We look forward to welcoming everyone on Wednesday, September 9, 2015. See below for guidance about the first week of school:
Kindergarten — Please bring your child to the classroom at 8.50 am and pick up your child from the classroom at 11:45 am on the first day. The second day will also start at 8:50 am but will end at 2:45 pm. From Friday Sept 11 onward, the regular Kindergarten hours will be 8:30 am to 2:45 pm.
First and Second Grades — For the first two days of school, parents or caregivers of First and Second grade students can accompany their children into their classrooms. Note that in order to make for a smoother beginning with so many parents coming up the stairs, for those first two days, First graders will begin their day at 8:40 am. (Second graders will start at the regular time of 8.30 am.)
All First graders and those Second graders in 2-201, 2-202, 2-204, 2-220, and 2-225 should enter through the front doors and go to the second floor. Second graders in 2-M4, 2-M5, 2-M6, and 2-M10 are in the mini-school, the building behind the main building. Entrance is through the center doors of the mini-school.
From Friday, Sept 11 onward, First and Second graders should be left at the door (front or mini-school) and walk to the classroom on their own. Staff members will be on the stairs and in the halls supervising. First grade classes are all dismissed in front of the main building. Please wait for your children on the main steps or on benches to the side of the steps. Do not come down the steps or it is impossible for all the classes to come out. Second grade teachers will tell you their dismissal doors, but all main building Second graders get dismissed through one of the doors on Second Street; mini-school classes get dismissed through the middle mini-school doors.
Third, Fourth & Fifth Grades — Students should line up in the back yard at 8:25 am, and their teachers will come to meet them and bring them upstairs or into the mini-school. For the first few days, teachers will have signs with their name and class numbers. Parents do not accompany Third, Fourth and Fifth graders into the building. At dismissal (2.50 pm), upper grade teachers from the main building walk their classes to the same line they were at in the morning, and parents are asked not to crowd around the beginning of the line but to stay toward the back. Third grade mini-school classes dismiss through the center mini-school doors. Although it is fine for children to play in the yard once they are picked up, there is no ball playing until after 3:05 pm as a safety precaution. In addition, scooters and skateboards are not allowed in the yard (and we cannot keep them in the classrooms).
A reminder that our regular school hours are 8:30 am to 2:50 pm. Please don’t be late!