Principal's Newsletter 5/21

Posted by Christine Hiltbrand on 5/21/2018 10:35:00 PM

Principal’s Message

Thank you for making our teachers feel appreciated during Teacher Appreciation week. Adelante is lucky to have such hardworking and wonderful teachers, who ‘go over and above’ for our students everyday!

As this is the last newsletter of the year, I want to thank you, Adelante families, for your support of our students and your support for our school program this year. Your participation in your child’s education and your child’s school make a tremendous difference in the quality of our program. The staff and I greatly appreciate all that you contribute to the ongoing success of our wonderful school. We look forward to working together with you next year!


Wed. 5/23: Pizza My Heart ‘Family Night Out’

Thurs. 5/24: Accelerated Reader ‘3 Trimester Goal’ Night at 6:00

Fri. 5/25: Coffee with Directora at 8:15

Fri. 5/25: Ballots for School Site Council Election due to office

Fri. 5/25: Music assembly

Fri. 5/25: Free Dress Day: ‘Movies and Characters’

Fri. 5/25: ‘Lockdown’ safety drill

Mon. 5/28: Memorial Day holiday- no school

Wed. 5/30: 2nd- 3rd grade dance performance at 6:30

Wed. 5/30: 4th grade to Columbia!

Wed. 5/30: School board budget meeting at 6:00

M-W. 6/4-6/6: Minimum day. Dismissal at 1:30, kinder dismissal at 1:00

Tues. 6/5: Unidos meeting at 6:00

Wed. 6/6: 5th grade promotion celebration t 5:30

Thurs. 6/7: Last day of school. Dismissal at 12:00.

Pizza My Heart Fundraiser

Our last ‘Family Night Out’ takes place this Wednesday. Come on by and chat with other Adelante families, while having some good pizza! This is a fundraiser for our school. Pizza My Heart will donate a percentage of sales to our school- don’t forget to mention that you’re there for Adelante.

School Site Council Elections

We sent out a ballot for the Site Council elections yesterday; you should have received one in your Monday folder. Please return your ballot to the school office or your homeroom teacher by this Friday. If you did not receive a ballot, they are available in the school office.

Accelerated Reader Family Celebration

Kudos to the grade 3-5 students who achieved their Accelerated Reader goals for all three trimesters this year! These students and their families will be celebrated this Thursday at 6:00 in the MUR.

Teachers in grades 3-5 will continue the Accelerated Reader program until the end of the year so that all students can meet their 3rd trimester goal.

Lockdown Drill This Friday

All schools in Redwood City School District conduct monthly drills, such as earthquake and fire drills. This year Adelante also practiced a ‘shelter in place’, when the gas smell from the golf course came our way.

This Friday we will hold our yearly ‘lockdown’ drill. The teachers will discuss the drill with students beforehand (on Friday morning), and explain how to practice. Basically, teachers will present it as one of several kinds of drills that we practice. They will be matter-of-fact about it, and will speak in developmentally appropriate terms.   They will also de-brief with students afterwards, to go over what went well, and to talk about how they feel about the drill.  Please feel free to talk to your child both before and after the drill.   It can be presented as how we would react to an unknown animal on campus, or if there was something happening in the neighborhood. Our upper grade students may be aware of incidents of school violence, and may want to discuss it, but particularly for younger students, we do not want to alarm them.

2nd- 3rd Grade Dance Performance

Our second and third grade students are ready to show off their dance troupe skills! The show will take place next Wed., 5/30 at Carrington Hall (at Sequoia High School). Students are required to arrive at the venue at 5:15. We will start seating audience members at about 6:15. The show starts at 6:30. Please be sure to bring clothing appropriate to the weather as you wait outdoors for entry into the auditorium.

Classroom Allocation for 2018/19

Every year, the number of students enrolled at a school site determines the number of teachers allocated to classrooms. This is based on a student/teacher ratio of 28:1 in grades K-2, and 31:1 in grades 3-5. For the 2018/19 school year, Adelante has been allocated 17 classroom teachers. With our enrollment, we will have 2 fourth grade classrooms, 2 fifth grade classrooms, and 1 fourth/fifth grade classroom. I will be working with the upper grade teachers to organize this configuration. Together, we will continue to provide a robust program for all our fourth and fifth graders.


Purchase your yearbook online,, until May 31st for $20. Yearbooks will be distributed the last week of school, June 4-7.  If you did not pre-purchase a yearbook, you may purchase one the last week of school (cash or credit card only, while supplies last).

Book Giveaway

Many thanks to Tanja Vierra and volunteers for organizing the book giveaway last week. Our students were excited to select free books for their home libraries!

 Luau Dance

Thank you Liska Grosser, for all your work in organizing the luau dance last Friday. The kids and their parents had a great time! You can see photos of the event on our Facebook page- just search for ‘Adelante Spanish Immersion School’. (Please ‘like’ us while you’re there- it’s a great way to keep updated on school events!)

Spirit Week

Our traditional Spirit Week takes place in the last week of school. These are free dress days, and the themes are:

Monday, 6/4: Pajamas

Tuesday 6/5: Sports

Wednesday 6/6: Make your own tee shirt

Thursday 6/7: Crazy hair day