• Parent Information

     

     Outlined below is some information that will be helpful as we begin the year together.

    Parent/Teacher Communication

    I believe that communication is the key to success!  Throughout the year, I will communicate with you through notes, telephone calls, monthly newsletters, report cards, and parent-teacher conferences. Our primary means of communication will be through your child’s homework folder, which he/she will receive on the first day of school.    Please check your child’s folder daily,read through the notices, help your child complete their homework and send back any information or notes.  Notes throughthe folder are the best way to make sure that we receive information in a timely manner.  You may also reach me by sending an e-mail to skelly@franklinboe.org.  Although I do have a voice mail account at school, I do not recommend leaving a message there, as it does not always work properly and I am not very good at checking it, so email is the better way!  If you need to reach me during the day, in an emergency, please call the main office (732-297-5666), and press the option for the secretary, and they can get a message to me.  Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns.

     

    6 Day Cycle

    We have a 6 daycycle at Franklin Park School. Each day has a letter from A to F. We begin school on A day, the next B day and so on untilyou get to F day, after which the cycles repeats again. This was designed so that if the school is unexpectedly closed, we do not skip that letter day and our schedule is continuous.  Our specials are assigned to a letter day, not a day of the week.  The lunch calendar that is sent home monthly has the letter days on it for your reference.

    Times and Transportation  

    The school day begins at 8:50 a.m. and ends at 3:10 p.m.  Children should not arrive prior to 8:50 because there is no supervision.  If you are bringing your child to school, rather than sending him/her on the bus, please say goodbye outside and allow him/her to enter the school independently.  If you plan to pick up a child that normally rides the bus, you must send a written note as early as possible.  Do not rely on your child to tell us this information because children often become confused and relay messages incorrectly. If no written note is received or a phone call was not made to the main office, your child will be sent home by his/her usual method of transportation. If your child takes the bus, please allow for plenty of time for your child to arrive at home as bus drivers get accustomed to their new routes.  It is very important for your child to know the letter bus that takes them home and their address. 

    Name Tags

    Your child should wear the name tag that the school issued for the next severalweeks. They not only will help the bus drivers but also the special teachers. We will collect them when they are no longer necessary.

    Toys

    Due to the possibility of loss and damage, students are asked not to bring any toys from home to school unless you have received a written request from me to do so. 

    Money Matters – Fundraising, Book Orders, Etc.

    When it is necessary for your child to bring money to school for book orders, lunch,trips etc., always send money in a sealed envelope with the following information written on it: 1) Your child’s first and last name.        2) The amount of money.   3) The purpose for the money.     If sending in lunch money to be put on your child’s lunch account, please also include your child’s PIN number.  With so many kids to keep track of and several reasons to collect money this helps us out tremendously and reduces the likelihood of errors. 

    Snack and LunchTime       

    We will have a morning snack time each day. Please send in a healthy snack from home, in a separate bag from lunch. Snack and lunch need to be separate as they are stored in different locations in the classroom.  Students’ lunch boxes are taken to the lunch room by the custodian before we eat snack, so they will not have access to their lunch boxes at snack time. Please no candy or soda! Talk to your child about what they would like to have as snack and have them help you to prepare it – by preparing it themselves they are more likely to eat it! Unfinished snacks and lunches will be sent home so that you may see what your child is eating during the day. Snack time is only about 15 minutes so a simple snack is best.  Cheese, crackers, pretzels,cut fruits and vegetables are great options. We do ask that snacks and lunches are packed in separate bags, so thatyour child easily knows which is which – we do not want your child to eat his/her lunch at snack time, and then have nothing left to eat at lunch.  Please be sure to label all bags with your child’s name.  Each month a menu is sent home so that you know what lunch choices are available in the cafeteria if your child wishes to purchase lunch.  Each day we will do a lunch count, where your child will need to know whether he/she is purchasing hot lunch, or has brought a lunch from home.  For the first several weeks we highly recommend that kindergarten children bring a lunch from home as they get adjusted to eating in the cafeteria, and learn their PIN numbers, which are needed to purchase lunch.  Information regarding prepaying for meals has been sent on the back of the lunch calendar. We are encouraging parents to try this option, so that money does not need to be sent to school. 

     

    Parent Participation

    During the school year there will be many special classroom activities and celebrations. We urge you to attend these functions when possible and to support them by sending needed supplies.  Your support makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school.

    The way in which birthdays will be celebrated at school has changed.  We now have a specified day each month to celebrate the birthdays of children born in that month.  Please refer to the Parent Handbook regarding celebrating birthdays, and we will be sure to discuss it further during Back To School Night.

     

    Clothing and Shoes

    The children will be going out for recess everyday unless it is raining or extremely cold.  Please keep this in mind when helping your child to select clothing for the day.  Dress in layers! We also have a variety ofplayground equipment for climbing. Sandals and dress shoes are less than ideal if your child chooses to play on this equipment and they tend to slip on days when the pavement is wet.  Children are not allowed to wear flip-flops or shoes with no back for safety reasons.  If your child wears boots to school on rainy or snowy days, please be sure to also send shoes to change into once they arrive at school.  Sneakers are required for days that we have physical education. Please refer to our class “specials” schedule.  We request that you send a change of clothing that we may store at school in case of any accidents or spills.  Label all clothing with your child’s name.