Parent Student Handbook
Roy Cloud School
3790 Red Oak Way, Redwood City, California 94061
Phone: (650) 369-2264 fax: (650) 367-4355
Parent / Student Handbook
2011 - 2012
Grades K – 8
Redwood City School District
MISSION, BELIEFS AND LONG RANGE GOALS
Educating every child for success.
Children learn and succeed …
. . .in a safe environment with challenging and enriching instruction.
… when all students and staff are held to high expectations.
… when each of us supports their intellectual, physical, social and emotional development.
… when they have caring adults in their lives.
… in a community that respects diverse backgrounds and treats everyone equitably.
… when their ideas and involvement are encouraged and respected.
… when families actively support their learning.
… when we work in partnership with families and community.
… when all employees are highly qualified, valued and respected.
… when each of us acts on the conviction that every child can and will learn.
Our Long Range Goals
By 2013 we will:
1. Ensure that all students are prepared to be successful in high school and beyond.
2. Ensure a safe, healthy and respectful environment for students, staff and community.
3. Ensure that all schools are places where children grow intellectually, socially, physically, and emotionally.
4.Work with our community to engage, support and take collective responsibility for our children and our schools.
Roy Cloud School Mission Statement
Roy Cloud provides an environment, which inspires EXCELLENCE within a close-knit partnership of students, staff, parents and community. Students are empowered with the foundation of knowledge and skills they need to reach their fullest potential, embrace a lifelong love of learning, and become responsible and engaged members of a global community.
With passion, we exemplify and embody:
HIGH STANDARDS in the goals we pursue and work we produce
RESPECT for the dignity of all individuals and our surroundings
INTEGRITY in our ethical actions and truthful words
CURIOSITY in our thinking and CREATIVITY in our problem solving
POSITIVE ATTITUDE regarding what we can achieve and in our interactions
Kindergarten at Roy Cloud is considered an extended day kindergarten. The first bell (warning) rings at 8:11. School begins at 8:15, and kindergarten students are dismissed at 1:30 everyday.
Recess: The kindergarten teachers determine the time of recess each day. The recess is usually around 10:00.
Lunch: Lunch begins at 11:15 and ends at 11:55. Students eat in the MUB (Multi-use Building) from 11:15 until around 11:35 when they are dismissed for recess. If students have not finished their lunches, they may finish their lunches at designated tables. There is a “peanut free” table for students in the “peanut free” class and four students with nut allergies. There is to be no sharing of food at the tables. Children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after consuming food.
Grades 1 & 2
The first bell or warning bell rings at 8:11 each day. School begins at 8:15, and school is dismissed at 2:25 each day except Thursdays. Thursdays are minimum days, and all students are dismissed at 1:30.
Recess: Students in grades 1-2 have a morning recess from 9:40-10:00 every day. There is a ten-minute recess from 1:20-1:30 each afternoon except Thursdays.
Lunch: Lunch begins at 11:45 and ends at 12:25. Students eat in the MUB (Multi-use Building) from 11:45 until 12:00 when they are dismissed for recess. If students have not finished their lunches, they may finish their lunches at the picnic tables just outside the MUB. There is a “peanut free” table for students with nut allergies. Children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after consuming food.
The first bell or warning bell rings at 8:11 each day. School begins at 8:15, and school is dismissed at 2:50 each day except Thursdays. Thursdays are minimum days, and all students are dismissed at 1:30.
Recess: Students in grades 3-5 have a morning recess from 10:10-10:30 every day.
Lunch: Lunch begins at 12:05 and ends at 12:55. Students eat in the MUB from 12:05 until 12:25 when they are dismissed for recess. If students have not finished their lunches, they may finish their lunches at the picnic tables just outside the MUB. There is a “peanut free” table for students with nut allergies. Children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after consuming food.
The first bell or warning bell rings at 8:11 each day. School begins at 8:15, and school is dismissed at 2:50 each day except Thursdays. Thursdays are minimum days, and all students are dismissed at 1:30.
Recess: Students in grades 6-8 have a morning recess from 10:00-10:10 each morning.
Lunch: Lunch begins at 12:40 and ends at 1:20. Students eat in the MUB from 12:40 until 1:55 when they are dismissed for recess. If students have not finished their lunches, they may finish their lunches at the picnic tables just outside the MUB. There is a “peanut free” table for students with nut allergies. Children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after consuming food
Lunch: Roy Cloud does provide a hot lunch program. Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch are given a hot lunch. Forms to apply for free or reduced lunch are handed out at the beginning of the school year. Hot lunches are $1.75. Children may bring lunch in a bag or lunch box. If using any reusable container, clearly mark your child’s name and room number on it. We encourage containers that promote an environmentally friendly waste free lunch. No glass containers should be brought to school. There is a “peanut free” table for students with nut allergies. Children are encouraged to wash their hands before and after consuming food.
Breakfast/Snacks: Students are allowed to bring a healthy snack to school. The optional snack needs to be eaten during the morning recess. Breakfast/Snack is also provided in the MUB for $0.75 before school and at morning recess.
Forgotten Lunches: If students forget their lunches, they will call home. Parents may deliver lunches to the school office, not the student’s classroom by noon.
ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
Arrival: Playground supervision starts at 8:00AM. Students should arrive no earlier than 8:00AM. Please remain with your child until the playground supervisor arrives at 8:00AM.
Dismissal: There is no playground supervision after school. Students must leave campus as soon as they are dismissed, unless they are attending a sponsored after school activity.
Early Pick Up: If you will be picking your child up early during the school day, please send a note to the teacher that morning stating the time you will be coming for your child. There is a sign out sheet in the office. Do not go to the classroom. Come to the office, and your child will be notified that you are waiting.
Regular attendance and arrival on time are crucial to your child’s success at school. We request you do all that is possible to arrange vacations around the school calendars. Letters will go home to parents for excessive absences, three or more unexcused absences, or excessive tardiness. We strongly encourage daily attendance for your child’s optimal education.
Absence: The office should be notified by phone as early as possible if your child will be absent. Absences are excused for illness, doctor/dental appointments, or funeral of an immediate relative. Absences for other reasons and unreported absences are considered unexcused. We lose state funds if students do not attend school whether it’s excused or unexcused!
Tardy: Students who arrive late to school (after 8:15) must report to the office and sign in before going to their classroom.
Homework: Homework may be requested before 9:00AM when a student is absent. Parents/guardians may pick up the homework by 3:15PM.
The school sites report Independent Study (“IS”) Average Daily Attendance (“ADA”) for students taking vacation and other days off away from the regular classroom. Education Code 46300(e) (1) states that ADA can only be generated for independent study for 5 or more consecutive school days. The IS contract must be completely filled out and signed by the student, parent and the administrator in charge. All rules concerning the contract including the days returned, the materials to be kept, and the date of return apply to IS.
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Emergency Forms: Emergency Forms should be updated whenever there is a change. Please be sure to notify the office immediately of any changes to home address, home phone number, work phone number, or cell number. It is extremely important that we have correct phone numbers in case of emergency. In an emergency, the parents will be notified first. However, if parents cannot be reached, we must have at least two local available relatives or friends to contact in case of illness or emergency.
Visitors: For the safety of all children, all adults entering the school buildings or yard for any reason including dropping off lunches and picking up children for appointments are required to sign in at the office. School volunteers are also required to sign in at the office.
Messages: All arrangements for the day should be made before your child leaves home. Delivering messages causes a disruption to the classroom. The office will do their best to communicate messages to students during non- instructional time.
Please be sure your child knows who will pick them up daily or if they are to walk home. Also make sure your child knows what he/she is to do in the event it is raining after school. Students are not allowed to use the phone to make after school play arrangements.
Parking/Traffic: All parking spaces in the Red Oak parking lot are reserved for the staff. The curb painted yellow nearest the front of office is for loading and unloading only. There is no stopping or parking in front of the office where the curb is painted red.
Fire Drills: Fire drills occur monthly. The time of day is varied in order to be prepared in a variety of circumstances. Each classroom has a designated area to line up on the grass or asphalt area according to room number. When the fire alarm sounds, everyone (including classroom visitors/volunteers) must leave the building immediately and report to the asphalt / grass.
Disaster Preparedness: The school also participates in “Duck, Cover, and Hold” drills to practice safe procedures in the event of an earthquake or other disaster. Additionally, we practice Lock Downs for hazardous air or unsafe situations on campus or near campus.
Disaster Kits: Backpacks containing first aid supplies have been placed in each classroom. The school has a storage bin equipped with food, water and other necessities in the case of an extreme emergency.
Illness: Roy Cloud has a school nurse approximately 2 days a week. If your child complains of not feeling well in the morning or has any of the following symptoms; fever, diarrhea, vomiting, rash, etc. please keep him/her home until he/she is well. If your child becomes ill while at school, you will be called to pick him/her up.
Medicine: Medication must be stored and administered in the school office. All medication must be in the original bottle and labeled with the student’s name. Students are not allowed to keep medicines with them or in their classrooms. Please contact the office before sending medicine to school with your child and for further information regarding medicine.
LOST AND FOUND
Location: The Lost & Found is located inside the door marked “Resource” in the central corridor of the school. Students and parents should check there periodically for lost items. Items remaining after the last class day in December and June will be given to charity. It is recommended that you label all articles of clothing on the inside, with your child’s name.
Occasionally, Occasionally, the teacher and room parents organize classroom parties for special events. These parties can involve food, but all food must be pre-approved by the teacher or room parent prior to the celebration.
Recognition of birthdays in the classroom may take place. If your child is celebrating a birthday, you may send in non-food items (such as pencils, erasers, stickers) instead of food treats.
Birthday parties for individual students are not allowed at school. Invitations for individual birthday parties should be mailed and not left in classroom cubbies or handed out to students.
The communication system between home and school is an important factor for student success. The following is a list of options for communication throughout a typical school year:
Back To School Night--September--Learn about teacher’s expectations for homework and content curriculum.
Connect Ed. – This is an automated telephone messaging system. During the school year Roy Cloud administration may send a message via Connect Ed.
Parent/Teacher Conferences--November and March--Check on your child’s progress and determine best methods of support for continued growth.
Homework Planner--All Year--Check your child’s homework planner (grades 6-8) to be clear about homework assignments and support organizational skills.
Thursday Folder -- Every Thursday, school information including the Roy Cloud School Newsletter goes home in the Thursday folder.
Email--All Year--Email your child’s teacher day or night to address any questions or concerns regarding your child’s progress. Additionally, there is a school email system organized by a parent. Teachers may also be contacted by phone by leaving a message at the school office (369-2264).
E-Newsletter -- A parent volunteer a school wide means of communications with families signed up on E-Newsletter.
District/School Website -- http://www.rcsd.k12.ca.us -- District information is located on the District website. You may also go to schools and then to Roy Cloud to get to the Roy Cloud website.
Principal/Assistant Principal--Roy Cloud School’s administration welcomes all parents who wish to meet with them. To be assured of an appointment, please call the office to arrange a time. In the event of a problem or concern, please contact your child’s teacher first. The principal /assistant principal will become part of the problem-solving process if the parent and teacher are unable to develop a mutually agreeable solution.
Marquee--New to the school is an electronic marquee located at the Jefferson parking lot. Upcoming events and school information will be posted.
It is important for parents to take initiative to contact the teachers when there are concerns.
Parent support is vital to the success of a child’s experience. You can help your child be a good citizen at Roy Cloud School in the following ways:
The Roy Cloud Staff is dedicated and works hard to provide a well - rounded standards based program. The staff provides a rigorous academic program, and Roy Cloud teachers believe that it is equally important to create positive memories in the lives of their students.
Music: The Redwood City Education Foundation funds a music program for students in grades 2-4. Students in grades 5-8 may choose to participate in instrumental music in which small group lessons are provided weekly.
Library: Our Library technician provides many kinds and levels of assistance to students. Classes (grades k-5) visit the library once a week for 30-45 minutes. Students are also encouraged to visit the library when it is open during lunch to check out a book or read.
Technology/Computers: Students visit the Technology Lab with their class. In addition, all classrooms have at least 5 computers for student use.
Resource Specialist Program (RSP): The resource specialist serves students who require modification of their regular educational program according to the guidelines of their Individual Education Plan- (IEP). The resource specialist and classroom teachers collaborate to develop curriculum adaptations and materials to meet individual student need. The goals are developed by the resource specialist, classroom teacher, and parent.
Speech/Language: The speech/language specialist serves students with special needs in articulation, fluency, voice and language development according to the Individual Education Plan. The goals are developed by the resource specialist, classroom teacher, and parent.
Reading: Roy Cloud School funds a reading specialist. The reading specialist serves students who require additional support in learning to read and becoming fluent readers. The reading specialist works in collaboration with the classroom teacher.
The Learning Center (TLC): The Learning Center is an after school program sponsored by the PTA Monday - Wednesday. This is a homework tutorial for students in grades 3-8. Teachers are paid a stipend to host The Learning Center in their classroom and provide homework assistance.
After School Clubs: A variety of classes such as chess, chorus, Spanish, hip-hop, and other exciting classes are available to Roy Cloud students after school for a fee. The PTA sponsors the classes.
G.A.T.E.: Gifted and Talented Education (G.A.T.E.) student candidates are tested for placement around March each year. Students qualified for G.A.T.E. are invited to attend the G.A.T.E. program. This program takes place twice a month during the school day. The location may be at another school site.
Welcome Coffee: On the first day of school, PTA provides a Back to School “Meet and Greet” Coffee in the Multi-use Building for all parents. It’s a great chance for parents to greet old friends, meet new parents and sign up to volunteer for many PTA activities.
Principal’s Coffees: Once a month the principal hosts morning coffees in the school library (usually the first Monday of the month). All community members are invited to attend this informal gathering to discuss concerns and share ideas.
Back to School Night: Back-to-School Night is held in September. The teacher’s philosophy, classroom expectations, and curriculum will be discussed. It is not a time to discuss individual student progress. All parents are encouraged to attend this Parents Only evening.
Book Fair: The Book Fair is held in the Roy Cloud Library twice a year. The library is turned into a bookstore with a large selection of books available for purchase.
Author Illustrator: PTA funds the Author Illustrator events. An author/illustrator is invited to Roy Cloud to share his/her experience as a writer or illustrator. Signed books are often available for purchase for the students.
Family Fun Nights: Family Fun Nights occur several times a year and are sponsored by the PTA. These special evenings have a theme such as Science, Math, etc.
Open House: Roy Cloud School holds an Open House every spring. This is an evening for the entire family to visit all the classrooms and see some of the exciting projects students have been working on. This is an event you won’t want to miss!
Volunteer Tea: To show their appreciation for the support and commitment of so many parents and volunteers, the Roy Cloud staff holds a tea in the spring.
Roy Cloud Annual Auction: This is a fun and exciting evening sponsored by the PTA to raise money for school program improvement. Parents provide a delicious dinner, a silent auction, and a live auction followed by music and dancing.
Roy Cloud School is proud of our active parents and community members. All parents/community members are encouraged to contribute their talents and energies to our school to whatever extent possible. There are a number of ways to help.
School Site Council (SSC): The School Site Council meets once a month to oversee the Site Plan, set annual and long-term goals aligned with the Site Plan and oversee the school improvement budget. The council is made up of equal numbers of representatives from the school staff and parent community. Agendas and times of meetings are posted in the weekly newsletter. These meetings are open to all interested in attending.
PTA/PTO: Roy Cloud School has an active Parent Teacher Association. The PTA works to support and supplement the educational programs offered at Roy Cloud. The PTA advocates participation in order to make a more meaningful school experience for everyone. They organize fund raising activities and family events. PTA meetings are posted in the weekly newsletter. Roy Cloud’s PTA will be transitioning to a PTO this year (2011-2012).
English Language Advisory Committee (ELAC): The Roy Cloud English Language Advisory Committee meets several times a year to inform and give voice to the parents of English Language Learners-ELL).
Redwood City Education Foundation: This all-volunteer, non-profit support organization raises funds for district-wide enrichment programs such as the grades 2 - 4 music program, outdoor education and others.
Volunteers: The Roy Cloud School program is enriched through the work of parent volunteers who help in the library, classrooms, computer lab, field trips, garden, Art in Action and many other activities.
Volunteer Drivers: Private vehicles are often used on field trips. In order to volunteer as a driver, you must be properly licensed and adequately insured, have a copy of your insurance liability form on file in the school office, and complete a Volunteer Driver Form. All cars must have a legal seat belt for each student to be transported. Volunteer vehicles must be checked and approved the day of the field trip.
A SAFE PLACE TO LEARN
Roy Cloud School has a strong commitment to high standards of personal and social behavior. Our goal is to provide a safe and orderly environment in which the student and his/her opportunities to learn and grow are valued and respected. It is highly important for the students to respect themselves, their peers, and the entire staff at Roy Cloud School. Providing meaningful educational programs and setting and expecting positive examples best accomplish developing a responsible behavior pattern in our students.
Roy Cloud School makes emotional and physical safety a top priority for all students, staff and school-community members on our site. It is important for all to understand that any behavior that violates the rights of others to feel emotionally or physically safe, will be dealt with through disciplinary measures. Roy Cloud School follows all district safety policies as well as the California Education Code to assure adherence to the law. The Administration reserves the right to exercise discretion regarding disciplinary matters.
Character Trait Program
It is our goal to encourage positive qualities, so that our students will develop good character, make appropriate choices, and be effective leaders. On the first day of each month, staff members are given laminated posters of the character trait to post in their classrooms and work areas. Additionally, teachers are given suggestions for class discussions or writing topics. The character trait is reinforced each day during morning announcements.
September Responsibility – Able to be trusted or relied upon or dependable
October Self-control – Controlling one’s actions and responses
November Thankfulness – Feeling and expressing gratitude
December Generosity – Willing to share with others
January Punctuality – On time, prompt
February Kindness – Caring; wanting to help others
March Honesty – Truthful; Not lying, cheating or stealing
April Acceptance – Appreciating differences in others;
May Politeness – Being Polite / Perseverance – Sticking to a purpose or aim
GENERAL SCHOOL STANDARDS -- Grades K-8
Roy Cloud School Values
The Roy Cloud School community is committed to these values:
We can do these things by working cooperatively and by resolving conflicts peacefully.
Standards to and From School
Every educator in the public schools shall hold students to a strict account for their conduct on the way to and from school, on the playgrounds, or during recess. Education Code 44807
Entering and Exiting Rules
Equipment Checkout Procedures - Grades 3-5 -- The classroom teacher provides Equipment for grades K-2 and 6-8.
Standards on School Grounds
Rules for Corridors / Hallways
MUB Lunch Time Rules
Laser pointers, matches, shaving cream, water balloons, water pistols, slam books, and any other item(s) that may be considered dangerous or disruptive to the learning environment, shall be considered contraband. Weapons are strictly forbidden. Knives, BB guns, sling shots, etc. are not allowed. The consequence is an automatic referral to the office and a possible expulsion hearing.
*Contraband list is subject to change should the administration decide to add anything that becomes dangerous or disruptive.
*Exceptions to be determined by Administration.
All contraband will be confiscated and returned to the student at the discretion of the Administration. The Administration reserves the right to exercise discretion regarding disciplinary measures. Parents or guardians may be notified.
Cell Phones / iPOD / Electronic Devices
Cell phones are allowed at school, however they are to be unseen and in the students’ backpacks. Cell phones are to be kept silent at all times between 8:00 AM and 3:00 PM at Roy Cloud School. Students are not to use their cell phones during school hours unless a Roy Cloud staff member has given them permission. If a cell phone is seen or heard, it will be taken away, and students in grades 6-8 will receive a level II detention. The student’s parent/ guardian may be contacted for a conference and to pick the cell phone up at school.
Roy Cloud Standards for Appropriate Attire
At Roy Cloud School students are expected to dress in a way that acknowledges that school is a place to work and learn. Clothing, makeup or jewelry that is a distraction to the educational environment or is unsafe, or inhibits participation in PE is prohibited. Footwear should allow for safe participation in PE and on the playground. Students may not wear clothing that advertises items that students may not legally purchase, that displays inappropriate language or pictures, or that is associated with gang identification (for example; red shoe laces). Clothes shall be sufficient to conceal undergarments. Hats and caps may be worn outside for protection from the sun, and the bill must face forward.
Although we recognize that a child’s appearance is an expression of his/her individuality, we expect school attire that is appropriate to the learning environment. If unacceptable clothing is being worn, we will remove a student from the classroom and notify parents that a change of clothing must be provided before the student may return to class. Roy Cloud staff and administration will make these decisions.
Eligibility for School Activities: Students will be allowed to participate in field trips, dances, sports, and other activities outside of the normal school day at the discretion of the administration. Factors that may affect eligibility are:
The following policies and consequences are intended to maintain an environment that is conducive to learning and to preserve and protect the rights of all Roy Cloud students.
According to State Education Code, any student may be suspended for, among other things:
An expulsion hearing is also a possible consequence for the above infractions.
The principal or assistant principal will make a judgment as to the severity of a fight or other disruptive behavior. The following are possible consequences:
If a student chooses to break a school standard, the following consequences may occur:
Study Habit Detention: Students who do not turn in their assignments on time, parent notices, or arrive to homeroom on time may receive a study habit detention to be signed by a parent/guardian. The student will then attend the assigned detention after school.
Level 1 is characterized by disobedient or inappropriate behavior, where the student fails to comply with school rules or policies. The consequence is a detention and a detention notice will be sent home for the parent to sign. These minor offenses include but are not limited to:
Level II offenses are defined as those that are disruptive to the learning environment or interfere with the rights of others to learn in a safe, orderly, and clean environment. These offenses include, but are not limited to:
A student who misbehaves in this manner will receive a Level II detention notice, which will be kept on file in the school office. A student who receives two of these notices in one day may be referred to the administration. The administration reserves the right to determine the consequence. It may be determined that Level II infractions are suspendable offenses.
In House Suspensions: Students may receive an In House Suspension for serious disruptions. An In House Suspension is a “time out” in a designated area that is not the student’s classroom. When a student receives an In House Suspension, the student loses his/her privilege of being in the classroom.
Harassment/bully behavior is any kind of continuing behavior that is unwelcome and makes you feel uncomfortable.
There will be a Harassment/Bully Box reporting system for students to report harassment/bully incidents in the office. If an incident occurs, and you do not feel comfortable reporting the incident verbally, you may record your incident on paper and submit it to the Harassment/Bully Box in the main office. Include your name, date of incident, details of the incident, and the bully’s/harasser’s name.
If you have witnessed somebody being harassed or bullied, please support the person. You can do this by talking to the victim privately and encouraging the victim to report the incident, report the incident yourself, or by including the victim in your activities.
The Redwood City School District will not tolerate behavior that infringes on the safety of any student. A student shall not intimidate or harass another student through words or actions. Such behavior includes: direct physical contact, such as hitting or shoving; verbal assaults, such as teasing or name-calling; and social isolation or manipulation.
The Student Code of Conduct includes, but is not limited to:
* Any student who engages in bullying may be subject to disciplinary action up to and including expulsion.
* Students are expected to immediately report incidents of bullying to the principal or the assistant principal.
* Students can rely on staff to promptly investigate each complaint of bullying in a thorough and confidential manner.
* If the reporting student or the parent of the student feels that appropriate resolution of the investigation or complaint has not been reached, the student or the parent of the student should contact the principal.
The school system prohibits retaliatory behavior against any complainant or any participant in the complaint process.
Last Modified on August 12, 2011