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Principal's Welcome

August 3rd, 2021 


Dear Tubman Families,

 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! I hope you are having a wonderful summer break and are feeling excited for the start of a new school year. 


This letter provides an overview of important information about the start of the school year. Parents will receive a similar letter in the mail in the next couple days as well as their student-leader’s schedule and a copy of the school calendar. 


Our theme for this school year is BE PROACTIVE. By being proactive, we will all be in charge of ourselves and take action to be the best version of ourselves. 


Starting on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 25th, we will have the important task of rebuilding our student-leaders’ academic stamina and normalizing the five-day school week. Towards these ends, we will need the support from all of our staff, parents, and student-leaders to ensure consistent punctuality and attendance throughout the year. 


Reminders for the Start of the School Year

We will begin the school year on Wednesday, August 25th with full enrollment and a five-day per week schedule--hooray!

  • School begins promptly each day at 8:30am 
  • Student-leaders may not be dropped off before 8am unless they are enrolled into ASES/PrimeTime 
  • Student-leaders are expected to be seated in their classrooms and ready to learn before the 8:30am bell that signals the start of each school day.
  • Every Wednesday--including the first day of school--is a minimum day with 1:00pm dismissal.
  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday has a dismissal of 3pm

Please refer to the school calendar (input) for other holidays, minimum days, and days of observance. 


Back to School BBQ & Student-Leader Schedules

Student-leaders will have a chance to meet their Teacher and Staff at the Back to School BBQ on Thursday, August 19th from 4:30pm - 6:30pm. This is a fun event and we will have food, music, games, jumpers, and a dunk tank for entertainment! If you are unable to attend the Back to School BBQ, a schedule will be placed in front of the school when school starts on Wednesday, August 25th. 


Dress Code Updates

All student-leaders are expected to wear uniforms Monday - Thursday. On Fridays, there will be free dress for our student-leaders. To promote a greater sense of belonging and consistency, please note the following updates regarding acceptable colors for uniforms this school year:


  • Shirts: Solid colored burgundy, black or gray long or short-sleeved polo shirts.
  • Bottoms/Dresses: Pants, shorts, skirts, skorts, jumpers or polo dresses in solid burgundy, black, or gray. Tubman plaid is acceptable as well.

Please refer to the “Student Dress Code” section on the school website for more information.  


Masks and Health Guidelines

In line with the most recent guidance from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), all student-leaders and staff are required to wear face coverings while indoors when student-leaders are present. Masks are optional outdoors for all student-leaders and staff. We anticipate the guidance relating to face coverings will evolve through the course of the school year. Student-leaders will no longer be required to complete daily temperature checks or wellness screening, and quarantine procedures are less stringent than last year. Still, we will require the cooperation of parents and guardians to keep children home when they have symptoms of illness. A more detailed overview of the Tubman health guidelines and policies will be made available before the start of school. 


Student-Leader Dismissal Procedures

Like last year, we have TK-5th grade student-leaders do drop-off and pick-up on Mohawk St. For 6th-8th grade student-leaders, drop-off and pick-up will be at the lower field park on Saranac St.  We will dismiss student-leaders as the parent/guardian arrives at school.


After-School Programs

Tubman offers an Extended Day Program, also known as Club TC, to elementary and middle school student-leaders. Club TC is free to all participating families and operates before and after school every school day. Participating student-leaders are expected to attend Club TC every day they attend school for the full range of hours offered. Club TC offers academic support and extra-curricular activities in a physically and emotionally safe environment. Club TC maintains a student-leader to staff ratio of 20:1 for both elementary and middle school student-leaders.


Club TC Hours of Operation

Before School Program: M-F 6:45am-8:10am

After School Program Hours: M-TH: 3:00pm-6:00pm, W: 12:30-6:00pm

 

ELIGIBILITY

  • Priority enrollment to pupils who are identified by the program as foster/homeless youth
  • Your child(ren) must be enrolled at Tubman during the regular school day for the current school year
  • First come, first serve (following priority enrollment)

 

APPLICATION

One application may be submitted per family and one application can be used for up to 5 student-leaders. Only Parents/ Legal Guardians can apply for their student-leaders. You can apply at our Front Office or through SchoolMint (https://tubmancharter.schoolmint.net/). Program is filling out fast so please apply soon. Any questions please feel free to email Venessa Martinez vmartinez@tubmancharter.org or Connie Bledsoe @ cbledsoe@tubmancharter.org .


Final Thoughts

Additional information will be shared via Class Dojo and on SchoolMint in the weeks ahead. Please stay up-to-date as we begin the school year. Lastly, please be on the lookout for important 2021/2022 documents required for all student-leaders, including (1) Student Emergency Information Form, (2) Household Income Data Form, and (3) Tubman Student and Parent Handbook Signature Page.


If you have any questions regarding the new school year, please feel free to email me at rwoodard@tubmancharter.org or call (619) 668-8635 ext. 2099. On behalf of the faculty and staff, I would like to thank you for choosing Harriet Tubman Village Charter School and look forward to supporting you and your family as we begin the new school year. Go Tigers!


Sincerely, 



Ryan Woodard

CEO & Principal 

Harriet Tubman Village Charter School 

rwoodard@tubmancharter.org

(619) 668-8635 ext. 2099