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  • Monday Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 4/6/2020

    Good evening Meadowlark Families, this is Mrs. Toledo with your Monday Message.

    Many of you have contacted the office to correct your email addresses and phone numbers. We appreciate this in order for the teachers to send communication to you in a timely manner. If you have not received communication from your child’s teacher, please email me or Hillary with your correct information.

    Parents, please remind your child that chromebooks that are on loan from the district office are monitored by our district filter. This is a security system that monitors and records searches and alerts our technology team when a chromebook is being used for non-educational purposes. Inappropriate searches are recorded and linked to your child’s login and password. Please monitor the use of the chromebook and ensure that it is being used for educational purposes only. The district has received several alerts and parents will be contacted as per the Acceptable Use Agreement that was signed.  

    With the extended school closure lasting until the end of the school year, we understand that there will be many questions about picking up your child’s personal items and instruction. Our Lost and Found is still at the front of the school and items that are unclaimed by June, will be donated to a local charity. We will contact you in regards to picking up your child’s personal items from their classroom. This will need to be an organized and systematic process in order to ensure the safety of the staff and all of you. Distance Learning will continue and you will continue to receive communication from your teacher regarding your child’s instruction. Again, please make sure we have your most updated email address and phone number so that you receive all information.

    We loved seeing your Meadowlark Spirit and hearing your cheers! Let’s continue to support each other again by wearing your favorite pajamas for Pajama Day this Friday, April 10th! Take a picture in your favorite PJ’s and add it using the link in the email. Try to do this by Wednesday so you can be a part of the Pajama Day Flipgrid. I want to extend a special thank you to Mrs. Huff who has been collecting and creating our Flipgrids and videos. She’s amazing! The links and this message will also be posted on our Meadowlark PTO Facebook page and Meadowlark website. 

    Here is the link to upload your Pajama Day picture:

    https://flipgrid.com/2cc27ff3

    Here is the link to see the Spirit Day video:

    https://youtu.be/-OzSb6rQC3k

     

    Thank you for all you are doing for your kids. We know this is a difficult time and you are doing your best. Make time for yourselves to enjoy your family and make some happy memories. Have a good evening! 

     

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  • A Message from our Superintendent

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 4/3/2020

    Good evening parents and students.  This is Mr. King, superintendent of the AADUSD.  The message from Governor Gavin Newsom, State Superintendent of Instruction, Tony Thurmond, and LACOE Superintendent, Dr. Debra Duardo, has been consistent over the past 48 hours.  They have all recommended that schools across the state remain closed through the remainder of the school year. 

    The decision to close a school rests within the scope of the local school board and superintendent, at least at this point in time.  I am in agreement that keeping our schools closed to the public for the remainder of the school year is the most prudent thing to do for the protection of our students, staff, families, and community members. 

    This is an extremely difficult recommendation I will be making to the Board of Education next Thursday evening.  Pending Board approval of my recommendation we will continue to provide instruction for the remainder of the school year through distance learning.  This is not an early start to a summer break.  Our teachers, administrators, and support staff have worked extremely hard to ensure your student’s education continues. 

    In Los Angeles County the number of people who have tested positive for the coronavirus continues to rise each day.  It is my opinion that we must continue to do our part by practicing social distancing whenever and wherever possible. 

    Students, our teachers are here for you.  Please know you can request to speak to your teacher anytime.  They will make time for you as they always have.  Parents, the same applies to you.  We know how difficult this is.  Many of our teachers have their own children at home and understand firsthand the challenges you are facing. 

    While I know many of us are angry, hurt, sad, or frustrated that all the amazing activities that normally take place at the end of the school year are now cancelled, at least any live version of those activities.  We have to find new and innovative ways to celebrate student successes through the use of technology such as live video streaming.  We owe that to our students. 

    Thank you, be safe, be healthy, and have a good evening. 

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  • Monday Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/30/2020

    Monday Message Monday, March 31, 2020

    Good evening Meadowlark Families, this is Mrs. Toledo with your Monday Message.

    All students should have received communication from their teacher regarding the next phase of Distance Learning. If you have not, please email me and our office manager, Hillary, so that we can ensure you receive all communication. Remember that this new instruction is not meant to fill the entire day. Please use your teacher’s recommended pacing guide to help with when and how long, lessons should be. All schedules include time for play, family time, and other activities. 

    If you are hearing this message, and not receiving it by email, please let us know. There may be links in this message that you will need to access. I am also posting messages on our school website and our Meadowlark PTO Facebook page. Please be sure to check your SPAM box also, as sometimes good mail gets sent there.

    If you are still in need of a device to access instruction and did not request one through the survey, please email me as soon as possible. The final day to pick up a chromebook will be tomorrow, Tuesday March 31st  between 9:00-11:00am at the district office bus loop. I will attach specific directions on how to pick up your chromebook. Chromebooks will only be issued to students that are on the list. There are no walk-up requests. Just a reminder that you can access all materials on any device, such as a laptop or tablet. Your device does not need to be a chromebook.

    This Friday, Meadowlark Student Council would like to have a Spirit Day. How will we do this, you ask? Well, wear your Meadowlark spirit wear or wear anything blue or yellow and take a picture. Click on the link to upload your picture or scan the QR code for directions on how to do this. Let’s all show our pride and support each other. Remember, Meadowlark students are the best! 

    Here is the link to upload your picture:

    https://flipgrid.com/huff2664

    I hope you are all continuing to stay safe and enjoying this extended time with your families. Have a good evening and thank you for listening. 

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  • Special Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/27/2020

    Special Message

    Friday, March 27, 2020

     

    Good evening Meadowlark Families. This is Mrs. Toledo with a special message.

    Our Teachers have been working hard preparing lessons and and activities for their students to begin Distance Learning. Please watch for communication from your child’s teacher for directions and information on what this looks like. Again, we completely understand that this is a new educational format for many families. Please reach out to your teacher if you need any clarification or further directions. All of our teachers have office hours where they can be contacted and parents and students can speak directly with their teacher. These hours and days vary by teacher so please read the communication from your child’s teacher. 

    Students now have the ability to take AR tests at home. Students should already have their login information and should know how to access this website. 

    Kindergarten students will have hard copy packets to complete. These will be available for pick up at Meadowlark on Monday between the hours of 9:00-12:00 and on Tuesday between 8:00-11:00am. Please follow the posted signs for CDC guidelines so we all remain safe. 

    If you requested a chromebook for your child, they will be available for pick at the district office in the bus lane, on Monday at 8:30am to 12:00pm. Only families who requested chromebooks through the survey will be assigned a chromebook. Please follow these directions for pickup:

    Do not come if you are sick or are feeling sick

    Remain in your car and form a line in the bus lane

    Do not get out of your car, this is a drive through pick up

    Please bring your own pen to sign the Acceptable Use Agreement form 

    If you have difficulty accessing wifi around your home, wifi is available at Meadowlark, High Desert, and Vasquez High School. The gates will be open on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays from 8:00am until l2:30pm for wifi access. For Meadowlark, please park on the side closest to the MPR for the strongest signal. 

    Again, we thank you very much for your patience and understanding as we begin this new process. We are all working hard to do our best to ensure our students continue learning. Please encourage your child to work on their assignments, but also take time to enjoy the extended family time. We wish you all well and will continue to update you as we receive information. 

     

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  • Special Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/25/2020

    Special Message -Technology Survey

    Wednesday, March 25th

    Good evening Meadowlark Families. This is Mrs. Toledo with a special message.

    Your teachers have been working hard on planning and creating lessons for our kids. I understand the concern that some of you may feel because your child is not learning in a traditional format. Under the circumstances, it is not possible to create an educational format that resembles what we used to have. All of you, as parents, might be working from home for your regular job, cooking meals, cleaning and caring for one or more children. These are all facets of life that our teachers are taking into consideration when developing instructional lessons for our students. Please know that there will not be an expectation for our parents to do step-by-step lessons that fill every minute of the school day. There will be a lot of thought and consideration during the creation of our Distance Learning and the reality of what our parents and students can access and complete. This is an unprecedented time, where we can also take advantage of “natural” learning experiences. Experiences such as playing games. All kinds of games such as board games, outdoor games, indoor games, even pretend games! Cooking and baking with your kids is not only fun, but exposes them to a lot of math and language skills. Arts and crafts develop a different side of your brain and boosts creativity in kids. Dancing and singing are also fun outlets for releasing energy, teaching rhythm and coordination and are just fun to do! Teachers are excited to include these experiences in their Distance Learning schedules because these are activities that teachers don’t always have time for during the traditional school day. 

    In order to provide equal access, the district will be sending out a survey asking parents about the technology that is available in your homes. Please complete the survey as soon as possible and no later than Friday, March 27th at 4:00pm. The survey can also be found in the following link:

    https://forms.gle/AkEeU4Tki2cWxyFe9

    Again, we thank you for your patience and understanding as we move towards ensuring our students continue to learn. Further details will be available from each grade level and/or teacher  when Distance Learning is pushed out to all of our students. Please make sure the school has your most updated email address and contact information.

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  • Monday Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/23/2020

    March 23, 2020

    Good evening Meadowlark Families, this is Mrs. Toledo with your Monday Message. 

    I hope you are all doing well and coping as best you can with the circumstances we are under. Please know that the Meadowlark teachers have been working hard to plan for the next few weeks to ensure that learning continues and our students receive the best education possible. More information on this will be forthcoming by the end of the week. We will also share information for helping those families with accessing technology. We thank you for your patience as we continue to maneuver this ongoing situation. 

    Parents, in the next few days, I would like to call each student and have a short conversation with kids to let them know that we care about them and that teachers are doing their best to plan for the best instruction possible. This call is meant to be a positive communication for students only. Thank you for your support.

    Just a reminder that the district office has limited staff on site, so phone calls and/or messages will be monitored from Monday through Friday 8:00am-4:30pm. School sites are not regularly staffed at this time, so phone calls will revert to voicemail which will be checked on a weekly basis. 

    Thanks to all of you for your ongoing patience and support. I hope you continue to be healthy and I know you join me in supporting our government's regulations for staying safe. Thank you for listening and have a good evening.

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  • Message from the Superintendent

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/20/2020

    Good evening.   This is Mr. King, superintendent of the AADUSD.  I want you to know that my heart goes out to each and every one of you.  Some of you are being affected financially because of layoffs or not being compensated while your place of work or business is non-operational.  Some of you are having daycare issues, which I will speak about shortly. I walk through empty classrooms and schools and I miss our students tremendously.  I know many of our students miss seeing their friends and teachers. We will get through this. I promise. We are here for all of you. My heart goes out to the friends and families of those who have been affected by the coronavirus.

    At this time I would like to inform you that we are in alliance and in agreement with the recommendation of our County Superintendent, Dr. Debra Duardo.  Dr. Duardo has recommended that LA County schools remain closed through Tuesday, May 5, 2020. We have composed a team made up of representatives from our teacher association, classified school employee association, and administrators.  I will be updating this group each week as many times as needed to ensure we have solid plans in place as we have done this past week and a half.

    Sunny Days childcare will be in operation beginning Monday, March 23, 2020.  There are specific guidelines that childcare facilities must adhere to during this time.  Please refer to our website for further information. Additionally, we have provided meals to anyone who is under 18 years of age.  This information can be found on our website as well.  

    I would like to give a very special thank you to our Distance Learning Instructional Team.  This team is composed of administrators and teachers. They have done an absolutely amazing job of evaluating, recommending, and providing online resources for learning as well as packets that were available for pick up this week.  I will be taking recommendations from this team to ensure our students have every opportunity to learn at home. We are having discussions about video conferencing, “office hours” for teachers, and virtual staff meetings, for example.  

    I will be preparing further communication this weekend with use of video technology.  As soon as that is available the links will be posted on our website and social media accounts.  We will continue to conduct business such as board meetings, payroll, food services, and instruction so students may continue to learn and grow.  Please know that on behalf of Board President Mr. Ken Pfalzgraf and all of our Board Trustees care deeply about our students and their families. We will continue to do everything possible to put their health and safety first.  I will continue to provide community updates each week. Please be safe and have a good evening.  

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  • Monday Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/16/2020

    As you know, all schools in the Acton Agua Dulce Unified School district are closed for the next two weeks. Within this time frame, the district will continually monitor the COVID-19 situation and update all of us should there be any changes. 

    Student work packets are available for all grade levels on the District and Meadowlark Website. Please visit the website and click on the appropriate link for your child or children’s grade level. These are optional packets but they are a good resource to keep our children learning. If you prefer a hard copy of this packet, please click on the attached email link or use the link on our website and complete the information. Please submit your request by 4:00pm tomorrow, Tuesday, March 17th and we will have the packets ready for you to pick up at the District Office between 12- 3pm on Wednesday, March 18th. We also recommend that kids read daily and have some type of physical activity. There is a PE log available on the website for anyone wishing to track this information. This is also an opportune time to build social/emotional relationships with your kids. 

    We know that school closures impact many aspects of our lives. However, please know that the district is acting prudently and always puts the health and welfare of our students at the forefront. We appreciate your patience and flexibility as we all maneuver this evolving situation. 

    Hard Copy Resource Request:

    https://forms.gle/1pAjuF2XaXhdkSks9

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  • Special Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/13/2020

    Dear Meadowlark Families, 

    In alignment with the strong recommendations from various government agencies, our school will close effective Monday, March 16th. Tentative plans are to reopen Monday, March 30th, however, as this is a fluid situation, assessments and updates will be ongoing.  

    This was a very difficult decision to make knowing it significantly impacts our students, families, and employees. We are sharing this information with you now so you can begin arranging childcare. 

    Please expect a Blackboard message from our Superintendent , Mr. Larry King, this evening with more details. 

     Tess Toledo

    Meadowlark Principal

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  • Special Message

    Posted by Tess Toledo on 3/12/2020

    I wanted to let you know our district’s plan for addressing the current COVID-19 situation.

    Mindful of the challenges this public health concern presents, we are committed to working with medical professionals, administrative personnel, and local and national resources. To this end we are endeavoring to maintain a highly responsive yet carefully measured stance in our approach.  

    While the unfolding developments are highly fluid, as of the writing of this email we continue to maintain our standard operations with the following precautions:

    • Large gatherings such as assemblies have been canceled or postponed.  (athletic events are not impacted at this point)
    • Additional hand sanitizer stations will be installed in the cafeteria and at the entrance of the school.
    • Antibacterial wipes and gloves are available in all classrooms and meeting areas

    There are some basic things that we can all do to protect ourselves and to minimize communal spread of infectious diseases such as colds, flu and the novel coronavirus. I encourage you to have conversations with your children at home to help them to adapt as appropriate to these helpful habits and practices.  To be proactive please follow the habits below:

    • Stay home when you are sick.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.

    We have attached a link on our website with recommendations from the California Department of Health and other entities. As circumstances evolve, we will continue to be in regular communication with you. 

     https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/downloads/2019-ncov-factsheet.pdf

     https://www.doh.wa.gov/Portals/1/Documents/1600/NovelCoronavirusFactSheet.pdf

     https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/about/prevention.html

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