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									                               Parkmont Newsletter
                                                November 6, 2009
                                           Parkmont Elementary School
                                               Fremont, CA 94536
2601 Parkside Drive                                   (510) 793-7492
Marcie Perez, Secretary                    Marianne Schmidt, Principal                 Laura DeForest, Office Assistant
                                   Parkmont- a Caring, Learning Community
                                              Focus On Each Child
             PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE                                            NEW LUNCH POLICY
Dear Parents,                                                      Some parents leave lunches for their student on
   I am excited to see the display of Reflection               the bench by the school office in the mornings. At
projects as many were turned in on Wednesday.                  lunch time this creates a problem as several students
Many students shared their idea of “Beauty is…”                hang around the office while waiting for their lunch
with me at recess. Thank you for supporting your               or even run out into the parking area to get the lunch
student in this venture.                                       from a parent in a car.
   Report cards will be going home on Friday,                     Starting November 30, late lunches for 1-6th
November 20. It is strange for both the teachers and           grade must be at school by 11:30 am. At 11:30
parents not to have the regularly scheduled Parent-            am the late lunches will be moved to the cafeteria
Teacher Conferences this year.          Everyone is            for the students to pick up. This keeps our students
adjusting to this difference, which is a result of the         safer as they will be watched by our lunch
recent budget cuts. As part of the professional                supervisors.
responsibility, teachers are available to meet with               Starting November 30, lunches may not be left
parents if the student is not working at grade level.          after 11:30 am.
Please respect the teacher’s time.
   There is some question about “unexcused
                                                                      IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
absences.” Parents are confused when their child is
marked unexcused when the parents let the school              Mon 9         Monday Night Out – Elephant Bar
know the child will be out. Students are excused if           Tues 10       Advanced Band begins 3:15-4:15 pm
they are sick. Taking your student on a trip or                             Site Council 5:00 pm
vacation is unexcused, even if the parents let the            Wed 11        Veteran’s Day - NO SCHOOL
                                                                rd    th
school know.          Please see page 5 of the                23 /24        Work Reduction - NO SCHOOL
Parent/Guardian and Student Handbook for more                 25-27th       Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
information.                                                  December
   Monday there will be new lines on our                      Tues 8        Site Council 5:00 pm
“polished” playgrounds. The Bond money is giving              21-1          Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
Parkmont a new look!
                                                              Mon 4         School Resumes
   I hope you check Parkmont’s website as new                 Tues 12       Site Council 5:00 pm
items are being added every week. Let me know                 Wed 13        Basketball Tryouts 1:15-3:15 pm
what you would like to see on the website.                    Thurs 14      Basketball Tryouts 3:00-5:00 pm
   Parkmont is a strong community where there is              Mon 18          Martin Luther King Jr. Day – NO SCHOOL
positive communication between the teachers,                  Sat 23          Parkmont Players Dinner Theater 5:30 pm
students and parents. All of us are feeling pressure          Tues 26         PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
from the budget cuts and the H1N1 flu. Let’s keep             February
positive and our lines of communication open!                 Tues 9          Site Council 5:00 pm
Marianne Schmidt                                              Fri 12          Staff Development – NO SCHOOL
                                                              Mon 15          President’s Day – NO SCHOOL
            NOMINATIONS FOR GATE                                         Registration for 2010-2011
       Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.)              Registration Packets will be available at the Parkmont
provides differentiated instruction for students with        Office beginning December 14, 2009, at 9:00 AM for
superior ability and high-level academic performance.        siblings of current Parkmont students as well as new
       This year all 3rd grade students will have the        students entering grades K-6.            PROOF OF
opportunity to take the GATE test. Testing information       RESIDENCY IS REQUIRED BEFORE A PACKET
                                                             WILL BE ISSUED.
and permission slips were presented to 3rd grade parents
                                                             Kindergarten students must be 5 years old on or before
at Back to School Night.                                     December 2nd, 2010
       Teachers and/or parents may nominate students
for GATE identification for those students who are in                   PANTHER PROWL SPONSORS
grades 4 or 5 and who have not been tested in Fremont.           Please thank our “Panther Partners” next time you
Those students will be assessed with an ability test         see them or patronize their businesses.
during March. A letter will be mailed to the student’s              Platinum Panther Partner - $500 or more
home address with an assigned testing session and for           *   Cloverleaf Family Bowl
                                                                *   Cal Skate of Milpitas
parental written permission. For those students who             *   Martinek Manufacturing
have been tested, nomination forms are accepted for             *   Satellite Entertainment Productions
review under other identification criteria.                                Gold Panther Partner - $250-$499
       Additional information and forms are available           *   Banwart & Son Trucking, Inc.
in your child’s school office or may be downloaded              *   Greenstein, Rogoff, Olsen & Co., CPAs
                                                                *   Knight Roofing
from the Gifted and Talented Education Department               *   Tutoring Club
website. If you believe that your child may require                     Silver Panther Partner - $100-$249
GATE services and is in the 4th, 5th, or 6th grade, submit      *   Club Sport
a completed nomination form to the GATE Office,                 *   Happy Fish Swim School
4210 Technology Drive, Fremont, CA 94538 on or                  *   Legacy Real Estate Associates
                                                                *   Benjamin Chew, DDS
before January 15, 2010. Faxes will not be accepted.            *   Gelesic Family
                                                                *   Great America
                    FLU SEASON                                  *   Ghirardelli
                  Please continue to keep your                        Bronze Panther Partner – Up to $100
                  child home to rest and recover if             *   Happy Hollow Park and Zoo
                                                                *   San Jose Rep
                   he/she is feeling ill or is                  *   The Tech Museum of Innovation
                     demonstrating cold or flu                  *   The Jungle Fun & Adventure
                     symptoms. When children                    *   See’s Candies
                     come to school sick they spread            *   Big 5 * Children’s Discovery Museum of San Jose
                                                                *   Sky High Sports
                     it to others. Please remember
                                                                *   De Young           * Oakland Raiders
that students must be symptom free for 24 hours                 *   Wax Museum
before returning to school. This rule also applies              *   Winchester Mystery House
to stomach flu. If a student vomits in the                      *   Hiller Aviation Museum
morning they must stay home.                                    *   Trader Joe’s
                                                                *   Lucky        * California Academy of Sciences
       A few extra precautions we are taking as a
                                                                *   Raley’s            * Shooting Star Productions
school are keeping sick children apart in the nurse’s           *   Sweet Tomatoes             * Arrow Fire
room, extra handwashing and sanitizing in the                   *   Dave & Buster’s Gilroy Gardens
classrooms.                                                     *   Yogurtouille

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