Special Education Chairperson
August - September 2012,
Dear Parents and Guardians,
I hope everyone is enjoying their summer and looking forward to another wonderful school year. All of our elementary staff will be returning this year so you will continue to see many familiar faces in September.
For those students entering Pre-K, Mrs. Ward has invited all Pre-K students and their parents to come visit the classroom, as well as meet her and her aide, Mrs. Jones, on Thursday, August 30th between 9 and 11am. The first day of Pre-K will be Wednesday, September 5th. Morning Pre-K is from 8:15-11:00 and the afternoon session is 12:00-2:45. Mrs. Ward will meet all students each day at the elementary entrance door so the students can walk as a class to their classroom.
All incoming Kindergartners were invited to attend an evening orientation on Thursday, August 16th, in their classroom. This event gave students and parents an opportunity to meet other students in the class, learn about a typical kindergarten day, receive a daily schedule, and students' participated in a teacher-directed activity while parents received pertinent information regarding school procedures.
Please be advised that the Hartford Central School District Transportation Policy 705.04 prohibits our drivers from releasing a student in grades K-3 without a parent/guardian or appropriate sitter visible. If you would like a Request for Exception form for this policy, please contact Mrs. Getty at 632-5222 x101. Thank you for your cooperation and for understanding that this policy was designed for the safety or your child/children.
Involvement in your child’s education is encouraged and I urge you to become active in our PTA. Meetings are typically held the second Tuesday of every month from 5:00-6:30 in the Technology Building. Jennifer Livingston is the PTA President and can answer any questions you may have. There is a PTA mailbox in the Elementary Office for any correspondence. In the past, PTA has provided several educational programs, as well as field trips, for our students. In order for this to continue, volunteers are needed!
As in the past, we collect Campbell’s Soup Labels, Box Tops For Education and used ink cartridges in order to receive free educational products. Please send them in with your child throughout the year. The drop-off boxes are located in/near the Elementary Office.
As the school year begins, please take time to check your child’s backpack each night. It is important that you receive all letters/notes from school and your child’s teacher. Please remove items that have not been provided or required by the teacher. Please be advised that toys are not appropriate for the classroom. Thank you for using your child’s backpack for its intended purpose – to transport materials to and from school that are used in your child’s classroom. Classroom supply lists have been distributed. If you need an additional copy, please call Mrs. Getty at 632-5222 ext. 101.
Please be reminded that students are not permitted in classrooms until 8:00. Students in grades 2-5 may go to breakfast immediately upon unloading the bus. Kindergartners and first graders may go to breakfast at 8:10 after they have checked into their classroom. Students who do not eat breakfast at school have the advantage of getting their morning work started and will benefit from the smaller student to teacher ratio if they have questions or are having difficulty with a particular skill or concept. If a student is late (after 8:15) he/she needs to report to the Elementary Office. By 8:30, instruction needs to begin and teachers need to be focusing on the children. Please arrange classroom visits for a time when teachers are not responsible for instruction. During instructional time, the office staff will gladly deliver messages and items to the appropriate classrooms. To ensure the safety of our students and staff, a visitor’s pass must be obtained by signing in at one of the Main Office’s before proceeding through the building at all times. Starting Monday, September 10th, parents will not be permitted to walk students to their classroom. By this time, students are comfortable and capable of getting to their class and we always have aides available to assist students if necessary.
All students, starting at the Pre-K level, are being required to meet higher expectations. State testing includes grades 3-8, with the English Language Arts and Math testing in April. Fourth graders will take the State Science Test in May and June. It is important to realize that Pre-K, Kindergarten, grade 1 and grade 2 provide a foundation for the third grade tests. The New York State Testing Program: A Parent’s Guide, is available in my office for anyone interested in better understanding what New York State is expecting of your child. This information can also be accessed on-line through the nysed.gov website.
I highly encourage communication between school and home. Please feel free to contact teachers and myself via phone, written notes or e-mail throughout the school year. Most e-mail addresses are the teacher’s first initial followed by their last name @ hartfordcsd.org (firstname.lastname@example.org). I feel confident that together we can make 2012-13 a very successful year. It is our goal to provide all students with a quality education, rich in experiences. Your support and time at home are greatly appreciated and a wonderful gift you can give your child/children. If you have any questions as the year progresses, please do not hesitate to contact me. Enjoy the remainder of the summer vacation and I look forward to seeing students return on Wednesday, September 5th!
Bethellen C. Mannix