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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

***Important Note***

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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Kindergarten Registration Information

DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates

DELAC Meeting 6:30pm 5/3/16 Sunshine Gardens----- ELAC Meeting at Spruce 2:45 5/11/16

District News

4/8/16

The South San Francisco Unified School District will be conducting a test of our emergency messaging system during the months of April and May as follows:

April 18, 2016 (3:15pm) School/District Staff only

May 2, 2016 (5:30pm) All District Community, includes parents and staff

As the safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority, we will be initiating a new test protocol of our emergency messaging system.  As part of any immediate action response to an emergency or crisis scenario, we understand the importance of clear and prompt communication with our students, parents, staff, and community. This system test will allow us to continue to improve our ability to utilize phone messages, email blasts, and text messages to deliver important information district-wide.

Since our emergency messaging system is based upon contact information recorded in our student information database, it is important that we have accurate and updated information to ensure that messages can be delivered. Should you wish to add new contact information, or verify existing information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, please contact/visit your local school site office.

Cell phone users who have a number on file with the district/school sites, may receive an SMS text message asking you to “opt in” to continue receiving messages by text. Please be sure to follow the instructions to opt in, as this is an important service utilized by our emergency messaging system.

If you do not receive the test message as scheduled, please contact your local school site to verify the contact information on file.

Our new test protocol will subsequently be conducted at least annually to ensure the proper functioning of our system.

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8/27/15
Parking Concerns
We have a limited amount of parking at Spruce and unfortunately only have enough parking for our teachers, staff, and authorized vehicles. Entrance will
only be allowed for designated vehicles with visible permits. We are sorry about the inconvenience, you may drop off and pick up your child along Spruce Ave. Be cautioned that Law Enforcement Officers are issuing citations to individuals parking and leaving their vehicles unattended. Also, drop off and pick up can be done on Tammerack Lane.
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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.

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.

Kindergarten Registration!

Kindergarten registration for the 2016-2017 school year has started! To register your child for kindergarten please stop by the Spruce office between 9:30-11:30am or 1:00-3:00pm to receive the best attention. In order to receive a registration packet you will need to bring your child’s birth certificate, immunizations, parent ID, and proof of residency (i.e.PG&E bill in your name or spouse). If there are any other questions please feel free to contact the school office at (650) 877-8780.

Volunteering and Field Trips

Last year our District Office collaborated with teachers, and made some changes to the volunteer process and clarified the procedure for all sites to increase the security and safety of all our students. Parents if you know that you will 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. The volunteer application form is also available in Spanish. For more information about volunteers, please come by the front office.

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.

CDE Lawsuit Affects Release of Student Data

A recent lawsuit against the California Department of Education (CDE) is impacting all school districts across the state, including South San Francisco Unified School District.

 

Demanda CDE Afecta Liberación de Datos de Estudiantes

Una reciente demanda contra el Departamento de Educación de California (CDE) está impactando a todos los distritos escolares en el estado, incluyendo el Distrito Escolar Unificado de South San Francisco.

Principal's Message

Dear Spruce Families,
The end of the year is finally here with only 3 week of school left and we have so many activities planned for our students. I’m very proud of all hard work and success that we ...more
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Common Core State Standards

Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

Introducing Common Core State Standards

Play Day!

Play Day is coming up on May 20th.Our students look forward to this day of fun in the sun all year! Please make sure that your child has paid for their lunch balance, otherwise they will NOT be able to participate. Students will participate in fun, organized games.

Giants Game

SSFUSD is participating in Night at the Ball Park with the San Francisco Giants. The San Francisco Giants will be battling the Toronto Blue Jays. The game will is scheduled for Monday, May 9th, 2016. Please mark your calendar and come out and join us for a fun night with the Giants. The District Bands will perform in Willie Mays Plaza before the game and will perform the National Anthem. District students will announce “Play Ball”.

News & Events

4/8/16

The South San Francisco Unified School District will be conducting a test of our emergency messaging system during the months of April and May as follows:

April 18, 2016 (3:15pm) School/District Staff only

May 2, 2016 (5:30pm) All District Community, includes parents and staff

As the safety of our students and staff continues to be our top priority, we will be initiating a new test protocol of our emergency messaging system.  As part of any immediate action response to an emergency or crisis scenario, we understand the importance of clear and prompt communication with our students, parents, staff, and community. This system test will allow us to continue to improve our ability to utilize phone messages, email blasts, and text messages to deliver important information district-wide.

Since our emergency messaging system is based upon contact information recorded in our student information database, it is important that we have accurate and updated information to ensure that messages can be delivered. Should you wish to add new contact information, or verify existing information, such as phone numbers and email addresses, please contact/visit your local school site office.

Cell phone users who have a number on file with the district/school sites, may receive an SMS text message asking you to “opt in” to continue receiving messages by text. Please be sure to follow the instructions to opt in, as this is an important service utilized by our emergency messaging system.

If you do not receive the test message as scheduled, please contact your local school site to verify the contact information on file.

Our new test protocol will subsequently be conducted at least annually to ensure the proper functioning of our system.

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8/27/15
Parking Concerns
We have a limited amount of parking at Spruce and unfortunately only have enough parking for our teachers, staff, and authorized vehicles. Entrance will
only be allowed for designated vehicles with visible permits. We are sorry about the inconvenience, you may drop off and pick up your child along Spruce Ave. Be cautioned that Law Enforcement Officers are issuing citations to individuals parking and leaving their vehicles unattended. Also, drop off and pick up can be done on Tammerack Lane.
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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.

Early Dismissal Pick Up!

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.

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.

Character Trait of the Month

May is the month Cougars will be working on the character trait entitled “Express Yourself”. Students showing the most consistent use of the this month's character trait, "Express Yourself", will be selected by their teacher for an award presented in May 23rd.

News from Patch

Upcoming Events

Every Wednesday Grades 1-5 Students Get Out at 1:45

Genentech is every Monday for those Students that are signed up, last day will be 5/16/16

 

Week of 5/2/16 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/2/16 Ms. O'Brien class HEAL Farm

5/3/16 Mr. Campbell class HEAL Farm

5/6/16 5th Grade Field Trip to Parkway Middle School

5/9/16 Ms. Welch class HEAL Farm

5/12/16 Mr. Summer class HEAL Farm

5/16/16 Ms. Fisher Field Trip to Orange Park

5/17/16 5th Grade Field Trip going Bowling

5/19/16 Ms. Aquila Class Field Trip to San Bruno Park

5/25/16 5th Grade Promotion and Last Day of School

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Lunch Money!!

$2,284.90 (LOWER). This is Spruce Schools outstanding lunch balance. If you have not filled out a lunch application please do so on line at ssfusd.org under Meal Application. If you need help please come in to the Spruce office. Notices continue to go home regarding student’s outstanding lunch balances. Please note that children who owe money may not be able to participate in classroom activities such as field trips or Play Day. Lunch is $2.50 per day and it adds up quickly. It is extremely important that lunch is paid for on time. 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. 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.

Nutrition

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Early Release Dates

      2015-2016 School Year

Every Wednesday Grades 1-5 Students Get Out @ 1:45pm 

5/24/16 & 5/25/16 Minimum Days All Students Get Out at 12:50

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Important Dates to Remember

Every Wednesday Early Release is at 1:45pm Grades 1st - 5th

5/6/16 5th Grade Visit to Parkway Heights Middle School

5/25/16 Last Day of School and 5th Grade Promotion @ 9am

 

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School Year Calendars

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The Community Learning Center's 2015-2016 programs

The Community Learning Center's 2015-2016 school year programs.

Homework Club - Children entering 3rd, 4th or 5th grade Monday-Friday 2:40pm to 6pm at 520 Tamarack Lane SSF 

Follows SSFUSD school year calendar.

Start Now- Children entering kindergarten, 1st, or 2nd grade Monday & Wednesday 5:30pm to 7:30pm

A parent or legal guardian must attend the program with the child.

August 31, 2015-May 11, 2016

Call 650-577-8540 if you have any questions