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Principal's Message

Soleado families,

This week, we will continue to collect food for Hunger Heroes. The deadline to turn in your Hunger Heroes bags is Wednesday, April 24.
Thank you, Raena Hawkins, for our Wednesday night Parent Forum on Technology and Parenting. You provided us with so much valuable information.
Thank you, TPA, for organizing our Green Ribbon Week, and thank you to everyone who helped to reduce, reuse, and recycle this week!
Soleado's Annual Field Day is scheduled for the morning of Thursday, May 30. If you are interested in volunteering for this exciting event, please provide your contact information on the form below. This event is highly dependent on the number of volunteers; if we do not have enough sign-ups, this event may be canceled. Thank you for making Soleado a brighter place!

Click here for the volunteer sign-up sheet.

Have a great week,
Mrs. Marcus


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Soleado Families,

Our wonderful office manager, Ms. Jana, has gone out on maternity leave. In her absence, we are lucky to have two wonderful substitute office managers. One familiar face that you will be happy to see is Ms. Rhonda. I have already seen how excited the students are to see her when they come into the office. She will be sharing the time that Ms. Jana is gone with Ms. Sandy. Sandy retired as Montemalaga’s office manager two years ago and is enjoying being back on an elementary school campus. Please stop by the office and say hello to Rhonda and Sandy.
It's Green Ribbon Week. Thank you TPA for organizing the week for us! See below for what we have planned…
Monday: Please bring your old, unwanted markers and crayons to recycle! Drop them off in the designated boxes at the parent resource room. We will be collecting them all week.
Tuesday: Use recyclable bags or containers for your snacks and lunch.
Wednesday: Walk to school day! (You can have your parents park a little bit further and walk to school. Remember to follow the safety rules: walk on the sidewalk, look left-right-and left again before crossing the street, and stop-and-look before crossing a driveway!)
Thursday: Help your family with chores at home.
Friday: Please bring used water bottles and aluminum cans for recycling. We will be collecting them by the office in the morning at drop-off time (Friday 4/19). The money collected from the recycling will be donated back to Soleado!
Have a great week!
Michele Marcus


Soleado Families,


I want to review our after-school dismissal policy. We do not provide after school supervision, yet we continue to have some students picked up late. This impacts the office staff keeping them at school beyond their work day and keeping them from their other responsibilities. Please note the dismissal times for all grade levels listed below. All students are expected to be picked up on time.


If you arrive than 15 minutes after dismissal time, your child will be waiting for you in the office. When you get to school, you will need to park your car, come to the office and sign your child out.


Dismissal Times:


TK- Early Birds: 12:40 pm Later Gators: 1:40 pm,

K-1:10 pm

1st-5th: 1:30 pm


Tuesday- Friday:

TK- Early Birds: 1:35 pm Later Gators: 2:35 pm

K- 2:05 pm

1st-2nd- 2:35 pm

3rd-5th- 3:00 pm


Minimum Days:

TK- All Together Day – 11:45 am

K- 12:00 pm

1st-5th – 12:00 pm


Please keep in mind that the Kids Corner Program is available to all families needing before/after school care. For more information, please visit their webpage here.


Making your plans for summer vacation…Peninsula Education Foundation is offering the Summer Break program at Dapplegray and Soleado. I will be here at Soleado working with the PV STEAM Academy staff and would love to have your children join us! Visit the website  for dates and cost of the program. I hope you had a wonderful Spring Break!


Michele Marcus



Soleado Families, 


Several people in our school community have talked to me about unsafe driving they have witnessed during drop off/pick up. Specifically, it has been reported that people are driving on the wrong side of the street on Longhill so that they can avoid the cars waiting to enter the parking lot. After passing all of the cars waiting to turn, these people are turning into the parking lot, essentially “cutting the line” and almost hitting cars that are waiting and/or people crossing Longhill. In addition, other people already in the parking lot are cutting in front of cars to get to the front of the drop off line. Please remember that everyone shares the same goal of picking up/dropping off their children quickly and moving on with their day. However, compromising the safety of members of our school community should never be an option. If you are in a hurry or have somewhere to be right after school, please park your car on the street and walk to pick up your child. In addition, the Kids Corner parking lot and the Staff and PTA President parking spots are not to be used by families who are waiting to pick-up/drop-off their children at dismissal. Let’s work together to ensure that Soleado is a safe place for everyone.


Peninsula Education Foundation (PEF) proudly presents its last Parent University. It will be held on Tuesday, March 26, at Miraleste Intermediate School from 6-7:30 pm. Harlan Cohen is a New York Times best-selling author of six books, a nationally syndicated advice columnist, and a dynamic speaker who has spoken to thousands of students and parents to help:    

  • middle school students dream big and get over their fears
  • high school students become gritty leaders and navigate college planning   
  • high school grads successfully make the transition to life in college   
  • soon-to-be grads find their dream job
  • parents get comfortable with all the changes along the way


Have a good weekend!

Michele Marcus


Soleado Families,


Safety is a top priority at Soleado Elementary School, and there are many things we do to ensure that we are well prepared in the event of an emergency. We will be having a school-wide evacuation drill on March 22. The intent of the drill is to familiarize our students with a safe evacuation route to Peninsula High School. During this drill, children will be following the directions given by their teachers and other Soleado staff members. The Lomita Sheriff’s Department will be working with us to ensure all streets are crossed safely. The message to students will be that we are practicing evacuating campus and walking as a school to Peninsula High School. If you do not want your child to participate, please e-mail me at


Mr. Perkins joined us at the PTA Meeting this week to share some writing strategies to use with your children. Click on this link to view the PowerPoint that he shared.


To view the 2019-2020 school year calendar please visit: Have a great weekend!


Michele Marcus


Soleado Families,

Please join us at our PTA Meeting on Tuesday, February 12th at 9:00 am. Soleado parent Raena Hawkins will be speaking about Technology and Parenting. She has over 10 years of experience in educating children and parents on the safe and effective use of technology. Click here for more information.

See below for Soleado’s Food Policy and Guidelines for Classroom Celebrations. With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, please pay particular attention to the section regarding Valentine’s Day.

Soleado Elementary School
Food Policy and Guidelines for Classroom Celebrations
The primary focus of any school is student growth and academic achievement. To that end, the Soleado Site Council in conjunction with school staff has adopted the following guidelines for student celebrations during the school day. These guidelines reflect the knowledge that not all parents adhere to the same dietary restrictions. Every attempt has been made to move the focus away from food and “treats” which are often times unhealthy. There are times when food is served in connection with a lesson, holiday or class party. When these times come up, teachers work very closely with room parents and parents of allergy students to make sure everyone is aware of what will be served and whether there are any alternative food choices that can be used for students with allergies. All food served at school must be store bought.
Please review the following policy and thank you for your support as we provide our students with a learning environment that promotes healthy choices regarding food and snacks. 
Birthdays are special milestones in life, and many people choose to celebrate them with parties and special treats. At Soleado, student birthdays are recognized by singing a song and the child being honored may bring a gift for the classroom. Parents and guardians may NOT bring food of any kind, goodie bags or other treats to the classroom or onto campus during lunch or recess in celebration of a child’s birthday.
While it is often times customary for children to have birthday parties, invitations to those parties are not to be distributed at school. If a party is planned for your child, please send the invitations in the mail, via e-mail or some way other than sending them to school.

At Soleado we celebrate a variety of holidays due to our diverse student population. Any holiday celebrations held in the classroom must be approved by the classroom teacher in advance. All food items are to be coordinated through the room parent and classroom teacher. Families will also be notified ahead of time when food is being provided to the students in the classroom. District policy prohibits students from receiving home baked or prepared food items from home of any kind.
Valentine’s Day: If your child wishes to give Valentines to his/her classmates, please refrain from giving anything more than one bite-size piece of candy. If you choose to send candy, you must check in with the classroom teacher to make sure there are no allergies to be aware of. A Valentine’s Day Card is always appropriate.

Halloween: While candy is the trick-or-treat of choice, at Soleado, we ask our children to leave all candy at home. No goodie bags are necessary. Just dress up and come and enjoy the festivities throughout the day.

December Holidays: Teacher gifts are provided through the funds collected by room parents. Any gifts children wish to give other children should be given outside of school hours off school grounds.

Please do not put your teacher in an awkward position by bringing food into the classroom. If a parent comes to the classroom with food, goody bags or invitations to parties, they will be directed to the front office and not allowed to distribute the items to the class.


Michele Marcus


Soleado Families,

Winter is here and with winter upon us we unfortunately have more students who are sick. Please read below for information about when to keep your children home and when it is okay to send them to school. Although we always want to have your children here at school with us, there are times when it is necessary to keep your children home to minimize the spread of colds and flu.
🤒Should I keep my child home from school?
Please keep your child home if he or she:

  • Has a fever of 100 or higher before taking medication to reduce the fever.
  • Has been vomiting or having persistent diarrhea in the last 24 hours.
  • Has excessive tiredness or lack of appetite.
  • Has an intense headache, sore throat, body aches, chills or an earache.
  • Has a persistent, productive cough which has kept them up at night.

Does my child have the flu?
The flu can be serious. If your child is at high risk for flu complications please contact your physician at the first sign of flu symptoms. Individuals at risk include those who are pregnant, have asthma or diabetes, have compromised immune systems, or have neuromuscular diseases.
Symptoms of flu typically come on suddenly and can include:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Body aches
  • Sore throat
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Dry coughWhen should I send my child back to school?

Colds and flu can be contagious for at least 48 hours. Returning to school too soon may slow the recovery process and expose other children unnecessarily to illness.
Please keep your child home until:

  • His/her fever has been gone for 24 hours without medication.
  • He/she has not had vomiting or diarrhea during the last 24 hours.
  • If given antibiotics, he/she has taken the antibiotic for at least 24 hours.
  • His/her appetite and energy level have returned to normal

Have a good week!
Michele Marcus