West Elementary Parent News

Week of November 30th

West Elementary School

Our mission as a school community is to ensure high levels of learning and character development for all students by providing a safe, nurturing, student centered environment.

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Upcoming Events!

December 2014

Thursday, December 3rd- Major Saver Assembly,8:30; 3rd- 5th Grade Monthly Assembly, 9:00 a.m. Colton's PTA Night Fundraiser! 10% of all sales go to West PTA!

Friday, December 4th- K-2nd Monthly Assembly, 9:00 a.m.

Thursday, December 10th- 4th and 5th Grade Holiday Concert at the Miller Performing Arts Center, 1:15 p.m. School-wide Fieldtrip to Miller Center. Concert for Parents- 7:00 p.m.

Tuesday, December 22nd- Holiday Parties in the morning, End of Second Quarter. 3-hour early release. School Dismisses at 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 23rd – Monday, January 4th- No School for students- Winter Break.

January 2015

Monday, January 4th- Professional Development Day for Teachers. No school for students.

Tuesday, January 5th- School Resumes.

Thursday, January 14th- PTA, 6:00 p.m. ALL PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO ATTEND! Childcare and activities will be provided!

A Few Friendly Reminders: Parent Drop-off and Pick-up Procedures

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

West Elementary is open from 7:45a.m. -3:45 p.m. The building will be opened and students may arrive after 7:45 a.m. Supervision does not begin until 7:45 a.m., so for the safety of your child, please do not drop students off before this time. At no time should students be dropped off in front of the building before school begins. All parents are expected to use the drop-off procedures. All cars should enter from the Main Street entrance (the Dix Road is an EXIT ONLY). Cars should pull through the lower lot and around to the back of the building through the playground driveway.


DISMISSAL OF SCHOOL

For the safety of our students, parents that walk with their students or pick their students up are asked to wait outside of the building for students, not in the front foyer. When parents enter the building during dismissal, it causes serious safety concerns for all students. Parents will under no circumstances be allowed to go to a child’s classroom during dismissal without first checking in at the office and retrieving a visitor’s pass. Make a plan for where you will meet your child outside of the building. A teacher will announce your child’s name and the child will meet you outside the building. It is best if you remain in the car line and wait for your child.

For the safety of our students, please review the procedures outlined below.


1. No transportation changes should be made after 2:00 p.m.

2. Parents that walk with their students or pick their students up are asked to wait outside of the building for students. DOORS TO THE BUILDING WILL BE LOCKED AT ALL TIMES. When parents enter the building during dismissal, it causes serious safety concerns for all students. Parents will under no circumstances be allowed to go to a child’s classroom during dismissal without first checking in at the office and retrieving a visitor’s pass. Make a plan for where you will meet your child outside of the building. A teacher will announce your child’s name and the child will meet you outside the building.

3. If you have dismissal changes, please let your child know. It is difficult for children to change their routine, so please make your child aware if possible.

4. All dismissal notes need to have the following information: Students first and last name, teacher, grade level, and date.

5. Dismissal begins at 3:30 p.m. If you arrive to pick your child up after 3:10 to retrieve your child early, you will have to wait until 3:45 p.m. on the benches outside the building or join the car line.

6. Anyone picking students up in the car line MUST HAVE A CARRIDER HANG TAG. If you do not have the hangtag, you will be asked to go back to the front of the building and park. You will be able to retrieve your child from the office at 3:50 p.m. NO EXCEPTIONS WILL BE MADE. If you need an extra hangtag at any point, additional tags can be purchased for $.50 in the office.

To heighten the safety for all students, parents/guardians of car riders are asked to remain in their cars during dismissal of students. As students walk out of the building, they will be instructed by the duty teacher where to go. Students are not to run down the side of vehicles or between rows of traffic to get into cars. Teachers will instruct students to enter vehicles that are in the spaces as they come out. When an entire row of cars is full, the duty teacher will remove the cone of that row and you will be allowed to leave. Please do not pull out until all students are safe in their vehicle and the teacher removes the cone. This procedure will best ensure the safety of all students and motorists. Please follow these rules and clarify with your child they are to wait at until they are called. The upper front driveway is for busses only. Cars are not to pull into the FRONT LOT as the school busses will be loading in and exiting from that area. Please pull through the lower lot and around the building without blocking the main drive.


The side parking lot CANNOT BE USED TO PARK AT DROP-OFF or DISMISSAL. Cars will be exiting onto Main Street and it will be EXIT ONLY during drop off and dismissal. Please enter the lower parking lot and follow traffic to keep your students safe. Y-Care parents may enter the parking lot until 7:30. After 7:30, Y-Care parents should also follow the drive around the building to avoid backing traffic up in the upper lot next to the cafeteria.


CHANGES IN AFTER SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

If your child’s transportation after school is different than what they normally do, please send a note to school with your child notifying their teacher and the office of the change for that particular day. Please limit phone calls to the office at the end of the day to last minute or emergency situations that require a change in student plans. Sending notes with your student will reduce confusion for students and staff at the end of the day that excessive calls can create. If it is necessary to make changes to transportation, please contact the office by 2:00 p.m.

Cold Weather is Coming!

Please make sure that your child is prepared for the weather! As we get further into fall and closer to winter, the temperatures change rapidly. Please make sure that your child is prepared to go outside for recess. We will go out for temperatures above 25 degrees. Also, to make sure items that are lost are also found, please put your child's name on any coats, gloves, and hats that come to school.
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PTA "Take Stock in ME and My School!" Fundraiser has ended!

Please make sure all orders are returned ASAP!

3-Hour Early Release on December 22nd!

Students will be dismissed at 12:30 for Christmas Break! Please make plans for your child on this early release day!

Conscious Discipline Basics for Parents

Understanding the Frontal Lobes - Conscious Discipline Skills