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PRAIRIE WINDS STUDENT HANDBOOK


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Principal’s Message...

 

It is with great pleasure that we take this opportunity to welcome each of you to Prairie Winds Elementary School.  We look forward to working with you and your children.  We are extremely proud of the programs we offer and with your cooperation feel this will be a very productive year.  Remember, each student’s success in school will be directly proportional to their efforts and your support.

 

This handbook has been developed to help the students and their parents learn as much as possible about school policies and procedures and the services we offer students.  This handbook is a quick reference that should prove extremely useful when questions arise throughout the school year.  Please feel free to call the school with issues that are not in the handbook.

 

We look forward to working with each of you and gaining your support as we strive to make the 2012 – 2013 school year a successful one.

 

Welcome!

 

Stephanie Russell, Principal

 

 

 

 

 

 


Prairie Winds Elementary School Staff

Principal.......................................................... Stephanie Russell

Dean of Students.............................................. Anthony Martinez

Secretary................................................................. Darla Carey

Counselor.................................................................. Karen Farbo

Nurse’s Aide................................................................ Dana Coty

Nurse............................................................... Jennifer Georges

Kindergarten........................................................ Melinda Brooks

Kindergarten....................................................... Atalie Sandoval

Kindergarten........................................................... Denise Urban

First Grade............................................................ Sharon Agnes

First Grade........................................................... Mary Crowley

First Grade............................................................. Julie Cundiff

First Grade.............................................................. Bonny Jakus

Second Grade....................................................... Paulette Emond

Second Grade........................................................... Rami Renfro

Second Grade...................................................... Kermit Spencer

Third Grade......................................................... Cathy Dabovich

Third Grade.............................................................. Dawn Theis

Third Grade............................................................ Sarah Woods

Fourth Grade...................................................... Anthony Etienne

Fourth Grade.............................................................. Eric Janik

Fourth Grade.............................................................. Jan Lofton

Fifth Grade.................................................... Michelle Bernstein

Fifth Grade.............................................................. Kate Pacheck

Fifth Grade............................................................. Janelle Sims

Physical Education............................................. Melissa Renteria

Music....................................................................... Kathy Ward

Special Education..................................................... Casey Goode

Special Education................................................... Deborah Snell

ELL.......................................................................... Sandy Owen

Media/Technology............................................. Lareen Knezevich

Para-Professional.................................... Christaine Brandenburg

Para-Professional..................................................... Casey Clardy

Para-Professional...................................................... Louise Cupp

Para-Professional...................................................... Dian Griggs

Para-Professional................................................. Lisa Middleton

Para-Professional...................................................... Dian Griggs

Para-Professional...................................................... Rella Lanier

Para-Professional................................................. Lisa Middleton

Para-Professional................................................... Linda Paredes

Para-Professional.................................................... Karen Parker

Para-Professional............................................... Michelle Shisler

Para-Professional................................................ Darlene Sowles

Para-Professional............................................ Marilyn Vialpando

DARE Officer....................................................................... TBA

Day Custodian...................................................... Jay Thielemier

Night Custodian................................................... Raylynn Russell

Psychologist......................................................... Susan Compton

Clinician.............................................................. Jonathan Davis

Speech Therapist........................................... Tanya VanWagenen

Preschool Special Education................................ Amanda Cordova

Preschool Leader................................................... Tami Montoya

Preschool Para-Professional.................................................. TBA

Literacy Aide............................................................ Barb Ottino

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

 

Prairie Winds Elementary School

579 E Earl Drive

Pueblo West, CO  81007

Phone: 647-9732

Fax: 647-9730

Transportation:  544-7589 – First Student

                         

 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF

Stephanie Russell, Principal

Anthony Martinez, Dean of Students

Karen Farbo, Counselor

Darla Carey, Secretary

 

 

            District 70 Email:  www.district70.org

PRE Website: www.district70.org –Elementary Schools – Prairie Winds

 

 

 

School Hours

School in Session       8:00 a.m. – 3:30  p.m.

Office Hours           7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Supervision of children will begin at 7:45 a.m.

Please do not drop off children before 7:45 a.m.

All children must be picked up no later than 3:45 p.m

 

 

PRE-SCHOOL Hours

AM – 8:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.

PM – 12:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

 

 

 

 

School Mascot: Twister

School Colors: Navy Blue and Silver

ADDRESS, PHONE & EMERGENCY INFORMATION  It is vital that every child has on file current emergency phone numbers where parents can be reached.  Please designate two local individuals for the school to call in the event of an emergency if a parent cannot be reached.  Contact the school office if your address, phone, or the name and phone of the person you want contacted in an emergency changes during the school year.  It is extremely distressing for a child to have an emergency and have to wait while we try to find someone in his or her family.  Please provide changes of student information to the school office and classroom teacher.

 

ARRIVAL & DEPARTURE  School begins at 8:00 a.m. and is dismissed at 3:30 p.m.  Students should not arrive before 7:45 a.m.  Supervision is provided in the cafeteria beginning at 7:45 a.m. and after school until 3:45 p.m.  The office will be notified of any students waiting to be picked up after that time.  Upon arrival, students are to wait in the cafeteria.  Late arrivals must report to the office and be signed in by a parent.  Early departures must be arranged through the office.  Please notify the office (in writing if possible) of any change in a student’s routine (staying after school for an activity, not riding the bus, etc.).  We make every effort to protect students and we need to know of these changes.  Without notification from a parent/guardian of a change, the student will be expected to follow their normal routine.

 

ATTENDANCE / STUDENT ABSENCES  If your child will be absent or tardy, please call the office between 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. (647-9732).  If a student will be out of school for a family trip or other personal reasons, advanced arrangements are to be made with the teacher and the principal.  Class work is to be completed during the absence or after the absence according to the arrangements made ahead with the student’s teacher.  Improving daily attendance is a state, district, and school goal.  Illnesses and emergencies are the exception.  Parents of students with excessive absences will be contacted in writing.  Please help your child to succeed in school by making sure that he or she attends school regularly.  Automated School Messenger phone calls for students who are absent but have not been called in for the day are at 10:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.

 

BIRTHDAY PARTIES   One day a month will be designated to celebrate any children’s birthdays in that month.  It will be up to the classroom teacher to choose the day.  Having one day set aside for student birthdays will alleviate cutting into valuable instructional time so frequently.  If students choose to bring treats on that day, store-purchased treats are required.  Birthday party invitations are only to be handed out at school if all students in the class are being invited.

 

Please do not send flowers, balloons, etc. to students at school as they cannot be transported on the bus and will have to be left at school for someone to pick up. 

 

BREAKFAST    A free breakfast is served in classrooms daily from 7:50 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.

 

BUS TRANSPORTATION  School District 70 provides transportation for all students through First Student.  The privilege of riding a school bus is contingent upon a student’s good behavior and observance of the student code of conduct and established regulations for student conduct both at the bus stops and on-board buses.  All bus passengers are expected to practice the 3 R’s:  Respect, Responsibility and Resourcefulness so everyone may enjoy a pleasant trip to and from school.  By law, District 70 is not required to furnish bus transportation.

 

BUS CODE OF CONDUCT    Pueblo County School District 70 provides transportation for our students through a third party provider, First Student Inc.  We believe that all students should be allowed to ride the bus and have the opportunity to ride the bus to and from school and for field trips and extra-curricular activities.  It is important to note that generally, bus ridership is a privilege and is available to all students until the student’s conduct on the bus proves otherwise. As a result, we believe that parents and students should be aware of our Code of Conduct expectations that govern bus ridership.

 

1.     Students should be at the bus stop approximately 5 minutes before the designated pick up time.

2.     Behaviors at the bus stop should mirror the behaviors a student is expected to exhibit in the school building.  i.e. no behavior that endangers the welfare and safety of the student or others.

3.     While on the bus, the bus driver is considered an extension of the staff at a school building.  As a result, the bus driver is in charge and the students must comply with the requests of the driver.  Failure to do so will result in a disciplinary report and action.

4.     The bus driver sets the specific rules for their bus, but there are common rules for all students riding the bus;

a.     No drugs or prescription drugs (without school permission) allowed on the bus.

b.     No weapons on the bus. i.e. Knives of any kind, BB guns, pellet guns, soft air guns, replicas of weapons, guns themselves or any devise that is used as a weapon.

c.     No use or possession of any form of tobacco.

d.     No alcohol.

e.     No matches, lighters, or any type of explosive material, including CO2 cartridges.

f.      No profanity or profane gestures.

g.     Loud and disruptive talking or behavior that would distract or impact the driver’s ability to drive the bus safely.

h.     No vandalism or destruction of bus property of any kind.  Any vandalism will be dealt with through Law Enforcement and parents will be responsible to pay for the repair of the damaged item.

 

5.     Students shall board and depart from the bus only at their own school or at their designated stop unless written permission has been received by either the school or transportation department.  Forms can be accessed from the school building office that can be provided to the transportation office.

 

Code of Conduct Violation Process:

 

First Violation:  Driver verbally warns the student and may move the student to a different seat.

Second Violation:  Driver issues a written warning (conduct report) to the student that must be signed by the parent and returned to the driver before the student is allowed back onto the bus.

Third Violation:  Driver will issue a second written warning that is reviewed by the central transportation department and will result in a 1 day suspension of bus riding privileges.  Conduct report must be signed by the parent and returned to the driver before student will be allowed back onto the bus.

Fourth Violation:  Driver will issue a third written warning that is reviewed by the central transportation department and will result in a 3 day suspension of bus riding privileges.  Conduct report must be signed by the parent and returned to the driver before student will be allowed back onto the bus.

Fifth Violation:  Driver will issue a fourth written warning that is reviewed by the central transportation department and will result in a 5 day suspension of bus riding privileges. Conduct report must be signed by the parent and returned to the driver before student will be allowed back onto the bus.

 

 Any further violations will result in suspension from the bus pending a hearing with the Director of Student Services for Pueblo County School District 70.  A decision about further ridership privileges will be made at that hearing.

 

 

Automatic suspension of ridership privileges include but are not limited to;

·      Physical harm or threat of physical harm to the driver or other individuals on the bus.

·      Property damage.

·      Endangering other vehicles traveling with the bus on roadways.

·      Any other behavior that jeopardizes the welfare and safety of individuals on or around the bus.

 

It is important for parents and students to keep in mind that severe violations of bus code of conduct can also result in school disciplinary action as well as ridership disciplinary action.  Additionally, any suspension of bus ridership on any bus means that ridership on all buses is suspended.

 

We hope and expect that students will have a safe and pleasurable experience riding the buses provided by the services of First Student.  We encourage families to review these basic rules and regulations and support a positive educational experience.

 

BUS LOADING/UNLOADING

-           Walk in the bus area.

-           Wait behind the yellow line to board after school.

-           Board and unload one at a time.

 

CHECK-OUT & CHECK-IN POLICY  The safety of our students is of utmost importance.  During school hours, no student is to leave the school grounds at any time without first getting permission from the office.  The parent/guardian must sign their child in or out of school in the office.  Friends, neighbors, etc. must have permission from the parents before a student will be released to them.  Students will be called to the office after this has been done.  Students will not be called to the office until they have been signed out. Thank you for your cooperation in this important matter.

CLASSROOM TREATS  Because of the risk of students eating anything at school outside of what their parents have provided or that has been commercially prepared, we require that treats brought to share in the classroom be store bought items.  Please check with the classroom teacher prior to bringing treats for a class.  Due to students with nut allergies, we would ask that treats be “nut free”.

 

CLASSROOM SNACKS Students are allowed to bring a healthy snack if they wish to have in their classroom daily.  Suggested snacks include fresh or dried fruit, crackers, pretzels, granola bars and vegetables.  Foods such as candy, dry Ramen noodles, cookies, chips, cupcakes and brownies are not allowed for nutrition breaks at school.  Please avoid sending messy snacks and items that need a spoon or fork to eat. 

 

COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SCHOOL & FAMILIES  It is important for the school and families to keep lines of communication open at all times.  Parents are encouraged to visit the school at any time and to contact teachers with concerns or questions.  Appointments are always appreciated.  Good ways of staying in touch are checking with your student each day for notes, reading the parent and student newsletters, volunteering in the school, and participating in organizations.

 

COUNSELOR  The counselor’s role is to provide support services to students, parents and staff members.  The counselor plays an active role in helping students develop social skills, conflict management and problem solving skills, and an awareness and appreciation of differences. The counselor also offers small groups depending on student need.  Students need parental permission in order to participate in the small groups.  School counselors are not therapists.  There are times the counselor will contact parents to suggest outside therapy for a student and/or family.  Please feel free to contact the school counselor regarding any concerns.

 

CURRICULUM  Prairie Winds Elementary follows the curriculum approved by the Board of Education of Pueblo School District 70 and the Colorado Department of Education.  Copies of all District 70 curriculum guides and textbooks as well as Colorado State Standards used at PRE are available for parents to view at school or at the District 70 Administrative Services Center.  Please contact the school office for additional information.

 

Prairie Winds Elementary Discipline Philosophy  At Prairie Winds Elementary, we believe in providing a positive atmosphere and a safe, nurturing environment through:
               *Being Respectful
               *Being Responsible
               *Being Resourceful
               *Building Healthy Relationships

 

 



We will promote this philosophy through:
               *Communication with school community, students, parents and staff
               *Consistency in consequences
               *Accountability for actions

It is the goal of the staff at Prairie Winds Elementary to prepare Respectful, Responsible, and Resourceful students to meet the challenges of the future as good citizens who are academically and socially prepared.  Guidelines have been established to maintain an environment, which promotes the safety and well being of the students.

 

STUDENT RIGHTS  We believe students have the right…

                        ~to be safe

                        ~to feel good about themselves

                        ~to learn

 

TO ENSURE THESE RIGHTS, STUDENTS WILL BE…

                        1.  Respectful to self, others, and property

                        2.  Responsible

                        3.  Resourceful problem solvers

 

These behaviors will be referred to as the 3 R’s.

 

SCHOOL UNIFORMS

PRE staff and students are very proud to represent Pueblo West as the Prairie Winds Twisters.  Part of our pride comes from dressing for success.  PRE embraces school uniforms.  Every student is required to dress in full uniform on a daily basis.  The uniform consists of blue, gray or white shirts with the Prairie Winds logo and plain blue or khaki cotton-twill bottoms (no decoration or embroidery).  Pants that are not made from cotton-twill are not acceptable; this includes jeans, sweat material, nylon material.  If a student wants to wear a shirt underneath the uniform shirt, it must be blue, white or gray.  If a student wears leggings, tights or knee socks they must be blue, white or gray.  If a student wears a sweatshirt, it must be a Prairie Winds sweatshirt and a Prairie Winds shirt must be worn underneath.  Non Prairie Winds sweatshirts may be worn as outside jackets only and will need to be removed in the building.    Please be sure that all uniform tops and bottoms are clean and without holes.  If your child’s dress does not meet our uniform dress code, he or she will call home to have the proper uniform brought to school or be allowed to borrow a uniform from our supply closet.

 

The only exception to our full uniform dress code is “Twister Thursday”.  On the last Thursday of the month, students may wear blue-jeans with a Prairie Winds shirt.  Due to the number of students not following the District 70 dress code for appropriate bottoms, we request that students wear uniform bottoms or blue-jeans on “Twister Thursday” and not other choices of pants.

The Prairie Winds uniform does meet District 70’s dress code.  We ask that all students adhere to the following dress code policy JICA:

 

-       Any shirt that is longer than the students’ wrist line will need to be tucked in, with no exceptions.

-       Excessively baggy pants, ragged pants that are torn, ripped or cut up are not acceptable.  Shorts and skirts that are shorter than the students’ finger tips are not acceptable.  Cargo pants are acceptable, but military style pants with expanding pockets are not acceptable.  Pajama bottoms are not acceptable pants to be worn at school.  Pants will be worn on the hips or higher, no exceptions.

 

The PRE school uniform complies with the Pueblo School District 70 Board policy and has been created to promote a positive learning environment that promotes academic growth and safety for all students and staff.

 

EMERGENCY DRILLS  Fire, Tornado, Lockdown and Bus Evacuation Drills are held as important safety precautions.  Students are given instructions in each classroom.  Routes, exits, and protected areas are designated for each classroom. 

 

EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING  In the event of extreme weather conditions or any unforeseen reason for a school closure, announcements relative to the closing and/or early dismissal of school will be announced on radio (KCCY 96.9 FM, KKLI 106.6 FM, KVUU 99.9 FM, KMOM 96.1 FM, KDZA 108 FM, KCSJ 590 FM, KGHF 1350 AM, KRDO 95.1 FM, KRDO 1240 AM, KSKX 15.5 FM, KRMX 690 AM, KNKN 107.1 FM, KRCC 91.5, KGFT 100.7 FM, KBIO 102.8 FM, KFEL 970 AM, KILO 94, KSPK (Walsenburg) and 850 KOA (Denver Storm Center) and television stations Channel 5 KOAA-TV, Channel 11 (KKTV), Channel 13 (KRDO) and Channel 8 (PBS).  Radio and television stations are notified by 6:00 a.m. of any closings.

 

Please do not call the school or administration office until you have checked the radio/television announcements and the district website (www.district70.org).  Parents, please instruct your child regarding an emergency plan if they should arrive at home and no one is there.  This information should be included with your child’s school registration.

 

FACILITY/BUILDING USE  Those wishing to use the building must complete an Application for Building or Facility Use Form, which can be obtained through the school office.  All applications must accompany a certificate of insurance liability and must be approved by the Principal and the District.

 

FIELD TRIPS  Due to insurance liability, all students participating in a field trip will be expected to ride the bus to and from the field trip. A permission slip will be sent home prior to each trip with necessary information for parents.  Permission slips for students must be signed by parents and returned prior to the trip.  Students not eligible to attend the field trip will be placed in another classroom for the day. Students are also asked, in some cases, to bring a small fee for each trip to cover the cost of transportation and/or the field trip fee.  Field trips are a learning opportunity, however, they are also a privilege and lack of appropriate student behavior prior to a trip may result in the loss of this privilege.

           

If a student requests a school lunch for a field trip, this lunch is charged to his/her lunch account just as it would on a regular day at school.

 

Only Prairie Winds Elementary students and field trip sponsors are allowed on school field trip buses. 

 

GIFTED AND TALENTED EDUCATION (gate) Gifted/talented fourth and fifth graders are identified through a screening process.  Advanced Learning Plans (ALP) are written to provide activities to challenge the abilities of these students along with a variety of special programs.  Third grade teachers confer with parents in providing appropriate activities for students displaying special talents.

 

HEALTH SERVICES  The school district provides a nurse aide and a registered nurse who are available in the school office several times a week. During the year, they will be conducting vision and hearing screenings, as well as verifying immunization records.  Students who have weaknesses in any of these areas will receive parental notification from the nurse.

 

HOMEWORK  The purpose of homework is:

·     to practice and build upon skills already learned in the classroom

·     to review material for a test

·     to develop independent study skills by preparing reports and projects

·     to provide time to continue developing as an independent reader

 

Teachers try to be consistent and persistent when asking students to plan a homework time for every weekday, using a 10-minute per grade scale.  They encourage students to be responsible and that there is always homework, either teacher assigned or time for reading, studying or sharing information with parents.

 

PARENTS ARE ENCOURAGED TO HELP STUDENTS STUDY AT HOME BY

1.    Cooperating with the school in encouraging a positive attitude toward homework and academic achievement.

2.   Providing your children with suitable study conditions and supervision.

3.   Consistently reserving time for home study by not allowing telephone calls, television watching or visitors during study time.

4.   Encouraging your children without placing them under undue pressure.

5.   Showing interest in what your children are doing without doing the work for them.

6.   Developing an understanding of what your child’s teachers expect home study to accomplish.

 

 

HOMEWORK GUIDELINES  Homework is the student’s responsibility.  That responsibility should increase every year, as parents take a less active role. 

 

IMMUNIZATIONS  The Colorado State law requires immunizations.  Your child must have a certificate of immunization on file with the school.  You must provide the school with the records of your child’s immunizations.  For grades K-6 the required vaccinations (with some exceptions) are:

  DPT/DT or TD         4 doses

  OPV or POLIO         3 doses

  MMR                         1 dose

  Varicella                   2 doses

In addition to these requirements, beginning July 1, 1997 all kindergarten and seventh grade students must have had three doses of Hepatitis B vaccine.  By July 1, 1999 all students in grades K-2 & 7-9 must comply.  Please note, the Hepatitis B series takes 4-6 months to complete and needs to be completed before entry into kindergarten and/or seventh grade.  Immunizations are available from your family doctor.  The Pueblo Health Department offers vaccinations.  Please call them for information and appointments.

 

ILLNESS OR INJURY If a child becomes ill or is injured at school, the parent/guardians will be contacted and asked to come and get the child.  A parent is notified if the student vomits or when the student records a temperature of 100° or higher.

 

INSURANCE  Accident insurance is available at the beginning of the school year for a nominal fee.  Application forms are sent home, and parents are requested to return signed and dated envelopes marked “no” if coverage is not purchased.

 

LEGAL CUSTODY OF STUDENTS  A LEGAL document is required to support any questions of custody.  Unless the principal is informed otherwise and legal documentation is provided, either natural parent is considered to have the right to request student information or early dismissal of a student.

 

LOST AND FOUND  Students are expected to take responsibility to safeguard their belongings.  The school cannot be responsible for lost items.  However, if reported immediately, staff members will try to assist in locating missing items.  Small items (such as glasses, keys, and jewelry) are kept in the school office.  To avoid loss to the student, we encourage parents to label ALL articles of clothing which may be taken off during the day (jackets, sweaters, tennis shoes).  Label lunchboxes, backpacks, and book bags.  This will help in returning lost items to their rightful owner.  The school WILL NOT be responsible for any electronic devices, toys,  or other non-essential items brought to school. Unclaimed items are donated to a charitable organization at the end of each quarter.

 

LUNCH  Lunch is available to all students and staff members.  All students will eat their lunch in the lunchroom.  Prices are as follows:

               Student/Adult breakfast (includes drink) - $1.00  *Subject to change

               Student lunch (includes drink) - $1.85

               Extra drink (milk or juice) - .30

               Reduced lunch (includes drink) - .40

               Reduced breakfast - free

               Adult lunch - $2.50 (.30 extra for milk)

 

Deposits can be made in the lunchroom beginning at 7:45 a.m.  Parents are encouraged to pay for more than one lunch at a time.  Students are required to pay in advance, but in emergency situations may be allowed to charge a meal ticket.  No more than two charges are allowed at a time. After two charges, students will be given a lunch meat sandwich and white milk until charges are paid in full. There will be no exchanging of food or handling of others’ food.

           

Parents are encouraged to join their children for lunch.  Please notify the office by 9:00 a.m. to order your school lunch.

 

Free and reduced lunch is available for families who qualify under the federally subsidized school lunch program.  School lunch forms will be sent with each student at the beginning of the school year.  We encourage every family to complete and return this form.  Contact the school secretary for an additional copy of this form if needed.

 

LUNCHROOM RULES  Students may either bring a cold lunch from home or participate in the school’s lunch program.

 

Students will line up quietly and in a single file for the lunch line.  They will be courteous and quiet while in the serving line.  Each student will identify him/herself to the person scanning lunch accounts. 

-       Students are expected to be respectful, resourceful, and responsible in the lunchroom

-       Good table manners are expected

-       Soda pop/carbonated beverages are not allowed

-       Drinks red, blue or purple in color are not allowed

-       Lunchroom aides monitor the noise level

-       Food and drink are not to leave the cafeteria

-       Parents will be notified of students who do not eat lunch

-       Microwave services will not be provided

 

MEDIA CENTER  The Media Center is an extension of each classroom, designed to provide practice, remediation, interest or accelerated learning for students at the teacher’s direction.  Students are assisted and supervised by the Media Aide.  Each class has a scheduled weekly opportunity to visit the Media Center in addition to individual student usage.  The Media Center is equipped to provide materials, equipment, and activities to support the overall educational program.  Students may check out two books for a two-week period.  Books checked out may be renewed for an additional two weeks.  Students are responsible for overdue, damaged, or lost books. 

 

MEDICATION AT SCHOOL  If your child requires medication to be given at school, please obtain a medication form from the secretary or school nurse.  Colorado Rules and Regulations for Health Services require that this form be completed and signed by a parent/guardian and the child’s physician.  The rules and regulations apply to any prescription and over the counter medication such as Tylenol, cough drops, cold remedies, natural medicines, etc.  All medications must be brought to school by an adult in their original container. If a liquid medication is to be given, please send an appropriate measuring device with the medication.  At the end of the school year, please pick up any remaining medication.  (We cannot send it home with the student.)  It cannot be stored at the school over the summer and will be destroyed after the last day of school.

           

If your child has asthma that requires the use of an inhaler, even occasionally, it is recommended that an inhaler be provided to the school in case of emergency.  A medication form is needed for inhalers as well.  Please do not allow your child to bring an inhaler back and forth to school.  They sometimes get lost, shared with others or forgotten at home.  If your child must carry an inhaler with him/her, written permission from the child’s doctor and parent/guardian is required.  The school nurse aide must also be notified.

 

Antibiotics are usually given three times a day and are best given in the morning before school, after school, and before bedtime.  Therefore, these medications should not need to be given at school.

 

STUDENTS CANNOT BRING ANY PRESCRIPTION OR OVER-THE-COUNTER MEDICATION INCLUDING COUGH DROPS TO SCHOOL.  Parents must transport needed medication to and from school as no meds can be transported on the school bus.

 

MONEY SENT TO SCHOOL  When sending money to school, please send it in an envelope marked with the child’s name, teacher’s name, and the purpose.  Checks are preferred, especially for school lunches.  We encourage children not to bring money to school that is not for a specific planned school purchase.

 

NEWSLETTERs  A newsletter is updated on our website monthly.  The newsletter contains valuable information such as the lunch menu, a calendar of the month’s events, school committee reports, special student recognition and PTA announcements and activities.  A hard copy will be available upon request.

 

PARENT/TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA) The parent association is the parent/teacher fundraising organization for Prairie Winds Elementary, which provides invaluable support for the school through fund raisers to purchase equipment, supplies, and services which would not be available through the school’s budgetary means. 

           

PARKING LOT AND STUDENT DROP-OFF AREAS  The drop off loop is for dropping off or picking up students.  No parking is allowed in the loop.  It is requested that parents park only in the front parking lot.  The Earl Drive loop is only for buses.  Our goal is to have students step directly from the sidewalk to the vehicle.  The safety of the children is our number one priority – please be patient.

PETS  Children should not bring pets to school.  Dogs and other small animals may be gentle at home but unpredictable at school when confronted by a large number of unfamiliar children.  Students may show their pets in the classroom if parents have made special arrangements with the teacher, and an adult brings the pet for a short visit at a predetermined time.  An adult must stay with the animal at all times.

 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION  Students are expected to wear appropriate clothing (especially tennis shoes) on days gym class is scheduled.  Students may not be able to participate safely if not dressed appropriately.  If this occurs frequently, student learning and grades are impacted.

           

Students are requested to have a parent and/or physician’s note to be exempt from physical activity due to a medical concern.  The school also needs a note indicating that your child is ready to resume full physical activity following an illness or injury.

 

RECESS  Teachers have the option of providing short rest periods or recesses at times that are dictated by student need and classroom activities.  At these times, their teachers supervise the students.  Students have a 50-minute combined recess and lunch time each day.  Students will go outside for recess on all but severe weather days.  Please dress children for the weather. Individual students will be excused from recess for health reasons with a physician’s and/or parent note.

 

REPORT CARDS AND CONFERENCES  Report cards will be issued for all students at the end of each quarter.  Conference days are listed on the District 70 school calendar.  Individual schools may need to change these dates and notification of conference dates will be updated in the newsletter as needed.  In addition, conferences may also be requested at any time by parents regarding the progress or behavior of their child.

 

Please remember that you are able to access your child’s attendance, grades and assignments daily via PowerSchool, our student data program.  You will need to obtain a Log In and Password from the office if you have not already done so.  You will also need to have  a picture I.D. when requesting your log-in information.

           

The staff at Prairie Winds Elementary is committed to providing a quality education for all students.  Communicating with parents about progress of students is essential to student growth.

 

REQUESTS FOR HOMEWORK  Parents requesting homework should make the request to the office prior to 9:00 a.m. in order to allow teachers to gather the materials and have them to the school office by 3:00 p.m.

 

SCHOOL PICTURES  Individual school pictures will be taken each fall.  All students take an individual picture for school purposes, even if they do not want to purchase a picture packet.  Class pictures will be taken in the spring and will be available for purchase.  

SKATEBOARDS, IN-LINE SKATES & Heelies  For safety reasons, skateboarding on the school grounds is prohibited.  Skateboards, scooters and in-line skates and heelies are not to be brought to school —even for show-and-tell.

 

SOLICITING ON SCHOOL GROUNDS  There will be NO SOLICITING on school grounds without formal administrative approval.  Posters or advertisements should not be hung in the halls, on the buildings, or on the bulletin boards without the permission of the Principal and the District.

 

STUDENT RECORDS  Student education records are kept in the school office.  The principal is the official custodian of student records in his or her building. 

 

STUDENT SUPERVISION  Students are not allowed in the school building after school hours without faculty/staff supervision.  Supervision of students on school grounds shall be provided from 7:45 a.m. (before classes start), until 3:45 p.m. (after classes are dismissed).  The school will not be responsible for children left at the school outside of these hours.

 

TARDIES  Any child that is tardy causes a disruption in the classroom and is missing morning activities that set the tone for the day. It is imperative that students get to school on time. If possible, appointments should be made after school.  If this is not possible and a child has an appointment before school we ask that you notify the school. Students that are late must come to the office before going to class. The person bringing the child to school MUST sign the child in at the office.

 

TELEPHONE MESSAGES & USAGE  Please take time to discuss changes in your child’s daily routine, such as being picked up early for appointments, being picked up by someone other than a parent or guardian, etc., prior to sending them to school in the morning.  In emergency or unexpected circumstances, we will deliver messages to students.  Please call before 3:00 p.m.  Requests received after 3:15 p.m. may not have time to be delivered.  In order to promote responsibility in our students, they will be discouraged from calling home to ask parents to bring “forgotten items” to school or to ask permission to go home with a friend.  In the event of early dismissal because of weather or other emergencies, parents’ emergency plans will be followed.

 

TEXTBOOKS  All textbooks are loaned to students free of charge.  However, students are responsible for lost or damaged books and will be expected to pay for them before another book is issued to the student.  Students are encouraged to make book covers for each book to save wear and tear throughout the year.

 

TOBACCO-FREE SCHOOLS  In order to promote the general health, welfare and well being of students and staff at Prairie Winds, smoking, chewing, or any other use of any tobacco product by staff, students and members of the public is banned from all school property.

 

TOYS AND PERSONAL ITEMS  Students should not bring toys or other personal items to school.  (This includes but is not limited to: electronic devices, trading cards, stuffed animals, weapon facsimilie and personal stereos.)  If an item is brought for show and tell or after school use, it is expected to stay in the student’s backpack except for that time.  Toys will be taken from students at school, as will other items causing a problem or distracting students from their educational program.  The teacher or the principal will hold these items until picked up by parents.  Unclaimed items will be discarded at the end of the school year. 

 

 

VISITORS  The Board encourages parents and other citizens of the district to visit classrooms, activities and functions at any time to observe the work of the schools.  In order to ensure that no unauthorized persons enter the building with wrongful intent, all visitors to the school are requested to check in at the office when entering the school and will be asked to sign a visitor registration notebook.  All visitors who are checked into the office will be given a badge to be worn while they are in the school building. If you wish to visit a classroom please call the school and make arrangements with the teacher. Parents who are picking up their children should wait in the foyer.

 

VOLUNTEERS  At Prairie Winds Elementary, we pride ourselves on the many volunteers we have in and around our school.  We encourage parents and guardians to be an active part of their child’s education by being involved in the school community as well as in the classroom.  All volunteers must complete a current year Confidentiality Agreement, undergo a back-ground check and attend a volunteer meeting.  At this meeting you will be able to ask any questions you may have and several school district policies will be touched upon as well.

 

WALKING  For safety reasons, we do not encourage children to walk or bike to and from school; however students who are walking or biking to and from school must have a note for the office. Students are encouraged to use the safest and most direct way home from school or from bus stops.  Walkers and bikers must remain out of the bus loop street, including the crosswalk, when buses are present or scheduled to arrive. 

 

WEATHER  Please make sure that your child is dressed for our changing Colorado weather.  A warm morning does not necessarily mean a warm afternoon.  Students will go outside for recess unless there are extreme weather conditions.

 

WITHDRAWING  If you must withdraw your child from Prairie Winds Elementary, please notify the teacher and the school office a few days in advance of your move so we can help make your transfer speedy and efficient.  Library books and textbooks must be returned and lunch charges need to be paid before a student leaves.  The new school will need to submit a request to Prairie Winds Elementary for records.  Should you move out of the Prairie Winds Elementary attendance neighborhood, we hope you will remember your experience at PRE as being positive and rewarding for both you and your child.


© Prairie Winds Elementary 2012