Welcome to the 2021-2022 School Year!
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Hello Excelsior Families!
 
Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Excelsior! We hope that you are having a wonderful summer and that you will soon be ready for the start of a new school year at Excelsior. We are excited to welcome our returning students as well as families new to our school, and we are looking forward to the adventures this year will bring. 
 
As we prepare to begin the year, we want to provide an overview for all of our families so that you will know what you can expect in the coming weeks. 
 
This year we are providing a “Virtual Orientation” Video for our Excelsior families.  We did our best to provide all of the relevant information needed for the start of the school year, and this video should be especially informative for families new to our school. Please click HERE to view the video. 
 
To help you ease into the year, here are a few other important items:
  • First Day of School - The first day of school for students is Wednesday, August 11th. 
  • District Calendar - The district calendar was recently updated and can be found on our district website HERE
  • Class Assignment Night - Our PTC will hold an outdoor “Class Assignment Night” at Excelsior on Tuesday, August 10th from 5:00 - 6:00 pm. Class lists will be posted, spirit wear will be available for purchase, and pre-purchased supply kits can be picked up at this event. 
  • Student Class Placements - Placements will be available in PowerSchool on Tuesday, August 10th at 5:00 pm. At that time you will be able to log in to your PowerSchool parent portal to view your child’s class assignment. (You previously received information about setting up PowerSchool access, but if you need help accessing the parent portal, please contact the school office.)
  • Collaboration Days - Please note that collaboration days will be on Wednesdays this year, so Excelsior students will be dismissed at 2:20 on the first day of school, and each Wednesday for the remainder of the school year. 
  • Recommended School Supplies - Lists of recommended supplies for each grade level are posted on our Excelsior School Home Page.
  • Free/Reduced Lunch - If your family qualifies for free or reduced lunch, it is important that you complete the online application which can be found HERE
  • Back to School Night - Additional information about your child’s educational experience will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher during Back to School Night on Wednesday, August 18th at 6:00 pm. 
  • Medication - If your child requires medication during the school day they will need an authorization form submitted. Authorization forms can be found on our health services website HERE. Medications and authorization forms may be dropped off at the Eureka Union School District office between 10:00-12:00 on Monday, August 9.
  • Health and Safety Guidelines - As we begin the school year, masks will be required for all students and staff in indoor spaces. This mitigation measure will allow us to return to a typical schedule, and allow students to interact across cohorts this year. Masks will not be required outdoors. You will receive additional information about these guidelines from our district. 
We strongly encourage you to read the emails that will come to you from our school and district throughout the year. These notifications will contain important information relating to school and district events, activities and timelines. I will also do my best this year to continue posting pictures and updates on our Excelsior School Facebook page so that you can stay in touch with our students' activities.
 
As you know, there are multiple opportunities for families to be involved in the educational process. Your support is critical to the success of our learners, and we continue to welcome your active participation. Please look for information about our Parent Teacher Club, School Site Council, the Eureka Schools Foundation, and other ways of supporting your students and our school during the upcoming year. By working together, we can ensure that this will be an exceptional year for our students at Excelsior!  
 
If there is anything else we can do to help as you prepare for the start of school, please let us know. We are looking forward to a great school year!
 
Heidi Williams, Ed.D.
Principal
 

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