Signature field trip: Raging Waters; Sacramento State; King Skate
Sports: Basketball and soccer
The arts: Cooking class; spring choir
After-school program: Target Excellence
Ethel I. Baker is a preschool through sixth grade elementary school serving more than 665 students. Ethel I. Baker has a diverse student population, which includes more than 51% English Language Learners. Our teaching staff is committed to providing all students learning opportunities to reach high standards, which will prepare them for success in life and work. Ethel I. Baker Elementary School continues to ensure a safe learning environment, which includes an atmosphere of high motivation, focused learning and opportunities to celebrate success.
Editor’s note: Great schools begin with great people, and Sacramento City Unified has no shortage of talented educators leading our campuses. The eConnection will be profiling principals new to their campuses this year to help our community get to know our administrative team. Today we chat with Oscar Garcia and Amber Carter.
Oscar Garcia, Principal, Pacific Elementary School
SCUSD’s Child Development Department is currently enrolling children in its free five-week Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy, available at 10 elementary schools.
The Kindergarten Readiness Summer Academy program provides kindergarten readiness learning opportunities for youngsters with limited or no preschool experience, English Language Learners and children with a range of developmental abilities.
Programs will operate Monday through Thursday (July 1 to July 30) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
This program will give students the opportunity to participate in meaningful and engaging activities through a project based learning program to strengthen their literacy, math, social science, healthy eating, physical activity, and artistic skills. Free breakfast and lunch provided daily. Program includes Field Trips, performances, and an end of the summer community celebration!
Dates: June 22 – July 30, 2015
Time: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm, Days: Monday – Thursday
Application Due Date: May 1, 2015 (Space is limited, enrollment based on a lottery process)
Locations: A.M. Winn, Bowling Green, Boys & Girls Club (Teichert), Caroline Wenzel, Elder Creek, Ethel I Baker, Ethel Phillips, Golden Empire, John Bidwell, Leataata Floyd, Marina Vista (Freedom School), Meadow Glen (Community), Nicholas, O.W. Erlewine, Peter Burnett, Phoenix Park (Freedom School) and William Land.
Abigail Maya-Silva’s is a young individual who expresses the importance of perseverance and faith. Despite the fact that she has had to overcome a serious obstacle in her life with a medical condition, she maintains a positive outlook. Abigail is thoughtful and conscientious in all that she does. She is loved both by staff members and fellow students for her kind and caring disposition. She always enters the classroom smiling, and throughout the day she seeks opportunities to help others and brighten their day.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School hosted Japanese students from Hakuoh University in Japan on September 11. During the visit, the college students observed many classrooms and shared cultural lessons with Ethel I. Baker kids. “Students learned how to write their names in katakana,” says Principal Olga Arellano. “It was an enriching experience for all.”
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School students and staff engaged in a Healthy Eating Assembly to kick off the Baker Bucks incentive program for students. Volunteer students tasted healthy foods such as turnips, cucumbers, blackberries, strawberries, bell peppers and zucchini. Every Friday, students will redeem their hard earned Baker Bucks for a healthy snack. As part of the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, Ethel I. Baker will apply to obtain the Bronze Award for incorporating healthy habits and improving their efforts to becoming a healthier school!
Beginning March 1, 24 of our after-school educational and learning enrichment programs will begin serving an estimated 2,500 “supper” meals daily through the At-Risk After-School Supper Program pilot. The meal is in addition to the snack previously provided to students attending after-school programs that run as late as 6 p.m. Suppers will be served between 3:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. and the snack later.
Supper pilot sites are: John Still Elementary, Freeport, Rosa Parks, Edward Kemble, Cesar Chavez, Parkway, Pacific, Fern Bacon, Woodbine, Harkness, C.P. Huntington, Maple, Nicholas, Ethel I. Baker, PS-7, Fruit Ridge, Oak Ridge, Father Keith B. Kenny, C.B. Wire, Elder Creek, Albert Einstein, Washington, Jedediah Smith and Peter Burnett.
The suppers are funded by the USDA and administered by the California Department of Education, Nutrition Services Division. High-poverty schools (more than 50 percent of the students qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch) are eligible. Reimbursement for at-risk after-school snacks has been available since the 1990s. However, reimbursement for at-risk after-school suppers was formerly available only in a few states. The Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-296) expanded the availability for at-risk after-school meals to all states.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School sponsored a “Keeping Our Students Safe” night for the Fruitridge community on January 19. Principal Olga Arellano and Sacramento County Sheriff Department deputies from the National Latino Peace Officers Association made presentations to the students regarding gang awareness and prevention. More than 200 students and parents attended. Officers presented information on staying safe, talked individually with the parents and children and gave away “sticker badges” and whistles, which the children loved. They also raffled off a new bicycle, won by a lucky student.
The Sheriff’s Toy Project brought cheer to 75 Ethel I. Baker Elementary School families with a toy and food distribution on Saturday, December 17. Principal Olga Arellano, the National Latino Peace Officers Association and others helped in the distribution. Students also wrote thank you cards to the Sheriff’s Toy Project.
Ethel I. Baker Elementary School soccer Coach Derek Tahara led the school’s team to a championship trophy at a recent intra-SCUSD tournament organized by Woodbine Elementary school Principal Scott Oltmanns. According to Baker’s Principal Olga Arellano, “Coach Tahara demonstrates soccer techniques important to be successful on the field. In addition, he emphasizes the importance of good citizenship, academic standing and attendance! Ethel I.
Elementary, middle, and high school students are assigned to a designated neighborhood school based on where the student lives, as long as the school offers the services the student needs. Each neighborhood school has a defined geographic boundary and is intended to serve the students who live within that geographic boundary.
Go to our Attendance Area page for more information about school boundaries, attendance maps and our neighborhood school locator.
During the course of any given year, the Child Development program provides early care and education to approximately 3,000 children ages 0-12. Children served include typically developing infants, toddlers and preschoolers and those with disabilities.
Parents are afforded a variety of program options and approaches, including center-based and home-based services, full-day/part-day preschool, infant/toddler playgroups and before/after school-age care.