AS OF 7.15.2016
Stonebrae Escrip: 141550767
To provide an academic foundation for all Stonebrae students and create a positive learning experience in a way that motivates and encourages creativity in students to realize their potential so that they are well prepared to meet the challenges of the future.
All Stonebrae students will be prepared and engaged in 21st Century learning in a positive, supportive environment.
IMPORTANT DATES FOR 2017
PREVIOUS NEWSLETTER IMPORTANT INFO:
Communication between the school and the family is a vital part of your child/ren’s education. Please be sure to read each month’s Newsletter and any notices/letters that come home with your child/ren. If you wish to speak with your child’s teacher, please call the school at 723-3910 then the classroom extension, which is 322 + room number, or send a note to the teacher to set up an appointment. This will allow you and the teacher to set a time when you can talk without interruptions.
The Stonebrae School Handbook is available on the school web site. Please read and review with your child/ren, sign and return the tear-off portion to your child’s teacher. If you need a hard copy, please notify the school office at 723-3910.
Kindergarten registration for the 2015-2016 school year begins on March 13th. If your child will be five on or before September 1, 2016 you may download a registration packet from the Hayward Unified School District website (husd.us). Registration for kindergarten and transitional-kindergarten will be done at the Parent Resource Center HUB at 24823 Soto Road 510-723-3857 ext. 34215 by appointment. Registration for grades 1-6 will be done at the school site. Registration packets WILL NOT be accepted until they are complete. Click here for Kinder Enrollment Flyer Info Night-English-Espanol.doc
Please call the office if your child is not at school. Each day, phone calls are made home for students who are not in class whose parents have not notified us of the absence. These calls are a safety net to be sure that students are only kept home if they are too ill to be in class. They also ensure that students who leave for school arrive here safely. Children are aware that if they don’t come directly to school, their parents will be contacted.
It is necessary that your child be picked up on time. This eliminates the panic in children and concern in the office for your child’s safety. If, in an emergency, you cannot pick up your child on time, please call the office to inform us. Children should not wait for parents on the play yard or in front/back of the school, on Hayward Blvd. or at the park for extended periods of time. This creates a dangerous situation for your child when all children leave and he/she has not been picked up and is waiting alone to be picked up. We provide supervision in front of the school and at the bus pick up area, so children should wait in front of the school for their rides. Make sure that your child/ren know what they are to do after school BEFORE they leave the house in the morning. Make plans with your child/ren as to what they are to do if it rains. Phone calls are to be limited to emergencies and students are not allowed to call home every day when it rains to ask if they should walk home or will be picked up. The school only has a limited number of outside telephone lines for the entire school; otherwise this would not be a problem. Please assist us and make plans with your child in advance.
Please be sure that students do not ride skateboards or scooters on school grounds. We have a lot of children in the yards before and after school, and it is dangerous to have children riding between them on skateboards and scooters. Students have been warned that we will confiscate their skateboards and scooters if they ride them on school grounds. They have also been told that they can only ride scooters to school that they can fold up and put in their backpacks and/or lock to bicycle racks. Any scooters or skateboards that are seen on school grounds will be confiscated. Thank you for helping us to keep Stonebrae School a safe place for all of our children.
If your student needs to take medicine during school hours (prescribed or not), we must have a note from the doctor, as well as, the medicine in its original package. If the child is taking antibiotics and needs it 3 times a day, the student can take it before school, when they get home and at night, therefore, not needing any at school. Any questions, please call the office at 723-3910.
If you have moved or plan to move or if any information on your child’s emergency card has changed please call the office to let us know. This is very important for your child in case an emergency occurs and we have no one to contact. If your child does not have an emergency card filed in the office please send a note with your child and we will make sure he/she gets one to take home. Again, if there is an emergency and we have no emergency card on file precious time is wasted that could result in your child not receiving the help needed.
Volunteers are always welcome at Stonebrae in all grades. There are several ways in which one can volunteer at the school: helping in a teacher’s classroom (not necessarily your child’s), helping after school with clubs or a sport, preparing for class projects at home, class fundraisers, helping with special celebrations throughout the year and/or copying for teachers. All volunteers, including drivers for field trips, must complete the volunteer packet and be fingerprinted through the school district and submit proof of a current Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
The process for completing the volunteer packet is:
1. Pick up a volunteer form from Stonebrae Office
2. Complete the volunteer form in full and return it to Stonebrae office with proof of current TB skin test.
3. Office staff will then provide a finger print application form, for the potential volunteer, which he/she is required to fill out at that time.
4. Office staff will then sign the form and return it to the potential volunteer so they can call the District Office to make an appointment to be fingerprinted. There is a fee and the Stonebrae PTA pays half for our families.
5. Potential volunteers must have proof of a clear TB test taken within the last 4 years.
6. School site or district will contact potential volunteers when all documents and fingerprints have been cleared.
All volunteers must go to the office to sign in and sign out.
DROP OFF/PICK UP
Drop off and pick up are in front of the School in the parking lot area. You are to pull up to the curb, children leave or enter your vehicle, then you can continue on your way. If you need to park to go into the office, there will be parking spaces labeled for visitors. There are no cars allowed in the bus drop off area. This is a safety issue for our children. There are several buses that drop off and pick up students. They need access to that area at all times. We cannot have cars or children walking in that area.
In your Parent/Student Handbook is a copy of Stonebrae School’s daily schedule. Please note that every Wednesday and minimum days are shortened days for grades 1 - 6. Students in grade 1 – 6 dismiss at 1:00 PM. Children MUST be picked up on time. School always starts at 8:15.
Your children’s attendance is very important. Studies show that students can learn more effectively and earn better grades when they are in class every day. Their attendance, for all or even a part of a day, also allows their school to receive money from the state to finance the educational services they need. We encourage you, as parents and guardians, to make every effort to send your child to school on time every day.
Districts no longer receive funding from the State of California for pupils who are absent from school. THIS INCLUDES ALL absences, even those related to illness, medical or doctor appointments, or funeral services for family members. Our schools will receive funding ONLY for those students WHO ACTUALLY ATTEND SCHOOL. If your child is absent, please call the school in the morning: 723-3910, option 9 for Attendance. When your student returns to school, send a note explaining the reason for the absence. If your child has a dentist/doctor’s appointment, bring back a note from their office to excuse the tardy or absence.
Absences as well as tardies are placed into our main computer, which is tied to the district’s Child Welfare and Attendance (CWA) office. These absences and tardies are reviewed by CWA monthly. Please make sure that you notify the office if your child is ill and send a follow-up note when they return. If a child must be late, please make sure that you accompany him/her to the office. Please keep in mind that tardies for waking up late, parents saying that they are at fault because they are “running late”, etc. are unexcused. Doctor/Dentist appointments, or tardiness due to illness will be considered excused with a note from the doctor. Remember to try to schedule these appointments after school on Wednesdays (which are Minimum Days) and on “No School Days”. Children who are tardy more than three times will receive detention and their names will automatically go into the district attendance computer where they will be reviewed and letters will be sent by our Child Welfare and Attendance Office requesting a meeting with their staff and parents.
If your child has a medical appointment or other reasons besides illness to be absent from school, please try to make arrangements so the child is able to spend at least part of the day in class. By attending even some of the school day, your child will not be counted absent or miss out on important assignments from the teacher. We want to avoid unnecessary absences that limit your child’s opportunity to learn or reduce the district’s financial resources.
Thank you for your support and cooperation!
STUDENTS ARRIVING TOO EARLY/STAYING TOO LATE
Students should not be on campus (unless they are eating breakfast) until 8:00 am. Breakfast eaters may arrive at 7:55 am and must go directly to the cafeteria. All students not participating in an after-school program must be picked up NO LATER than 3:00 pm. It is very dangerous to have children waiting outside the school or in the playgrounds for their rides. For your child’s safety please make sure you make arrangements to get your child/ren to school NO SOONER than 8:00 am and to pick up your children NO LATER than 3:00 pm. Thank you for your understanding and help in this matter.
Please remember that the safety of students, families and staff is always a priority. These are no parking on Hayward Blvd. or in the Bus Zone. These areas are clearly marked by the city as no parking areas. The Drop Off/Pick Up zones in front of the school are also no parking areas, so you may not leave your vehicle unattended. Leaving your vehicle in this area backs up the rest of the cars and slow everyone down. There is also no parking in the fire lane in front of the school; it is clearly painted red.
The Hayward Police Department may patrol these areas and they have issued tickets to those who are not following the parking regulations. Thank you to the many parents who contacted the city regarding our traffic issues.
A special thank you to the Watch DOGS for their help with traffic control.
This is a reminder that students are not allowed to bring toys to school. This includes electronic games and Walkman and iPods. When children are focused on toys, they can be distracted during class and distract other students. In the yard, they can be injured if they are distracted and not paying attention to what is going on around them. Please remind your children not to bring any type of toy to school. Thank you for your cooperation.
SCHOOL MEALS SERVED TO STUDENTS
ALL food served to students during breakfast or lunch service is to be eaten by students only. Students, staff or parents may not remove food served to students from the cafeteria and/or school grounds. During breakfast and lunch, parents are asked to wait outside the cafeteria.
FREE/REDUCED MEAL FORMS
Free/Reduced Meal Forms MUST BE FILLED OUT YEARLY by all families! If you have already received one in the mail please return it to your child’s teacher immediately or return the form previously received. If you received a letter from Child Nutrition stating your child’s status, your child is automatically receiving free/reduced meals for this year.
School lunches are $2.00 and tickets may be purchased in the Cafeteria weekly or monthly
Stonebrae School is offering a breakfast program for students. Breakfast will be served from 7:55 am – 8:15am. The cost is $1.00 per student; those who receive free lunch qualify for free breakfast. Students will be kept in the multi-purpose room until there is supervision on the yard. They will then be dismissed to the playground.
BAKED GOODS IN SCHOOL
Sometimes parents ask if they can send in cupcakes and other baked goods to celebrate a child’s birthday or other important events. Unfortunately, this is not allowed. State law and district policy prohibit the serving of homemade food to students during the school hours. This policy is designed to protect students from the danger of improperly prepared and/or stored goods. It is acceptable to send in packaged store-bought goods. Speak to your child’s teacher in advance if you are interested in sending something special to school.
LIBRARY / DESTINY WEBSITE
HUSD has a website available for students to check the availability of books from our Library. The website is destiny.husd.k12.ca.us. Go to the website and click on "Stonebrae Elementary". Students can check by title, author or subject.
If your student is not sure what book they have checked out, they can access this information using our Destiny website. Go to https://destiny.husd.k12.ca.us. Click on the ‘login’ button on the upper right hand corner. The student’s username and password is their 5-digit student ID number. Type in this 5 digit number and click on ‘login’. Click on the “My Info” tab to see what books you currently have checked out from the Library.
If your student can’t find the book or has lost the library book, have your student see Ms. Rubino in the Library for an invoice. You can go to Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble and purchase the book to replace the lost one (preferred). Or, make a check payable to “Stonebrae School” to replace the book.
Look for the Stonebrae Newsletter no later than the end of the first week of each month. If you do not receive one, ask your child to stop by the office and pick one up. Have a great year at Stonebrae School! Please contact us if you have any questions at 723-3910.
STANDARDS AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Parents frequently ask what they can do to help their children at home. The best assistance that you can give is to be sure that they complete their homework every day since this is a review of what they are doing in class, and to be sure that they read or are read to at home every day. Listen to your children read, and then ask, “Did you understand what you read? Tell me about what you read.” Let them tell you in their own words. Doing this supports our efforts at school to increase each child’s academic skills. As partners in educating your children we will bring academic success to all.
When calling Stonebrae School, please listen to the options given by the automated system. There is a direct extension for attendance calls, 32111, and you can reach a teacher’s phone by dialing 322 + room number. For example, if you want to reach room 1, you would dial 32201, room 10 would be 32210. All phones have voice mail, so if the staff member is not available, you can leave a message.
We would also like to remind you that if your child has been out on Independent Study, they MUST return the work they were assigned on the DAY THEY RETURN TO SCHOOL in order to receive credit for their absence.
IT’S THE LAW!
SEVENTH GRADE STUDENTS MUST HAVE
THREE DOSES OF HEPATITIS B VACCINE AND TWO DOSES OF MEASLES VACCINE (MMR) and TDAP. STUDENTS CANNOT ENTER SEVENTH GRADE WITHOUT THEM!
If your student has not received these vaccines, now is the time to begin! The Hepatitis B series requires three doses over a 4 to 6 month period. The immunizations should be received from your child’s private doctor or clinic. A few local clinics are listed below for you:
Hayward Community Health Center
St. Rose Mobile Clinic
(510) 264-4191 Call for locations and times
A physical exam is also recommended before the start of 7th grade.
Make your arrangements now to avoid the rush!
Call the School Nurse at 784-2684 if you have questions.
Stonebrae Parent Corner
Stonebrae Families: Join PTA - Contrary to popular belief, membership does not require volunteer hours.
Please, new members sign up to www.escrip.com in support of Stonebrae Elementary School
Kudos to --
From Kimi Tom, "a special thanks to the student helpers at the pancake breakfast."
From Rosa Alim, "Special thanks to the silent auction volunteers."
From George Carreon, "We could not have hosted the pancake breakfast without our volunteers."
Did you know -
eScrip Dining by Reward Network
Through eScrip Dining you can earn up to 5% per dollar spent, including tax and tip, at participating restaurants. When you pay at a restaurant with registered credit or debit card, eScrip Dining tracks the dining and automatically awards Stonebrae with 2.5% of every dollar you spend on your entire bill. Earn Stonebrae an additional 2.5% when you complete the post-dine survey. For more information, visit the scrip Dining page at www.escrip.com.
Shop at eScrip Online Mall
It is as easy as 1-2-3
1. Enroll with www.escrip.com
2. Click on the “online mall”
3. Shop at your favorite brand name stores and automatically donate to Stonebrae.
You have over 1,000 vendors to choose from, including Amazon, Build a Bear, Toys R Us, Home Depot, Otter, FedEx Office, and the Disney Store.
Do you prefer to go directly to your vendor’s website? Install “ForgetMeNot” to be reminded automatically when you are shopping on a participating merchant's website. To install “ForgetMeNot”, go to www.escrip.com, click on “online mall”, scroll down to click on “get it now”, and follow the prompts. FYI – Even with ForgetMeNot, you must go through www.escrip.com to shop at Amazon, Target, Home Depot and some other vendors. If you do not see the teal and orange strip at the top of the merchant's website to click on, then check www.escrip.com for the merchant.
The PTA is collecting the Box Tops from the top of food packages. Please send them to school with your child/ren in a labeled envelope. Encourage family, friends, and neighbors to save them for you.
Thanks to those who have made a difference to you at school. Send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kudos to --
Did you know
Stonebrae's Mandarin Dual Language Immersion Program District Webpage
FROM YOUR PTA
ENTER A RAFFLE TO WIN $25 FOR YOUR CLASS:
PTA Meetings are held the 2nd Thursday of every month. Every person who attends is entered into a Raffle. At the end of the meeting, the person whose name is drawn wins $25 for his/her class of choice! The more parents who attend the better the chance for your class to win….the next PTA Meeting is scheduled on Thursday, February 9th at 6:30pm at the multipurpose room. PTA Meetings usually run one hour and free child care is provided. Meetings are a great way to keep up with school related news and events. Not sure what it is all about? Come by on and find out!
Just a reminder to parents and guardians that in order to help out on campus during school hours or to chaperone field trip you must be a cleared volunteer. If you want to participate in classroom activities such as birthday parties, celebrations and holiday celebrations, you must be cleared volunteer. The process can take up to 6 weeks – so if you would like to help with your classroom Holiday Party in December the first step you need to take is to Stonebrae’s office! DO NOT go to the School District Office first, you will be sent back to Stonebrae.
Attention all Amazon.com shoppers!! Next time your order, go through e-scrip and EARN money for Stonebrae! Order Christmas Cards through SHUTTERFLY? Go through e-scrip and EARN money for Stonebrae! Night out on the town? Visit e-Scrip to find a participating restaurant and earn money for Stonebrae! Sign up to be an e-Scrip Member. Schools have received thousands of dollars through e-Scrip. Through September, we have earned $2,711.35 (vs. $973.22 through same time in 2012). It is 179% increase – but we can make even more! You can help -Please click here to see how important you are to earning money for Stonebrae Elementary Students. Learn what Escrip offers and how to enroll view the video on the below link:
ESCRIP - $$ FOR STONEBRAE:
Earn money for you school while you shop!
Just a reminder that eScrip is an easy way to raise money for your school – shop at participating business partners and they will contribute a percentage of your credit card, grocery loyalty cards and debit/ATM card purchases to Stonebrae Elementary School. With State Budget Cuts, our schools can use all the extra money we can raise! So please take the next 5-10 minutes to sign up or renew with eScrip
How Do I Register?
Visit: http://www.escrip.com and register your cards to participate. Be sure to enter Stonebrae’s id number: 141550767. Or just CLICK HERE to sign up and begin earning rewards for Stonebrae students.
Then, just remember to use your cards for every purchase and you will automatically earn money for your group.
If you are already an Escrip member:
COMMON CORE ASSESSMENT
2015 JUMP ROPE FOR HEART REPEAT SUCCESS!!
Dear Stonebrae Parents and Guardians:
Once again our students did an outstanding job raising money for the American Heart Association during this year’s Jump Rope 4 Heart Event. This year 117 participants raised $6150 in donations, beating our school record from last year. Our top fundraiser was Emma from the fourth grade. With the help of her friends and family she turned in over $350. This year was a very successful event making it 2 years in a row that we raised over $6000. Thank you prizes from the American Heart Association have been distributed. Thank you to our staff, students and families for their time and effort in making this year’s event so successful.
Ms. Ennis & Ms. Waite