Welcome to Ponderosa Elementary!
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Principal's Message

Welcome to Ponderosa Elementary School. My name is Betsy Amis and I am the Principal of Ponderosa. It is an honor to be the Principal of Ponderosa.  Ponderosa is a school filled with wonderful students and a talented staff.  The great students, staff, and dedicated parents make this a great place to be!  
We are excited to announce that we have a STEAM Lab and a new Art Studio.  At Ponderosa, students will be involved in teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving with a strong focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics.

We believe that you must teach the whole child.  We will model behavior for your child and teach lessons that develop character and virtues.   As a site we review our Positive Behavior and Support System (PBIS) to better develop curriculum to teach our three main behavioral expectations: Safety, Respect, and Responsibility.  With this effort we will be building the positive aspects of Ponderosa that makes our school a positive learning community.

The goal of the Ponderosa staff is to assist each student in reaching his/her maximum aca¬≠demic, social, physical and emotional potential. It is important to educate the whole child. To this end, we are dedicated to helping students master the rigorous California State Standards of Education as well as the equally important life skills (qualities such as citizenship, teamwork, responsibility and respect). We use data to drive our curriculum and instruction, and to identify what each student's needs may be.  

Ponderosa is made up of our community members.  That includes, students, parents, staff, and others.  We know that people are what make our school, and therefore people are what is important and make a difference.  You can, and are encouraged to become involved by working at school and by working with your child at home.  Parents and community members are always welcome at Ponderosa.  At school a few ways that you can become involved include, but are not limited to: working in your child’s classroom, assisting in school wide events, and becoming a member of our School Site Council or PEP.  To stay informed be sure to read Tiger Tracks, our parent newsletter that will be online.  Building the home-school connection is important for our students.  Anytime you can participate it is welcome.  However, participation is not limited to classroom help.  Participation also includes being sure our students have a dedicated time each night for homework, supporting classroom behavior by reviewing school rules, and even simple things such as asking your child to explain what they learned each day.  Parents are a crucial part of the educational community and I look forward to supporting all of you.

The staff at Ponderosa believes that all students will learn.  We take this responsibility seriously and will do everything within our power to help your child reach his/her potential.  We also believe that we learn as a community.  Our teachers support this belief through collaborative efforts.  To keep a laser like-focus on learning, teachers meet each week to set goals, review student growth, identify needs, and share strategies to improve one another’s classroom teaching. 

Your child, you, and the staff are what make Ponderosa a great community.  We look forward to being a part of your child’s future.

Thank you for sending your children to Ponderosa,
Thank you, 
Betsy Amis
Principal of Ponderosa


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What's NEW

Monday, May 1st

4th and 5th Grade will be testing all week



Tuesday, May 2nd

1:00- 49'er Presentation

Staff Meeting- 2:30 Library


Wednesday, May 3rd

PLC- K-3 Dismissal, 1:15 and 4-5 1:20


Thursday, May 4th

Pizza with the Principal

Site Council 2:30


Monday, May 8th

(Book Fair May 8th to May 12th)

49'er STEM Field Trip at Levi Stadium



Tuesday, May 9th

Mason's Student/Employee Event 7-8:30


Wednesday, May 10th

PLC- K-3 Dismissal, 1:15 and 4-5 1:20


Thursday, May 11th

Open House 6:00-7:00



Monday, May 15th

Third Grade Cal Skate Field Trip


Tuesday, May 16th

6:30- Board Meeting


Wednesday, May 17th

PLC- K-3 Dismissal, 1:15 and 4-5 1:20

TK/K Preview- 1:30-2:30- All TK/K classes open


Thursday, May 18th

6:30- PEP Meeting


Friday, May 19th

Spring Concert 9-10

First Grade- Books Family Farm Field Trip


Wednesday, May 24th

PLC- K-3 Dismissal, 1:15 and 4-5 1:20


Thursday, May 25th

K Virtue Assembly


Friday, May 26th

1st - 5th Grade Virtue Assemblies


Monday May 29th

Memorial Day- No School


Tuesday, May 30th


Wednesday, May 31st

PLC- 4th Grade making classes, please have pink and blues done.

Thursday, June 1st
9:30am- 5th Grade Graduation



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