FRITZ PARENT HANDBOOK

Fritz Elementary School
This handbook has been published to make Fritz parents aware of the procedures and events in the daily life of the school. It is also meant to familiarize parents with the many ways in which they may become involved in the school’s programs. The cooperative efforts and attitudes of the parents and teachers of our school will build a strong educational foundation.
Please refer to the Conestoga Valley School District calendar for additional information and school district policies as well as the Conestoga Valley School District web site.



Parent Organizations
PTO

The PTO is an organization of parents and teachers who work together to benefit the school and all of our children. This organization provides money and volunteer time for special programs and activities to support the school. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at either 3:45 or 7:00 pm in the Fritz library. All parents are encouraged to become actively involved. Please check the "date saver" link for the appropriate time per month.

Volunteers in Action – VIA

VIA is an organized volunteer program that places interested volunteers in the school to help support the children, teachers, and the administration. Volunteers work at the request of the faculty and administration and assist in a variety of jobs that directly or indirectly benefit students.

Parent Resource Center


The Parent Resource Center is located just inside the main entrance of the school. It is in the room called, “The Book Nook”. It contains a growing library of books, magazines and pamphlets that parents may borrow to assist with the challenges of parenting.

Procedures for Addressing Problems or Questions

We want parents to feel as if they are as well informed about our school and our district as possible. In order to responsibly accomplish this, we ask that you respectfully make your contacts to school in the following order: 1) Child’s teacher 2) School Counselor (if appropriate) 3) School Principal 4) Director of Curriculum and Instruction 5) Superintendent 6) Board of Education

School Day

The school day begins at 8:55 am and ends at 3:30 pm. Children should not arrive before 8:30 am. Parents dropping off students at arrival time or picking up students at dismissal should use the gym lobby entrance. Parents must sign in students arriving after 8:55 am. Parents should try to schedule all appointments before or after the school day to help avoid interruptions during the school day. If students must be picked up prior to 3:30 pm, a note should be written to the child’s teacher and the parent should report to the main office at the pick up time to meet the student and sign them out of the building.

In the event of a one-hour delay, school begins at 9:55.
In the event of a two-hour delay, school begins at 10:55.


4-Day Cycle Schedule

The Conestoga Valley School District operates on a 4-day cycle. In this system, school days are numbered 1 through 4 rather than the traditional Monday through Friday. If a day is missed for vacations or weather, the next scheduled numbered day is picked up the day we return to school.

Attendance*

Daily Attendance

Regular attendance is an important element of a good education. The following guidelines are used for marking absences:
  1. Tardy – arriving after 8:55 am, but before 10:55 am.
  2. 1/2 Day – arriving after 10:55 am.
  3. 1/2 Day – leaving school before 1:30 pm.
After an absence, a student should return to school with an excuse card. This card, or written excuse note, must be signed and returned within 3 days for the absence to be lawfully excused. Children are responsible for completing schoolwork missed during absences. Homework may be requested by parents through the school office or the teacher. (Please be aware that teachers will need time to prepare and gather homework assignments).

* Please refer to the CVSD calendar for additional policy information

Vacation Absences
Vacations (including educational travel) are discouraged during the time that school is in session. Families who are planning vacations, that require absence from school, must get prior approval. Five days per school year are allowed. Days beyond the five are unlawful absences. Travel forms can be obtained through the school office. These forms must be completed prior to the trip. Students are responsible for material missed during the vacation absences. Vacation days during posted PSSA testing dates will not be granted.

Visitors
To ensure building security, all parents and visitors are required to sign in and receive a visitor badge at the school office. To avoid interruptions to the classroom, parents are asked to leave all messages and materials at the office. The office staff will notify the teacher or student of the message as soon as it is convenient. Parents are welcome to observe school activities, but notification should be made to the appropriate teacher prior to the time of the intended visit.

Conferences
Conferences are scheduled in November for all parents. We have 3 trimesters instead of 4 marking periods so the first report card will be sent home at the end of the first trimester. Parents may contact teachers at any time during the school year to schedule additional conferences.

Report Cards
Kindergarten
Parent conferences are held in the fall to report student progress. Report cards are issued at the end of the second and third trimesters.

Grades 1-6

The first report card is issued to parents at the end of the first Trimester. Report cards, which measure academic achievement and personal growth, are issued to students every thirteen weeks. Special subjects (Art, Music, and Physical Education) are evaluated throughout the three trimesters and those scores are included in the report card.



Homework

We believe that there is value in assigning homework because it extends and connects the learning environment from school to home. The following guidelines will be used for assigning homework:

Grade 1
10 minutes
Grade 4
40 minutes
Grade 2
20 minutes
Grade 5
50 minutes
Grade 3
30 minutes
Grade 6
60 minutes

These are designed to be maximum time periods. Time required to complete assignments will vary considerably depending upon each student’s ability and work habits. Students in grades 3-6 are required to record homework assignments in assignment books or daily planners each day prior to leaving school. The school provides these assignment/planner books.


Library

Students are scheduled for regular visits to the library. They may also visit the library throughout the week as time permits. Children are expected to take good care of library books and return them on the appropriate due date.

Fines for overdue books begin in the third grade. If a book is lost, the student/parent will be billed for the cost of the book.

Report cards will be held at the end of the year for books that are lost until the book has been paid for or returned.

Physical Education

To ensure personal safety, children are required to wear sneakers during physical education class. The physical education teacher will explain specific safety rules to each class. All children are expected to participate in physical education classes.


Student Dress Code Policy
The purpose of Conestoga Valley School District's Student Dress Code Policy is to clearly define acceptable student attire. The objective of the policy is to promote an atmosphere for academic success while recognizing significant freedom of student choice and expression. The administration respects the right of students to express themselves in word or symbol and to distribute and or display materials as part of that expression. The right is limited, however, by the need to maintain an orderly school environment and to respect the rights of all members of the school community. While our goal is to maintain consistency throughout the district, it is important to note that the following policy may be supplemented by specific building rules.
  • Hats, hoods and sunglasses may not be worn during the school day. Any headwear worn must have a necessary function and be approved in advance by administration.
  • The length and style of hair (both facial and head) and jewelry shall be limited if it constitutes a health or safety hazard or if it is harmful to the building or equipment. In both cases, the student may be required to wear some type of protective covering or remove jewelry.
  • No bare exposed midriffs will be permitted. Shirts must cover the midriff on all sides.
  • Straps such as those found on tank tops, muscle shirts, halter tops, and/or spaghetti strap tops are not permitted. Tops that expose the shoulders, back or parts of undergarments, including racer back tops or similar articles are not permitted.
  • All Clothing must conceal undergarments. Shirts that reveal undergarments, whether it is due to the transparency, length, or lack of coverage of the shirt are not permitted. Pants must be worn at the waist and completely cover the buttocks area. Pants may not be worn in such a way as to expose underwear or skin around the midsection.
  • The bottom hem or edge of shorts, skirts and dresses may be no shorter than three inches above the top of the knee when standing.
  • No exposed cleavage will be permitted.
  • Any article of clothing with a printed message, word, or phrase may not contain profanity, obscenity, or the promotion of any illegal activity or violence. Likewise, any article of clothing with a picture or graphic may not be obscene or promote any illegal activity or violence. Any article of clothing that is deemed inappropriate, offensive or a distraction to the educational environment by a staff member will be required to be changed.
  • No coats or outdoor jackets may be worn in the building unless approved in advance.
  • Skintight and close-fitting clothing is not permitted. Leggings, yoga pants, or similar tight pants worn alone are not permitted. Wearing leggings under shorts, skirts, or dresses is permitted if these items are the proper length.
  • No pajamas or sleepwear may be worn.
  • The length and style of accessories shall be limited if they constitute a health or safety hazard or if they are harmful to the building or equipment. In both cases, the student may be required to remove the accessory.
  • Footwear must be worn. Safety considerations may dictate the type of footwear worn in specific classes or school settings. Flip flops are not permitted.
  • All clothing must be free of holes, cuts, tears and/or rips that expose undergarments or skin. Torn and tattered clothing is not permissible.
Students who do not follow the Dress Code may be asked to change clothes or remove accessories. If the student does not have appropriate alternative clothing at school, it may be necessary for parents to bring appropriate attire or accompany students home to change. The school may also provide appropriate clean clothing if necessary and available. Repeated dress code infractions may result in additional consequences as noted below in alignment with the district discipline code.
Consequences:
First Offense: The student is required to change, warning issued and written notification sent home.

Second Offense: The student is required to change, assigned to detention or community service, phone contact with parents.

Third Offense: The student is required to change, assigned to detention/community service or other disciplinary action, phone contact with parents. Continued violations of the dress code policy will result in a parent conference and may require removal from classes and/or suspension.

School Lunch

Our cafeteria provides a nourishing breakfast and lunch daily. Milk and snacks may be purchased separately (students are limited to one snack purchase daily). Parents are welcome to join their children for lunch. In fact, this is one of the highlights of your child's day. Please DO NOT bring in fast food, soda, candy or other sweet treats for your child. We are adhering to our district's health and wellness policy and are having our students make healthier choices at lunchtime. Parents may certainly bring a packed lunch from home or send in a note or email to your child's teacher informing them of your lunch choice for the day. The cafeteria will be notified, using our daily lunch count form, and your lunch will be ready when you arrive. All you have to do is pay for it! :o)


Our cafeteria serves a hot breakfast choice five days per week. Breakfast is served from 8:30-9:00 daily.

In the event we have a ONE-HOUR DELAY-BREAKFAST WILL BE served.

In the event we have a TWO-HOUR DELAY- BREAKFAST WILL NOT BE served as the cafeteria staff will be busy preparing lunch for the first lunch group of students.

PEANUT FREE TABLE

There are round tables in the cafeteria that are reserved for those students who must avoid eating or coming into contact with peanuts, nuts or foods containing nut products. Our cafeteria staff will adhere to stringent cleaning schedules and students will be instructed to wash their hands thoroughly to make sure there isn’t a risk of peanut contamination at recess or back in the classroom.


Recess

Children are expected to participate in daily recess periods, which are part of the regular school program. They should dress appropriately for the weather. Recess will be scheduled outdoors each day unless inclement weather prevents the children from going outside.


Field Trips

Parents will receive information explaining educational field trips through classroom teachers. A parent or guardian must sign a permission slip in order for a child to participate. Children are expected to behave appropriately on all school trips. Since field trips are considered to be a privilege, students with a record of school-related problems may lose the privilege of attending a field trip.





Change of Bus

Children are expected to travel on their assigned bus. In case of an emergency in which the child needs to ride another bus, the school office requires written notification from the parents, one day in advance, which states the reason for the requested bus change and the address of the requested stop. If the request is approved, a permission slip will be issued to the child and this slip will then be given to the bus driver to notify him/her of the change. A child who regularly rides a bus must have a note from parents if he/she will not be riding the bus and has special pick up arrangements for the day. Requests for routine bus changes due to childcare needs require special approval through the transportation office. This “Transportation Request Form” can be obtained in the school office.


Please note that requests for bus changes for the purpose of after school play or social visits will not be approved.

This also applies to our students who walk. We do not permit walkers to go to another child's home unless that parent is expecting the child. We would need to hear from both parents before this could be permitted.

Student Selling

Unless approved by the school district, there should be no selling of any merchandise on the school premises. This includes all non-school related fundraisers.


Property Damage or Loss

Children will be held fully responsible for negligence that results in the damage or loss of school property. Damaged or lost books will be the financial responsibility of the parent or guardian. Report cards may be withheld until such payment is received.


Lost & Found

Please write your child’s name in all jackets, coats, lunchboxes and backpacks. We maintain a lost and found box in the cafeteria; please feel free to look through it if your child loses a possession at school. Small objects such as bracelets, watches, toys etc. are kept in the office. Please check with our school secretary if your child lost a small object.


School Conduct

The following regulations are observed at Fritz Elementary School so that each school day will be safe and productive for all staff and students. We ask that all parents and guardians take time to review these basic expectations with the children so that together we can maintain an effective learning environment.


On the Playground

Children will play within designated play areas. They should obey the supervising adult during recess periods and must ask permission before leaving the play area. For student safety, hard balls, skateboards, wooden and metal bats, ice slides, snowballs, tackling, wrestling, and some chasing games are not permitted. Prior to entering the building, students will line up quietly to reduce the distraction to other classes as they re-enter the building.


The following rules and general expectations will be discussed within each classroom.

  1. Listen to adults and follow directions

  2. Use only good words
  3. Walk on sidewalks, in halls, and in the cafeteria
  4. Play nicely with others
  5. Line up quickly after recess and wait quietly
  6. Take care of playground equipment

In The Hallways

Children will walk in an orderly fashion at all times throughout the school. They should talk quietly to avoid distracting others. Hall passes are required of all students when traveling independently in the hallways.


In The Cafeteria

Children will stand in line for lunch and be seated in an orderly fashion. They will use good manners and observe a conversational tone of voice while they eat. Students will be disciplined for disruptive or rude behavior. The following rules and general expectations will be discussed within each classroom.


Students must:


Listen to adults and follow directions
  1. Use only good words
  2. Walk on sidewalks, in halls, and in cafeteria
  3. Keep cafeteria clean (no throwing food, misusing straws, napkins)
  4. Stay in cafeteria seat until given permission to get up or leave
  5. Use good table manners
  6. Use inside speaking voice in cafeteria

On the Bus

Children will walk to the bus, wait patiently while boarding, and be seated in an orderly fashion. They should talk in a conversational tone of voice and remain seated in their assigned seat until the bus comes to a complete stop.





The bus driver may stipulate further rules or expectations as necessary. Students misbehaving on the bus will receive conduct reports from the bus drivers. The 1st conduct report issued will result in a verbal warning to the child unless the infraction is severe. The 2nd report will result in a 1-3 day bus suspension. A 3rd conduct report will result in a 3-5 day bus suspension. Conduct reports beyond this will require a parent conference.

Discipline Policy

The purpose of Fritz’s school-wide Discipline Policy is to correct inappropriate behavior, to acknowledge good behavior, and to provide a systematic plan for managing student behavior in order to provide a safe and secure environment for everyone. A copy of the school-wide discipline plan may be obtained in the school office.


Electronic Devices

Student possession of any type of electronic device, such as cell phones, video gaming devices and/or video games, Kindles, Ipods, Ipads, etc. are prohibited on school grounds. They are considered a safety risk and are expensive to replace if they are lost, stolen, or damaged. Some teachers do permit the use of Kindles, Ipads, Nooks etc. for English Language Arts during the school day. In this instance, parents are notified and the classrooms are secured to prevent these items from being stolen.


Guidance Services

Guidance services are an integral part of the educational program at Fritz Elementary School. The counselor works with students, parents, and staff. She is available to assist children dealing with social, emotional, or academic situations. These problems may include family situations, peer or academic issues, emotional problems, or abuse. The counselor also works with teachers and parents to intervene where there are academic concerns. Counselors often work in classrooms providing classroom guidance lessons. Lessons include conflict resolution, feelings, study skills, bullying, and career activities. They work with groups of students and with individual students. If more than brief individual work is needed it is suggested that a parent/guardian seek outside counseling. Fritz does offer onsite counseling services through T. W. Ponessa. Please contact the school counselor to obtain more information regarding this counseling service.

Other guidance activities include assisting with standardized test administration and providing parent seminars. To contact the counselor, call the school office.


Health

Immunization

Students will be excluded from school unless immunization requirements have been met. Proof of immunization is needed prior to admission to school.


Personal Health

In order to protect the health of all our children at Fritz, we suggest that children remain at home when they experience any of the following symptoms:

Ø Fever of 100 degrees or higher
Ø An acute cold
Ø Persistent cough that does not respond to medication
Ø Contagious disease: scabies, ringworm, pink eye, impetigo, strep throat, chicken pox
Ø Head lice
Ø Swollen glands or sore throat accompanied by fever
Ø Skin rashes of undetermined or contagious type
Ø General signs of illness: vomiting, earache, diarrhea, severe headache, stomach pain.
If your child comes to school with a suspected contagious disease, he/she will be excluded until seen by a physician. Please do not expect the school nurse to diagnose illness or injury that occurred at home.

Change in Condition

It is essential that any change in a child’s health status should be reported to the nurse. Examples are severe head injury, hospital admission, surgery, daily medication needs, physical handicaps, severe allergy, etc.


Medication

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania prohibits the dispensing of medication without parental permission. In the event that a physician sees the need for a child to take medication during the school day, a written note of permission, with the name of the medication, the time, and dosage is required. The note and medication to be dispensed must be given to the school nurse. Any child on daily medication is required to have a signed permission slip from the parent as well as written directions for administering the medication signed by the attending physician. The proper forms are available in the health room. Medication will not be dispensed until the forms are completed. Children may not transport medication to school if it is a controlled substance.


First Aid

Emergency forms must be completed for each student and will be kept on file in the health room. In case of accidental injury on the school grounds, children will be given first aid. If further treatment is necessary, parents will be notified. If necessary, emergency medical personnel will be called. It is important to notify the school of any changes in address or telephone numbers so that the school can reach parents or an emergency alternate contact person listed on the emergency form.


Medical Examinations

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires all school-age children to have periodic physical examinations. Examinations are required at kindergarten or first grade (depending on original entrance), grade six, and grade eleven. Transfer students as well as students with incomplete health records will be required to have a physical examination.


Dental Exams

The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania requires a dental examination in kindergarten or first grade (depending on original entrance) and in grades three and seven.

nnual Examinations
The school nurse does the following examinations:
  1. Vision testing
  2. Auditory screening to identify hearing defects in grades kindergarten through three, seven, and eleven
  3. Height and weight measurements
  4. Scoliosis (curvature of the spine) grades 6 and 7



Birthdays & Treats


We have a large number of students who have various food allergies at Fritz. In order to keep everyone safe, we will not permit birthday treats, in the form of food, into the classroom. We want to celebrate your child’s special day and have provided a list of non-food suggestions below:
  • Pencils
  • Erasers
  • Book mark
  • Games
  • Cards
  • Stickers
  • Other small tokens for each child

Birthday Party Invitations

Please do not send in birthday party invitations to school as we will not be able to distribute them. Teachers are not permitted to divulge personal student information (such as addresses) to parents.



J.E. Fritz Elementary School

Mission
The Fritz Elementary School staff is committed to providing a physically and emotionally safe environment where all people will be treated equally with respect and where children will be encouraged to become life long learners.


WE BELIEVE THAT
Teachers are effective when they work cooperatively to encourage student success.

Teachers should determine appropriate learning styles and instructional levels for each student and teach each student accordingly.

Students should be actively involved in learning.

Students should be encouraged to take risks in the learning process.

Students should be aware of behavioral expectations and then be held accountable for the choices they make.

Parents and teachers should work together to positively support each child’s learning experience.



Conestoga Valley School District
Character Traits

September - Responsibility

October - Respect

November - Courtesy

December - Caring

January - Dependability

February - Tolerance

March - Honesty

April - Perseverance

May - Trustworthiness

June - Patience

July - Character

August - Integrity