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~Clare Fagin


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Lu Sutton’s Vision

Lu Sutton is a respected California Distinguished School that creates an alliance between our dedicated staff, supportive families, and community partners in order to provide an excellent educational experience for ALL students with a commitment to fostering critical thinking, collaboration, communication skills, and creativity as the guiding principles that bind our learning community together.


There has been a lot of discussion lately questioning the benefits of homework in elementary school. After studying the research and listening to our community last year we modified our homework policy.

All Lu Sutton students are expected to read or be read to everyday. Reading comprehension is enhanced when an adult discusses what was read with the child. Some examples: What was the main idea? How was the problem in the story resolved? Do you agree with how the character behaved or what would you have done differently? What do you think is going to happen next?
All Lu Sutton students should practice math concepts or math facts daily. This can be done with games, flash cards, following a recipe, figuring out the cost of dinner or how much tip to add. Reflex Math, Khan Academy, and Tenmarks are some fun web-based programs that you can access from home for extra practice.
What you won’t see are packets of papers and worksheets coming home that need to be completed and turned in. If you do desire some practice sheets to work on with your child, please talk with your child’s teacher.

We realize you want to build a rich family life and that you have things you want to teach your children, whether it’s cooking, building things, or fixing cars we want you to have that time. Kids have passions they want to pursue as well, sports, music, dance, and scouting. At the end of the day, it’s about how you balance work, family, and educational goals and we don’t want to dictate how your family time is spent. You are your child’s first teachers, we are here to encourage and support you and your child. Let us know how we can help you and if you need some ideas!


Welcome to our new website and an exciting new year at Lu Sutton!  Please take the time to explore our website and check back throughout the year for information, upcoming events, class information, and a current calendar of events.

I am happily beginning my sixth year as principal at Lu Sutton.  Prior to here I was a principal for 9 years in Sonoma County and a teacher for 15 years in Nevada County.  I have two wonderful sons, two beautiful daughters-in-law, and five amazing grandchildren.  My 20 year old niece is currently living with me.  My favorite pastime is to spend time with my family.  This summer I traveled to Portugal where I fell in love with the people, the cities, the culture, the food, and the music!  I hope to return someday!

I invite you to join me and the LS staff as we continue to nurture our students in a caring culture.  We will be implementing Project Based Learning (PBL), Lucy Calkins writing, new Science (NGSS) curriculum, and Second Step.  Teachers will pilot a rubric to assess students’ ability to use collaboration skills.  Equity and cultural awareness will be a common thread throughout all.  To hear more about these school initiatives look for information about our first Parent Edcamp coming this fall.

One of my goals is to provide more opportunities for parents and families to be informed so they can become involved at our amazing school.  I appreciate your partnership as we nurture and educate your children .  Thank you so much for your support.

Lu Sutton Elementary

  • 1800 Center Rd, Novato, CA, 94947
  • 415-897-3196
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