Family Welcome Back Letter from the Principal
Fri, Aug 13 5:52pm

Dear Argonne Elementary Families,

Welcome back to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope everyone has had a safe and restful break. Summer Session gave us the opportunity to get to know each other and begin to learn classroom routines. Next week will be the start, or in our case at Argonne- the restart of a new year. After more than a year of distance learning and a partial return to school, I’m especially excited for us to embrace this year as we reconnect and welcome our whole community- our students, our staff, and our families with love. 

We also recognize that COVID and the related concerns are still with us, and elementary students have not yet had the opportunity to be vaccinated. Because of this we are prioritizing the safety of our students and staff and asking that our community follow the guidelines below when you come to our campus:

  • We ask that everyone arrive wearing a mask and keep them on while on school grounds.

  • Follow universal precautions like hand washing and hand sanitizing throughout the day.

  • If you are not feeling well, please stay home and contact the school. 

Our goal is not a “return to normal” or to pre-pandemic school life, but rather a restorative restart of a school community and educational program that is student centered, equity driven, and responsive to our current context.

Student centered: a supportive academic and relational environment where students get the support they need to grow in knowledge, ability, and sense of self

Equity driven: adults in the system work to ensure “equally high outcomes for all by removing the predictability of failure or success that currently correlates with any racial, social, economic, or cultural factor.”

Responsive to our current context: Students have learned, teachers have taught, staff has supported students and families, and families have supported their children in different ways during the last two school years. While we continue to move forward in the midst of a pandemic, we are also all in a society impacted by white supremacy culture, climate change, and ongoing racial and economic violence. Our teaching and learning must address our context in developmentally appropriate, healing ways in service of the change we want for our students and ourselves.

Change and uncertainty can be tricky to navigate, and anxiety is a big part of our shared experience right now. But, I know we all want to make a strong start to the year, and that we will make adjustments along the way in response to new health information and the academic and social emotional needs of our students. I also know that our Argonne community is full of love- and love is all you need. 

What I try to tell young people is that if you come together with a mission, and it's grounded with love and a sense of community, you can make the impossible possible. -John Lewis

With Love and In Community, 

Ms. Catingub

 

First Day of Regular Session Logistics

Arrival:

  • We encourage our families to walk to school or take public transportation. 

  • If you are driving, arrive in plenty of time to find parking. Please park and walk to the school. DO NOT PARK IN BUS ZONES ON CABRILLO. At this time, we do not have Stop, Drop, and Go curbside support for car drop-offs and pick up. 

  • The school day starts at 7:50am sharp, so plan to come a few minutes early. The yard will be supervised starting at 7:35 am. 

  • Breakfast is provided in the cafeteria starting at 7:30am.

  • Students may not play on the structure. 

  • When students arrive, they will be asked to find their homebase area for our Clap-In morning assembly. Students will meet their teachers on the yard- look for a sign with your child’s teacher’s name and room number.

  • At this time, to ensure community safety, Clap-In will occur on Mondays for all students, K-5. 

    • On Tuesdays - Fridays, K-3rd grade students will meet their class and teacher in their designated class areas. Look for cones with classroom teacher names. 

    • On Tuesdays - Fridays 4th and 5th graders may walk directly to their classrooms, as they did in the summer. 

  • If you’re staying for Clap-In, we ask that adults stand on the yard along the fence. We also ask that adults not walk into the building with classes.

Dismissal:

  • School ends at 2:05pm every day except Wednesday, when it ends at 12:50pm

  • As in the morning, we do not have Stop, Drop, and Go at this time. We ask families to walk to school to pick up your child or park and walk in. PLEASE DO NOT DOUBLE PARK and DO NOT PARK IN THE BUS ZONE ON CABRILLO. 

  • Kindergarten students may be picked up at the Kindergarten Yard on 18th Ave. 

  • Teachers will walk 1st-5th graders out to the Main Yard to a designated dismissal zone. Please see the map attached. 

  • Adults picking up students may walk to the designated areas to pick up their children. 

  • We ask parents and caregivers to clear the yard quickly to allow for our after school programs to begin. 

  • Students in CASP, TRNC, and YMCA will walk to their check-in locations.

  • The Cabrillo Gate will only be used by students accessing the busses. 

  • If you are picking up your child- please only use the 17th Ave Gate. 

Additional Reminders:

  • If you are sending your child with a snack or lunch, keep in mind our district and school healthy foods guidelines and choose alternatives to soda, candy, or chips. Also, we are asking that all families avoid sending nuts and nut products as we have several students with severe nut allergies. 

  • The beginning of the school year is always a busy transition—and often an emotional one. A good night’s sleep, a healthy breakfast, and a few encouraging words will go a long way towards providing children (and adults!) a positive experience during the first days of school. 

Introductions:

This new school year, we welcome many new Argonne faces joining our Argonne Wolfpack!

In our classrooms we welcome:

Joining our Paraeducator team, we welcome:

  • Christina Rankin

  • Passion Anderson

  • Pen Kim

Joining our Specialist and Enrichment teachers, we welcome:




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