Horrall is a public elementary school that implements a rigorous academic curriculum.
Welcome Back 2014-2015
August 15, 2014
Dear Horrall/LEAD Elementary School Families,
Welcome and Magnet/Name Transition: The staff and I welcome you to the 2014-15 school year. Horrall takes the LEAD! Our School Board voted unanimously to approve a new magnet focus and name for Horrall, LEAD Elementary, a Magnet School of Literacy, Enrichment, Academics & Digital Arts. We have a new logo which you will see on all school correspondence, a new mascot, the OWL, “Hoo” will appear on our spirit wear and all around school. The new logo and mascot will also debut on our newly constructed website which will be unveiled along with our new marquee in the fall. Please read more in our new school handbook.
Staff Training: We are looking forward to an innovative and inspirational year. This summer, twenty-one of our staff members (including the Principal!) participated in a literacy training which focused on “Readers’ and Writers’ Workshop.” Our Title I teacher was trained in “Reading Recovery” and all of our staff will continue with professional development this year in literacy, digital arts and technology.
New Faces and Familiar Faces in New Places: The office staff and I have been working these last two weeks to ensure a smooth opening for all. We have new additions to our already talented group of teachers and paraprofessionals. Please join me in welcoming two new teachers, Nicole Habeeb 2nd grade who comes to us with a love for and experience in literacy and diverse student populations and Lily Strasburg who joins the 5th grade team with experience in teaching upper grades, common core and student leadership! Felicia Howell, our wonderful school librarian will serve as librarian in the mornings and Magnet Teacher in the afternoons. Erin De Martini joins me in the office as TOSA (Teacher on Special Assignment). Earning her administrative credential last year, Erin is ready to begin partnering with me in the office to assist in serving the needs of our school community and being the Administrative Designee when I am off campus at meetings! Lastly, Audra Batter joins us as an SDC pre-school Paraprofessional in Room 2.
Parking Lot: Our parking lot has been resurfaced and reconfigured for the safety of our school community. Parents are asked to follow and obey all of the posted signs. During “Drop Off” and “Pick Up” the vehicle entrance to the parking lot will be one way through the Dale Avenue Gate and the exit on Ocean. Please proceed cautiously and slowly and use only “Loading Zones” on the right side for drop off, pick up ,moving all the way forward to allow for multiple cars to drop off and pick up safely. No Parking in the Loading Zone or Staff Parking Spaces during school hours, please. Staff will be assisting with drop off and pick up.
Our first day of school is Wednesday August 27th, a minimum day for all students. Please note our new start and ending times. As in the past, all Wednesdays will be minimum days. The time is used for teacher planning and professional development. Please make sure your children are picked up on time on Wednesdays as our office staff and teachers need to have lunch and prepare for the afternoon of meetings.
On the first day of school you will receive our many important forms to complete and return. Please be sure to read the new School Handbook with your child and return the handbook contact form signed before Back to School Night on September 10th. Children’s emergency information cards need to be returned to classroom teachers by Thursday, August 28th. We are confident that this will be a year of academic engagement and personal growth for all of our students! I look forward to greeting and getting to know each of our new students and families and seeing returning students and families. Here we go!
Horrall/LEAD Elementary School Principal
Reminders for common dress
Last year we were very flexible with jackets and sweatshirts. As it turns out, we have many students wearing non-uniform jackets and sweatshirts for the entire school day. This diminishes the importance of the common dress approach and we need to regulate this. All sweatshirts, sweaters and jackets need to follow the common dress code.
Hats: Please leave them at home. If you feel the need for your student to have sun protection, please let your child’s teacher know so we can make accommodations for them to bring their hat and store it in their backpack during class time.
We have added grey to the color of acceptable shirt.
List of stores to buy uniforms: Target, Kohls, Old Navy, Wal Mart, K-Mart, Sears, JCPenny.
Thank you for helping us maintain a safe and calm school climate for next year!
PTA Membership Form
Thank you for helping to increase our PTA membership! Every dollar counts.
Updates coming soon!
Attendance Message Line: 650-312-7549
Daily Schedule (M-T-Th-F)
Minimum Day Schedule (W)
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