August 2018 Newsletter
A message from the Superintendent
Parents and guardians are powerful partners. As we begin another school year, I urge you to get involved at your child's school. Attend meetings, such as those of Parent Teacher Organizations or English Learner Advisory Committees. Decisions made in those meetings affect your child and their school.

Being involved also means being reachable and staying informed. Please make sure that your child's school has your current email address and phone number. We'll keep you informed about districtwide issues in this monthly newsletter. You can also join us on social media @SRCSchools #SRCStogether #madeinsantarosa.

Thanks for partnering with us! Welcome back!

Diann Kitamura
Superintendent
Free counseling, academic support for families
Whether you have lost a home or not, your family might be feeling ​effects of last year's fires. Our staff is here to help! The Integrated Wellness Center provides free counseling, school nurse services, and tutoring for families affected by the wildfires - outside of school hours. The services are available for any students and families in the area, not just in our district. No personal information is collected. Come in for support! The Integrated Wellness Center is located at 2232 Lomitas Avenue, open Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30pm. Call 707-284-8225 for information or an appointment. 
Are you in the parent portal?
Why should you activate your llluminate Education parent portal account? Once you do, you can log in at any time to see attendance information, report cards, transcripts, and lists of classes. You can set up a “notification” to email you any time your child’s grade falls below a certain level or your child’s attendance changes. If your child's teacher uses the Illuminate Ed gradebook, you can also look at assignments and grades. If you still need to set up your parent portal account, contact your child’s school for your access code.
New online meal applications
This year, filling out a meal application is easier than ever, with our new online meal application . The number of meal applications that are returned and approved can affect how much funding your school gets, to not only provide healthy meals but also to help students in other ways, including providing materials like books and computers. The information on the forms is used only in the school district. For help filling out an application, call Child Nutrition Services at 707-528-5359.
Important links for bus transportation
Elementary students who live more than 1 mile from school, and middle and high school students who live more than 3 miles from school are eligible to ride the school bus. Special education students can ride, too. Visit the West County Transportation Agency website for more information. To see where the buses stop, find your school on this list of bus routes .
Save the date for back-to-school night
Parents in classroom on Back to school night
Make connections with teachers and get information about family resources at this year’s back-to-school nights:
Elementary – Tuesday, September 11
Middle School – Wednesday, September 12
High School – Thursday, September 13
Schools have different start times for their back-to-school nights. Check with your school!
C & I now Teaching & Learning
Our district has changed the name of one of our departments, and we would like parents to know about it. The department that has been known as "Curriculum & Instruction" for many years, is now "Teaching & Learning." What's in a name? Assistant Superintendent of Teaching & Learning, Dr. Anna-Maria Guzman, explains: "We believe that while we deliver curriculum, it is the learning that really matters; and that while instruction denotes giving direction and training, teaching connotes being an adult role model in our students’ lives." You can find contact information for the Teaching & Learning Department on our website.
New school phone numbers
The new phones were installed in our high schools this summer! That means all of our schools are now using a new, safer phone system. You can find phone numbers for our schools on our website. With the new system, each school has a main phone number, and teachers and staff have extensions. When you call a school, you will be able to use a directory to search for the person you want to find. The district office will transition to new phones in September.
Summer bond projects update
SRHS roofers at work with crane
Our technology bond has delivered powerful results: we've installed 557 miles of ethernet cables and 23 miles of fiber optic cables, and upgraded 903 classrooms, thanks to bond money from Measures I & L. In addition to the cabling, new phones, new bells/clocks/speakers and other technology, some of our schools had major facilities work completed this summer. Projects include new roofing, heating and air conditioning at Monroe Elementary, Comstock Middle, Maria Carrillo High and Elsie Allen High. Santa Rosa High's main building got a new roof and HVAC as phase-one of a multi-year project. For more information on bond projects:
New SRCSchools website and app
Our school district has just launched a new website - www.srcschools.org - that is user-friendly and accessible, for people with disabilities who use tools like screen readers, and for people who look at websites on tablets and smart phones. On the website, you'll find calendars, school contact information, and district news and events. Coming soon: an SRCSchools mobile app, available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store.
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Santa Rosa City Schools
211 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-528-5388
communication@srcs.k12.ca.us