Back to School Checklist


    Back to School Checklist, 2020-2021

    We hope that this checklist will help your family prepare for the start of the new school year.  It includes all the important to-do's to help you (and your child) get ready for what will surely be an incredible year. 

    What To Do Before School Starts    
    Encinal Means Excellence
    The Encinal PTO plays a vital role in supporting and enriching our students' daily education. With your volunteer time and your financial help we support classroom libraries, field trips, and much more.  Please visit the PTO page today to learn all about volunteering, donating, and joining the great Encinal community!


    Menlo Park Atherton Education Foundation

     Are You In?
    MPAEF - PTO partnership
    Also, please pledge or make a donation to the MPAEF. The MPAEF funds 10% of the district’s budget this year, paying for our art and science teachers, our librarian, our music specialist, and more. Can you imagine Encinal without these teachers and programs?  Visit the MPAEF website to learn more!
    The newsletter is delivered to your email inbox on Sunday every week with occasional mid-week updates and reminders.  Be sure to READ it when it comes!  

    Come to the Back-to-School Coffee & Volunteer Sign-up. Please attend the “Back to School Coffee” on the first day of school (Sept 1), from 8:15-9:30 am in the large Multi. Sign up for classroom, campus, at home, and community-buildng volunteer positions. There are so many ways you can make an investment of your time in our school. No matter how much or how little, every minute counts in meaningful ways.  Be part of the team!

    Sign up to be HRP: Head Room Parents Needed!

    As a Head Room Parent, you will have a wonderful opportunity to interact with and support your child's teacher in numerous ways. Energetic, organized, clear communicators..... Encinal School teachers want you!

    Please note: There will be a mandatory HRP training; time to be announced.

    To sign up to be an HRP, please email or sign up at the Back-to-School Coffee on September 1.

    Chess, Drama, Art, and more!  We have a diverse offering of enrichment and sports programs offered by third party vendors.  Please review the schedule and register with the vendors.  SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AVAILABLE.
    Students have the option to bring their own lunches or order hot lunch. The LunchMaster offers an incredible number of nutritious and delicious lunch options on a daily basis. Hot lunch starts the first day of school, September 1. Order lunches before August 18 to ensure delivery.  Visit their website to register.
    lunch lady
    Daily volunteers are needed to serve lunch to students from 11:15am-12:45pm. Each volunteer receives a free lunch credit for his/her child(ren).   Brief training is required prior to volunteering. To volunteer, email
    car  Get Ready for Curb-side Pickup (Carpool)
    Each family will receive a Carpool Pickup Name card required to pick up your child by car in front of the school.
    Review Transportation Options  

    There are many options for getting your children back and forth to campus.  Please carefully review the information on this link and consider walking, biking, or taking a bus. 

    Spirit Wear

    Your child will be so excited to wear GREEN on Fridays - an Encinal tradition! Start by buying one of these great Encinal spirit themed products and support the school at the same time. Show your Encinal Pride!  Visit our online Spirit Wear Store and order your Encinal items today!

    Register/renew any one or all of your existing grocery loyalty, debit and credit cards at eScrip and get ready to shop! Participating merchants make contributions to the Menlo Park-Atherton Education Foundation (MPAEF) based on your purchases, just by using the cards you have registered.

    Start cutting and saving those BOX TOPS! Found on dozens of grocery and school supply items, these bar- codes bring in big money to our school. Stay tuned for the first collection date in mid-October.
    Things To Know    

    What to bring on the first day of school:

    • All teachers encourage parents to send well-rested kids to school! Start those bedtime routines a bit earlier the weeks and days leading up to school.
    • Full size backpack labeled with your child's name.

    A snack in a separate container to eat at the morning recess.

    • Lunch: either sign up for Hot Lunch in advance or send along a lunchbox/brown bag with your child's name (and maybe a note or smiley face!).
    • Label your child's items.

    You really don't want to lose those new school clothes! 


    Encinal Bell Schedule for 2016-2017

    Start times:

    • K-2 8:00am
    • 3-5 8:15am

    End times (Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday):

    • K-2: 2:35pm
    • 3-5: 3:00pm


    • K-2 1:35pm
    • 3-5 1:50pm

    Minimum Days:

    • ALL grades dismissed at 11:20am 

    Thursdays Have EARLY Dismissal Times!

    • Grades K, 1, and 2 at 1:30pm
    • Grades 3, 4 and 5 at 1:50pm


    School Hours : CLICK HERE