Dear Families of William Beanes Elementary School:
Welcome to the 2012-2013 school year!
This year, we will focus on:
- Maintaining a Data-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 and family 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 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. An adult must remain with children until the doors open at 7:30 a.m.
PRE-KINDERGARTEN HOURS: AM Class 7:45 a.m.—10:15 a.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 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 www.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., our staff dismisses as well and no staff members will be on duty to monitor students.
BUS SCHEDULES: for the 2011-12 school year, the Prince George’s County Public School Department of Transportation will mail bus schedules to you. Bus information is also available on the PGCPS website at www.pgcps.org. Please review the a.m. and p.m. bus numbers with your child.
Sometimes the morning and afternoon buses have different numbers. Please take the time to memorize your child’s bus number in the event of an emergency. We appreciate your patience during the first two weeks of school with our buses. Buses may be late or a few minutes early as drivers become familiar with their routes.
SCHOOL SUPPLIES: A required school supply list is enclosed. 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. We will distribute Agenda Books during the first two weeks of school at a cost of $5.00 per book (cash only).
UNIFORM POLICY: The students are required to wear white collard or polo shirts, navy blue uniform pants, jumpers, skirts, and all dark shoes at all times. Please visit the William Beanes website for complete details. There will no exceptions to this policy. There will be a gently used uniform drive on Thursday, August 18, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. 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 get our children smart by minimizing absences and tardies. Time lost from instruction can never be regained simply by doing make-up work.
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. Students cannot be expected to perform in a satisfactory manner if they are not present for instruction.
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 will result in a conference with administration. .
My staff and I look forward to partnering with you and celebrating the many successes our students will encounter this year and in the future.
Dana V. Tutt