Student & Parent Handbook

Classroom and Academic Procedures

Schoolwork and Grading

Homework

The recommended time ranges for homework assignments are:

  • Grade 2: 15-30 minutes per night
  • Grade 3: 20-40 minutes per night
  • Grade 4: 40-60 minutes per night
  • Grade 5: 60-75 minutes per night

Each teacher’s homework policy will be presented at the general parent meeting (Open House) held in September.

Parents should provide a quiet time and area for their child’s homework. Study homework is equally as important as written homework. Students need to be responsible in completing and returning daily homework assignments. Teachers will send home a forgotten/or incomplete homework form when work has not been completed or returned.

If a child is not in attendance and the parent/guardian would like to pick up the child’s homework at the end of the day, please notify the school secretary in the morning before 11:30 am. If you have another child or someone else in the school that can pick up the homework, please make the arrangements beforehand.

Students and parents will not be permitted to enter the school building after school hours for forgotten school work.

Report Cards/Interim Progress Reports

Report cards are viewable to parents in the Home Access Center (2) times during the school year: January and June.

Interim progress reports are viewable in the Home Access Center in November and in April.

Parent/Teacher Communications

“The Greenvale Echo”

The school newsletter provides parents, students and teachers with useful information about our school and its community. It is usually available on a Friday, earlier in the week if the school is closed on Friday. ECHO on-line is a “Go Green” project. Please look for it on line, on either the District or Greenvale website.

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Conferences can be held at any time during the school year at the request of the parent or teacher. There is a Parent-Teacher conference in the fall which will be scheduled by appointment. It is recommended that each parent meet with their child’s classroom teacher at that scheduled time. Formal Parent-Teacher conferences are also scheduled in the spring, but not required for all parents to attend. It is strongly recommended that parents do not bring young children or babies to parent- teacher conferences.

PTA

The Greenvale PTA actively supports both teachers and students through a variety of activities. Several fundraisers are held throughout the year, which provide everyone with the opportunity to buy books, holiday items, clothing and photos. After School Clubs are run as a service of the PTA to provide extra-curricular enrichment for all students. The profits from these events are used to fund an extensive Cultural Arts program, provide buses for field trips and pay for the annual “gift to school”.

PTA volunteers give generously of their time for the benefit of the entire school. Parents serve on committees, volunteer in the library, organize yearbooks, assist with promotion preparations and host an annual Staff Recognition Luncheon. Greenvale Night is held in June and all families enjoy food, games and music. Parents or guardians must accompany and remain with their children at Greenvale Night for supervision purposes.

Classroom Policies

Birthday Parties

Children regularly celebrate their birthdays in school. As we try to be more careful and conscious of students with allergies, diabetes, and other health related issues, parents are asked to coordinate the planning and include healthy alternatives such as fruit and 100% fruit drinks. The balance between cupcakes and fruit allows students to make healthy choices for themselves, especially if they are not permitted to have sugary items during the day. In lieu of food, parents should also consider collecting for a party bag for each child containing craft items for them to do during their class celebration.

Your child’s classroom teacher will coordinate dates with you, and will advise you of the class practice regarding birthday observances.

Field Trips

Field Trips are educational in nature. Students must submit a permission slip signed by their parent/guardian in order to participate in the field trip. NO STUDENT WILL BE PREMITTED TO GO ON A FIELD TRIP WITHOUT THIS SIGNED PERMISSION SLIP. Teachers and the Principal have the authority to revoke a student’s privilege of going on a field trip if disciplinary problems exist.

Snacks

Only certain snacks are permitted to be brought to school. These snacks are considered safe, therefore NOT affecting peanut or dairy allegories:

Fruits:

  • Apples, Oranges, Bananas, Pears, Plums
  • Grapes, Raisins, Watermelon, Cantaloupe, Honeydew
  • Pineapple
  • Strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, blackberries

Vegetables:

  • NO MUSHROOMS
  • Carrots
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Tomato
  • Cucumber
  • Red pepper
  • Spinach, lettuce, cabbage