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PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

April 2017

Greetings Armstrong Families!

Better weather is finally here! There are exciting events happening in classrooms and new developments to improve our school.  On Monday, April 24th there will be a Diversity Council meeting from 6:00-7:00pm in the Armstrong library.  We are looking to get as many parents to attend this meeting as we plan new initiatives to celebrate all aspects of diversity. Author Dennis Vanesse will attend this meeting to discuss his work as an enrichment presenter for young children.  He has written Stand Tall Against Bullying, I Am Special Too, and Everyone Belongs. Dennis provides engaging enrichment for young children with a focus on acceptance and inclusion.  We look forward to having as many parents attend as possible.

On another note there have been reports of cars entering West Street during arrival and dismissal times.  Please be advised that this is a traffic violation and that there is a town traffic sign half-way down West Street that contains the following message.

“When School is in Session DO NOT ENTER 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM & 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM”.

For the safety of our families please be aware of this traffic law and help to report any vehicle that is not following this traffic law. Also, please see the important arrival and dismissal information that has been already shared twice this year. 

Armstrong Elementary Arrival and Dismissal Procedures

 

Important Safety Information

Arrival

By bus:

Students arriving on buses are allowed off the buses beginning at 8:30 AM. These students are directed by staff on duty to go through the double doors by the custodian’s office.   They proceed to the playground for line-up. Students come in from the playground with their respective class at 8:40 AM.

(In the case of inclement weather or if the temperature is 20 degrees or less, students enter through the main front door and line up in the cafeteria or gymnasium as directed.)

Parent Drop off:

We encourage parents to drop off students at the West Street entrance of the school. The congestion is less and the children can be either dropped off or escorted by you to the playground area for lineup.  Staff members are on duty starting at 8:30 AM.  Children cannot be dropped off before 8:30 AM.

Although not encouraged, parents who drop off in front of the school must follow these guidelines for the safety of the children:

  • Cars should only stop and drop off at the “Student Drop Off” sign;
  • Parents must remain in the car. If staff is present they will assist with opening the car door if necessary;
  • Students must get out of the car on the sidewalk side NOT the street side.  This is a safety issue with no exceptions made.

Students arriving after 8:50 AM are considered TARDY. Parents MUST accompany student into the building to the Main office and sign the student in before they can go to class. 

Dismissal

Parent Pick up:

Parent pick up begins at 3:00 PM on the West Street side of the school.  You must walk to the door and wait in line to sign out their child. Your child will only be released to you as a parent or to a previously assigned designee. 

Please remember to obey the signs at West and Whitney Street as they relate to traffic during specific hours.

“When School is in Session DO NOT ENTER 8:15 AM to 9:00 AM & 2:45 PM to 3:30 PM”. 

It is imperative that parents monitor their children closely during this time as the area can be very congested.

Finally, changes in transportation for dismissal are not allowed after 2:15 PM .Request for bus changes for social reasons, private lessons, etc. is prohibited and will not be allowed at any time.

Sincerely,
John Mendes
Principal