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No School Wednesday, November 18th

Parent –Teacher Conferences


Minimum Day Reminder

Please be advised that every Thursday will be a minimum day unless otherwise noted. Minimum Days are utilized for teacher preparation and staff development training. All students in grades 1st through 6th will be dismissed at 1:04 pm on Thursdays. It is very important that students are picked on time. Thank you!

Today: 11/26/15
8:30 AM Thanksgiving Holiday/No School



Food and Nutrition Standards

Evergreen School District has developed food and nutrition standards that follow state, federal and health department guidelines regarding food served in our schools. Like reading and writing, brushing teeth, and hand washing, learning good food habits is a skill that can help your child live a healthy, satisfying life. Please support us in nurturing good food habits by following the Nutrition & Food Guidelines set forth by Evergreen School District. Additionally, Child Nutrition Services offers several students based catering programs that can help you recognize and reward your students under the Nutrition & Food Guidelines. Please also check out our list of non-food incentive and reward ideas.

Dove Hill’s School Site Council/ELAC Representatives

Congratulations to our new School Site Council & ELAC Representatives:

Sandra Cervantes, Ann Green, Gloria Gutierrez, Gracie Ramos, Jessica Rosas, Remedios Aguliar and Amparo Ramos.

We look forward to working together for the good of our students, teachers and community. Our first School Site Council/ELAC meeting was held on Tuesday, October 6th at 3:00 p.m. in the library.  Our next meeting will be on Tuesday, December 1st at 7:30 a.m.

Secure Campus

Our Secure campus procedures have had overwhelming support. Parents want to feel that their child is protected and safe at school. Teachers have reported a calmer and smoother opening of their day and a sense of security in their rooms. We appreciate that the change was an adjustment for families but want you to know that the children have adjusted well and are safe. Our dismissal has had some challenges and we are working on making necessary improvements. Here are a few areas we could use your support.

* Be sure that whom ever picks up your child waits back from the gate so that all students may exit.

* Be sure to pull-forward and NOT STOP in the bus lane.

* If you have to speak to a teacher, please report to the office and the teacher will be notified.


Welcome, Mrs. Anderson

If you stop by the Dove Hill library, be sure to say "hello" to our new media specialist, Ms. Amy Anderson. Mrs. Anderson has vast experience working with children in the Evergreen School District.   Prior to coming to Dove Hill, she was a parent volunteer and instructional aide at Laurelwood Elementary. She brings with her a wealth of experience and passion for getting the right books into each child's hands. Welcome, Mrs. Anderson!



Parent-Teacher Conferences Goal: 100% participation

By now you should have heard from your child’s teacher regarding parent teacher conferences.  This is a very important meeting during which your child’s teacher will go over exactly how your child is doing in class and how you can help your child succeed at school.  You will review your child’s report card at this time and will have an opportunity to ask questions and get clarification.  Please make every effort to attend your child's conference.

Five Tips for a Good Parent- Teacher Conference

  1. Plan for the conference.  Talk to your child.  Write down questions.  Look at your child’s schoolbooks and the work he/she brings home.  Think about your child’s learning style and study habits.
  2. Ask questions about your child’s schoolwork, his relationship with students and teachers, and any class or school rules you do not understand.
  3.  Share any information that might help the teacher develop a better understanding of your child.
  4. Decide with the teacher what, if anything, needs to be done to support your child.  Agree on plans, responsibilities and future steps before you leave.

     5.   Follow up.  Implement your end of any agreement.  Keep in touch with the teacher.  If the plans do not seem to be working,     or if new problem develops, set another appointment to speak to the teacher.

2015 Second Harvest Food Drive

It is important for our children to learn that we are all connected with responsibilities toward one another and to society. The qualities of generosity, caring, compassion and service to others becomes a strong and integral part of a child’s character when he/she is given opportunities and is encouraged to perform both small and large acts of kindness. By teaching children to give generously of their time, talents and treasures, we are helping them build the pillars of character of caring and community service within themselves. As in the past, our school will be participating in a holiday food drive. Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to families in need. The canned food drive will begin the week of November 30th and continue through December 11th. You can help your children experience the joy of giving and learn the importance of stewardship by talking to them about service to others, by helping them select food to donate, and by encouraging your children to give generously.

To donate online - You can make a secure, tax - deductible financial donation in a matter of minutes: www.shfb.org/donateonline - Go to Donate to Your Group's Drive


The Food Bank needs nutritious, non-perishable foods:

• Meals in a can (stew, chili, soup)

• Tuna / canned meat

• Peanut butter

• Canned foods with pop-top lids

• Low sugar cereals

• 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes • Canned fruit packed in juice

• Canned vegetables (low salt)

Please avoid donating items packaged in glass. 
We request that you do not purchase bulk quantities of rice, flour or sugar for donation

Help Your Child Win a No-Tardy Party!

Your child's academic achievement and well-being are very important to us.  When a student is tardy for school, they miss essential classroom instruction and interaction with peers.  Please make every effort to see that your child arrives to school on time, ready to learn.

Dove Hill will be holding a No Tardy competition between classes. 

  • Tier 1: The first class who has 5 days of zero tardies will win an ice cream treat
  • Tier 2: The first class who has 10 days of zero tardies will win a pizza lunch
  • Tier 3: The first class who achieves 15 days of zero tardies will win an Ice Cream Sundae No Tardy Party!!!

You can help your child win a party for his/her class by encouraging timely attendance.  Tips for a successful morning include:

  • Teaching your child how to set an alarm clock
  • Seeing that they pack their backpacks and pick their clothes out the night before school
  • Preparing an easy, portable breakfast

May the best class(es) win!


Kayla Q, Adriana V, Aaron L, Jadalyn K, Nathaniel M, Jadalyn K, Cynthia T, Isaiah K, Cindy S, Joseph C, Ngoc T, Jeziah B, Kayla, L, Jerry D, Lillian T, Thuy N, Yocelyn G,  Trina L, Nolan H, Mariah  E, Madeleine R, Jocelyn P, Mike N, Jasmine T, Justin B, Britney E, Jehannah S, Faith M, Aaron T,  Lesley G, Jaylyn V, Arali R, Ashley V ~

Red Ribbon Week Poster Winners

Congratulations to the three classrooms who won for the Red Ribbon Week Poster Contest!  They are:

  • Mrs. Ladasky's Class
  • Mrs. Mackey's Class
  • Mrs. Squire's Class

All winners received a prize for their efforts. Great work!

Social-Emotional Health Parent Training

Social-Emotional Health Parent Training-Suicide Prevention
Speaker, Evelyn Castillo Tirumalai - Suicide Prevention Coordinator
Tuesday, November 17th

6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
LeyVa Middle School - Library Room
1685 Monrovia Drive
San Jose, CA 95122
*Light Snacks and Daycare Services will be provided*
Translators will be available in Spanish and Vietnamese.
For more information or to reserve your space, please call (408) 270-6840.

Harvest Festival

The Harvest Festival was an outstanding success. The many parent volunteers, teachers, and LeyVa Heroes who helped run the games, and booths was greatly appreciated.  Parent support for this event grows every year due to the tireless efforts of Home & School Club and Jasmin Distura, our Festival Coordinator.  We had so many kind and generous people participate to make Dove Hill a fun place where kids love to learn. Thank you so much to the entire community and to the Friends of Dove Hill. A Special “Thank You” to our Sponsors and major contributors:  Walgreens, Nothing Bundt Cakes, Provident Credit Union and Nayo’s Taco Truck.  We could not do it without your generosity.

'Reach, Teach, and Inspire'

Classroom Winners for Red Ribbon Spirit Week Contest

Congratulations to the classes who had the highest percentage of participation for Red Ribbon Week. 

  • Kindergarten/Transitional Kindergarten: Mrs. Rodriguez's Class
  • Primary Grade: Mrs. Hanson's Class
  • Upper Grade: Mrs. Gronlund's Class

Winners received a red rubber ducky prize.  Great work!



Project Cornerstone Readers Still Needed!!!

If you are interested in becoming a Project Cornerstone Parent and reading in classrooms, Dove Hill Elementary School welcomes you!  This Assets 101 Training is a mandatory training for Cornerstone volunteers. It gives volunteers the tools needed to go into classrooms and read pre-selected, character-themed books. To best accommodate your schedule, we have arranged for both an AM and PM training. 

  • Wednesday, November 4th from 10:00-11:30am (Dove Hill Campus)
  • Wednesday, November 4th from 5:30-7:00pm (Evergreen Elementary Campus)

Alternatively, you can also find Assets 101 Trainings throughout Santa Clara County.  Log on to this website to reserve your spot:

  • http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0945aba72d6-assets

Read to Children and Change Lives!

Got Tdap?

Parents of 6th graders - you will need to provide documentation that your child had a Tdap (whooping cough) booster shot given on or after 7 years old. Our goal is to have ALL 6th grade students provide this documentation before the end of May. If you haven’t done so already, check your child’s immunization record or call your physician to find out when they last had a Tdap vaccination. Once the shot is completed, bring in the immunization record to the school office so we can document that the requirement has been completed.

Parent University - Join Today!

Parent University Classes are offered throughout the year.  Please view the SCHEDULE for more information.  To register, contact Rhonda Cowdery at rcowdery@eesd.org or call (408) 270-6830.

We look forward to a great year!

1st Grade Requirement - Health Exam

1st Grade requirement - Health Exam

California Law (AB 1248) amended the Hughes Children’s Health Enforcement Act and REQUIRES that all children entering First Grade must have a physical examination. Letters from the District Nurse were recently sent home.  Please have your physician conduct a medical examination and bring back the results to Dove Hill School office.

Truancy Defined

At Dove Hill, we believe that a student's success in school is directly proportionate to being at school and on time daily. The California Department of Education agrees!

The California Legislature defines a truant in very precise language. In summary, it states that a student missing more than 30 minutes of instruction without an excuse three times during the school year must be classified as a truant and reported to the proper school authority. This classification and referral helps emphasize the importance of school attendance and is intended to help minimize interference with instruction. The California Education Code (EC) section that defines a truant reads as follows:

EC Section 48260 (a): Any pupil subject to compulsory full-time education or compulsory continuation education who is absent from school without a valid excuse three full days or tardy or absent more than any 30-minute period during the school day without a valid excuse on three occasions in one school year, or any combination thereof, is a truant and shall be reported to the attendance supervisor or the superintendent of the school district.

In compliance, Dove Hill will send out truancy letters accordingly. Should you have any questions about letters received, please contact the site Principal. Parents are reminded that a student absence from school is considered "excused" when it is due to illness, a medical/dental appointment, funeral service for a member of the student's immediate family, a court appearance, or religious observance. All other absences are considered to be "unexcused

Reading for Information Can Be FUN!

Show Your Child That Reading For Information Can Actually Be Fun

Children ask a lot of questions.  Helping them find answers to those questions is a great way to encourage their curiosity.  So be sure to add some nonfiction books to your child’s reading list.  Reading these books can help your child learn more about subjects that interest her.  Here are some fun activities to get your child reading more nonfiction.

  • Look for books about how things work. How does the wheat in a field end up in the pasta on her plate? How does the football game get onto your TV screen?Books can help your child learn the answers to these questions.
  • Turn your reader into a writer. Have her write her own “how-to” book. She can explain how to kick a soccer ball past a goalie. Or, she can show a creative way to braid hair. Help her choose something she does well and then write step-by-step instructions. You can “publish” her book by adding photos or drawings she makes herself.
  • Read nonfiction books yourself. Help our child see that learning takes place everywhere and at any time – not just in school.

Student Accident Insurance


Every year some parents say, “I wish I had purchased the Student Accident Insurance.” Why? Because their child had an accident and the family either does not have insurance or their insurance pays only a portion or none of the expenses.

ALL Evergreen School District students are eligible to apply for low cost Student Accident Insurance coverage. This insurance pays regardless if there is other medical insurance and can therefore cover deductibles. The cost can be as little as $14/year for school time coverage which covers your child when school is in session and while participating in school supervised activities (excluding tackle football) on or off the school premises.

It can also cover replacement of glasses, hearing aids and contacts if the damage is related to a school injury requiring medical treatment. There is also Extended Dental Coverage that can be purchased separately. This covers the treatment and repair of an injured tooth including the replacement of caps, crowns, and orthodontic appliances if it occurred during a school related activity.

The insurance is underwritten by the Gerber Life Insurance Company. More information about the benefits and the application form can be accessed via the Internet at www.studentinsuranceusa.com. It’s available in both English and Spanish. On the left hand column of the home page, click on “K-12 Students,” and click on “Benefits & Applications.” Claim forms can also be accessed from this site. You may also request a copy of the information from your school office. The coverage remains in effect for the 2015-2016 school year even if your child transfers to another district. If you have questions about the various plans, a Student Insurance representative is available at (800) 367-5830. Do not send your application to the school. The application is made directly to Student Insurance at 10801 National Blvd. Suite 603, Los Angeles, CA 90064.

Parking Lot Safety

The safety of all our students is of utmost importance to us.

* Parking Lot Speed is 5 miles per hour or slower for student safety.

* Students need to be escorted through the crosswalks in the parking lot.

   The drive-through lane is ONLY for drop-off and pick-up of students in the designated white curb area. Parking is not permitted.

* Buses receive priority in the drive through lane.

* RED CURB- It is unlawful to stand, or park a vehicle whether the vehicle is attended or unattended. EMERGENCY vehicles need access .

* Disabled Parking- It is unlawful for any person to park or leave standing any vehicle in a stall designated for disabled persons without proper   


Peach Jar Flyers


Peachjar is an electronic online flyer distribution company. They will post school-approved flyers online and email them directly to parent's inboxes. Peachjar manages flyer distribution on behalf of Dove Hill and works directly with outside organizations so you don't have to. Their award winning service saves schools tons of paper, reduces copy costs and removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. For those parents who have not yet registered with parent portal , this is one more reason to register. We encourage all parents to register on Parent Portal at www.eesd.org


Dove Hill lost and found...

Our lost and found is overflowing! All items will be donated to charity after the Thanksgiving break if not claimed. Have you lost a wallet, cell phone, student eyeglasses or house keys on the Dove Hill campus recently? Many of these valuables remain unclaimed in our school office. Please see our school secretary to claim an item or call (408) 270-4964 to see if your lost article was turned in.



The library is now open to parents and students for book check out and AR testing.    

Monday – Friday 8:00 -8:30 a.m.

Clip Box Tops - Earn Cash for Dove Hill

Earn cash for our school every time you shop for groceries.  Clip Box Tops from hundreds of your favorite products.  (Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Ziploc, Yoplait and many other products)  Each Box Tops coupon is worth 10 cents to our school – and that adds up fast!

1.   Neatly clip Box Tops

2.  Count and place them in a Ziploc bag.

3.  Send it to the classroom with Teacher’s name and count written on the bag.


Show Your Child That Reading For Information Can Actually Be Fun

Children ask a lot of questions. Helping them find answers to those questions is a great way to encourage their curiosity. So be sure to add some nonfiction books to your child’s reading list. Reading these books can help your child learn more about subjects that interest her. Here are some fun activities to get your child reading more nonfiction.

Look for books about how things work. How does the wheat in a field end up in the pasta on her plate? How does the football game get onto your TV screen? Books can help your child learn the answers to these questions.

Turn our reader into a writer. Have her write her own “how-to” book. She can explain how to kick a soccer ball past a goalie. Or, she can show a creative way to braid hair. Help her choose something she does well and then write step-by- step instructions. You can “publish” her book by adding photos or drawings she makes herself.

Read nonfiction books yourself. Help our child see that learning takes place everywhere and at any time – not just in school.


We have received updated ESD food and nutritional guidelines.  We have added our guidelines as a school as well.  It is extremely important that all parents and teachers follow them to ensure the health of our children.  Children with allergies and/or specific diets are placed at risk if we fail to do so.

We are no longer allowing parents or other family members to bring birthday treats that they have purchased or made themselves that do not meet state nutritional guidelines such as cupcakes, cookie, etc.

If it is important for you to send something on that special day, please bring “birthday surprises” like stickers, pencils, erasers, etc. are more appropriate and useful.

Special parties at school will need to go through our Child Nutritional Services (CNS) department if food is going to be present.  Our teachers will notify you if such events will be taking place.

Information on CNS and their nutritional guidelines can be found on the Evergreen School District website at http://www.eesd.org/page.cfm?p=2476