Welcome!

A letter from Mrs. Holmes...

Dear Parents,

Our school has been  participating in an important initiative. It is called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS).  

What is Positive Behavior Support?

PBIS is a process for creating safer and more effective schools. It is a systems approach to enhancing the capacity of schools to educate all children by developing research-based, school-wide, and classroom behavior support systems. The process focuses on improving a school’s ability to teach and support positive behavior for all students. Rather than a prescribed program, PBIS provides systems for schools to design, implement, and evaluate effective school-wide, classroom, non-classroom, and student specific plans. PBIS includes school-wide procedures and processes intended for all students and all staff in all settings. PBIS is not a program or a curriculum. It is a team-based process for systemic problem solving, planning, and evaluation. It is an approach to creating a safe and productive learning environment where teachers can teach and all students can learn.


What is PBIS at our school?

We have adopted a unified set of school rules. Similar to the Atascadero Unified School District’s core values, these rules define our expectations for behavior in our school. You will see these rules posted throughout the school and your child has been learning about them all year. Our unified school rules, found in every classroom and non-classroom setting in the school, are as follows:

San Benito Bengals PAUSE for PAWS:

Positive Attitude

Act Responsibly

Work Hard

Safety First

 

As part of our PBIS process, teachers and other staff members use evidence-based practices to increase student learning and decrease classroom disruptions. To keep students on the rules in a positive manner, we do the following when teaching academics and behavior:

⇒      Constantly teach and refer to our school-wide expectations.

⇒      Provide students with more praise than correction.

⇒      Talk to students with respect using positive voice tone.

⇒      Actively engage everyone in the class during instruction.

⇒      Use pre-correcting, prompting, and redirecting as we teach.

⇒      Look for the positive first and provide positive, immediate, frequent, and explicit feedback.

We also have a school-wide system of consequences. One of the most important functions of the school is to ensure that a safe and healthy environment is maintained at all times.  School and classroom rules for student behavior are established so that this goal can be achieved.  Violations of school rules will be addressed in every case using an Office Referral system.  Student discipline data will be recorded in the computer system.  Written notice of infractions and action taken will be sent to parents with each incident that resulted in a referral.  Steps listed below will be followed in the referral process:


1st Referral: Conference with Yard Supervisor (if from playground) or office staff (if from classroom).  Possible consequences: verbal or written warning, think-it-through, loss of recess, call home.

2nd Referral: Conference with principal. Possible consequences:  verbal or written warning/think-it-through, loss of recess, community service, call home.

3rd Referral: Conference with principal.  Possible consequences: extended loss of recesses, extended community service, phone call home, written essay about the infraction.

4th Referral: Conference with principal/teacher/parents. Possible consequences:  recess detention, community service, in-house suspension, suspension.

5th Referral: Conference with principal, teacher, and parent for development of a behavior plan/contract.  Possible consequences:  student suspension 1 – 3 days.  

6th Referral: Conference with principal, teacher and parent Possible consequences: in-house suspension, suspension 3 – 5 days, modified/reduced day/schedule change.


Please note that some violations of school rules will not be given progressively increasing consequences.  State law governs all violations for weapons, drugs, tobacco, violence, etc.  For example, a first offense of brandishing a knife, possessing a gun or explosive device, or sale of drugs on school campus are grounds for suspension pending an expulsion hearing.  The incident would also be referred to the appropriate law enforcement agency.


If you have questions about Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports, please feel free to contact your child’s teacher.

We look forward to a wonderful year of teaching your child.

Kathryn Holmes

Principal





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VERY IMPORTANT INFO ABOUT OUR NEW APPROACH TO HOMEWORK:

You will most likely notice a decrease in the homework load this year. Our staff spent time this summer reviewing research related to homework and student achievement. There is significant research that shows homework in the elementary grades does not increase student achievement. Our students are being exposed to rigorous standards and work all day long while at school. We believe homework should be limited so that students have a chance to be kids, interact with their family, and participate in community activities, which all directly relate to student achievement. We are promoting reading, practicing math facts, and writing for homework but most importantly, we are promoting family time. We hope you will join us in this promotion and take the time to play ball with your children, have them help you make dinner, go on a bike ride, read to them, play card games, and just enjoy each other. We hope you will join us in promoting kids being kids and family time.



Welcome Back, Bengals!   At San Benito, we proudly boast of the academic successes of our students.  Our dedicated staff of teachers, instructional aides, secretaries, custodians, yard supervisors, and kitchen staff, collectively makes the difference for our children. We will continue our academic focus in supporting all students’ progress in reading and math, as well as, maintaining consistent daily attendance, and providing a healthy school environment with an emphasis on positive student interactions.  The San Benito Bengal PAWS: Positive Attitude, Act Responsibly, Work Hard, Safety First serve as our guide to create a setting where students feel connected and safe. Additionally, our school vision: Where students are given the opportunity to thrive; earning their stripes one day at a time, will continue to guide each decision we make.  

San Benito Elementary has several “back-to-school” improvements!  Over the summer, the buildings were power washed and the trim around the roofs, doors, and windows painted. Additionally, our teachers spent a week learning all about the new Next Generation Science Standards at Cal Poly. We are ready to put science in the forefront of education. Expect to continue to see our STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) ahead efforts, including 1:1 Chromebooks for students in grades 2-5, our developing STEAM Lab in room 16, Family Engineering Night, and a Principal’s 400 Club, among other up-and-coming activities aimed to help students earn their stripes.

Last June we bid a fond farewell to Mrs. Sletten and Mrs. Baldwin, This August we welcome Bonnie Kraemer, Transitional Kindergarten teacher.

We enthusiastically invite parents and community members to become involved in their child’s education by volunteering in the classroom, helping out at the school, or sharing their interest and time with the PTA or School Site Council.  Our PTA is extremely supportive of our school community.  

They have donated funds for library books as well as for classroom supplies, field trips, and special projects. Additionally, the PTA supports our students' learning by sponsoring an instructional assembly program among other activities.  The continued success of the PTA requires parent participation.  We hope you can join our PTA to create a positive impact on all the students!


Parents are reminded of the need for student safety during drop-off and pick-up times, especially since parking at San Benito Road Elementary School is sometimes a challenge.  Your cooperation is essential in keeping both students and adults safe.  When dropping students off in the front parking lot, please pull through and drop off quickly.  We also ask that parents observe the “Loading Zone - No Parking” rule in the area where buses drop off and pick up.  FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR STUDENTS, do not leave your vehicle unattended in the loading zone.  You may stay in your vehicle while waiting for your child.  That way, vehicles left unattended do not block other vehicles from entering the loading zone. Remember to leave the handicapped spaces available to those who are authorized to park there.  We appreciate your patience and understanding in making the parking lots safe for students and parents.


School starts on Wednesday, August 23.  Class lists will be posted on Tuesday, August 22, at 4:00 p.m.. Our Back to School Night will be on Thursday, August 31st   at 6:00pm.  I look forward to welcoming you back!

Mrs. Kathryn Holmes, Principal




Parents are reminded of the need for student safety during drop-off and pick-up times, especially since parking at San Benito Road Elementary School is sometimes a challenge.  Your cooperation is essential in keeping both students and adults safe.  When dropping students off in the front parking lot, please pull through and drop off quickly.  We also ask that parents observe the “Loading Zone - No Parking” rule in the area where buses drop off and pick up.  FOR THE SAFETY OF ALL OUR STUDENTS, do not leave your vehicle unattended in the loading zone.  You may stay in your vehicle while waiting for your child.  That way, vehicles left unattended do not block other vehicles from entering the loading zone. We also discourage parents from dropping students off across the street.  Dropping your child off on the same side of the street as the school will make it safer for everyone.  If you find it necessary to park across the street, please get out and walk your child safely across the street.  Remember to leave the handicapped spaces available to those who are authorized to park there.  Finally, please DO NOT drop off your students before 7:55am. We appreciate your patience and understanding in making the parking lots safe for students and parents.




Office Hours:
M-Th 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
F 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM 




Address:
4300 San Benito Road
Atascadero, CA 93422

Phone:
805-462-4330
fax: 805-462-4278

Absence Line:
805-462-4260

School Hours:
Grades 1-6
8:20 AM - 2:45 PM

Kindergarten Hours:
Early Session:
 8:20 AM - 12:10 PM
Late Session:
 9:50 AM - 1:40 PM

Friday Early Release: 
8:20 AM - 1:40 PM 

Minimum Day:
8:20 AM - 1:20 PM

Conference Week:
8:20 AM - 1:20 PM