Principal's Message, March 23, 2021

Dear Bolinas Stinson School Families,

It feels like spring is in the air a little earlier than usual this year. Spirits are high as students and staff take advantage of the nice weather. Many classes are planning field trips, and conducting fun outdoor activities.

NEW TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES ALLOW FOR MORE STUDENTS ON OUR BUSSES!

We have just received word from Marin County Health and Human Services and MCOE that we may now fill our buses to 68% of capacity following health and safety guidance. Please let Kara Perras at: karap@bolinas-stinson.org, know if you would like to have your child take the bus to and from school. We will do our best to accommodate as many families as possible, and will be prioritizing by need. We hope to have the new bus schedule up and running for Monday morning, March 29th, and will be sharing it with participating families soon. Please remember that your child must be confirmed with the office before riding the bus.

NEW BSUSD POLLINATOR GARDEN!

What do you do with seventy five yards of soil left over from the construction of our outdoor learning spaces? Turn it into a pollinator garden! Our third grade class is working with Audrey Fusco of Turtle Island Restoration Network and a former BSUSD graduate, Claudia Buckenmeyer of PRNSA, to create our very own BSUSD pollinator garden. This creative and environmentally conscious solution is the brainchild of Anna Tosick, our 3rd grade teacher. 

Anna, Audrey, Claudia, and Ben walked our Bolinas Campus looking for the perfect site for the pollinator garden and decided to use the berm of soil left over from the construction of our recent outdoor learning areas. Students and staff pitched in to move seventeen yards of compost, and plant upwards of fifty donated native pollinator plants (more will be arriving in April)! When I asked our third graders to share how they were feeling, here are some of their responses:

  • I’m really happy that we’re helping. I feel joyful!

  • Now our butterflies have native nectar plants that aren’t milkweed to help them survive (we learned we shouldn’t plant milkweed in this area).

  • I’m excited to see if the number of monarch butterflies goes up.

  • I like that we are helping all the pollinator animals, including hummingbirds!

  • This activity is bringing us all together to help the world!

Stay tuned for more updates as our students make a difference and beautify our school in such a magical way!

2021-22 CLASS CONFIGURATION DRAFT 

I know that it seems like we just got back to school in-person, but it is the time of year to start thinking about class configurations for next school year. Please use the link below to view the proposal for next year. This class configuration draft does not include any cohort limitations and is contingent upon the continued lessening COVID restrictions. Please remember that this draft could change if health and safety recommendations become more restrictive. 

2021-22 Class Configuration Draft

Please feel free to share any feedback or suggestions with me. I will be presenting this draft at the next board meeting in April.

WORLD CAFE EVENT POSTPONED UNTIL JUNE 1st - SAVE THE DATE

We have decided to postpone the BSUSD World Cafe Event until June 1st due to the need for greater participation. We understand that this is a very busy time and hope that by waiting until June, we will be able to get a robust group of parents, staff, students, and community members together. It is critical to involve as many stakeholders as possible as we tackle the important work of identifying the key facets of our ideal BSUSD graduate profile, spot hurdles, and move our school forward in this important work.

PLEASE USE THE CROSSWALK WHEN DROPPING OFF AND PICKING UP YOUR CHILD

Please model safety for your child and always use (and encourage your child to use) the crosswalk when dropping off and picking up your child. Feel free to park in any area that is not marked for our bus or as a safety zone. We ask that you use caution when walking your child to the crosswalk, and be sure to say “Hi” to Roberto on the Stinson Campus or Kari on the Bolinas Campus! 

As always please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or suggestions. I wish you and your family much love and laughter!

Warmly,

Michelle