Parents mark your calendar and make sure to attend your conference. Our school will be on modified day schedule all week in order to provide time for teachers to conference with parents regarding student progress.
No school on Friday March 17th, 2017
Remember to set your clocks forward one hour at 2:00 am on Sunday. You may lose an hour of sleep, but you'll gain a hour of daylight in the evening.
With the primary focus on what is in the best interest of students, the Santa Ana Unified School District Board of Education approved a start date of August 14th, 2017, for students to begin the 2017-18 school year. The last day of school for students is May 31st, 2018. Students will have a two-week break during the Winter Recess.
MAP test will be administered again to kindergarten through fifth graders starting the week of January 23rd in order to measure your child's academic growth over the course of the school year in the areas of mathematics, reading, and language usage. Read more ...
Computer Science Education week is an annual event program dedicated to inspire K-12 students to take interest in computer science. All students and parents are welcome to participate in an Hour of Code.
As we move into March, I wanted to take this opportunity to recap a few of the events and learning experiences at Garfield Elementary this February. This month Gators will continue to develop their growth mindsets, by focusing on the fact that effort makes a difference and leads to mastery. We want our students to recognize that “Hard work pays off!”
First of all, I would like to thank PTA for their amazing work in making our annual Family Movie Night huge success! We enjoyed hot dogs and popcorn, while watching the movie Trolls. Your support and participation of this event helped to raise money for our art teacher from Meet the Masters and filed trip experiences.
As a result of our PTA fundraisers, Kindergarten Gators were able to visit Centennial Farm. Our first and third grade students were able to become marine biologists as they visit the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Fourth grade Gators were taught how to create lyrics, accentuating the positive by an actual lyricist. Mrs. Heil’s and Mr. Simon’s fourth grade performers rocked the stage with their musical performances of Geology Rocks. All Gators, also learned about famous author and artist, Faith Ringgold. Afterwards students were taught how to replicate her artistic style and techniques through the creation of a quilt. Thank you parents for all of your hard work volunteering in classrooms.
During our February Parent Meeting, participants were given the opportunity to build spool racers like engineers. Parents were also shown NGSS and Engineering performance expectations. Our March parent meeting will consist of sharing reading & math growth data and Project lead the Way engineering. All parents are welcome to join in more science and engineering fun in March! Information and resources were also shared about immigration and how SAUSD has a
“Non-Threatening” policy. Mrs. Saltzer also presented more information at the ELAC meeting. Please see the office if you need help finding resources.
Our Gators continued exploring engineering. First grade gators started designing appropriate shoes for a specific habitats, based on what they learned about animal adaptations. Second grade Gators dove into computer science as they worked in teams to create a new video game. Fourth grade scientists learned how concussions impact the human brain. Ms. Olivas and Mr. Marx continued to lead Engineering is Elementary classes for 4th and 5th grade students. This group of engineers will be given an opportunity to attend an engineering field trip in Spring.
Garfield Gators have also worked hard at becoming historians and athletes this month. A group of third and fourth grade students conducted research projects with regard to “Taking A Stand” and participated in the National Day of History at the Orange County Department of Education Showcase. Another team of Gators, along with Coach Mike have become the team to beat in volleyball. You can support our team on Tuesday evenings at Santa Ana High School. Second and third grade students also participated in our annual Winter Olympics facilitated by Ms. Rhone. We sure appreciated the parents who supported us with this event
I would like to thank all of the Garfield families for supporting our students, teachers, and staff. Your support and teamwork has helped to enrich the education of our students!
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Santa Ana Unified School District