GVP Family News
August 15, 2022
A Note From The Principal
George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy Families,
Families please note the first day of school is August 18, 2022.
To kick off a great school year, we will be hosting an “Meet the Teacher Night” on Monday, August 15, from 5:00-7:00 pm at GVP. This will be a great opportunity for your scholar to meet their new teacher prior to the start of the school year. I encourage all families to attend our first school event as involvement between home and school is extremely important and will be critical for the success of our scholars.
Please spend some time getting your child back into their school routine. Continue to reinforce the value of having good study skills, striving to always do their best, the importance of completing their assigned homework, getting a good night’s sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, reading at least 15 minutes/day, etc. Parents play a vital role in their child’s successful school experience.
Along with parent involvement, I believe communication is extremely important. Communications are frequently updated on our school website and social media outlets. Be sure to stay up to date with our newsletters and social media updates for important dates and upcoming events. Also, please find included our school calendar, dress code policy, and school supply lists as you prepare for the upcoming school year.
On behalf of myself and our incredible team of educators, thank you for entrusting your scholar’s education with us. I am looking forward to a fantastic school year. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me directly at 317-333-6980 or at email@example.com.
Meet the Teacher Night
Arrival and Dismissal Procedures
School doors open promptly at 7:40 am every morning!
Scholars arriving after 8:00 a.m. are considered tardy. Parents/guardians and daycare providers will need to park and escort tardy scholars to the cafe entrance of the building. Scholars arriving late to school will NOT be permitted to enter the school without a staff member performing a temperature check. Parents/guardians and daycare providers MUST stay with their child(ren) until they are permitted to enter the school. Tardy scholars will be provided a tardy slip by the FOA, which must be given to their classroom teachers to enter the classroom.
Dismissal begins promptly at 3:00 p.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. When picking scholars up for school, parents/guardians and daycare providers are required to enter the school parking lot from the Illinois Street entrance ONLY. Parents/guardians and daycare providers will need to have scholar(s) car-rider placards in their windshield when picking up scholars. Scholar(s) will be escorted by a staff member to enter vehicles through passenger side doors along the sidewalk of the school’s entrance. Parents/guardians and daycare providers are to exit the dismissal procession line out to 24th Street ONLY. Please ensure that an authorized individual is here before 3:30 p.m. to pick up your scholar.
In the event that you are unable to pick your scholar up by 3:30 p.m., it is your responsibility as
parent/guardian to notify the school and make arrangements for your scholar to be picked up by the end of dismissal by an authorized individual listed on the scholar’s emergency contact list. Scholars left after 3:30 p.m. impose an extreme burden on staff who must then stay late.
If your scholar is not picked up by 3:30 habitually, the school holds the right to make a referral to the Department of Child Services for abandonment. It is not the responsibility of our staff to stay beyond their contractual day to provide care for your child.
Dress Code Policy
All uniform items must adhere to the policy as listed below. Any item of clothing that is excessive in distaste, fit, condition, or distraction may result in removal from the classroom, parent/guardian call for alternative clothing, and/or discipline referral at the discretion of the principal.
(K-3rd) Shirts Red solid colored polo shirts (short or long-sleeved) are the only acceptable uniform shirt for both boys and girls. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Solid colored undershirts (red or white) must be worn under polo shirts.
(4th-5th) Shirts Gray solid colored polo shirts (short or long-sleeved) are the only acceptable uniform shirt for both boys and girls. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Solid colored undershirts (gray or white) must be worn under polo shirts.
(6th-8th) Shirts Black or white solid colored polo shirts (short or long-sleeved) are the only acceptable uniform shirt for both boys and girls. Shirts must be tucked in at all times. Solid colored undershirts (black or white) must be worn under polo shirts.
(K-8th) Skirts/Skorts Khaki or black cotton twill pleated or flat front skirts/skorts are the only acceptable uniform skirts/skorts. All skirts/skorts must be at least mid-thigh length (below extended fingertips). Shorts or underskirts should be worn under all skirts/skorts.
(K-8th) Shorts Khaki or black cotton twill pleated or flat front shorts are the only acceptable uniform shorts for both boys and girls. Shorts must be factory hemmed and be securely fastened at the waistline. No sagging or drooping is acceptable. Short length must be within three inches of knees. Shorts are not acceptable on cold weather days.
(K-8th) Pants Khaki or black cotton twill pleated or flat front pants are the only acceptable uniform pants for both boys and girls. Pants must be securely fastened at the waistline with a belt (black or brown). No sagging or drooping is acceptable. Pants are not to drag on the ground. Pedal-pusher, cargo, and capri pants are not acceptable.
Sweaters/Sweatshirts Solid colored red (K-3rd), gray (4th-5th), or black (6th-8th) crew neck, v-neck, and cardigan sweaters/sweatshirts are the only acceptable uniform sweaters/sweatshirt for both boys and girls. All sweaters/sweatshirts must be worn over grade-level specific colored polo shirts. No zip-ups or hoodies are permitted or logos may appear on sweaters/sweatshirts.
Belts Black or brown belts must be worn with shorts/pants with belt loops at all times. Belts must be no more than 2” in width and must be worn through the belt loops of the pants. Belt buckles must be plain and not oversized, branded, or iconic.
Shoes/Boots Any color closed (heal and toe) and sturdy shoes/boots are the only acceptable shoes/boots to be worn.
Socks Socks must be worn at all times. Any color crew, calf-length, and knee-high socks or tights are acceptable to be worn. No logos may appear on socks or tights.
Hair All scholars’ hair must be neat, clean, and well-groomed. Hairstyles should not create a safety or health hazard and/or interfere with the educational environment of the school. Decorations in hair must not be excessive or have the potential to cause distractions. Any hair decoration that is excessive in size or distraction may be removed at the discretion of the principal.
Hair Coverings Head coverings acceptable in a “professional” work setting are acceptable. This means head wraps and bands are allowed if they are neatly tied and not distracting to the learning environment. Du-rags, sleep scarves, skullcaps, and bonnets are not allowed.
Jewelry, Body Piercing, Tattoos Outside of earrings, no body piercing is permitted. Tattoos are not permitted. Any tattoos, temporary or permanent, must be removed before the scholar may attend class. Jewelry should not dangle (earrings, necklaces, chains, etc.) or interfere with the educational environment of the school. Necklaces or chains may not be worn on the outside of the school shirt or jumper. Boys and girls may wear stud-style earrings (one per ear) that fasten securely to the ear lobe and do not dangle. Outside of a watch, no excessive bracelets may be worn. Hair Bands, Silly Bands, and rubber bands are not to be worn on the fingers, hands, feet, ankles, legs, wrist, arms, or neck. A single ring may be worn on each hand. Any jewelry that is excessive in size or distraction may be removed at the discretion of the teacher and principal.
2022 - 23 School Calendar
Re-enrollment packets were sent home for the 2022-23 school year. Please make sure you fill it out for your scholar and return it to school. If you still have not filled out your re-enrollment forms, please contact the main office to verify your commitment to return.
We are currently accepting new enrollments. If you know of any scholars who are looking for a quality, high-performing school with top-notch staff, please direct them have them contact the main office. Call 317.333.6980.
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George and Veronica Phalen Leadership Academy is an A-rated, tuition free charter school serving grades K-8. Our scholars experience hands-on learning with high-quality teachers in small class sizes. We work to help our scholars master key academic skills, and demonstrate strong character, as exhibited by: honesty, service to others, a superior work ethic, and a strong vision for and belief in their futures.
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