Welcome back to this exciting 2014 - 2015 school year! We are happy to welcome all 608 students this year! I hope you had a fun summer and are ready for another great year here at Edna Maguire.
Please read all of the information in this letter as well as the information in the "First Day Packet" that your child will bring home. Your main source of information throughout the school year will be on our website, www.ednamaguire.org. Please refer to this website for all school information. For classroom specific information, you will receive news from your child's teacher. I am using a blog format this year that will also have a link through our school's website www.theprincipaldiary.blogspot.com
For time sensitive news, I also have the capability of emailing the entire school, specific grade levels or individual classrooms. I will try to consolidate information so that you are not inundated with emails.
PARKING/ DROP OFF/ PICK-UP
8:00-8:30 a.m - Free supervision on the playground for early drop-off option.
We continue to have a CAR LINE drop off and pick-up system in our parking lot. While the CAR LINE will be coordinated and serviced by parent volunteers, the success of CAR LINE really depends on you. We need all drivers to follow the rules of CAR LINE and all parents to volunteer for a CAR LINE shift. Each class has certain times during the year in which families are requested to sign up through Signup Genius, which is emailed directly to the class. We ask that you consider volunteering even if you don't use CAR LINE.
In the First Day Packet, you will receive your CAR LINE Placard. This needs to have your family name written on it and placed in a visible location on your dashboard so that CAR LINE volunteers can get your child to your car safely at the end of the day.
CAR LINE Procedures/Schedule
Birthday Food/Treat Policy
Due to the number of food allergies and the California state nutritional guidelines, we are going to limit birthday treats brought in for distribution to FRUIT ONLY, should you and your child decide that a birthday treat is desirable. This can include something as simple as a bag of apples, blueberries, grapes, strawberries or fruit kabobs. (You can be as creative as you like with fruit!) . It is our continued plan to celebrate each child's birthday with special recognition in each of their classrooms. Along with or instead of a fruit treat, students can buy a birthday book through the library or donate a book of their choice to their classroom. Some children are also fine without a treat and are simply happy with the birthday celebration they will have with their friends and family outside of school.
Please do not bring in cookies, cupcakes, or baked goods for birthday treats!
-Please do not put the teachers in a compromising position where they will be asked to enforce our policy!
We will continue to celebrate with healthy food and limited sweet treats at our classroom parties for Halloween, Winter Holiday, Valentine's Day and the End of the Year. The teachers refer to this as the 80/20 rule: 80% nutritious and 20% of a sweet treat.
Edna Maguire continues to be a Peanut Alert school! All food brought in for distribution must be nut/peanut product free. Students are educated each year on what it means to have food/peanut allergies and how to be a good friend to someone who has these allergies. Signs are posted outside classrooms that have a student(s) with nut allergies. More information on Peanut/Peanut Product Allergies can be found in the First Day Packet and on our website.
(All students need to bring a snack for the 10:10-10:25 a.m recess)
Lunch can be ordered through Choice Lunch on our website. Information is also in the First Day Packet.
Transitional Kindergarten - Determined by the teachers
Kindergarten - Determined by the teachers
1st and 2nd Grade - 11:25-12:10
3rd Grade - 11:50-12:40
4th and 5th Grade - 11:55-12:40
Daily Attendance Schedule
Transition Kindergarten - 8:50-12:50 (M-F)
Kindergarten - August 27-September 19th - 8:30-11:50
Kindergarten - September 22-June 18th - 8:30-1:30 (M-F)
Grades 1-5 - 8:30-2:50 (M, T, Thurs., Fri.)
Grade 1-5 - 8:30-1:45 (Early Release Wednesday Schedule)
I have high expectations for student behavior on our campus.
Our School Community Campaign - I AM EDNA MAGUIRE P.R.O.U.D! (Polite, Responsible, Outstanding, Understanding, Dependable) Everyone will be held accountable to these expectations! If you have specific questions about your child's behavior at school, you should first contact your child's teacher. If you still have questions or concerns, please contact me.
Please Welcome Our New or Transferring Staff:
Transitional Kindergarten: Anna Harris (From K)
1st Grade Team Teachers: Tammy Harper and Julie Bremer
2nd Grade: Jessica Steinau, Jennifer Foskett (From 1st grade)
3rd Grade: Katie Seavey
Reading and Math Support (RAMP): Gina Munoz
School Counselor:Jenn Grouf joining Jason Mountsier
P.E.: Will Mosley
Occupational Therapist: Marla Kelly
Please do not hesitate to email or call me if you need assistance or have questions with getting started at our school! firstname.lastname@example.org or 389-7733. (Please note that I get many, many emails and I respond as promptly as I can but my first priority is the staff and student contact time.)
All the best,
Lisa Zimmer, Principal
Mark Your Calendars:
New Family Orientation Night , Monday August 25th - 6:30-7:30 (Multi-Purpose/Gym)
First Day Coffee - Wednesday, August 27th after 8:30 drop-off in the covered lunch area
Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 10(No Children in Attendance)
5:30-6:15 - K-2
6:30-7:00 - Principal Welcome/Teacher Introductions
7:15-8:00 - Grades 3-5
Kindergarten Placement Letters have been sent out to all families. The Kindergarten Welcome Social/Family Picnic is Thursday, Aug. 21st from 5:30 - 6:30 at Edna Maguire
Grades 1-5 Class Placement Letters are being mailed out on Friday, August 22nd
Before you go back to school, we've got many ways you can shop--and give a gift to Edna at the same time!
Treat yourself to hassle-free shopping on Amazon, and 10% of your
total purchases will go to our school. And yes, this means ALL
purchases, not just books. You're sure to find something to please
everyone on your gift list. Just enter Amazon.com through this link or
the Amazon School Rewards Program link on our home page. Be sure to
share the link with your friends and family--their Amazon purchases can
support Edna, too! Please Note: When you enter Amazon.com through our
link, your Amazon page won't look any different. Don't worry--as long as
you click on the link to get on Amazon, Edna will get credit for your
Prefer shopping locally for the book lovers on your list? Head to Book
Passage, in Corte Madera, and our school will receive a percentage of your purchases.
Just mention "Edna Maguire" at the register.
Thanks to Bobby Rehfeldt, there is a new way to support Edna Maguire
School. Any Edna parent can go to the service counter at Goodman's
Lumber (775 Redwood Highway) and say, "Edna Maguire PTA!" and receive an
automatic 10% discount, be entered into a drawing for a cool tool or
other prize, or be eligible for the $50 Goody Bingo prize! All of the
Ace Rewards credited to this account will be sent to the school to be
spent as needed!
And if you need a gift for an outdoors or athletic type, zip across the
Golden Gate to Sports Basement in the Presidio! Mention our school to
receive 10% off your purchases AND a donation of 5% for
We'll be throwing our annual back-to-school collating party in the Edna multi-purpose room, and you're invited! Please stop by to help assemble back-to-school packets.
Back to school shopping for next year right now ... Are you kidding me? Let me remind you of the chaos that comes with last minute back to school shopping in the summer. Why not shop on-line with www.1stDaySchoolSupplies.com versus in-line at Target or Staples? In just a few clicks, you will get the exact supplies your teacher requested without the hassle and aggravation that comes with shopping last minute at big box retailers. Prices are competitive and a portion of the proceeds comes directly back to Edna's PTA. Check it off your list now!