Marshall Lane Elementary School

School News

Updated Fri, Mar 27th

Dear Parents,

We have been out of school for just two weeks, but it seems like at least a month, doesn’t
it? We understand how difficult this is for all of you. Students are really missing their
friends and the routine of their school days. Parents are struggling with doing what they
need to do to keep their families afloat. The struggle is real!

As for your teachers, they are working harder than ever to meet the needs of their students.  Not only are they planning lessons, as always, but they are also learning to navigate the challenges of presenting them online to their students. They are completely aware of trying to ensure that the students can be as independent as possible with their assignments but they are also trying to continue to move them forward academically.

Since we have recently found out that we will be unable to return to school until at least
May 1 st , our approach in assisting you to help your students to learn at home is now pivoting from our optional flexible learning plan to expected distance learning. With as much time in school that we now know that our students will be missing, we feel the need to “step it up”.

All of the employees on our staff are working hard every day to meet the needs of the
students. They are our main focus. We are asking for your help and cooperation in
partnering with us in this effort to benefit your child/ren.

Beginning today, all of your students’ assignments will come to you directly from your
child’s teacher. This will avoid having you receive redundant communications about the
same thing. Please check on the platform that you have been using throughout this year to communicate with your teacher. If you or your child have questions, please direct them to your child’s teacher.

Our best wishes to you and your family as we move through this unprecedented period of time. We will get through this together—while social distancing!

Priscilla Spencer

Updated Wed, Mar 25th

Our Marshall Lane teachers have collaborated to create a Flexible Learning Plan for each grade level. Please use these resources as you work with your children at home.  A link to the resources can be found at:

Stay safe!

Updated Fri, Mar 20th

March 20, 2020

Dear Marshall Lane Community Members,

I hope that this message finds you and your families safe and healthy. These are
unprecedented times which have put additional stress on all of us. By now, you have
hopefully been using the flexible learning opportunities that we have shared with all
of you to help your children continue to learn at home. They are available to all on
our school and district website under the COVID-19 resources.

Over the past week, the teachers and I have been meeting via Zoom and other
electronic means to create more targeted learning plans for each grade level at
Marshall Lane to help you to determine activities that are the most beneficial for
your children. They are available at:

Some suggested activities require a Google login and password. Older students
login onto Google frequently at school, so they should know their information.
Younger students may not know these since the use a “badge” at school to access
their account. If you need to look up your child’s login and password, you can do so
on PowerSchool. Login to your parent account and click on “Student Account
Information”. This will open a page with your student’s name and password.
In general, it is very important for you to create a schedule for your family overall
and for each individual child. This will help to provide direction and consistency to
your days. Suggested schedules are included in the resource above. Take a look at
them and revise them based on your own context.

Specific activities that are being shared are suggested, but not required. One of the
most important activities that you can do with your child is to read. Various kinds of
reading should be done—you can read books to your child that they will
understand, but may not be able to read themselves; you can read books with your
child, taking turns with a text at their instructional level that they may require some
assistance to read; and you can spend time listening to reading by your child. All three different kinds of reading are important and essential to move children forward.

Practice in writing is also important. In the younger grades, working on neat
printing, writing their names, and writing sight words will help them. Once they are
able to express their thoughts, having them write letters to family or friends, or write
stories will help them to develop their ability to express themselves in written form.
They can also research a topic and write an informational piece about something
that interests them.
One of the foundations of math is automaticity with math facts. For young children,
this may be number recognition and counting. As students get older, learning
addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division facts is very important. You can
have students use flash cards that you already have at home or allow them to make
their own and practice until they are fluent. Make it into a game and challenge each

Family activities such as playing board games and/or card games, doing puzzles,
cooking, building with Legos or blocks, doing art projects, playing with Playdoh or
clay, and helping with chores around the house will provide purpose and connection
with each other.

Social and emotional learning are also very important at this difficult time. A
resource recently became available that you might find helpful. It is called Home
Chats and it is being created to encourage parents to discuss important topics with
their children during this difficult time:

Home Chats: A Parents Guide to Healthy Conversations During the Coronavirus

We hope that you will take time to review the suggestions and use what you believe
is most beneficial with your children and families. Please stay safe and take care.

Priscilla Spencer and the Marshall Lane Staff

Updated Fri, Mar 20th

Our teachers are working hard trying to support their students while they are learning at home. To this end, we would like to have a representative from each TK and Kindergarten family stop by on Monday between 11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. to pick up a packet of learning resources for your children.

This will occur in the drive through lane in the lower parking lot. Staff members will ask your child’s name and who their teacher is. With gloved hands, they will place the packet in your car.  No one should park or leave their vehicle. This will be a drive-through pick up only.

If you are unable to obtain your child’s packet at this time, please have a friend get it for you or contact your child’s teacher for other options for pick up.Stay well!

Updated Mon, Jan 6th

Marshall Lane’s Girls on the Run is looking for some awesome COACHES for the 2020 GOTR season. Coaching can be for both afternoons or as a part-time coach for one afternoon.

Practice will be held at Marshall Lane on Wednesdays and Fridays after school.

Wednesday from 2pm till 3:30 and Fridays from 3pm till 4:30. 

For more information you can contact: Linda Schlimbach by email : lindaschlimbach [at] or by phone : (408) 878-5586.

Or Adrien van Matre, Shauna Shawareb or Alma Rose.

Updated Sun, Jan 5th

Our local Santa Clara County Office of Education is offering a class for parents entitled Parent Project Junior Training.  This series is for parents of elementary aged students. The class combines parenting tips with information about helping children academically. The series is 6 weeks long and takes place on Tuesday mornings from 10:30 to 12:00. For more information, check out the flyer in our Peachjar.

Updated Fri, Nov 22nd

Project Cornerstone Book-of-the-Month #2

Dear Parents/Guardian: 

This month in your child’s classroom, we will be reading the book The Day You Begin by Jacqueline Woodson. This book provides opportunities for conversations around tolerance and acceptance of others, while also ensuring that children are given the tools for taking the first step to make themselves included. It also makes us aware about the importance of creating a caring school climate where everyone feels they belong. The goal is to help the students embrace and nurture each individual for who they are

We discuss these behaviors: 

• Greet each other authentically 

• Don’t make fun of others 

• Resolve misunderstandings and disagreements immediately 

• Listen, listen, listen 

• Speak clearly, directly, and honestly 

• Use your voice 

• Don’t be afraid to ask to be included 

• Ask others to share their ideas, thoughts, and experiences 

• Be brave

We hope you will talk with your child about The Day You Begin. To reinforce the message at home: 

▪ Brainstorm ideas to do intentional acts of caring for family, friends, and neighbors. Choose one or two to do together. 

▪ Give positive reinforcement to your child for actions and remarks that show empathy and compassion for others. 

By teaching our children the importance of accepting others and sharing intentional acts of caring, we create a stronger school community where all students feel safe and know that they belong. 

Updated Tue, Nov 5th

Volunteers and paid yard duty noon aides supervise our students during lunch.  We are in desperate need for people to help us with this.  If you are able to help from 11:30 to 1:00 one or more days per week, please stop by our office or call us at (408) 364-4259.  We can inform you about how to sign up to volunteer or apply to be paid to fill one of these positions on a full or part time basis.  Please consider helping us with this!  Thank you!

Updated Mon, Nov 4th

The state has finally released the test results for last spring’s standardized tests. Click on the link below to explore the various areas.

The science assessment scores will not be available until January 2020. The site says that the ELPAC (ELD) scores will not be available until the state verifies the results. When they are released, I will share them with you.

Updated Thu, Oct 10th

As you know, birthdays and birthday parties are a big deal for children. These events are looked forward to with great anticipation.

Please be mindful that invitations of any kind should not be distributed at school when children are present. This leads to hurt feelings and tears if some children are invited and others are not. Please be aware of the potential impact on our students and find another way to invite children to a party that you are giving. Thank you!