Brock Elementary
Parent/Student Handbook
259 Brakefield Street
Slidell, Louisiana 70458
985-643-5166


Web Site:  http://brockelementary.stpsb.org

 

OUR BELIEFS:
*Students learn in different ways and should be provided with a variety of instructional approaches to support their learning.
*Students learn best when they are actively involved in the learning process.
*Each student is a valued individual with unique physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs.
*Teachers, administrators, parents, and the community share the responsibility for achieving the school’s mission.
*Students’ learning needs should be the primary focus of all decisions impacting the work of the school.
*Student learning is the chief priority of the school.
*The commitment to continuous improvement is imperative if our school is going to enable students to become confident, self-directed, life-long learners.

 

OUR MISSION:
*We Believe We Can Achieve*

 

A MESSAGE FROM THE ADMINISTRATION
Dear Parents/Guardians:
          Welcome to Glynn H. Brock Elementary School.  The purpose of this handbook is to provide you with information about policies and procedures of Glynn H. Brock.
          The Brock staff works diligently to provide an academic environment to meet the educational needs of all students.  We encourage students to achieve at their highest level and believe our children are the most important resources.
          The Guaranteed and Comprehensive Curriculums emphasize student achievement in Math, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies.  Planning and utilization of all staff resources is a vital part of Brock Elementary School operation.  Our educational programs are designed to encourage a high level of participation, which enables parents, teachers, and students to work together to accomplish goals in a safe and nurturing environment.
          We look forward to working with you this year.

Sincerely,                                                       
Rose Smith
Principal

ACCELERATED READER/READING RENAISSANCE PROGRAM
Reading is essential to developing the critical-thinking and problem-solving abilities that ensure a life long love of reading and learning. Students choose leveled books according to their performance of the STAR assessment and read them at their own pace. A short quiz on the computer is then taken with immediate, individualized feedback that helps to direct teacher instruction and ongoing reading practice. An Accelerated Reader book list is available on request. (http://brockelementary.stpsb.org).

ADMISSIONS
New kindergarten students must be 5 years old before October 1 of the school year in which they are enrolling. First grade students must be 6 years old before October 1. The following documents are needed for school registration:
*Certified Birth Certificate
*Social Security Card
*3 Proofs of Residence or Assignment Letter
*The Student’s Last Report Card
*Name and complete mailing address of the former school
*Louisiana State Health Card (Form MCH 14A or revised 1/70) stating proof of immunizations
**A Student Transfer Letter is required for all students transferring from other schools in parish.

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL
School begins at 8:00 a.m. Children should begin arriving after 7:30 a.m. each day. At that time, teachers are on duty to supervise students. For your child’s safety, DO NOT bring your child to school before 7:30 a.m. All students arriving after 8:10 a.m. are tardy and MUST check in at the office WITH A PARENT. Dismissal begins at 3:06 p.m. Students walking or riding bicycles should leave campus promptly. If at dismissal a child is to go anywhere other than home, a written notice must be sent to his/her teacher. A student being tardy is a problem for both the teacher and the student. In order to maximize teaching time and minimize distractions, please have your child at school on time.

 ATTENDANCE
Regular attendance is essential to student success in school. Excused absences are granted in only three circumstances; illness of the student, death in the family, or absence due to school related activity. If a student is absent or tardy for any reason, a written excuse must accompany the student on their return to school and must include the following:
*the date the excuse was written,
*the date(s) the student was absent,
*the reason for the absence, and
*the parent’s signature.
Make up work will be provided for excused absences.
PLEASE NOTE: Act 103 of the 1994 State Legislature deals with student truancy and tardiness and requires principals to report absences and tardiness to the child welfare supervisor. The Supervisor of Child Welfare must refer a student who is absent or tardy without an acceptable excuse five or more times in one month to the family of juvenile court. Policy also mandates the automatic retention of a student who has been absent for more than 10 days in a school year (extenuating circumstances are taken into consideration).

BAND CLASSES
Fifth grade students are given an opportunity for band instruction. Please watch for notices sent home, or check with the office for more information.

BUS SERVICE
Bus routes and stops are planned and established by the St.Tammany Parish School Board Transportation Department. Please use bus transportation if it is available in your neighborhood. Call the Slidell Transportation Department, 646-4967, with questions regarding bus routes, stops and times.
If for any reason your child will ride a different bus home, the parent must send a note. Please do not call the school to make transportation changes. For the safety of your child and everyone on the bus, appropriate bus behavior will be strictly enforced. Students are expected to always:
*remain seated facing the front of the bus,
*keep their hands and feet to themselves and inside the bus,
*talk in a low (normal) tone of voice, and
*use only the bus and bus stop assigned.

CAFETERIA
The meals served daily are nutritionally balanced and meet one-third of the daily minimum nutrition requirements. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the school lunch program. Collection procedures are as follows:
*All meals will be paid for in advance. There are no meal charges.
*Each child will be issued a computer number.
*Breakfast and lunch money should be sent in an envelope and labeled as follows:
- Name of student
- Amount of money
- Computer Number
Teacher’s name
*Payment should be by cash or check payable to Brock Elementary Cafeteria with the student’s computer number on the check.
*Fifty cents should be paid at the time of purchase for milk to go along with a bag lunch or for extra milk with a hot lunch.
Breakfast Prices/Lunch Prices
Paid - $0.65  Paid - $1.10
Reduced - $0.30  Reduced - $0.40
Visitors - $3.45

Please contact the cafeteria manager, Mrs. Cindy Emmons, at 641-1037 between the hours of 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. if you have any questions. Fast food, canned and/or bottled drinks, and toys are not allowed in the cafeteria.

CANCELLATION OF SCHOOL
Cancellation of school takes place only during extraordinary circumstances such as extreme weather, equipment failure, or public crisis. The school board and administrators are aware of the hardship that can be caused by an abrupt cancellation. Therefore, school will not be canceled unless a significant safety risk has been created by unusual circumstances. In the event of severe weather conditions, check local news forecasts for information. Every practical means is used to notify parents of an impending cancellation including radio, TV (Channel 13), the school board web site http://.stpsb.org, and newspapers. In the unusual circumstance where school must be canceled during the school day, school personnel will remain at school until all students leave campus.

CAR RIDERS

Students riding in cars must be dropped off and picked up in the car loading entrance/exit.

CHANGE OF ADDRESS/TELEPHONE
It is important, for emergency and administrative reasons, that every student maintains an up-to-date address and telephone number on file in the school office. Please notify the school office if you have a change of address or phone number during the school year.

CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE PREVENTION
As mandated by the St. Tammany School Board, students in grades K-8 will receive instruction on the topic of Child Sexual Abuse Prevention, Education and Reporting. Contact the school counselor if you are interested in previewing materials used in the instruction. We encourage parents to talk to their children about this topic as well as other general safety issues.

CONFERENCES
Parent conferences are encouraged and can be arranged at any time during the school year. To request a conference with a teacher, call the school office (643-5166) to set up an appointment. Please give the teacher at least 24 hours notice. After conferencing with the teacher, a conference with an administrator may be scheduled if a problem still exists.

COUNSELORS
Guidance and Counseling services are available to help children become aware of their abilities, aptitudes, interests, and attitudes. The school counselor can assist in the following areas:
*to help children develop to their fullest potential,
*to provide opportunities for democratic problem solving, and
*to provide experiences which will assist children in making wise choices. Brock Elementary has the services of our full-time guidance counselor. In addition, a mental health provider is provided by a grant designed to help students with problems.

DEBT COLLECTION PROCEDURES
Debts include, but are not limited to, such things as lost/damaged textbooks, library books, unpaid lunch/breakfast fees, etc. Parents will be notified in writing of the fees owed to the school. In the case of a student transferring to another school, all financial obligations shall be met during withdrawal procedures.

DISCIPLINE
Effective instruction can take place only in a well-disciplined environment. We expect students to display acceptable behavior at all times and expect parents to work with us to reach this goal.

EMERGENCY INFORMATION
Each student is required to have a card on file in the school office with the following information:
*Parent(s)/guardian name(s)
*Complete and up-to-date address
*Home phone and parent work number
*Emergency phone number of friend/relative
*Physician’s name and phone number
If during the year there is a change in any information, please notify the school office.

FIELD TRIPS
Trips are planned by some teachers to enrich learning. Information and cost of trips will be sent home prior to any trip. Students are not required to attend a field trip. Assignments will be given to any child who remains at school. The work will be done under the guidance of another classroom teacher. Students attending field trips must ride the school bus and are not allowed to ride with parents in cars. Siblings are not allowed to go on field trips.

HOURS
Office Hours: 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 3:06 p.m.

INTERIM REPORTS
Interim reports on class progress are issued at midpoint during each grading period if a student is not working at the level and/or rate that he/she is capable. During Open House, your child’s teacher will explain plans for reporting student progress between required marking periods.

LENDING LIBRARY
We are in the process of replacing our lending library. Information will be available when materials are available for checkout.

LOST AND FOUND
All clothing found on the campus is placed in a lost and found box near the office. Please write your child’s name on everything that is worn or brought to school. Students should not bring extra money or valuable items to school.

MEDICATION
Do not send medication, prescribed or over the counter, to school. Teachers are not allowed to administer medication to students at school.
EXCEPTION: If your child is on a long-term prescription medication, you may request a St. Tammany Parish Medication form from the school office and have it completed by your physician. The medication can then be administered through the office. The medication must be brought to school by the parent. Students are never to bring medication to school.

OPEN HOUSE
A formal Open House will be held soon after school starts. Notices will be sent home about the date and time. This evening will allow you to meet with your child’s teacher, hear about plans for the semester, learn about the curriculum requirements for the grade and ask any questions you may have. Please make every effort to attend. Information will be sent home regarding time of Open House this year.

PTA
Brock Elementary is a PTA school. We are very proud of our affiliation with a parish, state, and national organization that supports the total education of children. PTA encourages parental involvement, assists parents in developing skills to raise, educate, and protect their children, and speaks on behalf of children in the schools and before governmental agencies and other organizations that make decisions affecting our children. We hope you will show your support of Brock Elementary by joining our PTA.

PROMOTION AND RETENTION
According to the St. Tammany Parish policy for promotion and retention, a child will be promoted if all the following criteria have been satisfied:
*The child has been in attendance for a minimum of 160 days.
*The child has received passing grades on level in MATH and READING.
*The child does not fail two of these subjects: Language, Science, Social Studies, and Spelling (Grades 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 5th)
*The first grade student has passed reading and math the last quarter.
*The child passes LEAP 21 in grade four.

REPORT CARDS
Report cards are issued the week following the completion of each quarter. Final report cards for all grades will be mailed. Please carefully review your child’s progress and contact your child’s teacher if you have questions regarding grades.

SAT – STUDENT ASSISTANCE TEAM
The Student Assistance Team (SAT) is comprised of various school staff members and may include an administrator, counselor, resource helping teacher, referring teachers, and other appropriate personnel. When a student is suspected of having significant learning difficulties, a conference is held between the teacher and the parent. Specific concerns are documented and the classroom teacher may implement appropriate interventions. If the interventions are not successful, a meeting is scheduled by the teacher with the SAT to which the parent is invited. The SAT, at that meeting, reviews all information and makes additional recommendations for interventions and/or screenings.

SMOKE FREE ENVIRONMENT
All public school campuses in our parish are smoke free environments.

STUDENT EXPECTATIONS
Brock Elementary is following the “Fish Philosophy”. The basic tenets of this philosophy are:
*Be there
*Make their day
*Play/Have fun
*Choose your attitude

TEXTBOOKS / LIBRARY BOOKS
Students are expected to keep in good condition, all textbooks, library books, and other materials issued to them. Any lost or damaged books will need to be replaced.
TOYS /GAMES /ELECTRONICS /ETC.
We ask that no toys be brought to school unless requested by the teacher. Cell phones are not to be brought to school. In addition, to be left at home are radios, walkman/headsets, and video games. If brought to school, these items will be taken from the students and held in the office for parental
pick-up.

UNIFORM POLICY
School Uniforms are mandatory for Brock Elementary students. The uniform consists of:
*solid navy blue, red, or white shirt
*solid khaki uniform pants, shorts, skirts, or jumpers. 
*shoes should be appropriate for the classroom and playground. Since PE is a regular part of the school curriculum, and students participate in PE everyday, tennis shoes should be worn for safety reasons. Also for safety reasons, we suggest that students not wear earrings to school. Students are not to wear caps, hats, or bandanas to school.

VISITORS
For the safety of our children, we must know who is on our campus at all times. All visitors to the school must sign in at the office. All students leaving the building during school hours must be signed out through the office.

WEAPONS POLICY
Students found using, possessing and/or concealing a knife, a firearm, a weapon that may discharge a projectile or other dangerous instruments that may cause bodily harm shall be immediately suspended and possibly recommended for expulsion. Police notification shall be made immediately. Students using, possessing and/or concealing any look-alike object that may have the appearance of a weapon or dangerous instrument shall be immediately suspended from school and possibly recommended for expulsion.

WITHDRAWING A STUDENT FROM BROCK ELEMENTARY
If a student is moving from Slidell or transferring to another school in Slidell (due to a change of address), please contact the school several days before the planned move. This allow the office and teachers time to complete the necessary paper work. All textbooks and library books must be returned and all fines must be paid.

HOW PARENTS CAN HELP STUDENTS SUCCEED IN SCHOOL


As parents, you have been responsible for the early teaching of your child. Even though your child is now old enough for school, you are still the most important teacher in your child’s life. The following suggestions are ways in which you can help your child be successful at school.
*Attend conferences with your child’s teacher.
Make teachers aware of any problems or if things at home change.
Ask questions if you do not understand something.
*Communicate
Read and answer all notes from the school.
Expect to see graded papers each week, if not contact the teacher.
*Give special help to your child by:
Reading stories to your child.
Going over school papers with him/her.
Promoting good health and safety habits.
Praising your child for things done well.
Talking about everyday experiences.
Providing learning materials for home use.
Promoting respect for themselves and others.
Becoming involved in school activities.
*Make your child accountable for his/her homework. It is your child’s responsibility to copy assignments and to know what to do when he or she gets home.
*Establish a routine for completing homework by providing a place, materials to be used at home, and setting a time and time limit for completing work.
*Teach your child how to manage time. Set up a management calendar on Sunday night and plan for the week. Set up a daily schedule. Include wake up time, breakfast, dressing, homework, play, etc. Most children work better with a daily routine.
*Provide proper nutrition and rest, which are essential to good daily performance.
*Be sure your children are on time for school so they will have a good start for the day.
*Set a good example and follow all school rules and traffic guidelines.

 

 

 

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