Freedom Elementary

Home of the Falcons

"EMPOWER, ENGAGE, AND EDUCATE ALL STUDENTS"


Jean Wiersema, Principal


Ashley Gunzenhauser, Assistant Principal


Lucy Hakimi, Office Manager


Rene Zuniga, Staff Secretary


Lisette Haro, Staff Secretary



Address: 2101 Fine Avenue, Modesto, CA 95355

Phone: (209) 552-3400

Fax: (209) 552-3405

Attendance Email:

freedom-attendance@sylvan.k12.ca.us

Current Year: School Registration Information

News and Announcements

2020/2021 SCHOOL YEAR

Parent Teacher Conference Week


Tuesday, March 9th - Thursday, March 11th


Early Dismissal

K-p.m. – 5th Grade students will be DISMISSED AT 1:50 pm


PTA ANNOUNCEMENT!

Our school’s Book Fair is going online March 1st -14th!

Discover new books sure to keep kids reading. Every purchase supports our school. Use this link to shop our book fair. https://www.scholastic.com/bf/freedomelementary19

Per Sylvan District's reopening plan, SUSD is now preparing to transition TK-3rd grade students to Trimester 3, and, at the same time, plan for reopening schools for in-person learning in 4th and 5th grades. The reopening for in-person learning in 4th and 5th grades continues to be subject to County Public Health approval. We anticipate receiving an update from Public Health in mid-February.


As always, our highest priority is the health and safety of students as we provide a comprehensive learning experience. On February 1st, the district posted an updated COVID Safety Plan on our district website that aligns with the most recent guidance from the California Department of Public Health. Please refer to this document if you would like to review the efforts our district is taking to ensure a safe in-person learning environment.


As we prepare to reopen schools for in-person learning, in alignment with guidance from state and local officials, families are required to commit to a learning option on the form at the end of this message for the remainder of Trimester 3 which begins on Monday, March 1. In-person learning at all elementary sites will begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 2:15 p.m. with exception of AM Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten.


You will be asked to provide information for each of your children who attend a Sylvan District school in grades TK-5th. If you have more than one child, who attend a Sylvan District school, you will be asked to provide information for each of your children.


If your child is in a Special Education Special Day Class in Sylvan District, you will receive a separate selection form from the Special Education Department.


It is critical that we receive a response for every child in every grade so that we may appropriately prepare for both in-person instruction and ongoing distance learning in our Sylvan SeLECT model.


Sylvan District is offering 2 learning options for grades TK-5 for Trimester 3:


1ST OPTION:

Sylvan SeLECT Distance Learning: Each day, students will continue to learn at home using a mix of print and digital materials. Virtual instruction will be provided by a classroom teacher.


2ND OPTION:

In-Person Learning: Students in TK-3 will attend school 5 full days per week and receive direct instruction from a classroom teacher. Students in 4th or 5th grade will attend school in a cohort (A or B) for two full days per week and receive direct instruction in-person from a classroom teacher. Cohort A will meet in-person on Mondays and Tuesdays. Cohort B will meet in-person on Thursdays and Fridays. On Wednesdays and on days that a student’s cohort does not meet for in-person instruction, the student will participate in synchronous and asynchronous instruction via a distance learning model. When in-person, the classroom and the school will adhere to social distancing restrictions and requirements, including that students attending in-person wear a mask as per regulations. Efforts will be made to ensure that siblings are assigned to the same cohort. However, requests for cohorts cannot be considered at this time.


NOTE: Due to staffing needs, keep in mind that your child's teacher may change based on the number of students enrolled in each option.


NOTE: Due to social distancing requirements on buses, there is limited ability to provide district transportation to students. Please keep in mind that it is highly unlikely that transportation will be provided for students who choose in-person learning. However, if there is an extenuating circumstance, please note this in your response to the transportation question. The district will determine priority for transportation based on specific needs.


If we do not receive a response regarding your learning option selection by Tuesday, February 9 at 9:00 am, your child(ren) will be assigned to Distance Learning Sylvan SeLECT for Trimester 3.


We thank you in advance for taking the time to complete this selection form.


This selection form closes on Tuesday, February 9, 2021, at 9:00 a.m.

SUSD TK-5th Grade Trimester 3 Family Learning Option Selection Form

SPANISH - SUSD TK-5 Grade Trimester 3 Family Learning Option Selection Form


2021-2022 School Year Pre-Registration

2021-2022 TK/K Priority Registration Window

January 25, 2021 through February 12, 2021

2021-2022 1st-8th Grade Registration

Opens February 13, 2021

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN:

If you have a child who will be 5 years of age between Sept. 2, 2021 and Dec. 2, 2021, please register your child for Transitional Kindergarten at your attendance area school.

KINDERGARTEN:

If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2021, please register your child for Kindergarten at your attendance area school.

ELEMENTARY ENROLLMENT

MIDDLE SCHOOL ENROLLMENT

ALL NEW STUDENTS TO SYLVAN DISTRICT

https://sylvan.asp.aeries.net/enrollment/

Complete on-line enrollment. Enrollment Forms 2, 3 and 4 will need to be completed and filled out in paper form. You can access those forms here. Instructions for Aeries Online Enrollment can be accessed here.

If your child is already attending a Transitional Kindergarten or Special Education PreFormal program in Sylvan District, you do NOT need to complete the online enrollment. A letter will be sent home to these families explaining the enrollment process for Kindergarten.

Documents Needed:

  • Original Certified Birth Certificate

  • Immunization record including:

    • Hepatitis B Vaccine

    • Varicella Vaccine (chicken pox) or health-care provider documentation of immunity

      • 2 Varicella Doses required

  • Proof of physical exam or appointment scheduled for an exam (for enrolling Kindergarten students, exams dated after 3/1/21 also meet the 1st grade physical exam requirement)

  • Proof of residency (2):

    • Current utility bills with parent/guardian name

    • 2nd Verification may include, but not limited to: property tax bill or rental property contract/lease, pay stub, voter registration

  • Proof of Oral Health Exam or appointment scheduled

2020-2021 School Year Pre-Registration

Click on this Link to Enroll: 20/21 Pre-Registration

or Enroll at the Sylvan Union School District Website

Pre-Enrollment is Now Open for Transitional Kindergarten and Kindergarten

REGISTRATION NIGHT IS ON MONDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 2020 From 6 P.M. - 8 P.M. IN THE MPR

TRANSITIONAL KINDERGARTEN:

If you have a child who will be 5 years of age between Sept. 2, 2020 and Dec. 2, 2020, please register your child for Transitional Kindergarten at your attendance area school.

KINDERGARTEN:

If you have a child who will be 5 years of age on or before Sept. 1, 2020, please register your child for Kindergarten at your attendance area school.

ALL NEW STUDENTS TO SYLVAN DISTRICT

https://sylvan.asp.aeries.net/air/

Complete on-line enrollment. Enrollment Forms 2 and 4 will need to be completed and filled out in paper form. You can access those forms here. Instructions for Aeries Online Enrollment can be accessed here.

If your child is already attending a Transitional Kindergarten program in Sylvan District, you do NOT need to complete the online enrollment. A letter will be sent home to these families explaining the enrollment process for Kindergarten.

Documents Needed:

  • Original Certified Birth Certificate

  • Immunization record including:

    • Hepatitis B Vaccine

    • Varicella Vaccine (chicken pox) or health-care provider documentation of immunity

      • 2 Varicella Doses required

  • Proof of physical exam or appointment scheduled for an exam (for enrolling Kindergarten students, exams dated after 3/1/20 also meet the 1st grade physical exam requirement)

  • Proof of residency (2):

    • Current utility bills with parent/guardian name

    • 2nd Verification may include, but not limited to: property tax bill or rental property contract/lease, pay stub, voter registration

  • Proof of Oral Health Exam or appointment scheduled

Immunization Record - visit Parents' Guide to Immunizations for School Entry for entry requirements by age and grade.

2020-2021

1st Grade through 8th Grade

Pre-Enrollment Will Open on February 4, 2020

Freedom Families,

You're doing a great job! We also want you to know that it's okay to feel overwhelmed or need some help. At Freedom, we want you to know we're here for you. If you're struggling with mental health wellness in your family, or even having a hard time with distance learning. Our Mental Health Professionals are here for you. If you'd like a member of our team to reach out to your family directly, click the link below to request support. Mental Health Matters and it's okay to ask for help because you're not alone.

http://bit.ly/contactrequestfreedom

Megan Levin - School Counselor (209) 312-7582 or (209) 552-3400 ext. 5535

COVID-19 Data and Resources

We continue to work with all of our stakeholders on communication regarding our response and safety protocols for COVID-19. We monitor our county case numbers and data and continually review updates from the Stanislaus County Health Services Agency, California Department of Public Health and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

SUSD COVID-19 Action Steps

SUSD COVID-19 Response Plan

November 19, 2020: Superintendent Eric Fredrickson's Parent Update regarding our district's return to in-person learning and information regarding possible school closures.

November 17, 2020 Board Meeting Presentation

11-19-20 Parent Update (English)

11-19-20 Parent Update (Spanish)

October 18, 2020: Family Forum

10/8/2020 Family Forum Slide Presentation

10/8/2020 Family Forum Presentation Recording

September 16, 2020: Superintendent's Update regarding the return to in-person learning.

9/16/2020 Update (English)

9/16/2020 Update (Spanish)

August 19, 2020: Superintendent Fredrickson's Parent Letter/Update

English

Spanish

July 28, 2020: Sylvan Parent/Community Forum

Forum Recording

Forum Slide Presentation

July 17, 2020: Superintendent Fredrickson's Parent Letter/Update

7/7/2020 Letter

July 16, 2020: Sylvan Parent/Community Forum

Forum Recording


INTERNET OFFERS

During school closures, parents may be looking for affordable internet providers. We offer the following information as a courtesy to our Sylvan parents/guardians.

Internet For All Now: The California Emerging Technology Fund has provided this link to affordable offers as well as a number to call (1-844-841-INFO (4636)) someone who can assist parents: Affordable Internet Offers

Some cell phone providers are offering the tethering (hotspot) functionality for existing cell phones for free during this time of need. We recommend that parents reach out to their current mobile providers to see what they are offering at this time.

PROVIDER

FCC LifelineProgram

Federal Communication Commission Lifeline Program for Low-Income Consumers

Search for Lifeline Providers in Your Area

Comcast/Xfinity

http://www.comcastcorporation.com/COVID-19/

COVID-19 Response: New customers who sign-up for Internet Essentials will receive 60 days of free internet service, increase speeds from 15/2 to 25/3, 40 hours of Xfinity Wifi hotspots per month and open on an unlimited basis.

  • Internet Essentials Free to New Customers

  • Xfinity WiFi Free For Everyone

  • Pausing Our Data Plan

  • No Disconnects or Late Fees

AT&T

https://accessatt.solixcs.com/#/home (855) 220-5211

COVID-19 Response: No termination regardless of ability to pay, waive late payment fees due to inability to pay, and keep public wifi hotspots open for those who need them.

Up to $10 per month (plus taxes)

  • 10 Mbps

  • No term commitment

  • No deposit

  • No installation fee

  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included

Spectrum/Charter

https://www.spectrum.com/browse/content/spectrum-internet-assist

COVID-19 Response: Charter Communications, Spectrum’s parent company, announced Friday that beginning March 16, it will make its services available for free for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who don’t already have internet through the company.

  • Free Internet modem

  • High-speed Internet at 30 Mbps

  • No data caps

  • No contracts

  • Optional in-home WiFi service at $5/mo

Sprint

https://newsroom.sprint.com/covid-19-updates-sprint-responds.htm

COVID-19 Response:

Sprint announced on Friday the following general response. For the next 60 days:

  • No disconnects or late fees

Starting on Tuesday, March 17: Complimentary international calling rates from the U.S. to countries defined by the CDC as Level 3.

By Thursday, March 19: Metered data plans receive unlimited data for 60 days. Additional 20GB of mobile hotspot data per month for 60 days

Coming soon: Mobile hotspot-capable handsets who don’t have mobile hotspot today will receive 20GB per month for 60 days

For 1Million Project Foundation participants only: Data allotment per student increased to 20GB each month from now through June 30, 2020. Acceleration of receipt of more than 100,000 new devices intended for use next school year

T-Mobile

https://www.t-mobile.com/news/t-mobile-update-on-covid-19-response

COVID-19 Response: for the next 60 days

  • ALL current customers will have unlimited smartphone data (excluding roaming).

  • An additional 20GB of mobile hotspot / tethering service

  • extra free data up to 5GB of data per month

  • Increasing the data allowance for free to schools and students using our EmpowerED digital learning programs to ensure each participant has access to at least 20GB of data per month

Sonic

https://www.sonic.com/cov19

Serving mainly Bay Area and Sonoma Counties

Cox

https://www.cox.com/residential/internet/connect2compete.html

COVID-19 Response: New customers will receive their first month of service free. Offer available through 5/12/20. Remote customer service support at no charge between now and 5/12/20.

  • $9.95 per month (plus taxes)

  • 10 Mbps

  • No term commitment

  • No deposit

  • No installation fee

  • In-home Wi-Fi modem included

CARRIERS THAT MARKET PAID/LOW COST WIRELESS HOTSPOTS:

Mobile Citizen

https://mobilecitizen.org/

Plans starting at $10/month

Human-I-T

https://www.human-i-t.org/

Low-cost Internet and devices

Kajeet

https://www.kajeet.net/

Offers 4-month plans


Parent Portal

AERIES PARENT PORTAL

ACCESS TO 2020-2021

TEACHER/CLASS ASSIGNMENTS

The Aeries Parent Portal is an online resource that will allow parents/guardians to access teacher/class assignments, attendance records, report cards, standardized test scores, communication and much more throughout the school year.

If you have any questions or need assistance please contact your school office or send an email to aeries@sylvan.k12.ca.us

Sylvan Union School District - Special Education invites you to our Parent Workshops

We believe that parents and guardians are a child’s first and most influential teacher. Continued parent involvement contributes to student success and creates valued relationships with educators and other members of the community. We invite you to participate in various parent workshops that address common themes and topics within special education. Meetings are held monthly at the District Office. Please call (209)574-5000 with any questions.

Please click here for the Parent Workshop calendar: www.sylvan.k12.ca.us/specialed

School Hours

AM Kindergarten 8:30 - 11:30

PM Kindergarten 10:40 - 2:15

Grades 1 - 5 8:30 - 2:15

Every WEDNESDAY Dismissal is 1:50 From 8/21-5/6

8:00 Gates Open/Breakfast - Please do not drop your student(s) off at school prior to 8:00

Bell Schedule

8:25 First Bell

8:30 Tardy Bell

2:15 Dismissal Bell

Every WEDNESDAY Dismissal is 1:50 From 8/21-5/6


Sylvan Union School District 2020/2021 Calendar:

https://www.sylvan.k12.ca.us/pf4/cms2/view_page?d=x&group_id=1525505076571&vdid=im34a1uwivvnl5