Arthur O. Eve #61

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Back to School Newsletter

Dear Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction #61 Families,

My hopes are that you all are having a wonderful summer and capitalizing on the opportunity to spend some time in the sun. Considering we are embarking upon a new year, I would like to take this opportunity to officially welcome all of our new Pre-K and Kindergarten families to our school community. As we all prepare for the return to school, I want to ensure that the first day and week are seamless. With this in mind, I created and sent out a Back-to-School video highlighting all you need to know to prepare for day one. In addition, last week, a Back to School Packet was sent home to all families. If you do not receive this mailing by the close of this week, please contact the Main Office so that we can provide you with such information to ensure an auspicious transition into the school year.

As a reminder, the first day of school is September 6th. Doors will open for students at 9:00 am. If you’re bringing your child(ren) to school, we ask that you park on the (school side of the building). This will minimize the necessary amount of crossing on the busiest day of the school year. In conjunction, for the first week of school “only,” we will allow families to accompany their child(ren) to class. This will be the first school year “post” COVID in which we’re able to re-implement this annual tradition. As it relates to dismissal, please note that the school day ends at 3:30 pm. It’s imperative that “all” students are in school for the full day to ensure that instructional time is maximized. However, to accommodate schedules, appointments, etc. we will open the dismissal door at 3:15 pm for families who have scheduling conflicts/obligations. Otherwise, we ask that you partner with us by not arriving prior to 3:30 pm.

Finally, please be sure to read the other components of this Back-to-School Newsletter below. Although school doesn’t start until September 6th, please note that Mrs. Bush and I are in the building every day. Therefore, if you have a question about “Back to School Preparation,” please feel free to call the Main Office at (716) 816-3400 or stop by the building, and we will be more than happy to accommodate you. I look forward to seeing you all in just a few short weeks. Mrs. Bush and I miss all of the boys and girls immensely. With this being said, in the meantime, enjoy the remainder of summer. As always, it’s my highest honor to serve as your principal.

Warm Regards,

Mr. Nathaniel W. Barnes, Principal

(716) 816-3400

First Week of School & Visitor Guidelines

For the first week of school (Sept 6th - Sept 9th) "only," parents will be allowed to walk their child(ren) to class. This provision is intended for parents to help support the relief of anxiety associated with "Back to School." This is an opportunity to "meet" your child's teacher, but please be mindful that teacher's focus should be on safely reemerging students into the instructional setting.

Any parents who wish to visit the classroom during the instructional day "must" confirm desired visitations with the classroom teacher. The teacher will then advise the school clerk of your visit.


  • All faculty/staff members are trained on the district's three Safety Postures which are: Lockdown, Lockout, and Shelter in Place *(see attached documents below).
  • All classrooms are assigned a specific Fire Drill exit and location. We will have two practice drills during the first two-weeks of school.
  • All classrooms are equipped with a "red" Emergency Folder which comprises: A Safety Drill Script, Building Floor Plan, Classroom Roster, District Safety Posture Document, and Building Safety Plan.
  • Administration will be present during the arrival and dismissal process, each day.
  • All teachers who take students outdoors will follow a sign-out procedure and take a two-way Walkie-Talkie to maintain communication with the Main Office.
  • A new camera system was installed in the school during the winter of 2022 which covers the full perimeter of the building.
  • The school has an assigned resource officer (Officer Westbrook) who will periodically circulate the building, and support in some practice safety drills.


  • Masks are "not" required but encouraged. Masking will be a parental/student decision. We will maintain a supply for all who opt in.
  • If a student tests positive for COVID, s/he must remain home for five consecutive days, quarantined.
  • Parents should contact the school to inform administration of such so that students are properly coded.
  • If a child becomes ill in school, the school Nurse will assess the child. If determined that the child is experiencing COVID symptoms, the Nurse will request that the child is picked-up for the day.
  • If a child is sent home ill, the Nurse will provide an "At Home" COVID test which the family may opt to administer. If the test is negative, parents may send students to school the following day with justification of the negative test. This could be a screenshot or DOJO message to the classroom teacher.
  • All individuals entering the building will continue to undergo a thermal scan to ensure that they are not experiencing a high temperature/fever.
  • When in doubt, if your child feels ill, please keep them home.

Immunizations & Physicals

All Immunizations and Physicals must be updated and on file no later than September 21, 2022. If you have not done so, please schedule an appointment with your child's pediatrician so that your child is not excluded from learning. The school's fax number is (716) 838-7436. If you have questions regarding any immunizations your child may be in need of, please contact Nurse Mary by calling the school at (716) 816-3400. Please see the attached flyers, below.

Social Emotional Learning and Cultural & Linguistic Responsive Teaching

As all students prepare to reemerge into the school social construct, the district will be providing Social Emotional and Culturally Linguistic Responsive Curriculum that will be taught in all elementary schools during the beginning weeks of school. Both the (SEL) and (CLRI) curriculum/lessons will be executed by your child's classroom teacher. The goal is to:

  • Support the "whole-child" to maximize learning potential;
  • Support students in effectively managing their emotions as they transition back to in- person instruction;
  • Encourage inclusivity and acceptance.

After School Programming & Field Trips

  • After School Programming will continue to be offered through Community Action Organization, this school year.
  • The program will start this fall. Information/applications will be forthcoming for families who desire to participate.
  • If you have any further questions, please contact our After School Coordinator, Ms. Habeeb at (
  • We are excited to share that Field Trips "will" resume for the 2022-23 school year. Our (K-2) students will be participating in their first field trip this coming fall. More information to come.

iPad Devices

All students were sent home with their iPad device the final week of school. Please ensure that your child comes to school with their device "and" charger on September 6th.

  • All newly enrolled students including Pre-K students will need a device assigned.
  • Parents of newly enrolled students, please visit The Center of Innovation & Technology at 1515 South Park Avenue in Buffalo to retrieve your child's device prior to the first day of school.
  • If your child's device is not functioning, please visit The Center of Innovation & Technology at the above address or contact the center at (716) 816-3510 prior to the first day of school.

Transportation & Dismissal

All transportation documents/dynamics will be sent home to families at the end of August directly from the Transportation Department. The nation is still experiencing a bus driver shortage due to the impact of the pandemic. In addition, (AM) and (PM) routes are typically late during the initial weeks of school (so, please be patient).

  • Typically, all buses arrive to school by 9:30 am. However, for the first couple weeks of school, this arrival projection could likely be prolonged.

  • Dismissal starts at 3:45 pm. In theory, all buses depart by 4:05 pm. However, during the 2021-22 school year, the average departure time of all buses was 4:30 pm as result of the driver shortage. The principal will make a ROBO call for any buses that are still at the building post 5:00 pm.

  • Pick-ups are conducted in the cafeteria. Parents should start to come at 3:30 pm which is when the final class ends. However, we will open the doors at 3:15 pm.

  • The district's Transportation Hotline is (716) 816-4895

  • Parents may still complete the Second Address request form online for an alternative bus stop (i.e) Daycare Drop-off. (The Link is provided below)

Dress Code

Arthur O. Eve School of Distinction is a school rooted in "creativity." With this in mind, we do not have a dress code for our young artists. However, there are certain clothing articles that students should refrain from wearing to ensure the physical appearance is appropriate and safe. Please see the listed articles of clothing that should not be worn to school.

  • sleeveless/strapless shirts
  • spaghetti strap shirts
  • shoes without a back or strap
  • shoes with "toe" out

Parent Engagement

"Parent involvement in education is like the frosting on a cupcake, it makes it complete and oh so sweet."

Please join us for our first Back to School PTO Meeting September 21st at 5:00pm ! All are invited to attend. At our first meeting we will discuss:

  • PTO Advantages
  • PTO Mission
  • PTO Engagement and Fundraising Ideas for the 2022-2023 SY
  • Election of PTO Officers
  • Review of Parent Engagement Policy and Plan for the 2022-2023 SY

We hope to see you there!

Site-Based Management Team

Join us in shared decision making to improve the educational performance of all students in the school. Your involvement matters. Our first meeting will take place next month.

Mystery Reader (PreK-2)

Surprise your child by being a guest reader for the class at our monthly Mystery Reader Event. Contact your child's teacher to sign up.

Interested in learning more about Parent Engagement? Check out Buffalo Public School's Parent Engagement Website below.

Parent Liasion

Mrs. Jamie Habeeb will be serving as our Parent Liasion for the 2022-23 school year. Mrs. Habeeb will be making personal attempts to interact with each parent at the beginning of the school year.

*Please be sure to check out our "Parent Corner Board" located in the hallway by our Main Entrance to learn about Mrs. Habeeb and how to contact her. #StayConnected

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