Marshall Lane Elementary School

School News

Updated Wed, Sep 23rd

Over the past two weeks, each grade level has conducted a Back to School Night for the parents in their classes.  Thanks to everone who has been able to attend to hear about our instructional program at Marshall Lane and specifics about your child's individual classroom.

Teachers are working very hard and schedules are continuing to evolve as the classes progress.  We truly appreciate your support and patience.  If you were unable to attend your child's Back to School Night, contact your teacher since meetings were recorded and can be shared for your review.

If you have any questions or concerns about your child's class it is always best to contact the teacher first since they know your child better than anyone else here at the school.  The fastest means of communication is through email.

Thank you for partnering with us to meet the needs of your students.  We've got this!

Updated Thu, Sep 3rd

Dear Marshall Lane Families,

After completing the first two weeks of school, we know that distance learning is a challenge for everyone involved. For families, having your students participating in their education on the computer is difficult as you attempt to manage the rest of your lives. Believe me, we understand what a challenge this is!

At school, teachers are working very hard to provide the best possible education or each and every child. They are collaborating and working long hours to provide the lessons for each week and to manage the Zoom meetings. Our entire staff truly appreciates your ongoing efforts to support your child and their teachers. We are all in this together and we are making this work. Thank you!!!

Updated Fri, Sep 4th

Just a friendly reminder that all students are expected to attend school every day. Teacher take attendance beginning at 8:30 every morning. Please ensure that your child is logged on to their Zoom meeting at that time so they will not be marked absent. If there is a technology issue or if your child is ill and will not be attending, please call or email the Marshall Lane School office so that the attendance is correct. The attendance line is (408) 341-7076 or email our attendance clerk, Tricia Urrutia at turrutia [at]

Updated Thu, Sep 3rd

Over the first two weeks of school, our teachers have been focusing on making connections with students and forming classroom communities. They have been implementing a new social-emotional curriculum called Character Strong to assist students during this difficult time.

Last week, students focused on courage and had conversations about what it means and discussed examples of what it looks like. Quotes from famous people are used to promote reflection and discussion. Nelson Mandela wrote, ”I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Living in our new reality brought about by the pandemic has forced all of us to face life with courage. We can all be role models for our children by dealing with the challenges that this has brought about by exercising patience, understanding, and having positive thoughts. We are in this together. We can do this!

Updated Thu, Sep 3rd

Each school is required to have an English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC) comprised of parents of the students of English Language Learners. We are seeking parents who have students who are learning English to join this committee which meets four times per year.

If you are interested, please email Principal Priscilla Spencer at pspencer [at]

Updated Thu, Sep 3rd

The Marshall Lane School Site Council is seeking applicants for this important committee, The purpose of this group is as follows:


The School Site Council (SSC) is a decision-making group composed of parents, community representatives, and school staff members.  The School Site Council’s primary responsibility is to oversee the funds the school receives under the Local Control Assessment Plan (LCAP). The funds are designed to improve student performance as measured by standardized tests, the District’s assessment program, and classroom performance.  The Council assists in developing and approving the Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP). In addition, the SSC reviews and approves the Comprehensive School Safety Plan.


If you an interested in applying to be voted in for the School Site Council, please send an email to Principal Priscilla Spencer at

Updated Sat, Aug 22nd

Welcome back for the new school year for all of our returning students and to those who are new to Marshall Lane--we are so happy that you will be joining us! We are all excited about beginning a new year!


Our teachers are back and have been participating in professional development, collaborating with their colleagues, and creating learning plans for your students. Thanks to everyone who came to our drive by pick ups to obtain Chromebooks for your student(s). If you have not yet done so, your student will need their QR code to log on to their Zoom meetings and learning plans starting on the first day of school--AUGUST 24th.  Contact your teacher to come by to obtain your student’s QR code, if you did not already receive it.


Attendance is mandatory and roll will be taken each day. If your child is ill or will not be joining us for any reason, please call the attendance line in our office to report your child’s absence at (408) 341-7076 or email our attendance clerk, Tricia Urrutia at turrutia [at]


The school day will begin at 8:30 and will run until 2:15. There will be a blend of synchronous (live) and asynchronous (independent) work on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursday, and Fridays. On Wednesdays, students will have a morning meeting with their teacher and then complete unfinished work, do enrichment activities, and work on assigned projects. Small group instruction, English Language Development classes, reading intervention, and the resource specialist program instruction will also take place on Wednesdays. Teachers may also conduct office hours on Wednesdays so students or parents can ask questions. We know that over time, the schedules will be adjusted based on the needs of the students in the class.


We are looking forward to a successful year for all of our students. Remaining flexible and nimble are essential as we keep everyone safe and respond to the current conditions. Take care and be well!

Updated Sat, Aug 22nd

Former Marshall Lane student, Nathan Hirsch, worked with the Marshall Lane staff on this video for you! A huge thanks to Nathan and his mom, Sharon Hirsch, for all of their work on this. Check it out!!

Updated Fri, Aug 21st


  • a pair of child scissors (blunt tip)

  • glue sticks (we recommend Elmer’s)

  • a box of markers (we recommend Crayola)

  • a box of crayons (we recommend Crayola, box of 8 or 16)

  • a small whiteboard (9x12 works best)

  • white board markers (thick point) 

  • watercolor paint set (we recommend Crayola)

  • playdough (1-2 cans)

  • white copy paper

  • blue painter’s tape
  • storage container/box for materials

First Grade

  • Sharpened pencils

  • Erasers

  • Blank paper

  • Scissors

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Gluesticks

  • highlighter

  • Headphones 

  • Timer or clock to support students in independently joining class meetings

  • Additionally, it would be useful to have a one-inch 3-ring binder to hold your student’s poetry this year

Second and Third Grades

  • Student headphones or earbuds

  • Pencils with erasers

  • Pencil sharpener

  • Erasers

  • Blank Paper

  • Lined writing paper

  • Scissors 

  • Glue sticks

  • Crayons or colored pencils

  • Ruler (with inches and centimeters)

  • A YELLOW highlighter

  • Timer or Clock

Fourth Grade

  • Student headphones or earbuds with a microphone

  • 1 box 12 count Crayola Colored Pencils

  • 1 colored pencil sharpener

  • 1 pair scissors

  • 2 black Sharpies

  • 2 or more glue sticks

  • 2 highlighters (any color)

  • pencils and erasers

  • ballpoint pens

  • Blank copy paper

  • Lined writing paper - college ruled

  • Ruler with inches and centimeters (avoid see-through plastic)

  • 5-subject, spiral bound notebook - college ruled (Mr. Wolters)

  • Three ring binder 1½ inch w/ metal rings and a pocket inside the cover (Mr. Wolters)

  • Nylon or vinyl pencil case and dividers (5) for the above binder (Mr. Wolters)

Fifth Grade

  • Desk/Workspace

  • Bin/Basket/Backpack/Bookshelf to store your items & books

  • Clip Board

  • Pencils

  • Crayons

  • Markers

  • Glue stick/White glue

  • Copy Paper/Blank Paper

  • Lined College Ruled Paper

  • Old Sock/Whiteboard Eraser

  • Post-It Notes

  • Pencil Box/Pouch

  • Pencil Sharpener

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Highlighter

Updated Thu, Aug 20th

As we begin a new school year, it is clear that communication is more important now than ever. SInce we are unable to meet in person, Zoom meetings and online connections have become increasingly important. 
You have received an invitation from our Marshall Lane Parent/Teacher Association (PTA) to join an app called Konstella. This allows the PTA and the teachers to communicate with you via your email address or addresses. Our teachers often use this method to inform families of important information.
Please sign up for Konstella so you won't miss out on the things you need to know!