Adams Elementary

August 2016

A Note from The Principal

Dear Families,

Welcome back to a Fantastic School year!!! We sincerely hope everyone had a wonderful summer break. It is hard to believe that we are in our second full week of school. Congratulations to you and our staff for making our opening of school seamless and smooth. We would like to welcome you to Adams’ new theme, The Leader in Me. We will embed the 7 Habits of Happy Kids, by Sean Covey into our daily routine and curriculum. The 7 Habits include: Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Work first, Then Play, Think Win-Win, See First to Understand, Then to Be Understood, Synergize, and Sharpen the Saw. Our focus this year is to continue our excellent academic success, but also to remember the WHOLE CHILD as we are learning.

August is a busy month with Back to School activities. Teachers are working with students to introduce procedures within the school setting. We are a PBIS school (Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.) Our teachers teach mini-lessons on desired behaviors and celebrate with students who get caught “doing the right thing.” Our students learn to “Be a Star with the Three R’s”. Be Respectful, Be Responsible, and Be Ready!

Thank you for following our car rider procedures if your child is a car rider. Procedures are included in this edition of the Adams Apple. The process moves faster each day when everyone follows the proper procedures. Safety is our number one priority for all of our students. Following procedures for car rider and student pick up/drop off is very important. We have also included our parent visitation policy.

Lastly, I want to thank all of the families who have welcomed me to Adams. Everyone has been kind, patient, and generous. I truly feel like I have come home to an amazing school family. Thank you for strengthening our school/home partnership. If you ever need assistance, please call me at 862-2065. I am so excited about serving your children this year.

Always learning,

Mrs. Schoene

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Visitor Information

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We do our best to keep classroom disruptions to a minimum.

· When dropping off a student, please allow him/her to walk themselves to their room. If you need to speak to the teacher, you may schedule an appointment by sending in a note, leaving a voicemail or sending an email.

· If your child forgets an item and you bring it in, please do not be offended if the front office asks you to leave the item with them so it can be delivered at an appropriate time.

· All students not riding a bus are to be dropped off in the car rider line in the morning unless previous arrangements have been made with the Principal.

· If there is a change in transportation for students at the end of the day, we must be notified by a Parent/Guardian before 3:00pm.

· If you plan to go on a field trip you must have a school volunteer background check done. This must be done 1 week prior to the trip. They are valid for two years. If you are unsure if yours is still valid you may contact the teacher or the front office.

Calling all 5th Graders

Student Council will be starting at the end of this month.

Look for the form coming home this week. Fill it out if you are interested in being a leader of your school!

We will meet one Monday per month. We participate in the Homecoming Parade, Socktober, Craft Fair, Jar Wars, Riley Dance Marathon, Spring Fling and Kids Helping Kids, and other various projects.

Please discuss with your parents as they will be your transportation home. Forms are due to Ms. Roberts or Mrs. Rairdan by Monday, August 15.

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Counselor Corner

Dear parents and students,

It is with very mixed emotion that I announce my resignation as school counselor at Adams Elementary School. After much thought, I have decided to be a stay-at-home mom. I also have the opportunity to help out part-time at my youngest son’s preschool. I am very excited for my new adventure with my family, but also very sad to leave my amazing co-workers and students at Adams. Thank you for allowing me to help guide your students over the past several years. It has been a joy to be a part of their lives.

Kerry McCafferty will be taking over for me in the coming weeks. She is currently the counselor at Kitley Elementary and has been a school counselor for twenty years! She is wonderful and will take good care of your kiddos!

Best wishes!

Chrissy Thomson

Hello to the entire Adams Elementary family! I am absolutely thrilled to be a part of this great school! I’d like to tell everyone a little about myself.

I was born in southern Indiana (New Albany), and moved to five different states between the ages of 8-14. My family then moved to Franklin Township and I am a proud graduate of Franklin Central High School. I was a psychology major at Ball State University and then went to IUPUI to earn my Master’s degree in Counseling.

My first job as a school counselor was in a Kindergarten – 8th grade building, after which I worked for 3 years in a high school. I began my career in Franklin Township, at Acton Elementary, in 2004 and have been at Kitley Elementary since 2011.

Personally, I enjoy hiking, seeing live music, traveling and hanging out with my dog Lucy. I am recently engaged and so I will eventually have a husband, step-son, and a new last name! I LOVE working with children and being a school counselor, and I am eager to work with the children, staff, and families here.

Kerry McCafferty

Car Rider Procedures

Display your car rider # in your windshield. If you still need a car rider #, please let us know and we will get you one.

A.M. (Morning) Procedure:

• Drop off is between 8:40-8:50.

• The designated drop off area is at the back of the building.

• The first car pulls all the way to the TOP of the sidewalk. We can usually fit 5-7 cars

around sidewalk area. All cars unload on the SIDEWALK, right side.

• If your car stops just short of the sidewalk, then you wait. When the group in front pulls

away, your car becomes the first car to pull to the TOP of the sidewalk.

• We proceed like this until the cars are done unloading.

• The bell rings at 8:50. If the doors are shut, then you need to pull around to the front

office, walk your child inside and get a tardy pass from the secretary.

P.M. (Afternoon) Procedures:

• Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday Dismissal is at 3:50 p.m. until all the cars are


• Wednesday Dismissal is at 3:20 until all the cars are loaded.

• The designated loading area is at the back of the building.

• The first car pulls all the way to the TOP of the sidewalk. We can usually fit 5-7 cars

around sidewalk area. There is usually an adult standing at the top of the sidewalk for a


• Once the bell rings, we send the first group of children down. They stop at the last line

before the sidewalk curves. When all the cars on the sidewalk have stopped rolling,

then we tell the children they may walk to their car.

• Please load your child from the SIDEWALK, right side, of the car.

• Once the children are in their car and the group drives off, then the next batch pulls up

to the TOP of the sidewalk and we repeat the above step.

• We continue in this fashion until all the children are safely loaded.

• Please stay behind the car in front of you, unless one of the supervising teacher’s

tells you to go ahead. If you try to pull out and around you may not be thinking of

everyone’s safety at that moment.

• We generally finish loading by 4:00 p.m. If you are running late and know you will be

past 4:00; call the office and inform them. Your child will be waiting up at the office.

The office closes at 4:15 p.m.

Nurses Notes

Welcome Back!

I have received back almost every student’s clinic consent to treat and health concerns form, and I appreciate your time and effort with those so much!! if you have not returned your student’s form, please do so. If I do not receive a signed clinic consent form, I will call you if a student is sent to clinic, but I won’t be able to evaluate or provide any care (except emergent). If you have any questions about the consent, please feel free to call and discuss (317)860-4289. I promise to listen with understanding, and I will respect whatever decision you make regarding your child visiting the clinic.

The medication policy states that students in elementary school are NOT allowed to carry medication to or from school. This means that parents need to bring the medication to school and sign the permission to administer in the clinic. Prescription medications need to have the prescription from the doctor still attached when medication is brought to school. If the medication needs to come home, an adult will need to come pick it up. If your student needs emergency medication at school for asthma, seizures, or food allergies, please be sure they are brought to school as soon as possible for their safety.

At the beginning of each year, I review all the health concerns forms that you submit to the clinic. If your child has a medically diagnosed food allergy (or you suspect they need one diagnosed), seizure disorder, or asthma, we have an action plan that your doctor completes yearly so that we can take the best care of your student while at school. Please contact me if you need a copy of one of these forms for your child, or I can fax a copy to your doctor if preferred. If your child develops a health condition later in the year, please update me as needed.

A review of guidelines for keeping your child home from school includes one or more of the following symptoms: vomiting, diarrhea, undiagnosed body rash, severe coughing, eye discharge or redness, or fever of 100 degrees or more. Please do not send the child back to school until he/she has been fever-free (without fever-reducing medications) and with no vomiting/diarrhea for 24 hours. Antibiotics which have been prescribed for eye or throat infections must have been given for 24 hours before the student returns to school. This will help prevent the spread of infection to others. If any questions regarding these guidelines, please call me in clinic at 860-4289 or email at

I want to end on a happy note after all those rules. I will be working in the clinic Mon-Thurs, and Mrs. Kiger will be working on Friday. I’m so happy to have Mrs. Kiger back this year! The new kindergarten students have already lightened my day with several cute visits- they explain their health needs very seriously (usually needing a band aid) and being called Doctor Lady is just fun! It’s great seeing students from last school year who have grown so much this summer. I was blessed by several kind parents who donated clothes and shoes to the clinic. I enjoyed meeting new parents and reconnecting with previous parents as they stopped by to update me to health needs or bring medication. I love my job as your school nurse, and as a fellow parent, I understand that you are entrusting your greatest gift to me during the school day- your kids. THANK YOU! Have a great weekend.

Mrs. Natalie Davis, RN (Mon-Thurs)


Mrs. Jenny Kiger, RN (Fri)


Fun Run Fundraiser

The Adams Fun Run is kicking off on Monday! It’s a 2-week program that starts with a Pep Rally and ends with the big Fun Run event.

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