February 17, 2017

 Important Upcoming Dates:
February 20-24
  • February Break- No School 
March 2
  • Dr. Seuss Birthday
March 10 
  • Transition- Alumni Panel 
March 15
  • Profess. Devlopment- No School for Students
March 17
  • Parent Ed- Mornings W/ Jessica  Topic: S.A.F.E
March 24
  • 3rd Quarter Ends 
March 25
  • Community Fundraiser (6:30-10:30pm)
Girl Scout Cookies 
We have once again entered the Girl Scout cookie season. While we are love to support our wonderful students, we do have a policy that any fundraising for other organizations is prohibited at the school. We really cannot manage or police the sale of these items at school. It disrupts class time and can be a general disturbance at school. 

Prices Go Up Soon! 

The 12 th  Annual Community Fundraiser and Benefit Auction at the California Academy of Sciences will be on  March 25, 2017
Tickets are on sale now and ONLY 10 DAYS LEFT TO GET THE EARLY BIRD PRICE.  To purchase your tickets, click here
Jill Jacobson
650-592-7570 ext. 1265

Common Ground Speaker Series
Yalda Uhls, PhD & Laura Kastner, PhD.

Parenting In The Digital Age: A Fact Not Fear Approach
Tuesday, March 7 & 8
Psychologist and Common Sense Media consultant, Dr. Yalda Uhls, and clinical psychologist, Dr. Laura Kastner, expertly clarify the critical matter of helping kids grow up healthy and safe in a  24/7   connected world.  Join them  on Tuesday night   for a special teen panel discussion to gain a teen's perspective on being digitally connected.

Tuesday, March 7, 9am Harker Middle School, San Jose

Tuesday, March 7, 7pm Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton 
Special Teen Panel Discussion

Wednesday, March 8, 9am The Nueva School,
 Bay Meadows Campus, San Mateo
***Please note this event is at the Bay Meadows Campus***

See Common Ground's 2016/17 Calendar for more information on upcoming speakers. 

Summer School and Summer Camp Registration

As a reminder, in order to ensure availability for your child, please register and make payment for the Charles Armstrong Summer School Program by Friday, February 17.   Registration will open to the outside community after February 17.  Enrollment will then be contingent upon space available.  You may register now by clicking here and completing the registration form.   *Full payment is due at the time of registration.
Dates of Summer School: July 5, 2017 - July 28, 2017 for rising 2nd-7th graders 
Morning Academic Program - includes Language Arts, Math and Strength-Based classes
8:30 - 12:30, Monday -Friday
Tuition is $2,750
Afternoon Camp Program
12:30pm - 4:30pm, Monday - Friday
Tuition is $1,650
The afternoon camp may only be selected when enrolling in the morning academic program.
*If you are currently awarded financial aid with Charles Armstrong, your child's summer school tuition will also be eligible for financial aid at the percentage rate of your current award.  If this applies to your family, please contact Madonna Uyenoyama in the business office at 650-592-7570 x1228 to assist you in calculating your summer school tuition payment.  For any other questions regarding Summer School, please contact Regina Lewis at 650-592-7570 x 1234

Announcing two exciting art contests!
1)    Saving Endangered Species - draw a picture of an endangered animal in habitat - DUE March 1
2)    Art Takes a Bus - draw a magical SamTrans bus and surroundings! - DUE February 24

See the flyers for TONS of IMPORTANT information about contest guidelines BEFORE you get started! Come to the art room if you have questions about the contests.

Community Fundraiser Silent Auction 

We need your help to make the Community Fundraiser Silent Auction a success! If you have a connection or are interested in organizing a donation to support our school, please contact Cheri Jaunich, Auction Chair (and mom to Stella in Grade 7) at cjaunich@yahoo.com or 650-288-7518.
All ideas are welcome! Here are a few things from our wish list to get your creative juices flowing.

Could you?
*Create a unique experience?
Whale watching or a boat ride on the bay with lunch? Stadium tour with tickets to the game? Arrange a ride to school in a police car or fire engine? Tour of Google or Facebook or EA Sports?
*Tickets to Sporting Events?  
Are your able to donate tickets (and maybe even a parking pass) to the Giants, A's Warriors, Raiders, 49ers, Earthquakes, Sharks?
*Provide a Vacation?  
Do you have a timeshare you won't be using this year or a vacation home you own? Consider donating a week or weekend to the auction. Exotic locations are always fun, but people love to get away close to home too. Anything in Tahoe? Santa Cruz? Carmel? Santa Barbara? Point Reyes? Mendocino?
Questions? Please contact Cheri Jaunich at 650-288-7518 or cjaunich@yahoo.com.

 Please sign into Student Services prior to going to your child's classroom or anytime you're on campus. 
You are required to sign in at Student Services for safety reasons. Also, we appreciate knowing ahead of time if your child needs to leave early. This will help minimize interruptions during the school days. 
Thank you!

Lost & Found: 
Please write your child's name
and classroom # on all
sweatshirts and jacket!!
Each week the bin is emptied.
Labeled clothing is washed and
returned to the classrooms.
Clothing that is not labeled is
donated to the Uniform Bank.

Please remember to phone in your child's absence to the Attendance Line at 650-592-7570 Option 1 by 9:00am each day your child is absent, going to be late, or out of the classroom for testing or vacation. Please State:
1) Child's Name
2) Child's Classroom
3) Reason for Absence

Important Safety Reminder:
For the safety of our students, please remember they must
exit your car at drop-off only from the passenger side. 
Please  DO NOT
 use cell phones when driving onto campus. 

After School Care 

The After School Care Coordinators are:
Jennifer( Mon. Tues. Thurs.), Patrick ( Tues.-Thurs.) and Meghan (Mon., Wed., Fri.)

Lower School Location:
 Armstrong Campus Library

Middle School Location: Room 20

Hours: 2:45-5:30 pm M,T,TH, & F
12:45-5:30 pm Wednesdays or Conference Days
Contact Number: 650-730-6152 Please call this number after 4:00pm to reach Aftercare. The School office closes at 4:00pm. 

Team Teaching 
In support of the teaming  initiative at Armstrong, we  ask that when you send an  email to your child's teacher  please include all the  teachers in your child's  classroom. You can find  their names from the class  placement list emailed to you
this summer.

How to Email a teacher:
Use their first initial and  full
last name + @charlesarmstrong.org

How to Email teachers by room:
Example: all teachers in  room 4=
Room04Teachers@charlesa rmstrong.org