Madera FAQs

The information below reflects prior years. When information for 2020/2021 becomes available it will be posted here.

Procedural Questions:

My child is staying home sick. Who do I contact?
Call the main office in the morning. (510) 231-1412. Tell them the reason your child will be staying home, your child’s name, and teacher.

I need to take my child out early for a doctor appointment. How do I do that?
Go to the front office and sign your child out on the STUDENT SIGN-OUT sheet. Tell the office staff that you need your child to be called to the office. At the doctor’s office ask the doctor for a doctor’s note to return to class.

When bringing your child back to school present the doctor’s note to the school’s office staff and your child can go back to class. If the doctor’s appointment is at the end of the day they can present the note to the front office the next day for the portion of the day that the child was not there.

My child is going to miss school because of a family vacation. Who do I notify and what do I do to make up the classwork?
Please plan family vacations around the school calendar. We would like to see every child in class all year round. If a family emergency arises and your child needs to miss school please talk with their teacher to come up with a study plan for the days they will be gone as well as notifying the secretary in the office.

How do I purchase hot lunches for my child? 
You can prepay for your student’s breakfast or lunches securely online with a credit or debit card: – Or you can write a check and deliver it with your child. Please make checks payable to “WCCUSD” and write in the memo; “Lunch Services and your child’s name”. Lunches are $2 each. Put the check in an envelope labeled 1) Your Child’s name, 2) Your child’s teacher and room number and, 3) How many lunches you wish to purchase. –   All meals offered at no charge for all students who qualify for free and reduced status. To find out if you qualify for reduced lunch, please ask for a form in the school office. 

Is there a dress code at Madera? 
There is no uniform policy at Madera. Jeans, leggings, dresses, shorts, t-shirts… Normal kid clothing. Not showing midriffs, not too short shorts, tasteful / no shirts with vulgarity. You get the picture.

Volunteer Questions:

How do I get a District Volunteer Badge?
All parents and community members that wish to volunteer in WCCUSD need to get a District Volunteer Badge to ensure our students have the right to learn in a safe environment. Start by applying online at: WCCUSD / Be a Mentor. Follow the instructions listed.

Do I need a District Volunteer badge to help out in my child’s classroom?
Yes. Once you get a District Volunteer Badge its good for as long as you have a child in WCCUSD. Its worth the investment in your time to get it now.

I don’t have time to volunteer in my child’s classroom, but I still want to help out. How can I get involved? 
There are lots of ways to help out! Short answer is email PTA President, Josh Sussman with your strengths and availability, and she’ll help figure out a good role for you.  Also check out our Volunteer Tab (scroll under Ways You Can Help) for a  list of current pressing jobs that need to be filled.

Are volunteers required to join the PTA?
Of course, it’s appreciated if you can join the PTA via the $20 membership.  Anyone can volunteer whatever the membership status.  However, you can help is very much appreciated. For example, you can contribute items for the auction, help with the yearbook production, yard duty at lunchtime recess, and many other ways.  Many parents find that it’s rewarding to apply their own skills, talents, and professional experiences to benefit the school and the kids.

I want to chaperone a class field trip. What do I do?
First of all, get the proper paperwork from your child’s teacher. You’ll need to give copies of you district volunteer badge, valid drivers license, and proof of insurance with YOUR name on it. The date on the insurance card must be valid through the date of the field trip.

I signed up to drive on a class field trip, but now I can’t go. Can someone else drive in my place? 
No, unfortunately, another driver can’t step in for you at the last-minute. Field trips and drivers are organized weeks in advance. Please save this for extreme emergencies. If a field trip doesn’t have enough drivers, it would have to be canceled. Which would be sad.

PTA / MEF Questions:

How can I join the PTA/MEF?
If you are interested in joining PTA/MEF click and print the PTA/MEF membership form located under the forms tab and return with the $20/person membership fee to the MEMBERSHIP mail box in the PTA bookshelf in the front office or mail to ATTN: MEF, 8500 Madera Drive, El Cerrito, CA 94530. Please make checks payable to Madera Elementary Foundation, and write “membership” in memo line.

What does my membership pay for?
About half of the $20 membership fee goes on to council and state level PTAs. Madera gets the other half. And that only goes so far…

The portion of the dues that is allocated for council and state level, goes towards securing adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth.

What is Annual Giving Campaign?
Annual Giving Campaign is our annual fundraising campaign. The Annual Giving Campaign helps provide a stable long-term source of income to our school.

Donating is an important way families and community members help maintain Madera’s excellent educational programs. Even if you regularly contribute to our school through community service, your financial support is crucial as monetary donations fund key elements of our educational program at all levels.

Please consider giving to Annual Giving Campaign today. Check out the Annual Giving Campaign Page for more information and how to donate.

I paid my membership fee, why do you still ask for more?
We want two things from you. Your time and your money. Whatever you can give in both.

The Madera Education Foundation (MEF) currently budgets roughly $395 per student in programs and enrichments. We ask for more money because the MEF pays for far more than what the membership dues would cover. We ask for your time, because we couldn’t do it all without you.

The MEF raises funds for Madera’s enrichment programs and can not provide the programs for Madera’s students without the financial backing from the parents and community members. In addition to paying for class supplies, field trips, and assemblies, the MEF also pays for extra enrichment programs, like Technology, Music, and Garden. Without the extra fundraising, Madera would not be able to enrich the lives of its students in such a wonderful way. Please support our students by supporting our programs.

One comment

  1. It would be very helpful if a bell schedule could be listed for all grades so parents can plan accordingly.

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