Upper Academy Announcements

Tech Update

I wanted to let you know a couple things that have changed on student Google accounts. First, the chat feature has been disabled for all students. This choice was made as a response to the use of chat during class time instead of using their work time wisely. Second, email for 6, 7, and 8th-grade has been disabled for students EXCEPT for with teachers and admin staff. This choice was made in response to inappropriate use of email among UA students. Email is meant to be used as a means for communication, and will still be available for the intended purpose. Third, our school Chromebooks will no longer accept accounts outside of the @placeracademy.org domain. None of these changes will affect their ability to work on shared docs for school work.

As you know, the devices and accounts are owned by Placer Academy Charter and are meant to be used as an educational tool. I am hoping that these changes will guide and remind our students of this purpose and will eliminate the abuse we have been seeing. I truly hope we see a shift in the use of their devices.

Please feel free to contact Amber Sutton with any questions you have about these changes. We appreciate your support in these changes.

Greek Day is Monday!

Monday is GREEK DAY for our middle schoolers. 7th-8th graders will be THE OLYMPIANS who run each station. 6th and 6/7th graders will be REPRESENTATIVES FROM VARYING CITY-STATES. Together, they will compete for the honor of their polis, to win the Olympics!

Costumes are expected (a sheet wrapped into a toga is perfect for this day.) Wearing regular clothes underneath ensures that any malfunctions are not catastrophic. If they want to wear an "outfit," that is also fine. If you have any extra costumes or sheets- it would be very helpful if we could have a few extras for those who might forget or not have access.

We have a Sign-up Genius for Greek Food . Here you can volunteer to bring in food for the Olympians. It is meant to be a "tasting" party, so if they don't connect with the flavors- they still have their lunches. Food will go to D4 (Mrs. Allen's room) in the morning. There are also parent volunteer slots to help set up the food and clean up. (Please try to bring ingredients so we can let those with food allergies/sensitivities know what they can and cannot consume.)

After lunch- students will run through their electives as usual. We appreciate your support and look forward to the events and culinary experimentation on Monday!

Thank you,

The Upper Academy Teachers

Winter NWEA

Our second round of NWEA assessments is nearly complete! We will be sending home a report in the beginning of January that shows both their Fall and Winter scores side by side for you to see the growth.

6th Grade Information

California immunization laws require students receive a Tdap booster prior to entering 7th grade. This immunization can be given anytime after the child's 7th birthday. If your child has already received this booster, please forward a copy of the immunization record to the front office. If your child still needs this vaccination, please anticipate making an appointment with your health care provider as soon as possible to ensure this is received prior to next school year. This booster is in addition to any other immunizations that may be required. Letters will be mailed home in the next few weeks for those students needing other immunizations as well. If you need any assistance or have any questions, please contact me at jmuller@placeracademy.org.

Thank you,

Jennifer Muller, RN

Credentialed school nurse

Student Spotlight

For our Student Spotlight this week, I'd like to highlight

Noah Anderson

Noah was highlighted by several teachers this week! He is giving his best effort on his assignments and has demonstrated unmatched kindness. He always says "Good morning!" with a smile and we appreciate his positivity. Noah, you really demonstrate the Core Values of engagement, caring, and respect.

Important Parking Lot Communication:

We are hopeful that you can help us out by parking your car and walking/waiting for your student(s) to be make it across the crosswalk to you. Unfortunately, there are several people that are blocking traffic by putting on their lights and just stopping in the the middle of the lane. We have promised the city that we won't cause a disruption for the neighboring businesses and we have several active council members who drive by to keep us to our word. Additionally, we have been told by the city that if neighbors or businesses complain, we could very well lose our permitting for this site. We completely understand that it is a bit of a hassle. We timed pick-up today and it took 6 minutes. If you are unable to park, perhaps you could come a few minutes later to pick up and pull into the lot. We truly appreciate all your support on this matter.

Art Show

Hello from the Art Show Committee! Planning is underway and we could not be more excited for this year's art show. We hope everyone has marked their calendars for March 22, 2019 - you won't want to miss it! The Beautifully Made Art Show and Auction fully funds our entire art program and provides rich art instruction and hands-on learning opportunities. This is an incredible evening in honor of your children's amazing art work. There will be MUCH more information headed your way after the winter break but we wanted to provide information about sponsorship opportunities before the end of the calendar year. This TAX-DEDUCTIBLE DONATION supports each student and is so greatly appreciated. The sponsorship form is available at the office of both campuses. Your generous support is appreciated!

Tardy?

Please remember that attendance is taken promptly at 8:25am.

If your child is tardy, you must park and walk your child into the office to sign them in and receive a tardy pass to class.

Ed Code Section 48260 defines a truant as a pupil who has missed more than 30 minutes on three days without valid excuse in one school year. Our goal is to have all children present in school every day and on time. Our school policy is that we may require verification of absences due to illness if your child has missed school for three consecutive days.

Visiting Campus

When visiting campus we require that you check in with the office (D-1) prior to entering any classroom or the MP room. We will have you sign in here and are happy to greet you!





Attendance

If your child is absent, please call our attendance line at (916) 259-1688 ext. 100 or email Tasha Raddigan at traddigan@placeracademy.org to inform the school before 9:30 am.

Research has shown that regular attendance is vital for the success of children in school. California law states that absences are excused only if the child is ill or there is an excuse which meets the requirements of the California Education Code Section 48205. Even excused absences that cause your child to miss significant amounts of school can cause your child to fall behind in class.