Office Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Weather Hotline: 303-387-7669
School Hours: 8:35am – 3:30pm
AM Kindergarten: 8:35am – 11:35am
School Colors: Blue & Grey
Feeder: Mountain Vista
Principal: Katie Lynch
Assistant Principal: Amanda Schmidt
Principal’s Secretary & Registrar: Laura Carey
Assistant Principal Secretary & Attendance: Caren Kurlander
Bookkeeper: Ashley Smith
Volunteer Coord/Learning Commons Coord: Mary Peck
Health Assistant: Michele Monroe
Arrival: Students can arrive on campus at 8:25am and enter through the exterior classroom doors to begin their day. Any student who will not be in his or her classroom by 8:35 must enter through the main doors and check in at the front office.
Dismissal: Students will be released from their exterior classroom doors.
We follow the Conventional School Calendar
Parent Portal: progress reports, change of information
Rev Track: school fees / payments
Nutrition Services: lunch accounts
Transportation: z-passes, bus route information
B.A.S.E./Speedsters (before & after school enrichment & kindergarten enrichment)
Due to health and safety concerns, pets may not come to school. We ask parents not to bring pets onto school grounds at the beginning and end of the school day for the same reasons.
ARRIVAL & DISMISSAL PROCEDURES
STUDENTS RIDING IN CARS:
Arrival: Vehicles should arrive at the school by approaching from Ridgeglen Way turning north onto Southpark Road. SEE MAP HERE. Please remember during drop off and pick up times, vehicles are restricted to RIGHT TURNS ONLY both in and out of the parking lot to ensure student safety and to maintain traffic flow. Once in the parking lot, students can be dropped off beginning at the curve where the sidewalk starts. If your child needs assistance unloading, uses a carseat, or if there are multiple children in a car, please pull forward to the yellow zone.
Pick up: Please place a yellow placard with the last name of your student(s) on the passenger side visor of your vehicle to assist with loading students. We will load students in the yellow zone after school.
All students must enter and exit the vehicles on the sidewalk side of the car so that they do not step into oncoming traffic. Vehicles may only turn right into and out of the parking lot, in order to avoid a gridlock situation.
STUDENTS WHO WALK TO SCHOOL: The crosswalk that goes across the parking lot will be closed in the mornings and afternoons during drop off and pick up to ensure student safety. There will be a crossing guard monitor for students to get from the west side of Southpark Road to the east side where the crosswalk is marked. This is the ONLY place designated for students to safely cross. Once students have crossed, they are expected to follow the walking path that follows south of the parking lot and proceed to classrooms.
Walking or biking are the healthiest ways for students to travel to school. There are multiple drop off and pick up points that allow parents to avoid the parking lot. Please see the SafeWalk routes here.
BUS/DAYCARE VAN RIDERS
Students will exit and enter the busses in the designated bus loop area directly in front of the school. Students may not cross between busses. Misbehavior on the bus may result in loss of bus riding privileges per transportation policies.
Teachers use a variety of formal and informal measures to assess students' needs and guide their instruction. These include, but are not limited to, reading inventories, timed tests, writing samples, and pre/post tests. Teachers collect student work to compile a body of evidence in the areas of reading, writing and math. Teachers use the Elementary Progress report to communicate with students and parents about proficiency on each element of the DCSD Guaranteed and Viable Curriculum.
Regular attendance is essential for success at school. Our goal is for every student to attend school 96% of the time, which means missing a total of seven or fewer days during the school year. Most subjects are taught in sequence, requiring the understanding of each concept in the order of its presentation. It is difficult for a child to make up a day's learning even though the missed assignments have been completed. The discussions and activities that take place in the classroom are often as important as the written material. Students should be absent only in cases of illness or emergency.
If your child will be absent, please call the school attendance line (303 387-6527)
We are required to verify absences that are not reported. Home and work phone numbers will be called. Please help us with this procedure by calling in your child's absence as soon as possible. Students will be given time to make up work missed during their absence.
It is important that children arrive on time for school. Children are considered tardy at 8:35 a.m. A "tardy" child not only disrupts the class when arriving late, he/she also misses settling-in time when the teacher collects work, sets the tone for the day, and gives directions for activities. When it is unavoidable and a child is tardy, he/she must sign in at the office before going to class. The office will make sure the child is counted for lunch as well as remove him/her from the absence list. The child also needs to take an admit slip to the teacher.
DISMISSAL FROM SCHOOL DURING THE SCHOOL DAY
Parents may request that students be excused from school prior to dismissal. Parents are asked to send a note stating who will be picking up their child and at what time. If a parent/designee is unfamiliar to the front office staff, he/she will be asked to show identification. The office will call the child from his or her classroom. Parents/Designees are to sign students out at the office.
We love to celebrate birthdays at Northridge! While we do not celebrate with treats (primarily due to health concerns), each child will be celebrated by having their name read during the morning announcements, by getting to wear the Birthday Beads necklace all day and by getting to choose a prize from their teacher. If your child's birthday falls on a weekend or a day we are not in school we will celebrate either right before or after. Summer birthdays will be celebrated during the year.
You may pass out invitations to parties at school only if you invite the entire class (or all the girls or all the boys). If you have invitations for individual children and not everyone in the class, please deliver outside of class.
CARE OF PROPERTY
Students are held responsible for the loss of, or damage to, textbooks, library books, and school property. According to District policy, the full cost of these items will be collected. All school books checked out for students to use at home should be covered and carried in a backpack.
Cell phones are to remain off during the school day and must stay inside the child's backpack. If this policy is not followed, the teacher may confiscate the phone and ask the parent to pick the phone up from school. The technology policy applies to smartphones as well.
Although we do accept cash, for safety and accounting purposes, we prefer that parents only send checks to school. We ask that parents send separate checks for each child and each purpose. Checks should be made payable to Northridge Elementary. Lunch checks should include the student's name and account number. All other checks should include the student's name and the purpose of the check (e.g., field trip, book order, spirit wear etc.)
COMMUNICATION BETWEEN SCHOOL AND HOME
We believe that communication between school and home is vital. To support this belief, we use numerous methods to keep the flow going both ways:
NEWSLETTERS- Teachers will either send home newsletters or update websites on a weekly basis.
PARENT CALENDAR- Please check the website for the NRE Upcoming Events.
THURSDAY FOLDERS- All students in grades K-6 will be utilizing electronic Thursday folders.
Email: Most teachers follow this format for email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Please see the website for links to each staff member’s email address.
PHONE – Teachers do not typically have the ability to answer phone calls during the day. Email is truly the best way to reach teachers. If necessary, you may call the main office and leave a message with one of the building secretaries. 303-387-6525
To help students learn responsibility and plan ahead, we let them use the telephone only for urgent problems. Calls home for permission to play at a friend's house after school will not be allowed.
Should unforeseen circumstances arise, parents may call the school office before 3:00 p.m. and leave a message for their child. These messages will be delivered during the last 20 minutes of the school day.
STUDENT DELIVERIES- If a student forgets an item at home and a parent chooses to bring it, deliveries to classrooms will be made twice a day- at 10:45 and 3:00. Please keep these times in mind when dropping items off to the main office.
Modesty, cleanliness, neatness and appropriateness are the standards, which should be observed by all students in their personal dress and grooming. A student’s clothing should not interfere with their learning, or the learning of anyone else.
VIOLATION OF DRESS CODE
If the administration determines a student's grooming violates the dress code or presents a safety concern, the student will be given an opportunity to correct the problem by having a parent or designee bring an acceptable change of clothing to school. The student will remain in the office until appropriate clothing arrives. The student will return to the class once he/she is wearing acceptable clothing.
One simple guideline to consider: if you are questioning whether apparel might be unacceptable, don't wear it to school. Each year there are a few things, including some "fads", that appear at school. When any "fad" creates a disruption to the learning environment, the school administrator will follow the steps listed above.
FIDGET SPINNERS, TOYS, ETC.
Northridge will not allow fidget spinners in the classroom. Students may have them at recess only. If fidget spinners are brought to school, teachers will keep them until the end of the school day. Fidget spinners have become a distraction for students playing with them as well as those watching students play with them. This policy is true for all toys being brought to school.
Teachers may schedule field trips that enhance classroom learning. Parents cover the cost of these trips including the transportation department's established bus fee and admission cost at the venue.
The time spent at home will vary from student to student depending upon organizational ability, work habits, aptitude for particular subjects, and grade level. The following time frames are maximum guidelines for the nights when homework is assigned (in addition to time spent completing unfinished school work):
Daily independent reading is the top homework priority and half of the allotted time should be spent on this activity.
KEEPING CHILDREN AFTER SCHOOL
As most of our students ride the bus or are picked up by parents, it is crucial that prior arrangements are made between teacher and parents, and transportation is provided by the parent or designee.
LOST AND FOUND
Children's personal items (coats, gloves, backpacks, etc.) should be clearly marked for identification. The Lost and Found is located on the hooks near the doors leading out to the garden and the playground. At the end of each quarter (before fall break, winter break, spring break and summer break), lost items will be displayed to assist students in claiming them. Unclaimed items are then donated to charity. Small items such as glasses, jewelry, keys, etc., are kept in the school office.
Teachers will determine a snack time either in the morning or in the afternoon. Students may choose to bring a snack to eat at this time. In order to promote healthy eating habits, snacks are limited to nutritious foods only. Granola bars, fruits, veggies, nuts, cereal, etc. are fine. (Peanuts may not be allowed in your child's class if there is a student who has an allergy. Please check with your child's teacher.) "Sweets" such as cookies, candy, chips and cake should be saved for dessert at lunchtime. Snacks do not include beverages or food that needs to be microwaved.
STUDENT'S PERSONAL PROPERTY
We cannot be responsible for any loss or damage to students' personal property, they bring these items at their own risk. Please ensure your child’s name (first and last) is on their property.
Parent volunteers are always needed in our school. Volunteers work in the classroom with small groups of students or perform clerical tasks at school or home. Volunteers help in the library or with special events such as field trips. Volunteers help with PTO events. All volunteers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement and check in and out at the main office.
Our normal school day can be affected by the weather. School closures and delays are made with student safety foremost in mind. There are four types of weather related events:
In the event of inclement weather or other circumstances, school may be canceled for the day. This decision is made by the central administration of the school district, not by the school principal. A decision is made to close the entire district or just the specific geographic areas that are affected. We are a part of the Mountain Vista feeder area in Highlands Ranch. Announcements are made on television, radio stations, the district website, and the district weather hotline (303-387-7669). Families are responsible for learning of a snow day through these sources.
This type of delay means that school will start 90 minutes later than usual. The school buses run ninety minutes later and all students should arrive at school ninety minutes later than usual. For Northridge, this means school starts at 10:05 am. The decision for a delayed start is also made by the school district, not by the principal, and announcements are made on television, radio, the district website and the district weather hotline. Once again, families are responsible for learning of a delayed start and sending children ninety minutes later than usual.
On occasion, it is necessary to dismiss school early. The decision to dismiss early is made by the District using the same procedures as a snow day or delayed start. In this event, students and staff follow the Emergency School Closure Form instructions that each parent has filled out and turned into the classroom teacher. Please keep this information updated. Parents go directly to the classroom to sign out students.
In the event of unsafe weather conditions at Northridge Elementary, the principal or designee will decide to delay dismissal. This is not something we can plan in advance-often the decision is made 5-10 minutes before school ends. If it appears that the storm will be brief, we just keep the students inside the school and then proceed as normal as the storm dies down. Parents are welcome to wait in their cars or come into the building to get their children.
Lightning is a dangerous occurrence that happens frequently in Colorado and it is something that we take very seriously. When lightning occurs at dismissal time, students will be required to remain in the building until a parent or guardian picks their student up and signs them out. During these events, the following procedure will be followed:
1. School bus riders will remain in class until called by bus numbers to proceed quickly to the front lobby where they will line up by bus.
2. Students who will be leaving via the Car Loop will go to the gym to be seated by last name (alphabet signs will be in the gym.)
3. Parents of walkers will go to their student's classroom, pick their student up and sign them out with the classroom teacher (at their own risk.)
4. In the event the storm and lightning passes and students have not yet been picked up, they will be released to walk home as normal.
RECESS AND WEATHER
Recess is an integral part of school, and all students will be expected to participate. During periods of inclement weather, please be sure your child comes to school with appropriate clothing, including boots, hats, gloves, socks, coat, etc. Students who do not have boots on will be restricted to playing on the blacktop that has been cleared of snow.
As a rule, students may not throw snowballs. Children will go out unless there is heavy precipitation, any lightning, or the temperature (with wind chill considered) falls below 20 degrees F.
Students may ride bicycles to school. It is the responsibility and decision of the parents to determine whether or not to allow their children to ride to and from school. For safety reasons, bicycles and scooters must be walked on school property at all times. Locking the bicycle in the school racks is the responsibility of the student. Students should always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle and obey all safety/traffic rules.