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Laurelwood School Calendar

Click here for our updated calendar of events for the 2015-2016 school year. 

2015-16 District Student/Parent Handbook

Click here for a copy of our district handbook.

Page 2 is the required signature page.

(Spanish and Vietnamese versions are available on our Resources page.)

2016-2017 School Supplies

Save Time and Money!

Order your 2016-17 grade level specific student supply kits online

Kits will be delivered to your student's classroom on the 1st day of school.

Offer ends June 30th


If you are purchasing student supplies on your own, please click here to get to the supply lists.  







Dear Laurelwood Families:


We wish you a wonderful summer! The 2015-16 school year was terrific and we enjoyed getting to know your children.  Laurelwood has a special place in the community and in the hearts of teachers, parents and students who have worked here and attended here.  We bid farewell to some really fabulous teachers and staff who have dedicated their lives to kids.  Many are moving to new jobs, staying home with new babies or simply changing grade levels!  Congratulations and best of luck to Linda Varveris, Kourtney Ghelfi, Crystal Stafford, Jen Gray, Morgan White, Chris Stern and Jennifer Zeitler in their new school homes! Best to our new mommies - Katy Howser and Amanda Ramon!


Please welcome new staff Laura Jones, Aimee Kalivoda, Jessica Whyte, Felicity Cooper, Virgie Blancas, Joanna Julin, Mark Beasley, Kristen Green, Andrea Vasquez (health) and Arwen Gutierrez! We will do our best to keep our lists up to date as to grade placements and new assignments. Mrs. Stafford will return to us part-time in the fall in the capacity of ELD/Newcomer instructor. 


As you may have noticed, our school is undergoing a major Bond funded construction project.  When we re-open in August, all classrooms will have new HVAC (Heating/Air Conditioning), new LED overhead lighting, new carpeting and updated wireless internet routers in every regular building.  With the new wireless internet, we have added chrome book carts using a combination of school site discretionary funding and parent donations for two grade levels: 4th and 5th.  We received a grant for second grade chrome books and our next two grade levels will be funded this school year: Grade 3 and Grade 1.  Please consider our future technology plans when you donate funds to Laurelwood! 


Please plan to join our PTA this fall.  Our PTA is extremely supportive of projects and volunteers more hours than I can count.  The PTA has a new website up and running for your reference.  If you wish to volunteer at school, please complete a packet from the office including a copy of your driver’s license and a current TB test (within 4 years).  Once you are processed to volunteer, you will sign in the office and have a badge to wear when you enter the school.  If you are not processed, you must ALWAYS get a sticker from the front office to enter campus.  Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students and staff safe!


We look forward to another wonderful year in 2016-17!  Residency verification is scheduled for August 2-4.  Please plan accordingly!


Happy Summer!


Dr. Lori Rogers and Mr. Paul Fuller


Parent Survey

Dear Laurelwood Families,

Please take part in our Communications Survey via Survey Monkey, so that we can best maximize our communications with you as a community.  Thank you!



Class photos are happening on Tuesday, February 2nd.  The photographer would like some help managing the kids that morning.  If you are available that morning, please sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090E4AABA722A64-class

Thanks so much for your help. 



Kelly Neary (PTA Communications)


There are two options to reporting your child's absence.  You may email laurelwoodattendance@scusd.net  or call (408) 423-1605 to report that your child is going to be absent.  This is a 24 hour voicemail line.  When reporting your child's absence (via email or phone) please include your child's full name, room number, and reason for their absence. 

Attendance Reminders

School does start AT 8:15.  Please plan on being here before 8:10.

Also, if your child has a morning appointment (which we know you are trying to avoid) please be sure to bring a note from the doctor's office, so that your child's late is excused.

Thank you!

Laurelwood's Mission Statement

Laurelwood School is a caring community of learners


   whose STUDENTS:

  • Respect and trust themselves and others.
  • Acquire and practice life-long learning skills.
  • Meet or exceed district academic performance standards.
  • Mature physically, emotionally, socially, and intellectually.
  • Become self-directed, responsible, life-long learners.

   whose STAFF and TEACHERS:

  • Value the diverse backgrounds and strengths each child brings to school and to learning.
  • Collaborate to incorporate best practices based on current research into their teaching.
  • Reflect attitudes of professionalism and dedication.
  • Work with students and the community in an environment of mutual trust and respect.


  • Support the vision and mission of the school.
  • Value diversity and treat others with respect.
  • Participate actively in the education of our children.
  • Appreciate the role of the public school in the life of our democracy.


Traffic Message from Officer Tracy

Dear Appleseed Montessori, Laurelwood Elementary, and Silicon Valley Academy Parents,

My name is Officer J. Tracy, and I am a police officer for the City of Sunnyvale Department of Public Safety.  I am writing this very important letter because of the concern that I, the residents whom live in the area, the school administrations, and school parents, have about traffic violations, and unsafe driving in the residential zones around the school campuses.  There have been numerous reports of parents speeding and not making full stops at clearly posted stop signs.  

Please help us to be good neighbors by being courteous drivers and by obeying the law. Especially be alert
to pedestrians and bicyclists. There are many children and families using the crosswalks at Teal Drive and Dunford Way, in front of the school and near the park.

Please slow down! The speed limit on Dunford Way is 25 mph.  Come to a complete stop at the stop signs and yield the right-of-way to pedestrians entering crosswalks.  Remember, children do not always know the rules of the road.  Be especially vigilant when you observe children walking and riding bikes.

In order to keep the areas around our schools safe, the Sunnyvale Police department will be aggressively monitoring streets and intersections around the schools, and will be issuing citations.  There will be zero tolerance for traffic law violations!

Thank you for keeping our neighborhood safe.


SCUSD Policy

The Governing Board of Santa Clara Unified School District is committed to equal opportunity for all individuals.  The District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying based actual or perceived ancestry, age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, nationality, race or ethnicity, religion, sex, sexual orientation or association with a person or a group with one or more of these perceived or actual characteristics.  The Board shall promote programs which ensure that discriminatory practices are eliminated in all acts related to school activity or school attendance within a school under the jurisdiction of the superintendent of the school district.
The District requires that school personnel take immediate steps to intervene when it is safe to do so and when he or she witnesses an act of discrimination, harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

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New, Online process for Free/Reduced Meal Applications

SCUSD announces an exciting way of applying for free and reduced meals. The Online Free/Reduced Meal Application process is available for all families in English as well as Spanish for the school year.  Please submit applications for the school year AFTER July 1st or they will be invalid.  All families will be able to go to https://onlinemealapps.scusd.net anywhere they would like…libraries, home, school sites, etc.  Only ONE application is needed per household and so if you apply online you do not need to fill out a paper application.   

5th Grade DARE graduation