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December 18, 2017 - We are looking forward to a new year at Amador!
 
This week we will have a Minimum Day on Thursday, December 21st.  Grades 1 - 5 will dismiss at 12:30pm.  Our office closes at 1:00pm for the Winter Break.  (There is no school on Friday - December 22st)  We look forward to our students return January 8, 2018!
 
This month, Dublin students are focusing on the character trait of Giving.  I am continually amazed at the caring and giving actions of our students on a daily basis.  This school year, our families have supporting giving back to our community in many ways from food collections, our Savers Drive, and newly purchased PJ's, socks, and toys.  Our students and staff have been participating in 12 Days of Kindness acts.  These are just a few of the caring and giving acts occurring each and every day! I believe that small acts of kindness and giving by our students and staff is one that that each of us can help create a positive learning community. Amador students learn through opportunities at school and from their families the importance of caring for others and for the world in which they live. Thank you for entrusting us with your children each day and working with our staff to create a positive experience for all of the children at Amador Elementary! 
 
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.
 
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. 
 
Dec. 13, 2017 
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 300 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 Thursday, 12/14/17 @ 5:00 @ 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. Don't forget to support our dine-out night at Panera's.  Our school will recieve 205 profit to all families who bring a flyer supporting Amador.
 
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! 
 
 holiday
 
 
Nov. 27, 2017 - 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 flyers that were sent home to see if you want to be part of this month of giving.
  • 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 
 
GATE testing was offered to 3rd grade students.  Families interested in having their 4th and 5th grade student take the test must turn in a permission slip.  Please see our website for more information.  
 
Congratulations band students for a Fantastic Fall/Winter Concert. 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, a bagpiper, and our guest speaker was a retired Navy Commandar.  In addition, students were honored with a American Flag tribute.  We also sang and learned about why we have Veteran's Day as a National Holiday. 

 

9/28/2017

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.

 
Sincerely,
Mrs. Scroggins

 

9/22/2017

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 chiarellijennifer@dublinusd.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! 

 

8/16/2017

Dear Families,

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!

 

7/27/2017

Dear Families,

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! 

 

In partnership,

Mrs. Holly Scroggins

Principal, Amador Elementary School

 

 

 

 

May 30, 2017

Dear Parents,
 
I have truly enjoyed this year and I'm already looking forward to next year! We are coming to the end of a year of great growth and effort.   We have just completed our SBAC testing and we believe our students rocked it!  
 
 
To ensure our students' success and to strive for academic excellence, this year teachers at Amador have continued  to expand our programs by attending science conferences/ workshops.  These training's have brought new strategies to our program.  In addition, we have worked on school safety by updating our Safety Plan and practicing monthly drills.  Teachers have emergency backpacks and we have a stock of emergency supplies on hand if we should need them.  We have increased safety in our classrooms by our locked door policy and volunteer policies.  In addition we have improved safety during drop off  times with our Owl Patrol student leadership group under Ms. Garrity's supervision.  We admit that we are still working on our drop off times and we thank our parents for following out system by staying in their cars and pulling forward.
 
 
Our Student Leadership Council has done an outstanding job creating school spirit and supporting causes that make a difference in our world.  Our last book drive brought in over 600 lbs of books to be donated to needy families.  Under our students' leadership we have enjoyed many events suck as Kindness Day and ABC Countdown Days.  We thank Ms. Schrenk and Ms. Chinn who have co-led our Student Leadership Groups.  These events have made school fun for all!   
 
 
A few highlights to note about this year.... We have shown great school spirit through our Friday cheers.  We held our first Family Dance this year.  We also have had wonderful family events like Star Gazing Night and Bingo Night.  We had many school activities sponsored by our PFC such as our multicultural storytelling and dance assemblies.  Our PFC has placed our inaugural year student made owl titles on several of our seating areas around our school. In addition, This year's PFC sponsored Yearbook captures our year together in a very special way.
 
 
A special THANK YOU to Sobia Qureshi and Seema Vishist for their outstanding leadership as our PFC and SSC presidents respectively.  Each PFC team and SSC team worked hard this year ensuring opportunities for our students. Our SSC team offered a School Survey to help us understand how to make Amador an even better school than it already is.  They also created our Single Plan for Student Success for next year to ensure programs are in place for our priority goals.  Our PFC has fundraised and created a budget that brings additional opportunities to our programs that we would not have without them. These opportunities enhance the already strong program we have planned as a staff.  We thank all PFC and SSC members for their time, effort, and passion that they bring to our school! Thank you to all of the team members!
 
 
Thank you to all the families for your financial support during our fundraisers.  This support ensures the strong programs and opportunities at Amador.  Thank you if you volunteered at our school this year, we can not offer the programs we do without you.  A special THANK YOU to our Art in Action volunteers and our Classroom Room Parents for all that they have done in our classrooms!
 
To all of our 5th grade students and families, I wish you the best in the years to come!
 
 
I end with "What an Amazing year!"  I wish you the best this summer!
 
 
Go Owls!
 
Mrs. Scroggins
 
 
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).  
 
Savers Drive
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. 
 
ABC Countdown
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. 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
March 23, 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. 

 
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 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

 
 
 
 
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 more.  
 
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.  
 
DPIE Enrichment 
 
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.
 
Multicultural Variety Show  
 
 
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! 
 
 xmas
 
 
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.

 
 Walk-a-Thon
 

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!
 
 
 
 
Oct 5, 2016 - Great things are happening this week at Amador!
 
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. 
 
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Amador PFC, Mrs. Boriskin and I would all like to say THANK YOU to the following Walk-A-Thon SPONSORS, due to their generosity we can give Walk-A-Thon t-shirts to all of Amador students and staff:
 
Gold Sponsors:
Dr. Amit Goyal - Pediatric Dentist
Kal Siddiq, Realtor - Coldwell Banker
Waterford Pediatric & Orthodontist Group
Little Stemie - International Playschool
Blush Organic Frozen Yogurt 
Dublin Corners Dental
Fremont Bank
Dr. Abhijit Gune, DDS - Dublin Ranch Dental
Funk's Auto Works - Dublin 
 
Silver Sponsors:
Shir Martial Arts
Lily Huynh - Farmers Insurance
 
Don't forget to join us for our Walk-A-Thon on October 14th. 
Parents are invited to support their child while they are participating in their Walk-A-Thon during the day.
Here is our schedule: 
8:25 - 3rd grade
9:10 - 1st grade
9:55 - Break
10:30 - Kindergarten
11:15 - SDC - 5th Grade
12:00 - lunch
12:40 - 1:20 - 2nd grade
1:20 - 2:00 - 4th grade
 
Just for fun, we are having our children add special colors for their grade. Each will receive the above special tshirt.  
SDC - purple
K - orange
1 - yellow
2 - green
3 - blue
4 - red
5 - black
 
Safety - Thank you to all of our volunteers who are helping to direct traffic. Thank you parents for listening to our volunteers. Our school is a safer place because of you.
 
Have a good week!
Mrs. Scroggins