We want to extend a warm welcome to our entire MLA community. Congratulations, you've made it through the first two weeks of school! We hope everyone is starting to settle into the new school year routine. For new families to MLA, please make sure to learn more on how to support your child through the dual immersion program.
Dual Immersion Resources »
As of this fall, the role of Saludos has changed. Saludos will now support the student Safety Patrol on both Fleming and Monticello entrances (and at the 4-way intersection). Ideally there will be a minimum of TWO Saludos volunteers every day of the year, assisting the Safety Patrol Advisor (Jo Seda).
Saludos volunteers are still assigned by classroom each week and should coordinate with their classroom's room parent prior to their week of duty to assure at least 2 volunteers are scheduled to help each day of their week.
All adults should wear bright safety vests. These are kept in a crate in the Safety Patrol closet in the cafeteria, next to the traffic cones cart. Volunteer parents may have a child present (if supervised, and also wearing a vest).
There should be at least one adult at each of these zones:
1) Fleming (the school's main entrance)
2) Monticello (by the butterfly mosaic/bus stop)
3) Across the street next to the red fence to supervise the crosswalks.
The Safety Patrol Advisor will be on Fleming or at the 4-way intersection.
Different this year:
The role of Saludos volunteers will no longer be to open doors and wave cars forward. The Safety Patrol kids will do that, with supervision by their Captain and Lieutenants. The adults present are there to keep an eye on safety, and trouble-shoot any problems like speaking to drivers who are letting out their kids too far from the curb or on the opposite side of the road (essentially not using the drop off lane), parking illegally, making U-turns, etc. Saludos parents can also help the youngest students get up the stairs to class. Cars cannot stop or park in either drop-off zone, the yellow zone (for licensed delivery vehicles only) or blue disabilty zone (unless driver has a current disability placard displayed).
More about Saludos this year »
Volunteer Opportunities and Information Meeting
MLA is fortunate to have an incredible group of families who come together to help our teachers and students thrive. We still need volunteers to help in the following areas:
- Community Service Days (several Saturdays throughout the year, always from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). The first one will be September 23.
- Power Hour: Join MLA parents on Tuesdays at 8:30 a.m. (every other week) to assist teachers and the office with small tasks. Stay for as long as you can! The first Power Hour will be on September 12.
SAVE THE DATE!
Volunteer Information Session: Thursday, September 7, 6-7:30pm in the cafeteria.
Volunteer questions? Able to help? Please contact Jen Houser, Parent Volunteer Coordinator.
We have a specific commute plan for families driving students to school. With 540 students it is essential that everyone please follow these guidelines to make a safer and less stressful morning for all.
Kinderand TK parents, allow extra time to park a block or two away from MLA and walk your child to the door of their classroom by 8:25 a.m., as parking is difficult near to school. You'll want to walk your child to their classroom the first few weeks (or months!), until you and your child are comfortable to do "drive-by" drop-offs at the curb.
Everyone: To reduce the congestion in front of school, please avoid taking Fleming Avenue from High Street, which serves no purpose as it puts you on the wrong side of the road from school. In addition, MLA sits at the crest of a hill and the street is very narrow, so there is very bad visibility on Fleming.
NO U-TURNS in driveways and within a block of school from every approach. Please do not drop off students (even the older ones) on the opposite side of the road, in any resident driveways, while double-parked, nor at any of the corners of the 4-way stop which blocks pedestrian and Safety Patrol visibility. When dropping off, students should be let out the curb side of the car only and drivers should remain in their vehicle.
Follow the lead of Safety Patrol students and parent volunteers as they assist with traffic, and please be gracious and thank them for their help. Allow enough time and use the drop-off lanes ):
More on TK-3rd and 4th-8th driving instructions »
Melrose Leadership Academy
MLA Calendar: http://melroseleadership.ousd.k12.ca.us/calendar/
OUSD Calendar: https://www.ousd.org/domain/3540