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Walter Hays Community Letter - 12/4/2020

☃️ December 4, 2020

Dear Walter Hays Families,

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving and break. I was grateful to spend time with a portion of my family; not the usual 30+ for Thanksgiving at a local park in the Woodside hills, but nonetheless, I am grateful for my family. I am also very thankful for the hard work of our teachers, the academic and social engagement (masks on and maintaining social distance) of our students, and the management of school by our staff, as well as the partnership and support of our families, as we have navigated the learning models of Hybrid and FDL. We will continue to persevere; learning and growing on this new path. Thank you to all for your positive collaboration in this venture.

PAUSD Resources: Next in the Series of Supporting Learning at Home:

What is Instruction?

The first module in the new PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, is entitled "What is Instruction?". To learn, human brains need time to interact with and apply new skills and information. Effective instruction is organized to provide time for students to practice, collaborate, and receive feedback about their progress. The module includes an overview of the elements of instruction, how those elements fit with synchronous and asynchronous instruction, and ideas for supporting learning at home.

Affective Factors that Impact Learning

The PAUSD website, Supporting Learning at Home, includes resources that explore the connections between emotions and readiness to learn. Parents and teachers intrinsically know the importance of addressing emotions in order to set the stage for learning. When students feel known and appreciated, they can learn more effectively. This module explores this connection and suggests ways of addressing distance and hybrid learning challenges such as using conversation starters and parent-teacher partnerships. Check out the "Affective Factors that Impact Learning" to learn more.

Learning Model: Hybrid and Full Distance Learning

I've had a few questions regarding whether there will be an opportunity to switch programs in January 2021 and dependent on space, families will have the opportunity to make a change request. I will be sure to share with families once I receive more information on the process. Additionally, I plan to hold a Principal's Coffeevia Zoom on Thursday, December 10, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m. to share insights regarding our two programs and project goals for the year ahead:

Updated Travel Guidelines- 12/4/2020

I appreciate our continued partnership and commitment to keep our community healthy and safe. Santa Clara County just released updated guidelines and Superintendent Don Austin just sent an important message describing the changes. Additionally, please review the Bay Area Health Officers Implementation of the State's New Regional Stay Home Order:

Safe Routes to School

The Safe Routes to School (SRTS) Team has created a survey for all PAUSD parents. Please take a few minutes to complete the Parent Transportation Survey to help create more opportunities for safe walking, biking, and scooting in our community. We need at least 70% participation in order to receive feedback on our travel paths to school.

I hope you have a restful and peaceful weekend! Please stay safe and healthy!


Principal Mary