Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Newsletter, Summer 2017

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 celebrated our sixth graders over these last few days. It has been a honor for all of us to be part of their early years. We look forward to hearing about their future accomplishments and adventures.  We will miss them.

We have many changes next year in our staffing. As you know Mr. Becker is transferring over to Hawthorne Elementary. Mr. Becker has served the students of Los Ranchos for many years. We will miss him and wish him all the best. Mr. Becker’s departure, along with many other factors, created opportunities for other staffing changes.  Mrs. Harper is moving to 2nd grade. Miss Grossi, Mrs. Harper and Ms. Lesinski will  carry on the amazing work of the 2nd grade team. We are excited to have Mrs. Block partnering with Miss Wagner in 4th grade. I know they are going to make a great team.  Another change will take place in 5th grade. Next year we will have  three small classes of 5th graders. We are fortunate to have Mrs. Gomes,  Ms. Johnson and Mrs. McMillen/ Ms. Smiley (shared contract) take the lead in fifth grade.  

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The Los Ranchos READ in 50 PLACES Challenge is back! Every Kindergartener - 5th grader received a copy of the challenge page.  Students can check off all the fun places they read over the summer.  Don’t forget to  email  a picture of your child reading  to Cherie Bruce at lrsummerreaders@gmail.com as soon as they have read in 30 places. We will add the picture to our READ in 50 PLACES slideshow. The slideshow is a great way to launch the new year at the first assembly. We hope to see everyone’s picture in the slide show next year.
I wish you all a relaxing and memorable summer vacation.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  

Upcoming Dates
  • Office Closes for the Summer, July 1st
  • Office reopens, August 3rd
  • First Day of the 2017-2018 School Year, August 21st, 9:25 a.m.
  • September 14 Picture Day


You can continue to order School Supplies online until June 30th.  If you do decide to purchase supplies elsewhere, you can use the same supply list as those listed on 1st Day School Supplies webpage .


School Office Summer Hours
The school office will be open from 8am to 3pm, Monday through Thursday, all of June. We will close  July 1st and reopen on August 3rd.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Newsletter, May 26, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,

Thank you for making this year’s Open House so memorable.  We had a great kick off by our 6th grade band in the quad. I hope you had a chance to pop into the multipurpose room. Our P.E. teachers, Mrs. Erickson and Ms. Lancaster, had fun activities set up so students could show off some new skills. Classrooms were bursting with this trimester’s projects, publications, art and examples of learning from across the curriculum.  Your enthusiasm and attendance made it all worth it!  
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Over ninety students participated in Battle of the Books today. Students worked in multi-grade teams, recalling the thematic details of dozens of books they have read over the year. It is an impressive opportunity to combine teamwork and reading. A special thanks goes to Barbara Beckett and Melissa Allen for heading up the event and to their army of parent volunteers.  
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We hope to see you next Friday, June 2 for our family picnic.  Grab your blanket, fill up a picnic basket and join us from 12:15 - 1:00.  We know there are some parents who can’t make it so plan on making extra room on your blanket to include extra friends and classmates. We invite you to bring an extra blanket or two. Music will be provided by Nikki’s family, Kramer Events, Inc.

I hope you enjoy a lovely Memorial Day weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  

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Upcoming Dates

  • End of the Year Assembly, Monday, June 5th
  Part I: 9:45 - 10:30 (End of Year Assembly)
   Part II: 10:45 - 11:30 (primarily 6th Grade awards and  goodbyes)
  • Last day of school, Thursday, June 8th
  • Los Ranchos Elementary Blues Baseball Game, Saturday, June 10th
(free tickets will go home before the end of school)

You can continue to order School Supplies online until June 30th.  It has been reported that this is a great cost saving program.  If you do decide to purchase supplies elsewhere, you can use the same supply list as those listed on 1st Day School Supplies webpage .



School Office Summer Hours
The school office will be open in June and closed as of July 4th. We will re-open August 3rd.

Box Tops

Please turn in any Box Tops you have at home by June 1st to your child's classroom.  Remember they do expire.  So far this year we have raised $800 let’s finish the year strong.  

Friday, May 19, 2017

Newsletter, May 19, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
We enjoyed an outstanding performance from our 6th grade band this week. You too can enjoy them at Open House on Thursday, May 25. Our sixth grade band will kick off the evening with a short performance from 5:45 - 6:00 p.m. in the quad. In addition to visiting your childrens’ classrooms, make sure you go to the multipurpose room. Our P.E. teachers will have activities for your children to demonstrate the great things they are learning in P.E. and more music videos will be showing in the library.
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Los Ranchos students did a great job raising and donating money for Hunger Awareness Day. Sandie the Sandwich helped to get the word out. I was heartened by all the stories of students washing cars, doing extra chores and dipping into their Piggy Banks to donate their dollar or dollars to out local Food Bank. With Sandie the Sandwich’s help in drumming up enthusiasm, we raised $505.52! The Student Council will be presenting a check to the Food Bank during our last assembly.

Our Family Picnic is coming soon! Grab your picnic blanket and basket and join us on Friday, June 2.  Lunch will be from 12:15 to 1:00. We know there are some parents who can’t make it during lunch so plan on making extra room on your blanket to include extra friends and classmates. We invite you to bring an extra blanket or two. We will have music too, thanks to a Nikki’s family with Kramer Events, Inc.

I hope you enjoy a lovely weekend.
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  

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Upcoming Dates
  • 4th Grade Wax Museum, May 24th
  • Fundraiser at Panda Express, Wednesday, May 24th 3:00-11:00 p.m.
  • Last Day for Homework Club, May 25th
  • Open House, Thursday, May 25th, 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
  • Battle of The Books, Friday, May 26th
  • End of the Year Assembly, Monday, June 5th from 9:45am-11:30am
  • Last day of school, Thursday, June 8th
  • Los Ranchos Elementary Blues Baseball Game, Saturday, June 10th
(free tickets will go home before the end of school)

Fidget Spinners
Fidget spinners seem to be the new craze. Our school considers these fidget spinners to be toys and they are not allowed at school.
Students may see some fidgets spinners in classroom. In these cases they are owned by teachers and are being used for a specific purpose.
Please remind your students to keep spinners and all other toys at at home.  Thank you for your help.


Library Reminder:
All library books are due the week of May 22 - 26. Outstanding loss and damage notices will be mailed home by June 2nd to those students who have not returned their library books by May 26th. 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!



Open House
You’re Invited to the Los Ranchos Open House Event
Thursday, May 26th
5:45 - 6:00 - 6th grade band will play in the Quad
6:00pm-7:00pm - Classrooms Open

The Multipurpose room will be open too. Stop by so your children can share activities and skills they learn in P.E.

Come visit classrooms and see all of our students’ accomplishments for the year!

Walk-A-Thon T-shirt Contest
Students in Kindergarten through 5th grade can submit their T-Shirt designs to the office by Tuesday, May 30th. The entry  must be submitted on 8 ½ X 11 white paper. The art work needs to include Roady, the roadrunner and the design related to “T.E.A.M.- Roady Explores SLO”.


School Office Summer Hours
The school office will be open in June and closed as of July 4th. We will re-open August 3rd.


Los Ranchos Readers
Read in 50 Places this Summer!!
Get ready to read this summer!  We will be sending home forms for students to read in 50 places again this summer.  It will include an email to send pictures to, if your student completes their reading assignment. We hope to get lots of great pictures!

Battle of the Books
Friday, May 26th is our Battle of the Books. If you are able to be a timer or reader for this event, please let the office know. You would be needed from 8:30am-11:30am.

Box Tops
Please turn in any Box Tops you have at home by June 1st to your child's classroom.  Remember they do expire.  So far this year we have raised $800 let’s finish the year strong.  

Friday, May 12, 2017

Newsletter, May 12, 2017

Principal’s Message


Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
Road closure update! The Amgen Tour of California Bike Race is coming by our school next Tuesday, May 16. The race will be passing by on highway 227 at approximately 2:51 p.m., right at the end of the school day.  It has been our experience that the racers pass by quickly and the race organizers open the road up as soon as possible. School buses will arrive early at school and they will leave school as soon as the road opens. Whether you are picking kids up at school, or  waiting for kids at a bus stop, be prepared for delays. We appreciate your patience and flexibility. Please go to  SLO City News for more information.
Join us for a family picnic on Friday, June 2. Bring a  picnic lunch and blanket to spread out on. This will be a time to connect with your childrens’ classmates and families before our summer schedules begin. Lunch recess will be from 12:15 - 1:00. We hope you can join us.


Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  








Upcoming Dates
  • 5th and 6th Grade to Tiger Olympics, Friday, May 19th
  • 4th Grade Wax Museum, May 24th
  • Open House, Thursday, May 25th, 6:00p.m. - 7:00p.m.
  • Battle of The Books, Friday, May 26th
  • End of the Year Assembly, Monday, June 5th from 9:45am-11:30am
  • Last day of school, Thursday, June 8th
  • Los Ranchos Elementary Blues Baseball Game, Saturday, June 10th

(free tickets will go home before the end of school)


Friday, May 5, 2017

Newsletter, May 5, 2017

Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
What an eventful week we have had! It started with the water getting shut off, but it only went up from there. We had a wonderful STEAM Night on Thursday. Cal Poly students helped us to puzzle over electrical currents, building towers, problem solving (with many constraints thrown in for an extra challenge) and much more. We look forward to this being an annual event. I want to thank our LR STEAM Team: Maija Beaudion, Chris Becker, Reilly Wagner and Chelsea Smiley. A special thanks to Summer Reeves for leading the team and to all the families who came out for the event.
The 10th Annual Paul Reinhardt Bike Parade was also a huge success. Students came in fun costumes and colorfully decorated bikes. They were cheered by a supportive crowd of parents and schoolmates! A special thanks goes to Cambria Bicycle Outfitter and Foothill Cyclery for being here bright and early to make sure everyone’s bike was in tip-top condition! A special thanks to Tony Evans and Paul Reinhardt, whose passion for bike riding keeps this tradition alive!
The best parts of the week, however, were the daily treats and surprises from our parents and students for Staff Appreciation Week. We were all overwhelmed with the goodies, the cards, the flowers and thoughtfulness. We close the week feeling very appreciated and very fortunate to work with such an amazing community of students and parents.

Have a wonderful weekend!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  
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Upcoming Dates
  • Ride your Bike to School Day , Wednesday, May 10th
  • Bring $1 to School to support “Day for Hunger” Thursday, May 11th
  • 5th and 6th Grade to Tiger Olympics, Friday, May 19th
  • 4th Grade Wax Museum, May 24th
  • Open House, Thursday, May 25th, 6:00p.m.. - 7:00p.m.
  • Battle of The Books, Friday, May 26th
  • End of the Year Assembly, Monday, June 5th
  • Last day of school, Thursday, June 8th


Bring a $1.00 to school on May 11th (or any other day next week) to support “Day of Hunger” to support the SLO Food Bank.


Reading by Design
Coastal Regional Summer Library Programs
June 5 – July 29
SAN LUIS OBISPO LIBRARY
 FAMILY CONCERT WITH MARYLEE SUNSERI
 WED, JUNE 14, 10:30 All Ages.
 SILVER JEWELRY WORKSHOP FOR TEENS
 TUES, JUNE 20, 3:00  Registration Required. Ages 10-17.
 WILD BUBBLE SCIENCE SHOW
 WED, JUNE 21, 10:30 All Ages.
FLASH FREEZE YOUR STUFF AND SMASH IT
TUES, JUNE 27, 3PM
TAIKO DRUMMING CONCERT
 WED, JUNE 28, 10:30 All Ages.
 BEAUTIFUL PAPER ART CRAFTS FOR TEENS
 TUES, JULY 11, 3:00  Registration Required. Ages 10-17.
 SOMETHING RIDICULOUS JUGGLING SHOW
 WED, JULY 12, 10:30 All Ages.

 LIVE REPTILE SHOW
 WED, JULY 19, 10:30 All Ages.
 FAMILY MAGIC SHOW WITH GERALD JOSEPH
 WED, JULY 26, 10:30 All Ages.

Friday, April 28, 2017

Newsletter, April 28, 2017


Principal’s Message

Dear Friends and Families of Los Ranchos,
I hope you were able to attend the Los Ranchos Celebration of Science and Inventions. Ninety-one inventors and scientists created beautiful displays of their experiments and best thinking. Participants had an opportunity to answer questions and present their findings to interested parents and inquisitive schoolmates. I want to thank the students and families who participated.  A special thanks goes to Mr. Becker and Mrs. Gomes for organizing the event!
We have a fun event coming up next week. We hope that you and your children come on Thursday, May 4, for STEAM Night. There will be many activities for you to construct and create, play with and puzzle over. All students are welcomed, but they must be accompanied with a parent/grandparent/guardian. STEAM Night is from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room.
We have the 10th Annual Paul Reinhardt Bike Parade on Friday morning, May 5th. All students are invited to ride. Those who can’t ride will be cheering on the riders. It is especially fun when students decorate their bikes. Balloons are not allowed in the spirit of keeping this safe and fun for everyone. This is a fun event for parents. We always need a few extra hands around the bike ramps. We hope to see you there!
Sincerely,
Marlie Schmidt  
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Upcoming Dates

  • Kindergarten and TK Round up - Monday & Tuesday, May 1st & 2nd
  • STEAM Night - Thursday, May 4th, 5:30-6:30p.m.
  • Bike Parade - Friday, May 5th 8:45am
  • Bike to School Day - Wednesday, May 10th
  • Bring $1 to School to support “Day for Hunger” Thursday, May 11th
  • Open House, Thursday, May 25th from 6:00p.m.-7:00p.m.

10th Annual Paul Reinhardt Bike Parade May 5

Ride or bring your bike to school on Friday, May 5 
** If any parents would like to help set up ramps at 7:45 AM,   please email cbruce@slcusd.org
       TK/ K/1 will ride at 8:45 AM       
  Grades 2 – 6 will ride at 9:05 AM
      All riders must have helmets.
      The parade is for bikes only – no scooters, skateboards, etc.
      Training wheels are just fine.
      Decorate your bike to add to the fun – NO BALLOONS!
      Decorations may not obstruct you or other riders 
(no cardboard sides, structures, etc…)
      Wear a bike jersey, or create your own biking outfit.
      Decorate your helmet.
      Create a theme and do a coordinated look for your bike, helmet, and outfit.
      Check with your parents about riding your bike to school  that morning.
      Bikes are to be walked across the quad, and parked in front of your classroom (park in the quad, not on the sidewalk).
      If you are not riding your bike home, make arrangements for your bike to be picked up by the end of the school day.
      Non-riders will be spectators.  Make signs to wave!
      Foothill Cyclery will be set up in the quad at 8:15, to assist with minor technical needs.

** Mark your calendar: Ride Your Bike to School Day is on Wednesday, May 10! 


The students at Los Ranchos have the opportunity to make a difference by helping our community for Hunger Awareness Day. The students learned about the SLO Food Bank Coalition today at our assembly and how our school is going to have a “Bring $1 to School Day for Hunger” on Thursday, May 11th. We are having a classroom challenge to get all involved. Please ask them about it.