Dear CRPUSD Families, Because of fires burning in Oregon and far Northern California, smoke will be drifting down to Sonoma County and may be a factor for the next few days. At last check (Tuesday, Sept. 18 at 9:30 PM) Cotati-Rohnert Park was at the YELLOW. Recommendations include: If you are unusually sensitive to particle pollution, consider reducing your activity level or shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors. The County of Sonoma has issued a health advisory due to poor air quality related to smoke from wildfires in far northern California and southern Oregon. Air quality is expected to be in the "moderate" range for the rest of Tuesday, Sept. 19, through Wednesday, Sept. 20. In the "moderate" range, students who are sensitive to air pollution may have symptoms such as coughing, wheezing, difficulty breathing, or chest tightness. Please remember that decisions on modifying outdoor activities or the school day will be made at the district level, based on local conditions. It is recommended that we use the AQI monitoring tools at fire.airnow.gov to check conditions near our school sites. The air quality is predicted to be in the YELLOW range tomorrow (Wednesday, Sept. 20). According to airnow.gov : " If you are unusually sensitive to particle pollution, consider reducing your activity level or shorten the amount of time you are active outdoors." Guidelines ● School districts will monitor the air quality index (AQI) using EPA’s AQI monitoring tools at Fire.AirNow.gov , which aggregates data from Purpleair.com and Airnow.gov. ● School activities and changes to the school day will be made based on fire.airnow.gov measurements and local conditions, such as the availability and quality of air filtration and direct observation of indoor/outdoor air quality. ● School districts will report any changes to the school day to SCOE for media notification. ● School districts will announce any changes to the school day to families using normal procedures (ParentSquare, email, social media, etc.). ● Children with respiratory or heart conditions are vulnerable to poor air quality and may require extra precautions. School districts should advise parents to consult with their child's health care provider to develop a plan of action before smoke creates a hazardous air situation. Thank you! In partnership, Maité Iturri, Superintendent
Dear CRPUSD Families, The California Department of Education (CDE) requires that we ask our families to complete an annual Education Benefit Form and a Housing Survey. These two forms provide us with valuable information which helps our schools. Most importantly, they help identify families who need our help. CRPUSD is able to provide expanded services to students experiencing homelessness which may include providing no cost school supplies, before and after school care, and enrichment opportunities. Additionally, the CDE uses these statistics to provide additional funding to our district. Our goal is to have 100% participation district wide and we need your help. Please take a moment to complete the forms below. You may disregard if you have already completed these forms via PowerSchool, and thank you for your support! This information is kept confidential. We've made the forms simple with an OPT OUT option for those not inclined to share. To complete the forms, you will be asked to log into ParentSquare. If you have any issues, our Family Tech team is here to help. Familytech@crpusd.org or 707-636-8322. They can also assist you in formatting the app to your language of choice. If you have already completed these forms for the 23/24 school year, you can disregard this request. One set of forms is requested per family, not per child. Education Benefit Form Housing Survey Thank you for helping make CRPUSD schools thrive! Sincerely, Matt Marshall, M.Ed. Director of Student Services 707-792-4700
The Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) Board of Education is pleased to announce that Maité Iturri has been appointed as the district’s new Superintendent, effective September 1, 2023. The Board unanimously voted to approve Maité Iturri’s appointment at the August 15th board meeting. Ms. Iturri will succeed Superintendent Dr. Mayra Perez, who will retire on October 31, 2023. Board President Michelle Wing said “Maité is a collaborative leader with many years of instructional and executive experience. She has strong success in working together with staff, families, and students to ensure high academic achievement for all students. Community is important to Ms. Iturri and she engages with all stakeholders through outreach, communication, and active listening. The entire Board is looking forward to working with Maité to continue building on the strong foundation and carry on the CRPUSD vision of believing in all students and achieving excellence by nurturing a love of learning.” Maité Iturri has served across many levels in education and has extensive expertise in leading initiatives to improve academic success and social outcomes for students. Ms. Iturri began her career as a Bilingual Teacher then as Principal of El Verano Elementary School and Director of District Programs in Sonoma Valley. In 2021, Ms. Iturri moved to Petaluma City Schools where she was the K-12 Academic Coordinator and most recently Assistant Superintendent of Student Services. During her career in education, Ms. Iturri has successfully led school and district programing including implementing a community school model, opening a Family Resource Center, facilitating equity work and building a strong network with parent and community members to support student success. She believes that providing a variety of programs to engage with students of all learning styles is critical to the student and district’s collective success. Ms. Iturri has a deep connection within Sonoma County and is an active community member, serving in numerous leadership roles both in education and in her local community. Most notably, she is the co- founder of Food for All/Comida para Todos, a nonprofit in The Springs region of Sonoma Valley focusing on supplying food and basic supplies to its community. In addition, Ms. Iturri is part of the Adjunct Faculty at Sonoma State University, teaching in the Educational Leadership Program. “I am very excited about joining the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District and thankful for the deep commitment from both staff and community in supporting the excellent programing in our district,” said Ms. Iturri. “I look forward to meeting with students, educators, and families to learn about what makes CRPUSD such a special place for students to grow and learn.” Ms. Iturri was raised in a bilingual and bicultural home. She received her undergraduate degree in Mexican-American Studies, her Teaching Credential, and her Masters in Educational Leadership from Sonoma State University. She attended University of California, Davis where she started her Doctorate in Educational Leadership. She is within a year of completing her Doctorate from San Francisco State University. The district will schedule a meet-and-greet opportunity for students, parents, staff, and the community in September. Information will be provided on the districts website and ParentSquare.
August 1, 2023 Dear CRPUSD Community, Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope you had an opportunity to relax and enjoy your summer break. We can’t wait to open our doors on Wednesday, August 16th and greet our students and families. We are looking forward to an exciting year of connection, learning, and joy! The staff returned a few weeks ago and many worked through the summer to prepare our schools for our students. I am thankful for all of their hard work and dedication. Our goal this year is to create a safe and secure learning environment where strong partnerships and respectful relationships can flourish and we can work together to ensure the success of all of our children. On Wonderful Wednesdays, students in grades TK-5 will be dismissed at 11:30am and staff will work collaboratively to enhance and strengthen the instructional program. The time will be used for additional planning and preparation time for our staff. During the first week of school, TK and Kindergarten students will be dismissed from school at 11:30am to provide them with some adjustment time to the longer school day. Please see the attached elementary school schedule. When students have an shortened day, CRPUSD teachers work together to clarify exactly what each student must learn, monitor each student’s learning on a timely basis, provide systematic interventions ensuring students receive additional time and support for learning when they struggle, and extend and enrich learning when students have already mastered the intended content. This work is known as Professional Learning Communities (PLCs). We know that when teachers have time for this vital work, students and families benefit! CRPUSD is using ParentSquare to keep connected with families. Your school and the district will send important communication and it will automatically be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text. We suggest you download the ParentSquare App so you can access messages on your phone. Video instructions for using Parent Square can be found in the links below at the end of this letter. As we eagerly await the beginning of school, please remember to drive carefully throughout our community and especially near our schools. We will have increased pedestrian traffic and car traffic. Please plan additional time when taking children to school and/or getting to work. We appreciate your support and partnership for a successful school year. I wish everyone a great first day and a productive school year. Sincerely, Mayra L. Perez, Ed.D. Superintendent For ParentSquare video instructions click the link below: English: https://youtu.be/eBKsV4EVa-Y Spanish: https://youtu.be/xpDfN3nCqTc [Tuesday, Aug 1 at 11:44 AM] Please note that the dismissal time for grades TK at elementary sites (except Richard Crane) on August 16-25 will be 11:30am. Kinder will be dismissed at 11:30am on August 16-18. [Tuesday, Aug 1 at 12:20 PM] Please note that the dismissal time for grades TK at elementary sites (except Richard Crane) on August 16-25 will be 11:30am. Kinder will be dismissed at 11:30am on August 16-18.
Dear Families, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) is pleased to partner with the YMCA to deliver high quality, safe and engaging before and after school programs at each of our elementary schools. CRPUSD is deeply committed to providing these opportunities to qualified students at no cost through the generous funding of our Expanded Learning Program grant. In order to qualify, students must meet one of the following: Homeless (Residence Survey) Foster Youth (as determined by the County of Sonoma) Designated as English Language Learners (EL) (Determined by CRPUSD) Qualify for free or reduced school meals (Household Income Data Collection Form) If you feel your child meets the qualifications, please submit the YMCA forms and include your student ID number under ELOP Code. The YMCA will verify eligibility with the CRPUSD Expanded Learning Department before finalizing enrollment. Space is limited. Priority qualifications renew each school year. Log onto your PowerSchool account to make sure all necessary forms are complete. (see image attached) Instructions: English , Spanish . To register: Send completed forms to email@example.com Call: 707-545-9622 (English/Spanish) Join us at our in person registration event (details below), or Drop forms at the CRPUSD District Office - 7165 Burton Ave * Families who do not meet the ELO-P Scholarship criteria may register in the YMCA's Fee based program. Please click here to read program details, fees, etc. Special Invitation to our In-Person YMCA Registration Event We welcome you to join us for our in person registration event! We will have all the necessary forms, English and Spanish speaking staff to assist you and some snacks to share! Our neighbors from Child Parent Institute will be here to share the great resources they have for families. Date: July 12, 2023 Time: 4PM-6:30PM Location: John Reed Elementary - 390 Arlen Drive, Portable P1 (near the front parking lot) We look forward to another terrific school year. Please reach out with any questions. Alana De Mars Expanded Learning Program Manager Expanded_learning@crpusd.org 707-792-4562 [Wednesday, Jul 12 at 12:53 PM] Reminder:
We welcome you to join us for our in-person YMCA registration event! We will have all the necessary forms, English and Spanish speaking staff to assist you and some snacks to share! Our neighbors from Child Parent Institute will also be here to share the great resources they have for families.
Date: July 12, 2023
Location: John Reed Elementary - 390 Arlen Drive, Portable P1 (near the front parking lot)
Dear Families, Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) is pleased to partner with the YMCA to deliver high quality, safe and engaging before and after school programs within our After School Education and Safety (ASES) programs at John Reed Elementary and Thomas Page Academy. We are pleased to open registration for the 23/24 school year. Participation for qualified students is provided at no cost. The ASES program guidelines indicate that priority must be given to students who meet one of the following criteria: Homeless (Residence Survey) Foster Youth (as determined by the County of Sonoma) Designated as English Language Learners (EL) (Determined by CRPUSD) Qualify for free or reduced school meals (Household Income Data Collection Form) Priority qualifications renew each school year. The verification process begins with your child’s completed forms in PowerSchool. Log onto your PowerSchool account to make sure all necessary forms are complete. (see image attached). Instructions: English , Spanish . Students who may not qualify for no cost programming, may qualify for a fee based spot in the program if space is available . All fees are paid directly to the YMCA. Please take a moment to complete the attached interest form. It does NOT complete your application. Once eligibility is verified, you will be required to complete the necessary YMCA forms. In Person YMCA Registration Event! We welcome you to join us for our in-person registration event! We will have all the necessary forms, English and Spanish speaking staff to assist you and some snacks to share! Our neighbors from Child Parent Institute will also be here to share the great resources they have for families. Date: July 12, 2023 Time: 4PM-6:30PM Location: John Reed Elementary - 390 Arlen Drive, Portable P1 (near the front parking lot) Please reach out if you have any questions. Alana De Mars Expanded Learning Program Manager Expanded_learning@crpusd.org [Wednesday, Jul 12 at 12:50 PM] Reminder:
We welcome you to join us for our in-person registration event! We will have all the necessary forms, English and Spanish speaking staff to assist you and some snacks to share! Our neighbors from Child Parent Institute will also be here to share the great resources they have for families.
Date: July 12, 2023
Location: John Reed Elementary - 390 Arlen Drive, Portable P1 (near the front parking lot)
All elementary students will be released at 11:30am every Wednesday. Early Release Wednesdays means more planning and preparation time for Elementary Teachers in CRPUSD resulting in better outcomes for our students! We are pleased to announce that the Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (CRPUSD) and the Rohnert Park Cotati Educators Association (RPCEA) have agreed to an early release schedule for students on Wednesdays resulting in additional planning and preparation time for our amazing teachers. CRPUSD teachers work together to clarify exactly what each student must learn, monitor each student’s learning on a timely basis, provide systematic interventions ensuring students receive additional time and support for learning when they struggle, and extend and enrich learning when students have already mastered the intended content. This time shall be used by teachers for planning, preparation, professional collaboration and conferences with parents and students. We know that when teachers have time for this vital work, students and families benefit! Our Expanded Learning Program team is working to develop engaging opportunities that will meet the needs of our students after school. Thanks to a generous grant from the State of California, these opportunities may be provided at no cost to students who meet one or more of the following criteria: homeless, foster youth, English language learners, and those who qualify for free or reduced meals. To help us in our planning, please take a moment to complete the brief survey attached. More information about all Expanded Learning Programs will be sent in the coming weeks. Thank you for taking a few moments of your valuable time to complete the survey. Dr. M. Jamal Fields Assistant Superintendent, Educational Services Cotati-Rohnert Park Unified School District (707) 792-4708
OUR SPANISH LANGUAGE COMMUNITY INPUT SESSION INVITATION Date: Wednesday, May 31 Hour: 4:45pm - 5:15pm Group Name: Our Spanish speaking parents/community members Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/83768827803 Meeting ID: 837 6882 7803 OUR ENGLISH SPEAKING COMMUNITY INPUT SESSION INVITATION Date: Thursday, June 1, 2023 Hour: 4:30pm - 5:00pm Group Name: Our English speaking parents/community members Zoom link: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85035509215 Meeting ID: 850 3550 9215 At the request of the School District Board of Education, this is to inform you that a time has been scheduled for you to attend a virtual meeting with consultants from Leadership Associates to provide input about the desired personal and professional qualities anticipated in the incoming superintendent. Your comments will be used in the development of the candidate profile, recruitment process, and reference checking. The consultants will also compile a summary of all comments received during these sessions and share the report with the Board and with the new superintendent. During your session, consultants will share an overview of the process, and then ask two primary questions: ● What are the desirable qualities, characteristics, background and professional and personal experiences for the next superintendent? ● What do you see as the strengths of the district and the major challenges facing the district in years ahead? Your assigned time is above. There is no need to RSVP. If your scheduled time presents a conflict, you will still have an opportunity to provide your feedback and responses to these same questions via this anonymous survey in English or Spanish .
Dear CRPUSD Community, The Cotati-Rohnert Park USD Board of Education is asking for your help in selecting our next superintendent. We understand this is an busy time of year and we would appreciate your input in this short survey. To ensure this is a collaborative and inclusive process, the Board is providing an anonymous online survey and encourages your participation. This is an opportunity to receive input from students, staff, parents, and community. Please follow the link below to provide your input. This survey will be open from May 24th to June 2nd at 4:00 PM. Please click the following link for the survey. English : https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/QPQ7YSG Spanish : https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/QZCVZNT Sincerely, CRPUSD Board of Education
We are nearing the end of our Summer Enrichment Academy Registration window and we have several spaces still available for a few select classes. Below are the course descriptions. Please complete the attached registration form no later than Friday, May 26. If you have already completed a SEA registration and wish to make changes to your classes, please email firstname.lastname@example.org Please do not complete a duplicate registration form. NEW CLASS: Edible Art & and Crafting Adventures with Ms. Langton Week 1 & 2 Edible art class will allow you to explore the joys of making snacks and crafts. The edible art class offers an opportunity for middle schoolers to explore and play with food in a unique and enjoyable way. Get creative with food as a medium for artistic expression or make a mess and then eat your creation. We will be making and creating different crafts and snacks throughout our week together. American Sign Language with Ms. Connell Week 1 Join Mrs. Connell and learn the basics of American Sign Language. We will cover the alphabet, fingerspelling, colors, foods, animals, and short phrases! This universal language is a critical skill for all to acquire. Musical Theater with Ms. Walters Week 1 Students will learn to sing, dance, and act for a specific KIDS version of a musical (30 minutes in length). On Monday we will start with introductions and learning an ensemble number (vocals and choreography), which will be followed by auditions.Then Tuesday through Thursday students will break out into small groups to learn their assigned choreography, songs, and scenes. On Friday we will review and clean up any scenes that need work and do a full run-through of the show, which will be recorded to share with family and friends. Exploring Water with Ms. Vorlob Week 1, 2 Students will engage in exploration of our local ecosystem through exploring the water here in Rohnert Park. Students will be exploring the microscopic environment that lives in our many creeks across Sonoma County. We will also have the opportunity to look at images captured on Sonoma State's wildlife cameras located along Copeland Creek. Writing through Disney/Pixar with Ms. Woods Week 2 Using fun clips from a variety of different Disney/Pixar movies and shows, students will be able to watch, listen, and learn about different elements in literature. Board Game Design with Mr. Connell Week 2 Have you ever played a game and thought, I could make this better? Then you are perfect for this session. Throughout the week you will be exposed to and allowed to play a variety of board games which each require unique skills, from strategy and humor to vocabulary, you will put your skills to the test both playing games in small groups and designing your own board games. Excel for Youth PreMed for Kids (Grades 6-8) Week 3 The field of medicine is exciting and fun! Would you like to become a doctor, nurse, veterinarian, dentist, physical therapist, or occupational therapist? This hands-on, exciting class brings these careers to life, while students learn about human anatomy and the importance of learning math/science. This class includes interesting guest speakers who are health care practitioners, and engaging, hands-on activities. The instructor and an experienced teaching assistant provide individualized support so that every child will feel challenged and successful in this class. Fun in the Sun with Science with Ms. Peakes Week 3 & 4 Join us for a week of exploring the environment and discovering how we fit in it! Students will engage in exciting labs, most of which will be outdoors so that we can enjoy all that nature has to offer. We can’t wait to create clouds, develop miniature hovercrafts, outdoor sundials, and design our nature journals. Hip Hop and Hamilton with Ms. Langton Week 3, 4 Students will get the opportunity to read, write, and speak in this class and even perform their own slam poem at the end of the week. We will explore the value of modern day poems in the form of hip hop music and the Broadway Play Hamilton. We will learn about alliteration, imagery, figurative language, metaphor, mood, and irony, just to name a few. Exploring Lost Civilizations with Ms. Woods Week 3, 4 Calling all Greeks and Romans! Learn about these ancient lost civilizations through their everyday life, root words, cartography, mythology, and more. Students will feel fully immersed while practicing simple arithmetic for creating their Trojan horses and more. Engineering a Better Solar Oven Week 4 You will design and build a smart solar oven with temperature sensors and the ability to track the sun. You will apply physics principles to optimize your oven’s performance. You will then test your oven by cooking various dishes, while monitoring real-time graphs of the temperature. Experts from STEM fields will be visiting to talk about their work. Guest speakers will include Dr. Daniel Soto, chair of the Sonoma State Department of Geography, Environment, and Planning, and software engineer Joe Szuecs. Instructor: Milo Mitchel Theater Mania Week 4 “A Seussical Story” is an adaptation of the Broadway Musical “Seussical.” The Cat in the Hat and a friend tell us the story of Horton and a band of Dr. Suess characters rescuing the Who’s of Whoville from being dropped into a pond and drowning. We will learn the songs “Oh the Things You Can think” & “Alone in the Universe “and “Horton Hears a Who”. This short play will be performed on our final day, families are welcome to come! Instructor: Ellen Vieira