Don't Miss Round Up!!!
September 3, 2014
12:00pm - 1:00pm
We will have pizza, water, and snow cones available for purchase (Support the PTA!!!)
August 18, 2014
Dear Wagon Wheel Elementary School
On behalf of the Wagon Wheel staff,
welcome to the 2014-15 school year! We are looking forward to a fabulous year! I
hope that you are enjoying your summer and that this letter finds you rested,
relaxed, healthy and looking forward to another exciting year, filled with
meaningful, enriching experiences for your children and entire family. I am
confident that by continuing to work together, we will provide quality learning
experiences for children and extend the tradition of excellence for which Wagon
Wheel Elementary School has long been known.
Our opening school enrollment
projection, at this time, is for approximately 565 students. We are currently
projected to have 20 teachers on staff, with the addition of our newest teacher,
Mrs. Kristie Skorina. Mrs. Skorina brings years of experience to our school and
will work collaboratively with Mrs. Jarrard. Please join me in welcoming her to
our staff! As always, we continue to accept registrations daily, and are still
working to finalize our student numbers.
Student projections are being monitored, carefully. Please encourage
your neighbors to come into the office if they are new to the area and have not
yet registered, or if they are moving prior to school starting.
For your information, the school
office is open from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. We will resume regular school year
hours from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. beginning September 3rd. The PTA
Round Up will be held on Wednesday, September 3rd from 12 Noon – 1
p.m. Class lists will be posted at that time, as well.
The first day of school will be on Thursday,
September 4th. The first day will be a minimum day. School will begin at 7:45
a.m. and will dismiss at 11:50 a.m. for students in grades 1-5. Please note that the kindergarten early
bird/late bird schedule will be sent home under separate cover, with additional
kindergarten program information, and the first day of school schedule.
refer to and keep handy the 2014-15 school calendar that will be included in
the opening packet. Please note that Wagon Wheel’s Back to School Night will be
held on the evening of Wednesday, October 1st.
this year, our ACE (Academic Collaboration for Excellence) day will be on Wednesday,
and will begin on September 13th, the second week of school. Each Wednesday, students in grades 1-5 will
begin school at 7:45 a.m. and will dismiss early at 12:50 p.m.
During the first week of school, you will receive
important school program and procedure information in your child’s opening
packet. Please look for, complete and immediately return the Student Emergency Card, Acceptable Use Form and Insurance Form.
The Emergency Card must be completed and returned on the second day of school.
The more information you can put on the card, the easier it will be for us to
locate you in the event of illness or an emergency. Please put your
E-mail address in the space provided on the card. If you have changed your
email address from last school year, please highlight the new address on the
emergency card. Please also take a moment to sign up for our List Serve on the
CUSD website under Wagon Wheel. The majority of school information is sent home
using this venue.
you have already registered for a CUSD Parent Portal account, you are
encouraged to begin the annual re-registration process by logging into the
Portal at abi.capousd.org to review and
update your child’s demographic and emergency contact information. You will
also be asked to read, review, and accept district policies. For parents whom
have not yet been able to create a Parent Portal account and are in need
of your child’s verification code, please contact the school office to obtain
that confidential information. As a reminder, instructions for creating a Parent Portal account, additional
information, and a short video overview can be found at abi.capousd.org.
This year, our staff is looking
forward to continuing with our full implementation of the Common Core State
Standards in both English Language Arts and Mathematics. Through in-depth
participation in both on and off-site staff development training models, our
site focus will be placed on delivering high quality instruction that yields
high levels of rigorous learning for all students. We will also be looking to
enhance our site technology and digital literacy for both ourselves, and our
New this year, students in grades 2-5
will be administered the Fall Universal
Screening Assessment. This will
provide teachers with baseline information regarding student performance and
will also be used to determine who will be invited to take the GATE test. Students in grades 3-5 will take the
revised online CAASPP (California Assessment of Student Performance and
Progress) assessments that we piloted, last year. The exact window of test administration for
Wagon Wheel is yet to be determined. In
general, the District window is March 23-June 18. Parents will receive student score reports
that will be sent home, next summer. Wagon Wheel’s new API calculation will be
based upon these assessments.
When dropping off or picking your
child up, please follow the direction of staff members when they are on duty in
front of the school. If everyone is patient, careful and safety minded, traffic
flow will move smoothly, safely and efficiently. Please do not use cell phones while in the parking lot, and
only drop your child off or pick your child up from the designated curbed
areas. Children must use the crosswalk and may not be picked up from
undesignated areas inside the parking lot or along Bridle Path, in the red
curbed areas of the cul-de-sac. Please do not park in the cul-de-sac
during dismissal or arrival time. This area is reserved for school buses only.
Remember that parking in a red curbed area and/or leaving your car unattended is
illegal and disallows emergency personnel to respond, if needed. Please note that this is inclusive of
Kindergarten drop-off and pick-up times. In addition, please give
special consideration to our neighbors and families when parking, dropping off
and picking up your child on Gingham Street. Thank you for your support and
help with these important safety aspects of our school arrival and dismissal procedure
You will notice that our school
parking lot has been re-slurried and re-painted over the summer months, giving
our school a fresh new look! Please note that Visitor Parking spaces are now
marked, as such! J Visitors may park in spaces
1-9 on the right hand Oso side of the parking lot, and in the first 7 spaces to
the immediate left upon entering the parking lot from Bridle Path. ALL VISITOR
SPACES ARE MARKED AS “VISITOR.” The remaining spaces are designated, assigned
As we look to the new school year, I
would like to thank and acknowledge the outstanding leadership and hard work of
our PTA President, Kim Bernabe, and last year’s 2013-14 Executive PTA Board.
Through their hard work and dedication, our students benefitted, greatly. In
anticipation of our new school year, Kim, now serving in her second year, and
our new PTA Board have already been working, tirelessly and dedicatedly, over
the summer months to plan and prepare for a variety of exciting and enriching
programs for our children. Thanks to all of our parent volunteers for working
so hard at our school, and for giving so much of their time! It makes an
incredible difference; we are most grateful!
Please be aware of the volunteer
policy that is in effect throughout CUSD. Please refer to www.capousd.org
or www.wagonwheelpta.com websites or check in our office for specific
information, requirements and details. If you do come to school to volunteer in
a class or attend a meeting, PLEASE SIGN IN. Our sign in procedure
is one way to help ensure a safe campus for all of the children and adults.
In addition, please bring a PHOTO ID when picking up your child
early from school. Your identification will be verified with the Student
Emergency Card for security purposes. Please do not enter the school campus
from any other location than the front school office. Finally,
please make arrangements for your child’s pick up and any other special
directions or changes before he/she comes to school in the morning. We hope
that you will always feel welcome and appreciated at our school! We encourage
and are grateful for our volunteers.
Again, we invite you to join us at our
annual Round Up on Wednesday, September
3rd from 12 Noon – 1 p.m. During this year’s Round Up, PTA will provide an opportunity to sign up for PTA
membership, pick up previously ordered school supply packets and purchase
Mustang Spirit Wear. School Supply Lists, by grade level, can be found on the PTA
website at www.wagonwheelpta.com website. Teachers will not be present for this
event, but instead will be utilizing the day and time to prepare for the start
As you locate your child’s placement
and teacher assignment for the year, please, again, keep in mind that our
teachers have worked diligently to create balanced classes, taking into account
a variety of considerations that pertain to and benefit each child, both
academically and socially. Please do not
make specific requests for teachers or ask for changes to the class lists. Our
primary goal is to balance and maintain the instructional integrity of each
classroom. Children are wonderfully adaptive and make new friends quickly and
easily. Thank you very much for your understanding and support!
We look forward to seeing you at the
Round Up on September 3rd, and on the first day of school, Thursday, September
4th. Our teachers and I look forward to welcoming you back to school and meeting
and greeting you and your children on the blacktop in class lines at 7:45 a.m.!
Enjoy the remaining days of summer!
Working together, we anticipate a very spectacular year!