Argonne Family Letter from the Principal, 2/5/21
Fri, Feb 5 9:43pm

Dear Argonne Families,

February is Black History Month! This is a great time to highlight and celebrate the heroes and heroines of the Black History, however to truly uplift the history and voices of Black people, Black History must be celebrated every day! I encourage you to check out the SFUSD Black History Month Resource Guide and blog for ways you can explore Black history with your family. 

I’d also like to acknowledge our Argonne students that will be inducted into the SFUSD African American Honor Roll on February 16th:

  • 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.   

In other news this week, SFUSD has made headlines for a variety of reasons. These issues are very real for our community and are surfacing many thoughts and emotions for all of us. Even with so much still unknown, I look forward to bringing our community together to begin refocusing our energy into how we can best serve our students when we return next year. As we gear up for school planning, there is a lot of work happening behind the scenes to prepare us to collaborate as a community. I want to send out a huge thank you to our SSC, ELAC, and PTO committees for your extra hours in support of this endeavor!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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:

    • The engagement and orientation process for reopening Argonne has been initiated. In collaboration with the District, I am working to identify spaces appropriate for hybrid learning and determining safe student and staff entry paths and traffic flow through the building.  

    • Argonne continues to be physically prepared for reopening through the Facilities department (for example, plexi-glass partitions have been installed at the front desk of the Main Office). 

    • During the first week of March, I will participate in a walk-through of the school building with the Department of Public Health and our Asst. Superintendent and Director. 

    • SFUSD is working with labor partners to prepare for a safe return to in-person learning.  Read the latest bargaining updates from February 1 and January 29 here.

    • Given new public health guidelines and information, SFUSD must now find a provider for student and staff COVID-19 asymptomatic testing. To this end, SFUSD has posted a request for proposals.

    • SFUSD In-Person Phase 2A Registration Survey Results: Of the 80% of Phase 2A families we’ve heard from regarding in-person learning, 57% have said they prefer to send their child to in-person and 43% have said they prefer to stay in distance learning. The district is using this information to plan with site leaders. More information about survey results is available in this recent Board of Education presentation, beginning on slide 7.

    • Superintendent Dr. Matthews and Board of Education President Lopez issued a statement in response to an announcement that San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera is suing the SF Board of Education and SFUSD related to in-person learning. 

  • 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.

  • 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

  • “State of the School” Planning Community Meeting #1: On Tuesday, February 9th from 6:00-7:30pm, please join me in our first school planning Community Meeting. In this meeting, we will orient ourselves to the school planning process, learn about our upcoming community survey, and discuss some general areas of focus as we look ahead to next year. 

  • 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!

Upcoming Dates: