THE ANCHOR

Invigorating the Educational Spirit

Be Ready! Be Respectful! Be Responsible!

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!


September 2015 Issue 1 Volume 6

Mission

Ardmore Elementary School provides opportunities for high student achievement through elevated parental involvement, retaining highly qualified educators, differentiating instruction, and maintaining a respectful air among all stakeholders inspiring a safe and orderly environment.


“Invigorating the Educational Spirit" is our creed.

Vision


Ardmore Elementary School is the education citadel, which catapults future career professionals into a global society. Through our academic program, we ensure students in grades Pre-K through sixth receive thorough across curriculum indoctrination, grounded in unpacking all lesson elements necessary to build a full-bodied understanding of core courses.


Ardmore Elementary School assures all stakeholders of our academic concentration in student writing expertise, accentuated vocabulary, literary comprehension, as well as extended mathematical awareness beyond the basic facts, which connect students with real world applications, transcending their formative elementary years.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

September 7 - Labor Day (School Closed)

September 9 - Back to School Night Primary Grades (PreK-3rd) @7:00 p.m.

September 10 - Back to School Night Intermediate Grades (4th-6th) @7:00 p.m.

September 14 - Rosh Hashanah (Schools Closed)

September 16 - Picture Day

September 23 - Eid al-Adha & Yom Kippur

September 28 - October 15 - SMI Math Online Assessment (Grades 2-6)

October 2 - Professional Development Duty Day for Teachers (Schools Closed)

October 6 - 1st Quarter Progress Reports Released

October 16 - MSEA Convention - Schools Closed for Students and Teachers

October 30 - Professional Development (2 Hour Early Dismissal)

October 30 - End of First Quarter

November 2 - Grading/Teacher Planning (Schools Closed for Students)

November 11 - Parent-Teacher Conferences (Schools Closed for Students)

November 13 - 1st Quarter Report Cards Released

START THE DAY RIGHT!

Students may arrive to school at 7:30 AM. Breakfast is served from 7:35 AM until 7:45 AM in the classroom. School instruction begins at 7:35 AM. Please make sure your child arrives to school on time. We want our Ardmore students to start the day right!


Students will be marked tardy at 7:45 AM. Students may not be dropped off at school earlier than 7:30 AM. Adult supervision is provided only after 7:30 AM.


School dismissal is 1:55 PM. Early dismissals are not permitted after 1:30 PM.

Please check periodically for updates to bus routes, drop off/pick-up procedures as well as other information.


Thank you for your cooperation!

SCHOOL SAFETY

SMILE! You're on camera! Ardmore Elementary School staff and student security are our utmost priorities. Exterior doors are locked at all times. Parents, visitors, and guests must access the building through the main front entrance.


Security systems and surveillance cameras have been installed throughout all school areas. The school’s main door has a camera bell, which is directly linked to the main office. Please ring the bell and provide the reason for your visit .


All visitors MUST report to the main office to obtain a computerized ID badge. This ID badge is in the form of a sticker that must be worn on clothing and must be visible at all times while in the school building. Only valid driver’s license or state IDs will be recognized.


Together we can maintain a safe learning environment for our Ardmore students!!! Our students and staff thank you!

ATTENDANCE POLICY

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.

FREE BREAKFAST PROGRAM FOR STUDENTS !

For two years, Ardmore Elementary School has been participating in a breakfast program entitled Breakfast in the Classroom. This is a PGCPS program providing universal, free breakfast at select elementary and middle schools.

Students enjoy nutritious, balanced meals during the first 10 or 15 minutes in class.

Following are the benefits to eating a good breakfast:

*Energy

*Concentration

*Productivity

*Performance


Click here to learn more about Breakfast in the Classroom -- for first-class learning!

BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHTS

Join Ardmore Elementary School faculty and staff on Wednesday, September 9th (PreK-3) and Thursday, September 10th (Grades 4-6) at 7:00 p.m. for our annual Back to School Night. Parents/Guardians will learn about the instructional program at Ardmore ES and be provided with information about opportunities to get involved!

REDSKINS READING CHAMPIONS

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ARDMORE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Georgette L. Gregory

Principal



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