August 13, 2021
Dear Village Elementary Families,
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! We are so excited to be back to school full time and be able to connect, challenge and champion your student each and every day! Onward and Upward We Go!
We have so much to be proud of and grateful for here at Village! We are all ready to come back to school energized and ready for the challenge of getting back into the great work we do. Our Village staff is well-rested and motivated to make this year the best year yet for the students that attend the Best School in the Universe.
We know that it takes a village to create the magic that happens at Village each and every day. Please be a part of our magic making. We are who we are at Village, full of rich traditions and excellence, because of the people in the connections that we hold. Join us in making sure that each and every child, every day, has a connection, a challenge, and a champion for their success.
For more information on any of our programming, please visit our website at https://village.coronadousd.net/. I hope that you find our new website helpful and easy to use. We will be updating it regularly.
I will send weekly updates as school gets up and running...keep watching for new information on our Website, Village Facebook and our Village Instagram pages.
Onward and Upward We Go!
Heidi Bergener, Ed.D.
Proud Village Elementary Principal
Village Elementary 2021-2022 Focus
WIN “What I Need” Time
Our master schedule is designed to help us attend to the individual and small group needs of all of our students during intervention and extension time (now called WIN Time). Whether you were with us at Village last year during Hybrid learning, attended full time at another school, or are new to Coronado Schools, we’ve got YOU! Differentiation in academic areas (ELA, writing, Math) and in our Specials (VAPA, ILAB and PE) is our specialty. We have been differentiating for years and have been very successful at it. This year will not be any different. We will continue to thrive in meeting our students where they are at academically, behaviorally, and socially. Communication with your child’s teacher will be incredibly important this year as we fill in gaps, remediate and accelerate learning for all.
Social Emotional Learning
We are ready to meet the social-emotional needs of all of our students! Through our dailySanford Harmony curriculum and classroom practices/procedures, we will use meet ups and circle ups, to help us grow and foster strong, trusting relationships that focus on inclusion, empathy, and compassion. When conflicts arise, through, we will be able to resolve those conflicts and restore relationships with each other. To aide in this process and further support our students, staff and families, we have two (Military Family Life Counselors (MFLCs) and 1.5 Clinical Counselors on site. We firmly believe that our social emotional needs come first for each and every student. This solid foundation creates confident students at Village who feel safe, valued, loved and connected to school.
-Return to Play Programming
Re-entering the playground scene will take patience, practice and relearning of routines, rules and procedures. We are ready for this! We will be implementing a program called Playworks at both elementary schools in CUSD. We plan to provide high-energy, structured recess options that focus on developing positive relationships, sincere sportsmanship, and active play! We know that through play, kids learn to make friends, solve problems, and believe in themselves. Our robust team of PE and recess supervision have taken training and are ready to start the year off with lots of fun and active play!
Health and Safety
We will be following all San Diego County recommendations and mandates. As new information comes out, we will be sure to send it out to you.
Please note: All of the protocols below are built to minimize exposure and keep all of our students safe, healthy and IN SCHOOL, FULL TIME. As guidance changes from the county, we will also change. At this time, these our our guidelines and procedures, developed with great care and consideration.
Guidelines Specific to VIllage Elementary:
Classrooms and on Campus:
Students are required to wear a mask when entering or exciting campus, and in the classroom.
At this time, when students are present, all adults (regardless of vaccination status) and students are required to wear masks. For masks at recess and lunch, please see below.
Clear Desk Partitions: At this time, we are not using the clear desk partitions.
We will, when possible, adhear to stable cohorts, keeping students in consistent small groups in the classroom.
Morning and Lunch Recess:
Masks are not required at morning and afternoon lunch reccess or when students are eating. Masks are required when entering and exiting campus.
Morning and Lunch Recess will look different this year. Recess will be structured and stations will be provided to make sure students remain in stable cohorts. Students will rotate through the stations throughout the week, provided a varitey of activities. Options for hanging out to socialize, read, color, etc. will be provided.
Eating at Lunch: Students will sit in assigned seating during their lunch times, in Village Hall. This is imperative to keep our stable groupings in tact and minimize exposure to other cohorts/small groups when students are in closer proximity to each other. Windows and doors will remain open for steady air flow.
Our lunch tables will have three students, per bench, equally 6 students per table. Students will have 20 minutes to eat, a 20 minute structured recess, and a 5 minute transition time. If students need more than 20 minutes to eat, that time will be provided. We have plenty of staff to help supervise, open containers for our younger students, and guide as needed. For more information on Nutirition Services, please see below in this newsletter.
Further information about set forth by San Diego County, including the for student attendance, please see links above.
Important Information about Village Elementary
Village Parent and Teacher Organization (PTO):
Please, please become a member of PTO! Without the generous membership donations of time and money, Village would not be the incredible school that it is today! PTO pays for field trips, assemblies and presentations, art supplies and Meet the Masters projects, grade level and teacher funding and school culture building. They host several events throughout the year like the Fall Festival, Jog-a-thon, Bingo for Books, and Movie nights! Please check out our Village PTO page for more information and announcements.
Coronado Schools Foundation (CSF):
CSF is the Coronado Schools Foundation and is separate from our Village PTO. CSF raises money for special programs and pathways at Village. Our Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA), Innovation Lab (ILAB), Band and Choir are all paid for by CSF. Without your very special donations, our students would not be provided these opportunities. Please consider signing up for Hive365 to help keep our programs alive and thriving for our students.
We hope to have volunteering in full swing this year. More information to come! Please be patient with us as we try to get volunteers on campus ASAP, all the while, following state and county mandates.
New Initiatives for CUSD
NEW UPDATE 8/13/2021
1:1 Computers: Students in grades 1st-5th will be given new chromebook laptop on the 1st day of school for their usage thoughout the school year. They will be required to bring the computer back and forth to school with them each day. Students in Kinder will be using school provided computers, as needed, at school.
Here is the letter from CUSD:
Dear CUSD Parents/Guardians:
Coronado Unified School District is committed to preparing students for success in school and beyond. Part of this preparation includes exposing students to technology and guiding them in its appropriate uses. We are happy to announce that in the 2021-2022 school year, all 1st through 12th grade CUSD students will be issued a Chromebook for educational use at school and at home. Chromebooks will be treated like a textbook and students will be issued devices at the start of the year for the entirety of their career in CUSD, or until the next replacement cycle. Families may keep their devices over the summer to continue their learning. Students’ access to district-provided technology at home promotes our CUSD vision and supports personalized learning, opportunities for enrichment, equitable access to resources, and career readiness. Students will practice responsibility for operating and maintaining their individual devices.
For more information about this program, please follow the links below:
1:1 Student Device Program
Purchase an for just $20 a year (highly recommended but optional)
Free Lunch for All: Free Lunch Meals for all Enrolled Students for school year 2021-2022
The USDA has approved UNIVERSAL FREE LUNCH MEALS for all students that are enrolled in the Coronado Unified School District for school year 2021-2022. No applications will be necessary to receive the daily lunch meals. For more information, click .
Bulk Breakfast Distribution: Free bulk breakfast distribution for all students in CUSD will take place each Tuesday from 3:15-4:00 pm, at Village Hall. More information from Nutrition Services will be available soon.