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Welcome Letter school year 2017-2018
August 7, 2017
Dear Barron Park Families:
Welcome back to the 2017/18 school year. I hope your summer has been a memorable one. I’ve enjoyed a wonderful vacation and I’m very much looking forward to welcoming all our returning children, as well as our new students, to the first day of school on August 15th.
On August 10th, the Maker’s Studio will hold an Open House from 4-6 pm. Please try to stop by to see the newly organized Maker’s Studio and meet our new Technology Teacher on Special Assignment, Heather Cleland.
The first day of school is Tuesday, August 15th. Class lists will be posted on Monday, August 14th at 4:00 p.m. After viewing your child’s class placement please plan to stay for the PTA Welcome Back Social from 4 – 6 p.m. on the playground.
On the first day of school please plan on dropping your child off at their classroom door, then join me in the multipurpose room for a cup of coffee, courtesy of the Barron Park PTA.
Please make sure your child is on time to school every day. If your child is not at the class door by the time the second bell rings at 8:15 am, they will be marked tardy. Help your child get back into the swing of the school year by making it a priority to be at school on time every day.
SUMMER STAFF CHANGES
Mrs. Megan Warter has taken the psychologist job at JLS and we wish her well. I’m happy to introduce you to Dr. Hector Mora who has joined us as Barron Park’s new school psychologist. Hector Mora comes to us from Salt Lake City, Utah, where he has been a school psychologist for the past sixteen years.
Many of you had the chance to meet Mrs. Heather Cleland, who is our new Technology Teacher on Special Assignment. Heather has been working a good portion of the summer getting the Maker’s Studio ready for the return of our students and staff.
This coming year we will have two classrooms at each grade level at Barron Park.
Please remember to drive attentively and slowly around school. We want everyone to be safe as they walk, ride or drive to and from school. Please take a moment to review the attached flyer, Barron Park elementary Traffic Plan. Please become familiar with the routes and follow them at all times. Remember to drive slowly at all times.
With safety our number one priority, please remember the following:
- DRIVE SLOWLY on all neighborhood streets and in the Barron Park driveway.
- Come to a complete STOP at designated stop signs. Proceed through the intersection with caution as children may be crossing the street, Josina Ave at Barron Park Ave is just one example.
- Follow the Barron Park drop off procedures:
- Drivers are to remain in the vehicle;
- Children should have their backpacks ready and be able to exit without assistance;
- Children are to exit curbside;
- Drop children off ONLY in the designated drop off zone in the driveway. Pull all the way forward to allow several cars to drop children off at once to keep traffic flowing.
- U-Turns on Barron Park Avenue are illegal and dangerous when any other vehicle, including a bike, is approaching from either direction within 200 feet.
- Be a kind and courteous driver. DO NOT PARK in the following areas:
- A marked crosswalk. Please do park in or block the crosswalk located on Barron Park Ave at the driveway exit.
- “No Parking” area or at a red curb.
- In front of a curb that provides wheelchair access to a sidewalk. There are two such corners at Carlitos Court and Barron Park Avenue.
- In a handicapped space, unless you are disabled & display a placard or disabled license plate.
- Within 15 feet of a fire hydrant or in a FIRE LANE.
Arriving early and parking near the school and walking the last few blocks with your child are always good options.
Please remember all children under the age of 18 are required by law to wear a helmet when riding bikes and scooters. Make sure your student always wears a helmet and walks all bikes and scooters on school property; this includes the sidewalks in front of the school and in the parking lot.
The staff is busily working to get our school up and running for the first day of school. A huge thank you goes to our wonderful custodians, Francisco Garcia and Jerry Phok, for getting the school cleaned so quickly after the end of summer school. The entire school looks wonderful and we are excited to get this school year started.
Looking forward to seeing everyone next Tuesday,Anne Brown