Update from the Principal

May 30, 2020

Dear Canyon Community,

We are approaching the conclusion of the historic 19-20 school year.  Remember in the start of the year when we thought the PSPS power shut downs were our biggest problem? Whew!  I continue to be impressed by the grace and fortitude our entire community has demonstrated in the face of all of this upheaval and complexity.  

Thank you to the graduation committee: Maggie Harper, Darin Chin, Heather Cantero, Alice Lancefield, Jamie Riley, Kelley Westling, Sonya Wilson, Denise Schwab, Lola Leeds, Esperanza Surls, Gloria Faircloth and I am sure more people that I am forgetting!!

Thank you to Sonya and Maggie for arranging the Drive By Celebration on June 7th.

Teachers will be in touch about end of year information.  They have all been working on end of year performances which will be available to stream next Thursday.  

Town Hall Meeting:

I’d like to have a Virtual Town Hall Meeting on Tuesday night so that I can explain what I know about the process toward reopening in the fall.  I plan to present an overview and then take questions. Contact the school if you need the link.

Picking up from school:

We have received the chrome books for the K12 class! We just need to install site licenses and we will be able to arrange for pick up for K12 families.  I was able to get most of the books from Great Good Place for Books.  I will send a separate email re: your child’s book selection (so you know if your book has arrived).  I know many of you have items you’d like to come to get.  I will send an email as soon as books and chrome books are ready.  When you would like to go get your child’s belongings, please call the school in the morning to arrange a time with Ramona.  You may also email her.  She is there most mornings.

Volunteer Opportunity:

Do you live with a group of people who would be able to move furniture out of a classroom?  We need to get the furniture moved into the Multipurpose room, as we do every summer, so we can wax the floors.  In the past we have had a lot of volunteers at one time but that obviously can’t work this year.  Please let me know if your household may have enough big people to move a classroom’s worth of furniture and we can arrange for a day for that to happen.  THANK YOU!

Activism Opportunity:

Rena would like to organize a caravan to attend the Justice for George Floyd and Breonna Taylor event sponsored by the anti police-terror project.  Contact her if you are interested.  That protest is Sunday (tomorrow!) at 2 pm in Oakland  (socially distanced because everyone stays in their cars).

Community Connectedness:

Heather cantero expressed an interest in caravaning with others for the drive by Parade.  Contact her if you are interested.


8th Grade Drive-by Celebration, 

Sunday, June 7th drive-by between 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm. 

(see email for locations) 

Honk, Beep, Yell, Wave, Clap & Cheer the Canyon School 8th Grade Graduates of 2020! 

(Just stay socially distant 🙂


Please join us as we celebrate Ruby, Madison, Owen, and Sebastian’s big day. We will be driving by three locations where the graduates will be stationed to receive your well wishes.

Drive-by between 4:00 – 5:00 pm 

to show your love and support!

Actual Graduation will be Thursday, June 11th at 7 PM via Zoom, ALL are encouraged to attend!  We will send out a link that week or you can email Lucia or Ramona (if you don’t get it that week).