May 30, 2020
I trust all our families are doing well. We are extremely busy as we are just about completing our class curricula and winding down the school year. There is still much to do!
- Virtual Art Exhibition
Firstly, our grand Virtual Art Exhibition will be displayed on our website next week, June 5th. Please make sure to check it out and see what creative minds can accomplish even with the most basic items. Our students did such a fantastic job, and we are so proud of them! Thank you for helping your children. You have gone over and beyond your job as parents and now are able to step into our shoes as teachers too!
- Tuition for the month of June is the same
The tuition for this coming month remains at $442.50 per student and can be mailed to the school. Thank you!
- Week of June 15th is School Spirit Week
A flier will be sent out shortly with the theme of the day. We would like all our students to dress up and send pictures to their teachers so each class can compile a collage for their class stories.
- June 22nd – June 26th is the last week of school
Students will have a limited work schedule as teachers will be holding parent-teacher Zoom conferences. TK – 6th grade will get a Progress Report and Pre-K will get a Goals and Assessment Form.
- Graduation for kindergarten and 6th grade is on Wednesday, June 24th
We are considering a drive-by. More details to follow shortly.
- Summer school starts on July 6th for both preschool and elementary school
- Preschool Summer School:
Since we have been given the go-ahead to resume preschool, we will be enrolling a maximum of 40 students, 10 per class, and also offering online distance learning. The on-site fee is $700 per student, and online learning will remain at $442.50 per month per student.
**Note to preschool parents: if you haven’t emailed Ms Christina with your choice, please do so at your earliest convenience. Beginning Monday, June 1st, we will be enrolling new students. We are compiling a list of guidelines and protocols that need to be followed for reopening the preschool. As soon as it is complete, we will share it with all of you.
- Elementary Summer School:
Will continue online with an emphasis on math, language, reading, and lots of fun summer activities to boot! If the situation changes and we are allowed to have on-site summer school with a limited number of students, the fee will be $700 per student. The online fee will be $600.
- Summer registration fee (for all programs):
The fee is $25.00 per student. If you haven’t sent it yet, please do so at your earliest convenience as we have begun compiling a roster for each classroom and want to make sure every student who enrolls for summer school is on it. Thank you!
- Preschool Summer School:
- Elementary school year (2020-2021)
As the situation is still fluid, we haven’t made any permanent plans about what a school day will be like in the fall. An alternate day schedule/two-session day with online learning, longer school days, etc. are some alternatives. We will fine-tune what best suits our school and will definitely move ahead with plans to start the new school year on schedule on Monday, August 24th. We are stronger and more competent in handling all types of learning and are going to forge ahead.
That’s all the information I have to send out for the time being. Thank you, parents, for everything you have done to help us help your children. We are truly grateful!
May 21, 2020
We hope that everyone is still doing well. We are happy to report that all our students and their immediate families are healthy.
Just to update you with the latest information about the school. We will not be reopening our preschool in June as we didn’t reach our projected number we had planned on. Therefore, we will continue with distance learning for the month of June. We understand that parents are still apprehensive about leaving their children in any child care facility.
Regarding summer school, we would like to reopen our campus for both elementary and preschool students if the CDC and Health Dept allow schools to do so. If we are not given the go-ahead for the elementary to reopen, we will offer a summer school/camp online so students can keep up with their academics, albeit, not on such a rigorous schedule, but with lots of fun camp activities included to keep them busy. We will open the preschool in July so if you haven’t gotten on the list yet, please do so as there is a limit to the number of students that can attend.
We are still hopeful that the new school year will begin August 24th as planned. However, we will have to do so following the strict social distancing guidelines set by the State. Smaller class sizes, different days of the week & 2 sessions per day are some of the ideas currently being discussed. If none of these options are possible, we will continue with the online learning and will make sure that all classrooms are ready to start the new school year with a very specific course of action centered on each grade curriculum. Our teachers are already working on next year’s curriculum. They are confident, proficient, and ready to take on this new way of teaching to another level if required to do so.
I would like to applaud our Oneonta teachers for their determination in meeting every challenge from the inception. No one saw the complete overhaul they had to undertake in order to create a curriculum to fit the new model of distance learning: researching completely new online resources and learning how to implement them, physically going into school to collect class materials, copying, scanning & uploading worksheets, preparing video presentations, being in constant communication with their parents on DOJO and email, conducting Zoom meetings with students as well as attending staff Zoom meetings, and answering every question that comes their way all in the midst of attending to their own home responsibilities.
Oneonta Teachers have done all this while meeting the needs of their own families and taking care of their young children who have class schedules and Zoom meetings to attend as well. I want to assure you that this is a tremendous effort as I have seen the log in and out times, sometimes until late into the night, or wee hours of the morning. I don’t think any other school has gone this far to accommodate students and families the way we have during this pandemic. They have done so because of their ability to empathize with the difficulties you are experiencing. They genuinely care and want the best for every one of their students.
Thank you to all of you who acknowledged this effort from the very beginning and sent us good wishes and encouragement, we are truly grateful!
May 13, 2020
We have some good news! This is a preliminary notification to inform all preschool parents that we are considering reopening our preschool next month as we are deemed an essential service. Unfortunately, as per the new stringent guidelines set by the Social Services Dept, we are only allowed to admit 10 children per classroom.
With a current student body of 100 children, the only fair way to implement this process is on a first come first serve basis. The deadline for informing us is Wednesday, May 20th. I strongly encourage all who are interested in starting on June 1st to inform us ASAP so that you may be placed at the top of the list.
For children attending, the tuition fee for June will be $700.00 — no daycare fees will be charged. The school will be open from 7:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. only. There will be 4 full weeks of school in June, ending on June 26th.
As per the official preschool regulations and sanitation guidelines, we have been issued very strict directives by the Social Services Dept. These are conditions we are in full agreement with and intend to uphold without compromise.
We will send out more information about how we will implement pick up and drop-offs and other pertinent information once we have an official count of how many children are participating and are certain of proceeding.
Please email Ms Christina at email@example.com if you would like your child to start school in June.
Please understand that if for any reason we are unable to go through with our plan, we will inform you at our earliest.
May 11, 2020
We hope all our families had a fun day celebrating our moms on Mother’s Day. Thank You for all your good wishes.
We are currently on our 9th week of distance learning and are very proud of our students for embracing this new method of learning. They are progressing extremely well given the unusual circumstances. They seem to be in high spirits when they see their teachers and friends on Zoom meetings.
They also continue to work diligently to complete all class requirements necessary to complete grade level curriculums. Even the little preschoolers have been doing a fantastic job, and given the materials they have at home, have been very creative.
Thank you moms and dads for being such amazing parents, guiding and supporting your children through this process, which we know has not been easy. Working together has made all the difference in helping our students to advance academically and weather this pandemic with a positive outlook.
This has been a fluid process that is ever-changing based on state and local government mandates and we are still unsure about summer school. However, what we have decided to do is lengthen our school year to end on Friday, June 26th, and not on Wednesday, June 17th as per our school calendar. We feel that the extra 7 days will allow time for every elementary student to turn in all required class work and use the extra time for further review before we wind up the school year.
We are considering reopening our preschool in June since child care facilities are deemed an essential service. We have been contacted by our Licensing office asking if there is a possibility of reopening as this will allow our parents who need to go to work to be able to leave their children in a safe and familiar environment. There are extremely stringent guidelines that must be followed. However, we will make sure that we follow them without compromise.
We will be sending an email to all preschool parents shortly — please look out for it and sign up accordingly.
We hope everyone continues to be healthy and happy!
April 29, 2020
Good morning! We hope everyone remains healthy, strong, and in high spirits. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our parents who are in the front lines–doctors, nurses, hospital staff, nursing homes, other healthcare-related facilities, as well as police and firefighters.
You truly are our heroes for your relentless and selfless endeavor in helping those who have been stricken with the Covid-19 virus. We would also like to acknowledge parents who are working in essential services such as banks, grocery stores and other businesses that are critical in ensuring the well-being for the greater community. We salute you and thank you for your selfless service.
We would also like to give you an update as to the status of our school. Sadly, we will not be opening for the month of May. Some schools have decided to open in a limited capacity. However, we believe it is not safe to do so and is not in the best interest of the children. We will remain closed until deemed safe by health experts.
We will also continue with distance learning for the month of May. Teachers have emailed parents their class curriculums and have also uploaded it on our website for all our families to read. Although we have settled into a good academic routine, our teachers continue to find new ways to make learning creative and challenging.
The highlight for the month of May is going to be our virtual Art Exhibition. We will all work together and put our thinking caps on to come up with exceptional ways to depict the artists using supplies we already have on hand, rather than going out and purchasing materials as we have in the past. We are excited and can’t wait to see the creativity and ability to adapt in order to make this the best Art Exhibit ever!
We continue to prepare for the Fall, and thereby, would like to ask all families to please respond directly to the email Ms Christina will be sending out shortly regarding Registration. Some families have already indicated their intentions regarding preference of teacher. However, Ms Christina will be preparing new rosters and would like to hear from you directly.
Registration fees may be paid now or later, so please don’t feel pressured to pay it now. We may have to limit the number of students per classroom. Therefore, it is imperative that we are aware of who would like to be placed on the rosters.
We are hopeful that Summer School will take place. However, our most immediate and pressing goal is to complete the school year and make sure our students complete all requirements that will enable them to move confidently to the next grade level.
We ask that you please continue to keep communication open with your child’s teacher and let them know if you need assistance about anything at all.
April 21, 2020
Our hope is that everyone continues to be well. Despite feeling a little cooped up, we are taking this time to truly comprehend the value of each family member and the joy and happiness they bring into our lives.
We are in the 6th week of distance learning and even though we have settled into a stable routine, we realize the importance of being flexible and willing to adapt as we move forward. Our goal is to make sure every student completes all the requirements and is able to progress to the next grade level with ease and confidence. We are committed to each students’ education and welfare.
This year, for the first time, our elementary students will not be taking the California Achievement Tests. These tests have proved to be a successful marker for charting our students’ cognitive understanding of the curriculum and have been a valuable testament to our teachers’ hard work, which is also reflected in the test scores. Please be assured that we will keep doing our best, leaving no stone unturned until the end of the school year.
At Oneonta, all age groups and grade levels have a very rigorous and challenging curriculum that must be completed by the end of every school year in order for children to advance to the next level. Our commitment to you through this process is to be uncompromising when it comes to keeping the bar high and guiding your children to the finish line.
That being said, we completely understand that we are in uncharted waters and our approach must be constantly re-evaluated. Teamwork and constant communication with you is the only path that ensures success. Your input has been invaluable to us — from positive criticism, to contributing ideas, and even sharing your raw and completely transparent feelings regarding the “new normal” pertaining to school. They have all been received with open minds and open hearts as we are family and share a common goal.
For the month of May, we will continue with distance learning and forge ahead with the curriculums and will continue to do so for as long as it takes. The tuition fee will remain at $442.50 per student. We don’t know when school will actually begin. However, we are going ahead with our plan of an August 24th start date.
Many of you have asked about Registration. We are currently accepting registrations and would like to request that you please inform your child’s teacher via DOJO if you are returning. Registration Fees can either be paid now or later. What is most important is placing your child on the roster. We can only accept new students if we have openings after we hear from all our Oneonta families.
If you haven’t checked out our website or Facebook page, please do so. Once again, I want to thank those of you who have rallied behind us right from the beginning, understanding that we have all found ourselves trying to navigate through an unforeseeable and ever changing course. Despite the challenges, you have encouraged us and cheered us along. You have our heartfelt gratitude!
April 14, 2020
We hope everyone is well, healthy, and that spirits are up despite the circumstances. Our heartfelt prayers are being lifted up on behalf of all as we continue to press forward through this “new normal.”
As we continue to keep our students busy and help them gain experience in this new method of learning, we also continue to learn right along with them. We are working towards more efficient teaching, providing engaging lessons to inspire and awaken creativity and curiosity.
We want to thank those of you who have sent us words of gratitude. Your messages have meant so much to all of us and have brought much encouragement and inspiration to continue to set the bar higher, not only for your children, but for ourselves, too.
Please understand that we are doing our very best to progress your child to the next level of learning and will continue to do so for as long as it takes.
Despite all the bad news that seems to have invaded our daily lives, we continue to be optimistic and look for the good things to cling on to — such as, the fact that our Oneonta families, our teachers, as well as their families continue to be healthy.
We are both thankful and hopeful that everyone will be able to go back to leading normal lives as we enjoyed pre-Covid-19.
For our Elementary Parents, here is a link that will help your child pick up where they left off during our Technology Class and continue to learn how to code. Even Preschool Parents may want to read the link as it will direct you to a resource that will teach your child how to type.
Wanted to share this little clip a friend sent me. I hope it will make all of you smile!
April 6, 2020
Dear Oneonta Families,
We hope all of you are keeping safe and healthy. Thank you to those who are in constant communication with us and wishing us well. We are grateful for your positive comments and well wishes!
As we embark on our 4th week of distance learning, we hope the more streamlined guidelines we set per classroom are making it easier for students and parents alike at home. Although we are physically closed, school is still in session. We will continue to follow our monthly curriculums, give presentations and set work accordingly until the end of the school year if we are not able to safely open sooner.
As we continue this new distance learning journey together, please know that we are committed to maintaining and upholding our Montessori approach to learning as best we can.
All of us, teachers and parents, are experiencing unique changes in our daily lives due to this unimaginable crisis and we ask for your patience and understanding as we continue to strengthen our skills and move ahead in this new method of instruction.
Please be assured — we are all trying our best and will keep our students’ progressing through the curriculum as their education is our top priority. If your child needs clarification at all about any lesson, please know you can reach out to the teacher for help.
We are unsure of the date when we can reopen our school again. However, at the present time, our teachers are going to set work for the next 3 weeks, beginning Monday, 13th, until the end of April and will keep doing so in 2 week installments starting in May.
We’d like to give a shout out to our students who are doing their best to complete their assignments at home. They seem to love their Zoom sessions with their teachers and are so excited to see their friends. Teachers in turn love seeing their students and are excited to hear what they have to say, but are sure glad they are in charge of the “Mute” button!
All of us at Oneonta are committed to the welfare of all our students and their families and want to send our good wishes and prayers that we will all come out of this crisis stronger and more resilient than ever.
March 28, 2020
We continue to hope that this email finds you all safe and healthy. Thank you for your continued support during this time of uncertainty and hardship.
We just completed our 10th day with the “Safer at home” policy, which is scheduled to stay in place until further notice. We will remain closed until then, or until this order is reassessed and a new date has been set. State and local government information changes daily so we ask that all our families please be cooperative and flexible about information and dates.
Although we may be unsure of what the future holds, the one thing that holds steadfast as our top priority is the health of all our students, their families, and our staff. So far, everyone seems to be doing extremely well, with only a touch of cabin fever!!
Our teachers are working tirelessly, learning as they go along as well. We survived 2 weeks of remote instruction, albeit with some minor hurdles that need to be worked out. We will continue to tweak these issues and come up with a more streamlined process that, hopefully, will make your job as “home teacher” easier.
We ask for your patience and understanding as we use creativity, wisdom, and common sense to come up with solutions to help our students keep learning.
Teachers will keep planning ahead 2 weeks at a time and will be in touch with all their students on a daily basis. Please reach out to them if your child needs any help at all.
To all those parents who have been supportive of our efforts and have written to us personally, thank you for your good wishes–they means a lot to all of us!
March 24, 2020
We want to thank you for your good wishes and for caring about our staff. Thank you also for your cooperation and support as we face these challenging times together.
We had hoped to resume normal operations on Monday, 30th. However, due to the present conditions, we will no longer be able to do so. Pending recommendations from the Health Dept and medical professionals, we hope to be back in our classrooms as soon as we are given the green light!
At this time, we understand that many families are experiencing financial hardship and some parents have been laid off from their jobs. Therefore, we have decided to halve the tuition for April to help all our families cope. All students will continue to get educational instruction digitally from their teachers who will be in touch everyday, albeit remotely.
The tuition per student for the month of April would be $442.50. As a small school relying solely on tuition to operate (with no help from the state as per the public schools), we, too, are experiencing financial hardship. Being able to pay our teachers, who continue to work tirelessly, is our main focus, as well as paying the rent, utilities, taxes, vendors and other essential school services that won’t let up even when we are closed. We ask that all tuition checks please be mailed to the school. Thank you.
We are hopeful that we can all return to a sense of normalcy soon and can’t wait to give our students big hugs and high fives! Our students meanwhile would have learned a valuable life lesson about “how to cope” in a difficult situation and would have grown stronger and more independent.
We will continue to schedule class work for 2 weeks at a time. Teachers will reach out to their students daily on DOJO and on Zoom so students can also see each other. We are unconditionally committed to making sure our students are challenged and kept busy until it’s time to return to school.
We are grateful to have such a supportive parent body and will continue to do everything in our power to keep serving our families for as long as it takes. We kindly ask for your patience and understanding as we get more savvy and proficient in the new methods of instruction that we are adopting. We, too, are learning!
March 20, 2020
We hope that everyone is staying healthy and safe. I am writing to give you an update on our school. Initially, when we decided to close for 2 weeks, we were all extremely worried about how we were going to get across all the lessons that we had planned for our students as per our school curriculum.
Working as a team, we came up with our in-home plan and are extremely happy that you, our parents, have embraced it and are supervising your children with all the class work and activities, which teachers continually prep and send home, thereby keeping them engaged.
We have received so much positive feedback from parents and want to thank you for communicating that and for your support. We will continue to do our jobs to the best of our ability to ensure that all our students continue to work and progress during this very trying period.
Please continue to keep the lines of communication open with your children’s teachers by sending pictures and updates on how well they are doing. We value your opinion and look forward to continuing to serve our students no matter how long it takes.
Our dedicated lead teachers are working hard at home, researching new activities and programs, some staying up late into the evening to answer questions and others simply to chat with their students, making sure they continue to get the best education under these very difficult circumstances.
We will be uploading class work on a bi-weekly basis and will keep you informed as we move forward.
Our hope is that all our Oneonta families will stay safe and healthy!
March 14, 2020
After I sent my email yesterday afternoon, the Alhambra school district decided to close. On the advice of medical experts, we have decided to do the same beginning Monday,16th, for the duration of the week ending the 20th.
We will monitor the situation and keep you updated on all details as and when it becomes available.
The health and wellness of our students and staff is our top priority and we are taking this step to err on the side of an abundance of caution. We know this sudden notice may be inconvenient to some families but we hope everyone will understand this decision.
We will keep updating you often and will advise you as soon as it becomes safe to continue to operate.
March 13, 2020
I want to keep you abreast of the measures we have taken at Oneonta so far on preventing the spread of the Corona virus as per advice of the Health Dept. We have been listening to weekly telebriefings for schools colleges and universities and have been vigilant in following procedures needed to curtail the spread of this virus at school.
As of today, there are still no confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 within any of the Alhambra Unified Schools and no schools have been directed to shut down. The health and safety of all our students, staff, and community from COVID-19 continues to be our top priority.
To support our role in supporting “social distancing” we will be taking the steps listed below beginning Monday, March 16th, and continuing until further notice. We ask that everyone complies and thanks you for your cooperation in acting responsibly for the benefit of our children. It may not be easy, but please understand it is for the safety of all at Oneonta and we ask for your patience. Thank You.
Open House that was scheduled for Friday, March 27th; will be postponed until further notice. Our students have been working hard to complete projects and rehearse their presentations. We are encouraging our students to continue to prepare for it as we have a special surprise for you at the end of the month.
No one other than staff & students will be able to enter the school premises until further notice. All Extra Curricular activities and special classes will be suspended until further notice; STEM, Music, Dance, Mandarin, IT, Yoga, Hapkido & Tennis.
All gate codes will be changed; no one other than staff will get the code. Only students will be able to enter.
We will no longer be celebrating student birthday parties at school until further notice.
Children will not be admitted to school if any signs of illness are evident.
DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURE BEGINNING MONDAY, 16TH
Drop off child using main gate #1 (gate closest to the office.) only. Not any other gate. A staff member (stationed at gate) will open gate and let child in and another staff member will escort child to class.
At pick up time after school, use same gate. A staff member will sign child out and another staff member will bring child with all belongings and hand
over to parents.
Drop off child in the upper parking lot, gate #6 (closest to elementary playground). Not any other gate.
(Only if your child comes between 6:30 – 7:30 a.m., please drop off in the preschool using main gate #1).
Elementary Students who have siblings in the preschool must use the main gate. We will send them to their classes. Upper parking lot may get hectic, so please understand that you may have to park on the street and walk your child to gate #6. To avoid traffic and perhaps some chaos, please give yourself lots of times to get here safely. A staff member (stationed at gate) will open gate for child and child will walk to class.
Once inside class, teachers will sign child in. At pick up time after school; use same gate. (Only if your child is picked up between 5:30 – 6:00 p.m., please pick up in preschool using main gate #1).
A staff member will sign your child out and another staff member will bring child with all belongings.
WHAT PARENTS MUST DO TO SUPPORT OUR EFFORTS BE ON TIME TO SCHOOL AS ALL DOORS WILL LOCK AT 9:00 a.m. There will be no staff members to sign your child in and escort them to class after start times as staff will be back in their own classrooms.
NO MORE EARLY PICK UPS OR LATE DROPS OFFS; Please keep your child at home if you plan on picking up child early or bringing child in late.
DO NOT SEND YOUR CHILD TO SCHOOL; if your child is sick experiencing coughs, colds, fever, feels lethargic, body aches etc no matter how insignificant it may be.
CATERED HOT LUNCH WILL CONTINUE
We recognize that the steps outlined above will cause some inconvenience and perhaps difficulty. But please know that this was made out of concern for the health of our school and our entire community.
I would like to very sincerely thank you for your continued support of the health and well being of our students and staff, and for being such great parents to your children. I will be in touch when I have updated information to send all of you.
Thanking all of you for your utmost cooperation.