Wading River Elementary
|Mr. Stephen T. Donohue, Principal
||1900 Wading River Manor Road
Wading River, NY 11792
Hours: 8:40 a.m. – 2:40 p.m.
(Click Here for Directions)
|Main Office: (631) 821-8254
Psychologist: (631) 821-8257
Nurse: (631) 821-8256
Library: (631) 821-8267
The Wading River staff and I would like to welcome you and your child(ren) to a new school year. The information below describes procedures and regulations that you will need for the upcoming school year.
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL: Wednesday, September 5, 2012
SCHOOL HOURS: 8:40 a.m. to 2:40 p.m.
There is no supervision before 8:30 a.m. Children should not arrive at school earlier than this time.
BUS TRANSPORTATION & SAFETY:
All children should take the bus to and from school. A bus schedule to choose the bus stop nearest your home is enclosed. We are unable to allow a student to go home on a different bus without a written permission note, signed by the parent, which must be given to the teacher at the start of the school day.
Please do not
call the office during the school day to change bus stops. Bus changes may cause an overloading on the buses; therefore, I would ask that a bus change only be made when absolutely necessary.
Play dates, parties, etc. are not considered necessary.
If you pick your child up at the end of the school day, please be sure to sign him/her out with the front door monitor. If you pick up your child at the North end of the building at dismissal, please be sure to sign out with our staff member on bus duty at the north end, and please be prepared to show proper ID (i.e. driver's license).
In an effort to provide a safe and timely dismissal when picking up your child, please pick him/her up prior to the boarding of the buses.
DROP OFF ZONE: Use of the drop off zone on the south side of the south parking lot is required when it is necessary to bring a student to school by private automobile.
*No parking or standing is permitted along the drop off zone. Students should exit onto the sidewalk from the passenger side of the automobile. Also, please be aware that NYS law prohibits passing school buses when their flashing red lights are on. Parents are also reminded not to cross between parked school buses at any time.
VISITORS: In order to protect student safety, all visitors, including parents, must check in with the front door monitor or with the front office upon entering school.
When it is necessary for a parent to deliver an item such as milk money, lunch, etc. during school hours, the front door monitor will arrange for delivery to the child in his/her classroom.
ATTENDANCE: New York State Education Law requires daily attendance at school. Please make every effort to plan family vacations during school vacation periods so that academic instruction is not interrupted or missed.
ABSENCE FROM SCHOOL:
Please call the school nurse (prior to 10:00 a.m. on the day of the absence) at 821-8256
to report if your child will be absent from school. New York State law requires that the school also be informed in writing of the reason for a child's absence or tardiness. Please send a note with your child on the first day back to school after being absent or tardy. In case of contagious disease, please notify the school nurse immediately.
In order to keep classroom interruptions to a minimum, we ask that you do not have your child dismissed before the end of the school day, except in case of emergency.
PARENT & EMERGENCY CONTACT NUMBERS:
Please complete the enclosed blue card and yellow card; send one blue card to school for each child and one yellow card for the household by September 14th
. In addition, if your home and/or work number changes during the school year, please report the new number(s) to the school office at 821-8254
. Each family should discuss with their children a plan of action, in the event that the child arrives home and the parents are not there. This
situation may arise due to inclement weather when we might have an emergency early dismissal. Please fill out the attached pink emergency dismissal form and send it back to your child's classroom teacher by Friday, September 14th
LUNCH PERIODS: Lunch time for Grades 1-3 is 11:15 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Grades 4 and 5 is from 12:05 p.m. until 12:50 p.m.
, and includes an outdoor recreation time. During lunch time, children eat in their classroom and are supervised by monitors (one per class). Please refer to the enclosed information regarding purchase of milk and lunch. Children are encour-aged to bring snacks to school if they wish. We recommend fresh or dried fruits, fresh vegetables, cheese or popcorn snacks; we do not recommend sweet, salted, or junk food snacks.
NEW THIS YEAR
– We will no longer accept commercial foods from outside establishments, i.e., restaurants and delica-tessens, to be delivered to our school. Parents may still purchase from local establishments but must deliver their child’s lunch themselves or someone listed on the emergency contact form. (Please note new Board of Education Policy, which is enclosed.)
Children go outdoors some part of each day during the school year (unless the wind/chill factor is below 15 F). Please make sure your child is dressed accordingly for the weather, including rainwear, hats, gloves and/or boots, when necessary.
SCHOOL BUS BEHAVIOR:
Safe behavior and good citizenship are expected and required of all children at all times. Please review the following with your child(ren):
-obey the bus driver at all times;
-remain seated, and do not stand or walk in the aisles;
-keep the bus aisle clear at all times; keep arms, hands, and head inside the bus;
-do not crowd or push; only one person through the door at a time; be especially careful of younger, smaller children.
School bus drivers have been instructed to report children who disregard or abuse school bus safety procedures. Repeated bus infractions may result in suspension of bus riding privileges or other disciplinary action.
If you should have any questions about bus routes, please call First Student Bus Company at 744-2204
Just a reminder that all grade level student supply lists can be found on line on the district website – swrschools.org
under Wading River School.
Please be sure that students do not bring any cell phones or electronic games/toys to school.
WADING RIVER PTA:
We urge all parents to join the Parent-Teacher Association. Please use enclosed envelope. You will have a convenient oppor-tunity to do this on the evenings of our Open House meetings.
Monday, September 24th - OPEN HOUSE
, Grades 1 - 3, 7:00 PM
Thursday, September 27th - OPEN HOUSE
, Grades 4 & 5, 7:00 PM.
First grade teachers have invited 1st grade students to visit their classrooms on Tuesday, September 4th, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All other staff members will be having grade level/department meetings on that day. Teachers in grades 2 through 5 will not be available to meet with parents and students on that day. They do look forward to meeting with par-ents on our Open House nights.
I would be happy to respond to any questions that you might have about the preceding information or other issues. Please feel free to call the school office at 821-8254 if you have any questions.
Stephen T. Donohue