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Wednesday, August 15, 2018

First Day Drop-Off Procedures

Wednesday, August 29 is our first day back to school for the 2018-19 school year. There are a couple of points that will help the morning go smoothly for all of us:
1. Please read the “Keeping the Car Line Safe” story on the West School page.  We will be reviewing the safety procedures with the third graders and new fourth graders on the first day of school. It is important to note that it will take a day or two for everyone to become familiar with our drop-off and pick-up procedures. Safety of the children is paramount. Patience prevails.

2. Parents and others are welcome to come with their child and gather on the lawn at the front of the building on the first day. We are accustomed to a big turn-out and it is an excellent opportunity for families to get reacquainted after the summer break. When the bell rings at 08:35, students should enter the building on their own. If you feel that a walk to the classroom is better, we understand and welcome you to see your child to his or her room. We are prepared to assist with any separation anxiety that may emerge.

3. Students should come to school with a healthy snack to be consumed in the classroom around mid-morning. Lunches will be deposited in their appropriate classroom crates and collected for safe keeping until lunchtime. The PTO hot-lunch program is scheduled to start on the first day for those who order a lunch through the PTO site. Third graders will eat at 11:30 and fourth graders will eat at 12:15. Both lunch periods are 45-minutes and include about 20-minutes of recess.

4. Our first bell rings at 08:35 and the tardy bell rings at 08:45. Our dismissal bell rings at 3:15. Buses usually arrive right at 3:15 and depart by 3:25. However, the first couple of days you should expect that the schedule will be a bit behind. Please bare with us as we get castoff, get underway, and acquire our sea-legs.

We are looking forward seeing everyone and welcoming the children back to school.

David Rongey