Dear Parents;

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Dear Parents;


    Meadows Valley School District No. 11

    P.O. Drawer F

    500 North Miller Avenue

    New Meadows, Idaho 83654

    Ph. 208-347-2411 FAX 208-3472624

    Glenn Szymoniak, Superintendent of Schools

    Dion Flaming, Principal

    Robert Campbell, Vice-principal

    “Educate for Success”

    Fall 2009

    Dear Parents;

This is the third year Meadows Valley School has offered agendas/planners to the students.

    Teachers and students overwhelmingly said they wanted to continue to use these valuable

    resources. We hope you and your child find the agenda an effective tool. The school has paid

    for this copy for your child. Please understand, if it is lost, your child’s teacher may request

    that you purchase a replacement.

I hope this handbook will help you be aware of procedures and policies at Meadows Valley

    Elementary School. Please refer to it if you have any questions. If you find that specific

    items are not covered please let us know for future revisions.

     Changes and revisions are made to the handbook each year so please read the entire

     handbook carefully with your child.

Thank you for your support!

     Dion Flaming

     Meadows Valley Principal


    GRADES 1-6


Welcome to Meadows Valley Elementary School. We are all looking forward to a great year

    of learning and growing.

Our goal is to provide a warm and positive learning environment where students and teachers

    treat one another with respect. We fully believe that 'WHAT CHILDREN LEARN AND



Your participation and support are vital to a successful learning experience for every child.

    Please remember to give of your ideas and time to our shared task.

     Meadows Valley School Staff



    Bill Schiffman Zone I

    Holly McDonald Zone II

    Stacy Dreyer Zone III

    Jerry Krahn Zone IV

    Barb Dixon (Chairperson) Zone V



    Secretary: Mary Luff

    Treasurer: Carol Whitney


    Superintendent Resource Room

     Glen Szymoniak Scott Rawlings


    Dion Flaming

    Vice- principal

    Robert Campbell

    Vice-principal Secretary

    Erin Branstetter

    Gifted & Talented Speech Therapist

    Megan Martinez Vicky Stewart

    Business Manager/Clerk Food Service

    Carol Whitney Joyce Roberts

     Julie Lancaster


     Brett Carpenter

     Denise Bennett



Consequences for Violating Rules:

     Step 1: Conference with driver.

     Step 2: Driver has the option to assign seat.

     Step 3: Conference with driver, principal, and parent.

     Step 4: Suspended from riding for three days.

     Step 5: Suspended from riding for 1 month (20 days).

     Step 6: Suspended from riding for remainder of school year.

    Beginning with the third offense parents will be notified of each infraction thereafter.

Severe Clause: Any behavior that causes or could cause excessive harm or danger will

    result in immediate suspension from riding the bus.

    NEW STUDENTS In order to avoid disruptions in the classroom we ask that parents register new students in the

    office, obtain a supply list, and come by the classroom for introductions. The student can

    then return to school the following school day.

    ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL The main doors of the building will be open by 7:25 a.m. A student is tardy when they are not in the room when the class begins at 8:00 a.m. Part of our teaching responsibility is to teach students to be prompt and accept the responsibility of arriving on time. We would

    appreciate your cooperation as parents. Students will enter the building in the morning

    through the east end cafeteria doors. Buses will load in the afternoon on the West side of the

    building. This will leave the front parking lot clear for parents who are picking up students

    after school.

    TIME SCHEDULE Your child should arrive at school between 7:30 a.m. and 7:55 a.m. There will be no

    supervision available before 7:30 a.m.


     First Bell 7:55 a.m. To be determined

     Tardy Bell 8:00 a.m. at each grade level


     Grades 1-6 11:30 - 12:15 2:40 p.m.

    RECESS Recess is an important part of the day for children. Recesses are held outside and ALL

    STUDENTS WILL BE EXPECTED TO PARTICIPATE. Please make sure your child is dressed properly; having boots, hats, gloves, etc., on cold days, as students will not be

    allowed in the classroom during recess time.


    Student Breakfast: $1.00 Adult Breakfast: $1.50

    Student Lunch $1.75 Adult Lunch $2.75

School meals and milk may be purchased in advance or on a daily basis. Free and reduced

    lunch forms are available in the office. Please send money for your child's meal as

    charging will be discouraged. Appropriate behavior is expected in the lunchroom.


    ATTENDANCE The Meadows Valley School District has set the following policy for attendance for students

    in grades 1-6:

    ? All students in grades 1-6 will be counted absent when they are not in school.

    Students who do not attend school ninety percent or more during the school year will

    have their progress and promotion status reviewed by an attendance review

    committee consisting of the student’s teacher, parent(s), and the principal.

    ? Elementary students who miss more than 9 days in any one semester may be required

    to meet with the attendance committee. Any student who misses 18 or more days for

    the school year may be required to meet with the attendance committee and a

    promotion/retention recommendation will be made to the Meadows Valley Board of

    Trustees. Considerations for promotion/retention will be based on: 1) reasons for the

    absences; 2) the amount of work which the student successfully completed; 3) the

    student’s attendance pattern in previous years; 4) student grades during current and

    previous years; and 5) maturity level of the student and his/her readiness to be

    successful in the next grade level.

    ? Recommendations of the elementary attendance committee will be noted on the

    report card of the student.

    ? Students who are absent from school for five consecutive days without prior

    arrangements may be dropped from the enrollment.

    TARDIES Students need to be in class at time. It is disruptive to the classroom and learning

    environment to have interruptions from students who come late once class has begun. A

    tardy will be defined as being late for class by 5 minutes or less. Three or more unexcused

    tardies will result in an unexcused absence.


    We follow three basic rules, which cover most situations.

    These rules are:

    1. Students at Meadows Valley School shall conduct themselves in a manner that

    promotes learning, consideration, and safety of others.

    2. Students shall conduct themselves in a respectful, productive manner on school


    3. Students shall play safely, responsibly, and be respectful of people, boundaries, and

    personal property.


    The basic rules listed above apply as we work with an underlying idea that every person has

    the RIGHT to be physically safe from harm and/or threats from others. The people in charge

    of the playground will be respected and their directions followed or the student will lose their

    playground privilege. As there is no supervision in the classroom during recess, students

    who violate rules may have work detail as a consequence. Students must respect school

    property at all times. Students are not allowed on the road at any time.

    BUILDING BEHAVIOR Again, the basic rules will be followed since we believe every child has the right to learn, and

    every teacher the right to teach without disruptions. Students need to be quiet and

    considerate in the hallways, bathrooms, library, and lunchroom.



    We have adopted the Fred Jones Positive Classroom Discipline and Instruction program.

    This system combines Limit Setting with Responsibility Training and is highly effective.

    Proper use of this program will allow teachers and students a high rate of time on task.

    Benefits to students include: a positive classroom environment, fewer disruptions, and more

    quality learning time.


    Teachers will recognize students in the areas of Academics, Citizenship, and Improvement

    each month. One student from each grade will receive each award. Assemblies will

    normally be held the first Thursday of each month at 8:15 a.m.


    Students at Meadows Valley School are expected to:

    ? Be punctual, attend regularly, and be prepared for school

    ? Report to the office for late arrivals and early departures

    ? Complete all assigned work to the satisfaction of the teacher

    ? Report to a teacher when requested

    ? Change into appropriate attire for Physical Education class

    ? Contribute to the cleanliness of the school

    ? Restrict eating and drinking to appropriate times and places


    The following behaviors will not be tolerated:

    ? Insubordination (disobedience, disrespect, rudeness, etc.)

    ? Deliberate or repeated disruption

    ? Threatening, kicking, punching, bullying, verbally or physically harming anyone

    ? Amorous behaviors

    ? Vandalism and other acts of destruction


    LEVEL I Less Severe

    ? Disobeying classroom rules set forth by the teacher and school expectations LEVEL II Severe

    ? Fighting (depending on circumstances, may also be treated as a level I offense)

    ? Willful disobedience or disrespect

    ? Minor vandalism or theft

    ? Inappropriate language

    ? Harassment/Bullying

    ? Recurring level I infractions

    LEVEL III Illegal Acts

    These include, but are not limited to:

    ? using, selling, or possessing any harmful substances or materials such as

    drugs, alcohol, tobacco, pornographic materials, guns, knives, firecrackers, etc.

    ? acts of willful violence; and serious vandalism or theft



    LEVEL 1 Less Severe

    ? Private warning

    ? Time out. Phone call to parent

    LEVEL 2 Severe

    ? Student, principal conference Student will discuss and/or write an analysis of

    the situation and alternative ways to handle problems more appropriately.

    Parents will be contacted.

    ? Suspension Out of school (1-5 days). Students will have 2 school days to make

    up missed schoolwork due to suspension.

    ? Detention/Suspension Parent/Guardian will attend ? a school day with his/her

    child. Upon completion of this time the student may return to school


    ? Expulsion proceedings Per district policy

    LEVEL 3 Illegal Acts

    ? Parents notified and called into school; law contacted and student suspended (10

    day minimum)

    ? Possible expulsion


    All students who attend Meadows Valley Schools have the right to learn in an environment

    that is free of unwelcome harassing, bullying, threats, taunting, hazing, and intimidation.

    These behaviors interfere with the ability of the school to accomplish its mission, which is to

    educate students in a safe and secure environment. Harassment is prohibited and is defined

    as any intimidating or taunting behavior or conduct, either written, verbal, physical, or

    symbolic gestures by a student towards another person that is critical, demeaning,

    disparaging, derogatory, defamatory, or humiliating to another person because of the

    person’s race, religious beliefs, gender, family heritage, nationality, and/or physical or mental characteristics or capacity. Discipline for students who violate this policy may include

    suspension or expulsion, depending on the nature and severity of the offense. Students who

    experience harassment or witness it are asked to inform an administrator or teacher as soon

    as possible.


    Federal law states that any student who brings a firearm onto school grounds will be

    automatically suspended for no less than one year. NO WEAPONS ARE ALLOWED ON



    In grades 4-6, midterm progress reports will be sent out. It is the student's responsibility to

    complete all assignments before the progress report is sent out. Assigned homework must be

    turned in by the due date. Grades will be negatively affected by late or missing assignments.

    In addition, Friday Folders will be sent home every Friday with student work and school

    announcements. These folders need to be returned each Monday.


    Teachers spend a considerable amount of time putting together work for students who are

    absent from school. Students who are absent are expected to complete and return all missed

    assignments within three days of returning to school. Work not returned will result in a

    decrease in the student's grade.


    CANDY, GUM, JUICE, AND POP Students are not allowed to chew gum at any location on the school grounds. Students who

    bring their lunches from home may have candy, juice, or pop as part of their lunch. However,

    they will only be allowed to eat candy or drink pop or juice in the lunchroom during their

    regular lunch period. Exceptions may be made for parties and special events. Elementary

    students will only be able to use the vending machines after school.

    STUDENT ATTIRE We depend on parents' good judgment to help their child in selecting satisfactory dress for a

    day at school. No hats will be allowed in the building. DRESS YOUR CHILD FOR

    SUCCESS, and the weather. No caps or hoodies worn inside. No tank tops or belly-baring shirts are allowed. No pajama clothing. No alcohol, tobacco, drugs, or violent advertisement

    on clothing allowed. Shorts and skirts must be fingertip length. Shorts are discouraged

    October April due to weather conditions.

    LOST AND FOUND Money, textbooks, or other valuables should be taken to the office. Library books should be

    taken to the Library. Clothing should be placed in the lost and found bin by the cafeteria.

    All clothing not claimed by the last day of school will be donated to the Community House.

    PHONE CALLS Please do not phone your child during school hours unless there is an emergency. We will

    discourage your child from phoning you from school for trivial reasons. Arrangements for

    students to go somewhere out of the ordinary after school need to be made at least a day in

    advance if possible. Cell phones are not allowed in the classroom and are discouraged

    from being brought to school. If a student must have a cell-phone, it must be turned off

    and kept in a backpack during school hours.

    BICYCLES Bicycles are to be placed in the racks provided on the school grounds. The school cannot be

    responsible for lost or stolen bicycles. Bikes are to be walked onto the school grounds before

    or just after school. This is for the children's protection. Bicycles are not allowed on the


    VALUABLE ITEMS In order to avoid loss of valuable property we ask that you do not allow your child to bring

    cell phones, MP3 players/Ipods, CD players, radios, electronic toys, trading cards, etc., to


    VISITING SCHOOL Parents are welcome to visit classes any time except during periods of testing. Please check

    with the teacher regarding the classroom schedule so testing is not interrupted. To ensure

    the safety of the students, all visitors must check in at the office and wear a visitor’s

    pass while they are in the school building. Please make an appointment if you desire a conference with your child's teacher other than regularly scheduled conferences. The visiting

    of classes by students from outside our student body is not allowed.


    The school has a great responsibility for your child's safety. Therefore, all children (with the

    exception of those going home for lunch), are required to stay on the school grounds from the


time they arrive at school until they are dismissed at the end of the day. A note or phone call

    is required if your child needs to be excused for any reason, including going home for lunch.

Please advise your child that they will not be permitted to leave the school grounds to go to

    the neighborhood stores. If someone other than a parent/legal guardian wishes to pick up a

     child from school, please send a note granting permission.

    BIRTHDAYS If your child's birthday falls on a school day and you wish to send treats, please notify the



    There will be three special occasion parties during the year. These include Halloween,

    Christmas, and Valentines Day. Individual teachers will plan end-of-the-year activities.

    Parents are encouraged to participate. Please contact the appropriate room mother for further

    information. (Room mothers are determined on a volunteer basis at the beginning of the

    school year).


    We will administer simple first-aid only. Your child will be cared for temporarily by a staff

    member and you will be notified. If you cannot be located, your family doctor will be called,

    and your child will be taken to this doctor or to the emergency room of a hospital, unless you

    have given written instructions to the contrary. It is extremely important that the school has

    the name of another party to call in case of illness or injury and you cannot be located. This


    Students needing medication while at school must have a statement of permission signed by

    the parent/legal guardian. A prescription bottle with the student's name and dosage is

    required and a signed permission slip must be on file in the office. No over the counter

    medication may be administered by school personnel without parental consent. If constant

    OTCs will be used, parents must supply needed medication.

    HEAD LICE In an effort to prevent an outbreak, all students will be checked periodically for head lice.

    Our policy states that students will be “nit” free to attend school. Students with lice or nits

    will be sent home. Students will be readmitted to school once they are clean of all nits and


    SAFETY Help your child select the safest route to and from school, and insist that it be followed. A

    good practice is to set a definite time for your child to arrive at home from school.


    Extra-curricular activities are an extension of the school day and students are expected to

    behave appropriately. Students are expected to participate as responsible fans, watching the

    activity and not running around the building or grounds. If students do not behave

    appropriately they will not be allowed at extra curricular activities without an adult.

There is a cost associated with most activities. Students may purchase an activity card for

    $5.00 or pay at the door. Students without money will be asked to return home.


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