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Neil Armstrong School FOCUS Orientation Meeting

2018-2019 School Year

This is a mandatory meeting for NEW parents only for incoming Kindergarten students (as well as Grades 1-3) to attend if you have an interest in applying for the FOCUS program. The FOCUS program is for grades Kindergarten to 3rd Grade!

**If the orientation meeting is not attended, your child’s name will be placed at the end of the waiting list and will not be included in the lottery process.

All questions and concerns will be addressed by the FOCUS Teachers as well as the Parent Board Members.

Wednesday, February 7, 2018
6:00 – 7:00pm
MPR at Neil Armstrong School

  • Siblings already in this program have first priority.
  • If you are interested in this program and have attended this meeting, you may turn in your application for the FOCUS program after this meeting.
  • Applications will be due at the office by the end of day Monday, February 26, 2018.
  • Lottery will be on Friday, March 9, 2018, 10am in the Library.
  • All San Ramon Valley Unified School District residents are eligible for this program.
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Parent Involvement:

When we think about what makes FOCUS an outstanding educational experience for our children, three things come to mind:

  • Exceptional, committed, creative teachers
  • Educational enrichment through para-professionals, field trips, second-language instruction, performing arts, etc.
  • Parent involvement through volunteering, donations, and participation on the Board and at Parent Meetings

Family unity and a sense of community are keys to the program goal to educate the whole child. Our community -- with staff, students and parents working together -- makes FOCUS a unique program.


We invite and strongly encourage all parents to attend the Parent Meetings, where priorities and programs are reviewed and approved. This is an important way to stay informed and to play an active role in your child's education and a chance to interact with the FOCUS teachers and other parents.



Position Name Email
Co-Chair George Merjano
Co-Chair Anne-Marie Vanniasinkam
Secretary Tamara Low
Finance Officer James Chang
Treasurer Tracy Lee
Fundraising Coordinator Wendy Zamarripa
Fundraising Coordinator Anita Jain
Parent Volunteer Coordinator Maggie Poon
Parent Volunteer Coordinator Loralee MacDonald

Marketing Coordinator

Sylvia Kwan
Marketing Coordinator Ada Leung
Newsletter Mitch Bathke
Technology Coordinator Rakesh Shah


About Focus

The Focus program at Neil Armstrong School is an alternative education program that features:

  • Parent participation in the classroom.
  • Students in the program loop for two years with the same teacher for K-1 and then again for 2-3.
  • Second language instruction.
  • Educational enrichment through field trips, performing arts and holiday experiences.
  • Additional paraprofessional help in the classrooms.

Class curriculum is standardized by the district.  In support of the FOCUS whole-child educational philosophy the program endeavors to provide the above enhancements, through fundraising and volunteer time.  Should our fundraising efforts not be sufficient to provide these enhancements, adjustments to the program will be made as decided by the parent group.  Please contact a board member for more information.



PROPOSED 2017-2018 Meeting Dates
Tuesday, 9/12/17 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 10/17/17 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 10/17/17 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting FOCUS First Grade Classroom
Tuesday, 11/14/17 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 1/09/18 at 6:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 1/09/18 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting

FOCUS First Grade Classroom

Wednesday, 2/07/18 at 7:00 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 3/13/18 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 4/10/18 6:00PM Board Meeting Library
Tuesday, 04/10/18 at 7:00 pm Parent Meeting FOCUS First Grade Classroom
Tuesday, 5/8/18 at 6:30 pm Board Meeting Library


Board Meetings are 1 hour: 6:30-7:30 PM typically, or 6:00-7:00 PM if prior to Parent Meeting.
Parent Meetings are 1 hour: 7:00-8:00 PM.

Focus Staff

DeNardi, MaryAnne
Para Professional
Dulle, Peggy
Kindergarten Teacher
Forsythe, Sherry
1st Grade Teacher
Gann, Bill
2nd Grade Teacher
Robinson, Sue
3rd Grade Teacher
Swisher, Lisa

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