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Principal Ortega's Message

Final Progress Reports have been sent home with each child. These are important documents that help parents become aware of the progress their child has made in school. Please review the report with your child-celebrate the good progress and work together with your child and his or her teacher to improve any areas that are challenges for your child. 

Measure M

The Evergreen School District Board of Trustees has placed a bond measure, Measure M, on the November ballot. If passed, Measure M will generate $100 million for safety and modernization projects in Evergreen schools. Measure M is a school facilities bond measure that will complete school safety and modernization projects as:

Upgrading and constructing classrooms and hands on science and technology labs that meet modern academic and safety standards.

Repairing electrical systems, aging roofs, plumbing and restrooms.

Increasing campus securityand improving overall energy efficiency.

Measure M funds will be used to support projects at all 18 Evergreen School District Schools. Some schools and sites are in greater need of modernization then others. Comprehensive work will be done at Dove Hill, Cedar Grove, Laurelwood, Cadwallader. 

Questions about Measure M? a full FAQ is available at :

http://www.esd.org/uploaded/documents/MeasureM/FAQsFinal.pdf?1412012435611

College Day

College Day was celebrated last Friday. It was a day that each grade level represented a different college. Students learned about each campus and about college life. Teachers discussed what it means to go to college and the importance of 'doing your best' in school. Each grade level performed a cheer and/or a song from a college. We will continue to promote higher education for our students so they may aspire to the career of their choice. This is a first step in getting them motivated and planning for their future. College day is a celebration and recognition that college is for everyone!

Peach Jar E-flyers for Parents

www.peachjar.com

Santa Clara Public Health Department Notice on Enterovirus and Ebola

The following information has been provided by the Santa Clara Public Health Departments to inform residents about Enterovirus-D68 and Ebola. Please see the Santa Clara County Public Health Department website for the most current information about local outbreaks (sccgov.org) As always, the best protection against the spread of disease is good hygiene practices, which includes frequent hand washing. Enterovirus -D68 (EV-68) EV D68 causes symptoms similar to a cold or flu. Since August 2014, the virus has been detected in most states in the United States, including California. The virus spreads through an infected person's saliva, nasal mucus, or sputum. Most people get infected in the summer and fall, and doctors can diagnose the disease through lab tests. In children with asthma, it can cause serious breathing problems. There is no specific treatment for non-polio enterovirus infection. People with mild illness typically only need symptom treatment and usually recover completely. However, some illnesses caused by EV-D68 can be severe enough to require hospitalization. If you are concerned about symptoms, you should contact your health care provider. The best way to prevent the virus is with proper hand washing. Ebola Facts There is no Ebola in Santa Clara County Santa Clara County has been preparing and continues to prepare for the unlikely chance that person in Santa Clara County becomes sick with Ebola. The Santa Clara County Public Health Department has shared information to help medical providers and hospitals in our community to be informed and prepared. Ebola can only be spread by a person who is sick and has symptoms of the disease. The disease is spread by contact with a sick person's body fluids. If a person in our county is suspected to have Ebola, the Public Health Department, local hospitals and the local medical community, with other partners, will work together to keep patients, visitors, employees and the public safe.

Dove Hill's Filarca Fun Run

This is a major fundraiser for our school and is a fun event for all! Teachers rely on this money to buy much needed classroom supplies and help with the cost of field trips. Students and teachers will walk around our track for approximately one hour. Parents are welcome to join us for this fun event! Please mark your calendars Friday, October 24th.

DOVE HILL SCHOOL FALL HARVEST FESTIVAL

The Dove Hill School Fall Harvest Festival will be October 24th, 2014 from 1:30 pm-5:30 pm

Join us for an afternoon of fun for the entire family!

Come play and help us raise the money to support our technology upgrades, field trips and assemblies.

Look for the pink flyer October 14th, 2014 for pre-sale discount tickets.

HALLOWEEN PARADE

Dove Hill's Halloween Parade will be Friday, October 31st. It is optional to dress-up. If your child does want to wear a costume, here are important things to remember to keep this event fun and safe. 

Costumes may be worn to school, however no props are allowed. I.e. no masks, swords, or weapons of any kind.

School dress code is still enforced, costumes must "cover" in the same way that clothes do. I.e. shoulder straps must be wide and support the costume, no heels, or makeup or hairspray.

Students who do not comply with school dress code may be asked to change and a phone call will be made to parents.

Please check with your child's teacher if you have any questions.

The 1st through 6th Grade Parade will begin at 8:45 a.m.

Dove Hill Morning Announcements

Every morning at 8:45 a.m. four or five students come to the Principal's office to help welcome their classmates and teachers to school using the intercom. Students announce important news on school events, weather, sports and even a joke of the day, ending with 'The Flag Salute.' This activity helps students develop public speaking skills and is a way to help us build our school culture. Students share their class events and connect with each other and with the larger community. School Announcers are one way we try and give students a voice and choice and help us to 'Reach, Teach and Inspire.'

ELAC

ELAC is a meeting that parents can use as a platform to express their concerns and ideas to both the school and the district. Our first meeting will be Thursday, October 16th at 9:00 a.m. at Dove Hill. ELAC will offer workshops that cover broad areas, such as legal issues involved in working with English Language Learner students, trainings and reading and homework techniques that can immediately help their children and trainings in dealing with different family problems. ELAC provides parents with a forum to express their thoughts and concerns about their children's education at the site and district level. Together We Can Make a Difference!

Dove Hill's School Site Council Representatives

Congratulations to our new School Site Council Representatives: Gracie Garcia Ramos, Thanh Phuong Hoang, Tina Pham, Phuoc Huynh. We look forward to working together for the good of our students, teachers, and community. Our first School Site Council meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 15th at 7:45 a.m. in Room 19.

Adult English Classes Here At Dove Hill School

Want to learn English?

Want to improve your knowledge of English?

Beginning Thursday, October 2nd from 5:30 to 7:30 pm, the Evergreen School District Parent University Program will sponsor classes for adults wishing to learn English. Please come to Room 27 at Dove Hill School, on Thursday, October 2, 2014 to register.

Mr. Cobillas will be your instructor.

Sick? Stay Home or Go to School?

Deciding when to keep a sick child at home from school is not always easy. It is important for children to attend school and for some parents staying home means missing work. But when a child is truly sick, they need to stay home in the care of an adult to get well and to prevent spreading illness to others. Please keep the school office up to date and make sure we have your current phone numbers so you or an alternate contact can be reached if your child becomes ill or injured.

Attendance

It is very important that your child comes to school every day. Good attendance directly correlates to academic achievement for you child. Every day of instruction is crucial to your child's success in school. If your child is absent, please remember to call the office every day your son or daughter is absent.  (408) 270-4964. All students not picked up on any day must wait in the office and parents will be required to sign them out.

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!

Evergreen School District Parent Handbook

If you have not done so, please read and sign the back cover of the "Annual Parent Acknowledgement and Consent Form" and return it to your child's teacher. The goal of this handbook is to provide students and their families legally required information about their rights and responsibilities. Please take time to familiarize yourself with the information contained in this handbook. While you can use it as a resource to answer questions, please feel free to contact the school to ask any questions you might have. This handbook is also available in Spanish and Vietnamese upon request.

Get Involved! Become a Volunteer Reader

How do we let our children know they are important and valued? Project Cornerstone is an exciting new program focused on supporting the healthy development of our children. We want to ensure our children have the necessary building blocks to become successful, caring and responsible. Spending an hour in your child's class can make a world of difference! It's a great opportunity for moms, dads, grandparents, nannies and family friends to support your children in a meaningful way. Training, books, discussion topics, and classroom activities are provided. Volunteer commitment is approximately 2 hours @ month during the school year. All volunteers must attend a one-time Assets 101 training session on Friday, September 26, 2014 from 8:30 to 10:30 at Dove Hill. Please sign up to be a reader for your child's classroom at Back to School Night or contact Mrs. Keller for more information. Thank you for making a difference at Dove Hill.

Lunch Applications

School lunch applications were mailed out August 4th. This is a reminder that the 2013-14 SCHOOL LUNCH APPLICATION WILL EXPIRE ON OCTOBER 1, 2014. Submit your application EARLY to avoid any charges. If you have not received a letter stating your application has been processed, please call CNS at 408 223-4500. You may come into the school office for a lunch application. 

Emergency Cards

Emergency cards for each of your children were sent home. It is critical that these cards be completed with current information. The staff uses these cards to contact parents in the event of an emergency. Moreover, students will only be released to the people listed on the emergency card. If your phone numbers or addresses change, please notify the office immediately. (408) 270-4964. If you have already registered with "Parent Portal" and have updated your contact information, we thank you. We encourage all parents to register on "Parent Portal" at www.eesd.org

Fridays are Spirit Days at Dove Hill!

Fridays are our spirit days at Dove Hill. We encourage our students and staff to wear Purple and Black with a touch of white/grey/silver. We will have special days where we will have spirit assemblies to make the connection of school being a fun learning place. We will also have some special "silly" days such as crazy socks day and others. We want to keep your child motivated and wanting to learn and to feel connected to school!

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 Back Letters Links in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese

DOVE HILL IS A SECURE CAMPUS

Dove Hill is a Secure Campus

for the protection of all students.

* No parent is allowed in the restrooms, cafeteria, or on the playground during school hours.

* No unauthorized adults are allowed on campus when school is in session.

* Please do not go directly to the classroom during class time. If you need to give your child a message, medication, homework, lunch money, etc.  

   please go directly to the office. We will deliver the information to your child as soon as possible.

* Please pick up and drop off your child at the front gates.

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   

  authorization.

Evergreen School District Transfer Process

As we begin planning for 2014-2015 enrollments, the following dates are important to keep in mind:

                                            

Renewal of Interdistrict Transfer Requests Accepted Through Thursday, May 29, 2014

                                        If your child is currently attending an Evergreen School District school on an Interdistrict Transfer (i.e. you reside in another school district), you will need to begin the renewal process at your resident district office. Interdistrict Transfers must be renewed yearly. If your child has not been approved for an Interdistrict Transfer by your resident school district and Evergreen School District, he/she will not be placed in a class. We will begin the review of renewals for the 2014-2015 school year during this time frame.

 

School Choice Transfer Requests Accepted Monday, April 28 – Thursday, May 22, 2014

If you are a resident of the Evergreen School District but wish for your child to attend an Evergreen school other than your home school, you must complete a School Choice Transfer Request form.  “School Choice” placements are dependent on space availability and are offered on a lottery system. Transportation is the responsibility of the parent and will not be provided by the district.  Forms will be available at your neighborhood school and at the Evergreen School District Office at 3188 Quimby Road after Monday, March 3, 2014.  Completed requests will be accepted at the District Office during the request window: Monday, April 28 through Thursday, May 22, 2014. Requests received after Thursday, May 22, 2014 will not be included in the lottery. These requests will be put on a waiting list.

 

New Interdistrict Transfer Requests Accepted Monday, March 3 – Thursday, May 29, 2014

  If you live outside the Evergreen School District attendance area, are planning to have your child enrolled at one of our schools, and have not requested an Interdistrict Transfer from your resident school district, you must start the process of requesting an Interdistrict Transfer at your resident district office. Approved transfers from your resident district office should be received by the Evergreen School District Office (3188 Quimby Road San Jose, CA 95148) within this window of time.

Safety in The Crosswalks

The crosswalks next to Dove Hill on Colt Way are designated as "Safe Zones." Pedestrians, children and adults are given the 'right of way.' The 'right of way' means the driver must STOP and allow the people in the crosswalks to pass safely. The school does not monitor the crosswalks. Please support our efforts to keep everyone safe by adhering to all Traffic Laws. To report unsafe driving, please call: (408) 534-2900.

HOMEWORK CAN BE A POSITIVE EXPERIENCE!

* Assist your child, but don't do the work for them. Don't answer the question for your child. Homework is a way to help your child learn to be independent.

* Stay in touch with your child's teacher.  Ask their teacher what you can do to help your child.

* Help your child learn to manage their time. Set a regular time for homework each day.

* Have your child read aloud to you every night. As you read together, stop and ask questions.

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. It is very important that everyone is picked up on time. Thank You!

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