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Principal's Message

Ms. Fernandez

August 7, 2019


Dear Wilcox Parents and Community, 


My name is Veronica Fernandez, your new acting principal of Wilcox Elementary. It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone back to a great year at Wilcox Elementary School. I am truly honored to become part of the Wilcox Elementary Wildcats family. I hope that you and your families are having a wonderful summer. Our summer staff has been working hard preparing all of our classrooms for the arrival of your children. On behalf of the staff, we are looking forward to a great 2019-2020 school year. Our first day of school is Monday, August 19, 2019 with our first bell ringing at 8:30AM and dismissal at 2:45PM. Our breakfast program will be made available daily from 8:00-8:25AM. 


I feel honored to be working alongside our highly qualified and dedicated staff so that your children have a successful school year. Our Wilcox community had the pleasure of having Mr. Gallegos serve the school as principal for fourteen years. Therefore, I pledge to give you, your children, our teachers and support staff my full dedication and commitment so that Wilcox Elementary continues to be a place where our students achieve and receive a good quality academic experience. 


To prepare your children for the first day of school, we will be posting classroom assignments in front of our school by Friday, August 16, 2019 at 4:00pm. We will also have support staff assisting families upon arrival in the first day of school. As a reminder, all Montebello elementary schools are closed campus schools. On Monday, August 19th, parents will be able to escort their children on campus before the start of the school day. Parents will be directed to depart from campus at 8:30AM. On Tuesday, August 20th and thereafter, Wilcox Elementary will be a close campus school. The first weeks of school will be filled with excitement and families trying to balance schedules in the household. Please note that our school gates will open at 8:00AM. It is important that all traffic safety laws are observed when driving around school zones. For the safety of all Wilcox students and adults, I am asking that all drivers take a moment to pull over to a loading curb on Donna Way when dropping off and picking up students. Do not double park or block driveways. You may access a copy of our 2019-2020 Bell Schedule on our school website at so that you may plan your drop-off and pick-up times accordingly. 


In preparation for the new school year, you should have received a school lunch application in the mail by our district’s Nutritional Services Department. All households are being asked to submit an application. This will ensure whether your child qualifies for a free or reduced lunch for the 2019-2020 school year. You may return a complete and signed application to our office or complete an application online at 

If your child is entering Transitional Kindergarten (TK) or Kindergarten (K) this school year, I would like to invite you to attend one of our TK-K Parent orientation meetings scheduled for Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 9am and at 4:30pm. The same topics will be discussed at both meeting therefore, you only need to attend one meeting. 

Montebello Unified School District Wilcox Elementary School 816 Donna Way Montebello, CA 90640 Telephone (323) 728-1833 • Fax (323) 887-3096 Ms. Veronica Fernandez, Acting Principal • Ms. Bonnie Tom, Intervention Facilitator 


Lastly, Wilcox Elementary strives in promoting anti-bullying, school spirit and a college going culture. I encourage all our Wilcox Wildcats to observe and wear the following T-Shirts during the week: 

• Wednesday’s College Day: Wear your College T-Shirt 

• Thursday’s Anti-Bullying Day: Wear your blue Smurfs T-Shirt 

• Friday’s School Spirit Day: Wear your School T-Shirt or school colors 

For additional school information, I would like to invite you to visit our school website at

You may also contact the main office at (323) 728-1833. 


In closing, please enjoy your final days of summer and I look forward to meeting all of you on the first day of school. 



Veronica Fernandez

Acting Principal Wilcox Elementary School


Important Dates:

TK- K Parent Orientation 8/13/19 at 9:00AM, Location: Cafeteria TK- K Parent Orientation 8/13/19 at 4:30PM

Location: Cafeteria


First Day of School- 8/19/19


Bus Rider Parent Information Meeting-8/19/19 at 8:45am

Location: Cafeteria


PTA Election Meeting – 8/30/19 at 8:45AM

Location: Cafeteria