Dear MARC Families and Students,
January 29 2021
Dear Pacific View Charter Families,
As we approach the anniversary of learning in the time of COVID, I am struck by how far we have come. Last March, we thought we would be shut down for a few weeks. Weeks turned to months and months to almost to a year. Through times like these, how we work together to make a difference for our students.
Monday, February 1st, we will be having our Semester 2 Orientation at 9 am. Teachers and staff will be in attendance to go over any questions going into the second half of the year. The link will be provided on the MARC website and our Facebook.
Staff at PVCS are in line to receive vaccines starting at the end of February. Once the staff is vaccinated with the two doses, we will be opening for in-person instructions for the families that want to attend during the day. However, this is all dependent on vaccine supply and public health roll-out. Thank you for your patience during this ever-changing process.
Silas Radcliffe M.Ed
Pacific View Charter School 2.0
Topic: Semester 2 Orientation with Families
Time: Feb 1, 2021 09:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Past News Letters
November 12, 2020
We have completed our first quarter at Pacific View Charter for the 2020-2021 school year. The school has been transformative due to the COVID-19 pandemic. I applaud all students and families that have stayed on top of assignments during this time. For many students, their independent responsibility had to increase during this time while others are at work.
It is tempting to think of academic and social/emotional learning as two separate processes. However, they go hand in hand. Social-Emotional Learning is vital because daily life has jolted us out of our comforting routines and traditions. Everything, from seemingly ordinary events like Picture Day and Halloween, must be rethought. If predictability is an antidote to anxiety, then it’s no wonder we are all feeling a little more anxious than we usually might. At the same time, it’s a valuable opportunity to model social/emotional thinking for our children. It can help to reflect on your own emotions first and think about your children’s age and development as you discuss it with them. Consider these prompts. The specific social-emotional subskill being used is in parentheses.
- Can you name how you feel? (self-awareness)
- When you feel that way, what helps you manage? (self-management)
- How might someone else feel? Why? (social awareness)
- What support do I need from others? What help can I offer to others? (relationship skills)
- What is my role in my, my family’s, and my community’s well being (responsible decision-making)
Re-opening planning is at the top of everyone’s mind, and it’s fair to say there are many perspectives, feelings and needs involved. Thankfully, we have a strong community of leaders, staff, parents, and partners engaged in responsible decision making.
The parent survey results were reported at the November 10th board meeting. After much deliberation, the board agrees to keep the school on full distance learning till January 29th and re-evaluate after the Holiday season. Please stay engaged as we continue to plan and prepare for safety, wellness, and instructional quality in a distance or hybrid environment.
October 20th, 2020
Thank you again for the many great ways you support our students with your time, expertise, and contributions. Pacific View Charter is continuing to engage in a thoughtful process to plan for reopening. We anticipate offering a hybrid option when it is safe to do so and a full distance option. While there is not a formal timeline, we continue to make forward progress. It is vital that our staff, guardians, students, and community feel comfortable returning to reach our goals. Our school board has requested a survey of our staff and community to get a pulse on reopening by November 4th. Our next reopening update will be at the Board of Trustees meeting on Tuesday, November 10th.
These tips are taken from the Child Mind Institute Website. They recommend giving your child opportunities to practice working without your attention. Here’s how:
- Estimate how long your child can work independently. Tell them you want them to work and let them know you’ll be back in X minutes.
- When they have been successful, let them know and recognize their efforts.
- When they have not been successful, encourage them, or ask specific questions to guide them. Avoid general questions like “How’s it going?” Instead, say or ask:
- “You are close to being done! I’ll be back in a minute.”
- “Did you have any difficulties you want my help with?”
- “What got in your way of finishing?”
- “What have you tried so far? What do you think you could try next?”
If your child truly needs support, then, by all means, offer it. If they are looking for a distraction when you ask them to work, you can comfortably withdraw attention. Once they are back on task, return your attention.
Like everything in life, independence takes practice, so don’t give up if your student isn’t successful right away. Growth is the goal. Over time your student will build their capacity to work independently for more extended periods and more complex tasks.
Thank you for your kind attention and thoughtful questions.
September 28th, 2020
We’ve reached the milestone of our one month of school next week. Some days feel endless while others fly by. A month ago, we were busy with preparations and plans for reopening. Adrenaline, excitement, and worry drove our actions. Now, we may be settling into routines and getting comfortable with new technology, or we may be losing patience and getting frustrated. Our students are likely to feel a wide range of emotions as well. It can be challenging for parents to know what’s expected and how to support them. Please understand in times of stress, it is entirely normal for students to regress a little in their behavior.
Pacific View Charter is here to help. Please contact your COHORT teacher or the main office if you cannot log-in to the zoom meetings or access the curriculum. We understand times are tough, with families displaced by the fires, social distancing mandates from the Pandemic, and rising unemployment in rural areas. As a California independent study school, we have flexibility in attendance. However, our state auditors require us to have 80% of student assignments turned in to maintain a non-truant status. Mandated warning letters have started to be sent home to parents. It is crucial to contact your teachers for any help completing the assignments, so the student will not be in danger of a drop.
Pacific View Charter is conducting benchmark assessments for the week of September 28th through October 2nd. To access the evaluation, visit the pacificviewcharter.org/marc website for the link and log-in instructions. Students will be taking a Math and Language arts test. Students need to be honest and try their best so teachers can plan instruction for the year based on the results. This test is also vital for our Diploma accreditation, and we need 100% participation.
Thank you for your involvement during the Orientation and Back to School night. This parent participation was the largest partaking as Principal of Pacific View Charter.
Pacific View Charter is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting for the 2020-2021 school year orientation on September 8th at 9 am. The orientation will go over basic distance technology usage, new state requirements, and an introduction to the student program. Parent expectations will be discussed and how they can support their student during this time through technology. Student’s expectations will also be addressed, and a review of accessing the curriculum. The principal will facilitate the meeting, and all teachers will be in attendance. There will be a follow-up “Back to School Night” to reach families at a later time. Mark your Calendars for September 15th at 6 pm for a similar meeting.
Topic: PVCS Start of year Orientation
Time: September 8th, 2020, 09:00 am Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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Meeting ID: 784 970 8767
It has been a challenging six months for students and their guardians. COVID-19 has become a part of our daily lives, with many struggling to adapt. Pacific View Charter has been working tiredly over the summer to have a safe and effective roll-out. However, the challenge before us is that things can change quickly in this pandemic, and it may change over this year, or even a month.
At this time, students are required to select courses for the 2020-2021 school year via mail instructions. Teachers will be given extra time developing a robust distant learning plan utilizing APEX curriculum, zoom, google sites, and pacificviewcharter.org/marc. Continuity of attendance schedules are essential, as well as guardian support, to minimize gaps in education. It is crucial for guardians to have their students work daily and read through the APEX chapters. There will be a family/student orientation via zoom on September 8th at 9 am led by the principal. Following the orientation, the teachers will be available for each course to facilitate questions in the reading and highlight critical points for the first week of school.
There is a learning curve across the country where education has been transformed. It is best to stay positive, patient, and open-minded during this time. Work through the school’s recommendations when online course work begins no later than September 7th. Increase communication with each teacher and attend all zoom meetings.
The New York Times recently published a thoughtful piece on how to set our students up for success in distance learning. You can read the entire article here. The bottom line is, “Kids are resilient, and they’ll undoubtedly get the content knowledge they need. Right now, our main focus should be making them feel loved, secure, and safe amidst these disruptions. Learning can’t occur until those things are in place.”
Thank you for your continued patience and incredible support during this process,
Silas Radcliffe M.Ed
Pacific View Charter School 2.0