Parent and Student’s Handbook
Lindeneau Elementary School
50 Blossom Street
Theresa E. Ward
Annmarie Griffin Ussak Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction PreK-5
Margaret DeLuca Asst. Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction-Grade 6-12
Christopher Conklin Asst. Superintendent of Pupil Services
Daniel Michaud Business Administrative/Board Secretary
As the principal of
§ Facilitating the development, articulation, implementation, and stewardship of a vision of learning that is shared and supported by the school community.
§ Advocating, nurturing, and sustaining a school culture and instructional program that is conducive to student learning and staff development.
§ Ensuring management of the organization, operation, and resources for a safe, efficient, and effective learning environment.
§ Collaborating with family and community members, responding to diverse community interests and needs, and mobilizing community resources.
§ Acting with integrity and fairness, and in an ethical manner.
§ Understanding, responding to, and influencing the larger political, social, economic, legal, and cultural context.
SCHOOL EVENTS CALENDAR
Subject to cancellation or change
Bus pick-up is approximately 30 minutes before school begins. Specific time varies with the particular stop on each route.
AM Kindergarten 8:55 AM-11:30 AM
PM Kindergarten 1:00 PM-3:30 PM
Grades 1-5 10:30 AM - 3:30 PM
AM Kindergarten 10:30 AM- 12:30 PM
PM Kindergarten 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
AM Kindergarten 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
PM Kindergarten 11:30 AM-1:30 PM
Teachers, as well as safety patrols are out on the playground to supervise the children at . Students should not enter the playground area before that time. Once children come onto to school property they are not to walk back to the playground. There is no supervision there.
Students line up on the playground according to their class number.
Early Closing/Early Dismissal/Delayed Opening
Notification of early closings and delayed openings will be announced on radio stations WCTC – 1450, WERA – 1590, and NJ 101.5 FM, starting at and continuing at intervals thereafter. You can also watch your local cable station, channel 118 for delayed openings and closings. The district web-site will also have it posted. Please listen to one of these stations for information. PLEASE DO NOT CALL THE RADIO STATIONS OR THE SCHOOL. If you call the Superintendent’s Office you will receive a recorded message.
On delayed opening days, elementary school classes will begin at except for afternoon kindergarten which will begin at . Buses will run normally, only they will pick students up at approximately 1 hour later than the usual pick up time.
Students will not be dismissed on early closing days unless a parent/family member/neighbor/friend has been notified. Your child (ren) should be made aware of exactly what to do when there is an early closing.
PLEASE NOTIFY THE SCHOOL OFFICE IMMEDIATELY IF YOUR HOME OR WORK NUMBER IS CHANGED OR DISCONNECTED. PLEASE BE CERTAIN THE SCHOOL CAN CALL AN ALTERNATE NUMBER OF SOMEONE NEARBY IN ANY EMERGENCY. CONNECT ED WILL BE INITIATED FOR ANY EARLY CLOSINGS OR EMERGENCIES.
Invitations cannot be distributed anywhere on school premises unless your child’s whole class is invited. We must be firm with this rule so to prevent disappointment.
If you would like to provide a treat for your child’s birthday, it needs to be a healthy snack. In keeping with the state policy, no snacks with sugar as its first ingredient will be distributed to the students. We do not want to disappoint the birthday child so please adhere to this policy. Your child’s teacher will give more specifics for his/her classroom.
On days when the weather is inclement or when the temperature is below
freezing, students will be permitted to line up inside the building.
Students are to assemble outside their classroom door and await the teachers’ arrival. This procedure is necessary to ensure that teachers who are on duty may properly supervise the children.
Parking and Drop-Off/Pickup
A security system is up and running in the school. School doors will be locked to all those who are outside. The front entrance will be the only one for visitors. It will be monitored by closed circuit TV, and visitors will need to identify themselves before being admitted into the building.
It is BOE policy that all visitors who enter the building during school hours sign the Visitor’s Notebook located in the Main Office. NO
Student Early Dismissal
Parents who wish to have a child dismissed before regular school dismissal time must report to the Main Office and sign their child out before
It is requested that doctor’s appointments, dentist appointments, music lessons, and vacation trips, necessitating released time from school, be held to a minimum. If such appointments or trips cannot be met at any other time, a formal request for early dismissal must be made through the Main Office.
Children may only be picked up by parents/guardians or by a written note approving a pick-up.
Please make sure any other adults authorized to pick-up your children are listed on your Emergency Information Form and come with a picture ID.
1. A picture ID may be required from anyone picking up a child.
2. No child will be released to any individual less than 18 years of age.
3. A child will not be released to anyone other than a parent/guardian or an individual listed on the emergency form without written consent from the parent/guardian.
4. A note to the teacher stating the child’s first and last name, pick up time and day and the name of the person who will be picking the child up is required and must be sent to school on the day the child is to be picked up.
Students are to sit calmly at all times on the bus. They are to fasten their seat belts and keep them fastened throughout the entire ride. This is a true safety concern. Please reinforce this with your children.
Students are not permitted to ride home on another bus to accompany their friends. Bus passes will be checked periodically throughout the school year. Please be aware that children will not be dropped off without an adult being present at the bus stop.
Students are also expected to report to school on or before the scheduled starting times. Students that are habitually tardy to school will also be referred to the school Intervention and Referral Team to determine appropriate interventions, and the school attendance investigator to determine if legal action in warranted. (See Discipline policy).
If a student is absent and would like to obtain work, parents must call the office in the morning to report the absence and make the request. Also, due to time constraints, such work would not be available until the end of the school day for pickup or release to a sibling, neighbor or friend. (Please read the Attendance Policy/ Procedures on the Edison District website.)
You must call the school if your child is going to be absent.
Numerous viewpoints exist regarding the extent to which student dress should be regulated. It is generally felt that the school has a responsibility to assist students in developing an understanding of what constitutes “good taste” and acceptable practice in this area. It is also recognized that this responsibility cannot rest with the school alone. As with many aspects of our society, the home and other community agencies, along with the school, must assume a responsibility for the development of positive attitudes and values within a safe environment. Keeping this and safety issues in mind, flip flops, short shorts and revealing tops are not permitted in school.
A.B.C. (After-Before School Child Care)
The Edison Recreation Department, in cooperation with the Edison Board of Education, offers an after-before school child care program for children in grades K-5. This program provides an alternative for the child of working parents. The program follows the school year calendar; when school is open, the program will be in session.
A morning program is offered from until , and an afternoon program is offered from until Notices are sent home each year listing the cost for each session. For additional information, contact the Recreation Department daily from 8:30 A.M. until 4:30 P.M. There is no before school care on a delayed opening days, or on emergency early closings.
Free breakfast will be provided to every child who qualifies for free or reduced lunch. If you do not qualify for free or reduced lunch you can purchase breakfast for $1.00 per day and you can prepay on a weekly basis, submitting the form the week before. Please separate money for breakfast and lunch. If you choose, you can put money in your account on Meal Pay Plus which can be used for either breakfast or/and lunch.
Breakfast will be provided to the students in the classroom each morning. Students can opt to attend the before school breakfast program beginning at 8:05 in our lunchroom.
Each day, students will have the option of selecting one of four school lunches provided by Chartwells, our district food service, or eating a bagged lunch brought from home. Individual snacks and drinks will also be provided for purchase. School lunch is ordered a day in advance during the morning exercises in the student’s respective homeroom. It’s important for students to remember what they ordered for lunch. Parents can send in advance purchase money to the school which will be put on account for any lunch purchases.
Free and reduced lunches are offered to families who qualify.
The state’s healthy school initiative continues to encourage good nutrition for our children. The state policy states that no food product that has sugar as its first ingredient be served to the students. We encourage you to consider this policy as you prepare your child’s lunch and snack for the day.
Lost and Found
Electronic Devices and Toys
Please note that at no time will students be permitted to bring toys, collectible cards, electronic devices such as cell phones, electronic toys, headphones, radios, etc. to school If any such items are discovered, they will be confiscated by the office immediately. The office will arrange for the items to be picked up by the student’s parents.
Back to School Night
Back to School Night is activity designed for parents to obtain a general overview of the organizational culture of the school and their child’s individual classroom, as well as to experience what a day in your child’s classroom is like. It is not a time for parent-teacher conferences. During individual teacher presentations the following information will be shared:
This year Back to School Night will held on Tuesday, September 11th at 6:30. The evening is structured into the following three periods:
To accommodate parents with more than one child in grades K-5, during midpoint of the classroom teacher presentation, parents will be allowed time to go to another teacher or special teachers’ classroom.
If you would like to conference with a teacher at a time other than the designated conference dates or the principal, call the office or the teacher to make an appointment, or send in a note with your child asking the teacher to contact you to set up a time to meet. Please make sure you provide the correct information for the teacher to do so. Although due to prior commitments the principal may not be able to meet with you, you may stop by the school without an appointment to meet with him. We ask you not to do this with teachers so as to ensure that they have enough time to properly prepare themselves for any concerns that you may have.
On scheduled conference days (Noted above in November/February) the school will operate on an abbreviated schedule and will dismiss students at .
Report cards will be sent home with your child on the following dates, (unless we use inclement weather days): Grades 2-5, Nov. 29, February 8, April 25 and June 19, Grade 1, February 8, April 25, and June 19 and Kindergarten, Feb. 8 and June 19.
Report cards provide an assessment of student learning and demonstrate academic achievement. Parents may keep report cards, but must sign and return envelopes.
Progress reports will be sent home on Oct. 16, Dec. 20, Mar. 8, and May 21.
Homework is an integral part of the educational process. In addition to reinforcing specific subjects in the classroom curriculum, homework can and should be used to
¨ Develop responsibility and good study habits
¨ Encourage growth of the individual student to his or her full potential
¨ Enhance communication skills
¨ Apply knowledge to real-life situations in a meaningful way
¨ Logically connect or challenge facts and ideas
¨ Provide each student an opportunity to develop independent judgment
¨ Think critically and problem solve
The assignment of homework serves several purposes. It provides opportunities for students to reinforce and practice newly acquired skills or applies recent learning to real-life situations. Homework may also consist of assignments that help students prepare for class participation. Extended homework assignments provide students the opportunity to apply time management and organization skills in order to monitor and complete within the allotted time frame.
Parent support of homework is an extremely important factor toward building positive attitudes and successful study habits. Parent interest in schoolwork reflects their belief that what their child is doing is important and that school is a family priority. It is evident that student, teacher, and parent needs and expectations vary. Therefore, flexibility must exist in the assignment of homework. Time requirements are difficult to establish because of the wide variation of reading and work speeds. There should in general be an evolutionary growth in student homework requirements between grades K–12 and consistency should be maintained throughout the school, from teacher to teacher and grade to grade.
Homework: Home and School Working Together
Grade 3, 4 and 5
Students will participate in the New Jersey Assessment of Skills and Knowledge (ASK) on May 13-16th for third graders, May 13-17th for fourth graders and May 6-9th for fifth graders. The purpose of this test is to measure skill and content knowledge proficiency in Language Arts and Mathematics. During these dates a district-wide testing schedule will augment the normal program schedule.
This year our school has been randomly selected by the NJ Department of Education to take the 4th grade NAEP, National Assessment of Educational Progress. This assessment provides important information on the performance of New Jersey students. This 90 minute Reading and Math assessment will be administered on February 8, 2013. There will be more information to follow.
By establishing and teaching behavioral expectations and recognizing appropriate social behavior, we will provide a common language for everyone in our building. This common language will be shared not only by students and teachers but secretaries, custodial staff, classroom assistants, and parents as well. We believe that by helping students practice good behavior, we will build a productive school community where all children can learn and grow.
Instrumental Music and Band
The Instrumental Music program and Band are open to all students
school provider or obtain their own instrument. Lessons are offered free
of charge during the school day on a rotating pull out schedule. Students who successfully participate in the lesson program are invited to join the school band. The band practices weekly during the school day in preparation for the spring concert. Any student who hopes to play in the Middle School Band should begin instruction at the elementary level.
MESSAGE FROM THE SCHOOL NURSE
The school nurse operates the health clinic. As well as handling all school medical emergencies and health concerns, she administers medications,
Medication shall be administered only upon the written order of a licensed physician, and a written request from the parent. The order from the physician must include the diagnosis, dosage of medication, and time it is to be given. All medications must be sent to the nurse in a labeled prescription bottle.
The parent request shall give permission to administer the medication and shall release the school of all liability. These requirements also apply to any over the counter medication, such as Tylenol, Advil, etc.
In the interest of your child’s health, as well as the health of other students, it is suggested that you keep your child home if he/she has the following symptoms:
a. Fever over 100 degrees F
b. Vomiting during the night or morning
c. Heavy or loosely frothing coughing, and/or extensive nasal discharge
d. Severe headache, diarrhea, and/or stomach cramps
Your child must be fever and symptom free for 24 hours before they can return to school.
If you have any health questions or concerns or if your child has any special health/dietary needs, please contact the nurse’s office. Dial (732) 650-5320 ext: 6505.
Appropriate Footwear-Sneakers must be worn to Physical Education classes. They must be a traditional enclosed sneaker, (no strap on the back holding sneaker on) and must be relatively flat. Slip on sneakers, (open back) will not be allowed. Sneakers which tie, have Velcro straps or other straps across the front are fine. Parents, for children who do not know how to tie their own sneakers, please double knot them before they leave for school. On inclement weather days, have children wear their boots to school and change into their sneakers when they get to their homeroom.
Appropriate clothing-Please have children wear play clothes on gym days. At all times girls should wear pants, shorts or skorts-whichever is weather appropriate. Gym classes will go outside until the weather gets very cold, so please send your child with a jacket. We understand that on special days such as Picture Day children will be dressed up so have them bring sneakers to school with them.
Jewelry-Please leave all jewelry home on gym days. This includes watches, bracelets, necklaces, earrings, etc. It must be removed for safety reasons, and when the children take it off for gym, it sometimes falls on the floor and gets lost. If your child has just has
his/her ears pierced, tiny posts are acceptable.
Illness/Medical Conditions-If your child is recovering from a cold or any other illness such as the flu and you do not want them to participate in gym class, please write a note.
Eye Glasses-If your child does not need to wear his/her glasses for gym, we prefer that they are taken off for safety reasons. If it is necessary that glasses must be worn, the parent or guardian must write a note reflecting that need.
If your child has been under a doctor’s care for some medical reason such as pneumonia, tonsillectomy, broken arm, sprains, etc., your child must have a doctor’s note stating when he/she can return to the gym program.
Counseling is provided on a full time basis. Immediate concerns are addressed and dealt with on a short-term and long-term basis. If you wish to receive counseling services for your child or for yourself to assist you in dealing with your child, please call the guidance office at (732) 650-5320, and make an appointment to meet with the counselor, Mrs. Bobko-Johnson, or send a note in to your child’s classroom teacher.
Child Study Team
The school child study team is a part of the Division of Pupil-Special Services. It consists of a school social worker, school psychologist, and learning disabilities teacher consultant. The team has the following primary responsibilities: evaluate students that have been referred to them for having potential disabilities, and case-manage programs for students that have been identified as needing special services. Team members may also work with students with disabilities, as well as their parents, and teachers.
If your child meets the eligibility requirements for special services, an Individualized Education Program (IEP) will be developed.
What is an IEP?
Intervention and Referral System
The Intervention and Referral System (I&RS) is a state mandated pre-referral committee that is designed to provide assistance to students experiencing academic, social, and emotional difficulty in school. The committee consists of the principal, school nurse, guidance counselor, speech therapist, reading specialist, a child study team member, and at least one general and special education teacher. The committee meets monthly to discuss students that are referred by either their classroom teacher or parent. During meetings, the committee brainstorms with the classroom teacher, and parent (if requested), and then implements classroom, building and district strategies, not excluding retention, or referral to the child study team for evaluation.
Response to Intervention
Lana Fuller, Mary Mullan, Fran Perillo, and Joseph Bonner, advisors
Lana Fuller, Mary Mullan, Fran Perillo, and Joseph Bonner, advisors
In order to qualify, a student should be responsible, dependable, and trustworthy. All patrols are taught that safety is most important, not only for their fellow students, but for themselves as well.
Andrew Kitchell, Nicole Brotspies and Joseph Bonner, advisors
The Lindeneau Sports Club is for fourth and fifth grade students who love living a healthy lifestyle and want to have fun playing sports. Students will be selected on a first-come, first-serve basis to participate in a variety of sports. The different activities will be determined by student interest. If your child has a love for sports and exercise, this club is for them. Remember that each student must bring back their permission slip in on time, as there are a limited number of spots available for this club.
Stacy Konar, advisor
The Lindeneau School Computer Club is designed to teach 4th and 5th grade students basic computer skills and Internet navigation techniques. Club members will utilize programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and FrontPage to create a variety of projects while also gathering skills useful for both the classroom and beyond. This club is voluntary and is open to the first 50 students who apply.
Kristin Blahuta, advisor
The Lindeneau Elementary Art Club will begin at the end of November. The goal of this club is to provide selected fifth graders with an opportunity to focus on their artistic abilities outside of the classroom. Students will complete individual and group projects in different art medias. This will allow the students to gain insight into different materials and techniques.
Due to the material that will be covered and the space provided, only a select number of students will be chosen to participate. Students will be selected from each class according to the following criteria: portfolio design, still-life composition, classroom observations, and overall student interest in the visual arts program.
Stacy Konar, advisor
This club would give fourth and fifth graders an opportunity to study how humans, animals, and plants are dependent upon each other to survive. We will explore topics such as plant life cycles, plant parts and functions, identifying types of plants found on our school property, and the importance of plants in our society. We will also study what part specific insects, birds, and animals play in plant growth and how weather can help or hinder the whole process. We will look into ways humans benefit from plants as well as the dangers of touching or eating certain species. Students will participate in planting flowers as well as vegetables in our courtyard garden, they will monitor growth and care and problem solve situations such as weeding or irrigation issues. The club will learn about how pollution is irreversibly damaging our environment and students will research ways to help (such as a school recycling program). As a culminating activity, the students will visit younger grades to teach them about our school garden and how everyone can take care of the environment. The club’s goal is to give the students a hands on experience of the wonders of science and the world that we live in.
Meredith Costello and Danielle Rispoli, advisors
Lindeneau School will continue to offer students an opportunity to design and create a memory book by participating in the yearbook club. The club advisors, will instruct yearbook members to perform the responsibilities of editors, writers and photographers in order to create, organize and design this year’s memory book. Students will also experience journalism by publishing news articles throughout the year.
PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION
2012-2013 EXECUTIVE BOARD
Vice-President – Sally Yabra
Treasurer- David Stryker
Secretaries- Carla Heller and Christy Yascko
You can email the PTO Executive Board at email@example.com
See calendar of events
Membership is open to all interested adults. The cost of membership is $5.00 individual or $8.00 per family. Remember that all who are interested in helping may join…grandparents, aunts, uncles, friends, etc.
The District and Attendance Policies are included in your opening day folder for you to review. Please call the school if you have any questions regarding these policies.
I’VE READ THE RULES,
I’M READY TO GO,
THAT IS WHY I WILL SIGN BELOW!
I will respect everyone in our school community.
I will respect school property.
I will keep hands, feet, and objects to myself.
I will walk quietly and in an orderly manner in the hall.
I will come to school prepared.
I will follow cafeteria and playground rules.
I will follow fire and safety drill rules.
I will follow the dress code.
I will follow the bus rules.