September 15, 2017
WhippleHill Help Desk:

 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. 

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. 

 Important Upcoming Dates:
September 18
  • L.S. Back-to-School Night (5-7pm)
September 19
  • M.S. Back-to-School Night (5-7pm)
September 22
  • 7th Grade Outdoor Ed Trip
  • Free Dress
September 25
  • Parent Ed-Mornings with Jessica (8:30-9:30am)
September 26
  • Picture Day
September 27
  • Parent/ Teacher Conferences
September 28-29
  •  Parent/ Teacher Conferences (No Classes for Students)
Learning Lab - 1
st Quarter
Learning Lab will begin on 
Monday, September 25 th
A brochure showing the classes offered this quarter was emailed this past Tuesday.

Free Novels in Multi!
There are novels and children's reading books in the Multi-purpose room that are being given away.
Please help yourself!
And, if anyone works with a charity that would like to take any remaining books at the end of the next week, please contact Ralph Lortie (at to arrange for pick-up.  

Student Council Election Information and Contract  ( click here for more information)
Click the above link to find out more about Student Council Elections. Contracts and first draft speeches are due no later than Friday, September 15th. 
Please contact Cindy Pistone with questions.

 Picture Day 
September 26th:
They will take individual and class pictures of our  students. Order forms will be sent home soon. 
Armstrong Back-to-School Night: 
Lower School: Monday, September 18th from 5:00pm- 7:00pm
Middle School: Tuesday, September 19th from  5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Armstrong Multi-Purpose Room

Common Ground Speaker Series: 
Robert Sapolsky, PhD
Behave: Why We Do the Things We Do

Wednesday, September 27, 9:30 am The Nueva School (*Bay Meadows Campus)
Wednesday, September 27, 7:00 pm Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

Dr. Robert Sapolsky's witty and entertaining tour of the science of human behavior will enlighten parents about their children's behavior, helping them to understand why they act in ways that often leave parents baffled.

For more information on this event: 

For more information on upcoming speakers visit the Common Ground website

Jog-a-Thon 2017


We made it!  First full week down!  It has been great reconnecting with old friends and welcoming new ones.  The positive energy among the faculty, staff, parents and students is contagious.  It promises to be a memorable year.
Thank you to
Sarah Marchick for being our fearless Room Parent Coordinator this year.  The beginning of the year is A LOT of work for Sarah and she pulls it off with amazing humor and grace.  And thank you to all our room parents who will provide vital leadership throughout the year. 
We also want to thank our new hospitality chairs,
Leake Little and Vicky Worboys , who are keeping us well-fed at all the various CAPSO events.  At Charles Armstrong, we  strongly encourage every family to volunteer a minimum of 20 hours for two-parent families and 10-hours for single parent families for the school year.  Volunteering is no longer a requirement with a buy-out option .  Rather, it is  strongly encouraged as a way to engage with the community, partner with the school in your child's education and stay connected to each other  And on the topic of staying connected, please pop by St. James Gate & Pub in Belmont (1410 Old County Rd) after Back to School Night .  Tables will be organized by grade on the patio.  Thank you to the dynamic duo of 
  Lori Jabagchourian and Veronica Riedel , our Community Building Chairs, for starting a new Armstrong tradition!

Happy birthday to our faculty and staff with September birthdays:

Ms. Bonetti (Exec Assistant to Head of School) -- 9/10
Ms. Demyan (4 th grade, Rm 7)- 9/14
Ms. Uyenoyama (Finance) - 9/15
Ms. Adams (4 th grade, Rm 5) - 9/17
Ms. Lyslo (Head of Lower School) - 9/20
Ms. Maiden (Lower School Coach) - 9/23
Ms. Ruby! (Marketing, Development, and everything) - 9/27
Enjoy the weekend,
Katie Storey & Kim Bottoms
CAPSO Co-Chairs
Sports Corner:

Our Fall Sports are underway! The Flag Football, Volleyball and Cross Country teams are in full practice modes preparing for the beginning of their seasons. Work hard, do your best and listen to your coaches!
Parents, if you have any questions you can reach out to me:
Go Cougars!

Garden Elective:

Garden elective is looking for metal recycled materials for their art d├ęcor creation. USED is BEST - please don't buy anything new at a store but thrift shopping is ok as it will be UPCYCLED!
-           Metal bottle caps (clean)
-           Metal utensils (older and more interesting the better!)
-           Ball jar lids
-           Nuts and bolts in larger sizes
-           Other interesting metal objects (like cheese grater, mini tart pans)
-           Wine corks
-           Succulent plants and succulent cuttings
-           Small, colorful ceramic pots
-           Colorful / printed ceramic or glass tiles leftover from a home project
-           Few 12"-18" tree stumps (good and safe for sitting on)
You can drop off items to the art room or Student Services. Please see Ms. Martinez in the Art room if you have any questions! 

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

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.

After School Care 

The After School Care Coordinators are:
Jennifer Herrick, Meghan Jauregui & Patrick Hughes

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 

Contact Number: 650-730-6152

Team Teaching & Communications 
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 in the class placement list emailed to you this summer or on WhippleHill. 

How to Email a teacher:
Use their first initial and  full
last name +

How to Email teachers by room:
Example: all teachers in  room 4=

How to email teachers by grade level:
Example: all teachers in 7 th grade =