Welcome to Willow Grove
Line-up Bell sounds at 8:55 am
School Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 9:00 am - 3:20 pm Thurs 9:00 am - 1:40 pm
Office Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri 8:30 am - 4:00 pm, Thurs 8:30 am - 2:00 pm
Dear Willow Grove Students and Parents,
Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year!! I am really looking forward to seeing all of our new and returning Grizzlies. Willow Grove is a very special place to learn! Willow Grove continues to be a school built on 5 Roots that are aligned with the PUSD Strategic Vision and goals. They are:
- Rigor, Relevance and Relationships
- Cultural Proficiency
- College Readiness
- Professional Learning Community, and
- State of the Art Technology
We are working very hard to ensure your child will enjoy a successful, exciting experience at our school. Our goal, as always, is to create a positive school climate that maximizes instructional time for student learning, while developing strong physical, social, and emotional characteristics in a safe environment.
Our office and custodial staff have been very busy getting ready for a great year, while welcoming some new staff to our school. Teachers have been in and out all summer, creating a warm learning environment to greet your child on opening day! We are very excited about the upcoming school year!
To ensure a smooth start to the year, it is important to clarify rules and expectations for student safety and maximized learning. Please review the important information presented in this letter so the school year begins smoothly.
Dates to Remember:
|November 19 - 21||Parent-Teacher
Conferences for 1st Trimester
November 19 - 21 **Early Dismissal each day at 12:30 pm**
November 24 - 28
District Recess - No School
December 22, 2014 - January 2, 2015
District Recess - No School
January 16, 2015
Professional Growth Day - No School for Students
January 19, 2015
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - District Recess - No School
February 9, 2015
Minimum Day - School Dismisses at 12:30
Registration: Please contact Kelley Magill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Transitional Kindergarten- 9:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Kindergarten- 9:00 AM - 1:40 PM through September 26th (Kindergarten Introduction Days);
First full day of Kindergarten will be September 29, 2014, with dismissal at 3:20 PM
Grades 1 – 5- M, T, W, F – 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM, Th 9:00 AM – 1:40 PM Classroom Assignments: Classroom assignments will be posted on Tuesday, August 19th at 4 PM for Grades 1 - 5 by the front gates of the school, and Jamba Juice will be available for purchase. The PTA will be there for membership sign ups and event information. Willow Grove staff will not be present at the posting.
Arrival: Students will report to the playground and line up with their teacher by 8:55 at their designated classroom number spot. Playground supervision will begin at 8:40, twenty minutes before school begins. Students in grades 1-5 should walk to the playground, and Kindergarten students should walk to the Kindergarten playground. Please do not have your child arrive before 8:40, as there will be no adult supervision on either playground until that time. Students will line up in their assigned area on the playground at 8:55. The tardy bell rings and school begins promptly at 9:00. Students are expected to be in their seats ready to learn by that time. After the 9:00 bell, students will need to come to the front office for a late slip before going to class. Parents are invited to join representatives from our PTA and Educational Foundation and the Principal at 9:15 AM on the first day of school in the MPR for a “Meet and Greet” where we will enjoy refreshments together and celebrate the beginning of the school year.
Dismissal: At dismissal time, teachers will walk their students to the front of the school, where parents will meet their children. We ask parents to wait by the large cement area away from the gates, as there is greater space and visibility there. Please do not meet your children inside the school or by the classroom, as it is a distraction to the learning environment and causes great congestion. Our goal is to maximize instructional time for student learning and decrease congestion in the hallways.
Traffic Flow: Parents driving students to and from school should follow the procedures of state law. Enter the parking lot to drop off your child by making a right hand turn off of Via Azul in the turn lane only, and exit left or right onto Via Inez. Please drive all of the way forward in the drop off/pick up zone. Do not let your child out of the car until you are stopped at the edge of the curb. Please abide by the directions of our wonderful volunteers and staff. They are working hard to ensure safety of our children. Cars in the traffic circle should never be left unattended at any time. Do not enter the bus drop off circle. If you need to enter the school campus for any reason, please park your car in a designated space in the lot or on the street. Pedestrians should cooperate with our Student Safety Patrol, located by the crosswalk of Via Inez and Via Fiesta, and demonstrate good citizenship and safety practices for our students.
Visitors and volunteers: PUSD Board Policy 4.415 prohibits volunteers on campus unless they have completed a background check and had a TB Skin Test. All visitors and cleared volunteers must report to the office, sign-in, and wear a visitor's pass. The PTA keeps track of volunteer hours and reports them to the Palomar Council.
Gates and School Safety: The gates to the school are closed to ensure that visitors and volunteers sign in at the front office and wear an appropriate name tag. We cannot take chances with student safety. Please remind your child that NO student may leave the school grounds during the school day without being checked out of the front office.
School Lunch: Hot lunches are available for $2.75 including milk. Children who bring their own lunch may purchase milk ($0.75), juice (4 oz - $0.50/8 oz - $0.75), or bottled water ($0.50) from the cafeteria. You may pay your child's lunch in advance by sending cash or check payable to PUSD Food Services to the front office. For credit card payments, go to www.MySchoolBucks.com . Please note there is a $1.95 fee for each $100.00 transaction. Lunch envelopes are available there. If your child receives free or reduced lunch, you must submit a 2014-2015 application to Food Services. Applications are available on-line at www.powayusd.com under the Food and Nutrition Department link, or you may request one in the front office of the school. WGES schedules students to play first, then eat. This practice reduces food waste as students do not rush through lunch to eat. It also reduces playground problems entering the classroom, as students relax while enjoying their lunch. Students have twenty minutes to play and twenty minutes to eat. If your child is a slow eater, you might consider having them bring lunch so that they can take the full twenty minutes to eat.
Willow Grove PTA and Educational Foundation: Our PTA and Educational Foundation are two very important organizations in our school. They support many activities and programs that directly impact student learning and our positive school environment. I urge you to join me in becoming a member. Your participation in these two organizations will help families find the most appropriate way to lend their support to our school that fits their lifestyle. Many parents want to help in classrooms. Many want to help with special events. Others want to contribute financially to enhance programs for our children. Look for additional information from our PTA and Educational Foundation on our website or in the first day packet of information that your child will bring home. Thank you in advance to those of you who become a part of these outstanding organizations. Your support is truly appreciated!
Extended Student Services (ESS): Willow Grove offers an Extended Student Services Program located on campus. ESS is a before and after school child care program that extends the learning day for students. It is available for all students from 6:30 AM - 6:00 PM. For information, contact Marcy Golden at email@example.com .
Attendance: It is important you keep us informed about your child when they are not in school. When your child is absent, please call or e-mail the school to inform us of the reason for the absence each day they are not in attendance. In addition, if they will be tardy more than 30 minutes, please call also. If your child will be absent from school due to anything other than illness for 5 days or more, please contact the school for a study contract. Our attendance hotline number is 858-674-6300. Press option #2 to report a student’s absence.
Medication: Students who are required to take medication during school hours must be assisted by school personnel. No medication may be given at school without a Medication Authorization form completed by the physician detailing instructions for administration. This form may be picked up from the school office. For safety reasons, an adult must bring the medication to the school office in the original container that the medication is dispensed. Children may never have medication in their possession at school. This includes aspirin, inhalers, cough drops, etc.
Good Evening Grizzlies, this is Mrs. Huff with the Willow Grove weekly
CONGRATULATIONS ROOM PARENTS!
Thank you, Marcella Kuo, for entering PTA into the Shutterfly website contest. PTA won $2,000 for being among the first fifty schools nation-wide to have at least half of their school's classrooms set up share sites with at least 10 members per site. Our Room Parents worked together to make this happen! Thanks to all of our wonderful Room Parents and to our Willow Grove community!
STUDENT COUNCIL SPONSORING CAN DRIVE
Student Council will be hosting the San Diego Canned Food Drive in December. Please send any donations of canned food or packages of dried food to school from December 1 to December 9. There will be large bins in the front office foyer. Thanks for your support!
THE 6TH ANNUAL WILLOW GROVE HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE
The 6th Annual Willow Grove Holiday Boutique is coming on Thursday, December 4th, from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. The holiday cheer has already begun with vibrant poinsettias for sale, and holiday photo card shoots by Robin Gustini Photography. Shopping at the boutique will include eye-popping jewelry, artisanal foods, chic clothing- you will not leave empty handed. The boutique will also feature a Blow Dry and Beauty Bar, Marlene's Tea and Cakes, and a special dinner night at Rosina's. For more details on poinsettias, photography, dinner night, and the great line-up of boutique vendors please email WGEFboutique@gmail.com.
Mark your calendars for our parent lunch on Friday, Dec. 5th, during your Grizzlies' lunchtime. Bring a picnic blanket and have lunch with your child during their lunchtime. We will have our first imprinting of the Grizzly Paw tiles during this time. Come join in the fun!
MOSER ORTHODONTICS CANDY BUY BACK PROGRAM RAISES RECORD
Thank you to the families who graciously donated their Halloween Candy to our school. We raised $369 dollars for our school! AMAZING!!! Moser Orthodontics will be presenting Willow Grove with a check at our next Friday Flag on December 5th.
ATTENTION VARIETY SHOW PARTICIPANTS
For group performances, each group member must submit a separate application. Please ensure each participant in your group has turned in an application. If you have not already done so, please submit your music CDs and printed lyrics for your performance as soon as possible in the Variety Show bin at the front office. Please note: performers using instruments are not required to submit these items.
Please refer to the attached application for additional details.
This is your chance to help out our families in need with holiday gifts through the Adopt-A-Family program. Please look on the bulletin board in the front office for special stockings and choose an item or items to donate. You can also go to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f4eabaa2aa3fa7-adoptafamily/ to select your donation from home! You have 2 weeks to bring in your donations to the front office. GIVING IS THE BEST PART OF THE HOLIDAY SEASON. Thank you Willow Grove families for your support and generosity! Please see the attached flyer for more information.
REMINDER FOR PARENTS OF 5TH GRADE BAND AND ORCHESTRA STUDENTS
You are invited to the winter music concert on Wednesday, Dec. 17th, at 10:30am in the Willow Grove multi-purpose room. Doors for audience seating will open 5 minutes prior to concert time. Please remind your musician to wear nice school clothes on the day of the performance. Looking forward to seeing you at the concert!
WILLOW GROVE FACEBOOK!
Willow Grove now has a Facebook page! I will be utilizing this tool as an extension of our website to share information about the great things going on at Willow Grove! Check us out at the Willow Grove Facebook Page.
It's going to be a grrrrrrreat Grizzly week. See everyone tomorrow!!