Principal’s Message – Welcome Back to School 2013

By August 8, 2013Principal's Message

July 29, 2013

 Dear Bonneville Families,

HAPPY SUMMER BREAK!

I hope you are enjoying a wonderful summer break—filled with whatever you and your family need to refresh, restore, and relax during these beautiful summer days.  Although the start of school is still a couple of weeks off, this letter will give you a few things to think about before we get together again in August.

WELCOME TO A NEW SCHOOL YEAR!

As we begin another school year at Bonneville, there are many things to make you aware of so that you will be able to support your child’s education.  I encourage you and your family to start the year off right by calendaring the following important dates.

  • Bonneville’s (Grades 1-6) “Back to School” night   Monday, August 19, 2013 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • First Day of School (Grades 1-6) Tuesday, August 20, 2013 (Early Birds-8:00; Later Gators- 9:15)
  • Kindergarten Testing/Class Placement   August 19-22, 2013
  •   (*Please call the school to set up a Kindergarten testing appointment with the school secretary.)
  • Kindergarten “Back to School” night August 26th, 2013 (5:00 – 7:00 p.m.)
  • First Day of Kindergarten Tuesday, August 27, 2013
  • Labor Day Holiday  Monday, Sept. 2, 2013

Early Out Mondays and Professional Development Days:  Every Monday is an early out day at Bonneville.  Students are released at 1:15 p.m. (early birds) and 2:30 p.m. (later gators), respectively.  Early out Mondays are set aside to provide professional collaboration time for teachers. The Alpine School District has also provided teachers and staff professional development days during the year called, “Professional Development Days (P.D. day)”.  On a P.D. day, your child will not come to school, but teachers will be at school receiving professional development.  Please mark the following  two P.D. days on your calendar: October 14th and March 10th.

Attendance:  One of the challenges that Bonneville has faced the last couple of years has to do with attendance and excessive tardies. Regular attendance is essential for student learning and progress.  Please coordinate your family vacations when school is not in session (*see school calendar attached).  Students lose out on critical instruction when they are absent or are not in school for the entire day. Therefore, late arrivals and early dismissals are highly discouraged.  We request that medical and dental appointments be scheduled after school hours, if at all possible.  If students are ill and unable to attend school, please notify our office the morning of the absence.

P.T.A.:  We have a very dedicated and enthusiastic Parent Teacher Association that goes above and beyond to support our educational programs and enhance student education.  Mrs. Sarah Huffaker is the PTA president for this school year and will be encouraging your participation as a P.T.A member.  There will be information available at the “Back To School” night on ways you can help serve the students at Bonneville Elementary.

Student Nutrition:  School lunch cost is $1.75 for elementary students.  Reduced price is $.40.  Adult/Visitors will pay $1.50 for breakfast and $2.75 for lunch. Breakfast for a student is $ .85 and reduced price is $.30.  Milk is $.30.  Lunch balances must be kept current.  Students are only allowed to charge one lunch or breakfast.  You will be able to pay for lunches at the Bonneville “Back to School” night on Monday, August 19, 2013 (5-7 p.m.).  Please make checks payable to Alpine School Lunch.

Online Meal Payment Service

Have you ever wondered how much money is left in your child’s lunch account or want to make a payment to the account, but not have time to go down to the school. Alpine School District has a meal pay service that allows you to check on your child’s account and make online payments right from your home computer.  The service is called “My Payments Plus” and it is an online service open to parents 24/7.  Simply go online to the Alpine School District website, click on the drop down menu under the “Departments” heading, click “Nutritional Services” and look under “Nutritional Resources” to click “Online Meal Payments (No Service Fees), then register for a free account with “My Payment Plus”.  It’s fast and convenient.  It will provide you with confidence that your child has lunch money everyday.  We encourage parents to go online and use this helpful service.

Free and Reduced Lunch Packet Materials

 We are especially encouraging all Bonneville Elementary families to submit a confidential application for free and reduced price meals for the 2013 – 2014 school year.  If enough families are eligible to receive free or reduced lunch, Bonneville Elementary may receive additional Federal funding to help support student achievement.  This additional funding may be available whether or not your child chooses to use the free or reduced price meal benefits, but in order for us to receive the funding, your completed form must be returned.

This year the district is asking that parents go online and fill out the Free and Reduced Meal application. To access all of the forms, please go online to http://alpineschools.org/departments/nutrition-services-lunch.  The online application is a paperless option that allows parents to complete the form and submit online.  Parents can even print a copy of the application for their records. Remember, submitting an application is strictly confidential.  If you would rather fill out a paper copy, you can come to the school’s office and ask for a paper copy. Thank you for your help.

Parking Lot Safety:  Student safety is a high priority at Bonneville Elementary.  To further ensure safety, the driveway on the south side parking lot has been divided into two lanes (*recently re-striped).  The lane closest to the school will be used for a student pick up and drop off lane all the way down the parking lot.  This longer drop off lane is new this year. Please pull all the way forward in this lane before stopping to drop off or pick up your child. By pulling forward, you help the flow of traffic and allow other parents from the street to be able to pull in for the picking up or dropping off of students.

Kindergarten teachers have been instructed to walk their class down the sidewalk to help children to get into their cars from the sidewalk.  This will allow for parents, in the long pick up lane, to wait in their cars for their children and it will be much safer than having students enter the parking lot where it can be unsafe.

The lane closest to the street and between the parking stalls and drop off/pick up lane will be a “ drive through” lane only.  You can drive through the parking lot in this lane to locate a parking stall or to travel to the church parking lot to park, should parking not be available in the school’s parking lot.  This is also the lane used to pull out of the drop off/ pick up lane when you are ready to exit from the drop off/ pick up lane.

Please avoid leaving your car parked and unattended in either lane to help keep traffic flowing smoothly and alleviating the possibility of students becoming hurt or injured.  If you need to speak with a teacher or have other school business, please park in the parking stalls and come into the school.

**Please drive slow and proceed with caution through the school parking lot at all times.  Thank you.

SCHOOL WEBSITE

In an effort to conserve paper, the Bonneville Elementary school website will keep up to date announcements, letters home, student handbook information, a school calendar, and other tools to assist parents and students with keeping current this school year.

Please note that Bonneville Elementary will not be sending home student handbooks as they have in past years.  Instead, parents and students are encouraged to go online to the Alpine School District webpage, click  “Schools”, click “Elementary Schools”, and then click “Bonneville Elementary” to access the school’s website.  On our school webpage you will be able to read with your child all about each school policy and other important information at your convenience.  If ever you have a questions about the website, please call the school.  We are happy to help.

Well, this is just a little information to get you up and going before the school year starts.  Enjoy the last few weeks of your summer break.  Be good to yourself and your family.  I will see you and your student on August 19th for “Back to School” night.  I look forward to another great year at Bonneville and working with you to help your child have a successful year at school.

Sincerely,

Shawn Brooks, Principal

Bonneville Elementary

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