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Dear Rancho Families,

As our superintendent shared with you in his last letter, on Tuesday of this week, our school board met to discuss reopening and determine a reopening timeline for LMSV schools. The board set a reopening date for LMSV schools for Monday, April 19, 2021.

As we prepare for reopening at Rancho Elementary, I wanted to reach out and share some specifics about how learning will look on our campus once school resumes. Our hybrid reopening model has been revised based on the time of year we are reopening, and due to new health regulations that require us to keep six feet of distancing between students. The key principles of this plan are:

  • Ensure students remain with their current teacher and class
  • Students will participate in core instruction together from home (over Zoom) every morning
  • At least twice a week, students will have the opportunity to attend school, in the afternoon, in-person, with their teacher and a limited cohort of students
  • In-person cohorts of students will be limited in size based on classroom capacity (to provide6-feet of distance between students)
  • In-person time will be supplemental to the core learning provided to all students over Zoom in the mornings.
  • Time on campus will not involve whole-school activities (such as lunch and recess) to avoid cohort mixing which could result in the quarantine of larger groups of students when there is a case of COVID-19
  • Additional in-person time will be provided for select students based on need and capacity

The specific daily schedule for Rancho will look like this:

MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
Core instruction
over Zoom (with
breaks, etc.)
7:50 – 10:50
a.m.
7:50 – 10:50
a.m.
7:50 – 10:50
a.m.
7:50 – 10:50
a.m.
7:50 – 10:50
a.m.
Lunch (at home)10:50 – 11:30
a.m.
10:50 – 11:30
a.m.
10:50 – 11:30
a.m.
10:50 – 11:30
a.m.
10:50 – 11:30
a.m.
Arrival
Supervision/Health
Screening
11:30 – 11:50
p.m.
11:30 – 11:50
p.m.
11:30 – 11:50
p.m.
11:30 – 11:50
p.m.
11:30 – 11:50
p.m.
In-Person Cohorts
(Asynchronous time
for students at
home)
11:50 – 12:50
p.m.
Intervention/
Enrichment
Cohort
11:50 – 2:10
p.m.
In-Person
Cohort A
11:50 – 2:10
p.m.
In-Person
Cohort B
11:50 – 2:10
p.m.
In-Person
Cohort A
11:50 – 2:10
p.m.
In-Person
Cohort B
Dismissal12:50 p.m.2:10 p.m.2:10 p.m.2:10 p.m.2:10 p.m.

I recognize that for some of you, getting your students to school for in-person learning opportunities might be a challenge. We are working to see if additional transportation or ESS childcare options might be available for our families to help more students have access to in-person learning. If you think you might utilize transportation or ESS if it were available to you, please complete the survey linked here: Transportation/ESS Survey. Your responses will help us plan for what is feasible in support of our families. We will provide more information on these options once we have gathered survey responses and determined capacity for our buses and our childcare classrooms.

We are so excited to welcome students back to Rancho Elementary School, and are eagerly preparing for their arrival. Next week I will send out a survey to see if you have changed your mind regarding your selection of “In-Person” or “Distance”. Once we hear back from you, I’ll be sharing more information about your assigned cohort day for attendance and additional details and information that you’ll need to prepare your students and your family for our first day back. In the meantime, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions or concerns you might have.

Sincerely,

C. Elisa Holston-Arteaga
Principal
Elisa.HolstonArteaga@lmsvschools.org
(619) 668-5885 (x4699)

Districtwide Announcements:

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CBOC: Measure V

Applications accepted for Measure V Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC)

La Mesa-Spring Valley Schools would like to invite interested parents and community members to be part of the Measure V Citizens’ Bond Oversight Committee (CBOC) to help report the progress of the bond program to the public.

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Transitional Kindergarten Enrollment Boundaries 2021-2022 School Year

Enrollment boundaries on this list apply to Transitional Kindergarten ONLY. Students who wish to attend a school other than their school of residence for Kindergarten will need to apply for an Intradistrict Transfer Request form beginning February 1 of the year prior to Kindergarten to attend a different school location. More information can be found at the district’s enrollment website.

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Announcements:

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Enrollment for the 2021-22 School Year

Enrollment begins March 1, 2021

Why You'll Love Rancho

  • A Small Neighborhood School and Beloved Community, Where Every Student is Truly Known, Connected to and Cared for by Staff
  • Located in the Hills of Spring Valley, Near Mount Miguel High School, Easily Accessible from Neighboring Communities in San Diego and South Bay
  • Boasts a Beautiful Garden, Designed and Maintained by Students Building Responsibility and Providing Relevant Hands-On Learning

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Important Information:

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Attendance

Attendance is SUPER important and notifying Rancho of any absences or late arrival is, too! 

If your child is absent from school for ANY reason, PLEASE CALL: 619-668-5885, Extension 4 or email our Health Tech, Stephanie Jones at stephanie.jones@lmsvschools.org

Calls may be placed 24 hours a day!  Please leave the following information
* Date of Absence * Full name of the Child * Reason for Absence *

Doctor and dental notes are helpful if our attendance records are audited.  If your child has numerous absences, these will be requested. Please note that your call to report the absence does not "erase" the absence, but rather designates it as excused or unexcused depending on the reason.

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Accelerated Reader

Click on our new Accelerated Reader Widget to see updates each week with the pages and titles Rancho students have read! 

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Health & Wellness Policy

The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District promotes health-enhancing nutrition practices. According to the food guidelines sent out in the fall we are encouraging nutritious foods be brought for classroom celebrations: fruits, vegetables, whole grain crackers, pretzels, 100% fruit juice or frozen juice bars. Examples of non-nutritious foods with a more than 35% sugar content or fat content: soda, candy, chewing gum, snow cones, chips, fried foods, cookies, cupcakes, donuts, candy coated popcorn, & cotton candy. On your child’s birthday handing out special pencils or stickers is a good alternative to food.

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Rancho Elementary’s Student Dress Code

  • No Sunglasses
  • No hats inside. Hats are ok outside with the bill forward
  • Shirts must NOT have inappropriate images
  • Shorts and pants must not sag. Shorts must have a 4 inch inseam
  • No skate shoes/heelies with or without the heel insert
  • No cosmetics, artificial nails, or lots of jewelry
  • Shoulder straps must be at least 1 inch
  • No bare back or see-through clothing
  • No dresses or skirts unless wearing leggings
  • No open-toed shoes or sandals

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Extended School Services (ESS) provides students an outstanding childcare experience before and after school. Students get homework help, engage in games, projects and field trips. ESS provides grants for families who qualify and low cost options.

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