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Sent: October 2, 2020
From: Barb Waller
Subj: Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of October 5

Ni hao, Barnard Families, and Happy Moon Festival!!  Wasn’t the moon gorgeous this week?!

I know that I am REALLY looking forward to the crisp fall air that normally rolls around near the end of October…how about you?  I’ve got my sweatshirts and sweaters ready, and can’t wait!!

Thank you so much panda families, for your continued patience, hard work, and grace that you have shown these past five weeks of school!  We are so appreciative of your partnership in service of our kiddos!

Principal Updates for the week of October 5, 2020:

*All-School Morning Meeting*

Our next All-School Morning Meeting will be Monday, 10/5, from 7:45am-8:00am.  Our character focus this month will be ACCOUNTABILITY. 

And we know that all of our Barnard Pandas are superheroes at displaying their #pandapride, so let’s all get out our best superhero gear, and show up to our Morning Meeting in a sea of Barnard Superheroes!!  I know I have my cape all ready to go!!

*Save The Dates*

Please join me for our Parent/Principal Partnership Gatherings to get information about school events, hear any new updates, and ask questions!  I will hold these once a month, and will alternate between mornings and afternoons, to allow for more families to attend. 

*Phase 1 Update*

As we are planning for the Phase I appointment-based onsite learning, we are considering the data of our most vulnerable students.  Another factor that we need to take in consideration is the availability of special education and general education staff to support the students who qualify, based on teacher and specialist recommendation. 

These students will be in smaller groups than anticipated due to the stringent health and safety measures we need to take for available staff and students under the COVID-19 conditions.

We are also working toward bringing students to campus for the one-to-one assessments that are required for certain student populations.

Both the data analysis and the determination of available staff is currently happening and will continue into next week.  We will be in contact with families mid-to late next week for those who qualify.

*Barnard PTA BAG Campaign*

The Barnard Annual Giving (BAG) campaign is coming soon!!  Stay tuned for more details to come, and thank you in advance for your generous donation to our amazing school!!

*Special Opportunity for Mission Bay Elementary Parents*

Please join us for a special evening with Doug Fisher, co-author of, “Distance Learning Playbook for Parents”.  He will discuss how you can support your child’s academic, social, and emotional development in any setting.  This event will take place on Thursday, 10/22, at 6pm, and is limited to the first 1,000 parents to register in advance. 

*Enrollment*

Our enrollment is currently at 522 students, lower than we had planned for, but we have not heard about how this may affect our staffing yet.  Our hope is that we will be allowed to remain static with our staff, but I will keep you advised as I find out.

Have a wonderful weekend, and zai jian.

Kindly, Barb Waller-Principal


Sent: September 25, 2020
From: Barb Waller
Subj: Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of September 28

Happy Friday and ni hao, Barnard Families! 

We had a phenomenal Spirit Week, and I saw so many of you displaying your panda spirit on all of our fun days!!!  So great!!!

Principal’s Updates for the week of September 28, 2020

*Moon Festival This Weekend*

*Mission Bay Cluster Meeting*

The first Mission Bay Cluster meeting of the school year will take place virtually Thursday, 10/1, at 6pm. Please join us to learn more about what’s happening in our amazing MB schools and community!

*All-School Morning Meeting*

Our next All-school Morning Meeting will be Monday, 10/5, from 7:45am-8:00am.  Our character focus this month will be ACCOUNTABILITY.  I will send out the Zoom link in next Friday’s Principal Update.

*Special opportunity for Mission Bay Elementary Parents*

Please join us for a special evening with Doug Fisher, co-author of, “Distance Learning Playbook for Parents”.  He will discuss how you can support your child’s academic, social, and emotional development in any setting.  This event will take place via Zoom on Thursday, 10/22, at 6pm, and is limited to the first 1,000 parents to register in advance. 

*New/Returning SSC members*

I would like to offer our congratulations to our newly elected members, Tomira Baca-Craig, Lisa Diggs, Jessica Chang, and Lawrence Reyes!  And welcome back to our returning members, Melissa Doyle, Janis Tan, Greg Augustyn, David Vaughn, Carmencita Ancora, and Bonny Sobieck! 

We are very appreciative of your dedication and leadership in service of our children, and I know that we will have an amazing year together!

*Room Parents*

Some teachers are ready to welcome Room Parents, and those that are, will reach out to their families.

Have a wonderful weekend, and zai jian.

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal


Sent: September 18, 2020
From: Barb Waller
Subj: Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of September 21

Happy Friday, Barnard Families!!

We made it through our third week of learning, and I continue to marvel at the growth mindset, perseverance, patience, and grace, that our students, families, and staff are consistently displaying!

You may have noticed that this week’s Principal Updates arrived a few days earlier than normal.  I have decided to put out my updates on Fridays because the PTA EBlast comes out Sunday evening, and we didn’t want to bombard you with too much information in one evening!

Please find below the updates for the week of September 21, 2020:

*SPIRIT WEEK!

Please help us celebrate our Panda Pride by dressing up for one, or all, of our special days this week!  This is completely optional, but we hope that this burst of fun will help lift everyone’s spirits!! 

Post your photos on our social media platforms!

Mon, 9/21: Pajama Day

Tues, 9/22: Crazy Hair/Hat Day

Wed, 9/23: College Day

Thurs, 9/24: Sports Team Day        

Fri, 9/25: Barnard Spirit Gear Day

*SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL PARENT NOMINATIONS

Would you be interested in serving on the Barnard Mandarin Magnet School Site Council this year as a parent representative? 

To nominate yourself or a fellow parent, you may submit your/his/her name in writing in the ballot link below (deadline Tuesday, 9/22, 4pm):

https://forms.gle/EFc3GkjPRKy1dvSh9

*TEACHER EMAILS

If you have any questions about your child’s schedule, curriculum, etc., please contact their teacher directly via email or daily Office Hours.  **please note that we have several teachers with numbers in their email addresses, e.g. jli2@sandi.net, and if the number is left out of those emails, it will likely not reach your intended recipient.

*TECHNOLOGY UPDATES

Due to popular demand, families no longer have to wait on hold with the Family Technology Line (619-732-1400) in order to exchange a broken device/computer.

SDUSD IT Department has four Technology Support Centers for Families to exchange broken student Chromebooks.

Use the link below to find your nearest location:

Family Technology Support Locations

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15I4ntQrNInkDIE3OGoBf-DCeBDboNJO5pAu2s3srZZg/edit?usp=sharing

*LEARNING PLATFORMS

We are currently working with our PTA, program vendors, SDUSD, and our teachers, to get our students access to the various learning platforms (e.g. Raz-Kids (K-2), Achieve3000 (3-5), Mystery Science, IChineseReader, Better Immersion (K-2), etc.).  We appreciate your patience as we work through all of the necessary elements of getting this completed.  Your teachers will advise once the programs become available.

*MONTHLY MONDAY MORNING ASSEMBLY

Our next Barnard All-School Monday Morning Meeting will be Monday, October 5th, at 7:45am!  Zoom info will be sent from your child’s classroom teacher the week before.

Have a wonderful weekend, Panda families!!

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal  :o)


Sent: September 14, 2020
From: Barb Waller
Subj: Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of September 14th

Hello Barnard Families, and happy Monday!!

Please find below some important updates regarding student computers and technology assistance!

*Due to popular demand, families no longer have to wait on hold with the Family Technology Line (619-732-1400) in order to exchange a broken device/computer.
SDUSD IT Department has four Technology Support Centers for Families to exchange broken student Chromebooks.

Use the link below to find your nearest location:

Family Technology Support Locations

https://docs.google.com/document/d/15I4ntQrNInkDIE3OGoBf-DCeBDboNJO5pAu2s3srZZg/edit?usp=sharing

*We encourage families to continue to call the Family Technology Support Line 619-732-1400 for initial troubleshooting.

*Need Internet? (619) 260-2460 Mon-Fri 7am-6pm

Families can continue to request hotspots for their student(s) by contacting the Family Internet Helpline at 619-260-2460. And to help reduce hold times, the district is also in the process of adding additional resources to accommodate the volume of calls being received.

*For all general questions, please continue to use the comprehensive resource page, located on the San Diego Unified Webpage.  Please use the link below to discover the wealth of info available:

SDUSD Family Technology Webpage

https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/instructionalcontinuityit/technology-support-for-families

Have a wonderful week, and thank you for your incredible patience and support-we appreciate you!!

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal  :o)


Sent: September 13, 2020
From: Barb Waller
Subj: Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of September 14th

Principal Waller Panda Updates: Week of September 14, 2020

Ni Hao Barnard Families!  We finished our first official week of learning, and are continuing to build community within our classrooms.  I know that there were some technology hiccups, and we really appreciate your patience and grace as we work through these challenges.  I also want to acknowledge the many parents that reached out to those who were struggling with some of the digital frustrations that other families were experiencing-we really are in this TOGETHER!! 

Panda Updates Below:

  • SPIRIT WEEK-Monday, 9/21-Friday, 9/25! Please help us celebrate our Barnard spirit by dressing up for one or all of our special days!  This is optional, and we’d love to see your photos on our social media platforms!

Mon, 9/21: Pajama Day     Tues, 9/22: Crazy Hair/Hat Day       Wed, 9/23: College Day

              Thurs, 9/24: Sports Team Day         Fri, 9/25: Barnard Spirit Gear Day

  • If you are having technical problems with your student’s computer, need assistance logging in, or have other technology issues, please call the SDUSD Family Tech Line 619-732-1400.
  • Are you looking to get involved at Barnard?  Please consider running for our School Site Committee (SSC), English Learner Action Committee (ELAC), Site Governance Team (SGT), or joining one of the many PTA Committees.  We need parents who are looking to be leaders, make positive changes, offer creative solutions, and provide ideas to help our students achieve and succeed.  We will be sending out a nomination form/survey later this week for SSC, SGT, and ELAC.  And if you would like to get involved with our awesome PTA, please contact them at barnardpta@gmail.com
  • Our subscription for IChineseReader is still valid until June 2021, and we have submitted our class rosters to our contact at IChineseReader.  He will let our staff know once all students are loaded, and your teacher will be reaching out to give you log-in info within the next few weeks.
  • If you need support with various topics regarding your child’s education, I encourage you to reach out to the following staff:

            ⦁Attendance / absences / independent contracts – Lucinda Torres – ltorres4@sandi.net

               ⦁Enrollment / requests for records & academic history – Lucinda Torres –   ltorres4@sandi.net

               ⦁Health / medical – Jill Whitaker – jcrane@sandi.net

            ⦁Class schedule / teacher schedule – Your child’s classroom teacher

               ⦁Homework / tests / projects / grades – Your child’s classroom teacher

               ⦁Library books / textbooks / lost books – Michaela Rankin– mrankin@sandi.net

            ⦁Counseling / Social-Emotional Needs / 504 Plans – Angelina Bennici – abennici@sandi.net

               ⦁Program placement / testing (including GATE/Seminar) –Melissa Dion – mdion@sandi.net

               ⦁Special Education / IEP / Support Services – Angela Giammatteo – agiammatteo@sandi.net

  • Our next Barnard All-School Monday Morning Meeting will be Monday, October 5th, at 7:45am! Zoom info will be sent from your child’s classroom teacher the week before.

I hope our pandas have a wonderful week of learning, exploring, and growing!

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal  :o)


Sent: September 7, 2020
From: Barb Waller
Subj: Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of 9/7/2020

Principal’s Panda Updates: Week of September 7, 2020

Happy Labor Day, Barnard Families!  Hopefully you were able to stay cool, and get some rest this long, holiday weekend!

Panda Updates Below:

  1. We’re poised and ready to begin our online school year in earnest this week! Please do your best to encourage your student(s) to log-on to their teacher’s live Zoom sessions to be able to get the maximum benefit of our language offerings.   Teachers will continue to build community with their classes, forge important relationships with students, and will do their best to provide appropriate assessments to determine readiness levels.  Our staff understands that the past six months has been rough, and will be adapting the curriculum to reflect that.
  2. If you are experiencing TECHNOLOGY ISSUES, please reach out to our district Tech Help Line, 619-732-1400.  They can assist with computer problems, log-in trouble, network assistance, and much more!!  In addition, you may find assistance at the SDUSD Technology web page.  Click or copy/paste link: https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/instructionalcontinuityit/technology-support-for-families  

    If you will need to exchange a computer, they will be able to direct you to the nearest device distribution center.  We apologize, but we are no longer able to exchange computers at the school site.
  3. If you run into a difficulty with anything related to your child’s classwork, or challenges with assignments, etc., please reach out to your child’s teacher first.  They are poised and ready to receive feedback, and reflect on practice, so that we can pivot to ensure we are providing optimum learning for all students.
  4. If your family is experiencing struggles related to Zoom schedules that are not allowing for your child to log-in on a regular basis, and you are considering other options, please reach out to us.  We want to work with you, and understand that online learning is a challenge in even the best of circumstances.
  5. A HUGE PANDA THANK YOU to those of you who were able to join us for our first all-school Monday morning assembly last Monday!  We kicked off the school year with 383 panda families, Barnard staff, our Area Superintendent, Christina Casillas, and Taylor, our American Heart Association sponsor!!  We will continue the tradition every first Monday of the month, at 7:45am, with the Zoom link sent out the night before.  Our next Spirit Assembly will be Monday, 10/5, @ 7:45am!
  6. If you are still in need of curriculum materials, or are not able to print out classroom assignments, please reach out to your teacher, who will work with our awesome office staff to coordinate a date/time for pick-up at Barnard.  Please keep in mind, our staff is mostly working from home, unless there is a need to complete essential tasks on site.
  7. Most teachers are currently still getting their online classrooms and curriculum up and running, and are not ready to work with Room Parents just yet.  They will contact their families when they are ready to begin the process, and once we have had a chance to meet as a team to discuss expectations/guidelines in our new digital educational landscape.
  8. COMING THIS WEEK…NIHAO NEW PANDA FAMILY INFORMATION SESSION this Thursday, September 10th, from 5pm-6pm.  This is a chance for brand-new Barnard families to learn about our awesome PTA, and some of the many programs our school offers! Zoom link e-mailed via School Messenger.
  9. STAY TUNED FOR SPIRIT WEEK DETAILS COMING SOON!! We will celebrate our Barnard spirit the week of September 21!!
  10. We will also be hosting parent workshops in conjunction with Bilingual Kids, on how to best support your child’s language learning during online education…more info to come!!

Lastly, I want to recognize the PHENOMENAL job you are all doing in service of your kids’ education!!  We know that it is definitely NOT easy, and we want to recognize you for hanging in there, being flexible, giving yourself and others tons of grace and patience, and most of all, for your support of our fabulous Barnard program and staff!! 

I am humbled by the sacrifices that everyone is making, and by the dedication that I see every day!! We are truly #barnardstrong, and have an abundance of #pandapride…please remember…#weareallinthistogether

Kindly,

Principal Waller  :o)


Sent: August 28, 2020
From: Barnard staff
Subj: Student Rosters

Good Morning Barnard Families

We are happy to announce our class rosters are finalized for the 2020-21 school year. Please note we worked hard to build equitable and balanced classes across a number of factors and are unable to entertain class changes.

In order to ensure the health and safety of our families, rosters will not be physically posted at our site. This year you can access your child’s teacher by having your child log into CLEVER or you logging into Powerschool Parent Portal.

Watch this video for how to sign in to Clever Once you sign in, the name of your child’s teacher will appear. 

Please view this video for creating your Parent Portal account

We are so excited for the school year! Please know many preparations are still underway as we continue to enroll new families! Families that enrolled today may not see their child’s class assignment tonight as PowerSchool has to sync with Clever.  Later today, you will receive a welcome letter from your child’s teacher via email. This message will include details about how to login to your first Zoom meeting on Monday.

We are looking forward to a wonderful year of learning!

With Love, The Barnard Staff 


Sent: August 27, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: Midweek Principal Update!!!!

Good evening Barnard families!

We are getting closer to the beginning of the school year, and I’m sure we can feel the excitement building!!

I wanted to send out some updated information that could not wait until my Sunday message:

Student Materials Distribution-in the Barnard Parking Lot
*Tomorrow, Friday, August 28th, we will be distributing consumable materials, (including Math workbooks) and computer devices (for those who completed the Technology Needs Survey), from 11am-3pm (schedule below) via socially distanced drive-thru in our parking lot.

*Please remain in your car, and when staff approaches, wear a mask for everyone’s safety.

*Tents will be set-up, and will be marked with grade level, and a computer drive-up station for those who filled out a survey.

*There will be two lanes, and please enter on Culver Street

*In addition, please bring any library books or school materials that you have come across over the summer from last school year.  Please place these items in a disposable bag with the teacher’s name inside the bag, & drop it off when you pick up your materials.
 

Materials and Computer Distribution Schedule for Friday, August 28th
Last Names A – F   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Last Names G – M 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Last Names N – S   1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Last Names T – Z    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*if at all possible, please try to arrive within your timeframe

**it would be helpful if you display a piece of paper that lists student name(s), grade(s), and also indicate if you are picking up a computer device (if survey was completed)


Make-up Day for Materials Distribution
*Friday, September 4th, from 12pm-2pm, via drive through.

*Curriculum materials and computers will be distributed this day as well.

*We will provide another opportunity to fill-out a computer device survey next week, in the event that you need a device.

Class Placements

Class placements will be sent electronically by 4pm Friday, August 28th, and teachers will be reaching out to you as well, with their schedules, Zoom links, and other important information.

First Week of School
During the first week of school, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, teachers will be attending district provided trainings/workshops, as well as checking in with their students each day from 9:45-10:40am (they will provide exact time and link).

During this “welcome week” of school, students will be given assigned district learning modules, and to support families, the district will also be providing Family Workshops.

To access the district’s student portal, Clever, please watch the helpful video below. Teachers can provide student id/password if needed.

Clever Access



Orientation/Back To School Night
All of our amazing teachers will be hosting Zoom orientations the first week of school, instead of waiting for Back To School Night, which generally takes place a few weeks into the school year. 

Teachers will send out their schedule and Zoom links to their classes by Friday, August 28th.

*Please note that Mrs. A’s TK class will have their Orientation, Friday, 8/28, at 5pm, and she will send out Zoom info.

 
Finally…

I hope that you will join us for our very first Monday Morning Assembly, this Monday, 8/31, at 7:45am!!

We are excited to partner with the Heart Association to be able to host up to 600 attendees!!

Our amazing PTA will also be giving updates, and information!

Hope to see you there!!

Monday Morning Assembly Zoom Link – sent via School Messenger

Thank you for taking the time to make note of these important dates and information pieces.

I will keep you updated with additional information as I receive it!

I am excited to get this school year started, and really looking forward to eventually meeting everyone in person!

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal  :o)

#pandapride

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Sent: August 24, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: *Corrections/Clarifications*

Hello again families!

My apologies…I need to correct and clarify the information that was sent out about computers this evening:

*The correct date of the Materials Distribution is Friday, August 28th, 11am-3pm, by alpha

*We have not set the makeup date and time yet if you are unable to drive thru on 8/28

*If your student(s) is already using a district computer, they will continue to use that same one

*If you would like to use your own computer, you may do so. SDUSD recommended using a district device due to the applications installed in all of our devices, but if you are more comfortable using your own, then you have that choice, and don’t need to fill out the form.

*We were not sent wifi hot spots, but please call the district Tech Help line 619-732-1400, (Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm) to see about the availability of them

*If your student’s computer is not working properly, please call the number above, to see if they can assist, and if they cannot, please fill out the technology form (https://forms.gle/qpHxj7sZG3VXmVre7), and bring the non-working device on Friday, 8/28, 11am-3pm to exchange. 

Thank you for your understanding.


Sent: August 24, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: School Computer Survey

Happy Monday, Barnard Panda Families!

If you are in need of a school computer for your child(ren), please fill-out our Technology Needs Survey in the link below.

The purpose of this survey is to determine the technology needs of EACH Barnard student in your family, so they can prepare for online learning beginning Monday, 8/31.  

Your child does not need to use a district computer, and you are free to use your own device if that works for your family.

If you have more than one student, please complete the survey once for each child. 

Please complete this survey by Thursday, 8/27, 12pm.
We will then prepare computers to be included in our drive-up materials distribution on Friday, 8/28, from 11-3 (by alpha name).
Thank you!

-Barb Waller-Principal

*P.S. if you don’t need a computer from the school, you do NOT need to fill out this survey!!

Please click on the link below, or copy/paste

https://forms.gle/P3j8ugMKnNpZ7um47

================

Schedule for Friday, 8/31 Materials Distribution:

Last Names

A-F   11am-12pm

G-M  12-1pm

N-S   1-2pm

T-Z    2-3pm


Sent: August 23, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: Barnard Updates: Week of August 24, 2020

Good Evening Barnard Panda Families,

I hope this message finds you and your family healthy and enjoying your last days of summer. We have been extremely busy these last couple weeks preparing for a successful start to the 2020-21 school year.  Below are some additional details & actions you may need to take before school starts on August 31st.

Student Materials Distribution
In order to provide our families with hands-on materials that students may need during online learning, we will be distributing consumable materials, (including Math workbooks) on Friday, August 28th, from 11am-3pm (schedule below) via socially distanced drive-thru in our parking lot.  

For those families who also need a computer, or to exchange a non-working computer, you may also pick one up during your timeslot.  If the time assigned for pick up does not work with your schedule, we will be having a make-up day the week of August 31st.  (Look for computer survey form to complete on Tuesday, so that we can have your device ready to go on Friday!)

In addition, please bring any library books or school materials that you have come across over the summer from last school year.  Please place these items in a disposable bag with the teacher’s name inside the bag, & drop it off when you pick up your materials.

Student Devices – IMPORTANT!
San Diego Unified School District has changed their student device program. Starting the 2020-21 school year all students will be assigned a device.  If your child did not check out a device during Distance Learning, or is new to the district, you will need to check out a device for your child.  Look for a computer survey form to complete on Tuesday, so that we can have your device ready to go on Friday!  

We have scheduled device distribution at Barnard, in conjunction with our materials distribution on August 28th by student last name.  Please see below for the time you are assigned based on your student’s last name.  If these times do not work for you, we will have a make-up day the week of August 31st (date and time TBA).

Materials and Computer Distribution Schedule for Friday, August 28th
Last Names A – F   11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Last Names G – M 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Last Names N – S   1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Last Names T – Z    2:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
*if at all possible, please try to arrive within your timeframe

**it would be helpful if you display a piece of paper that lists student name(s), grade(s)…thank you  :o)

Class Placements

I will be sending out class placements by Friday, August 28th, and teachers will be reaching out to you as well, with their schedules, and other important information.

First Week of School
During the first week of school, Aug. 31-Sept. 4, teachers will be attending district provided trainings/workshops as well as checking in with their students each day. During this first week of school, students will be given assigned district learning modules, and to support families, the district will also be providing Family Workshops. The topics and schedules have not yet been released. I will keep you updated as I receive information.

Orientation/Back To School Night
All of our amazing teachers will be hosting Zoom orientations the first week of school, instead of waiting for Back To School Night, which generally takes place a few weeks into the school year.  Teachers will send out their schedule and Zoom links to their classes by Friday, August 28th, as they are still enjoying the last days of their vacation.

 

Thank you for taking the time to make note of these important dates and information pieces.

I will keep you updated with additional information through the week as I receive it, and again I will be sending out class placements by Friday, August 28th.  If you are in need of a device, please be sure to fill out the form that will be sent out on Tuesday.  We are planning, and will be ready for, a meaningful and robust school year whether we are learning online or in person.

I am excited to get this school year started, and really looking forward to eventually meeting everyone in person!

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal  :o)

#pandapride

P.S. Earlier this evening Superintendent Marten also sent out via email more information regarding Online Learning.

Sent: August 9, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: Barnard Updates: Week of August 10, 2020

Dear Barnard Families,

In conjunction with SDEA, the San Diego Unified School District released a statement on August 2nd, that outlined the initial online plan for students to continue learning and growing when we return to school online on August 31st. This plan will need to be ratified by the SDEA members, but the framework that was bargained is a robust plan to ensure student achievement.

On August 10th, San Diego Unified district leaders will release additional details about online learning and provide the next public assessment of when it will be safe to physically reopen our school campus. Principals will attend a district meeting that day to receive important updates, and will begin the process of working with our area, cluster, and language principal groups to insure that we have all of the information needed to successfully open up the 2020-2021 school year. In addition, I will be meeting with our staff, the PTA, and our families, to gather additional input, and ensure that critical answers are provided.

Barnard Family Q & A Meeting

As an important partner in onsite and online learning, I have scheduled an opportunity for you to ask questions, and provide your insights about the reopening plan that will be released to us by the district on August 10. As we progress through the planning process, additional opportunities to provide suggestions may also be necessary. The initial meeting will be held:

Friday, August 14th 10:00-11:00 a.m.

The Zoom link has been sent via School Messenger (if you are unable to attend this meeting, we will be recording the meeting so that you may watch at a later date, and we will also be providing a link to the questions and answers asked)

Questions about computer devices

This spring, many of you picked up Chromebooks from a San Diego Unified distribution center. For families who are new to Barnard, and those of you who chose not to check out a Chromebook, please know that information will be coming soon about how to check out a device for use at home and school during the 2020-21 school year.

Thank you for your support

I continue to hear from you regarding the start of the school year and what school will look like at Barnard. I hear your curiosity, anxiety, and concern. Our school is very special, and important to me and I understand the need for flexibility to meet the needs of our families and our students. While there are still many unknowns, what we do know is that we have an opportunity to come together as a community – united – in support of our students and our school. We look forward to partnering with you in the coming weeks as we prepare to launch the new school year.

Take care and be well.

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal


Sent: July 27, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: Principal Meet & Greet

Hello Barnard Families!!

I hope that  you have been able to soak up a little San Diego summer with your little pandas!  And most importantly, I sincerely hope that everyone is safe and healthy.

You are cordially invited to a Parent Meet & Greet this Thursday, July 30th!  There will be two sessions offered: one from 9am-10am, and then the other from 4pm-5pm!

Yes, principals are technically on our 14 day break, but I felt that it was important to connect, so that I can share the limited information that I currently have regarding school reopening and distance learning.  Our amazing PTA will also take a few minutes to share some info with you as well.

The district will be releasing more details regarding reopening and distance learning on August 10th, and I will then schedule an additional parent informational meeting, once I have received, and have complete understanding of, the details.

The Meet & Greet is a completely optional event, but I hope to be able to begin to connect, even if it’s from a distance!

The TWO Zoom links have been e-mailed…one is from the morning session, and the other for the afternoon. If you did not receive this information, please e-mail barnardpta@gmail.com.

Thank you very much, and please say “hello” to all of our panda students!!

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal


Sent: July 17, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: July 17 Updates

Good Afternoon Barnard Families and Staff,

As you know, San Diego Unified recently announced that all schools will start the school year online. This decision was made in the interest of safety for all – students, staff, and parents. Our district has expressed that this situation is changing constantly, and presently San Diego County remains on the state’s monitoring/watch list. 

Today Governor Newsom announced a list of requirements for all California schools. These policies should streamline the format of schooling (in-person, hybrid, and online) throughout the state. Here are a few highlights from Governor Newsom’s plan:

  • Schools can only offer in-person learning when the county has been off the monitoring list for 14 consecutive days.
  • Regular testing and dedicated contact tracing is part of the plan for schools. 
  • Classrooms will close when positive tests occur
  • Masks are required for staff, as well as students in grades 3-12. Masks are highly recommended for students grades 2 and below. 
  • Handwashing stations and handwashing requirements will be in place.
  • Schools will close when a threshold of positive tests is reached within the school community.
  • Online instruction must be rigorous and include daily, live interaction with students.
  • English Learners and Students with Disabilities will receive targeted supports.
  • An emphasis on small group instruction and learning through collaboration will be guiding instructional practices. 

For me as a leader, safety has, and will remain, a top priority.  Campus safety and access to the quality standards-based curriculum will continue to guide our decisions. Barnard Elementary will resume its culture of excellence, be the extra effort school, and support continuous improvement for all students. Barnard has excellent teachers and staff that will continue to ensure that all students will receive excellent instruction. We look forward to partnering with you to support our school. 

This new information will help us to continue working hard behind the scenes. Custodial staff is on-site daily preparing for the return of staff and students. Computers will be present for all children to access come fall. We look forward to the day when we can begin person-to-person instruction safely again. On August 10th, the district will be providing us with more details on the next steps. 

Please continue to let your children know we care about them and look forward to seeing them again.  Be safe-we look forward to working more closely with you as the start of the year approaches and we have new guiding information. 

Kindly,

Barb Waller-Principal

Barnard Mandarin Magnet

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Sent: July 13, 2020
From: Barbara Waller
Subj: News from SDUSD about School Reopening

Hello Barnard families.

I wanted to ensure that you received the press release (below) from our district regarding the reopening of our schools in the fall.

We will be receiving updates and more details periodically, and I will be sure to pass them along as soon as I get them.

Thank you for your continued patience as we navigate these uncertain times, and please stay safe.

(Please click or copy/paste the link below to view)

https://www.sandiegounified.org/newscenter/node/2285

Kindly,
Barb Waller-Principal
Barnard Mandarin Magnet


Sent: June 23, 2020
From: Area 3 Superintendent
Subj: New Principal Announcement

Dear Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School Community,

We are pleased to share that during the San Diego Unified School District Board of Education  meeting today, our Superintendent appointed the next Principal of Barnard Mandarin Magnet Elementary School. Please read the following: Principal Announcement from Area Superintendent.

Sincerely,

Dr. Christina Casillas

Interim Area 3 Superintendent


Sent: June 19, 2020
From: Mission Bay Cluster Principals
Subj: Message from Mission Bay Cluster Principals

Good Evening Mission Bay Cluster Families,

On Tuesday, June 16, 2020, the San Diego Unified School District Board of Trustees approved a vision for the 2020-2021 school year. Their recommendation will allow for the reopening of our physical school campuses on August 31, 2020. Options for families will include daily in-person instruction or to continue at home online learning with opportunities for scheduled visits to campus. We thank you for attending our Mission Bay Cluster meeting and providing feedback which was included in the outline approved this week. Click here to review the DRAFT Outline for Reopening of Schools

We want all of our families in the cluster to provide input and insight as we move forward in this endeavor. With multiple options for your child’s education for the upcoming school year, it is critical that we have your initial preferences documented. You should have received an email message from the district with a link to a survey collecting information on each family’s preference. You may also access the survey link here: Learning Options & Reopening. This information along with feedback regarding distance learning which was experienced from March through June will be used to refine and enhance our vision moving forward.  

Tentative Timeline: (subject to change due to the fluid nature of our circumstances, California Department of Public Health guidelines and requirements from state and local authorities)

  • June 18-25 Initial Family Input: Complete Learning Options & Reopening Survey 
  • June 26-August 7 Stakeholder Input and Planning
  • August 10-28 Revision and Implementation of Plans 
  • August 31 First Day of School

We appreciate your partnership and look forward to reviewing your input. Opportunities to finalize your decision for your child’s school model preference will be provided in August. The Mission Bay Cluster principals value your collaboration as we commit to high quality academic programming in healthy, safe environments with a focus on meeting the social emotional and academic needs of our children.

Sincerely,

Jennifer Grondek             Aida Hernandez             Armando Lopez            Kimberly Meng Ernest Remillard             Judith Fogel                    Mary Romero-Heyne


Sent: June 18, 2020
From: Distance Learning Team
Subj: Parent Learning Options and Reopening Input Survey

Dear SDUSD Families,

San Diego Unified is preparing to reopen our schools on August 31st with a focus on health and safety. Families will have a choice of high quality instructional options including attending class online, attending class on campus, or a combination of both. To support us in our planning we are seeking your input regarding your current attendance preference. Please complete this survey: Parent Learning Options and Reopening Input Survey.

Please note the purpose of this survey is only to help schools plan for next year and get an idea of instructional option interest. You will have an opportunity later in the summer to formally register for the program that will work best for your family.

Please complete one survey for EACH child that attends our SDUSD schools by June 25th @ 5:00 p.m.

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Estimadas familias de SDUSD:

El Distrito Escolar Unificado the San Diego se está preparando para reabrir nuestras escuelas el 31 de agosto con un enfoque en salud y seguridad. Familias tendrán diferentes opciones de instrucción de alta calidad que incluyen asistir a clases en línea, asistir a clases en la escuela o una combinación de ambos. Para apoyarnos en nuestra planificación, estamos buscando su opinión con respecto a su preferencia de asistencia actual. Complete esta encuesta: Opciones de Aprendizaje para Padres y Encuesta de Reapertura.

Tenga en cuenta que el propósito de esta encuesta es solo ayudar a las escuelas a planificar para el próximo año y tener una idea del interés de la opción de instrucción. Tendrá la oportunidad más adelante en el verano de registrarse formalmente en el programa que funcionará mejor para su familia.

Por favor complete una encuesta para CADA niño que asiste a nuestras escuelas de SDUSD para el 25 de junio a las 5:00 p.m.

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