|Laurie Welch Storch
Dear Parents and Students,
I hope that your summer vacation was filled with inspiring adventures and celebrations that sparked new learning experiences for all. We are all set to embark on a journey of engaging, meaningful and innovative work in our classrooms, combined with a variety of exciting special events. I invite you to follow School #8 on Twitter @FultonAveSchool8 where we will highlight student learning and accomplishments. Together, we will continue to build upon and refine our proven foundation for excellence. We are “Anchored Together by Purpose, Passion and People.”
During the summer we upgraded our school facility with a variety of enhancements which include exterior masonry refurbishment, roof construction, new bathroom partitions, and substantial fencing and asphalt replacement. Our School 8 professional staff continues to prepare the building to ensure that we are ready for Opening Day on Thursday, September 1st! In order to ensure that our first days run smoothly, I would like to review some established procedures to ensure a smooth opening.
As always, the safety of our children and staff is a priority. Our front entrance will continue to be monitored by a state-of-the-art audio and video monitoring system. Visitors will need to ring a buzzer, share a picture ID, and speak into the microphone before gaining access to the locked front door. Our hallway monitors, Mrs. Diane Schnabel and Mrs. Karen Schaefer are in the lobby of our school each day from 7:25 a.m. to 4:05 p.m. (including lunchtime). The school will be open for one extra hour until 4:05 p.m. After 4:05 p.m. the building will be locked and unavailable to students. We require everyone to sign into the building via the Main Lobby entrance only, wear a visitor’s badge and leave a photo ID.
OUR OFFICIAL SCHOOL HOURS-8:15 A.M. TO 3:05 P.M.
Students will be permitted into classrooms between 8:05 a.m., when the first bell rings and 8:15 a.m., when the official day begins. After the first day of school, students will be required to get a late pass from the lobby monitor if they arrive after the 8:15 a.m. bell. It is my expectation that students arrive NO LATER THAN 8:15 A.M. On time arrival ensures and limits interruptions to the instructional day. Only students arriving for the breakfast program at 7:30 a.m., clubs, music lessons, or extra help are permitted in school prior to 8:05 a.m.
TENTATIVE LUNCH SCHEDULE:
GRADE 1 11:10 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.
GRADE 2 12:05 P.M. TO 12:55 P.M.
GRADE 3 12:10 P.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
GRADE 4 12:15 P.M. TO 1:05 P.M.
GRADE 5 11:07 A.M. TO 11:57 A.M.
GRADE 6 11:10 A.M. TO 12:00 P.M.
ARRIVAL PROCEDURES FOR WALKING STUDENTS ONLY ***Please see attached “Map A” for September 1st 2016.***All staff will have clearly labeled signs and will meet the children outside on the lawn near the following doors. Beginning Friday, September 2, 2016, please use the following entrance doors as outlined below.
FIRST GRADERS: Enter via the main entrance on Fulton Avenue.
SECOND GRADERS: Enter via the East Vermont Avenue entrance.
THIRD GRADERS: Enter via the main entrance on Fulton Avenue.
FOURTH GRADERS: Enter via the West Vermont Avenue entrance.
FIFTH GRADERS: Enter via the West Vermont Avenue entrance.
SIXTH GRADERS: Enter via the West Vermont Avenue entrance.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES FOR WALKING STUDENTS ONLY (Starting Thursday, September 1st)*** (See attached Map B)
FIRST GRADERS: In the afternoon, for dismissal, walkers in Mrs. Weisman, Mrs. Davis, and Mrs. St. Aubin’s classes will exit through the Main Entrance on Fulton Avenue and meet around the garden wall.
SECOND GRADERS: In the afternoon, for dismissal, walkers in Mrs. Bagan and Mrs. Gaulrapp’s classes will exit via the East Vermont Avenue exit. Mrs. Okun’s class will exit through the Main Entrance on Fulton Avenue.
THIRD GRADERS: In the afternoon, for dismissal, walkers in Mr. Santisteban, Mrs. Cook, Mrs. Verity’s classes will exit via the Main Entrance on Fulton Avenue.
ALL FOURTH GRADERS: In the afternoon, for dismissal, walkers in Ms. Conte, Mrs. Cassar and Mrs. Cascone’s classes will dismiss via the auditorium exit into the schoolyard. Ms. Herman’s walkers will dismiss via the West Vermont exit.
ALL FIFTH GRADERS: In the afternoon for dismissal, Ms. Blake’s walkers will dismiss via the West Vermont exit. Mrs. Lewitin and Mrs. Harris’ walkers will dismiss through the auditorium exit via the schoolyard.
ALL SIXTH GRADERS: In the afternoon, for dismissal, walkers only will dismiss via the West Vermont exit.
It is very important that drivers only make one drop-off, especially along Vermont Avenue. If you are carpooling, please make one drop-off only, based on the driver’s last name. Otherwise, it will increase the congestion rather than reduce it. In addition, please review the following carefully:
- Stopping your car to release your child across Vermont Avenue going in the opposite direction between 8:05 – 8:15 a.m. is dangerous. Please do not attempt this.
- Children should walk using the crosswalk across Vermont Avenue or Fulton Avenue to reduce the risk of injury. Use the crossing guard as a helpful guide!
- I will have staff at the Vermont Avenue door and the Main Entrance. Please do not hold up the drop-off time by waiting and watching your child enter the building. If you feel you need to watch, please park your car a short distance away and walk your child to school.
- Kindness counts and our little ones are very observant. Please exercise patience. Thank a PTA Traffic Squad member!
- Making u-turns and double-parking around our school in the morning, afternoon and after club pick-ups creates a dangerous situation for all children.
Thank you in advance for following the outlined procedures to ensure that all children are safe.
BREAKFAST/LUNCH INFORMATION: Please carefully review,Myschoolbucks.com, an efficient and secure way to prepay for meals. This is a convenient and effective way to expand our service and ensure that your child participates in the school breakfast/lunch program.
PRICE OF BREAKFAST $2.25 *** PRICE OF LUNCH $2.60
BREAKFAST BEGINS AT 7:30 A.M.
SAVE THE DATE: BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT WILL BE HELD SEPTEMBER 22, 2016.
PARENT PHONE CALLS/CHANGE OF PLANS
In addition, we need your help in finalizing your child’s after-school plans at home to alleviate last minute phone calls at the end of the school day. Although emergencies do occur and if a dismissal change must be made after the start of the school day, please adhere to the established procedure: Parents who call during the day with any kind of dismissal change will be told that the pick-up of the child will be made in the Main Office.
The child will NOT be released from the office until he/she acknowledges the person picking him/her up. The purpose of this procedure:
- Adds another layer of safety to our dismissal procedures.
- Reduces the number of phone calls and avoids confusion.
In addition, any last minute change in the CARES PROGRAM must be received by email, fax or in person. Any change of lunch plans or dismissal plans must be preceded by a written note or email from a parent to the teacher with the date and signature of the parent. We will not release any child unless we have this in writing. Please finalize dismissal plans before the start of the school day. Following this procedure above is crucial as we work to dismiss over 430 students. Safety is our priority! Thank you for your cooperation!
I request your assistance as we limit the use of our office phone during the day. Please help your child establish the importance of advance preparation for lunch and musical instruments by teaching children them to prepare in advance. We will permit phone calls from the Main Office for medical issues, glasses, and other emergencies. Thank you for your partnership as we support this procedure together as we model the importance of social responsibility.
ENVISION MATH & READING STREET LANGUAGE ARTS PROGRAMS
Oceanside School District continues to utilize the Envision Math& Reading Street program in grades K-6. These programs offer an online version of all printed materials anytime, anywhere. You will continue to receive information that will enable you to login and access many valuable and digital resources in order to support learning at home.
SCHOOL MESSENGER PHONE CALLS
We will continue to utilize an automated phone and email system to inform you of important school and PTA events, snow emergencies and delayed openings. Please be sure to update your email address on all forms this year.
HEALTH & MEDICAL CONCERNS
Please feel free to call our school nurse, Mrs. Impastato, to discuss any medical or health question regarding medications, allergies, or any other health concern. Mrs. Impastato is an invaluable resource and can always be reached at 516-678-8505.
If there are any questions, please feel free to call my office at 678-8503. With your support and partnership, we will continue a long tradition of educational excellence and community spirit for our students. As our front door says: “America’s Hope for the Future Passes Through These Doors.” I look forward to seeing everyone on opening day.
Laurie Welch Storch