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Oleander Elementary School
Home of the Bears
8650 Oleander Avenue
Fontana, CA  92335

(909) 357-5700
Fax: (909) 357-5707

Craig Baker, Principal
Julie Hansberger, Assistant Principal

Dear Oleander Families,

Welcome to the 2014-2015 school year. This year marks the first year of full implementation of the Common Core Standards. With the move to Common Core Standards, report cards, curriculum and the assessment tools utilized to measure student learning will be different. With so many changes occurring, I invite you to be an active participant in our parent meetings.

As we move forward, know that the staff at Oleander continues to strive to provide a superior education to all of our students. As a result of the past collaboration between the staff and parents, student achievement skyrocketed. The impact of the partnership has been incredible. In the past five years Oleander has been recognized as a California Distinguished School in 2010, a Title 1 Achievement School in 2011 and 2012, and has been on the California Business for Education Excellent Honor Roll in 2011, 2012 and 2013. We are also extremely proud of the fact that we have reduced the achievement gap between our students in English Language Arts and Mathematics.

The question I am often asked is “how do you attain the results that you get?” The answers are:

  1. Our staff has formed a strong relationship with each of the students and their families. This relationship has been vital to our success.
  2. We also have excellent students, that work very hard to become better readers, writers and math problem solvers on a daily basis. 
  3. Our parents and staff work together to make sure that each other is informed of what is occurring at home and in the classroom. When potential issues occur, both sides work together to ensure that the student is successful.
  4. The Oleander staff is comprised of 43 of the most passionate, dedicated and hardworking people in education. Everyone works together to ensure that every day, every student that walks on the Oleander campus is safe and will have an educational experience that will serve as a building block to future success no matter what.

While we have been incredibly successful in the past, our best days are ahead. I am very glad that you and your family are a part of the Oleander community. Looking forward to a great partnership between us.


Craig J. Baker

Oleander Elementary School Honored by CBEE 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 2/27/2014 9:38 AM
Oleander Students Tape Mr. Baker to a Pole 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 6/7/2013 3:48 PM
Oleander Elementary Raises Over $4,000 for Pennies for Patients!  
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 6/7/2013 3:37 PM
Oleander Elementary School Recognized by CBEE 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 6/5/2013 5:25 PM
Oleander Elementary Named as 2011-12 Academic Achievement Award Recipient 
by Pamela L. Kaptain
 6/5/2013 5:25 PM
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3/23/2015 12:00 AM Spring Break - No School 
4/24/2015 9:00 AM Bear Chat 
5/25/2015 12:00 AM Memorial Day Holiday - No School 
5/28/2015 12:00 AM Last Day of School - Have a Great Summer! 
5/29/2015 12:00 AM Teacher Prep Day 
No Student Attendance
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​Recognitions for the Months of January and February

On the afternoon of February 5, 10 Oleander students were taken to Shakey’s Pizza for lunch by Fontana School Police officer Jon MacMillan, Principal Craig Baker and Assistant Principal Julie Hansberger. After enjoying pizza, the students were recognized for their accomplishment. To end it all, the students were provided with tokens so they could enjoy some of the games at Shakeys’s Pizza. Oleander is grateful to Officer MacMillan for his work in establishing this incentive program for our students and taking the time to recognize our students. We are also grateful to the staff at the Shakey’s Pizza at 16940 Slover Avenue, Fontana Ca, for hosting our students. A picture of the ten students recognized with Officer MacMillan and description of their achievement is listed below.

Rose Aguayo Rose Aguayo
Student of the Month
Rose Aguayo is very helpful to others. In December, Rose was a very positive leader in her class while her teacher was out on a brief medical leave. Rose is one of top performing academic students.
Jonathan Aguilar Jonathan Aguilar
Student of the Month
Jonathan Aguilar has made outstanding progress in Language Arts and Math this past year. Jonathan is very responsible and is a very positive leader. Recently, Jonathan joined our school band is now learning how to play the Baritone.
Gerardo Correa Gerardo Correa
Student of the Month
Gerardo Correa was selected because he grew 556 Lexile points in System 44. Gerardo is a very well behaved and responsible student. Keep up the good work!
Isabel Cortez Isabel Cortez
Student of the Month
Isabel Cortez is a very kind student to others. Whenever a student is new to Oleander, we can always count on the fact that Isabel will make them feel welcome. Isabel is a hard worker and an awesome listener.
Geralyn Lopez Morales Geralyn Lopez Morales
Student of the Month
Geralyn Lopez Morales is a very responsible fifth grade student in Mr. Champine’s class. Geralyn has made significant growth in math. One of the biggest factors behind her success is how well she is able to write about the concepts she has learned.
Jose Garcia Ortiz.jpg Jose Garcia Ortiz
Student of the Month
Jose Garcia Ortiz is a high achieving, responsible and hardworking fifth grade student. He was recognized by his teacher Mr. Gomez, as the Golden Bear of the class. The Golden Bear is an award given to highest academic achiever in the class.
Cody Parks Cody Parks
Student of the Month
Cody Parks was selected due to the fact that he grew 367 Lexile levels in Read 180. Cody has been a student at Oleander since his second grade year. In the time that he has been at Oleander, his reading skills have increased dramatically!
Jairy Flores Pinzon Jairy Flores Pinzon
Student of the Month
A few weeks ago Mr. Baker was in Jairy Flores Pinzon’s classroom when her writing caught his eye. Jairy had the mechanics of the writing as well as the content. Jairy has been at Oleander since kindergarten. She consistently is one of our highest achieving students and also is a very positive leader.
Gabriel Ramirez Gabriel Ramirez
Student of the Month
Gabriel Ramirez has made outstanding progress both behaviorally and academically since entering Oleander as a kindergarten student last year. Recently, he received the Golden Bear award because he was the top academic performer in his class for the first 12 weeks of the year.
Abimael Salvador.jpg Abimael Salvador
Student of the Month
Abimael Salvador was selected due to the fact that in his entire school career he has NEVER missed a day of school, nor has he even been tardy. Abimael has been at Oleander since his kindergarten year.
Maria Vazquez
Parent of the Month

The Oleander community is grateful to Maria Vazquez for her service to our school. Mrs. Vazquez is the current PTA president, ELAC member and a site aide. Under her leadership the PTA at our school has successfully completed a state audit and has been recognized by the Fifth District PTA Council for being so efficient in submitting required paperwork. Whenever there is a PTA event, Mrs. Vazquez ensures that the event is well planned, the PTA is well prepared to carry out the event and the clean-up is efficient. We appreciate the fact that whenever there is a need, Mrs. Vazquez finds a way to provide. We cannot thank Maria Vazquez enough for her leadership and support to our school.


Maria Paniagua
Staff Member of the Month

Maria Paniagua has faithfully served the Oleander Community as a site aide for eight years. Every morning Mrs. Paniagua has been the first person our students have been greeted by. If a student is not having a great start to their day, we can always count on Mrs. Paniagua to calm the student and get them in a better frame of mind to improve their day. We greatly appreciate all of Mrs. Paniagua’s hard work and dedication.


Click here ​to view recognitions from previous months.​

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