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    Morning Drop Off STARTS AT 8:15 am

    Students who are dropped off before 8:15 am presents a safety concern because there is no adult supervision before this time.  The cafeteria opens at 7:30 am and this is available for students who are getting a breakfast.  Between 8:15 am and 8:30 am students are supervised on the playground and this is the required time for drop off. 

    ESPANOL

    Para información en español porfavor seleccione la opcion abajo de la pagina en la derecha donde dice "Translation" y luego "Spanish." 

    Upcoming Events

    2/3/20- Kindergarten Registration starts

    2/18- 21- 5th Grade OutdoorEd

    2/20- PTA Meeting @ 2:46pm 

    3/2-3/6- Conference Week- 12:50 Dismissal 

    3/2-3/6- Book Fair after school in the resource room 

     

    Important Dates to Remember

    2/3/20- Kindergarten Registration starts

    3/2-3/6- Conference Week- 12:50 Dismissal  

    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.

     
    Student Absences

    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.

    Hablamos español

    Visitors on Campus

    Campus Visitors

    Anyone coming on campus must sign in at the main office.  Keeping our children safe is the highest priority and knowing who is on campus helps us do that. If a staff member sees anyone on campus who is not wearing a visitor sticker, they will be asked to report directly to the office.

    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.
    Spirit Days
    • August 29, 2019 (Team Gear Day)
    • September 27, 2019 (Color Day)
    • October 25, 2019 (Neon Day)
    • November 22, 2019 (College Spirit Day)
    • December 19, 2019 (Pajama Day)
    • January 31, 2020 (Express Your Creativity Day)
    • February 28, 2020 (Show Your Love Day)
    • March 20, 2020 (Athletic Gear Day)
    • April 24, 2020 (Tie Dye Day)
    • May 22, 2019 (Aloha Day)
    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.

    Uniform Citations

    Students must come to school with navy blue or khaki bottoms (NO jeans, no leggings without a skirt or shorts) and a white or navy blue top with collar.  As a reminder, a copy of the uniform policy was sent home.  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.

    Get Involved

    Get Involved at School

    Even with a busy schedule, it’s important to participate in your children’s education. Here are 5 ways how.

    1. Read the school handbook and all School notices. Check the school’s Web site regularly.
    2. Ask questions when you have concerns.
    3. Attend parent-teacher conferences, open house, and school events. If possible, go to school board meetings.
    4. Join the school parent-teacher organization (PTA) and participate in its activities.
    5.  Volunteer at school. It shows your kids you care about education and provides much needed help for the school. Contact your children’s teacher or principal for ways to get involved.
    PTA CORNER

    Look out for information in the Hip Pocket for: 

    • Volunteer Opportunities
    • Student Store 
    • Upcoming Nominations

    Next PTA meeting will be in February 20th 2020

    Any questions or comments, come by the office or email PTA:

    SpruceElementaryPTA@gmail.com

     

    Principal's Message

    Dear Spruce Families,

    I would like to take the opportunity and remind you that it is very critical and important that you ensure that your child comes to school daily. Lately we have noticed an increase in tardies and absences. Please make sure that you set your alarm15 minutes earlier if you are having difficulty arriving at school on time. When students start the day being rushed they tend to struggle throughout the entire day with learning. The most crucial learning hours of the school day are the morning hours, because this is when students are most attentive. Students who are tardy miss the beginning of their morning classes, and they also cause a distraction when they arrive late to class.

    You can be a huge part of fostering positive examples by bringing your student to school on time. If you have any questions about the school calendar or any school holidays please come to the office and we will be happy to provide you with a copy of the school calendar.  Our goal is to have all our students here daily and on time. Let’s work collaboratively to ensure that our students are at school daily learning new material.

    SAFE ROUTES TO SCHOOL

    In February, you received a flyer in Hip Pocket regarding The San Mateo County Safe Routes to School program.  Spruce was chosen to do a walk audit! The walk audit will be facilitated by Mark Fenton and will bring together staff and community to identify barriers to walking and biking around the schools and then prioritize these issues with the city to make it safe for everyone to have the option of walking or biking! Mark Fenton will help the walk audit group synthesize the barriers they see and he will write up a report with very doable action items for our school.

    Walk Audit will start at 8:00 am and will conclude at 10:00am.  Refreshments will be served.

    Sign up here to Join us!  - https://spruce-walkaudit.eventbrite.com

    Please help us by taking this survey

    ENGLISH SURVEY - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/1920_English

    SPANISH SURVEY - https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/1920_Spanish

    Kindergarten Registration!

    Kindergarten registration starts on Monday February 3rd for the 2020-2021 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

    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: 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:

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

    About Peachjar eflyers

    In the past, our schools sent home loads of flyers in students’ backpacks. As part of our efforts to be more environmentally friendly and to embrace innovative technology, we have moved from paper to a digital flyer delivery.

    With our Peachjar eflyer program, the eflyers will be sent directly to parents’ email inboxes as well as posted on school websites for easy access. All flyers may be accessed by clicking on the  flyerspeachjars logo. 

    Each year, our schools will save tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. In addition, paperless delivery of school flyers removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.

    School and school district-approved eflyers will keep you informed about upcoming school activities, programs, and events. And our children's backpacks will be a little bit lighter!

    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.

    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.  

     

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    School e-Flyers!

    Peachjar

    DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates

    ELAC 3pm in the Office 

    2/11/20

    3/10/20

    4/14/20

    5/12/20

    DELAC

    3/10/20 6:30 pm at SSF High School 

    4/21/20 8:30 am at Los Cerritos Elementary

    5/12/20 6:30 pm at Ponderosa Elementary 

     

    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!

    Common Core Math Help

    Lunch Money!!

    Outstanding Lunch Balances

    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 and other activities. Lunch is $2.80 per lunch 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.

    If you have any question please call Nutrition Services at 650-877-8716. Please make payments toward your child's lunch account.

     

     

    Spruce Calendar

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    Common Core State Standards

    Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

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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. We 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.

    Connections

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    Spruce Garden!

    I would like to congratulate Room Mrs. Del Bianco’s class for enhancing the Spruce Garden.  Spruce was selected as a CBS cool school in the Bay Area for our Garden project and aired on the news. The children are learning hands on through the use of the garden. This has a positive impact in 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:

    PBIS

    Spruce PBIS behavior expectation matrices for public places at Spruce, including: bathrooms, cafeteria, playground, and library/resource room.

    Character Trait of the Month

    Character Counts!

    February is the month Cougars will be working on the “Listen and Encourage” Character Trait. Cougars will continue to build on their communication skills this month by listening to others and encouraging others whenever possible. Students showing the most consistent use of our Character Trait will be selected by their teacher for an award. 

    Ways to Earn $ for Spruce

    Don’t forget! We collect box tops for education in the Spruce Office. Please bring them in any time!