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About Us

Green Acres Elementary School has been recognized by the state of California as a Gold Ribbon Award School based on our literacy program. At Green Acres, we believe in the importance of educating the whole child and hope to ignite a passion for learning by incorporating art, music, physical education, digital skills, and our Life Lab Garden into the curriculum.
Reading is a priority in our school. Our Response to Intervention (RTI) Program provides time each day dedicated for reading instruction geared to meet the individual needs of students. An important goal for our students is that they learn to communicate their thinking orally and in writing, and to be able to apply their learning to novel situations.
Green Acres is home to a committed staff that works together and models the collaborative spirit we wish to inspire in our students. We hope to foster a growth mindset in our community, so that challenges can be routinely viewed as opportunities for learning. We want our students to learn that perseverance pays off in meeting personal goals, along with our rigorous academic standards.
Our staff is committed to the safety and well-being of all students. We use Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) at our school, which includes school-wide rules and common expectations for all students. We have a counselor on staff who organizes social skills groups throughout the year. Our child nutrition program is second to none, with fresh food prepared daily in our district. We have a recess coach who organizes group activities during recess.
Along with great programs and a wonderful facility, it is the students, families and staff that make this school a gem in the heart of Santa Cruz County!

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Mission Statement

Our mission is to empower, inspire and ensure equitable opportunities for every student to thrive. We teach and nurture the whole child in an academically rigorous, collaborative and innovative learning environment.

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Language Ambassadors/ Embajadores de Idioma

The main purposes of Language Ambassadors are to: 1) Promote Bi-Literacy by maintaining the home language and working towards achieving the Bi-Literacy Seal at graduation 2) Providing Enrichment and Encouragement to seeking to learn a second language We have several Family Nights and Student Workshops planned that lead to our culminating celebration on March 31, 2020, from 4-6 pm at Live Oak Elementary School. Come find out more! It is worth it to learn more about multilingualism. Look at our link for dates and further information or speak to Ms. Gilbert or Ms. Taylor. Los propósitos principales de Embajadres de Lenguaje son: 1) Promover la bi-alfabetización… manteniendo el idioma del hogar y trabajando para lograr el sello de bi-alfabetización en la graduación 2) Proporcionando enriquecimiento y estímulo para tratar de aprender un segundo idioma Tenemos varias Noches Familiares y Talleres Estudiantiles planeados que conducen a nuestra celebración culminante el 31 de marzo de 2020, de 4 a 6 pm en la Escuela Primaria Live Oak. ¡Ven a descubrir más! Vale la pena aprender más sobre el multilingüismo. Mire nuestro enlace para las fechas y por más información habla con la Sra. Gilbert o la Sra. Taylor.
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ELL “Reclassification” Info Night / Noche de Información de Reclasificación

If your child is an English language learner (ELL) in the 3rd, 4th or 5th grade, you will not want to miss this event. We will explain that the goal of your child is to meet the “Reclassification” level of achievement as soon as possible and the impact of not being able to achieve this status. We will explain the process of how that happens and how you can help your child. January 22, 2020 in library 5:30-7:00 dinner served 5:30-6:00 pm. Si su hijo esta aprendiendo inglés como segunda idioma (ELL) en el 3er, 4to o 5to grado, no querrá perderse este evento. Explicaremos que el objetivo de su hijo es alcanzar el nivel de logro de "Reclasificación" lo antes posible y el impacto de no poder alcanzar este estado. Explicaremos el proceso de cómo sucede y cómo puede ayudar a su hijo. 22 de enero 2020 en la biblioteca 5:30-7:00 pm serverimos la cena.
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Principal's Message

Dear Green Acres Families,     

I am sure that you have heard the recent news from Governor Gavin Newsom that schools will likely remain closed for the rest of the school year. The Live Oak School District, along with all districts in Santa Cruz County are officially closed through April 10th.  However, it is also likely that the April 10th date will be extended. As school districts in our county receive further guidance from the Santa Cruz County Health Officer, we will inform you of any extended closure dates. Your family’s health and safety and your child’s educational progress are of the utmost importance to us. Tomorrow afternoon, you will receive an update from the Santa Cruz County Office of Education on behalf of all district superintendents regarding how districts are providing services to students and families during the school closure. I would like to take this opportunity to share what our school staff is doing to support you and your child in the weeks ahead. 

On Monday, March 23, 2020, from 7:00 am - 3:00 pm Green Acres will be distributing work packets and a few learning tools to all students TK-5 in the parking lot closest to our cafeteria.  
The Round About Parking Lot will be organized for the purpose of distributing the materials in a way that minimizes contact and maintains social distancing.  Parents do not need to get out of the car. Just tell us students’ name and we will hand you the packets. We would like for you to come when it is best for you but suggest this staggered schedule to avoid crowding and traffic.

Time Blocks 
7:00 am - 9:00 am     4th/5th   Suggestion
9:00 am - 11:00 am   1st/2nd  Suggestion
11:00am - 1:00pm     2nd/3rd  Suggestion
1:00pm - 3:00pm        TK/K     Suggestion
CHROMEBOOKS for 4th/5th graders 
In addition, any student in 4th or 5th grade will be given an opportunity to borrow a Chromebook if one is not available to them at home.  All families of 4th and 5th graders were sent a survey link asking all students to check-in and let us know if they have a computer at home.   If you have not yet filled it out, please do so now. We would like to make sure we have enough computers for students. Here is the link:  Follow the link: 4th/5th Grade Survey
If one is needed, parents will need to read the responsibility agreement and sign for the Chromebook.  Students do not need to be present as our objective is to hand over the materials and minimize human contact.  

These materials must be collected on Monday as offices will be physically closed on Tuesday and will be operated remotely. 

Child Nutrition Services will operate for the next two weeks from 7-9 am to handout breakfast and lunch takeaway bags to any child ages 1-18 in need of food.  Children do not need to be present in the vehicle (safety and health first). This service is prevalent throughout Santa Cruz County Schools so if you are a transfer student, you are eligible to receive food support at any of those school sites. 

In order for us to maintain contact with you, please make sure we have your email address and correct cell phone so you can receive messages from us.   Our website will be continually updated so please check it periodically for new messages. We will do our best to keep you informed. 

Our Green Acres Staff has worked tirelessly this week to organize food distribution, to organize packets, and to make reassuring contact with students.  We sincerely wish all our families the best as we all struggle to live in a new and hopefully very temporary reality. We have a high level of care and concern for the safety of all and ask that you be patient with problem-solving any need or request you may have.  

Please let all our Lions know how much we care about them, we miss them, and we look forward to seeing them soon.  Stay well. Goooooo Lions!

In Service and Support,
Rebecca Taylor, Principal
Estimadas familias de Green Acres,                           

Estoy segura que han escuchado las recientes noticias del gobernador Gavin Newsom que las escuelas probablemente permanecerán cerradas por el resto del año escolar.  El Distrito Escolar Live Oak, junto con todos los distritos del Condado de Santa Cruz, están oficialmente cerrados hasta el 10 de abril. Sin embargo, también es probable que se extienda la fecha del 10 de abril. A medida que los distritos escolares de nuestro condado reciban más orientación del Oficial de Salud del Condado de Santa Cruz, le informaremos sobre cualquier fecha de cierre extendida. La salud y seguridad de su familia y el progreso educativo de su hijo son de suma importancia para nosotros. Mañana por la tarde, recibirá una actualización de la Oficina de Educación del Condado de Santa Cruz en nombre de todos los superintendentes del distrito sobre cómo los distritos están proporcionando servicios a los estudiantes y las familias durante el cierre de la escuela. Me gustaría aprovechar esta oportunidad para compartir lo que nuestro personal escolar está haciendo para apoyarlo a usted y a su hijo en las próximas semanas.

El lunes 23 de marzo de 2020, de 7:00 a.m. a 3:00 p.m., Green Acres distribuirá paquetes de trabajo y algunas herramientas de aprendizaje a todos los estudiantes TK-5 en el estacionamiento más cercano a nuestra cafetería.  Organizaremos el espacio con el propósito de distribuir los materiales de una manera que minimice el contacto y mantenga el distanciamiento social. Los padres no necesitan salir del auto. Solo díganos el nombre de los estudiantes y le entregaremos los paquetes. Nos gustaría que viniera cuando sea mejor para usted, pero le sugerimos este horario escalonado para evitar el tráfico.

Bloques de Tiempo
7:00 am - 9:00 am     4th/5th  Sugerencia
9:00 am - 11:00 am   1st/2nd  Sugerencia
11:00am - 1:00pm     2nd/3rd  Sugerencia
1:00pm - 3:00pm        TK/K     Sugerencia
CHROMEBOOKS para alumnos de 4º / 5º grado
Además, cualquier estudiante en 4to o 5to grado tendrá la oportunidad de pedir prestado un Chromebook si no tiene uno disponible en casa. Todas las familias de los alumnos de 4to y 5to grado recibieron un enlace de encuesta pidiéndoles a todos los estudiantes que se registren y nos informen si tienen una computadora en casa. Si aún no lo ha completado, hágalo ahora. Nos gustaría asegurarnos de tener suficientes computadoras para los estudiantes. Aqui esta el link:  Encuesta 4to y 5to 
Si es necesario, los padres deberán leer el acuerdo de responsabilidad y firmar para recibir el Chromebook. Los estudiantes no necesitan estar presentes ya que nuestro objetivo es entregar los materiales y minimizar el contacto humano.

Estos materiales deben recogerse el lunes, ya que las oficinas estarán cerradas físicamente el martes y se operarán de forma remota.

Los Servicios de Nutrición Infantil funcionarán durante las próximas dos semanas, de 7 a 9 de la mañana, para repartir bolsas de desayuno y almuerzo a cualquier niño de 1 a 18 años que necesite alimentos para llevar. Los niños no necesitan estar presentes en el vehículo (la seguridad y la salud primero). Este servicio es frecuente en todas las escuelas del condado de Santa Cruz, por lo que si usted es un estudiante transferido, es elegible para recibir ayuda alimentaria en cualquiera de esos sitios escolares.

Para que podamos mantener contacto con usted, asegúrese de tener su dirección de correo electrónico y su teléfono celular correcto para que pueda recibir nuestros mensajes. Nuestro sitio web se actualizará continuamente, así que verifíquelo periódicamente para ver si hay nuevos mensajes. Haremos todo lo posible para mantenerlos informados.

Nuestro personal de Green Acres ha trabajado incansablemente esta semana para organizar la distribución de alimentos, organizar paquetes y establecer un contacto tranquilizador con los estudiantes. Deseamos sinceramente a todas nuestras familias lo mejor, ya que todos luchamos por vivir en una realidad nueva y, con suerte, muy temporal. Tenemos un alto nivel de atención y preocupación por la seguridad de todos y le pedimos que sea paciente para resolver cualquier necesidad o solicitud que pueda tener.

Por favor, deje que todos nuestros Leones sepan cuánto nos importan, los extrañamos y esperamos verlos pronto. Cuidense. ¡Adelante Leones!

En Servicio y Apoyo,
Rebecca Taylor, Directora
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