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        Robinson Elementary
        Student and Family Handbook

                          803 Couch Avenue Kirkwood, Missouri 63122
                                                  314-213-6100 x4301
                                                 Important Contacts

                                       NAME                                                                PHONE

Robinson Office Main Line                                                                       213-6140
Robinson Principal – Jennifer Sisul                                                             213-6100, Ext. 4041
Robinson Secretary – Lynn Frierdich                                                             213-6100, Ext. 4041
Robinson Office Assistant – Kathy Becker                                                        213-6100,.Ext. 4301
Robinson Nurse – Kim Garland/Tammy Gierse                                                       213-6100, Ext. 4030
Robinson Counselor – Sally Miller                                                               213-6100, Ext. 4040
Robinson Cafeteria – Tina Spears, Manager                                                       213-6100, Ext. 4350
First Student (Kirkwood bus service)                                                            965-6130
VICC Transportation Office                                                                      721-8657
YMCA Latchkey @ Robinson                                                                        821-1289
Robinson Fax                                                                                    213-6174
PTO Presidents:
Barb Gruener –                                                           909-0197
Andrea Kipp –                                                                966-5877

The Kirkwood School District does not discriminate on the basis of sex, race, religion, age, national origin, handicap, or disability in
 admissions to, or treatment or employment in its programs and activities. Any person having inquiries concerning the District's
    compliance with Title IX, Section 504 for student issues should contact Dr. Thurma DeLoach, Executive Director of Special
  Programs, at 314-213-6106 and for employee issues, should contact Ms. Jeanette Tendai, Assistant Superintendent for Human
                                      Resources and Administration, by calling 314-213-6103.

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                                          Robinson Elementary 1930-2010
What a pleasure to open the 80th year of Robinson Elementary!

In 1930, gas cost 10 cents a gallon and a new car was $640. A loaf of bread was 8 cents and a
new pair of socks, a dime. You could clothe your child for under $10 and purchase a pair of
shoes for $2. And technology? The jet engine and scotch tape were artifacts from 1930, but the
first photocopier, the electric razor and the ballpoint pen weren’t seen until later in the decade.

And the same year on Couch Avenue, a little three story, brick school building named after a
local philanthropist opened its doors for the first time. Since then, thousands of students have
walked our halls and hundreds of teachers have taught Kirkwood’s finest.

We look forward to a year of reflection and reconnecting with our past as we plan for our
future. What a bright future it is!

To do this, we ask our families to join us and…

                     Believe and You Will See All the Possibilities

Robinson is a special place filled with adults who are committed to doing whatever it takes to
ensure each child’s success.   We are welcoming, inclusive and dedicated to ensuring each
child develops a:
      Respect for self
      Respect for Others
      Respect for the Environment
      Respect for Learning

This family handbook has been created in the hopes of making life easier for you as we progress
through the year together. In it you will find information about our school, our teachers, and
our community and our district.

Please read and discuss the handbook with your child(ren). If you have questions or concerns at
any time during the year, even if you know the answers are somewhere in the handbook, please
call or stop by the office. We are here to help you and your children, and we look forward to
doing just that.

On behalf of the staff of Robinson Elementary, welcome to the 2010-2011 school year.
Jennifer Sisul

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                                   Robinson Elementary 1930-2010

                 Believe and You Will See All the Possibilities

Robinson School strives to be a diverse community built on mutual trust

and respect. Our school endeavors to share responsibility for the education

of each child by fostering open lines of communication between parents,

teachers and students in a safe and nurturing environment. Each child will

grow by celebrating accomplishments, considering other perspectives and

learning from their mistakes. At Robinson we value growth that evolves

from questioning, problem solving and perseverance. We envision children

who will become responsible citizens within the community country and


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                                                                 Table of contents

Robinson Information

      Staff List and Contact Information (as of July 2010)             1
      Routines & Procedures                                            2-4
      What You Can Expect From Us                                      5-6
      School Health Care Program                                       7-9
      What We Ask of Robinson Students                                 10-17
              School Wide Agreements
                   o Cafeteria         11
                   o Bathrooms         11
                   o Hallways          11
              Robinson Overcomes Conflict Successfully                12
              Cafeteria Expectations                                  13
              Playground and Equipment                                14
      Connecting With Parents and Families                             18-
      Instructional Programs                                           20-27
          Physical Education                20
          Music                             21
          REACH                             22-23
          Literacy Focus                    24
          Counseling and ASSIST             24
          Library Media Center              25
      Cafeteria Information (Chartwells)                               26-27

Kirkwood School District Information                                   28

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                                        Robinson Staff List
            Please note that information may be updated and will be posted on the website.

Office                                              Morgan, Jen                    Gym        4471
Sisul, Jennifer - Principal               4041      Pursley, Steven                106        4043
Becker, Kathy - Office Asst.              4301      Scanlon, Linda                 214        4042
Frierdich, Lynn - Secretary               4041      Sondermann, Barb               114        4220
Garland, Kim – Nurse                      4030      Steele, Mimi                   8          4450
Gierse, Tammy - Nurse                     4030
Miller, Sally - Counselor                 4040      Special Education                  Room Ext.
                                                    Cheatham, Leia                 203      4310
Grade Levels                   Room    Ext.         Clark, Jenny                   210      4221
Kindergarten                                        Duncan, Laurie                 1        4227
Andrews, Jen Marie (pm)        109        4209      Goldman, Jan, TA               210      4221
Grady, Amy (am)                109        4209      Karcher, Terri, TA             10       4202
Weidinger, Rochelle            111        4211      Mayo, Kalen                    10       4202
1st Grade                                           McCord, Melissa                203      4215
Applebaum, Shannon             110        4210      Rose, Ann                      210      4221
Jackson, Mitzi                 107        4208      Shelp, Cathy TA                203      4215
Schepers, Kelley               112        4212      Velk, JJ                       1        4227
Turken, Rachael                108        4226      Wilson, Christina              10       4202
2nd Grade                                           Wilson, Shannon                2        4228
Clayton, Nicci                 103        4225
Morgan Holland, Tara           102        4206      Support Staff
Uhles, Tereas                  101        4205      Ampey, Tonya, Social Worker               3045
3rd Grade                                           Berthold, Lora                            4021
Driscoll, Kim                  204        4216      Cafeteria                                 4350
Lewis, Katie                   206        4218      Cohen, Julie                              4021
Merritt, Carrie                207        4219      Dase, Lacy, Custodian (pm)                4050
TBA                            208        TBA       Gaglio, Robyn                             4021
4th Grade                                           Keltz, Val,                  Café         4350
Dix, Miranda                   215        4224      Kuttenkuler, Emily                        4021
Graves, Shayla                 211        4222      Martin, Sandy, Library. Asst.             4060
Matrisotto, Amy                212        4223      Maus, Ken, Custodian                      4050
5th Grade                                           Phillips, Lisa, Custodian (pm)            4050
Bearden, Jennifer              201        4213      Rima, JoAnne, Technology                  4021
LeSeure, Pamela                202        4214      Shoemaker, Martha            Café         4350
Weitzer, Rachel                205        4217      Spears, Tina                 Cafe         4350
                                                    Swearingen, Jyll, Technology. Asst.       4021
Special Areas                  Room    Ext.         Vineyard, Veronique                       4021
Bell, Erika                    114       4320       Watkins, Jennifer                         4021
Maldonado, April               9         4460
Meihaus, Mary                  115       4060
                                                                                             July 2010
Moffitt, Diane                 Gym       4470

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                                                                     Routines & Procedures

Arrival Procedures and Hours:
Students may arrive as early as 8:25.

Please note: Students will not be allowed to enter the building until 8:25. Children arriving
before 8:25 will not be supervised unless they are enrolled in the Latchkey program (see below).

Upon arrival at school, students are to report to their classroom hallway, where they will sit
quietly until the first bell rings at 8:35. No students are allowed on the playground before
school begins.

School begins promptly at 8:40.

Students arriving after 8:40 are marked tardy and need to report to the office to sign in. A
parent/guardian is asked to accompany late children to the office to ensure their safe arrival.

Please call the school nurse (213‐6100 ext. 4030) by 9:30am if your child is going to be absent or
tardy. In order to ensure the safety of students, we will make every effort to contact the family
of children who are absent or unaccounted for by 9:30. Please note: When a student is tardy, a
parent or guardian must come into the office to sign the child in before the student will be
sent to class.

Children arriving before 8:25 will not be supervised. If it is necessary for your child to arrive
earlier than 8:25, the Latchkey program is available through the Kirkwood YMCA for a fee.

The program is available from 6:30am until the start of the school day and again after school
until 6:00pm. The YMCA (965‐9622) sets participation fees. Because the program is
independently operated by the YMCA, changes in your child’s schedule should be
communicated to the Latchkey program and not to the school office.

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                                                                     Routines & Procedures

School Closings, Delayed Openings, Early Dismissals
Circumstances which affect our schedule, inclement weather or building conditions, will be
announced on the following local radio and television stations:

      KMOX Radio 1120
      KTVI Channel 2 (FOX)
      KMOV Channel 4 (CBS)
      KSDK Channel 5 (NBC)

You may receive a phone call from the district through SchoolReach, our telephone broadcast
system. Please be sure to provide current home, work, and cell phone numbers; weather or
emergency‐related SchoolReach calls will automatically be placed to all listed phone numbers in
our parent contact lists. You may also access school closing information via the Kirkwood R‐7
website ( or by calling the KTRS‐AM 550 Radio Automated Snow
Closing Service (call 550‐5877 or 453‐5555, then listen for a voice prompt and enter ID number
1048). If there are no announcements regarding the Kirkwood School District, school will
operate using the regular schedule.

SNOW DAY announcements – all schools are closed and buses will not run.
SNOW SCHEDULE announcements – all schools will open one hour later than the regular time
(9:40). If we are using a snow schedule, buses run one hour later in the morning but follow the
normal afternoon schedule. PM Kindergarten begins at 12:30 (normal time).

Emergency Drills
Students will participate in regular fire, tornado, earthquake, and intruder drills throughout the
year. All teachers and students will be given information about safety procedures appropriate
for such situations. In the event of an actual emergency situation, you may understandably
want to pick up your child from school. Be sure to check the local news and radio stations, or
our district website ( for emergency information. If the situation
allows, we will leave updated messages on our school voicemail (213‐6120).

Circle Drive in front of Robinson
The circle driveway in front of Robinson should only be used by the buses. In order to provide
the maximum safety at the beginning and end of the school day, the circle drive is closed to
automobile traffic. We are using orange traffic cones to indicate that the drive is closed.
Children are instructed to use the crosswalks in front of the school.

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                                                                     Routines & Procedures
Crossing Guards
Children are instructed to use the crossing guards at Couch Avenue and Rose Hill in order to
get to the east side of Couch Avenue. Parents who escort their child across Couch Avenue in the
middle of the block do so at their own risk. You may be teaching your child a dangerous habit.

Individual Early Dismissals
Early dismissals are discouraged, as they are an interruption in your child’s learning and the
learning of others. If your child needs to be dismissed during the school day for a medical
appointment or other reason please (1) send a note with the child explaining the reason for
dismissal and the expected time of release, and (2) come to the office and sign the student out.
We will call the student to the office when you arrive to pick him or her up. Any student being
checked out early must be signed out in the office.

Lost and Found
Please mark coats, lunch boxes, etc., with your child’s name. If the clothing is marked, we can
help find the owner. Please encourage your child to look in the lost and found area located in
the hall on our lower level. Items will be donated to local charities at the end of each quarter, so
please check the lost and found often for missing items.

Telephones are located in each classroom. At the teachers' discretion, students may use them.
Phones should not be used to call home to make after school plans. Phones do have voice mail.
If a teacher does not wish to have class disturbed, voice mail will be activated. You will then be
able to call and leave a message without the phone ringing in the room. If you must leave a
message for your child, please do so on the classroom phone early in the day. This should
ensure that your child will get the message. After school, classroom phones can be used for a
homework hotline, or for you to leave a message for the teacher.

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                                                         What You Can Expect From Us

Reporting of Student Progress
Home‐school communication is critical to student success, and we continue to seek better and
more meaningful ways of connecting with parents and families. First quarter conferences will
be held September 16‐21. These important conferences will focus entirely on your child and
allow parents and teachers time to talk with and learn from each other. First quarter report
cards will come home in early‐November. Additional parent‐teacher conferences are in

Parents are encouraged to contact the school at any time to discuss their child’s progress. You
will have the opportunity to review progress through conferences and report cards but
additional dialogue is always welcome. Informal conferences are encouraged; we ask that
arrangements be made between the teacher and parent to find a mutually suitable time.

Robinson teachers participate in regular problem solving to collaboratively meet the needs of
students. One avenue for problem solving is our ASSIST process (Achieving Success through
Supports & Interventions for Students and Teachers) at the grade and building level. Along
with members of the general education staff, special education staff and school psychologist,
the Counselor and the Assist Team members meet regularly to talk about students at risk
academically ,emotionally, or behaviorally and collaborate with classroom teachers and families
to meet the needs of the students within the school setting. Assist Meetings are held on a
weekly or as needed basis and parents are welcome to attend.

Communication with Teachers
If you need to contact a teacher, please call him or her at 213‐6100 and the appropriate
extension. Teachers check phone messages each day. All teachers can also be reached using
email; our addresses adhere to the following pattern:

Many teachers and/or grade levels regularly update websites, as well, with links found on
Robinson’s website.

Robinson Bulletin Email Newsletter
Those included on Robinson’s email list will receive email newsletters and notices. To be added
to or dropped from our email list, please visit our website,, and click on the “Subscribe to Newsletter” link on the left.

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                                                           What You Can Expect From Us

The SchoolREACH telephone broadcast system enables us to contact multiple households or
cell phones by phone within minutes of an emergency or unplanned event that may impact
students. Please be sure you provide current home, work, and cell phone numbers;

Religious Holidays
All activities included in the instructional program will insure that all students will feel
included and comfortable. Student participation in any program or performance that may
involve holiday material should be voluntary. Parents who believe a school activity is in
conflict with their religious beliefs should alert the school in advance, and a positive alternative
will be provided.

Family Groups
Family Groups are a fun way for students to be connected and interact with other students
across grade levels. They are also a powerful tool for students to develop important life skills.
Every child at Robinson is assigned to a “family.” Each family is led by a staff member and
families stay together during the child’s entire Robinson experience. Family groups meet
regularly and focus on character development and education.

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                                                                  School Health Care Program
Robinson’s registered nurse in the school building to help promote the very best possible
physical and emotional environment for educational growth. She is available from 7:45 am to
4:15 pm to assist students in achieving their maximum potential by encouraging good health
and hygiene habits. She will help students, staff and parents locate and utilize health resources
in the community. She is available to respond with emergency medical care in case of accident
or illness.

Your school nurse will:
       monitor each child or staff member who comes to the clinic.
       check any student or staff member with a suspected contagious disease or condition, to
        determine fitness for school attendance.
       assist staff in planning health related programs or classes.
       conduct or assist with hearing and vision screenings and will inform parents of
        screening failures.
       check records to verify that all student immunizations comply with Missouri state law.
       promote good nutrition and keep records of height and weight.

Your school nurse will notify a parent, or emergency contact person, if a student is suspected of
having a contagious condition. She will also call if a student has a temperature of 100 degrees
or more, or if a student is too ill to continue the school day.

As a means of controlling epidemics of childhood diseases and other common communicable
diseases, careful, continuous daily observation and isolation is most effective. Children with
skin rashes, inflamed eyes, or fever over 100 degrees will be excluded from school until they
have been seen by a physician and/or symptoms disappear. The Missouri Department of
Health regulations require that students be excluded from school for the following reasons:
                Chicken Pox - Seven to ten days after appearance of the rash--all pox must be
               scabbed over.

               Scarlet Fever and "Strep" - Twenty-four to forty-eight hours after antibiotic
               therapy is begun: until written permission is given by a physician: until the
               absence of fever and the child feels well. (Strep throat is scarlet fever without a
               rash. All symptoms are the same except that rash and peeling do not occur.
               Scarlet fever is also called scarlatina).

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                                                               School Health Care Program
          Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye) - Until inflammation has subsided or until written permission
          is given by the doctor to return to school.

          Impetigo - Until all the sores are healed or with written permission given by the doctor.

          Head Lice - Must be nit free as checked by the nurse.

We request parents to notify the school when their child is going to be absent or tardy. Please
call the nurse's office (213-6100 ext. 4030). She will make every effort to contact parents of
students who are absent without excuse. Please be sure to notify the school secretary of phone
number or address changes which will aid us in contacting you if there should be an illness or
injury involving your child.

Emergency Information
Each student should have, in the office, emergency information listing the parent's home and
work telephone numbers, and other designated persons, to be notified when a child is ill or
injured. This information will be obtained from the “Change of Information form” sent home in
August. The parents are always notified first, if possible. If students need emergency care and
parents or designated persons cannot be contacted, they will be taken to the hospital that has
been parent designated or the closest medical facility. Please notify your school office of any
changes of address, home/work phone numbers, or changes of contact persons.

The school nurse should be called in case of absence. Please call 213-6100 ext. 4030. If you wish
work to be sent home notify us at that time. It is suggested that students be kept home until
they are fever-free or feeling well for twenty-four hours before returning to school. If a child is
unable to participate in gym or recess for less than a week, a note from the parents is adequate.
If the child must miss more than a week, a note from the doctor is required.

Health Record
A permanent health record is maintained for every student in the district. Information relative
to immunization, results of vision and hearing screenings, and other health information is part
of the record. This is begun when the child enters school and follows him/her through to the
time they leave school. Please notify the nurse when your child receives a booster shot.

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                                                               School Health Care Program
Student Physicals
Physicals are requested when students enter Kindergarten and again when they enter third
grade. We also request a physical when new students enroll at Robinson.

In accordance with Missouri State Law, students must be properly immunized. All students
must show proof of up-to-date immunizations before attending classes. Contact the school
nurse if you have questions regarding your child's required immunizations.

Eye Exams
A complete eye exam is required for all Kindergarten and new 1st grade students.

Medication Policy
      All medications must be appropriately labeled with the child's name, date, and name of
       medication, dosage, instructions and written permission slip from that child's parent or
      The medication should be in the original pharmacy RX bottle or, if providing cough
       medicine or Tylenol, please bring it in the original container.
      All medications will stay in the clinic. Inhalers are included. This allows the nurse to
       assess a child's medical condition when they are using inhalers for a respiratory
      Medications will not be given without a parent or guardian's permission.

In case of a serious illness or accident during school hours the parent or emergency contact
person will be notified.

Clothes Box
Occasionally, a child may get muddy or wet. There is a clothes box in the nurse's office with
old, but clean items. If you have any donations of outgrown underwear, socks, shirts, slacks,
coats, shoes, etc., please bring them to the nurse's office.

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                                                              What We Ask of Robinson Students

                                       Positive Behavior Supports
           Robinson School offers a safe learning environment for all students. Each student is recognized
            as unique with a variety of gifts and talents. While building on these strengths, the Robinson
            staff develops in students a sense of community through Positive Behavior Support strategies.

           The ultimate goal of this purposeful design is to develop the students’:
              1. Respect for Self
              2. Respect for Others
              3. Respect for the Environment
              4. Respect for Learning

                                           Robinson Voice Levels

     1           2             3            4          5           6         7         8         9           10
                     SOFT                                   REGULAR              ANNOUNCING
  SILENT                              QUIET VOICE                                                     LOUD VOICE
                     WHISPERS                               VOICE                    VOICE
Independent          Conferences      Snack time            Whole class          KROB                 Outside Recess
Work Time                                                   discussion           Announcer
                     Library          Partner Work                               Speaking in
                                                                                 front of the
Hallways             Bathrooms        Group Work
                                      Book Clubs

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                                                               School Wide Agreements

The following are school-wide agreements/expectations for all students, as developed by
students and staff. Please review them with your children.


C onduct yourself in a courteous manner toward each other and all adults.
A lways stay seated, and raise your hand for help.
F ocus on keeping your hands and feet to yourself.
E xercise volume control at level 4.

C lean your hands with soap when finished.
L eave the bathroom clean and tidy.
E xercise volume control at level 3.
A lways respect others’ privacy.
N otice and report inappropriate behavior.

W alk silently in hallways (Level 1).
A lways walk on the right side.
L eave people’s things alone.
K eep your hands and feet to yourself.

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                                                                 School Wide Agreements


                                        (ROCS STEPS)





Developed by all Robinson Students during the 1993-94 school year and currently being used.

    While expectations are in place for the safety and support of all students at school, our
   philosophy in nurturing and developing students as responsible individuals is based on a
                                    Love & Logic approach.

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                                                                  School Wide Agreements

                            CAFETERIA EXPECTATIONS

          Will monitor students once they are inside the cafeteria
          Will create successful serving lines (C, B, A or whatever will communicate order to
           classroom teachers)
          Will monitor voice level based on school-wide expectations

          At least one teacher from each grade level will stay with the grade level until the
           students are inside the cafeteria
          Will hand the Cafeteria teachers a note with those students who are staying inside
           for recess (also on this list will be where the students are to go)
          Will review weekly cafeteria expectations
          Will have students use restroom and wash hands before lunch


      Will walk into cafeteria in appropriate line, keeping hands and feet to self
      Take what they ordered
      Stand and wait to go to keypad
      Behave appropriately at salad bar
      Once seated, raise hand until given permission by cafeteria teachers to get up from the
      Leave table trash free
      Walk from cafeteria to playground
      Use volume level 4 within the cafeteria
      Acknowledge and follow the Robinson attention getting signal

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                                                                 School Wide Agreements


   1. Everyone should be away from the building and out beyond the yellow line.
   2. Do not play on the hills or in the woods.
   3. You must have permission to go to the bathroom, get a drink or go to the nurse.
   4. Treat each other with respect so that no one is hurt. Everyone is allowed to play in all
      games and no roughhousing is permitted.
   5. Do not throw mulch, rocks, or similar objects at anybody or anything.
   6. Wall ball may be played down by the library on walls without windows.
   7. Do not leave the playground area to retrieve a ball unless supervised by an adult.
   8. Leave all animals alone. Let an adult take charge.
   9. Report injuries to the teacher, or if serious, send someone to get them.
   10. If there is a PE class going on, GO AROUND the area; do not interrupt or walk through
      the class.
   11. One whistle means Stop and Listen.
   12. Three whistles mean Stop, put away equipment and walk to your line and line up. Wait
      for your teacher to go inside.


   1. Tag or chasing games are not permitted.
   2. Slides and Poles: Go down, not up. Do not climb on outside of tube slide.
   3. Pushing or pulling someone can cause them to fall. Be careful not to step on other
      people’s hands, especially on the ladders.
   4. Be Safe. Do not climb over side-railings or jump from high places/platforms.
   5. Swings: One person to a swing. Swing sitting on your bottom, holding on with hands.
      The swing must go forwards and backwards; no twisting or side-to-side. Do not push
      anyone on the swings. Stay back from the swings until it is your turn. JUMPING OFF
      WHILE SWING IS MOVING is not permitted.
   6. Sitting on top of monkey bars or standing on parallel bars is not permitted.
   7. Cherry drops and similar stunts on the bars or rings are not permitted. Gymnastics are
      not allowed on the playground.
   8. You can only climb or play on equipment you can reach by yourself without help.

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                                                    What We Ask of Robinson Students

A student may ride a bicycle to school if he/she is in grade 3, 4, or 5. Bikes should
be walked on school grounds, parked and locked. The student should have a padlock and
chain to secure his/her bicycle. For your child's safety each child must wear a bicycle helmet.

Skateboards are not allowed on Kirkwood School Property at any time.

Safety Patrol:
Safety patrols have a very important job which carries a lot of responsibility. Students entering
fifth grade may volunteer to join; however, they must be students with a positive attitude. The
primary aims of the Safety Patrol are to help protect children from automobile accidents while
they are on their way to and from school, to help children to develop sound habits in use of
streets, and to foster qualities of leadership and good citizenship in patrol matters.

Homework Expectations
The Robinson School staff believes that homework is an intellectual activity, providing practice,
preparation, and extension of the students’ daily work in school. Within the last decade,
according to the Educational Resources Information Center, research has been focused on the
relationship between homework and student achievement. These findings, although mixed,
have “greatly strengthened the case for homework.” With our emphasis on the partnership
between home and school, every child will be expected to receive homework to support
Kirkwood School District’s curriculum.

In order to provide this important opportunity for all students and to remain sensitive to the
busy lives of our families, primary students (K-2) may expect an average of 10-20 minutes of
homework and intermediate students (3-5) will receive 30-60 minutes of homework, when
assigned. All students should refer to their teachers for specific homework expectations. Please
provide a place and time at home for students to complete their work, including a quiet, well lit
area with a flat surface for writing. The teacher will contact the parent to develop an
individualized plan in the event that homework is not completed on a consistent basis. Thank
you for your partnership in this critical aspect of your child’s education.

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                                                      What We Ask of Robinson Students
Homework Expectations for Suspended Student
If your child is suspended from school, he/she is still expected to complete the
classroom assignments. You will be required to obtain assignments from the teachers, have
your child work on them during the suspension, and turn them in at the end of the suspension
period. At the teacher's discretion, you may make other arrangements for the assignments. If
the work is not completed in a timely manner, it will result in a zero as the grade.

Homebound Instruction
Students who are absent from school for extended periods of time or who have intermittent
absences due to illness or disability may be eligible for homebound instruction. Up to five
hours per week of homebound instruction can be provided to each student. Applications for
homebound instruction can be secured from the guidance counselor in your building or in the
Office of Instructional Services. Applications must be approved by the student’s physician and
the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education before homebound teaching
can begin.

Distribution of Non-Curricular Student Publications
Students may not distribute written material, petitions, buttons, badges or other insignia which
are obscene, libelous, indecent or vulgar; constitute insulting, harassing or fighting words;
threaten the proper and orderly operation and discipline of school activities. The principal
must approve distribution of other non-curricular materials.

Dress Standards
Children are expected to dress in good taste for school and in a manner appropriate for the
weather. Halter tops, see-through shirts/blouses, undersized shorts, skirts and tops, and
clothing with inappropriate, indecent or vulgar words or messages will not be permitted. Hats,
caps, and other headgear (scarves, bandanas included) are only to be worn in the building on
special occasions, within particular classrooms, and with teacher approval.

Cell Phones and Internet Activity
If your child must bring a cell phone to school (for emergency purposes) he/she must give it to
the teacher for security each day. The teacher will return it to the student at the end of the
school day. Student concerns or incidents occurring on the bus or on school property must be
reported to a school official first, followed by a parent contact by the official if necessary.

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Generally speaking, communication between and among students that takes place outside of
school is not of concern to Kirkwood staff unless it is brought to our attention because there is a
disruption to the learning environment and/or to our students. If there are conflicts or
disruptions brought to our attention, these will be addressed through our discipline guidelines.
Common reasons for our involvement include name calling, bullying and threats.

Here are some examples to further clarify how our discipline guidelines and school procedures
can intersect with student cell phones and internet activities:

Social Media:
Example #1: A conflict at school that begins with comments written on the internet will be
evaluated according to our discipline guidelines. If the comments reflect name calling, bullying
or threats, we will address these as if they happened at school or were written on a piece of

Example #2: If students have identified themselves as Kirkwood School District students on
social media sites, and it is brought to our attention that they have made comments which do
not reflect our behavior expectations, the student may be investigated and/or disciplined
pursuant to our discipline guidelines.

Cell Phones:

Example #3: If, while responding to a disciplinary concern, there becomes a reasonable
suspicion resulting in an investigation of student belongings (backpack, pockets), we may also
search the calls, photos and text records of a phone if the phone records relate to the
disciplinary investigation.

Example #4: If a phone has been lost and is then found, we will read information in the phone
in order to learn the identity of the owner.

We want parents and students to be fully informed that internet communication and cell
phones will remain private until something causes us to have an interest in them and then we
will review them in the same way we would review any other item thought to be posing a
threat or disruption.

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                                                 Connecting With Parents and Families

Parents and family members assist our school in a myriad of ways including: library support,
tutoring, field trips, classroom parties, school projects, service projects and the list goes on!
There are multiple way to volunteer both up at school, and at home on your time. Please
contact your teacher or a member of the PTO board if you are interested in volunteering!

Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
Robinson’s PTO is a dynamic group of volunteers who would love to welcome any and all
parents to join them. The PTO is responsible for numerous all school activities and fund raisers.
Including Trivia Night, Teacher Appreciation Dinners, the Fun Fair and Robinson’s Marvelous
Market. Meetings are generally held on the second Tuesday of each month Volunteer
opportunities of varying time durations and intensity are always available! All are invited to
attend and encouraged to participate. For more information, please contact PTO Co-Presidents
Andrea Kipp and Barb Greuner or check the PTO website:

Visiting Robinson
Parents are always welcome to visit their child’s classroom. We encourage parents to pre-
arrange the visit with their teacher so that the visit will be most meaningful and informative (i/e
not during a film or test!) ALL parents, volunteers and visitors must sign in and out of the

Surveying of Students/Parents/Guardians
Students and/or parents may be periodically asked to complete surveys about various school
topics. Most surveys have been written and used by the Kirkwood School District to evaluate
matters significant to our programs. We are occasionally asked to administer surveys for other
groups or individuals. The Kirkwood R‐7 School District understands that some
parents/guardians take objection to surveys that ask for students to respond to questions of
personal nature. Further, we will limit all requests to only those surveys we deem worthy of the
time required for completion. You will be notified before any surveys are administered asking
for personal information.

Notification of Media Coverage
Because of its excellent reputation and innovative programs, the Kirkwood School District is
often the focus of media attention. Throughout the school year, reporters for television, radio,
newspapers, or other media outlets may visit schools to cover stories as part of the local news or
as features that highlight school activities and special events. In addition, the district’s Office of

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Public Information also produces several publications that feature photographs and interviews
with students and staff.

Guidelines for Verification of Residency
       1. To enroll a student, a parent must supply 2 items as proof of residency to the school.
          The following may be used:
           Rental or purchase contract, real estate or personal property tax bill, gas or
             electric bill, IRS tax return, or occupancy permit. (Phone or cable bills may not be
       2. Parents may enroll their children before actually moving into the district, but they
          must apply in writing to the Director of Student Services.
       3. Students residing outside the Kirkwood R-7 District may be permitted to attend a
          Kirkwood school on a tuition basis.
       4. When there is sufficient reason to suspect the legitimacy of residency, the Director of
          Student Services will be notified.

Reviewing Your Student’s Records
If you are interested in reviewing your child's school records, notify your child's
teacher, the school counselor, or the office. We can collect the records and set an
appointment for you to come in and review them. A member of the professional
staff will be available to assist you with any interpretation necessary.

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                                                                   Instructional Programs

Our primary focus at Robinson is to provide the best possible educational experience for the
whole child. In each classroom, children receive instruction in Language Arts (reading, writing,
speaking, listening and spelling), Mathematics, Science and Health, and Social Studies.
Classroom teachers inform parents regularly of specific topics of study and student progress in
each of these academic areas. In addition, you will receive specific content and performance
guides for each curricular area. These district guides list the specific learner outcomes expected
for students in each grade level and should be very helpful. In addition, students have access to
a variety of other instructional experiences listed below.

Special Areas
In addition to our core curriculum, Robinson students develop their talents and interests
through our special area classes as well.

       Physical Education: Physical education at the elementary level is an instructional
       period with definite outcomes and objectives. Students learn to demonstrate competence
       in many different forms of physical activity. Students learn concepts of physical activity:
       intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.

       The curriculum includes physical fitness activities and testing twice a year. It also
       includes basketball skills, fundamental movement activities, eye-hand & eye-foot
       coordination, rope-jumping activities, rhythms & dance, volleyball, tennis, track & field,
       tee-ball, various recreational games, scooter board & parachute activities and learning
       about healthy life styles.

       Students are required to wear tie-on or Velcro tennis shoes. During tumbling and other
       similar activities proper clothing should be worn. When activities are outside, students
       need to wear appropriate clothing.

       If a student needs to be excused from physical education, he/she should bring a written
       note. Students who have a broken bone or any other serious medical condition should
       bring a doctor's note with specific directions.

                                        NURSE'S OFFICE.

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       Music: General music at Robinson School is designed for all children. There is a place
       for every child, each contributing according to his/her ability in a non-competitive
       atmosphere where one of the many rewards is the pleasure of making good music with

       Children learn music through singing, playing instruments and movement. The
       approach is to first learn by hearing, experiencing, and making music. Later, students
       learn to read and write music in the same fashion that we have all learned our language.

       Through the use of poems, rhymes, games, songs, movement, and high quality melodic
       instruments (xylophones and glockenspiels) the children are helped to become sensitive
       listeners and considerate participants in the music experience.

       In preparing your child for "Music Day" at Robinson, please have them dress
       comfortably and wear shoes that are good for moving quickly.

   Please remember these matter what your music experiences have been:

      "The woods would be a very silent place if only the bird with the loveliest song sang."
       Chinese Proverb
      "If you can walk you can dance, if you can talk you can sing." African Proverb

       Art: The Art program strives to assist each child to reach his/her fullest creative
       potential by providing an environment for artistic expression through the study of the
       elements and principles of art using various media. Children are also exposed to
       various artists, periods and styles of art as well as creative problem solving through the
       use of higher level thinking skills.

       The curriculum of the Art program relates to the development of the whole child:
       intellectually, aesthetically, socially, morally, physically, and emotionally. Children are
       encouraged to create at their own artistic speed and finished results are expected.

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REACH Program: This program serves students who require instructional approaches which
challenge and develop their learning capabilities beyond what is available solely through the
general curriculum
The REACH program supports the mission of the Kirkwood R-7 Schools by providing
personalized learning opportunities for students who demonstrate gifted learning potential.
Four types of services are offered:

Challenge Class

Challenge Class is designed for students who demonstrate exceptionally advanced capability in
critical thinking, problem solving, creativity and general knowledge as well as a rapid rate of
acquiring new skills and knowledge. To participate in the REACH Challenge Class, students
must meet the Missouri state-mandated eligibility criteria in three of four areas of gifted

              Creativity/problem solving/reasoning
              Achievement
              Cognitive/mental ability
              Observation of gifted characteristics

The Challenge Class meets with the REACH teacher 150 minutes per week to meet the state of
Missouri grant requirements. This will be approximately 50% of the REACH teacher’s
instruction time.

Achievement Enrichment Groups

Achievement enrichment groups are designed to serve students who have demonstrated high
achievement in math or communication arts on standardized tests, curriculum pretests or
classroom performance. The needs of these students may be met through curriculum
compacting, differentiated learning activities, flexible grouping and curricular enrichment
classes facilitated by the REACH teacher.

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Special Interest Study Groups
Special Interest Study Groups are designed for highly motivated students who demonstrate an
intrinsic love for learning or a strong desire to pursue additional in-depth study in an area of
personal interest. All students are eligible to participate in special study groups based on
teacher recommendation. Activities may include:

       Extensions to classroom lessons
       Independent Study Projects
       Thematic Research Units
       Curriculum Contests
       Future Problem Solving
       Equations/ Linguistics
       Science Fair
       Advanced Technology Projects
Time away from class to participate in these activities will not adversely affect the classroom
performance of these students. These achievement/enrichment groups and special interest
study groups will be approximately 30% of the REACH teacher’s instructional time.

Educational Resource Services

Educational Resource Services (ERS) are provided by the REACH teacher to assist the classroom
teachers’ plan learning activities and prepare/locate materials appropriate to the learning
capabilities of gifted and other high performing students. REACH and classroom teachers meet
regularly to collaborate to ensure that accommodations and resources are available within the
general education classroom to support the unique learning needs of these students.

ERS services might include:
Meeting regularly with the grade level teams for collaboration and planning

      Helping the classroom teacher modify instruction to meet needs of gifted students in
       their classroom
      Arranging mentorships
      Directing independent study
      Facilitating cross grade level grouping
      Providing special activities to meet the affective needs of the gifted students
      Classroom observations for the purpose of evaluating the gifted student
      Conducting occasional demonstration lessons within the regular classroom for modeling
       The ERS services will be approximately 20% of the REACH teacher’s instructional time.

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Literacy Focus: Literacy Focus is a federally funded supplemental program designed to help
children improve in the area of reading. It provides small group remedial reading instruction.
Children who qualify for Literacy Focus are below grade level in reading or have been referred
by the classroom teacher for additional support. The Literacy Specialist works within and
outside of the classrooms. The amount of support given to students is based on academic

The programs focus on the reading process, developing positive attitudes and self-confidence.
Specific skills being taught include; silent and oral reading skills, phonics, word-attack skills
and a strong emphasis on comprehension. Reading and writing strategies are taught within the
context of the literature the students are reading.

Counseling Program: Prevention is the focus of the counseling program at Robinson. The full
time counselor is available to all students, parents, and staff. Services are provided in the form
of class activities, small counseling groups, short term individual counseling, screenings, parent
consultation, teacher consultation, and referral resources. The guidance activities are designed
to enhance self-esteem, teach students to express their feelings in healthy ways, and help
students resolve their conflicts fairly and appropriately.

In addition to the Counseling Program, the School Counselor also is an active leader and
participant in the Robinson Assist Team Process. Along with various members of the general
education staff, special education staff and school psychologist, the Counselor and the Assist
Team members meet regularly to talk about students at risk academically, emotionally, or
behaviorally and collaborate with classroom teachers and families to meet the needs of the
students within the school setting. Assist Meetings are held on a weekly or as needed basis and
parents are welcome to attend.

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Library Media Center (LMC): Library Media Center (LMC): Robinson Library Media Center
serves students, staff, and parents. The LMC has an online catalog system with nine student
search stations and access to the Internet. The library online catalog is accessible in each
classroom and from home. In addition, World Book Online Encyclopedia is available at school
and home. EBSCO Host provides online access to hundreds of online children’s magazine
articles, and media broadcasts.

The LMC is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. A library media specialist, library media assistant,
and parent volunteers staff the center through the school day. The Library Media specialist
collaborates with classroom teachers by designing lessons that integrate concepts from the
disciplines such as language arts, science, and social studies. Students learn how to use the
library, where to locate particular information, and how to research and site their sources. The
cooperative efforts of the classroom teacher and the librarian provide opportunities for students
to learn, practice, and apply these skills. Library lessons also include author studies, genre’
studies, and literature awareness and appreciation. We encourage the use of a flexible
scheduling system. This means that students are welcome to the library any time of the day, for
individual, small group or large group use. The students are not limited to bi-weekly access to
their collection.

Library materials are checked out for 14 days. Patrons may return early and check out again if
they so choose. Videos are checked out for one week. Items may be renewed if needed.
Overdue notices are distributed weekly. We do not charge fines for overdue items but we do
charge for lost or damaged items. Once items are overdue, students may still use the LMC, but
checkout privileges are suspended until overdue or lost items are returned or the cost of the
items is paid. If an item is over two months overdue, overdue letters will be sent home to notify
parents. Students who have not returned or paid for their library books by the end of the school
year will have their final report cards held in the office until the matter is resolved.

Maximum checkout limits are as follows:
Kindergarten           2 books
First Grade            2 books
Second Grade           3 books
Third Grade            3 books
Fourth Grade           4 books
Fifth Grade            4 books

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                                                                       Cafeteria Information

                             BREAKFAST PROGRAM: A variety of breakfast entrées, side
choices, 100% fruit juice and milk will be offered daily. Students may select an entrée, 1 or 2
sides and may choose milk.

LUNCH PROGRAM: A variety of entrée choices, fruit and vegetable choices, and milk will be
offered daily. Students must select an entrée and 1, 2 or 3 sides and may choose milk.

ALA CARTE PROGRAM: Chartwells offers the “Balanced Choices” program with 50% or more
of its ala carte items being a healthier alternative. These items include baked chips, yogurt,
bagels, fresh fruit, etc. These items are available daily.

FREE AND REDUCED LUNCH: Parents/Guardian MUST complete a new application for the
free/reduced breakfast and lunch program at the beginning of each school year, and be
approved, to be eligible for this school year. Please complete the new application and return it
to the school as soon as possible. Applications are available at the school office. Families eligible
for free meals through Direct Certification do not have to submit an application. Students
approved last year will remain approved at their current status until October 1, 2010. Students
who do not have a new, approved application on file after October 1, 2010 will be removed
from the program and will pay full student paid meal prices.

The Food Service Department uses the WinSnap accounting system. This program tracks
student payment and sales information for the current year. The Parent/Guardian may see 1
week of their student’s meal account online in the MyLunchMoney program, which can be
accessed through the District’s website, or contact the school Cafeteria Unit Lead to obtain
information regarding their student’s account.

          All lines are cashless. Prepayments are to be placed in the Office or Café lock box by
           10:00 a.m. Payments received after 10:00 a.m. will be processed on the next day’s
           business and funds will not be available until the next day.
          Checks should be made payable to: KIRKWOOD SCHOOL DISTRICT with the
           school name, student’s name & account number and amount enclosed in a
           prepayment envelope.
          Cash should be placed in a prepayment envelope with the student’s name, ID
           number & amount.
          Prepayments can be made online:

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           Prepayment deposits are recommended weekly or monthly, to avoid negative
            account balances.
           Student negative account balance letters will be sent home weekly. District policy
            allows no more than 3 meal charges or $6.75. Any student with a negative balance
            of $6.75 or more will receive a cheese sandwich, fruit & milk until account is paid
            in full.


Breakfast Prices: $1.50 Student Paid, $ .30 Reduced, $.00 Free, $1.90 Adult, and $.50 Milk

Lunch Prices: $2.25 Student Paid, $2.35 Papa John, $ .40 Reduced, $.00 Free, $2.85 Adult, and
$.50 Milk

BREAKFAST: Weekly-Paid Weekly-Reduced Monthly-Paid Monthly-Reduced

                       $1.50         $0.30                   $1.50         $0.30

                       x 5 days      x 5 days                x 19 days     x 19 days

                       $7.50         $1.50                  $28.50         $5.70

LUNCH:           Weekly-Paid Weekly-Reduced Monthly-Paid              Monthly-Reduced

                       $2.25         $0.40                  $2.25          $0.40

                       x   5 days    x   5 days             x 19 days      x 19 days

                       $11.25        $2.00                  $42.75         $7.60

            We’re looking forward to a great partnership with you this school year!

  The School Lunch Program is operated in accordance with U.S. Department of Agriculture
   policy which does not permit discrimination because of race, color, sex, age, handicap or
 national origin. Any person who believes that he or she has been discriminated against in any
     U.S.D.A activity should write to the Secretary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250.

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