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R.E.A.C.H. One Alliance
Creating Leaders in Action throughout WUSD
The Washington Unified School District (WUSD) partners with the REACH One Alliance as its major Anti-Bullying program. The REACH One Alliance services all K-8's and 9-12 programs in the WUSD, under the direction of its founder, Kevin Bracy. 
 
Kevin Bracy ( or Coach Greatness as he is known to our WUSD students) has developed an Anti-Bullying program that encourages students to become " Leaders in Action" by practicing inclusion, advocating for the isolated and bullied, and creating change on their campuses and with the West Sacramento community. 

On behalf of the Washington Unified School District ewe would like to extend a a very big, heartfelt, THANK YOU to Kevin and the REACH One Alliance for all that they do to help us build a positive school climate across the WUSD.

For a deeper understanding of the REACH One Alliance, please watch this video produced by Kevin Bracy himself. 
District Spotlights...
Join us in giving a round of applause to our kids attending the Bryte Career and College Training CAFFE Program - Culinary Academy and Farm to Fork Education - for their hard work at the 2016 Dinner at the Barn event! The Center for Land-Based Learning partnered with our program leads to develop an opportunity for students to get hands-on experience in the culinary industry. 
On September 16th our Southport Elementary Ducks hosted a beautiful Constitution Day celebration bringing together the entire campus and teaching our children about the meaning and history of our country's constitution! We would like to extend a special thank you to John Vinson who donated all of the flags used during the celebration! 
Join is giving a BIG THANK YOU to the Assistance League of Sacramento who visited Westfield Village, Riverbank and Elkhorn Village Elementary with about seven volunteers and handed out uniforms to 72 Families amounting to approximately 121 students receiving new uniforms, hygiene kits, clothing, shoe vouchers, backpacks, and books. Their team is still working hard to fulfill a few final requests requiring special sizing. This year the Assistance League’s generous donations amounted to approximately $2500 of much needed materials and supplies for our students. Thank you for your service to our community!
Our Elkhorn Village Elementary Tigers got off to a roaring start on September 16th kicking off their  B.E.S.T. (Building Effective Schools Together) program . This program is based on positive behavioral intervention supports that help schools develop and implement positive school rules, rule teaching, and positive reinforcement systems. The Tigers were joined by several Sacramento Kings players and the River Cats mascot, Dinger, to host a fun-filled anti-bullying rally for our students. 
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The Washington Unified School District is in the process of expanding its adult and community education programs. We are asking community members to provide us with input as to the types of programming needed in our West Sacramento community by participating in a brief 17 question online survey that can be completed in 10 minutes. Your direct feedback will greatly assist us to better serve the needs of our entire community. We look forward to receiving your feedback. Take the survey here.
On Friday, September 23, 2016, Westfield Village Elementary hosted its First Annual My Hero Dance inviting each student to attend and bring with them someone they consider to be a hero in their life -- someone in their life whom they admire and encourages them to reach for the stars. The My Hero Dance was a huge success and brought together the entire Westfield community for a fun-filled evening. Great job Wildcats! 
The WUSD Facilities, Planning & Construction Department is responsible for a number of long-range planning and construction activities regarding the design and implementation of new school facilities and modernization of existing school facilities throughout our district. Now you can stay up-to-date and discover more about our district projects moving forward by checking out the Facilities, Planning & Construction Newsletter
Stiftung Solarenergie Philippines, in partnership with We Share Solar and SunPower Philippines, went to share the power  with Paminhian Katutubong Paaralan ng mga Iraya Mangyan in San Teodoro, Oriental Mindoro on September 1, 2016.

The #WeShareSolar suitcase was assembled by students from Westmore Oaks Elementary School (California, USA), evaluated by Sunpower US. StS Philippines and then SunPower Philippines installed the suitcase to benefit grade school students and teachers. You can view photos of the solar suitcase installation here. Way to go Westmore Oaks Dragons! 
Other News...
The California Department of Education is recognizing the entire month of October as  School Bus Safety Awareness Month with d istricts throughout our state are joining in the celebration. Help us spread the word in our community about the importance of being safe while riding on and sharing the road with school buses. The safety of our students is dependent upon our dedicated and well-trained school bus drivers as well as our safe and cognizant motoring community members.

National School Bus Safety Week is also being celebrated later this month on October 17-21 organized by the  National Association for Pupil Transportation.

October is National Farm to School Month, a time to celebrate the connections happening all over the country between children and local food. In Washington Unified we are partnering with West Sacramento's Vierra Farms to present our community with some very special opportunities to visit the farm and participate in great family-centered activities.

WUSD Appreciation Week
October 10-14

River City High School Appreciation Weekend
October 15-16
Connect to Food with Yolo FreshTex-Connecting People to Food Through Technology. FreshText is a free service to connect you with local food distributions. You can opt in to receive a text reminder 24 hours before the next free food distribution in your community.  Download the printer-friendly flier

MarketText will send a text with a link to a website with information about Market Match and the local farmers’ markets and farm stands that participate in it and/or accept Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) payment or Women, Infants and Children (WIC) farmer’s market coupons. Market Match allows CalFresh recipients to double their money (up to $10 per market each week) when they use their CalFresh benefits to buy fruits and vegetables at the farmers’ market. Download printer-friendly fliers in  EnglishRussian and  Spanish

For more information visit the  Yolo 2-1-1 website
SAVE THE DATE and join Sacramento’s Fourth Annual Feria de Educación on October 1st! This a FREE Community Event held at Sacramento State providing community members with information and workshops on College Admission, Financial Aid, Scholarships, Career Options, and much, much more.

For additional information, contact Carolina Rojas-Gore, Director of Community Empowerment, Univision Noticias 19/UniMás 64 by email at cgore@univision.net or by clicking on the link below:

We want to share another great opportunity with our WUSD and West Sacramento community. Save the date and join the 2nd Annual Touch-a-Truck event, hosted by the Junior League of Sacramento on October 9th!

This family-friendly, community event provides children the opportunity to see and touch heavy machinery, and meet the people who operate it. From fire trucks and dump trucks, to food trucks and entertainment, there’s something for everyone to enjoy! Children 5 years of age and under are FREE! Lights and sound free for the first hour of the event! Purchase tickets here.
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Please join us for the 2nd Annual Harvest Festival and Open House at Bryte Career and College Training on Thursday, November 3, from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.  Chef demos, garden tours, a $4 spaghetti dinner…there’s a little bit of everything for the whole family. We will also have craft vendors for those of you looking for the perfect gifts for holiday giving. This is a community event, so grab a friend and eat at the newest Farm-to-Fork venue in town!

The West Sacramento Community Foundation has been helping local nonprofits become stronger and do more to improve the quality of life for children, teens, adults, and senior citizens.

On October 15, 2016 the Foundation is hosting its All Charities Raffle as a way of working together to raise money for our community totaling more $300,000 over the years. To purchase tickets contact the West Sacramento Community Foundation.

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Save the date and sign up to be a part of the 2016 River Run for Youth at Raley Field benefiting ALL our WUSD, Collings Teen Center and West Sacramento youth. If you are interest in joining as a runner or volunteer please follow the link below to register.

For every $30 adult registration, $20 goes to the Sacramento area school/youth organization of your choice and for every $20 youth registration, $10 goes to the Sacramento school/youth organization of your choice! Also, there's a youth team competition, too, where the winning teams get an all-expense paid trip to Six Flags Marine World! Register now!
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 September 30, 2016