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Gussie M. Baker Elementary School              

August, 2019

Welcome to the 2019-20 school year.  I hope all families had a chance to rest and relax over the summer break. I always look forward to the start of the school year where the students are eager to begin a new year with a new teacher.  

To ensure the success, both academically and socially, for all of our students, we need your active support and cooperation.  Please take the time to attend meetings such as Home & School Club, School Site Council, ELAC. Volunteer in classrooms and support fundraising events, such as the Catwalk. By participating in these activities and events will allow you to stay informed on what is happening at Baker.  

It is our desire to keep you informed of all that is taking place at Baker.  A key resource for parents will be the Baker website which can be accessed at Information will constantly be updated as well as the school calendar.  The Paw Prints newsletter will be posted on the site twice a month. 

As the year progresses, please take the time to stop by and say Hi.  My door is always open. I enjoy finding out how the school year is going for the students and parents.  Thank you for trusting your students to Baker. We will strive to give them the best education they deserve.  



Chris Barbara


Baker Elementary School

4845 Bucknall Road

San Jose, CA   95130

(408)874-3200 (main phone)

(408)874-3210 (attendance)

(408)379-3726 (fax)


School Hours

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, & Friday

TK/Kindergarten (Aug-Oct. 3rd) : 8:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m. 

TK/Kindergarten (Oct 7th-June) : 8:00 a.m. – 1:10 p.m. 

Grades 1st – 5th: 8:00 a.m. – 2:35 p.m.


The Moreland School District has designated all Wednesdays as shortened days to allow teachers to participate in district-wide planning meetings and staff development.  The Wednesday schedule will be as follows:

TK/Kindergarten: 8:00 a.m. – 11:50 a.m.

Grades 1 – 5: 8:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Home and School Club   

Home and School Club (HSC) is similar to the PTA (Parent-Teacher Association), but does not have any national affiliation requiring financial commitment, so all monetary contributions are used exclusively to benefit our children.  Its purpose is to promote the education and enrichment of all children at Baker School. HSC recruits and coordinates volunteers to help run the following programs at Baker.

Assemblies HSC provides funding for supplementary cultural/educational assemblies which support the curriculum.

STEAM Lab HSC provides support for the STEAM Lab by providing equipment, supplies, and software.

Library HSC provides volunteers and fundraising to purchase reading materials.

Playground HSC provides new playground balls and equipment for the children to use during recess and at lunch.

Yearbook HSC produces and sells the Baker Yearbook.

Room Parents HSC organizes volunteers to help support the teachers by scheduling parties.

Science Camp HSC helps cover expenses for the trip to Monte Toyon for fifth-grade students.

Scrip To support various programs at Baker, HSC buys store gift certificates at a discount and resells them at face value. 

Catwalk This fundraiser is held in October to support different programs offered at Baker.

Many of these programs and services would not be offered to our children if it were not for the volunteers who give their time so willingly and unselfishly.  Given the unpredictability of state and local funding for schools, the Home and School Club serves an extremely vital role in preserving and maintaining the continuity of programs and services offered to our children.  You will receive more information about how you may volunteer your time this year.

The success of the Home and School Club depends on YOU!

Please look for specific dates and times of the HSC general meetings as well as on the school calendar.


Home and School Club 2019-2020


             President Michael Hensley

            Vice President Bonnie Kham and Alycyn Hensley

            Secretary Megan Hooper

            Treasurer Mark Wunderling

            Auditor Christi Coleman

            Scrip Chair Layla Kadric


            Chairperson Layla Kadric



Coordinator Jen Nunes

Thank you to the many wonderful volunteers who support and enrich the learning environment of Baker School.  Please consider participating in the Home and School Club or your child’s classroom. We welcome and encourage all members of our school community to join us for Home and School Club meetings.


The Baker Elementary School Team   

Student Responsibilities

  • Follow the Baker behavior expectations of being SAFE, RESPONSIBLE, AND RESPECTFUL AT ALL TIMES

  • Respect the rights, feelings, and property of others.

  • Be regular and punctual in attendance.

  • Dress in a clean, safe, and appropriate manner – no tank tops, bare midriffs, or short shorts/skirts.

  • No hats, knit caps, or hoods worn inside the classrooms

  • Use appropriate language at all times.

  • Do not cause, threaten, or attempt to cause physical injury to another person.

Parent Responsibilities

  • To recognize that they need to assume the primary responsibility for the child’s behavior and development.
  • To maintain communication with the school and to become actively involved in supporting school expectations and resolving problems.
  • To expand their child’s awareness of his/her environment by participating with them in a variety of experiences.
  • To assume responsibility for their child’s appropriate appearance.
  • To reinforce the school’s rules.
  • To have their child arrive at school on time and ready to learn.
  • To call the Attendance Hotline if their child is absent. (408-874-3210)

School Staff Responsibilities

  • To accept each child as a unique individual and to respect his/her rights and property.

  • To establish and maintain open communication among students, parents, and staff in order to meet each child’s needs.
  • To create a safe, enthusiastic environment that is conducive to learning.
  • To provide maximum opportunities for students to make judgments, assume responsibilities, and develop self-discipline.
  • To provide supervision that ensures the safety of all students.

General Information   


Office – Baker’s office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.  The telephone will be answered during that time. During non-school hours, you can leave a voicemail message for any member of the staff.

Absences – If your child will be absent from school, please telephone the school office (408-874-3210) by 8:30 a.m.  Voicemail is available – messages may be left at any time beginning the night before the absence.  If your child will be absent five or more days because of travel, please contact the school office at least two weeks in advance.  

Tardies – Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. to school must report to the school office prior to proceeding to class.  Tardies are closely monitored as they interrupt instructional time and student learning. Excessive tardies will be reported to the School Attendance Review Board and, in extreme cases, the District Attorney’s office.

Pupil Sign-Out – Release of a child from school may be made only to the parents, a legal guardian, or an official agency of the law.  Release to any other persons may be made only with the written permission of the parents or legal guardians.  The person into whose custody the child is released shall be required to sign out the child in the office.

Medications -  To administer medications, the school office must have a completed school medication form, signed by your physician.  As a protection to all children, all medication is kept in the school office.

School Visitors – We encourage visitors!  However, please register at the office if you wish to visit a classroom.  Visitors must wear a pass.

Volunteers - ALL volunteers are required to have a current TB mantoux test or TB risk assessment questionnaire completed and on file in the school office.  Risk Assessment questionnaires are available in the office.

School and Home Communication – We attempt to keep parents informed about school programs, special events, and other newsworthy items through the bi-monthly school newsletter, Paw Prints. Teachers publish weekly or monthly newsletters to keep parents informed of classroom assignments, projects, and special events. In addition, you may obtain school and district information in our front office. Also, all staff members have access to voice-mail and email. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or office at any time.  The main number is 874-3200.

Lunch Program – Children may bring their lunch from home.  Children who bring their lunches are required to eat in designated areas.  Lunches and snack may be purchased in the cafeteria for $3.50 per lunch, and $2.00 for breakfast. 

Lunchtime Departures  – Students may not leave the school grounds at lunch without being signed out.  If you check your child out on Wednesday, you must report to the office by 11:40 a.m.  The office assistant will give you a pass to present to your child’s teacher.


Arrivals – Students may NOT arrive at school prior to 7:45 a.m.  There is no supervision for children prior to the start of school.  Students are not allowed to play on the equipment or in the courtyard prior to school.  When students arrive, they must report to their classroom and line up at the door until the teacher greets them.


Departures – All students must leave campus at dismissal time unless they are registered in Moreland Extended Care or are signed up for Moreland Enrichment Classes.  Students may not play after school.


Bicycle Safety –  Students must wear a helmet and have a bike lock.


Helping All Students Succeed 


Student Study Team (SST) – This group meets to share information about children who have been referred by teachers because of learning or behavior concerns.  The SST consists of the district psychologist, the speech and language specialist, the principal, and a facilitator from our Special Education Department.  Both the teacher and the parents of a referred child also become part of the child study team. Members of the team carefully assess the child’s strengths and needs.  They then pool their knowledge and expertise, and they recommend a program to help the child become more successful. To comply with both the spirit and intent of the law, special education services are considered only after the resources of the regular education program have been explored and implemented.


Resource Specialist Program (RSP) – This program allows the resource specialist or aide to support the child within his or her classroom or work in small groups with other children who have similar needs.  Our resource specialist teaches students in grades kindergarten through five who have qualified for these services after testing.  


Language & Speech – Our language and speech specialist works with students who have significant language-related and speech-related problems. The speech teacher is available as a consultant for parents, teachers, and other school personnel.


English Language Learners – English Language Development and second language support is offered to students based upon ELPAC measurements.  This test is given annually to every student identified as an English Language Learner.


Library – All students learn library skills from Baker’s Library specialists.


Performing Arts & Music Programs – Performing arts is offered to all first and second grade students. Instrumental music is currently offered to fourth and fifth grade students. All third, fourth and fifth graders will participate in a 6 week Starting Arts program focused on Theater. 


Physical Education - All students will receive weekly physical education instruction. Physical education is woven into the kindergarten curriculum and taught by the classroom teachers. Students in grades first through fifth will receive physical education instruction by our physical education specialist.