Communication between home and school is vital to your child’s success in the classroom. Parents are informed about school policies, procedures, academics, and events through a variety of channels:
Yellow Communication Folder: The first day of school your child will bring home a yellow Communication Folder containing information about school and district rules and procedures, behavior expectations, nightly reading, and other essential information. The yellow folder is a daily communication tool between home and school. Student completed work, behavior notes, newsletters, the reading log and school-related information is accessed in this folder. The folder will go between home and school each day. Please take the time to review, discuss, and reflect on any completed papers your child brings home. Please indicate how your child is to go home each day in the yellow Communication Folder. If your child will go home with another student or adult, please send in a note. The nightly reading log is also included in the Communication Folder. Nightly reading is a school-wide program. Please be sure to sign your child’s reading log each night.
Conferences: Teachers in grades K-5 will schedule conferences with parents/guardians during the first six weeks of school. During the conference, teachers will discuss your child’s academic and social progress. Please feel free to call the school to schedule a conference with your child’s teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
Interim Reports and Report Cards: Report cards are sent home every six weeks and interim reports every three weeks.
Newsletters and Web-based Resources: During the year parents stay informed through classroom notices and newsletters, the Principal’s monthly newsletter, the school and district web site, and the web-based Parent Portal on PowerSchool.
Volunteers and Chaperones: Teachers plan field trips that are specifically designed to enhance curriculum objectives. Sometimes we will need additional chaperones for a field trip. In order to chaperone, volunteers must have a completed background check on file with Polk County Schools and be approved school volunteers to assist. These approved volunteers/chaperones are the only parents who can be officially invited to go on field trips with classes. This procedure applies to all field trips.
Events such as “Meet Your Teacher,” A+ Informances, theme-related projects, Science Fair, parent nights, and celebrations are just some of the ways we will communicate this year.
Ways to help your child be successful at school:
1. Ask your child questions about what he/she learned in school that day. (“What did you learn in math today?” or “What stories are you reading in school?”)
2. Read to your child every day.
3. Check your child’s backpack daily for letters or flyers about upcoming events which will be located in your child’s yellow folder.
4. Call the school or email the principal or teacher if you have any questions or concerns.
5. Assist your child with homework assignments by creating a quiet environment to work.
We thank you for all that you do to support your child and our school!