THE ANCHOR

Invigorating the Educational Spirit

WE ARE A STEAM SCHOOL

STEAM stands for "Science, Technology, Education, Art, and Math"


Ardmore Elementary School's Motto is:


Be Ready! Be Responsible! Be Respectful!


August 2016 Issue 1 Volume 1

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UPCOMING EVENTS

September 5 - Labor Day (Holiday/School Closed)

September 7 - Back to School Night (PreK-3 @7:00 p.m.)

September 8 - Back to School Night (Grades 4-6) @7:00 p.m.)

September 11 - Eid al-Adha

September 30 - Professional Development (School Closed for Students)

October 3 - Rosh Hashanah

October 12 - Yom Kippur (School Closed)

October 21 - MSEA Convention (School Closed for Students and Teachers)

October 28 - Professional Development (2 Hour Early Dismissal for Students)

October 28 - End of First Quarter (45 days)

October 30 - Diwali

October 31 - Grading/Teacher Planning (School Closed for Students)

Welcome Back to School

Dearest Parents,


Welcome back! I hope everyone had an enjoyable and relaxing summer. I wish to take this opportunity to assure you of Ardmore's high expectations for all students. Your active participation in numerous child-centered venues within our school will assist and further promote the attainment of quality educational goals.


Reminders:


  • Back to School Night Primary Grades (PreK - 3rd) - September 7, 2016 (7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.)
  • Back to School Night Intermediate Grades (Grades 4-6) - September 8, 2016 (7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • School Lunches:
  1. Breakfast FREE;
  2. Lunch: $2.75 (daily); $13.75 (weekly); $55.00 (monthly)
  3. Reduce Lunch: $.040 (daily); $2.00 (weekly); $8.00 (monthly)
  • Agenda Books provide important information regarding student progress and serve as an effective school to home communication tool.
  • Agenda Books are FREE. Please sign and return the form. (See attached form in the Back to School packet sent to parents).
  • In-House field trip assessment donation is $10.00 per child. This assessment is a voluntary donation used to cover assembly performances, not produced by the school, which are scheduled throughout the 2016-2017 school year. Please submit $10.00 per child, along with the signed Letter of Acknowledgement (See attached form in the Back to School packet sent to parents).




Respectfully yours,


Georgette L. Gregory

Principal

ARDMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL EXPERIENCE & EXPECTATIONS

We believe the affectivity of school experience is:


  • To expose the child to cultural experiences of the school, country, and world.
  • To teach the child to recognize his emotions and to express them in a functional and acceptable manner.
  • To teach the child to respect the feelings and rights of others.
  • To approach each day with a Growth Mindset.


We believe to the following types of learning activities:


  • Activities are developmentally centered and directed toward the logical order of skills to be obtained.
  • Activities are centered towards the needs of children.
  • Activities are organized by ability groups.
  • Some activities are independently prescribed for individualized learning.
  • Activities include home study.
  • Activities should be monitored by a number of ways including but not limited to written tests, quizzes, project based assignments, and oral presentations.
  • All learning should utilize any accommodations and modications identified within a student's Individualized Educational Plan (IEP), 504 Plan, Behavior Improvement Plan, and/or ESOL Accommodations Plan.



We believe the outcome of education should be to:


  • Acquire basic academic skills to function in a democratic society.
  • Contribute positivily to society as a functioning member.
  • Accept social responsibilities
  • Acquire knowledge and acceptance of self through developing a Growth Mindset.
  • Think critically and act independently.
  • Acquire problem soliving techniques.
  • Develop the unique potential of each child.
  • Develop concern for others and our natural environment.



Georgette L. Gregory

Principal

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UNIFORM POLICY

Ardmore Elementary School is a Mandatory Uniform School and it is the expectation that every student will be dressed in the appropriate school uniform daily unless authorized by administration. To ensure this policy is adhered to, Ardmore has a large uniform bank filled with new and freshly cleaned used uniforms generously donated by the former/current members of the Ardmore Family. The 2016-2017 uniform policy is available on our school website and is also available for pick up in the main office.


http://www1.pgcps.org/ardmore

ARRIVAL PROCEDURE

Ardmore Elementary School school hours are 7:35 a.m. - 1:55 p.m. Our doors will open to students not enrolled in Before & After Care at 7:25 a.m. daily. The building will open at 7:00 a.m. for students in Before & After Care. Students line up at designated spots around the school building every morning wherein a specialists/staff awaits for their arrival.

ATTENDANCE POLICIES

School achievement begins with regular attendance. Parents/guardians must ensure that all school-age children arrive to school daily on time! School personnel will report attendance problems or concerns to parents/guardians in a timely manner.

Parents are required to send a signed written note with a reason for absence. Documentation may be requested for absences of three or more consecutive days.

It is imperative for students to be on time at the beginning of each school day. School instruction begins at 7:35 am. School attendance is recorded during this time. Schools are required to admit students to school regardless of the time they arrive.

Students who arrive late to school must report to the main office to obtain a late pass before being admitted to a classroom or other area of the school. This pass must be shown to all of the student’s teachers as the student reports to each class during the day, as well as to teachers of any missed classes during the next school day.


If the student does not show the pass to all teachers, the tardy will be UNEXCUSED.

For tardiness to be excused, students are required to provide a note from the parent/guardian explaining the reason for the tardiness.


Check the PGCPS Student's Rights and Responsibilities Handbook for more information.


Just a few reminders about student's attendance at Ardmore:


  • If your child arrives after 7:45 a.m. they are considered late.
  • Early dismissals are not permitted after 1:30 p.m.

SCHOOL MAX FAMILY PORTAL

Family Portal is an online system that allows parents to monitor grades throughout the school year. Family Portal will be available beginning August 25th. If you need assistance, please contact the main office at (301) 925-1311.


family.sis.pgcps.org

IMMUNIZATION INFORMATION FOR PARENTS

For info on immunization requirements, upcoming clinics, and FAQs, visit

www1.pgcps.org/schoolhealth/immunizations.

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OFF TO A GREAT START! TIP SHEETS FOR PARENTS! (from Colorin' Colorado)

Parent Tips: Help Your Child Have a Good School Year

This bilingual tip sheet, also available as a pdf, outlines 10 things that parents can do at home to help their child have a good school year. Share these tips at parent night and conferences!

FAMILY INSTITUTE CONFERENCE

Saturday, Sep. 10th 2016 at 9pm

10001 Ardwick Ardmore Road

Springdale, MD

In 2014, CEO, Dr. Kevin Maxwell established the Department of Family and Community Engagement to support the district’s goal of increasing opportunities for family and community engagement in Prince George’s County Public Schools. The department is committed to increasing participation and intentional collaboration between families, schools, and the broader PGCPS community in support of the district goal of outstanding academic achievement for ALL students. Read more

Back to School Night (PreK-3rd Grades)

Wednesday, Sep. 7th 2016 at 7pm

9301 Ardwick Ardmore Road

Springdale, MD

Back to School Night (Grades 4-6)

Thursday, Sep. 8th 2016 at 7pm

9301 Ardwick Ardmore Road

Springdale, MD

ARDMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Georgette L. Gregory

Principal


Melreta Herring

Assistant Principal


For additional information, articles, updates, announcements, and events, email: maryjane.christou@pgcps.org or mania.missirian@pgcps.org