Leo R. Croce Elementary Home


Electronic Flyers for Parents


To report your child's absence:  sick-child-2irxqko.png

Please call 606-4706 and then press #2

Para reportar la ausencia de su hijo/a: 

Favor de llamar al 606-4706 y oprime #2


Principal Coffee

Coming September 2016


Staff Room

Join Mrs. Helsley for coffee/muffins.

This is an informal time with the principal to share ideas, concerns, questions and thoughts.

Spirit Assemblies

 Next Assembly

June 3, 2016

8:45 & 9:25am

Students of the Month

April 29, 2016

Isaias Rameriz, Dakota Chauca, Billie-Marie Chemiat, Juan Calderon Navarro, Matthew Ludwig, Sarah Lovdahl, Addyson Gundry, Riley Gunderson, Emelyn Sachs, Deegan Harris, Briyan Lopez, Jasmin Pina, Faith Smith, Ian Del Toro, Camy Clendenen, Derien Paiso, Calahan McConkey, Natalie Randall, Nolan Cherry, Parker Pompilio, Ebere Aladi, Angelina Trujillo, Jeffrey Stroope, Victoria Mecham, Kieran Luu, Josephine Springer, Joshua Hulme, Dax Hunter, Mya Learned, Sean Wayman, Caleb Falconer, Isabella Montoya, Kyle De Sa, Carolyn Siemens, Levi Schmurr, Shelby Pagel, Dominic Calderon, Charlotte Kirchner, Uche Aladi, Camila Rousseau, Noor Aly, Maile Silva, Dania Aoucher, Jacey Green, Cameron Caley, Caspar Markel

last week of school


Dismissal times for the last week of school

Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday

June 13, 14 & 15 

Students are dismissed at 1:30pm

Thursday, June 16

ALL students are dismissed at 12:30pm



Where to order:   http://www.croce.picaboo.com/

Orders must be placed by May 12th to be included in bulk shipping to the school.

You still have time to personalize the back cover and the last 4 pages of the yearbook for FREE, but it must be completed and ordered by 5/12.

Any questions, please email or call

Katrina Trujillo at trujillo13@llnl.gov

Open House

Thursday, May 26th, 2016


  * 5:30:            BBQ

  * 5:30-7:30:  PTA Basket Raffle & Silent Auction

  * 6:00-8:00: PTA Book Fair in Room 31

  * 6:30-7:30:  Classrooms open


Vote for 2016/17 School Site Council Parent Members in Quad area


Livermore Valley Joint USD is excited to announce the launch of our new online Volunteer Database. 

Please go to our LVJUSD Volunteer website at


to complete your application and create a Volunteer account.

Kudos to Croce Custodians!

March 16, the staff and students at Croce took time to say a special “Thank you” to our amazing custodians, Armando Martinez, Bobby Cayabyab, and Michael Bumanlag.  This hard-working crew makes sure our classrooms, restrooms, offices and meeting rooms are kept clean and safe.  They attend to the outside facilities as well.  In addition, they are always ready to help a teacher fix things, help students get into classrooms when they’ve left homework inside, and set up and take down for the many assemblies and special events on campus.  And this is only SOME of what they do!  We honored them with a collection of thank you notes from students which were bound into books.  Staff prepared special treats, and left surprise notes and thank you posters in the classrooms.  We also tried extra hard to clean up after ourselves so their cleaning work was a little easier on their special day.  Thank you, to our wonderful crew; we couldn’t teach and learn without you!

Campus safety

To help ensure our students’ safety, all exterior gates are closed during school hours.  Once the day has begun, all visitors need to enter campus through the front office.  Gates will be opened again just prior to dismissal times.  Please help us by keeping gates closed.


Parking lot/drop off—a reminder that the back parking circle is for PRESCHOOL DROP-OFF ONLY.  This area must be kept clear for the bus and parent traffic at both arrival and dismissal times.  All TK-5 students must be dropped off in the front parking areas.  Remember, we have valet parking to assist students out of cars near the Kindergarten area.  TK/K students are escorted to their play areas from valet.  Please use the appropriate drop-off areas to keep our students safe.


Thank you for helping to protect our students and minimizing disruption by following these procedures.

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Principal's Message:

As educators, we strive every day to instill the love of learning into our students.  When we create lifelong learners, we have succeeded.  The staff at Croce demonstrate this value as well, by routinely participating in professional development opportunities.  We are fortunate to have a highly veteran, experienced staff, teachers who have a wealth of training and expertise. Additionally, we have the support of technical experts from the district which continue to provide training and coaching in the areas of technology and writing instruction using the Lucy Calkins’ Units of Study curriculum.  Our teachers also work collaboratively on a weekly basis to examine our teaching and student performance.  I would like to highlight two specific forms of professional development our teachers are using this year to continually improve our practice: Instructional Rounds and Lesson Study.

Instructional Rounds are based on the model of Medical rounds, where teams visit patients and review cases with the goal of improved patient care.  In the educational realm, cross-grade teams visit all classrooms to observe instruction and gather data around a particular practice or instructional methodology.  The teams then summarize that data and share the results with the whole staff, including possible next steps to strengthen our practice and improve learning.  This is a non-evaluative process, where peers learn from and support each other.  This year, we will hold Rounds four times, looking at the practice of having students speak in complete sentences and strategies teachers use to check for understanding.  Both of these are high-impact methods for strengthening students’ writing and acquisition of new skills and knowledge.

As we have continued our work with Calkins’ writing, we continue to improve our instruction with this challenging and engaging writing curriculum.  We are pleased to continue to work with our District writing coaches to strengthen our skills.  Grade level teams are implementing Lesson Study.  This process originated in Japan, where teams of teachers collaboratively plan a lesson.  They then present the lesson to their students while their teammates observe and give feedback.  We have employed this approach two different times this year, focusing on a common writing lesson and evaluating its effectiveness by examining student work.  It is our goal to build our capacity in this strategy as one way of supporting each other in all academic areas.

This approach to professional learning is complex and requires a great deal of commitment on the part of our teachers.  I have been impressed with our staff, their ability to embrace new ideas, ask challenging questions, and continually support one another in our shared vision of improved outcomes for all students.  These models also require teachers to be away from their classrooms at times, which is not something we take lightly.  However, we are already seeing the benefits for our students in improved teaching and learning.  Teaching is a challenging profession, one that requires staff to continually learn new research and techniques.  Sir Ken Robinson, in his TED Talk from 2013, sums it up nicely: “Part of education is learning.  And what drives learning is curiosity and collaboration.”

With children in mind,

Kendra L. Helsley

Today: 5/25/16


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