Hello and Welcome Back Stallings' Families,
I hope you have all enjoyed the time with your children these past several weeks, and that everyone is ready to get started on what will be an awesome school year. I feel grateful to work with our amazing teachers and a dedicated, hard working support staff. Additionally, I am honored to work with you and your children. While there were many highlights last year, I must admit that the best times for me were seeing so many of you at our family night events. Our staff is committed to involving our parents and families in the education of our students. We believe that the success of our students lies in the combination of efforts between the school and the home. Thank you for supporting this belief.
If you are new to Stallings -a special welcome to you! I am confident you will find that it is a great place to be!
I know that you will be receiving a lot of information in the days ahead from your child¡¯s new teacher. I will attempt to be succinct in noting the following items of interest regarding this school year:
* Our school hours have changed. School begins at 8:45 am. On Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will be dismissed at 2:57 p.m. Every Wednesday students will be dismissed one hour earlier, at 1:57 p.m. During this time, our teachers will meet with their teams to develop goals, create assessments and to analyze student data. We are excited about this new opportunity to work together to increase student achievement. Also, our kindergarten hours are as follows: Start time is 8:45 a.m. Dismissal on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday is 12:32 p.m., and on Wednesday, dismissal time is 11:32 p.m.
* Breakfast begins at 8:15 a.m. It is important to note that students are not permitted on campus before 8:15 a.,. due to our not having student supervision before this time. Cost for breakfast is $1.25 and the cost for lunch is $2.25. Additionally, students may purchase water for $.75 and milk or juice for $.35 You may prepay any amount to your child's account with our cafeteria manager or online at www.myschoolbucks.com. "Oops Meals" are given if your child has no money or no money in his/her account. It is then required to pay the office $1.15 for the Oops Meal the following day. Your child will receive a note if he/she was given an Oops Meal.
* We will continue our 100 Mile Club where students are challenged to walk or run 100 miles during the school year. The students love this , and the benefits are numerous. To help fund this program, we will be selling Jamba Juice smoothies every Thursday after school from August 10 to the last Thursday in October. Students will have the opportunity to purchase either a small size for $2.00 or a large size for $3.00. We will continue to have several fundraisers throughout the year, so please watch for our notes home!!! Your help is always appreciated.
* We continue to be a Five Star Qualities School. Respect, Integrity, Cooperation, Responsibility and Pride are the five qualities that we believe are required in being responsible citizens. Students who display these qualities on a consistent basis are recognized at our monthly awards assemblies.
* Our ASES (After School Education and Safety) after school program (previously known as PASA) will continue to run from immediately after school until 6:17 nightly. This federally funded program provides enrichment, homework help, and some intervention. Our program is currently at capacity; however, we do have a waiting list. Please call the ASES phone number at 532-3166 if you would like to put your child's name on this list.
* Your child's safety will always be our top priority. As a result, there are a few things that I need your help with:
*All Stallings' visitors (including parent helpers) must sign in (and out) at the office and will be required to wear a "visitor" name tag while on campus.
* Please follow all the established procedures for dropping off and picking up your child. These procedures are attached- please read as there is some new information!
* Campus playground supervision begins at 8:50 a.m. - Please do not drop your children off prior to that time.
Lastly, you will be receiving the Corona-Norco Unified School District Parent-Student Handbook as part of your child's take home folder. This "newspaper" format document contains valuable information regarding our district's policies and procedures on several items. Of special note are the sections on School Discipline (pages 2 and 3) and Attendance (page 7). You will learn more about your child's teacher and his/her management system at Back to School Night. Additionally, discipline that is brought to my office is handled in a manner that is consistent with our board policy.
It is extremely important to recognize that your child's school attendance is one of the largest contributors to his/her success in and attitude towards school. If your child is ill and does require to be kept at home, please call our attendance line at 736-3249 to report the absence. Please note that it is the parent's responsibility to clear the absense.
I'd like to encourage all of you to be frequent Stallings' visitors and to think about becoming a parent volunteer. Please ask your child's teacher for more information on volunteering at our Back to School Night on Thursday, August 16th. We will begin with a brief introductory meeting in our Commons at 6:30 p.m.
Tammy Strawser, Principal