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January 20, 2023

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Dear Families,
A nice break from the rain this week. Really great to get the students outside more, just like old times! We have had some parents take the survey, but we’re still behind. Please take it when you have a few moments. This upcoming week we have a general PTO meeting on Wednesday. Spirit Wear store opens and Girls Basketball tryouts both start Monday.
Warm regards,
Patrick Eagle

PTO UPDATE
Hello San Miguel families,
We had a successful and fun ice skate and donate night! Thanks so much to everyone who came and participated. Some upcoming dates to know: We are opening the online spirit wear store on Monday (1/23/23) to purchase more San Miguel attire. This would be a great opportunity to get something your child can wear for the Walk-A-Thon in May, or any school color attire will work great!

3/3/23 – Zoo to You Assembly (all school EOS reward)

3/3/23 – Bingo night at school

3/15/23 – After School Pizza Party (individual EOS reward)

4/21/23 – Color Fun Run (all school EOS reward)

5/5/23 – Sno Cone Day (all school EOS reward)

Principal dress up day, Cal Skate night, and movie night are still being scheduled. If you’re interested in volunteering for bingo night, Sno cone day, or the color fun run please email me at cpiland@mwusd.org.
Thanks,
Your San Miguel PTO

YOUTH TRUTH SURVEY
This week students and staff will be taking the survey. We are also hoping that families will take the survey as well. Messages have gone out to all district families recently, but in case you have misplaced the link you can click here for it. Thank you in advance for your participation. Your information will be used to benefit students.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED
Now is a great time to become a substitute teacher. Pay rate is higher than it has ever been. In addition to helping kids and helping the school, you can get a first hand view of what is happening here. It also gives you a great deal of flexibility as you only work the days you want to. Please click here for more information on how to become a substitute teacher.

A ‘NOTE’ FROM THE MUSIC TEACHER
Save the date! All music students in the 4th, 5th, and 6th grades will perform at our annual District Winter Concert on the evening of Thursday, February 23. Details about the concert will be shared in late January or early February. One Last Call! The Mark West Education Foundation is looking for parent volunteers to join a committee to help plan a district-wide Karaoke Night. We would like the Karaoke Night to be both a fun community building
event and a possible fundraiser for the music program, and we need people to help plan this event. Does anyone have connections for karaoke equipment, possible raffle items, etc.? Do you have ideas for activities at Karaoke Night? Please email Kara Kaufman at kkaufman@mwusd.org if you would like to help! For those who have already contacted her, Mrs. Kaufman will send out an email to all potential volunteers soon to discuss next steps.

Speaking of volunteers…The Mark West Education Foundation is seeking new members to join our parent-run, non-profit organization dedicated to making music and arts education available to students in the Mark West District. Please email Kara Kaufman at kkaufman@mwusd.org if you are interested in learning more about volunteering with the MWEF! The next MWEF meeting will be on Monday, February 6 at 6:00pm via Zoom.

CYBERBULLYING & DIGITAL WELLNESS WORKSHOP
In partnership with the City of Santa Rosa Violence Prevention Partnership and funded in part by Measure O (2004), Community Matters is hosting a parent/guardian workshop focused on Cyberbullying & Digital Wellness on Feb. 8th, from 5:00 – 6:30. This workshop will be delivered via Zoom and Spanish translation services are available. The discussion will focus on navigating current trends in social media, raising awareness of student’s online activity and modeling how to interact safely and responsibly in the digital world. Please see attached invitation for further details and registration links. This event is free and open to all who are interested in learning more about this important topic.

UPCOMING DATES
1/23/23 – 1st day of Girls basketball tryouts
1/23/23 – Spirit Wear Store Opens
1/25/23 – PTO meeting, 6:00 via Zoom
2/13/23 – Lincoln’s Birthday – Holiday
2/20/23 – Presidents Day – Holiday
3/3/23 – Bingo Night
3/20-3/24 – Spring Break
3/31/23 – Talent Show auditions 3:00
4/27/23 – Talent Show rehearsal 6:30
4/28/23 – Talent Show Performance 6:30
5/5/23 – Walk a Thon

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