We hope everyone is enjoying the week off. During this holiday week, we invite you to take a look at our
Live Oak Family Handbook on our school website (left-hand side) that has most of the information families need to know about our school. Take your time and review it throughout the year.
This is the time of year, LO has many independent study requests. We can not complete the process through email or on the day of a trip.
Please submit your request as early as possible to the office. Our Office Assistant in charge of Attendance works with each family request to explain the process and prepare the contract. The contract is a timely process and takes teachers a while to prepare the materials/curriculum the student will need. The longer the amount of days out of school, the more detailed the contract needs to be.
While we understand why families request independent study contracts; the LO staff believe there is nothing more valuable to student learning than having the student at school listening, learning and working with classmates to understand the required curriculum.
TRAFFIC PRESENTATION: Last Thursday, we had an informative presentation from PJ Dhoot, San Ramon's traffic coordinator, and San Ramon Police Cpl. Randy Ritter, on Traffic Congestion at Live Oak. We were disappointed there was not a larger turnout as we continue to write about traffic at school and offer suggestions to families.
You can view the PowerPoint presentation HERE, or look for it on our website. We learned that traffic congestion is an issue at all of our schools and that LO is doing a pretty good job of getting our students dismissed in a timely manner. We wanted to inform all our families that upon our return, Monday, November 30, we will not have a staff member on the upper school area at the corner of Sherwood Way and Mornington Lane. SR police shared that we can only monitor traffic within the school perimeter, so please be careful and fully stop for all students in the crosswalk. And DO NOT stop and drop students off in the bike lane. That is not a student drop off area. PTA continues to work with school leadership to offer informative programs for our parents.
DRIVE-THRU PICKUP: Finally, if you pick up your student at the drive-thru upper parking area, you must have a name placard to help facilitate a smooth transition for everyone. We sometimes hear parents say, "It's in my other car," or "I lost it." If you need a new visor placard, CLICK HERE to download one and have it ready in any car used to pick up your student.
Important: Traffic Safety: There have recently been more accidents and near misses around the community and school. Please do the following to help keep everyone safe:
Please use the LO pick-up/drop-off system. Carpool in front of the school is for those who stay in their cars and pick up their students. Make sure your name placard is visible to help move keep the line.
- Do NOT leave your car in the carpool lane. Staff will attempt to locate your student by using the radio to check the office and blacktop.
- Use Blacktop Pick-Up if you walk and/or park your car to meet students. Students should wait on their class line number for parents/guardians/sitters. Leave by using the access road by B5 or the K-building stairs or the access road by the park.
- For safety, there is NO playing allowed on the play structures during arrival or dismissal times. Even if students are with their parents, we are trying to clear the blacktop and do not allow any play until 15 minutes after school lets out.
- Be respectful of our neighbors and our community. Model respect in front of our students.
- Watch for students on bikes and scooters. All students should be wearing helmets when riding - it's the law and it's for safety. Students may not ride bikes or scooters on the blacktop.
There is a no parking zone in front of the Kinder area. Do not double park and walk in to get your student.
- Slow down and be mindful of each other. We know many of you are in a rush to drop off or pick up students at other schools, or to get somewhere after school. Still, remember caution first.
- The city is completing a TRAFFIX route analysis study analyzing intersections around our school. The intersections being studied are East Branch/Sherwood Dr. and Sherwood Dr./Melbourne Way. We will keep families informed on the study results. Please feel free to send comments to me and/or the City of San Ramon.