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Ernie Pyle Elementary School 2022-2023 ~ August 5, 2022

Next Thursday is the FIRST DAY of School!

We are so excited to see you all next week!

Thursday, August 11th, is the first day of school. School will begin at 8:20 am and be dismissed at 1:26 pm on the first day. TK and Kinder students will go to the kinder playground and students in grades 1-6 will meet their teacher on the main playground. Parents of students in grades 1-6 will say goodbye to their students at the gates. Parents of TK and Kinder students may enter the front gate with their student and take them to the Kinder playground for the first week of school.

There is a scheduled time for your student to enjoy a snack and a scheduled lunch time for them to eat lunch with their friends. You may send a healthy snack with them to school such as fruit, crackers, cheese, and juice to enjoy at recess. Lunch is provided free of charge for all students or you are welcome to send a lunch for your student. Unhealthy food is not permitted on campus. Please do not send any fast food items, "hot" chips, soda, anything with caffeine, or sweets to school.

Ernie Pyle is a uniform school. Students may wear khaki or dark blue pants or skirts with a white, light blue or dark blue plain shirt with a collar. They may wear any school-appropriate jacket, socks, and close-toed shoes. Leggings of any color may be worn under skirts or shorts.

Please be sure to let your student know if they are to meet you at the front gate or the back gate after school. If you are picking up your student at the back gate please pull over to the side of the road before having your student enter the car. Students walking home should only cross the street at the marked crosswalks. If you are picking up your student in the front of the school we ask that all parents approach the school from the south so that only right turns are made into the driveway. The front of the school does not allow for a left turn into the front parking lot. Parents may pull up along the green curb and students will be permitted to enter the car at the curb without the need for the driver to exit the car. Students will not be able to cross into the parking lot without an adult. Parking is limited on campus so we have devised this drive-through plan to assist all families with safely picking up their student.

TK and Kindergarten parents are required to pick up their students at the north gate in front of the kindergarten play yard from Ernie Pyle staff. Only kindergarten parents may park on the left side of the drive-through and exit their car so that they may go to the pick-up gate and pick up their student. Parents of older students are asked to stay in their car in the right side drive-through lane for their student to walk to the car. If there is no space on the left of the drive-through area or in the marked parking spaces we ask that you park across the street and use the crosswalk to safely meet your student at the pick-up gate.

We look forward to a great first day of school!

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Meet the teacher events for Grades TK, K, 1, and 2

Ernie Pyle students in Grades TK, K, 1, and 2 have the opportunity to come to school with a parent on Wednesday, August 10, 2022, and meet their teacher.

Tk & Kindergarten: 1:00 on the Kindergarten Playground

1st Grade: 2:00 in the cafeteria

2nd Grade: 1:00 in rooms 33 & 34

Hope to see you there!

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Data Confirmation

Data Confirmation is Open

Each year we ask ALL FAMILIES to complete online data confirmation through our Aeries Parent Portal. This important step allows us to have the most up-to-date information for your student. This process must be completed for all students. Parents will need one Parent Portal account to access the entire family and complete data confirmation for each child attending a BUSD school. If you do not have the required information to create a Parent Portal account, please contact your school site. Sites will re-open to the public on Wednesday, August 3rd. If you forgot your password, you can reset the password by selecting Forgot Password.

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After data confirmation is completed in parent portal you will be able to see the class assignment. It will become available on August 9 at 8:00 am. On the first day of school, class lists will be posted inside the school so that students are able to confirm their teacher and room number for the year.

Covid - 19 Information

The requirements for k-12 schools remain the same as they were at the close of last school year. Staff and students are not required to wear masks at this time but are welcome to do so. If your child is not feeling well please keep them home. Please notify the school office if your student tests positive for Covid-19. Home testing kits will continue to be provided for any student or staff member who is feeling symptoms or is required to test, and anyone that tests positive will be required to follow isolation protocols. For more information about the protocols, click this link. Thank you for continuing to partner with us through shared responsibility by staying home if you are feeling sick.

Pictures on Campus

Students are not able to use their cell phones or cameras while on campus. Our PTA and staff love to capture memories of our students completing class projects, exciting activities, learning in action, and events on campus and share those memories with families. During the data confirmation process, you will have the opportunity to allow us to include your student in these pictures and videos. We do not post personal information with the pictures but would love to include your student in these memories. When completing data confirmation please consider allowing your student to take part in photos and videos so that we can include them in these memories.

Meet your Principal

Hello! I am Mrs. Jessica Cummings, and I am the principal of Ernie Pyle for the 2022-2023 school year. This is my twenty-third year in the Bellflower Unified School District and I am excited to be a part of the Ernie Pyle community. It is my goal to create a safe, secure, and inviting atmosphere at Ernie Pyle where students feel free to take risks, make mistakes, and accept challenges. We believe that all students can learn and succeed and I consider it a privilege to work with you and your student on their educational journey! I look forward to getting to know you and your student this year.

School Office

The school office is open to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 3:45 daily. If you need assistance with registration or have any questions please call the office at (562) 804-6528. If our friendly office staff is assisting another parent, please leave a message and your call will be returned.

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