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Principal Message Week # 3
Posted 9/10/20

 

PRINCIPALS MESSAGE WEEK #3

Dear Mattos Community,

 

I am pleased to announce that Principal Guerrero will be returning to Mattos on Monday, September 28.  She is looking forward to working with staff, students, and parents during the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. 

 

Although staff is eager to invite students, parents, and community members back to school, the current conditions prevent that from occurring for the foreseeable future.  Therefore, more than ever before, it is important for students, teachers, and parents to work together to make distance learning a success for every child.

What staff is doing to support children during distance learning:

  • Providing Chromebooks for every family that requested one for home use.
  • Providing live, daily academic direct instruction and opportunities to support academic achievement and social emotional support.
  • Providing opportunities for students to engage in daily practice in subjects that all students need to have for their grade level.
  • Providing an instructional school day that is similar to what would have occurred during in-person instruction.
  • Assigning grades to students based on their participation and work completed.
  • Providing Science, Computer, and PE instruction.
  • Providing counseling and other specialized supports for students based on their individual needs.
  • Providing ongoing communication from teachers to parents.
  • Providing free or reduced cost meal programs.
  • Regularly communicating with families.
  • Taking daily attendance to insure that students are in class and prepared to learn.

What can families do to support their child during distance learning:

  • Staying positive about Distance Learning. We know this is a challenge, but if adults remain positive it goes a long way for children to stay motivated.
  • Establishing a regular sleep schedule for your child - 10 to 12 hours per night - so that they can be ready for online, direct instruction from their teacher each day.
  • Monitoring and helping your child as needed to complete and turn in assignments.
  • Providing a quiet place for your child to access online instruction every day.
  • Having your child log-in on time and remain engaged with the teacher until the end of the school day.
  • Having your child read (or be read to) at least 20 minutes per day.
  • Reading all communications sent home to parents by the classroom teacher.
  • Communicating with your childs teacher when you have questions or concerns.
  • Scheduling all appointments after the school day.
  • Checking the Mattos web page every week for updates from the school and the Fremont Unified School District.

Working together, practicing patience, remaining positive, and adapting to unforeseen challenges will make certain that students are provided a comprehensive education.  Once again, the staff would like to thank parents for their continued support and patience as the school year moves ahead.

 

 

BACK-TO-SCHOOL NIGHT

Back-to-School Night will be held on Tuesday, September 15 from 6:30-8:00 pm   It is a minimum day for students in grades 1-5 so school hours will be from 8:25-1:25.  All Kindergarten students will attend AM classes just like Wacky Wednesdays.

 

  • Beginning at 6:25 pm, parents will log-in to the Zoom meeting to hear comments by interim principal, Jim Hough, followed by a PTA meeting facilitated by PTA President, Nora Morales.  Use the link below for this option:

 

https://zoom.us/j/98798011903?pwd=dGpkTTF4Sm0xcEp1UXVKSzN5QitJZz09

Meeting ID:   987 9801 1903

Passcode:      Mattos

 

  • Beginning at 6:55 pm, parents will log-in to their childs teachers classroom to attend a Zoom meeting.  Log-in information will be provided by your childs teacher.  BE SURE YOU KNOW THE LOG-IN INFORMATION BEFORE TUESDAY EVENING SO YOU CAN SUCCESSFULLY JOIN THE TEACHERS PRESENTATION.

 

  • 7:00 - 7:30  All classroom teachers will make a presentation

 

  • 7:30 - 8:00  Teachers will repeat their presentation for parents who have students in multiple classes

Thank you in advance for participating.  The teachers are looking forward to presenting to you on September 15.

 

DISTANCE LEARNING PROTOCOLS

As we move into a new full distance learning model this year, its important for parents/guardians and their families to understand and respect the legal aspects pertaining to students, teachers, and staff.  Listed below are the protocols for use during Distance Learning in the Fremont Unified School District. 

 

Student Confidentiality

  • All students have the right to confidentiality, which extends to distance learning.
    • Exception: By law, staff members are mandated reporters and required to report suspected child abuse, as well as safety concerns related to danger of self and to others.

 

  • To the extent possible, all students should remain in a confidential setting while viewing in-classroom teaching.

 

  • Per Education Code 51512, it is illegal to record teachers and/or students. This is a violation of student and staff privacy. Any person, other than a pupil, who willfully violates this section shall be guilty of a misdemeanor. Any pupil violating this section shall be subject to appropriate disciplinary action.

 

Student Interaction ONLY

  • In-classroom teaching is for the personal use of the student ONLY for the sole purpose of distance learning.

 

  • Parents/guardians and family members should not interact during a live session or class with a teacher. If they need to communicate with their students teacher, they must go through the proper channels and schedule a meeting.

 

Academic Integrity

  • FUSD places a high value on academic integrity and honesty. Students are expected to use only the resources and references allowed by their teachers in completing assignments and assessments.

 

  • While collaborative work with other students is often encouraged and acceptable, students must follow teacher directions when told to work independently.

 

  • Students who cheat on assignments or assessments will be penalized.

 

Student Dress Code and Behavior

  • Students should keep to the dress code as they would in a physical classroom, and avoid inappropriate clothes during a live session.

 

  • The District has the right to monitor behavior, identify bullying, and set expectations for good behavior while using these platforms.

 

  • The District may use audio or video recordings when investigating possible inappropriate behavior. The classroom teacher may record the class session for re- teaching or coaching purposes.

 

Visiting the School Site

Our school sites are closed to the public but there may be instances when the site administrator will contact you or students to come to the site. In order to follow health and safety guidelines provided by the Alameda County Public Health Department (ACPHD) and California Department of Public Health (CDPH), we ask that all visitors who are invited to the site:

 

  • Maintain a social distance of six feet with anyone around you. In addition, we will only allow a maximum of two visitors at a time in all school offices.

 

  • Wear face coverings at all times. Those without a face covering will not be allowed on any school property.

 

  • Limit their movement on campus to the school office only. Visitors, including parents/guardians, are not allowed to enter the school grounds or classrooms.

 

  • Adhere to the drop off/pick up schedules for packets and assignments as determined and communicated by each school site.

 

Best Practices for Students and Staff during Distance Learning

  • With an eye towards these privacy issues, we have put together the following shortlist of best practices when using distance learning platforms:

 

  • Avoid uploading sensitive, confidential, or personally identifiable information to these platforms whenever possible.

 

  • Always access these platforms from the same device (e.g., designate one computer for distance learning; do not use multiple computers or devices).

 

  • Regularly clear your internet history, including your browsing history, cache, and cookies.

 

  • Do not share your login credentials or meeting links with anyone.  Use an advertisement blocking program while accessing these platforms.

 

SCHOOL-HOME COMMUNICATIONS

Information from Mattos School or the Fremont Unified School District will be communicated via the schools web page at: https://mattos.fremont.k12.ca.us/.  Your childs teacher will share with you how to contact them if you should have any questions during the school year.

 

If you are not receiving communication via email from Mattos School:

  • Check your spam folder to allow access to our information
  • Contact the office via email (ewhalley@fusdk12.net or cytuarte@fusdk12.net and include your childs first/last name and their current teachers name so we can make a correction on the email address we have on record

 

MATTOS OFFICE HOURS

The office will be open virtually Monday-Friday from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm.  If you need in person assistance please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net to schedule an in person appointment. 

 

For any other questions or concerns please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net or  cytuarte@fusdk12.netQuestions regarding attendance should be sent to cytuarte@fusdk12.net

 

Emails will be answered within 24 hours during the work week.

ABSENCE AND TARDY POLICY

Nothing can replace learning time with the classroom teacher.  However, if your child is too sick to participate in distance learning, please call the office at:

 

  • 510-793-1359 Extension #7 to leave a message, or
  • Email Ms. Ytuarte, Office Assistant at: cytuarte@fusdk12.net

Any absence not reported could be considered truancy.

SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL

The School Site Council is comprised of parents, teachers, classified staff and the principal. The SSC makes important decisions about our school programs and budgets. If you’d like an opportunity to be involved please sign up in the Main Office.

 

The SSC Officers are determined by community vote and we want all community members who are interested in running for SSC and attending the monthly meetings if elected to have an opportunity to be involved.

 

All community members may attend meetings which are posted and advertised.

 

The deadline for applying to be a SSC Office is Wednesday September 16, 2020.  Please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net if you are interested.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

INTERESTED IN BEING A PART OF THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ACQUISITON COMMITTEE?The English Language Acquisition Committee or ELAC is comprised of parents of English Language Learners, teachers, and the principal. ELAC examines data for English Learners, reviews our programs to advise on improvements, advises the SSC and works directly with the school to improve services to English Learners. ELAC officers are determined by community vote and we want all community members who are interested in running for office and attending the monthly meetings if elected to have an opportunity to be involved.

All community members may attend meetings which are posted and advertised.

The deadline for applying for ELAC is Wednesday, Sept. 16, 2020.  Please email ewhalley@fusdk12.net if you are interested.

 

 

PTA REFLECTIONS

The National PTA Reflections Art Contest takes place again this coming school year, and Mattos Elementary is proud to be a part of it.

The theme for 2020-2021 is: 

"I Matter Because..."

Think about the theme. Then select a category:

    * Film/Video Production

    * Dance Choreography 

    * Photography 
    * Musical Composition

    * Visual Arts

    * Literature

Entries are reviewed at a Local, Regional, State and National levels, and will be judged primarily on how well the student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme, originality and creativity.

If you have any questions please email mattosreflections2018@gmail.com

 

PTA Reflections will be completely virtual this year.  The entry link will be posted soon.