Welcome Back Letter

June 16, 2017

Dear Carson Families,

Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! I am excited and honored to be your new principal. The entire Carson staff extends a warm welcome to our new and returning families. Teachers have been busy preparing their classrooms and curriculum for new learning experiences for your children. The first day of school is Wednesday, August 16th. In the meantime, here are a few notes about the opening of the 2017-2017 school year.

Monday, August 14th:

We have two special events. Please see below.

    2:00-3:00pm Kindergarten Play Date: Kindergarten parents are invited to bring their children to play and meet other kindergarten students and families, the kindergarten teachers, and the principal. We will meet on the playground.
    3:00-5:00pm Class Lists Posted: Lists for ALL classes in all grades will be posted on the front office window and PTA will have Jamba Juice for sale.

More Kindergarten Info:

You are invited to attend our Kindergarten Parent Orientation on the first day of school, Wednesday, August 16th, at 8:05am in the Cafeteria. Kindergarten parents will have an opportunity to meet the teachers, learn about the curriculum, and find out how to participate in classroom and school activities. During the orientation, the kindergarten students will take a tour of the school and meet Carson staff members. After the orientation, students may leave school with their parents. For the first eight days of school, from August 16th through August 25th, kindergartners will attend from 8:03 until 12:07 pm. The regular schedule begins on Monday, August 28th.

Wednesday, August 16th:

The first day of school! School begins promptly at 8:03am. Please ensure your child is on time. Late arrival can cause your child to miss important first day information, and it is disruptive to other students’ learning. If you know your child will be absent, please call the Absence Line at (408) 287-6311. If you do not contact the office, and your child is not in attendance by Tuesday, August 22rd, we will assume he/she is not attending Carson, and YOUR CHILD WILL BE DROPPED FROM OUR SCHOOL ENROLLMENT. Students in grades 1-5 will be dismissed the first day at 2:22pm.

School Hours:

All students first through fifth grade start at 8:03am and end at 2:22pm. Kindergarten students begin at 8:03 am and are released at 2:07pm beginning Monday, August 28th. Thursday is our early release day, starting August 17th. ALL students are released at 12:07pm. Lunch is available for students who wish to stay for lunch and eat in the cafeteria from 12-12:20pm on Thursday. Children should not arrive on campus before 7:30am in the morning, as there is no supervision to monitor your child before that time. Only children eating breakfast may arrive starting at 7:15am. Be sure to pick up your child promptly at the end of the day. This is a safety issue, as the Carson staff does NOT provide after school supervision. if your schedule prohibits you from picking up your child on time, fee-based afterschool childcare is available on our campus through the City of San José‘s R.O.C.K. program. To learn more about this option please contact them at 408-268-1133 or online at www.sanjoseca.gov/prns.

Traffic Safety:

Help us keep every child safe while riding or walking to school. Please be mindful of traffic laws, speed limits, children crossing the street, and our neighbors’ driveways during peak times. Please remember that the parking lot is for staff members ONLY and not to be used as a drop off/pick up area.

School Breakfast and Lunch:

We offer breakfast and lunch to all students at Carson. Breakfast is served from 7:15-8:00am and a “second chance” breakfast is served at the morning recess for students who did not have time to eat breakfast before school. Lunch is served each day during school hours, and is available after school on Thursdays for students who wish to stay and eat. Applications for free and reduced lunch will be arriving in the mail soon. If your child received free lunch at the end of the last school year, he/she will begin the year with free lunch, BUT YOU MUST REAPPLY BY SEPTEMBER 22nd.

Carson PTA:

Please consider joining the Carson PTA this year, which benefits ALL students at our school! You will receive a special packet from the PTA the first week of school.

Welcome Back Coffee with the Principal:

Our first Principal’s Coffee will be held on Friday, Aug. 18th @ 8:05-9:05am in the multipurpose room. I look forward to seeing you there! If you cannot make it to this event, please know that my door is always open, and you are welcome to schedule and appointment with the school secretary, Déborah González de Robles, to discuss any questions or concerns.

Parent Communication:

Carson staff will be sending home envelopes every Thursday with important school communications. This is a good family time to look over and discuss the materials, and plan for the coming week together. Please return the envelopes on Friday. I will also continue with a weekly Parentlink phone call and email on Sunday evenings and a monthly newsletter. To stay informed throughout the year, please log onto our webpage at http://www.sjusd.org/carson/ and like our Carson facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/CarsonElementary. You can also sign up with our Carson Yahoo! Group by sending an email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

School Supplies:

Please see the list for recommended school supplies on the Carson home page. We thank you so much for your contributions and donations.

Uniform Policy:

Student dress is very important at Carson. Carson has a school Uniform Dress Policy. There is a uniform closet at the school. It is supplied with donations and outgrown uniforms. Please contact the school office if you need uniform assistance.

Again, welcome! The staff and I are excited to begin the new school year with your child. We look forward to supporting all our students in their academic growth, and to building a strong partnership together.


Neil Aratin

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