Capitol Hill Headliner

August 25th

Dates to Remember

September 2nd: Open House 4-6 elementary, 4:30-6:30 middle school

September 6th: No School Labor Day

September 7th: No School

September 8th: No School

September 9th: First Day of school!


Welcome back to school!

Dear Capitol Hill families:


Welcome to the 2021-22 school year! All of us at Capitol Hill look forward to seeing students in grades 1-8 on Thursday, September 9.


We are excited to begin to build relationships with all of our new and returning scholars. We plan to have a safe, fun and successful school year as we look forward to meeting the academic and social emotional needs of our students.


The first day of school can be overwhelming for students. Here are a few things to know so you and your child can prepare to be healthy and safe.


COVID-19 Student and Family Guidelines

Families should familiarize themselves with these guidelines, which are updated regularly and cover prevention strategies, health screening and monitoring, exclusion guidance and the SPPS COVID-19 Reporting System.


Health Screening Guidelines and Expectations

Families should conduct a health screening for COVID-19 symptoms every morning before sending their student to school or the bus stop. School staff will also monitor for symptoms throughout the school day. If your child is exhibiting any symptoms, do not send them to school. Please report the absence and submit a report to the COVID-19 Reporting System as soon as possible.


Face Coverings

SPPS will require face masks for all teachers, staff, students and visitors (ages 2 and older) in all SPPS buildings, regardless of a person’s vaccine status, unless they have a qualifying exemption. This will include indoor physical education classes and during meal times when not eating or drinking. Masks are also required on school buses. In general, people do not need to wear masks outdoors (e.g. recess).


Students are strongly encouraged to bring their own clean, well-fitting masks to school each day, including extras. Disposable masks are available at all schools and on buses for students who forget theirs.


Find more information on COVID-19 guidelines for the 2021-22 school year, including social distancing, quarantine protocols, field trips, athletics and more, at spps.org/safelearningplan.


School Hours

School begins at 9:45 a.m. and ends at 4:15 p.m.


School Bus Transportation

Students will receive a postcard in the mail with bus information at the end of August. The postcard lists details about where and when to meet the bus. Please arrive at the bus stop five minutes before the bus is scheduled to pick up your child. Be sure to track the status of your child’s bus on our school’s website.


If you believe your student is taking the bus but did not receive a postcard, please call our lead clerk, Der Thao at 651-325-2500 as soon as possible.


Breakfast and Lunch

All students receive a free breakfast at school, served daily from 9:30 to 9:45 a.m. through the Breakfast to Go program. As students arrive at school, they can grab their breakfast and eat in class. Hot and cold breakfast options are available. Students interested in eating breakfast should pick up their food as they enter the building. Breakfast will be served on the first floor for elementary students and the second floor for middle school students.


For the 2021-2022 school year, breakfast and lunch will be free for all students. Students who bring lunch from home can also get a meal from the cafeteria. Students must pick 3 items (such as a fruit, vegetable and milk) to count as a free lunch. Students can still purchase milk separately for $0.50.

All families are strongly encouraged to complete an Application for Educational benefits. These applications determine how much educational funding our school receives, and there are many other benefits for families who qualify for free or reduced eligibility. The application can be completed online at schoolcafe.com/spps. Paper applications are available at school.


Immunizations

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many children missed the opportunity to have their regular well child exams and immunizations. Please check in with your health care provider to make sure your child’s immunizations are up to date before school starts in the fall. Visit spps.org/immunizations or call our school nurse for more information.


Contact Information

Please check our school website regularly, https://www.spps.org/capitolhill, for information and updates. If you have questions the website doesn’t answer, please call our lead clerk, Der Thao at 651-325-2500.


I am truly honored to be part of this wonderful school community and we looking forward to welcoming your child on the first day of school on Thursday, September 9.


Sincerely,


Marcus Freeman, Principal

Capitol Hill

Capitol Hill BACK-TO-SCHOOL Open House

Capitol Hill will host an Open House on Thursday, September 2, from 4:00 - 6:00 pm for grades 1 - 5 and 4:30 - 6:30 pm grades 6 - 8. To accommodate COVID restrictions of large gatherings there will be no formal presentations. This is an opportunity for students to meet their teacher(s), walk the halls, locate class(es), and drop off any school supplies.


Open House expectations:

  • Everyone is required to wear a mask due to the SPPS mask mandate.

  • Families should keep the appropriate social distance according to CDC guidelines.

  • All families should enter through the blue doors

  • Elementary students will go directly to their classrooms to meet and greet their teacher.

  • Middle School families will meet teachers in their classrooms.

  • There will only be 2 - 3 families in a room at one time.

  • Families should limit their visit time with teachers to 3-5 minutes.

  • Families should limit the number of people they bring to walk through the school to the students attending Capitol Hill this fall.

  • Middle School students should bring their iPads to access their schedule, so they can find their classrooms. Counselors will be available to hand out schedules as needed.

  • Schedule changes or new requests will not occur during Open House. Schedules will be changed during the weeks of September 9th - 17th. Families can contact counselors to schedule an appointment for schedule changes.

  • WEB students (Where Everyone Belongs), will be available throughout the building to assist with finding classes and answering questions.

Arrival/Dismissal Procedure:

Arrival Procedure:

  • Parents/guardians drop off students on Concordia Avenue.
  • Please follow the procedure of cars lining up.
  • Please wait your turn and do not go in front of other cars already in line.
  • When you get close to the front of the line, pull up as far as you can to Mackubin Avenue. Avoid stopping at the stairs.
  • Students get out on the right side (curb).
  • Parents/guardians stay in the car.
  • There will be staff there to assist if needed.
  • When your student(s) is out of the car, please safely pull out of the line.
  • Students will proceed to enter into the blue doors.
  • Students who walk to school will also enter through the blue Capitol Hill doors.

Dismissal Procedure for Elementary students:

  • Parents/guardians will get out of their vehicles and line up on the sidewalk on Mackubin. Parents/guardians will get in the appropriate line (1st-3rd, or 4th-5th) and let staff member know the name and grade level of the student(s) being picked up.

  • Staff will then radio inside notify staff of the specific student(s) being picked up.

  • Students are to remain inside the school until their name is called by staff.

  • Once a student's name has been called they will walk outside to meet their parent/guardian. Parents/guardians will remain outside until their scholar(s) exits the building.

  • At 4:30, any student still left will be escorted to the main Office and the parent/guardian will be notified.


Dismissal Procedure for Middle School students:

  • Students will exit the building through the Green doors and go to their assigned bus, walk home, or meet their parent/guardian.

Lunchroom/Cafeteria Procedure


  • Breakfast and lunch will be free for all students for the 2021-22 school year.

  • Breakfast to Go will continue, with pre-packaged meals to be eaten in the classroom.

  • Elementary and Middle School lunch will be served in the cafeteria, Atrium and classrooms. Classes in the cafeteria will be 6ft from other classes.

  • Assigned seating is required.

  • Students and staff are required to wear masks when they are not eating or drinking.

  • Lunch will be served in traditional lunch trays and reusable containers with lids when traveling.

  • Table decals will mark designated seating locations in cafeterias.

  • Staff will monitor safety protocols throughout the lunch period, including lining up and dismissal.