Friday, December 2, 2016

Newsletter, December 2, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
I enjoy being in classrooms throughout the day. One of my favorite times to visit is during Readers’ Workshop. We have just recently started a focus on nonfiction texts in all grade levels. Nonfiction texts offer unique challenges to readers. The vocabulary is more challenging. There are text structures and features that can be confusing. Frequently we find that students need to be reading nonfiction books that are easier than their “just right” fiction book choices.  Whether it is fiction or nonfiction, we want to feed our readers with books!

Establishing a daily habit of reading at home is one of the most important things you can do as parents. Reading impacts every area of the curriculum. The table below illustrates the research on reading.  I encourage you to make sure your child has a book in his/her backpack at all times. Our kids have busy lives. A book in the backpack makes it easy for your children to squeeze in reading every chance they get!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt
Upcoming Dates
  • PTA Holiday Boutique, Tuesday, December 13th, 1:00p.m.-4:30p.m.
  • Winter Break, No School Starting, Friday December 23rd. Students return January 9th, 2017
  • PTA Meeting, Tuesday, January 10th at  12:15 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday, January 16th

Roadrunner Times, December Issue - Student Poetry
The staff of the The Roadrunner Times is inviting students to submit winter poetry for the December issue. Students are to turn their poems into the office by Friday, December 9th.

PTA Holiday Boutique
The PTA's Holiday Boutique in our Multi-Purpose Room on December 13th from 1-4:30p.m. Please join us for some great shopping!

Battle of the Books...start reading now!
The Battle of the Books competition  may not happen until later in the year, but now is the time you should be reading your books. Visit the official Battle site to find a list of all 30 books for this year. http://www.battleofthebooks.org/book-list/traditional-standard-30-book-list-4-6-grades-2016-17.php

Congratulations to the following students who submitted a Battle question in the library and won a prize of sweet treats!
4th grade-Hannah and Brighton
5th grade- Vanessa and Maya
6th grade- Connor and Miles

Keep reading and submitting your questions to be eligible for next month's drawing.
Contact Melissa Allen at Melissa_a_allen@hotmail.com of you'd like to be involved with this year's Battle.

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

Información para Inscripción en la Ley de Asistencia Asequible
El Departamento de Educación de California en asociación con California Cubierta y Todo en el Cuidado de la Salud para todas las familias ha provisto una planilla modelo para información sobre la cobertura de seguro de salud. http://www.slcusd.org/announcements.php

LVN needed immediately
Work with the nurse team at SLCUSD.  It’s a great team and a great schedule.  Hours are 8:00 to 3:10, Monday through Friday.  This means no weekends, nights, school vacations or holidays!
Check EdJoin at http://www.slcusd.org/
(go to “about”, “employment”)

Questions? Call Judith Gier, School Nurse Team Coordinator 549-1283

Friday, November 18, 2016

Newsletter, November 18, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

I want to thank everyone for a successful week of Parent Conferences. Our teachers put a tremendous amount of time and energy into planning and preparing for conferences. Parents, you take time out of busy, busy schedules to learn about the standards and curriculum that guide our work, to celebrate success, to puzzle over challenges and to help set a course for continued growth and success. We appreciate your support and partnership.

As we move into our much anticipated Thanksgiving break there are many things that I am  grateful for. I am especially grateful to work with such enthusiastic students, devoted parents and dedicated educators and staff members. Los Ranchos is a great place to work and learn.

I wish you and your family a restful and rejuvenating Thanksgiving!  

Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt
Upcoming Dates

  • Thanksgiving Break, November 21- November 23rd
  • PTA Holiday Boutique, Tuesday, December 13th
  • Winter Break, No School Starting, Friday December 23rd. Students return January 9th, 2017
  • PTA Meeting, Tuesday, January 10th at  12:15 p.m.
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Monday, January 16th

Library Internet Access at SLO Public Libraries
Mi-Fi Devices Available at SLO Public Library branches
Mi-Fi devices are mobile Wi-Fi hotspots. The SLO County Library Black Gold Cooperative has announced that, beginning November 9th, all Black Gold member libraries will have mi-fi devices available for checkout. The devices will checkout like books using a library card. This is a great opportunity for SLCUSD students and families who do not have Wi-Fi at home to access the internet.  (the larger the branch, more devices are available)

Highlights of Mi-Fi Devices:
· Check out period is 7 days
· The devices can be requested and placed on hold
· Overdue fines and fees will accrue
· Up to 10 devices can be connected
2nd service is called Hoopla - this is a digital streaming service for audio books, movies and music - again free with a library card.

Blackgold.org has more info where you can see these two important upgrades.

Roadrunner Times, December Issue -
The staff of the The Roadrunner Times is inviting students to submit winter poetry for the December issue. Students are to turn their poems into the office by Friday, December 9th.

Battle of the Books...start reading now!
The Battle of the Books competition  may not happen until later in the year, but now is the time you should be reading your books. Visit the official Battle site to find a list of all 30 books for this year. http://www.battleofthebooks.org/book-list/traditional-standard-30-book-list-4-6-grades-2016-17.php

Congratulations to the following students who submitted a Battle question in the library and won a prize of sweet treats!
4th grade-Hannah and Brighton
5th grade- Vanessa and Maya
6th grade- Connor and Miles

Keep reading and submitting your questions to be eligible for next months drawing.
Contact Melissa Allen at Melissa_a_allen@hotmail.com of you'd like to be involved with this year's Battle.

SLCUSD District is hiring an LVN
San Luis Coastal Unified School District has an immediate opening for a LVN to work with the nurse team in our district. This job may involve driving to several school sites where there is a need for nursing support. Hours are  8 to 3:10. No working weekends, holidays, evening, nights, or during school vacation. If this sounds like something you are interested in and might fit your needs please check Ed Join (link below). If you need more details feel free to call  549-1283 and leave your name and best contact time for Judith Gier School Nurse Team Coordinator.  




Thursday, November 10, 2016

Newsletter, November 10, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

Before I move to next week’s events I want to send out a big thank you to all of you for making the Walk-a-thon such a fun, memorable and successful event! Los Ranchos students, staff and some parents ran and walked for a full hour. Parents, grandparents and friends cheered from the sidelines. More parents kept score, quenched our thirst with endless gallons of water and re-energized us with orange slices. The Solwicks, who own Cheetah and Cheetah, kept our spirits high with great music. It was a fabulous day!

This did not happen magically and I want to thank our amazing Walk-a-thon Team. Laurie DeSchryver and Stacey White were our fearless leaders. They could not have done it without their army of volunteers: Erika Schuetze, Kristin Escalle, Kiley Wellner, Barb Beckett, Heidi Gill, Tiffany Emry, Jen Ross, Amy Moore, Joanna Whitcher and Karna Stitt.

And, I am hearing that the early count of pledges shows again what a generous community we have. We were off to a great start thanks to our sponsors. Together, they donated $28K!  These sponsors are Los Ranchos families, family owned businesses and employers of Los Ranchos parents as well as non-family related businesses in our community who were willing to support our students.  We are fortunate to live in a community that supports public education - please encourage our parent community to support these sponsors and say thank you.  Parents can find the sponsors on the banners in the multi-purpose room as well as on the list below.

With the Walk-a-thon behind us if feels like fall is passing by even faster. But, we have one important week before Thanksgiving break. Next week is Parent Conferences!  Parent conferences are great opportunity to sit down with your child’s teacher and celebrate  successes from the trimester, learn ways to support learning at home and find out what is coming. We look forward to seeing you then.

I hope you have a restful Veterans Day and weekend.   
Sincerely,

Marlie Schmidt

Upcoming Dates
  • No School - Friday, November 11th
  • Kyle's Cartoon Platoon Family Night, November 14th at 6:30pm
  • Minimum Days, 1pm Dismissal K-6th Grades, November 14-18th
  • Scholastic Book Faire, November 14-18th  
  • Thanksgiving Break, Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25th
  • PTA Holiday Boutique, Tuesday, December 13th
  • Winter Break, No School Starting, Friday December 23rd. Students return January 9th, 2017

Minimum Days All Next Week - Parent/ Teacher Conferences
TK students will be dismissed at their usual time, 12:20p.m.
All other students, K-6 will be dismissed at 1:00 p.m.. We are requesting that you do not pick up your student until the 1:00p.m. dismissal time.  Thank you. 


Free Family Drawing Night
PTA will be selling Pizza by the slice from 5:15pm-6:15pm for $1.00 per slice so your family can have dinner before drawing night!



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Please note, there is no homework club next week, November 14-18th due to minimum days and no homework the following week, November 21-25 for Thanksgiving Break.

School Directories
We have school directories for sale in the office for $6.00.  Please stop by if you would like a hard copy directory.

Lost and Found

Please stop by and take a look at Lost and Found for jackets, sweaters, and lunch boxes.  We will be clearing the lost and found over Thanksgiving Break so please stop by and look for lost items!

Walk-A-Thon

Together, our sponsors donated $28K!  These sponsors are Los Ranchos families, family owned businesses and employers of Los Ranchos parents as well as non-family related businesses in our community who were willing to support our students.  We are fortunate to live in a community that supports public education - please encourage our parent community to support these sponsors and say thank you.  Parents can find the sponsors on the banners in the multi-purpose room as well as on the list.
  
We would like to thank our Walk-A-Thon Team!  

2016 WAT Leads:  Laurie DeSchryver and Stacey White
2016 WAT Committee:
Erika Schuetze
Kristin Escalle
Kiley Wellner
Barb Beckett
Heidi Gill
Tiffany Emry
Jen Ross
Amy Moore
Joanna Whitcher
Karna Stitt

In addition, a great big "THANK YOU" to the army of volunteers that come out to help the day of the event to make it a success!


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Monday, October 31, 2016

Newsletter, October 31, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

We were sorry to postpone the Walk-a-thon Friday, but it was great to see the rain! We look forward to a fun filled event on Wednesday, November 3rd. We hope you can still come out to cheer on the Roadrunners. An hour is a long time, especially for our younger students. Your cheers make all the difference!

On Monday, November 14th we have another fun event for the whole family. Kyle’s Cartoon Platoon will be presenting a very engaging assembly to all students during the day. Families are invited to come and join the fun for an evening presentation at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room. You and your children will learn some cartoon strategies. This was such a huge success last year the PTA is sponsoring him again. Thank you Los Ranchos PTA!

Have a safe and fun Halloween!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt

Upcoming Dates
  • Walk-A-Thon, Wednesday, November 2nd 11am-12pm, Family lunch 12-1pm
  • Make up Picture Day -Thursday, November 3rd
  • No School - Friday, November 4th
  • No School - Friday, November 11th
  • Minimum Days, 1pm Dismissal K-6th Grades, November 14-18th
  • Scholastic Book Faire, November 14-18th  Thanksgiving Break, Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25th
  • PTA Holiday Boutique, Tuesday, December 13th
  • Winter Break, No School Starting, Friday December 23rd. Students return January 9th, 2017






Friday, October 21, 2016

Newsletter, October 21, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

The Walk-a-thon is almost here! On Friday, October 28th, Los Ranchos Roadrunners will be walking, skipping, running, and sometimes cartwheeling around the quarter mile course  for a full hour. The Walk-a-thon is a fun event for all. An hour is a long time but kids are inspired by the encouragement of each other, their big buddies, parents, grandparents and friends who line the course providing water, cheers and high fives. Ultimately the goal of the Walk-a-thon is to be a successful fundraiser. The money raised pays for countless materials, enrichment programs and some essential supports. I appreciate that our PTA sponsors such a fun and memorable event for raising money.

I hope you can join us for the cheering and the picnic lunch that follows.  
Have a wonderful weekend!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt
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Upcoming Dates

  • Vision Screening, Friday, October 28th, morning TK, K, 2nd, 5th and Spec.Ed.
  • Walk-A-Thon, Friday, October 28th 11am-12pm, Family lunch 12-1pm
  • Make up Picture Day -Thursday, November 3rd
  • No School - Friday, November 4th
  • No School - Friday, November 11th
  • Minimum Days, 1pm Dismissal K-6th Grades, November 14-18th
  • Thanksgiving Break, Monday, November 21- Friday, November 25th
  • PTA Holiday Boutique, Tuesday, December 13th
  • Winter Break, No School Starting, Friday December 23rd. Students return January 9th, 2017



Walk-A-Thon on
October 28, 2016
To help make our 25th annual Los Ranchos Walk-A-Thon a success,
please consider volunteering for one of the positions available !
Go to: https://www.scholasticchallenge.com/events/4ZtyRW@30/
volunteers/30 !
1. Check the Volunteer positions you would like to work or
Donations that you would like to contribute.
2. Click the Volunteer button (at the bottom of the page).
3. Complete the Volunteer signup form !
***If you have previously signed up to volunteer or donate items —
please go to the volunteer page and confirm that your name is there.
There was a glitch in the software, if you do not see your name we ask
that you please sign up again. THANK YOU!
The PTA would like to take a school picture again, if anyone has access
to a drone, please let me know ! If you have any questions, please email me at

Thank you,
Heidi Gill
Walkathon Volunteer Coordinator