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February 2021 Newsletter

February 2021 at Wiseburn

As we ease into the new semester, we're excited to share some interactive, upcoming events for families to look forward to, news about our newly-installed futsal mini-pitch, heartwarming highlights from our school sites, an update from our superintendent, and much more. Have a wonderful February, Wiseburn!

Letter from the Superintendent

Wiseburn Superintendent Blake Silvers shares important updates with the community on the district's reopening efforts based on new guidance from the California Department of Public Health.

Read the letter

Upcoming Dates

February 5: Report Cards Issued

February 12: Staff Development Day - No School

February 15: President's Day - No School

Community News

futsal mini-pitch
Futsal mini-pitch installed at Dana

Dana Middle School is the home of a new hard court mini-pitch designed for playing futsal and open to the community. The pitch was gifted to Wiseburn USD by the US Soccer Foundation and Black Players for Change thanks to a partnership with the Hawthorne Police Department.

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Registration opened February 1

Wiseburn USD is a wonderful community for students and their families. If you are a resident of Wiseburn and would like to enroll in our schools, please log onto https://wiseburn.schoolmint.net/ to begin your enrollment process.

Learn more

Attend a February WUSD Board Meeting

Wednesday, February 10 at 7 p.m.
Via Zoom: http://bit.ly/wusd-board0210

Thursday, February 25 at 7 p.m.
Via Zoom: http://bit.ly/wusd-board0225

Submit a public comment to be read into the record and view agendas up to 72 hours in advance via BoardDocs.

District Department Updates

WUSD Educational Services: Mark your calendars for upcoming science-focused events
WUSD educational services

On February 12, WUSD PE coach Lauren Shakstad and WUSD science teacher Joanne Michael will co-host a student-focused virtual event dedicated to the Science of Sports. This collaborative effort will introduce the role of science in throwing a ball, using the muscles in our legs, and finding our center of gravity.

Stay tuned with WEF on Instagram

On March 19, WUSD will host a special virtual TK-5 Science Night offering a series of activities for the entire family with opportunities to talk to science experts in various fields of study. This event will link students’ study of science to real-world experiences and careers. More details to come!

Attend Wiseburn's Anti-racism Read-Aloud: February 17th, 5:30 p.m.
WUSD anti-racism

The WUSD Counselors invite families (parents/caregivers with students) to attend a read-aloud of "Something Happened in Our Town " by Donald Moses and Marianne Celano. The story will be followed by a discussion that provides families with opportunities to talk with each other and hear from peers. Please join us as WUSD counselors guide parents/caregivers and students through an experience to explore feelings, gain knowledge, build empathy, and become motivated to promote kindness and social justice. Click here for the full flyer or here for more information and registration. Or, visit www.bit.ly/wusdstorytime.

Learn more about February events hosted by counselors on the Dana Counseling and CARE Team websites.

WUSD Educational Services: WUSD finalizes MTSS Grant efforts
CA Dept. of Education

Through generous funding from the California Scale Up Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Initiative Grant, a team of Wiseburn teachers, school counselors, and psychologists as well as site and district administrators researched and promoted strategies to support all students in their academic and social-emotional learning. This years-long effort has concluded with positive and lasting impacts on our campuses.

Learn more

Highlights from Our Schools

Anza 2nd graders celebrate different cultures with the Gingerbread Man
gingerbread house

Gingerbread week has been a long standing tradition for second grade students at Anza! Teachers typically read the traditional version of Gingerbread Boy and spend the rest of the week reading similar Gingerbread Boy stories from different parts of the country. This outrageously fun week of thematic instruction is called "Gingerbread Stories from Across America."

Read the full story and see more photos

Anza packet pick-up held safely and with aide support
Anza packet distribution

On Jan. 22, we held a packet distribution at Juan de Anza Elementary School to hand out learning materials to students. We want to say a special thank you to our Anza aides. Without you, our students would not have the materials they need. We appreciate you!

Cabrillo Kids Heart Challenge
Take part in the Kids Heart Challenge at Cabrillo

Kids Heart Challenge is happening at Cabrillo! In collaboration with the American Heart Association, this two-week program (February 3-19) and optional fundraiser brings our school community together in a fun way, to rally around physical and mental wellness. This February, we'll show that Cabrillo has heart!

Join in

Dana virtual open house
Join Dana's virtual open house

Dana is looking forward to our annual Winterim event on February 11. Our virtual open house is an opportunity for families to visit current classrooms and also sneak a peek into next year. A Winterim directory with Zoom links will be provided the week before, providing families flexibility and choice. Stay tuned!

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138th St. Elementary President
Introducing 138th St. School's new class president

Student Leadership is off and running at 138th Street School. Our student leaders have taken charge and are on the move to make this school year amazing! After a very close election, we are proud to announce our Madam President, Lauren O. in 5th Grade. According to President Lauren, "I like having responsibilities and feeling like I have a purpose. I like being a leader and take this responsibility very serious." As to who inspired Lauren to run for student council: "Ever since I was in third grade, I told my mom that I was going to run for class representative and one day be the president." The first action as President was to incorporate Friday Spirit Days — be on the lookout for more fun activities coming from our amazing Student Council.

Stay Connected

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Wiseburn COVID-19 Dashboard

We are continually monitoring the COVID-19 data and any applicable state and local health directives. If you haven’t already, you may opt into the Wiseburn COVID-19 Dashboard email list to get twice-monthly snapshots of the state’s most recent COVID-19 data, context about what that means for schools, and resources relevant to our Wiseburn community.

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