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Hello Panther Families.


I hope this letter finds you and your Panther(s) well and enjoying summer!  It feels like summer just started, and yet, we are just a few weeks from the start of another school year.  Each new school year brings an opportunity to have an even better year than the one before…the staff and I have been planning for such a year!


It is important to look back in order to look ahead and move forward.  It’s also important to celebrate the accomplishments we made, as well as continue to improve to make Palm an even better school.  We had two big firsts this year with Trunk-or-Treat and Vehicle Career Day, both were huge successes.  We brought the Book Fair back and included it during a phenomenal Open House evening that included food trucks.  We had a lot of parent support during the year and capped the year off with a Shave Ice truck and BMX Performance both provided by our PTA. We have a number of exciting things planned for this year and look forward to making it another great year!


We have two big focuses this school year:

  • The 4 C’s (Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration, Creativity)

  • Positive learning environments where every child can succeed


I invite you to attend as many parent meetings and family events as you possibly can again this year in order to stay connected with us, stay current in information, and learn more about what we do here at Palm Elementary. Also, be certain to sign up for PTA.  Our PTA does a lot for the students, Staffulty and our school and I encourage you to join and get involved!  I would like to take this opportunity to thank our PTA President Mrs. Cynthia Hunter, and the entire PTA Board (Mrs. Lydia Martinez, Mrs. Adria Ybarra and Ms. Ciana Ybarra) for all they have done for our students this year.  


Please note the following important information as we prepare to begin the school year on Wednesday, August 9th.



We are moving from a staggered release (different release times for primary and upper grades) to a staggered start.  Grades 4 and 5 will begin school at 7:55 AM and grades TK-3 will start at 8:15 AM.  The cafeteria will open for students beginning at 7:30 AM.  Please DO NOT drop you student off before this time as there is no adult supervision prior to 7:20 AM.  School ends for ALL students at 2:10 PM.  Please find a copy of the new bell schedule at the end of this letter. 


Minimum Day/Early Release Dismissal

  • Every Thursday, beginning August 10, 2017.
  • All grades (TK-5th) will release at 1:15 PM.
  • Additional minimum days are scheduled for conferences and other school business, please refer to the Parent-Student Handbook passed out during the first week of school for dates.


Parking/Pick-up and drop-off

  • The lane closest to the curb in the front of the school is for school buses only.Please DO NOT PARK along the curb in front of the school.
  • The middle lane, next to the bus lane (along the red line) is for dropping off and picking up students; please DO NOT PARK or leave your car unattended in this lane.
  • The third lane, closest to the street, is for through traffic only.
  • DO NOT PARK or leave your car unattended in the middle lane.If you need more time when dropping-off or need to wait for your student, please find a parking space to reduce congestion and support open traffic flow.



  • Be sure to complete the lunch application online:
  • Breakfast – (FREE) includes entrée, fruit, milk
  • Lunch – ($1.90) includes entrée, fruit/vegetables, milk.


Student Emergency Supplies Kits

  • You will receive directions on this the first week of school.


Parent Volunteers and Field Trip Participation

  • We welcome and encourage volunteers.In order to provide for the safety of all our students ALL volunteers (on campus, in-classroom and/or attending field trips) must submit to the application process including (Live Scan screening).The applicant must also submit an annual completed Volunteer Application Form (available in office) and verification of TB clearance every 4 years.
  • Applicants must: complete Volunteer Application, provide valid government issued picture ID, and TB clearance; these are to be submitted to the office for signature by the Principal.Next steps will be provided following submission of completed application including directions for the Live Scan process.
  • We highly encourage you to get the process started before the beginning of the school year so that there is no delay in your clearance to begin volunteering.


Guests on Campus

All guests must report immediately to the front office, sign-in, and wear a “Visitor” pass.  Guests will not be allowed on campus or into classrooms without advanced planning and approval from teacher AND Principal and are also subject to the volunteer requirements outlined above.



  • Palm Elementary follows the district uniform policy. (HLPUSD District Handbook, pgs. 14-16)
  • Uniform waiver forms will be available July 24th and must be completed and submitted to the school by August 8, 2017.
  • School uniforms/dress code is to be followed Monday-Friday.Thursdays are designated “College Shirt Day” and Fridays are “School Pride/ Spirit Wear” days.

Important Dates to Calendar:

  • TK/Kindergarten Meet and Greet:Thursday, August 3 at 1:30 PM
  • Class Assignments Available:Friday, August 4 from 9:00 AM – 12 PM in the school office.
  • First day of schoolWednesday, August 9th
  • Back to School NightWednesday, August 23rd at 5:15 PM in the cafeteria


Stay Connected

Weekly telephone messages – be certain to keep your phone numbers current with us in order to receive these messages



I would like to share my enthusiasm and optimism for another successful school year.  Let’s continue working as a team in order to help your child(ren) be successful.  This requires student commitment, parent participation, and school support; everyone working together towards a common goal – the success of your student(s).  I look forward to working with each of you to achieve this goal.


If you have any questions, please feel free to call the school at 626-933-7401.  Summer office hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (closed on Fridays), and closed for lunch from 12:30-1:30 PM.  The office will reopen to regular office hours, Monday through Friday, 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM beginning July 24th.  Again, I am looking forward to a successful school year.  Enjoy the remainder of summer vacation and we will see you on Wednesday, August 9th for the first day of school.  Go Panthers!



Go Panthers!!





Kevin J. Maldonado


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