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SFUSD Insider - October 2020
Superintendent Dr. Vincent Matthews

Taking Care

Dear SFUSD Colleagues,


Thank you for all you are doing to support our students and families during these challenging times. At SFUSD, we continue to recognize the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on students, families, and staff, and we are striving to provide you with the best support. It is important that we continue to take care of ourselves and that we look out for one another.


To that end, I invite you to take a confidential survey that asks questions about your wellness as we experience the COVID-19 pandemic. You should have received the survey in your SFUSD email earlier this month. Please take 15 minutes to complete the survey by today, Friday, October 23.


Again, thank you for your service to SFUSD's students and families.



Vincent Matthews, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Shoestrings Staff Support Families with Distance Learning
Shoestrings staff
Staff with SFUSD's Shoestrings Children’s Center, part of the Early Education Department’s Multi Tiered Intervention and Support System, are offering consultation services to families of younger students this fall to help them improve their experience learning from home as part of the Bridges to Learning Project.

The Bridges to Learning Project is available to all Early Education families as of Oct. 1. Referral services are made through site team collaboration meetings, known as Coordinated Care Team or Student Assistance Program meetings. Teachers/Family Support Specialists/School Social Workers and Site Administrators can fill out the Shoestrings “Bridges to Learning” Consultation Request Google Form on behalf of children and families. 

Staff are also using recorded videos via the Shoestrings YouTube Channel to give additional instructional support for use of the materials provided.
Cecile Labertino
"If there's anything I want the world to know about school lunch workers, it's that we care and we're here. No matter what, we'll always be here."

Cecile Labertino, School Lunch Worker, Willie Brown Middle School
SFUSD Sites Host Bookmobiles
Superintendent Matthews, SFUSD library staff, and SF librarians outside the Bookmobile at Willie Brown Middle School
SFUSD has teamed up with the San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) to launch SFPL To Go-Go, a weekly pop-up pick-up service serving students at several convenient locations.

On Tuesdays and Thursdays from 2-6 p.m., the Library’s fleet of bookmobiles park at Jose Ortega Elementary School, Willie Brown Jr. Middle School and John O’Connell High School and at Treasure Island on Wednesdays from 2-6 p.m. Patrons can drop-off Library materials and retrieve holds at each location. SFPL employees operate the bookmobile, and SFUSD school librarians help facilitate properly distanced curbside pick-up. 

In more good news, on October 13, the Library started SFPL To Go service at ChinatownOrtega and Visatacion Valley branch libraries. Learn more about the bookmobiles and partnership. Happy reading!
Corrina McGraw, Special Education Supervisor, Wins RAVE
Corrina McGraw, a Special Education Supervisor in the Special Education Department, was nominated for being student-centered in her tireless support of her site, her students, and students' families.

According to her nomination, Ms. McGraw is always ready to help her co-workers and is incredibly responsive to the needs of others.

Check out our other RAVE winners and nominees, or nominate an outstanding colleague or team who models the core values we are all RAVE-ing about.
Proud to Be SFUSD! Did You Catch These News Stories?
SFUSD 5th grader wins national poetry slam contest - April Barrios-Escobar, a fifth grader at E.R. Taylor ES and a poet-athlete with the America SCORES Bay Area program, won first place in a national poetry slam and received her prize at a surprise live event from her home in the Bayview.
SFUSD school among six in Bay Area to receive National Blue Ribbon award - This year Yick Wo Alternative ES received the award, which recognizes schools based on their overall academic excellence or their progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups.
Leader in Stanford/SFUSD Partnership Celebrated with Award
Laura Wentworth
Congratulations to Laura Wentworth, Director of Research Practice Partnerships, who is this year's recipient of the Stanford Graduate School of Education Alumni Excellence in Education Early Career Award.

Ms. Wentworth oversees the partnership between Stanford University and SFUSD, which unites research and practice to shape educational practices and policies that maximize educational experiences for all students.
SFUSD Physical Education Office Hosts PD to Highlight Inclusive Teaching Strategies

On October 7, the SFUSD Physical Education Office hosted a professional development opportunity for SFUSD and 15 other school districts in Northern and Central California. Over 100 teachers, staff and administrators attended the presentation by authors Michael Messerole (University of Nebraska, Omaha) and Susan Tarr (Minnesota State University, Mankato) on Unified Physical Education. 

Unified PE provides a unique opportunity for students with and without disabilities to come together through ongoing educational and physical activities. The course is structured around the national physical education standards and grade-level outcomes, which include gaining the knowledge and skills necessary to maintain a health-enhancing level of fitness. Additionally, the class supports the development of leadership skills for all students, and the empowerment of ALL students to foster an inclusive class and school-wide environment.

The goal of the PD was to increase teacher understanding on how they may increase the understanding between general education and special education students by providing inclusive teaching strategies. SFUSD has received a two year Light Awards grant with the goal of implementing the course at Mission, Lowell, Burton and Lincoln High Schools.

Check out the Special Olympics Unified Physical Education resource
Be in the Know

UESF Member Stipends for Distance Learning Expenses
All UESF members will receive a $400 stipend to offset costs associated with providing distance learning. Classified UESF members will receive a stipend in their Oct. 21 paycheck and certificated members will see the stipend in their Oct. 30 paycheck.

Education-Related Ballot Measures
This Election Day, San Franciscans will vote on Proposition J, which addresses a legal loophole to continue providing funds to SFUSD and Proposition 15, which would increase revenue for public education and other services. Learn more about these measures here.

Filipino American History MonthThis October SFUSD is celebrating Filipino American History Month, a month to celebrate the contributions of Filipinx Americans to the American political, economic, and cultural landscape. Check out our resource guide to learn more about Filipinx American history and ways to engage with the local Filipinx community.

SFUSD Enrollment Fair is Nov. 6-13 - 
The SFUSD PreK-12 Enrollment Fair is virtual this year! Families can learn how to apply and meet school representatives from the comfort of their home. Learn how to register, request interpretation or ADA services, see the full schedule, and more here.
Cecile Labertino  

Opportunities, Announcements, Site to do's and other Important Stuff. 
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Walk & Roll Week 2020 is Oct. 26-30 - Each October, thousands of kids at schools across San Francisco walk, scoot, and bicycle to school as part of International Walk & Roll to School Day. With students learning remotely this fall, there are five days of activities to celebrate getting around in people-powered ways like on foot, bicycle, wheelchair and scooter. Students can participate on their own, and entire classrooms can sign up. 

Volunteers Needed! Help Students Access School Meals
 - SFUSD employees and community members can volunteer at any of our 18 Grab n Go sites every Wednesday. Volunteers assist with setup, line control, and breakdown. 
Sign up to volunteer!
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