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The Kindergarten registration for 2015-2016 school year has begun .  (MUST BE 5 YEARS OLD ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 1, 2015) You will need to register online at https://air.fsusd.org.  Remember to print off your completed registration, along with the child's birth certificate, current shot records, and two proof of residency (current utility, water, mortgage statement, rental or lease agreement) and bring to the front office any day between 9-11am.

Please call your student in sick when they are home ill.  After 3 days, we require a doctor's note!
A big Thank You to all of our community members that help make Crescent great!  We'd like to extend a special thanks to :  Alooma Court #198, McDonald's, Starbuck's, Subway, Panda Express, Athenian Grill, Raley's, Chevron, US Post Office, Chase Bank, and all our wonderful parents!

Star News

Good Habits Start Early
Focus on elementary school attendance should pay off for years. 
A new focus on getting kids to school every day and on time throughout Solano County is already showing promising results, and those working on the effort are preparing to step it up a notch.
Rather than focus exclusively on teenage truants as past efforts have been inclined to do, this new attempt zeroes in on parents of elementary school children - particularly those in kindergarten and first-grade, since that's where the habit of skipping school seems to start.
"Very few of these kids just stop going to school in the 10th grade," says Nicola Parr, Vacaville Unified school District's learning support administrator, who has been wrestling with attendance issues for seven years.
Just as education researchers nationwide started doing a few years ago, she's looked at the cumulative records of Vacaville's middle school and high school truants and found that "they had attendance issues in elementary school."
It's long been known that habitually truant teenagers spell trouble for themselves and those around them.  Researchers have found that up to 75 percent of children who miss 18 days or more every school year end up dropping out of high school.  Dropouts, in turn, are eight times more likely to end up in jail or prison than high school graduates.
What educators didn't appreciate, until recently, however, is that truancy habits are formed so early.  Students who are chronically absent (defined as missing 18 days or more a year) in kindergarten and first-grade are the students most likely to end up being truants and dropout in high school.  The connection is understandable.  Students who miss the basics have a hard time catching up.
A John Hopkins University report in May showed that chronic absence in kindergarten is associated with lower academic performance in first-grade - especially among students from low-income families.  A report prepared in 2011 for the San Franciso-based organization Attendance Works demonstrated that students who were chronically absent in kindergarten and first-grade had significantly lower language and math scores on third-grade standardized tests than those who attended school regularly.  That study also showed that early chronic absenteeism - which includes excused absences as well as unexecused ones - can erase the benefits of preschool. 
Of the students who came to kindergarten with strong readiness skill (such as preschool experience) and who had good attendance through first-grade, 77 percent were performing at grade level on third-grade language arts tests, "as compared to only 13 percent of (similar) students who were chronically absent in the first two years," the report said.  The pattern was similar, "but less extreme," in math.  It is, after all, a matter of arithmetic.  Figure that students are in school 6.5 hours a day for 180 days each school year.  A kid who's absent 18 days a year will have missed 126 days by the end of sixth-grade - that's nearly two-thirds of an entire school year.  And that doesn't take into account the cumulative effect of absences.  As Solano County Schools Superintendent Jay Speck has pointed out, "for every day of school missed, it takes three days to make up what was taught."  Kids who fall behind may never catch up, and by the time they get to middle school or high school - when image becomes everything to kids - it's easy to understand why they don't want to be there. 
About 18 months ago, a new Solano County  District Attorney, Don du Bain, reinvigorated a cross-agency effort county wide to deal with attendance issues.  He and the Solano County Superior Court set up a truancy court, which deals only with elementary school families who can't or won't comply with school district Student Attendance Review Board (SARB) rulings.  A year later, it's dealt with some 40 families - including more than a half-dozen from Vacaville - most of whom are now getting their children t o school on time, every day.  The next step comes in January, when Superintendent Speck and other school leaders launch an "Every Minute Counts" campaign to educate principals, teachers, parents and the broader community about the importance of school attendance and how they can help to ensure that students are getting the foundational education they need.
For too many years, truancy crackdowns have been framed as a crime-fighting effort or a way to boost school district revenue by increasing average daily attendance.  Explaining it as an educational issue - one that starts when a 5-year old walks into a kindergarten classroom - may actually empower those who can fix the problem:  The parents.

Mosquito Abatement Update - September 24, 2015


This morning the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District’s Pest Control Tech, Robert Sandoval and I met with staff from the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District.  The Solano County Mosquito Abatement District is responsible for the entire Solano County area, about 829 square miles.  It is also home of the Suisun marsh, which is the largest contiguous brackish wetland in the western United States, totaling about 184 square miles.  The knowledge and information they shared with us is valuable and very helpful in aiding District staff with our site mosquito abatement issue.


The drought is partially to blame for the high numbers of mosquito populations this year.  The tides are in an upswing, which also causes an explosion in the adult population of mosquitoes. The duck ponds are starting to be flooded, which again will cause an explosion in the adult mosquito population. Due to federal, state, and county regulations we cannot treat a site every day.  For this reason, limits must be set to determine what is considered an acceptable mosquito population. We have taken what we learned from Solano County Mosquito Abatement, and what we had already known, and established a method for monitoring the mosquito population on our sites. We set threshold limits for what is acceptable and what requires treatment. This is both in the spirit and the letter of the “Healthy Schools Act of 2000”; using good IPM (Integrated Pest Management) practices to insure the health and safety of all students and staff.  We will be conducting training for all District grounds staff for the proper monitoring techniques they will be using to stay on top of the mosquito populations at our sites, and perform treatments as needed. 


We are looking into a new product for use when spraying for adult mosquitoes at District sites. This product requires less pesticide to be used per acre; and also gives better results. It is a natural Pyrethrin derived from chrysanthemum flowers. This product is not very toxic to humans or pets but is very effective on insects. It has no residual effects, as UV light breaks it down very quickly; meeting our needs to insure the safety of students and staff.  However, this also means if the mosquitoes don’t come in contact with this pesticide while it is active, it will not kill them.  We are working with both our established vendors and also outside sources to locate a supply.


In addition we learned of a much more effective piece of equipment for use in applying the product. This equipment requires less product and allows us to perform treatments more quickly; resulting in our ability to treat more than one site, or in some cases, part of a site per day. The Maintenance Department is currently looking to purchase this piece of equipment to aide us in our battle against these pests.


Until the equipment and product is delivered, we will continue to do the best we can with what we have. Please understand, neither our District nor Solano County Mosquito Abatement District can eliminate all mosquitoes, despite the aggressive abatement program already in place.  Here are a couple of suggestions of things you can do to protect yourself:

1. Wear protective clothing; long sleeve shirts and pants.

2. After reading labels carefully, and checking with your physician, apply an insect repellent before

    arriving at District sites. 

Be assured that District Maintenance & Operations Department staff will be doing everything we can within the IPM guidelines, the law, and our ability, to control this mosquito problem, while still keeping students and staff safe.


In closing I would like to thank the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District staff for taking the time to share their knowledge and information with us.  More information about the Solano County Mosquito Abatement District can be found at their website: http://www.solanomosquito.comIf you would like to learn more about mosquito abatement, I am including some websites you may want to visit.


California Department of Pesticide Regulation Home Page - http://www.cdpr.ca.gov

United States Environmental Protection Agency - http://www2.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

National Pesticide Information Center “Pyrethrins General Factsheet” - http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/pyrethrins



Terry Rogers, IPM Coordinator and Maintenance Supervisor, FSUSD

Reducción de Mosquitos – 24 de Septiembre, 2015


Esta mañana, Robert Sandoval, el Técnico de Control contra Plagas del Distrito Unificado de Fairfield – Suisun y yo nos reunimos con el personal del Distrito del Condado de Solano para Reducción de Mosquitos.  El Distrito de Reducción de Mosquitos  del Condado de Solano es responsable de toda el área del Condado de Solano, aproximadamente 829 millas cuadradas. Es también el hogar del pantano de Suisun, área que contiene la mayor humedad salobre de contagio  en el oeste de Estados Unidos, por un total de alrededor de 184 millas cuadradas. El conocimiento y la información que compartieron con nosotros es valiosa y de gran ayuda en asistir al  personal del distrito con nuestro problema de reducción de mosquitos.


La sequía es parte responsable por el elevado número de poblaciones de mosquitos este año. Las olas de mosquitos están en una fase de expansión, que también causa una explosión en la población adulta de mosquitos. Los estanques de patos están empezando a inundarse, que a su vez provocará una explosión en la población de mosquitos adultos. Debido a las regulaciones federales, estatales y del condado, no podemos rosear las escuelas diariamente.  Por esta razón, se deben poner límites a que población de mosquitos puede ser considerada aceptable. Hemos tomado lo que aprendimos de Distrito del Condado de Solano para Reducción de Mosquitos y lo que ya sabíamos, y establecimos un método para revisar la población de mosquitos en nuestras escuelas. Establecimos un límite para lo que es aceptable y lo que requiere tratamiento.  Esto es tanto en el espíritu y la letra de la "Ley de Escuelas Saludables de 2000"; utilizando buenas prácticas de MIP (Manejo Integrado de Plagas) para asegurar la salud y seguridad de todos los estudiantes y el personal. Estaremos realizando capacitación para todo el personal de los jardines del distrito para las técnicas adecuadas de vigilancia que se van a utilizar para estar al tanto de las poblaciones de mosquitos en nuestras escuelas, y llevar a cabo tratamientos, según sean necesarios.


Estamos viendo un nuevo producto para el uso al rociar a los mosquitos adultos en las escuelas del Distrito. Este producto requiere menos pesticida para ser utilizado por acre; y también da mejores resultados. Es de piretrina natural derivado de las flores de crisantemo. Este producto no es muy tóxico para los seres humanos o los animales domésticos, pero es muy eficaz en los insectos. No tiene efectos residuales, como la luz ultravioleta se descompone muy rápidamente; satisface  nuestras necesidades para asegurar la seguridad de los estudiantes y el personal. Sin embargo, esto también significa que si los mosquitos no entran en contacto con este pesticida mientras está activo, no va a matarlos. Estamos trabajando con nuestros proveedores establecidos y también fuentes externas para localizar un suministro


Además hemos aprendido de una pieza de equipo mucho más eficaz para el uso en la aplicación del producto. Este equipo requiere menos producto y nos permite realizar tratamientos con mayor rapidez; resultando en la habilidad  para atender a más de una escuela, o en algunos casos, parte de una escuela  por día. El Departamento de Mantenimiento está buscando  comprar esta pieza de equipo al ayudarse en la lucha contra estas plagas. 


Hasta que el equipo y el producto se entregue, vamos a seguir haciendo lo mejor que podemos con lo que tenemos. Por favor comprendan, que ni el  Distrito del Condado de Solano para Reducción de Mosquitos pueden eliminar todos los mosquitos, a pesar del programa de reducción agresiva ya existente. Aquí hay un par de sugerencias de cosas que puede hacer para protegerse:
                    1. Use ropa protectora; camisas/blusas de manga larga y pantalones.
                    2. Después de leer las etiquetas cuidadosamente y consultar con su médico, aplique un repelente de insectos antes  de  llegar a las 
                        escuelas del Distrito.
Tenga la seguridad de que el personal de mantenimiento del distrito y el departamento de operaciones estará haciendo todo lo posible dentro de los lineamientos de MIP, la ley, y nuestra capacidad para controlar este problema de mosquitos, mientras mantenemos la seguridad de los estudiantes y el  personal.


Para terminar me gustaría dar las gracias el personal del Distrito del Condado de Solano para Reducción de Mosquitos por tomarse el tiempo para compartir sus conocimientos e información con nosotros. Para más información sobre el Distrito del Condado de Solano para Reducción de Mosquitos visite su página web: http://www.solanomosquito.com. Si a usted le gustaría aprender más acerca de la disminución de mosquitos, estoy incluyendo algunos sitios web si usted gusta, puede visitar.


Departamento de Regulación de Pesticidas de California

California Department of Pesticide Regulation Home Page - http://www.cdpr.ca.gov

Agencia de Protección Ambiental de los Estados Unidos

- United States Environmental Protection Agency) - http://www2.epa.gov/mosquitocontrol

Centrro Nacional de Informacion sobre Pesticidas

- National Pesticide Information Center “Pyrethrins General Factsheet” - http://npic.orst.edu/factsheets/pyrethrins



Terry Rogers, Coordinador y Supervisor de  Mantenimiento IPM , FSUSD


Principal's Note

Please check our Star News for more information on what's happening at Crescent Elementary School!


Dear Crescent Stars,


We are delighted that you are a part of our Crescent family.  Below, please find helpful information on our school and some of our school-wide practices.



Our school day begins at 8:10 AM every day for students in grades 1-5 and morning Kindergarten, afternoon Kindergarten begins at 11:10.  Please be sure to have your child/children here on time. Students who are consistently tardy are at a clear disadvantage and usually arrive feeling frantic and unprepared. All students who arrive after 8:25 am must sign in at the office. If your child is sick please report their absence each day by calling the school at 435-2771 by 8:30 am.  A message may be left after hours, and is checked each morning. Breakfast service begins at 7:35.



Every Day Counts in a child’s education.  Every day a student misses school, he/she gets more than two days behind his/her peers, because he/she must make up missed learning and catch up with new learning at the same time.  We have a number of exciting attendance initiatives to support your child’s academic growth. 


Students who have perfect attendance each month will be entered into a monthly drawing to be recognized with a special announcement and prize.  Students who have perfect attendance for the entire year will be special guests at a pizza party with the principal at the end of the year.


School begins at 8:10 am; students who are late will have the opportunity to make up lost instructional time during lunch recess each day.  They will be able to complete work provided by their teacher or read an Accelerated Reader book.   Please join us in making every day count for student achievement.



We are proud of the wonderful growth our students have made as they reach for the stars. Crescent is a recognized 2012 California Distinguished School.  Our standards and expectations are high! As always, our number one goal is providing our students with a quality educational experience in a safe, caring and nurturing environment. All of our instructors are fully credentialed and continue to perfect their craft by attending professional development and collaborative opportunities throughout the year. Our curricular program is aligned to the California State Standards.   Please check back in September to find out our growth during the last school year.  



Please ask your child for this folder every Thursday. It is one of the primary methods for us to maintain the lines of communication between school and home. Information regarding homework, celebrations, concerns, programs, events, instructional changes, etc. will be found in these folders.



Due to California State cutbacks in education, funds for schools are significantly affected, so if you have items that you would like to donate to the classroom, it would be greatly appreciated. Students are not required to donate items. Whether or not a family chooses to donate will have no effect on academic standing or participation.

We recommend that you label your child’s personal belongings such as jackets, sweaters, lunch boxes, and backpacks. We have a lost and found located in the in the inner courtyard.



The partnership between home and school plays a vital role in every child’s success, supporting them in making their school year a happy and successful one. We invite you to consider volunteering in your child’s class.  Volunteer times need to be coordinated with the teacher ahead of time and will be maintained in the Volunteer Binder in the Office. Please discuss with your child’s teacher, how you will be able to volunteer to benefit your child’s education.


Again, I’d like to welcome you to our new school year! We look forward to a productive year helping your child to make every day count as we keep moving forward!


If you have any questions related to school policy and procedures, schedules, etc., please feel free to notify the main office a 435-2771.


Around here, however, we don’t look backwards for very long. We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we’re curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths.”

Walt Disney



Stephanie Wheeler


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