Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!
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Dear Excelsior Students and Families,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 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. 

The past successes celebrated at Excelsior School have been the result of strong relationships among students, families, and school staff. A commitment to regular communication will help us to continue to build these relationships. As we begin the year in a distance learning model, we want to provide an overview for all of our families so that you will know what you can expect in the coming weeks. 

To view the EUSD Orientation Video for all families, please click HERE

To help you ease into the year, here are a few other important items:
  • Student class placements will be available in PowerSchool on Tuesday, August 11th at 4:00 pm. At that time you will be able to log in to your PowerSchool parent portal to view your child’s class assignment. (If you need help with your password, please access the PowerSchool Help Guides on our district website.)
  • The first day of school for students is Thursday, August 13th. Online instruction will begin at 9:00 am. Please note that the first two days of school will be minimum days. 
  • Lists of recommended supplies for each grade level are posted on our Excelsior home page.
  • Information about picking up textbooks and other necessary instructional materials will be provided via the Virtual Orientation and will also be shared by your child’s classroom teacher once school starts. 
  • The district calendar was recently updated and can be found on our district website HERE
  • Additional information about your child’s educational experience will be provided by your child’s classroom teacher at our Virtual Back to School Night on Tuesday, August 18th at 6:00 pm. 
  • During distance learning, our school office will be open on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10:00 am - 12:00 pm and 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm. 
  • Last year’s yearbooks have finally arrived at Excelsior, and we will work on a plan to distribute them to the students who purchased books after the start of the school year.
  • STAR will be providing child care for the students in the Eureka School District in alignment with the school operating model. Currently, STAR is offering care from 7:00 AM - 5:30 PM, Monday - Friday. In partnership with the District, STAR will be providing Distance Learning support for all students. For more information, see STAR's FAQ's. You can enroll online at https://main.starsacramento.org/. STAR Education is a licensed child care provider, and therefore must follow all COVID - 19 Guidance.
We will do our best to continue to keep you informed about our plans as we move forward. During distance learning, you can expect to receive communication from your child’s teacher each week. We also 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 our 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. 

We know that the start to our school year will be quite different this year, as we continue to respond to ongoing changes in our state and community. We will do our best to communicate with you as we navigate this new “normal”, and we appreciate your patience and understanding during this unusual time. 

If there is anything else we can do to help as you prepare for the start of the school year, please let us know. We are looking forward to a great school year!

Heidi Williams, Ed.D.

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