2018-19 Family Handbook
In addition to the content shared below, a PDF version of the 2018-19 Glebe Street Elementary Family Handbook is available to print using the free Adobe Acrobat Reader program.
We are excited to work with you and your children in order to make this an enjoyable school year. We would like to take this opportunity to make you and your children aware of the rules and policies of the school. We ask that you review the rules with your children. Thank you, in advance, for your support and cooperation. We strive to provide a comfortable and respectful learning environment for all of our students here at Glebe Street Elementary School.
Mrs. Abbey North, Principal
Glebe Street Elementary School
We, at Glebe Street Elementary School, believe that the faculty and staff must work together with students and parents to ensure a safe school community. The best learning environment is provided when all individuals involved in a child’s learning work together cooperatively.
At Glebe Street Elementary School We Will…
- Provide students with a positive, safe learning community.
- Treat students as individuals who are deserving of respect, fairness, & understanding.
- Create opportunities for each child to meet his or her potential.
- Foster learning as a lifelong experience.
Glebe Street Elementary students are expected to attend school daily, be on time, and complete high-quality work. Students are expected to be aware of all rules and behavioral expectations and to conduct themselves in accordance with those guidelines. Students are expected to treat teachers, staff, and other students with respect and consideration, follow directions, have respect for school and personal property, be responsible, and to follow all school rules. Students have a right to attend school and be treated fairly, be respected as an individual, and to be protected from intimidation, harassment, or discrimination.
SOAR for 4! School Rules
- Be Respectful
- Be Responsible
- Be Ready to Learn
- Be Safe
In the Cafeteria
- Talk quietly
- Walk slowly
- Stay in your seat
- Never throw things
- Never share food
- Keep your hands and feet to yourself
- Listen to directions
On the Bus
- Follow directions given by the driver
- Act as role models
- STAY IN YOUR SEAT
- Keep hands and objects away from windows
- Talk quietly and do not distract the driver
In the Hallways
- Walk silently and orderly on the right-hand-side
- Be the first to pick up any trash you may notice
- DO NOT RUN or YELL
- Listen to directions
- Use the equipment properly and safely
- Walk bicycles while on school property
- Please use the sidewalks
- Please walk- do not run!
- Listen to directions
Students leaving before 3:10 p.m. will be marked absent for the portion of the day they were absent. If you know your child will be out, please call the office by 9 a.m. to make us aware. If you would like homework to be provided for your child, we will need to know by 10 a.m., so we can have it ready to be picked up in the office by 3:30 p.m. If you request homework after 10 a.m. the work will not be ready for pick up at 3:30 p.m.
If your child is going to have a planned absence for more than one day, a 3-day notice is required for requested homework. For safety reasons, the health office will call each time your child is absent to confirm they are home. When your child returns to school, you must send a written excuse with him/her. Blue excuse forms were provided the first day of school in the purple communication folder. If students are absent more than five days in one quarter, you will receive an attendance letter from the office.
As per district policy #7410, in order for students to attend a school-sponsored function, it is necessary that students attend classes for at least half of the school day on the day of the activity, unless otherwise excused by the building administrator. One-half of the school day is defined as follows: from 8:30 a.m. until noon or from noon until the end of the school day. Students who are suspended from school on a day of an athletic game or practice session, party, school dance, or other school affair scheduled after regular school hours are not eligible for participation or attendance at such events.
The theme for Accelerated Reader this year will be revealed in the fall. More information about the AR program will be coming home in September. You will receive a notice about the monthly AR reading nights. Reading nights are held in the Glebe Library from 6:00-7:00 p.m. Students can come with a family member and read together and students can take AR quizzes. The AR kickoff assembly and first reading night will be held in October!
Students taking the shuttle from Glebe to another school will go directly onto their bus. They will NOT enter the building. The shuttle bus leaves Glebe at 8:10 a.m. Although school begins at 9:00 a.m., we encourage students to be in their classrooms ready to learn before 9 a.m. Arriving to school on time will help your child be prepared for the day of learning ahead. Students need time in the morning to hang up their belongings, get their materials ready, and get settled into their day. We encourage students to arrive after 8:30, although there is supervision for students beginning at 8 a.m. Breakfast will be served each day after 8:30 a.m. Students can leave the gym/cafeteria at 8:45 a.m. to go to their classrooms.
At the end of each school year in June, we will hold our Awards Assembly. It will be the classroom teacher’s/department’s responsibility to notify parents if, and when, their child will be receiving an award.
Birthdays & Class Parties
If you wish to send in a special snack to celebrate your child’s birthday you may. All food MUST be store bought for birthdays and class parties. Please do not send in home baked goods. If your child is having a birthday party- please do NOT hand out invitations in school unless your child is inviting the whole class, or ALL girls, or ALL boys in the class. If you can only invite a small number of children, we ask you hand out the invitations outside of school or through the US mail to eliminate hurt feelings.
The 2018-2019 school calendar was provided in your first day folder. Please refer to the school website or principal’s monthly newsletter for current information/dates. This year, the elementary schools will operate on an A-F day schedule. This means we will work through a 6 day schedule (A, B, C, D, E, F). By using a rotating schedule, students will not miss specials nor academics scheduled on a day off. This means if Friday is a day “C” and there is no school Monday, Tuesday would be a “D” day. A color copy of this schedule was provided in the purple folder on the first day of school. Please note, your child will be assigned PE days in letter form i.e. A, C, F; not Monday, Tuesday, Friday. If we have a snow day, we skip the day.
If you have a question or concern, please contact your child’s teacher. If it is a health-related issue, please contact Mrs. Ruggeri, our school nurse. Communication with families is very important to us, and we thank you for your cooperation and patience.
- Principal – Mrs. Abbey North
- Administrative Assistant – Mrs. Sue Simek
- Nurse – Mrs. Deb Ruggeri
- School Psychologist – Dr. Chad Swanson
- Second Grade
- Third Grade
- Special Services
- Special Areas
- Teaching Assistants
- Teacher Aides
- Mrs. Marjorie Fisher
- Mrs. Pam Nellis
- Mrs. Mirella Casale
- Mr. Henry Creater
- Mr. Jeremie Angus
- Mr. Matt Robinson
Cell Phone Policy & Electronics
While we understand that some students have a reason to carry a cellular phone to contact family members before or after school- we ask that while in school, students have their phones turned off as to not disrupt instruction. Cell phones should be kept in students’ book bags and should not be brought on the playground. Students in violation of this policy, after being provided a warning, will have their cellular phone confiscated. The phone will be returned to the child’s parent. Electronic toys, I-Pads, I-Pods, remote control cars, video games, etc. are not allowed in school unless a teacher has requested a specific item, e.g. an I-pod for an instructional purpose. If items are to be used after school, they must remain in the child’s book bag during the school day. The school will not be held responsible for lost or stolen items.
Code of Conduct
The Board of Education of the Greater Johnstown School District is committed to providing a safe and orderly school environment, where students may receive, and District personnel may deliver, quality educational services without disruption or interference. Responsible behavior by students, teachers, administrators, other District personnel, parents, and other visitors is essential to achieving this goal. The District has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty, and integrity. These expectations are clearly defined in the District’s Code of Conduct. The Code applies to all students, school personnel, parents, and other visitors when on school property or attending a school function. If you would like to read a full copy of the Code of Conduct, you may obtain a copy from the main office of each school building or from the District Central Office.
Dignity for All Students Act & Character Education
The Board of Education recognizes that teaching students respect, civility, and understanding toward others, as well as the practice and reinforcement of appropriate behavior and values is an important function of the school system. The district wishes to foster an environment where students exhibit behavior that promotes positive educational practices, allows students to grow academically and socially, and encourages healthy dialogue in respectful ways (SOAR for Four; Be Respectful, Be Responsible, Be Ready to Learn, and Be Safe). By presenting teachers and staff as positive role models, the district stresses positive communication and discourages disrespectful treatment. Classroom teachers will provide instruction on the following topics; empathy, being a good friend, bullying, identifying feelings, etc. utilizing the Second Step Program.
As part of the DASA policy, the district will investigate all complaints of harassment and discrimination and take prompt corrective measures as necessary. (P-4316) Acts of discrimination and harassment, including bullying, taunting, or intimidation, are detrimental to student learning and achievement. Harassment can include, among other things, the use, both on and off school property, of information technology, including but not limited to email, instant messaging, blogs, chat rooms, pagers, cell phones, gaming systems, and social media websites to deliberately harass or threaten others. This type of harassment is referred to as cyberbullying. Such behavior affects not only the students who are the target, but also the individuals who participate in and witness such acts. The Dignity Act defines harassment as the creation of a hostile environment by conduct or verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that interfere with a student’s educational performance, opportunities or benefits, or mental, emotional, or physical well-being, and conduct, verbal threats, intimidation or abuse that reasonably cause or would be expected to cause a student to fear for his or her safety. Bullying is defined as unwanted, aggressive behavior that involves real or perceived power imbalance. THE DIGNITY ACT EXPECTS PARENTS “to help by teaching their children respect and dignity for themselves and other students. Please send your child (ren) to school, ready to learn! Help your child (ren) understand that rules are required to maintain a safe school, be supportive towards education and the District, work with our school to maintain open and respectful communication, help your child (ren) deal effectively with peer pressure, provide a safe place for study where homework assignments can be completed, and lastly, please inform the school if there is a change in your home that may affect your child’s conduct or performance.” WE ASK OUR TEACHERS to maintain a climate of mutual respect in their classrooms, be familiar with our school policies and rules and enforce them in a fair and consistent manner, communicate to parents and students, confront issues of discrimination and harassment and report incidents to the building administrator or one of the Dignity Act Coordinators. Teachers will be prepared to teach and are enthusiastic to work with the students at Glebe. Everyone wants our students to be successful. Glebe Street Elementary has established clear school-wide and classroom rules about bullying and discrimination. We will continue to raise awareness among school staff through training and will provide adequate supervision in less structured areas. Students will participate in a character education program, Second Step throughout the year. We will use every available opportunity to lead by example, teach positive behavior choices, and create a positive school climate. The Dignity Act Coordinators in our building are Mrs. Abbey North and Mrs. Deb Ruggeri. They can be reached at 518-762-3714.
Our goal is for discipline to be firm, fair, and consistent. With each incident/referral, the following items are taken into consideration before consequences are assigned – the age of the student, severity of the incident, disabilities or health concerns of the student, the number of prior referrals, and victims (if any). Students who bring a weapon to school will be automatically suspended for a minimum of three days. Parents will receive either a phone call or notice from the office the day of the referral/incident. Consequences usually build upon one another. Legally, we can only discuss the actions or consequences of a student with their legal parent or guardian. RECESS DISCIPLINE: If students are caught breaking one of the recess safety rules, the recess supervisor will discuss the inappropriate behavior/action with the student and usually issue a warning, unless the incident is severe. If the child is warned again for the same behavior, they will be given a time-out. Depending on the severity of the incident, the child may be sent directly to the Principal’s Office. Students who are fighting, swearing, leaving the playground without permission, or blatantly disobeying the recess supervisor will receive at least two days of recess detention. A copy of the discipline notice will be sent home to the student’s parents and to the classroom teacher.
Please help us keep all students safe by making dismissal changes by 1 p.m. each day by phone or with a note. Late dismissal changes lead to a more chaotic dismissal. Do NOT ask us to make dismissal changes after 1 p.m. unless it is an emergency. DO NOT ask to sign your child out at 3:10 p.m. Our goal is to dismiss all students safely each day. We appreciate your help! Please be sure the office, the transportation office, and your child are all aware of your dismissal preferences. Please do NOT drive or park in the bus loop at any point. Please do not drive on the grass, please utilize parking spaces.
Parents/guardians are not permitted to go to classrooms during dismissal. If you have a scheduled appointment with your child’s teacher, please come in to the office after dismissal and sign in. At 3:10 students riding the shuttle or the traditional bus will be dismissed. At 3:15 students who are walking or getting picked up by parents will be dismissed. Third grade students will be matched up at the front door. Second grade students will be matched up at the side door.
Please think carefully before deciding to let your child (ren) walk home without adult supervision. Once children leave school grounds, the district/school staff are unable to provide oversight. Therefore, it is difficult for us to help when you have a concern about your child not making it home on time or if you have concerns about the behavior of other children during the walk home.
Each year many teachers and parents ask us to share our guidelines for appropriate attire for students. We call them guidelines because, in most cases, it is a judgment call. By having guidelines in place, it tends to clarify our expectations and it will, hopefully, help parents to support our position. The difficult scenarios regarding dress occur mostly in warmer weather and usually involve the definition of appropriate, which will vary depending on age, physical development, and gender. Clothing worn with offensive language or inappropriate comments is strongly prohibited. If you have any suspicions that what your child is wearing may not be suitable for school, you can rest assured that we would most likely agree, and we would encourage you to persuade your child to choose something different to wear. We would ask that you discuss this situation with your child, review what he/she is wearing to school and make a decision accordingly. We hope that you understand our position and don’t find our guidelines to be intrusive.
In the event of a snow delay or weather emergency, you will be notified via the Blackboard all call system. If you are not yet signed up to receive these messages via phone, please call 518-762-3714. In the event the school practices a fire drill or other emergency drill, the campus will be closed and visitors will not be allowed to enter the school building until each child is accounted for and students and staff have returned to the building. You will be notified in writing the day of a lockout/lockdown drill.
Health and Safety
The following are helpful suggestions to keep your child safe and healthy at school: Please keep your contact numbers up to date. If your child is ill or has been injured, we need a way to contact you immediately. You may send in a note to either the Main Office or the Health Office at any time, or you can stop in personally. Also, please keep your child’s medical information current, such as a change in allergies, a new diagnosis, or medication they may be taking. Medication given at school on a long-term basis must have paperwork completed by both you and your child’s physician before given at school. The medication must be brought in by a parent or parent designee to the Health Office – Please do not send it in with your child.
In the event that your child has head lice, please let Mrs. Ruggeri know that as well. Mrs. Ruggeri is a good resource to help with both treatments of your child as well as for your home. To determine if your child should come to school when he/she is feeling “under the weather,” please do not send them if they have the following:
- A temperature over 100 – they should be fever free for 24 hours without any medication.
- In most cases, if an antibiotic has been started at home, please wait until they have had three doses before sending them back to school. This can be especially important in the case of Strep Throat or Conjunctivitis (pink eye).
When in doubt, contact the Health Office and let Mrs. Ruggeri help you determine if it is safe for your child to be at school. In the case of injury or illness where your physician restricts your child from PE, please provide the Health Office with a note from his/her office. This will ensure that your child will not participate in PE or recess until they are able. Without a note, they will be expected to participate. If you have any questions or concerns for your child, please feel free to contact the Health Office at any time and speak with Mrs. Ruggeri.
Few conditions seem to cause as much concern in schools and homes as an infestation of head lice in children. Recent medical recommendations from both the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the National Association of School Nurses (NASN) do not treat head lice as an illness that necessitates an absence from school and have shown that the contagion does not spread as easily as once thought. In order to control infestations of head lice (Pediculosis), the Board of Education has adopted the following protocols:
- Whenever there is a possibility that a student is infested, staff will contact the student’s parents. An infested student will not return to school unless corrective treatment has been given and the student is free of active lice. Current treatment protocols make this possible in less than twenty-four (24) hours. Parents may be asked to have a physician prescribe medication for treatment.
- A student who has been infested will be readmitted to school after successfully completing an examination by the nurse.
- School staff will work with parents to minimize student absence caused by exposure to head lice. An infested student is not sick and is not a danger to other students. Excessive and unnecessary absences affect a student’s educational progress.
- School staff will protect student privacy and maintain confidentiality of medical information when infestations are detected.
- School staff will also work to minimize the social stigma that is unfairly attached to victims of head lice infestations. Head lice are not caused by poverty or unsanitary conditions.
- Students will not be separated from their peers or singled out as infected. All staff will learn proper precautions to prevent further spread of the infestation. Regulations will be developed to provide guidelines on the detection and treatment of head lice, as well as classroom procedures for dealing with affected students. (BOE policy 7515)
- It is recommended that you keep a change of clothing in your child’s bookbag.
It is our EXPECTATION that parents check their child’s purple communication folder each night. The communication folder is a useful tool to not only communicate with your child’s teacher, but also understand what assignments are due and when. In most grade levels, homework will be assigned daily. Homework is used to practice skills taught that day in class. Depending on the grade level of the child, the time homework should take, the subject areas of the homework, and the type of homework will vary. We recommend that you contact your child’s teacher to discuss their homework policy. Generally for an average, on-task student, homework should take about ten minutes per grade (i.e. grade 2 students=20 minutes, grade 3 students=30 minutes). Homework completion is critical in order to help your child succeed. If your child comes to school without homework completed, they will be at a disadvantage. Students who come to school without homework or who continually refuse to complete work during class time will be assigned a working recess in order to complete their assignments. Students who frequently have trouble finishing classroom assignments and/or homework may be asked to attend a working recess to catch up on their assignments.
Food Service & Snack
Students are provided with a 50 minute lunch & recess period daily. It is up to the classroom teacher if students are provided with a snack time. Please check with your child’s teacher in regard to what types of snacks /drinks are permitted. Typically, students are permitted to have water bottles with clear liquids.
Students who buy lunch will be encouraged to take all the items offered for lunch. They must take 3 of 5 items offered when going through the lunch line; and they must take 1/2 cup of fruit or 1/2 cup of vegetable or a combination of those two items.As per District Policy 5660, parents/guardians will be notified that a student’s meal account balance is exhausted within three days. Parents will be notified that a student has accrued unpaid meal charges within five days of the charge, and then at least every two weeks thereafter until the balance is paid in full. You can add money to your child’s lunch account or check your balance at www.mySchoolBucks.com. If your financial circumstances have changed and, as a result, you are no longer able to provide lunch money for your child(ren), you may call your school principal for a confidential conversation. They will discreetly assist you with this matter.
Students will have library book exchange once per week. The classroom teacher oversees the book swap process. Students are permitted to take out one book per week. Book due dates are one week from the date of checkout. If a book is not returned by the due date, that student will not be permitted to borrow a new book until it is returned. After several weeks of a book being past due, an overdue notice will go home as a reminder. If the book is not returned after two overdue notices, a bill will be sent home charging for the replacement cost of the lost book. Students are required to follow library rules during a book swap period. Students who do not observe these rules can be denied the privilege of borrowing a book for that week.
Lost and Found
The “lost and needs to be found” items will be located on a clothing organizer in the hall. Check the rack regularly because items are donated to charity quarterly.
We welcome parent involvement in our classrooms and at school events. The PTA brings many wonderful programs and opportunities for our students. Meetings will be held monthly and will be held at one of the elementary schools. If you would like to become involved in the PTA, please call the main office at 518-762-3714. The PTA meets the first Wednesday of each month, except for September.
- President – Meghan Heroth
- Vice President Warren – Stacy Laird
- PTA Rep Warren – Emily Wager
- Vice President Glebe – Ashley Warner
- PTA Rep Glebe – Jade Chase
- Vice President Pleasant – Erin Gavin
- PTA Rep Pleasant – Melissa Cornell
- Treasurer – Jamie Tallon
- Recording Secretary – Erica VonderHeide
Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for November. It is strongly recommended that you meet with your child’s teacher. Your child’s first quarter report card will be given out at fall conference time. Your child’s teacher will be responsible for setting a conference schedule. It is important that we are all on the same page regarding your child’s success. Of course, you may arrange a meeting with your child’s teacher whenever you feel necessary.
Playground & Recess Rules
- The playground is closed to the general public during school hours.
- For the safety of all of our students, there are no dogs/pets allowed on the playground or on school property- this includes during arrival and dismissal.
- Each grade level will have twenty-five minutes of recess daily.
- Supervision will be provided by the recess aides or TA’s. Aides will also walk students to and from recess.
- In case of injuries on the playground, the child will be sent to the nurse’s office.
- In the winter, students need to be prepared to go outside with a coat, hat, mittens, snow pants, and boots. If students do not have boots or snow pants, they will remain on the blacktop portion of the playground. We do not have supervision inside for students who forget their winter clothing or who do not want to go outside.
- Students are not permitted on the wood chips with flip flops. Please send sneakers!
- There is no skateboarding or biking allowed on the playground at any time.
- Listening to and following the playground supervisor’s directions are very important. When exiting the building, students should walk and act appropriately. They should use language that is appropriate for school.
Cell phones, DS, I-Pods, I-Pads, Kindles, Nooks, remote-control cars, or any other sort of electronic toy are NOT allowed on the playground. The school will not be held responsible for lost or stolen toys. Fidget spinners are NOT allowed in school.
- Students will not be allowed to chew gum, or have food and drink (other than water) on the playground for safety reasons.
- Students are not permitted to leave the playground without the supervisor’s permission.
- Prohibited Recess Activities Include; hardballs, bats, pushing/shoving, running when exiting the building, kicking, tripping, spitting, name calling, climbing up the slide, throwing rocks/sand/snow/ice, swearing, etc.
It is our job at 3:10 p.m. daily to be sure that 250 or more students dismiss safely from this building. If you need to make a change to your child’s normal dismissal schedule- please make every effort to call us by 1 p.m. Teachers will not release a child to anyone without authorization from the office. Children being picked up must be dismissed by office personnel from the office- NOT from the classroom. Students are not allowed to be signed out from classrooms. Our procedures are designed to protect all of our students and although nothing is foolproof, it does provide an orderly procedure that may prevent an unfortunate incident from happening. For the safety of all children, we ask for your cooperation in this matter. If you need to make a transportation change, please fill out the attached transportation form or you can print one from our website. Transportation changes take at least 48 hours to be in effect.
Volunteering & Visitors
If you have not yet filled out a volunteer form and plan to volunteer in the school, please see Mrs. Simek in the office for a form. All visitors to the school must report to the Main Office upon arrival at the school. They will be required to sign the visitor’s log and will be issued an identification sticker/badge which must be worn at all times while in school or on school grounds.
Report Card & Parent-Teacher Conference Timeline
- First Quarter Ends Friday, November 2, 2018
- Report Cards distributed at Parent-Teacher Conferences (if no conference, distribute Friday, November 16, 2018)
- Fall Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 & Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
- Afternoon Conferences – 1/2 day school (11:45 dismissal)
- Evening Conferences:
- Nov. 14: Pleasant & Glebe, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Nov. 15: Warren, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2018 & Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018
- Second Quarter Ends Friday, January 18, 2019
- Report Cards distributed Friday, February 1, 2019
- Third Quarter Ends Friday, April 5, 2019
- Report Cards Distributed Thursday, April 18, 2019
- Spring Parent-Teacher Conferences
- Scheduled at teacher’s discretion for students as needed by week of April 15-18, 2019
- Fourth Quarter Ends Friday, June 14, 2019
- Report Cards Distributed Wednesday, June 26, 2019
Glebe Street Elementary School
School Parent Compact
2018-2019 School Year
The staff and parent/guardian community of Glebe Street Elementary School have established high expectations of student behaviors and achievement. We recognize that, in order for a complete and quality educational experience to occur, it requires the commitment and contribution of all parties involved with the various aspects of our children’s education. As such, the community of adults from Glebe Street Elementary School and their families agree to implement the following components of our educational experiences:
Glebe Street Elementary School will furnish, within the context of a regular school day, a program of courses that are stimulating and relate within the learner a determination to achieve at the highest possible level for each child.
Glebe Street Elementary School understands that not all students learn at the same pace nor have the same ability. We will provide opportunities for remediation and enrichment.
Glebe Street Elementary School staff is committed to the establishment and maintenance of various forms of communication to occur between the school and home.
Glebe Street Elementary School will hold parent-teacher conferences annually in November and more often as needed- both formally and informally.
Glebe Street Elementary School, understanding the importance to students of achieving and measuring progressive and steady educational growth, has implemented a varied program of Academic Intervention Services (AIS). This program has targeted our student population deemed most “at risk” to be less successful on the mandatory NYS ELA and math tests in grade 3. Students are also identified through various forms of formal and informal local standardized assessment measures as well as teacher recommendations.
Glebe Street Elementary School encourages parental input with regard to the quality of its programming (curricular and co-curricular), daily operation of the school, student code of conduct, citizenship rules, and students with special needs and perceived or real barriers to parental involvement. Parents are encouraged to talk to teachers and the principal through informal communication modes as well as through more formal organizations such as the GLT, (Glebe Leadership Team) and the Johnstown Elementary PTA. Parents are encouraged to volunteer and participate in their child’s schooling.
Glebe Street Elementary School will distribute copies of this document as an addendum to either a monthly newsletter or the school handbook and encourage feedback from members of the school community. This document may also be shared at a PTA or GLT meeting.
The staff and parent/guardian community of Glebe Street Elementary School understand the importance of the two groups working together. The responsibility we have to our students is shared with the responsibility you have to your child(ren). Both groups working together with common goals ensure the maximum potential for success of the students. In the spirit of shared responsibility, the parent/guardian community agrees to support the following provisions:
The Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will agree to serve as volunteers within and outside the building for activities held beyond the time frame of the normal day and serve on advisory groups and committees set up by the school- including but not limited to PTA committees (i.e. Yearbook, Literacy, Accelerated Reader, RAAD, PARP, etc).
Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will participate in supervising their children’s scholastic efforts that extend beyond the normal school day, including supervision of homework and other assignments to help their children to prepare for success in their school studies (outlined in this handbook).
Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will, to the best of their ability, maintain a home environment where children are kept safe and nourished and where physical, emotional, and social needs are met.
Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will read their copy of the Greater Johnstown School District Code of Conduct and the building handbook and review its contents with their children. They also agree to support the procedures contained within the document pertaining to a student’s inappropriate behavioral choices and the imposition of consequences (Parent and student compliance sign-off forms are on record in the main office by grade level).
Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will support the efforts of the professional staff through attending at least one parent/teacher conference per school year, preferably in person, for the purpose of reviewing their child’s academic and social development (conference logs are kept with teachers).
Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will model desirable traits in character, citizenship and civility as they proceed on a daily basis to interact with others in the school building and on school grounds.
Parents and guardians at Glebe Street Elementary School will stay informed about their child’s education and school by promptly reading all notices from the school or district as appropriate.
As students, we share the responsibility to improve our academic achievement and achieve the state’s high standards. Specifically, we will:
Complete all homework assignments on time and ask for help when needed.
Read every day outside of school time.
Give parents all notices and information received from school every day.
Bring home our agenda and purple folder each day.
By signing “Signature of Understanding Page,” all parties agree to share the responsibility for improved student academic achievement and the means by which the school and parents will build and develop a partnership that will help children achieve the state’s high standards.
Signature of Understanding
Please RETURN to your child’s teacher by September 24, 2018.
My child and I understand and have read the rules and guidelines in the Glebe Street Elementary School Handbook. Adhering to the rules and guidelines will help ensure that Glebe Street Elementary School is a safe place to learn and play.
Please sign and return this page to your child’s teacher
(Please return this form for each child that attends Glebe St. Elementary School)
I, _______________________________ have read the handbook with my child.
I, _____________________________ have read the handbook with my parent.
We understand the rules and guidelines listed in the handbook and will follow the rules and guidelines in order to make Glebe Street Elementary School a safe place to learn and play.
Child’s Name: ______________________/ Teacher: _______________________
Date:__________ Parent Signature: _____________________________________