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Federal Terrace Elementary

Vallejo City Unified School District

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    Principal's Message

    November is a great time to begin reflecting on the areas of our lives where we have felt successful during the past year.  It is also a time to consider how to make changes in areas where we would like to improve.  Here are some tips to help students finish out 2017 on a positive note.  

    · Get plenty of sleep – 8 1/2 hours at least.  Scientists have found that students who do not get enough sleep have difficulty paying attention in class.

    · Eat healthy.  Eat more fruits, nuts, vegetables.  Drink more water.

    · Exercise daily

    · Be Safe, Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Kind

    · Complete all assignments.  As, questions if you do not understand.  Keep trying, even when the work is difficult.  Do your personal best at school every day.

    · Read, read, and read.  Read for fun about things you like.

    Come to school daily and on time.  School starts at 8:30AM on the dot.

    Everyone has Time For School!!

    School starts at 8:30AM everyday.  It is unfortunately too common for students to be brought to school well after 8:30.  While we are glad to have your child at school, tardy and late students disrupt instruction.  They require the teacher to stop what she or he is doing to reteach what she has already taught, often more than once depending on the number of student who arrive late.  Tardiness has a negative impact on learning outcomes for every student in class. 

    Students who arrive late receive fewer hour of instruction than student who are in class when the bell sounds.  Consistently arriving late to school establishes bad punctuality habits, tardiness also disrupts the learning of ALL students already in class.  Students who are late to school often miss out on important opening announcements a academic activities  BE ON TIME!


    Did You Know?

    · Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

    · Missing just 10 percent or about 18 days of school can make it  harder to learn to read.

    · Students can still fall behind if they miss just one day or two days every few weeks.

    · Being late to school may lead to poor attendance.

    · Absences can affect the whole classroom fi the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

    Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school and themselves.  Stat building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important.  Good attendance will help children to do well in high school, college, and at work.

    Birthday Celebrations In the School Setting

    So that teachers may focus on academics during instructional time, keep birthday parties and celebrations in the home setting.  If you feel you must have a birthday celebration for your child at school be advised that you must provide the classroom teacher at least a 24 hour prior notice.  Birthday treat sharing will happen only during the lunch break, in our cafeteria, in the student’s regular seating arrangement.  If you do make the choice to bring treats to school for a birthday celebration, we ask that you stay to assist your child in passing out the treats, and to assist in the clean-up. 

    Traffic SAFETY

    I am expecting your complete cooperation in keeping our children safe by adhering to all traffic postings and these additional safety rules:  DO NOT PARK OR LEAVE YOUR CAR UNATTENDED IN THE RED ZONES ON DANIELS AVE, this is a bus pick up and drop off zone.  Your car will be towed away. Rodgers ST is a ONE-WAY street; please adhere to this traffic rule.

    Volunteer Process

    1. If you are interested in becoming a classroom helper, chaperone a field trip, after school tutor, or some other volunteer role at a school site, please obtain a Tuberculosis (TB) clearance from your health provider. (Or proof of TB clearance, has to be within last 4 years)

    2. Once you have the TB results, schedule an appointment to be fingerprinted by calling the Human Resources Department at (707)556-8921 ext. 50044. 


    For the fingerprint appointment will need to bring the following:

       1. TB Results 

       2. Driver's license, Passport or State issued ID.

       4. Volunteers will receive a clearance letter from HR once all necessary clearances have been received.

    You must check in with the Office Manager at the school site(s) once you receive your clearance letter.

    If you have any questions, please call our Front Desk at (707) 556-8921, Ext. 50044. Thank You for supporting VCUSD students!

    Supply Lists for next year are posted under the staff links based on grade levels. See you in the fall! :) 

    Attendance Reminders

    Ms. Vicky, and  Ms. Katt are the front office personnel for Federal Terrace Elementary. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the school office at 556-8460 and they will be happy to assist you. Please recognize that the busiest time in the school office is 8:30AM-10 a.m. If your message is not urgent, please wait to contact us until after 10:00AM.



    Pick Your Children up On Time

    Please be diligent about picking up your child. It can be quite traumatic for children to wait even 10 minutes if they have not been warned ahead of time. Current telephone numbers are required for each child, so we can contact parents if it becomes necessary.

    Drop Off

    We do not have adult supervision until 8:10AM.  Your child(ren) will be on their own and unattended if you make the choice to drop them off at the school before 8:10AM. 


    Absence Line (Call 556-8460, press “1”)

    On any day that a child cannot attend school, a parent or guardian must call the school office to excuse the child, stating the reason for the absence. This check on attendance lets the school know that an absent child is safe at home and avoids the need for a note upon the child's return to school.

    Parents must call the absence line 556-8460 -  the evening before or the morning of a student's absence, then press “1” to leave a message stating your name, your child's name and the reason for absence.

    You must also call if your child will be late, more than thirty minutes, and your child must check in with the office when arriving late. If your child needs to be dismissed from school early, a parent or designated person must sign the student out. Please pick up your child in the office when requesting an early dismissal.


    Extended Absence

    In the case of an extended illness STILL call the school every day.   Whenever possible get a doctor’s note to excuse your absence.  Eventually the school will require a doctor’s note.



    Vacations while school is in session are STRONGLY discouraged, but if it is necessary to remove your child during the school year, you must notify the office one week in advance. The office staff is required to document this absence as unexcused.  Teachers will also need a one week advance notice if requesting work. 

    CAASPP Online Parent Guides

    Posted at the CDE Web site at: 

    these parent guides are designed to help parents understand what the new assessments are asking of students.  Each guide contains sample questions for both English Language Arts/literacy and mathematics at each tested grade level. 

    Office Hours

    8:00 to 4:00pm Monday to Friday

    Office Manager: Katt Van Ourkerk

    Secretary:  Vicki Burse

    Bell Schedule

    Grades 1- 5      

    Regular Days 8:30am - 3:00pm

    Minimum Days 8:30am - 1:30pm


    Regular Days 8:30am - 12:30pm

    Minimum Days 8:30am - 1:30pm

    Extended days  8:30am - 1:30pm  (Beginning after Thanksgiving break)

    Student Lunch Times

    TK and Kinder: 11:25 am-12:05 pm

    1st: 11:30 am - 12:20 pm

    2nd/3rd: 12:05 pm - 12:55 pm

    4th/5th: 12:40 pm - 1:20 pm

    Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today

    - Malcom  X



    Attendance Matters!!!

    Getting your child to school on-time every day,

    unless they are sick, is something that YOU can do to ensure

    YOUR child has a chance to succeed in school.



    While others can help, parents are the bottom line. You can promote good attendance when you:


    • Establish and stick to the basic routines (going to bed early, waking up on time, etc.) that will help your child develop the habit of on-time attendance.
    • Talk to your child about why going to school every day is critical and important unless they are sick
    • Come up with back up plans for who to turn to (another family member, a neighbor or fellow parents) to help you get your child to school if something comes up (e.g. another child gets sick, your car breaks down, etc.).
    • Reach out for help if you are experiencing tough times (e.g. transportation, unstable housing, loss of a job, health problems) that make it difficult to get your child to school. Other parents, your child’s teacher, Academic Support provider,  school nurse,  or community agencies can help you problem solve or connect you to a needed resource.

    If your child is absent, work with the teacher to make sure she or he has an opportunity to learn and make up for the academics missed