Welcome to Berewick Elementary! I look forward to working with all of you to make Berewick Elementary one of the best in Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. I am proud to be the principal of an incredible school that is focused helping each child reach their full potential through a partnership with the school, family and community! At BES we are #bobcatstrong where we do whatever it takes to support each child to reach their emotional and academic potential. The Berewick Staff is made up of educators with a passion for our scholars, and a willingness to do what is necessary to ensure each child succeeds. This year we are continuing our work that will further engage our parents, community and scholars. We are continuing to look for funds to finish putting a Smartboard in grades K and 1. We are also looking to find mentors from the community and businesses to increase our mentoring and volunteering programs, like the North Star Reading Initiative that helped students meet the Read to Achieve requirements in 3rd grade. I am excited about the year in front of us!
As principal, my goal is to make sure every child gets the best education possible in a warm and student-centered environment. We have built a strong foundation focused on each scholar and differentiated instruction based on data analysis and the Common core State Standards; we will continue to ensure that each child is prepared for middle school and beyond. This year we join several other schools in CMS to become a Personalized Learning School focused on supporting the whole child through increased student responsibility, choice and differentiated instruction. The partnership between school and home is critical to our success. We need you to become a part of our school; to join the Berewick family, where together we can guarantee that the future for all our students is bright.
These pages in the agenda are designed to give you information to assist us as we work together in this partnership to ensure the best for your child. Please read it carefully and reference it as needed throughout the school year. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us here at school.
Thank you for sharing with us your most precious possession!
Berewick Elementary School, a CMS school
Berewick Student Handbook 17-18
Berewick Vision Statement:
Our vision is to become the first choice of education for our families- where all students, regardless of ethnicity or socioeconomic status, are engaged in a rich academic education in a family oriented environment, which is focused on the needs of each child, to enable them to be college and career ready.
Berewick Mission Statement:
The mission of Berewick Elementary School is to provide students with the knowledge and skills needed to obtain success in college and future careers. We will lead students to take responsibility for their learning by providing them with a diversified curriculum and a safe and positive environment that fosters open mindedness, character and creativity. Our end result will be students that are fully prepared to compete successfully in the global economy.
Bobcatstrong-Whatever it takes!
I am somebody special. What I do matters every day. I will be a better person at the end of this day by making a difference with my words and my actions.
Our Core Values:
- All children can learn with the rights supports and high expectations.
- Children learn best when they are actively engaged in a safe and caring environment. An environment that values diversity, risk-taking, and collaboration.
- All children deserve a quality education in which individual needs are met, exceeded, and supported through differentiated, data driven instruction
- That education is the foundation of a democratic society where all citizens are contributors to our shared future
- That a positive behavior intervention support framework teaches and validates respectful, safe behavior for all
- Open communication between staff, students, and parents foster connections critical to the overall success of all students.
- We are a family that works together to bring about the success of all children at Berewick
- That the collective is more powerful than the individual; we teach our students that collaboration, creativity, critical thinking are 21st century skills that are necessary for success
THE SCHOOL DAY
The doors to Berewick open at 7:30 am where students are invited to participate in our free universal breakfast program.
Instruction begins at 8am, with our morning news beginning at 7:50am. We need parents to arrive before the 8am bell; please support us on making sure your child arrives on time daily.
The school day ends at 3:00 p.m. unless students are involved in staff-directed activities. Students are not to remain at school for other non-school activities. Students cannot be signed out after 2:30 p.m. unless it is an emergency. This is to ensure limited disruption at the end of the day and the safety of all our students.
Students who leave before 11:30 a.m. will be counted absent. A student must be in attendance for at least half of the school day in order to be counted present for the day.
- Label all articles of clothing, school supplies, and items brought to school.
- Attend school regularly and punctually except when ill.
- Notify the office of changes in phone numbers and address.
- If you are moving, let us know several days in advance, so that personal material and transfer information can be gathered to take along on the last day.
- If you have a concern please reach out to the teacher first, if the issue continues after this conversation please speak to the grade level administrator Ms. Carter (1st, 3rd and 5th) Mr. Henry (kindergarten, 2nd and 4th), Ms. Jackson (PreK) who will be glad to assist you. If you would like my support please feel free to contact me or stop by during my office hours from 8:00am-8:30am Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
- Wear clothing appropriate for the weather conditions. We will play outside except when weather is extreme.
- Keep belongings in your desk and refrain from bringing any items from home except for instructional tools.
There is strong evidence of a direct correlation between good attendance and school achievement. Parents and guardians are responsible for seeing that their children attend school each day. Under the Compulsory Attendance law (GS – 115C-378), a parent may be prosecuted in a criminal action if a student under the age of 16 has in excess of 10 unlawful absences. A notification letter is sent that legal action will be taken when a student has 10 unexcused absences. Parents can request a copy of Form 5123.21 from the school office which requests excused absence(s) for valid educational opportunities. This form must be submitted to the principal prior to the absence(s). A student must be in attendance for at least half of the school day in order to be counted present for the day. If your child is absent, please send in a note the day the child returns to school stating why the child was absent; please also contact the school. If your child will be absent for an extended period of time, you need to contact your child's teacher. Extended absences may require a doctor's note of explanation.
Instruction begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. Students who are tardy are expected to give reasons. Parents will be contacted when tardiness is frequent and structures will be put in place to address this issue.
A parent's visit to their child's classroom is always welcomed and encouraged. Even though visitors are welcomed, please consider the following recommendations.
- Call the school office to make arrangements.
- Always sign in the office before you go to the classroom.
- Talk with the teacher in advance and discuss the purpose of the visit.
- Keep in mind that the teachers cannot conference with you during the school day as their focus is on instruction and ensuring student safety.
The Board of Education has directed all schools to implement a visitor identification system. The primary purpose for the regulation is to ensure the safety of all students and staff. In order to comply, we ask that show ID to enter the building. Please sign in at Lobby Guard with your ID and get a nametag. We appreciate your cooperation in implementing these safety guidelines. All school visitors will need to be added to the blue card to be able to interact with a student.
Volunteers are an important part of every school. They play a vital role assisting teachers and other staff members as well as providing individualized attention for students. Volunteers work with students as tutors, mentors and lunch or reading buddies. They assist in the classrooms, media centers, offices, cafeteria, carpool line and serve as resource speakers and class trip chaperones. Through the school organizations such as PTA, volunteers provide input and support on school issues as well as coordinate extra–curricular functions and special projects throughout the year. Parents should remember that they are the most important teachers and that many learning opportunities take place in the home as well as at school. You will need to sign up as a CMS volunteer to be able to volunteer. If interested please contact the front office or your child's teacher.
EARLY DISMISSAL/LATE ARRIVAL
Sometimes it becomes necessary to pick your child up early from school. If your child has a doctor's appointment and needs to leave school early or come late, you should come to the office and sign the child in or out. Keep in mind that the student must be present for half of the day (11:30 a.m.) to be counted present for that day. Parents/guardians of students, if not personally picking up their child, are requested to inform the school, in writing, beforehand of the person who will pick up their child. A sign-out form will need to be completed, listing the time and person who is picking up the student. Students need to arrive by 8am to be considered on time, on rare occasion, a child may be tardy; a parent is required to walk the child into the front office sign them in and escort them to class if they are grades PK-2nd grade.
CONFERENCES WITH STAFF MEMBERS
Staff members are available for conferences before/after school and during a scheduled time.
Contact your child's teacher to schedule a conference. If you need to talk with a teacher by phone, call the school office. If any situation arises that cannot be resolved between the teacher and the parent, please contact the Grade Level administrator.
All children attending school in North Carolina must complete a series of immunizations. North Carolina Law requires all Principals to exclude children from school who have not completed this series within 30 days of enrollment. Immunization records must be brought to school when the child is enrolled.
Available at your Dr.'s office or at the Health Department Locations.
Call 704-336-6500 for a Health Department appointment. Bring Immunization Record.
Immunizations are FREE at the Health Department!!
Kindergarten Health Assessment
NC law requires all 1st-time kindergarten students have a physical exam
Schedule NOW if not already complete
No Doctor?? Ask your School Nurse.
Call your Dr. or Clinic now!
Kindergarten Vision Screening
NC law requires that every child entering kindergarten receive a vision screening.
Your child's doctor or the office nurse should screen your child's vision when he or she goes for the kindergarten physical exam.
MEDICATION FOR STUDENTS AT SCHOOL
School staff members are not allowed to dispense any type of medication to students without a signed form from a physician. Forms are given to students at the beginning of the year and are available from the school's office. If medications are needed at school…we must have a signed CMS Authorization form filled out by the doctor and parent. This includes all over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, cough syrups, and ointments. Students are not to be in possession of any medication- it must be held in the main office.
School insurance is available to all students. Packets on accident and dental coverage will be sent at the beginning of the school year. Purchase of these programs is optional.
AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT PROGRAM
We have After School Care at Berewick Elementary. After School hours are from 3:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. Please call the school for registration information and to speak to the director of the program.
Riding the bus is a privilege and not a right. We need everyone's help to make the buses safe
for all students. Students are assigned to a particular bus. Unless the student has a note from home, he/she will not be permitted to ride a different bus or get off at a different stop in the afternoon. The note must be presented to the office to be approved beforehand. Students are not allowed to ride a bus other than their assigned bus.
The basic rules for bus behavior are:
- Stay in your seat.
- Talk quietly and mannerly.
- Do not pick on others, or call names.
- Always listen to the driver.
- No radios, electronic, or battery hand-held games, CD players, tape players, etc., are allowed on the bus.
- If a student is reported for misbehavior, a member of the administrative team will speak with the student concerning his/her behavior, contact parent(s) and a report will be sent home.
****Consideration will be made regarding the age level and seriousness of the misbehavior regarding the strict adherence to this plan. Severe misbehaviors such as fighting and/or disrespectfulness in words or actions may result in immediate suspension from the bus or from school.
CARPOOL AND PARKING
When dropping off or picking up students by car, please follow the traffic flow and the directions of the adults on duty. For the protection and safety of all children, please:
- Do not drop off your child before 7:30am, on the hill or in the parking lot.
- Follow the carpool pattern and drive at an acceptable speed.
- Follow the off duty police officer in the mornings
- Do not use the bus parking lot during the day.
- Only park in marked parking spaces if you need to park and come in the building.
STUDENT CAR RIDERS OR CHANGING NORMAL TRANSPORTATION
Students who will be leaving school at dismissal time by means other than their normal way are asked to bring a signed note from their home informing the school of this change before 2pm. This includes private vehicle, a change in bus stops, or walking. If the note is not received in time the child will be dismissed on their normal mode of transportation.
All notices of upcoming events and general information will be emailed in a school newsletter. Important school reminders will be on the Berewick/CMS website, facebook, twitter and you will also receive ConnectEd messages regarding important events. Teachers will communicate through weekly emails, a monthly newsletter and a grade level website. Be sure your child shares this information with you. Special notices or announcements will be sent home with the students. Outside groups wanting to post notices in the school must have approval by the principal. All BES scholars are asked to purchase an agenda which will be the main form of communication between home and school.
In the event of severely inclement weather or mechanical breakdown, the school may be closed, starting time delayed or dismissed early. Any such circumstances will be announced over the radio, facebook, twitter and TV. If no report is heard, it may be assumed that school will open on time. Please do not call the school or school officials as we need phone lines to be open to receive word of any closing and emergency calls.
In the event of an early dismissal from school, our best source of information on where your child should go is from the information parent's supply on their child's enrollment form. Please give careful thought to completing this form accurately. Your children will be supervised carefully.
CLASS FIELD TRIPS
Class field trips are viewed as a productive way to extend classroom learning. Information and parental permission will be given to the homes prior to any trip taken. Teachers will arrange for needed parental chaperones. We request no children under school age accompany parents on school-sanctioned trips.
Parents must be approved by CMS volunteer screening. If financing is an issue please put the request for assistance in writing to the child's teacher.
There are two planned parties per year for each class. Class parents help organize and assist with a winter break, and end-of-year party. All decisions regarding parties need the classroom teacher's approval. Birthday parties are not to take place at school; a treat can be brought in to celebrate a child's birthday and can be eaten at the end of the day in the classroom. As a Silver healthy school we request that you choose a healthy food choice option to celebrate.
Fire, tornado, and evacuation drill information is covered with each class and procedures are posted in each station. Drills are conducted as required by law and deemed necessary by the administration. During drills, it is vital that all students conduct themselves in a manner fitting the seriousness of the purpose. We will also have lockdown drills once or twice a year.
LOST AND FOUND
Articles found in and on the school's campus should be turned in to the office where the owners may claim their property by properly identifying it. It is a good idea to clearly label students' clothing and property with their name to insure their proper return without delay.
CAFETERIA/BREAKFAST, LUNCH PROCEDURES
Meal payments may be made daily, weekly or monthly. There is no cost to you to pay on line, check account balances or view purchase history. Sign up for PAYPAMS: To register with PAMS, go to www.Paypams.com, or call 980-343-3818. In the event a student loses or forgets his/her money, a charge will be allowed for a reasonable length of time. Time in the cafeteria should be when students, with supervision, may relax and enjoy their meals. Good table manners are to be used at all times and moderate conversations should be carried on only with those seated at the table. Once a student goes through the serving line and has paid for his/her meal, he/she is not to go back to buy extra food without the teacher's permission. All purchases should be made before the student leaves the serving line. Once a student leaves the serving line, food cannot be returned or money refunded. Breakfast will be served in the cafeteria.
All students will receive applications for free and reduced meals at the beginning of the school year and they may be requested from the school's office at any time during the regular school year.
According to Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Policy, extreme styles in clothing and grooming may be detrimental to the maintenance of discipline and morale in school. The principal and his/her staff are responsible for determining and enforcing regulations governing proper dress and grooming of students. Please adhere to the following guidelines:
- The safest shoes are those which "hug" the whole foot. You can never go wrong with tennis shoes. High platforms are not appropriate for school activities and are a safety hazard.
- Tee shirt logos must be appropriate for elementary school. This means no tobacco or alcohol advertising, no drug or sexual messages, direct or implied, and no profanity of any sort including the word often used for one's bottom.
- Midriffs should be covered at all times.
- Tank tops are allowed as long as they meet the three finger rule. No spaghetti straps are allowed.
- Hats and sunglasses are not allowed. This rule applies to both boys and girls. Bandana scarves, when worn on the head, are considered hats.
- Young men should wear pants buttoned at the natural waistline, not low-slung.
- Shorts and skirts should be of reasonable length. A good rule of thumb to use is to let both arms hang naturally by your side. The skirt (or dress) should touch the end of your fingertips.
To help further provide parents with timely information concerning their children, Parent Assistant through PowerSchool is available for you to use. The Internet-based program will allow you to access important information about your child, including attendance, assignments and grades. Parents' will receive a letter at the beginning of the school year with the child's user name and password that will allow them to proactively address any concerns and develop plans for improvement.
REPORT CARDS/PROGRESS REPORTS
Report cards are issued four times a year. Conference times need to be arranged at the end of the first report period for teachers and parents to go over students' progress. The child is to return the folder with the parent's/guardian's signature after it is signed. Periodically between the grading period, progress reports will be issued to keep you abreast of your child's progress. Student work will be sent home on Thursday for review in Thursday folders.
Students in grades K through 2 are recognized for making all 3's and 4's. Certificates are also given each quarter and at the end of the school year. Students in grades 3, 4, and 5 are recognized for the honor roll. Honor roll certificates are given each quarter for the students who make all A's. Recognition is also given to students who make A's and B's for the quarter. At the end of the school year, students are recognized for making the honor roll all year long. The classroom teacher will keep you informed of your child's progress throughout the school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the teacher.
We have a school-wide discipline plan with three Berewick rules: I am Safe, I am a Learner, I am Respectful. The school has uniform rules and consequences for each class. The teachers review the rules and make sure the students are aware of the consequences that occur when a rule is broken. Parents are also given a copy of the rules and consequences at the beginning of the school year. Students are referred to the office once the discipline plan has been followed in the classroom. School administrators contact parents and take appropriate action as outlined in the Student Rights and Responsibilities Handbook.
THE SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM
One of the most valuable opportunities for parent/family involvement is the School Leadership Team (SLT) at each school.
Parents are selected from the school's parent body and are appointed to serve on the team.
The SLT has an advisory role, supporting the principal as the school's instructional leader and advises the principal in the areas of planning, management, communication and evaluation. If you are interested in serving on SLT, contact the school office. We meet on the first Thursday of each month at 7:45am.
The PTA board is made up of parents and teachers who support the school initiatives. The board is made up of officers who are in charge of the PTA. The PTA does fundraising for the school and supports special programs to bring students, parents and teachers together. We are always looking for new ideas and ways to make our school special. If you are interested in working hard to make our school the best, contact the school office.