University Elementary News


Principal's Message

Dear Families,

February was packed with lots of school community activities none of which could have been successful with out the support of our wonderful teachers and parent community. Thank you to everyone who played a role in these successes. The PTA sponsored Valentines Friendship Dance was a huge success. Right after that we had a very successful Showcase/Open House event. The students enjoyed participating in all the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities with their families. We also had our LOVE challenge. The students' artistic expressions of what love is were quite heartwarming. Then we had the events supporting our week of Scholastic Book Fair, Bagels and Books and Movie Night. Book Fair sales totaled $6,141.77 excluding online sales. We hope to get that total early next week. Our sales have provided us with $2,827.05 to spend on new library books. Again, this is excluding what we earn from online sales. A special thank you to Dana Miller our Office Manager for stepping up, without her we would not have been able to have this great fundraiser for our library this year. Lastly, the PTA Nominating Committee reached out and were able to nominate new parents for the PTA Executive Board positions. At this time there is only one person per position. The official elections will be held on Thursday, March 14th.

March is also filled with lots of fun learning and community experiences. All of our TK-3 classes will be attending field trips to SSU. Our TK-1 classes will be a part of the Making and the Young Child event. This event is in collaboration with SSU and the Sonoma County Office of Education. Our 2nd and 3rd grade students will be engaged in both geology and chemistry activities to support their PBL unit. Our 4/5 classes recently had the opportunity to listen to the Santa Rosa Symphony as well as participate in activities in the Art Dept. and SSU Maker Space. We are so fortunate to have a unique relationship with SSU that affords us with opportunities that go well beyond what other schools are offered. In addition, our 2/3 classes will be going to the Fairfield Osborne Preserve to learn more about habitats and watershed the end of this month and first week in April.

Spring break is just around the corner. Students will have the week of March 18th thru March 22nd off. It is my hope that after this date no student will be out for family vacation time. Every day at school is an important one. Please show your student/s that you value their education and ensure they arrive on time and daily these last fifty-four days of school. The staff and I strive to make every day count for every student. Independent Study contracts will not be granted after the break.

When we return from Spring Break classes will plant the barrels that each class decorated as part of our school pride beautification project. We look forward to seeing the beautiful paint jobs on display!


It is not too late to become a PTA member. I have reviewed the importance and benefits of membership in the past. One reason for non-membership I have heard is that parents cannot make the meetings. Being a member of our PTA does not mean you have to attend meetings. Your membership shows your commitment and support of our school and also gives our PTA and the District PTA a stronger voice in state matters. Membership allows you to vote. When something important to you comes up, it allows you to have a say in the decision/resolution. On March 14th at 6:30 we will be electing and introducing our new PTA Executive Board. It is my hope that everyone can come and meet them. See below for upcoming School and PTA events.

Garden Classes

The focus this month is planning the spring garden and sowing seeds. Our most recent fundraising efforts have helped us get very close to our goal. We have currently collected $7,100 of the $8,000. The Garden Committee is working feverishly to secure grant funding for irrigation and the habitat garden the students have worked so hard to research and design, along with planning our Garden Celebration set for April 28th. Please mark your calendars and come check out the work the students have been engaged in and have fun engaging in the activities planned. The Garden Committee meets the last Monday of every month at 4:30pm, all are welcome to join us. Ideas for meeting our gardening needs are always greatly appreciated.

Common Sense Media

I highly recommend that parents check out the website above. It will help you navigate through appropriate age level movies, online games, and internet use. I firmly believe that as a community we need to look at appropriate screen time and content. Many students are affected by both and it is much easier to be proactive than to correct after long periods of inappropriate exposure. This is where teachers get lessons on Digital Citizenship.

Upcoming Events - these can also be accessed on the calendar page of our school website.

3/11 K/1 Field Trip to SSU, Making and the Young Child Event

3/11 School Site Council 3:30 in the teachers' lounge

3/12 Digging for Dinos Grades 2/3 PBL Exhibit at SSU in the Student Center Ballroom B -

Free Parking passes for the first 50 cars. Passes will be given out at the main Kiosk

3/13 See's Candy Fundraiser Order Forms go home

Future Chef Competition 3:30 at Lawrence Jones Middle School

Honor Band Concert at Lawrence Jones Middle School 6:00pm

3/14 PTA Meeting at 6:30pm

3/15 Variety Show Permission Slips due

3/18 - 3/22 Spring Break - School will not be in session.

3/25 Garden Committee Meeting 4:30 Teachers' Lounge - all are welcome to attend

3/27 Variety Show Auditions

3/28 Rm. C1 Fairfield Osborne Field Trip

3/29 Rm. B7 Fairfield Osborne Field Trip

3/29 See's Candy Order Forms are due

3/30 The Education Foundation's 33rd annual Sharing of the Green Glitz and Glamour at the

Double Tree Grand Ballroom. This event supports funding teacher requests for program

enhancements. Our school has received thousands of dollars for our library and


4/4 Rm C2 Fairfield Osborne Field Trip

4/4 Skate Night

4/5 2nd Cup of Coffee with the Principal at 8:20am in the teacher's lounge

4/15 Kindergarten Tour at 10:30

4/18 PTA Meeting 6:30pm

4/22 School Site Council 3:30pm in the teachers' lounge

4/22 -5/3 State Testing window for our 3rd-5th grade students

4/28 Garden Celebration

4/29 Garden Committee Meeting 4:30 Teachers' Lounge - all are welcome to attend

5/3 2nd Cup of Coffee with the Principal at 8:20 in the teacher's lounge

5/9 K/1 PBL Exhibit 5:30-7:00pm in our Multi-Use room

5/11 Spring Feed - Input request coming right after the break!

5/15 4/5 Classes Field Trip to the Exploratorium and the De Young Museum

5/16 PTA Meeting 6:30pm

5/20 Garden Committee Meeting 4:30 Teachers' Lounge - all are welcome to attend

5/27 Memorial Day Holiday - No School

Field Day to be determined

5/31 5th Grade Promotion

5/31Last day of school. All students will be dismissed at 12:00noon

*There are a couple more items that will be added next month that did not have dates attached yet. Remember you can always check the calendar on our website, just follow the link below.