E. H. Sutherland Elementary School
10015 S. Leavitt Avenue
Ms. Rose Pickett
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Newsletter February 2009
Winter Band ConcertOur annual winter band concert will take place on Thursday February 5th @ 7:00 p.m. Band students will have specific information from the band director Mr. Enns.
ISAT Testing and Practice
ISAT Testing will take place March 3- 13. Some parents have requested websites that are helpful for preparing the students for ISAT Testing. The website addresses to these pages have been posted on our website. Student attendance and on-time arrival to school is always important. As we prepare for ISAT and especially when we are testing it is imperative that students arrive to school on time and be in attendance regularly.
In- School Field Trips
The in-school field trips have been wonderful. The students have seen some fantastic shows already and are looking forward to at least one each month. In February we will have two. On February 10th we will see Celebration Dances of Africa. On February 24th we will see Rag to Rap a history of American Music.
Last chance for Tickets to see James Cotton @ BAC
On Saturday, February 7th the men’s club invites all Sutherland family and friends to come hear blues legend James Cotton @ the Beverly Art Center. Tickets are $25.00 per person. You can send payment to Sutherland PTA on Monday or call Tom McGourty @ 779-1556.
Cookie Dough Sale
On Monday, February 2ndour annual Cookie Dough Sale will begin. Orders are due by February12th. Please consider ordering these ready made cookies. If you are interested please return order form and payment by Wednesday, February 12th. The cookies are easy to make and quite delicious. Delivery will be made prior to our Spring Break and in time for the holidays.
8th grade graduation photos will be taken on Tuesday, February 10th in the morning. Students will receive information about these photos.
Thursday, February 12th will be a school holiday. School will be closed. Friday, February 13th will be a professional development day. School will not be in session for students. Monday, February 16th is Presidents Day a school holiday.
Graduation Committee Meeting
The graduation committee will meet on Tuesday, February 3rd @ 5:30p.m.
The next regular scheduled LSC meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:00 p.m.
Athletic Board Meeting
The Athletic Board Meeting will take place on March, 3rd @ 5:30 p.m. The Athletic Board will meet every other month on a regular schedule. There will not be a meeting in February.
Join the PTA
The best schools have a great deal of involvement by parents and community members. Please be sure to join the PTA. The next PTA meeting will take place on Tuesday, February 3rd @ 9:00 a.m.
Boys Volleyball Registration
Registration for Boy’s Volleyball will take place Tuesday, February 3rd @ 6:15 until 7:30. You must register on time for volleyball. Student fees must be paid to be eligible to participate in athletic activities.
Traffic around the School
The number of cars and the unsafe practices being demonstrated around the school are creating problems that are hazardous for our children. We need for parents to consider others and keep the flow of traffic moving. Individuals who park and watch their children stand in line create unnecessary conditions. People who talk on the cell phone while driving and are not paying attention to the adults directing traffic are adding to the problem creating further delays and back-ups. If you want to watch your child until they go in the building park at least on the next block and walk with them. Turning on 100th from Leavitt rather than going to 99th may be more convenient but creates further delay. We know that everyone agrees the safety of children is the most important thing to consider. We encourage you to consider walking or parking away from the perimeter of the school. We absolutely need parents to follow the rules and simply drop off their child and leave the premises safely. We have contacted the police department and they will be assisting us. Tickets will be issued to individuals who continue to follow unsafe practices. We would also appreciate volunteers who would help us manage the traffic and ensure the students are safe. A special thank you is extended to the two parents who volunteer daily. We sincerely appreciate your willingness to assist for the benefit of our students. If you would like to volunteer for Parent Patrol even a day or two per week please call the office and leave your name and contact information.
Please continue to check the website. We have recently added websites to help with ISAT practice. All newsletters, calendars and other pertinent information will be posted on this site.
Please review the PAWS matrix of school wide behaviors with your child.
Arrival and Dismissal
Students are to arrive to school no earlier than 8:45. There is no one to supervise them before this time. Parents who can walk their children to school are encouraged to do so to keep the traffic to a minimum. Those who do drive are asked to drop their children off next to the curb and then leave the premises. Students are to be picked up at 2:45. No one should enter the parking lot before or after school, as there is a great deal of pedestrian traffic at that time. If your child forgets their lunch please know that we have extra lunches and they will be fed. Lunches can be purchased at the school.
Absence from School
Thanks to all the parents who have been calling the school to report absences from school. Please notify the school by telephone if your child will be absent from school. You can leave a voice mail at any time. We appreciate your cooperation. Parents should call the school when their child will be absent from school. It is important that we know that the students are safe. It is preferred that the parents call the school by 9:15 so that we know your child is at home with you. You can call and leave a voice mail anytime before 9:15 a.m.
Drivers in and around the school
Please be courteous and cautious when dropping off or picking up students. We need you to respect the traffic patterns and safety patrol crossing areas. Please do not block crosswalks, double-park to drop off or park and wait unnecessarily blocking traffic and creating congestion.
Safety and Security
Visitors (anyone who is not a staff member or student) will not be allowed to be in the building unless they have entered through the office, signed in and received a visitor’s pass. Please do not enter with the children or through any door other than the office door on Hamilton to obtain a pass.
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