Monday, August 31, 2020
Quote of the week: "There's too much. Too much ... perspective!"
David St. Hubbins (actor, Michael McKean) in This is Spinal Tap
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Perspective. The above quote, which uses stronger language, comes from a scene in This is Spinal Tap. The three main characters, aging members of a once-famous rock band, stand at Elvis Presley's grave. They are depressed because they are broke and no longer famous. Nothing is going their way and they are thinking about all of it while standing looking at Elvis's tombstone. One of them casually mentions that it (looking at the grave) puts things into perspective. David St. Hubbins responds in desperation, "There's too much. Too much ... perspective!" That quote resonated with me this week. My thoughts go out to those I know (and those I don't) that have had to deal with the fires out West and the hurricanes back East. COVID numbers aren't going down fast enough, and there seems to be so much division and hatred in this country right now. Every time I look at the news, it's something else. Frankly, I don't need any more perspective! However, all of these events make me think twice about my concerns around Zoom log-ins, unreliable WiFi, and misplaced textbooks. My home isn't burning, my family is healthy, and I have a job that I love. Enough said. I have a lot to be grateful for.
It was brought to my attention by one of our amazing PTO presidents that I should really be making my blog posts available in multiple languages. I'm going to use Google translate and attach PDFs in Spanish, Arabic and Portuguese. I know Google translate isn't perfect, but it's a place to start.
I am so excited to announce lunch is free to all students through December. Parents or caregivers can pick up on Tuesday/Thursday at OSS in front of school between 11am-1pm. Food is frozen and needs to be reheated at home.
Since we did parent/teacher conferences last week, the teachers thought it would be better to wait a bit for Back-to School Night. We are going to have two nights:
September 15th for 2/3 (5:30-6:30) and 6-8 (6:30-7:30)
September 17th for K/1 (5:00-6:00) and 4/5 (6:00-7:00)
Seva and I will drop in at the beginning of each session to say hello. More information will follow.
I know technology can be an issue. If your family is having problems with the Chromebooks or log in codes, please use this Google Form to contact the district office. If you don't get a response in a day or two, please let me know.
IT Parent Help Center
Dental and Health
Please see the below fliers regarding low cost dental and health care in San Mateo.
Thank you for your patience. I know the last few weeks have been stressful for all of us. I also know the process of distance learning will get easier, and that we will all adjust. I miss seeing the kids, but I feel so lucky that I get to live in this beautiful place and interact with the best staff and parent community ever, even if most of that interaction is virtual!
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