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    "A leader is one who knows the way, goes the way, and shows the way." ~John C. Maxwell

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    Greetings Rosa L. Parks Family, 

    The floors are shiny and clean; the desks and chairs have been placed neatly in each classroom; the shelves are filled with books and supplies but there is still something missing-OUR STUDENTS! Happy New Year Everyone!  We have truly missed you all and we are very excited to begin the 2019-2020 school year. I am sure you all had an enjoyable summer filled with memorable experiences. In addition to having some well-deserved fun, I hope all of our students spent time reading and practicing their math facts each day in preparation for the start of the school year.  

    This summer, we have been working hard to ensure we have all of the resources needed for the school year and that our school is fully staffed with highly qualified educators who are eager to begin the teaching and learning process with our scholars. We all look forward to greeting each student Tuesday, September 3, 2019 at 7:30 a.m.  We are so eager to provide each of our college-bound scholars with 180 days of higher order thinking, exploration, rich discussions and excitement in a safe and orderly environment. 

    As the instructional leader of Rosa L. Parks Elementary School, it is my duty to maintain an instructional environment that exemplifies our core values-academic excellence, lifelong learning, cultural diversity and professionalism. The ultimate vision of our school is to work collaboratively to develop independent thinkers, who are gearing up for college, excited about learning, respectful, responsible and striving for academic excellence.  In order to make our vision a reality, we need your support. We need you to make a commitment to partner with us and become actively involved in the teaching and learning process at our school. You can provide assistance by scheduling a visit to your child’s classroom, attending parent meetings, reading/responding to all correspondence sent home, and sending your child to school on time each day ready to learn.  

    Thank you for your time, attention, and anticipated support this school year. We look forward to seeing all of our students dressed in black bottoms, yellow tops, black/brown shoes, equipped with all of their school supplies and ready to learn. Please remember school starts each and every day at 7:30 a.m. and ends at 1:55 p.m.  

    Rhonda Summey Hester,  Ed. D.

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    Learning is a lifetime investment. Think about the deposits you have made in your child's education:

    • Have you assisted your child in completing their monthly Book-It Logs?
    • Is your child reading at least 20 minutes each night?
    • Is your child coming to school on time consistently?
    • Is your child completing their daily homework assignments?
    • Have you met with your child's teacher to discuss their academic progress?
    • When was the last time you hugged your child and told them you love them?

    We encourage you to continue asking reflective questions in order to monitor your child's progress and work with our staff to improve student achievement. 

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    Ager Road is a very busy street, parents are encouraged to remind students to walk on the main roads to school each day. We can ensure our children's safety if the students follow the directions of the crossing guards. For the safety of our students, they will not be allowed to walk through the community parks as a means of a short-cut because adult supervision is not available in those areas. The school will not assume any responsibility or assistance for students and/or parents violating the recommendations.

    Parents are asked to drop the car riders off in the designated area marked in the parking lot for drop off and pick up. Due to limited parking spaces, we are asking the parents to not use the school parking lot between the 7:10 a.m. - 7: 30 a.m. This will allow the staff to secure a parking spot in the effort of getting to their designated duty space in order to receive the students. To maintain ultimate safety, parents are asked to not leave their vehicles running in the parking lot and to not leave younger children unattended in the automobile.

    Students should arrive no earlier than 7:30 a.m. because adult supervision is not available until that time. Students arriving to school should report to the blacktop area located in the rear of the school and stand in their designated grade level line. Students selecting to have breakfast should line up near the door closest to the cafeteria area. Head Start, p through three will enter and exit through the yellow door (north side of the blacktop).

    Student dismissal will begin at 1:55 p.m. unless an emergency requires altering the time. Parents please note, in the event of an emergency normal dismissal procedures may change and may require parents to provide proof of identity. This not meant to cause any complications but to ensure safety for all of the children. During dismissal, parents are asked to remain near the fence as the students are being escorted out. After the first week of school, parents will not be allowed to escort their children to and from the classroom. However, parents are welcome to visit and/or observed at any time. All visitors to the school must sign-in at the main office and wear the visitor's badge. Parents violating this request will be asked to report to the office or leave the building. We enforce all safety measures for our students at Rosa L. Parks!

    Friendly Reminders

    • Students eating breakfast should report to school by 7:30 a.m. Students arriving before 7:45 a.m. will be allowed to eat breakfast.
    • Students reporting to school after 7:45 a.m. will be considered and marked tardy.
    • Students are encouraged to wear the school uniform daily.
    • Request and pick-up for early dismissal must occur before 1:30 p.m. Changes for students' dismissal must be submitted in writing to the classroom teacher. Telephone requests for dismissal changes will not be honored unless it is an emergency. Emergencies will be determined by an administrator.
    • All parent correspondences and student information will be sent home on Thursdays via the red "Home Communication Folder." Exceptions may be made in the event other important information may need to be given to parents.
    • Parents are encouraged to get involved in their child's education by volunteering at school. Persons interested in volunteering must be finger printed or complete a commercial background check. Interested persons are welcome to visit our PTA room (office located outside of the nurse's suite) for more information or to sign up to help.
    • Remember to hug your child each day and let them know you love them!
    It is always a great day at Rosa Parks Elementary!