University Elementary

November News

Principal's Message

Dear University Elementary Families,

It is my hope that you and yours were not deeply effected by the Kincade Fire. Our custodial and maintenance crews worked hard to ensure our schools were clean, safe and ready to be reoccupied. We are thrilled to have school back in session!

This week we say good-bye to Miss Dana, our office manager and welcome Abby Rutherford, Miss R as our new office manager. Miss Dana has accepted a job promotion within the Cotati Rohnert Park Unified School District and we celebrate this change for her. I am certain that Miss R will have great success as our new office manager. Although this position is new for her, she has worked in our school district for three years. She is coming to us with a great personality and skill set!

Our lifeskill this month is perseverance. This looks like not giving up or hanging in there until you complete the task you started, acquired the skill you were working on, and/or achieved any personal goal. I always say dream big and then do what it takes to make that dream come true!

4 Tips for Empowering Children to Persevere

  1. Encourage positive self-talk and mindfulness. “I'm just no good at this.” / "I am not good at this yet."
  2. Praise effort and process, not intelligence.
  3. Put failures and mistakes into a growth perspective.
  4. Give your students the chance to struggle.

With Thanksgiving only weeks away, this is a great month to share our feelings of gratitude for one another. I am very grateful to be the principal of University Elementary School and to interact with such an amazing group of teachers, committees, volunteers, students and families. While earning my Administrative Credential, I never imagined I would have the great fortune to work with such an inspirational group of human beings.

With heartfelt gratitude,

Charlotte Straub - Principal


I would like to extend a special thank you to our PTA Carnival and ELAC Committees for hosting a fabulous Halloween Dance with amazing food, games, a Remembrance Wall, and photo booth! It was moved indoors and a great time was had by all! I was so busy having fun that regretfully, I did not get many photos. If you have photos please share them with Dana has volunteered her time to produce our yearbook again this year.

The Reflections Event will be here before we know it. Please SAVE THE DATE and come view the student work on display as we celebrate our artists on Thursday, Nov. 12th from 6:30pm to 7:30 pm in the MU. Cake and a beverage will be served.


The parking lot appears to running more smoothly with the addition of the crosswalk. Now our goal is to remember to use it, myself included. It is important to teach our students to use crosswalks in order to be safe not only in our parking lot but out in the larger community as well. I truly see this is as a perfect teaching and learning opportunity.

I want to remind parents that the yellow loading and unloading curb for the busses can be used once the cones are removed. In the mornings we only need half of the yellow curb for busses. There is plenty of room for parents to drop off where the cones have been removed. Parents who must get out of their car to help their youngsters out need to pull up to the yellow curb for morning drop off. The red curb is for students to hop out independently on the passengers side of the car in order to keep the traffic flowing into the parking lot otherwise the entrance to our school becomes blocked. At the end of the day the yellow cones are removed fairly quickly and parents are able to pull up to the yellow curb. If we do this the flow into the parking lot will be smoother and safer. Last but not least, I would like to gently remind families during drop off and pick up, not to stop their cars blocking the crosswalk. Thank you for your cooperation in keeping all students safe.

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Forty Sonoma State University students are coming to work in our gardens on Friday, Nov. 15th!

They will be placing wire beneath the garden beds in the kindergarten yard and adding topsoil. This will prevent the gophers from enjoying the students plants before the students can learn and enjoy them. They will also be spreading wood chips and cutting garden trimmings from our last garden work day into smaller pieces for composting.

We need extra wheelbarrows! We have two and could use at least three more. We also could use additional loppers. If you can loan these items for the afternoon please let Mrs. Straub know asap.

School Clubs

We are still looking for a parent to be the lead volunteer of our Earth Savers Club. Until we can solidify a volunteer willing to take on this role I am afraid this club will be on hold. This person will need to be fingerprinted through our school district. If you can spare one day a week or two days a month, a day of your choosing you could be the Earth Savers' Club hero! Last year the Earth Savers Club wanted to reduce lunch time waste. Our school received a Raley's grant to provide funding for containers for sorting food scraps and recyclable lunch waste along with rat proof composting bins. We really want to get this program up and running. I will move forward and train students during our Tuesday morning assemblies our so we can begin our lunchtime recycling and composting.

Student Council meets the 1st and 3rd Wednesdays during lunch

2nd/3rd Grade Upstander's Club meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays during lunch

4th/5th Grade Upstander's Club meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays during lunch

Upcoming Events

Thursday, Nov. 7th: Make-up Picture Day

Friday, Nov. 8th: 2nd Cup of Coffee

Friday, Nov. 8th: End of Trimester 1

Monday, Nov.11th: Veteran's Day - SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR THIS HOLIDAY

Tuesday, Nov. 12th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Reflections Showcase/Awards 6:30-7:30pm

Tuesday, Nov. 19th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Rebounderz Night 5:30-8:00pm

Thursday, Nov. 21st PTA Meeting @ 6:30

Friday, Nov. 22nd: School Spirit Day - Dress as your favorite Super Hero/Pajama Day

Report Cards go home.


Tuesday, Dec. 3rd: Weekly Assembly

Friday, Dec. 6th: 2nd Cup of Coffee

Tuesday, Dec. 10th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am & Panera Dine and Donate All Day

Thursday, Dec. 12th: MAKER WORLD 2019 5:30PM

Tuesday, Dec. 17th: Weekly Assembly at 8:30am

Wednesday, Dec. 18th: Family Fun Movie Night

Friday, Dec. 20 thru Friday Jan. 3rd:: SCHOOL WILL BE CLOSED FOR WINTER BREAK