eNews & Notes - July 16, 2021

eNews & Notes - July 16, 2021
Posted on 07/16/2021
eNews & Notes - July 16, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

Superintendent Doc Ervin encourages families to prepare students 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.

All Students Must Have Immunizations to Start School
As we enter the last few weeks of summer break, all families should ensure children have the state-required immunizations so they can start school on August 2.

These immunizations are required for children attending public school in California: Varicella, Diphtheria, Tetanus, and Pertussis, also known as DTAP, Hepatitis B, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, or MMR, Polio, and HIB. These are the only vaccinations required by the state of California for children attending schools in the 2021-2022 school year that begins next month.

If your child is missing one or more of these immunizations, please make an appointment today and remember to always keep a record of your child’s shots so you can provide them to the school as proof.

For more information, please call Student Wellness at (909) 473-2080.

Watch Board of Education Meetings Online
Members of the public do not have to attend Board of Education meetings in person to keep abreast of the governing body’s decisions.

Board meetings, held on the first and third Tuesday of each month, are streamed live, allowing anyone with an Internet-enabled device to watch meetings remotely.

Watch Board meetings here.

Save the Date: Reception for SBCUSD Superintendent
A welcome reception for Superintendent Doc Ervin will be held on Tuesday, August 3 at 4:30 p.m. in the Dr. Margaret Hill Community Room, 777 North F Street in San Bernardino.

Drive-thru Food Distribution
We encourage you to take advantage of the Tzu Chi Foundation’s free drive-thru food distribution at Jones Elementary School on Sunday, July 18 from 9 to 11 a.m., or until supplies last.


Highlights of the Week

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

Assemblyman James Ramos Helps SBCUSD Expand Mental Health Services for Students

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A $335,000 award from State Assemblyman James Ramos will help SBCUSD expand its social emotional learning curriculum and better address the mental health needs of students.

Ramos, D-Highland, presented the funding to District Superintendent Doc Ervins on Friday, July 9. Also there to accept the award was Director Colleen Williams, whose Student Wellness and Support Services Department will carry out the work to expand teacher capacity training in social emotional learning.

ParentSquare Corner
SBCUSD is excited to kick off a new school year with ParentSquare, a communication tool that allows families to receive all information relevant to their child in one place. And parents and guardians will be able to use ParentSquare to contact teachers directly in multiple languages.

The best way to use ParentSqure is by downloading the free mobile app for IOS or Android. All families with children enrolled in SBCUSD schools will receive an email or text with a link that will allow you to activate your account in a few short minutes. Our goal is to have every family join ParentSquare. Stay tuned for more exciting news that will be shared here every week.

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In the Spotlight

Campuses Busy Preparing for First Day of School
The excitement of a new school year is evident across SBCUSD, with thousands of employees gearing up for what promises to be a great 2021-2022 school year.

The weeks leading up to the first day of school, August 2, are always filled with anticipation but especially this year since schools will be welcoming students in person for the first time since March 2020 when the coronavirus pandemic shuttered campuses.

Across the District, custodians have been busy preparing campuses for the return of teachers, staff, and students. Equipped with new tools, like electrostatic sprayers, custodians are on the front lines of keeping campuses clean.

Teachers will spend two days later this month in professional development, including time spent learning more about social-emotional learning, which will be a key focus this coming school year.

Social-emotional learning refers to the process of developing the self-awareness, self-control, and interpersonal skills that are vital for school, work, and life success. People with strong social-emotional skills are better able to cope with everyday challenges and benefit academically, professionally, and socially.

Colleen Williams, director of Student Wellness and Support Services, believes that teaching students to identify and manage their feelings is key to their academic success.

“Social emotional learning is just as important as reading, writing, and math,” said Williams, who oversees efforts to expand mental health support for District students. “If we don’t focus attention on the overall well-being of students, academics will certainly be impacted.”

Families can ensure they will receive important information about the new school year by providing schools with their most current contact information, which can be updated in the Aeries Parent Portal.

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