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News and Reminders
  • Please drop off your student after 8:10 -- there is supervision starting at 8:10. The first bell rings at 8:25 - School starts at 8:30.
  • Please no pick up or drop off by our District Office. This is a safety issue for unsupervised children. Please drive slowly in this area. 
  • Important safety reminders:                                                                                                                 - Please remember to sign in at the office whenever you are on campus.                                                 - Let's teach our kids pedestrian safety - thank you for using the crosswalk when crossing the street. 
  • 2014-15 District Calendar available here.  Every Wednesday is a SLCT dismissal day: Gr. 1-5 at 12:30, Kindergarten at 12:00pm
  • Follow Principal Julie Page Ales on Twitter for lots of ideas about education today.
Saratoga Scoop by Mrs. Ales

November 25, 2014

Saratoga Community!!

We have a new Service Learning/Caring Community campaign underway -- and we're all set to kick things off on Monday December 1st. We are working with the Second Harvest Food Bank to create Holiday Meal Boxes for families.

 Our student council randomly picked which items each classroom will bring -- and if families want to create an entire Meal Box, they are more than welcomed to do so! A flier will come home on Monday with all the details!

We'll be collecting canned corn, green beans, chili beans, cranberry sauce, bagged rice, boxes of cocoa and candy canes.  Home-made greeting cards and festive ribbons to tie up the boxes will also be accepted gladly!! Plus, we are accepting donations to also include a $20 gift card to purchase a turkey. 

The students are gearing up for fun and learning -- and giving back to our community. This is always so important.

I hope you all enjoy a wonderful Thanksgiving with your loved ones!

My best to all, Julie  

READ MORE...for what's new at Saratoga Elementary!

Science Fair Information!!

The Saratoga Elementary School Science Fair is just around the corner! A science experiment is optional for grades 3-5. We work hard to make the Science Fair a positive experience for all children. There are no awards for “best project”, just blue ribbons and an "I dared to be in the Science Fair" bracelet for everyone who participates. We hope that your child will be involved this year. Students may do projects individually or in a small group of kids from their class.

The goal is to choose a simple question about a topic he or she is interested in and then design a simple experiment to try and answer this question.  The experiment should involve making observations and recording results. Try to guide your child to a project that is in their area of interest yet within their grasp to complete with your assistance.

Important dates to remember:

  • Final Project Proposal Deadline: Fri. Nov. 21
  • Project Drop-off date: Mon. Feb. 2
  • Science Fair Presentation Day for classmates:
  • Third grade - Tues. Feb. 3
  • Fourth grade - Wed. Feb. 4
  • Fifth grade - Thurs. Feb. 5
  • Science Fair Family night -  Thurs. Feb. 5

Click here for the science fair packet -- with the proposal form!!

Thanks!! Diane Silveria

Fun Traffic Video! Be Safe!

Have you see our traffic video created by parents Shannon Newton and Wendy Tjaden? It's lots of fun -- very informative. Click here: Saratoga School Drop Off  


Please remember, everyone - to drive slowly and carefully to school. Pedestrians - please use the crosswalk.

The secret to no traffic? Come early! Kids can arrive at school at 8:10 -- and there is no traffic. Please be considerate at intersections and take turns into the queue line on Oak Street. Thank you!! 

Saratoga School Garden!
We love our Garden!! Would you like to join in? Every Monday and Friday at lunch time, join in at our Garden Club!! The kids will love to see you there -- 
The purpose of our school garden is to give kids the opportunity to continue their learning outdoors -- to promote a healthy, earth-loving lifestyle, teach environmental stewardship, and encourage the social development of our students with a true sense of community.  
The garden also creates opportunities for children to discover fresh food and make healthier choices, offering a beautiful setting to embrace every academic discipline, including science, math, reading, environmental studies, art, nutrition, and health.  Students experience a deeper understanding of natural systems and become better stewards of the Earth by designing, cultivating, and harvesting the school garden with their own hands.
Project Cornerstone Book of the Month

What is Project Cornerstone's ABC Reader Book this month?:

 This Month: 'Giraffes Can't Dance' by Giles Andreae

The two major themes present in this month's Project Cornerstone Book, “Giraffes Can’t Dance”, are friendship and embracing your own uniqueness in terms of strengths and weaknesses. 

“Giraffes Can’t Dance” is a fictional story about a giraffe named Gerald, and at the annual Jungle Dance he is made fun by all the other animals because of his unique dance moves. Gerald feels alienated and alone because he cannot dance as well as the other animals. Gerald is upset and leaves the dance, when he comes across a wise cricket who offers him some advice, “sometimes when you’re different, you just need a different song”.  

With this book, the Students learn about their personal power to benefit both themselves and others, and how to fill their own bucket.

What is Project Cornerstone? To read more follow this link!



Just Do It: Join PTA Today!

Join the Saratoga Parent Teacher Association (PTA) and support our children in the school and in the community. Get involved and help enhance special programs, our campus, classroom materials and parent education. Caring and involved parents in partnership with dedicated teachers make a world of difference in every child's educational experience. When you join PTA, make your tax-deductible Just Do It! donation of $135 per student and help PTA provide class supplies, teacher grants, K-5 leveled reading library resources, computer lab and much more! To Join PTA and enroll in our directory, click here.

Questions?  Please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it  

Get Caught Reading

Looking for a good book to read?

  • Click here for a list of Most Popular Books checked out of school library during 2013-14 school year.
  • Click here to learn more about this year's Visiting Author Dave Keane & his books
  • For additional book recommendations, click here


PTA Reimbursement/ Check Request Form

*UPDATED FOR 2013-2014*

Click here for the revised PTA Expense Reimbursement and Check Request form. NOTE: Please read the updated instructions at the top of the form. Questions? Please contact PTA Treasurer  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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Upcoming Events

Thu, Dec 18th, @9:00am - 10:10pm
MP: School sing-a-long
Thu, Dec 18th, @10:30am - 2:30pm
5th Gr. Vision Screening
Fri, Dec 19th
Food Drive Ends Saratoga Library
Fri, Dec 19th
Minimum Day Dismissal:K 12:00, 1st-5th 12:30
Mon, Dec 22nd
December Recess - No School
Mon, Jan 5th
Welcome Back & Happy New Year
Wed, Jan 7th
SLCT Day Dismissal:K@12:00, 1st-5th@12:30
Thu, Jan 8th, @10:00am - 2:00pm
FT: Levi Stadium (5th. Gr.Havens/Lawson)
Wed, Jan 14th, @6:00pm - 8:00pm
JA Volunteer Training Redwood Middle School-Library
Fri, Jan 16th, @5:00pm - 8:30pm
Astronomy Family Night Talk & Viewing Outside & MP
Mon, Jan 19th
Martin Luther King Day - No School
Wed, Jan 28th, @8:45am - 10:00am
Staff L:Project Cornerstone Mtg Staff Lounge
Mon, Feb 2nd
Grs.3-5 Science Fair Week for Students Library & Rm 06
Mon, Feb 2nd, @8:00am - 5:00pm
Grs.3-5 Science Project Drop-off
Mon, Feb 2nd, @8:30am - 1:00pm
FT: 4th Peralta Adobe/Lyon San Jose
Saratoga Elementary School
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