Moving into the 2020-21 School Year Together
PUSD E-Connection
September 18, 2020
Updates, Resources & Quicklinks
Inside the Measure I1 Lydiksen Rebuild/Modernization Project
Funded through the generosity of our Pleasanton community, the Measure I1 Lydiksen Elementary Rebuild and Modernization is breathing new life to one of our nationally-recognized schools that hasn't seen significant construction or modernization since it was built over 50 years ago. Take a step inside the construction site to see how the project is coming along
Bridging the Distance Award Nominations - New Award for Educators Making a Difference During Remote Learning
The Alameda County Office of Education has created a new ‘Bridging the Distance Award’ in acknowledgment of an educator’s excellence in delivering distance learning opportunities during the spring and fall of 2020 as schools continue to be closed for in-person instruction.

To be eligible for a Bridging the Distance Award, nominees must be a TK-12 teacher and employed both this year and last. 

Awards will be announced during ACOE’s 31st annual Alameda County Teacher of the Year Ceremony that will be held virtually on December 9, 2020 at 7:00 p.m.

PPIE Week of the Stars: Coming October 9 - 12
In place of the Fall Gala, PPIE is happy to announce PPIE Week of the Stars, October 9-17’ to celebrate and support our schools, and offer our families some much-needed FUN. This week of local dining, virtual classes, online auction and teacher highlights will replace our traditional fall gala. And it’s open to everyone! 
Your participation will help ensure that PPIE is able to meet our fundraising goals to support critical tech, math/reading and other teachers at all our schools. 

Public Hearing on the sufficiency of textbooks and instructional materials and availability of laboratory equipment for science
At the September 24, 2020, Board of Trustees meeting, parents/guardians, staff and community members will have an opportunity to provide input to the District on the sufficiency of textbooks and laboratory equipment for science.

This meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, September 24, 2020, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Virtual Zoom meeting, Zoom link will be posted on the agenda And will be available on the District's website at least 72-hours before the meeting

If you have questions about this public hearing, please contact Nimarta Grewal, Director of Secondary Education or Shay Galletti, Director of Elementary Education, at 925/426-4328.
Parenting Tips from your School Social Worker Team
September is Attendance Awareness Month
Although we're in remote learning, consistent attendance and engagement in school is critical to a students' success - and early absenteeism can be foreshadow more serious issues moving forward. Watch this PSA created by Harvest Park Middle School's Connor Lam and Amador Valley Alumnae Nicole Zhang
Need Support in Ensuring Your Student's Attendance?
If there is something that is preventing your student from attending school, you can reach out to your school’s Child Welfare and Attendance Specialist. Part of their role is to help you overcome obstacles that stand in the way of attendance by troubleshooting issues and connecting you with resources in the community. As a district, we value attendance and want to partner with you in getting your students to school.

Kelly Mills, [email protected], (925) 461-6611
Foothill High, Village High, Hart Middle School

Debbie Tomlin, [email protected], (925) 461-6117
Amador Valley High, Harvest Park Middle School

Sherry Konersman, [email protected], (925) 426-4390 ext. 3808
PUSD Elementary Schools and Pleasanton Middle Schools
Celebrating our pUSd Community
Walnut Grove Elementary's Sharolyn Borris serenades Roadrunners to the tune of Hamilton
Walnut Grove music teacher Sharolyn Borris dedicated an original song to the tune of Hamilton to her Roadrunners this week. Grab your tissues and enjoy.
Amador Valley Students Donate PPE to PUSD
Prior to the pandemic, Amador Valley High Senior Music Student Chloe Jeon and Andrew Choi founded, a volunteer organization that performs music for senior citizens and children with special needs. When the COVID-19 pandemic began, Music4Hear began holding virtual concerts to share the healing power of music. 

Wanting to do more, they started EBPPE (East Bay Personal Protective Equipment), donating hand-made cotton masks and other PPE to health centers across the East Bay. So far, they EBPPE has donated 537 cotton masks, 3,400 disposable masks, 327 3D-printed ear savers, 103 face shields, and 46 bottles of hand sanitizer. They have also raised $3743 in donations via Music4Heart virtual benefit concerts, PPE fundraising events, and other online fundraisers.

As the school year began, these students turned their attention to our PUSD staff members, donating 50 hand-made cotton masks, 700 disposable masks, 30 face shields, 50 3D-printed ear savers, and 18 bottles of hand sanitizers. Thank you to these awesome students!

For more information, please visit and
Opportunities & Resources
Weekend Meals Are BACK , Included in Friday Pick-Up
In addition to Friday meals and groceries, our CNS team is thrilled to be giving away meals for the weekend to our families in need. See flyer below for information regarding pick-up times and locations!
Pleasanton Emergency Rental Assistance
The COVID-19 Emergency Rental Assistance Program will assist existing Pleasanton residents who are unable to pay rent due to the COVID-19 pandemic by providing a maximum grant assistance up to $2,500 per household to pay for up to one month of delinquent rent and late fees.
Applicants may submit an application online at or request an application by phone (925) 208-0660 or by email [email protected].
Please view the flyer for more details or visit CityServe's website.

Food Benefits for Families in Need
Due to Coronavirus (COVID-19), children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals at school will get extra food benefits. These food benefits are called Pandemic EBT or P-EBT benefits. P-EBT benefits help families in California buy food when schools are closed because of the coronavirus emergency.

Families will get up to $365 per eligible child on their P-EBT card to use on food and groceries.

Families with children who get CalFresh, Medi-Cal or Foster Care benefits do not need to apply and should have gotten their P-EBT card during the month of May.

Families with children who are eligible for free or reduced-price meals and who do not get their P-EBT card in the mail by the end of May must apply online before July 15, 2020. The online application is available at If you have questions about P-EBT, you can complete this contact form.
Resources for Families Whose Living Situation Has Been Impacted
Has the COVID-19 pandemic had an impact on your family's living situation? Are you at an increased risk of losing your housing because of the COVID-19 pandemic?

If you answered yes to either question, PUSD wants to ensure you are familiar with the federal McKinney-Vento law, which supports a student's ability to access a public education when changes in their living situation results in homelessness. The McKinney-Vento law also provides students the opportunity to remain in their school of origin if it is in their best interest and the student/parent requests it. For more information and additional resources, visit our McKinney-Vento (Homeless Youth) Education webpage here
Resources For Families
Click the image below for a slew of helpful resources curated by our Student Support Services team and Parent Liaisons. You can also visit: (Spanish version -, Chinese version)
Pleasanton Unified
School District
4665 Bernal Ave., Pleasanton, CA 94566
Phone: 925-462-5500