Come Volunteer at the Fall Festival!

Our biggest community event of the year, the Fall Festival, is on Saturday October 20th.  fall festivalCome make new friends, build strong school community and show your child how much you value education by donating and hour or two of your time to support Trace.   Easy peasy tasks like manning a booth or bake sale…  No prior experience needed 🙂

Click here to sign up.  Thank you!

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2018-19 Walk-A-Thon!

Packets are out and 99Pledges donation site is live for our annual Trace Walk-a-Thon!

Sign up to volunteer! We need your help!

The Walk-a-Thon will be held on Friday October 26th. Students will be able to raise money and walk laps to earn great prizes during and after school (until 4pm). This is our biggest fundraiser of the year and our goal is $28,500!  The money raised will help with such things as field trip transportation and academic enrichment activities.  It also supports our drama, art, music and band/strings programs, classroom supplies, our annual science fair, and other school community events. If every student could raise $10 we would be well on our way!  Thank you in advance for your support and we are looking forward to a fun event!



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Join PTO Now

Click here to join Trace PTO 2018-19 online.

Your membership donation helps fund school support activities, field trips, teacher supplies etc.  Members can also participate in budget decisions/votes.join

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PTO 2018 Fall Events

Tacolicious – Every Monday in Octobertacolicious
A great Santana Row restaurant will donate 20% of all Monday sales during October.  Enjoy tacos for a good cause!




fall festival

Fall Festival – October 20th
Come join this fun annual event and help build community spirit at Trace!  All kinds of fun including Harry Potter activities!




Walk-a-thon – Oct 26thwalkathon-image
This is our biggest annual fundraiser.  Last year we raised $31,965.  Let’s beat that goal this year.  Ask friends and family to donate – it is easy online.  Look for info packets to come from school.

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PTO Meeting Minutes: November

November 2017 Meeting Minutes

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PTO Meeting Minutes: October

October 2017 Meeting Minutes

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PTO Meeting Minutes: September

September 2017 Meeting Minutes

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Trace 2018 Science Fair

science-fairThe annual science fair will be held at 6:30pm Thursday, March 22rd.  We invite ALL students to participate! 

Thank you for your registrations. We have over 100 projects! The registration is now closed.

Gracias por sus registros. ¡Tenemos más de 100 proyectos! El registro ahora está cerrado.

The primary purpose of the Trace Science Fair is to foster a love of science.  We want this to be a positive experience for all students, so all students will get a 1st, 2nd or 3rd place ribbon.  In addition, all students will receive a small participation prize (gift card).  We will also award a classroom prize for the class with highest number of participants!

What is a Science Fair?

The Trace Science Fair is a one night event where students get to present the work they’ve done on a science project.  It is a culmination of what may be many weeks of work depending on the nature of the project.  Recommendation: Plan ahead & start early!

The projects are also on display for Trace students the day of and day after the evening event.  Recommendation: don’t include fragile or valuable portions of the project in the daytime display.

The presentation consists of a poster (on a PTO provided poster board) that explains the project and a chat with a judge.  The poster should explain the project fully and always include title and sources (bibliography) for external information used in the project.  Depending on the project type the poster will also include some of the following: question, hypothesis, background, materials, procedure, results, conclusion.  The poster will likely also include some drawings or photos to support the written content.

The science fair judges will talk to the students about their project and ask questions about the method, methodology and findings. Please support your student by talking to them about their project, this will help them prepare talking to the judges.  By talking about the project, you will also help your child truly understand and learn from the project.

The students choose  what they want to work on.  The Science Fair Handbook 2018 provides more information including several websites with ideas for projects. For our science fair we’ll have 5 types of projects:

  • Collections (open to K-2)
  • Demonstrations (open to K-3)
  • Models
  • Experiments
  • Inventions

For more details, see the Trace Science Fair Handbook.  Available in English or en Español

For more information, see NASA’s explanation of a science fair and the scientific method. Estos documentos también están disponibles en español en el mismo sitio web.

Next Steps:

  1. ASAP: Pick a project and get working on it!
    Projects can be done individually or in groups of 2-3 students. Recommendation: The project will take a fair amount of work.  If forming groups, make sure the group is able to meet in person to work on the project.
  2. Feb 9 – Deadline to sign up online or via the paper registration form which goes to your classroom teacher.  Online sign up form.
    If you need a printed copy of the the handbook (see Handbook) please note that on the form.   If you are able to view the guidebook online we will save trees and money :)The poster boards will be provided after student/teams confirm their attendance by providing a project title.  If you already know what you’re working on, please indicate that on the sign up form and no further confirmation will be needed.
  3. February 12-16: Confirmation emails will be sent to registered students.  Those that did not provide a project title yet, will be sent a request to provide a topic to confirm attendance.
  4. Feb 12-16 and Feb 26-March 2: Students who confirmed attendance by providing project theme/title will be given a tri-fold standing board (36″ x 48″) to display their project. The board will include a space number to indicate where to set-up on the day of the science fair.
  5. March 22: Science Fair Projects need to be delivered to the Multi-Purpose Room by 8:30 AM.  Note the projects will be displayed through the day on Thursday and Friday.  Trace students will visit the fair during the day under teacher supervision.
  6. March 22: Science Fair, 6:30pm.
    Students should arrive on time to be ready to chat with the judges.
    All students who have created a display board are encouraged to attend, present their project to the judges, and be eligible for a prize!
    Do not leave with your project – the fair continues on Friday.
  7. March 24: Trace students continue to visit the fair during the day under teacher supervision.   Pick up the project at the end of the day.


See the handbook or write an email to Pia Rieppo, Trace PTO VP of Academic Affairs, at


Contactar a Rosa Elena Martinez,, en la oficina de la escuela.
2018 Manual para la Feria de Ciencias en Trace Elementary

Sign up via this link.

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Heads Up: 2018 Science Fair March 22, 2018


It is time to start pondering about the mysteries of the universe!  The exciting annual Science Fair will take place Thursday March 22, 2018.  (We had record participation last year!!) It is never too early to get started with your experiments – just remember to note the methodology, observations and the sources used.   Look for more information to come out in January.

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Budget Proposal for 2017-2018 School Year

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