To report your child's absence:
Please call 606-4706 and then press #2
Para reporter la asistencia de su hijo/a:
Por favor hable al 606-4706 y oprime #2
Join Mrs. Scudder for coffee on May 16th at 8:45am in the MPR. Parents discuss issues, ask questions, etc.
April 25, 2014
Students of the Month!
Nayeli Quintanilla, Kylie Sugi, Joiya Baliley, Javier Soto-Carabez, Isabella Edgett, Christina Guana, Cameron Vane, Shaanth Nanguneri,
Riley Godwin-McGinnis, Jose Hernandez, Joshua Hulme, Elizabeth Keizer, Maggie Gleason, Adrianna Ericksen, Mihnhna Karamura, Brody Hanarahan, William Crowhurst, Faith Smith, Alex Gallardo-Trujillo, Kolten Shreffler, Alexa Firestone, Samantha Remy, Carter O’Dwyer, Hannah Maldonado, Elias Mejia, Jenna Batteate, Kaitlyn Nguyen, Layla Wiles, Angelina Bhatia, Nicholas Sasso, Thomas Harris, Brianna Tello, Sophia Zepeda, Alyssa Lamarre, Austin Lopez, Chanston Bright, Cody Franco, Fatima Mejia Moreno, Claire Verceles, Audrey Boyd, , Jace Whatley, Kayla Paiso, Yahsamine Gonzalez, Kevin Kovacs, Mohammed Diah, Tyrese Quinto, Jazmine Ortega, Tyler Lahowe, Ava Holzenthal, Natalie Randall, Gavin Day, Trevor Crouch, Justin Yeo, Vanessa Martinez Javier, Zachary Schlaegel, Sierah Suzuki-Mayhugh
Mom's softball game
"Calling All Moms!"
1st annual Croce vs. Altamont Creek
Mom's softball game
Saturday, May 10th @ 11am
Robertson Park Softball Fields (1505 S. Livermore Ave.)
Please support our kids & join the team!
1st practice will be March 25th
@ 5:45pm at Croce
Please contact Michelle Dela Cruz firstname.lastname@example.org
Smarter Balanced Test
Smarter Balanced is the system of academic tests that is expected to replace the Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR) Program.
The video link below introduce students to the Field Test and explain the significant contribution they will make in helping to create the operational tests for 2014-15.
Student testing days
3rd grade - May 1, 2 & 5
4th grade - May 6, 7 & 12
5th grade - April 23, 24 & 25
You may now order your yearbook online.
Please see the attached yearbook flyer to order your 2013/14 yearbook.
500 AR point reader!
Congratulations Jaden Zika!
300 AR point readers
Edwin Senecal Ruthanee Tabcum Manvitha Nandamuri Abbie Harrison
Fatima Mejia Moreno Kyle Sands Konrad Owczarek Lilian White
Take a deep breath and prepare yourself for a longer than usual newsletter! So much is happening that is “newsworthy” here at Croce, it becomes difficult to list the events.
First and foremost, I hope all of you enjoyed your Spring Break and returned, as we have, energized for our race to the finish.
April 22nd, 2014 marks our first ever “Kindergarten Evening”. Every year our Kindergarten teachers do an amazing job of introducing our “newest Cheetahs” to the school on the day preceding the official start of the 2014-2015 academic year. This year, however, the teachers are providing an additional “Meet and Greet’ for all of our new “Kinder” parents from 7:00-8:00pm in our Multi-purpose room. We hope this additional introduction to Croce will ease the anxiety of parents new to our school. As you all know, our Kindergarten teachers are an amazing group. We are so lucky to have them working with our children.
The SBAC (Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium) field testing is on everyone’s mind. Middle schools in our district began testing last week and Croce students will begin Wednesday, April 23rd and continue through May 13th. The sole purpose of this year’s testing is to check the reliability and validity of the test “instrument” and California public schools are exempt from receiving API scores as a result. In any event, we feel that our students are well-prepared for this new approach to testing via use of chrome books (small laptops) via a secure site. It is important to note that certain portions of the California Standardized Test will still take place including 5th grade Science and Physical Fitness and California Alternate Performance Assessment (CAPA). Please check this website for both a testing calendar and a short video clip (shown to our students) providing some “nuts and bolts” information on the mechanics of the testing.
Open House occurs on May 22nd, 2014 and I look forward to seeing you all there visiting our classrooms and seeing examples of student work culminating this academic year. Our students and staff have definitely had a productive year and it is fun for all of us to “showcase” our accomplishments. The following week we will hold our first every “Diversity Week” at Croce. We look forward to guest speakers, ethic dress “fashion shows”, a student art display, an array of flags representing our multiple Croce ethnicities and exciting assemblies for all of our students. So far we have the San Jose Taiko Drummers visiting us and I am busily securing one more interactive/participatory cultural assembly. Of course, the week will culminate with our traditional “Hoe Down” and barbecue. I look forward to guest appearances by the Jr. and Senior Rodeo Queens, roping demonstrations, and our customary square dancing across the grade levels. Thanks to the PTA we have a new sound system in place to enable parents to hear the music and our speakers! As these events get closer, I will be providing detailed information about the offerings of the week, so “stay tuned”.
Finally, we are busily planning for the next academic year. We have just been notified that we will have a Transitional Kindergarten here at Croce. Our regular Kindergarten enrollment is strong, so we will still have four “regular” Kindergarten classes as well. As a result, we may have some staff movement, although for the most part, we should remain relatively constant in terms of our staffing assignments. I may be able to provide some information in my last letter on our website, however, it is always best to let any summer changes occur before I give “final’ updates.
As I said at the outset, we are definitely not short of excitement and “happenings” in these last weeks. Hopefully you never tire of how much I appreciate your support and your enthusiasm for our school. Thank you!
4th Grade Parent Camp Campbell Reminder
We are now accepting money for next year's Camp Campbell science experience. Making payments throughout the year may make it easier for you. Please see your 4th grade teacher or make donations in the office. We must have the total amount by April 25th or camp will be canceled.
LEO R. CROCE
BOX TOP CHALLENGE
Croce Elementary PTA
FALL BOX TOP CHALLENGE WINNER!
Mrs. Helms class
The PTA would like to thank all of the students, teachers and families that participated in the Fall Box Top Challenge. All together we collected 6,648 Box Tops, which means almost $665 raised for our wonderful school! A special congratulations to Mrs. Helms and her kindergarten students for winning the challenge with 703 Box Tops! What a great turn-out overall, we greatly appreciate all of the support from the amazing families here at Croce Elementary!
We look forward to the next challenge in the winter, have a wonderful holiday break!
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
OUR AR PROGRESS SO FAR THIS WEEK