If you missed Kindergarten Orientation on 5/5, you can review our orientation slides here, including two brief videos.
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Welcome Wednesday Assembly It is so great seeing so many Heather students and staff at our virtual morning assembly! Thank you, Carmen, for being our helper this week. Also thank you, Julia, Rishi, Riya, Raina, Dylan, Hilda and Mila for sharing your poetry readings with us. Click on the link to see the assembly presentation!
The Heather PTA has some fun activities and treats planned to honor our teachers and say “thank you” for the incredible work they do every day. Their dedication to teaching this year with all of the ups and downs is praiseworthy. We are very fortunate to be in the care of these amazing teachers and I am so excited for them to be showered with love and gratitude this week! Read More . . .
Now that our students are socializing with their peers in person (finally!) they are learning social and emotional skills through regular classroom lessons and reinforcement throughout the school day. Currently, all of our students at Heather are learning how to make and keep friends through our Second Step SEL curriculum as well as informal guidance from Heather staff, including Briana McCarthy, our school counselor. Read More
Dear Heather Families, At Heather and in San Carlos School district, we uphold our community to be a safe place for all students. We aim for each student to see their school as a welcoming and belonging environment. Schools shape the future, and nurture young minds to be positive and meaningful contributors to society; thus, we pride ourselves in cultivating a place that allows all students to process their learning, thoughts and emotions, including various forms of trauma. (Read More)
Fostering the Love of Literacy As we round the corner and head into the last couple of months of school, we want to emphasize the importance of nurturing the love of literacy both at school and at home. Read More
We are moving into Phase 4 starting next Monday, March 22nd! Please read through the details below to understand what this means for you and your family.
We are now officially two thirds of the way through the school year as the end of our second trimester occurred on March 5th. Report cards will be sent home via email by Tuesday, March 16th unless otherwise informed of an alternative date. Read More
Enjoy our second week back video!
Enjoy our First Week Back Video
What an exciting couple of weeks we are having! We have been welcoming back our Kinder, and First grade students this past week and are looking forward to seeing our Second and Third graders this coming week! It’s been almost a year since we have gotten to experience the energy and joy of our students in person and it has been SUCH a positive step forward in reopening our campuses. Take a look at our first week! (Click on Link and Read More)
We are incredibly excited to welcome our students back to school starting this week with our youngest students! Read More
We are excited to announce that Phase 3 of our hybrid model will begin after our February break. Read More!
For those who missed our Feb. 5 Kindergarten & New Family Virtual School Tour on February 5. See Slide Presentation Here
While we are still in distance learning, I wanted to share some helpful suggestions for our youngest students on how you can help your child with math at home. READ MORE
With today being a holiday to honor Martin Luther King Jr., it is more relevant than ever to talk to our students about not only his legacy, but how we can apply his perspective, ambition, and perseverance to our lives today. Unfortunately, we have not come as far as I’m sure he would have hoped in the 51 years since his death. Read More
Happy New Year 2021 . . . . "Hello 2021, it is so good to see you!". 2021 is the start of a new year - filled with aspirations and optimism. Classes will resume on Tuesday, January 5th and we are all refreshed and ready to meet our students on Zoom and hopefully in person on campus very soon. Read about Math Assessment, Staff P.D. and Library Resources . . .
This is the last principal’s message you will receive from me in 2020! . . . . Enjoy this “Good of 2020” video below!
I would like to highlight some of the good that has come out of this year at Heather School and hope that, as we close out this year, we can look back and actually smile a little. Enjoy this “Good of 2020” video!
Be in the know! Find out what to expect when students start returning to campus. Read More Here.
2020 has thrown many different obstacles at us and yesterday we were given one more. San Mateo County has moved back to Tier 1, Purple status due to the rising case rate in the County. This means that our plans to start welcoming all students back to campus have been put on hold until we move back into the less restrictive Tier 2, Red status. . . . READ MORE
Thank you so much for your support during the beginning of this unusual and challenging school year. I want to take a moment to acknowledge your commitment and dedication and the time you are investing during Distance Learning. Your contributions last year to the nonprofit San Carlos Education Foundation are being put to work this year in many ways at Heather School, and have provided tools and training to address the current moment. Read More
During the month of November, Lori Herndon, librarian, would invite Heather kids to create gratitude leaves to dress our white wooden tree inside our school library with gratitude foliage. This year we are continuing the tradition and bringing the tree outside. We are inviting all Heather students and staff to make a leaf, with something they are grateful for this year to decorate our tree. READ MORE
I can’t believe November is upon us. Before you know it, we will be leaving 2020 behind us (can’t come soon enough!) and looking for normalcy as we head into 2021. November signals the end of Daylight Savings Time, shorter days, and also the end of the first trimester, which means teachers are preparing student report cards. Report cards will be sent to parents via email on November 23 . . . READ MORE
Click on the above link to see the SCSD COVID-19 Safety Plan (CSP) and other COVID-19 Resources and Communications.
Here is Part 2 of my Principal’s Bulletin focusing on safety. I hope you find some valuable information and resources below. . . . October 19-23 marks Digital Citizenship Week . . . . With Halloween right around the corner, we are all wondering how we will celebrate the holidays while following safety and health guidelines . . . We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? . . . READ MORE
Great California Shakeout - October 15 Each year we join other Californians in participating in the International Shakeout Day on the third Thursday of October, which this year is Thursday, October 15. There has been a lot of uncertainty over the past few months. Work environments are adapting and changing. Schools are considering how to operate. It seems like every day, we are confronting new challenges. All while earthquakes are still happening . . . Read more
We know that parents, more than ever, are deeply involved in math support with their children at home in distance learning. To help with the home-school partnership, I wanted to share some information on our math program here at Heather. . . . Read more
At Heather, we’re excited to continue to use Reader’s Workshop during distance learning to support literacy learning for each child. The reading workshop is one essential component of a balanced literacy program which also includes read alouds, shared reading, interactive writing, and shared writing. A workshop method blends direct teaching and carefully selected anchor texts with time for students to read and think about self-selected books . . . Read More
We are proud to be partnering with the Parent Venture Series, an extension of the Parent Education Series, to bring high-quality, engaging speakers and programs to our community. This year, all events will be online and free! Check our new SCSD Parent Education calendar which lists most events.
Now that we are heading into the second full week of school and you will soon have a chance to learn more about your child(ren)’s classroom(s) at tonight's Back to School Night, we are working hard to implement the routines and expectations that come with the new school year. Students are learning classroom rules, expected behaviors for live instruction, and how to transition into the “school” mindset. For some children, this settling-in process seems smooth, and for others, it takes longer and may require additional support and effort . . . READ MORE
Complimentary meals, breakfast and lunch, will be available for pick up at multiple sites in East Palo Alto and Menlo Park from 10:00 am-1:00 pm for children in the Ravenswood community, 18 years & younger. Find out more by clicking on the link above.
Heather School will be open to staff and certain limited services only. We are asking for your support in helping enforce social distancing protocols (such as these recommended by the WHO) for the good of our community. Read More
This resource has been provided by our school counselor to support our families at this challenging time.
No Such Thing as a Bad Kid: Using a Positive, Strength-Based Approach for Effective Parenting, presented by Charlie Applestein, 12/11/19. See Parent Resources . . .
Dear Heather Parents, As you know through your classroom communications, Heather students, grades 1-3, have taken or will be taking a math benchmark assessment at the end of the first trimester, in November or December. . . . read more
Principal's Bulletin, April 17, 2018