7:00 PM CES Chorus Kids Performance
Each year, in honor of local veterans on Veterans Day, students at CES work hard to send filled shoeboxes to our active duty soldiers that are serving overseas. These gift boxes from home bring hope and excitement to our military men and women. It is our desire to send as many shoeboxes as possible. Please consider sending in some of the following items to help your child's class fill their shoebox!
Thank you for supporting our troops!
Change of Transportation - If your child will be going home from school in a different manner or someone different will be picking them up early from school, we need to have that information IN WRITING. We have to have that written verification if ever a question were to arise. You may send it in with your child in the morning, or if transportation changes mid-day, you may call and let us know and then we will need a fax or email to verify the change.
TARDIES - We have recently seen an increase in the number of tardies and this concerns teachers who are beginning morning work at 7:35. Our school day starts at 7:30. We have been allowing a 5 minute grace period before children must sign in tardy in the front office. This also includes students who are dropped off at the Fair Street gate. I have asked the crossing guard to lock the back gate at 7:35 and to please direct parents to the front of the building.
There have been some questions about retests and we felt we needed to provide clarification. Our school policy is that students may retake tests, which are the major grades, if they have a D (69%) or lower. Before a student may retake a test, teachers must either reteach or review the material. This will normally occur a few days after all students have tested, and it has been graded. Retests are usually given during the enrichment block or a time that will not interrupt instruction. Quizzes and classwork assignments (minor grades) are not retaken. The purpose of retests is not to get a better grade, but to ensure the student understands the material. If a student receives a D or F, it means that there are some things they do not understand, which is why we require teachers to reteach or review before retests. Each grade will determine how retests will be counted in the student’s grade average.
Last year, the district implemented a new background check system. It is called BIB and the cost to the individual is $16.95, which is significantly cheaper than the SLED checks that used to be required. The application process is online and payment is also made online. This check is required for all Level II volunteers, however, if you have a current SLED check you do not need the BIB check until your SLED check expires. Some of the benefits of the BIB background check is that not only is it cheaper, but it conducts a nationwide search. BIB will send the approved applicant a letter and identification card and will notify the school and the parent when the background check expires. For more information check out the district website. The link to the application is https://www.kcsdschools.net/volunteer.
Just a few safety reminders; all parents and other visitors must come by the front office to get a visitor’s pass. All outside doors are kept locked during the school day, so visitors must enter through the front door. Visitors are not permitted to go the classroom after 7:30. We will be happy to send a note to the teacher or deliver any items you wish to drop off. The last reminder involves after school dismissal. Parents who are walking up to get their children must line up on the sidewalk to the left of the front door. Staff are there with radios to call your child. Please do not come up to or into the building unless you are signing in to get a visitor’s pass.
Afternoon dismissal in the front of the school is moving along, better and better each day. The name tag that you place in the window of the car is so helpful. For walk-up parents, please remember to stand clear of the front entryway and stay in line until your child exits the building. Children need a clear pathway to their car, so the teachers on duty can watch them and so the children do not have to step off the sidewalk to reach their car. There are a lot of moving parts to make dismissal safe and smooth. We thank you for your cooperation!
I cannot believe we are starting our second nine weeks! This year is off to a great start. I want to let everyone know of a few events coming up.
First, 5th grade ambassadors will be selling facepaints in the upcoming months. The first week is November 6-10, and they will be selling Patriotic face painting each morning leading up to Veteran’s Day. The face painting will cost $1.00. All proceeds will go to Christmas presents for the families we adopt during the holiday season. A flyer will be sent home beforehand as a reminder.
Next, I am thrilled to announce Camden Elementary School is having a fun-filled Career Day on November 20th. The students will be researching different careers in the weeks leading up to the day, and we will have plenty of guests throughout the day, highlighting their careers. The students will also have the opportunity to dress up as what they want to be when they grow up, with a few guidelines. More information will be going home soon in the near future.
As always parents, if you need anything, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Dr. Allison Hepfner