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Cadwallader Contact Information

3799 Cadwallader Avenue

San Jose, CA 95121

School Phone Number: (408) 270-4950

Attendance Line: (408) 270-4951

Cad"wonderful" Office

Principal: Mrs. Tina Tong Choy

Secretary: Mrs. Dilly Bhoot

Health Office: Ms. Sherry Gilmore

PTA President: Mrs. Crystal De La Cerda

Instructional Coach: Miss Erica Ruggiero

School Calendar


Student Resource

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IXL Math is a school wide math program for students to use at school and at home to increase their math fluency and their understanding of math concepts for grades K-6th. Math problems are computer generated and adapt to match each student’s pace. Students who are doing well on a skill will receive tougher questions to challenge them, while students who are struggling will be given simpler questions until they are ready to move on. Please ask your student if they have received their username and password. Students can log-on from anywhere to practice their math skills. The program is compatible on desktops, laptops, tablets and smart phones.  Daily practice of math skills is important.

Holiday Song Festival - December 18th at 9:00am

The annual Holiday Song Festival for parents, families, and friends is on Thursday, December 18th, at 9:00 a.m. in the Cougar Café. There will be no evening performance this year. Students are looking forward to performing for their parents, family, and friends. Come and celebrate the holiday season with our Cadwallader School Family!

Photos With Santa - December 17


Date: Wednesday, December 17th

Time: 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Where: Cougar Café

Cost: $5:00 per photo

Come and take a picture with Santa and your family and/or friends after school next Wednesday, 12/17. Photos will be delivered to your student’s room on

Thursday, 12/18. Proceeds will help fund new technology for our school.

Buy One Get One Free Book Fair - Week of December 8 - 12

We invite you to visit our Buy One, Get One Free Book Fair and experience a celebration of reading that provides families the opportunity to get involved in a universal mission– Encouraging kids to read every day so they can lead better lives.  Reading is the most important skill you can teach a child. In addition, it is one of the skills children learn that you can influence the most.  Book Fair Dates: Monday, December 8th – Friday, December 12th

We need volunteers in order for our Book Fair to be a success. If you can help out as a cashier or book monitor, please call the Office at (408) 270 4950. Thank for your help in advance.

Holiday Food Drive - December 3 - 9

As in the past, our school will again be participating in a Holiday Food Drive. Students are asked to bring in non-perishable food to be donated to the Second Harvest Food Bank for distribution to families in need. The canned food drive will begin the week of December 3rd and continue through December 9th. You can help your children experience the joy of giving by helping them select food to donate. Please avoid donating items packaged in glass. We request that you do not purchase bulk quantities of rice, flour or sugar for donation. We will be having a friendly, school wide classroom competition staring Wednesday.

Whatever Wednesday (12/3)

You choose what to bring in, ex: peanut butter, canned vegetables, etc.

Tasty Thursday (12/4)

Bring in soup, chili, stew, etc.

Fruity Friday (12/5)

Bring in canned fruit.

Macaroni Monday (12/8)

Bring in boxed pasta and macaroni & cheese.

Tuna Tuesday (12/9)

Bring in canned tuna or other canned meats.

Special Sales

Make sure to purchase your Cadwallader Spirit Wear before the Winter Break. We have t-shirts, aprons, and shopping bags. Don’t forget these make great Christmas stocking fillers too. EVERYTHING IS ONLY $5.00!


The Office will be selling Holiday Grams beginning Monday, December 8th for fifty cents each until Monday, December 15th. Holiday Grams will be delivered to your child’s classroom on Wednesday, December 17th.  Make sure you wish all your friends a Happy Holiday!


Hurry in to the Office to buy your holiday smencils for $1.00 each! There is only a limited amount. Hurry in before they sell out!

Holiday Family Art Night - This Thursday, December 4 - 6:30 - 8:00pm

Please click below to download the flier about Holiday Family Art Night coming this

Thursday, December 4th from 6:30 - 8:00pm!


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Second Harvest Food Bank Poster Contest

This year, the theme of the Second Harvest Food Bank Drive is “Hunger Is Not A Game!”  We are holding a poster contest again this year.  The winning student’s art work will be showcased at the District Office and put on the District’s website as well as used for promotional advertising at each of the school sites. Students 4th grade – 8th grade are encouraged to participate.  Drawings should be on 8.5 X 11 size paper so it can be easily scanned.  Your entries must be submitted to Pupil Services by Thursday, November 20th.  A District Office committee will select the final winner.  The winner will be announced Friday, November 21st.  Last year we had 81 students participating representing 8 school sites.  Our goal is to have every school represented in the poster contest. Thank you in advance for your participation again in this worthy cause.  We have such a giving district and our efforts are helping the community in ways that make a big difference in the lives of children and their families.

Barnes and Noble Read-A-Thon Kickoff

Please click below to download the flier about the Barnes and Noble Read-a-Thon:


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Please click here to view the Spanish version: Spanish Version

Please Support Our PTA Fundraiser


Thank you to all of our Families and Friends that have donated to the PTA Fundraiser. Up to date we have collected almost $1300.00.  Our goal is to raise $8000 for an outdoor shade structure.  We are still accepting donations and you can send them in either to the front Office or to your child’s teacher. We appreciate your continuous support. 

Click below to download the informational letter and form to support Cadwallader's PTA.

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Halloween Costume Parade - Friday, October 31

All students and parents are invited to join our annual Halloween Costume Parade that will begin at 1:45 p.m. on Friday, October 31st. When helping your child select an age appropriate costume, please keep in mind some of our guidelines. Costumes should:

  • Not include weapons (real or make believe) of any kind
  • Be safe for children to walk and move around in (ie. Masks make it difficult for students to walk or move around safely.)
  • Not be excessively gory, gruesome, violent, or frightening


Students should come to school in costume. The school dress code will still be enforced. No makeup or hair spray products are to be brought to school. A costume contest will take place at lunch for those students who are interested and prizes will be awarded at the costume parade.

Red Ribbon Week - October 20 - 24


This year, Red Ribbon week takes place from October 20-24. The purpose of the Red Ribbon celebration is to present a unified and visible commitment toward a Drug- Free America. The Red Ribbon celebration is designed to create awareness concerning the problems related to the use of tobacco coalitions, and a healthy, productive, drug free life-style. Each day of the week we will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week with a spirit day.


MONDAY: “Team Up Against Drugs!” Students wear their favorite sport or team jersey.


TUESDAY: “Sock It to Drugs!” Students wear crazy and silly socks.


WEDNESDAY: “Hugs Not Drugs!” Students bring their favorite stuffed animal.


THURSDAY: “Turn your back on Drugs!” Students wear their shirts backwards.


FRIDAY: “Cougars are Drug Free!” Students wear Cadwallader Spirit Wear.

Harvest Festival - This Friday, October 17!


Click below to download the flier about Harvest Festival ticket sales!



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Click below to download the flier about volunteering for the Harvest Festival:


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If you are able to help, donations are needed for the following baskets:

Kindergarten - Baby Gift Basket

First Grade - Dessert Gift Basket
Second Grade - Disney Gift Basket
Third Grade - Game Gift Basket
Fourth Grade - Art Kit Gift Basket
Fifth Grade - Movie Night Gift Basket
Sixth Grade - Coffee/Tea Break Gift Basket


Thank you for your support!  We look forward to seeing you at the festival!

College Day - Friday, October 10

Destination:  College

Reach Higher.  Own Your Future!

This year, Santa Clara County will be celebrating College Day next Friday. Each class has adopted a college and will be presenting their college banner, college cheer and college facts at our assembly on Friday, October 10th, at 8:45 and 9:45 AM in the Cafe.  Our guest speaker at the assembly this year is Brian Tong. He is an internet correspondent/ personality with CNET, and tech reporter who appears frequently on the channel 5 news, CNN, and other social media outlets.   He grew up locally and is alumni to San Jose State.  He will be sharing with our students his educational journey from elementary school through college and how he turned his passion for technology and TV into a fun and rewarding career.  All parents are also invited to come and hear how higher education and hard work is the key to opening up endless possibilities for children.

Hope to see you next Friday on College Day!

International Walk-to-School Day - Wednesday, October 8

International Walk to School Day is this coming Wednesday, October 8thLet’s all walk to school even if it means just parking at least a block away, dropping your child off a block away from school, or dropping your child off at a walking school bus stop.  Walking school busses will be operating that day.  Our goal is that 100% of our students will walk to school that day.

International Walk to School Day is an annual event that promotes:

  • Increasing physical activity for parents and children
  • Improving your local community by making it safer to walk and ride a bike
  • Reduction of traffic congestion, harmful pollutants and speeding near schools
  • Sharing time with other parents and children while creating a sense of community with neighbors

Join in the fun with other Cadwallader families, the City of San Jose, and families around the world as we walk to school on October 8th!

Fun'd Run

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Click here to download the informational letter: Letter

Click here to download the pledge sheet: Pledge Sheet



Thank you to all of our parent volunteers that made this Fun’d Run another huge success. Without the support of our Cad“wonderful” parents, friends, and family members, this event would not have run as smoothly as it did.

Thank you to our Fun’d Run Sponsors:

• Dave Joines donated the water bottles for each student.

• Derick Phan D.D.S, C.A.G.S, Orthodontics graciously donated lime green water bottles personalized with our school logo for each student and made a monetary donation.

• Mrs. Batten-Chow donated water bottles for our teachers.


Staff and students at Cadwallader appreciate you all!  THANK YOU!!

Join the PTA

The Cadwallader PTA Board would like to invite you to become a member of this schoolwide organization. This is an easy way to show your support for Cadwallader for just $7.00. Membership forms were sent home and are in the Office. Our goal is to reach 100% staff and parent participation. Right now, 100% of our staff has joined the PTA. We are approaching the 30% mark for our families. Keep on turning in your membership forms. The class with the most memberships turned in will receive an ice cream party. “Go Cougars!” 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

The ALS ice bucket challenge is sweeping ESD.  We were called out by our sister school Silver Oak Elementary School and did our challenge on Monday, August 25th.  Our staff felt it would be a fun schoolwide event for a good cause.  You can go to the ALS website to donate:

Click here to go to the ALS website.



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Principal's Welcome


On behalf of Cadwalladers’ teachers and staff, we welcome you to this academic school year.  Cadwallader Elementary School is located in the center of the Evergreen School District in Southeast San Jose.  We are one of the smallest schools in Evergreen School District with a population of approximately 420 students who come from diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds. We value our small school status because it gives us an opportunity to foster close bonds and lasting relationships with students and families. Our school is a cohesive partnership of students, parents, support staff, educators, and community members.  Our school community takes pride in providing a quality education in a caring supportive, and challenging environment.  We have rigorous academic expectations combined with a climate that promotes student creativity and respect for cultural diversity.  Students are challenged to enthusiastically and willingly develop to their full potential.


With the ever present themes of life long learning and school pride, Cadwallader Elementary School provides all students with a motivating environment in which to learn.  This is reflected in the prevalent atmosphere that says extraordinary learning happens here! Teachers are on the forefront of research-based practices that best respond to students’ learning needs.  We strive to make learning relevant, interesting and motivating. It takes discipline and goals to succeed, and our staff is committed to helping all students meet or exceed their goals within our standards based educational program.  All teachers communicate on a regular basis with parents and the support staff.  They are open, caring, and dedicated individuals.  Our group of highly qualified, effective educators demonstrate a positive attitude toward their profession, the Evergreen School District, and the Evergreen community they serve.


Our API score for the 2012-13 school year was 895 points. We are extremely proud of our 17 point gain from the previous year. Most recently, for the 2013-14 school year, we were awarded the distinct honor of being a Title 1 Academic Achieving School for the third time by State Superintendent Torlakson.  In the past, we have been deemed a National Blue Ribbon School in 1993, a California Distinguished School and a Title 1 Academic Achieving School in 2009-10, and a Title 1 Academic Achieving School in 2010-11.  As a school community, we celebrate these accomplishments since it validates our efforts of ensuring that all students are getting their academic, social, and emotional needs addressed.   

Now, we are ready to take on the new learning goals that the Common Core Standards have defined for us.  With new standards, there are also new assessments locally and nationally.  We are committed to seeing that our students continue to achieve at the highest levels possible.  First and foremost, we are committed to ensuring that our students have the 21st Century learning skills necessary to be collaborative, communicative, creative, critical thinking citizens in the years to come.

As we collaborate and partner together, we are so proud of being a school where extraordinary learning happens!        

Have a Cad”wonderful” Day,
Tina Tong Choy, Principal

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Peachjar eFlyers

The paper flyers we have been sending home will now be sent electronically to your email inbox. These e-flyers can also be viewed by clicking on the Peachjar button on our school’s website homepage. You may find it on the left column of our page under the "Important Links" section.  Once the Peachjar button is ready, you will be notified.
This “green” initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, paperless delivery of school flyers removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers.
No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from the service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view e-flyers.
To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add “school@peachjar.com” to your email contacts. Note: add “school@peachjar.com” to your contact list just as written; do not change it to the name of your school @peachjar.com. When you receive your first e-flyer, be sure to click “always display images.”
This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for helping us save time, money, and lots of trees!

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Thank you to our parents, teachers and other supporters who are using their REDcard, Target charge  card, from Target. Every time you shop with a REDcard, Target donates 1% of purchases at Target and Target.com to Cadwallader. However, you need to sign your card up at Target.com/TCOE to designate Cadwallader as your school of choice. Every year we get a couple hundred dollars donated to our school through the REDcard program.  Target is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. To learn more about the program and how to engage additional support in our community, visit Target.com/TCOE.

Fourth and Fifth Grade Fundraiser


4th and 5th graders have started a fundraiser to help our students go on educational field trips to Sacramento and Science Camp.  The students are selling first aid kits and will be earning 50% profit from each kit they sell. If you do not have a 4th or 5th grade student, but would like to help a student earn funds to attend the field trip, please stop by the Office and see Mrs. Dilly or Mrs. Sherry and they will be happy to assist you. We have brochures and a sample of the first aid kit. They can be useful Christmas stocking stuffers. Orders are being taken now until November 17th and orders will be delivered before the Christmas break. Thank you in advance.