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Department of Children and Families needs foster families
for children of all ages. Attend an information meeting
for descriptions of the foster family programs.
are especially needed for children ages 0 to 5 and 12 and
families are needed and encouraged to attend.
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31, 2016 is the first day for
students. It is
an early release school day.
at 1:00 P.M. for all students, bus students and
will run on its early release day schedule from 8:35 A.M.
– 10:15 (A.M. session) and 11:00 – 1:00 (P.M. session).
Breakfast and Lunch
and lunch are available for students in K-8 starting August
31, 2016. The
full cost of breakfast is $1.00.
For qualifying students, reduced breakfast is 30
cents or free. The
full hot lunch price is $2.25.
Reduced lunches are 40 cents.
price of milk is 35 cents.
Students have individual accounts in our computerized
may add money to their accounts with cash or check Monday
through Friday from 8:15 A.M. until 8:35 A.M.
Parents may make payments online at any time at www.myschoolbucks.com.
If you wish to use the online system, please contact
Mrs. Williams at Ext.197
for your child’s ID number.
Applications for the free and reduced breakfast and
lunch program will be sent home with all students during the
first week of school. State
guidelines for family income will be included with the
should be completed and returned to school as quickly as
Student will send a post card to each family with bus route
Times may change slightly after your notice due to last minute
enrollment changes, but will become more consistent after
the first few days of school.
We appreciate your patience during the first few days
of school. If
you have questions or need to make changes, please call
First Student 860-886-4194.
Please do not drop any students off prior to 8:15 A.M.
There is no supervisory staff available prior to that
time. Use the
drop-off lane and ensure that your child crosses at the
cross-walk for his/her safety.
Students dropped off after 8:35 A.M. are tardy and
cannot be accommodated for breakfast.
first two days of school, parents may bring their children
into the school to visit the classroom if they wish. If
you need to speak to someone in the school, check in at the
Main Office. Please
do not “drop-in” to classrooms to talk with teachers.
This disrupts the teacher’s ability to start the
day and appropriately supervise the classroom.
Call or email the teacher to arrange an appointment
if you have questions or concerns.
Parents of preschool children should park and walk your child to the
preschool entry, located at the north end of the building
(all the way to the right when facing the main entrance.
Regular student dismissal for all students, bus students and pick-ups
is 3:00 P.M.
Please note that all students will be dismissed to
the buses beginning at 3:00 P.M.
Parents who pick up their students can arrive
between 3:00 P.M. – 3:25 P.M.
(On early dismissal days, dismissal of pick-ups will
be from 1:00 P.M. – 1:25 P.M.).
Drivers should line up in their cars in the
designated pick-up lane in front of the school, turn off the
engines and remain in their vehicle at all times.
Drivers should pull up directly behind the car in
front of them to maximize the use of available space.
A Sayles School staff member will escort each child
to the appropriate car.
Staff will wear identifying safety vests to improve
their visibility and identity themselves as school staff.
confusion, please send a written note with your child if you
plan to pick him/her up.
If you plan to do so every day, indicate that in the
please send a written note if you wish for your child to be
dismissed in any way other than their assigned bus during
the 15 – 16 school year, even if the school has a note
from the previous school year.
This helps us ensure we are aware of your current
wishes regarding your child’s dismissal. In
order to prevent confusion, we do not retain notes from the
prior year. We
are concerned about your child’s safety and want to ensure
their arrival at the correct location.
occasion, news media visit the school without prior notice
on the first day of school. We will also take
photos and/or video of students during the year to post in
the school and/or on our website.
If you object to having
photos or video taken of your child, please contact Mrs.
Burns at 822-8264, Ext. 106 by August 31, 2016.
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Common Core State Standards (CCSS) are a set of academic
standards in mathematics and English language
arts/literacy that are grounded in evidence and designed
to ensure that all students have the academic knowledge
and skills they need in these core subjects to succeed
after high school.
CCSS were developed in a state-led process under the
leadership of governors and chief state school officers
with participation from 48 states. The process included
the involvement of state departments of education,
districts, teachers, community leaders, experts in a wide
array of fields, and professional educator organizations.
Resources for Students & Families
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National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
National Library of Virtual Manipulatives (NLVM) is a
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were developed to help diverse groups - educators,
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Council of the Great City Schools
Council of the Great City Schools' parent roadmaps in
mathematics provide guidance to parents about what their
children will be learning and how they can support that
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selected standards progress from year to year so that
students will be college and career ready upon their
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who grow up in homes with many books get three years more
schooling than children from bookless homes, independent
of their parents' education, occupation and
is as great an advantage as having university educated
rather unschooled parents, and twice the advantage of
having a professional rather than an unskilled
father. It holds equally in rich nations and in
poor; in the past and in the present; under communism,
capitalism and apartheid; and most strongly in China.
authors reported their findings after studying
representative national samples in 27 nations, with over
"Family Scholarly Culture and Educational Success:
Books and Schooling in 27 Nations," by M.D.R. Evans,
Jonathan Kelley, Joanna Sikora, and Donald J. Treiman.
Research in Social Statification and Mobility 28, no. 2
(June 2010): 171-197.
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School will use the below chart as a guideline
for determining if recess is indoors or outdoors.
here to open or download the
Child Care Weather Watch>
Channel website will be used to determine
temperature and wind chill factor.
the weather is borderline, the decision will be
made in the Principal's Office after consultation
with the recess duty staff.
me know if you have questions, concerns or