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August 15, 2017

HelloCanyon Families and Community - 

We're excited to provide theWebStoreto allow people to pay online for PE clothes,8th gradepanoramic picture, and8th gradet-shirts using a credit card.  The link is below in this email and on the front page of our Canyon website. Before walk-through registration tomorrow and Thursday, you'll need to create an account and then add your student(s) using ID numbers.

For PE clothes, you will be able to choosethe quantity ofitems but you will not be able to select a size. Bring the printed receipt to show proof of purchase at registration. If you want to pay by cash or check, you can still purchase at the PE clothes station at registration.

If you purchase the8th gradepanoramic picture or8th gradet-shirt online, just come by the table to say hi and get some info on upcoming Canyon activities!

August 11, 2017

Hello Canyon 6th Graders! 

Ms. Stickel and Mrs. Fikse, the WEB coordinators, want to remind you about Orientation, which will take place in the Canyon gym on Thursday, August 17th from 8am until noon.
Orientation is provided to all enrolled 6th graders who are attending Canyon this year. Unfortunately, this is a student-only event. Parents, you can pick your students up at noon.  
Then, immediately following Orientation pick up at noon, there will be "Welcome to Canyon" treats provided for our incoming families. We're so excited you're joining our Canyon family. 
Remember, Registration is the same day as Orientation. If your last name begins with letters A-L, your registration takes place from 12-2. If your last name begins with letters M-Z, your registration will be from 2-4pm
We are looking forward to meeting everyone! 

August 9, 2017

Hello Canyon Families and Community,

As we transition from summer back into school mode, I wanted to make sure you had information and dates for August and September.

  • 7th and 8th grade registration is August 16
  • 6thgrade registration is August 17
    • Please review newsletter for alpha breakdown and times
    • 6th Grade Orientation is 8-12 on August 17 before registration
    • First Day of School is Tuesday, August 22 – 12:45 release
    • Second Day of School is 2:10 release
    • Thursday and Friday are 3:10 release
    • 6th grade Back to School is September 7
    • 7th and 8th grade Back to School is September 13

A couple of important items:

  • Remember to fully complete your online Aeries Portal before registration
    • Assistance is available in F10 during registration
    • We are in need of host families for our visiting students from Middle School 15 in Hangzhou.
      • Families can host up to 2 students from September 23-28.  This is a great opportunity to learn more about the world and other cultures.  Please let me know if you can help. 
      • Parent Volunteers – if you would like to know more or volunteer to help, please let me know.
        • We need help in the library before and after school as well as during lunch. 
        • We need help in the parking lots before or after school.
        • Our students would enjoy organized games during lunch.

May 31, 2017

Hello 6th grade families.  We have our trip to Cull Canyon tomorrow so I wanted to remind you of a few things.  Please make sure your child packs sunscreen, appropriate clothes and items for the lake and has plenty of food and water.  Remember that glass is not allowed inside the park.  All students will meet in their 1st period and will walk down with their classes.  Parents volunteering will check in through the main office and go to their classroom for which they are volunteering.  We will leave the park around 2:00 to walk the kids back to school for students to be picked up.  If a student is not attending, we have some teachers staying back and some good activities for them.   I know the kids are very excited.  Please remember to review your expectations for them with them in the morning.  I know this will be a great event.  Thank you and have a good night. 

April 24, 2017

Hello Canyon Families, this is principal Steinecke with a reminder about Open House this Thursday, April 27.  Please remember that we will be hosting a Food Faire in the cafeteria starting at 5:00 and our Open House will begin at 6:30.  The format is loose and open to allow meandering and appreciating all the hard work your student has done this year.  Staff will be in their respective rooms with displays for student work.  Please remember that parking can be challenging and to follow the directions of staff when arriving.  Thank you and I hope to see you all there. 

March 20, 2017

Hello 8th grade Canyon Families –

As many of you are aware, Ms. Fisher, our wonderful 8th grade counselor, will be out on maternity leave through the end of the school year.  We are wishing her a joyous and restful time with her new little one.

We are fortunate to have Ann Allocca who will be filling in for Ms. Fisher while she is out.  Ms. Allocca has many years of experience working in middle school as a teacher, counselor and administrator.  I am sure that you will find her response and supportive.  Her email is and her phone extension is 6134.

As always, feel free to reach out to me or one of the assistant principals if you have any questions or comments.

February 24,2017

Outdoor school begins Monday.  So, for the next three Mondays please be aware of the increased auto and pedestrian traffic as families see their children off to outdoor school.

We have a fairly normal schedule for March.  Please be aware that March 21 is an additional early release day.

Also, March 12 is Daylight Savings “Spring Forward” the favorite team of the year when we “lose” an hour.  Please plan accordingly so that you are not late for school.

February 15, 2017

As part of our commitment to student and campus safety, I wanted to inform you of a situation that was brought to my attention this afternoon. It was reported that a dark blue van attempted to approach one of our students in the lower parking lot. We notified law enforcement immediately to investigate the situation.

We will be reminding all students to always walk to and from school in groups and not to speak to strangers.  As partners in our commitment to student safety, we hope you will take a moment to discuss safe behaviors with your children.  I will be sure to keep you informed if there is any new information available regarding this situation. Thank you for your continued commitment to help us keep our campus safe for students and staff.  Please feel free to contact my office if you have questions or concerns.

February 7, 2017

Hello Canyon families.  This is Principal Steinecke with some messages for February.  First off, I’d like to remind families that this is no school this Friday, February 10 and two Mondays from now on February 20th.  We do not have any early release on Tuesdays and will only have a standard early release every Wednesday.  This Thursday, February 9th is 8th grade parent night at Castro Valley High School.  We have two events on February 16.  Our staff student basketball game starts at 5pm and we have a Community Conversation around College Expectations at 6:30 in D-11.  On Saturday, February 25, please join us in the cafeteria at 9am for our Black History Celebration.  There will be entertainment and useful information for all.   For families that are still interested in attending our parent information PIQE nights, please join us Wednesdays in the cafeteria at 6:30.  Lastly, I want to remind families that they can look up and search Measure G information as it relates to Canyon on the district website.  More detailed information will be sent as specifics become available.  Thank you and have good night.

January 11, 2017

Good evening Canyon Families.  This is Principal Steinecke with some reminders about January.  We have been seeing increased traffic due to the rain, so please plan your mornings and afternoons accordingly.  Also, we have several schedule notifications that I want to remind you about.  Monday, January 16 there is no school in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr.  Then on Thursday and Friday January 19 and 20 we have a minimum day schedule with students being released at 12:30.  Our buses will pick up students at that time.  Lastly, Tuesday January 24th is an early release at 1:55 for an additional collaboration day and Wednesday January 25th is an every Wednesday early release at 1:55.  As always, please read our newsletter and website for more information.  I hope to see you this evening at our PTA meeting.  Thank you and have a good night.

October 25, 2016

Hello Canyon Families – this is Principal Steinecke with a few messages for the next two weeks of school.

Please remember that this Thursday is a minimum day with a 12:30 release.  The library will be closed Thursday after school for conferences.  In addition, there is no school for students Friday and Monday.

Cookie dough is almost here!  Pick-up will be on Thursday, 11/3 in the cafeteria after school.  Any students who sold cookie dough must arrange for an adult to pick-up the orders.  STUDENTS ARE NOT ABLE TO TAKE HOME COOKIE DOUGH BY THEMSELVES.  An adult must sign for the items.  Keep in mind that the cookie dough is frozen, so please have a plan for distribution when you get home!  We are unable to store it here.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hsu or Ms. Shen.  Thank you for supporting your school!

Free flu shots available this Saturday at Castro Valley Elementary school from 11:30 – 6.

Boys Basketball tryouts are Nov 3-4 after school.  Our Girls Basketball program runs after the Boys season and tryouts will be sometime in January.

Also, come out and support our Education Foundation at the annual Dynamic Dinner on November 4th at 6pm.  I look forward to seeing you there.

Please look for my upcoming November Newsletter that will be emailed home at the beginning of November with more information about Canyon.

August 21, 2016

Good afternoon Canyon families and community.  This is Principal Steinecke with a reminder about our first day of school, tomorrow, August 22.  Please remember that Canyon will begin school at the same time as Creekside, so traffic around town will definitely be impacted.  Once on campus, please utilize the lower lot for drop off and pick up paying careful attention to kids and other cars. Also, remember that areas marked as drop off only and red marked curbs are not for parking.  In the lower lot drop off zone, the middle lanes are for driving.  Drive slowly and use your turn signals.  We all need to work together to keep our parking lots moving smoothly and our students safe.  In addition, remember that students are not allowed to hang out on campus after school and must leave after school unless using the library or in a staff supervised activity.  I appreciate everyone’s efforts to maintain a safe campus.

August 15, 2016

Hello Canyon Families and Community.  This is Principal Steinecke with a few reminders and information for this week.  Online registration – we noticed that many families are missing the “authorizations” link as part of the process.  The authorizations include release of student information and 2 questions about student access.  Please make sure that you have completed this step, and all 6 steps of the online data confirmation process.  You will know you're finished when you receive a email from with your data confirmation receipt.  Our 6th grade families, our WEB orientation is Wednesday from 8 to noon.   The times were different in a few places so I wanted to remind families that 6th grade orientation is Wednesday 8am to noon.  For our 7th grade families, remember that your student needs to have their Tdap immunization record on file with the school.  If you need, we will have a Tdap clinic tomorrow August 16 in the Canyon Health Office.  Please be sure to get your immunization or turn in records prior to going through walk-through registration.   Lastly, next Monday is the first day of school.  Please review our new bell schedule on our website under "About Canyon" and plan accordingly.  We are very excited about the new school year and thank you for sharing your children with us.

August 2, 2016

Hello Canyon Families and Community –

I hope that your summer was good to you and that you are ready for a great school year.  

A few items to pay attention to:

Walk-Through Registration for 7th and 8th graders is Tuesday, August 16 from 9 am until 12 pm (Last names A-L) and from 1 pm until 4 pm (Last names M-Z).  For 6th graders, Wednesday, August 17 is our WEB Orientation from 8-12 and Walk-Through Registration is from 12 – 2 (Last names A-L) and 2-4 (Last names M-Z)

August 22 is the first day of school

August 31 is 6th grade back to school

September 7 is 7th and 8th grade back to school

All 7th graders need a current Tdap – please remember that we will be having a free Tdap clinic at Canyon on 8/16 from 9-2

NEW Bell Schedule – please review the bell schedule found in the summer newsletter