PEACHLAND ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
A California Distinguished School
24800 Peachland Avenue
Newhall, CA 91321
661-291-4020 FAX 661-291-4021
Kate Peattie, Principal Amy Gaudette, Assistant Principal
Dear Students and Families,
Welcome to Peachland Elementary! As we begin this new school year together, let me start by telling you that I am honored to be rejoining you. As I reacquaint myself with past students, families, and staff and meet our newest members of the school, I am reminded that the Peachland community is one that is united around its children. I am truly fortunate to be returning to such a remarkable school.
One of the most important components of an exceptional school like Peachland Elementary is the partnership between home and school. Peachland has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working families. Throughout the year you will have opportunities to develop our partnership in various ways. Families may join our PTA, volunteer in the classroom, become involved in Site Council, or participate in one of the many other events and activities that make our school a special place for our children to learn and grow.
This handbook contains information about our school procedures, programs, and policies. It is available on the Newhall School District website, www.newhallschooldistrict.net, under the Peachland tab. It is also available in paper form from our office. I hope that in reading it you will gain a deeper understanding of the programs, policies, and school vision at Peachland. Above all, I hope that each family will become an integral part of the school community by participating in the daily life of our school.
By working together, our students will soar!
Peachland in the News!
SANTA CLARITA - The diesel roar of a school bus cut through the early morning air. A constant stream of cars rolled up to the curb, waiting for backpack-wielding children to hop out. Officials in brightly colored vests gave directions to get around campus, their voices mingling with the laughter of children reuniting with friends and the chatter of parents getting re-acquainted. A sign hung on a classroom door read, “Come in, we’re open for learning.” School was definitely back in session in the Santa Clarita Valley.
At Peachland Elementary School in Newhall, parents and students were lined up at 7:20 a.m. — 40 minutes before classes began. And many of those lined up said they were excited for the new year to get under way. “I’m excited to have fun and learn more stuff,” said fifth-grader Jesus Alinz. Alinz said he wasn’t worried about getting back in the groove after summer vacation. “I’m just ready to roll,” he said. Alinz was one of dozens of students outside the school, many of whom crowded around notices posted on the front gate to see what classrooms they were assigned to.
Many parents, such as Newhall resident Kim Rollins, accompanied their children to school. “About a week before school starts I start to ease him back into the school schedule,” Rollins said of her son, Nathan. “That way he’s prepared when the school year starts.” Rollins also said she was glad to hear that the Newhall School District, which includes Peachland, had moved to make all of its schools closed campuses — adding additional security measures that parents and visitors have to go through to gain access to campuses. “I’m looking forward to that,” she said. “It’s a needed change.”
Newhall district Superintendent Marc Winger had announced earlier that all district schools are getting additional security this year. Another parent, former California Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, came to see his two children off to school. For Smyth it was also a return to his alma mater, as he himself attended Peachland. “As a parent, the first day of school is always bittersweet,” Smyth said. “Every year you come it’s like seeing the kids grow up before your eyes.”
Peachland is part of the Newhall School District, which is the first to launch the 2013-14 school year following summer break. Several Newhall schools opened their doors Tuesday. The rest of the schools in the Newhall district, along with those in the Saugus Union School District, will open Wednesday, with other Santa Clarita Valley School districts — Castaic Union, Sulphur Springs and William S. Hart Union High School District — follow on Thursday.
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24800 Peachland Ave
Newhall, CA 91321
Phone (661) 291-4020
Fax (661) 291-4021
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Peachland Elementary School-Gotta Keep Reading Book Dance
http://youtu.be/nmrruNIYSJ4 Choreographed dance featuring the students and staff of Peachland Elementary School in Santa Clarita, CA. Inspired by Ocoee Middle School and the music from the Black Eyed Peas.