RHPS: We are Connected
What a successful 1st week!!!
At Richmond Hill Primary School... We act respectfully, are helpful, have a positive attitude and stay safe. Your children hear this every day on the morning announcements. We always focus on and encourage positive behaviors at RHPS. Remind your child daily that EVERYTHING is POSSIBLE!
This 1st week we have been working on our routines and procedures. We are asking for your help! This newsletter has several reminders about our processes and procedures. I encourage you to contact your child's teacher or the office with any questions or concerns you may have.
We are looking forward to another awesome week!
Homework for Parents
- Parent Resource Survey - RHPS firmly believes that a partnership between home and school is critical to our children's success. We would like for you to have the tools and resources at home to support what we do at school. Please take a moment to complete the following survey to let us know what we can do to help you academically support your child at home. https://goo.gl/forms/5b7TQeBw9UxHidpH2
- Each day, please work with your child on learning their lunch number and car line number.
- Read to your child every night. Check the resources at http://getgeorgiareading.org/my-child/
- Check out the 7 Mindsets Parent Newsletter - You will find information and activities to help you support your child's social emotional development.
Breakfast and Lunch
Breakfast is served daily at RHPS. If your child is a car rider, they must arrive by 8:45 in order to eat in the cafeteria. Communicate with your child's teacher about whether or not you would like your child to eat breakfast in the cafeteria each morning. Breakfast cost is $1.75.
The lunch menu is always available online - http://bryancoga.apptegy.us/o/bcs/page/food-service--6 Lunch cost is $2.75.
We encourage you to apply for free/reduced lunch. In recent years, with changes in our economy, more students meet the guidelines to be eligible for free/reduced lunch.
The free/reduced lunch application can be printed from this link, or complete and return the copy you received at Open House. If you need assistance completing the application, please call the school.
Parents may deposit money into lunch accounts through SchoolBucks:
Arrival and Dismissal
School begins at 9:00 AM and dismissal is at 4:00 PM. The car line will close at 8:55 each day. You will be directed to the office after that to sign your child in. If signing in after 9:00, your child will be counted tardy.
How a child is dismissed is based on information from the parent or guardian. The teacher records how each child in her class is going home on a daily basis. We depend on parents/guardians to keep transportation information up to date. If there is a change in transportation, please send a signed note indicating the change and the dates for the change and a phone number for verification purposes. Transportation changes should be sent in the morning. Frequent changes in transportation can be confusing and stressful for young children. Please limit changes except for emergency situations.
- Be sure your yellow tag is visible until your child is loaded. The adult placing your child in the car needs to see the yellow tag to match your child's # to your car.
- Place your car in park when you stop at the loading area. Student loading in car line - left side entry and exit only. This is necessary for safety reasons in car line.
- Refrain from cell phone use in car line. Georgia's Hands-Free Law took effect July 1, 2018 - drivers cannot have a phone in their hand or touching any part of their body while talking on their phone while driving.
- In order for traffic to move efficiently, please review the established pattern for car line. http://www.bryancountyschools.org/o/rhps/page/traffic-pattern--5
- Bus routes are published online. RHPS Bus Routes: https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/197600/Tri_8-1.pdf
- You must have a walker tag to pick your child up in the walker line. If you requested a walker tag, you may not park on campus and walk up to pick up your child. If you are arriving in a vehicle, you should use the car line.
A Note from the Nurse
- Please remember to send a change of clothes in your child’s bookbag. We have a limited supply of extra clothes in the clinic.
- If your child requires medication to be administered at school, an adult must bring the medication to Nurse Willis.
Counselor's Corner - Attendance Matters
10 Facts About School Attendance
Absenteeism in the first month of school can predict poor attendance throughout the school year. Half the students who miss 2-4 days in September go on to miss nearly a month of school. Read more...
Over 7 million (1 in 7) U.S. students miss nearly a month of school each year. Read more...
Absenteeism and its ill effects start early. One in 10 kindergarten and first grade students are chronically absent. Read more...
- Poor attendance can influence whether children read proficiently by the end of third grade or be held back. Read more...
By 6th grade, chronic absence becomes a leading indicator that a student will drop out of high school. Read more...
Research shows that missing 10 percent of the school, or about 18 days in most school districts, negatively affects a student’s academic performance. That’s just two days a month and that’s known as chronic absence. Read more...
The academic impact of missing that much school is the same whether the absences are excused or unexcused. Suspensions also add to lost time in the classroom.
Students who live in communities with high levels of poverty are four times more likely to be chronically absent than others often for reasons beyond their control, such as unstable housing, unreliable transportation and a lack of access to health care. Read more...
When students improve their attendance rates, they improve their academic prospects and chances for graduating. Read more...
Attendance improves when schools engage students and parents in positive ways and when schools provide mentors for chronically absent students. Read more...
Most school districts and states don’t look at all the right data to improve school attendance. They track how many students show up every day and how many are skipping school without an excuse, but not how many are missing so many days in excused and unexcused absence that they are headed off track academically.
Taken from http://www.attendanceworks.org/
Before and After School Program and Community Education
Need childcare in the AM or PM?
Looking for after-school activities or classes?
Community Education's goal is to provide educational, recreational and enrichment opportunities for Bryan County residents, regardless of age or background. We offer diverse classes for both adults and children, making our schools a place of learning for the entire community. The qualified instructors who teach our classes come from our own community. The program serves approximately 900 students in its weekly classes. After registering, students will receive a confirmation letter informing them of the beginning date and time of their class. Check out the Fall 2018 class offerings - https://core-docs.s3.amazonaws.com/documents/asset/uploaded_file/181844/Comm_Ed_class_schedule_fall_2018_FINAL.pdf
Comcast Internet Essentials
Internet Essentials from Comcast offers low-cost Internet service, discounted computer equipment, and free digital literacy training to families with at least one child eligible to participate in the National School Lunch Program or who attend a Title I school. If your child receives free/reduced lunch, please click below to apply for this service-