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Hello Panther Families,


Our school year is off to a great start!  I met many families on our first day of school and I can see what a great community we have here at Palm.  We have some yearly reminders below regarding schedules and morning routines.  Review our website throughout the year to get more information about upcoming events.



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 7:15 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 9, 2018.
  • 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 – ($1.95) 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 7, 2018.
  • School uniforms/dress code is to be followed Monday-Friday.Thursdays are designated “College Shirt Day” and Fridays are “School Pride/ Spirit Wear” days.


  •   Back to School NightWednesday, August 22nd  at 5:30 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.  



Go Panthers!!





Mrs. Carbajal


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