October 2019 Newsletter
School administrators meet about schools closing after losing electricity during the PG&E PSPS event.
A message from the Superintendent
For the third year in a row, our school district has encountered a new and different environmental challenge. After the destruction of the Tubbs fire in 2017, and smoke from the Camp fire in 2018, we have just been through our first PG&E Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS), and PG&E has said we can expect more of them.

Thank you to our staff and families for giving your school your most up-to-date phone number and email address so that we can send messages to you. Particular appreciation goes to the staff and families at the seven locations that were closed during this PSPS event. During any school closures, you can always check our website home page (srcschools.org) or our district Facebook and Twitter pages (@srcschools) for updates.
 
We must all be prepared for more power shutoffs, and for emergencies such as fires and earthquakes. My Sept. 25th Letter to Families has more on what we are doing as a district and what you can do as a family to prepare.
 
We do not know what the state will determine as far as having to make up the lost days at schools that had to close. You can help by contacting your representatives in state government and advocating for our children and our schools (see article below).
 
Dr. Diann Kitamura
Superintendent
Contact your representatives in Sacramento
Exterior CA Capitol dome
To find your State Senate and Assembly representatives, type in your address at Find Your California Representative . To contact the California Public Utilities Commission, email CPUC President Marybel Batjer at public.advisor@cpuc.ca.gov .
What they should know:
1- The school days that are missed due to Public Safety Power Shutoff events should be declared emergency days so that they don't have to be made up at the end of the current school year.
2- Our schools cannot afford the $1-million or more per school for back-up power systems, such as generators, but schools deserve to have some type of back-up power.
3- PSPS events cost our community money in lost work, spoiled food, and extra child care costs. If the power shutoff affected your family, tell them how it did.
October 17 Job Fair: on-the-spot job offers!
Job Fair
Join us for on-the-spot interviews and job offers! Also raffle prizes and snacks! Thursday, October 17, 12:00-6:00pm at 211 Ridgway Avenue, in the Board Room. 
This is for non-teaching jobs. Full-time, part-time and substitute positions available.
We are particularly looking for Child Care Assistants, Food Service, Instructional Assistants, Special Education Aides, Substitute Classroom Aides, Substitute Clerical Workers... but also many more positions.
For more information, call Mary Alyce 707-890-3800 x80607 or email mstephens@srcs.k12.ca.us
Meal applications: safe and confidential
We've been getting some questions about meal applications. Here are important things to know:
1- Filling out a meal application is like registering for school. School and school meals are not public benefits as defined by the public charge rule.
2- According to the California Department of Education, attending school and receiving school meals will not impact a child’s or family member’s immigration status.
3- In our district, your information is confidential. Our food services department does not share, even with principals, which students are receiving free or reduced-price meals.
4- Meal applications are important! They help us feed hungry students and get funding for our schools.
Only one application is needed per household. If you have any questions or would like assistance filling out the application, contact Kylie in Child Nutrition Services, 707-890-3800 x8070 or fill out the application online: 2019-20 Meal Application
Celebrating Bond track & field projects
Bond celebration
During this fall sports season, we've been recognizing some of the most visible Bond-related improvements at our high schools. New tracks & fields have been celebrated at Santa Rosa High, Elsie Allen High, Piner High, and will soon be celebrated at Montgomery High. (Maria Carrillo High's project was completed and celebrated in 2018). In November 2014, Santa Rosa voters approved Measure I ($175-million for middle and high schools). Some of that money was used to update the tracks and turf fields to make them safer for P.E. classes and sports teams.
Voters also approved Measure L ($54-million for elementary schools) for a total of $229-million in bond funding. A 2016 Facilities Master Plan showed our schools need $1.2-billion in repairs/improvements. The school board votes on funding priorities for bond projects. On November 6, the board will hold a study session to look at future bond projects and start planning for next summer, when school is out and most bond-related construction can take place. The study session will be held at 211 Ridgway Avenue. For more information on the bond program, visit our website: srcschools.org/bond
Seniors: Apply for college financial aid
Piner Cash for College meeting
In a time of ever-rising college costs, financial aid is critical to increase college access and success. Therefore, Santa Rosa City Schools in partnership with Santa Rosa Junior College and 10,000 Degrees will be hosting financial aid awareness events such as “Cash for College” at our high schools throughout the month of October. In the two-hour information sessions, students and families can receive assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the California Dream Act application. Bilingual assistants will be available at each site.
Piner and Ridgway High schools have already held their info nights. Other upcoming events (all 6:00-8:00pm)
  • Elsie Allen High School - Wednesday, October 16
  • Santa Rosa High School - Thursday, October 17
  • Montgomery High School - Thursday, October 24
  • Maria Carrillo High School - Wednesday, October 30
Contact the school site for the specific location on campus. 
10,000 Degrees has provided a helpful list of Information Needed for Financial Aid Applications . If you can't make it to a Cash for College night, visit the College & Career Center at your high school for additional support and information during the application window, from October 1, 2019 through March 2, 2020. 
End of Quarter info for parents
The first quarter of the school year has just ended, and that means middle and high school teachers will soon be posting student grades in the student information system. Parents of middle and high schoolers should be on the lookout for grades in the parent portal after October 18th. If you don't have access to the portal, please contact your school for your login information. You can find school phone numbers on our website: Our Schools
Open Enrollment ends Nov. 15
Most students attend their neighborhood school, but some students have reasons to request another school. "Open Enrollment," from Oct. 1 - Nov. 15, is the time to make that request for the 2020-21 school year. Applications must be completed online during that window. Families who need assistance can come to the SAFE office at 211 Ridgway Avenue. School capacities may restrict availability. See the  SRCS district website  for more information on Open Enrollment, also known as an "intradistrict" transfer.
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Santa Rosa City Schools
211 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
707-890-3800
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