E. H. Sutherland Elementary School
10015 S. Leavitt Avenue
Ms. Rose Pickett
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Newsletter March 2012
REGISTER or DONATE
Please register and donate to this event. This year our IB programme and school community is hosting a Feed Your Starving Children packing event. We will need 500 volunteers and contributions to our event. Mrs. D. Griffin has taken on the project and will be working with school administrators and IB staff to coordinate the event. We want to make this fabulous so please register and or donate. The event will take place on Saturday, March 24, 2012. The link is now open for registration for the Feed My Starving Children Mobile. IB students should be learning a great deal about the power of groups coming together to work for a cause. Together we can make a difference. Please sign up to come help at our event. The link ishttp://volunteer.fmsc.org/Register/mobilepack/event.aspx?event=1203-41
The next regularly scheduled LSC meeting will take place on Tuesday, March 13th @ 4:30 p.m.
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, March 13th @ 7:00 p.m.
Eighth Grade EXPLORE Test
Students in grade 8 will take the EXPLORE test this June. An informational presentation was given at both the LSC and PTA Meetings in February. Information is posted on the website. CPS recently moved the date for the EXPLORE exam.
Spring Drama and Choir Registration
The annual spring drama program will begin on March 26th. Students in Grades 5-8 will have the opportunity to participate in the spring drama production. Students in grade K-4 are eligible to participate in spring choir. Registration and payment are due by March 19th for both programs. Registration is based on a first come first serve basis and school fees must be taken care of prior to registration to be eligible for registration. Registration forms are available on the school website.
Please Do Not Bring Dogs to School at Arrival and Dismissal Times
Please do not bring dogs to school at entrance or dismissal times. There are more than 750 students being dismissed some who have been bitten in the past, some who are afraid and others who are allergic. The students often run and make noise and cannot resist petting the dogs. We are very concerned that a dog would get overwhelmed and a child might be hurt. We are reminding you of the policy and appreciate your assistance with implementing it. We love dogs and agree most would be fine with the situation but do not want to take the risk of having an incident here at school. We are concerned for the safety and well being of the children.
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.
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 LEAD 21 websites for students in grades K-5. 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.
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.
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