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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 Meetings 6:30pm 3/15/16 at Los Cerritos, 4/12/16 at Ponderosa, 5/3/16 TBD--- ELAC Meetings at Spruce 2:45 - 3:45 2/10/16, 3/9/16, 4/13/16, 5/11/16

District News

12/1/15

Campus Beautification
During the summer we had a group of individuals from the Hands on Bay Area Project, from the Silicon Valley, come to Spruce and beautify our campus. With lots of color and worked on our garden. Spruce has again partnered with the Hands on Bay Area Project and they came back on December 2nd with about 100 volunteers. The project leader,  Ms. Leyla Ghaffari, and Spruce Staff were excited to see the additional work done at Spruce.

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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.

Principal's Message

Dear Parents and Students,

Welcome to the 2015-16 academic school year! I hope that you had a restful and relaxing summer with your family and friends. My name is Israel Castillo and for our new ...more

Principal ’ s February Message

Helping your child make sense of their creative Writing!
When a child first learns to write, his stories may not always make sense individuals that may be reading it. Sometimes our younger children may use a few letters that can represent one whole word and this is a really good start. As parents and educators we can help children's writing flow logically by being good listeners and encouraging them  to use vivid details when writing. You can start encouraging your child by letting him/her read their stories to us and being attentive listeners. Sometimes this allows for the reading to have a better flow since the child can easily decode what they wrote. After the child is done reading their writing ask questions to encourage him to add information (What did you do with your friends at recess?) or to clear up a confusing part (“who said, lets go home"  you, or your brother?”). Even if he isn't writing sentences yet, your child can tell you stories. He might describe the new class project or something funny that happened at lunch. He’ll practice relating events in a logical order, and that can help when he puts his thoughts and ideas down on paper.
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Common Core State Standards

Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

Introducing Common Core State Standards

Kindergarten Registration!

Kindergarten registration started in February 1st for the 2016-2017 school year! If you need to register your child for kindergarten please stop by the Spruce office 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.

Fundraising for Playworks

Please mark your calendar for our Mariachi Night fundraiser scheduled for Friday, February 5th from 6pm -8 pm. Mr. Castillo is very proud of all the time and dedication that all the committees have dedicated to plan for this fundraiser. The Mariachi Band will perform for 1 hr.6:00-7:00 pm so during the 30 minutes before and after the performance, DJ Danny J will playing music. Students & Parents this is a very exciting event. we would like to have a lot of people in attendance and have a successful fundraiser!

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. This month we will have12:50 minimum day on December 18th. 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

February is the month Cougars will be working on the character trait entitled "Listen and Encourage”. Cougars were working last month on Chose Wisely and will be extending their understanding of being reliable. Listening makes your friends and loved ones feel worthy, appreciated and respect. When you see a friend who is down, say something encouraging to lift their spirit. Students showing the most consistent use of making positive choices will be selected by their teacher for an award presented at lunch on February 25th.

The Latino Literacy Project

We are in the planning stages of starting the Latino Literacy project at Spruce. This will be an opportunity to provide you with necessary tools to engage with your children in literacy and improve student overall comprehension. The program provides bilingual/bi-cultural family literacy that is tailored to the special needs of Latino children at all developmental ages. We would like to invite you to participate in a 10 week session focused on establishing and supporting families reading routines, improving student language skills, improving English and Spanish literacy, language skills and strengthening parent/child interactions. During these sessions we will give away door prizes at the start of every class and we will also provide childcare. The Spruce Staff is very interested in collaborating with you to find many possibilities for you to become a larger part of the educational process of your children. The program will start on Monday January 11th 2016. We only have a limited amount of spaces available so please come to the office and speak with Teresa Ortiz if you are interested in learning more about literacy and the opportunities that you can engage in daily with your children.

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.

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.

News & Events

12/1/15

Campus Beautification
During the summer we had a group of individuals from the Hands on Bay Area Project, from the Silicon Valley, come to Spruce and beautify our campus. With lots of color and worked on our garden. Spruce has again partnered with the Hands on Bay Area Project and they came back on December 2nd with about 100 volunteers. The project leader,  Ms. Leyla Ghaffari, and Spruce Staff were excited to see the additional work done at Spruce.

more
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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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

2/4/16 PTA Meeting 8:45am in Cafeteria

2/5/16 Mariachi Night Fundraiser for Playworks 6pm - 8pm

2/11/16 Friendship Dance

 

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Lunch Money!!

If you have not filled out a lunch application please do so on line at ssfusd.org under Meal Application. Please pay your child's lunch balance as soon as possible, it is imperative that balances are paid. Spruce outstanding lunch balance is now at $2,215.80. If you are unable to make a full payment, make payments. 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 our 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

Starting 9/2/15 Every Wednesday Grades 1-5 Students Get Out @ 1:45pm 

Week of 3/7/16 Minimum Days All Students Get Out at 12:50

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

2/12/16 No School School Holiday 

2/15/16 No School President's Day

 

2/26/16  No School Non Students Day for Elementary Schools ONLY

 

Week of 3/7/16 Minimum Days All Students out at 12:50

3/23/16 Family Math Night

3/25/16 thru 4/1/16  No School Spring Break

4/21/16 Open House 6pm

5/25/16 Last Day of School

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