Allendale Elementary School
Allendale Elementary School
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The Staff at Allendale Elementary School would like to take this opportunity to welcome you and your family to the 2017 – 2018 schoolyear. We are looking forward to working with you and your child(ren) this year, and will continue to communicate with you through Class Dojo, classroom newsletters and the monthly school calendar. This letter contains basic information to help get the school year off to a smooth start. Please check backpacks carefully the first week of school as there will be important information coming home that will pertain to the rest of the schoolyear. In addition, please check the Melvindale-Northern Allen Park Public Schools’ Web site at http://melnapschools.com for updated information and upcoming events. We are here to help you and your child(ren) have a successful year at Allendale Elementary School, so please feel free to call the school with any questions or concerns that you may have.
All students report for school on Tuesday, September 5th for a 9:00 a.m. start time, this is a full day of school with student dismissal at 3:50 p.m. The regular student day begins at 9:00 a.m. sharp and ends at 3:50 p.m. Students who walk, ride their bicycles, or are driven to school need to develop the good habit of being punctual. It is a disruption to the classroom when students arrive late. In addition, students who are tardy may not have access to the free breakfast program for that morning. Students who arrive one minute to sixty minutes late will be marked tardy. If your child has an appointment and needs to be signed out of school early, please make prior arraignments as no student will be allowed to be signed out of school after 3:15 p.m. If an emergency arises late in the day necessitating an early sign out, please call the school before you arrive and we will attempt to have your child waiting for you in the office. The end of the day is as important as the beginning, and early sign out is disruptive.
On the first day of school, 2nd grade students will report to the cafeteria where they will meet their new teacher and wait together as a classroom group. At 9:00 the teacher will escort the students to the classroom and begin to familiarize them with the processes and procedures of their new school.
Information for bus routes accompanies this letter, and will be posted in the front windows of the school. Please remember that the bus times are approximate and that, until the drivers get used to the runs, times can fluctuate by several minutes for the first week of school. Have your child(ren) at the bus stop a few minutes early for the first week to make sure they are successful in catching the bus. Please be sure to read the letter included in this packet regarding bus discipline issues. Riding the bus is a privilege and misbehavior will not be tolerated.
Students are not to use the front doors of the school at entry or dismissal times. Students who do not ride the bus need to be dropped off prior to 8:55 a.m. near the fenced-in area at the back of the school. Gates open at 8:40 a.m. and are locked again at 9:05 a.m. Please drop off students on the right hand side of the road against the curb as to do otherwise endangers the lives of those students. There is NO standing or parking allowed on the road around the school during morning drop off.
Parents of our second graders are welcome to accompany their child(ren) the first few days of school, however, it is our experience that the sooner the student is allowed to find their teacher and classroom by his/her self, the more quickly he/she becomes comfortable with the new routine. There is ample supervision for students at entry and dismissal.
Breakfast and lunch will be served starting Tuesday, September 5th. All students receive breakfast every day at no cost. The lunch entrée the first day of school will be turkey and gravy and on Wednesday, it will be nacho supreme. The full price for lunch is $2.65, and milk by itself is $0.45. For families that qualify for reduced price lunch, there will be no cost for lunch this year, however milk by itself will be $0.45. Confidential application forms for free and reduced lunch will be sent home the first day of school. Students who received free or reduced lunch during the last school year will continue to do so this year until Friday, Oct 6th, however, families who do not submit a new form will be charged full price after that date. Please return the new form as quickly as possible to avoid extra charges.
An Open House for all students in grades 2-5 will be held on Wednesday, September 13th, from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. Parents will have an opportunity to meet teachers and become familiar with Allendale Elementary School. Refreshments will be served, and PTO sign-up and information packets outlining the Positive Behavior Support and Intervention (PBIS) program, along with the Watch D.O.G.S. (Dads of Great Students) program, will be available for parents. For in-depth information on PBIS, please visit http://www.resa.net/curriculum/positivebehavior/. For further information on the Watch D.O.G.S program visit http://fathers.com/.
Picture Day is Thursday, September 7th. Picture information will be sent home on the first day of school.
Class lists will be posted in the front of the school On Thursday, August 31st, at 3:00 p.m. The postings will remain on the building through the first few days of school. Please, do not call or come to school before that time to ask about class placements.
Have a great year!!
Shannon L. Luppino