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Principal's Message

Hello Sparks Elementary Families,
      I hope you are having a wonderful summer and making wonderful fun memories with your children. In addition, I hope that our students are reading 30 minutes a day every day.  With our AR reading program 2018-2019, each grade level grew on the CA. state mandated exams.  This is wonderful news.  In particular, 5th grade grew by 24 points and 100% of our kinder students hit and exceeded all the academic district benchmarks!  Those were incredible accomplishments.  Equally important, we added a fabulous new educational program to Kinder and 6th grade called NPDL, New Pedagogies Deep Learning.  This school year we will add the program to 1st and 5th grade and continue with Kinder and 6th grade.  The strength of the program is the mentoring between the students on academic topics and ultimately projects.
      Sparks Elementary is a truly remarkable school with exceptional students, parents, and staff.  This year we are adding, Code to the Future, a computer science program.  Your children will learn to CODE and create applications (APPS).  It is an honor and privilege to work with all of you.  I look forward to another successful school year by providing your children endless possibility for growth.  I am also excited to share:
  1. Exceptional Teachers and Supporting Staff
  2. Family in Action Involvement Opportunities
  3. Secure and Caring Environment
  4. After School Program with ASES 2:05 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
  5. Computer 1:1 Devices for ALL Students (NEW) with 2 Computer Laps
  6. New Library, Thank You FIA
  7. Physical Education Program incorporated into the curriculum, Lead Mr. Hai Pham
  8. Student Resource Support Teacher & AR Lead, Mrs. Yolanda Urrea
  9. MTSS/PBIS Resource Support Teacher, Mrs. Tran Don
  10. Art Program, Young Rembrandts
  11. STEM Program Code to the Future Cohort II (New)
  12. NPDL, New Pedagogies Deep Learning Cohort I
  13. STEM Science Mobile Lab (New)
  14. Gifted and Talented Program, Lead Mrs. Lana Willis
  15. New TK Program, Wendy Padilla,
  16. Cross Country Program
  17. ASES Soccer & Basketball
 
Kindergarten Testing: Kindergarten testing will be July 29th  and 30th. Kindergarten teachers will call parents regarding their child’s testing appointment.  
             
Posting of Class Lists:
On Monday, August 5th the class lists will be posted on the cafeteria doors after 8:00 a.m. 
 
Sparks Meet and Greet- Meet our teaching staff Monday, August 5th
9:00-10:00 am- TK & Kindergarten               Cafeteria
10:00–10:30 am          - 1st-6th Grade                                     Cafeteria
 
First Day of School:  Wednesday, August 7th   
Classes will be on a regular schedule that day.  Our classes are expected to be very full at all grade levels.  Therefore, it is absolutely critical that your child attend on the first day or risk losing his/her seat at Sparks Elementary and being moved to another school.   School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. with FREE Breakfast and Class begins at 8:00 a.m.  Children should arrive no later than 7:45 a.m. on a daily basis.  Back to School Night: 8.15.19 and Open House: 1.30.20
 
All schools in our district are closed campuses, but we will allow ONLY Kinder parents to come onto campus the first 5 days of school to help transition their child/children to their Kinder teacher. Class times are as follows:
           Kindergarten, First, Second, Third:            8:00 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.
          Fourth, Fifth, Sixth                                                                            8:00 a.m. to 2:05 p.m.
 
Please make sure to pick up your child promptly at dismissal time at the appropriate gate.
 
Uniforms:
The district uniform policy will be strictly enforced and is detailed in the District and School Handbooks.  All students are to wear plain dark blue pants, shorts, or skirts, with light blue or white polo style shirts.  All tops must have sleeves and collars.  Faded denim will not be allowed.  Clothing must be free from pictures, writing and embellishments, be in good condition with no holes, tears or frayed edges.  All clothing must fit the student at the waist and not be oversized or baggy.  Skin tight or low-rise jeans are not allowed.  Sparks Elementary or college shirts may also be worn.  According to district policy, a waiver may be granted only during the two weeks prior to the first day of school and after the parent meets with the principal.  Waivers must be renewed annually and are granted for religious reasons, extreme financial hardship due to homelessness or unemployment by the head of household with four or more children in the school district.  Any student with a waiver on file are expected to follow the district dress code as outlined in the district handbook.  (Shirts must have sleeves and collars, no pictures or writing with the same fit requirements outlined above).  Please plan your summer shopping accordingly.  Students out of compliance with the uniform policy will need to call home for a change of clothes or change into uniforms held in the office.
 
Emergency Information:
On the first day of school, parents/guardians will be receiving a copy of the District and School Parent/Student Handbooks and other important papers.  These handbooks contain very important information regarding our school and district policies.  Please review and maintain them in a safe place for future reference throughout the school year.  In addition, parents/guardians will find a suggested emergency list for your child’s emergency pack.  Please fill out the emergency information cards emergency packs no later than Friday, August 16th.
 
Parking Lot:
For your children’s own safety, please drive carefully and do not park on undesignated areas.  Student safety is our outmost concern.  Students must use the crosswalk when crossing the street at all times.
 
End of School Day:
Teachers will escort their classes to the front gates upon dismissal.  All parents should wait outside the designated gates to meet their children.  Kindergarten -3rd grade students will need to be picked up by their designated gate by adults in their emergency card.  Grades 4-6 will exit through the west gate unless a special arrangement is made.
 
Free and Reduced Lunch Fee Applications:
These applications must be renewed annually at the beginning of the school year.  We encourage all parents to complete an application.  The lunch application will be sent directly to your home from the district office, or you may pick one up from the school office.  Please fill out all of the information and return it to the district office at 15959 E. Gale Avenue for processing. We are happy to announce that breakfast continues to be free for all students.  Our cafeteria will be open starting 7:15 am to serve breakfast for our students.  If you do not qualify for free or reduced
lunch is currently $2.25 and must be paid daily. If the price of lunch changes for this year, we will notify you.  The cafeteria and office do not loan money to students.  You may pay in advance through the cafeteria for your convenience. You can also go online to https://hlpusd.rocketscanapps.com/ or call (626) 933-3900.
 
Adults on Campus:
As previously mentioned, Sparks EL. is a closed campus. In order to ensure the safety and security of all students and adults on campus, you must always check in through the front office before entering school grounds.  All visitors and volunteers must have a visitor badge from the office before entering school grounds for any reason. Parent volunteers must complete an application yearly and be approved prior to working with our students.  You may come in the office when we reopen to pick up an application. 
 
Office Hours will be as follows:
7:00-5:00 p.m.            Monday- Thursday (July 15-July 26, 2019)
8:00-4:00 p.m.  Monday-Friday (July 29- Aug. 2, 2019)
 
Monday August 5th   TK/Kinder Meet/Greet & Orientation    9:00-10:00 a.m.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cafeteria
1st-6th Grade  Meet and Greet                10:00–10:30 a.m.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
 
 
In Leadership,
 
Principal Barraza