- Schweitzer Elementary
Teresa Rowan Named Schweitzer Principal
April 14, 2021
Dear Schweitzer students, staff, families, and community,
It is with great excitement that I introduce myself to you as the new Principal of Schweitzer Elementary School for the 2021-2022 school year. My goals as your principal are to ensure that all children are learning, all families are connected, and all staff members are supported. I am honored to be joining your school community, and I will work as hard as I can to meet these goals, while building on the programs and successes that Schweitzer is known for.
I come to you with a variety of educational experiences. I have spent my 22 years in education as a teacher, primarily in first grade, as an instructional coach, and as both a district and school administrator. These experiences have helped me to define the ideal school for me as one that is literacy focused, has a strong and supportive community, and works hard to meet students where they are academically, behaviorally, socially, and emotionally. The more I learn about Schweitzer, the more humbled I am to have landed at a school, and in a community, that shares these values.
I look forward to the opportunity to meet and collaborate with you all. Throughout the next months, I will be working to learn all I can about Schweitzer’s programs, traditions, students, and community, and welcome any input you have to offer. If you happen to see me on campus this summer, please stop by and say hello! Go Wildcats!
Cohorts A and B will attend school together 4 days a week starting April 26
Message from SJUSD
In-person learning shifts to 4-days on April 26 Starting April 26, San Juan Unified’s hybrid instructional model will shift to 4-days per week of in-person instruction for students in grades TK through 12.
In-person students will attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday mornings while students enrolled in distance learning will continue to receive synchronous instruction each afternoon. Wednesdays remain dedicated to asynchronous learning and delivering specialized and intervention instruction to students remotely. Infant, toddler and preschool students will shift to a 4-day model for in-person learning starting May 3. “We know that anything short of a return to a full five-day full-time schedule is less than ideal,” said Superintendent Kent Kern. “Our hybrid model allows more in-person instructional time for students while maintaining the ability to serve students enrolled in distance learning with their current teachers and classmates instead of attempting to reassign them with only a few weeks left in the school year.”
The shift comes as new federal and state guidance allows for students to be spaced closer together inside classrooms while maintaining other safety measures including the use of face coverings. Recognizing that a shift in instructional models requires significant preparation work with revised lessons and classroom spacing, the district has also reached an agreement with the San Juan Teachers’ Association covering expectations, supports and potential impacts to classroom teachers and other instructional providers.
The district is planning for a return to a full-time five-day schedule with the start of the 2021-2022 school year on August 12.
Schweitzer will resume in-person learning on a hybrid schedule on March 22.
Principal Loper presented orientation for parents and guardians on the evening of March 16, 17, and 18th.
Please click below to view the slideshow. Learn about arrival and dismissal, cohort learnin, safety policies, and more.
Please click here for a quick look at Arrival and Dismissal policies and procedures
Parent Orientation Nights
Schweitzer will resume in-person learning on a hybrid schedule on March 22.
An announcement will be made early in the week of March 15 on which date it will be.
Please join Principal Loper for parent orientation the week of March 15. Orientation will be on Zoom and you need only attend one session to learn and ask questions.
The dates and times are the following:
- Tuesday, March 16 -- 6:00 - 7:30pm
- Wednesday, March 17 -- 6:00 - 7:30pm
- Thursday, March 18 -- 6:00 - 7:30 pm (Russian translation provided)
Please contact your child's teacher for the zoom link.
School Funding Form - Please Complete
We need your help in completing the School Funding form, which replaces the meal application form.
We have about 60% of our families that have not completed this form or opt out form.
These forms provide the data that is needed to receive funding for our district which also affects funding for Schweitzer.
Please click the link here to complete either the school funding form or opt out one. Please do this as soon as possible.
IF you know you have completed the meal application form earlier this year, you do not have to complete either of these forms.
During the week of December 14, the office will be calling all families that have not completed the form to reach a goal of 100% in completing the forms. If you have a question, please call our office, (916) 971-7094 or email Principal Loper at email@example.com
More Information About This Form Here
(This message was sent out via E-Mail and Phone Message on 10/12/2020)
Good evening Schwitzer families and friends,
This is your principal, Rebecca Loper. Thank you everyone for persevering and continuing to do your very best in such trying times in your child's education. At this moment, district has not decided on a date to come back to school via the hybrid model. Kent Kerns sent a school message out last Friday to all the stakeholders about the county going into the Red tier. The staff and I will provide as much support as we can for your child's academic, social and emotional growth.
Please find attached to your email three documents:
*The ballot to vote for our School Site Council members, please go to
*Guidelines to access the portal to see Progress Reports (Progress reports are
given to only those students who not are meeting grade level standards.
Mrs. Morlan, our librarian, is having a virtual book fair so you can purchase books for your child. We get a percentage of the sales to purchase books for the library. Please go to: https://www.sanjuan.edu/schweitzer, click on "current events" to get the details.
Next Materials Pick-up Day is October 21st.
Details to come in the next weekly update.
Take care, stay strong and GO WILDCATS!
You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online from October 7 – October 20!
All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more.
You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:
- Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
- All orders ship direct to home
- FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
- All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards
Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:
The staff and I welcome you to Albert Schweitzer School, home of the Wildcats! We are a pride of strength and kindness; our work as educators are much more purposeful and productive when we collaborate together than individually. This is especially important during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. The challenges upon us are many, but we will resolve these challenges through communication and decision-making among our stakeholders. We are a neighborhood that encompasses community best stated by Coretta Scott King: “The greatness of a community is most accurately measured by the compassionate action of its members.”
Teachers have spent endless hours developing a curriculum based on the academic essential standards for distance learning that students can access through technology along with materials and resources that support their learning. Integrated in their planning are activities that support the social/emotional component for your child. We want to minimize any barriers our families are experiencing so students feel successful as learners. Please communicate with teachers via Seesaw, Dojo, email or phone when you have questions and/or concerns about your child’s education.
Please participate in our PTA which organizes a number of school and family events. Although our campus is closed because of COVID 19, PTA continues to meet and plan events to support their organization as in restaurant nights, which you can view on our website: https://www.sanjuan.edu/schweitzer .
Other ways parents can become involve is by becoming members of our English Learner Advisory Committee, Superintendent Parent Advisory Committee, or School Site Council. If interested please contact me.
My priority is to ensure all stakeholders: teachers, staff, parents, students have a voice and that voice is heard. During these unprecedented times it is important concerns and suggestions are shared by communicating with each other with the ultimate outcome of a safe environment for the students and their success in school.
As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at school. Thank, you!
Dear Schweitzer Community,
School Site Council in a nutshell
We need 3 parents to replace outgoing members, please consider being a decision-maker for our school by applying as member.
1. What is a School Site Council?
• The school site council is a group of teachers, other staff, parents, and students (at the middle/high school level) that works with the principal to develop, review and evaluate school improvement programs and school budgets.
• The members of the site council are generally elected by their peers: classroom teachers vote for classroom teachers, other staff members elect other staff members, parents and community members elect parents and community members, and students elect students. (California Education Code Sections 52852 and 64001)
• Meetings are held 4-5 times a year, the day and time is determined by the elected council. (In the past, in the evening for one hour and a half.)
2. What does SSC do?
• The SSC works with a school leadership team to develop, monitor and revise the Single Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA or the school plan). SSC develops the plan that includes allocating resources to support the programs, services and actions identified in the SPSA.
• There should be continual communication between the SSC, grade levels and departments to ensure that each group supports the other.
• Communication could take place through school newsletters, websites, parent meetings.
• Minutes of meetings must be posted in prominent places.
• By working cooperatively, all elements of the school population ensure that each school site plan focuses resources upon improvement strategies, which guarantee that all students meet high standards.
3. How can people get involved?
If you are interested in getting involved in developing the school plan and budget to support students’ academic achievement and social emotion well-being, please complete the application. We will create a ballot for the election process, which will be provided for all stakeholders.
Please contact Rebecca Loper for additional information:
Please apply by copying and pasting this link:
September 2020, Distance Learning, Student Recognition
Students are recognized for a variety of reasons such as: perfect attendance, improvement in participation assignment completing, participation, focused and attentive during zoom lessons, good attitude
Tresa Imahara, Preschool, PCC:
Ivy T. Hunter S. Owen W., Andy M.
Ashley Wilcox, SDC, K-2:
Jesus T., Russell G., Ailin T., Violet A.
Thom Brophy, SDC 3rd -5th
Kattie W., Franklin C., Julian N.
Lisa Rosas, Kindergarten
Barbara C., J-Shawn H., Allen C., Julia C.
Amy Riede, Kindergarten
Lincoln O., Ella E., Vanessa M., Jayden A.
Camilla Do, 1st Grade:
Olivia E., Ammar K., William H., Evialina S.
Lisa Menconi, 1st Grade:
Eleanor B., Zoey B., Maximus R., Hunter D.
Katie Kogos, 2nd Grade:
Sara Y., Mason E., Anita M., Kaitlyn I.
Caroline Digman, 2nd Grade:
Mason J., Gracie’Lynn H., Lima R., Raymond E.
Darby Gerke, 3rd Grade:
Zachary S., Daniel V., Elyssa A., Christian C.
Betina Lawson, 3rd Grade:
Misha L., Kelsie J., Kadan P., Dominic H.
Christina Croshal, 4th Grade:
Lilly C., Evan S., Presley F., Grayson M.
Jackie Loewe, 4th Grade:
Damian C.m Daniel S.m Alaya Q., Elijah F.
Maija Hernandez, 4th Grade:
James W., Layla T., Charlize Y., McKenzie P.
Suzanne Anderson, 5th Grade:
Sophia C., Denis R., Shia D., Eva D.
Brent Fanchar, 5th Grade:
Elias B., Lily W., Taylor H., Madelyn F.
Elizabeth Rogers, PE:
Piper D., William D., Franklin C., Jesus T.
Materials Pick-Up Day- September 18th. Friday, 12:00-4:00pm
This will be the time for your child to receive any materials, workbooks, textbooks, packets, and supplies the teacher has organized for their students.
MASKS ARE REQUIRED.
In order to comply with the social distancing orders, we are scheduling families for specific pickup times. Our line will form at the front entrance of the school, and wrap around the courtyard to the Multiple Purpose/Cafeteria Room. There will be tape markings 6 ft apart, whereupon parent/child will stand moving to the next taped “X”. A staff member will direct how the line moves. You will enter in one door of the MP room and exit out another door to ensure social distancing. Be prepared to write the names of your children and grade level so staff can quickly bring the bags to you.
We will be scheduling by the first letter in your last name. Let’s play it safe, and show up at the time on the schedule, so we can manage social distancing. If for some reason you can’t make the time designated for your last name, you are welcome to show up between 3:00-4:00pm.
12:00-1:00- Last names starting with the letters A through G
1:00-2:00- Last names starting with the letters H through O
2:00-3:00- Last names starting with the letters P through Z
3:00-4:00- Open for families that can’t make earlier times
We understand how wonderful it would be for the students to meet and talk a bit, BUT this will have to be another time, not at this event.
PTA will have a table about membership and passing out this year’s calendar.
The playgrounds are not open for use.
If you missed picking up your chromebook, you must come by the library between on Friday, August 7 between 10:00am 2:00pm to pick it up.
If you can't, please email me, Rebecca Loper, firstname.lastname@example.org or inform your teacher by Friday afternoon so staff can hold one for you.
District is picking up all the extras next week.
Principal, Schweitzer Elementary
Monthly Pickup of Learning Materials
First Date: Thursday, August 13
Preschool, Kindergarten and 1st Grades 12:30-1:15
2nd and 3rd Grades 1:15-2:00
4th and 5th Grades 2:00-2:45
Can’t make any above times? 2:45-4:00
Teachers will have learning materials ready for pickup at Schweitzer for your child/children. This includes things like Math or ELA consumables, possibly workbooks, or packets.
Please schedule time to pick these materials up.
Additional Pickup Dates
Friday, September 18
Friday, October 16
Thursday, November 12
These upcoming dates will be posted on the SCHWEITZER calendar.
Schweitzer’s Chromebook Distribution
Wednesday, August 5, 2020 9am - 1pm at Schweitzer
In order to comply with the social distancing orders, we are scheduling families for specific pickup times. One line will form coming from the south end (where students wait to be dropped off/picked up). This line will lead to the MP whereupon the device will be picked up. There will be tape markings 6 ft apart, whereupon parent/child will stand moving to next taped X. A staff member will direct how the line moves. Masks are expected.
Only devices will be given to students who are actually enrolled at Schweitzer. Sites are not to check out devices for students not attending their school. In the case of siblings attending other sites, devices need to be picked from their school, this is to ensure students receive site specific curriculum and any supplemental site materials and information.
This year devices will full under the expectations and requirements for return and replacement costs of text books. We understand that instances may occur that result in theft & accidental damage, in these cases we will issue a replacement device at no cost. Subsequent instances will be handled in conjunction with site administrators on a case by case basis to determine what course of action will be taken to replace and issue another device. As with text books at the end of the school year will collect and issue notices from the Follett system in an attempt to get the device returned or funds to cover the replacement costs.
Let’s play it safe, and show up at the time on the schedule, so that you stay healthy while practicing social distancing. If for some reason you can’t make the time of the youngest student, then you are welcome to show up at the older student’s time slot. If you miss your time slot(s), then please show up between 12:00-1:00pm.
9:00-10:00am Kindergarten and 1st
10:00-11:00am 2nd and 3rd
11:00-12:00pm 4th and 5th
12:00-1:00pm Come if you missed your earlier time slot
Please take good care of these devices as they are taken from Classrooms, you will be responsible for this device and its return to the school.
Our playground isn’t open for use.
Schweitzer Fall 2020 Update
In consideration of these uncertain times, the San Juan Unified School Board recently approved a sliding range of instructional options for the upcoming school year, referred to as the Learning Model Continuum (represented in this image here)
School will begin on August 13 with all students automatically enrolled in Distance Learning.
- If local health conditions improve, San Juan Unified schools will add the option for in-person instruction via a hybrid format, providing two days of on campus learning and three days of remote learning each week.
- Then, as conditions improve further, a full return to on-campus learning five days a week can be implemented.
If you are interested in the homeschool option, details to enroll in the homeschool option may be found in the FALL 2020 HUB at www.sanjuan.edu/fall2020
In preparation for August we ask families to complete the Re-enrollment process through the Parent Portal.
The Re-enrollment process includes
- Steps to update your contact information and
- A step to determine technology needs. This information will be used to reserve devices for your students. Pleease indicate your student's need for a computing device and daily internet access at home.
If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me , Principal Rebeca Loper at email@example.com
Complete the Re-Enrollment Process
Visit the San Juan Parent Portal https://sis.sanjuan.edu/parentportal
Need Help? Click Here for Remote Enrollment Help
If your child is not enrolled at all at SJUSD (for example, entering Kinder), please click here: Remote Online Enrollment Link
Chromebook and Material Collection
SCHWEITZER GIVES BACK IN A BIG WAY!
A letter from the food drive coordinator to Schweitzer volunteers
[Dear Schweitzer Elementary],
The final results for the Kids Cans drive are in the books! On behalf of the KCRA 3 and the Sacramento Food Bank, of which our St. Vincent de Paul (SVdP) food locker is a subsidiary (Neighborhood Food Agency Network 5), I just wanted to thank you, the Kiwanis Kids organization, the staff and students of Sweitzer Elementary school for an incredibly outstanding job! From seven elementary schools in the area and Barrett middle school, our food bank gathered over 3 tons (6394lbs) of non-perishables of which Schweitzer Elementary led the way with 1156 lbs. worth of non-perishable foods!!! Our most productive food drive in over three years.
The food your school donated will help us to get through the long winter months, when fresh produce is greatly reduced. Although we do give to homeless individuals and families, the great bulk of our donated groceries (over 97%) goes to low income families, who are just scraping by from month to month to remain in their apartments or dwellings. We continue to think and hope that by distributing this food, we are greatly helping to reduce the number of homeless people in the area, some of which may be the families of your very own students.
Thank you once again for your great help! Please give our thanks to all who assisted in this community building endeavor.
SVdP Food Locker Coordinator
Cookie Dough Fundraiser
To raise funds for: events, fieldtrips, programs, and a new school sign
Sale Start: September 20
Order Forms & Money Due: October 8
Delivery of Items: Last week of October
Write Checks To: Albert Schweitzer PTA
GREAT PRIZES for earners! BONUS DRAWING for every 3 items sold ($50)!
Daytime Show: October 3
Evening Show: October 3 at 6pm
Auditions: Tuesday, September 17 at 3:30pm in Room 24
- Performance Night
Contact: E-Mail Teacher Christina Croshal
Thank You to Local Volunteers!
A BIG WILDCAT THANK YOU to local volunteers who continued to kicking off the 2019-2020 school year right! Members of First Baptist Church of Fair Oaks donated numerous school supplies for all students to enjoy. All they asked last spring was that teachers submit a wish-list. This is the third year First Baptist of Fair Oaks has supported our young learners. THANK YOU!
In addition, Carmichael Kiwanis not only sponsors our Schweitzer chapter of the K-Kids, but also supported our teachers by providing breakfast during a planning day on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. THANK YOU KIWANIS.
View Photos of Community Volunteers at Schweitzer
Please click above to view the PDF document.
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.
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!
Click here to view the Schweitzer SEVA Winning Entry