Family Handbook

Behavior expectations at Des Moines are guided by our ABC’s:

  • Always Try
  • Be Respectful and Responsible
  • Cooperate with Others

If you have any questions please contact the school office at 206-631-3700.

Family Handbook

Principal Message

Dear Families,

Welcome to the 2018-19 school year!  This handbook is intended to bring you on board with some general information about Des Moines Elementary, to familiarize you with many of our policies and procedures, and to give you a framework of daily operations.  Understanding the contents of this handbook is the first step in our partnership.  Please take the time to read through and discuss the relevant items in this handbook with your child, then sign and return the Agreement for Success to school.  The following are other tried and true measures that communicate to your children that you place high value in their education and that you are in a partnership with Des Moines Elementary:

 

1) Attend parent/teacher conferences and other school events.  When your child knows you are in close communication with their teacher, his/her education is seen as a priority.

  

2) Monitor your child’s homework.  Your child should have a regular time and place to complete their homework.  Establishing this routine makes a strong statement concerning your value of education.  Refer to

the homework section in this handbook for guidelines.

 

4) Read, read, read with your child!  All students should read independently and/or be read to for a minimum of 20 minutes each evening.

 

5) Volunteer – Join the PTSA, or ask your child’s teacher about ways that you can support the classroom.  We can always use more tutors during the day.  If your schedule does not allow, there may be classroom materials to prepare or other activities that can be done during the evening to support our teachers.

 

6) If questions or concerns arise, please talk openly with your child’s teacher as a primary problem-solving strategy.  A positive partnership between family and teacher is essential for a positive learning experience for your child.

 

The following is what we promise in return:

 

1) An outstanding education for all of our children.  We promise to focus on research-based “best practices” in both instruction and behavior supports.

 

2) Frequent communications concerning your child’s progress and school events.

 

3) A strong focus on moving every child “to standards and beyond” in all academic areas.  We also promise to celebrate/honor individual student’s growth as a valid and important measure of success.

 

4) Family access to our support staff if needed: our counselor, multi-disciplinary team, and academic support staff are here for students and families.

 

Together, we will provide the best education possible for your children.  I look forward to working closely with you throughout this school year.

 

Sincerely,

Rick Wisen

Principal                      

                        

Class Lists

Class Lists

At the beginning of the each new school year we sometimes have changes to class lists based on enrollment. During the month of September, class lists are reviewed based on number of students in each class at each grade level. If classes are either too large or too small, we need to reconfigure to maintain balance. Accordingly, there may be changes to which teacher or classroom a student may have based on this process. Although it is always our hope not to make numerous adjustments, I wanted you to be aware that there is a possibility that this could occur. All class lists will be finalized by October 1st.  Thank you for your understanding, flexibility, and support. 

Daily School Schedule

Front Office Hours:  8:15-4:10              

Teacher Work Day:  8:40-4:10              

Student Day: 9:15-3:45

Monday - Thursday

Student School Day:  9:15-3:45

Entrance Bell: 9:10      Tardy Bell:  9:15

Kindergarten Morning Recess: 10:10 - 10:25

Kindergarten Lunch: 11:25 – 11:50 / Recess: 11:50 – 12:10

1st, 2nd grade recess: 11:30 -11:50 / lunch:  11:50-12:15

3rd and 4th grade recess: 11:55 – 12:15 / lunch:  12:15 - 12:40

5th and 6th grades and Room 10 recess: 12:20 – 12:40 / lunch:  12:40-1:05

Afternoon Recess:  Grades K-3 2:00-2:15; Grades 4-6   2:20-2:35

Dismissal: 3:45

Friday

Student School Day 9:15 – 2:15

 

Dolphin Pride

Dolphin Pride

We communicate a weekly ABC focus through Monday morning announcements.  Classrooms will also have the opportunity to select a “Dolphin Pride Student of the Week” – a student who worked hard to exemplify the targeted behaviors/characteristics of that week. These students will also be recognized on Friday mornings announcements and will be invited to lead the Flag Salute and have their photo taken.

 

General School Rules and Expectations

Behavior expectations at Des Moines are guided by our ABC’s:

-          Always Try

-          Be Respectful and Responsible

-          Cooperate with Others

As a Positive Behavior Interventions/Support school, we work diligently to create a positive learning environment for all of our students, staff, and visitors.

The ABC’s are our behavior plan at Des Moines and will be discussed briefly each year prior to the beginning of the school year.  Students are taught at the beginning of the year and upon return from each major break (Winter, Mid-Winter and Spring), as well as other times as recommended by the PBIS Team.  The ABC’s of Des Moines are: Always try, Be Respectful and Responsible, and Cooperate with others.

Other School Rules

-          Please plan arrival time at school between 8:50 and 9:05 am.

-          Students will line up with their classes when the bell rings (9:10).

-          Gum, candy, toys (including widget spinners), and electronics are not allowed at school or in the bus line/on the bus. This includes smart phones/smart watches.

-          Cell phone and smart watch use is NOT permitted by students on school grounds, and phones, are brought to school at one’s own risk. Students are encouraged to leave cell phones at home.  If they are needed for any reason, they are to be stored in the child’s backpack and not seen or heard during the day.  If a cell phone is a disruption, it will be stored in the office until it can be picked up by a parent.  The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.

Harassment and Bullying

Harassment and Bullying

The Highline School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers, and patrons; free from harassment, intimidation, or physical act, including but not limited to one shown to be motivated by any characteristic in RCW 9A.36.030(3) (race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, or mental or physical disability), or other distinguishing characteristics, when the intentional written, verbal, or physical act:

Physically harms a student or damages the student’s property; or has the effect of substantially interfering with a student’s education; or is so severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating or threatening educational environment; or has the effect of substantially disrupting the orderly operation of the school.

At Des Moines, we define bullying as ONGOING, UNFAIR, AND ONE-SIDED. IT HAPPENS WHEN SOMEONE KEEPS HURTING, FRIGHTENING, THREATENING, OR LEAVING SOMEONE OUT ON PURPOSE.   Bullying can take several forms, including the electronic transmission of messages and images.

Please talk with your child about bullying, including the seriousness of cyber-bullying, and return the Agreement for Success and Anti-Bullying pledge and agreement for success at the back of this handbook. The agreements and pledges will be kept on file with your teacher at school.

 

Bicycles, Skateboards and Scooters

Bicycles, Skateboards, and Scooters

Students in grades 4, 5, and 6 may use bicycles, skateboards, or scooters as forms of transportation to and from school.  The items are to be walked or carried while on school grounds.  Please emphasize the importance of safety and talk with your child about safe riding habits.  Bikes and scooters must be secured in a campus bike rack with a personal lock.  Skateboards may be stored in the classroom or the office.  These items are brought to school at one’s own risk.  HELMETS MUST BE WORN by any student riding on a bicycle, skateboard, or scooter. Students should not share bicycles, skateboards or scooters with others for risk of injury.  In-line skates and skate shoes are not allowed at school.

Student Privacy/Social Media

Student Privacy/Social Media

To protect student privacy, please remember to follow these rules when you take photos at our school events:

  1. Parents should take pictures of only their students and students whose parents they know.
  2. Parents should check with their student’s teacher to check for any students in the class or event that may have photo restrictions.
  3. If parents do take photos that include students that they do not know, we ask that they DO NOT share them on social medial. Instead, parents should share them privately.
  4. Students are not allowed to use or bring electronics, toys or cameras to school. This includes spy watch video recorders or any form of recording devices.

Enrollment / Withdrawal

Enrollment

  • Please bring the following documents to enroll at our school: 
  • Proof of age (birth certificate, hospital certificate or passport)
  • Immunizations (transferred to our district form)
  • Proof of Address (current utility bill) If living with someone a verification of     residency form will need to be completed with the owners current utility bill   attached. 
  • Teacher will get a 24 hour notice before the student starts in the classroom.

Withdrawing for School

Please notify the office when you are aware that you will be withdrawing your student form school. This allows the school to give you information needed to successfully transition and enroll your student in the next school. 

Please remember:

  • All library and school/district text books must be returned 
  • All fines owed must be paid. Fines or fees will follow the student through to high school

 

School to Parent Communication

Website

Go to: www.highlineschools.org then to schools, elementary, Des Moines. Find information on Fieldtrips, Schools News and more!

Parent Portal

Register for the Illuminate Parent Portal for grades online and more through our district website at www.highlineschools.org under the families’ tab/ grades and attendance. Create a Log in to Illuminate. Always keep our school updated with the most current phone number and email address so that you will receive emails and automated calls with important information about your child.

Mobile App

News and information about our school is now as close as your smartphone.

Highline has a new free mobile app to help you stay connected. Here are a few of the great features:

 

· Easily access school lunch menus, nutrition facts, and even vote for your favorite meals.

· Quickly email teachers and the principal.

· View school events and save them to your personal calendar.

· Receive emergency notifications and importance messages.

· Stay up-to-date on school and district news.

· Customize the app to receive notifications and information from all the schools you need to keep track of.

 To download the free app to your iPhone or android device, search for Highline Public Schools in your app store.

eFlyers

The paper flyers we have been sending home in the dolphin folder will now be sent electronically to your inbox. Make sure the email we have on file is your email of preference. These eFlyers can also be viewed by clicking on the eFlyers button that has been placed on each school's website homepage and in our mobile app. This "green" initiative will save our schools tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, paperless delivery of school flyers significantly reduces the workload on teachers, office staff, and volunteers. 

 

No action is required on your part. You should have received a welcome email from the service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view eflyers.

To ensure smooth delivery of flyers, we suggest you add "school@peachjar.com" to your email contacts. Note: add "school@peachjar.com" to your contact list just as written; do not change it to the name of your school @peachjar.com. When you receive your first eFlyer, be sure to click "always display images."

This system is used exclusively for distribution of school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for helping us save time, money, and lots of trees!

Dress Code Policy

The purpose of the dress code is to reinforce and uphold the idea that the Des Moines Elementary staff, students, and volunteers are involved in creating a positive environment for academic study.

Dress Guidelines

-          Shoes must be worn at all times.

-          Clothing must be clean and in good condition without tears, holes, or damage.

-          Pants must be hemmed and in good repair.  No cutoffs or frays.  Rips should not show more skin than the average pair of shorts.  Long pants must be off the ground.

-          Shorts, skirts and dresses are to be long enough to maintain modesty while standing or sitting. These items should reach mid- thigh.

-          Clothing must fit properly and be worn in the manner for which it was designed to be worn.

-          Shirts should meet the waistband of skirts or pants, even when students move or bend. Undergarments are to be covered at all times. 

-          Pants should not have to be held up with a hand when walking. The waistband of the pants must be worn at the waist.

-          Tank top straps must be at least two finger-widths wide – no “spaghetti strap” style tank tops or dresses.

-          Revealing clothing such as low cut shirts and blouses, half shirts, clothing made from “see through” material and clothing with cut outs are not allowed.  Modesty and good taste are required.

-          Clothing or tattooing with inappropriate language or any reference to tobacco, drugs, alcohol, or gang affiliation (including bandanas) is not allowed.

-          Wearing heavy chains such as wallet-waist attachments and other long, large, noisy items or inappropriate symbols is not allowed.

-          Hats and hoods are allowed outside, but not inside the building. Bandanas are not to be worn at school.

-          We discourage the use of face makeup for students.

Parents will be asked to bring a change of clothing if a student comes to school inappropriately dressed.

Weapons Policy

Weapons Policy

Under RCW9.41.280 it is a gross misdemeanor for any person (student, staff, parent, and patron) to carry a dangerous weapon,  firearm or related paraphernalia onto public school premises.  This includes school buses and non-school facilities.  Signs are posted indicating gun free zones.  This law also requires that a student who violates the statute follow regular due process to be expelled from all public schools in the state.  School administrators are required to notify law enforcement promptly of any violations of this law.

Pets on Campus

Pets on Campus

Unauthorized animals are not allowed on school grounds, as per School Board Policy.  Please leave pets at home when coming to school to visit, volunteer, or drop off/pick up your child.

Homework Policy

Homework Policy

The statement below expresses the general purpose, guidelines, and philosophy of homework at Des Moines Elementary in accordance with School Board Policy.   Specific homework routines and procedures are established by each classroom teacher.

Philosophy and Purpose of Homework: 

 Instill in the student the willingness to accept responsibilities for his/her own learning, including the responsibility for completing work not finished in class and make-up work for time missed.

 

  • Provide a means for children to practice and reinforce what they have learned.
  • Supplements and extends individual interests.

Although it is clear that children benefit from study at home, it is important that elementary children have time for play and family activities. Family times for reading together, playing games, talking together, participating in sports and other child-related activities are an important part of a child’s life. During the school year, homework assigned will emphasize reading.  Other subjects, including math, will also be reinforced through daily/weekly homework assignments. Every classroom at every grade level will have reading as homework Monday through Thursday (a minimum of 20 minutes nightly).   Additional work should take a total of approximately 10 minutes per grade level (ie- 10 minutes in grades K and 1, 30 minutes in 3rd, etc.) per night.  If you find your child is spending significantly more time completing homework on a regular basis, please consult with your child’s teacher.

*Teachers are not required to provide student work for vacations taken during the school year.

 

Student Use of school and cell phones

Please know that classroom and office phones are intended for adult use for school business. Therefore, student use will be limited to emergencies only.  Students will NOT be allowed to call home for permission to go to a friend’s house or other similar types of reasons.  These types of arrangements should be made at home the night before.

Cell phone and smart watch use is NOT permitted by students on school grounds, and phones, are brought to school at one’s own risk. Students are encouraged to leave cell phones at home.  If they are needed for any reason, they are to be stored in the child’s backpack and not seen or heard during the day. Students may only use their cell phone after school dismissal when off campus.  If a cell phone is a disruption, it will be stored in the office until it can be picked up by a parent.  The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen cell phones.

Students are not allowed to use or bring electronics, toys or cameras to school. This includes spy watch video recorders or any form of recording devices.

Student Privacy/Social Media

To protect student privacy, please remember to follow these rules when you take photos at our school events:

  1. Parents should take pictures of only their students and students whose parents they know.
  2. Parents should check with their student’s teacher to check for any students in the class or event that may have photo restrictions.
  3. If parents do take photos that include students that they do not know, we ask that they DO NOT share them on social medial. Instead, parents should share them privately.
  4. Students are not allowed to use or bring electronics, toys or cameras to school. This includes spy watch video recorders or any form of recording devices.

Visitors and Volunteers

Visitors and Volunteers

We love our visitors & volunteers!  When arriving to campus, always make sure to stop in the main office first to sign in on the visitor IPad and get a visitor’s badge.  While we may know many of you, some of our students or other visitors may not.  Volunteers also require clearance forms to be on file.  Please check with the school office to ensure your forms are up to date.  When visiting your child’s classroom, please be conscious of instruction and make arrangements with the classroom teacher ahead of time. Volunteers on fieldtrips should make other arrangements for siblings as they are not allowed on fieldtrips.

 

Attendance

The habit of regular and punctual attendance is strongly related to student success. We ask that you help your child to acquire good work habits. The school reserves the right to call and validate the excuse and call a conference (please see the following “Becca Bill” information next pages).

Absences

Parents are to notify the school either by email, please send to  Mitzann.williams@highline schools.org and cc: candy.yarbrough@highlineschools.org  prior to absence or call 206-631-3700 by 9:30 AM each day your child is absent. Please send a note when the student returns to school indicating the reason for absence as back up for the cum file. If you find that your child must be absent for an extended period of time, please inform your child’s teacher and the office. Keep in mind that vacation during the school year is no longer considered excused by the state of Washington. It can be pre-planned, discussed and assessed by the principal for approval with a vacation pre- approval form.

Late Arrivals

Tardiness not only causes disruption in the classroom but also means the students miss out on instructional time and opportunity.  Students who arrive at school late for any reason other than excused illness, medical or dental appointments will be considered “unexcused” and may be asked to make up missed work during recess.    Parents should accompany their tardy student and sign them in at the school office where they will get an admission slip to class.  If you are unable to accompany your child, please send a note with your child and remind them to report directly to the office.

Early Dismissals

We discourage requests for students to leave campus early except in case of illness or for medical/dental appointments. In the event that early dismissal is necessary, please send a note stating the time you will be picking your child up. Upon arrival on campus you need to come to the school office to sign out your student.  You will be required to show picture ID to sign your student out.  Do not go to the child’s classroom. The office staff will locate your child. These procedures are for the safety and security of our children.

Please make sure to communicate ahead of the early dismissal with your child’s teacher.  This can be done via email, phone or note.

Consider utilizing our early dismissal on Fridays for scheduling appointments.    Then your child will not miss valuable instruction time.

Messages/Change of Plans

The main office is very busy, particularly just prior to dismissal.  We are not always able to accommodate requests to relay personal messages to students, changes regarding pick up/ meeting times and places.  These details need to be established at home, prior to your student’s arrival at school.  We ask that you refrain from calling for these reasons unless it is an emergency.

Breakfast and Lunch

Breakfast and Lunch

Student Breakfast Full Price = $1.75

Student Breakfast Reduced Price = No Charge with approved meal application

Adult = $2.75

Milk Only = $0.50 / Soy or Lactose Free Milk = $.75

Student Lunch Full Price = $3.00

Student Lunch Reduced Price (All Levels) = No Charge with approved meal application     

Adult with milk = $4.00

 

To pay for student meals Enroll in our online prepayment service at mymealtime.com Opens a New Window. .  You will need to have your child’s Student identification Number to deposit money in their account.  Please contact the office for their Student Identification Number from the phone number that we have on file so we can verify identity. This is for confidentiality reasons. Monthly lunch menus are also available at this site.

Alternatively, checks can be made out for any amount and should be made payable to Des Moines Elementary School.  Please do not put your child’s pin number on the check, as they should be kept private.  We do ask that you write your child’s full name and room number on the check.  If you want to pay for more than one child on the same check, write all names and room numbers.  When your account runs low, your child will receive a reminder from our school cashier.

*Candy is limited to two small candy bars or 1 large candy bar throughout the year. For more information visit https://www.highlineschools.org/departments/nutrition-services

Lost and Found

Lost and Found

Please mark all of your child’s personal belongings with his or her name.  All found items will be held just outside the cafeteria (smaller or more valuable items may be held in the school office).  Items not claimed in a timely manner will be donated.  Please check the lost and found areas for any lost items as soon as possible!

We will be donating items left in the lost and found to a local shelter 3 times per year after each quarter ends.

Medication at School

Medicine at School

A child taking medication at school must have a “Medical Authorization” form completed and signed by the medical provider.  The medication must be kept and dispensed from the office by trained office/clinic staff only.  This includes cough drops and aspirin, even if the parent has made a personal request. While on a fieldtrip, only the teacher or the parent of that specific student (if chaperoning on the trip) can dispense the authorized medication.

Closed Campus

Closed Campus

Students are not to leave the school grounds without parent and teacher permission.  Students with a written note from home granting permission to leave campus must first check out in the office.  If a student is sent home, the office will notify the teacher. Older sibling that are picking up after school must wait off campus.

R.U.L.E.R (Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotion)

RULER is an approach to integrate social and emotional learning in ways that promote student growth by simultaneously enhancing the emotional skills of the students and adults involved in their education and creating an optimal learning environment. RULER teaches the skills of emotional intelligence—those associated with Recognizing, Understanding, Labeling, Expressing, and Regulating emotion. The four pillars, or “Anchor Tools” of RULER are: the Charter, the Mood Meter, the Meta-Moment, and the Blueprint.

Behavior and Discipline

Behavior expectations at Des Moines are guided by our ABC’s:

-          Always Try

-          Be Respectful and Responsible

-          Cooperate with Others

As a Positive Behavior Interventions/Support school, we work diligently to create a positive learning environment for all of our students, staff, and visitors.

The ABC’s are our behavior plan at Des Moines and will be discussed briefly each year prior to the beginning of the school year.  Students are taught at the beginning of the year and upon return from each major break (Winter, Mid-Winter and Spring), as well as other times as recommended by the PBIS Team.  The ABC’s of Des Moines are: Always try, Be Respectful and Responsible, and Cooperate with others.

DISCIPLINE

School-wide discipline is everyone’s responsibility.  To that end, we encourage parents, teachers and students to talk about and work together to solve problems.  Our goal is to “catch kids doing the right thing.”  Dealing with student behavior is an opportunity to teach. School rules are our ABC’s (see below) and should be reviewed periodically.

 

When a student needs to visit the principal for repeated violations, please remember:

·         The teacher will make every attempt to solve the problem.

·         The principal will know the circumstances of the problem.

·         The principal will know what past problems have occurred and what actions have been taken.

 

Printable Document: BehaviorMatrix.pdf

Behavior Matrix

 

Matrix of Schoolwide Expectations Always Try Be Respectful & Responsible Cooperate with Others
Assembly

Enter and leave Gym in an orderly fashion

“Level 1” during performances and announcements

“Level 1” entering and exiting

Position your eyes and body on the speaker

Sit with your class & listen to adult directions

Keep your hands and feet to yourself and quiet

Participate when asked to

Applaud appropriately to show appreciation

Cafeteria

Enjoy “level 2 or 3” conversations when lights are on

“Level 1” when lights are off

Use polite manners

Stay seated & keep food on your tray or in your mouth

Clean up after yourself

Keep hands, feet and belongings to yourself

Eat your own food & don’t ask others for theirs

Stay seated until you are dismissed

Hallway

Greet others with a smile or a wave

Walk on the right-hand side

Use “Level 1” (feet too!)

Stay with your teacher & class line

Carry a hall pass if you’re by yourself

Only look at the work on the walls (please don’t touch!)

Keep hands, feet and belongings to yourself

Hold the door open for others

Help pick up big items off the floor & place it on the nearest table

Restroom

Greet others with a smile or a wave

“Level 1”

Carry a hall pass & use the restroom in a timely manner

Use proper amounts of soap & paper towel

Clean up any mess you made

Report messes immediately to the front office

Hold the door open for others

Wait your turn

Playground

Greet others in a friendly manner

Accept others to join in activities

Speak in a polite way with others

Follow adult directions

Check that you have your belongings when leaving the playground

Share equipment

Allow others to join activities

Problem solve with others

Arrival & Dismissal

Arrive at school on time

Walk to appropriate dismissal areas in a timely manner

Walk slowly and cautiously through arrival/dismissal areas

Follow adult directions

Walk to class line immediately after bell rings for arrival

Greet other students politely
Specialists Come to the gym, music room, and library ready to participate

Follow adult directions

Bring needed  items to specialists

Be on time

Participate when asked

 

Kids Before Cars: Arrival and Dismissal

Kids Before Cars:  Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

Our campus provides us with some challenges at arrival and dismissal time.  Please help ensure the safety of all of our children and minimize traffic congestion by adhering to the following procedures.  If you do live on a bus line, we strongly encourage the use of bus transportation in order to cut down on the number of cars at arrival and dismissal.

Morning Arrival:  Students may be dropped off quickly in the bus zone on 9th Avenue South.  There is NO PARKING or WAITING in this area, and we ask that cars move all the way forward before allowing children to exit the car.

Please approach the curb directly in front of the school by heading west/south on 9th Avenue.  Students are NOT allowed to cross the street unattended, as there is no cross walk in this area.  For the safety of everyone, DO NOT attempt U-Turns in this very busy area.   Going around the block is a much safer option!  Please also respect all of our neighbors by not using personal driveways for parking and/or turnarounds.

Students may arrive to campus beginning at 8:45.  There is no supervision prior to that time.  Upon arrival, students are to go directly to the cafeteria if eating breakfast at school or straight to the lower field until the entry bell rings at 9:05.

Afternoon Dismissal:   We encourage parents to utilize alternative parking at dismissal time.  Our neighbors at the Methodist church, located at 22225 9th Avenue South, have been gracious in allowing parking in their lot each afternoon.  Parents are welcome to park at the church and walk down to the school to meet their child on campus, or may wait for their child to walk to the church.  We do have a meeting space on campus for students who are walking to the church to do so together, and there are supervised crosswalks along the way.  Some parents of older students have also found it effective to arrange meeting spots near the Des Moines Skate Park and Library.

For everyone’s safety, please refrain from the following at dismissal time:

-          Do not park in the staff parking lot to pick up/drop of students.  Many families walk through this lot, and it presents a safety hazard. This lot is for staff of Des Moines Elementary and visiting nursing staff only.

-          We discourage parking across the street on 9th Avenue South, but if you must, please use designated cross walks.  NO ONE is allowed to walk across the street unless they are in designated cross walks.

-          Des Moines police has informed us that double parking on the roadway is illegal.

-          Please do not block personal driveways, nor use them for parking or turn around.

-          Please, no parent parking in the bus zone or the daycare zone.

KidsB4CarsMapFinal.pdf

Des Moines Elementary Agreement for Success

Des Moines Elementary Agreement for Success 2018-19

Please take time to read over this agreement with your child, print and sign the document attached and return to your teacher.

- We have read and discussed the 2018-19 Des Moines Elementary Family Handbook, and understand the school and district policies outlined.

- We understand the ABC’s of Des Moines Elementary:  Always Try, Be Respectful and Responsible, and Cooperate with Others

-  We are committed to doing our part to ensure a successful 2018-19 school year!

 

As a Student…

At home I will:

-          Have a good night’s sleep, dress properly for school, and eat breakfast.

-          Unload my backpack and give important papers to my family.

-          Cooperate with adults and complete my homework.

 

At school I will:

-          Follow the ABC’s.

-          Come to school regularly and on time.

-          Respect others and their property.

-          Refuse to bully others or let others be bullied.

-          Follow school and classroom rules.

-          Solve problems in an appropriate way.

-          Ask for help if I can’t do it on my own.

-          Strive to do my very best.

-          Listen carefully.

-          Complete my work on time.  

As a Parent/Guardian…

At Home I will:

-          Read TO my child, read WITH my child, and listen to my child read

-          Provide my child space, supplies, and time to complete homework.

-          Sign off on required forms.

-          Ensure adequate rest and nutrition.

-          Support the idea that school is my child’s “work place”, and is a priority.

-          Make learning a family responsibility.

-          Support the discipline and citizenship efforts of the school.

 

At school I will:

-          Provide necessary supplies (ie backpack, pencils, etc.).

-          Make regular, on time attendance at school a priority.

-          Prioritize attendance at school functions (conferences, curriculum night, music performances, etc.)

-          Communicate openly with the school about any concerns or situations at home  that may affect my child

As a staff Member…

I will:

-          Provide consistent and clear expectations.

-          Provide a safe and caring environment to learn.

-          Respect and learn from different cultures, personalities, and learning styles of each child.

-          Provide reasonable and meaningful homework.

-          Communicate any concerns to family members at the earliest possible time.

-          Expect the best for and from all students.

-          Continually update my skills in order to help all students be successful.

-          Make learning enjoyable.

-          Teach what is expected to be taught at each grade level (State and District Standards)

DesMoinesElementaryAgreementforSuccess2013-14.pdf