Parent Newsletter

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Calaveras Elementary School

Hello Calaveras Families!

EUREKA MATH: This is our new math curriculum. There is free help available for anyone. Just go to youtube.com and type in Eureka Math, the grade, the module, and the lesson for free videos and tutorials.

ATHLETICS: Come watch a game and cheer for our middle school athletes Girls Soccer, and Boys Basketball.

TRAFFIC: Do not leave your car unattended in the bus circle. PLEASE NO LEFT TURN! We need your help to alleviate some of the congestion during pick-up and drop-off times. Left turns are not allowed when leaving the front parking lot and bus circle area. PLEASE NO LEFT TURN!

ATTENDANCE: every day counts - Attend Today Achieve Tomorrow! Please be sure your child attends school everyday. Students that miss 5 or more days of school fall behind in their reading, writing, and math skills. They continue to fall farther behind in all areas each year they miss more than five days. If your child must be absent, please call the attendance line to report an absence within 3 days: (831) 634-4963. If you do not call in to excuse an absence, the State Of California categorizes the absence as truant.

INSTRUCTION: Our Teachers and Instructional Assistants are receiving ongoing professional development. They are working with small groups of students on literacy and math skills. We are implementing a math software program called Moby Max. Moby Max offers assessment, instruction, and it groups students based on need. The data from Moby Max pinpoints student's strengths and knowledge gaps and provides teachers with meaningful, actionable insights for differentiating instruction. This will allow us to meet the needs of all of our students. In addition, we are piloting a new math curriculum called Eureka Math, and new middle school science curriculum called Green Ninja, and a new reading software program called Footsteps To Brilliance. We will be holding a parent training on Footsteps To Brilliance in the Calaveras Library on September 12, from 5:30-7 PM.

AVID: We are in our second year of implementing AVID---Advancement Via Individual Instruction. Four of our teachers were trained in the summer and we will send another group in July. We have 4th through 6th grade teachers trained. The plan is to have our entire staff trained. By teaching and reinforcing academic behaviors and higher-level thinking at a young age, we will create a ripple effect in later grades. Elementary students develop the academic habits they will need to be successful in middle school, high school, and college, in an age-appropriate and challenging way. Children learn about organization, study skills, communication, and self-advocacy. AVID Elementary students take structured notes and answer and ask high-level questions that go beyond routine answers. AVID Elementary encourages students to think about their college and career plans.

SAFETY: Please help make our student drop off and pick up safe by following all traffic laws including following the speed limit and making sure that everyone is wearing their seat belt. In addition, please do not park and leave your car unattended in the bus circle area. When leaving the bus circle are please make a right turn only as this will help speed things along for everyone. PLEASE NO LEFT TURN!

PBIS: Calaveras School is dedicated to being a place of mutual respect and making kid’s first decisions and promoting maximum academic achievement with all students. The Calaveras community strives to build a positive, safe learning environment to ensure that all students succeed. Our PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports) is an effort to empower teachers and students to create a school environment of high standards, positive culture, and academic success. Our goal is to provide clear expectations for our students, teach/re-teach and reinforce positive behavior to increase desired outcomes for an optimal learning environment. Our focus this month is RESPECT.

CAPTURING KIDS HEARTS: Calaveras School was nominated to to be a Capturing Kids Hearts National Showcase Case School. The entire district adopted Capturing Kids’ Hearts. Calaveras is blending it with a Positive Behavior Intervention & Support (PBIS). The main focus is to provide a clear system for all expected behaviors at Calaveras School. We work to create and maintain a productive, safe environment in which all school community members have clear expectations and understandings of their roles in the educational process.

HOMEWORK: All Calaveras have at least 30 minutes of daily reading homework. On the weekends they should be reading even longer! For young or struggling readers, please click here to read how to help them become great readers, or click here to watch a video.

SPIRIT DAYS: Every Friday is Spirit Day. Staff and students wear Calaveras shirts or sweatshirts. We also have the following list created by our student leadership team:

  • January 24th Neon Colors Day
  • February 28th Superhero Day
  • March 20th Disney Day
  • April 17th Crazy Hair Day
  • May 15th Twin Day
  • June 5th Beach Day

EARLY RELEASE AND SPECIAL EARLY RELEASE DAYS: Every Thursday is minimum day for all students. Students in TK-5th grade attend school from 8:10-12:49 p.m. and students in middle school will attend from 8:05-1:21 p.m. On Thursday, January 23, 2019 there is a special schedule in which all students are released at 12:00 p.m. These early release days allow teachers to work together to plan for instruction.

CALAVERAS/AAA GARDEN: Our garden project continues to flourish. Thanks to all of our volunteers for helping make this space beautiful and usable!