From the Principal's Desk

Dear School #3 Families,

A new school year is always exciting. A major focus this year will be to work together with parents to ignite and sustain the pleasure and passion of young readers as well as to instill a comfortable confidence in students as they build stamina for reading. We we are working to “build the #booklove!” We look forward to building a robust reading community here at Oaks School #3 and encourage you to partner in this effort. We also encourage you to participate in our districtwide OSD GO READ events throughout the year. It is our belief that to achieve success students must follow our School #3 rules:

                          Be Safe – Be Respectful – Be Responsible

As you already know, Oaks School #3 is a community of learners dedicated to the academic, social, and emotional success of all our students. The guiding principles of our school include a rigorous curriculum, critical thinking, and a safe, nurturing environment where students are encouraged to take educational risks. Our teachers utilize a wide range of instructional practices and opportunities for differentiation to meet the individual needs of all students.

Parents are an integral part of our school community. Our staff works diligently to communicate with families and maintain ongoing, two-way communication regarding our instructional programs, student progress, and opportunities for parents to be actively engaged in our school. I encourage you to maintain an open line of communication with your child’s teachers, support staff, and administration. It takes a village to raise a child and we are all part of the School #3 “village.” We are looking forward to a productive partnership with you to ensure our children can achieve their highest potential. We recognize that in order to be successful in school, our children need support from both the home and school. We know a strong partnership with you will make a great difference in your child’s education. As partners, we share the responsibility for our children’s success and want you to know that we will do our very best to carry out our responsibilities.

It is also important to get involved with our wonderful PTA. Our co-presidents, Jennifer Carboy and Monique Cretella are eager to work with the parents to provide our students with the best possible school year.

Front Door Entrance
Our front door entrance near the flagpole will be utilized by all students who arrive for early morning activities and/or breakfast, as well as those students arriving for school in grades 3, 4 and 5 whose classrooms are in the front of the building. Students in grades 1, 2, 5 and 6 whose classrooms are in the back of the building, should utilize the entrance on St. John Road. Bus students will continue to be dropped off on Oceanside Parkway and should enter through the back entrance on St. John Road. Mrs. Amir and Ms. Cadogan will continue to be our door monitors at our two entrances during arrival.

Parents/Visitors to the Building

Parents/visitors to School #3 must enter through our main entrance by using the buzzer and showing ID. Parents/visitors must be prepared to identify themselves and the purpose for the visit before entering the building. Once entered, parents/visitors must sign-in and leave identification with the monitor. Each visitor will receive a pass. After the completion of business, parents/visitors must sign-out, retrieve identification, and exit through the front doors only. It is important to note that visitors/parents who are dropping off items to a student will be greeted at the front door to hand-off the item.

Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Our school hours are 8:15 a.m. to 3:05 p.m . Students may enter the building at 8:05 a.m., after the first bell. A second bell at 8:15 a.m. will signify that instruction will begin with morning announcements and any student who enters the classroom after this bell will be marked late. It is imperative for students to be in their classrooms and ready to learn at 8:15 a.m. I strongly urge all parents to make sure your child is on time each day. Not only are late student arrivals disruptive to the whole class, it is disruptive for your own child. Just imagine what it must feel like for your child to arrive late each morning. Additionally, he/she loses important instructional time as well as the directions a teacher has given for morning activities. Any questions regarding dismissal procedures should be directed to your child’s teacher.

Students will be dismissed at 3:05 p.m. Please make arrangements to be here promptly at dismissal. If you will be late, you must notify the office.

It is acceptable during the first week of school to escort your child to his/her classroom. Please say goodbye promptly upon arrival to ensure a smooth transition into the start of the school day.

Traffic & Parking

Please be aware that pedestrian and automobile traffic surrounding School #3 can be difficult during drop-off and dismissal. Our PTA provides an amazing valet service in the front and rear of the building. A flyer is included for any parent who is able to volunteer to assist with our valet. This service will begin on the morning of September 9th. Following all traffic and parking rules is essential for our students’ safety. We ask that you continue to instill in your children the importance of crossing the streets in designated crosswalks with the assistance of our crossing guards.

Early Pick-Up
If you need to pick your child up from school early at any time, you must provide us with a note in the morning stating the time of pick-up. Classroom teachers will have your child ready for you when you arrive at our new front entrance. We are looking to avoid constant interruptions which are disruptive to teaching and learning.

Meals Procedures Breakfast :

Our before-school breakfast program is available to students in our cafeteria from 7:30 a.m. to 8:05 a.m. the cost is $2.25 per day, which must be prepaid. Forms will be available in the cafeteria. Questions can be directed to Mrs. Jane Blackburn, Operations Manager, at 678-7548. Please be advised that the cafeteria will NOT be supervised before 7:30 a.m. and therefore children will not be permitted to enter prior to that time. Any child who attends the breakfast program MUST be purchasing breakfast. It is not an early morning drop-off service.

Lunch Price :
Lunch will cost $2.60 Free and reduced price meals : Children in households that meet federal income guidelines are eligible for free or reduced price meals. To apply for free or reduced price meals, you must complete an application. These applications will be distributed on the first day of school and are also available in the main office. Completed, signed applications, are to be returned to the main office.

Reporting Student Absences

In the event your child is going to be absent from school, please call Mrs. Kelly Driggers, our nurse, on the day of the absence at 678-7566. If your child is going to be absent for several days and you are requesting class work or homework to be sent home, please call the office in the morning so that this can be arranged. Please do not call in the afternoon requesting homework; it is important we provide the classroom teachers enough time to gather the necessary materials.

Allergies

We are committed to providing a safe and welcoming environment for all of the children in our school. With this in mind, all classrooms have been designated “NUT & SEED FREE”. All rooms have signs hung directly outside the classroom. Also, for the safety of our students, all food items brought into school to share for holiday celebrations must be store bought and properly packaged with a visible ingredient label. The school will no longer accept food items made at home. This will enable our nurse to review the items properly before sending it to the classroom. Please make sure you contact the classroom teacher in advance of any celebration.

Birthdays are a happy occasion and children like to celebrate. Instead of celebrating with food products, we are recommending you choose things like stickers, pencils, crafts, extra recess, bookmarks, or a gym party in lieu of food for celebrations. If you are sending in goody bags, please be sure that these too do not include food items.

The staff and I are excited about the beginning of the new school year.

We look forward to working with you toward a successful and rewarding school year.

Very truly yours,

Beth Castiello