Dear Village Families,
My name is Kate Westrich, and as of this week I am thrilled to officially step into my new role as Village’s principal! A little about me: I have been an educator for 23 years, including 15 as a classroom teacher. I have been with Rincon Valley Union School District since 2012 both as the principal of Rincon Valley Charter School and as principal of Matanzas. I have two teenaged children and have been married to my husband for 24 years.
What a wild ride we have been on in the last few months! I would like to take a moment to recognize the outstanding teaching staff at Village, not only for the warm welcome they have given me, but also to appreciate how, earlier this spring, they transformed classroom learning to distance learning within a matter of days, all the while ensuring that students were learning, cared for, and remained part of the classroom and school community.
As you know, RVUSD is planning as carefully as possible to re-open school in August. Please be assured that student and staff safety are the top priority in planning to re-open, and to this end we are following the guidelines from various state, local, and federal health and safety agencies as they gather and share information about the most up-to-date best practices.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any questions, concerns, or information you may like to share. Be on the lookout for updates both from the RVUSD District Office and from me regarding back to school in August. And, no matter what 2020-2021 throws at us, I have no doubt that we all will come through Village Strong!
I hope you are all enjoying a relaxing, enriching, safe summer filled with fun and family. Have a wonderful (and safe!) 4th of July holiday weekend. I look forward to working with and meeting you and your children in the 2020-2021 school year!
Kate Westrich, Village Principal