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A Message from Principal Loper

Dear Schweitzer Families,

 

On behalf of the staff at Albert Schweitzer Elementary, I am excited to welcome you tothe 2019-2020 school year!  I hope the summer has provided many memorablemoments spent with family and friends. We are looking forward to a productivepartnership with you to ensure your children can achieve their highest potential in all the aspects of school: academics, fine arts and social interactions. 

 Our exceptionally talented and committed staff are preparing their classrooms and a well-balanced curriculum for your children that includes mindfulness activities and field trips  At the same time, a team of about fifteen district custodians came in one week to deep-clean, each classroom from ceiling to floor to provide a clean and healthy learningenvironment. 

 I would like to encourage you to participate/volunteer in our PTA.  PTA organizes anumber of school and family events throughout the year, and works tirelessly to keepyou informed through the PTA shadow box located at the front of the school andthrough weekly newsletters emailed directly to you. As a result of the PTA's work, they have been able to support Schweitzer through the purchase of technology, supporting teachers with supply money and field trips, plays, 5th Grade Outdoor Education program, to name a few, over the past years.  PTA has an ongoing goal to beautify our school and they are on their way with the beautiful garden that was created by the Discovery buildings last spring.   There are also opportunities for parents to be a parent liaison, and become a member of the English Learner Advisory Committee.  Detailed descriptions of these positions will follow in the next couple of weeks. 

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San Juan Unified Students Express Creativity at Arts Explosion Summer Camp

San Juan Unified students enrolled in the annual Arts Explosion Creativity Summer Camp spent a whole week in June preparing for a showcase honoring the work of Shel Silverstein-- an American writer known for his cartoons, songs and children’s books.

“Hearing my two girls come home with stories about the different activities and the excitement they have is the best thing,” said Tresa Imahara, a parent and speech pathologist at Albert Schweitzer Elementary School. “My daughters were too shy and nervous to be on stage so this has been a great opportunity for them to be in a theater program but in a smaller group.”

The camp was hosted at Albert Schweitzer by the San Juan Unified Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) department and allowed 47 students grade 1-6 to enjoy a fun-filled week of music, dancing and theater. This year transportation was provided to allow students from across the district easier access to participate.

Students were grouped by grade level and performed songs like Boa Constrictor and poems from “Where the Sidewalk Ends” for their families. On top of performances, families were given the opportunity to view art made by the students, ranging from paintings to ceramics. The big finale was a performance of Louis Armstong’s famous song “What a Wonderful World.”

According to Laurel Lyda, a now-retired program specialist for VAPA and supervisor for Art Explosion, the camp is a way for students to have full exposure to the arts every day, whether it be music, dance, art or drama.

 


Schweitzer Wins at 2019 SEVA Awards

 

On May 5th, 2019, Schweitzer Elementary students attended the 30th Annual SEVA awards at Sacramento State University.  The SEVA’s are put on by SECC (Sacramento Educational Cable Consortium).  It gives students from grades K-12 the opportunity to showcase their abilities to make digital media projects and win awards.  It’s like the Oscars for students.  Students got to walk the Red carpet and get interviewed about their video.  Schweitzer entered the Grade 4-6 PSA category.  Schweitzer won the SEVA with their video Just Be You.    The video is about parts of yourself that you may not like, skin color, nose, freckles, etc, however, we should celebrate differences and just be ourselves.  It was a powerful message that resonated with people. 

 

This was the first year Schweitzer had entered the SEVAs. Congratulations to all the students and 5th Grade teacher Mr. Fanchar!

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