• Message From the Principal

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    Upper body Picture of Principal Shawntanet Jara


    May 17, 2020

    Dear Solana Highlands Families,

    The past two months have been some of the hardest for many of us, and my thoughts go out to all of you. Some of us have lost a loved one, been ill, lost a job, become a full-time work at home parent responsible for facilitating our child’s education, and some of us have anxiety about the unknown future. We have also discovered many silver linings during the quarantine. We are spending time at home with our families, slowing down, taking walks, playing games, celebrating milestones in new ways, and maintaining connections through virtual experiences and social distancing. I know we are looking forward to the days when we can all be together again at Solana Highlands. 

    Our students are working to the best of their ability to engage in distance learning during this emergency, and I am proud to work in such an amazing district that supports its staff, students and families, wholeheartedly. Thank you, again, to all of our staff and families who have joined us in creating a new learning environment for our students. You are doing great, and we appreciate all of you!  In times like the present, it is important to share a thoughtful comment with someone who has impacted us in a positive way. While teacher and staff appreciation was a couple of weeks ago, I wanted to send out a form for anyone who wanted to share a kind word with one of our Solana Highlands staff. If you’d like to recognize a member of our staff, please do so here. 

    As you read in Superintendent Brentlinger’s message, the SBSD School Board voted unanimously to continue distance learning through the end of the school year. The outcome of this decision will allow us to continue the development and refinement of our current practice while planning for the future. We will determine the next steps for summer programming along with the reopening of school. This will take time and we will be sure to share information with families as plans are developed.


    Shawntanet Jara
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               Solana Highlands Elementary School

    Mrs. Jara’s Twitter: @LeadwLovePower
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    Resources for our families: As we navigate these uncharted waters related to COVID-19, the health, safety, and wellness of our staff, students, and families are our current priority. While our schools are closed, it is important to try and maintain daily routines, which includes time for exercise and wellness. If you have questions, need more information, or have a child who is struggling with social-emotional well-being, please reach out to us by filling out the SBSD Social-Emotional Check-In questionnaire.

    SBSD Social-Emotional Check In-English

    SBSD Social-Emotional Check-In-Mandarin 

    SBSD Social-Emotional Check-In-Spanish

    The SEL committee composed of our school counselors, guidance assistants and school psychologists is curating a list of resources and activities that provide social-emotional support for families and their children.  Additional information and resources are added each week.  Family Resources and Activities for Social-Emotional Learning

    Solana Beach School District Community Resources 

    Free and Reduced Lunch Update: In light of recent occurrences related to COVID-19, we understand that financial circumstances may have changed for some of you.  During this challenging time, The Child Nutrition Services department continues to offer lunch service to our students who qualify for our Free and Reduced Meal Program (FRPM).  "Drive Through Grab and Go Service" is available Mondays through Fridays between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. at Skyline Elementary School, 606 Lomas Santa Fe Drive.  All eligible and registered Solana Beach School District students enrolled in the FRPM program are welcome and encouraged to take part in this service.

    For families who may not have qualified in the past, we encourage you to apply now if you need some extra assistance.  Applications can be found on the SBSD Child Nutrition webpage, https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/domain/46.

    The webpage has information on our program, including a link for Meal Applications: https://www.sbsd.k12.ca.us/Page/312.

    Please feel free to contact the CNS office if you have any questions or if you are in need of any meal assistance at this time (858) 794-7121.


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