Dear Parents and Students,
On behalf of the staff and faculty of Blandford Elementary School, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!
The school year will begin on Monday, August 14th. Students in grades 1-6 will be on the short Monday schedule. TK and Kindergarten will be their regular schedule. The school office is now open for registration and other school business Monday-Friday from 7:30am to 4:00pm.
This is the bell schedule in effect for the 2017 - 2018 school year:
Blandford School Schedule
8:00 AM – 1:22 PM
Monday 8:00AM – 1:00PM
8:00AM – 2:25PM
Monday 8:00AM – 1:09M
8:00 AM – 2:30 PM
Please make arrangements to drop off and pick up your child promptly.
Coffee and Conversation:
All parents are invited to Coffee and Conversation sessions with the principal. These informal meetings will give us the opportunity to communicate and discuss what’s happening at our school. Please join me for our first session on Friday, August 18 from 8:05am in the cafeteria.
Classroom assignments for Grades 1-6 will be posted on the office windows at 4:00 pm on Friday, August 11th.
TK - Kindergarten Parent Orientation:
TK-Kindergarten parent orientation will be held on August 11 from 8:30am to 9:30am. Parents will have a chance to meet the classroom teacher and learn about the TK/Kindergarten program and important school information.
Confirmation of Information - Rowland Homelink Aeries Student Information System
All parents are required to verify enrollment information for their students between now and August 18, 2017. Parents will need to log into their Homelink Account to do this. You should have received a letter from the district with information about your account and how to log-in. If you did not receive the letter, need support in verifying information or do not have access to a computer, please join us in the school computer lab on Friday, August 11 from 8-10am or contact the school office.
Student Drop Off/Pick Up on Blandford Dr.:
Please note that the school gates open at 7:50am for all students. Please do not drop off students before 7:30am as there is no supervision available. To ensure the safety of children and adults, it is imperative that the following procedures be observed:
-Drop-off/pick-up lane: There is no parking in this lane, please keep moving forward.
- If your child has not come out after 4 minutes, please drive around the block. We need this lane to keep moving.
- Drivers must stay inside their cars in the lane and continue to pull forward as space becomes available.
- Students may load and unload only from the lane. Not in the street or parking lot.
- For safety purposes, students may only enter and exit the vehicle from the passenger side
Parking is available on the street. The parking lot is reserved for staff only between 7:00am - 3:00pm. There is no drop off/pick up in the parking lot. It is suggested to arrive early as traffic is congested during arrive/dismissal times. Please plan accordingly.
Free and Reduced Lunch Program:
Students who qualify for free or reduced lunch must complete the appropriate application and return it to the Food Services located at the RUSD District Office. Please be sure to send a lunch or money with your child until you are approved. You can save time and apply online at https://rowlandusd.rocketscanapps.com
. For more information you can contact the Food Services department at (626) 854-8312.
Lunch and Breakfast (Paid):
- Parents make a payment that is credited to the child’s account.
- Children type in their 5-digit student number when purchasing a meal.
(Breakfast $1.15 and Lunch $2.00)
- The amount of the meal is deducted from your child’s account. You will be sent a notice when your child’s account balance is low.
- Directions for setting up an account to monitor your child’s lunch funds at the MySchoolBucks.
- Please make checks payable to RUSD Food Services.
The Rowland Council PTA is a big part of what makes Blandford such a great school. Please join this worthy organization. Your membership assists the school in providing additional activities and instructional support to the students. Your participation is always appreciated.
First Day Packet Forms:
A packet of required documents will be sent home on the first day of school. Please be sure to carefully review all information with your child. Turn in ALL First Day Packet Forms, to your child’s teacher, before Friday, August 18th.
The First Day of School:
On the first day of school, we welcome you to accompany your child to his/her classroom. This will allow you to meet the teacher and help your child transition to his/her new class. Beginning the second day of school (August 15th), only Kindergarten parents will be allowed to escort their child to their classroom.
The staff and I are looking forward to a wonderful year. Go Blandford Bears!
Dr. June Sakaue