March 2019 Newsletter
A message from the Superintendent
You might not know John Bribiescas, the man pictured here on the right, but if your children have gone to Santa Rosa City Schools they have likely benefited from his vision and dedication. Mr. Bribiescas is the founding president of Schools Plus, a non-profit that has raised $9-million for athletics, music and art programs in our schools during the past 29 years. All donations are spread evenly among our middle schools and high schools. The 2019 allocation will be $188,000! Mr. Bribiescas, a retired teacher from Santa Rosa City Schools and the chairman of the board for Schools Plus, says they are always looking for new board members. Jason Lea, a former SRCS educator who is also seen with me in this picture, is on the board. Anyone interested in joining their efforts or donating can learn more at schoolsplus.org .
Thank you, Schools Plus!

Diann Kitamura
Superintendent
Reminder: No School
March 18 - 22 - Spring Break
School Board Vacancy in Trustee Area 3
The governing Board of the Santa Rosa City Schools District has an open seat in Trustee Area 3. Candidates must live in Trustee Area 3. It is the red area on this interactive Trustee Area Map .To see which trustee area you live in, click the spyglass in the red section at the top left of the map and enter your address.
The School Board will be accepting applications and interviewing candidates at the April 10th regular board meeting. The application deadline is 4pm on March 29, 2019. Application information is on our website: srcschools.org/boardvacancy . If you have questions, please contact Lori Kolacek, lkolacek@srcs.k12.ca.us 707-890-3800 ext. 80101
Add your voice! LCAP survey ends March 15
LCAP Survey graphic
We rely on your input to make funding decisions for our schools through the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). Working closely with our full community is essential to consider every student’s needs. We are asking that all members of our community, including staff, parents, and students participate by March 15.
For our High Schools:
YouthTruth LCAP Survey  (Spanish version included)
For our Kindergarten - 8th grade schools, district office & community:
Importance of reclassification
Hundreds of the students in our district are English language learners, and their first language is not English. While being bilingual will likely be an asset for their future, in school, it's important to be "reclassified" as English proficient as soon as possible - like the students from Albert F. Biella Elementary, pictured here! When an English language learner gets reclassified prior to middle or high school, language support classes, called English Language Development (ELD), are no longer needed. Those students have more options to take elective courses of their choice and advanced learning opportunities. This is a district goal. This spring, California students have been taking a new test to be reclassified as English proficient. The ELPAC is more rigorous than the previous test. Parents and guardians can learn more about this test and their child's path to reclassification by contacting the principal at their school.
Classroom safety locks update
School Safety Lock
The classroom safety door lock project is underway, replacing classroom door locks so that they can be locked from the outside, and also from the inside in the event of an emergency. The project is being paid for with bond money from Measures I & L. Locks have been replaced at Brook Hill, Lincoln and Luther Burbank elementary schools, and Slater Middle School. Locksmiths are currently working at Elsie Allen High. The large project will continue in phases until all classroom doors are equipped with the new hardware. Next up: Montgomery, Maria Carrillo and Piner high schools, and Albert Biella and Helen Lehman elementary schools.
Free event at the Green Music Center
Group of dancers on stage
You're invited to a free performance at a beautiful venue! The Santa Rosa City Schools Dance Showcase features advanced dancers from our high schools. They will be performing at Green Music Center's Weill Hall on the Sonoma State University campus,  Tuesday, March 26  at 7pm. Free tickets available at the box office or from students .  Parking in the Green Music Center lot costs $5. Bring the family and celebrate our high school arts programs!
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