Staff Memo!

October 17-21

Thank you for bringing your best to work every single day!

I am so very proud to work with each and every one of you! Thank you for your excellent work and your support. You have really made my first 38 days at Altamont absolutely amazing. Have a wonderful week!

This Week: Conference Week 2

Monday: Character Counts Week! Wear blue for trustworthiness

Tuesday: Character Counts Week! Wear yellow for respect; Tech Tuesday 3:30PM

Wednesday: Character Counts Week! Wear green for responsibility; PTA 7PM, Lunchtime Activities, Wellness Workshop: “Achieving a Better Work/Life Balance” at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

Thursday: Character Counts Week! Wear red for caring; Library closed; Great California Shakeout; Writing Commitee Mtg; Tech Lead Mtg.

Friday: Character Counts Week! Wildcat Spirit Apparel

Congratulations Cassia!

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ACTION NEEDED: ELD Liason (Stipend)

We are currently out of compliance. We need a staff member to be our Liason. Please contact me if you are willing to help. It can be a shared position.


Keenan Online Training - Due October 31 - Reminder that mandatory online trainings must be completed by the end of this month. Notices have been sent to all employees via Outlook email. Look for the “Keenan SafeSchools Online Training” subject line.

October Staff Meeting Tuesday 10/25 3:00PM

Draft Agenda:

3:00-3:15PM Strategy

3:15 - 3:35PM: Robyn - Math Report Cards & new math website

3:35PM Other

3:55PM Celebrations

*Send Agenda Items to Tara


District administrations will be this fall (October 17th to November 10th) and winter (Feb. 13th to March 3rd).

3rd - 5th grade teachers please sign and return your testing affidavits

More info to come... Just wanted to put on your radar.


Great California Shakeout - October 20 - All sites in the district will participate in the statewide earthquake drill at 10:20 a.m. on Thursday, October 20.


Technology Innovator Grant Applications - Due October 31 - The LVJUSD Technology Innovator Grant was established to help teachers inspire their students with the use of new and innovative technology. Five grants of up to $2000 in technology equipment will be awarded. Completed applications should be submitted to the District Technology Committee Information Technology Department and/or emailed to

Rotary Fall Mini-Grant Opportunity - Due October 28 - The Rotary Club of Livermore Valley invites you to submit an application for a mini-grant of approximately $300 - $1,000. Grants are awarded to support projects that help the youth of Livermore and local humanitarian or service projects. Application with instructions is attached. The application asks for but does not require a Rotary sponsor. Please contact Philomena Rambo ( for more information.

Extra Credit” Giveaway: Horace Mann Insurance is offering a chance to win technology or educational resources for your classroom. For information, go to:

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We are accepting nominations for GATE testing for students in Grades 4-12. As goal setting conferences are scheduled the next two weeks, I've attached the forms for you to download and copy.

If you have a student you would like to nominate, please complete the Nomination Form and ask parents to complete the Permission to Test Form. Please return both forms to me by November 10th.

Please note that parents can also nominate their child to be tested. You can provide them with a copy of both forms or refer them to the district website at (look under Schools, then under Programs).

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Race to the Flagpole

For more information, for sponsorship opportunities, or to register, or contact Mike Nagel, Race Director, at 925-667-6535 or email at
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Stacy Kovisto - Stacy has run a fabulous student council program at our school and is willing to take on our 2016-2017 Student Council. Her program gave kids in student council a great leadership role and made our events student centered!

Teren Ruiz- She has done an amazing job taking on a new program and going above and beyond to serve other roles on campus, as well

Tracy Thurman she goes above and beyond as a school psych

Daena Nelson because she is such an awesome teacher and she is great at collaborating and working as a team.

Fenna Gatty has worked so hard to get classroom teachers the materials they need to teach new science standards. She is always working on grants to fund our school projects. I really appreciate how much effort she puts in to making science lessons engaging and meaningful!

Alicia Lemoine has worked incredibly hard to coordinate and plan an amazing GATE program for the 2016-2017 year.

Julie Janzen, Jo Ann Carey and Fenna Gatty for visiting Maker Spaces and Design Schools on the Peninsula.

Patrick Mulrooney for relocating all of our critters!

Save the Dates

10/24 - 28 Book Fair

10/24 Math Committee Mtg

10/25 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM; GATE 3:30PM

10/26 District Wide Afternoon PD

10/28 Trick O Door

10/28 Wildcat Assembly 8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)

10/31 Halloween Parade 9:00AM


11/1 “How to Use Your Health Savings Plan“ at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

11/3 Mock Election Day - Wildcats to the Polls!

11/3 Wildcat Spirit Day -Student Council decides!

11/3 Reclassification Ceremony 7PM Livermore High

11/4 Movie Night

11/5 Harvest Dinner

11/11 No School - Veteran’s Day

11/15 Writing Committee

11/15 LVJUSD Board Meeting

11/16 Running Club Turkey Trot

11/17 Geography Bee (Grades 4th - 5th)

11/18 End of Trimester 1

11/18 Wildcat Assembly 8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)

11/29 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM

11/20 District Wide Afternoon PD


12/2 Winter Wonderland

12/5 - 11 Hour of Code

12/7 Wellness Workshop: “Avoiding and Coping with Burnout” at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

12/16 Wildcat Assembly 8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)

12/20 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM

12/22 Wildcat Spirit Day - Student Council decides!, Early Release

12/23 - 1/8 - Winter Break


1/13 Wildcat Spirit Day Student Council decides!

Spring Musical Auditions

1/17 Writing Committee

1/20 Family Bingo Night

1/28 Super Saturday Vs. Croce

1/24 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM

1/25 District Wide Afternoon PD

1/25 “Rewards for Wellness” Workshop at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

1/27 Wildcat Assembly 8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)

Spelling Bee


2/8 Read a Thon

2/10 Wildcat Spirit Day

2/13 Running Club Valentine Run

2/14 Flower Grams

2/14 Writing Committee

2/15 Wellness Workshop: “A Prescription for Financial Wellness” at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

2/16 Science Odyssey

2/20 No school - President’s Day

2/22 District Wide Afternoon PD

2/24 Wildcat Assembly 8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)

2/24 Dad's Poker Tournament

2/28 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM


3/1 Family Science Night

3/2 Read Across America Day

3/2 Medicare Workshop at 3:45 p.m. in the DO Board Room

3/9 End of Trimester 2

3/10 Non Student Day

3/13-17 Spring Conferences (Early Release)

3/17 Wildcat Spirit Day - St. Patrick’s Day

3/22 District Wide Afternoon PD

3/22 Writing Committee

3/22 Wellness Workshop: “Sleep: Understanding the Basics” at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

3/24 4th & 5th Quartet Assembly 10AM

3/24 Altamonts Got Talent

3/28 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM

3/31 Wildcat Assembly8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)


4/3 - 9 Spring Break

4/14 Wildcat Spirit Day Student Council decides!

4/17 Non Student Day

4/18 Writing Committee

4/25 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM

4/26 District Wide Afternoon PD

4/28 Super Secret Testing Kickoff Assembly

4/29 Wind Festival

Alameda County Fair Entries Due


Testing: 5th Grade will test May 2-5 4th Grade will test May 9-12 3rd Grade will test May 16-19

Teacher Appreciation Week

5/5 Running Club Fun in the Sun

5/7 -13 Teacher Appreciation Week

5/12 Kite Night

5/16 Writing Committee

5/17 Wellness Workshop: “Health Behavior Change: A Stage by Stage Approach” at 3:45 p.m. in DO – Conference Room C

5/23 Staff Meeting 3:00-4:00PM

5/25 Open House

5/26 Spring Musical 8:45AM(TK, 1, 2) 1:30PM (3,4,5) & 6:00PM (evening performance)

5/29 No School - Memorial Day

5/26 Wildcat Assembly 8:45AM (TK - 2nd) 1:15 (3rd -5th)

5/31 District Wide Afternoon PD

Book Fair


Hoe Down

6/5 Early Release

6/6 Early Release

6/8 *Last Day of School*

6/8 5th Grade Clap It Out/Celebration

6/8 Kinder Celebration