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Upcoming Events
- Back To School Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
- Fall Family Picnic
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
District Announcements

For transportation information including MCPSD's Yellow Bus and SamTrans, click here.

The PTOs for Encinal, Laurel, Oak Knoll and Hillview, along with the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF), are working together to make our schools the best they can be for all of our kids. When you support your PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools – both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library and science. All of this makes a real difference in your child’s day and, ultimately, in their education.

Please support these organizations today. Start by clicking here.

PTO donations are due by September 30. Make your commitment to the MPAEF by November 6. 
School Announcements

Coming up at Encinal...

Mon, August 24: Kinder Meet & Greet
Tues, August 25: First Day of School!
Reminder: New bell schedule!
Thurs, September 3: Back To School Night
Thurs, May 26, 2016: Open House
Tues, June 14, 2016: Last Day of School

NEW Encinal Bell Schedule, 2015-2016
Both Laurel and Encinal School have revised their bell schedule for the 15/16 school year. Among other things, this new bell schedule will allow K-3 students (a change from K-2 only) to have access to the district neighborhood school bus route, both before and after school. Information on how to sign up for this bus service is available on the District transportation website.
Grade School
Day Dismissal
K, 1, 2 & 3 8:00 am 2:45 pm 1:35 pm 11:20 am
4 & 5 8:15 am 3:00 pm 1:50 pm 11:20 am
Encinal School
Back to School Newsletter
August 21, 2015
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Encinal Eagle
Principal's Post
Dear Encinal Community,
I hope this message finds our students enjoying time with their friends and family and excited to begin or resume school on Tuesday, August 25th. We will open our doors to over 765 students, and we'd like to especially welcome our kindergarteners and the 60+ new students in the 1-5th grade campus. Our talented teachers and staff are busy planning welcome back activities that will have all students feeling comfortable and excited about their school.
New Bell Schedule
Just a reminder that we have updated our start and end times K-5 for the 2015-16 school year.
New Hires
We welcome several new faces to the Encinal teaching staff. Ashley Ciborowski to Kindergarten Spanish Immersion, Marisela Ghahramani to World Language, Allison Zeiser to 4th grade, Piper Redmond to our music team, Johnathon Coldoff to technology coach, and long term subs Tami Chamness to 3rd grade, and Elizabeth Ellison to 5th. All teachers are coming to us with experience in the classroom and a passion for teaching children! Also, Encinal's amazing crossing guard Trudi Wallick will also join us for lunch time yard supervision!
What's New!
World Language in Kindergarten!
Our new world language teacher, Marisela Ghahramani will be teaching Spanish to our 4 non-immersion kindergarten classrooms 4 days/week in the classroom. Encinal's newest Spanish as a World Language Program for kindergarteners makes language learning a cultural adventure! Students will explore language and culture through lessons that focus on the gradual development of listening and speaking while fostering excitement toward language learning. Maestra Ghahramani will also bring cultural opportunities to all students throughout the school year.
Reader's Workshop
This year we will be rolling out Lucy Calkins' Reader's Workshop from Columbia's Teachers College Reading and Writing Program school wide. We look forward to our ongoing partnership with Teachers College as we continue on site staff coaching throughout the school year with staff developers from Teachers College. We continue our plans to shore up the book titles within each of our classrooms. Our library continues to accept donated gently used children's books throughout the school year. Thank you to the many parents who donated books over the summer to kick off our kindergarten reading program.
Math Expressions
After last year's extensive adoption process with our teachers, the District adopted Math Expressions as it's K-5 math curriculum. All of our teachers will participate in two full days of professional development with this new series throughout the school year.
State Assessments SBAC Assessment Results Grade 3-5
As you have already read in the Superintendent's recent newsletter, parents can anticipate receiving student achievement results from the spring's administration of the Smarter Balanced Assessment (the assessment that replaced the statewide CSTs). Score reports will be sent via USPS in early September once the state releases final results. Initial data indicates that MPCSD schools prepare students well for the rigor of 21st century learning, while also directing us to areas that we can set improvement goals. 
Back To School Night Dates/Times
Please mark your calendars for Thursday, September 3rd Grades K-2 5:45-6:45; Grades 3-5 7-8 PM. This is an adult only evening where parents meet their child's classroom teacher. Parents will learn about highlights for the year, along with any information specific to the classroom regarding communication and schedules. We're aiming for 100% parent attendance!
PTO Newsletter
With Opening day right around the corner, this newsletter edition is being sent out earlier to give everyone more time to plan, but from now on, the newsletter will be sent out on Sunday as usual.  
Ordering Choice Lunch 
If your family is planning on order lunch for your child to pick up at school, follow these steps:
2. Click Sign Up
3. Enter School Code: Encinal
Car Pool Names
PTO volunteers will be handing out car pool name cards on Friday, August 21st at 4 p.m. during class list posting. If names are not picked up, no worries, we will be sending them home with your child(ren) during the first week of school. If families are using the carpool line during pick up, kindly hold up the sign, or place on the passenger side visor for a staff person to read from a short distance.  Staff members call out the child's name as the vehicle approaches.  This helps students be ready to enter the vehicle in a timely manner.  Please note: staff can not read names from a distance if the the name is laying on the dash. We appreciate everyone's cooperation by only entering the carpool lane during your child's dismissal time. Parents may not park in the carpool lane while others are still in the process of picking up their child(ren). All cooperation is greatly appreciated.
On behalf of the hard working Encinal staff, welcome to the 2015-16 school year!
Fly High Eagles!
Sharon Burns
Encinal School 
Key Events at the Start of School
calendar Friday, 8/21: Class lists posted at 4 pm
Kindergarten lists will be posted on the Kindergarten bulletin board. All other grades will be posted at the front office window. Keep in mind that teachers are very busy preparing their classrooms for the first day of school. Please allow them to work without interruption; you will get to meet them very soon! Carpool cards will be handed out here as well.
Monday, 8/24: Meet and Greet for Kinders at 2:30 PM
Bring your child to visit the classroom and meet their teacher to help make the first day more comfortable. Refer to school map here, but note that some teacher names on this map are still being updated.
Tuesday, 8/25: First Day of School and Back-to-School Coffee 
  • See 1st day procedures and school start and end times
  • Please plan for extremely difficult parking conditions by arriving early, or biking, walking, busing, or carpooling to school. Parents: you are welcome to ride SamTrans with your child; you can mount your bike on the rack in front of the bus and ride it to work or back home afterwards.
  • Parents: Visit the Back-to-School Coffee and Volunteer Sign Up, 8:15-10:30 am, in the large multi. Sign up for home-, classroom-, campus-, and community-based volunteer positions. 
Thursday, 9/3: Back-to-School Night  (no children, please) 
  • Grades K - 2: 5:45 - 6:45 PM
  • Grades 3 - 5: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Everyone is highly encouraged to attend this very important event. Meet in your child's classroom and hear from their classroom teacher and Head Room Parent. Please walk, bike, or carpool with neighbors if you can. Book your sitter now! 
More upcoming events can be viewed on our school website. All information on Encinal school's website is open to the public and you do not need a username or password.
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First Day of School:
Where/When to Go and What to Bring
Where to Go  (see school map here)
  • Kindergarten students will meet inside the fenced kinder playground.
  • 1st, 2nd & 3rd grade students will meet on the large blacktop playground in front of the play structure.
  • 4th & 5th grade students will meet in the courtyard in front of the fourth and fifth grade complex near the lunch tables. 
  • Look for the cone with your child's teacher's name and line up at the cones when the bell rings.
When to Go
Students may be dropped off as early as 7:45 am when yard supervision begins. 
  • K-3: The bell rings at 8 am. School is dismissed at 2:45 pm. (Thursdays: 1:35 pm.)
  • 4-5: The bell rings at 8:15 am. School is dismissed at 3 pm. (Thursdays: 1:50 pm.)
Parents are invited to walk with the line to the classroom, say goodbye at the classroom door, and proceed to the large Multi-Purpose Room for the PTO Back-to-School Coffee and Volunteer Sign-up (8:15-10:30am).  
What to Bring
  • All teachers encourage parents to send well-rested kids to school! Start those bedtime routines a bit earlier the weeks and days leading up to school.
  • Full size backpack labeled with your child's name.
  • A snack in a separate container to eat at the morning recess.
  • Lunch: either sign up and order a Hot Lunch in advance or send along a lunchbox or brown bag with your child's name (and maybe a note or smiley face!). Hot Lunch will begin on the first day of school. 
  • Label all of your child's items.
  • Supplies: Teachers will provide a list of suggested supplies at Back to School night.
  • Please pack your patience, too. Encinal is a big school with very little parking. Help your kids have a great start to their day by planning ahead for the best transportation options for your family. 
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      Walk           Bike                  Bus                  Car
Fewer cars make Encinal feel welcoming, safe, and easy to approach on foot. Please consider alternatives to single-family car rides for your school commute. The Encinal website has an overview of ways to get to and from school. 

Walk & Bike & Carpool
  • Click here for more on getting ready to walk, bike, scooter, or share the driving.
  • This year, carpool cards will have your child's name on them instead of numbers. If you don't pick yours up on Friday 8/21, you can make one and rubber-band it onto the passenger-side sun visor. Click here for an explanation of Encinal's carpool procedures. 
Bus Registration
SamTrans Bus
  • Public buses from SamTrans make school runs to serve MPCSD students. Find clear and simple info on taking SamTrans to Encinal by clicking here
Questions? Send an email to commutes@mpcsd.org. Click here for additional safety tips. 

School Start and End Times


clock happy Before-School Supervision  

During the school year, yard supervision will be provided for all students beginning at 7:45 am. For safety, please do not drop off your child prior to 7:45 am. Kindergarten children should proceed to the fenced Kinder yard. Students in grades 1-5 should go to the lunch tables or the playground. The field is closed in the morning. The bell will ring five minutes before the start of school to signal students to go to their classrooms.                         

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Grades                                  M-F           M,T, W, F        Thursdays 

Primary grades: K-3             8:00 am           2:45 pm          1:35 pm

Upper grades: 4-5                8:15 am           3:00 pm          1:50 pm


After School Supervision for Primary Students Waiting for Older Siblings 

We encourage families with children in both primary and upper grades to wait until the later dismissal time to pick up children (3 pm on M, T, W and F.) Younger siblings who are waiting for fourth and fifth graders will be supervised by school staff. Upper grade children should meet their younger siblings in the small multi-use room at the front of the campus before proceeding to buses, bikes, or the carpool zone. Questions: contact Courtney Hollensbe in the school office at chollensbe@mpcsd.org or 650-326-5164. 

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Kids Jumping CartoonAfterSchoolEncinal After-School Programs
Outside vendors offer many wonderful after-school programs every day of the week on the Encinal campus. Sign-ups will be open soon! Details for Fall 2015 will be posted on the After School Activity webpage; check frequently, as it will be updated as more activities are added. Most of the programs will begin the second or third week of school.
Many of the previous years' popular classes will be available again. In addition, here are some of the new offerings this year:

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Volunteering is a wonderful way to connect to the school, make friends, and help your teacher and student. There is a list of many volunteer opportunities on our website.  If you have questions about volunteering, please email volunteer@encinalschool.com

URGENT: Immediate Volunteer Needs for Fall!!   
  • Cultural Arts Day - We are looking for 1-3 co-chairs to help plan and organize volunteers for Cultural Arts Day. This is an entire day dedicated to fun activities, lessons, and performances highlighting the culture of one area of the world. Cultural Arts Day includes guest speakers, music and dancing, food tasting, a cultural museum, crafts, and more. The date and country will be selected by the Chairs. Kids love this program and we rely on parent volunteers to organize it!! If you're interested, please email Jill.
  • Spirit Wear - Sell items (e.g. t-shirts, magnets) imprinted with the Encinal logo at school events; manage on-line store and inventory. This can be a team of 2-3 people. We really need someone by the first day of school! Email Jill if you're interested.
  • After School Sports -
    New Coordinator Needed for Next Year
    If you are an organized, sports-minded person looking to get involved, we are seeking to train a volunteer to take over the after school sports program! The 2015-2016 school year will be a training year; the coordinators will prepare you to take over in 2016-2017. Contact Jen Nelson if you are interested.
  • Food For Thought - Our Food for Thought program helps to ensure that every student has proper nutrition for a productive day at school by providing baskets of fruit for all of our classrooms. All food is ordered on-line. This volunteer job can be done from the comfort of your own home or office, takes a short time each week. Perfect for someone who wants to volunteer, but doesn't have much time to come to Enicnal. If you're interested, please email Jill! 
  • Kids Art - Do you drink coffee out of a mug featuring your child's artwork every morning? Do you purchase holiday gifts for family and friends covered with your child's artwork? This is the job for you! A volunteer is needed to coordinate the kids art program held in October of each year. If you're interested, please email Jill!
  • Head Room Parent Positions Available!
    The first day of school is almost here and most Head Room Parent roles are assigned with in the first week.  As HRP, you are the liaison between the teacher and the rest of the class parents.  In consultation with the teacher, you organize volunteers for class parties, field trips and activities.  This is a fantastic opportunity to work closely with your child's teacher and get to know his/her classmates.  
    If you would like to sign up or just learn more, please contact Teresa R or stop by the HRP table at the Back to School Coffee.

Other Volunteer Opportunities

You can learn more about these and other volunteer positions at the Back-to-School Coffee and Volunteer Sign Up on the first day of school, Tuesday 8/25 from 8:15-10:30 am in the large multi. There will be sign-ups for all of the committees and people to answer your questions. Check out the PTO website for a list of volunteer opportunities and contact information.

Thank you for helping make this a smooth, successful, and activity-filled year for our students!
MPAEF & Encinal PTO : Welcome!
Hello, and welcome to Encinal! The PTO and the MPAEF continue their collaboration to make Encinal the best it can be for our kids. However, we can't do it without your help. JointCampaign
Join us as we invest in education. Together.
Together, we INSPIRE in our children a love of learning
Together, we INVOLVE ourselves in their learning journey
Together, we INVEST in their future
When you support the PTO, you make possible curriculum enrichment, field trips, community building events, and well-supplied classrooms. When you support the MPAEF, you are putting more teachers in our schools - both in the classroom and in specialized areas such as art, music, drama, library, and science. This makes a real difference in your child's day and ultimately, in their education. The PTO and the Foundation are the two vital organizations that make our schools special. When you support the PTO at $250 per child and the MPAEF at $1500 per child this is the real difference you make in their education:
Please support these organizations today! PTO donations are due by September 30. Please make your gift or pledge to the MPAEF by November 6. For any questions about the MPAEF you can reach out to your school ambassador, Amy Coolican. Click here to support these organizations today. Thank you for your support!
New Family Social
The Encinal PTO and the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) would like to welcome all new parents and those with incoming kindergartners to a casual Welcome Social at a fellow Encinal family's home. You will meet our principal, Sharon Burns, our Superintendent, Maurice Ghysels, and our MPAEF and Encinal PTO leaders; they'll be talking about our amazing school and our community-funded school district. Our goal is to make this a fun and educational evening for you to meet other parents and to hear about what is happening at Encinal and in our District. Cheese & crackers and wine will be provided. 
Parents only please, RSVP here.
boutiqueShow Some Encinal Spirit!
Get ready to show off your Encinal pride!  Spirit Wear will be for sale at the Kindergarten Meet & Greet and at the Back to School Coffee. You can also purchase your spirit wear online, click here to order. New for 2016 is a trendy eagle t-shirt, a toddler t-shirt for younger siblings and a special edition "Class of 2016" Sweatshirt for our 5th Graders.  All proceeds benefit the Encinal PTO!
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