THE SCHOOL DISTRICT OF PHILADELPHIA

WILLIAM H. ZIEGLER ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

5935 Saul Street • Philadelphia, PA 19149 • (215) 537-2510

STUDENT & FAMILY HANDBOOK

2017 - 2018

We aim to provide a world-class education.

Robert A. Berretta

Principal


Table of Contents

WELCOME LETTER        3

STAFF LIST        6


WELCOME LETTER

September 2017

Dear Students, Parents, and Guardians,

Welcome back to school. The staff and I at Ziegler are incredibly excited to help our students learn and grow this school year.

My number one priority at Ziegler Elementary is to create a safe environment for all students. To do that, we’ve made a few changes to our arrival and dismissal policies. We’re also working to create a safe learning in every classroom, in our hallways, and in our cafeteria and recess locations. Those changes are outlined in this handbook, and I encourage you to read it carefully.


My second priority is to make sure our students get a
world-class education. That means we provide high-quality teaching, serve unbelievably delicious and nutritious meals, and maintain a pristine school building. I’ll explain what this means on the upcoming pages.

My third priority is to seek your support in accomplishing the first two. World-class schools can only become excellent schools with the support of the community. In this handbook, I’ve outlined a few ways we welcome your support, and I’m open to new ideas. In fact, we need new ideas to involve our community.

I look forward to meeting each of you over the coming months and years, and I’m eager to help Ziegler provide a world-class education. If you have any questions, comments, or concerns, do not hesitate to schedule a meeting with me, send me an email, or give the school a call. The staff and I are here to serve you.

All my best,

Robert A. Berretta

Principal


The Important Stuff

When does school begin/end?

We open the doors at 8.00AM, mark students tardy after 8.30AM, and dismiss students by 3.00PM.

Uniforms?

Yes! Students must wear them! Polo shirts and khaki pants. See details below.

Do you sell shirts?

Yes! $10. Stop by the office. They’re awesome.

Are you on the internet?

www.philasd.org/ziegler & Instagram: @zieglerelementary

Can parents visit?

Yes! Schedule a visit with your child’s teacher or another staff member (email addresses below) and then sign in at the main office.

Do you offer stuff after school?

Yes! Visit our website to see our latest offerings.

Are breakfast and lunch free?

Yes! They’re free for all students. And they’re delicious.

Do you have a parent organization?

Yes! We have a School Advisory Council. We meet once a meet. We announce meetings on our website, Instagram, and via SchoolMessenger.

Discipline?

We do Fun Fridays to celebrate the good, and after-school detentions (every Wednesday) & in-school “suspensions” to help struggling students.


SCHOOL CALENDAR

Date

Activity

August 28, 2017

First Day for Staff

August 28, 2017

School-based Professional Development

August 31, 2017

District-wide Professional Development

September 1, 2017

Reorganization
– 
Academic Year Preparation

September 4, 2017

Labor Day
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

September 5, 2017

First Day for Grades 1-12
– 
Student Attendance

September 5, 2017

First Day for Pre-Kindergarten, Head Start and Bright Futures
– 
Student Attendance

September 5-11, 2017

Early Childhood Experiences Interviews
– 
Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews

September 12, 2017

First Day for Kindergarten
– 
Student Attendance

September 21-22, 2017

Rosh Hashanah
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

September 29, 2017

2018-2019 School Selection Process Begins

October 9 – 11, 2017

Interim Reports

October 27, 2017

Professional Development Half Day
– 
3 Hour Early Dismissal

November 7, 2017

Election Day
– 
Schools Closed

November 10, 2017

Veterans’ Day Observed
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

November 13, 2017

2018-2019 School Selection Process Ends

November 20 – 22, 2017

Report Card Conferences

November 23 – 24, 2017

Thanksgiving Holiday
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

December 8, 2017

Professional Development Half Day
– 
3 Hour Early Dismissal

December 25, 2017

Winter Recess
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

December 26 – 29, 2017

Winter Recess
– 
Schools Closed

January 1, 2018

New Year’s Day
– 
Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

January 2, 2018

Staff Only
– 
Professional Development

January 3 – 5, 2018

Interim Reports

January 15, 2018

Dr. Martin Luther King Day
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

February 14 – 16, 2018

Report Card Conferences

February 19, 2018

Presidents’ Day
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

March 14 – 16, 2018

Interim Reports

March 16, 2018

Professional Development Half Day
– 
3 Hour Early Dismissal

March 29, 2018

Spring Recess
– 
Schools Closed

March 30, 2018

Good Friday
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

April 2, 2018

Spring Recess
– 
Schools Closed

April 27, 2018

Professional Development Half Day
– 
3 Hour Early Dismissal

May 2 – 4, 2018

Report Card Conferences

May 15, 2018

Pennsylvania Primary Election Day
– 
Schools Closed

May 9 – 11, 2018

Interim Reports

May 18, 2018

Professional Development Half Day
– 
3 Hour Early Dismissal

May 28, 2018

Memorial Day
– 
Schools and Administrative Offices Closed

June 8 – 12, 2018

Graduation Window

June 12, 2018

Last Day for Students

June 13, 2018

Last Day for Staff


STAFF LIST

Position

Name

Room

Email

Kindergarten

Stephanie Conaghan

105

sstachura@philasd.org

Kindergarten

Susan Colbert

104

sucunningham@philasd.org

Grade 1

Corliss McCoy

103

cmccoy@philasd.org

Grade 1

Kimberly Lingerman

107

kalingerman@philasd.org

Grade 2

Roxanne Kennedy

111

rskennedy@philasd.org

Grade 2

Beth Curley

112

bstrimel@philasd.org

Grade 3

Corrie Shields

115

cshields@philasd.org

Grade 3

Karen McGovern

116

kburkhardt@philasd.org

Grade 4

Nyree Williams

205

Ncwilliams@philasd.org

Grade 4

Tracey Mitchell

206

tmajor@philasd.org

Grade 5 (Maternity Leave)

Nicole Leonetti

204

njleonetti@philasd.org

Grade 5 (Long-term Sub)

Toni Darden

204

Grade 5

Lisa O’Neill

210

ljoneill@philasd.org

Grade 6

Sharon Crosby

214

scrosby@philasd.org

Grade 6

Adell Shaw

213

afsuggs@philasd.org

Grade 7

Marissa Douglas

215

mdouglas@philasd.org

Grade 7

Bridget Donegan

216

bdonegan@philasd.org

Grade 8

Bryan Fierson

217

bfierson@philasd.org

Grade 8

Nichelle Haley

218

nnhaley@philasd.org

Learning Support (LS)

Jennifer White

203

Jwhite3@philasd.org

Learning Support (LS)

Mary McDonough

201

mmcdonou@philasd.org

Special Education Liaison

Jennifer Toczydlowski

201

jmtoczydlowski@philasd.org

Autistic Support (AS)

Elina Harari

113

eharari@philasd.org

Autistic Support (AS)

Erin Null

114

enull@philasd.org

Autistic Support (AS)

Thomas Rosetti

117

trosetti@philasd.org

ESOL

Jamie Roberts

202

jacroberts@philasd.org

ESOL

Katherine Daley

202

kdaley@philasd.org

Physical Education

Richard Rey

GYM

rrey@philasd.org

Music

Kirsten Finsterbusch

219

kwaterson@philasd.org

Drama

T.J. Sokso

212

tjsokso@philasd.org

Technology Lab

Nicole Freeman

         220

kwaterson@philasd.org

Art

Jennifer Hillman

125

jhillman@philasd.org

Instrumental Music

Sabrina Huber

Stage

sagoldberg@philasd.org

Counselor

Mark Miller

106

mxmiller@philasd.org

Climate Specialist

Yvonne Bennett

211

yvbennett@philasd.org

Nurse

Helen Glinski

108

hglinski@philasd.org

Psychologist

Amira Aliu

207

alrobbins@philasd.org

Speech Therapist

Meghan McGlinchey

207

meghan.mcglinchey@progressustherapy.com

Building Engineer

Mike Stutz

Basement

mjstutz@philasd.org

Custodial Assistant

Christopher James

General Cleaner

Carrie Wilson

General Cleaner

Florence Matthews

Food Service Manager

Lou DiDominic

Kitchen

Food Services

Pat Dougherty

Kitchen

Food Services

Geraldine Sanders

Kitchen

Food Services Assistant

Delores Beaver

Kitchen

Food Services Assistant

Marie Geiger

Kitchen

Food Services Assistant

Aja Kinlaw

Kitchen

Food Services Utility

Eric Hildebrandt

Kitchen

Food Services Utility

Dave Gowan

Kitchen

Classroom Assistant, AS

Elizabeth Gonzalez

114

Classroom Assistant, AS

Katina Douglas-Chamberlain

113

Classroom Assistant, AS

VACANT

117

One-to-One Assistant

Anthony Brown

One-to-One Assistant

Markiera Brown

One-to-One Assistant

Amberleigh Clopp

One-to-One Assistant

Mary Seaborough

One-to-One Assistant

Bobbie Watson

One-to-One Assistant

Idalis Burgos

One-to-One Assistant

Evgjeni Helmesi

One-to-One Assistant

Lakeisha Maxfield

One-to-One Assistant

Widlynne Pierre Scutt

One-to-One Assistant

Mercedes Romero

School Climate, 5hr.

Donna Compton

School Climate, 5hr.

Julio Cordero

School Climate, 5hr.

Tracey Owens

School Climate, 5hr.

Tanesha Gaffney

School Climate, 4hr.

School Climate, 4hr.

Lori Parker

Support Service Asst.

Natalie Bosshardt

Support Service Asst.

Kathleen Cristella

Support Service Asst.

Vindetta Gray

Support Service Asst.

Juanita Rodriguez

Bus Attendant

Desiree Bruce

Bus Attendant

Lavica Hurd


MISSION, VISION, and VALUES

Mission

Ziegler Elementary exists to give students an education that allows them to choose their future.

Vision

We provide a world-class education to all students.

Core Values

We week our core values simple. They apply to both staff and students.

  1. We take care of ourselves.
  2. We take care of each other.
  3. We take care of our school
  4. We work hard everyday.


SCHOOL ROUTINES AND GUIDELINES

SCHOOL HOURS

8:00AM - 8:30AM

  • Schoolyard doors open for morning admit and breakfast in cafeteria

8:25AM

  • Classes begin dismissing from cafeteria

8:30AM

  • Mr. Berretta locks schoolyard gates
  • Tardy students enter through main entrance
  • First period begins

10:45AM - 11:30AM

  • Lunch & recess period 1 (3-5)

11:30AM - 12:15PM

  • Lunch & recess period 2 (K-2)

12:15PM - 1:00PM

  • Lunch & recess period 3 (6-8)

2:45PM – 3:00PM

  • Bus dismissal for bus students only
  • *No early dismissals after 2:30PM

2:50PM

  • K begins dismissal

3:00PM – 3.09PM

  • School day ends; Grades 1 - 8 dismiss

3:09PM - 3:30PM

  • Late pickup (Enter through main entrance)

3:30PM – 4:30PM

  • Mr. Berretta available for parent meetings (please schedule in advance)

DISMISSAL

**If there is a change in your child’s dismissal, please send a note to school. We will not permit students to change their dismissal procedure without a signed note from parents/guardians.

Kindergarten

Parents meet the teacher in the schoolyard (where students enter) and sign students out with their teacher

*During inclement weather, the students will remain in the hallway just inside the schoolyard door

Grades 1 – 2

Students are dismissed at the Howell Street exit by the driveway

Grades 3 – 5

Students are dismissed at the Comly Street exit by Saul Street (front of building)

Grades 6 – 8

Students are dismissed at the Comly Street exit by Penn Street (rear of building)


ATTENDANCE

LATENESS

EARLY DISMISSAL/LATE ARRIVAL

TRUANCY PROCEDURES

At the  3rd Illegal/Unexcused  Absence

Address and telephone number is verified

Legal Notice  (C31)is  mailed  to  the  parent/guardian or  given  to  the student  to  take  home

At 3rd-10th Illegal/Unexcused Absence

RtII  Process begins  with  documented  interventions  in  Schoolnet using  RtII for  BEHAVIOR/BHS

At the 10th Illegal Absence(Students  are  considered  chronically  truant at  10 Illegal absence

Interventions are reviewed and the decision is  made  to  refer  to  DHS/Truancy  Court

Truancy Referral Form is completed

VISITOR POLICY


BREAKFAST

LUNCH

UNIFORM POLICY

                

EMERGENCY EVACUATIONS

 

CONTACT INFORMATION

 

SCHOOL NOTICES

LOST AND FOUND

USE OF ELECTRONIC DEVICES

HOMEWORK

        These times will vary with the assignments. Students’ own self-selected reading

Each night is part of every homework assignment. This should grow in length, from families reading to younger children, to older children reading on their own for half an hour.

REPORT CARDS AND CONFERENCES

PROMOTION STANDARDS


STUDENT BEHAVIOR

                

SCHOOL RULES

FOCUSING ON THE POSITIVE

CONSEQUENCES

1st Demerit

2nd Demerit

3rd Demerit

4th Demerit

5th Demerit

“Warning”

Complete Behavior Reflection

N/A

Call home to parent

After School Detention


TRIPS

SCHOOL HEALTH SERVICES

SCHOOL NURSE

        

COUNSELING AND SOCIAL WORK SERVICES

        

HOME AND SCHOOL ASSOCIATION


STUDENT’S NAME:

ROOM #:

COMMITMENTS:

  1. We have read this handbook together.
  2. We have discussed the policies within it, especially the discipline policy.
  3. As parents, we’re committed to supporting our child’s education by following the guidelines outlined in this book.
  4. As students, we’re committed to supporting our own education by following the guidelines outlined in this book.

PARENT/GUARDIAN NAME

PARENT/GUARDIAN SIGNATURE

STUDENT NAME

STUDENT SIGNATURE