LeGette News!

December 16, 2021

School Start Time Changes for 2022-2023

The SJUSD School Board took action on changes to school start times for next year. Earl LeGette Elementary School will have the following school times starting next year:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 8:55 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.
  • Thursday: 8:55 a.m. to 2:15 p.m.

TK and Kindergarten start times will be discussed and announced by March.

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Winter Break: December 18 through January 3

Principal's Message


We've had a busy school year so far! It's hard to believe we're already at winter break. I can't thank our teaching staff (teachers, IAs, custodial, kitchen crew and Discovery Club) enough for all their hard work and positive attitudes as we continue teaching and learning during this pandemic. Also, thank you parents for helping your children stay healthy and in school daily.

We've had record breaking events this year. Our recent Holiday Shop was no exception. Kids seemed ecstatic to have it back and they loved being able to buy presents for their family. The Holiday Shop grossed over $10,000, which is the most ever. I'd like to send out a big, special thank you to Taja Ferrarini for organizing the entire event. Without her taking this on, it never would have happened. Also, a special shout out to her mom, Teri Accurso, for all her yearly buying and storing the wonderful items for sale. Additionally, thank you to the following parents for all their volunteer hours, which truly made the Holiday Shop go so smoothly: Christina Shirk, Erica Drost, Akiima Ruddy, Kimberly Aussieker, Marti Stanbach, Kim Hammons, Heather Linder, Jenny Stefanek, Joy Boone, Lily Kazimir, Lindsay McDermid, Mackenzie McDowell, Melanie Hunter, Natalie Cassel, Natalie Rioux, Nicole Hernandez, Rachel Larsen, Rive Plate, Robin Spronk, Serene Katschke, Stephanie Cook, Todd Lubitsch, and Tangie Rutherford. Thank you all!

Additionally, I want to extend a big thank you to those who bought and donated gifts to our Annual Giving Tree program. We were able to assist five LeGette families with holiday gifts and a meal. Your generosity is always appreciated!

Some of you may have read the district news article related to school threats being encouraged over TikTok. As of this newsletter, there haven't been any reports of threats in San Juan Unified. We're obviously staying alert, but be rest assured that LeGette is not being affected by this issue. If something does come up, you'll be contacted immediately (as with any safety issue).

Don't forget, we have some great events after the new year. Our winter Enrichment Program classes start up on January 10 and classes are filling up fast. See the article below for registration links. Also, our first band concert of the year will take place on January 18. And finally, be sure to mark your calendar for our first Drive-Thru Pancake Breakfast, which will be held on Saturday, January 22, 9-10 a.m. Thank you Lenhart family for organizing!

As you hopefully know, LeGette will start the two-year modernization process sometime in July 2022. All of us are excited to be getting a new MP Room, classrooms, and other great things. Students will love coming to school even more than they do now! This coming January or February, we'll be holding parent information nights. So, be sure to stay up-to-date on your LeGette News reading.

Our PTO officers and parents who get involved do remarkable things for our school and students. But, it's usually the same 15% who do all the work. I encourage you to read the PTO Corner below to see how you can help us out. We're looking for interested parents to run for board positions and to chair or even co-chair some of the events. Please don't worry. If you get a little involved now, there will still be parents around to help you out. No one is left high and dry to figure things out. That's the beauty of our school community- we all help where we can. So please...consider helping our PTO.

Lastly, on behalf of our entire LeGette staff, I want to wish you and your family Happy Holidays and ask that you please stay healthy and safe. See you all on January 4, 2022.

As always, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to contact me at school. Thank, you!

Greg Barge


Yearbook Cover Design Winner! Congratulations, Grace!

We'd like to thank all the students who submitted artwork for our yearbook cover design contest. It was a really close competition this year, because there were truly amazing pieces of work!

Congratulations to Grace in Mrs. Crossman's class. Her design was selected for our cover this year. Grace will receive a $30 Amazon gift card. The following students, whose artwork made it to the final round, will receive a $5 Amazon gift card: Nicolette in Mrs. Crossman's class, Ava in Mrs. Wan's class, Celeste and Joshua in Mrs. Koontz' class, and Avery in Mr. McClure's class. Well done everyone!

HELP STOP the Spread of COVID-19! WEAR A MASK.................... At School AND In the Community!

Winter Enrichment Sign-Ups OPEN! Classes Start January 10!

Our Winter Enrichment program begins January 10! Back by popular demand, we will offer Young Rembrandts, Honey Code and Early Engineers!. This session our Spanish class is returning for grades K-3. Click HERE to register. Register early because classes do fill up!

Annual SJUSD K-12 Winter Art Exhibition: December 7 -18

Congratulations to the following students for having their art selected to appear in this year's SJUSD K-12 Winter Art Exhibition:

  • Ada F. (Mrs. Wan's class): "Matisse Gold Fish"
  • Stella T. (Mrs. Koontz' class): "Matisse Gold Fish"
  • Eleanor H. (Mrs. Koontz' class): "Baby It's Cold Outside"
  • Liam W. (Mrs. Wan's class): "Baby It's Cold Outside"
  • Avery H. (Mr. McClure's class): "Owl Weaving"
  • Dezarae H. (Mr. McClure's class): "Owl Weaving"

The art exhibition will be held at the Sacramento Fine Arts Center at 5330B Gibbons Drive in Carmichael. Hours: Tue-Fri (11-3), Sat 12/18 (11-1).

Combating Cold and Flu: Parent Tips!

As the weather gets colder, the risk of catching and spreading sicknesses increases. “Combat Cold & Flu” offers tips to help families in your school stay healthy this season. (The .PDF is also included below.)

And, as many of you have experienced already, students who experience many of the same symptoms as a cold or flu will be asked to stay home until symptoms significantly improve and will require a COVID-19 test or doctor's note with an alternative diagnosis.

The level of importance in wearing masks is extremely high, because we want everyone to avoid catching COVID-19, as well as the cold and flu.

PTO Corner!

Happy Holidays!

We wanted to thank everyone who participated and helped with the Holiday Shop and the Giving Tree. A huge thank you to Taja Ferrarini and her mom, Teri Accurso, for taking on the Holiday Shop.

PS. If you see Joanne in the front office, be sure to tell her how AMAZING she is to organize the Giving Tree for our very own LeGette community.

PPS. Did you hear that PTO was able to give EACH classroom $1000 from money raised during the Jog-a-thon?!


This Thursday 12/16 from 2-2:30 pm and Friday 12/17 morning 8:15-8:45 am at the red friendship bench or under the cafeteria awning (facing the parking lot) if raining.


If you ordered Spirit Wear at the end of November- it will be available for pickup on campus at the Friendship Bench on Friday 12/17 from 8:15am to 8:45am and again from 3pm to 3:45pm.

Remaining orders back to Logo-It and families can coordinate pickup at the shop during their business hours.

  • Logo-It: 8920 Greenback Lane, Orangevale CA 95663
  • Lisa from Logo-it contact: (916) 531-7022 or Logoitapparel@gmail.com


Get ready to eat all the pancakes! We are excited to bring back the Pancake Breakfast- Drive Thru style! Tickets will presale for $5/ plate (link will come after the holidays)- then you load up and pick up between 9-10 am. You don’t even have to get out of your pajamas! Huge thank you to the Lenhart family for organizing and planning this event for us.


Save the Date- April 2nd!

PTO proudly brings this event back this April! Thank you to our very own Nicole McKane and Laura Hagerty for heading this event. Are you interested in helping? We will need help with decorations, raffles, donations, set up, auction items and so many more things. There will be an informational zoom meeting on Thursday, January 13th at 6:30 pm- we hope you can make it!


Yearbooks are still on sale and going fast! The price is now $26 and can be purchased online at www.legettepto.com in the yearbook tab.


1/12 Panda Express Dine & Donate

1/13 Auction planning meeting on Zoom- keep an eye out for the link after break

1/18 PTO Meeting on zoom at 6:30pm

1/22 Pancake Breakfast- more details to come

4/2 Auction

Please don’t forget to send any photos of school days or events to legetteyearbook@gmail.com to be included in our yearbook!

PTO is looking for a few new board members for the 2022-2023 school year. If you are interested or have any questions- we love a good shadow to learn the ropes!- please reach out to legettepto@gmail.com

Any other ideas or questions? Want to join our PTO mailing list? Contact us at legettepto@gmail.com, on our Instagram @legettepto or Facebook @legettepto.


Legette PTO

Helpful San Juan USD COVID-19 Links

Many parents have been asking about where to find COVID-19 information. Below are links to some useful sites on the districts webpage.

Main COVID-19 Guide

COVID-19 Testing Locations

Family Resources

Vaccination Opportunities

San Juan Unified's COVID-19 Safety Plan

COVID-19 Dashboard