Happy Mother's Day!
Please read these school messages, reminders and community announcements.
Reminder: California State Testing continues this week for 3rd-5th grade students. Students are encouraged to arrive on time with adequate sleep and minimize noise on campus. No morning announcements on May 13th or 20th.
Last week, two board members submitted their resignation from the Board of Trustees, effective June 19, 2019. Robert Tashjian’s letter can be found here, and Huan Phan’s letter can be found here. Both trustees have been remarkable leaders that have helped to guide our district, promote a shared vision for our growth, and lead our continued improvement. Trustee Tashjian has served our community for nine and a half years, and Trustee Phan has done the same for three and a half. I expect that we'll honor both for their service at their last board meeting on June 6.
Both trustees were elected in 2015 to a 4-year term. That same year, SB 415 was passed into state law, which required counties, municipalities, districts, and school boards in California to hold their elections on the same ballots as statewide contests in even-numbered years to promote greater voter participation. In September 2016, to comply with SB 415 and save on the costs of extra elections, the BRSSD Board voted to extend the trustee terms of the time by one year, which extended Trustee Tashjian’s term and Trustee Phan’s term from 2019 to 2020. As their letters indicate, both trustees originally planned to serve through 2019.
To begin the process of finding Trustee replacements, the Board must consider whether to make provisional appointments or call an election (per Board Bylaw 9223 and Education Code 5091 and 5093). Board President Passi and I will be adding this item to the 5/16 board meeting agenda to allow the Board to discuss these options. I will update the community on 5/17 regarding next steps.
We are continuing to improve the coordination of fundraising between SchoolForce (our non-profit foundation) and our PTAs. Looking ahead to next year, SchoolForce has agreed to greater programming commitments and teacher support to lessen the fundraising demand on PTAs and ensure the best quality program for all students TK-8. Some examples include discretionary budgets for each school to invest in teachers’ professional development and Chromebooks for K-2 grade levels as a supplement to our core literacy instruction.
In addition, our principals have identified a growing need for additional funds to provide social skills support for TK-5 students by professional counselors, which we plan to provide next year to all schools.
In order to cover these costs, I have asked SchoolForce to increase its contribution to the District for the coming school year, and it will take the participation of all families to give at the level that works for your budget. Please donate so that we can continue to support all our students at the level they deserve.
Celebrate Science and Support SchoolForce
SchoolForce has organized “Celebrate Science” events at all elementary schools as part of the ongoing support for science and STEM education in our district. For $40 (that goes directly to SchoolForce), you can bring the entire family, whether they’re enrolled in the district or not. While the children are enjoying the presentation in your school MUR, parents can catch up with friends. Please join us! We have the potential to raise $25,000 to support science and other critical programs in BRSSD schools with this fun program that allows families to connect. To purchase a ticket to this event, see details below.
Thank you for your support,
Michael Milliken, Superintendent
Walk N Roll Wednesday This Week
Walk, jog, scoot, or bike to school this week and check in to see which grade has the most participation!
Celebrate Science at RSES on Thursday, May 16th at 6:30pm! Bring the whole family and enjoy "Celebrate Science" with Mad Science!Children explore “magical” chemical potions, the wonders of dry ice, and the dynamics of air pressure. Some of the topics we investigate include: the three states of matter, a gassy taste test, a spectacular bubbling potion! Just $40 for the whole family! Click here to sign up today!
Note: Items are shared as a service to our school and are not affiliated with the District or PTA. The PTA has not reviewed the activities and services, has not conducted background checks of any individuals, and does not endorse them. Families should research these activities and services before enrolling their children.
Save the Date for "Legally Blonde, Jr." on May 17-19, 2019
Director: Caitlin Savage, Choreographer: Gary Ferguson, Vocal Director: Lisa Bock, Cast and Crew: All cast and crew are students of Ralston Middle School. Everything you will see on and behind stage will be run by the students: the actors, lights and sound, and stagehands. It’s a true team effort. Be entertained while supporting the students! Click here for more information and tickets.