Essential Information

SCHOOL HOURS

Kindergarten through 5th Grade

School Begins: School Dismissed:

8:00 a.m.* 2:23 p.m. (Mon, Wed, Thurs and Fri)

1:23 p.m. (Every Tues)

On minimum days, school will be dismissed at 12:43 p.m. See monthly calendar for specific dates.

* Please do not drop your child off at school before 7:30 a.m. There is NO supervision before this time. The safety of our students is VERY important to us.

School Bell Schedule, 2010-11 School Year

 

AFTER SCHOOL PLAYGROUND

Our playground will be open after school from dismisal to 6:00 p.m. including banked Tuesdays from 1:23-6:00. The after-school playground follows LAUSD rules and is available for students in Grades 2-5 only as this is a permissive program. Children must follow the direction of the playground supervisor(s). If your child does not follow these guidelines, your child will be restricted from the after-school playground and will need to be picked up directly after school is dismissed. For the safety of our students, they may NOT leave the grounds and then return.

Please complete an information card for the Youth Services yard director if your child will be staying on the after-school playground. Please be on time to pick your children up. Many times, children are left beyond the supervision times. At 6:10 p.m. the yard director is authorized to call LAPD to take your child into their care.

ATTENDANCE

Electronic Attendance System
In October 2009, the Los Angele Unified School District converted to an on-line attendance reporting system. Each morning teachers log on to the District website to note those students who are absent. Students who arrive late are entered into the system as tardy for the day. In addition, students who leave school early have their check-out time entered into the system. The system recognizes students who arrive late or leave early as tardy since both situations cause students to miss instructional time.

An automated phone system notifies parents the same day their son/daughter has been marked either absent or tardy. One phone call is made at 10am and another at 6pm. Please be advised that the system uses one generic message for students who are tardy or absent.

Absences

When children are absent for any cause, parents are required to send a note to school giving the specific reason for the absence. Tardiness should also be verified by a note. State law requires that each absence be verified. Absences are excused only when a child is absent from school due to illness or medical appointments. Please keep your child out of school only when he/she is ill.

We encourage you to make your child’s doctor and dental appointments outside of school hours. Senate Bill (SB) 727 placed in effect that the School Districts will no longer receive funds from the State for any student absence. Therefore, the school loses money (approximately $35.00 per day) each time a child is absent. Unless your child is ill, please make sure that your child attends school and arrives on time!

 BREAKFAST AND LUNCH PROGRAM

Parents wishing to apply for the Federal Lunch Program, who have not already received notification by mail, should complete a lunch application form which can be picked up in the cafeteria by you or your child.

The cafeteria is open to children in Grades K-5. Lunch tickets for twenty-two meals may be purchased for $20.00 from the cafeteria on Mondays and Wednesdays during recess. A single lunch may also be purchased daily for $1.00. Milk will be sold for $.25 daily to children bringing their lunch.

Breakfast will also be served for those students who wish to participate, kindergarten children included. Full price of breakfast is $.60 and will be served between 7:45 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. daily. If your child is on a reduced lunch program, he/she will receive breakfast at no cost.

If you visit your child during lunchtime, you must check in through the office first. Federal law states that only students and school personnel may be in the eating area. This means that you are not allowed to come on campus and sit with your child at breakfast or lunch.

CLASSROOM VISITATION AND INTERRUPTIONS

Parents are welcome to visit the school, meet their child’s teacher, and become acquainted with the school program. Twenty minutes is the suggested time limit for visitations. We require that visitors come to the office first, to obtain a visitor’s badge, and sign-in. For the safety of our children, you must come to the office if you need to check your child out of school. In order for each teacher to get to know the children, it is strongly recommended that parents wait until after Back to School Night to make classroom visits.

To avoid interrupting valuable classroom instruction, forgotten items (lunches, etc.) should be brought to the office. Your child’s classroom will be called. Do not take these items to your child’s classroom during school hours as this is disruptive to the instructional program. Please plan ahead to keep these interruptions to a minimum.

STAYING INFORMED

Carpenter Folder

Please be sure to read all of the valuable information found in the white Carpenter folder that will come home with your child the first week of school. You may wish to keep the folder at home for easy reference or your child may wish to use it to carry homework and other important papers.

Ongoing Carpenter Information

We make every effort to communicate with you to keep you informed about pertinent school information. At this time, we plan to send the Principal’s Bulletins home monthly. PLEASE check your child’s backpack for these bulletins and other information, usually sent home Thursdays. Some bulletins that are extremely important will have a tear-off at the bottom for you to sign and return to school. This is our way of ensuring that you did receive the bulletin. If there is a tear-off at the bottom of a bulletin, please take the time to sign it and return it (with your child) to school. This also helps your child to become more responsible.

Additional sources for school information include this web site, which is updated weekly, the weekly all-school e-mail blast, the PTA One Child. Once Voice. Newsletter, and automated phone calls that include important announcements.

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