DAILY UPDATE #199 -- 1/29/2021

  • FROM MCGRAW HILL --  Celebrate Bravery, Virtual Care Package for Students, Parents and Teachers
    Of all the characteristics that make us human, our capacity for courage is perhaps the most admirable — and yet also the most surprising. After all, when we are brave, we take positive action despite uncertainty, risk, and fear. That we can achieve such an incredible feat is a testament to our humanity, and this is something worth celebrating.

    Today, in times such as those we are experiencing, we are all calling upon our own courage as we navigate experiences and challenges that are simultaneously unfamiliar and formidable. Uncertainty, risk, and fear seem to lurk in every corner. Fortunately, research on the human brain and how we learn has demonstrated that all people — no matter their age — are capable of demonstrating courage. Moreover, bravery serves as the cornerstone of how we learn; without courage, we can never take the risk of trying new skills or exploring new ideas.

    All items in the care package are accessible digitally or via printing, and users can pick and choose from various options to further customize for their individual needs. Key materials that are available in the care packages include:
    • A printable bravery activity book
    • Writing prompts
    • Printable games
    • An “I’m Bored” activity list
    • A strategy poster
    • Additional activities designed to help cultivate bravery
  • Although some of the resources in this package are more tailored for children, and others are more geared toward adults (i.e., educators, parents, caregivers, etc.), everything in this package is designed to be used by anyone looking to develop courage.

    As such, in honor of you and your young learners, McGraw Hill has assembled a collection of resources to cultivate bravery. Bravery is what adults are achieving every day when they work with children to ensure that their learning never stops, regardless of how or when or where that learning happens. It is what young learners do every day, even as their entire worlds are rapidly transformed. And it is what McGraw Hill will continue celebrating as they cheer you on, every courageous step of the way.

    The Being Brave in the Face of Uncertainty virtual care package is available here:
    The following communication was sent to principals on January 28:
    • February 1-5 we celebrate National School Counseling Week for the tremendous contributions of School Counselors for helping students achieve school and life success. 
      • Theme: “School Counselors: All in for All Students.” 
      • SDUSD will provide a virtual background and will offer raffle prizes sponsored by the Counseling & Guidance Department. We invite you to celebrate your school counselor(s)! 
    • For more information: National School Counselor website, School Counselor Events and/or contact Program Manager of C&G, srubalcava@sandi.net
    • Please review this UPDATE from the Special Education Department 
      • Requirement for Initial IEP Signature Section Completion 
      • New Report State Assessment Accommodations. 
    All aspects of his return-to-school plan are negotiable, Governor Newsom tells superintendents (EdSource, January 29)
    More volunteers needed at vaccination super station downtown (10 News, January 29)


    The hotline established with the District is available to AASD unit members and other management who are charged with enforcing the health and safety policies and procedures.  Call the hotline when you need immediate assistance when conflicts arise, clarification is needed, or decisions must be made regarding health and safety matters. 

    This hotline is for ALL AASD represented members, both classified and certificated.  The hotline phone number is
    (619) 981-0760.  The hotline is available on all District workdays, Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  In the rare event that a message must be left, all calls will be returned promptly, within the same day.
    If an AASD member has a department or individual that deserves special recognition during this time of crisis, please use the link below for reporting issues/questions/concerns/gratitude to show your gratitude for the department or individual.  AASD will publish that special thanks in our next Daily Update.

    AASD will be sending out a Daily Update, Monday-Friday, throughout the return to instruction/school reopening period.  The Weekly Update will continue as usual on Thursdays with the typical news and information for AASD members.  The AASD Office continues to remain closed.  AASD staff are working remotely and can be reached via the contact information at the end of this Update.

    AASD has created a Google Form for AASD Members to report issues, questions or concerns regarding work-related issues, COVID-19, return to instruction and school reopening.  AASD will provide answers to issues, questions or concerns submitted as answers become available.  You may also share your gratitude for another AASD member, district personnel, etc., via the same link.

    The link to share issues/questions/concerns/gratitude is:

    Please do not share this link outside of AASD membership (classified and certificated management/supervisors).  The link will be active until this crisis is over. 

    NOTE:  All previous AASD Daily Updates and Weekly Updates are located on the AASD Website www.aasdcs.org if you need to refer back to them for information.

    For your convenience, the District has created a list of Frequently Asked Questions.  To access that list, click the link https://sites.google.com/sandi.net/covid19/staff-info
    Executive Director, Donis Coronel -- donis@aasdcs.org   619-813-8792
    Office Manager, Linda Crout-Hamel -- 
    linda@aasdcs.org   619-861-2701
    Office Clerk, Jim Costello --
    Please keep informed via the District’s website www.sandi.net, Daily Updates from AASD and via the AASD Website www.aasdcs.org.


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