January 18, 2022
Important Dates:

1/20: Skate Night: CANCELED
1/21: Report cards go home
1/24-1/28: Great Kindness Challenge Week
1/25: Minimum Day: Teacher Professional Development
AM kinder: 8:00-10:30; PM kinder: 9:30-12:00, 1st-5th: 8:00-12:00 (there is no early/late start for 1st grade)
1/25: Site Council meeting @ 3:15p
2/2: PTA meeting and Parent Education Night
2/25: Montair Love Run 
Message From The Principal

Dear Montair Families, 

We had quite an eventful return to school last week.  I loved seeing our staff and students back on campus full of positive energy and school spirit.  In addition to the fun festivities that welcomed our students and staff, COVID made its presence known on our campus last week. We had 5 COVID cases last week. Classmates of the students who tested positive received a “Group Contact Tracing Letter”. This is an updated approach our district is taking to inform our families of positive COVID cases and steps families should take to keep their children safe and limit their time out of class. 

The Contra Costa County Department of Public Health has expanded the protocols schools can use to trace COVID in our schools. In response, SRVUSD will no longer conduct CLOSE contact tracing, instead we will be conducting GROUP contact tracing. Thus, when we get a positive case, we will send Group Contact Tracing Letters to the entire classes and small instructional groups of the student who tested positive. Updated Contact Tracing letters include the following information regarding school attendance, testing and mask wearing: 

Your child may remain in school unless they develop symptoms or test positive for COVID-19.  Being exposed to somebody with COVID-19 does not necessarily mean that your child will become infected.  In fact, scientific research, experience from around the country, and data from California during this school year demonstrate that schools remain among the safest places for children to be. 

Your child should get tested for COVID-19 if your child starts to show symptomsYou may get tested at the SRVUSD Education Center on 3-5 days after exposure, or at a County testing site. At-home tests may also be used. If your child does not have any symptoms of COVID-19, you do not need to share negative test results from this exposure with your school.

If your child develops symptoms of COVID-19 or tests positive for COVID-19, please ensure they isolate at home immediately and notify the school right away.  
Your child must continue to wear a mask indoors in the school and community per school, local, and state requirements. Follow school policies to protect against COVID-19.  High-quality masks with the best fit and filtration will provide the best protection for your child and the school community.

Your children will be receiving their report cards this Friday, 1/21 in manila envelopes.  The envelopes do NOT need to be signed and returned to school.  You can also access your child’s report card on Illuminate after 3:30 on 1/21. HERE are the directions for downloading your child’s report card on Illuminate. 

Our children will participate in the Great Kindness Challenge Week, January 24th-January 28th.  They will receive a Great Kindness Challenge list and are encouraged to spread kindness across our campus and community throughout the week.  During lunch time, we will have a Kindness Station manned by our leadership students.  Each day, our students will have the opportunity to write notes of appreciation or gratitude to members of our community.  We’ll have days to write notes to our police department, fire departments, local hospital, staff, and care facilities in town.  If you would like to bring the Great Kindness Challenge to your home, I invite you to print out the Great Kindness Challenge Family Edition and encourage your children to continue the kindness among your family and neighborhood  

Last Friday was our 90th day of school.  We are halfway through our school year.  Time is going by so quickly.  Your children are growing and learning so much.  I can’t wait to see all the beauty and joy the next 90 days will bring us.  Have a beautiful week! 

Kind regards,

Elizabeth Lyons, Ed.D.
Montair Elementary School
Parents and caregivers are invited to join us on Thursday, January 20 from 7-8pm via Zoom for this opportunity to learn more about cyber safety issues.
The presentation will cover topics including:
Identity protection
Online reputation & digital footprint
Sexting and Sextortion
Presented by San Ramon Valley Unified School District and San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs in coordination with the Contra Costa County District Attorney’s Office & The Silicon Valley Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force.
Parents and educators must REGISTER in advance to attend this FREE zoom presentation. Some content may not be appropriate for younger children.
For questions, contact SRV Council of PTAs Family Engagement Chair, Krista Glaser at [email protected].
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