Where we: NEVER SETTLE FOR LESS THAN OUR VERY BEST!
“The staff at McAuliffe Elementary School, together with the community, aims to provide academic success through an effective instructional program in a positive, safe environment, and to instill the joy of learning as the unique talents of each student and staff member are promoted.”
Welcome to McAuliffe Elementary School. We are proud of our school and its educational program. We look forward to working with you and community members in educating your children, our most valuable and cherished asset.
The goal we all share is that our children receive an education which prepares them for their future education and career, and prepares them to be productive citizens. We ask for your support in meeting these goals.
We challenge you, McAuliffe parents, to be sure your child attends school each and every day and that each day they arrive ON TIME. Please remember that when your child is tardy or absent he/she misses out on important instructional time.
Please arrange medical and other appointments after school so your child will not miss school. When your child is ill, call the school office or send a note to the teacher. Please do not send your child to school ill.
School-home communication is encouraged. If you have a question, call the school at 358-1625. If you wish to discuss a matter an appointment can be made. Please discuss the issue with the teacher first.
Please keep this handbook to refer to throughout the year. Be sure you and your children read and sign the enclosed sheet and return to your child’s teacher. We look forward to meeting you and working together to ensure your child’s success.
Gerardo Aguilar, Principal
SCHOOL SCHEDULE – 2014-2015
Breakfast 7:40am – 7:55 am
Campus Open to all 7:40 am
TK & Kindergarten 8:00 am – 12:25 pm
Gr. 1-5 Student Day 8:00am. – 2:20 pm (Minimum Day Dismissal - 1:05 p.m.)
Early Student Release Days EVERY TUESDAY - students 1st-5th grade – dismissed at 1:05pm
Our goal at McAuliffe Elementary School is to ensure that our students develop their full potential, academically, socially and physically. We are committed to creating an atmosphere for learning and for developing social responsibility. Each student is encouraged to take responsibility for his or her own learning and behavior. We urge parents and guardians to be actively involved in supporting our efforts in teaching and discipline.
In order to provide a safe and orderly environment and to ensure that students are able to focus on learning, high standards are necessary. The following standards have been developed with input from staff and parents, and are enforced by all members of the school community.
ALL STUDENTS WILL DEMONSTRATE:
Respect for others
Respect for their school
Respect for themselves
McAULIFFE IS A SAFE PLACE
Students will behave in such a way as to promote safety.
6. Bicycles, skateboards, scooters, and skates may not be ridden on campus.
7. Chewing gum is not permitted at school.
8. Hats are not recommended and need to be removed while indoors. (If hats are worn, the bill is to be forward.)
SUPER 8 RULES FOR SOLVING PROBLEMS
Students are encouraged to be peacemakers by using the following guidelines to solve problems:
1. Talk it over ... listen
2. Ignore it
3. Walk away
4. Say “I’m Sorry” or “Please stop that”
5. Take turns
7. Find something else to do
8. Ask for help
Students may receive rewards for following rules and showing good citizenship and respectful behavior. Failure to follow school rules may result in the following action or actions (not necessarily in this order):
3. Parent notification
4. Loss of privileges or activity, including end-of-the-year activities
6. Damage or replacement fees
8. Referral for expulsion
9. Police action
McAULIFFE DETENTION POLICY
The McAuliffe Detention Policy is presented with these basic premises. They are:
1. Every parent and child clearly understands the expected standards of behavior.
2. The consequences for failure to follow the standards will be applied consistently.
3. Children will be held responsible for their behavior by consequences established in this discipline plan.
It is imperative that students and parents understand and support the following standards. These standards create a safe and effective learning environment, and promote the students’ academic, social, and emotional development. All students are
expected to adhere to the standards and accept the consequences for each infraction they choose to make.
Note: Parents will be notified by letter or phone first. Detention is defined as the time served outside the school day. (Monday, Wednesday, Thursday from 2:30pm – 3:00pm)
Prior to the decision to suspend a pupil (except under emergency conditions) an informal conference must be held with the principal/designee. At this time the pupil will be afforded an opportunity to know what s/he is accused of and to tell his/her side. The parent shall be notified as soon as possible by telephone or other reasonable means of the decision to suspend a pupil. A notice of the suspension will be given to the pupil’s parent/guardian and a conference may be requested.
A STUDENT MAY BE SUSPENDED AND/OR REFERRED FOR EXPULSION FOR THE FOLLOWING ACTIONS:
Reason for suspension per Education Code Section 48900:
b. Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another, except in self-defense.
6. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school property, or private property.
8. Possessing or using tobacco, or any product containing tobacco or nicotine products.
12. Knowingly received stolen property.
13. Possession of an imitation firearm.
14. Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault.
15. Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing the pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.
16. Committed sexual harassment. (grades 4-5)
17. Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participate in an act of hate violence. (grades 4-5)
18. Created an intimidating or hostile educational environment by intentionally engaging in harassment, threats or intimidation against a pupil or group of pupils. (grades 4-5)
1. School rules must be followed at all times.
2. Play equipment for use on school grounds will be provided by the school. Items brought from home are not to be used unless approved in advance by a teacher.
3. Students must stay within boundaries of the playground. All gravel areas are off limits.
4. Eating and drinking are only permitted in the snack areas.
5. Students should not walk through a game in progress or disrupt games.
10. Students must stop playing immediately when the bell rings.
11. Passes are required to enter hallways or go to the office.
1. Only students in grades 4-5, with a signed bike contract, may ride bicycles to school.
2. Bicycles must be walked on campus.
3. All bicycles must be locked to the bicycle rack.
4. All students are expected to obey the traffic laws, including wearing a bike helmet while riding their bicycle and to use the crosswalk with the crossing guard, and not double riding.
5. It is recommended that all students have their bicycle licensed with the City of Riverside.
Failure to follow these rules may result in the loss of bike riding privileges and parents will be contacted. Other items will be confiscated if school rules are not followed.
EXPECTED LUNCH TIME BEHAVIOR
EXPECTED BEHAVIOR AT ASSEMBLIES
The purpose of an assembly is to present information or provide a special experience for students. Students are expected to:
1. Keep hands, feet and objects to themselves.
2. Respect program personnel. Listen carefully and respectfully to the presenter(s). No booing or whistling.
3. Sit quietly and do not talk during presentation.
McAULIFFE’S DRESS CODE
Students are expected to ward comfortable clothing that is age appropriate and does not detract from learning.
Students may NOT wear:
* Clothing with words or graphics pertaining to drugs, alcohol, gangs, profanity, sex, racist or demeaning information.
* Any gang or gang-like attire
* Oversized or ill-fitting clothing
* Sleeveless tops with large armholes or with shoulder straps narrower than 2”
* Strapless or tube tops
* Bare midriffs, crop tops
* Short shorts or cutoffs
* Undergarments showing
* Chains or weapons (including wallet chains)
* Lack of undergarments
* Bathing suits
* Unsafe jewelry or clothing
* Footwear without a heel strap or footwear with wheels
* Skull caps, doo-rags, backwards or sideways hats
* Hair dye/color /styles that will distract from the educational process (ie: blue, green, Mohawks, etc..)
* Sandals with open toes (due to safety problems on the playground). Socks necessary for health and safety reasons.
Non-Compliance of Dress Code
Final decisions as to whether student dress or grooming is inappropriate shall be made by the principal or designee. The following interventions will be followed:
a. Verbal warning - child may be required to turn shirt inside out or borrow school shirt.
b. Notice sent home with student for return with parent signature
c. Phone call home. Parents may be expected to bring appropriate clothing
d. Loss of privileges in classroom or recess
e. Referral to office:
-student may be required to change clothes.
-an appointment may be scheduled with the parent to formulate a compliance plan for the student.
Safety of our children is very important. The following are suggestions and rules which will help your child be safe.
1. Insist that your child go directly to and from school. We encourage parents never to let students travel alone.
2. Know the time your child is due home. If your child is irregular in arriving home, please contact the school and an attempt will be made to find the reason for the delay.
3. Students should not arrive before 7:40am, Students should depart school as soon as dismissed.
4. Please pick students up PROMPTLY after school.
5. Students should stay off private property and travel the recommended routes to and from school.
6. You must send a note if your child is to change his/her regular routine. Young children, especially, have difficulty remembering what a parent said when it is time to go home. Arrangements need to be made BEFORE school. Classroom instruction will not be interrupted to deliver messages to students. Children may not use the phone to change plans.
PARKING LOT SAFETY AND COURTESY
Parents and students are asked to follow all traffic and safety rules when dropping off children before school or picking up children after school. Parents are asked to personally walk their children to and from cars. When crossing streets, use crosswalks and corners. Please be courteous of others by not blocking vehicle or pedestrian traffic, and by following requests made by staff and student traffic helpers.
NOTE: Perfect attendance is when a student is in attendance from the time the school day begins until the school day ends. In order for a student to receive the perfect attendance trophy at the end of the school year, the student must have NO absences, tardies, early dismissals, etc. However, we do encourage parents to keep students home if they are ill; they will NOT be allowed to remain at school.
Children may not leave campus during the school day without special permission. If you need to take your child out of school for the day, please check in at the office. Your child will be called and you must sign him/her out.
SMOG ALERTS & HOT WEATHER
During high risk days, the district office will notify the school of smog alert conditions. At this time physical activity will be limited until the end of the alert. During periods of extreme heat, physical activities will be curtailed or moved to the multipurpose room.
SCHOOL BREAKFASTS & LUNCHES
Parents are encouraged to provide the best opportunity for their child(ren) to learn by sending students to school with sufficient and nutritious food. Studies show that hunger and poor nutrition can have a negative effect on child development, behavior, and learning.
Students may purchase pre-packaged breakfasts for $1.50 and lunches for $1.75 daily, including milk. Milk alone is $.25. Money can be applied to your student’s meal account through the office or on-line. Applications for free breakfasts and lunches are also available through the office. Applications must receive approval before beginning the program. If a child forgets or loses lunch money, he/she will be offered fruit/milk.
It is essential that the information include:
1. A home and /or business phone number.
2. Emergency contact phone numbers of those you have authorized to pick up and care for your child in your absence. Emergency contacts should be persons who live locally and can come to the school quickly in case of emergency.
3. The name, address, and phone number of your child’s doctor.
4. Your signature giving or refusing permission for the school to seek emergency medical attention for your child.
Before your child enters grades TK-12, the state requires, in addition to a birth certificate, proof of the following immunizations:
4 Polio doses- 3rd one given after 4th birthday
5 DPT doses- 4th one after 4th birthday
2 Measles, Mumps, Rubella dose- after 1st birthday
Current TB Skin test-within 15 months.
3 Hepatitis B doses-to enter kindergarten as of 7-1-99.
1 Varicella (Chicken Pox) dose or proof of the disease
Not only are these state requirements, but your child’s, and other children’s protection from certain diseases is dependent upon getting these immunizations. They may be obtained from your doctor or from clinics sponsored by the Riverside Neighborhood Health Center. For the dates of a clinic in your area contact them at 358-6000.The state requires that entering first grade students must have had a physical examination within the last 18 months. Proof of this is required before registering the student. Parents are urged to keep accurate health records from birth on. It is frequently necessary to research a child’s health history.
If your child needs to take a prescription drug at school, it must be brought to the office. Do not put them in your child’s lunch box or backpack. The medicine is kept in the nurse’s office and dispensed by the school nurse or secretary. Parents are required to sign an authorization for the school personnel to give the medication and to file signed directions from the doctor about dispensing the medication. These forms are available from the school secretary. If you have any questions regarding this procedure, call the school nurse or secretary at 358-1625. Non-prescription drugs (including aspirin and cough lozenges) are not allowed at school.
Sick children should not be sent to school. Symptoms such as fever, runny nose, stomach ache, cough, or a headache may indicate a contagious condition. For the protection of your child, classmates and teachers, he/she should not be in school, but should be kept at home until fully recovered.
If your child has a contagious disease, please notify the school immediately. Following a quarantine for a contagious condition, children are to be examined before re-admittance. Your child must have a signed clearance slip to give to the teacher. To provide this clearance, there is a nurse available MONDAY through FRIDAY, 7:30 am – 8:30 am. ONLY AT STUDENT SERVICES CENTER (CORNER OF CAMPBELL ST. AND JONES ST). During these hours you may also call the Health Hotline for answers to any health-related questions: 509-5033. The child can be admitted to school only if the contagious period of the disease is past. Head lice is a contagious condition which requires clearance from a school district nurse before a student returns to school.
Each year, hearing and vision screening are conducted by the school district which seeks to identify those students who may have either vision or hearing disorders. All students in grades kindergarten, second and fifth are screened. If problems are detected, the parents are notified. If you are concerned about your child’s hearing or vision, please talk to your child’s teacher.
Proper use of restroom facilities is expected from all children at all times. Children should learn to use the restrooms during scheduled recess time which includes before school, morning recess, lunch recess, and P.E. Parents may contact the teacher if special arrangements need to be made during a time of illness or disability.
Application forms are available in the school office for a low-cost accident insurance protection policy for your child. THE SCHOOL DISTRICT DOES NOT PROVIDE INSURANCE FOR CHILDREN. You may wish to check policies you already have to see if your child is covered.
If your child, due to illness or injury, will be out of school for a prolonged period of time, please notify the school office. He/she may be eligible to receive instruction from a home teacher so that he/she does not fall behind in learning. A doctor’s prescription is required for Home Teaching.
Homework assignments are teacher planned learning activities which take place outside of the student’s regular school hours. Homework should allow your child additional time to reinforce the skills taught in school, be reasonable and specific, relate to the district’s course of study and relate to individual student needs and abilities.
Homework guidelines are explained to parents during Back-to-School Night and in a written notice from each teacher. Ordinarily, assignments will not exceed one half hour per day for grades K-3, and not more than three hours per week for grades 4-5. Homework may be assigned a grade and/or general development mark on the student’s report card.
We urge you to establish regular “homework times” and a quiet study place for your child. Check to see that assignments are completed, and please contact the teacher if assignments seem to be causing your child problems. Also, with at least 3 days notice, teachers will provide assignments in case of lengthy absence.
Report cards are issued twice during the year for grades T K-5.
Due to recent changes in state laws, students failing to meet grade level standards must be considered for retention. Parents will be notified in advance so that they can work together with the school to assist their child to come up to standard, and thereby prevent retention. Parents are encouraged to be active participants in this process.
LIBRARY BOOKS AND TEXTBOOKS
It is a privilege for students to use the McAuliffe Library. The children have the opportunity to come to the library once a week with their class.At this time they will be able to check out one book each week. Books are DUE the day before the class visit. (EXAMPLE: If the class comes to the library on Tuesday then the books are due on Monday.) If the children bring in their books late to the library they will have to wait for another day to check out a book and will not check out one with their class.
Please read with your child(ren) and help them be responsible for their books. Give them a special place they can put their books. Please make it a place where little brothers and sisters can not get to the books.
The springtime Open House is an evening event that is held every year. At this time you will be invited to tour your child’s classroom, greet his/her teacher and meet classroom friends. Student’s work and/or classroom projects will be displayed.
Instruction is foremost at McAuliffe. While birthday parties for students are enjoyable, it is very difficult to celebrate the birthdays of all students. We encourage parents to have parties for their children somewhere other than school. One nice way to honor a child’s birthday at school is to donate a special book to the child’s classroom. It can be read to the entire class and then entered into the classroom reading materials. Because of the District’s Wellness Policy – parents are urged to provide a healthy treat instead of cupcakes, candy, etc. Talk with your child’s teacher first. As a reminder – students are not allowed to have balloons on campus. Any approved celebration will take place during the last 15 – 20 minutes of the school day.
PARENT INVOLVEMENT PROGRAM
McAuliffe’s parent and community involvement program focuses on synthesizing a harmonious partnership between the school and its surrounding community. Parents have the opportunity to be involved in decision-making regarding school programs as members of ELAC, SSC, and PTA. Active participation in their children’s education is strongly encouraged. Parents are invited to attend Back-to-School Night, Open House, Parent Conferences, and other school wide activities. Parents may volunteer time in their child’s classroom and, as arranged by their child’s teacher, and serve as chaperones on study trips.
McAuliffe’s Parent Handbook is published in both English and Spanish. It is distributed at the beginning of every school year, and provides a comprehensive overview of McAuliffe’s programs and services. The objective of involving parents is to assist in the learning and success of each student.
Opportunities for parent involvement include:
School Site Council
English Learners Advisory Committee
Parent-Teacher Association (PTA)
Volunteer in classrooms
Volunteer as chaperones for Study Trips
Attend Parent Information Nights for Science Fair, Spelling Bee, etc)