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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 and students will be supervised until 8:15 am. Between 8:15 am and 8:30 am students are supervised on the playground and this is the required time for drop off. Teachers supervise students starting at 8:15 am.
    Upcoming Events


    8/22   Back To School Night 4-6 pm

    8/29   PTA Meeting at 8:30 am

    8/30   Cougar Spirit Gear Day

    9/2     No School, Labor Day


    Important Dates to Remember

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

    5/27/19 No School 

    5/29/19 & 5/30/19 Minimum Day Dismissal 12:50pm

    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
    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.

    Visitas en la escuela

    Cualquiera que viene a la escuela debe pasar a la oficina a firmar.  Manteniendo seguros a nuestros niños es nuestra  más alta prioridad y sabiendo quien esta es la escuela nos ayuda a hacer esto. Si un miembro del personal ve a alguien que no tiene una calcomanía de visitante, le pedirá que se reporte a la oficina.
    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!
    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.
    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 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 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 o azul marino 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

    Get Involved - Involúcrese

    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.

    Involúcrese en la escuela

    Aun con un horario muy ocupado, es importante participar en la educación de sus hijos. Aquí le indicamos 5 formas de cómo hacerlo.

    1. Lea el manual escolar y todas las notificaciones de la escuela. Verifique regularmente la página Web de la escuela.
    2. Haga preguntas cuando tenga cualquier inquietud.
    3. Asista a las conferencias de padres y maestros, a las reuniones y eventos de la escuela. De ser posible, asista a las juntas de la mesa directiva.
    4. Forme parte de la organización de padres de familia y maestros (PTA) de la escuela y participe en sus actividades.
    5. Sea voluntario de la escuela. Les indica a sus hijos que a usted le importa la educación y le proporciona a la escuela la ayuda que tanto requiere. Pingase en contacto con los maestros o el director de la escuela de sus hijos para averiguar formas en las que puede involucrarse.
    Principal's Message

    Dear Spruce Families,

    What a year it’s been and how fast it’s flown by! We have accomplished so much together and there is so much more to do and look forward to. Thank you for all your hard work this year! During the summer it is very important to keep the students minds actively involved and working. The human brain is just like a large muscle that needs daily exercise to stay smart. I truly believe that we can all be lifelong learners and we can certainly teach our children this by living by example. Please take the time and encourage your children to read daily, write in a journal, practice math facts. 

    As parents, take advantage of the free time that you have with your child and get creative. Consider having your children help read instructions to put something together/bake or cook something, participate in recreational classes, write a poem, keep a daily journal, visit the zoo or museum. You may want to consider reaching out to our Local Community Learning center or our public library which has many classes available for students.  Have a wonderful summer!

    Estimadas Familias de Spruce,

    ¡Qué año y que rápido voló!  Hemos logrado mucho juntos y hay mucho más que hacer y esperamos hacerlo.  ¡Gracias por todo su duro trabajo este año! Durante el verano es muy importante que los estudiantes mantengan su mente ocupada. El cerebro humano es como un músculo grande que necesita ejercicio diario para mantenerse inteligente. Yo, sinceramente, creo que todos podemos ser alumnos de por vida y no cabe duda que podemos enseñar a nuestros niños esto viviendo y siendo ejemplo. Por favor, tómese el tiempo y anime a sus niños a leer diariamente, escribir en un diario, practicar los factores matemáticos.

    Como padres, tome ventaja del tiempo libre con su hijo y ser creativo. Considere la posibilidad de que los niños le ayuden a leer  las instrucciones para armar algo/hornear o cocinar algo, participar clases  recreativas, escribir un poema, o escribir en un diario, visitar el zoológico, el museo. Es posible que usted pueda ir al Centro de Aprendizaje de la Comunidad o nuestra biblioteca pública que tiene muchas clases disponibles para los estudiantes. ¡Que tengan un maravilloso verano!


    May 2019

    Our Character Trait for the month of May is Perseverance.  This is especially important this month since testing is coming to a close and students have been working very hard.  We want to make sure student persevere by continuing to work hard until the end of the school day.  Students have been rewarded for their positive behaviors by cougar cash and positive behavior assemblies.  Let’s make sure we end our year on a strong note.  Whether your child is in TK or in 5th grade, coming to school every day on time and with positive behaviors is especially vital.  We want to make sure that no one is left out of our upcoming events and activities for the month of May: Live Animal Assembly, Playday, and Promotion Activities for 5th.

    Also, it is important to know that our morning supervision begins at 8:15am.  If your student comes earlier to school, they are REQUIRED to be in the cafeteria eating breakfast until 8:15am.  Last day of school is May 30th.  Let’s make it a great month! See the Video below on Perseverance.

    Ms. Gonzalez, Assistant Principal


    Nuestro rasgo de carácter para el mes de mayo es la perseverancia. Esto es especialmente importante en este momento, ya que las pruebas están llegando a su fin y los estudiantes han estado trabajando muy duro. Queremos asegurarnos de que el estudiante continúe trabajando duro hasta la final de la jornada escolar. Los estudiantes han sido recompensados ​​por sus comportamientos positivos con el dinero en efectivo. Asegurémonos de terminar nuestro año con una nota fuerte. Si su hijo está en TK o en quinto grado, vendrá a la escuela todos los días a tiempo y con comportamientos positivos es especialmente vital. Queremos asegurarnos de que nadie se quede fuera de nuestros próximos eventos y actividades para el mes de mayo: Asamblea de animales en vivo, Día de Juegos y Actividades de Promoción para el quinto grado.

    Además, es importante saber que nuestra supervisión comienza a las 8:15 am cada manana. Si su estudiante llega antes a la escuela, SE REQUIERE que esté en la cafetería desayunando hasta las 8:15 am.  El último día de clases es el 30 de mayo. ¡Vamos a hacer un gran mes! ¡Vea en video de la perseverancia!

    Ms. Gonzalez, Sub-Directora

    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:

    ¿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:

    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   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.  

    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.

    News from Patch

    Meal Applications

    Meal Payments

    School e-Flyers!


    DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates
    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!!

    $2,383.56 is our current lunch balance and it keeps going higher. 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 go on line at under Meal Application or pick up a paper application in the office or at the District Office. Lunch is $2.80 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. Please make payments toward your child's lunch account.

    Good nutrition leads to great academic performance

    Spruce Calendar

    Common Core State Standards

    Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

    Spruce cougar graphic
    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.


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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:


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

    Spirit Days
    • August 31, 2018 (Team Gear Day)
    • September 28, 2018 (Color Day)
    • October 26, 2018 (Athletic Day)
    • November 30, 2018 (College Spirit Day)
    • December 20, 2018 (Pajama Day)
    • January 25, 2019 (Superhero Day)
    • February 22, 2019 (Twin Day)
    • March 22, 2019 (Crazy Hair Day)
    • April 26, 2019 (Express Yourself Day)
    • May 24, 2019 (Aloha Day)
    Ways to Earn $ for Spruce

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

    Character Trait of the Month

    Character Counts!

    May is the “Perseverance” Character Trait month. This month Cougars are focused on persevering through any and all endeavors. This trait reminds us to keep trying and to not give up no matter what task is in front of you. Students selected for demonstrating this trait will be awarded on Friday, May 24th at lunch.

    ¡El Carácter Cuenta!

     Mayo es el mes  de la “Perseverancia”. Este mes que los Pumas están enfocados en perseverar a través de cualquier  o todo su esfuerzo. Este carácter nos recuerda a seguir tratando y no darnos por vencidos no importa lo que tengamos que  hacer. Los estudiantes seleccionados demostrando este carácter serán reconocidos el viernes 24 de mayo a la hora del almuerzo.