eNews & Notes - November 19, 2021

eNews & Notes - November 19, 2021
Posted on 11/19/2021
eNews & Notes - November 19, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin
Superintendent Doc Ervin shares a special Thanksgiving message for our entire community.

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.

Enrollment & Placement Services Closed Thanksgiving Week
Enrollment & Placement Services will be closed November 22–26, 2021, for the Thanksgiving holiday. Families who wish to enroll new students may begin the process by gathering necessary documents like birth certificates and immunization records. Families also need to create an Aeries account to complete enrollment.

Weekly Bulletin Board
Every Monday morning, families will receive a Weekly Bulletin Board through ParentSquare with flyers and information about upcoming events across the District.
By limiting the electronic distribution of flyers to once a week, families will be more likely to see ParentSquare posts that pertain to our schools. Decluttering your ParentSquare news feed is part of our commitment to sharing important information about our schools in a way that families find useful.

We want all students to fall in love with reading and we’re encouraging children to pick up a book with a fun contest.

Upcoming Virtual Town Hall
Find out how SBCUSD’s grading system works and the impact of COVID-19 on students’ grades by joining a Virtual Town Hall hosted by Elementary and Secondary Instruction on Thursday, December 9, 2021, at 6 p.m.
Register at bit.ly/townhallsb or call the Family Engagement Office at (909) 880-4057.
You can watch the town hall on YouTube at youtube.com/SanBdoCitySchools.
For help, email Esmeralda McWilliams in the Family Engagement office at [email protected].

Need Homework Help?
Students who need help with homework can check out resources offered by Brainfuse.

With the help of Brainfuse HelpNow, we’re bringing an all-in-one suite of tutoring services designed for a wide range of academic needs—whether it’s tackling a tough homework problem, mastering a particular topic, or writing a paper.
HelpNow services include expert academic tutoring and self-study tools to empower users to study at their own pace or collaborate with peers and instructors. Student access live, on-demand academic help from expert tutors and skill-building lessons, videos, and practice tests for further study. With HelpNow, students exercise their learning options for a better classroom performance.

Accessing Brainfuse HelpNow
The Brainfuse HelpNow online tutoring can be accessed through the SBLink Portal located under Parent and Student Resources on the District homepage. Once at the SBLink welcome screen, please enter your username and password:
Username = 1st part of email address (without @sbcusd.k12.ca.us)
Password = District Email Password (same as before)

Once logged into SBLink, students can find the Brainfuse icon and have access to all needed resources.

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

In Case You Missed It
Last week, Superintendent Doc Ervin had a great opportunity to shine a light on the topic of social-emotional learning, something he is passionate about. Thanks to the Kennedy Forum for hosting the webinar School-Based Mental Health: A National Priority, and allowing panelists to explore how education systems across the country can address the immediate mental health needs of students through lessons that focus on social-emotional learning.
You can watch a full recording of the webinar here.

Marching Band Showcase

About 1,000 people turned out for the SBCUSD Marching Band Showcase held on November 17 at San Bernardino Valley College.
The outdoor event, put on by the District’s Visual and Performing Arts Department, featured marching bands from several high schools and performances by elementary and middle school musicians. The showcase was the first opportunity that most student musicians have had to perform before the public since the pandemic.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions
On October 1, 2021, California announced plans to require the COVID vaccine as a part of the mandated vaccines for students. These Frequently Asked Questions are designed to inform families about this new requirement. Additional information can be found at Vaccine Mandate, October 1, 2021.

Free Fares for School
OmniTrans is implementing a Free Fares for School program for all k-12 students from now until February 28, 2022.
This program gives unlimited free rides on all OmniTrans routes for all students within the OmniTrans service area. Students will receive a decal sticker from their school and be able to ride free anywhere in OmniTrans’ service area any time, enabling them to take part in extracurricular and community activities.

For more information, please call Family Engagement at (909) 880-4057.

In the Spotlight

ParentSquare Decluttering Underway
Acting on input from families, we are working to declutter the ParentSquare feed to allow more opportunities for parents to see the important information our schools share. District posts will be limited to two posts per week, excluding emergencies.
Each Monday, families will receive a Bulletin Board post announcing upcoming events. On Friday afternoons, a post will go out with this weekly eNews & Notes newsletter. The only other time the District will post to ParentSquare is for special announcements, like emergency updates. This means that schools will have more opportunities to post to ParentSquare and those posts have a greater likelihood of being seen by families now that District-related posts will be limited to twice a week.

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