Parent Resources - Routines & Operations

BRAIN BREAKFAST From 7:00 to 7:55 a.m. scholars must work on the daily “Brain Breakfast” worksheet, which they will pick up in the lobby on their way in. Grade-level teachers will prepare a set of daily “Brain Breakfast” worksheets each week. “Brain Breakfast” worksheets will include questions and activities related to the core virtues, basic skills, and critical thinking questions. At 7:55 scholars will turn in their Brain Breakfast worksheets.  Completed “Brain Breakfast” worksheets will be eligible for class credit and/or awards.

MORNING MEETING Morning meeting begins at 8:00 a.m. Scholars arriving after 8:00 a.m. must report to office to sign-in and be admitted to class.

LUNCH All scholars will eat lunch in school.  Scholars may not leave school property during lunch. We offer a free and reduced-price lunch program for qualifying families. Applications will be sent home at the beginning of the year and are also available at the office. Scholars may also be permitted to bring in nutritious snacks according to individual teacher practices. Carbonated sodas and sugary snacks will not be permitted during lunch.  If these items are brought to school, they will be confiscated by a staff member and returned to a parent at the end of the day.

RECESS Because it is important for children to get fresh air and run around, careful consideration is used in determining if the children will have outdoor or indoor recess.  On days that the decision is unclear, the temperature and wind chill factor are checked, and at least one staff member goes outside to get a “feel” for the weather.  No specific temperature is used as a cut off, but the temperature, wind, and amount of sun are used to make the decision. At no time will the children be allowed to play in the snow. Please send your child to school each day prepared to go outside for recess with hats, gloves, scarves, and winter coats.  It is better to be prepared than to be cold!

BIRTHDAYS Birthday celebrations may only be conducted during the student’s lunch time where parents may opt to bring in a healthy snack or cheese pizza for the entire class. Sugary foods, such as cookies, cupcakes and cakes are not permitted. Beverages must be water or 100% juice (no artificial juices) —no soda. Invitations for out-of-school birthday parties may not be distributed during school hours unless the entire class is invited to attend.

LOST & FOUND Articles lost or found will be held in the cafeteria until they are claimed. All items not recovered at the end of the month will be donated.  Scholars are reminded that placing their names on articles reduces the chance that items may be lost.

PERSONAL BELONGINGS Scholars should limit personal belongings they bring to school. The responsibility for these items is with the parents and the scholars.  In the event of loss, theft, or damage of personal property the school cannot accept responsibility.

TELEPHONE USE Scholars may make emergency calls only with teachers’ permission.

FINDING ANSWERS/DEALING WITH CONCERNS When a parent has a concern about a child’s progress in a specific class or school activity, he or she should first contact the teacher. Teachers wish to maintain open lines of communication with parents.  For concerns of a general nature, educational program or school activity, the Principal should be contacted directly.

LOST BOOKS Scholars are responsible for textbooks issued to them and library books borrowed from the library.  A fee will be charged for lost or damaged books.  Report cards will be withheld until fines are paid.

FIELD TRIPS University Heights will offer field trips at each grade level.  These trips provide “real-world”, hands-on experiences for children.  Eligibility for participating on field trips will be based on children’s behavior. We will require a signed permission slip in order for scholars to attend trips.  Parents will be asked to pay for admission and transportation related to all field trips.  You will be notified in advance by the teacher of the cost and deadline for submission of money.  Field trips are a great time to volunteer with your child’s class and chaperone with the teacher. Student’s who do not meet behavior expectations will be required to have a parent chaperone.

WEEKLY TAKE-HOME FOLDER Every Friday the office will prepare a take-home folder for each scholar. One side will include notices and information. The other side will include items to be filled out, signed, and returned. This will include weekly paychecks, permission slips, and reporting forms.