Mary Ann Sanders Elementary School

Address: 3101 Fine Ave, Modesto, CA 95355

Phone: (209) 552-3200 Fax: (209) 552-3205


LIGHTHOUSE STATUS

HOME OF THE SAILORS

LEADER IN ME SCHOOL


Mary Smyth, Principal

msmyth@sylvan.k12.ca.us


Cristina Waid, Office Manager

CWaid@sylvan.k12.ca.us


Carrie Anderson, Staff Secretary

CAnderson@sylvan.k12.ca.u s


OFFICE is open to the public

Masks and social distancing will be required upon entry of the school office or lobby area.

first day of school is

monday, august 10, 2020

DISTANCE LEARNING


PARENT FORUM INFORMATION


If you missed the parent forum held on Tuesday, July 28, the recording of the meeting is available to all families.


Superintendent Eric Fredrickson addressing Sylvan Union School District Families about the 2020-21 Reopening of school and Sylvan SeLECT Distance Learning.

To view the Zoom Webinar, click on the link:




INSTRUCTIONS ON distributION OF

student materials through a drive-thru.


    • We ask that all families stay in their car.
    • Families whose last names begin with the letters A-E may pick-up items on Wednesday, August 5th between 9:30am and 11:30am.
    • Families with last names F-L may pick-up items on Wednesday, August 5th between 12:30pm and 2:30pm.
    • Families with last names M-Q may pick-up items on Thursday, August 6th between 9:30am-11:30am.
    • Families with last names R-Z may pick up items on Thursday, August 6th between 12:30pm and 2:30pm.
    • For those unable to come at their appointed time, make-ups will be on Friday, August 7th from 9:30am-12:00pm.
    • Sanders staff will approach to deliver and accept all necessary items.
    • Families will make their way through different stations in the drive-thru.
    • Please be patient and courteous as we will have many essential workers trying their best to get each family through in a timely manner.

Please visit your AERIES Parent Portal prior to your school site visit. It is imperative that your Aeries Student Data Confirmation is complete in order to assist with material pick-up and view your assigned teacher when it is released Tuesday evening. It is recommended that you complete the Free/Reduced Meal Applications/School Benefit Forms through your AERIES Parent Portal using the Titan link. If you did not have an opportunity to complete the form using the Titan Link, please bring a writing utensil in order to complete the form in the drive thru and drop it off at Station 4.

Stations:

“DRIVE THRU” will take place in the back of the school. Families will enter on Fine Ave and exit on Kodiak Dr.

  • Station 1: Technology Checklist/ Login information/ Lunch Forms
  • Station 2: Core curriculum and student supplies along with 2019-2020 Spring pictures if applicable. 2019-2020 yearbooks have yet to arrive.
  • Station 3: Chromebook/AC Adapters/ Signature
  • Station 4: Drop off forms

MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

OF SYLVAN UNION SCHOOL DISTRICT


Dear Sylvan Union School District Families,

Following Monday’s announcement from the Stanislaus Public Health Officer, stating that due to the increased spread of COVID-19 in our community, schools will only be permitted to reopen using a Distance Learning Model, we understandably have received numerous calls and emails from our parent community with questions and concerns.

Today, Governor Newsom provided California School Districts with additional guidance and directives regarding the reopening of schools. One of the primary mandates the Governor announced was the requirement that all schools in counties on the “State Watch List,” which includes Stanislaus County, may only reopen utilizing a Distance/Online Learning Model.

Although Stanislaus County schools had already received guidance from the Public Health Officer, this announcement from the Governor is now a State Mandate. Please allow me to provide you with some additional information that may help answer some of your questions.

How will distance learning be different from last Spring?

Per state guidelines, school districts are charged with providing a robust and comprehensive educational experience that includes daily live interaction with teachers and peers for purposes of instruction, progress monitoring, and maintaining school connectedness. In addition, students are required to attend and grades will be assigned. To meet the call for continued excellence in education, Sylvan is proud to partner with your family in providing SeLECT (Sylvan eLearning - Experiences Connected through Technology). We invite you to join our community forum on Tuesday, July 28 from 6:00-7:00 PM to learn more about our online learning model. You will receive information next week on how you can participate in this important, virtual event.

Will the district provide a device to each student?

Currently, we have devices for students in grades 2-8 that will be issued for student use in Sylvan SeLECT. We are currently working on a plan to procure devices for preschool through first grade. In the event that we are unable to secure an adequate supply of student devices before the school year begins, staff is developing a short-term replacement plan for providing instructional materials for these student groups during the initial weeks of the school year.

What if I don’t have WiFi access at home?

We are working to ensure that our students have access to connectivity in order to fully participate in Sylvan SeLECT. Thanks to the generosity of our community members and business partners, the District is working to provide outdoor access points in every school parking lot in addition to a limited supply of mobile hotspots to be checked out.

When will we return to in-person learning?

According to the new mandates announced by Governor Newsom today, schools may only open if they are in a county that has been removed from the “State Watch List” for 14 days and follow the strict health and safety requirements, including the wearing of masks, symptom checks, and reverting back to a distance learning model when required.

What day will school begin for students? Will the starting date be postponed?

Monday, August 10th is our first instructional day in Sylvan SeLECT for the 2020-21 school year. Prior to the first day of eLearning, families will receive communication regarding the pick-up of instructional materials and/or devices. At this time, there are no plans to change the start date or postpone the first day of school for the 2020-21 school year.

Will we have sports/athletics, extracurricular activities or field trips this year?

All activities listed above are not permitted and are currently suspended per state and county mandates to help control the exposure and spread of COVID-19. When it is deemed safe to do so, and under the guidance of public health, these activities will be phased back into school life onceschools are permitted to safely reopen.

How will my child’s special education needs be met?

The Governor’s Office stated today that further guidance will be forthcoming regarding these very important services. Special education services and support will be provided to the extent permitted. As a parent of a special education student, you are a valued member of the IEP team. There will be an opportunity when school resumes for IEP teams to address concerns regarding a student’s performance and progress.

In closing, I hope that this update has helped provide you with further clarity regarding the reopening of schools in our school district. We are committed to keeping our district families well informed and will provide periodic updates.

Regards,

Eric Fredrickson

Superintendent

Internet Offers

During school closures, parents may be looking for affordable internet providers. We offer the following information as a courtesy to our Sylvan parents/guardians.

Internet For All Now: The California Emerging Technology Fund has provided this link to affordable offers as well as a number to call (1-844-841-INFO (4636)) someone who can assist parents: Affordable Internet Offers

Some cell phone providers are offering the tethering (hotspot) functionality for existing cell phones for free during this time of need. We recommend that parents reach out to their current mobile providers to see what they are offering at this time.

Provider

FCC LifelineProgram

Federal Communication Commission Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers

Search for Lifeline Providers in Your Area

Comcast/Xfinity

http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/

COVID-19 Response: New customers who sign-up for Internet Essentials will receive 60 days of free internet service, increase speeds from 15/2 to 25/3, 40 hours of Xfinity Wifi hotspots per month and open on an unlimited basis.

  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers
  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone
  • Pausing Our Data Plan
  • No Disconnects or Late Fees

AT&T

https://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home (855) 220-5211

COVID-19 Response: No termination regardless of ability to pay, waive late payment fees due to inability to pay, and keep public wifi hotspots open for those who need them.

Up to $10 per month (plus taxes)

  • 10 Mbps
  • No term commitment
  • No deposit
  • No installation fee
  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included

Spectrum/Charter

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

COVID-19 Response: Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.

  • Free Internet modem
  • High-speed Internet at 30 Mbps
  • No data caps
  • No contracts
  • Optional in-home WiFi service at $5/mo

Sprint

https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm

COVID-19 Response:

Sprint announced on Friday the following general response. For the next 60 days:

  • No disconnects or late fees

Starting on Tuesday, March 17: Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.

By Thursday, March 19: Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days. Additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

Coming soon: Mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will receive 20GB per month for 60 days

For 1Million Project Foundation participants only: Data allotment per student increased to 20GB each month from now through June 30, 2020. Acceleration of receipt of more than 100,000 new devices intended for use next school year

T-Mobile

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response

COVID-19 Response: for the next 60 days

  • ALL current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming).
  • An additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service
  • extra free data up to 5GB of data per month
  • Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month

Sonic

https://www.sonic.com/cov19

Serving mainly Bay Area and Sonoma Counties

Cox

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

COVID-19 Response: New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through 5/12/20. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and 5/12/20.

  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)
  • 10 Mbps
  • No term commitment
  • No deposit
  • No installation fee
  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included

Carriers that market Paid/low cost wireless hotspots:

Mobile Citizen

https://mobilecitizen.org/

Plans starting at $10/month

Human-I-T

https://www.human-i-t.org/

Low-cost Internet and devices

Kajeet

https://www.kajeet.net/

Offers 4-month plans


THE TEACHERS AND STAFF OF SANDERS ELEMENTARY MISS OUR STUDENTS!

MUSIC TEACHER MRS. SCHIMDT MADE THIS VIDEO FOR ALL STUDENTS AND PARENTS TO WATCH.

FROM OUR FAMILY TO YOURS, THIS TOO SHALL PASS!

Click this link to watch: Teacher and Staff video

YEARBOOKS & spring pictures

We are in contact with Lifetouch. As soon as we get more information on delivery to the school we will inform parents of the best method to hand them out to our families.

2020-2021

SCHOOL YEAR

TK - 5th GRADE enrollment IS OPEN

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN: CHILD TURNS 5 YEARS OLD BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2 AND DECEMBER 2

KINDERGARTEN: CHILD TURNS 5 YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1

DOCUMENTS REQUIRED TK & K:

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

PHYSICAL EXAM OR APPOINTMENT CARD

DENTAL EXAM OR APPOINTMENT CARD

TWO PROOFS OF ADDRESS, ONE MUST BE A UTILITY BILL

1ST GRADE:

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

PHYSICAL EXAM

TWO PROOFS OF ADDRESS, ONE MUST BE A UTILITY BILL

2ND - 5TH GRADES

BIRTH CERTIFICATE

IMMUNIZATION RECORDS

TWO PROOFS OF ADDRESS, ONE MUST BE A UTILITY BILL


ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED THE ONLINE REGISTRATION THE OFFICE WILL CONTACT YOU TO COME TO THE OFFICE TO SUBMIT THESE DOCUMENTS.


Make sure to check out our Counselor Cove page! Here you will find community resources, fun activities and important information regarding counseling services.

Facebook page - Sanders Counselor Cove!

ATTENTION 5th Graders! Make sure you head on over to our Counselor Cove to check out Mrs. Sousa's slideshow about Moving On Up to Middle School! Lots of information on what to expect! :)