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The Cougar Credo

Spruce Cougars join and proudly say We respect our community everyday.

We hold our teachers in high regard,

We try our best and always work hard.

So turn to a neighbor and let's remind,

That Spruce Elementary is the BEST YOU'LL FIND!

Student Absences

**School Absence Reporting**

The State of California requires that all parents must contact the school when their child is absent either by phone or note.  Spruce School has an absence line available 24 hours a day 7 days a week.  For student absences, please call your student's school and provide a secretary or school faculty member the following information:

  1. The name of your student.
  2. Grade of student.
  3. The name of your student's teacher.
  4. Reason for student's absences.

Spruce main office number: (650) 877-8780. Messages can be left at any time 24/7.

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Volunteering and Field Trips

Our District Office and teachers have clarified the procedures for volunteering at all sites to increase the security and safety of all our students. Parents, if you want to volunteer in the classroom or go on field trips, it is very important to start the volunteer processes. The office Staff is keeping track of all the people who are/want to go through the volunteering processes.  This processes can take 2 weeks to 1 month to complete, please start as soon as possible. The volunteer applications are also available in Spanish. For more information about volunteering, please come by the front office.

Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration (English Version)

Kindergarten Registration (Espanol Version)

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Kindergarten Registration!

Kindergarten registration starts Wednesday February 1st for the 2017-2018 school year!  If you need to register your child for kindergarten please stop by the Spruce office. For the best assistance arrive between 9:30-11:30am or 1:00-3:00pm.  In order to receive a registration packet you will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, history of vaccinations, parent ID, and proof of residency (i.e. PG&E bill in your name).  If there are any other questions please feel free to contact the school office at (650) 877-8780.

DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates

ELAC Meeting at Spruce 2/22/17, 3/14/17, 4/25/17, 5/23/17 -- DELAC 6:30 pm 3/14/17 @ Los Cerritos Elementary, 4/18/17 @ Ponderosa Elementary, 5/16/17 @ Sunshine Gardens Elementary

Spruce Spirit Shirts

Show your Spruce pride by purchasing a Spruce t-shirt to wear every Friday! We have received a new shipment of spirit shirts and we are eager to get them out to all our students and their families. Please come by the office to get your shirt. The cost is only $10.

Early Dismissal Pick Up!

Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:45. Parents, it is extremely important that you pick up your child on time during early dismissal days. We are seeing an increase of children being picked up late, especially on early release days. If you know that you are going to have a tight schedule, please make sure that you make arrangements to have a family member or friend, that is on the emergency card pick up your child. Please mark your calendar and make sure that you pick up your child on time.

Spruce Policy Reminder Morning Drop Off

Parents, remember there is NO adult supervision on the playground before 8:15 a.m.. If your child is eating breakfast they must go straight to the cafeteria. If they are not eating breakfast they MUST be supervised by their parent. Teachers are not required to supervise students until 8:15 a.m. and it is not safe for students to be outside alone.

Students Running After School

Parents please help enforce our safe walking policy at Spruce Elementary by speaking with you children, especially after school. Lately Spruce staff has observed a large number of students running after school. This seems to be a common occurrence at Spruce lately after school. We do remind students over the loud speaker and put information in regards to this matter on our parent newsletter. I will continue to remind students to walk, but it would be very helpful if parents could also reinforce the policy by reminding students daily until we get this under control. Thank you for your support.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Spruce Elementary welcomes our students and families back from the winter break, holidays and festivities. We hope that each of you spent some quality time with your relatives, had ...more

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Kindergarten Night

Spread the word! – the District Kindergarten Night will be held on Tuesday, January 24th at the South San Francisco Municipal Building from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m.(33 arroyo Drive) Do you know any families who will enroll a Kindergartener for the next school year? Please let them know about this important opportunity to learn about enrollment.

Spruce Garden!

I would like to congratulate Room B5 (Mrs. Makovkin’s class) and B6 (Mrs. Del Bianco’s class) for enhancing the Spruce Garden. This past week Spruce was selected as a CBS cool school in the Bay Area for our Garden project and aired on the news. The children are receiving an opportunity to have hands on learning through the use of the garden and this is positively impacting their leaning and motivating their love for nurturing plants. The children are receiving the implementation of science and technology as they nurture the garden plants. It is my vision that other classes will eventually realize that hands on learning in the garden will have a great impact in motivating our kids. Check out the video






Common Core State Standards

Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

Introducing Common Core State Standards

Tardies Effect Everyone

We all know how hard it is to get ready in the morning but arriving to school on time is a very important habit to develop.  Children who arrive on time are better equipped to do well in school.  Students who are late are not only missing important instructional time, they are also disturbing the class when they arrive.  Please do your best to help your child arrive on time. It is best for your child to be in class before 8:30.

Character Trait of the Month

January is the month Cougars will be working on the “Use your Words” Character Trait. This month Cougars will focus on using their words to let others know how they feel and how what others do affects them. This trait helps us to take part in resolving our conflicts that may occur in the school day by empowering our students to use their words effectively. Students selected for demonstrating strong “Use Your Words” skills will be awarded on Thursday, January 27th at lunch.

Vacations During The School Year

There are only 180 days in the school year. It is extremely important that our students are in school every single day. We HIGHLY ENCOURAGE our parents to plan vacations based on the school calendar so that our students don’t miss any academic instruction. If you have any questions about the school calendar or any school holidays please come to the office and we will be happy to assist you. Our goal is to have all our students here all of the time. Please do you best to help make this possible.

Ways to Earn $ for Spruce

Don’t forget! We collect box tops for education in the Spruce Office. Please bring them in any time!                                       

Hillside Preschool Program

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Upcoming Events

1/20/17 5th Grade BACK from Outdoor Ed at 12:30

1/24/17 Kinder Night at SSF Munisipal Building

1/26/17 Math Night 5:30pm in Gym


Important Dates to Remember

Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:45

2/17/17 No School

2/20/17 No School

3/6/2017-3/10/2017 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50 All Week

4/10/17 - 4/17/17 Spring Break

5/29/17 No School Memorial Day

5/31/2017-6/1/2017 Early Dismissal 12:50 

6/1/17 Last Day of School

Early Release Dates

Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:45

3/6/2017-3/10/2017 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50 All Week

5/31/2017-6/1/2017 Early Dismissal 12:50 

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Lunch Money!!

(Balance is $2,105.45 UP) Each new School Year you must fill out a new lunch application (one per household). If you have not filled out a lunch application for this year please do so on line at www.ssfusd.org under Meal Application or pick up a paper application in the office or at the District Office. Lunch is $2.50 per day and it adds up quickly. It is extremely important that your child's lunch is paid. The office is happy to set up a payment plan if needed.

Please pay your child's lunch balance as soon as possible. It is imperative that balances are paid. If you are unable to make a full payment, make payments on your child's account in the office or on line at www.ssfusd.org. We understand that money is tight, but if these balances are not paid Spruce School will have to find money from other sources. Thus limiting the tools your students need to get a proper education. If you have any question please call Nutrition Services at 650-877-8716.



School Year Calendars

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Birthday Policy

We need family support with following our school wide birthday policy regarding the celebration of student birthdays. We are consistent with all our families in all the grade levels regarding this. I understand that birthdays are special celebrations, but with the new mandated nutritional guidelines and the new Common Core we can’t afford to take nutritional risks or loose valuable instructional minutes. For these reasons, celebrations of student birthdays will not be permitted during the school day. Some teachers may have there own special traditions and practices for how to acknowledge student birthdays such as wearing a special sticker or crown, or picking a new pencil, which is okay to continue doing.


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