Week of September 26, 2016
Here's what is you need to know this week at Encinal...
Thank you to all of you who made it out to Back to School Night. There was a lot going on at school on Thursday: Back to School Night, of course; our volleyball and water polo teams were hosting matches and our Senior Class was hosting their annual pasta feed. We hope you had the opportunity to get to know the school, your students’ teachers and all that Encinal has to offer, a little bit better.
The week is Club Week. All of Encinal’s clubs will be out at lunch and introducing themselves and their activities to the Encinal Community. We hope you will encourage your students to check out what the clubs have to offer and to get involved. We know that involved students are more successful students.
Speaking of success, you should be receiving your students’ First Quarter Progress Reports this week. Please be on the look out for those in the mail. The quarter officially ends at the end of October.
Football Team Pictures will be taken on Tuesday of this week. Coaches have been given the order forms. Please ask your player for them if you are interested in ordering team photos.
There will be an ELAC Meeting this Wednesday, in the Media Center/College & Career Center beginning at 5:30pm. All are welcome. Please contact Ms. Lydia Martinez for more information.
PSAT sign-ups are being taken for sophomores and juniors in the Banking Office. The test will be given on Saturday, October 15th at Encinal. The test costs $5 for students who receive free and or reduced lunches, and $20 for other students. Seats for this test are limited, so we strongly encourage you to purchase your child’s seat for the test sooner rather than later. If you have questions, please contact Karen Keegan in the Counseling Office.
Coming on October 6th is Survive & Thrive an evening for parents to learn more about how to support students who add the extra challenges of AP and Honors Courses. Please see the flyer above for more information.
Finally, Nancy Kellar, one of our high school counselors serving students with the last names of A – G will be retiring at the end of this week. We have hired Dorothy (Dotty) Ault to take her place and she began transitioning into the position last week. Dotty has just moved to Alameda after being stationed with her husband in Japan for the last five years. She brings more than ten years of high school counseling expertise with her and we are so lucky to have her. We sincerely thank Ms. Kellar for her years of service to the Alameda Unified School District and wish her the absolute very best in her retirement.
Lastly, please excuse our marquee. It needs a replacement part which we are waiting on which is why it is still reporting information from three weeks ago. We apologize for this.
Here’s to a superb last week of September!!
A Letter to the Encinal Community from Principal Hurst
Dear Encinal Families,
We have been informed that there has been a case of whooping cough in an Encinal family. We are in the process of notifying the families of students who share classes with the affected students that they may have been exposed. Out of an abundance of caution, we want to be sure that all Encinal families know that this means their students have potentially been exposed to this illness.
Whooping cough – also called pertussis – generally starts with a cold, cough, and low fever and develops into a much more severe cough. Sometimes, but not always, children make a "whooping" sound when they inhale after coughing.
If your child develops these symptoms, please keep him or her home from school and contact your health provider.
For more information, please see our website for the advisory from the Alameda County Health Services.