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Today: 4/24/15
6:00 PM Montague Science Fair Evening 6:00pm-7:15pm
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Attendance Line

Please don't forget to call the office attendance line to let us know that your child is absent.

(408)423-1905

Gentle Reminder

 

Please label or write your child's first and last name in all jackets, sweaters and sweatshirts.  Remember, many jackets do look alike!

Peachjar Eflyers

Dear SCUSD families,

Santa Clara Unified School District is launching a new electronic flyer communication tool called “Peachjar.” To view school- and district-approved eflyers, simply click the Peachjar button on your school’s website homepage. The button should begin appearing on your school's website over the next week or so.

It looks like this:

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This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. 

No action is required on your part. If the district has your email address on file in our student information system, you will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school eflyers. If you do not receive a welcome email within the next week, contact your school office to update your email address on file.

To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “school@peachjar.com” to your email contacts. When you receive your first eflyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school- and district-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school and district programs, activities, and events.

 

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Montague Elementary's 2015


 

Presented by the Montague Elementary PTSA

Friday, May, 1 2015, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Rules and General Information

More detailed rules to be send home soon.

On Friday, May 1, our entire school will be participating in a Walk-A-Thon.  We wish to extend an invitation to family and friends to join us in helping raise funds for activities here at school.  Each participant will raise funds by asking family and friend to sponsor them based on the number of laps they walk.  Sponsors can pledge money per lap (i.e. $0.50 per lap), or a flat donation should they prefer.  Please use the green sponsor pledge sheet that was sent home.

 

Student and classes will also have an opportunity to ear a number of prized and awards based on their participation in the Walk-A-Thon.

 

Pledge money collection for laps walked will begin on Monday, May 4, after the Walk-A-Thon.  All pledge donations are due Thursday, May 21.

 

Day of Walk-A-Thon, remember:

Wear tennis shoes, a hat, sunblock and bring a water bottle!

 

Thank you for your continued support of our great school,

Montague Elementary PTSA

Important Dates:

May 1 - Walk-A-Thon, 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

May 4 - Pledge money collection begins

May 21 - Pledge money due

 

The Montague Elementary PTSA is a 501(c)(3) organization.  All contributions are 100% tax deductible to the full extent of the law.  Please contact stephanieseago@me.com to obtain a receipt.

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Weather (or Not)

Our weather has been really strange going from cold and windy to very warm and back again.  One day this week it event started out warm and was cold and windy by noon.  I see many children in short sleeves shirts with no jacket or sweater shivering in the cold as they walk over to lunch.  Please, remind your children to dress in layers and be prepared for the changes in the weather.  Also remind them to wear their outer garments if they need to, and to remember to pick them up if they set them on the ground.  Also, make sure they have their names on everything.  Otherwise, if they lose it, chances are high they won't get it back.

The lost and found is overflowing.  We will display it on the night of Open House and on our Spring Sing Nights.  All items that are not picked up will be giving away to a charity.

 

Spring Sing

This time, we are trying something new with our spring sing.  It will be on two nights in order for the multi-purpose room to be less crowded, and to hopefully give you a better chance to view your child.  On Tuesday, May 26th, grades TK-2nd, and our State Preschool will be singing for us from 6:30-7:30.  On Wednesday, May 27th, grades 3-5 will perform at 6:30-7:30.  For the hour during the performances, teachers will provide care for your students so that no one, except pre-school parents will have to leave during the hour.  That way, we will have a more organized audience and the show itself will flow better.  I heard some of the songs today and I can tell you that it will be a delightful evening.

Also, to increase the enjoyment for everyone, a parent has agreed to video tape the shows so that people aren't stepping in front of each other with cameras.  I believe PTSA will be selling copies for small price.  More detail will be on our website.

 

Open House

Coming up soon, on Tuesday, May 19th, we will have our annual Open House.  This is a time when the whole family can come to school and your children can share some of the things they did during the year.  This fun event will be from 6:00-7:15 in all grades TK-5th.

 

We're in Testing Season

Your children may be coming home and telling you that they are doing a lot of testing in school.  Recently, the teachers all gave tests in reading to find out what level each child is currently reading, and in math, to see how each child is meeting the grade level benchmarks.  Students in grades 2-5 recently took the NWEA test in the computer lab.  This test is administered three times a year and shows how a student is growing in reading, math, and language.  We use this test to help us in formulating curriculum for the whole class and in better understanding where each child is at in his/her learning.

Grades 3-5 also take the State Testing this year.  When we add up the hours expected for testing math, math performance, reading, reading performance, and writing language, it comes to at least seven hours of testing.  It is all done on the computer except for a teacher taught lesson before each performance test.  It's not a timed test, so some children may utilize  additional time.

As teachers and students we will have a lot to learn as we move to computer assessments.  The State of California understands this and although the children will get individual scores this year, they won't mean as much as they will in future years when everyone get more comfortable with testing on the computer.  I'll share more information about the tests as we get further along in the process.

Our fifth graders also have a paper/pencil test of science, which is administered on two days.  And, they just completed the Presidential Fitness Test in P.E.  With all this extra required of 5th grade, I'm glad that they are having a great week with their teachers at Walden West 5th Grade Science Camp.  It rained on Tuesday, but they were well prepared and hiked in the rain!

 

It's Always Reading Season

Parents often ask me what they can do at home to help their children in their learning.  The most important thing you can do is have your children read to you every night and read to them every night.  But don't just read words.  Take time to talk about what you are reading and to think about the reading as well.  Sometimes read fiction stories and other times read non-fiction.  It's fun to read poems, plays, newspaper, magazines, and even comic books.  But, do read, and read, and read.  It will make the difference.

Dr. Lorrie Wernick, Principal

On-line Registration Information

For convenience, parents now have the option of registering their children for school on-line.  If you have a child who will be entering kindergarten, please register your student soon.  This helps the school determine how many kinder teachers will be needed in the fall.

Online Registration Link:

https://air.scusd.net/air

Fill out the forms on-line, and then email them to dserrano@scusd.net or call the office at 408-423-1910.   Registration is handled in the office between 9:00 AM and 12:00 PM, Monday through Thursday.

Safety First

Hello Montague Families,

I hope your first few weeks of school have gone well.  With more kids walking at the beginning of the school year, we are sharing this brief safety brochure with you.  It contains good reminders for all of us to be aware and safe as we go through our week.  Thank you.

 

Safety Brochure

Transitional Kindergarten

The California Legislature passed the “Kindergarten Readiness Act of 2010” (Senate Bill 1381), which amended the California Education Code to change the birthdate defining admission to Kindergarten. Children who are five years old before the following dates will be admitted to Kindergarten:

  • For the 2012–13 school year, the date is November 1
  • For the 2013–14 school year, the date is October 1
  • For the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter, the date is September 1.

To accommodate children who are not yet eligible for Kindergarten admission by these dates, but turn five before December 2, the District is hoping to implement a Transitional Kindergarten program. A Transitional Kindergarten is the first year of a two-year kindergarten program that uses a modified kindergarten curriculum that is age and developmentally appropriate.

A child will be eligible for Transitional Kindergarten if he or she will have a fifth birthday between:

  • For the 2012–13 school year, November 2 and December 2
  • For the 2013–14 school year, October 2 and December 2
  • For the 2014–15 school year and each school year thereafter September 2 and December 2.

Please see the flyer linked below for more information regarding Transitional Kindergarten, including an important note about the uncertainty of funding for this program.

 

Transitional Kindergarten Flyer (English)

Transitional Kindergarten Flyer (Spanish)


 

District Standards by Grade

Extended Day Information

Montague/Callejon Preschool Information

Parent Education Website

Santa Clara Unified School District works each day to provide its students and families with quality information and support. For more information for parents, please visit the SCUSD Parent Education Website.

SCUSD Lunch Program

My Nutrikids Lunch Program

Visit My School Bucks website for information on our school lunch program.