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Learning is interactive, hands-on, and engaging
Learning should be cooperative
Content should be meaningful
Lessons are organized, prepared, and involve all modalities
We teach the “whole” child
Learning should take place in a safe environment
Students should think critically and make connections
5001 North Shore Drive North Little Rock, AR 72118
Office: 501.791.8000 Fax: 501.791.8008
7:20 a.m. Earliest arrival time for students
7:50 a.m. School begins
2:35 p.m. Dismissal
Attendance guidelines are specifically detailed in the PCSSD Handbook. A tardy is anytime
a student arrives after the instructional day begins or checks out before the end of the day
(2:35 p.m.) An early check out is a departure any time before the instructional day ends. If
a student misses two and ½ hours of instruction, it will be considered a half day absence,
rather than a tardy.
All students brought to school after 7:50 a.m. must be signed in by an adult. The sign-in sheet is located in the office.
The tardy bell rings at 7:50 a.m. and students should be in the classroom ready for instruction at this time.
When arriving late, a tardy slip must be filled-out. To be admitted to class, the student must present the tardy slip to the teacher.
Each time a student is tardy, his/her parent will sign the tardy binder. For every 5 unexcused tardies, the parent will be notified via note that the next tardy will result in a required 2 hours of volunteer time served by the parent during school hours. If the volunteer time is not served within a week, the student will be assigned two one-hour after school detentions where parents provide transportation. Once five tardies have been reached, the process begins again with the same consequences.
All students in grades K-5 arriving between 7:20 and 7:50 a.m. will go to the playground, weather permitting. PreK students must be walked to class by a parent or guardian. After the first week of school, parents will not be allowed in the building before or after school without an appointment. Keeping indoor traffic to a minimum helps keep our students safe.
All students will be brought into the building by 7:45 a.m. to go to their classrooms. On rainy days, students will be seated in the hallways outside their classrooms from 7:20 to 7:50 a.m. They are expected to have a book to read or assignments to study. Students in grades 3-5 may work on an educational site on their Chromebooks.
If your child is a car rider and plans on eating breakfast, he/she must arrive to school by 7:35 in order to have time to go through the line and eat. Bus riders will always go straight to the cafeteria for breakfast unless they eat at home.
All students are in classes, ready to begin learning at 7:50 a.m. The large yellow sign in the school driveway will inform you to check your child into the office when you are dropping off past start time.
If you transport your child to and from school, please use the first entrance to the school’s parking lot.
For your child’s safety, all parents are encouraged to use the car rider lane at drop off/dismissal (with exception of PreK). This is for your child’s safety. If you must walk up to the school to pick up your child, please be prepared to show your ID. Car riders will be given a visor tag the first week of school with his/her last name printed on it. Please put this visor tag on your passenger visor so that the duty team can have your child ready to be picked up as you enter the loading area.
Car riders will be seated inside the school near the entrance and will be radioed to come outside when you pull up to the school.
STUDENT CHECK-OUT PROCEDURE
Any student leaving school before the dismissal bell must be signed out in the office.
Personal identification is required for check-out. A security system is installed and requires ID to enter the building. You will be “buzzed” in by the front office staff.
The parent or designated adult must come to the office to sign out a student on the student sign-in/sign-out sheet.
Office personnel will call classrooms for students to check out. Please do not walk to the child’s classroom prior to checking in through the office.
No student may be checked out after 2:00 p.m. This allows us to maximize our instructional day and reduce confusion in the office at this busy time. Please arrange your schedules and appointments accordingly. If you are changing the mode of transportation for your child, please call by 1:45 p.m. to give the office staff time to notify students of the change.
LUNCH & BREAKFAST
menus can be found on the PCSSD website
*If you choose to use our online payment system, please get your child’s ID number from the registrar in the front office. You may access the online system at www.MyPaymentsPlus.com.
Our school uses Class Dojo, which is a behavior management tool for the classroom. Each student has a profile – complete with their own avatar – to which teachers can assign positive and negative points (or 'dojos') throughout the day. Parents may access their child’s behavior reports at any time. Access codes will be provided by the teacher.
The school holds a one day detention hall after school for an hour, which is a consequence we use in lieu of suspension, when applicable. Parents will be required to provide transportation home for students assigned to d-hall. We will notify all parents when the afterschool detention hall day has been selected. It will be the same day each week from 2:40-3:40.
Students in grades K-5 will wear school uniforms: navy and khaki bottoms and solid polo style shirts without emblems. Parents may apply to building principal for full or partial exemptions or waivers for students due to handicapping condition or religious observation. New students to the district schools will be given two weeks to comply with the uniform dress code. Denied exemption requests may be appealed to the Assistant Superintendent for Equity and Pupil Services.
Students may not use the phone unless accompanied by a teacher or approved by a principal.
Telephone calls and messages for your child should be for emergencies only.
All messages must be called into the office before 1:45 p.m.
Our new phone system allows for voicemail messages to be left for staff. Ask your child’s teacher for his/her extension.
Please feel free to contact Stacy Donaghy, Principal, at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions or concerns. We encourage you to visit our school website at ches.pcssd.org or our facebook page, Crystal Hill Elementary School-CHES. We look forward to a wonderful year with your family!