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Catonsville Elementary Parent/Student Handbook 2009-2010 Linda Miller, Principal Arlene Moore, Assistant Principal CONTENTS Welcoming Message -------------------------------- Attendance/Lateness--------- --------------------- School Hours ------------------------------------ Escorting Students to Class/Early/Emergency Dismissal Parent Drop Off/Bus Loop--------------------------------- Communication with Teachers --------------------- Homework Guidelines/Absence Homework Policy/Make-up Work Conferences/Notes from Home --------------- School-Home Folder/Newsletter/ ------------ School Records/Reporting Student Progress - Field Trips / Supervision on Field Trips ----------- Guidance -------------------------------------------- Inclement Weather Procedures ------------------- Lunch/Student Nutrition/Food Policy ------------- Other School Activities/Groups ------------------------------ Audience Behavior/Before & After Care ----- Cell Phones/Dress Code----------------------------------- Lockers/ Lost and Found/Toy Alert ---------- PTA / Parent Quick Reference --------------- School Improvement and Technology-------------------- Residency & Withdrawal from School ------------- School Nurse--------------------------------------------------- Consent to Administer Medication ------------- When Not To Send Your Child To School ------ Immunization Policy ---------------------------- School Staff ---------------------------------------- Student Behavior Handbook/Behavior Policy ----- Transportation/End of Day Pick-up---------------- Visitor/Volunteer Guidelines and Sign-in ---------- References For Parents ---------------------------- CES Staff Roster ---------------------------------- Welcome to Catonsville Elementary School! A Message from the Administrative Team Our mission for Catonsville Elementary School is to help every child achieve by maintaining our belief that all students can increase academic performance, develop a strong character based on our core values and beliefs, and become life long learners. The students, staff, and parents dedicate themselves to supporting: the highest quality of instruction for all students the equitable distribution of educational opportunities and resources a safe and orderly environment that values each individual child. We believe that in order to realize this mission, the home and school must work in partnership. Your involvement in your child’s education continues to make the difference. This handbook has been provided especially for you. The purpose of the handbook is to provide important information about our school’s policies, procedures and routines. When you have a question about a school policy or procedure, this handbook provides a great first source of information. Take time to carefully review the handbook as it is updated on a yearly basis. Let’s keep the lines of communication open. Please do not hesitate to call us at any time. We welcome questions and concerns. It’s also nice to hear the good things you might have to say. We look forward to our partnership! Linda Miller Arlene Moore Linda Miller, Principal Arlene Moore, Assistant Principal POLICIES AND PROCEDURES Arrival The doors to the school open at 8:25am and arrival takes place until 8:40am for all students. All students enter the building through the front doors of the school. Adult supervision both outside and within the building is provided during the arrival period. Adult supervision is not provided prior to 8:25am. Late Arrivals It is very important that all students arrive on time to school. A late arrival means that the student starts the day at a disadvantage. All students are expected to be in their seats, ready to begin work, at 8:40 am. Students arriving after 8:40 are considered late and should follow these guidelines: 1. Parents should park and escort their child to the office. 2. Enter through the front door and report to the office. 3. Parents should provide the secretary with a reason for their child’s tardiness. 4. At that time students will receive a late slip which they can give to their classroom teacher and their name will be removed from the absentee list. 5. These slips are maintained to document late arrivals. 6. Days tardy are reflected on the report card. Letters will be sent to parents of students with multiple late arrivals. Attendance The Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) has issued guidelines regarding student attendance. Students are counted present for a full day if he/she is absent no more than 1 hour of the school day. Students are counted as absent for a full day if the student is present for 1 hour or less of the school day. Students may be credited with half-day attendance if the student is present more than 1 hour of the school day. Your child is expected to attend school daily unless you have a legitimate (county accepted) reason for being absent. Upon your child's return to school he/she will need to provide: A note explaining the reason for the absence The date(s) of the absence A parent signature. Research shows that the single most important factor contributing to student achievement is school attendance. When a student is absent or late to school, key instruction is missed. Students’ attendance percentage (days present) is included on the report card quarterly. Schools are held accountable for student attendance at the local and state levels. Students falling below the accepted attendance rate at the end of each quarter will receive a letter for parent review. We are happy to assist our families in a variety of ways in order to improve student attendance. Audience Behavior Students and parents are expected to demonstrate appropriate behavior during all school assemblies and evening performances. Proper audience behavior includes sitting quietly and responding appropriately to the performance. ALL CELL PHONES SHOULD BE TURNED OFF OR SET TO SILENT OR VIBRATE. During evening performances, siblings must remain with parents at all times. Parents should accompany children who need to use the bathroom or to go out in the hallways. Should a child become disruptive parents are asked to take the child from the performance immediately. Following these guidelines will ensure the safety of all children and the enjoyment of the performance for all those attending. Before and After School Child Care YMCA is a before and after school child care provider and housed within our school. Childcare is provided from 7:00 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. and from 3:10 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Interested parents should call 410-747- 9622 for more information. YMCA has an inclement weather policy please be aware that if schools close early the YMCA will not operate after schools close. Behavior All students will receive a copy of the BCPS Student Behavior Handbook and Sexual Harassment in Schools brochure during the first few weeks of school. The administrators will meet with each grade level to discuss the content of the handbook and brochure with all students. The handbook is then to be taken home by the child and shared with a parent. Once you have reviewed this manual with your child there is a page for you to sign and have your child return to his/her teacher. This will then be collected by the administration and kept on file throughout the year. Students are expected to follow the rules and regulations as outlined in the BCPS Behavior Handbook while riding the bus to and from school as well as on field trips. If you have a concern about your child’s behavior or the behavior of another student, please contact your child’s teacher and/or the administration. Keep in mind that we will work to address your concern while maintaining student confidentiality. A Bullying, Harassment or Intimidation Reporting form is available in the school office. While this form is available to our parents, we ask that you bring your concerns directly to your child’s teacher and/or the administration to afford us the opportunity to work with you and your child. Breakfast Breakfast is available daily to students. Breakfast begins at 8:25 and ends at 8:40. Students are expected check in with their homeroom teacher before going to the cafeteria for breakfast. Breakfast choices include cereal or a hot entrée. The cost of breakfast is $1.40 Reduced price breakfast is $.30. Cell Phones We do not encourage students to bring cell phones to school. As described in the BCPS Student Handbook, when students bring cell phones to school, they must be turned off and stored in their bookbag or locker. This also applies to a student’s time being transported to and from school on the bus. If students are found using their cell phone during school hours, it will be taken and returned only to the student’s parent/guardian Code of Conduct/Positive Behavior Staff, students and parents are expected to follow the school’s Code of Conduct entitled Buzz-Worthy Behavior. The code is as follows: As a Catonsville Elementary School student, staff member or parent, I will be… Respectful (Respect other’s space, other’s opinions and acknowledge others) Responsible (Apologize earnestly, be inclusive and refrain from idle complaints Safe (Speak kindly, think the best and rediscover silence) Prepared (Listen, pay attention, don’t shift responsibility and blame) Communication Folder Every child at Catonsville will receive his/her very own Thursday Folder. This folder is to go home every Thursday and is returned by students on the next school day. Items such as bulletins, information from teachers, and student work will go home in the folders. Parents are asked to review the folder, pull out appropriate materials, and review your child’s work. In turn, parents can use the folder to communicate with teachers, as well as with the school office. Communication with Teachers The best way to communicate with the teaching staff is by sending an email message. Email addresses for school staff can be found on the school’s website, www.catonsvillees.bcps.org. Just a reminder, phone calls to request early pick-up or a change in pick up for a child must be shared directly with the office staff, not left as an email message. In addition, teachers spend the majority of their day involved with instructional activities. They will reply when they are available to do so. Conferences Conferences provide an opportunity for open lines of communication between home and school. Conferences can be initiated by the teacher or by the parent. If you would like to schedule a conference with your child's teacher, please contact the teachers by sending in a note, sending an email, or leaving them a message. Indicate the reason you are requesting a conference, as it will help the teacher to be better prepared to discuss the issue(s) at hand. It would also be helpful for you to indicate times and dates you are available. Dismissal Students are dismissed at 3:10pm beginning with walkers and car riders. Both groups of students exit through the side door of the building. Students that are bus riders remain in their classrooms until their bus arrives. They then line up in the hall before proceeding outside to the bus. Adult supervision is provided during the dismissal period both outside and within the building. Early Dismissal Should it be necessary for you to pick up your child prior to the end of the day: • A note should be sent to the main office which includes the date, the child’s first and last names and the name of the child’s teacher. • Phone calls to request an early pick-up must be shared directly with the office staff before 2:00 p.m., not left as a voice mail message or an email message. • When you arrive, check in at the office area. • Your child will be waiting for you in the office. • You will need to sign the dismissal log in the office. Due to the busy preparations for our school’s afternoon dismissal, we ask that you do not request your child for early dismissal after 2:50pm. After 2:50pm, all students will be dismissed at the regular dismissal time. Change in Dismissal Routine If you wish your child to leave school with someone other than you or your spouse, you are required to write a note stating the name(s) of the person(s) who will be calling for your child. The note should be given to your child’s teacher who will send it to the office. Your child should be aware of the change in routine prior to coming to school. Photo identification is needed for anyone other than the parents/guardians when picking up a students. In addition, if your child’s dismissal is different than the usual routine plan, please send a note stating the change. Do NOT call the office for routine dismissal procedures. It is important that your child is familiar with his/her daily dismissal routine and that the routine is as consistent as possible. Distribution of Non-School Materials As stated in BCPS Policy/Rule 2361, the process for distributing flyers and other types of published information is as follows. 1. Only materials from the following organizations may be approved for distribution: School- sponsored events, established school partnership organizations, entities of federal, state and local government, PTA’s. 2. Request to distribute materials must be submitted in writing to the principal at least twenty (20) days prior to requested distribution date. The flyer must be included with the request. 3. All materials must include the following disclaimer stating: “This organization and its materials are not affiliated with, sponsored by, or endorsed by Baltimore County Public Schools, the Superintendent, or this Baltimore County Public School or office.” 4. Organizations may only distribute materials after obtaining a written approval form from the principal. 5. Items for distribution must be delivered to the school or office at least 10 days prior to the intended distribution date. 6. Materials will only be distributed on the date(s) stated on the approval notification. 7. Flyers must be separated in 20 packets of 25. Dress and Grooming According to the BCPS Student Handbook, Student dress and grooming are the responsibility of the students and their parents/guardians, unless there is a definite safety or health hazard, a hindrance to the educational processes, or a case of obscenity. In order to create a more positive and respectful learning environment at Catonsville Elementary School, following are dress and grooming suggestions: The length of shorts or a skirt should not be shorter than one’s fingertips when standing with arms down at one’s sides. Shirts with spaghetti straps may only be worn with a shirt over or under them. One’s stomach should not show. Flip flops should not be worn due to safety concerns. Sneakers should be worn during gym class. Drop Off/Pick-up Loop Students may be dropped off or picked up as car riders in our loop at the back of the school. Adult supervision is provided during the designated arrival and dismissal times. If you are dropping off or picking up your child(ren), please follow the directions of the adult on duty. Emergency Early Dismissal Plan At the beginning of each school year, parents will be asked to complete an Emergency Early Dismissal Plan Form. Parents will be asked during the spring to update this form. This form provides the school with specific instructions about where a child is to go in the event of an emergency early school dismissal. If there is a countywide closing of schools, parents are notified through the local media, Baltimore County Public School website and through the BCPS information line (410-887-5555). In addition, you can register at www.schoolsout.com to be notified by email. From time to time there are emergency events, such as a broken water main, when Catonsville is the only school to close. In such an event, Catonsville Elementary is required by Baltimore County Board policy to have direct verbal contact with each parent before children can be released from school. We will attempt to make this contact by phone. In order for a child to be sent home on the bus, we must have verbal or email confirmation from his/her parent. Otherwise children will remain at school for parents to pick them up. Please do not call the school for information about emergency closings. It is important that our phone lines remain open for incoming phone calls from our central office during these times. Enrollment All students within the established boundaries of Catonsville Elementary may attend. Registering a student requires specific types of documentation including (but not limited to) proof of residency, 3 pieces of mail within the past 60 days and photo identification. Some families have unique circumstances and may need to register through a Residency Officer or Pupil Personnel Worker. Questions regarding registration may be directed to the school office. Escorting Children to their Classrooms If you must walk your child to his/her classroom, be sure to sign in as a visitor to the school. During this time of the morning, our staff and students are preparing to begin the day’s learning. If you need to speak with your child’s teacher, feel free to contact him/her to schedule a conference. By mid year, our students are familiar with the location of their classrooms. Most students can walk to their classrooms unassisted. Field Trips Frequently, field trips are scheduled to extend the students' learning experiences. Notices will be sent home describing each field trip. It is imperative that the required permission slip be signed and returned by parents, at least 3 days in advance of the field trip. Written permission from the parents is required for a child to participate in any field trip. This also gives teachers time to follow up on students who have not returned permission slips in order to eliminate confusion at the last minute. If your child is absent on a field trip day, we are unable to reimburse the field trip fee. The field trip fee is based on a predetermined number of students and the money is disbursed on the day of the trip. Often there is a need for several parent volunteers to accompany children. All parent volunteers must be at least 18 years of age. If you are selected to assist during a field trip please make every effort to attend since everyone is counting on you. If you are chaperoning a field trip, each adult must complete a BCPS Volunteer Application. If this is not completed and returned in advance of the trip, chaperones will not be able to attend. If you are unable to attend the field trip as a chaperone, we are unable to reimburse the fee. Preschool and young siblings are not permitted to attend field trips. Students attending school sponsored field trips must ride the bus to and from the field trip destination. Supervision on Field Trips There are several things it is important for you to be aware of when you are acting as a chaperone on a field trip. You are assuming the supervisory responsibility for students and their safety. Never take students off of the site without the prior knowledge and approval of the teacher-in-charge and/or principal or assistant principal. Cell phones should be left at home, in your pocket/purse and set to Silent or Vibrate. Since this is an educational activity, siblings or other family members are not allowed to attend. No smoking on school property or during field trips. Follow the directions of the teachers at all times Food Policy The Health Department requires that foods be commercially prepared to avoid food borne illness. This also allows nutritional information to be available for students with dietary restrictions or allergies. Birthdays and Class Celebrations Parents may want to send in a treat to celebrate their child’s birthday. Please be aware that with the number of students in our building, there is the potential for many sugar-filled snacks being brought into the building. If a parent wants to send in a treat (and that’s always optional), we suggest some alternatives such as fruit cups, small packages of Goldfish, pretzels, or popcorn, Teddy Grahams, Gogurt, or non-food items such as pencils, stickers, erasers, or glue sticks. The following guidelines for birthday treats will be followed: All treats will be served during lunch. All treats must be distributed by the teacher. No food is to be distributed in the building except under the supervision of a teacher. Parents should inform the teacher a day or two ahead of time if he/she plans to bring in a treat. Birthday treats should be brought to school by 8:45 am. After 8:45, please leave the treats in the office. The Health Department requires that foods be commercially prepared to avoid food borne illness. This also allows nutritional information to be available for students with dietary restrictions or allergies. Keep in mind that some students have specific dietary needs and/or are sensitive/allergic to various types of ingredients (such as peanuts and wheat). Temperature sensitive foods: The serving of any potentially hazardous foods, such as any food requiring hot or cold temperature control, cannot be brought to school by unlicensed individuals or facilities to be served to students at school and PTA sponsored functions. This comes from the State Department of Health regulation (COMAR 10.15.03). Pizza, for example, may be served in the school but only if it is delivered to the school by a pizza company. Parent/volunteers who wish to prepare food for school and PTA sponsored events (such as end of the year picnics and events) must do so under the supervision of a BCPS Office of Food and Nutrition services employee who has been trained in safe food handling and sanitation. Hot dogs or hamburgers may be purchased from the cafeteria and the Cafeteria Manager must be aware of the event. Guidance Catonsville Elementary School has a full time guidance counselor. The counselor uses an educational approach to problem solving and is a resource in our school. She interacts with the students at Catonsville by providing classroom guidance, assemblies, counseling groups, and individual referrals. The counselor consults with members of the staff and is available for parent conferences in order to discuss individual concerns about your child. Homework Guidelines Baltimore County Public Schools has issued the following homework guidelines. Homework counts as 10% of the report card grade in grades 1 and 2. It counts as 15% of the report card grade in grades 3, 4 and 5. Grades 1 – 3 An average of 30 minutes per day for all subjects combined 3 to 4 times per week. No weekends or holidays. Grades 4 – 5 An average of 60 minutes per day for all subjects combined 4 to 5 times per week. No homework assigned over holidays. Possible long-term assignments. Absence Homework Policy When a student is absent, it is encouraged that they obtain, complete and return the assignments missed. (Keep in mind that not all assignments can be made up outside of the instructional day. This is based on the rich discussions, cooperative activities and small group instruction that occur on a daily basis within the classroom.) Arrangements can be made by contacting the school office, or by leaving an email message with the student's teacher. Teachers will need adequate time to gather materials and information for these assignments. Students will have the same number of days they were absent to make up the work. If the make-up work is not completed in the time given, the students will not receive credit for it. Make-up Work for Prolonged Excused Absences In the case of prolonged absence such as for illness, it is recommended make-up assignments be requested by the parent. Arrangements can be made by contacting the school office, or by leaving an email message with the student's teacher. Teachers will need adequate time to gather materials and information for these assignments. Assignments will be available for pick up in the office at the end of the school day. Students will have the same number of days they were absent to make up the work (e.g. 5 days absent, 5 days). If make-up work is not completed in the time given, the students will not receive credit for the work. Make-up Work for Prolonged Unexcused Absences (Vacation) BCPS policy considers absences due to vacations as "illegal" absences, and students are not to receive credit for work missed. We realize that vacations are an important part of family life. Though we cannot condone these vacations during times when school is in session, we do understand the need based on parents work schedules. Also, many of the vacations taken by our families are in and of themselves educational. Therefore, we will continue to work with parents and students to make-up work that has been missed when students return from their vacations. The work that children miss while on vacation will be collected and given to them upon their return to school. Students will have the same number of days they were absent (e.g. 5 days absent, 5 days) to make up work. If make-up work is not completed in the time given, then the students will not receive credit for the work. Inclement Weather Procedures *Please note Catonsville Elementary cannot call parents concerning county wide school closings and individual plans for children as there are several hundred students in the school. Emergency closings may also mean that the phone lines are not in service. (The only exception is if Catonsville Elementary is the only school to close due to an emergency such as a broken water main. In that case, the school staff must have direct verbal contact with parents in order to release students.) When it is decided that schools are to be closed for inclement weather or excessive heat, announcements will be made by local television and radio stations. Students and parents are therefore, asked to please not call the school for this information. These announcements are made for the cancellation of school, as well as for delayed openings and early dismissals. School Closing Policies Delayed Openings and Early Dismissals Media Announcements: The following message will be given to television and radio stations: “All Baltimore County Public Schools closed.” – (Catonsville Elementary is closed). On occasion schools in the Hereford zone will be closed while other schools in Baltimore County remain open. ”Baltimore County Hereford Zone Only Schools closed.” (Catonsville Elementary is open). One hour delay – for either all Baltimore County Public Schools– Catonsville Elementary will open for students at 9:25 a.m. Students may not be in the building prior to this time. Two hour delay – for either all Baltimore County Public Schools– Catonsville Elementary will open at 10:25 a.m. Students may not be in the building prior to this time. Breakfast will not be served. One Hour Early Dismissal Students in grades kindergarten – 12 in all schools will be dismissed one hour earlier than normal. Afternoon pre-kindergarten students will be dismissed with students in grades 1-5 and will travel home on the same buses with these students. Dismissal time for Catonsville will be 2:10 p.m. LUNCHES WILL BE SERVED TO STUDENTS AS USUAL. Media Announcements: The following message will be given to television and radio stations: “All Baltimore County Public Schools will close one hour earlier than normal closing time.” Two Hour Early Dismissal Students in grades K-12 in all schools will be dismissed two hours earlier than normal. There will be no afternoon pre-kindergarten. Morning pre-kindergarten will be dismissed with students in grades 1-5 and will travel home on the same buses with these students. Dismissal for Catonsville Elementary will be at 1:10 p.m. Pre-kindergarten parents are allowed to pick up their students at the regular 11:30 a.m. dismissal time, if they desire. Lunches: Every effort will be made to serve lunches to all students, thus some adjustments to lunch shift schedules will be necessary. Media Announcements: The following message will be given to television and radio stations and posted on the BCPS website www.bcps.org : “All Baltimore County Public Schools will close two hours earlier than the normal closing time. There will be no afternoon prekindergarten. Morning prekindergarten students will be dismissed with other elementary students.” Three Hour Early Dismissal Same procedure as Two-Hour Closing. Dismissal time for Catonsville Elementary will be 12:10 p.m. LUNCHES WILL BE SERVED. Media Announcements: The following message will be given to television and radio stations and posted on the BCPS website www.bcps.org : “All Baltimore County Public Schools will close three hours earlier than the normal closing time. There will be no afternoon prekindergarten. Morning prekindergarten students will be dismissed with other elementary students.” Last Day of School The beginning of June all students are asked to clean out their desks/lockers and take all personal items home. If your child(ren) forgets items on the last day of school a letter or phone call will be placed to the parents to pick up the items by July 1st. If the items are not picked up by this date, they will be donated to a community church and/or shelter. Lockers Students may wish to keep a sweater or sweatshirt in their locker for physical education class or recess on cool days. Food items should not be kept in lockers overnight. Money and other valuables should never be kept in lockers. Personal student locks may not be put on lockers. Lost and Found A lost and found collection is maintained on a large pegboard in the cafeteria corridor. This gives students an opportunity to check for missing items on a daily basis, on their way to and from lunch. Lost items not claimed by the end of the school year will be donated to a charitable organization. PLEASE label all of your child's apparel, school supplies, and lunch box/bag for easy identification and return. Lunch Students have three choices for lunch on a daily basis. They do not have to sign up for lunch in the morning. The county menu provides for two hot plate items and a salad. Some students may choose to bring their own lunch from home. Milk, juice, water, ice cream and various snacks may also be purchased. A price list for all items is provided for students at the beginning of each year. If students forget to bring in money for their lunch, there are two options available to them. If there are extra lunches they will be provided with one and charged accordingly. If there are no extra lunches that day, they will be given an alternative item. The cost of lunch is $2.90. Reduced price lunches are $.40. If your child has a specific food allergy, please make the school nurse and classroom teacher aware. During the lunch shifts, a table is available for students with such allergies. Baltimore County Public Schools prohibits staff warming food for students during the lunch shifts. Please do not send meals that must be warmed for students. Newsletters At the beginning of each month, on Thursday, a school newsletter, The Beeline will be sent home which will keep you informed about important events in the school and community. In addition, each grade level and special area teacher provide information on the units of study and upcoming classroom events. The newsletter will be sent home with the youngest child in the family attending Catonsville Elementary. Remember to ask your child for the newsletter on a regular basis. As much as possible, all school notices will be sent home on Thursdays. The PTA newsletter, The Buzzword, will be sent home the last Thursday of the month in the Thursday Folders or by email distribution (This is the parent’s choice.) Notes from Home When sending a note to your child's teacher or to a member of the office staff, please include the date, your child's first and last name, as well as the teacher's name. This will expedite processing the information included in the note and will ensure that the message is handled in an efficient manner. When notes are sent to school with the students, we encourage them to give it to their teacher upon arrival. Nurse Catonsville Elementary has a full time nurse in the building. The nurse provides first aid to sick and injured children and staff, serves as a resource person, provides health screening and implements health related laws. The health and well being of your child are primary concerns while your child is in school. In order to ensure and maintain his/her good health and safety, please take a few minutes to review the following guidelines: We attempt to discourage administration of medication in the schools: however, if your physician decides it is necessary for your child to receive a medication during the school day, the approval and specific directions must be provided to the school by the physician. Parents must bring the medication to the school in the original box or bottle with the current prescription label on the container. All medications (even over the counter medications) require a written physician’s order. Students are not to have medications in their possession or in their locker at any time. This is a violation of the BCPS Behavior Handbook. Please keep all home, work, and emergency phone numbers at school up-to-date. When children become suddenly ill or injured at school, it is essential that we have current phone numbers. Please keep the nurse informed of significant changes in your child’s health. For example: changes in diet, daily medication, new allergies, and changes in physical restrictions, vision and/or hearing impairment. By communicating your child’s special health and safety needs to us, we can ensure a safer and healthier school year. Consent for the Administration of Approved Discretionary Medications Baltimore County Public Schools have a program that allows for the School Nurse to administer discretionary medications in accordance with established protocols. These medications are Tylenol, Benadryl, Tums, Cough Drops, and Throat Lozenges. These discretionary medications are intended for occasional use only. This service is available to alleviate your child's minor discomforts and avoid early dismissals when possible. YOUR CONSENT MUST BE OBTAINED BEFORE ANY MEDICATION CAN BE GIVEN TO YOUR CHILD. THE PARENTAL PERMISSION MUST BE RENEWED EACH YEAR. The following guidelines are available to help parents make decisions as to whether a child should be sent to school. A responsible decision on the part of the parent will reduce the number of ill students at school and prevent the spread of germs. Also, frequent hand washing is a primary way to prevent the spread of these germs. When NOT to Send Your Child to School Vomiting more than once in the previous 24 hours. Uncontrolled diarrhea. Fever above 100 degrees - need to be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. Pinkeye with white or yellow discharge - need to be on medication for 24 hours. Strep infections until 24 hours after treatment - notify the school if your child does have strep. Uncontrolled coughing - if your child has an asthma attack during the night or before school and is still experiencing wheezing or coughing. If s/he is asymptomatic and has medication in school, call the school nurse and she will monitor the student during the day. Extreme fatigue with no appetite accompanied by behavior change. Frequently Asked Health Questions What if my child has a cold or sore throat? Take your child's temperature - if no fever, send the child to school. (The Centers for Disease Control recommend a throat culture for any sore throat lasting three days or more). Should I send my child if we get up late? Yes, being late is better than being absent. Some ways to ensure a good start to a school day: Be sure your child has a regular bedtime (before 9:00 on school nights and earlier for younger students). Have your child decide what to wear the night before and lay the clothes out. Breakfast is a must - many children come to school without breakfast and are fatigued by mid-morning. Immunization Policy All students attending a public school in Maryland are required by law to have their immunizations up-to- date. Opt Out Preferences Parents are offered the right to state their preferences in specific circumstances. Students will bring home a form at the beginning of the school year and/or as part of the registration packet. Directory Information Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, school systems may release directory information (name, address, date of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, height/weight-if a member of an athletic team, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received) on enrolled students. Parents are provided with an opportunity to Opt Out of releasing such information. Request must be made in writing to the school principal by October 1 or within 30 days of the student’s enrollment. If parents do not express their preferences, they are giving BCPS permission to share their child’s directory information. Telecommunications and Intellectual Property If parents do not want their child(ren) to participate in the following: use of telecommunications; being photographed/video-taped/audio-taped during school-sponsored activities/learning experiences~this includes any class photo, yearbook and/or memory book; having his/her intellectual property published/produced/displayed, they have the opportunity to opt out. Request must be made in writing to the school principal by October 1 or within 30 days of the student’s enrollment. If parents do not express their preferences, they are giving BCPS permission to use telecommunications and to publish/produce/display their child’s intellectual property. Parent Feedback Parents have an opportunity to provide feedback to school staff through a climate survey. The survey is distributed to parents in November during American Education Week. In addition, at least twice a year (in the winter and in the spring), the administration meets with a small group of parents to discuss instruction, communication and safety. This is an opportunity to provide important feedback to the administration. It is also a time for the administration to share information in these areas with parents. Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Our school has an active and supportive PTA. You can become involved by joining as a member, participating in various PTA events and/or by attending PTA meetings. PTA meetings are held the first Thursday of the month at 7:00pm in the school auditorium. All are welcome to attend. Parking The bus loop is off limits to personal automobiles from 8:15 - 9:00 and from 2:45 to 3:30 in the afternoon. If you are dropping off your child in the morning and feel that you must use the main entrance, please park on the street in the front of the school. Parking for parents attending school events or field trips is available across from the fields at the back of the building. We strongly suggest that you carpool for such events. Please keep in mind that parking for school staff is directly behind and beside the building. Often times, staff members must return from off-site meetings during the school day. If an orange cone is holding their parking place, please do not move the cone and park in that space. Additionally, the business owners from the parking lot next door to CES have asked that we inform parents/visitors that their parking lot is not to be used during business hours. It is a private parking lot and you may be subject to towing and/or tickets. If you choose to use this location prior to the start of the school day, be aware that students must cross the driveway in order to reach the school building. This is a safety hazard for our students. PLEASE DO NOT PARK IN THE BUS LOOP DURING THESE TIMES: • Morning Time - 8:10 to 9:00 a.m. • Afternoon Time - 2:45 to 3:30 p.m. Reporting Student Progress Good communication between parents/guardians and teacher is very important to the educational process. For students in grades one through five, there are four reporting periods during the school year. The report cards will be distributed in November for the first term, February for the second term, April for the third term, and June for the fourth term. First graders will only receive report cards in February, April and June, Conferences will be held with first grade parents for the first term. (A conference day will be available to all parents in November. Pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students receive progress reports in November and in May. Residency BCPS Policy and Rule 5150 requires that every student have current residency information in their file at all times. It is parent’s responsibility to inform office staff of your plan to move during the school year. Please provide your new address location within 10 days of your move. All new residency information must be provided. If you fail to inform office staff of your new information your child may be withdrawn from school due to fraudulent enrollment. If fraudulent enrollment is determined you may be required to pay tuition for the time period your child(ren) was enrolled in school. School Hours Our regular school day begins at 8:40 (doors open at 8:25) and ends at 3:10. The morning prekindergarten session is from 8:40 to 11:10 and the afternoon session is from 12:40 to 3:10. It is our hope that students will ride their assigned bus, especially for the first week of school, in order to become familiar with their pick-up time and bus driver. Students who are transported by parents should not arrive before 8:25. Adult supervision is not provided before this time, as teachers are not on duty prior to this time. The school cannot assume responsibility for the safety of your child prior to the start of the school day or once the school day has ended. Should you require childcare prior to 8:30 or after 3:30 you may wish to look into daycare services such as YMCA. YMCA is housed at Catonsville Elementary and can be reached at 410-747-9622. School Improvement Team (SIT) The School Improvement Team (SIT) meets quarterly throughout the school year. The team reviews school data, decision making and revises the School Improvement Plan each year. The team is made up of school staff, administration and parents. If you are interested in participating, contact the administration. Student Nutrition Account Program All Baltimore County Public Schools participate in a Student Nutrition Account Program (SNAP) This program allows parents to deposit money into a lunch account from which students may draw. Choices are given as to how the money can be allocated: for lunches only, for a cash account, or as a combination of the two. Each student will be issued a number code to use for purchases made in the cafeteria. Forms to deposit money will be sent home on the first day of school. This program has been very successful and we encourage parents to take advantage of the convenience and flexibility of this program. Students do not have to use SNAP program but if they forget their money they will always have money on hand to cover the cost of their meal. School Records At the beginning of each school year, parents will be asked to complete two emergency cards, one blue and one yellow. One is kept with the secretary and the other with the school nurse. It is extremely important that the office be informed when/if any of this information changes. The information on these cards is used to contact parents when a child becomes ill or is injured, therefore, the importance of up-to-date information is imperative. Custody papers and other related legal documents are required to be on file at school as part of the student’s records. Parents may request to review their child’s record with administration and/or request copies of items in their child’s file. A fee may be assessed for copying requests. Technology Catonsville Elementary can be accessed through the internet at www.catonsvillees.bcps.org. General information about our school is available on this website. In addition, administration, teachers and staff can be contacted through the teacher directory located on the website. All BCPS school staff has access to email for school system-based communication purposes. Toys in School To prevent loss or damage, students should only bring toys and personal recreation items to school when they are needed for an assignment or when requested by teachers. Catonsville Elementary will not be responsible if any items brought to school (such as Yu-Gi-Oh or other trading cards, radios, CD’s or I-Pods, cameras, Gameboys, etc). are damaged, lost, or stolen. Students should not bring these items to school. Transitioning Fifth Grade Students According to BCPS Policy and Rule 5150 and Pupil Services Enrollment Procedures, parents of resident students transitioning from elementary to middle school (and middle school to high school), must provide proof of residency. Proof of residency includes photo identification, proof of ownership/rental and three supporting documents. This process should be completed by the end of June. FAILURE TO PROVIDE PROOF OF RESIDENCY MAY RESULT IN YOUR CHILD BEING WITHDRAWN FROM THE SYSTEM. Transportation Regulations Transportation to and from school is a privilege afforded students. Transportation is provided for 5 days of school to one destination. When students' behavior is such that it causes the driver to be distracted from concentrating on driving, it places the bus and the students' safety in jeopardy. When this happens, students may be denied the privilege of riding the bus to ensure the safety of others and to avoid a bus accident. Students are expected to ride their assigned buses to and from school and be picked up and discharged at the same stop. Students without notes will be asked to ride their assigned bus. Students are not allowed to ride other buses, unless an emergency situation occurs. These requests must be approved by an administrator. County policy requires that an adult meet all pre-kindergarten students at their mid-day stop or these children will be returned to school. This policy was instituted with the safety of your children in mind. Please know that the safety of our children is of utmost importance whenever they are in our care. Students must continue to follow the rules and regulations as outlined in the BCPS Behavior Handbook while riding the bus to and from school as well as on field trips. This safety concern extends to the school bus and therefore Baltimore County Public Schools is working to install video cameras on school buses as an additional safety measure. We want you to be aware of the effort that the county is taking in protecting your child and to inform you of these video cameras. Use of School Facilities From time to time, outside organizations (such as Recreation & Parks, PTA and PTA Committees) request to use areas of the building for their activity or event. According to BCPS Policy 1300, before planning the activity , event or meeting, permission must be granted to the organization. Organizations requesting permission for use of the building must complete a Use of Facilities form and submit it to the principal one month in advance of the activity/event/meeting. The form is available in the school office. Proof of insurance (Indemnification Form) must be submitted with every request (including those for PTA). If use of the building is approved by the principal, the request is then sent to additional BCPS offices for further approval. Activities/Events/Meetings may not be approved if they interfere with the regular school program and/or if space is unavailable. Charges may be assessed depending on the specific needs of the organization. Visitation of Classrooms Baltimore County Public Schools requires all visitors to sign in at the school office and await direction before visiting other areas of the building. Those wishing to observe classes or meet with staff members should arrange the visit in advance to ensure that the time is appropriate and does not interfere with instructional time and planned activities. Upon your arrival at the school, be sure to check in with the main office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge. Other family members wanting to visit with your child should be discussed and arranged with the principal and/or assistant principal prior to the family member coming to school. Visitors ALL persons visiting the building are required to report to the school office for permission to visit any area of the building. When visiting the building, please sign in using the Visitor's Book on the table in the main office. Once you have signed in, please wait to be directed by the office staff. While in the building, you need to wear a visitor's pass at all times for security reasons. These can be picked up in the office when you have signed in the Visitor’s Book. Parents should not go to the classroom to drop things off for their children as it interrupts the instructional program for all students. Please come to the main office and needed items will be delivered to your child at an appropriate time that does not interfere with the instructional program. Volunteer Guidelines Catonsville Elementary has enjoyed the support of many parents in a variety of volunteer roles. We encourage your involvement in the Catonsville’s school program. Volunteers can serve in both instructional and non-instructional roles. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at school please contact your child's teacher, the office staff, or the PTA to inquire as to how you may be of assistance. All volunteers must complete a BCPS Volunteer Application before working with our students in any volunteer capacity (including chaperoning field trips). To ensure a safe and quiet learning environment, infants and younger siblings are not permitted in the classrooms while parents are volunteering. Please make arrangements for child care prior to volunteering. During the month of September and in the spring, there will be an orientation meeting for interested volunteers. State Law requires that all volunteers be trained annually in Child Abuse and Neglect policies and procedures. You will receive a Volunteer Handbook. When you volunteer, a badge will need to be worn whenever you are working in the building during the school. When you volunteer, you must sign in using the Volunteer Book and record the number of hours that you worked. Please be sure to wear your volunteer badge at all times. Please remember to log in all volunteer hours. Withdrawal from School If it is necessary to withdraw a child before the end of the school year, please inform the school several days in advance. It is necessary for the office and the teacher to prepare written information and records in preparation for the transfer of student data from one school to another. The school will need: Your new address The name and address of the new school Your signed consent for release of records. Parent’s Quick Reference GETTING THE HELP YOU NEED! For issues relating to your child’s classroom or school concerns, use the following steps: 1. Consult the Parent Handbook 2. Contact the teacher/counselor at 410-887-0800. 3. Contact Linda Miller, Principal, or Arlene Moore, Assistant Principal at 410-887-0800. Additional Information available by phone: Athletics 410-887-2328 Bus Transportation 410-887-4321 Career & Technology 410-887-8921 Child Care Assistance 410-887-4314 Community Relations 410-887-2446 Free/Reduced Price Meals 410-887-7855 General/School Closings 410-887-5555 Gifted/Talented Programs 410-887-4330 Magnet Schools 410-887-4127 Multicultural Education 410-887-2444 School Boundaries 410-887-4215 Special Education 410-887-3660 Additional Information available through the internet: Catonsville Elementary School Website www.catonsvillees.bcps.org General School Information Administration and Teacher Links General BCPS Information www.bcps.org Parent Information Link School Closings Curriculum Summaries by Grade Level BCPS Policies Maryland Voluntary State Curriculum www.mdk12.org Individual School Performance Individual School Performance www.mdreportcard.org Catonsville Elementary School Staff 2009-2010 Grade/Position Name Room Number Principal Linda Miller Office Asst. Principal Arlene Moore Office Admin. Secretary Michelle Carroll Office Secretary Melissa O’Brien Office Pre-K AM Meghan Baker K-1 Pre-K PM Gigi Elliott K-1 Kindergarten April Coberth 103 Halene Lloyd K-2 Missy Wheeler 101 Grade 1 Rebekah Fitch 201 Keri Hughes 202 Tiffany Powell 200 Grade 2 Joyce Bert 204 George Frazier 205 Vicky Stinnert 203 Grade 3 Paula Catterton 300 Stacey Lattea 301 May McGowan 304 Grade 4 Emily Bigham 311 Lori Jolbitado 305 Ron Pardoe 307 Grade 5 Laura Edmonds 308 Samantha Wilson 309 Instrumental Music Michael Berwanger 104 Vocal Music Liz Curtiss 104 Library Rebekah Kaufman Library Art Bridget Mohler 302 P.E. Chris Quigley Gym Technology Mary Stuthmann 102 Guidance Emily Pfeiffer Guidance SLP Liz Meyer S2 Reading Specialists Sarah Sattler 103 Kim Lawrence 303 Special Education Debbie Cohen 103 Primary Inclusion Special Education Kelly Sacks 304 Intermediate Inclusion Special Education Nicole White 100 Primary Adaptive Special Education Denise Jackson 310 Intermediate Adaptive Nurse Lisa Jablon Health Suite OT Beth Morrison Library Workroom PT Kathy Green S2 DHH Intinerant Michelle Clark --- ESOL Yung-Kuang Liang Library Workroom Instructional Assts. Nancy Henderson Ann Pietrowiak Leslie Van Hooser Carolyn Vasold Cafeteria Mgr. Christina Tobash Cafeteria Custodial Chief Brandy Baker Custodial Office
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