TRAIL WIND ELEMENTARY
“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
A LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL
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.
TRAIL WIND STAFF
1st Grade Team
2nd Grade Team
3rd Grade Team
4th Grade Team
5th Grade Team
6th Grade Team
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
Peggy Danner and Katie Kopel
Band – Marty Worthington
Orchestra – Anita Daniel
Librarian – Katie Gobler
Library/Caf. Support – Penny Smith
Head Custodian – Kim Horting
Lori Giese (Kitchen Manager)
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
School Day Begins (Tardy Bell)
8:15 am to 8:40 am
Served in the cafeteria
Grades K & 1
10:00 - 10:15
Grades 4 & 2
10:15 - 10:30
Grades 5 & 6
10:30 - 10:45
11:00 - 11:15
11:20 – 12:10
11:35 – 12:20
11:50 - 12:40
12:25 – 1:10
12:35 – 1:20
1:45 – 2:00
Grades K & 1
2:00 - 2:15
Grades 2 & 3
2:15 - 2:30
EARLY RELEASE DAY SCHEDULE
Lunches are served on all early release days.
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
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.
Please observe the following guidelines and help your student(s) understand them.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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 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.
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:
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)
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.
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:
Important Meal Reminders
* Student lunch prices are $2.30 or $.40 for reduced price. Adult lunches are
* 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.
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
*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
*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.
Parents are asked to leave their small children in the care of others, outside of the school, when volunteering at Trail Wind.
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.
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.
Any student absent from school for any unexcused reason is considered truant.
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.
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:
Volunteers are expected to abide by the District’s policies, procedures, and values and abide by Trail Wind School Rules.
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.