Our first week of school for the 2010-11 school year begins on Tuesday, September 7. We are excited to welcome everyone back to Georgetown…and very excited to welcome new faces! In addition to our new pre-k students (20) and our new kindergarten students (80), we also have new students joining us in grades 1-5 (20).
A few reminders to parents about routines …and patience!
Our crossing guard is stationed at the driveway from 8:25-8:50. If your child rides or walks to school, please make sure that they do not leave to early. We want them to cross the busy driveway entrance with the crossing guard present. Our crossing guard is Mrs. VandenHoek. She is outstanding at this job!
School begins at 8:50. The first bell rings at 8:45, and this is the bell which signals the children to line up.
Breakfast is being served from 8:30 to 9:00 am. If your child is eating breakfast, remind them to go to the 2/3 entrance and ask the recess supervisor to open the door for them. The children simply line up by the 2/3 door as soon as they get off the bus. Car riders may enter through the front door and go directly to the MPR. Students will be allowed entrance to the MPR at 8:30 am—no earlier. Mrs. Stacey, our breakfast supervisor, must have time for set up.
Bus Delays the first week: Be patient while the bus drivers learn all the new stops and also carefully negotiate the streets as drivers are getting used to stopping and slowing for busses. The bus will likely be late picking your child up and dropping your child off. As the drivers become used to the runs and as students become more comfortable with their bus stops, the runs will become more efficient and timely. REMEMBER…our bus drivers put safety first at all times…and we appreciate this tremendously.
CHANGES IN GOING HOME PROCEDURES: Each school day, we are helping 590 children exit the building to the correct bus or to parents who are waiting for pick up in the front lobby or to Eagle’s Nest after school care. In addition, we have students who bike or walk to school. We take great care in making sure that each child is taken care of each day. PLEASE send a note to your teacher if you change the going home routine in anyway at all. If we do not have a note, we will follow the planned routine.
- ALSO: WE CANNOT TAKE ANY CHANGES TO THE GOING HOME ARRANGEMENTS AFTER 3 PM.
- ALL CHANGES MUST BE DONE WITH A NOTE TO THE TEACHER OR A CALL TO THE OFFICE. AGAIN, NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE AFTER 3 PM.
Why do we have this time limit? The office is extremely busy between 3 pm and 3:40 pm. There are times in which we cannot answer the phones due to traffic in the office as well as multiple calls coming in to the office. Also, students are on the playground for recess and it is difficult to reach teachers to make them aware of changes in “going home” the last 40 minutes of the day.
Thank you for you help…and please be patient as we take extra time to safely get your children from school to home.
Here’s to a great week ahead!