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Updates from Principal Jill Johnson


Hello Stevenson Families,

We hope you are doing well!

Whooo’s Reading-Wow! Keep up the good work! We are more than halfway to our school goal. Thank you for participating in our Virtual Scholastic Book Fair!

Distance learning and grades- Please remember your student is learning! We are so appreciative of your parental support and realize you need to step in at times. Your student will be graded on independent work, so please let them take their own tests and independent assignments. If they are struggling reach out to the teacher so that we may find a way to help!

Smile, you might be on camera!  Your student’s camera may catch what is going on in the background behind them. Please ask your child to turn off the camera briefly if you are not yet dressed and ready for the day. We  want students to have cameras on as much as possible, but understand if there needs to be pause.

September’s PBIS theme- We are midway through September! This month’s theme is being helpful and responsible. Encourage your student to help around the house. So many household chores involve not only life skills, but academic skills! Asking your learner to measure an ingredient for cooking is an excellent way to introduce fractions and division. Asking your learner, “Can you measure that piece of paper for me?” and handing them a ruler is an instant number line! Ask your learner, ”What do you notice about the ruler?” Parts to whole (the basis of division and fractions) begins conceptually in kindergarten.  The more exposure to these skills, the better to build.

Garri Dance-Families for Stevenson has sponsored Garri Dance for the first semester. We are excited that there will be weekly lessons for 12 weeks in your child’s Google Classroom. Looking for your student to get out the wiggles? Have them dance! There will be a virtual performance of all students wishing to participate in December.

Thank you Stevenson families. I take great pride in knowing what an amazing school community team we have together. We could not do this without you. Stay safe, be healthy, and let us know what we can do to help!


Jill Johnson

Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, Principal



Hello Stevenson Families,

We hope you are doing well!

Garri Dance at Stevenson: Garri Dance lessons began this week! Families For Stevenson has generously funded the dance tradition for our school virtually this semester. It is a great way for your child to get out some energy and dance! Research shows dance is one of those amazing ways that help the brain make connections. Teachers will have the lesson links in their classroom for your child to do during asynchronous time or on their own whenever they feel like dancing! A schoolwide dance of “We are in this Together” has been included. At the end of the 12 weeks, we will have a virtual show. This is not mandatory, but is a wonderful way for your students to express themselves and have a little fun!

School Site Council: Would you like to be a part of School Site Council? We need 3 parent members this year, including one parent of an English Language Learner. Please see the notification and click on the link at the bottom if you are interested! Voting forms will come out next week!

Education Corner: What is growth mindset and how can parents help? Researcher Carol Dweck defines it as,  “In a growth mindset, people believe that their most basic abilities can be developed through dedication and hard work—brains and talent are just the starting point. This view creates a love of learning and a resilience that is essential for great accomplishment.”

In other words, students need to do the hard work and know that it is valued whether right or wrong. We know students need a little help, but don’t be afraid to let them problem solve on their own! It’s what helps educators develop a plan of action to help guide students! Remember, F.A.I.L. stands for “First Attempt in Learning!”

Attendance: Don’t forget that Friday asynchronous form. Student attendance is compulsory (required) by the state of California. The link is in your child’s classroom. Teachers take synchronous, or live, attendance, and students should fill out that form Monday through Friday for asynchronous. Please contact us if you have any questions!

Food Services:

Good News! The USDA announced  that they will allow all school districts in the country to serve ANY student who is 18 years of age and younger free meals until December 31, 2020 or until the funding is depleted. This is effective immediately. Find the food distribution sign on Oak Street by the cafeteria on Fridays from 8:30-12:30 to get a week’s worth of food for your child!

Have a wonderful weekend and stay safe!



Hello Stevenson Families,

Attendance- Did you know asynchronous attendance is counted Monday through Friday? This is part of three tiered attendance system. Synchronous, asynchronous, and engagement, Have the your student log-in to their Google Classroom for the link. Please fill out this link daily! We appreciate your help!


Need technology help?  Our media tech is Laurie Burns-Taylor. Email her at:

She can get you started in the right direction! 

Does your student have a district Chromebook and get dropped from Google Meets?

Try this solution!


Food distribution:

Good News! The USDA announced  that they will allow all school districts in the country to serve ANY student who is 18 years of age and younger free meals until December 31, 2020 or until the funding is depleted. This is effective immediately. Find the food distribution sign on Oak Street by the cafeteria on Fridays from 8:30-12:30 to get a week’s worth of food for your child! 

Classroom support:

Does your child need support? Contact your child’s teacher for suggestions and communication. We all know distance learning can be an adjustment for everyone! 

Birthday Celebrations:

Although many younger grades use a birthday as part of calendar and graphing, it is not required for teachers to celebrate birthdays during instructional time. If you a creative idea to celebrate, you can check with your homeroom representative.

A big thank you to our yard supervisors who are busy taking care of the school garden and creating some really great videos for our students. An extra special thank you to Ms. Askerneese, our fabulous interventionist who is reaching out and supporting students socio-emotional needs during distance learning. Please reach out if you need support!

Monday, September 7th is Labor Day! No school! We will see you Tuesday in the Google Classroom!



Principal Johnson


Hello Stevenson families,

Thank you for your participation in our first virtual Back to School Night!

 Monday, Augusts 31st begins  our first virtual book fair begins! Support our school library and teacher libraries and put books in hands of your learners at home!

 Did you know we have PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention Support) continues  at home? Review our PBIS at home grid for helpful hints for behavioral support distance learning at home.

 Tech issues? Visit our awesome district support site. Tutorials and tech information are added daily!



Hello Stevenson Families,

You made it through the first week of the new school year! We are so excited to move into week 2! We know there are technical issues both within our control and some out, but we will continue to work hard and persevere to ensure our students are learning.

Monthly Assembly-Look for our first monthly assembly coming soon! We will send out a video link. Let’s keep the tradition going. Wear that Pirate gear during class or simply a red or black shirt on Monday’s.

The theme  for August is perseverance. See Mrs. Askerneese (Mrs. A.’s) message in our eblast.

Back to School Night- It’s virtual! Your child’s teacher will send you meeting link information for Wednesday, August 26th.

We will keep the staggered schedule so you may virtually attend more than one if you have multiple students at Stevenson.

August 26th

TK-2nd grade and Stepping Stones: 6:00-6:30 p.m.

3rd-5th grade: 6:45-7:15 p.m.

Attendance: Attendance is compulsory (required by law) in the state of California. Please see information on what is required in the link below. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We are here for you!

Distance Learning Tips:
We know your students need parent support as we begin. As they get more proficient at logging in and navigating, take a step back. I know, this is so hard to see our children struggle a bit (me too!). If it is a struggle that will produce learning, that means their brain is actually making connections and growing! Take a step back from the camera and give it a try. If it completely frustrating for a child, have them take a break, and make that contact with the teacher via email!

My own house-some things I have learned this week with my own elementary aged child is to make sure she has quiet space. We know homes have many things going on right now, but a calm small area can be helpful. I have her wear headphones, not earbuds which can be uncomfortable for a child, to block out the background  noise. We have hand signals so she can communicate with me without disruption to the class. Thumbs up, everything is working and for me to step back. Thumbs down support is needed.

If your child is really struggling and not feeling like it is “school” let us know. We have a support team that can reach out to you with some ideas!

Tech tips!
A few suggestions that might help with technical difficulties at home:

  1. Power down the Chromebook or laptop nightly. Just shutting the lid is not powering down. It helps have a fresh connection in the morning!
  2. If your modem has not been updated recently. Call your internet provider! Many times they will swap it out, but you have to ask. I have heard form many families that this has worked!

Thank you for all you are doing to support your child! We appreciate or Stevenson community!

Stay safe and be well, Pirates!


Hello Stevenson Families,

We are incredibly excited to begin our 2020-21 school year! Teachers and staff have worked hard all summer to get distance learning ready and engage your learner!

A few pointers for the week:

  1. Visitors to the office-We are working hard to provide office support virtually. Please know that although we have staff at school, we are following safety guidelines and can have no visitors/volunteers on campus. If you need assistance please email me or the office. We are responding quickly and will  help guide you in the right direction for your needs!
  2. Connecting with your family: At this time it is really important to make sure we have correct contact information for your family. If you need to change an email or phone number, please let us know right away.
  3. The First Day of School-School begins Monday! Your child’s teacher has made contact via the email on file and given a start time.
  4. Technology support- It may seem scary, but we’ve got you covered! And your older kids can be are a great resource to help with logging in! This weekend, please have your child do a  test run on Google Classroom if you have not already.

Here is a link to Google Classroom Log-in parent help (slide 6 is very helpful):


If your child has been a student in BUSD in the past, the same log-in still works!

This website also has all things parent tech help including tech support from the district:


  1. Attendance-It is still required by law. Vacations are unexcused. There will be attendance counted in three areas:

-Synchronous learning (live instruction)

-Asynchronous learning (time on school work that is offline-there is a form teachers will guide you through)

-Engagement (an overall snapshot of your student showing up and completing work)


  1. Grades-Elementary will continue to grade work using the standards based report card (1,2,3,4).
  2. Privacy-Please remember there are privacy laws. Do not post a session of teaching or pictures of anyone other than your  child on social media. We appreciate your help in keeping everyone internet safe!


Finally, thank you for being such a wonderful community! We know this is a different  time and  we know we want students back with us when it is safe. Stevenson staff and teachers are 100% dedicated  to help get us all moving along in distance learning. It’s going to be a wonderful year!


Jill Johnson

Robert Louis Stevenson Elementary, Principal

3333 Oak Street, Burbank, CA, 91505

Phone: 818-729-5700

“Stevenson is helpful, friendly, & respectful!”




Hello Stevenson Families,

There will be more information to come next week, but save the date!

An email will come on August 12th with your child's class placement.

**Classroom placement is done in compliance with district protocol and many factors to consider. Requests are not taken at this time.**

All Grades will have drive-thru distribution of materials. These are items your child WILL need for distance learning including technology requests. We will be following safety guidelines for the health of your family and our staff.

1. Drive to Avon Street and you will be directed to your child's teacher table.

2. A staff member will load materials into the back of your vehicle.

3. Please remain in your car and have a sign with your child's first and last name, and teacher  (if you have not received the email, we will be able to direct you to the correct location).

August 13th

TK and Kindergarten- 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

1st grade- 10:00-11:30 a.m.

2nd grade- 11:30-1:00 p.m.


August 14th

3rd grade- 8:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m.

4th grade- 10:00-11:30 a.m.

5th grade and Stepping Stones 11:30-1:00 p.m.


We look forward to the start of a wonderful new school year!

Kindest regards,

Principal Jill Johnson