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A Sneak Peek at the Week, 9-6-15

posted Sep 5, 2015, 11:11 AM by Julie Mayhew

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Dear Levy Families,


Updates and Upcoming Events:


  • Thank you for a great first week of school! Hooray!!!


  • Our first School Improvement Team meeting will take place on Monday, September 14th at 5:00 p.m. Our first Parent-Teacher Forum meeting will take place on Monday, September 14th at 6:00 p.m. Both meetings are held in the school library. Free babysitting is provided for school-age children! Please join us if you can - new members are ALWAYS welcome!


  • The School Store will be open for business every Friday, starting on September 18th. We will also begin our Friday boxtop and “label” collections on September 18th. A flyer will be coming home this week with more information!


  • On September 23rd, the packets for our first fundraiser of the year will come home!


  • Mark your calendars! School Picture Day is October 5th!



Some Reminders:


  • Please fill out and return all paperwork if you have not already! Thank you!!


  • We are in danger of losing the Title I grant funding that allows us to have a reading specialist and two math specialists in the building to support our struggling learners. You can help us by filling out the Free and Reduced Lunch Application that was in your Opening Day folder. Please fill out the form completely and return it to school even if you don't believe you are eligible, and even if you have no interest in participating in the program - there is no obligation attached to it, and all the information is kept absolutely confidential. (I don't even see it...) Thank you!


  • Please remember that changes to dismissal routines are discouraged - unexpected changes create stress and anxiety for children, something we strive to avoid if we can!  If you must make a change to your child’s dismissal routine, the office requires a note when your child arrives at school in the morning. We cannot accommodate phone call changes unless there is an emergency. We appreciate your cooperation and assistance!


Drop-off and Pick-up Information:


  • If you plan to drop your child off at school in the morning:

    • School begins promptly at 8:45. Please be on time! Children may be dropped off any time after 8:30.

    • The front circle of the school is for BUSES ONLY during drop-off time. Absolutely no other vehicles are permitted to travel or park in that area at that time.

    • Parents are asked to please park in the SIDE LOT of the school (on your left as you enter the driveway) when dropping children off.

    • Children must be escorted to the sidewalk outside the cafeteria by an adult. Please do not allow children to walk unattended through the parking lot. Children may not be released from idling vehicles.

    • Please keep traffic flowing one way - enter the lot from the school driveway, and exit the lot by the back ramp onto Mowry Street.

    • Staff members will be waiting at the doorways and on the sidewalks to direct your child if needed, and to offer any other assistance!

    • At 8:45 the cafeteria doors will be closed so that all our staff members can be at their locations for the start of school. If you arrive after 8:45 you must escort your child into the building through the front doors and sign him/her in at the office.


  • If you will be picking your child up in the afternoon:

    • The front circle of the school is for BUSES ONLY during pick-up time. Absolutely no other vehicles are permitted to travel or park in that area at that time.

    • Parents are asked to please park in the SIDE LOT of the school (on your left as you enter the driveway) when picking children up.

    • Parents may wait on the preschool ramp (adjacent to the field - look for the blue awning!) to pick up children. The school doors will open at about 3:05.

    • Children must be escorted to vehicles. Please do not allow children to walk unattended through the parking lot, or to play on or near the ramps or dumpsters.

    • Please keep traffic flowing one way - enter the lot from the school driveway, and exit the lot by the back ramp onto Mowry Street.

    • Please be prepared to show a picture ID at all times. Children will not be released to anyone without proper identification.


  • If your child will be riding the bus:

    • Please continue to be patient...the drivers and monitors are getting accustomed to their new routes, and it takes some time to work out all the bugs! Parents can help the process in the morning by being outside and ready when the bus arrives! In the afternoon, please allow extra time for your child to arrive over the next week or so. If you have any concerns or questions, please call DATTCO at 371-2774.


A few words about drills:


State law requires all schools to conduct safety drills at various times throughout the year. By law, we must have at least one fire drill each month, and we will hold our first one this coming week.


Another requirement is that we hold a lockdown drill during the month of September. Teachers will review with their students over the next couple of weeks what to do in a lockdown situation in the classroom and in the cafeteria. Essentially, we ask our students to do two things during any safety drill: to be at volume zero, and to listen to their teachers’ directions. Toward the end of the month, we will hold a lockdown drill with the Burrillville Police Department. The teachers and children know that when the police visit our school, they are helping us to be safe and we are practicing what to do in an emergency.


We approach all of our safety drills – fire, evacuation, and lockdown – in such a way as to reassure our children that there are things they can do to keep themselves safe in an emergency, and that the adults are prepared and know what to do if something unexpected occurs. Our goal is to alleviate any anxiety children might feel in these situations.



For information at any time, please be sure to check out our new Levy website at atl.bsd-ri.net.  As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call or email me at any  time!


There is no school on Monday, September 7th, in observance of Labor Day! Enjoy the extra day off, and the beautiful, sunny weather!


Have a great week!


Julie Mayhew

Principal

Austin T. Levy School

568-1340

mayhewj@bsd-ri.net

atl.bsd-ri.net
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