Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Have a question not listed here? Please send it our way: pta@duveneck.org.

Important Contact Info:

Leslie Crane, Principal – lcrane@pausd.org

Beth Hedge, Secretary – ehedge@pausd.org

Cecilia Perez, School Clerk – ceperez@pausd.org

Yvette Mangalindan, Co-PTA President – yvette.mangalindan@gmail.com

Jayne Snyder, Co-PTA President – janesnyder01@gmail.com

Please find the Duveneck Staff Directory here and the PTA Executive Board members here.

General School FAQs:

(Updated 10/2022)

Q: What is the first day of school for 2022? A: The first day of school is Thursday, August 11th.  School starts at 8:05 am for TK-5th Grade.

Q: What time does school start and end? What is the 2022-23 school day/bell schedule? A:

Transitional Kindergarten (TK): 8:05 am – 11:15 am (Mon.-Fri.)

Kindergarten (Aug. 11-Oct. 7): 8:05 am – 11:50 am (Mon.-Fri.)

Kindergarten (after Oct. 7): 8:05 am – 2:10 pm (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)

1st – 3rd Grade: 8:05 am – 2:10 pm (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)

4th – 5th Grade: 8:05 – 2:35 pm (Mon., Tues., Thurs., Fri.)

Kindergarten (after Oct. 7) – 5th Grade: 8:05 am – 1:15 pm (Wed.)

Please note the new end times for K-3 on Mon., Tues., Thurs., and Fri. and our new minimum day end time on Wednesdays.  For those families who have a K-3 student and a 4-5 student, you will be able to wait on campus in a designated area until 2:35 pm.  Find the full schedule here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1PgnQOkodV13Ct1eWl7lqJLGixr1C3i0_/view.

For the Full Bell Schedule, click here.

Q: Where should I drop off and pick up my child? A: Parents are allowed to walk their children onto campus and up to their classrooms.  Students and parents can enter from any gate.

Q: Do parents need to fill in a sign-in sheet at drop-off? A: No, there is no daily check-in.

Q: Can I bring my dog to drop-off or pick-up? A: Please note that dogs are not permitted on campus from 7:30am-4:00pm. So if you do bring your dog along, please keep it away from any gatherings of people outside the gates as you drop off or pick up your child.

Q: Will there be a campus tour of some sort for students (bathrooms, office, etc.)? A: Yes, the teacher will show the class the facilities and everything they need to know.

Q: Where can I park my car during pick-up and drop-off? A: There are a limited number of parking spots near the main entrance of the school on Alester. Street parking is also available in the area around school. PLEASE do not park or stop in the no-parking zones, red zones, or driveways.

Q: Can we walk / bike / scooter to school? A: Yes! We encourage parents to walk, bike, or roll to school with their children, especially while the weather is so pleasant. When on campus, always “walk your wheels:” This means both parents and students should dismount from bicycles or scooters and walk with them instead of riding on the school campus. The red-top surfaces are “walking only” zones. Escorted crosswalks (with crossing guards during school start and end hours) are located at the intersections of Dana and Newell and at the corner of Alester and Channing. Pedestrian Flags are available at the crosswalks of Alester and Dana, and Heather and Channing. Please use them to improve your visibility and safety. Bicycle racks are located near all four entrances to campus.

Q: Will each child have name tags to help learn classmates’ names? A: Yes, this will be done according to the teacher’s preference.

Q: How do I find out which teacher my child will have? A: Because many families move in and out of the district during the summer months, Duveneck does not announce classroom placement until just before school starts so that all families can be included.

On August 10th, families will be able to see their class assignments as well as pick up their Back to School packets.  We’ll also have plenty of Otter Pops for the kids. Below is the schedule by grade.  So please come by, grab your packets and Otter Pops, and catch up with fellow Duveneck families!

  • TK: 11:15 am to 12:00 pm
  • Kindergarten: 10:00 am to 11:00 am
  • 1st to 5th Grade: 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm

If you are unable to pick-up your packets, we will have them available at the Parent Coffee for the first day of school or at the front office.  Class assignments will also be sent via Infinite Campus.

Q: What school supplies do I need to send with my child? Pencil cases? Pens? Notebooks? A: Actually, none of the above! Duveneck Elementary School does not have a recommended School Supply purchase list. Instead, the Duveneck PTA asks each family to make an Annual Donation per student. The PTA passes on your donation to the Duveneck staff and teachers so they can buy all of the supplies and equipment students need when they need it. With your donations, the Duveneck PTA is also able to fund books, computers/tablets, A/V equipment, playground equipment, and all other supplies needed to educate our children. Please find more info in our Back to School Packet! Please note: Students should bring their own backpack, lunch box (if bringing lunch), and a water bottle.

Q: What food do I need to pack for my child? A: All students will need to pack a snack and a water bottle; they are welcome to bring lunch as well, but it is not required. Due to a recent USDA program waiver extension, PAUSD will offer free lunch meals to all enrolled students for 2022-2023 school year; no sign-up or registration is required. Students who request school lunch for the day will be given a lanyard to indicate their choice. At lunch time, students will walk to pick up lunch and then return to class picnic tables to eat. For Kinder (before Oct 11th) and TK, grab-and-go lunches are available. Please find more info on school lunches here.

Q: Do students take their lunch lanyards home? What would happen if a student lost the lanyard? A: Lanyards will be kept at school in a pocket chart. Please return the lanyard to school if your student does accidentally take it home.

Q: Are there plans for Duveneck to have a breakfast program? A: There is currently no timeline for breakfast to be offered at Duveneck.

Q: What restrictions are there on food at school (eg. nut-free)? A: Since many of our children suffer from a variety of allergies, our school’s policy is as follows:

  • TK, Kinder and 1st Grade are “Nut-Free” zones, meaning that nuts and nut spreads of any kind, including peanut butter and Nutella, are not allowed at all.
  • 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students have specific nut-free tables where children with known allergies may eat, if they choose.

Q: Can my child bring a favorite toy from home? A: Students may not bring electronics (iphones, ipods, kindles etc.) or toys (LEGOS, trading cards, loveys/stuffies, tchotchkes, fidget spinners, bey blades, etc.) to school unless requested to do so by their teacher. Some Kindergarten classrooms do allow loveys/stuffies for children who would like them; please discuss with your teacher. Any such belongings needed after school must remain in the child’s backpack during the school day. Students may not bring their own athletic equipment to school. The school/district is not responsible for stolen, damaged, or vandalized personal property. We do have a phone in the office that students can use to call home if need be.

Q: What should my child wear to school? A: Students should be dressed to move about comfortably and safely throughout their day. Layers may be worn as it can be cool at drop-off and warm up during the day. Please label your students’ jackets and belongings so they can more easily find them in our Lost & Found should they be misplaced. Students are not required to wear closed-toe shoes, but should wear shoes that stay securely on their feet when they move about. Students must wear closed-toes shoes on the days they have PE class.

Q: What if my child has special medical needs? A: Over-the-counter and prescription medications cannot be distributed or brought to school until forms signed by a parent and the child’s pediatrician are on file with the School Office. All necessary forms are accessible through https://www.pausd.org/student-services/health-services.

Q: What should I do if my child is going to be late or absent from school? A: Please see this page for more information.

Q: What about after-school care? A: Currently, there are two programs offered: Duveneck Kids Club and Right At School. You can also check this page for more information as we update it. In addition to the after-school care programs themselves, Duveneck also hosts several on-campus after-school classes and programs offered by outside organizations. The School Office and the PTA will send out information and registration instructions in the first few weeks of school, once details are finalized. Many after-school camps and classes post to the Duveneck Google group, so feel free to join that to receive additional information.

Q: Can I get into DKC (Duveneck Kids Club after-school care)? A: Duveneck Kids Club is a daily after-school care program. DKC also provides care on school holidays, staff development days, and minimum days. DKC is located on Duveneck campus in the portable trailers on the Channing side of the campus. DKC is part of the larger non-profit called PACCC that runs day cares and after-school programs throughout Palo Alto. The sooner you complete your application, the more likely you are to receive a spot for your child or children. You can fill out an application here.

Q: Can you please share more information about the after-school (on-campus) classes and camps? A: Duveneck is happy to once again host after-school classes this year! These classes are offered by third-party providers on campus. Students can walk directly to them by themselves after school, and parents may enter campus through the main office entrance to pick their children up after the class. Please stay tuned to ParentSquare for more information.

Q: Can we get a list of parents’ names from a specific classroom? A: Yes, Parentsquare.com has a directory for parents who are sharing information with the school and other parents.

Q: How do I get involved in the Duveneck community? A: We have a whole section of pages on that, check it out! You can also email us at pta@duveneck.org.

Q: I’ve got great ideas for the PTA. How do I make sure they happen? A: You can talk to us (we do pick-up and drop-off just like you — here’s how to recognize us: https://duveneck.paloaltopta.org/executive-board/), email us, or show up to a PTA Association meeting (those tend to be more formal by necessity, so you may get more out of it if you talk to folks before or after the formal proceedings). Depending on how involved your idea is (how many students, how many volunteers, how much money is required) you may talk us into doing it for you, or have to volunteer yourself (and we’ll help you secure the space/funding/publicity/etc.). We have lots of experience and love new ideas: talk to us!

Q: How does the PTA differ from PiE? The Site Council? Why are there so many different organizations? A: There are three organizations with different functions:

  1. The PTA (Parent-Teacher Association) is local to Duveneck, and focuses on: (a) building a community amongst Duveneck families; (b) communicating between parents and the school staff/faculty; and (c) raising money for classroom supplies and equipment. This year the PTA is also paying for science enrichment classes with Arad.
  2. PiE (Partners in Education) is a Palo Alto school district-wide organization that raises money specifically for additional school staff — music teachers, art teachers, support teachers, classroom aides, etc.
  3. The Duveneck Site Council is a group of elected parents who meet with Principal Crane and focus on the classroom experience of our children. They bring up concerns about the curriculum and/or physical facilities.

Why separate organizations? The roles performed by PiE and PTA used to be merged — but a PAUSD (Palo Alto Unified School District) ruling in 2002 (intended to create more funding equality between PAUSD schools) mandated this division of responsibilities (see the PiE FAQ for more details). The Site Council is required by the California Education Code.

Q: How can I donate to the PTA? Is there a set amount that we’re asked to contribute? A: Keep an eye out for our Back to School packet!

Q: Where do my PTA membership fees go? A: It costs $10 to become an active, voting member of the Duveneck PTA Association. The majority of the fee goes to the California State PTA, which provides the insurance which allows the Duveneck PTA to operate.

Q: If I donate money to the PTA or buy Just Parties tickets, where does it go? A: Parent annual donations enable the PTA to directly fund important areas that directly support our kids and enrich their experience:

  • Classroom materials: Back-to-School supplies, art supplies, math supplies, books, classroom technology
  • Recess supplies: balls, hula hoops, jump ropes, and more
  • Books and repairs for the library
  • Science enrichment: Ask your child about science class with Arad, our celebrity science teacher from Palo Alto’s Junior Museum and Zoo. Given the shortage in PiE’s budget, this year the PTA will be funding 5 to 7 hands-on enrichment science classes that are a valuable addition to their core curriculum. Definitely a highlight of the year!
  • Community building programs: International Potluck, Grade Level Socials, Parent Education series, Math Nights

More than 80% of the PTA budget is spent on materials and programs which directly enhance your child’s classroom experience. For a detailed budget, see it posted at school outside the custodian’s office, or contact pta@duveneck.org.

Q: How do Just Parties work? Am I welcome to attend, or are they only for friends of the host? A: Yes, you are welcome! In the description of the party we try to make it clear if the party is for Duveneck students and/or their parents, whether younger/older siblings would enjoy it, and what to expect. Since Just Parties are a major Duveneck social experience, we want to include everyone in the community. Hosts of a Just Party donate the party to the PTA (and cover all the costs involved), in the hopes that others will enjoy the party and that it will raise money to support the PTA.

Q: Will there be an information packet to answer all my questions? A: Stay tuned for our Back to School packet link!

Q: When is the last day of school? A: Thursday, June 1st, 2023.

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We are parents and teachers who support Duveneck Elementary School in Palo Alto, CA. As a community, we help create the school we want our children to have by providing funding for school equipment and materials, hosting community events, and providing enrichment programs for parents, teachers and students.