eNews & Notes - February 4, 2022

eNews & Notes - February 4, 2022
Posted on 02/04/2022
eNews & Notes - February 4, 2022
San Bernardino City Unified School District

A Moment with Doc Ervin
Superintendent Doc Ervin delivers a message in recognition of Black History Month, and the outstanding contribution of people of color within our own 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.

Two Holidays This Month
SBCUSD schools and District offices will be closed on Mondays February 14 and February 21 in observance of Abraham Lincoln Day and Presidents' Day.

Kindergarten Enrollment Now Underway
Enrollment is underway in SBCUSD for students who will start kindergarten or transitional kindergarten in 2022. Children who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2022, are eligible to enroll in kindergarten for the 2022–2023 school year. Transitional kindergarten (TK) is available for students who will turn 5 years old from September 2, 2022, to February 2, 2023.
Families may visit the online School Site Locator to determine their child’s home school.
Please spread the word that families may enroll online or visit any SBCUSD elementary school campus.

Scholarships for SBCUSD Seniors
Seniors attending SBCUSD high schools should apply today for a $3,000 Making Hope Happen Foundation scholarship! The deadline to apply is coming up, and you can learn more here.

February Reading Challenge
We challenge families to visit the Literacy Campaign website and join #SBCUSDReads! In February, we encourage children to read about the topic of perseverance.  

Free Smoke Alarms
The American Red Cross Southern California Region is working to reduce the number of lives lost every year to home fires. Fires in the home claim seven lives every day. To make sure you don’t become a statistic, be sure to test your smoke alarm monthly to make sure it’s in working order. If you don’t have a working smoke alarm in your home or don’t have at least one per floor, the Red Cross is offering free smoke alarm installations. Call (714) 481-5334 or visit http://SoundTheAlarm.org/SoCal to learn more or register for an appointment.

Weekly Bulletin Board
Every Monday at 11 a.m., we’ll share a collection of events and announcements to keep you connected to the District and community. Be sure to check them out here.

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

Honoring Local Figures During Black History Month
This month, we’re marking Black History Month by highlighting the accomplishments of prominent, local African-American figures who have played and continue playing an important role in our SBCUSD story.
Be sure you like and follow SBCUSD on social media to read about icons like Frances Grice, Hardy Brown Sr., and Dorothy Inghram, whose powerful stories are woven into the fabric that makes SBCUSD unique.

Application Window Now Open for Schools of Choice
All families should have choices when it comes to their children’s education and the time is now to apply for one of our several Signature Programs, middle school lottery programs, and School of Choice options for the coming school year.
The deadline is coming up in March. Learn more here.

Board of Education Working to Fill Temporary Vacancy
The Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 5:30 p.m. on February 8 to interview candidates and make a provisional appointment to the governing body that will fill a vacancy that opened with the December 2021 passing of the beloved Dr. Margaret Hill.
On February 15, the Board of Education plans to hold a swearing-in ceremony for the trustee selected to fill the vacancy.
You can watch Board of Education meetings live on our SBCUSD YouTube channel.  

County Superintendent Honors SBCUSD for Two Golden Bells
In a virtual ceremony held on January 31, San Bernardino County Superintendent of Schools and the San Bernardino California School Boards Association recognized SBCUSD for earning two California School Boards Association Golden Bell Awards last month.

During the ceremony, each of the seven award-winning programs in San Bernardino County were highlighted. SBCUSD earned prestigious Golden Bells for its new employee onboarding program and a career pathway that trains Special Education students to succeed in the workforce.

To watch the videos spotlighting the winning programs, visit SBCountySchools YouTube channel.
SBCUSD in the News
SBCUSD school board to appoint new member
Kindergarten registration now open
Tyro Times provides San Bernardino High School students opportunity, voice

In the Spotlight

Our COVID-19 Commitment to Families
As we near the second anniversary of the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, public health guidance for educational settings continues evolving.

When the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) or Centers for Disease Control (CDC) change the recommendations for our schools to safely operate, school districts like ours often have no advance notice, leaving us with little time to digest large amounts of detailed information before passing it along to our families. However, we do our best to be transparent about important decisions that impact our 46,000 students and more than 8,000 employees.

We have learned many important lessons during the management of the pandemic, and we are proud of all that we have done and continue to do to keep our schools safe and open for teaching and learning.

We thank families for always advocating on behalf of their children because ultimately you know what is in their best medical interest.

So as guidance evolves and procedures change, we’re committed to understanding the implications of those changes on our students and our schools. And, we’re committed to keeping you informed every step of the way.

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