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Back to School Update – August 29, 2014
Today’s Site Report:

– All buildings have been inspected and cleaned.
– New carpet will be installed in the 3rd Grade classroom on Saturday.
– Cracked windows have been identified and will be replaced.
– Temporary repairs have been made to the parking lot.
– The water has been tested and is safe to drink.
– Brand new water and HVAC filters have been installed.
– What you will see when you come to campus: Temporary repairs to cracks and “ripples” in parking lot and grounds. Areas around the campus that have been painted white and additional cracks, uplifts, and abrupt sidewalk transitions. Most, if not all of these areas, existed prior to the quake.
– P. G. & E. trucks and crews have been out in full force, excavating the gas line to ensure its safety. Gas has been shut-off and is not travelling through the line.
– From P.G. & E.: “As part of our extensive patrols in the aftermath of Sunday’s earthquake, PG&E crews identified surface cracks in the ground above Line 21A, a transmission pipeline that provides gas service to the area. Following standard safety protocol, we isolated and vented all gas from the section of pipe until further examinations are completed. PG&E does not have any indications regarding any issues with the pipeline and is performing these activities to ensure that we continue to operate a safe gas system. There has been no disruption in service to our customers and no leaks identified by the foot patrol or our vehicle-mounted state-of-the-art leak detection technology. As part of our normal operating procedures, an excavation is taking place as safely and quickly as possible to visually inspect the line and perform additional testing to confirm the strength of the pipeline. Safety is our top priority and we will continue to take all appropriate steps to assure our communities, local officials, and first responders as well as customers and their families that our system is safe. For additional information or questions, please contact Aaron Murphy, Customer Outreach Specialist at (707)577-1062. We appreciate your patience as this important work takes place.”

Important Information

1. Next week’s schedule:

Tuesday 9/2 – Minimum Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for all grades

Wednesday 9/3 – Regular Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for Grade One
3:05pm for Grades Two through Eight

Thursday 9/4 – Minimum Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for all Grades

Friday 9/5 – Regular Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for Grade One
3:05pm for Grades Two through Eight

2. Emergency Cards: Green emergency cards (one for each and every student) were mailed on Wednesday and need to be completed and returned to the school office on the first day of school. This form must be completed and returned to the school office on Tuesday, September 2, in order for your child to attend school.

3. Aftercare: Due to the previously unplanned minimum day on September 2, free Aftercare will be provided Tues, September 2 , (available from 12:35pm until 5:30pm) for those working families who need afternoon care for their children. A form requesting Aftercare for this day has been sent out with the green emergency card. Only those children who have a completed green emergency card and signed the special Aftercare request form will be allowed to attend Aftercare on that day.

4. Rose Ceremony: The Rose Ceremony, welcoming the new first grade class will be held in the Multi-Purpose Room on Tuesday, September 2, at 9am. After this short ceremony, parents are welcome to meet and mingle.

5. Welcome Back Breakfast: The Parent Council and Festival Committee will be hosting a Welcome Back Breakfast after the Rose Ceremony on Tuesday, September 2. If you would like to bring something delicious to add to the feast, please do.

6. Parent Council Meeting: The first Parent Council Meeting of the year will be Tuesday, September 2, at 6pm in the Library. Todd Mills (Gavin – 4th grade & Christian – 3rd grade) bravely has stepped forward and will be the PC chair. Phil Montalbano (Owen 1st grade) will join the executive board as Treasurer.

7. Waiver for Attendance: Tom Torklason, the State Superintendent, has been in contact with Patrick Sweeney, NVUSD Superintendent, regarding a waiver for attendance due to the earthquake. In the event of an unforeseeable emergency, waivers can be granted so schools do not lose any ADA funding for the five missed days of school.

8. Picture Day: School pictures will be on Wednesday, September 10.

9. Parking Coordinator Needed: Looking for 1-2 friendly, dependable, and safety-oriented individuals to guide our parent/guardian drivers during daily drop-off and pick-up. This is a paid position ($14.00/hr.) 2 hours/day. If interested, please contact Mr. B (707) 252-5522).

10. Eurthymy Accompanist Needed: We are in need of a piano accompanist for Eurthymy on Friday mornings. Contact Rochelle in the office for more information regarding this paid position.

11. Earthquake Drill: On Friday, August 29, faculty and staff discussed safety measures and participated in a evacuation/earthquake drill.

We look forward to seeing the bright, smiling faces of you and your children on Tuesday, September 2.

Earthquake Update – August 28, 2014

Not much to report today. Site remains unchanged.

Tomorrow, Friday, August 30, the Faculty and Staff will meet at Stone Bridge for an Earthquake Drill practice (with evacuation), as well as any last remaining preparation for opening our school on Tuesday, September 2.

More to come tomorrow….

Earthquake Update – August 27, 2014

Today’s Site Report: 8/27/14:

– No significant aftershocks reported today.
– No movement measured in parking lot cracks.
– Mobile Modular inspected the Aftercare & Resource buildings. No issues found and they were given a “clean bill of health”.
-We have received confirmation that P.G. & E. has performed leak tests of the gas transmission line. No leaks were found and they have reduced pressure in the line from 300lbs to 60lbs. and have isolated the line. They will be excavating and performing a physical inspection of the line during the next two days.

Report of Admin/Faculty/ Staff Offsite 8/27 Meeting:

1. Next week’s schedule:
Tuesday 9/2 – Minimum Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for all grades

Wednesday 9/3 – Regular Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for Grade 1
3:05pm Grades 2-8

Thursday 9/4 – Minimum Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for all grades

Friday 9/5 – Regular Day
12:30pm Dismissal for Kindergartens
12:35pm for Grade 1
3:05pm for Grades 2-8

2. Picture Day previously scheduled for 9/3 will be rescheduled.

3. New Class Meeting Schedule: Specific details, childcare, & start times will be provided by your child’s teacher.

Kindergartens & 8th Grade – September 11
1st & 6th – September 4
2nd, 3rd, & 4th – September 3
5th & 7th – September 10

4. Emergency Cards (one for each and every student) have been mailed today and need to be completed and returned to the school office on the first day of school. This form must be completed and returned to the school office on Tuesday, September 2, in order for your child to attend school.

5. Aftercare: Due to the minimum day on September 2, free Aftercare will be provided Tuesday, September 2, (available from 12:30pm until 5:30pm) for those working families who need afternoon care for their children. A form requesting Aftercare for this day has been sent out with the green emergency card. Only those children who have a completed green emergency card and this signed form will be allowed to attend Aftercare on that day.

6. Earthquake Drill: We will have an earthquake drill with the students on Tuesday, September 2.

7. Tdap Vaccination: If your 7th grade student has not had their Tdap booster, these extra days are a perfect opportunity! Remember, your student cannot attend school without this or the appropriate waiver.

Earthquake Update – August 26, 2014

Please be informed that SBS is tentatively scheduled to start our school year next Tuesday, September 2nd. All other NVUSD schools will re-open tomorrow, Wednesday,August 27. as they are mostly ready to go.

Current Status:
I had a conversation with Walt Blevins (NVUSD Operations) after this afternoon’s NVUSD Cabinet and principals meeting about our site. Engineers were here early this morning (they are the ones responsible for the new white painted lines) and they didn’t find any structural issues or concerns. PG&E has been out to check the natural gas distribution line and didn’t express any immediate concerns.

For the safety of the children, teachers, and staff, I’m not satisfied with this and requested follow up and more details/assurances from PG&E. I’ll be working on this more over the next few days.

The basic points for opening on Tuesday,September 2, and not earlier, are:
- Our campus is less than 2 miles from the epicenter of Sundays 6.0 earthquake!
- The west side of our campus is directly over an earthquake fault per the USGS fault map!
- Along with those two facts, our school grounds are still unstable and we’ve seen continued and significant movement,crack, uplifting, etc. since the quake. We have multiple open cracks (several over 10 feet long, 4+ inches wide and 3+ feet deep) that require filling and leveling before being ready for pedestrian and vehicle traffic. These repairs will start on 8/27.
- Each additional day following the 8/24 quake will significantly reduce the probability and risk of dangerous aftershocks.
- We are awaiting full assurances from PG&E that the natural gas distribution line along the north property line of our campus is intact and does not pose an unacceptable risk for our school and occupants.
- The good news is that we do not have any significant structural concerns with the school buildings and playing fields.

We will be having an off-site Faculty/Staff meeting tomorrow, August 27, at the District Office to review emergency preparedness for earthquakes and continue our planning for the return of our students. This will include guiding them in their ongoing processing of this earthquake experience.

I understand that this delay may be creating a hardship for some parents but the safety of the children, teachers, and staff is my utmost concern.

Lesley Walder, our school psychologist, has created some suggestion for parents to hopefully help prepare your children to return to school. You can find it on the website. Many thanks to Lesley for this excellent document.

Stay tuned for additional updates and confirmation of our school start date.

Take care,
Mr. B (Bill Bindewald)

Supporting Our Children Through a Natural Disaster
Supporting children following a natural disaster – Lesley Walder

Summer Letter

In an effort to save paper and resources, we are posting the annual Summer Letter on the website instead of mailing it.  Click on the links listed below to find the letter, the 2014-15 school calendar, and the traffic map. Happy Reading!

Summer letter 2014

2014-15 School Calendar

Traffic Map