Welcome to No Excuses University @ Rolando, where we are “on the road to college” through maximizing the successes of each and every child every day.

The mission of Rolando Elementary School is to build a strong academic foundation by providing an instructional program which emphasizes high standards of achievement. As La Mesa-Spring Valley School District’s first No Excuses University, we are committed to fostering a positive school experience for every child by creating a school that knows no limits to the academic and social successes of each student.  We have a passion for developing and maintaining a positive school climate that nurtures to fulfillment the potential of all students, critically and thoughtfully implementing research-based strategies to maximize student learning, and doing what is right for students, while promoting lifelong learning. This year we are bringing the Arts back to Rolando with dedicated music, dance, and art teachers. The best gift we can give our children is to teach them to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning (Carol Dwek). 

The teachers, staff, and I are dedicated to seeking out innovative approaches to teaching, learning, collaboration, and parent involvement.  We believe that educating a child is always a partnership between home and school. To foster your child’s success in school, our open door policy encourages volunteer involvement in many ways, i.e. communicating with your child’s teacher on a regular basis, supporting classroom expectations at home, reading to and with your child at home, and helping with homework are simple, yet effective ways you can be an active parent.  All parents are invited to join our P.T.A., help with special events, attend school functions such as Back-to-School Night and Open House, and attend parent conferences. Parents can also help out by offering to serve on the School Site Council (SSC) or English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC). Volunteers are always welcome at Rolando. Our goal is to work together to ensure every student’s success.

Rolando is a PeaceBuilder and Character Counts school.  We practice what we learn by 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 trust, responsibility, respect, fairness, caring, and citizenship.  

I hope you will stop in and introduce yourself if we haven’t already met; I look forward to meeting each and every member of our Roadrunner Community. My door is always open.  Please don’t wait to call or contact us with your questions, praise, or concerns you may have. 

Mrs. Suffield, Principal
(619)668-5800 (x2599) 


Registering for TK/K?

  • Incoming TK students who will turn 5 between September 2, 2019 and December 2, 2019
  • Incoming K students need to be 5 before September 1, 2019

Why You'll Love Rolando!

  • Charming School Located in La Mesa, Near the College Area
  • A "No Excuses University" School, Geared at Helping Students Achieve their Dreams with College and Career Readiness
  • Boasts a Robust Music and Arts Program that is Integrated into the Learning Program, so Students have a Chance to Engage their Creativity

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Rolando Quick Reference Guide

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Monday Make-It and Wednesday Workshop

Every Monday & Wednesday in the Parent Workroom by the lunch tables.

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Lost & Found

Please note that all unmarked, abandoned clothing is donated to charity at the start of every break. Any clothing or lunch box with a student name on it will be returned to the student. All lost items can be checked daily as they hang on the wall next to our lunch court. Found personal items like glasses or jewelry are kept  in the front office.

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Perfect Attendance

Perfect Attendance Criteria:Our year-end Perfect Attendance award means zero absences and zero tardies; the only exceptions are doctor-note verified tardies.  Tardies include early checkouts without a doctor's note.

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Dress Code

The La Mesa-Spring Valley School District is proud of its students and their accomplishments. Student appearance and dress should be a reflection of a serious learning environment.

Appropriate dress and good grooming contribute to a positive atmosphere and promote student safety.  This includes positive comments about homework and school in general.

In accordance with California Education Code, Section 48907, and with the best interests of our students, school and school-sponsored activities, and our community in mind, the following dress code has been adopted. We appreciate your support and adherence to the guidelines.

Rolando Elementary is not a “uniform school.”

Our dress code assures that children may participate in classroom, recess, and PE activities. Dress code restrictions are also set to assure appropriate standards of dress for a school setting.

  • Loose-fitting garments that show underclothing/underwear, or exposed private parts of the body are a distraction and are prohibited.
  • Backless, strapless, spaghetti straps, low-cut neckline tank tops, transparent, and bare-midriff tops are considered inappropriate for school and are not permitted. All shirts, skirts, and long tops worn with leggings must be at least as long as your fingertips when hands are hanging at your sides. Tops may not be longer than your shorts if it looks like you have no shorts on underneath. Leggings must be worn with a top that covers mid-thigh. Straps of each shirt worn must be at least 2 fingers wide.
  • Pants are to be worn at waist level (no sagging). Belts are to be worn through belt loops. No wallets with loop chains.
  • Clothing must be worn as designated, not modified. It should be clean and in good repair. Pants with shreds, tears or holes even when wearing leggings underneath, are prohibited. Jeans purchased with holes & tears are prohibited.
  • Shoes, sneakers, or other appropriate footwear must be worn at all times. No open-toed or open-heeled shoes, sandals, flip-flops, or wheelie shoes are allowed. Shoelaces must be tied. This maximizes children’s participation in recess and PE activities.
  • Clothing and/or jewelry with inappropriate language, pictures, inferences, or symbols judged by an administrator to be obscene; intended to mock, ridicule, provoke, demean; or displaying words or pictures associated with alcohol, tobacco, or other drugs are not allowed.
  • Headgear including hoods, bandanas, hats, and sweatbands may not be worn indoors and only worn outdoors in the proper position.
  • Gang-related signs, insignias, colors, or gang-distinctive modes of dress are not permitted.

If a student violates the Dress Code, Parent/Guardian may be notified.
Student will be required to change the attire; sometimes we have alternative clothing available.
Loaner clothing must be laundered and returned the following day.

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Health & Wellness

Dear Rolando Parents,Research clearly reveals a link between nutrition and fitness, good health, and the ability to learn.  This means that the food and physical activity choices children make now can affect their academic achievement and their productivity as adults.  It is our desire to do all we can to help them be healthy and successful.  We ask you to follow the La Mesa-Spring Valley Wellness Policy which we promote at Rolando Elementary:

  • Please do not bring in food items for birthdays.

If you would like to bring in items for a birthday, consider fun, non-food items such as stickers, pencils, notepads, bookmarks, etc.  Check with your child’s teacher for their suggestions.  Many of us have visions of cupcakes and cookies when we think of birthday recognition at school.  Due to the new regulations, this is no longer an option.  Those items will need to be provided at home birthday parties instead.  But, there are certainly plausible, fun alternatives that can be done at school. 

  • This is a school-wide policy.  There must be consistency throughout our school.  Please keep in mind that if we allow one student to bring in cupcakes, etc., then we’d need to allow all to do that, and your child could be having cupcakes up to 35 times a school year.  Yes, that is a lot of cupcakes!·        
  • Classroom celebrations during instructional time, such as Valentine’s Day, End of the Year parties, etc. will be exempt from the “no food” rule, but must follow the district guidelines for “healthy snacks.”  Per Health and Safety Code 114021, food prepared at home cannot be distributed to other students.  It must be commercially prepared.  Additionally, we will limit the number of classroom exemptions to the “food free” policy per school year for holidays or classroom-wide birthday recognition.·        
  • Students may bring healthy, nutritious snacks to school to eat during their morning recess time.  Students may not share snacks with other children.  Please note that some students have severe peanut and other food allergies.  Examples of healthy snacks include fresh fruits and vegetables, 100% fruit juice, water, 100% juice bars, fruit cups, string cheese, pretzels, etc.  Examples of non-nutritious snacks include soda, cookies, cake, donuts, candy, chips, etc.

District policy does not allow:  Soft drinks containing caloric sweeteners, sports drinks, iced teas, fruit-based drinks that contain less than 50% real fruit juice or that contain additional caloric sweeteners, beverages containing caffeine.  All carbonated sodas are strictly prohibited as a beverage at school.

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Call in Each Absence

If your child misses school, please call us (619-668-5800) to report the absence.  Doctor and dental notes are helpful if our attendance records are audited.  If your child has numerous absences, these will be requested.  

Please note that your call to report the absence does not "erase" the absence, but rather designates it as excused or unexcused depending on the reason.

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Be a Rolando WatchDOG

WATCH D.O.G.S.® (Dads OGreat Students) is the safe school initiative of the National Center for Fathering that involves fathers and father figures to spend meaningful time with their children as well as 500 others in our school setting. They also are here to help create a more safe and secure learning environment in our schools.

If you are interested in being a WatchDOG, don’t hesitate to come by or call me (Noelle Suffield) and I will give you all the details to help you become a hero for the day.

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District News

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Bancroft Community Health Fair

The leadership team at Bancroft Elementary School organized a Community Health Fair at Open House to bring health and community services to families that included book give aways, dental screenings and informational booths.


Highlands Highlights

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