News from Across the Rowland Unified School District

Shelyn Sharks Host

Lunar New Year Celebration

Kids and parents filled the playground and excitement was high as each class prepared for Shelyn Elementary's annual Lunar New Year Parade. Children gasped as the sound of giant drums filled the air and then Chinese Lions began to dance! Little bunny masks and ears were worn in celebration of the "Year of the Rabbit," and each grade level performed a song and dance.

"This is always such a special event for our community. In 2009 parents approached me with an idea of a Shelyn community parade and we've kept the tradition ever since. All of our families look forward to coming together to celebrate, " said Shelyn Principal Sarah Opatkiewicz.

Shelyn Elementary is the District's only Mandarin Dual Language Immersion school where students can learn to read, write and speak Chinese beginning in Kindergarten. The school also features school-wide enrichment in language and culture for the non-dual classes. Rowland Unified is proud to have three Dual Language Immersion schools, Spanish Dual Language Immersion schools are at Rorimer Elementary and Hurley Elementary.

CHECK OUT THIS VIDEO: This video from a @RowlandSchools Tweet was shown on news stations on the East Coast! The magnificent Lion Dancer performance was thanks to Shelyn Parent Mr. Kingston Heng and the San Gabriel Valley Chinese Cultural Association.

What an amazing surprise for @shelynsharks

students at the Lunar New Year Celebration as it opened with a special Lion Dance performance! Thank you Shelyn PTA and to Mandarin Dual Immersion Parents for their help! #WeAreRUSD @RowlandSchools



ENROLL NOW -- RUSD's Enrollment Video for 2023-2024

Parent Info Meetings for TK and Kinder

Early enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year is February 1 - March 1. Families who want to learn more about Transitional Kindergarten (TK) and Kindergarten are invited to information meetings on February 6, 7 and 13. Scan the QR code above or visit

Transitional Kindergarten is for children who turn 5 years old between September 2, 2023 and April 2, 2024.

Kindergarten is for children who turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2023.

If you have further questions about enrollment you can call our Student Services Office at (626)935-8281.

THE BUZZ... KinderFest is March 18

One of the biggest and CUTEST events RUSD hosts exclusively for families of 3, 4 & 5 year olds is KinderFest! Meet RUSD TK and Kinder experts and experience interactive booths, a mock classroom and cafeteria and get a sneak peek of the innovative learning that takes place in a Rowland School Day!


The first 250 families to register will receive a special RUSD Bee Lunch Bag at the event! Visit for more information!

January 30, 2023 Questions? Contact RUSD News Editor

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