Sunday Notes

Sunday Notes
Posted on 09/19/2021
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Sunday, September 19, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

Please save the date! Muirlands will host our annual Back to School Night on Thursday, September 23rd. Our event will be virtual this year and begin at 5:30 p.m. with a short Zoom presentation
Zoom Link - https://sandiegounified.zoom.us/j/84192433008.
After this presentation, I will release families to view the classroom presentations our teachers have prepared. Each teacher will have a short informational presentation to view and directions on contacting the teacher if you have questions or need additional information. The Teacher presentations will also be posted on our website for your convenience if you cannot make the 5:30 p.m. Zoom presentation.

We are trying to do our part and convert as many items as possible to a paperless process. One of the items we converted this year was our enrollment form. We need all families to submit this form (electronically). This task was included as part of the first-week packet you received. Please go to the Parent Portal and follow the three short steps listed in the following link - Enrollment Form Directions. Please contact Ms. Ichihara for more information at aichihara@sandi.net.

Our student COVID testing is becoming more efficient as we familiarize ourselves with and fine-tune the process. Last week we tested 173 students. If you have opted your child in for testing, please remind them to take the test when prompted. As a reminder, the testing is not mandatory, and teachers will not tell the students they must leave the classroom and take the test.

I firmly believe that Muirlands Middle School has the best students and families in the district. Muirlands is very proud of our daily work to establish and maintain an inclusive and welcoming campus for all. For the well-being of all students and staff on our campus, respect, acceptance, equality, and inclusion are the expectation. Bullying, hate speech, expressions of hate, and hateful acts of any kind are not tolerated.
We encourage all students and staff to be upstanders on our campus when they witness or hear hate speech, bullying, or speech of a biased nature.
By supporting one another in this ongoing work, we make our school a safe and welcoming place for all.

This past week, the San Diego Unified Board of Education passed a resolution recognizing the month of September 15 through October 15, 2021, as Hispanic Heritage Month. Join us in honoring the heritage of Hispanic Americans in our schools and city, as we encourage all students, employees, and family members to deepen their understanding of the Latinx community by celebrating their histories, cultures, and contributions!

We are currently organizing school clubs on our campus. These clubs are free and available to all students. If inclined, please encourage your child to join an established school club. Here is a link to the clubs currently meeting at Muirlands and the steps to take if your child wants to start a club on campus - Student Clubs.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, September 12, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

This past week has been another great week as we continue to welcome our students back, build community within our classrooms, and settle into our school routines. Our students have been doing a great job wearing their masks and adhering to our safety protocols on campus. These safe behaviors are making a difference. Let’s keep them up!

We have begun our Friday college/sports team Spirit Days. We encourage our students and staff to wear clothing that supports a college or favorite sports team on Fridays.

Please see Mr. Wyatt in room 307 if you are interested in joining the chess club. ALL levels of chess players are welcome!

Our students are rewarded with Dolphin tickets when observed doing positive acts in the classroom and on campus. These tickets can be redeemed for an early release to lunch on Fridays and included in our weekly campus drawings.

A reminder that our PE area is open at lunchtime for our students to play games or use the track to stay active. Please leave your backpacks in your lockers and eat your lunch before joining us on the field. Students have access to their lockers during the first 5 minutes of lunch to drop off their backpacks.

Our VEEP late activity school bus is now running. The bus will depart Muirlands at 4:45 pm every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.

Parents/Guardians, please review the following with your child. We appreciate your support with the following items.

  1. Cell phones must be off and put away during the school day, including lunch and passing periods. If a student needs to make a phone call, they can ask permission from a staff member or come to the office to use the school phone. Students that use their cell phones without school permission will have their phone confiscated, and parents will need to pick up the cell phone from the school office.
  2. Please develop a system with your child to ensure their Chromebook is fully charged and placed in their backpacks daily. The library has a limited number of Chromebooks available for students to borrow if they forget their Chromebook or their Chromebook is not charged.
  3. If you have not done so already, please review our school dress code with your student. I ask that you ensure your child leaves your house dressed in agreement with the school’s dress code. I have included the school dress code below for your convenience.

DRESS CODE

At Muirlands Middle School, we strive to help students grow as learners and as citizens. The Muirlands Dress Code encourages students to focus on learning, maintain school and age-appropriate attire, and be safe as they express their individuality appropriately. This dress code applies equally to all students. Attire should protect the health and safety of all students.

  • Student attire should not advertise or advocate the use of alcohol, drugs, tobacco, weapons, or gang affiliation. This also applies to garments with writing or pictures that are obscene, suggestive, sexual, mean-spirited, or violent.
  • Half-shirts, crop tops, low necklines, straps less than 2", and sleeveless tops with large armholes are not to be worn.
  • Shirts must be long enough to touch pants or shorts/skirts.
  • Clothing must cover undergarments. Shorts must have a 3-inch inseam.
  • Pants must not have holes/rips above the 3-inch inseam.

The following are not allowed at school:

  • Pants or shorts worn below the hips
  • See-through clothing that exposes undergarments
  • Flip Flops of any kind
  • Pajamas, blankets, or slippers
  • Chewing gum and sunflower seeds

When a student's attire does not meet the dress code, he/she/they will be asked to remedy the issue in one of the following ways: The student will be asked to:

  • Change into appropriate alternative clothing from their PE locker
  • Change into clothes provided by the office
  • Call home from the office to request a change of clothes

Muirlands staff will address non-compliance with the dress code respectfully and professionally. Students who repeatedly make clothing choices that do not adhere to the dress code may face consequences for defiance.

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, September 5, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I want to thank you and your student for a wonderful first week. It has been a pleasure to welcome our students back to school. I realize we are all still adjusting to our new school year and schedule, but our students and staff have done a fantastic job. A reminder that tomorrow is a school holiday as we recognize Labor Day. Labor Day is an annual celebration of the social and economic achievements of American workers. The holiday is rooted in the late nineteenth century when labor activists pushed for a federal holiday to recognize workers’ many contributions to America’s strength, prosperity, and well-being.

I want to share a few informational items and asks.

Student COVID Testing:

As you know, keeping our students safe, healthy, and IN SCHOOL is our #1 priority. Monitoring the health of our students and staff is a crucial measure in ensuring we are taking the steps necessary to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all.

We will offer weekly COVID-19 testing on-site to those families that choose to take advantage of this service. To have your child tested, you will need to fill out the COVID-19 Testing forms. Thank you to all who have already filled out these forms. If you are opting out of COVID testing, we still need you to submit the testing form.

  • Click here for instructions on how to fill out these forms in Powerschool.
  • Click here if you’d like to see a video explaining the instructions.
  • Click here if you need instructions on how to set up a Parent Portal account.

If you prefer to fill out the forms on paper, please use the following links.

SDUSD COVID Testing formEnglish | Spanish 

Testing vendor consent form English | Spanish 

Testing will take place on the Muirlands campus every Tuesday from 8:00 am - 11:00 am. Students will have their first opportunity to test on Tuesday, September 7, 2021. Teachers will announce to their classes that the testing is now available for their students. Students will then leave class and receive the test. School Administration and counselors will be present to supervise these students as they transition back and forth between their classroom and the testing location.

Important - Our students who have opted into testing will have the option to test each week. Parents, if you do not want your child to receive the test on any particular Tuesday, please share that information with your child. Also, please instruct your child not to leave the classroom when their class is released for testing.

Lunch Drop Off:

We are asking for your assistance with limiting the number of non-essential visits and contacts on the campus. Please do not bring lunches to the office for delivery to your child's classroom. As an option - all students are welcome to a free cafeteria lunch again this school year. Families do not have to sign up to receive a free lunch.

Crosswalks and Electric Bicycles:

If your child needs to cross Nautilus for pick-up and drop-off, please direct them to use the crosswalk. Unfortunately, I have observed students jaywalk and cross Nautilus during these high traffic times. We correct these behaviors when we see them but would appreciate your support.

PLEASE!!! - If your child rides an electric bike to campus, have a discussion with them about safe practices. I have observed and have received several calls from the community regarding dangerous riding behaviors. These include exceeding the speed limit, weaving in and out of traffic, multiple people on one bike, not wearing a helmet, doing stunts on bikes while traveling along with traffic.

SSC/SGT Recruitment

Our school operates most efficiently with the support and input of our community. Therefore, please consider volunteering to join our School Site Council (SSC) or our Site Governance Team (SGT). Please use the link below to volunteer.

SSC/SGT nomination form

Attendance:

If your student is absent for any reason, please report the absence to Ms. Gabby in the attendance office via phone, email, or our Muirlands website. This also applies to any students who require a blue slip due to leaving school early.

School Packets:

Thank you to all the parents/students who submitted their First Day Packets. If your student did not return their completed packet this week, please take the time to read over the documents and return the completed packet to their first-period teacher as soon as possible.

The first item listed on the packet is our ‘ K-12 Enrollment Form 2021-2022’. Parents, please remember to log in to the PowerSchool Parent Portal and update ALL information for this item. If you need assistance, please refer to our Muirlands website. There is a link titled: ‘Enrollment Form Instructions for Parent Portal.’ If you need login information, please contact our Site Tech, Mrs. Rodriguez.

Lunch Area Update:

We have expanded the area our students use during their lunch break. This expansion includes additional lunch tables, benches, and supervision. Please remind your students to practice safe behaviors by spacing themselves out as they eat lunch, only remove their masks when actively eating and drinking, and practice social distancing. We will continue to monitor and enforce these guidelines as well.

Please continue to contact me if you have any questions or constructive feedback. Enjoy your extended Labor Day weekend!

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, August 29, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope you and your families are well. The entire Muirlands staff is excited to welcome your student to campus tomorrow and begin our year together.

We spent this past week preparing for your student’s arrival. We realize the transition back to campus will come with a wide range of emotions. Therefore, as we plan for your student’s return, we have worked this week to establish a warm and welcoming environment to ensure their transition back to campus is a positive experience.

Your class schedule is now accessible in PowerSchool via the Student/Parent Portal. To access your schedule, you will need to log in to Student/Parent Portal by clicking HERE. Please note, all students will need to pick up their “Official” schedule as they enter campus tomorrow.

Our campus will open tomorrow at 8:10 am. Please plan your student’s arrival accordingly. We ask that all students perform a health screening before leaving home. Please use this SAML Login link to assist you with this requirement . There is usually a lot of traffic on Nautilus, please be aware of your surroundings during drop off and pick up.

As we will be diligent in maintaining a safe and healthy campus this year for our students and staff, only students are allowed on campus tomorrow morning. Parents, please adhere to this policy and do not attempt or request to enter campus with your child tomorrow. I assure you we will do a tremendous job of supervising, assisting, and supporting your student this entire year.

I also ask that you discuss and reinforce the importance of safe and healthy behaviors on campus with your child. Behaviors as properly wearing a secure fitting mask when required, safe social interactions with friends and classmates, washing their hands properly and using hand sanitizer. We will supervise students and remind them of the safety and health guidelines we have in place. However, our students will need to internalize their actions’ importance and possible consequences while on campus. We want to do what we can to ensure we stay healthy and on campus.

I have included a link to our Muirlands Back to School FAQ Handbook. This handbook is designed to assist Muirlands families as we open our school year. We have tried to provide answers to many of your potential questions in our handbook.  

Additional Information

Netbooks

Please remember to bring a fully charged netbook tomorrow. Those students who do not currently have a district netbook will check one out from our library tomorrow. Your period one teacher will be able to assist you with that process.

School Bell Schedule

Please use this link to view our school schedules.

Technology, Textbooks, and Materials

During the first week of school, Muirlands will issue Chromebooks, textbooks, and lockers to students. Muirlands staff will distribute these items to our sixth-grade students on Wednesday, our seventh-grade students on Thursday, and our eighth-grade students on Friday.

Food Services

SDUSD will continue to provide free meals to all students. Families will not need to apply to be eligible for this program. In addition, at the end of the school day, all students have the opportunity to pick up a Grab and Go bag with that night’s dinner and the following day’s breakfast. These bags will be distributed by school staff at our entrance/exit gates.

We know this is a lot of information to process. So please continue to check your email and our website for information.

Please contact the school if you have questions or need assistance. We look forward to a wonderful and impactful year.  

Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Sunday, August 22, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope you are enjoying the tail end of your summer vacation. I am anxiously awaiting the start of our new school year. I look forward to reconnecting with our returning students and welcoming all our new students joining the Muirlands family. As you know, this year, schools in the SDUSD will resume full-time and in-person learning. We realize this will be a shift from what we experienced this past year. The opening of this school year will be a transition period for students, families, and staff. We recognize and pledge to work collaboratively with you to welcome our students back to campus full time.  The positive work, effort, and mindset we all bring to our campus each day will impact not only our success but that of our peers. Your teachers have worked over the summer to prepare a positive, socially appropriate, and challenging year for you. 

SDUSD will soon send our families a “Back to School Guide” containing district and site level guidelines and information for the upcoming year. 

Below you will find a link to a Muirlands Welcome Back FAQ. Please read through this document for site-specific information regarding the opening of our school year. Muirlands Welcome Back FAQ

New student virtual orientation will take place on Tuesday, August 24, 2021. If you are new to Muirlands this year, I encourage you to attend this informational orientation with your child, as I imagine you will have questions as a family. We will host two identical Zoom sessions.

The year’s first Principal Chat will take place on Friday, August 27th, at 11:00 am. Please join if you would like a last-minute update or have any questions. 

Please let me know if there is anything I can do to support your academics and wellbeing. 

If you are not attending Muirlands next year, please contact our enrollment clerk, Ms. Ichihara aichihara@sandi.net or 858-459-4211 x 3021
 
Sincerely,
Principal Luna

Tuesday August 17, 2021
Hello Muirlands Community,

I hope this message finds you well and enjoying your summer in our beautiful city or wherever you might be traveling. We are officially 13 days from our first day of school.

We are working hard to prepare for the school year and are getting ready to welcome our teachers back on August 25th. As we have seen, the impact of COVID-19 is still tremendous in our community and our nation. While we are preparing for a full return to in-person learning, we are also planning to ensure the health and safety of all staff and students on our campus. We appreciate your patience as we are gaining an understanding of district guidelines and planning for the specific needs of our Muirlands campus and community. In addition, I ask that all families please be diligent in taking the steps necessary to ensure we have a healthy and safe school opening and year.

Soon, SDUSD will send a “Back to School Guide” to all families. This guide will contain much of the information families need before sending their children back to school.

Muirlands will host two virtual orientation sessions on August 24th. The first session is from 8:00 am - 9:00 am. The second session is from 2:30 pm - 3:30 pm. We will post a recording of the orientation on our school website if you are unable to attend the live presentation. A zoom link and additional information will be sent to families later this week.

As you begin to prepare for the start of the year, here are some general guidelines:

  • All staff and students will be required to wear masks indoors
  • Mask will not be required while outside
  • Students will suit up for their physical education classes. Your child’s PE teacher will share how to purchase a PE uniform during the first week of class. 
  • We will continue air filtration mitigations with MERV-13 filters or air purifiers in each room and the opening of windows and doors when appropriate
  • All students who received school transportation in the past will continue to receive transportation this year
  • We will resume our “normal” school schedule
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesday, Thursdays, Fridays 8:35 am-3:15 pm
    • We will have a late start day once a month to allow our staff to attend Professional Development. On our late start dates, the school will meet from 9:55 am - 3:15 pm.
      Please calendar the following late start dates: October 6, 2021, November 3, 2021, December 1, 2021, January 5, 2022, February 2, 2022, March 2, 2022, April 6, 2022, May 4, 2022
  • Important Dates:
    • Wednesday, August 18 - School office Re-opens 8:00 am - 4:00 pm
    • Tuesday, August 24 - On-line new student orientation, two sessions 8:00 am and 2:30 pm A Zoom link will be emailed to each family
    • Sunday, August 29 - Unofficial student schedules will be available in PowerSchool
    • Monday, August 30 - First Day of School!!! We will welcome all students to in-person learning. Gates will open at 8:15 am. Students will pick up their official color-coded schedule in the school quad. The official color-coded schedule is required for entrance into classes on 8-30-21.

Last year our Phase 2 reopening was a success and a tremendous opportunity to learn what works best for our school and our students. We intend to lift a lot of our best practices to ensure a successful 2021 Fall. Please regularly check your emails for ongoing communication and updates.

Our success last year rested upon our amazing partnership with you, our community. Your ongoing positivity was an invaluable component of our ability to navigate reopening our school with grace.

Please monitor your email for additional information. We encourage all families to sign up for the Muirlands Foundation e-Splash. We look forward to a wonderful school year. Please reach out to the school if we can assist in any way.

In partnership,
Principal Luna

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