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 Parents,

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.

Please 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.

Again 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.

If 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 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

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 students!

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 and times.

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 staff spaces.

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 or 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 website. Teachers will not be present for this event, but instead will be utilizing the day and time to prepare for the start of school.

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!


Kathy Parker

Principal, WWES