Pope Elementary School Mission Statement

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                           Mission, Vision and Beliefs

                                   DoDEA Vision
      Provide an exemplary education that inspire and prepare all DODEA
students for success in a dynamic, global environment.

                                     School Vision
                                  Teaching for the future
                                  Learning for a lifetime

                                   Belief Statements

      1. We believe that commitment to continuous school improvement is essential
         to achieve the mission of Pope Elementary School.
      2. We believe that the students of today will live in a different future and must
         be prepared to meet the challenges that they will encounter.
      3. We believe that collaboration between home, school and community has a
         direct correlation on the quality of education that could be provided.
      4. We believe that students will rise to the level of expectations of the
         classroom and school.
      5. We believe that developing students with real – world application skills is
      6. We believe that providing a safe learning environment is supportive of our
         student’s well being.

               Department of Defense Education Activity
                     Community Strategic Plan

Goal 1: Highest Student Achievement: All students will meet or exceed
challenging standards in academic content and special area programs so that
they are prepared for continuous learning and productive citizenship.

Goal 2: Performance-Driven, Efficient Management Systems. DoDEA will
use a performance driven management system that operates in a timely,
efficient, and equitable manner; places resource allocation and decision-making
at the lowest operational level; and facilitates a safe environment conducive to
optimum student achievement.

Goal 3: Motivated, High Performing, Diverse Workforce. The DoDEA
workforce will be motivated, diverse, and committed to continuous professional
growth and development resulting in exemplary performance and optimum
student achievement.

Goal 4: Network of Partnerships Promoting Achievement. Every level of
DoDEA will develop, promote, and maintain a network of partnerships to
enhance optimum student achievement.

                     DoDEA Guiding Principles

      Student achievement …a shared responsibility
      Trust and respect for others’ rights
      Unlimited opportunities to reach high expectations
      Dedication to lifelong learning
      Equal access to a quality education based on standards
      New and motivating challenges to inspire excellence
      Total accountability with teamwork
      Success for all…students first!

Providing a Safe and Orderly Environment
A safe and orderly environment promotes quality learning. At Pope Elementary we promote
good citizenship and consideration of others. All students are expected to contribute by
exhibiting appropriate behavior and assuming responsibility for their actions. Classroom
teachers work with the guidance counselor and parents to address any social or emotional
concerns. Significant behavioral issues are referred to the school principal. The principal will
contact parents when necessary. Visitors continually compliment our students on their great
citizenship and loving nature.

ENTRY TIME FOR STUDENTS: 8:10 (leisure reading / homework)
CLASSES BEGIN:                                          A.M. PreK – 4th                 8:25 a.m.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:                   P.M. PreK                     12:20 p.m.
Wednesday                                               P.M. PreK                     11:40 a.m.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday:                   A.M. PreK                     10:50 a.m.
                                                        P.M. PreK - 4th                2:45 p.m.

Wednesday:                                              A.M. PreK                     10:40 a.m.
                                                        P.M. PreK - 4th                 1:55 p.m.

Arrival at School

      Walking students enter the school through the door near the Media Center, which faces
       Hercules Street.
      Students arriving by vehicle will enter through the front entrance, which faces Armistead
       Street. There is a one way circular drive. From 8:10 until 8:25 a staff member will be there to
       escort students from their vehicles. We call this procedure “kiss and ride” because most
       students get a last minute kiss from their parents before leaving their family vehicle. The
       parents kiss them goodbye and we greet them. What a great way to begin the school day!
      Parents are asked to say good-bye to their children outside the building. Please do not escort
       students to their classroom doors. Our hallways are narrow and many small children feel
       crushed by a crowd when too many “big people” they don’t know are around.
      All visitors must sign in at the school office and get a visitors badge upon arrival. This is a
       somewhat inconvenient but a necessary security procedure.
      Staff members will be on duty at all entrance doors.
      Classroom teachers will try to be at their classroom doors to greet students as they arrive.
       Before school is not a good parent-teacher conference time. It takes time away from the entire
      Pre-K parents wait at entrance doors until a staff member escorts their children to their
       classrooms at 8:25 for A.M. class and 12:20 for P.M. class.
      Staff members will escort Pre-K students to entrance doors for their release directly to a
       parent or authorized adult escort at 10:50 for A.M. class and 2:45 for P.M. class on Monday,
       Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and 1:55 on Wednesday.
      Kindergarten students will be brought to the doors for release at 2:45 by their teacher or
       another staff member. Wednesdays, the time will be 1:55 p.m.

   Students from grades 1-4 will be released at 2:45 and will be released at their classroom door
    by their teachers. Wednesdays the time will be 1:55.
   Students leaving the building at dismissal may re-enter only after all students have been
    dismissed and should use the main entrance.
   Visitors arriving at dismissal time are asked to enter the building after all students have been
    dismissed and should use the main entrance.
   Do not walk pets to the school grounds. Some students are afraid of dogs and dogs leave
    behind unsanitary landfill materials.
   We are a “drug free, smoke free, bullying free, and pet free” safety zone for students.

                                        School Mascot

                                        School Colors
                                        Blue and White

                                  Academic Programs

DoDEA Core Curriculum Standards:
     The DoDEA Core Curriculum Standards are used to provide a quality, integrated instructional
program in the Fort Bragg Schools. Curriculum content and performance standards specify what
students should know and be able to do. These standards reflect those developed by professional
organizations for each discipline. The DoDEA standards parallel the content standards developed by
the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, the National Council of Teachers of English and the
International Reading Association, the National Council of Social Studies, and the National Research
Council’s National Science Education Councils. The DoDEA Core Curriculum Standards can be
accessed through the Pope School Homepage at and the DoDEA link
at the bottom of the page.

Continuous School Improvement Team:
    Each school in Fort Bragg Schools has its own Continuous School Improvement (CSI) Team. The
team consists of teachers, administrators, community leaders and parents. Its mission is to continually
review and recommend activities necessary for school improvement. The team writes a year School
Improvement Plan to address the goals and outcomes of our Department of Defense Education
Activity’s Community Strategic Plan. Those goals are listed at the front of the student handbook.

System Wide Testing:
Terra Nova: In March, Terra Nova tests are given to 3rd and 4th grade students. This helps determine
the progress your child is making in their schoolwork compared to other children nation-wide.

Developmental Reading Assessment (DRA): A reading assessment guide for students in grades K-

Writing Assessment: A writing assessment guide for students in grades K - 4.

Study Trips: We love them!
    Students will participate in educational study trips planned by classroom teachers within their
grade level. These trips emphasize hands-on learning and promote educational objectives. Parents are
asked to sign a blanket permission form that will cover all single-day study trips throughout the school
year. Teachers will notify parents concerning plans for classroom study trips to include dates, places,
themes and the need for parent chaperones.

Chaperones are not allowed to bring other children on study trips. The bus contractor does not
have insurance for these children. We request that all chaperones ride the buses provided for
study trips. Students must ride on the buses provided. Parents with other children may follow
along in their own cars.

Some study trips may extend beyond the school day dismissal time. Please call the school office at
907-0209 for expected arrival time.

Extra-curricular activities:
Extra-curricular activities are organized at Pope Elementary and meet after school. Past
groups include: Drama club, Science club, Dance group, and Speed Stacks. More
information will be available on the extra-curricular activities for this year after school begins.

Daily Arrival:
     The regular school day begins at 8:25 a.m. and ends at 2:45 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday,
Friday and at 1:55 on Wednesday. Children should not arrive at school before 8:10 a.m. unless
they are participating in the breakfast program.
     Children participating in the breakfast program may arrive at 7:45 a.m. Staff members will be in
the cafeteria to monitor students.
     If your child arrives after the school day begins, an adult must accompany your child to the office
to sign in and fill out an admit slip before the child goes to the classroom.

Regular school attendance is essential to their learning and for a successful school experience. Each
day’s learning builds upon the previous day’s learning. Please make attending school and arriving on
time a family priority. It is the parents’ responsibility to call the school at 907-0209 by 8:25 a.m. the
day of a child’s absence. Office staff may call parents when a student is absent. The program is
designed to provide a two-way means of identifying students who are not present at school on a daily
basis. Our calls emphasize the importance of arrival at school on time and attendance on a regular
basis. This program supports the Fort Bragg Schools’ absence policy. Please send an excuse from
your doctor / dentist each time you have an appointment during school hours or a written note on the
student’s first day back after being absent to verify the parents’ knowledge of the absence. The note
should be dated, state the specific reason for the child’s absence and should be written by the parent or
legal guardian. The following reasons constitute excused absences:

         Illness of the student
         Mental or physical incapacity of student
         Death in the family
         Quarantine when ordered by health officials
         Aid of the student needed during a period of emergency in the home
         Bad weather (hurricane, snow storm, etc.)
All student absences not covered under the above are classified as unexcused.

Trips/Family Vacations (Unexcused Absences):
Trips are considered “time away” from classroom instruction, so please plan vacations to coincide
with school breaks if at all possible. Please notify the office in writing in advance when a family trip
is planned. Teachers are not required to provide homework or make-up work for students on

Chronic Tardiness/Excessive Absences:
Students who are chronically tardy or excessively absent will be referred to the counselor and principal
for follow up action with parents.
         First, contact with parents will be made by letter when a student has six (6) unexcused
         absences and/or tardies. A letter from the Pope AFB Commander and Fort Bragg Garrison
         Commander which indicates their support for the educational process of Fort Bragg Schools
         will be included.
         Second, contact with parents will be made by phone by the counselor when a student has
         twelve (12) or more unexcused absences and/or tardies. The principal reserves the right to
         send a letter to the superintendent and/or the sponsor’s chain of command.
         Third, contact with a more serious letter will be sent to the sponsor from the principal, through
         the superintendent, again emphasizing the importance of the student being in school and
         indicating the sponsor’s command has also been notified. via certified mail when a student
         has eighteen (18) or more unexcused absences and/or tardies. A copy of this letter will be
         placed in the student’s cumulative records.

The notification to the command may include any extenuating circumstances known to the school, i.e.
extended illness, etc. The superintendent reserves the right to forward this letter or not. Instances in
which there are unusual circumstances, i.e. accident, hospital stay, extended illness, etc. will be
addressed on a case by case basis. Utilization of the resources of Fort Bragg Schools, such as the
schools' social worker may be considered.

Eighteen absences from school, in a year, will seriously impact the success of any child. We must be
cognizant of the need for families to spend some quality time together, however, as educators, we
hope that some of this quality time will be spent by visiting in the classroom, going on school study
trips, or volunteering in the school. We support you as parents and military service members, and we
appreciate your support of us in our efforts to educate your children.

School Cancellations / Unannounced Dismissals:
    The Superintendent of Schools will issue instructions for school closings, late openings and early
dismissals. The message will be sent to Pope AFB Command Post and the Garrison Commander,
Emergency Operation Control (EOC), Fort Bragg for widest dissemination. School cancellations or
closings due to weather conditions will be announced on almost all local radio and television stations
and can be accessed on the internet at The Public Affairs office will notify
radio and television stations as well as the command channel 7. Television/radio stations notified are:

    WTVD (ABC 11)                         WNCN (NBC 17)                    WRAL (CBS 5)
    UNC-TV (PBS)                          WRAZ (Fox 50)                    NEWS 14
    WFNC/WQSM                             WKML FM 95.7                     WFLB 96.5

Parents are asked to listen to these stations for information, rather than telephoning the school or
stations themselves. Buses will run their regular routes at this earlier dismissal time. Child
Development Centers (CDC) and Youth Services (YS) will be notified. The release of Irwin
Intermediate and Albritton Junior High will be 30 minutes after the elementary schools have been
     In case of early dismissal, please make plans ahead of time, so your child will know what he or
she is to do. Prior planning helps children feel safe and less frightened when unexpected changes
occur. Please be sure you have indicated your wishes for an early dismissal on the Inclement Weather
Form, which is to be completed by all parents at the beginning of the school year or upon enrollment.
The Inclement Weather Form should be updated during the school year with the classroom teacher if
changes occur.

Student Check out:
    Students will be released from school only to their parents/guardians or to persons authorized in
writing by their parents.
    When a student has an appointment and must be checked out of school during school hours, please
park in the parking lot and come to the school office to sign your child out. Parents should not go
directly to the classrooms to pick up children. Students must remain in the classroom until a parent
signs them out in the office. As a security precaution please be prepared to show identification to
office staff members. For Kindergarten through 4th grade, the office staff will call your child to office
when you arrive. Parents of Preschool students must sign in as a visitor to go to the classroom to pick
up their child. Parents must also sign their child in if they return to the school during the school day.
    For safety reasons students will not be allowed to walk home early during school hours without
adult supervision.
    To avoid confusion children may not be signed out of school after 2:00 p.m., except in emergency
    Please limit the number of calls to the office for last minute arrangements and directions for
students. It is important that your child knows how they are going home each day. Unless you send a
note, we dismiss them in their usual way. Please do not call the office to change dismissal procedures
unless an emergency arises. We thank you for helping to teach your child the important lesson of
responsibility and for helping to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum.

Dress Standards
     Children should be dressed appropriately for school. Please keep in mind that children are
involved in various activities throughout the school day. Students will engage in hands-on learning
experiences that may include indoor/outdoor play, various art activities, sand and water play, etc.
Children should not wear ill-fitting clothing, halter-tops, swimsuits, dresses or skirts of inappropriate
length or other immodest apparel. Large loop earrings, long necklaces, nose rings, or other jewelry
that could cause injury should not be worn for safety reasons. For safety, it is recommended that all
children wear play shoes with rubber soles everyday for physical education classes, as well as
recess activities. Flip flops are not appropriate for physical education. Shoes with wheels will not be
allowed in the school. Appropriate attire for your child should include coats, hats, and gloves on cold
days and comfortable, well-fitting clothing and shoes that allow for participation in Art, P.E. and play
     Fort Bragg Schools have a uniform policy for students in grades 5-9. Uniforms are optional for
grades Preschool through 4th. The same uniform dress requirements apply for Preschool through 4th
grade students that choose to wear the approved Fort Bragg Schools’ school uniform.

Award Ceremonies:
    We strive to help all students become capable, considerate, and responsible citizens. We stress the
value of always doing one’s best. Competition is not emphasized at this age level. Students are
encouraged to improve their individual performances and take pride in a job well done. Staff members
work with students to encourage a strong work ethic, responsibility for one’s own behavior and the
desire for a strong mind and healthy body.
    Students are recognized at a quarterly award ceremony for citizenship traits through the Terrific
Kid Program and for the Principals Pegasus Award. The Pegasus award is for students in grades
Kindergarten through 4th that have displayed self-managed behavior (citizenship), are working toward
their potential, and always complete homework. Some students will merit the Pegasus award each
grading period.          Fourth grade students are also recognized for an A average or an A/B average
each quarter and at the end of the school year.
    Third and Fourth grade students who maintain a 90 average throughout the school year and score
at or above the 85th percentile in math or reading on the Terra Nova Achievement Test qualify for the
President’s Award for Educational Excellence and will be recognized at the end of the school year.
The President’s Award for Educational Improvement is presented to students who show tremendous

growth and improvement, but do not meet the criteria for the President’s Award for Educational
Excellence. This award is given at the principal’s discretion and recognizes unusual commitment to
learning and improvement. Also at the end of the school year staff committees select student artwork
for framing and permanent display.

Home Reading:
     Our Home Reading Program is designed to promote the love of reading and supports our literacy
instructional focus. Each grade level has specific home reading goals. Your child’s teacher will share
these goals and record keeping procedures with you. Please schedule time each day to read with your

Homework Policy:
    Pope Elementary has a homework policy that reflects the understanding and acceptance of the
cooperative experience homework entails. Family life, extra-curricular activities, and schoolwork are
shared experiences for every child. Time is needed for all if our goal is to nurture healthy children.
    The purpose of homework at any grade level is to extend, reinforce, and supplement regular
classroom assignments. The main objective of homework is to stimulate effort, initiative,
independence, responsibility, and self-motivation. Homework should provide reinforcement and
encourage students to satisfy or extend their intellectual curiosity and to practice skills.
    We recommend all students read or be read to at home each day, in addition to any assigned
homework they may have.
    Recommend parents provide their children with a quiet study area and maintain a scheduled
homework time.

Realistic time guides for home work are:
        Grade                   Time
             K                  5 – 10 minutes (Monday – Thursday)
            1st                 10-20 minutes (3 to 4 times a week)
            2                   10-20 minutes (3 to 4 times a week)
            3rd                 30–40 minutes (3 to 5 times a week)
            4th                 30-40 minutes (3 to 5 times a week)

If your child consistently takes longer than the recommended time to complete homework,
please contact your child’s teacher.
     Homework should be academically appropriate and an extension of classroom instruction, and not
an introduction of new or unfamiliar material. We attempt to consider all students’ academic abilities,
and monitor holidays, as well as school and base wide events when making decisions about
homework. Homework does not always involve pencil and paper tasks. It may also encompass such
activities as reading for a time period at home, working on a project, or studying spelling words, notes,
or study sheets for future review or evaluation.

Progress Reports and Conferences:
    Teachers inform parents of student progress through telephone calls, informal notes, conferences,
formal progress reports and report cards. Parent teacher conferences are scheduled at the end of the 1st
grading period, or may be requested at any time by the parents or teachers. Since no report card is
adequate in presenting the full picture of a pupil’s progress, parents are encouraged to inquire about
their child’s progress at any time. To schedule an appointment, please send a note with your child or
call the office and request that child’s teacher call you. When scheduling an appointment with a
teacher, we ask that you respect classroom instructional time by not interrupting the teacher during
class times. Such interruptions take the teacher’s attention away from your child and the rest of the

 Report Cards
 The purpose of reporting student progress is to communicate a clear and accurate picture of student
 development and achievement toward meeting grade level DoDEA standards. Pope Elementary
 School report cards are issued four times a year following each nine-week grading period.
 Parent/Teacher conferences will be held after the 1st grading period. Parents are also encouraged to
 contact the teacher at any time if there are questions or concerns.

 Report Card Evaluation Codes:

                                        Kindergarten – 3rd Grade
    Student Performance:                                                Learning Skills:
    E – Exceeds grade level expectations                                1 – Consistently Observed
    M – Meets grade level expectations                                  2 – Occasionally Observed
    S – Steady progress toward grade level expectations                 3– Infrequently Observed
    L - Limited progress toward grade level expectations

                                                4th Grade

    Student Achievement:                Student Performance:
    A – 90 – 100%                       E – Exceeds grade level expectations
    B – 80 – 89%                        M – Meets grade level expectations
    C – 70 – 79%                        S – Steady progress toward grade level expectations
    D - 60 – 69%                        L - Limited progress toward grade level expectations
    F - Below 60%

    Learning Skills:
    1 – Consistently Observed
    2 – Occasionally Observed
    3– Infrequently Observed


Breakfast and Lunch Program:

    The cafeteria serves breakfast and lunch. Breakfast starts at 7:45 a.m. each morning. Students should
not arrive before 7:45 a.m. for breakfast since staff members are not present to supervise before that time.
    We welcome visitors in the cafeteria for breakfast and lunch. Guest tables are available for students
with visitors.

     Lunch is a duty free time for classroom teachers, which means they do not stay with their class during
their lunch hour. School staff members supervise students while in the cafeteria. To insure an
appropriate mealtime environment, it is essential that students are well behaved and mannerly. Students
should eat first, then talk quietly to the students seated closest to them and follow the instructions of the
staff members on duty in the cafeteria.

                                            Cafeteria Prices
                          Meal                   Daily Price         Weekly Price
               Breakfast                           $1.00                $5.00
               Reduced Breakfast                     .30                1.50
               Lunch                                2.00                10.00
               Reduced Lunch                         .40                2.00
               Extra Milk                            .35                1.75
               Juice                                 .40                2.00

     Children may choose to bring their lunch to school.
     A carton of milk may be purchased from the a la carte menu for 40 cents.
     Breakfast and lunch may be paid daily or prepaid on a weekly or longer basis. If advance
      payment is sent to school with your child, please enclose payment in an envelope with the
      student’s name, classroom teachers name and amount enclosed written on the outside. Parents
      are able to prepay for their children’s lunches by going to the website.
      Registration will be required. Pope Elementary is part of Fort Bragg Schools.
     If a child does not have money for breakfast or lunch they will be allowed to charge for one day,
      but no longer. A student charging a meal will be given a computer generated charge slip
      notifying the parent/guardian of the charged meal. Payment for overdue charges must be paid
      prior to the student receiving another meal. We request that the money be sent to school the next
     Menus are published in the Fayetteville Observer, the Carolina Flyer, on the school website
      ( ) and posted in each classroom.
     Free and reduced applications are available in the school office and also online at You may apply at any time during the school year. Eligibility for
      free and reduced meals is based on family income and size of household. Any change in either
      family income or size of household could result in a change in status. The Fort Bragg Schools
      Community Superintendents Office processes applications and will contact you concerning the
      status of your application.
     Glass containers, food from “Fast Food” restaurants and soft drinks are not permitted in the
     Guests may join students for lunch. Please sit at the designated guest tables with your child. One
      invited friend from the classroom may join guests and their child. Adults may purchase lunch in
      the cafeteria at a la carte prices. If you visit your child for lunch, please sign in at the office and
      obtain a visitor’s badge before proceeding to the cafeteria.

Juice and Milk:
    Students are provided a milk/juice break during the school day. Students may bring their own drink
or choose to buy milk (35 cents) or juice (40 cents) from the cafeteria. Envelopes are sent home for
parents to use in returning payment for milk and/or juice. All milk and juice payments must be prepaid
by the date on the envelope. The envelope for the first 27 days is due during the first week of school.
Payment will be made for the time frame listed on the envelope or annually. Credit is given when
students are absent from school. Please indicate on the envelope a choice of white milk, chocolate milk
or orange juice. Milk and juice for break time may not be purchased on a daily basis.

Birthday Celebrations:
    Surprise parties for teachers or birthday parties for students take up classroom instructional time
and put pressure on other children and parents…an uncomfortable situation for everyone. Children
may bring birthday invitations to school only if there is an invitation for each child. Classroom teachers
will determine an appropriate time for distribution. Contact your child’s teacher if you wish to send a
birthday treat. Simple birthday treats may be brought in for sharing at snack time or lunch time. All
items must be purchased from a store and prepackaged. Please remember that some children may have
food allergies. No peanut products! We do have children who are diabetic and who have peanut
allergies. Bring one or two sugar free substitutes.

Flower or candy deliveries for students will be held in the office until school is dismissed.

A wonderful way to celebrate your child’s birthday with the school is by donating a book to our Media
Center. The book will be labeled as a gift from your child and will provide years of learning and
enjoyment for other students.

    Pope Elementary is concerned about confidentiality in regards to the maintenance, disposition, and
release of student records. The school follows the requirements of the Privacy Act of 1974 per DoDEA
Notice 26. You may obtain a copy of this notice at the DoDEA website

                                 Emergency Information
Telephone Numbers
Please maintain current and accurate home and work phone numbers on file in the school office. It is
important to us, and your child, that we are able to call you, or your emergency contact person in the
event of illness or other emergency. Please notify the school of any changes in phone numbers
immediately by sending a note to your child’s teacher or phoning the 0ffice at 907-0209. If unable to
contact parents due to incorrect phone numbers, we will contact the sponsor’s military unit for assistance.

Emergency Contact Persons
In the event of an emergency or if your child gets sick during the school day, we will attempt to notify
parents first. If a parent cannot be reached, it is important that we have emergency contact phone
numbers of friends or neighbors who can take care of your child until you can be notified. Please keep
this information current and accurate at all time.

In case of a fire, students will evacuate the building to their class’ designated area. Fire drills will
be practiced every month.

Severe Weather
In the event of severe weather, students will evacuate to the hallway area and sit on their knees, bent over,
with their heads covered up. Severe weather drills will be practiced twice a year.

For a lockdown condition, the doors to every classroom are locked, students and adults are to sit on the
floor against the walls, blinds are shut, and lights are out. Teachers will follow procedures as indicated by
their crisis intervention kit located behind their classroom door. All entrances will be secured and
monitored until the lockdown is over.

Shelter in place
Students will relocate to the cafeteria. Teachers will follow procedures as indicated by their crisis
intervention kit located behind their classroom door.

                              Enrollment / Withdrawals
Enrollment Procedures:
    Dependent children may be enrolled at Pope Elementary by presenting the following information:
         A certified birth certificate from the Department of Vital Statistics of the state of birth. The
         certificate must include the parents name(s) and cannot be a pocket card or hospital
         complimentary copy. A copy of the birth certificate will be retained in the student records.
         If the military sponsor is not listed on the student birth certificate as a biological parent, the
         student’s dependency and custody determination must be documented before enrollment is
         approved. Call the office for a list of required documents.
         The sponsor’s current military orders. Orders dated 36 months prior to the beginning of next
         school year will require updated orders or a copy of the sponsor’s ID card.
         Documentation of the sponsor’s housing assignment in permanent quarters, either by a completed
         lease agreement, or a 90 day letter from the appropriate Housing office. The document must list
         the child as a dependent with authorization to live in housing. No student will be permitted to
         start school without this documentation.
         Immunizations – An up to date immunization record must be presented upon enrollment.
         DoDEA requires all students to have Hepatitis A vaccination. It is recommended that
         PreKindergarten and Kindergarten students have a physical exam for school.
         If the sponsor is deployed, a general power of attorney will be needed to complete registration.
         Failure to provide the necessary documentation may result in the student’s disenrollment from the
         school as directed by Department of Defense Domestic Dependent Elementary and Secondary
         Schools (DDESS).
         If your child has been attending another school, office staff will request your child’s permanent
         school records be sent to Pope Elementary.
    After the beginning of the school year, newly enrolled children will start school the day following the
return of their registration information if turned into the office by 1:00 p.m. For children whose
registration information is turned in after 1:00 p.m., they will start two days later. This ensures adequate
time to inform classroom teachers so they can get classroom materials for new students.

Enrollment age requirements:
   Pre-School:                           Must be 4 years old on or before September 1st
   Kindergarten:                         Must be 5 years old on or before September 1st
   1st Grade:                            Must be 6 years old on or before September 1st

Sponsor Information:
    It is imperative that the school has the most current addresses of home and unit, as well as the home,
duty, and emergency telephone numbers of every sponsor whose child is enrolled in Pope Elementary.
Please notify the school promptly of any changes in address and telephone numbers. If your child

becomes ill or is injured at school we need to contact you immediately. Do not use out of state relatives
or friends as emergency contacts.

Moving Off Base:
    If you move off base during the school year, you may request to have your child finish the remainder
of the school year at Pope Elementary. Upon completion this form will be sent to the Superintendent of
Fort Bragg Schools, through Pope Elementary School Principal, requesting permission for your child to
continue to attend Fort Bragg Schools for the remainder of the school year. These requests are usually

Transfer / Withdrawal Procedures:
     Parents should notify the classroom teacher and the school office, in writing or by phone at 907-0209,
as soon as you know you are moving and the anticipated last day of attendance for your child. Please
provide at least 5 days notice prior to the students last day. Parents should come to the office to clear the
student’s records and complete a transfer form. Please keep in mind that some schools require that we
send student records directly to the new school. You may request a copy of your child’s student records
and we will do our best to have the necessary paperwork ready for you to “hand carry” to your new
school. Students will be required to complete a check-out clearance form with the teacher, librarian and
cafeteria clerk. All cafeteria charges and or books need to be cleared before you move.
    Students withdrawing from school twenty days or less before the end of the school year as a result of
the sponsor’s PCS move will still be eligible for promotion. Please complete an Accelerated Withdrawal
form at the office. A copy of the sponsor’s PCS orders must be provided to the office staff for inclusion
in the student’s records.
     Parents should complete the withdrawal procedures before the end of the school year if they plan to
leave during the summer months.

                                        School Services
Guidance Program:
   The purpose of the Guidance Program is to promote the welfare of students and to enhance the
educational program. Emphasis is on helping students develop as unique and valuable individuals,
understand themselves, get along with others, do well in school, and develop skills for life-long services.
The School Guidance Counselor administers this program and provides the following services:
            Individual and small group counseling for students
            Classroom guidance
            Resources and consultations with parents, school personnel and members of the community
            Referrals and liaisons with community agencies
            Standardized testing
            Motivational activities for students
            Encourage the development of good citizenship and positive character programs
            Coordinate the Terrific Kid program

Citizenship Program
The Citizenship Program will once again be implemented through the Terrific Kids program. The Spring
Lake Kiwanis Club sponsors this program. The focus of the Citizenship Program will be on specific
attitudes and personal qualities that can help build a foundation for success. The classroom or special
area teachers may nominate students who consistently demonstrate the monthly characteristic and
excellent daily attendance. Nominations are not based on academic achievement or performance.

Students who meet the criteria for the month and are nominated will receive recognition at designated
assemblies throughout the school year.

September:              Respect
October:                Responsibility
November:               Trustworthy
December:               Caring
January:                Integrity
February:               Self-Discipline
March:                  Fairness
April:                  Perseverance
May:                    Citizenship

School Nurse:
    The school nurse is an important part of the total school program and provides a variety of services
within the school setting. The nurse is a registered nurse with special training in school health issues.
She is responsible for the general health of Pope Students and supervises vision and hearing screening,
keeps health records, and administers any medications required for students.
    The school nurse will ensure that each student’s immunizations meet the requirement of DoDEA and
the state of North Carolina, and an up-to-date immunization record is in each student’s health records.
    Parents must bring medications and sign a permission form allowing the school to administer the
medications. Students are not allowed to bring medication to school. All medication to be taken
during school hours must be prescription labeled and will be taken in the nurse’s office.
    The nurse’s office does not have throat lozenges or cough drops to dispense to students and asks that
students do not bring these items to the school to self medicate.
    If a child is ill in the morning, they should not be sent to school with instructions to see the school
nurse. The child should be kept at home and/or taken to a physician if needed. A child who is sent to
school sick can spread that illness to others. The school nurse will be glad to answer any questions you
may have concerning health issues.

Guidelines for Student Illness:
    1. Varicella (Chicken Pox): Student will remain at home until all blisters have formed scabs and no
       liquid is visible in the lesions.
    2. Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye): Student will be excluded if any of the following exist:
            a. Eye(s) is (are) severely red and somewhat swollen.
            b. There is a yellow (purulent) discharge.
            c. Child excessively rubs itching eye(s).
            d. Condition has lasted more than three (3) days.
            e. There is an epidemic in the school or it appears that cases are being transmitted from one
                student to another.
    3. Impetigo: Student is excluded from school for 24 hours after appropriate antibiotic treatment is
       started. Keep lesion covered until drainage subsides.
    4. Pediculosis (head lice): For an active infestation when live lice are identified, the student may be
       excluded until pediculicide shampoo treatment is completed and appropriate actions taken at

         child’s residence. School nurse will provide Preventive Medicine information sheet detailing
         treatment protocol and appropriate home actions. Child may return after producing the Head Lice
         protocol work sheet signed by a parent or guardian.
    5.   Tinea Capitis (Scalp Ringworm): Exclusion from school until a note from a medical provider
         verifying treatment is obtained. Note: haircuts, shaving of head, and wearing caps during
         treatment is not necessary.
    6.   Scabies: Student is excluded until treatment with appropriate prescription medication is
         completed and 12 hours have passed since medication application.
    7.   Streptococcal Infections: Student is excluded from school until treatment with a prescription
         antibiotic for 24 hours and is a febrile.
    8.   Other: Certain conditions, such as whole body rash, temperature of over 100.4, two or more
         instances of vomiting in a 24 hour period, or diarrhea, may warrant exclusion to prevent spread of
         possible communicable diseases.

School Psychologist:
    A qualified school psychologist is available to our school to provide psychological services. These
services include specialized psychological testing, screening for educational difficulties, and/or assistance
in dealing with individual concerns regarding student, parent, and/or family counseling issues.

Special Education Program:
    Pope Elementary School follows Department of Defense Instruction (DODI) 1342.12 "Provision of
Early Intervention and Special Education Services to Eligible Department of Defense Dependents
(DoD)", dated 11 April 2005, which can be found on the internet at and Department of Defense Education Activity Special
Education Procedural Guide, 2500.13-G, dated September 2005, which can be found on the internet at in the provision of Special Education to eligible
students. If you believe that your child has a handicapping condition that is adversely affecting
educational performance, contact the Pope Elementary Case Study Committee (CSC) Chairperson, the
counselor or the principal regarding your concern.

School Behavior Standards
Our students are well behaved, mannerly, and respectful because we enjoy strong parent support
for good behavior and we enforce the following rules:

School Rules:
     Always walk
     Keep hands and feet to yourself
     Use quiet voices
     Respect others and their property

Playground Rules:
     Wear play shoes
     Use equipment properly
     Use good sportsmanship
     Play safely

Cafeteria Rules:
     Take everything you need as you go through the line
     Use and take care of utensils properly

    Eat only the food on your tray
    Keep hands and feet to yourself
    Eat first, then talk quietly and pleasantly to others sitting near you
    Clean up your own spills and trash
    Lunch should be eaten before dessert or ice cream
    Glass containers and “fast food” are not permitted in the cafeteria
    Guests eating with students should purchase a cafeteria lunch or bring a meal from home
    Guests should sit at the guest table with their student and one classmate, if desired

Bus Rules:
    Obey the bus driver at all times
    Always get on and off the bus at your designated bus stop
    Use a quiet voice and only talk to others sitting near you
    Stay in your assigned seat
    Be kind to other bus riders
    Keep the bus clean and free from damage
    Stay away from the Emergency Door, the fire extinguisher, and first aid kit
    Behave in a manner that is safe at all times

School Bus Code of Conduct
Riding the school bus is a privilege that we want you to enjoy, but it is not a right. Riding is a
privilege that is premised by the student’s ability to follow the guidelines for good behavior and
compliance with the necessary safety requirements.

   1. While waiting to board the bus, while riding the bus, and while exiting the bus, students
      are under the jurisdiction of Pope School policies and authority. The same rules that
      apply at school apply for bus conduct when they are appropriate to that situation.
   2. Students must respond quickly and positively to the directions given by the bus driver.
      There are no other adult monitors on the bus so the driver has the difficult job of safely
      driving the bus and monitoring student behavior.
   3. Safety requires that students quickly take their assigned seat and that they not move from
      that seat until the bus stops at their bus stop.
   4. Conversations will be kept to an acceptable level. No playing, physical contact, placing
      anything outside of the windows or disrespectful or unsafe behavior will be tolerated.
      Property damage, fighting, and bullying behavior are very serious offenses that may
      result in more severe consequences.

   The first offense will generally result in a written warning, student conference with a staff
   member and a call home to the parents.

   A second offense will generally result in a three day suspension from the bus riding privilege.
   The parents will have to drive the student to the school.

   The third offense will generally result in a two week suspension from the bus riding
   privilege. The parents will have to drive the student to the school.

    Any subsequent offense will probably result in permanent suspension of the bus riding


For complete information about discipline, please refer to Department of Defense Domestic Dependent
Elementary Guidance for Student Discipline at . After clicking on the web site, click
on “Policies, Procedures, and Guidance”. Then, click on “Interim Discipline Guidance”. The
information below is intended to summarize its most relevant points.
1. Student Rights and Responsibilities: Students have the right to expect an educational environment
    in which they may achieve their intellectual potential. As such, all students are expected to comply
    with school rules and regulations, and to conduct themselves in a manner that respects the rights of
    others. Students share the responsibility with administrators, teacher and support personnel to create
    an environment that is conducive to learning, and to notify school staff of any behavior that may
    endanger the safety or welfare of themselves or others. The disciplinary rules and procedures
    applicable for students are specifically set out in DoDEA Regulation 2051.1. Students who are
    accused of a violation of school rules will be provided due process IAW that regulation.
2. Consequences of Conduct Violations and Penalties: Student discipline should be administered
    progressively, with less severe punishment for the first infraction and with increases in punishment
    for each subsequent offense. However, school personnel, consistent with the powers and authority
    delegated to them, have the authority to take more serious administrative action if such action is
    warranted by the nature of the misconduct.
3. Discipline for Minor or First Offenses: A student may be disciplined for relatively minor offenses
    or first offenses not presenting an immediate threat of danger to self or others, through the use of
    written or oral reprimands or notice to parents, time out, teacher/student/parent conferences,
    suspension of school or extracurricular privileges, and by any other teacher intervention deemed by
    the teacher or school administrator to be appropriate. Minor offenses include any conduct that is not
    conducive to the good order and discipline of the school. Examples of conduct for which minor
    discipline may be appropriate include, but are not limited to: tardiness, chewing gum or eating food
    in class, running or horseplay in the halls or classrooms, use of offensive language, and disrupting the
    class by talking, laughing, or wandering about when the teacher determines that such conduct is
    inappropriate to the classroom activity. More serious disciplinary actions may be imposed when a
    student engages in repeated or multiple acts of misconduct and the teacher or Principal determined
    that the nature of the offense, in the context of all circumstances, warrants a more severe
    consequence. While grading schoolwork performance or non-performance is appropriate, grade
    (score) reduction as a disciplinary action is not an appropriate means of discipline.
4. Grounds for Removal: A Principal may remove a student from school for up to 10 school days, or
    recommend the long-term removal of a student (i.e. suspension in excess of 10 school days or
    expulsion). Disciplinary actions involving a removal from the school for more than 10 days require
    an opportunity for a hearing before a school disciplinary committee and a decision on the proposed
    disciplinary action by the District Superintendent. Specific grounds for short or long-term removal

            a. Cause, threaten or attempt to cause physical injury to another person.
            b. Possess, sell or otherwise furnish any firearm, knife, explosive, incendiary device or other
               dangerous weapon (1-year expulsion required for firearm).
            c. Possess, use or distribute, or attempt such, of alcoholic beverages.
            d. Possess or used tobacco or tobacco products.
            e. Possess, use or distribute any illegal/controlled substance, or attempt such offenses.
            f. Unlawfully possess, offer, arrange or negotiate to sell any drug paraphernalia.

            g. Robbery or extortion, or attempt such offenses.
            h. Damage or vandalism to school, U.S. Government, contractor or private property.
            i. Steal, wrongfully appropriate (or attempting such offenses), or knowingly receiving
               stolen property of the school, U.S., contractor or private individual.
            j. Commit any lewd, indecent or obscene act, or engage in profanity or vulgarity.
            k. Disrupted school activities or otherwise defy the valid authority of school personnel
               engaged in the performance of their duties (includes, disorderly conduct, lying, school
               honor code violations, making false statements, etc.).
            l. Failure to leave the school, school grounds or school bus when directed by school
            m. Engage in gambling in any form.
            n. Fighting or otherwise engaging in conduct endangering others.
            o. Bullying, intimidating, taunting, hazing, name calling, or harassment.
            p. Unauthorized use of a portable communications device.
            q. Arson, making a bomb threat, or falsely reporting a fire or bomb threat.
            r. Forgery, cheating or plagiarism.
            s. Possession or use of fireworks or other explosive devices.
            t. Repeated or flagrant violations of attendance regulations or policies (i.e., truancy).
            u. Violate terms and conditions of the DoDEA Student Computer and Internet Access
               Agreement; damage or disrupt information technology; use a computer or
               communications device to send threatening, harassing or indecent messages, or download
               obscene or pornographic materials.
            v. Violate any law, rule, regulation, or policy of the military installation or school.
            w. Fail to report or otherwise be complicit in the above-described acts.

                                      Support Services
    Art, Music, Media and Physical Education (P.E.) classes support our developmental program.
Students attend Art, Music, and P. E. classes twice in a five-day rotation schedule with each class meeting
for 40 minutes. Students will attend Media classes as scheduled by the classroom teacher. Classroom
teachers will provide specific information regarding the schedule.

Gifted Education Program (GE):
    The Gifted Education Program is designed to provide challenging learning opportunities to students
through a variety of learning methods and activities. The GE program strives to develop an intrinsic
desire for excellence and a sense of responsibility to the global community. Students primarily are
served in grades 3-4, using multiple criteria for eligibility. Students are instructed through a flexible
model that accelerates and/or enriches student learning.

English as a Second Language (ESL):
    English as a Second Language services are provided for qualifying students. The ESL teacher works
with the classroom teacher to ensure that the needs of identified students are met.

Read 180:
     Read 180 is an intensive reading intervention program for students in grades 3 and 4 designed to meet
the needs of children whose reading achievement is below the proficient level. The program directly
addresses individual needs through adaptive and instructional software, high interest literature, and direct
instruction in reading skills.

Fine Arts:
     Music activities enhance and develop a child mentally, physically and socially through exploring,
listening, playing instruments, singing, moving, reading, and creating. The Visual Arts program
incorporates art concepts and the use of materials to invite curiosity, build confidence, promote problem
solving and foster creativity. Hands-on activities are provided in music and art classes. Children’s
artwork is displayed throughout the building during the school year. Music students also have the
opportunity to perform at school and community events.

Information Center:
    The goal of the Pope Information Center (Media) is to provide the students with skills that will
promote and enhance reading and technology. The information center is designed to offer academic and
recreational reading sources. There are areas offering atmosphere and space specifically for story time,
research, whole class activities, computer usage, search strategies, checkout, browsing, reading and
enjoyment. The information center collection offers printed as well as non-print items, such as
videocassettes and CD-ROM’s.
    Media classes provide students with skills that will promote and enhance reading resulting in lifelong
learning. Students may check out books during their scheduled information center times. In addition,
Pope has an “Open Information Center Policy” which allows students to check out books during the week
as long as their books have been returned in good standing (on time and without damage). Parents who
would like to check out books for or with their children are welcome to come to the Information Center
between 8:30 a.m. and 3:00 p.m.

Physical Education (P.E.):
    A comprehensive physical education program is provided for Kindergarten through 4 th grade. The
purpose of physical education is to provide appropriate instructions for building a healthy body, mind,
and character for each student. This goal is achieved through a skill-based instructional program that
encompasses personal fitness skills, perceptual motor skills, developmental gymnastic skills, and
recreational and sports skills.

Computer Technology:
    Students in grades 1-4 receive computer-assisted instruction (CAI) in the computer lab. The CAI lab
is a tool to enhance classroom instruction and teachers may sign up for use according to their lesson
plans. A focus for each student or class is chosen.
    In addition to the CAI lab, each classroom is equipped with computers and printers for student use. A
wide variety of software is available to enhance learning. The Educational Technologist supports the
integration of technology into the curriculum by providing staff development for teachers, working in
classrooms with students as they extend and enhance skills using appropriate software, coordinating the
use of our Multi-Media Lab and creating an informative and interactive website.

                                   TRAFFIC SAFETY
   Parking at the school is very limited. Those parking in spaces at the front entrance will be asked to
move their vehicle during Kiss and Ride times.

    You will be asked the normal means of daily transportation home from school for your child.
If your child must go home by another means one particular day, you must notify the school in
writing. For security reasons, changes in transportation arrangements may be made by phone
only with the permission of the principal. In the event of an unexpected early release from
school, children will be sent home by the means of transportation listed on the Inclement
Weather Form. Please tune to local radio and television stations and access on the internet for information regarding school closings and early

Bus Riders:
   Bus transportation is offered to students who live more than one mile from school. At Pope
AFB this is not very many students. This service is provided to safely transport students to and
from school each day. Any conduct or activities that threaten the health, safety or welfare of
the bus driver, other students or any other rider in any manner shall be grounds to
terminate indefinitely all bus privileges. Therefore, it is essential that the home and school
work together to make our buses safe for children.

Please review the following unacceptable behaviors with your children. Students may not:

       Ride a bus other than their assigned bus without written parental permission.
       Exchange bus seats with another student.
       Reserve or save seats for friends.
       Use loud, profane or obscene language or gestures.
       Smoke or possess a lighter or matches on the school bus.
       Refuse to occupy the seat assigned by school officials or bus driver.
       Scream.
       Spit.
       Fight.
       Throw items on the bus or out the bus window.
       Place head, arms or other body parts out the bus window.
       Refuse to obey the bus driver or be disrespectful to the bus driver/attendants.
       Stand up while the school bus is in motion
       Eat, drink or chew gum on the bus.
       Threaten, antagonize or bother other students.
       Vandalize property.
       Possess beepers, pagers, radios, cell phones, tape players, or other electronic devices on the bus.
       Distract the bus driver.
       Play with the emergency door, fire extinguisher or first aid supplies.
       Place feet, books or other belongings in the aisle.
       Engage in any action on the school bus that causes a disturbance or distraction.

Please remind your children of these unacceptable actions frequently during the school year. The bus
driver counsels children when they do not follow the bus rules. Bus drivers write Bus Incident Reports if
children continue inappropriate behavior. Children are counseled and parents are phoned each time an
incident report is written. Students who do not obey the rules of conduct will not be allowed to ride
the buses. Automatic bus suspensions will occur for children who fight on school buses. The combined
efforts of home and school will reinforce the need for students to follow the safety practices outlined
above in order to have a safe year for our bus riders.

Car Riders:
    If you plan to drive your children to school, the circle at the front entrance of the school is the drop-
off/pick-up location. Please drive slowly, do not pass other cars and only allow your children to
disembark at the front of the school unless staff members are present. Staff members will be on duty in
the mornings starting at 8:10 a.m. and in the afternoons to assist children getting in and out of their cars.
Children who plan to have breakfast at school may arrive no earlier than 7:45 a.m. All other children may
arrive at 8:10 a.m.

Walking Students:
    Most of our students walk to school. Staff members will be on duty outside to supervise students
between 8:10 and 8:25 a.m. Please talk to children about the route they are to walk to and from school as
well as any other safety concerns. Students should only walk on sidewalks on their route to school.
    If your child is a walking student, please discuss what he or she is to do if it is raining when school
dismisses. Due to the number of students it is not possible to ensure all students are given last
minute arrangements that may be phoned in.

Bicycles, skateboards, roller blades, heely shoes:
Students in grades Kindergarten through 4th grade may ride their bicycles to school. Bicycles must be
walked through all crosswalks and on school grounds. This is for the safety of those riding bikes as well
as any walking students. Students are expected to follow all safety rules. All students who ride bicycles
are required to wear safety helmets. Students must lock their bicycles and scooters at the bike rack.
Every year 2 or 3 unlocked bicycles mysteriously disappear and are never found.

Heely shoes, which are the shoes with wheels in the sole, may not be worn at the school with the wheel in
place. If the wheel is removed students may wear the shoe during the school day.

It is recommended that students do not bring their skateboards or roller blades to school.

The school can only be responsible for student behavior while students are on school property.

                                 Visitors and Volunteers
     Pope Elementary School welcomes all visitors. For the safety of all students and building
security, visitors must always enter through the front entrance and sign in at the office for a school
visitor badge. The visitor’s badge must be worn at all times while you are in the building. Please sign
out and return your badge prior to leaving the building.
     As a courtesy to the teacher, it is suggested that notification be made for all classroom visitations.
Contacting the teacher by note or telephone is recommended. If it is not possible to contact the teacher
before or after school hours, please leave a message with office staff to have the teacher contact you.

    Classroom visitations are not a time for teacher-parent conferences, because the regular classroom
program must continue during the visit. If you need to speak with a teacher, we suggest you schedule an
additional conference at a mutually convenient time.

     Volunteers are needed throughout the year in many areas. Volunteers are initially recruited in August
for a variety of classroom activities and school wide projects. Volunteers can sign up with their student’s
classroom teachers or with the PTO at Open House. Please let us know what special talents and interests
that you would like to share. Your time and talents are greatly needed and much appreciated. Volunteers
are reminded to sign in and out at the office and to record your volunteer hours in the Volunteer
Notebook. Volunteer hours are turned in monthly to the base volunteer coordinator. All volunteers must
wear their badges during the time they are working in the building.

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO):
    Pope Elementary is fortunate to have a very active PTO, which is a vital part of the total school
program. It provides a vehicle for parents and school officials to work together for student support and
advisory council functions. We encourage the active participation of all parents. The primary focus of
the organization is to promote the welfare of the students at school and to create a closer relationship
among parents, students, and school staff members. Evening meetings will be held every other month
during the school year. Please join the PTO during the membership drive in August or any time during
the school year.

Previous PTO sponsored activities include:
       Student pictures (fall, spring and                        Movie night
       classroom)                                                Popcorn Friday
       Book fair (fall, spring)                                  Bingo night
       Reading Counts store                                      Spirit Wear sales
       Holiday store

                             Miscellaneous Information
     Animals: Pets may NOT be brought on school grounds at any time.
     Toys: Students should not bring toys to school unless requested or approved by their classroom
      teacher. This includes electronic games or CD players.
     Cell phone:      Student cell phones will remain off during classroom instruction time. Any phone
      ringing during the school day will be confiscated. Parents will pick it up from the school office.
     Jewelry: Valuable or sentimental jewelry should not be worn at school. Large earrings, long
      necklaces, nose rings or other jewelry can be a safety hazard and should not be worn to school.
      The school cannot be responsible for the loss, theft, or damage of personal items.
     Lost and Found: Students who lose clothing, lunch boxes, or other large personal items may
      reclaim them at the lost and found box located in the lobby area. Students who lose personal
      items such as eyeglasses, rings, watches or other small items may ask at the office to determine if
      the item has been turned in. We suggest you put your child’s name in coats, jackets, lunch boxes
      and backpacks. This will aid in returning items to the proper child. Clothing and other lost
      belongings will be held to the end of the grading period. At that time all useable unclaimed items
      will be donated to charity.
     Money: Students should bring money to school in a container labeled with their full name.
      Students should not bring extra money to school.

 Hats: Students will not wear headgear in the building except for medical reasons.
 Playgrounds: Students use of the Pope School playgrounds after school hours is only permitted
  under the supervision of parents.
 Chain of Command: Parents with a concern or grievance about their child or school should take
  that concern or grievance to the teacher of the child. If the parent is not satisfied with the
  decision or actions of the teacher after the conference, then the parents should meet with the
  supervising principal of that teacher. If there is still no acceptable solution, the parents may
  arrange to meet with the assistant superintendent of schools and then the superintendent of
  schools. In special cases where problems cannot be solved in this manner, parents will be
  referred to the DDESS Director.