SLUSD Wants To Hear From You!
Do you have opinions on how the San Leandro Unified School District spends money but don’t know how to take action? Join us at one of our upcoming Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) community forums to have your say! These events provide the district leadership team with crucial feedback regarding the current state of the district. These dialogues are an incredible learning opportunity for the superintendent and other district staff to listen and learn about how parents and community members are feeling about SLUSD schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In fact, much of the feedback informs decision making for SLUSD. Translation, childcare, refreshments will be provided at all meetings.
Monday, February 11
John Muir Middle School Library
6:30pm - 8:00pm (English)
Wednesday, February 13
Bancroft Middle School Library
6:30pm - 8:00pm (English)
Tuesday, February 26
Monroe Elementary Library
6:30pm - 8:00pm (Chinese)
Thursday, February 28
Washington Elementary Library
6:30pm - 8:00pm (Spanish)
Saturday, March 2
Barbara Lee Center for Health and Wellness
9:00am - 10:30am (English)
Principal’s Message - February 2019
Elementary School Attendance - Makes a Difference
Attendance is the first way you can help your child succeed in school. Daily and on-time school attendance has a powerful impact on a child’s learning and success. If attendance has become a challenge for your family you are not alone. We are partners in your child’s success. Partnership is the key to finding solutions. Together we can help students achieve!
Knowledge: What you need to know
- Multiple absences cause students to fall behind in reading, writing and math.
- Attendance is a life skill that will help students in middle school, high school, and beyond
- By 6th grade, absenteeism is a leading sight that a student may drop out of high school.
- A student who is absent without a valid excuse on 3 or more days or tardy in excess of 30 minutes on three or more days in a school year is considered truant
- Missing 10 percent, or about 18 days, of the school year can dramatically impact a child’s success. This is defined as a chronic truant (the absences are excessive and could be both excused and unexcused)
- 2017-2018 14.9% of students chronically absent
- 2018-2019 45 (9.5% mid year) number of students that are chronically absent
Guidance: The good News
- We are here to help
- Together, we can help your child - our student - stay on track in their learning.
Take Action: What you can do
- Call, email or visit McKinley’s office when attendance difficulties begin.
- Contact the school if an issue arises that may cause your child to miss school.
What we can do
- Work with you and your family to find solutions.
- Develop a plan with you to help your family reduce barriers to attendance
- Connect your family with supports and resources - at school and in the community -that can help with attendance
The California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS)
Is an anonymous, confidential survey of school climate and safety, student wellness, and youth resiliency. It will be administered between the dates of February 4-15. All 5th to 11th grade students, as well as all parents and staff, are being asked to participate. It enables schools and communities to collect and analyze data regarding local youth health risks and behaviors, school connectedness, school climate, protective factors, and school violence.
The CHKS is part of a San Leandro’s Tobacco Use Prevention Education grant program (TUPE) and this information is used to guide efforts to reduce student risk behaviors and build schools that are drug-free, safe and supportive environments for all students. Results will also drive decision making for the district and school sites.
Participation in the survey is voluntary and the survey is anonymous. No names or any other identifying information is connected to the answers except for the name of the school. Students in 5th grade must return a signed permission slip to participate, which will be coming home soon. If you have any questions, please contact McKinley’s Office
LCAP Meeting _ February 13th (6:30 -8:00) @ Bancroft
SLUSD Wants To Hear From You!
Do you have opinions on how the San Leandro Unified School District spends money but don’t know how to take action? Join us at one of our upcoming Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) community forums to have your say! These events provide the district leadership team with crucial feedback regarding the current state of the district. In addition, parents ask questions and share concerns regarding district programs, investments, gaps, site level challenges, and strategic plan efforts. These dialogues are an incredible learning opportunity for the superintendent and other district staff to listen and learn about how parents and community members are feeling about SLUSD schools at the elementary, middle and high school levels. In fact, much of the feedback informs decision making for SLUSD. Translation, childcare, refreshments will be provided at all meetings.
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Dates to Remember
- February 1 First Friday at Drakes Fundraiser (4:00 pm - 8:00 pm)
- February 1 Intent to Return forms due in office
- February 4 PTO Meeting (6:00 pm - 7:30 pm) MPR
- February 6 Lunar New Year Celebration (8:30)/Coffee Chat to follow
- February 8 Multicultural Evening (6:00 - 8:00 PM ) MPR
- February 13 LCAP Community Engagement (6:30 -8:00) @ Bancroft Middle School
- February 18 Presidents’ Week Holiday
- February 26 LCAP Community Meeting - Chinese (6:30 - 8:00) @ Monroe
- February 28 School Site Council (3:30 -4:30) Library
- February 28 LCAP Community Meeting - Spanish (6:30 -8:00) @ Washington
Make everyday count. Good attendance now will help your children do well in high school, college and work. Congratulations to Ms. Joffroy’s TK class for having the best attendance during the month of January.
Seeking Volunteers for TK & Kindergarten Classrooms
If you are interested in working in either transitional kindergarten or kindergarten classrooms, our elementary schools are always looking for enthusiastic volunteers! Our schools especially need support for 30-60 minutes at a time in the classroom, during recess, and during lunch.
Please contact McKinley's Parent Facilitator Jennifer Amate at email@example.com to learn how you can become a volunteer.
📰 SLUSD Latest News
This past month, Principal Bradley Frazier and Vice Principal Rachelle Parham received the annual San Leandro Chamber of Commerce Leaders in Education award on behalf of the San Leandro Adult School.
National School Counseling Week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), will be celebrated from Feb. 4–8, 2019, to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within U.S. school systems and how students are different as a result of what school counselors do.
When you were a freshman in high school, did you have any idea where you would be in 10 years? One half of the 9th-grade class at San Leandro High School has not only an idea of what the year 2028 will look like for them, but they also created a plan to get there.
Students from John Muir Middle School in partnership with the San Leandro Education Foundation (SLED) have been preparing for the holidays by giving back to their community. Students collected over $3,000 in cash donations which were used to purchase gift cards, clothing, toys, blankets, and other holiday items for 22 John Muir families in need.
At Tuesday night’s SLUSD school board meeting, the members of the Measure I Steering Committee were presented with special recognition awards for helping secure overwhelming community support to restore essential school funding and protect the quality of education in the district’s schools. Measure I was approved by voters with a 75.08% approval rate, which is one of the largest percentages of “yes” votes in the district’s history.