Horace Mann/Roosevelt Elementary
SPARTAN BULLETIN - OCTOBER 2020
The mission of Horace Mann/Roosevelt Elementary School
Thank You for a GREAT Start
We want to thank you for a GREAT start to the school year. We have had some detours along the way and we applaud you for communicating with us and allowing us to be a part of each other's journeys.
These times are trying. Yet, there are also many positives we have noticed along the way thus far.
Students are joyfully back to school whether it is Virtually or Hybrid. Students are enjoying a routine and settling into their work... Our teachers are too. :)
Connections between staff and students, students and students, and staff to staff are positive and supportive. Staff to family relationships have also grown stronger as we show our empathy and grace as we navigate these ever changing times.
I am humbled to lead such a resilient and empathetic group of people. Watching the adults in our buildings develop safety systems, gracefully doing other duties to mitigate risks for all in the school setting, and hearing the laughter in the hallways and when working together and meeting with parents via Zoom is such a gift.
Let's keep being responsible and taking great care of each other HMR!
We are better together and We couldn't be more proud!
Keep up the GREAT Work!!
Leandra and Jackie
HMR Hybrid Conferences: Tuesday October 13th 3pm - 7pm and Thursday October 15th 3pm - 7pm
As we begin our Fall Conferences this month. There will be some changes as to how we are hosting Conferences:
We will be hosting Zoom Virtual Conferences with our Hybrid Families.
These conferences will be 15 minutes in length to talk to the classroom teacher about how your student(s) is/are settling in and possible goals for your student(s).
Specialists will have their own Sign Up Space on PCTFast. If you wish to sign up for a Zoom with any of our Specialist Teachers, please sign up under their names.
Start and End Times
A reminder that the start and end times are tight. We do not have supervision in the mornings so when it is wet and cold, your students will be outside if they don't come at the appropriate start time.
Students can arrive at 8:25am
Students dismiss at 2:02pm
Students can arrive at 8:15am
Students dismiss at 1:52pm
Thank you for helping us keep our students safe, warm, dry, and on time!!
Virtual Academy Families
This pick up will include Art materials that your student will need as they attend the Virtual Academy.
Pick up times at both campuses will be from 9am-1pm on Friday October 2nd.
If you are not able to come pick the Art items up at that time, please call the office at each building and set up a time with our office staff to come and collect the items the week of October 5th.
The sooner your student has the items the better. :)
McKinney - Vento Services
Targeted to Schoolwide Title Transition
This was a vast undertaking considering the curve ball the COVID-19 Pandemic gave us in the Spring. We are now able and proud to serve all students who walk through our building with extra support if/when they need it. This is a fantastic opportunity for the students at HMR.
Below are 4 documents that need to be shared with our stakeholders. Please take the time to read them and call our offices if you have any questions.
Parent Involvement Plan
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary shall:
In the fall, hold an annual meeting with parents of participating children at HMR. The purpose of this meeting is to inform parents of the requirements of Schoolwide programming and their right to be involved:
- Hold at Roosevelt Elementary in the evening.
Offer a flexible number of meetings, such as meetings in the morning or evening, and may provide with funds provided under this part, transportation, or child care, as such services relate to parental involvement.
- Meet with the parents twice a year at conferences – October and February.
- Get input from parents at the Fall Parent meeting.
- Hold phone conferences if needed
Involve parents, in an organized, ongoing and timely way, in the planning, review and improvement of programs under this part, including planning, review and improvement of the school parental involvement policy.
- Parent Meetings.
- Annual Review meeting scheduled in the spring.
- Parent Surveys sent home in the spring.
- Information is shared throughout the year via letters, conferences, newsletters and phone calls.
Provide parents of participating children:
- Timely information about intervention programs.
- A description and explanation of the curriculum in use at the school, the forms of academic assessment used to measure student progress, and the proficiency levels students are expected to meet.
- If requested by parents, opportunities for regular meetings to formulate suggestions and to participate, as appropriate, in decisions relating to the education of their children and respond to any such suggestions as soon as practically possible.
- Include Newsletters, Reading Logs, Math Journals, meetings, progress reports, notes and information given on the intervention curriculum involving Reading and Math.
If the school-wide program plan is not satisfactory to the parents of participating children, submit any parent comments on the plan when the school makes the plan available to the local educational agency.
Shared Responsibilities for High Student Academic Achievement
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary shall jointly develop with parents for all children served, a school-parent compact. This compact outlines how parents, the entire school staff and students will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement.
- The School-Parent Compact is part of this policy.
- The actual compact will be given to each parent for review and feedback.
Building Capacity for Involvement
To ensure effective involvement of parents and to support a partnership among the school involved, parents and the community, to improve student academic achievement, each school and local educational agency assisted under this part…
Horace Mann Elementary shall provide assistance to the parents of children served by the school or local educational agency, as appropriate, in understanding such topics as the State’s academic content standards and the State student academic achievement standards, State and local academic assessments, the requirements of this part, and how to monitor a child’s progress and work with educators to improve the achievement of their children.
- Share academic and achievement standards such as school-wide newsletter, progress reports, parent-teacher conferences and other conferences as needed.
- Parent meetings.
- Information is shared throughout the year via letters, conferences, newsletters and phone calls.
- Reading Logs, Multiplication Fact Practice Sheet.
- Encourage meetings with the teachers to discuss specific ways in which parents can assist their children to progress.
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary shall provide materials and training to help parents to work with their children to improve their children’s achievement, such as literacy training and using technology, as appropriate, to foster parental involvement.
- Model techniques at parent meetings and conferences.
- Instructional books and games provided to parents.
- Leveled book list for at home reading.
- Provide materials for drill and practice (ex. Flashcards).
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary shall be involved with educating school personnel with the assistance of parents, in the value of parent contributions, and in how to reach out to, communicate with, and work with parents as equal partners, implement and coordinate parent programs, and build ties between parents and the school.
- Teachers will pass along information gained through professional development to parents, faculty/staff, principal by handouts, meetings and conferences, newsletters and staff meetings.
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary shall, to the extent feasible and appropriate, support parent involvement programs and activities with Head Start, Even Start, the Home Instruction Programs for Preschool youngsters, the Parents as Teachers Program, public preschool and other programs, and may develop other activities, such as parent resource centers, that encourage and support parents to more fully participate in the education of their children.
- School Nurse and counselor.
- Distribute parent information at conferences.
- Newsletter to communicate to parents about community resources.
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary shall ensure that information related to school and parent programs, meetings and other activities is sent to the parents of participating children in a format and to the extent practicable in a language parents can understand.
- Translators are used to translate oral and written language as needed.
- Informational materials are advised for content readability.
- Information is provided orally when written materials are unsuitable.
Involve parents in the development of training for teachers, principals and other educators to improve the effectiveness of such training.
- Parents may be involved in the professional development committee.
- Teachers are members of the HM/Roos PTA.
- School board meetings are open to the public.
May provide necessary literacy training from Title I fund if the district has exhausted all other reasonable available sources of funding for such training.
May pay reasonable and necessary expenses associated with local Parental Engagement activities, including transportation and childcare costs, to enable parents to participate in school-related meetings and training sessions.
May train parents to enhance the involvement of other parents.
May arrange school meetings at a variety of times, or conduct in-home conferences between teachers or other educators, who work directly with participating children, with parents who are unable to attend such conferences at school in order to maximize parental involvement and participation.
- Teachers are available and respond in a timely manner.
May adopt and implement model approaches to improving parental involvement.
May establish a district parent advisory council to provide advice on all matters related to parent involvement activities.
Shall provide other reasonable support for parental involvement activities under this as parents may request.
- Provide parents with websites that will enrich their child’s academic skills.
The district and schools shall provide full opportunities for the participation of parents with children with limited English proficiency, parents with children with disabilities and parents of migrant children. The district and schools will provide information and school reports, when practicable in a format and language parents can understand.
- Translators are available upon request.
- Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary resources on staff include: Physical Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech-Language Therapist, Learning disabilities Teacher and a Special Education Teacher who assists students with emotional/behavior needs. These teachers act as resources for parents and students.
School-Parent Compact 2020-2021
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary School
HMR Schoolwide programming and the parents of students participating in activities, services and programs funded by Title I agree that this compact outlines how they will share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the State’s high standards.
This school-parent compact is in effect during the 2020-2021 school year.
Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary will:
1. Provide high-quality curriculum and instruction in a supportive and effective learning environment that enables the participating children to meet the state’s student academic achievement standards as follows:
· Provide curriculum and supplemental instruction at an appropriate level
· Provide alternative methods of instruction
· Use research-based methods and curriculum
· Teach to the standards and benchmarks
· Provide a caring, small group setting with differentiated instruction
2. Hold parent-teacher conferences, during which teachers will be available to discuss this compact as it relates to the individual child’s achievement. Specifically, these conferences will be held in conjunction with the District calendar of parent-teacher conferences held twice a year:
· Beginning of Year: Two different dates in October
· Midyear: Two different dates in February
3. Provide parents with frequent reports on their children’s progress. Specifically, the school will provide reports as follows:
· Progress Report Card: Conferences and end of year
The school may provide additional reports as follows:
· Informal notes of progress
· Phone calls and or email
· Conferences as needed
4. Provide parents reasonable access to staff. Specifically, staff will be available for consultation with parents as follows:
· Phone calls: 446-5300 or 446-4600. Please leave a message with the office staff and the teacher will return your call in a timely way
· Email addresses can be found on the Fargo Public Schools website
· Individual meetings by appointment
5. Provide regular communication to parents.
· Monthly newsletters will be sent home from school administration
· Teachers will send home weekly/monthly newsletters
6. Provide parents opportunities to volunteer and participate in their child’s class, and to observe classroom activities as follows: (when COVID Levels allow)
· Encourage open-door policy for visiting the classroom. Please call ahead to make arrangements
· Encourage parent volunteers
· Invite parents to observe a Reading Recovery®, Reading and/or Math interventions or a classroom lesson
We, as parents, will support our children’s learning in the following ways:
· Getting my child to school on time each day
· Making sure that homework is complete
· Attending parent-teacher conferences
· Limiting the amount of time my child watches TV and plays electronic games
· Volunteering in my child’s classroom/school
· Participating, as appropriate, in decisions relating to my child’s education
· Promoting positive use of my child’s free time
· Reading and responding to communication from school in a timely manner
· Participating, if possible, in whole school activities and/or organizations as available
Right to Ask Letter 20-21
In compliance with the requirements of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Horace Mann Roosevelt Elementary would like to inform you that you may request information about the professional qualifications of your student’s teacher(s) or instructional paraprofessional(s).
A. The following information may be requested for teacher(s):
- Whether the teacher has met HMR teacher certification requirements for the grade level and subject areas in which the teacher provides instruction.
- Whether the teacher is teaching under an emergency or other provisional status through which Washington qualifications or certification criteria have been waived.
- The college major and any graduate certification or degree held by the teacher.
- Whether the student is provided services by paraprofessionals, and if so, their qualifications.
B. The following information may be requested for instructional paraprofessional(s):
Paraprofessionals must work under the supervision of a certiﬁed teacher. In schools that operate a schoolwide program, all paraprofessionals must meet professional qualiﬁcations. In a Targeted Assistance program, any paraprofessional who is the direct supervision of a certificated teacher must meet the professional qualifications.
Paraeducators can provide a copy of their high school diploma — transcripts are not necessary. Schools that operate a Title I, Part A program must have a high school diploma or GED and completed the following:
- Completed at least two years of study at an institution of higher education; or
- Obtained an associate’s or higher degree; or
- Pass the ETS ParaPro Assessment. The assessment measures skills, and content knowledge related to reading, writing and math;
- Completed previously the apprenticeship requirements and must present a journeycard or certificate. The portfolio and apprenticeships are no longer offered for enrollment; however, the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) will continue to honor this pathway.
If you wish to request information concerning your child’s teacher’s and instructional paraprofessional’s qualification, please contact Leandra Ostrom at 701-446-5300.
Leandra Ostrom, Principal
Dispute Resolution Policy 20-21
Dispute Resolution Policy 2020-2021
Federal regulations require that each district adopt procedures for receiving and resolving disputes pertaining to Title programs.
If a parent, school personnel or any interested person wishes to file a complaint, the following process must be followed:
· The written complaint must be sent via mail or e-mail to:
(Manager of Specific Title program)
Fargo Public Schools
415 North 4th Street
Fargo, ND 58102
Fargo Public Schools Title Managers
Title I Part A (Disadvantaged Students) Jan Andersonanderja@fargo.k12.nd.us
Title II Part A (Teacher Training/Recruitment) Robert Groszgroszr@fargo.k12.nd.us
Title III (English Language Acquisition) David Burkmanburkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us
Title IX (Discrimination/Sexual Harassment) Brad Franklinfranklb@fargo.k12.nd.us
Section 504 (Students with Disabilities) David Burkmanburkmad@fargo.k12.nd.us
· Any complaint must include:
• The date;
• The name of the district, unit, or individual the complaint is against;
• The name, address, and telephone number of the person making the complaint;
• A detailed description of the complaint, including specific facts; and
• The signature of the person making the complaint.
When a complaint is filed, the appropriate Fargo Public Schools Title Manager will investigate and issue a written response within sixty (60) calendar days from the date the complaint is received.
Once a response is received from Fargo Public Schools staff, the person making the complaint has the right to have their complaint reconsidered. The complainant may submit a reconsideration request in writing to the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction and the U.S. Department of Education.
State Superintendent The Secretary of Education
North Dakota Department of Public Instruction U.S. Department of Education
600 E. Boulevard Avenue, Dept 201 555 New Jersey Avenue NW
Bismarck, ND 58505-0440 Washington, D.C. 20208
Revised 7/2017, 7/2018
The Importance of School Attendance:
One of the most important things your child can do to achieve academic success is also one of the most basic: going to school every day. In fact, research has shown that your child's attendance record may be the biggest factor influencing her academic success.
Benefits of daily attendance
By attending class regularly, your child is more likely to keep up with the daily lessons and assignments, and take quizzes and tests on time.
There are other benefits as well:
Achievement: Students who attend school regularly are more likely to pass reading and math assessments than students who don't attend school regularly.
Opportunity: For older students, being in school every day gives them a chance to learn more about college and scholarship opportunities, and to take the important exams they need to build a successful academic record.
Exposure to the English language: Regular school attendance can also help students who are learning English by giving them the chance to master the skills and information they need more quickly and accurately even in other subjects!
Being part of the school community: Just by being present at school, your child is learning how to be a good citizen by participating in the school community, learning valuable social skills, and developing a broader world view.
The importance of education: Your commitment to school attendance will also send a message to your child that education is a priority for your family, going to school every day is a critical part of educational success, and that it's important to take your responsibilities seriously including going to school.
Never a topic we want to discuss, but something that we need to be informed about.
The Fargo Public Schools policy regarding head lice (Administrative Policy 4780): Exclude from school until treated and determined to be non-communicable (no nits). Children should be treated for lice as soon as possible. Close contacts should be checked frequently for two weeks. Head to head contact with other children should be discouraged. Due to the low risk of transmitting head lice at school and to maintain confidentiality, notification letters will NOT be sent to parents of classmates and classrooms will NOT be checked. We must remember that head lice are a nuisance, but not harmful.
Current guidelines from the ND Department of Health: Recommend children NOT be excluded immediately from school when head lice is found. Our school nurses are contracted through Fargo Cass Public Health who follow the guidelines from the ND Department of Health. Fargo Public Schools has chosen to continue to enforce a no nit policy, which is more stringent than the guidelines followed by Fargo Cass Public Health.
What do I Need to Know? Head Lice (Pediculosis Capitis)
Head lice is transmitted through prolonged close head to head contact. Transmission is more likely to occur between family members, overnight guests and playmates that spend a lot of time together.
What are head lice?
Head lice are small insects (less than 1/8 inch long). They range in color from red to brown, black, yellow-tan or gray-white. Head lice live on blood they draw from the scalp and lay tiny, gray/white eggs (known as nits) on a hair shaft near the scalp. The warmth from the scalp is needed for the eggs to hatch. Head lice are not known to spread disease.
Who is at risk for head lice?
Head lice infestations occur in all socioeconomic groups, are not an indication of poor hygiene, and can affect anyone.
What are the symptoms of head lice?
Most people who have head lice do not have symptoms at all. When symptoms do occur, the most common signs include itching of the skin on the scalp or neck where lice feed. Nits are glued to hair, commonly behind ears and at or near the nape of the neck. Scratching, especially behind and around ears and at the nape of the neck, may lead to open sores and a bacterial infection that also my cause swollen lymph nodes.
How soon do symptoms appear?
Symptoms appear when a live louse is present.
How are head lice spread?
Head lice are spread most commonly by direct head to head contact. Additionally, infested people can also spread head lice by sharing combs, brushes, hats, blankets or sheets with others, but this is not very common. It can be spread only by live lice and not nits.
When and for how long is a person able to spread head lice?
Nits (the eggs of human head lice) can live for up to 10 days without a host, adult head lice can live for only two to four days without a human host.
How is a person diagnosed?
Diagnosing head lice is done by identifying the presence of live lice or nits within 1/4 inch of the scalp. Identification of eggs and lice with the naked eye is possible; however, the use of a hand lens or microscope may help to confirm the identification.
What is the treatment?
Over-the-counter treatments and prescriptions that kill lice and most viable eggs are available. Follow the directions on the label. Re-treat nine days after initial treatment if not otherwise specified on the product label. Contact your health-care provider or local public health unit for more information.
Does past infection make a person immune?
No. A person who previously had head lice may get it again.
What can be done to prevent the spread of head lice?
Follow these steps to prevent the spread of head lice:
● Avoid sharing headgear, coats, hats, hair ornaments, helmets, headphones, combs, brushes, towels and bedding.
● Combs and brushes should be washed in hot water (130 °) for 10 minutes.
● Items that cannot be washed should be bagged and stored for two weeks.
● Provide separate storage areas for clothing so that the personal articles of one person do not touch the personal articles of another.
● When an infestation is found, check the hair and scalp of all household
● members and treat only those who have lice and those who share the same bed with the infested person.
Parents are encouraged to check their child periodically for head lice. If you are concerned your child may be infected or you need help in identifying head lice, please contact a health care professional, school nurse or public health department.
Please contact your school nurse with any questions.
For additional information about head lice, head lice removal, school exclusions, etc., contact the ND Department of Health, Division of Family Health at 800-472-2286 or www.ndhealth.gov/head-lice/
American Academy of Pediatrics, [Pediculosis Capitis]. In: Pickering LK, ed. Red Book: 2009 Report of the Committee on Infectious Diseases. 28th ed. Elk Grove Village, IL: American Academy of Pediatrics; 2009: [495-497}
North Dakota Department of Health, (2012). Head Lice; A Lousy Problem. Division of Family Health. pp. 1-30.