September 2019 Newsletter
A message from the Superintendent
You may see my video message (above) at your school's Back-to-School night or on our district's YouTube channel. It's my Top 5 countdown for starting the year right. The #1, most-important thing you can do to help your child succeed in school is to make sure they to get to school on time, every day. Attendance has a proven link to student success. When students miss school, even for an excused absence, they miss a lot. 

Our school board has recognized September as Attendance Awareness Month. Please reach out to your school principal, teacher or staff member if you are having trouble getting to school. We have Family Mentors and other resources to help!

Dr. Diann Kitamura
Click below for a quick look at our district:
Quick Facts - English
Quick Facts - Español
Have you shared your thoughts?
Our school board is planning for our students and schools for the next five years with a draft Strategic Plan, and they would appreciate your feedback. If you didn't get a chance to attend a community meeting last week, you can still share your thoughts. Take the survey:
We appreciate the parents and staff who were able to attend the Strategic Plan community meetings!
Back-to-School at middle and high schools
After a great Back-to-School night at our elementary schools, it's time for middle and high school parents to get a chance to meet teachers, and to learn about classes and family resources. Check with your student/school for the time.
Middle school - Thursday, Sept. 12
High School - Thursday, Sept. 19
Open Enrollment: Oct. 1 - Nov. 15
Most students attend their neighborhood school, and build friendships and community there. 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. The online application will be available on the website beginning October 1st.
Bond Program update
Steel Lane outdoor tables
Thanks to Measure L, students at Steele Lane Elementary school are now able to eat their lunch in a paved outdoor eating area, with umbrellas for shade. That improvement was one of many completed this summer with bond funds. In 2014, voters approved Measure I ($175-million for middle and high schools) and 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:
New school meals payment app
Our district has a new way to pay for school meals online, called Titan. Parents who used to use MySchoolBucks will find that any remaining balance has been credited to their child's meal account. Click here to set up a Titan account . If you have any questions, contact Kylie in Child Nutrition Services, 707-890-3800 x80701.
To find more information on school lunches, or to fill out the meal application , visit our Child Nutrition Services website
Integrated Wellness Center
The Integrated Wellness Center provides free counseling, school nurse services, and tutoring outside of school hours. The services are available for any students and families in the area, not just in our district. No personal information is collected. Come in for support! The Integrated Wellness Center is located at 2232 Lomitas Avenue, open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 3:00-6:00 pm. Call 707-284-8225 for information or an appointment. Free transportation is available!
Excellence in Education Awards
Just before the school year began, teachers and community leaders gathered for the annual Excellence In Education Awards. Outstanding teachers were nominated from pre-school to college level, and two teachers received the top award in each category. Many of our districts teachers were recognized at this event. Learn more about these educators and the work are doing by reading some of the award nominations .
SRCS on KBBF 89.1 FM
Thanks for reading the newsletter! For more Santa Rosa City Schools news, tune in to KBBF 89.1 FM on most first and third Thursdays of the month at 5:00pm . Host Rafael Vasquez invites guests from the school district for a discussion - in English and Spanish - about issues that affect our children, families, and community. Next up: a September 19th discussion about jobs. Learn what positions are open in the school district, why many of the jobs are family-friendly, and how to apply. Or visit our job openings web page !
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Santa Rosa City Schools
211 Ridgway Avenue
Santa Rosa, CA 95401