The School District of Philadelphia

William M. Meredith K-8 School

Parent/Student Handbook

2019-2020 Academic

Lauren Joy Overton, Principal

Dr. Sonya Harrison, Assistant Superintendent

Neighborhood Network 3

This is an informational handbook that should be used as a reference throughout this academic year. The material contained is not all-inclusive, but highlights information most often needed. Among its contents are specific procedures for the operation of the school, procedures and protocol for students and parents, as well as policies laid forth by the School District of Philadelphia. Please remember that all policies are developed for the good of the children, the staff, and the greater school community. If changes are made, you will be alerted to the changes through the home and school email blast.

Table of Contents

Principal’s Message                                                                        pg. 3

Mission, Vision, Values                                                                pg. 4

School calendar                                                                        pg. 5-8

Arrival Procedures                                                                        pg. 8

Dismissal Procedures                                                                pg. 9-10

Emergency School Closing and Delayed Opening                                pg. 10

Legal Custody & Release of a Child                                                pg. 10

Attendance                                                                                pg. 11

Emergency Contact                                                                        pg. 11-12

Personal Electronics                                                                pg. 12

School District Acceptable Use of Technology                                        pg. 12-14

Discipline Policy                                                                        pg. 14-18

Dress Code                                                                                pg. 18-19

After School Activities                                                                pg. 19-20

Lost and Found                                                                        pg. 20

Library Policy                                                                        pg. 20-21

Trips                                                                                        pg. 21-23

Parent-Teacher Conferences                                                        pg. 23

Meeting with the Principal                                                                pg. 23

Classroom Visits                                                                        pg. 24

Home and School Association                                                        pg. 25

Tips to Keep Up To Date                                                                pg. 26

Middle School Specialty Class Schedule                                                pg. 27

Lunch Schedule                                                                        pg. 28


Welcome Letter from the Principal

August 2019

Dear Meredith Families,

Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year! Last year was a great year for growth and learning. We made every single target goal that we set for the 2018-2019 school year. We improved our attendance rates as well as our Math, Science, and English Language Arts PSSA scores. To learn more about our progress and programing I invite you to come meet your student’s teachers and learn about their expectations on Back to School Night. Two back to school nights will be offered to differentiate for Elementary and Middle School programming.

I am deeply committed to working with you, our teachers, and students to provide the optimal conditions for exploration, learning, and joy within our school. I am looking forward to cultivating a positive relationship with you and your children. It is a privilege and honor to be able to roll up my sleeves to work with you and your students. Here is to another successful year at William M. Meredith!

Sincerely,

Lauren Overton, Principal

Vision- Where we are going?

William M. Meredith is committed to building a brave, just, and joyful community.

Mission- Where we are now?

William M. Meredith is a caring and collaborative community where students are empowered to own their educational experience through exploration and innovation. We cultivate reciprocal relationships between families, students, faculty, and staff. We encourage and foster a growth mindset for all members of our learning community.

         Values- The beliefs that guide us

Meredith School Staff List: 2019-2020

NAME

GRADE/POSITION

ROOM NUMBER

Lauren Overton

 Principal

Office- 1000

Kevin Wilson

Philly Plus Resident

Office-1000

Cheri Jones

Secretary

Office- 1000

Jennifer Pakola

K

108

Jennifer Jutzi

K

107

Emily Lieber

1

105

Kim Hoffman

1

106

Serena Weinberg

½ Multiage Classroom

201

Kate Severino

2

102

Rachel Israelite

2

103

Faith Griffiths

3

207

Samantha Lameira

3

205

Jen Pintimalli

3

206

Tara Gabriel

4

208

Olivia Franzzo

4

202

Joy Bryson

5 Math/Science

306

Anita Aguilar

5 ELA/Social Studies

301

Tamarah Rash

6/7 ELA

308

Alex Piazza

6/7 Math

302

Robert Brown

7/8 Math

304

Chris Leshock

6/7/8 Science

Science Lab- 3110

Nicole Alliegro

7/8  ELA

307

Tim McCollum

6/7/8  Social Studies

303

Lea DiRusso

Special Education

206.5- 2100

Rob Hamm

School-Based Teacher Leader & Literacy Coach

Teacher’s Lounge- 205.5

Christopher Theodore

Physical Education

Gym- 4001

Jeremy Hollis

Technology

Computer Lab- 104

Sonya Smith

Art

309

Mark Sobol

Music

B5

Que Travis

Nurse

104.5- 1042

Linda Mullens

Psychologist

307A- 3062

Faith Zaback

Counselor

109- 1062

Jessica Tilli

 Math Lead/SIS Coach

306.5

Julie Davis

Speech

109- 1062

Carol DelMastro

SSA/SCS

Office- 1011/Cafeteria

Kim Powell

SSA/SCS

2nd/Cafeteria

Arline Billbrough

SSA/SCS

Library- 2040

Nabila Belhadj Sellama

SCS-5hrs

Cafeteria

Shyema Brooks

SCS-5hrs

Cafeteria

Kate Lutzo

SCS-5hrs

Cafeteria

Anne Lynagh

SSA-4hrs

K-1st

Jameela Chamberlain

SSA-4hrs

K-1st

Linda Paisley

Student Support

Sharlotta Jones

Student Support

Marlene White

Student Support

Ashley Taylor-Gardner

Student Support

Kiana Jackson

Student Support

Zakeenna Parker

Student Support

Cheryl Brown

Lead Food Service Worker

Cafeteria- 4004

Russell Dorr

Building Engineer

4110

Briana Wright

Maintenance Staff

4110

Tyniesha Burton

Maintenance Staff

4110

 

Building Engineer: 215-351-7364                                                                   Cafeteria: ext. 4004

Teacher’s Lounge: ext. 2051                                                        Back Office Phone: ext. 1014

Auditorium: ext. 1180                                                        Office: ext. 6                                                                                                        Faith Zaback: ext. 1062

School District Calendar 2019-2020

 Since the calendar is subject to change during the course of the school year, the web version may contain updates not reflected in the printed version of this publication.

The following is the calendar for all schools and Pre-Kindergarten Programs for the 2019 – 2020 school year:

Date

Activity

 

August 26, 2019

First Day for Staff

August 26 – 29, 2019

District-wide Professional Development

August 26 – 29, 2019

Kindergarten Parent/Teacher Interviews

August 30, 2019

Reorganization

– Academic Year Preparation K-12

September 2, 2019

Labor Day

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

September 3, 2019

First Day for Grades K-12

– Student Attendance

September 3, 2019

First Day for Head Start and Bright Futures

– Student Attendance

September 27, 2019

Full-Day Professional Development (Staff Only; Schools Closed for Students)

September 30, 2019

Rosh Hashanah

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

October 9, 2019

Yom Kippur

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

October 16, 2019

SAT/PSAT school day

October 22 – 24, 2019

Interim Reports

October 25, 2019

Professional Development Half Day

– 3-Hour Early Dismissal

November 5, 2019

Election Day

– Schools Closed

November 11, 2019

Veterans’ Day

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

November 15, 2019

Professional Development Half Day

– 3-Hour Early Dismissal

November 20 – 22, 2019

Report card conferences

November 28 – 29, 2019

Thanksgiving Holiday

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

December 17 – 19, 2019

Interim Reports

December 23, 2019

Professional Development Day

– Full-Day Professional Development (Staff Only; Schools Closed for Students)

December 24, 2019

Winter Recess

– Schools Closed

December 25, 2019

Winter Recess

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

December 26 – 30, 2019

Winter Recess

– Schools Closed

December 31, 2019

Winter Recess

– Schools Closed

January 1, 2020

New Year’s Day

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

January 20, 2020

Dr. Martin Luther King Day

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

January 24, 2020

Professional Development Half Day

– 3-Hour Early Dismissal

February 5 – 7, 2020

Report Card Conferences

February 17, 2020

Presidents’ Day

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

February 28, 2020

Professional Development Half Day

– 3-Hour Early Dismissal

March 10 – 12, 2020

Interim Reports

April 6 - 9, 2020

Spring Recess

– Schools Closed

April 10, 2020

Good Friday

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

April 15 – 17, 2020

Report Card Conferences

April 24, 2020

Professional Development Half Day

– 3-Hour Early Dismissal

April 28, 2020

Election Day

– Schools Closed

May 13 – 15, 2020

Interim Reports

May 22, 2020

Professional Development Half Day

– 3-Hour Early Dismissal

May 25, 2020

Memorial Day/ Eid-al-Fitr

– Schools Closed and Administrative Offices Closed

June 10 – 12, 2020

Graduation Window

June 12, 2020

Last Day for Students

June 15, 2020

Last Day for Staff- Full-Day PD

Meredith School General Policy/Operations

Arrival and Dismissal

                                        

School begins promptly at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 3:09 p.m. Children should be in line by 8:28 am. All children must be picked up on time

                                        

Arrival

                                        

Students may arrive at 8:00 a.m. for breakfast in the cafeteria. Breakfast is served from 8:00 - 8:20 a.m. Breakfast is free to all students.

                                        

Students NOT eating breakfast at school should report to the yard outside and not be in the building unless there is inclement weather including temperatures below 32 degrees.

                                        

Students should not report to school earlier than 8:00 a.m. There is no supervision until that time. The school assumes no liability or responsibility for children on school grounds until supervision begins.

Parents are not permitted to walk their children to their classrooms.

                                        

In the case of inclement weather:

                                        

                                                        

Late Arrival

                                                        

Any student who arrives after 8:30 a.m. is considered late and will be marked as such. If a student is late, he/she must report to the main office for a late slip. Late arrivals are recorded on a student's attendance record and can affect a student’s chances of acceptance to a high school of their choice. Lateness is disruptive to the instructional day. Punctuality is expected. There is no such thing as “excused lateness” for doctors, dentists, appointments etc.

                                                        

Dismissal

                                                        

It is imperative that parents/caregivers pick up their children on time during regular and early dismissal days. The faculty and administrators will not supervise children after school.

                                                        

Students are dismissed to the schoolyard at 3:09 p.m. on regular dismissal and 12:09 p.m. on early dismissal. Please arrive promptly to pick up your child. Kindergarten students are dismissed from their classrooms. Parents and caregivers must sign kindergarten students out and may do so as early as 3:00 p.m. (no earlier).

                                                        

*STUDENTS WHO ARE NOT SUPERVISED MAY NOT REMAIN IN THE SCHOOL YARD*

                                                        

If an older student from the school, or another adult, is picking up a younger child, written permission must be given by the parent/guardian. A student will not be released without written permission to any other adult other than those who have been designated.

                                                        

Students are not allowed on the playground after school unless supervised by an adult. Students may play on the playground during the public hours beginning at 4:15 p.m. (as many of our after school programs use this space). The playground area cannot be used as a waiting area for your child to be picked up. Once the school day ends, this area is unsupervised. The School District of Philadelphia is not responsible for students on the playground once the school day ends at 3:09 p.m.

                                

Dismissal from After School Activities

All after school activities will dismiss students to the school yard at 4:15 p.m. (The only exception is Girls on the Run.) Parents are not permitted to enter the building after 3:15 p.m. Parents should meet their child in the school yard for pick-up. The parking lot gates will be unlocked. Early dismissal from after school programming is not permitted. If the student cannot stay for the entire duration of the after school program, they are not permitted to stay for programming that day.

Early Dismissal

If the need for an early dismissal arises, the parent/guardian must come to the main office to request the dismissal.                                                                                                         

The parent/guardian must report to the main office and sign the "Early Dismissal Book" in order to have a child released from school.

                                                        

Parents must wait in the main office as their children will be dismissed from the main office. ID is required.

                                                        

THERE WILL BE NO EARLY DISMISSALS PERMITTED AFTER 2:45 PM. PLAN ACCORDINGLY!

Emergency School Closing and Delayed Opening

                                                        

In the event of an emergency closing for the school, the announcement will appear on the School District of Philadelphia's website (www.philasd.org). We will also send a robocall to parents. It is imperative that your contact information is updated with the office so that emergency contacts are available to the school at all times.

                                                        

If there is a citywide closing of all public schools, especially during the winter months, the announcement will appear on the School District of Philadelphia's website (www.philasd.org), through the Meredith facebook page, and on our instagram page. Robocalls will also be made when possible.

                                                                                        

Please refrain from calling the school office to find out if school is closed. The phone lines are needed during this time to communicate with the faculty and the School District of Philadelphia.                                         

Legal Custody and Release of a Child                                        

Legal Custody

                                        

Parents/guardians are asked to inform the main office and the child's teacher when legal custody of a child resides with one parent. School personnel can only make decisions about the child (e.g., permission to pick up a child from school) based on official legal documents. It is important for the school to have a copy of the custody decree. Custodial parents/guardians likewise are asked to supply the school with copies of restraining orders.

                                        

Release of a Child

                                        

A child will not be released to a parent/guardian who does not have physical custody without the written consent of the custodial parent/guardian. To determine the custodial parent/guardian, all separated or divorced parents must provide the school with a copy of the court order or custodial agreement adjudicating that determination of custody. This court order/custodial agreement is placed in a confidential file.                        

Attendance

                                        

It is important that children come to school every day prepared to learn. Regular attendance is critical to academic success. Continued absences will result in a truancy court hearing.

                                        

Absences

                                        

A child who has been absent from school is required to bring a written note to be turned in to their homeroom teacher upon returning to school. This note must be received within 3 days or the absence will be automatically coded as an unexcused absence.  An example of an acceptable absent note will be sent home on the first day of school. If a child is absent, an automated voice message from the School District of Philadelphia will alert the parent of the absence.

                                        

For absences extending beyond two days, a doctor's note is required. If an absence note is not received when the child returns to school, the absence will be recorded as an unexcused absence and coded Parental Neglect. If you have a discrepancy between your record and the school’s, please contact the homeroom teacher and the secretary.

Only requests needing special approval need to be submitted to the principal.

                                        

Vacation

                                        

Taking family vacations when school is in session is strongly discouraged. These absences are not marked as excused. Parents/guardians should contact the principal directly if there is a need for a child to be away on vacation when school is in session. In the event that a child goes on vacation, assignments must be completed upon returning to school.        

Emergency Contact Information

                                        

It is important that the school maintains a current, accurate address and telephone numbers (home, office, cell, etc.) for every child at all times. Should there ever be a change in address or telephone number, it is the parents'/guardians' responsibility to make sure the teacher receives that information immediately. The teacher will forward any changes to the main office. This will enable the school to reach parents/guardians quickly in case of an emergency, such as illness or school closure due to inclement weather.

                                        

On this form, indicate names and telephone numbers of two people who may be called in case of an emergency. A form will be sent home at the beginning of the school year requesting this information. These emergency contacts will only be called after an attempt to reach the parents/guardians has been unsuccessful. They will be called in the order indicated by the parents/guardians on the Emergency Contact Form.

Personal Electronics

                                        

IPhones, IPods, Cell Phones, SMART Watches, PSP’s, Nintendo DS and items like these may not be used during school hours. These items are disruptive to learning and can be easily lost or misplaced. Any electronics brought to school will be collected and secured by the teacher at the beginning of the day and returned prior to dismissal. Any electronics not turned in will be confiscated and held for parents to pick-up the first time. The second time, the item will be held until June.

School District of Philadelphia Acceptable Use of Technology        

        

Cyber-bullying occurs by use of electronic or communication devices through means of email, instant messaging, text messaging, blogs, photo and video sharing, chat rooms, bash boards, or websites and is prohibited per School District of Philadelphia policy. Should cyber-bullying affect the function of school, the school will take disciplinary action.        

1. Acceptable Use                                

2. Privileges

Being able to use the Internet is a privilege, and teachers, staff and administrators are the decision-makers when it comes to whether a student uses the Internet. If a student does not use the Internet appropriately, then Internet privileges will be eliminated.                

3. Etiquette

Students are expected to follow rules for appropriate behavior on the Internet. These include, but are not limited to, the following.                        

4. Online Safety and Cyberbullying Prevention                                                 

5. Truthfulness

Students understand that not all information on the Internet is true. The School District of Philadelphia is not responsible for the truth or the quality of the information found on the Internet.                                        

6. Security                                        

Many students will use the Internet and it is important to have adults in charge of the system. Students will not connect to the Internet without permission. Passwords are important and students will keep their passwords secret. Students will not ask other students for their passwords.                                        

7. Vandalism

Students will lose the privilege to use the Internet, and perhaps the computers themselves, if they are responsible for any intentional damage to the computers, the computer setup, or files that belong to others.

Procedures

Expectations

Cafeteria

Schoolyard

Indoor Recess

Take Care of Yourself

I will:

  • Take my seat
  • Eat my lunch
  • Ask and wait for permission to get out of my seat
  • Listen for announcements
  • Listen for the signal to line up
  • Be safe

I will:

  • Choose an appropriate activity such as kickball, gaga, jogging, basketball, sidewalk chalk, dancing, walking, chatting with friends, drawing or wall ball
  • Stay in the appropriate zone for the activity I am involved in
  • Keep my hands and feet to myself
  • Stay in the schoolyard at all times
  • Be safe

I will:

  • Choose an appropriate activity such as playing cards, reading, drawing, talking with friends, or participating in the indoor recess movement break
  • Stay in the appropriate zone for the activity I am involved in
  • Stay in the auditorium at all times
  • Be safe

Take Care of Others

I will:

  • Use an indoor voice
  • Keep my hands and feet to myself
  • Be kind to others

Be polite and use my manners

I will:

  • Stay in the appropriate zone for the activity I am involved in
  • Keep my hands and feet to myself
  • Stay in the schoolyard at all times
  • Be kind to others

I will:

  • Use my indoor voice
  • Stay in the appropriate zone for the activity you are playing
  • Keep Your Hands and feet to yourself
  • Be kind to others

Take Care of Your Community

I will:

  • Listen to the Lunchroom Teachers at all times
  • Clean my table
  • Pick up all trash – over and under the table
  • Wait to throw out my trash when my table is called by the lunchroom teachers
  • Leave the space better than I found it

I will:

  • Listen to the recess teachers at all times
  • Practice Good Sportsmanship…even if it is hard
  • Leave the space better than I found it

I will:

  • Listen to the recess teachers at all times
  • Leave the space better than I found it

Discipline

Philosophy of Discipline                                                        

Consequences:                

Fighting                                                        

Fighting will result in suspension for any individuals involved. Length of suspension will depend on who started the fight. It is our policy that there are adults available throughout the day to help students mediate conflict. Fighting will not be tolerated at Meredith.        

Being Respectful to All Adults in the Building                                        

All adults in the school building are to be treated with respect. At no point in time should any student speak in a disrespectful manner to an adult in our building. That means any adult: teacher, classroom assistant, cafeteria manager, building engineer, parent or volunteer. Disrespectful behavior will not be tolerated.        

Cafeteria Norms

Act 26 - Possession of a Weapon                                                        

The Pennsylvania General Assembly has enacted legislation (Act 26), which requires all public schools to take a mandatory course of action in dealing with a student found to be in possession of a weapon. There is no requirement that the student use or try to use the weapon. No one may carry a weapon for protection. A weapon is defined as a gun, knife, sharp object or any other object that can be used as a weapon. Act 26 is designed as a safeguard to ensure that all public schools are safe havens in which all students may interact in an environment and climate that fosters learning and strongly discourages potential acts of violence. Any student found with a weapon will be subject to automatic suspension and transfer to another Philadelphia public school or disciplinary school. Depending upon the age of the student and severity of the situation, the student may be arrested.

Uniform Dress Code Policy 2018-2019

Uniform Guidelines

Notes

Bottoms

Navy Blue, tan, or Black solid colored pants, khakis, shorts, skorts, capris, or skirts

Shorts/skirts length should not be shorter than fingertip length

Solid black jeans, yoga pants and leggings are acceptable; must be opaque

No ripped or intentionally distressed bottoms

Tops

Solid colored polo shirts (black or light blue)

Any official Meredith school shirt/t-shirts, including shirts from school sponsored events

Turtleneck in solid black or light blue

Sleeveless tops, including shirts with straps are not permitted and midriff must be fully covered

Sweaters/Sweatshirts

Light blue, grey, or black solid colored hoodless  sweater or sweatshirt, Official Meredith crewneck sweatshirts

No hoodies permitted

Shoes

Closed-toe shoes, sneakers, or boots - toes and heels must be covered

No sandals or high heels of any kind

Accessories

Earrings are permitted on non-gym days as long as they are no larger than 1 in in length

Religious/cultural headwear and headbands are permitted

No hats or other headgear permitted indoors (this includes bandanas, berets, hairnets, etc…)

Makeup, cosmetics, and nail polish are permitted, as long as they are not distracting to others. Products should not be brought to school

Smart watches are not permitted in class and must be turned in with cell phones

Physical Education Dress Code

On assigned gym days students must wear sneakers

Students may wear grey, black, or navy athletic pants

Stripes on athletic pants on gym days are permitted as long as they are black, navy blue, or white

Post earrings are allowed

Dress Down Days

All tops and dresses must have a sleeve that covers the shoulders and fully covers the midriff

No see-through shirts

All bottoms must be no shorter than fingertip length

No hats

No ripped jeans or ripped pants of any kind

No inappropriate or derogatory language, images, or messages on any item of clothing

Closed-toe shoes, sneakers, or boots- toes and heels must be covered

What happens if my student is out of uniform?

Grades K-5

  1. Phone call home for a change of clothes
  2. If a parent cannot be reached- Uniform shirt will be provided by the office
  3. Note home from Ms. Overton
  4. If issue persists, meeting with Ms. Overton

Grades 6-8

  1. Demerit issued
  2. Loss of privileges will occur in accordance with the Middle School demerit system

IMPORTANT: THIS WILL BE THE LAST ACADEMIC YEAR THAT MEREDITH EVENT SHIRTS FROM THE PAST ARE APPROVED FOR THE UNIFORM. PLEASE PLAN ACCORDINGLY.

MEREDITH AFTER SCHOOL ACTIVITIES                                                                                  2018-2019

Dismissal from After School Activities

All after school activities will dismiss students to the school yard at 4:15 p.m. (The only exception is Girls on the Run.) Parents are not permitted to enter the building after 3:15 p.m. Parents should meet their child in the school yard for pick-up. The gate by the parking lot will be open. Early dismissal from after school programming is not permitted. If the student cannot stay for the entire duration of the after school program, they are not permitted to stay for programming that day.

This is a preliminary list and will be updated once more when teachers return  the week of 8/26/2019

Activity

Teacher/Company

Day(s)

Basketball

Coach Theo

M - F; 3:15 - 5:00 Seasonal

Chess Club, Grades  3 - 8

Mr. Brown

W, 3:15 - 4:15

Choir, Grades 4-8

Mr. Sobol

M, TH, 3:15 - 4:15

Drama Club, Playwriting

Ms. Griffiths

TBA

Drama Club, Grades 5 - 8

Mr. Leshock

T, 3:15 - 4:15

Girls on the Run, Grades 3 - 5

TBA

M, W 3:15 - 4:30 Seasonal

RAK (Random Acts of Kindness Club), Grades 4-8

Mrs. Zaback & Ms. Lameira

W, 3:15 - 4:15

Rock Band

Must have experience with an instrument

Mr. Leshock

TBA

School Spring Musical Production, Grades 4 - 8

Arts Team

M-TH  3:15 - 4:15, Feb - May

Science Club, Grades 5 - 8

Mr. Leshock

TH, 3:15 - 4:15

Science Explorers, Grades 1 - 5*

Science Explorers

W, 3:15 - 4:15

Set, Prop, and Design  Club

Mrs. Smith

TBA

Soccer Shots, Grades K - 2*

Soccer Shots; Thomas Rockett

F, 3:15 - 4:30, Jan. - Mar.

Snapology, Grades 3 - 5*

Snapology

F, 3:15 - 4:15

Spanish, Grades K-3rd Beginner*

Bilingual Butterflies

Mondays - 2 classes-

K-1 and beginner

2-3rd grades

Spanish, Grades 2nd-4th Advanced*

Bilingual Butterflies

Tuesdays: 1 class-

3:15 - 4:15

Students Run Philly Style, Grades 6 - 8

Mrs. Tilli, Mrs. Hoffman, Mr. Piazza, Ms. Severino

T, TH, 3:15 - 4:00 (on hiatus mid-Nov. To mid-Mar.)

Writing Support, Grade 5

Dr. Aguilar

TBA

Yearbook Club, Grades 7 - 8

Mr. McCollum/Mr. Hollis

TH, 3:15 - 4:15 (begins in Dec.)

* Indicates that club is offered for a fee

Please note:

Lost and Found

The Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria. Lost and/or unclaimed items are placed in the Lost and Found on a daily basis. Upon request, students may go to the Lost and Found (located in the office and on the hooks in the cafeteria) to look for misplaced items. Parents/guardians are asked to clearly mark children's clothing and personal property. The school will accept no responsibility for lost articles and money. All unclaimed Lost and Found items are donated to a charitable organization.

Meredith Library Policy

Field Trip Guidelines for Chaperones

We believe that field trips provide a valuable educational experience for students. Field trips increase student knowledge and understanding of a subject and add realism to the topic of study. Without the help of volunteer chaperones, most field trips would not be possible. Thank you very much for giving your time and support.

In order to help ensure that school-sponsored field trips result in safe and rewarding experiences for all participants, we have prepared these guidelines to provide information about volunteering as a field trip chaperone.

Walking Slips

Walking slips will be distributed at the beginning of the year and be returned immediately. This serves as a rolling permission slip for neighborhood trips. These trips will be announced with prior notice by the teachers.

Becoming a Volunteer Field Trip Chaperone

Student safety is our paramount concern.  All volunteers must have notified the teacher in advance of the field trip of their desire to chaperone. Not all parent volunteers can always attend a field trip due to space or destination rules. All volunteers must complete a Chaperone Application Form.

Guidelines for Volunteer Chaperones

Before the field trip, the classroom teacher will provide you with information regarding the activities planned for the trip, expectations for supervising students and emergency procedures.  

In addition, the following general guidelines will help you be a good chaperone.  If you have questions regarding these guidelines, please speak to the teacher or the principal.

  1. Chaperones must maintain a positive attitude and tone throughout the trip. We reserve the right to not allow parents to chaperone if they exhibit negative behaviors around the students.
  2. All school rules apply on school sponsored field trips.  Chaperones are expected to follow school rules, follow the directions given by the coordinating teacher, work cooperatively with other volunteers and school staff members, and serve as a role model for students.  The chaperone will follow the trip plan developed by the teacher.
  3. Students must be supervised at all times while at a school-sponsored event.  As a chaperone, you will supervise a small group of students, helping them learn and making sure they behave well and are safe.  Students must stay with you, their chaperone, at all times. Check to make sure you know where all students are regularly and before changing activities.  Be sure you know when and where to meet the rest of your group at the end of the visit.  Count, count, count, all day!
  4. Student behavior is your responsibility. School rules related to student behavior apply. Go over the rules and standards of behavior, safety rules, and any site-specific rules with students.  Ensure that students do not get involved in any extra activities not pre-approved by the teacher. You are responsible for student behavior, but it is the responsibility of the teacher to discipline a student who is misbehaving.
  5. Chaperones are responsible for ALL of the children in their assigned group, not just their own children.
  6. Chaperones and their assigned students must stay with the large group or on the destination property at all times unless the teacher in charge has stated otherwise.
  7. Chaperones:
  1. For the protection of both the student and the chaperone, chaperones should not be alone with a student at any time– for example in the vehicle, in a restroom, etc.
  2. Siblings and family members may not participate in a school-sponsored field trip. Young children can easily distract you from your primary responsibility of supervising your group of students.
  3. Be sure you know what to do in an emergency (medical emergency, natural emergency, lost child, serious break of rules, etc.).  Know who is First Aid trained, where the First Aid kit is located and where your cell phone is.  Keep the cell phone contact number of the teacher and other chaperones available. Contact the teacher immediately in the event of an accident or emergency situation
  4. Please follow the directions of the docents and guides even if other groups do not.
  5. When transporting students, stay with the group, do not make unauthorized stops unless there is an emergency, do not skip planned stops and make sure that all students have the appropriate safety restraints.

We ask that chaperones acknowledge that their participation is important to the learning experience of the students involved, and that they will follow the above guidelines. Failure to follow any of the above guidelines may result in the chaperone being removed from the chaperone list.

Thank you for your attention to these field trip chaperone guidelines.                

In addition to the above regularly scheduled conferences, a parent/guardian may arrange a conference at any time during the school year. Appointments can be made either by sending a note to the teacher or leaving a phone message for the teacher. The teacher will return the call so that a mutually convenient time can be arranged.

Meeting with the Principal

If you would like to meet with Principal Overton, you must schedule an appointment with Ms. Cheri our school secretary or through email. You can contact her at loverton@philasd.org. Please allow for a 24 - 48 hour turnaround period regarding e-mail correspondence. Please be reminded that for our school to grow further, a majority of the day is needed for observation in classrooms and grade group meetings with the faculty.

Classroom Visits                                

Parents/Guardians are welcome to visit their children's classroom at the Meredith School. However, to limit interruption of instructional time, parents/guardians who wish to schedule a visit need to contact the teacher to make sure this is ok.

Parents/Guardians must go to the front office and sign in the visitor log book prior to entering the classroom. A lanyard or volunteer badge must be worn when visiting. Please allow a few minutes for this in advance of your scheduled visit time. For safety and security reasons, visitors are only permitted in the classroom when the classroom teacher is present.                                 

Home and School Association

General email: meredithhomeandschool@gmail.com

Website: http://www.meredithmatters.org

The Home and School Association is a 501(c)(3) organization that sponsors community- building events for children and their families, provides information to parents about how to support their children at the School and raises funds to enhance student programs.General membership meetings of the HSA take place once a month during the School year and are organized to offer information and to permit parents and guardians to participate in discussions about current issues. All parents and guardians are automatically members of the HSA and are encouraged to participate in its many activities throughout the year. There is a Home and School Association mailbox in the Main Office at the School.

Meredith School Advisory Council (SAC)

General email: sacmeredith@gmail.com

The School Advisory Council is an advisory body formed by the School District of Philadelphia to support parent involvement to advance student achievement. Nine members serve on the PAS SAC: principal, two staff members selected by the PFT building committee, home and school association president, four parent representatives elected by the families and a community representative

Tips to Keep Up To Date

Meredith Middle School, Meredith Specials, and Lunch Schedules

2019 - 2020

Middle School Roster 2019 - 2020

302

Piazza

308

Rash

304

Brown

307

Alliegro

305

Leshock

303

McCollum

8:30 – 9:30

Special

(see schedule below)

Special

(see schedule below)

Special

(see schedule below)

Special

(see schedule below)

Special

(see schedule below)

Special

(see schedule below)

9:30 – 9:35

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

9:35 - 10:35

Math  

302

60 min.

66h

ELA  

308

60 min.

66h

Math

304

60 min.

7th 

ELA

307

60 min.

8th

Science 305

60 min. 7th

Day 1

Science 303

60 min. 8th

Day 2

Soc. St. 305

60 min. 7th

Day 2

Soc. St. 303

60 min. 8th 

Day 1

10:35 – 10:40

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

10:40 – 11:40

Math  

308

60 min.

6h

ELA  

305

60 min.

7th

Math

303

60 min.

8th 

ELA

304

60 min.

7th

Science 302

60 min. 6th

Day 1

Science 307

60  min. 8th

Day 2

Soc. St. 302

60 min. 6th

Day 2

Soc. St. 307

60 min. 8th 

Day 1

11:40 - 11:45

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

11:45 - 12:45

Math

305

60 min.

6th

ELA

302

60 min.

6th

Math

307

60 min.

87h

ELA

303

60 min.

8th

Science 304

60 min. 7th 

Day 1

Science  308

60  min. 6th 

Day 2

Soc. St. 304

60 min. 7th

Day 2

Soc. St.  308

60 min. 6th 

Day 1

12:45 -1:00

Lockers/

Homeroom

Lockers/

Homeroom

Lockers/

Homeroom

Lockers/

Homeroom

Lockers/

Homeroom

Lockers/

Homeroom

1:00 – 1:30

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

Lunch

1:30 - 1:35

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

1:35 - 1:55

Homeroom Advisory

Homeroom Advisory

Homeroom Advisory

Homeroom Advisory

Homeroom Advisory

Homeroom Advisory

1:55 - 2:00

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

Transition

2:00 – 3:00

Enrichment

(see schedule below)

Enrichment

(see schedule below)

Enrichment

(see schedule below)

Enrichment

(see schedule below)

Enrichment

(see schedule below)

Enrichment

(see schedule below)

3:00 - 3:09

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

Prepare for Dismissal

2:00 - 3:00                         Middle School Enrichment Schedule

302 (6th grade)

308 (6th grade)

305 (7th grade)

304 (7th grade)

303 (8th grade)

307(8th grade)

A

Cultural Perspectives- Rash

Math Mania-

Piazza & Brown

Geography- McCollum

Social Justice- Alliegro

Algebra- Tilli & Leshock

Library/Spanish- Hamm, Hoffman, & Billbrough

B

Math Mania-

Piazza & Brown

Cultural Perspectives- Rash

Social Justice- Alliegro

Geography- McCollum

Library/Spanish- Hamm, Hoffman, & Billbrough

Algebra- Tilli & Leshock

C

Library/

Spanish- Hamm, Hoffman, & Billbrough

Math Mania-

Piazza & Brown

Cultural Perspectives- Rash

Social Justice- Alliegro

Algebra- Tilli & Leshock

Geography- McCollum

D

Math Mania-

Piazza & Brown

Library/

Spanish- Hamm, Hoffman, & Billbrough

Social Justice- Alliegro

Cultural Perspectives- Rash

Geography- McCollum

Algebra- Tilli & Leshock

E

Cultural Perspectives- Rash

Geography- McCollum

Library/

Spanish- Hamm, Hoffman, & Billbrough

Math Mania-

Piazza & Brown

Algebra- Tilli & Leshock

Social Justice- Alliegro

F

Geography- McCollum

Cultural Perspectives- Rash

Math Mania-

Piazza & Brown

Library/

Spanish- Hamm, Hoffman, & Billbrough

Social Justice- Alliegro

Algebra- Tilli & Leshock

Meredith Middle School Specials Schedule

2019 - 2020

Special

A

B

C

D

E

F

Art

308

302

304

307

305

303

Music

303

308

302

304

307

305

Comp

305

303

308

302

304

307

PE

307

305

303

308

302

304

STEAM

304

307

305

303

308

302

Social Health

302

304

307

305

303

308

Meredith Specials Schedule 2019 - 2020

Mon.

8:30 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:15

10:15 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:09

Art

6,7,8 Special

4th: 202

3rd: 205

Lunch

Prep

K: 107

1st/2nd: 201

2nd GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Music

6,7,8 Special

4th: 208

3rd: 206

Lunch

Prep

K: 108

1st: 106

2nd GG evert 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Computers

6,7,8 Special

5th: 301

3rd: 207

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 102

1st: 105

2nd GG evert 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

PE

6,7,8 Special

5th: 306

Coverage  for Open Doors

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 103

Coverage  for Open Doors

2nd GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

STEAM

6,7,8 Special

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

2nd GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Social Health

6,7,8 Special

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

2nd GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Tues.

8:30 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:15

10:15 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:09

Art

6,7,8 Special

5th: 306

Coverage  for Open Doors

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 103

Coverage  for Open Doors

3rd GG every 2nd/4th week

K GG every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

Music

6,7,8 Special

4th: 202

3rd: 205

Lunch

Prep

K: 107

1st/2nd: 201

3rd GG every 2nd/4th week

K GG every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

Computers

6,7,8 Special

4th: 208

3rd: 206

Lunch

Prep

K: 108

1st: 106

3rd GG every 2nd/4th week

K GG every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

PE

6,7,8 Special

5th:301

3rd: 207

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 102

1st: 105

3rd GG every 2nd/4th week

K GG every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

STEAM

6,7,8 Special

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

K GG every 1st/3rd week

3rd GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Social Health

6,7,8 Special

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

K GG every 1st/3rd week

3rd GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Wed.

8:30 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:15

10:15 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:09

Art

6,7,8 Special

5th: 301

3rd: 207

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 102

1st: 105

4th GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Music

6,7,8 Special

5th: 306

Coverage  for Open Doors

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 103

Coverage  for Open Doors

4th GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Computers

6,7,8 Special

4th: 202

3rd: 205

Lunch

Prep

K: 107

1st/2nd: 201

4th GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

PE

6,7,8 Special

4th: 208

3rd: 206

Lunch

Prep

K: 108

1st: 106

4th GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

STEAM

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

4th GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Social Health

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

4th GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Thurs.

8:30 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:15

10:15 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:09

Art

6,7,8 Special

4th: 208

3rd: 206

Lunch

Prep

K: 108

1st: 106

Middle School Math/Science

every 1st/3rd week

1st grade every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Music

6,7,8 Special

5th: 301

3rd: 207

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 102

1st: 105

Middle School Math/Science

every 1st/3rd week

1st GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Computers

6,7,8 Special

5th: 306

Coverage  for Open Doors

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 103

Coverage  for Open Doors

Middle School Math/Science

every 1st/3rd week

1st GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

PE

6,7,8 Special

4th: 202

3rd: 205

Lunch

Prep

K: 107

1st/2nd: 201

Middle School Math/Science

every 1st/3rd week

1st GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

STEAM

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

1st GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Social Health

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

1st GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Fri.

8:30 - 9:30

9:30 - 10:15

10:15 - 11:00

11:00 - 11:45

11:45 - 12:30

12:30 - 1:15

1:15 - 2:00

2:00 - 3:00

3:00 - 3:09

Art

6,7,8 Special

4th: 202

3rd: 205

Lunch

Prep

K: 107

1st: 106

5th GG every 2nd/4th week

Prepare for dismissal

Music

6,7,8 Special

4th: 208

3rd: 206

Lunch

Prep

K: 108

1st/2nd: 201

5th GG every 2nd/4th week

Middle School ELA/Soc. St.

every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

Computers

6,7,8 Special

5th:301

Coverage  for Open Doors

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 102

1st: 105

5th GG every 2nd/4th week

Middle School ELA/Soc. St.

every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

PE

6,7,8 Special

5th: 306

3rd: 207

Lunch

Prep

2nd: 103

Coverage  for Open Doors

5th GG every 2nd/4th week

Middle School ELA/Soc. St.

every 1st/3rd week

Prepare for dismissal

STEAM

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

5th GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

Social Health

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

Lunch

Prep

Coaching/

Intervention

Coaching/

Intervention

5th GG every 2nd/4th week

MS Enrich-

ment

Prepare for dismissal

William M. Meredith School

2019 - 2020

Regular Day Lunch Schedule

 

10:15 - 10:30                        Recess- Kindergarten B5, 105

10:30 -11:00 am                         Lunchroom- Kindergarten B5, 105

 

                                                    Lunchroom                            Recess

11:00 -11:22 am                         1st  & 201 (1st graders)              2nd  & 201 (2nd graders)

11:22 -11:45 am                         2nd  & 201 (2nd graders)          1st  & 201 (1st graders)                     

 

12:00 -12:22 pm                        3rd                                           4th/5th

12:22 -12:45 pm                        4th/5th                               3rd

 

1:00 - 1:15 pm                                 6th/7th                                                8th

1:15 - 1:30 pm                             8th                                       6th/7th

 

*Teachers please be on time when dropping off and picking up students

 

 

 

Early Dismissal Lunch Schedule

 

9:30 - 9:45 am                             6th and 7th grade -lunch        8th grade -recess

9:45 - 9:55 am                           8th grade- lunch                   6th and 7th grade -recess

 

10:00 - 10:20 am                         4th and 5th grade

 

10:30 - 10:50 am                         3rd grade

 

11:00 -11:20 am                         1st grade and 2nd grade

 

11:30 -11:50 am                         Kindergarten

 

*Teachers please be on time when dropping off and picking up students