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VIKING PARENT - December 1, 2010
Posted Date: 11/30/2010

Crocker Middle School Hillsborough, California

Volume 19, Issue No. 7                 December 1, 2010

The Viking Parent will be emailed to Crocker parents on approximately the 1st and 15th of each month. At the same time The Viking Parent will be posted and archived on the school websites. The electronic newsletters provide highlighted links to print out flyers, to access websites and to email personnel easily. The "In This Issue" section lists the major sections within the newsletter. You can click on a highlighted link and go directly to that section of the newsletter. In the "Dates to Remember" section you can view and print out the most recent Crocker and district calendars.

VIKING PARENT – December 1, 2010


Dates to Remember
Letter from the Crocker Parent Group President – Jennifer Bressie
From the Desk of the Crocker School Principal – Janet Chun
Crocker News
Hillsborough Recreation
Community News
Hillsborough Schools Foundation


December 1

7th & 8th Grade Basketball Begins


December 2

DATE Committee Meeting


December 6

School Board Meeting at South


December 8

No Homework Center/Faculty Meeting

December 9

Winter Band Concert


December 10

7th & 8th Grade Winter Semi-formal


December 15

No Late Start

December 17

Fly Offs/Noon Dismissal

December 18 – January 3

Winter Recess

January 4

School Resumes

January 10

School Site Council


January 12

Board Meeting at West






Hello and let me officially welcome you all to the most wonderful time of the year! I hope everyone enjoyed a pleasant and relaxing Thanksgiving. The holiday season can be so crazy with so much to do! I hope that our effort to streamline events and simplify our meeting schedule is helpful in managing your busy family calendar. Please take a look at the “Dates to Remember” section of this newsletter for a complete listing of all the great things going on at Crocker. Christine Beheshti does such an incredible job gathering content from several people and organizing it into a clearly written and informative newsletter! I find these newsletters to be so helpful in staying abreast of all the great activities and events. Thank you Christine!

For parents of Eighth grade students, please make a careful note of Janet’s section regarding letters of recommendation for High School applications. As you might imagine, this is a particularly busy time for Mrs. Chun, Ms. Nella and Ms. Kimple. You could assist them immensely by getting your information to them as early as possible. A gesture of thanks for their hard work is always a nice touch as well!

Speaking of gestures, if you consider giving gifts to teachers and staff this holiday season, please consider a donation to the Crocker Staff Goodwill Fund. Established ten years ago, this fund provides an excellent opportunity for giving. As parents contribute funds in lieu of individual gifts, the teachers and staff then have the opportunity to determine the beneficiaries. A few contributions that have been made over the years include; the assisting of a teacher undergoing expensive medical treatment, meals for families in need whether experiencing the arrival or departure of a loved one, the list is lengthy and impressive! If you would like to contribute to the fund, please make your checks payable to the Crocker Staff Goodwill Fund. You may bring or send checks to the Crocker School to the attention of Janet Chun. Staff members or always notified of contributions made on their behalf.

Enjoy this busy and fun time of year. We at the parent Group Executive Board wish you all a Happy Holiday Season and look forward to more fun in 2011!


Jennifer Bressie,
Crocker Parent Group President




Family Movie Night Thank You

The fourth annual family movie night at Crocker took place on Friday, November 19th from 6 to 8 pm. All donations received on this evening were matched by a generous donor up to $10,000 to benefit Shelter Network. Chris Cantor of Shelter Network sends his gratitude to Ms. Fairchild and our Service Learning Coordinators for bringing the community together to benefit those in need.

Winter Concerts

Please mark your calendars for Thursday, December 9th, when all of our bands will be performing in the annual Winter Concert. This is a fun evening where you will see the progression of skills from the beginning band, to the concert band, and then to the symphonic band. Over 200 students will be performing! The gym will be packed, but I promise you will go home whistling a tune and feeling very proud.

Noon Dismissal on December 17th

Please note that the Winter Break will begin with a noon release on Friday, December 17th. There will be no lunch service on that day. School will resume on Tuesday, January 4th.

8th Grade Graduation Fees

Attention 8th grade parents: If you have not yet paid your graduation fees, please do so as soon as possible. Your fee of $150 payable to the Crocker parent group covers the cost of: the graduation rehearsal lunch, tickets and buses to Great America, the panoramic photo, the memory video, graduation decorations, and the graduation dance.


8th graders who are asking for letters of recommendations and transcripts to be sent to private schools are asked to follow the procedures listed below. In order to alleviate any confusion, we are asking that for each school to which you are applying, you provide $10 in either cash or a check made out to Crocker Middle School. That will cover the cost of postage and handling for: letters of recommendation from the English teacher, math teacher, and either the principal, assistant principal or counselor, as well as for the transcripts.

What You Need to Do:

  • Submit the request for transcripts and $10 per school to Mrs. Murphy in the office. Submit the principal /assistant principal/counselor letter of recommendation form with an addressed envelope to each school to Mrs. Murphy in the office. Please note, to more evenly distribute the number of letters to be written, Mrs. Chun, Ms. Nella, and Ms. Kimple will meet and divide the letters among themselves.
  • Submit the English or math teacher’s letter of recommendation to the appropriate teacher with an envelope addressed to each school.

What We Will Do:

  • Mrs. Murphy will photocopy all necessary documents, complete the transcript, and mail everything.
  • The principal, assistant principal, or counselor and teachers will complete their letters of recommendations. They will make their own photocopies for their own records. They will enclose them in the envelopes you’ve provided and will hand them to Mrs. Murphy to be mailed.

It is perfectly appropriate, and highly recommended that you follow through with a thank you note to your teachers. Writing a thoughtful letter of recommendation is time consuming but your teachers are willing to do all they can to help you. Your acknowledgment of their time will be much appreciated.


Please visit the schools’ websites for detailed information about scheduling shadowing appointments, application deadlines, admissions test dates, interview dates, and in some cases, to RSVP for Open Houses. The following information has been provided to us for publication:

NOTE: Shadowing, while important to those who are trying to make high school decisions is disruptive to learning. Please be thoughtful about making shadowing dates. Special arrangements to make up work and tests should NOT be expected of the teachers. Shadowing cannot be used as an excuse for late assignments. All assignments are expected to be handed in on time. Arrangements to take tests before or after the shadowing date must be made through the teacher.


The SMUHSD Superintendent’s Welcome Letter and District Residency Verification/Enrollment Procedures will be sent to parents of feeder school students who reside in the SMUHSD. Information regarding residency verification/enrollment procedures will be available on the SMUHSD website at

  • Priority Residency Verification/Enrollment: January 10, 2011-February 18, 2011. The SMUHSD requires that all students new to the district must complete Residency Verification and Enrollment procedures prior to receiving a class schedule during programming. Please note: The SMUHSD has established enrollment capacities for each school within the district. Every effort will be made to place students enrolling during this priority residency Verification/ Enrollment window at their resident school; however, the District reserves the right to assign students to other schools within the District once a school reaches its capacity. Beginning January 10, the Attendance and Welfare office will begin accepting Residency Verifications. Proof of Residency must be established before a student/family may complete the Enrollment Process and be eligible for a school assignment. Only students completing their Residency Verification/Enrollment prior to close of business February 18, 2011 will be eligible to participate in the intradistrict transfer program. For specific information about this process, contact KindyLee Stumpp at When communicating about a student, include the student ID number to identify the student.

  • Spring Shadowing: January 24, 2011-February 4, 2011 Reservations for Spring Shadowing in the San Mateo Union High School District can be made by contacting the following people:

Aragon - Dounia Kardosh 558-2905

Burlingame – See next bulleted item for information.

San Mateo – Karin Patterson 558-2399 ext. 5600

  • For Spring Shadowing at Burlingame High School, the next and last dates to shadow will take place on January 24th, 25th, 27th and February 4th. Shadow appointments must be made by logging onto, and clicking on the link under the heading 8th Grade Shadowing. Online signups will begin at 8:00am on January 19th. No appointments can be made by calling the school.

High School Information Nights are held at the following sites and are about the specific schools. Times and specific locations are to be announced later.

  • Monday, January 10 – San Mateo High School
  • Tuesday, January 18 – Aragon High School
  • Wednesday, January 19 – Burlingame High School

Private High School Information

  • Stuart Hall High School and Convent of the Sacred Heart – Evening information event at the home of Sara and John Greer, 1035 Vista Rd., Hillsborough. Thursday, January 6th at 6:30 pm. RSVP required:



Love our Library – Adopt a Book!

I would like to thank the many parents who very generously participated in the “Love our Library – Adopt a Book!” program. Through this program we were able to add 136 books to our library collection. This program helps to upgrade our library collection with current titles for our curriculum and is greatly appreciated by the students and teachers. Thank you again for your participation in this very essential library program.


Carole Gennaro
Library Media Teacher


HTV News

Check out HTV at or on Comcast Channel 27. The 6th Grade Skating Party has been recently added and don't forget to watch the daily newscasts!


6th Grade Cotillion

Sixth Grade Cotillion ("Dancing with the Vikings") - All families of 6th grade students should have received via Paperless Post an invitation for your son/daughter to attend the Crocker Middle School Cotillion. The Cotillion sessions will be held on Monday nights, beginning on January 24th and continuing through March 28th. (No sessions on February 21 or March 14th.) So far, there are 66 students who have RSVP'd YES. Please respond by Dec. 14th. Checks for $85 made out to The Crocker Parent Group are due by Jan. 10 and should be sent to Harriet Love at 25 Madrone Place in Hillsborough. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us!

6th Grade Cotillion Co-Chairs - Harriet Love and Sally Farr


7th Grade Bowling Party

7th Grade Parents, Save the Date on January 21st for an afternoon of bowling. This afternoon event will include bowling, food and drink. More to come.



7th & 8th grade basketball is just getting under way. Please check with the Recreation Office if you have any questions about your child’s team, schedule or practices. The schedules are posted on our website and the practice calendar is posted on the board outside the Recreation Building. The season begins on December 1st.

6th grade basketball sign-ups are in process. The deadline for signing up is Wednesday, January 12th and tryouts will be on Tuesday, January 25th. You must register online at to be eligible for tryouts.




Hillsborough Beautification Foundation presents our 13th annual Holiday Celebration

Thursday, December 2, 2010

5:00 – 6:15 pm, Town Hall, Hillsborough

Join us for a wonderful yearly tradition for family and friends of all ages!


Children’s Holiday Tea

The Burlingame Library Foundation Presents a Children's Holiday Tea featuring author Marissa Moss on Sunday, December 5th from 2-4 pm

This fundraising event will be held at the Easton Branch, 1800 Easton Drive, Burlingame. All proceeds benefit children's library programs and collection. For tickets and further information go to or call 650-344-5954.


Hillsborough Little League

Registration for the 2011 season is now open!

Boys and girls between the ages of 5 and 12 may participate in HLL's seven divisions: T-Ball, Single A, Double A, Minors and Majors Baseball, as well as Minors and Majors Softball.

All registration will be done online at

New players must provide proof of birth date. This can be done by mailing a copy of a passport or birth certificate to Hillsborough Little League, P.O. Box 469, Burlingame, CA 94011, or by emailing a scanned or photographed copy to Late registration (with an additional fee) begins on December 1st, so register early and save.

If you have any questions, please contact HLL's Registration Director, Steve Vernon, at




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Bollywood Nights - HSF Dinner/Dance and Auction

Remember to mark Saturday, March 12th, 2011 on your calendar for our annual Dinner/Dance and Auction! Join us for an evening where you'll be transported to Hollywood -- Indian Style! With lively entertainment, delicious food/drinks, and extraordinary auction items, Bollywood Nights will be an evening to remember!

We are also currently collecting auction/donation items for this event. If you have any ideas, an exciting submission or any other suggestions, please contact Joan Sanchez at 650-344-2272 or