We, at Weed Elementary School, believe that it is our responsibility to provide quality educational programs which foster significant academic achievement for ALL students in a safe environment characterized by mutual respect and acceptance of the individual differences.
WEED UNION ELEMENTARY SCHOOL DISTRICT
WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR SOME NEW FACES, NEW FACILITIES AND A FEW CHANGES
Welcome back Weed Elementary Families! I would like to extend a warm welcome to a new
school year. For those of you that don’t know me, my name is Jon Ray and I am your
Principal/Superintendent. I am incredibly excited about this up and coming school year. The staff
and I are looking forward to working with you and your children this year. We will strive to continue
to provide an exciting and rewarding educational program for each and every child at Weed
Staffing and Staff Changes
Weed Elementary has a few changes in the staff. As you might know, we’ve had a few staff leave to
pursue other opportunities at the end of last year but we are very pleased to announce that not only
have we filled all of our vacant positions, but we have some rockstars joining an already incredibly
talented staff. Please note the following assignments and classroom locations for all teachers:
Nicole vonBuelow (Ms. Nicole) Room 2 Transitional Kindergarten
LeAnna McMurtrey (Mrs. Mac) Room K1 Kindergarten
Rachel Oates Room K2 Kindergarten
Kim Harrison Room 5 1st Grade
Kristi Wilson Room 3 2nd Grade
Heather Cervantes Room 6 2nd Grade
Pam Church Portable #10 3rd Grade
Megan Spaulding Portable #11 3rd Grade
Hud Oates Portable #12 4th Grade
Becky Oberg Portable #14 5th Grade
Juliette Charter Portable #15 5th Grade
Robert West Portable #16 6th Grade
Bobbie Hall Portable #17 6th Grade
Dave Schmidt Portable #18 7th Grade
Matt Robertson Portable #19 7th Grade
Jose Robles Portable #20 8th Grade
Ken Lemos Portable #21 8th Grade
Arden Carr Portable #7 Clinical Director
Anna Christie Portable #7 Deputy Director
Carrie Williams Portable #7 Lead Coach
Zhac Thomas Primary Office Coach
Thana Web Primary School Nurse / Coach
Rhyan Lajiness Portable #7 Coach
Katarina Pautz Portable #7 Coach
Brittany Collier Portable #7 Therapist
Valerie Walsh Portable #22
Lisa Morris Portable #22
Madison Feller Primary Office Speech
Start Times, End Times and Daily Schedules:
For the last two school years, we have had a daily schedule that incorporates a “late start” so that we
as your staff, can have time to meet as a whole staff. After surveying staff and parents, the results
showed that we should keep that schedule but change the “late start” day from a Friday to a Monday.
Again, we are changing our “late start” day from Friday to Monday.
Beginning on Monday, August 28, 2023, we will start our “late start” schedule. The first day of
school, Monday, August 21, 2023, will be a “regular” start and end day.
Late Start Days
Monday (beginning August 28):
*All students begin instruction at 10:10
*All students dismissed at 3:00
We will continue to offer supervision for all students beginning at 7:30 on all school days.
Regular Start Days
Tuesday through Friday:
TK-K: 9:00 am
1st – 3rd: 8:45 am
4th – 8th: 8:15 am
*A common release time of 3:00 pm for all students.
Supervision for students starts at 7:30 a.m., every morning. Additionally, our after-school program
begins at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. on all school days.
As many of you know, we have had to shutter most of our facilities due to mold, structural and seismic
issues. We have taken immediate action to not only vacate those buildings but build a temporary
campus as we begin the process of building a new, state-of-the-art, school for our students. Please
note, all TK-2 grade students will be housed in our primary wing and all 3rd-8th grade students will be
housed in the portables on the North side of the gymnasium. Additionally, we will continue to use
our temporary parking area just east of the portable buildings.
New this Year…we are SUPER excited to move into our new cafeteria/MPR. If you are interested
in touring or visiting our newly constructed MPR, please stop by the office, check-in and even ask for
The updated Weed Cubs Parent/Student Handbook is available for students and parents on our school
website: www.weedelementaryschool.com. Please use the handbook for ready reference when you
have a question about school policies and procedures. If further information is needed, please feel
welcome to call the office at 530-938-2715. Our school office hours are from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
WEED ELEMENTARY’S OFFICE STAFF
Jon Ray, Principal/Superintendent Darcy Lee, Office Manager
Allison Blankenship, Assistant Principal Terry Brewer, School Secretary
Stephanie Aquila, Human Resources Director Tara Willis, Chief Business Official
Layla Lowen, Office Assistant
ALL CLASS ROSTERS WILL BE POSTED IN THE OFFICE WINDOW ON FRIDAY,
Our Bus schedule will be Route #3 for the first week of school (attached) then we will be transitioning
to two buses for most days when we don’t have field trips or off-site athletic events.
Although we are faced with a few challenges, we are incredibly excited about this year! If you have
questions or concerns, feel free to call the school or stop by the office. We will assist you in any way
Oral Health Days – On Site Dental Screenings at Weed Elementary School. See Parent Resources for permission slip.