Welcome back to an exciting 2016-2017 school year! School opens for all students on Tuesday, September 6th. Throughout the summer many teachers came to school and prepared their classrooms to make them exciting and welcoming. Our maintenance and custodial staff worked diligently to get our school organized and clean. The first day of school will certainly be a very positive event for the children. Please review the information below which explains the procedures for the opening of school.
FIRST, SECOND AND THIRD GRADES LOCATED AT LINCOLN SCHOOL
Students will enter through the gym door facing Vreeland Avenue or through the side door, which faces West Pierrepont Avenue between 8:10 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. The drop off lanes will be available on Vreeland Ave. and Montross. There are cones denoting this area. Remember parents cannot park or watch children walk into the building in the drop off lane. If parents want to walk their child to the door, watch their child enter the building, or give one last hug, then use street parking. Children exiting via the drop-off lane must be able to independently open and close the car door. Please make every effort to have children report before the 8:30 a.m. bell.
In order to have a smooth transition on the first day, parents are not permitted to walk students into the building. We have numerous staff on hand to assist in walking our new students into school to meet their teacher. I assure you the procedure runs smoothly and we are able to assist the students (and parents too!) There will be designated area near the gym doors on Pierrepont that denotes the parent waiting area. Please follow the procedure so all students can enter safely.
Dismissal time is at 3:05 p.m. Grade three students are dismissed from the front door on Montross Avenue. Students in grades one in Ms. Oddo and Ms. Kasenberg’s classes are dismissed from the stage doors, which are at the end of the Vreeland driveway. Ms. Martinelli and Ms. Scelsa dismiss out the PE doors on Vreeland Avenue. Students in grade two are dismissed from the side doors that face West Pierrepont.
Students receive a snack time during the day. Please send in a small healthy snack that does not contain nuts.
All students in grades one, two, and three will eat lunch in school. Lunch will take place during three separate periods. Students are encouraged to have a healthy lunch. Soda is not permitted in school. Lunches should be sent in the morning with your child. We offer a nut free table for those students with food allergies. Please call Mrs. Considine for arrangements.
The schools contracts Pomptonian Food Services to provide lunch for those interested. Hot lunches must be pre-ordered through payforit.net. This lunch portal will open August 25-September 3rd until 8 a.m. Parents must pre-order their lunch to get a lunch delivered on the first day of school. A notice about the lunch program is included in this letter.
The PTA will be selling pizza on Mondays and Fridays. The PTA also arranged for No Fuss Lunch to deliver hot meals on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. No Fuss Lunch must be ordered on-line by the previous day. There will be information in the PTA folder about how to order pizza and No Fuss Lunch. Pizza and No Fuss Lunch will begin the week of September 19th.
BULLDOG FOLDER INFORMATION
During the first week of school each student will receive a Bulldog Folder and PTA folder containing important information. Please read this information and return all necessary forms by Friday, September 9th. Please pay careful attention to the Emergency Contact Form, which ensures we have your latest information.
BACK to SCHOOL NIGHT
Please join us! Back to School Night is on September 22nd at 7 p.m. (PreK is at 6:30 p.m.)
Students should arrive at school on time. This allows students to begin their day with their peers and to not disturb the learning of others by entering the classroom during instruction time. Students are marked tardy if they arrive after 8:30 a.m. Since emergencies arise, students will receive 5 tardy passes for the year. This system reduces stress for the student and the parents. However, if a child is late more than 5 times, detention will be assigned. As always, extenuating circumstances will be taken into account. This initiative is in place to reduce distractions and allow for the continuation of instruction for the students that are in school ready to learn.
In order to keep children safe, absences must be reported by 9 a.m. If the main office staff does not receive a call at 201-438-7675 ext 6218, they will call the student’s home. If we still have not reached a parent to confirm a child is safe, we will contact the Rutherford Police Department. Please remember to call the main office if your child is absent. Classroom teachers do not handle attendance confirmation. I request that absences not be emailed as a teacher/staff member may be out ill.
Parents and students should finalize dismissal and lunch arrangements before departing in the morning. If a student has a change in pick-up, please send a written note in the morning. Every effort is made not to disturb classrooms when learning is taking place. Please send students to school with their lunch, snack, and any other materials or information needed for the day. Again, this allows the continuation of instructions for those engaged in the learning process.
In our efforts to reduce paper and improve communications we have placed information on the website, www.rutherfordschools.org. Parents can find lunch menus and order forms, new birthday celebrations procedures, supply lists, calendars, email addresses, letters, and the Lincoln Student Handbook on the website. The Google Calendar is updated daily and already has some important dates listed. Parents can also access PTA information and sign up to receive email notifications.
I am looking forward to 2016-2017 school year with the children. Another year at Lincoln is another year to grow, learn new information, make new friends, and create new memories that will stay with the children forever!