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Principal's Post
Posted 06/22/2020 01:07PM

Principal Ortega's Post

June 16, 2020

Dear JFS Families,

Our Academic 2019-20 school year has ended and all students, teachers and families are receiving a well-deserved break. However, we have a lot to do and a lot to prepare for in the coming weeks and months. We know it was quite an ordeal to change to Distance Learning and we truly appreciate all the family support you provided at home. We do not have definitive news on what the start up of the fall term will be but all administrators are in specific committees to work out the details and to present a comprehensive plan to you and your children as soon as possible. Here are some important goals that are being considered as we do our work:

  • How to keep students and employees safe
  • How to reopen school under varying circumstances
  • How to adapt our learning environment to varying circumstances
  • How to create an equitable learning environment for all students under any circumstance

These are broad goals that need refinement and specific details and that is the work we are currently doing. Your child's safety and education are of the utmost importance.

Below are some updates and other news briefs:

--JFS is not open to the general public without an appointment; however, we are still collecting library and text books until Friday 6-19-20. (contactless drop-off, drive-through only)

--We are currently accepting applications for the fall trimester, not only online but you may also call the school (408) 532-2150 for an appointment until June 26th. After that date you will have to contact the District Offices.

--Communication is a priority during these times, please read Director Villareal's, "Parent Weekly Newsletter" regarding District News and important resources--sent through email.

--All 'new' incoming families, thank you to those who attended the virtual meeting sponsored by our JFS PTA. We understand that this time is particularly challenging. Because of the pandemic, you have not been given an opportunity to visit JFS. I promise to reach out to you if our safety protocols change and we can safely provide visitations. We know that even if we continue with Distance Learning it is important to feel connected to your school and being able to see it would help in the feeling of connectedness and belonging.

--One of the best activities for children to do over the summer is to read: San José Public Library <media.sjpl@sjlibrary.org>The San Jose Public Library has resources for checking-out books and is reaching out to the public to take advantage of their many resources.

I will send another message in July, hopefully with news about the reopening of schools.

Take very good care of yourselves and I hope you have an enjoyable summer,

Sincerely, Roberta Ortega

James F. Smith Elementary School

  • 2220 Woodbury Ln.
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  • San Jose, CA 95121
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  • Phone: 408-532-2150
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  • Fax: 408-532-2165
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