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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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Kindergarten Registration Information

Kindergarten Registration (English Version)

Kindergarten Registration (Espanol Version)

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Kindergarten Registration!

Kindergarten registration is on going.  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.

Cougar Chronicle


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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.

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 1:46. 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 supervise students at 8:15 a.m., 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.

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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Principal's Message

August 2017

Dear Spruce Parents and Guardians,

Welcome Back

Welcome to the 2017-2018 academic school year! It is wonderful to see all our students re-energized and ready to learn. I would like to take ...more

Views from around campus and field trips



Changes to Spruce Parking Lot


Dear Spruce Families,

Our parking lot is becoming increasingly dangerous for our students, staff and families. The School Site Safety Committee has been monitoring the parking situation and executed several measures. As the situation worsened, a crossing guard was hired to monitor the gate. The position was filled for several months until the person resigned. We haven’t been able to find someone to fill this position again.

Our parking lot has only 52 parking spaces and there are 68 staff members who need these slots. Due to the limited parking, these spots are for staff use only. To ensure everyone’s safety, the district office has approved the installation of an electrical arm which will only allow staff members to park in the lot.

The designated drop off areas will continue to be Tamarack Ln. next to the Community Learning Center and Spruce Ave. If you are planning on walking your child to the classroom, we strongly encourage you to walk to school to avoid getting a citation from Law Enforcement Officers for parking in drop off zones.

Our goal is to alleviate the traffic congestion inside the staff parking lot which is endangering our children. It is very important that we limit the amount of vehicles on campus to ensure safety for all our students. Thank you for your understanding.


Israel Castillo


Spruce Elementary



Estimadas Familias de Spruce,

Nuestro estacionamiento está cada vez más peligroso para nuestros estudiantes, personal y familias. El Comité de seguridad  escolar ha estado supervisando la situación del estacionamiento y ha tomado varias medidas. Como la situación empeoró, un guardia de tráfico fue contratado para vigilar la puerta. La posición se llenó durante varios meses hasta que la persona renunció. No hemos podido  encontrar a alguien para llenar esta posición de nuevo.

Nuestro estacionamiento sólo tiene 52 espacios y hay 68 miembros del personal que necesitan estos espacios. Debido a que el estacionamiento es limitado, estos espacios son para uso del personal solamente. Para garantizar la seguridad de todos, la oficina del distrito ha aprobado la instalación de un brazo eléctrico que sólo permitirá a los miembros del personal estacionarse en el lote de estacionamiento.

Las áreas designadas para dejar a los niños continuaran en Tamarack Ln. junto al Centro de Aprendizaje de la Comunidad y Spruce Ave. Si usted está planeando en caminar a su hijo al salón, le animamos a caminar a la escuela para evitar una infracción de los oficiales de policía por estacionarse en las  zonas de dejar y recoger.

Nuestro objetivo es aliviar la congestión del tráfico en el interior del estacionamiento del personal que está poniendo en peligro a nuestros hijos. Es muy importante que se limite la cantidad de vehículos en el campus para garantizar la seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes. Gracias por su comprensión.


Israel Castillo


Spruce Elementary

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

Character Counts!

Spruce students are involved in learning-activities designed to develop good character and empower them to make good choices for themselves. Our students will be learning and showing positive character traits throughout the school year. Please review the school behavior policies with your child and ask your child’s teacher any questions you may have regarding the rules. It is very important to have a dialogue with your child regarding the policies/rules at school ahead of time so they are set up for a positive and rewarding school year. This month we will be focusing on “Give your best”. Students showing the most consistency of “Giving your best " will be selected by their teacher for an award presented at lunch on August 25th.

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.

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Upcoming Events

9/12/17 Ms. Del Bianco & Mrs. M. Field Trip

9/22/17 Cookie Dough Orders Due

9/25/17 Conference Week 

9/29/17 School Spirit Day Color Day (See Hip Pocket)

Important Dates to Remember

Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:46

9/25 - 9/29/17 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50

11/1/17 No School (Staff Development Day)

11/10/17 No School

11/22 - 11/24/17 No School

12/21/17 Early Dismissal 12:50

12/22/17 - 1/5/18 No School Winter Break

1/15/18 No School

2/16 & 2/19/18 No School

3/5 - 3/9/18 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50

3/30 - 4/6/18 No School Spring Break

5/28/18 No School Memorial Day

5/30 & 5/31/18 Early Dismissal 12:50

5/31/18 Last Day of School 

Early Release Dates

Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:46

9/25 - 9/29/17 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50

12/21/17 Early Dismissal 12:50

3/5/18 - 3/9/18 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50

5/30/18 & 5/31/18 Early Dismissal 12:50

DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates

ELAC Meeting at Spruce 8/29/17, 9/12/17, 10/17/17, 11/14/17, 12/12/17, 1/16/18, 2/13/18, 3/13/18, 4/17/18, 5/15/18 -- DELAC 6:30 pm

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Lunch Money!!

Each new School Year you must fill out a new lunch application (one per household). If you have not filled out a lunch application 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. If you have any question please call Nutrition Services at 650-877-8716.




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Common Core State Standards

Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

Introducing Common Core State Standards

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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.

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







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