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Dear AES Families,
Happy, Fall Y'all! I hope this note finds you happy, healthy and well! Have you noticed the subtle changes of a new season announcing its arrival? The first official day of fall is not until September 22 but already I can feel the gentle breeze of its presence.
AES has been busy BUILDing up our students this first month of the school year as we played with giant size legos and letters. Over the last couple of weeks, our Friday Flag Salute assemblies have been filled with fun opportunities to spell out B U I L D and each letter represent an important building block of social, emotional, behavioral, and academic development. We want to BUILD up our students up to be: Brave, Unique, Independent, Limitless and Disciplined! At Alamos, Legos are our inspirational representation of BUILDing and connecting through play. Did you know that the name 'LEGO' is an abbreviation of the two Danish words “leg godt”, meaning “play well”? It's their name and it's their ideal. The LEGO Group was founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen and it is one of the most successful toys of all time! Perhaps they are so successful because they market what we already know to be true...learning and play is the best way to connect and BUILD!
This coming week, we will launch PBIS otherwise known as Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Funded by the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Special Education Programs (OSEP) and the Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE), PBIS is a multi-tiered approach to social, emotional, and behavioral support for students. At its heart, PBIS calls on schools to teach kids about behavior, just as they would teach about any other subject—like reading or math. PBIS recognizes that kids can only meet behavior expectations if they know what the expectations are. At AES, behavior standards are introduced twice a month at our Friday assemblies. The behavior standard is taught, modeled, and practiced. This Friday, our students will learn what "Listening to Others" (sounds like and looks like). If you would like more information on PBIS, please visit the PBIS website at https://www.pbis.org. I would encourage you to ask your child about the behavior standard(s) they have learned at school. You might find PBIS behavior tools helpful at home as well.
Lastly, I know there has been some confusion about our learning programs and what is currently being offered at TVUSD and more specifically at Alamos. Parents have been provided two different kinds of learning models for the 2021-2022 school year. A parent may choose to have their student attend school on campus for a full day of instruction or they may choose to enroll their child in our new HOME INstead virtual program. We are not able to offer a hybrid learning model of in-person and virtual learning as we did last school year. Please note that our teachers are not provided the time or opportunity to plan for learners at home. If your child is out ill, they will need to follow up with their teacher when they return to school to complete missed assignments. Teachers are not available for live instruction through ZOOM or Google Meets for students that are absent from school. However, if your child is placed on an independent study contract due to COVID-related quarantine restrictions, students are able to access the curriculum through SeeSaw. In addition, students are able to utilize live instruction from the TVUSD Grade level HUB teacher at specific times throughout the school day. We know that change can be confusing and we are here to help! Please contact the school office if you need some guidance or clarification.