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TABLE OF CONTENTS
A. Absences…………………..................…….…………………..…. 4
B. Attendance……….…………………………….………………… 4
C. Bicycles, Scooters, Skateboards………………………………… 6
D. Bus Transportation………………………….………………..…. 6
E. Cafeteria Behavior………………………………………….……. 7
F. Campus Security/Gates………….……………………………… 8
G. Field Trips…………..………………………………………….… 8
H. Health……………………………..…………………………….… 8
I. Independent Study …..….……………………….………………. 9
J. Information Changes…………………….………………………. 9
K. Lost or Damaged Books………………………………...……….. 10
L. Parent Involvement …………………….……………….………. 10
M. Parents’ Role in Student Achievement………………………… 11
N. Parent Visitations/Conferences………………….……………… 11
O. Physical Education ……………………………………………… 12
P. Playground Behavior…………………………….……………… 12
Q. School Dress Code Policy………………………….……………. 13
R. Standards of Behavior …………………………………………. 14
S. Students Leaving School ……….……………………………….. 17
T. Student Meals ……………………………………………………. 17
U. Telephone Messages/Cell Phones..............................………..… 18
V. Transportation: Drop-Off and Pick-Up ………………….…… 18
W. Current Year Information……………………………………… 20
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Lakewood Elementary Elementary
A 2008 California Distinguished School
2920 Middleboro Place, Modesto, CA 95355
(209) 576-4841 – Office (209) 576-4980 – Fax www.monet.k12.ca.us/Lakewood
Dear Families of Lakewood Students:
Welcome to Lakewood Elementary, a California Distinguished School. As we begin the 2010-
11 school year, please take the time to review this Parent Handbook as well as the Modesto City Schools
Student Conduct Code. These sources of information will help you better understand the rules and
guidelines that assist us in providing your child with a safe, quality education. Please note that students
are held accountable to the Conduct Code for their behavior on campus as well as to and from school.
At Lakewood, we are proud of our home, school, and community partnerships. We believe that
family involvement, student responsibility, and school communication are essential ingredients in the
recipe for student success. Children bring to school lessons they have learned at home, so excellence in
education is partly in your hands. Because you are your child’s first and most influential teacher, their
ideas about education and its significance begin with you. When children learn to value education and
respect achievement, effort, regular attendance, and learning, these basic lessons influence their
attitudes toward schoolwork.
Another source of tremendous pride, is student achievement in reading, writing, science, and
math. We hold all students to high standards of academic and behavioral excellence. Lakewood
teachers and staff expect students to look, act, and do their best daily. We believe that with support and
encouragement every child can achieve to their maximum potential.
Welcome to the Lakewood Family. We look forward to a great school year!
I have read the 2010-11 Lakewood Parent Handbook.
____________________ _____________________ __________ _________
Parent Name Student’s Name Teacher Date
(Please Print First & Last Name)
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Regular attendance is essential to your child’s success in school. If your child will be absent
from school, please notify the school by telephone. The procedure is as follows:
The evening before or the morning of the absence (no later than 9:30 a.m.) the parent/guardian
should call the school office at (209) 576-4841.
Please state the student’s full name, teacher/grade, and the reason for the absence.
If your child is absent for more than one day, the parent/guardian should call the attendance line
for each subsequent day.
If you do not contact the school, you will receive a phone call from the office staff to verify your
child’s absence. If school personnel cannot reach you to verify the absence during the day, you
will receive an auto-generated phone dialer message in the evening.
If the absence has not been verified by phone, the parent/guardian should send a note
explaining the reason for your child’s absence within three days of the student returning to
A note from the doctor is needed for communicable diseases, a prolonged illness, or an injury.
When returning to school, if a student is to remain indoors for more than a day or two or if a student
may not participate in usual school activities, a note from a doctor is required.
Excused absences are only permitted for illness, medical appointments (with a doctor’s note), and death
of immediate family members. Please refer to the Student Conduct Code for more information.
Only when your child is running a fever, has a contagious illness, or is too
sick to get out of bed should he/she be kept at home. Students who have been
sent home with head lice must be brought to school by an adult the
following day. Students will not be admitted to class without a head
check by the school nurse or office staff. Repeated absences for head lice
may result in a referral to the School Attendance Review Board (SARB), so it
is important to take care of this immediately!
Please attempt to schedule all appointments during non-school hours. A student who has been
absent from school for more than two (2) days is required to make up all classroom work. The
responsibility for requesting missed work lies with the student/parent.
Please note that in order for students to be recognized for perfect attendance, they may not
have any tardies.
Trimester Perfect Attendance Guidelines:
1. A student has to be enrolled within the first two weeks of the trimester and
must have perfect attendance from that date until the end of the trimester.
2. A student who is absent due to Independent Study is not
eligible for perfect attendance awards.
3. A student must be present at least a minimum day for the day to count towards
perfect attendance (K – 3 hrs.; 1st-3rd – 3 hrs., 50 min.; 4th-6th – 4 hrs).
Excessive medical and dental appointments scheduled during the school day may prevent a
student from receiving perfect attendance awards.
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Year End Perfect Attendance Guidelines:
1. A student has to be enrolled within the first two weeks of the second trimester
and must have perfect attendance from that date until the end of the school
2. A student who is absent due to Independent Study is not eligible for perfect
Absences which cannot be verified will be considered truant/unexcused. It is the responsibility
of the parent/guardian to provide an explanation of a student’s absence either by telephone the day of the
absence or by note upon the student’s return to school.
Tardies are disruptive to the classroom and also have a negative impact on your child’s
educational progress. Students are expected to get to school on time everyday. Students arriving
at school after 8:55 a.m. (upper grades) or 9:00 a.m. (Grades 1-3) should report to the office to
get a tardy slip.
Students who are tardy will not be permitted into their classroom without a late slip.
Students will not be considered tardy if they arrive late due to delays by the school bus.
The first two hours of the school day are reserved for reading instruction. If it is necessary for
your student to see a doctor or dentist during the school day, please try to schedule
medical/health appointments after 11:00 a.m.
The school district does not recognize car problems, parental appointments,
oversleeping, and other such explanations as excused reasons for tardies. A
doctor’s note is required to verify medical appointments in order for
tardies to be excused. Please plan ahead to ensure that your child arrives
at school on time each day.
Please read the following consequences carefully so that you and your child are aware of the
procedures we follow at Lakewood School to promote attendance. These steps are in accordance with
the Modesto City Schools Student Conduct Code.
Less than 30 minutes late (K-6th Grade):
1st – 2nd tardies Name on the board or turn a card
3rd tardy Name on the board or turn a card/teacher contacts parent.
4th tardy Referral to Administrator/Administrator contacts parent.
5th – 6th tardies ½ day In-School Suspension or alternative to suspension
7th tardy and Parent may be referred to Child Welfare
successive tardies and Attendance Office or School Attendance Review
More Than 30 Minutes Late: Truancy:
1st incident Warning letter sent
2nd incident Loss of recess
3rd incident In-School Suspension or alternative to suspension
Kindergarten: 1½ hours; 1st – 6th grade: 3
4th – 5th incident Alternative consequence, Parent Conference
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6th incident Referral to SARB
**Special Note: If your child is attending Lakewood on a District Permit, the permit privileges
may be revoked for repeated absences and/or tardies and your child may be required to return to
his/her regular school.
C. BICYCLES, SCOOTERS, SKATEBOARDS, TOYS, PETS
Kindergarten and first grade students are to be discouraged from riding their bikes to school
because of safety factors.
Older students may ride bicycles to school with parental permission as long as
they park and lock their bikes in the fenced area during the school day.
Students should walk their bikes to the sidewalk when leaving school. Please
discuss bike safety with your child before allowing him/her to ride to and from school. While
every effort is made to secure the bike area during the school day, Lakewood School is not
responsible for lost or stolen bikes.
Students are not permitted to ride skateboards, rollerblades, or scooters to school or to roll
in their heelies while on campus. If brought to school, these items may be confiscated and
held in the office until picked up by a parent.
Students are not allowed to bring toys, pets, or other personal items that do not pertain to
school without prior permission from their teacher or administrator.
Students are discouraged from bringing electronic devices to school, including CDs or DVD
players, I-Pods, MP3 Players, and game systems.
D. BUS TRANSPORTATION
Transportation by bus is provided for students in Kindergarten through 6th grade whose
residence meets district requirements for bus transportation. Buses are also used for district and school
sponsored field trips as well as for GATE students.
Bus transportation for students within the district is provided as
a privilege and may be revoked for failure to comply with the rules and
Transportation guidelines require a parent to be physically present at
the bus stop for Kindergarten age children. In the event a parent is not
physically at the bus stop to receive a Kindergarten student, the child will
remain on the bus and taken back to the school.
It is suggested that a parent accompany children under the age of
twelve to and from the bus stop. Parents are responsible for their child’s safety and behavior en route to
the bus stop and while waiting for the bus.
Before your child rides the bus, please read and discuss the following bus safety rules:
Waiting for the Bus:
Arrive at your assigned stop 5-10 minutes prior to pick-up.
Students may only ride on their assigned bus from their assigned stop.
Wait in an orderly manner, respecting the property of others.
Wait at least ten feet from the road.
Do not push or shove.
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Parent must physically accompany Kindergarten students.
While Riding the Bus:
Obey and respect the bus driver’s directions at all times.
Remain seated and face forward while the bus is in motion.
Do not move around within the bus.
Throwing objects of any kind is prohibited.
Obtain permission from the driver before opening windows.
Hanging out of the window or throwing objects out windows is prohibited.
Keep hands, feet, and objects inside the bus.
Talk quietly: avoid loud, boisterous conversations.
Do not drink or eat food, candy or gum on the bus.
When Exiting the Bus:
Exit the bus only at assigned stop.
Remain seated until the bus comes to a complete stop.
Do not cross the road behind the bus.
Only cross the road after directed to do so by the bus driver.
Never approach or go behind a school bus.
Remember the danger zone – keep at least ten feet from the bus.
School Bus Surveillance Camera Notice:
Students and parents/guardians should be aware that school buses have cameras monitoring bus
passengers. The cameras record sound and visual images. Camera recordings are
reviewed by school officials for discipline and safety purposes and may be
provided to police or used in school disciplinary proceedings. Students should
understand that their actions and words while on school buses will be recorded –
and that they should have no expectation of privacy when riding school buses.
Riding school buses constitutes consent to the audio and visual recordings by the
E. CAFETERIA BEHAVIOR
The Cafeteria and patio area are places where good table manners and good health habits should
be practiced. Students are expected to practice the general rules of good manners and consideration for
Some simple rules of courteous behavior that are expected are:
Students should enter the cafeteria quietly and politely
Students should remain seated until dismissed
Raise hand to ask for help
Use good manners, polite language and indoor voices
Keep eating place clean
Eat ONLY your food (do not share food with others)
Keep hands, feet and objects to self
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Students must clean up their area after eating (whether in the cafeteria or outside) and obey all
adults. Students who do not follow the rules, may receive an office referral.
F. CAMPUS SECURITY/GATES
Our campus is gated for the safety and security of our students and staff. To gain access during
the school day, all visitors must enter through the school office and obtain a visitor’s pass.
Before school, students may enter campus through the open gates from 8:45 a.m.–9:00 a.m.
During dismissal, students may exit campus from the front of the school or through open gates
between 3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Our campus will be open to the community as follows: Groups that want
to use the Lakewood playgrounds and access the field(s) will be allowed
to do so through our normal facility permit process. Groups may call
(209) 576-4029 to obtain permit information. Otherwise, our campus
will be closed to the public after 6:00 p.m. weekdays and closed on
LOCKDOWN: Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance to us. In the event of a lockdown,
students will remain with their teacher in class. Parents are not permitted to take students from
school until they have been released through the office. Lakewood staff will keep all parents
informed of any crisis details/plans if they should occur.
G. FIELD TRIPS
Field trips provide a "real life" application and enrichment of those things learned in the
classroom. As an extension of the classroom, field trips may be planned as part of the school day.
When a field trip is planned, parents will be notified as far in advance as possible and will be requested
to sign a Permission Slip in order for their child to attend the field trip. With the exception of field trips
sponsored by the Modesto Arts Appreciation Program, no child will be permitted to go on a field trip
without parental permission. In some cases, parents may be asked to make a donation to offset the cost
of transportation. No child will be excluded from participating in a field trip due to an inability to make
a donation. However, if a teacher or administrator feels that a student’s behavior may pose a safety
concern, the student may be denied the opportunity to participate in the field trip or an adult family
member may be required to accompany the student.
Vision, Hearing, and Dental Screening:
Kindergarten, first, and fourth grade students will receive a vision screening. First
grade boys will be tested for color blindness. Kindergarten, Second, and Fifth grade
students will receive a hearing screening. Third grade students will receive a dental
screening. The first grade students will work closely with the nurse concerning dental
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All 4th – 6th grade students will have the opportunity to participate in the Family Life program.
The classroom teacher will make the presentations of Family Life topics. Parents will be given the
opportunity to preview the anatomy and physiology films.
Immunizations and Physical Exams:
Prior to entering first grade, students are required to present evidence of a physical exam given
within the last 18 months.
Before entering 7th grade, sixth grade students are required to have two MMR shots and their
Hepatitis B, which is a set of 3 shots that take about 4-6 months to complete. Students that have not
started their Hepatitis B shots before the first day of the 7th grade will not be permitted to attend school.
Students who take medication during school hours must have a new Medication Administration
Request Form completed each school year if:
• Your child is continuing on the same medication and dosage
• There is a change in the dosage
• There is a new medication added to the child’s regimen
I. INDEPENDENT STUDY
Independent Study provides a means to prevent gaps in a student’s school program if he/she is
absent from school for a minimum of five or a maximum of 20 school days.
The following are guidelines for Independent Study:
1. Parent must meet with the principal or principal’s designee to review student’s attendance
history and academic standing (students with poor attendance or failing grades will not
be approved for Independent Study);
2. At least five (5) days prior notification;
3. Parents must come to the office to complete contract forms;
4. Students must be out of school for five (5) consecutive days or more;
5. Prepared assignments will be given to the students. Completed
assignments are due in the school office the first day the
6. Students on Independent Study will receive credit for their work provided
they have completed all assignments according to the Independent Study contract. In
addition, their days of absences while on Independent Study will be excused;
7. However, students who are absent due to Independent Study are not eligible for perfect
J. INFORMATION CHANGES
Please notify the school immediately if there is a change in your address, telephone number,
babysitter, or person to contact in an emergency. This information is very important in case your child
becomes ill or injured.
If any of your family information changes, please call our school office so that we can update
our records. For good communication and student safety, accurate and up-to-date student information
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K. LOST OR DAMAGED BOOKS
The student is responsible for returning books in good order. Should a book be lost or show
evidence of misuse, willful or negligent damage, the student will be charged for such loss or
If payment is not made or the material(s) is not returned, your
child may be ineligible to participate in the End of the Year extra
curricular school activities (including Play Day, special Field
Trips, the Promotion Ceremony, etc.) and their final report card
will be withheld.
If the student, parent, or guardian is unable to pay for the lost or
damaged books, the building principal shall provide
a program of voluntary work for the student.
L. PARENT INVOLVEMENT
District English Language Advisory Committee (DELAC)
The DELAC meetings are held at the District Office, 426 Locust Street, Modesto. This group meets
regularly to discuss the needs of English Learners and their families.
English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC)
This group meets in conjunction with the School Site Council to discuss the needs of English Learners
and their families. Meetings are held five times a year on campus.
Safety Patrol – Parent Volunteers
Parents may volunteer to assist the student Safety Patrol members in the afternoons. Students help
regulate the flow of walking and vehicle traffic, the exit gate in the parking lot, and the various
crosswalk areas. Please see Ms. Tyson or Ms. Heermann if you are interested in assisting.
School Board Meetings
School Board Meetings are regularly scheduled throughout the year. The parents and the public are
cordially invited to attend meetings. Meeting dates and locations are
published in the District Calendar Activities or may be obtained by calling the
District Office at (209) 576-4011.
School Site Council
The School Site Council (SSC) is the governing body that helps develop a
school plan and sets the school’s budget to meet the needs of our students. The SSC is comprised of
teachers, classified staff, the principal, and parents. The group meets five times a year.
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Second Cup of Coffee
These parent information meetings will be held four times a year. A variety of topics will
be discussed. Meetings will be held once a month, on Tuesdays, in the Library at 9:00
a.m. Refreshments will be served.
M. PARENTS’ ROLE IN STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT
You are your child’s first and most influential teacher. So, teaching your child to value
education begins with at home.
Many things that you can do at home on a daily basis will help your child be successful at
school. The activities described below can benefit both older and younger students.
Talk with your children about school and everyday events.
Read with your children, and encourage them to read for fun and discuss what they
Monitor your children’s T.V. viewing and talk with them about the programs they
Express interest in your children’s school progress.
Reserve a time and place for homework and turn off the television.
Supervise homework: make sure your children have a place to work and that
assignments are completed properly.
Communicate with your child’s teacher about the class homework policy.
Provide your child with suitable study conditions (desk or table, lights, books, and
Encourage exercise and good nutrition.
Encourage your children to write.
Provide positive learning experiences outside of school, including parks, zoos,
museums, libraries, historical sites, and family games.
Communicate that education is important and encourage your children to do well.
Promote good discipline-children do not know intuitively how to behave; parents
must teach them.
N. PARENT VISITATIONS/CONFERENCES
Parents, you are encouraged to visit your child’s classroom on a regular basis. As a valued
member of your child’s educational team, your presence is always welcome.
If you wish to schedule a conference or speak with a teacher, please call the school and leave a
message for the teacher to return your call.
To assure the integrity of the instructional program and provide for student safety and security,
we ask that you make arrangements with the teacher to visit the classroom at least one day
Between 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., parents, guardians, and visitors
arriving at school to pick up their child or to visit the classroom for any
purpose, must first sign in at the office.
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You will be issued a visitor’s badge, which informs the staff and students that you have reported
to the office and have authorization to be on the school grounds. We expect your cooperation
with this requirement to ensure the safety of everyone on campus.
If you are delivering a lunch for your child, please place it on the round table in the foyer. Make
sure the child’s first and last names are labeled clearly on the lunch container.
O. PHYSICAL EDUCATION (P.E.)
Students in grades Kindergarten through six have P.E. weekly. Emphasis at the
elementary level is placed on many varied motor activities. Students learn leadership
through games of low and high organization. Participation rather than high achievement
is stressed at all levels.
P. PLAYGROUND (RECESS AND P.E.) BEHAVIOR
Playground behavior is expected to reflect the same respect for self and others as is
demonstrated in the classroom. Recess and P.E. activities are designed to give students an
opportunity to refresh themselves, have opportunities to participate in large group and small
group activities and to share and develop friendships outside the classroom environment.
For safety and to prevent accidents or injuries, students should follow these guidelines:
1. Listen to and respect the adults on duty. Follow their directions the first time
they are given.
2. Use playground equipment properly and safely. Share so everybody has a
3. Display positive sportsmanship.
4. Play in designated game areas only.
5. Soft balls only are permitted on the blacktop.
6. Soccer games are limited to 20 students at a time.
7. The restroom facilities and drinking fountains are to be used before the recess
8. After recess, line up in the designated area.
9. Soccer balls are not permitted on the blacktop and basketballs are for only
10. Kickball type games are only permitted in restricted areas with permission by
the adults on duty.
11. Physical contact or verbal abuse in any form is not permitted.
12. Treat everyone in a safe and helpful way.
13. Get permission from the adults on duty to go to the office.
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Q. SCHOOL DRESS CODE POLICY
Dress and Grooming:
Although there is no formal dress code for Lakewood students, we ask that parents monitor their
child's choices each morning. As a general rule, students are expected to wear clothing that is
appropriate, clean, and does not offend others.
The Modesto City Schools Dress Code sets standards that promote a positive and safe learning
environment for students. Each Site Safety Committee shall regularly review these standards.
Appropriate dress for special events will be communicated to parents and students by the school.
In the event that a child is dressed inappropriately for school, and this is rare, we usually call the
parent and ask that a proper change of clothing be brought to school for the child. In order to avoid this
embarrassment, we ask that you discuss these expectations with your child and support our efforts in
The following guidelines shall apply to all regular school activities (for more information,
please refer to the Student Conduct Code):
1. Students shall dress appropriately for educational activities in which they will participate so as
not to endanger their health, safety, or welfare, or that of others, or cause a disruption to the
educational process. Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments when sitting, standing, or
bending. The following articles of clothing are not permitted:
Shorts, mini-skirts, pants, and tops that fail to conceal undergarments, back, abdomen,
Bare back, strapless tops
Low-cut tops and dresses
Bare-midriff tops, tops with spaghetti straps (less than one inch wide)
Chains of any sort, wallet or utility-type chains
Spiked accessories of any sort (including belts, wristbands, etc.)
See-through or fishnet fabrics that fail to conceal undergarments
Hats – This policy is to protect students from gang violence. If your child must wear a
hat during sunny days for medical reason, please submit a doctor’s note.
2. All attire must fit appropriately and must not be too small or too large.
Walking shorts or skirts shorter than mid-thigh or fingertip length
Baggy or sagging pants are not permitted.
Straps on dresses must be one inch thick and should not reveal
undergarments or a bare back.
3. Jerseys, jackets, t-shirts, and sweatshirts with the logo of colleges and/or professional
sports teams (for example, UNLV, Oakland A’s, SF 49ers, Oakland Raiders, etc.) are not
permitted. Lakewood baseball team, local youth organization, and other non-professional
athletic shirts are permitted. Shirts that have a double meaning will be prohibited.
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4. Shoes which cover the feet shall be worn at all times. Steel-toed boots and bedroom
slippers are prohibited. Flip-flops are not appropriate for school. Shoes with open backs
or wheels are not permitted.
5. Clothing, accessories, or jewelry that degrade any cultural, religious or ethnic values, that
advocate racial, ethnic, or religious prejudice or discrimination, or that promote sex, sexual
harassment, the use of tobacco, drugs, alcohol or violence or any unlawful acts (including gang
activity) may not be worn on campus.
6. Dark glasses shall not be worn indoors, except for valid medical reasons authorized by the
administration and verified in writing by a physician.
7. Gang-related clothing or accessories, including but not limited to bandannas, or other symbols,
emblems, or insignia are prohibited. School officials shall consider student history and information
obtained from community agencies and resources when making these judgments. Dangerous
clothing accessories are prohibited (i.e., spiked jewelry, studded collars, studded belts, chains, etc.).
8. School Administrators have the right to restrict the color of clothing worn by any student
involved in a documented gang offense.
9. Repeated violation of the District or school dress code(s) shall be considered a violation of
Education Code section 48900 (k): Disruption of school activities and/or willful defiance of valid
school personnel authority. Appropriate consequences shall be specified and implemented
according to the K-6 discipline policies. Final determination of what constitutes appropriate
dress shall be made by the principal/designee.
•1st Offense: Warning to student. Notification to parent. Student may be sent home to dress
properly or provided with an article of clothing from the school clothes closet.
•2nd Offense: Warning to student. Notification to parent. Student will be sent home to dress
properly or provided with an article of clothing from the school clothes closet.
•3rd Offense: Detention. Student will be sent home to dress properly.
*Note: Gang related offenses: A student may be suspended for five days on the first offense and
recommended for an alternative placement or expulsion.
R. STANDARDS OF BEHAVIOR
The goal of our school is to develop self-discipline within each child. Classroom teachers,
counselors, administrators, and other support personnel are committed to helping children achieve this
goal. Parents/guardians are encouraged to join us in this endeavor.
The Lakewood faculty and staff are committed to providing the very best learning environment
for all children. We constantly strive to create educational and social
experiences that foster academic and personal growth for each student.
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We believe a positive school climate is one in which everyone, adults and students alike,
demonstrates kindness, respect, consideration, and politeness to others. Within such a learning
environment, individuals must assume responsibility for their own behavior. Consequently, a consistent
system has been adopted to address inappropriate student behavior. It focuses on acknowledging
positive behavior and assisting students to think of the consequences of the decisions, or choices, they
All students are encouraged and taught to be responsible for their own school behavior. Student
behavior expectations in the school environment are communicated by the principal and staff during the
first week of school and are reinforced throughout the school year. All Modesto City Schools operate on
the nine (9) character traits of honesty, responsibility, respect, courage, loyalty, compassion, civility,
initiative, and perseverance. Students are encouraged to look, act, and do their best everyday.
follow the direction of all Lakewood staff the first time
not bully, hurt, embarrass, or humiliate other students, physically or verbally
keep our hands and feet to ourselves
respect others personal space
respect the rights, person, and property of others
enter and leave the room or campus in an orderly fashion
use indoor voices
walk in the quad
talk without using “bad” language
use all equipment properly (drinking fountain, restrooms, scissors, etc.)
leave electronic devices, toys, pets, cell phones and other items that do not pertain to school
use equipment properly
use sinks and soap properly
use paper products properly
flush completely once
keep feet on the floor (no climbing or playing)
refrain from writing on the stalls or walls
respect each other’s privacy
look at and listen to the speaker(s)
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be respectful to the speaker and audience
clap in support of peers’ achievements
clap in appreciation of the presenter(s)
be courteous when entering and exiting the assembly
Consequences For Inappropriate Behavior:
Consequences teach children that their actions have results and show them that they are responsible for
what they do. Responses to inappropriate behavior will take into consideration the individual student
and the circumstances.
To teach children to make good decisions and to be responsible for their own behavior, faculty and
support staffs’ response to inappropriate behavior may include, but is not limited to:
discussion with the child about behavior(s), natural consequences, and what would have
been a more appropriate behavior
communication with the parent
referral to school support personnel (counselor, school psychologist, nurse, etc.)
classroom time out
loss of recess time or other privilege
referral to the office
suspension from school
recommendation for expulsion for severe infraction
Student misbehavior that interferes with a student's own or others'
learning or safety will not be tolerated. The school principal/designee
addresses serious and chronic behavior problems when they occur.
Parents or guardians are notified and a conference with the principal may
be required for the following infractions:
Physically or verbally harassing or physically hurting another person
Threatening to harm self or others
Intimidating students or staff
Bringing inappropriate items to school, including weapons
Destroying/vandalizing school property
Open defiance of school rules
Failure to obey teachers or other adults on duty
Obscene speech, literature, and/or behavior
Chronic misbehavior/unacceptable behavior
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S. STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL
Once your child has arrived at school, he/she is not allowed to leave before dismissal for any
reason without getting approval from a parent or authorized adult and being signed out
through the office.
A parent or authorized adult must come into the office to check out the student. Please do not
wait in hallways for your students. You may wait outside the classroom (obtain a visitor’s
badge) or in front of the school.
As a safety measure, students will only be allowed to leave school with the parent or an adult (18
years or older) who is authorized on the Student Information Card.
If you need to pick your child up early due to an appointment, please try to schedule
appointments after 11:00 a.m.
T. STUDENT MEALS
Breakfast is served every school day from 8:30 a.m. - 8:55 a.m. Students will not be served
after 8:55 a.m. unless their late arrival is due to a delayed school bus. Special breakfast
programs are available for those who qualify.
Snacks A daily nutritional snack may be sent to school with your child to enjoy
at recess or mid-day. This helps maintain a consistent level of student energy and
productivity throughout the school day.
Hot lunches are served at school everyday for all grades. Milk for sack
lunches is available. Special lunch programs are also available for those
If your child pays a reduced fee or full lunch fee for breakfast or lunch, he/she may pay daily,
weekly or monthly. We encourage monthly pre-payments of all meals to save time and
paperwork. Payments can be made in the office, cafeteria or by the student in their classroom.
A student’s account will be credited for all pre-paid meals. Any amount not used will be carried
over to the next day.
Students who do not have their lunch or lunch money will be given the opportunity to call home
from the cafeteria. No lunch charges are accepted. This is a district policy
which is strictly enforced.
Free and reduced lunch applications will be sent home at the beginning of
the school year. All students are encouraged to return the application
within the first two weeks of school.
The meal prices are as follows:
Full Price: Reduced Price:
Breakfast: $ 2.00 per day $ 0.30 per day
$ 7.50 for 5 days $ 1.50 for 5 days
$ 30.00 for 20 days $ 6.00 for 20 days
Lunch: $ 2.00 per day $ 0.40 per day
$ 10.00 for 5 days $ 2.00 for 5 days
$ 40.00 for 20 days $ 8.00 for 20 days
Milk Only: $ 0.50 *Prices are subject to change*
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U. TELEPHONE MESSAGES/CELL PHONES
Before your child leaves home, please make sure he/she knows the
arrangements regarding after school pick-up.
Children are not allowed to accept phone calls or use the school phone
during the day to make arrangements for getting home that day.
It creates a great deal of anxiety in children when they do not know
how they are to get home at the end of the school day. Please plan
ahead! We will not disrupt class to deliver messages.
In the event of an emergency or unforeseen circumstance, please call the school office by 2:00
The office staff will not take responsibility for relaying a message to your child’s teacher if
you call after 2:00 p.m.
Students are allowed to use the office phone after 3:15 p.m. if a parent fails to pick them up on
Students are not permitted to bring cell phones to school. In rare cases,
the principal may grant special permission but only after meeting with
the parent or guardian.
If brought to school, student cell phones will be confiscated and held in
the office until picked up by a parent.
Repeated violations of this school rule may result in suspension.
V. TRANSPORTATION: DROP-OFF AND PICK-UP
The following guidelines have been set for safety purposes. Strict adherence is
For your child’s safety, it is important that children be dropped off and picked up as
close to the start of school and dismissal time as possible. There will be no adult
supervision on campus prior to 8:45 a.m.
Arrival - Drop-off: When driving students to school, please drop your child off near the curb or near
the white curb near the parking lot.
If you have items to deliver to the classroom, please leave them in the office. We will deliver
them for you.
Students who walk to school, ride bikes, or are dropped off may not enter campus
until 8:45 a.m.
Dismissal - Pick-up:
o Students are to go straight home immediately after school – they are not
to wait around for brothers or sisters who may be participating in after
o Prior to the dismissal bell, adults are not permitted to walk through the
halls without a pass.
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o When picking up your child please be prompt. School ends at 3:00 p.m. on regular days and
at 1:40 p.m. on minimum days.
o Children who are not picked up within 15 minutes of dismissal time will be required to wait
near the school office.
o Parents who repeatedly pick their child up late will receive a letter and/or phone call from the
principal to determine the reason for the repeated lateness and may be referred to the Child
Welfare and Attendance Office or the Modesto Police Department.
Early Check Out:
Students will be released to parents or their representative during the school day only through the
Students will be released only to adults listed on the Emergency Card.
Please be prepared to show identification. Your child’s safety is our primary concern.
Please avoid checking out students between 2:45 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. as teachers are wrapping up
daily activities and students need to be present.
If You’re Going to be Late:
We realize that unexpected delays happen. If you will be late picking up
your child, please call the school office, (209) 576-4841 by 2:30 p.m.
to allow ample time for the staff to get a message to your child’s teacher.
The end of the day is a busy time for students, teachers, and staff.
Please be courteous toward the school Safety Patrol members. They are volunteering to keep
your child safe.
When dropping off and picking up your child, please arrange for a
regular meeting place.
Please do not double park on Middleboro.
Students may not walk across the street in front of the school
without an adult escort. They are to use the sidewalk and/ or the
middle crosswalk through the parking lot.
In the parking lot, the flow of traffic goes only one-way.
The parking lot is closed to the public from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Three 15-minute Visitor Spaces are available after 9:00 a.m. Please be
courteous – do not abuse the 15-minute time limit.
Children are to use the crosswalks at all times.
Help us enforce traffic safety. Please do not call to your child to cross in
the middle of the street.
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Schedule: Regular Day
A.M. Kindergarten 8:45 a.m. - 12:05 p.m.
P.M. Kindergarten 11:40 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grades 1-3 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Grades 4-6 8:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
DHH Classes 8:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Schedule – Minimum Day
A.M. Kindergarten NO CHANGE
P.M. Kindergarten 10:20 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Grades 1-3 9:00 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
Grades 4-6 8:55 a.m. - 1:40 p.m.
DHH Classes 8:55 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
(Parents of DHH students may pick their student up at 1:40 p.m.)
August 26 Back-to-School Night December 17 Winter Break
September 16 Staff Development January 27 Staff Development
October 29 Halloween February 17 Report Cards go home
November 2 Report Card Prep April 15 Open House
November 24 Thanksgiving May 25-26 Parent Conferences
Teacher Furlough Days – Students Do Not Attend School
October 8 November 1 February 14 April 25
The menu for each month may be found at http://www.monet.k12.ca.us/mcsnew/
(Choose Web Resources, scroll down to School Lunch Menus, choose month under “Regular Menus”)
See page 17 of this booklet for prices.
2nd Cup of Coffee Meetings (9:00 a.m. in Library)
September 14 November 9 February 8 April 12
Other Important Dates
Back-to-School Night (Minimum Day) August 26 7-8 p.m
School Pictures September 23
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