The faculty and staff of Amosland Elementary School welcome you and your family. We will do our best to offer your child the finest possible education, and we will strive to make that education interesting and stimulating. We ask for your support, and we ask that you be an active participant in your child’s education.Ridley School District Mission Statement
It is the mission of the Ridley School District to create a safe and caring environment that gives all students the opportunity to achieve their fullest personal and academic potential in order to become productive and responsible citizens.
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HOURS
8:00 - 4:00 Office is open
8:40 - 3:05 Student Day
Students should not arrive before 8:30
8:40 - 11:25 Morning Session
12:15 - 3:05 Afternoon Session
The following dates will be used to admit beginners to the Ridley School District: Children must be five years of age by September 30th for admission to kindergarten and six years of age by September 30th to first grade.
For students to benefit fully from any educational program, a pattern of regular attendance must be established. Establishing this pattern early is essential if our students are to become successful members of society.
If your child is going to be absent, please call the Amosland Attendance Line’s Voice Mailbox so that we know the whereabouts of all our students. The number is 610-461-6367.
When a child is absent (or late) we must have a note from the parent explaining the cause of the absence. It is to be sent in on the first day the child returns. This is a state requirement. After an absence of five days, a doctor’s note is required.
When children return from an illness, they are expected to participate in all of the activities. Most doctors do recommend that a child get fresh air and sunshine. The recess period is 10 minutes at lunch. Children do not go outside when it is rainy or extremely cold. Please do not request that your child stay in unless there is an extreme reason.
Any student arriving at school after 8:45 a.m. should report to the office to get a tardy slip before going to the classroom.
STUDENTS LEAVING SCHOOL EARLY
When picking up children during the school day for professional appointments, illnesses, etc., parents should report to the office. Your child will be called to meet you at the office. To insure your child’s safety, children will not be released to other adults without written permission from the parents or legal guardian. The person checking the student out must sign him/her out at the office. We appreciate your cooperation in helping make our schools the safest possible environment for your children.
To insure a smooth running and safe school, anyone entering the school for any reason must report to the office and sign in. They must obtain a visitor’s badge if they are going to visit a classroom.
- Visiting Our School
If your youngster forgot his or her lunch, please drop it off at the office with the child’s name and room number written on the outside, and we will be sure it is properly delivered.
Parents should not disturb the teachers and students by going to the classrooms unless a visit has been prearranged with the teacher.
All children should enter the school through their assigned door. Students who line up in the back playground should walk through the kindergarten yard to get to the playground. Students are NOT permitted to walk through the back parking lot or through the front doors to get to the playground. If, however, it is raining and a child is being dropped off, he/she may use the front door. On those mornings when it is raining, snowing, or very cold, please note the sign in the front window. If students are permitted to wait inside for class to begin, the sign will say ”Come In”, and if they are to wait outside (weather permitting) the sign will say, ”Stop”. On “Come In” days, ALL students will then wait in the cafetorium until the bell rings at 8:40 a.m. Students who arrive before 8:30 should report to the cafeteria, where an aide will supervise them until 8:30 when they will go to their line-up area.
- Entering and leaving the school
- Traffic Safety
- In order to maintain a traffic safety program that is really effective, your cooperation will be needed. Our goal is safety for your children, not convenience and timesaving for parents.
- You can help promote our safety program with your children by observing the following regulations:
- 1. Stop at the curb when dropping off or picking up students. Students who exit vehicles stopped in the middle of the street or driveway are in danger of being hit by other traffic.
- 2. Have students enter or exit vehicle by the curbside doors only.
- 3. We have eliminated the crosswalk at 6th Avenue due to the hazardous location, as all vehicles entering the drive must enter there. The main crosswalk is at the end of the driveway opposite the library. ALL students must cross Amosland Road at this point.
Parents and other visitors may park in the upper parking lot opposite the playing fields. The front parking lot is for faculty and staff only. Parents may also park in the drop-off area along the curb in the driveway. Please do not park in the areas designated for buses (yellow curb) or handicapped crosswalk. No student is permitted to cross the driveway. By not parking in the staff parking you will not jeopardize your child by having him/her cross the driveway, which will be filled with entering and exiting vehicles. If you double park, do not leave your vehicle. Once the buses have picked up their students, parents may pick up in the yellow area, but parking there for more than a few minutes is not permitted. Do not leave your vehicle unattended in the yellow curb area or in the moving lane (double parked lane).
- Parking Safety
CONTACTING THE SCHOOL
Parents are asked to make after-school arrangements with children before they leave home. It is not desirable to interrupt class time to deliver messages. The teacher will be responsible for determining the need for phone use. Students receiving telephone calls will be notified of messages before school ends for the day.
RAINY DAY PLANS
Make rainy day plans with your children so they know what to do. The telephone cannot handle last minute plans for all students.
BICYCLE, SKATEBOARD, ROLLER BLADE AND SCOOTER SAFETY
Bicycle riders will observe the same safety rules as automobile drivers: stopping at stop signs, riding single file on the right hand side of the street, and only one rider to a bicycle. All of the above must be walked on and off school property and on all sidewalks adjoining the school. Roller blades must be put on at the crossing guard when leaving school and taken off there when arriving at school. Shoes with wheels in the heels may not be worn to school.
Our cafeteria offers a nutritious, well-balanced lunch at a reasonable cost. Free and reduced price lunch programs are available to qualified families. Contact the school office if you did not receive this information during the first week of school.
We have a debit method of payment for breakfast ($1.00), lunch ($1.50), and snack foods ($0.50-$0.75). The students use a debit system that they access by a PIN number. Your child will be given a number, and they will use that number until they leave Amosland School. New students will receive their number in September. Parents may send in any denomination of money, and it will be credited to their child’s account. Each day the students will use their PIN number to pay for their breakfast, lunch, and snack. Please send your child’s money to school in an envelope marked with the child’s name, PIN number and what the child may buy with the money. If you do not want your child to buy snacks with their debit number, you should state that on their envelope. Paying by check is preferred. Make check payable to Ridley School District Food Services. Payment may be sent in on any day of the week.
- Debit System
Breakfast is served from 8 A.M. to 8:30 A.M. Students who are in our breakfast program should arrive at 8 A.M. Students should not arrive before 8:30 if they are not eating breakfast at school.
Children will eat their lunch in the cafeteria under the supervision of four lunch aides. Lunch may be brought from home or purchased at school. There will be two, staggered lunch periods:
• 11:50-12:20 for Grades 4 & 5
• 12:20-12:50 for Grade 1
• 12:30-1:00 for Grades 2 & 3
All students are expected to remain in the building for lunch unless there is a special circumstance, and a note must be written by the parent to allow the student to leave the building during his/her lunch period.Cafeteria Rules
1. Enter the cafeteria quietly.
2. Walk at all times.
3. Use good table manners.
4. Speak in normal voices.
5. Stay in your seat at your own table
6. Small games are permitted for use after eating.
7. If possible, use the lavatory in your classroom area before lunch.
8. Ask to use the water fountain.
9. Remember to get your straw, napkin, fork and spoon before you leave the serving line.
10. Clean your area.
Group accident insurance protection for all pupils is available at a very low cost per pupil. We strongly urge each parent to take advantage of this excellent protection. The plan provides liberal benefits for children injured at school, on the playground, going to or coming from school or while being transported to or from a school activity.
- Accident Insurance
Early in the school year parents receive a premium envelope and information concerning this plan. Please sign and return your child’s form whether you are purchasing insurance or not.
Children in grades four and five are required to have proof of some form of accident insurance in order to participate in intramurals.
No medication will be administered in school except by direct order of the family physician. Any child who is to receive medication during school hours must have explicit directions. All medication must be packed with a current pharmaceutical label, including child’s name, drug name and dosage.
- Administration of Medicine
Students are not allowed to keep medication in desks, schoolbags, etc., or on their person. All medication will be kept in the health office; absolutely no over-the-counter drugs without a physician’s order. You may obtain the “Physician’s Orders for Medication Administration” form from the school office. If necessary this form may be faxed to us at 610-237-8000.
During the first week of the school year your child will receive an Emergency Procedure Card from his/her teacher. This card should be kept up-to-date throughout the year. Please make certain that all portions of the card are completed. Contact the school as soon as possible when there is a change in address, telephone number, or parental status. Emergency phone numbers on enrollment cards are important and must be listed in case we are unable to contact the parents. Please return this card promptly.
- Emergency Procedure Cards
School nurses are employed by the Ridley School District to provide such health services as: annual vision and hearing tests, weighing and measuring child growth, periodic class room examinations, and emergency first aid in case of accident while in school. They also give classroom instruction as the need arises. A school nurse is in our building everyday.
- Health Services
If your child complains of headache, stomachache, sore throat, etc. before coming to school, please check his/her temperature. If feverish, do not send the child to school. If your child becomes ill in school, we will decide if he or she should be sent home. If your youngster is too ill to stay in school, or if any injury is serious enough, we will call you to come to the school office to take your child home.
EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSING
In the event of weather so severe that there is a possibility schools may be closed, parents are asked to stay tuned to their radio or television station for information. In order to maintain open communication lines. You are asked not to call the school. Also, our new emergency telephone notification system is in effect and all students will receive a call and a recorded message from the Superintendent concerning the emergency. If school is to be closed, the decision and announcement will be made prior to 6:30 A.M. The school is not authorized to dismiss school early unless so directed by Ridley School District Central Administration. Our number is 453.
Discipline or classroom control is a joint effort upon the part of the teacher, student, and parents. Student self-discipline is the ideal for which we are striving. Our policy is to stress student responsibility in establishing classroom order, while relying upon the teacher’s experience for added control when needed. Parental support is needed to help us attain this goal.Behavioral GoalsIn order for all Amosland students to achieve the Life Role of being Responsible Citizens, their behavior should be based on respect and consideration for the rights of others. They are therefore expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will contribute to the best interest of the school. They are encouraged daily to Treat People Right and Do the Right Thing. In order to achieve this they should:1) Use Self Control
2) Be Responsible
3) Show Respect to All
We also use a program that expands our philosophy by using quotations and discussion to emphasize the following Lifeskills:
- Caring Integrity
- Common Sense Organization
- Cooperation Patience
- Courage Perseverance
- Curiosity Pride
- Effort Problem Solving
- Flexibility Resourcefulness
- Friendship Respect
- Initiative Responsibility
- Sense of Humor
The Student’s Responsibility Is:
- To know, understand and follow school rules.
- To develop a sensitivity to the feelings of others.
- To respect adults at school and home.
- To be a part of the decision making process.
- To accept different points of view gracefully.
The Teacher’s Responsibility Is:
- To be fair and consistent.
- To make everyone aware of and understand the reasoning behind school rules.
- To know as much as one can about each student and show understanding to his or her individual needs.
- To enforce rules and to see that students accept responsibility for their actions.
The Parent’s Responsibility Is:
- To know school policy.
- To establish good communication and rapport with teachers.
- To try to be objective when dealing with problems related to discipline.To work together as a family unit and be consistent in child guidance.
BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM
Amosland continues to promote its bullying prevention program that was initiated in 2004-2005. (See District Pages for details.)
The seven elementary schools in Ridley continue to implement the C.L.A.S.S. (Connected Learning Assures School Success) model school program that includes a philosophy of establishing a safe, trusting environment.
As we move forward with this model, schools will develop instructional strategies that support thematic teaching and curriculum integration. (See District Pages for details.)
We hold community gatherings each Monday where we introduce lifeskills and celebrate achievements.
Children need the security of routine schedules as they organize and make sense of their world. Home life should include going to bed, getting up, resting, playing, and eating routines. Furthermore, academic success is enhanced when children are well rested and fed before coming to school. Parents should always expect and insist upon appropriate behavior of their children just as teachers do. A parental show of interest in student work, with attendant praise for accomplishments, will increase the chances for continued student academic gains.
Home & School Association
Our Home & School Association works to bring a closer relationship between the home and the school so parents and teachers may cooperate in the education of the children. Board meetings are held throughout the school year, and parents are welcome visitors. General meetings are held throughout the year.
Back to School Night is held in September for classroom visitations to learn about the upcoming year.
If at any time you should desire a conference with your child’s teacher, please do no hesitate to set up an appointment either by writing the teacher a note or telephoning the school. At the conclusion of the first marking period the teachers will be scheduling the conferences to review your child’s work. Please make every effort to meet for the conference.
Official field trip forms must be completed, signed and returned to the student’s teacher before the date of the planned trip. Telephone calls from parents cannot be accepted as a form of permission to attend a field trip.
Regularly assigned homework is desirable in assisting pupils to achieve satisfactory school progress and develop good study habits. Parents can help their child to succeed in school if they promote a good attitude toward home assignments. Providing a relatively quiet place and a consistent time, encouraging completeness and neatness, and helping with the learning of math facts, shows your child that you are taking an interest in their schoolwork.
Homework involves not only written work, but also reviewing the day’s work and reading a book. The amount, length, and type of homework will vary according to the individual needs of your child. The Ridley School District has designated the following minimum amounts of time to be spent four days per week:• K-10 minutes of parent review of papers sent home
• Grades 1 & 2 - 15-20 minutes
• Grades 3 & 4 - 20-30 minutes
• Grade 5 - 30-60 minutes
If your child is spending unusual amounts of time on homework each night, he may be experiencing some difficulty and it would be advisable to contact his or her teacher.
KINDERGARTEN AND FIRST GRADE PARENTS
We ask that the parents and siblings of kindergarten and first grade parents do not wait for their students to be dismissed inside the kindergarten fenced-in playground area. Please wait outside the fence away from the doors and windows. Waiting in this area disrupts the classrooms.
No Dogs, Please!
For the safety of all, we would like to insist that you leave your pets at home. Even the best of animals may get excited around a group of children and hurt someone.
LOST AND FOUND
There is a table and rack in the second grade hall where all lost articles of clothing, and various other items, are turned in when found. Please check it often. It is a good idea to label you child’s clothing, as many items look the same.
The Ridley School District Board of School Directors has adopted a non-smoking policy, which became effective June 1, 1991. The policy states that smoking is prohibited anywhere on School District property. Therefore, please refrain from smoking outside of the building while waiting for your child to be dismissed.
CHILD STUDY TEAM
The building principal, and other staff members, convene this group of educators when a child is experiencing difficulty in school. Teachers and special services personnel evaluate student learning, prescribe educational activities or programs to assist the child, and monitor progress. Parents are notified when students are recommended and are invited to join the team.
CARE OF TEXTBOOK & LIBRARY BOOKS
Students are responsible to the school for the proper care of textbooks and library books and must pay for lost or damaged books. Students are required to pay fines for damaged textbooks in accordance to the amount of damage. In cases where the damage is so extensive as to render the book unusable, the full price will be collected, since it will no longer be in use. Each student shall return all textbooks issued to him or her when leaving the school, or at the end of the school year. Failure to return or pay for damages shall result in withholding report cards.
CELL PHONES AND ELECTRONICS
Although we understand the safety concerns from your viewpoint, we ask that you instruct your child to only use cell phones before and after school. The school cannot take responsibility for MP3 players, Ipods, and electronic games.
Last Modified on December 4, 2008