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Sunshine Gardens Elementary School

    Dear SSFUSD Community:

    According to the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) AIRNow index, air quality levels have substantially improved over the weekend.

    As these improved conditions are expected to continue into next week, we have determined that our schools will be OPEN as regularly scheduled on Monday, November 19th, and Tuesday, November 20th.

    (Please note that our district observes school holidays on Wednesday, November 21st through Friday, November 23rd)

    While conditions remain in the “Unhealthy” range of the Air Quality Index (AQI), we will be continuing to enact our limited outdoor activity protocol. This includes modifying daily activity that would otherwise be conducted outdoors, such as moving physical education classes, lunch activities, recess, outdoor rallies, sporting events, etc., to indoor facilities, or in some cases, cancellation of activities.

    If conditions change to the “Unhealthy for Sensitive Groups” range of the Air Quality Index (AQI), all outdoor school activities would continue as normal, however, students with known respiratory conditions such as asthma would be encouraged to refrain from outdoor activities that involve heavy physical exertion, such as athletic practices.

    Families who are concerned about the health of their students will be allowed keep their students at home. Any such student will be given an excused absence.

    While we are following the Air Quality Forecast, we will also be actively monitoring conditions in South San Francisco and all local areas of our schools. If conditions change, we will post an update and communicate with our schools to ensure our community remains informed.

    Click here to see our past updates from Friday 11/9, Tuesday 11/13, and Thursday 11/15 for additional information

    For the most recent information and changes in air quality status please visit:

    Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAMQD): http://www.baaqmd.gov/

    AIRNow: https://cfpub.epa.gov/airnow/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=317

    Posted 11/18/18

    As fire crews continue to battle the Butte County Fire in northern CA, air quality will likely stay in the Unhealthy range for the remainder of the week. Please be aware that our schools will remain OPEN and we will be continuing to enact our limited outdoor activity protocol until further notice. If conditions change, we will post an update and communicate with our schools to ensure our community remains informed.

    Families who are concerned about the health of their students may keep their students at home. Any such student will be given an excused absence.

    Should we determine the need for school closures in the future, we will provide subsequent notification through our emergency broadcast system.

    Click here to see our past updates from Friday 11/9 and Tuesday 11/13 for additional information.

    For the most recent information and changes in air quality status please visit:

    Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAMQD): http://www.baaqmd.gov/

    AIRNow: https://cfpub.epa.gov/airnow/index.cfm?action=airnow.local_city&cityid=317

    Posted 11/13/18

    Community Air Quality Update 11/13/18

    While air quality continues to be in the Unhealthy range, please be aware that our schools remain OPEN and we are continuing to enact our limited outdoor activity protocol.

    We have decided to allow families who are concerned about the health of their students to keep their students at home. Any such student will be given an excused absence.

    We will also continue to encourage any students with health issues, which are exacerbated by the present condition, and those who experience any difficulties as a result of the air quality, to immediately notify school staff.

    Thank you to all of our families, students, staff, and community for your support and patience while we have been experiencing unpredictable air quality levels throughout the county. We will continue to actively monitor conditions in South San Francisco and all local areas of our schools, as conditions can change throughout the day and overnight.

    For the most recent information and changes in air quality status please visit http://www.baaqmd.gov/

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    Posted 11/13/18
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    From Principal Biddy:


    As we move into the Autumn season we often pause to feel grateful for the love, joy, and beauty in our world. Science confirms what our common sense tells us – that practicing gratitude improves the quality of our lives.

    I am thankful for our incredible community at Sunshine Gardens. Our wonderful staff and devoted families accomplished so much this past month. Thank you to teachers and staff for the work you put in every day to support student learning. Your commitment to help each child be the best they can be is humbling. Thank you to our yard duty helpers for taking the time to get to know each child and for keeping our playground safe and organized. Our amazing EL support staff has been integral to helping our students increase their reading skills. Lastly, thank you to our families and PTA, who devoted so much time this past month to support our school. The Harvest Festival, Walk to School Day, wrapping paper drive, and Good Eggs fundraiser were all a tremendous success. It is such a privilege to work with so many inspiring and incredible individuals. 

    What are you thankful for?

    Shelby Biddy

    sbiddy@ssfusd.org / 650-877-8784

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    Posted 11/9/18

    From the PTA:

    ROOM PARENT PROGRAM: We are excited to begin the room parent program as Sunshine Gardens. See the attached letter for details related to your class. This is the first time we’ve done this at Sunshine Gardens, so we appreciate your patience as we begin this trial year. Please return the form so your room parent can communicate with you

    PTA MEETING: Please join us on Thursday, Nov. 15, at 6 p.m. in Room 5. We will keep it brief and then head over to Baden High School to support Ms. Biddy’s presentation to the School Board. 

    GENEVIEVES FUNDRAISER: We are impressed! We are still counting everything up, but things are looking good for the Genevieve’s fundraiser. Thank you so much for your participation and contributions!

    GOOD EGGS: This fundraiser continues through the end of November. We have 15 new families signed up – if we get 5 more, we will earn $500 for the school! You get $15 off your first order, and there is no commitment to continue or monthly fee. Visit schools.goodeggs.com and use the code Sunshine18. 

    Thank you,       

    Sunshine Gardens PTA | sunshinegardenspta@gmail.com

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    Posted 11/8/18
    parking lot procedures

    At Sunshine Gardens, student safety is a priority. One of the busiest times of day on our campus is the arrival and dismissal of our 400 plus students. Staff has been working hard to update our existing procedures to ensure student safety. 

    To help us keep our school safe please remember:

    • The Speed Limit in the parking lot is 5 mph.
    • During the hours of 7:45-8:35 and 2:30-2:55 we ask that parents park on the street in front of the school. Please do not double park on the street or park in red zones on either side of our gates. We continue to accommodate any handicapped vehicles within the school parking lot.

    Morning Drop Off:

    If you would like to drop-off your student, Sunshine Gardens has designated a specific area in front of the Leo J. Ryan School as an unloading zone. Please pull up to the yellow line and a volunteer wearing a yellow vest will be there to assist. Although it is tempting to violate the parking lot rules, we ask that you drop off your student in the designated “drop off” area only. Please do not let your child exit the car in front of the cafeteria or in front of office. With so many children arriving at school and so many parents and caregivers driving in and out of the parking lot, it can become a dangerous place if not kept orderly. 

     

    Dismissal / After-School Pick Up:

    • All students in grades 1-5 will be walked out to the front of the school by their teacher at 2:40 PM on regular school days.
    • If you are picking up a student after school, remain in your car and form a line in the drop off line.
      • Students must wait for you in the loading area in front of Leo J. Ryan.
    • When waiting in the load/unload area pull forward to the yellow line to allow other cars to move forward.
    • We ask that you do not leave your car unattended in the loading area - you must remain in your car!  
    HOW TO UNDERSTAND YOUR CHILD'S SBAC TEST RESULTS

    This video will help explain the CAASPP Individual Student Score Report for students who were in grades 3-5 last year. The CAASPP is administered each spring to students in third grade and above and is part of the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). For more information in English and Spanish, you can visit the California Department of Education's website here:

    https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ca/caasppssreports.asp

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