Smith Family Newsletter
We believe in the power of school and family partnerships.
Message from Ms. Rivera
Welcome to the September Edition of the Smith Family Newsletter. It has been so fun seeing our kids and welcoming new families. The beginning of the year is always a little bumpy, but I appreciate your patience and understanding while we have figured out efficient procedures for 700 students. It has been quite a task, but your support has really helped.
I have to brag on our teachers for working hard to creating beautiful classrooms and for forming strong relationships with the kids so that we could get to instruction right away. Intervention and enrichment groups are already happening, and this month, we will finish all of our screeners so that we know the levels of our students and how to meet each individual need.
Even though we are still living under the shadow of COVID, our teachers and staff are dedicated to providing an exceptional education for your kids. They deserve our best each day. You are our partners in learning, so feel free to reach out to the teachers any time.
September 6 - Labor Day Holiday - No School
September 8 - Officer Perkins' Birthday
September 14 - Substitute Teacher Orientation - Complete the application within the next week if you are interested. We really need subs!
September 20 - Professional Development Day - No School
September 22 - Boy Scout Night at 6:00
September 29 - Parent Meeting - Campus Performance and Title 1 Meeting - English
September 30 - Parent Meeting - Campus Performance and Title 1 Meeting - Spanish
Students in kindergarten do a pair share with a partner. Academic discussion is an important part of learning.
The Safety Patrol helps students get to class safely. Responsible 4th graders are chosen for this role. Car riders are allowed to exit on their own.
Thank you, Toll Brothers!
Each year, Toll Bros. gives us a grant which allows us to spoil our kids and teachers, such as providing shirts for all students and meals and snacks for teachers in the planning room.
Policies and Procedures
Here is a highlight of helpful policies and procedures:
- Cut-off time for early checkout and transportation changes is 3:00.
- Early Morning Childcare Drop-off is 6:30-7:35. After that time, students must be dropped off in the front of the school.
- Students may let themselves out of the car in the mornings if you are pulled up to the curb. Staff members for all drop-off spots may not always be available to help.
- Birthday cupcakes can only be ordered through the nutrition department.
Students must attend at least 90 percent of the school year, which allows for a maximum of 18 absences, excused or unexcused. When a child is absent, send in a doctor's note or a parent note. We have the discretion to accept parent notes as excused absences up to a certain point. These will be handled on a case by case basis.
If a student has a combined total of 8 tardies and leave earlies, the parent will be asked to attend a truancy class provided by the district. Students must be in their classrooms by 8:30. To avoid tardies, doors open at 7:45, which allows more than enough time for all car riders to get to class. I suggest dropping your child off by 8:05 so that he or she can attend morning assembly in the gym, which is a lot of fun.
- Be of a natural color.
- Be no longer than the bottom of a dress shirt collar, bottom of the ear, and out of the eyes for male students.
- Not be pinned up in any fashion nor be worn in a ponytail or bun for male students
- Not be allowed if the hairstyle is deemed a distraction by administration (i.e., Mohawks, tails, designs shaved in hair).
- Shorts should be worn under dresses and skirts.
- Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer when standing.
- No house shoes or slippers.
- Earrings only worn by girls.
- Athletic shoes should be worn during PE.