Asbury Elementary Family Connection

A Weekly Newsletter for Asbury Families

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August 21 , 2022

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Get Involved! Make a Difference!

Are you hoping to become more involved with the 'happenings' at Asbury? We would love to have you join our Asbury PTO (Parent Teacher Organization). Meetings are quarterly and are planned for 9/8, 11/17, 1/5, 3/16 from 5:00-6:00 pm. We will also create a link via Google Meet if you would like to participate remotely! If you are interested, please take a minute to fill out this quick Google form.

Order your Asbury T-Shirts!!

Asbury 'gear' is available for a short time! Orders can be placed online (or via the order form that was sent home) until August 31st. Click HERE for a link to the store!

Picking up students after 3:20 pm.

It is extremely busy in the office at the end of the day. If you are picking your child up and you arrive after 3:20 pm, we ask that you wait until the normal dismissal time to get your child.

Counselor Corner

Hello Asbury families!


My name is Shelby Smith and I am the new School Counselor at Asbury Elementary. Though I am new to Asbury, I am not new to Groveport Madison Schools. I had the honor of interning over at Middle School Central last year and I’m excited to make the transition to the primary level. I come to Asbury with a wealth of knowledge, having graduated with my B.S. in Psychology and Family and Child Sciences from Florida State University in 2019 and my M.A. in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University this past May. I am so excited to begin working with your children and find new ways to continue supporting you! As a school counselor, I provide a wide variety of services to meet children’s academic, social, and emotional needs. These services include individual and small group counseling, crisis counseling, monthly classroom guidance lessons focused on socio-emotional learning, and coordinating student 504 plans. I also work closely with other support staff, such as our school Social Worker, Lakiesha Sweeney, in order to provide the best care and support to meet the needs of students. Additionally, part of my job involves consulting with parents/guardians, caregivers, and teachers to brainstorm ways to overcome barriers and find the best means to help students be successful. Overall, I serve as an advocate for ALL students by putting support in place to help them reach their highest potential.


If you have any questions about me and my role, or if there are ways I can better support you or your student, please do not hesitate to contact me! shelby.smith@gocruisers.org

What do we mean by 'no homework'?

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FinalForms

Please make sure to complete ALL FinalForms associated with your child. If you are a returning student, you should have received an e-mail regarding completion of these forms. New families may use the link/instructions and set up a new account. It is imperative that these forms are completed as soon as possible.
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Bus Information

Bus route information for your child(ren) can be found HERE. Please allow extra time at pick-up/drop-off during the first few weeks of school as bus routes work through traffic patterns and learn new routes. Also be aware that there may be times that bus numbers may change. Groveport Madison Schools, together with our new provider, Community Bus Services, Inc., will work hard to ensure a smooth start to our '22-'23 school year.

Student Breakfast & Lunch Information

The USDA has discontinued the universal free lunch program (where all students receive free lunches without the need to apply). Groveport Madison Schools will continue to provide free breakfast for all students. Still, students' families must complete an online application to be considered for free or reduced-price lunch next school year. This form is part of your child's FinalForm account. It can also be found at this link.


Students will be able to charge full-price lunches for up to 5 days. After that time, students will receive a cheese sandwich, fruit and milk rather than the regular hot lunch. We will do our best to let parents know when their accounts have exceeded the number of charges. You may send in money, check or pay online through EZ-Pay.

Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

Arrival:

Students will be permitted in the building at 9:00 am.


Walkers:

If your child walks to school, please do not have them arrive early as we do not have staff members outside to monitor students. As the weather changes, please have your child dress accordingly.


Parent Drop-Offs:

Parents who are dropping off students may use the front loop. The front loop will have two designated lanes. The lane closest to the street will be for car drop offs and daycares only. A staff member will open the car door for your child. Please do not allow your child to exit the vehicle without the assistance of a staff member. This is for the safety of your child, as busses will also be using that same loop during drop off. Please make sure your child is ready to exit your vehicle.


Dismissal:
Dismissal will begin approximately 3:35 pm. Parents are NOT permitted to use the front loop in the afternoon. Please park on the street or in the parking lot.

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Attendance

In the event of a student absence, it is important that the office is notified. Even if you report an absence to your child's teacher, a phone call must still be made to our attendance office at 614-833-2000. If our office does not receive a phone call, an attendance call will be sent out by 10:00 am notifying you of your child's absence. Students who arrive after 9:15 am will be marked as 'tardy'. Information regarding absence hours can be found here.

Other Asbury Information....

Visitors

When visiting (or picking up/dropping off a student), please do not park in the front loop. You may park on the street or the small parking lot. Visitors must ring the front doorbell and show their ID. Once inside the building, all visitors must go directly to the office to sign in. No adults will be permitted to be anywhere else in the building without a visitor's badge. This includes walking students to their rooms. These precautions are for the safety of all of our students and staff. Thank you for your understanding.

Cell Phones

Although students may bring a cell phone to school, it needs to be turned off and in the child's bookbag throughout the school day. Students who need to contact a parent must use the classroom or office phone.

Birthday Treats

Just a reminder that cupcakes/treats and balloons are not permitted. It is, however, OK to send in small trinkets such as pencils or erasers for your child to pass out to their class. Allergies, time away from instruction, and, more recently, Covid guidelines, have led to this decision. For safety reasons, balloons and food are also not permitted on our buses. Thank you for your cooperation!

Photos from our week

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