November 2021
Empower! Inspire! Unite!
We are pleased to be able to provide our students, parents, staff and community with the latest information about our Mt. Pleasant Elementary School District community through this newsletter. Please join us on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube to connect with us daily!
Superintendent's Message

Dear Mt. Pleasant Community, 
 
Our students are advancing their academic goals with the support of our educators and parents. Thank you for remaining committed to your children’s mastery of their grade level curriculum. The encouragement and guidance students receive in the classroom and at home is fundamental. 
 
We are working to keep everyone healthy, and we appreciate our school community’s adherence to the safety protocols the district has put in place. Our strategies include the use of masks, symptom screening, COVID-19 testing and the vaccination of those eligible. A recent expansion of eligibility is bringing even more opportunities to protect children from the coronavirus. Starting at 5 years of age, children are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine, in a crucial move to save lives and stop the pandemic. Please learn about this new vaccine eligibility. We can all do our part to keep our community healthy. 
 
We are grateful for your partnership, every step of the way. Happy Thanksgiving. 
In community spirit, 
 
Dr. Elida MacArthur 
Superintendent
Please watch a special message from the Superintendent:
Children Ages 5+ Now Eligible for the COVID-19 Vaccine
Health authorities have made the COVID-19 vaccine available for children starting at 5 years of age. This new criteria for immunization includes all of our students, and we encourage parents and guardians to take advantage of the vaccination opportunities in our area.  
 
At MPESD, we are organizing vaccination clinics to facilitate access for our families. Since the new eligibility was officially announced, we have held a vaccination event at Robert Sanders Elementary School on November 12. On November 19, another clinic is taking place at Mt. Pleasant STEAM Academy from 2:00 PM to 7:00 PM for students and families at Mt. Pleasant STEAM Academy only.

The District plans to schedule COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children five and older at the other schools soon. But you don’t need to wait; you can start vaccinating your students now.
Watch a video about the importance of the pediatric COVID-19 vaccine:
Celebrating Halloween
Putting a costume on and letting your imagination fly can be fun! Laughter and excitement were part of the Halloween festivities at MPESD, and we want to share some of the pictures of students and staff. Thank you all for bringing joy to the schools!
The Importance of Completing Work During Independent Study
In some cases, short-term independent study happens over the course of one day only. Students learn from home in a situation where a child is quarantining due to COVID-19 exposure or after testing positive. We remind parents and guardians that it is essential to ensure their students complete all the assigned work while doing independent study. If the student does not finish the assignments, the student will be considered absent.   
 
We want our students to keep learning, regardless if they are at home or in the classroom. Please support your students and follow up with them about the status of their work. Reiterate that being a student at MPESD includes being responsible and dedicated, especially with the pending tasks. These are skills that will benefit the child for a life-time!
November is National Family Literacy Month!
During this month, we honor the opportunity for families to learn and read together. We also recognize the efforts to create and promote literacy programs to empower families. Dina Chung, Principal at Mount Pleasant Elementary, and Jessica Tejada, Student Advisor at Ida Jew Academy, are joining efforts to promote initiatives that support Early Literacy. As they explain, Early Literacy is the most crucial academic skill because it is the foundation for learning for all subject areas.   
 
The students in TK-2 are learning to read; after third grade the students read to learn. One of the most important predictors of graduating from high school is reading proficiency by the end of third grade.   
 
Parent involvement in Early Literacy is directly connected to academic achievement. Here’s how you can help your child at home when you read together:  

  • Point to each word on the page as you read to your child.   
  • Read the title and ask your child to make a prediction before reading.   
  • Take “picture walks” and ask your child to tell the story before reading.   
  • Model fluency while reading and bring your own energy and excitement to reading, including variation of pitch, intonation, and proper fluctuations.   
  • Ask your child questions after reading the book and check for comprehension. Have your child explain their understanding of the story and share a personal experience similar to the problem or the theme.   
  • Connect reading and writing if possible. They can draw pictures and explain their thoughts.  

Every effort counts when you are inspiring in your child the love for reading!
Thinking About Traveling During the Holidays?
The California Department of Public Health is sharing CDC advice for those considering traveling this holiday season. Please see the resources below, and be safe!
Thanksgiving Break is Almost Here!
Are you ready for the holiday cheer? Please remember that we will be having Thanksgiving Break from Monday, November 22, 2021, to Friday, November 26, 2021. School will resume Monday, November 29, 2021.