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PTO March Newsletter

Here is an online copy of our Stone Lake PTO March Newsletter.

Newsletter – March 2014

Thank you for supporting PTO :)

 

Mr. Beard’s LCAP Message to the Stone Lake Community

Dear Stone Lake Families,

Please read this information carefully.  The state of California is on the dawn of a new way to fund schools.  Part of this plan means that the school district and each school must develop a Local Control and Accountability Plan.  Part of developing this plan for our school is to get parents to let us know what we can do to make Stone Lake better.  Below I have included some information about the LCAP and the 8 State Priority Areas that each school must focus on.  I ask that after reading this information that you log on to Survey Monkey, and you let me know based on these 8 State Priority Areas, what you feel Stone Lake can do to better serve your children.

 

What is the Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP)?

The LCAP is a critical part of the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF).  Each school district must engage parents, educators, employees and the community to establish these plans. The plans will describe the school district’s overall vision for students, annual goals and specific actions the district will take to achieve the vision and goals. The LCAPs must focus on eight areas identified as state priorities. The plans will also demonstrate how the district’s budget will help achieve the goals, and assess each year how well the strategies in the plan were able to improve outcomes.

 

What are the eight state priority areas that must be addressed in the plans?

There are eight areas for which school districts, with parent and community input, must establish goals and actions. This must be done both district-wide and for each school. The areas are:

1. Providing all students access to fully credentialed teachers, instructional materials that align with state standards, and safe facilities.

2. Implementation of California’s academic standards, including the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and math, Next Generation Science Standards, English language development, history social science, visual and performing arts, health education and physical education standards.

3. Parent involvement and participation, so the local community is engaged in the decision-making process and the educational programs of students.

4. Improving student achievement and outcomes along multiple measures, including test scores, English proficiency and college and career preparedness.

5. Supporting student engagement, including whether students attend school or are chronically absent.

6. Highlighting school climate and connectedness through a variety of factors, such as suspension and expulsion rates and other locally identified means.

7. Ensuring all students have access to classes that prepare them for college and careers, regardless of what school they attend or where they live.

8. Measuring other important student outcomes related to required areas of study, including physical education and the arts.

 

In closing, here is the link to our Survey Monkey:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZM3V7YL

 

It’s only one question, and we hope that you take the opportunity to give us some feedback.  As always, please feel free to call me, stop by, or email me with your questions and suggestions.

Respectfully,

Mark H. Beard, Principal

916-683-4096

mhbeard@egusd.net

EGUSD Board of Education seeks Finance Committee members

The Elk Grove Unified Board of Education (EGUSD) would like to invite interested applicants to serve in one of three open positions on the Board’s advisory Finance Committee.

“We welcome community involvement in our District and appreciate the dedication of those individuals who take an opportunity to serve in this area of public education,” said EGUSD Board President Priscilla S. Cox.

The function of the Finance Committee is to serve in an advisory capacity to the Elk Grove Unified School District Board of Trustees on matters pertaining to District finances. The Committee provides community input that is shared with the Board of Education. It is comprised of community members appointed by each Board member and the Superintendent and three community members appointed by the entire Board of Education. Finance Committee Members serve two-year terms.

The Committee is assisted by non-voting district staff members including the Associate Superintendent of Finance and School Support, Director of Fiscal Services and other staff as needed. Student representatives from the District’s high schools provide feedback on financial impact at their school sites.

The functions of the Finance Committee are to:

  • review the annual budget and interim financial reports and comment when deemed necessary;
  • provide opinions on current fiscal strategies for the district;
  • identify potential fiscal problems and refer them to the Board of Education for analysis;
  • provide an annual written report of the committee’s activities to the Board;
  • provide any oral presentations to the BOE at the Board’s request or at the committee’s initiative; and
  • serve as an ad hoc resource or provide specific research or study as requested by the Board.

Applicants must live within the District’s 320 square mile boundary and be 18-years-old or over.

To apply, please fill out the EGUSD Finance Committee Application by clicking here. Applications are due to Arlene Hein, Board Secretary, no later than 5 p.m. on March 5, 2014.  They can be emailed to ahein@egusd.net or mailed or delivered to:

Arlene Hein
Robert L. Trigg Education Center
9510 Elk Grove-Florin Road
Elk Grove, CA 95624

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Getting to the Core of the Matter 2

How will the state of CA measure your child’s academic progress?  Please read the pdf for this important information.

Final EGUSD Getting to the Core of the Matter Volume 2

Stone Lake PTO Restaurant Night @ T.G.I. Fridays

What are you doing for dinner Thursday (2/6)?  T.G.I. Fridays will donate 20% of your receipt back to Stone Lake Elementary School.  Come join the Stone Lake PTO at the 7101 Laguna Blvd. location this Thursday!

The Restaurant Night is from 11am-1am.

The flyer is required.  If you need a flyer you may get one from your child’s teacher, or the Stone Lake Office.

See you Thursday :)

Common Core Parent Nights

The Elk Grove Unified School District (EGUSD) will be hosting Common Core Parent Nights (4) in January, February, March and April.

The first date will be January 22nd, in the EGUSD Board Room, from 6:30PM-8:00PM.

For more information please click the link(s) to read more about this opportunity.

Common Core State Standards Parent Nights 2013-2014

http://blogs.egusd.net/ccss/2014/01/15/common-core-parent-nights/

 

Shoparoo

Have you heard of Shoparoo?  Shoparoo is a new fundraising app for your phone.  You don’t have to buy anything!  Just take pictures of your receipts to raise money for your child’s school.

Check out this link below to read more about it.

http://finance.yahoo.com/news/shoparoo-app-turns-receipts-cash-130000386.html

 

Getting to the Core of the Matter

Do you want to know more about the Common Core? 

You can read about Elk Grove’s implementation of the Common Core with the link below.  The information may be read in English, Spanish, Hmong, and Vietnamese.  For example, if you usually read English please click on the green word “English” to access the message.

http://blogs.egusd.net/ccss/2014/01/08/getting-to-the-core-of-the-matter/

 

Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF)

Do you want to know more about how CA Public Schools are funded?  Please take a few minutes to read this article on the new Local Control Funding Formula (LCFF). 

http://edsource.org/today/wp-content/uploads/10-questions.pdf?q=10-questions