Friday, August 26, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

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We had a great first week. Teachers launched into activities to build classroom community, develop smooth routines and introduced the work of writers, readers, mathematicians and scientists. Students were excited to be back. First graders were especially excited to move up from kindergarten. Ben shared, “the best part of first grade is keeping my desk organized.”  Evelyn reflected, “I like doing my writing and reading at my desk.”  My favorite quote, however, came from a sixth grader.  “This was the best day of my life,” was his response to the first day of school.
We hope to see you at Back to School Night. It is next Wednesday, Aug. 31. Please see the times below.  Our YMCA will be offering childcare during Back to School Night. This is a critical opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, connect with the families in your child’s class and hear about all the great things going on at Los Ranchos!

Sincerely,

Marlie Schmidt


Back to School Night
August 31, 2016
schedule at a glance:
    • TK - 3rd grade Presentations: 5:30 - 6:15 p.m., classrooms
    • Whole School Welcome:  6:15  - 7:00 p.m., multi-purpose room
    • 4th - 6th grade Presentations: 7:00 - 7:45 p.m., classrooms
This is a parent only event. The YMCA is offering child care, if you are interested. Link to Back to School Night Child Care Application


Upcoming Dates
  • Back to School Night: August 31st 5:30pm-7:45pm
  • Holiday: Monday, September 5th
  • Picture Day, Thursday, September 15th
  • Roadrunner Assembly:  Friday, September 16th at 8:45am
  • Chalk Festival and Fall Family Dinner, Friday, September 23rd
  • Hearing Screening for 1st/2nd/5th Gr and students with an IEP: Monday, September 26th

Student Safety
Please be extra cautious and careful during pick-up and drop off.  We have many new kinder students and parents dropping off for the first time. Plan on needing a little extra time. Remember that students getting picked up in the pick-up zone need to picked up at the curb. They will not be allowed to get in a car that is in the drive through area. Safety is a top priority.
School Site Council Parents:
We are looking for a few parents to be on our School Site Council. This is a 2 year position in which you are part of a committee of parents, teachers and other staff members who review policies, how money is spent and other basic oversight duties.  We meet once a month in the office.  Please email Cherie Bruce at cbruce@slcusd.org if you are intersted.

Counselor’s Corner
Greetings!  My name is Mary Kay Stratton and it is a pleasure to be here at Los Ranchos School for another school year.  Here’s a little bit of information about me.  I have worked in the SLCUSD for the past 23 years and am currently working at Teach, Bishop’s Peak, and Los Ranchos Elementary Schools.  I am at Los Ranchos on Thursdays and Fridays from 8:00 – 3:30 and my office/playroom is Room 35.  I hope to become acquainted with your child through classroom lessons on “Steps to Respect”, lunchtime fun, and/or counseling support.  My office, Rm. 35 is open to students during lunchtime as an alternative space to the playground.  I have a variety of games, toys, Legos, and drawing materials.  I hand out “passes” at morning recess and try to alternate the students each week.  Your child might be recommended for emotional/social support which I provide through small social skills groups or individual counseling sessions. During a counseling session, your child will receive training and support with emotional/social management skills through breathing and focusing exercises, role playing, and games that promote empathic, rational and consequential thinking.  I hope that my office is thought of as a fun, safe, and helpful place to be.  I am here to assist and support you and your children.  Feel free to call (596 4075 X 2290) or stop by room 35.  

Lunch Program
If you would like to sign up for lunch EZ Pay or if you would like to see if your family qualifies for free and reduced lunches, please click on the link below to access the district web page.  We also have lunch forms available in the office.








Monday, August 22, 2016

Aug 22, 2016 Welcome Back Blog

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
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We had a great first day starting the new school year. Students arrived eager to reconnect with friends, classmates and teachers. The energy at the flagpole this morning was high. After the initial excitement, students found their way to their new rooms, met their teachers, shared summer stories and then they wasted no time by jumping into the new routines, expectations and learning of the new year. We are so lucky to have students that show up every day, even the first day, ready to engage socially and academically. Thank you for all that you do at home to make that possible at school.
I want to thank the PTA for hosting their Back to School Parent Coffee. We had a great turn out this year. The coffee offers a great time for reconnection for returning parents and a warm welcome and introduction to our school community for new parents.  

Back to School Night is coming up. Please mark your calendar for Wednesday, August 31. Important information will be presented by your child(ren)’s teacher, PTA will share about the many ways to get involved and it is a lovely time to connect with our school community. Our YMCA will be offering childcare during Back to School Night.

Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt

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Student Safety
Please be extra cautious and careful during pick-up and drop off.  We have many new kinder students and parents dropping off for the first time. Plan on needing a little extra time. Remember that students getting picked up in the pick-up zone need to picked up at the curb. They will not be allowed to get in a car that is in the drive through area. Safety is a top priority.

Upcoming Dates
Back to School Night schedule at a glance:
    • TK - 3rd grade Presentations: 5:30 - 6:15 p.m., classrooms
    • Whole School Welcome:  6:15  - 7:00 p.m., multi-purpose room
    • 4th - 6th grade Presentations: 7:00 - 7: p.m., classrooms

Thursday, June 9, 2016

End of Year Newsletter

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,


It is hard to believe that our school year has come to an end. There are many things to celebrate about this school year. Your children have worked hard and learned so much. Everyone is looking a year older and wiser. We've celebrated our sixth graders during these last few days. We have had the honor of sharing many years together. We look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments and adventures.  We will miss them.

But before you go, we have a summer challenge!  It is the Los Ranchos READ in 50 PLACES challenge! Every Kindergarten through 5th grader will receive a copy of the challenge page so they can record all the fun places they read over the summer. Summer is a great time to discover new authors, share books with friends and keep reading strong! Email  a picture of your child reading  to Cherie Bruce at cbruce@slcusd.org as soon as they read in 30 places. We will add his or her picture in the READ in 50 PLACES slideshow at the first assembly next year. We hope to see everyone’s picture on the slide show.
I wish you a relaxing and memorable summer vacation.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt


Next Year's Dates
  • First day of 2016-2017 School Year, August 22nd
  • Holiday, September 5th
  • Holiday, November 4th and November 11th
  • Thanksgiving Break, November 21-25th
  • Winter Break, December 23- January 6th
  • Holidays, January 13 and January 16th
  • Holidays, February 13 and February 20th
  • Spring Break, April 17-21st
  • Holiday, May 29th
  • Last Day of 2016-2017, June 8th

Medication Reminder
DISPOSAL OF MEDICATION: On the last day of school, the office will be cleaning out the student medication drawer.  If your child has medication at school, please come by to pick it up. Due to safety regulations, we are unable to send medication home with a student. All medication remaining at the school site after the last day of school in June will be disposed of according to safety regulations.

Medications at school next year: A new Medication Consent Form will need to be completed and signed by your health care provider each new school year. Forms are available from the school secretary.

Friday, May 27, 2016

Newsletter May 27, 2016

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

It was great to see so many families for Open House! The excitement was palpable. Students were eager to share and parents were an enthusiastic audience. As educators, we deeply appreciate the support and participation in your children’s education. Together, we make a great team.

We have some exciting changes for next year. As many of you know, Miss Finn will be moving on to teaching in Thailand. We will miss her. She has been a dedicated teacher at Los Ranchos Elementary. We look forward to hearing about her new adventures.  As a result, we will have a 5th grade opening. I am happy to announce that Mr. Becker has agreed to take his enthusiasm for learning and teaching to 5th grade. Mr. Becker spent many years in 5th and 6th grade. He is looking forward to returning to 5th grade students and 5th grade curriculum. Ms. Johnson and Mr. Becker are going to make a great 5th grade team.

This leaves an opening in 4th grade. We are fortunate to welcome Ms. Wagner to this position. Ms. Wagner is a loved and talented teacher from another elementary school in the district.  She will be partnering with Mrs. McMillen and Mrs. Phelan. 4th graders are going to have a fun and engaging year with this 4th grade team.  

And last but not least, there is one more change. Next year we will have two classes in kindergarten and three classes in 1st grade. We are very fortunate to have Ms. Baele move up into 1st grade. She is a talented and experienced teacher with many years as a 1st grade reading specialist. During those years she worked closely with Mrs. Harper and Mrs. Aguilar.  The three of them will make a wonderful team.  

We are fortunate to have a staff of talented and dedicated teachers. Teachers will be making classlists soon for next year. Please read the information below to learn more about the complex process we use to create class lists. We strive to maximize the learning experience and environment for each student. We appreciate your confidence in the process and in our teachers who know their students academically, socially and emotionally.

Have a wonderful three day weekend!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt

Upcoming Dates
  • Memorial Day Holiday - Monday, May 30- No School
  • End of the Year Assembly - Wednesday, June 8th - 9:00 a.m.- 11:00am
  • Last Day of School, June 9th. This is a Full Day
  • First day of 2016-2017 School Year, August 22nd

End of the Year Assembly:
Our last assembly of the year is Wednesday, June 8th at 9am. We will be honoring our 6th Graders at this assembly as well as congratulating Mrs.Watson on her retirement at the end of this school year. Parents are welcome to attend the assembly.

Class lists for 2016-2017

The teachers at Los Ranchos place children in classrooms according to the best interest of all students, both individually and collectively. We pay careful attention to creating balanced classes by considering the following factors:
  • student’s academic ability
  • student’s behaviors
  • student/student compatability
  • gender balance
  • individual student needs
This is a complex process. Our goal is to create classroom communities where the combination of students help to  build positive and productive learning environments. Our teachers know our students well. We appreciate your trust in this process.
We understand, however,  that there are circumstances known to parents/guardians that would be helpful for school staff when making placements. If you want to share this information with us, we will happily take it into consideration. Please complete this form or pick it up in the office. The form should be turned into the Los Ranchos office by Tuesday, May 31.  

Classroom Placement

YMCA
As of June 1st, 2016, the Los Ranchos Before School  YMCA Program will operate on Mondays only. Before school care will no longer be offered Tuesdays-Fridays.  Additionally, the  after school program for Transitional Kindergarten Students will no longer be offered for next year’s students.

If you need to contact the Y with questions or concerns you may call them at (805) 543-8235.


Library Reminder:
If your student still has books  missing at the end of this week, outstanding loss and/or damage notices will be mailed home by Friday, June 3rd..  As stated in the Annual Parent Notice, “Library book processing standards prohibit the school district from accepting donated copies of a library book that has been lost or damaged in lieu of payment.”  Please be aware that if there are any missing books that have not been paid for,  your student will not receive their report card at the end of the year.  Thanks for helping us get all of our books back!


Medication Reminder
DISPOSAL OF MEDICATION: On the last day of school, the office will be cleaning out the student medication drawer.  If your child has medication at school, please come by to pick it up. Due to safety regulations, we are unable to send medication home with a student. All medication remaining at the school site after the last day of school in June will be disposed of according to safety regulations.
Medications at school next year: A new Medication Consent Form will need to be completed and signed by your health care provider each new school year. Forms are available from the school secretary.

Electronic Flyers


Friday, May 20, 2016

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Familes of Los Ranchos,
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     We have an enthusiastic and dedicated group of sixth graders in the band his year.  Some have been coming to school at 7:30am and some stay late.  Their dedication and hard work has paid off.  This last week they had two performances.  One was at SLO High School with 100 other sixth graders.  The second performance was here at school.  Both performances were outstanding.  I want to thank Ms. Lake, our music teacher, for her dedication to this program and to our students.
    We are excited about Open House this Thursday, May 26.  It is a wonderful time for our students to share their work from across the curriculum, for teachers to connect with parents, and for friends and families to catch up. We hope to see you here!

Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt

Upcoming Dates
  • Open House - May 26th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Memorial Day Holiday - Monday, May 30
  • End of the Year Assembly - Wednesday, June 8th - 9:00 a.m.
  • Last Day of School, June 9th
  • First day of 2016-2017 School Year, August 22nd


This spring, the Y has experienced labor shortages at many of their childcare sites.  These shortages are being experienced throughout the country due to the strong economy and are also being experienced by Y’s throughout California.  While they have been able to provide adequate staffing to their programs to date, it has been a great strain on their staff team and on their operations.  It is for these reasons our Y is making adjustments to some of their childcare programs.


As of June 1st, 2016, the Los Ranchos Before School Program will operate on Mondays only.  Before school care will no longer be offered Tuesdays-Fridays.  Additionally, the Transitional Kindergarten Program will no longer be offered.


The Y greatly apologizes for the inconvenience or challenges this change might cause for you and your family.  This change will continue for the foreseeable future.  They will evaluate their ability to reinstate for the next academic school year.


If you need to contact the Y with questions or concerns you may call them at (805) 543-8235.

Library Reminder:
Remember that all library books are due the week of May 23 - 27. If there are any books still missing at the end of that week, outstanding loss and/or damage notices will be mailed home by June 3rd..  As stated in the Annual Parent Notice, “Library book processing standards prohibit the school district from accepting donated copies of a library book that has been lost or damaged in lieu of payment.”  Encourage your students to return their library books on time! Please also be aware that if there are any missing books that have not been paid for,  your student will not receive their report card at the end of the year.  Thanks for helping us get all of our books back!

Class lists for 2016-2017

The teachers at Los Ranchos place children in classrooms according to the best interest of all students, both individually and collectively. We pay careful attention to creating balanced classes by considering the following factors:
  • student’s academic ability
  • student’s behaviors
  • student/student compatibility
  • gender balance
  • individual student needs
This is a complex process. Our goal is to create classroom communities where the combination of students help to  build positive and productive learning environments. Our teachers know our students well. We appreciate your trust in this process.
We understand, however,  that there are circumstances known to parents/guardians that would be helpful for school staff when making placements. If you want to share this information with us, we will happily take it into consideration. Please complete this form or pick it up in the office. The form should be turned into the Los Ranchos office by Tuesday, May 31.  

Classroom Placement 

Medication Reminder
DISPOSAL OF MEDICATION: On the last day of school, the office will be cleaning out the student medication drawer.  If your child has medication at school, please come by to pick it up. Due to safety regulations, we are unable to send medication home with a student. All medication remaining at the school site after the last day of school in June will be disposed of according to safety regulations.
 Medications at school next year: A new Medication Consent Form will need to be completed and signed by your health care provider each new school year. Forms are available from the school secretary.


Cafeteria Reminder
It’s a huge help to our cafeteria if there are NO negative balances at the end of the school year.  Please check your student’s account to make sure that you do not have a negative balance.  You can go to EZSchoolPay to check your balance.  Positive Balances will carry over at the end of the school year or used at Summer School.  


Electronic Flyers
In an effort to reduce the amount of paper that we send home, we will be working on attaching electronic flyers to our weekly newsletter in lieu of our brown folder and paper flyers.

Flyers
Ravine Water Park
TimberNook Summer Camp
Summer Sailing
Summer Esperience
Summer at Laguna Lake
Minecrafter Camp











Friday, May 13, 2016

Newsletter May 13,2016

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
It gives me great pleasure to announce Roseann Horner as the Teacher of the year for Los Ranchos Elementary. Mrs. Horner is being recognized for commitment to collaboration with colleagues, her dedication to buildings relationships with parents and her tireless commitment to supporting students. We are so fortunate to have her as a member of our Los Ranchos community.  
Students had a great time at the Battle of the Books today.  Over 100 students participated. It was an impressive show of student collaboration and close reading over the school year. Texas was the winning team with India as a close second. Texas team members included: Charlie, Jack, Miley, Alexander, Lucy and Ava.  I want to thank Donna Withey who has organized this event for the last two years. Melissa Allen and Barbara Beckett have volunteered to head it up next year.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt
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Donna Withey, our fearless leader, with Jenn Ross, our fearless PTA President
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4th, 5th and 6th graders participated
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TEXAS was the winning team!
Upcoming Dates
  • Kindergarten Round-Up, May 16-17th
  • Band Concert - Parents invited - May 19, 12:50 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.
  • Open House - May 26th, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Last Day of School, June 9th
  • First day of 2016-2017 School Year, August 22nd


Cafeteria Reminder
It’s a huge help to our cafeteria if there are NO negative balances at the end of the school year.  Please check your student’s account to make sure that you do not have a negative balance.  You can go to EZSchoolPay to check your balance.  Positive Balances will carry over at the end of the school year or used at Summer School.  


Library Reminder:
Remember that all library books are due the week of May 23 - 27. If there are any books still missing at the end of that week, outstanding loss and/or damage notices will be mailed home by June 3rd..  As stated in the Annual Parent Notice, “Library book processing standards prohibit the school district from accepting donated copies of a library book that has been lost or damaged in lieu of payment.”  Encourage your students to return their library books on time! Please also be aware that if there are any missing books that have not been paid for,  your student will not receive their report card at the end of the year.  Thanks for helping us get all of our books back!


Medication Reminder
At the end of the year, we need parents to pick up all student medications before we leave for the summer.  We CANNOT hold the medications to use again next year.  We will have medication forms for the next school  year.  A new form will need to be completed by a physician before your student is able to receive medication for the 2016-2017 school year.


Yearbook Orders
Online ordering has closed. If you would still like to order a yearbook, please bring a check to the office for $13.00.