Avondale Elementary School Student/Parent Handbook 2017/2018

AVONDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL HANDBOOK 2017/2018

STUDENT/PARENT HANDBOOK

HOME OF THE APACHES

WELCOME TO AVONDALE ELEMENTARY SCHOOL…

Where staff, parents and students work together

to make our school an excellent place to learn!

OUR MISSION STATEMENT

To educate all children in a meaningful, nurturing, challenging,

safe and disciplined environment

so they become life-long learners and contributing citizens. 

We endeavor for excellence in all that we do.

SCHOOL HOURS:  7:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

AM Preschool…7:45 a.m. to 10:50 a.m.

PM Preschool…11:55 a.m. to 3:00p.m.

Full Day Kindergarten

PRINCIPAL:  Mrs. Carmen Avalos  ♦  COUNSELOR:  Mrs. Victoria Roskey

SECRETARY:  Mrs. Sandy Martinez

SCHOOL MASCOT:  Apaches  ♦  SCHOOL COLORS:  Maroon & White

Pueblo County School District 70

ACHIEVING EXCELLENCE TOGETHER

Here at District 70, we strive to educate

each student  to achieve

his or her full academic potential.

Our vision is to see D70 as a place where all children and adults are valued, similarities and differences are addressed, individuals are respected and all children are treated as our most valuable resource and best hope for the future.  We see a safe and trusting environment where children and adults are actively engaged in lifelong learning.  We see a partnership with our schools and communities that flexibly responds to the educational needs of all learners in an ever-changing world.

 

2017-2018 AVONDALE ELEMENTARY STAFF

 

Principal…………………….Mrs. Carmen Avalos

Counselor…………………..Mrs. Victoria Roskey

Secretary…………..………Mrs. Sandy Martinez

Custodian…………..……..Mr. James Gurule

 

Qualified PreK Director……………………………………..Mrs. Jill Wolf

Kindergarten………………………………………………….…Mrs. Shelley Archuleta

Grade 1……………………………………………………………..Mrs. Susan O’Neil

Grade 2…….………………………………………………………Mrs. Celestina Arteaga

Grade 1-2 Combo……………………………………………..Mrs. Sheila Kopasz

Grade 3………………………………………………….….…….Mrs. Danielle Stevens

Grade 3-4 combo………………………………….………….Ms. Asia Wells

Grade 4…………………………………………………..……….Ms. Ruby Cruz

Grade 5…………………………………………..………..……. Mrs. Toni Ortiviz

Physical Education…………………………………………..Mr. Toby Lockett

Music………..…………………………………………..…….…..Mrs. Yvette Teschner

Instructional Resource Teacher…………………………Mrs. Kathy Runyan

Instructional Resource Teacher…………………………Mrs. Brandi Padilla

Rdg/Math Interventionist………………………………….Ms. Olivia Chavez-Mares

English Language Learner Instructor…………………Mrs. Patricia LeDoux

English Language Learner Instructor………….Mrs. Elaine Schuetze Montoya

Exceptional Student Teacher………………………..……Mrs. Angel Miller

Speech Language Therapist…………………………….…Mrs. Vicki Bigley

Speech Language Therapist……………………………….Ms. Kathy Hice

Certified Library Technician…………..….…………… Mrs. Catherine Santistevan

CPP Paraprofessional…………………………………………Ms. Kaylla Potter

Instructional Aide…………………………………………..….Mrs. Andrea Cortez

Paraprofessional…………………………………………………Ms. Jorjann Houpts

Paraprofessional…………………………………………………Mrs. Lillian Padilla

ELL Paraprofessional…………………………………………..Mr. David Vigil

Nurse………………………………………………………………..Mrs. Charlene Romero

Nurse Assistant…………………………………………………….Mrs. Roxanne Aldred

Food Service…………………………………………………………..Mrs. Linda Wolf

 

VISITORS:  All visitors must report to the office.  Please feel welcome to visit, observe and volunteer.  If you would like to have extended time to speak with a teacher, please call the office to make an appointment outside of class hours.  Under no circumstances is anyone allowed to go to the classrooms or anywhere on the premises to talk to a child or teacher, or take them from the building without checking with the office.

ATTENDANCE:  Attendance is critical to the success of a student.  Please encourage excellent attendance for your children.  If your child is absent, however, please notify the school office as soon as possible at 947-3484.  Students who are tardy miss out on important beginning-of-the-day information.  If your child is tardy, please sign him/her into school at the office.  You will receive a letter after 4, 8, and 10 absences.  After 10absences, you will be referred to the Director of Student Services to begin truancy proceedings.

EMERGENCY PHONE CALLS:  Please restrict calls to students as to emergency needs.  You must call or send a note with your child if you plan to make a change to their daily routine.  Announcements for messages to children will be made at 3:20 p.m.  Calls must be made by 3:15 p.m. to ensure that your child can receive their message before leaving school.

 MEDICATION POLICY:  Pueblo County School District 70 Policy does NOT allow the school to administer any type of medication to students without a physician’s prescription and written permission from the parent.  Please contact the office, 947-3484, for the proper forms if your child needs medication.

LUNCH INFORMATION:  Avondale Elementary was on a school-wide free lunch status.  To keep this status, we still need each family to complete a Free/Reduced Lunch Application.  This application is included in the District 70’s on-line forms.  This year, not all students will eat free. Your child’s lunch status will be dependent upon your income.  All students will eat breakfast at NO charge.

BUSING / PARENT PICK-UP and DROP-OFF PROCEDURES:  The bus loop is located on the west side (front) of the building.  The pick-up/drop-off loop is on the south side of the building.  If you are picking up your student early, please come into the office to sign your student out.  If you are picking up your student after school, please wait in the parent pick-up loop until all the buses have left the premises.  The buses leave at 3:35 p.m. , and then your student/s will be dismissed.  We ask you to then proceed into the bus loop to pick your child up in the front of the building.  Please do not leave your car unattended as we want the flow of the traffic to be on-going.

 WALKERS:  Here at Avondale, many of our students walk home.  In the effort to ensure their safety, these students will only be dismissed after the buses have left the premises.

BUS POLICY:  Our Transportation Dept. is being outsourced by FIRST STUDENT.  Students who ride the bus are expected to follow the guidelines provided by FIRST STUDENT.  Your child should receive a copy of these guidelines from their bus driver.  If your child is not home at their scheduled route time, you may call our office at 947-3484.  You may also call the office of FIRST STUDENT at 544-7589 with any bus route questions that you may have.  They will be happy to assist you.

NO PARKING IN FIRE LANE:  Our Fire Department has asked that we remind all parents and staff not to park in the bus loop in front of school during school hours.  This is our Fire Lane and must be kept clear for  EMERGENCY VEHICLES ONLY.  Violators will be ticketed.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS OR PHONE NUMBER:  Our office keeps an emergency procedure card on each student.  All parents should have a phone number where they may be reached during the day, in case of an emergency concerning their child.  It is the parent’s responsibility to notify our office immediately of any changes to their address or phone number.  Also, please contact us with any changes to your child’s emergency contact information.

WEE DELIVER POST OFFICE:  Our school continues to implement the Wee Deliver Postal Program.  Students and adults are encouraged to send mail through our school post office.  Outside mail will be delivered to our school with a .45 stamp.  Call the office for your child’s address.  Students may apply for a post office position every nine weeks.

AVONDALE MEDIA CENTER / SATELLITE LIBRARY:  The Avondale Media Center is open Monday through Thursday for student use.  It houses many fine books, including our Accelerated Reader Program.  Please encourage your child to participate in this program.  We also have an excellent Satellite Library.  This is available to our community through the cooperation of the Pueblo City-County Library District and Pueblo County School District 70.  We encourage you to visit our Media Center and utilize these services.

SCHOOL MEDIA CENTER PHONE:  947-3047

SATELLITE LIBRARIAN/HOURS: 

Mrs. Lorina Messenger –MON-2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Mrs. Paula Pryich -WED-2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

TEXTBOOKS:  All textbooks and library books are loaned to students free of charge.  However, students are responsible for lost or damaged books and will be expected to pay for them before another book will be issued to the student.   We urge students to take good care of books to avoid an assessment for damages or any penalty at the end of the year.

CELL PHONES AND OTHER ELECTRONIC DEVICES:   We ask that you not send cell phones to school with your child.  They are not allowed to have them in the classroom.  Please call our office if you feel there is a need that your child must bring their cell phone to school.  Other electronic devices are never allowed in school.  This includes Ipods, MP3 Players, PSP’s and Game Boys etc.  We will not be responsible if these items are brought to school and they get broken, lost or stolen.

 DRESS CODE INFORMATION:  Students are asked to wear clothing conducive to the educational setting.  This includes hair coloring and haircuts that distract from a learning environment.  (Mohawks are not allowed at AVE)  No hats/coats in school, no baggy pants or clothes that expose excessive skin (including spaghetti straps for girls).  Also, nothing that contains inappropriate symbols or words.  Shorts are acceptable through the end of September and after April 1st.  We request that shorts and skirts are at least at a fingertip length.  Students are encouraged to wear tennis shoes for PE and safety reasons.

This is in accordance with the Pueblo County School District 70 Student-Parent PK-12 Handbook. 

LABELING YOUR CHILD’S PERSONAL BELONGINGS:  Please make sure you put your child’s name on all coats and other personal belongings.  We have such a large “Lost and Found” each the year.  Please come in to check if your child has lost a personal item.

STUDENT BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS:  Please not the Changes Below….

ALL BIRTHDAYS WILL BE CELEBRATED THE SECOND THRUSDAY OF EACH MONTH

You are welcome to bring treats for your child’s class to celebrate their birthday at school.  Please limit your treats to store bought goodies, wrapped candy or treat bags.  Please bring your child’s treats at approximately 2:00-2:30 pm.  The celebration will take place at the end of the day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lunch menu

12/5-Chili Beans with a Cinnamon Roll or Turkey and Cheese sandwich or Yogurt with Cheese and Roll/ Tossed salad, fresh fruit and veggies

12/6-Little Caesar’s Pizza or Turkey and Cheese Sandwich or Yogurt w/cheese and Breakfast round/- baked beans, garden salad,  fruit, and veggies

12/7-Roasted Turkey with Dinner Roll or Turkey and Cheese sandwich orYogurt with Cheese and Roll/ Mashed Potatoes and Gravy/ Tossed salad, fresh fruit and veggies

12/11-All Turkey Hot Dog or Turkey and Bacon Wrap or Yogurt with Cheese and Breakfast round/ Potato Wedge/ Garden salad, fresh fruit and veggies

12/12-Chicken Nuggets with Dinner Roll or Turkey and Bacon Wrap or Yogurt with Cheese and Roll/ Mashed Potatoes and Gravy/ Tossed salad, fresh fruit and veggies

12/13- Domino’s Pizza or Turkey and Bacon wrap or Yogurt w/cheese and Breakfast rounds/- Baked beans, fruit, and veggies

12/14-Baked Breaded Chicken w/roll or Turkey and Bacon Wrap or Yogurt with Cheese and Roll/ Mashed Potato and Gravy/  Tossed salad, fresh fruit and veggies

12/18-Teriyaki Chicken with Steamed Rice or Picnic Sub or Yogurt w/cheese and Breakfast round/- garden salad, fruit and veggies

12/19-Ravioli in Cheese Sauce with Breadstick or Picnic Sub or Yogurt with Cheese and Roll/ Tossed salad, fresh fruit and veggies

12/20- No school

12/21-No school

 

Counselor’s Corner-Mrs. Roskey

WEE DELIVER NEWS- We have a new group of students who have been selected as employees for the WEE Deliver post office.  Congratulations to the following students: Public Relations Directors: Jacob Affron and Makala Riegler Postmaster: Agustus Crouch Facers: Hailey Caddick and Jose Solis Nixie Clerks’ Cancellers: Neveah Galich and Fernando Claro Sorters: McKennan Stevens and Tate McClure Letter Carriers: Osiel Loya-Solis and Sean Trujillo.   There were so many applicants that the WEE Deliver Selection Team had a difficult time choosing the new team.  I do encourage students to keep applying for a job even if they weren’t selected for this nine weeks.

RED RIBBON WEEK- This past week was Red Ribbon week.  Our students participation was awesome.  There were so many contest coloring sheets submitted with the message to “stay drug free”. The prizes for winning the contest was money to spend in the school store, thank you Mrs. Teschner for the donations.  Red Ribbon Week is a great opportunity for parents to support our activities with their own messages about staying drug free.  We make a good team!!!

FOCUS ON KINDNESS AND RESPECT TO PROMOTE ACADEMIC SUCCESS-

According to a recent study, kids whose parents value kindness over achievement tend to do better in school than kids from families where academic success matters above all else.  In fact, putting pressure on your child to score high marks can have the opposite effect.  It can cause his grades and self-esteem to suffer, and lead to depression and anxiety.  But when parents promote kindness and respect, students tend to perform better in class.  This may be because they feel more secure and know their parents’ approval doesn’t hinge on their getting good grades.  To show your child how much you value respect and kindness:

  • Demonstrate courtesy: When talking to others-from neighbors to the cashier at the grocery store-let your child see you being positive.  Say please and thank you. Be respectful. These may seem like small things, but they make a big impression
  • Praise positive behavior: When you notice your child doing something nice or loving, let him know!  There’s no need to go overboard, though.  A simple pat on the back will remind them how much you value kindness
  • Promote healthy relationships: Encourage your child to connect with his teachers and classmates. The more support they get from those around them, the less they’ll depend on things like grades and awards to help them feel good about themselves.
  • Source: L. Ciciolla and Othes, “When Mothers and Fathers Are Seen as Disproportionately Valuing Achievemnts, ”  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Spinger US.

THANK YOU– Thank you for staying in communication with us here at school when there are concerns at home.  This helps us to help your child if they are going through a struggle.  Knowing what’s going on enables us to better understand what’s going on if your child is upset or distracted.  I am here most days from 7:30-12:30 Call me…..

Important Dates

December 11, 2017-Christian Huddle

December 12, 2017-4th grade field trip to Rosemount Museum and Pueblo Museum

December 14, 2017-Christmas tree decorating @ 1:30 p.m.

December 19, 2017 – 1st/2nd grade Music Program @ 1:30 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.

December 20 & 21,2017 – Literacy testing-No school for students

December 25, 2017 -January 7, 2018 – Winter Break-No school

January 8, 2018 – Staff and students return to school

January 15, 2018-Christian Huddle

January 18, 2018 – 2nd quarter Awards Assembly @1:30

January 17/18, 2018 – Parent Teacher Conferences (not for all students)

January 29, 2018-Christian Huddle

Perfect/Good Attendance

PERFECT ATTENDANCE:

We would like to congratulate these students for maintaining Perfect Attendance throughout the first quarter of school

Mrs. Wolf (Preschool): Daisy Arreola Castaneda, Jaime Calixo-Gasga, Devonte Guadron, Aryon Magallanes-Loya, Allie Martin, Alexa Solis-Holguin

Mrs. Archuleta (Kindergarten): Dustin Golden, Brayden Schulze, Gracy Pratt

Mrs. O’Neil (1st Grade): Rosali Bischoff, Sydney Simpson, Aileen Cera-Ortega, Alfredo Munoz

Mrs. Kopasz, (1/2 Combo): Ryan Higgins, Lacie McClure, Derrick Rovegno, Zalina Whitehead, Doran Wiley, Mercedes Solis, Esmeralda Torres-Navarrete

Mrs. Arteaga (2nd Grade): Riley Galich, Marisol Herrera, Dwayne Sisneros, Alexa Torres-Navarrete

Mrs. Stevens (3rd Grade): Teagan Bischoff, Nevaeh Galich, Cooper Jackson, Haylee Kopasz, Alan McIntyer, Lylie Mills, Natalya Carrera, Stephanie Gonzalez-Parra, Eduardo Arreola-Castaneda, Jose Solis-Holguin

Ms. Wells (3/4 Combo): Justin Crook, Giovanni Pagels, Makayla Riegler, Aryana Armendariz, Landen Crouch, Kylee Horton, Alyssa Tafoya, Lidia Valadez-Leyva

Ms. Cruz (4th Grade): Miah Amijo, Nayeli Chaxon, Tate McClure, Gavin Miller, Reyna Montes, Lyona Sisneros, Gabriela Vega, Autumn Virant, Fernando Claro-Margarito

Mrs. Ortiviz (5th Grade): Augustus Crouch, Elijah Horton, Skyler Lutz, Elliott Rosier, Seth Schmidt, Victoria Sigler, Troy Spedilari Jr., Dulce Alvarado-Leyva, Kenneth Higgins, Gelsey Zacarias-Ignacio

GOOD ATTENDANCE: In order for a student to have Good Attendance, they must only have one absence and/or one tardy. 

We would like to congratulate these students for maintaining Good Attendance throughout the first quarter of school

Mrs. Wolf (Preschool): Serenity Bolger, Urijah Trujillo, Emily Lopez-Arreola, Stefano Pagels, Efren Loya-Solis

Mrs. Archuleta (Kindergarten): Cole Crouch, Osvaldo Gasga-Romero, Joselyn Lopez-Arreola, Judith Lopez-Arreola, Casey Ogle, Jayden Woods

Mrs. O’Neil (1st Grade): Tasei Martinez, Fernanda Robles, Diego Solano, Anthony Soto-Campos

Mrs. Kopasz, (1/2 Combo): Kayden Baker, Emily Wells, Bentley Shafer, Kambree Wheaton

Mrs. Arteaga (2nd Grade): Evan Casillas, Colby Mills, Isaiah Rael, Lana Shafer, Adela Valentin

Mrs. Stevens (3rd Grade): Tyler Garcia, Brooklyn Higgins, Kaylie Laven, Cesar Lopez-Arreola, Elijah Tafoya, Anthony Virant, Alexander Woods

Ms. Wells (3/4 Combo): McKennan Stevans, Jason Norris, Hendrix Simpson

Ms. Cruz (4th Grade): Marcos Alanis, Adain Allen, Braydon Houpts-Gallegos, Ryleigh Nelligan, Kevin Zacarias

Mrs. Ortiviz (5th Grade): Erick Alvarado-Ventura, Ashlynn Humphrey, Shania Martinez, Ruby Raya

Honor Roll

Principal’s Honor Roll:  4.0 GPA

Gold Honor Roll: 3.5-3.9 GPA

Silver Honor Roll: 3.0-3.4 GPA

Fifth Grade:

Fifth grade Principal’s Honor Roll:  Kenneth Higgins

Fifth grade Gold Honor Roll: Joseph Castro, Jacob Affron, Nayeli Augustin, Esmeralda Jinez, Shania Martinez, Hannah Sais, Seth Schmidt, Gelsey Zacarias

Fifth grade Silver Honor Roll: Augustus Crouch, Amilia Gallegos, Skylar Lutz, Ruby Raya, Elliott Rosiere, Matthew Sigler, Victoria Sigler, Kyle Smith, Troy Spedilari

Fourth Grade:

Fourth grade Principal’s Honor Roll: Nayeli Chacon, Autumn Virant

Fourth grade Gold Honor Roll: Noah Godsey, Braydon Houpts-Gallegos, Tate McClure

Fourth grade Silver Honor Roll: Robby Lopez, Sylvia Vigil, Alexa Mendez-Quezada, Marcos Alanis, Gaby Vega, Alyssa Tafoya, Fernando Claro-Margarito