Stonehedge Parent Handbook

2019-2020 Stonehedge Parent Handbook

Table of Contents

Mission Statement

The mission of the West Genesee Central School District, in partnership with the community, is to ensure that each student attains the knowledge, skills, and attitudes necessary, not only for life-long learning, but also for becoming a cooperative, self-directed, productive, and caring citizen.

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Welcome Letter

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Welcome to the Stonehedge Elementary family! The start of each school year brings a renewed sense of excitement as the faculty and staff prepares to work with your child. We strive to provide an environment where all students experience success. Our handbook is designed to provide you with information that we feel is important and useful, such telephone numbers, homework, and early dismissal procedures. Through shared communication and knowledge, together we can make your child’s experience here a rewarding one. Please feel free to contact your child’s teacher or principal at any time.

The Stonehedge Faculty and Staff

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History

The original Stonehedge School (the one-story building) was opened in 1962 as a kindergarten through grade 6 facility. The two-story addition was opened for the 1967-68 school year to accommodate overcrowding. Our school was named through a contest held when the school first opened. The original contest entry had Stone Hedge as two names, but it was decided to combine them into one name; Stonehedge. While the school’s two teams presently have approximately 850 students, at its peak in 1967-68, 1,438 students attended.

Beginning in the 1994-95 school year, Stonehedge formed two teams. These teams, named “Blue” and “Gold”, were established. The Blue Team now houses K-2, with Mrs. Keevil as principal. The Gold Team consists of grades 3-5 with Mr. Suddaby as principal. Please contact the building principals should you have any questions regarding teams.

School Day – Grades K-5: Arrival 9:00 a.m. Dismissal 3:17 p.m.

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Website

In addition to automatic electronic notifications via West Genesee Communications Powered by Blackboard, please visit the West Genesee Central School District website. It contains up-to-date information about each school and extracurricular events. In addition, there is a district calendar that notes all activities for the entire year. Please visit the site often!
www.westgenesee.org

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Arrival

ST Handbook Arrival RulesSchool doors open at 9:00 a.m. Students who are getting breakfast enter at 8:50 a.m.. Students arriving by bus will enter the front doors and proceed to their classroom. Due to supervision and safety concerns, we request that students who arrive at school prior to 9:00 a.m. please remain outside. Please do not plan on walking your child directly to their classroom as there will be adult supervision for children who may need assistance finding their classroom.

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Dismissal

ST Handbook Dismissal RulesDismissal begins at 3:17 p.m. Students being picked up or attending BASCOL will be dismissed. Once buses have arrived, they are called a few at a time with staff members assisting children to their appropriate bus. Those students walking home from school are dismissed last.

A well-designed orderly plan ensures that our younger students board the correct bus in an efficient and safe manner. We are aware that parents may instruct older siblings to meet younger siblings at their classroom. We are asking that older students proceed directly to their bus and wait there to be certain that their younger brother or sister have boarded the bus. Children roaming the hallways in search of their siblings will confuse the process.

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Bus Circles/Fire Lanes

There are two circles in front of Stonehedge Elementary. The circle closest to the Blue Team entrance is for BUSES ONLY. The circle near the Gold Team entrance has ample parking for cars and several handicapped spots. Please do not park in the fire lane at any time. In addition, if you are driving your child to school, please make sure that they exit the car on the passenger side of the car, closest to the sidewalk.

Stonehedge Bus Circle Map

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Transportation Procedure

Parents may occasionally need to rearrange transportation for their child on a certain day. For example, your child may be taking a different bus, walking instead of riding the bus, riding the bus instead of walking, etc. We understand that from time to time there may be unexpected circumstances that require a change in transportation. Due to safety considerations, and in compliance with Transportation Guidelines, we will not honor phone or fax requests for any reason. ONLY WRITTEN REQUESTS WITH A PARENTAL SIGNATURE WILL BE HONORED. All daily transportation changes should be requested by a note that should be brought to school by your child in the morning. Children being picked up should also bring a note to school in the morning, stating who will be picking them up at dismissal. That person needs to check in at the appropriate office with photo ID (required).

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Student Pick-Up Prior to Dismissal

To help avoid disruptions to classroom instruction at the end of the day, and help ensure that the child is present for necessary information, we ask your cooperation in picking up your children. We request that students not be picked-up from school prior to dismissal at 3:17 p.m. We certainly understand that there are times when you must pick up your child early but when you can wait until 3:17 p.m., it is greatly appreciated. We believe these procedures will provide the best environment for all students and we appreciate your understanding and your cooperation.

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Contact School Personnel

Please feel free to contact the school at any time regarding questions or concerns. Should you wish to speak to your child’s teacher during the school day, simply send an email (links are on the school web-site) or call and leave a message at the main office so that they may phone you during a break in their schedule. The following may be beneficial in knowing to whom you should address any concerns:

Transportation Issues: Principal Blue: (315) 487-4633 Gold: (315) 478-4631
Director of Transportation: (315) 487-4578
Attendance, Excuses, Medication: School Nurse (315) 487-4636 School Events: Blue Office (315) 487-4633 Gold Office (315) 487-4631 Curriculum or Classroom Concerns: Teacher

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Parents/Visitors/PTA

Stonehedge Elementary PTA LogoOur welcome sign is always out, and we appreciate your support and interest.  We strive to keep our children safe! Their safety includes protection from harm, as well as protecting their learning time with their teachers.  Anyone visiting our school must push the intercom button outside of the building to be admitted. Visitors must be prepared to state their nature of business and have proper ID with them. All guests will have their identification scanned before entering the building. The office will print each guest a visitor badge which tells children and staff a person they may not know has checked in at the office before proceeding around the building.  This procedure is used by anyone in the building during the regular school day who is not a West Genesee employee.

We expect the Stonehedge staff to focus on your children the moment the students arrive in the morning.  Sometimes, parents want to just step in their child’s classroom to see the teacher for “just a second”.  Even short visits distract the teachers from attending to their classes.  There are many details to focus on to start the day on a positive note.  It certainly is very important to be able to communicate with teachers in a timely manner.  We prefer you call or leave a message or send a note.  This way, we may call or schedule a meeting with you to give you focused, uninterrupted attention.  This also means we are not interrupting teachers when they are responsible for their classes.  If you have any questions about this policy, please feel free to contact the main office.

We strongly encourage parents to get involved in all aspects of their child(ren)’s schooling.  One way to do this is to volunteer.  Stonehedge has a very active PTA.  They provide many wonderful services for our students.  Their meetings help provide another avenue of communication between home and school.  We encourage all parents to join and become active volunteers in this organization. Without PTA volunteers, many of the wonderful supplemental activities your children experience would not happen each year!

Contact: Email: StonehedgePTA@gmail.com and follow Stonehedge Elementary PTA on and Stonehedge PTA.

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Volunteers

In September we send home a packet asking for parents to sign up to volunteer in the school. We welcome your involvement in a wide variety of volunteer activities. Volunteers working directly with students must be board approved. PTA volunteers working at events do NOT need to be board approved.

On rare occasions, parents have requested permission to observe their child in classroom settings. These types of visits are difficult because:

  1. it distracts other children in the class,
  2. it distracts the child being observed, often preventing the parent form actually seeing “typical behavior”.

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Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-teacher conferences are important because both have a common goal; to help your child. Formal conferences are held for kindergarten through fifth grade students. This year’s conferences will be held on November 19 and 20. You will be notified as to the time and date by your child’s teacher. Additionally, conferences may be scheduled at any time either party feels there is a need to share information or to consult with one another.

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Report Cards

Report cards are sent home three times per year. Parents should sign and return the report card envelope each of the first two trimesters. Comments from parents, including requests for conferences, are welcomed. Report cards will be sent on: December 7, 2018, March 22, 2019, and June 25, 2019.

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Vacations Planned When School is in Session

Each year we have families who plan vacations or other activities which take children out of school when we are in session. Parents often request their child’s assignments for the recorded illegal absences. Providing such assignments does not replace the instruction that occurs in the classroom. The materials must often be individually reviewed or retaught upon the student’s return. Therefore, we do not provide regular class assignments for such absences. As an alternative, teachers may assign special activities, such as a travel journal, that are appropriate for the absence.

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New York State Testing and Early Literacy Assessments

The New York State assessments are administered to assess student achievement and to measure mastery of state standards. [Students who do not meet the benchmarks on these assessments receive academic intervention through our Response to Intervention program.] New York State Testing takes place in April (English Language Arts and Mathematics) for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. Grade 4 takes the New York State Science Assessment in May and June. Students in grades 1 and 2 are given the West Genesee-approved assessments in the areas of reading and mathematics in June. The results of these assessments help us to determine which students require academic support. Individual Student Reports for all assessments in grades 3-5 are given to parents as soon as they are made available. In order for students to perform their best on these tests it is important for them to come to school well rested and having had breakfast. Several reminders are sent home to alert parents to our testing schedule. Please make every effort to have your child in school on these days.

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Kindergarten Screening and Orientation

All incoming kindergarten students are screened in June, prior to entering school in September. The screening involves tasks related to cognitive development, speech and language skills, gross and fine motor skills along with a vision and hearing test. The screening, which is required by law, can help us to identify students who may need extra assistance.

Any student who misses the screening dates in June will be screened in September. In August an orientation is held for entering kindergarten students and their parents. This provides the opportunity for parents to meet their child’s teacher, principals, school nurse, and Director of Transportation. In addition, students and parents ride the school bus, see the classroom, and have the chance to ask any questions.

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Support Services: Response to Intervention (RtI)

West Genesee is committed to providing the highest quality of education for every student. Response to Intervention (RtI) is a multi-level approach to providing differentiated support to all students. Therefore, to determine if students are meeting grade-level expectations, every child will be screened three times per year (Fall, Winter, Spring) to measure progress in reading and math. Our teachers will provide a variety of approaches to ensure each student’s success. When screenings show that interventions are needed, some may take place within the classroom and some may take place outside the classroom with an instructional specialist. Parents will be notified by mail if their child is in need of an intervention outside the confines of the classroom.

The West Genesee Central School District’s RtI model uses a three tier approach to instruction/intervention:

  • Tier 1- Classroom teachers will use a variety of strategies within the core curriculum to address individual instructional needs.
  • Tier 2- Based on assessment data, students who struggle in Tier 1 will be provided additional research-based interventions. Instructional specialists will monitor student progress.
  • Tier 3- Students who continue to struggle in Tier 2 will receive more intensive interventions. Parents will continue to receive reports with student report cards.

Interventions will continue as needed to ensure student success. The vast majority of students meet grade-level expectations within this 3 Tiered approach. We invite you to view our district RtI plan which can be found on the West Genesee Central School District webpage.

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ADAPEP

Programming for all grades provided by the ADA-PEP counselors is research based, incorporating the most recent knowledge about what works in prevention. The counselor utilizes an approach which considers risk and protective factors when providing services to students.

There is a strong emphasis on resiliency building and character education. The counselor provides educational services such as classroom instruction, small group work, peer leadership and assemblies. Topics covered in small groups are divorce, separation, grief/loss, stress reduction techniques, conflict/anger management and communication skills. The counselor also provides crisis intervention and short term 1:1 counseling support. The counselor also communicates with parents on issues related to their children and links families to community resources. In order to participate in these groups, each child must have written permission from a parent.

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Special Education Resource

The resource teacher works with students who have been identified by the district Committee on Special Education as having a handicapping condition and are experiencing difficulties in academic areas. The resource teacher reinforces concepts taught in the classroom and teaches strategies to help with academic success. The resource teacher also serves as support for the classroom teacher.

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Direct Consultant Teaching

Special education teachers work within the regular education classrooms to provide programming for students with special education needs. A teacher assistant, following the direction of the special education teacher, provides support to the student with special needs during that portion of the day when the special education teacher is not in the classroom.

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Speech

The speech-language therapist evaluates and provides therapy to student whose speech and/or language weaknesses have been proven to interfere with academic success.

Student must be identified by the district Committee on Special Education as a speech/language impaired student before these services are received.

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Occupational/Physical Therapy

Students who have been identified by the district Committee on Special Education may receive occupation or physical therapy as part of their Individual Educational Program (IEP). Occupational and physical therapy are designed to physically support the skill development of students.

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School Psychologist

The role of the school psychologist is quite varied. The school psychologist provides psychological and academic testing and analysis as necessary to complete a multifaceted evaluation of students who are experiencing learning difficulties. They may provide counseling for students identified with an IEP. Short term counseling may also be provided for students assessed to be at risk of lowered performance at school.

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Data Inquiry Team (DIT)

DIT is a general education multidisciplinary team whose primary purpose is to review at-risk students and facilitate discussion to develop strategies and interventions.

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Requests for School Work

Parents often request homework when their child is absent from school due to illness. We try to accommodate the request and appreciate the home support. In order to allow teachers time to organize student work, we ask that all requests for homework be made prior to 10:00 a.m. for pickup after 3:15 p.m.

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Special Areas Art

Visual art in elementary school puts students in touch with their own creativity. It develops students’ perceptual ability through activities which enable them to experience a variety of sights, sounds, tastes and textures. Art education acquaints students with the concept of art and helps them discover the relationship between art and people, the role of art in cultures past and present and exposes them to materials, processes and final projects. Children in grades K-5 receive art instruction once per week for 40 minutes. Smocks or an old shirt are encouraged to protect clothing.

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General Music

General music instruction is provided for students in grades K-5 one time per week. Students experience basic music skills, as well as singing and music appreciation. Chorus is offered to interested students in grades 3-5. The rehearsals are conducted during the regular school day. Third grade chorus participates in one concert per year, while fourth and fifth grade chorus participates in two concerts per year.

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Instrumental Music

Instruction on Band (brass, woodwind, percussion) and Orchestra (strings) is offered to students in grade 4-5. Lessons are scheduled during the school day. Students who participate meet before school once a week. Both the band and orchestra groups participate in two concerts per year.

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Library

Library classes are provided weekly for all students. During that scheduled time, students also have an opportunity for book exchange. In addition, the library is open throughout the day for browsing, exchange of materials, and research. We encourage students to be personally responsible for items that they check out. If a book is lost, a notice will be sent home indicating the replacement cost. Students who consistently forget or lose books will need to keep borrowed items in school. The circulation time for all materials (books, magazines, and videos) is one week.

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Physical Education

Physical education provides students with the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary for participating in physical activity. Classes are provided for all students in grades K-5, two days per week. Sneakers are required for all grades. Sneakers must be of the “tie” or “Velcro” style. Zipper, platform, or roller-blade type sneakers are not permitted. Students in grades 4 and 5 must change into shorts and shirts for class. For safety reasons, students are also asked not to wear jewelry to class. A parent may request that their child be excused for participating in physical education class for up to one week (two consecutive classes) by sending a written note indicating the reason. To be excused beyond that time, a note from the child’s physician is required. All excuses from physical education class also mean that the student will have the same limitations at playtime as they do during class.

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School Parties

Students in grades K-5 celebrate Halloween, Winter Holidays, Valentine’s Day and Spring/End of the Year. Room parents, who volunteer at the Fall Open House, are contacted by the classroom teacher. Each room parent then contacts other parents for help with refreshments. Students with food allergies should only consume treats that are sent from their own home. Room parents may also relay any specific plans for parties such as costumes or gift giving, etc. PTA volunteers contact individual families for their help in coordinating the refreshments and decorations for the June moving-up celebration for fifth grade.

Teachers at all levels recognize a student birthday in their classroom. Food treats are not permitted. We ask that all birthday invitations be mailed, if you are not inviting the entire class.

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Health Services

The goal of our health office is to facilitate the educational process by helping your children stay in the best possible health. Our school nurse is present throughout the school day to provide first aid as necessary. If the nurse deems it necessary, parents will be notified of the school injury, the nature of the first aid and what further precautions may need to take place. Our nurse also verifies compliance regarding immunizations. In addition, she performs vision (annually), hearing (annually), scoliosis screenings (Grade 5) and health examinations during the year. Health examinations are needed for all children entering kindergarten, grade 2, grade 4 and any student new to the district. We encourage parents to have this exam done by the family physician since they know the child best. Our school physician is scheduled throughout the school year to examine children if this is requested by parents.

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Students Requiring Medication During School Hours

Regulations outlined in the Nurse Practice Act and New York State Education Law regulates the distribution of medications to students during school hours. Please note the procedure below:

Please note the procedure below:

  • A written request from the family physician in which he indicates the frequency and dosage of a prescribed medication.
  • The medication should be delivered directly to the school nurse by the parent.
  • Medication is to be in the original container properly labeled.
  • Under no circumstances is a student to leave any kind of medication in their locker, or classroom or to carry it with them.
  • Any over the counter medication to be administered in school requires a note from the physician.

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Student Illness

Although we hope that your child will remain in good health during the school year, there may be times that it is in the best interest of your child to remain out of school. If a child becomes ill at school, the parent will be notified to make arrangements for transportation home. Children are generally sent home with fevers, vomiting, or diarrhea. If a student leaves school during the day due to illness, they must be signed out in the Main Office. When your child is absent from school due to a fever, vomiting or diarrhea, they must be symptom free without the use of medication for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child shows any of the following signs or symptoms, it is best that they remain out of school or seek further medical assistance:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or more
  • Vomiting and/or diarrhea in the past 24 hours
  • Unexplained rash on any part of the body
  • Pain, bruise, or limited movement of any extremity

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Student Attendance

The following procedure has been developed to help the school verify the daily attendance of every student. It is the parent’s responsibility to contact the Health Office each and every day that your child will be tardy or absent from school. The Health Office telephone number is (315) 487-4636. This line has an answering machine so calls may be taken 24 hours a day. Please include the following:

Student’s full name

  • Student’s grade and teacher
  • Brief description of absence

If your child is absent, and you have not reported it to the Health Office, a telephone call will be made by the Health Office staff to your home to verify the absence. If you know your child is going to be tardy (example:” A morning doctor appointment) please notify the Health Office in advance to eliminate the need for a call home. All absences will be considered unexcused until verified.

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Written Excuses

When your child is able to return to school after an absence, they must bring in a written excuse. The excuse should include the following:

  • Student’s full name
  • Date of absence
  • Reason for absence
  • Parent’s signature

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Tardy Students

A child is considered tardy if they arrive at school after 9:10 a.m. If your child is tardy, please complete a tardy slip in the Blue or Gold Main Office. Your child will be sent to the Health Office with the signed tardy slip. Parents do not accompany students to the Health Office or to their classroom.

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Accident Insurance

Claims for accidents that occur are handled through the Health Office. The school district’s insurance is secondary/limited coverage insurance with the parents’ insurance being the primary.

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Discipline

School Bus Discipline

  1. ST Handbook Bus RulesTransportation is provided for the safety and convenience of the pupils.
  2. Students are expected to follow the transportation regulations as stated in the West Genesee School Calendar.
  3. Students are required to obey established rules in order to continue the riding privilege: Obey the bus driver; Stay seated the whole bus ride; Keep hands and feet to yourself and inside the bus; Use indoor voices; No food or drink on the bus
  4. Disciplinary referrals are made by the child’s bus driver if the student does not follow established rules.

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Bus Discipline Procedure

Students who violate the safety rules may be subject to denial of bus privileges as indicated below:

  1. First Bus Conduct Report: Warning
  2. Second Bus Conduct Report: The student may be denied bus privileges for five school days.
  3. Third Bus Conduct Report: The student may be denied bus privileges for the balance of the school year.
  4. The Superintendent of Schools may waive the above sequence and deny bus privileges immediately to any student guilty of grossly offensive conduct or language. Parents will be notified accordingly.

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Classroom Discipline

ST Handbook Classroom RulesWe view effective discipline as a positive process in which student dignity is maintained. Responsible behavior is encouraged through reinforcement of positive actions and through the use of problem solving techniques.
Our goal is to develop responsibility, respect and self- discipline in each student. We believe that each student is capable of evaluating his/her own behavior and accepting responsibility for his/her actions.

Within the classroom, students are made aware of classroom and school rules which focus on respecting the rights of others, thus making for a positive learning environment for all concerned.

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How Parents Can Help

Parent cooperation is an integral part of the discipline process. Listed below are some helpful hints of ways parents can become involved.

  1. Set aside a time each evening when the school day can be discussed; let your child know that you value education and the work your child is doing.
  2. Communicate to the classroom teacher any problems that you feel might be impacting the behavior.
  3. If the teacher notifies you of a discipline problem, talk with your child; together, try to think of ways the behavior can be changed.
  4. If a problem continues, arrange a meeting with the teacher so that your child knows you are interested, involved, and working with the teacher to find a solution to the problem.

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School behavior expectations have been established

Most discipline problems are handled by the classroom teacher. If, in the teacher’s judgment, parents need to be notified, a note may be sent home or a telephone call made.

Occasionally, it may be necessary for a disruptive student to speak to a school administrator. The administrator may choose from a variety of consequences including (but not limited to) writing a behavior plan, consulting support staff, time out in office, a firm reprimand, discussing the problem/solution, or a school suspension. We believe parents, students, and teachers cooperatively working together provide the most desirable results.

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Positivity Project

Positivity Project Shield LogoStonehedge, along with other elementary schools in the West Genesee School District, participates in a character education program called the Positivity Project.

According to the program’s website (www.posproject.org):
The Positivity Project equips educators with the knowledge, resources, and confidence to teach their students how to understand, appreciate, and exemplify the 24 character strengths in themselves and others. In our model, consistency is key. We empower teachers to help their students build positive and enduring habits. Students emerge with enhanced self- confidence and relationships – thereby cultivating a stronger sense of community at the classroom level and fostering a culture of character across the school.

The character strengths include:

Positivity Project Traits

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Cafeteria

ST Handbook Cafeteria Rules ImageLunchtime (30 minutes) is a time when students may enjoy eating with friends. To help make being in the cafeteria a pleasant experience for all, the following rules have been established:

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Cafeteria Rules

  1. Students are expected to converse using reasonable voice levels.
  2. Students are expected to stay in their seats.
  3. If a child needs assistance, he/she should raise hand.
  4. Children are responsible for keeping their lunch area neat.
  5. Students are expected to use good manners.
  6. Students need to have a note from their teacher to be excused early.

If a student misbehaves in the cafeteria, he/she will be reminded of proper behavior. Continued disruptions by a student in the cafeteria may result in losing the privilege of eating with his/her class.

On a rotating basis, students are asked to assist in the cleaning of tables and to help sweep the floor.

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School Lunch and Breakfast

Breakfast is served each morning in the Blue cafeteria. Upon entering the building, students should proceed to the cafeteria for breakfast and report to homeroom no later than 9:15 a.m. The cost of breakfast is $1.75. Both hot and cold items are available for purchase during lunch for $2.70.  A monthly menu can be found on the district website through the Food Service link. Students may also bring lunch from home. Milk ($0.65), ice cream ($0.75) and specialty ice cream ($1.00) are available for purchase.

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My SchoolBucks

All students who purchase any food item in our cafeterias utilize the point-of-sale system called MySchoolBucks. All students are issued a 4-digit PIN which they use at the register. Our Food Service Department provides parents with a convenient, easy, and secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school account at any time. This service also provides parents the ability to view their child’s account balance through a web site called www.MySchoolBucks.com. By having money in each child’s account prior to entering the cafeteria, we find the lunch lines move along much faster so that your child has more time to eat and be with friends. Also, parents will have the ability to print out a copy of their child’s eating history reports. This report will show you all dates and times that your child has purchased a breakfast and/or lunch within the past 30 days. To access this service:

  • Go to the district web site at www.westgenesee.org
  • Go to the Quick Links section and click on Food Menus
  • Scroll down to bottom of page
  • Click on MySchoolBucks.com link

From this site you will create your account and add money to your child’s school meal account. All you need is your child’s name, student ID number (which is located in SchoolTool) and school ZIP code (13031). Please call the Food Service Department for further questions at (315) 487-4661. Incoming kindergarten students may not have an account number until the July prior to the beginning of school.

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Snow Days/Early Dismissal

Snow days are determined by the Superintendent and Director of Transportation as early in the morning as possible. If there is inclement weather, you will be notified via text or email by the school district. You may also tune to any social media, or local television and radio stations for possible delays (1 or 2 hour) or school cancellation. When there are school closings or situations deeming it necessary to dismiss the students early, most local radio stations and television stations will announce this information.

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Appropriate Dress

We ask that your child dress in a manner that reflects personal pride as well as respect for others. The elementary years help students develop habits that will carry through middle and high school years. Shirts/blouses must cover the stomach completely. Exposed under garments, tank tops and “spaghetti straps” are not appropriate. Should a student come to school dressed inappropriately, we will contact parents to find solutions.

We do ask that all students wear appropriate outerwear for playtime particularly during the winter months. Classes do try to go out for playtime, weather permitting. This time is an important time for the students to get fresh air and be active. Students who are not appropriately dressed (coats, boots, hat, gloves/mittens) will be allowed to go outside, but will stay in areas where the snow is cleared (ie: sidewalks).

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Prohibited Items

The following items are prohibited at all times at Stonehedge Elementary School, and at all school functions. In cases where the articles are forbidden by state law, violators may be subject to suspension from school, as well as legal prosecution:

  • Firecrackers, lighters, or other explosives of any kind
  • Knives and chains
  • Drug paraphernalia or alcohol Other prohibited items include:
  • Pets or animals without the express permission of a principal
  • Laser pens, roller blades, skateboards or scooters
  • Please note: if electronic devices such as iPods, iPads, smart phones etc. come to school they may not be taken out of their backpacks (including bus rides). If a student misuses the device it will be taken away and a parent will be asked to pick it up from the office.

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Code of Conduct Policy on Electronics

  1. Using electronic communication devices during the school day. Electronic communication devices must be turned off and out of sight in the school building during regular school hours unless otherwise approved by the principal on a building by building basis. Other than approved situations, student use of electronic communication devices during regular school is prohibited. At no time should video or photographic features be used to take pictures or videos without the permission of all parties. Student use of electronic communication devices beyond regular school hours will be allowed on a restricted basis as designated by building regulation.
    Electronic communication devices shall include, but not be limited to, cellular phones of all types including those with photographic and text messaging capabilities, iPods, tablets, laptops, beepers, BlackBerries, and “walkie talkies.” The school district accepts no responsibility for lost or stolen electronic communication devices on any school property.
  2. Avoid inappropriate uses of the District’s technology resources.
  • Downloading, storing, printing, or distributing files or messages that are profane, obscene, threatening, or that use language that offends or tends to degrade others (Board of Education Policy #’s 0115 & 4510.2-R).
  • Downloading, storing, printing, or distributing files or messages that contain information considered dangerous to the public at large (Board of Education Policy #4510.2-R)

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Dangerous Weapons in School

West Genesee Board of Education Policy states: No student shall knowingly have in his or her possession upon any school premises any firearm, weapon, or any dangerous instrument, appliance, or substance, which is not necessary for school activities, which could be used as a weapon. (adopted/revised 1/24/06)

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Threats

At Stonehedge Elementary School, we make every effort to provide a warm, safe, and caring atmosphere for our students. Through the combined efforts of teachers, administrators, staff, and parents, our school provides a positive place for children to learn. In today’s challenging social climate, it has become necessary for us to quickly address any behaviors which might disrupt the environment we have all worked so hard to create. For the safety of our students and staff, we will take deliberate action, any time a student’s actions or words can be perceived as a threat to another students or staff member. All verbal, written, or physical threats will be taken seriously. Violence or threatened violence will not be tolerated. Consequences will be significant for a student who threatens someone else or carries out a threat. We ask your help in supporting our teachers, administrators, and staff as they reinforce this message with all our students. The themes of respect, responsibility, and tolerance are clearly important, both at home and at school.

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Parent/Family Contact Information

It is extremely important that we have current contact information for parents in case of emergency. At the start of each year we send home a form that asks you to rank family or friends that we may call if we are unable to reach a parent. If any of this information changes during the school year, we ask that you inform the main office or teacher immediately to complete a new form.

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Student Class Placement

Many factors are involved in a child’s placement into a given classroom. Class size, academic performance, special needs, and peer relationships are just a few of the considerations. Although parent requests for a specific teacher cannot be honored, information about your child which may assist in making the most appropriate placement will be accepted and is encouraged.

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