San Leandro Unified
Employee Wellness
Save your life or the life of someone you love!
With other illnesses getting more attention nowadays, it's easy to forget that breast cancer is the most commonly occurring cancer in women and the second most common cancer overall. Don't forget, men are also at risk.

According to the American Cancer Society, 1 in 8 women (13%) will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in their lifetime. 1 in 39 women (3%) will die from breast cancer. We all know that cancer affects the entire family as well as friends – therefore the total number of people influenced by breast cancer is much larger.

Make this October the month you learn more about breast cancer, including signs, symptoms, and ways you can support further research. Check out the American Cancer Society's site here.
Staff Spotlight: Those Bancroft Broncos!
BMS staffers are coming together to contribute to their students' health and fitness journeys while keeping themselves moving! Check out these three great videos made to guide students through a warm-up, yoga sequence and dance! Keep in mind they are Special Education and History teachers who saw an opportunity to connect with and engage students in a meaningful way through physical movement, while keeping themselves active and smiling!

Cool wellness collaboration happening at your site? Send it in to and feel the warmth of the SLUSD spotlight!
Simple daily activities to teach kids (and YOU) about the power of emotions
Frowns, tears, meltdowns. Smiles, giggles, belly laughs. These are all natural reactions to the many emotions we feel...every single day.

Feelings come and go on a regular basis, just like clouds in the sky. And learning how to express how you feel, rather than just react, is super difficult. Did you know that understanding and managing emotions is actually a developmental skill? 

This is why we see outward behaviors that might be difficult to understand. But if we think about these behaviors as communication, without getting triggered by them, we can lean in with curiosity and empathy to help.

Entering an SLUSD Site? Don't Forget to Frontline!
Keeping our SLUSD community safe takes an "all hands on deck" approach! If you are coming in to work from any SLUSD office building or school campus, you must self-screen through Frontline before you leave home.

You can find the link to fill out the quick screening under the Employee Portal at or you can bookmark this link:

Download the Frontline mobile app from the app store on your mobile device, for faster access.

Don't neglect to do your part to keep us all healthy and well!
Care is Always There
One of the many benefits of being on Team SLUSD is your access to live 24/7 mental health support.

Through our partnership with CareSolace, all employees can be connected with their vast database of carefully vetted care providers and community resources. These experts will guide you through insurance, provider availability, and scheduling questions.

Remember that CareSolace is not just for our families and students. You too can get access to the support you need, when you need it most. Find the link under the Employee Portal at or click here for more information.
16 Reasons to Call Claremont EAP
Don't forget the Claremont Employee Assistance Program (EAP) is available for all employees and family members!.

The EAP helps you resolve issues before they become more difficult to manage. You and eligible family members can receive professional, confidential counseling at no cost. The EAP also provides access to resources that can help you address virtually ANY personal concern or question.

Here are 16 reasons to contact the EAP at or calling 800-834-3773.
1. It’s FREE! No money comes out of your paycheck.

2. It’s confidential - no one will know that you called unless you tell them.

3. Easy access - no forms, no co-pays, no deductibles. Just one toll free number.

4. You get free counseling sessions with a licensed clinician in private practice.

5. Counseling can be for individuals, couples and families.

6. FREE legal consultations!

7. You can do a FREE Simple Will.

8. FREE financial consultations!

9. Concerned about your credit report information or score? Get a consultation to resolve any issues.

10. Looking for child care services? Claremont will generate a customized report for you!
11. Same with elder care services - Claremont provides nationwide referrals and customized reports.

12. Feel overwhelmed by the college search process? Claremont can help you research undergraduate and graduate programs, including financial aid.

13. Claremont provides nationwide referrals for adoption attorneys, agencies, infertility specialists, and support groups.

14. Do you care for a pet? Claremont offers referrals for pet services such as vets, groomers, boarders, and pet sitters.

15. Looking for a low or no cost community resource? Claremont provides referrals to 12-step meetings, inpatient and outpatient treatment facilities, and more.

16. All employees and their family members in the immediate household are eligible.
Kaiser Members: Plan your flu shot
Protect yourself, your family, and your community from the flu. This year they’ve set up safe, convenient outdoor drive-up or walk-up flu shot locations. Let them know when you plan to arrive so they know when to expect you.

Developing Emotional Literacy
Staff reading suggestion

Appreciations to SLUSD's own Isabelle Wettergren who recently participated on a panel discussion about Creating a Healthy Working and Studying Environment with WorkPlace Options. The link provided above offers a wealth of wellness information to living and working during COVID-19.

She also highly recommends The Unopened-Gift (Primer-Emotional-Literacy) to anyone interested in developing emotional literacy. It is by Dan Newby School of Emotions.

Thank you Isabelle for the recommendations! Please share your wellness reading suggestions with
VSP Important Notice
Members of vision service plans are entitled to receive annual notification of their plans’ complaint process and timely access to care. Click below to see more information.

Pet of the Month

Bruno Garcia

Time to meet the favorite son of our own Kristen Garcia in Food Services. We have been informed that Bruno is indeed, the perfect dog. If those ears are any indication, Kristen may be correct!

From Kristen, "Bruno was born September 21st, 2016 in Los Angeles. He is the best red Boston Terrier ever. My family and I went to LA a few days before Thanksgiving to pick him up, and on the road we were discussing concerts we want to go to. Well Bruno Mars came up and all the sudden my oldest son says, "why don't we just call the dog Bruno". Best decision ever! He is full of energy and knows some cool tricks! Every household needs a Bruno!"

Do you have the perfect pet? Time to give them the recognition they deserve, and such a great resumé builder! Send 'em in to!
Open Enrollment Only Comes Once a Year!
Reminder: San Leandro Unified School District Open Enrollment for Medical, Dental and Vision benefits is from September 21, 2020 through October 16, 2020. Please visit our Benefits Information page on the SLUSD website or click on this link below for more information. 

Questions? Contact Veronica Sanchez at 667-0537 or
COMING SOON: American Fidelity's Annual Section 125 Enrollment!

Section 125 is for those employees who wish to enroll, continue or make changes to their Medical Reimbursement or Dependent Day Care Account for the next plan year. Meet with an American Fidelity Representative to make these changes or to learn more about all your benefits offered through payroll deductions. 

Look for information and a link to sign up for your virtual assisted enrollment in the next few weeks. Because appointments are virtual, they will be open for employees to sign up on any day during enrollment time and not site specific. 
Butternut Squash Salad

This salad is filled with pomegranates, goat cheese, greens, and a spiced cumin-date dressing. It's hearty enough to be a meal on its own!

  • 1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, and cubed
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 6 cups loose-packed organic spring mix greens
  • 2 ounces goat cheese, torn into smaller pieces
  • 2 medjool dates, pitted and diced
  • ¼ cup pomegranate seeds
  • ¼ cup pistachios, crushed and toasted
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper

Cider Date Dressing (makes extra)
  • 5 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 medjool date, pitted
  • ½ garlic clove
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cumin
  • heaping ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 to 5 tablespoons water, as needed to blend

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F and line a large baking sheet with parchment paper. Place the butternut squash cubes on the sheet and drizzle with olive oil and pinches of sea salt and pepper. Toss to coat and spread evenly on the baking sheet. Roast for 30 to 35 minutes, or until tender and browned around the edges.
  2. Stir together the cumin, coriander, cinnamon and cayenne. Set aside.
  3. Make the Cider Date Dressing: In a blender, combine the olive oil, vinegar, lemon juice, date, garlic, cumin, salt, pepper, and 3 tablespoons of water. Add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of water as needed to blend.
  4. Remove the butternut squash from the oven, let cool slightly, and, while warm, toss with the spice mixture.
  5. Assemble the salad with the spring mix greens and half of the roasted squash. Drizzle with ⅓ of the dressing, toss lightly, then add the remaining squash, goat cheese, dates, pomegranates, and pistachios. Drizzle with more dressing as desired. Serve immediately.
Staff Smile Suggestion
Thank you to our own Deanna Slaton, Bancroft physical education and peer advocates teacher, for sharing this song parody that many of us may relate to! Remember, laughing burns calories!
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