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Spruce Elementary School

    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!


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

    Student Absences

    School Absence Reporting

    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

    Spirit Days
    • August 31, 2018 (Team Gear Day)
    • September 28, 2018 (Color Day)
    • October 26, 2018 (Favorite Sports Team Day)
    • November 30, 2018 (College Spirt Day)
    • December 20, 2018 (Pajama Day)
    • January 31, 2019 (Superhero Day)
    • February 28, 2019 (Twin Day)
    • March 22, 2019 (Crazy Hair Day)
    • April 26, 2019 (Express Yourself Day)
    • May 24, 2019 (Aloha Day)

    **Para información en español porfavor seleccione la opcion abajo de la pagina en la derecha donde dice "translation."

    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.
    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 supervise students at 8:15 a.m., it is not safe for students to be outside alone.
    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.

    Ways to Earn $ for Spruce

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

    Hillside Preschool Program

    Hillside Preschool Program flyer

    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

    Principal's Message

    October, 2018

    Dear Spruce Families,

    Now that you have had the opportunity to meet with child’s teacher during conference week and obtain information about your child’s academic progress, it is very important to step back and reflect on the positive changes that you can make at home to improve the learning environment of your child. Our teachers are reflecting weekly and making many changes to their teachings and collaboratively creating and sharing different activities to engage all students. Ask yourself, have I established homework time period and eliminated distractions where my child can concentrate and focus on the task? Are you monitoring and making sure that your child completes all his/her homework on a daily basis? All the homework sent home is practice work that the teacher has already taught and explained and student should be able to complete independently. Are you making sure that your child reads 20 or more minutes daily with a strong focus on comprehension? Are you asking your child how his/her day went at school and what specific learning took place? Our teachers are working extremely hard to ensure that no child gets left behind and we really appreciate your partnership.

    Israel Castillo


    octubre, 2018

    Estimadas Familias,

    Ahora que usted tuvo la oportunidad de reunirse con el maestro de su niño durante la semana de conferencias y obtener información acerca del progreso académico de su niño, es importante tomarse un tiempo y reflexionar en los cambios positivos que usted puede hacer en casa para mejorar el ambiente de aprendizaje de su niño. Nuestros maestros están pensando semanalmente y haciendo muchos cambios y colaborativamente creando y compartiendo diferentes actividades para involucrar a todos los estudiantes. Pregúntese, ¿he establecido un tiempo de tareas y eliminado distracciones donde mi niño/a pueda concentrarse y enfocarse? Toda la tarea que se manda a casa es trabajo para practicar que el maestro ya enseñó y explico y los estudiantes pueden completarlo independientemente. ¿Está usted asegurándose que su niño/a lea por 20 minutos o más diariamente con enfoque en comprensión? ¿Está usted preguntándole a su niño/a como le fue en el día y que aprendió en específico? Nuestros maestros están trabajando extremadamente duro para asegurarse que ningún niño se atrase y agradecemos su colaboración.

    Israel Castillo

    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!

    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:



    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.

    Character Trait of the Month

    Character Counts!

    October is the “Give Your Best” Character Trait month. This month Cougars are focused on using giving their all with everything they do. This trait helps us to work hard no matter the obstacle and to try our best at all times.  It does not matter what anyone else is doing or who is watching, we should always have our best foot forward at all times. Students selected for demonstrating this trait will be awarded on Friday, October 26th at lunch.


    ¡El Carácter Cuenta!

    Octubre es el mes de  “Dar lo Mejor”. Este mes los Pumas están enfocados en darlo todo con lo que hagan. Esta característica  nos ayuda a trabajar duro y no importa los obstáculos y tratar lo mejor todo el tiempo.  No importa lo que otros hagan o quien esté viendo, debemos siempre poner nuestro pie derecho adelante todo el tiempo. Los estudiantes seleccionados demostrando esta característica serán reconocidos el viernes 26 de octubre durante el almuerzo.

    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.

    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.

    News from Patch

    Meal Applications

    Meal Payments

    School eFlyers!


    Upcoming Events

    10/15 Genentech Starts

    10/16 DELAC Mtg 6pm @ Martin Elementary School

    10/18 Picture Re-Take Uniform Only

    10/18 PTA Mtg. 3pm

    10/22 Pumpkin Patch on Grass Field

    10/23 Wear Neon/Bright Colors

    10/23 Mr. Naranjo, Ms. Nadalet & Mrs. Del Bianco Field Trip

    10/26 School Spirit Day Wear Athletic Gear 

    10/26 Halloween Dance 3pm in Gym

    10/31 October Parade 8:45 Upper and Lower Black Top 

    11/1 No School

    Important Dates to Remember

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

    11/1 No School

    11/12 No School

    11/21 - 11/23 No School

    12/20 Minimum Day Dismissal 12:50pm

    12/21 - 1/4/19 Winter Break

    1/7/19 Back to School 

    1/21/19 No School

    1/31/19 Family Math Night in Gym

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

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

    3/25/19- 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 & 5/31/19 Minimum Day Dismissal 12:50pm

    Early Release Dates

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

    12/20 Dismissal 12:50 for ALL Students 

    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

    DELAC and ELAC Meeting Dates

    ELAC 2:46pm at Spruce on 11/31, 12/11, 1/15/19, 2/12/19, 3/21/19, 4/16/19 & 5/14/19 ---      DELAC 6pm 10/16 @ Martin Elementary, 1/15/19 @ SSFHS (Van Pool pick up at Spruce 5:20), 3/12/19 @ Los Cerritos Elementary, 4/16/19 @ Ponderosa Elementary, 5/14/19 @ Sunshine Elementary 

    Common Core Math Help

    Lunch Money!!

    $1,448.69 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. 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.


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    Spruce Garden!

    I would like to congratulate Room B5 (Mrs. Makovkin’s class) and B6 (Mrs. Del Bianco’s class) for enhancing the Spruce Garden. This past week Spruce was selected as a CBS cool school in the Bay Area for our Garden project and aired on the news. The children are receiving an opportunity to have hands on learning through the use of the garden and this is positively impacting their 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: