Horrall is a public elementary school that implements a rigorous academic curriculum.
October 14, 2014
Dear Horrall/LEAD Elementary School Families,
HAPPY “OWL~LOWEEN!!! Hoo’s excited for Halloween? We are! Our students have already had a Halloween Colors/Giants spirit Friday and now are looking forward to our school community celebration of our favorite haunted holiday on Friday the 31st. Many thanks to the PTA for their help and hard work in planning the day. Students are encouraged to wear their costumes to school on Friday, October 31st. Our Halloween Parade begins at 11:00 on the blacktop in front of the primary classrooms. Don’t miss this opportunity to see goblins, ghosts and all kinds of costumed children, along with their teachers who always do a great job of surprising us with grade level themed costumes and themes. The Parade ends at 11:30 and the children head to their lunch hour while the PTA puts the finishing touches on the annual Halloween Haunt! Stay and help as they transform the blacktop into a “BOO ~ tiful “Haunt! Only adult volunteers signed up to help the PTA with the Haunt will be able to stay after the Parade ends at 11:30. Thanks in advance for helping with this annual tradition. The Haunt begins at 12:30 and ends at 2:15 with buses running and school dismissal at the regular time.
THURSDAY EVENING LITERACY AND HOMEWORK HELP AT SAN MATEO HIGH: Need some help assisting your children with homework? Stuck on that math problem or not sure how to interpret a story? Every Thursday evening all year long, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM, 20 enthusiastic San Mateo High students work closely with and tutor elementary students and their families in homework completion and literacy skills. Their computer lab is open for use, dinner is served and book drives are held so you can bring home books for your family libraries. Please take advantage of this free opportunity for our community! Keith Brasel, Coordinator of the program and English teacher at San Mateo High, will be with us at the PTA/Principal Coffee! Take advantage of this FREE program the next two Thursday nights so you can some to the Coffee and give Keith your feedback and thanks! A calendar of Thursday literacy nights will be posted on our web site soon.
PTA/PRINCIPAL COFFEE on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 24 at 8:15: A great agenda so come on by after “Drop Off” to learn more about Technology at Horrall/ LEAD, our Family Resource Center, Rebranding Updates, SM High School Literacy Center, PTA, ELAC, Nutrition and Costume Guidelines for Halloween. Special student entertainment will be Ms. Strasburg’s fifth grade class’ Halloween poetry and song!
JOIN PTA and BE ENTERED IN THE PARKING LOT SPACE RAFFLE: Our goal is to have all Horrall/LEAD families and teachers join PTA this year. Your membership dues ($25.00 or more if you can) enable the PTA to offer programs, assemblies and field trips for our students. By joining this month, your name will be entered in a drawing for your very own parking spot for the year! Now that’s a great prize! Joining does not mean you have to attend PTA meetings; it just shows you care and support our wonderful PTA moms and dads who do so much for our school.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR K STUDENTS: All of our adorable K’s (and their teachers) have completed almost 2 weeks of full day Kindergarten. We are one of only a few SMFC schools that now offer a full day Kindergarten and are thrilled that our teachers support the additional instructional minutes so important to developing literacy skills and integrating the Common Core State Standards.
PARKING LOT TRANSITION: Our parking lot transition continues and we thank you for your support in using only the crosswalk to cross, entering and exiting our new lot safely and slowly, and heeding the directions of staff while unloading and loading in the marked zones. A concrete barrier is being constructed so that cars will not be tempted to enter through the Cottage Grove side of Ocean View which is the wrong way! A few safety and courtesy reminders: 1) Please do not illegally park in the park’s parking lot across the street. It was reported to us that our parents are double parking and then crossing over to our school to pick up their children while blocking cars of parents whose children attend the Parks and Rec pre-school. 2) When heading EAST on Dale Avenue as you wait to turn left onto Cottage Grove to enter our parking lot, the SMPD have asked us to ask you to stay as far to the right as possible so traffic can continue to flow in both directions.
3) Please do not park and wait after entering our parking lot. Drive all the way forward to the first spot in the unloading/loading zone.
REMNDER: 8:05 INSTRUCTIONAL MINUTES BEGIN: Please make sure your children are on time and in line at their classrooms to greet their teachers and enter the classrooms at 8:05.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at Friday’s Coffee,
Principal/Horrall LEAD Elementary School Principal .
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!
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