Welcome Parents

Dear Muraoka Families, 

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year at Muraoka Elementary School!  It is my honor and privilege to serve the Muraoka school community as interim principal while Dr. Mahoney is on maternity leave this quarter.  

Although I am new to Muraoka, I bring a great deal of experience in the field of education.  I recently retired from the Chula Vista Elementary School District after a forty-year career, twenty-one of those years in CVESD. I was principal at Chula Vista Hills and Hilltop for seventeen years, and Executive Director at the District level for four years.     

Children, families, teaching, and learning are the nearest and dearest things to my heart. I am the mother of three, and I have been gifted with two grandbabies. My greatest joy as an educator has been in the principal role, and I am very excited about this opportunity.  

My primary role this quarter is to support the Muraoka staff to ensure that each student feels safe, welcome, and valued while being challenged and supported to achieve at their fullest potential.  As all students return to campus this year, the realities of COVID-19 require that schools remain especially vigilant about health and safety.  All schools will strictly adhere to the requirements of the California Department of Public Health (CDPH). New and changing requirements may necessitate changes at Muraoka, and we will strive to maintain excellent communication regarding any information that we receive. Thank you in advance for your support and understanding.   

Muraoka Vision and Values:  Our Vision is to create a 21st Century inclusion school where all students are models of good character, embrace creativity, are voracious learners, and empowered to be confident and self-aware. Our namesake, Saburo Muraoka, is remembered as being a successful, hardworking leader of peace. Muraoka Elementary aims to emulate these qualities, serving as an inspiration to our community. Our goal is for staff and parents to work harmoniously to create and maintain a safe, welcoming, exceptional learning environment for all students.   

Communication is key!  We will provide you information about student learning and other school information and activities via school messenger (telephone and email), our school website, Peachjar, social media pages, and parent letters/flyers. Leadership Coffee chats and ELAC meetings will be additional methods of communication.  Please see the Parent Frequently Asked Questions document. 

The Muraoka staff and I eagerly anticipate welcoming your children to campus quarter!  Please help us to set your child up for success by reviewing Muraoka’s school wide expectations and reassuring them about the exciting year we have ahead of us!  

 

Sincerely, 

 

Lisa Parker 

Interim Principal 

Frequently Asked Questions

Parent Handbook

Weekly Message for the Week of June 7th

Dear Muraoka Families,

It is hard to believe that we are down to single digits of this school year!  Here is the information for the end of the year:

End of Year Drive-By Parade and Device Return

We will be hosting an End of Year Drive-By Parade and device return opportunity for our Momongas on Wednesday, June 16th!  Please see the attached flyer and map for more information.  We are looking forward to waving at all of our students and kicking off their summer!

Here are some questions you may have about this event:

  • Can I bring the device back now? YES! Please return now if you no longer need it.
  • What if I have a sibling in another grade level? Can we come together? Yes! Please know teachers from that grade level may not be present at the different time.
  • What if I can’t make it? Please come at any of the times if they work for you or contact the front office to arrange another time for drop off. All drop offs for devices must be made by June 22.
  • What if I am coming back to Muraoka next year? We need all devices regardless of if you are returning. They must be updated and made ready for on campus learning.

COVID TESTING – WEDNESDAY, JUNE 9th

Just a reminder that optional COVID Testing for students and staff will take place on our campus on Wednesday, June 9th.  If you are interested, please see the previous registration email or come by the tent outside of the school campus on Wednesday.

Residency Verification for the 2021-22 School Year

Residency verification is underway for current students at enrolled in Muraoka.  Parents/guardians should have received an email with information on how to complete this process.  If you did not receive this information in your email, please contact our school office.

CVESD Virtual Academy Information:

The CVESD Virtual Academy is a voluntary pilot program developed in alignment with state education proposals, which assume a return to full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. The Virtual Academy is not a stop-gap program for families reluctant about resuming in-person instruction“Success in independent study requires motivation and a strong commitment on the part of the student and, especially for a young student, his or her parents/guardians/caregivers. It also requires sufficient academic preparation to enable the student to work independently.” (California Department of Education, 2020.

Parents/guardians must apply for enrollment during the application window. Applications to the CVESD Virtual Academy must be submitted online by 5 p.m. June 7.  Please visit our district’s website by clicking HERE for the application and FAQs.

Here’s to a great week!

Dr. Mahoney and Mrs. Sutton

CVESD Virtual Academy – Application Window Extended

Dear Parent/Guardian:

As you may know, the proposed CVESD Virtual Academy would provide students in Chula Vista with an independent study option as an alternative instructional strategy to meet and enhance their individual student strengths, needs, and learning styles​.

The CVESD Virtual Academy is a voluntary pilot program developed in alignment with state education proposals, which assume a return to full-time in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year. The Virtual Academy is not a stop-gap program for families reluctant about resuming in-person instruction. “Success in independent study requires motivation and a strong commitment on the part of the student and, especially for a young student, his or her parents/guardians/caregivers. It also requires sufficient academic preparation to enable the student to work independently.” (California Department of Education, 2020.

Parents/guardians must apply for enrollment during the application window, which has been extended one week. Applications to the CVESD Virtual Academy must be submitted online by 5 p.m. June 7. For a detailed Virtual Academy Parent Overview on the Virtual Academy as well as Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the CVESD website by clicking here.

Click here to apply to the CVESD Virtual Academy.

Weekly Message for the Week of May 31st

Greetings Muraoka Families!

We are in our final two weeks of school! Thank you for your support and understanding throughout this year!

Monday, May 31:

  • No School

Thursday, June 3:

  • SSC Meeting @ 3:00pm online:  AGENDA

Looking Ahead:

  • June 15- Last Day of School! Distance Learning Day for ALL students
  • June 16- Save the DATE! Laptop Drop off and Farewell Drive-By! More details to come.

Weekly Message for the Week of May 24th

Greetings Muraoka Families,

We hope this message finds you well.  Here is important information that is upcoming for our school:

Residency Verification for the 2021-22 School Year

Residency verification for current students at enrolled in Muraoka will take place starting the week of June 1st.  This process will take place online and more information will be shared soon.

COVID Testing at Muraoka on Wednesday, May 26th

Just a reminder that optional COVID Testing for students and staff will take place on our campus on Wednesday, May 26th.  A separate email was sent on Friday evening with more information if you are interested.

PTO Board Nominations

Muraoka is seeking nominations for the following committees for the 2021-2022 school year!

PTO Board is excited for the opportunities that next year will bring and is seeking nominations for their entire board. Please complete the attached nomination form for the position you are interested in:

President – Serve as leader and key contact for the PTO; preside at all PTO meetings; appoint chairpersons for special committees; coordinate the work of the officers and committees so that the PTO’s objectives can be met. (Effort: year-round, on-going)

Vice President – Act as an aide to the President; perform the duties of the President in the absence or inability of that officer to serve; assume other responsibilities as assigned by the Executive Board; coordinate the general activities of any special committees created by the Executive Board.

Secretary – Keep the minutes of all general meetings and all meeting of the Executive Board; prepare correspondence and perform all other duties assigned; help recruit committee chairpersons for all vacant standing committees of the board; keep the calendar of events for the PTO.

Treasurer – Be responsible for and have custody of all funds; make disbursements as properly authorized; be present at all PTO events where money will be collected; assure that PTO policies and best practices are followed with regards to funds; prepare financial reports for each meeting and as needed; prepare the books for an annual audit.

Our PTO meeting to vote on nominations will take place on Thursday, May 27th at 9am online. Please see this week’s message for the link.

PTO Nomination Link

School Site Council Nominations

School Site Council is also seeking nominations for Parents interested in being on our council. We have two positions to fill for the 2021-2022 school year. Please complete the nomination form if you are interested.

SSC Nomination Link

School Devices

We understand that many of our students are still using school-issued computers to access their learning at home.  However, if you have a school device that you are no longer using at home, we ask that you begin turning the devices back in to school.

  • If your child is a hybrid student, we will have a drop off available Mondays and Wednesdays both in the AM and PM during arrival and dismissal.
  • If your student is in Distance Learning, our office staff will be available from 1-3pm on Fridays to receive your returned device.

At the conclusion of this school year, we will be holding a device return event where all laptops will need to be brought back to campus in preparation of in-person instruction for the 2021-22 school year.

If you have any questions, please reach out to our office.

Local Measures Testing – Grades K-6

Local Measures Testing for our Kindergarten through Sixth Grade students has begun and will continue through June 4th.  Specific days and tests per grade level will be shared with you by your classroom teacher.

Looking Ahead: 

  • Wednesday, May 26th:  OPTIONAL COVID Testing at Muraoka
  • Thursday, May 27th: PTO Meeting at 9:00 – Link coming later this week
  • Monday, May 31st: NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, June 15th – Last day of school! Distance Learning Model for ALL STUDENTS

Here’s to a great week!

Dr. Mahoney and Mrs. Sutton

Weekly Message for the Week of May 10th

Dear Muraoka Families,

Thank you for showering our staff with appreciation this past week.  We would not be able to do what we do without the support of our parents and families.  THANK YOU!

Would your student like to record a video message for a teacher or staff member?  It’s not too late!  Use this LINK and have your student log on with their Office 365 email and password!

LCAP Information

Every three years, Chula Vista Elementary School District seeks stakeholder input on the Local Control and Accountability Plan.  From this input, goals are created and funds are allocated to meet the needs of our unduplicated students.  Here is a short video to explain the process and the information that has been gathered this year so far:  LCAP VIDEO

Here’s to a great week!

Dr. Mahoney and Mrs. Sutton

Weekly Message for the Week of May 3rd

Greetings Muraoka Families,

Below you will find some important information for the upcoming week:

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

May 3rd through May 7th we will be celebrating Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week! This year has been like no other and we are so thankful for our teachers and staff who have made learning possible for our students. Below is a flyer of ideas that our students can use to celebrate their teacher – either in person or virtually!

Staff Appreciation Week Flyer

In addition, please use this LINK for your student to record a special message for their teachers! Students will need to use their Office 365 email and password to access the recording link. It’s the same email and password used for programs like Smarty Ants, iReady, Teams, etc.

COVID-19 Testing at Muraoka on Wednesday, May 5th

Kahala Biosciences will be back at Muraoka to offer COVID-19 on Wednesday, May 5th from 9:00am to 4:00pm with no testing taking place between 12 noon and 1pm. The testing site will be located in the North Parking Lot off of Santa Diana. Both viral and antibody testing will be available for staff, students and community members.

The antibody test consists of a light finger prick; results as quickly as 15 minutes for those who stay around for their results. The viral test is the shallow nose swab test; results available within three-to-four business days.

Testing is voluntary. Participants have the option of only doing one of the tests or both. To schedule an appointment, please click here or cut and paste the following into your web browser: https://kahalabiosciences.com/cvesd-safe/

Thanks again for your support of CVESD Safe!, our voluntary testing and tracing program to mitigate the spread of COVID-19.

Dress Code for Muraoka Students

As our students are back on campus, here is a reminder of the school dress code. Please help us by making sure that our Momongas are following the dress code expectations both while on campus in hybrid and in distance learning.

Dress Code at Muraoka Elementary

Here’s to a great week!

Dr. Mahoney and Mrs. Sutton

Weekly Message for the Week of April 26th

Dear Muraoka Families,

Here are some important reminders for the upcoming week:

CVESD COVID-19 Testing Program – Wednesday, April 28th

If you would like your student to be tested for COVID-19 through the Chula Vista Elementary School District testing program, please register/provide consent by using the personalized link that was sent to you on Thursday, April 9th from the CVESD Office of Communications. If you have already registered your student, you do not need to register again. Testing at Muraoka will occur for the first time on Wednesday, April 28th. Appointments are NOT required any longer. Your child can walk-in to test. If you have more than one student at CVESD, you should have received an email/text with the link to register each student. Again, links are personalized.

COVID Protocols for Hybrid Students

As our students have returned to campus, we wanted to remind our community about the procedures we follow if student present COVID-like symptoms and need to be kept home or sent home from school.

We are following the COVID-19 Decision Tree as set forth by the San Diego County Office of Education.  We understand that this can be frustrating, however, as a school, we must follow the guidelines out an abundance of caution to keep our students and staff safe.  Below is the COVID-19 Decision Tree for your reference as well as a Parent Guide to Illness and COVID-19.

COVID-19-Decision-Tree

A Parent Guide to Illness and COVID-19

If symptoms are part of a chronic condition, please see the form below to work with your student’s doctor to document their condition and return it to our school office at muraokaschool@cvesd.org.  Our school nurse can work with you on next steps.

Certification-of-Chronic-Medical-Condition

Please continue to contact our office staff if your student will be absent from school for any reason, regardless of whether they are in hybrid or distance learning.  Thank you for your support in keeping our community healthy and safe.

Spring Online Book Fair

You’re invited to shop our Scholastic Book Fair online now until May 2nd! All purchases benefit our school and connect kids with new books, favorite characters, complete series, and more. You’ll love the NEW option to shop for Book Fair exclusives directly from the interactive booklist and enjoy these special online shopping features:

  • Over 6,000 items, including new releases, best sellers, and value packs
  • All orders ship direct to home
  • FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*
  • All purchases support our school and earn 25% in rewards

Visit our Book Fair Homepage and click “Shop Now” to get started:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/saburomuraokaelementary2

Here’s to a great week!

Dr. Mahoney and Mrs. Sutton