Labor Day Closure

All SJUSD schools and offices will be closed on Monday, September 1, 2014 in observance of Labor Day.

Todas las escuelas y oficinas del SJUSD estarán cerradas el lunes, 1o de septiembre de 2014, a fin de conmemorar el Día del Trabajo.

Students working

Ms. Prieto

First Almaden Elementary

Mrs. Zamorano

At Desk

swinging

On a project

Boy working

Our sign

Two students

Mrs. Cantlen

Welcome to Almaden Elementary School

Principal Montes

Dear Almaden Elementary Families:

On behalf of the school staff, it is my pleasure to welcome you to the start of an exciting 2014-2015 school year. Be assured that Almaden Elementary is one of the finest schools in the district, providing students with a high quality education.  Our success is due to our excellent and devoted staff and so many caring and involved parents like you.  It is my belief that when a team is harmoniously working together on common goals, striving to focus on the positive and willing to share some of their extra time and talents, great things are accomplished. This legacy will continue as long as we all do our part to support each other working to educate the next generation of leaders.  In order to be prepared for a successful year, I’d like to inform you of important dates and school policies. 

2014-2015 SCHOOL YEAR BEGINS

First Day of Class:
WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 13, 2014
Grades 1-3: 9:00 a.m. – 3:06 p.m.
Grades 4-5                       9:00 a.m. – 3:10 p.m.
Kindergarten:                       9:00 a.m. – 1:04 p.m. (Until August 22rd)
ATTENTION KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!!! 
August 14 - 22, 2014 are EARLY RELEASE days for Kindergarten students.
They will be dismissed at 1:04 p.m. on these days.

Pre-School: AM program: 8:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. PM program: 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
SDC Preschool 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

SCHOOL HOURS:
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday Tuesday - Minimum Day (Beginning August 19th for 1st-5th)
Kindergarten:  9:00 a.m. – 3:04 p.m. Kindergarten: 9:00 a.m.  - 1:50 p.m. (August 26th)
Grades 1-3:  9:00 a.m. – 3:06 p.m. Grades 1-3:  9:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.
Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m. – 3:10 p.m. Grades 4-5 9:00 a.m. – 1:50 p.m.

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS
Beginning Wednesday, August 6, 2014, the school office will be open daily from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
The first day of school is Wednesday, August 13, 2014.  All students must report to the blacktop area and must line-up at their designated area.  At 9:00 A.M., the teacher will meet his/her students and walk them to the room.  Students should not be on school grounds before 8:30 a.m. as supervision begins at 8:30 a.m. the first day of school.

POSTING OF CLASS LISTS
This year, we WILL NOT post class lists due to issues of confidentiality. You will receive a personal phone call or letter home from your child’s teacher. We feel this is a more personal way of informing you of your child’s placement.  Please make sure we have your updated address and phone numbers on file in the office. We will also have staff members available to direct you and your child to the correct class on the first day of school. Our goal is for your child to have an exceptional year at Almaden Elementary. Please be aware that no requests will be accepted to have children assigned to a specific teacher. Almaden has a very professional teaching staff, and we take every child’s need into consideration when
creating class lists. We have the important task of ensuring that classes are well balanced by gender, behavior, academic ability, etc. We do anticipate combination classes this year, and this is out of our control. Requests for keeping children out of combination classes will not be accepted either. Please know that we keep the interests of children in mind when creating classes.

ATTENDANCE
If, for any reason, your child will not be in attendance the first day of school, you must notify our office at
535-6207. 
If you have not contacted our office by Monday, August 25th, and your child is not in attendance we will drop your child from our school.

ARRIVAL/PICK UP TIME
Your child needs to be safe.  Supervision will be available starting at 8:30 a.m.  Please do not send your child to school before 8:30 a.m.  School office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  It is important that children be picked up shortly after dismissal at 3:10 p.m.  Students are not allowed to remain at school unless they are participating in an after-school program.

BUSSED STUDENTS
If your child rides the school bus, the Transportation Department will be mailing the bus tags to your home prior to the first day of school. Your child will be required to wear the tag to board the bus. Please call Transportation at 535-6185 if you have questions.

COMMUNICATION
The school will send out a monthly newsletter the first week of each month highlighting student activities and upcoming school events along with a calendar.  The PTA will also keep parents informed with a monthly bulletin.  For more current information, I encourage you to visit the school website on a regular basis at: http://www.sjusd.org/almaden/ or the PTA Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/almadenpta

FOOD SERVICE
Breakfast will be available from 8:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. at a cost of $1.75 or $.30 for a reduced price breakfast.  Lunch with milk can be purchased for $2.75 or $.40 for reduced price lunch with milk for $.25.  Returning students who qualified for free or reduced meals last year will continue to be eligible until October 1, 2014.  For eligibility to continue, a new application for food assistance will need to be returned to school by Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. 

Prepayments for lunches are encouraged and can be made by sending cash or a check with your child. Payments may also be made online at: https://www.mynutrikids.com/login.asp  You will need your child’s Student ID number, available through the school office. For every 10 meals purchased, you will receive one bonus lunch.

UNIFORM POLICY
All students must come to school every day in the basic school uniform of navy blue, forest green or white polo shirt, twill shorts or pants in either navy or khaki, or girls may wear a blue or plaid skirt or jumper. “My uniform is dirty” is not a legitimate excuse for coming to school out of uniform. It is the students’ responsibility to have their uniform ready each day.  Examples of inappropriate clothing include blouses that expose the stomach, very short shorts, extremely baggy pants, and clothing that display vulgar words or pictures.  Hats are not allowed in San Jose Unified School District except for medical reasons, such as sun allergy. If you wish your student to wear a hat while outside, please send a note to school. Students out of uniform will be sent to the office and required to change into a uniform from our uniform closet. If you need assistance securing uniforms, please contact us. 


Sincerely,
Lisa Montes
Principal