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email sent to all AES families 8/12/20 @ 2:54 pm


Distribution Day - latest update....

AES Kinder to fifth grade families, 

If you have not come today, there is no line and we are still here until 4 pm. 

Otherwise you can come by tomorrow between 11 am and noon. 

SDC classes are next Monday. ​

Go Owls


email sent to all AES families 8/12/20 @ 12:53 pm


AES Distribution Day - change in schedule - time extended 

Amador families - 


Those families that were scheduled to come at 1 pm - - please wait until after 2 pm to come. The line is too long. We will extend the time that we are handing out supplies. Please come between 2 pm & 4 pm. 


Thank you! 


August 11, 2020

Hello Amador SDC Families,

Our SDC teachers are planning a distribution day for you to pick up items that your student(s) will need for their classwork.  

Office Staff will be handing out the classroom material kits put together by the teachers.

The date is Monday, August 17, 2020 from 11:00 am to Noon in the Amador parking lot.

How it will work:

  • When coming into the parking lot, form a single-file line, next to the curb.
  • Families, please stay in your car & wear your masks/protective gear.
  • Families, place your large paper on your dash, with your student(s) name & teacher name. (written in large black/blue marker).
  • Please pull your car up close to the car in front of you, so we can keep cars off the street.
  • Amador Staff will collect your student(s) classroom materials & give it to you through the passenger side window / put it in your trunk/backseat, etc.

We look forward to seeing you.

Go Owls!

August 11, 2020
(The below email was sent to the AES 2019-2020 families)

Hello Amador Families, 

As you know, yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year have not been received. We are continuing to work with Lifetouch to determine the status of our school yearbook. Below is a letter from Lifetouch. 

Dear Families of Amador Elementary,

I know how important yearbooks are - especially in times like these. Lifetouch, like many organizations, has been affected by COVID-19, which has significantly impacted our ability to produce yearbooks. I’ve been with the company more than 20 years and can honestly say this year has been our most challenging to date.

I want to sincerely apologize and fully acknowledge that this is not what our customers expect, nor deserve, from Lifetouch.

We want you to be aware that our primary yearbook production facilities are located in some of the states that are being hardest hit by the pandemic. We have prioritized the safety of our employees and taken all necessary precautions. Social distancing requirements mean that there are fewer people available to work at any given time. In addition, this year we moved to new production facilities and have encountered several issues as we migrated systems. Each of these changes has impacted our production schedule in
meaningful ways.

I realize this has created a lot of frustration since we are currently unable to provide an estimated delivery time frame for your school’s yearbook. Please know that teams are doing everything possible to get the finished product in your hands. Shipping is monitored on a daily basis and as soon as your yearbook ships, your school will receive tracking information so they can arrange to distribute the books to the students and families in the manner that is best suited for everyone’s safety.

As we navigate COVID-19, Lifetouch will continue to find ways to print yearbooks to provide you a product you love and one our employees feel safe creating. Our intent is to provide you with the very best service and products and I thank you for your patience and understanding throughout this time.


Johnny Grant

Vice President of Sales | Lifetouch School Photography and Yearbooks

11000 Viking Drive

Eden Prairie, MN 55344

August 10, 2020

Hello Amador Families,

Just a reminder that we have a Distribution Day scheduled for all General Education students this Wednesday, August 12. ((Special Day Class – SDC – Students will have their own special distribution day. The date will be communicated with you directly.)) Office Staff will be handing out the classroom material kits put together by the teachers for all students – Kinder through 5 th grade – General Education. (Teachers will not be handing out kits). PFC volunteers will be handing out the pre-ordered supply kits that 400 students purchased last spring. Repeat: We will have something for every K – 5 th grade student (except our Special Day Students. SDC will have their own distribution day, very soon.)

How it will work:

  • When coming into the parking lot, form a single-file line, next to the curb

  • Families, please stay in your car & wear your masks/protective gear

  • Families, place your large paper on your dash , with your student(s) name, grade & teacher name. (written in large black/blue marker)

  • Please pull your car up close to the car in front of you, so we can keep cars off the street.

  • Amador Staff will collect your student(s) classroom materials & give it to you through the passenger side window/put it in your trunk/backseat, etc.

  • If you did NOT pre-purchase a supply kit from PFC, you leave out the main driveway. You are all done.

  • If you DID purchase a supply kit last spring from PFC (400 students),

    you will pull your car forward to the Permit Only Drop Off Loop – in front of the marqee/library – and the PFC volunteers will collect your student(s) supply kit & put it in yourcar/trunk/backseat, etc.

  • You can then loop your car around the loop (to the left) and exit through the main out driveway.

Thank you families!

Here is the schedule for Wednesday, August 12

  • 10 am - 11 am - Grades 4 & 5

  • 11 am - noon - Grades 2 & 3

  • Noon to 1 pm - Kinder

  • 1pm to 2pm - Grade 1

We are tentatively planning another pickup of items for August 20 – families that do not attend on the 12th , will have to wait until the next Distribution Day. Repeat: Teachers will not be handing out materials on August 12th. Please limit the number of people in your car, as much as possible, to protect everyone. There will not be teachers available to meet on August 12th.


Go Owls!

August 7, 2020

Dear 5th Grade Amador Families,

Welcome to Fifth Grade at Amador Elementary School! The fifth grade team has been working hard to get ready for the year and we are excited to be getting started.

One of our big priorities in the first weeks is to get to know our students. You, of course, are the experts on your children. We would love to hear from you and learn more about the incoming fifth grade class. Please click the link below to
complete the survey.

Fifth Grade Parent Survey

We will be starting this year with distance learning. Many assignments will be completed online through our Learning Management System--Canvas. However, we do want students to utilize notebooks and paper both to engage their brain in different ways as well as provide breaks from screens.

  • The 2020-2021 supply list is available on the Amador Website, but we’d like to bring your attention to the following important materials we’d like all students to have on hand by August 19
  • 5 spiral notebooks
  •  5 comp books
  • Pencils and erasers (most work should be done in pencil so that corrections can be made)
  • Highlighters
  • Correcting Pen-Red prefered
  • Flair pens or fine tip black pens for art and presentations
  • Markers/color pencils/crayons
  • Post it notes


During the fifth grade year, your child is expected to read a minimum of 30 minutes, five times a week. Please start supporting your child in this habit now. Resources on how to find and check out books have been shared via Canvas.
Organization and time management are critical middle school readiness skills. Thank you in advance for starting the year
off on the right foot!

We will be sharing detailed information about the upcoming year in videos that will be released for Back to School Night, August 20th.

A list of procedures have been created which lead to a successful classroom and learning environment. We ask that students follow these procedures in order to maintain a positive educational environment. You may find the list at the end of this letter, and we appreciate any and all support you can give your child in following these guidelines.

We look forward to meeting and working with all of you. This will be an exciting year of teaching and learning with your children. Together we can make this the best year ever!

The Fifth Grade Amador Team

Mr. Darian Benge 

Mrs. Kathy Proctor 

Ms. Vanessa Leong 


Mrs. Sarah Jawed


Mrs. Christine Jeffries


Ms. Colleen Sill


Procedures for Success
1. Set up a workspace that will support being a productive and attentive student
a. Desk/Table with a chair
b. Camera on a stable surface
c. We suggest having a wall or a plain, non-distracting background
d. Cameras will need to be on during key points of lessons
e. As quiet an environment as possible
f. Work area clean, minimize distractions
g. Take care of personal needs before class time
i. Dressed
ii. Eat breakfast
iii. Visit the restroom
iv. Water bottles on-hand are fine
2. Always have your materials ready for instruction:
a. Completed work
b. Notebooks
c. Books
d. Student planner
e. Water bottle (water only)
3. Use the correct headings on all assignments:
a. First and Last Name
b. Student number
c. Date
4. Use the restroom during breaks
5. Raise your hand and wait patiently to be called on or assisted.
6. Stay on-task when working on assignments or in groups or partners.
7. Use technology appropriately. Students email accounts are for school work ONLY . You may not use your mydusd email account for anything other than academic purposes.
8. Stay productively engaged in learning when other class assignments are complete.
a. Silent read
b. AR Quizzes
c. IXL--assigned skills or any 5th grade topics
d. Incomplete work
e. Passion projects

Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year! 

July 29, 2020

I want to welcome our returning and new families to Amador Elementary School, better known as "Home of the Owls!” I hope this letter finds you and your family well.  Our school is now beginning its 6th year as a highly successful school. In the past, many of our students have exceeded state and district grade level expectations academically.  The students at Amador are amazing!  Our school was identified as a Unified (Unity) Champion School for our inclusion practices in 2018.  Last year, 2019-20, we were awarded the prestigious honor of being a California Distinguished School. Amador has a robust education system that is respected for its high standards. In light of these unprecedented times, we are committed to continue to evolve in response to the changing needs of our students and to prepare them for the future. 

We have a new face in the office this school year. We would like to welcome Ms. Tabitha Leni as our enrollment secretary. Ms. Leni comes to us from Dougherty Elementary School with great experience and we are excited to have her join our office team! We send a find farewell to Mrs. Lotus Lee. She retired this summer from Amador. She is onto a new adventure to be home with her new grandson.  We were lucky to have Mrs. Lee with us and wish her and her family the very best.  

We will begin this school year in a Distance Learning format for the first six weeks and then re-evaluate as a district if we will need to continue.  Health and safety regulations will determine when students may physically come back to our campus.  This means that we will start our year with your children receiving their schooling experiences virtually.  We will start with daily instruction in an Interactive Learning format. Student instructional activities will occur in a combination of whole group, small group, and independent practice. More information will be available shortly on how this will work from our district and staff.  We will also be posting information and resources on our Amador Elementary website as they become available.

I feel fortunate to be able to work with families and the professional staff to help educate your child. We have an extraordinary state-of-the-art school, a dedicated, caring, professional staff, and strong educational program. Our school has an extraordinary reputation of working well and connecting with families in a collaborative manner. We always work together for continued improvement and higher success for every child. I look forward to collaborating with you in creating an educational partnership focused on strong relationships and successful learning for all students. Education today is a cooperative and collaborative venture. Not only does this include Amador’s professional staff and students, it includes parents as well. It will take all of us working together as we continue to strive to build an excellent program using the Distance Learning formats we have this year!

Feel free to contact me in regard to other school issues as our school year begins.  In addition to this welcome letter, please visit our Amador Elementary Web page which contains other important information which has been prepared to help inform and answer some of the most common questions parents have about our school. I hope this helps you get acquainted with us. Again, welcome to our school community and an exciting and very unique new school year! 

Warm Regards, 

Holly Scroggins, Principal