June 02, 2017

Transitioning Students & Commencement
If your child is transitioning from Armstrong this year, he or she will be recognized at our Commencement on Thursday, June 8th. Transitioning students will need to attend the rehearsal on Wednesday, June 7th. The transitioning students will sit together in the theatre in the first two rows and will receive a transition certificate during the ceremony. The children usually wear nice pants/shirt for the boys and a dress for the girls for this occassion. Of course, they can wear their uniform if they wish. Graduating and transitioning students are asked to go directly to the Notre Dame de Namur University Theatre the morning of Commencement (do NOT come to school that morning), which is scheduled to begin at 10:30am. Students should arrive by 9:30am

 Important Upcoming Dates:
June 5
  • 5th Grade Breakfast (8:30am-10:00am)
  • M.S. Class Parties
June 6
  • 8th Grade Breakfast (8:30am-10:30am)
  • L.S. Class Parties
June 8
  • Commencement (10:30-11:30am) @ Notre Dame Theater
  • Last Day of School 
  • Early Dismissal L.S. 12:45pm
  • Early Dismissal M.S. 1:00pm
June 9
  • Faculty Work Day
Annual Fund Participation Goal
Each year donations to the Armstrong Annual Fund support the operating budget providing funding for  teacher salaries and benefits to retain exceptional faculty, high quality professional development based on best teaching practices, our spring musical, lower and middle school athletic teams, a 
full-time resource librarian, our award winning multi-media art program and much more.  We aim for 100% participation from current parents.  Every gift helps, no matter the size.  Please make your gift before the end of the school year.  You can send a check to school or donate on-line by clicking here.   
For more information or any questions, please contact
Jill Jacobson
650-592-7570 ext. 1265

5th & 8th Grade Breakfasts
On Monday, June 5 th (5 th Grade) and Tuesday, June 6 th (8 th Grade) we will be celebrating our graduating students.  Armstrong hosts a breakfast in honor of these students and their families.  An evite has been sent to both 5 th and 8 th grade families.  Please make sure you RSVP so we have accurate count.
We are also in need of parent volunteers to help with set-up, plating of food and clean up.  All food and decorations will be provided.  We need volunteers to help out on Friday, June 2nd for full set-up from 8:30 am - 12:00 pm and both Monday, June 5th and Tuesday, June 6th from 7:30 am - 11:30 am. 
Please contact Barbara Thayer in Student Services if you would like to volunteer or need further details.

Library Corner
  • ALL library books are now due
    ! If your child has any books still out, you will receive an email listing all outstanding titles. Thank you for your help getting all of our materials back on the shelves!
  • Encourage your child to read- or listen to books- for fun this summer! Recommended reading lists are available on the Library's Whipple Hill page (Groupsà Library), and are also linked on Whipple Hill's Summer Work page. Also on the Library's page are all of our online resources (Click Topics, then Reading and Research Databases), which you can access from home throughout the summer- including BookFlix and TrueFlix, with nonfiction ebooks and fiction picturebooks-as-movies, all with full read-along narration with highlighting.
  • Be sure to check out your public library this summer! All Armstrong students are eligible to be cardholders at the San Mateo County Libraries, including the Belmont branch so near to Armstrong! Wherever your local library, encourage your child to join their Summer Reading Program, which rewards participants with free prizes as they keep track of their reading.

With best wishes for a restful and relaxing summer,
Riva Pollard, Armstrong librarian

CAPSO Corner:
And that's a wrap!!  Another Armstrong year in the books.  Our school is special because our kids are special.  Our faculty and staff are talented and immensely committed.  And our families care deeply and are engaged.  We are thankful to this community and all the volunteers that show up in big and small ways every day.  The following folks took leadership roles this 2016-17 school year and we are grateful:
  • Our Room Parent Coordinator, Sarah Marchick, who keeps the trains running and on time, with clear communication and amazing humor.
  • Our Financial Auditor, Sinead Foley, who maintains the books with diligence and good sense.
  • Our Auction Chair, Cheri Jaunich, who continues to make everything she touches better and better and better.
  • Jog-a-Thon chairs, Shandon Lloyd and Kristin Quinlan, skillfully led and executed one of the highlight events of the year and helped CAPSO raise all the funds it needs to sustain our programs throughout the year.
  • Laurie Stein coordinated the JAT T-shirts - always a hit.  And Pam Morey who provided JAT Treasury support.
  • Diane Gutierrez and Shelley Smith took on two jobs this year - Teacher Lunch Coordinator and a new role of Community Building Coordinator.  Their perspective and energy is appreciated.
  • Lori Jabagchourian joined Diane and Shelley with Community Building efforts.  Lori hit the ground running as a new parent and we are grateful for her endless enthusiasm and ideas.
  • Our Community Picnic team of Gail Reimer, Kristin Katz and Stephanie Shibata kicked off the year with the best picnic yet (in our humble opinion)!
  • We love our teachers and Grace Shanahan organized an amazing Teacher Appreciation Dinner.
  • Our Art Room Volunteer Coordinator, Sara Valentine, along with all the art volunteers who make art recess possible for our creative kids.
  • Hospitality chair, Alissa Rozansky, and her team always deliver with the best goodies, making it look easy to feed dozens and dozens of parents.
  • Our Common Ground team - Diana Manuelian, Dabney Friedrich, Kristin Fiore and Karen Bloom - worked so hard to connect our school with the amazing Common Ground speakers and make the topics relevant to our student population.
  • Library Parent, Sylvia Westenbroek, and all the library volunteers who provided support to Riva Pollard throughout the year.
  • Our Lost & Found Coordinator, Brigid Oram, and her team of volunteers for making sure all those water bottles, jackets and hats find their way home.
  • Elise Navin continued in her role as Lunch Liaison, ensuring a smooth partnership between School Foodies and the school.
  • Melissa Ansari was our PEN Liaison, keeping Armstrong connected with the Parents Education Network.
  • Our Uniform Bank team - Tamara Lewis, Veronica Riedel and Donna Peruzzaro - kept our kids well-dressed.
  • Our Yahoo Group Facilitator, Deborah Robinson, oversaw this vital form of communication for CAPSO.
We also want to sincerely thank all the room parents who really foster the home-school partnership and play a vital role in keeping our community connected.  It certainly does take a village! 
To our families who are moving on from Armstrong, we wish you all the best on your next adventure.  And to those returning, we will look forward to reconnecting in the Fall.  Have a wonderful summer and Go Giants!
With gratitude,
Margie Curran & Katie Storey
CAPSO Co-Chairs

SMART Tuition
Thank you to all the Armstrong families as we work together to transition to SMART tuition, our new tuition billing and online payment system.  This new system will provide families with easy visibility into their Armstrong tuition and non-tuition payments, and will significantly improve the efficiency of the Armstrong business office.  All payments this upcoming school year will be through this system, so please make sure you are registered using the following steps.
1.         Go to the Smart Parent Login page: https://parent.smarttuition.com/
2.         Click on "First time user?" in the green box
3.         To find your account, you will need two of the following:
  •  email address used to set up Smart account
  • telephone number entered at account setup
  •   Family ID that was assigned at account setup
Please keep in mind that any payments due for the current school year should still be paid directly to Armstrong.  We are here to help you if you need any assistance.  If you have any tuition billing questions, contact Madonna Uyenoyama at (650) 592-7570 ext. 1228 or email muyenoyama@charlesarmstrong.org.

2017 Summer Camp Calendar

Future Dates for 2017-2018 School Year
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 as soon as possible.   Registration has opened to the outside community.  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

 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