eNews & Notes - June 25, 2021

eNews & Notes - June 25, 2021
Posted on 06/25/2021
eNews & Notes - June 25, 2021

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A Moment with Doc Ervin


Superintendent Doc Ervin shares tried and true tips to help families promote learning during the summer break.



Future in Focus

Quick tips, brief updates, and reminders about what’s coming up to help families, employees, and our community make the most of our schools.

SBHS Alumni and Minnessota Vikings’ Running Back to Hold Local Camp
Join current Minnesota Viking and former San Bernardino High running back Alexander Mattison as he teams up with the NFL Play 60 to host his version of Friday Night Lights football camp at San Bernardino High School. The NFL Play 60 is on Friday, July 2 beginning at 1 p.m. and is designed to educate, encourage, and empower youth grades first through sixth while teaching them the proper skills and techniques from Alexander and other current NFL athletes. A 5 p.m. Camp is for grades seventh through twelfth and will allow athletes to shine under the lights, as Alexander will provide them with an NFL-style combine and skills camp.

Mattison Camp

The IAM GIFTED football camps are free of charge and open for all local youth ages six and up. For more information and to sign up to attend, please visit www.AthletesforLife.org or call (888) 675-8884.


Join Our Virtual Parent Support Groups
Are you a parent or family member who’s worried about your child returning to school in person in August? How do you feel about the state lifting COVID-19 restrictions and life going back to a new normal?

If you’re concerned about this or other issues related to supporting your child through another impactful change related to returning to school in person, consider signing up for the Summer SBCUSD Virtual Parent Support Groups, offered by the Family Engagement Center. Register to participate in meetings twice a month by registering here. Once you register, a Family Engagement team member will contact you with more information.

Citizens' Oversight Committee Now Seeking Members
Facilities Management is seeking a few good people to serve on the Citizens' Oversight Committee (COC).

State law requires that a Citizens' Oversight Committee be established when bond initiatives are passed. Members of the Citizens' Oversight Committee are community leaders appointed by the Board of Education to ensure that bond funds are spent in accordance with bond language. Members serve a two-year term.

If you know of a parent, PTA/PTO member of a District school, grandparent, business bember in San Bernardino, or any San Bernardino resident who is interested in serving on the committee, please notify David Sierra by emailing David.Sierra@sbcusd.com or calling (909) 388-6100.

Interested applicants can view application requirements as well as the past activities of the COC by visiting the Facilities website at sbcusdfacilites.com.

Click the link below to access the Citizens' Oversight Committee Membership Application: (http://sbcusdfacilities.com//coc/governing/appforappoint14.pdf)

Here’s a list of vacancies that need to be filled:
2 – Business Community Representatives
1 – Active Parent District Support Organization or PTA
1 – Parent Representative
2 – At-large Representative
1 – Active Member of a Senior Citizen Group


Highlights of the Week

Highlights of key news from the week that will help you stay in the know.

Board of Education Fulfills Promise to Class of 2020
With much pomp and circumstance, about 800 members of the Class of 2020 finally celebrated their high school graduation on Friday, June 18 during a momentous ceremony held at Glen Helen Amphitheater.

The graduation, which included graduates from every District high school donning caps and gowns in their school colors, was held one year late due to strict COVID-19 restrictions that were in place in June 2020. At that time, the SBCUSD Board of Education promised the Class of 2020 they would get a chance to walk across the stage to earn their diploma.

2020 Graduation

“It’s never too late to celebrate a hard-earned accomplishment,” said Board President Dr. Gwendolyn Dowdy-Rodgers. “Our Board of Education made a promise and we kept our word to this class and their families, who waited a whole year to celebrate this milestone.”

Face Coverings in Schools Update - In Case You Missed It
California reopened its economy on June 15, easing restrictions that had been in place during COVID-19. However, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has stated that masks are required for everyone indoors in K-12 schools and other youth settings, regardless of vaccination status.

SBCUSD’s indoor face mask requirements for students and employees, as well as other safety measures, will remain in place until we receive further guidance from CDPH. Masks will no longer be mandatory outdoors on District campuses, however social distancing is still required.

We await further updates from CDPH and CDC in the coming days and weeks, which we will pass along to you in this newsletter and on social media.

Arroyo Valley and Cajon Make History by Reaching CIF Baseball Finals
For the first time in the school’s history, Arroyo Valley High School (AVHS) made it to the CIF finals.

Arroyo Valley and Cajon High School Logs

The AVHS Hawks beat top-seeded Hesperia Christian 3-0 in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 semifinal game, meaning the team advanced to the finals against Lancaster on Friday, June 18 at Blair Field in Long Beach.

Blair Field also hosted the Cajon High School Cowboys last week for the CIF Southern Section Division 5 finals.

“San Bernardino City Unified School District (SBCUSD) is proud to have two schools advance to the CIF finals in baseball,” said Ginger Ontiveros, executive director of Community Engagement/Communications/Community Relations. “These athletes are especially deserving considering the unusual circumstances they faced on the field and in the classroom during the COVID crisis.”

Read more newspaper coverage here.

Free COVID-19 Testing for Staff, Students and Families
COVID-19 testing sites are being held throughout the San Bernardino community. Results are usually sent back to the individual within 24 hours. Find out more here.

New School Principals Named
Congratulations to the three new elementary school principals appointed earlier this month by the Board of Education. They are:

Ernesto Calles - Cypress Elementary
Christina Tesmer - Bradley Elementary, and
Chris Tickell - Henry Elementary

Look in future editions of eNews & Notes to learn more about these new principals and their leadership.


In the Spotlight

SBCUSD to Launch ParentSquare to Streamline Communication and Engagement
Starting this coming school year, SBCUSD will debut ParentSquare, a secure, all-in-one communication tool designed to keep parents, families, teachers, and employees connected to everything happening in our District and schools.

ParentSquare Artwork

Communicating easily and without delay is more important now than ever, said Executive Director Ginger Ontiveros, who is spearheading the ParentSquare roll out that will provide employees and families with a secure, single digital platform for all updates from SBCUSD, schools, classrooms, and school groups. And families will have easier access to communicate with their children’s teachers, school, and District announcements. ParentSquare includes alerts, tools for confirming participation in conferences and events, the ability to send messages back to teachers and administrators in English and Spanish, and more.

“We’re empowering our stakeholders to stay connected and informed,” Ontiveros said. “This will strengthen our engagement, especially during emergencies or when it’s necessary to reach families quickly with important information.”

Used by school districts nationwide, ParentSquare provides a comprehensive yet simple-to-use communications solution for both parents and school staff by approaching school-to-home communication needs holistically, instead of piece by piece. Typically, families and school staff are expected to navigate multiple platforms and apps in order to communicate within their school and District, whether it’s for District announcements, attendance, forms, surveys, sign-ups or daily classroom communications.

ParentSquare unifies those communications in a single platform and product. It can be accessed via phones, laptops, tablets, and desktops. Once the school year starts on August 2, SBCUSD will provide families with guidance in registering for ParentSquare. In the meantime, you can watch a short overview video here.

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