TRAIL WIND ELEMENTARY

PIONEERS

PARENT/STUDENT HANDBOOK

2017/2018

“Pioneering High Standards for Today and the Future”

Motto: Learning for All!

Vision: We foster a love of learning and meet the challenge of the future with an unwavering commitment to our values.  We empower a quality staff to use best practices and resources to provide an exemplary education for every student.

Respect, Dignity, Honesty, Responsibility and Teamwork.

“Educating Today for a Better Tomorrow.”

3701 E. Lake Forest Drive  Boise, Idaho 83716  

Phone: (208) 854-6320 Fax:  (208) 854-6321

TRAIL WIND ELEMENTARY

WELCOMES YOU!!

A LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL

Dear Parents,

Welcome to Trail Wind Elementary School for the 2017/2018 school year. The Trail Wind staff is committed to providing students with a positive and challenging learning environment throughout the year. We set high expectations for our students and ourselves.

This handbook has been developed to give you and your child/children a better understanding of school policies, procedures and expectations for students' behavior.

Please read and discuss the handbook with your child. We have included information regarding student discipline matters and how they will be handled at school  

The Trail Wind staff believes in fair and consistent treatment of all students. With your strong support, we will continue to provide students with the type of structure and environment necessary for them to be successful. We look forward to working with your child/children and meeting you during the upcoming school year.

Beverly Boyd

Principal

TRAIL WIND STAFF

Kindergarten

Dayna Langford

Nancy Taylor

1st Grade Team

Kris Ball

Eve Denton

Melissa Landers

Robin Sly

2nd Grade Team

Whitney Golden

Denise Dillion-Johnson

Sarah Paulson

Emma Gariglio

Joan Harrie

3rd Grade Team

Kori Bevis

Tammy Bragg

Suzi Sanford

Holly Thornsberry

Joan Harrie

4th Grade Team

Karen Palazzolo

Tyler Targee

Jonathan Roesler

Kassie Canas

5th Grade Team

Mike Martin

Molly Gustavel

Kevin Shepherdson

Kassie Canas

6th Grade Team

Lora Bushee

Chris Dinter

Judy Swain

Patti Wiseman-Adams

Principal – Beverly Boyd

Assistant Principal – Jean Lovelace

Administrative Assistant – Marty Kelly

Office Support- Jenny Sorensen

Music – Luke Lords & Erik Noyce

P.E. – Mike Graening & Dan Bacon

Reading Spec. – Doralicia Riecke

Sp. Ed. –  Liz Barbee

Sp. Ed. – Connie Mitchell

SLP – Karine Maynard

Psychologist – Cathy Doherty

Counselor – Annie Pierce & Eric Kafka

OT – Jamie Watson

Nurse – Jane Godfrey-Wold

Health Tech. – Pam Joyce

Paraprofessionals:

Peggy Danner and Katie Kopel

Band – Marty Worthington

Orchestra – Anita Daniel

Librarian – Katie Gobler

Library/Caf. Support  – Penny Smith

Head Custodian – Kim Horting

Night Custodians:

         Karen

         Pamela Clark

Food Service:

         Lori Giese (Kitchen Manager)

         

Playground Supervisors:

        Triniti Wilcox

        Dena Stegner

        Briana Thomaas

        Erin Meeker

        Addy VanAnne

                        

IMPORTANT PHONE NUMBERS

Trail Wind Elementary                                                 854-6320

Trail Wind Fax Number                                                 854-6321

Just For Kids Program                                                 854-6322

Just For Kids Pre-School                                                 854-6324

First Student Transportation                                        854-5230

TRAIL WIND DAILY SCHEDULE

8:15 AM

Staff Arrives

8:40 am

First Bell

8:45 am

School Day Begins (Tardy Bell)

BREAKFAST

8:15 am to 8:40 am

Served in the cafeteria

AM RECESS

Grades K & 1

10:00 - 10:15

Grades 4 & 2

10:15 - 10:30

Grade 3

Grades 5 & 6

10:30 - 10:45

11:00 - 11:15

LUNCH SCHEDULE

Grade 2/3

11:15– 12:05

Grade 2

11:20 – 12:10

Grade 4

11:35 – 12:20

Grade 1

11:50 - 12:40

Grade 3

12:10– 1:00

Grade 5

12:25 – 1:10

Grade 6

12:35 – 1:20

PM RECESS

Grade 4

1:45 – 2:00

Grades K & 1

2:00 - 2:15

Grades 2 & 3

2:15 - 2:30

DISMISSAL

3:15 p.m.

Student Dismissal

4:00 p.m.

Office Closed

EARLY RELEASE DAY  SCHEDULE

Lunches are served on all early release days.

Kindergarten:

AM Session                     8:40 am - 10:30 am  

PM Session                 11:30 am - 1:15 pm 

Grades 1 - 6                     8:40 am - 1:15 pm                                                            

Please call if your child is going to be absent or late!

Attendance Line is the school office # at 854-6320 before 9:00 a. m.

(District Calendar- Sent Home with all students on the 1st day of school)

SCHOOL RULES & BUILDING FOR SUCCESS

        School Rules

        1.  Show kindness, courtesy, and respect.

        2.  Use positive language at all times

        3.  Cooperate and be respectful to adults and each other.

     Students will listen to adults and follow directions.

        4.  Be respectful of property (yours and others).

5.  Move quietly through the building common areas. (Hallways, restrooms, and lunchrooms)

        6.  No gum chewing on school premises, indoors and outdoors.

7.  All toys and other personal property are to be left at home, this includes electronic

     devices unless your teacher allows in class for educational purposes. (If cell phones or IPODS are brought to school, they must remain turned

    off during the school day from 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 and kept in backpacks.  Please note

    that the school is not responsible for lost or stolen personal property.)

                Guidelines for Success

        1.  Follow directions the first time.

        2.  Show kindness, courtesy, and respect.

        3.  Cooperate with others.

        4.  Demonstrate responsibility.

        5.  Safety comes first.

ABSENCES, TARDIES, AND ATTENDANCE

Student safety is a primary concern at Trail Wind Elementary.  When it is necessary for a student to be absent, please contact the Trail Wind Attendance Line/school office before 9 am at 854-6320.  Be sure to state child’s name, room #, date, and the reason for the absence.  This helps us know they are safe.  If you do not contact the school, we will attempt to contact you confirming that your student is home for the day.  Your help with this matter will help assure the safety of your child.  The Attendance Line is accessible 7 days a week, 24 hours a day for your convenience.

        Procedures for using Attendance Line 

                When students return to school following an absence, they should bring a note from their parents giving a specific reason (cold, flu, or etc.) for their absence.  Please provide a written excuse each time your child is absent or tardy. This note is to be given to the teacher who will forward it to the school office.  An illness for a period over three days of time should be certified by a medical doctor.   Please report communicable diseases to the school nurse immediately.

The Boise Independent School District Attendance Policy requires a minimum of 90% daily attendance. The District calendar and state law require 180 days of school each year.  Thus, 18 absences would be the maximum allowed under the 90% rule.  As part of this policy, you, or your child’s guardian and your child will be notified when total absences reach 8, 10, and 16 days.  Excessive absences could result in a referral to Attendance Court and/or your child being dropped from Trail Wind’s enrollment.

ARRIVING AND DEPARTING

Please observe the following guidelines and help your student(s) understand them.

 

Before School

For safety reasons, please do not have students arrive on school grounds earlier than         8:15 am, as there is no adult supervision.  Exceptions apply to special activities such         as safety patrol, choir, etc.  Permission for students to enter the school building must be granted by a staff member (with the above mentioned exceptions).  

Please drop off students at the front of the building and have them walk to the blacktop area. The first bell rings in the morning         at 8:40.  At that time, all students line up at their designated spot on the playground.          Teachers will meet the students and bring them into their classroom.  

        

During School

Students may use the hallways when they have a hall pass.  They are not allowed in the building before school to put away instruments or drop off backpacks.  Students are to exit the school from their classroom unless they are picking up their instrument.  Once the instrument is in hand they exit the building through the music room door.  

Lunch Time

Teachers will take their classrooms to the lunchroom and stay with them until each         student is through the lunch line.  Students going home for lunch should bring a note each time or parents can make advance arrangements with the school office.

After School

 Students not riding busses home need to leave the school grounds as soon as they are dismissed.  Bicycle riders need to walk their bikes to the street and then they may ride.  Students should never ride their bikes onto or off the school grounds.  This same rule applies to scooters, wheelies, rollerblades and hover boards.  Bus students form lines in front of the school according to the bus they ride.  If your student usually walks home, or is a bus rider who is going to get off at a different stop or ride a different bus, they will need a note from a parent or guardian for the         school office.  Extra room is not always available on busses and students may have to ride their regular bus home.  Bus drivers will only allow students to board busses in the school parking lot and get off at their regular stop except as noted above.

           

Leaving School During the Day

When leaving during the school day, a student must be signed out in the office          

by a parent or parent designee. To reduce classroom disruptions and save                     parents time, someone will notify the student after you have arrived. Please do not  ask to have the student waiting in the office or outside of the building.  Students with written permission from parents may leave to go to their own home for lunch, although this is strongly discouraged due to safety reasons. The student must  have his/her teacher initial this note from home. The student must check out at the office before leaving.  Students are not allowed to go to their friend's house for  lunch at any time.

Dismissal

Please make after school arrangements with your students before coming to

school.  If parents or guardians need to change those arrangements they will

need to call the school prior to 2:30.  In addition, parents needing to check

students out early will need to do so by 3:00.  Otherwise, the student will be

released at 3:15.  All students should be off school grounds by 3:30, unless they are

participating in an after school activity.

Bus Transportation

        

State law provides bus transportation for students living 1.5 miles or more from school or who would otherwise have to cross major intersections identified by Transportation.  Bus applications must be completed for any student eligible for busing.  Information concerning bus routes is available at the school office or by calling the bus company, First Student, at 854-5230.  For the safety of all children, good conduct is required for students riding school buses.  Failure to comply with bus safety guidelines will result in suspension of a student’s bus riding privilege.  The principal, after consultation with parents and the bus driver, will decide when and for how long a student’s bus privilege may be suspended.

BICYCLES, SKATEBOARDS, ROLLERBLADES, HEELYS AND SCOOTERS

Students in grades K-6 are allowed to ride bicycles, skateboards, scooters and use roller blades or Heelys on their way to school.  Students should be familiar with the safety standards if they use any one of these.  Students need to walk their bicycles, skateboards, scooters, roller blades and Heelys across the street and on and off the playground between 8:00 am and 4:00 p.m. to avoid injuries.  We urge students to lock their bikes and scooters in the bike cage and to register them with the Police Department.  Bicycles should not be locked together. For your student’s safety we encourage the use of bicycle helmets.  

Additional Rules

  1. During school hours (8:00 am – 4:00 pm), skateboards, rollerblades or Heelys are not to be used on the school grounds.
  2. During non-school hours you may skateboard or rollerblade on the blacktop or the sidewalks. GRINDING IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANYTIME!
  3. Bicycles and scooters are to be placed in racks provided at the school.
  4. The school cannot be held responsible for lost or stolen bicycles and scooters. Such occurrences should be reported to the police immediately.
  5. Only bike and scooter riders are allowed in the bike area.
  6. Bikes & scooters should be chained and locked. If possible, use a combination lock to reduce any inconvenience caused by a lost key. Rollerblades are to be replaced with school shoes at the bike area.
  7. The bike racks and fenced area are off limits at all times for skateboarding or

      Rollerblading and the use of “Heelys”.

BIRTHDAYS, CLASS PARTIES AND GIFTS

Please check with the teacher before sending birthday and/or holiday treats to school. Trail Wind encourages you to acknowledge a student’s birthday by purchasing a book in the child’s name for our library. Birthday invitations may not be handed out before, during, after school or at recess time. Please mail birthday invitations or have your child deliver them from home.  Class celebrations are held at the discretion of the classroom teacher.  Gift and flower deliveries will not be made to the classroom.  Students will be called to the office at the end of the day to retrieve their items.  

BOOKS

Each student assumes responsibility for the care and safekeeping of all books checked out to him or her. Fines will be assessed for damage or loss of books.

CHANGE OF INFORMATION

This is extremely important.   It's for the safety of your child/children.  Please provide a written excuse each time your child is absent or tardy. It is of the utmost importance that any changes of address, telephone number, parents’ place of employment, emergency number, doctor or sitter/daycare be reported to the school office immediately. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated

CHECK OUT

You must come to the office to check your child out during school hours.  Teachers are unable to release a student from their rooms without proper authorization.  Parents who want their child to come home for lunch must send a note or make arrangements with the school office.  The office will call the child to the office. You must come into the office to pick up your child.  These same rules apply to the lunchroom and the playground.  If you are planning to take your child to an appointment, please let the office know.  Do not assume a note sent with your child to the teacher will reach the office.  Please call the office directly or have your child bring the note to the office and the office will notify the teacher.

COMMUNICATION

It is our desire as educators to keep the lines of communication open with all parents.  

Please call with your comments or concerns at 854-6320.

 

        Parent and Teacher Conferences/Pupil Progress Report

The Boise School District uses two methods of communicating with you about your         child's progress. The first is a scheduled parent-teacher conference.  Conferences

are held in the fall after the end of the first grading period in November.  Times are         coordinated to allow parents convenient times to attend all of their children’s         conferences. The first report card is given out during this conference. The second         method of reporting is a fairly traditional report card. Grades are given at the end

 of the first semester, the third quarter, and the second semester.

             

COUNSELORS

Counselors are a valuable resource for parents, teachers, and children. The counselors have developed curriculum in daily living skills, which are presented in units to all classes. Children learn such things as problem solving, communication skills, and cooperation. Students may also see the counselors in small groups or up to three times individually. Referrals can be made by staff, parents, or students.

Parent education is offered to help families solve adult/child relationship problems. At weekly meetings, parents learn a common sense approach to parenting.

You may contact a counselor at the school office 854-6320.

Tuesday - Friday

Monday and Thursday

DELIVERIES FOR STUDENTS

It is discouraged to send gifts, flowers, balloons and other presents for students as it is a distraction in classrooms. If a delivery is made, it will be held in the office until after school.  Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.

DRESS CODE        

Trail Wind students are expected to present a neat, clean appearance and wear clothing that does not detract from the educational process.  Short shorts, halter-tops, half shirts, spaghetti straps and shirts with questionable printing or pictures (alcohol or tobacco advertisements) are not permissible.  Hats are to be worn outside only.  Shirts must be long enough to cover their belly buttons and top of pants when child is standing.  Flip Flops are discouraged as they can be a safety hazard on the playground. The principal, in cooperation with teachers, is responsible to decide whatever clothing is appropriate.  If the clothing is in question, the parent will be called and the situation resolved.

EMERGENCIES, ACCIDENTS, ILLNESS & MEDICATION

Please help us keep our record of your emergency phone numbers up to date.  We must be able to notify you quickly if necessary. The Boise School District has developed an emergency handbook. This book was developed as a guideline to help school personnel

                deal with emergency situations such as, fires, bomb threats, and earthquakes. An emergency evacuation plan is also in place.   It is in the school office and has been reviewed with the staff.  If you would like to review this handbook, please contact the school office.  We will have fire drills monthly and talk and practice with the children for other emergency situations.  Student safety is of prime importance. Students are supervised at all times.  However, accidents do happen.  In case of an accident, it is vital that we have a number where you or another responsible adult can be reached.  The school carries no insurance for accidents.  At the beginning of each year accident insurance is offered through an insurance company.  This optional policy is one that parents can purchase to cover accidents that might happen at school.

If your child is ill, please keep her/him home and contact the school. Your child is too ill to

come to school if there is:

  1. A fever greater than 99.4 degrees.  Your child must be fever free for 24 hours following his/her illness.
  2. Vomiting.
  3. Diarrhea.
  4. A significant body rash undiagnosed by a medical doctor.

This will help prevent illness from spreading.  Also, if your child is too ill to be outside, please keep him or her at home.  Children at school are expected to be able to go outside (weather permitting)

MEDICATION

Whether it is antibiotics, cold medicine, Tylenol, or medication to be taken daily, it must come in the original container or in a prescription labeled bottle.  Medication in envelopes will not be accepted.  You must have a signed note with instructions on how you want the medication to be given (i.e., time, amount, and frequency).  If the medication is to be taken for more than 2 weeks, an Authorization for Medication form must be filled out.  If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the school nurses at 854-6320.

Parents are to bring all medication to the nurse or secretary at the first of the day.  Students are not to transport medication to school because of the safety concerns.

FIELD TRIPS

Students are offered field trips to help highlight a particular topic or subject being studied in class.  They help round out a child’s education experience.  At the beginning of the year a blanket field trip permission slip is sent home with students for parents or guardians to sign.  This form covers field trips throughout the year.  Teachers will inform parents or guardians of the date, time, location, and any fees for each field trip.  Please help by signing this slip and sending it to your student’s teacher as quickly as possible.

Parents may be asked to chaperone or drive for a field trip. This is an exciting day for your child.  Please make child care arrangements for any siblings or other children when you drive or chaperone field trips. In most cases, students are transported by school busses paid for by the school district or PTO.  Occasionally, parent drivers will be needed.

 If you are interested in driving, please be aware of the following requirements:

  1. Parent drivers must have a completed Boise School District Background Check. These background checks take time, so if you plan on volunteering regularly and in this capacity please check with your child’s teacher on obtaining forms early in the school year.
  2. Each parent driver must be at least 21 years old or have a valid driver’s license.
  3. Each driver must have a minimum of $300,000 liability insurance per accident and $100,000 per individual.
  4. Each parent driver must sign an insurance form (available in the school office) once per year.
  5. Each student is required to wear a seat belt. No child is to sit in the front seat.  

FOOD SERVICE/LUNCH

At Trail Wind Elementary, meal services begin on the first day of school. We are excited for your child to experience the Healthful Choices food program. Students will make milk and entree selections from 2-3 choices daily, and then select from the Self-Serve bar the rest of their meal from an assortment of grains, fresh fruits and vegetables. Each student will be issued a lunch card to use. The money students bring to school for meals will go into their personal debit account in the Food Service computer. Any amount of money may be put into that account.

Important Meal Reminders

        *  Student lunch prices are $2.30 or $.40 for reduced price. Adult lunches are

              $3.70.

        *  Breakfast is offered every day at 8:00. Student breakfast prices are $1.35, or

              $.30 for reduced price. Adult breakfasts are $2.15.  

                *  Payments may be made any morning before school in the cafeteria.

        *  Checks should be made out to BSFS - (Boise School Food Service).

        *  Students and parents may pay cash as they go through the line.

        *  Cold milk is available for those bringing a lunch from home. Milk is $.40 ala cart.

        *  Parents are always welcome to have lunch with their child. Please call

              the school before 9:00 a.m. so that food service can be prepared.

        Cafeteria Rules

  1. Eat your own lunch.  Sharing or trading food is prohibited.
  2. Sit at the table properly and use your quiet voice.
  3. Listen to lunchroom personnel.
  4. Always walk in the lunchroom.
  5. Follow lunchroom procedures.

INCLEMENT WEATHER

The principal will decide when inclement weather warrants students staying in the building.  Generally, we try to have students in the classrooms when it is believed the weather is such that it might be unsafe, extremely wet, or frigidly cold.  Students should dress for the weather and be prepared to stay outside before and after school as well as during recess times. Students are not to enter the building unless given permission by the principal or teacher. In rare cases, severe ice or snow conditions may warrant school closure. This will be announced on the following TV and radio stations:

TV:                Channel 2, Channel 6, Channel 7

AM Radio:        630 - KBOI, 1140 - KGEM

FM Radio:        105 - KJOT, 106 - K106, 104 - KLITE, 103.3 - KHEZ,

92.3  KIZN, 90.3 - KBSU

LIBRARY EXPECTATIONS

        Library Rules

                *Talk in quiet whisper voices.

                *Always walk in the library.

                *Sit with all chair legs on the floor.

                *Return pencils, chairs, magazines to their proper place.

                *After checking out a book, read silently.

                *Books may be checked out two weeks at a time.

                *Never leave the library without permission.

                *If you damage or misplace your library book, you must pay to have it mended

                         or replaced.

                *Return to your class quietly.

                *Always use good manners.

LOST AND FOUND

Articles of clothing and lunch boxes will be placed in the Lost and Found Area located by the office. Children may go through items in this area to locate their belongings. Small items should be turned into the office and will be returned to the owner upon proper identification. Students are encouraged to check with the office regarding lost items. Labeling major articles helps in locating lost items. Money that is found should be turned into the office and is generally kept about a week. If unclaimed, the money is given to the finder. Clothing that is unclaimed will be donated to charity.

PARTIES / TREATS

Teachers will inform parents of when parties are to be held in the classroom. Please check with your child’s teacher before sending birthday or party treats to school.  Please be aware that there are students who have severe food allergies, so please make sure you contact the teacher prior to bringing any food into your student’s classroom.

SMALL CHILDREN

Parents are asked to leave their small children in the care of others, outside of the school, when volunteering at Trail Wind.

TARDIES

Students arriving late to school begin the day with a distinct disadvantage. Often they miss special greetings, the days outline and directions, review of previous assignments or the introduction of the day’s first subject. Please make every effort to get your children to school on time. Set a good example. It's the right thing to do.

Students are tardy when they are not in their classroom when the bell rings at 8:45. Please have your child report to the office first to obtain a pass if he or she is tardy. 

Tardies are considered when attendance awards are presented at the end of the school year.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Children will not be permitted to leave the classroom to answer the phone except in an emergency. Please leave messages with the secretary, who will see that they are delivered to the classroom teacher. Children will not be allowed to call home to ask permission to stay for previously scheduled, after-school activities, or to go home with a friend. Your child must assume responsibility for making these arrangements with you before coming to school. .  If parents or guardians need to change those arrangements they will need to call the school prior to 2:30.  Students with cell phones will not be permitted to leave them on during the regular school hours of 8:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

TOYS, ELECTRONIC DEVICES, CELL PHONES  

All toys, balls, trinkets, radios, MP3 Players, Game Boys, etc. are to be left at home. These items become distractions to the learning process and the school is not responsible for these items that are lost, broken, or stolen.  These items may be confiscated by school personnel.  Although we discourage the use of cell phones, they may be brought to school under the following conditions:  They must be turned off when on school property.   They cannot be used during recess and/or on the playground.  Students are not allowed to take pictures of students and or school personnel.  The school is not responsible if the cell phone is lost, broken or stolen.  Teachers may have their own procedure regarding the treatment of cell phones in their classroom.  

TRUANCY

Any student absent from school for any unexcused reason is considered truant.

VISITING SCHOOL

Parents/guardians/guests are welcome and encouraged to visit school. All visitors are required to do the following before proceeding to any destination on school property:

Due to building liability and space availability, students will not be allowed to have visiting friends or relatives stay with them in class.

VOLUNTEERS

We appreciate the hours of service our Trail Wind Volunteers provide the staff and students of our school.  The goals of the Trail Wind Volunteer Program are:

  1. To improve student academic achievement.
  2. To enhance learning resources.
  3. To promote active parent/guardian and patron involvement.
  4. To establish a mutually beneficial relationship between volunteers and schools.
  5. To maintain a safe and educationally appropriate environment for students.  

Volunteers are expected to abide by the District’s policies, procedures, and values and abide by Trail Wind School Rules.  

PBIS

PBIS stands for Positive Behavior Intervention Supports.  We have incorporated these techniques into our school wide discipline plan which supports students by teaching them the correct way to behave in all areas of the school.  In addition, students are rewarded for displaying the characteristics we are trying to emphasize.

P - Positive

R - Respectful

I - Independent

D - Determined

E - Excellent

Students individually or as a class can earn Pride Points they collect to turn in for special prizes and events.