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Notice of Public Hearing on LCAP

Ms. Arnold is Retiring!
Ms. Arnold is retiring and would love to stay in touch with former students. She has started a blog where she’ll write about her teaching memories and she invites all her former students to add their memories as well.

"It's a real treat when I run into a former student and learn about her or his current life. I'd love to know how my students are doing today," she says.

Here is a link to the blog for any former students who may have had Ms. Arnold as their teacher.

Big Book Sale
Ms. Arnold is selling off her extensive book collection. SCG students and parents are invited to come to room 42 after school on Friday, June 5 to pick up some great deals for fun summer reading!

Volunteer Breakfast – Friday, June 5th
We look forward to honoring our hard working parent volunteers at a delicious breakfast in the MU room starting at 7:45am on Friday – hope to see you there!

Friday is also Crazy Sock Day
Wear your zaniest, most creative socks and join the fun!

Variety Show – one show only – 6pm on Friday, June 5th – mark your calendars!

Thank you to Elizabeth Burnhamgrau and Marisol Gomez for pulling this show together for our students!

Field Day – Monday, June 8
Thank you to coordinator Whitney Phillips and her band of amazing parent volunteers! Join us on the field for games starting at 9am. Races are in the afternoon starting at 1:10pm after 2nd lunch. Late Bird Kindergarten students are welcome to arrive early on this day to take part, and to stay after 1pm for races.

Please note that we have two consecutive Minimum Days in the last week of school. Wednesday, June 10 and Thursday, June 11 are both early dismissal days.

Spring Music Concert – Wednesday, June 10th. We will have a morning “dress rehearsal” at 10:15am in the MU room for the students, and any parents unable to attend the evening performance are welcome to attend. The evening performance starts at 6:30pm.

Our annual Fifth grade Promotion Ceremony will start at 9am in the amphitheater on June 11, following which there will be a reception hosted by our current fourth grade parents. After the ceremony and reception our new incoming sixth graders will be dismissed for the Summer :)

Registration is open for the 2-15-16 school year
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!

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 June 2015

Read the Superintendent's latest Capitola Times article.

Also from the Superintendent: Key Stakeholder's Meeting - April 29, 2015 Executive Summary.

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

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Last updated: June 9, 2015