Dear Green Hills Family,
Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year! At this time I’d like to extend a special, warm welcome to all of our new family members. Green Hills is a wonderful school where we pride ourselves on “treating each other like family”. We strive to take care of all of our students and their families in a safe and nurturing environment that cultivates a love of lifelong learning.
School starts on August 24 at 8:15 a.m. and will end at our regular dismissal time. For Kindergarten, dismissal is at 1:15 and for all of our other grades dismissal is at 2:15 p.m. We look forward to seeing you on the first day of school.
Welcome Back Day on August 20th.-Please Come!
This year at our Welcome Back Day (formerly Registration Day) the goals are:
- Ensure that the school has all of the information it needs in order to start the school year. On this day if you haven’t logged into our ParentVue portal, we will be assisting you in doing so. If you already have access to ParentVue then you should log in prior to coming or on that day to update all of your information. Most importantly we need your current contact information and emergency contact information. An email with info on how to log into your ParentVue account if you haven’t already will go out this week so be on the look out.
- Learn about ways to get involved, sign up for volunteer opportunities, and learn about after-school opportunities (we have invited many after-school enrichment businesses to come)
- Kick off our Annual Fund-Our school asks each family to donate $300 per student. By doing so you will all receive the following and more:
- All supplies provided (You do not need to do anything except send your child with a bag or backpack, snack and lunch everyday. Our school will not ask you to purchase or donate any school supplies for the entire year. What are you going to do with the time you would normally spend shopping for Back to School items?)
- All fieldtrips paid for. (We will not call or ask you for any funds. Just sign the permission slips as they come home and that is it.)
- Technology-Our PTA has increased our student device ratios dramatically in the last couple of years.
- Membership for your entire family to the PTA (you can opt out of this if you choose)
- Emergency supplies (We won’t ask you to send or provide donated supplies, your donation covers it.)
- No fundraisers (We don’t do Spellathons, Readathons, or Mathathons; we don’t sell candy, magazines, cookie dough or wrapping paper. Your kids get to focus on being students instead being pawns for fundraising and you get to sit back and enjoy being a proud parent)
- -raisers. While we don’t do fundraising we do raise the fun here at GH and there are lots of free events as well as free childcare at our PTA meetings.
- If you come to this event and walk our stations, your reward is that you will receive your tentative class placement on that day.
The Millbrae Education Foundation does the one thing that no other organization can do. They fund people and programs that benefit every child in Millbrae. This year, MEF is asking for a $500 donation per student. This money goes toward our music program, technology program, our band and orchestra programs and it also provides for invaluable professional development for our teachers. Without these invaluable funds, none of these programs would exist at any of our schools due to the fact that the teachers who run these programs are solely funded through MEF.
Please join me in welcoming the following new staff members:
Cherise Meredith is our new Cafeteria Food Service Worker.
Diana Pritsker is our new Speech and Language Pathologist.
Leslie Chin is our new Counselor.
On a sadder note we are saying goodbye for now to a few staff members. Cathy Villeggiante, our long time Cafeteria Food Service Worker is moving on after providing our school with over 20 years of distinguished service. Vici Johnson and Mia Magsaysay, two of our Special Education Aides are transferring to Lomita Park as a result of our SAI class being moved there as well. Please join me in thanking them for their invaluable service to our GH family. They will all be sorely missed.
Morning drop off/traffic
You may drop off your child starting at 8:00 a.m. Please do not drop your child off before this time because there is no adult supervision provided until that time.
If you are dropping off in the morning, please use the passenger loading zone at the front of the school on Ludeman Lane or the appropriate drop off area in the bottom parking lot on Laurel Ave. If you are parking, please refrain from blocking any driveways or the egress of other drivers. We consider our neighbors as part of our GH family and we would never want to inconvenience any of them.
When driving near school, please drive slowly and keep your eyes up. Last year, a child was struck while crossing the street at another school here in Millbrae. While the driver was not at fault, because the child darted out from between two parked cars; outside of a crosswalk, it serves as a stark reminder of just how quickly something like this can happen, even if we are following the rules of the road. The child ended up being OK but hopefully this serves as a lesson to us all. Drive slowly and cautiously, put your phone down, and keep your eyes up because over 400 kids are walking to and from their houses and cars on their way to line up next to your child.
Morning Line Up
In the morning, all students should line up by class in the center quad. Please look for your child’s room number and line up behind it facing the staff room. During this time, we will all say the Pledge of Allegiance and get any important announcements for the day prior to being dismissed to our classrooms.
Once the students have gone to their classrooms, we ask that you clear the quad, halls and walkways as soon as possible so that you do not disrupt instruction. If you would like to talk with friends, we welcome you talk at the front of the school by the flagpole, just outside of the office; feel free to stay as long as you’d like.
On rainy days, students should proceed directly to their classroom instead of lining up. Usually we will make an announcement when this happens.
Please stay behind the lines at pick up time until the appropriate bell has rung. There will be signs posted to help those that are new. We ask this so that disruptions/distractions are once again held to a minimum during instructional times.
For the safety of all our children and per district policy, volunteers and field trip drivers are asked to complete a volunteer application form, submit a copy of their current driver’s license, complete a TB form and be fingerprinted. To begin the process, please stop by the school office for a volunteer form, and submit a copy of your driver’s license and completed TB form to the school office.
If you are visiting school for any reason or volunteering on campus, please come by the office to sign in and get a badge or visitor sticker. This is for student safety as well as your own. We closely monitor any adults on campus for obvious reasons and in the event of an emergency we will verify your safety and well-being as long as we know you are on campus.
Subsidized Meal Program
Please complete your applications for the Federally Funded Free/Reduced lunch program. The forms will be sent home with the first day packets and are also available for download from http://bit.ly/freereducedlunch. Students who participated in the program last year must reapply. Parents are responsible for charges incurred before students are accepted into the program. In the event of extreme hardship, please contact the school principal.
Morning Snack and Lunch
Please send your child to school with money for food or a morning snack to be eaten at first recess (9:55 am-10:15 am for our primary grades and 10:20-10:40 for our upper grades) and a lunch to be eaten during lunch time. The cafeteria menus for morning snack and lunch are available at http://bit.ly/millbraemenus. The price for breakfast is $1.75 and the price for lunch is $3.25. Meals may be paid in advance. Each child has an account and parents may access the balance. More information will be sent home with the first day of school packets.
Clothing should be comfortable for physical activity with appropriate coverage of body parts. Shoes should be closed toe and also appropriate for running and playing. Clothing and jewelry should not be distracting. Large jewelry, particularly earrings, should not be worn due to safety concerns.
Partnership for Student Success
This year the staff and I are looking forward to a productive partnership with all of you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.
We ask that you guide and support your child’s learning by ensuring that he/she:
1) Attends school daily and arrives on time, ready for the day’s learning experience. School begins at 8:15 am.
2) Completes all homework assignments given by teachers.
3) Reads daily to develop a love for reading and to improve literacy skills.
4) Shares school experiences with you so that you are aware of his/her school life.
5) Informs you and/or his/her teacher if he/she needs additional support in any area or subject.
6) Knows that you expect him/her to succeed in school and go on to pursue college and/or entry into a career.
If you do not make it to our Welcome Back Day, you will need to log into ParentVue on Wednesday, August 23 after 4pm to get your class placement. When you log into ParentVue, I want to strongly urge you to update your child’s info at that time as well. While we never desire for or think that an emergency will happen on day one, we prepare for it. An email with directions on how to log into ParentVue will go home this week. As always, if you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to call.
Once again, welcome to Green Hills. We are honored and do not take it lightly that you have chosen to entrust us with your child’s education. We look forward to creating long lasting relationships with you and your child and are looking forward to working with you.
Peter Fong, Principal