Friday, August 29, 2014
Thursday, August 28, 2014
Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Dear Soleado Parents/Guardians,
The school year is up and running and it is time again to meet your child's teacher at Back to School Night. Soleado's Back- to-School night has been scheduled for September 4, 2014. This yearly event provides parents with the opportunity to receive valuable information about the upcoming school year, an outline of the grade level curriculum and a clear understanding of teacher expectations. The event is intended to be for parents only so please leave your children at home so that you are able to focus your attention on the teachers and their presentation. The evening schedule will proceed as follows:
6:00 – 6:20 Parent Meeting in MPR with Mrs. Stutzel for TK – 3rd grade parents
6:30 – 7:10 Classrooms open in T.K., Kindergarten, and grades 1, 2, & 3. Please report directly to your child's classroom.
6:40 - 7:00 Parent Meeting with Mrs. Stutzel in the MPR for 4th and 5th grade parents
7:10 – 7:50 Classrooms open in grades 4 & 5. Fourth grade parents report to the Monte Big Room and fifth grade parents remain in the MPR.
I look forward to meeting you on Thursday.
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Thursday, August 14, 2014
Whether their kids are just starting kindergarten or entering the final year of high school, there are many good reasons for parents to volunteer at school. It's a great way to show your kids that you take an interest in their education, and it sends a positive message that you consider school a worthwhile cause.
Many schools now have to raise their own funds for activities and supplies that once were considered basic necessities, and parent volunteers are essential to organizing and chaperoning these fundraising events and other school activities.
Reasons to Get InvolvedParent volunteers offer a huge resource and support base for the school community while showing their kids the importance of participating in the larger community.
Not only will the school reap the benefits of your involvement — you will, too. By interacting with teachers, administrators, and other parents on a regular basis, you'll gain a firsthand understanding of your child's daily activities. You'll also tap into trends and fads of school life that can help you communicate with your kids as they grow and change (all without intruding on their privacy or personal space).
Even if you haven't been involved in the past, it's never too late to start. In fact, it may be more important than ever to get involved when kids reach secondary school. Some parents may experience "volunteer burnout" by the time their kids enter high school or decide that the schools don't need them as much then. Many parents who volunteered a lot of time during their kids' elementary years return to full-time careers by the time their kids are teens, so there's often a shortage in the secondary schools.
Finding the Right OpportunityOne of the best starting points for getting involved is a parent-teacher conference or open house. These are usually scheduled early in each school year, and are a great opportunity to approach your child's teachers or principal about volunteer involvement.
If you have something to offer, or if you just want to help out in whatever way you can, discuss the possibilities with teachers, who might arrange something with you personally or direct you to a department head or administrator who can answer your questions and make suggestions. It's also a good idea to join the Parent-Teacher Association (PTA) or parents' advisory council.
Here are just some of the ways a parent volunteer can help:
- act as a classroom helper
- mentor or tutor students
- help children with special needs
- volunteer in a school computer lab
- help organize, cater, or work at fundraising activities such as bake sales or car washes
- act as a lunchroom or playground monitor
- help to plan and chaperone field trips, track meets, and other events that take place away from the school
- help to plan and chaperone in-school events (dances, proms, or graduation ceremonies)
- organize or assist with a specific club or interest group (if you have an interest in an activity that isn't currently available to students, offer to help get a group started — for example, a chess club or cycling team)
- assist coaches and gym teachers with sports and fitness programs or work in the school concession stand at sporting events
- help the school administrators prepare grant proposals, letter-writing campaigns, or press releases or provide other administrative assistance
- attend school board meetings
- work as a library assistant or offer to help with story time or reading assistance in the school library
- sew costumes or build sets for theatrical and musical productions
- work with the school band or orchestra or coach music students individually
- help out with visual arts, crafts, and design courses and projects
- hold a workshop for students in trade or technical programs
- spend some time with a specific club or interest group (ask the the teacher who sponsors the group)
- volunteer to speak in the classroom or at a career day, if you have a field of expertise that you'd like to share
- supervise or judge experiments at a science fair
Questions to AskWhen you offer to help out, find out how much of a time commitment is expected and if it will be ongoing. Are you going to repair the costumes for the spring musical or will you be expected to keep the drama department's supplies in good condition year-round? Are you chaperoning a track meet or coaching the whole season?
Be sure to ask if any financial costs are associated with your volunteer activities. If you're chaperoning a field trip, for example, find out if you'll be required to pay for transportation and admissions costs. Ask if you'll need to transport students in your own vehicle or if a school bus will be provided.
If you're organizing or helping out with an activity that will take place off the school grounds, be sure to find out if there are any specific school regulations you need to keep in mind or any liability issues you should consider.
Getting StartedHere are a few tips to keep in mind when signing up to volunteer:
- Make it clear before you begin just how much time you're willing to volunteer. Even stay-at-home parents don't have an unlimited amount of time to volunteer — many parents have other activities and interests, as well as other kids to care for. Don't be afraid to say no if you're being asked to do more than you feel comfortable with — just try to say it early enough so that someone else can be found to take your place, because many trips and activities can't be taken unless the school has a certain number of chaperones or supervisors.
- Start small. Don't offer to coordinate the holiday bake sale, the band recital, and a swim meet all at once. If you've taken on too much, find out if you can delegate some duties to other interested parents.
- Don't give your child special treatment or extra attention when you're volunteering at the school. Follow your child's cues to find out how much interaction works for both of you. Most kids enjoy having their parents involved, but if yours seems uncomfortable with your presence at the school or with your involvement in a favorite activity, consider taking a more behind-the-scenes approach. Make it clear that you aren't there to spy — you're just trying to help out the school.
- Get frequent feedback from the teachers and students you're working with. Find out what's most and least helpful to them, and ask what you can do to make the most of the time you spend on school activities. It's important to keep the lines of communication open among teachers, administrators, students, and volunteers, and to be flexible and responsive as the needs of the students and the school change.
And don't underestimate the students — you may feel that what you have to offer might not interest them or might be above their heads, but you'll probably be pleasantly surprised. You'll help build skills, confidence, and self-esteem that will last beyond their school days.
Please email our Room Parent Coordinator Heidi Sublette at email@example.com to volunteer.
Wednesday, August 13, 2014
Sunday, August 10, 2014
____ 1. Aeries Emergency Contact Card - 2 copies (from Aeries Parent Portal)
____ 2. District Terms and Agreements Page (from District Forms)
____ 3. Soleado Registration Confirmation "Your packet has been submitted" (email from Member Planet)
At Soleado, we strive to provide our students with a well-rounded experience that will benefit them for a lifetime. During the 2013-2014 school year, parents raised and spent more than $80,000 to support our school community, with expenses broken down like this:
Together, fundraising efforts create the very special environment that we want for our students.
DO NOT PASS cars on Longhill Drive! This is not only UNSAFE, it is illegal and you can be ticketed.
Parking Lot: The parking lot is for staff members only. Parents are encouraged to park their cars on Longhill or Flaming Arrow. No parking will be allowed along the curb in the parking lot during school hours (8:00am-3:15pm).
Never, even for a moment, park or allow a person picking up your child(ren) to park in teacher/staff spots. They often return to campus after a meeting unable to park and return to class promptly, because a parent is parked in their spot.
Driveway Safety: Drivers entering the parking lot must use the “Stop and Drop” procedure during the morning hours. Pull along the curb into the designated area and drop off children so that they get out of the car directly onto the curb. No DOUBLE-PARKING! Take care when entering or exiting the driveway, as many children will be using the crosswalks. Remember that the speed limit is 5 mph in the parking lot.
Please remember that children must enter and exit the passenger side of the car when you are fully parked at the curb and they should exit right onto the curb only, carrying their backpacks. Students are never allowed in the street during pick up and drop off. This includes removing their backpacks and instruments from the trunk of the car.
Please DO NOT stop your vehicle to drop off your child until you have pulled as far forward as possible. This will help with the flow of traffic and with traffic congestion on the streets.
Pick-ups: Students are to be picked up in front of the school using the “Stop and Drop” procedure. Students must be picked up on time! There is no supervision after 3:05 in front of the school. Per District directive, we are no longer offering “Sibling Watch” between 2:40-3:00pm. Students must be picked up at their dismissal time or you can choose to pay for afterschool care using the district’s program, Kids’ Corner.
NO PARKING in the Kids’ Corner Lot. This is for Kids’ Corner drop off and pick up only!
CAMPUS/ STUDENT SAFETY
ALL ADULTS must check into the front office and receive a name badge. No one is admitted onto campus without going to the office and checking in first!
Soleado Elementary Expected Student Behaviors
* Walk as they move through the hallways and around the campus. No running on the blacktop, except as part of a game. Running is permitted on the grass field.
* Eat at the tables only. Upper grade students may sit on the ground to eat. Snacks may be eaten at the tables or at the benches by the blacktop.
* Eat only at the designated tables and not on the playground. Buying, selling and trading of food are not allowed.
* Raise his/her hand to be dismissed from lunch tables.
* Throw away trash before lining up for the playground.
* Play only games that are safe and free from rough-housing and physical contact.
* Play only approved playground games. Play according to posted game rules. Taking turns on all playground equipment is mandatory. (20 count)
* Play with school issued equipment only. Toys or sports equipment from home is not permitted at school.
* Play in designated play areas only.
* Use the bathrooms quickly, always cleaning up after yourself. Students may not play in or around the bathrooms.
* Freeze, stand up, and stop talking when the bell rings. Then proceed to class lines when the whistle blows.
* Return all balls to the cart or classroom. NO PLAYING with the equipment once recess is over.
* Treat all classmates and members of the school community with respect and kindness in their words and actions.
* Be on time to school and to class. (Playground opens at 8:15 am). Students arriving before 8:15 must wait on the map in the center of campus.
* Be polite and respectful to all adults on campus. Address all adults by their proper title: Mrs. Miss, Ms. Mr.
* Enter a classroom only when an adult is present.
* Use respectful language at all times. Profanity and swear words of any kind are not allowed.
* Dress appropriately for school. Sandals and open toed shoes are not allowed. Revealing clothes, including mid-drifts, are not appropriate for school.
* Wear hats and caps when outdoors only with the bill of the hat facing forward.
* Follow classroom standards set by the teacher. Be respectful of all school property and the personal property of others.