Hamilton-Parsons Happenings

Volume 42/ Issue 1

Curriculum Night

Tuesday, Sep. 5th, 6pm

69875 Dequindre Road

Leonard, MI

Please join us to hear about our curriculum, see the building improvements, visit your child's classroom, and meet your child's teacher! Please plan on attending without your child(ren) so it allows for quality presentation time for all attendees in your child's classroom.


6:00 - 6:30 Welcome message/gym

6:40-7:25 Presentations in classrooms (two rotations)

7:30 Evening concludes

Bond Construction

The office construction is still in full swing! We are hopeful to finish possibly, Friday, August 25th or even into the following week. Mrs. Seeley and Mrs. Hasse are working in the media center should you need assistance. Please call the HP main line to reach us.


If you have yet to receive your child's classroom placement letter, please call us.

Beginning of the Year Information

Parent Portal

Update and verify your student(s) information online before Sept 5th. This information is required to be updated yearly and helps keep your child's account accurate including emergency contacts and mailing information.


The update portal is used to review and update information on your child(ren) that was/were enrolled in Romeo Community Schools last school year. You will log into each individual child and update any contact information, address changes, etc. Even if you have no changes, you are required to login to the update portal and confirm the information. Please log in to the Romeo Back-to-School Gateway to get started.

Detailed Information

Daily Schedule:

Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Teacher Hours: 8:10 a.m. to 3:25 p.m.


Student's Day:

Breakfast: 7:55 a.m. to 8:10 a.m.

Regular Day: 8:10 a.m. to 3:12 p.m.

Morning Bell to be in class by: 8:14 a.m.

PLC Early Release: 8:10 a.m. to 1:55 p.m.

Half Day: 8:14 a.m. to 11:24 a.m.

Tardy: 8:15 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. and 2:40 p.m. - 3:12 p.m.

1/2 Day Absence AM: after 8:45 a.m.

1/2 Day Absence PM: pickup before 2:45 p.m.


School Aged Childcare (SAC):

School Aged Childcare hours are 6:00-8:14 am and 3:12-6:00 pm. Questions about registration should be directed to Croswell Childhood Center (586) 752-0314. SAC entrance can be found at the back (southside of the building).


Breakfast Program:

7:50-8:14 am Children are to enter the main entrance and head to the cafeteria.


Line Up:

Students may not arrive prior to 7:50am. There is no supervision prior to 7:50am. Students dropped off after the first bell at 8:14 am should enter the front doors of the building. Kindergarten students will line up on the blacktop next to the bus loop. Lower elementary students in grades 1 & 2 will line up on the playground across from the swings. Upper elementary students in grades 3, 4, and 5 will line up near the gym doors. Students are asked to line up by room numbers at their designated doors. Parents will NOT be able to enter the building through any other door than the office for safety reasons. On the first day (other than Kindergarten drop in times), we ask that parents do not come to the classroom as it makes the transition much more difficult for the child.


Snacks for School:

Most classrooms have a break and snack period. Great choices for snack include: fruit, vegetables, cheese, crackers, granola bars, pretzels, yogurt etc. Water bottles are allowed as well. Classroom teachers will further address snack times and policy in their classrooms.


Recess:

Students will have recess daily. Please ensure proper footwear is worn to school each day. For physical education students must wear closed-toed shoes to participate.


Suggested School Supplies:

School supply lists for all grade levels can be found on our website. Click here to be directed to the school supply list. The drop down 'School Supply List' is near the bottom of the page.


Medication:

Students that are required to take medication at school must have a completed form turned into the office for the current school year. Medication must stay in the office and not in the child's desk nor backpack. Medication forms can be found on our website. Click here to be directed to the website for forms. (Please see information under the 'Parents and Students' tab).


NEW Student Code of Conduct:

Student expectations for Romeo Community Schools can be found online. Please visit the 'Parent Students' tab on our website to review the dress code, attendance policy, discipline policy etc.

Parking Lot Safety

Key Agreements:

  • Families drop off in the drop off areas only. Our goal is to create a long drop off line along the sidewalk from the doors down by SAC/green yellow recycle bin, all the way until our blue school sign. Thus, many cars/students can be dropped off at once.

  • Parents do NOT go in the bus loop.

  • Parents nor students will walk in between busses even if the busses are parked.

  • If you choose to park and walk your child to their morning arrival spot, use caution and watch for vehicles from the drop off lot. Abide by all regular parking rules, including leaving handicap spaces for drivers with the proper designation. Do not block driveways or the bus loop.

  • For pick up, students will NOT need to be signed out from the cafeteria at the end of the day. Instead, look for your child’s designated area in the cafeteria where your child will be waiting and adults will be monitoring. Please use the tables located with their grade level. The more we have parents following this and sitting, it will be easier for your child to spot you!

  • The cafeteria will be supervised by a HP staff in the mornings for breakfast participants and after school for dismissal. Please respect the safety of our children and only enter the cafeteria. Do not enter the rest of the hallways/building at this time. Waiting in the foyer will not be permitted.


Upon arrival, students will line up in the following areas:

  • On inclimate weather days, students will sit in the hallway outside their classroom doors.

  • Students can walk around either side of the building to get to their line up locations.

  • Kindergarten: outside their classroom doors

  • Grades 1st - 2nd & Ternes/Ward & DeGiulio: outside of playground doors near (door #23)

  • Grades 3rd - 5th: outside of gym doors (door #16)


Dismissal procedures:

  • Anyone picking up your child before school ends must be on your child’s emergency card and must come with a photo I.D. NO EXCEPTIONS.

  • Please EXIT the cafeteria at dismissal time from the MAIN ENTRANCE doors only.

  • You MUST always communicate your child’s dismissal plans with your child’s teacher, preferably at the beginning of the day via a note sent with the student. Staff emails are not often checked for this information throughout the day. Should plans change, please notify the office as soon as possible.


In the end, Ham-Par staff and families agree to all “wins” to promote safety, consideration, and student convenience in student drop-off and pick up lanes.

Kindergarten Staggered Start

The transition to kindergarten is a big event for children and families. One step the Romeo Community Schools has taken to ensure that the school year gets off on the right foot is to stagger when kindergarten students start. The staggered schedule is designed for children to become familiar with school in a supportive environment, first with a parent and then in a smaller group setting. Experience has shown us that the small group setting reduces anxiety and allows teachers to help students feel more successful with classroom routines and school procedures. The kindergarten staggered schedule for the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year is outlined below.


Tuesday, September 5

Kindergarten students do not ride the bus. Children come with a parent for a classroom visit of about 30-60 minutes any time during the hours: 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. This will allow you to meet the Kindergarten teacher and help ease the comfort level of your child to attend school (most likely) for the first time. Your child's teacher will be asking about your child's regular pick up schedule to ensure they are aware of what will be happening at dismissal on a regular basis. Changes to this schedule need to made in WRITING. While we believe kindergarteners, being five sometimes we don't always get the message correct. To ensure safety, we ask that changes be made in writing to the child's teacher.


Wednesday, September 6

Only students with last names A-L attend school for a full day. Children may ride the bus and will need to pack or buy a lunch.


Thursday, September 7

Only students with last name M-Z attend school for a full day. Children may ride the bus and will need to pack or buy a lunch.


Friday, September 8

All kindergarten students attend school for a full day and begin their regular schedule of our all day program.

Important Numbers

Ham-Par’s Attendance Line:

Student absences must be called in. Student absences that are not reported are verified. Doctors notes for illnesses are helpful as well. The attendance line is checked regularly throughout the day. The number is: 586-281-2050. Please call the mainline for changes in your child’s transportation.


Transportation:

Questions regarding bus stops, routing, and bus numbers should be directed to the transportation department ASAP. Routing is being determined currently. Please call: 586-752-0267.


Food Service:

Meal Magic can be found on the district’s website. Free/Reduced paperwork is also available online. Questions/concerns please call: 586-752-0304.


Special Services (Special Education):

Questions regarding special education services can be directed to: 586-752-0422.

Parents At Work in our School (P.A.W.S.)

What is P.A.W.S.?

The HP P.A.W.S. group is a parent-based community working towards school events and improvement for our students/community; a fancy name for PTO.


Who can be involved?

Any parent, guardian, grandparent and/or caregiver looking to invest time and effort in helping to make our school great. Many view points and hands make our P.A.W.S. unique and spectacular!


What do we do?

We are responsible for bridging the gap between families and the school. We provide many projects and activities to get children and families involved outside of the normal school day. Some activities are free of charge and some help raise money to be used towards needs in our school.


What do the funds raised go towards?

During previous years, P.A.W.S. was able to provide Leader in Me funding, purchase new playground equipment, easels throughout the school, new tables and chairs for our upper el classroom pod areas, books for the library and books for the classrooms….and much more!

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Become an RCS employee!

We are currently looking for a full-time Health Aide as well as before school, noon time, and after school parent support staff. Please apply online or let Mrs. Hasse know of your interest: andrea.hasse@romeok12.org or call the office: 752-0280.

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Hamilton-Parsons Elementary School

Hamilton-Parsons Elementary is a K-5 elementary school in Romeo Community Schools. Ham-Par, for short, is Michigan's 120th Leader in Me school and the first school in Romeo to adopt the LIM processes as a part of best practice from the Franklin Covey Foundation.


Vision Statement: We choose to empower students by teaching life-long habits so that they are prepared to succeed today, tomorrow, and always.

Mission Statement: Hamilton-Parsons... Learners, Leaders, Bulldogs Forever!


Mrs. Andrea Hasse, Ed.S., principal

Mrs. Lisa Seeley, secretary

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