NEWSLETTER #6 301-599-2442 www1.pgcps.org/mattaponi October 1, 2015
Dr. Janice P. Hay, Principal
Calling all Men! Mark your calendars!
October 12, 2015 - Men Make a Difference Day!!!
Mandatory Uniform Policy
As a reminder please review the policy (link above) with
your child regularly as we continue to see a small number of students out of compliance
with the Mandatory Uniform Policy for
Smile! It’s Picture Day-Wednesday, October 7th
Individual student pictures will be taken on Wednesday,
October 7th. Order forms and payment must be
received the day of pictures. All
students will be photographed and pictures will be in the 2016 yearbook. Please remember, uniforms must
be worn. Students may have an opportunity for a “dress-down” picture
day in early spring.
achievement begins with regular attendance. Parents/guardians must ensure that all school-age
children in their care are in school on time daily. Whenever absent from school, parents/guardians must
provide the child with a written note upon their return to school. The following are considered lawful
absences; death in the
immediate family; hazardous weather conditions; illness of the student; lack of
authorized transportation; quarantine; court summons or other emergency
approved by the Chief Executive Officer or his designee. Once your child returns to
school with an excused absence note, he/she will receive their missed classwork
and assignments. Please
remember, regular, punctual attendance is one of the many key factors that
determines a students’ success in school!
hours are 7:45 am - 1:55 pm.
No students are to enter the building until 7:30 a.m., unless
your child/children are enrolled
in BASELP. Please do not drop your child off
until you see a staff member on duty in the kiss-n-ride. If you are picking up your child after
school as a car rider, you must be here no later than 2:00 pm. Thank you for your cooperation.
How to Contact a Staff
school office hours are 7:15 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Teachers are available for phone calls from 7:15 a.m.
- 7:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. - 2:45 p.m. Calls will be sent directly to voicemail during
instructional time and staff members are asked to return phone calls within 24
- 48 hours, if possible. All
conferences must be scheduled with teachers before coming to the school to
discuss your child’s academic program or any issues that may need to be resolved. Thank you for your understanding.
School Security and
Please help us keep our students and
school safe at all times by entering only through the front door, signing in at
the front office with your ID and wearing a visitor’s sticker at all times
while on school property. In addition,
parents/students/visitors should not be in classrooms unless a teacher is
present. Items needing to be
dropped off should be left in the office.
Please note: Neither students or parents are permitted to enter
classrooms before 7:30 a.m. or after 1:55 p.m. Children are reminded to take all necessary supplies home to
complete assignments. Each student
is allowed ample time to gather all belongings at the end of the school
day. Forgotten items will have to
be retrieved the next day. This
policy was implemented to ensure the safety of our students, as they must be
under adult supervision at all times.
We appreciate your cooperation with complying with this policy.
expected to complete a full day of school, and the instructional day ends at
approximately 1:50 p.m. to ensure a prompt dismissal at 1:55 p.m. Please allow your child(ren) to remain
in class for the entire day. Early
dismissal to facilitate parent convenience not only disrupts the class, but
also deprives the student of valuable instruction. Also, parents are encouraged to make medical appointments
after school hours. When an early
departure is necessary, a note indicating the time, date, and reason for
departure must be presented to the teacher at the beginning of the school
day. This enables the teacher to
provide the student with any homework or class assignments that should be
completed. To ensure a safe,
orderly and efficient dismissal process, we have made several changes to our
dismissal policy. Parents are not
allowed to sign our their child(ren) for early dismissal after 1:40 p.m. Parents who need to pick up their
child(ren) must do so before this time.
We will not remove students from school buses once dismissal has
begun. This is an unsafe practice
and interrupts the bus schedules for our school and all subsequent schools
serviced by our busses.
The cost for
lunch is $2.75 and $1.60 for breakfast. If a student does not have lunch money, the cafeteria
will provide a cheese sandwich and a drink. Parents may pre-pay for school meals and monitor account
balances at www.myschoolbucks.com.
– Mrs. Spencer, President
Make A Difference Day will be held Monday,
October 12, 2015. Flyers will go
home soon with the students, be on the lookout!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming! Mark your calendars for the week
of October 19-23, 2015. More info to follow!
We are still
accepting applications for membership in the PTO! Our contest is still in progress to have the first
classroom with 100% participation receive something special from the PTO! It's not too late to join!! Membership is open to everyone, even if
you unable to attend meetings or events! Your membership to the school is ongoing and will allow
continued opportunities of excellence at our school. It is easy to join. Simply send your $10.00 membership fee to school in an
envelope labeled PTO along with both you and your child's name and
Our next PTO meeting
will be held Tuesday, October 6,
2015 at 6:15p.m.
forward to you all becoming a part of the exciting events happening all school
year! Together we can make a difference! Feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.