School News 1/11/23

2023 California Distinguished School Great news! We were named a 2023 California Distinguished School. See link to article in the Times Standard: Also in the news: The 4th and 5th grade classes accomplished a huge watershed restoration project. See attached.

School Emergency Notification System I think we’d all love to put earthquakes, power outages and storms behind us, but….Please consider school open until you receive a text message from us. I will try to determine at 6 am if conditions warrant a school closure day. Circumstances would have to include no power at the school site for more than a couple hours or damage to the building. Canceling school requires sufficient multiple reasons. I have to apply to the state for an attendance waiver or we must add school days to the calendar, or lose funding. Pam will get a text out to you hopefully by 7 am if we decide to close. If you did not receive a text message about the school closure on Dec.20th, let the office know so that we can update your contact information.

Illness If your child is sick please keep them home. Symptoms that warrant staying at home include fever, diarrhea, coughing, and sneezing. We still have COVID tests in the office. You can email and request we put them in your child’s backpack or in the depot for pickup. Also, you may stop by the office and pick some up. Notify the office by email or phone call if your child will not be at school.

Fall 2023 Enrollment 

Enrollment Lottery: Spread the good word about USC and encourage friends to apply for the lottery for the 2023-24 school year. Applications are available on our website and are due to the school office by February 9th.

Siblings entering Kindergarten in Fall 2023: Kindergarten applications for siblings of current students are due on January 20 (application attached). Students must be 5 years old by Sept. 1, 2023 to enter kindergarten. If you would like a printed application, email the office at


Jan. 16: No School, Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Observed

Jan 18: Board Mtg. 6 pm

Feb. 20 – 24: Presidents Week Break

March 12: Spring Sing 12-2pm, Arcata Community Center

April 10 – 14: Spring Break

May 29: Memorial Day

June 15: Last Day of School

June 17: End of year potluck at Camp Bauer

Questions or Suggestions?

Please contact Rea Erickson at or Pam at