8.22 eNews

K-5 School Hours / Arrival & Dismissal Procedures

As noted in our summer mailing earlier this month, the safety of the students, families, and staff is a number one priority at Ferson Creek Elementary School. Please take time to revisit the included information with your child and any caregivers who may be impacted by our arrival and dismissal procedures, as there is additional information in the dismissal section about car riders. 

School Hours – Beginning Wednesday, August 23rd    

  • 8:40 AM to 11:15 AM – AM kindergarten students
  • 8:40 AM to 3:00 PM – All Day kindergarten and 1st – 5th grade students
  • 12:25 PM to 3:00 PM – PM kindergarten students

Wednesday, August 23rd – First Day of School

  • Our kindergarten teachers will greet their students just inside Door 1 at the front of the building. Each teacher will be holding a sign indicating her name and grade level.
  • Staff in K/1LR will meet their students at their buses.
  • Our 1st – 5th grade classroom teachers will greet their students on the blacktop area of the playground behind the building. Each teacher will be holding a sign indicating her name and grade level.
  • All students will follow the normal dismissal procedures (see below).

Arrival

  • AM & All Day kindergarten and 1st – 5th grade students should arrive no earlier than 8:25 AM when they enter to prepare for their learning day, and PM kindergarten students should arrive no earlier than 12:15 PM.
  • Students will enter through Door 1 at the front of the building.
  • AM & All Day kindergarten and 1st – 5th grade students who arrive after the 8:40 AM bell must stop in the office for a tardy slip, and PM kindergarten students who arrive after 12:25 PM must stop in the office for a tardy slip.
  • If for any reason you should need to enter the building, please do so by entering Door 1 at the front of the school and proceed to the office to sign in and have your license scanned. This includes the first day of school, as the students and staff will begin establishing their routines by transitioning to class without parents and caregivers.

Dismissal

  • AM kindergarten students are dismissed at 11:15 AM, and PM & All Day kindergarten and 1st – 5th grade students are dismissed at 3:00 PM.
  • All students will exit at Door 1, at the front of the building, with a staff member.
    • In order to reduce congestion & maintain safety at the front of the building, car riders will line up in our kindergarten hallway with a supervisor. They will then be escorted out Door 1 as cars are invited to transition from a line in the parking lot to the bus lane.
  • After our buses have exited the bus lane along the front of the building, cars will be invited by staff to transition from a line in the parking lot to the bus lane to pick up students.
  • If there is a change in your daily dismissal routine, please send a note with your child.
  • If you need to pick up your child before 3:00 PM, please come into the office so you can sign him/her out. As a reminder, we can only release students to an adult listed as a guardian or an emergency contact.
  • Unless accompanied by an adult, students must leave the school grounds at the end of the day. This includes the playground.

Additional Considerations

Drop Off in the Main Parking Lot Drop Off Lane

  • Please pull forward as far as possible in the drop off lane along the front of the building, remembering not to block the entrance or exit to the bus lane.
  • Please ask your child to exit the car quickly to allow for additional cars to enter the drop off lane.
  • Students should exit on the curbside only and walk to the front entrance of the building.
  • Please remain in your car when dropping off students in the parking lot drop off lane.

Parking Lot

  • Please park in a designated parking space, remembering not to park in the drop off lane or bus lane.
  • All students should be escorted by an adult when in the parking lot.
  • Do not double-park in the parking lot.

Safety in the Presence of School Buses

  • Please exercise additional caution when our buses are on-site. Specifically, please refrain from parking alongside and walking between our buses during our arrival & dismissal. Also, please refrain from passing our buses when the arm is out and/or when there are students entering or exiting the buses. 

Cell Phones in School Zones

To ensure the safety of all students, families, and staff, please take caution and care when dropping off/picking up your child. Also, please follow directions given by staff members and volunteers, as they are there to support everyone’s safety and to keep traffic moving. Remember, our children learn best by our example, and it is our role to model safe transitions to and from the building.

Notification of Transportation Routes

To access transportation route information for your elementary child, you may log in to the VersaTrans e-Link via the included site - http://district.d303.org/bus-route-info-e-link using your Home Access Center (HAC) login credentials. When logging in, please do not check the Authenticate using Network Credentials box.

​(K-5) ​Curriculum Night

The schedule for our K-5 Curriculum Night, ​on Wednesday, September 6, 2017 is as follows:

·        6:00 PM to 6:25 PM –  (K-5) Classroom-Level Presentation 1

·        6:25 PM to 6:30 PM – Transition

·        6:30 PM to 6:55 PM – Building-Level Presentation

·        6:55 PM to 7:00 PM – Transition

·        7:00 PM to 7:25 PM – (K-5) Classroom-Level Presentation 2

Our K-5 classroom teachers will be hosting duplicate, classroom-level presentations at 6:00 PM and 7:00 PM. You are invited to attend one of the classroom-level presentations and the building-level presentation at 6:30 PM.

Important Dates

  • Wednesday, August 23rd – (K-5) First Day of School
  • Friday, August 25th
    • 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM (Early Childhood) Open House & Classroom Orientation 
    • 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM - (Early Childhood) Open House & Classroom Orientation 
  • Monday, August 28th - (Early Childhood) First Day of School
  • Friday, September 1st – Institute Day
  • Monday, September 4th – Labor Day – No School
  • Tuesday, September 5th - (AT Math) Curriculum Night - Corron LRC 
  • Wednesday, September 6th - (K-5) Curriculum Night 
  • Wednesday, September 13th 
    • Fall Picture Day 
    • 6:00 PM to 6:45 PM - (Early Childhood) Curriculum Night 

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