AUGUST NEWSLETTER 2021
Dog Days of Summer
I look forward to seeing all of you on Wednesday, September 1st, for our open house. School starts on Tuesday, September 7th!
Ada-Borup-West Elementary Principal
Elementary Principal: Bree Triplett BreeT@ada.k12.mn.us 218-784-5300 ext. 112
District Secretary: Sandy Gunderson SandyG@ada.k12.mn.us 218-784-5300 ext. 501
Elementary Secretary: Merilee Potucek MerileeP@ada.k12.mn.us 218-784-5303
A full teacher directory can be found on the school website.
Ada-Borup-West Elementary Communication Tools
The District has chosen to add Remind as a formal method of communication. In the elementary, we will be using this communication platform in all grade levels and classrooms. The nice thing is that you will not need to join any classrooms like we had to do with the free version. Our system will work with the communication platform and will retrieve necessary information for efficient communication. The communication will come in the form of a text message.
Please make sure your contact information is updated in Synergy as this tool is used for communication including weather related announcements. The vast majority of communication is sent through email or text (other than weather related announcements). Be sure that your email address is current in the system. Contact Merilee in the elementary school office for assistance.
On the homepage of the school website is a link to access student grades for grades 1-5. The link can also be found using the QR code below. If you need help accessing ParentVUE for the first time, please contact Merilee . Please take advantage of this and have regular conversations about school with your child(ren). We will be sending out links on how to use Synergy as we get closer to school starting.
*Anyone that utilizes website bookmarks for ParentVUE or the district website will need to use the updated URL beginning August 15th. Instructions for changing the mobile app can be found on the website and will be emailed to all students and parents.
The daily bulletin will be posted daily on the school website. If parents would like the bulletin emailed directly to them, please email Merilee and she will add you to the list.
URL for Synergy
The Ada-Borup-West Public Schools attendance policy complies with the requirements of Minnesota state law. Parents must notify the school in writing each time their child is absent or tardy. The notification needs to document the reason for the absence and be signed by a parent or guardian. If the school does not receive the notification, the absence will not be excused. The notification is required within two days of the student's return to school in order for the absence to be excused. The state of Minnesota recognizes the following as valid reasons for absence from school: personal illness, death or medical emergency in the immediate family, and inclement weather. Other reasons for absence that may be excused are religious activities, medical and dental appointments, and travel. Family trips may be excused if the school is notified in writing at least one week in advance of the absence. We encourage parents to keep these requests for absence to a minimum. Oversleeping or missing the bus are not valid reasons for being tardy or absent and will not be excused. Also, absences of three or more consecutive days and/or excessive absences due to illness may require a statement from a doctor to be excused.
A child who is subject to compulsory instruction requirements and is absent without valid notification for three or more days within a single school year is considered a continuing truant. "Continuing truant" means a child who is subject to the compulsory instruction requirements of section 120A.22 and is absent from instruction in a school, as defined in section 120A.05, without valid notification within a single school year for:
(1) three days if the child is in elementary school; or
(2) three or more class periods on three days if the child is in middle school, junior high school, or high school.
Failure to ensure that your child attends school may constitute neglect under the Child Abuse Reporting Act, Minnesota Statute 626.556. An amendment to the Child Abuse Reporting Act further defines neglect as failure to ensure that a child is educated in accordance with compulsory instruction law.
After two unexcused absences, school staff can contact you with a reminder on the attendance policy. Support services may be offered in order to avoid possible truancy and educational neglect. If the unexcused absences continue, parent and child may be subject to the Norman County Truancy Protocol and/or court proceedings in accordance with Minnesota Statute 260A.
When a student is absent, the classroom teacher will be responsible for giving the student the make-up assignments once. The parent may request the assignments a second time, but that would be the extent of the teacher’s responsibility. If parents know their child will be absent for an extended period of time, they should contact the teacher and request homework in advance. Incomplete work due to school absence will receive zero credit at the end of the quarter.
It is the opinion of the Ada-Borup-West School District that students are in school regularly to make the most of their educational experience. The daily interaction between teachers and students is an extremely valuable part of your child’s education.
● Students who arrive to school more than 30 minutes after the start of the school day
will be marked ½ day absent.
● Students who arrive in the classroom after 8:25am will be marked tardy.
● Students who leave 30 minutes prior to dismissal at 3:08 will be marked ½ day absent.
● Illness of the student
● Serious illness, death, or emergency in the family.
● Religious reasons
● Unsafe weather conditions
● Family trip with prior approval and notification
● The principal may designate other absences as excused as situations arise.
● Missing the bus
● Absences without prior approval
● Any Absence without parental permission
● The principal may designate other absences as “unexcused” as situations arise.
● Tardiness: A student who reaches four unexcused tardies will be considered truant
for one school day
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is an evidence-based, three-tiered framework to improve and integrate all of the data, systems, and practices affecting student outcomes every day. PBIS creates schools where all students succeed.
What will you see?
As a parent, you may see:
- Your student coming home with Cougar PRIDE Coupons celebrating the great things that they did during the day.
- Your child talking about PBIS celebrations. We will have quarterly events to celebrate all the great things that all of our students are doing.
- A PBIS Behavior Referral Form if you child has had a behavior struggle that either the classroom teacher or the office has had to address.
Ada-Borup-West Report Cards
REPORT CARDS AND STANDARDS-BASED REPORTS
Standards-based report cards are utilized at Ada-Borup-West Elementary to more accurately
reflect and communicate your students' progress on specific academic standards. A 1-4 Rubric will be used to determine the academic progress of students.
1 (Does Not Meet Standards) indicates that the student has significant gaps in the knowledge and skills necessary for satisfactory grade level work.
2 (Partially Meets Standards) indicates partial knowledge and skills required for successful grade level achievement.
3 (Meets Standards) indicates state expectations for achievement of all students. Students who score at Level Three are working successfully on grade-level material.
4 (Exceeds Standards) indicates successful work with challenging material that is above grade-level.
Report cards are prepared every nine weeks, or 4 times per year. During the first reporting period, report cards are given to parents during Parent-Teacher Conferences. During the second, third, and fourth reporting periods, report cards are sent home with the students.
Kindergarten students receive report cards on the second and fourth reporting periods only.
The GPS link for all families using school transportation will be emailed to each family prior to the start of the school year. You may also use the QR code below to access the link. For all transportation related questions, please contact Shawn Roux at 218-784-5311 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Student Meals/Free and Reduced Meals/Technology Fees
The USDA has provided ABW with the Seamless Summer Option to waive the cost of student meals. Those students receiving second entrée meals will be charged $1.25 per entrée. Students will need money in their lunch account to return for 'seconds.'
Although all students will receive free meals this year, we still need parents to fill out applications for free and reduced meals in order to help the school qualify for grants. Additionally, any student that qualifies will have all iPad/Chromebook and activity fees waived (excluding Clay Target). The forms have been mailed out to all parents and are also available on the school website. Please take the time to complete and return these.
If you have any questions regarding this, please contact Sandy at the district office.