Argonne Family Letter from the Principal, 2/16/21
Tue, Feb 16 9:11am

Dear Argonne Families,

Happy Lunar New Year! February 12th marked the beginning of the Year of the Ox. The second animal of the Chinese zodiac, the ox denotes the hard work, positivity, and honesty that will manifest in all of us in the coming year. How fitting that is as we recognize how hard our students have been working and as we embark on the work our school needs to do in order to move us into next year. 

On that note, I want to thank those of you who were able to attend our State of the School Community Planning Meeting on Tuesday. It is so valuable to be able to reflect on the needs of our students and learn from each other's experiences. We learned a lot from the discussion, and I look forward to building on to the conversation in the weeks to come. Here are the slides from the meeting. You may also want to review the Padlet that captured some of the conversations from the breakout groups. 

As we move forward in thinking and planning for our school next year, please be on the lookout for our community survey. 

In Community, 

Ms. Catingub


Important Reminders:

  • Return Safely Together Updates: SFUSD continues to plan and prepare to reopen school sites. Argonne is a Wave 3 school in Phase 2A of the reopening plan. At this time, there is not a definitive date of return for any school in Phase 2A. Here are a few updates of reopening specific to Argonne and current events related to the preparation process:

  • Argonne Reopening Town Halls: As we learn more and continue to engage in the reopening process with the District, Argonne will host a series of Reopening Town Halls over the next several weeks. The first one will provide interpretation for our Chinese-speaking families. More dates will be announced soon.

  • On February 6, SFUSD and a group of labor unions representing SFUSD employees reached a tentative agreement on the health and safety standards for in-person learning, a critical milestone toward reopening schools. See this FAQ for more information. 

  • COVID-19 vaccines are in low supply in San Francisco, and are not yet available to educators and San Francisco remains in the purple tier. The City has said  that teachers, day care workers, emergency responders and food and agriculture workers would become eligible for the coronavirus vaccine in San Francisco on Feb. 24, pending adequate supply of vaccines. At this time supplies are limited. 

  • The Return to In-Person Learning Update, presented at the February 9 Board of Education Meeting, includes the latest progress on SFUSD’s efforts to prepare for in-person learning. Learn about:

    • Updates to the instructional plan

    • Testing and vaccination policies and efforts

    • Facilities and Department of Public Health site inspections

    • Communication resources for students and families  

  • African American Honor Roll: Tonight (February 16th) the following Argonne students will be inducted into the SFUSD African American Honor Roll:

  • Jordan Collins, 4th Grade

  • Miles Middleton, 4th Grade

  • Daeonni Spears, 5th Grade

These students have been selected for their hard work, leadership in class, and the support they’ve given their classmates. We are very proud and honored to have them represent the Argonne Community!

  • Amazing Book Resource! Ms. Parker would like to share Haskins Global Literacy Hub's curated children's book list. It is a collection of children's book titles recommended by many well-known literacy experts. Books are organized by developmental reading stages and each book's cover redirects you to local library branches and purchasing options. If you have any questions about reading levels, please email Ms. Parker at 

  • Save the Date for CASP’s Virtual Lunar New Year Celebration: Please join us in celebrating the Lunar New Year with the Argonne Chinese After School Program (CASP) on Friday, February 26th, 5:30-6:30pm, via Zoom. The virtual celebration is sure to add festivities and good fortune to your home in 2021! Looking forward to seeing how our CASP students pay tribute to the Lunar New Year! RSVP for the virtual Lunar New Year Celebration here. 

  • Please join me in congratulating Ms. Thayer on her retirement! Ms. Thayer began her career in SFUSD in August 1998. She taught at Starr King and Sutro before landing at Argonne in July 2003. While at Argonne she has taught multi-age 2nd/3rd grade, looping 2nd/3rd, and a straight 3rd grade. Ms. Thayer has always focused on community building and critical thinking, and I believe it’s what makes her such a special educator and strong educational leader at Argonne. Starting out as a teacher, she was looking forward to working with children, little did she know that 23 years later her impact on her colleagues, students, and families would make her an Argonne star! We will certainly miss having Ms. Thayer at Argonne, but we wish her the best in retirement life!

  • February Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Focus: Each month we are focusing school-wide on a different theme aimed at supporting our students’ social and emotional growth. This month we are looking closely at Empathy. All students will receive an in-class lesson with Ms. Wang, our School Social Worker, as well as weekly posts on Wellness Wednesdays connected to the month’s theme. Teachers will also be reinforcing the theme in classroom meetings and conversations throughout the month. Please take some time to explore Ms. Wang’s February Empathy Bitmoji classroom

  • Pandemic-EBT: California is getting ready to issue Pandemic-EBT (P-EBT) benefits for the 20-21 school year. Eligible families can receive a P-EBT card with funds to purchase food while school buildings are closed.

    • To receive P-EBT, review the following before February 22:

  1. Ensure your children are eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. If you haven’t already, update your household income information online by submitting the Multipurpose Family Income Form. 

  2. Ensure your mailing address is correct. Check which address you have on file or update it by completing the Emergency Card form online in ParentVUE.

The State of California will mail cards directly to families March through June. Families do not need to apply. Benefits have recently been increased by 15% and will include any August and September funds not received. Like school meals, P-EBT is available regardless of citizenship status and is not considered a “public charge.” 

Note: All students enrolled in Community Eligibility Provision schools, receiving CalFresh or CalWORKs, or who are homeless, migrant, or foster, are automatically eligible and do not need to submit the Multipurpose Family Income Form. Please ensure your mailing address is correct!

  • SFUSD in the News: One way to stay up-to-date and in the know, is to subscribe to “SFUSD in the News” by clicking here. Signing up gives you quick access to all the current news articles regarding SFUSD.

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