To report your child's absence:
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
December 4, 2015
MPR or Patio
Join Mrs. Helsley for coffee/muffins.
This is an informal time with the principal to share ideas, concerns, questions and thoughts.
December 11, 2015
8:45 & 9:25am
Students of the Month
October 23, 2015
Richard Krimm, Nathan Mejia, Vaishu Panchal, Noah Park, Justin Hessler, Katelynn Martindill, Malana Island, Marissa Alvear, Austin Huber, Kaylee Webb, Earl Stacy, Briana Frutos, Andrew Trujillo, Leonel Ordaz, Kevin Speroni, Grace Moulton, Ryan Emerson, Madelyn Funk, Kendall Dao, Adrian Zambrano, Kerigan Coates, Caleb Park, Ella Murphy, Remy Klotovich, Janelle Torres, Timothy Wisely, Devin Cosgriff, Robbie Torres, Dhami Mushiana, Mary Tree, Penelope Sisneroz, Jewels La, Kate Ellsworth, Layla Ajeel, Tyler Lahowe, Connor Chu, Justin Thomas, Matthew Durr, Dane Pappas, Grace Solomom, Emmie Beck, Tyler Harris, Avery Lungu, Maile Silva, Michael Kor, Iliana Valverde, Hayden Eagen, Tatiana Vargas
NO school for students
DECEMBER 18-JANUARY 1
PTA Dine out
Wednesday, Dec. 2nd, 2015
Good News Bears
“Good News Bears”
Croce Spirit Wear
Our store will only be open for
Don’t miss out!
Items will be delivered to your
Croce Spirit Wear store will be open:
Make checks payable to Croce PTA.
principal for the day
Principal for a Day
On October 28, Croce Elementary had a new face sitting in the principal’s office: fifth grader, Claire Buxton. Thanks to her father’s winning bid during last Spring’s Open House Silent Auction, Claire was able to spend the day shadowing Mrs. Helsley and learning what a principal does on a typical day at an elementary school. Claire began the day by checking in with the students at the Valet drop-off zone, then moved onto the yard to greet students and staff. After a few minutes to sit and review the day’s busy schedule, she and Mrs. Helsley headed out. Over the next five hours, Claire visited ten classrooms, including sitting in on a formal observation and taking notes to share with the teacher. She assisted with yard duty on all playgrounds, joined a PE activity with the Kindergartners, assisted the yard supervisors with a conflict in the cafeteria, and read with a Kindergartner during the Reading Round-up. In between, she was able to field phone calls from well-wishers and typed up her notes for the teacher. She did manage to find a few minutes for lunch, donated by our local Dickey’s restaurant. In true principal fashion, she stayed after the last bell to make sure her tasks were completed. Thank you, Miss Buxton, for serving Croce School well!
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.
Croce Yearbook order
If anyone would like to order a previous years yearbook, they are available at this link.
The 2015-2016 school year is well underway, and already so many exciting things are happening. Our PTA has hosted a series of fun events. The Back to School Family Movie Night was great fun and the weather could not have been more perfect! They followed up with our Annual Fun Run, which truly was FUN. It also was a successful FUNDraiser, netting just over $14,000. We are the only PTA in Livermore who offered TB screening for parent volunteers. Thanks to this convenience, we have more than 300 parents now cleared to serve! The PTA is never idle for long, as they’re now prepping for the Harvest Carnival on Friday, Oct. 26 and the Halloween Costume Parade on October 30. Our Running Club operates three mornings a week; nine students have already earned enough miles to equal a marathon (26.2. miles) or more! Our award-winning Book Fair is back. Staff, students, and families are encouraged to visit and take advantage of the great prices on popular books. Our students and school are so fortunate to have an involved and enthusiastic PTA. Thanks to all who participate, we are able to provide curriculum, enrichment, and special projects that benefit all students.
Fall also marks the time when we look ahead to the coming year. Teachers and parents meet to establish learning goals for students during conferences held October 12-23. This is a great opportunity to get an idea of where your child’s strengths and weaknesses are and develop a joint plan to help them succeed. Working together, we will see our students experience success. We have also spent time planning for this coming year by developing our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA). The plan was developed in partnership with our Site Council and teachers, and outlines specific actions we will take to meet goals related to improving student outcomes, promoting positive school culture, and involving parents and community groups. The SPSA also shows how funds allocated to the site will be used to further these goals. The plan goes to our School Board for formal approval in November. A copy of the plan will be posted on our website once the final plan has been approved.
Developing the SPSA requires a careful look at data. The California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress, or CAASP, was administered last spring to students in grade 3-5 and results came in September. Overall, Livermore Unified students performed better than the Alameda County average, and much better than California students as a whole. Still, the numbers are not as strong as we would like. It is important to understand that the format, content, and mode of scoring these tests were completely different than our former testing system, the California Standards Tests. For this reason, you cannot compare scores from the old system to the new. On the CAASP, English Language Arts scores show 49% meeting or exceeding standards, while Math scores averaged 39%. In classroom assessment and daily work, our students perform stronger than these numbers would suggest. We believe these scores are in large part due to the completely new methods of online testing. While we continue to work together to be sure we provide the best instruction and learning aligned with the Common Core, we are also taking steps to give students more practice with the technologies and skills they will need for online testing. We are confident that students will score significantly better this Spring, with this combination of consistent quality instruction and increased access to testing modes.
The new school year is off to a great start, and we look forward to many more exciting things ahead!
With children in mind,
Kendra L. Helsley