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Magnolia is moving back to Santa Clara

Magnolia Santa Clara is moving back to Santa Clara for the 2016/2017 school year. The new site is going to be near Santa Clara High School and Pomeroy Elementary. This will be a 5 year lease.
Parents interested and who have not done so can pre-enroll via one of two methods:
1) Submit the pre-enrollment online:
2) Print the form below and email a clear scan/photo to
Please do so before Thursday April 21st, before the Magnolia School Board meeting. You are also invited to come to the current Magnolia Campus (14271 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95127) on April 21 at 4:45pm to meet the Board members on the day of the voting for selecting the new site.
Read the full announcement from the Magnolia Science Academy SC Principal below:

From: Michele Ryan <>
Date: April 15, 2016 at 10:13:40 PM PDT
To: Michele Ryan <>
Subject: Option for Magnolia Science Academy to return to Santa Clara next school year
Dear Magnolia Families,
As I shared with the PTO at the PTO meeting last week, Magnolia Science Academy has an option to move back to Santa Clara for the upcoming school year. We have been offered a five-year lease (with an option for an additional five years) at this new location. The new site will be near Santa Clara High School and Pomeroy Elementary.
All current families and already admitted new students will be guaranteed enrollment at the new site. We will also have room for all siblings of current students. New and returning students will be admitted on a first come, first serve basis until we reach our enrollment capacity.
The Magnolia Public School Board of Directors will be voting on the lease for this new location at its meeting next Thursday, April 21. The only other option they will be considering is closing the school completely.
The Board will be meeting at our school, and this will be an excellent opportunity for the Board to hear directly from our families about why the school should remain open to provide an outstanding education to our students. The meeting will start at 5:00pm*, and we will have a meet and greet with the board members starting at 4:45 pm*. (*NOTE time change)
I hope you and your children will be able to attend the meeting. If you have any questions about the meeting or the proposal, please let me know.
In order to estimate our returning student enrollment, I will be sending you a brief survey. I would greatly appreciate your assistance in completing it as soon as possible.
If you know new or returning families who would like to enroll in MSA-SC now that we will be in Santa Clara, please ask them to complete the pre-enrollment application form on our website as soon as possible. I would like to have preliminary enrollment numbers for the Board on Thursday. The link to the form is here:
I am grateful for your support this school year, and I look forward to working together to grow the school in our new location back in Santa Clara.
Thanks again!
— Michele Ryan, Ph.D. Principal
Magnolia Science Academy – Santa Clara
14271 Story Rd, San Jose, CA 95127

REMINDER: Monthly PTO Meeting Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm

REMINDER: PTO Meeting Thursday, Jan. 15 at 7 pm. Look forward to seeing you there!
What: Monthly PTO Meeting
When: Thursday, January 15, 7 pm Where: School Cafeteria
Agenda: Click here


Fitness, food & fundraising= fun! Walk-a-thon day today!

Walk-a-thon day today! It promises to be a beautiful autumn California day! Fitness, food & fundraising make for a fun event. Come support the students as they run and walk to help the school and the student community.IMG_0893.JPG

Happy Halloween, Magnolians!

Happy Halloween, Magnolians! Stay warm & dry this rainy day & don’t forget the safety lights tonight…IMG_0447.JPG

REMINDER: PTO Meeting tonight at 7 pm | Board Elections

Join us for the monthly PTO meeting, tonight, at 7 pm.  This will be an important meeting, the main item on the agenda will be the PTO Board Elections for the school year 2014- 2015!!

WHEN: Thursday, 7 pm

WHERE: MSA-SC Cafeteria


Please fill out the following form: Click HERE

Look forward to seeing you all there! ‘Together we can make a difference’!

PTO Elections

PTO Elections


imageJoin us for the monthly PTO meeting, tonight, at 7pm. Together we can make a difference!

Look forward to seeing you there!

Event Alert: CAR WASH after school, WED. March 19

REMINDER: The Car Wash is TODAY from 2-4 pm in the Staff Parking Lot!


Have the recent rains made your car dirty? Don’t worry, the DC Club has you covered. You don’t even need to go out of your way! Just stay a little longer when you pick up your student next Wednesday and drive off with a clean car 🙂

WHEN: Wednesday, March 19th. After school from 2 pm- 4 pm
WHERE: Staff parking, MSA-SC
WHO: The DC Club (Ms. Mattila)

Regular wash – $5
Wash and hand dry- $7
Wash, hand dry, and Febreze – $8
Wash, hand dry, Febreze, and vacuum – $10

No fuss, no muss, just pure ‘clean’!! Give it a try 🙂

Car Wash Get your car washed in school on March 19

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Two days till Winter Break begins: Finals, Gingerbread Houses & more!

The last TWO days of school: Semester finals, half days and … a Gingerbread House building contest!

GINGERBREAD HOUSE BUILDING CONTEST~ Please make time to stop in and enjoy the Holiday.

What: Gingerbread House Building Contest. (A movie will also be shown, snacks will be available for purchase)
When: Friday, December 20, 1pm- 3pm
Where: MSA-SC Cafeteria

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy a meal at Chili’s on Wed. Nov 20 & benefit students

Dine out at Chili’s on Wed. Nov 20, 2013 – all day (11 am- 10 pm) – with Chili’s, at Coleman Avenue, San Jose. (Google Maps)

15% of the sales will go to benefit the students (through the PTO). Families that produce the flyers at the restaurant on Wed. (both printed copies as well as e-copies will be accepted) will raise money through Dining With Dollars while having a nice meal out mid-week!

See you there!


MSA-SC Dine out at Chili's Coleman Ave on Wed Nov 20 2013

MSA-SC Dine out at Chili’s Coleman Ave on Wed Nov 20 2013

Link to print flyer: Click here 

OPEN HOUSE: Sat, November 2

It’s Open House time!

When: Saturday, November 2, 11 am- 1 pm

Where: MSA-SC, 2720 Sonoma Place, CA 95051  (Click here for Google Maps)

MSA-SC open house - Nov 2, 2013

MSA-SC open house

REMINDER: PTO monthly meeting today, 7- 8 pm

PTO meeting today, 7- 8 pm in the school cafeteria

Join us for the PTO meeting! Together, we make our child's school experience a richer one.

Join us for the PTO meeting! Together, we make our child’s school experience a richer one.

Please plan to attend. The agenda for the meeting is posted on the ‘Monthly Meeting Agendas’ page:  Click HERE.

Look forward to seeing you there tonight.

Get more copies of the Pledge Form here

Last couple of days for raising money for the school! For people who’ve used up their Pledge Form, you can print more copies by Clicking Here

Great going, MSA-SC community! Look forward to raising a substantial sum to make the school even better 🙂

Middle School Dance pics are up on our FB page!

The 2013 Middle School Dance pics are here. The evening started off at 7 pm and ended at 9 pm. The students had a whole lot of fun dancing along to songs from tried and tested ones like Gangnam Style to the trendy viral hit, “The Fox (What Does the Fox Say?)”. Apparently, it says: “Ring-ding-ding-ding-dingeringeding!” 😉

Music by Soundworks DJs, Alvin and Chuck.

Thank you Ms. Filios for organizing the evening! It was nice to have Dr. Ryan drop by. Thanks to the PTO parent chaperones: Sanjeev Gautam, Tiffany Anderson, Jaya Gautam, Shilpa Patel and to Renata Pang who kept the children energized with food and drinks 🙂


Game Night: ‘Admit One’ to a fun Friday activity!

Game Night on Friday, September 27 was a fun activity. Ms. Filios came up with some grand trivia questions. 5- 6 teams of children enjoyed shouting jubilantly when they knew an answer, hm..mimg less loudly when they didn’t and overall having a rollicking time. Rounds included Sports, TV and Movies, General among others. In between rounds, Ms. Filios raffled away popular items like Free Dress Passes, a Magnolia themed alarm clock, DVDs, movie tickets etc.

Game Night Tickets at Magnolia Science Academy, Santa Clara

Game Night Tickets at Magnolia Science Academy, Santa Clara

PTO volunteers were on hand providing snacks & water. And everyone learned something new!

A couple of questions (Answers below):

‘What is the unit of measurement of racehorses’ height?
Which reality show won  at the recent Emmys?’

The teams think over their answers

The teams think over their answers


The Voice

Ms. Filios shows off a raffle item

Ms. Filios shows off a raffle item

All in all, a fun Friday night end to school 🙂

Carpooling through Rideshare

As new and returning parents and students settle into their daily routine, commuting to and from school can become a juggling act with work schedules, commute traffic/ distance, multiple children at different schools etc. MSA-SC parents come from a larger geographical area than most public schools. Over the last month, many parents have reached out to the PTO and the school to get help with carpool. They are looking to coordinate with other MSA-SC Parents in their geographic area to help ease the commute pain.

For all the carpool requests, here is a site which allows you to post a Ride Ad under an Event Listing (the Event Listing for the school is already created: Carpool to and from MSA-SC).

Please use ‘Lookup Code’: MSASC2013 to find listings or to post your own Ride Ads (carpool descriptions and needs).

Click here and register for a free account. You can then post your requirements.

Please include the following details when creating a Ride Ad:

  • City
  • Major landmark
  • Child’s grade
  • Drop-off or pick-up
  • Day/s of the week carpool is required
  • For pick-up, please mention if your child is to be picked up when school ends or when his/ her After-school program ends etc.

For Rideshare FAQs, click here.

Please note that, as a safety and a courtesy measure, we recommend there is never to be smoking or use of cell phones while driving and that the only people who will drive are the mutually agreed upon parents/caregivers. The PTO is only facilitating communication between parents for carpooling  and as such the PTO or the school can assume no responsibility for safety or for any other service involved in carpooling. Parents are responsible for checking drivers’ licenses, insurance and any other details. Neither the school nor the PTO is affiliated with Rideshare.

Leave a comment to let us know how it works out 🙂