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2018-19 printing deadline is June 14
The last day for 2018-19 printing requests is June 14 at 4 p.m. After June 14, all printing requests will be charged to the 2019-20 fiscal year. Please indicate on the top of your printing requisition or in the special instructions the year you want your funds charged to.
403(b) and 457 retirement plans information workshop set for May 2
Have you ever wanted to learn more about our employer sponsored 403(b) & 457 Retirement Plans? Come to an education presentation, hosted by our third-party administrator, National Benefit Services, on Thursday, May 2 from 4:15 to 5:30 p.m. in the district office board room, located at 3738 Walnut Ave. in Carmichael.

Their presentation will cover retirement plan options, contribution limits for the year, how these two retirement plans and your STRS/PERS accounts correlate, as well as how to start contributing and much more. Our three approved education company representatives will also be in attendance for any follow-up questions regarding this information or questions regarding your specific accounts. Come and learn more about preparing for your retirement!

Please register by calling Employee Benefits at (916) 971-7662 or email your request to attend to
Upcoming CalSTRS workshop on planning your retirement scheduled for April 25

Are you counting down to retirement? Learn about your retirement decisions and more by attending the “My Retirement Decisions Workshop” on April 25 from 3:30 to 5 p.m. in the district office board room.

In this hour-and-a-half interactive workshop, you’ll learn:

  • How we calculate your CalSTRS monthly retirement benefit.
  • The options you can choose if you want to provide a lifetime monthly benefit to your survivors—and how each option would affect your monthly benefit.
  • Your choices for receiving the funds in your Defined Benefit Supplement account, if you have one.
  • Ways to submit your Service Retirement Application.
  • What you need to know if you return to work in the California public school system in retirement.

For a more personalized understanding of the information covered, you’re encouraged to bring your most recent Retirement Progress Report, which you can print from your myCalSTRS account. You’re also encouraged to bring your questions.

Register by calling the Employee Benefits Department at (916) 971-7662 or by email at

Upcoming internet safety and human trafficking awareness workshop on April 30

The Family and Community Engagement (FACE) team is hosting an upcoming Families Matter: Internet Safety and Human Trafficking Awareness workshop on Tuesday, April 30 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the district office board room. There will be a presentation in partnership with the Citrus Heights Police Department that will cover many relevant topics related to internet safety, social media use, cyberbullying and ways for parents to identify risks on the internet. This is a great workshop for parents to learn how to best support the use of technology at home and create safe boundaries for their child.

This free workshop is open to parents, guardians, caregivers, community members and staff members. Childcare and interpreter services can be provided if requested in advance. For more information or to register for this workshop, please visit our family education website at or contact FACE at (916) 971-7929. Please help share this event at your school site!

Math Camp 2019 student registration now open
Student applications are now being accepted for Math Camp 2019 for incoming 3rd, 6th, and 9th graders. Math Camp 2019 is a FREE program, and will be held this summer at various schools around the district. Each program is based on the research of Jo Boaler from Stanford, and was developed to help students develop a growth mindset about learning mathematics through positive messages, reflective learning, and boosting math skills while previewing the next grade level’s content.

The informational flyers and applications are posted on the Math Camp 2019 Summer School web page. Completed applications can be dropped off at school front offices or sent to:

San Juan Unified School District
Professional Learning and Curriculum Innovation
Attn: Stacey Hernandez
4425 Laurelwood Way, Room 18
Sacramento, CA 95864
No newsletter next week
A reminder that Behind the Scenes will not be published next week due to spring break. The next issue will be April 23.
Reminder of meeting room booking at district office using Outlook
This is a reminder that meeting rooms at the district office must be reserved using the Scheduling Assistant in Outlook. Any meetings not on the official conference room calendars are not verified or approved. Read the tutorial found here to learn how to book a meeting room using Outlook. It is the responsibility of the meeting organizer to book the requested room through Outlook. For questions, please call the Communication Office at 916-971-7621.
Tech Tip Tuesday

Making Digital Citizenship part of your everyday practice: we all know that Digital Citizenship is important. We also know that we are stretched thin with the multiple and increasing demands placed on teachers. As a result, adding "one more thing" can seem impossible. The good news is that Digital Citizenship is a compilation of many ways students consume, create, communicate, collaborate and share in digital spaces, so there are a lot of opportunities to infuse opportunities for students to practice "good" Digital Citizenship in the work you and your learners are already doing.

Check out "Three Ways to Make Digital Citizenship Part of your Everyday Teaching" from Common Sense Media.

If you would like to see an alignment of your content standards to Digital Citizenship principles, check out the files in this Google Drive folder.

Grant of the Week:
PG&E First Robotics Grants
Description: FIRST Robotics has a proven model for inspiring young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, engineering and technology skills that spur innovation and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication and leadership. Prizes range from $300 to $2,000.

Deadline: Ongoing

Website: PG&E Robotics Grants

For additional information on this grant or other available grants, visit the Special Projects and Grants website. Contact Robyn Caruso if you have questions.
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