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2019-20 INFORMATION BULLETIN FOR FAMILIES

Dear Parents/Guardians:

Welcome to Rio Vista Elementary.  We are thrilled to welcome your child to the Rio Vista family. Thank you for taking the time to review the enclosed school information.  Please read this handbook carefully and keep it for reference during the school year.  It is especially important we receive current contact information on the emergency card.  

SCHOOL INFORMATION

SCHOOL HOURS

Please note that students are dismissed at 1:22 p.m. every Tuesday and 2:22 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.

SCHOOL HOURS:  Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday

TK/Kindergarten – Grade 5

Line –up bell 7:55 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 2:22 p.m.

SCHOOL HOURS: Every Tuesday

TK/Kindergarten – Grade 5

Line –up bell 7:55 a.m.

8:00 a.m. – 1:22 p.m.

Yard supervision begins at 7:30 a.m. daily.

Please DO NOT DROP OFF CHILDREN BEFORE 7:30 A.M.  There is no supervision before 7:30 a.m.

SCHOOL OFFICE HOURS: 7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

 

MINIMUM DAYS

Minimum Days (Tentative):

The school schedule on minimum days is 7:55 a.m. to 12:52 p.m.  Please mark your calendars.

 

FALL 2019

SPRING 2020

Wednesday, November 13, 2019 Parent Conference  

Thursday, November 14, 2019 Parent Conferences

Friday, November 15, 2019 Parent Conferences

Monday, November 18, 2019 Parent Conferences

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 Parent Conferences

Thursday, March 5, 2020 Parent Conferences

Friday, March 6, 2020 Parent Conferences

Thursday April 2, 2020, Professional Development

Friday June 5, 2020 Professional Development

Friday, June 12, 2020 Last Day of School

Should you need this bulletin in Spanish, please ask the office.

Si necesita este buletin en Español por favor pregunte en la oficina.

2019 – 2020 SCHOOL HOLIDAYS/SCHOOL CLOSURE

The school is closed on the following days:

August 30, 2019

Admission’s Day

September 2, 2019

Labor Day

November 11, 2019

Veteran’s Day

November 25 – 27, 2019

Unassigned Days

November 28 – 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday

December 23, 2019 – January 13, 2020

Winter Recess

January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King’s Birthday

February 17, 2020

Presidents’ Day

April 3, 2020

Cesar E. Chavez Birthday Observed

April 6, 2020 – April 10, 2020

Spring Recess

May 25, 2020

Memorial Day

 

TEACHER/STAFF PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAYS

Every Tuesday, students will be dismissed at 1:22 pm.  These are the days for teachers and staff to participate in various professional development trainings and grade level planning.

SCHOOL FOR ADVANCED STUDIES (SAS)

The School for Advanced Studies (SAS) program in grades K – 5 is designed to provide differentiated instruction to identified gifted and high achieving students.  Testing for gifted students begins in 2nd grade.  In Grades 1 – 5, students in the SAS program will be clustered in each of the classrooms.

CLASSROOM ASSIGNMENTS ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Classroom assignments have been made with great care. The number of teachers allocated to a school is contingent upon student enrollment.  Student enrollment is usually not set until several weeks into the school year.  It is for this reason that you and your child should be aware that current classroom assignments are temporary and may not be changed until student enrollment has stabilized.  As much as we try to work with parents, we cannot honor parent requests for specific classrooms.  Our goal is to structure classes in the best interest of the whole student body.

BIRTHDAYS AND CLASS PARTIES

Rio Vista Elementary has a current policy of no classroom parties.  This was initiated to maximize instructional minutes in each classroom, avoid situations where students experience allergic reactions to certain foods, and to comply with the district’s Wellness Policy.

Due to special dietary restrictions (including food allergies) of some students, we must enforce this policy to include student birthday celebrations and do not allow any type of food and beverage items such as cakes, cupcakes, cookies, candy, chips, or juice.

We do not allow family celebrations of birthdays on campus.   However, if you would like to recognize your child’s birthday, we ask that you only bring a non-food item treat to share with his/her entire class.  Items to share may include a goodie bag with:  birthday pencils, crayons, bubbles, bookmarks, stickers, stationery, and/or arts and crafts items.  We ask that you notify and make arrangements with the teacher at least 1 day before.

The non-food item treats must be dropped off to the office or brought in with the student in the morning.  The teacher will recognize your child’s birthday and distribute the non-food item treats to the class.  

LOST AND FOUND

Lost and Found items will be donated at the end of each month.  Please be sure that all of your child’s belongings (coats, sweaters, lunch boxes, sack lunches, and other items) are labeled with their full name and room number.

CELL PHONE/ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Parents and children are encouraged to make after-school arrangements in the morning before the child leaves for school.  The telephones at school are for official school use only.  If there is an emergency, the office staff will call parents. Per District policy, the use of cell phones and electronic communication devices during school hours is prohibited.  Students who bring cell phones and electronic devices (such as smart watches, tablets, etc.) to school must keep the devices off and in their backpacks during school hours.  Staff members will confiscate electronic devices that ring/vibrate or are seen during the school day.  Rio Vista Elementary is not responsible for any lost or damaged cell phone or electronic device.   Please remind students that photographing or video recording others is strictly prohibited.   

For students who participate in an afterschool program on campus, at the end of the school day, cell phones may be turned on ready to receive a call.  If a cell phone rings, the student is to walk over to an adult staff member and answer in their presence.   If the student needs to make a call, it must be made in front of a staff member.   

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

We know the importance of communicating regularly to our families and plan to keep you well informed about school events and activities.  Families will receive a weekly Connect-Ed automated phone and e-mail message from the principal informing families of the different activities for the week.  Notices, school announcements, flyers and letters will be sent home with your child every Thursday in a school folder.   Please check your student’s backpack regularly to ensure that all information is shared with you.   You may also visit our school’s website to find out about upcoming events and school news and information. 

ATTENDANCE INFORMATION

Improving student attendance is a top priority in LAUSD.  Rio Vista joins our District in setting goals for positive student attendance.  All Kindergarten to Grade 5 students need to line up no later than 7:55 a.m.  Dismissal is at 2:22 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.  Early dismissal is every Tuesday with dismissal at 1:22 p.m.  Please make being on time a priority. Students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. are late!  Progressive consequences for tardy students will begin the second week of school. Please note that if your child is late or absent (excused or unexcused), you will receive an automated call from LAUSD.  Three tardies (for more than 30 minutes) or three absences without a note are considered truant.  LAUSD will automatically generate written truancy notices after three unexcused absences.

The Law

  • All students between the ages of 6 and 18 must attend school daily.  Parents or guardians are responsible for sending their children to school. (E.C. 48200)
  • A student who is absent three full days without a valid excuse, or on three occasions is tardy for more than thirty minutes, or any combination thereof, is truant. (E.C. 48260)
  • Truancy can lead to severe consequences, including fine and criminal prosecutions.

 

“Excused” Absences:

  • Illness (ex: fever)/ Exclusion by School Nurse
  • Medical/dental appointment
  • Funeral services (1 day in-state, 3 days out-of-state)
  • Court appearances in which the student is required to attend
  • Religious holidays (must be pre-approved by the Principal)

 

READMITTANCE AFTER ABSENCE:  The state law requires us to record all absences carefully and to determine the reason for each absence.  Please send a written excuse with your child after each absence stating the reason for the absence.  Your child should report directly to his/her classroom, not to the office.  A medical note is required for absences in excess of 5 days due to an illness.  If your child is absent because of a communicable disease, a note should be presented from a doctor.

 

Pupils wearing braces, casts, using crutches, or have stitches shall be admitted to school providing their condition does not endanger their health or the health and safety of others.  In these cases, the pupil must present a signed written statement from a physician allowing attendance in school.  Pupils must remain off the playground until a written release signed by the physician is brought to the school.   See “Parent-Student Handbook” for more information. 

 

TARDIES – You are late, when you arrive after 8!

Attendance Awards are periodically given to students with perfect attendance.  Our school policy is that if your child arrives to school after the school bell at 8:00 a.m., this is considered a tardy.  In determining Perfect Attendance Awards, three tardies count as an absence. 

 

SCHOOL-WIDE POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT PLAN 

 

ROADRUNNER RULES: BE SAFE, BE RESPONSIBLE, BE RESPECTFUL, BE ON TIME, BE READY TO LEARN

 

POSITIVE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT:

Rio Vista Elementary is a bucket-filling school!  There are many incentives to encourage appropriate behavior: students are praised constantly; classes are allowed to leave common areas first if they exhibit exemplary behavior in line, in the auditorium, in the cafeteria. All staff members recognize students daily by distributing “Caught Filling a Bucket” tickets.  Appropriate behavior is taught explicitly and modeled by teachers, teacher assistants, supervision and leaders at Rio Vista.  In addition, every teacher has a reward system to recognize positive behavior in class and reviews classroom rules frequently to assure that every student knows how good behavior looks like in different areas of the school. Classroom behavior expectations and their rewards will be explained to you in detail during Back to School Night.

 

Student behavior is an essential element of our school program.  Please assist us by helping your child become familiar with our school rules, and to do his/her best to follow them.  Please review the Rio Vista School Wide Discipline Policy with your child, sign the bottom portion of the Discipline Policy and return it to school.

 

STUDENT DRESS CODE:

School is your child’s place of business.  Students should dress accordingly.  Students are expected to come to school prepared to learn, play and participate in physical education activities.  

  • Wear closed toe shoes; shoes without high heels, skates, etc.  No sandals, swim shoes or sports cleats.
  • Wear appropriate attire. Wear attire that does not cause a distraction to learning. Suggestive attire i.e. halter tops, or clothing that allows the midriff to show, are not allowed.
  • Wear appropriate hairstyles that do not cause a distraction to learning.
  • Wear hats or sunglasses on the playground if necessary, not in the classroom.
  • Gang attire, hairstyles, or accessories that demonstrate affiliation are strictly forbidden.

 

SAFETY AND SUPERVISION

 

EMERGENCY INFORMATION

It is required that new emergency information cards be completed each school year for every child.  Please fill out this information completely.  Children will only be released from school to those adults you designate on the emergency card.  From time to time, it is necessary to contact a designated person if the parent cannot be reached.  Please make sure all persons are aware you are putting their name and phone numbers on your child’s emergency card.  Also, please inform the school when any information on the emergency card changes during the school year.  Please note that all designated representatives must be at least 18 years old.  A picture I.D. will be required by the main office for any person (including parents) who picks up a child during the school day.  IT IS THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PARENTS TO IMMEDIATELY INFORM THE SCHOOL OF ANY CHANGES IN ADDRESS OR TELEPHONE NUMBER

 

MORNING DROP-OFF PROCEDURE

The school gate is open at 7:30 a.m.  At that time, we begin our supervised free play in the playground for students in Kindergarten to Grade 5.  We invite parents to escort their child to the school’s main gate (on Satsuma Avenue) where school personnel will meet your child and welcome your child to enter the school playground.  Once on the playground, your child will be supervised until the bell rings at 7:55 a.m.  At that time, your child’s teacher will escort your child to their classroom.   Arriving early helps relieve traffic congestion. 

 

School Safety Valet Program:  We invite parents to take advantage of our School’s Safety Valet.  Parents can drop-off students directly in front of the school gate and volunteers are available to escort your child from the drop-off location into the school’s entrance.  

 

Walk to School:   Parents are invited to accompany their student to the main gate on Satsuma Avenue.  However, in order to avoid congestion, we ask that adults say their goodbyes at the gate and clear the walkway in front of the entrance gate.   Please follow the signs to clear the walkways to enter the school.

 

We ask all visitors to please sign-in the main office when entering campus.  All visitors must wear a visitor’s badge at all times while on campus.

 

VISITING OUR SCHOOL

We encourage you to visit our school throughout the year.  If you wish to visit your child’s classroom you must first go to the office and receive approval from an administrator. Approved classroom visits are limited to fifteen to twenty minutes unless prior arrangements have been made. This time is to be used for observations only.   NO conferencing with the teacher is allowed during the visit.  Visitations will not be approved if the nature of the visit is contrary to the instructional continuity and/or safety needs of the children. Children are not permitted as visitors.  Please refer to the school’s Visitor’s Policy.

 

EARLY RELEASE/ DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL

If at any time during school hours you would like for your child to be released from school, you or someone designated on the emergency card, must appear in person at the office (with a picture I.D.) to fill out a “Permit for Release of Child During School Hours” form.  For the safety of your child, we CANNOT release children during the school day by a phone message or to anyone who is not listed on the emergency card.  Please remember that picking up a child for early release (prior to dismissal time) is considered a tardy and will be reflected on your child’s attendance record.  Please try to make all appointments after dismissal time. 

 

DISMISSAL PROCEDURES

Teachers will take students to their assigned dismissal area and remain with the students while they are being picked up.  The dismissal areas are:

 

Grade Level

Student Pick-up Location

Kindergarten 

Student’s Classroom

Grade 1 

Gate located by the library

Grades 2, 3, 4 & 5

Main Gate (off Satsuma Ave.)

Students who ride the bus

Gate off Whipple Street

 

If you have a child with siblings who attend Rio Vista Elementary, please have the OLDEST sibling go to the youngest sibling’s gate and notify the teachers about which gate your students will be picked up from. 

 

Kindergarten students who participate in any afterschool program (LA’s Best, Park and Recreation) will be picked up directly from the classroom.  Students in Grades 1 – 5 who participate in LA’s Best, Youth Services will be dropped off by the teacher at their designated pick-up area on campus. 

 

PERSONAL PROPERTY

The school district does not provide insurance for loss or for damage to personal property of students.  Therefore, children should not bring valuables to school, including:

  • Money  
  • Toys (including trading cards, dolls, etc.)
  • Expensive jackets, sweaters, clothes, jewelry, watches, electronics and other valuables.
  • Cell phones, personal electronic devices, tablets, smart watches, toys, electric games, musical instruments, etc.

 

Generally, personal items of value are not to be brought to school.  If they are, they will be held in a secure place until parents can recover them.

 

Parents and children are encouraged to make after-school arrangements in the morning before the child leaves for school.  The telephones at school are for official school use only.  If there is an emergency, the office staff will call parents.  Per District policy, the use of cell phones and electronic communication devices during school hours is prohibited. Students who bring cell phones and electronic devices (such as smart watches, tablets, etc.) to school must keep the devices off and in their backpacks during school hours.  Staff members will confiscate electronic devices that ring/vibrate or are seen during the school day.  Rio Vista Elementary is not responsible for any lost or damaged cell phones or electronic devices.   Please remind students that photographing or video recording others is strictly prohibited.   

 

For students who participate in an afterschool program on campus, at the end of the school day, cell phones may be turned on ready to receive a call.  If a cell phone rings, the student is to walk over to an adult staff member and answer in their presence.   If the student needs to make a call, it must be made in front of a staff member.   

 

STUDENT SAFETY ON WALKING ROUTES

The safety of your children is one of our primary concerns; therefore, we request your cooperation in this matter.  PLEASE REMIND YOUR CHILDREN, WHO WALK TO AND FROM SCHOOL, TO CROSS AT THE CROSSWALK AND CORNERS ONLY AND TO OBEY ALL SIGNS AND SIGNALS.

TRAFFIC SAFETY AND PARKING AT SCHOOL

Please use the following practices for safe curb parking in the morning when you drop your child off and at dismissal time when you are picking them up.

 

  1. For your child’s safety, dropping off children in the Staff Parking lot is not allowed.  No parking is allowed in the staff parking lot.
  2. VERY IMPORTANT: Due to buses coming to our school, it is ABSOLUTELY IMPERATIVE that no passenger cars be parked between the posted “no parking” zone in front of the school. 
  3. Please honor all posted street signs.
  4. Please note the stop signs at the corner of Satsuma and Valley Spring Lane. 
  5. Do not double-park.  For safety, children must exit cars at curbside.
  6. If you should park across the street, please instruct your child to cross the street at the corner.  Please, DO NOT MOTION HIM/HER TO CROSS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET.
  7. Please observe caution by driving slowly.  U-turns after drop-offs, or pick-ups, are prohibited.
  8. Please follow the direction of the volunteers who help supervise the Safety Valet near the school entrance.
  9. In respect of our neighbors, please limit honking your horn.
  10. Extra parking is available behind the N. Weddington Park Building.  You may want to consider this option, as parking in front of the school is very limited.

 

BICYCLES/ROLLER BLADES/SKATEBOARDS

Riding a bicycle to school is considered a privilege, which can be revoked if a child does not exhibit safe riding habits.  Helmets are required for all riders.  Bicycles should have a lock.  Bicycles must be walked on school grounds at all times. SKATEBOARDS, ROLLER BLADES OR HEELYS SKATE SHOES ARE NOT TO BE BROUGHT TO SCHOOL OR USED ON SCHOOL GROUNDS.

 

NO PETS ON CAMPUS

It is LAUSD policy that no pets may be brought on the campus before, during or after school.  This is for the safety and protection of every child.  All animals (even those being studied in science programs) must be approved by administration prior to being brought to the classroom.  

WEAPONS

Any student bringing a weapon to school such as a gun, knife, or any other dangerous weapon is subject to school district suspension and expulsion.  This policy also applies to replica weapons.  Toy guns and knives are strictly forbidden on campus at all times.  PLEASE REVIEW THE IMPORTANCE OF THIS POLICY WITH YOUR CHILD.

 

MEALS

 

CAFETERIA

BREAKFAST will be served daily in the classroom as part of the Breakfast in the Classroom program.  LUNCH is also served.  You are able to prepay for meals at the cafeteria online by visiting http://cafe-la.lausd.net.  The school does not have a special fund to lend lunch money, so please help your child remember his/her lunch, lunch money.  You can check out the school breakfast and lunch menu at http://cafe-la.lausd.net.

 

BREAKFAST AND LUNCH

Breakfast: Our school participates in the Breakfast in the Classroom program.  All students will have an opportunity during the first 10 minutes of class to eat breakfast with their teacher and classmates.  Breakfast is at NO CHARGE.  If you do not want your child to participate, please inform your child’s teacher. 

 

Lunch:  Students will need to bring a lunch or bring money to buy lunch on a daily basis.  If your child chooses to bring a lunch from home, we strongly recommend that your child brings his/her lunch with them to school in the morning. The school staff will not interrupt classroom instructional time to arrange for the pick-up of student lunches that are dropped off during the school day.   Please label all lunch boxes with your child’s first name and last name. 

 

FEDERAL MEAL PROGRAM

Online Meal Applications can now be completed online by visiting http://cafe-la.lausd.net.   The application will be processed within 24 hours, and you will not have to fill out a paper application.  Federal Meal Program applications were also mailed home.  Please follow the instructions on the applications carefully.  A new application to qualify for Federal Meals must be submitted each year.

 

DISTRICT POLICIES

 

PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

Please read the important information contained in LAUSD’s Parent Student Handbook.  It is important that you review the information with your child/children.   Discipline, homework, grading, student conduct, and student dress code will be outlined in the handbook.  We expect all students to follow and obey the rules, policies, and codes of the school.

LAUSD ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY – THREATS

Making threats is very serious.  All threats will be taken seriously (regardless of the child’s age) and will subject anyone making them to any and all criminal or civil penalties as well as school discipline, including suspension or expulsion.

 

CHILD ABUSE REPORTING POLICY

State Law and District Policy require employees to report all suspected cases of child abuse. Please be reminded that all staff members are mandated reporters and will abide by State Law and District Policy in reporting these cases.

 

EARTHQUAKE/DISASTER, CRISIS AND SAFE SCHOOL PLAN

A local school integrated plan for earthquakes, disasters or other crisis situations is developed by all stakeholders before each school year.  Implementation of this plan is ongoing.  We practice monthly fire drills and take cover drills.  Each semester, we hold earthquake and lockdown drills.  All of these drills are to better prepare our staff and students for any emergency situation.  Please be assured that we are taking every step possible to keep our school safe. 

HEALTH INFORMATION

 

STUDENT HEALTH INFORMATION

In keeping with the State of California immunization requirements, a new student may not be admitted to school unless a written immunization record is present at the time of enrollment and immunizations are current.   The immunization status of all students will be reviewed and can be excluded from school until these requirements are met.  Communicable disease inspections will be conducted periodically.  Students with a communicable disease will be excluded from school until they are free of the disease.

 

Students who need to take prescribed medications (including over the counter medicines) during school hours must have on file in the office, the “Request for Medication to Be Taken during School Hours” form.  The form must be completed, signed by your private physician, and include written instructions on how to administer the medication.  The parent/guardian must also sign the form. CHILDREN ARE NOT ALLOWED TO CARRY ANY MEDICATION.  (If your child takes more than one medication at school, we need a separate form for each medicine.)

 

The flu season can always be a difficult time for students and staff each year.  Please remind you children to follow the simple steps below to keep them healthy:

  1. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve when you cough or sneeze.
  2. Wash your hands frequently using water and soap for 20 seconds each time.
  3. Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  4. Practice healthy habits.  Get enough rest, eat nutritious foods, and exercise to maintain a strong body to be able to fight infections.
  5. Avoid close contact with sick people.
  6. Stay home if you are sick.

 

HEAD LICE

Infestation with head lice is a common occurrence in schools and the community.  Your support is very important and highly appreciated in helping to control the spread of head lice.  We highly recommend that you check your child’s hair, clothes, and bedding every day for any signs of lice or nits.  School staff and the school nurse do not routinely undertake class head checks for lice, as this is not an efficient or effective strategy for head lice control.  Head lice can move up to a foot per minute.  They move rapidly away from searching hands and so an infestation can easily be missed. Most children do not have head lice, so valuable class time is wasted checking such children unnecessarily. It is most effective and recommended if parents check their own child’s hair for head lice.  For additional information about head lice, please contact the school nurse.  

 

STUDENT ACCIDENT INSURANCE

The student accident insurance policy is an individual agreement between the insurance company and the parents.  Participation of parents in the plan is entirely voluntary.  School has been authorized to distribute the literature.  LAUSD does not cover any medical expense should your child be injured at school.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT 

 

SCHOOL VOLUNTEER PROGRAMS – PARENT CENTER

Parent Center hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  

 

We can use your talents in our classrooms, library, garden areas, fundraising, school beautification, in our PTA, and in the Parent Center.  The Parent Center hours are Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.   If you can volunteer your time, call us at (818) 761-6147.  Per District policy, volunteers must have a “School Volunteer” application form on file with LAUSD, including negative results of a Mantoux TB test taken within the last 6 months and fingerprint clearance at LAUSD approved sites. School volunteers will also be provided with the school volunteer guidelines form.  Please pick up the application forms in the main office or the Parent Center.

 

FIELD TRIPS: PARENT VOLUNTEER CHAPERONE

During field trips, student safety is a priority for all volunteers.  The role of chaperones during field trips is to ensure that students are supervised under the direction of the classroom teacher.  For the safety of all students, only official school volunteers are allowed on field trips. 

 

If you are interested in volunteering for a class field trip, you must be an official school volunteer and have completed the following:

  1. LAUSD school volunteer online application  ( http://volunteerapp.lausd.net )
  2. Provide recent Tuberculosis (TB) clearance
  3. Clearance in California Megan’s Law online database (for sex offender clearance)
  4. Fingerprint Clearance at LAUSD approved location

 

PARENT – TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Join the Rio Vista PTA and get involved.  The Rio Vista PTA sponsors important programs for our school such our Music and Arts Programs, community events such as the Harvest Moon Festival, Winter Program and many other events.   Please visit the Parent Center to find out more about joining the PTA.   You can also visit the PTA website at http://riovistaes-lausd-ca.schoolloop.com/PTA  

 

PARENT – TEACHER CONFERENCES

Teachers are usually available for conferences (or phone conferences) after school.  Please call the office to schedule an appointment.  Twice a year we hold parent conferences in conjunction with the issuance of report cards.  The teacher will notify you about these appointments.  Every effort should be made to attend these important conferences where you will be given information about your child’s progress.

SCHOOL COMMUNICATION

We know the importance of communicating regularly to our families and plan to keep you well informed about school events and activities.  Families will receive a weekly Connect-Ed automated phone message from the principal informing you of the different activities for the week.  If you do not receive the phone messages or email messages, please contact the school office.  Notices, school announcements, flyers and letters will be sent home with your child every Thursday in a school folder.   Please check your student’s backpack regularly to ensure that all information is shared with you.   You may also visit our school’s website to find out about upcoming events and school news and information. 

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

 

AFTER SCHOOL DISMISSAL GATE:  After 4:00 p.m., the pick-up location for students participating in the afterschool programs is the side gate by the Library (off Whipple Street).   For the safety of the students, we ask that parents/guardians stay in the library area and wait for your child to meet you at the library gate. 

 

AFTER-SCHOOL PLAYGROUND:  Per District policy, students are not to remain on the playground after school, unless they are enrolled in one of the following District programs which are part of LAUSD Beyond the Bell.  Please note that for the safety of students, students are not allowed to play in the jungle gym and Kindergarten yard after school. 

  • L.A.’s Best provides after school supervision from dismissal time to 6:00 p.m. on a space available basis. Students must be enrolled in L.A.’s Best to participate in this program.
  • Youth Services: Youth Services is a free program open to students in Grades 2 – 5.  Students in Youth Services must conduct themselves within the rules and regulations of the program.