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    ATTENDANCE

    If your child is not attending school, please call the school (408) 423-1200 IN THE MORNING ON THE DAY OF THE ABSENCE. 
    For your convenience, there is a 24-hour voicemail on which messages can be left.  Any absences that are not reported by a parent or guardian will be recorded as an unexcused absence in the student’s permanent record.

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    Have you registered on Aeries Portal?  If not-  GO TO the REGISTER NOW link  to do so. 

    Elementary Report Cards are available on your parent portal. 

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    District Update - January 30, 2023

    Read this week's District Update for an announcement about our new superintendent, public health updates, student and staff achievements, upcoming workshops, and more.

    Social Emotional Survey for Grades 3-12

    Santa Clara Unified School District (SCUSD) is committed to providing students with responsive support services that support their academic, social, emotional, and behavioral needs.  

    As part of our efforts to continually assess and improve our student support systems and school climate, students in grades 3-12 are being invited to participate in a Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Survey to help us better understand how students’ perceptions of academic behaviors, learning strategies, and their school and classroom environments relate to academic achievement.  

    While student information is attached to the survey data, we will not be looking at individual responses but rather exploring how patterns of responses are linked to student outcomes. If you prefer that your student not take the survey, please reach out to your site principal. 

    The survey will be administered from February 6-17, 2023, during class. The SEL Survey has 21 questions to gauge social-emotional learning with additional grade-appropriate questions about college and career readiness. It is expected to take 30 minutes to complete. 

    You can review the SEL Survey questions using the links below at any time:

    If you have specific questions about the survey administration at your site, please reach out to your site principal, or contact District Social Worker Myrna Zendejas at mzendejas@scusd.net

    District Update: January 20, 2023

    Read this week's District Updat newsletter for a message from the interim superintendent, public health updates, coping mechanisms for after a natural disaster, open enrollment, California School Dashboard updates, and more.

    After the Storm — Coping with the Aftermath of a Natural Disaster

    With the frequency of recent storms and the massive amount of rain that has fallen, parts of the Bay Area have been experiencing floods and other weather-related damage. Once the immediate threat is over, there may be some residual emotional trauma as the damage is assessed and the process of rebuilding or moving forward begins. Below are some warning signs that someone may be experiencing post-disaster trauma. 

    The American Psychological Association cites these common symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD):

    • Unpredictable mood swings, with periods of anxiety and depression
    • Confusion or difficulty making decisions
    • Sleep or eating issues
    • Fear that the emotional event will be repeated
    • A change in interpersonal relationships skills, such as an increase in conflict or a more withdrawn and avoidant personality
    • Physical symptoms such as headaches, nausea, and chest pain
    • Repeated and intrusive memories of the event, causing physical stress reactions (e.g., sweating, rapid heartbeat, breathing difficulties, etc.
    • Difficulty concentrating

    Post-disaster trauma is not limited to those who have been immediately impacted by a natural disaster — friends, loved ones, and family members who suffered no property loss or damage can also be impacted by post-disaster trauma.

    If you think you or a loved one might be suffering from post traumatic stress following a natural disaster, rest assured that there is hope.  Below are a few things you can do to build emotional well-being and gain a sense of control:

    • Be patient with yourself. Allow yourself to mourn, get emotional, and feel whatever comes your way, knowing that this will be a difficult time in your life. Give yourself time to heal and adjust.
    • Seek support. Social support from family and friends will be a key part of your disaster recovery. Getting through your symptoms of PTSD won’t happen in isolation, so it’s crucial that you open up and lean on your trusted network for emotional support.
    • Communicate about your experience. Express your feelings in whatever ways  feel comfortable for you. Whether it’s talking privately with a close family member or expressing yourself creatively, go with it and be open.
    • Find local support groups. Support groups in your area led by appropriately trained and experienced professionals are often available for survivors. You may find it extremely helpful and comforting to engage in group discussions with people who have experienced something similar.
    • Cope with excessive stress through positive and healthy behaviors. When you’re in a period of emotional fragility, it’s important to pay attention to your health and well-being. From eating well-balanced meals and getting enough sleep to exercising, be mindful of self-care. It’s equally important to avoid or limit numbing mechanisms such as alcohol or drugs, which may delay or detract from the healing and coping process.
    • Be mindful of establishing routines. In a time of uncertainty or distress, having positive routines will give you something to look forward to. Whether it’s pursuing a new hobby or taking a daily walk, these regular practices will keep you engaged.
    • Avoid making major life decisions. Now is not the time to make significant alterations in your life, such as moving or changing jobs, which tend to be highly stressful enough on their own.

    Know that it can take time to cope with trauma after a natural disaster. If you or someone you love is persistently feeling distressed or hopeless or can barely carry out daily responsibilities and regular activities, please reach out to a mental health professional. Santa Clara Unified School District Wellness Coordinators can provide students, families, and staff with referrals for outside mental health services. In addition, district students, families, and staff can utilize Care Solace, an online resource with a live, multilingual care concierge meant to assist individuals in finding local mental health-related programs and counseling services.

    Additional Resources

    Open Enrollment for K-12 Opens January 9 and Closes February 3

    The following information is for families who would like to apply for Open Enrollment for the 2023-2024 school year. Open enrollment allows families who reside within our district boundaries to request enrollment for their children at any school within our district if space is available. You do not need to apply for Open Enrollment if you want your child to attend their school of residence. 

    The first round of Open Enrollment for grades Kindergarten through 12th grade begins at 9 a.m. on January 9, 2023, and ends at 4:00 p.m. on February 3, 2023.

    Along with our neighborhood schools, Open Enrollment includes our Spanish Dual Language Immersion Program at Scott Lane Elementary School, Washington Open Elementary School, and Millikin Basics+ Elementary School. Admittance to the school of your choice under Open Enrollment is done by an annual random lottery system. You will be notified of the status of your application no later than March 17, 2023.

    The Peterson Plus lottery will open at 9 a.m. on March 20, 2023, and end at 4 p.m. on March 31, 2023. If you live outside the Peterson Middle School boundaries, you must apply for Open Enrollment to Peterson Middle School prior to entering the Peterson Plus lottery.

    Current Students Enrolled in SCUSD

    All students currently attending SCUSD may complete an Open Enrollment Application for the 2023-2024 school year. For instructions on how to complete the application, please visit our Open Enrollment webpage and follow the Step-By-Step Guidelines for Open Enrollment.

    New Students to SCUSD 

    Prior to applying for Open Enrollment, students not attending SCUSD for the 2022-2023 school year must register at their school of residence through our centralized Enrollment Center.

    For more information about Open Enrollment or to complete the Open Enrollment Application for the 2023-2024 school year, visit the SCUSD Open Enrollment webpage

    Questions

    For questions about enrollment, please contact the Enrollment Center at enrollment@scusd.net or 408-423-3596.

     

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    Please help maintain the Bracher garden during the year! EMAIL GARDEN to Bracherpta@gmail.com to sign up.

    PBIS AWARD
    PBIS Logo Award

    California PBIS Coalition recognized Bracher Elementary for its outstanding contribution of support and care during the unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic and resulting disruptions to school. 

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    The Bracher website is ADA compliant, and is responsive to mobile  devices. After navigating our site, please  complete a 2-question survey.  Click the survey to give us feedback!

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    enrollment  Information 

    • Santa Clara Unified School District's enrollment system provides your family  a seamless and efficient enrollment venue without ever leaving your house! 
    •  All new students must enroll through our online enrollment system.
    • Click HERE to view the New Student Requirement Checklist
    • Update your family profile to provide us with your new address and contact information right from the comfort of your own home.  
    • Contact the Enrollment Center at enrollment@scusd.net (408) 423-3596 if you have any questions or need assistance.