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Important Information

by Dawn Schwartz


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Important Information


  • Absences-If your child is ill, please call the office (223-1585) and inform us of your child’s absence and the reason for it. This is for your child’s safety. If a student must leave early for a doctor’s appointment, go to the office to sign him/her out and the secretary will call them to the office. Please do not send another person to pick up your child without informing the school.  


  • Arrival and Dismissal-Pupils should arrive between 8:00 and 8:15 AM. Students should not arrive prior to 8:00 AM (there is no supervision before this time!) No child or parent should be in the building before this time. School begins promptly at 8:20 AM and afternoon dismissal is at     3:10 PM. Please pick up your child promptly. If you are late, look for your child in our classroom or in the office.



  •  Birthdays-Birthdays are special occasions for students. We will do in-class celebrations for each child on his/her birthday. To try and keep things fair, please do not send treats from home.  For those students with birthdays in the summer we will celebrate their half birthday.  On the day of your child's birthday or half birthday, they will get to wear a special "birthday hat" for the day if they choose, provided by me.  If your child is planning a birthday party, please DO NOT send invitations to school for your child to hand out.  We don't want any hurt feelings for those not invited.  Please send them through the mail.


  • Breakfast-A school breakfast is served every morning from 8:00-8:20 AM. The students may charge their breakfast to their lunch accounts. The breakfast menu generally consists of cereal or muffins with juice and milk. Students who want to eat breakfast should enter school from the front doors, by the gym. Once they are finished with breakfast, they can wait with the rest of the students.



  • Class Rules-The rules in our classroom are very similar to the school rules.  We have two rules within our classroom.  They are:

                         Respect yourself, others and property

                         Get your work done

  • Our school as three rules that are followed school wide. They are:
    • Be Safe
    • Be Responsible
    • Be Respectful

   At Cedar Elementary we expect all students to follow these rules.




  • D.E.A.R.-Drop Everything and Read.  Reading is the foundation of learning and we will spend a lot of time in various reading activities throughout the year.  We will also be spending about 15 t0 20 minutes a day silent reading.  It is critical that students get in the habit of reading for pleasure. This will be a time when they will be able to read whatever they choose as long as it is appropriate.




  • Emergency Closings-If schools are closed for a snow day or any emergency you can call the school closing hotline at 223-1555. Radio station KWBE (1450) or the local TV stations (Channels 8, or 11) will make an announcement, generally by 7:00 A.M.




  • Field Trips-We will plan field trips that are both fun and educational for the children. Parent drivers are not permitted, so buses will have to be used for transportation. We often need parent volunteers on the trips so keep that in mind throughout the year.  We will go to the Filley barn this fall, and to the Capitol in the spring. Please return permission slips as soon as possible after they are sent home.


  • Fire Drills-Fire drills are held on a monthly basis throughout the year. All students will participate and are expected to walk quickly and quietly to their designated exit. We will practice and become familiar with procedures before our first scheduled drill.


  • Fund Raisers-Our school participates in several fund raisers throughout the year to raise money for various things for our school. We hope that everyone can participate, but it is not required.




  • Health-Please let me know of special circumstances which may affect your child. These could include medication that may make him sleepy, a death in the family, etc. Also, please let me know of any allergies your child may have, especially food allergies. We will be doing some cooking in class when we study pioneers and other special activities.  I also love to cook and may bring treats for the students so it would be very helpful to know this ahead of time.




  • Illness-The question of when to keep your child home from school is often a difficult one, especially when decisions must be made first thing in the morning. It is important, however, to keep your child home if he/she is ill. This helps to make them more comfortable and prevents others from becoming ill. Children function more effectively in the classroom when they are healthy. Please remember that your child may not come to school with a temperature. Children may not come back to school until he/she has been fever free, without medications, for 24 hours.




  • Lunch Money-Your child needs to have a positive lunch account. If you need to send money to school, please send it in an envelope with your child’s name written clearly on the front. Have your child give their money to me when they get to school. You can also drop the money by the office. You will get a lunch note sent home, when your child’s account is getting low on funds.




  • Parent Teacher Organization-Cedar school is very lucky to have such a wonderful PTO. The PTO has done some outstanding things for our school which include: a fantastic reading program (AR), purchased: new playground equipment, a die-cut machine for the teachers, a laminator and book binder, new TV’s and DVD/VCR players. PTO is always looking for volunteers to help with school functions. Please volunteer some time to help our school out!


  • Parties & Celebrations-There are two main parties each year---which will be decided between myself and the PTO parents. The PTO parents will organize these events and coordinate volunteers and donations.  If you know ahead of time you would like to help with any of these parties please let me know ahead of time.  I would like to do a fall party and a spring party, not necessarily focused on a holiday.




  • Tardies-Your child is expected to be in the classroom by 8:20. We do keep track of your child’s tardies, so it is VERY important that your child is at school on time!





  • Visitors-Cedar School has a policy that ALL GUESTS (including familiar faces) are required to check in at the school office. Cedar welcomes and encourages family involvement. It is important to remember that while this may seem inconvenient to frequent visitors, it is the goal and responsibility of the school to create a safe learning environment. Please also take into account that visits should be kept short, so the learning atmosphere is not interrupted.