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What's New?

State Tests begin Monday, April 20 for 3rd - 5th grade!
Week of 4/20 - 4th and 5th grade Math
Week of 4/27 - 4th and 5th grade English Language Arts
Week of 5/4 - 3rd grade Math and 5th grade Science
Week of 5/11 - 3rd grade English Language Arts

Just a as you always do, please support your student in getting enough sleep, eating a nutritious breakfast, and getting to school on time. Students have been hard at work all year mastering their grade level content and skills. They've had multiple opportunities to practice taking the new computer-based tests, and they are ready!

Latest Dolphin Dispatch
Want to see what's coming up in the last weeks of school? Be sure to click here for the latest issue of the Dolphin Dispatch and take a look at all the awesome events that are on the calendar. Hope to see you there!

Joint Community Dance with SCG, Main Street and Soquel El
Please join us for the first joint family dance (K-5) to be held at New Brighton Middle School on Friday, April 24 from 6:00-8:30pm. $10 admission for students (parent chaperones are required, but free). Price includes pizza, glowsticks, photo booth and more...
See the flyer!

April is Autism Awareness Month!
Please click on the following links for more information.
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Site Visits for Prospective Parents
Santa Cruz Gardens is hosting parent tours for prospective students in all grade levels. Please join us on a Principal's tour of the site and to visit classrooms:
Thurs, April 23 - 9:00 - 10:00am
Thurs, May 14 - 9:00 - 10:00am

Our T-K program at Opal Cliffs School is also hosting a visitation event to welcome prospective parents and share information/answer questions:
Wed, April 22 - 10:30-11:30am

Any interested parents (and students) are also welcome to attend our upcoming Open Houses:
Santa Cruz Gardens (K - 5) - Thursday, May 21 - 6:00pm
Opal Cliffs T-K program - Tuesday, May 19 - 5:00pm

Registration for the 2015-16 school year opens March 2nd!
Pick up a registration packet from the front office any day of the week after 9am. Returned packets are accepted between 9am and 3pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

For Kindergarten enrollment, students need to have turned 5 before September 2nd, 2015. Students with with 5th birthdays between September 2nd and December 2nd are eligible for our Transitional Kindergarten program at Opal Cliffs. All district T-K students will register at Santa Cruz Gardens.

Students with 5th birthdays in July and August will register for Kindergarten at their home school, but may be put on a waiting list for TK - parents need to let their home school know they are interested in TK.

For questions, please call 464-5670. We look forward to welcoming your student to SCG!

Cabrillo College Engineering Camp
Cabrillo College is offering an exciting week-long summer day camp opportunity for 5th through 7th grade girls who want to learn more about engineering. The Baskin Girls in Engineering at Cabrillo College is free to participants and introduces the student to all areas of engineering through hands-on projects and teamwork. The camp runs July 27 - 31st at the Cabrillo campus in Aptos. The online application process opens March 2nd and will fill up quickly. Find out more information. (Applications for 2015 program will be accepted starting March 2, 2015.)

Be sure to check out the latest Dolphin Dispatch newsletter for updates and special event reminders!

Our School


Welcome to the 2014-15 school year, and to the Santa Cruz Gardens Elementary School website! Our school offers an exceptional learning environment for a child to be nurtured through these critical first steps of his/her education journey. Led by a talented and dedicated faculty focused on their students' academic success and social-emotional development, SCG offers a well-rounded program that emphasizes essential 21st century skills like problem-solving and collaborative learning within the traditional disciplines of reading, writing, social studies and mathematics, infusing technology and digital literacy into a balanced curriculum that aligns to state-adopted standards.

We boast an extraordinary team of Special Education faculty, who support our students with special needs, and we are particularly proud of our renowned SDC Autism program that provides students with autism the opportunity to thrive in our inclusive classrooms.

We are supported in all our efforts by our amazing parent community who are committed to providing essential enrichment opportunities in the areas of music, dance, art, STEM, and a number of engaging extra-curricular activities. This year our Home and School Club is also helping to fund a new PE/Lifeskills program that teaches children about positive play, with practical skills for life like empathy building and conflict resolution, as well as a new after school Homework Center in partnership with our English Learner Advisory Committee.

We look forward to an exciting year of continuous learning and growth!

Upcoming Events

Superintendent Henry CastaniadaA Message from the Superintendent March 2015

Read the Superintendent's latest Capitola Times article.

Letter from the Superintendent regarding school closures
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Soquel District Office Child Nutrition Information

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Last updated: April 15, 2015