Dear AUSD Families, The safety of our students, staff, and school community is our top priority. With this in mind, we want to keep you updated on the latest information regarding school closures. We will be closing schools tomorrow, Friday, December 4 due to the power outages, which are expected to continue through tomorrow. Teachers are preparing asynchronous activities for students in the event that the power is restored. These will be posted in each teacher’s Google Classroom. In addition, Governor Newsom has just announced that regions, where ICU capacity falls below 15%, will be placed into a Regional Stay-At-Home order. Governor Newsom stated that when regions are placed into the Regional Stay-At-Home order critical infrastructure, schools, retail (at 20% capacity), and restaurants (take out and delivery) will remain open. Here is the link to the latest update regarding the Stay-At-Home order. We will continue to keep you updated with the latest information. Stay well and healthy and take care of your loved ones. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
AUSD School Closed Thursday, December 3 Power is out in many areas across Alpine and the winds are expected to continue. At present SDGE is stating that the power outages could be sustained for long periods of time. In an abundance of caution and to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff, schools will be closed Thursday, December 3.
Dear AUSD Families, The National Weather Service has issued a Red Flag Warning in effect for inland Orange County and San Diego County valleys and mountains from 6 p.m. today through 10 p.m. on Saturday. They also issued a high wind watch from 1 a.m. Thursday morning until Friday at noon. Should power shutoffs occur while students are on campus, the school day will continue as normal until students are picked up or the day ends. We remain in close contact with the San Diego County Office of Education, SDGE, and other officials and will keep you updated on any impact. You can get more information about public safety power outages through SDG&E’s public safety power shutoff mobile app. For location details and updated information on outages and when power may be turned back on, visit SDGE.com/Outages. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope that everyone had a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving holiday. We have exactly three weeks before we break again for the winter holidays and, while we cannot do our usual holiday activities such as our gift shop and classroom parties, we are going to do everything we can to fill these weeks with as much holiday cheer as possible. Starting next week we will have a series of dress-up days for each cohort. Please see the schedule below and on the attached flyer. Additionally, we will be having a school wide sing-along on Wednesday, December 16th at 9:00am. All of our students will join over Zoom to participate in this school wide event. The Zoom link will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom. Monday 12/7 - Let’s be festive - wear your holiday hats, headbands, socks, or scarves! Tuesday 12/8 - Dress your Best - School Picture Day Thursday12/10 - Let’s be festive - wear your holiday hats, headbands, socks, or scarves! Friday 12/11 - Dress Your Best - School Picture Day Monday 12/14 - Let’s stay warm and cozy - wear your PJs. Tuesday 12/15 - Show your holiday spirit - wear your favorite holiday sweater Thursday 12/17 - Let’s stay warm and cozy - wear your PJs. Friday 12/18 - Show your holiday spirit - wear your favorite holiday sweater. One of our most important traditions at BOES, is our Adopt-a-Family Event which takes place every year at this time. In the past, our Giving Tree was in the office and families chose an ornament off of the tree with a suggested gift card to donate. Due to our COVID protocol, we are holding a Holiday Gift Card Drive over the next two weeks instead of the Giving Tree. Families may choose to donate gift cards for any amount to places like grocery stores, Walmart, Target and gas stations and drop them off in the school office. I will then be distributing them to families in need the following week. We know that we have many families in need this year. If your family would like to be a recipient of gift cards, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. This information will be kept confidential. Thank you for your support and helping to bring our families some holiday love. I would like to remind you of our COVID protocols so that we can all stay safe and healthy and so that our school can remain open. If your child displays any one or more symptoms of COVID, please do not send your child to school and call the school office so that we can give you further instructions. If your child was exposed to anyone who has tested positive for COVID within the past 14 days, please don't send your student to school and call the school office for further instructions. Thank you for your support and cooperation as we continue to navigate these unprecedented times. This week our PTA will be meeting via Zoom at 9:00 on Thursday, 12/3. Please use the following Zoom link to join the meeting. All are welcome to join! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 We need all parents in our district to fill out the survey below if you have not already. You will need to fill out a separate form for each student that attends Alpine schools. This is our Federal Impact Aid survey in lieu of the “green form” that you fill out every year. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0TlgX6fGMLGf_Ko4PTa6vnTDSoUm077Nk_9KDaCk6pkAwIg/viewform Lastly, I would like to take a moment to encourage you to enjoy every little moment of the next month with your children. December truly is the most magical time of the year. Cherish this time as a family and create memories that will last a lifetime. Thank you for all you do! Jenna Weinert
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope that you are having a great day. I have a couple of important updates to share with you. We need all parents in our district to fill out the survey below. You will need to fill out a separate form for each student that attends Alpine schools. This is our Federal Impact Aid survey in lieu of the “green form” that you fill out every year. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf0TlgX6fGMLGf_Ko4PTa6vnTDSoUm077Nk_9KDaCk6pkAwIg/viewform Lastly, if you are planning on switching Learning Models when we implement Phase 3 of our reopening plan, please let the school office know by tomorrow at 2:00PM. We are assuming that all students will remain in their current model of face-to-face or distance learning UNLESS we hear from you. Thank you! Jenna
Hello Boulder Oaks Parents, I hope that everyone had a nice weekend! As you know this is parent/teacher conference week. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with each of you and sharing your student’s progress. Please note that our staggered dismissal goes from 12:27-12:57 this entire week. Last Tuesday night, the AUSD Board of Trustees announced that Phase 3 of reopening schools would begin on January 19th. This is the date that students have the option of returning to school four days a week. All students that are currently attending two days a week will transition to four days a week and 100% distance learners will continue their learning model UNLESS you contact the school office and let us know that you want to change models. Please let us know by this Thursday, November 19th, at 2:00pm if you want to change learning models. We are asking that students stay in their learning model of choice from January 19th until March 8th which marks the beginning of our 3rd trimester. This Wednesday I will be holding a virtual coffee with the principal at 8:30. This is a very informal time to ask me questions or just chat about our school. Please use the following Zoom link to join and don’t forget your coffee! https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 AUSD is in the final stages of piloting new science curriculum. The curriculum, of choice, Inspire Science by McGraw Hill will be on display at BOES this entire week if you would like to preview it. Please just stop by the office and we will make it available for you to view. There will be no school November 23rd and 27th due to the Thanksgiving holiday. I know that Thanksgiving may look different for many of us this year but I hope that you are still able to find great joy in spending time with your family. As challenging as this year has been, there is still much to be thankful for. I am personally thankful to be part of a district that has made getting our students back on campus a high priority and for a community of parents, teachers, and staff who have pulled together to do our very best for our children. Most of all, I am thankful for our students who amaze me everyday with their positive attitudes and resilience. Thank you for your endless support. Have a wonderful week and very happy Thanksgiving holiday and break. Jenna Weinert
Dear Boulder Oaks Parents, As some of you might be aware, the AUSD Board of Trustees decided at Tuesday night’s board meeting to implement our Phase 3 learning model on January 19, 2021. In phase three, our face-to-face students will attend school four days a week - Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Wednesdays will remain a Distance Learning Day to allow for deep cleaning in the classrooms and other areas of the campus. We will also continue to offer a 100% Distance Learning model. During phase 3, there will be very few changes to the instructional day. School hours will remain the same with our staggered drop-off and dismissal and our 100% Distance Learning students will remain in their homerooms and Zoom at various times during the day. These Zoom times might change depending on the grade level as some teachers are choosing to team teach and specialize in specific disciplines. For example, one third grade teacher might teach all of the math lessons to all 3rd grade distance learning students and another 3rd grade teacher might teach all of the reading to all 3rd grade distance learning students. Your child’s teacher will be providing more information on exactly how this will look within their grade level. We realize that this decision might cause some of you to change which type of learning your student currently participates in. If you desire to change your student’s learning model to 100% distance learning or to face-to-face four days a week you must notify the office by Thursday, November 19th at 2:00PM. Otherwise, current hybrid face-to-face students will automatically switch to face-to-face four days a week and current 100% distance learning students will remain in 100% distance learning. The hybrid model will not be offered during this time. Once again, please either call or email the school office ONLY if you want to change your current learning model - 619-445-8676, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Lastly, we are asking that students stay in their learning model of choice from January 19th until March 8th which marks the beginning of our third trimester. Changes from one learning model to the next will not be allowed unless your child is on quarantine from a COVID-19 symptom or has had a close contact with a positive COVID-19 case. On March 8th, we will allow parents to switch models. Thank you for your understanding and patience through these unprecedented times. We appreciate it immensely. Please do not hesitate to reach out with any further questions. Most sincerely, Jenna Weinert
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, This is Jenna Weinert calling with your weekly update. I hope that everyone stayed cozy this weekend with our first winter weather. You are receiving this update a day early due to information that needs to be shared before tomorrow evening. Tomorrow our students will begin the Wheel of Experts Program that is provided by the Alpine Education Foundation. Wheel of Experts offers our students STEAM enrichment classes such as science, engineering, robotics, and coding. This is our third year of the program which normally takes place in a separate classroom at BOES. Due to our current situation, this program will take place virtually on the students’ opposite cohort days. Cohort A students will participate in Wheel of Experts (W.O.E.) on Thursdays and Cohort B students will participate on Mondays. Please see the times of each grade level’s class below. Zoom links for W.O.E are in your child’s Google Classroom. Depending on the class, you can find the Wheel of Experts Zoom link under “Links” or a separate section called “Wheel of Experts” all within the “Classwork” tab. W.O.E. takes place bi-weekly so the students will have class this week and then again November 30th - December 3rd due to our Thanksgiving holiday. We are very excited for this program to start and are grateful that the Alpine Education Foundation is continuing to provide our students with amazing educational opportunities. 9:30-10:20 - 1st Grade 10:30-11:20 - 2nd Grade 11:30-12:20 - 3rd Grade 12:30-1:20 - 4th Grade 1:30-2:20 - 5th Grade Tomorrow officially marks the beginning of our PTA membership drive. As I am sure you are aware, PTA events and fundraisers will be limited this year due to not allowing visitors on campus. However, it is still extremely important that we keep our PTA up and running as best as we can through these challenging times. They will be continuing to provide our school with many important resources. I highly encourage you to join the PTA. Family members and friends are welcome to join as well. By scanning the QR code with your phone, you are automatically brought to the website where you can easily and quickly join. The flyer is attached and your student will also be bringing home a flyer this week. Thank you in advance for your support! This past Friday marked the end of our first trimester. The teachers were busy finishing up assessments and are now working hard to get report cards finished for our upcoming conferences. I know they are looking forward to meeting with you. They will be sharing your students report card with you at the conference along with their MAP scores. If you do not have a conference scheduled with your students’ teacher, please make sure to reach out and get this scheduled as soon as possible. Conferences take place the week of November 16th-20th. Staggered dismissal starts at 12:27 this week to give time for the teachers to meet with all parents. This Thursday our School Site Council meets at 7:30am. All are welcome to join us. Please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 There is no school this Wednesday due to Veteran’s Day. This means that Distance learning will not take place and the students will not be required to complete work. Thank you to all who have served and continue to serve our country. Next Wednesday, I will be holding a Virtual Coffee with the Principal from 8:30-9:30. Please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 Thanksgiving Break takes place from November 23rd-27th. There is no school this entire week. Have a wonderful week and enjoy a bit of downtime this Wednesday! Thank you! Jenna Weinert
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a fun and safe Halloween! We really enjoyed seeing the students dressed up on both Tuesday and Friday. Our PTA meets this Wednesday, November 4th, at 9:00 via Zoom. All are welcome to attend. We still have many roles that need to be filled and we would like to continue to provide all of the wonderful programs and opportunities that we have done in the past. Please plan on joining us using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 As Dr. Newman communicated with you last week, the AUSD School Board will be discussing the day that we launch our Phase 3 model at the next school board meeting on Tuesday, November 10th. This meeting takes place at JMMS with open session starting at 6:15. Next Wednesday, November 11th, is Veteran’s Day and there will be no Distance Learning on this day. I will be hosting a virtual coffee with the principal on Wednesday, November 18th from 8:30-9:30. This will be an informal time for you to ask me any questions and for us to chat about our school. Grab a cup of coffee and plan on joining me using the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 Parent/teacher conferences take place the week of November 16th-20th. Please note that these are minimum days and staggered dismissal is from 12:27-12:57. If you have not scheduled your conference yet, with your student’s teacher, please contact her as soon as possible. The District has expanded the Grab and Go meals and is now offering meal pick up on Mondays during the day from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and in the evening from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Meals are available free of charge for any school-age child under the age of 18. Thank you for your continued support! Have a wonderful week! Jenna Weinert
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, Happy Monday! We are looking forward to another great week of learning at Boulder Oaks as well as some Halloween fun! While we cannot do our usual festivities, the teachers do have engaging Halloween lessons planned for their classes. As a reminder, the kids can dress up on either Tuesday, October 26th or Friday, October 30th depending on their cohort. We ask that the costumes be school appropriate - not scary or gory and no weapons. The costumes must also not impede the students’ learning. We have had a few parents request to bring goodie bags and treats to pass out to the kids in the class. Unfortunately, we cannot allow any type of item to be passed out or shared due to COVID restrictions. The teachers are busy assessing the students for their upcoming report cards. It is critical that you have your student complete any assessments sent home and turn in all incomplete work. The teachers use the accuracy of this work as data to show if the student is making progress. Your teacher will be sharing your student’s report card with you at the parent/teacher conference which will be the week of November 16th-20th. Please note that these are minimum days and staggered dismissal is from 12:27-12:57. The District has expanded the Grab and Go meals and is now offering meal pick up on Mondays during the day from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and in the evening from 5:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m. Meals are available free of charge for any school-age child under the age of 18. I would like to remind everyone of the importance of daily attendance. On the days that your child is learning from home, attendance is taken by work completion and Zoom meeting attendance. If a face-to-face student is not present in class on their cohort day, they will be marked absent unless they are sick or quarantined and doing Distance Learning while they are out. If students are not present for reasons other than illness or quarantine, the student will be marked absent even if they complete all work and attend Zooms. Please also make sure that you are calling the school office if your student is absent for any reason. Thank you! I know that distance learning is continuing to bring daily challenges to each of you even if your students are at school two days a week. Please know that we understand this is not easy and that I know how hard both you and the teachers are working. Hang in there! You are all doing a wonderful job! :) Have a good evening and a fun and safe Halloween next Saturday night! Jenna
October 26, 2020 Dear AUSD Families: As we enter week six of our hybrid learning model I wanted to provide some important updates. First, I want to sincerely thank all of our staff, parents, and families for their support and effort these past weeks. As one of the first public school districts in the county to reopen schools, we were chartering a new and uncertain path. We built our reopening plan on strong health and safety protocols, and the belief that our students would be best served by learning in person at school with their teachers. I am extremely grateful and appreciative of all the hard work and collaboration that has made our reopening of schools both safe and a model for other districts. Additionally, I am pleased to share that on Tuesday, October 20th, the Board of Trustees approved the installation of indoor air filtration systems in all of our classrooms and buildings. These new systems will be similar to what you find in hospitals and medical settings. I am proud to share that we are among the first school districts in the state to install these units. A HUGE thanks to our Board of Trustees for ensuring that Alpine Union continues to place the health and safety of our students and staff front and center, while also setting an example for how to effectively and safely reopen schools and plan for the future. A Superintendent’s Advisory Task Force has also been working to develop plans for our Phase Three reopening. At our Board of Trustees meeting on November 10th, the Board will discuss the Task Force recommendations and a target date for a full return to in-person learning. A month ago we implemented COVID-19 testing for all AUSD staff. Every two weeks free drive through COVID-19 testing and flu shots are available at JMMS. The testing plan has been expanded, and all community members, students, and families are welcome to receive a free flu shot or a COVID-19 test during our test days. I hope you and your family members will take advantage of this free service. Dates are posted on our website and social media. Last, we have expanded our Grab and Go meals, and are offering meal pick up on Mondays during the day from 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m. and in the evening from 5:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m. Meals are available free of charge for any school-age child under the age of 18. Please help spread the word so that we can continue to support our Alpine families and community members. As always, thank you for your continued support. We are all in this together, and we can only get through it together. Stay safe and healthy, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Hello Boulder Oaks Parents, I hope you all had a great weekend! We are looking forward to a week of beautiful weather and another great week of learning. I wanted to start off by thanking each and everyone of you for your outpouring of support as we dealt with our first positive COVID case on Thursday. Upon hearing the news, I contacted Dr. Newman and Dr. Burkett and within five minutes they were on our site to assist us in our process. Because of our protocols and systems in place, we were easily able to do all contact tracing and only had to quarantine 10 students and the teacher. All parents of the quarantine students were sent an email and were called to let them know of the situation. The students and the teacher will do Distance Learning until the end of quarantine just as they did at the beginning of the year. For the students in the class that were not quarantined, a sub will be in the classroom while the teacher teaches the students remotely. I am in awe of how well everyone responded to this. Undoubtedly, there will be more cases in our future but I know that we are ready and that we can overcome any challenge that comes our way. If you received a Title 1 letter this past week, you are invited to our Title 1 parent meeting on Thursday, October 22nd where I will provide you with more information on our Title 1 program at Boulder Oaks. The meeting will be held via Zoom from 9:00-9:30am. Please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394. Also this Thursday, we invite you to attend our Safety Plan Review Parent Meeting which will be held at 9:30, immediately following the Title 1 parent meeting. I will be reviewing our current public safety plan at this meeting. Please use the following Zoom link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 Next week, we will celebrate Halloween at BOES. There will be two dress-up days (one for each cohort) - Tuesday, October 27th and Friday, October 30th. The students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school. We ask that the costumes be school appropriate and not scary. We will not have our annual parade and parties with food will not take place but the teachers are encouraged to do fun Halloween lessons and activities. Parent/Teacher Conferences will take place during the week of November 16th-23rd. The conferences will be held via Zoom and the teachers will be reaching out to you to schedule. We will be on a modified schedule this week so that teachers have an opportunity to meet with all parents. School will be dismissed at 12:57 each day this week. Have a wonderful week! Jenna
Dear AUSD Families: We were notified today that an individual at Boulder Oaks has tested positive for the COVID-19 virus. Due to privacy laws, information regarding this individual's identity cannot be released. This individual is currently not on campus per public health guidelines. The school will remain open for in-person learning. We have cleaned and disinfected appropriately following all health protocols. We understand that this information is concerning. Staff members and students who may have come into close contact with the individual will be contacted directly by San Diego County Public Health and the school office with further instructions. We are working with public health to continue to monitor the situation, and we are strictly following all public health guidelines. As a reminder, we ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose, and fever at home before coming to school. Anyone with a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site. Those experiencing symptoms including a persistent cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose should not attend school or ESS, even if no fever is present. All students are required to wear a face covering, and student temperatures will continue to be taken upon entering classes and buildings. Thank you for your cooperation and support. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Superintendent Alpine Union School District
Hello Boulder Oaks Parents, Happy Monday! I hope you all had a wonderful weekend and enjoyed a bit of cooler weather. We had another great week of learning at BOES. Most of the students finished up their MAP testing and I am proud of how everyone including students, teachers, and even our parents at home persevered through this task. For the first time ever, we administered the test to students at home and while it was challenging, we endured! The 2nd - 5th grade teachers use this vital data to measure our student's growth throughout the year, to identify areas of need and to help guide their instruction. Additionally, this data is used to identify our Title 1 students. Any student who scored below the norm is identified as Title 1 and receives additional support at school using Title 1 funding. If your student has been identified as Title 1, you will receive a letter from the school within the next couple of weeks. You are also invited to attend a Title 1 parent meeting on Thursday, October 22nd where I will provide you with more information on our Title 1 program at Boulder Oaks. The meeting will be held via Zoom from 9:00-9:30am. Please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394. This Thursday at 7:30am, our School Site Council meets. Anyone is welcome to attend this meeting. Please use the following Zoom link if you would like to attend: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 One important task the School Site Council has is updating and improving our site safety plan. We invite you to the Safety Plan Review Parent Meeting which will be held at 9:30, immediately following the Title 1 parent meeting. Please use the following Zoom link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 Friday, October 16th is our next AUSD Virtual Fun Friday - Spread Smiles Day. Our students are encouraged to do something nice for someone to make them smile. Please send me pictures so I can post them on Instagram. One of our favorite times of the year is quickly approaching - Halloween! Due to all of our restrictions and protocols, Halloween at school will look very different this year but we are still hoping to make it as fun and as special as possible. There will be two dress-up days (one for each cohort) - Tuesday, October 27th and Friday, October 30th. The students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school. We ask that the costumes be school appropriate and not scary. Usually, I say no masks are allowed but I guess that rule has changed!!! :) We will not be having our annual parade and parties with food will not take place but the teachers are encouraged to do fun Halloween lessons and activities. Thank you for your ongoing support and have a great week! Jenna
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope that you had a wonderful weekend! Our second week of the hybrid model was another success. I observed some fantastic teaching and learning and it was so nice to see our students engaged and interacting with their classmates. I am also very proud of all of the outdoor learning that is taking place. Thanks to all of our generous donations of canopies and pop-ups, we have been able to create learning environments. I have never been more thankful for our beautiful outdoor quad!!! :) As we head into our third week of the hybrid model, I would like to communicate with you the District's commitment to helping our students overcome any learning loss throughout the school closures. Last week, I shared with you that the District was working with Tutors 4 SD to provide free tutoring for our students. That is still available and you may click on the link below if you are interested. Tutors 4 SD Request Form ADDITIONALLY, the district is allowing all of our classified staff to tutor students over Zoom on their off hours. We have had six of our amazing aides sign-up to do this!! They are offering various time slots through the day including early mornings and late afternoons. You can sign-up for either math or language arts (reading or writing) tutoring. Please click on this link to request a tutor. There will potentially be two students in each session. BOES Tutoring Request Form Safe School Ambassadors is back at Boulder Oaks this year! The Safe School Ambassadors Program (SSA) harnesses the power of students to prevent and stop bullying and mistreatment. Our students and staff will be training in a student-centered model that educates diverse social leaders with the skills to prevent and reduce bullying. The recruited students participate in a two-day interactive training along with several adults who serve as program mentors. The training gives student Ambassadors the skills and tools to resolve conflicts, defuse incidents, and support isolated and excluded students. We are looking forward to seeing the positive impact this program will have on our students, staff, and overall school culture. Lastly, I would like to remind all of our families about the importance of attendance on all five days during the week. This includes the two days of face-to-face instruction and the three days of distance learning. On the distance learning days, attendance is being taken by work completion. For your student to be marked present, an appropriate amount of work needs to be completed on each of the distance learning days. If your student is ill and cannot work, please call the school office. Thanks in advance for your understanding! Have a great night and wonderful week ahead! Jenna
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Hello Boulder Oaks Families, We did it! Week one of our hybrid model is complete and I am so happy with how well it went. It was absolutely wonderful to see the students face-to-face and to be able to interact with them on a more personal level. They all did an incredible job following our new protocols and are quickly getting used to social distancing at school. Our teachers took advantage of outdoor learning as much as possible and we made great use of the beautiful school grounds. We also had our first fire drill and practiced evacuating to the field. We had more easy-ups donated and we were able to get those set up this weekend. Our drop-off system is working wonderfully and our dismissal system got much better on the second day of both cohorts. We appreciate your understanding and grace as we work out the kinks in all of our new systems. This week 2nd-5th graders we will begin MAP testing in both reading and math. Our 100% distance learning students will MAP test at home with either their classroom teacher or Mrs. Kopotic. Your teacher will give you more information and how this will work for the students learning at home. AUSD is thrilled to be offering free tutoring sessions for our students through Tutors 4 SD. If you are interested in your student receiving these services, please fill out the form below. Tutors 4 SD will then be in touch with you to schedule a time. https://forms.gle/gdcvvu4qvo3U9VrTA As you know, we are expecting extreme heat this week. Please make sure you are sending your student to school with two water bottles and cool, comfortable clothing. Thank you for your continued support! Have a wonderful week and stay cool! Jenna
The Alpine Union School District has become one of the first local school districts to begin mandatory testing for all staff members. https://www.10news.com/news/local-news/alpine-schools-begin-drive-thru-covid-19-testing-for-staff-members?fbclid=IwAR1yv6V5qCicQXB2xigFLyG4U1eNO-4QOYEgV4qRmTQQEmZ_wwm-8CKTWXQ
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope that you all had a nice weekend! I am sending our weekly update one day early so that everyone has one last reminder of all of our changes and protocols before the students in Cohort A arrive tomorrow morning. I still can’t believe it is REALLY HAPPENING!!!! I am so proud to work in a district that has made getting our students back into the classroom a priority while simultaneously doing everything possible to keep our staff and students safe. We worked very hard last week and over the weekend to get everything ready and in place for the students’ return. Some of this includes putting up our canopies for outdoor learning, adding more stickers for social distancing, beautifying the campus, delivering protective supplies to the classrooms, and triple checking our protocols to ensure that we are ready. With that being said, I am about 110% sure that we missed something!!! :))) Please bear with us next week as we continue to strengthen and change our routines. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding. As we head into tomorrow, I would like to remind you of our protocols that we have in place: Please screen your child for COVID-19 symptoms before you leave home. If they have ANY of the symptoms - sore throat, runny nose, cough, congestion, temperature, fatigue, headache, nausea, etc., do not send your child to school and call the school office. The students will be screened again when they arrive at their classroom. If they have any of the symptoms, you will be called to pick-up your student. Staggered drop-off starts at 8:25 and is assigned by last name (see schedule). Staggered dismissal starts at 1:37 and is assigned by last name. NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR (see schedule). Please display the last name of any students you are picking up clearly in your windshield. No visitors will be allowed on campus. Parents will not be allowed to walk their students to class on the first day. All classified staff at Boulder Oaks will be assisting our students getting to their rooms safely. All students will be required to wear facial coverings at all times except for at PE, recess, and lunch. Students need to bring the following items with them daily: Backpack CHARGED chromebook Headphones Beach towel (please label with your student's name and room number). Two water bottles (they cannot be refilled at school and all drinking fountains have been turned off). Lunch or plans for a cafeteria lunch (all lunches must be prepaid). At least one extra face covering. Any other supplies, books, or work your teacher requests. Schedules: 100% distance learning students will Zoom a minimum of twice a day with their teacher and class. Distance learning students also have access to Mrs. Kopotic, a guest teacher, to assist them with any assignments as needed. Each grade level has an assigned time of when they can log into Mrs. Kopotric’s Zoom to get extra assistance. Additionally, Mrs. Koptic has office hours when she will be available to all students. Zooming with Mrs. Koptric is NOT required as she is available for extra support and help as needed. Her Zoom link will be posted in your child’s Google Classroom and here is her schedule: Time Grade Level 9:00-9:30 Open Office Hours 9:30-10:15 1st Grade and Room 12 10:15-11:00 2nd Grade 11:00-11:45 3rd Grade 12:15-1:00 4th Grade 1:00-1:45 5th Grade 1:45-3:00 Open Office Hours All students will do asynchronous (independent in Google Classroom) learning on Wednesdays. Some teachers may decide to continue to do Zoom morning meetings. Face-to-Face students will go to school twice a week. They will have asynchronous learning on all three off days unless their teacher decides to do additional Zooms. Attendance will still be taken on “off days” by work completion. Our online Book Fair through Scholastic takes place for one more week. You can use the following link to shop: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/boes Other News: Every Tuesday FREE Grab and Go Meals are available for all children 18 and under. We will be handing out meal bags with 4 breakfasts and lunches @ JMMS from 11:00 - 12:00 pm. This program will remain active when we reopen to our hybrid schedule!! If you are having technology issues with your Chromebook, please email our technology department at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. I would like to send a HUGE shout out to all of our families that have dropped off canopies and pop-up tents. We were able to place them outside of most of our classrooms. If you have an extra that you can donate, we are still accepting them. Our goal is to eventually have two per classroom. We have also had water, sanitizing wipes, and sanitizing spray donated. We will continue to accept all of these types of donations all year long! Thank you SO MUCH for your support. As we head into our first days of face-to-face on Monday and Thursday, I just want to once again express my gratitude for each and everyone of you. For the past seven months, you have endured most likely one of the greatest challenges of our lifetime. Throughout this time, you have been nothing but supportive of myself and our school. I am overwhelmed with the amount of pride that I feel to be part of Alpine. By working together, we have proved that we are capable of the unimaginable. We preserved and are finally able to be back together again. While not being able to hug all of my little Eagles this week, might be MY greatest challenge yet, I already know that my heart will be bursting with happiness as soon as I see them. Looking forward to the best week ever! Jenna
Dear AUSD Families, You may have heard the news that the County of San Diego may be moved on Tuesday to the lowest tier of the state reopening system and wonder what it means for Alpine Union. Because our waiver to reopen campuses was approved by the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we will be allowed to stay open if the county moves to the lowest tier on Tuesday. As we open on Monday it is imperative that everyone follow the protocols that we have designed. Over the last several months we have developed and adjusted our safe schools reopening plan to ensure that we adapt to the changing conditions. Additionally, I am pleased to share that we are one of the first school districts in the county to have implemented COVID-19 surveillance testing for all of our employees. We ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose and fever at home before coming to school. Anyone with a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site. Those experiencing symptoms including persistent cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose should not attend school, even if no fever is present. All students will be required to wear a face covering, and student temperatures will be taken upon entering classes and buildings. Lastly, I ask for your patience and grace as we begin this new chapter of learning. Our staff have worked incredibly hard to make this opening as seamless as possible. Everything we do on Monday will be different from years past. We will all be learning together while we balance the need to reduce the spread of the coronavirus with the desire to get students into more productive learning environments. We look forward to seeing our students once again back on campus. Stay well and healthy, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Dear AUSD Families, We are excited to share that next Monday we will begin phase two of our reopening schools plan with students returning to our campuses for face-to-face learning. At each school site, one cohort of students have been assigned to attend school for face-to-face learning on Mondays and Tuesdays, and another cohort of students will attend school on Thursdays and Fridays. Distance learning will continue to occur online the days in which students are not on campus. Those students in a complete distance learning environment will also continue their learning online. CONNECTION Since schools closed on Friday, March 13, 2020 we have continued to be concerned about the social and emotional well-being of all of our students. We also realize that with the uncertainty created by the COVID-19 pandemic, parents may opt to move back and forth between face-to-face and distance learning during the year. In fact, one of the biggest concerns we have heard from families is the fear of losing their connection to their school and teacher this year if they choose to have their child participate in face-to-face or distance learning. We have intentionally designed our hybrid learning model around building and maintaining relationships and connections by having students remain in a class that is stable and consistent throughout the year and not have students switch back and forth between a different distance learning and face-to-face teacher. Each class will comprise both face-to-face and distance learning students. Since approximately 84% of our parents have chosen to have their child return to face-to face learning there is not a large number of students who prefer only distance learning. GRAB AND GO MEALS We will continue to provide free Grab and Go meals for all children 18 and under at JMMS each Monday. LUNCH Each school will continue to provide bagged or boxed lunches for students. We ask that you use our online portal to prepay for lunches, which is located on our website. BUSSING We will continue to provide bussing for students to school albeit will be slightly reduced this year. Similar to most districts, the Board has approved a transportation zone that would provide home to school transportation for students who live 1 ½ miles or more from school. All students will be required to wear face coverings on the bus and will be socially distanced as much as possible. Registration for bussing can be accessed via our district website. FACE COVERINGS When we return to school for face-to-face learning, all students will be required to wear a face covering (face mask or shield). Students may remove their face coverings during lunch, PE, and recess but will be required to have them on while in the classroom, even when sitting behind the plastic desk dividers. Only students that meet one of the exemptions outlined in the California Department of Public Health Guidelines and have the required medical documentation will be exempt. Previously, we shared that face coverings would only be required for students in grades three and above. We made the change requiring all students to wear face coverings for the following safety concerns. First, we set a goal of opening our schools for face-to-face learning and want to ensure we do everything in our power to keep our schools open and operating. Many of our staff have also shared concerns about contracting COVID-19 and want to be able to feel safe and comfortable so that they can focus on teaching and learning. Classroom schedules have also been designed to ensure students are not wearing a face covering for longer than two hours at a time without a break. WELLNESS We ask that you monitor your student for any signs of illness each day such as cough, shortness of breath, runny nose and fever at home before coming to school. Anyone with a fever of 100°F or more should not go to a school site. Those experiencing symptoms including persistent cough, shortness of breath, or runny nose should not attend school, even if no fever is present. We know next week will be filled with excitement and nervousness. We look forward to this next phase in reopening our schools, and as always, appreciate your continued support. Lastly, if you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to your child’s principal. Stay well, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope that this weekly update finds each of you safe and healthy. As the events of last week unfolded, I was once again reminded of the strength and resilience of our community of Alpine. Alpine truly is a special place. It is hard to believe that in less than a week we will once again have students on the campus of Boulder Oaks. Over seven months ago we said good-bye thinking that we would be back in a few weeks. Never in our wildest dreams did we think it would take this long nor that we would be coming back with all of the restrictions in place. Next Monday, we will once again hear the sound of laughter in our halls and we could not be more excited!! As we prepare to welcome our students back, we are reminded that this is completely new territory for all of us. Hours and hours of planning and preparing have gone into getting us ready for students to be back on campus. But, as we are all aware, we are undoubtedly all going to have to be flexible, understanding, and ready to change and adapt as needed to keep our students and staff safe. I thank you in advance for your patience! Last Thursday I put out two forms of communication explaining what school would like on our return. Here are the BOES Reopening Plan Guidebook and video once again: BOES Reopening Guidebook BOES Reopening Video Included in the guidebook are schedules and protocols. I know it is asking a lot, but please read everything carefully before your students’ first day so that you are well aware of the changes. Listed below are some of the key points that you will hopefully find helpful: ALL students are placed in cohorts to allow our families the flexibility to toggle back and forth between distance learning and face-to-face depending on their levels of comfort. Cohorts are posted in each teacher’s Google Classroom. No changes can be made in cohorts unless there is an extreme circumstance. 100% distance learning students will Zoom a minimum of twice a day with their teacher and class. Distance learning students will also be provided with a guest teacher that will be available to them full-time for extra support on an as needed basis. All students will do asynchronous (independent in Google Classroom) learning on Wednesdays. Some teachers may decide to continue to do Zoom morning meetings. Face-to-Face students will go to school twice a week. They will have asynchronous learning on all three off days unless their teacher decides to do additional Zooms. Attendance will still be taken on “off days” by work completion and/or Zoom attendance. Staggered drop-of starts at 8:25 and is assigned by last name (see schedule). Staggered dismissal starts at 1:37 and is assigned by last name. NOTE TIME CHANGE FROM LAST YEAR (see schedule). Please display the last name of any students you are picking up clearly in your windshield. No visitors will be allowed on campus. Parents will not be allowed to walk their students to class on the first day. All classified staff at Boulder Oaks will be assisting our students getting to their rooms safely. (I know this is a hard one, I am sorry!!!!!!) All students will be required to wear facial coverings at all times except for at PE, recess, and lunch. Students need to bring the following items with them daily: Backpack CHARGED chromebook Headphones Beach towel (please label with your student's name and room number). Two water bottles (they cannot be refilled at school and all drinking fountains have been turned off). Lunch or plans for a cafeteria lunch (all lunches must be prepaid). At least one extra face covering. Any other supplies, books, or work your teacher requests. If your student needs a Chromebook, please stop by the office any day this week to check one out. The office will be open 8:30-3:30 daily. Schedules: Please reach out to either myself or Mrs. Darcey if you have any questions or concerns. We are still in great need of canopies and/or pop-up tents. If you have any that we could borrow, please drop it by the school this next week. We will take any shape or size. Thank you!! This Thursday our School Site Council will meet for the first time this school year at 7:30am. Congratulations to our new members - Amber McGuire, Eric Gregg, and Monika Brohamer. This meeting is open for all to attend. Please use the following Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/9386495394 Password: Principal BOES will be hosting an online Book Fair through Scholastic during the next two weeks. You can use the following link to shop: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/boes Other News: Every Tuesday FREE Grab and Go Meals are available for all children 18 and under. This program has recently been reinstated by the state and we are jumping at the chance to help our community. We will be handing out meal bags with 4 breakfasts and lunches @ JMMS from 11:00 - 12:00 pm. This program will remain active when we reopen to our hybrid schedule!! If you are having technology issues with your Chromebook, please email our technology department at email@example.com for assistance. Six more days until the students are FINALLY back!! We cannot wait!! Have a great week and see you soon! Jenna
BOES Families, Here is a video detailing our reopening plan. It is just another way for you to learn what school will look like starting on September 21st. Thank you! Jenna https://youtu.be/z2w8Rj7SwcQ
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope you are all safe and doing well. We are getting closer and closer to the 21st and I wanted to update you on our plan for reopening. In the guidebook attached, you will find information regarding our reopening plan. Hopefully, it answers all of your questions! Mrs. Darcey and I will also be posting a video later today explaining the reopening plan. Please let me know if you have any questions! Thank you! Jenna Please click here: https://5il.co/kvxl
Dear AUSD Families, We are continuing to monitor the Valley Fire situation very closely. Given the active nature of the fire, San Diego County Sheriff Gore and the Office of Emergency Services, are encouraging all of us to be prepared to evacuate with very little notice. The fire has tripled in the last four days, and Santa Ana winds are expected to impact our community beginning this evening. We realize that many of our students, families, and staff have been impacted by the Valley Fire. We are here to help and assist in any way possible. Please reach out to us if we can be of any assistance. Joan MacQueen remains an active temporary relocation center for community members and their pets. All District personnel, other than essential staff, will be working from home for the remainder of the week. Distance Learning will continue but our staff are mindful of what our students need at this time, and will be available to provide the support necessary. Lastly, I want to take a moment to remind each of you to review your evacuation plan, be prepared, stay informed and sign up for updates at www.readysandiego.org. We will get through this together united as one community. Stay safe, Dr. Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, I hope that this email finds all of our families safe and out of any danger. I have been thinking about you all weekend long! Once again, our community has proven how strong we are together. If you need anything, please do hesitate to ask. We had another great week of distance learning last week. I spent a lot of time Zooming with the classes and was impressed to see all of the excellent teaching and learning occurring. I know how incredibly hard everyone is working to make this happen - parents, teachers, and students and I could not be prouder of what we are all accomplishing together. We are getting closer and closer to September 21st and September 24th when our students will experience their first day at BOES since March 13th!!! We are getting soooo excited and are very busy preparing. Over the next two weeks, more information will become available as far as our reopening plan. This Wednesday night, all of the school principals will be presenting their reopening plans to the school board. Tomorrow, September 8th, the student cohorts will be posted in Google Classroom. If you have decided to have your child remain in 100% distance learning, your student has still been placed in a cohort. This gives us the flexibility to have your child resume face-to-face instruction at any point in which you feel comfortable. Please understand that a tremendous amount of time and effort has been put into creating the cohorts. The principals have all worked together to get siblings, learning pods, carpools, and other needs in the same cohorts. As I am sure you can imagine, just moving one student can cause a huge domino effect and impacts other students. So unless there is a great need, student cohorts will not be changed. Please also remember that the hybrid model is a phase to get us back fully face-to-face and we anticipate all of the students being back at one time very soon! As we get closer to the 21st, we are requesting that each child bring the following on daily basis: CHARGED Chromebook - If your child has been using their own, your child may bring it or check out a school one. We HIGHLY suggest that you check one out BEFORE the 21st as we may not have the time to do it on the 21st. Headphones Backpack Beach towel or bath towel TWO water bottles Lunch or free and reduced lunch application filled our or money deposited into your child’s lunch account At least two clean face coverings Last week, one of our families generously donated a pallet of water bottles from Costco and another family dropped off a shade structure. We are so appreciative. We still need as many shade structures as we can possibly get so that outdoor learning can occur. If you have an extra that you are willing to donate or let us borrow, please just drop it off. We will take any shape or size! Thank you! Last week we had about another 100 families fill out our school forms, but we still have quite a few more to go. Please fill these out if you have not already done so. Distance Learning Agreement: This outlines our commitment to providing your students with a high quality Distance Learning Program and lists the at home expectations to ensure success for all students. AUSD Technology/Network Acceptable Use Agreement: This form is an agreement that your student uses technology appropriately. BOES Media Release Form: This form gives us permission to post your students' photos on a variety of social media and in school publications such as our yearbook. Other News: This Friday is Virtual Fun Friday! This week it is - USA Day: wear red, white, and blue in remembrance of 9/11. Starting Tuesday, September 8th we will be resuming the FREE Grab and Go Meals for all children 18 and under. This program has recently been reinstated by the state and we are jumping at the chance to help our community. On Tuesday (9/8), we will be handing out meal bags with 4 breakfasts and lunches @ JMMS from 11:00 - 12:00 pm. This program will remain active when we reopen to our hybrid schedule!! If you are having technology issues with your Chromebook, please email our technology department at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. If you are not already, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and download the AUSD app at the App store or Google play. Just like we did in the spring, please email me pictures of your students learning at home so I can post on Facebook and/or Instagram (only if you give permission). This is a great way for us all to stay connected until we are back on campus. Those of you that have been at Boulder Oaks in previous years, know our traditional ceremony of honoring our local heroes on 9/11. While it is extremely disappointing that we cannot do it this year, we have found another way to honor those who serve our country. Last year, Ms. Principe’s 4th grade class created a Charles Demuth inspired work with crayon, watercolor pencils, and watercolor paint. This is called “Figure 5 in Gold,” but they used the number 17 instead to honor our local Station 17. The original artwork was inspired by William Carlos Williams and his poem “The Great Figure,” which is about his impression of a fire truck passing by. In remembrance of September 11th, their artwork is displayed at our local fire station here in Alpine. I know we are all extra appreciative of them right now!! Thank you for continuing to support Boulder Oaks and for staying strong through distance learning. September 21st, will be here soon! Virtual hugs and safe thoughts to each of you! Jenna
We have opened up Joan MacQueen Middle School gym. The gym is air conditioned and we have wifi, food, restrooms and water. We also welcome your pets. Red Cross is on site setting up. #AlpineStrong
Hello BOES Families! Well, we did it! Week one of distance learning is done and I couldn't be prouder of the amazing effort of everyone involved - students, teacher, and parents. I know that it has not been easy on anyone and I truly appreciate everyone working together for our students to have the best possible learning environment. As you heard from Dr. Newman last week, we are scheduled to begin Face-to-Face instruction on Monday, September 21st. We will begin with our hybrid model where half of our students are onsite on Mondays and Tuesdays and the other half are on site on Thursdays and Fridays. Wednesdays is a full day of Distance Learning for all students while classrooms are deep cleaned and teachers attend professional development and have time to prepare and plan. When your students are not attending school, they are expected to engage in distance learning from home. We are aware that there are some families who prefer to continue with distance learning and not return to campus as indicated on the survey you completed this summer. If you have changed your mind, since you filled out the survey, please call the school office and let us know your preferred learning model. The district is working to finalize the details of our 100% distance learning program and details will be forthcoming. As I am sure you can imagine, we are knee-deep in preparing for the students to be on campus. All students are being assigned to a cohort and we are working with the other sites to ensure that siblings are placed together. If you do NOT want your children in the same cohort please call the school office by this Wednesdays to let us know. The cohort's assignments will be posted in your student’s Google Classroom on the evening of September 8th. Some other tasks that we have been working on include placing directional arrows around campus to support social distancing and traffic flow, ordering recess equipment for each class, and getting plastic partitions set up in all classrooms. As we prepare for the students to physically return, we want to make you aware of a few requests in advance: Every student will need to bring TWO water bottles to school each day. Due to COVID, our drinking fountains have been disconnected and we want our students to stay well hydrated during the warm months of September and October. We are asking for donations of flats of water bottles to refill student water bottles and to provide to any student who forgets one for the day. We are still in need of donations of any type of shade structures so that our students can be outside as much as possible. We are also asking that each student bring a clean beach or bath towel to school on a daily basis. This will help pad your students’ Chromebook in their backpack and will give your child a comfy place to sit for outdoor learning. If you plan on your student receiving breakfast or lunch from the cafeteria, please make sure you have prepared their account and/or filled out the free and reduced lunch application. The cafetera will not be accepting any cash. You may find links for both of these on our district website under Child Nutrition: https://www.alpineschools.net/o/ausd/page/child-nutrition-services--15 There are still quite a few students who need to pick up their math books. These are available in the school office and you can stop by anytime between 8 and 4 to get one. Last week, we asked you to fill out a number of forms. I am reattaching the forms to this Weekly Update as we only had ¼ of our students fill them out. Please do this as soon as possible. They are quick and easy: Distance Learning Agreement: This outlines our commitment to providing your students with a high quality Distance Learning Program and lists the at home expectations to ensure success for all students. AUSD Technology/Network Acceptable Use Agreement: This form is an agreement that your student uses technology appropriately. BOES Media Release Form: This form gives us permission to post your students' photos on a variety of social media and in school publications such as our yearbook. Other News: This Friday is Virtual Fun Friday! This week it is - “Our Future is Bright”: wear sunglasses Grab and Go meals are being provided every Monday at JMMS from 11:00-12:00. It is now required that you show your student’s ID number. Please call the school office if you need help accessing this. If you are having technology issues with your Chromebook, please email our technology department at email@example.com for assistance. If you are not already, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and download the AUSD app at the App store or Google play. Just like we did in the spring, please email me pictures of your students learning at home so I can post on Facebook and/or Instagram (only if you give permission). This is a great way for us all to stay connected until we are back on campus. I am counting down the days until September 21st! Keep up the amazing work with distance learning! Have a wonderful week! Jenna
BOES Families, As we continue to plan for the reopening of our schools we want to ensure we have an accurate accounting of each student’s preferred learning model. We will be offering students the option of participating in Distance Learning, returning to school for face-to-face learning in the A/B Day hybrid model, independent study, or our home school program. We realize that you may have rethought which learning model you want your child to participate in. If you would like to make a change to the model your child will be participating in when we reopen our campuses on September 21, please contact the school office by Wednesday, September 3. Thank you! Jenna
Dear AUSD Families, I am thrilled that the 2020-2021 school year is finally underway. Our goal of reopening our schools for face-to-face learning is now close to reality. For the last several months, we have been preparing for the return of our staff and students to campus. We have developed and updated our reopening schools plan with every new public health order. We have purchased pallets of hand sanitizer, face coverings, personal protective equipment, electrostatic cleaners, Chromebooks, new digital books and tools, and much more, all with the goal of reopening our schools with a sound plan in place. We are also finalizing an agreement with the San Diego County Office of Education to provide free hotspots to our families who do not have reliable internet access. To ensure that we had the option to open our schools, even if San Diego remained on the county watchlist, we submitted an Elementary School waiver. Yesterday, we were notified that the county and state approved our waiver. In fact, we were one of only four public school districts in San Diego county to receive a waiver approval. We have reassigned many of our staff, including bus drivers, instructional aides, and food and nutrition staff, to support our families in our Extended Student Services child care program. We were also the first school district in the state of CA to design and develop a Learning Pod option for our parents. In short, we have been focused on adapting our district to meet the challenges our families face as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. While our goal is to open our schools, we want to do it in a way that ensures the health and safety of our staff, students and families. We have designed a gradual re-entry plan that will allow us to begin to open our schools on September 2 with our Preschool Special Day Class being the first to return for face-to-face learning. Our goal is to ensure that all of our planning and procedures have a chance to be put into practice and tested before we bring all students back on campus. On September 21, we will begin our hybrid learning model with all students returning to campus in the A/B Day learning model. More information will be forthcoming regarding days in which students will be attending. Having our staff and teachers feel safe is critical to our goal of ensuring the opening of our schools is done with care for our entire community. When we return to campus, all students in grades TK-8 will be required to wear a face-covering unless they qualify for one of the exemptions specified in the CDPH face-covering guidelines. With a gradual re-entry plan, we feel confident that we can monitor the success of our social distancing and sanitation measures, make adjustments as needed and ensure that everyone is as safe as possible. While there is much work that has gone into our reopening plan, there is much work ahead. I have asked our staff to assume positive intentions in all our actions and to create a working and learning environment that supports everyone. Lastly, as we move forward and open our schools, I also ask that each of you join me in supporting our students and staff as we all work together to make our community proud of the way we respond in reopening our schools. With great respect and hope for the future, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Hello Boulder Oaks Families! Happy First Day of Distance Learning! I hope that everything went as smoothly as possible for you today. I know we had some hiccups with Zoom in some classes and we appreciate your patience and understanding. I was able to visit many classrooms over ZOOM today and it was WONDERFUL to see our students engaged in their learning. I have missed them so much and I was truly filled with joy getting to “see” them. If you need help with anything, please do hesitate to reach out to your child’s teacher or myself! Thank you to everyone that attended Back to School Night last Wednesday! I know that it was different than usual and maybe a bit overwhelming but I hope you found the evening helpful. If you were unable to pick up materials or a Chromebook last week, you may stop by the school auditorium from 9:30-10:30 on Tuesday or Thursday of this week. If you picked up your materials on Thursday of last week, our math books had not yet come in. You will need to drop by one more time to get one. They will be available in the school office at any time or in the auditorium 9:30-10:30 on Tuesday or Thursday. I am so sorry for any inconvenience that this causes. Just like a “normal” beginning of the year, we have forms for you to fill out. This year they are digital! You just need to click on the attached form, fill it out and then submit it. They are quick and easy! Distance Learning Agreement: This outlines our commitment to providing your students with a high quality Distance Learning Program and lists the at home expectations to ensure success for all students. AUSD Technology/Network Acceptable Use Agreement: This form is an agreement that your student uses technology appropriately. BOES Media Release Form: This form gives us permission to post your students' photos on a variety of social media and in school publications such as our yearbook. School Site Council Nomination Form (optional): We are in need of three parents to join SSC this year. This is our nomination form. Other News: This Friday is our first Virtual Fun Friday! This week it is “Dress to Impress: wear your favorite new school outfit/shoes/backpack.” Grab and Go meals are being provided every Monday at JMMS from 11:00-12:00. It is now required that you show your student’s ID number. Please call the school office if you need help accessing this. If you are having technology issues with your Chromebook, please email our technology department at firstname.lastname@example.org for assistance. If you are not already, please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and download the AUSD app at the App store or Google play. Just like we did in the spring, please email me pictures of your students learning at home so I can post on Facebook and/or Instagram (only if you give permission). This is a great way for us all to stay connected until we are back on campus. Thank you so much for your support during this time! The next couple of weeks will require us all to be flexible, patient, understanding, and show each other love and grace. I am confident that by all of us supporting each other and working together, our students will be successful this year. We’ve got this!! Please do not hesitate to reach out if you need ANYTHING!!! Have a wonderful first week! Jenna
Thanks to all of our BOES Families that stopped by today to get all of your materials. We will be distributing them again tomorrow from 9:00am-12:00pm. Our math books were delivered this afternoon so they will also be available tomorrow for pick up if you did not get one today. You may also stop by next week for a math book. We are so sorry for any inconvenience that this causes!
Hooray!!! It is almost the first day of school and BOES is ready for our students! Join Mrs. Weinert for a Read Aloud of "School's First Day of School." https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h-HrzPdCciE
The BOES Teachers are so excited to welcome our students back later this week: https://youtu.be/QIVtjmj74dU
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, Welcome to your first official Weekly Update of the 2020-2021` school year! Usually these messages will come on Monday nights at 5:30 but I wanted to ensure you had all of the information you needed as early as possible this week. It is hard to believe that our school year officially starts this Thursday! The teachers and the rest of the BOES staff have been working hard to get ready and to make this the best school year that we possibly can! The teachers have been learning a lot about teaching virtually and have been sending me sneak peeks of all of their hard work all weekend long. We are all very excited to finally get this school year going!! As you know, we will be starting with 100% Distance Learning but hope to transition to the hybrid model soon! The first two days, August 20th and 21st are set aside for individual one-on-one assessments via Zoom. This is a wonderful opportunity for the teacher to get to know your student on a more personal level and for the teacher to get a few baseline data points. You will receive the information you need to access this meeting on Wednesday from your child’s teacher. Distance Learning will then officially launch on Monday, the 24th at 9:00am! This Wednesday, August 19th, you will receive a Welcome Email from your child's teacher. It will contain the Zoom link and scheduled time for their one-on-one assessment, the Zoom link for Back to School Night (that night!), and your child’s Google account login information. You will use the Zoom link for Back to School Night Wednesday night to attend one of two sessions - 5:30 or 6:15. Your teacher will walk you through her Google Classroom and tell you everything you need to know to ensure success on the first days of school. This Thursday and Friday, are our material distribution days. You may come to the BOES auditorium anytime between 9:00am and 12:00pm to pick up your child’s consumable textbooks and any other supplies that you need or that your teacher has provided. Please line up outside of the auditorium remembering to socially distance and wear a mask. Chromebooks will also be provided at this time. Please fill out ahead of time the two forms needed to borrow a Chromebook on the AUSD website: https://www.alpineschools.net/o/ausd/page/chromebooks--73 You will be given the opportunity to purchase insurance for it using Venmo, a link on the AUSD website, or by check. The cost is $25 per Chromebook. Both forms must be filled out even if you do not plan on purchasing the Protection Program. Chromebooks will also be available on the 18th and 19th from 9:00-12:00 in the auditorium. In summary, here are the dates you need to know: August 18th-21st: Chromebook Distribution 9:00am-12:00pm August 19th: Welcome Emails are sent out Virtual Back to School Night (two sessions: 5:30 and 6:15) August 20th and 21st: One-on-one individual assessment Zooms with students and teachers Material Distribution 9:00am-12:00pm August 24th: Distance Learning starts at 9:00am! Over the summer, we had four of our beloved teachers retire. Mrs. Andersen, Mrs. Cross, Mrs. Loresnsen, and Mrs. Pool have each made an everlasting impression on us that will never be forgotten. They have left a legacy behind that will forever be embedded in our hearts. Their years of experience and endless wisdom made all of us better and we have all become stronger educators because of them. They will be missed beyond words and many tears have been shed over the past few weeks as we said our good-byes. Congratulations to each of them! With the retirement came the need to fill their open spots. We are thrilled to welcome four new general education teachers to BOES. We had MANY applicants and were able to hire the best of the best! Please read more about them here: https://www.smore.com/xd6fp-welcome-boes-new-teachers Other News: Please note the following changes to food distribution: Monday, August 17th - No Food Distribution Thursday, August 20th - Distributed at JMMS Every Monday after August 20th - Distributed at JMMS The district is still working with the county on providing hot spots for families that need them. Please call the school office so that you can be added to our list if you do not have internet access at your home. As we embark on the 2020-21 school year, our mission holds strong in providing the best education possible rooted in love and deep relationships. Thank you for putting your faith in us during this very challenging time and for trusting that we will do our very best to provide your child with a wonderful educational experience despite the circumstances. Thank you in advance for your support, patience, understanding and grace as we navigate these first couple of weeks! Most Sincerely, Jenna Weinert
Update on COVID-19 Watchlist Dear AUSD Families, You may have heard the news that the County of San Diego was removed from the state’s COVID-19 watchlist and wonder what it means for Alpine Union. This is encouraging news that could help pave the way for us to reopening schools this fall. However, there are some important things to keep in mind. First, these numbers will need to stay within the acceptable range for at least 14 days before schools in San Diego County will be allowed to reopen without a waiver. Second, when we are allowed to return to face-to-face instruction, we hope to make the transition as seamless as possible for our students, staff, and families by beginning with our hybrid model as outlined in our AUSD Reopening Schools Plan and the AUSD Safe Schools Parent and Student Reopening Guidebook. While we keep a close eye on the watchlist, we are also planning on submitting a County of San Diego Elementary School Waiver next week so that we may begin to reopen our campuses. The process for reopening our schools remains the same as our plans have outlined. For the last several months, we have been developing and updating our reopening plans to do everything possible to ensure healthy environments for our students and staff. As you can imagine, the process for reopening is very complex. District leadership has also been working with our employee associations to develop memorandums of understanding that address working conditions in our schools before employees return to school sites. As a reminder, we have created two options to support our parents as Distance Learning begins: Extended Student Services and Alpine COVID-19 Learning Pods. Information on both options are available on our website on our COVID-19 webpage. I appreciate your flexibility, support, and understanding as we adjust to these ever-changing conditions. I will continue to share updates as they become available. You can also find the most current information on our reopening plans on our COVID-19 webpage. I very much look forward to seeing our students back on campus in the very near future. Stay well and healthy! Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proudest Superintendent on Earth
Welcome Back BOES Eagles! Below you will find the link to our Welcome Back Letter. We cant wait to "see" you all on August 24th! https://www.smore.com/zu5ya
BOES Families - Just a reminder that our Back to School Parent Meeting takes place tonight at 5:30. Here is the webinar link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82945467688 Hope you can make it!
BOES Families, Please join Mrs. Darcey (Formerly Ms. Sanders - she got married!) and myself this Wednesday night from 5:30-6:30 for an informative meeting regarding our opening for the 2020-2021 school year. We will be discussing what you can expect with Distance Learning, important dates, and our reopening plan for when we can return to campus. If you have questions please submit them ahead of time to me at email@example.com and I will do my best to answer them during the meeting. Please send them to me by Tuesday at 3:00pm. Here is the Zoom link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82945467688 We hope that you can join us! Thank you! Jenna
BOES Families - Thanks so much to everyone who has filled out the Learning Model survey! We only have 54 students left to go! TODAY is the LAST Day to fill it out to get the Learning Model of your choice when we do return to campus. We are starting with Distance Learning but will return to on-site instruction when it is safe to do so. When that happens, will you want to continue with Distance Learning or will you prefer face-to-face instruction for your student? Please let us know by clicking on the survey if you have not already. Thank you and have a wonderful weekend! https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS
Hello Boulder Oaks Families, We have two days left to fill out the survey for your “Learning Model” of choice for the 2020-2021 school year. As you know, we are starting with Distance Learning but hoping to transition back to being on campus as soon as it is safe to do so. In order to place students in classes, I need to know what Learning Model you prefer when campus is open. Do you want to continue Distance Learning or do you prefer face-to-face instruction? I went through our responses last night and we need about 90 more families to fill out the survey. Please, please respond by tomorrow. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS Thanks SO MUCH! Jenna
BOES Families - There are THREE days left to choose your preferred “Learning Model” in anticipation of our return to school. Even though we are starting with Distance Learning, we need all of our families to choose what will work best for them once we are back on campus. If you have not already, please fill out the survey by this Friday, July 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS THANK YOU!!!!
Dear AUSD Families, We realize that everyone is eager for answers as to what school routines will look like when the new school year begins. With this in mind, we have designed the AUSD Safe Schools Parent And Student Reopening Guidebook. It provides a road map for how our schools will operate in the 2020-21 school year. The guidebook along with all communications and updates are posted on our COVID-19 page on our website. The Guidebook, our Reopening Plan, and the list of Frequently Asked Questions and other resources are located on the page. Here is the link to the Guidebook. https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/819514/2020-21_AUSD_SCHOOL_REOPENING_GUIDEBOOK.pdf
BOES Families - Please drop by campus this week to check out our Lost and Found. Mr. Larry put everything out this morning and it will remain out all week. On Friday, all leftover items will be donated to Goodwill. Please wear a face mask, maintain a six foot social distance from others, and do not touch anything that does not belong to you. Thanks!
Hello Boulder Oaks Families! I hope that this message finds you safe and healthy and that you are enjoying your summer. It feels like it has been so long since I have communicated with you even though it has only been five weeks. I am officially back on campus as of today and you are more than welcome to reach out to me via email with any questions or concerns. While I did spend a lot of time working and planning this summer, I did get to enjoy my family quite a bit. We were able to get up to our favorite getaway in June Lake for a few days to relax and unwind. As you know we are very busy planning for the beginning of the school year. Even though we are starting with Distance Learning, we will be opening as soon as it is safe to do so. It is extremely important that you choose the learning model that works best for your student and family in anticipation of our return to campus. If you have not already, please fill out the survey by this Friday, July 31st: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS We are working hard to get the campus ready for the return of students while simultaneously preparing for Distance Learning. Trainings have been planned for staff, safety equipment has been purchased, and protocols and procedures are being planned and put into place. Additionally, the district continues to update the website with information regarding COVID 19 and our plan for the 2020-21 school year. They have recently added a Frequently Asked Questions page which you might find helpful. https://www.alpineschools.net/o/ausd/page/coronavirus-updates--15 Please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any questions or concerns. As always, I am deeply appreciative of each of you and your constant support. I cannot wait for the day that I get to see you and your children in person. Continue to soak up your summer days! Jenna
AUSD 2020-21 Registration Extended Until Friday, July 31 We are extending the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration until Friday, July 31 at 4:00 PM. While we will be beginning the year with distance learning, we plan to transition to face-to-face learning when health conditions allow. It is imperative that each child is registered for the learning model of your choice by Friday, July 31 so that we are able to staff appropriately. If a registration form is not completed for each child we may not be able to place your child in the learning mode of your choice when we reopen our campuses. Please check our COVID-19 webpage for a list of frequently asked questions. This page is updated daily with all communications and key information. The 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration registration form can be found at the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS
As a follow up to our Town Hall Meeting we have posted a Frequency Asked Questions page on our Covid-19 webpage. The link to the page is located at the top of each our webpages located at www.alpineschools.net
Please read our new parent update on Reopening Schools. All updates are posted on our Covid-19 D webpage. https://www.alpineschools.net/o/ausd/page/coronavirus-updates--15
As a reminder, the AUSD Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Reopening Schools will take place tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21 at 6:00 PM. The link to the Town Hall meeting is: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81537574279
We realize that there are many questions about the reopening of our schools. We will be hosting an AUSD Town Hall meeting to share specifics of the plan. Please submit any questions you might have to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are continuing our plans to reopen schools on August 19. To ensure that your child is placed in the learning model of your choice and we are able to staff appropriately, the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration form is required to be filled out for each student. The registration period will be open until July 27, 2020. If a registration form is not completed for each child we will not be able to place your child in a learning model. Parents registering for a learning model will have the flexibility of changing models. We will provide a window at the end of September for families to reassess their learning model choice for their children. To complete the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration form please access the link below. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PSV68FS
Dear AUSD families, I hope this email finds you and your family safe and well. We know the last several months have been challenging for everyone as we have adjusted to the changes that have occurred as a result of COVID-19. We wanted to provide you with an update on the preparations our schools have been making to reopen our facilities and resume in-classroom instruction. First, as we have stated before, our goal remains that if the rules and regulations permit schools to operate in person, we believe it is our moral imperative, when safe and possible, to provide the option for students to return to school and learn in classrooms with teachers. Our focus remains on reopening schools in August with students attending classes in person. In short, we plan to offer in-person learning Tuesday - Friday. In addition, we will also offer a full-time distance learning model, independent study, and a homeschool option. In the coming days, you will be asked to complete the 2020-21 Student Learning Model Registration form. It is essential that you complete it as soon as possible so we can effectively plan staffing models and ensure that your child is placed in the learning model of your choice. Parents registering for a learning model will have the flexibility of changing models. We will provide a window at the end of September for families to reassess their learning model choice for their children. As we continue to move forward together, I want to thank you for your continued patience, support, commitment, and trust in our District. While school procedures and protocols may look different in our new reality, I want to reassure you that the heart of our work remains focused on providing the best educational programs to our students. Our commitment to our mission is unwavering and we are proud to be able to serve our Alpine community. Sincerely, Rich Newman Proud Superintendent
The deadline to apply for #PEBT benefits is July 15 (next week)! Students who receive free or reduced price meals are eligible for up to $365 for groceries while schools are closed due to #COVID19. If you haven't received a PEBT card, apply today at https://ca.p-ebt.org/en/.
Dear AUSD Families, We are continuing to prepare for the opening of schools on August 19th and wanted to share an important update. First, we know that the process of reopening and adapting to a new reality, and a host of new procedures, will be challenging. As we have done throughout this ordeal, we will work together, persevere, and make sure our students, staff, and families are supported in every way possible. On Wednesday, July 8, 2020, the Board of Trustees approved the AUSD Reopening Schools Plan, which includes a return to face-to-face learning in the classroom four days a week, Tuesday through Friday. Monday will be a day in which students will be participating in distance learning. This will also provide custodial staff with the ability to deep clean our campuses on a weekly basis. In addition to our on-site option, we will offer home school, independent study, and distance learning options for those parents who would prefer that their child not return to learning at the school site. As I have shared in a previous communication, I believe that if the rules and regulations permit schools to operate in person, it is our moral imperative, when safe and possible, to provide the option for students to return to school and learn in classrooms with teachers. In the very near future, you will be receiving a communication in which you will be able to register and choose the learning option for your child for the coming school year. For now, we want you to know that our focus is on creating a safe and healthy learning environment and ensuring that you are kept up to date on our plan to open schools. I also want to take this time to thank you for your patience and understanding during this difficult time. As you know, the public health situation can change at any time. Our commitment to you is that we will do everything we can to keep our students and staff safe, and to share updates with our community as we move forward. We are looking forward to reopening and seeing your child again in the very near future. Sincerely, Dr. Rich Newman Proud Superintendent
Tomorrow is the last day to complete the parent survey regarding school options in the fall. Please take a moment and share your thoughts on the survey. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MR2RX9J
Our goal is to fully reopen schools in the fall. To that end, we have shared our DRAFT Reopening Schools Plan along with a parent survey. Please take a moment and share your thoughts on the survey. The survey closes on July 3. https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MR2RX9J
We are releasing our draft Reopening Schools Plan. Our goal is to return to face-to-face instruction in our classrooms to the greatest extent possible. Follow the link to the plan: https://rb.gy/rk47oe