4/30/21 Friday Update

Good morning Alcott School Community,
As we prepare to complete our first month back at school, I remain in awe of our staff, students, and families/guardians.  Our successful reopening is due to YOU!  One of the core concepts of who we are at Alcott is rooted in the concept of UBUNTU, which is an African philosophy that means (I am; because we are).  What I have learned over the course of my career in education embraces UBUNTU.  I am the leader I am today because I believe in TEAM.  Our Alcott team includes you and I am looking forward to our collaboration as we focus on how we can be the best school in our region.  
I am including a link to Trevor Noah’s podcast with former U.N. Senior Advisor and the author of “I Am a Girl from Africa”.  Elizabeth Nyamayaro who discusses her memoir and the UBUNTU values that was at the core of her childhood in Zimbabwe.  She speaks of what it meant to be part of a culture that believed in the “I am; because we are”.  It is inspiring and you will hear her discuss UBUNTU and what it means to Africa and how it shaped who she is today. It will outline my goals for this TEAM!
  • Our District is committed to nurturing and enhancing safe and healthy educational environments for students, families, and staff. In order to achieve this important goal, we will be conducting the California School System (CAL-SCHLS) survey. Through CAL-SCHLS, our District will collect data from students, staff, and families to meet California Educational State mandates.  I appreciate your time and participation in this anonymous survey that will help us improve our school climate.  This is valuable data we use at SSC to make informed budget decisions.
    • The window is open from May 1-28.  The link to the survey is:
  • https://wested.ugam-apps.com/wed/ts/c4tE
  • COVID Testing is available for Alcott students.  If you would like your child to receive a free COVID test here at Alcott, please refer to the district website for details on how your child can participate in our free COVID testing on our campus.
  • Clairemont Community of Schools are meetings in which parents and staff from all 5 feeder elementary schools, Marston and Clairemont High School discuss topics like K-12 alignment, district updates, enrollment, marketing and other items brought forth to the committee. Area Superintendents, principals and a SDUSD Board Trustee often attend these meetings. Please use this link if you would like to either make a presentation OR if you would like a certain topic to be addressed by site/district leadership: https://forms.gle/VCWys3L2uHajramD6  The deadline to submit an agenda item request is 5/3/21.
  • Please join us at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 6 for our fourth and final meeting of the school year! All are welcome to attend! Here is the link to the meeting: https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/5564568821  Meeting ID: 556 456 8821
  • I am conducting our parent meetings this week to ensure our stakeholders are providing input into our School Plan.  This week I met with ELAC and am collecting their comments as part of our Needs Assessment. Next Wednesday you will be invited to a parent zoom meeting at 6:00 to provide your input in the vision you would like to see for our school.  A zoom link will be sent next week.
  • This Monday is the start Spirit Week:  be sure to send your children in spirit gear -feel free to do the same as parents:  can't wait to see you on the crosswalk.
    • Monday:  Sports Day
    • Tuesday:  Tacky Day/Mix-Matched
    • Wednesday:  Throwback Day (50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's
    • Thursday:  PJ/Movie Day
Have a great weekend.
Principal Lewis
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