March 16, 2022 Bulletin

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE:


Dear Families,

 

As you have likely already heard, we have had very few positive COVID test pools recently.  Thank you for doing your part to keep our students and community safe!  This week, we have updated our masking protocols.  Outdoor masking is now highly recommended, but not required.  In this week’s morning meeting, I told students about this change in protocol.  Some highlights from that messaging:

 

*Students need to talk to their caregivers/families about what they would like them to do at school.  Their grown ups would let them know if it was OK to take the mask off during outdoor time (recess, lunch, PE).

 

*If students’ families are OK with taking the mask off outdoors, then students need to practice what to do with their masks so they stay clean and available for masking up inside.  Good ideas were to put on your wrist or elbow, in your pocket, in your backpack.  Bad ideas were to leave on the floor or to leave on your desk.

 

*Keep an extra mask or two in the backpack. 

 

*Be kind and respect others. There is no need to comment or question another student’s outdoor masking choice. Outdoors, we will do what works for our families and respect everyone else’s choices.  We will also be kind and respectful when we put our masks on when we return to class indoors. 

 

We continue with our other COVID mitigation strategies of indoor masking, increased hand washing and sanitizing, increased air circulation and filtration, and frequent cleaning of high traffic and high touch areas. Thank you for your continued support! 

Allies Against Racism Family Education Program

I strongly encourage all families to participate in our Allies Against Racism program.  There are 3 components of the program: asynchronous videos that families access through Clever, Livestream discussions on 3/23 and 4/6 (Zoom link), and an optional workbook to complete.  You can pick these workbooks up from the front of the office or print them out here.  Families who attend both livestream discussions will be entered into a drawing for a gift card!

Thank you for supporting our efforts to create inclusive spaces for all students and families!

Have a wonderful week!

In partnership,

Principal Cyndee 



IMPORTANT DATES

3/22 Bubb PTA General Meeting–7:30 Zoom

3/23 Allies Against Racism Module #1– 6:00pm Zoom

3/29 Spring Picture Day

4/6 Allies Against Racism Module #2– 6:00pm Zoom

4/11 to 4/15 Spring Recess--No School ALL WEEK

 

SCHOOL NEWS

Spring Picture Day

Mark your calendars! Spring Picture Day is Tuesday, March 29, 2022. Flyers and ordering forms will be sent home with students this Friday.

School Name: Benjamin Bubb Elementary School

Picture Day Date: Tuesday, March 29

Picture Day ID: EVT4PDJXN



Water Bottles

The days are getting sunny and warmer!  Be sure to send your child to school with a water bottle daily.  Because of our COVID precautions, students are not able to drink directly from our water fountains, but they are able to refill their water bottles at the fountain. Write your child’s name on the bottle so it can be returned if misplaced.



DISTRICT NEWS

Updated COVID guidelines

Due to falling case rates and updated public health guidance from the county and state, effective now, MVWSD has loosened some COVID restrictions. The most notable change is outdoor masking is recommended but will no longer be required. Masks will remain required indoors for now.  Please see this webpage and the attached infographic for more details about the changes to COVID protocols.


March Better Together Infographic

When women succeed, we all succeed. The same can be said for any of our community members who have felt the sting of marginalization or oppression. On International Women’s Day, let us appreciate all of the women and girls in our lives and the many intersecting identities that make them who they are. Let us never stop fighting for a world that is diverse, equitable, and inclusive. After all, we are #BetterTogether. Please see the graphics attached to this newsletter, or visit https://www.mvwsd.org/bettertogetherMVWSD.


The Talk: “The Culture of Success” on Mar. 16th

“Pull yourself up by your bootstraps,” is a common phrase used in American political discourse, particularly around self-reliance and emotional resilience. Today’s culture of success was built upon our ideas, beliefs, and values. However, the pandemic and resulting shifts in our daily lives have called us to reflect on our foundational beliefs about the success and emotional resilience of our children. Let's talk about it.


You are cordially invited to MVWSD’s next Roundtable event: “The Talk: The Culture of Success – Our Beliefs About Success and Emotional Resilience” on Wednesday, March 16 from 6:00 – 7:00 pm. Register at: http://mvw.sd/talk316.



Health and Wellness Parenting Tip: Belly Breathing

Our mood is influenced by physical sensations in our body. When we feel stressed, we tend to take quick and shallow breaths. By taking slow and deep breaths, we can signal our body to relax.


Watch this video to learn more about how belly breathing can help your child (or you) feel more relaxed. 


To belly breathe:


  1. Choose a comfortable position, such as sitting on a chair or laying on your back.

  2. Place one hand on your belly.

  3. Take a deep breath in through your nose while you count to four. As you breathe in, your belly should rise.

  4. Hold your breath while you count to five.

  5. Breathe out through your mouth while you count to six. As you breathe out, your belly should flatten.


You may need to repeat these steps for 5-10 minutes before you start to feel relaxed. By practicing these steps, you can learn to relax after stressful situations.


Get your tickets to the MVEF Spring Gala “The Art of Words”

Join MVEF on Saturday, April 23 for a lively evening that includes dinner, fundraising, and trivia in support of our schools.    Individual tickets are $125.  (Reduced to $110 until March 20!)  Join us from home with a single virtual login for trivia plus access to online fundraising for $50.  Find more information at https://www.mvef.org/ or https://secure.qgiv.com/event/mvefgala/ 


March CAC Announcements 

SELPA 1 CAC and the Learning Challenge Committee are your groups for special education and broader learning challenge needs. If you have questions about learning challenges and special education needs, email [email protected] or check out www.selpa1cac.org


Parent Education Event - “FINDING SUCCESS WHEN NAVIGATING CHALLENGING CONVERSATIONS" - this is an alternative dispute resolution training with help from the county SELPA

3/16 Wednesday 7:00-8:30 p.m. Register in advance for this meeting: https://sccoe.to/SELPA1CAC_ChallengingConversations. Attendees of this interactive training will be introduced to a prep-sheet that was inspired by the “Getting to Yes” workbook by Roger Fisher and William Ury. This tool has helped many IEP team members have successful meetings by preparing thinking through interests, options and bringing legitimacy to requests. It is the goal of this training that attendees will leave feeling more prepared and confident for the next IEP team meeting. To be facilitated by Purchin Consulting.


3/30 Wednesday 17-8:30 pm  Evening Let’s Talk -  IEP/504 support group. Have questions about the process to get help for your child? Have an IEP but are not sure how to make changes? Need to vent? This is your confidential group. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZYrce6qrz8vGdNbIywjg1vppQq3tHwvruYI


SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents

Join the Santa Clara County Office of Education virtually on March 24th from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.to explore future career options for your middle schooler. Parents will learn about the 15 Industry Sectors and the courses designed for career success, in addition to the Career Pathways at Santa Clara County High Schools and Community Colleges including Early College Credit. The session will be conducted in English with Spanish interpretation available. Registration for this free event: https://na.eventscloud.com/670621



MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22

Join the MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series on Tuesday, March 22nd from 7:00 - 9:00pm for Scott Schimmel’s talk, “Critical Foundations: The questions every kid must answer to build a meaningful life.” In this interactive presentation, you will learn about the critical questions every kid must answer to build the three pillars of a meaningful life- identity, purpose, and belonging, reflect on your parenting style and make adjustments to what your kid(s) need now, and put together an actionable plan to more effectively engage your kids in discussion. Register for this free event (in-person at MVHS Spartan Theater) or the Live Stream.


MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18

MVHS Ambassadors have organized an Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk on Friday, March 18th, from 5:30-7:30 pm on the MVHS Track. The walk is inspired by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention's Out of the Darkness program, and is being held to raise awareness about mental health and suicide prevention and to show community solidarity in our goal of becoming more supportive to those struggling with mental health issues. There will be speakers, performances, introductions to partnership agencies, and a lantern-lighting ceremony to close the event. Registration information: url.mvhs.io/outofdarkness


LAHS Writers Week - Community Read event

From March 15-18, Los Altos High School is holding the 37th annual Writers Week event, which brings a diverse and inspiring lineup of writers, poets, and journalists to LAHS English classrooms. This year’s Community Read features New York Times bestselling author Neal Shusterman in discussion with a panel of LAHS students about his books. This event will be held on Zoom on Wednesday, March 16 at 6 p.m. Please RSVP via this Eventbrite link to be sent the Zoom information prior to the event. Read more about our other Writers Week visiting writers here: 2022 Writers Week.


MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open

Spartans Sports Camp is proud to announce that registration for Summer Camp 2022 is now open. Camp will run Jun 13-July 29 this summer, and include sports, performing arts, and academic enrichment camps. Spartans Sports Camp is operated entirely by the MVHS Athletic Department and all proceeds go directly to support the sports programs at MVHS. For more information and registration, visit www.SpartansSportsCamp.com.

 

PTA NEWS - BubbPTA.org

 

Elect Your 2022-23 PTA Leaders on March 22

We are holding our election to appoint the leaders of the PTA for the 2022-23 school year next Tuesday, March 22 at 7:30 p.m. Please join us to cast your vote and also hear about the latest in family events, masking and Covid policies and other news that will shape the rest of the 2022 school year for you and your Bubb Cubs. REGISTER FOR THE MEETING


5 More Days to Do the Bubb Scavenger Hunt!

Bubb Families have been hunting down paws all around campus and beyond! There is still plenty of time to get in on the fun before the hunt ends this Sunday. Find out how to play, what prize you could win, and read the riddles that will help you on your quest in the updated Bubb Scavenger Hunt Flyer (English/Spanish). Additional copies are available outside the front office. Winners will be contacted via email on 3/21 and announced on the Bubb PTA Facebook page


Help Needed for Spirit Shirt Contest, Possible Walkathon and More! 

We need volunteers to help us kick off some exciting planning activities for next school year, including the Spirit Shirt design contest, Silent Auction, and yes hopefully even a Walkathon! These amazing events help our Bubb community come together with the help of parents like you! Please send an email to Rebekah Laffoon at [email protected] if you would like more information on how you can pitch in. 


Keep Bubb School Awesome!

Are you bilingual and can help translate communications and advocate for our Spanish-speaking and other families who speak English as a second language? There’s still time to put your name in the hat to serve on the Bubb PTA’s Executive Board as Language Liaison to our Spanish and/or other ESL families. Further details of this and other PTA positions are available on the Bubb PTA website and reach out to Rebekah Laffoon ([email protected]), Christina Esfehani ([email protected]) or Dylan Rivas ([email protected]) for more information. 

Incoming Kinders Google Group

Calling all parents with incoming Kinders in 2022-23! Join our Kinder Google Group: https://groups.google.com/g/bubbkinder2022/about. It’s a great way to share information and connect with other new Kinder families.

 

Follow Bubb PTA on Facebook!

Did you know that the Bubb PTA has a Facebook page? Find us on Facebook here for exclusive content and follow along to see what we're up to at Bubb School.

 

FLYERS

Updated COVID guidelines 3/15/22

March Better Together Infographic

March CAC Announcements

SCCOE Career Exploration for Middle School Parents

MVLA Parent Ed Speaker Series: Scott Schimmel, Tue. March 22

MVHS Out of the Darkness Suicide Prevention Walk: March 18

MVHS Spartans Sports Camp: Registration Open

March Lunch Menu





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