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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)

For more information on registration requirements, Click Here

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.

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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 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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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

 

 

 

Principal's Message

December, 2017

Dear Families,

At Spruce we are working collaboratively to develop students’ strengths in reading and writing. We have spent lots of time focusing on reading and writing because we know ...more

Understanding the Common Core State Standards!

What should my child be learning this year?

Ideas on how to help your child progress.

Helpful CCSS resources for parents!

 Click Here:

https://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2909

 

¿Qué debería aprender mi hijo este año?

Ideas sobre cómo ayudar a su hijo/a progresar.

¡Recursos útiles de CCSS para los padres!

Oprima Aquí:

https://www.pta.org/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2909

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!

December is the month Cougars are 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 15th.

 

¡El Carácter Cuenta!

Diciembre es el mes que los Pumas están trabajando en el  carácter titulado  “Escoge Sabiamente.” Los Pumas estuvieron trabajando en Responsabilidad y estarán  extendiendo sus conocimientos de ser responsables. El mes pasado ellos aprendieron a pensar acerca de diferentes posibilidades de opciones; ahora ellos podrán realizar esas opciones sabiamente.  Los estudiantes mostrando el más consistente uso de opciones positivas serán seleccionados por su maestro y reconocidos a la hora del almuerzo el 15 de diciembre.

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.

Keeping Contact Information Up to Date

It is EXTREMELY important to keep your contact information up to date.  We have called several numbers that have been disconnected.  In the event of an emergency we would have no way to contact the family.  Please let the office know if you have a new phone number or address so that we can keep our information up to date and be able to reach you if your child is sick or injured.  

 

Manteniendo Información Actualizada

Es EXTREMADAMENTE importante mantener su información actualizada. Hemos llamado  a muchos números que han sido desconectados.  En caso de una emergencia no tendríamos ninguna forma de contactar a la familia. Por favor hágale saber a la oficina si usted tiene un número de teléfono nuevo o dirección y así poder tener nuestra información al día y poder contactarle si su niño está enfermo o lastimado.

Uniform Citations

Uniform Citations

Students must come to school with navy blue bottoms (NO jeans, no leggings without a skirt or shorts) and a white top with collar.  As a reminder, a copy of the uniform policy was sent home again.  Please make sure your child comes to school in uniform every day.  If they are not in uniform, you may receive a call to bring them the appropriate clothes, along with a uniform citation.

 

 

Citación de Uniforme

Los estudiantes deben venir a la escuela con pantalones o faldas azul marino (NO jeans, no leggins sin una falda o pantalones cortos) y camisa o blusa blanca con cuello.  Como un recordatorio, una copia de la política del uniforme fue mandada a casa otra.  Por favor asegúrese que su niño venga a la escuela en  uniforme todos los días.  Si no están en uniforme, usted puede recibir una llamada para que le traiga ropa apropiada, junto con una citación del uniforme

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Upcoming Events

NOW PTA Holiday Raffle See Office till 12/20

12/6 Ms. Warrnen & Ms. Magdangal to Grand Library

12/12 ELAC Mtg 3pm

12/13 Ms. Ruiz & Ms. Foster to Grand Library

12/14 PTA Mtg. 3pm

12/21 Winter Performance in Gym 9am-10am

12/21 School Spirit Day P.J.'s

1/8/18 Happy New Year! Welcome Back

Important Dates to Remember

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

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

2/20 - 2/23/18 5th Grade to Outdoor Education

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

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 12/12/17, 1/16/18, 2/13/18, 3/13/18, 4/17/18, 5/15/18 -- DELAC 6:30 pm 1/23/18 @ Los Cerritos, 3/13/18 @ Ponderosa, 4/17/18 @ Sunshine Gardens, 5/15/18 @ Spruce

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Lunch Money!!

$2,490.99 Is our current lunch balance. 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 $2.75 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. The current school wide balance is $2,175.35. Please make payments toward your child's lunch account. 

 

Nutrition

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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.

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