9 / 17 / 2015 | NORTH NEWS

Hillsborough City School District

North Principal's Message



We are at 18 Kudos so far this year. That is double what we had last year at this point. Nice work! If you are pleased with something or someone here and would like to share that information, I would love to hear it! Feel free to send me an email that I may pass on to my staff commending them for a job well done. I would love to set another goal of 200 this year! Thank you in advance for your time and support for this important morale boosting campaign!


We are thrilled to tell everyone that our CAASPP scores in 3rd-5th grades were outstanding! The CAASPP test scores have 4 proficiency levels: Standard Not Met, Standard Nearly Met, Standard Met, and Standard Exceeded. North School had 82% of 3rd-5th grade students reach Standard Met or Standard Exceeded in English Language Arts/Literacy and 86% reach Standard Met or Standard Exceeded in Mathematics. The CAASPP tests are fundamentally different from the previous STAR tests, so direct comparisons between these two tests are not possible. The 2015 CAASPP test scores are considered a starting point or baseline for the progress students will make over time. These are extremely high baseline scores for this new testing system and I want to thank the students, teachers, support staff, and parents for all that they did to help the students reach such a high level achievement! I am so very proud of our North Stars!

Individual Student Score Reports will be mailed home to families within a week. Teachers in 4th and 5th grade will be able to answer specific questions about your child’s scores during the upcoming Parent Teacher conferences. For more information on the Student Score Reports, please visit: http://caaspp.cde.ca.gov/sb2015/UnderstandingCAASPPReports#a


We also found out that our 5th grade science scores were very strong again this year! The Science Content Standards Test is still a pencil and paper test and there are five levels of proficiency. The levels of Proficient and Advanced are considered a pass and 92% of our students scored either Proficient or Advanced! This is a great accomplishment for all of the students and teachers involved. Congratulations to everyone!!


The week of September 28th-October 2nd we will be holding parent-teacher conferences. Each day that week we will follow an “Early Dismissal” schedule which is 1:15pm for K-2nd and 1:30pm for 3rd-5th. Our expectation is that all parents will meet with their classroom teacher to discuss their child’s goals for the year. Each student will acquire a Personalized Education Plan (PEP) which includes individual goals for each and every child. Please note that during parent conference week, all Kindergarten students should arrive at school at 8:30am.







Upcoming Events

9/17 @ 6:30 pm – New Parent Reception


9/18 – Friday Fitness Fun: Run with Ranii


9/22 @ 8:30 am – Superintendent’s Coffee (North MPR)


Week of 9/28 – Parent Teacher Conference and Book Fair Week: Early Dismissal all week and all K’s start at 8:30 am.


9/29 @ 6-8 pm – Book Fair Family Night (North Library)


10/2 @ 6 pm – Family Movie Night (North Field)

10/8 @ 6:30 pm -- School Board Candidate's Forum (Crocker)

10/9 – Dad’s Day

10/15-16 – Hillsborough Classic

North Calendar


From the NPG President

It has been a busy September! I would like to thank all committee chairs for organizing their respective committees to ensure all events are on target. There is still time to join in a committee. You’ll have a blast and your kids will love you for it! Committee sign ups can be found here.

A huge thank you to our Hot Lunch Coordinator, Pamela Robbins, and Choice Lunch Liaison, Jen Schaffer, for their time and dedication to ensure the hot lunch program was up and running so our kids were fed quickly and efficiently. Also thanks to all of the lunch volunteers who gave up their time to pitch in where needed.

More well-deserved thanks to our Welcome Back Coffee chairs and their committees – Grades 2-5: Sarah Evars, and Grades K/1: Zara Fritts and Jen Frolik. Special thanks to Sarah and Zara for also opening up their beautiful homes.


  • Please pay your NPG Dues by clicking here to ensure you get a copy of your school directory when distributed in early October. Remember, your dues pay for many of the enrichment activities, yearbooks for your children and teacher appreciation events throughout the year.

  • Superintendent Coffee (Sept. 22) - These are a great way to meet Superintendent Anthony Ranii and find out the latest on what is going on around the district and at North school. The coffees are informal and you will have the opportunity to ask questions. The next Coffee will be at North on September 22 at 8:45am in the MPR.

  • North School Book Fair (Sept. 28-Oct. 2) - This is our library’s main fundraising event. Please stop by! See below for more details

  • Movie Night (Oct. 2) - The movie is still a surprise, but rest assured that it’s a movie the entire family will enjoy! Movie Night dinner options from the Flamin' Dogs Food Truck include: BBQ Tri-Tip Sandwich, Old Fashion Hot Dogs, Assorted Sausages (including Polish, Chicken Apple, and Veggie) plus Edamame Salad, Fruit Cup, chips and various beverages. Or, bring your own dinner! Stay tuned for a "How to Pack an Eco-friendly Dinner" guide from North's very own Service Learning Team.  And let's not forget, free popcorn for all moviegoers! See below for more details.

  • Changes to our North School Calendar. Please refer to the NPG website for the most current version. All upcoming events are also posted on the reader board by the school entrance, so look for what’s coming up!

Did you know? That we had over 80 North School Children complete the Burlingame Summer Reading Program? Congratulations to all and a big thank you to Jackie Koo and her committee for organizing a fun reading party during lunchtime to celebrate their accomplishment. The children enjoyed a refreshing (and healthy!) frozen fruit treat, decorated slap bracelets and chatted about some of their favorite books from summer. Want to get your kids reading? Click the link to visit the North School Library site for book suggestions by grade.

Please reach out should you have any questions, suggestions are ALWAYS welcome!

Susan Woodhouse
NPG President


North News

New Parents Reception Reminder – Thursday, September 17

If you have a Kindergartner or your family is new to North School, please join us at a private reception Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. This parents-only event will be held at a private home. Email invitations were sent via Paperless Post to all new families. If you did not receive your invite, or have questions, please contact event co-chairs Amy Jasmer, jasmeramy@gmail.com or Karen Folgner, karen.folgner@yahoo.com.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Still Needed!
Hot lunch volunteers are still needed!  Dads, Moms, Grandparents, Nannies...  You only need to sign up for once a month, 11:30-12:45. It is really fun!  You will see your kids, get one lunch credit from Choice lunch, and help out North School!  CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER FOR LUNCH DUTY!

Library Volunteers Needed
Library Volunteers Needed!!!  If you're interested in helping out, please sign up today!  Thank you.

Book Fair – Week of September 28
MARK YOUR CALENDARS! The book fair is coming!  It will be held September 28 through October 2, from 8:00am to 3:00pm daily.  Family Night is Tuesday, September 29 from 6:00-8:00pm.  And please signup to volunteer to set-up and work the Book Fair because we can't do it without your help.

Family Movie Night – Friday, October 2

No need to hit up Fandango or Netflix, because we're bringing the theater to North Field!

Grab your blankets, lawn chairs and flashlights... North's annual Family Movie Night is just a couple weeks away! On Friday, October 2nd, plan to arrive around 6pm for food and fun on the field. The family-friendly "surprise" movie will begin at dusk.

Keep your eye out for a school-wide E-Blast with more details including food truck menu, packing tips and more.   Questions? Please email Family Movie Night's Executive Producer/ Head Popcorn Popper: Shema Sherwin:  mrssherwin@yahoo.com

North Dad’s Day – Friday, October 9

Dad's Day is coming October 9, 2015.  Registration is now open.  Please go to www.NorthSchoolDadsDay.com to register.  Spots fill up fast, so please register early.  We are requesting that all participating dads make a donation to the North Parent Group to help fund the Dad's Day service projects and activities. There is a PayPal link on the registration website where donations can be made.  This is very fun annual event for both dads and kids, and we hope all dads can join us this year.  Questions, please contact any of the Dad's Day Co-Chairs: Steve Druskin (druskin@yahoo.com), Lani Fritts (lfritts@tbh.com), or Andy McCall (andy@mccallllc.com).

Traffic Times
Thank you everyone for your patience in the traffic circle.  Afternoon traffic seems to have found its rhythm!  Tips:  

  • We ask that you do not make a U-turn at the bottom of the traffic circle.  Orange cones were in place the first two weeks of school as a reminder.  Attempting a U-turn prevents cars from clearing the intersection and causes backups down Eucalyptus and Floribunda.
  • Please be aware of our special needs students that require additional time to load into their cars.
  • Those of you who requested additional placards should see them come home with your child this week.

Thank you for your attention.  Please feel free to direct any questions to your NPG Traffic Chair, Gia Corsetti, at giacorsetti@gmail.com

Thank Yous

The Welcoming Families Co-Chairs would like to say a big thank you to the parents that acted as buddy families to incoming North families. We very much appreciate the extra time you took to make them feel at home. Thank you to: Joyce B., Karen C., Laura H., Elsbeth I., Cara J., Amy J., Nancy K., Erin L., Jamie M., Tammi M., Kim O., Susan P., Pam R., Cinthia S. and Jennifer S.


A huge thank you to our 2nd-5th Grades Welcome Back Coffee Committee! Amy J, Liat B, Jennifer F, Jennifer S, Laura H, Tracy E, Beth G, Erin L, Elsbeth I, Simona I, and Jana A. We could not have done it without your early morning energy and your fresh door to door deliveries!


Hillsborough Schools Foundation (HSF) Update


October 15       Hillsborough Classic Tennis  

October 15       Hillsborough Classic Cocktail Party

October 16       Hillsborough Classic Luncheon

October 28       Pledge Day


Routines are quickly settling in with school under way and we hope it’s been a fun few weeks. The Hillsborough Schools Foundation would like to welcome all new school families, and welcome back those returning. Thank you for attending the Back to School events and coffees, including What to Expect Night. To view the HSF video presented at What to Expect Night, it’s available here on hsf.org!

We look forward to seeing you at the HSF Classic events on October 15th-16th, and out on Pledge Day on October 28th.


  • 35th Annual Hillsborough Classic - Mark your calendars!  This year's Hillsborough Classic celebrates 35 Years.  To embrace this exciting milestone, Hillsborough Classic will host a Cocktail Party on Thursday evening, October 15th.  From tennis courts on Thursday morning, to colorful cocktails that evening, make a day of it!  The fun doesn't end there.  Shopping, Lunch and a Fashion Show will continue the Classic tradition on Friday, October 16th.  Tickets for the cocktail party will sell out, so don’t wait! Buy your tickets today!

  • eScrip.com – Don’t forget to register or renew your credit cards with eScrip! Make your shopping count for our kids! Groceries = dollars (Mollie Stone’s, Lunardi’s, Piazza’s, Trag’s and Draegers all donate a percentage of your sales to HSF for all eScrip-registered credit cards)

  • Free $$$ – Buy supplies for the kids and give to the kids, all at once! Amazon, Office Depot and so many more merchants donate a percentage back of every purchase originating at HSFshopping.com! Never type in Amazon.com again, instead click through the HSFshopping.com website on your way to Amazon to participate.

  • HSF on Facebook - Like our Facebook Page to keep up-to-date on HSF news and events!

Thank you for supporting our award-winning public schools.

Community News

Burlingame Pet Parade Invites ‘Best School Float’ Entries

It’s time to begin thinking about what you and your pet will wear in the 12th annual Burlingame Pet Parade on Saturday, Sept. 26, on Broadway in Burlingame, which will feature Kasper the Duck (wearing a tuxedo) as Grand Marshal. Those who wish to march in the parade must report by 9:30 a.m. to the parking lot at Broadway and Chula Vista. This family friendly event offers free entertainment and art projects for children. There is no charge to participate and every participant receives a souvenir ribbon.

This year, for the first time, public and private schools for grades K through 12 throughout San Mateo County are invited to compete in a “Best School Float” contest. The winning school will receive $500 from the Burlingame Merchants Association. Judges also will select the Best Pet Trick; Most Unusual Pet; Best Dressed Pet; and Most Original Float, Group or Wagon (non-school category). Judging takes place immediately after the parade at Broadway and Paloma. Complete rules and more information are available at www.burlingamepetparade.com.

Workshop Education- A Fresh Start to Learning
We teach children to be problem solvers whether it be in tackling school work more efficiently or creating their own business. Our after-school curriculum includes study skills and lessons in innovation, while providing time for homework as well. Once you understand our unique approach to flexible scheduling, we can help your day feel less hectic. Enrollment is on-going. Learn more and register at www.workshopeducation.org

  300 El Cerrito Avenue,
Hillsborough, CA 94010
  Phone (650) 342-5193
Fax (650) 342-6964


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