PRINCETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

2019 – 2020 Student Handbook

Melissa Hurst, Principal

Jessi Gurley, Assistant Principal

650 Holts Pond Road Princeton, NC 27569

919.936.0755

919.936.0750 fax

School Schedule

7:30                 Doors open for students. All students report to the cafeteria.

7:40                 Students released, by grade level, to classes.

8:00                 Tardy bell rings. Students who arrive in the carpool line after the tardy bell MUST

be escorted to the office by a parent to sign the child in.

2:55                 Car Riders dismissed

3:00                 Bus Riders dismissed

Administrators

Melissa Hurst, Principal

Jessi Gurley, Assistant Principal

Office Staff

 

Tara Hales, Secretary/Bookkeeper

Beverly Parker, Data Manager

Lisa Price,  Receptionist

Amy Mitchell,  PM Office Support

Guidance

Sarah Nackley

AFTER- SCHOOL SUPERVISION

Students who remain after school should be under the direct supervision of a school employee or enrolled in our after- school care program.

ASSEMBLY CONDUCT

 

As a show of respect, certain standards of conduct are applicable in every audience situation and should be followed by students and parents in school and outside of school.

ATTENDANCE 

ARRIVAL

BIRTHDAY SNACKS 

Parents may send small treats to school to celebrate birthdays during snack time, with the permission of the teacher. According to JCPS policy, all food sent to school by parents must be commercially obtained or produced.

BUS PROCEDURES AND CONDUCT

Pick-up Students must be at the bus stop ready for pick up at their scheduled time. According to JCPS policy, students should be at the bus stop 10 minutes prior to the regularly assigned bus stop time.

Rules and Consequences

Riding the bus is a privilege, and students are expected to follow bus rules when riding the bus as well as as well as the rules of the Johnston County Code of Conduct, including while at the school bus stop, in the school bus parking lot, or while riding on a bus. No food or drink is allowed on the school bus.

Bus drivers will report any misconduct that happens on the school bus directly to an administrator.

1st Offense: Counsel with student; parent notification and maximum 3 days off the bus.

2nd Offense: Maximum of 5 days off the bus

3rd Offense: Maximum of 10 days off the bus.

4th Offense: Minimum of 10 days off the bus and student may be suspended from the bus for the remainder of the school year.

Parents must provide transportation to and from school or the student will have unexcused absences.

** North Carolina laws prohibit an adult from stepping on the bus without permission of the driver and prohibits an adult stopping a bus from moving.

Drop- off

Young children should have someone waiting for them who can provide adequate supervision when they get off the bus.

Concerns

Students who have concerns about incidents on the bus should first speak to their bus driver.

Riding another bus other than one assigned Students who need to ride a bus other than their assigned bus should have a note written by a parent/guardian and dated and signed by a school administrator to give to the bus driver before boarding the bus.

CAFETERIA CONDUCT

CAFETERIA

Breakfast and Lunch Our school food service provides nutritious meals.

We encourage you to pay in advance, either weekly or monthly. It is imperative that parents send the money in an envelope CLEARLY labeled with your child’s name and​lunch number to ensure it is applied to the correct lunch account. You can also pay online. ​It takes 24 hours for the money to post to the account, and there is a small transaction fee. You can also request an activity report at this site to see what your child has eaten in the previous 30 days. You always have the option to limit the “extra” purchases your child can make at school in order for you to better manage the money you pay. You can write a note to the school that states the limit.

Each night, ConnectEd calls will be sent to students who have a lunch account balance below $6.00. If you prefer to NOT get the reminder call because your child brings lunch every day, please send a note to school.

Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

If you need assistance with an application for free or reduced lunch, please ask the teacher or someone in the office. We ask ALL parents to complete an application for Free/Reduced Lunch at the beginning of the year. This process can be completed​online​and must be done each year.

2018-2019 Prices

Breakfast K-12 $1.40

Lunch for Grades K-8: $2.30

Reduced Breakfast Free

Reduced Lunch $.40

Other Cafeteria Procedures 

CHECK-OUT AFTER 2:30

As we prepare for a safe and orderly dismissal for all of our students, we utilize our front office staff. This is a busy time for them. Our carpool traffic is beginning to line up, and it is difficult for parents to get in and out of parking spots.

In order to support the safety of all students, we ask that you not check your child out between 2:30 and 3:00 except in the case of an emergency or with approval of administration. If you absolutely need your student before 3:00, we ask that you pick him/her up by 2:30.

Also, please be mindful that instruction is still going on until 3:00. Routinely picking your child up early quickly adds up to large amounts of missing instructional time, which can negatively impact learning.

COMMUNICATION

 

We will send out regular ConnectED calls and emails. Using the Parent App, you can determine how and when you receive these updates.

You can also find us online at:

● SCHOOL WEBPAGE (AND CALENDAR)-- https://www.johnston.k12.nc.us/princeton

● TWITTER: @PES_Bulldogs

● FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/PrincetonElem/

● INSTAGRAM: PES Bulldogs

Our teachers also use ClassDojo, a behavior management/communication app. As a parent, you can download and use the app to contact your child’s teacher. Your child’s teacher will provide you with sign-up information.

DEMOGRAPHIC INFORMATION

DRESS CODE

ELECTRONIC DEVICES

Personal radios, cell phones, IPODS, CD/tape players, electronic games, trading cards and items pertaining to such are not allowed. Princeton Elementary School is not responsible for the theft or loss of such items. These items may be confiscated and will not be returned until the end of the day at which time they must be picked up by a parent.

HOMEWORK

At this time, we have a no homework policy, as there will be no formally assigned homework. Research has not proven that homework improves student performance. Instead, we would like for you to spend your time doing things that are proven to correlate with student success such as eating dinner as a family, reading together, playing outside, getting a good night’s rest, or just conversing with your child about the school day. As always, we will continue to closely monitor students while they are here at school and design their instruction accordingly.

MEDICAL SUPPLIES/ILLNESS/EMERGENCIES

 

PAWS SCHOOL- WIDE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS

As a school, we believe:

PARENT TEACHER ASSOCIATION (PTA)

Princeton Elementary School has a strong, supportive PTA that works hard to sponsor many programs/events throughout the school year. Membership dues are $5 per person. Parents and families are asked to join the PTA.

2019-2020 PTA Meetings

September 26                Open House

December 12                 Winter Concert

February 11                 Math Night

May 7                        Choral Performance and Strings Concert

REPORT CARD AND PROGRESS REPORT DATES

Progress Reports                 Report Cards

First Quarter                 September 20                        October 29

Second Quarter         November 19                         January 10

Third Quarter                 February 7                        March 24 

Fourth Quarter                 April 24                                May 29 (Last Day of School)

SCHOOL PICTURE DATES

October          Fall Individual Pictures

November          Fall Picture Makeups

March                  Class Picture/Spring Pictures

TARDIES

 

STUDENT TRANSPORTATION (CAR LINE/BUS)

TELEPHONE USE

SCHOOL PROPERTY

SELLING ITEMS

The selling of outside items not authorized by school officials is not allowed.

SCHOOL- SPONSORED TRIPS

VISITORS

In compliance with federal law, JCPS administers all educational programs, employment activities, and admissions without discrimination against in any manner on account of, or because of race, color, gender, age, religion, national origin, political affiliation, marital status, parental status, genetic information or disability in its program or activities.