Sally K. Ride Elementary
2021-2022 Policies and Procedures
Principal: Megan Burnham
Secretary to the Principal: Maggie Cymbala
Assistant Principal: Laura Collins
Counselor: Kristy Johnson
Nurse: Kim Schill
Registrar/Attendance: Lesli Jaimes
Speech pathologist: Emily Carter
Diagnostician: Megan Freitas
Librarian: Tammy Fishman
Ride Cafe: Shawntha Harris
Free and Reduced Lunch Application: https://www.myschoolapps.com/
Join the PTO: http://ridepto.com/index.html
School Supply Lists: 2021-2022
CISD Calendar: 2021-2022
Volunteer in CISD: http://www.conroeisd.net/parents/get-involved/
Transportation Website: http://www.conroeisd.net/department/transportation/
Child Nutrition Website: http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/
Parent Access Center: http://www.conroeisd.net/parents/
WELCOME TO SALLY K. RIDE ELEMENTARY
School begins promptly at 8:00 am and dismisses at 3:10 pm. Plan to arrive at school between 7:30 am and 8:00 am. Supervision is not available before 7:30 am.
- 7:30 am- Students are welcomed into the building and go directly to their homeroom.
- 7:30am - Breakfast is served from 7:30am - 7:50am.
- 8:00 am- Students are tardy if they are not in their classroom. Front office staff will scan students ID tags as they arrive after 8:00 am and will be counted tardy.
- 8:05 am- Students arriving to school after 8:05 am must be signed in by an adult at the front desk.
- Active Start typically begins on the 3rd week of school.
Healthy students are expected to be in attendance every day from 8:00 am-3:10 pm. Attendance is officially recorded at 9:15 am.
If your child will not be at school for any reason, please notify our school registrar, Lesli Jaimes, at firstname.lastname@example.org. Upon returning from an absence, always send a note explaining the reason for the absence. Notifications may be sent via email. Please try to schedule routine medical appointments outside of school hours. Likewise, please schedule vacations during school holidays/long weekends. It is extremely important to maximize our instruction time.
- Tardies -Students must be in their classroom by 8:00 am. If late, they will be scanned in by a Ride staff member. After 8:05 am, an adult must accompany the child to the front office to sign in tardy. Please make arrangements so that your child arrives on time. Each time your child is tardy, you will receive notification via email and phone. After the 10th tardy, a discipline referral will be generated.
All parents, visitors, and volunteers must:
- Enter through the front/main entrance only, all exterior doors will remain locked.
- Anyone permitted to visit the campus will sign in & out at the front office.
- Present a valid, state issued ID to be scanned into the Raptor System.
- Pick up students who need to leave early before 2:30pm.
- We regularly conduct campus safety drills and will be teaching your child procedures to follow in the event of an emergency. These drill include a monthly fire drill, shelter in place, lock out, lock down and a medical response drill.
- All classroom volunteers must complete the CISD Volunteer Application
Communication is very important. It’s essential that you sign up for a PAC (Parent Access Center) account each year. Email is our primary communication tool for all school events and information. Once you register for a PAC account, you will receive important information regarding absence and tardy notifications, and other important updates. Throughout the year, you can log into PAC to view grades, report cards, attendance, discipline records, cafeteria accounts, and assessment information.
Each of our teachers has a website and CISD e-mail account that can be easily accessed through Canvas and the CISD website. Teachers check their e-mail daily and are committed to keeping our parents informed.
The Sally K. Ride Blast newsletter will be sent electronically to all parents who have provided the school with an email address. It will also be posted on the Sally K. Ride homepage. An online calendar of school events can be found on the Ride and CISD homepages. If you would like a hard copy of the Blast, they will be available at the front desk.
CHECKING IN AND OUT
Other than regular arrival/dismissal time
- Parents must come into the front office to check students in and out. A valid, state issued identification must be presented and you must be listed on the child’s emergency form.
- Parents are not permitted to walk directly to the classroom to pick up a student. To maximize instructional time and to minimize interruptions, teachers will be notified and students will proceed to the office.
- For safety reasons, we do not allow students to be checked out after 2:30 pm.
Your mode of transportation should be chosen based on the ability to arrive on time, consistency, and convenience. If you choose to physically bring your child to school, please say your "good-byes" before approaching the building. This reinforces independence for our students and it helps promote quiet and orderly hallways. Staff will be on duty daily to help assist unsure students to their classrooms.
Thank you for sharing our concern about safety and for helping us follow dismissal procedures allowing all children to arrive home safely. All students will receive a bar code tag that will be scanned before leaving the building. Please be sure this tag remains on your child’s backpack all year.
Choose dismissal transportation from the following:
- Car rider
- East walker/biker - By Ridgewood Park
- West walker/biker - By W. Panther Creek Drive
Buses in CISD are available to every student living more than one mile from school. Bus service must be requested through the CISD transportation department yearly. The Transportation Department website contains bus arrival and departure times and valuable safety information which will help you teach your children about bus safety. Please note that bus route adjustments may be made during the first few weeks of class due to changes in student and neighborhood populations. Kindergarten students will not be dropped off at a stop unless a parent is present. http://www.conroeisd.net/department/transportation/
After 4:00pm, any concerns regarding bus transportation should be directed to The Woodlands Transportation Center at 832.592.8800.
Daycare Pickup- If your child typically attends daycare and will be absent for any reason, please notify the daycare.
YMCA- Students are dismissed to the gym and remain in the care of YMCA employees until they are picked up by parents.
Car Riders – We ask that parents do not park or leave their car. For safety reasons, we do not allow parents on the front porch at dismissal. Signs will be issued to put in car windshields; this will help speed up the car rider line and identify adults/guardians that are eligible to pick up a student at the end of a school day. If you have multiple children, please display all names and grade levels on your car rider signs. If you have lost your sign, you will be asked to pull around and park to verify your ID with the front office staff in order to pick up your child OR you may display your child's student ID barcode from Parent Access Center (PAC). Cell phones are not permitted in school zones. This includes the car line.
East and West Bikers/Walkers/Bladers - Please do not come on campus during dismissal time if meeting your child to walk them home. Kinder to 2nd grade students must be met by an adult or accompanied by an older sibling. These procedures are put in place to ensure the safety of our students. Only students who walk to their homes should be walkers. As per CISD policy, please do not bring pets on campus.
Extreme Weather Dismissal- This only affects WALKERS/BIKERS.
This alert will be sent if we are experiencing sideways rain, thunder/lightening or tornado warnings. Extreme weather dismissal notifications will be sent via School Messenger at 2:50 pm. (Please opt-in for text message alerts!)
We ask when the weather is this extreme that you come through the car line to pick up your child. Please note that our weather changes drastically in a matter of minutes. Principals use their judgment in favor of student safety...be patient when the weather changes.
A note must be sent to the teacher each and every time your child deviates from his/her “usual” way home. If the teacher does not receive a note, your child will be sent home the “usual” way. This transportation change note should always include the date, grade level, classroom teacher, your child’s full name, and how the child is going home (and with whom, if applicable). If plans change during the day and you haven't sent a note, you can email your request to your student's teacher. If you do not receive confirmation that the email was read, you may call the front office to inform them of the change. The e-mail must include a copy of your driver’s license or identification. For safety reasons, phone calls and emails without identification will not be accepted for a transportation change. In the event of an emergency or unforeseeable circumstances, call us.
Please note, your child may not ride the bus home with friends unless permission has been given by the CISD Transportation Department. This may not be a problem if they ride the same bus; however, if they ride different buses, the transportation department gives permission based on space availability and other considerations. Please call the Transportation Department at 832.592.8800 if you have further questions. Above all, if you have a problem and need our help, please call us. The safety of our students is our top priority!
Sally K. Ride will issue electronic report cards every nine weeks. They will be sent home on the week following the end of each nine-week grading period. A progress report will be sent for all students in 2nd through 4th grade at the 4 1⁄2 week period. For students in grades 2-4 to be promoted from one grade level to the next, the students must attain 70% mastery in reading and language/writing and math and an overall average of 70% in all other subject areas. Students must be in attendance 90% of the total instructional days enrolled per year. Grading Guidelines will be provided by each teacher at Parent Information Night.
Daily grades will be entered into the district’s grading system program weekly. You may see your child’s grades at any time by logging into the Parent Access Center (PAC)
Parent Access Center (PAC) is the parent system which will allow you on-line access to your child’s class assignments, assignment grades, test grades, as well as attendance, discipline, schedules, progress reports, and report cards.
Parents are welcome to request a parent/teacher conference, if so desired. To request a conference, you may contact your child’s teacher by phone or email. Teachers are available to conference by phone, in person, or Zoom during their scheduled conference time.
Teachers will schedule initial parent conference following the completion of BOY assessments by October.
BOY/MOY/EOY - Refers to beginning of year, middle of year and end of year assessments.
- 4th Grade Writing: April
- 3rd and 4th Grade Math: May
- 3rd and 4th Grade Reading: May
All students are issued a 6 digit ID number upon registration. This number is used in the cafeteria line, library check out, online log ins, bus registration and Parent Access.
You can find the Student ID on their previous report card from CISD or on your Parent Access Account.
If you are a new student to Ride or have any questions, please contact the front office at 281-465-2800.
Sally K. Ride follows the Conroe ISD Dress Code. As a reference, please see below for frequently asked questions:
- All hair color should be a natural hair color or color that does not cause a distraction for other students in the classroom
- Shorts should be mid-thigh or longer
- No tank tops/spaghetti straps
- No cosmetics
- No flip flops (students may wear sandals with a back strap)
- Shorts should be worn under dresses/skirts
- We encourage students to wear tennis shoes/closed toed shoes on days they will be attending P.E.
- Students should make sure their shirts are not offensive or violent
** Students who violate dress code will be sent to the clinic to call home for a change of clothes.
LUNCH AND RECESS
Lunch and Recess schedules will be presented at the beginning of the school
The CISD Child Nutrition website contains lunch and breakfast menus and prices as well as information on applying for Free and Reduced Meal Programs. Each student is provided with a lunch card that includes his/her lunch PIN number (student ID). This card will stay at school. If you have questions regarding your child’s account, please contact our cafeteria manager at 281-465-2816 http://www.conroeisd.net/department/child-nutrition/
For the safety of our students, only Ride staff and students will be allowed on the playground. Also, pictures may not be taken on the playground due to confidentiality.
There is no charge for student breakfast meals during the 21-22 school year.
- $2.60 non-student/2nd student breakfast
Students who are car riders in the morning and plan to eat breakfast at school should arrive with enough time to eat before the tardy bell rings at 8:00.
** During COVID level 3- all students eating breakfast will "grab and go" to eat in their classrooms.**
There is no charge for student lunch meals during the 21-22 school year.
- $3.85 non-student/2nd student lunch
Due to the lack of table availability, visitors will be asked to come only on the day designated for their student's grade level. Each grade level visitor will adhere to the following schedule in order to give all parents an opportunity to eat lunch with their child.
Monday: 2nd Grade
Tuesday: 1st and 3rd Grade
Friday: 4th Grade
Deliveries to students including lunches will be limited and on an emergency basis only. Students forgetting lunches will be allowed to charge a meal in the cafeteria.
PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.)
Physical education is an important part of a child’s educational experience and is required by State law. A written excuse is required in the event a child needs to be excused from participation in physical education. If he or she cannot participate for a period of more than five days, a doctor’s statement must be presented to the school. A note from the physician releasing the student to return to regular participation in physical education will also be required. P.E. is a very active class. Please make sure your child has tennis shoes on for his/her P.E. day. P.E. is every other day for every class.
The Sally K. Ride PTO sponsors student field trips. A permission slip will be sent home with each child to be signed by the parent or guardian. Children who do not return a signed permission slip will not be allowed to attend the field trip. Students are asked to wear Sally K. Ride t-shirts or other red, white or blue shirt so it is easier to identify them in a crowd.
Parents may be asked to chaperone field trips. We ask if you chaperone a field trip that younger siblings not join you. Chaperones are selected to adequately supervise the number of children attending. We ask that students ride the bus to and from the school, unless prior approval is received from the principal.
In an abundance of caution, our clinic staff will pre-assess all students before entering the clinic. If a student is a "well student", only in need of medication, band-aid, clean up, etc., they will be assisted in an area away from children who are possibly ill.
If your child gets sick at school, he/she will be sent to the school clinic. Parents will be contacted if necessary. If we are unable to reach you, emergency contacts will be called. Please visit with our school nurse if your child has any health concerns.
- It's recommended that children should remain at home until fever/vomiting has ceased for at least 24 hours
- If your child will be absent due to illness, email the school registrar, Lesli Jaimes, at email@example.com
- Students are never allowed to bring or transport medication to school...do not send it with your child in the backpack.
- Adults must bring any medications to the school clinic and give specific information before medication can be dispensed at school (please refer to the CISD Student Handbook for information and requirements relating to medications at school)
- For students who will have allergy or asthma medications at school, please obtain an allergy and asthma action plan from your child's doctor prior to dropping off the medication.
Students with Allergies
Classroom Events involving food will be posted on teacher websites. Please contact our
Nurse, Kim Schill (281) 465-2811, and your child’s teacher. You may refer to link on your teacher’s webpage for Allergy Letter. You are welcome to provide alternate snacks for your child.
Fourth Graders are given the opportunity to join the Safety Patrol. This is the safety squad that greets car riders in the morning by opening car doors and lines the hallways to guide students to the gym or to classrooms. Third grade will also be given the opportunity in the Spring.
When students celebrate a birthday at Ride, his/her name appears on the morning announcements. Parents may bring store bought cookies (no cupcakes or cookies with icing, please) to be distributed, by the teacher, during the class's designated time. For the safety of our students, parents will not be allowed to pass out food items to the class in the lunchroom. Please contact your child’s teacher prior to the special occasion to make arrangements.
We ask that parents refrain from bringing other items such as balloons, flowers, and candles. We will be unable to deliver any of these items to your child.
Students often request to pass out birthday invitations in their classrooms. Invitations may be passed out only if the entire class is invited or if all the girls or all the boys in the class are invited. Passing out invitations to the entire grade level is not permitted. Please contact your child’s teacher if your child plans to pass out birthday invitations at school.
RIDE CHALLENGER SPIRIT DAY
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
The purpose of the Ride Parent Teacher Organization is to support the school both financially and physically to enhance the educational environment of the school. The PTO fundraises through the year to pay for field trips, in-house programs, funds for classroom materials, and larger projects such as the playground. In addition, the PTO organizes volunteers to plan school events, produce the yearbook, and a wide variety of other projects. The PTO meets monthly. All parents and teachers are welcome to attend. Minutes from each PTO will be made available to parents through the PTO and will be online.
The PTO holds a general meeting in the evening in September and in May to present the budget and other important information.
Ride participates in the Kroger Neighbor to Neighbor and the Randall’s programs. Information is available on the PTO website.
Sally K. Ride spirit t-shirts are available for purchase through the PTO. On Fridays, students are encouraged to wear these shirts (or any red, white or blue shirt) to show their school spirit. Students are also asked to wear these shirts (or any red, white or blue shirt) on school field trips. Shirts are available for purchase on the PTO website.
The PTO publishes a student directory for the benefit of our families. Families may decline participation in the student directory.
To find out more information on PTO and stay up to date on events, visit http://www.ridepto.com
If your child leaves something important at home, please deliver to the front office, labeled with your child’s name and teacher’s name. Articles will then be delivered to the classroom. However, please work with your child to develop good habits of responsibility, helping them to be prepared every day.
Please write your child’s name on all sweaters, coats, backpacks, water bottles, and lunch kits. All students are encouraged to bring refillable water bottles to school. Water bottles need to have a sport top to prevent spills. Only water is allowed.
Radios, iPods, electronic games, laser lights, toy guns, electronic devices, fidget spinners, and other toys should not be brought on the school campus unless they are used as part of a classroom project, or requested by the teacher. Students may bring cell phones to school, but they must be turned off and in their backpacks during school hours. Knives or other dangerous objects are never allowed.
Internet Usage and Safety Guidelines
The Internet is a valuable resource for gaining information. We feel it is important to teach students how to access information and research responsibly, as well as how to respond to inappropriate websites. Students at Ride Elementary are taught internet safety during computer lab and in the classroom. Although the district has security filters in place to prevent inappropriate content, unfortunately it is not absolute and these types of sites may appear
on the network. Students are taught to immediately: 1. Exit the site and turn off the monitor. And 2. Report it to the teacher.
POSSESSION AND USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES/TECHNOLOGY
The District is not responsible for any item brought to school by a student. A student bringing any electronic device including cell phones, smart phones, smart watches, radios, CD players, iPods, MP3 players, video/audio recorders, DVD players, electronic readers, cameras, Google Glass, etc. does so at his or her own risk.
The District permits students to possess telecommunications devices including cell phones. Generally, these devices must remain turned off during the instructional day, including during all testing. The use of any device that has the capability to take pictures or audio or video record is prohibited in locker rooms and restroom areas. These items are also prohibited if used to cheat, audio/video record, or photograph another student or staff member without that person’s permission, or when the use creates a disruption.
A student who uses any item, electronic or otherwise contrary to campus or District rules, may have the device confiscated. Confiscated devices that are not retrieved by the student or student’s parent will be disposed of after the notice required by law. Any disciplinary action will be in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. If a student does have an electronic device, it should be put away in a secured locker or backpack and turned off during the school day. Permission to use the device at school should come from the principal or classroom teacher. Without such permission, teachers will collect the items and turn them in to the principal’s office. The principal will determine whether to return items to students at the end of the day or to contact parents to pick up the items. The District is not responsible for any damaged, lost, or stolen electronic devices.
Students are prohibited from sending or posting electronic messages that are abusive, obscene, sexually oriented, threatening, harassing, damaging to another’s reputation, or illegal. This prohibition applies to conduct off school property if it results in a substantial disruption to the educational environment. In limited circumstances and in accordance with law, a student’s personal electronic device may be searched by authorized personnel. Any person taking, disseminating, transferring, or sharing obscene, sexually oriented, lewd, or otherwise illegal images or other content will be disciplined according to the Student Code of Conduct and may, in certain circumstances, be reported to law enforcement. If a device is believed to contain illegal contraband, the device will be turned over to law enforcement as required by state law. The device will not be returned to the student or his parent until the illegal contraband is removed from the device. This could take a substantial amount of time, particularly if the device is considered evidence of a crime.
The district has many filters and fire walls implemented to protect the students from inappropriate websites. On occasion, a student may access such a site. The Ride policy when this happens is to immediately close the website and report to a teacher.
Showing, sharing, forwarding in appropriate material or participating (by another student) in any of the mentioned conditions once the material is shared with him/her is strictly forbidden and will result in a behavior referral in accordance with the Student Code of Conduct. Parents will be contacted.