Friday, April 20, 2018

Newsletter, April 20, 2018

Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos
It is almost Open House! It is early this year. We have moved it up to Thursday, May 3rd.
Open House is a delightful community event where we get to showcase students'
reading, writing, science, social studies, technology, music, P.E., art and more. It is also a
lovely evening to connect with your child's classmates and parents. Our 6th grade band will be
performing from 5:30 to 6:00 in the quad. Classrooms will be open from 6:00 - 7:00. Students
will also be able to show off their athletism in the multipurpose room with our P.E. program.
We look forward to seeing you there.


Last week we let parents know about an important meeting about local events in our area that will have a lasting impact on our schools. Our Superintendent, Dr. Prater, will host three different forums to inform parents about the closure of Diablo Nuclear Power Plant. The first will be one offered in San Luis Obispo on Monday, April 23, from 5 - 7:00 at the district office in J2 (where school board meetings are held). If you are unable to attend in town there will be additional presentations at Morro Bay High School on May 7, 5 - 7:00 p.m.  and at Los Osos Middle School on April 30, 5 - 7:00 p.m. We hope you can attend.


Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie

For your Calendar
4/18            PTA Fundraiser - Eat at SLO Provisions (see the flyer below)
4/20            School Dress Up Day - 80's Day
4/23            Blue Ribbon Committee Outreach Forum - District Office - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
4/24            6th grade Field Trip to Hearst Castle
4/27            1st and 2nd Graders to PAC for a Field Trip
4/27            Los Ranchos Battle of the Books
4/30            Blue Ribbon Committee Outreach Forum - LOMS Library - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
5/3              Open House 5:30 p.m. - 7:00, 
                             5:30 - 6:00 - 6th grade Band performs in the Quad 
                             6:00 - 7:00 - Classrooms are Open
                             6:00 - 7:00 - P.E. Demonstrations in the Multipurpose Room
5/7              Blue Ribbon Committee Outreach Forum - MBHS Library - 5:00-7:00 p.m.
5/8              PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Newsletter, April 13, 2018



Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
The closure of Diablo Nuclear Power Plant will have a significant impact on the budget of our school district over the next few years. Our Superintendent, Dr. Prater, will host three different forums for our community. The purpose is to inform parents and to gather input and feedback from our community. There will be one offered in San Luis Obispo on Monday, April 23, from 5 - 7:00 at the district office in J2 (where school board meetings are held). If you are unable to attend in town there will be additional presentations at Morro Bay High School on May 7, 5 - 7:00 p.m.  and at Los Osos Middle School on April 30, 5 - 7:00 p.m. We hope you can attend.

Our testing window with the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessments for 3rd - 6th graders will be from April 23 - June 1. Each teacher has set up a schedule to support a positive testing experience. Your child’s teacher will be sending out his/her schedule. The tests are untimed. Teachers plan in extra minutes so students don’t feel the pressure of time. The schedule may appear that testing stretches on and on. In reality, the estimated time is 6 to 6.5 hours total over five weeks. Fifth graders take an additional test in Science. Please make every effort to make sure your child is at school during the test taking time. We plan for make-ups, but it is best when students are taking the assessments with their classmates. In addition, it makes a difference when students are well rested and well fed. Your help is deeply appreciated.

Have a wonderful weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie
For your Calendar
4/18            PTA Fundraiser - Eat at SLO Provisions (see the flyer below)
4/20            School Dress Up Day - 80's Day
4/24            6th grade Field Trip to Hearst Castle
4/27            1st and 2nd Graders to PAC for a Field Trip


4/27            Los Ranchos Battle of the Books
5/3              Open House 5:30 p.m.
5/8              PTA Meeting 7:00 p.m.

Important Parent Survey
 Dear Parent,
San Luis Coastal Unified School District is conducting a survey of parents who have children attending our elementary schools. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts and opinions about your child’s elementary school.

Please follow this link to access the survey on Survey Monkey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SLCUSDLR2018 

We would like to hear from every elementary parent in our school district. Next week we will be sending home a hard copy of the survey. Please  initial and return the top sheet to your child’s teacher, indicating that you have had an opportunity to complete the online survey. If you prefer, you may complete the paper survey attached to the letter instead and return it to your child’s elementary school. We appreciate you for taking the time to offer us some feedback about our schools. 

Marlie Schmidt 
Principal, Los Ranchos Elementary 
Amy Shields
Director of Learning and Achievement

Cal Poly Build an Engineer Day
Cal Poly San Luis Obispo collegiate section of the Society of Women Engineers! We would like to invite you to our semi annual Build an Engineer Day (BAE Day) where several engineering clubs host fun, hands on labs such as launching mini rockets and engineering a mechanical hand! This event gives students the opportunity to spend the day on campus and experience multiple engineering activities led by current engineering students and SWE volunteers.

The event will take place on Saturday, May 12th and check in will begin at 8:30 am at Cal Poly’s Advanced Technology Laboratory in the Engineering Plaza. There is NO FEE for a school sign up and a $10 FEE for an individual sign up.

To sign up please fill out the appropriate google form below



I hope to see you at BAE Day!


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Eighties Day

Friday, April 20

Dress in 80s styles!

Pastel shirts with jackets, lace skirts,
shoulder pads, spiky hair, lace gloves,
lace headbands, legwarmers, parachute
pants, oversized sweatshirts…


Los Ranchos Battle of the Books
Please click on the link below to sign up to help with our Battle of Books which is scheduled for Friday, April 27th.



Friday, March 30, 2018

Newsletter, March 30, 2018


Principal’s Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

Spring is in the air and everyone is looking forward to the break! We have squeezed a lot in the weeks leading up to break.

Our STEAM Team hosted an energetic STEAM Night last week.  Families had a blast exploring new engineering concepts and learning from the grade level projects on display.  The evening ended with families building an artistic robot. A special thanks to Ms. Baele, Mrs. Weber, Miss Wagner, and Mrs. Sabo for making this event a reality. 

On March 24th families joined together to beautify and upgrade our garden and playground during the Love SLO event.  It was great fun to have kindergarteners, parents, staff, spouses and even alumnus digging in the weeds and layering on the paint.  A very special thanks to parent Shannon Whisenand and our PTA for organizing this event.  

We celebrated ways to be kind, brave and strong at our last Roadrunner Assembly.  Miss Grossi shared some of the great ideas from students while Mr. Getten accompanied us on the guitar.  We linked a paper chain of ideas and beliefs that make us stronger together.  We wrapped it up by singing a beautiful rendition of Give a Little Love.
I wish you and your family a wonderful and restful spring break.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt

STEAM Night

Celebrating all the ways we can be brave, kind and strong at our Roadrunner Assembly!


Love SLO at Los Ranchos!


For your Calendar

4/2-4/6       Spring Break. Students return to school Monday, April 9th
4/10            PTA Meeting - 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
4/13            Variety Show - 6:00 p.m.
4/24            6th grade Field Trip to Hearst Castle
4/27            1st and 2nd Graders to PAC for a Field Trip
4/27            Battle of the Books


Fun Events - Find out about fun events 
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Color vision screening for first grade boys 
     During the month of April, the school nurse will be screening first grade boys for color vision. This is a simple screening routinely done at this age to rule out color vision deficiencies. Please send a note addressed to the school nurse if you do not wish your child to be screened. A letter will be sent home to parents of students who fail the exam.


 Pruebas de color de la vista para niños del primer grado
    Durante el mes de abril la enfermera de la escuela estara haciendoles un examen a los niños del primer grado. Esta es una simple rutina que se les hace a los niños para saber se tienen problemas de la vista de color. Les mandaremos una nota de aviso para avisarles del examen. A los padres que sus hjos no pacen el examen se les mandara un aviso.






Friday, March 16, 2018

Newsletter, March 16, 2018




Third graders enjoyed another Los Ranchos Fiesta with dancing, singing and treats!

Principal's Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos Elementary, 
This was a week of celebrations. Our 3rd graders celebrated their annual Fiesta and we hosted the 2017 - 18 Science Fair. At the Science Fair we had 99 scientists participating this year. Even the rain could not deter the enthusiasm and excitement. A special thanks to  Sylvia Gomes and Reilly Wagner for organizing the event,  and to parents Kristin Escalle and Tiffany Emry. Their support helped to make the event run smoothly.

Our second STEAM Night will be Thursday, March 22 from 6:00 to 7:00. There will be engaging Science/Engineering activities to investigate. Every grade will have examples of classroom explorations in engineering practices. PTA will be selling pizza by the slice. We hope you can join us.

Love SLO is happening on Saturday, March 24. Love SLO began in 2016 as an annual community wide day of service. Volunteers work on projects from 9:00 - 12:00. Los Ranchos Elementary  is hosting a couple projects thanks to PTA member Shannon Whisenand.  We will be working in our garden and snazzing - up our backboards on the playground. If you want to know more go to https://www.loveslo.com/communityservice. We hope you can participate. Bring your gardening gloves and shovels!

Have a restful weekend.

Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt


For your Calendar

3/8-3/30     TK and Kindergarten Registration, Open Enrollment period
3/22            Family STEAM night. 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
4/2-4/6       Spring Break. 

Please stop by our Lost and Found before Spring Break. We will be donating any items that are still here on March 30th.





Friday, March 9, 2018

Newsletter, March 9, 2018

Principal's Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos Elementary,

Our Los Ranchos Science Celebration is almost here! It is one of our favorite days of the year.  Scientists can choose from Life Science, Physical Science or Earth and Space Science, the choice is yours. Then, work through the Scientific Process, finding that question or problem that is most intriguing. Students can work individually or with a friend or sibling. Above all, make it fun!

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt


For your Calendar


3/8-3/30     TK and Kindergarten Registration, Open Enrollment period
3/13            Science Fair - 1st-6th grades -  1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
3/13            PTA Meeting- 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
3/15            3rd Grade Fiesta 1:30 p.m- 2:50 p.m.4/2-4/6        No School - Spring Break



Los Ranchos Gear
If you're interested in purchasing Los Ranchos gear such as T-Shirts, hats or sweatshirts, go our link and start shopping!

Saturday, March 3, 2018

Newsletter, March 2, 2018




Principal's Message
Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos Elementary,

This was a full five day week, the first in three weeks! It was great to get back into our  routines. We ended the week with reading celebrations, a Los Ranchos Landscape Design Open House and beautiful rain. We are back to minimum days next week during Spring Parent Conference Week. 

Thank you for your flexibility. Have a great weekend!

Sincerely, 
Marlie Schmidt

For your Calendar

3/5-3/9      Minimum Days, K-6 dismissed at 1:00 p.m. 
3/8-3/30    TK and Kindergarten Registration, Open Enrollment period
3/13             Science Fair - 1st-6th grades -  1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
3/13            PTA Meeting- 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
4/2-4/6      No School - Spring Break


If you have not done so already, please fill out our LCAP survey to help the district determine how to use state funds for our schools.
Local Control Accountability (LCAP) Survey:
All school districts in California are required to develop a three-year Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) that describes how state funds will be used to improve student academic achievement. The LCAP must incorporate how the district is spending its supplementary funds, 4.5 million dollars, to meet the needs of students with greater challenges, including English learners, socio-economically disadvantaged students, and foster/homeless youth. In San Luis Coastal Unified School District (SLCUSD), we have constructed an LCAP that takes those supplementary funds along with general fund dollars (federal, state, and local) to implement five focus areas established by our Board of Trustees. The overall LCAP budget is approximately 6 million dollars out of our 92 million dollar budget. Engaging parents, students, community members, and school employees in developing, reviewing, and supporting implementation of the LCAP is critical to its success.
Please take a few minutes to complete the LCAP Survey. We value and appreciate the input from parents, staff, and community. The feedback will be used to revise our LCAP for 2018-2019. The LCAP Survey will be open until March 23rd.
Encuesta de Plan de Responsabilidad de Control Local (LCAP):
Todos los distritos escolares de California están obligados a desarrollar un Plan de Responsabilidad de Control Local (LCAP por sus siglas en inglés) de tres años que describa cómo se utilizarán los fondos estatales para mejorar el logro académico del estudiante. El LCAP debe incorporar cómo el distrito está gastando sus fondos suplementarios, 4.500.000 dólares, para satisfacer las necesidades de los alumnos con mayores dificultades, incluyendo aprendices de inglés, estudiantes desfavorecidos socioeconómicamente, y jóvenes en hogares de acogida/sin hogar. En el Distrito Escolar Unificado de San Luis y Costa (SLCUSD por sus siglas en inglés), hemos construido un LCAP que toma los fondos complementarios, junto con dinero del fondo general (federal, estatal y local), para implementar cinco grandes áreas establecidas por nuestro Consejo Directivo. El presupuesto global del LCAP es aproximadamente $6,000,000 proveniente de nuestro presupuesto de $92,000,000. El involucramiento de los padres, estudiantes, miembros de la comunidad y empleados de la escuela en la elaboración, revisión y apoyo de implementación del LCAP es crítico para su éxito.

Por favor tómese unos minutos para completar la encuesta del LCAP. Valoramos y agradecemos el aporte de los padres, el personal y la comunidad. Los comentarios se utilizarán para revisar nuestro LCAP para 2018-2019.  
La encuesta LCAP estará abierta hasta el 23 de marzo.







Friday, February 23, 2018

Newsletter, February 23, 2018


Principal's Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos Elementary,

The whole team at Los Ranchos feels fortunate to be in the business of educating your children. We are are committed to nurturing and supporting the whole child. As elementary educators we are focused on the academic, social and emotional growth of our students. School safety is also a top priority.

I know school safety is on the minds of all parents. I want to assure you that protocols and procedures for emergencies are in place. These procedures have been developed with law enforcement and experts in the field of school safety. Protocols are regularly reviewed and updated to reflect the most current safety practices. Our staff is trained in safety protocols and we have drills for our students throughout the year for emergency, evacuation and sheltering. These drills test communication among and between classes, offices, and help student become familiar with emergency procedures. This is done often, and with minimal disruption to the education of our students.

Our School Safety Plan is also in the office for parents to review at any time. If you have any questions or want to talk on this topic, I am available to you.

Thank you for entrusting your children to us. Children are our most precious gifts. We take the responsibility of ensuring their safety very seriously.

Have a great weekend.

Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt


For your Calendar

2/27          Wisdom Parenting Workshop 
3/5-3/9      Minimum Days, K-6 dismissed at 1:00 p.m. 
3/8-3/30    TK and Kindergarten Registration, Open Enrollment period
3/13          Science Fair - 1st-6th grades -  1:30 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
3/13          PTA Meeting- 7:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
4/2-4/6      No School - Spring Break


FREE Wisdom Parenting Workshop

February 27h at 4:30pm in the Los Ranchos Library

This one hour workshop will explore how the practice of mindfulness can support parents to stay meaningfully connected to themselves and their families, even as the demands and complexities of life increase. The practice of mindfulness teaches us to stay more present to ourselves and our children and increases our capacity to respond rather than react to the challenges of life. Mindfulness also grows our ability to meet conflict with compassion and increases our capacity for self-awareness, humor and love. This workshop is an introduction to mindfulness and how to practice it, as well as a discussion on how to specifically apply mindfulness to the rich experience of parenting.


Deborah Halpern, MEd, MATP, spent 8 years practicing and studying yoga and meditation full-time in retreat. She has earned master’s degrees in both Education and Psychology and has taught mindfulness practices to both children and adults. She is an instructional assistant at Los Ranchos!




School Nurse Note

Allergy Season is here and students are coming to the health room with itchy, red, watery eyes.

Tips to provide comfort and prevent lost classroom time.
1.  If your child routinely takes allergy medicine during the allergy season, be sure that they take the medicine before they leave the house.
2.  If your student needs allergy medication at school, we have a medication form available.
3.  Reduce exposure to allergens: Have your child wash hands and change clothing after playing outside.
4.  Caution your student not to sit on the grass at school if this is an allergen for them. 
5.  Keep windows closed when pollen counts are high. 



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Love Letters to Parents
Can life feel a little overwhelming sometimes?  Do you ever feel like parenting is a challenge?  Not sure you fully understand the pressures and anxieties that kids feel or have a grasp of their social, emotional, academic and relational landscape? Ever feel like other parents have it all figured out?  Does your child's reliance on digital  technology mystify you?  Seeking the balance of being a parent and being an individual within a family can be a struggle.  Well, you're not alone.

Perhaps more than ever, parents today need peer support to navigate the challenges inherent in  every developmental stage and maintain healthy balance.  We know that it takes a village to raise a child and are fortunate when we can rely on family and friends.  Life is always going to present us with amazing highs and also some incredible lows.  how we choose to navigate the journey is persona, but it's reassuring to know every parent  is on a similar path, and comforting to know that no one has it completely figured out.

We live in a big, complex world that requires us to keep learning. We don't have the answers, but as role models for our kids, we hope to show them how to navigate uncertainties, ride the waves, manage stress, treat others, and live health, meaningful lives.  Our kids, our peers, our community, and our honest and genuine conversations bring barriers down and helps us create a community of caring.  

We are information gathers, parents seeking tools and resources to help guide us on our journey, and human beings who ultimately just want to raise other happy, health, caring and thoughtful human beings.  

We are very excited to ride the waves or navigate the journey with you!

Celebrating being perfectly imperfect,










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