Dear Moreland Community,
I love seeing themes of gratitude and kindness throughout this time of year. As we continue to navigate this pandemic, there are so many wonderful events, celebrations, and opportunities taking place throughout Moreland that continue to shine a bright spotlight on our incredible staff, extraordinary students and families, and collaborative community partners.
Just this past month, our Moreland staff members have been honored both locally and regionally for their exemplary work. Join me in congratulating Country Lane 3rd grade teacher Satomi Fujikawa and Easterbrook Discovery School 6th grade math/science teacher Joseph Sinn for being awarded the Texas Instrument STEM Educator of the Year award by the Santa Clara County Office of Education. In addition, three Moreland staff members are finalists for the California League of Middle Schools Educator of the Year. Join me in extending additional applause to Moreland Middle School counselor Brad Edwards, Latimer School counselor Yonit Parenti, and Easterbrook Discovery School 6th grade math/science teacher Joseph Sinn. Moreland is so fortunate to have such dedicated and talented staff throughout all our schools.
This season also brings back our annual food drive, an event I’ve heard that brings an incredible amount of creative and philanthropic energy into our community. This year’s food drive will go straight to our local partner organization, West Valley Community Services, the group that provides our local Food Pantry Truck to families twice a month. For one week, December 6-10, 2021, all Moreland schools will bring in canned food donations that will support our neighbors. Look for flyers and additional information through your school.
In continuing our gratitude toward our incredible community partners, Moreland is partnering with Stanford Children’s Health to bring a webinar to the community on “The Science Behind the Covid-19 Vaccine for Youth” on November 15, 2021 ay 6pm. This webinar will feature doctors and community leaders from Stanford Children’s Health. Health officials will provide information and parents/guardians will have the opportunity to ask questions about the vaccine. We will record this event and have it available to our community to view in the future.
Following the webinar, Moreland is partnering with both Stanford Children’s Health and Luna Health to bring two separate vaccination clinics for the Moreland community. On Sunday, December 12th at the Moreland Community Center gym, walk-in vaccinations will be available for students ages 5-11 years old. On Thursday, December 16th at Anderson Elementary School, vaccinations will also be available for these youth. We’re hoping that by providing opportunities in two different locations, and on a weekday and weekend, we can offer support for all our families who may not have immediate access to healthcare.
As we head into our holiday breaks, I hope that you and your family find time to relax, recharge, and enjoy this additional time together.
Dr. Clover Codd