Frequently Asked Questions
Q. When is the first day of school and when are the holidays?
A. The first day of school typically falls on a Wednesday in mid-August. Evergreen School District provides a handy year-at-a-glance calendar showing the first and last day of the school year as well as the observed holidays throughout the year. The year-at-a-glance calendar can be found on our Calendar page.
Q. What is the daily class schedule?
A. Please see our Daily Schedule.
Q. What is a minimum day and when do they occur?
A. Every Thursday is a minimum day at all elementary schools in the Evergreen School District, unless otherwise noted. Minimum days are shortened school days used for teacher preparation and staff development training. Check the Daily Schedule for regular and minimum day schedules.
Q. When will my child find out which teacher he/she gets?
A. Parents can log in to their PowerSchool Parent Portal account after 5 p.m. the day before the first day of school to find out their child's teacher and classroom assignment for the year.
Q. What school supplies will my child need for the first day? Is there a supply list?
A. Supplies lists will be posted on the school website once they are available. They will also be communicated via ParentSquare.
Q. Does my child need a backpack? What kind?
A. Yes, students should have a backpack to carry their belongings and homework. Please avoid using rolling backpacks.
Q. Is there a dress code?
A. Please refer to our Dress Guidelines.
Q. How do I report an absence if my child is sick?
A. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q. How many days a year can my child be absent?
A. Studies show that students who attend school regularly are more likely to be successful. Students that miss 10% of school days are at risk of being below grade level expectations. This roughly calculates to 2 days a month.
Q. What's the difference between an excused and unexcused absence?
A. California Education Code 48205 lists the reasons for excused absences, which include:
- medical, dental, or optometric appointment
Please note that family vacation is an unexcused absence. If you have an unavoidable absence that is between 3-10 days, you can request short term independent studies. Please email the school office for more information, email@example.com.
Q. What are the consequences of having too many absences?
A. Students that miss 3 or more days will be identified as at risk of chronic absenteeism. The principal will notify the family by letter, and offer resources to support better attendance. If attendance patterns do not change, with support, the family may be referred to the District Attendance Review Board.
Please read our Attendance Policy for additional information.
Q. How does school drop-off and pick-up work?
A. We are concerned about the safety and protection of all children arriving and departing Matsumoto. Please read about Arrival and Dismissal Procedures at our school.
Q. Who should I notify when I need to pick up my child early?
A. It is always a good idea to let the teacher know in advance when your child will be leaving early. Students may not leave the school without permission. When students need to leave early, parents must come to the school office to sign them out. The student will be called to the office via the classroom phone. Please schedule appointments late in the afternoon to minimize disruptions to your child’s education.
Q. I would like to help out. What can I do?
A. We love our parent volunteers. Take a look at the many ways parents can get involved at school.
Q. Do parent volunteers have to check-in when visiting campus?
A. Yes, anyone visiting campus during the school day must sign-in at the school office when they arrive and sign-out when they leave. Visitors must wear a badge while on campus.
Q: When are school pictures taken?
A: School portraits are taken two times during the school year, first in September and again in March with make-up days each time. Pictures are taken by a professional photography studio and portraits with a wide variety of backgrounds can be ordered online. Check school news for detailed information in the weeks leading up to each of these events.
Q: What are Back-to-School and Open House Events?
A: At the beginning of the school year, parents are invited to our annual Back-to-School Night. Back-to-School Night is an opportunity for the parents and guardians to meet their child’s teacher and learn what is expected of their child during the upcoming school year. Back-to-School Night is an adult only event. We request you make the necessary arrangements to keep your child at home. The playground should not be used as a babysitter.
During the spring, families are invited to our annual Open House Night. Students are STRONGLY encouraged to attend. During Open House, we open our doors for families to be amazed by the incredible work students have done over the school year.
Q: Will there be a yearbook?
A: Each year a committee of dedicated PTA parents work to create a yearbook filled with great memories from the school year. Orders are taken for yearbooks during the year. Books are handed out to students the last week of school so they can be signed by their friends and teachers before the school year ends.