December 2018 Newsletter

December 2018 Newsletter


December 2018

Notes from the Principal

Dear Snow Families,

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the third week of December and our Winter Break starts this Friday!  As we continue to enjoy the holiday season let us remember that we have a lot to be thankful for. I would like to thank you for your commitment to Snow Elementary.  Your support and your efforts are the driving force behind the success of our scholars. I wish you and your family the very best holiday season ever and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year!  

Our dedicated teachers and staff are committed to advancing the achievement of all of our scholars.  We continue to make strides as we work together as a Professional Learning Community (PLC) to achieve our goals.  In the areas of Mathematics and English Language Arts we will:

  • Continue to increase integration of technology use in Mathematics through the use of iReady, iPad/Math Games, Big Ideas Math online performance task practice, Khan Academy and other supplemental materials
  • Continue to integrate Number Talks and Problem of the Month
  • Continue to implement CCSS in Math & ELA
  • Continue implementation of Lucy Calkins Reading and Writing Units
  • Continue to support students in Reading Comprehension instruction through the use of graphics, literature, and other supplemental materials.
  • EL Intervention Teacher will continue to implement EL Standards and collaborate with teachers to design lessons to support ELD
  • Continue to collaborate as a Professional Learning Community (PLC)

SPIRIT WEEK is this week!:

Monday  12/17 Sports Gear

Tuesday 12/18 Crazy Hats/Hair

Wednesday 12/19 Pajamas

Thursday 12/20 Holiday Wear


At H. A. Snow Elementary School, we prepare our students for a successful life by providing a world-class education that supports all children with a thought-provoking, academically rigorous education, within a safe, compassionate, and tolerant school.

At Snow School we have a Bill of Rights for Students: Students have the right to learn in a safe, compassionate, tolerant school with people who collaborate, have high expectations, and advocate for their well-being both socially and academically because we believe that ALL children deserve a robust, thought-provoking, rigorous education.

Students are encouraged, and have the right, to be active class members in making decisions and problem solving, so they become compassionate leaders who understand societal expectations and serve as stewards of the world.


Parents please adhere to the following School Rules for Parking Lot when you are dropping off and picking up our scholars:

School Rules for Parking Lot
Be Responsible Be Safe Be Respectful
o Pull vehicle all the way forward

o Drop off and pick up along classrooms 1 & 2 only

o Have school materials readily accessible (e.g., no school items in trunk)

o Watch for vehicle

o Use crosswalks

o Exit vehicle when car has completely stopped

o Exit vehicle on right side only

o Hands-free driving

o Right turn ONLY

o Obey the local speed limit in school zone

o Enter/exit vehicle quickly

o Use appropriate language and tone with school staff

o Be patient with other drivers


Parent Volunteers Needed for A.M./P.M. Drop-off and Pick-up.  Please sign up in the office if you are interested.


Snow Elementary  is offering Session 2 of the Ohlone After-school tutoring program to assist students with their homework.  This tutoring program is by invitation only as slots are limited. Your child has been identified based on the school district’s universal screening assessment as one who would benefit from this extra time with a teacher.  It is our pleasure to invite your student to participate in this rare opportunity for additional academic support.

Session 2 will be held at Snow Elementary School beginning on Tuesday, January 14th through May 9th. Sessions will be after-school from 2:35-4:05 in the school library.  Ohlone College students will be conducting the tutoring sessions.  Your student will receive homework support and will be provided a light snack .


Attendance matters!  “When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating”.  

**Please drop off and pick up your children on time.**


Important Dates to Remember

December 19ELAC Meeting @ 8:00 a.m. Staff Lounge

                              SSC Meeting @ 3:00 p.m. Library

December 20 – Golden Blizzard Bear Recess

                               1st Grade Field Trip

December 21 – January 4 – Winter Break

January 8 –       School in Session



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