Sunday Notes

May 30, 2021

Good Evening Sandburg Tiger Families!

School will be closed tomorrow in recognition of Memorial Day, where we remember and honor those who have lost their lives protecting our freedom.

As we close out this one of a kind school year, we are already starting to plan for the opening of the 2021-2022 school year. Thank you to everyone that filled out the enrollment survey selecting onsite or online learning. If you did not fill it out, your child will automatically be enrolled in onsite learning for the 2021-2022 school year. Some things will be back to “normal”, other things may be different and there are still some unknowns. 

For the 2021-2022 school year, we will return to 5 days of onsite instruction for our Sandburg Tiger Students with many of our wonderful Sandburg staff members. School is scheduled to resume on Monday, September 30th. We also anticipate a return of after school programs, with Klassic Kids, Three Treasures and our Sandburg Foundation Enrichment program. When it comes to changes, it is likely that we will have a few new staff members and a few staff members departing for new adventures. Also, our modified day (short day with 12:05 dismissal) will likely be moved to Thursday. This change is so that we can be aligned with the other Mira Mesa Elementary schools who all have Thursday modified days. We are waiting on approval from the district on this change and I will keep you updated as soon as it is confirmed. Finally, many people have asked what health and safety protocols will be in place when we return in the fall (mask wearing, social distancing, etc.). This is still unknown, as it will depend on the status of COVID-19 and a determination of what guidelines the district will be following. Please keep an eye on your emails throughout the summer for important updates and information for the start of the 2021-2022 school year.

Are you moving this summer?

If your child will NOT be returning to Sandburg for the 2021-2022 school year, please email [email protected] with the following information: child’s name, grade level, phone number and your child’s last day at Sandburg.  Thank you!

Spring Picture Day

We had a successful Spring Picture Day. If your child got their picture taken, they should have come home with a paper with instructions on how to access the proofs and purchase pictures. The proofs should be available in about a week. Once the proofs are available, we will send home additional information about how to access the proofs and purchase pictures.

Level Up - A Summer of Learning & Joy

While the most rewarding learning experiences will come from our amazing educators, SDUSD is also partnering with the San Diego Foundation and dozens of local nonprofits to provide students with afternoon enrichment opportunities at no cost to families throughout the city. Summer enrichment programming offered by our VAPA, CCTE, and community partners will be available throughout June, July, and August 2021. Enrichment opportunities will include sports camps, STEAM-based experiences, access to UCSD Extension courses, and UC Scout online AP courses. Enrollment is now open at

Mira Mesa Library Programs

San Diego Public Library is honored to share exciting news for educators and students in the San Diego Unified School District.  The Student EXCEL Card is live for all students, grades TK to 12th grade.  Students have been issued a free digital library card for the San Diego Public Library system.  To access the account, students may use their student ID number as the library ID number and birth date as the pin. i.e. March 1 will be entered as 0301. With this digital card, students have access to the digital library:  Students may borrow five digital books/eAudiobooks,  classified as juvenile or young adult.  In addition, they may access digital reference resources and online homework tutoring. For more information, visit:   If the student did not have an email address on their account, the student will need to provide the email address to the library in order to receive email notification regarding the account and materials borrowed.  For students with accessibility needs, visit:

Klassic Kids Summer Camp

Klassic Kids, our onsite after school program, is now enrolling for the 2021-2022 school year. Please see the flyer below for more information and instructions on how to enroll.

Klassic Kids

Youth Volleyball Summer Camp

If you have an incoming 3rd-8th grader that is interested in learning the fundamentals of volleyball and participating in fun drills and games to build their skills and character development, please click on the flyer below to learn about the Wolverine Volleyball camp.The camp is July 26-28 from 8-11am and is only $75 for those that register early.

Volleyball Flyer

Upcoming Important Dates

May 31 - School Closed for Memorial Day Holiday

June 15 - Last Day of School for all students

GO Tigers!

Miss Burningham

May 9, 2021

Good evening Sandburg Tiger families!

This month we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month. We value and celebrate our many APIDA Tiger families. HERE are some great resources that San Diego Unified has put together to help students, families and schools celebrate APIDA Heritage Month.

I also wanted to take a moment to congratulate Shiv Kapila (4th grader in Mr. Brown’s class) on winning 2nd place in all of North America in the NHL Science Fair. Shiv’s project was called “Cushion that Concussion.” Click HERE to see Shiv’s presentation. I am so proud of the great work our Sandburg Tigers have done this year!

2021-2022 Enrollment

Do you have a new student coming to Sandburg next year or do you have a friend that will be enrolling at Sandburg? Please stop by the Sandburg office to pick up an enrollment packet Monday-Thursday from 10AM-12PM. Please bring your child’s birth certificate, immunization record and two proofs of residence so that we can provide you with a packet. We are excited to enroll and welcome our new Sandburg Tigers. If you are unable to stop by during those hours, please contact our enrollment clerk Mrs. Jan Roberts at [email protected] to set up an appointment. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors!

Academic Testing for the 2020-2021 School Year

Due to the COVID pandemic, we will not be participating in the State Testing this year (CAASP). Instead, districts were provided the option to do district specific assessments to measure student progress on grade level standards. During the end of May and beginning of June, onsite and online students will be participating in the FAST assessment to measure their understanding of grade level standards in reading and the DEMI assessment to measure their understanding of grade level standards in math. Both assessments are administered online. Teachers will advise students and families when their testing will occur, so you can ensure your child is in attendance or logged in.

FREE COVID Testing for Sandburg Students

COVID testing is available at Sandburg for students and staff on Thursday, April 29th from 10:30am-12:30pm. 

If you want to sign up your student for covid testing, please schedule here:

In addition, please fill out and sign the Release of Information and Consent Form. These two forms need to be turned into the office or to your student’s teacher.

When signing up for the testing, please make sure that you get an email confirmation with the date and time of the test, otherwise, your student will not be on the list of students being tested on the day of your choice. 

Klassic Kids After School Program and Summer Camps

Klassic Kids is open for child care now (Monday - Thursday until 6:00 pm and on Friday's from 7:00 am - 6:00m) and Klassic Kids will start summer day camp registration on May 3. For more information, please contact David at 858-265-7798.

Mira Mesa Library Programs

The Mira Mesa Library has many great programs for students and families. They are slowly opening for in-person services and have many virtual programs and resources. [email protected] (Do Your Homework at the Library) provides the opportunity for your child to get assistance with their homework. Virtual Homework Help is available for students grades Kindergarten to 8th grade, six days a week. Email registration is required: [email protected].  There is a Virtual Wellness program called SD Nights that is geared towards children 10-18.  This month is AAPI Heritage Month and the virtual hub has many resources and activities. Finally, attached below you will also find information about In-Person services and library hours.

Virtual Homework Help Calendar  Virtual Homework Help Flyer

SD Nights

AAPI Heritage Month

Mira Mesa Library Hours


Miss Burningham

April 30, 2021

Hello Sandburg Tigers! 

Jog-a-thon 2021

Last Friday was incredible! Our Tigers created their very own mini Jog-a-thons and showed their Tiger Spirit. We loved seeing everyone posting their photos and videos, thank you for sharing and connecting!

Check out our recap of fun from Jog-a-thon 2021:!

As the saying goes, it takes a village… And our village is simply amazing. Together, during these unprecedented and uncertain times, we have shown our Tiger spirit with an “I Can, I Will” determination and enthusiasm.

We have many to thank for their contributions to our Virtual Jog-a-thon. Let us start by thanking our 5th grade Class of 2021 who stepped up and led our school through Jog-a-thon in true Tiger fashion.

Thank you to the teachers who helped us connect with students through their virtual and in-person classrooms, ensuring Jog-a-thon continued despite unusual and seemingly ever-changing circumstances!  You were the heroes of both the year and of Jog-a-thon this year. 

Thank you Principal Burningham for supporting us and cheering on all of us as we endeavored to create another entirely new event!

Thank you to all the parent, teacher, and alumni volunteers who helped create this new virtual event, who created a customized donation portal, who choreographed our warm-up song, who sized and coordinated our Jog-a-thon shirts, who took photos and videos of their Tigers, and who donated so generously!

As you may know, our Jog-a-thon Committee had a tough time selecting a winner this year with so many entries. Thursday, we announced our 2021 Jog-a-thon T-shirt Design Winner, Layla Duggan! Congratulations, Layla, and job well done! If you haven’t seen the new design, take a look at our Virtual Jog-a-thon page: (

While this year proved to be one of the most challenging years yet, our PAWSitive Attitudes still helped us raised over $9,500!!! Your donations and combined efforts ensure our continued support of the enrichment programs our students enjoy everyday. We are grateful and thank you for your generosity! 

A ROARing thank you to all who participated in this year’s Jog-a-thon!

Until next year…

Sandburg ROCKS!  Go Tigers!

Thank you for your support!  

Jog-a-thon 2021 Committee

[email protected]

Make Your Own Memory Wall Tile and Leave Your Mark at Sandburg!

The Sandburg Foundation will be creating a Memory Wall on campus to commemorate the 2020-2021 school year. In lieu of a yearbook, we would like to invite all Sandburg families and staff to take part in this project and make the walls of Sandburg something special for many generations to come and enjoy. One 4″ x 4″ white tile and paint will be included. Cost: $25.

MAKE YOUR MARK AT SANDBURG AND GET YOUR ORDER IN SOON! To order, please click here: We will be taking rolling orders and delivering them to your student’s teacher. Final order deadline: Friday, June 4th, 2021.

Memory Tile Flyer

Stay connected and join the Sandburg Elementary Tiger Den Facebook page ( to keep up to date with announcements and connect with fellow Sandburg Tiger families.

Go Tigers!

Sandburg Foundation

March 7, 2021

Good evening Sandburg Tiger families!

This week, we will reach the 1-year anniversary of the school closures. We are looking forward to the day that we will be able to welcome all of our Sandburg Tigers back on campus. We now have 3 cohorts of TK-3 students participating in our learning labs and are looking for additional staff to open a 4th Learning Lab. We are also continuing to get our campus prepared to welcome students and many staff members have begun receiving their vaccines. We will keep you informed as soon as we have more information about what the hybrid model will look like and when students will be welcomed on campus.

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SDUSD Survey for Spring Return to In-Person Learning

All families should have received an email from San Diego Unified with directions to complete a survey about your interest in returning to in-person instruction this spring. I understand that it is difficult to complete the survey not knowing what the hybrid model will look like, but please just make your best guess at this time. The survey will give the district an idea of what to plan for and you will have an opportunity to make a final decision closer to the reopening date. Please complete one survey per student in your family. If you did not receive the e-mail, the directions are attached HERE.

2021-2022 Enrollment

Do you have a new student coming to Sandburg next year or do you have a friend that will be enrolling at Sandburg? Please stop by the Sandburg office to pick up an enrollment packet Monday-Thursday from 10AM-12PM. We are excited to enroll and welcome our new Sandburg Tigers. If you are unable to stop by during those hours, please contact our enrollment clerk Mrs. Jan Roberts at [email protected] to set up an appointment. Please share this information with your friends and neighbors!

Supplies and Materials Distribution 

If you missed our supplies distribution this week, your child’s materials are in the front office on the book shelf. They are organized by classroom and are available for you to pick up Monday-Friday from 8AM-2PM. If you need to pick up your materials outside of this timeframe, please call the Sandburg office at 619-605-4700. Our next distribution day is scheduled for Thursday, March 18th.

Women’s History Month

Thank you to all the students that filled out the form to recognize a historical women during Women’s History Month! During the month of March, we will be celebrating Women’s History month and would love for students to recommend important women from our history for us to learn about and be recognized in our March announcements and on our March bulletin board. This woman can still be living and making an impact or they can be from our past. They can also be a women that made history in the United States or in another country around the world. Students can nominate a historical woman by completing this form. The form will close on Wednesday, March 10th.

Updated Office Hours

Now that we have more of our office staff on campus, we will be able to expand our open office hours. Due to COVID, we still recommend parents call our Sandburg office at 619-605-4700 or email Mrs. Jan Roberts ([email protected]) and Mrs. Kristi Nevarez ([email protected]). If you need in-person support, our office will be open from 8-2 Monday-Friday. Occasionally staff may be at lunch or assisting with our Learning Labs, so we encourage you to call before stopping by the office. When at Sandburg, all students and adults must wear facemasks covering their nose and mouth and maintain 6 feet social distance.


Miss Burningham

February 14, 2021

Good evening Sandburg Tiger families!

Happy Valentines Sandburg Tiger Families! I hope you have enjoyed the long weekend spending extra time with the ones you love! Over the next few weeks, our teachers will be assessing student progress as we finish our second reporting period. Thank you for your continued partnership at home in supporting online learning. During the second reporting period, teachers will reach out to schedule a parent conference if they are concerned with your child’s progress. You may also request a conference at any time if you have questions on concerns with how your child is progressing.

Sandburg School Budget Update for 2021-2022 School Year

Due to the hard work of our Sandburg staff and community, we were able to qualify for Title 1 funding to support our students’ success at Sandburg Elementary. The Title 1 funding will bring in an additional $90,000 for programs, supplies and staff to support our students. Please complete the budget survey below, by Wednesday, February 17th to provide input on how we can best support our Sandburg Tigers. Our SSC and I will be using your input to help us determine how to best spend our money to support our Sandburg students.

Parent Budget Survey

Phase One In-Person Learning Update

We will be expanding Phase One of In-Person Learning with Learning Labs at Sandburg Elementary. The Learning Labs will consist of up to 14 students with 1-2 adults. The students will still receive their instruction through online learning with their classroom teacher. The learning lab will assist them with logging into class and completing asynchronous work. If you child qualifies, you will receive an email from me with additional information.

Principal Zoom Chat

Our next principal Zoom chat will be on Friday, February 19th at 12:00pm on Zoom. I will be providing information on the expansion of phase one in-person learning and will be discuss our 2021-2022 Sandburg Elementary budget. If you are unable to attend the coffee chat, it will be recorded and sent out in next week’s Sunday Message. Please see below for the log-in information to join our Zoom meeting.

Topic: Sandburg Principal Zoom Chat                             Time: Feb 19, 2021 12:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 899 3673 5850                                                Password: Tigers

English Learner Update

I have not received any parents interested to helping to form our Sandburg English Learner Advisory Committee. Although we do not have an ELAC, I want to ensure you have the opportunity to provide input on the development of our budget to support our English Language Learners. If you are a parent of an English Language Learner, please join me for an input meeting on Wednesday, February 17th at 6:00PM. The meeting will be held virtually on Zoom.

Topic: English Learner Input Meeting                             Time: Feb 17, 2021 06:00 PM 

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 839 4116 2474                                                Password: Tigers

Distribution of Materials Thursday, February 18th

Our next distribution day is scheduled for Thursday, February 18th, from 2-3PM. If you are not able to stop by and pick up your materials, please send a friend, classmate or family member to pick up your child’s materials. Please drive thru the parking lot with a sign that clearly shows the grade level, student name and teacher. We will have cars entering both lanes of the parking lot. TK/K, 1st, and 2nd will enter on the right side (closest to the office) and 3rd, 4th and 5th will enter on the left side (by the parking spots). Not all grade levels are distributing, so be on the lookout later this week for further distribution information.

Jog-a-thon T-shirt Sizes Needed

Jog-a-thon just wouldn’t be the same without our Jog-a-thon T-shirt. Every year, a small team of volunteers brave the classrooms and collect shirt sizes for our Tigers for the much-anticipated Jog-a-thon T-shirt. This year, we are enlisting you, our amazing Sandburg Community and largest team of volunteers yet, to assist us in collecting the t-shirt sizes of all of our Tigers. Simply complete this form ( for your child(ren) at Sandburg. The form will need to be completed for each student, individually. With your help, you are ensuring all of our safety and the continued tradition of our Jog-a-thon T-shirt. T-shirt sizes for each student are due Sunday, February 28th. The first 2 classrooms to submit their forms will win a treat at an upcoming Distribution Day. Our Tigers pawsitively ROCK!

Questions? Email [email protected] or check out our webpage at 

Campus Improvements

If you drive past school or through our parking lot you will begin noticing some projects that are starting. These projects are funded by previous propositions passed by San Diego voters. We are receiving improved fencing and increased security it our office to improve our overall campus security. This project began over winter break. In Marc, we will begin our solar project where panels will be installed in our parking lot and on our playground. In addition to providing solar energy, the panels will also provide some needed shade. There may be limited parking lot access while these projects are being completed.


Miss Burningham

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