Anthony Spangler Elementary School

140 N. Abbott Ave
Milpitas, CA 95035
P: (408) 635-2870
F: (408) 635-2875

 

 

PRINCIPAL
Ms. Catherine Waslif  

cwaslif@musd.org

 

ASST. PRINCIPAL

Ms. Katelin McClure

kmcclure@musd.org


 

MUSD Staff Links

School Safety

School safety is our number one priority at Anthony Spangler Elementary. We urge you to support our priority of student and traffic safety around our school by following these safety tips:

 

  • Use the approved drop-off/pick up area or park your car on a side street and walk your child in.

  • Let your child out of the car on the curbside, right hand side, not the left hand side.

  • Drive slowly around Spangler Elementary School while children are present.

  • Drivers MUST yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk.  The minimum fine for this type of violation is $200.

  • Pedestrians must use marked crosswalks to cross the street.  

  • Drop off your child at a location where he/she does not have to cross the street.

  • Do not leave your car unattended in the drop off /pick up zone.

  • Be courteous to your fellow parents and residents.

  • Remain alert and encourage others to follow these safe driving tips.

 

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Thank you in advance for your help with improving the safety of our school.

 

Attendance

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Research has proven a high correlation between school attendance and academic performance and success. Absence from school is often the greatest single cause of declining performance and ...more

Internet Safety

For Digital Citizenship information such as cyberbullying, protecting your child's reputation, online etiquette, research skills, and plagiarism please access our MUSD Digital Citizenship page located in the Parent Resources section. Updates and additional information will be made available regularly.

Science Camp

Sixth grade families,

Your child will be attending Exploring New Horizons Outdoor School at Loma Mar during the week of Feb 13-Feb 17th. A medical form is required in order for your child to attend. Please click on the link below and complete the form by Wednesday October 26th!

Medication Form

When you enter the page, you will be prompted to enter your name, your child's name, and your email address. Once that information is submitted, then you can begin the medical form. You can save progress if you need to step away from the form and come back to it later.

Spangler Students Participate in MUSD Elementary Spelling Bee


Congratulations to Spangler's MUSD Spelling Bee Representatives:

 

Sruthi Munaga, Fifth grade 

Natasha Martin, Fourth grade 

Eshan Farooque, Sixth grade

 

We are very proud of you! 

Congratulations to Spangler's Order of Distinguished Service (ODS)

ODS is an honors program for students who have been chosen by their teachers for having attained the highest standards of performance in Citizenship, Scholarship, and Service. Students are chosen based on a point system in each of the three areas. 

 

Mrs. Yamatake's Fourth Grade Order of Distinguished Service 

 

Ms. Blanco's Fourth Grade Order of Distinguished Service




 

Ms. Espitia's Fourth and Fifth Grade Order of Distinguished Service

 

Mrs. Wilhelmsen's Fifth Grade Order of Distinguished Service


 

Ms. Nijjar's Fifth and Sixth Grade Order of Distinguished Service


 

 

Mrs. Gutierrez' Sixth Grade Order of Distinguished Service




Ms. Nery's Sixth Grade Order of Distinguished Service 


 

Spangler Students (2-6 grade) taking the SBAC Interim Assessment


 

 

The Smarter Balanced Interim Assessments are part of the comprehensive system of assessments to provide evidence of student mastery of the California Academic Content Standards. These assessments will assist teachers in discovering what content students have learned and what concepts need revisiting before administering the Smarter Balanced Summative Assessment in April. 

 

The Smarter Balanced Interims contain the same types of questions and follow the same format as the Smarter Summative Assessment administered each spring in Grades 3-8. The assessments measure student mastery toward the California Academic Content Standards. Spangler Teachers will be using the results of these assessments from January through March to monitor student progress and adjust instruction. 

 

If you would like to view some sample test questions in English Language Arts or Mathematics, please go to:

http://www.smarterbalanced.org/assessments/sample-questions/

 

Support resources on the Smarter Balanced comprehensive assessment system can be found on the CCSD Assessment Department website at: http://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/sa/sbacinterimassess.asp

Spangler PTA Movie Day Fundraiser

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Spangler Yearbooks on Sale Now


Spangler Yearbooks are on sale now for $20.00. Spartans, buy your yearbook before the price increases to $25.00 in February. Please click here to buy your yearbook online at this  or you can submit the paper order form with your payment which was sent home this week.

 

Sixth grade parents you can buy an advertisement space to give your child a special promotion send off for an additional $20.00. If you have any questions about the Spangler yearbook, please stop by our office.   

Pirates, A Spangler Musical Directed by Ms. Collins and Co-Directed by Ms. Blanco and Mrs. Lao

January Book of the Month If, by David J. Smith



The idea behind a school-wide Book of the Month is that each month every Spangler student has the opportunity to read a common text, and engage in learning, thinking, and responding to that shared text.

 

When all students and adults in a school share a common experience around literature, it helps to not only unify and create a literacy learning community, but to provide a shared experience for all students while emphasizing the behaviors and habits of mind schools want students to emulate. If, by David J. Smith is our January Book of the Month.

Right Wrongs: Spangler's PeaceBuilder Principle for January



 

 

As a PeaceBuilder's site when Spangler students use inappropriate behavior or make someone feel bad, they should learn to accept the consequences. All students need to learn this skill and the perfect time to begin is when they are young. It is important to show students how to apologize for their behavior or do something to right the hurt they have caused. This can be done by modeling and practicing the activities in this section. Let them know that by righting their wrongs, they can prevent the situation from becoming worse.

 

Continue your discussion about why we right wrongs (it reduces resentment, decreases hostility and anger, teaches appropriate alternative behaviors).

 

Activities and Exercises:

 

  • Role-play how to sincerely apologize for hurting behaviors.

  • Ensure that students use Peace Treaties** to right their wrongs.

  • Create an “Amends Poster” that lists ways to right wrongs.

  • Allow students who have committed a wrong to choose an “amend” from the poster.

  • Discuss historical wrongs that have been righted.

 

Congratulations to Spangler's December PeaceBuilders of the Month

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Kindergarten PeaceBuilders of the Month

Da Eun is very kind and generous towards her peers. She makes sure everyone is included in group activities. She is also willing to help others.

Isabella is a very compassionate student. She uses kind words and check in on her peers and teachers to make sure they are okay.

Jay is a PeaceBuilder because he uses his manners in the classroom and on the playground.

Alina is a PeaceBuilder for always demonstrating PeaceBuilder qualities.

Mason  rights his wrongs and uses PeaceBuilder power words.

Xochitl is a PeaceBuilder because she never forgets to use her PeaceBuilder power words

Auston is a PeaceBuilder, a good friend and role model.

Nhu notices other students and helps them.

Josiah has a positive attitude toward learning. 

 


First Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Mhelnard is a PeaceBuilder because he is a good listener and is always willing to help others. He cares about his classmates and remembers to say please and thank you.

Mia is a PeaceBuilder because she always has a positive attitude. She treats everyone with respect during both class and recess.

Chloe is a wonderful eaceBuilder because she always uses her eaceBuilder power words. She has also been a great helper to our new students and showing them how our class routines and procedures work. Chloe also always has a positive attitude in class.

Minha is a Peace Builder because she is thoughtful and considerate of other's feelings. She is able to notice hurts and show compassion towards those who need help around her. She is always willing to lend a helping hand or take time to cheer others up.

Brandon is a Peace Builder because he knows right from wrong and is able to recognize when others are hurting or need help both physically and emotionally. He is able to empathize with others and show thoughtful concern for the well being of others.

Brody is a fantastic PeaceBuilder because he always seeks wise people and can problem solve when there is a problem that happens in class. He makes wise decisions and is always willing to help out his classmates. Brody is a student that everyone loves to be around.

Second Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Avi is a role model for being a PeaceBuilder. He is often helpful with other students and he is quick to right any wrongs.

Ashley demonstrates Peace Builder qualities and has been working on her goals.

Anu consistently uses Power Words with other students and seeks a Wise Person when she needs help.

Vivian is a PeaceBuilder who helps others.

Steven always uses his Peace Builder power words.

Harvey helps others and is kind toward his classmates and teacher.

Francine always seeks a wise person and is kind toward others.

 

Third Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month


Andy consistently sees the positive angle of any situation. He is thoughtful and kind. I see Andy as a PeaceBuilder for life!!

Leon takes responsibility for his actions and has demonstrated the difficult job of righting his wrong. He is enthusiastic and generous in his appreciation of his fellow classmates.

Christie is on task and working hard. She always is willing to help other in and out of the classroom.

Razeile  uses peacbuilder & growth mindset laguage in the classroom. She always asks if I need help or others in the classroom

Christian is a PeaceBuilder who takes care of and looks after his friends.

 

Fourth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Rachel is a kind peacebuilder who always tries her best. She continues to challenge herself and persevere while helping others.

Rushil is a helpful student who works hard to praise others. He continues to be a kind and supportive student to his fellow Spangler Spartans

Hari uses his engery is many positive ways. He is always willing to help others, rights his wrongs, and he's a problem solver. He is a very happy and positive student and takes pride at being a Peace Coach

 

Fifth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Alex has been very active in righting his wrongs. He recognizes when he does something wrong and tries his best to correct the behavior and use it goal to make himself better. I have noticed that this has helped him in his academics and behavior inside and outside of class.

Gabriel is a true PeaceBuilder. He is a role model of peace for others and does the right thing even when no one is looking.

Makai rights his wrongs and has given up put downs. is kind, generous and thoughtful. 

 

 

Sixth Grade PeaceBuilders of the Month

Juliet is new to Spangler and such a gift -- with a great work ethic, respect for all students and a positive energy.

Elijah rights his wrongs and will speak up if he sees something that shouldn't be happening.

Nevaeh contributes to our school in so many ways and always with a cheerful attitude.

Spangler Family Handbook

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The Spangler Family Handbook 16/17 has been prepared to help you understand important information about Spangler Elementary School.  You will also receive additional information from your teacher and principal throughout the year.  It is important that you carefully read the entire handbook, especially the information regarding uniform policy, and safety on campus. Please keep it to use as a reference throughout the year.   If you have any questions regarding first day procedures or school policies please do not hesitate to call our main office at (408) 635-2870. 

Digital Citizenship. Keeping Our Students Safe Online

 

To be a good digital citizen our students must understand how the internet works and how to behave in a courteous manner towards others. This includes refraining from being hurtful to others, respecting others digital property, creating appropriate content and sharing knowledge to help others. 

Please take some time to talk with your child about what it means to be a responsible digital user. We often do not realize what our children are posting and how they are portraying themselves online. Please take time to have your child show you their social media sites. Ask to see their cellphones.  Go through their apps. Find out what they are putting out there for everyone to see. If the image your child is presenting is one that is inappropriate, it can  have negative future consequences.

 

The resources listed below are to helpful when teaching your child about internet safety.

  1. Common Sense Media Common Sense Media is the GO TO resource for digital literacy and digital citizenship.  This particular page is all about internet safety and it’s all broken down by age group.
  2. PBS Parents Find tips and strategies for raising children in a digital age.  Broken down by age and milestone, this site has plenty of teaching and learning resources for home and the classroom.
  3. SafeKids  A blog with helpful tips and resources. 
  4. CyberWise With a motto “No Parent Left Behind” this site is geared towards parents looking to educate themselves in digital literacy.  Many tools, articles, and resources for teacher and parent education.

Monthly Parent/Principal Coffee

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Spangler's Parent Principal Coffee occurs monthly in our Learning Center (yellow room); all parents and family members are invited to attend.  It is an opportunity for us to meet for an hour (9:00-10:00), and to engage in informal conversations about Spangler.


Information is shared by Ms. Waslif and Ms. McClure regarding upcoming events and activities.  It is also an opportunity to ask questions and share ideas about improving student learning and our school.  The best part about the meeting is getting to know one another and building relationships. 

 

Please mark your calendars for our monthly coffee's at 9:00 a.m. on the following days: February 10, March 10, April 7, and May 12.

Spangler PTA launches Konstella to connect with our parent community

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Here are just some of the ways Konstella will change the face of communication for Spangler parents:

  • It provides a single location for your child’s/children’s activities, including class announcements, parties, school events, and sign-ups.
  • Your personalized calendar in Konstella automatically includes all upcoming activities and deadlines for your child’s class and Spangler Elementary. 
  • Parents can communicate with other parents about various topics via a message board. If interested in a topic, you can subscribe to a particular thread and respond directly from each email. 
  • Parents can join a Spangler PTA committee or volunteer for a PTA job with just one click.

Register at Konstella to get up-to-date notifications of school events, connect with the PTA, and with other Spangler parents.

Konstella

SARC

The School Accountability Report Card (SARC) is now available. Please click here to view the report.

Student Online Access


 




 
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Classroom Sites

Spangler Elementary is a Uniform School

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General  Uniform Guidelines 

 

Shirts - Polos, Turtlenecks and Sweatshirts

  • All shirts are a solid color (white, forest green, navy blue or burgundy)

  • Spangler t-shirts and sweatshirts may be worn daily

Pants/Shorts

  • Pants should be fitted or one size larger at the waist for growth only-NO SAGGING

  • Pants can be cargo or any other style (khaki, blue, or black)

  • Jeans on Fridays only

Shoes & Belts

  • Shoes must be closed-toe and heel.

  • No slippers or open-toed sandals should be worn to school.

  • Belts must be worn in belt loops, and may not hang down.

  • No chains of any kind are allowed.

 

Hats & Accessories

  • Hats of any kind are not allowed in any indoor area, including all classrooms.

  • Jewelry worn must be appropriate and not excessive such as extra long necklaces and chains.

After the Bell at Spangler

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Registration for ATB is quick and easy.  Spangler families can either register online or in-person at the Milpitas Sports Center (1325 E. Calaveras Blvd.).  My staff should be dropping off ATB brochures to the Spangler office this week. For specific questions, please visit the ATB website to register and for additional information.