August 16th, 2016
Dear Parents/Families of Blandford!
It was wonderful to have all our students back at school yesterday! Blandford was full of excitement as everyone participated in the first day of the year. It was great to see all our students in their classrooms ready for the year ahead.
In an effort to make our arrival and dismissal as safe and efficient as possible, this year we have implemented several changes. I ask for everyone’s cooperation as we all become more familiar with these procedures over the next weeks. As you know, safely transitioning over 700 students each day is a large task!
**Kindergarten and 1st grade: Students in both grades will enter through the side gate (see map on back). This gate will open at 7:45am for kindergarten families only. At 7:50, 1st grade students may enter (1st grade parents will only be allowed to enter with students until Friday, August 19th). The gate will remain open until 8:00 after which time all students must enter through the office. Please note that kindergarten students who arrive at their classroom after 7:50 will be marked late.
**Arrival bells: There will be three morning bells. The 1st warning bell will ring at 7:50 signaling the opening of the main gate for students in 2nd through 6th grade. The 2nd warning bell will ring at 7:58. The final bell will ring at 8:00. At this point, the gates will be closed and all students who arrive afterwards will have to enter through the office to be marked as tardy.
**Dismissal: At dismissal, all students in grades 1 through 6 will exit the gate and proceed to their assigned dismissal number (please refer to the map on the reverse for each grade’s assigned dismissal location). As students proceed from the gate to their dismissal location, it is imperative that all families allow students and teachers to pass. In order to ensure safety, we are asking that no one take their child from the line as students pass. Teachers must be able to account for their students upon arriving at the dismissal location. Secondly, please do not crowd the corridor through which students pass. We are dismissing hundreds of students in a matter of a few minutes and will require everyone’s cooperation in order to make it safe and efficient.
**Coffee and Conversation Sessions with the Principal:
Please join me for a “get-to-know-you” session on the following dates. Each session will be held in the cafeteria beginning at 8:00am. I look forward to seeing you there!
On a final note, please be reminded that it is beneficial to students when parents are connected to the events that happen in school. As a habit, I encourage everyone to communicate daily with their child. Encourage your child to tell you about his/her day. Often students’ response to the question, “What did you do in school today?” is “nothing.” I assure you this isn’t the case! Consider asking the following questions instead: “What is a question you asked in school? Explain a struggle you experienced. What surprised you today? Teach me one thing about ______ that you learned today.”
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions. I am very excited about the upcoming year.