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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 Pick Up!

    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

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    Uniform Citations

    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

    September, 2018

    Dear Spruce Families,

     Consistent communication on a daily basis is critical in the developmental years of your child. Get in a habit of greeting your child by asking, “What is in your backpack and what did you learn today.” By doing this, you will discover that your child is working on many different things. It is very important to set time aside to go through his/her papers and ask questions when things are fresh in their minds. Go over your children’s work and ask them questions about the activities that they did in school. Help your child feel proud by making specific comments about something he/she has done. Have your child talk through math problems or science experiments that he/she did at school to reinforce the academic language that they are learning. The more that your child uses new words the faster the words will become their own language.

    Israel Castillo


    septembre, 2018

    Estimadas Familias,


    La comunicación consistente diariamente es crítica en los años de desarrollo de su niño. Tener el hábito de preguntar a su niño, “Que hay en tu mochila y que aprendiste hoy.” Haciendo esto, usted descubrirá que su niño está trabajando en diferentes cosas. Es muy importante poner tiempo para  revisar sus papeles y preguntarles que cosas está en sus mentes. Revisar su trabajo y preguntarles acerca de actividades que ellos hicieron en la escuela. Ayudarle a su niño a sentirse orgulloso diciéndole comentarios de algo que él/ella ha hecho. Que su niño hable de problemas  matemáticos o experimentos de ciencia que él ha hecho en la escuela  para reforzar el lenguaje académico   que están aprendiendo. Entre más su niño usa palabras nuevas más rápido estas palabras están en su lenguaje.

    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:

    Conference Week! Conferencias!

    Conference week is coming soon!  It will be the week of October 1st -5th.  Be on the lookout for your scheduled conference time and return your reply to the teacher as soon as possible. This is an important time to meet with your child’s teacher to learn how they are doing in school.  Teachers typically have only 20 minutes per student.  Translators have a tight schedule and have to rush from class to class.  In order to be fair and make sure everyone is given their allotted time, please do you best to arrive on time to your conference.

    NOTE:  During conference week the students will be dismissed at 12:50 each day.  Please make arrangements to pick up your child at 12:50 during the week of October 1-5.



    ¡Semana de Conferencias!

    ¡La semana de conferencias viene pronto!  Sera la semana del 1 al 5 de octubre.  Este atento por su horario de conferencia y regréselo al maestro lo más pronto posible. Esta es una oportunidad importante para reunirse con el maestro de su niño y saber cómo su niño está haciendo en la escuela.  Los maestros típicamente tienen 20 minutos por estudiante. Los  traductores tienen un horario apretado y tienen que correr de una clase a otra.  Para ser justo y asegurarse que cada uno tenga su tiempo, por favor haga su mejor esfuerzo para estar a tiempo en su conferencia.

    NOTA: Durante la semana de conferencias los estudiantes saldrán a las 12:50 cada día.  Por favor haga arreglos necesarios para recoger a su niño a las 12:50 durante la semana del 1 al 5 de octubre.

    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.

    Book Fair! Feria del Libro!

    Book Fair!

    Our Scholastic Book Fair will be back on October 1-5!  Please stop by after school during conference week to check out all the wonderful books for sale.  This would be a great opportunity to get new books to read!


    ¡Feria del Libro!

    ¡Nuestra Feria  del Libro Scholastic  estará de regreso del 1 – 5 de octubre!  Por favor pase después de la escuela durante la semana de conferencia para ver los maravillosos libros de venta.  ¡Esta será una gran oportunidad de tener nuevos libros para leer!

    Character Trait of the Month

    Character Counts!

    September is the month Cougars are working on the character trait entitled “Attitude.” A positive attitude can get you anywhere. Remember that the difference between a good day and bad day is your attitude. Last month you learned to give your best. This month, students showing the most consistent use of good attitude will be selected by their teacher for an award presented at lunch on Sept. 28th.


    ¡El Carácter Cuenta!

    Septiembre es el mes que los Pumas están trabajando en el  carácter titulado  “Actitud.” Una actitud positiva te puede llevar a cualquier lugar. Recuerda que la diferencia entre un día bueno y uno malo es tu actitud. El mes pasado tú aprendiste a dar lo mejor de sí. Este mes, los estudiantes  que demuestren una actitud positiva constante serán seleccionados por su maestro y reconocidos a la hora del almuerzo el 28 de septiembre.


    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


    School eFlyers!

    Upcoming Events

    9/14/18 Field Trip Ms. Conroy & Mr. Naranjo


    Important Dates to Remember

    Beginning 8/22/18 Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:46

    10/1-10/5 Conference Week Minimum Days Dismissal for All Grades 12:50pm

    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

    Beginning 8/22/18 Every Wednesday Grades 1st - 5th Early Dismissal 1:46

    10/1-10/5 Conference Week 12:50 Dismissal for ALL Students

    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

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    Lunch Money!!

    $771.10 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.



    School Year Calendars






    Spruce Calendar

    Common Core State Standards

    Click the link below for information and introductory videos:

    Introducing Common Core State Standards

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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. 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