Potter News

September 2021

Principal's Message

We are so excited to welcome back our families for the 2021-2022 school year. Please read through this Newsletter as it will address many of the questions you may have. If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to me at acimino@btboe.org.

We will be making every attempt to be paperless with our communication. We will be sending out important information via Remind in our H & M Potter group. Please join by texting @hmpparents to the number 81010.

For security purposes visitors will not be permitted into the building. If you need to enter the lobby at any time, please be mindful that masks must be worn at all times, and we ask that you practice social distancing. All student pick ups at dismissal will take place on Deal Ave. (see below). However, if you need to pick your child up early please use the lobby, and have identification on hand. We will be utilizing a camera system to view your license, and an intercom to speak with you.

If you need to bring an item to school that your child has forgotten, please leave it in the bin in the lobby. Make sure that any item in the bin is clearly labeled. Ring the bell so that the secretaries will know there is an item that needs to be delivered.

We again thank you for your cooperation with this process, and wish you a wonderful school year.

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Welcome New Staff!

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Due to parking restrictions we will no longer be able to allow student drop off in the front parking lot during arrival. All cars will be redirected to Deal Ave. This is the best way to ensure a safe arrival for all of our students. For those of you who are not new to the school, the procedures outlined below are the same procedures that were in place last school year. Drop off cannot take place before 9:05am as there will be no staff members available to supervise the children prior to that time.

Students in grades K-4:

We strive to have a steady flow of traffic during arrival. Please remain in your vehicle and pull up to the unloading zone (near Door 8). Students should be seated on the passenger side of the vehicle for quick exit.

Students in Preschool:

Please pull up past the unloading zone for K-4. Park on the right side of the street and escort your child to Door 5 where they will be met by their classroom aide. Please be patient, and do not park on the left side of the street.

If you receive a bus but plan on driving your child to the school each day, please make sure that you complete the transportation waiver and opt out of busing.

When picking up your child from Deal Avenue at dismissal please stay to the right and pull as far forward as possible in the loading zone and remain in your vehicle. Your child will be escorted out by a staff member. During the first week of school you will receive a placard to display in your car window with your child's name. Please make sure that whoever will be picking your child up has a placard to expedite the dismissal process. Please remain in your vehicle and refrain from parking in the back parking lot or on the left side of the street.

If your child needs assistance buckling or getting into a car seat we ask that you pull forward past the loading zone and park on the right side of the street temporarily.

Please note that this year, even parents only picking students up occasionally at dismissal time must use Deal Ave. Please call the Main Office or notify the teacher prior to 2:30 on the day of pick up so that your child will be directed to the Walker Door.

School Breakfast and Lunch Program

School breakfast and lunch will again be free for the 2021-2022 school year. However, please continue to fill out the Free and Reduced Lunch form on the Parent Portal. Completing this form may make you eligible for additional programs or assistance, and impacts funding received by the school. This form must be completed each school year.

This year food will not need to be pre-ordered and will not be sent home. Breakfast and lunch will both be served and eaten in school.

Covid Protocol Reminders

Many of the same protocols that were in place last school year are still in place. Students and visitors are required to wear masks while in the school building. Students will receive mask breaks when outdoors and when engaging in strenuous physical activity. Please send your child with additional masks in case their mask needs to be changed throughout the day. We have additional masks at school for emergency purposes.

Each morning you will be required to complete a health screening in the Parent Portal. If the results of this health screening indicate that your child should remain home, please keep your child home and call the school nurse Mrs. Thompsen at ext. 5005.

We will be following all health department guidance on quarantining students and staff. Please visit our website at www.btboe.org>District>Safe Return>Covid 19 Return to School Guidelines for updated information. Keep in mind that the guidelines change depending on the level of community transmission that is present at any given time. These guidelines will be updated at the beginning of September to reflect the current information.

Back to School Night

This year Back to School Night will be held on Wednesday September 15. More information will be sent home during the first week of school with specific information and times for each grade level.

PTA Corner

We are so fortunate to have an amazing PTA here at H & M Potter! Please visit their website, H & M Potter PTA Website for important information and to become a member. Also make sure to check out the graphic below for information about FREE ways to fundraise!

Our first PTA Meeting will be held virtually on September 20 at 7pm. The link will be posted here. We hope to see you there!

To reach the PTA please follow their Facebook page using the QR code or email them at hmppta@gmail.com.

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Recycle Rally

We are thrilled to once again be participating in the Recycle Rally Program! This program allows us to compete against other schools in the country to see how much our school can help the planet through recycling! We are able to collect your home recycling, and trade it for points to earn rewards for our school. Although the contest has changed and we are not competing for a monetary prize, we are able to compete for other incentives and rewards. Please see the graphic below to see what we are able to collect. Bagged recyclables that meet the criteria below can be dropped off at the front of our school in the fenced in bin. Thank you in advance for your support!
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Chalk the Walk

Please join us on September 6 from 4-6pm to "Chalk the Walk" with positive back to school messages for our students! Chalk will be provided, or you can bring your own. Please social distance to the extent possible, there is plenty of sidewalk around Potter for all!
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Kinsa FLUency Program

This year we are once again part of the Kinsa FLUency program. Families are able to receive a free Kinsa thermometer by signing up. FLUency has been helping schools stop the spread of illness for over 7 years! Families and school staff get free smart thermometers and health tools to stay healthy. You’ll know what illness symptoms are going around school to help keep you and your children informed and prepared. This is a voluntary program, please view the flyer below for more details on how to sign up.

September Calendar

September 6: Chalk the Walk, 4-6pm

September 7: First Day of School

September 10: Spirit Day, Wear Red, White, and Blue in Remembrance of 9/11

September 15: Back to School Night, More Information to Follow

September 17: Spirit Day, Wear Gold for Childhood Cancer Awareness and Emiliana's Hope

September 20-24: Fall Book Fair (During School)

September 20: Book Fair Family Night, 6-8pm

September 20: PTA Meeting, Held Virtually at 7pm

September 24: Spirit Day, Wear Potter Spirit Wear

September 28: Board of Education Meeting, 7pm at BTES

H & M Potter School

Andrea Cimino, Principal

Keith McShaffrey, Assistant Principal