Principal's Message

Welcome back dolphins and a special welcome to all of you who are new to Durfee Elementary School.  Administrators and teachers everywhere recognize the important contributions parents make toward a child's success in school.  There is no question about it - success at school begins at home. Parents are the single most important variable in a child's schooling.  Parents model both a silent and spoken language in front of their children daily.
 
One of the most important components of a good school is the partnership between school and parents who work together for the best interest of children.  The close partership between home and school is one of the exceptional strengths at Durfee Elementary School.
 
Durfee Elementary School has a strong tradition of supportive, hard-working parents.  Throughout the year, parents have the opportunity to develop that partnership in a wide variety of ways.  Parents join the PTO, volunteer in the classroom, help at the fall festival, attend School Site Council meetings, read to their children, and help in many other ways.  It is important to your child that you are involved in some way at school.
 
As we begin a new school year, we find teachers establishing school standards and rules.  In the most successful classrooms, teachers have established specific routines for the children to follow.  This means giving the children a specific place to find and keep materials, a set schedule for classroom instruction, etc.  These routines, blended with the teacher's consistent standards, form a smooth running classroom where the children have the security of understanding their environment and are reinforced positively for their contributions.
 
At home, it is also important to provide routines.  Many families build a daily "quiet time" when the television is turned off.  This quiet time provides students the opportunity for completing schoolwork or for recreational reading if there is no homework.  During this quiet time a suitable place, somewhat free of other distractions, should be available.  The routine of a daily quiet time provides an opportunity to develop self-discipline, stimulate imagination, and enhance reading skills.
 
Hopefully we can provide time for our children to be children.  The realities of the adult world will be there all too soon.  As children grow and learn, they find joy and satisfaction in working closely with their families toward a common goal.   Such is the case with the students at Durfee Elementary School.  Commitment to the best for our children on the part of parents, students, and staff is the key to our success with the children we teach.  It is the hope of the staff that all parents will help us fulfill this commitment to excellence on behalf of ALL children at Durfee Elementary School.  School and home can work together to build skills and knowledge, reinforce values, and develop a strong sense of self-worth.  We must invest our time and energies in our nation's most valuable resources - our children.  Have a 2014-2015 great year.
 
Mr. Sam Genis
Principal
 


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News and Announcements

TK-K Readiness Checklist
While there's no perfect formula that determines when children are truly ready for TK and kindergarten, you can use this checklist to see how well your child is doing in acquiring the skills found on most kindergarten checklists.
LCAP Surveys 2014-15 for Parents and Staff

LCAP Surveys 2014-15 for Parents and Staff Please share with us how we are doing! (Note: Survey was edited on 5-5-15 to allow for multiple responses on section 1.)
Calendar Dates for 2015/2016 School Year Announced

Calendar Dates for 2015/2016 School Year Announced
Breakfast and Lunch Menus

Breakfast and Lunch Menus
School Registration Information and Forms

School Registration Information and Forms
District Workshop for Parents/Taller Para Padres
Dolphin May Calendar
Generation First Degree - College Financial Aid Town Hall

Generation First Degree - College Financial Aid Town Hall Generation 1st Degree Pico Rivera will host a FREE workshop for Pico Rivera families to learn how to pay for their child's college education from top experts. Specialists from area universities, financial institutions and scholarship foundations will be available to answer questions.

All Pico Rivera families, especially those with young children and preteens are highly encouraged to attend as well as parents of children in high school. Free childcare and Spanish language translation will be provided.


When: Thursday, February 26, 2015

Time: 6:00 - 8:30 pm

Where: El Rancho High School (new gym)

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Durfee Dress Code
CHARACTER COUNTS! - RED RIBBON WEEK

CHARACTER COUNTS! - RED RIBBON WEEK The El Rancho Unified School District Board of Education supports the joint campaign of Character Counts! - Red Ribbon Week and proclaims October 19-25, 2014 as

CHARACTER COUNTS! - RED RIBBON WEEK

and encourages its citizens to strive for good character at all times and participate in drug awareness activities, making a visible statement that we are strongly committed to live a healthy life. Further, encouraging all to pledge: We show good character by being DRUG FREE!
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Upcoming Events

Modified Day
Date: 5/27/2015
5th Grade Field Trip
Date: 5/29/2015
Wear Cowboy Style Day
Date: 5/29/2015
5th Grade Promotion Dance
Date: 5/29/2015, 3 PM 5 PM
5th Grade Promotion Picnic
Date: 6/2/2015