September Life Skill - Personal Best
Congratulations to Jose (Left photo)
First student in 2015-2016 to turn in five Starbucks and be recognized on stage at this week's Life Skill!
Ice Cream Social (Click here for flyer)
6:00pm-7:00pm on the upper grade Blacktop.
Life Skill Assembly
8:20-9:00 - Students only at this time
MARY SILVEIRA INFORMATION
Way to start the year off everyone!
LOVED the energy of our first day! Students were very excited to be back as I am sure many of you were as well. Our teachers worked hard preparing their classrooms and welcoming students with open arms. The first few days are always slated for developing norms and developing culture and family within the learning environment. We had a fun Welcome Back assembly on Thursday where we shared photos of our teachers when they were children with students attempting to guess who was who! Fun staff! On Friday, I carefully reviewed our school expectations in grades 1-5. For our Kindergarten friends we physically toured them through their neck of the woods (Blacktop play area and structure) covering playground expectations. They all asked great questions and seemed to really fall into place quickly.
Sincere and special thanks are in order to the following people for their support in making our welcome back start...a welcoming atmosphere:
Spirit Wear sales: Melissa Vree, Julia Elkington, and Stephanie Note!
Produce stand: Laura Wilson and Rachel Knopf!
Beautiful hand painted Welcome Back sign: Yvonne Grahm!
Volunteer Sign up: Avril Wilson, Julie Hiingsbergen, Jennifer Marks, and Yvonne Graham!
Food and Beverages: Avril Wilson, Julie Hingsbergen, and Melissa Vree!
Additional thanks to Denise Roech, Lynette Molloy, Laura Wilson, Rachel Knopf, and the rest for their Garden Team for growing and harvesting the outstanding vegetables that were snagged so quickly over the last three days! It was our first Produce Stand of the year!
So what is a Starbuck?
For those of you who are new, Starbucks are small green cards with our Life Skills listed. We pass them out to our students when they are caught making a good decision in class or out of class or have shown great courage and perseverance with something in their life and we get wind of it. When a student has five, they tum them into the office. We generate a certificate for them and at the next assembly, we recognize that student on stage for their efforts! Periodically, we have a family who donates a sum of money to this cause. After a period of time we add all the Starbucks up ($1 each) and give that money to Ritter House to support families in need. Great cause and wonderful feeling for students knowing their good choices equate not to a physical prize but to a greater gift, supporting those less fortunate than their own. This year we are looking for another donor so if you hear about anyone willing to help, please let us know.
This week's Ice Cream Social/Meet our Specialists date is...
Join us Tuesday evening for a scoop of Silberman's Ice cream! Tuesday, 6-7pm, upper grade blacktop (back of the school where the basketball courts are located). There will be several flavors with a non-dairy option as well. Come by and meet our Art and PE teachers!
Mad scientists photo above?
From left to right: Alison Hutchens (4/5 combo class), Monica Ramirez (5th grade), Gina Tanner (4th Grade), and Ed Malaret (4th grade). This shot was taken from their 3 year stint with the Teacher's Institute on Science and Sustainability in San Francisco - Science based, project based learning!
Our entire 4th and 5th grade team continues to be very active in Next Generation Science Standards and are well ahead of the curve regarding new Science standards. They continue to involve themselves with programs such as iTEAMS and CAMsP's, both Stem Learning based professional development projects and grants. We are very proud of their focus and love for bring hands on projects to the classroom and making science fun!
Chess Academy is here!
K-5 Opportunity to learn about chess! Click here for more information!
Birthday Book Club is here!
Do not miss out on this opportunity on your child's birthday. Click here for the flyer!
Megan's Law updates and reminders
We strongly recommend that families regularly check the Megan’s Law website for information about registered sex offenders living in our community http://www.meganslaw.ca.gov. When local law enforcement reasonably suspects that children may be at risk from a registered sex offender, the District will be notified. By law, the District may only disseminate information about registered sex offenders to staff and/or parents in the manner and to the extent authorized by the law enforcement agency. Any and all authorized information will be disseminated to staff and/or parents by the District.
Quick links to important website pages
Walker Creek Field Trip (Not updated yet)
UPCOMING DATES TO CALENDAR
9/7 Labor Day
9/17-9/18 School Portraits
9/18 Movie Under the Stars