SCHOOLWIDE ENRICHMENT MODEL SCHOOL

At Acacia, we are a School for Enriched Learning! We believe in the strengths, passions, talents, and interests of our students and offer an approach called Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) that is grounded in 39 years of research and practice. It stems from best practices in Gifted and Talented Education and brings a student-driven focus to high level learning for all students. At parent conferences in October 2015, parents saw the start of their child's Total Talent Portfolio that will go with them throughout their elementary school career to record their interests, strengths, and pursuits. Also in October 2015, we launched our Enrichment Clusters. These are small groups of students and a facilitator with common interests who come together to create an authentic product or service for the community by working collaboratively using advanced content and methods. Far more than electives or mini-courses, Genius Hour aims to channel students' interests and passions into truly JOYFUL LEARNING EXPERIENCES that enhance overall achievement and self-confidence for all students. We run 3 rounds of enrichment clusters each year that run for for 6-8 weeks for an hour on Fridays. Come see this high level, student-driven learning in action at our Genius Hour Showcase on Wednesday, February 1, 2017 from 1:30-2:30 OR 6:00-7:30.

In the 2016-17 school year, with all classroom teachers trained in SEM, Acacia provides ENRICHED LEARNING to all students throughout the school day in their classrooms as well as through our Genius Hour Enrichment Clusters. With a focus on the individual student, we aim to challenge and enrich every child's education by facilitating both academic and affective learning opportunities to build a foundation for critical thinking, achievement, innovation, and success. Through the 3 E's of ENJOYMENT, ENTHUSIASM, and ENGAGEMENT all students can learn at high levels. How do you learn?

Check out the slideshow of choices students had for Round 1 of Genius Hour by clicking the image below. Enrichment clusters for this school year are in full swing. What are your child's interests & passions? 

Click here for the December 2015 article in The Acorn about our "Little Geniuses"!

Click here for the front page news of our recent event with the LA Rams, Wells Fargo, and the Red Cross.

Check out our Mission Statement & Homework Philosophy.

MORE PROGRAM INFORMATION COMING SOON ON OUR REDESIGNED WEBSITE...

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Dates to Remember

Check out the Calendar Tab for future events

REMEMBER - ALL WEDNESDAYS ARE EARLY WEDNESDAYS!

TK/K Dismissal @ 1:00

Grades 1-5 Dismissal @ 1:30

11/21-11/25

NO SCHOOL
Thanksgiving Break

Tues. 11/29

SSC Mtg @ 2:45 in Room 6

Thurs. 12/1

End of Trimester 1 Math Intervention for Grades 3-5

Fri. 12/2

BRING YOUR TOY DONATIONS & CARDS FOR THE TROOPS

"Caring Cubs" Spirit Assembly with PTA Reflections recognition too.

Tues. 12/6

5th Grade Stand Proud Event w/Fulcrum on campus

Fri. 12/9

Trimester 1 Report Cards Home to ALL students

Wed. 12/14

Chorus Holiday Performances

Afternoon Assemblies @ 12:30 and 1:30

Evening Concert @ 6:30 pm

Thurs. 12/15

Trimester 1 Awards Assemblies - letters sent home & read DECEMBER Newsletter for more information

2-3 @ 8:30, 4-5 @ 10:00, K-1 @ 1:00

WINTER BREAK DEC. 19-JAN. 2

HAPPY HOLIDAYS TO ALL!

CHECK THE CALENDAR TAB TO LOOK FURTHER AHEAD

CLICK THE CALENDAR TAB FOR MORE DATES IN  FUTURE MONTHS.

REMEMBER FRIDAYS ARE ACACIA SPIRIT DAYS SO WEAR AN ACACIA SHIRT OR GREEN!!

  

Parking Lot

Please observe the DROP OFF & PICK UP ZONE. The line will be busy from 8:05 on so come earlier. Remember to pull forward and get out/in QUICKLY. Parents should not get out of their cars in the quick line. If you need to get out of your car, please park elsewhere so we can keep the line moving quickly.

Keep our kids safe. Drive SLOWLY and NO CELL PHONES.

CVUSD Discipline Handbook

Absence Reporting

Please remember to call the school to report your child's absence. CALL THE OFFICE IN THE MORNING PLEASE (805) 495-5550 ext. 300.

If your student has a fever and any other flu like symptoms such as coughing, sore throat, body aches, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, please include this information in your message to the office. It is also important that you report Lice to us so that we can notify and check other students. We appreciate your cooperation. Thank you and remember keep up the hand washing.

 

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504 and Title IX Coordinator:
Kirsten Walker

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Our Student Leadership Cluster is organizing a TOY DRIVE for this year's

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On FRIDAY, 12/2, at our Spirit Assembly, students will bring their donations to the boxes. These toys will go to the local "Community Christmas Shoppe" where families in need may come and "shop" for holiday gifts for their children. Maybe you are headed to some Black Friday Shopping, or you are a great bargain hunter, or you just have a heart to give to others - PLEASE DONATE. We want our students to feel the joy that comes from giving and helping others. Families are invited, as always, to our Spirit Assembly, where it is so inspiring to see our "CUBS WHO CARE" giving to others. 

If you are unable to purchase a new, unwrapped toy for the Community Christmas Shoppe, students are encouraged to make cards or pictures to send to our troops. We began this with the LA Rams, and students can continue this way of spreading joy and saying thanks on their own, and we will take these cards to "For the Troops". We ask all students to bring something to give at this Spirit Assembly. 


HAVE YOU HEARD ABOUT ACACIA'S HOMEWORK PHILOSOPHY?

Check out the Thousand Oaks Acorn Article too. What passions and needs is your child working on at home? We had some thoughtful discussions on 11/17 with our ELAC parents and before Family Reading Night. Watch for some technology workshops coming soon to support your child's at-home practice and personal learning goals.


Mark the dates you see on the website, and check out the NEW CVUSD APP! Search in your app store on your phone for Conejo Valley USD and download the app for easy information right at your fingertips from both the district and individual schools. And follow Acacia and CVUSD on facebook & twitter...

Our Makerspace is open at lunch for grades 2-5 on Mondays & Wednesdays

Challenge for November - Amaze Me

Needed DONATIONS:

All kinds of Tape, Yarn, Toothpicks, Basic Tools, Mini Marshmallows, and Empty Toilet Paper Tubes

EVERY WEDNESDAY IS AN EARLY WEDNESDAY

K/TK Dismissal @ 1:00 pm

Grades 1-5 Dismissal @ 1:30 pm


Follow Mrs. Walker & Acacia on Twitter @AcaciaMrsWalker

Registration Information

NEW STUDENT REGISTRATION 

Documentation required - an original birth certificate, immunization records, 2 current utility bills, a vaild driver's license or ID card

Info Sessions and Tours for 2017-18 - These begin on THURSDAY, 1/19 @ 9:00 am and run every Thursday through 3/2 and then the 1st Thursday of the month in April, May & June. Call our office to reserve a spot!

Come learn about TK, Kinder, and all grade levels as well as our Schoolwide Enrichment Model (SEM) Approach, Genius Hour, and more!! 

CLICK HERE for CVUSD Kinder options & requirements

General School Information


Office Hours are 7:30-4:00

Grades 1-5 Instructional Hours M, Tu, Th, F 8:15-2:40

Early Release for Teacher Common Planning Time EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 1:30 pm

Transitional Kindergarten & Kindergarten 8:15-1:30

Early Release for Teacher Common Planning Time EVERY WEDNESDAY @ 1:00 pm

Student Supervision begins at 7:55 am - We recommend students arrive between 7:55 am and 8:05 am.

Even a little late is too late - Thanks for arriving at school on time!

Gold Ribbon School

Acacia was 1 of 5 CVUSD Elementary Schools to receive the Gold Ribbon Award in 2016. This statewide distinction recognizes the strong and effective programs that Acacia provides students. Go Acacia!!

This elected group of 5 parents and 5 staff members meets generally the 4th Tuesday of the month from 2:45-3:45 to build and monitor our School Plan for Student Achievement (SPSA) and helps provide input for certain school budgets to help us meet our annual school goals. Meetings are open to the public. Agendas and Minutes are available in the office.

Parent Reps - Katie Nystrom - Chair, David Hubbard, Angie Pena - DAC Rep, Grettel Martinez, Liliana Cruz (NEED ALTERNATE)

Staff Reps - Kirsten Walker - Principal, Stacey Lewis - Secretary, Julie Kirby - Vice Chair, Brandon Fausset, Lisa Henningsen

Next meeting is Tuesday, 1/31 in Room 6.

We are looking to appoint an alternate parent member after one of our members recently moved. Please contact the principal if you are interested.

LUNCH 

  • Students select their entree each morning for a class lunch count. 
  • Add money to your child's account through Parent Connect using Pay Pal. 

Visit the Child Nutrition website for more infomation.

School Quality Snapshot (SQS)

School Accountability Report Card (SARC) 

LEA Accountability Report Card (LARC)

Hard copies of SARC and LARC always available in the front office

 

WEDNESDAY PACKET INFORMATION

go to our GREEN INFORMATION page

Thank you for "Going GREEN"