Marshall Lane Elementary School

School News

Updated Wed, May 20th

Hopefully, this message finds you and your families safe and well. Although the curve is beginning to flatten on the pandemic here in California, we are still not “out of the woods” yet. Unfortunately, opening up society is proceeding at a very slow pace in order to ensure safety for all of our citizens. 


As Superintendent Shelly Viramontez has shared with you in her Backyard Briefings, our administrative team is working on a variety of plans for the eventual reopening of school. While we don’t know when that will happen, we want to be ready with a comprehensive plan when it does. We will keep you informed when we know more about the 2020-2021 school year.


Recently, we found out that we are able to host a car parade in the 5th grade students’ honor in our parking lots on June 9th from 8:30 to 10:00 a.m. We want to honor them in a manner that respects the current Shelter in Place requirements and makes them feel special. Fifth grade students and their families may decorate their cars, drive through both of the parking lots, and pick up the students’ special promotion certificates as well as a few other surprises. While we are unable to gather as a group, we hope to be able to make the day special for them. Our goal is to be able to reconnect with these wonderful children and wish them well in middle school and beyond. This year has been a difficult and odd time for all of us. We hope to be able to end our 5th graders experience at Marshall Lane with a few moments of happiness and a ray of hope for their futures.

Updated Tue, May 5th

Dear Marshall Lane Families,

We hope that this message finds you and your family healthy and doing well.  We miss seeing all of you at school. The past seven weeks have been very difficult for everyone. Sheltering in place and providing distance learning were never situations that we ever anticipated dealing with as educators. No doubt you never thought that you would have to help your child to learn at home full time. I can assure that our hard working teachers and staff are doing everything that they can do to assist you in helping to move your child/ren's learning forward. We truly appreciate your collaboration and hard work with your children during distance learning

A few reminders regarding important 'things to do' for parents: 

Intent to Return, We need your response:  As we begin to plan for next year, we must determine who will be returning to Marshall Lane School for the 2020-21 school year.  We are working closely with the District Office staff regarding school staffing.  This information is essential as we plan for the upcoming year. Complete the Intent to Return Form for all students currently attending Marshall Lane in grades TK-5th. Click the following link for access:        

If your plans change after submitting this form, please contact us as soon as you determine what the change is going to be at pspencer [at] so we can ensure accurate enrollment for the 2020-21 school year.

Marshall Lane PTA has always been a strong supporter of our school. We truly appreciate the partnership that all of you provide to fund our programs and initiatives to benefit your children. Currently, our PTA Board and others have been working on determining how they can assist our school during the 2020-2021 school year after having missed several of our biggest fundraisers of the year. Important information about this effort has been sent out on Konstella or click the following link for access:


KONSTELLA Weekly Shout-Outs: If you are not already receiving the weekly updates from Marshall Lane PTA, be sure to register for Konstella using the link provided at the bottom of the Marshall Lane PTA Website:

Friday Drive-By: This Friday we will once again be holding a drive-by, for your health and safety and the health and safety of those assisting in the distribution of materials we ask that you remain in your vehicle and practice social distancing.  Thank you! 

Library Books 8:30AM – 1:00PM: Please check your bookshelves, under the bed and behind the couch…ALL books must be returned at this time. 

Spring Pictures 8:30AM – 1:00PM: If your child was present for Spring Pictures and you have not already done so, please plan to stop by and pick up your picture packet. For your convenience, Lifetouch has provided ‘proofs’ for every student that had their picture taken. Should you decide to place an order you may do so using the information provided.  Picture Packets are here for those that had already placed Spring Photo orders. 

ELD Instructional Materials 8:30AM – 1:00PM: If your child participates in the ELD program, please plan to pick up a packet of instructional materials put together for them by Mrs. Tappan. 

2nd Grade Instructional Materials 9:00AM – 10:30AM: last instructional materials pick up for 2nd grade for 2019-2020. 

4th Grade Instructional Materials 11:00AM – 1:00PM: drive through pickup of instructional materials including some fun math & science! 

Please continue to stay safe and be well. We are looking forward to seeing you and your wonderful children soon!

Updated Thu, Apr 30th

Marshall Lane Parents, 

Please help us plan for the fall by using this link  to complete the required form, if you have not already done so. You will need to complete for each child in grades TK-5th who are currently attending Marshall Lane. While we know that fifth-graders will be moving on and we will miss them dearly, the information is used for staffing purposes district-wide. We understand situations change, but please complete today and let the office staff know if your plans change. Your responses are confidential and essential for planning & staffing purposes. Don't delay, complete your form today! All responses are DUE by Wednesday, May 6th. Thank you!


Updated Thu, Apr 30th

Distance Learning has changed the way that children are attending school currently. However, there is still an expectation of STARS behavior on the part of our Marshall Lane students.

Safety First=Families are staying home so that everyone will be safe. Teachers are providing distance learning from their own homes.

Take Responsibility=Students need to be as self-directed as they can be and complete their work as independently as possible

Act with Integrity=Children need to show up on time for their Zoom meetings and follow the Zoom expectations. They need to do their best to complete all of the expected work each day.

Remember Kindness=Students need to display appropriate online comments at all times.

Show Respect=During Zoom meetings, students should display behavior that is not distracting to others.


General Zoom Meeting  Expectations

Please review these expectations with your child/ren before their next Zoom meeting and monitor them from time to time during their participation.


  • Arrive on time for the Zoom meeting. It helps to log on a few minutes early to ensure that there are no technical issues.

  • Your log in must include either the family name or the child’s name to ensure that the teachers know who they are admitting from the waiting room.

  • Mute students’ microphones when the teacher is talking, use raised hands to contribute, and wait to be called on by the teacher.

  • During the meetings, students should be sitting upright and not making any distracting movements. 

We appreciate your help in creating a positive online learning environment for all of our students to maximize their experience with distance learning.

Updated Mon, Apr 20th

Dear Parents and Guardians.
Congratulations! We have all survived the first week of distance learning! We are aware that this is a stretch for all of us—teachers, students, and especially parents! This model is certainly not what any of us are used to or ever wanted to be doing. However, what we must do at this time is stay home to be safe. Our staff will continue to do our best to support you and your child in this distance learning journey. Together we can do this!

Prior to the news that we would not be returning to school this year, our teachers were providing an optional flexible learning plan for at home use. Now that we know that students need to study at home for the remainder of the year, we have moved to providing daily or weekly distance learning plans.  Teachers are posting plans for students to follow throughout the week. If you and your child are not yet accessing these plans, please contact your child’s teacher immediately to find out how to find it in Google classroom or Seesaw online. Regularly scheduled Zoom meetings are occurring to provide connections between your children and their teachers and between students. Please have your child attend these meetings whenever possible. Teachers will also be holding regularly scheduled office hours to provide help and information for parents and students.

So, what are the expectations for distance learning? Our district has determined that these are the minimum requirements for all students:

*Grades TK, K, & 1st grades—40 minutes per day on English Language Arts and/or math and 20 minutes per day of independent reading
* Reading Club students--Our reading intervention teacher is providing videos of the lessons that she teaches for all children who attend Reading Club. It is essential for your student to access these lessons so they can continue to develop their foundational skills in reading in addition to their regularly assigned lessons.
* Grades 2nd & 3rd —60 minutes per day on English Language Arts and/or math and 30 to 45 minutes per day of independent reading
* Grades 4th & 5th --45 minutes per day on English Language Arts and 45 minutes on math and 30 to 45 minutes per day of independent reading

As you can see, the total minimum amount of time required by CUSD for distance learning is just 60 to 135 minutes per day. We are aware that at home learning cannot replicate students’ experiences for a full school day. All children are in different places regarding their learning, so we ask that you just do your best to fulfill these expectations.

In addition to the expected work that is being provided, teachers are also working with our specialists in p.e., music, yoga, and STEAM to provide enrichment activities that students may choose to do once they
have fulfilled the basic expectations. Activities to help children’s social and emotional development are also being provided. All of these varied resources might help your child/ren to fill their time with productive activities outside of the basic school work that they are doing.

We ask for your patience with yourself, your children, and our teachers. This is a learning experience for all of us. We will continue to do our best and we trust that you are doing all you can to support your child/ren at home during this unprecedented time. Thank you! Be well and stay safe!

Updated Thu, Apr 30th
Starting on Monday, April 13th, the Campbell Union School District is moving to Distance Learning (DL) since we know now that students will not be returning to campus for the remainder of the school year. 
Learning will not stop. Your teachers will be sending out a DL plan on a weekly basis. Students are expected to complete as much of the work as possible. If they have questions, their teachers will be checking in with them on a regular basis to explain what needs to be done.
Last week, 1st to 5th grade students had the opportunity to pick up instructional materials at school that they will need for DL.  If you did not pick up their packet, please do so during one of the pick up times this week listed below, 
TK students may pick up packets on Monday, April 13th from 11:00 to 12:00.  On Thursday, April 16th, Kindergarten students may pick up their packets from 11:00 to 1:00. Any 1st to 3rd grade students who did not already pick up their packets last week may do so during one of these times.
By working together, we can help our students to continue to learn. As always, we truly appreciate your partnership. Thank you!
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!