Madera FAQs

 Got a question? We got answers.

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.

Why is Wednesday a minimum day?
Wednesdays are minimum days so that teachers can have class prep time, time for meetings, coordination of events, etc.

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: http://MySchoolBucks.com – 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, Gayle Chin 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 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 $15 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?
If you are interested in joining PTA click and print the form below and return with the $15/person membership fee to the MEMBERSHIP mail box in the PTA bookshelf in the front office. Please make checks payable to Madera PTA, and write “membership” in memo line. PTA Membership Form 2015/2016

You can always contact Alli Goldenberg, PTA’s Membership VP at alligoldenberg@gmail.com

What does my membership pay for?
About half of the $15 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’s 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 (formerly known as Direct Appeal) is our annual fundraising campaign. The Madera PTA helps provide a stable long-term source of income to our school, providing approximately $200,000 per year.

Donating is an important way families and community members help maintain Madera’s excellent educational programs. Even if you regulary 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 2 things from you. Your time and your money. Whatever you can give in both.

The Madera Education Foundation (MEF) currently budgets roughly $375 per student in programs and enrichments. We ask for more money because the MEF pays for far more than what the $15 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 Art, 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.

6 comments

    • Hi Ibbie,
      You have to register on site. School is currently closed for summer. Someone *should* be there 2 weeks prior to the first day of school, (8/10/15) but there are no scheduled hours that school is open and available to register your child. Please call first. 231-1412

      To register your child, you will need to bring:

      Proof of Child’s Age (child must be 5 years old by September 1st, 2015)
      Birth Certificate or Baptismal Record
      Proof of Immunizations
      Two Pieces of Documentation – verifying address with parent, guardian or caregiver’s name and one form of valid photo ID

      Keep in mind, this info is coming from a representative in the PTA. – I might not be entirely accurate in my knowledge… Forgive me, if I lead you astray.

    • Hi Kelly, Unfortunately the supply lists aren’t ready yet – every class / teacher has different needs. Parents are encouraged to wait until the teacher asks at the beginning of the school year.

    • Typically registration takes place in January. I think somewhere on the school web site there should be information on registration. But just to be safe I suggest you call the school directly at: 510.231.1413

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