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January 2020 Parent Newsletter
Thelma Buckley
Wednesday, January 15, 2020

                January 2020


Dear San Juan Parents and Families,

Happy New Year and welcome back! I hope you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday season with your families.

As we resume school, please support your child with 100% attendance, homework support, and family reading time every night.  You can also support your child’s education through healthy nutrition and exercise, and plenty of sleep every night, so your child will be at school on time and ready to learn every day. Don’t shortchange their future by missing instruction!

As a reminder, please keep toys at home. They can be distracting, and we do not want any toys lost or broken. at school.

My door is always open, please stop by, call or email me to let me know how I can help support your student's success.


Smarter Balanced

Testing grades (3rd – 8th) are working hard through April to prepare all students for the demands they will be expected to navigate during our statewide assessment in May, prepared by the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC).

Our primary grades (K – 2) are also working hard so students can master all grade level concepts and be ready to advance to a higher grade next year. They are learning the foundational skills of reading, writing, math, and cooperative learning to ensure a successful future at San Juan School.

You can support your child’s future by providing healthy nutrition, daily reading, and adequate sleep, so they arrive on time and ready to learn every day. Every instructional day is crucial to your child’s learning. Our lessons are rigorous and it will be a disadvantage to your child to miss any time at school. Please make appointments outside of school hours, so your child can enjoy a full day of learning.

Middle School

Please welcome Ms. Donna Garcia, a teacher who will be helping us through middle school interventions. She will be working with small groups of students in the library during the mornings.


Our afterschool program has moved to room E3, to allow better access to our school facilities. They will continue to meet near the gym after school each day. Parents will pick up their YMCA students through the black gates near the front office. This change is an improvement for our YMCA students and leaders.


Safety for all students and staff is our highest priority at San Juan School.  We have already had five fire drills this year, as well as our earthquake drill held on 10/17, when we joined schools across California in The Great Shakeout. We held a Tier 3 emergency drill, including operationalizing our first aid station as we would in a real emergency. We will also hold two lock-down drills this year, one in January and one in March.


Sleepwear is not appropriate for school, and is not allowed at San Juan School, except on preapproved spirit days. This includes pajamas, slippers, and blankets.

Bully Free

San Juan is a bully-free school. We regularly review our school-wide bully-free strategy:


STOP – ask the person to Stop bothering you;

WALK – Walk away;

TALK – Speak to an adult

Part of our commitment to students is to empower each student with their own strength. Sometimes, simply asking someone to stop may work. If not, take advantage of our beautiful and extensive school grounds and walk away from anyone who is bothering you. If STOP and WALK do not work, TALK to an adult. Of course, ask for help right away if you need it.

The same STOP WALK TALK strategy also works for a child who is bullying – stop and think about what you are doing; walk away; ask an adult for help. We are committed to stopping bullying and redirecting any students who are bullying.

Save the Date

We have set a tentative date for our Fiesta Fun Run of May 16, 2020. This is an important community and cultural event, and is our largest annual fundraiser. You may want to save the date, although it is not finalized and may change. Middle School Athletics

We are beginning our winter season for middle school sports. with Girls’ Basketball and Boys’ Soccer.  Tryouts will be mid-January. Encourage your middle schooler to maintain the grades and behavior they need to be part of our after-school sports program.

Safety Patrol

Our Safety Patrol in the parking lot is composed of middle school volunteers. They have been trained and are now providing safe and visible crossing escorts for younger Padre students. Please follow the instructions of our safety patrol leaders!


For the upcoming local elections, candidates may be campaigning for votes. Like all public schools in California, we do not condone or allow any campaigning at school. However, we do not own the public streets or sidewalks along Nyland Drive or The Alameda, and cannot restrict campaigning on public property.

We also do not own the property behind the school, the driveway of which is located near our parking lot. The homeowner in this adjacent area may advertise campaign materials on their property if they so choose. This area is not under our control, and any campaign material displayed does not represent the students, staff, or families of San Juan School.

Upcoming Events (check website calendar for changes):

1/14  Recology concert

1/16  SSTs

1/16  Dual Language Immersion Parents meeting 5:30 in library 

1/17 Parent's Coffee 8:30 in Room B5

1/20 Martin Luther King Holiday (school closed)

1/21 Home & School Club 5:30 in library

1/22 – 4/29 chorus in gym (Wednesdays @ 7:30 – 8:00 a.m.

1/21 Folklorico dance resumes

Presidents’ Week 2/17 – 21/20 (no school)




Thank you,


Elizabeth Cord, Ed.D.


San Juan School