August 5, 2015
Dear MAE Students and Parents:
I hope this letter finds you relaxed and ready to RACE into another fabulous year of learning at MAE. I look forward to seeing, meeting, and working with you and your family; returning students and new students to MAE. Our theme for the 2015-16 school year will once again be MAE is… Crossing the Line ~ Rev up for ACademic Excellence. I am so excited about this year’s educational journey and ready to conquer the learning adventures ahead!
The first day of school is Monday, August 24. The Start time will remain the same this coming school year while the end time changes slightly from 3:05 to 3:10 p.m. (MTTF). There will be no change in end time on Wednesday afternoon (2:10 p.m.). The tardy bell will sound at 8:30 a.m. with dismissal starting at 3:10 p.m. Kindergarten and 1st grade students will be escorted to the front of the school at 3:05 p.m. (2:05 p.m. on Wednesday) followed by 2nd – 5th graders at 3:10 p.m. (2:10 p.m. on Wednesday). Buses will leave campus at approximately 3:20 p.m. every afternoon (2:25 Wednesday). Students are not allowed on campus until 8:00 a.m. - unless they are in the Spirit Program, a morning club, or the Extended Daycare program. Your child’s safety is very important to everyone at MAE and supervision is not available until this time. Students arriving prior to 8:00 a.m. will receive a letter for parents to sign regarding our morning arrival procedures and the safety concerns that we have for them being on campus too early. Please help us keep your child safe while keeping them in your care prior to 8:00 a.m.
Dismissal is a busy and hectic time of day. In order to make the dismissal process as efficient as possible, we need your assistance. MAE is a community school and therefore a majority of the students are walkers, bike riders, and car riders. During dismissal, parents arriving by car may not park or leave their car to walk over to the car rider area to pick up their child. In an effort to alleviate traffic congestion, students whose names end in A – L should arrive at MAE for car rider pick-up at 3:10 p.m. (2:15 p.m. on Wednesday). Student names ending in M – Z should arrive at 3:25 p.m. (2:30 p.m. on Wednesday). All parents must remain in their car, stay in the parent pick up car line, and wait for curb side service. It is imperative that everyone follow the procedures so we can ensure a safe and efficient dismissal. We appreciate your support as we strive to make dismissal as expedient and stress-free as possible.
Walkers and Bike Riders will exit campus walking past the flagpole and continuing down the sidewalk where the School Resource Officer (SRO) will cross students. Students are encouraged to “stick with safe behaviors” and remain in a group as they walk or ride their bike home. The parent/guardian of the “Parent Accompanied Walkers” (PAW) will be asked to sit on the benches near the bus loading zone. These walkers will exit the building via the blue hallway and report to the gate by the Art room whereby they will be supervised and released to a parent. This area is for true walkers only. If you arrive on campus by car, your child is not a
walker; they are considered a car rider. We kindly request everyone to follow our school procedures and use our curbside service with car rider parents and students.
Parents may not sit on the front porch (carpeted area) to wait for their child(ren). This request is being made due to the large volume of students who exit the building via the main entrance to report to car and bus rider loading areas; walkers and bike riders also exit the building here. During this time, our teachers are responsible for getting car and bus riders to their designated seating areas. When they are greeted by a large volume of parents, the “parent accompanied walkers” are pulled from the line making it difficult for the teacher to see and determine each child’s safety. This frightens the teacher and creates a safety concern for everyone involved. Rainy Day Plan: Parents may sit on the right side of the porch (area closest to the bus loading zone) to wait for their child(ren). Parent Accompanied Walkers will be brought to this area to meet their parent/guardian.
Middle School (MS) and High School (HS) students must be picked up at their respective schools and are not allowed on the MAE campus during dismissal; unless given prior approval from administration. If you have a MAE student with an older sibling at the Middle School, the School Resource Officer (SRO) will cross the MAE student safely at the crosswalk, so they may join up with their sibling. Middle School students must wait at the picnic area on the St. Cloud Middle School grounds. This is an ideal meeting location.
The Osceola County School Board rule requires uniforms for all students in Osceola County schools. The District approved colors are khaki, navy and white. Each school Principal may select additional polo shirt colors. Michigan Avenue Elementary has selected MAROON AND GOLD. Students in grades 2nd – 5th will be required to tuck their shirt in and wear a belt. Students in Kindergarten and First grade will be permitted to have the shirt untucked and therefore will not be required to wear a belt. Younger students are still developing the fine motor skills needed for tucking shirts in and fastening belts. This process will lead to a loss of instructional time for students and teachers.
Friday will continue to be Spirit Day at MAE. Students may wear their MAROON Spirit T-Shirt on Fridays only. PTO will be selling Spirit T-Shirts during Open House for $10.00. Maroon and Gold polo shirts will be on sale for $2 (limited supplies). Polo’s sold at the school have our bull pup mascot embroidered on the front.
As part of the new District Uniform Policy, all Osceola County elementary students are also required to wear athletic shoes (sneakers). With the new State mandate for PE, students at MAE will have PE three days a week; hence the need for athletic shoes is essential. Students may not wear any other style of slip on shoe. Please see the District Uniform Policy flyer included in your welcome back packet for more details.
We will have the Meet the Teacher OPEN HOUSE for K–5th grades on Friday, August 21st. Students will be able to locate their classroom(s), meet their teacher(s), and pick up important information during Open House. Due to the large student body and limited parking, teachers and staff have been asked to park in the PE field allowing for more space in our main parking lot for visitors. We hope this plan will alleviate parking issues on this very important day.
~ OPEN HOUSE ~
Friday, August 21, 2015
3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
Careful consideration has been given to assign a “Highly Qualified” teacher for your child. Parent requests are not taken at MAE and classroom changes will not be made. Procedures and relationships are established in the first days of school and academic routines and consistency is very important to the academic success of all students.
Teachers will send home a packet with information during Open House. This packet will include online free/reduced lunch instructions, student information sheets, insurance information, district notices, etc… Please read all the information and send back all requested forms on August 24 – students first day of school.
Transportation – Bus Schedules
Bus Schedules will be posted at the Open House event. The schedule will provide the Bus Route # and pick up/drop off times. I highly suggest that all bus rider students ride the bus to and from school on the first day of school. Students receive wrist bands on the morning run which help determine which route they go home on in the afternoon and to make sure they board the bus in the afternoon. Please do not drop your child off at school and request they ride home in the afternoon. This is confusing for everyone involved (student, teacher, office etc…). It is suggested that students and parents be at the assigned stop 10 minutes early. As a friendly reminder, these times may be delayed as the drivers are learning the route. Please anticipate the bus being late. I know this can be frustrating and/or scary for first time bus students and parents. From past experience, I can assure you a more accurate/predictable routine will evolve (drop off/pick up) after the first days of school. I will keep the Main Office lines open until 4:30 p.m. (4:00 p.m. on Wed.) the first week of school. Please feel free to contact the school with late bus questions. Please be prepared to tell us your child’s name, grade, and Bus Route #.
I look forward to another exciting and academically successful year at MAE. Thank you for sharing your child with me. If you have any questions, please call the office at 407-891-3140.