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Principal's Message

Dear Palomares Families,


Thank you!

Thank you Board Vice President Gary Howard and Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, Dr. Jason Reimann for visiting our school in March. We always enjoy being able to share the wonderful learning that is taking place at our school.  Palomares appreciates the ongoing support and encouragement from our school Governance Team and district office personnel.

Thank you to our amazing students and teachers for a wonderful Open House event! I continue to be so proud of the work our Palomares Hawks do on a daily basis. 

Thank you to Mrs. Kim Thompson, Mrs. Desiree Fanucchi and our parent volunteers who helped make our Fine Arts Day a special experience for students. Thank you also to the artists from Sun Gallery for taking the time to share their expertise with us and to the Hula Ikaika Ohana ‘O ka’awai dance company for the amazing performance!



Perseverance is our character trait for the month of April. Have you heard the term “grit”? Angela Lee Duckworth defined grit as “perseverance and passion for long term goals.” According to Duckworth, grit can be a better indicator of graduation rate predictions. Here are a few ways to help teach our children perseverance/grit. Provide challenging activities that are not easily achieved.  Remember that it is okay if your child gets frustrated sometime and it’s important to remind them that it is okay to fail  Be sure to offer specific praise and encouragement for your child’s strong effort and for completion of their goals.  In this month’s Counseling Corner (in this Post It), Ms. Tet, our counseling intern, shares more ideas on how to teach our children perseverance. 


Cheers to Ms. Catarata!

Congratulations to Ms. Catarata for being our Site Teacher of the Year! Ms. Catarata serves as our Resource Specialist. We are very fortunate to have her as a teacher at Palomares.



Please join the Castro Valley Community Alliance for the Unity Walk on April 5th.    For more information, please go to the website https://sites.google.com/cv.k12.ca.us/cvcommunityalliance/home. April 6th is our E-waste recycling event.  Bring your old computer, monitor, cell phone or other electronic items between 9 am and 12 pm. Thursday, April 11th from 6 – 7 is our final Parent Academy for the year.  Student Services director, Mr. Jim Kentris will be presenting on Internet Safety. Please also come and volunteer at our campus beautification day on Saturday, April 13th from 9 am – 12 pm.

We will be taking the state mandated CAASPP in May.  Palomares students in grades 3rd – 5th will participate starting on May 6, 2019. If you would like to exempt your 3rd through 5th grader from taking the mandated state tests in May, please send a signed letter to Jennifer Tomita by April 30th, 2019.  We highly recommend that students take the tests as we receive valuable data about each student from the results.


Enjoy your Spring Break. Soar!

Dr. Jennifer Tomita, Palomares Principal