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Village Elementary School
2100 Northwest 70th Avenue, Sunrise Florida, 33313 Phone : 754-322-8750 Facsimile:754-322-8790 Web Address: village.browardschools.com
Village Elementary School 2013-2014 !
Welcome back to all of our returning students and their families as well as to all of our new students and their families to Village Elementary School. We are happy to have you as a part of our Panther family for the 2013-2014 School Year. As we embark on this new school year, our goal is to continue to grow and provide a strong academic program for all students, helping each individual reach his or her highest potential. As a school, we are committed to ensuring that each child is working to reach their goals, in a safe, caring environment. Village Elementary School provides various academic and extra curricular activities through which, we encourage all students to find their passion by gettng involved. Our school clubs include Student Council, Kiwanis Club, Chorus, Glee Club, Photography Club, Honor Society, Math Club and Band, just to name a few. Meeting dates and further information about joining these clubs will be forthcoming. At Village Elementary, we encourage a strong home-school connection and look forward to parents becoming active participants in their child’s education. There are many diﬀerent ways to get involved at Village Elementary. You are encouraged to
Important Dates August 30 September 2 September 5 September 11 September 16 September 20 September 26
First Day Packets Due No School No School SAC/SAF/PTO Meeting Picture Day Interim Reports Issued Early Release Day
become a school volunteer by first completing the volunteer registration form that can be found at www.getinvolvedineducation.com. Then notify the school that you wish to volunteer. You are also encouraged to participate in our ongoing school improvement process through the School Advisory Council (SAC) and the School Advisory Forum (SAF). Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) is another way of getting involved in your child’s education. There is always a need for more parent participation. For more information please contact me. My door is always open to address any concerns or share ideas for the improvement of our school. I look forward to another outstanding school year!
Deborah A. Peeples Deborah A. Peeples
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SCHOOL BEGINS 8:00 a.m. Parents are to make sure that their children do not arrive at school before (7:15 a.m.) and do not remain on school grounds after (2:15 p.m.) since supervision is not provided. Adult supervision is only available from 7:15 a.m. through 2:15 p.m. Our cafeteria opens for breakfast at 7:15 a.m.
All students are dismissed at 2:00 p.m. and should immediately travel home. Students must not be left at school after 2:15 p.m. to wait for a ride or to be picked up, as this may result in a very unsafe situation. Please assist us in seeing that your child arrives and leaves school on time. Regular school attendance is important.
Tardy Policy & Absences Being on time for school is a valuable part of a child's learning and should be stressed. School is the workplace of our students. By being punctual, each student will have the needed time to prepare himself/herself for the day's work in a relaxed manner and will ensure that, they do not miss daily instruction. A student is considered tardy if he/she arrives in class after 8:00 a.m. Students arriving after 8:10 a.m. must be escorted to the main oﬃce and parents must sign their tardy pass. Tardiness may also count toward establishing a pattern of non‐attendance that may indicate early signs of truancy. Please report your child’s absence the day of or within 2 school days following the absence or it will be considered unexcused. Absences may be reported to our 24‐hour attendance hot line at 754‐322‐8750. A student may be establishing a pattern of non‐attendance when 1) he or she has an accumulation of tardiness, early sign‐outs, and/ or absences (excused and unexcused) that exceed 5 days in one marking period or 10 days in 2 marking periods or when 2) he or she is absent an unexcused 5 days in 30 calendar days or 10 days in 90 calendar days.
shirts or red Panther Shirts for ﬁeld trips. At all times, students must wear closed‐toed shoes with Students must wear uniforms on Mondays, rubber bottoms and covered heels—no sandals or Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, but on ﬂip‐ﬂops. Remember our school uniform colors Fridays, students can wear their Village Panther T‐ are red, white, black and khaki. Only these colors Shirts or their favorite outﬁt, as long as the District will be considered in accordance with the uniform Dress Code is being followed (all shirts must have policy. sleeves and no skin can be exposed; no “short‐ Students in the S.T.A.M.P. Program will follow shorts,” mini skirts or midriﬀs). Also they can dress their uniform schedule. according to the designated school spirit day. For example, one Friday was “Pink Day,” students wore pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Students are required to wear their red uniform
School Uniform Policy
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Breakfast and hot lunches are available to all students. These meals are well‐balanced and nutritious. Students also have the option of bringing lunch from home. Students are not permitted to leave school during lunchtime.
If you need assistance completing the application or have questions, please contact us. You may also contact the Food and Nutrition Services Oﬃce at 754‐ 321‐0250.
In order to continue to receive free or reduced price breakfast and/or lunch, the Free and Reduced price meals application must be completed before the due date. These applications are available online at www.applyforlunch.com.
School Advisory Council (SAC)
Parent Teacher Organization
What is SAC? SAC stands for School Advisory Council. School Improvement is an absolute priority for all Broward County schools. Every school has a school Advisory Council (SAC). Purpose: • Study the school's track record and come up with an annual plan to improve education in vital areas such as: • student achievement • curriculum • safety • discipline • The SAC committee provides a place where parents can voice their opinions and provide suggestions. • SAC members have an active role in making decisions that will best serve the best interest of all students. • The SAC also gives parents the opportunity to actively participate in setting goals and making plans to achieve those goals. • SAC allows for parents to identify issues that need to be addressed concerning the school climate.
What is the PTO? PTO stands for Parent Teacher Organization. The mission of the PTO is to make every child’s potential a reality. Purpose: •Powerful voice for all children. •Relevant resource for families and communities. •Strong advocate for the education and well‐being of every child. •Serve as a type of forum where parents, teachers, administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods. Involvement: •Join the PTO •Attend meetings •Volunteer to support PTO activities and projects
Village Elementary PTO will be recognized by the City of Sunrise on September 10th at the City Commission Meeting which
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Title One News
Common Core State Standards
The common core state standards are a set of learning skills that all students should achieve. They set the benchmarks and guidelines What is the Purpose of Title 1 Funding? for what each student should learn, not how or According to the U.S. Department of Education what teachers teach. In general, standards set a the purpose of Title 1 funding, “is to ensure that progression of skills that students learn as they all children have a fair, equal, and signiﬁcant move through school. Students will delve opportunity to obtain a high quality education deeper into core concepts. and reach, at minimum, proﬁciency on The common core state standards, on the challenging state academic achievement other hand, focus on the most important topics standards and state academic assessments.” that students need to know. In math, that The basic principles of Title 1 state that schools means that students focus on really with large concentrations of low‐income understanding numbers in elementary school students will receive supplemental funds to before they start to apply that understanding of assist in meeting student’s educational goals. numbers to data in middle school. Low‐income students are determined by the As the common core is implemented in number of students enrolled in the Free and Reading, students will be expected to read more Reduced Meals program. For an entire school to qualify for Title 1 funds, at least 50% of students diﬃcult text sooner, and discuss what they read at a more complex level. For example, instead of must enroll in the free and reduced lunch pulling out individual text elements, such as program. characters, plot, and setting, students will be reading or listening to various stories, and will compare stories using their understanding of text elements. www.deﬁningthecore.com
Give with Target! Target Corporation is on track to give 1 BILLION dollars back to education by the end of 2015! In an effort to give back they have launched a Facebook campaign give away. To give back to Village Elementary School: log onto Facebook and go to the Give with Target page and select Village Elementary School. For every 25 votes Village Elementary gets a $25 gift card up to $10,000. Voting ends September
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DO THE MATH!
CAREER DAY February 28, 2014
Career Day is held annually to allow students to learn about diﬀerent job ﬁelds. It is our intent to demonstrate what types of careers may be available in their community and help them build goals for themselves. We are asking that you consider joining us in this very important special event. If you have any questions or would like to This year math instruc/on will align to the present your career please contact our Career Common Core State Standards. You can Day Coordinator, Lauren Brown at 754‐322‐8750 ﬁnd informa/on for your child’s grade level or email email@example.com.
at h=p://www.commoncoreworks.org/ domain/149. Click on the “roadmap” for the speciﬁc grade.
You can also help your child understand the importance of learning mathema/cs by: • Discussing which size is the be=er buy in the grocery store and why • Asking your child to calculate the tax on a purchase
• Calcula/ng how long it will take to
drive a given distance or how much gasoline it will require
• Asking how many diﬀerent ways can you measure a cup of ﬂour?
• Sharing sports sta/s/cs and
discussing how the players change over the season
Box Tops for Education Box Tops for Education is a national school earnings program that has been around since 1996. Since then, schools across the country have earned over half a billion dollars from Box Tops to buy whatever they need. You can help our school earn money by clipping Box Tops , found on hundreds of products, and send them to school. Each Box Top is worth 10¢ for our school! You can visit BTFE.com/marketplace before you shop to ﬁnd products with Box Tops.
• Recognizing how diﬀerent jobs use
math—pharmacist, hardware store worker, teacher, builder
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Exceptional Student Education (ESE) ESE Advisory Council Meeting will be held on August 28, 2013 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM Please feel free to visit the ESE Advisory Council Website at www.browardeseadvisory.com For questions or concerns you may contact 754‐321‐2252 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Guidance Department The mission of our guidance department is to implement a proactive program that fosters academic achievement, career awareness, personal growth and a positive self‐image for all students within a safe and secure learning environment. If you have any questions or need any assistance please do not hesitate to contact Ms. Davis our Guidance Counselor at 754‐322‐8750.
(SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ARTS, MATHEMATICS & PREPARATORY)
Welcome back to our returning S.T.A.M.P. family and a warm welcome to our new S.T.A.M.P. family, we look forward to a year ﬁlled with innovation. As a reminder please ensure that your child has returned their Pre‐Participant Physical forms. Your child will not be able to participate in any physical activity or attend ﬁeld‐trips until this form has been completed and submitted to their classroom teacher. Volunteer service is a requirement of this program. Parents please complete our volunteer registration form at www.getinvolvedineducation.com.
School Improvement Plan Village Elementary School strives for continuous growth and improvement. Stay up‐to‐date on our school’s improvement goals and strategies by visiting our District’s School Improvement website at: http://www.broward.k12.ﬂ.us/schoolimprove. PARENTAL INPUT FOR INSTRUCTIONAL AND SCHOOL-BASED ADMINISTRATOR EVALUATIONS Parents have the opportunity the provide input into the faculty and administration performance evaluations. If you are interested, please provide the Principal with your input in writing by April 30, 2014.
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Parent Teacher Communication
Parents, please be mindful that teachers cannot accept phone calls during class sessions. If it is a true emergency, please contact the oﬃce at 754‐322‐8750, and they will make the initial contact with the teacher. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. Parent Conferences Parents, it is important to conference with your child's teacher. A conference can keep you informed of your child's progress and identify any areas that may need any assistance. Please feel free to contact Ms. Dickens at 754‐322‐8750 to schedule a conference.
Some volunteer opportunities available this year are:
• Reading Aloud to Students • Chaperoning Field Trips • Computer Monitor/Assistant • Special Projects Helper • Bulletin Board Helper • Clerical Duties Helper Whether you are a student seeking community • Assisting with Science Projects service opportunities, a parent or grandparent seeking to become more involved in the education of • Helping small groups of student readers your children or grandchildren, a retired or senior citizen seeking an outlet for your talents, experiences, and skills, or a corporation wishing to give your employees greater opportunity to be involved in their community, the Village Elementary School Volunteer Program has the answer to your needs. To register please visit www.getinvolvedineducation.com. School volunteers are extra‐special people. As a volunteer you will work doing activities that match your skills, or even learn new skills while helping students. Any contribution will make a diﬀerence.
The School Board of Broward County, Florida, prohibits any policy or procedure, which results in discrimination on the basis of age, color, disability, gender identify, gender expression, national origin, marital status, race, religion sex or sexual orientation. Individuals who wish to file a discrimination and/or harassment complaint may call the Executive Director, Benefits & EEO Compliance at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158. Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act of 2008, (ADAAA) may call Equal Educational Opportunities (EEO) at 754-321-2150 or Teletype Machine (TTY) 754-321-2158.