August 2018 ~ Issue 18
Dear Evergreen Elementary Families,

I would like to be the first to welcome your family to Evergreen Elementary School! I hope everyone had a fantastic summer spending time with family and friends. We are looking forward to an outstanding year of learning and growth for your child!

I am thrilled to be back at Evergreen for my third year as Principal. Our community of teachers are innovative and student-centered, and working with them to support your children is an incredible experience.

We are so excited to welcome your child back to school on Tuesday, August 14th. Please note that dismissal will be at 12:00pm on the first day of school.
2018-2019 Evergreen Staffing

We are very lucky to be staffed with a full-time Assistant Principal, Ms. Juhola, as well as a full-time School Counselor, Mrs. Epstein, and a full-time School Psychologist, Mr. Hoyt.

We are excited to have some new staff members to Evergreen this year. We have added two additional Special Education classes to our campus this year. Please join me in welcoming our students and staff from the BEST Special Day Classes from University Elementary school! Here are our teaching assignments for the 2018-2019 school year:

Transitional Kindergarten
Mrs. McCarthy

Mr. Cutler
Mrs. Hilliard (moving from First Grade)
Ms. Lightfoot (joining us from John Reed Elementary)

First Grade
Mrs. Heald
Mrs. Lindeman
Mrs. Easter (joining us from Yulupa Elementary in Bennett Valley School District)

Second Grade
Ms. Uwins
Mrs. Cobert (M, T, Th, F) and Mrs. Pease (W)
Ms. Aiona

Third Grade
Ms. Kelsey
Mrs. Bretag
Ms. George (moving from PE teacher)

Fourth Grade
Mrs. Harp
Mrs. Stainer
Mrs. Scull

Fifth Grade
Mr. Bernal
Ms. Dolkas
Mrs. Juarez (formerly Ms. Ashley)

Special Education
Ms. Havstad ~ TK-2nd Severely Handicapped
Mrs. Lindstrom - 3rd-5th Severely Handicapped (joining us from Santa Rosa City Schools)
Ms. Ing ~ 1st-3rd BEST (joining us from University Elementary)
Ms. Pilar ~ 4th-5th BEST (joining us from University Elementary)
Mr. Hoyt ~ School Psychologist (joining us from University Elementary)
Ms. Guild ~ TK-2nd Learning Center
Mrs. Imhoff ~ 3rd-5th Learning Center
Ms. Russell-Nava ~ Program Specialist

Ms. Juhola ~ Assistant Principal
Ms. Stansberry ~ Physical Education
Mrs. Harumi ~ Media Teacher
Mrs. Epstein ~ School Counselor

Families will be notified about their child's class placement for the 2018-2019 school via email on Monday, August 13th. Due to student confidentiality, we do not post physical class lists at Evergreen.
Office Remodel/Parking Lot/Multi Use Room

Our campus has been been a frenzy of activity over summer break! Our Office remodel is complete and we are so excited about our new and improved space. Our waiting room area has been expanded and now provides adequate space for our large school. Come check it out!

Our remodeling and school updates are just beginning at Evergreen! The next stage of improvements include a new parking lot in the grass area behind the G Wing (4th and 5th grade classrooms). We are anticipating that construction on this new parking lot will occur in the next few months.

Once the new parking lot is completed, construction can begin on our new Multi Use Building! This new building will be placed in our current parking lot, and we will have a smaller parking lot in the existing parking area. This building will take approximately one year to complete. When it is finished, we will be able to accommodate our entire school together at the same time. It will also offer a state of the art stage area, expanded food service options, additional bathrooms, and a dedicated PE classroom.

Once the new Multi-Use Building is complete, the existing Multi-Use Building will be converted into a Library/Computer Lab.

All of these campus updates are due to our community's support of our district by voting for current bond measures. We are so grateful to have the ability to make these much needed campus improvements due to your generosity.
Drop Off/Pick Up/Parking Lot Procedures

Our drop off and pick up procedures will be modified through the year based on remodeling and construction. We appreciate your patience in advance for your flexibility regarding parking and traffic!

We have made many positive improvements to our Drop Off and Pick Up procedures. As all students are arriving and departing at about the same time, traffic in front of school and in the parking lot can be very heavy. Please allow extra time for drop off and pick up, especially during the first weeks of school. We encourage you to park in the neighborhood and walk your child onto campus to ensure that you will have a place to park. Please be respectful to our E section neighbors by not parking in front of driveways or moving trash cans.

Our Drop Off and Pick Up area is the yellow “cone zone” in front of the school on Emily Avenue. We are lucky to have a long area that allows for multiple students to exit and enter their cars at the same time. Please be sure to pull forward as far as possible to speed up the drop off and pick up process.

Last year, we received complaints from neighbors and Rohnert Park Police from cars waiting on Emily Avenue to access the pick up line after school. This year, we will not permit cars waiting on Emily Avenue that are not directly in our yellow pickup "cone zone". Cars will need to circulate through the neighborhood until there is space in the pick up line if it is backed up. You may want to plan your pick up time until after 3:05pm to allow the line to clear a bit.

The parking lot is for daycare vans, busses, and parent parking in the lot only. Please do not drop off or pick up your child in the parking lot under any circumstances (even if they are in TK/K). Using the parking lot for this purpose is a safety issue for our students and there is plenty of room to drop off and pick up on Emily Avenue. The only exception to this rule is that parents of students in our Special Day Classes may drop off at the curb in the parking lot with a parking lot pass. The row closest to the school is reserved for staff parking only.

Please do not drop off your child in the back of the school on Evonne Avenue unless you are walking them onto campus. We do not have adult supervision in the back of the school and your child’s safety is our utmost concern.

We really appreciate everyone’s patience and understanding of our Evergreen community during pick up and drop off times.
First Day Packets

First Day Packets will be coming home in your student’s green folders on the first day of school. The information contained in these packets is critical for your child’s safety, and must be completed/returned to school by Friday, August 17 th. We know that filling out this paperwork is a big job, especially if you have multiple children, so we appreciate your efforts!
School Schedule/Tardies
Office Hours
8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.-  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m .- Tuesday

Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
           8:10 a.m. Supervision and Morning Walk Begins
8:17 a.m. Warning Bell Rings
           8:20 a.m. Class Begins for all students TK-5
           2:00 p.m. Dismissal for TK/Kindergarten
           3:00 p.m. Dismissal for Students in Grades 1-5

           8:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.  All Grades (TK-5)

Adult supervision begins at 8:10 a.m. every day. There is no adult supervision on campus for your child prior to this time. At 8:10 a.m., all children and parents are invited to start their day in a healthy way with our school-wide morning walk around the blacktop.

Please send your child directly to class if they arrive between 8:20am-8:30am. Your child’s teacher will be able to mark them tardy in class during that time period. If your child arrives after 8:30am, they will need to check in at the office first. We understand that life happens, but please make every attempt to have your child here on time, every day. It is disruptive to the learning environment when students arrive late to class. We appreciate your support!

Children should go home promptly upon dismissal. Children cannot remain unsupervised on the playground for any reason after school. Children found on the playground will be brought to the office to wait for their ride. Thank you for working with us to ensure that your child is safely supervised.

Having your child in school on time, every day is incredibly important to their learning and development. If your child will be absent, please call the school (588-5715) by 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence. If you forget to call please send a note with your student, explaining the reason for the absence and signed by a parent or guardian. Parents can also email Mrs. Pease at to report an absence.

CRPUSD has adopted a new student information system for the 2018-2019 school year, called PowerSchool. We are no longer utilizing the Quick Schools student information system. Additional information about the PowerSchool system will be communicated to families soon.

Communicating effectively with families on a regular basis is very important to me. I will utilize several methods to communicate with families: Facebook, the Evergreen Elementary website, Parent Messaging through PowerSchool, and our Evergreen Express newsletter. Here is how to access all of that information:

Facebook: This is a closed group for Evergreen families and staff only.

Information coming soon

Evergreen Express Newsletter: The Evergreen Express will be sent on a monthly basis.
Restorative Practices

Piloting Restorative Practices during the 2017-2018 school year was transformative for our Evergreen students and staff. We are excited to continue our work with Restorative Resources, a non-profit in Santa Rosa, who has trained our staff members in implementing these practices.

As we continue to refine our restorative approaches, you may hear your child talking about classroom circles and using affective language. We are hopeful that these Restorative Practices will continue to increase quality communication and a sense of belonging, as well as building relationships with others in the school community based on trust, respect, and authenticity. We will be offering parent nights throughout the year to provide more information about Restorative Practices, so stay tuned for those!
District Meetings

We have several district meetings that you may be interested in attending throughout the year. Here are the dates for those who are interested:

Wellness Committee
November 8, 2018
January 10, 2019
March 14, 2019
May 2, 2019
*All Wellness Committee Meetings will be held from 3:45-4:45pm in Room L-1 at Technology Middle School*

Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) Meetings
October 22, 2018
January 28, 2019
April 15, 2019
May 13, 2019
*All LCAP Meetings will be held from 3:45-4:45pm in Room L-1 at Technology Middle School*

District English Language Advisory Council (DELAC) Meetings
October 24 , 2018
January 30, 2019
April 17, 2019
May 8, 2019
*All DELAC Meetings will be held from 5:30-6:30pm in Room L-1 at Technology Middle School*
PTA Corner

Welcome back Team Evergreen!
I hope that your students are excited as I’m sure you are to start off a new year at our beautiful school... Your PTA team is very excited too!

We will be starting off the year with the Welcome Back BBQ on Friday, August 24 th at 6 PM. We hope you will be able to join us and meet your new board members as well as eat some delicious BBQ. 

I hope you get a chance to sign up for the PTA. Membership is just $10 and there are many benefits to being a PTA member with discounts and vouchers that you can receive. The best and most important part of joining the PTA is that you get to help the Evergreen PTA board make decisions on how we can help fund programs and make improvements for your students. You will receive envelopes in your student’s packets during the first few weeks of school. Extra envelopes can be found in the office under the PTA announcement board or in the MU on our Membership Thermometer.

Our first PTA Association Meeting will be in September we will send home more information when we get closer. Pizza, childcare, and Spanish translation are provided for school age children at every meeting. Thanks again for your support of Evergreen PTA and we look forward to serving you and your students this year!
Erin Ballard
Evergreen Elementary
PTA President
Amazon Smile

Who doesn't like free money? Amazon Smile is a great way to earn money for Evergreen Elementary. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from your eligible AmazonSmile purchases. I'm sure many of you shop via Amazon as well, and all of those purchases can add up to a LOT of free money for our school!

Here's how you can sign up:
On your first visit to AmazonSmile (, you are prompted to select a charitable organization from our list of eligible organizations. Please select "Evergreen Elementary PTA" in Rohnert Park. In order for Evergreen to receive funding, you must logon to instead of the regular website each time you shop at Amazon. Thank you for your support!
  Important Dates
 Please mark your calendar for these important upcoming events:

Monday, August 13 @1-2pm - TK/Kindergarten Meet and Greet in MU
Monday, August 13 @6:00-7:30pm - 5th Grade Back to School Night/Outdoor Education Meeting in MU
Tuesday, August 14 - First day of 2018-2019 School Year! Dismissal at 12:00
Friday, August 24 @6:00-7:30pm - Evergreen Welcome Back BBQ
Thursday, August 30 - TK-4th Back to School Night (TK/Kinder/1st/2nd 5:30-6:30pm, School Wide Meet Up in MU 6:30-6:45pm, 3rd/4th Grades 6:45-7:45pm)

Monday, September 3 - Labor Day, No School
Monday, September 17th - Wednesday, September 19th - Outdoor Education for Ms. Dolkas's class
Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21 - Outdoor Education for Mr. Bernal and Mrs. Juarez's classes
Friday, September 21 - Teacher Planning Day, No School
Friday, September 28 - School Picture Day
Saturday, October 6 - Rohnert Park Founder's Day Parade
Monday, October 8 - Columbus Day, No School
My School Bucks
Food Service is encouraging families to put money on student meal accounts using My School Bucks. My School Bucks is live and payments are reflected within 15 minutes of the payment being made. 
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