December 2017 Newsletter
Slater MS staff hold welcome back signs after fires
A message from the Superintendent
Our October Newsletter was just about to be emailed when I got a call in the middle of the night that wildfires were racing through parts of Santa Rosa. Since that night, we have all been on a journey that has been at times shocking, sad, challenging, and inspiring. Thank you for turning to our website , Facebook page , and Twitter account for updates. Social media, in particular, makes it easy to get information to you quickly.

In my many letters to you during our school closures and reopening, I have shared what I believe: the impact of the fires on our school community will be felt for months and years, but I am confident that we will get through it, together. Please let your school staff know how your family is doing. We can provide resources and referrals. #SRCStogether

Diann Kitamura
Share your thoughts about district maps
Under a proposed change to our election system, Santa Rosa will be divided into “trustee areas,” and school board members will be elected from each of those areas. Although the elections will change, the governing would continue to be the way it is now. Once elected, each board member would be responsible for the entire district, not just the trustee area from which they were elected. Maps with three different scenarios for what those trustee areas might look like are available on our website and in our schools. A final public hearing and board vote on trustee area boundaries will be held on January 24th. We would like to know what you think. Parents and other members of the community are invited to attend community meetings in December and January. We also invite you to give us your comments through this quick form:
Bond refinance saves taxpayers $2.5 million
Santa Rosa City Schools has refinanced outstanding general obligation bonds, which will generate savings for taxpayers of more than $2.5 million over time. The prior bonds being refunded were originally authorized by voters in 1991 and 2002. Bond proceeds were used to construct, upgrade and repair classrooms and expand school facilities throughout the high school district. The bonds will now be paid off two years earlier, and their lower interest rate will save property owners $2,585,192.22 over time. Property owners in the district will see a reduced tax rate on future bills. The refinancing was authorized by the Santa Rosa City Schools Board at their August 23rd meeting. 
Finding cash for college
Piner Cash for College meeting
If finding a way to pay for college seems overwhelming, we're here to help. Santa Rosa City Schools is holding a Financial Aid Campaign from October 1st - March 2nd to provide support to students in filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the CA Dream Act application. Visit your high school's College & Career Center for more information. Experts say most American students are eligible for some type of financial aid, and filling out these forms is the first step. Don't miss out on money for your education!
New elementary report cards
6th grade teacher and class
Our elementary report cards have a new look this year, in order to align with the new California State Standards. Parents will notice some changes to the academic and effort/behavior keys. This new way of reporting will measure your child’s performance toward the trimester expectations for each content area, rather than end-of-year expectations as was done in the past. Parents had the opportunity to preview the new report cards and learn about these changes during parent-teacher conferences. Elementary report cards will be heading home with students in December. Please contact your child’s teacher or principal with any questions.
Parent Portal: attendance, transcripts, grades
Thank you to the many parents who have used their access codes to login to Illuminate Education, the new student information system. If you still need access, contact your child's school. Right now, parents should be able to see their child's attendance information and a list of their classes. Middle and high school students' report cards are also available. If your child's teacher is using the Illuminate Education grade book, and has published it to the Parent Portal, then you can also see grades from that teacher. Students who need transcripts can get them from their school counselor or registrar.
Budget Advisory Committee
Calculator on a desk
At least one more parent is needed on the district's new Budget Advisory Committee. The committee is made up of teachers, administrators, staff, business and community members, parents and students. Members provide feedback during the 2018-19 budget development process. The discussions through this group will be used to guide recommendations to the Superintendent and, ultimately, the Board of Education. For more information contact the Asst. Superintendent of Business Services office at 707-528-5381.
Jobs at Santa Rosa City Schools
EdJoin logo from webpage
After the fires, many members of our community lost their jobs and have been looking for work. Santa Rosa City Schools offers a variety of employment opportunities. Here's a sample of available jobs: instructional assistant, budget technician, special education assistant, and lead grounds worker. All of our job listings are on the EDJOIN website, with links on our SRCS job openings webpage or our Human Resources' Facebook page .
Winter Recess
The last day of school for elementary students is Friday, December 22nd.
The last day of school for middle and high school students is Thursday, December 21st.
We look forward to seeing everyone back in school on Monday, January 8th! 
For more news, follow us on social media:
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Santa Rosa City Schools
211 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401