• Principal's Welcome


    August 28, 2017

    Dear Baden Family,

    Welcome to the 2017-18 school year! We are looking forward to a productive and active partnership with you to ensure our students achieve their highest potential.  Through our commitment to our students, we know and believe that this will be a special year of growth, development and achievement for our students.

    We welcome new faces to our staff this year.  The following new staff members will be joining us at Baden:

    Mr. Forsyth- Physical Education

    Ms. Ewalt- ESOL

    Mr. Fauntroy- Art Education

    Baden will open its doors for students on Wednesday, September 6th at 9:10am. We ask that you utilize the Baden Community Center or Baden Public Library parking lots for drop off. Upon arrival the first day, please proceed to the blacktop next to the Baden Community Center. Teachers will have a sign with their name and grade level for easy identification.  School staff will be available to direct you to your child’s classroom, as well as, through the proper exits when leaving the first day of school.

    Attendance, Tardiness, and Early Leaves:

    School attendance is so important!  In addition to daily school attendance, it is vitally important that our students arrive to school on time. Students must be in attendance by 9:30am each morning to avoid being counted tardy. When students are late to school, they miss valuable instruction time. They also miss our Morning Message (beginning at 9:35am) which builds school community, reinforces our behavior expectations and shares important announcements with our students. The same is true for early dismissals at the end of the school day. Students will not be permitted to be signed out for early dismissal after 3:10pm.

    School Hours: 

    School begins promptly at 9:30am and ends at 3:40 pm.  Remember, in order to receive the full benefit of the instructional program at Baden Elementary School, it is important to be present and on time every day. For the safety of our students, children are not permitted to arrive to school before 9:10am.  An adult must remain present with them until the main doors open.

    Morning Arrival:

    Beginning this year, no student drop-offs will be permitted in the bus lane between 8:45am-9:30am. You must utilize the Baden Community Center parking lot. Students will walk down the sidewalk from the parking lot to enter the school building. No parking will also be allowed near the dumpster’s on the side of the school building. Your cooperation with this new change is appreciated!

    School Dismissal:

    If your child is normally a bus rider, he/she will be placed on their bus unless the school office receives a note advising us of alternate transportation arrangements for that day. You can also arrive to meet your child prior to bus dismissal time; however, due to heavy congestion outside of the school’s main office, we ask that you now wait outside of the school building to receive your child. Please utilize the Baden Community Center or Baden Public Library parking lots for pick-up.

    School Uniform:

     

    Baden Elementary is a Mandatory Uniform School. The uniform policy will be enforced for all students participating in Prekindergarten through 6th grade.  Each student must be dressed each day as follows:

    Appropriate Dress

     

    Girls

    Boys

    Top:        Light Blue or Navy Short / Long     

                    Sleeve Polo or Navy Turtle Neck

                                        

    Bottom: Solid Navy or Khaki Jumper or Skirt,

                   Long pants, Shorts or Capris

    Top:       Light Blue or Navy Short / Long

                   Sleeve Polo or Navy Turtle Neck

                 

    Bottom: Solid Navy or Khaki Long pants,  

                   or Shorts

    Shoes: Students can wear any color choice of sneakers and/or tennis shoes. EXCEPT!!! No colorful laces, light up, or sparkle shoes, flip flops, slippers, sandals or calf high sneakers are allowed!

    Bottoms: Pants, shorts, skirts, must be worn at the natural waistline. Jumpers, skirts, and shorts, must be worn long enough to come to or past your child’s fingertips when their arms are at their sides.

    Tops: All tops must have a collar except for turtlenecks. Long sleeve/thermal shirts worn under school shirt must be solid white or navy. Shirts must be tucked inside pants, shorts, skirts, and jumpers. NO insignias on shirts!

    Outerwear: Solid navy cardigan or solid zippered navy sweatshirt can be worn over the school uniform shirt.  NO HOODIES!

    Belt: Solid brown or black

    Socks/Hosiery: Solid white or navy.  No designs!

    Head Covering: Headdresses can be worn indoors for religious or health reasons ONLY!

    This table contains fabric and styles that ARE NOT permitted:

     

           
     
    • Sequins
    • Jeggings
    • Baggy pants
    • Cropped shirt
    • Suspenders
    • Neck ties
    • Hats
    • Calf high sneakers
    • Flip flops, slippers, or sandals
    • Light up/Sparkle shoes or belt
     
    • Hooded clothing of any kind
    • Oversized sweatshirts / shirts
    • Sleeveless shirts or blouses
    • Lace or fish net tights / stockings
    • No cut offs
    • Beads, beaded necklaces, broaches or large pendant jewelry
    • Logos, designer items, plaids, and writing on clothes
     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Parents will be notified if a child is not wearing the school uniform and will be encouraged to bring the appropriate school uniform to school for their child. Students can also be offered appropriate uniform clothing from the school’s clothes closet. Parents, your cooperation and support of our dress code is appreciated!

    Conferencing with Teachers:

    If you need to conference with your child(ren)’s teacher, please call the school office to make contact with the teacher and schedule a time to meet, or you can email your child’s teacher directly. We cannot have parents stopping teachers in the hallway, interrupting classroom instruction, talking during the arrival of students or dropping by the school unannounced to visit with a teacher. Instruction and supervision of our students is the highest priority expected of teachers.

    Bus Schedule:

    Bus schedules will be mailed to you by the Prince George’s County Public Schools’ Department of Transportation. Bus stop information can also be obtained from http://www1.pgcps.org/transportation/index.aspx?id=80474. Please be sure to review the a.m. and p.m. bus numbers with your child. 

    School Supplies

    The required school supply list is included in this letter and can also be accessed on the Baden ES School website. 

    Student Agenda Books: 

    Student agenda handbooks are available to assist with school-home communication for grades 2nd -6th. This book will serve as a valuable tool to assist students with the management of tests, quizzes and homework assignments. Agenda Books will be distributed during the first few weeks of school. The cost of the agenda book is $5. Please send cash only. 

    Lunch

    If you are interested in free or reduced lunch, you can access the free and reduced lunch online application at http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/. Please note, if you had free or reduced lunch last school year, your child will not receive free or reduced meals after September 29th.

    Reduced Lunch is $.0.40   Regular Lunch is $2.75. Food & Nutrition Services will accept cashier's checks along with cash and money orders or you can choose the option to pay online through My School Bucks. My School Bucks can be accessed at https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/login/getmain;jsessionid=+C0mie+ngJlkkXtR7Iz0cUwg.alnse03?requestAction=home.

    Breakfast

    Breakfast is free for all students! Please note that breakfast will be provided in the classroom. Breakfast begins at 9:10 a.m. and ends promptly at 9:30 a.m.

    Birthday Treats:

    We ask that birthday treats only be brought to school during your child’s lunch period. We have found that this is the best practice to protect classroom instruction from interruptions. You are welcome to join your child for lunch on their special day and share a treat with his/her classroom. Please remember that treats must consist of store-bought items only.

    Enjoy the remaining days of summer vacation! I look forward to a year filled with teamwork and student success.

     

    Serving Educationally,

     

    Ms. Antron Huff

    Principal