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									                        THE EAGLE EYE
        Progress South Elementary School
                      Dr. Bernard J. DuBray, Superintendent
      Dr. Deb Yerkes, Principal Ms. Nicole Shidaker, Administrative Assistant

                Fort Zumwalt School District
          September, 2010                                                     Volume 4, Issue 2

Dear Progress South Families,

          It was wonderful to see so many of you at the grade level Curriculum Nights. While we know
attendance was not possible for all, we had a good turnout for these meetings, and many of you were able to
attend for each child. We are sorry that 3rd grade parents were confronted with a first night event, but we must
schedule around both SMS and SHS evenings for all parents. Parents are in high demand as we begin the school
year because you are vital to your child’s success!
          PSE Curriculum Nights were intended to: (1) acquaint you with the teaching professional working with
your child, (2) familiarize you with the broad curriculum demands of the grade level, (3) present challenges that
face us as a school community, and (4) create an opportunity for you to join our valuable Parent Teacher
Organization. We encourage you to contact your child’s teacher if you have questions regarding curriculum
expectations or classroom routines and procedures. At each grade level, we work to increase expectations in
developmental increments. Remember that our teachers have both training regarding developmental milestones
and actual experience. When you feel we are expecting too much or not enough, call and talk with your child’s
teacher. They will listen and respond. Remember that teachers constantly assess and always understand the
capabilities of children. They strive daily to empower all children toward competence by practicing the skills of
independence necessary for success.
          Speaking of expectations . . . did you by chance see the Newsweek for August 23 & 30? The article
titled, “The Best Countries in the World,” offered some interesting comparisons. Unfortunately in the education
category, the United States did not place within the Top Ten. That reality is ours to change as a team. The
powers of parent expectations and your daily example are huge in impacting the level of a child’s achievement.
A quick synopsis of what educators can do to close the achievement gap offered additional incentive to our
district and school priorities. They said most importantly we should focus on:
          Getting children into school early – preschool was the focus of this point, but our full day kindergarten
          is a tremendous beginning in this area.
          Increasing time in school – the lengthened school day begins addressing this need and a focus on
          student attendance will continue.
          Training teachers – establishing highly effective teachers makes a huge difference. Our priorities
          include establishing collaborative time, functioning as learning teams, utilizing our early release days
          for professional development, and our study of reading instruction through the Missouri Reading
          Initiative (MRI).
                Providing more individualized attention – through solid and effective assessment, we can more
            accurately work with a child at the proper reading level or math level. For example, the MRI training
             demands an individual reading assessment be given for each child to better determine reading levels
           based upon fluency and comprehension. By the time you come to Parent/Teacher conferences, Oct. 20
                & 21, most teachers will have that information. You will find it to be informative and providing
                                   valuable insight to develop strong readers and thinkers.

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Continued from front page-
    Parents, we are allies in educating all children. Strong communication and honest feedback guide our work.
Please be watching later this month for an important survey regarding our efforts on behalf of all children. This
survey is critical in our statewide accreditation process, and we require your input in that process. Thank you
for watching for this important tool and for serving as partners with us in your child’s growth as a learner. We
are off to a fast start!

PS: DON’T FORGET THE FIRST EARLY DISMISSAL is Thursday, September 16. We dismiss at 12:50 p.m.
Be certain your child and the teacher knows how they are getting home.

                                                  Staff Members
Since last year, we have added the following new staff members to Progress South. These people have either
transferred – out of desire to work in this building – or have been newly hired by the district. It is exciting to
recognize the possibilities they bring to our staff and students.

Angela Berry – 5th Grade Teacher                           Jill Lascody – Kindergarten Teacher
Jim First – Custodian                                      Charity McCollum, Kindergarten Teacher
Erica Hollander – Paraprofessional                         Mary Meier – Adaptive PE
Tina Hunter – 4th Grade Teacher                            Devon Spyers – Kindergarten Teacher
Kristin Huson – 1st Grade Teacher                          Nicole Shidaker – Assistant Principal
Jeff Ladd – 5th Grade Teacher                              Jorie Tripamer – Kindergarten

Hopefully at Curriculum Night you met the teaching professional that will guide your child through this year of
learning. The relationship between a teacher and a student is one of those special bonds that develop. In like
fashion, we hope that you will develop both affection and respect for the teacher working daily with your child.
High expectations held jointly by parents and teachers help children grow. Sometimes . . . those expectations cause
children to struggle and to work hard. Please let them do the struggle – be it homework or studying for a test. If
they don’t learn to struggle, they will be a weaker learner. They have to achieve on their own, develop the stamina
for task completion, and persevere when the task is difficult. Think of the chick hatching from the egg . . .

     Essentials for all to complete:
             Student Emergency Verification Forms
             Ethnicity Determination Form
             Health Insurance documentation
             Volunteer Form – if spending time or
             hoping to assist with a field trip

Please return these documents after careful review and completion.                                           To
register for the Parent Portal, you must come into the office and provide identification.

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                    Dropping Off and/or Picking Up Children

Both before and after school, our parking lot is a concern due to congestion and safety issues. Never
move faster than 5 MPH while on our parking lot. Please adhere to these simple rules:
Arrival for Car Riders
   1. Once the first bus arrives, all cars will be directed to the “outside” lane – closest to Knaust Road.
       Form a single file line and move forward to the middle of the building.
   2. Please do not unload until students are within the yellow “safe zone” between the two middle
       crosswalks or until a staff member motions students out. There will be adults there to assist
       children and direct them to the crosswalks. We will unload as many as four vehicles at a time and
       ask that children try to exit from the passenger’s side of the vehicle for safety purposes.
   3. Once all the buses unload and depart, we will operate two lanes of traffic, allowing vehicles to
       enter the “bus” lane closest to the building. Form a single file and move forward to the flagpole.
       There will be adults to greet students exiting from the passenger side of the vehicle. Please do not
       let them depart the vehicle from the driver’s side.
   4. If you need to park to enter school, parking spaces have been left vacant by staff. Please use a
       crosswalk and go to the office. Do not park within the yellow “safe zone.”
   5. All children are being directed to enter the building at the closest door. Once inside, our safety
       patrol members and staff are helping them find their rooms.
Dismissal for Car Riders
   1. Please stay out of the bus lane if you arrive before 3:30 p.m. Incoming vehicles will be asked to
      pull forward and fill in all vacant parking spaces – parking in the middle spaces with your vehicle
      facing the building. Once all spaces have been filled, we will direct you into a single file position
      in the outside lane. Please stay in your vehicle.
   2. Any vehicle in these positions north of the blocked entrance will have the family name recorded.
      These children will be the first to exit through the two middle doors. Once this first round of
      dismissal is complete and the vehicles exit, we will use two lanes to load.
   3. Again, stay in your vehicle unless you have a specific reason to go inside. If so, feel free to park
      outside of the “safe zone.”
   4. Those vehicles in the bus lane will be asked to pull forward to the flag pole. Please display your
      family sign in the window. We will bring your child to you. From the “outside lane” we will load
      from the “safe zone.”
   5. Always be aware of the crosswalks, move slowly, and please move to the position directed by
At both arrival and dismissal, the exit going to Oak Valley will be opened when cleared. Exit RIGHT
ONLY on Oak Valley if in the bus lane and choosing this route. Those in the “back lane” are unable to
access this exit from the lot. At dismissal, walkers are moving across this driveway – BE CAREFUL!

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If you are contemplating sending a birthday treat for your child’s class or planning a contribution for one
of our parties, we appreciate your thoughtfulness. Please note that only pre-packaged foods can be
distributed. We also ask that you check with the classroom teacher regarding any students dealing with
food allergies. Your child will want to provide a treat that all can enjoy safely. Again, healthy would be
the guideline. The district birthday treat program follows our Wellness Plan guidelines and is being sent

                         Outdoor Education – 5th Grade Camp

                                    Don’t forget to support our 5th graders by purchasing delicious
                                    candy bars for $1.00. Students are trying to raise $180 to cover
                                    the cost of their camp experience. Camp is the first week in
                                    October, but money must be received by September 15. We have
                                    plenty of candy, but it is going fast. All candy sales are complete
                                    by September 10. Eat up and support a camper in a lifelong
                                    lesson in leadership. In addition, please be sure you have all of
                                    your child’s camp forms complete and returned to school very
                                    soon. Thank you for your cooperation.

Camp Address:

Quivre River State Park
Camp Derricotte or Sherwood (choose camp name)
678 State Road, Rte. 147
Troy, MO 63379

     5th Grade Orchestra                                    These officers welcome you and hope you will
Mrs. Mary Sweeten will be our orchestra                     become actively involved in all PSE - P.T.O.
instructor this year. Anyone not yet signed                 activities. Please plan to join our P.T.O. The dues
up, will have the opportunity to do so. Orchestra will      are $5.00 per family and paying those dues
be held daily from 7:35-8:05 a.m. Students will             demonstrates your support for our school and this
attend two mornings based upon the instrument               wonderful organization. Thanks!
played. Further information will be forthcoming.
                                                                No Smoking on School
                 P.T.O. Officers                                     Property
Officers for the 2010-11 year for the Parent-Teacher        State law prohibits anyone from smoking in any
                Organization will be:                       school building. District policy further bans smoking
            Peggy Woodward, President                       on any school property. This includes the parking
           Jamie Schultz, Vice President                    lots and the grass areas around the building. Thank
                Kim Inman, Secretary                        you for helping us set a good example for all children
              Melinda Bostic, Treasurer                     by assisting us in maintaining a “smoke free
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      Sexual Harassment Statement                           or national origin so as to interfere with or limit
This school is committed to maintaining an                  his/her ability to participate in or benefit from
environment for its students that is free from sexual       programs. Examples of this conduct can include, but
harassment. Sexual harassment is prohibited and is          are not limited to, racial name calling, graffiti,
defined as unwelcome or inappropriate verbal or             cartoons of a negative demeanor, racially motivated
physical conduct of a sexual nature, imposed on the         harassing, threatening or intimidating comments, and
basis of sex, by an employee of the school or fellow        physical acts of aggression.
students. If a student believes he or she is being          Allegations of racial harassment should be reported
sexually harassed, the student should bring the             to the most immediate administrator or the Title VI
concern to the attention of a principal. The principal      coordinator, the Assistant Superintendent of Student
will fully investigate the concern and will notify the      Personnel Services.
student and his/her parents of the result of the            Procedures for filing a complaint are:
investigation. If the investigation substantiates the       Level I: Any complaint should be filed with the Building
                                                            Principal or the most immediate supervisor. An
sexual harassment has occurred, the district will take
                                                            investigation should be completed within approximately
appropriate disciplinary action against the offender.       five (5) working days.
There will be no retaliation against or adverse             Level II: Any Level I decision may be appealed to the
treatment of any student who uses the complaint             Assistant Superintendent of Student Personnel Services at
procedure to resolve a concern.                             110 Virgil Street, O’Fallon , MO 63366, Phone (636) 240-
     Nondiscrimination Statement                            2072. Within approximately five working days of an
                                                            appeal being filed, a written response to the appeal will be
The Fort Zumwalt School District does not
discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion,         Level III: Any Level II decision may be appealed to the
national origin, sex, age, or disability in admission or    Superintendent of Schools at 110 Virgil Street, O’Fallon,
access to, or treatment or employment in, its               MO 63366, Phone (636) 240-2072. Within approximately
programs and activities. If you have any inquiries or       10 working days of the appeal being filed a written
complaints concerning the application of the Fort           response to the appeal will be provided.
Zumwalt School District’s policy of                         Level IV Any Level III decision may be appealed to the
nondiscrimination, you may contact the Assistant            Board of Education at 110 Virgil Street, O’Fallon, MO
Superintendent of Administrative Services at 110            63366, and will be placed as a closed session hearing at
Virgil St., O’Fallon, MO 63366, (636) 272-6620 or           the next scheduled Board meeting. Within 30 working
                                                            days of the hearing the Board will render a decision and
 (636) 240-2072.
                                                            take necessary actions for non-discrimination compliance.
       Racial Harassment Statement                          Nothing in policy ACA prohibits a complaint from
The Fort Zumwalt Board of Education declares a              being filed with the Office of Civil Rights, 10220
policy against and prohibits racial harassment.             North Executive Hills Blvd., 8th Floor, Kansas City,
Policy ACA prohibits any oral, written, graphic or          Missouri 64153-1367, Phone: (816) 880-4200.
physical conduct related to an individual’s race, color
                                                                             EARLY RELEASE
                                                                         September 16 at 12:50 p.m.
                                                              This is our first of 8 planned early release days for
                                                             the 2010-11 school year. School will be dismissed at
                                                              12:50! Please review with your child the plans for
                                                             them at dismissal, especially if it is not the same as
                                                                       their normal dismissal procedures.

           School Pictures                                              1st Quarter Information
         School pictures will be taken on                    The midpoint of our first quarter is Thursday,
           Thursday, September 23.                           September 16th. Progress reports will be sent
Information about the pictures will be sent home in           home with students on Friday, September
advance. Preschoolers are welcome and can be                  24th. Please contact your child’s classroom
photographed; however, they will only be                        teacher if you have questions/concerns
photographed after 1:30 p.m. Please call us if you                      regarding these reports.
have any questions.
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Please make sure your child’s name is on all personal belongings. There will always be several children
with the same jackets, book bags, etc. Help us protect your child’s belongings by properly labeling
everything. Lost and Found accumulates in the South Hall.

                                            MAP Testing Data
 Preliminary results have just been made available to school personnel. Based upon this information received, it
  appears that Progress South Elementary met five out of eight goals set forth by the Department of Elementary
 and Secondary Education. More specific information and individual student scores should be arriving in the near
    future. Please look for more information as it becomes available and we will be using this data to continue
                                  planning for instructional goals for our students.

                                       Visitors to the Building
We welcome all visitors in our building. We would like to remind you that the building is locked from
8:20 am to 3:20 pm. There is a security camera and intercom near our front entrance and an automatic
lock on the door. When you approach the front doors, simply press the button once. This button is
located on the wall to the left of the front doors. Our office staff will verify your identity and unlock the
door so you may enter. Please report to the school office upon entering the building to ensure safety for
all of our students. All visitors must sign in and wear a badge.

                      JET day - always

Students and teachers have been adjusting to this new way of scheduling our week. Advantages are many from a
teaching perspective. Students have a longer time at specials, allowing greater skill levels to be gained and more
concentrated learning opportunities. Teacher plan time is more productive and they have more time to
communicate. If a day is missed due to bad weather, the next day of school will be the “day” that was missed. So,
if our gym is on “C” day and it snows, we know that the next day of school, we’ll have gym. Those days continue
in succession and we are finding it to be more productive.
Student quotes regarding ABCDE schedule: Kind of confusing, Sydney Davis; Pretty Fair, Carla Ketcherside; It’s
Cool,Tyler Buch ;Keeps you on track for what shoes to bring, Britney Moellering; it’s a good idea because it’s
much more organized than even and odd days, David Will; I think that the schedule is a good idea for this school
because it’s easy to follow, Ryan Finn; It’s more organized so people know where to go for specials, Cooper
                                          Information Rack
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Remember to check our Information Rack. It is located just outside the office and currently contains the following
District approved materials:

        Introduction to the Fort Zumwalt Schools
        FZ Elementary Curriculum Overviews for K-5 grades
        FZ Birthday Treats
        School Volunteer form
        Kid Guard Insurance
        PTO Market Day
        e-script - Schnucks
        St. Louis Girls on the Run
        Huntington Learning Center brochure
        Outdoor Youth Soccer
        Kid’s 4 Christ
                                Getting Into the Routine of School

The start of school is an exciting time. Here are some recommendations for parents and guardians. It is a
certainty that parental attitudes about school impact a child’s success.
    1. Always speak positively about school. Your attitude will be reflected in your child’s attitude.
        While each of us may have experienced different realities in our own schooling, the opportunity to
        imprint a positive attitude about learning starts at home.
    2. Ask your child specific questions about his/her day. Rather than, “How was your day?” try,
        “What did you do in math today?” You will get more information if your questions are specific
        and your child will think his time at school is important to you.
    3. Most teachers send home a weekly newsletter. Make sure you know what day it is sent home and
        that you look for it each week and read it carefully. This will keep you informed about what your
        child is learning, when tests will be given, and weekly homework assignments.
    4. Establish a homework routine for your child. Provide a clear space to work that is free of
        distractions. Help your child learn responsibility for completing and returning assignments each
        day. Look over your child’s work. This helps you to know what he/she is learning about and how
        well they are able to do the work.
    5. Set out needed items (clothes, homework, permission slips, etc.) the night before to avoid last
        minute rushing in the morning. Help your child to be organized.
    6. Make sure you establish an early bedtime. Your child needs a good nights’ sleep to be successful
        at school.
    7. Remain involved and interested in your child’s experiences at school. Expect and praise genuine
        progress and effort. Communicate with the teacher often.
    8. Provide a healthy breakfast. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just nutritious. We all need something to
        give our bodies energy to focus at school and to be able to do our best.

Hopefully these tips should ensure a smooth start to the school year for both you and your child!

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                   (Response 24 Hours a Day)
Crisis Intervention Hotline
    Suicide, Troubled Teens & Family – 24 hours a day
        1-800-999-9999 (toll free)

Crisis/Suicide Prevention Hotline
    Suicide, Any Kind of Crisis – 24 hours a day
       1-800-273-8255 (toll free)

K.U.T.O. (Kids Under Twenty-one)
    Suicide Prevention/Crisis Helpline (Sun-Thurs 4-10pm, Fri-Sat 4-12am)
      1-888-644-5886 (toll free)

Youth Emergency Services
    Suicide, Any Kind of Crisis – 24 hours a day
      314-727-6294 (local)

National Hopeline Network
    Suicide Hotline – 24 hours a day
      1-800-784-2433 (toll free)


             9/6 – Labor Day – NO SCHOOL
             9/8 – Frilly & Miller Show about Bully Prevention
             9/14 – Room Parent’s Tea, 7:00 pm – gym
             9/16 – Midpoint 1st Quarter
             9/17 – Fall Fundraiser Kick-off
             9/20 - Board of Education Meeting – DAO, 7:00 pm
        9/23 – Picture Day
        9/23 – First Day of Autumn
        9/24 – Fall Parties – Gr. K-2, 1:30 – 2:30 pm
      10/3-7 5th Grade Camp – Outdoor Education
      Drop off at camp 10/3 between 4:00-5:00pm
Campers return to PSE 10/7- 6:00 pm(please pick up upon arrival)

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                            IT’S YOUR

                             LET US PROVIDE YOUR TREAT

Fort Zumwalt School district is ready to help you make birthday treats easy and healthy. We will take
care of napkins, plates, silverware, and arrangements for delivery to your child’s classroom.
Sign up today!
    Your Name: _______________________________________Phone #________________
    Your Child’s Name: ________________________________________________________
    School: __________________________________________________________________
    Teacher’s Name & Room #:__________________________________________________
    Date & Time Needed: ______________________________________________________
Please speak to the classroom teacher before specifying dates, times and quantities. Please return this
order form to your school cafeteria ten (10) school days prior to date needed.

                     Description                          Quantity    Unit Price    Total Price
Welch’s Fruit Snack – Mixed Berry                                        $0.40
.9 oz. (made with real fruit)
Sherbet Cup – Orange – 4 oz. (contains fruit juice)                      $0.50
String Cheese & Belly Bears Cinnamon                                     $0.75
Graham Crackers – 1 oz. each
Beverages – (Circle One)                                                 $0.60
8 oz. Milk (Chocolate or White)
4 oz. Juice (Orange or Apple)
12 oz. Bottle Water                                                      $0.50

                                Please submit payment with the order form.
Please return this order form to your school cafeteria ten school days prior to date needed. All
Checks should be made payable to Fort Zumwalt School District. If you have questions, please call
Brenda Hillis, Assistant Director, Student Nutrition Services at (636) 272-0016, Ext. 18399.

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                This is not a suicide hotline
The Fort Zumw alt School District provides a Safeline to assist our
families and students in reporting the follow ing:

     Situations involving the safety of students or staff
     Threats of Violence
     Sexual Harassment
     Abuse (physical or sexual)
     Crisis situations such as death or health issues
     Suspected drug or alcohol use, or distribution

This “ Safeline” is manned by a district Crisis Counselor betw een the
hours of 7:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and may
be utilized by anyone needing to share urgent information. A
message left on voicemail w ill be returned ASAP. If immediate
assistance is needed, please call 911. (This is not a suicide hotline.)

Please utilize these for the reporting of vital information only.
Routine school questions should be directed to the school building
phones during their regularly scheduled office hours.


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                                      PUBLIC NOTICE
All responsible public agencies are required to locate, evaluate, and identify children with disabilities who
are under the jurisdiction of the agency, regardless of the severity of the disability, including children
attending private schools, highly mobile children, such as migrant and homeless children, and children
who are suspected of having a disability and in need of special education even though they are advancing
from grade to grade. The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that it will provide a free, appropriate
public education (FAPE) to all eligible children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 21 under its
jurisdiction. Disabilities include autism, deaf/blindness, emotional disorders, hearing impairment and
deafness, mental retardation, multiple disabilities, orthopedic impairment, other health impairments,
specific learning disabilities, speech or language impairment, traumatic brain injury, visual
impairment/blindness and young child with a developmental delay.

The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that it will provide information and referral services necessary
to assist the State in the implementation of early intervention services for infants and toddlers eligible for
the Missouri First Steps program.

The Fort Zumwalt School District assures that personally identifiable information collected, used, or
maintained by the agency for the purposes of identification, evaluation, placement or provision of FAPE
of children with disabilities may be inspected and/or reviewed by their parents/guardians.
Parents/guardians may request amendment to the educational record if the parent/guardian believes the
record is inaccurate, misleading, or violates the privacy or other rights of their child. Parents have the
right to file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education or the Missouri Department of Elementary
and Secondary Education concerning alleged failures by the district to meet the requirements of the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Fort Zumwalt School District has developed a Local Compliance Plan for the implementation of
State Regulations for the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA). This plan contains the
agency’s policies and procedures regarding storage, disclosure to third parties, retention and destruction
of personally identifiable information and the agency’s assurances that services are provided in
compliance with the General Education Provision Act (GEPA). This plan may be reviewed during
regular school hours, on days school is in session, in the office of the Superintendent of Schools.

Local school districts in the State of Missouri are required to conduct an annual census of all children with
disabilities or suspected disabilities from birth to age twenty-one (21) that reside in the district. This
census must be compiled by December 1 of each year. This information is treated as confidential and
must include: name of the child; parent/legal guardian’s name/address; birth date and age of the child; the
child’s disability; and the services provided to the child. If you have a child with a disability or know of a
child with a disability who is not attending the public school, please contact Mr. Paul Myers, Fort
Zumwalt’s Assistant Superintendent for Special Services, at 636-272-6620, ext 18349.

This notice will be provided in native languages as appropriate.

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