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ATTENDANCE POLICY Your child’s attendance is important. The Board of Directors also recognizes the importance of regular attendance to promote student success in all academic subjects. School Laws of Pennsylvania established regulations to govern student absence and tardiness. Every student is expected to be in attendance every day during the school term. Exceptions to this mandate will be permitted when the student is ill, quarantine, or a death in the immediate family. Other exceptions such as educational tours or trips with prior written approval, and religious obligations will also be accepted. The Pottstown School District has issued attendance letters informing you of your child’s attendance record. Please understand that the Federal No Child Left Behind Act of 2001 (NCLB) mandates that all schools achieve an attendance rate of 95% or higher. If the school has an attendance rate of less than 95%, the school may be placed on an improvement list for attendance. The Pottstown School District is working diligently to meet all of the NCLB requirements. We are aware that children are susceptible to the flu and colds, during this time period, and realize that absences will occur. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please call your elementary building. Please review the Pottstown Student Handbook for additional attendance information. P IS FOR PATIENCE Having patience is being able to wait for something calmly, without complaining. We are so used to getting what we want so fast (like fast food), that we are forgetting how to be patient. Being patient means to keep trying even when it seems you cannot win. Being patient is when your parents “keep your cool” while helping you with your homework. When you are patient, you will double check your homework to make sure it is done correctly. Remember to be patient; you cannot always be first. You show patience when you wait calmly in line and do not complain or get angry, such as in a grocery store line, in traffic, or in an amusement park line. Being impatient is not good. Being patient is something you can learn, but it takes practice. WINTER PROCEDURES The district will utilize several sources to announce school closings because of inclement weather. They are as follows: WPAZ Radio 1370 AM, WBYN Radio 107.5 FM, Channel 69 Television (Cable Channel 15), WTXF Television Fox Channel 29 (Cable Channel 13). We ask that parents do not call the school for this information. Our elementary building has very few phone lines and limited office assistance for our secretaries. We appreciate your helping to keep our phone lines open for emergency calls during severe winter weather. Note: If school functions on a twohour delayed opening, the modified pre-kindergarten schedule will be in effect. Remember that school doors open for the children to enter the building at 9:00 a.m. It is especially important during the cold weather season that your children arrive as close to 9:00 a.m. as possible (and 12:45 p.m. for afternoon pre-kindergarten) so they do not have to wait out in the cold. Please have a clear plan for your children to follow in case school closes early in an emergency (flooding, fire, snowstorm, loss of electricity, etc.). You may also need to let the school know if, indeed, these plans differ from your child’s regular routine. Otherwise, if your child is a walker, he/she will walk home; and children who usually ride the bus will be sent home on the regular bus. Parents of young children know what a struggle it is to get their children to dress appropriately for cold weather. We thank you for your help in making certain they arrive at school properly outfitted with winter hat, coat, and gloves. We will do all we can to see that they arrive back at home with all these pieces. Please note that we reserve the right to keep children from outside recess if they are not properly dressed for the weather. Please remember to notify teachers in writing of any changes in your child’s after school routine. Darkness settles early these days, and we like knowing all our kids are safely placed in the correct location. NOTICE TO PARENTS As a parent/guardian of a student in the Pottstown School District, you have the right to know the professional qualifications of the classroom teachers who instruct your child. Federal law allows you to ask for certain information about each of your child’s classroom teachers: • Whether the Pennsylvania Department of Education has licensed or qualified the teacher for the grades and subjects he or she teaches. • Whether the Pennsylvania Department of Education has decided that the teacher can teach in a classroom without being licensed or qualified under state regulations because of special circumstances. • The teacher’s college major, whether the teacher has any advanced degrees and, if so, the subject of the degrees. • Whether any instructional aides or similar paraprofessionals provide services to your child and, if they do, their qualifications. If you would like to receive any of this information, please send your written request to Jeff Sparagana, Supervisor of Federal Programs at Pottstown School District Administration Building. Information requested will be provided in a timely manner. Our district is fully committed to the success of your child. We appreciate your partnership in our efforts.

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DATES TO REMEMBER School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., PMS Hanukah Begins Close of Mid-Progress Reports All Bands Winter Concert, 7:00 p.m., High School Pottstown Symphony Holiday Concert, High School, 2:00 and 4:00 p.m. Mind Benders – Week 6 Distribution of Mid-Progress Reports Hanukah Ends School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., PMS Mind Benders End Elementary Early Dismissal, 2:45 p.m. Winter Vacation - Schools Closed Schools Reopen School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., PMS In-Service – Two Hour Delay, Modified Pre-K Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Schools Closed School Board Meeting, 7:00 p.m., PMS Close of Grading Period Elementary Early Dismissal - 1:45 p.m.

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STUDENT HANDBOOK REMINDER CARE OF TEXTBOOKS STUDENT’S RESPONSIBLILITY Never fold the corners of the page or mark your place. Do not trace or cut pictures from a book. Keep all books off the ground and floor. Cover textbooks to assist in protecting them from normal handling damage. Never lend your books to someone else. Students are responsible for the care and keeping of all school books from the time the books are issued until they have been returned to the classroom teacher. If books are damaged or lost, you are responsible for replacing the book at its current cost. Students must use a bookbag or some other protective device to transport books to and from school.

ELEMENTARY ONLY EARLY DISMISSAL Friday, January 21, 2005 1:45 P.M. Use Modified Pre-Kindergarten Schedule. This early dismissal provides teachers the time to work on report cards. MODIFIED PRE-KINDERGARTEN SCHEDULES

GIFTS OF LEARNING FOR HOLIDAYS With the holiday season approaching, you may consider purchasing gifts that will cause your child to think, pretend, create, or improve basic skills. Books and magazines can make excellent gifts for your child. Make reading an important pastime in your home by selecting reading materials as gifts. Some suggestions to consider when buying games and toys for Christmas are: Risk Yahtzee Boggle A chemistry set Pictionary Guess Who? Simon Scrabble, Jr. Outburst, Jr. Leap Frog activities Explorer (Talking Globe) Tinker toys Play Doh Chess Memory Games 24 Game Hangman Perfection Scattegories Pictionary, Jr. Puzzles

In the event of a delayed opening of school or an early dismissal, the following kindergarten schedules will be used: Two Hour Delayed Openings: A.M. Session-11:05 a.m.-12:55 p.m. P.M. Session-1:40 p.m.-3:30 p.m. 1:45 p.m. Dismissal: A.M. Session-9:05 a.m.-10:55 a.m. P.M. Session-11:55 a.m.-1:45 p.m.

Each year new games and toys are being developed to help your child increase his/her learning abilities and to stay current with technological innovations. The elementary band and building chorus will perform a holiday concert at each elementary school during the month of December. We look forward to the music with anticipation. Although parents are invited to attend, seating is at a premium, since the entire school will be present for the performance. We appreciate your cooperation in staying at the rear of the AllPurpose Room so that the vision of the children is not obstructed. Barth, 12/13 Edgewood, 12/15 Franklin, 12/16 Lincoln, 12/16 Rupert, 12/14

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