Dear Santa Cruz Gardens families:
Starting on the first day of school, we will be following our new Wednesday minimum day schedule. Fridays will follow the regular bell schedule. Please check the "Schedules/Calendar" section for details.
Morning start time and end-of-day dismissal have changed for Grades 1 through 5. Please note that the warning bell will sound at 8:12 .m. and class will start at 8:15 a.m. This change has been effected in order to maximize our academic instruction time before and after recess and lunch. Please check the "Schedules/Calendar" link for details of the new bell schedule. (Kindergarten and SDC Preschool start and end times remain unchanged.) We ask that parents dropping off our 1st - 5th grade students vacate the parking lot by 8:20 a.m. so that there is space for the Kindergarten parents to park and walk their students to the Kinder yard.
Back to School Night is scheduled for Wed, September 10 - we begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Multi Use room.
Further details regarding school policies and procedures will be coming home with your student in the First Day packet - please be sure to return the requested paperwork by Friday, August 29. You will be able to sign up to receive an emailed copy of the biweekly Principal's newsletter, the Dolphin Dispatch (or to request a paper copy), which is also accessible on our website here.
Don't hesitate to contact the front office, or any of the SCG staff if you have any questions or concerns.
Read the current Dolphin Dispatch, SCG's weekly newsletter
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!