Friday, August 29, 2014

Can you help with campus beautification?

Soleado Parents,

We are looking for a few parents to help with our campus beautification project.  Georgina McGovern worked tirelessly fixing up the front of the school last year.  Some of the areas have sprinkler systems and other areas do not.  Because of the drought warnings in California, we can't add additional watering systems at this time.  So, we need a few people to step in and help us keep Soleado beautiful by manually watering a few areas around the campus.  One day a week, one day a month, everything helps.

If you are interested in supporting our campus beautification project, please CLICK HERE

Thank you for your support,
Mrs. Stutzel

My contact info is:
Georgina McGovern

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Fwd: Direct Donation Drive

Dear Soleado Families,

We are wrapping up our beginning-of-school Direct Donation Drive and it's not too late to be part of it!  This Drive makes up a significant portion of our school's fundraising for the year and allows us to bring exciting programs to our students.

If you have not already done so, we encourage you to help our entire student body by making a donation.  No amount is too small.  But for all donations of $20 or more received by this Friday, August 29th, we will invite those students to an after-school popsicle party on Friday, September 26th as a means of thanking your generosity and support.

Checks may be left in the front office and made to the "Soleado Booster Club."  Payments may also be made by credit card through the following link:

Again, thank you for your consideration and here's to a great school year!

Your Soleado Booster Club

Back to School Night at Soleado

Dear Soleado Parents/Guardians,

The school year is up and running and it is time again to meet your child's teacher at Back to School Night. Soleado's Back- to-School night has been scheduled for September 4, 2014.  This yearly event provides parents with the opportunity to receive valuable information about the upcoming school year, an outline of the grade level curriculum and a clear understanding of teacher expectations. The event is intended to be for parents only so please leave your children at home so that you are able to focus your attention on the teachers and their presentation. The evening schedule will proceed as follows:

6:00 – 6:20      Parent Meeting in MPR with Mrs. Stutzel for TK – 3rd grade parents

6:30 – 7:10      Classrooms open in T.K., Kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, & 3. Please report directly to your child's classroom.

6:40 - 7:00       Parent Meeting with Mrs. Stutzel in the MPR for 4th and 5th grade parents

7:10 – 7:50      Classrooms open in grades 4 & 5. Fourth grade parents report to the Monte Big Room and fifth grade parents remain in the MPR.

I look forward to meeting you on Thursday.


Gina Stutzel


Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Ruby's Reminder

Soleado Families,

Just a friendly reminder of our Ruby's Fundraiser tomorrow....

Go by and grab lunch or dinner, or even Take-Out, and they will donate 20% of our families purchases back to the school.
I will be there around 5:00 tomorrow to visit and join in on the fun!
See you then,
Mrs. Stutzel

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Why should you volunteer?

Found a very nice article online here at  ( Great tips to think about when volunteering and a lot of reasons why it is so important to get involved in our school. :)

Whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
Many schools now have to raise their own funds for activities and supplies that once were considered basic necessities, and parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning these fundraising events and other school activities.

Reasons to Get Involved

Parent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community.
Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).
Even if you haven't been involved in the past, it's never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. Some parents may experience "volunteer burnout" by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don't need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids' elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there's often a shortage in the secondary schools.

Finding the Right Opportunity

One of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent-teacher conference or open house. These are usually scheduled early in each school year, and are a great opportunity to approach your child's teachers or principal about volunteer involvement.
If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers, who might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It's also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents' advisory council.
Here are just some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:
  • act as a classroom helper
  • mentor or tutor students
  • help children with special needs
  • volunteer in a school computer lab
  • help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
  • act as a lunchroom or playground monitor
  • help to plan and chaperone field trips, track meets, and other events that take place away from the school
  • help to plan and chaperone in-school events (dances, proms, or graduation ceremonies)
  • organize or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
  • assist coaches and gym teachers with sports and fitness programs or work in the school concession stand at sporting events
  • help the school administrators prepare grant proposals, letter-writing campaigns, or press releases or provide other administrative assistance
  • attend school board meetings
  • work as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
  • sew costumes or build sets for theatrical and musical productions
  • work with the school band or orchestra or coach music students individually
  • help out with visual arts, crafts, and design courses and projects
  • hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
  • spend some time with a specific club or interest group (ask the the teacher who sponsors the group)
  • volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
  • supervise or judge experiments at a science fair
Remember that not everyone is suited for the same type of involvement — you may have to "try on" a number a few activities before you find something that feels right. If you're at a loss for how you can help, just ask your child's teacher, who will likely be glad to help you think of something!

Questions to Ask

When you offer to help out, find out how much of a time commitment is expected and if it will be ongoing. Are you going to repair the costumes for the spring musical or will you be expected to keep the drama department's supplies in good condition year-round? Are you chaperoning a track meet or coaching the whole season?
Be sure to ask if any financial costs are associated with your volunteer activities. If you're chaperoning a field trip, for example, find out if you'll be required to pay for transportation and admissions costs. Ask if you'll need to transport students in your own vehicle or if a school bus will be provided.
If you're organizing or helping out with an activity that will take place off the school grounds, be sure to find out if there are any specific school regulations you need to keep in mind or any liability issues you should consider.

Getting Started

Here are a few tips to keep in mind when signing up to volunteer:
  • Make it clear before you begin just how much time you're willing to volunteer. Even stay-at-home parents don't have an unlimited amount of time to volunteer — many parents have other activities and interests, as well as other kids to care for. Don't be afraid to say no if you're being asked to do more than you feel comfortable with — just try to say it early enough so that someone else can be found to take your place, because many trips and activities can't be taken unless the school has a certain number of chaperones or supervisors.
  • Start small. Don't offer to coordinate the holiday bake sale, the band recital, and a swim meet all at once. If you've taken on too much, find out if you can delegate some duties to other interested parents.
  • Don't give your child special treatment or extra attention when you're volunteering at the school. Follow your child's cues to find out how much interaction works for both of you. Most kids enjoy having their parents involved, but if yours seems uncomfortable with your presence at the school or with your involvement in a favorite activity, consider taking a more behind-the-scenes approach. Make it clear that you aren't there to spy — you're just trying to help out the school.
  • Get frequent feedback from the teachers and students you're working with. Find out what's most and least helpful to them, and ask what you can do to make the most of the time you spend on school activities. It's important to keep the lines of communication open among teachers, administrators, students, and volunteers, and to be flexible and responsive as the needs of the students and the school change.
Remember that volunteering not only benefits your kids, but will enrich the classroom, the whole school, and the entire community by providing students with positive interaction, support, and encouragement.
And don't underestimate the students — you may feel that what you have to offer might not interest them or might be above their heads, but you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. You'll help build skills, confidence, and self-esteem that will last beyond their school days.

Your First Opportunity To Make A Difference In Your Child's Education

As we begin the new year, we have a lot of posts with opportunities for you to become more involved. One of the most important roles is the role of room parent. Please take a look at the list below to see the classes that are in need of help. 

Last year we split the position into 3 people and you can review a description of each position below:

Works closely with the teacher to organize class help, projects and parties. Communicates on a regular basis with treasurer and shopper.  Responsible for maintaining a class list of emails and sending out important PTA/Booster/Soleado related info as needed. 
*This job will vary from teacher to teacher. Some are great with communication and we may not need to send many emails*

Responsible for sending out beginning of the year letter for classroom fund donations, collecting these donations, making deposits, reimbursing expenses in a timely manner,  and maintaining a general ledger.  Ledger is to be shared with room parent communicator and shopper as needed/requested. 
*You may need to send out other communication at holidays and/or end of year*

Shopper -
Responsible for purchasing all necessary items for class projects, parties, etc. as requested by the teacher and/or communicator.  Collect and provide receipts for all  purchases and complete paperwork necessary for reimbursement for treasurer.

Please email our Room Parent Coordinator Heidi Sublette at to volunteer.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

New Bell Schedule

ATTENTION: We have important changes in our BELL SCHEDULE for the 2014-2015 school year. 
Please make note that school begins at 8:30 for ALL STUDENTS including TK and Kindergarten. 
Minimum Day Schedule:
·      K-5th will be dismissed at 12:00pm
·      All TK students will be dismissed at 11:45am
Monday Schedule:
·      1st-5th grades dismissed at 1:30pm
·      Kindergarten dismissed at 1:10pm
·      TK Early Birds dismissed at 12:40pm and Later Gators dismissed at 1:40pm
Tuesday-Friday Schedule:
·      TK Early Birds dismissed at 1:35pm and Later Gators dismissed at 2:35pm
·      Kindergarten dismissed at 2:05pm
·      1st-2nd grades dismissed at 2:35pm
·      3rd-5th grades dismissed at 3:00pm

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Registration Day Checklist


____  1.   Aeries Emergency Contact Card - 2 copies (from Aeries Parent Portal)

____  2.   District Terms and Agreements Page (from District Forms)

____  3.   Soleado Registration Confirmation "Your packet has been submitted" (email from Member Planet)


Reminder:  If you are paying by checks, please remember to write a separate check for PTA Membership & Directory, one for Booster Donation & Spirit Wear, one for School Supply, and a separate one for PEF (as applicable).  Please also indicate on the check(s) what the payment is for.  There is no processing or convenience fee associated with any check payments.

Your child's education is one of the most important investments that you can make.

At Soleado, we strive to provide our students with a well-rounded experience that will benefit them for a lifetime.  During the 2013-2014 school year, parents raised and spent more than $80,000 to support our school community, with expenses broken down like this:
More specifically, this included our support of technology-based learning in all classrooms and our Multi-Purpose Room ($12,500), assisting teachers with the purchase of additional classroom supplies ($7,000), installing a marquee display sign to provide parents with reminders of upcoming events ($4,600), providing all grades the chance to attend field trips ($4,200), protecting students from the sun by purchasing the shade tarp for our lunch tables ($3,000), inspiring students to learn about art by funding our Art At Your Fingertips program ($3,000), keeping our students safe and prepared for emergencies ($3,000), bringing new PE equipment to school to support our PE program ($2,200), and so many more things, such as funding our science fair, variety show, assemblies, Reflections art contest, Community Read-In Day, Red Ribbon Week, Yellow Ribbon Week, Green Ribbon Week, school hospitality and volunteer appreciation efforts.

Together, fundraising efforts create the very special environment that we want for our students.

Safety At Soleado

Safety at Soleado


DO NOT PASS cars on Longhill Drive!  This is not only UNSAFE, it is illegal and you can be ticketed.

Parking Lot: The parking lot is for staff members only.  Parents are encouraged to park their cars on Longhill or Flaming Arrow.  No parking will be allowed along the curb in the parking lot during school hours (8:00am-3:15pm).

Never, even for a moment, park or allow a person picking up your child(ren) to park in teacher/staff spots.  They often return to campus after a meeting unable to park and return to class promptly, because a parent is parked in their spot.

Driveway Safety:  Drivers entering the parking lot must use the “Stop and Drop” procedure during the morning hours.  Pull along the curb into the designated area and drop off children so that they get out of the car directly onto the curb.  No DOUBLE-PARKING! Take care when entering or exiting the driveway, as many children will be using the crosswalks.  Remember that the speed limit is 5 mph in the parking lot.

Please remember that children must enter and exit the passenger side of the car when you are fully parked at the curb and they should exit right onto the curb only, carrying their backpacks.  Students are never allowed in the street during pick up and drop off.  This includes removing their backpacks and instruments from the trunk of the car.  

Please DO NOT stop your vehicle to drop off your child until you have pulled as far forward as possible.  This will help with the flow of traffic and with traffic congestion on the streets.

Pick-ups:  Students are to be picked up in front of the school using the “Stop and Drop” procedure.  Students must be picked up on time!  There is no supervision after 3:05 in front of the school.  Per District directive, we are no longer offering “Sibling Watch” between 2:40-3:00pm.  Students must be picked up at their dismissal time or you can choose to pay for afterschool care using the district’s program, Kids’ Corner. 

NO PARKING in the Kids’ Corner Lot.  This is for Kids’ Corner drop off and pick up only! 


ALL ADULTS must check into the front office and receive a name badge.  No one is admitted onto campus without going to the office and checking in first!

Soleado Elementary Expected Student Behaviors

*  Walk as they move through the hallways and around the campus.  No running on the blacktop, except as part of a game.  Running is permitted on the grass field.

*  Eat at the tables only.  Upper grade students may sit on the ground to eat.  Snacks may be eaten at the tables or at the benches by the blacktop.

*  Eat only at the designated tables and not on the playground.  Buying, selling and trading of food are not allowed.

*  Raise his/her hand to be dismissed from lunch tables.

*  Throw away trash before lining up for the playground.

*  Play only games that are safe and free from rough-housing and physical contact.

*  Play only approved playground games.  Play according to posted game rules.  Taking turns on all playground equipment is mandatory. (20 count)

*  Play with school issued equipment only.  Toys or sports equipment from home is not permitted at school.

*  Play in designated play areas only.

*  Use the bathrooms quickly, always cleaning up after yourself.   Students may not play in or around the bathrooms.

*  Freeze, stand up, and stop talking when the bell rings.  Then proceed to class lines when the whistle blows.

*  Return all balls to the cart or classroom.  NO PLAYING with the equipment once recess is over.

*  Treat all classmates and members of the school community with respect and kindness in their words and actions.

*  Be on time to school and to class.  (Playground opens at 8:15 am).  Students arriving before 8:15 must wait on the map in the center of campus.

*  Be polite and respectful to all adults on campus.  Address all adults by their proper title: Mrs. Miss, Ms. Mr.

*  Enter a classroom only when an adult is present.

*  Use respectful language at all times.  Profanity and swear words of any kind are not allowed.

*  Dress appropriately for school.  Sandals and open toed shoes are not allowed.  Revealing clothes, including mid-drifts, are not appropriate for school.

*  Wear hats and caps when outdoors only with the bill of the hat facing forward.

*  Follow classroom standards set by the teacher.  Be respectful of all school property and the personal property of others.

Friday, August 8, 2014

Welcome Back From Mrs. Stutzel

August 2014

Dear Soleado Parents/Guardians:

As the remaining summer days become few in number, we begin to look forward to the new school year.  On behalf of the faculty and staff at Soleado Elementary School, I would like to extend a warm welcome to our new and returning families.  We are all looking forward to a successful school year. 

School will begin on Monday, August 25, 2014 with a minimum day schedule.  On this day, all students TK-5th, will begin at 8:30 a.m. and be dismissed at 12:46 p.m.  From 9am – 10am on the first day, our PTA and Booster will be hosting a Welcome Back Tea in the MPR.  If at all possible, please plan on joining us to receive important information about upcoming events at Soleado this year. 

On Tuesday, August 26th, we will begin a regular schedule.  Students in 1st and 2nd grades will attend school from 8:30 a.m. to 2:36 p.m.; 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students will attend school from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.  Kindergarten students will begin their day at 8:30a.m. and be dismissed at 2:05 p.m. and our TK students will follow the August 25th schedule (8:30-12:45) for the first week of school. After that time, TK parents will be notified of the specific schedule for the early and late sessions.  

Our first day packet is available via the new Parent and Student Web Portal.  You should have received a letter at the beginning of August that contained the necessary information and instructions for setting up your parent account.  If you have any questions or need assistance, please visit the PVPUSD website at 

Our student registration paperwork drop off day is scheduled for Friday, August 22nd from 9:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. Our Soleado Booster Club will be providing fun activities that day for students, while their Parents have the opportunity to drop off their paperwork from the online registration.  In addition, our various school organizations will be on hand to inform parents of the many opportunities for involvement at Soleado. TK-K parents will need to return from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. for a TK and Kindergarten Meet and Greet. 

If you have not already done so, we encourage all parents to take advantage of pre-ordering their school supplies through our Soleado School Supply Program.  The donated cost per child is $65 which covers all of your student’s school supplies, as well as, needed grade level and Big Room supplies. The order form is available on our Edline home page, Member Planet, and our Soleado Blog  Simply fill it out and submit it with your check made out to Soleado Elementary School or pay with credit card on Member Planet.  The supplies will be delivered to your child’s classroom and stored by their teacher. 

Continue to enjoy the remaining days of summer, and we look forward to seeing you soon!


Gina Stutzel