A Message from the Principal

by Lucia Sullivan on 04/10/2019

Hi Folks,

I hope everyone had a wonderful spring break. As you know, after spring break time seems to move at a much faster pace. So, let me share a few items with you as May and June are right around the corner!

As you know, a dedicated band of parents has been hard at work planning the Luau as our big spring fundraiser on Saturday, April 27th. Perhaps you have seen the gorgeous posters and cards? If you purchase tickets before 4/19 there is a significant discount! Prior to 4/19 you can get TWO tickets for $100. After that they are $65 each and $75 at the door. Tickets include food, entertainment and a drink! There will also be an auction. Contact Lola if you have something wonderful to donate!

There is also a raffle to support the school. Kids went home today with raffle tickets to sell. The prize is a brand new ipad! Tickets are $10 each. If each family sells their 20 tickets it’ll make $11,000 for the school! Let’s do this!

State testing will start Tuesday, April 30th. We were going to start next week but decided to push it back a bit. Students in grades 3-8 participate in testing in ELA and math. Students in grades 5 and 8 also have science testing. Here at Canyon, we try not to make state testing overly important. It is a snapshot of your child’s academic performance on a given day. In the aggregate the data is helpful at the county and state level as it reveals patterns of performance that may indicate needs for support in certain areas. For your children, it should feel like an opportunity to wrestle with challenges and show what they know!

You have a legal right to opt your child out of state testing. If you wish to do so, you need to provide a letter in writing indicating this wish. My advice is to just do the testing (but not make a huge deal about it). Kids will be taking online entrance exams for college and graduate school; they might as well get used to them. The most important thing you can do is just make sure they are well rested. State testing is currently scheduled for April 30th, May 2nd, May 7th, May 9th and makeups the following week. Typically we start first thing in the morning and let them take as long as they need to finish each day. Students in K12 do NOT participate in any state testing.

Sex Ed will be starting as well: May 7, 9, 14 and 16. All students in grades 5-8 will participate unless you send a written letter exempting your child. Students in grades 5 and 6 will meet together. Their program mostly focuses on the changes of puberty and self care (like understanding body odor, menstruation, etc). Students in grades 7 and 8 will meet together and have their questions about sexual health answered in a scientific and non-judgemental manner.

Please know that if you request an ISP, your child must complete the assigned work. Our auditor reads each ISP and checks for complete work. If the student does not complete the assignments, we do not get credit for the day.

We have replaced the urinal in the boys’ bathroom. There is still concern from our maintenance person and cleaning person that the boys are not very accurate. If you have a child who uses the urinal, could you possibly discuss urinal etiquette with them? Encourage accuracy.

May 30th is scheduled to be our Open House/Science night. Misty and I are teaming up to try out a fundraising dinner prior to the event. We are thinking of an easy meal that could be served from 5:30-6:45 so that parents coming straight from work could just arrive at aftercare and stay and get an easy dinner prior to the evening. If you would like to help, please let me know! We thought that if this works it could be an efficient regular fundraiser before women’s history night or other non-performance evenings.

Community notes——————————————–
Lily shared that her parents will be bringing their umiak down from Washington this summer to participate in a native canoe journey. More information can be found at the website below. This California canoe journey is timed to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the occupation of Alcatraz. Lily thought some of you might be interested in this event happening locally in August.
https://www.canoejourney2019.com

Calendar:
4/09 Board Meeting
4/19 Activated Story Theater
4/27 Luau night @ school
4/30 & 5/02 ELA state testing grades 3-8
5/02-03 K12 camping trip
5/07 & 5/09 math state testing
5/07 & 5/09 Sex Education for grades 5-8
5/14 & 5/16 Sex Education for grades 5-8
5/14 & 5/16 makeups for state testing
5/14 Board Meeting
5/18 Pancake breakfast at the school
5/18-28 Costa Rica trip for 8th graders
5/23 Sausalito Kayak trip for grades 5, 6 & 7
5/27 Memorial Day, no school
5/30 Science fair
5/31 Kindergarten Orientation
6/06 spring performances
6/11 All School Picnic @ Cull Canyon
6/12 Graduation* (note date change)
6/14 last day of school, minimum day