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									 Thorndyke Elementary
Parent/Student Handbook

     Thorndyke Elementary School

        4415 South 150th Street
         Tukwila, WA 98168
           (206) 901-7600
         (206) 901-7607 Fax

       Brian Hutchison, Principal

      Bev Miller, Office Manager

 Tukwila School District Administration

          4640 S. 144th Street
          Tukwila, WA 98168
            (206) 901-8000

     Ethelda Burke., Superintendent

          Board of Directors
        Mary Fertakis, President
          Mark Wahlstrom
             Steve Mullet
             Dave Larson
           Alicia Waterton
                          Thorndyke Elementary is a Title I School
The Tukwila School District complies with all federal rules and regulations and does not
discriminate on the basis of age, race, gender, color, national origin, or disability. This
holds true for all district students, employees, and district employment opportunities.
Inquiries regarding compliance and/or grievance procedures may be directed to the school
district’s Title IX/RCW 28A.640 officer and /or Secion 504/ADA coordinator located at
4640 South 144th Street, Tukwila, WA 98168: Nina Melencio, Title IX/RCW 28A.640
Officer (206.901.8035) and Gwen Estes-Zuehlke, Section 504/ADA Coordinator
The Thorndyke Mission Statement:

  “The Thorndyke Family is a diverse learning
 community, working together toward academic
          and personal excellence”

To accomplish this mission, The Thorndyke Family will:

   Have a clear and shared focus that has the goal of continuous
    growth in achievement in all areas. Our focus is on student growth:
    academic, social, emotional, and physical.

   Respect our diverse students as unique, each with unlimited
    potential and deserving of challenging and enjoyable learning
    experiences. We foster our students’ sense of connection and
    belonging so that they feel happy, safe, and empowered.

   Meet learning needs. We engage in research-based professional
    development. We provide differentiated and culturally relevant
    instruction aligned with state and district learning targets.

   Build and strengthen family and community relationships with
    open doors and culturally relevant communication.

   Value and develop staff members who collaborate, are life-long
    learners, have high expectations, inspire hope, are reflective, and are
    able to accurately assess student’s strengths and needs.
The Thorndyke Guiding Expectations:

We “Strive for Five”:
                   Be Safe
                   Be Respectful
                   Be Responsible
                   Be Accepting
                   Be Here to Learn!

The Thorndyke Pledge:

          At Thorndyke Elementary I do my best
                   I manage myself safely
             I help myself and others to learn
   I treat myself and others with kindness and respect
                I treat property with respect
                            THORNDYKE ELEMENTARY STAFF

Brian Hutchison                Principal             Bev Miller            Office Manager
Zak Palsha                     Assistant Principal   Charlee Browne        Office Assistant

Sue Connell                    Kindergarten          Vicki Gezon           School Nurse
Kim Norris                     Kindergarten          Meagan Darrow         Health Coordinator
Maria devilla                  Kindergarten

Shannon Caires                 First/Second Grade    Kimberly Goodman      Social Worker
Julie Valentine                First Grade           Nancy Dannemiller     RAYS
Jodie Newell                   First Grade
                                                     Sandra Werner         ECEAP Lead
Carly Mauer                    Second Grade          Jackie Duffie         ECEAP Assistant
Christopher Reid               Second Grade          Jackie Theis-Chmela   ECEAP Family Supp.
Laurie Rich                    Second Grade
Megan Gilbert                  Second Grade          Mary Schultz          Psychologist
                                                     Kristina McEvoy       Speech Therapist
Sauda Mdahoma                  Third Grade           Christine Armitage    OT/PT
Lindsay Morishima              Third Grade
Falicia Green                  Third/Fourth Grade    Jody Flores           Paraeducator
                                                     Deyadra Blye          Paraeducator
Theren Hayes                   Fourth/Fifth Grade    Guadalupe Mahoney     Paraeducator
Katina Psomostithis-Bundy      Fourth Grade          Sue Mathisen          Paraeducator
Mark Sabol                     Fourth Grade          Teresa Peterson       Paraeducator
                                                     Jill Quy              Paraeducator
Rowena Duane                   Fifth Grade           Ricky DosRemidios     Paraeducator
Vickie Long                    Fifth Grade
                                                     Rita Ruffino          Cook
Ryan Williams                  PE                    Anali Baze            Assistant Cook
Steve Ryals                    Music                 Victoria O’Neil       Assistant Cook
Jeff Kaufman                   Art
Frances McClurken              ELL                   Theresa Cassell       Head Custodian
Linda McKibben                 Library               Torri Monroe          Night Custodian

Aimee Baliner-Gillette         Literacy Coach
(Open)                         Math Coach            Lynda Hall            TCSC
                                                     Sarah Valieu          Ready for K
Bruce Toomey                   Resource Room
Steve Gil/Krista Friar         EBD Support           Deannie Dunbar        TAC

Staff Name                Position             Room            Phone Ext.

Armitage, Christie        OT/PT                141             7617
Baze, Anali               Asst. Cook           Kitchen         7613
Gil, Steve                EBD Support          176             7634
Browne, Charlee           Office Assistant     Office          7603
Caires, Shannon           1st /2nd Grade       161             7628
Cassell, Theresa          Head Custodian       Cust. Office    7614
Connell, Sue              Kindergarten         160             7627
Darrow, Meagan            Health Coordinator   Health Office   7609
deVilla, Maria            Kindergarten         150             7621
Duane, Rowena             5th Grade            208             7636
Duffie, Jackie            ECEAP Assistant      153             7622
Dunbar, Deannie           TAC                  176             7634
Flores, Jody              Paraeducator                         4028
Gezon, Vicki              Nurse                Health Office   7609
Goodman, Kimberly         Social Worker        155             7615
Aimee Batliner-Gillette   Literacy Coach       169             7632
Green, Falicia            3rd/4th Grade        230             7644
Hall, Lynda               TCSC                 236             7643
Hayes, Theren             4th/5th Grade        210             7638
Hutchison, Brian          Principal            134             7605
Kaufman, Jeff             Art                  206             7635
Dos Remedios, Ricky       Paraeducator         236             7631
Long, Vickie              5th Grade            217             7641
Blye, Deyadra             Paraeducator                         4029
Mahoney, Guadalupe        Paraeducator         144             7633
Mathisen, Sue             Paraeducator                         4030
Nancy Dannemiller         RAYS                 156             7625
Mauer, Carly              2nd Grade            142             7616
McClurken, Fran           ELL                  144             7618
McEvoy, Kristina          SLP                  141             7623
McKibben, Linda           Librarian            Library         7611
Mdahoma, Sauda            3rd Grade            229             7649
Miller, Bev               Office Manager       Office          7602
Morishima, Lindsay        3rd Grade            235             7645
Munroe, Torri             Custodian            Cust. Office    7614
Newell, Jodie             1st Grade            168             7647
Norris, Kim               Kindergarten         157             7626
O’Neil, Victoria          Asst. Cook           Kitchen         7613
Quy, Jill                 Paraeducator         144             7633
Palsha, Zak               Asst. Principal      156             7617
Psomosthithis-Bundy, Katina   4th Grade          209       7637
Peterson, Teresa              Paraeducator       168       7631
Reid, Christopher             2nd Grade          148       7619
Renz, Laura                   Math Specialist    171       7647
Rich, Laurie                  2nd Grade          149       7620
Ruffino, Rita                 Cook               Kitchen   7613
Ryals, Steve                  Music              103       7608
Sabol, Mark                   4th Grade          215       7639
Schultz, Mary                 Psychologist       154       7624
Theis-Chmela, Jackie          ECEAP Fam. Supp.   129       7648
Toomey, Bruce                 SPED               168       7631
Valentine, Julie              1st Grade          166       7630
Valieu, Sarah                 Ready For K        236       7663
Werner, Sandra                ECEAP Lead         153       7622
Williams, Ryan                P.E.               Gym       7610
               DAILY SCHEDULE

STUDENT SCHOOL DAY: 9:00 A.M. – 3:10 P.M.
SMART WEDNESDAYS: 10:30 A.M. – 3:10 P.M.
TEACHER SCHOOL DAY: 8:00 A.M. – 3:30 P.M.


4th – 5th – Hayes; P-Bundy; Sabol       10:20 a.m.– 10:35 a.m.
       Duane; Long;

K & 2nd – Norris, deVilla, Connell,     10:40 a.m.-10:55 a.m.
     Mauer, Reid, Rich


K-1st – Norris, deVilla, Connell;       11:20 a.m. – 11:55 p.m.
      Valentine, Newell, Caires

2nd & 3rd - Mauer, Reid, Rich;          11:45 a.m.-12:20 p.m.
      Green; Mdahoma; Morishima

4th – 5th – Hayes; P-Bundy; Sabol       12:00 p.m. – 12:35 p.m.
       Duane; Long


1st -3rd – Valentine, Newell, Caires;   2:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.
        Green; Mdahoma; Morishima

              (please see the complete school calendar near the back of this booklet)

Every Wednesday, with the exception of weeks that have holidays, early dismissal days
for conferences, or other non-school days, staff will meet for ninety (90) minutes prior to
the arrival of students. Students will begin school ninety minutes later than the other days
of the week, with school beginning at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. On SMART
Wednesdays, buses will arrive at bus stops ninety minutes later than their regular pickup

SMART Wednesdays are a new and innovative way to improve student achievement
through rigorous staff development. During this time, staff will have the opportunity to
work together consistently, without interruption, to dig deep into student assessments, and
to plan for powerful instruction based on best practices.

Tukwila School District staff and members of the Board of Directors realize that the 90
minute delay of the start of school on Wednesdays will require an adjustment for our
parents and students. We appreciate the cooperation of our parents as we strive to
improve our instruction for the benefit of all of our students.

Smart Wednesdays, Late          September 16, 23, & 30
Start (10:30 a.m.)              October 21 & 28
                                November 18
                                December 2, 9, & 16
                                January 6, 13, & 27
                                February 3, 10, & 24
                                March 3 & 24
                                April 7 & 28
                                May 5, 12, 19, & 26
                                June 2

First Day of School, K-5        September 1, 2009
No School Days            October 9, 2009           Learning Improvement Day
                          November 11, 2009         Veterans’ Day
                          November 26, 2009         Thanksgiving Day
                          November 27, 2009         Thanksgiving Break
                          January 18, 2010          MLK Birthday
                          January 22, 2010          Semester Break
                          Feb 15 & 16               President’s Day Break
                          March 19, 2010            Learning Improvement Day
                          May 28, 2010              Snow Make-up Day
                          May 31, 2010              Memorial Day

School Vacations          Dec. 21, 2008-Jan. 1, 2010 Winter Break
(No School)               March 29-April 2, 2010     Spring Break

Early Release Days        November 4, 2009          Parent Conferences
(12:45 Dismissal)         March 10, 2010            Parent Conferences
                          June 16, 2010             Last Day of School

Evening Conferences       November 4, 5, 9, & 10    Fall Parent Conferences
                          March 8-10                Spring Parent Conferences

          On early release days, students are dismissed at 12:45.
                        Lunch is served at school

State law governs Tukwila School District attendance policies. Students are expected to
be in school, on time, except when excused for illness. When absences occur they are
recorded as either excused or unexcused. Unexcused absences require us to follow the
provisions of the “Becca” bill. It is important that parents contact the school ahead of
time if their child is going to be absent for any reason, including illness.

It is extremely important that children develop habits of good attendance and punctuality.
Poor attendance negatively impacts student achievement!

We use a “safe arrival” system at Thorndyke to insure the well being of our
students. If we haven’t heard from you about your child’s absence, we call home if
your child is not here on time.

If your child is well enough to be in school, he or she is usually well enough to go outside
at recess. We make few exceptions to this policy. If your child has a special condition
that you feel needs to be discussed, please call our school health room assistant.

                                   SCHOOL HOURS

School hours are as follows:

    8:30       Earliest time students are allowed on campus
               Breakfast begins (10:00 on SMART Wednesdays)

    9:00       Classes begin. Students are tardy after this time (10:30 on SMART

    3:10       Regular day ends

    4:20       After school activities bus leaves

    5:10       CSC after school program dismisses

Students are not allowed at school before 8:30 in the
morning. We are unable to provide adult supervision
before that time. This is a matter of student safety and
will be enforced.
Students arriving after 9:00 (10:30 on SMART Wednesdays) in the morning will
beconsidered tardy. They must check into the office before going to the classroom.
                              TO AND FROM SCHOOL

Walkers: We encourage students to walk to school whenever possible. We encourage
students to walk with parents or groups for friends for safety. Please keep in mind that
there is no supervision before 8:30 in the morning (10:00 on SMART Wednesdays).
Therefore, students are not allowed at school prior to 8:30. Also, students are
expected to leave the grounds as soon as school is out. All walking students are
required to use sidewalks and to cross at designated crosswalks only!

Buses: Some Thorndyke students ride buses. To make the ride safe and pleasant, there
are many safety rules and regulations. When your child receives his or her copy of the
bus rules, please discuss them. If your child does not follow the bus rules, you will be
informed, sometimes by a “bus misconduct slip”. The privilege of riding the buses will
be withdrawn if a student continues to disobey the rules. Concerns about bus misconduct
slips or other issues should be directed to the Transportation Department at 901-8051.

The Transportation Department determines the number of buses necessary to transport
our students to and from school. Students can request permission to ride a different bus
on occasion for special circumstances. This requires a parent note. The school office
must be notified in advance of any changes in transportation for a student.

Bicycle Policy: Only students in third grade or higher may ride their bike to school, and
only with written permission from their parents. When bikers arrive on the school
grounds, they must dismount and push their bikes to the racks located in front of the
school. For safety reasons, bikes must not be ridden on the school grounds during school
hours. All riders must wear a safety helmet. Bikes will be confiscated from students who
ride to school without a helmet, and will be held until the student returns with a helmet.

Parent Pick-up: We have very limited space for parent pick up. The street in front of the
school is a public thoroughfare. Please note that there is NO PARKING permitted on
150th Street. The Tukwila Police Department does patrol the street and will issue
tickets to parents who park on the street. Please do not block private driveways or
park on private streets. Please follow the traffic flow and obey all signs through
Thorndyke’s parking lot to pick-up your child at the flagpole. Drive slowly, and pay
attention to directions given by Safety Patrol personnel. When parents follow the
procedures the pick-up process moves smoothly and takes less than 10 minutes.

       Please remember that Visitors entering the building are
       required to sign in at the office and get a pass. Also, please
       remember that no students are released early without the
       parent signing the student out through the office. These
       rules are for your child’s safety!
Student Safety Patrols: Several of our older students are selected to serve on our School
Safety Patrol. The Thorndyke Elementary Safety Patrol attempts to achieve two basic
goals. The first and most important goal is to provide assistance and aid to students at
Thorndyke in the proper and safe crossing of streets and driveways around our school. A
second function of the patrol is to build the qualities of self-esteem, leadership, and self-
discipline in our patrol members.

                              EMERGENCY SCHEDULES

When ice and snow or power outages prevail, our first concern is always the safety of the
students. In inclement weather, bus schedules may vary in time of pick-up and return

In the event of ice, snow or storms, please do not call the school office or the radio
stations. This ties up phone lines needed for emergencies. Listen to your radio, watch
TV for closure information, or visit the district website at
KING, KOMO and KIRO TV stations generally carry emergency school information on
their morning broadcasts. Some of the larger radio stations that will broadcast
information regarding the operation of the Tukwila School District are listed below.
Please listen to one of the following radio stations for information throughout the day:

               KAYO            KIXI            KZOK           KOMO
               KEIQ            KJR             KVI            KIRO

If the Tukwila School District is not mentioned during the newscast, you will know that
Tukwila School District schools are open, with buses operating on nearly as normal a
schedule as possible. If the Tukwila School District is mentioned during a newscast, it
will refer to one of the following three situations:

“Emergency schedule” - This means that the weather will cause changes in bus routes.
Buses may also be running late.

“All Tukwila School District schools are closed” - School closure is determined on a
day-to-day basis, and parents should listen each morning for further information.

 “All Tukwila School District schools are open, but will be running __________
hours late.” - Bus schedules are adjusted by the same time. For example, if your student
ordinarily catches the bus at 8:50 a.m. and school is one hour late, he/she would catch the
bus at 9:50 a.m.

When schools open late, there will be no before school activities. When schools are
closed (or close early), there will be no after school activities, evening events, meetings,
or athletic programs.

Breakfast and Lunch are provided for all students at Thorndyke. Breakfast is served
beginning at 8:30 each morning (10:00 on SMART Wednesdays). All students, including
those in kindergarten, may eat breakfast and lunch at school. It is a goal for students to
practice responsible behavior by remembering to bring their lunch or money and to order
a lunch.
                For the 2009-10 school year, meal prices are as follows:
                              Breakfast - $1.15 (reduced $.00)
                              Lunch - $2:00 (reduced $.40)
                              Milk only - $.45

Students may pay for lunches each day. However, we encourage you to pay for
lunches in advance. It is much easier. There is a $5.00 minimum to put funds in a
student lunch account. The lunch program uses a highly accurate computerized system
to keep track of lunch accounts. Cash or checks made out to the Tukwila School District
are accepted.

In the 2008-09 school year, the Tukwila School Board enacted a new policy for
students who fall behind in lunch payments. We will not be providing “Type A”
meals to children who have overdue lunch accounts. Instead, students with
insufficient funds to cover the cost of a full meal will be provided a milk and
sandwich. Please maintain a positive balance on your child’s lunch account. If this
is difficult to do, please contact the school office for assistance. Your child may be
eligible for a free or reduced rate lunch.

The Tukwila School District participates in the Federal Free and Reduced Lunch
Program. All students are provided an application. Additional applications may be
picked up in the school office. Applications and the names of those students receiving a
free or reduced lunch are treated with strict confidentiality.


   Effective communication between school and home contributes to the quality
education of students. We encourage you to contact the school by phone, voice mail, e-
mail, or note should a concern arise. Please keep in mind, however, the importance of
assisting your child in becoming an independent problem-solver whenever possible.
Please also respectfully consider teachers’ needs to balance communication and problem-
solving with their need to spend time planning and preparing for effective daily lessons.
Every effort is made at Thorndyke to keep parents well informed regarding school
procedures, policies, and events.
Teachers often send regular newsletters home explaining what is happening in the
individual classroom. Twice a month we send out a publication called the Thorndyke
Happenings from the office. This is a short newsletter that contains important
information for our families.

                           CHILD SAFETY AND WELFARE

Thorndyke Elementary presumes that the person who enrolls the student is the residential
parent of the student. The residential parent is responsible for decisions regarding the day
to day care and control of the student. Parents, legal guardians, or de facto parents have
the two-fold right to receive information contained in the school records concerning their
child, and to forbid or permit the disclosure of such information to others subject to the
authority granted to the residential parent or as otherwise authorized by statute.
Thorndyke Elementary, unless informed otherwise, assumes that there are no restrictions
regarding the non-residential parent’s right to be informed of school progress and
activities. If restrictions are made relative to the above rights, the residential parent will
be requested to submit a certified copy of a court order that curtails these rights. If the
non-residential parent questions these rights, the issue will be referred to police
authorities for resolution. Unless there are court restrictions, the non-residential parent,
upon request, will be given grade reports, notices of school activities, reports of
disciplinary actions, or notices of teacher or principal conferences or summaries. Notice
of the non-residential parent’s request for records will be provided to the residential
parent. The student is not permitted to visit or be released to anyone, including the non-
residential parent, during school hours without the approval of the residential parent.

Only persons whose names appear on our records may remove a child from school.
If you expect to have a child picked up from school by someone who is not on our
records (a neighbor, friend, grandparent, etc.), please call the school or send a note
authorizing that person to pick up your child. Persons who are authorized in this
manner must provide identification upon picking up the student.

Your child’s safety is our greatest concern. We do not allow the following:

       A. Students to be picked up during the school day
          without first being signed out through the office.

       B. Parents to pick up students at the classroom. All
          students must be released through the office.

Please help us keep your child safe by cooperating with these
                               PARENT INVOLVEMENT

For the benefit of children, the Tukwila School District and Thorndyke Elementary
believe that parents are the first teachers of their children. The school and parents should
be partners in the education. In that partnership, we believe parents have a responsibility
to encourage their children’s performance in school in the following ways:

      Support the school by requiring that their children observe all school rules and
       regulations, and accept responsibility for their children’s in-school behavior;
      Send children to school with proper attention given to their health, personal
       cleanliness, and dress;
      Maintain an active interest in their children’s daily work and provide a suitable
       place and conditions for study;
      Maintain communication with the school;
      Cooperate with the school and attend conferences set up for the exchange of
       information on their children’s progress in school;
      Value learning and expect children to succeed;
      Volunteer when you can on behalf of the schools

                               VISITING CLASSROOMS

Our procedures for classroom visits are governed by Tukwila School Board Policy #4200:
“The following guidelines are established to permit visitors to observe the educational
program with minimal disruption:
      All visitors must register at the office upon their arrival at school.
      Visitors whose purpose is to influence or solicit students shall not be permitted on
       the school grounds unless the visit furthers the educational program of the district.
      If the visitor wishes to observe a classroom, the time shall be arranged after the
       principal has conferred with the teacher.
      If the purpose of the classroom visitation is to observe learning and teaching
       activities, the visitor may be asked to confer with the teacher before or after the
       observation to enhance understanding of the activities.
      The principal may withhold approval if particular events such as testing would be
       adversely affected by a visit. Similarly, if a visitor's presence becomes disruptive,
       the principal may withdraw approval. In either case, the principal shall give
       reasons for the action.
      If a dispute arises regarding limitations upon or withholding of approval for visits:
            The visitor shall first discuss the matter with the principal;
            If it is not satisfactorily resolved, the visitor may request a meeting with
             the superintendent.
            The latter shall promptly meet with the visitor, investigate the dispute and
             render a written decision, which shall be final, subject only to the citizen's
             right to raise an issue at a regular session of the board.”

Your visits to school are welcomed and encouraged. If you desire to observe your child’s
classroom, please make an appointment with our office and/or your child’s teacher at
least a day ahead of time.

               In order to ensure the safety of the children, all parents,
               visitors, and volunteers are required to sign in at the
               office and wear a visitor’s nametag.

If you need to discuss something with your child’s teacher, please call and make an
appointment to meet with them before or after school. We work hard to keep our
instructional periods uninterrupted.


We believe that the volunteer program enhances the overall educational program in our
school. Volunteers provide more additional quality adult/student interaction, and can
release teachers from some clerical tasks in order to spend more quality time on each
child’s educational program. We encourage you to volunteer as much as your schedule
will allow. Your child, and all our students, benefit from your volunteer help.

State Law requires that all volunteers be fingerprinted and undergo a background
check. This is for your child’s safety! A record of minor offences will not necessarily
prevent you from participating as a volunteer. Please talk to our office staff about
fingerprinting procedures.
                             DRESS AND APPEARANCE

Tukwila School District Policy #3224 states that: “Student dress shall only be regulated
when, in the judgment of school administrators, there is a reasonable expectation that:

   A. A health or safety hazard shall be presented by the student's dress or appearance
      including possible membership in a gang or hate groups;

   B. Damage to school property shall result from the student's dress; or

   C. A material and substantial disruption of the educational process will result from the
       students' dress or appearance.

For the purpose of this policy, a material and substantial disruption of the educational
process may be found to exist when a student's conduct is inconsistent with any part of the
educational mission of the school district. Prohibited conduct includes the use of lewd,
sexual, drug, tobacco or alcohol-related messages, gang-related apparel.
The uniforms of nationally recognized youth organizations, and clothing worn in observance
of a student’s religion, are not subject to this policy.”

In accordance with this policy, Thorndyke Elementary prohibits wearing clothing that is
hazardous, destructive to school property, or which disrupts the learning process. Clean,
comfortable clothing is the best guide. Children, under the guidance of their parents,
should learn to make rational choices when selecting wearing apparel. We do not permit
loose-fitting, sleeveless T-shirts, tank tops, halter tops, bare midriffs, or T-shirts with
violent, offensive, or inappropriate slogans. No clothing may promote or advertise
tobacco or alcohol products. We do not allow “sagging” or “baggy” pants.
Undergarments should be covered at all times. Footwear needs to keep the foot safe and
secure. Students wearing open-toed shoes may be restricted from P.E. or recess for their
safety. Headgear, including hats and scarves, may be worn only outside, except for
religious requirements.

                                  LOST AND FOUND

Every day we have several coats, sweaters, and other items brought to the office. Parents
are requested to put the child’s name on any item that could be lost or misplaced by
the child. Identified items will be returned directly to the student. Our Lost and Found is
kept between the multi-purpose room and the gym. Periodically, all unclaimed items are
given to community service agencies. We discourage students from wearing clothing or
bringing items to school that would cause hardship or concern if lost or damaged.

                              HEALTH INFORMATION

Good emotional and physical health is closely related to the learning process. Pupils are
expected to participate in all activities scheduled in the school program. Any request for
limitation of a pupil’s physical activity should be accompanied by a statement from your
physician or discussed with the school principal.

Parents are responsible for the care of pupils who become ill. It is very important that we
are able to contact you or another adult who will assume responsibility in case of
emergency. Please make sure we know immediately if you change your address,
telephone number, employer, baby sitter, day care, or emergency contact.

                         HEALTH SERVICES AT SCHOOL

We have a school nurse or her assistant at Thorndyke several days a week. Their primary
functions are to evaluate and interpret significant health problems that might affect a
student’s school attendance or academic performance. The nurse supervises and
performs various student health screenings. These include vision, hearing, dental, and
scoliosis. The school nurse maintains each student’s immunization and health records.
Besides serving as a member of the school’s Student Support Team, she also sets the
standards by which students are seen and treated in the school’s health room.

Only the nurse, her assistant, and staff who have received specific training may
administer medications. All medications are distributed through the health room.

               All medication must be kept in the office in
               an original container from the pharmacy
               containing the current prescription label.
               Absolutely no medications, including over-
               over-the-counter drugs, can be taken at
               school without a district medication form
               signed by a qualified health care provider.

                            COMMUNICABLE DISEASES

A student may be excluded from school if he/she is suspected of having a communicable
disease, in accordance with State regulations. A school principal and/or his/her designate
has the authority to send an ill child home without the concurrence of the local health
office. If the disease is reportable, the public health officer must be notified.

                           REQUIRED IMMUNIZATIONS

Before entering school in the State of Washington, a student’s parents/guardians must
complete a State Certificate of Immunization Form (CIS) and comply with state
immunization laws. Parents/guardians may choose to exempt a student for medical,
religious, or philosophical reasons.

The school office will provide parents/guardians with specific immunization
requirements. Those students not fully immunized can and will be excluded from school
in the event of an outbreak of any of the designated diseases.
                            EMERGENCY TREATMENT

Schools are responsible for providing first aid or emergency treatment in case of sudden
illness or injury to a student. The principal or designated employee will immediately
contact the parent so that the parent can arrange for care or treatment of the injured.

In the event that the parent or emergency contact cannot be reached, and in the judgment
of the principal or person in charge immediate medical attention is required, the injured
student may be taken directly to the hospital and treated by the physician on call. When
the parent is located, he/she may then choose to continue the treatment or make other


When parents change address or phone numbers, they should immediately notify the
school office so we may contact you in case emergency.

                                HEALTH EDUCATION

The Tukwila School District provides K-12 age-appropriate prevention programs
designed to increase the knowledge and skill of employees and students regarding critical
health issues. These programs include Child Abuse Prevention, Anti-Bullying Programs,
HIV/AIDS prevention, Substance Abuse Prevention Programs, Human Sexuality, and
Personal Safety. Parents may request that their students be excused from sexual health
education, and an alternative educational opportunity will be provided (Policy #2125).


The State of Washington has adopted Essential Academic Learning Requirements for all
children in the state, with specific Grade Level Expectations. These define what all
children need to learn while in school, and teacher lesson plans are designed to align with
these requirements. Each spring, elementary school children in grades 3, 4, & 5 are given
the Washington Assessment of Student Learning (WASL) to assess their progress
towards these goals.


At Thorndyke, we use a “developmental” process whereby children in kindergarten begin
a modified homework program, in order to share their school activities at home. The
responsibility for completing homework gradually increases grades 1 through 5.

We believe that homework is important to:
        Develop work habits and responsibility
        Involve parents in the learning process
        Build and reinforce skills and learning
        Develop active learners
        Continue learning at home
        Study for tests
        Pursue extra and special activities
        Finish class assignments

Homework assignments are given for one or more of the following reasons throughout
the school year: practice, preparation, extension, and/or creativity. Generally, the teacher
sends a child home with work that is expected to be returned completed the following
day. If your child has trouble completing or understanding the nature of the homework,
you should contact the teacher to discuss the situation.

Homework is a joint activity between home and school and is of greatest value to the
student when there is parent involvement and support. Suggested ways to be
involved with your child’s education are:

   Contact your child’s teacher if you have any questions regarding his/her homework
   Provide your child the opportunity to go to the library and other resource areas in
    your community.
   Make a commitment each school day to listen to your child talk about schoolwork
    and to give your child some undivided attention.
   Provide a place with proper supplies and at a regularly planned time when your child
    can study without the distraction of television, telephone, or other siblings.
   Encourage your child to ask questions about the assignment at the time the
    assignment is made or before leaving school.
   Be sure to check with your child frequently on the status or completion of long-term

Involvement in your child’s schoolwork can give you a better idea of how to relate home
and school interests for your child’s growth and development.

                      RELIGION AND CULTURE IN SCHOOL

We believe our school should be a place where students with diverse values, beliefs, and
non-beliefs can come together in an atmosphere of mutual respect and understanding, in
accordance with Tukwila School District policies. Our goal is to teach and model the
social skills of understanding, empathy, respect of individual rights, and sensitivity
towards others. Therefore, the following guidelines have been established:
       Instruction about religious matters and/or using religious materials will be
       conducted in an objective, neutral, non-devotional manner to serve an
       educational purpose.

       Any student may decline to participate in a school activity that is contrary
       to his/her religious convictions.

       Musical, artistic, and dramatic presentations that have a religious theme
       may be included in course work and programs on the basis of their
       particular artistic and educational value. They will be presented in a
       neutral, non-devotional manner, be related to the objective of the
       instructional program, and be accompanied by comparable artistic works
       of a non-religious nature.

       The school will promote the self-esteem of all children, encouraging them
       to share their various beliefs, diversity, and cultural heritage.


The Tukwila School District and Thorndyke Elementary recognizes and respects the
uniqueness of each student, staff member, and citizen within the community. This
uniqueness is enriched in a school environment that recognizes the worth of all people
regardless of social, ethnic, cultural or religious background, lifestyle, socioeconomic
status, or physical or mental difference.

Multicultural education is an interdisciplinary process rather than a single program or a
series of activities. Objectives will be integrated into all aspects of our school program.
Thorndyke supports multicultural goals, which include:

• Curricula that are appropriate, flexible, unbiased, and that incorporate contributions of
  diverse cultural groups.

• Teaching units, instructional materials, displays, exchanges and field trips that
  contribute to intercultural understanding.

• The value of knowing and understanding other cultures, languages, values, beliefs, and

• A staffing composition including professionals, paraprofessionals, volunteers
  representative of the pluralistic nature of American society.

• Recognition of contributions of individuals and groups that characterize our society.
                            FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION

The free expression of student opinion is an important part of education in a
democratic society. Students’ verbal and written expressions of opinion on school
premises is to be encouraged so long as it does not substantially disrupt the
operation of the school. Students are expressly prohibited from the use of vulgar
and/or offensive terms, as well as any expression that could be interpreted as a
physical, emotional, or implied threat.

                                 LIBRARY SERVICES

Thorndyke’s library provides materials to support the curriculum of the Tukwila School
District and the course needs of individual teachers. In addition, we purchase books on a
wide range of topics and interest levels to meet the recreational and learning needs of
students. Our goal is for students to become life-long learners and library users.

Our librarian previews books and encourages suggestions from students, parents, and
staff. Our goal is to have a balanced library selection, so that many points of view,
different cultures, and a wide variety of topics and genres are represented. We select
books that:

   Fill a curriculum need.
   Motivate students to read.
   Are well written, visually attractive, accurate and up to date (especially in the case of
   Are age-appropriate.

                               PHYSICAL EDUCATION

We expose students to a wide variety of physical activities (i.e., sport skills, fitness
activities, movement skills, gymnastics, and different games). Our approach to PE strives
to have every student actively involved in every activity we undertake. There is little, if
any, waiting in lines or sitting and watching others participate. This approach also aids in
discipline because everyone is actively involved.

We also emphasize sportsmanship and the enjoyment of physical activity over athletic
achievement. We de-emphasize the competitive aspect of sport (winning and losing)
while focusing on skills, fitness, and fun. We feel that students who have fun, are feeling
good about themselves, and are getting some vigorous exercise are already winners.
                               INTERNET USE POLICY

Thorndyke computers are connected to the Internet. The Internet can only be accessed
from school computers for education purposes. School District Policy prohibits the
unauthorized use of the Internet. School District computers use special filters that
prevent access to inappropriate Internet sites. Just prior to or early in the school year
parents will receive a letter from the District explaining the use of computer technology
in school. As part of that letter, there will be a form that, if signed, will deny access to
any computers connected to the Internet for a particular student. If we receive a letter
denying access to the Internet for your child, it will mean your child will not have access
to any computer that is connected to the Internet.

                                    REPORT CARDS

The school year is divided into three reporting periods. Progress reports are sent home at
Mid-Trimester, and report cards are sent home at the end of each Trimester.
Parent/teacher conferences will be scheduled in November, and again in March.

       Oct. 14 – 1st Trimester Progress Reports go home
       Nov. 30 – End of 1st Trimester
       Dec. 7 – Report Cards go home
       Jan. 27 -- 2nd Trimester Progress Reports go home
       March 12 -- End of 2nd Trimester
       March 18 – Report Cards go home
       May 3 – 3rd Trimester Progress Reports go home
       June 16– Last day of school. Report Cards go home


Students are supplied with all basic textbooks and workbooks. Additional supplies are
ordered annually including paper, art supplies, office supplies, etc. The students must
supply items such as markers, personal scissors, pencils, pens, etc. Basic supplies may be
provided in cases where students do not have what they need. In the event that providing
students with school supplies creates a hardship for the family, please contact the school
office for assistance.


Textbooks are adopted for many areas of instruction. We hope you take the time to look
at your child’s texts to become familiar with the things your son or daughter is learning.
Textbooks are adopted at the district level through a long and thorough process.
Generally, the learning objectives are reviewed and sometimes revised for the particular
curricular area being considered. The textbooks on the market are examined to see how
well they “fit” the curriculum that has been defined. Two or three of the best books are
then piloted in classrooms around the district for a year to gain some “real life”
experiences with the text. All textbooks are adopted by the local School Board.

                                      FIELD TRIPS

Students are taken on educational field trips from time to time. Parent volunteers are
always needed for field trips: we cannot go without adequate supervision!!! Parental
permission forms are required before students are allowed to leave the school for
field trips. Parents who are supervising the field trip must fill out the volunteer
forms for a background check.

                                    VIDEO POLICY

Occasionally, videotapes are shown at school to support the educational goals of a unit of
study. The following guidelines and procedures have been established for the use of
videos at Thorndyke Elementary:

       Videos with a “G” rating may be used freely for educational purposes
       when such use supports classroom instruction.

       Unrated works or works rated other than “G” that will be shown in
       entirety, or a substantial part thereof, will require prior notification and
       consent of the parent, using the video consent form. Parents may, after
       discussion with the classroom teacher, request an alternative activity for
       their child.

       Short subjects or excerpts of non-rated materials may be shown when the
       content shown conforms to the standard of a “G” rating or has been edited
       to conform to a “G” rating.

       Parents shall have the option of being notified prior to the showing of any
       non-rated material. Parents may also elect to leave the choice and use of
       such materials to the classroom teacher.

       It shall be the responsibility of the classroom teacher to ensure that any
       video materials used in the classroom shall be rated “G” or edited to
       conform to the “G” rating standard.

We have plenty of playground equipment for our recess activities. We believe learning to
share is part of the education process at recess. We do not allow students to bring toys,
games, and personal bats, balls or other play equipment to school. This includes CD
players, cell phones, and other electronic equipment. A child should not bring money
to school except for specific, school related reasons. Money may be lost, misplaced, or
stolen, and this causes the child to be upset. Small children should check money with
their teacher for safekeeping. Please do not allow your child to bring any expensive or
valuable item to school. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items!


Students will be taught playground safety and rules during the first few weeks of school
and again after each extended holiday break. Safety on the playground is our major
concern. These rules are designed to help promote a safe and healthy atmosphere for
children. Playground rules are also used to help teach children about appropriate and
responsible behavior while at school. Some of the rules are as follows:

*Students should speak to one another in a kind and respectful manner. To ensure a
quality learning environment in the classrooms, students are not allowed to talk while
walking to and from recess.

*Students are never to leave the playground without permission from the playground
supervisor. Students must have a pass to go to the health room, office, or the rest rooms.
Under no circumstances are students allowed off the campus during the school day unless
accompanied by an adult.

*All games and activities are open to anyone who wishes to participate. The playground
supervisor may approve game participation restrictions by grade level.

*Throwing or kicking of rocks, sticks, pine cones, snowballs, etc. is a danger to other
students and is not allowed.

*Dangerous games are not allowed. These include tackling, piggy-back, tripping,
wrestling, pushing, games involving a ball being thrown at someone, and any other
activity designated as dangerous by the playground supervisor.

*Spitting is not allowed on the playground (or anywhere else at school!).

*Areas designated for certain games are for those games only. Do not interfere with the
game that is being played in the area.
                                    GANG ACTIVITY

Gang activity, including using signals or gestures that are associated with gang behavior,
is strictly prohibited on school grounds. Students exhibiting behaviors or gestures which
symbolize gang membership, or who cause or participate in activities which intimidate or
affect the attendance of another student will be subject to discipline.

                                 STUDENT BEHAVIOR

At Thorndyke Elementary, our behavior policy supports the individual child and
promotes personal responsibility. School is a place for learning. Behaviors that promote
learning are encouraged. The best place for students to receive their education is in their
classrooms rather than being sent out of classrooms due to misbehavior. “Strive for
Five” is an important part of the process:

           1)   Be Safe
           2)   Be Respectful
           3)   Be Responsible
           4)   Be Accepting
           5)   Be Here to Learn!

All of our common area and classroom rules are based on these expectations. All of our
staff have been trained in effective student discipline. It is the staff’s responsibility to
ensure your child’s safety by providing supervision and guidance in class, on the
playground, in the lunchroom, and while moving from place to place around the school.
Your child’s responsibility is to follow our expectations, especially being respectful
to and responsible all adults.

Behavior Referral Form:

F.Y.I. for Moderate Problem

When inappropriate behavior is addressed and solved by a staff member, but the staff
member believes that the problem should be documented in order to collect data over
time and/or as an FYI for the administration, the staff member completes the F.Y.I.
portion of the Behavior Referral Form and place it a copy in the principal’s box. Students
who receive F.Y.I.’s typically receive consequences such as loss of privileges, time owed,
problem solving letters, apologies, etc. A copy of this form is sent home to be signed by
a parent. The parent may also be contacted directly by a teacher.

R.I.C. (Referral for Inappropriate Choice)

When inappropriate behavior is unsafe or creates a serious disruption to the learning
environment, the student will be referred for administrative action through a R.I.C..
Consequences for receiving a R.I.C. are similar to the consequences for an F.Y.I. except
that serious behaviors may result in an in-school or out of school suspension. The parent
is always notified regarding R.I.C.’s. The consequences imposed will take into account
the age, developmental level, past history of behavior, and seriousness of the infraction.

Letters of Suspension

When behavior is considered “exceptional misconduct” a short or long-term suspension
may be warranted. A short-term suspension may be from ½ day to 10 days. Any
suspension longer than 10 days is considered long-term. Parents have the right to appeal
suspensions of any length. The first step in such an appeal is to meet with the principal.
Behaviors that may be considered “exceptional misconduct” include assaults, serious
threats to harm, possession of weapons or drugs, serious disruption to the learning
environment, or any conduct considered illegal. In cases of illegal conduct, including
assault, drugs or weapons, the police will be notified.

                                   It’s not a Joke

                    •   All harassment is taken seriously
                    •   All violence is taken seriously
                    •   All threats of violence are taken seriously
                    •   Any weapons or toys that look like weapons
                        are taken seriously

Your child will receive a copy of the Tukwila School District’s Student Rights and
Responsibility Policy that governs our school-wide code of conduct. Each teacher
will communicate his or her classroom rules to your child and you. If you have
specific questions about classroom rules, please contact the teacher. If you have
specific questions about how rules are applied to specific areas outside the
classroom, please call the office.
                Thorndyke Elementary School Compact
           Families + Teachers + Students = Success
At Thorndyke Elementary, it is expected that everyone will do their part working together
to create a safe environment, with high expectations and mutual respect, in order for each
student to achieve and to be the best they can be!

STUDENT AGREEMENT: I agree to . . .
   Show respect to other students, staff members, and adults;
   Come to school everyday and to be on time;
   Have a positive attitude about learning;
   Complete all my school assignments, including homework;
   Come to school prepared to learn with all required materials;
   Bring communications home and to deliver them to my family.

FAMILY AGREEMENT: I/We agree to . . .
   Read with my child, and let my child see me read;
   Get my child to school on time everyday;
   Give my child healthy meals, including a good breakfast;
   Talk to my child about their day;
   Set aside 30 minutes each day for quiet time for homework;
   Have a regular bedtime.

TEACHER AGREEMENT: I agree to . . .
   Respect and appreciate each student;
   Provide a safe and caring learning environment;
   Listen to my students’ ideas and concerns;
   Challenge each student to do their best;
   Provide powerful instruction and meaningful work and homework assignments;
   Provide assistance as necessary to parents so they can help with homework;
   Maintain open communication with students and parents in a variety of ways.

    Recognize and reward student learning;
    Discipline students who do not maintain a safe environment;
    Provide fair and consistent treatment for each student;
    Maintain a safe and supportive school-wide climate;
    Be supportive of staff in creating a positive learning environment;
    Maintain open communication with students, staff, and parents.

Student: ____________________________ Parent: _____________________________

Teacher: ___________________________ Principal: ___________________________
                               Thorndyke Elementary School
                              Anti-Bullying Policy
We at Thorndyke Elementary School are committed to making our school a safe
and caring place for everyone. We will treat each other with respect, and we will
refuse to tolerate bullying in any form at our school.

Our definition of bullying:

Bullying happens when someone or a group keeps hurting, frightening, threatening, or
leaving someone out on purpose. Bullying is unfair and one sided. It usually takes place
repeatedly, and over time.

A person who is bullying uses power (size, age, popularity, confidence, verbal ability) to hurt
someone physically or emotionally. The power between the bully and the victim is not equal.

When bullying occurs, there is an intent to harm, dominate, inflict pain, exclude, or otherwise
cause the victim distress.

Bullying behavior often includes the following:

       Physically hurting by hitting, tripping, pushing, shoving, biting, etc.
       Using name calling, put-downs, teasing, mockery, racial slurs, sexual comments, or
        swearing to insult, intimidate, or make fun of someone
       Spreading rumors about someone
       Excluding someone on purpose from a group activity, or trying to get others to not play
        with someone
       Using cruel gestures or facial expressions
       Touching or showing private body parts
       Taking or damaging someone’s possessions

Adults at our school will do the following things to prevent bullying and to help students
feel safe at school:

       Teach Thorndyke’s Strive for Five
       Implement the Steps to Respect and Second Step programs
       Watch for signs of bullying and stop it when it happens
       Respond quickly and sensitively to bullying reports
       Closely observe students in the building, on the playground, and elsewhere on campus
       Take parents’ concerns about bullying seriously
       Assign consequences for bullying and contact parents
       Provide immediate consequences for retaliation against students who report bullying
       Address issues in class meetings
       Support students who have been bullied
Students at Thorndyke Elementary will do the following things to prevent bullying:

      Always “Strive for Five”:
           1) Be Safe
           2) Be Respectful
           3) Be Responsible
           4) Be Accepting
           5) Be Here to Learn!
      Refuse to bully others
      Refuse to let other students be bullied
      Refuse to watch, laugh, or join in when someone is being bullied
      Try to include everyone in games and activities, especially those who are often left out
      Try to see the other person’s point of view
      Report bullying to an adult

The consequences of bullying, and supporting bullying, may include:

      Coaching conference with teacher
      Loss of recess privileges
      Write a report on personal experience with bullying
      Coaching conference with social worker or principal
      Parent contact
      Conference with parent, teacher, and administrator
      Participate in social skills instruction
      Suspension from the bus
      Suspension from school
      Other consequences as appropriate

We have read the Thorndyke Anti-Bullying Policy, and we agree to do our best to use the
policy to prevent bullying in all its forms.

Student Signature: ___________________________________________

Parent Signature: ___________________________________________

Teacher Signature: __________________________________________

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