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September 2020 Newsletter
Thelma Buckley
Thursday, September 10, 2020

                                                                                        September 2020


Dear San Juan Parents and Families,

As we are settling into our distance learning context, I want to reach out and make sure every San Juan Padre has the support they need to succeed. I am at San Juan every day, and my door is always open. Please feel free to call, email, or stop by and see me with any concerns or questions you may have. San Juan is your hub for community services in this challenging time, and I am here to help you.

I am sharing information on the following hot topics, so you will have the latest information to serve your needs:


We have checked out early 200 Chromebooks to our students in the first weeks of school. We currently do not have Chromebooks to share, but we have ordered more and hope to receive them in the next few weeks. Please email Librarian Martha to get on the waiting list:

Internet Hotspots

Internet hotspots have been ordered to help our families with little or no Internet connection. They are currently on backorder and not expected until October. Our district has provided mobile bus hotspots in five locations throughout our community. The buses are parked in these locations from 8:00 – 3:00 p.m. on school days. Find the location that is closest to you, and drive up with your child to access the Internet hotspot for free. Plan to park within a 300 foot radius, stay in your cars, and observe social distancing. Directions to use the hotspot are posted on the bus. Your child can access either of the two hotspots listed, the password for all bus hotspots is: schoolyear2020.





Bus Hotspot locations on school days:


San Juan:

Abbe (baseball) Park

Hacienda de Leal on the Alameda

12 Flint Road (at Highway 156)


Red Barn

Marshall’s Market


Google Classroom

Thank you to all parents who attended our Welcome to Distance Learning meetings. The recording of this meeting and the Slide presentation are posted on our school website. An informative Parent’s Guide to Google Classroom is also posted. Please review these files to become familiar with our new distance learning protocols.



We are required by the California Department of Education to take attendance daily. Your child will be marked Present if they are:

  • Visible and participating in a Google Class meeting online; or

  • Actively completing and submitting teacher-provided schoolwork at home


Learning Environment

Parents frequently ask me how they can help their child success.  The research is very strong in supporting the concept that the most successful students have parents who are actively involved in their learning. Here are some ways you can support your child’s learning:


  • Establish and maintain a consistent routine for school days

  • Provide a quiet space and time for learning

  • Help your child stay organized – a backpack is frequently the best way to keep each child’s schoolwork and supplies organized and ready to use.

  • Learn how to access Google Classroom. There is a step by step guide on our school website:
  • Review the “Stream” and “Classwork” tabs in your child’s Google Classroom to familiarize yourself with your child’s assignments and completed work.

  • Ask your child about their work, and do not accept “good” or “fine” as an answer, ask a few questions to learn how they are really doing.

  • Remind your child to ASK THEIR TEACHER if they have any school content related questions. They should not be asking you about math, language, science or any school subjects! Teachers are available from 8:00 – 3:30 every day and have office hours most days. Plan to communicate regularly!

  • Check our school website daily for current changes and updates. This is critical to stay informed in our fast changing community context:



Emergency Contact Forms

Remember to complete an Emergency Contact form for each of your children. The confidential form is available here:




I am happy to say we are again able to provide free meals to all children in the community ages 0 – 18, including baby food and formula for infants. Drive through our parking lot any school day between 11:30 – 1:00 on school days to pick up bagged breakfast/lunch meals for each child. The child does not need to be present in the car.

Library books

There are many opportunities for you to promote reading and secure great books for yourself and for your child! Reading is essential to the learning process, and readers are leaders!


  • You can check out free ebooks and audiobooks directly to your phone or other device using Overdrive, a service through the San Benito County library. Details here:

  • For the Overdrive books, you will need to download the free Libby app onto your phone or tablet. You can download the Libby app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store for Android devices.

  • Our San Benito County library also has curbside pick-up for library books, details here:
  • If you need a San Benito Library card, you can get your free library card online, details here:

  • Call the library if you have any questions: (831) 636-4107.



Happy reading! Having a family literacy time each day, when all screens are turned off and everyone reads, can be a wonderful way to engage your whole family in supporting and enjoying reading.  


Mental Health support

San Juan has mental health counselors available to support student needs. Please speak to your child’s teacher about a referral or call the office to request free individual therapeutic support. We are all in a challenging situation right now, do not hesitate to reach out for support if needed.


I can’t wait until we are all together again at San Juan School! Please let me know how I can support you during distance learning. I am at school every day, feel free to call, email, or stop by for a chat. I’m here to help, and I want to hear from you!

Best regards


Elizabeth Cord, Ed.D.