eNews & Notes - October 15, 2021

eNews & Notes - October 15, 2021
Posted on 10/15/2021
eNews & Notes - October 15, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin

Superintendent Doc Ervin continues the video series This Week, I'm Learning, where he features students from the schools he visits to see great teaching and learning in action.

A Message from Board President, Dr. Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers

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.
Weekly Bulletin Board
Starting October 18, families will receive a weekly round up of District-related flyers in a single post that will land in email inboxes every Monday with the subject SBCUSD Weekly Bulletin Board.  
Do you want to give your preschooler a jump on kindergarten? The Karnig Infant-Toddler Success Program brings you informative sessions this month to help you prepare your child to succeed in kindergarten.

Are you an entrepreneur or do you dream of starting your own business? Uplift San Bernardino will teach you how to access capital and get funded. Learn more about the ins and outs of loans in Uplift’s Access to Capital Webinar series.  

Children love a good show and tell, not to mention storytime. The Karnic Infant-Toddler Success Program brings little ones storytime at the Feldheym Library later this month.

Fall’s here and winter is coming! Learn to make fun, festive, and easy new recipes to share with your family in a 45-minute online demonstration. This opportunity is brought to you through a partnership with the SBCUSD Family Engagement Center, the San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools, and CalFresh, with funding from USDA and SNAP.  

Want to be a ParentSquare rockstar? Then join the Family Engagement Center staff for ParentSquare 101, four online sessions covering all the basic information about using this new communication tool.  

With the holiday season approaching, it’s a great time to take advantage of Pure Land Foundation’s monthly drive-thru food distribution coming up on October 23.

College Prep Starts in Preschool

One of SBCUSD’s hidden gems is its child development program, which serves children from birth through five years of age.

Children who enroll in our full- or part-time preschool get a jumpstart on their education by participating in age-appropriate activities like storytime led by qualified teachers and trained staff. And, families also receive education to help them gain useful parenting skills as well as referrals to a variety of community resources. Enrolling your child is easy and begins by gathering important documents like birth certificates and immunization records.

Learn more about enrolling your baby or toddler in our successful preschool program by visiting https://childdev.sbcusd.com/.

Learn more about enrolling your child in transitional kindergarten at https://www.sbcusd.com/district_offices/student_services/enrollment.

Child Development Flyer

Tzu Chi Drive-Thru Food Giveaways

October 17
9 to 11 a.m.
Jones Elementary School
700 North F Street, San Bernardino

October 18
10 to 11:30 a.m.
Del Vallejo Leadership & STEAM Academy
1885 E. Lynwood Drive, San Bernardino

Drive Thru Job Fair 

Are you looking for a job? Interested in making a career change? Then join the SBCUSD family by participating in our upcoming Drive Thru Job Fair on October 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of the West Highland Administrative Annex, 1535 West Highland Avenue in San Bernardino.

We’re hiring for a variety of open positions, including custodial, clerical, food service, and instructional.

You may also apply at https://www.governmentjobs.com/careers/sanbernardinousd

Free COVID-19 and Flu Vaccines

The San Bernardino County Department of Public Health encourages families to take advantage of the free vaccine sites available at SBCOVID19.com. County residents 12 and older can receive the COVID-19 vaccine at Middle College High School, 1260 W. Esperanza Street in San Bernardino. This vaccination site is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and also provides flu shots at no cost. This site will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day.

If you prefer to be able to pick which of the three vaccines you receive or you want to get your vaccination at a hospital or medical clinic, use https://myturn.ca.gov/ to schedule an appointment or find a walk-in clinic that meets your criteria.

Superintendent Doc Ervin wants to hear from You!
Miss any of the recent Listening & Learning Forums? Superintendent Doc Ervin is holding another forum on October 28th from 10-11:30 a.m. Please register to participate at https://sbcusd.com/llforumparents. Be part of the conversation that will help shape the District's future. Space is limited.

Panorama Survey
It’s survey time. Families, make sure your school and SBCUSD hears your voice by completing the Panorama Family Survey. Starting next week, teachers will give your child a copy of the survey to bring home for you to complete. If you would rather complete the survey online, there is an online option, but still make sure the paper survey is returned to school with your child, along with a note stating you completed the survey online. All surveys need to be completed by November 5. If you have any questions, please call your child’s school or the Family Engagement Office at (909) 880-4057.

Highlights of the Week

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

Celebrate Admin

SBCUSD Honors School Administrators
SBCUSD celebrated Week of the School Administrator from October 10–16, 2021. On Friday, District administrators were treated to a drive-through breakfast at the Board of Education parking lot.

SBCUSD school administrators are dedicated, hardworking, caring professionals who go above and beyond every day to create and support quality academic and extra-curricular learning opportunities for students. Our District is fortunate to have many school administrators who are homegrown natives and are a product of our public schools!

Although Week of the School Administrator is ending, every school day is a great opportunity to thank those who dedicate their careers to making hope happen for the children of our community.

SBCUSD in the News
SBCUSD closes Welcoming Resource Center, moves departments

In the Spotlight

Admin Team

District’s Employee Onboarding Program a State Model of Excellence

The District’s comprehensive efforts to acclimate new employees into its professional culture and values, starting with welcoming and training new hires, has earned acclaim from the California School Boards Association.

The San Bernardino City Unified School District’s Onboarding Program, overseen by the Human Resources Division, has earned a distinguished Golden Bell Award and will be formally honored in December at a reception in San Diego.
The District’s onboarding process is personalized depending on the role of the new employee and offers various opportunities for ongoing professional development and mentoring.

SBCUSD has about 47,000 students and is California’s seventh largest school district. The District has about 8,000 employees. As San Bernardino County’s largest school district and one of the Inland Empire’s largest employers, SBCUSD has a duty to hire and retain the most qualified employees, something that is even more important during the pandemic, said Assistant Superintendent Dr. Marcus Funchess, who oversees the Human Resources Division.  

“We’re proud of our onboarding process because it helps new employees feel they are part of our SBCUSD family,” Funchess said. “Once our employees go through onboarding, they have the confidence and skills they need to succeed in their position, whether they’re a new teacher or custodian. Additionally, they develop an understanding of how their own purpose can align with our District’s vision.”  

SBCUSD offers employees many opportunities to participate in professional development that focuses on sharing best practices focused on equity, access, and inclusion and innovative educational practices. The District designs excellent educational experiences for staff and gives employees diverse opportunities for authentic collaboration throughout the year.

Each year, CSBA recognizes outstanding educational programs and school governance practices that effectively address the needs of California students. The District has earned several Golden Bell Awards in recent years, including one for its efforts to cultivate future teachers from its student ranks through the Grow Your Own program. The Demonstration Teacher Program, also overseen by Human Resources, previously won Golden Bell acclaim. Demonstration teachers are experts in various subjects and open their classrooms to other District teachers who are working to hone their instructional skills.

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