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Important Upcoming Dates

The following are the events that will be taking place this month:

January 16th – 7:00 AM – 9:00 AM in the MPR – Donuts for dads hosted by the PTA

January 16th – 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the Library – PTA Meeting

January 18th – 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM in the MPR – International Night

January 18th – Report cards come home for the 1st semester

January 21st – No School for Martin Luther King Jr Day

January 23rd – Kindergarten registration opens

February 1st – 6:00 – 8:00 in the MPR – PTA Movie Night with the Principal


Housekeeping Items housekeeping 

  • Please continue to sign in and out each time you visit our campus so that we know who is here and when.
  • You are invited to join us at our Neil Armstrong Auction.  Buy tickets here!   

Book of the Month

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For the month of January, I will be reading The Bad Seed by Jory John to our students as I visit their classrooms.  This is a great story about a seed who has some things happen in his life which has made him withdraw and start doing things that are “bad.”  However, in the end he works to turn things around and make positive choices for himself.  I really appreciate the story that it tells to our students and how it highlights that there is good in everyone. I will highlight for each class that we want to look and find that good in all the people that we meet especially each student here at school as we all come from a good place and have great qualities within us! 

Principal's Corner

Neil Armstrong Community –

            HAPPY NEW YEAR! I hope that you and your family had a restful and rejuvenating break together. Our staff all thoroughly enjoyed our two weeks with our families and loved ones and we hope that you all did as well. So far, it has been a fantastic start to our second semester and so much fun to hear all of the great stories that our students returned with. 

            This semester, and moving forward, our district would like to build awareness with our families about the importance of regular attendance at school. Students who attend school regularly have higher academic outcomes than those who are absent - even if it is only for a few days.

In an effort to increase attendance, we are asking every student to think about attending school just one more day this year than they did last year. In addition to impacting student success, absences affect the District’s budget. If every student in the SRVUSD attended school just one more day this year than they did last year, the District would realize an additional $2.2 million.

Definitely keep sick students at home. However, other than for reasons of illness, we strive to see every student in school every day. Students in the SRVUSD tend to miss school for reasons other than illness, such as family events, vacations, college visits, sport commitments, etc. We strongly encourage you to schedule these optional excursions on non-school days. 

There are two ways to look at attendance. Attendance Rates tell us how many of our students attend school each day. Chronic Absenteeism rates tell us how many cumulative absences a student accrues over the course of a school year. Both are important to consider and both are indicators of student success.

In these times of declining enrollment, the additional revenue that increased attendance will generate can have a positive impact on the programs that we can offer. Improving attendance is a unique opportunity for the District to increase revenue while directly benefiting students at the same time. Next time you are considering keeping your student out of school for a reason other than illness, please consider if attending school, even for a partial day, is possible instead. We appreciate your partnership in this effort.

Just as a reminder, our Neil Armstrong Auction is coming up quickly! Join us and “Rock the Red Carpet” with Neil Armstrong on March 15th. Exclusive “live auction only” items will be available at the event. Overnight getaways, high speed driving with the San Ramon PD, Hot Air Balloon rides, and so much more! Buy your tickets today

HAVE A GREAT START TO YOUR 2019 and I look forward to seeing you at some of the events that are coming up!

Mr. Jared Gagnon
Neil Armstrong Elementary School

Staff Spotlightspotlight

Dawn MaldonadoThis month I would like to spotlight Ms. Dawn Maldonado and the amazing work that she is able to accomplish here at Neil Armstrong.  Dawn has been an instrumental member of our faculty for 23 years.  While at Neil Armstrong, Ms. Maldonado has taught of variety of grades, and this year, has excelled while working with our amazing 4th and 5th combination class students.  She emphasizes a safe, cooperative and nurturing environment in her classroom while holding her students to high expectations of achievement.  The goal for her class is that students leave with a solid foundation for future education endeavors. Mrs. Maldonado believes it is her job to “find the shaky bricks” in that foundation and work together with her students to solidify them.  Dawn achieves this mission through student goal setting, reflection upon those goals, cooperative group activities and use of multiple modes of learning.  

Mr Gagnon
Principal Jared Gagnon
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Contact Jared Gagnon  Jared Gagnon Principal

Safety Corner safety logo

During the month of December, we had a few concerns from our community about parents parking on the opposite side of the street and running across to get to and from school.  Also, students coming out from in between cars and running across the parking lots.  PLEASE, encourage your students to use the cross walks AT ALL TIMES and do not walk through the parking lots. It is hard to see students coming out from between cars, and a few students have come close to cars who have had to react quickly to avoid a student being hit.   If at all possible, please let your student out on the school side of the street and have them exit to the side walk, not into the street. If that is not possible, please make sure they go to the nearest crosswalk before crossing the street.  Thank you for your attention to this as we work to keep ALL KIDS SAFE!