NCLB Complaint Resolution Procedure
A note from the principal...
OUR CHARACTER WORD FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IS RESPECT!
We have a lot of activities to look forward to in October: visits from the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Red Ribbon Week, field trips, parent/teacher conferences, and fall parties. Please check our calendar for specific dates and events.
THANK YOU for your generous support through our various fundraisers that benefit the Primary School, district activities, our PTO, and the Education Foundation.
We appreciate sales through the PTO fundraising campaign, purchases of trash bags, and attendance at Pizza Hut’s Dough 4 Schools Night the second Tuesday of each month and Sonic Night the fourth Tuesday. Your financial support has helped purchase classroom materials, assemblies, and incentives for students. On Oct. 6, please come eat at McDonald’s between 4:00-8:00 p.m. with some of our 2nd. grade teachers!
A parent survey is offered in conjunction with our parent/teacher conferences, scheduled the week of Oct. 26. Most conferences are being scheduled on Monday, Oct. 26 and Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 4:00-7:00. Individual teachers may schedule conferences on other available dates in order to accommodate parents’ schedules. The parent survey will be emailed to families after conference dates. Thank you for participating.
• Pleasant Hill Primary School starts at 8:30! If you bring your child to school, please drop her/him off before 8:30. Tardy students miss Rooster Reading Time, important instruction and morning routines. Now that the 2015-2016 school year is well underway, we ask that parents and children say their goodbyes in front of the school or in the front hallway. Children feel more comfortable when routines are clearly established and followed, and teachers begin activities and instruction as students enter in the morning.
If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, please make arrangements to come to school between 8:00-8:20 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. when buses depart. You may also contact your child’s teacher by email, or call the primary school office to schedule an appointment during the teacher’s planning time. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding our concern for instructional time.
• Please contact Durham Transportation Services at 540-4610 to request bus changes for your child. All changes in bus numbers must be approved through the transportation office. CALLS TO CHANGE STUDENTS’ DISMISSAL PROCEDURES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFFICE BY NOON EACH DAY. Do not rely on emails and phone messages for important information such as changes in your child’s dismissal routine; messages often can’t be checked in a timely manner, and substitute teachers often don’t have access to technology passwords.
• In order to maximize safety for our students at dismissal time, when many parents come to pick up their students, specific procedures are in place and outlined in the student handbook. Please note that we are asking parents that enter the building to line up in the north hall, rather than waiting in the main area where children are walking through to exit out
the front doors. Problems that have occurred include students stopping to talk to families that they know and getting out of the building late, and students mistakenly following friends out the north doors.
• Parents that pick up their children outside are asked to stay in their cars and wait for students to be dismissed to them. Coming to the sidewalk or waiting on the grass across the parking lot has created confusion with some children, and teachers on duty want to be sure they are dismissing students to the right families. Thank you for understanding our concern for students’ safety.
• Students are not allowed to charge more than 3 meals. If you owe money for meal charges, please send payment to the Primary School office or to your child’s teacher. Students that accrue more than 3 charges will be served cheese sandwiches for lunch. If parents think they may be eligible for free or reduced-cost meals, please contact the district’s central office at 540-3161 in order to apply. Students are allowed to purchase extra milk or juice for $.45 each. Students are not allowed to charge extra milk or juice.
• Picture retakes will be done by Pearce Photography on Tuesday, Oct. 6. Send the complete, uncut photos taken in August with your child to school for another photo package of the same value.
• Students will go outside for recess unless wind chill temperatures fall to 15 degrees, or when there is snow, rain, or lightning. At 25 degrees, students may be taken outside for shorter periods. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately as the seasons change.
• Electronic devices and toys are not allowed at school without teachers’ permission! We will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items that are not supposed to be brought by students. Also, teachers will confiscate items that become distractions in the classrooms.
Oct. 16: End of First Quarter
Red Ribbon Week
OCTOBER 19-Take a Selfie
OCTOBER 20-Wear neon or bright colors for Red Ribbon Week
OCTOBER 21-Wear Red for Red Ribbon Week
OCTOBER 22-Wear sports attire for Red Ribbon Week
Oct. 23: No School, Teacher Workday/ Professional Development
Oct. 26-29: Parent / Teacher Conferences
Oct. 30: No School
Nov. 13: 3 hour early dismissal, Professional Development
For detailed locations & times, please visit online Primary School calendar below
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
AM Drop Off
Parent pick up
Bulletin Board Flyers
Labels for Education
PTO Trash Bags
PTO trash bags will be available to purchase through the Intermediate school office, Elementary school office, as well as the Primary school office this year. As always, they are $11 a roll and are available in 3 different sizes and colors!
ROOSTER READING TIME
Rooster Reading Time has started! The Primary School established Rooster Reading Time for K-2 students in order to better meet our goal of all children reading on grade-level.
From 8:40-9:05, Monday-Thursday, students will receive targeted whole and small group instruction based on specific skill mastery in the content areas of letters, phonemic awareness,
phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, and listening. Almost all PS staff participates in order to accommodate as many reading groups as possible at each grade level.
Teachers have prepared lessons and engaging activities, using Discovery Education and other screening results to place students where they will receive instruction targeted to their needs.
Teachers will continue to review test data and plan together throughout the school year to make sure we are staying on target, and students may be moved flexibly among groups as skills
are mastered. While we always want our students to enjoy learning, Rooster Reading Time is a seriously focused program, intended to develop, promote, and enhance our students'
literacy strategies and achievements. Students that arrive late to school, between 8:40-9:05, will have to wait in the front hall, in order to protect this short instructional time.
NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND AND FEDERAL PROGRAMS COMPLIANCE
The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has updated the No Child Left Behind Complaint Procedures for Federal Programs. The Pleasant Hill R-III School District
uses federal funds at the Primary School for our Title I preschool and reading programs. The newly revised complaint procedures are available in printed form at the PS office and
available online at: http://dese.mo.gov/sites/default/files/qs-fedcomp-Complaint-Procedures.pdf
EARTHQUAKE COUNTRY ALLIANCE AND THE GREAT CENTRAL U.S. SHAKEOUT!
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