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November 11, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families, this is Principal Simmons with our Sandburg Sunday Notes.

I first want to thank all of our Veteran’s for serving our country.  Your dedication and sacrifice are greatly appreciated.  We had a wonderful Veteran’s Day run on Friday, thank you for joining us, and thank you Sandburg team for reminding our students about the significance of our Monday holiday.

It is officially conference week.  Parents, please remember to be on time and have any questions you may have prepared before you attend the conference so you don’t forget.  We will have minimum days all week due to conferences.  This Wednesday is Take your Tiger to Dinner, at Fuddruckers.  Please join us!  I will be there with my family at 5:30 pm.

In addition to this week being minimum days, we will not have school the week of November 18th.  School will resume on November 26th.  As we reflect on what we are thankful for, if you are able to send canned goods with your child to put in our donation box we would appreciate it.  It is located in the main office.  As I continue to reflect on what I am thankful for, I reflect on the opportunity I have to serve your community, your students, and the wonderful staff at Sandburg.  We are all definitely lucky to be a Sandburg Tigers.

Upcoming events:

  • Veteran’s Day Holiday: November 12th
  • Conference Week: November 13th -16th
  • Minimum days all week: November 13th – 16th
  • Foundation Meeting: November 26th at 6:00 pm, in the library
  • SSC/SGT meeting: November 27th at 7:15 am, in the Conference Room

I hope you all enjoy an extra day with your children this week.  See you all on Tuesday.  We will not have an assembly on Tuesday morning. 

Sandburg Rocks, Go Tigers!

November 4, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families, 

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday Notes!  

RWC Veteran’s Day Run - Nov. 9, 2018

Please join us at Running and Walking Club to honor all veterans and active duty personnel at 7:20 on November 9. Students may invite a veteran or active duty service person to join them as their special guest. These invited guests will be the “racers” to beat for our traditional Friday bonus laps. Additionally, students who bring a guest will earn an extra MILE (4 laps) toward their running credit. We have a gift for our military guests. Students should bring their guest(s) to any Running Club volunteer to receive bonus credit, claim the gift and present it to their guest as a token of gratitude." I want to personally thank those individuals who currently serve in the military or have served.  Your dedication to our country is much appreciated by all.  

Thank you, boys and girls, for doing such a great job and following the rules after we talked about expected behavior during our assemblies last week.    It is very important that we all work together to ensure Sandburg is a safe place for all children.  We appreciate you cleaning up after yourselves at lunch and walking around campus instead of running.

Conferences will begin next week the week of November 12th – November 16th, which is why we have minimum days for all students, all week. 

Upcoming Events:

  • Dad’s club meeting, November 5th at 6:30 pm, lounge
  • PTO meeting, November 8th, 6:00 pm, Tiger Den
  • Conference Week: November 13th - November 16th
  • Veterans Day Holiday: November 12th, No school
  • Holiday week in honor of Thanksgiving, November 19th – November 23rd
  • Foundation Meeting, November 26th, 6:00 pm, Library

As I reflect on what I am thankful for this year, I am thankful for all of you.  I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know your children, working with our wonderful teachers and dediated staff, and collaborating with our community.  

Thank you,

Sandburg Rocks!  Go Tigers!

October 28, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families,

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.  It is our last week of October, and the school year is in full effect.  Teachers continue to work hard for your children and I am so thankful to be a Tiger.  Thank you to the parents who joined Principal Ashton from Ericson and me so we could support your success with Homework Helper. 

Parents, please remember that Halloween costumes are not permitted on Wednesday.  If your child comes to school is a costume, we will contact you to bring them a change of clothes.  I will be holding behavior assemblies with all students next week.  It is my goal that students remember their expected behaviors in class and around the school.  Please be aware, if students cannot maintain appropriate behavior during lunch and recess, they will be provided an alternate activity at recess.  We must ensure the safety of all students.

Upcoming events:

  • Monday, October 29th, Morning Assembly
  • No PTO meeting this week, rescheduled to November 8th.
  • Conference week, November 13-November 16.
  • Minimum week all week, November 13-November 16.
  • November 12th, Holiday in observance of Veteran’s day. 

Parents, we have begun with Reading Eggs for students in grades Kindergarten and 1st.  Please ensure they are using the program regularly.

See you all on Monday,

Sandburg Rocks!  Go Tigers!

October 21, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families, 

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.  I cannot even begin to share how impressed I was with the carnival on Friday night.  The kids had smiles from ear to ear, the staff and teachers came out to support the school, and laughs shared that night is absolutely wonderful, so thank you.  I want to give a special shout-out to Rachel, Kristy, Khanh, Stacia, and Maddy.  You all pulled off an amazing event.  Your dedication to our students and community can’t be matched.  Parents, please remember that the students can’t wear costumes on Halloween.  

Hey Tigers, find out what fun and amazing things are going on at Sandburg Elementary.  Like, share, and sign up for the notifications from our Facebook Page: SandburgFoundation.  Here you can find out what’s going on with Sandburg Elementary Foundation, PTO and Dad’s Club.  Don’t forget to tag any carnival photos you’d like to share #SandburgFallCarnival.

Upcoming events: 

  • SSC/SGT meeting at 7:15 am 
  • Safety Patrol Boomer’s order due, Tuesday, October 23rd 
  • Yearbook orders at this price are due by October 24th, no exceptions
  • Safety Patrol Inspection, Thursday, October 25th
  • Homework helper training for parents on how to navigate and support your child with math, Thursday, October 25th, 7:45am 

Have a wonderful weekend and I will see you tomorrow at the morning assembly,

Sandburg Rocks!  Go Tigers!

October 14, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families,

This is Principal Simmons with the Sunday notes.  It was another great week at Sandburg!   Safety is our priority; parents please ensure that when you enter campus that you check in at the main office.  You are not allowed to go to a classroom without checking in first.  In addition, thank you to those who are driving safely in the main parking circle.  It is important that you put your car in park before allowing your child to exit your vehicle. 

“Sandburg Fall Carnival “Pumpkinpalooza” is this Friday October 19th from 5-8pm!  Thank you for your generous candy donations.  Please have all candy and silent auction donations in by this Wednesday, October 17th.  Your child will receive two tickets for every bag donated.  We still need volunteers and bakers!  We are also introducing a Jack-o-lantern contest this year to create the first Sandburg Pumpkin Patch!  Have all cakes and pumpkins in by 8am Friday morning for judging.  Wristband and ticket pre-sale will be Thursday, October 18th before and after school, and Friday, October 19th before school only.  Flyer coming home Monday with details.  Save yourself waiting in line at the event!  This is a community event, friends and family are welcome.  We will have a costume parade this year, so wear your costume, but please no masks or weapons.  Food trucks will be onsite with burgers, pizza grilled cheese, roasted corn and churros along with Katie’s famous caramel apples.  Thank you for supporting the fall carnival!”


  • Monday: Foundation meeting at 6:00 pm in the library.
  • Wednesday: Take a Tiger to Dinner, Chipotle and Baskin Robins
  • Friday: ASB speeches are due 
  • Friday: Coffee with a Cop, at 7:45 in the multi-purpose room
  • Friday: Kona Ice

Our PTO reading night, has been postponed.

I hope you all have a wonderful week!

Sandburg Rocks! Go Tigers!

October 7, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families,

This is Principal Simmons with the Sunday notes.  I hope you all had a wonderful week.  Starting Monday, we will be bringing out unused items on Monday morning.  Please feel free to take what you would like.  We are working on giving back to the community that has given us so much, THANK YOU! 

Calling all future Sandburg families and those families who have moved, the choice option is now open.  Please ensure you fill out your paperwork before the November 14th deadline.  In addition, the Federal Survey cards are due on Monday, October 8th.  Thank you for getting these forms back.

For those who haven’t completed your 2018-2019 lunch application and you qualified for the 2017-2018 school year you will be turned to paid status on Monday.  If you need an application, please stop by the main office. 

Important messages:

  • Yearbook sales began on Wednesday, the deadline for the $20.00 price is the 24th of October.  No exceptions. 
  • Minimum Day this week: Minimum days will be on Wednesday and Thursday of this week!  Please remember to pick your child up on time!
  • Kona Ice will be for sale this Wednesday near the kindergarten area.  They will be parked up on the sidewalk.  Help support our school!

Fall Carnival: 

"Pumpkinpalooza" is in just two weeks!  Please send your silent auction and candy donations to school with your child as soon as possible.  We are looking for bakers for both the bake sale and the cake contest.  We are also introducing the Jack-O-Lantern contest this year.  A flyer with more details will be coming home shortly, but start planning your jack-o-lantern now!  Thank you for supporting the fall carnival!


Sandburg Elementary After School Classes

We are moving our After School Class registration process online. If you want to register your student(s) for Session 2, please visit us at:


Sandburg Rocks!  Go Tigers!

September 30, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families, this is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.  Bingo night was a great success.  Thank you Kristy, AJ, and the PTO team for your support.  Your efforts make Sandburg a better place for our students and families!  Our Foundation continues to support our beautiful garden and school grounds.  Thank you to those who helped our garden committee by planting the beautiful plants near our kindergarten area. 

For those of you who attend our Joint Use meeting, signature ballots will remain in the main office until Wednesday.  The green sheet allows you to sign if you agree with the joint-use field, and the red sheet is in opposition.  Once collected, I will share our results with the district office and our Area 2 Superintendent. 

It is going to be another great week at Sandburg. 

  • October 2nd: Picture Make-ups
  • October 4th: PTO meeting at 6:00 pm
  • October 8th: Dad’s club meeting at 6:30 pm
  • October 11th: Minimum day (In addition to Wednesday, October 10th)

Please mark your calendars for Friday, October 19th for our Fall Carnival.  More information will be forthcoming.

See you all on Monday,

September 23, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families, 

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.  Thank you to those who joined our Coffee with the Principal chat last week.  After our discussion, it is evident that we must close the parking lot down after the morning bell rings due to safety concerns.  Please know that starting Thursday, September 27th, the parking lot will be closed after the start of school and will not reopen until 30 minutes after dismissal.  

Please send your child to school in their very best as picture day is Tuesday, September 25th.

If you are interested in helping complete the garden box near the kindergarten rooms, please join our volunteers on Tuesday, September 25th at 10:15 am.  

Parents, it is also important that students are safe at school.  When you enter school grounds, please go to the playground with your child to participate in the running club.  Students are not to wait for the teachers on campus due to lack of supervision.  In addition, do not let your child play on the play structures before or after school as we are not able to ensure proper their safety.

Events for the upcoming week:

  • September 24th, SSC elections published.
  • September 25th, SSC/SGT meeting at 7:15 am, conference room.
  • September 25th, School pictures.
  • September 25th, Parent lead joint-use field meeting @ 6:00 pm, Multi-purpose room.
  • September 26th, Safety patrol inspection @ 9:45.  All safety patrol students must be in uniform.
  • September 27th, Bingo Night, 6:00-8:00pm, multi-purpose room
  • September 28th, Morning morning race with Mrs. Knight 
  • October 2nd, School pictures make-up.
  • October 4th, PTO meeting, 6:00 pm


See you all on Monday,

September 16, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families,

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.  What a great week it was.  Thank you to all of the teachers, staff, students, and community for coming out for Back to School night!  It was a great success.  As we all know, we experienced a power-outage the following day.  This is a great reminder to ensure that all emergency forms are up to date and that your child has their required medications on campus secured with the nurse.  In the event of an emergency, such as a lock down, we want to ensure all students are safe and well cared for. 

The San Diego Police Department will continue issuing tickets for those parking in the 3 minute loading and unloading zone.  This drop off and loading zone is not meant as a location for you to exit your vehicle.  Our school resource officer will be out again next week, so please ensure to follow all parking rules.

We will conduct our first fire drill next week on Wednesday at 9:00 am.

Events for the upcoming weeks include:

  • September 17th, Foundation meeting at 6:00 pm, in the library.  Please join us.
  • September 18th, Coffee with the principal at 7:45 am in the MPR.
  • September 18th, School Site Council/SGT nomination deadline
  • September 19th, Fire drill
  • September 19th: Take your Tiger To Dinner: 1:00 pm-11:00 pm Panda Express (Mira Mesa and Reagan)
  • September 21st, Nomination published for SSC, please return the form on Monday, September 24th.
  • September 24th, SSC elections published.
  • September 25th, SSC/SGT meeting, 7:15 am, Conference room
  • September 25th, School Pictures, Don’t forget your smile!
  • September 27th, Bingo Night! 6:00-8:00 pm

Please continue to arrive to school on time.  I am so thankful for all of our student’s hard work, it is great to be a Tiger!

See you all on Monday,

Sandburg Rocks! Go Tigers!

September 9, 2018 

Hello Sandburg Families,

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday Notes.  What a great community celebration we had this weekend.  The PTO sure knows how to put on a event.  We had over 490 people join us last night!  I would like to personally thank those of you who gave up your weekend to plan, prepare, serve, and clean up.  So thank you to the PTO, Foundation members, our school staff, our wonderful Dad's Club, parents and community volunteers  for celebrating a great 2018-2019 school year.  I have attached some great photos to your associated e-mails:

Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Franke for the great run we had on Friday.  Thank the volunteers who help record your students laps each morning, it is truly a very complex operation.  

Dad’s club meeting will be held this Monday at 6:30 pm, Donuts with dad at 7:15 on Tuesday morning, and Back to School Night is coming up this Wednesday from 5:15-7:00 pm.  Please join us to hear how we to plan to address your child’s academic and social-emotional needs.

Please ensure you send your child to school with their registration forms tomorrow as classrooms will be rewarded with a pizza or popsicle party.

For those of you who are interested, we are looking for new representatives for our SSC/SGT team.  Ballots have been sent home. In addition, picture day is coming up on September 25th.  

Upcoming important dates: 

  • September 10th : Dads club meeting at 6:30 pm
  • September 11th: Donuts with dads at 7:15 am
  • September 12th: Back to School Night at 5:15 pm – 7:00 pm
  • September 17th: Foundation Meeting at 6:00 pm
  • September 18th: Coffee with the Principal 7:45 am MPR
  • September 19th: Take a tiger to dinner at Panda Express
  • September 25th: SSC/SGT Meeting 7:15am
  • September 25th: School Pictures 

See you all on Monday,

Sandburg Rocks! Go Tigers!


September 2, 2018 

Hello wonderful Sandburg families!  This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.

What a wonderful week!  It has been great meeting each of you and your children.   There are several reminders for the upcoming week. 

The cafeteria is in full working order.  If you would like have your child buy lunch, they are more than welcome.  Please ensure you fill out your lunch applications.  If you bring your child in the morning, we ask that you allow them to choose their meal.

  • The PTO BBQ is this upcoming Saturday, September 8th from 5-7 pm.  Please fill out your RSVP forms so we can have an accurate head count.  Please view the attached flyer.
  • Our after school programs through the foundation include chess, singing, kid’s fitness, drawing and hip hop.  Parents, please sign up if interested. 
  • Spirit gear and the annual campaign are beginning as well.   
  • We will be working on decreasing our paper output.  Please ensure you check your e-mails as our flyers will be sent home on Peach Jar.  If you haven’t shared your e-mail with the school, please do.
  • If you know a high school senior who needs volunteer hours, please contact the school as we need volunteers for open house.
  • The running club begins on Tuesday, students and families wear those running shoes!

 See you all on Tuesday,

Sandburg Rocks! Go Tigers!

August 26, 3018

Hello Sandburg Families,

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday notes.  I am so excited to meet the students on Monday.  Please remember parents, school begins promptly at 7:45.  Please plan on meeting your teacher at your child’s designated classroom.  Thank you to those who joined us on Saturday for the campus beautification day.  To see the community rally together is great, and I am thankful for all of your support.

If you are unable to locate your child on the class list, please make your way to the main office on Monday so we can direct you to the appropriate classroom.

Kindergarten families, please remember that your child’s snack and lunch should be packed separately.  This will help them to distinguish between the two.

Our first morning assembly will occur on Friday, August 31st.  Parents, please be aware that the running club will begin Tuesday, September 4th.  In addition, the much anticipated back to school BBQ will be on Saturday, September 8th from 5-7 pm.  More information will be forthcoming. 

See you all on Monday,

Sandburg Rocks! Go Tigers! 

August 19, 2018

Hello Sandburg Families.

This is Principal Simmons with your Sunday Notes

Registration continues this week from 8:00 am -11:00 am in the main office.  Kindergarten and TK assessments are occurring Monday and Tuesday of this week as well.  Please refer to your scheduled time.   On Friday, our Kindergarten and TK parent orientation will take place in the multi-purpose room at 12:00 pm.  Please join us as our wonderful PTO and Foundation will be presenting to our families as well. 

With much anticipation, our class list will be posted on Friday, July 24th at 3:30.    In addition, our annual Campus Beautification day will occur on Saturday, August 25th from 10 am -2 pm.  Please bring your gloves, shovels, and supplies.  We will provide water and pizza for those who make our school an even more beautiful place for our children to learn. Our first day of school is Monday, August 27th.

I am so excited to meet each and every one of you!

Sandburg Rocks! Go Tigers!

Have a wonderful rest of your weekend.