent Doc Ervin shares advice to parents on how to prepare their child for the new school year.

Future in Focus

Quick tips, brief updates, and reminders about what’s coming up to help families, employees, and our community make the most of our schools.

Drive-thru Food Distribution

Pureland Foundation Pacific High School Food Distribution

The Pureland Foundation is holding a drive-thru food distribution on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to noon at Pacific High School. Arrive early because food is distributed on a first-come, first-served basis. And, since this event is held the fourth Saturday of every month, be sure to save the dates of future food distributions:

  • August 28 
  • September 25

Students, Join Our Virtual Summer Reading & Nutrition Program

Children in kindergarten through sixth grade are invited to join the Virtual Summer Reading & Nutrition Program being offered by the Family Engagement Department in collaboration with the University of California. Virtual sessions are held at various times on Tuesdays through July 27. Students who participate in these 45-minute sessions will improve their reading comprehension while learning about healthy eating, the importance of exercise and other good habits. 

Register here or call the Family Engagement Center at (909) 880-4057.

Order Student Transcripts Online 

Did you know that if you attended an SBCUSD middle or high school, you can submit an online request for your student transcripts using www.parchment.com? On the Parchment website, click on the Order Transcript button. To create a new account, click on the Sign Up button. Be certain to use the name you used when attending SBCUSD. If you already have an account, click the Sign In button. You can access step-by-step instructions and a quick reference guide here.

Download the 2021-2022 School Year Calendar

Get ready for the coming school year, less than a month away, by downloading the 2021-2022 Traditional School Calendar here. Be sure to calendar the dates of the upcoming back to school nights for elementary, middle, and high school, depending on your child’s grade level.  

Highlights of the Week

Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

Board of Education Returns to In-person Meetings

Board of Education at their First In-Person Board Meeting

Trustees held the first in-person Board of Education meeting in 16 months on Tuesday, July 6, marking a momentous move from remote meetings that were streamed live to meetings with the public in attendance. 

The Board of Education meets the first and third Tuesday of each month at 5:30 p.m. in the Dr. Margaret Hill Community Room, 777 North F Street in San Bernardino. Meeting agendas are available at https://sbcusd.com/board. You can watch meetings live on the District’s YouTube channel here

State Education Group Honors SBCUSD Transportation Director 

San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) Transportation Director Marie Espinoza, who has dedicated her career to the safety of students who ride the bus to and from school, has won state recognition for her work. 

Today, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators (CALSA) will honor Espinoza with the Classified Administrator of the Year Award for region six, which includes San Diego, Orange, Imperial, Riverside, and San Bernardino Counties.

Espinoza, who has worked for SBCUSD since 2004, has devoted herself to ensuring that the 9,000 District students who ride the bus have a safe and positive experience. Although students spent the last school year in distance learning, Espinoza adjusted to the unpredictable changes by remaining flexible and hopeful as she transitioned to serving as logistics chief for the COVID Incident Management Team. 

“In my environment, change is constant,” Espinoza said. “I am accustomed to embracing change, and I look for different opportunities to improve systems and processes. I get to make a difference in a child's life every day. It may not be known, but I know I make a difference.”

ParentSquare Corner

SBCUSD is excited to stay connected with families using a new communication tool -- ParentSquare. This will streamline communications from your child’s school and teachers to keep you informed and connected this coming school year.

ParentSquare provides a safe way for the school principal, teachers, staff, and parents to send and receive important school and teacher communication all in one place.

Once we launch ParentSquare next month, all school, grade-level, and classroom information will automatically be sent to your computer or phone via email, and/or text. 

Prepare for this exciting launch by downloading the free ParentSquare app today in the Apple Store or Google Play Store. And, be sure to watch how-to videos here.

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In the Spotlight

District’s Executive Cabinet Welcomes New Member to the Team 

The District’s Executive Cabinet, the team that advises Superintendent Doc Ervin and helps run the daily operations of San Bernardino City Schools, welcomed a new member with the Board of Education’s appointment of Dr. Ricardo Esquivel. 

On Tuesday, July 6, trustees named Esquivel assistant superintendent of Equity, Access, and Innovation. Esquivel holds a doctorate degree in education from USC and has held a variety of positions throughout his long educational career, including teaching in Los Angeles and most recently serving as superintendent of the Elk Hills Elementary School District in Kern County.

Also on Tuesday, Board members promoted Dr. Rachel Monárrez from assistant superintendent to Deputy Superintendent.  

Until her promotion, Monárrez was the District’s assistant superintendent of Continuous Improvement, a division that focused on ensuring access and services to all students so that they can thrive academically, emotionally, and behaviorally. She joined SBCUSD in August 2016 as the assistant superintendent of Student Services. 

In 2020, the California Association of Latino Superintendents and Administrators named Monárrez as the Central Office Administrator of the Year for her distinguished leadership and excellence in advocating on behalf of Latina/Latino/Latinx children.

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