January 8, 2021
Dear TUSD Community and Colleagues,
The New Year could not have arrived soon enough because 2021 looks to be a year where we can once again see all students return to school in person who wish to do so. As an educator and mom, I recognize that many childhood and adolescent experiences are irreplaceable which is why we often refer to them as rites of passage. However, like you, I also know that keeping my three children and family safe, regardless of their ages and surroundings, continues to be my greatest single priority as a parent, daughter, and grandparent. It’s important to remind ourselves that simple, attainable goals right now may be all we need to kick off 2021—small wins that create renewed hope and confidence for better times ahead.
Preparing for such times has been our work the last several months as we look to return secondary students to in-person instruction when the window of opportunity presents itself—a return to the red tier for two consecutive weeks. In anticipation of such, and knowing that many students in grades TK-12 will want to continue with distance learning for the remainder of this school year, we have worked to secure necessary technology and staff training support to offer synchronous instruction (occurring at the same time) for students on campus and at home. Regardless of our students’ learning model, TUSD will continue to teach and reinforce resilient character and how to express opinions and concerns in a safe, balanced, and responsible manner. Our goal is to always have a positive influence on our students and each other in an effort to be better today than we were yesterday; it’s even more important during times of uncertainty and disruption.
And finally, I do hope that all members of our TUSD community are finding some additional balance and support in TUSD’s Self-Care Webinar Series with Dr. Lauren Hodges who is committed to helping our staff and parents work better by leveraging the body, mind, heart, and soul. A number of webinars will be offered between now and the end of the school year in an effort to keep all of us surviving and thriving. Setting healthy, balanced boundaries to support our mental and emotional well-being is so important during this time, especially realizing that we each deserve our best selves and so do those in our care. Information on webinar topics and dates can be located on TUSD’s website at https://www.turlock.k12.ca.us/fundamentals. Taking care of ourselves and each other must continue to be at the forefront of our efforts. My small wins are simple--daily box-breathing, more water, and 30 minutes additional sleep—all easily doable with big results. I hope you are also able to achieve Dr. Hodges’ too small to fail wins in 2021. Thank you for your continued fortitude and service to the youth of our community and TUSD; both encourage us to be our best to serve our very best—students and each other.
Dana Salles Trevethan