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October 9, 2020 Friday Letter Volume 2, No. 19
Posted 10/12/20

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OCTOBER 9, 2020 FRIDAY LETTER VOLUME 2, NO. 19



Superintendent Maintains Weekly Organizational Update

     We are proud to present to you transparent, detailed operations reports on a weekly basis. You can read department updates directly from our district leaders in Superintendent Dr. Adam Clark’s weekly Organizational Update to the Board, which is continuously archived for reference. Here is this week’s Organizational Update to the Board: 

Organizational Update


Free Meals Where You Need Them:
District Fleet to Run Food Distribution Routes

Bus     We heard you—and in response to our community's interest and need, we are expanding our free meal services to include new, "free-meal stop," distribution routes district-wide. Our bus drivers have new routes and stops to distribute free, fresh meals more directly to you, making our communities large networks of food distribution. 

     Let us do the cooking for your family—find a free-meal stop near you using the table below. Remember to wear your face covering to approach the yellow busses.

     Note that these new free-meal stops are in addition to our existing Meal Service Centers.

     Thank you to our transportation staff, our food and nutrition staff, and our department leaders for working together to organize this creative, new service for district families. 
 

Bel Air Cambridge El Dorado Holbrook
Bel Air Cambridge El Dorado

Holbrook

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Meadow Homes Riverview Shore Acres Valley View YVHS

 


With 7 Minutes, You Can Greatly Help District Programs

    We are asking for your help once more to spread the word about claiming important funds for our district. Last week, we explained that MDUSD had received unusually few Free and Reduced-Price Meal Applications this year, and as a result, 3 quarters of a million dollars in supplemental funds may go unclaimed. 

     In response, we saw a positive upsurge in applications that resulted in 1,660 new names on our monthly certification. This brought our district to a 35% eligibility measurement. Yet, to get to where we were last year (44% eligible), we still need more applications. Thousands of previously eligible families have not yet submitted an application for the new year, which would mean a loss in funds to which we are otherwise entitled.

     Each qualified free and reduced-price meal applicant translates directly to what are called, “Title I,” dollars and, “Supplemental,” dollars, which districts use to fund important educational programs. Each year, to receive those funds, a district must show the federal and state governments the number of students who are eligible for free and reduced-price meals. As you can see, these applications are about much more than meals. 

Here are simple ways you can help:

• First, take 7 minutes to apply today, even if you do not plan on taking district meals.
All MDUSD families are encouraged to apply, and you can do so online from any device. 

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Do you need a paper version of the application or instructions on how to complete the application? Visit mdusd.org/foodservices

• Then, spread the word by retweeting or sharing district social media posts. 

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It's Official: MDUSD is Eat REAL Certified

Eat Real Badge     Mt. Diablo Unified School District has achieved Eat REAL Certification at the Green level! This certification is a reflection of our district’s commitment to serving our students healthful and sustainable options each day. For the past two and a half years, our Food & Nutrition Services Department, led by Food Service Director Dominic Machi, underwent a rigorous evaluation and assessment of our food service program’s nutrition and sustainability practices. Guided by the data and reports from the Eat REAL team, MDUSD has removed over 10lbs of sugar per student per year, increased our sustainable ingredient sourcing, and increased the quality of ingredients (including removing harmful ingredients) across all of our regular menus*. This certification designates Mt. Diablo Unified School District’s Food and Nutrition Services Department as a national leader in school foodservice practices and standards, providing healthier, better, real food options for all students.  

     *Certification was granted based on pre-emergency meal program menus and commitment to future regular foodservice planning.


Free Flu Shots: MDAE to Host Drive-Thru Clinic

  Free Clinic   Contra Costa Health Services (CCHS) and Mt. Diablo Adult Education (MDAE) are hosting a Free Flu Vaccine Drive-Thru Clinic at the Loma Vista Adult Center (LVAC) on Saturday, October 24th, from 10:00AM-2:00PM. 

     Flu shots are free for the community and are for anyone over 6 months of age. 

     The event will be held in the Cowell Road parking lot at the back of LVAC. 


Parent E-Training Continues

E-Training     The Mt. Diablo Adult Education is continuing with its successful Parent eTraining sessions.

     These trainings are free of charge, available in English and in Spanish, and are open to all MDUSD parents, covering three subject areas: “Zoom Basics,” “Google Classroom,” and, “Seesaw Basics.” Click on the flyer to see new sessions scheduled for October and November. 

 


Let Your Voice Count - Register to Vote

from cocovote.us/registration-and-voting-options/

ELIGIBILITY to VOTE

You are eligible to register to vote if you are:

• A United States citizen, 18 years of age or older on Election Day,

• Not currently in state or federal prison or on parole for the conviction of a felony, and not found to be mentally incompetent by a court of law.

Register to vote online or update your current registration. You need to update your registration if you:

• Move to a new residence, change your name, or want to change your political party affiliation.

OTHER WAYS TO REGISTER

If you cannot register online you can print a copy of the National Mail Voter Registration Form, or obtain a registration form at the following locations:

• County Elections Office, public libraries, post offices, or the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

CONDITIONAL VOTER REGISTRATION

The voter registration deadline is 15 days prior to Election Day. However, after that deadline and through Election Day you can still register and vote in person using Conditional Voter Registration. It is a one-stop opportunity to register and cast your ballot and is available at our office, Regional Early Voting sites, and all polling places on Election Day.


Local Girl Scout Troop Surprises District 4th Graders

Donation 1 Donation

     Local Girl Scout Troop 30783 banded together this week to organize a surprise donation to the 4th grade teachers and students of Fair Oaks Elementary. The delivery included headphone sets, dry erase boards, and plenty of general supplies. Their motivation?—kindness.

     To Troop 30783 and to our community members who donated, thank you so very much, not just for the supplies, but for the reminder that we are a community of givers who find the most success when we come together. 


COVID-19 Testing and Free Flu Shots

     Contra Costa Health Services is offering free COVID-19 testing across our county. Find a location near you.
     Free Flu Shots are available for families at these COVID-19 testing sites:

• Antioch
• Bay Point (opens October 10)
• Central Concord (Monument)
• North Concord
• Richmond
• San Ramon


"Ladies First" Choir (CHS) Helps Celebrate WWII Vet

     With decorative balloons, hundreds of letters from the community, and a socially-distanced drive-through celebration, a World War II Veteran in Walnut Creek felt truly special on his 95th birthday. Among the creative celebration details was Concord High School's Ladies First Choir, doing the honor of singing Happy Birthday with their sweet, precise harmonies. Find the heart-warming story here: 



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