Principal Scroggins' News
- December 4th - 8th 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
- December 6th - 18th - Annual Savers Clothing drive
- December 11th - 15th. Can Food Drive
As we approach the end of the month, I wanted to share a temporary goodbye to the students and families of our school. I will be on a medical leave Oct. 2 - Oct. 27th. I look forward to returning to all of you Oct. 30th. I will be back just in time for our Halloween Character parade Oct. 31st. Please welcome back Ms. Barbara Heisser, who will be a co-administrator with Mrs. Boriskin in my absence. Ms. Heisser comes to us with a vast wealth of experience both in elementary and in secondary schools. I know our school will be in good hands in my absence.
Coffee with the Principal
Thank you to those of you who came out to have coffee with me. It was nice to talk with you all. Thank you to those of you who stayed for the PFC meeting afterwards. Wonderful things are happening at Amador. We were so excited to share with you all.
Kinder Safety Concern
Parents and students we need your help. We have had some older students 1st-5th playing on our Kindergarten playground before school. Please remind your students that the kindergarten playground area is for our kindergarten students only and we need everyone's help keeping our kinders safe.
“I Forgot Table”
Effective Oct. 1st:
If your student forgets their lunch, homework, water bottle, projects, clothing, etc or you need to drop off these items for your child, the items need to be left on the “I FORGOT TABLE” located directly outside of the front office. Items need to be left before their first recess/lunch recess time as students will only be allowed to check the table at these times. We will NOT be interrupting classroom instruction to notify students. The office will NOT call/email the teacher about forgotten items. It is the student's responsibility to check the table during their recess times.
Kinder ONLY: The Kindergarten “I FORGOT CART” will be delivered to the kinder playground at 9:30am ONLY as our kindergarten students are not allowed to leave the kinder area without adult supervision. Any item dropped off for a kinder student must be on the cart by 9:30am.
The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is a group of parents, district staff and community members tasked with informing the SELPA regarding issues important to parents, participating in the development of the Local Plan, facilitating parent involvement with special education in their districts, and assisting with parent training. The CAC holds a minimum of four business meetings and sponsors at least two parent training events per year. In addition, the CAC hosts the Make a Difference Awards every May, during which teachers, related service providers, paraprofessionals and administrators are honored for their work with students with disabilities. Dublin Parents are needed to serve on this Council. Please contact Jennifer Chiarelli at 925-828-2551 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Parent University: Amador's Instructional Coach, Candice Baligaya, is conducting a Parent Workshop: "Help to Support Your Students at Home" in the Amador Library, Tuesday, September 26 from 8:45 AM to 9:45 AM. Join us for this special event. I will see you there!
We are so excited about our start of the school year and how our first three days have gone! We want to say thank you to all of our parents and our Parent Faculty Club for all of the support they have given us. We are off to a great start!
Our Fall Check In was very successful and we helped take care of 829 families that day, all in 5 hours! Each year we learn new things and we have plans for a few small changes for next year.
As we look ahead, we have some great events coming up. Kindergarten Parents, please join us at a meet and greet event with myself and some of our PFC Board Members this Friday, August 18 in the Kindergarten Playground area after you drop off your Kindergarten students. I look forward to meeting you all!
Next week, Amador will join people from across the country in celebrating the solar eclipse. We are excited in celebrating this natural phenomenon in a SAFE and educational way. Our teachers have planned some safe events to let our students participate in activities. Please take a look at our planned activities by looking at the front page of our website. We are very thankful to our teachers for planning these great science activities for our students.
Don’t forget to mark your calendar for all of our upcoming events, including: Back to School Night for 1st through 5th Grades and our SDC classes, our book fair evening event and the start of our collaboration days. All of the dates and schedules are on our website calendar.
See you around campus! Go Owls!
I want to officially welcome all of you to the 2017-2018 School Year! For those of you who are new to our school, I want you to know that you are coming to an absolutely wonderful place. Our teachers and staff are passionate, caring, hardworking, and always learning something new for the benefit of your children. We are a collaborative and driven group of people who take learning seriously while also making personal connections that help kids succeed.
This is our school’s third year serving students. Amador is where my heart lies, and I consider it the perfect opportunity and place to do the most important work in the world. There is no other place to be!
I am thrilled at the opportunity to get to know all of you this year and engage in the educational process together. I am a big believer in communication and honesty. If we are honest with each other and communicate with each other than we will be successful. I also believe that building strong relationships between home and school is a key factor in increasing student achievement. As principal, my door is always open and I welcome your input. I strongly believe that parental involvement is an essential component to student success, as research continues to show strong correlation between increased involvement and high student success.
Many of you have heard that we celebrate being a California Honor Roll school for the 2016 school year. Our preliminary 2017 state testing results are in and it looks like we will maintain this very high academic status. Our students rocked! I hope to be able to give you specific data showing our student scores very soon.
School Hours: 8:25am-2:00/3:00pm In the interest of safety, please do not drop off your children before 8:10am. as there is no supervision before that time. Also, please be sure to pick up your children on time.
Kindergarten students line up in front of their classroom doors. Our grade 1 – 5 students line up on their yellow circle room numbers outside on the blacktop.
ARRIVAL TIMES: Our school day begins at 8:25am every day for grades 1 – 5 & SDC and 8:35am every day for Kindergarten. Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive late must sign in at the office with a parent. If your child will not be present, please call and inform the attendance office at (925)-307-1950.
School Supply List: School supply lists for each grade level are posted on our school’s website: 2017-2018 Amador School Supply List
Classroom Assignments: Fall Walk-Through Wednesday, August 9th 2:00 – 7:00pm. All families should plan on attending. Please see our website for more information. Students will receive their classroom assignments on this day.
Traveling to and from School: We have kept things simple and easy this year, all areas will remain the same as last year. Please read and follow our posted procedures: Amador Pick Up and Drop Off Policies
DATES TO REMEMBER:
Fall Walk-Through Wednesday, August 9th 2:00 – 7:00pm. All families should plan on attending. Please see our website for more information.
K Back-To-School night: Thursday, August 10th 6:30 – 7:30 pm. - starting in MP room
1st Day of School- Monday, August 14th
Kindergarten Parent Meet and Greet w/ Principal: August 18th @ 8:35am. in MP room
Early Release for grades 1 – 5 the first week of school: 8/14 – 8/18 @ 2:00pm daily.
Grades 1 - 5 & SDC Back-To-School night: Thursday, August 24th @ 6:00 – 8:30pm.
Scholastic Book Bair & Reader Night: Aug. 31st
I look forward to working with you and your child this school year!
Mrs. Holly Scroggins
Principal, Amador Elementary School
May 30, 2017
March has been a busy month!
The first 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.
The next 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.
As we 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.
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 greatest needs.
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 levels.
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 succeed.
Thank you for being amazing partners!
Holly Scroggins, Amador Elementary Principal
- 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
- 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.
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!