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Principal Bernal's Brief - 2/5/21

Dear Lunada Bay Families,

Welcome back to school 1st grade families! We are so excited to have students back
on campus. The reopening presentation is available on our website under News and
Announcements. As a reminder, due to the current public health order, parents and
volunteers are not allowed on campus. If you need to conduct any business at school,
we ask that you please come to the front office, with a mask, and we will be happy
to help you. Thank you all for your continued support during these challenging

As we begin to bring students back to in-person learning, please continue to be
mindful of your health status, travel, gatherings and other high-risk exposure
activities that might put our community at risk. An outbreak at a school will result
in school closure, something we all want to avoid.

Thank you all again for your flexibility as we work to return all our students to
Lunada Bay Elementary on a full-time basis.

Every year, the month of February is deemed the celebratory month for Black
History, and this year, we would like to highlight some key contributions made to
our society by Blacks and African Americans.  Black History Month has a long legacy which included the creation of the Negro Week, and eventually the month - long celebration of achievements of Blacks or African Americans. Dating back to 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized Black History Month, calling upon the public to “seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor
throughout our history.” This month is centered around building awareness around achievements of Blacks for those outside the race, but also for those of Black Heritage. For instance, did you
know that Garrett Morgan, a Black Inventor, invented the traffic signal?
Below is a highlight of key dates commemorative of Black Heritage along with some
resources on how you can participate in celebrating Black History Month with your
friends and family.
Black History Month - Virtual Events Resources
1. - Smithsonian
2. - Vanderbilt University
A special thank you to our PTA D & I Chair, Mrs. Booth for providing these
Updates from the Peninsula Education Foundation:
• Thank you to everyone who participated in the first ever Virtual Skechers
Friendship Walk in October 2020. Because of each of you we had 1,938
registered walkers representing the PVPUSD and next week we will be
receiving a check for $159,943 from the Skechers Foundation that will go
directly towards our pledge to the district to support vital teaching positions
and programs throughout our schools during this school year. We could not
have achieved this without your support!
• The Peninsula Education Foundation is thrilled to announce our continued
partership with The Art Box Academy!
Purchase any Art and Activity Box and or Art Lesson Bundle
and 20% will be donated directly to the Peninsula Education Foundation!
Just check the box at check out!
Go to for more information and to order your art
box or art lesson bundle!
• Save the Date for Main Event 2021! Main Event will be broadcasting live
this year on Saturday, May 1, 2021 so that everyone can join us from the
comforts of home! Stay tuned for some great surprises as we lead up to the
most amazing night to hit the screens!
• Donate $1500 to PEF and you will be entered into a monthly drawing for a
fabulous prize! Donate by February 28th and you will be entered to win
dinner for two at Arthur J in Manhattan Beach and a bottle of Dom Perignon
School Spirit:
Our next virtual Flag Ceremony is this Wednesday, February 24th at 10:30 a.m. We
are working on Fitness & Skill for February. If your child is the ambassador, they
will receive a special Zoom link to join me, a special guest, and other students to
share their journals and thoughts on Fitness & Skill. I am looking forward to
meeting with students and hearing all they have to say.
All previously announced awards are available for pick up in our Front Office.
This Week:
Monday – February 8 – Hybrid (Grades Tk-1 in-person); AM Cohort 8:30-10:30am & PM Cohort 12:15-2:15pm
Monday - February 8 - Hybrid (Grades 2-5 online); Regular Meeting Times
Tuesday - February 9 - Regular Meeting Times
Wednesday - February 10 - Synchronous Live Cohorts AM & PM, 8:30 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.
Thursday - February 11 - Regular Meeting Times
Friday - February 12 - Regular Meeting Times
Monday - February 15 - Presidents’ Day – NO SCHOOL
Tuesday - February 16 - Welcome Back 2nd grade
• Come to the office to pick up your directory.
• Please use the link located in the blue box on the right hand side of the page on the Lunada Bay Website under Academics then Library Media Center to check out Library books.
Rafael Bernal
Lunada Bay Elementary
520 Paseo Lunado
Palos Verdes Estates, CA 90277