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Home and School Club Newsletter

September / October 2017 Edition


Las Animas Home & School Club

(HSC) Newsletter

Sept/Oct. 2017 Edition


Las Animas Families,


Welcome Back to School! We hope you enjoyed your summer vacation and are getting in the swing of things with school now in session.  This newsletter is meant to provide you with a unified view of activities and information you may find helpful over the next 60 days. You should expect to see an updated newsletter every other month. If you have general feedback, or additional information you would like to see in future newsletters, please contact


Also, please be sure to look over the HSC Welcome Packet (included in this newsletter).  This provides introductions to this year’s HSC Board, information on what we do, as well as a full description of all the amazing programs the HSC offers.


Highlights of upcoming events/activities for September & October:

*All dates are subject to change


September 2017


Sept. 1 (8:15-9:00am) – Science Alive Info Session #2 @ School Library

Sept. 1 (9:00-10:00am) – Library Volunteer Info Session @ School Library

Sept. 5 Fall Picture Day

Sept. 6 (6:00-7:30pm) – Project Cornerstone Training (new readers only) @ Multi-purpose Room

Sept. 6 – Walking School Bus – meet at Oak Brook Way and Blackberry Ct. at 7:40am

Sept. 6 – Apples & Meat Sticks Fundraiser Begins (look for flyers)

Sept. 7 (8:30-9:30am) – Art Program Training @ School Library

Sept. 11-15 (7:45am-3pm daily) – Scholastic Book Fair @ School Library 

Sept. 12 (9:30-11am) – Los Dichos Training @ GUSD Office, 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy, Room GR

Sept. 15 (8:30-10:00am) – ELAC meeting @ Staff Room

Sept. 20– Walking School Bus – meet at Oak Brook Way and Blackberry Ct. at 7:40am

Sept. 21 (7:00-8:00pm) – HSC Meeting @ School Library

Sept. 21 (8:15-9:00am) – Project Cornerstone Training (ALL readers) @ School Library

Sept. 21 (after dismissals) Kona Ice @ Quad blacktop near 1st-4th bldgs ($5 pp/cash only)

Sept.29 – Apples & Meat Sticks Orders Due


October 2017


Oct. 2-13 – Apex Fun Run

Oct. 4 – Walking School Bus – meet at Oak Brook Way and Blackberry Ct. at 7:40am

Oct. 12 - (after dismissals) Kona Ice @ Quad blacktop near 1st-4th bldgs ($5 pp/cash only)

Oct. 13 (8:30-10:00am) – ELAC meeting @ Staff Room

Week of Oct. 16 – Fall Theater Auditions (details TBD)

Oct. 18 - – Walking School Bus – meet at Oak Brook Way and Blackberry Ct. at 7:40am

Oct. 19 (8:15-9:15am) HSC Meeting @ School Library

Oct. 20 – (5:00-8:00pm) Restaurant Night at Pieology

Oct. 25 (9:30-11am) – Los Dichos Training @ GUSD Office, 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy, Room GR


Detailed information related to upcoming events/activities for September & October:


Home & School Club Meeting (Sept. 21, 7:00-8:00pm @ School Library)

Curious about what the Home & School Club does? Join us for the first meeting of this school year!

We are going to have lots of information about upcoming events, as well as how you can stay up to date, and get involved.  Hope to see you there!


School Library (Volunteer Training)

Like most of our programs here at Las Animas, the school library is run by 100% parent volunteers.  In order for the library to run and for students to check out books on a weekly basis, we need lots of help!  Shifts can be as short as 30 minutes, or up to a couple of hours each week.  The job is fun and easy, and no experience is necessary.  While helping out our school, you also get to meet other parents.  Please consider volunteering some time to help us get the library off to a strong start.  If you are interested in learning more and/or becoming a volunteer, an information session will be held on Sept. 1, 9:00-10:00am in the school library.  For information, please contact Kim Kaplan at


Scholastic Book Fair (Sept. 11- Sept.15)

The fall Scholastic book fair runs Monday, September 11th through Friday, September 15th in the library (7:45am-3:00pm daily).  Please come and purchase great books at wonderful prices!  We keep our library and classroom libraries fully stocked with the money we earn from the book fairs.  Please contact Jeanna North, with questions.


Wendy’s HeART (formerly Arts Alive)

This is a school-wide art program, utilizing hands-on application in the classrooms on a monthly basis, implemented and taught by parent volunteers and in partnership with the teachers. If you are interested in learning more and/or becoming a volunteer, an information session will be held on Sept.7, 8:30-9:30am in the school library.  Please contact Kari Bertrand, with questions.


G.A.T.E. Enrichment (Begins August 31)

The coordinators of the Las Animas After School G.A.T.E. program would like to invite G.A.T.E. qualified students to participate in the enrichment program for the 2017-2018 school year. This program begins on Thursday, August 31, 2:45-3:45pm in the computer lab.  The After School G.A.T.E. Program’s goal is to provide enrichment activities to the G.A.T.E. certified students at Las Animas Elementary.  Activity blocks are approximately 6 weeks with instruction by various teachers and supported by parent volunteers.  Please contact Desiree Chung, or Kim DeWitt, with questions.


Project Cornerstone (September kick-off/Volunteer training)

Project Cornerstone promotes good feelings, student-to-student respect, and helps make our school a place all students can feel safe. This YMCA-sponsored program involves parent volunteers reading in an assigned classroom once a month (Sept - May) and leading a discussion/activity to reinforce the strategy/lesson highlighted in the book. There is training required to become a reader.  If you are interested in becoming a parent volunteer, a training session will be held on Sept 6th, 6:00-7:30pm in the Multi-purpose room for new volunteers only; returning readers do not need to attend. There is also a training session for ALL readers (new and returning), Friday, Sept. 21st at 8:15am (meet in School Library). Please contact Tiffany Oetinger, or Kim DeWitt, with questions.


Los Dichos (Volunteer training)

Los Dichos helps Spanish-speaking parents become involved in their children’s education and instill a positive cultural identity in their children.  Los Dichos volunteers are trained in Spanish in the principles of positive youth development, including the importance of parent involvement in education.  Each month, Los Dichos volunteers read specially selected bilingual books in the classroom and lead activities and discussions about topics including tolerance, family pride, peaceful conflict resolution and other important values.  If you are interested in becoming a parent volunteer, training will be held at the GUSD Office, 7810 Arroyo Circle, Gilroy, Room GR on September 12th and on October 25th from 9:30am-11:00am. Please contact Adriana Torres, with questions.    


Science Alive (September kick-off/Volunteer training)

The purpose of Science Alive is to introduce science to our students as early as possible to prevent them from getting intimidated.  Through the step by step FOSS study guides, parent volunteers lead lessons that allow students to handle and study objects that exist all around us, understand basic theories of cause and effect and the how’s and why’s.  Students have so much fun learning at each (monthly) session that they eagerly await the next one.  Science Alive is a great way to get involved with the students in the classroom!  To learn more about becoming a volunteer, please attend the second Science Alive Info Session on Sept. 1 (8:15-9:00a) in the School Library.  Please contact Desiree Chung, with questions.


Theatre Arts (Auditions begin the week of October 16th)

Our first THEATER arts play begins the week of October 16th!  The Three Musketeers Travel Through Time  . .  . Watch for Audition Permission slips coming home the end of September.  Everyone in third to fifth grade may participate with parent and teacher consent!


Kona Ice (Sept. 21 & Oct. 12)

Love shaved ice? Looking for an easy after-school treat, while contributing toward our school? Look no further! Kona ice will be on campus once per month due to their limited availability, so be sure to grab one while you can! For the month of September, the date is Sept. 21 and for October, the date is Oct. 12 (after school dismissal, in Quad area near the 1st-4th grade entrance gate). Cost is $5 per person, cash only.


Apples & Meat Sticks - Fall Fundraiser (Kicks off Sept. 6)

Fundraising is such an important part of supporting our Home and School Club.  It allows us to be able to offer so many programs to enrich all of our children's education.  Our fall fundraiser will be selling meat sticks from Country Meats and gourmet apples from Apple of my Eye.  This will begin on September 6th.  An information packet will be sent home in an upcoming Wednesday folder.  Please contact Elie Rose, with questions.


Apex Fun Run (Oct. 2-Oct.13)

The Apex Fun Run is our MAJOR fundraiser for the year.  It is a 2 week fundraiser that promotes leadership and fitness.  The theme this year is “Together We Are United.”  This year’s theme focuses on being UNITED as a group and valuing each others differences.  Funds raised will go towards Academic Enrichment, STEAM, Field Trips and supporting our students and teachers.


Box Tops (Yearlong)

Did you know clipping Box Tops is an easy way to help earn cash for our school?  Each one is worth 10¢! Just look for the pink Box Tops on hundreds of products you already purchase. All you have to do is clip them and send them in to school. Our goal this year is to earn $ 1,000.00.  For more information on Box Tops, including a list of participating products, go to Be sure to sign up as a member and check out our school’s earnings details, as well as get access to coupons and bonus offers.  Please contact Christine Wanish, with questions.


Cash (Gift) Cards (Yearlong)

Do you want to help out at school but don’t have the time? Here is an incredibly easy, quick option for you! Purchase cash cards as a gift, for personal shopping or for your child’s school supplies.  Visit click on “Shop” to view the list of participating stores.  Some cards are stocked and available immediately.  The percentage back to our school ranges from 2% -16% and there is NO additional fee for your purchase.   Please contact Desiree Chung, with questions.



Birthday Marquee (Yearlong)

If you'd like to have your child's name on the birthday marquee in front of school, please obtain a form from the office or from the files folder on our Facebook page and put the form along with payment ($20) in birthday marquee slot in the HSC box in the office. Please submit forms at least two weeks before your child's birthday. Please contact Jody Pulford, with questions.



Finally, to stay up to date on current events, be sure to use our communication tools!


  • Find us on Facebook “Las Animas Home and School Club”
  • Subscribe to Text Reminders
    • Simply send the text “@lasanima” (note: there is no “s” at the end) to 81010. Your phone number remains private and is not shared with anyone, nor will you be enrolled in any group texts.  This is solely for outgoing notifications to parents from HSC.
  • For general questions, email the HSC:



The Las Animas Home and School Club would like to thank and recognize our sponsors for the 2017-2108 school year.  Their generous support allows us to continue to provide the many different academic enrichment programs at Las Animas!


5th Street Coffee                                     7680 Monterey Street Condos                              Dr. Antrim, DDS           

Bertao Real Estate Group                       Bounce Squad                                                          Cafe Thyme     

Cal Bay Property Management             C&H Iron Works                                                       Chad's Roofing

Dry Eye Guys                                            Emilia Horta Designs and Photography                Ernie’s Plumbing

Jernell Escobar DDS, INC                        Fernwood Cellars                                                     Gaetas

Dr. Gallager -Orthodontist                     Gilroy Chevrolet Cadillac                                         Gina Lopez-State Farm

Glen Loma Ranch                                    Granite Construction                                               Hawk Photography

Hi 5 Produce                                             Hogue Brothers Collision Center                           Hunter Properties

Jimmy Shrull Roofing                              Kent Construction                                                    Leticia Panuco-Intero Realtor

Lice Clinics of America                            LP Electric                                                                  Luxury Day Spa            

Mr. Falafel                                                 Dr. Eric Nagareda, DDS                                            New Hope Church

Next Generation Electric                        One Life Prints                                                          Recology

Reid Lerner Architects                            Reynisson Family                                                      Rosso’s Furniture

Simmitri                                                     Storm Land (Edward Storm)                                  Dr. Van, DDS

Dr. Vemuri, MD                                         Vix  Seafood and Sushi                                          

Wafelbakker Anderson Orthodontics                            

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