September 22, 2020
THE MONTAIR MINUTE
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UPCOMING EVENTS
September 30: Material Pick Up 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
October 1: Material Pick Up 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
October 2: Teacher Work Day - No School
October 5-9: Conference Week - Minimum Day Schedule
October 7: PTA Association Meeting: Coffee with the Principal @ 6:00 pm
PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE
Dear Montair Families, 
 
We are excited to share that Mrs. Suffoletta is expanding the library book checkout system, so all students in grades 3-5 are able to check out books. Please put books on hold using the Destiny library catalog. Books placed on hold by the end of the day 9/24, will be available for our next material pick up days which will be on 9/30 & 10/1.  
 
Students participating in the “Read the Rainbow” reading motivation program should turn in their September logs to the library return bin on 9/30 or 10/1. Our genre focus for the month of October is Mystery. We will have paper logs available to students in grades TK-3 and digital logs available for grades 4 & 5.  HERE is a link to the digital file. Your child will need to make a copy of it in order to type on the log. Click HERE to see some of our students' book recommendations. Your child is encouraged to add a recommendation. Happy Reading!!! 
 
We have Coffee with the Principal on Wednesday, October 7th at 6:00. If you have questions you would like me to address during our time together, you can share them with me on THIS Google Form. HERE is the link for the Zoom Meeting. 
 
It’s hard to believe that we are six weeks into the school year already. Our teachers and students are becoming increasingly comfortable and confident navigating through all of our digital learning platforms. Unfortunately, remote learning is fraught with distractions such as playing with toys in front of the screen, texting during lessons using Google Chats, email, cell phones and coping with background noise. Please do your best to remove distractions from your children, so they can focus on their learning. If your child is struggling with distractions, please reach out and we will do our best to support you. 
 
Autumn is my favorite time of the year. I love seeing the leaves change color, feeling cool breezes in the evenings, and tasting pumpkin spices in breads and beverages. I look forward to seeing our students’ scarecrows, pumpkins, and reading their scary stories! Happy first day of Fall! 
 
Sincerely,
 
Elizabeth Lyons, Ed.D.
Principal
For the first time, Montair can earn money directly back from your registration fee. Support this annual District wide event and earn money for Montair!
SRVUSD CHILD NUTRITION PROGRAM UPDATE
Eat Healthy Exercise Plenty of Sleep
The Free for All Student Meal program, sponsored by the USDA, is in effect until December 31, 2020. In addition to this program, USDA is also sponsoring the Farmers to Families Food Box Program that helps farmers distribute their surplus food products to families in need nationwide. Please note that the number of food boxes we receive depends on our supplier and is not something the Child Nutrition Department controls. Food boxes are distributed one day a week and are available on a first come, first served basis only. We hope that our families most in need will be able to take advantage of receiving these and encourage these families to arrive early on Wednesdays to one of our 8 distribution sites. While we do not discourage anyone, please only take the food boxes if you need them. We have enough for those that are truly in need. We do not have the same limitations with the Breakfast and Lunch Meals and therefore can provide student meals to all children 18 and under.

Due to safety concerns, families are asked to remain in their vehicles and in line when picking up food. Staff members will assist families in order. For complete information, please visit the Child Nutrition website and FAQs.

Breakfast/Lunch Meals
  • Any parent with children 18 years old and under can pick up a breakfast & lunch meal at our designated meal locations for free. Parents do not have to pre-order. 
  • Vegetarian and Non-Vegetarian options will be available
  • Meals will be distributed on Monday (2 breakfasts and 2 lunches) and Wednesday (3 breakfasts and 3 lunches) at the current 8 locations
  • Serving times: 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. 
  • Parents unable to pick up student meals should contact Child Nutrition at 925-824-1808 or srvusdeats@srvusd.net to make other arrangements.
  • Child Nutrition Services will ensure families with children in need receive meals. 
USDA Food Boxes
  • USDA Food Boxes will be available at 8 school locations every Wednesday. 
  • The Child Nutrition Department does not control how many boxes will be available weekly nor does it have control over what is inside the produce boxes. 
  • There is no charge for the food boxes.
  • The Child Nutrition Department is unable to take reservations of produce boxes; please arrive early if your family would like or needs a produce box. 

SRVUSD Social workers are available to help families in need. Food insecurity should not occur, and families should not suffer silently. Social services resources can be found here. Please contact your school's support counselor for more assistance.
Virtual Town Hall with Superintendent Malloy
Dr. Malloy is looking forward to hosting Virtual Town Hall Meetings later this month. More details will follow, but please put the dates on your calendar:
  • Tuesday, September 22, 7:00pm - San Ramon Valley HS and area schools
  • Tuesday, September 29, 7:00pm - California HS and area schools
  • Wednesday, October 7, 7:00pm - Monte Vista HS and area schools
  • Wednesday, October 14, 7:00pm - Dougherty Valley HS, Venture Independent Study and Del Amigo High plus Dougherty Valley High area schools
Board of Education Virtual Candidate Forum
Wednesday, September 23 at 6pm
SRVUSD Trustee Area 2 and 3 Elections

Please join the San Ramon Valley Council of PTAs and Embarcadero Media Group for the SRVUSD Board of Education Candidates’ Forum. This will be an opportunity to hear from ALL of the candidates for School Board. We are a unified school district and, as such, the Council has an interest in making sure that, although we are now electing school board members by trustee-areas, we remain committed to a Board of Education where all five members speak on behalf of what is best for all students in the District, regardless of their geographic location.

For more information, visit the SRV Council of PTAs website.

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Join Cub Scout Pack 809
Registration for the 2020-2021 year is beginning soon.  Pack 809 is open to boys and girls in kindergarten through 5th grade!

  • Learn about the world around us through new experiences, camping, crafts and building relationships with other Scouts
  • Participate in community service projects and learn about citizenship
  • Build self-confidence and develop teamwork skills

Please contact Jeff or Lydia Abreu if you are interested in joining Pack 809 this year-  
Cubmaster@Pack809.org
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