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Principal's Message

Dear Toyon Families,
Welcome Back!
I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer. I also hope you are relaxed, recharged and ready to start a new school year. I am so delighted that you are part of our amazing learning community. I welcome and value your positive energy and dedication to excellence in education, and I look forward to working with you and your children.
I know there are many unknowns as we start this new school year - this is certainly an unprecedented way to start a school year! But know this: the Toyon staff has been working tirelessly over the summer (on their own time!) to learn, collaborate, and prepare to make this the best year for your children. Our skilled and devoted teachers have been planning and preparing for distance learning with your child(ren). Our enthusiastic office team continues to register new families, ordering needed materials and updating student files. Our hard working and conscientious custodians have spent the entire summer thoroughly cleaning the facility for our eventual return to brick and mortar school. And, our much-appreciated PTA is gearing up to welcome families, provide volunteer opportunities, and offer other exciting events and programs. There is no group of people more dedicated, caring, or more talented than the group of staff who serve the Toyon community. I know we are going to have a great year!
Here are some of the knowns as we jump into the year:
Based on the guidelines from the Santa Clara County Health Department and the continuing rise of COVID-19 cases in our county, everyone, including BUSD will begin the school year in a full distance learning model. Distance learning will incorporate interaction with students and will provide a comprehensive curriculum through grade-level comprehensive learning plans to ensure educational consistency for all students. Senate Bill 98 requires the following for Distance Learning:
Learning is important to us at Toyon. It is up to all of us to provide an environment where our students feel welcome and safe, especially as we move to distance learning. As we continue implementing Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) this year, your teachers and I will discuss our Core Values of Being Safe, Being Respectful, and Being Responsible with the students. Please support us at home by having focused conversations with your child about what it means to be safe, respectful, and responsible, both while in class and during virtual lessons, and especially while working independently on their devices. It is our goal for every child to feel safe and play a leadership role in our Toyon community.
I would like to invite you to become active in our school community. There are various opportunities for you to volunteer or contribute to the Toyon community. Some ways you can become involved are:
  • Help with PTA events
  • Participate in School Site Council, PTA meetings, Virtual Coffee with the Principal, and other virtual meetings offered throughout the school year
  • Become a Virtual Classroom Parent
  • Attend virtual classroom presentations or Gallery Walks
All of us at Toyon Elementary School are eager and excited to begin the 2020-2021 school year. This year is going to be amazing as we continue to provide academic experiences for our students that are rigorous, relevant, and help them build relationships while making real-world connections. As your principal, it is important to me that everyone who steps through our doors (virtually)- teachers, students, and parents- are excited to be here! This attitude enables us to meet the challenges of academic excellence in a positive, fun, and nurturing environment.
Because of the county’s social distancing protocols, this year we will be sharing our class lists differently. You will be receiving an email from your child’s teacher welcoming your child to their class. We will NOT be having class lists posted at the school site. We will also be sharing a schedule of curriculum and supply pick up via email soon.
The office is 9:00 am -2:00 pm via phone call, Zoom, or limited in person appointments. Please call the office at 408-923-1965 to schedule appointments. 
Warm Regards,   
                                                                                                                                                                      Krista Castillou, Principal
Toyon Elementary School