LADERA DEL NORTE
Where KIDS come FIRST!
Ladera Del Norte Elementary School has a proud tradition in this community. We seek not only to maintain the effort and expertise that built that tradition, but also to improve upon it. We believe that to do that, we must have a strong and positive relationship with our parents and our community. The school and parents working together form a powerful and productive team to help guide our childrenís growth. Please feel free, at any time, to make appointments to visit with your childís teacher(s) if you have concerns. Please read and discuss this handbook with your student(s). Thanks in advance for your support.
The Ladera Staff will emphasize SAFETY as a priority. We appreciate your support in keeping all students safe by adhering to our procedures, many of which have been put in place through a coordinated effort with the Farmington Police Department:
THANK YOU FOR KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE!!
Two programs outline our basic effort to teach positive student behavior. The two programs are CHARACTER COUNTS and SECOND STEP. The six pillars of Character Counts are: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Students at Ladera are expected to maintain a high degree of “character,” as defined by these standards. Our staff will be consistent and supportive in providing discipline guidelines that guarantee a safe, healthy learning climate.
Second Step is a curriculum designed to reduce impulsive and aggressive behavior in children. The purpose is to make available those tools that have proven effective in teaching pro-social behaviors. The approach develops skills in empathy, impulse control, anger management, and conflict resolution.
We, the staff, are heavily involved in training and efforts to provide schools that are as safe as possible for our studentsí physical well-being and emotional well-being. These efforts are designed to develop character and self-control, prevent bullying, and provide order. We will follow the school-wide guidelines and procedures in order to support safety and excellence in our school.
Within the general framework above, the student will specifically:
The following inappropriate behaviors are not acceptable. These include, but are not limited to:
In addition to the building-wide regulations above, the students and teacher in each classroom will develop their own set of classroom rules. The classroom teacher or the person in charge will enforce those rules. Typically, the process will be similar to the following:
Loss of privilege based on specific classroom management tools
PAX Behavior Game will be used school-wide.
For offenses that require office attention, and after the facts have been determined, the following list is provided as sample actions, but it is not presented as being all-inclusive:
Repeated infractions of the rules will result in detention, removal from the class, suspensions, student hearings, and/or expulsions.
The possession of a weapon, drugs, alcohol, and/or look-alikes or an intentional incident that causes injury will result in suspension and possible expulsion.
While on the bus:
While you are on the bus you must obey the driver.
The above rules apply to any field trip, as well as transportation to and from school. Students shall respect the wishes of the driver and any chaperone appointed by the school.
School transportation will be utilized for all field trips. Private vehicles are not a transportation option.
CONSEQUENCES FOR BUS VIOLATIONS
1st Write-Up: Meet with Principal and/or Assistant Principal, and/or call to parent. WARNING! (DEPENDING ON VIOLATION)
2nd Write-Up: Meet with Principal and/or Assistant Principal, and/or parent phone call. Up to 5 days suspension from the bus.
3rd Write-Up: Meet with Principal and/or Assistant Principal, and/or parent phone call, and possible suspension from the bus up to the remainder of the year.
SEVERE MISBEHAVIOR SUCH AS FIGHTING OR ANY INCIDENT THAT COULD RESULT IN INJURY TO OTHERS, WILL LEAD TO AN AUTOMATIC 3-5 DAY SUSPENSION FROM RIDING THE BUS.
For further and complete bus procedures, refer to the FMS District Website: http://district.fms.k12.nm.us/departments/transportation/
Interact with others the way you want to be treated by keeping body parts to self. Hitting, kicking, pushing, tripping, biting, wrestling, pulling on clothing, and tackle football are non-examples of keeping body parts to self.
CONTINUED SHORT BLASTS OF THE WHISTLE OR HORN IS NOTICE THAT THERE IS AN EMERGENCY. KEEP YOUR EYES ON THE STAFF MEMBERS ON DUTY AND FOLLOW THEIR DIRECTIONS.
PLAY SAFELY AND RESPECTFULLY AT ALL TIME! THANKS!
Principals and faculties of each school are charged with the responsibility of requiring students to dress in the best interest of the learning situation.
The school has the right at all times to regulate any studentís dress that creates a problem, is a distraction to learning, is of questionable decency and/or creates a health or safety hazard.
Some specifics are:
Parents should provide teachers with extra clothing for any children who may need to change during the day.
Consistent with general policies of this district, primary responsibility for proper attire of all students rests with parents/guardians.
CONTACTING STUDENTS AT SCHOOL
TRANSPORTATION/AFTER SCHOOL ARRANGEMENTS:
Please make all transportation/after school arrangements prior to the school day. Handwritten note and/or email prior to start of the school day to teacher. The school does not accept responsibility for relaying any messages. Messages of an emergency nature will be sent to students (i.e., unintended emergency related to dangerous or unforeseen situations requiring immediate action.)
DROP OFF/PICK UP PROCEDURES:
Please make all lunch arrangements prior to the school day. At Ladera, we strive to keep class interruptions to a minimum. If you bring a lunch for your child after 8:00 a.m., you will be allowed to deliver said lunch to a specified area in the cafeteria (after signing in at the office). Students will check this area as they enter the cafeteria and may retrieve such deliveries at that time. Messages will not be delivered to students regarding lunches.
The Farmington School District is participating in a universal feeding program for all elementary schools. All students will be fed at no charge to them. You will NOT have to complete a free lunch application if your child attends our elementary school. We strongly encourage you to have your child participate in this program.
Throughout the Farmington Municipal Schools, we value the teaching and learning that takes place every day. It is important that you have your child in school to take advantage of the instruction. This also means that your child should be on time. At Ladera, the bell to be in class rings at 7:55. Classes start promptly at 8:00 a.m.
Any student not in class by 8:00 is considered tardy and must be signed in at the office by an adult. This is to ensure that your child has made it into the building safely.
Learning is taking place until 2:45 p.m. daily. Students will not be allowed to check out between 2:30 and 2:45 p.m. This is an important part of the school day, as they are receiving critical information about the following day or remainder of the week.
PLEASE AVOID EARLY CHECK-OUTS! LEARNING IS TAKING PLACE UNTIL 2:45 p.m. DAILY.
Perfect attendance is awarded monthly and yearly. Students with a tardy, an early checkout, and/or an absence will not receive perfect attendance rewards and recognition.
School personnel will contact Parents/guardians of students with multiple unexcused absences and/or tardies. Please feel free to contact the Assistant Principal if you need assistance in complying with attendance requirements.
The Assistant Principal should be notified if you anticipate that your child is going to miss school for an extended period of time. Please refer to the attendance requirements as specified in the Elementary Handbook that is located on the districtís website.
MEETING WITH SCHOOL ADMINISTRATORS
Laderaís school leaders are committed to helping your children receive the best education possible. Therefore, our priority is to be instructional leaders, which means we must spend a great deal of time in classrooms. If you have something that needs to be discussed/addressed, please feel free to email one of us (Phyllis Maestas, Principal: firstname.lastname@example.org, Kelly Stone, Assistant Principal: email@example.com, call and leave a message, or fill out a contact form that you can obtain from office staff. We pledge to address any issues/requests in a timely manner and get back to you as soon as possible. Please know that your concerns and your feedback are very important to us. If your concern is with regard to another staff member, please attempt to resolve the issue with that individual prior to requesting contact with an administrator.
It is important that each student and parent/guardian understands and is familiar with these rules and guidelines. For younger students, it will be especially important that the parent explain many of the items to the student. If you have any questions, please ask.
THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR CONTINUED COMMITMENT TO YOUR CHILD(REN)íS EDUCATION!
WE ARE LOOKING FORWARD TO A FANTASTIC SCHOOL YEAR!!