The Wise Owls “Tips for Success”

School Hours:
    School begins at 9:40 a.m.  Children are to wait in the gazebo area until announcements are made.  Any students eating a school breakfast are to go through a breakfast cart line at 9:25 when the announcement is made.  When there are “rainy days” your child’s breakfast will be served in the cafeteria. It is very important that all children arrive at school on time.  If your child arrives in class at 9:45 they will be considered tardy.  If your child arrives at 9:50 or later, you will need to take your child to the office for a tardy slip.  If your child misses a day of school, please send a note the day he/she returns to school.  The note should contain the date and the reason your child was absent from school.  Dismissal begins at 3:50 P.M.  If you need to pick your child up early please go to the office to check him/ her out.

School Attendance:
    Your child’s regular and prompt attendance art school is crucial to his/her success. We can’t emphasize this enough. Many of our learning activities are group oriented and involve interaction within the classroom. Therefore, it is next to impossible to have the same experience doing make up work at home. Please make it a priority to have your child at school everyday except in the cases of illness or emergency. After three days of your child being absent the school social worker will call your house.
Parent Participation:
Throughout the school year there will be a variety of school events. We encourage you to attend these functions whenever possible and support them by sending in the needed supplies or treats. Your support of school and classroom activities makes your child feel important and sends the message that you value school. If you wish to attend any activities in the classroom, volunteer, and/or chaperone a field trip, you must complete the school’s volunteer application and be an approved volunteer. The volunteer application is available on-line at http://www.pasco.k12.fl.us. This application is easy to complete, but may take a few weeks to be processed.
Grading Scales:
Through out the year you will receive updates on your child’s progress. E=excellent (above average), S=satisfactory (on level), N=needs improvement (on level or below) On daily work you may see a stamp, sticker, check mark, or note. Daily work is used for progress monitoring. There is several reading and math test given throughout the year. These grades will be explained during parent-teacher conferences.
Changes in Transportation:
If your child will be changing methods of transportation home, we must receive a written note or call from parent. Also remember when picking your child up from the clinic or front office you must have proper identification.

On occasion it may be necessary to send in money to school. Always send money in plastic pouch in daily folder. Please write a note for the purpose of the money.
Birthdays are a special occasion for young children. If your child wishes he/she may bring treats for the class. Please let us know in advance if your child will be bringing in birthday treats. They must be store bought and will be served during lunch. Please do not send in party invitations to school unless the entire class is invited. Although it may seem convenient to distribute invitations this way, it can result in hurt feelings for those not invited.

Dress Code:
Please make sure your child is dressed appropriately for school everyday.  Flip Flops and spaghetti strap tank tops are not permitted in school!  Your child will be sent to the office and you will be notified if dress code is not followed.  You may be asked to bring your child proper clothes.

Please place any money your child brings to school in the plastic pouch in the daily folder with his/her name, student I.D. number and the amount.  Please help your child learn his/her number so that it can be keyed in at the register.   If you plan on joining your child for lunch please sign in at the office and then meet them in the cafeteria.  
** If your child is allergic to any food items please let your child’s teacher know in writing.  

Since we have a late lunch, we will be having a snack time each day.  We are asking each child brings his/her own snack or participate in bringing monthly snacks to share. Their snack needs to be packed in your child’s lunchbox or backpack daily.  We encourage you to send healthy snacks.

Please be aware of what your child brings to school.  Toys need to stay home.  If your child has a toy it will be taken and returned at the end of the year OR may be picked up by the parent.

For safety reasons we are asking for non-rolling backpacks that are no larger than 18 inches.   Please write your child’s name on their backpack and lunchbox.

Tuesday Folders:

Each Tuesday your child will bring home a blue Fox Hollow folder with an owl on the front. Please read the information and sign the back of the folder and return it on Wednesday.

Star Binder:
The STAR binder is the daily communication from home and school. Please initial both the daily and weekly behavior reflection logs. On the right pocket you will find your child’s class work, please empty daily.
    To help reinforce our behavior plan, please praise your child if he/she brings home a positive note or great work. Also talk to your child about making good choices if he/she had a difficult day.

Behavior Plan:
    Establishing good classroom discipline is essential to each child’s success, confidence, and well-being. Every child should feel that the classroom environment is safe and secure. In addition, it is important that each child learn to develop self-discipline and good work habits, to resolve conflicts peacefully, and to think independently. For these reasons, our behavior plan has many components.
    The first part of the plan involves logical consequences that occur if rules our broken. Examples of logical consequences include time out for disruptive behaviors; cleaning or repairing damaged property, or written/verbal apologies for aggressive behaviors.
Your child receives a sticker/stamp for good behavior on weekly reflection sheet. If your child loses his/her sticker you will see a note on the daily sheet. The daily sheet is a more detailed behavior note. The daily sheet is used for behavior plans and IEP planning. The weekly reflection sheet is used to celebrate individual success and needs.

Therapeutic Kindergarten Program (TPK-K)

The TPK-K program is designed to serve preschool-Kindergarten children with significant social/emotional needs requiring an intensive behavioral intervention/services in a structured environment. This program may be a continuation of preschool placement or a student who did not receive intensive behavior support in preschool years of school. The goal of this program is for the students to make a smooth transition into a mainstream classroom.
Placement in the TPK-K class may be considered by the evaluation team under the following conditions:

    *  Child qualifies for special education services under Developmental Delay in the area of social/emotional development. The delay is very significant and considered the primary disability by the team.
    * Student is determined eligible for special education services under EBD and requires a very structured, behaviorally focused setting to be successful.