Parent Handbook



Sunridge Elementary School

School Hours

Kinder  7:55 a.m.-3:00 p.m. (Thursday 7:55 am. -1:15 p.m.)

Grades 1-5th

7:55 a.m. -3:00 p.m.  (Thursday 7:55 a.m. -1:15 p.m.)

Office Hours

7:30 a.m. -4:00 p.m. 

Teacher Hours

7:30 a.m. -3:30 p.m. 

 

Playground Supervision

There is playground supervision before school from 7:35-7:55 every morning and during all recesses.  For the students’ safety, please make sure that they do not arrive to campus before 7:35 a.m. or remain after school beyond 4:00 p.m.  There is no supervision before 7:35 a.m. or after 4:00 p.m. 

Visitors and Volunteers

Sunridge welcomes parent and guardian visits and encourages them to volunteer their time.  When visiting Sunridge, please sign in at the front desk prior to entering campus to receive your visitor’s badge.

If the purpose of your visit is to discuss your child, please schedule an appointment with the teacher before or after school.

Legal Age for School Entry

To be eligible to attend Kindergarten a student must be five (5) years of age by September 1st of the current school year. Entrance age for a first grader who has not attended kindergarten is six (6) years old prior to August 31st of the current school year.  A birth certificate must be presented at time of enrollment to verify the child’s age.    

 

 

Registration

When registering your child at Sunridge Elementary, you will need the following: 

  • The original birth certificate
  • A copy of current immunization records
  • Proof of residency (utility bill, rental contract, home mortgage, etc.)
  • Transfer or withdrawal papers from previous school and last report card
  • **If you live with another family, you will be required to provide a notarized letter.

Immunization Required for Initial Enrollment

Prior the initial enrollment in any common school in the State of Arizona, the parent or guardian of a child shall submit to the school an immunization record of such child and it shall contain one of the following statements:

  1. That the child has received the initial immunizations prescribed
  2. That the immunizations would seriously endanger the child’s health
  3. That the child is being reared as an adherent to a religion opposed to such immunizations
  4. Failure to satisfy these requirements is subject to punishment as a misdemeanor. 

Required Immunizations:

  1. Measles Vaccine:  2 doses of live vaccine are sufficient.   Measles vaccine is given as an individual vaccine in combination with rubella vaccine or in combination with mumps and rubella.
  2. Rubella Vaccine:  1 dose is sufficient.  Given as an individual vaccine or in combination as above.
  3. Diphtheria Vaccine:  4-5 doses are sufficient to comply with school entry requirements included one dose given after the 4th birthday.  Usually combined with tetanus and whooping cough vaccine. 
  4. Polio Vaccine:  3-4 doses of oral vaccine or 4-5 doses of inactive polio vaccine are sufficient to comply with school entry requirements.  One dose given after the 4th birthday.
  5. Hepatitis B Vaccine:  3 doses are sufficient.  The hepatitis B series does not have to be completed prior kindergarten and first grade entry.   The hepatitis vaccination must be initiated prior to entry and completed according to schedule.   The recommended time schedule for hepatitis B to be administered is as follows:  The second dose shall be received at least one month after the first dose and the third dose shall be received at 2-4 months after the second dose.  

Attendance

Studies show regular school attendance is a critical factor for academic success. Students who attend school regularly learn more and are more successful in school than students who do not. The valuable learning opportunities such as class discussions, activities and participation can never be made up if a student is absent.  Please assist us in supporting your child(ren) by adhering to our attendance policies:

  • Please remember to call the school office at (623) 707-4600 by 9:00 am to report an absence for EACH day your child is absent from school. 
  • A student arriving on campus after 8:00 am, is considered late to school, therefore he/she will need a late pass from the office.  Tardies may accumulate resulting in an absence. 

Truancy

According to the Superior Court-Juvenile Court Center a “truant child” means a child between the ages of six (6) and sixteen (16) is absent from school without a valid excuse or who may have excessive absences.  When a student is absent, the office will make every attempt to communicate with the parent or guardian. 

  • After five (5) absences, a letter will be sent home to parents reminding them of the importance of sending their children to school. 
  • After the tenth (10) absence, another letter is sent and a meeting is scheduled to discuss ways in which we can work together to ensure the student’s success. 
  • Upon the fifteen (15) absence, a school official will request a truancy hearing and a citation may be issued to the parent/guardian from the juvenile court upon additional absences.

 

Taking Children out of School

If you must pick up your child during school hours, please send a note to inform the school of your intentions.  When you arrive at school, you must first check in with the front office and present the office staff with your ID.  Your child will not be released to anyone that is not listed on the emergency card or to anyone without an ID.

 

Change of Address/Information

It is very important, for student safety reasons, that the school has the most current contact information.  If you should need to change your address, your home phone, cell phone, work number, emergency contact numbers, etc. please contact the office.  A note or phone call to the office (623 707-4600) will ensure that the changes are made. 

 

Medications

In compliance with state law, before prescription or over the counter medications can be given to a student at school, an “Administering Medicine to Students” form provided by the Health Office, must be completed by the parent or guardian.  All medications must be in the original containers.  ONLY the nurse, health assistant, office clerk, or administration is allowed to administer medications.  All medications must be brought in by the parent.  Students may not carry any medications with them.  This includes vitamins, cough drops, inhalers, etc.

 

Special Accommodations

If your child has a medical condition that requires special accommodations, please notify the school administration to discuss a 504 or Medical Alert Plan. 

Emergency First Aid

The nurse, teacher, or member of the office staff shall administer first aid for minor injuries.  If a student is seriously injured the nurse will make the determination if the paramedics need to be contacted and the parent or guardian will be notified immediately. 

Illness

When a student becomes ill at school he/she will be sent to the nurse’s office.  If it is necessary for the student to leave school, the parent, guardian or emergency contact will be contacted to come pick up the student.  The student will remain in the nurse’s office until the parent or guardian arrives.  Before leaving the parent or guardian must sign the student out.  Parents are urged to keep children at home if they are ill.  Students are not allowed at school if they have a fever, contagious disease, an unidentified rash or head lice. 

 

Arrival and Dismissal from School

                Bus Transportation:

Bus transportation is provided for all Fowler Elementary School District students that live more than one (1) mile from Sunridge Elementary.  Students using district bus transportation are under jurisdiction of the school from the time they board the bus in the morning and the time they arrive home in the afternoon.  Students who fail to observe the bus rules will be subject to immediate disciplinary action.  A bus referral will be given to the school administration and the students bus privileges may be temporarily or even permanently revoked based on the seriousness of the offense.

                Walkers:

The Fowler Elementary School District provides one crossing guard along 62nd Avenue from 7:30 a.m. -8:30 a.m. and 3:00-4:00 p.m. daily.  The crossing guard is there for the children’s protection, please cross at the crosswalk to ensure everyone’s safety.     

                Transported by Car:

Students that are transported to and from school by a parent or guardian are asked to drop students off in the back of the school.  Students should be dropped off between 7:35 and 7:55 a.m.  In the event that you are not able to pick your child up at 3:00 p.m. (1:15 p.m. on Thursdays), please contact the office at 623 707-4600.  All students that have not been picked up by 3:15 p.m. will be brought to the office and the parent or guardian will be contacted. 

Bike Riders:

Students may ride their bikes to school; however, students are not to ride their bikes on campus at any time.  Bike racks are located in the front of the school and will be locked daily at 8:10 a.m.  All students that chose to ride their bike to school should always wear a helmet. 

School Lunch Program

The National School Child Nutrition Program is a federally subsidized program.  Applications are sent home with each student at the beginning of each school year.  Eligibility to receive free or reduced meals is based on the family’s income.  All information on the application is confidential.  If you did not receive an application, please contact the school office at 623 707-4600 and one will be sent home with your student(s).  The sooner the application is completed and submitted the faster the process of approval.  Applications from the prior year are still valid through mid-September.  If you are charged for lunch and eventually you do qualify for the free or reduced lunch program you will not receive a refund. 

Classroom Celebrations

Classroom teachers have developed positive and simple rituals for celebrating special days.   If you wish to participate in the celebration you are more than welcome to.  If you wish to celebrate you will need to follow some simple guidelines:

  • You must communicate with your child’s homeroom teacher PRIOR to the day of the event if you plan to participate.
  • As we are promoting healthy food choices, if you choose to bring in a snack, please make sure there is enough for each student in the class, is store bought and does not violate our excessive sweets (no soda, candies, etc.) policy.
  • You must deliver the item(s) to the office between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m..  Any item(s) brought in after 10:00 a.m. will not be allowed into the classroom.
  • Parents will not be allowed to bring in balloons, flowers, or presents to celebrate individual birthdays. 

Character Education Program   

The overreaching goal of the character education program at Sunridge is to implement a program that will benefit students both academically and socially.  Character lessons will reinforce the traits listed below through classroom lessons and structured activities/games.  Through these activities instructors will reinforce the values of teamwork and sportsmanship that will benefit the students in many different ways.

Character Education Traits: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship

 

School Wide Discipline Program

It is the responsibility of every student and staff member at Sunridge to maintain an orderly and inviting learning atmosphere.  Students that continually disrupt the learning environment will receive consequences for their behavior.  Our primary goal is the academic success of the student.  Teachers follow these general guidelines when working with students that display disruptive behaviors:  

*Reminders: Verbal and nonverbal cues to redirect student behaviors

*Change of scenery: Relocate the student within your room or send them to a buddy room.

*Loss of privilege (conducted by classroom teacher): Community service, lunch recess

*Parent contact: Communicate behaviors with parents

*Administrator intervention:  Alternative classroom, parent conference, sent home, etc. 

Students involved in severe infractions such as fighting, weapons, severe disrespect to staff, etc. will be send directly to office with the possibility of suspension/expulsion.  See code of conduct booklet for further explanation. 

Student Honor Assemblies

Each quarter, student assemblies will be held to recognize students for perfect attendance, academic achievement, character awards, etc. We encourage family and friends to attend these events. 

Perfect Attendance:

 

Perfect attendance will be determined by Ms. Osorio.  Attendance awards are based on attendance reports from our S.I.S. (Power School) report. Perfect attendance = NO days missed, NO late arrivals,

NO early dismissals and NO days tardy.

 

Honor Roll:

Honor roll will be determined based upon two factors.  1. Students must achieve an average of 65% on the math and reading benchmark assessment.  2. Students must also achieve all “A’s” on the core (reading, math & writing) disciplines.

 

Honorable Mention will be determined based upon two factors.  1. Students must achieve an average of 60% on the math and reading benchmark assessment.  2. Students must also achieve all “A’s” and or “B’s” on the core academic areas (reading, math & writing).

Personal Property

Students are responsible for their own personal property.  Please clearly identify all property with your childs name on his or her lunch box, clothing, backpacks, etc. 

The following items should not be brought to school:

1)      Gum, candy, sunflower seeds, and other food items

2)      Soda

3)      Toys

4)      Radios, MP3 players, iPods, etc.

5)      Electronic games (hand held

6)      Any weapon or Dangerous item

7)      Cell phones-if brought to school, must be turned off and put away during school hours (8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.) as to not disrupt the learning environment. 

**Any of the items listed above may be confiscated and will need to be picked by a parent or guardian.

 

Uniform Dress Code

 

All students in kindergarten through 5th grade who attend Fowler Elementary Schools are required to wear uniforms.  The standard clothing for students at Sunridge Elementary is:

                Tops:

  • White, light blue or navy
  • Shirts must have sleeves and collars
  • No logos or writing on shirts
  • Shirts must be the appropriate size
  • Undershirts worn beneath tops must be white ONLY

 

Bottoms:

  • Must be navy (no denim or sweatpants)
  • Slacks, shorts, skirts, skorts or jumpers are appropriate
  • All shorts, skirts, skorts, and jumpers must be no more than two (2) inches above the knee
  • Must be the appropriate size

 

Student Spirit Days

Students will be allowed to wear spirit shirts (including MAC-Ro shirts) and may wear jeans for $1 (Buck a Jean) on pre-determined FRIDAY’S throughout the school year.   Student spirit day dates will be August 24, September 28, October 26, November 30, December 21, January 25, February 22, March 29, and April 26. 

Principals have the discretion to designate other “incentive days” to promote parent or student participation. 

 

**Students who choose NOT to participate in spirit days, must wear the school uniform.

 

Pets or Animals

We welcome students to share their pets with classmates.  If a parent has an animal or pet that they would like to share with a classroom, contact the teacher for permission and make arrangements to bring the pet to school and take it home with you.  Animals cannot be left at school for the full day.  Students may not bring pets without their parents for safety reasons. 

 

School Materials

 

The Fowler School District provides students with all of the required school materials.  Textbooks and library books are issued to students for their use, however, students and their parents or guardians assume responsibility for lost or damaged books. 

 

Academic Benchmarks

 

Academic benchmark assessments will be administered throughout the school year.  Teachers and students will use the benchmark assessment data to determine if students are meeting the academic criteria needed to be successful. 

 

Kindergarten benchmarks for the end of the year

Reading:  We would like each student to be able to:  • Break a word down into syllables and individual sounds • Know Kindergarten sight words by memory • Initial/middle/ending letter sounds • Rhyme • Know names and sounds of all letters

Math:  We would like each student to: • Count to 100 • Numerical addition and subtraction with number line 0-10 • Write numbers 1-20

Writing:  We would like each student to: • Write letters in capital and lower case • Write a story using pictures and words

 

Ways to help out at home: • Go over your child’s sight word list every day • Read with your child every day • Have your child practice number writing every day • Have your child practice counting • Make sure your child is here every day and on time • Talk with your child about their school day and what they are learning

 

1st Grade benchmarks for the end of the year

Reading:  We would like each student to be able to:  • Read 69 words correctly per minute • Recognize and read the first grade sight words fluently (approx. 185 words)

Math:  We would like each student to:  • Know math facts 0-18 in both addition and subtraction by memory (without regrouping) • Write their numbers correctly from 0-100

Writing:  We would like each student to:  • Write 3-5 correctly structured sentences on a single topic • Include appropriate capitalization, end marks, subject and predicate agreements

Ways to help out at home:  • Go over your child’s sight word list every day • Read with your child every day • Have your child practice number writing every day • Have your child practice math problems • Have your child practice writing sentences • Make sure your child is here every day and on time • Talk with your child about their school day and what they are learning

 

2nd grade benchmarks for the end of the year

Reading:  We would like each student to be able to:  • Read 111 words per minute orally • Know all sight words by memory (approx. 200) • Identify cause/effect and fact/opinion • Reach AR goal each quarter

Math:  We would like each student to:  • Know math facts 0-18 in both addition and subtraction with regrouping by memory and solve problems with regrouping  • Master the concept of estimation in both addition and subtraction  • Id and count money, connect coins and bills with place value • Develop operation sense by applying the associative property of addition

Writing:  We would like each student to:  • Write 1-2 paragraph composition with introductory and concluding sentences • Include describing words

 

Ways to help out at home:   • Require your child to read at least two hundred minutes every month • Set a required time for completion of homework • Have your child practice math facts every day • Monitor your child’s progress • Read/Edit your child’s writing assignments • Make sure your child is here every day and on time • Talk with your child about their school day and what they are learning

 

3rd Grade benchmarks for the end of the year:

Reading:  We would like each student to be able to:  • Read 123 words per minute • Recognize main idea and supporting details • Recognize author’s purpose/point of view

Math:  We would like each student to:  • Know math facts 0-18 in both addition and subtraction with regrouping by memory and solve problems with regrouping at the beginning of school • Master the concept of estimation in both addition and subtraction • Know multiplication facts through the 12’s by memory • Master the concept of fractions vs. whole numbers

 

Writing:  We would like each student to
• Write 2-3 paragraph composition with introductory and concluding sentences, main idea, and supporting details • Include appropriate capitalization, end marks, subject, and predicate

 

Ways to help out at home:  • Require your child to read every day • Set a required time for completion of homework • Have your child practice multiplication flash cards every day • Monitor your child’s progress • Read/Edit your child’s writing assignments • Make sure your child is here every day and on time • Talk with your child about their school day and what they are learning

4th Grade benchmarks for the end of the year:

Reading: We would like each student to be able to: • Read 144words per minute orally • Identify main idea, inference, draw conclusions, summarize, fact and opinion • Increase ability to access and research information • Recognize authors purpose/point of view • Earn minimum goal for AR points per quarter

Math: We would like each student to: • Select appropriate customary and metric units of measure to solve application problems involving length, weight, mass and volume • Estimate and find the product of 2 and 3 digit numbers to solve application problems • Demonstrate fluency with basic multiplication and division facts and fact families • Compare and order decimals to the hundredths • Place fractions, decimals and whole numbers in order on a number line

Writing: We would like each student to:  • Write 3-5 paragraph composition with introductory and concluding paragraphs • Include appropriate capitalization, end marks, subject, and predicate

Ways to help out at home:  • Require your child to read every day • Set a required time for completion of homework • Monitor your child’s progress • Practice math facts • Read/Edit your child’s writing assignments • Make sure your child is here every day and on time • Talk with your child about their school day and what they are learning

 

5th Grade benchmarks for the end of the year:

Reading: We would like each student to be able to: • Read 155 words per minute orally • Understand and use figurative language • Increase ability to access and research information • Recognize authors purpose/point of view

 

Math: We would like each student to: • Solve problems using decimal numbers to the 1000th place        • Multiply and divide whole numbers and decimal #’s with 1 or 2 digit multipliers or divisors • Represent with models the connection between fractions, decimals, and percent and be able to convert from one representation to another • Add and subtract fractions and mixed numbers to solve problems using a variety of methods • Master the basic skills of geometry

Writing: We would like each student to: • Write a 5 paragraph essay • Include appropriate capitalization, end marks, subject, and predicate

Ways to help out at home: • Require your child to read every day • Set a required time for completion of homework • Monitor your child’s progress • Practice math facts • Read/Edit your child’s writing assignments • Make sure your child is here every day and on time • Talk with your child about their school day and what they are learning

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Homework

 

The use of homework is encouraged as a means of extending the amount of time that students devote to learning.  Homework also provides time to reinforce the skills learned in the classroom and complete daily classroom assignments.  Homework may also be used effectively to build self-discipline, develop independence, responsibility and valuable time management skills.  Home study allows students to make up work missed due to absence. 

Communication between teachers and parents or guardians regarding homework is essential.  Through the use of the student agendas parents or guardians should be made aware of daily assignments as well as notes regarding daily behavior.  It is recommended that parents or guardians sign the student agenda nightly as a direct communication link with the teacher.

 

Student Assessment

 

Your child is evaluated on a daily basis through informal observation and formal assessments.  Every first through fifth grade student is assessed in math and reading every eight weeks.  Students in the second grade will take Stanford 10 state assessment and all third through fifth grade students will take the AIMS state assessment. 

District Assessment schedule:

FIRST QUARTER

August 2012                                                       DIBELS Next Fall Benchmark Test

August 2012                                                       AzAC Reading Test Form A (Grades 2-5)

October 2012                                                     District Math Benchmark Assessment (Grades 2-8)

 

SECOND QUARTER

December 2012                                                                AzAC Reading Test Form B (Grades 2-5)

December 2012                                                                District Math Benchmark Assessment (Grades 1-8)

December 2012                                                                AzAC Science Test (Grades 4 and 8)

 

THIRD QUARTER

February/March 2013                                    AZELLA Testing (Grades K-8) at individual sites

February/March 2013                                    AzAC Reading Test Form A (Grades 2-5)

March 2013                                                         District Math Benchmark Assessment (Grades 2-8)

 

FOURTH  QUARTER

April  2013                                                           AIMS  Writing (Grades 5); AIMS Science (Grades 4)

April  2013                                                           AIMS Reading and Math (Grades 3-8)

April  2013                                                           Stanford 10 (Grade 2)

May 2013                                                             AzAC Reading Test Form C(Grades 2-5)  

May 2013                                                             District Math Benchmark Test (Grades 2-8)


Reporting Academic Progress to Parents

 

Your child’s academic progress will be formally reported to you according to the following schedule:

September         4, 2012                                                  Progress Reports

October               8-12, 2012                                            Parent Teacher Conferences

November          13, 2012                                                Progress Reports

December           19, 2012                                                Report Cards

February              4, 2013                                                  Progress Reports

March                   11-15, 2013                                         Parent Teacher Conferences

April                       22, 2013                                                Progress Reports

May                       20, 2013                                                Final Report Cards

 

Your attendance during parent teacher conferences is strongly encouraged.  Parent teacher conferences occur twice a year to discuss your child’s academic progress.  During parent teacher conferences report cards will be discussed with the parent or guardian.  If you are unavailable to attend the parent teacher conference please notify the teacher and a home visit or other accommodations can be arranged. 

 

Field Trips

 

As a part of the educational process Sunridge students do participate in field trips.  Children that participate in field trips must have written permission form a parent or guardian.  Your child’s teacher will provide a permission slip which will outline the specifics of the excursion.  Only children that attend Sunridge Elementary and currently enrolled in the class/grade level are eligible to participate.  Parents are welcome to attend the field trip as a chaperone when needed, please contact your child’s teacher if you are interested in chaperoning a field trip.

Occasionally a fee is requested to attend field trips; however, no child will be denied participation due to financial hardship.  Please notify your child’s teacher and accommodations will be made.      

 

Special Services

 

Fowler Elementary School District will provide special services in all mandated areas.  Services in the district that may accomplish these provisions are: psychological testing, speech therapy, and special education programs. 

Teachers and/or parents may refer students for evaluation concerning a special education need.  Parental approval is always required for all student evaluations and placements.   The parents will be involved in all decisions throughout the process of the student evaluation. 

 


Confidentiality of Student Education Records

Fowler Elementary School District Governing Board Policy J-6008.13 states that student educational information collected and maintained is kept confidential and guarantees parents’ and students’ fight to privacy. 

Records are maintained in the school office and are available only to teachers and staff members working with the student.  When a student transfers to another school the records will be sent to the new school when the new school sends a request for records.  Records are not released to most agencies without prior written consent from the parent.  The parent or legal guardian has the right to review all records related to their child. 


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