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Principal's Message

Welcome to our Cornell website! For those of you who are new to Cornell, you are joining a community that takes great pride in our diversity and demonstrates a commitment to excellence in education. We have a talented staff that really cares about our students. We work closely together so that our students develop a love of learning, build strong character, and meet their academic goals through meaningful, relevant, and rigorous learning experiences.

I am dedicated to making sure your child’s learning experience is a positive one. Our skilled teaching faculty is committed to providing every child at Cornell with the best educational experience possible. As a high performing school, Cornell students and families should be proud of the academic successes that our students have shown every year.

Along with our outstanding teachers and staff, we are fortunate to have a wonderfully supportive parent community. Serving as an integral part of our community, the Cornell PTA provides our students with essential instructional materials, enrichment activities in the classroom, and offers fun community building events throughout the year. I encourage you to become a member of the PTA and offer your participation to one or more of the many volunteer opportunities available at Cornell. Please review our volunteer requirements and pick up an application in the office or get one from the district website.

Please read the Parent Handbook, which contains essential information about your child’s experience at Cornell. You will receive information on a regular basis through notices and the Cornell Chronicle, our school newsletter. Thank you for carefully reading these publications. Communication between school and home is critical to your child’s success.

I am honored to have the privilege to serve the Cornell community. Working together, we provide a rich academic program that offers all of our students the opportunity to be successful. Through our work, we will continue to make a difference in the lives of our children.


Wendy Holmes
Cornell Principal

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News and Announcements

Press Release - Albany Board of Education Appoints Valerie Williams Superintendent (click for info)

Press Release - Albany Board of Education Appoints Valerie Williams Superintendent (click for info)
Tue 1 Principal-led Tour, 9-9:45 am - Space Still Available, Call to Reserve
Thu 3 PTA Meeting, 5:45-7:30 pm, MPR
Sat 5 Cornell’s Got Talent Shows, Ocean View, K-2nd 1-3 pm, 3rd-5th 5-7 pm
Wed 9 Community Time, Walk-n-Roll to School Day
14-18 Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
Tue 22 Principal-led Tour, 9-9:45 am. SPACE STILL AVAILABLE, Call to reserve
Fri 25 PTA Movie Night

5-9 Teacher Appreciation Week
Tue 6 Principal-led Tour, 9-9:45 am - Space Still Available, Call to Reserve
Wed 7 Community Time, Walk-n-Roll to School Day
Thu 8 PTA Board Election Meeting, 5:45-7:30 pm
Sat 10 Dance-O-Rama, Albany High School
Fri 16 Spellathon ends
Thu 22 Open House & Science Fair
Mon 26 Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL

Tue 3 Principal-led Tour, 9-9:45 am. SPACE STILL AVAILABLE, Call to reserve
Wed 4 Community Time, Walk-n-Roll to School Day
Wed 4 Picnic and Crazy Hat Day
Wed 11 Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
Fri 13 Last Day of School - 5th Gr. Promotion 12:45 pm MINIMUM DAY
(Click on the title above to read this week's Cornell Newsletter - packed with important information and upcoming events and dates to remember.)
Click on the heading, above, to read highlights from the most recent Board of Education Meeting, on March 25.
The Dance-O-Rama is coming up on Saturday, May 10 from
5 to 8:30 pm at Albany High School.
There’s fun and prizes for everyone at the Dance-O-Rama. Here’s a little preview…
• Dance music for all ages
• Food and good old-fashioned bake sale
• Shopping for kids and adults
• Games and contests with awesome prizes

We hope to see the entire family there having fun dancing, eating, shopping, volunteering, playing and winning prizes!
We’ll need plenty of volunteers before and during the event. Interested in helping out at the event? Email our Volunteer Coordinator, Lisa Minniefield at mom2dom@sbcglobal.net. Stay tuned! More information is coming very soon!
Save the Date: Thursday, May 1, 5:30-7:30 pm
Lawrence Hall Of Science brings Family Math Festival to Cornell! This free event is open to all Cornell students! Join your friends and classmates for BUILD IT! One of LHS's most popular festivals, BUILD IT! teaches design, problem-solving, creativity, and spatial skills by constructing in both two and three dimensions. For more information visit http://www.lawrencehallofscience.org, and click on "Programs for Schools" and then the "Build It! Festival."
You can’t miss this fantastic evening of math fun!
This spring, students throughout California will be field testing a new assessment called the Smarter Balanced Assessment. The majority of the STAR testing program has been eliminated. Field testing of the assessment will help ensure that test items are accessible to all students and produce results that are valid, reliable, and fair.

This spring’s 2014 Field Test will be fully computer-based. Participation in the Field Test will give students, teachers, and administrators valuable exposure to the future assessment system. In order to best prepare Cornell students for the Field Test, teachers have introduced the use of Chromebook computers into our 2nd-5th grade classrooms to support their learning and prepare them for the upcoming assessment.

We encourage you to consider how you might support your children with this transition at home. Practicing typing and other computational skills can provide students with exposure that will support them on the Field Test. All of our 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students have an account with a typing app that they can use to practice at home. The URL for the typing app is: albanyusd.typingclub.com. Students will need to log in with their AUSD email account and password to access the program. Your child should know their login information, and you can also contact your child’s teacher for to get the information.
Cornell's 4th Annual Talent show is just around the corner. Nearly 90 Cornell kids will perform, and Coach Joel will emcee. You don't want to miss it! It’s happening on Saturday, April 5 in the Ocean View School Multipurpose Room (not at Cornell). There are two shows
• Early Show (K-2nd grade) 1-3 pm
• Late Show (3rd-5th grade) 5-7pm
Tickets are available at the door for $3 per person. Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.

Call For Talent Show Volunteers
1) Poster Painting Party - Friday, March 28 in the Cornell MPR from 6 to 8 pm. Please come and join in the fun! Pizza dinner will be provided. RSVP to dorothe@gmail.com.

2) Volunteer on the Day/Night of the Event:
a. Type in the link below to go to our invitation page on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/wZcw5y
b. Enter your email address: (You will NOT need to register an account on VolunteerSpot)
c. Sign up! Choose your spots - VolunteerSpot will send you an automated confirmation and reminders.
Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please emaildorothe@gmail.com with available times and I can sign you up manually.

3) Other Volunteer Needs (can be done at home prior to the event): Create programs for each show, order food from Albany Pizza and Kim's Cafe, and food & drinks for kids' snack pre-show, shop for concessions supplies and decorations.
Parent Volunteers make these events happen, so please lend a hand. Email dorothe@gmail.com with any questions or to take on a volunteer shift.
Have an old bike sitting in your garage? As part of the City’s Safe Routes to School Program, Albany Middle School students are asking for donations of used bikes (any size) to fix up and donate to students of all ages before Bike to School Day on May 7. Drop off used bikes at Albany Middle School between 2 and 5pm on Wednesday, April 2. Email greenalbany@albanyca.org for more information.
We’ve begun our fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Thank you for helping your child search for spare change to deposit in the collection box in the Cornell School office.
Please click on the heading, above, to access highlights from the March Board of Education Meeting.
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Upcoming Events

Spring Break - NO SCHOOL
Date: 4/18/2014
PTA Meeting
Date: 5/8/2014, 5:45 PM 7:30 PM
Location: Multipurpose Room.
Open House
Date: 5/22/2014
Memorial Day Holiday, No School
Date: 5/25/2014
Memorial Day Holiday, No School
Date: 5/26/2014

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