PRINCETON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
2019 – 2020 Student Handbook
Melissa Hurst, Principal
Jessi Gurley, Assistant Principal
650 Holts Pond Road Princeton, NC 27569
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
Melissa Hurst, Principal
Jessi Gurley, Assistant Principal
Tara Hales, Secretary/Bookkeeper
Beverly Parker, Data Manager
Lisa Price, Receptionist
Amy Mitchell, PM Office Support
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.
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.
- Clapping is the only correct method of applause.
- All members of the audience are asked to show respect for those on stage by remaining quiet and seated throughout the program unless asked to participate.
- Members of the audience are asked to remain seated until the entire program is completed. Please take care of getting water, using the restroom, etc. before the program begins.
- Cell phones should be turned off or disabled during an assembly or program.
- Regular attendance is required by law and is in direct correlation with positive student performance. Please do not check students out early unless it is an emergency or for a scheduled doctor’s appointment. A note about the absence is required upon the student’s return to school.
- To attain perfect attendance for the school year a student must be in attendance every day, all day.
- Students must remain in school from 8:00 until 11:30 to be counted present for the day. This includes early release days. If a child arrives late on a regular day, they must arrive before 11:30 to be counted present.
- Only the following circumstances are acceptable for an excused absence—a) illness of the student, b) medical or dental appointment, c) death in the immediate family, d) quarantine by order of the Johnston County Health Department, e) religious holidays, f) court summons, g) immediate demands of the home which in the opinion of the principal merit absences, and h) absences which in the opinion of the principal have an educational value (educational trip) as great as that received during an equal amount of time in school (these should be approved in advance). All other absences, or those for which no reason is given, are considered unexcused. Please complete a form at least one week in advance requesting an excused absence for an educational trip. Ask your child’s teacher or the office for this form.
- No students should enter the building before 7:30 a.m. This is a safety issue as we will not have staff members in place to take care of students who arrive before this time.
- All students who arrive at school before 7:40 a.m. will report to the cafeteria until dismissed to report to class by the school personnel on duty.
- Please do not drop students off in the parking lot. Park and walk them to the crosswalk or remain in the designated carline lane so that a staff member can unload them from the car and get them safely into the building.
- Parents may escort students to class for the first week of school. After that time, parents are asked to drop off their students in the car line unless they have a scheduled appointment with a staff member.
- Any changes in student transportation should be made in writing with a parent signature to the office. We will no longer take this information over the phone unless initiated by a school administrator.
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.
Young children should have someone waiting for them who can provide adequate supervision when they get off the bus.
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.
- Students are asked to use good manners and proper etiquette in the cafeteria. This includes keeping their eating area clean and free of food and trash, talking at an appropriate level, and staying in their seat.
- Students should not take food out of the cafeteria.
- All students will eat their meals in the cafeteria unless otherwise approved by a school official.
- Parents are invited to join their children for lunch but are reminded not to bring food from outside vendors or eating establishments (fast food) into the 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 andlunch 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 completedonlineand must be done each year.
- No students or adults will be allowed to charge food items in the cafeteria. Students who do not have lunch money will be given an opportunity to call home. If they do not have money or a lunch from home they will be given a fruit and vegetable tray at no charge. Repeated instances with no lunch will be reported to and investigated by the social worker.
Breakfast K-12 $1.40
Lunch for Grades K-8: $2.30
Reduced Breakfast Free
Reduced Lunch $.40
Other Cafeteria Procedures
- Students may not have carbonated drinks for lunch or snack.
- Parents who visit the school should not bring in fast food to eat lunch for their child because of federal law restricting competition in the lunchroom.
- Parents will be called if a student has no money for lunch. If someone does not bring money to school, the student will receive a vegetable tray.
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.
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.
- Student records and demographic data should remain up to date at all times.
- Please report any changes in address, phone number, guardianship, or emergency contact for students as soon as these changes occur. It is extremely important that the school have a working phone number for a student’s parent or guardian in order to be able to reach someone in case of emergency.
- If you do not reside in the Princeton School district, you must complete the online reassignment process. If you move out of county, you must get a release from the county in which you reside and complete the reassignment process.
- Students are asked to read and follow the Johnston County Schools Student Code of Conduct and Student Dress Code (found in the Student Gazette).
- All who enter the school building are asked to please remove their caps.
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.
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.
- Staff members are not allowed to distribute any medicine without first meeting with parents/guardians and completing proper medication forms.
- Students taking any prescription and/or over the counter medicine at school must have the correct documentation signed by both parent/guardian and physician prescribing the medication before being given the medication. This includes inhalers.
- All medication must be brought to school in the original container by an adult and will be secured in the school office.
- Proper forms for taking medication at school are available in the main office.
PAWS SCHOOL- WIDE BEHAVIOR EXPECTATIONS
As a school, we believe:
- Our school is a learning community. Our community consists of all students, staff, and administration.
- Our learning community, like all communities, functions best when all parties agree and practice common rules and expectations.
- To discipline means to teach. Students at Princeton Elementary School will be taught the rules and expectations of our learning community.
- Staff and administration will ensure that all students have the opportunity to learn by enforcing rules to create a safe, orderly, cooperative learning environment.
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
- Students are tardy at 8:00 a.m. Those who are tardy must sign in at the front office and a pass to class will be issued.
- Continuous tardies will be addressed by the principal. In cases where this becomes and issue, a social worker may be asked to contact the student’s parent to offer support in resolving the issue.
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION (CAR LINE/BUS)
- Please make all transportation/attendance arrangements for your child before the school day begins. Changes in how a student goes home will not be permitted unless the student has a note from home signed by their parent/guardian.
- Once students arrive at school, they are not permitted to leave during the school day without proper parental approval and approval of the office. When students leave during the school day, they must be checked out in the main office with a parent or guardian.
- Parents who pick up a student during school hours should first come to the office to sign them out. These students should have a note to give to their teacher at the beginning of the school day stating what time they will be picked up early.
- Students will not be called to the office to sign out until their ride arrives. This will help to eliminate students missing instructional time.
- Parents must use the car line for afternoon pick up. Parents or family members should not walk up and take a child from car line.
- In order to keep emergency lanes open, no cars will be allowed to park in the designated car line lane before 2:30.
- The telephone should be limited for essential calls – emergencies only.
- Students must receive permission before using the telephone.
- Essential messages will be delivered to the appropriate persons.
- Students are not to answer or use the classroom telephones.
- Students will not be called out of class to talk on the phone unless it is an emergency.
- It is the responsibility of everyone to see that our school is clean, neat, and free of trash and graffiti.
- Students should keep their desks and surrounding area neat and free of trash.
- No one should prop their feet on chairs, desks, or against the walls.
- Any student who knowingly and willfully damages or destroys school property will be expected to pay for the property. Additional punishment will be administered according to the seriousness of the offense.
The selling of outside items not authorized by school officials is not allowed.
SCHOOL- SPONSORED TRIPS
- Pupils are required to have written parent permission before going on any school sponsored trip. Permission forms may be obtained from the teacher or person sponsoring the trip.
- Students attending school trips must travel to sponsored trips with the school group. Younger or older siblings will not be allowed to attend school sponsored trips with students.
- Parents who chaperone students on trips should be cleared as a volunteer through Johnston County Schools. The website to apply as a volunteer can be found on the JCS webpage.
- All visitors must check in at the main office upon entering the building.
- Visitors should sign in at the front desk and receive a visitor’s pass.
- Students are not permitted to invite or bring visitors to spend the day at school.
- Parents wishing to visit a classroom must first make arrangements with the classroom teacher.
- Please allow students to walk to their classrooms by themselves. Our goal is for our students to be as independent as possible.
- Parents who wish to meet with their child’s teacher should make an appointment with the teacher for a time before 7:40, after school, or during the teacher’s planning time.
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.