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A message from Principal Williams
Dear Steele Lane Elementary Community,
As November unfolds, we're reminded of the immeasurable gratitude we have for our remarkable school, the incredible students, dedicated staff, and supportive families. We extend our heartfelt appreciation to each and every one of you for contributing to what makes our school community so special.
Halloween was a blast, and it was an absolute joy celebrating with our students and families. The creative costumes and enthusiastic participation made the day truly special. Thank you for making it a memorable and spirited event.
As we approach the week of November 20th-24th, we're eagerly anticipating a well-deserved break to spend cherished moments with our family and friends. This break serves as a time to recharge, relax, and make wonderful memories.
We also invite you to join us at the upcoming board meeting on Wednesday, where we'll have the honor of celebrating and recognizing the outstanding efforts and achievements of our staff and students of the month. It's a fantastic opportunity to come together and celebrate the incredible accomplishments within our school community. It will be held at Santa Rosa City Hall Council Chambers located at 100 Santa Rosa Ave, Santa Rosa, CA 95404, or you can join by ZOOM. The link will be posted later today from the district office.
Your presence and support continue to make Steele Lane Elementary a thriving and nurturing environment for our students' growth and success. Thank you for being an integral part of our school family.
Wishing you all a joyful and restful November!
With much Gratitude,
Steele Lane Foundation
We are excited to share that the Foundation secured staffing to support Garden visits once a month as well as art lessons once a month for every class.
Incorporating art and gardens into elementary education enriches the learning experience, fostering a holistic approach that nurtures creativity, critical thinking, emotional well-being, environmental consciousness, and social skills in young students.
Important Dates ahead in November
8th - Board Meeting - Celebrate our student and staff of the month!
10th - No School - Veterans Day
13th - School Site Council Meeting
15th - ELAC Meeting
20th-24th - Fall Break
Meet our Family Engagement Facilitator - Itzel Lopez Canela
Meet our new Restorative Specialist - Anthony Zamora
Mrs. Ogg's Reading Tips
How can you use phonemic awareness word games at home?
Phonological awareness is simple to support at home - all you need is language! These activities or word games can extend beyond the classroom lesson, and can be a lot of fun.
- You can ask your child to isolate the first sound in people’s names, or ask your child to think of words that begin with the same sound as their name. (i.e. Sam, /ssss/, Sam. What other words begin with /s/ like Sam? Possible responses: silver, star, sun, same, sort, sick, see, etc)
- Can your child segment or chop a big word into syllables? Do you have a long last name that they can chop into syllables? (i.e. understand, un-der-stand or picnic, pic-nic) Remember, these words are spoken aloud, not seen in print.
- Can they delete the first sound from their name and say what is left? (i.e. Mark, without /m/, what’s left is? Answer: -ark)
- When I say 3 sounds, /d-o-g/, what’s the word? (dog) Try this with other simple words that have 2 or 3 sounds (toe, cat, sock).
- What happens if I change the first sound /b/ in bake to /l/? The word is lake.
Because these activities are spoken aloud, they require no preparation and can take place anywhere! You may find this is a fun way to pass time in the car, swinging on the swings at the park, or when you are outside on a walk.
One of our favorite days at Steele Lane is on Halloween. Our parade was a great success this year. So many students participated in this event. It was wonderful to also see so may parents on campus enjoying all of our students creative costumes.
Scan the QR code below to access mental health resources that are available in our county.
Join us for our first ELAC meeting November 15th. Our meeting will take place via ZOOM. Click here to join our ZOOM meeting. I will also send reminder e-mails prior to the meeting. The meeting will begin at 2:30 pm.
Meeting ID: 968 1959 9546
ParentSquare - Communication with Parents
- Para obtener información de ParentSquare en español, haga clic aquí
Santa Rosa City Schools uses ParentSquare for school communication, primarily with email, text and app notifications. ParentSquare automatically generates an account for each parent, using their preferred email address and phone number originating in the student information system. For email or cell phone number changes, please contact your student's school. ParentSquare can only recognize you as a parent/guardian if your school has the same email and/or textable cell phone information for you in our system.
We encourage parents to access their accounts so they can download the mobile app and update their preferences on when and how they are notified.
Here’s what you can do with ParentSquare:
● Receive messages from the school via email, text or app notification
● Choose to receive information as it comes, or all at once at 6pm daily
● Communicate in your preferred language
● Comment on school postings to engage in your school community
● Direct message teachers, staff and other parent
This is a reminder that school begins at 8 am each morning. If your student arrives after 8 please have them check in at the office so we can record them at tardy. If you need to call in an absence please call the school line at 707-890-3945 ext 74112 para espanol ext 74104. You can message
Ashley Tirado on ParentSquare to excuse your student's absences as well.
Also, it is important for all students to eat breakfast each morning. Our cafeteria is open at 7:30 and all school meals are free for all students.