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                                                                                      Current Telephone Numbers Needed

For safety and health reasons concerning your child, it is imperative that we have currents addresses and telephone numbers on file in the office. Please include both home and work numbers. It is necessary for the office to have an up-to-date emergency card on file. Please make sure you have included the names and numbers of at least three other adults to be contacted in case we cannot contact you. Should any of this information change during the school year, notify the school immediately.

It is very critical that an emergency card be completed and turned in when registering your child. If there are ANY changes to phone number, address or contacts, school must have the information within 24 hours for the safety of your child

                           VISION STATEMENT

Nelson Elementary School believes that all children will learn and that education is a cooperative effort involving the home, the school and the community. Children are provided with a supportive, caring learning environment in which they develop positive self-esteem and a sense of responsibility and realize the importance of maintaining a drug-free lifestyle. Only the best instructional strategies are used in order to maximize all students’ achievement and stimulate their special talents. Our goal is to prepare students to become responsible citizens and to take their places as life-long learners within the community.

 

BEHAVIOR CODE

All student behavior shall be based on respect and consideration for the rights of others. Students are expected to conduct themselves at all times in a manner that will contribute to the best interest of the school.

Rules and regulations that are consistent with local Board of Education policy and the state of California’s Education Code have been developed. Parents and students have the responsibility to know the rules and regulations of Nelson Elementary School. Students have the further responsibility to respect these rules and regulations and to behave in a manner appropriate to good citizenship everywhere.

California Education Code 48900 states that a student may be suspended and/or expelled from any public school for the following misbehavior:

a. 1 Caused, attempted to cause, or threatened to cause physical injury.

a 2 Willfully used force or violence upon the person of another except in self-defense.

b. Possessed, sold or furnished dangerous object.

c. Possessed, used, sold, furnished or under the influence of controlled substance, alcoholic beverage or intoxicant.

d. Offered, arranged, or negotiated to sell any controlled substance, alcoholic beverage, or intoxicant and then furnished an imitation.

e. Committed robbery or extortion.

f. Caused or attempted to cause damage to school or private property.

g. Stolen or attempted to steal school or private property.

h. Possessed or used tobacco.

i. Committed an obscene act or engaged in habitual profanity or vulgarity.

j. Possessed, offered, arrange, or negotiated to sell drug paraphernalia.

k. Disrupted school activities or defied authority of teachers, administrators, or other school personnel.

l. Knowingly received stolen school property or private property.

m. Possessed an imitation firearm.

n. Committed or attempted to commit a sexual assault or committed a sexual battery.

o. Harassed, threatened, or intimidated a pupil who is a complaining witness or witness in a school disciplinary proceeding for the purpose of either preventing that pupil from being a witness or retaliating against that pupil for being a witness, or both.

p. Committed unwelcome sexual advances, request for sexual favors and/or other verbal or physical conduct constituting sexual harassment as prohibited by law (48900.2).

q. Caused, attempted to cause, threatened to cause, or participated in an act of hate violence. (48900.3).

r. Engaged in harassment, threats or intimidation against a pupil or group of pupils creating a hostile educational environment.

s. Made terrorist threats against school officials or school property, or both (48900.4).

Besides adhering to the requirements of the Education Code, Nelson Elementary School has developed a School wide Discipline Plan. The foundation of this plan is the following:

  • No student shall keep a teacher from teaching or another student from learning.
  • Students will not be permitted to harm themselves or others.
  • Students shall mature emotionally be learning to take responsibility for their actions.
  • Students shall treat each other with respect.

From these premises the following School wide Rules have been established:

Students will treat people with respect.

Students will respect school and personal property.

Students will not disturb class instruction.

Students will behave in a safe manner at all time.

Students will arrive to school on time.

Students will use appropriate language at school.

Students will behave while in the lunch line, in the cafeteria, and on the playground

Student assignments will be completed, turned in on time, and done to the best of the student’s ability.

 

MERIT SYSTEM

Students will be graded in citizenship according to their merits. Student will start each grading period with 100 merits. Infractions of school rules will result in demerits, for example:

  • Missing Assignment – 1 demerit
  • Classroom disruptions – 1-3 demerits
  • Playground problems – 1 demerit
  • Office Referral– 5-10 demerits

Teachers will keep a record of merits and demerits in the classroom. Privileges and grades will be earned according to Merits.

LEVEL CITIZENSHIP/GRADE PRIVILEGE/CONSEQUENCE

>90 Excelent/Outstanding Special Activity

>80 Satisfactory Participation in regular activities

>70 Inconsistent Conference with the Principal

>65 Unsatisfactory Los of assemblies, activities, fieldtrips

 

POSITIVE CONSEQUENCES We believe that students who choose to follow these rules should be recognized for exhibiting responsible behavior. This recognition is through the following awards programs:

  • Student of the Month, Grades K – 6
  • P.R.I.D.E. Tickets
  • Principal’s Awards
  • Classroom Awards

NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES We also believe that negative consequences are necessary to in that rules are followed. Parents shall be informed of their child’s behavior. Severe disobedience shall not be tolerated; students will e removed from the classroom or other school area immediately for disrespect of authority and fighting of any kind. The Principal will use his/her discretion in determining the appropriate disciplinary action by following the school wide discipline plan and the State of California Education Code of Regulations.

CLASSROOM EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS

 

  1. Teaching time is important. Let your teacher teach undisturbed.
  2. Learning time is important. Keep yourself on task.
  3. Study time is important. Let your neighbor study undisturbed.
  4. Manners are important. Treat teachers, instructional aides and classmates with respect.

 


TEACHERS EXPECTATIONS FOR STUDENTS

  1. We expect students to try their hardest and do their best.
  2. We expect students to help others and themselves to learn.
  3. We expect students to manage themselves
  4. We expect students to treat each other with kindness and respect.
  5. We expect students to take care of property.

Homework serves an important purpose in each student’s school life. It is a means of reviewing and reinforcing the lessons taught within the school. Homework is a way to help each student become more self-reliant, work independently, improve the skills already taught, and complete assigned projects.

It is the student’s responsibility to: 1) keep an accurate record or assignments, 2) have the necessary materials, 3) follow study techniques outlined by the teacher, 4) apply and practice skills learned in class, 5) read every night, 6) strive for the best quality of work of which he/she is capable, and 7) complete and turn in the assignments on time.

It is the parent’s responsibility to: 1) encourage daily study, 2) show interest in the assignments, 3) comment satisfactory performance, 4) read with the child daily, and 5) provide the proper conditions for home study. Consistency is essential. Parents can help by checking assignments each evening for accuracy, neatness and completeness. This checking helps to ensure good study habits for each student. Students in Grades 3-6 are provided with a Student Assignment Book to teach students organizational skills. AVID is an exciting tool that will assist your child with these skills. Parents must sign this book every day.

The daily amount of time required for homework may vary depending on the assignment, maturity, ability individual needs of the student as well as that of the activity. The following amounts of time represent the total daily AVERAGE for homework which may be assigned daily. This average time does not include the time the student spends reading to parents or being read to by parents.

Kindergarten 10 – 15 minutes

Grades 1-3 20 – 45 minutes

Grades 4-6 30 – 60 minutes

CAFETERIA PROCEDURES

The policies governing the cafeteria are as follows:

Menu Prices

Breakfast Lunch

K-5: $1.00 $1.50

6-8: $1.00 $1.75

  • Breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 7:50 am. Free breakfast and lunch are available to those who apply and qualify.
  • No food or drink may be taken from the cafeteria.
  • All students are required to abide by the following rules while in the cafeteria:
    1. Use good manners at all times.
    2. Use only low whisper voices in the cafeteria.
    3. Keep hands, feet, objects and food to yourself.
    4. Keep your area clean.
    5. Raise your hand to be excused when you have finished eating.
    6. Put all litter in trash cans as you walk from the cafeteria.

STUDENT APPEARANCE

 

As part of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District, students shall wear the mandatory District wide uniform. This uniform consists of:

  • White or Powder Blue shirts/blouses with collars and sleeves
  • Navy Blue skorts, pants, shorts, skirts
  • District-adopted plaid jumpers or skirts

For further information parents may check the current District Parent Handbook.

ATTENDANCE/TARDINESS

Student absences as a result of personal illness or death in the immediate family, special and recognized religious holidays observed by their faith, and absences mandated by order of governmental agency or conditions rendering school attendance impossible or hazardous to the safety of the student are considered legal absences.

A written excuse from the parents MUST be brought to the teacher on the day of return to school. Make-up work is the FULL responsibility of the student.

Any student arriving at school after 7:55 (Grades 4,5,6)/8:00 (Grades K,1,2,3) bell must report to the office before going to the classroom. Demerits are issued for tardiness. Excessive tardiness may result in disciplinary action.

3 Tardies = 1 absence for the purposes of the Perfect Attendance Award for students.

TELEPHONE CALLS

Parents are asked to make after-school arrangements with children before they leave home. Class learning time will not be interrupted to deliver messages. The teacher will be responsible for determining the need for telephone use. The teacher must send a written notice giving permission for the student to use the phone. Students are permitted to receive messages from parents only. Cell phones are to be turned off during the instructional day.

REQUEST TO LEAVE SCHOOL EARLY

A child will be released only to those persons indicated on the Emergency Card kept in the office. When checking out, that person MUST sign the child out in the office and show photo I.D. When possible, medical and dental appointments should be made outside school hours. If it is necessaryto pick up your child early please be sure that it is before the last 30 minutes of the school day so as not to disrupt classroom routines.

VOLUNTEERS

 

Volunteer help from parents, grandparents, or other interested citizens is a vital component of the instructional program at Nelson Elementary. Volunteering in the school has been shown to increase students’ self-esteem and therefore enhance achievement. If you are interested to volunteer, please come into the office for district/state guidelines and an application. State law requires TB and fingerprinting for all volunteers. Process may take up to 30 days.

                                                                          ILLNESS AT SCHOOL

It is important that the office knows whom to contact in case of an illness or an emergency at school. Please include at least three (3) persons with current telephone numbers on the Emergency Card. If a child has a chronic illness, such as asthma or allergy, this information should be on file in the office and the teacher should be informed.

                                                                         MEDICATION

Guidelines mandate that if your child requires doctor-ordered medication during school hours, an Authorization for Administering Medication form must be complete by the doctor prior to any medication being dispensed at school. Students are not allowed to keep medication in desks, backpacks, etc., or on their person. All medication must be in its original container clearly marked by the pharmacy. All medication will be kept in the office; absolutely NO over- the-counter drugs (aspirin, Tylenol, cough drops, cough syrup, etc.) will be administered at school. Additionally, it is the responsibility of the child to come to the office at the time medication is needed. It is strongly suggested that a note be sent to the child’s teacher notifying of the illness and medication.

PARENT INVOLVEMENT

The Hacienda La Puente Unified School District board of education values and actively seeks parent involvement to support student success and achievement. The board believes that the support and input of parents is essential to the successful implementation of all state and federal categorical programs. Nelson school in consultation with parents and teachers has developed a policy on parent involvement and the Home-School compact that outlines the responsibilities of students, parents, teachers and administrators in ensuring student success. The policy on parent involvement and the Home-School compact is shared with parents at the beginning of each school year. All parents are invited

Committee/English Learners Advisory Committee, District Advisory Committee/School Advisory Committee, Parent Advisory Committee, School Site Council and the Nelson Booster Club. This collaboration encourages ongoing communication between parents, staff and district to support the academic progress of our students.

VISITORS

Parents are highly encouraged to visit the school. However, FOR THE SAFETY AND SECURITY OF ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF ALL VISITORS MUCH CHECK IN THROUGH THE OFFICE TO RECEIVE A VISITOR’S BADGE. Students from other schools or friends of Nelson Elementary students are not allowed to visit during the school day.

CONFERENCES

 

Schools wide parent/teach conferences are scheduled once in the fall and once in the spring. Teachers may schedule other times to discuss your student’s progress with you. Should you desire a conference at any other time during the year, please send a note with your child or call 933-8401 to request an appointment.

SCHOOL INSURANCE

School insurance is available to all students. An information packet will be given to each student on the first day of classes. Purchase of the program is optional.

EMERGENCY DRILLS

Emergency drills will be called periodically. When that alarm sounds, all occupants of the building will immediately follow the procedures outlined in the Emergency Handbook. Visitors on campus will be directed to the appropriate area for safety.

FIELD TRIPS

 

Parents will receive notification and a permission slip prior to any student being allowed on a field trip. In addition, teachers will set behavioral goals for students. Students who meet the goals and have a signed permission slip will be allowed to participate in the field trip.Selected parent volunteers must comply with State and District guidelines for fingerprinting and TB testing. See School Office Manager for further information.

CHARACTER COUNTS

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TRUSTWORTHY FAIRNESS

RESPECT CARING

RESPONSIBLE CITIZENSHIP

ARRIVAL AT SCHOOL

Students are allowed on campus at 7:45 a.m. when the gate opens. Students who are eating breakfast in the cafeteria, may enter at 7:30. There is no supervision provided before that time.

 

CAFETERIA EXPECTATIONS

All students are required to abide by the following rules while in the cafeteria:

• Use good manners at all times.

• Use only low whisper voices in the cafeteria

• Keep your hands, feet, objects and food to yourself.

• Keep your area clean.

• Raise your hand to be excused when you have finished eating.

• Put all litter in trashcans as you walk from the cafeteria.

ATTENDANCE

Students are expected to be at school at 7:55 am every day. Any student arriving late must check in at the school office before going to the classroom. A written excuse from parents must be brought to the teacher on the day the student returns to class. (California Ed Code 48260)

Make-up work is the FULL responsibility of the student.

GRADES

The evaluation of your achievement is important to you and is based upon your academic performance, work habits and citizenship.

 

INTERNET

Hacienda La Puente net (HLPnet) is a service provided to students who have completed an HLPnet Membership Application and follow the conditions for its use. All students must complete an application to have net access at school!

Members agree not to publish on or over the system any information, which violates or infringes upon the rights of any other person or any information which would be abusive, profane or sexually offensive to a reasonable person, or which, without the approval of the system administrators, contains any advertising or any solicitation of other members in goods or services. For more details on the membership agreement, read pages one though four of the HLPnet Membership Application.

 

BOOK REGULATIONS

All textbooks are furnished to students. Students are responsible for the textbooks, library books and other materials they use at school. Textbooks are to be kept clean and handled carefully. Before a student withdraws from or leaves school at the end of the school year, all textbooks, library books and other materials must be returned. Students will be charged the district fee for replacement of lost, damaged, or abused books and materials. Students will be notified in writing of any charges being assigned to them and failure to pay those charges will result in withholding of report cards, diplomas or certificates of progress until restitution is made.

LOST AND FOUND

Personal items such as sweaters, jackets, lunch boxes and backpacks are the responsibility of the individual student. Articles found on the school grounds are turned into the office. Always check with your teacher to find a missing item. If the missing article is not found in the classroom, check with the lost and found. As many articles of clothing are identical, it is very helpful and important to put your name on all sweaters, jacket, lunch boxes, backpacks, and other personal items. Unclaimed articles will periodically be donated to a charitable organization.

PLAYGROUND BEHAVIOR

All students are expected to follow the playground rules and procedures. Students will:

• Use playground equipment appropriately and safely

• Respect school property

• Walk quietly when moving about campus

• Sit on the swings and use correctly

• Sit, facing forward when going down the slide

• Move in one direction on the climbing bars

• Use equipment in designated game areas

• Contact games or sports are not allowed

• Stay within playground area.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS

Students of the Hacienda La Puente Unified School District shall wear the mandatory District wide uniform daily. The uniform consists of:

• White or powder blue shirt/blouse with collars and sleeves

• Navy Blue pants, shorts, skirts, skorts

• District-adopted plaid jumpers or skirts

Shirts and blouses must be tucked in and fit appropriately.

BICYCLES

California Vehicle Code #21212 Section A requires that anyone 18 years or younger MUST wear a safety helmet when riding a bicycle. Children may ride bicycles to school if parents are convinced that the child’s skill and judgment are developed enough to ensure a safe trip. Bicycles must be walked on the school campus. The school cannot assume responsibility for bicycles on campus. Parents must meet with the principal and sign a permission form to give consent.

 

NelsonSchool“Where P.R.I.D.E. Resides”

Each month every classroom focuses on and writes goals for the character trait defined in P.R.I.D.E.

Student of the Month assemblies include an award to the student in each class who has exhibited the monthly character trait in outstanding fashion. Students demonstrating these values also receive a P.R.I.D.E. ticket which is entered into a weekly classroom drawing. Winners receive a special candy from the principal.

WEAPONS AND DRUGS

California State Code 48900 states that no weapons or replica weapons may be brought to school at any time for any reason.

To maintain a safe learning environment, students who are in possession of any firearm, knife, explosive, toy weapon, laser, drugs or other dangerous object that could inflict bodily injury to others at the school or at a school activity off school grounds will be suspended and /or expelled.

 

Monthly P.R.I.D.E. Focus:

Politeness - September

Responsibility - October

Interdependence - November

Determination - December

Excellence - January

Perseverance - February

Respect - March

Integrity - April

Dependability - May

Empathy - June

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