Wildcat Family Newsletter
March 2 - 6, 2020
We will celebrate and innovate because our children deserve the very best. There are no limits on learning at Altamont Creek Elementary School!
California Kindness Certified
Two Years in a Row!
Green Ribbon Award
One of Five Schools in CA that earned this prestigious recognition!
Positive Behavior Intervention & Support Award
Going for silver in 2020!
TOGETHER WE WILL TO PUSH THE BOUNDARIES OF TK - 5TH GRADE EDUCATION BY HARNESSING THE POWER OF S.T.E.A.M. TO ADVANCE LEARNING AND TEACHING.
SAVE THE DATES!!!!!!!
Conferences- March 2 - 6th 1st - 5th 1:30PM Dismissal (1st - 5th) TK/K Dismissal 1:10PM (M, T, Th, F) 1:30PM (W)
Every Day is a Great Day to be a Wildcat!
2/26 - 3/6 Read a Thon
3/3 Paint Nite at Hop DeVine 7 -9pm
3/2 Pajama Day/Read Across America Day
3/2-5th Early Release Days for ALL Students (1:10pm TK/K and 1:30 1-5 )
3/3 Kona Ice Sales start again!
3/6 Report Cards available through the online portal.
3/10: Spring Picture Day
3/11 Kudos for Custodians Day
3/13 Running Club Foot Distribution
3/15 Last Day to order a yearbook
3/18 Running Club Special Charm Fun Run
3/27 Running Club Foot Distribution
4/6-13 Spring Break
4/15 PTA Meeting
4/18 Shredding Event
4/22 Office Staff Appreciation Day
4/23 Harlem Wizard Game at LHS
4/27-5/15: State Testing (3rd - 5th Graders)
5/1 Super Secret Testing Assembly
5/2 Family Fun Fest
5/4-8 Educator Appreciation Week
5/20 Open House
5/25 Memorial Day - No school
5/26-6/2: Book Fair
5/26 Family Book Fair Night 5:30PM
5/27 - Hoe Down 8:45AM
5/27 Parent Volunteer Event 8AM
5/29 Talent Show 8:45AM
6/1 5th Grade Award Assembly & Clap It Out Parade 8:45AM
6/1 Lip Sync Battle 2PM
6/2 Play Day 9AM
6/3 3rd - 5th Grade Pool Party & Kinder Party
6/4 Last Day of School 12:30PM Dismissal for ALL Wildcats
The 2019-20 District calendar is available to download on our website: 2019-20 LVJUSD Calendar.
The 2020-2021 District calendar is available : https://www.livermoreschools.org/Page/8710
To be notified of upcoming events, be sure to download the Livermore Schools app from the App Store or from Google Play. Follow your schools, and see all of the calendar dates through the app!
Mark those calendars, friends! ACE Paint Night at Hop DeVine is BACK! Join us on Tuesday, March 3 for an evening of friends, food and fun! The event will be held at Hop DeVine from 7:00 - 9:30 pm. Ticket price is $45 and includes all the supplies needed for a fun adults-only night out! But be sure to get your tickets soon, because we only have 50 tickets available! As an added bonus, Hop DeVine will be generously donating 10% of food and beverages purchased at the event back to the school. Buy your tickets here: tinyurl.com/ACEPaintNight2020
Read a Thon
READ-A-THON starts 2/26!
To help raise money for our wildcats, parents will need to register each student for this event on Pledgestar. Even if you have used Pledgestar before (like with FUNdRUN), you will still need to register for this event as each event requires a new registration.
The Top Reader and the Top Fundraiser in each classroom will be invited to a very special lunch with their teachers!
Simply copy and paste the URL below and you will be prompted to register online right way. It's SO easy!
As always, we thank you for your continued support of Altamont Creek and our amazing Wildcats.
READ A THON BONUS
To participate and qualify for the free ticket, parents will need to register each student for the Read to Succeed program online. Once registered, all reading hours will need to be logged online. All ACE students have received information from their teachers with all of the information needed to register. Be sure to enter the teacher code into each student account. Each code is specific to an individual teacher. If you have multiple children at ACE, each child will need to be registered separately with the appropriate teacher code in order to qualify for the Read to Succeed Program and the free Six Flags ticket. Please note that Read to Succeed is now an online-only program. Everything must be done online.
Once your child has registered and logged at least 6 hours of reading, he/she will receive a free Six Flags Discovery Kingdom ticket from his/her teacher in May!
GOLDEN SNEAKER CONTEST STARTS MONDAY!!!!
The Golden Sneaker Contest is a two-week classroom competition that encourages students, parents, teachers and administrators to take the healthy route to school by choosing active or shared transportation options such as:
- Skateboarding, or any other human-powered wheels!
- Carpooling with other families at your school, or
- Riding public transit — like the bus or BART
How Does the Golden Sneaker Contest Work?
Students in each class keep track of their active and shared travel to school each day with a simple tally chart. At the end of the two weeks, the class with the highest percentage of class participation will receive the Golden Sneaker Award — a trophy made from shoes donated by the Golden State Warriors — and a classroom prize.
Student Placement 2020-2021
It is hard to believe that we just celebrated our 100th Day of School! It is time to start planning for our 2020-2021 school year!
As parents/guardians you may have pertinent information about your child that you would like considered in the classroom placement process.
This form is not required. It should be completed only if you have additional information you would like us to consider.
Examples of comments that we all agree upon are: “We want a warm, nurturing, caring environment for our child,” “We want our child challenged,” “We want our child in a structured classroom”. We take these comments as a given; it is each teachers responsibility to provide a nurturing, challenging, safe environment for every student.
The task for the current year teachers is to develop balanced classrooms based on the knowledge they have about the students, not the teachers at the next grade level. We balance classrooms based on gender, birthdate,
reading and mathematics scores, teacher data regarding students with behavioral challenges, students identified for specialized education services; etc;
Be reassured that this information will be kept confidential.
Please complete the form by March 29th.
*****Please note that we do not accept requests for individual teachers by gender, experience level, or name— they will not be considered*****
KEEPING OUR WILDCATS SAFE!
- Slow down and drive extra cautiously.
- Use the valet lane - do not drop off or pick up in the second lane OR at the red curbs.
- Don’t load or unload children across the street from the school.
- Don’t double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles.
- Be prepared for kids to appear in unexpected places, like from between parked cars; if they’re on bikes, prepare for them to turn in front of you without looking or signaling.
- If you need to use your phone, be sure you’re pulled over safely.
- If possible, carpool to reduce the number of cars at school.
- Don’t ever block a crosswalk; it forces pedestrians to go around you and could put them in the path of moving traffic.
- The back loop is ONLY for students with special needs and cars with handicap placards.
Turn the Key - Be Idle Free!
- Idling vehicles contribute to air pollution and emit air toxins, which are pollutants known or suspected to cause cancer or other serious health effects. Monitoring at schools has shown elevated levels of benzene, formaldehyde, acetaldehyde and other air toxics during the afternoon hour coinciding with parents picking up their children.
- Children's lungs are still developing, and when they are exposed to elevated levels of these pollutants, children have an increased risk of developing asthma, respiratory problems and other adverse health effects. Limiting a vehicle's idling time can dramatically reduce these pollutants and children's exposure to them.
- A safe and healthy school environment is important in contributing to the health of students and adults. Clean air is essential to creating a healthy learning environment for students to participate in the educational process.
- Unnecessary vehicle idling emits pollutants, wastes fuel and wastes financial resources.
- As parents, you can do your part to reduce students' exposure to air toxins emitted in the exhaust of idling vehicles by:
- Turning off your engine when waiting for students to be picked up.
- Turning off your engine when you arrive at school and when you expect to be parked for more than a minute.
- If idling is necessary for temperature control, please restrict it to no more than five minutes.
- We encourage you to eliminate unnecessary idling, not only at our schools but anywhere you are waiting for more than 30 seconds.
- This simple change will improve the air our children breathe, as well as the air quality in our neighborhoods.
Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) - The Wildcat Way!
Do you know what the Wildcat Way is?
- Be Safe
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- And... Always Be Awesome!
Can't volunteer during the school day, but want to help???
- Granada Bingo: Grab a few friends and sign up to work a Saturday bingo shift to help our school. https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0a45aea92ba1fe3-201920201 When you sign up, it will ask you what school you are from and the funds will come back to ACE. https://www.granadamatadors.org/bingo/
- Attend & volunteer at evening events: Winter Wonderland is coming up! We will also need MANY volunteers for the Wind Festival!
- Homework: Ask your teachers if there is anything you can do at home!
- Events: Support our fundraisers and attend events!
- Donors Choose: Support students and teachers at Altamont Creek Elementary School. Give to a project today! https://www.donorschoose.org/school/altamont-creek-elementary-school/3871/?teachers=true
Project Lead the Way School
Inspiring. Engaging. Empowering. ACE is a Project Lead the Way (PLTW) campus. We will be applying to become a PLTW Distinguished School in 2020.
Our Wildcats students already have the qualities of great designers and innovators. What PLTW Launch does is tap into their exploratory nature, engage them in learning that feels like play, and encourage them to keep discovering – now and for years to come.
PLTW Launch’s 28 interdisciplinary modules bring learning to life. The program empowers students to adopt a design-thinking mindset through compelling activities, projects, and problems that build upon each other and relate to the world around them. And as students engage in hands-on activities in computer science, engineering, and biomedical science, they become creative, collaborative problem solvers ready to take on any challenge.
Click the link to learn more about PLTW: https://www.pltw.org/our-programs/pltw-launch
Math Resources to help you help your Wildcat
Find Your Wildcat’s Math Textbook online!
The K-5 mathematics program is Pearson Investigations3. The online component is called PearsonRealize. To access PearsonRealize from home, students and parents will need to click on the specific link for LVJUSD that has been placed on your school website. Below you will find the directions for logging in, and the directions for locating a few resources within PearsonRealize.
To learn more, we encourage you to visit the Pearson Investigations website which has videos and tutorials about many math topics called “Math Words and Ideas.” The website contains a variety of strategies and methods teachers may be using in the classroom. Content is available by both grade level and topic.
English Language Arts Resources to help your Wilcat~
English Language Arts Curriculum K-5
Find your child’s ELA books, assignments, and tools by accessing Benchmark Universe Login through Clever.
LOG IN INSTRUCTIONS
- Visit the Clever Website. (This link is also available under “lvjusd.org bookmarks” if your child is logged into the chrome browser or a chromebook with their school account.)
- Then click the button that says “Log in with Active Directory”
- Enter your child's username (first.las). Note: Some students will have first.las with a number attached.
- Enter your child's password (8-digit numeric code)
- Find the Benchmark Education icon and click on it.
It's Never To Late to Join PTA
It's never too late to join the PTA.
Join as a member, a volunteer, a board member, or all three. We would love to have you join us.
Click the link to join!
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Yearbook prices are as follows:
$30 soft cover /$35 hard cover October 1 through January 31
$35 soft cover /$40 hard cover February 1 - March 15
*TK families select Kindergarten from the drop down.
Don't forget to download the Boxtops for Education App!
Plan to Volunteer?
When parents and families get personally involved in education, research has shown that their children do better in school and grow up to be more successful in life. Please apply to obtain (OR RENEW) your Civicore clearance as soon as possible.
What do I need to do to Drive on a Field Trip?
1. Civicore – Application Approved.
2. Use of a Private Vehicle Transporting Students (UPVTS) form - Completed.
3. Insurance Declaration page – It must show the following:
A. Minimum Insurance Coverage:
a. Public Liability – Bodily Injury: $100,000/$300,000 per occurrence
b. Property Damage: $50,000 per occurrence
c. Medical Payments: $5,000 per occurrence
B. The Driver’s Name
C. The Vehicle’s Make & Model
D. The Insurance Company’s Information:
a. Company Name
b. Policy Number
c. Expiration Date
4th & 5th Graders - SIgn up to be ACE - our mascot!
Volunteers and Donors are crucial and very valuable to our school, making our ACE community as successful as it is!
- Thank you Jennifer Darling for coordinating our Box Tops
- Thank you to everyone that attended Mrs. Byrnes' math class on Monday.
- Thank you to everyone that went to Panda on Tuesday.
- Thank you Mehvish Tapal for leading our ACE Diversity Committee. Thank you to everyone that attended the meeting.
- Thank you to Swetha Lattupall for attending ELAC
-Thank you to Mrs. Manay, Mrs. Graff, the Huele Family, and all of our Running Club volunteers!
-Thank you to our Copy Angels!
-Thank you to all our field trip drivers and chaperones!
-Thank you classroom volunteers!
-Thank you Room Parents!
Our Rockstar PTA Board has been working tirelessly planning for another AMAZING year of Wildcat memories!
President - Angela Butherus
Executive VP – Kristina Plattner
Secretary – Sarah Hill
Treasurer – Charles Pyfrom
Hospitality – Nancy Renton
Financial Secretary – Nicole Jeffrey
Auditor – Jennifer Darling
Historian – Andrea Purl
Parliamentarian - Zulien Rivero
Follow us on social media~
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