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Opening Parent Bulletin

 August 5, 2019


Dear Parents and Guardians:

The staff of Capistrano Avenue Elementary School welcomes you and your child to the 2019-2020 School Year!



                        Regular School Day (except ALL Tuesdays)

                        Playground Opens                            7:30 AM

                        School Day for Grades K – 5           8:00 – 2:23 PM

                        Pre-K School Day                             8:00 – 11:00AM (Morning Pre-K) / 12:00 – 3:00PM (Afternoon Pre-K)

                        After School Programs                     2:23 – 6:00 PM

  •                         Youth Services (YS)
  •                         Youth Development Program (YDP)


                        Shortened Day Every Tuesday

                        School Day for Grades K – 5          8:00 – 1:23 PM

                        After School Programs                    1:23 – 6:00 PM


                        Minimum School Day (does not include Pre-K)

                        School Day for Grades K – 5             8:00 – 12:39 PM

                        Lunch                                                  12:39

                        After School Programs                       12:39 – 6:00PM

                        Youth Services (YS)

                        Youth Development Program (YDP)                             


                         Tuesday, September 10, 2019 ~ Back-to-School Night                                                                  


The school opens at 7:30 a.m. Students should not be dropped off any earlier than 7:30 a.m. as there is no supervision available before this time to ensure your child’s safety. Parent/Guardians/Family Members will be allowed to walk their child onto the campus during the first week of school. After the first week of school we will continue to implement our closed school campus for the remainder of the school year. 


Students are expected to be in school on time everyday. The district expectation is that students will hold at the very least a 96% attendance rate. This means that students cannot miss more than six days of school. Students who have perfect attendance monthly will be recognized during our “Super Star” assemblies. If a student has more than three tardies in a reporting period they will not be considered for perfect attendance. Students who have perfect attendance all year will be recognized at our end of year awards assembly.  Classrooms with perfect attendance will also be rewarded for their efforts. The school day begins at 8:00 a.m. If a student arrives to school after 8:00 a.m. they will be considered tardy. Parents must walk students into the office if they are tardy. Parents and Students will sign-in in order to be given a tardy slip. 


As the parent of a student at Capistrano Avenue Elementary School, you are a very important stakeholder!  Your participation can help us to provide an outstanding learning experience for our students.  Please meet with us often and help us to make decisions that benefit our children for a lifetime by joining our P.T.A. and our Advisory Councils. You are also welcomed and encouraged to volunteer in the classroom. ALL volunteers must complete a Volunteer Application and attach current T.B. exam results prior to volunteering in a classroom. Volunteers may begin their assignment once their LAUSD badge has arrived to the school.  All Volunteers must sign in in the main office and wear their volunteer badge daily. 


Shoes: Flat shoes, no open-toed shoes, no “roller-skate” shoes with hidden wheels 

Shirts: No spaghetti or halter tops or tube tops, no foul language or alcohol and drug slogans, sexual or violent suggestive slogans, or negative or hate motivated messages, and no gang affiliated garments. 

Earrings: Hoops. dangling, and gauge earrings 

Hats: No caps (Hats can be worn during recess and lunch on very hot and sunny days). 

Hair: Style, cut, color, should not be a distraction, interfere or detract from the instructional program.


When your child is absent send a note upon his/her return to school.  The note should state the reason for the absence and must be signed by a parent or guardian.  When your child returns from being ill, please do not send any type of medication to school with your child. If your child needs to be medicated throughout the school day appropriate forms must be completed by you and your child’s physician. 


It is essential that each child return an emergency card to the school office.  The card must be filled in completely and must be updated when changes occur in the family.  The school must be able to contact the parent or caregiver in case of an emergency.  For safety reasons, the school will not allow any person who has not been listed on the emergency card to take a child from the school premises during the school day. The name of the parent/guardian emergency  contact must match the name on the identification cards provided. 


Our school participates in the Breakfast in the Classroom Program. All students are provided with a free breakfast daily. Our School Cafeteria provides Lunch ($3.00).   Applications for free or reduced-price meals are available in the School Office and in the Cafeteria.  We encourage all parents to apply for the school meal program.


All school Visitors must sign-in and out in the main office and must wear a visitor’s badge that is issued by office staff. There are no exceptions to this rule. If you would like to visit your child’s classroom please schedule an observation with your child’s teacher in advance.  In order to minimize disruptions to the instructional program, observations are limited to 20 minutes per visit.   


Encourage your children to obey the safety rules as they walk to and from school.  Never allow your child to walk to and from school alone.  Remind your children to never talk to strangers. 

If you are driving your child to school, please drop him/her off and pick him/her up on the school side of the street.  Please do not make u-turns near or around the school.  There should be NO DOUBLE PARKING whatsoever when dropping off or picking up your children.  Please go that extra distance to enhance the safety of our students.  For the safety and welfare of our students, please obey all traffic regulations around our campus and on neighborhood streets.  Allow sufficient time for your child to arrive at school at least 10 minutes before class begins.  

Also, please be considerate of our neighbors – do not block driveways or use your car horns.  Please do not park in the staff parking lot or in the Bus Zone area on Cantara.

If your child rides a scooter or bicycle to school they must be wearing a protective helmet! It is the law! 


We do not encourage early student pick-up, however if you must pick up your child before the end of the instructional day please come to the main office and sign him or her out. Please bring proper identification. The adult must provide identification and must be on the emergency card in order for the school to release the child. The office will not call your child out of their class until you arrive to the main office


Please schedule all appointments for your children after school.

If you are interested in meeting with the principal please contact the main office to schedule an appointment. Thank you!  


Kindergarten students will be dismissed from their Kindergarten classrooms to an adult. Older sibling are not allowed to pick up unless they are eighteen years or older. If you arrive late to pick up your child they will be in the library. You will need to sign them out from the office. Kindergartners are not allowed to participate in the Youth Service After-School Program. 


First grade students will be dismissed from their classrooms to an adult. Older siblings will not be permitted to pick up unless they are eighteen years or older.  If you arrive late to pick up your child they will be in the library. First Grade students are not allowed to participate in the Youth Service After-School Program. 


Parents/Guardians/Family members will have permission to walk onto the campus for the first week of school. After the first week of school we will continue with our closed school campus at the beginning of the day. All gates will be closed and locked at 8:00 AM. Gates will be re-opened at 2:23 PM at the end of the school day. Gates will be closed and locked again 20 minutes after dismissal. 


The school day ends at 2:23 p.m. Parents are invited on to our campus to meet with their children at the end of the day. If you are not on time to pick up your child (2nd-5th) they must go to the yard to await your arrival. We remind students regularly that they are not to wait for their parents at gates or any other location on campus. Students will be given permission to use the office phones after 3:00 if they are concerned and are awaiting a parent. Once you have your child with you we ask that you supervise them carefully in order to ensure their safety. All gates are closed at 2:45 p.m. The office stays open until 4:30 p.m. After 4:30 the only entrance to the school is through the auditorium. Students do not have permission to climb the apparatus on the main yard, and the kinder and Pre-kinder yards before or after school.


Report Cards will be issued three (3) times per year at the end of the following reporting periods:

1st Reporting Period            8-20-19          to        11-15-19          

2nd Reporting Period           11-18-19          to        3-6-20

3rd Reporting Period            3-9-20          to        6-12-20 

We will have Parent Conferences at the end of the first (November 18-22) and second (March 2-6) reporting periods.  


In an effort to encourage healthy eating habits we ask that you do not allow your child to bring “junk food” (chips, candy, soda etc.). Hot Cheetos, Takis, and other junk snack foods with chili powder/eye irritants are not permitted at any time and will be confiscated. Candy and soda will also be confiscated.

Students are also asked not to share their food with others due to allergies and dietary restrictions.


In the effort to encourage healthy eating habits… cake, large full size cupcakes, chips, pizza and juices will no longer be permitted for birthday celebrations.  We suggest healthy snacks like pretzels, fruit or jello cups, or bite size muffins. You might also like to celebrate your child’s birthday at school by donating a book to the school library in honor of your child’s birthday or send goodie bags with pencils, stickers, erasers etc. that can be distributed to students. Birthday celebrations may be held during recess, lunch or the last five minutes of the instructional day. Parents may enter the campus ten minutes prior to the celebration for set-up. Parent must arrange with their child’s teacher the date and time of this celebration. Thank you for your cooperation. 

The teacher will coordinate with parents/guardians to organize for healthy foods that meet the new guidelines for all other celebrations.  All foods distributed to students on campus must be packaged and store bought.

These policies and procedures are in place in order to maintain a safe and secure environment for all of our students. We appreciate your cooperation as we educate your children and prepare them for their future!


Sonja Cao-Garcia, Principal                                              

Javier Arias, School Coordinator

Rosa Lopez, School Administrative Assistant

Carla Garbutt, Office Technician