Welcome Back Pittman Families

August 3, 2021

A Letter From Mrs. Agnew

Pittman Grown-ups,


It is with great pleasure and enthusiasm that I write this letter as your Pittman principal!


This will be my 16th year in education. I taught 2nd and 3rd grade in Branson and Rogersville for a combined 10 years. Then, for 4 years I was the instructional coach at Pittman and this will be my 2nd year as principal.


Personally, I am a wife and mother. I have three sons; Najem (10), Layth (9) and Jasim (6).They keep us busy with soccer, basketball and boy shenanigans. As a family we enjoy playing board games, building LEGOs and hiking. When I have free time, you will find me at an early morning workout, reading a good book or cooking.


One of the most important aspects of my work here at Pittman is to continue building strong relationships with families, students, staff and community members. You’ll find me in classrooms, hallways and community activities. I am a leader who is passionate about providing a safe, loving environment for all students. I am also passionate about providing each student with learning opportunities to support growth both academically and socially. I believe students are our most precious resource and our top priority.


I look forward to working with you this year!


High Fives and Hugs,

Mrs. Agnew

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Welcome New Staff & Staff Changes

This year we have some new faces in the building...please welcome...


Ms. Crystal Elliott - Counselor

Ms. Larissa Francis - Special Education Teacher

Ms. Lori Everett - Special Education Teacher

Ms. Julie Murdock - School Nurse

Jayce Swofford - Instructional Support Aid


We also have some teachers who have changed positions:


Mrs. Chism - 3rd Grade

Ms. Edelen - 3rd Grade

Mrs. Sutherlin - 4th Grade

Mrs. Miller - 1st Grade

Mrs. Manke - EBS Teacher

Mrs. Highfill - EBS para

Mark Your Calendars - Back to School Events

The below flyer was mailed home this week. Be on the lookout for more details regarding Kindergarten Orientation and Meet the Teacher Events on our facebook page and school website. Make sure you are following us on Facebook and have our website sps.org/pittman bookmarked. We will post details here when they become available.
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School Supply Lists

You can find our School Supply List for the 21-22 school year at sps.org/pittman


We have tons of backpacks at school and are happy to provide them to your family. Come grab one at Meet the Teacher on August 19th.

Arrival Procedures

1. Students should not be dropped off at the front doors before 7:15 am to avoid a gathering of unsupervised students.

2. The tardy bell rings at 7:30

3. Breakfast ends at 7:45


Students who are in K-2 (and any siblings) get dropped off at Door #6. You access this door by the east parking lot. Please drive all the way down to the door, where staff members safely get students from their car.


Students who are in 3-5 and walkers enter at Door #1, our main entrance. This door is accessed by our circle drive.


**Going to be late or absent? Call the office by 8:00 to let Mrs. Gwen know. 417-523-4700 **

If your student arrives after 7:45, please walk them into the building to sign them in.


Click HERE for an Arrival Map


Riding a Bike: With permission, students in grades 3-5 are allowed to ride their bikes to school without an adult. Please wear helmets. Bike riders must walk bikes on/off school grounds and have a way to lock their bikes to the racks. Scooters, skates or skateboards are not allowed on school property. Due to safety concerns, students in grade K-2 are not allowed to ride their bikes to school without an adult present. Bike riders should plan to arrive from 7:15 to 7:30.


Walkers: Should plan to arrive between 7:15 to 7:30, cross only at crosswalks and use Door #1


Car Riders: Students should remain in cars until the door opens at 7:15. Please do not let your student out of the car until a staff member is present.

First Day of School

For the safety of our students and staff, parents will not be able to walk students into the building on the first day of school. We know the first day of school can be filled with nerves and we promise you, your child will be loved and cared for each and every day, including the first day of school. Staff will be on hand to walk students to their classrooms & teachers will be greeting them at the main door (Door #1).


Kindergarten students - We realize the first day of Kindergarten can be a big milestone and we want to make sure your send-off is as smooth as possible. Kindergarten parents may walk their student up to door #6. At this door, you will be greeted by our Kindergarten teachers, who will take your child straight to their classroom. Please give your child a hug and kiss and tell them to

have a great day. In no time they will be eating breakfast and engaged in fun activities. If a K student has an older sibling, they too may enter through the #6 door.


PLEASE PARK YOUR CAR IN THE LOT IF YOU ARE WALKING YOUR STUDENT(S) UP TO THE BUILDING TO AVOID BLOCKING THE FLOW OF CAR DROP-OFF

Dismissal Procedures

Walkers - A walker is a student or students who walk all the way home with or without an adult.

Someone who parks in the parking lot and walks to their car is not considered a walker. Please use the car line.


Walkers exit the building out door #1 or #6 depending on which direction they walk. Door #1 if they cross Bennett or walk along Bennett; Door #6 if they walk toward the neighborhood area behind Pittman. Please make sure your child knows where to exit. Students are responsible for leaving school property and heading straight to their destination.


Walkers are dismissed at 2:25


Car Riders

3-5 students are dismissed out door #1 to the circle drive, unless they have a K-2 sibling.

K-2 students (and any 3-5 siblings) are dismissed out door #6 on the east side of the building. There are two lanes, please stay in your lane and stay in your car


Car Riders are dismissed at 2:30


Click HERE for a Dismissal Map


Please help us make car lines go smoothly:


1. Always display your car tag. Please pick one of these up at our Meet the Teacher event.

2. Always stay in your car. Staff members will load students into cars. If your student still struggles to buckle themselves, please pull over into the parking lot to help them.

3. At the East Parking Lot pickup, we load 10 cars at a time then the line will move. Please keep your car in park until the line moves.

4. Please be patient.

COVID Information

Water Bottles: Students will need to bring a water bottle to school each day. Please make sure your student's name is on it.


Masks: All staff, students and community members will need to be masked when they are inside the building. Students can be without masks at recess, lunch and PE.


Visitors: At this time in the school year, visitors are only allowed be for educational purposes. No parents will be allowed to eat with their child or attend parties until it is safe.


Volunteers: Volunteers who are for educational purposes are allowed in the building. Volunteers must have a background check. Please see more information HERE.

After School Care

At Pittman, we have 3 options for After School Care and 1 for before school:


1. Primetime: through the YMCA and on-site. You can sign up through our SHINE program HERE. Scholarships are available for families with free/reduced lunch status.


2. Boys and Girls Club: off-site but they provide transportation. You can sign up through our SHINE program HERE. Scholarships are available for families with free/reduced lunch status.


3. East Grand: off-site but they provide transportation. They provide before and after school care. You can contact them for information at 883-3628

Even though school lunch and breakfast will be free to all students this year because of a federal grant, we still need ALL families to complete the free and reduced lunch form. Free and Reduced lunch status helps Pittman get federal funding through the Title l program. Currently Pittman utilizes our funding to have a reading and math specialist who work with students.

Please complete the online application at: https://www.sps.org/ then click on “Free and Reduced Meal Application” on the right.

Safety Reminders

Front Door:

Students, parents and patrons need to ENTER THE SCHOOL THROUGH THE DESIGNATED FRONT DOOR by the office (door #1) once school has started. All other outside doors will remain locked, including the door adjacent to the cafeteria. Please enter through the door that has the red #1 sticker on it. Push the buzzer to alert the secretary. Have your ID ready.


Visitors:

At this time in the school year, visitors may only be for educational purposes. No parents will be allowed to eat with their child or attend parties until it is safe. If you are here for a meeting, please sign in on the clipboard located next to the entrance of the secretary's office.


Pets/Birthdays:

We want Pittman school to be a safe and healthy place for kids. Therefore, pets are not to be brought to the Pittman Elementary campus and that includes bringing cats/dogs to the school at dismissal. We have students and staff who are allergic to pet dander. Also, in an attempt to model healthy living, the board of education has adopted new health guidelines. Students may not bring food items on their birthday to share with classmates. Only non-food items may be brought to celebrate.

PBIS

At Pittman we focus on ways to Be Kind, Be Safe and Be a Learner. At Pittman we call these three focus areas “The Pittman Way”. At school students will learn the expectations of their behavior in the hallways, lunch, recess and more. Teachers and students will engage in activities to practice these expectations. Teachers will give out eagle points when students are caught following the expectations. You will see these points on your child’s Class Dojo account. Each month students will be able to buy things with their eagle points. Below is our Pittman Behavior Matrix. You will read more about our matrix in the Pittman Press this year.

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Technology

School Devices:

Kindergarten students will have iPads and 1st-5th graders who don't currently have a Chromebook will be given a Chromebook this year.


Students bring their devices home each evening. Please make sure they are charged each evening and brought back to school the next day.


On the above PBIS matrix, you will see our expectations for Digital Citizenship. Students are responsible for their devices and their online behavior.


If you have technology questions or need a hot spot contact ckerwin@spsmail.org or call the school.


Devices from Home:

All electronic devices, such as, but not limited to, cellular phones, pagers, PDAs, headphones, iPods/MP3 players may be in the student’s possession as long as they are on silent and in the student's backpack. If a student is found on their device during school, the teacher will ask that the device be put back in the backpack for the first offense. During a second offense the teacher will safely store the device until the end of day. The School District will not be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Communication

My goal is to provide clear, consistent communication. I will send out the Pittman Press each week on Friday afternoons. Included in the Press will be information that will help the school year run smoothly. It will be sent out on Class Dojo, posted on Facebook and sent out in a text. If you need to receive a paper copy of the Pittman Press, please contact your child’s teacher.

Please make sure to call the office when you have an email, phone number or address change. I will be using a text/email system called Blackboard Connect. This year, you will need to receive timely updates. Please make sure your contact information is up-to-date and that you are signed up to receive these texts.


If at anytime a problem should arise, please contact your child’s teacher first. Teachers will communicate with parents via Class Dojo, phone and email.


Feel free to contact me or the office.

School—417.523.4700

Mrs. Agnew Email—mragnew@spsmail.org

Ms. Gwen (school secretary) Email - gethomas@spsmail.org


Our school website: sps.org/pittman

Make Sure to Follow Us!

**Mrs. Agnew answers emails and dojo messages from 6am-5pm, as quickly as possible.** Other hours are reserved for family time and rest. I appreciate your understanding.

Attendance & Transfer Students

Attendance:

Your student's attendance rate should be 95% or higher. Our building goal is to have our attendance rate 95% or higher at all times. We understand that things come up, but please make every effort to have students to school on time. With an early dismissal time, please try to make appointments after 2:30. In order for you student to be most successful, they need to be at school. Please let us know how we can help!


When your student does have to be absent, call Ms. Gwen in the office before 8:00am, each day your student is absent, to let us know.


Transfer Policy:

If you are at Pittman on a transfer, please remember that in order to stay on transfer your student needs to:


*Keep their attendance rate higher that 90%

*Have no more than 2 discipline referrals that result in ISS or OSS


In the event that either of these actions occur, you will be issued a warning letter to keep you informed of the situation. Transfer is a privilege and we want to hold ALL students to high expectations.

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2021-2022 District Calendar

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District Student Handbook

The 21-22 District Student Handbook can be found HERE
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