Valley View Elementary
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Valley View Expectations/Rules
WELCOME TO Valley View ELEMENTARY SCHOOL!
Greetings and welcome to Valley View Elementary School. Valley View provides a warm, caring and supportive learning environment for every student. Our school staff works collaboratively to ensure a comprehensive and challenging curriculum, and to provide a positive learning experience for your child. We support a teamwork approach to education, and believe that parents and guardians are an integral part of the educational team. We invite you to visit, volunteer, and participate in our various school events.
The Parent-Student Handbook was developed to acquaint you with our policies, procedures and programs. Please read over the handbook with your child, and keep it for future reference. Feel free to contact the office if you have any questions or concerns (854-6370). No appointment is necessary to see me, but a phone call in advance will ensure that I am available when you arrive.
I look forward to meeting our new families and seeing familiar faces. Thank you for your support as we team together to provide a rich and inspiring education for all our students.
Valley View’s School Vision
Valley View Elementary School is a safe, positive, collaborative community that values academic and behavioral excellence. Professionals, paraprofessionals, students and parents work together to attain our common vision. We work to ensure maximum individual growth for all students in knowledge, reasoning and attitude, leading toward success and community participation as adults. Teachers match appropriate instructional methods to desired outcomes. A variety of assessment types, surveys, and reliable research are used to evaluate success, refine our vision, and define staff development.
Valley View STAFF 2017-2018
Principal Heather Scott
Secretary Patty Jennings
Librarian Chandra Gold
Nurse Dawn Holden
Health Tech Mary Heyn
Counselor Paula Perry
Social Worker Kyiah Shekannah Evans
Behavior Interventionist Kelly Case
Resource Room Judy Sweat (grades K-3)
Lindsey Dewey (grades 4-6)
SLC KC Davis
Speech Chris Mata
Psychologist Jacque Parenti
Reading Spec. Tracy Korsvall
PE JD Vevig
Band John McCrostie
Orchestra Molly McCallum
Music Kalena Fleming
Kitchen Manager Yvonne Dosier
Head Custodian Jerry Richey
Night Custodian Aimerance Kanku
Occ. Therapist Teri Hamilton
Res. Rm. Asst. Jackie Adams
School Support Amy Lindenberg
School Support Danene Youngblood
School Support Stephanie Cly
SLC Para Debbie Wiker
SLC Para Kim Smith
SLC Para Chris Christopherson
SLC Para Mandy Baker
Title One Tutor Andy Duff
Title One Tutor Tracey Wade
Title One Tutor Kendra Bishop
Just for Kids Logan Myer
K-1 Brenda McKenzie
1-A Becky Oram
1-C Beth Ford
2-A Tamie O’Hara
2-C Dawn Heller
First/Second GATE Combo
2-B Erin Lail
3-A Melissa Riebe
3-B Jen Thiel
4-A Courtney Richardson
4-B Heidi Knebel
Third/Fourth GATE Combo
5-B Nadine Chaffee
5-A Shawna Hiller
5-C Meko Myers
Fifth/Sixth GATE Combo
6-C Rebecca Gris
6-A Tom Clark
6-B Cindy Girard
Valley View Daily Schedule
8:40am First Bell K-6
8:45am Tardy Bell K-6
10:00-10:15 1st-2nd, & ½ GATE
10:15-10:30 3rd, 6th, ⅚ GATE, SLC
10:30-10:45 4th, 5th, ¾ GATE
11:30-12:15 1st, JFK
11:40-12:25 2nd & ½ gate
11:45-12:30 4th, & ¾ gate
12:15-1:00 6th & ⅚ GATE, SLC
1:45-2:00 3rd, 4th
2:00-2:15 1st, ¾ & ⅚ Gate, SLC
2:15-2:30 2nd, 5th & ½ Gate
3:15 School Dismissal All Grades
** Early Dismissal Times **
8:45-10:30 AM Kindergarten
11:30-1: 15 PM Kindergarten
8:45-1:15 Grades 1-6
BOISE SCHOOL DISTRICT EXPECTATIONS
“Live the values of Respect, Dignity, Honesty, Responsibility, and Teamwork”
Respect – “The act of giving particular attention”
Dignity – “The state of being worthy, honored, or esteemed”
Honesty – “Fairness and straightforwardness of conduct – adherence to the facts”
Responsibility – “Moral, legal, or mental accountability – reliable – trustworthy”
Teamwork – “Work done by several people with each doing a part”
© Independent School District of Boise City
ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL
Supervision on our playground is provided before school begins at 8:15 AM. Please do not drop your child off or allow them to walk to school so that they are here before that time. Our first bell rings at 8:40 A.M and breakfast is served daily at 8:45 AM in the classroom.
Students should go immediately to the playground areas at the back of the school building. Students may enter through the main front doors and continue to the back of the school through the gym.
All students should be at school by 8:40 AM. Students are expected to come to school prepared for the day by bringing all necessary materials, books, assigned work and a positive attitude. Any student who arrives after the 8:45 tardy bell must report to the school office to receive a tardy slip before being admitted to class.
Students who total five tardies and/or absences in a quarter will receive a phone call or letter from the principal. The purpose of the call or letter is to notify the parents of our concern and reinforce the need to have students here on time.
When a student totals ten tardies and/or absences in a semester, parents will receive a phone call from the principal to discuss our continuing concerns. A conference may be scheduled at this time to develop a plan to assist in solving the problem of being late to school or missing excessive days.
The Board of Trustees of the Boise Independent School District approved the Attendance Policy and Procedures. It states that “all students are required to be in attendance at least ninety (90) percent of the time school is in session during each semester.” This means that students who miss more than nine (9) days in a semester or eighteen (18) days during the school year may be denied promotion to the next grade level.
If you know that your child is going to be absent or tardy, please notify the school office at 854-6370.
We believe all students are individuals and should be treated as such. Each disciplinary occurrence brings with it its own set of circumstances; therefore, will be treated as such. Our goal is to assist the students in making meaningful connections between their actions and the consequences that follow. Every disciplinary action will be guided by the following principles developed by our staff. Parents and students are encouraged to come in and discuss any action we take that they feel does not coincide with the list of principles we choose to follow.
Valley View School’s Driving Principles
Rules and Expectations Supporting the Orderly Operation of the School and the Educational Process
Rules and expectations covered in this section are designed to meet the following goals:
Rules for Our School
Major disciplinary violations such as possession of weapons (including lighters, firecrackers, sharp objects, etc.), fighting, inappropriate language, defiance, disrespect, threats against persons (real or play), destruction of property, stealing, vandalism, de-pantsing, or other continual minor infractions will result in a referral to the principal. School suspension will be considered as a possible consequence.
Each classroom will establish a management plan that is appropriate to that particular group of students and meets the general building goals.
At Valley View Elementary we first work toward rewarding positive behavior rather than punishing students for poor behavior. Our reward system fosters a sense of teamwork which enhances the greater learning community. Students and classes can earn DoJo points and later be considered for classroom/building drawings for prizes
Classrooms can earn Valley View PRIDE from their Music, PE, Library, Counselor, Lunchroom, Reading Groups and Resource Room instructors as follows:
Individual students exhibiting good behavior (helping others, taking turns, solving problems peacefully, following school rules, using manners, etc.) can earn Class Dojo points point to add to their individual and class total. These points can be earned at assemblies, in the cafeteria, on the playground, in the hallways and anywhere in the building. Any staff member may award an individual dojo points.
Bicycles are to be placed in the racks provided on the school grounds. The school cannot be responsible for lost or stolen bicycles. Bikes are to be walked on the school grounds before or just after school. This is for the children’s protection. Bikes should be licensed and locked.
Skateboards, roller blades, hoverboards are to be carried once on school grounds and put in a safe place where they will not pose a potential hazard. These items are the responsibility of the student who brought them and the school cannot be responsible if they are lost or stolen. Heely’s are not to be worn at school.
We are pleased to inform you that Valley View Elementary will be implementing a new option available to schools participating in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs called Community Eligibility Program (CEP) for School Year 2017-2018.
Schools that participate in the CEP are able to provide a healthy breakfast, lunch, and afternoon snack each day at no charge for ALL students enrolled and participating in the breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack program at the CEP school during the 2017-2018 School Year.
No further action is required of you if your student will be attending Valley View Elementary this school year. All Valley View students will be able to participate in these meal programs without having to pay a fee or submit an application.
If your child currently has a balance in their Food Service Account, we ask you to consider leaving some funds in the account until you are assured your student has sufficient funds to purchase any ala carte items. Each meal offered includes milk, fruit, vegetables, and a choice of entrée. If your student brings a lunch from home or wants additional items, there is a charge for milk, extra fruit or vegetables, or second entrees. Funds can also be transferred to your other students’ accounts at other schools or can be donated to assist other students in our District who have negative balances and are unable to pay their charges.
Refund/Transfer/Donation Forms can be picked up at the Cafeteria anytime throughout the school year or from the Food & Nutrition Services Office at the District Services Center at 8169 W. Victory Road.
Please contact the Food & Nutrition Services Office at 208-854-4090 for further assistance.
Buses are provided for Valley View students who live 1.5 miles or greater from Valley View School. First Student Bus Company transports these students to school. When riding the bus, students are expected to display good manners and follow the rules and directions of the driver so every trip will be a safe one. While on the bus and being picked up, students are under the direction of the bus driver. If a student misbehaves on the bus, a Bus Conduct Report may be issued. Reports will be sent home to be signed and should be returned the next day. If you have any questions concerning routes or service, please call First Student Transportation at 854-5230. Important: Please do not park in the bus zone in front of the school. This area is for BUS loading and unloading only.
Bullying is the repeated aggressive behavior or frightening of others with an intent to dominate. Bullying may include, but not be limited to, physical (hitting, pushing, or attacks on property); verbal (name calling, obscene gestures, malicious teasing, or electronic threats); or indirect attacks (intentional exclusion from groups, anonymous hurtful notes, or spreading false rumors). Bullying often occurs without apparent provocation. Bullying is not playful teasing between relatively equal individuals.
Bullying should be reported at once to your classroom teacher, counselor, assistant principal or principal. A thorough investigation of any allegation of bullying will occur. Discipline for bullying may involve actions up to and including suspension and/or expulsion.
For the complete policy on Bullying, Hazing and Harassment, please refer to District Policy #3231 which is available online at www.boiseschools.org.
Students are not allowed to chew gum at any location on the school grounds UNLESS they have been given special permission by a classroom teacher or building staff member. Students who bring their lunches from home may have candy as part of their lunch and may eat it in the cafeteria. Students may not sell or trade candy or drinks at school.
Fire drills and emergency evacuations are practiced on a regular basis to create an anticipated reaction during a school emergency. Questions concerning specific emergency drill procedures may be directed to the school office or the teaching staff.
In the event of an actual emergency, students will be dismissed ONLY TO A PARENT OR PREVIOUSLY DESIGNATED PERSON (written permission must be on file in the office). Information concerning the emergency will be released to the district and the local media. Parents will be notified as soon as possible. We are prepared to care for children in critical situations until a parent arrives. Please do not call the school, as we must have lines open for emergency calls. All emergency situations will be dealt with by following procedures established at the beginning of the year by the Valley View Emergency Response Team. A copy of this plan is available upon request at the school office.
As required by state law, to be eligible for the first grade at the opening of school, a child must be six years of age before September 1 of the entrance year. Kindergarten students must be five years of age before September 1 of the entrance year.
Birth certificates and immunizations records are required of all new students entering the Boise School District. Both must be presented to the school at enrollment time and are returned to parents after necessary information is entered on school records.
Fundraisers are held for the purpose of benefiting the educational needs of the school and/or students. Students are not allowed to promote any fundraiser activity on the school grounds that are not connected to this purpose. Students should not sell any items to other students at school. (This includes private, religious, or scout troop fundraisers.)
Nursing coverage at Valley View will be 2 days each week, with a nurse on call the other 3 days. A health technician will be available when the school nurse is working at another school. The school nurse functions to promote improved health conditions for all students. This involves screening programs, supervision of sanitary regulations, participation in health education in the classrooms, and administration of first aid when needed. Parents/guardians will be notified of serious injuries/illness with their children.
Medications may not be given at school without the written consent of a parent or guardian. Forms are available from the school nurse. All medications must come to school in the original container with instructions for administering.
Extreme cold, rain, lightning, snow, freezing rain, and poor air quality are all types of inclement weather that can keep students inside before school and during recesses. It is our expectation that students will dress appropriately during the various seasons. To bring students inside because of bad weather will be determined by the principal or assistant principal. The safety of our students will be the deciding factor in the event of inclement weather. Specific recommendations are given for poor air quality, lightning and cold temperatures.
In the event that students need to come inside before school, our outside support personnel will direct students to go directly to their classroom door.
Lost and found items should be taken to the bin located in the main hallway outside the nurse’s office. Found library books should be returned to the library. Money, textbooks, and other valuables should be taken to the office.
Please label your child’s clothing items and lunch boxes to help reduce the number of unclaimed items. Items not claimed after a certain length of time will be donated to those less fortunate.
Parent-teacher conferences will be held in October, at the end of the first quarter grading period. Parents will be notified of scheduled dates and times. In order to meet the individual needs of their students, teachers must communicate progress with parents. Conferences make that communication possible. Parents are strongly urged to attend these conferences. If parents wish to schedule additional conferences during the school year, they may do so by contacting the classroom teacher.
Students are discouraged from bringing valuables to school. Electronic equipment is permitted at school, but the school is not liable for any theft or damages. Laser pens are not permitted due to risk of injury to others. Personal items brought to school are under the supervision of the classroom teacher. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Students and teachers will not be interrupted during class time to accept phone calls except in the case of an emergency. The school phone is a business phone and should not to be used to arrange to go home with a friend. A student must have a pass from his/her classroom teacher to use the office phone.
Students are allowed to bring electronic devices to school only if their teacher has given them permission to do so. No teacher will require a student to have a personal electronic device but may give them an option to bring one if it would be beneficial for an academic assignment. If a teacher does give permission to bring a device, the student will only be allowed to use it in the classroom under the teacher’s supervision. Electronic devices are NOT allowed on the playground or in the lunchroom. The school cannot be responsible for damaged or stolen electronic devices.
As part of Valley View's Digital Citizenship, students should use all forms of technology in a respectful and responsible manner and at the teacher’s discretion. Respectful and responsible means:
Never video or photograph without consent of all parties involved and content obtained at school should not be posted to social media without consent
Use of any device with photo/video capabilities is banned in areas of assumed privacy (restroom)
Never use another student’s device without consent
Devices may only be used with teacher permission in class
Individuals should immediately report any form of cyber-bullying or inappropriate technology use
Headphones should not be in use during class without teacher permission
Personal electronic devices including cell phones/headphones will not be allowed in the lunchroom or on the playground.
Violation of any expectations above will result in the device taken away and returned only to a parent or guardian.
If you are coming to school early to pick up your child, you need to come to the office and sign him/her out. Students are not allowed to be picked up directly from the classroom. We will call your child from the classroom to the office. Also, students are not allowed to leave school early with someone not listed on their enrollment form unless we have a signed note or receive a phone call from the parent or guardian.
Note: Picture ID may be required to verify permission for student pick-up. If you have authorized another person to pick your child up after school, please let the classroom teacher know by note or phone call.
The Boise School District complies with federal law (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) as it relates to the release of student directory information to the public. To learn more, log on to www.boiseschools.org click Forms and follow the links to FERPA – Release of Student Directory Information. Or, you may pick up a FERPA form at your school, or call the Clerk of the Board at 854—4123 to obtain a copy of the FERPA form.
The iPads, the track on the back field, class parties, Friday popcorn, educational assemblies, math & science programs, new computer equipment, smart boards, wireless keyboards, classroom listening systems, atlases, and books are just a few of the things the PTO has provided for the benefit of the students at Valley View. Parent involvement is so important to a child’s education and one of the best ways to be involved is to join the PTO. Monthly meeting times are advertised; your participation at any level would benefit all Valley View students.
All visitors must sign in at the office and receive a badge to be worn while at the school. Please make an appointment if you desire to communicate with your child’s teacher about anything detailed as they are often involved in trainings and meetings before and after school. If you are volunteering in a classroom prior arrangements must be made with the classroom teacher in advance. Students are not allowed to bring friends, relatives or siblings to class. The Board has the power and duty to prohibit entrance, to prohibit loitering, and to provide for the removal from any District premise or any District sponsored activity, regardless of location, of any individual or individuals who disrupt the educational processes or whose presence is detrimental to the morals, health, safety, academic learning or discipline of the students or other individuals.
The classroom teacher is responsible for establishing a procedure for celebrating birthdays in the room. Please check with the teacher before sending treats. Other ways for recognizing birthdays should also be discussed with the classroom teacher. Flowers or balloons should NOT be delivered to the school. Treats must be dropped off at the main office unless you have made arrangements with the classroom teacher. All adults are required to sign in and wear a badge while in the building.
The Boise School District has “zero tolerance” for students who bring to school weapons or other objects/substances that are a threat to the health and safety of other students, staff members, or visitors, or are a disruption to the educational process. Possession of, threatening use or using of these objects/substances at the elementary school or at any school-sponsored activity without prior permission of school officials, will result in the following course of action:
Administrative Procedure: Any or all personnel employed by the Boise School District at the elementary level having knowledge of students with weapons or other objects/ substances which are a threat to the health and safety of other students, staff members, or visitors, or are a disruption to the educational process shall notify the building principal immediately. The building principal shall conduct an investigation immediately and make the determination as to whether a school resource officer is to be contacted and a complaint filed and/or if an immediate suspension is in order. This suspension can be in-school or out-of-school as determined by the building principal with the understanding that the weapons, objects, and/or substances have been confiscated and, when necessary, turned over to the proper authorities for disposition. The elementary building principal, in cooperation with the appropriate Area Director, shall determine if sufficient cause exists for referral to the Board of Trustees for permanent expulsion.
Parents or guardians are to be contacted by phone, letter, or in person in an expedient and timely manner with detailed information regarding the incident(s).
All reports of weapons, objects, and/or substances which are a threat to the health and safety of other students, staff members, or visitors, or are a disruption to the educational process shall be written by the building principal and copies sent to the Area Director.
Thank you for taking the time to review our school handbook. If you have any concerns or questions, please contact the office at 854-6370.
Have a wonderful school year!!
STUDENT-PARENT-TEACHER COMPACT 2017/2018
This compact is an agreement between the student, parent, and teacher. Participation in this agreement is essential for each child’s best educational experience.
As a Student I Will:
Believe in my ability to learn;
Come to school on time, be prepared to work, dress appropriately and ask for help when I need it;
Be a cooperative, respectful member of our school;
Complete all assignments and homework and turn them in on time;
Follow the rules of Valley View School.
As a Parent/Guardian I Will:
Believe in my child’s ability to learn;
Respect and support my child, the teacher, and the school;
Make sure my child attends school regularly and on time;
Attend school activities whenever possible;
Provide a time and place for my child to do homework and read.
As a Teacher I Will:
Believe in each student’s ability to learn;
Provide a safe, positive, and healthy learning environment;
Respect that each child and family is unique;
Strive to meet the individual needs of every student;
Communicate regularly with parents/guardians about their child’s progress in school.
After having read and discussed the Student-Parent-Teacher Compact with your child, please, sign and date this agreement. Return ONLY the bottom portion to your child’s classroom teacher.
STUDENT HANDBOOK UNDERSTANDING FORM 2017/2018
Parents, please complete the bottom portion of this form and return it to school with your child. Keep the handbook for future reference.
It is our desire that the school, staff and parents work together to help students become the best they can be. Our children need to know that we all care about them and that together we will encourage their responsible behavior and wise choices. The respect, responsibility, and cooperation that students learn in elementary school will greatly increase their likelihood for success throughout life.
Valley View Staff
STUDENT & PARENT HANDBOOK UNDERSTANDING FORM
My child and I have read and reviewed, for clear understanding, the Valley View Elementary Student & Parent Handbook.
Student’s Name ______________________________________
Teacher’s Name ________________________________
Student’s Signature___________________________________________________Date ______________
Parent/Guardian Signature _________________________________________________
Valley View’s Digital Citizenship Contract
Valley Views student have the privilege of using the Internet throughout their school day. Students follow the Student Network and Internet policy that is located on the Boise School District website. This Digital Citizenship contract is provided to help student and parents better understand their responsibilities.
As a student, I must:
Follow ALL school rules online. Violent games and videos are not allowed, even if they get past our safety filters. Rarely there may be inappropriate sites or images that get around the filter. If I see something inappropriate, I will tell a teacher and close the web browser.
Know what happens if I break this contract. I may lose technology privileges and face other consequences for my behavior. Being online is like being in my community and at school. I will have fun creating, seeing, and doing many different things!
This form needs to be returned to your teacher.
Valley View’s Technology Team
Name of Student: _________________________________
Student Signature: ________________________________
Parent Signature: ________________________________