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Book It! Reading Incentive Program

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Our daily homework includes reading at home each night. All Suva students are now enrolled in the Suva BOOK IT Reading Club ! The BOOK IT! Program is all about turning kids who read because they ha ...more

1st Day of School August 19, 2019

8:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.


Summer School Reminder

Summer School Dates: July 1st – July 25th

8:00 am-11:15 am

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Suva Elementary School Earns California Gold Ribbon Award

Suva Elementary School is being honored as a 2016 California Gold Ribbon School for boosting student reading comprehension through after-school learning opportunities and new technological tools. The school offers eight-week programs for students who need extra help in honing skills that include use of an online reading program and ways to annotate material.

The Gold Ribbon is California’s highest academic honor.

Suva has the second-largest elementary school population in Montebello Unified. Nearly all students come from socioeconomically disadvantaged homes; more than 50 percent are English learners. The reading program has helped narrow achievement gaps as reading comprehension surges on state tests.

The school’s dedication to preparing students for their future academic success is embodied in its nickname – Suva University.

“Suva Elementary lives by a philosophy of doing our best, never giving up, and making no excuses,” Principal Janice Riddle said. “We will continue to push ourselves to this next degree to ensure our students’ success.”



Dear Parents: As we begin the 2019-20 school year, please take a few minutes to review the following information provided by attendanceworks.org regarding the impact of your child’s attendance at school.  By working together as a team, we can ensure your child is successful at school. Thank you!  

Help Your Child Succeed in School: Build the Habit of Good Attendance. Early School success goes hand in hand with good attendance!


•  Starting in kindergarten, too many absences can cause children to fall behind in school.

•  Missing 10 percent (or about 18 days) can make it harder to learn to read.

•  Students can still fall behind if they miss just a day or two days every few weeks.

•  Being late to school may lead to poor attendance and results in a loss of instructional time.

•  Absences can affect the whole classroom if the teacher has to slow down learning to help children catch up.

Attending school regularly helps children feel better about school—and themselves. Start building this habit in preschool so they learn right away that going to school on time, every day is important. Good attendance will help children do well in high school, college, and at work.


•  Set a regular bed time and morning routine.

•  Lay out clothes and pack backpacks the night before.

•  Don’t let your child stay home unless he/she is truly sick.

•  If your child seems anxious about going to school, talk to teachers or the school psychologist for advice on how to make him/her feel comfortable and excited about learning.

•  Develop back-up plans for getting to school if something comes up. Call on a family member, a neighbor, or another parent if you need help getting your children to school.

•  Avoid medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.

Suva Elementary is partnered with the LA County District Attorney’s “Abolish Chronic Truancy Program” (ACT Program) that enforces compulsory education laws focusing on parents’ responsibility and accountability to get children to school.

When Do Absences Become a Problem?

CHRONIC ABSENCE 10 or more days in a semester (ACT Program)

WARNING SIGNS 10 to 17 days in 1 school year

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Head Start Now Enrolling

Head Start, a free preschool program, is enrolling for next school year.  If you have a child who will be 3 or 4 years old by September 1st, please call 323-887-7963, for more information.


Head Start, un programa preescolar gratuito, está matriculando para el siguiente año escolar.  Si usted tiene un niño/a que cumple 3 o 4 años para el 1° de septiembre, por favor llame at 323-887-7963, para más información.


Live Homework Help targets students in grades K - Adult and provides them with homework assistance in English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. The program is internet-based and connects students with qualified tutors in real time. The service is free and is available in English, Spanish and Vietnamese on the County of Los Angeles Public Library website at:



To access the program students need a County of Los Angeles Public Library card which is available free at any County Library location.


Live Homework help is available in: English and Spanish everyday 

 from 3:00pm – 10:00pm                

Live Homework help is available in: Vietnamese everyday

from 4:00pm – 7:00pm


Questions? Call (562) 940-8523