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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

ELAC Meeting at Spruce 8/30/16, 9/13/16, 10/11/16, 11/15/16, 1/17/17, 3/14/17, 4/25/17, 5/23/17 --DELAC Meeting at other School sites.

District News

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.

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.

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.

Volunteering and Field Trips

Our District Office has collaborated with teachers have clarified the procedures for volunteering at 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 volunteering, 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,

At Spruce we are moving forward in the implementation of (PBIS) Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports. PBIS is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports ...more


Views from around our campus



Common Core State Standards

Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

Introducing Common Core State Standards

Reminders for the Last Week of School

Tuesday 24, and Wednesday 25, are MINIMUM DAYS with a 12:50 dismissal. Please make sure to have the proper child care arrangements for the short days. Report cards will be sent home with students on the last day of school unless they have pending fees in the cafeteria, library, etc. Please remember that report cards are very important documents that should be kept in a safe place. We regularly received requests from parents asking to prove that their student attended Spruce and an old report card is an excellent way to show a student’s history. 

Pick Up Medication!

If your student has any type of medication at school, please remember to pick it up in the office on the last day of school. Any medication that is not picked up will be discarded. 

Lunch Money!

The school year is coming to an end and we still have many students with outstanding lunch balances. It is imperative that balances are paid as soon as possible. If students continue to have an outstanding lunch balance they will NOT be able to participate in end of the year activities such as field trips, Play Day and even 5th grade promotion.  

News & Events

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.

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.

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

5/25/16 5th Grade Promotion 9:00am and Last Day of School


8/17/2016 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL!!! J

Important Dates to Remember

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


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9/5/16 No School

9/26/16-9/30/16 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50 All Week

11/1/16 No School Staff Development Day

11/11/16 No School

11/23/16 - 11/25/16 No School

12/22/16 Minimum Day Early Dismissal 12:50
12/23/16 - 1/6/17 Winter Break

1/16/17 No School

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

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Lunch Money!!

$564.75 (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.



Early Release Dates

      2015-2016 School Year

5/24/16 & 5/25/16 Minimum Days Early Dismissal 12:50


2016-2017 School Year

9/26/16-9/30/16 Conference Week Early Dismissal 12:50 All Week

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 

School Year Calendars

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The Community Learning Center's 2015-2016 programs

The Community Learning Center's 2016-2017 school year programs have not been arranged yet.


Call 650-577-8540 if you have any questions

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.