A Message from the Principal

by Lucia Sullivan on 05/19/2020

Dear Canyon Community,

I want to thank you for your partnership during this very challenging time.  We have three 1/2 more weeks left in the 2019-2020 school year.  The kids have done a fabulous job!  This is the homestretch.

Technology
I am working on getting additional computers for K12.  I have ordered some as part of a larger order managed by the Contra Costa County Office of Education which were back ordered, but should be coming shortly.  I am also accessing channels through the CA Dept of education to get chrome books and wifi hotspots.  I will contact people about distribution as soon as I receive equipment.  If you are planning to leave Canyon school at the end of the year, please contact me about returning your equipment.

Survey Data
Twenty three families participated in the Mid-May Distance Learning Feedback survey.  I made a screencastify to show the data.  watch the video here

Personal Items
We will be creating a schedule for students/families to come gather any personal items from the building.  Information will be forthcoming.

Board Subcommittees
The Canyon School Board will be starting subcommittee working groups to help research and plan the next phases.  There will be three distinct groups.  Would you like to help out?  Please let me know which subcommittee you’d like to work with.
1. safety/operations (recommendations for cleaning protocols, social distancing, addressing CDC guidelines for safe return)
2. curriculum/planning (look into resources available, scheduling, gathering and utilizing volunteers, online materials, workload)
3. finance/fundraising (analyze and interpret information coming from the state about budget forecasts and/or strategize about fundraising for the school through CEF/CATSS)

Sex Ed
Great news! We will be providing puberty education (grades 5 and 6) and sex ed (grades 7 and 8) through a local service provider: www.BirdandBee.org   CATSS has graciously offered to cover the costs.  Thank you CATSS!

Books
36 Families have responded to the opportunity to request a book.  Kathleen, from Great good Place for Books plans to go in and grab titles on Wednesday.  If you have not already done so, PLEASE fill out your child’s request.  We are purchasing one book for each child.  

Special Education, learning and mental health concerns
Parents have expressed concerns about their children’s work, learning and mental health during the pandemic shutdown.  Concerns about the mental health impacts of isolation and disconnection are well documented. I also recognize that parents are frustrated by trying to teach their children.  I completely understand!  My children don’t like getting academic help from me either, and I am a professional educator.  This is an extremely challenging situation! For those of you struggling to work with your kids at home, I empathize.  I know it is causing some of you to worry. We are not able to conduct any sort of special education testing under the current quarantine situation.  I am so sorry as I recognize this causes concern for some.

Principal’s “coffee”
I would like to host some informal meetings to allow parents the opportunity to check in, ask questions and just generally be in community.  I will try the first one Thursday morning at 9 am for anyone who would like to chat at that time. I’ll plan another one in the evening next week.

Spring Events
We will be having spring performances online.  Details will be forthcoming.  We will be hosting an online graduation on June 11th at 7 pm.  Plans for fifth and second grade moving on ceremonies are in the works. We would love for you all to be a part of that! Right now the 8th graders should be heading off to Costa Rica to do Outward Bound! If you have an idea for how we can provide them with a compensatory experience or a virtual welcome back tunnel, please let me know!

The Future
I know you are all wondering about next year.  The Canyon School Board and I are closely monitoring all of the information coming from the state and local Health Department. As soon as we have a better idea, I will share that information with you.

I miss you all terribly and welcome the thought of seeing you all in person sometime soon.  If there are other topics you are wondering about, please let me know!
Warmly,Lucia