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Principal's Message, October 27, 2019
Principal's Message, October 27, 2019
Michelle Stephens
Sunday, October 27, 2019

Dear Bolinas-Stinson School Families and Community,

School will be closed on Monday October 28th, in spite of our best efforts to keep it open. The effects of widespread power outages, wildfires, evacuations, and compromised phone communication have combined to create an unsafe environment for both staff and students. We do not make this decision lightly and will make every effort to open the school as soon as possible.  We apologize for the inconvenience and understand the hardship that this imposes on many of our families. We will keep you posted as soon as we receive any new information and appreciate your patience. Please feel free to email me with any questions or concerns.

UPDATES AND SCHOOL NEWS

Tour to Learn Lottery Winners

A big thank you to the Parkside Cafe for their generous donation of gift cards for our Winners of the Tour to Learn Lottery! Students who participated in the Tour to Learn event were entered into the lottery. With the help of our fifth grade class during our last assembly, we drew the following winning names: Pre-K - Siena L; Kindergarten - Riley W; 1st grade - Olive B; 2nd grade Quintin P; 3rd Grade - AJ Walker; 4th Grade - Zoe K; 5th grade - Arlo M; 6th Grade - Natasha GS; 8th grade - Saide L.  Congratulations to our lucky winners!

Bolinas-Stinson Beach School Foundation Bake Sale is a Success!

Thank you to all the Bolinas-Stinson School families and community members for coming out to support the BSBSF bake sale at the Gospel Flats Farm Stand.  They raised $500.00 and one hundred percent of the proceeds go to the foundation to support our kids. Keep your eyes open for the next bake sale that will be taking place at our Harvest Fair on November 9th.

PLEASE JOIN US FOR THESE UPCOMING IMPORTANT EVENTS!

Halloween Festivities, Thursday, October 31st - Check with teachers and room parents for details

Students may bring/wear their costume to school on Thursday, October 31st. Please be sure that costumes are not too gory or scary and be sure to leave any weapons at home. 

Please reach out to your child’s teacher/room parent to see how you can help out with this year’s Halloween Happenings in their classroom. Each class will be creating a scarecrow to auction off at the upcoming Harvest Fair.  Parent volunteers are welcome and needed! 

Staff Development Day, Friday, November 1st, No School for students

Teachers will be spending the day aligning reading/writing rubrics & curriculum K-8, developing student goal setting protocol, building classroom webpages and participating in emergency preparedness activities with Bolinas Fire District Assistant Fire Chief, Steve Marcotte.

Get Ready for this year’s Harvest Fair! November 9th, 12:00-3:00 PM, Bolinas Campus

Join us for the return of a favorite Bolinas-Stinson School FUNdraising event! We will have delicious cob oven food, field games, face painting, photo booths, our famous cake walk, scarecrow auction, live music and more!  Volunteers are needed to help set-up, run stations, and clean-up after the event. Tickets for various activities will be available for purchase at the event as well as free activities for all!  

Special Tam High Preview Night for 8th Grade Parents & Students, November 14th, 6:00-7:00 PM, Bolinas Campus Library

I hope all 8th grade students and parents will join Tam Principal J.C. Farr and Assistant Principal Kaki McLachlan for this important informational event. They will be presenting an overview of student life at Tam, including information on curricular programs, athletics and other social/emotional supports they have available for all students, as well as answer any questions parents and students may have.  They hope to alleviate some of the anxieties that parents and students may be feeling during this upcoming time of transition. 

The following are a variety of other opportunities for prospective students and families to learn about the Tam school community.

  • Open House, March 19, 2020 - provides an opportunity to tour the campus and learn more about our school community. Guests are encouraged to visit classrooms, talk to faculty, see student work and tour campus.

  • Events The public is always welcome at Tam athletic and theater events (admission fees may apply). Please consult the Calendar on the website for more information about scheduled events. Check out the Daily Bulletin (Tam Times) and online student newspaper, The Tam News for additional events and information. 

  • Helpful Links Explore the Tamalpais HS Website for a wealth of information. 

Parent Teacher Conferences, Monday, November 18th - Friday, November 22nd, 2:00 - 4:30 Early Dismissal time 2:00 PM Bolinas Campus (1:45 Stinson Campus). *Please note: Due to limited facilities and personnel, we are unable to provide childcare at school.  Please be sure to mark your calendars and make other arrangements for your children on these days.

Your child’s teacher will be reaching out to you soon to schedule a conference. This is a wonderful time to review your child’s progress with their teacher and share any issues or concerns you may have. 

Close communication between home and school is critical to your child’s academic and social-emotional success. By keeping an open dialogue, you and your child’s teacher can share strategies to best meet your child's needs and support them at school. Some areas you may want to think about before the conference are:

  • Homework - Observe your child as they complete their homework.  Are they able to work independently? Do you have questions on how to support them?

  • Get your child’s feedback about school - How are they feeling about classwork?  Who do they play/hang out with? What is their favorite/least favorite academic activity and why? Get an overview of their daily school experience.

  • Come prepared with any questions you may have - Teachers often schedule back-to-back conferences, so it is important to maximize your time and stay focused.

Remember - It is ok to ask for a meeting any time during the school year (as needed) if any issues arise. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Warmly,

Michelle Stephens

Bolinas-Stinson School Principal

mstephens@bolinas-stinson.org

415-868-1603