Over the coming weeks, we’re going to bring you a series of blog posts of the things you most need to know about coming back to school! The first in the series applies to ALL our amazing families. Make sure you read so you’ll be ready for school!
1. First Day
The first day of school is August 31, 2015. The first day acts as a get-to-know-you type of day and runs on an abbreviated schedule. See the full schedule here. Parents and family members are welcome to join their elementary student(s) get settled into classrooms in the morning; all family and friends are invited to an outdoor reception in the morning, and to join in the All School Back-to-School Praise Service beginning at 1:15 in the church across the parking lot.
2. New Family Orientation & All Family Picnic
In just the first two weeks of school, you’ll already have opportunities to meet new families and get reacquainted with returning families. On Tuesday, September 1, new families are invited to attend our New Family Orientation at 7:00 pm. This evening will include lots of important information about how the school runs, so you won’t want to miss it. At 6:00 pm on Friday, September 11, come to campus for our annual Back-to-School Picnic. School will provide the main course (hot dogs!), plates, utensils, and water. You bring your family, picnic chairs or blanket for seating, and a dish to share (last names beginning A-J bring dessert, K-Z bring salad). It’s a fun, casual evening to get to know other families!
3. Immunization Requirements
You’ll want to get these taken care of ASAP, as doctors’ offices tend to get busier as school gets closer. Full guidelines were in the back to school letter, but parents of children in preschool, kindergarten, sixth grade, and junior high will want to take notice. Junior high has a new varicella requirement this year; refer to the letter for more information, or contact firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions. Download the form here.
Did you misplace your back-to-school email? Do you need to provide medication for your kiddo to take at school? Do you have a high school senior who wants to be able to go off-campus during lunchtime a few days per week? Go visit ParentsWeb! ParentsWeb is operated by Renweb, our School Information and Student Management Software. Renweb does much of our class scheduling for junior high and high school, tracks attendance, acts as a grade book, and provides important information to parents. Those who had students in 7th-12th grade last year probably already know about accessing their students’ grades on ParentsWeb, but a new feature we’re using this year is the “Resource Documents” page. Through the rest of the summer, we’ll upload important documents and forms that you might need throughout the school year. That way you can click, print, fill out, and return the form to the office at your convenience!
5. School Supplies
Included in the back-to-school email were supply lists. For elementary grades, it is especially important that everything is labeled, unless the teacher has specified not to. Don’t forget that you can use Scrip, your Fred Meyer Rewards card, your Target Redcard, and AmazonSmile to earn money for the school while you shop! Read more about these programs on our website.
6. Weekly News
Each week we send out an E-Newsletter. This summer it was rebranded and renamed the Charger News to reflect our new mascot! Throughout the year, the Charger News will have vital information inside--important dates, reminders, volunteer opportunities, and more--as well as links to featured blog posts, to our Community Classifieds, and to sports calendars. Make sure you’re receiving and reading the Charger News each week so you don’t miss a thing.
7. Medication Policy
If you have a student that gets chronic headaches, has severe allergic reactions, or if you just want to be prepared, you may want to have medication on-hand at the school. Please read the Medication Administration Policy that was attached to every back-to-school email for more information. In summary, ALL medications must be in their original container.NO medications may be taken at school without parental consent as demonstrated by a signed Medication Authorization form. Prescription medications have their own form that MUST be signed by a healthcare professional. ALL medications for K-6 students must be kept in the office. NO sharing of medications is permitted. Please reference the policy for further details and contact the office with any questions.
Attendance is a critical component of a school’s operation. In junior high and high school, it affects grades and appears on report cards, but it’s important at all levels for student safety. Please make every effort to make appointments outside school hours. If you know your student is going to be out, please let the office know at least 1 business day beforehand (preschool and elementary families can contact their child’s teacher). If your child is sick, please call the office (206-364-7777) as soon as you know they will not be at school for the day, or email email@example.com.
9. Early Dismissals
About once per month, we dismiss the school day early in order to facilitate staff meetings. These dates are already set and are in the back-to-school letter, so get them on your calendar now!
10. Milk & Special Lunches
Do you have trouble coming up with ideas on what to prepare and pack in your child’s lunch? We have special lunch opportunities throughout the school year. Students in all grades can preorder milk to have at lunch throughout the school year. See the back-to-school letter for more details; the order form is available on ParentsWeb under “Resource Documents.” Each week K-12 students will have the opportunity to order pizza; more information will come at the beginning of the school year.
Update: you can print the milk order form here and return to the office. Please submit your orders by Friday, September 11.
Bonus #11! Volunteers
Volunteers keep our school running--we love them! In your registration, you signed a pledge to donate 20 volunteer hours per family (10 for single-parent families). If you’re thinking that 20 hours sounds like a lot, there’s great news--we have LOTS of opportunities for you to volunteer. You can do all sorts of things, like supervise elementary recess duty, take admission fees at home sports events, work in your child’s classroom, attend field trips, be on a committee, and much more. Make sure you track your hours and submit them to firstname.lastname@example.org on a regular basis. Stay on track with upcoming volunteer opportunities through the weekly e-newsletter and our website.
The rest of the summer we'll be posting more lists of important things you should know, so keep checking back!