Dear Parents, Students, and Friends,
    Welcome to Casa de Oro Elementary School! I am thrilled and excited to be CDO's principal!  We are a family oriented, community school.  Our goal is to work together as a team to provide our students with a quality education in a safe and nurturing environment.  Our theme for this 2018-2019 school year is, "Think Hard - Work Hard - Be Kind" and our school motto/vision is, "Do The Work, Go To College, Make A Difference".  It is our belief that we all must have a growth mindset and do the work - teachers, parents, and students, if we are to succeed.  The entire staff here at CDO understands and believes that if a child is to learn that he/she must know that they are safe, know that they are wanted, and believe that they will succeed.  We believe that the relationship between the teacher and child is the key to maximize student learning and success.  We believe that ALL children can learn at high levels.
    CDO's teachers are committed to providing a rigorous, academic program in reading, writing, and mathematics by following the California Common Core Standards.  Science, history, art, and physical education are integrated into the curriculum as well.  Technology plays a big role in learning here at CDO and all classrooms are equipped with student iPads or Chrome Books to help connect us to our world and to make learning engaging and fun.
    Our staff believes that working with parents as a team is an integral part to a school's success.  Parents are the most significant influence in their children's lives.  Again, we must all "do the work" to raise happy, healthy, successful children.  We invite all parents to be involved by joining our P.T.A., attending school functions such as Back-To-School-Night and Open House, and by volunteering in the classroom. Parents can also help out by offering to serve on the School Site Council or English Learner Advisory Committee. 
    Casa de Oro is a PeaceBuilder school.  As a PeaceBuilder school we practice building peace in many ways.  We praise people, give up put downs, right wrongs, notice hurts, seek wise people, and help others.  We also focus on building positive character traits such as respect, responsibility, honesty, perseverance, and kindness.  
    My door is always open.  Please feel free to call or contact us with any questions, praise, or concerns you may have.  I am looking forward to a fantastic school year! 
    Dana James, Principal