MONDAY MORNING ASSEMBLY:
Parents are welcome to stay for our 8:10AM Monday morning school wide assembly where the principal and parent leaders encourage the children, make announcements and give out awards. Parents have five minutes to exit campus right after assembly.
Homework is a vital part of the learning process. All students receive homework Monday through Thursday. Please provide an appropriate environment in which your child can practice and complete classroom homework. A quiet location, free of distraction and noise will help children focus on learning. Occasionally, teachers may assign homework over a weekend. This may include a long term project or report. You are reminded that homework is to be done by the child. They need you to support their learning. Any homework concerns should be discussed with the teacher. District guidelines for the assignment of homework is as follows:
ETK/TK & Kindergarten 15-20 minutes/day
Grades 1 & 2 30-35 minutes/day
Grades 3 & 4 35-40 minutes/day
Grade 5 50-60 minutes/day
* Individual students may complete assignments a little faster or slower than these guidelines.
We will continue to depend upon your good taste and common sense in sending neat, clean and properly dressed children to Richland Avenue Elementary School. We have a few safety reminders: shoes must be suitable for an active program with no open toes or heels, no sandals or crocs. We highly recommend an athletic shoe for PE. It is also required that students wear socks daily. Children should be appropriately dressed to participate in all school activities. Students are encouraged to wear hats for sun protection, but hats may not be worn indoors.
All children, parents and teachers are encouraged to wear their Richland shirts or Richland colors every Friday! Occasionally throughout the year there will be special "theme dress" days (e.g. Read Across America week, wacky Wednesday, silly hat day, college spirit day,) A notice will be sent home to inform you. It is hoped that all students will join in the fun.
We ask your cooperation in seeing that children's personal belongings such as backpack, jackets, rain wear, water bottles and lunch boxes are identified with their names. Please label all of your child's belongings with student's full name and room number with indelible ink. The Lost & Found is located on carts or racks by the Federal gate. Feel free to look through it on Monday mornings before assembly.
Children are not to bring electronic games, smartphone watch or other expensive items to school. If a child should bring them to school for a special approved activity, they have the responsibility for their safe keeping. Toys, including trading cards (baseball, Pokemon, DC Injustice, etc.) should also not be brought to school. Toys will be taken from students and returned only to a parent. We request that children bring to school only those things which directly relate to the educational program.
Bicycles, skateboards, scooters and skates may not be ridden on the school grounds at anytime.
Cell phones or any smartphone watch must remain off and stored in a backpack or pocket where it is not visible during normal school hours. Students are permitted to appropriately use cell phones on campus before and after school only.
If it is necessary for your child to take medication during school hours, please contact our school office for the correct procedure and to get the necessary forms which must be completed. The parent or authorized adult must deliver the medication in the prescription bottle. Children may not bring medication of any kind to school.
An emergency card (required by state law) with complete information is vital for the school in the event we need to reach you, a neighbor, a relative or a friend. We cannot release a child to a person unless their name is on the card. We will appreciate its immediate return. On the reverse side of this card is a space for you to sign for authorization of emergency medical treatment. Throughout the year, if any changes occur you must inform the office in writing (e.g., address change requires – lease rental agreement or current utility bill). We need a minimum of three (3) different phone numbers for emergency contacts which may include home and work numbers as well as family and friends whom you authorize to care for your child.
The safety of everyone is our prime concern. Parents are urged NOT to double park or block traffic. Please pull up to the carpool curb to drop off or pick up. Please teach your child(ren) the safest and shortest route to school, emphasizing the use of traffic control signals and crosswalks when crossing the street. It is very important that children see their parents modeling safe and appropriate use of the crosswalks.
Children are to enter the school through pedestrian gates only. Please stress the importance of respect for the property of others. Also, discuss the importance of not speaking to or accepting rides from strangers. Children may not bring knives, sharp pointed instruments, guns, toy guns, caps, bullets, etc. to school. Any articles of the type mentioned will be taken away if brought to school and the student will be disciplined per District Policy, which may include suspension and/or expulsion. Pupils, while under the jurisdiction of the school, are prohibited from selling, buying, firing, or possessing fireworks, matches or lighters of any kind.
Your support of our instruction to children is needed and will be appreciated.
Transparent and open communication is an essential component of a successful school. Please go to the website regularly for an updated calendar, announcements and school information.
In addition, Email notices, flyers and phone calls using our school communication system are sent throughout the year to keep parents informed of surveys, elections, meetings, school events, holidays or important information as it occurs. Classroom teachers & volunteer room parents may also send emails to inform parents of classroom specific information.
Local School Leadership Council, Coffee with the Principal, & Booster meetings are all open public meetings held throughout the year to set academic achievement goals, to give updates, to plan school events, fundraisers, enrichment classes, yearly budget and school calendar. There are both day and evening meetings posted on the School Website Calendar. The date and time for parent meetings and officer elections will also be sent out via E-mail.
Appointments with teachers may be scheduled before or after school. If you wish to make an appointment to speak with the principal please send Principal Thigpen an E-mail <firstname.lastname@example.org>. If urgent please contact the school office at (310) 473-0467
The school district carries no policy covering student injuries. However, on a completely voluntary basis, you have the opportunity to enroll your child in a student accident plan. Please contact United Healthcare for any questions you may have (1-866-409-5733) or enroll online (www.k12studentinsurance.com).
Regular attendance is very important to your child's success in school!! If your child must be absent, please send a note stating the reason for the absence to the classroom teacher. In case of illness, please be specific. If your child has been absent three days, please call the school to let us know the child's condition. If the illness is five or more days, the child must be readmitted through the office.
We need a doctor's note for injuries with stitches, surgery, hospitalization, casts, splints, major head injuries, or any long, serious illness. Students with casts will not be allowed on the playground during recess, lunch or physical education times.
We do not track, collect nor save your personal data on our website. If you opt-in to receive our emails, then your name and email address only are maintained in our email list database. We send emails to share Richland Avenue School information only. We never share or sell our email lists. You may opt-out (unsubscribe) from the email list at any time.