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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

DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates

ELAC Meeting at Spruce 12/21/16, 1/17/17, 3/14/17, 4/25/17, 5/23/17 -- DELAC 6:30 pm 1/10/17 @ Martin Elementary, 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.

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.

District News

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Principal's Message

Dear Parents,

Colorin Colorado is a great bilingual website for families and educators. Please click the link below to access a Family Guide that includes tips for helping children get the most out ...more

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Girls on the Run

I would like to take the opportunity and thank everybody who came out to support the Girls on the Run for the 5K Family Fun Run. The run was yesterday, Sunday December 4th at Golden Gate Park.  The run will started at 9:30 am. This family-friendly event featured a 5K fun run around the park, DJ music, Zumba warm-up, photo booth, face painting, and other fun activities! Thank you all so much for coming out and supporting our girls on the run. We will see you all next year!

Winter Performance

The Winter Performance is scheduled for Thursday, December 22nd at 9:00 am which is also Pajama day and Early Dismissal. Our students have been practicing their songs. All students will be on the floor in the middle of the Gym and when performing students will stand while the audience maintains seated.

TK/Kindergarten= Jingle Bells
1st Grade= Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer
2nd Grade= Winter Wonderland
3rd Grade= The Night Before Christmas
4th Grade= Jingle Bell Rock
5th Grade = Sleigh Ride
Whole School = Feliz Navidad

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

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1hPTvgbSefM

 

 

 

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

December is the month Cougars will be working on the character trait entitled “Choose Wisely.” Cougars were working last month on Responsibility and will be extending their understanding of being reliable. They learned to think about all different possibilities of options when making decisions; now they will be able to execute those choices wisely.  Students showing the most consistent use of making positive choices will be selected by their teacher for an award presented at lunch on December 16th.

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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News & Events

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Upcoming Events

NOW 5th Grade Outdoor Ed Money Due

12/15/16 4th Grade Field Trip to SF Exploratorium

12/15/16 Reading Partners 3 p.m. in Resource Room

12/22/16 School Spirit Day P.J. Day

12/22/16 Winter Performance 9:00am

12/23/16 - 1/6/17 Winter Break

1/9/16 Back to School

Important Dates to Remember

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

NOW 5th Grade Outdoor Ed Money Due

12/22/16 Minimum Day Early Dismissal 12:50

 

12/23/16 - 1/6/17 Winter Break

1/16/17 No School

1/17/16-1/20/17 5th at Outdoor Ed in La Honda

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

12/22/16 Minimum Day Early Dismissal 12:50

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 $2,097.70 Going Down) 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.

Nutrition

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School Year Calendars

Spruce Calendar

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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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