Saddle Up!

October 30- November 3

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Red Ribbon Week

Halloween at Branch Elementary

Here is our Halloween agenda:

11:45-12:15 - Halloween Parade

12:15- 12:45 - Family Picnic (parents are welcome to bring a lunch to enjoy with their child)

12:45- 1:00- Clean- Up/ Recess

1:00- 1:30- Bronco Plop

1:30 - Return to Class

As you prepare your Halloween costumes, please keep in mind the following school rules:
* No blood/gore
* No weapons
* No face masks during school (will be allowed during parade)

* Appropriate shoes must be worn at all times.


We ask you to sign in when you arrive on campus on our designated Halloween Visitor sign-in/sign-out sheet. When you depart campus at 1:30 please sign out.

We are looking forward to hosting you all!

6th Grade Fundraiser

Please join us for our first “Bronco Plop,” this year’s fundraiser for 6th Grade Science Camp. It will be held on Halloween after the costume parade and family lunch on campus. Everyone is welcome!

Actual squares will be drawn at school on the grass and a horse will be walked over the squares while everyone eagerly waits. Whichever square the horse “plops” (poops) in first will be the winner! The winning square will get either $250 or 10% of the money raised, whichever is less. All money raised goes to the 6th grade class for this year’s Science Camp.

If you would like to support the fundraiser it is $25 per “square”. There is no limit to the number of squares purchased. Cash, check, venmo (@branch-pto) accepted. Please email if you would like to buy a square. You can choose to sponsor one 6th grade student or the entire class.

Thank you!

Reminder: School Attendance Important

With the festivities of Halloween coming up, we understand the potential late nights and the excitement that accompanies it. To ensure a smooth transition back into our academic routine, we'd like to focus on the importance of attending school on Wednesday, November 1st.

To add a touch of fun and relaxation after Halloween, we're hosting a school-wide pajama celebration on this day! Students are invited to wear their favorite cozy pajamas to school (please ensure they are appropriate for a school setting).

It's essential to highlight that our school funding is based on Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Each student's presence directly affects our school's resources and the quality of education we provide. Your child's attendance on Wednesday plays a crucial role in supporting our school.

We greatly appreciate your commitment to prioritizing education, even after a festive night. Let's make it a fun and memorable day back with our pajama celebration!

Coming soon. . .

Important Dates

  • Monday, October 30th: PTO Meeting @ 9:30am
  • Tuesday, October 31st: Halloween & Bronco Plop (6th Grade Fundraiser)
  • Sunday, November 5th: Daylight Savings Ends
  • Friday, November 10th: NO SCHOOL, Veteran's Day Observed
  • Wednesday- Friday, November 15- 17: MINIMUM DAYS, Parent/Teacher Conferences

Chronic Absenteeism Letters

Increasing school attendance is a county-wide goal, as schools in the area have seen a drop in attendance since returning from COVID.

The state defines chronic absenteeism as missing 10% or more school days. Since we have been in school for 20 days, a student is deemed chronically absent at this point if they have missed two or more days, whether those days are excused or not.

A Chronic Absenteeism Letter will automatically be sent home if a student has missed two or more days. This letter goes over the importance of good attendance and the effects a lack of attendance has on student learning. A mandatory attendance meeting will be scheduled if a student is consistently deemed Chronically Absent, especially if the absences are unexcused.

For absences, in general, please make sure to do the following:

1) Call/parentsquare the school to let us know why your student is absent.

2) Bring a doctor's/dentist's note if a student is absent for an appointment so we can excuse those absences.

3) Bring a doctor's note if a student is absent for an extended period due to illness so we can excuse those absences.

4) Let us know how we can help! If there is something that we can help with in getting your student to school, we want to do that.

5) When you know your child will be out for three or more days, notify the teacher and school office beforehand. We will support you with supplying school work so that your student can keep up on course work and not be counted as absences if students complete the work assigned to them on a short-term independent study contract.

It is important to note that by California Law, students are only allowed ten excused illness/wellness days (without a doctor's note). ​Any illness/wellness days beyond ten are considered unexcused.

Thank you, and please let me know if you have any questions.

Bell Schedule

TK/ Kindergarten:
Late Start Mondays
MPR opens at 9:50 a.m.

10:10 a.m.-2:05 p.m.


Gates open at 8:55 a.m.
9:10 a.m. -2:05 p.m.

Grades 1-6:
Late Start Mondays

MPR opens at 9:50 a.m.
10:10 a.m. -3:35 p.m.


Gates open at 8:55 a.m.

9:10 a.m. -3:35 p.m.

Minimum Day Schedule:

Gates opens at 8:55 a.m.

9:10 a.m. - 12:55 p.m.


Students will report to the MPR at morning drop-off.

Branch Elementary School

Branch Elementary School serves students from the rural countryside near Arroyo Grande, located along the picturesque coastline of San Luis Obispo County. Originally founded in 1889 by F.Z. Branch, the school maintains a sense of its rich history and close-knit family feeling, while providing a rigorous academic program. The caring, dedicated, and experienced staff works in tandem with parents and community members to ensure all students at Branch Elementary School receive the highest quality education possible.