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Parent/Student Handbook

2015 - 2016

 

Wasena Elementary School

1125 Sherwood Ave. S.W.

Roanoke, VA  24015

 

Phone:  (540) 853-2914

Fax:  (540) 853-1189

RCPS Weather Hotline:  (540) 853-2006

 

 

Revised July 31, 2015


TABLE OF CONTENTS

STAR BEHAVIOR CHART....................................................................................... INSIDE COVER

MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL................................................................................................... 1

FACULTY AND STAFF........................................................................................................................ 2

ROANOKE CITY PUBLIC SCHOOLS................................................................................................ 3

ATTENDANCE:  POLICY..................................................................................................................... 4

COMPULSORY SCHOOL ATTENDANCE LAW.............................................................................. 4

ATTENDANCE:  ARRIVAL PROCEDURES...................................................................................... 5

ATTENDANCE:  DISMISSAL PLAN................................................................................................ 6

ATTENDANCE:  DISMISSAL CHANGES IN AFTER SCHOOL

     TRANSPORTATION...................................................................................................................... 6

ATTENDANCE:  PROCEDURES FOR EARLY CHECK-OUT......................................................... 6

BIKES / SKATEBOARDS.................................................................................................................... 7

BUSES...................................................................................................................................................... 7

RCPS / MOUNTAIN VALLEY BUS RULES..................................................................................... 8

CONSEQUENCES FOR NON-ADHERANCE TO

      STATED BUS RULES.................................................................................................................. 10

CAR RIDERS......................................................................................................................................... 11

CAFETERIA:  BREAKFAST & LUNCH INFORMATION........................................................... 12

CAFETERIA:  ALLOWABLE FOOD................................................................................................. 13

CAFETERIA:  STUDENT ACCOUNTS........................................................................................... 13

CAFETERIA:  RULES AND PROCEDURES.................................................................................... 14

CHANGE OF STUDENT INFORMATION.................................................................................... 14

CHARACTER EDUCATION............................................................................................................... 14

CHILD CARE (AFTER SCHOOL)...................................................................................................... 14

CLINIC:  HEALTH OF STUDENTS................................................................................................ 15

CLINIC:  ALLERGIES......................................................................................................................... 16

CLINIC:  HEAD LICE......................................................................................................................... 16

CLINIC:  MEDICATION................................................................................................................... 17

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY.............................................................................................................. 18

CONFERENCES.................................................................................................................................... 18

DISCIPLINE......................................................................................................................................... 18

DRESS CODE........................................................................................................................................ 19

EARLY DISMISSAL DATES ON THE CALENDAR................................................................... 20

ELECTRONIC DEVICES.................................................................................................................... 20

EMERGENCIES................................................................................................................................... 20

EMERGENCY CARDS.......................................................................................................................... 21

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS......................................................................................................... 21

FEES....................................................................................................................................................... 21

FIELD TRIPS........................................................................................................................................22

GRADES................................................................................................................................................ 22

GRADES:  AWARDS ASSEMBLY................................................................................................... 23

GUIDANCE........................................................................................................................................... 23

HOMEWORK........................................................................................................................................ 23

HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY.............................................................................................................24

INCLEMENT WEATHER................................................................................................................... 24

LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP...................................................................................................................25

LOST AND FOUND............................................................................................................................ 26

MEDIA RELEASE............................................................................................................................... 26

MOMENT OF SILENCE.....................................................................................................................26

PARENTS OR VISITORS..................................................................................................................26

PARTIES................................................................................................................................................27

PTA AND VOLUNTEERS.................................................................................................................. 28

RAPID NOTIFICATION SYSTEM................................................................................................ 29

RECYCLING.......................................................................................................................................... 29

RESIDENCE......................................................................................................................................... 29

REPORT CARDS...................................................................................................................................30

SCHOOL COLORS AND SYMBOL.................................................................................................. 30

STUDENT PICTURES........................................................................................................................ 30

SCHOOL PROPERTY (LOST OR DAMAGED)............................................................................... 30

SEARCH AND SEIZURE................................................................................................................... 30

STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLS)........................................................................................... 31

STUDENT CONDUCT......................................................................................................................... 31

STUDENT CONDUCT:  SUSPENSION......................................................................................... 32

SCHOOL BASED REFERRAL TEAM (SBRT) /

     RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTIP PROCESS.............................................................32

SUPPLIES AND TEXTBOOKS......................................................................................................... 33

TELEPHONE CALLS........................................................................................................................... 33

TESTING.............................................................................................................................................. 34

TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL.............................................................................................34
WEEKLY FOLDERS............................................................................................................................. 35

WITHDRAWALS................................................................................................................................ 35

INTERNET SITES FOR HOME USE

     ACCELERATED READER............................................................................................................. 35

     PARENT PORTAL.......................................................................................................................... 36

     PORTAPORTAL.............................................................................................................................. 36

     SOL PASS....................................................................................................................................... 36

     STUDY ISLAND............................................................................................................................36

     WASENA’S WEBSITE................................................................................................................ 36

SCHOOL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

     AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM....................................................................................................... 37

     CHESS............................................................................................................................................. 37

     COUNSELING................................................................................................................................37

     DAY TREATMENT SUPPORT.....................................................................................................37

     DANCE ESPANOL......................................................................................................................... 37

     HAPPY HEALTHY COOKS.......................................................................................................... 37

     ODYSSEY OF THE MIND.......................................................................................................... 38

     REFLECTIONS.............................................................................................................................. 38

     SPANISH........................................................................................................................................ 38

     SPECIAL EDUCATION............................................................................................................... 38

     SPELLING BEE.............................................................................................................................. 38

     STRINGS........................................................................................................................................ 39

     WASENA STAR AMBASSADORS........................................................................................... 39

SCHOOL CALENDAR (LIST FORMAT)........................................................................................ 40

MAP FOR NEW MORNING DROP OFF..........................................................................................41

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT OF STUDENT HANDBOOK................................................................. 43

CAFETERIA PRICES..................................................................................... INSIDE BACK COVER

SCHOOL CALENDAR (CHART FORMAT)................................................................. BACK COVER

 

 


Message from the Principal

 

Welcome all new and returning Wasena Elementary families! 

 

This handbook has been compiled to help inform students and parents of the procedures established at Wasena Elementary. Please take time to read this information, sign the back page, and return it to your child’s teacher. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher or the office if you have questions.  If you have comments or ideas on how Wasena can improve, feel free to drop me a note or send me an email, bcribbs@rcps.info.

 

Please visit our website to learn more about our school and discover a multitude of links to extend your child’s learning.

 

http://www.rcps.info

(click on Schools and scroll down to Wasena Elementary)

 

This year we will continue to emphasize academic excellence, our STAR (STUDENTS TOGETHER ACTING RESPECTFULLY) Positive Behavior Plan, as well as, address the mental, social and emotional health of those at Wasena and beyond.

 

Babette Cribbs

Prinicpal/Wasena Elementary School       

 

 

 

WASENA ELEMENTARY IS COMMITTED TO:

STRONG STUDENTS

STRONG SCHOOLS

 STRONG CITY

 


 

Faculty and Staff

 

Brian Campbell                         Kindergarten

Alison Dolan                             Kindergarten

Pat Montgomery                       Kindergarten

RyAnn Dean                              1st Grade

Amanda Rawlins                        1st Grade

Caitlyn Palazzola                      1st  Grade

Martha Nicholas                      2nd Grade

Shannon Yopp                           2nd Grade

Melissa Stiles                           2nd  Grade

Jeri Barger                              3rd Grade

Kim Gibson                               3rd Grade

Susan Barnes                            4th Grade

Clair Spencer                           4th Grade

Laura Hill                                 5th Grade

Teri Rebok                               5th Grade

Bryan Paiement                         Special Education

Sharon Watts                          Special Education

Tara Higgins                             Reading Resource

Joe Salmon                              Instructional Coach

Tana Thomas                            ELL (English Language Learner)

Sandie Aldridge                       Librarian

Karen Wingo                             Counselor

Whitney Horn                          Speech

Schuyler Thoemke                    Art

Lauren Faller                            Music

Liz Locbrunner                         Strings

Amey Lewis                              PE

Erin Oefelein                            Spanish

Maggie Moen                            Gifted

Anthony Drakeford                  Attendance Specialist

Marie Poff                               Teacher’s Assistant

Kim Barker                               Teacher’s Assistant

Beth Walton                             Kindergarten Aide

Sally Payne                               SPED Instructional Assistant

Christina key-Cruz                   SPED Instructional Assistant   

JJ Wendell                              Building Manager

Randy Murray                           Custodian

Elpedia Jusino                          Cafeteria Manager

Melanie Hodges                        Cafeteria Aide

Cynthia Ross                             Cafeteria Aide

Sergeant M.S. Hewitt               DARE Officer

Cathy Harris                            Secretary

Babette Cribbs                        Principal


 

 

Roanoke City Public Schools

Vision:  To be a model for urban public education.

 

What does the vision mean?  It means our students will have the skills to be successful and the opportunities to reach their full potential regardless of socio-economic status, ethnicity, disabilities or other challenges.

 

 

Mission:  To graduate students prepared for life in a rapidly changing world.

 

 

Core Beliefs

Our diversity is a source of strength.

Our schools must be safe.

All students are capable of meeting high expectations.

We are accountable for our students’ success.

Every individual in our Division contributes to our students’ success.

We have a responsibility to work collaboratively with our families.

Respect, trust, and honest communication are the foundation of successful and productive relationships.

The vitality of our community depends on a strong school system.

Key Goals

RCPS’s focus must be to:

  1. Raise the level of academic achievement for all students.

  2. Intentionally close the achievement gap.

  3. Graduate 100% of our students.


 

ATTENDANCE: POLICY

In order for your child to perform to the best of his/her ability, it is important that he/she be in school every day except in cases of illness or emergency.  Please note that the state of Virginia considers more than ten days of absence a year to be excessive.  Students with excessive absences or tardies will be referred to the Student Support Team or RTI (Response To Intervention) for appropriate action.  Attendance meetings are required after a student has missed five days.  Letters will be sent home when students have missed five days and again after eight days.

Compulsory School Attendance Law

22.1-254-a  “Except as otherwise provided in this article, every parent, guardian, or other person in the Commonwealth having control or charge of any child who will have reached the fifth birthday on or before September 30 of any school year and who has not passed the eighteenth birthday shall, during the period of each year the public schools are in session and for the same number of days and hours per day as the public schools, send such child to a public school or to a private, denominational or parochial school or have such child taught by a tutor or teacher of qualifications prescribed by the Board of Education and approved by the division superintendent or provide for home instruction of such child as described in 22.1.254.1”

 

Parents are requested to call the school to report their child’s absence and the reason for the absence.  Calling the school office by 8:15 (853-2914) will prevent an automated phone call from the school system. Failure to notify the school will result in an unexcused absence for your child. Please also send a note by the child when he/she returns that includes the pupil's name, date, or date of absence, a reason for the absence, and doctor’s note when appropriate. For your convenience, you may use the notepad provided to you at the beginning of the school year.  In cases of excused absences, a parent may request assignments.  The request must be made before 11:00 to allow time for teachers to gather assignments.  Assignments may be picked up in the office between 3:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m.

 

ATTENDANCE: ARRIVAL PROCEDURES

Wasena Ambassadors should arrive at school no earlier than 7:20 a.m.  All other students should arrive at the school between 7:25 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. and report directly to the classroom or the cafeteria, if they are eating breakfast.  Due to a lack of adult supervision, students will not be allowed inside the building prior to 7:25 a.m.  All students who are not in their classrooms by 7:45 a.m. are considered “tardy.”

 

  1. Ambassadors will be allowed to enter the office at 7:20.

  2. Only Walkers  will be allowed to enter the office doors from7:25 a.m. to 7:40 a.m. Car Riders are not to be dropped off by the office entrance on Canterbury Road.

  3. Car riders must be dropped off at the rear entrance of the school building on Windsor Avenue behind the playground between 7:25 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. to arrive in their classroom without being tardy. We have staff members and Ambassadors stationed at this location to supervise children as they descend the steps and enter the building. FOR YOUR CHILD’S SAFETY, PLEASE HAVE YOUR CHILD REMAIN IN THE CAR UNTIL YOU HAVE PULLED UP TO THE GATE AND A TEACHER OR AMBASSADOR IS BY THE CAR DOOR.  At 7:40 Wasena staff and Ambassadors leave their posts to prepare for class where upon the cafeteria doors are locked. NEW THIS YEAR: Canterbury Road will be closed from 7:15-7:40 each morning. When car rider drop off is closed on Windsor at 7:40 a.m., Canterbury will open going up the street ONLY until 8:00 a.m. Traffic then  will resume normal patterns. Please see map at the back for details.

  4. If it is 7:40 a.m. and the second bell has rung, parents are to drive around to Canterbury Road to drop their child off at Door #1, child will enter the building and he/she will enter the ID number and a badge will print out. There is no need to park and escort the child, staff will be available to assist.

  5. Please realize that even if students enter the building before the tardy bell rings, they will be sent back for a tardy slip if they are not in their classroom at 7:45.

 

ATTENDANCE:  DISMISSAL PLAN

Buses load on Sherwood Avenue at the front of the building and Car Riders are picked up from the school side of Windsor Ave. at the back of the building (cars line up facing Main Street). Walkers are released to their parents/designees at the office door. 

 

PLEASE NOTE:  NO CAR PICK-UP AT THE OFFICE DOOR

Cars pulling in and out of the area where walkers are exiting is extremely dangerous so if your child is to be a car rider, he/she must be picked up behind the school on Windsor Ave.

 

ATTENDANCE: DISMISSAL

CHANGES IN AFTER SCHOOL TRANSPORTATION

If a parent/guardian wishes to change an existing transportation plan for his/her student, that change must be provided to the main office/teacher in a written note.  When that note has been received in the main office, staff will then provide a transportation change form to the student and his/her teacher and bus driver.  Without written permission, signed by a parent or guardian, children will not be allowed to take a different way home.  Again, safety is a primary concern. Also, parents cannot leave a message regarding transportation on the school’s voicemail.  Due to the intensity of office-related work and activities, relevant individuals at the school may not receive those messages that are left on the answering machines in a timely fashion.  Afternoon changes must be received in writing by 1:00 unless there is an emergency.

ATTENDANCE: PROCEDURES FOR EARLY CHECK-OUT

If students need to be checked out of school early, parents or their designee are to come to the office to sign the child out.  Parents or designees must also bring their driver’s license or photo id to be scanned into the license reader at the attendance station. Parent designees must have written parent approval to be allowed to pick up the child.  Please know that instruction continues until 2:20 so if at all possible, arrange doctor and dentist appointments after school hours.  

 

In case of an appointment during the school day, parents should send a note in advance to the teacher.  We ask that you pick up your child early for emergencies only.  Early release disturbs the class and causes the loss of instructional time for ALL students. The parent must go to the office to sign out the student.  The student will be called to the office upon parent’s arrival.  School personnel will ask all persons (parents included) for picture identification for student safety when picking up their student.  Students will only be released to persons who are authorized to sign out the child.  This authorization must be stated on the emergency card. ID’s will be scanned into the license reader at the main office. It is easier and safer for students to maintain a consistent afternoon arrangement.  Again, for safety reasons, phone calls are not allowed for an afternoon change, unless it is an emergency situation.  It must be in writing before 1:00 p.m. 

 

 

BIKES / SKATEBOARDS

Fourth and fifth graders may ride their bicycles to school with their parent's / guardian's written permission and acknowledgement that a review of safety precautions has occurred.  All bikes must have locks and all riders must wear helmets.  The school will not be responsible for any bicycles stolen from the bike rack.  Skateboards are not permitted on school grounds.

 

 

BUSES

Roanoke City Schools use a private company, Mountain Valley Transportation, to transport children to and from school.  Mountain Valley is committed to providing safe, reliable transportation to all students.  Should you have any questions or concerns about the bus transportation system, Mountain Valley may be reached at 777- 0101.

 

RCPS / MOUNTAIN VALLEY BUS RULES

 

1. The driver and bus assistant are in charge of the bus and all pupils aboard. 

 

2. Obey the driver and bus assistant promptly and cheerfully.

 

3.  Obey and respect the directions of authorized school officials.

 

4.  Be on time.  The driver cannot wait beyond his or her regular schedules for those who are tardy.  Be at the stop five minutes before the bus stop time.

 

5.  Wait in an orderly line and off the street or road.

 

6. Cross in front of the bus only when the road is clear and at a safe distance in front of the bus in order to be seen by the driver (minimum 10 feet).  Wait for driver to signal you access.

 

7.  Wait until the bus is completely stopped before approaching it.  Do not run toward a school bus while it is in motion.

 

8.  Use the bus stop and ride the bus assigned by school officials.  Get the consent of school officials before changing buses or bus stops. 

 

9.  Occupy the seat assigned by the bus driver or school officials and remain

seated while the bus is moving.  Ride three in a seat, if necessary, and do not exchange seats unless given permission by the driver.

 

10.  Behave on the bus as you are expected to behave in the classroom.  Insolence, disobedience, vulgarity, foul language, fighting, pushing, and similar offensive acts will not be tolerated.

 

11.  Refrain from any activity which might divert the driver’s attention and cause an accident such as:

        a. Loud talking, laughing, or unnecessary confusion.

        b. Unnecessary conversation with the driver.

        c. Extending any part of the body out of the bus windows or doors.

 

12.  Get permission from the driver to open or close bus windows or operate any bus equipment.

 

13.  Refrain from any activity which might litter, damage, or cause excessive wear to the bus or other property.  The following activities are prohibited at all times:

        a. Smoking or eating on the bus.

        b. Spitting or throwing any object within or from the bus.

        c. Possessing knives or sharp objects on the bus.

        d. Bringing animals on the bus.

        e. Tampering with mechanical equipment, accessories, or controls on the bus.

 

14.  Do not leave the bus on the way to school or home without permission of the driver.  The driver will not give permission except in case of personal emergency or upon request of the principal or student’s parents.

 

15.  Be courteous to the driver, to fellow students, and to passers-by at all times.

 

16.  Report promptly to the driver any damage done to the bus.  Persons causing damage shall be expected to defray the full cost of the damages (e.g. cutting and vandalizing seats, etc.)

 

17.  Do not bully or harass other students.

 

18.  Only touch the handle on the emergency door unless instructed to do so by an adult.

 

19.  Skateboards, balls, or other athletic equipment must be enclosed in a sports bag.

 

20.  The Code of Virginia, Section 22.1 - 176, permits school boards to provide transportation to pupils, but does not require them to do so.  Students eligible for transportation may be required to walk up to one mile to reach their regular bus stop. 

 

Riding a school bus to school is a privilege and not a right.  Getting students to and from school in a safe manner is a responsibility that all of us must share.  The drivers will expect each child to follow the bus rules.  Students who disobey the rules will be denied bus riding privileges and/or be suspended in some cases.  The same rules apply while students are at the bus stop or walking to and from the bus stop.

 

Consequences for Non-Adherence to Stated Bus Rules

The following guidelines have been established to deal with discipline problems on school buses.

 

1.  If a student is found guilty of misbehavior involving bus safety rules, insubordination to the bus driver, or any act that endangers the safety of other children, a bus conduct report will be given to the parent(s)  or guardian(s).

 

2.  Should the student be reported to the principal, the principal will be responsible for disciplinary action, which may include the loss of the privilege of school bus transportation until the parent / guardian, the bus driver, the principal, and in some instances, a Transportation Department representative, can arrive at an understanding which will correct the problem. The parent or guardian will be responsible for the transportation of students who have lost school bus privileges.

 

3. If a disciplinary action should occur in the afternoon, and the problem is such that, in the judgment of the driver, it is unsafe to proceed, the driver may return to the school to seek immediate disciplinary action and / or assistance. Bus drivers are instructed to report any infractions to the school principal or his/her designee, and student may be removed from the bus.

 

Serious Offenses

 First Offense:

        Bus riding privilege suspended for no more than two (2) weeks.

Second Offense:

For a second offense in a school year, bus riding privileges will be suspended for no more than three (3) months.

Third Offense: 

Students breaking rules for the third time in a school year will lose bus

riding privileges for the remainder of the school year.

 

The following violations are considered extremely serious, and if the student is found guilty, he/she may be suspended for up to six (6) months on the first charge.

        • Smoking

        • Fighting

        • Destroying bus property

        • Assault

        • Throwing objects on or from the bus

        • Using abusive or vulgar language to the bus driver

        • Threatening or endangering the lives of others (automatic 1 year                                      suspension)

 

Offenses will be handled on a case-by-case basis.  Oral or written threats to cause harm on school buses shall result in the loss of transportation for the remainder of the school year, in addition to other disciplinary action.

 

CAR RIDERS

The cemetery side of Windsor Road will be blocked from 7:20 to 7:40 a.m. and 2:20 to 2:45 p.m.

Morning Drop-Off Procedures

  • Drop-off is located on the school side of Windsor Avenue (by                                               blacktop/playground)

  • Students should NOT be dropped off by the two side entrances on Brighton Road or Canterbury Road. Staff supervision is ONLY at the steps on Windsor Avenue

  • Do not drop students off in the middle of the street or park on the opposite side of Windsor Avenue and make students walk across the street.

     

    Afternoon Pick-Up Procedures

  • Drivers who regularly pick their child up in their car will be issued a card to place on the dashboard of their vehicle with the child’s last name. This will expedite matching students with parents at the end of the day.

  • Drivers are to get in the car line on the school side along Windsor          Avenue.  Staff members or student ambassadors will be present to open the car door for the students, thus keeping the line moving.

     

    For safety reasons and to help prevent accidents and/or traffic jams, it is vitally important that you stay in your place in the car line and wait for your turn to pull out after dropping off or picking up your child.

     

  • Do not park on the opposite side of the street to pick up your child, as this becomes a safety issue for ALL individuals.

 

CAFETERIA:  BREAKFAST & LUNCH INFORMATION

Students may purchase breakfast in the cafeteria between 7:25 a.m. and 7:40 a.m. If your child is going to eat a school breakfast, he/she should be here PROMPTLY at 7:25 a.m. so there is sufficient time for him/her to eat and get to class by 7:45. 

 

Students may either bring their lunch or buy lunch from the school cafeteria. Please make sure your child knows what he/she is allowed to purchase from the a la carte selections.  Examples of A la carte selections include chips, fruit drinks, and bottled water.

 

The prices for student breakfast, lunch, and milk will be sent home as soon as they become available. 

CAFETERIA: ALLOWABLE FOOD  

After the first two weeks of school, parents are welcomed and encouraged to have lunch with their children. If you are having lunch with your child, please do not bring fast food items or sodas for your child. (No candy or soda should be included in packed lunchesAlso, for safety reasons, glass bottles are not allowed)

 

CAFETERIA:  STUDENT ACCOUNTS

Parents may purchase their child’s meals in advance.  For your convenience, you can either set up an account on-line, or pay with a check.  Students may pay for their meals with cash when they pick up their food.  There will be a fee for returned checks.  We expect RCPS will continue on-line access to student accounts, as it has in the past.  RCPS is moving its web page to a new server.  We will send home more specific information as soon as we know it.

 

NOTE: It is RCPS policy that students NOT charge a la carte purchases.

 

As students are enrolled in Roanoke City Public Schools, a number is assigned to them to establish a cafeteria account.  Students are responsible for memorizing their account number in order to purchase items in the cafeteria. These numbers will remain with these students as long as they are in the RCPS system and will be used for a variety of purposes including computer usage. Please assist your child in learning his/her number as soon as possible.

Some families may qualify for the free or reduced meal program.  Applications for consideration of free or reduced price meals will be sent home at the start of school year.  Additional copies are available from the cafeteria manager.

 

CAFETERIA:  RULES AND PROCEDURES

  • Stay silent in cafeteria line

  • Get all necessary items before sitting down

  • Stay seated, with feet under the table, until dismissed

  • Raise hands if you need help

  • Use S-T-A-R etiquette while in the Wasena cafeteria

                 (Students Together Acting Respectfully)

 

 

CHANGE OF STUDENT INFORMATION

Parents are requested to notify the school immediately when there are changes in a student’s residential address and/or phone numbers, as well as in a parent’s employment and/or phone number.  This information is crucial in maintaining the accuracy of student records, transportation, and most importantly to reach a parent/guardian in emergency situations.  Without updated contact information, your child’s safety may be in jeopardy. Rapid notification phone calls will not go through if the phone number is inaccurate and you risk missing important information concerning your child or the school.

 

 

CHARACTER EDUCATION

Positive character development is a very important goal at our school.  We endeavor to promote responsible students who demonstrate good character choices and attitudes.  The Character Counts Program is a critical part of the guidance education and is supported school-wide.  Please help us in promoting the Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring and Citizenship.

 

 

CHILD CARE (AFTER SCHOOL)

The Roanoke Valley YMCA, in cooperation with Roanoke City Schools, operates the “Magic Place” (342-2332) program for after school care.  Honey Tree also provides service to our school.  The Community Youth Program at St. John’s Episcopal Church is available to a limited number of fourth and fifth grade students.  Contact cyp@stjohnsroanoke.org for an application if interested.  NEW THIS YEAR:  The United Methodist Community Outreach Program known as CLP for students in grades 1st – 3rd and read below grade level.  More information will follow as soon as it becomes available.

 

CLINIC:  HEALTH OF STUDENTS

We have a Student Health Clinic at Wasena Elementary with a registered nurse on duty typically Monday – Friday from 7:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.  Our nurse provides health assessments and screenings, first aid, administers medications per the RCPS medication policy, and is available to assist you with the health needs of your student.  We encourage you to contact our nurse with questions or concerns about health issues by calling 853-1710.

 

Completion of all forms sent home by the nurse is essential for the health and well-being of your child.   If a child should become ill or injured, a parent will be notified using the information provided on the pink health card.   Please keep this information updated throughout the year and notify the school of any changes. If your child has a fever of 100º degrees or above, diarrhea, or has thrown up within a 24 hour period he/she should NOT attend school the following day. Students must be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT THE USE OF FEVER-REDUCING MEDICATIONS before they return to school.

 

According to Virginia law, children enrolled in school must meet immunization requirements.  Parents must provide medical documentation of their child’s immunization prior to school enrollment/attendance.  Our nurse will notify you if your child is in need of immunizations.  If the immunization status of the child is not brought into compliance, the child must be excluded from school.  New students will not be allowed to enter RCPS until a school physical and immunization record is on file.

 

 

Health screenings of all pupils shall be carried out under the direction of the teacher, physical education teacher, and nurse assigned to the school.  The results of these screenings will become a part of the child's permanent record.  Letters will be sent to the parents concerning any suspected deficiencies. 

 

In grades four and five, physical fitness tests shall be given at the beginning and end of the school year by the physical education teacher.

 

CLINIC:  ALLERGIES

Parents/guardians should provide a note to the school nurse if his/her student cannot eat certain foods, or if the student should be restricted from specific contact/activities during the school day due to allergies.  Substitutions can be made to accommodate students with allergies in the cafeteria.  However, parents must provide documentation from a doctor that includes a list of specific food allergies.  This information should also appear on the pink medical form completed the first week of school.

CLINIC:  HEAD LICE

Head Lice are a nuisance but not a health hazard and are a common problem in school-age children. It can take up to two weeks for head lice infestation to become apparent. Anyone can get head lice. They are not a sign of being dirty and should not be considered a sign of an unclean house. Although head lice do not jump, fly or live for very long off of a human, they can spread from one person to another. School-age children and their families are likely candidates for head lice because it spreads through close contact. Tell your child that he/she should not share personal items such as hats, combs, brushes, pillows or bike helmets, because these items can transmit lice. Head lice do not cause any diseases to humans.

 

Please check your child’s hair frequently for signs of lice. Head lice may be hard to locate because they move to avoid light. Nits may be easier to find and look like tiny whitish ovals, are firmly glued to the hair shaft and usually hatch within two weeks. Nits are most often found in the hair behind the ears and at the back of the head and neck. Nits should not be confused with dandruff. Dandruff can be easily flicked off the hair; nits cannot because they are firmly attached to individual hairs. If left untreated, head lice will quickly increase in number, so you have to be sure to treat it as soon as it is detected.

 

In accordance with the Center for Disease Control and the American Academy of Pediatrics guidelines the procedures below will be followed:

·       General classroom screenings are usually not indicated.

·        A student with head lice will be sent home at the end of the school day with a letter and a copy of the CDC’s “Treating Head Lice” fact sheet.  Please do feel free to contact our school nurse at 853-1610 for guidance regarding treatment.

·       A written note from home and evidence of treatment will be required upon the child's return to school.

 

CLINIC:  MEDICATION

All medications must be brought to the school by the parent. Dispensing of any prescription or non-prescription medications to students by employees of the Roanoke City Public Schools is prohibited. Exceptions are made for students only when the school has received both a physician’s written order and a signed request from parents or legal guardians for the dispensing of medicine. Prescription medications must be in the original container labeled with instructions on how and when the medication is to be given.  Over the counter medications, including cough drops, also require completion of the appropriate permission form by the parent and must be in an original unopened bottle or container.  Any changes in dosage must be authorized in writing by the physician or pharmacist. NOTE:  Doctor and/or parent permission and required signatures must be on the Roanoke City Schools Permission for Medication Form. These forms can be obtained from the school office.

COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY

Wasena is fortunate to have a low computer-to-student ratio, which affords children a great deal of access to current software.  Additionally, teachers use SmartBoards and iPods in the classrooms to enhance their lessons and increase student interest in learning.  Students are expected to read, sign, and return the Acceptable Use Form and follow rules and expectations of using all technology properly. If this form is not signed by the deadline set by RCPS, access to technology will be denied.

 

 

CONFERENCES

Communication between home and school is a vital part of a student’s ongoing success and we encourage our parents/guardians to share any concerns and ask for clarification regarding any subject, project, or field trip.  All teachers, office staff and the principal are available to assist parents and students. Please do not hesitate to call to set up an appointment or ask for a return phone call.  

 

There are two designated district-wide Parent-Teacher Conference days - November 3, 2015 and February 15, 2016 from 12:00 – 6:00.  Parents will receive sign-up forms to establish a time best suited for them on conference day.  Please feel free to request a conference at any other time throughout the year as the need arises. 

 

 

DISCIPLINE

Wasena is committed to a safe and nurturing environment which creates an atmosphere conducive to learning.  This school will continually strive to guide the physical, mental, social, and emotional development of its students.  It is essential that parents, teachers, students and the administration work together to maintain a strong team effort that creates a positive atmosphere.  Conduct that denies other students the opportunity to learn will not be tolerated.  Any student considered to be a discipline problem can be excluded from field trips for safety concerns.

 

Guidelines for discipline shall be determined by the policies in the Student Conduct Code and adopted by the Roanoke City School Board.  It provides a concise and comprehensive description of the standards of behavior for all students enrolled in Roanoke City Public Schools.  Every child receives a copy of the Conduct Code at the beginning of each school year.  Parents are asked to sign a pledge sheet indicating their support of student expectations and behavior as outlined in the pamphlet.  This pledge sheet needs to be returned to the teacher.  Please read and be aware of the rules contained in this book. 

DRESS CODE

This dress code applies to all elementary students in Roanoke City Schools.  Outerwear (jackets, coats) should be worn outdoors only.  Baggy pants or shorts (falling off the hips) are not allowed.  Skirts and dresses should be approximately knee length.  Clothing that exposes the chest, belly button, stomach, waist, lower back, or midriff is not allowed.  Clothing that is imprinted with obscene or inappropriate pictures or words are not permitted.  Strapless or spaghetti strap tops or dresses are not permitted.   Please be sure tank tops fit well with no exposure.  Appropriate footwear should be worn for daily outdoor activities and P.E.  For safety reasons, tennis shoes are suggested. Flip flops will not be allowed due to safety issues. Slippery floors and P.E. activities require rubber soled shoes.  Please select shoes for physical education with care.  Some “fashion” tennis shoes are not appropriate for gym period.  If jewelry is worn to school, it must not be dangerous or distracting to the learning environment.  Students are not to wear head covering without prior approval.  Book bags are appropriate for school; however, pocketbooks are not allowed.  Please understand that these rules exist to promote safety and to reduce distractions in the classroom.  If your child wears inappropriate clothing to school, we may call you and ask for a belt or replacement clothing. In some cases, the school may lend a student a change of clothing. We want your child to be safe and focused on learning.  Thank you for helping your child dress for success by supporting the dress code.

 

 

EARLY DISMISSAL DATES ON THE CALENDAR

There are a few early dismissal days in this year's school calendar. Wasena's early dismissal will be at 12:25 p.m. Please note these dates on your calendar and make appropriate child care arrangements for your child.   

October 15, 2015

November 25, 2015

March 11, 2016

May 26, 2016

 

 

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Electronic devices (cell phones, laser pointers, radios, hand-held games, etc.) are not appropriate and will not be allowed in school. If a student must have a cell phone for after-school purposes, it must be turned off and kept in the student’s backpack. Any electronic device that is brought to school may be confiscated by school staff and kept until the end of the school year or until picked up by a parent / guardian. The school and its personnel are not responsible for lost or stolen electronic devices that are brought onto school grounds.

 

 

EMERGENCIES

Eventually, emergencies occur at every school.  They could be as simple as an electricity, water, or heat outage.  But these emergencies can also involve a fire, an explosion, a chemical leakage, or even a hostile intruder.  Our first thoughts will be directed toward the safety of our students.  The school has developed a crisis plan for such possibilities. Emergency drills are held once a month for all students.  These can include fire, tornado, and lockdown drills.  Whenever a true emergency arises at our school, the school system's central administrative office will be notified immediately.  Our rapid notification phone system will be used to call parents. An important reason the phone numbers provided on the emergency card need to be kept current by parents.   RCPS central staff will notify radio and television stations.  The school system's transportation department will be notified, if necessary, to request early bus service for our students.  Parents may feel an urgent need to telephone the school or center to check on the safety of their children; however, we remind you that in an emergency, we will need our telephone lines left open as much as possible.  Parents will be notified as soon as possible. 

 

 

EMERGENCY CARDS

Every student is required to have an emergency card with current information on file in the school office.  Parents should notify the school office in writing of the following:

 

        a. Any change in address or phone numbers

        b. Bus changes or other changes in afternoon transportation

        c. Persons designated to pick students up from school

        d. Parental employment changes

 

 

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

Virginia School Law (22.1-1) states that children are of school age if they have reached their fifth birthday on or before September 30.  The Code of Virginia 22.1-270 requires a physical examination and immunization against Polio, Measles, Rubella, Diphtheria, Whooping Cough, Tetanus, Haemophilus, Hepatitis B, and Varicella before entering.  Children will not be permitted to begin school if deficiencies exist.  A birth certificate, social security card, and proof of residence are required for entry into kindergarten.  You must enroll your child under the full, legal name that appears on the birth certificate.

 

 

FEES

During the school year, you may wish to write checks for a la carte items in the cafeteria, books, or other school-related expenses.  Please make those checks payable to Wasena Elementary.  There is a charge for a check having insufficient funds and no checks will be accepted thereafter.  Any money sent to the school should be placed in an envelope or baggie, carefully labeled with student’s name, teacher, and reason for fee.

 

 

FIELD TRIPS

The school offers field trips to students to enrich and enhance their learning experiences.  Field trips are an extension of the school curriculum. The teacher will send a specific permission form home to be filled out and signed by the parent / guardian for each field trip.  Both sides of this form must be completed, signed and returned by the deadline before your child may go on the field trip.  A student's behavior plays a major role in determining who gets the opportunity to participate in a field trip.  In addition, children whose cafeteria accounts have a negative balance may miss opportunities to participate in extra-curricular activities such as field trips.  Deadlines for returning permission forms and money will be strictly enforced by teachers. Completed permission forms and money must be turned in to the school office before 9:30 a.m. on the morning of the deadlineFailure to return forms and/or money on time will eliminate a student’s opportunity to attend the field trip. Chaperones, designated by teachers, will need to provide their own transportation on Field Trips. Siblings will not be allowed to accompany parent chaperones on field trips for students.

GRADES

 The grading scale is as follows:

                        A      =      90 - 100    

                        B      =      80 - 89    

                        C      =      70 - 79 

                        D      =      60 - 69  

                        F      =      59 AND BELOW

 

GRADES: AWARDS ASSEMBLY

At the conclusion of the grading period, Wasena has an awards assembly. Students are recognized for the following accomplishments: 

“A” Honor Roll consists of all A’s in reading, language arts, math, spelling, social studies, and science.

 

“A/B” Honor Roll consists of all A's and B's in the above subject areas.

 

“BUG” Award, Bringing Up Grades, is an award given to students who meet the following qualifications: they maintain all grades from the previous 9 weeks and bring up one or more of their grades during the current 9 weeks.

 

Perfect Attendance for each of the four nine-week grading periods.

 

 

GUIDANCE

Our guidance counselor provides weekly classroom guidance, counsels with students as individuals and in small groups, advises parents, and works with community agencies.  If a particular concern arises, parents or teachers may refer a child to the guidance counselor for a special meeting time. Character education activities including the six pillars of Character Counts occur under the direction of the counselor.  If you have concerns about your child's personal life, you may call 853-2914.

 

 

HOMEWORK

Homework is essential to the educational development of every student.  It should be an important tool in developing independent thought, self-direction, self-discipline, and responsibility.  Pupils are responsible for their own homework.  Parent interest and support is encouraged.  Teachers will assign homework that is designed to maintain and reinforce classroom learning.   Assignments are based on individual student needs and will vary by grade level.  Most classrooms require nightly reading and a signature for homework planners.   Please support your child in this endeavor.

 

Parents can do their part to assist in homework completion when they:

  • Provide a suitable place for study

  • Help the student develop systematic home-study habits

  • Stress the importance of homework

  • Show interest in what their child is doing, but do not do the work for them

  • Understand that the school expects homework to be completed and returned on time

  • Read (or be read to) daily

  • Practice Math Facts

     

    Guidelines are:

  • Primary students may have an average of 30 minutes of homework each night.

  • Intermediate students may have an average of one hour of homework.

  • If you are finding that it takes your child considerably longer to complete homework assignments, please discuss with your child’s teacher.

     

     

HOME LANGUAGE SURVEY

All students are required to have a completed Home Language survey form on file in their cumulative folder located in the school office.

 

 

INCLEMENT WEATHER

In case of hurricanes, floods, etc., the children will be kept in school until notified that it is safe for them to be dismissed.  The radio and television stations will be kept informed of the situation. Also, a Rapid Notification from the school district will be made to the home phone number. Parents/ guardians should not call if the school is closing early. They will need to get their information from the radio and television.  

 

An Inclement Weather/Dismissal Form will be sent home during the first week of school.  Parents/guardians will be asked to specify dismissal arrangements the school should follow during these times.  Please remember the arrangements you have made and review this plan with your child from time to time throughout the school year, especially when there is questionable weather in the forecast.  Rest assured that teachers, the principal, and other school personnel will remain on duty until the situation is under control.

 

If it is necessary to close schools early because of snow or extreme heat, the Superintendent will notify the schools and news media as to the time and procedure.  If it is necessary to close schools because of snowfall during the night, the radio and television stations will broadcast the information on the 6:00 a.m. news.  The announcement will also be posted on the RCPS Hotline at 853-2006 or the information website at www.rcps.info.  If an announcement has not been made by 7:00 a.m., it is presumed school will be open, however, one should continue to listen for updates throughout the day, in case there is a need to close schools early.

 

For delayed openings, if school is one hour late opening, your child should report to the school between 8:25 and 8:45. If school is two hours late opening, your child should report between 9:25 and 9:45.  For late openings, buses will run one or two hours later than normal. Breakfast will be served.

 

 

LEGAL GUARDIANSHIP / CHILD CUSTODY

If a parent or another person has been granted legal custody of a child, the legal guardian must present a copy of the custody papers to the school.  These papers will become part of the child’s confidential records.  This will help ensure that the school will release the child to the appropriate person.  Unless court documents limit parental rights, both natural parents may request release of the child and information pertaining to the child.

 

LOST AND FOUND

Please label all clothing items worn to school as well as your child’s personal items (lunch box, bookbag, etc.)  Lost and found articles of clothing will be taken to the cafeteria for students to claim.  Small valuables, eyeglasses, or jewelry will be kept in the office.  We will make every effort to return labeled items to your child.  If not claimed by the end of the school year, clothing items will be donated to the wardrobe exchange or any agency needing assistance.  Personal items will be discarded.

 

 

MEDIA RELEASE

During the school year, students may be photographed or video-taped for classroom and school use, as well as for news releases about activities taking place at our school.  Wasena respectfully requests parents to grant permission to use their student’s name, picture, opinion, and/or school-related work during the school year.  Pictures are used for yearbook, end of the year grade level DVD’s, website pictures, newspaper, TV releases, and art contests to name the most frequent uses of the pictures.  Parents/ guardians who wish to provide that consent for media release should sign the media release card that has been provided.  If parents do not wish to grant this permission, they should also indicate that on the media release card.

 

 

MOMENT OF SILENCE

As required by the State of Virginia, each day will begin with a moment of silence.  During this time students, staff, and visitors are asked to remain silent and be respectful of others. 

 

 

PARENTS OR VISITORS

Wasena encourages patrons and other interested persons to visit the school.  Visitors who wish to observe specific programs or activities should phone the school office to schedule a time for the visit. Parents or visitors are welcome to come and eat with their children any time after the first two full weeks of school. Please do not bring any fast foods, pizza or sodas into the building. Please sign in at the office, with your photo id card, receive your visitor’s badge and then meet your child in the cafeteria.

 

Parents or visitors must report to the main office, sign-in and secure a visitor’s badge before visiting any classroom or person in the building. A picture id is required on the first visit to the school.  If a parent wishes to speak with a teacher, he/she may call or stop by the office to set up an appointment or request a phone call. The beginning of the day needs to be a time for the teacher and students to focus on instruction.

 

Unauthorized persons will not be allowed on school property.  If you need to visit your child’s classroom to see class work posted, retrieve forgotten homework, or speak briefly to the teacher, you are welcome to do so at the end of the day. Please, do understand that instruction is ongoing until 2:20 p.m. and that the teachers will be concentrating on dismissal until all students have left the classroom.  Also, keep in mind there will be days when the teachers have meetings or scheduled activities that will prevent them from visiting with you and your child.

 

As always, we encourage you to let our teachers know if you would like to set a conference time to discuss your child’s progress at length. Due to security concerns, no student or parent will be permitted into a classroom after the teacher leaves at 2:45 p.m. unless accompanied by the principal.

 

PARTIES

There are two designated parties during the school year.  These parties are: Winter Holiday and Valentine’s Day. Parents will be permitted in the room no earlier than 1:00 to set up for the parties.  If at all possible, parties will take place the last hour of the school day with the exception of the end of the year picnics.

 

The focus of these events is to be on the school-age child.  Every effort should be made to secure child care for other family members. If this is not possible younger siblings will be the responsibility of the parent.

 

 

Birthday parties cannot be given at school.  However, birthday treats may be brought to the office, provided there are enough for the entire class. These will be distributed at lunch or at the discretion of the teacher.  Invitations to birthday parties will not be handed out at school, unless invitations are given to the entire class. Parents are discouraged to send flowers and/or balloons to school for their child. These items are not permitted on the bus due to safety.

PTA AND VOLUNTEERS

The PTA welcomes everyone to Wasena Elementary.  See the calendar in the Tuesday folders or back page for the date of our Back-to-School Night.  The PTA encourages all parents, grandparents, and friends to join and attend the meetings.  Meetings are held at least four-five times a year generally in September, November, December, March, and May.

 

Parent and community involvement are very important components of our school.  We welcome volunteers to work either directly or indirectly assisting students and staff as partners in education. Opportunities for working at home are also available. 

 

At the beginning of the school year, the PTA will send home a form with your child requesting assistance.  Please sign up to help our students and staff.  Do not hesitate to call or stop by to see how you can help!  We can always use an extra hand! If you would like to contact the PTA president herself, her name is Tammi Caldwell and her email is tamcaldwell@yahoo.com . Her phone number is 540-354-1029. Any and all help is appreciated!

 

While volunteering, parents are strongly discouraged from bringing other siblings.  Our school’s focus must be on student instruction.  It is our intention to help alleviate distractions from instruction. 

All parents, visitors, and volunteers are required to sign-in at the school office.  This helps to insure a safe and an uninterrupted learning environment for your children.  If you need to visit a classroom or speak with a staff member, once again, please call the school in advance to schedule an appointment.

 

Wasena has a strong PTA which supports and sponsors many activities for our students.   For our children’s safety, it is our policy that students will not sell fund raising items door-to-door. 

 

 

RAPID NOTIFICATION SYSTEM

All Roanoke City schools have the Rapid Notification System. A recorded phone message from the principal, secretary, or Central Office which can be sent to parents when the need arises. The number that will be called will be the number written on the emergency card. These messages may be about emergency notifications, field trip updated information, early dismissals, PTA notices, etc.  ***If you see a call has come through from Roanoke City Schools, please listen to your voice mail BEFORE calling the school. ****

 

RECYCLING:  RCPS is a strong proponent of Environmental Stewardship. Recycling is practiced in the cafeteria and throughout the building. We encourage families to continue this practice at home as well. Please discuss these practices with your child to learn more about our programs.

 

 

RESIDENCE

Upon enrolling a student or upon request, a parent is required to show proof of residence.  A student is required to live at given address and the adult must have legal custody of the student.  Students living outside the attendance zone are required to complete a Transfer Request.  It is a misdemeanor to give false information.

 

 

REPORT CARDS

Report cards are prepared and sent home four times a year after each nine-week marking period.  These reports are supplemented by two parent-teacher conferences each year, as well as interim reports which are sent home at the midpoint of each grading period.  The end of the elementary report periods for this school year are as follows: First Nine Weeks—October 16th; Second Nine Weeks—December 17th; Third Nine Weeks—March 11th; Fourth Nine Weeks—May 26th.  Report cards will go home with students on October 23rd; January 8th; March 18th; and May 26th.

 

SCHOOL COLORS AND SYMBOL 

The school colors for Wasena are royal blue and silver.  The school symbol is the Star.           

 

 

STUDENT PICTURES

We take pictures of individual students early in the fall. Individual candid pictures are also taken.  Notices will inform you of specific dates and picture prices.  A yearbook is also available for purchase in the spring.

SCHOOL PROPERTY  (LOST AND DAMAGED)

Students are entrusted with valuable public property such as books, laboratory equipment, furniture, electronic equipment, and athletic equipment.  School property is expensive to replace and repair, therefore, students will be required to pay for lost or damaged school books or equipment.  Students who mark or damage the facility, the furnishings, the equipment or other property will be subject to disciplinary action which may include financial restitution.

 

 

SEARCH AND SEIZURE

School desks and lockers are school property and may be searched at any time.  School authorities also have the right to search individuals and/or their belongings when reasonable grounds exists that items may be harmful or may violate school policy.  The school has the responsibility to maintain the safety and well-being of all persons within the learning environment of the school.

 

 

STANDARDS OF LEARNING (SOLs)

Standards of Learning (SOLs) set expectations for teaching and learning at each grade level as required by the State of Virginia.  The core standards are English, Math, Science, and History.  Through the standards, knowledge and skills acquired during the course of a year build a foundation for subsequent learning in elementary school.  State SOL tests are currently given in grades three, four, and five.

 

STUDENT CONDUCT

Wasena continues to use the STAR (Students Together Acting Respectfully) positive behavior program.  The focus is placed on promoting respect for self, others and property.  Students are recognized for making good choices both individually and as a class.

 

Students are expected to conduct themselves as responsible members of the school community, attend school regularly, and be on time.  The most important responsibilities students have are to respect themselves, others, and property (STAR expectations). 

 

Proper discipline and respect come most often when the parents and teachers become partners in the education of the children. We welcome you as our partners!  Students at Wasena Elementary School are expected to follow the basic guidelines as printed in the division’s Student Code of Conduct handbook.

The following offenses must be reported immediately to law enforcement authorities and to the Superintendent’s office.  Consequences may include suspension, exclusion from activities, and/or expulsion:

 

  1. Assault and battery which results in bodily injury, sexual assault, death, shooting, stabbing, cutting or wounding of any person on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity.

  2. Any conduct involving alcohol, marijuana, a controlled substance, imitation controlled substance, or an anabolic steroid on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity, including the theft or attempted theft of student prescription medications.

  3. Any threats against school personnel while on a school bus, on school property or at a school-sponsored event.

  4. The illegal carrying of a firearm onto school property.

  5. Any illegal conduct involving firebombs, explosive materials or devices, or hoax explosive devices, as defined in chemical bombs, as described in Virginia Code Section 18.2-87.1 on a school bus, on school property, or at a school-sponsored activity.

  6. Any threats or false threats to bomb, as described in Virginia Code Section 18.2-83, made against school personnel or involving school property or school buses.

  7. Any illegal possession of weapons, alcohol or drugs.


    STUDENT CONDUCT:  SUSPENSION

    The Roanoke City School Board, the Superintendent, or his designees may suspend students from attending classes when such students violate established rules of the Roanoke City Public Schools.  A suspension may be appealed to the Executive Director for Student Services.  Parents are required to accompany the student to school upon their return.

     

     

    SCHOOL BASED REFERRAL TEAM (SBRT) / RESPONSE TO INTERVENTION (RTI) PROCESS

    A Student Support team which may include the parent/guardian, principal, teacher, school psychologist, intervention specialist, speech teacher, reading resource specialist, and counselor will meet about students who are experiencing difficulty in academics, behavior, or attendance.  The parent/guardian’s participation on this team is crucial in determining the best intervention strategies.  Goals will be established, and the team will monitor the child’s progress throughout the year.

  8. SUPPLIES AND TEXTBOOKS

    Information concerning supplies will be sent home at the beginning of the school year.  At all times, students are responsible for having classroom supplies required by the teacher such as, paper, pencils, and notebooks.  It is the responsibility of parents to make certain that their children come to school with appropriate classroom supplies. Supplies will need to be replenished throughout the year and any extra items are always appreciated by the teachers. If this becomes a hardship, please let the office know. Textbooks have been bar-coded and will be assigned to each student.  There is no rental fee for textbooks; however, damaged or lost books are to be replaced at the expense of parents. 

     

     

TELEPHONE CALLS

Parents are encouraged to communicate with their child's teacher on a regular basis through written notes, phone calls. Teachers will not be called from their classrooms to take phone calls.  Please call the school and leave a message and your child's teacher will return the call as soon as possible. Classroom phones have been installed for outgoing calls only. The school telephone is a business telephone and may not be used by students for any reason other than emergencies. 

 

 TESTING

Students are tested on a regular basis.  Standardized tests that are given are listed below (tests and testing dates are subject to change:

 

        Grade                       Test                                 Month

        Kindergarten             PALS                                        October; May

        1st, 2nd, and 3rd                PALS                                        September; May

        1st, 2nd                       Stanford 10, OLSAT         January

        3rd, 4th, 5th                State SOLs                       May

        5th                            Stanford 10, OLSAT         September

        K-5                           Benchmark/Snapshots       Per 9 wks

 

The Kindergarten PALS (Phonological Awareness Literacy Screening) Assessment measures skills such as rhyming, beginning sounds, alphabet knowledge, letter sounds, and so forth.  The First and Second Grade PALS Assessment measures sound-to-letter blending, knowledge of letter sounds, concept of words, word recognition, passage reading, etc.

 

The tests are administered in the mornings with short breaks between each section.  It is extremely important that students listen carefully, arrive on time, and follow directions.

 

 

TRANSFER TO ANOTHER SCHOOL

When there has been a change of address outside of the Wasena attendance zone, parents will need to come to the school to sign the proper forms to have their child transferred to another school.   Students living outside of the Wasena attendance zone will only be allowed to attend Wasena by special permission granted from central office.  The application form is on the RCPS website. The window for applying takes place in the spring. A request for special permission needs to be completed each year. Before leaving Wasena, the student is responsible for returning all books, materials, and other items belonging to the school.  All debts and lost or damaged books must be settled before the transfer can be made.

 

 

WEEKLY FOLDERS

Tuesday Blue “Weekly Folders” are provided by the school to help promote communication between home and school.  These folders provide a quick reference of school policies, a condensed school year calendar, and other important documents from the office, PTA, and/or classroom teacher.  On the Weekly Parent/Teacher Communication section on the back of your child’s folder, please inform the teacher of any concerns.  Sign and return the folder the following day. Please share with your child the importance of their responsibility in returning these folders to school promptly.  Having one school-wide designated day to expect information from the school has proven to enhance communication. On days when students are not in school on Tuesday, the folders will be sent home the following day. 

 

 

WITHDRAWALS

PARENTS SHOULD NOTIFY THE SCHOOL WHEN A PUPIL IS TRANSFERRING FROM ONE SCHOOL TO ANOTHERThe pupil is responsible for returning all books, materials, and other equipment belonging to their present school, and they should take care of any debts due for lost or damaged books.  The principal will take care of all other matters concerning this transfer.

 

INTERNET SITES FOR HOME USE

ACCELERATED READER     

Students are encouraged to read for pleasure as much as possible. Research shows that the more a student reads the better he/she will do in school. Parents, please promote reading nightly with your children. Our PTA has graciously funded the Accelerated Reader program which awards reading with points. Incentives for acquiring AR points are given by the school. More information will be sent home encouraging parental involvement in this program.

 

PARENT PORTAL

Parents’ have access to their children’s grades, cafeteria accounts, and general school information.  It is in the process of changing Internet servers.  Information regarding access to Parent Portal will be sent home when it becomes finalized.

 

PORTAPORTAL

Many teachers have Internet links posted on a portaportal.com web page.  Teachers who use Portaportal will send the guest password home with students.

 

SOL PASS

RCPS has an account for the website SOL Pass (solpass.org). The password is stars.  This website has a wide variety of information regarding all Virginia SOL’s, including study guides, practice test questions, and links to games.  Many features are available without using the password.

 

STUDY ISLAND

Study Island provides short review videos and practice questions.  Topics include reading, math, and science.  Students in 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades have accounts and will be given their log-in information, which they can use at school and at home. 

 

WASENA’S WEBSITE

RCPS is in the process of changing the host server for our school and teacher websites.  At the time of this printing, the changes have not been finalized.  We will continue our school website, parent portal, and individual teacher web pages.  Look for more information as soon as it is available. 

SCHOOL SERVICES AND PROGRAMS

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM

Wasena offers an academic After School Program to selected students in grades 3 – 5.  The program’s goal is to boost the students’ reading and math skills.  It usually starts after the first nine weeks and concludes shortly before the SOL tests in May.

 

CHESS

Chess is offered on Tuesday after school for grades 3 – 5.  Students of all abilities are welcome.  Students are taught the basics of chess and are given the opportunity to compete with other students to improve their skills.

 

COUNSELING

We are pleased to offer the services of a guidance counselor throughout the school week.  The counselor works with whole classes and small groups of students.  Individual conferences with students and parents will be arranged when necessary at the request of the school or parent.

DAY TREATMENT SUPPORT

Intercept provides day treatment services for qualified students.

 

DANCE ESPANOL

Fourth grade students participate in the Dance Espanol program.  Students meet once a week to learn academic content through dance.  The lessons are taught in Spanish.  At the end of the program, the students, along with students from the other participating schools, will perform in a formal stage production.

 

HAPPY HEALTHY COOKS

This program is offered to our second graders. The hope is to influence the children to enjoy and eat more nutritious foods in order to protect their health and live longer, happier, healthier lives.  The lessons during the second half of the year involve cooking in the classroom. 

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND

OM is a team-based problem solving activity open to all students in grades

K - 5.  Teams and coaches will be determined in the fall and competitions begin in March.  Teams meet after school and on weekends.

 

REFLECTIONS

Reflections is a national PTA sponsored creative arts contest.  Children are encouraged to enter their creative work on a nationally chosen topic in any of the four areas: music, literature, visual arts, and photography.  Works are judged at the local level.  Winning entries are then entered in regional, state, and national contests respectively.

SPANISH

NEW THIS YEAR:  Students in 2nd – 5th grades will be offered Spanish once a week for 12 weeks.

 

Daily Spanish classes will be offered to fifth grade students who have demonstrated a strong foundation in the English Language.  Participation is by invitation only.

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

In order to better meet the needs of all of our students, several special programs are available throughout Roanoke City Schools.  Our school provides services for children with special needs, including but not limited to:  gifted, learning disabilities, developmental delays, and speech difficulties.

 

SPELLING BEE

The spelling bee is an annual event for our 5th graders.  The spelling bee is designed to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage of words.  A champion and runner-up are determined at the school level spelling bee.  The champion goes on to compete in the city-wide spelling bee.

STRINGS

Wasena is the recipient of a VH1 grant and therefore will be introducing our 4th and 5th graders to the violin and viola.

WASENA STAR AMBASSADORS

Fourth and fifth graders have the opportunity to apply for a position of Wasena STAR Ambassador.   Ambassadors exemplify the pillars of character and enthusiastically promote school spirit.  The ambassador program is sponsored by teachers, but run by students.  Duties may include, but are not limited to:

 

•       Assistant students in the hallway to ensure a safe arrival and dismissal

•       Serve as school tour guides

•       Be present and assist at orientation and PTA events

•       Arrange and promote school wide spirit days

•       Represent student views

 

Students who possess exemplary leadership and citizenship skills are recommended by their teachers to serve as Ambassadors.  These responsible students monitor the school to insure safety and respect for all students.  They provide student leadership for the school. This is a privilege and failure to demonstrate exemplary conduct could result in loss of these duties.

 2015 - 2016 CALENDAR

8/18                 1ST Student Day

9/3                 Back To School Night 6:30

9/7                  Labor Day, No school

9/15                 Interims Go Home

10/16               2 Hour Early Dismissal

10/23               Report Cards Go Home

11/3                 Parent Teacher Conferences 12:00 – 6:00  (No Students)

11/17                        Interims Go Home

11/25               2 Hour Early Dismissal

11/26-11/27     Thanksgiving Holiday

12/18               Teacher Service Day – No Students

12/21-1/5         Winter Break                                           

1/4                   Teacher Service Day ½ PD – ½ Service        (No Students)

1/8                   Report Cards Go Home

1/18                 Holiday, No School

2/5                  Interims Go Home

2/15                 Parent Teacher Conferences 12:00 – 6:00      (No Students)

3/11                 2 Hour Early Dismissal

3/18                 Report Cards Go Home

3/28 – 4/1                Spring Break

4/22                Interims Go Home

5/26                Report Cards Go Home, 2 Hour Early Dismissal

                        Last Student Day

5/27                Teacher Service Day

 
Acknowledgement of Student Handbook

I acknowledge that I have read the Wasena Elementary School Student Handbook.  I have discussed it with my child, and I recognize my responsibility to assist my child and my child’s school in all aspects of his/her education in order to maintain a safe and orderly academic environment.  I further understand my responsibility to honor the rules as set forth in this handbook, as well as, to assist my child in honoring the rules in this handbook.  I realize that my child’s regular daily attendance, on time, and all day is important to his/her educational success.

 

In signing this acknowledgement, I am recognizing the importance of rules and regulations, and therefore, pledge my support to my child and Wasena Elementary School.

 

Parent/Guardian Signature                                           Date

                                                                                                      

Parent/Guardian Signature                                           Date

                                                                                                      

Student                                                                         Date

                                                                                                               

Teacher’s Name                                                             Grade Level

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