9
March

Target date for the start of the Hybrid Model

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A Note from the Director – March 2021

Dear Families,
We are very excited to have students back on campus, and that official date is starting to come into focus. The latest board approved plan for reopening states that we will reopen once all staff had the opportunity for their vaccine shots to reach full efficacy (7-10 days post second shot or 5 weeks from first shot). This puts the target date for the start of the hybrid model in mid-March.

Knowing we have had target dates before; I suggest that you share this information with your child with the understanding that the date will be made final once all teachers have had the offer of the 2nd shot. We plan to share with kids that the date is coming but that it can still be impacted by vaccine availability.

As we move closer to this date, we know students will need to prepare emotionally and physically. Staff have worked hard to be ready and we are thrilled to feel the reality of what is to come. Teachers are crafting new strategies to meet the demands of the hybrid model. This will be yet another entirely new program. Communication and patience will be key as we learn this new normal together. Thank you for all your support and patience as we move forward!

Directora Beth

 

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Una carta de la directora – marzo 2021

Estimadas familias,
Estamos muy emocionados de tener estudiantes de vuelta en el campus, y esa fecha oficial está comenzando a ser enfocada. El último plan para reabrir indica que reabriremos una vez que todo el personal haya tenido la oportunidad de que sus vacunas alcancen la máxima. Esto pone la fecha objetivo para el inicio del modelo híbrido a mediados de marzo.

Sabiendo que hemos tenido fechas objetivo antes; le sugiero que comparta esta información con su hijo con el entendimiento de que la fecha será final una vez que todos las maestras hayan tenido la oferta de la segunda inyección. Planeamos compartir con los niños que la fecha está llegando, pero que todavía puede verse afectada por la disponibilidad de vacunas.

A medida que nos acercamos a esta fecha, sabemos que los estudiantes tendrán que prepararse física y emocionalmente. El personal ha trabajado duro para estar listo. Las maestras están elaborando nuevas estrategias. La comunicación y la paciencia serán clave a medida que aprendamos esta nueva normalidad juntos. Gracias por todo su apoyo a medida que avanzamos!

Directora Beth
 
15
January

Update on Reopening with Hybrid Model

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Dear Families,

On Wednesday evening the charter council had their regular monthly meeting. The content of the meeting included a presentation about the layered safety precautions that FNCS has in place for in person learning as well as an update to our current status. As for readiness, the school physically has what we need, we have a plan and we are ready for when students are able to return.

A few parents attended and shared with grace and composure their life’s experience related to distance learning. Both the content of the presentations along with public input prompted the council to consider a restructure to the instructional model criteria for the start of the hybrid model (currently written to begin the hybrid model when the county is in the orange/yellow tier for two consecutive weeks). The idea was to change the reopening criteria to follow state guidance (begin the hybrid model when in the red tier for two consecutive weeks). We also had a discussion about the waivers available to allow schools to reopen while the county is in the purple tier. Not everyone was in favor of doing that, but there was support for me to explore the process of applying and bring information back to the council to consider.

The following day, all of the guidelines for schools to reopen were changed. There is no longer a waiver process available to schools. In addition, the state criteria for reopening has shifted to allow schools to reopen a hybrid model when the county is in the purple tier with an adjusted case rate below 25 cases per 100,000 population. Currently Humboldt County has a case rate of 25.2, which means currently there is no path to reopening until local conditions change.

The council will meet in the coming weeks to further discuss the options available and consider target dates for reopening. When this date is chosen, please remember that local conditions will impact our ability to reopen on that date. Family input at meetings cannot be underestimated. The council truly appreciates hearing your experience, needs and ideas for moving forward.

It goes without saying that the staff at Fuente Nueva miss “normal” school and are so eager to have students back on campus. We also want to do that safely and in a trauma sensitive way. I look forward to when that day arrives. My door is always open, so please feel free to reach out if you want to discuss this with me personally.

All the best,

Beth

***

Estimadas familias,

El miércoles por la noche el consejo de la escuela tuvo su reunión mensual regular. El contenido de la reunión incluyó una presentación sobre las precauciones de seguridad en capas que Fuente Nueva tiene en su lugar para el aprendizaje en persona, así como una actualización de nuestro estado actual. En cuanto a la preparación, la escuela físicamente tiene lo que necesitamos, tenemos un plan y estamos listos para cuando los estudiantes puedan regresar.

Algunos padres asistieron y compartieron con gracia y con compostura la experiencia de sus vidas relacionada con el aprendizaje a distancia. Tanto el contenido de las presentaciones como la opinión pública llevaron al consejo a considerar una reestructuración de los criterios del modelo instructivo para el inicio del modelo híbrido de aprendizaje (actualmente escrito para comenzar el modelo híbrido cuando el condado está en el nivel naranja/amarillo durante dos semanas consecutivas). La idea era cambiar los criterios de reapertura para seguir las instrucciones estatales (comenzar el modelo híbrido cuando está en el nivel rojo durante dos semanas consecutivas). También tuvimos una discusión sobre las exenciones disponibles para permitir que las escuelas reabrieron mientras el condado está en el nivel púrpura. No todo el mundo estaba a favor de hacerlo, pero me apoyó que explorara el proceso de aplicación y que el consejo examinará la información.

Al día siguiente – ayer – se cambiaron todas las pautas para que las escuelas reabran. Ya no hay un proceso de exención disponible para las escuelas. Además, el criterio estatal para reabrir ha cambiado para permitir que las escuelas reabran un modelo híbrido cuando el condado está en el nivel púrpura con una tasa de casos ajustada por debajo de 25 casos por 100,000 habitantes. Actualmente el condado de Humboldt tiene una tasa de casos de 25.2, lo que significa que actualmente no hay camino para reabrir hasta que cambien las condiciones locales.

El consejo se reunirá en las próximas semanas para seguir discutiendo las opciones disponibles y considerar las fechas previstas para la reapertura. Cuando se elija esta fecha, recuerde que las condiciones locales afectarán nuestra capacidad de reabrir en esa fecha. No se puede subestimar la aportación de la familia en las reuniones. El consejo realmente aprecia escuchar su experiencia, necesidades e ideas para seguir adelante.

No hace falta decir que el personal de Fuente Nueva falta en la escuela “normal” y están tan ansiosos de tener estudiantes de vuelta en el campus. También queremos hacerlo de forma segura y sensible a los traumas. Espero con ansias cuando llegue ese día. Mi puerta siempre está abierta, así que no dude en comunicarse si desea hablar conmigo personalmente.

Atentamente,

Beth

 
13
January

Supporting students regarding the events in Washington D.C.

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Dear Fuente Nueva Families, 

As a community we recognize that this is a very anxious time for students, staff and families alike. The violence that occurred last week in our nation’s capital and the continued attack on our democracy may create additional stress in our daily lives. Stress that the students are sure to also be experiencing. This letter is in an effort to provide some encouragement for us all to support one another as we navigate this moment in our nation’s history. 

With images circulating and words such as riots, insurrection, and coup being used in our news cycles it is no doubt that some are experiencing big emotions in response. Using our words to share our feelings with those around us can be grounding and provide a space for deeper understanding. It is common for some parents to wonder if we should talk to our young children about big events like this. The answer is yes. They know way more than you think and if we don’t talk to them, they will fill in their gaps of knowledge on their own. 

This letter is to support families in having conversations at home. A great place to start is just asking your child what they know as often it is more than you think. For our youngest children we don’t have to feel pressured to fill in all the facts, just tell them what they want to know and the big ideas of what happened in age appropriate language. A recent article by NPR offers a few resources along with this list of resources that is being shared with teachers of students TK-12. 

If you have any questions or would like to discuss this further, please feel free to contact me to set up a time to connect. Thank you for your continued partnership in educating our community’s youth. 

All the best, 

Beth

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Estimadas familias de Fuente Nueva,

Como comunidad, reconocemos que este es un momento muy ansioso, tanto para los estudiantes como para el personal y las familias. La violencia que ocurrió la semana pasada en la capital de nuestra nación y el ataque continuado a nuestra democracia pueden crear estrés adicional en nuestra vida diaria. Un estrés que los estudiantes seguramente también experimentaron. Esta carta es un esfuerzo para proporcionar un poco de aliento para que todos nos apoyemos unos a otros, mientras navegamos este momento en la historia de nuestra nación.

Con imágenes que circulan y palabras como disturbios, insurrección y golpe de estado que se utilizan en nuestras noticias, no hay duda de que algunos de nosotros estamos sintiendo grandes emociones en respuesta. Usar nuestras palabras para compartir nuestros sentimientos con los que nos rodean puede ser la puesta a tierra y proporcionar un espacio para una comprensión más profunda. Es común que algunos padres y madres se preguntan si deberían hablar con los niños pequeños de un acontecimiento tan grande como este. La respuesta es sí. Los niños saben mucho más de lo que cree usted, y si no hablamos con ellos, llenarán sus vacíos de conocimiento por sí solos. 

Esta carta es para apoyar a las familias en tener conversaciones en casa. Un gran lugar para comenzar es simplemente preguntarle a su hijo lo que saben, como a menudo es más de lo que usted piensa. Para nuestros hijos más pequeños no tenemos que sentirnos presionados para llenar todos los hechos, simplemente decirles lo que quieren saber y las grandes ideas de lo que sucedió en un lenguaje apropiado para la edad. Un artículo reciente de NPR (en inglés) ofrece algunos recursos junto con esta lista de recursos (en inglés) que se comparte con los maestros de los estudiantes TK-12.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o desea hablar más sobre esto, no dude en ponerse en contacto conmigo para establecer una hora de conexión. Gracias por su continua colaboración en la educación de los jóvenes de nuestra comunidad.

Atentamente,

Beth

 
13
November

“Safety is a part of every discussion we have”

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A Note from the Director – November 2020

Dear Families,

Safety of our students and staff has always been the top priority for Fuente Nueva. As we move towards reopening for in person instruction safety is a part of every discussion we have. Most of us have experienced the sensation of having to learn a lot of new information while living through a pandemic. In addition, the guidance continues to evolve as scientists discover more about actions we can take for our communities safety. It is all quite a lot.

With each step we have taken to educate ourselves on how to create the safest environment in the time of coronavirus, I can confidently say that Fuente Nueva is taking every precaution possible. At the same time, we are committed to being flexible and transparent as we move forward.

The on-campus instruction plan is now available for your review. I encourage you each to take the time to read through the material and understand your role in helping to contribute to the safety of our students, staff and families. It is only together that we can be most effective in our goals.

Please, if you have ideas, thoughts, questions or concerns, my door is always open, and I encourage you to never underestimate the power of collaboration. Together we rise to the challenge.

Directora Beth

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Una carta de la directora – Noviembre de 2020

Estimadas familias,

La seguridad de nuestros estudiantes y personal siempre ha sido la máxima prioridad para Fuente Nueva. A medida que avanzamos hacia la reapertura de la instrucción en persona, la seguridad es parte de cada discusión que tenemos. La mayoría de nosotros hemos experimentado la sensación de tener que aprender mucha información nueva mientras vivimos una pandemia. Además, la guía continúa evolucionando a medida que los científicos descubren más sobre las acciones que podemos tomar para la seguridad de nuestras comunidades.

Con cada paso que hemos dado para educarnos sobre cómo crear el ambiente más seguro en el tiempo del coronavirus, puedo decir con confianza que Fuente Nueva está tomando todas las precauciones posibles. Al mismo tiempo, estamos comprometidos a ser flexibles y transparentes a medida que avancamos.

El plan de instrucción en el campus está ahora disponible para su revisión. Les animo a cada uno a tomarse el tiempo para leer el material y entender su papel en ayudar a contribuir a la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. Solo juntos podemos ser más efectivos en nuestros objetivos.

Por favor, si tienes ideas o pensamientos, mi puerta siempre está abierta, y te animo a nunca subestimar el poder de la colaboración. Juntos estamos a la altura del desafío.

Directora Beth
 
13
August

Updates for the 20/21 School Year

Dear Families, 

First, I hope that this finds you well, healthy and with joy in your life. Now more than ever I find it important to reflect on those qualities in my life to provide balance and perspective. I am reaching out to share the outcomes from the meeting held last night. The charter council faced very difficult decisions that have shifted the course of our program offerings at the start of the school year. 

The changes in the course of the program offerings are as follows: 

  • Fuente Nueva will no longer offer child care at the start of the school year and the council plans to reconsider in the future. This is a temporary decision and will be reconsidered in the future.
  • As a result of the above decision, the choice to have an on campus presence of the educational team with individual student meetings occurring for the most vulnerable students is impacted.
  • Fuente Nueva is seeking to enter into an agreement with the Arcata School District to purchase school lunch meals from them. Details are not yet finalized. The intention is to return to our own school lunch program when we return to in-person instruction or there are changes in the waiver that the State of California may provide schools in the future. These details will be a part of the agreement with the district and we are 100% committed to offering our program again. 

Each of these decisions was made considering safety, equity, and the stability of the school as a whole as guiding principles. There were several parents present to help provide insights into their own needs as well as what they know from other parents. At the same time, council members recognized there were voices not present that deserved representation. We all did our best to consider and hear those voices. The decisions were not easy ones and we know we still have much work to do to support our students. 

Next week on Wednesday 8/19 the council will meet to discuss how we move forward with the implementation of the distance learning plan. The formal decision will be made about who works from campus and if we bring individual students to the school for some in-person support. There will also be additional items such as policies and procedures that will be included. 

To say that our hearts are not heavy would be a lie. And yet, this morning I wake up with the realization that when one door closes another opens. We all know that there are families in our community that desperately need child care. My question to all of you is how can we and you, as the greater community, help? This is not a challenge that the school alone can solve and we are always stronger when we act as a full community. To this end, today I will work with staff to create a format for us to share both family needs and community ideas that will lead to solutions. 

I understand that this decision will have a huge impact on families. Please know that my door is always open, and I welcome the opportunity to have a conversation on how this decision was made. In closing I want you to know that the teachers have been working tirelessly this summer to prepare for distance learning. They received high quality training in the spring and most teachers have attended more professional development this summer. All of them have spent time imagining and creating a more robust and engaging learning environment for the students in distance learning. We know it is not in person, but we know that we can find the love and joy of teaching and learning either way. 

¡Viva Fuente Nueva!

Truly, 

Beth 

 
9
June

Racial Justice, what do we do now?

Dear Families,

We have watched and absorbed a lot in the last few weeks and our attention has turned to what it means to stand up for racial equity and justice. The teachable, actionable moment is one that is rich with possibility for a better world for all, not just the few that the system was built to support. But how do we do that? That is not an easy question to answer, nor is there one right way.
The Black Lives Matter movement has been on our doorstep as a nation for several years. The sad part about the recent events is that they are not new occurrences. The difference is that now we see the events first hand in our news feed and on tv. With this knowledge are given the opportunity to join People of Color to stand at their side and demand change. Living where we do (but really anywhere in the U.S.) it is important to recognize that what we are seeing happen in the Black Lives Matter movement has also played out in the Ideginous Peoples communities for generations.
Parents are asking for resources, so we have shared a set of resources on our website that was created by Equity Arcata. For background, Equity Arcata is a diverse group of people who have been meeting regularly since the murder of David Josiah Lawson. The groups goal is to support anti-racist work in Arcata and the greater Humboldt region.
A list of resources is a place to start, but as we all know this work is hard. For some of us, we may find that our learning curve is steep and we have much to learn and unlearn about racial injustices. For others, this is a reality they have lived. No matter what, supporting anti-racist work at home with your children is essential to us bringing about true change.
As a school, we would like to open the discussion about how we can be a resource to parents to support the dialogue. As a school we are collectively committed to anti-racist work, now and into the future. To this end, I will host a coffee hour with the director on Wednesday June 17th at 8:30am. This will be a place for us to begin the dialogue and explore the potential support that we can provide as a school. It is a place to come and ask questions and share experiences.
As you may remember, Fuente Nueva is part of the Tk-12 Equity Partnership that focuses on anti-racist work. All staff have been participating in multiple workshops this year. In addition, three of us are in a cohort of educators who have been trained to train other educators. All this to say, we are well poised to continue our learning with you as our partners. None of us have “figured it out” but we are willing to dive in, make mistakes and then correct them, all in an effort to make change for the better.
If you can’t make it to the coffee hour and have some ideas or questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out. Thank you for listening and your endless support of Fuente Nueva and beyond.
Truly,
Beth
To join the conversation request the zoom link by emailing:  tech@fuentenueva.org
 
4
June

A teachable moment on racial equity

Dear Families, 

We are living in historic times.Our nation and the world are experiencing layers of emergencies and many of our mutual support systems are offline/unavailable right now. Fortunately, we are a strong and resilient community and together we are strong. 

Collectively we have the opportunity to help our youth make sense of the moment we are in. They are likely hearing/seeing a lot of very confusing messaging and they may be feeling scared. I suggest that above all, you take time to listen to your kids. Ask them what they are hearing and what questions they have. Help them connect this moment to other times in our history with which they may already be familiar. 

There is a lot going on right now, and it is important to stay hydrated, fed and rested.  Emotions are running very high. Perhaps this moment will lead to positive change in our world. Perhaps things will get worse before they get better. 

Whatever comes, we are not all going to experience events in the same way based on a lot of factors, including our races and personal/familial histories. Please be extra sensitive to one another so we may be sources of support and strength for each other in the coming weeks. 

On the parent resource tab we posted an incomplete list of resources to help you navigate these times. As always, please do not hesitate to reach out if you need support. 

Truly,

Directora Beth

 
27
March

Distance Learning Roll Out and Next Week’s Schedule

Hello Families,

First, I hope this finds you well during these stressful times. The few times I have seen the faces of the students, through a car window, on facebook or on a zoom meeting, it has been a delight. I am reminded why the educators at Fuente are working so hard. I am also reminded of the challenges you must be facing daily. We hope the program we are putting together helps support you in this time. Thank you for your patience as we have adjusted to this new effort.

We are excited to share that we have made some great progress this week in launching a distance learning program. Below is a description of our rollout timeline. To help you get a clearer picture we will be sending out a schedule for the first week soon. Throughout this process we will be following the CDE Distance Learning Guidelines which are updated weekly.

March 23-27- Connection and Access
This week we built on the work from last week to connect with families to ask if they have any needs such as school meals and internet services. A team sent home learning resources packets for every student that will be used in the coming weeks of remote learning. Teachers created simple websites to act as the delivery place of lessons and instructional online resources. We have signed up for the necessary zoom memberships for the school and teachers are getting themselves trained on how to use them for instruction. Teachers created a schedule for next week to provide connections with the classroom teachers, aides, the school counselor and directora.

March 30-April 3 One Connection and One Academic
The second week teachers will be providing one scheduled connection activity activity using video conference on Zoom. Teachers will also share one learning activity with students. Maestra Angela will join grade level meetings in second through fifth grade. Students will be introduced to class websites during their zoom conference. We plan to host an all school reunion on Monday and Friday morning and offer character education lessons. Finally, Maestra Ortega will offer art classes. We hope your student can participate in these opportunities as much as possible. The team is using this week to assess which types of activities are most doable for students from home. Teachers will be working on developing more learning opportunities online to supplement what resources are already in place. In summary, this is our test week for distance learning.

April 6-10 Distance Learning
Starting April 6 will transition to a distance learning program. A schedule is under development to provide consistent opportunities for teachers and students to connect. There will be both scheduled lessons and drop in hours. We will implement a schedule that incorporates one art, music or pe lesson per week as well as regular character education. Teachers will be posting academic activities in all subject areas. Extended day will offer enrichment classes and we may even pull off spirit week and a dance party! Each week teachers will assess and plan for the following week.
Beyond April 10
We are making plans for distance learning to continue beyond April 10th. The program will improve as we figure out what works best or as the local situation changes. By partnering with families we will find a nice balance of instructional offerings and support. We will continue to evaluate school reopening decisions in partnership with Humboldt County School Districts and the Humboldt County Public Health.

This is certainly a lot of information and it may be hard to see clearly what it all means. One step at a time we hope to make that clear for you. Next you will receive an email with instructions for the zoom meeting platform and an invitation to all school reunion on Monday at 8:30am. We will have tech support available throughout this distance learning program. This reunion will be used as a time to give families a chance to work out tech kinks prior to zoom meetings that are scheduled throughout the day Monday for each grade. The schedule will be coming to you soon.

Thank you all for your continued support. We are sending you all lots of love at this time. We miss the kids … big time! It is hard to go to school and see the empty rooms. Last night Scott our custodian texted me a picture and said the chairs are sad and miss the kids. We can’t wait to be together in person again, but for now we hope to get back to some of what is familiar through this distance learning program.

With gratitude,

Beth

 
23
March

FNCC Special Meeting 3/24

We are holding a special meeting of the FNCC to update them on the progress on the schools response to the COVID-19 closure.

Beth Wylie is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Time: Mar 24, 2020 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

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15
March

School Closure starting Monday 3/16/20

Dear Fuente Nueva Families, 

Following guidance from various sources, including from the Humboldt County Office of Education, we have decided to close Fuente Nueva campus starting Monday 3/16 for two school weeks.

The closure is an effort to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in our community. There are still no known cases in Humboldt, but it has become clear, measures such as school closures are needed to promote the health of all.  If it becomes clear that we must remain closed longer to help with this effort we will take necessary steps to participate fully in preventative measures.

At this time we are working to meet with the various school leadership teams to provide clear guidance to offer services during the closure. We will communicate with you as decisions are made and services are made ready. We are working towards offering both child care options and daily meals. 

Optional independent study packets are available for all students. Please plan on coming to pick up your child’s learning packet. We will be open starting at 8:15am and will work towards a delivery service that limits contact. Thank you to the parents who have already responded that they will pick up their packet.

If you need assistance receiving your packet, please let us know, we will find a way to help you connect with this learning opportunity for your student(s).

Parent teacher conferences are still available via phone for all families. Please be sure you work with your teacher to ensure you have the appropriate time scheduled to meet together. 

We are working towards getting more resources to families for learning opportunities including online distance learning. We will work to connect all families to access internet services and devices for online learning opportunities. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding during these unprecedented times. I hope that we can be a resource to families so please do not hesitate to communicate your needs.

With gratitude and appreciation for your support and understanding,

Beth

 

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