November 2009

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From the Superintendent

Dear Parents,

 It is difficult to believe but here we are ready to begin the month of November. The year continues to be busy with plenty of interesting twists and turns, but most importantly, as I visit schools I find our teachers focused and committed to their work and our students engaged and serious about their learning. As I visit I am reminded of the fact that we truly do have exceptional schools.  My primary message for this November letter is to invite all of you to attend one of the upcoming forums which will take place at each of our comprehensive high schools. The fundamental questions to be discussed will focus on what it means to be a “world class school district," and does a district that is as successful as ours have a need or a desire to explore what might be “the next level?"   

To help the discussion along, I have created a document that includes a number of ideas and proposals which I believe are worthy of consideration. If nothing else, I am hopeful that these ideas will stimulate great discussion and maybe even some thoughtful debate, which will result in clarity of direction and quite possibly, better ideas for moving the district forward. If possible it would be good to read the document before attending a forum. Click here to find the document on our website.

 The community/parent forums are scheduled at 6:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations: 

  • San Ramon Valley High School / Wednesday, November 4th
  • Dougherty Valley High School / Monday, November 9th
  • Monte Vista High School / Thursday, November 12th
  • California High School / Monday, November 16th 

The forums will all be structured the same so feel free to attend the one that best meets your schedule. Thank you for your continuing support of our schools and the children we serve. Have a great month of November and I hope to see you at one of the upcoming forums. 


Steven EnochSuperintendent of Schools
San Ramon Valley Unified School District

Primo's Run attracts 6,500 participants! 

Record numbers show up to run/walk in Foundation's largest fundraiser 

The 2009 Primo's Run for Education drew record numbers of community members and raised more money than ever for schools in the San Ramon Valley. An estimated 6,500 people ran or walked in the annual 5K run or 1/2 marathon. The Primo's Run is the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation's largest fundraiser of the year, a 26-year-old tradition bringing together athletes, educators, local business and our community of parents and children for a fun, healthful event.

A heart-felt thank you to the runners that came out to show their spirit and commitment to our schools, to the 600 volunteers who worked hard on race day and the hundreds of sponsors who invested in the future of our children. A special thanks to Primo’s Pizza, Shapell Homes and Chevron for their generous contributions to the event. It was an amazing day and we look forward to seeing you all again next year on 10/10/10!

The San Ramon Education Foundation (SRVEF) provides valuable support for the schools of the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. SRVEF conducts fundraisers throughout the year, and then returns the proceeds directly to our schools and classrooms. SRVEF funds individual teacher grants each year. These grants promote creativity in the classroom and a broader learning experience for our children. SRVEF also funds larger district-wide programs such as the Reading & Writing Project and the Science Initiative. 

Message from SRVUSD School Nurses regarding H1N1 Virus

Concerns about the flu this season may be heightened due to the influenza virus identified as H1N1. This strain of the influenza virus was first identified in people in April of this year, and many of our schools are being impacted by the virus. The flu, whether identified as H1N1 or not, is an illness we can take measures to prevent spreading. The H1N1 virus is spread the same way seasonal flu is spread. Viruses are spread mainly from person to person by coughing or sneezing by people who are sick. Sometimes people can be infected by touching something, such as a surface or object with flu virus on it, then touching their mouth or nose.

Your student may have another illness with symptoms such as a low-grade fever, complaints of sore throat, congestion or cough, or stomach symptoms. These may be viral in nature, but are still contagious. Sending your child to school when ill increases the risk of spreading the infection to other students and staff. If your child becomes ill at school, we will check his/her temperature. A child with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher orally will be sent home.
If your child has been out ill with a fever, please adhere to the following guidelines when deciding if your child is well enough to return to school:
  • A fever is defined as an oral temperature of 100 degrees or an axillary (armpit) temperature of 99 degrees. A fever is lowest in the morning hours, begins to increase in the afternoon, and is at its highest in the evening. When a child begins to recover, the temperature could be normal in the morning, but may still be present in the afternoon.
  • The presence of other symptoms warrants keeping your child home an additional day. These include: coughing, nasal congestion, low energy level, vomiting, diarrhea or stomachache.
Preventative measures we can take to minimize the transmission of germs are:
  1. Handwashing- Use soap and water and wash for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol based hand sanitizer.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with tissues (or into the crook of your elbow) when coughing or sneezing.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  4. Avoid sharing drinks, water bottles, silverware, and pencils.
  5. If you are sick, stay home!

If you become sick, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recommend that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever has gone. This means you should be fever-free without the use of fever reducing medicines such as Tylenol or Advil/Motrin/ Ibuprofen for 24 hours before you return to school.

If you see your doctor for flu symptoms, an antiviral medication may be prescribed (TAMIFLU); however this must be taken within the first 24-48 of the onset of illness. Another preventative measure against the flu is getting a flu vaccine. Maintain good hygiene practices as noted above. Rest and drink plenty of fluids.

In our busy and sometimes stressful lives, remember the benefits of a good night’s sleep and healthy meals! Keep washing your hands and stay well.


Pre-holiday Shopping and Dining event to benefit schools

Join your friends and neighbors for some fun and cheer and raise some critical money for our schools. Attend the Spirit of Danville taking place on Thursday, November 12th in Downtown Danville, The Livery and The Rose Garden. There will be entertainment, shopping discounts, free food, free drink, door prizes, major raffles—big screen TV and TREK bicycle, trolley service to the 3 major shopping junctions in Danville and much more! The Spirit of Danville was conceived by Discover Danville, a non-profit serving the merchants in Danville. Admission to the event will be $5 and the entire proceeds benefit the San Ramon Valley Education Foundation. Purchase tickets online now: or at each location the night of the event. 

 **Many school “Learning Funds” have also decided to sell tickets to the event (check with your school office). For those schools selling tickets, $4 of the $5 goes directly to their Learning Funds. We hope to see you there!

Attention Seniors - Enter the "My Hero" Essay Contest

High School Seniors….Recognize an adult in our community who has made a positive impact on your life by entering the “My HERO” contest and win a scholarship and have your HERO honored with a Community Award!


Enter your essay and application form that nominates an individual as a HERO and explains why he or she is being nominated. Essays should be less than 500 words and submitted by November 13, 2009. * Subjects of the Essay Contest will be entered as nominees for the local Chamber of Commerce Community Awards Program.


High School seniors students currently enrolled in the San Ramon Valley Unified School District. For detailed information and a submission form, click here.

The San Ramon Valley Unified School District is part of a public awareness campaign entitled “HERO – Here Everyone Reaches Out.” The purpose of the campaign is to promote understanding of the importance of adults modeling positive, responsible behavior for young people.



Important Dates

  • June 7-10: Final Exam Week
  • June 8: Board of Education Meeting, 7PM, SRVUSD Education Center
  • June 10: Last Day of School (Minimum Day)
  • June 11: High School Graduation/Teacher Work Day
  • June 18: First Day of Summer School (check district website)
  • June 29: Board of Education Meeting, 7PM, SRVUSD Education Center
  • August 23: First Day of School for 2010-11
  • For more information, visit