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Please remember to call in an absence to the attendance line.  925-606-4738 x6970

Also see letter from LVJUSD's Director of Student Services regarding non-excused and excused absences.

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You can celebrate your child’s Birthday or Congratulate your child on an accomplishment by putting it on the marquee in front of the school.  We will post the first name ONLY of the student for 1 week.  We will accept the application forms on a first come first serve basis.  Please get your forms in at least 1 week before you would like it posted.  The cost is $10.00.  Please include this form and cash or check payable to JMPTO to the school office.

Lost & Found

Lost and found is located outside the main foyer.  


Morning Bell

All students are asked to stay in the playground in the morning where there is supervision.  The school bell rings at 8:25 a.m.  This bell serves two purposes.  The first purpose is middle school students are beginning class.  The second purpose is it serves as a warning bell for 1st - 5th grade students.  When the bell rings the students will have a chance to use the restroom or get a drink of water before class begins.  A whistle will be blown by yard duty and students will line up in the playground area with their class.  They will then proceed to walk to class in a quiet manner.

Envelope Program

Each Friday the blue plastic "Friday Folder" will be sent home with your child.  This is an effort to improve communication between the school and home.  Look over all the material and return signed forms in the envelope promptly on Monday morning (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday).  It is important envelopes are returned since new information will be placed in the envelopes throughout the week.  If your child does not return the envelope, we cannot guarantee you will be provided with timely school information.


The blue envelopes are waterproof and will last all year.  Students will be required to have a Home Envelope.  Should your child misplace or lose and envelope, you will need to purchase a replacement envelope in the office for a dollar donation.

Principal's Message

During September, we had two visits from consultants from the International Baccalaureate Organization who observed classrooms and talked with students and staff. These visits provided us with important feedback to help us as we implement our IB Programme of Inquiry. Both consultants complimented the staff and students for the work we have done so far and encouraged us to submit our final application for authorization. On October 1st, we submitted our application for both the Primary Years and Middle Years Programmes. This application will be followed by a visit in the spring to complete this verification process. Our Michell staff and students are to be commended for their hard work throughout this process. We are one step closer to becoming an IB World School. Thank you for all of your continued support. I couldn’t be more proud of our school community.

Best regards,
Laura Lembo Ed.D

Kids Against Hunger Meal Packing Event

On Thursday, October 30th, Joe Michell students in 2nd through 8th grade will participate in meal-packing for the charity Kids Against Hunger, dedicated to feeding hungry children around the world.  Students can participate in fundraising donations for the cost of the food that they will be bagging -- $5 will pay for the meals one student will bag, but greater donations are encouraged.  Please bring your donations in cash and/or checks (payable to Kids Against Hunger) to school by Thursday, October 30th.  Students who are unable to fundraise the full $5 will still be allowed to participate in the meal packing event.

Permission slips (in English and Spanish) for the event can be found here.

More information about Kids Against Hunger can be found here.

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Family Dinner Night at Mario’s French Dips and Loard’s Ice Cream - Nov 4th!


Satisfy your hunger at Mario’s French Dips restaurant in Livermore and help Joe Michell School at the same time! You’ll find a variety of dips in any style you like. They also serve soups, salads, and sides, as well as draft beers and wines.

They are located at: 2181 1st Street Livermore, CA




Visit Mario's on the Web: http://www.mariosfrenchdipslivermore.com/sandwich-shop-location-contact-livermore-ca.html





After Mario’s head next door to Loard’s for Dessert! Loard’s is famous for their irresistibly rich and creamy creations. They haven’t changed their recipes since their founder Russ conjured them up in 1950. They just make really, really good ice cream from the 50’s.

Joe Michell Jog-A-Thon! Friday, November 7th, 2014

JMPTO_JogAThon.jpgThe Joe Michell Jog-A-Thon is here!  This is a fun event that promotes a healthy lifestyle while fundraising for our school.  Our Jog-A-Thon track is approximately 1/4 mile.  Students will run or walk as many laps as they can for 25 minutes during their scheduled time.  We estimate that students will run between 5-20 laps.  Rain or shine, we envision the day to be filled with school spirit, music, laughter and exercise!


This year if each student just raises $20, we could bring in more than $11,000! 

MATHCOUNTS Club for Middle School Every Thursday at Lunch in P3

MATHCOUNTS helps ensure that all students have access to interesting math and have the opportunity to develop their critical thinking and problem-solving skills. With the support of a robust network of over 17,000 educators, alumni, engineers and other professionals, we are able to reach students in all 50 states, in addition to U.S. territories and schools worldwide through the State Department and Department of Defense. Each year, over a quarter million students are exposed to MATHCOUNTS materials or participate in our programs.


MATHCOUNTS is effective because we provide students with experiences that simply cannot be replicated in theclassroom. An experience with MATHCOUNTS can mean the difference between self-doubt and self-confidence. It can turn today’s math students into tomorrow’s innovators, scientists, engineers and doctors.

Imagination Playground

The Imagination Playground is play space concept conceived and designed by internationally acclaimed architect David Rockwell. The mission of Imagination Playground is to encourage child-directed, unstructured creative “free play,” the kind of play that experts say is critical to a child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional development. Free play leads to creative minds, which in turn will lead to greater innovation in all aspects of human endeavor and problem solving.

At Joe Michell School we want our students to develop skills that they can use in the future in order for them to create the next great product, service or company! As a low income school we lack the financial resources to provide our students with the great tools, like Imagination Playground, to  take them to that next level.

We ask for your help in making our school a successful experience for our students by giving them the innovative and creative skills they will need as they move into future.


To donate towards the Imagination Playground click http://www.gofund.me/feudls

To Learn more about the Imagination Playground go to: http://www.imaginationplayground.com/educators/imagination-playground-transforms-students-minds.html

School Nurses Keep An Eye On Public Health

The LVJUSD School Nurses are continually monitoring information from Alameda County Public Health regarding communicable diseases. This year, in addition to seasonal flu, we are also tracking updates and recommendations regarding Enterovirus D-68 and Ebola. For additional information, please visit http://www.acphd.org/

Lunch procedures for Elementary School Students

Each student has an identification card with their name and picture on it.  These cards are passed out to the students before lunch time.  During lunch service, each student swipes their card through a card reader which brings up their account for the cafeteria assistant to view.  The computer automatically tracks each student’s personal account. 

Please click here to view more information about lunch procedures.

Join Us for Coffee …


and a Morning Snack! Join the PTO every Friday in the Parent Center in the MPR from 8:30-9:00AM. We look forward to seeing you there!

After School Enrichment Program


In September we offered only ART classes and have an amazing 62 students currently enrolled. As you will see from the 2 attached fliers, we have So much to offer. Please get these forms back to the school as soon as possible (with payment attached), these classes fill fast and ALWAYS have waiting lists. Next month we hope to bring in new classes.....Djembe Drumming for 4th - 8th Grade, instrumental music for 3rd, 4 th & 5th grade and beginning music for 1-3rd grade. We look forward to another enriching year!

Click here to learn more.

Schedule your Fall School Tour Now

Interested in seeing if Joe Michell School is the right school for your student?  Call our main office at 606-4738 to schedule a tour on one of the following Autumn tour dates:

Friday, September 19th (Between 9:00 and 11:00 AM)

Friday, October 17th (Between 9:00 and 11:00 AM)

Friday, November 14th (Between 9:00 and 11:00 AM)


Move Over Famous Artists! Joe Michell School artists are taking over the spotlight! 

Joe Michell has teamed up with Artsonia, www.artsonia.com -- the world's largest online kid's art museum -- to display the students' artwork.

Anyone can view the school gallery online at www.artsonia.com/schools/Michelljoe1

Order custom keepsakes imprinted with your child's art.  What a perfect holiday gift! Artsonia will donate 20% of their annual product revenue back to our school.  Order by December 15th to guarantee delivery by Christmas.

If you do not see your child's artwork published, please be patient as it will be uploaded and ready for viewing and ordering soon.


Today: 10/30/14

2010 CA Distinguished School


Joe Michell School

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Before and After School

Parents are asked to remain in the front of the school before/after school.  This helps to keep a quiet learning environment for those students who are already in class.  We want to have the most productive environment for your child's education.  We appreciate your cooperation and look forward to a safe and happy school year.

Running Club!

Running Club for 2014/2015 has begun.   Running Club begins on Wednesday, September 17th. See the JMS running club page for more information. 


Every Wednesday!!!

Show your school spirit by wearing your Joe Michell gear or blue and white.  If you are in need of new gear, swing by our store.

Join us Friday mornings

Please join us each Friday morning at 8:30 a.m. in the Joe Michell Parent Center.  The Parent Center is located to the left as you enter the MPR.

Meet other parents, get the latest updates, share your concerns and ideas and meet PTO members.  Enjoy some coffee and refreshments and great conversation.  We look forward to seeing you!


New healthier foods...

in the cafeteria this year!

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