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December 14 - 18

Dates to Remember

Dec. 14 Instructional Leadership Team Meeting at 8:30 AM -2:30 PM

Dec. 14 Staff Meeting at 3:00 PM

Dec. 15 Fire Drill at 8:30 AM

Dec. 15 PLC Meeting Off Campus at 12:00 PM (Jacqui)

Dec. 16 Santa Claus Pictures at 4:30 PM, MPR

Dec. 16 Kindergarten Holiday Concert at 6:00 PM, MPR

Dec. 17 Kindergarten Holiday Concert at 9:00 AM, MPR

Dec. 17 Seahawks Assembly at 1:45 PM, MPR

Dec. 18 Minimum Day

Dec. 21 - Jan. 1 Winter Break

Upcoming Important Dates

Jan. 6 PLC Meeting

Jan. 6 PreK Meeting at 1:30 PM

Jan. 6 Office Manager Meeting at 2:30 PM (Lida)

Jan. 7 PLC Meeting

Jan. 7 Math Leads Meeting

Jan. 7 ELA/ELD Workshop at SCOE (Jacqui)

Jan. 8 PLC Meetings

Holiday Staff Luncheon

The Holiday Staff Luncheon will be on Friday, December 18th from 1:30 to 3:00 p.m. at the Annex Wine Bar in Sonoma. All staff is invited and the cost for the lunch will be $15.00 per person. The sign up sheet will be in the staff room and people will need to RSVP by December 17th. You may give your $15.00 to Kim or Anne before December 17th.

Thanks Kim and Anne for organizing!

Boys and Girls Club

A Message from Katie Welch, Program Director

New Faces Around Campus

Boys & Girls Clubs at Sassarini recently welcomed two new Staff Members—Myriam Soto and Angel Rosas. Angel is working with the 5th graders (a.k.a. “The Alphas”). Angel brings a fun energy that draws kids to him like a magnet! He looks forward to bringing program activities such as breakdancing, video game design, and magic to our Members. Myriam is working predominantly with the third graders (“The Panthers”) and is brings a calming energy to Club. She will be doing activities such as creative crafts and cooking projects.

We are excited to tell you about a few cool things we are doing afterschool:

· We are starting a literacy pilot with our youngest Members (1st & 2nd grade) in Power Hour (our homework help block). Members will rotate daily between three homework stations—homework completion with Brianna (our Staff), reading books on android tablets, and working with an instructional aide on mini literacy lessons.

· All of our 4th and 5th grade Members are working on coding an hour a week in the computer lab. We do this as a supplement to having no homework on Fridays. Our coding program will hopefully be featured in the Sonoma Index Tribune this week!

· This Saturday 12/12 from 1-4PM the Maxwell Club will host a free community Christmas party for families. Come check it out, we will have goodies to eat, a singalong, rock climbing, and other fun holiday activities for kids. This is open to the whole community, so non-Members are welcome to attend as well.

· Our Members of the Month for November are:

o 1st & 2nd Grade-Thaliana Garcia

o 3rd Grade-Stephen Rodriguez

o 4th Grade-Hashmed Rosado

o 5th Grade-Alysia Alvarez

Note: For students that attend intervention and Boys & Girls Club after school, please remind them to quickly sign in at the Club before going to their classroom (or jot down a quick attendance list we can use to sign them in after intervention if you have a time crunch).We currently have 13 students on our waitlist, so each month we evaluate the Members that don’t attend frequently (based on sign in data) and drop them to allow others in.

Parent Engagement

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Raffle Winner!

Coffee with the Principal ~ Cafecito con la Directora

We raffled a holiday gift at the end of the meeting, and the parent was happy to be the winner.

We had approximately 22 families in attendance. It was a successful turnout. Thanks Delia and Maria for all of your efforts. You rocked it!

Read Aloud

December 15

Ms. Reighley at 9:00 AM

Ms. Zuehlsdorff at 9:40 AM

December 16

Ms. Schmitz and Ms. Henion at 8:30 AM

Ms. Wesson at 9:00 AM

Ms. Landini at 9:35 AM

December 17

Ms. Tomasello at 12:10 PM

Professional Learning Community

Upcoming Schedule

January 6th 10:30 - 12:00 PM

4th Grade

January 7th 1:00 - 2:30 PM

5th Grade

January 8th 8:30 - 10:00 AM

3rd Grade

January 8th 10:00 - 11:30 AM

2nd Grade

January 8th 12:00 - 1:30 PM


January 8th 1:30 - 3:00 PM


Social Emotional

Please continue to recognize your students with Sassarini Success Tickets.

Be Safe ~ Be Responsible ~ Be Respectful

Please review the three rules with your students on a daily basis.


Goal I: Teach the 3 rules (Be Safe, Be Responsible, Be Respectful) T-Graph

Goal II: Define School Wide Behavior Expectations

Goal III: Analyze Data

Goal IV: Positive Home Communication (Phone Call/Post Card)

Amazing Things Happening in Different Grade Levels


They are currently rehearsing for their upcoming Holiday Performance. It will be a lovely show.

1st Grade

Science ELD will begin in January 2016.

The team shared that ELD is really moving along.

2nd Grade

Ms. Landini is noticing a positive change in ELD.

3rd Grade

Math discussions are getting better (Using sentence frames).

Having access to Chromebook Touch Screens have been a great experience for all students and teachers.

4th Grade

Ms. Pat is noticing her students' great academic progress.

Ms. Irvine is noticing great work in completing the Math Performance Task.

5th Grade

All of the Holiday Boutique helpers were AMAZING!

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Our AMAZING kitchen team is always preparing delicious food for our students and staff. Last Thursday, our students really enjoyed their tacos. It was messy, but well worth it.

This school year we have been very fortunate to have a group of parent volunteers assisting the lunch line with the salad bar.

We appreciate all of your efforts, Colleen, Mireya, and Parent Volunteers!


The Holiday Boutique was a huge success. It was well organized, and many students had the opportunity to purchase an inexpensive gift for their loved ones.

Great Job, OPT and Parent Volunteers!