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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 3 pm 

    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


    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 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.

    Citación de Uniforme

    Los estudiantes deben venir a la escuela con pantalones o faldas azul marino o caqui (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. 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

    August 2019

    Dear Spruce Parents and Guardians,

    Welcome back to a fabulous school year! I hope that everybody had a restful and enjoyable summer break with family and friends.  In this mailing you will find your child’s classroom assignment, school supply list, and important dates and guidelines. Your child’s classroom assignment is final and can’t be changed in order to maintain balance and consistency within the grade levels. 

    For our new families entering Spruce Elementary School, my name is Israel Castillo and this will be my eighth year serving as principal at Spruce Elementary School. I’m very excited about this new academic school year and collaborating with you to ensure that your child reaches their highest potential academically and socially. Our plan is to positively engage our students in a rigorous and balanced instructional program that prepares students for a bright future. It is our privilege to serve your child (ren) and work collaboratively with you to maximize every students learning experience.  Assistant Principal Ms. Gonzalez, and the entire Staff at Spruce Elementary School will continue to provide a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all students as we continue to implement PBIS (Positive Behavior Intervention and Support.) This year I would like to challenge you to become an active participant of your child’s learning by developing an ongoing open communication with your child’s teacher. At Spruce we will continue working collaboratively on developing and strengthening our interventions to increase students learning and prepare them for a great future.

    Our goal at Spruce Elementary School is to increase parent involvement in all grade levels. Parent involvement is very important and critical and contributes positively to the learning of our children.  Research suggests that when parents are actively involved in their child’s school, students’ academic success rate increases. So let’s work collaboratively and create the best learning environment for our children. The entire staff at Spruce is looking forward to meeting their new students and stimulating their daily learning in creative and modern ways and look forward to a rewarding school year.  If at any time you should have any questions or concerns, please contact your student’s teacher, the office staff, or myself at (650)-877-8780.

    Mark your calendars for Thursday August 22, 2019 from 4:00 – 6:00pm for Spruce Back-to-School Night. See you there! In the meantime, make sure to read through ALL of the information in this mailing so that your child is prepared for a fantastic 2019-2020 school year.


    Israel Castillo



    Agosto 2019

    Estimados Padres y Guardianes de Spruce,

    ¡Bienvenidos de regreso a la escuela! Espero que hayan tenido un verano feliz y descansado. En este correo usted encontrara el salón de clases que se le ha asignado a su hijo, la lista de materiales escolares,  fechas y guías importantes. La asignación  del salón de su niño es final y no puede ser cambiada para así poder mantener un balance y consistencia dentro de los  niveles de grado. 

    Para las familias nuevas en Spruce, me llamo Israel Castillo y este será mi octavo año como director de la  escuela Spruce. Estoy muy emocionado acerca de este nuevo año escolar académico y colaborando con usted para asegurar que su niño alcance su potencial más alto académicamente y socialmente. Nuestro plan es involucrar positivamente a nuestros estudiantes en un riguroso y balanceado  programa de instrucción que prepara a los estudiantes par un futuro brillante. Es nuestro privilegio en la escuela Spruce de servirle a usted y a su niño/s mientras que trabajamos juntos para llevar al máximo aprendizaje para cada estudiante. La Sub-Directora Leticia Gonzalez y el personal de la escuela Spruce continuará proporcionando un ambiente seguro, atractivo, y de cuidado para todos los estudiantes como continuemos implementando PBIS (Intervención y Apoyo para  el Comportamiento Positivo).  Este año me gustaría estimularlo a que sea un participante activo en el aprendizaje de su niño desarrollando una comunicación abierta con el maestro de su niño. En la escuela  Spruce continuaremos trabajando colaborativamente en desarrollar y fortalecer nuestras intervenciones para aumentar el aprendizaje de los estudiantes y prepararlos para un gran futuro.

    Nuestro objetivo en la escuela Spruce  es de aumentar la participación del  padre en todos los niveles de grados. La participación del padre es muy importante y crítica y contribuye positivamente al aprendizaje de los estudiantes.  Investigaciones  sugieren que cuando los padres se involucran  el éxito académico de los estudiantes aumenta.  Así que trabajemos en colaboración y crear el mejor ambiento de aprendizaje  para nuestros niños. El personal completo está ansioso para conocer a sus nuevos estudiantes y estimularlos  para su diario aprendizaje,  y crear nuevas maneras para un año escolar gratificante. Si en cualquier momento usted tiene cualquier pregunta o preocupaciones, contacten por favor al maestro de su estudiante, el personal administrativo, o a mí mismo al  (650)-877-8780.

    ¡Marque sus calendarios para el jueves 22 de agosto  2019 de las  4:00 – 6:00pm  para la Noche de Regreso a la Escuela! ¡Los veré allí! Mientras tanto, lea TODA la información en este sobre para que su hijo(a) este bien preparado para un año fantástico 2019-2020.


    Israel Castillo




    August 2019

    Welcome back Spruce Families.  We are very excited for another year of working with our fabulous students and families.  Starting school is an exciting time for all of us.  It is important to use our words if we need help in school and to tell others how we are feeling.  That is why the month of August is dedicated to the Character Trait of Respecting Others.  At the end of August we will have an Expectations Assembly showcasing this trait and celebrating those students who have demonstrated the act of being Respectful.   

    We are also excited to announce a new addition to our uniform policy--Khaki pants.  Please make sure your students come dressed in uniform to school every day.  For your child’s safety, please remember that yard supervision starts at 8:15am.

    Ms. Gonzalez, Assistant Principal


    Agosto 2019

    Bienvenidos familias de Spruce. Estamos muy emocionados por otro año de trabajar con nuestros fabulosos estudiantes y familias. Comenzar la escuela es un momento emocionante para todo nosotros. Es importante usar nuestras palabras si necesitamos ayuda en la escuela y decirles a los demás cómo nos sentimos. Es por eso que el mes de agosto está dedicado al rasgo de carácter de respetar a los demás.  A fines de agosto,  tendremos una Asamblea de Expectativas que mostrará este rasgo y celebrará a aquellos estudiantes que han demostrado ser respetuosos.

    También nos complace anunciar una nueva añadidura a nuestra norma de uniformes: pantalones de color caqui. Asegúrese de que sus estudiantes vengan vestidos de uniforme a la escuela todos los días. Para la seguridad de su hijo, recuerde que la supervisión del patio comienza a las 8:15 a.m.

    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


    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!!

     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 30, 2019 (Team Gear Day)
    • September 27, 2019 (Color Day)
    • October 26, 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)
    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!


    ¡El Carácter Cuenta!