April 26, 2017
Science STEAM Challenge
Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 presented their arcade game this week to an interview panel made up of parents with a science background and staff. Thank you Sobia Qureshi, Shakila Tobwala, Modhumiea Chowdhury, Angela Marotta, Rebecca Spears, Brian Spears, Lipsy Goyal, Christine Hollingsworth, Christie Olivas and Kathy Proctor for being our panelists. Projects were to be made out of recycled materials. We are very impressed by the depth of knowledge students understood around engineering and physics. The games created were imaginative and functional. Students did an outstanding job summarizing their learning on the power point presentations that they used. We will be saving the arcade games to use during school wide assemblies for grades K, 1 and 2 to use after testing. This was an optional activity, kudos to all students and families that took on this challenge.
SBAC Testing - May 1 through May 12
Students in grades 3, 4 and 5 will be taking the SBAC tests at our school during these weeks. Please assure that your child has plenty of sleep, good nutritious breakfasts/lunches, and has a relaxing home environment during these two weeks. Our teachers have been preparing our students diligently to be able to show their learning in the content areas. More recently, they have been practicing strategies of test taking so that they are prepared to show their content knowledge. Thank you parents who attended our SBAC parent night last week. We believe your students are ready to do well on these tests and look forward to the results.
School Site Council (SSC)
Our School Site Council will have the last meeting of the school year on May 11th. At the meeting we will be approving the Single Plan of Student Success for our 2017-2018 School Year. If you are interested in becoming a member of this team, please consider self nominating yourself for this team. Please complete the nomination form on our website and return to the office by May 15th. We will hold elections on May 18th (Open House Night).
Thank you to all the parents who donated to our Savers Drive. We made a total of $885.00 for our Owl Patrol and Student Council events.
Please check out the end of year spirit days that are listed on our website. We look forward to some fun activities as we wrap up the school year.
been a busy month!
week, we celebrated Read Across America Week. Our student council planned some
fun spirit days and we had some special guests come and read with our students.
We also began Kindergarten Registration this week. We appreciate the support we
received from our Amador PFC Board and committee members to help us register
over 140 new families for the 2017-2018 school year.
week found us celebrating National School Breakfast week. If was fun watching
our Superintendent, Dr. Boozer having breakfast with our students and our
Amador Owl Mascot. Student Council also planned some spirit activities to help
us celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
approach the end of the month, we will be saying a temporary goodbye to our
Vice Principal, Mrs. Meghan Boriskin, as she prepares to add a new daughter to
her family. We look forward to her return at the beginning of the next school
year. We also welcome, Ms. Barbara Heisser, who will be assisting us in Mrs.
Boriskin’s absence. Ms. Heisser comes to us with a vast wealth of experience
both in elementary and in secondary schools. We hope that you will join us in
wishing Mrs. Boriskin well and in welcoming Ms. Heisser to our Amador Family.
Spring Break - Our school has a minimum day dismissal for all students on March 31st. This means that the entire school will dismiss at 12:30 PM. Parking and after school pick up will be a challenge, so please walk if possible at all. Enjoy the time with your family during Spring Break which is April 3 - 7. We will see you back at school on Monday, April 10th.
Dashboard Notice - As you many know, the State of California is
publicly releasing a new website this week that is designed to help school
communities across the state access important information about their local
schools and districts.
The California School Dashboard features
easy-to-read reports on
multiple measures of school success, including test scores, graduation rates,
English Learner progress and suspension rates for every District and school in
the state. It replaces the former accountability system called the Academic
Performance Index (API), which relied heavily on a single number (based almost
entirely on testing data) to project a school’s quality to the community.
You will be able to find our
school results online at: Amador Elementary
This Dashboard is a key part of
the State’s commitment to transparency and continuous improvement, a commitment
that we share at both the district-level and at our school site, where we work
to serve all of our students in the best way every day.
As a school community, we all need
clear and useful measures of success and progress. This tool will help our
school identify areas of need for targeted resources, assistance and
reinforcement of our best instructional practices.
The information reflected on the
Dashboard is not news to our school and district leaders. We are constantly
working to improve in all areas for our students based on the data that we
gather and the feedback we receive from our community. We are appreciative of
this new opportunity to shine a light on areas of our greatest success and our
As a school site, we are
currently reviewing this new presentation of information to celebrate our
successes and to analyze the data as part of our continuous improvement cycle
and make necessary changes to ensure every student is achieving at high
This new data highlights
the excellent work that continues at Amador Elementary. Since our school
has only one year of data, we will not get the full benefits of this
dashboard. It will not show us growth
over time until we have two full years completed. At this point we can celebrate that all
students and subgroups perform “Very High” and “High” in both English Language
Arts and Math, with an overall rating of “Very High” in both subject groups!
Our school leadership team will be
offering opportunities to more thoroughly examine these results as a community
at our upcoming PFC and School Site Council meetings. We hope you will take the
opportunity to participate in these discussions, ask questions and engage with
us in the ways that we are working to give all students an opportunity to
Thank you for being amazing
Holly Scroggins, Amador Elementary
February 17, 2017 - Happy Kindness Day!
Kindness Day was a huge success! Our 5th grade Student Council planned this day for our school. The day began with music and students dressed up. As students entered our school they were greeted at the door and offered a kindness button. During recess, students took pictures using Green Screen technology. Classrooms talked about kindness and how to show kindness everyday in every way!
Young Author books are due next week - Thursday 2/23 by 9:00 am in the office.
Grades 4 and 5 GATE testing opportunity is available. Parents please see headline and directions if you would like your child to take the test.
Report cards will be going home on Friday 2/24. Please make sure you return the note about how you would like to receive them. Your choices are to pick them up in the office or to have them sent home with your child. The form is also on the website if you need a copy to fill out.
Muffins for Moms was a huge success last week. Thank you PFC fathers for hosting it for our moms!
Doors are locked on our main buildings. Please do not knock on them to have a teacher open them up. It disrupts the learning in our classrooms. Come to the office and we will gladly take care of you.
Staff PD Day last Friday - Feb. 10th. Thank you Amador teachers for their participation in Friday's Staff Development Day.
Teachers focused on designing learner activities in alignment of New Generation Science
Standards. Specialized staff members like counselors, psychologists, resource teachers, music,
etc. participated in activities relating to best practices, differentiation, support services and much
Traffic Safety Reminder: With the rainy weather, there are more cars at drop off and pick up. It is imperative that parents
follow all traffic and safety rules. Amador has over 900 students, and it takes contributions from everyone to help keep
everyone safe. In the vicinity of the school and our neighborhoods, we ask that everyone keep
some perspective. Is it worth risking an injury? We’ve already had a serious student-involved
accident at Dublin High this year. While sitting in traffic is aggravating, keep in mind that most
people are trying to get to the same place.
Kids Against Hunger:
The mission of this organization is to significantly reduce the number of starving children in the United States and throughout the world. Meals are shipped to over 60 countries through partnerships with humanitarian organizations worldwide. Amador's Participation:
On Monday, January 17th, students in grades K-5 were presented with the Kids Against Hunger project. Meals were packaged on Thursday, January 26th. K-1 grade students decorated bags and students in grades 2-5 packaged food. Children were encouraged to raise $5 each. Please visit Kids Against Hunger
for more information about this annual opportunity that we participate in. Thank you Sobia Qureshi and all the parents who volunteered for this very worthwhile event!
Jan. 11, 2017 - Welcome Back and Happy New Year!
Welcome back! We hope you had a fun and restful break. As we look forward to the new year we have some reminder and celebrations. Looking forward to a wonderful 2017 together!
Coffee with the Principal!
Come join us for coffee and conversation TONIGHT, Jan. 11 from 6:30-7:30 in our Amador library! This is an open forum in which you can ask any questions that you may have about our school.
Our DPIE after school enrichment classes have begun. We are offering classes such as ceramics, intro to robotics, and many more! Please visit our resources tab for more information.
HEALTH GUIDELINES FOR PARENTS - REMINDER
Parents - Don't forget to call our attendance line at 925-307-1950 (Option 2) to report your child absent each day when they are out. It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to report your child's absence to the attendance office, even if they went home ill from school the day before. Please the handout posted on our website for more information.
Multicultural Variety Show
Our Multicultural Variety Show was a huge success! Thank students and families that participated for all of your work at bringing this amazing experience to Amador! We look forward to next year's event already. If you were not able to participate this year, we look forward to your participation next year, remember to work in a team.
Dec. 20, 2016 - We are looking forward to a new year at Amador!
Safety Concerns at Amador: Our Amador Cross Walk Service Person supports us 30 minutes before and after school. We are hearing reports that cars are "rolling" the stops. We have had several near misses during the cross walk times where students and families have been put in danger. Reminder about the rules around cross walks. Once a pedestrian enters the cross walk you must wait until they are all the way across the street and step onto the opposing curb. If you drive while they are still in the cross walk you will be ticketed. Please follow the above rule and slow down. Our children and families need to be safe.
A big THANKS for a month of "Giving." We filled up over 250 bags of gently used clothing for the SAVERS drive. We filled up the back of a truck with canned food. We filled up the back of another truck with Socks for Seniors, Toys for Tots, and Pajamas for Foster children - all locally donated to Dublin residents in need. The gifts were very well received and appreciated!
Please remind your students about recess behaviors. We are finding that students are not using our slides safely, sharing the basketball court with each other, and going into tanbark areas that they should not be playing in. Gentle home reminders about appropriate use of these areas would be appreciated.
We are looking forward to our Multicultural Variety show this week. A reminder that all families are invited. This Wednesday, 12/21/16 @ 5:00 we will have a Food Truck (Mexican) and @ 6:00 we will begin the show. Our students have lots of great talent that they will be sharing with us at this evening event.
Bringing in a New Year .... we are looking forward to 2017! When we return we will be offering a school Spelling Bee for our 4th and 5th graders. Two winning students will be moved forward to represent our school at the district Spelling Bee. We will be announcing our Science Challenge in January. It should be lots of fun.
Wishing all a very spirited holiday season!
Nov. 28, 2016 - We are moving into a month of Giving at Amador!
We have a GIVING theme until Winter Break. Each week there is an opportunity to support a special group of people both locally and statewide. Please look at the flyer that was sent home to see if you want to be part of this month of giving.
- November 28th - December 12th - Annual Savers Clothing drive
- December 5th-9th. Can Food Drive (Any student who brings in a non-perishable food item will receive an Owl Feather!)
- December 12th-16th that benefit some local charities in the Bay Area. We are asking families to donate different items based on your student’s grade level.
K/3rd/SDC: Socks For Seniors
1st/4th: Toys For Tots
2nd/5th: Pajamas For Foster Children
We are excited to pilot a DPIE After School Program in the Winter. Flyers have gone home and the seven classes that are open for registration. Many of our very own teachers will be teaching the after school programs. Please let us know what you think about them for the future. This program came out of a request from families at a PFC meeting earlier in the year. DPIE is know for their reputable programs. They are the same group that organized the Enrichment Summer Program that was housed at Amador last summer.
GATE testing will be offered to 3rd grade students. Families interested in having their student take the test must turn in a permission slip no later than this Tuesday, Nov. 29th. The test will be administered Dec. 6th in our classrooms. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept late permission slips since we will have to order up the materials by Nov. 30th.
Amador Multicultural Variety Show - Grades 1 - 5 sign ups will be due Nov. 30th. This will be our first ever event. Students must perform in groups (no solo acts) since we are fostering student collaboration and the skills of working together through it. Please see the flyers and mark the date of Wednesday, December 21st @ 6:00pm for our family performance.
Congratulations band students for a Fantastic Fall/Winter Concert (Nov. 16th). It was the first of this year's public performances and it was held at Dublin Elementary. We had over 50 students from Amador participate in the district-wide performance.
November 10th we celebrated Veteran's Day at Amador. We held a ceremony that included local Veterans that participated in the Color Guard Ceremony. In addition, students were honored with a "Three Gun Ralley" or 21 Gun Salute. We also sang and learned about why we have Veteran's Day as a National Holiday.
Did you know that.....?
- PFC collected 135lbs in candy that was donated to Operation gratitude for our troops. We also won $100 (second place) in a contest for donating the second most amount.
Oct 18, 2016 - Great things are happening this week at Amador!
A highlight this month has been the Special Olympic Soccer program that was held at Amador High School in Pleasanton. Our three SDC classes marched in the opening parade and then participated in the soccer events. A special thank - you goes out to our families who joined us and cheered the students on!
Keeping us safe is a priority at Amador. Our School Disaster Plan has been approved by the Dublin Police Department and our School Site Council. We sent our plan to the district office. It is also on file in the front office for any family to view. We have had two formal drills (fire and earthquake) and our students have done exceptionally well with these drills. Last Thursday we participated in a GREAT SHAKE OUT drill that was hosted by our district. We practiced our communication systems across the district at our last drill. Drills will happen monthly and we always report to Dublin’s Fire Department on their effectiveness. Our PFC has purchased our student safety kits and they are in our Disaster Supply Shed. We take our school safety very serious!
Thank you to the families who were able to donate to our school during the Fall Walk-through. We thank all of the vendors who donated money to us so that a t-shirt could be purchased for every student and staff member. We are also very pleased with the family donations too. Our PFC is organizing STEAM Science activities as just one of the additional offerings to our school from this fundraiser. We love SCIENCE and can't wait for this fun addition.
Our student Halloween Character Parade will be at 8:55am on October 31st. Students can come dressed as their favorite character. A reminder that their costumes still need to meet our school dress code and that no “toy weapons” should ever be brought. (If they go with your child’s costume - they should be left at home.) This year we are also asking that students NOT DRESS UP in CLOWN costumes due to the recent national events. Students should also bring a change of clothes for after the parade if they do not want to stay in their costume. Parents are encouraged to join us and cheer our parade on. You can bring home the costume at the end in support of things not getting lost. This is a fun event that lasts from 8:55 - 9:30am.
We are already seeing great academic growth in our students! Your home support makes a difference!
Our D.A.R.E. program for 5th Grade is well on it's way. We are anticipating our graduation from the program early in November.
The K-5 Elementary Principals will be visiting our school this Thursday to learn about the exemplary programs we offer. Science learning will be the focus of their observations. Amador's teachers are working hard this year at implementing the new Next Generation Science standards (NGSS). A special thank you to our PFC for their support in purchasing science supplies/models for our flex rooms. Teachers will be able to bring students to our flex rooms to teach science & art. Just for fun, here is a picture of the plastic human skeleton we were able to purchase so students can study human anatomy at our school.