As a Costaño Elementary School we develop our students’ knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. We encourage curiosity, creativity, empathy, and the journey of becoming a lifelong learner.
Costaño is proud to be a nationally recognized Turnaround Arts School that utilizes the arts as a vehicle to empower our students to create, to think critically, and to reach their unique individual potential. At Costaño, families can expect that the arts (music, visual arts, and drama) will be interwoven throughout children’s school day.
At Costaño School we strive to provide a culturally responsive and academically rigorous learning environment that will empower our students to engage as citizens of a global community.
Increase student achievement
Develop a love for learning
Improve organizational effectiveness and efficiency
Improve students’ sense of responsibility
Provide a seamless transition between grade levels and to high school
Develop and empower each student as an individual and a community member
OUR CORE VALUES
Giving every child an outstanding education
Professional development and growth
Honest and integrity
A strength-based approach
Empowering our students and community
Costaño’s Commitment Policy
I fully commit to Costaño School in the following ways:
I commit to arrive at school each day on time and with a productive attitude. During Distance Learning, I commit to being in my Zoom Meetings on time.
I commit to work hard, to be kind, and to help others at Costaño School the entire day.
I commit to work, think and act in the best way I know how and to do Whatever It Takes to learn and prepare for college. Toward those ends, I commit to:
Completing all my assignments on time;
Handing in homework that is neat, accurate, and my best work;
Calling or emailing my teachers if I have a question with the homework or a problem with coming to school; and,
Asking questions in class if I do not understand something.
I commit to discuss any concerns I have with my parents and teachers.
I commit to behave in a way that ensures the safety, interest and rights of all individuals in the school.
I commit to be responsible for my own behavior.
I commit to demonstrating the elements of character: Teamwork, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity and Perseverance
I commit to honor the Costaño School community through my thoughts, actions and ideas and doing Whatever it Takes to make Costaño School a school of excellence.
We fully commit to Costaño School in the following ways:
We commit to have our scholar to school on time each day. During Distance Learning, we commit to having our scholar be on time to all Zoom or Google Hangouts meetings.
We commit to keep our scholar in school for the entire school day. During Distance Learning, we commit to having our scholar attend all scheduled Zoom or Google Hangouts meetings.
We commit to allow our scholar to stay after school for tutoring or other activities, and to arrange transportation home.
We commit to make ourselves available to our scholar’s teachers and to address any concerns they may have.
We commit to attend all parent events and conferences.
We commit to give the school updated phone numbers and any change of address.
We commit to communicating any concerns with the school administrators immediately.
We commit to check our scholar’s homework every night to make sure it is complete and his best work.
We commit to do what it takes to help our scholar be successful.
We fully commit to Costaño School in the following ways:
We commit to arrive at school each day on time.
We commit to regularly attend and actively participate in professional development .
We commit to plan and execute rigorous lessons to prepare our students for success in college and in life.
We commit to hold all of our students, parents, fellow staff members, and ourselves to high expectations and to our core values.
We are committed to our own professional growth and constant learning.
We commit to make ourselves available to our scholars and their parents to address any concerns.
We commit to provide parents with updates on their child’s progress.
We commit to protect the safety, interests, and rights of all individuals.
We commit to be the best teachers we can be, modeling excellence and taking no shortcuts in preparing our students for success in college and in life.
The Ravenswood City School District is opening the 2020-20212 via Distance Learning. Per AB-77, families can expect that children will receive daily live interaction with a credential teacher, regular progress monitoring, and access to the technology necessary to engage in Distance Learning. Additionally, families can expect that attendance will be taken and success plans developed for students failing to attend 60% or more of Distance Learning.
Families can expect children to receive both synchronous and asynchronous instruction. This means that a portion of their day will be spent online with their teacher (synchronous) and spent doing independent assignments as assigned by the teachers (asynchronous). Teachers will be releasing their weekly schedules to families shortly.
Setting Up Learning at Home
Prior to the start of the school year, families may wish to consider the following:
Designate a space in their home that is used for focused learning.
Determine a supervision schedule for children that will ensure they are able to both attend Zoom meetings as well as complete assignments.
Establish routines that will support children’s ability to work both synchronously and asynchronously (for example, starting the day by logging into Google Classroom or SeeSaw to preview the day, determining when children will exercise, take breaks, and engage in play).
Test technology that will be used during Distance Learning to ensure that it is still working and contact the Technology Department at the District Office or the Costaño office if it is not working.
Ravenswood City School District has drafted a “Reopening and Recovery Plan” designed to ensure children and staff are safe during this pandemic, guarantee children’s continuous learning, and support for families during this time. For more information about Ravenswood’s Recovery Plan, please visit the district’s website: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1aU9c550HnAkwxsWTwug6SLWjqo-A8qzW/view
In addition to following the Reopening and Recovery Plan, RCSD’s practices are also informed by the San Mateo County Office of Education (SMCOE) and San Mateo County’s Public Health Officer. Please visit SMCOE’s website for more information and resources: https://www.smcoe.org/other/covid-19-response-and-resources/
We realize that home-school communication is essential and that electronic correspondence is now the primary vehicle. In an effort to reduce waste and to come onboard with the 21st century, we are creating a website where school events, district events, the school calendar, and staff contacts are easily accessible. The website is http://costano.ravenswoodschools.org/.
Last school year, we began utilizing the Remind application to support quick communication. This app seemed to be the best way to directly communicate with teachers. Please download the application called “Remind.” More information about the app will be presented at Meet the Teacher and Back to School Night.
We encourage families to email or call your child’s teacher whenever you have questions or concerns. Email addresses can be found on our school’s website. Email addresses follow the pattern of: the teachers first initial, followed by their last name @ravenswoodschools.org. For example, Robin Pang-Maganaris’ email address is: email@example.com.
You can expect that a teacher will respond to your email/call within 24-48 hours. Typically, teachers check email at the beginning and the end of the school day. On occasion, they check email in the evenings. Should you not receive an return email/call within 24-48 hours, please re-contact the teacher and/or contact the principal as well.
Please notify the office staff of any change to a student’s address, email, or phone numbers so that in the event of an emergency, the appropriate family members may be contacted.
Costaño has an emergency preparedness plan that is reviewed annually with staff. Assignment of roles and responsibilities and a plan of response are discussed and practiced. During or pursuant to an emergency or disaster, students will be closely supervised by staff and released only to adults listed on the emergency cards. Parents/Guardians must make sure that the contact information provided is accurate and inform the office if the information changes.
All families are strongly encouraged to attend parent/teacher conferences to meet with your child’s teacher and to receive their report card. This will provide the face to face time to directly touch base with his/her teacher/s.
In addition to formal parent/teacher conferences, parents are encouraged to ask teachers for informal conferences.
Please join us on social media as a way to further connect with us. Please follow:
@costanoschool on Instagram
@costanoschool on Twitter
“Costaño School - TK-5” on Facebook.
Homework is an integral part of the learning process and an essential component of the home-school partnership necessary for student academic achievement. As an important extension of school instruction and learning, it provides an opportunity for practice, review, reinforcement, completion, preparation, make-up and enrichment. The amount of homework varies depending on the student’s grade level.
Reading and writing homework nightly is amongst the most important work your child can do to increase their academic performance. Research tells us that the more children read just-right books and write, the stronger they will be across all academic areas. In addition to reading and writing homework, children will also receive daily math practice and games. For students and parents looking for more individualized support, we also offer blended learning programs such as RAZ Kids, Khan Academy, Starfall. Please go to http://www.ravenswoodschools.net/ to access these sites.
If your child is spending an unusual amount of time on homework, or if the homework seems particularly difficult, please let your child’s teacher know right away.
Dress Code Policy
To send a clear message that Costaño School is a community of scholarship, hard work, professionalism, and respect, every scholar is required to report to school each day in appropriate dress code. We ask that students come prepared in clothing that will allow them to participate fully in their learning and that will keep them safe here at Costano school.
Please follow the guidelines below . . .
Bottoms mid-thigh length and longer
Clothing that allows the child to do his/her best learning and movement
Clothing must have language, logos, and symbols free of profanity and that are appropriate for any elementary school- aged student
Pajamas and costumes are only allowed during spirit week or announced holidays such as Halloween
Head garments such as hats and hoods are allowed outside of the buildings or on sports days as delineated
Clothing must cover the child’s undergarments and underclothes (please no sagging clothes)
If your child comes to school inappropriately dressed, as designated by the teacher or school principal, parents will be contacted and asked to bring appropriate clothing. Thank you for your support!
Electronics can distract from student learning. As a result, personal tablets and laptops are not permitted on school campus without approval.
We understand that students may have cell phones to communicate with family before and after school. Students may use their cell phone to communicate with family in the bus stop area in front of the Costaño Library before the 8:20AM bell and after their dismissal bell. Otherwise, students are to use the school phone with permission. During school hours, cell phones must remain hidden in students’ personal belongings at all times and turned off. Costaño is committed to monitoring and protecting student exposure to unknown websites.
If cellphones are brought to school, it is the child’s responsibility to ensure its proper use and safety. Please note that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen technology inside and outside the classroom. If a child chooses to bring cellphones to school, these guidelines must be followed:
Every morning, students will submit their phones to their teacher for safekeeping, and students are also responsible for getting their phone back from the teacher at the end of the day.
If students are found to have technology devices out during the school day (ex: playground, classroom, hallways) without authorized use, the phone will be confiscated and an adult must come to pick it up from the front office.
If there are consistent infractions, phones must then be submitted to school administrators in the office.
Students who attend school consistently have a greater chance of excelling academically. Daily attendance promotes educational success and builds stronger relationships with peers and teachers. It is the duty of each parent, guardian, or person having control or custody of a minor to compel and guarantee regular and prompt attendance to class.
During Distance Learning, attendance in Zoom meetings is critical. Attendance will be taken daily during Zoom meetings.
Ravenswood City School District observes and adheres to California Education Code 48205 when excusing student absences. A student absence will only be excused if the reason for the absence, as reported by the parent/guardian, meets the criteria specified in California Education Code 48205 (see below).
Excused Absences fall into one of two categories:
Personal illness or injury
Quarantine under the direction of a county or city health official
Medical, dental, optometric or chiropractic services in which student can present a note
from parent/guardian or evidence of appointment.
Attendance of funeral service for a member of the IMMEDIATE family.
Pupil is the custodial parent of a child who is ill or has a medical appointment.
The State of California requires that when a student is absent, the PARENT or GUARDIAN must contact the school and verify the reason for, and the dates of the absences. Absences not excused by a parent/guardian will be recorded as unexcused and may result in truancy. Some examples of unexcused absences include, but are not limited to:
alarm didn’t go off
electricity went off
It is important for parents/guardians to remember that even though you may report your student’s absence, if the reason given for the absence does not meet the criteria outlined by the State of California in the excused absence section, the absence will be coded as parent verified, but will not be excused.
Reporting An Absence
It is the parent/guardian’s responsibility to report their student’s absences. Only parents/guardians can excuse a student’s absence. Parents/guardians must call or email the School Office on the first day of absence. If your student is going to be absent from school call the school office at 650-329-2830 and leave a brief message with the following information:
Reason of Absence
Name of Parent reporting absence
If the student is attending a medical or dental appointment, he or she should miss half day only.
Being punctual is important. Students who are late for class unnecessarily interrupt classroom activities and miss valuable instruction. A student is considered tardy if not in the room or at the place designated by the teacher at the beginning of each period. Students arriving late to class shall be marked tardy unless they arrive with written permission from the office. Students arriving after ten minutes shall be marked tardy and subject to the regular procedures for clearing absences. Excessive tardies will result in the assigning of detention and/or loss of privilege to school events. It is important to note that if a bus is late to school, a student is not marked tardy unless s/he does not proceed directly to class. A student can be marked tardy at the beginning of the school day.
Actions to Address Poor Attendance: Given the importance of school attendance to academic success and the requirements put forth by Education Code stating that school attendance is compulsory, the school makes every effort to keep students engaged in school. The following actions may be taken to address poor school attendance:
Parent contact/meetings to discuss school attendance
SARB 1 development of attendance contracts
SARB attendance at a District Mediation
Referral to SARB
Administration will review student attendance weekly and will begin meeting with students and parents who are showing a pattern of tardiness. Administration will speak with the students and parents to clarify reasons for tardies.
We fully believe that family support and involvement is key in the academic success of our students. In addition, the staff would greatly appreciate your gift of time and talent during the coming year. The following volunteer opportunities offer flexible, interesting, and fun ways to contribute to Costaño School. A parent may serve as a presenter, field lesson chaperone, classroom assistant, special event coordinator, library organizer, office assistant, advisory board member, etc. Regular volunteers may be asked to file a current TB test with the Main Office.
Parents are welcome to visit their child’s classroom. Please follow the following guidelines while visiting Costaño School.
All visitors must check into the front office, sign-in and get a visitor’s badge. Even parents volunteering in classrooms on a regular basis must sign in. For safety reasons, we must have an accurate list of all people who are on campus at all times. Visitors must also sign-out upon leaving.
Visitor badges must be worn where they can be seen easily.
If a student forgot an item, it should be dropped off in the Main Office, not taken directly to the classroom. This will help keep classroom disruption to a minimum.
If observing and/or visiting, 15 minutes or more, we ask that you assist the school and volunteer your time. Teachers will be notified of visitors/observers by the front office as to minimize distraction during lessons.
During a classroom visit, the teacher or staff shall not be interrupted during class time. Please speak with the front office to schedule a time to meet with your child’s classroom teacher.
No other children should be present with the adult(s) who are observing and volunteering in classrooms in order to minimize distractions and disruption.
Health and Well-Being
Healthy, well-rested, well-fed, and physically active students are better able to learn and succeed in school. We want to ensure every child is receiving proper nutrition while at school. We provide breakfast and lunch for every student, but if you are sending your child with food, please follow these guidelines:
Food must be portioned for your individual student. For example, an individual sized bag of chips instead of a party-size bag that can be shared.
Candy and sweets are not permitted at school unless there is a special event and has been pre-approved by the classroom teacher.
We want to encourage healthy food choices. Junk food (chips, cookies, etc) is not permitted before the student’s lunch hour.
Cup of noodles and other foods that require microwaving or hot water is not permitted.
Food delivery (by restaurants, parents, etc) must go through the office, for safety purposes.
If your child brings any of the above items, they will be held by the classroom teacher until the end of the day.
In order to maximize instructional time, classes are limited to 5 parties per year. The parties originally fall around Halloween, Winter Break, Valentine’s Day, Spring Break and End of the year. Parents should see their child’s teacher for a list of healthy and appropriate snacks.
Student birthdays may not be celebrated during instructional time. Please do not bring treats to school for your child’s birthday.
If a student has a medical condition or need, it is imperative that the school be notified in writing. All information will remain confidential. In order to ensure the safety of your child, school policy requires written parent permission for all medication to be given during school hours. In addition, students who may need prescription medication during the school day are required to provide the school with a doctor’s note. If a child is to receive medication during the school day, the following procedures must be followed:
Complete and sign the school’s medication permission form
All medication must be brought in its original labeled container
All medication must be left at school (it cannot travel back and forth)
Doctor’s notes for medication must include the name of the student, the drug, dosage, schedule, and a doctor’s signature.
If a student becomes ill or is injured at school, the parent will be notified immediately by phone. If the office is not able to contact the parent, they will notify someone listed on the emergency list. A child may be sent home from school if they:
have a temperature over 100 degrees
have a severe earache or headache
have pink eye or other contagious conditions
Parents are requested to call the school office to report any contagious illness or condition. In such cases, students should stay home until their return has been approved by their doctor and they are clear of infection.
Behavior Supports and Discipline
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports
Costaño utilizes Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) to create and foster a healthy school culture. Schools implementing PBIS identify Core Values that every child is taught to achieve. Next, schools actively teach students how to engage in behaviors that honor the Core Values in various locations throughout the school such as in the classroom, the playground, the lunch tables, the hallways, etc. A unique aspect of PBIS is its focus on rewarding and acknowledging the positive behaviors students exhibit. The goal of PBIS is to switch the school's focus from solely providing attention to negative behaviors to reinforcing and giving attention to those demonstrating positive behaviors. By actively rewarding positive behaviors, more positive behaviors will be generated by all.
Costaño implements Restorative Justice (RJ) practices when children engage in misconduct. As an RJ school, our focus is in helping those who engage in misconduct to realize that they have harmed someone in our community and that not only have they hurt someone, they now have a responsibility to repair the harm they have created. This involves bringing the harmed and the harmer together to have them engage in a conversation where the harmed is able to share how they have been harmed to the harmer. The harmed is then asked how they would like the harmer to repair the harm. Once the harmed shares how they would like the harm to be repaired, the harmed is asked whether or not they are able to follow through with the request to repair the harm. If the harmer agrees, the harmer is required to engage in the actions. If the harmer is unable to agree, further disciplinary action will be taken by the administration.
By creating a school culture where the emphasis is on repairing harm to those harmed, we strengthen our community and we grow those who are engaging in misconduct the ability to be more empathetic. This building of empathy helps to prevent future misconduct from occurring.
Suspensions & Expulsions
In case of the following Education Code 48900 infractions, a student may be suspended (in or out of school), depending on the seriousness of the situation. A suspension is defined as the removal of a student from ongoing instruction for disciplinary purposes; an administrator or teacher will contact parents concerning a suspension. Expulsion, if indicated, is determined exclusively by the Ravenswood City School District. A student shall not be suspended from school or recommended for expulsion unless the superintendent or the principal of the school in which the student is enrolled determines that the student has violated any of the following from the Education Code of the State of California. Additional information about these infractions is available in the student services section of the Board policy. Actions must relate to school or school-sponsored activities as defined by Education Code.
Due Process Procedures: Students and parents have the right to know for what action students are being disciplined. Written documentation of behavior should be provided. Students shall have an opportunity to respond to accusations. Students and/or parents who feel that disciplinary actions have been unfairly applied have the right to appeal to an administrator. If the matter is not resolved, they may seek a hearing at the district level.
Behaviors that may lead to suspension and/or expulsion:
Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury to another person.
Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense
Weapon or Dangerous Objects:
Possessed, sold, or otherwise furnished any firearm, knife, explosive or other dangerous object unless, in the case of possession of any such object, the pupil had obtained written permission to possess the item from a certified school employee, which is concurred in by the principal on the designees of the principal.
Possessed an imitation firearm.
Unlawfully possessed, used, sold or otherwise furnished, or been under the influence of any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
Sold or Furnished Drugs:
Unlawfully offered or arranged to sell any controlled substance or intoxicant of any kind, and furnishes to any person another substance as a controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.
Committed robbery or extortion.
Damage to Property:
Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property or private property.
Stole or attempted to steal school property or private property.
Possessed or used tobacco products.
Unlawfully possessed or offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any drug paraphernalia.
Received Stolen Property:
Knowingly received stolen school or private property.
Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence.
Made Environment Hostile:
Bullying, intimidation, threatening, harassing (in any form), menacing any person on campus.
Made terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both.
Assaulted School Employee:
Assault or battery, as defined in Sections 240 and 242 of the Penal Code, upon any school employee.
Harassment of a Witness:
Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness or both.
Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual battery.
Harassment and Bullying Policy
It is the policy of the Ravenswood City School District to provide a school environment free from all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, and to maintain an environment in which all students and adults are treated with dignity and respect. We are committed to creating a safe learning and working environment for all students and employees.Therefore, no student shall be subject to sexual overtures or conduct, verbal, visual, or physical, which is intimidating, hostile, offensive or unwelcome. Such conduct by adults or students is deemed unacceptable behavior and will not be tolerated by the school district.
For purposes of this policy, “sexual harassment” is defined for student-to-student interaction as unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors and other verbal, visual and physical conduct of a sexual nature. “Sexual harassment” is also defined as conduct of a sexual nature which affects an individual’s employment, academic status or progress: which has a negative impact on an individual’s work or academic performance; which creates a work or educational environment that is intimidating, hostile or offensive; or which affects benefits, services, honors, programs or activities available to an individual in an academic setting.
An action that may impair a student’s ability to function or the emotional well-being of a student at school is unacceptable.
Harassment or discrimination may include acts such as the following:
Sexual harassment may include, but is not limited to, such acts as the following:
Bullying may include acts as the following:
Use of swearing, putdowns, or unwanted sexual advances, invitations or comments.
Unwelcome leering, sexual flirtations, or propositions.
Slurs of any kind (racial, ethnic, religious, sexual gender-based, physical, etc.).
Unwelcome sexual slurs, epithets, threats, verbal abuse, derogatory comments, or sexually degrading descriptions.
Verbal: Name calling, teasing, laughing at, threatening
Indirect: spreading rumors, excluding someone from a group, gossiping.
Possession or display of derogatory posters, photographs, cartoons, or drawings; communicating such in writing, by verbalizing, by computer, etc.
Graphic verbal comments about an individual’s body or overly personal conversation.
Cyber-bullying: Inappropriate rumors or threats sent through e-mails, instant messages, text messages, or Web site posts, with the sender often anonymous or disguised as someone else.
Threats and demands to submit to sexual requests for any purpose.
Sexual jokes, stories, drawings, pictures, or gestures.
Threatening or doing harm to someone who refuses to cooperate or reports on you (bullying).
Spreading sexual rumors.
Intimidating comments and/ or physical gestures or interactions.
Teasing or making sexual remarks about students enrolled in a predominantly single-sex class.
Gestures that are in poor taste or indicate gang affiliation.
Touching an individual’s body or clothes in a sexual way.
Concerning or blocking an individual’s normal movements.
Displaying sexually suggestive objects in the educational environment.
Any act of retaliation against an individual who reports a violation of this sexual harassment policy or who participates in the investigation of a sexual harassment complaint.
Consequences for Harassment
Consequences may include one or more of the following:
Expulsion and/or referral to the appropriate law enforcement agency, as provided under state law.
A student, who believes that they are being harassed or discriminated against at school or at school activities because of her/his sex, race, ethnicity, or religion, should immediately bring the matter to the attention of the school staff. District complaint procedures will be followed to resolve the issue.
Student Success Team
The Student Success Team is available to create solutions and ensure that all students have the support they need to be successful. The team will develop individual and school-wide plans and provide links to community resources. Teachers, administrators, staff members, and/or parents may request that a student begin the SST process. Students who are struggling socially, academically, or with attendance may have an SST called in order to put a plan in place for that student’s success.
Classroom teachers may plan field lessons for specific educational purposes. In order to participate, a child must complete and submit a Field Lesson Permission Form. If a parent does not wish for their child to participate, arrangements will be made for that student to attend another classroom for the day. Field lessons are a privilege for all students. Therefore, students who receive disciplinary consequences during school may be restricted from extra curricular activities or field lessons.