• Principal's Welcome


    July 31, 2018

    Greetings Baden Family,

    Welcome to the 2018-19 school year! We are looking forward to a productive and active partnership to ensure our students’ experience academic, social and emotional success. Through our commitment to our students, we believe this will be a great year of growth, development and achievement for our students.

    Baden will open its doors for students on Tuesday, September 4th 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 teacher, as well as, through the proper exits when leaving the first day of school.

    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.  If you bring your child to school before 9:10am, you must remain present with them until the main doors open at 9:10am.

    Morning Arrival:

    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 from the main entrance of school building. No parking will also be allowed near the dumpster’s on the side of the school building. Your cooperation is appreciated!

    Early Leaves:

    School attendance is very 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 9:30am) which builds school community, reinforces our social and 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 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 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 Visitor Policy:

    In order to maintain a safe and orderly environment for our faculty, staff and students, all visitors to the school must enter the school building through the main entrance and report directly to the Main Office. In an effort to increase the safety of our schools for students and staff, PGCPS currently utilizes the Raptor Visitor Management System. Raptor enables schools to issue visitor badges with names, pictures and reasons for the visit, and time and date printed on them; to monitor volunteer and visitor hours; and instantly check all visitors against registered sexual offender databases in all 50 states.

    Upon arrival at the school and unless one of the exceptions below applies, each visitor is required to provide a copy of their government issued identification that includes the visitor’s name, date of birth and photo to the school office to be scanned into the Raptor system. On subsequent visits, the visitor’s name may be located through a quick find screen.

    A. Visitor: A person (not a student of the school or an identified employee or volunteer of PGCPS on official business) who has legitimate school business, to include, but not limited to: parent-teacher conferences, pre-arranged classroom visits, attendance at other school events or appointments with school employees.

    B. Volunteer: A person assisting under the direction of a school administrator or teacher to provide a variety of services (e.g., tutoring, mentoring, and chaperoning for the students) without financial remuneration from PGCPS and considered to be an important member of the school or site team.

    Please click the link below to view the entire Administrative Procedure 0500 for School Visitors. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Edb4s8lZ8iJVY2nEW4hArolkSuh3IzZn/view?usp=sharing

    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. They are not permitted to wear colorful laces, light up shoes, sparkle shoes, flip flops, slippers, sandals or calf high sneakers!

    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 will be permitted this year!

    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 your child is not wearing their school uniform and will be encouraged to bring the appropriate school uniform to school for their child. Students can also be offered

    uniform clothing from the school’s clothes closet. Parents, your cooperation and support of our dress code is appreciated!

    SafeSchool Training Modules:

    Prince George's County has developed three SafeSchools modules that are required for parent volunteers to complete. The purpose of the modules is to train volunteers on school related safety issues. Please follow the directions below and complete as soon as possible. This is for any parent who volunteers or plans to volunteer at Baden and for those parents who volunteer as chaperones on a field trip. This training is required and must be completed. 

    The training for volunteers is available online through the SafeSchools Training Management System.  Please click the link below to register. www.pgcps.org/required-training/ Once registration is complete, click the tab for Volunteer/Partner, log-in and go to the page that lists the three modules and complete all three videos. Once this part is complete, please print out a copy of all three certificates and submit to the Main Office. 

    If you should have any questions about completing this process, you can contact the Main Office staff or Principal Huff.

    Conferencing with Teachers:

    If you need to conference with your child(ren)’s teacher, please call the main office to make contact with your child’s 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. 

    Student Agenda Books: 

    Student agenda books 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 $5.50. 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 28th.

    Reduced Lunch is free.   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. Please remember that treats must consist of store-bought items only.

    Enjoy the remaining days of summer vacation! We are looking forward to a year filled with active parent participation and student success.


    Serving Educationally,

     


    Ms. Antron Huff

    Principal