Freedom Elementary

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10326 N 6800 W, Highland, UT

801.610.8707

http://freedom.alpineschools.org

Parent/Student Handbook

2019-2020 Calendar

Open House    3-5 pm……………………………………        August 16, 2019

First Day of School……………………………………………….        August 20, 2019

Kindergarten Keep Testing…………………………………..Aug. 20-26, 2019

First Day of Kindergarten and Pre-Schoo Kindergarten 27th August 27, 2019

Hearing Screening…………………………………………………        August 27, 2019

Pool Night American Fork Pool…………………………...August 30, 2019

Labor Day (No School)………………………………………….        September 3, 2019

PTA Board Meeting 10am……………………………………..September 6, 2019

Parents and Pastries 6th Grade…………………………..September 6, 2019

3rd grade story telling field trip………………………...September 6, 2019

Room Mom Training 9:30 am………………………………. September 9, 2019

Vision Screening……………………………………………………        September 11-12, 2019

Safety Week……………………………………………..…………        September 16-20, 2019

SCC Meeting 2:30 PM…………………………………………...September 26. 2019

Book Fair……………………………………………………………...October 1-5, 2019

Space Center 6th grade ……………………………………...October 1-3, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences……………………………...        October 2-3, 2019

PTA Board Meeting 10:00 am ……………………………… October TBD

Parents and Pastries 5th grade…………………………… October 4, 2019

School Pictures…………………………………………………….        October 9, 2019

Reflections Due…………………………………………………… October 12, 2019

Fall Break (No School)………………………………………….        October 17-18, 2019

Professional Development Day (No School)…………        October 21, 2019

SCC Meeting  2:30 PM………………………………………….. TBD

Halloween Carnival 5-8pm……………………………………        October 25, 2019

Halloween Parade 9:30am……………………………………        October 31, 2019

Freedom Clothing Drive………………………………………. November 1-15, 2019

PTA Board Meeting 10:00 AM……………………………… TBD

Veteran’s Day Assembly…………………………………….. November 8, 2019

Picture Make-Up Day …………………………………………..November 13, 2019

First Trimester Ends…………………………………………….        November 15, 2019

Classic Skate Night …………………………………………….. TBD

Thanksgiving Vacation…………………………………………        November 21-23, 2019

SCC Meeting 2:30 ………………………………………………. TBD

Parent and Pastries 4th grade…………………………… December 6, 2019

Polar Express 1st grade …………………………………….. December 13, 2019

Christmas Sing 9:30 and 1:00……………………………..  December 19, 2019

Christmas Vacation………………………………………………        Dec. 23-Jan. 3, 2019

School Resumes……………………………………………………        January 6, 2020

Parents and Pastries 3rd grade………………………….. January 10, 2020

PTA Board Meeting 10:00.………………………………….. TBD

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (No School)……………..        January 20, 2020

SCC Meeting 2:30 PM………………………………………….. TBD

Book Fair…………………………………………………………….. February 4-7, 2020

Parent Teacher Conferences……………………………….        February 5-6, 2020

PTA Board Meeting 10:00AM………………………………. February 7, 2020

Penny Wars ……………………………………………………….. February 11-22, 2020

Valentines Day……………………………………………………. February 14, 2020

President’s Day (No School)…………………………………        February 18, 2020

Story Telling Contest…………………………………………… February 24, 2020

SCC Meeting ……………………………………………………….. February 28, 2020

Spelling Bee…………………………………………………………. March 1, 2020

Dr. Suess Day………………………………………………………. March 2, 2020

Professional Development Day (No School)………..        March 4, 2020

Second Trimester Ends………………………………………..        March 6, 2020

PTA Board Meeting 10:00 am……………………………… March 7, 2020

Daylight Savings (Spring Forward)................... March 10, 2020

Battle of the Books Competitions……………………….        March 16-20, 2020

Teacher Appreciation Week………………………………..        March 10-14 , 2020

Kindergarten Registration 1:00-4:00…………………… March 25…, 2020

SSC Meeting 2:30pm……………………………………………. March 28, 2020

Classic Skate Night……………………………………………… March 29, 2020

Snow Make-up Day……………………………………………….        April 1, 2020

Spring Break (No School)……………………………………..        April 2-5, 2020

State Core Testing……………………………………………….        April 2020

PTA Board Meeting 10:00am……………………………….. April 11, 2020

5th Grade Clear Creek………………………………………… April 13-15, 2020

Kindergarten Parent Lunch………………………………… April 15, 2020

Girls Maturation…….…………………………………………...April 19, 2020

Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night………………………………………… April 22, 2020

5th Grade Boys Maturation…………………………………..April 26, 2020

PTA Board Meeting 10:00 AM………………………………..May 2, 2020

Hope of America…………………………………………………… May 7-9, 2020

Kindergarten Graduation 9:30 and 1:00……………..May 15, 2020

Sixth Grade Graduation 9:30 ……………………………..May 22, 2020

Dance Festival………………………………………………………        May ?, 2020

Field Day……………………………………………………………….        May 27, 2020

Memorial Day (no school).............................May 25, 2020

Last Day of Kindergarten……………………………………. May 21, 2020

Last Day of School…………………………………………………        May 29, 2020

Freedom Schedule

Grades 1-6 (Monday)

7:55 – Track I Bell

8:05 – Track I Tardy

9:10 – Track II Bell

9:20 – Track II Tardy

11:10-11:45 5th gr lunch

11:20-11:55 6th gr lunch

11:30-12:05 4th gr lunch

11:35-12:15 3rd gr lunch

11:45-12:25 2nd gr lunch

11:55-12:35 1st gr lunch

1:15  - Track I Dismissal

2:30  - Track II Dismissal

AM Kindergarten (Monday)

9:10 – Beginning of School Bell

9:20 – Tardy

12:00 – Dismissal

PM Kindergarten (Monday)

12:35 – Beginning of School Bell

12:40 – Tardy

2:30  - Dismissal

Grades 1-6 (Tuesday thru Friday)

7:55 – Track I Bell

8:05 – Track I Tardy

9:10 – Track II Bell

9:20 – Track II Tardy

11:10-11:45 5th gr lunch

11:20-11:55 6th gr lunch

11:30-12:05 4th gr lunch

11:35-12:15 3rd gr lunch

11:45-12:25 2nd gr lunch

11:55-12:35 1st gr lunch

2:15  - Track I Dismissal

3:30  - Track II Dismissal

AM Kindergarten (Tues.-Fri.)

9:10 – Beginning of School Bell

9:20 – Tardy

12:00 – Dismissal

PM Kindergarten (Tues. – Fri.)

12:35 – Beginning of School Bell

12:40 – Tardy

3:30  - Dismissal

Parent/School Partnership

 

Student Responsibilities

 

School Staff Responsibilities

 

Parent Responsibilities

FREEDOM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES

Accidents and Illness

Whenever a serious accident or illness occurs, the school will contact the parents or call for assistance at the emergency number listed on the health information on Skyward. It is extremely important that parents keep this information up to date, including addresses and phone numbers.  Updates made in Skyward ensure that the most current emergency contact information is always available. In extreme emergencies, the school will assume the responsibility to contact the paramedics as well as the parents or the emergency contacts listed. For health and safety reasons, sick children will not be sent home until parents come to school and check them out.

Addressing Concerns at School

Occasionally questions or concerns may surface regarding your child’s educational experience. We ask that parents follow the following procedures to answer or solve those concerns. 

1.         First make contact with your child’s teacher in a timely manner. Listen to both sides of an issue before drawing conclusions.

2.        If after visiting with the teacher the problem cannot be resolved,         please feel free to contact the office. They will help you arrange a         time to meet with Mrs. Stephenson for help in resolving the problem.

Arrival Time

Students should arrive at school NO EARLIER THAN 10 MINUTES before school begins and should not stay after school dismisses without permission longer than 10 minutes. The bus waits 7 minutes after dismissal times to load students. Students should line up outside their teacher’s exterior door to start school. If there is wet weather or it is below 21 degrees F, they may wait in the main kiva for the bell to ring.

Attendance

Regular attendance is critical for the educational success of children. It is extremely important for your child to be at school every day, except in cases of illness. Please do not keep your child out of school to babysit, shop, etc. Parents should notify the school by phone call or note the same day of the absence. Parentlink will call home every day your child is absent. A child with excessive absences will be referred to the District Social Worker for appropriate action.

As the State Legislature and State School Board make changes to Attendance and Discipline Policies and Procedures, Alpine School District and local school policies and procedures will be updated and will be communicated at that time.  3.1 Students age six to 13 fall under Utah state compulsory education laws (53A-11-101.5), which requires all school aged students to attend school (except as provided in Section 53A-11-102 or 53A-11-102.5). The law holds parents/guardians responsible to assure their student(s) attendance.

Bikes, Scooters, Skateboards, & Roller Blades

Children may ride bicycles/scooters/skateboards/ripstiks to school. Bikes & scooters must be placed in the racks. The school cannot be responsible for bike security. We suggest that students lock their bikes and scooters to prevent theft. Scooters are considered the same as bicycles and must not be brought in the building. Bikes/scooters/skateboards/ripstiks/etc are NOT to be ridden on school grounds before, during, or after school. Roller shoes must be retracted at all times.

Book Orders

When sending money to school for book orders, checks must be made out to the book company. These checks will not be cashed by Freedom Elementary.

Check out of Students

For safety and legal concerns, parents MUST come into the school to pick up their children if they need to check them out during school hours. Students will be called to the office after parents or guardians have signed the check-out log and showed their identification. Please do not ask over the telephone for your child to be sent home or for your child to meet you outside.

C.H.I.P.

Children’s Health Insurance Program offers medical insurance for uninsured children who do not fit into a Medicaid program. It will assist families who need medical, dental, or preventive health care for their children. Call 1-888-222-2542 to find out more.

Classroom Visits & Visitors

Parents are welcome to visit the school. For the security and safety of our students we ask that when visiting or volunteering in the school, that you check in with the office to receive a visitor’s pass. Please limit your visit to 30 minutes and do not interrupt the teacher or students in the learning process.

Occasionally out-of-town cousins or friends come to visit during the school year. These guests are not to accompany students to school due to liability reasons.

Closed Campus

For the safety and welfare of students, and in compliance with school board policies, we maintain a closed campus. Students should not leave the school grounds from the time school begins in the morning until it ends in the afternoon without permission.

Common Area Rules

When in the hallways…

  1. Do walk quietly.
  2. Do have a hall pass.
  3. Do stay in line when with your class.
  4. Do keep our school looking beautiful—pick up the trash!

When in the lunchroom…

  1. Do sit down quickly.
  2. Do use your inside voice.
  3. Do throw your trash away.
  4. Don’t run or play games in the lunchroom.

When in the main kiva…

  1. Do sit quietly.
  2. Do sit in the kiva until the first bell rings on inside days.
  3. Do have something to do if told to stay inside during lunch recess.

When in the bathroom…

  1. Do go quickly.
  2. Do wash your hands.
  3. Don’t play in the water.
  4. Don’t make a mess with the toilet paper.

When on the playground…

  1. Do be courteous to others.
  2. Do wear proper footwear—no flip-flops.
  3. Don’t interfere with others’ games or kick others’ balls.
  4. Don’t exclude individuals—no lockouts.
  5. Don’t be a bully.

When you ride scooters, bikes, RipStiks, skates, or heelies, etc…

  1. Do have your name on it.
  2. Do store it quickly in the bike racks.
  3. Do get off and walk when crossing the street and on school sidewalks and property.
  4. Don’t ride inside the school.

Discipline & Safe Schools

Freedom Elementary students are expected to respect everyone at school, to follow school rules, to value all property, to listen to others, and to do their best to cooperate and learn. They will not be allowed to hurt others with words or actions.  Freedom Elementary School’s faculty and staff are committed to the development of a positive discipline

management program based upon Alpine School District Board policy #5060.

Each teacher will set the discipline tone in their classrooms by outlining school and class rules that will maintain the standards listed above. If problems in student behavior occur, students will be treated fairly but firmly in helping them understand why their behavior is a problem and how they can improve.

It is the intent of the faculty to establish and maintain a non-disruptive learning atmosphere in:

Interfering Devices and Electronic Communication Devices

The possession and use of electronic communication devices often has the effect of distracting, disrupting, and intimidating others in the school setting. Examples of “interfering devices are any electronic communication tool such as cameras, lasers, laser pens or pointers, radios, portable CD players, or other electronic equipment or devices. An “electronic communication device” also includes cellular phones, cameras included on cellular phones, 2-way radios, video broadcasting devices, pagers, and any other device that allows person to record and/or transmit on either a real time or delayed basis sound, video, voice, still images, text, or other information. Cellular phone must be kept inside the child’s backpack, and cannot be used while at school.  Also any watches that students wear that connect to phone or text  need to be kept in the child’s backpack.  If your child needs an electronic device at school, please work this out with the grade level teacher.

When a student is scheduled to be in class or involved in a regular school activity, it is a violation of policy for the student to have in his or her possession any electronic communication device or camera which is in the “on” position and ready to receive, send, capture, or record any communication, visual, image, sound, text, or voice message or other information.

Usage is also prohibited where a reasonable expectation of personal privacy exists such as restrooms. Neither shall devices be used in a manner that might reasonably create in the mind of another person an impression being threatened, humiliated, harassed, embarrassed or intimidated.

Nuisance and/or Dangerous Items

Any item in the possession of a student that causes a disturbance (i.e. makeup, art supplies from home, etc.) or is potentially dangerous in class (i.e. knives, firearms, pins, matches, lighters, etc.) may be confiscated by the teacher. With the exception of dangerous items, confiscated items will generally be returned at the end of the day. Dangerous items will be taken to the office and will only be returned to the parents directly. Hard baseballs are not allowed at school because of safety hazards. Students may not sell products or services or "trade" items at school (such as Pokemon cards, etc…).

 

Safe Schools

It is the policy of Alpine School District to maintain school environments that are conducive to learning. The Alpine School District Safe Schools Policy prohibits acts of violence, aggressive behavior, bullying, possession of weapons, criminal behavior, or gang activity on school property. The Alpine School District Safe Schools Policy further prohibits disruptive acts, dangerous weapons or facsimiles, hazing/harassment, abetting, gangs, secret societies, hate groups, and other prohibited acts as defined and described in these rules and regulations:

Disruptive Acts: Acts that disrupt the daily operation of the school include but are not limited to physical or sexual assault, intimidation, bullying, aggression, possessing or displaying a dangerous weapon or facsimile.

Dangerous Weapon: Any item capable of causing death or serious injury, or a facsimile or representation of the item (toy gun, etc.) Dangerous weapons, as deemed by these rules, shall include by are not limited to firearms, knives, metal knuckles, straight razors, explosives, and poisonous gases.

Hazing/Harassment: Intimidation of a student or staff member or any act that injures, degrades, or disgraces a student or staff member.

Abetting: The act of supporting, encouraging, and/or assisting activities that violate the Safe Schools Policy.

Gang/Secret Societies/Hate Groups: a group of two or more people who form an allegiance and engage in a range of disruptive behaviors that may include violent or unlawful activity or which advocate hate or discrimination on the basis of race, religion, sex, national origin, or disability.

Sexual Harassment: Alpine School District is committed to the maintenance of a learning environment which is free of any form of sexual harassment; an environment where students may attend school free of unwanted conduct or communication of a sexual nature; one which is in compliance with state and federal laws dealing with this form of discrimination.

Donations

The Utah Constitution prohibits the charging of fees in elementary school. Students in Kindergarten through sixth grade may not be charged for textbooks, classroom equipment, supplies, assemblies, field trips, snacks, or for anything else that takes place during the school day unless there is an entrance fee at which time we will ask for a donation.

If your student loses or destroys school property, the cost of repair or replacement is not a fee and will not be waived. We will try to keep these requests to a minimum, but ask that you contribute if possible.

Alpine Foundation

The Alpine Foundation was formed to provide a way to make a tax-deductible contribution to your child’s school. You may donate any time during the year. You should specify “Freedom” on the donation slip, which you can obtain in the office. You may also say where you would like the donation to go. If you prefer, you may leave it undesignated to be used where needed. Use this link to see Alpine Foundation's website.

Dress Code

School is the student’s place of business and students who are dressed in appropriate school clothing seem to do better. Please help students to observe the following dress standards as adopted by Alpine School District:

Children should arrive at school dressed so they can play comfortably outside. All children are expected to line up outside their respective doors before school begins and go outside after lunch unless weather is bad. Bad weather means cold (21 degrees or less) or wet. If you desire your child to stay in at lunch because of health reasons, please send a note with him/her to sit in the main kiva until their bell rings.

Drug Policy

Alpine School District policy prohibits any use, distribution, and/or selling of drugs or imitation drugs on any school campus. Doing so may result in expulsion of any student involved and the appropriate law officials will be notified. State law prohibits any smoking by students or patrons on school grounds.

Emergencies

Emergency Evacuation

In the event of an emergency that necessitates evacuation from the building, the following procedures will be followed:

  • All students will be sheltered at school in their respective classroom.
  • Parents will need to come to the school and check out their child. You will need an ID, then the student will be dismissed into their custody.

The following are some of the possible locations for evacuation:

  • If it is an inside evacuation, students will be in their rooms.
  • If the building is deemed unsafe, then the student will be evacuated outside to the lawn by the baseball backstops.
  • We will set up check out tables and will radio to have the children come to you. (Please don’t rush to get your children. First check them out!)
  • If it is unsafe outside and the building is unsafe, then we will evacuate to an alternate location. Parents will be notified through school messenger about the pick up location.

School Procedures

 I want you to know that we practice different emergency drills every month. The types of drills that we practice are fire, earthquake, intruder alert, and hazardous waste or chemical spills. I feel that our teachers are very well prepared to handle any of these types of emergencies and know what they need to do to ensure safety of your children.

I also want you to know that if our school became structurally unsafe due to one of these natural disasters that our alternate housing site would be the LDS church directly north of our building.

We have two-way radios at the school that we use to keep in contact with other members of our emergency response team (office staff, custodian, asst. principal, principal) until emergency vehicles and personnel get here to assist us.

We also have on site a number of teachers and administration that are first responders that would deal with any student injuries until paramedics arrive and take over those responsibilities.

I feel that the students and the teachers know what to do in case of a disaster but I want to communicate to you what you should do in one of these situations.

Parent Procedures

1.   Outside pickup (Fire, earthquake, intruder)

 The check out point at the school would be at the south fence opening by the baseball diamond. We would ask that you go there because your children will already be on the field. We have also picked the back fence area because if we do have to get emergency vehicles into the back of our building the only access point is the space between the trailers and the building and we cannot have that entrance area clogged by traffic.

You would need to check your children out in an orderly fashion and not rush the field to find them because if you took them and we did not know that, then we would have to go inside the building to look for them, thus putting rescue personnel in unnecessary danger. I know that you will be anxious to get them but we will need you to have patience so that we can get your children to you in an orderly manner otherwise we will have chaos and children will be lost or unaccounted for.

When you get to the south fence, there will be school officials there to help direct you to the check out areas. You would let the check out school personnel know who your children are, who their teachers are, show them your ID and have you sign our check out sheets by their names. The check out person would then call on the radio to have the school support team go get them from their class and deliver them to you. We will set up a number of these checkout stations to expedite this check out process.

2. Evacuation to an alternate site (school building deemed unsafe)

If our school building were deemed unsafe then we would evacuate to the church just north of the school. We would set up a check out station at the various entrances for you to check out your children using the previously mentioned procedure (See #1 step).

3. No evacuation emergency-(hazardous waste or chemical spill)

If for some reason we did not evacuate the building then the same checkout procedures would be in place except that you would come to the north entrance to the school (the gym entrance), come into the gym and go to the inside exit doors where checkout stations will be located. Please realize that with 1000 children to check out that it will take some time to successfully complete this task and everyone’s patience will be needed. We will keep your children safe until we check them out to you.

4. Designated pick-up parent

If a disaster were to happen, our top priority is to ensure the safety of your children and know that none of them would be released without your permission. If you work and know that it would be some time before you could get to the school then know that we will hold onto your child until you get here, or we will let them go with an individual you have authorized on the emergency contacts on Skyward that you filled out at the beginning of the school year. Anyone who picks up a child will need to present an ID. Please check Skyward and update as needed to reflect the people who are authorized to pick up your child.

We feel that if we are prepared and practice here at school that your children will be safe from these possible tragic events. I would hope that you would practice your own family emergency plan with your children so that every family member knows what to do if a disaster were to happen at home.

If there are other aspects of this plan that we have overlooked then we will send out follow-up information to you about any changes that we make before we enact them at school. We appreciate your support and help in this school-wide endeavor and hope that we never have to use these procedures.

 

Field Trips

Any parent attending a field trip as a chaperone needs to have a background check. It is good for 2 years. To make an appointment call 801-610-8467 or 801-610-8587. This will need to be done at the Alpine district office. Please bring your driver’s license. There is a $55 fee. Please allow a couple of weeks for it to be processed before the field trip you would like to attend.

Grades

Grades are not calculated into GPAs or counted into college entries at an elementary level.  While grades are indicators of progress, they must also be viewed in tandem with on-going forms of authentic assessment and observations of daily work.  Achievement on specific standards will also be communicated in grades K-5.

Skyward Login: Please use this link for Skyward.

Health

Accidents and Illnesses: Students who become ill at school will be asked to call home.  It is critical that the Emergency Contacts are completed and up to date for each family in Skyward.  Whenever an accident or illness occurs, everything is done to contact the parents or the person designated to be called in the Emergency and Health Information Sheet.  If this is not possible, the doctor listed will be notified.  In emergencies when it is not possible to contact these people, necessary steps will be taken for calling the paramedics or hospitalizing the student.

Under no circumstances will a student be sent home unless the parent or person listed as the emergency contact gives permission and takes the student home.  Please update Skyward with any and all telephone number changes (See medication).

Lost and Found

To simplify the return of lost items, we ask that all caps, jackets, mittens, boots, etc. be labeled with your child’s name. Lost items are placed in the lost and found box. Valuable or tiny articles are to be turned into the office. Lost items not claimed will be donated to other organizations.

Media Center/Library

Students using the Library Media Center are required to take care of the books they check out and return them on time and in good condition.

 No fines are charged for books returned late. Although books lost or damaged beyond repair must paid for.

Suggestions for the care of books:

  • Always use a backpack to carry books.
  • Wash hands before handling books.
  • Do not eat or drink while reading.
  • Do not write in books
  • Keep books away from small children and pets.
  • Find a special place to keep books.
  • Open book and turn pages from the top right hand corner.

Inform the Media Specialist if a book needs to be repaired. Special tissue book tape is required to repair torn pages. Please do not attempt to fix the tear yourself.

Although book care is important, it is most important to encourage your child to read their library books. Keep a wide variety of books available to your child and let them self select what they want to read. It is recommended they read 20-30 minutes each night. Parents reading to them or with them is also included.

Alpine School District Digital Library

Freedom Elementary enjoys access to a free service providing digital books through Overdrive. The digital library is an extension of Freedom 's physical library, but it is online and available 24/7.

To access the site:https://soraapp.com

  • Select Freedom Elementary from the dropdown menu
  • Students card number (which is their student number used to login to Skyward)
  • Pin(which is their last name.)
  • At the end of the checkout period, the book is automatically returned.

Medications

The school will not dispense medication to students without an “Authorization of Student Medication” form signed by the parent and a physician stating that it is necessary for the medication to be given at school. In such cases, medication will be dispensed only from the office and not by individual classroom teachers.

Parents will be responsible to refill student medication boxes. Students are not allowed to bring drugs to school for self-medication. If you need the school to dispense medication, please come to the office to make the necessary arrangements.

Money

When sending money to school with a student, please send it in a sealed envelope with the following information on the outside of the envelope:

  • Student’s name
  • Teacher’s name
  • Amount of money included
  • Purpose of the money

All checks sent to the school for items other than lunch money should be made out to Freedom Elementary. 

The only exception is for student book orders.  All checks for student book orders should be made out to the book vendor (i.e. Scholastic).  

Teachers are not responsible for money and valuables or the loss or theft that may occur.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent Teacher Conferences will be held twice during the school year in October and February. The dates will be posted on the school website along with information about how to make an appointment.

REGISTRATION Forms

District forms for registration and district services can be found at this LINK

 

Family Representative

Family reps are the youngest members of your family, and notes will be sent home with them.

The School Newsletter and other announcements will emailed to the patrons of the school.  To ensure that you receive the newsletter, please make sure that your email address is updated on your child’s skyward account.  Paper copies of the newsletter are available to parents in the office.

Custody and Guardianship

Copies of legal paperwork should be submitted to the office where legal guardianship and custody issues are concerned.  The school should not be placed in situations where disputes and custody issues are generated.  Please arrange to have copies of legal mandates from the courts on file with the office to avoid any disruption to the education process.  

Safety

To help make student pickup and drop off much safer, please remember and follow the following safety guidelines:

1. Student safety is more important than being on time.

2. Please be courteous

3. Drive slowly in school zones at all times!

4. There is a drop off lane and a pull-through lane (where no drop offs are allowed.) Please drive slowly in the pull-through lane.

4. Remember to use the student pick-up/drop-off points. It is safer for students not to cross traffic to be picked up.

Please review with your children the importance of being safety-minded as they walk to and from school. Remind them to walk on the sidewalk and to use the crosswalks.

Safety to and from school

http://www.snapforschools.com/Map_view.aspx?EntityID=400

Parents are expected to review with students the importance of safety as they go to and from school.

  • Remind students to walk on the sidewalks and to use crosswalks.
  • Impress upon the student not to talk to or accept rides from strangers.
  • Plan to have a code word in your family to be used if strangers claim to bring messages from home.

Students should not arrive for school before 7:45 for Track 1 and 9:00 for Track 2.

Students eating breakfast at school may arrive in the cafeteria at 7:40 for Track 1 and 8:55 for Track 2.

Encourage each student to:

  • Go directly home after school
  • Obey traffic signals
  • Take the safest and most direct route home
  • Walk on sidewalks where available
  • Look before crossing streets
  • Cross at corners or marked crosswalks
  • Follow the instructions from the crossing guard
  • Refuse all offers from strangers

Walking Routes

Walking routes can be viewed on this webpage

http://www.snapforschools.com/Map_view.aspx?EntityID=400

School Lunch & Breakfast

To prepay student meals with automatic payments from banking accounts or credit cards, go to

http://alpineschools.org/departments/nutrition-services-lunch 

After registering online with mypaymentsplus, parents can view student account balances and make payments. For customer service contact Mealpay at: 1-866-575-5352.

Lunch may  be purchased with cash or check in the lunchroom before school starts and only until 1:00 pm each day.  Students may pay on a daily basis and or by the month.  Personal checks are to be made out to Alpine School District.  Students may not skip lunch unless the teacher has been notified.  If a lunch has not been brought from home, the student will be charged for a hot lunch.

Any lunch charges need to be cleared up the next day.

Parents coming to school to eat with their students will be required to pay for a parent lunch with cash or check.  The lunchroom computer operator will not be able to take money out of a student’s account to pay for a parent lunch.

Lunch and Breakfast Prices

The hot lunch program will be available beginning the first day of school. A student may bring a sack lunch and/or purchase milk for .30 cents.

Please put your child’s name and room number on all sack or lunch contains.  Food is to be consumed in the lunchroom and not taken into the building or to the playground unless students are specifically instructed to do so.

Lunch Prices:

Breakfast Prices:

Students eating breakfast at school may arrive in the cafeteria at 7:40 for Track 1 and 8:55 for Track 2.

Meal Pay

Breakfast will be served from 7:30 am to 7:50 am and from 8:50 am to 9:10 am.  Students will enter the cafeteria upon arriving at school.  Breakfast and lunch menus are set and rotate on a monthly basis.  This rotating menu is available in the office and online.

Eating in the lunchroom is a privilege, not a right.  Students will be allowed to sit with their friends, however, any students who are disorderly will be assigned by the principal or lunchroom supervisor to sit at an assigned table.

Lunch Menu

 Please use this LINK to view the menu.

School Community Council

The School Community Council will meet on a monthly basis or as needed. The meetings are open to all patrons and teachers. You do not have to be a member of the School Community Council to attend. All meetings will be advertised on the school website or patrons may contact the office for more information.

School Pictures

School pictures will be taken in the Fall. More information about cost will be sent home shortly before picture day.

Skyward

Parents may access their child’s grades on Skyward and their class assignment in the fall. Information will be posted on the school website for accessing class assignment in August. If you need a user ID and password, please contact the office or click forgot login button.

Special Education & 504 Services

Resource Classes

The resource program is designed to serve students who are identified as possessing behavior and/or learning handicaps.  By working closely with the student’s parents and regular classroom teachers, an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) is tailored to meet the student’s specific needs.  His/her needs may be in the area of math, spelling, reading, written language, self-esteem, and social needs.  The student may receive resource support in the regular classroom or the resource room from thirty minutes to three hours a day.

Informal testing occurs regularly while formal evaluation with parental permission is done annually.  The formal evaluation usually consists of achievement tests such as the Kaufman Test of Educational Achievement, Test of Written Language, and the Key Math and Matrix Analogies Test.  All test results are kept confidential.  The tests yield a grade or age scores for comparison purposes to allow for an analysis of a student’s current levels and subsequent growth and progress.  Once the student has had an IEP for three years, a re-evaluation process is completed to ascertain eligibility for continued resource support.  

Visit the district's special education website HERE. You can call with questions also, 801-610-8506.

Speech/Language

It is the purpose of the Speech and Language Program to provide help for students who have communication problems that may adversely affect their learning.  Such problems might include:

  • Articulation (saying sounds accurately)

  • Language delay (immature sentence and/or conversational expression, verbal organization or low vocabulary use and understanding)

  • Fluency problems (stuttering)

  • Voice problems (abnormally prolonged hoarse or unusual sounding voice)

Each year, several grade levels do a speech and hearing screening test to check for problems.

If your child has speech problems such as these or others, please contact the school to begin the speech referral process.

The district's special education department's website is HERE.

Psychological Services

The purpose of psychological services in the schools is to promote healthy attitudes and habits, identifying individual emotional and learning needs, and to help students in the educational setting.

Available services include:

  • Evaluation of individual emotional and learning needs.

  • Counseling for parents and students.

  • Healthy life-style classroom instruction.

  • Referrals to other community services and resources.

Tests used in the evaluation process can help determine a student’s:

  • Intellectual ability

  • Emotional concerns

  • Perceptual abilities

To obtain psychological services, a parent may make the request by application at the principal’s office.  If a teacher makes the referral, intervention attempts to remediate the difficulty must be documented and then referral forms must be completed with the parent’s permission.

The decision for counseling is made by an Individual Education Program (IEP) team consisting of a psychologist, parent (or other designee) and teacher.  Goals and objectives are then developed for counseling which is scheduled during regular school hours.

Special Accommodations

Special Accommodations (504): If your child has disabilities that require special accommodations to access the educational materials and environment, please contact the school's assistant principal, 801-610-8707.

Student Insurance

The Board of Education offers parents the opportunity to purchase school insurance if students are not covered by their parent’s insurance plan. Information on this insurance will be sent home and is also available in the office.

 

Students with Special Health Needs

If your child has any special health needs, such as asthma or diabetes, please make an appointment to meet with our school nurse to write a student health plan. Each student health plan will be kept in the office and distributed to any teacher who will be responsible for that child during the school day.

Telephone Calls & Cell Phones

Please help us keep classroom interruptions to a minimal by communicating necessary information, such as appointments, baby-sitters, etc. before your child comes to school.  It is very difficult to bring children to the office to answer telephone calls without disrupting classes and teachers.  Teachers typically set their classroom phone in a message-taking mode during class.  Please do not call and ask to speak to your child except in an emergency.  Should your children become ill at school, they will be given assistance and allowed to call a parent.  Please do not ask to have students call you during the school day.

The numbers of students in our school makes it prohibitive for your student to call home each time the weather is bad.  Please let your children know what procedures to follow if it is raining, snowing, etc. after school.

Please make arrangements ahead of time to pick up your child following after school activities or the school musical as the office may not be open at that time.

Because of the disruptive nature of cell phones to classroom instruction, students are not allowed to have cell phones or other electronic devices switched on during school hours.

Toys & Pets at School

Please do not allow children to bring toys of any kind to school (including radios, pocket knives, squirt guns, dolls, Pokemon cards, etc.). Such items found at school will be taken and returned only to the parent. These things distract the children and do not enhance the educational process.

Pets are not allowed at school unless approved in advance by the teacher.  When pets are brought to school, please following these guidelines:

The parent must bring and take the pet away immediately after “show and tell.”

Frequently, students may pick up an animal because it followed them.  Do not allow pets to follow students to and from school.  Parents will be called to come and get the pet.

Animals lingering around the school grounds will be picked up by the Animal Control Officer.

Track Requests

When students enter first grade they choose a track request and they stay on the same track from 1st grade-6th grade.  Track requests are accepted in the spring during the published window. Track assignment changes may be necessary to balance classrooms. The final decision for student placement rests with the principal and will be made to balance the needs of all students.

Transfer of Students

Should it become necessary to transfer your children to another school mid-year, we ask that you alert the school one week ahead so that all necessary forms can be completed and waiting for you. Utah State Law requires schools to have immunization records and a withdrawal slip from the previous school before they will admit your children. We will be happy to provide such a slip for you.

Vision & Hearing Screening

The hearing screening will be held in the fall for students in grades K,1,3,5. You will be notified shortly thereafter if we discover that your child may have a vision, speech or hearing problem that will need attention.

We have a new school nurse, and she is going to screen all students this year.

Website and Contact Info

Our school maintains a website where important information about our school as well as upcoming events and activities may be found. www.freedom.alpineschools.org The Freedom Elementary Facebook page may be accessed via the school website home page or at this LINK.

Parents may contact teachers via school email or phone if they have questions or concerns. The teacher email address may be found on our school website. You may also reach a teacher by calling the school. If it is during classroom instruction time, you will be transferred to their voicemail.

Vision & Goals

Mission: Enhanced Learning for All

                Vision: Freedom Elementary School is committed to enhanced learning for all by:

             Achieving High Levels of Academic Success

             Creating a positive attitude within the classroom by focusing on strengths and talents of each student

              Providing a safe and caring learning environment in which everyone is accepted, valued, and successful

               Collaborating with families to ensure students lead competent, compassionate,

and contributing lives.

                Values:

                Teachers will know each child personally.

                Teachers will monitor student progress and reach all children with various

needs.

            Teachers will use best practices in our teaching as supported by research.

            Teachers will stay focused and positive while working in collaborative teams

            Teachers will communicate to parents that we love their child.

                            

Probing Questions to Drive Team Meetings:

                1.  What do we expect children to learn?

                2.  How will we know what children have learned?

                3.  How will we respond when children do not learn?

                4.  How will we support students who already know what we are teaching?

Data Analysis

We will analyze all available data to support the education of our student as we ensure their success. This may include:

                Developmental Reading Assessments (DRA)

        DIBELS

                Math Benchmark Tests

                Student Assessment of Growth and Excellence (SAGE)

                Teacher Developed Assessments, etc.

 

Alpine School District Policy Website

http://policy.alpinedistrict.org/policy/