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LADERA DEL NORTE
ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

Where KIDS come FIRST!

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STUDENT/PARENT INFORMATION

FOR

2018-2019


DEAR PARENTS,
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 children’s growth.  Please feel free, at any time, to make appointments to visit with your child’s teacher(s) if you have concerns. Please read and discuss this handbook with your student(s). Thanks in advance for your support.


PARENT EXPECTATIONS:
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:

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ALL VISITORS MUST SIGN IN AND OUT WHEN VISITING OUR SCHOOL. YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO USE THE VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM AND PRESENT A PHOTO ID  (DRIVERíS LICENSE)  VISITORS MUST WEAR THE VISTORíS BADGE WITH THE CURRENT DATE ON IT. THIS ALSO APPLIES TO VISITING PERSONNEL AND STUDENTS IN PORTABLE BUILDINGS.
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VISITORS ARE TO ENTER AND EXIT THROUGH THE FRONT ENTRANCE ONLY (EAST SIDE OF BUILDING).
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DUSTIN AVENUE  IS FOR BUS DROP OFF AND BUS PICK UP ONLY
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STUDENT CAR DROP OFF IS IN THE LOWER SOUTH PARKING LOT. PLEASE ALLOW STAFF TO UNLOAD AND LOAD THE CARS FOLLOWING OUR PROCEDURES. STUDENTS WILL NOT BE DISMISSED TO CROSS THE PARKING LOT WITHOUT AN ADULT.  WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO USE THE CROSS-WALKS.
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THE UPPER DRIVEWAY IN FRONT OF THE MAIN DOOR IS DROP-OFF FOR THE SPECIAL NEED STUDENTSí BUSSESS ONLY.
NO PARKING IS PERMITTED IN THIS AREA.
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ANY PERSON PICKING UP A CHILD MUST SHOW THE GREEN PLACARD THAT CONTAINS THE CHILDREN'S NAMES ON IT, THAT HAS BEEN PROVIDED BY THE SCHOOL.   STUDENTS NOT PICKED UP ON TIME WILL BE SENT TO LATCHKEY, AT THE EXPENSE OF THE PARENT.
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IT IS IMPERATIVE THAT OUR FRONT OFFICE ALWAYS HAS YOUR CURRENT PHONE NUMBERS AND ADDRESS SO THAT WE MAY REACH YOU IN THE EVENT OF AN EMERGENCY.
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AS AN EXTRA SAFETY PRECAUTION, WE WILL ASK THAT PARENTS NOT BE ON THE PLAYGROUND BEFORE SCHOOL WITHOUT PROOR CHECK-IN AT THE OFFICE.  PARENTS WILL NOT BE PREMITTED TO COME DOWN THE STAIRS LEADING TO THE PLAYGROUND.
THANK YOU FOR KEEPING OUR CHILDREN SAFE!!

STUDENT BEHAVIOR:
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.

STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

Within the general framework above, the student will specifically:


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Demonstrate respect to all students and adults, respect self, and respect property;
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Complete assignments on time;
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Follow directions the first time they are given;
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Use no gum at school;
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Keep phones/electronic devices and toys off and in backpack all day;
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Avoid disruptive behavior;
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Have materials for class work ready;
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Respect school and personal property;
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Abide by classroom and playground rules;
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Walk quietly and stay to the right when passing in the hallway;
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Walk, not run, in the building and on sidewalks;
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Not be in the school building before school, during recess, or after school without permission;
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Not bring harmful/inappropriate items to school; and
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Abide by school dress code.


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INAPPROPRIATE BEHAVIORS

The following inappropriate behaviors are not acceptable. These include, but are not limited to:

  • Insubordination
  • Bullying, threatening, taunting, provoking, hitting, kicking or inciting others to hit, kick, push, grab, etc.
  • Inappropriate language: written, verbal or gesturing
  • Throwing rocks, clods, water balloons, snowballs, sand, etc.
  • Inappropriate contact of another student
  • Biting or spitting
  • Bringing harmful objects to school
  • Repeated disruptions in the classroom or on campus
  • Damaging school property
  • Stealing
  • Leaving campus without permission
  • Extortion, blackmail, and/or coercion
  • Absence without parental consent
  • Smoking or possession of tobacco or tobacco substitutes or look-alike products
  • Forger of signature
  • Wearing of distractive clothing, hair color, styles, etc., when it interferes with instruction and/or learning
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CLASSROOM RULES

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:

1st Offense:
                Verbal warning

2nd Offense:
                Loss of privilege based on specific classroom management tools

3rd Offense:
        Possibilities of:
  • Loss of privilege based on specific classroom management tools
  • Parent notification
  • Behavior log entry
Repeated Offenses:
                Possibilities of:
  • Removal to another classroom
  • Discipline referral and meet with Principal and/or Assistant Principal
  • Community service
  • In-school suspension
  • Time in office


PAX Behavior Game will be used school-wide.  

OFFICE CONSEQUENCES

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:

  • Talk, with verbal reprimand
  • Call to the parent
  • Written and/or verbal apologies
  • Activities such as written reports, cleaning areas of the campus, community service
  • Detention at noon or some other student free time
  • Temporary assignment to a classroom other than his/her own
  • Written contract
  • Counseling
  • In-school suspension (ISS)
  • Out-of-school suspension (OSS)
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.

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BUS PROCEDURES

While on the bus:

  • Keep books, packages, coats and other items out of the aisle;   
  • Be courteous, kind and considerate to peers and bus driver, and
  • Remember that loud talking, laughing, or unnecessary confusion is unsafe for you, others, and your driver.
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/

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PLAYGROUND RULES

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.  

  • Only those seated in a swing should be in the swing area. Swing appropriately and remain seated until coming to a full stop. Step out of the swing. Do NOT jump out of swings.
  • Only one person at a time on the slides. Go down the slide in a seated position. Do not climb up the slides.
  • Only one person at a time on the monkey bars. Other students should wait in line.
  • Only the person using the zip line needs to maneuver it. Other students should wait in line.
  • Climb down from the top of the climbing rock.
  • Use the equipment in the manner it was designed for (if it was not designed for a student to stand on top of, a student should not be there).
  • Sand, snow, grass and critters are to remain on the ground.
  • Ask for assistance if equipment leaves the playground area.
  • All students should be allowed to participate in an activity if they so desire.
  • Keep shoes on AT ALL TIMES.
  • Upon hearing a whistle, stop activity and pay attention to the adults on the playground.
  • Any use of imaginary guns is prohibited.
  • Bullying in any manner will not be tolerated.
  • Stay away from the portable buildings.
  • Students do not leave campus without permission and without being signed out at the front office.
  • Students should not be dropped off at the playground at any time throughout the day after the tardy bell has rung. They should be signed into the office, by an adult.
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!
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DRESS CODE

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:

  • Skirts/dresses will be approximately the length of walking shorts.
  • Mid-thigh or longer shorts will be allowed.
  • Clothing that makes reference, directly or by word or graphics, regarding sex, tobacco, alcohol or drugs will not be allowed.
  • Shoes will be worn at all times and tennis shoes are recommended for P.E. activities.
  • Hats and hoods are not acceptable in the building. Such coverings that obscure the face should be removed when requested by a staff member, even if this occurs outside of the building.
  • Spaghetti strap tops are not acceptable.
  • Extreme hair styles/color that cause a distraction to learning are not allowed.
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.

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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:

  • All students should be dropped off/picked up at the lower parking lot or at one of the crosswalks (Dustin and 35th, or Dustin and 38th). There will be no pickups in the lobby unless your child has a special need and you have made prior arrangements with office staff.
  • Students MUST use crosswalks.  WE APPRECIATE PARENTS MODELING THE USE OF CROSSWALKS.
  • Students are expected to leave school grounds promptly upon dismissal.
LUNCH DELIVERIES:

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.

SCHOOL MEALS:

Ladera Elementary has not been selected to participate in the universal feeding program this school year.  Please feel free to complete a lunch application to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunches and breakfast.  We strongly encourage you to complete the application.

ATTENDANCE:

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.  EXCESSIVE TARDIES AND/OR STUDENTS NOT SIGNED IN BY A PARENT, WILL BE TURNED OVER TO THE DISTRICT TRUANCY OFFICER.

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

Ladera’s 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: pmaestas@fms.k12.nm.us, Terrill Henegar, Assistant Principal: thenegar@fms.k12.nm.us, 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!!