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Norma E. Martinez
 
“Every job is a self-portrait of the person who does it.
Autograph your work with excellence.”
--Author Unknown
 
Dear Parents/Guardians:

August 2017

 

Dear Parents/Guardians:

On behalf of the Board of Trustees, Cabinet, staff and myself, I welcome all new and returning families to the start of what promises to be another exciting year of learning in the Centralia Elementary School District.  Each school appreciates having strong partnerships with its parent and community groups.  I thank each family for your decision to enroll your child in one of our schools.     

 

Centralia ESD is proud of its tradition of academic excellence in schools with strong community ties.   Our mission is simple:   Every child known, inspired, challenged & empowered!    Together, we will ensure a wonderful year of learning for each of our scholars.  

 

This year, our teachers will continue to use our adopted curriculums, Benchmark for language arts and My Math for mathematics.  We will continue to engage our students in personalized learning through ST Math and Accelerated Reader. Additionally, our scholars will continue to engage in computer programming through Code.org.    

 

As we start the 2017/18 school year, I am particularly proud to announce several enhancements to our instructional program:  

  •   Our schools will be offering a strings music program to all 4th-6th grade students who wish to participate.  I encourage families to support their children in learning to play either the violin, viola or cello.  Parents will receive detailed information in the first week of school to “opt” into the music program. 
  • Parents who need a 6:00 AM drop off will be able to take advantage of San Marino School's expanded morning child care program.  
  • Parents of eligible three and four year old students in need of State Preschool may contact the preschool office for information on eligibility and placement.  Currently, we offer State preschool at Centralia, Danbrook and San Marino Schools.   
  • Families who are in need of winter and summer break child care will be pleased to know that our pilot program last year was a success AND that will will be able to offer this safe child care option to our families again this year.    

 
Modernization Efforts
Thanks to the overwhelming support of our voters, Centralia ESD is undergoing a multi-million dollar renovation.   As we embark on the start of the 2017-18 school year, I encourage you to visit our schools and take note of some of the physical transformations that we have started, thanks to the tremendous community support of the passage of Measure N. 
 
Following is a recap of our current progress on facilities projects completed at each site: 
Buena Terra School: Kindergarten play structure, shade structure and Innovation Lab
Centralia School: Modernization projects will begin during the 2017/18 school year
Danbrook School: Innovation Lab*
Dysinger School: Kindergarten play structure, shade structure and Innovation Lab 
Los Coyotes School: Kindergarten play structure, primary play structure
Miller School: Kindergarten play structure, Innovation Lab, air conditioning in the multipurpose room
San Marino: Shade structure 
Raymond Temple: Kindergarten play structure, shade structure, Innovation Lab, air conditioning in multipurpose room
*Danbrook School is set to receive a solar shade structure through a partnership with Anaheim Public Utilities Company in the 2017/18 school year.  
 
Buena Terra, Danbrook and Raymond Temple Schools are set to open up a new learning space, currently named the Innovation Lab.   These spaces will be used to allow students to create and engage with learning in meaningful ways that expand thinking, encourage collaboration, creativity and problem solving through the deeper implementation of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
 
 

SUPPORT FOR FAMILIES IN NEED

Our Neighborhood Resource Center (NRC), located at Danbrook School, is ready to serve all families who are in need of additional assistance. The center partners with UCI to provide free physicals, immunizations, and other medical services to students who qualify.  Additionally, the NRC partners with Healthy Smiles to provide free dental exams and sealants to qualifying students. Please refer any family who is in need of additional support to (714) 228-3235.  Our District's parents are supported by the work of District Social Worker, Karen Leal, and our Community Liaisons: Patricia Hauerwaas, Nereyda Ochoa, Cecilia Hinojosa and Karla Ramirez. They are a great resource for families in need of additional support.  

 

This walk-in center assists parents in applying for Medi-Cal for Families, Kaiser Permanente Child Health Plan and California Kids. Information is provided regarding the Cal-Fresh program, Housing, ESL adult classes, information for obtaining a GED certificate, counseling services, recreational classes for children, emergency shelters for homeless/displaced families, food distribution services and low cost medical and dental clinics. Additionally, WIC visits the NRC once a month to provide vouchers for women and infants.

 

Please refer any family who is in need of additional support to (714) 228-3235.  Our District's parents are supported by the work of District Social Worker, Karen Leal, and our Community Liaisons: Patricia Hauerwaas, Nereyda Ochoa &  Cecilia Hinojosa.  

 

 

PARENT PARTICIPATION IS IMPORTANT 

Our schools encourage and support parent participation in School Site Council/English Learner Advisory Council, and the District English Learner Advisory Council.  Please see your school principal if you are interested in joining these valuable parent advisory groups.    

 

I further encourage each family to support our school parent groups, such as PTA or PTSO and get involved in school activities. Your children truly appreciate seeing you during special school events!  

 

ACCOLADES

I am happy to announce that all eight of our Centralia Schools received acknowledgement from the California Positive Behavior Implementation System  (PBIS) for their implementation of positive behavior supports at their schools!  This is a great way to start the school year!  

 

 

Centralia ESD enjoys positive and successful results educating your children because of our combined efforts to ensure student success. This success is due to the dedicated efforts of our staff, community partners, and parents whose ongoing support of our efforts each year to provide a quality educational program that prepares our students for college and career readiness and students who enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done.   


Our schools are ready. Everything is in place. We are looking forward with anticipation for the upcoming successes and great things that we know will be taking place this year in the Centralia School District! Once again, on behalf of our Board of Trustees, welcome to the 2017-18 school year!

Sincerely,


Norma E. Martinez
Superintendent

 

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