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Anderson Alligators


August 2019   


Dear Anderson Families,


It is a pleasure to welcome all new and returning families to the start of the 2019-20 school year. It has been a busy summer on campus with summer school and construction. A construction crew has been working this summer on building a new preschool building on campus. This construction will continue during the school year. During construction the YMCA program will be relocated to H2 and H3. When all of the construction is completed the Anderson campus will be fully separated from Discovery Charter School which means we will no longer share the turf field and blacktop with DCS. We are very excited about this and thank the Moreland School Board and District for their support. This fall, Mrs. Rubino, will be the acting principal who gets our school year off to a wonderful start! Mrs. Quinonez has spent her summer on medical leave with two back surgeries. I will return as soon as possible and cannot wait to see everyone. I will be available by email and will be supporting the school from home. Our teachers, custodians, and office staff have been working diligently to have the classrooms and grounds ready for the first day of school.


School begins Thursday, August 22nd.


REQUIRED PAPERWORK/FORMS:  Starting August 1, 2019, Moreland parents/guardians will be able to complete their student(s) "1st Day Packet" electronically in AERIES Parent Portal. Please log in to your Parent Portal account using the (parent) email that is on file with the District. (If you forgot your password, click on the "Forgot Password" prompt to reset it.) Once you have completed all of the required steps, print out your student's emergency card and bring it on the first day of school. The emergency card and required paperwork must be completed.  If you have questions or need help with your portal account please go to the AERIES FOR PARENTS page on the Moreland District website. If you need assistance in creating an email or have changed your email over the summer, please contact our school secretary, Alicia Thornton, at 408-874-3101.


Each year students eagerly wait to find out who their teacher and classmates will be.  Tentative class lists will be posted outside the office at 4:00 PM on Wednesday, August 21st.  All posted class assignments are tentative.  Due to fluctuations in enrollment, we may need to make adjustments within the first couple of weeks in efforts to maintain balanced classrooms. If changes are deemed necessary to your child’s placement, you will be notified immediately.  Student assignments will not be held after the first day of school.  If your child does not attend school the first two days they will be dropped from the class list and need to be re-entered through the Enrollment Center, at which time they will be placed according to availability. 


Your involvement in your child’s education is critical.  Showing your child that you value their effort in school is as simple as reading to or with them each night, providing a quiet place in your home for them to do their homework, getting them to school on time, and asking them how their day was.  There are many opportunities to volunteer at Anderson, from helping out in your child’s classroom to lending a hand during our fall fundraiser.  If you are interested in getting to know more parents on our campus while helping the school organize fundraisers and special events, please join our ELAC/Home and School Club. 


We look forward to creating a strong partnership with you to ensure the success of your child. 




Tasha Quinonez                                   Jodi Rubino

Principal                                                 Assistant Principal


We hope all children are able to attend the first day of school.  However, if your child will be absent, it is imperative that you contact the school office at (408) 874-3102 in English and (408) 874-3101 in Spanish. 


The following is our school schedule:


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

TK - Kindergarten                           8:00 a.m. -11:55 a.m. (until October 3rd)                                                                                                                                                              8:00 a.m. - 12:35 p.m. (beginning October 7th)


Grades 1-5                                         8:00 a.m. - 2:35 p.m.



TK - Kindergarten                           8:00 a.m. - 11:55 a.m.

Grades 1-5                                         8:00 a.m. -12:55 p.m.


Morning Recess

Grades TK-3                                      9:50 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.

Grades 4-5                                         9:55 a.m. – 10:10 a.m.



Grades 1-3                                         11:50a.m. – 12:40 p.m.

Grades 4-5                                         11:51a.m. – 12:40 p.m.


Drop off and Pick up

The circle driveway in front of the school is for drop off and pick up only. Do not park in the red zone in the front parking lot at any time during the year. As you pull into the driveway please use caution and reduce speed.  You should only allow your child to exit or enter the car when you are stopped along the curb.  Please do not leave your car parked along the curb.  Pull your car forward as much as possible to help the flow of traffic on Rhoda Dr.  If you wish to walk your child to class, you will need to park your car in a parking space in the front lot or on the street due to limited parking spaces.  Your help is appreciated in keeping all our students safe.


Supervision before School

On the first day, all students should assemble quietly in the hallway outside of their classroom and wait to be greeted by their teacher.  Your child’s teacher will show them where to line up each morning for the rest of the year.  Students should not be taking this opportunity to play on the field or play structure.  There is not before school supervision on the yard. If you need before school childcare, please contact the YMCA. Please do not send your child to school more than 10 minutes before school starts.


Before and After School Care TK-5

Anderson has continued its partnership with the YMCA to provide before and after school care on campus for students in grades TK-5.  The YMCA will be housed in rooms H2 and H3.  If you are interested in signing your child up, please contact the director, Emiliano Gonzalez at  (408) 370-3877 or There are limited spaces so please contact Emiliano as soon as possible if you are interested.


School Attendance

Our expectation is that your child comes to school at 7:55 a.m. every day so they are ready to begin at 8:00a.m. A two-minute warning bell will ring at 7:58 so students know it is time to line up. A bell will ring at 8:00 to signal the beginning of the school day. Students arriving after 8:00 a.m. will be marked late.  Students should only be absent for valid reasons.  Please call the school attendance line at (408) 874-3102 in English and (408) 874-3101 in Spanish to report all absences.




Breakfast and Lunch for 2019-20

Anderson qualified for a breakfast and lunch program that would allow all students to eat at no cost to the family.  In order to keep us qualified for this program, we need all families to complete the free and reduced meal forms regardless of your income. The information on these forms is confidential and staff members are available to assist anyone who needs help completing the forms.  Students will eat breakfast in their classroom from 8:00 to 8:15 while they complete morning work. If your child arrives late to school, they will miss breakfast.  Breakfast will not be served before school or during recess.  Your child is welcome to bring a snack from home to eat during morning recess if they are hungry. 




School announcements, communication about current events, schedules and photos of learning on campus can all be found in the following places:


Alligator Insider – this paper newsletter is sent home twice a month and is also posted on our website

School Website –

School Twitter -

Home and School Club Facebook -

Email – please make sure our school office has your correct email address

Remind – you can receive text messages –on your phone type join andgators and text it to 81010, you can also download the Remind app to your phone and join andgators in the app



Dress Code

All clothing must adhere to our dress code of appropriate clothing. 

Students may not wear

  • plain red or blue shirts
  • red or blue bandanas or babushkas
  • red or blue shoelaces
  • inappropriate/negative pictures, phrases or sayings on t-shirts
  • oversized baggy pants
  • shirts that are no longer than wrist length (with arms at sides)
  • revealing halter tops, spaghetti strap shirts or shirts that show your midriff
  • flip-flops, slippers, heelies, high heel shoes
  • shorts and skirts must be as long or longer than your fingertips when arms are at your side


Not abiding by our dress code policy may result in the student having to call home for a change of clothes or wearing a t-shirt or pants that are provided by our office staff.  


Scooters, Skateboards, and Bikes

Scooters, bikes, and/or skateboards may be used to get to and from school. Once on campus students need to walk with their scooter, skateboard or bike. Students may not ride these items on campus. Once on campus, students need to lock their bikes in the bike rack or turn scooters/skateboards into the office or your classroom teacher.  If students ride their scooter, skateboard or bike on campus they may be taken away by an Anderson staff member.  These items can be picked up from the office after school or at the discretion of the administration.