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.

If you have any questions or feedback, contact me at, visit our website, and follow us on Twitter @CedricSmithElem.

Upcoming Events

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

Policies and Procedures

Click here to access the Student Handbook.

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.

Dress Code

Hair will:

  • 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.

Free and Reduced Lunch

Although meals are free this year, all qualifying families still need to complete the Free and Reduced Lunch application by clicking here. Free and reduced lunch numbers are important because they allow our school to get extra funding for all students, hire more teachers and support staff, and so much more.
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Click here to find your child's bus. Download the Versatrans My Stop app to track your child's bus location, arrival times, and receive delay notifications. The username is the student ID and the password is the student's birthday with the four-digit year (example October 1, 2005 - 10012005).