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                         Belfry Elementary School

Parent/Student Handbook

Home/School Connection

 

170 State Highway 319

Belfry, KY 41514

Phone 606-353-7296

Fax 606-353-7092

Website: http://www.pike.kyschools.us/21/home

 

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Belfry Elementary School

 Belfry Elementary School "We ARRR Striving For Excellence"

 

 

Belfry Elementary Vision

We “ARRR” Striving for Excellence

 

Belfry Elementary Mission

 

The Mission of Belfry Elementary School staff, with the support of parents and community members, is to provide explicit, individualized instruction in a safe and nurturing environment while instilling respect and responsibility to develop lifelong learners in the 21st century.   

                                          

 

General Rules of Conduct

Pirate Pride - Guidelines for Success

 

•      Be RESPECTFUL

•      Be RESPONSIBLE

•      Be COMPASSIONATE

 

Belfry Elementary School

The key to becoming a proficient pirate is to first be a “great” pirate!  Here is how we can ALL practice being a “great” pirate which will in turn help us to become proficient pirates. 

 

Great Pirates are RESPECTFUL!

Students

Parents

Staff

Show respect to the principal, teachers, school staff, and classmates in our school community.

Show respect to the principal, teachers, school staff, and other parents in our school community.

Show respect to the parents and students in our school community.

Use a proper tone of voice in the school.

Use a proper tone of voice in the school when addressing your child, other children, faculty and staff.

Use a proper tone of voice when addressing parents, students and colleagues. Greet students as they enter the classroom each day.

Show respect to school property.

Show respect to school property. (no littering or cigarette butts)

Show respect to school property.

Respect the privacy of others.

Respect the privacy of others.

Respect the privacy of others.

Follow directions

Obey school policies and procedures.

Obey school policies and procedures.

 

 

Great Pirates are RESPONSIBLE!

Students

Parents

Staff

Come to school prepared to learn, putting forth your best effort.

Your child should attend school daily and arrive on time.

All school staff will work toward excellence pledging to set high standards for all.

Complete all assignments, including homework.

Discuss with your child the rules and regulations of the school such as the school dress code and the discipline policy.

Provide a safe, positive learning environment for all students.

Limit the amount of television you watch. Choose to get your homework completed and read before watching television or playing video games.

Limit the amount of television your child watches each day.  Instead, choose to read, work together on projects, complete homework or talk about school activities or events.

Encourage parent involvement by offering opportunities to volunteer and join parent organizations.

Keep your data notebook up to date so you can share your progress with your parents.

Attend parent/teacher conferences to review your child’s progress during the year.

Ensure open communication for all parents through the One Call system, telephone, mail, newsletters, parent notes, the marquee, and the newspaper.

 

 

Great Pirates are COMPASSIONATE!

Students

Parents

Staff

Smile, be friendly and use good manners.

Smile, be friendly and use good manners.

Smile, be friendly and use good manners.

Use kind words.

Use kind words.        

 

Use kind words.        

If you have a problem and concern, go to an adult.

If you have a problem or concern, go to the teacher.

If you have a problem or concern, go to students, parents, and colleagues.

 

 

Pirate Pride:  Academics

Belfry Elementary School implements the Amplify (Engage New York) Curriculum in both Reading Science, and Mathematics.  The structure of our academic program consists of three levels of instruction.  Tier I – Core Instruction – this is the two-hour block of time set aside each day for Reading and Mathematics to ensure all common core standards are mastered in the classroom. 

Tier II – Targeted Group Intervention – this is additional time set aside each day to ensure mastery of standards. If a student doesn’t master the standard during Tier I instruction, the teacher will work with that child again during this intervention to present the material in a new way. This intervention can be done small group or individually. Tier III – Intensive, Individual Intervention – this is an additional 45 minute block of time implemented.  To be placed into Tier III, the student is either scoring 0-25 percentile on MAP or not showing success in Tier II.

 

Pirate Pride: Belfry Fantastic First Mate

Each month, Belfry Elementary celebrates our Fantastic First Mates. A Fantastic First Mate is a student who displays the Pirate qualities and characteristics of being respectful, responsible and compassionate. 

We would like to encourage all our students to strive for being a “Fantastic First Mate” this school year!

Pirate Pride:  Dress Code

Student dress contributes to the school atmosphere.  Clothing with pictures or writing which is considered to be in bad taste, offensive, distracting or contrary to the educational program of the school will not be permitted.  (Examples: profanity, offensive signs and designs, violence, promotion of alcohol or drugs, etc.)  If a student has any doubt on something to wear to school, the best idea is not to wear it.  The following are guidelines for all preschool through 5th grade students:

  • Hats may not be worn in the building by any student (boy or girl) except for special school functions, which will be announced. 
  • Clothing that exposes the midriff, chest, or stomach area. This includes, but is not limited to; spaghetti straps shirts, halter tops, and basketball jerseys.
  • Shorts, skirts and skorts must come to the tip of the middle finger when both shoulders are relaxed and arms are hanging to the sides.  Short shorts, spandex or biker/athletic shorts may not be worn.  
  • Closed-toed shoes are HIGHLY recommended.  In order for our students to be able to fully participate in physical activities both on the playground and in gym class, we encourage students to wear closed-toed shoes.  However, if you choose to allow your child to wear flip-flops to school, they need to have an additional pair of shoes available as open-toed shoes break easily and they do not protect their feet as well.  If you choose not to send an additional pair of shoes and the flip flop breaks, parents will receive a phone call to bring additional shoes to the school.

 

Students who violate the dress code will be asked to call a parent or guardian for change of clothes.  Remember that you are an ambassador for your school and family. Neat appearance shows respect for you and the community.

 

Pirate Pride:  Visitors

All visitors to Belfry should report to the front desk upon entering school.  Visitors should never go to a classroom and interrupt instruction without prior approval from the office.  All doors to the building are locked. All visitors must sign-in at the front desk and wear a visitor’s badge during the entire visit.  At conclusion of visit, please go to the front desk and sign-out.  Parent volunteers need to sign in at the office and wear parent volunteer badges.  When visiting, please do not park in the bus lanes.  Visitors should park in the parking lot below the school.

Our cafeteria is always open for you to have lunch with your child. We will have a table set aside for you to eat together!  This is a special time for you and your child.  Due to safety reasons, friends and classmates will not be permitted to join you.  While in the lunchroom, if you have any questions or concerns regarding your child or any school issue, please do not approach any other student or school employees regarding such matters.  This breaks confidentiality; instead make an appointment with the teacher or administration.  In addition, no food from area restaurants will be permitted.

 

Pirate Pride: Items from Home

As you are aware, our school’s primary purpose is to educate our students.  Recently, there has been an increase in personal items being brought to school, which interrupts the educational process.  Therefore, students will NOT be allowed to bring any electronic devices to play during morning and evening bus duty as we used to allow.  We have experienced electronic items being lost, stolen, and damaged.  We will only permit these devices when a classroom or student earns an electronics day reward as specified by classroom teachers.  Students will not be allowed to bring toys to school.  This is to avoid disruption and fights caused over such items.  Please understand if a toy is brought to school and disrupts learning, a staff member will confiscate the item.  Parents will need to pick up those items in the office.  This does include Fidget Spinners, Shopkins, Hot Wheel cars, etc.

Students earning prizes from the PBIS Store must put them up and take them home.  These items are not permitted to be played with at school.  The school program will keep each student engaged in learning, which eliminates the need to bring personal items to school.  Remember that all glass containers of any kind and all weapons or items resembling weapons are banned from the building.

 

•          1st infraction - students will have their personal item(s) taken away and returned at the end of the day.

•          2nd infraction - students will have their personal item(s) taken and locked up in the office until a parent can come to school to retrieve it. 

•          3rd infraction - students will no longer be allowed to bring personal item(s) to school until a parent conference with the principal is held.

The school will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, damaged, or confiscated personal items.

 

Pirate Pride: Cell Phone Policy for Students

We recognize that cell phones have become a common tool for communication.  However, they have also become a major distraction to the learning environment and are vulnerable to theft.  We ask that you allow your child to carry a cell phone only if absolutely necessaryPhones may not be used to talk, take pictures, play games, record or text during school hours, including recesses.  Some parents sign a paper in which their child is not allowed to be photographed.  We must respect confidentiality of all students.  According to our school policy, use of cell phones during the school day may disrupt teaching and the learning environment. They are to remain turned off, and inside backpacks or trapper keeper. If a cell phone rings or if a student is using one without permission, Belfry staff will follow this protocol: confiscate it, send it to the office, and file a discipline referral.

  • 1stinfraction - students will have their cell phone taken away, sent to the office and returned at the end of the day.
  • 2ndinfraction - students will have their cell phone taken and locked up in the office until a parent can come to school to retrieve it. 
  • 3rdinfraction - students will no longer be allowed to bring a cell phone to school until a parent conference with the principal is held.

 

The school will not be responsible for any lost, stolen, damaged, or confiscated phones, or for usage fees resulting from such confiscation.

 

Pirate Pride: Transportation

It is extremely important your child’s teacher knows the mode of transportation that your child will use each day, especially how they will get home. The school will consider the type of transportation your child uses most often as the “regular” means of transportation. This is a regular Pike County bus run, pick-up by parent, or other designated person. While we understand that schedules may change occasionally, we sincerely ask that you make certain your child knows his/her mode of transportation prior to arriving at school each day.  As you know, the office is a very busy place and when messages have to be relayed; there is a higher risk of confusion or miscommunication as to how your child will be getting home. Any change from the regular routine including riding another bus, going home with someone else, being picked up by someone else or being picked up for one day only, requires a note from you requesting the change.  We also ask if your child is being transported by bus that you are responsible and have an adult at the drop off location each day because the bus driver is not allowed to leave a child unsupervised and must return the child to school.  Finally, make sure your child knows who to call if he/she misses connection to their transportation.  Even with the best plans, this will occasionally happen. It is IMPERATIVE for you to notify the office if and when there is a change in your phone number(s).

 
Pirate Pride: Bus Arrivals
3rd – 5th grade students are to go directly into the gymnasium to be supervised by teachers on duty.  K-2nd grade students go directly to the cafeteria.  Prior to 7:50 AM, all children go to the gym or cafeteria for supervision. A separate bus contract must be signed by parent/student before riding the bus.
 
BUS SAFETY EXPECTATIONS

Students who ride the buses must follow these guidelines for school bus safety:

  1. Students must remain in their assigned seat at all times until the bus arrives at their stop.  Do not move from seat to seat.
  2. Keep head, arms, feet and legs inside the bus and to yourself at all times.
  3. Students must follow the instructions of the bus driver.
  4. Students will use conversation level voices. 

Students receiving 3 or more discipline referrals from the bus prior to a planned field trip may lose the privilege to attend. We believe if students cannot follow the expectations on a regular basis to and from school then the privilege for field trip transportation may need to be evoked.

 

Pirate Pride: Bus Expectations

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Listen and follow directions

*Speak in a level 2 voice.

*Feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

 

 

*Take all your belongings with you.

*If you drop something, pick it up.

*Stay seated at all times.

*Food and drink must be taken off before eating.

*Always walk getting on and off the bus.

*Keep pencils/pens in your backpack.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

*Report only the things you see that may hurt someone.

*Report all sickness.

 

 

PROFICIENT PIRATES

The key to becoming a proficient pirate is to first be a “great” pirate!  Here is how we can ALL practice being a “great” pirate which will in turn help us to become proficient pirates. 

                                                                   

Pirate Pride: Arrival Procedure

All doors to the building are locked.  The front door will be unlocked and supervised at 7:20 AM.  Students may arrive as early as 7:20 AM. Please do not drop your child off before this time, as there will be no one here to supervise the children. The teachers on duty will escort students from the gym/cafeteria to their classrooms beginning at 7:50 AM.  For the first two days of school, parents may walk their child to the classroom.  On Monday (first full week of school) ONLY kindergarten parents may walk their child to the lunchroom and remain with them until 7:45 AM.  Once students begin to line up to walk down the hallway, parents will be asked to leave the building so instruction may begin.  All doors will be locked for the safety of our students.

 

MORNING GYM EXPECTATIONS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Listen and follow directions.

*Talk using a classroom voice to others near you.

*Raise your hand for help. *Feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

 

*Take all your belongings with you to your class.

*Stay seated in designated area.

*When dismissed exit walking, using steps, in an orderly fashion. *Sit in grade designated area.

*Only ask to go to the restroom when needed.

*Take only your belongings with you to class.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

 

Pirate Pride: Parking

Parent parking is located on the lower end of the campus. Please do not block either of the gates to this lot.  All parking spaces should be utilized.  Please do not block any vehicle or double park causing two parking spaces to be taken up.  In addition, areas marked with pylons are reserved for emergency situations only. 

 

Pirate Pride: Supervision

Assigned bus duty teachers will be in the gym and cafeteria from 7:20 – 7:50 AM.  A resource teacher will be in the hallways until 7:50 AM.  We have staff in place to supervise your child from 7:20 AM until 3:30 PM.  If your child is parent pickup, parent(s) should arrive no later than 3:10 PM. All parent pick up students will be taken to the cafeteria at 3:10 PM if parents have not arrived. Please be respectful of your child and our staff to ensure that your child is not left at school beyond these times.

Pirate Pride: Check In/Out

Students arriving at school after 8:05 AM, or leaving school before regular dismissal, must be checked in or out through the school office.  Students must be signed in after 8:05 a.m. or they will be counted absent. Simply taking a tardy slip from the office window will not have a name removed from an absentee sheet. Our teachers are required to have attendance posted shortly after the bell rings.  Once that information is put into our Infinite Campus, only office staff can remove those in Infinite Campus. Only children who stop at the office and have been signed in will have their name removed. Otherwise, the student will be considered absent the entire day. Anytime a child is checked out before regular dismissal, it is counted as a tardy.  Check outs can be made until 2:45 p.m. and after this time, parents must pick up their child in the designated area.  No student will be permitted to leave the school unless he/she is accompanied by a parent, guardian, or authorized individual.

 
Pirate Pride: End of Day Bus Departure

If you wish to pick your child up in the evening for regular parent pickup, please do not arrive on school property before 2:30 p.m.  Anyone arriving prior to 2:30 p.m. on school property must check in at the office as loitering is not permitted.  

 

Pirate Pride: Evening Parent Pick-Up Dismissal

All parent pick-up students will be dismissed at 3:00 p.m.  All dismissal will be conducted outside beginning this school year.  Policies and procedures will be explained at Open House as this new process may require a few changes.  This new dismissal procedure will be put in place for the safety of our students. 

 

BELFRY EVENING DISMISSAL EXPECTATIONS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Listen and follow directions.

*Raise your hand for help.

*Talk using a classroom voice to others near you.

*Feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

 

*Take all your belongings with you.

*Stay with your teacher until your parent or guardian picks you up.

*Exit walking with your parent or guardian.

*Stay in your grade designated area.

*Only take your belongings with you.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

       

 

 

 

BELFRY BUS RIDERS EXPECTATIONS

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Listen and follow directions.

*Raise your hand for help.

*All food should be taken home before eaten.

*Talk using a classroom voice to others near you.

*Feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

*Take all your belongings with you when you get on the bus, make sure they are only your belongings.

*Dispose of all trash around you before leaving.

*Stay seated until teacher on duty calls your bus to line up.

*Walk at all times to the bus on the right side of the hall one square out from the wall following the teacher on duty.

*Sit at your bus table or line in your grade level designated area.

*Only ask to go to the bathroom when needed.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

*Take only belongings with you when you leave.

 

                   

Pirate Pride: Cafeteria Expectations      

We will be doing a grab and go breakfast which offers various choices. Each day, Belfry Elementary School provides free breakfast and lunch. Breakfast is served each morning for students.  It is critical for students to be on time so that they will have the opportunity to eat.  Breakfast will stop being served at 8:00 a.m. so it is crucial that all students arrive on time.  Instruction will begin at 8:00 a.m.  Students may pack their lunches if they choose to do so. Due to time restraints, we discourage parents from sending lunches that need to be warmed up.  No foods from restaurants are permitted at our school for breakfast or lunch.

  *PEANUT/OTHER ALLERGIES:  We have many students who have life threatening allergies to peanuts.  Therefore, to maintain safety at our school, there is a table in the lunchroom for any child who brings peanut products in their lunch/snack.  The student will sit at this table until the food is eaten, then will go and wash their hands, and may return to the table with their class. We must ensure the safety of all our children. This procedure was put into place due to the layout of the lunchroom and possibility of cross-contamination of any child with an allergy.

                                       Pirate Pride: Cafeteria Expectations      

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Talk using a classroom voice to others near you.

*Listen and follow directions and Arrows.

*Raise your hand for help.

*Feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

*Get everything you will need for lunch when you go through the line.Go straight to your seat and remain seated.

*Pick up your trash and report spills.

*Empty trays one at a time.

*Keep your food on your tray.

*Return to your seat after emptying your tray and wait for your teacher.

*Walk at all times.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

*Use good table manners.

*Only eat your food.

*Use only your money.

      Pirate Pride: Playground Expectations

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Listen and follow Directions.

*Feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

*Play on the equipment in an appropriate manner.

*Be alert and watch for others who are running and playing.

 

*Take in any objects you bring out.

*Keep playground clean by picking up trash.

*Leave objects such as mulch, rocks, and sticks, on the ground.

 

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

*Include others who want to play.

*Bring any items you find that do not belong to you to a teacher on duty.

 

Pirate Pride: Hallway Expectations

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Look at displayed work without touching.

*Keep objects such as coins, pencils, pens, etc. off the walls.

*Use 0 level, no talking, voice in the hallway.

*Keep feet, hands, and all belongings to yourself.

 

 

*Walk at all times in a straight line to the right one square from the wall.

*Keep hallways clean, pick up items on the floor.

*Only go to places you have permission to go.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

*Smile and wave at others.

*Report any spills.

 

 

 

Pirate Pride: Bathroom Expectations

Be Respectful

Be Responsible

Be Compassionate

*Take turns.

*Give others privacy.

*Use a whisper voice.

*Keep the bathroom clean (walls, floors, sink, etc.)

*Feet, hands, and belongings to yourself.

*Only use the toilet.

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*Wash hands thoroughly using 1 pump of soap and warm water.

*Keep water in the sink.

*Dry hands using hand dryer.

*Walk at all times.

*Return to class as soon as you finish.

*Treat others the way you want to be treated.

*Use kind words.

*Tell your teacher if someone is sick or needs help.

*Always leave the lights on

 

                                                    

 

 

                 

Pirate Pride: Health and Wellness

SUPPORT SERVICES

Guidance Counselor – Samantha Ratliff - (606) 353-7296

Family Resource Center – Mrs. Eugenia Whitt (606) 353-1284 – Mrs. Whitt is now located in the new edition of our building. 

School Nurse – Mable Keathley - (606) 353-7296

 

SCHOOL WELLNESS

Each student is expected to participate in physical education class as outlined in the school schedule, unless a note with restrictions is provided.  Again, we encourage all our students to wear closed-toe shoes so they can fully participate in physical education activities during PE class.

 

HEALTH RECORDS

All students in Kentucky public schools are required to have a physical examination and be immunized against certain childhood diseases. The new Immunization Certificate will be a computer generated form. Physical examination forms signed by a certified physician and a valid Kentucky immunization certificate must be on file at the school. Students WILL NOT be placed in a classroom until ALL immunizations, physicals, etc. are in the student’s cumulative folder. If your child's health records need to be updated, you will receive notification.  Please have records updated immediately as children will not be allowed to remain in school if health records are not kept current.  A certified copy of the student’s birth certificate is required when enrolling a student for the first time in a Kentucky school. An eye and dental exam is required for kindergarten students within the first month of enrollment.  New law: ALL students preschool-grade twelve must show proof of having received two doses of hepatitis A vaccine to attend school.

 

FIRST AID

School personnel will provide first aid as deemed necessary for the life, health, safety and comfort of each student.  Parents will be notified as soon as possible whenever an injury may have occurred. Parents MUST complete an accident report before leaving the school.  Parents must supply the school with one or more emergency phone numbers, names and addresses of persons who can be contacted in case of emergency.  Please ensure that all phone numbers listed are current and in working order.  If those numbers change, please contact the school secretary or stop by the office.

 

MEDICATION

Prescription medications require a completed authorization form with Parent and Physician signatures. At the beginning of each new school year, medication forms must be completed by the parent and physician if the medicine must be given daily throughout the year.  Forms are available from the nurse.  Medication that must be taken at school should be sent in the original container with specific instructions from the prescribing physician.  Parents must bring medication to the office or to the school nurse.  At the time medication is due, the teacher will send the student to the nurse.  

 

Pirate Pride: Emergency Procedures

 

WEATHER/SCHOOL CLOSING

In the event that school is closed or dismissed due to inclement weather, information will be provided as soon as possible over television (WYMT-Hazard, WSAZ-Huntington/Charleston) and radio stations.  In addition, you may call the Pike County Board of Education using 1-606-433-9201.  There is also an app called, School Way that you can download. The Pike County Board of Education will post early dismissals on this app.  Finally, the school will send a message on the One Call System as soon as we are informed.  I would encourage you to make sure your phone number is correct at all times. Please do not call the school about early dismissal unless it is an emergency.  Any decisions about early dismissal will be announced by the television or radio stations. 

 

EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS

On early dismissal days, ALL parents must enter through the gym to pick up their child.  When you enter the gym, please go to your child's classroom where the teacher will ask you to sign your child out.  DO NOT COME THROUGH THE FRONT DOORS AS THIS AREA WILL BE DESIGNATED FOR BUS DISMISSAL ONLY. NO STUDENT CAN BE SIGNED OUT THROUGH THE OFFICE ONLY IN THE CLASSROOM ON EARLY DISMISSAL DAYS.

 

During emergency evaluations (fire drills), the gate on our bridge will be closed to prevent additional cars from entering our school premises other than emergency vehicles.

 

ATTENDANCE

Regular attendance is essential to success in school.  When a student returns from an absence, he/she must bring a note within 3 days of missing from the parent or doctor explaining the absence.  You may submit a total of 5 parent notes per year.  A parent note is required for each day of absence. For example, if a child misses 3 consecutive days and does not have a doctor’s excuse, the parent may write an excuse for each day but it will count as 3 parent notes.  Remember, you can ONLY have 5 parent notes for the entire school year.  There is no limited on the doctor excuses that may be used. In addition, students have 10 EHO days that may be used.  Please know that an EHO is ONLY an excused absence.  It is still considered an absence and students will not receive a perfect attendance certificate.  EHO’s needs to be submitted two weeks prior to the absence.  Parents will receive a more detailed copy of the Truancy Policy and will be required to sign a form stating you have read, understood, and will adhere to this policy.  We strictly enforce our attendance policy.

 

 

MISSED ASSIGNMENTS

Assignments missed due to an unexcused absence or tardy will not be made up for credit.  For every day the student has an excused absence, he/she will receive the same amount of time to complete make-up work. Assignments will not be accepted if these guidelines are not followed.

 

TARDIES

Please stress the importance of being on time and ready to begin the day.  Work habits for later years are being established.  Students who are late to school must sign in at the front desk. If they do not stop by the front office, sign in, and going to their classroom without a tardy slip, they will have to walk back to the office to get a tardy slip.

 

Pirate Pride: Positive Home-School Relations

 

SCHOOL-BASED DECISION MAKING

Belfry Elementary School is operated by the school's SBDM Council under the support of the Pike County Board of Education.  The Council, made up of the principal, and elected staff members and parents, meets at least monthly to review the program at our school.  These meetings are open to the public.  If you have questions about the SBDM Council, feel free to contact the principal.  The teacher representatives for the 2019-2020 school year are: Mrs. Shelia Varney, Mrs. Kierra Varney, and Mrs. Cindy Cisco.  The parent representatives are: Mrs. Jessica Sherrill and Mrs. Brittany Marcum. 

 

Pirate Pride: Parent-Teacher Organization

Parents are encouraged to become an active partner of Belfry Elementary PTO. Parents provide much needed support to the school’s educational program of which the students are the direct beneficiaries.  Belfry PTO meets the second Tuesday of each month after school in the library. Reminders of PTO meetings will be posted on our Facebook pages. Look for important dates on our marquee, school newsletter, or school website!  PTO Officers for the 2019-2020 school year are: President: Melanie Howard; Vice President: Tracy Lester; Secretary: Becky Rice and Treasurer: Leah Ray.

 

PARENT VOLUNTEERS

Belfry Elementary encourages every parent to become part of this important school community! As required by state law, a criminal background check MUST be completed before a parent can volunteer. In addition, a parent training will be required prior to parents volunteering in school.  The training date will be announced and posted.

 

PARENT COMMUNICATION

Communication between teachers and parents is key to student success.  Therefore, we highly encourage all parents to inform the teacher and office staff if your phone number(s) ever change.  Much of this can be accomplished through notes delivered by the child.  Please see that your child develops the habit of delivering all communication sent to either destination.  Teachers are available for personal conferences and at times will request these.  If you would like to set up a conference with a teacher or administration, please call the school to schedule an appointment.  Teachers cannot take phone calls or talk with you in person during instructional time, but will return your call as soon as possible. If you have a school issue, please follow proper chain of command. First you must start with the teacher to resolve any matters.  If you feel further assistance is required, a meeting with administration will need to be scheduled through the secretary after 1:00 p.m. each day. Most teachers find e-mail a good way to communicate with parents.  Simply go to our school website to find your child’s teachers’ email address. School news will be shared through Facebook, One Call System, Marquee’, etc.

 

 

 

OTHER

No pets are permitted at the school unless authorized by administration due to the safety and health of our students.

 

NUTRITIONAL GUIDELINES

All food served on school campus must meet health and nutritional guidelines as set forth by the state of Kentucky except on designated holidays as outlined in our school council policy.  This does not include birthdays.  Therefore, no parent may bring cupcakes, cookies, candy, etc. except when requested by classroom teachers for special events outlined in the school council policy. If you have any questions as to what items are acceptable, please refer to handout of school policy that has been provided or check with the ladies in the office.

 

 

Pirate Calendar:

Aug. 8, 2019

Student’s First Day

Sept. 2, 2019

Labor Day

Oct. 3, 2019

Fall Break

Oct. 4, 2019

KEA - No School

Oct. 7, 2019

PD Day – No School

Nov. 5, 2019

Election Day

Nov. 25-29, 2019

Thanksgiving Break

Nov. 11, 2019

Break Day(Veteran’s Day)

Dec. 23-Jan. 1, 2020

Christmas Break

Jan. 20, 2020

Martin Luther King Jr.

April 13-17, 2020

Spring Break

May 6, 2020

Students Tentative Last Day

 

 

 

Pirate Home/School Connection

MAP Student Led Conferences

Dates

Scores

Math             Reading

Fall Conference

August 2019

 

 

Mid-Year Conference

January 2020

 

 

End of the Year Conference

May 2020

 

 

 

Field Trips

Dates

Money Required

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PTO Meetings

Dates

Attended Yes/No

 

September 10, 2019

 

 

October 8, 2019

 

 

November 12, 2019

 

 

December 10, 2019

 

 

January 14, 2020

 

 

February 11, 2020

 

 

March 10, 2020

 

 

April 14, 2020

 

 

May 12, 2020

 

Attendance Rewards – EHO’s do not count for our attendance rewards. Students must be present at school each day of each month.  Each month, students who had perfect attendance will be rewarded with a special surprise!  Attend school each day!