Message from your favorite librarian!

I hope you have heard about PAUSD’s exciting new partnership with the Palo Alto City Library.

This year PAUSD will be piloting the new Student Assets Card, which will allow your students’ ID to be used as a Palo Alto City Library Card. Your student will have access to all of the amazing databases, resources, and books offered through the city library while at school or home.

There several links to homework help, language learning, reading and science databases all specifically for K-5 elementary students such as:

Brainfuse: Online homework and study tools such as flashcard maker and writing lab

Biography In Context: More than 650,000 biographical entries from all time periods and areas of study

California Missions:  eBook collection

Mango Languages: Includes 70 languages, for ages 6 and up

Bookflix: Read and watch storybooks paired with related non-fiction

Tumblebook Library: Animated picture books with reading comprehension quizzes/educational games

Science in Context: Explore science topics, science fair project ideas and science news.

Your child’s assets card will be going home with Monday’s homework:

  • 4th and 5th graders have already registered their cards.
  • K-3 grade students will need to register their accounts at home.

If you are having trouble logging in, you may have opted out of this program during your Infinite Campus yearly update. Please fill out the opt-inform and return it to Mrs. Lajeunesse.

Please note that books checked out at Nixon will still need to be returned to Nixon and those checked out at PACL will need to be returned to your local branches.

Happy Reading!

Nixon Ice Skating Night

December 14th, 5:30-7:30 pm

Come have fun with us, during the annual Nixon Ice Skating Night at Winter Lodge!

Since this popular event is on a Friday this year, it may sell out.  Pre-purchasing tickets is recommended to ensure your child’s spot.

Click to connect to Nixon’s Spirit Shop for purchase:

Tickets ($22 pre-purchase, $25 at the door) already include ice skate rental, and are non-refundable.  All children must be with an adult, but only those on the ice require a ticket….  Spectators are free!

To save you time please:

  • Fill out the required waiver before arrival (it was in last week’s Friday folder).  The waiver must be done by the parent/guardian!  So, if someone besides a parent/guardian is taking your child to the event, you must fill out the waiver in advance for them to be able to skate.
  • Bring the completed WAIVER AND A PRINTOUT of your ONLINE TICKET RECEIPT for quicker entry.  If you’re unable to purchase online, bring a check to school and fill out a sign-up sheet, available now at Becky’s desk.  Turn in the completed sheet, waiver, and check to Becky.

Remember, the ice is hard, and your child’s brain is soft.  Bike helmets strongly recommended!

Come have a pizza dinner and a blast with your friends.

See you on the 14th!

?’s: contact Rachel Wheeler.

Progress report

Your child’s first trimester progress report becomes available to you today, November 16, 2018. A short video guide showing you how to access your child’s progress report is available here. Written directions for accessing the progress report are available through the same link.

You will need your username and password for the PAUSD Infinite Campus Parent Portal (the same information to go into the portal and update your child’s emergency contact information each spring/summer).

After reviewing your child’s progress for this trimester, please complete the form that will come home in your child’s Friday folder today (Nov 16).

Alternatively, you can email your child’s teacher to let him/her know that you have viewed your child’s progress report, or if you are unsuccessful in using this system.

As always, when reviewing the progress report, I encourage you to focus on your child’s successes. The report is an important tool for us to communicate with you regarding your child’s progress towards meeting the grade level academic standards and social and emotional learning goals set by our school district. In the spirit of successfully communicating, please don’t hesitate to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions about the contents of the report.

Thank you for your support and partnership in educating our students.

Mary Pat O’Connell, Principal