December 22nd Dana Update

December 22nd Dana Update
Posted on 12/22/2022

Winter Break - School Resumes Tuesday, Jan. 3rd

Tis the season to celebrate each of you for all that you do. Wishing you a relaxing and fun break filled with wonderful joy, warm memories, good health and holiday cheer! Warmest thoughts and best wishes for a wonderful winter break. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 3rd. See you in 2023!

Volunteers Wanted for Mariner Meet-Up

The Mariners Meetup is a fun event run by students for students! Help promote social connections at lunch. We are looking for parents interested in volunteering to supervise their club. See the informational flier below and email [email protected] for more information.

COVID-19 Home Test Kits Distributed To Staff & Students

SDUSD distributed COVID-19 home test kits to all staff and students before winter break. The district will also send an email to all staff and all families including: 

  •  San Diego County has entered the Medium CDC COVID-19 Community Level and a reminder of our monitoring/protocols
  •  Covid test kits are being provided with updated guidance on when to test from the CDPH
  • Additional test kits are available at the Ed Center COVID-19 testing facility
  • Test on January 2nd and January 5th upon returning to school is encouraged but not required
  • Reminder: stay home if Covid positive and for flu/cold symptoms until symptoms improve.

Student Passwords To Be Reset January 10th

The SDUSD Information Technology Department will reset all student passwords as part of their work to address the cybersecurity incident that took place Dec. 1st. The incident involves unauthorized access to San Diego Unified School District’s computer network. 

Student passwords across the city will be reset over the course of two weeks. Dana students will receive their new password from their teacher on the morning of January 10th. The old password will continue to function until the night of January 9th. More information to follow.

We regret any concern or inconvenience this may cause. Thank you for your understanding and support during this time.


Character Education Focus: Generosity And The Joy Of Giving - Watch The Video

This month our character education is focused on Generosity and The Joy of Giving. Research indicates that showing generosity and giving to others has many benefits, such as increased happiness and connectedness. Teachers and staff will be sharing information and conducting discussions to help Dana students show generosity and find joy in giving. Thank you for your support in our canned food drive, toy drive and with Adopt-a-Family donations. For more information click here to view our monthly broadcast.

SD Food Bank Thanks Dana Families

On behalf of The Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank, but more importantly those we serve, I want to thank you and the rest of your supporters at Dana Middle School for hosting your food drive event with us! Your most recent food drive brought in 381 pounds of food that will allow us to provide 317 meals to those in need. That is an incredible impact! Please share our gratitude with all who were involved. With the addition of the North County Food Bank, we now provide emergency food to 400,000 children and families, active duty military, and fixed income seniors living in poverty every month. You make it possible for them to bridge the gap between their limited income and their dinner table. Your continued support is vital to our success and we deeply appreciate it. Thank you again for making a difference through this food drive.

New Dana Logo Wear For Sale Online

Just in time for holiday shopping, new Dana logo wear is now on sale! We have a new style of sweatshirt ($35) and have added basketball shorts ($20).

Tips for Winter Virus Prevention

The following information was distributed by the Dana Health Office Staff.

This winter season, let’s celebrate and gather in ways that limit the spread of respiratory viruses like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), flu, and COVID-19. Follow these tips from the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) to protect yourself and others,

Additionally, please take a moment to watch Stay Healthy this Winter: Tips to Protect Yourself and Family, a YouTube video featuring California State Epidemiologist Dr. Erica Pan that reminds Californians to stay healthy this winter.

Teacher Karen O’Hern - Newsela Spotlight Educator

6th Grade Language Arts teacher Karen O’Hern was recently acknowledged for her work in promoting literacy at Dana Middle. Ms. O’Hern uses an online application known as Newsela to build independent reading skills through choice. Specific topics or articles spark high interest and the word spreads quickly because several students across a class period will have read the same one. This allows them to share interests and increase academic discussions amongst themselves.

All parents have access to Newslea content at home. Go to, select Join Now and select the option for "Parent, Tutor, or Caregiver".

Jan. 5th Principal Coffee

We would like to thank the parents who attended our Principal Coffee on November 3rd. We discussed SBAC scores, support for military families, and sexual education for 6th grade families. Our next in-person Principal Coffee is scheduled for Thursday, January 5th at 9 AM in Rm. 103. 

School Tour January 5th

4th grade students and parents are invited to participate in an in-person school tour. Meet with Principal Irwin and other staff members during a Q/A session. Explore the campus and tour the library and classrooms. Dana Middle School conducts school tours on the first Thursday of the month. Our afternoon tour is held from 3:00 to 4:00 PM. Reservations are not necessary. Tours start in the front office. Students are welcome.

Jan. 10th - ASB Spirit Day - Dress Like Your Principal

Show your school spirit by dressing up like your Principal or favorite teacher. Costume contest at lunch!

Next FoDaC Meeting: Tuesday, October 11, 6 PM

Come join us this Tuesday at 6pm at the Dana Library and learn more about FoDac and how you can help us support the students and staff at Dana and Correia Middle Schools. All are welcome and encouraged to attend!

Save The Date - Jan. 11th - Parent Education Night - Helping Students With Anxiety

PL Cluster Parents are invited to attend a free informational presentation on January 11th from 6-7:30 PM. Andrew McPeak - co-author of Generation Z Unfiltered will share practical ways to help the most anxious generation of students navigate stress. See below for an excerpt from the presentation:

From school assignments and soccer practice, to school shootings and social media; today's kids are stressed out. For more than a decade, rising levels of anxiety and depression have led Generation Z into what today's psychologists call an "anxiety epidemic." In this timely session, we will uncover the greatest sources of stress for Generation Z and provide practical insights and proven techniques for helping them beat stress and take ownership of their life.

The event will be held at the PLNU Center located in Liberty Station.


 2600 Lanning Rd.
San Diego, Ca, 92106


The first 200 families will receive a free copy of the book. This free event is sponsored by various parent association groups in the Point Loma cluster.


RSVP for the event today!

FODAC Fundraiser @ The Brigantine Jan. 11th

Help raise funds for Friends of Dana & Correia. Bring this flier or show it on your phone

at Brigantine Point Loma! Wednesday, January 11th, 2023. 3pm-9pm. 2725 Shelter Island Drive - 619-224-2871. 15% of your food & beverage purchase will be donated to Friends of Dana & Correia to support education funding. FLYER TO BE POSTED SHORTLY. Only complete parties will be seated. Flier distribution on or immediately outside of premises is not permitted.

Join The Dana SSC

We are looking for a parent inserted in joining our SSC for the 2022-23 school year. Please submit your name to Principal Irwin ([email protected]). Our SSC meets in-person on the 4th Wednesday of every month. Click this link to learn more about this committee.

Keep Track Of Events - View Our Online Event Calendar

Use our online calendar to keep track of events and happenings on campus. Bookmark this link today!

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