1st Day of School
2019-20 Las Palmas Traffic Mitigation Plan
Drop Off Lane in Front of School - We will continue to use the drop off lane in front of the school. Please drop off students between 7:40 - 7:55 a.m. to minimize the traffic backup between 7:55-8:05 a.m. Playground supervision will be present starting at 7:45 a.m.
Encourage One Way Drop off/Pick up Traffic in Back of School - When dropping off or picking up at the back of the school, we ask parents to make a right turn to keep the flow of traffic moving and maintain a safe environment for our students and their families. We highly encourage the following traffic patterns when using the back parking lot: Cars coming into the parking lot can use Avenida Del Poniente and those leaving the lot will go right and exit onto W. El Portal.
Use of Crosswalks - We strongly discourage any crossing of streets outside of crosswalks. This is a serious safety concern as we have had multiple close calls in the past years. We will begin emphasizing safety crossing the street with students during school hours.
Crossing Guard Balance - Administrators are working with the Crossing Guards hired by the City of San Clemente to ensure a proper balance of allowing pedestrians to cross while also allowing enough vehicles to move through the intersection to assist with traffic issues in key areas of the school. These are the two intersections in the front of the school.
Adjust Kindergarten Start and End Times - The Kindergarten day will be adjusted to 8:10-2:10 in order to reduce the amount of cars coming at drop off and pick up times and help the Kindergarten families find parking. For those with older students, siblings can be dropped off before 8 and there will be Kindergarten playground supervision from 7:55-8:10 am.
Welcome to Las Palmas PTA Information Event
To all our Kindergarten Parents: Welcome to Las Palmas Elementary School! We are as excited as you are for your child to begin his/her grade school experience. Since 1927 LPES have been welcoming San Clement’s youngest students. Below you will find some of the most popular questions that Kindergarten parents have about their child's first year.
Q: Will we have a chance to meet our child's teacher before school starts?
A: Yes! Families are invited to the classrooms starting at 8:45 am to meet the teacher, see the classroom, and even drop off school supplies. Watch for announcements about this schedule and more school news through “School Messenger App".
Q: What time does school start and end for kindergarten?
A: The full day kindergarten begins Wednesday August 21st at 8:10 a.m. The students will line up in the court yard in front of the kinder lunch tables. Kindergarten students with older siblings can be dropped off before 8 am there will be Kindergarten playground supervisor from 7:55-8:10 am. School dismisses is at 2:10 p.m.
Q: Where should I pick up my child at the end of the School Day?
A: Students should be picked up from the kindergarten lunch tables at the end of the day.
Q: What does my child need for school?
A: Please Click Here to check the school supply list for items needed for Kindergarten.. Please make sure your child brings a backpack to school every day. The backpack needs to be large enough to hold a school pocket folder. Be sure your child's personal items (backpack, coat, snack bag, etc.) are labeled with his or her name. An option to help earn money for the PTA is to purchase labels from mabel’s labels, click here (choose Las Palmas PTA & shop away!)
Q: Is there a dress code for Kindergarten?
A: Yes! Las Palmas Elementary School has a mandatory uniform policy. Please click here for the uniform details. Las Palmas PTA Spiritwear T-shirts (long & short sleeve), polo shirt, and hoodies are uniform compliant. The PTA will be selling Las Palmas Spiritwear during the kindergarten summer introduction classes. All clothing should be labeled with your child's name.
Q: What is the procedure if my child is absent from school?
A: State law requires that parents notify the school if a child is absent. You may contact the school anytime day or night on our 24/7 Attendance line. When you call, please leave your name, your child's name, their teacher's name, the reason for their absence and the date on which you are calling.
Q: Will my child be with older students at any time?
A: Other than during arrival and dismissal, Kindergarten students are not with older students during the day. Their classrooms are in a separate area with their own recess area that is fenced in. Occasionally, our 5th grade classes may "buddy" with a kindergarten student as part of their classroom experience. This Buddy Class is a structured reading time that is supervised by both the Kindergarten and 5th grade teachers.
Q: May I volunteer?
A: Absolutely! In fact, we ask that parents make a pledge to volunteer for at least three hours during the school year. This can be done at parties/activities in the classroom, chaperoning field trips, working at school events, or even taking material home with you to organize and prepare for the teacher. If you do volunteer during school hours, we ask that you sign-in at the office first so that we may greet you and give you a volunteer badge. For more information about volunteering click on the volunteer tab on the main page of this website or email Vanessa Lentine Volunteer@HolaLasPalmas.org.
WATCH D.O.G.S. Kick Off Event
Greetings Las Palmas families!!!
We would like to extend a warm welcome to all of you this school year. Our WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program needs the help of all the great dads out there, to ensure the continued success that the program has had in the past school years!
Join us at 6pm sharp on Monday, August 26th! We will have some delicious pizza, a fantastic puppet show for the kids, and of course a very brief orientation and sign-up period for all those dads that are going to be joining the WATCH D.O.G.S. ranks this school year!
We hope to see you there!
WATCH D.O.G.S. (Dads Of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center For Fathering.
Yearbook Early Bird Sale Ends
Yearbook Early Bird Sale:
Buy early and save, you may order now by clicking HERE. Order forms are being sent home in the Day One Packet.
Soft Cover Yearbooks: $15.00/each
*Hard Cover Yearbooks: $25.00/each
Please submit order by Friday August 30th to take advantage of this price.
*Hard Cover Yearbooks - Limited Number Available for Purchase.
Turn in your Box Tops
TURN IN YOUR BOX TOPS TODAY!
If you’ve been saving up your Box Tops now is the time to turn them in to the office! Please check the expiration date on your Box Tops before you send them in and place all Box Tops in a plastic bag or envelope with the name of your student’s teacher on it. It’s that easy!
COLLECT, TURN IN AND EARN
Clip physical Box Tops from hundreds of purchased participating products. turn them into the office. Each valid Box Tops is worth 10 cents. The expiration date and alphanumeric code must be visible when clipped.
QUALIFYING BOX TOPS
Qualifying Box Tops can be found on packages of participating General Mills products and various partner brands. Qualifying products are subject to change. Box Tops are available in lots of household items.
Questions please contact BoxTops@HolaLasPalmas.org