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    Morning Drop Off Policy

    Parents, recently we have seen an increase of students being dropped off at school prior to 8:15 and this is a safety concern because there is no adult supervision before this time.  We ask that you make the necessary arrangements to ensure that your children are not dropped off prior to this time. The cafeteria opens at 7:30 and this is available for students who are getting a breakfast and students will be supervised until 8:15am. Between 8:15 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. students are supervised on the playground and this is the required time for drop off. Teachers supervise students at 8:15 a.m., it is not safe for students to be outside alone.

    Upcoming Events

    2/1 Kinder Registration Begins for 2019-2020 School Year 

    2/8 Friendship Dance 5pm 

    2/12 ELAC at 3pm @ Spruce

    2/19 - 2/22 5th Grade to Outdoor Ed

    2/21 PTA Mtg. 3pm

    3/14 Family Math Night 5:30 in Gym

    Important Dates to Remember

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

    2/15/19 - 2/18/19 No School

    3/4/19 - 3/8/19 Conference Week Minimum Days Dismissal for All Grades 12:50pm

    3/14/19 Family Math Night in Gym

    3/25/19- 3/29/18 Spring Break No School

    4/11/19 Open House 6pm

    4/22/19 No School

    5/27/19 No School 

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

    Early Release Dates

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

    3/4/19-3/8/19 Conference Week 12:50 Dismissal for ALL Students

    5/29/19 & 5/30/19 Dismissal 12:50 for ALL Students


    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 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

    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,

    Is your child prepared for an emergency?

    Please make it a top priority to teach your child their full name, address, and phone number.  Students should have this critical information memorized as early as pre-school.  In the Spruce office, we often realize that students lack this information when they are picked up late or need to go home sick. Of course we always look up contact information from our records, but it is essential that children know this information in the event that they need help in a situation where no other resources are available.  Prepare your child by ensuring they know their basic contact information by heart.

    Estimadas Familias de Spruce,

    ¿Esta su niño preparado para una emergencia?

    Por favor haga una gran prioridad de ensenar a su niño su nombre completo, dirección y número de teléfono. Los estudiantes deben tener esta información memorizada tan temprano como cuando están en pre-escolar.  En la oficina de la escuela, seguido vemos que los niños no saben esta información cuando son recogidos tarde o necesitan irse a casa por estar enfermos. Claro que podemos ver los archivos, pero es esencial que los niños sepan esta información en el evento que ellos necesiten ayuda en una situación donde no haya otros recursos. Prepare a su niño en saber de memoria la información de contacto básica.


    Assistant Principal's Message

    Welcome Back Spruce Families 
    It is such an exciting time to come back to school with the start of the New Year.  Everyone is filled with so much hope and promise for the future.  This month I would like our students to focus on setting meaningful academic and behavior goals for the remainder of the school year.  Teaching students to set goals is a valuable life skill where they gain self-awareness, self-efficacy, and resilience. 
    Here are some ideas for helping you create goals with your children:
    • Ask your children questions about their hopes and dreams.
    • Start small with just one personal goal and keep it simple. 
    • Break bigger goals into smaller goals.
    • Tell your children that you know they have what it takes to be successful, and that they can ask for help from the family and school. 

    We have many things to look forward this semester and we want to make sure that students are doing all they need to reach their full potential.  Starting in February, our third, fourth and fifth grade students will begin practicing for the Smarter Balanced Assessments.  One great idea for setting a goal with your child is to visit  Set a goal to work on a few problems everyday to help them become acquainted with the exam.

    On January 25, we will hold an Expectations Assembly in our Spruce Gym during the school day.  We will review our PBIS Behavioral matrix as well as setting goals for a fantastic school year. 

    Bienvenidos de nuevo familias de Spruce
    Es un momento tan emocionante para volver a la escuela con el inicio del Año Nuevo. Todos están llenos de tanta esperanza y promesa para el futuro. Este mes me gustaría que nuestros estudiantes se centren en establecer metas académicas y de comportamiento significativas para el resto del año escolar. Enseñar a los alumnos a establecer metas es una valiosa habilidad para la vida en la que adquieren conciencia de sí mismos, autoeficacia y resiliencia.
    Aquí hay algunas ideas para ayudarlo a crear metas con sus hijos:
    • Haga a sus hijos preguntas abiertas sobre sus esperanzas y sueños.
    • Comience de a poco con un solo objetivo personal y hágalo simple.
    • Romper metas más grandes en metas más pequeñas.
    • Dígales a sus hijos que sabe que tienen lo necesario para tener éxito y que pueden pedir ayuda a la familia y la escuela.
    Tenemos muchas cosas que esperar este semestre y queremos asegurarnos de que los estudiantes estén haciendo todo lo que necesitan para alcanzar su máximo potencial. A partir de febrero, nuestros estudiantes de tercero, cuarto y quinto grado comenzarán a practicar para las evaluaciones Smarter Balanced. Una gran idea para establecer una meta con su hijo es visitar Establezca la meta de trabajar en algunos problemas todos los días para ayudarlos a familiarizarse con el examen.


    El 25 de enero, celebraremos una Asamblea de Expectativas en nuestro gimnasio de Spruce durante el día escolar. Revisaremos nuestra matriz de comportamiento de PBIS y estableceremos metas para un año escolar fantástico.

    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

    ELAC 2:46pm at Spruce on 2/12/19, 3/21/19, 4/16/19 & 5/14/19 ---      DELAC 6pm  3/12/19 @ Los Cerritos Elementary, 4/16/19 @ Ponderosa Elementary, 5/14/19 @ Sunshine 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!!

    $1,939.79 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!

    January is the month Cougars will be working on the “Use your Words” Character Trait. This month Cougars will focus on using their words to let others know how they feel and how what others do affects them. This trait helps us to take part in resolving our conflicts that may occur in the school day by empowering our students to use their words effectively. Students selected for demonstrating strong “Use Your Words” skills will be awarded on Friday, January 25that lunch.

    ¡El Carácter Cuenta!

    Eneroes el mes que los pumas estarán trabajando en el Carácter “Usar sus Palabras”. Este mes los Pumas estarán enfocados en usar sus palabras para hacer saber a otros como se sienten y de cómo otros los afectan a ellos. Esta característica nos ayuda a tomar parte en resolver nuestros conflictos que pueden ocurrir en la escuela día tras día para fortalecer a nuestros estudiantes a usar sus palabras efectivamente. Los estudiantes seleccionados demostrando fuertes habilidades en “Usar sus Palabras” serán reconocidos el viernes 25 de enero a la hora del almuerzo.