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Cato Elementary School: Back to School Bash 2016-2017
Welcome to a Great School Year!
Thank you for attending our Back to School Bash and, most importantly, allowing your child to attend Cato. Our mission is to make sure that your child receives a high quality education by using research-based practices and the Arkansas Frameworks in a safe and orderly environment.
Cato Procedures and Important Information:
Review the PCSSD Student Handbook 2016-17 carefully: Please carefully review the information regarding Student Attendance, Discipline, Student Health, and Transportation. Safety and security are very important at our school and when your child rides the bus. Review the information and talk to your child about the rules and procedures.
Make sure that your child’s teacher is informed about the way your child will go home each day.
Arrival Time and Procedures:
Arrival time for breakfast and duty is 7:10 am. Do not drop students off in the mornings before 7:10 am.
All students eating breakfast must report directly to the cafeteria. Other students report to their bus duty areas.
Students who arrive after 7:45 am will be counted as tardy.
Students who are tardy must be brought to the office and checked in by their parent/guardian. Parents must use the sign-in procedure which is located outside the office or check their child in with the office staff.
Students who are tardy will not be permitted in class without a tardy slip.
Parents will be permitted to walk their child to the classroom on the first day of school only. Beginning August 16, 2016 parents of students in grades K-5 will not be permitted to walk their child beyond the office area. (District Policy for safety and security reasons).
Parents of Pre-K students must sign their students in and out of school daily. The parent must walk the student to the Pre-K room and sign the student in with the Pre-K staff.
Dismissal: School ends daily at 2:30 pm. Students cannot be checked out after 2:15 pm. (Safety and security reasons).
It is important that you provide consistent information about your child’s transportation. It is difficult to help keep your child safe when his/her transportation changes frequently.
Safety Procedures: Car riders - Parents of students who are car riders will be issued (2) car rider signs to be placed in the car for pick up. The signs must be completely filled out with the student’s name and grade. If the parent/guardian or designee by parent do not have the name sign, the person picking up the student will be told to park their car and directed to the office. That person must show identification and be listed on the student’s registration sheet. The office staff and/or principal may contact the parent if there is any questions.
Parents Waiting in the Front Entrance to Pick Up Student at Dismissal: Parent/guardian or designee must have a car rider sign with the student’s name and grade level filled out completely. People requesting students for pick up during dismissal must have that sign in their hand. If the person does not have the sign, the person will be directed to the office. The office staff will need to see the person’s identification and check the student’s information to note whether or not that person’s name is listed to pick up the student. If that person’s name is not listed the parent will be called. The student will not be released without speaking to the parent/guardian.
Medication: Make sure that your child’s health information is completed and shot records current. If your child has food allergies, takes medication, and/or has any medical conditions inform the school nurse and teacher. The cafeteria manager needs to know about food allergies as well.
Your child must maintain good attendance, participate in the classroom, follow directions, and complete all class and homework assignments to be a successful student. Teachers will implement the PCSSD curriculum which is aligned to the Arkansas Frameworks. Encourage your child to do his/her best. If your child has a 504 Accommodation Plan or an IEP to receive special education services provide that information to the teacher, resource teacher, and/or principal immediately. If you have concerns about your child’s academic progress contact his/her teacher immediately. Make sure your child completes and returns homework daily.
Behavior: Bullying and Cyberbullying: (See PCSSD Student Handbook)
Cato has school-wide rules, expectations, rewards, and consequences. Each grade level will share information with you. Review the PCSSD Student Handbook with your child regarding the rules and consequences. We are committed to providing a supportive learning environment for your child. If your child needs to be referred to the counselor, Pathfinder Mental Health Services, or needs other help please let us know. Together we can make this a great school year for your child.
Students K-2 will be served the regular lunch menu. Students 3-5 grades will be afforded a choice of foods to select at lunch. This is State Law and a part of the Food and Nutrition Act.
You are always invited to eat lunch with your child. Also, you may bring a special meal for your child to eat. Only your child will be allowed to eat lunch with you.
Complaints and Concerns:
The Cato Team is committed to preparing your child to meet the academic requirements needed to be ready for college or career. If you ever have a question and/or concern do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher, the school counselor, or me. We will meet with you to listen to your concerns and collectively resolve matters in the best interest of your child. School number is 833-1160 and the principal’s email address firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for allowing the Cato Team to educate your child this school year. Again, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher and/or me if you have problems or concerns.
Shyrel W. Lee, Principal