Principal's Newsletter 1/9/18

Posted by Christine Hiltbrand on 1/9/2018 8:00:00 AM

Principal’s Message

Happy New Year and welcome back to school!

We’re excited to have the kids back with us, and we’re ready for a great round of learning. The next few months are typically a time of great growth- the children have matured since August, and are ready to take on more responsibility for their learning. In January and February we also see the fruition of all that they learned in the fall term.

Think back to your child’s reading and writing levels in August, and compare them to now. It’s beautiful- and you can only imagine what they’ll be able to do by June!

Thank you for your support as one of the three components (parent, student and teacher) for your child’s success.


The character trait we are focusing on in January is Self-Discipline.

Tues. 1/9       School Site Council meeting at 5:00

Mon. 1/15      Martin Luther King Jr. holiday- no classes

Tues. 1/16     Unidos meeting at 6:00

Wed. 1/17- Fri. 1/19 Penny Drive

Mon. 1/22      ELAC mtg at 8:15

Fri. 1/26         Coffee with Directora

Fri. 1/26         Free dress day

Fri. 1/26         Winter Festival: 5:30-8:30 at Kennedy Middle School

Flu Season

The seriousness of this year’s influenza has been a constant topic in the news lately. In order to protect our students and staff, we need all families to adhere to the guidelines regarding school attendance. Use the ‘24 hour’ rule to determine whether your child is permitted at school. Students need to be completely free of symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. Symptoms include fever, diarrhea and vomiting. For example, if your child wakes up with fever, diarrhea or vomiting on Tuesday morning, s/he cannot return to school on Wednesday, because s/he has not been symptom-free for 24 hours.

Last year, the San Mateo Board of Health had us turn off the water fountains, close the computer lab, restrict class movement and cancel the 5th grade promotion dinner because of illness. Please join us in taking the necessary precautions to prevent the spread of the flu, by keeping children with symptoms at home. Also, please remind your children to wash/sanitize their hands often, and to cover their nose and mouth when sneezing or coughing. Thank you, Adelante community!

Adelante's Annual Winter Festival is Coming Up!

Friday, January 26, 2018, come and enjoy time and festivities with your school community. Parents with students in every grade are invited to volunteer and participate. There will be games, dance performances, basket raffles, and fun!

Wait. There's more! For the first year ever, we invite all families to participate in our Adelante Chili Cook Off. Compete to be the King or Queen of chili. 

Sign up to help with decorations, games, or enter your chili: click here

 Penny Drive

Save those pennies! The Penny Drive will be held from Wednesday 1/17 to Friday, Jan. 19.  The Penny Drive is a contest between grades. Pennies count towards a grade’s total points. Students put silver coins in the containers of other grades to make that grade’s points go down. The grade with the highest total wins a party.   This is a contest of strategy, and the kids love it!  The money raised goes toward paying for programs like music, P.E. and dance at our school.  Every penny counts!

The Family/School Compact

Team participation is essential to Adelante’s school philosophy. Parental involvement in developing positive habits at home is crucial to student success. Our focus for this newsletter is about punctuality. In the Home/School Compact, you agreed to adhere to the following:

See that my child attends school regularly and is on time.

Punctuality is important for your child and for our classrooms. When students arrive late, they miss the opportunity to settle into class, prepare their materials, and complete the first assignment of the morning. It is disconcerting for children. Additionally, students often feel uncomfortable being the center of attention as they enter the room.

Our school district is required to keep track of students’ late arrivals. Letters are sent home when students reach 3 tardies. The first tardy letter is a reminder. A second letter indicates a serious issue.

Starting on January 22, Adelante will have a month-long punctuality contest. Classes will compete to have the highest record of punctual attendance. We hope to reward numerous classes for having excellent punctuality!