E. H. Sutherland Elementary School
10015 S. Leavitt Avenue
Ms. Maria Pullos Counselor
Ms. Rose Pickett
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Newsletter September 2011
Welcome Back to School
What a fabulous start to the school year it has been. We are very happy to have students return to school and begin the new school year. Even the weather cooperated. It is great to see all the students and families again. We look forward to another successful year at Sutherland.
Capital Improvement Project
The building looks fantastic and we met our deadline to open on time. While there will still be work going on through completion that work will take place after hours and on weekends going forward. The building looks beautiful. We are very pleased with the improvements.
Our upper grade curriculum night took place on Thursday, September 8th. It was well attended by parents of 6, 7 and 8th graders. Our curriculum Night for grades K-5 will take place on Thursday, September 15th from 6:00 until 7:30p.m. Teacher presentations will take place @ 6:00 for grades K-2 and 6:45 for grades 3-5.
Change in Policy and Procedures
Please do not bring edible birthday treats to school. The Board of Education has adopted a food allergy management policy. As a result students are no longer allowed to bring edible treats to school for their classmates. We suggest celebrating your child's special day by donating a book for the classroom library or sending stickers, pencils or other non-edible items to pass to their classmates.
Parent Portal will be used for grade 3-8 this year. Parent Portal pin numbers will be distributed to parents of third and fourth graders at curriculum nights. The numbers used in previous years have not changed.
The next regularly scheduled LSC meeting will take place on at Tuesday, September 13th @ 4:30 p.m.
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 takes place on Tuesday, September 13th @ 7:00 p.m. Michael Ehlers from Study Island will present at the meeting.
Study Island, RAZ Kids, MAP practice and LEAD 21 websites.
Students are always encouraged to practice on Study Island and MAP practice websites available from links on the school’s website. We also have RAZ kids and new LEAD 21 websites for students in grades K-5 that will be available all summer. These programs are always accessible please encourage your child to practice on them frequently.
Reminder about Coming Back to School for Forgotten Items
Students are not allowed to return to the buildings for forgotten items after school has dismissed. It is not safe for students to be in the building unescorted and there is no one here for that purpose after hours.
Upgrades on CPS website
CPS is planning to do regular updates of their website on Thursday nights. It may not be possible to access their website and parent portal on Thursday evenings
As always we need for you to call in your child when they are ill. Please call in the morning by 9:15. You can leave a voice mail message at any time press 1 for attendance and leave your message. Homework is not automatically assigned if your child misses one day then they can get the assignments the next day when they return. If they miss will miss more than one day due to illness you can call on the second day early in the day before 9:15 and ask that assignments be gathered.
Safety and Security
Apparently there have been incidents in CPS schools that have occurred when students were unsupervised. It has been an issue at several schools for both alleged and actual occurrences therefore students are not allowed to go back in the building for forgotten belongings etc once dismissed. We have been asked to follow these procedures and we will be doing so. Students are not allowed to return to the buildings for forgotten items after school has dismissed.
Visitors during the school day (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.
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 or even a bit further away 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.
All newsletters, calendars and other pertinent information will be posted on this site. Violin and Band information is available on the website as well.
Please review the PAWS matrix of school wide behaviors with your child.
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. . Please do not block crosswalks, double-park to drop off or park and wait unnecessarily blocking traffic and creating congestion. 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.
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. 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 or fill out the Parent Volunteer form that was sent home and is available on the website.
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