Friday, February 17, 2017

Newsletter, February 17, 2017

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
We have had many changes in our curriculum and standards over the last few years. Science is included in these changes. The new standards are called Next Generation Science Standards. Our district adopted NGSS last year and our teachers are implementing parts of the new curriculum this year. These standards will impact your children kindergarten through twelfth grades. We are fortunate to have Tristan Shorba, an experienced and passionate Science teacher,  lead our professional learning and planning for our district.  Mr. Shorba will be sharing information about NGSS at our next Parent Coffee on Friday, February 24th at 8:30 a.m. in the library. I hope you can join us.


Have a lovely weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  


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Upcoming Dates
  • No School, President’s Day, Monday, February 20th
  • Minimum Days - Thursday and Friday, February 23-24 - Kinder - 6th Graders out at 1:00 p.m.
  • Parent Coffee with Mr. Shorba, Friday, February 24th at 8:30a.m., Los Ranchos Library
  • Read Across America Day - March 2, 2017

Project for Good
If you have any spare sweatshirts or jackets, please donate them in the box at the office for Transitions Mental Health. One of our 6th grade students is collecting jackets for his project for good. Thank you for your donations!          

YMCA Annual Support Campaign - Family Fun Night
Thursday, March 2nd from 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Bring your kids and your friends to our Family Fun Night. Enjoy music, a photo booth, dinner and ice cream while supporting the YMCA programs at Los Ranchos Elementary School.  
Raffle and silent auction items include:
  • Art from the Y kids
  • Movie Tickets
  • Private Tours
  • Gift Certificates
  • ...and more!

Please Plan for Minimum Days
Students have minimum days Thursday and Friday, February 23rd and 24th.
We will also have a full week of minimum days March 6th - 10th for Parent/Conference week.
TK students are out at 12:20pm. All other students,
Grades K-6th will be released at 1:00p.m. on minimum days.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Newsletter, February 10, 2017

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,


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      Sixth grade outdoor school is an amazing experience. Memories are made, new friendships established and students get to re-imagine who they are as individuals. Many, many thanks to Mr. Kersten and Mrs. Matteson.   Camp would not happen without their dedication and commitment!


Special thanks to Mrs. Sabo for bringing children’s author Alexis O’Neill to Los Ranchos and to our PTA for funding the visit. Her presentation connected beautifully to our reading and writing curriculum. Some of my favorite quotes included . . . . .
  • Everything you write, read outloud!
  • How many of you get stuck when you are writing (all hands shot up). Oh good, that means you are real writers.
  • Words have power, not only what they say but how they are said.
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       Our school district is wanting to gather important information about the technology needs of our students at home and at school. They are working in collaboration with an organization called BrightBytes to collect the data. Your child’s teacher will be sending out information about a short parent survey. The information is anonymous. The URL will be specific to Los Ranchos Elementary. We appreciate your participation.   
Have a lovely weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  


Upcoming Dates
  • No School, Lincoln’s Birthday, Monday, February 13th
  • No School, President’s Day, Monday, February 20th
  • Minimum Days - Thursday and Friday, February 23-24 - Kinder - 6th Graders out at 1:00 p.m.



         

Friday, February 3, 2017

Newsletter, February 3, 2017

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
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     We had a very informative Parent Coffee with Eileen Calandro this morning. She shared some valuable information to help parents navigate the “constantly flowing river” of social media with our children. Parents had some great questions. How do I teach my children about digital citizenship? How can I be more proactive? What boundaries shall I set? Mrs. Calandro shared many great resources, but highlighted iRules by Janell Burley Hofmann and UnSelfie by  Michelle Borba, Ed.D. We are lucky to have many good opportunities to learn more through our adult school.
     Our next Parent Coffee will be on February 24 at 8:30 a.m.. Tristan Shorba, a lead Science teacher  in our district, will be sharing information about Next Generation Science Standards. I hope you can join us.
Have a lovely weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  

Upcoming Dates
  • Dental Screening for TK, Kindergarten and 3rd and 5th Gr Students, Tuesday, February 7th
  • Family Night -Children’s Author Alexis O’Neill - Wednesday, February 8th
(Buy pizza from the PTA at 5:30, Author at 5:45pm)
  • No School, Lincoln’s Birthday, Monday, February 13th
  • No School, President’s Day, Monday, February 20th
  • Parent Coffee with Tristan Shorba -NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards) , Friday, February 24rh at 8:30am in the Library
  • Minimum Days - Thursday and Friday, February 23-24


Author’s Visit
We hope you can join us for literacy night with author Alexis O’Neill on Wednesday, February 8th, sponsored by our PTA. The evening family night will focus on literacy, literature, and the importance of reading together as a family..  She will be available to personally sign any of her books you bring with you to the family night event. We hope you can join us on Wednesday, February 8th from 5:45 - 6:30 p.m..  (Pizza will be sold for $1 a slice at 5:30 prior to the assembly)



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Our next Parent Coffee will be with Tristan Shorba who will talk about NGSS (Next Generation Science Standards). Mark your calendar for Friday, February 24th at 8:30a.m. and join us in the Library to learn more about our Science Standards.

Open Enrollment Period
If you have a  6th grader going into middle school and you are considering transferring to a school outside of your neighborhood school, please note that Open Enrollment begins March 6th- March 31st.  
We also begin Kindergarten and TK enrollment March 6th.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Newsletter, January 27, 2017

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,


As you know, we are implementing our first year of a new reading curriculum. Most recently students have been developing new strategies to read informational texts. In first grade one strategy that readers are learning is how to study books like writers. This is a beautiful link to the informational writing they are doing. In second grade, students are learning to read across texts, noticing similarities and differences on the same topic. And in third grade, students are taking time to pause and revise their thinking about the main idea. Books in third grade frequently have more than one main idea. The work becomes more difficult as their books grow in complexity.  
We hope you are having some opportunities to see these powerful strategies in practice at home!
Have a lovely weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  


Upcoming Dates
  • Coffee Talk, Social Media for Parents, Library, Friday, February 3rd at 8:30 a.m.
  • Dental Screening for Kindergarten and 3rd and 5th Gr Students, Tuesday, February 7th
  • Family Night -Children’s Author Alexis O’Neill - Wednesday, February 8th
(Buy pizza from the PTA at 5:30, Author at 5:45pm)
  • No School, Lincoln’s Birthday, Monday, February 13th
  • No School, President’s Day, Monday, February 20th
  • Minimum Days - Thursday and Friday, February 23-24


Coffee Talk
Please join us for an informal “Coffee Talk” with Eileen Calandro of Calandro Consulting.  In this comfortable setting, Eileen will answer your questions, listen to your concerns, and offer solutions for issues you may be having with your students about Social Media. We hope you can join us! Friday, February 3, 2017 8:30-9:30am in the Los Ranchos Library.


YMCA NEWS!!
We are excited to announce that the YMCA will be offering morning care from 7:30-8:30 Tuesday through Friday. The enrollment is officially open and we will have our first morning on Wednesday, February 1st. You can register online by following this link: Los Ranchos YMCA.


If you have any questions about the morning program or the YMCA please feel free to call at 544-7225.


PTA Thank you!
We would like to thank Jeannette Saenz for organizing our first monthly restaurant fundraiser at The Habit. We had 60 tickets and it brought in $253! Thank you to all the families who attended. It was fun to see the restaurant filled with Los Ranchos faces. Please stay tuned for next month's restaurant.


Author’s Visit
We will be having an author visit and literacy night with author Alexis O’Neill on Wednesday, February 8th, sponsored by our PTA. During the day she will be presenting lively, highly interactive assemblies to all grades to engage students in reading and writing with their whole bodies. She will also be presenting writing workshops for some of the upper grade classes. The evening family night will focus on literacy, literature, and the importance of reading together as a family..  She will be available to personally sign any of her books you bring with you to the family night event. We hope you can join us on Wednesday, February 8th from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m..  




Sweetheart
Dance
Saturday, February 11th, 5:00-6:30 PM
San Luis Obispo High School would like to invite all elementary school girls and their father-figure to our Annual Sweetheart Dance! This would be a fantastic time for daughters to connect and share a memorable experience with their father-figures. Music and goodies will be provided, as well as a photo booth for FREE priceless mementos.
Tickets:
$10 Per Couple +$2 additional Daughter
*Tickets will be sold at the door of the SLOHS New Gym

         

Friday, January 20, 2017

Newsletter, January 20, 2017

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
We had another exciting week of weather! We were fortunate to have clear-ish skies during lunch recess. Students found new ways to play on the blacktop. The creative thinking was impressive!


In my last newsletter I mentioned how fortunate we are to have the folks from our local Amazon office lead an after school Coding Club. We are looking forward to this partnership.  Today we celebrated another partnership between Los Ranchos Elementary and Sunrun Inc. Sunrun sponsored an essay contest for our sixth graders in early December. The challenge was to write an essay about the importance of renewable energy and ways to make our planet run by the sun. The prize was a full scholarship to Outdoor Camp. Many students embraced the challenge.  I understand it took 10 people to choose the winners. I want to thank all our sixth graders who gave it their best thinking. Congratulations to the winning essay writers: Ashley Sirois, Jude Shin and AJ Garcia. Many thanks to Sunrun for providing this opportunity to our students.


It sounds like we are going to have a curl-up with a book kind of weekend. Happy reading!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  


Upcoming Dates
  • Coffee Talk, Social Media for Parents, Library, Friday, February 3rd at 8:30 a.m.
  • Dental Screening for Kindergarten and 3rd and 5th Gr Students, Tuesday, February 7th
  • Family Night -Children’s Author Alexis O’Neill - Wednesday, February 8th
(Buy pizza from the PTA at 5:30, Author at 5:45pm)
  • No School, Lincoln’s Birthday, Monday, February 13th
  • No School, President’s Day, Monday, February 20th

Author’s Visit
We will be having an author visit and literacy night with author Alexis O’Neill on Wednesday, February 8th, sponsored by our PTA. During the day she will be presenting lively, highly interactive assemblies to all grades to engage students in reading and writing with their whole bodies. She will also be presenting writing workshops for some of the upper grade classes. The evening family night will focus on literacy, literature, and the importance of reading together as a family..  She will be available to personally sign any of her books you bring with you to the family night event. We hope you can join us on Wednesday, February 8th from 5:30 - 6:30 p.m..  


Alexis O’Neill is the author of five picture books:  Loud Emily,  The Recess Queen, The Worst Best Friend, Estela’s Swap, and The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge. Her picture books range from seafaring adventures, stories about bullies, friendship, and generosity, to a true story about Homan Walsh, who earned an extraordinary place in history by flying his kite against tremendous odds. This latest book,  The Kite That Bridged Two Nations: Homan Walsh and the First Niagara Suspension Bridge, is currently nominated for the California Young Reader Medal.  




Sweetheart
Dance
Saturday, February 11th, 5:00-6:30 PM
San Luis Obispo High School would like to invite all elementary school girls and their father-figure to our Annual Sweetheart Dance! This would be a fantastic time for daughters to connect and share a memorable experience with their father-figures. Music and goodies will be provided, as well as a photo booth for FREE priceless mementos.
Tickets:
$10 Per Couple +$2 additional Daughter
*Tickets will be sold at the door of the SLOHS New Gym
         
El Baile
De Sweetheart
sábado, 11 de febrero 5:00-6:30PM
¡Queremos invitar a todas las estudiantes de la primaria y a sus padres o figura paterna al baile anual por el día de San Valentín! Esta será una oportunidad encantadora para que las hijas puedan crear lazos y compartir experiencias memorables con padres o sus figuras paternas. Tendremos música y golosinas así como una cabina de fotografías gratis como recuerdos sin precio.
Boletos:
$10 por pareja + $2 por una hija adicional
*Los boletos se van a vender en la puerta del gimnasio de la escuela.
Affordable Care Act Enrollment Information
The California Department of Education, in partnership with Covered California and All In-Health Care for all families have provided a template for information on health insurance coverage.  http://www.slcusd.org/announcements.php