March 14, 2021
|Monday, Mar 15th||NO SCHOOL|
|Wednesday, Mar 17th||Picture Day (Cohort A & AM Kinder)|
|Friday, Mar 19th||Picture Day (Cohort B, PM Kinder, FDL)|
|Monday, Mar 22nd 3:30-4:30pm||FDL Materials Pick Up/Drop Off|
NEW! PTA President’s Message
Addison Community -
Happy Pi Day! One year ago, Addison students were sent home from school with an expectation that they would return after Spring Break. Many of us had no idea at the time that we were in the first wave of a global pandemic or that a year later, most of our students would still have some level of distance learning as part of their curriculum. As a community, over the past year we have pulled together, supported one another and helped those who have needed it most. We have grieved for those affected in many different ways by COVID-19. On behalf of the PTA I would like to thank everyone for doing their part to get the Addison community to where we are today.
This time of year traditionally takes me by surprise as I realize we’re rounding the corner into the final stretch toward the end of the school year! For the PTA, this means it’s time to recruit the next team of volunteers to serve as the Executive Board as well as leads for many of the programs and events that take place throughout the year. Without the volunteers to run these programs/events, it will be challenging to keep up Addison traditions that support the strong community we have built over many, many years. Commitments range from a full-year position to a one time event - and each makes a difference in our students’ school experience!
John Young (dad to Indigo and Spencer in Grade 1) is leading this year’s nominating committee. He has done a great job of filling many of the jobs, however there are some gaps that still need to be filled. If you are interested in becoming more involved at Addison, please click here for a list of the open positions. If you would like more information about any of the positions listed, reach out to the Nominating Committee via email - email@example.com.
Wishing you health,
Addison PTA President
NEW! Student Photo Orders
Picture Day is taking place this week. Hybrid students received an order form to bring home with ordering details. Online ordering is available - and encouraged to limit contact - at: https://dorianstudio.com/pictureday/MK8L8KAZ/ Please note, class photos will not be taken by Dorian Studios this year. If you have any questions, reach out to Nancy at 650-322-5935 or firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! Travel Directive Update
Santa Clara County has removed the mandatory 10-day quarantine following travel and is now in accordance with state guidelines. The California Department of Public Health asks that Californians avoid non-essential travel beyond 120 miles from home and recommends self-quarantine for 10-days when arriving in (or returning to) California from out of state. In the spirit of this recommendation, please consider avoiding unnecessary travel and activities that may bring you into close contact with families outside your household/pod.
NEW! Last Call - Time to Order a Yearbook!
If you are interested in ordering a yearbook for your student(s), complete the online form: https://my.cheddarup.com/c/2020-2021-addison-yearbook-sale. Yearbooks are $20 - online payments are highly encouraged! Payments can be made via check/cash, however all orders must be placed using the online form. Scholarships are available – please contact Nancy (email@example.com) in the school office for more information.
NEW! PiE Survey: We want to hear from you!
The PiE survey is closing soon! Please check your email inbox to complete this short survey and share your priorities with us. Your responses will be used to help guide decision-making for the next school year.
NEW! DreamCatchers Accepting Applications for Current 5th and 6th graders
Are you interested in having your student work 1:1 with a high school or college student to help increase their confidence in the classroom, build study skills, and improve their academic skills & performance, as well as participate in fun, community building activities to increase their self-confidence? DreamCatchers, an after-school tutoring program serving low-income PAUSD middle schoolers, has begun accepting applications from rising 6th and 7th graders who will attend Greene, Fletcher, or JLS in 2021-22. For more information about DreamCatchers and our application process and eligibility requirements, please see our flyer in English or en español. If your child will be a sixth or seventh grader at Greene, Fletcher, or JLS in 2021-22, we welcome your family’s application. Learn more about how you can help by donating or volunteering. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
NEW! Register now for After-School remote art class by Spectra teacher Andi Werboff at Pacific Art League - 20% discount for new students
Students can go on an after-school art adventure. Self-expression. Inspiration from famous artists. Multi-Media, including drawing, watercolor, collage. Addison’s own Fabulous Spectra Art Teacher Andi Werboff is offering a fun remote class called Boom: Pop Art, Street Art, and Graffiti. 8 weeks. Tuesdays @ 3:30, beginning March 16. Register: Pop Art class registration here. Questions? Email Andi. email@example.com
NEW! The Palo Alto PTA Council Seeks Volunteers for the 2021-22 School Year
The Palo Alto PTA Council Nominating Committee is currently looking for community members who have a passion for improving the educational experience of all students. We encourage all parents/ guardians with interest to apply. Experience with PTA, Site Council, or with a Community Advocacy group is a plus. Let’s talk about how you can participate on a committee for the PTA Council or step into a leadership role for the 2021-22 school year. Training and support will be provided. Help us build diverse, equitable, and inclusive PTAs in Palo Alto. Contact the Nominating Committee at: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEW! PTAC Environmental Action Committee
Green Tip: Get to Know Your School Green Team!
Most school sites have committed parents, staff and students who work to keep the district 'green.' Do you have questions about sustainability in PAUSD? Want to know more about school gardens? Are you inspired to help with Earth Day activities? Email Joslyn Leve at email@example.com and include your school name(s). Climate heroes, assemble!
PTA Parent Series: Parenting in a Pandemic
Free online webinars for parenting in a pandemic, organized by 6th District PTA. Please CLICK HERE to register, Next workshop - Well-Balanced Student Thu Mar 18, 2021, 7pm
2e Self Advocacy Panel—Help Your Student Understand Their Brain, and Help Their Teachers Understand It, Too! (For parents of K-12 students)
Mon Mar 29, 7-8:30pm Zoom info sent the day before the event
Panel Featuring: Dr. Keri Berquist, Psychologist, Nancy Kong, Educational Therapist,Toni Ratzburg, Clinical Director, MFT, RSVP here: https://forms.gle/vKZJGfWBoJX6ejBXA
Twice-exceptional, or 2e, students have exceptional talents and experience learning challenges such as autism spectrum disorder, ADHD, dyslexia, anxiety, and more.Knowing how your brain learns is touted as one of the most important skills 2e students should develop. Explore the prerequisites to self-advocacy, discover how to help students understand what their brain needs to succeed at school, learn specific developmentally-appropriate techniques to try with your 2e learners, and gain skills to help you and your child communicate with educators about your child’s needs. Sponsored by Palo Alto CAC (CAC Palo Alto), Palo Alto Council of PTAs (https://ptac.paloaltopta.org/) and REEL (www.reelpaloalto.org)
NEW! Building Resilient Educators, Students, & Families
Thu Mar 18, 3:00 - 4:30 PM
This webinar series, hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom. Join us to hear from leading voices in the student mental wellness movement, with presenters from across the country increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. Presenter is Karin Gornick, Award-Winning Filmmaker (Angst; A Trusted Space: Redirecting Grief to Growth; Screenagers). and Lori Woodley, MS, PPS, All it Takes. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.
NEW! Your Turn: "How to Be an Adult” for Educators and Parents
Thu, Mar 25, 5:30 - 7:00 PM
Series hosted by Wellness Together School Mental Health and the California Department of Education, equips educators, parents, and guardians to promote mental wellness for students at home and in the classroom. Presenters from across the country including Julie Lythcott-Haims, New York Times Bestselling Author and Former Dean of Freshmen at Stanford University addresses increasing mental health awareness, advocacy, and access to mental health services for our students. CLICK HERE to register for the webinar.
UPDATED: Health Wellness
California State PTA COVID-19 Resources: https://www.pta.org/home/family-resources/coronavirus-information
Free COVID-19 Testing in Palo Alto: https://www.cityofpaloalto.org/services/public_safety/plans_and_information/coronavirus/testing.asp
Family Resources here: Health Wellness Resources
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