Welcome to the 2013-2014 school year!I hope that your family has had an enjoyable summer.The staff and I are very excited about the upcoming school year.Here at William Beanes we have been working very hard preparing for academic success for this school year.Upon your return, you will see that the building is undergoing a makeover.I am very pleased with the results of our new look. Additionally, our staff has worked very hard to prepare for the upcoming school year.As I transition into my second year as the principal, I am ecstatic about the cultural, social, and academic gains our students have made.This was only achievable through the consistent hardwork and dedication of the staff, students, and community (TEAMWORK). We look forward to even greater successes this school year with your continued support.
This year you will notice many familiar faces as well as the loss of a few. As you recall, the school system transitioned to a new school budget model (SBB) where each school had to staff their building according to the budget allotted.The new budget model resulted in WBES receiving less money than in previous years.To maintain smaller class sizes, a significant portion of the WBES budget will be used on classroom teachers.Although every position in our school is important, teachers hold the most important role in educating our students.Without them, we could not get the job done.I will be calling on the community to pitch in with other areas impacted.
Here at WBES we believe in high expectations for all.My staff and I will continue to provide an excellent education for all of our students.Additionally, we expect each student to come to school regularly, put forth effort, come prepared to learn, and respect the rights of others to learn in a safe and orderly environment.
Throughout the year, we look forward to teaming with you to make William Beanes the best elementary school in Prince George’s County!We are working toward the same goals: to make our children college ready and career ready!
We will continue our focus on:
- Maintaining aData-driven culture through assessments, analysis and action
- Maintaining a culture of collaboration, mutual respect, and ongoing learning
- Strengthening our Core belief that all of our children can learn at high levels
- Increasing parental, family and community involvement
- Delivering High Quality standards based instruction
As always, everything that the students will see, hear, and do will reinforce the concept that hard work results in becoming smarter and successful.Every child will achieve in a nurturing, safe, positive environment at William Beanes Elementary School.
SCHOOL HOURS:School begins promptly at 7:45 a.m. and ends at 1:55 p.m.Remember…in order to receive the full benefit of the instructional program at William Beanes 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 at school before 7:30 a.m unless they are having breakfast. An adult must remain with non breakfast eaters until the doors open at 7:30 a.m. This year, William Beanes has been selected to participate in the Maryland Meals Program where all of our students receive free breakfast daily. Breakfast will be served from 7:25am- 7:40am. To assist our cafeteria staff in being prepared to start lunch on time, the breakfast line must close promptly at 7:40am. All students arriving to school late other than late buses must eat breakfast at home.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN HOURS: AM Class 7:45 a.m.—10:15 p.m. (includes breakfast and snack)/PM class-11:25 a.m.-1:55 p.m. (includes lunch and snack). A.M. students must be picked up no later than 10:15 a.m. and P.M. students may not be dropped off before 11:25 a.m.
DISMISSAL PROCEDURES:Dismissal starts at 1:55 p.m. in the following order:Bus students will be dismissed first, followed by walkers and pickups. Please understand that for the safety of your children, visitors will not be allowed in the building during active dismissal.There will be no early dismissal after 1:30 p.m.
INCLEMENT WEATHER AND EMERGENCY EARLY DISMISSAL: Whenever there is the threat of precipitation, please monitor television and radio stations as well as www1.pgcps.org for information regarding early closings.If the school system dismisses 2 hours early, students will be dismissed at 11:55 a.m.All students are expected to go home as they normally do.After 11:55 a.m., staff is also dismissed.No staff members will be on duty to monitor students.
BUS SCHEDULES: Bus information is available on the PGCPS website at www1.pgcps.org.Please review the a.m. and p.m. bus numbers with your child. Sometimes the morning and afternoon buses have different route numbers.Please take the time to memorize your child’s bus number in the event of an emergency.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES:A required school supply list is located on our website at http://www1.pgcps.org/williambeanes. Students should come to school prepared with necessary supplies on a daily basis along with being ready to learn.
STUDENT AGENDA HANDBOOKS:Student Agenda Handbooks will be required to assist with school-home communication, time management and goal setting.The books contain important phone numbers, school calendar and, information regarding policies and procedures. The cost for Agenda are $5.00 per book (cash only).
UNIFORM POLICY:The students are required to wear white polo shirts, navy blue uniform pants, jumpers, skirts, or skorts and all black shoes at all times. There will no exceptions to this policy.Donating your old, clean uniforms would greatly benefit new and returning William Beanes families.
HOMEWORK POLICY: Homework is assigned nightly.We ask parents to help their child by establishing some homework guidelines and cooperating with the teacher in seeing that the assignments are completed.Please check your child’s backpack on a daily basis.
ATTENDANCE:Your child should be in school on time and in classes every day.Please help us to provide our children with the knowledge needed to be smart and productive by minimizing absences and tardiness.Children can never regain time lost from instruction because they are late or tardy.
Absences: Illnesses and emergencies are excused absences.All students should return to school after an absence with a signed note explaining the absence.An out-of-town trip is not an excused absence.We cannot expect students to perform satisfactory if they are not present for instructions.
Tardies:Students are tardy at 7:46 a.m.Students should be in their seats and ready to work at 7:45 a.m.Repeated tardies and absences will result in a conference with administration.
MEAL PRICES:The cost of breakfast is free for all WBES students.The cost of lunch is $2.60.Milk will cost 55 cents.If you need assistance paying for your child’s meals, please fill out a Free and Reduced Meals Application.We will send applications home during the first week of school.If you need help filling it out, just ask in the main office.Every child enrolled in Prince George’s County Public Schools has the right to apply.You are welcome to come at any time to put money on your child’s account or online at http://www1.pgcps.org/foodandnutrition/ please note: it takes a couple days for payments to post so please send money to school with your child.