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


Coffee Corner

November 18


Quad Area (weather permitting) or

Staff Room

Join Mrs. Helsley for coffee/muffins.

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


December 16,

January 20, February 24,

March 17, April 14, May 12

Spirit Assemblies

 Next Assembly

December 9, 2016

8:45 & 9:25am


October 28, 2016

Anamaria Esguerra, Jonah Wilmoth, Hayden Eagan, Angelina Trujillo, Carlos Gauna, Shelby Sandford, Stacie Haupt, Zachary Spitzer, Cora Melland, Kyle Vo, Spencer Zoerhoff, Juno Leek, Jae Cosgriff, Ryan Emerson, Joshua Tinkham, Kendall Dao, Dax Hunter, Justin Thomas, Kerigan Coates, Anela Rodrigues, Angelina Bluford, Krishna Sharda, Ava Holzenthal, Connor Chu, Bryson Nudelman, Carson Webb, Kendall Coates, Dane Pappas, Hayden Terry, Lucas Acenas, Ashley Sanchez, Aarna Patil, Anthony Calderon, Audrey Boyd, Joseph Spinka, Katie Vail, Katelyn Storm, Isaias Ramirez, Grant Weber, Olivia Edgett, Claire Spinka, Blake Lahowe, Jaiyla Hughes, Michael Abreu, Piper Doyle, Nicholas Murray, Felicity Nguyen, Antonio Viola, Ariana Brown


January 20, February 17,

March 24, April 28, May 26

AR Assembly

November 4, 2016

150 – Gold Medal

Audrey Boyd, Nicholas Cheng, Aurelia Correa, Grace Jeon, Brooke Kor, Madison Russ, Joseph Spinka, Justin Yeo

100 – Silver Medal

Audrey Boyd, Diego Chauca, Nicholas Cheng, Aurelia Correa, Milo Hoppenbrouwers, Claire Jackson, Grace Jeon, Brooke Kor,  Kevin Kovacs, Madison Russ, Joseph Spinka, Matthew Stahl, JJ Verceles, Jr., Justin Yeo

50 – Bronze Medal

Elham Amiri, Riley Bellmer, Audrey Boyd, Cameron Caley, Katana Canright, Diego Chauca, Nicholas Cheng, Aurelia Correa, Cameron Croll, Milo Hoppenbrouwers, Claire Jackson, Grace Jeon, Brooke Kor, Kevin Kovacs, Tyler Lahowe, Ryan Loder, Brenda Loza, Alondra Martinez, Cian McClelland-Bane, Melanie Mekeres, Sabrina Murray, Harbin Mushiana, Shelby Pagel, Tyrese Quinto, Madison Russ, Shelby Sandford, Joseph Spinka, Matthew Stahl, Ocean Stanley, Kendra Steinhorst, Jade Torres, JJ Verceles, Jr., Grant Weber, Donovan Woll, Justin Yeo


Isabella Ahmadi, Ebere Aladi , Zena Aly, Elham Amiri, Alyssa Avila, Riley Batteate, Riley Bellmer, Eli Borgna, Audrey Boyd, Jake Bradley, Cameron Caley, Katana Canright, Claudia Cayado, Diego Chauca, Nicholas Cheng, Aidan Cherry, Connor Chu, Aurelia Correa, Cameron Croll, Colton Crouch, Trevor Crouch, Kate Ellsworth, Brianna Frutos, Madelyn Funk, Josh Graber, Nathan Graber, Addyson Gundry, Kaleb Hanby, Josephine Harrison, Alexander Hawkins, Jaiden Hilliard, Lucas Hoppenbrouwers, Milo Hoppenbrouwers, Ryan Irwin, Luke Jackson, Claire Jackson, Grace Jeon, Abigail Kirchner, Brooke Kor, Kevin Kovacs, Tyler Lahowe, Ryan Loder, Brenda Loza, Alondra Martinez, Vanessa Martinez, Isabella Mateo, Cian McClelland-Bane, Gabriela Mekeres, Julia Mekeres, Melanie Mekeres, Madison Moore, Sabrina Murray, Harbin Mushiana,  Gregory Newton, Veeda Nezami, Francis Nguyen, Shelby Pagel, James Passmore, Grace Phillips, Tyrese Quinto, Kaylee Rosingana, Madison Russ, Juliet Salgado-Garcia, Shelby Sandford, Gabi Sands, Maile Silva, Chandler Smoak, Joseph Spinka, Matthew Stahl, Ocean Stanley, Kendra Steinhorst, Nathan Thompson, Jade Torres, JJ Verceles, Jr., Grant Weber, Hartley Weichert, Donovan Woll, Justin Yeo, Sophia Zepeda


February 10, April 21 & May 2

winter break

Winter Break

December 23 - January 6

School resumes Monday, January 9, 2017


December 22

Students dismissed at 1:30pm

dad's football game

Are you ready for some football???

Calling all Croce Dad's!  It's that time of year again...time to take back our trophy.  If you are a current Croce dad and would like to play on our Croce Dad's Football team in the annual Super Saturday football game against Altamont Creek on Saturday, February 4, 2017, then please email Lisa Valverde at mrsvalverde@yahoo.com.  Remember the kids LOVE to see their dads on the field.

Thank you!

PTA Holiday Craft & Vendor Fair

Friday, December 2nd

1:30 - 5:30pm


Craft & Vendor Fair flyer


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.

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:

Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body. ---Joseph Addison

At long last, the dark chilly mornings, and cool evenings tell us fall has arrived.  With the shorter days and colder temperatures come opportunities to enjoy indoor activities more.  This is the perfect time to curl up and read!

Why should we read?  Reading is at the very core of education.  Knowing how to read allows a child to learn in all other subjects.  Reading increases knowledge, longer time spent in school, and therefore higher earning potential.  Studies also show that 60% of prison inmates cannot read, or read very poorly.  There is also a strong correlation between better readers and better health.  Good readers are less likely to become smokers, more likely to have health care, and generally make better, more informed, life decisions.  Good reading skills are one of the strongest factors in avoiding a life of poverty. 

When should we read?  Research tells us reading for 20 minutes 4-5 times a week builds stronger reading skills.  Reading, whether reading silently to oneself, reading aloud, or listening to someone read, builds a child’s vocabulary skills.  Vocabulary influences a child’s IQ, or learning potential.  During the school day, students have opportunities to learn the skills of reading; however, with all the subjects teachers must teach, there is not sufficient time to practice reading.  This is why it is so important for families to partner with schools in providing reading time at home.  Just as you would need regular practice to become more skilled at a sport, good readers come from regular time practicing the skill of reading.

Reading and TV—With cooler weather, all of us can be tempted to sit in front of a TV (or video game, or computers) more hours each week.  Studies show significant concerns about large amounts of TV viewing and reading/learning challenges.  A study by Seattle Children’s Hospital shows for each hour of daily TV viewing by a child, the risk of developing ADHD by age 7 increases by 10%.  Statistics also show 59% of children aged two and younger watch TV or DVDs daily.  TVs can be found in 43% of children’s bedrooms by age six.    For students with TVs in bedrooms, reading scores go down by 8% points and math scores by 10%.  The statistics are even more concerning when you factor in video games and computers in their rooms.  This issue is less about WHAT children watch, though that is a factor, by more about what is NOT being done during passive TV viewing time:  games not played, chores not done, drawing not done, hobbies not worked on, or books not read.  Up to 10 hours of selective viewing a week shows no impact on learning, but after this amount, there is a negative effect.  One way TV can help students read? Do what families in Finland do; turn on the closed captions for your favorite shows!  Finnish students have the highest reading scores of any country in the world.

For more facts about the overall decrease in reading time, read this brochure by Jim Trelease.  Jim Trelease is the author of Read Aloud Handbook, now in its sixth printing.  In recent goal-setting conferences, students have personalized reading goals.  This is a great opportunity to build their skills and enthusiasm for reading by making reading a priority at home.  Your children will benefit, both now and for years to come!

With children in mind,

Kendra L. Helsley

Today: 12/3/16



30: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

      PTA Dine Out (TBA)


1: Student Council Mtg., 2:50pm

2: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

    PTA Holiday Boutique, 1:30-5:30pm

5: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

5-9: PTA Penguin Patch

7: Running Club, 1:30-2pm

9: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

    Spirit Assemblies, 8:45 & 9:25am

12: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

14: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

16: Coffee Corner, 8:30am

      Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

      PTA Caroling, 6:30pm

19: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

21: Running Club, 8:00-8:20am

      PTA Dine Out (TBA)

23-Jan. 6: Winter Break


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