Welcome back to Willow Grove!  

August, 2017
 
Dear Willow Grove Students and Parents,
 
Welcome to the 2017-2018 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 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.  Teachers have been in and out all summer, creating a warm learning environment to greet your child on opening day!  We are so excited about the upcoming school year!
 
To ensure a smooth start to the year, it is important to share important dates and clarify rules and expectations to ensure student safety and maximized learning. Please review the important information presented in this letter so the school year begins smoothly.
 
Dates to Remember:
August 16 New Family Tour- Willow Grove MPR  8:00 - 9:00 AM
August 22 *Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Class Posting at 1:00 PM by Kindergarten playground gates
*Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten “Meet & Greet” in classrooms 1:15 – 1:30 PM 
  PTA hosted Ice Cream Social for TK and K students at the park by the school- 1:30 PM
*Grades 1st – 5th Class Posting at 4 PM by the playground gates
  *Grizzly Gear and PTA memberships will be on sale.
August 23 First Day of School, 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM
Parents are invited to join representatives from our PTA and Educational Foundation and Amy Huff, the Principal, at 9:05 AM on the first day of school in the MPR for an informal “Meet and Greet.” We will enjoy refreshments together and celebrate the beginning of the school year.
August 24 Back To School Night
5:30-6:00 PM Grades 3rd-5th Classrooms Open
6:05-6:35 PTA Association Meeting
6:40-7:10 TK-2nd Classrooms Open
September 1 First Friday Flag!
September 4 Labor Day - Holiday, No School
September 7 1st Running Club (Every Thursday)
September 14-15 Picture Day and Volunteer Picture Day
September 14 Professional Growth Day- Early Dismissal 12:30
September 15 Family Movie Night sponsored by PTA
September 29 Professional Growth Day, No School for Students
October 6 Friday Flag
October 12 Site-based Professional Growth Day-12:30 Dismissal
October 13-15 Barnes & Nobel Book Fair (Mira Mesa)
October 23-27 Character Counts! Red Ribbon Week sponsored by PTA
October 31 Fall Harvest Parade
October 31 Professional Growth Day- Early Dismissal 12:30
November 4 Fall Festival  3:00-6:00 p.m.
November 10 Veteran’s Day Holiday- No School
November 13 Foundation Golf Tournament and Dinner
November 14-17 Parent-Teacher Conferences for 1st Trimester Progress Reports
November 14-16 Early Dismissal each day at 12:30 PM
November 17- Full Day Conferences (no school for students)
 
Summer Office Hours
The office is open August 7th-22nd  from 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM.  Starting August 23rd, the office hours will be 8:30 AM – 4:00 PM on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday. On Thursdays, office hours will be 8:30 AM – 2:00 PM.
 
Enrollment 
For summer enrollment, please contact the District Office to set up an enrollment appointment- 858-521-2800 ext. 2321.
Beginning August 7th, Willow Grove will begin accepting enrollments.  Office hours will be from 9:00 – 12:30.
 
School Hours
Transitional Kindergarten: 9:00 AM – 12:30 PM
Kindergarten: 9:00 AM - 1:40 PM through September 28th (Kindergarten Introduction Days);
                        First full day of Kindergarten will be October 2, 2017 with dismissal at 3:20 PM
Grades 1 – 5: M, T, W, F – 9:00 AM – 3:20 PM, Thursdays 9:00 AM – 1:40 PM 
 
Classroom Assignments on August 22nd  
*Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten Class Posting at 1:00 PM by Kindergarten playground gates
*Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten “Meet & Greet” in classrooms 1:15 – 1:30 PM 
  PTA hosted Ice Cream Social for TK and K students at the park by the school- 1:30 PM
*Grades 1st – 5th Class Posting at 4 PM by 1st-5th grades playground gates
  Grizzly Gear and PTA memberships will be on sale.
  Willow Grove staff will not be present at the posting.
 
Arrival and Before School Supervision
Students will report to the playground and line up with their teacher in their assigned area 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 is no adult supervision on either playground until that time.
 
School begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. 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.
 
Dismissal
At dismissal time, teachers will walk their students through the following gates where parents will meet their children:
  • < >< >TK and Kindergarten teachers will communicate to parents where their children will be released
     
    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. 
     
    Parking Lot Drop Off & Pick Up
    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 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.
     
    Double parking in the school parking lot is not permitted. This includes sitting in your car and waiting for your child anywhere other than a parking spot or the designated drive through line.
     
    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. 
Only students in grades 3, 4, and 5 may ride a bicycle to school.  Children must wear a helmet, provide a lock for the bicycle, and follow safety rules/laws.  Bikes must be walked once on school grounds.  No rollerblades, scooters of any kind, or skateboards are allowed on campus.
 
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 Prices
Hot lunches are available for $3.00 including milk. Children who bring their own lunch may purchase milk, juice, or bottled water for .75 cents from the cafeteria. We encourage you to pay your child's lunch in advance by sending cash or a check payable to PUSD Food Services to the front office.  Lunch envelopes are available in the front office.  For credit card payments, go to www.mylunchmoney.com.
 
If your child receives free or reduced lunch, you must submit a 2017-2018 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. 
 
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 or 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 will 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 mgolden@powayusd.com .
 
Preschool
For preschool enrollment, please call the District at 858-521-2800, ext. 2847.
 
Attendance
It is important that 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.  If your child will be absent from school due to anything other than illness for 5 days or more, 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. 
 
We would appreciate you reviewing this important information with your child. Please enjoy the rest of summer. Our staff looks forward to working with you and your wonderful child this year!
 
With Grizzly Pride,
 
Amy Huff, Principal
 
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