Welcome to Los Alamitos. We are proud of our award winning Blue Ribbon and California Distinguished School. Please refer to the info. below to be aware of some of our policies and procedures. Feel free to call or visit the school for more information.`
When your child is absent, please call the school office at 535-6297 by 10:00 a.m. on the first day of the absence. For your convenience, an answering machine is available to record absences from 4:30 p.m. to 8:30 a.m. at the number listed above. For the safety and protection of all, we ask that you not send your child to school with any of the following symptoms: common cold with yellow/green nasal discharge, fever over 100 degrees, eye infections, untreated earaches, diarrhea, communicable diseases like chickenpox, nausea/vomiting, severe sore throats, and untreated head lice. Thank you.
All absences must be verified by the parent/guardian within 5 school days, or the absence will be permanently designated as “unexcused”. Once the 5 days have passed, an unexcused absence cannot be changed regardless of any documentation that you provide.
In the event of an accident or emergency involving your child, the school will contact you. If you cannot be reached, the contact person you have listed on the emergency card will be called. Please be sure that the information on your child’s emergency card in our office is kept up to date.
ANIMALS ON CAMPUS
All of our pets are cute, but pets do not belong at school. The exception would be if the pet ties into the activities taught in a classroom and arrangements have been made with the teacher for “sharing.”
REGULAR BELLS/CLASS SCHEDULES
Second/Third Grades –8:50-2:58
Fourth/Fifth Grade –8:50-3:05
TUESDAY BELLS/CLASS SCHEDULES
Second/Third Grades –8:50-1:56
Fourth/Fifth Grade –8:50-2:04
Please do not send your student to school before 8:30 a.m., and please pick them up promptly at the end of their school day.
CDC After school/Before school Care
Los Alamitos School has an on-site Child Development Program
serving ages Transitional Kindergarten through the 5th grade
Los Alamitos CDC offers before and after care which includes a nutritious breakfast as well as an afternoon snack
CDC is open during all school closures, offering on site camps
Homework support is offered after school daily
Hours: 6:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
CDC Pre School
Los Alamitos CDC also has a preschool on site
Ages 3.0 to 5 years old
Our hours are 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
We offer a full nurturing program including developmentally curriculum with age appropriate learning experiences to help your child prepare for kindergarten.
We serve a nutritional morning snack
For more information call (408) 268-6331
DROP OUT PREVENTION TEAM
The Drop Out Prevention (DOP) Team includes Patti Sparks (Health Aide), Jacquelyn Dreher (Registrar) and (Counselor). Its purpose is to identify and intervene with those students who are at-risk due to poor attendance or other issues.
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
Please label jackets, coats, lunch pails, and all uniform sweaters/sweatshirts with your child’s name to ease the return of such items when “found”. A LOST and FOUND box will be located outside the cafeteria. Lost items, whose owners are unknown, will be placed in this box. Before school, at lunchtime and after school please feel free to check the box for “lost” items.
Please make sure to write your child’s name on items so we may facilitate getting lost items back to you.
Items left in the box more than two months will be donated to charity.
A hot lunch will be available daily in our cafeteria for students in grades K-5. The price for students including milk is $2.75 ( if 10 or more lunches are purchased in advance, a free lunch is added to their account). MORNING DROP-OFF
1. Students can be dropped off as early as 8:30 a.m. when supervision is available on campus. Children are not to play on the Play Structure before School. They may sit at the benches in the picnic grove until the warning bell rings.
2. Try and leave home “5 minutes early” in order to facilitate a safer and more timely arrival to school.
3. The Bus Zone on Firefly Drive and Silberman is for buses only - this is not an area to double park or park.
4. Staff are now available to monitor and assist with proper use of the Bus Zone.
5. The north side of Redmond Avenue should not be used to drop students off unless you have your children walk to the nearest crosswalk. Redmond is not a safe street to have the children cross.
6. Please respect our neighbors and do not block or park in driveways.
7. The SJPD is no longer issuing warnings - citations will now be issued, especially for double parking and speeding in school zones.
Parent Conferences are scheduled in November. This conference provides the teacher with the opportunity to discuss individual student progress with parents and for parents and teachers to exchange information which should be helpful to the child’s learning. A second conference may be held in the spring for children who are being considered for retention, or who are not progressing satisfactorily. Your child’s teacher will contact you in writing to set up an appointment time for the conference. If you have some concerns before any of these conference times, feel free to contact your child’s teacher and set-up a time when you can discuss them.
Please note that the front parking lot is designated for staff only.
The Los Alamitos PTA is open to parents, grandparents, friends, businesses and neighbors. This year’s membership theme is “We Are 1 Team”. We encourage your family to join our PTA. By joining, you and your family can help make many of our programs possible. The dues to join are $15.00 per member ($30 per family), and 70% of that money goes directly into our classrooms. Meetings are held on the 4th Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m or 9:00 a.m., and are open to everyone. Check the PTA page for more information & FAQs.
RELEASE OF CHILDREN FROM SCHOOL
No children will be permitted to leave the school grounds during school without parent or guardian permission. Parents will be expected to report in person to the school office to sign out children who need to leave school any time before the regular dismissal time. We urge you to make medical appointments after school hours to avoid interrupting your child’s instructional day.
The boys and girls serving as members of the School Safety Patrol are selected from the fifth grade. At all times their job is to encourage safety on the streets and sidewalks around Los Alamitos. These traffic assistants are considered a Junior Patrol of the San Jose Police Department. We expect all students to obey and follow the directions of the Student Traffic Patrol with respect and determination. Parents and community support that recognizes the importance of this expectation will help assure the success of our efforts to keep children safe at school crossings. We know that you agree and that you will do your best to help.
SCHOOL SITE COUNCIL (SSC)
The SSC is made up of parents, teachers and other staff members who help write, implement and evaluate a school plan for the use of State funds. Parents serve a 2-year term.
SCHOOLWIDE DISCIPLINE PROGRAM
The Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports - the Lions’ P.R.I.D.E. is in effect at Los Alamitos. Parents receive a copy of the school-wide behavior rules every year. Parents are asked to discuss the rules with their child and both parent and child are asked to sign and return the form to the classroom teacher.
SCHOOL AND HOME COMMUNICATIONS
Each Friday, during the school year, you should expect your child to bring home a WHITE ENVELOPE which contains the school’s newsletter (“LION’S ROAR”), notes from your child’s teacher, flyers, student work, etc. The LION’S ROAR is sent home each week to keep you informed about upcoming school and district events, dates to remember, reminders about school happenings and news about Los Alamitos’ very active, helpful and involved PTA.
Remove and review the items enclosed in the WHITE ENVELOPE and sign the front of the envelope, having your child return it to their teacher on Monday, to be refilled and sent home again on Friday.
SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS
There is a basic supply list for each grade level. It is helpful if your student has all of his or her supplies on the first day of school.
If you should notice any suspicious activity on school grounds when school is not in session, please call the police to make a report. School vandalism and burglary can be reduced or eliminated if neighbors near the school will report any suspicious circumstances whenever they occur.
We have a wonderfully strong and supportive staff at Los Alamitos. New teachers are carefully recruited, screened and interviewed by a representative team of teachers and principal. Our teachers have energy and and enthusiasm, coordinate skillfully with each other, and welcome parent participation.
It is the responsibility of parents to ensure that their children arrive at school on time every day. Any child who is tardy must report to the office for a pass before going to class. Tardy children should have a note from home stating the reason for the late arrival. We will be in close touch with parents of children who are regularly tardy in hopes of changing this unacceptable pattern. Students who are tardy will be expected to make up the time during or after school.
Transportation information for eligible student bus riders is mailed out prior to the start of each school year. Questions regarding transportation should be directed to the SJUSD Transportation Office at (408) 535-6185.
Uniforms are required on all school days with the exception of designated school “Spirit Days”. On these special days, students will be allowed to dress in accordance to the special theme for that day (e.g.; Friday, Colonial Day, Gold Rush Day, or other school theme). Students may also wear their scout uniforms (Brownie, Cub, Girl, CampFire, etc.) on the days when they have meetings.
The pants, shorts, shirts and socks are available at any retail store but the girl’s plaid jumper and plaid skirt may only be purchased at Merry Mart. More info…
UNSUPERVISED STUDENTS BEFORE/AFTER SCHOOL
1. Supervision is not provided after-school in playground areas, but is available in the Bus Zone at the front of school in the “valet parking” area.
2. Students are to be picked up when school ends. (2:55/3:05 pm)
3. TK, Kindergarten and 1st grade students not picked up at their classrooms by parents within 5 minutes of the end of the day will be taken to the front office. All students should wait for parents at the flag pole if the parent is late and not at the “prearranged meeting place” that you may have established by 3:10 p.m. Unsupervised children should not wait in playground areas or on the blacktop for their parents. There is NO supervision in these areas.
4. Before school, all students should remain near their lines or sit at the tables in the picnic area. When the warning bells ring, all students should report to their class line. No children should be on play structures, at the ball wall, or at the basketball hoops.
USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
First and foremost, Los Alamitos is a place of learning from 8:20 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. daily. Use of the playground equipment is not permitted during learning time by any children who are not involved with a structured classroom activity. There are legitimate liability issues related to the use of playground equipment by children under the age of 5 and by students who are not closely watched by parents. Please make use of nearby Jeffrey Fontana Park and Parma Park during the learning time so as to help us provide an atmosphere of undisturbed learning for our children.
Parents are invited to visit classrooms or school grounds to observe their children at work or play at any time with 24 hours notice requested. We ask that you always obtain a visitor’s pass from the office so we are able to monitor persons on campus to make sure that only authorized visitors are with us. We would also appreciate a call in advance of your intended visit so that an interruption of special testing or other activities on which children must focus their full attention can be avoided.
If a forgotten lunch, lunch money, glasses, book, homework, etc. is to be brought to school by you or your friend, please remember to do so through the front office.
We invite them. We want you to volunteer to assist in the classroom. If you are interested in helping, please respond to the request of your child’s teacher and/or the PTA Please review the “Code of Ethics for Volunteers at Los Alamitos…” for more information on volunteering standards.
Required Volunteer Forms:
Returning Volunteer Form
New Volunteer Form
Los Alamitos Elementary School
6130 Silberman Drive
San Jose, California 95120
(408) 268-8929 (fax)
Office Hours: 8:30am-4:30pm