October 20, 2017

 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:
October 20
  • 8th Grade Parent Meeting Check-In
October 25-31
  • Book Fair Week
October 27
  • Free Dress
  • Parent Ed-Mornings with Jessica
October 31
  • Jog-a-Thon/ Chili Lunch/ Halloween 
November 1
  • Professional Day- No School 
November 3
  • 1st Quarter Ends
  • Alumni Panel 7th Grade-8th Grade  (8:30am-10:00am)
November 6
  • 2nd Quarter Ends
Alumni High School Panel
7 th and 8 th grade parents, please "save the morning" of November 3 from 8:30am-10:00am if you are interested in attending the Alumni High School Panel at Armstrong. 

Co mmon Ground Speaker Series

Lee Mun Wah
Creating Community & Connection Across Cultures

Tuesday, November 7, 9am The Harker School, Middle School Campus
Tuesday, November 7, 7pm Woodside Elementary School
Wednesday, November 8, 7pm Menlo School, Athletics Centre

Join us for an uncommon Common Ground workshop led by master diversity trainer Lee Mun Wah. As parents and educators, we will learn how to build a sense of community among multicultural groups to better encourage our children in doing the same.

For more information on this event, click here
For more information on upcoming speakers visit the Common Ground website

Library Corner:

The Armstrong Book Fair is coming up soon!
From Wednesday, October 25 th - Tuesday, October 31 st the entire Multipurpose Room will be transformed into a wonderful bookstore, in partnership with the Book Fair Division of Hicklebee's Books in San Jose.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact our parent book fair coordinator,   Lena Parkinson @   lena.parkinson@gmail.com  .  You may also email our school librarian  Mrs. Elfeky @  LElfeky@charlesarmstrong.org
Here's to another outstanding Book Fair! 


Pledge Forms are out, and the JAT is less than 2 weeks away!

Classes with 100% of envelopes turned in by Friday, 10/27 will get free dress!
The first two classes to get all envelopes turned in will get a special party!

Please help us reach our goal of $175 per student!

Online Pledges Count!
Do it here:  www.charlesarmstrong.com
Click on "Support Armstrong" then click "Donate"

Able to Volunteer? We could use your help!
Sign up  here

Linda Stoick ( lindastoick@gmail.com or Libby Werba ( LWerba@aol.com )

Chili Cook-off
Love to make chili? Join Chef Ralph at Armstrong's Chili Cook-off and vote for the best Chili!  The Chili Cook-off will begin at 12:00pm and will end at 1:00pm.   The winner for the best chili will win a prize.  Interested in participating?   Email  Ruby Ruiz  to sign-up and to receive more details.

Halloween/Jog-a-Thon Schedule for the Day:
7:15am: Specialty Teachers, Volunteers, and staff set up
7:30am: Volunteers arrive and set up jogging course. CAPSO provides refreshments for volunteers
8:45am: Jogging begins (Rooms 2, 3, 4)
-       Parents track laps, hand out waters, dispense hairspray and fun prizes.
**An Armstrong staff member will take classrooms to designated areas.
9:20am: Jogging begins (Rooms 5, 7, 13, 14)
10:10am: Jogging begins (Rooms 8, 9, 15, 16)
11:00am: Jogging begins (Rooms 10,11,17,18)
11:45am: Armstrong Facilities, specialty teachers and volunteers clean up and Jog-a-Thon Ends
12:00pm: Chili cook off begins!
1:00pm: Chili cook off ends
1:30pm: Gates at parking lot entrance will close for parade
1:45pm: Halloween Parade begins
2:30pm: Parade ends and students return to their homerooms

Jogging Schedule:
8:45am- 9:15am
Room 2 (Yellow)
Room 5 (Yellow)-Cindy
Room 8
Room 10 (Yellow)
Room 3
Room 7-
Room 9
Room 11
Room 4
Room 13
Room 15 (Yellow)
Room 17
Room 14
Room 16
Room 18
 ** Classes will go to the color on map that corresponds to the color of their room number. 
** Halloween Parade will Begin at 1:45pm. Gates will close at 1:30pm and will reopen at 2:45pm. 

CAPSO Corner - 10/20/17

What an unprecedented couple weeks it has been.  Our thoughts are with all those affected by the devastating fires in Napa and Sonoma Counties.   And we are inspired by the courage and bravery being shown every day by fire fighters, first responders, law enforcement, and just regular folks. 
We take comfort in our routines and squeeze our kiddos a little tighter.  Never has community felt more important.  We want to thank  Gail Reimer, Stephanie Shibata and  Kristin Katz for organizing an outstanding Community Picnic last week.  The MPR has never seen so many amazing dance moves.  Please join us again on campus on Halloween as we all come together for a marathon day - the epic, annual Jog-a-Thon in the morning, the Chili Cook Off, class parties, and the Halloween Parade.  And if that isn't enough, the Book Fair will also be open for business.
We want to thank everyone for their support of the Jog-a-Thon.  It is the one and only CAPSO fundraising event of the year.  Funds raised directly support classroom parties, teacher appreciation, parent education opportunities, faculty lunches and more.  Co-chairing the Jog-a-Thon this year are
Libby Werba and  Linda Stoick with help from  Laurie Stein on t-shirts.  We sincerely thank these volunteers for organizing an Armstrong tradition that the kids absolutely love!
Thank you also to  Lena and Simon Parkinson , in addition to our librarian,  Lynne Elfeky , for pulling the Book Fair together.  Funds raised during the Book Fair benefit the Armstrong library.  The Book Fair runs October 25-31.  It's never to early to start holiday shopping!  Please sign up to volunteer  here .  
Finally, the Chili Cook-Off is back on October 31 st to provide sustenance during the day-of-all-days at Armstrong. Mr. Lortie is already thinking through his winning recipe this year.  If you are interested in entering chili, please contact Ruby Ruiz
Enjoy the weekend.
Katie Storey & Kim Bottoms
CAPSO Co-Chairs

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 + @charlesarmstrong.org

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

How to email teachers by grade level:
Example: all teachers in 7 th grade = 7thgradehomeroomteachers@charlesarmstrong.org