Welcome Back to School!
The school has been cleaned, waxed, and buffed from top to bottom. Teachers are starting to come in to set up their rooms to get ready for the first day with your child. The staff is getting anxious to see their students!
This year our Open House will be held on August 27th from 5 pm to 6:30 pm. The open house is an opportunity to meet your child’s teacher, see the room and visit the rest of the school. There will also be a meeting at 6:00 pm for all 5th - 8th graders that are interested in playing sports this school year. There will only be one parent meeting, instead of a meeting before every season. More information will be sent home from Mr. Frost. Please join us!
I wanted to inform you of several items that affect you and your child. First, the first day of school is September 2nd for grades K, 3 and 6 only. This transition day allows teachers and students, new to the school or school wing, to get to know each other and to start to learn bell schedules, classroom routines and wing expectations. September 3rd is for all students.
Snacks and lunches from home should be chosen to make a positive contribution to children’s health. Fruits, vegetables and items low in fat and sugar are encouraged. Water, milk and juice are the preferred beverages. We encourage healthy treats for celebrations and parties. Please be mindful of the potential health risk certain foods may present. Some children have life threatening allergies and even being in the same area may be very dangerous. We encourage parents to talk with their child about not sharing food for the safety of everyone involved. In classrooms where there are students with known allergies, certain food items will be banned. This may seem unfair, and we recognize it may cause issues, however, it cannot be stressed enough: food allergies may be life threatening. Letters will go home to parents of students in these rooms, explaining the allergy, the food in question.
On September 9th, the school is hosting a panel discussion with Parent Voices on cyber safety and social media. This discussion is open to all parents and concerned citizens. Immediately following the discussion, we will be assigning iPads to the sixth, seventh and eighth graders. Parents are required to be here for the iPad assignments.
The School Board has added money to the lunch budget to allow students to have free
breakfast and lunch. Adults will still be required to pay. However, it is very important that all
parents complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application. If a parent qualifies, we receive
reimbursement from the state for those meals. Also, an accurate free and reduced lunch
percentage rate qualifies the school for grants available from the state, federal and private sources.
School starts at 7:55 am and ends at 2:50 pm. Students will be allowed to go to their
classrooms at 7:35 am. Please make every effort to have your child here before 7:55 as it is disruptive to the class if a student is tardy. If your child is tardy, you must come into the office to sign your child in. Students should not be dropped off before 7:25.
Again this year, our students will be dismissed on Fridays at 1:40 pm so that teachers will have an hour and half for Professional Learning Communities (PLC). During PLC time, teachers will be looking at progress of all students and developing curriculum that is aligned with the new standards adopted by the state.
We have several new staff members that I would like to introduce. Jason Allshouse is our new middle level reading teacher. The new Reach Director is John Lincoln. Billy Voisine is our new Assistant Principal. We are very excited with our new members of the staff.
Also, several teachers have new teaching assignments this year. Amber Allshouse will now be teaching first grade with Torri Robbins. Debbie Greenlaw and Tasha Brown will be teaching second grade. Kim Astbury will be teaching third grade with Judy Rhodes.
You will be receiving a copy of the Student Handbook. It will also be posted on our website.