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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.
  • 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.
Family Picnic - Fri. Sept 19th

Family PicnicCome join the fun at the Family Picnic, Friday, Sept 19th from 5-8pmIt's a great chance to kick off the school year and mingle with new and old friends.  

There will be music, firetrucks & the popular 5th grade traditions: Disco Bingo & Bake Sale (cash only). School Spiritwear will also be on sale (cash/check only).  

This year you can purchase your delicious BBQ dinner at the door (no pre-orders).  Cash is preferred for speed of service, but major credit cards will also be accepted for dinner purchases.

We still need volunteers to help! Please consider covering a volunteer shift --it is a great way to meet new parents!  Sign up to volunteer online at:


Questions? Please contact  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .   We hope to see you there!

Saratoga Scoop by Mrs. Ales

August 11, 2014 

Dear Saratoga Families,



 Welcome back to our new 2014-2015 school year! I am so looking forward to beginning my fourth year at Saratoga Elementary School – and look forward to lots of learning and fun ahead. I am excited to see everyone back at school soon! I hope everyone enjoyed a restful and fun summer.


Saratoga School Updates:


 Staffing – I am very, very happy to introduce new staff at Saratoga Elementary School. Please join me in welcoming our new teachers:

Kathleen Bailey – Resource Specialist

Kathleen lives in Ben Lomond and joins Saratoga from Redwood Middle School. She originates from the Mt. Shasta area – and enjoys hiking and spending time with her kids. Kathleen has a daughter who is graduating from UCSC, a son who attends San Lorenzo Valley High, and another daughter who lives in New York -- who just had a baby -- congratulations!!


Halley Haworth -- First Grade

Halley joins us from Argonaut and Foothill where she worked in long time substitute positions. She has subbed here as well so you may recognize her!! She received her MA, Ed from UCSC, lives in Boulder Creek and likes to hike -- accompanied by her yellow Lab, Kash; she likes to cook and try out fun places to have dinner - especially with her mom.


Megan Lawson -- Fifth Grade

Megan comes from Cupertino where she taught 2 and 3rd grades. Over the summer, she and Jon Havens taught in a math enrichment summer school together! Megan loves to read, travel, and going out with friends. Megan is excited about moving forward with instructional technology and 21st Century Learning!


 Additionally, Allyson Parker has joined our Second Grade Team – moving from 5th grade to 2nd. Allyson has years of experience teaching Second Grade and she will be a wonderful addition to the team!

Mark Your Calendar for these Upcoming Events in August/September

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

WELCOME BACK!! Welcome Back/School Info Here!

Welcome Back To School!There will no longer be a"Before School Mailing", all documents normally sent by mail are all now available here. Please take a moment to review the information before school starts.




Click here: 

Mrs. Ales' Welcome Back Letter 

District Calendar 

Saratoga School Bell Schedule 

Saratoga School Map

Saratoga School Agreements/Discipline Policy

 Field Trip Forms 
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


New Student Registration

New Student Registration for 2014-2015:

Registration for incoming new students for the 2014-2015 school year begins on March 3.  This year SUSD has transitioned to an online registration system.  Starting February 1, registration packets may be downloaded online or picked up at the District Office or our school office.  Current residents who can provide all required identification, immunization record, and required proofs of residency may begin to register on March 3.  All details are posted ONLINE.

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  

Project Cornerstone Book of the Month

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

 This Month:  Chrysanthemum by Kevin Henkes

This book explores themes such as how students can identify caring adults they can turn to for support, recognize how they are supported by caring adults and how adults help them BLOOM. The lessons offer opportunities for students to practice using their "lids to keep them from wilting" -- as well as teaching the importance in both face-to-face and online communications. We follow up from last month's lesson -- highlighting courage, honesty, responsibility, integrity and perseverance.



Last Month:  The Empty Pot

This book explores the concepts of courage, honesty, responsibility, integrity and perseverance. These tools will empower students to value being true to themselves even when it is not easy. This book illustrates the importance of attitude and behavior in building character. Students will understand that the end result isn’t as important as trying your best and to trust in yourself and listen to your own judgment to make a good decision. Honesty makes trust bloom.

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



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 .

Got Saratoga eNews?
Stay up to date on important school news and reminders.  If you are not receiving the Saratoga School eNews, please check the following:
  • Check your spam box.
  • Check your email security settings/preferences to ensure "School Messenger" email is not being blocked.
  • Contact your school office to verify that your email address is correct in PowerSchool.  If your email address has changed, let your school office know so it can be updated.

In event of a school-wide emergency, notifications will be sent via automated voice, text and email messages to parent/guardian phone numbers/email addresses listed when you updated your student's information online or at time of registration. READ MORE...


Upcoming Events

Fri, Sep 19th, @12:20pm - 1:00pm
Student Council Mtg
Fri, Sep 19th, @5:30pm - 7:30pm
Family Picnic Outside
Tue, Sep 23rd, @8:45am - 10:00am
PC Training for Volunteers Library
Tue, Sep 23rd, @7:00pm - 9:00pm
Board of Trustees Mtg at Redwood MS Redwood MS Library
Wed, Sep 24th
SLCT Day Dismissal:K@12:00, 1st-5th@12:30
Wed, Sep 24th, @8:40am - 9:00am
Assembly-Mix it up MPR
Thu, Sep 25th, @8:40am - 9:15am
Picture retake/makeup day front of school
Mon, Sep 29th, @8:30am - 2:10pm
Kinder afternoon sessions begin start this week
Wed, Oct 1st, @8:45am - 10:15pm
PTA Mtg Library
Thu, Oct 2nd, @3:15pm - 5:00pm
School Site Council SES Library
Tue, Oct 7th, @3:15pm - 5:00pm
School Climate Committee Mtg Library
Wed, Oct 8th, @8:00am - 5:00pm
Assembly: Redder is Better MPR
Thu, Oct 16th, @8:45am - 9:15am
Parent Coffee with the Principal Staff Lounge
Tue, Oct 21st, @8:15pm - 9:15pm
Board Candidate Forum
Wed, Oct 22nd, @8:40am - 9:00am
Assembly: Redder is Better MPR
Saratoga Elementary School
14592 Oak Street, Saratoga, CA 95070 ~ 408-867-3476