Weekly Newsletter May 18-22, 2020
From the Writings of Saint John Baptist De La Salle
Often recollect yourself in order to renew and strengthen in your mind the remembrance of the presence of God. The more you try to achieve this, the easier you will find it to perform your actions and carry out your duties well. Your actions must be the living expression of what is written in the gospel. Read the gospel often, with attention and affection, and let it be your chief study to put it into practice.
You should apply yourself to prayer For this is the exercise that ordinarily draws down God’s grace on to others.
Saint John Baptist De La Salle, Pray for us. Live Jesus in our Hearts, forever.
Dear Mustang families,
Thank you for your continued trust, partnership, and collaboration. Today, more than ever we MISS our mustangs. We are eager to see them, to witness their laughter, their participation, their eagerness and curiosity to learn. Today, more than ever- we acknowledge that being away from our campus is a challenge, that staying focused and motivated is not an easy task amidst all that is taking place in our homes, our community, our world.
YET, TODAY more than ever, I want to invite each of you to stay committed, to stay strong, to not lose sight- for the best is yet to come. Today more than ever we are being challenged to think outside the box, to slow down, to reflect, to see things from a different angle. I know that each of you is being stretched in a variety of ways and I hope that each of you also knows that we are here to help in the best way we can. We might not have all the answers or all the resources, but we most definitely have a faculty and staff that is extremely committed to our students and families. Each of us is willing to go above and beyond to make sure our students not only finish the school year strong, but that we continue to build a strong foundation in order for each of them to live a purposeful and successful life.
I invite you to stay connected, to stay informed and to reach out if we can be of help. Please continue to read the newsletter for important information.
Thank you all the members of our community who were instrumental in making our Founder’s Week a success and one to remember.
- Quarantine Birthday Party! Join ALL OF US on Wednesday, May 20th at LUNCH in celebrating those who have had to celebrate their March (13th and on), April, May and June (up to the 17th) birthdays in quarantine! We would normally celebrate you at school, so instead we are doing it virtually in one big Zoom celebration! Check your CRDLS email for the eVite!
- Our Wholeness + Community Life Teams, Ms J + Mrs Z, invite you to participate in the different activities that our community is offering. There are workouts, games including Bingo, Call of Duty, Fortnite, and CHESS! Check your CRDLS email for the Wholeness newsletter for more information!
- Lasallian Student Leaders election is around the corner. Are you called to be a leader? This is a reminder that if you are interested in running for an elected position, you have until Friday, May 22 to submit all of the required items including: completed short essay; a digital poster; a 60 second Instagram-worthy video; and 1 paragraph biography + picture. Please submit all items to Ms. Garcia or Mr. H. Town Hall event to meet all of the candidates will take place on Thursday, May 28th after mentor period at 3.30 PM and voting takes place on Friday, May 29th.
- Did you leave any items in your locker at school? Are you wondering how to bring your Chromebook back to school for the summer? On Monday, June 22 AND Tuesday,
June 23 from 9 AM – 12 PM and 1 PM – 4 PM, swing by the school to drop off your Chromebook and collect your belongings. Things to bring with you: (1) a MASK for you to wear; (2) your CHROMEBOOK and CHARGER; (3) a BAG or BOX for your locker items. We’ll observe physical distancing and we’ll make sure to have some sanitizer on hand. If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Mr. Trinidad, Ms. Hernandez, or Mr. Orozco.
- How do I know if my student needs to catch up on CWSP-related assignments? Ask your student to walk you through our Google Classroom platform. Through our platform, students get real time feedback (grades) on assignments and they are able to see what assignments are “missing”.
- Your students will be creating videos for their workplaces and leading executives. Please remind your student to complete these and share their reflections confidently and proudly by Wednesday, May 20th! They are required to wear their CRDLS fleece and be in professional attire when recording. Their videos will help our program continue to grow and provide this opportunity for future Mustangs!
- CWSP Remote workers are doing a great job working from home; building trust and developing communication skills is key. Be sure to OVER-communicate! Contact Mr. Coughlan with any questions or concerns.
VIRTUAL CLASSES and THE SCHEDULE for the rest of the School Year (LAST DAY: June 17, 2020)
- The Modified schedule we implemented on March 30, 2020 will phase out on May 29, 2020.
- From June 1, 2020 to June 17, 2020 students will have to check in with their mentors at 9 :00am. That is when attendance will be taken. All mentees have to report for this check in. Whole group check ins will last for about 60 minutes. Work days and rotations will CONTINUE.
- During the whole group mentor session students will have 20 minutes for updates, reminders, energizers, community building activities. Then 40 minutes to work on Check Points/ PFAs.
- After the whole group mentor check-ins , there will be 1-1 mentor check-ins scheduled weekly as needed by students.
- In addition, ALL TEACHERS will offer office hours. Students who are struggling academically MUST ATTEND OFFICE HOURS. This will allow for students to receive more 1-1 support and finish the year strong. We will share the office hour schedule for June 1-17, the last week of May.
- Students who do not show mastery by June 17, will have to attend virtual summer school. More information will be included in next week’s newsletter.
ATTENDANCE DURING VIRTUAL CLASSES
If your student will not be able to join his/her virtual classes, YOU (PARENT/GUARDIAN) MUST call (510) 532-8947 and share the reason for the absence. If Ms. Valencia is unable to answer, please make sure you leave a voicemail. We need to be in constant communication.
Students are expected to be virtually present for the entire duration of the class. All teachers usually lead a 20-25 minute guided lesson, then release the students to work on checkpoints.
Students are asked to be responsible with technology use. All school expectations still apply. Help us by engaging in conversation with your son or daughter.
If your son/daughter is having trouble connecting to WIFI, please send a text message to Mr. Tan at (415) 735-6826
If your son/daughter is having trouble with their device, they must email Mr. Orozco at email@example.com
Please note that all students can connect to the zoom call via phone as well.
TENTATIVE DATES and PLANS for the 2020-2021 school year.
We have identified a TASK FORCE that will focus on scenario planning for next school year. We will be sharing updates accordingly based on the best practices and recommendations for the Alameda Health Department, the CA state Governor, Lasallian District, Cristo Rey Network, DCS and other key organizations and partners.
Let’s continue to join in prayer, practice healthy habits, be mindful, stay informed and stay healthy. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions or concerns.
Ana M. Hernández Principal