COMMON PARENT RESOURCES (Links) TO INFORMATION:
School Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
7:30 a.m. Students can begin arriving
8:00 a.m. Start of instructional day
3:00 p.m. Dismissal begins
It is extremely important that your child/children is/are in their classrooms and ready to begin their instructional school day at 8:00 a.m. and in attendance for the entire day when they are well. If children arrive after 8:00 a.m., they must be brought to the office by an adult and signed in as tardy (oversleeping and traffic are not considered excused).
After School Enrichment (ASEP)
The after school enrichment program begins at 3:00p.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m. Applications are available by calling to speak with ASEP director. ASEP is also available online at email@example.com or by calling the ASEP central office at 980-343-5567. Students are not allowed to miss afterschool without written permission from a parent.
All students at Barnette Elementary are required to use an agenda. Agendas will be available for purchase in the beginning of the school year. In the event the agenda is lost, please plan to purchase a new agenda. The agendas are used as an organizational and communication tool. Students will record homework and other important information and teachers and parents will use the agenda to communicate with one another. This important tool should be a part of the evening ritual and checked daily by parents. Your signature indicates that your learner completed all assignments including the required nightly reading.
There is strong evidence to support a direct correlation between good attendance and school achievement. Parents or guardians are responsible for seeing that their children attend school each day it is in session according to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education Policy and the North Carolina Compulsory Attendance Law (GS-115C-378). The parent is required to notify the school in writing within three days of an absence from school. Failure to notify the school will result in the absence being coded as unexcused. Excused absences are for illness, death in family, religious holiday, or a family emergency. According to the current CMS policy, family vacations are unexcused absences. When a child accumulates three unexcused absences, the parent will receive a letter of notification. Then, if a student reaches six and ten cumulative days of unexcused absences, the parent will be notified of the next steps according to state attendance policy. A student must be in attendance for at least half of the school day to be counted present, a half day at Barnette is 11:45 a.m. We encourage you to keep your child in
school all day. Students need the benefit of a full instructional day. Students who are frequently absent or tardy miss the sequence of learning and can fall behind.
Attendance: Sign-in/Sign-out Policy:
If a student is late or if an emergency dictates an early dismissal, the parent is required to sign the child in or out in the main office. Please do not go to the classroom first as teachers will ask for notification from the office prior to accepting or releasing a student. Student supervision is a part of our safe school plan and we want to make sure students are released from the teacher into the hands of the receiving adult. Exceptions to the sign-in policy are a late bus or late breakfast due to the late bus.
Riding the school bus is a privilege. Students riding the bus must adhere to safety and behavior guidelines. Students are expected to be at the stop 10 minutes prior to the assigned pick up time. Buses will not wait for students to walk to the stop as this impedes traffic flow and schedules. Students are expected to sit in an assigned seat, talk quietly, and follow the driver's directions. Standing, yelling, making inappropriate comments, and any physical contact with others are violations of bus guidelines. Students who do adhere to bus guidelines will be disciplined as follows:
1st offense: conference with student and verbal warning
2nd offense: written warning sent home
3rd offense: bus suspension
For more serious offenses, such as fighting, a student may be suspended from the bus immediately. Notices regarding bus behavior are required to be signed by the parent and returned to school the following day. Further, parents/guardians should refrain from approaching students at assigned bus stops or speaking to the bus driver about other children. This is a violation of the students' rights and will be handled accordingly. Please speak to your child about bus safety and the importance of practicing good bus behavior both to and from school.
Frequently Asked Transportation Questions:
- What if I need to have my stop changed for some reason?
- In order to change a bus stop or request a new one, you must go to the CMS website (www.cms.k12.nc.us) and complete the Alternate Stop, Unsafe Stop, or Change in Request form. Look for the transportation link at the bottom of the site. These are then submitted electronically. Depending on the time of the year, this could take several days to two weeks to be approved before they can actually be assigned to the bus and begin riding. Once you have submitted the change of information, please contact the school in about 3 days to verify if it has been approved.
- What if I need my child to ride to a daycare center that is being served via a CMS bus?
- If you have registered your child at a daycare service that CMS provides transportation to, you will need to go online at the CMS website and request that stop in the section titled Alternate Stop. Your child's daycare service cannot do this for you. This only applies to daycare services that CMS provides bus transportation for, not daycare vans. Failure to request the daycare stop will mandate that the driver take your child to the assigned home stop. The sooner this is completed, the sooner your child will be able to ride the bus to that daycare.
- What if I need to change my transportation for a period of time, such as to a car rider?
- A written note must be sent into the child's teacher explaining the change in transportation. This will be signed off by an administrator. We do not accept changes for transportation over the phone.
Students may pay for lunch on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis. Please make checks payable to the Barnette Cafeteria. If you are interested in paying online go to http://www.paypams.com or call 1-888-994-5100. If necessary, you may request a print-out of your child's purchases from the Cafeteria Manager, Tracy Cesar. Applications for free or reduced lunch are available on line or in our main office. Parents requesting free or reduced meals must complete an application within the first ten days of each school or during the enrollment process. Lunch status is evaluated at the beginning of each school year. This designation does not carry over from year to year.
Students are asked to RESPECT and follow all cafeteria procedures, to RESPECT the rights of others around them, to be RESPONSIBLE for using appropriate manners and inside voices, to show good CITIZENSHIP by cleaning up all trash and putting it in the proper place, and to show TRUSTWORTHINESS by taking their turn to clean and sweep their area.
Cafeteria Birthdays and Guests:
Parents may bring store-bought treats to the cafeteria during the regular scheduled lunch time to celebrate a child's birthday. Please make sure the teacher is aware of your plans in advance. Please do not bring or send balloons or other gifts to school. If you choose to do so, they will remain in the office until the end of the day. Balloons or other large items cannot be taken onto the bus. (Please note that we have several students who have peanut allergies. If your child is in a class where there is a peanut allergy, please be prepared to purchase ONLY items that are completely prepared in a nut-free zone with a clear label!! )
I hope that all of you will support our cafeteria by buying school lunch. If you pack lunch, please be advised that soft drinks are not allowed in the cafeteria. We also ask families to please monitor student intake of sweets while at school. Talk to your children about only getting one dessert or using it as a reward on Fridays. Our goal is to have a healthy student body at Barnette.
Although the school nutrition program no longer serves peanut products, there is not a CMS policy banning peanut products from the cafeteria. If your child had a food allergy, we will make every effort to accommodate the student's needs. Please inform the teacher and the school nurse as soon as possible. We reserve a "peanut free zone" in the cafeteria and arrangements will be made on an individual basis.
Car Rider Arrival/Dismissal:
Safety is our primary concern and we want all of our children supervised when on school grounds. Review all procedures and processes for "Car Riders" under the "Parent Information" tab on our website. If these carpool procedures do not accommodate your needs, we will be happy to help with arrangement for bus transportation.
Change in Transportation:
Occasionally you will need to make a change in regard to the way a child goes home. If you are making changes in this regard please do the following:
You should send in written notification to your child's classroom teacher regarding changes on how your student will be leaving school. This includes a request for bus, daycare van, or car pool changes. An adult must come to the office for an early dismissal. Identification will be required if the office staff is not familiar with the adult picking up the student(s). Please give us as much notice as possible if a change in transportation is needed – no changes will be able to be accommodated after 12:00 each day.
Students enrolling in August or later in the year will be assigned a bus stop by our central transportation department.
This process usually takes 2-3 weeks at the beginning of the year and later, 2-3 days after the request has been received. If a bus change has been requested, students will not be allowed to ride the new bus until the school receives notification of the assignment from our transportation department.
Regular communication and quality customer service is very important to us. The school website will be updated on a weekly basis and classroom teachers will establish a communication link with the parents. Teachers will also have access to email communications as a tool to use with parents throughout the year. Our goal is to respond to all parent calls and communication in a timely manner and we will make every effort to get in touch with you within 24 hours. Please stay in contact with us and make sure that all changes in phone numbers are given to teachers and office staff. In addition, we will send home communication folders on Thursday of every week. Thursday is also the day to expect progress reports, work samples, important information, and class news. We will also use a tool called Connect Ed to communicate with our school community. This is a phone message system that allows us to get information to large parts of our community quickly and efficiently. This is why it is imperative we have current contact numbers for your family.
Ur focus this year is to implement Personalized Learning. This process will allow for students to work at their own pace at the appropriate level, as determined by data. Early in the year we will focus on two of the four cornerstones – Whole Child and Student Ownership. All instruction in grades K-5 follows the Common Core State Standards. In addition, units of study will be developed to integrate reading, writing, science, and social studies. Barnette will utilize the catalyst model for our Talent Development program. Students with Individual Education Plans (IEP) and those learning English as a Second Language will receive specialized instruction in addition to the regular classroom instruction. Students reading below grade level expectations will also be supported with Intensive Reading Program (which is mandated by CMS). All students will be appropriately challenged through purposeful and relevant learning experiences. Homework will be given on a regular basis and will provide practice with skills students are learning. Grade-level projects will also be given throughout the year. Students will be expected to produce quality work on all their assignments, including homework and special projects.
Character Education is the cornerstone of school discipline. Our faculty will focus on a school-wide discipline plan that promotes respect, responsibility, and citizenship. The purpose of the plan will be to identify expectations for student behavior, to plan opportunities to teach and practice appropriate behaviors and to use logical and appropriate consequences for both good and poor choices. Teachers will be encouraged to handle discipline concerns in private and to utilize both school support services and parents in the process. A character education program, Leader in Me, will be implemented that focuses on practicing characteristics that represent good character.
In the event of inclement weather or an emergency, students may be dismissed early. It is very important that you complete an emergency dismissal form for your child at the beginning of the school year. Please notify the office if this vital information changes. Information regarding cancellation of school is broadcasted in television and radio shortly after 5:00 a.m. This information will also be listed on the CMS website (www.cms.k12.nc.us). Please do not call the school as the school will not have this information in advance of this broadcast unless the announcement is made the previous evening.
Faculty and Staff:
Barnette Elementary School will have a faculty of approximately 60 staff members for the 2016-2017 school year and they represent a highly skilled and dedicated group of individuals. Each individual brings strengths that he/she will share with other members of the school. Balanced teams of teachers will serve on most of our grade levels. Teachers will share assistants. Special area teachers include art, music, physical education, guidance (in certain grades) and technology. We will have a full time talent development teacher and two Multi-Classroom Leaders who will oversee the of the school families, K-5. The Multi-Classroom Leader's job is to build the capacity of the teaching staff, support classroom teachers and students and to make recommendations to the principal regarding curriculum and instruction. The talent development specialist serves our school full time and will work in grades K-5 in team teaching and pull-out situations as our schedule requires. Our exceptional children's department is comprised of a 1.5 speech/language pathologist, 1.5 exceptional children teachers, 1 exceptional assistant teacher, and 1 English as a second language teacher.
Additional faculty includes 2 guidance counselors and a school psychologist who will be available as both a student and parent resource. They will also spend time in classrooms talking to students about bullying and other social expectations of Barnette. Please call these dedicated professionals if you have school based developmental issues. We are also very fortunate to have a dedicated office staff, cafeteria, custodial and After School Enrichment staff who complete our team.
Health/Emergency Locator Card:
It is important that we have accurate and up to date information to reach you if your child becomes sick or injured. Please complete and return the emergency locator card during the first week of school. Please notify the office if this information changes. It is critical that you inform the teacher and the office staff of any serious illnesses or conditions that your child has so that we can be prepared if assistance is needed. The nurse will contact the parent to complete a specialized health plan if necessary. We have personnel trained in CPR and as first responders to handle emergencies.
Barnette will have a school nurse 5 days a week. Secretaries will be responsible for the students in the absence of the nurse. The following procedures will guide services provided: Each faculty member will have a first aid packet consisting of band-aids, gloves, etc. Cuts or scrapes will be washed and band-aids applied by the teacher. Parents will be notified by the classroom teacher if necessary. If a child has a fever, is vomiting or has other significant symptoms of illness, a parent will be called. If a child receives a head injury of any kind, the child will be sent to the health room (if appropriate) or be assessed at the site of the injury, and a parent will be called. In the event that a student has a severe accident, the parent and 911 will be called. Please keep the teacher and main office updated regarding phone numbers where you can be reached at all times.
A medical authorization form completed by a doctor must be on file for any school person to dispense medicine. The prescribing doctor and parent must sign this form and return it to the school before medication can be given. This includes all over-the-counter medicine for colds, allergies, upset stomach, headaches, etc. If a child is required to take proscription medication, the medication must be sent to school in the original bottle from the pharmacy with the student name, medication name, and orders for dispensing.
Health Policy on Contagious Illnesses or Conditions:
CMS policy requires that students with infections or contagious illnesses must stay at home the first 24 hours of the illness or until they no longer have a fever. A student with head lice will be sent home and may return when the parent provides evidence of treatment and there are no "live lice."
Homework is given nightly at Barnette Elementary except in the event of a special school activity held on a school night or over the weekend (except in special circumstances). Reading is an important component of homework and each student or parent must record their reading assignments. Young students may be read to by an adult. Students should have a variety of texts to read: a class book or novel, a magazine, or selections from the media center. Guidelines for time it takes to do quality homework are: K-1st grade approximately 30-40 minutes, 2nd-3rd grade 45-60 minutes, and 4th-5th grade 60-90 minutes. Homework is practice for the work done in school. Please notify your child's teacher if you have a concern regarding homework.
Lost and Found:
Please mark all students' coats, jackets, lunch boxes, etc. with a permanent marker. Lost items may be reclaimed in the lost and found box located in the Lost and Found garment rack located in the hallway by the gym. Unclaimed items will be donated to charity at the winter and spring break and again at the end of school.
All faculty and staff members are required to wear a CMS name tag as part of the safe schools initiative. Students will be issued a name tag and will wear them at all times when they are traveling in the building. Student name tags are provided free at the beginning of the year. You will be responsible for replacing lost name tags.
Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools offers a program to parents/guardians that is called PowerSchool/ Parent Portal. Power School will allow families to stay updated on their child's attendance, assignments, grades and other important information. For K-2 students the program is for demographic information only. In grades 3-5 all academic information (grades, EOG results, attendance, etc) is accessible. Power School/Parent Portal is an Internet-based program that is free to use. If you are new to our system, please call the front office to request your user name and password. If you have a child in CMS, the user name and passwords will still be active this school year. To access the program log onto the Internet and type in the web address: http://parents.cms.k12.nc.us. Type in the user name and password supplied by CMS. Do not use spaces or underlines. User names and passwords are case-sensitive.
Parents are welcome to participate in school activities at any time. In addition to visiting, there are many opportunities to be involved as a volunteer. Opportunities include: classroom helpers, office/technology assistants, and media assistants. There are several "at home" jobs that parents can assist with. You do not have to be at our school to volunteer! Please consider volunteering by contacting your child's teacher, the school office or the PTA volunteer coordinator. The website to register with CMS is http://www.cmsvolunteers.com. All volunteers must register prior to volunteering.
Parents can be involved in their child's education at Barnette in many ways:
- Establish good communication/rapport with your child's teacher and principal
- Check your child's backpack each evening for information coming home to you about the class and school
- Be aware of class work that your child is covering each week
- Read to your child each evening and encourage them to read independently if they are able
- Join our PTA and attend PTA and school events regularly
- Join a PTA committee and volunteer in some aspect of the classroom and school environment
- Eat lunch with your child periodically and get to know classmates and other parents
- Be a Room Parent and be an active participant in class events
- Ask questions if you are in doubt about something
- Listen attentively to your child
- Nurture your child with unconditional love and understanding
The mission of the PTO is to work together as parents and staff to enrich our children's lives by offering creative social, educational, and physical opportunities for them. The PTO will have office hours in the Parent Resource Center located in the main hallway of the school. If you are interested in being a part of this wonderful organization in a leadership or volunteer role, please let us know! Our goals cannot be met without a strong parent support network working in unison with teachers for our children. We want all of our families to be involved in their child's education and we look forward to having you join us in this educational journey!
School Leadership Team:
The School Leadership Team is comprised of administrators, teachers, staff, and parents who meet monthly to oversee the school improvement planning process. The PTO president is a member of the team. The PTO holds a general election of the SLT committee membership in the spring. The principal may add members to the team to balance the representation to reflect the student population of the school. This team focuses on the "big picture" of the school and looks at ways to continue to improve throughout the year. If parents are interested in this committee, please contact the principal for more information.
Measures are in place to insure that our students and staff are safe at all times. All visitors to the school must sign in at the office and wear a visitor or volunteer name badge. All doors, including the main entrance will be locked during the school day. Safety audits are conducted a minimum of three times a year to rate our effectiveness in responding to an emergency by locking down our school within three minutes. We will conduct safety drills, known as lockdowns, to practice how to stay safe in an emergency. We will practice fire and tornado drills. Please follow the directions of the school staff during a drill or emergency. We request that you help us monitor student safety in our building. Please notify the office of any condition that appears to be unsafe.
CMS has a student dress code for all students so that clothing does not become a distraction. Students should wear comfortable clothes and shoes. Tank and spaghetti straps are not allowed unless they have shirts underneath them. Shorts and skirts need to be an appropriate length reaching mid-thigh or longer. Clothing showing bare backs, abdomens, or suggestive or inappropriate language is not appropriate for school. Flip flops are not allowed because of safety. Students will need to wear athletic shoes on physical education days. Most days children will be playing outside so please send your child in clothes that are "play friendly." Parents will be called and asked to bring a change of clothing or shoes should a student come to school dressed inappropriately.
Approximately 800 students in grades Pre-K-5 will attend Barnette Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year. The number of classes per grade level ranges from 4-5. Classroom size is limited by the NC Legislature to 24 in grades K-3 and 29 in grades 4-5. In critical situations, a waiver of class size can be requested from the State.
The website address for Barnette Elementary is http://schools.cms.k12.nc.us/barnetteES/Pages/Default.aspx . Please visit the website for weekly updates on our school and your child's classroom.
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CMS operates in complete compliance with the North Carolina Testing Program. We encourage you to visit the Department of Public Instructions website for great resources and information pertaining to all testing programs. Click the "Ready" link above to be directed to the "For Parents" section of the NC Accountability Services website.
The Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium (Smarter Balanced) is a state-led consortium working to develop next-generation assessments that accurately measure student progress toward college- and career-readiness. Many states were awarded funding from the U.S. Department of Education in 2012 to develop an assessment system that is aligned to the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) by the 2014-2015 school year. North Carolina is one of those states. Through this link you can find out more about this assessment as well as useful tools for sampling test items and practicing. Barnette Elementary's 5th grade class was selected this year (Spring 2013) to participate in a pilot testing program. Afterwards, most of our 5th graders remarked how much they prefer this test format to the more familiar EOG's. We are looking forward to the future. Click above to find out more.
A Lexile measure is a valuable piece of information about either an individual's reading ability or the difficulty of a text, like a book or magazine article. A student gets his or her Lexile reader measure from a reading test or program. For example, if a student receives an 880L on her end-of-grade reading test, she is an 880 Lexile reader. Higher Lexile measures represent a higher level of reading ability. A Lexile reader measure can range from below 200L for beginning readers to above 1600L for advanced readers. To best match a book with your learner's Lexile level simply click on the "Lexile" logo to take you to their website and enter the title of any book or magazine. HAPPY READING!